The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival Sway The Night Away
Written by Seth Smith on July 16, 2019
The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, after it’s hugely successful inaugural edition, will return this year on August 3rd with a diverse and uniquely curated program that focuses on regional flavours, sounds and trends.
Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden, against a breath-taking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, in Eswatini – just a four-hour drive from Johannesburg at the home of the MTN Bushfire Festival – this is a not-to-be missed event for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travellers.
With the global culinary sensation Siba Mtongana already announced as the headliner for the exciting and interactive culinary program, a range of additional activations and engagements have also been confirmed including the Ultimate Braai Master himself,Pete Goffe-Wood.
In addition to the full array of food and lifestyle activities taking place across the Luju landscape, The Standard Bank Luju Main Stage will feature an inspired array of jazz, afro-pop, blues, a cappella and much more, showcasing high-profile acts from the region and beyond.
The Standard Bank Luju Festival is excited to confirm the legendary Bongo Maffin from South Africa as a headline act who will take to the stage on Saturday night.
Additional confirmed acts include The Muses, the four glamorous and gorgeous classically trained musicians who transform popular and contemporary music with violin and cello.
Also featuring are Eswatini’s Amanda Mo – MTN SWAMA Best Afro Pop Artist 2018 – and Mozambique’s Ghorwane, who continue to be one of the biggest musical groups in the country. South Africa’s The GrazRoots Project is the musical embodiment of the Luju theme as it sets out to re-connect us with our South African Musical Heritage.
Recently added to the line-up is Holly Rey from South Africa, who is currently cruising on the success of her chart-topping Afro House track, ‘Deeper’. More than a singer, song-writer and musician, Holley Rey is a vivid, mesmerising performer who has collaboratedwith musicians from all over Africa and has just won a SAMA award, being the first woman to do so in 20 years.
Zodwa N Matsebula, popularly known as Sheejay Zoe, is a recognised house DJ from Eswatini who is on the rise to global recognition. She has performed internationally, in Africa and the USA, and her radio-friendly mixes will be a sure crowd favourite at the Luju stage.
A Swazi DJ who got his start in Chicago, USA, Ohpis has developed a diverse international following, bringing people together with his music selection. Co-founder of artist affiliate group MotherLand X, based in Southern Africa, Ohpis is responsive to the crowd and his sets are a raw blend of hip-hop and electronic dance music with a progressive feel, sometimes weaving in alternative genres.
DJ Okapi, aka Dave Durbach, is the mastermind behind the blog, record store and record label Afrosynth. With a passion for recovering and showcasing records from almost-forgotten South African music genres, he is best known for his collections of unique synth-fuelled ‘80s bubble gum disco music and down-tempo ‘90s kwaito grooves. Based in Johannesburg, DJ Okapi has compiled collections for international labels.