WATCH: SAMA winner Amanda Black ends National Arts Festival on high note


MAKANDA, July 9 – This year’s annual National Arts Festival in Makanda ended on a high note, with performers taking the stage for the last time at the popular Village Green Market.

The highlight performer, South African Music Award winner Amanda Black had sold out all her shows.

Black said it was her first time performing at the festival, adding that she was surprised that she was asked to do another show as she had sold out the one that was initially booked.

She received love from the crowd, with people singing along to her popular songs including the hit “Amazulu”.

“Unfortunately I didn’t get to experience the whole of the festival, but from the little experience that I had was out of this world, from the drama to the music show, people that were there ranged from adults to kids who were incredible as I was delighted to entertain them,” said Black.

There were stalls from local crafters that had visitors’ queuing to pick up unique items.

One of the Crafters Nomonde Madlalisa, said she had sold more items than she ever did in the past three years that she has been part of the fest.

Madlalisa specialises in traditional Xhosa wear and beading.

“The festival is a good opportunity for me to make money within a short space of time, this is how I make a living and I’m going to continue coming as it has become part of my life,” said Madlalisa.

The festivities closed with a bang with the annual closing parade from the Rhodes University down the town’s famous cathedral. (ANA)