West Ink Records Bring The Party To eMalahleni.
First of all. Let me give a big thank you to Sheree O’brien from Splakavellis PR for extending the invitation to the very first Cell C Wololo Music Fest in Witbank, Mpumalanga. If you’re a stereotypical Joburger such as I. You would peg Witbank as a dry boring city, which for the most part it probably is… LOL (jokes) Witbank isn’t that dry. It’s kind of dry… hahaha!
West Ink and Cell C got together to bring the coal city another one of those once in while festivals with a bill riddled with SA’s mega superstars. Puma rugby stadium was playing home ground to the collaborative festivity. Myself and a team of other rad media people from some of the most sort-after publications were scooped up in Rosebank, Jozi.
The shuttle swiftly made it’s way to the Protea hotel in Witbank. We were all super amped to get things started with a bit of judgement in our tones, fearing a weak turn out or a mediocre audience. Soon as we pulled up to the stadium it was soon evident that we weren’t quite ready for the immersive experience West Ink had in-store for us.
West Ink had put in a line-up solid enough to entertain audiences anywhere in the country. It was a top tier line-up. On the bill the headliners were West Ink’s very own and South Africa’s most valuable treasure; Babes’ Wodumo, the super mega ”AKA” , da king of African rap “Kwesta” and abuti fill-up himself “Nyovest”. In addition, DJ many more was also in the bill so you know it was lit *insert crying emoji here”.
Interesting to note that we are now living in a time where any city in our country can host a top quality production and bring the stars-out, outside of Cape town, Durban and Jozi. The people started flocking in at almost around the same time, as if they all came from the same house, ay bo darkie! Flyer says event starts at midday and we rock up an hour before the bottle store shuts its doors.
Anyway… the party got on the way when DJ Placid and DJ Sbo respectively got things started with some fire sets. The sound was really top notch. I mean I even did the “I know about sound, sound-check walk” . Ntando Duma as the second host of day after Akhumzi. Turned that place up. I didn’t know homegirl had it in her. I clearly don’t know enough about her.
It wasn’t going to be long before “The Super Mega” pulled up with his band and delivering a performance that brought the crowd to it’s knees. The man’s catalogue needs no introduction. He was quickly followed by Babes, our leader. Who rolls with an impeccable team of dance artists. I don’t think we appreciate dance enough in the music industry. As a nation with dance as our core form of celebration. We don’t do enough to celebrate the guys and girls like Amadanono. Them dudes got the skills to make us all rethink the nonsense we do in clubs every other weekend night.
Cassper Nyovest was waiting in the wings and soon jumped on, which brought the crowd into a different kind of frenzy. The sound let him down in the end but stayed long enough to get it back up and went straight into his smash hit “ Tito Mboweni” . The hunter’s dry, edge and extreme team made sure the beverages were forever flowing.
I can’t wait to see how this event grows to other provinces.