The concert was organised by City of Champions, a Mandela Legacy Project in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
All the musicians on the line-up gave a sparkling performance which was greeted with hand-clapping, whistling, ululating and calls for encore from the thousands of well-behaved and mostly integrated fans who attended the event. The event bore testimony to our diversity and proved that music is a universal language that is shared, enjoyed and understood by all.
Everything went according to plan as there were no delays. PJ Powers set the tone as she took the stage and sent the crowd wild with her popular tune -Jabulani. She also led the crowd as they attempted to break the current Guinness World Record for the Largest Macarena Dance.
Judith Sephuma, in a red number, looked divine. She sang both her new and old songs much to the delight of the fans, most of whom enjoyed the sun sitting on the lush green lawns of Victoria Park.
Guinness World Records certificates and official medals were also handed over to the current world record holders for the longest rugby game. These players who come from the townships and Northern Areas of the City were also given boots and full rugby kit. Councillor Siya Sjadu, political head of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture said “We are very proud of the commitment and dedication showed by the world record holders. They are good examples of what champions are made of and we all have lessons to draw from their commitment and dedication to triumph no matter what the circumstances are.”
“I would like to thank all the fans who attended the concert in their numbers, and also for partaking in the attempt to break the current world record of the longest macarena dance,” said City of Champions president Mazizi Msutu.
Msutu also thanked the numerous sponsors who made the event possible. In handing over a framed Guinness World Records certificate to Councillor Sijadu who received it on behalf of the Executive Mayor, he said “City of Champions have had thousands of participants over the past two-and-a-half years who attempted various records and this handover is testimony of the success achieved by the project.” He also handed a framed certificate to the Councillor Sijadu and Executive Director for sports.
There were no incidents reported during and even after the show. Lira closed the show and left the fans shouting for more. It was a family outing and everybody enjoyed themselves. Councillor Sijadu expressed her delight on the fact that the event showcased local talent and gave the likes of Lilitha, 2Tone Orchestra, The Jazz Queens and Liesl Graham the platform and stage to share with the rest of the South African great divas.