Awesome Africa is a multi-dimensional and pioneering “World Music” Festival with a unique musical identity which began in 1999 and has featured 184 Pan-African and International artists from 29 countries during its lifetime, as well as approximately 650 South African artists. We are creating a community from the fragments of the African music industry and we are a showcase of heritage, musical freedom, power to the lyricists and musicans that moves and gives a voice to the people of their nations.
Awesome Africa was the first festival in SA to mix musical genres and focus on nation-building. It included Pan African “world” styles, Afro-pop, Jazz, Rock, Gospel, R & B, Hip Hop, Rap, House & ambient DJ’s, and indigenous styles like isicatimiya & maskanda.
Awesome Africa is much more than a music festival, with CSI projects and skills transfer programmes being a high priority. The focus is on empowering cultures and communities through music and to create collaborations with International and African musicians.
Awesome Africa has been extensively involved in the job creation, skills transfer and educational music workshops arena, which includes the promotion, awareness and appreciation of African Musical Cultures; the stimulation of economic development; working with local communities to identify growth opportunities; building capacity of local communities in identified areas; involving the youth via the Awesome Africa Youth Outreach Marketing
Besides the branded Festivals, Awesome Africa has also produced many concerts and cultural collaborations, both national and international. Awesome Africa are the producers of the WOMAD South Africa Festival.
As a musician Dan has performed on over 220 albums and as a writer has directed and performed in three hit musical revues themed around Latin music, but it is as the Founder and Artistic Director of Awesome Africa that he is best known. Besides the Awesome Africa Festivals, Dan has also worked as a producer on the FIFA World Cup Fan Parks, FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw,Indian Ocean Jazz Festival, Artists Against Apartheid, Rock Against Racism, Living Treasures Millennium Celebrations, BET (Black Entertainment Television) Jazz Festival, Rock da Beach, Freedom Charter 50 year Celebration, Durban World Music Festival, the Boundless Trans-Frontier concert for the Department of Environmental Affairs, and the South African contingent for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival amongst others. Dan is also the co-founder and Vice President of The Indian Ocean Music Network (IOMN), and serves on the Boards of Childline and the Inhluzane Trust, a section 21 company dedicated to developing the arts at grass roots level.
HRH Princess Nandi Zulu
HRH Princess Nandi Zulu is the daughter of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuZulu, with his second wife, Queen Buhle kaMathe. Princess Nandi has a National Diploma in Business Communication from Tshwane University of Technology, a National Certificate in Project Management from Executive Education and a Management Advancement Programme (MAP) certificate from Wits Business School.
Princess Nandi has worked as an intern for Meropa Communications, in Johannesburg, on big brands such as Pharmacare and Proctor and Gamble. She has worked and excelled in her role at Mpilonhle an NGO in Mtubatuba, Umkhanyakude in Northern KwaZulu, an organization funded and supported by Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network and Charlize Theron’s African Outreach Project. Princess Nandi is passionately and extensively community focused, working as a volunteer at LoveLife Centre in KwaNongoma, and later spearheading Masifundisane Adult Basic Education Initiative in Nongoma. In her personal capacity she continues to assist NGO’s.
She also runs The Princess Nandi Zulu Foundation which focuses on community related projects, such as training and infrastructure for the Youth, Women, Children, Senior Citizens and People living with Disabilities. She is the Global Face and Travelling Goodwill Ambassador for Thanda Royal Zulu Group, and the SA chairperson of IFEA (International Festivals and Events Association).