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‘LOCAL IS LEKKER’ FOR THIS YEAR’S TRADE FAIR

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MBABANE – Local artists are to be empowered in this year’s Eswatini International Trade Fair (EITF).


Many local artists and their supporters better put on their dancing shoes in celebration as The EITF 2018 has committed itself to making 60 per cent of the entertainment from local.


This information was revealed by Swaziland Investments Promotion Authority Executive Manager for Trade Promotion Bongani Ntshangase while stating that this year’s entertainment will be set from the day the Trade Fair opens on September 1 to September 6.
Ntshangase said the remaining  40 per cent of the  entertainment  segment will be reserved for  international artists. He said that this is so because SIPA saw it wise to support local talents by complying with the 60/40 rule that is all for ‘local is lekker’.


“We have partnered with local music associations, the Association of Christian Artists in Swaziland (ACASWA) and the Swaziland Arts and Music Association (SWAMA) in ensuring that local artists.


“Currently, we are liasoning with ACASWA President Mzwakhe Myeni and SWAMA President Melusi ‘Zox’ Dlamini in ensuring the success of the entertainment as we are more of a business entity,” said Ntshangase.


Performances are set for the opening ceremony on September 1 where gospel music maestros Nduduzo Matse and South Africa’s Thina Zungu will be performing. In September 2, there will be a gospel Sunday Show which ACASWA will be executing.

During Umhlanga Day, it will be a family day with fun for the children mostly and on September 6, there will be performances which will be mainly organised by SWAMA.

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