The Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society’s Charity Fair which celebrates its 25 years this year promises to be a festival of entertainment. The 2015 Fair Committee has pulled out all stops to bring you the best in entertainment and much sought after quality.

The Fair which takes place from 25th March 2015 to 29 March 2015 will see an ensemble of internationally and locally acclaimed artists.

The journey of fun and entertainment starts on Wednesday, 25 March 2014 between 9h00 to 14h00 with a programme dedicated to the senior citizens, the only Charity Fair to have such a programme.  The talent and energy of our senior citizens is awe inspiring.

Learning is fun with our Edufair Programme. The Edufair Programme starts on Thursday, 26 March for primary school children and Friday, 27 March for our secondary schools. For the primary school learners we have magical science demonstrations educating and inspiring our budding scientists. There would be a career expo for our secondary schools with stalls by the tertiary education institutions. In addition, our learners get the opportunity to show their talent.

Topping the billing is the seven piece outfit, which was formed in early 2002, known as Freshlyground which will be performing on Saturday night, and is made up of seven talented and diverse musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. The experienced rhythm section of Peter Cohen (drums) & Josh Hawks (bass) is complimented by guitarist Julio Sigauque, keyboardist Seredeal Scheepers, Simon Attwell (flute, mbira, sax and harmonica) and violinist Kyla Rose Smith. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.

In 2003 Freshlyground launched their debut album, Jika Jika under their own Freeground Records label, the immediate success of which firmly cemented the band as one of South Africa’s most successful young acts.

Freshlyground released their second studio album Nomvula in July 2004.

The album sparked interest from Sony BMG Africa, who signed the band and released Nomvula in September that year. Radio quickly picked up on the single ‘Doo Be Doo’ and the catchy song went on to become a crossover favourite amongst a diverse spread of stations and their listeners. ‘Doo Be Doo’ was the most played song in South Africa in 2005. The major success of ‘Doo Be Doo’was followed by the singles ‘I’d Like’, ‘Zithande’, ‘Things Have Changed’ and the title track of the album ‘Nomvula’.

The success and broad appeal of the band was celebrated in November 2006 when Freshlyground won the MTV Europe Award in the category Best African Act.

The success of Nomvula was followed by that of Ma Cheri - Freshlyground’s third studio album, released in September 2007.

Ma Cheri sold multi platinum in South Africa and the single Pot Belly became another major crossover success.

In 2009 Freshlyground did four sold out tours in Europe. They also toured for the first time in China, the United States of America and Canada, making the band one of a handful of South African acts to have a successful and sustainable career both internationally and at home.

While putting the finishing touches to ‘Radio Africa’ in New York in February of 2010 the band was selected to co-perform in the Official Song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Entitled ‘Waka Waka- This Time For Africa” the song was featured on “Listen Up: The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Album™,” and is a collaboration with Colombian superstar, Shakira. Freshlyground performed Waka Waka live at the FIFA Kickoff Concert and at the World Cup closing ceremony in Johannesburg which was broadcast to over a billion people world-wide. To date ‘Waka Waka’ has sold well over 3 million singles and reached number 1 on several charts worldwide. The song is the most successful anthem in the history of the FIFA World Cup and has introduced Freshlyground and their music to a host of new fans across the globe.

The band went back into studio in the winter of 2012 in the small Karoo town of Prince Albert. They worked with award winning studio engineer Dave Langemann and Grammy award winning producer Steve Berlin to record their fifth studio album, Take Me To The Dance.

On a recent visit to South Africa in June 2013 during a speech at the University of Cape Town, President Barack Obama cited Freshlyground as an example of what South Africa has given the world.

DJ Sir Bubzin and DJ Cindo are billed to perform on Friday night whilst Ghetto Squad will anchor the build up, including several local artists.

Born Bongani Cele in Durban, Kwa-Mashu, he is popularly known as Sir Bubzin. He is one of South Africa’s prominent producers having made his mark in the mainstream by producing Dj Tira’s most memorable smash hit “I Won’t Let You Go” Ft Joocy. He has recently produced two major follow up singles for BIG NUZ, “Inazo” and “Incwadi Yothando” off their latest offering, Made In Africa.

Sir Bubzin has produced numerous hits in his career, his first single “Desha” with BIG NUZ & Dj Tira continue to receive overwhelming support from the music loving masses. Music lovers know his name and have been patiently waiting for his album to hit music shelves for quite some time.

The super producer as sung by Dj Tira on “Desha” started working with Kalawa Jazmee in 2010 and is currently with Afrotainment where he has produced hits for Big Nuz, Dj CINDO and Dj Tira, it’s a continuation of where he left off at Kalawa Jazmee where he composed platinum selling records for various artists namely Oskido, Mahoota vs. Vetkuk and ALASKA.

FUNKY, sexy and award-winning DJ Cindo – real name Sindisiwe Zungu has made history when she became the first woman to win the Best Dance Album for Finest Lady Of House Volume 4 at the 2011 Metro FM Awards.

Your Saturday showpiece starts with the ever popular Tyles. The Tyles are a versatile band capable of playing all genres of music. The ace in their pocket is their dynamic lead guitarist – SaiyanNaidoo, who is only 10 years old. His ability to strum hits like Hotel California , Black Magic Woman and Sultans of Swing , to name but a few, had grown men in tears at Sibaya.  He was the showstopper at Sibaya and will definitely wow the audience at the Tongaat Charity Fair.  

Dilkash Showband is certain to keep the feet tapping with their rendition of ever popular Indian melodies. This band has performed extensively both nationally and internationally. They are made of a group of versatile musicians who have had audiences on their feet.

 The hottest Indian comedian on SA soil, the Karou-Charou would be featuring two bands; the Tracks and Tyrants.

This would be followed by East Coast Radio’s Damon Beard before Freshly Ground takes to the stage to belt out the classics.

Sunday, 29 March 2015 sees a mixed bag of artists from different religious groups, providing you with a wide variety of shows, including gospel groups.

The Jasantha Dance Group who hail from Tongaat with their awe inspiring dance sequences certainly promises to a be hit. Let us support our local talent.

We have a Gospel hour for our lover’s gospel music.

The People’s Concert would see local groups like Light Beings and Friends and Calebe. Lightbeings is made up of a core of experienced musicians around who revolve other musicians (Friends). These musicians who hail from Tongaat are household names some of whom have been performing for the last 20 to 30 years. The effect of such an association can be heard in the masterful rendition of diverse genres which include contemporary pop, reggae, rock, metal, country, blues and original music.

Calebe is also made up local musicians who have made our town proud. They are well known both nationally and internationally.

LOVERS of Indian music are in for a treat at the Tongaat Child Welfare Charity Fair. Luxmi Stars along with Ashley Kisten and Kannan Veeramani, will be performing on Sunday, 29 March 2015.

Luxmi Stars hail from the sugar town of Mount Edgecombe. The band was formed in 1986 by Mr. Valla Kisten and from humble beginnings, has won many band contests and received numerous accolades. Luxmi Stars have become a household name with thousands of fans throughout the country. Specializing in South Indian music, the band is highly versatile and performs Golden Oldies, Devotional and modern up tempo film hits. They were the first Indian band to release a C.D. comprising of original compositions by Chin Naidoo. Since then, the band has released numerous CD’s of cover versions. The band is the only South Indian band to receive the INDIAN CINEMA CENTENARY AWARD.

Kannan Veeramani is no stranger to our country having performed at numerous cities around the country.  He has now made South Africa his home. His formal training in music started at the age of seven and he comes from a family who are known as musical legends in India. His voice, however, is what sets him apart. As well as devotional songs, he includes classical bhajans, Bollywood film hits and a fusion of western English songs in his repertoire. He also composes music and has the ability to write music and lyrics within a few seconds. He has performed concerts in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, Columbia, South Africa and throughout India.

We have not forgotten our children to whom our efforts at Charity fair are dedicated to. The Musical Circus by X-Treme Entertainment with comedy and magic shows is fun for the entire family.  There would also be fun interactive stage activity. We also have the ever popular SAPF K9 Dog Show.

The curtain falls on a memorable Charity Fair with RetroVibes Shackles. This band is made up of ex-members of the Legendary Shackles who hail from Mount Edgecombe. They would take you down memory lane to the hey days of live bands

Entertainment for the whole family with Eddie Chetty’s Fun Fair and a variety of stalls selling an array of merchandise.  Our food stalls have over years received its best ratings from the critics that matter, the patrons of our Fair.

There would be prizes on offer including our ever popular Raffle Draw.

The Tongaat Child Welfare Charity Fair is the place to be where best value entertainment for the whole family is our motto.

                           See you at Charity Fair 2015.