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City nightclub to host music festival

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“People should preserve their energy as they will be on their feet all night long"

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POPULAR city nightclub, Black Diamond Chesa Nyama, will reopen its doors to patrons today, following a month of renovations, with the launch of a three-day Autumn Class music festival.

The club closed its doors at the beginning of the new year so that staff could recuperate following “hectic” December festivities hosted at the venue.

Black Diamond is well known for bringing local and national artists together to entertain its patrons, who meet there not only to dance the night away but to socialise and network with each other while enjoying a sizzling braai plate.

Hip hop artist Priddy Ugly will headline today’s reopening of the club.

Priddy will perform hits from his debut album Egypt, such as Tshela, Hero and Bietjie, which features hip hop heavyweight Emtee.

Priddy’s new project is made up of 14 tracks, with features from label mates Kly and Saudi and guest appearances from Wichi 1080 and Shane Eagle.

“Priddy Ugly is a rising force in the music industry; patrons should expect versatility and a show-stopping performance. His new song, “Tshela Thupa Feela”, is climbing the charts quickly and definitely one of the best,” said the owner of Black Diamond, Donald Fungile Solani.

Day two of the music festival, “Students Welcome Back”, tomorrow will feature local DJs such as DJ Calypsoul and Collin Carey entertaining the crowd.

DJ Calypsoul said: “My set is always so diverse but my aim for this weekend is for the crowd to just have fun and be happy.”

Twins Banele and Bandile Mbere, also known as “Major League” (one twin is a DJ and the other a percussionist), will shut down the festival on Saturday with their latest hit “Uthando”, featuring Mufasa.

The super star twins are known for their versatile hip hop hits such as “Do Better”, featuring Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter Patoranking and South African rapper Ricky Rick.

Influenced by jazz and hip hop, they aim to play music for Africa by Africans in order to elevate African hip hop.

The twins are set to bring a dynamic and fresh energy to their set this weekend.

“It’s a pleasure and a good platform to be performing on the same stage as Major League, local talent will be showcased and hopefully recognised,” Dj Calypsoul pointed out.

Collin Carey added: “People should preserve their energy as they will be on their feet all night long. My set will be different from the rest because I will be playing newly-released songs such as “”Maradona” by Niniola.

For more information on the festival please contact Mongezi on 073 434 7758.

– Mpho Assegaai