2018 South African Food 7 Wine festival

Welcome!  It’s hard to believe we’ve been at this for 12 years!  We want to thank all of the AMAZING, talented performers who have been with us over the years, bringing the voices, rhythms and sounds of South Africa to our event in rural Virginia!  If we could, we would have each and every one of them back every year.  .

The 2018 South African Food & Wine Festival presents:

Sharon Katz

Sharon Katz & Peace Train Headline and MC the 2018 South African Food & Wine Festival

Sharon Katz is an icon of South African music and a renowned humanitarian and peace activist.  The tremendous impact of her life's work can be seen in the new documentary When Voices Meet, currently touring film festivals around the world.  Sharon and her band Peace Train entertain audiences around the globe with classic sounds of traditional South African music.

Lesedi

The Lesedi Ntsane Trio.  Lesedi Ntsane - Trumpet.  Lesedi was born and raised in Kwa-Thema Springs, Gauteng Province, South Africa. He started playing music at The Salvation Army, Kwa-Thema as a kid and continued to develop his musical talent throughout his youth. After graduating with a National Diploma in Music with distinctions from the Tshwane University of Technology, he moved to New York to continue his studies at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. 

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VUSA:  Voices of Southern Africa.  VUSA is a community-based, a cappella choral group, specializing in songs and music from Southern Africa.They’ll warm your heart and get you humming, singing, clapping and tapping your feet. 
Rhythms of The Kalahari

Rhythms of the Kalahari Tswana dance team featuring Mumcy Mpelege, educator, singer and dancer based in Brooklyn, NY, and Mpho Setshwane, singer, dancer and educator from Washington, DC. Ms. Mpelege and Ms. Setshwane. 

Previous Years’ Performers - check them out! 
We remain huge fans and supporters of all of the musicians and performers who have brought their talents and energy to the festival in the past.  We hope you'll look them up, follow them on FaceBook and see them live wherever they perform.
Tuelo

Inspired by South African choral and gospel music as well as classic rock, Tuelo weaves stories inspired by life and her childhood in  South Africa. A veteran of the SA Food & Wine Fest, we wish her and her band all the best as they tour and perform in New York and selec cities around the US.    www.tuelomusic.com

SAHAVO
SAHAVO - Toe tapping, heart-warming and joyous!  Close your eyes and be transported to the heart of South Africa with the beautiful harmonies of SAHAVO (South African Harlem Voices). Don’t get too comfy, this group will get you on your feet and dancing!
Sduduzo

Sduduzo Ka-Mbili - choreographer, radio producer, JUXTAPOWER director.  Sduduzo Ka-Mbili is a radio producer (WBAI 99.5FM/SAR FM), former dancer, and current choreographer and director of JUXTAPOWER (South Africa's Song & Dance) in New York City. Before he came to America, Sduduzo Ka-Mbili was a member of Jackie Semela‚’s Soweto Dance Theater, and Adele Blank‚’s Free Flight Dance Company with which he toured the world extensively. Sduduzo is also a former student at Alvin Ailey School in New York and he is proudest at his culturally diverse troupe members, who represent the face of South Africa.

Sharon Katz

Internationally acclaimed South African singer, songwriter, musician, peace activist and humanitarian Sharon Katz will perform at this year’s South African Food & Wine Festival. Read how this powerhouse of peace has used music to transform and inspire communities and individuals around the world.  Visit her Web site and come out and enjoy her performances in September!

Mirka
Signed with EMI while residing in South Africa, Mirka released a bilingual Country album entitled Eden. It was very clear that this hard working musician, with her dedication and amazing work ethic, was destined to make her way to music city, Nashville, especially after being awarded  Best Bilingual Country-Rock Album of the Year!
With the release of her sixth album Where I Belong, Mirka believes it is more than just a title; it’s destiny! The room lights up as she shows her excitement in her characteristic vibrant way. “As a little girl, I used to dream about living and performing in the United States. Being from Pretoria, South Africa, my signature sound was born out of a unique cultural upbringing and musical influences.  “Where I Belong” is an accurate statement and sound of who I am today,”ÄĚ she says. Visit Mirka’s Web site and read more about her story and her music.  You won’t want to miss her performances at this year’s South African Food & Wine Festival!  Check back for the performance schedule. 
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Dominique Joseph - percussion.  Dominique is a spirited and highly motivated individual who finds this passion in drumming. Dominique Hails from Brooklyn via Tampa Fl, where he feels his love for community and strong Connectedness to the Haitian culture, naturally lead him to study west African folk music. Dominique soon found his calling and turned his passion into a career. Dominique is now a featured percussionist with the reggae band Judah Tribe, and also works with other New York based artist the likes of Tuelo Minah, Nomsa Mazwai and South African dance group Juxtapower to name a few.

Tsholofetso Mokubung

Tsholo Mokubung - Vocals.  A native of Kimberley South Africa, Tsholo Mokubung's musical journey began with her tagging along to her mother's choir rehearsals as a child. This led to her later joining the prestigious Kimberley Childrens' Choir and was awarded a scholarship by the St Cyprians Cathedral Choir also in her hometown of Kimberley .In more recent years, Tsholo has worked as a backing vocalist for Angelique Kidjo on her Grammy Award winning album Djin Djin, and her latest release OYO, and has also performed at shows which include Central Park Summer Stage, Prospect Park, Carnegie Hall and an appearance on the David Letterman Show.

Omar Edwards

Omar Edwards - dancer.  Omar Edwards is a world class tap dancer. Born in the USA, he is the original member of Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk, a Broadway show. He travels around the world teaching and performing tap dance. His entire family performs tap on Broadway and around the world. He has performed at the White House with his old colleague and Cousin Savion Glover.

Benstof

Benstof is the stage name of South African musician, Ben van den Heever. After picking up the guitar at age 18, he started entertaining fellow high school friends around the fire.  When he moved to the States along with his family in 1999, music became a way to stay connected to South Africa and as a result his songs transformed into a longing for home and a celebration of memories. As time went by the importance of the "moment" became evident and his topics turned into an excitement for the future of South Africa and its people all across the world. His sound is a mix of English and Afrikaans accompanied with backing vocals by his American wife over an acoustic guitar with echoing electric leads.  Visit Ben’s Web site to hear his music...