The Polokwane Cricket Club was the place to be on Saturday night at the main event of the 20222 Mapungubwe Arts Festival in Limpopo.

Mapungubwe Arts Festival saw thousands of fans from Polokwane and all over the province flocked to the Polokwane Cricket Club.

The purpose of the festival was to promote the rich and diverse cultural heritage. To deepen social cohesion and national identity as a people.

Beyond this, the festival demonstrates and exposes the artistic skills of local, regional, and international musical artists, thereby expanding their market as artists.

Dr. Rebecca Malope
Dr. Rebecca Malope at Mapungubwe Arts Festival

This is in line with the vision to ensure that arts and culture contributes to economic growth. The livelihoods of the people of this country and Limpopo in particular.

The Mapungubwe Arts Festival was first hosted in 2002 and was known as the Melting Pot Festival. This melting pot of the cultural diversity of the people of Limpopo changed its name in 2004 to the Mapungubwe Arts Festival.

Ndavhe Ramakuela, Ofhani Munyai, Moss Ngobeni
Ndavhe Ramakuela, Ofhani Munyai, Moss Ngobeni


The Festival kicked off on a high note with the entertainment line-up such as Makhadzi, Dr. Colbert Mukwevho, King Monada. Dr. Rebecca Malope, Pleasure, Big Zule, Motlanalo, Janisto and CK, Penny Penny, Benny Mayenganyi. Dr. Joe Shirimane, Dr. Winnie Mashaba, Candy tsa Mandebele, Idols winner Thapelo Mololo, and many more local artists. On the deck, Da Capo, DJ Malwela, King Bash, DJ Complexion, and many local deejay’s to please all fans, the festival aimed to encourage everyone to explore and embrace their culture.

MEC for sport, and culture, Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana, thanked the people of Limpopo and all visitors for coming through to the Festival.

MEC for sport, and culture, Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana
MEC for sport, and culture, Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana

“We rely on our legends to continue guiding our young ones both morally, and professionally. The Mapungubwe Music Festival brings our province together, united in its diversity,” said Sibanda-Kekana.

Dr. Colbert Mukwevho said it means a lot to be part of the Festival. “Mapungubwe Arts Festival is a good platform for the musicians. It is great pleasure to say, we have been performing to these great shows almost every year. This is one of the greatest festivals that Limpopo has to offer,” said Mukwevho.