Rebecca Malope, Jub Jub to spice up Clap 'n Tap Music Festival


The Mabaila Foundation Clap and Tap Music Festival is back with its highly anticipated second edition, promising an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts.

Slated for April 27, this year's festival also promises to be even more exceptional, with a lineup of talented artists such as Dineo tsa Tumelo choir, Maatla Gospel Choir and Brian Moseapowa. The festival aims to captivate audiences of all ages, particularly targeting young people, and as such, has also invited renowned South African gospel artist, Rebecca Malope to grace the event.

To spice up the festival's buzz, the organisers have also secured the presence of two iconic artist Jub Jub, who will make a special appearance. Jub Jub, a popular South African musician and media personality, brings his unique style and energy to the festival. Known for his ability to connect with the youth through his music, Jub Jub's presence further emphasises the festival's commitment to engaging young people and providing them with a memorable experience. To distinguish it from its predecessor, the 2nd edition of the Mabaila Foundation Clap & Tap, the festival organisers have meticulously curated a diverse range of performers, ensuring a captivating experience for attendees. From emerging talents to established artists, the festival aims to showcase the best of clap and tap music, a genre deeply rooted in African culture. Tshepang Mabaila, the founder and host of Mabaila Foundation Clap & Tap Music Festival explained that the inspiration behind this music festival is that he wants to engage Christians that don't go out on events and give them a sense of belonging. He said he also considered the fact that people are coming back from the festive season and as such, are looking to lighten their spiritual life. One of the most remarkable aspects of the Mabaila Foundation Clap and Tap Music Festival is its commitment to inclusivity. Unlike many other music festivals, the event has no age restrictions, making it accessible to individuals from all generations.

By removing barriers, the festival aims to create an environment where families and friends can come together to enjoy the power of music. "The exciting part about the second edition is that we have not only invited local artists as we also have artists from South Africa like Universal Khatisma Choir which has 20 million followers on social media," Mabaila said. Furthermore, he explained that although the festival has no restrictions, it specifically targets young people, recognising their role as the future custodians of the African culture. He remarked that by engaging the youth, the Mabaila Foundation Clap and Tap Music Festival seeks to foster a sense of pride and appreciation for traditional music forms, ensuring their preservation for generations to come. He added that this focus on the youth also provides a platform for emerging artists to showcase their talent, encouraging their growth and development within the industry. "Our target audience is young people because it's very rare for them to attend church services so we want to give them something they will feel free at and whether you are a five-year-old child, you are still welcome to come," he emphasised. The festival organisers have also roped in another South African media personality, Goitsemodimo Seleka and Tebogo Zodwa to be the event hosts.

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