Date(s) - 22/03/2024
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm


In celebration of Buffalo City’s designation as a Unesco Creative City, Urban-Rural Creative Lab NPC presents Sm(art) City Fest at the Guild Theatre this March. This programme is funded by the Eastern Cape Department of Sports Recreation Arts and Culture’s Community Festival Development Programme. While the festival is set up to promote greater awareness of the Creative Economy through performing arts, literature and craft, day-1 of this multi-disciplinary arts festival opens with the headlining Concert by award winning South African musician/songwriter, Ndumiso Manana. This exciting evening of music will also feature some of the Eastern Cape’s fastest rising stars.
According to Anele Geqiwe of GQ, “the eSwatini-born singer, producer and Grammy award-winning songwriter, Ndumiso Manana can only be described with lush melodies and jazzy backdrops of R&B.
When Nigeria’s Burna Boy’s album ‘Twice as Tall’ came out tops in the Best Global Music Album category at the 63rd Grammy Awards. Manana walked away with a Grammy for his contribution on a song on the album titled ‘Time Flies’ featuring Sauti Sol.
A musical interloper, he has written songs for Ami Faku for ‘eBhayi,’ Amanda Black for ‘Africa,’ and Sauti Sol for ‘Feel My Love and Fire,’ to name a few.
Manana fully introduced his fully-formed artistry with the late 2020 debut EP, ‘In The Beginning Was The End’.
Complemented by stirring instrumentation, the EP channelled Manana’s understanding of romance through a resonant narrative, portraying a love story in reverse order. The project was well-received, and it served as a remarkable jumpoff point for his solo career.”
In 2023 he walked away with Best R&B Album: But Could the Moments in Between at the SAMAS.
The event is proof of the exciting arts programme we can look forward to at the Guild Theatre for 2024 and this year’s instalment of the Umtiza Arts Festival.
Tickets are available from Computicket

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