The famous Northwest Mahika Mahikeng cultural festival returns after three-year absence and promises to ignite the province’s tourism economy, particularly the hospitality industry.
Mahika Mahikeng will take place at the Mahika Mahekeng Dome Mmabatho stadium over three days next weekend and three different genres including Gospel, Motswako and Amapiano will be showcased from the 17th to19th March.
This is an annual music festival in the capital of Northwest province, Mahikeng that first started in 2015 and the festival is earmarked to promote cultural and heritage tourism as well as celebrate the artists from the region with the rest of the country.
The festival also provides a platform for product, position and paradigm innovation for the creative industries sector in Bokone Bophirima and the development of Mahikeng as the capital of the arts in the country.
An estimated budget of R10,5 million has been set up for this 5th iteration of cultural fest, from R30 million on behalf of the arts, culture, sport and recreation in the NW province.
The line-up consists of amongst others, range from the collaboration between Joyous Celebration and Busi Hadebe, Ringo Madligozi, The Scorpion Kings (Dj Maphorisa and Dj Kabza De Small), Tuks Senganga, Fifi Cooper and many more.
Kaya FM’s Bonolo Bee Sting Molosiwa will co-MC the event where the musical journey will be filled with soulful tunes and electric performances from unforgettable evening of music, dance and celebration.
According to Bongo Muffin’ Stoan Seate, the event is not only for the people of Bokono-Bopherema but for the entire country. He said the event is aimed to resuscitate the economy in the province following the era of the Covid-19 pandemic between 2019 and 2022.
“During Covid19 people were under lockdown and barely left their homes and this resulted into economic pressure where many people lost their jobs and many businesses were not operational; this epic event will contribute as a big economic injection for the province and automatically beneficial for the national economy.”
“Businesses such as Feeling stations, Accommodation, Car washes and Tshisa-nyama’s will be able to economically benefit during this event. Northwest is dominated by venues that are not utilised and Stone says it is about time that we created events to put such premises up to economic good use.” Seate said.