Mafikizolo headlined the World Economic Forum gala

Pretoria – Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has congratulated Mafikizolo on their invitation to perform at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 in Davos, Switzerland.

The band performed at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 gala dinner on Saturday.

The performance showcased South African culture and heritage through a musical journey infusing musical sounds and rhythms.

“I wish to congratulate Mafikizolo on this invitation to perform on this world stage. Their music and style crosses boundaries on the African continent and abroad.

“While the forum focuses largely on the state of the world economy in order to shape the global and local developmental agenda, it also showcases arts and culture in the world,” said the Minister.

The group was invited by Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, after he admired their performance during the World Economic Forum Africa Regional Meeting in June 2015 in Cape Town.

The Minister hoped this would open many other doors and present platforms for South African artists in the global arena.

The performance was supported by the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) Touring Ventures open call fund of the Department of Arts and Culture.

This aims to raise the profile of arts, culture and heritage sector within the country and abroad in an effort to share South African arts and culture with others, open up new markets and build sustainable livelihoods for those in the creative industries.

The recent cultural seasons between South Africa and the United Kingdom as well as between South Africa and China, have been initiatives supported through the Touring Venture.

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