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WEYA Mandala

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Sunday night saw the Mela / Mandala Event come to the Market Square. One the bigger events making up the WEYA2012 Festival we had a full day of music & performance by artists from around the world.

Earlier in the afternoon performances by South African Medu and the Usuthu Group bought the sun out. Medu (from Pretoria) performed acapella songs including traditional African, eighties pop ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ (this probably from before any of them were born) and the Bob Marley classic ‘Redemption Song’. This I managed to film and I hope they don’t mind it being shown here.

The Usuthu Group bought dance, song & performance from traditional South Africa and did well not to bruise or break themselves on the stone slabs of the Market Square.

Later in the afternoon the main stage saw a number of international performers. One of the ones I particularly enjoyed was the Sabar Soundsystem from Nottingham (obviously international if you come from somewhere other than Nottingham, ….and the UK). Big pounding rhythmic & hypnotic!

And as a big closing piece and part of the impressive Mandala sound light & dance performance, renowned tabla musician was Talvin Singh lighting up the evening sky and the frontage of the Council House. An amazing collaborative effort by NAE, SAMPAD, WEYA and the City Council came to a close for a very impressed audience. With another seven days of events across the city, WEYA has certainly had an impact.

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