Imibala Arts Festival: Unplugged

imibala arts festival

Nelson Mandela Bay music lovers are in for a treat! Following the Imibala Arts Festival which took place earlier this year, Pachamama Project Products is hosting Imibala Unplugged on the 25th August 2017 at The Tramways Building.

If you love being introduced to fresh, local artists as much as I do, you’ll appreciate the dope homegrown talent that will be showcasing their stuff at this cross cultural event. The aim of the gig is to grow and boost emerging artists from the northern areas and townships of Port Elizabeth. The idea was birthed after the roaring success of the Imibala Arts Festival, that took place in April 2017 at the Roofgarden Bar. The event was headlined by Cliq Claq, Skank and a bunch of other local talents. This next gig promises to give us plenty more action, with a legit acoustic set up and the theme “Unearthing Local Talent”, that sets an expectancy for an amazing lineup.

Even though some may say that we aren’t on the map, Nelson Mandela Bay has pushed out some really great musicians and singers! And I’m chuffed to see even more fresh talent popping up on the daily! I could totally name drop right now, but we came here to talk about Imibala and the artists who will be performing at their unplugged event. So let me drop some of their names rather, shall I? Well here goes:

Imibala festival promoter, Tarynne Swarts, will grace us with her art as she takes to the stage at the Imibala Unplugged. Tarynne is a singer, songwriter, pianist and producer, holding a Bach degree in music and a Masters in educational science. Woah, right? This lady is a force to be reckoned with! Musically, she would describe her sound as a bridge that transcends different genres and we’re pretty keen to sample some of that!

Although he might be considered a “newbie” by music industry standards, Julian Roy is no stranger to the mic. He started singing at a young age and is a known vocalist and guitarist at his home church in the small community of Kleinskool. Being a guitarist myself, I’m always keen to see who’s new on the scene. I’m sure Julian Roy will not disappoint!

the scheubles
The Scheubles is a talented family group, hailing from Schauderville. The team has nabbed quite a few titles and singing competitions. I have personally had the pleasure of hearing lead vox Megan and younger brother, Ethan perform at The Boardwalk and had a “mind blown” moment, listening to their sheer talent. I spotted youngster, Ethan, with a guitar at their last gig. Looking forward to hearing what they have for us at Imibala.


I’m also keen to see MissJay (Samantha Amandla Jennings) perform live. For those who remember, MissJay was a featured deejay at the One Africa Arts Festival in 2016. Although her foundation is mainly hip-hop, she incorporates pretty much any genre of music into her sets… from soul, jazz, r&b, pop, alternative to funk, reggae, afro beat, house, kwaito… (and the beat goes on)


Eclectic soul singer/songwriter, Lesedi Milongo, oozes music and creativity. Well known for mashing up popular songs on guitar, the singer brings an array of different flavours and promises to have a lot of (good) surprises up her sleeve. With musical influences ranging from House to Afro Jazz, I’m sure she’s going to put on a good show.



Tickets for Imibala Unplugged can be purchased at R50 per person at the Athenaeum or at the door on the night. For more information about the Imibala Arts Festival check out their Facebook page. For ticket queries or any questions please contact Deronique Hoshe

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