Marula Festival: Actress Florence Masebe Condemns Mzansi’s Craze For International Acts


TV personality and veteran actress Florence Masebe has weighed in on the inclusion of American star Syleena Johnson, in the line-up of the Marula Festival.

She didn’t mince words in telling South Africa to stop the obsession of bringing international artists to local music festivals. She advised that the country should start paying more attention to the local talent we have.

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Popular for being outspoken, Florence took to Twitter on Monday to lambaste the organisers of the upcoming Marula Jazz and Gospel Music Festival. The star reacted to a tweet which highlighted the addition of the international R&B singer/songwriter in the Jazz and Gospel concert taking place on 4, March. This to her, is an  unnecessary addition to the bill.

“I don’t see why the Marula Festival needs Syleena Johnson or any other overseas act. We need to get over this obsession,” Florence wrote.

Also, she didn’t spare the government which she said has scored an “own goal” by supporting the festival. She supported a Twitter user who suggested that the SA government spends a lot in patronizing overseas acts.

Local acts including Hugh Masekela, Benjamin Dube, and Mafikizolo are set to perform at the Jazz and Gospel leg of the Marula Festival.

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Notably, Florence’s plea for the entertainment industry to focus more on local talent and not international acts is not new in the country. It has been repeated several times by some Mzansi artists who felt the industry is looking down on them by bringing international acts to headline events.

In 2015, rapper AKA slammed US musician Ace Hood’s headline performance in South Africa. He threw shades at him on Twitter, suggesting that Ace should instead be the supporting act for the more popular local musicians.