Airport transformed into a cultural oasis

Khayelitsha Youth Choir entertaining the visitors.

More than 300 youth from various cultural and musical organisations were part of a group of performers who welcomed visitors landing at Cape Town International Airport.

The curated experience for tourists at the airport ran for 25 days and was the brainchild of Nonkoliseko Mbalie Somagu.

“We managed eight groups comprising more than 348 youth from various townships and not only brought cultural richness to the airport but has also provided meaningful employment opportunities for the young talents involved,” Somagu.

She said the initiative was born out of a passion for showcasing the vibrant essence of African culture, aimed to create a warm and unforgettable welcome for visitors and tourists arriving in South Africa.

Drawing inspiration from a previous venture where Nonkoliseko orchestrated a welcome for the late artist Zahara, with six groups performing outside the airport, the recent undertaking had gained widespread attention, especially after Zahara’s untimely passing.

The performances featured a fusion of African music, rhythmic drums, marimba tunes and traditional dances.

“It’s been an incredible journey transforming the airport into a cultural hub. Our goal was to not only provide a warm welcome to visitors but also to uplift our community. The response we have received has been overwhelming, and we are proud to have contributed to making a positive impact,” said Somagu.

Gugulethu marimba band was there to entertain.

Nonkoliseko Mbalie Somagu, the curator, hugs one of the performers after a pleasing rendition.