Nelson Mandela Children's Fund Benefit Concert featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing live at NIROX Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind.


On Saturday 27 October a collection of South African musicians will lend their voices and their art to a collaborative fundraising effort for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.


NMCF was the first fund Nelson Mandela created once becoming president of the Republic. He donated a third of his annual salary to the upliftment of society's most precious treasures – its children.


The line-up of artists will be rehearsing and collaborating with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and each other to create a truly unique musical experience in the Cradle of Humankind.


The day will begin with Mosoeu Ketlele's Skorokoro Ensemble – their infectious rhythms and beats creating the percussive layer for the day. Mosoeu then becomes singer and storyteller as he recites the Mzansi Nursery Rhymes in several languages for the children in attendance to sing-along to.


The Urban Village bring their afrocentric melodies to the mix by way of flute, guitar and ethereal vocals. Their set will be punctuated with a cameo performance from Dayne Rothbletz – a collaboration borne in the NIROX Residency. Dayne will also perform 'Diamonds on the soles of her shoes' with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Urban Village.

The Muffinz return to the NIROX amphitheatre stage to perform their mesmerizing songs and harmonies.

Qadasi & Maqhinga will showcase their characteristic maskandi sound, including a rendition of the Johnny Clegg classic song 'Asimbonanga' performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.


KZN artist Lu Dlamini and her band will complete the line-up with their prodigious talents and unique sounds.


The day will be enhanced by some of Johannesburg's finest food traders & restaurateurs, as well as Flowstone Gin & Tonic Bar, Knickerbocker Ice-Cream, Bernie's Bar and delicious desserts courtesy of Joburg Culinary and Pastry School.

MINI is an official partner of the NIROX concert series.

The NIROX Foundation concert series is a Business & Arts South Africa Supporting Grant recipient for its partnership with CALEO.


Tickets and information are available here. 
Online: R400 per person; R450 at the gate – subject to availability.

Children under 12: R200 – infants aged 2 and under enter free of charge.

Early bookings strongly advised to avoid disappointment.
No food, drinks or pets allowed into the event.

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Gates open at 10am with music from 11am. There is ample secure parking inside the venue and concert goers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the full day of music and to tour the Sculpture Park.