Many members of the local music community have come together to champion the fight against rhino poaching and wildlife crime by doing what they do best; holding a fun filled day of music and generously giving their time for free. The musicians have partnered with Project Rhino and will be hosting the inaugural Rhino Music Festival, aka Rhino Fest which will be held at Shongweni’s Stonehaven Castle on Saturday 5th October.
The event will start a 11am and will feature live music all day until late from stars such as Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery, Calamity Jam, Tiffany Sheppard Band, Adagio, Dan Chiorboli and Vusi Mkhize, Rastas at Work and Kholwa Project to name a few. Also starring at the event will be Project Rhino Ambassadors Qadasi and Maqhinga.
The Durban area was chosen for the event as it has always been blessed with a wide variety of great musical styles, so you can expect a broad spectrum of music from pop, rock, Zulu maskanda to isicatimiya, reggae, Indian traditional, blues and a fusion of “world music” type acoustic folk.
The event aims firstly to get as broad a multi-cultural and family orientated audience as possible and to raise urgently required funds for all Project Rhinos’ initiatives. Secondly it is to have a unique day of high quality and diverse music, with informative conservation talks from experts. All of this can be enjoyed whilst sampling products and wears such as craft beers, gin and food from local producers, at a stunning venue.
“I have always been passionate about the bush and conservation from a young age’, says Artistic Director of the festival, the world-renowned Dan Chiorboli. “The real tipping point for me was working closely with Kingsley Holgate on a Transfrontier project and getting to understand wildlife in a deeper sense. I also remember being profoundly moved by a talk that Ian Player gave and the passion he displayed about the role of the environment and the rhino world in particular.”