Colour your Mother’s Day blue with Sappi

With an average of 133 live performances a year, three platinum albums and one gold album and a long list of top-10 hits to his credit, Elvis Blue is set to make this year’s Sappi Mother’s Concert memorable!

The concert will again be held at the Lowveld National Botanical Garden on Sunday, 13 May, with Elvis Blue – reckoned to be one of the most successful artists in South Africa – as the headline act.

Elvis remains a rare breed in his ability to straddle both English and Afrikaans music genres with ease and his unique blend of charisma and authenticity. His shows are known for not only the perfect blend of well-known original hits and new music, but also for his comical and often whimsical story-telling that sweeps audiences along in a personal and entertaining journey.

Performing the opening act of the Sappi Mother’s Day concert is 20-year-old Refentse Morake, a former busker turned star. He brings an African flavour of sorts to the event. His warm voice, strains of the harmonica, some pop-hooks and the guitar are just some of the sounds that make the wonderful sound of his music.

Refentse first caught our attention when he appeared in a string of viral music videos. Now he’s a fully-fledged Afrikaans/Zulu singer, with a real following, and he believes that music can heal the nation. “We have so many problems in South Africa and so many things that have the potential to divide us. I believe that the one thing that can unite us is music. It’s the one thing that can heal our wounds. No matter our race or gender, we can all unite behind music,” he says.

The concert, with Jacaranda FM as a media partner, starts at 12 noon and the gates open at 9am.

Gourmet food market

Apart from a stunning, soothing setting with music for the soul, a gourmet food market will be selling artisan food and drinks to ensure that not only moms, but the entire family have a delicious choice of items to nibble on whilst enjoying the show.

Remember to bring your picnic blanket and/or chairs!

Tickets will be on sale from 01 March from Computicket. Entry is free for pre-schoolers, while primary school learners and pensioners pay R45. All other tickets cost R85. The day’s proceeds will be donated to the Lowveld National Botanical Garden for conservation development projects.

Visitors to the concert will also be able to have a professional family portrait taken on the day – for free – at the Sappi photo booth.

Apart from the wonderful music line-up, there will be guided garden walks and a full programme of fun has been organised for the little ones at the kiddies’ entertainment area.

Major stakeholders include the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Lowveld National Botanical Garden, Jacaranda FM, J&M Security, Lowveld Link and Total Signs.

For more information, go to www.sappimothersday.co.za or email Elsabe.Coetzee@sappi.com. Those who have a physical disability are welcome to apply for an access permit from Rejoice at the Lowveld Botanical Garden at 013 755 1494.