They were followed by the UP Ovuwa, the hosts of the event, who embarked on a tour to the USA the following morning. They performed a selection of their touring repertoire, made up entirely of a cappella Afro spirituals. The items ranged from the quietly reverent to the rousing and joyous, beginning with the songs “Hear my prayer” and “Still away”, followed by the African hymn “Indodana”, the traditional Zulu prayers “Ukuthula” and “Onk’amehlo”, the Swahili greeting song “Jambo”, and the song of unity “Tswaranang”.
They were followed by a company of performers named Arts Revelation, clad in traditional Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Pedi, and Swati dress. Their programme, brimming with energy, comprised of three traditional African songs: “Rikhodzena”, “Ntyilo-ntyilo”, and “Tshwane”, followed by a Tswana dance. The soloists matched their technique with an engaging zeal, connecting with the entire audience and inviting them all to join in.
After a five-minute interval, the concert was rounded off with a thrilling progression of African cultural dances, animated by the bright colours of the dresses and the energy of the dancers and drummers. The jubilant spirit of the concert was an apt tribute to the vibrancy of South African culture.