About The Festival
Buyel’Ekhaya was established in 2009 in East London with a simple vision: To turn the Eastern Cape into the Cultural Mecca of South Africa.
The crown of the Eastern Cape’s festivals, The 9th Annual Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Festival celebrates all that is African, contributing to the maintenance of cultural heritage and diversity. It is foremost an African music festival that respects and embraces Pan African culture, as is evident in the line-up and attendee profile.
In line with the need to develop and enhance the standing of our locally brewed artists, the festival features a sizeable number of these locals, starting from emerging artists in the Eastern Cape to nationally and internationally acclaimed South African and Pan-African artists.
Since inception, the Festival has been held over a single day, with a focus on music, and, over the years, has hosted a mixture of emerging and established Eastern Cape, South African and artists from the rest of Africa, in keeping with the spirit of inclusiveness and Pan-African ideals. Musicians include Caiphus Semenya, Oliver Mtukudzi, CondryZiqubu, VusiMahlasela, Ringo Madlingozi, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita, Camagwini, Zakwe, Mi Casa, DJ Tira, ZakesBantwini, The Soil, Lira, Hugh Masekela, Thandiswa Mazwai, Simphiwe Dana, Stimela, Papa Wemba, Black Coffee, Mafikizolo, AKA,Cassper Nyovest and Riky Rick, amongst many others.
2016 was a celebration of the resilience of the Buyel’Ekhaya brand, when the festival expanded to a two-day programme, closing in on our vision to give full expression to the tenets of culture that form a central part of the African lifestyle, through song, dance and fashion.