Jammin n´Ting Music and Arts Festival
|Country and Region||South Africa — Free State|
|Type of Festival||Literary, Music|
|Location of Festival||Franshoek, Free State, South Africa|
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This festival is created for the people by the people. This is an event to go to if you want to see things happening organically, growing from the bottom up, and experience something different. Here the guests are directly involved with what is happening on the ground. Jamming n’ ting is not run for profit, and seeks to provide different opportunities to all involved. The programming includes a screening tent, live acts, poets, drumming and bands plus an eclectic DJ line-up, exhibition stalls, workshops and more…
The festival takes place in Free State, on the Northern border of Lesotho — a 30 minute drive from Ficksburg. Most people camp but there are guest lodges close by at Nebo and Franshoek if you don’t want to camp. But here is the best part — the women of Naledi are building rondavels (round, thatched buildings) to provide accommodation for guests. The plan is to build a dormitory so that guests can stay somewhere affordable and comfortable. Naledi will be running a kitchen where you can load up on some good home-cooked food and a bar with all your favorite drinks. Festival goers can go to Baba Anton’s tuck shop for all your basics.
|Festival Dates||April 6 - 9, 2012|
At Easter 2010 the residents of Naledi Village, South Africa, organized and held their first music festival — Jammin n’Ting. The name comes from lyrics in a classic reggae tune by the old school duo Althea & Donna and simply means being out partying and having a good time.
The residents of Naledi have behind them many years experience working to put on festivals. Rustlers Valley, the owners of the land on which Naledi village sits, pioneered the festival scene in South Africa, organizing festivals for over two decades, getting thousands of guests from all corners of the world. The people of Naledi, alongside those at Rustlers Valley, were the backbone of the hard work behind the festivals and the running of Rustlers Valley guest lodge.
Sadly the majority of the buildings at Rustlers Valley burned down in 2007 and the lodge stopped functioning as a business, leaving the residents of Naledi largely without work and income. But as we all know, when one door close’s another opens. Using their skills and knowledge, the people of Naledi are working hard to create a living for themselves. With the amazing location of the village in a valley surrounded by sandstone mountains and the spectacular reputation of Rustlers Valley festivals, the first steps have been taken towards creating an event that can focus on African heritage, music and culture, while giving the people of Naledi the opportunity to use and develop their skills to improve their standard of living.
Things have been progressing naturally since the first festival three years ago and the establishment of Naledi Cultural Village NPO is in the process, with Jammin n’Ting being the organisations biggest project. Having been involved with the Rustlers Valley music scene since 1993, Manello Funkikora has been developing a vision with Naledi village, for artists in Africa to have a place, a haven, where they can meet on common ground to connect, talk about opportunities and enjoy each other’s art and vision while supporting development in the rural villages of South Africa.