Sugar Rush Park, Ballito, 14th May 2017

This Mother’s Day, Sugar Rush Park in Ballito hosted the first of the Marriott Ballito Beats Music Series. While relentless rain threatened to dampen spirits, the sounds of Claire Johnston and her larger than life musical ensemble got the crowds warmed up with dancing, singing and their typically infectious stage performance.

Testament to the power of Radio Life & Style 88.0 FM and the community-based lifestyle in Ballito, families big and small braved the cold to enjoy the show. Young children in gum boots, elderly folk with camping chairs and coffee and everyone in-between kitted out for an afternoon of music, family and good times. It was a Mother’s Day treat with a difference.

Opening act Mbijana Sibisi, a contestant of the Voice SA, season 1, warmed the stage from 2pm. A short break allowed patrons to prepare themselves for the next big act: Mango Groove, who took to the stage at 3pm and got everybody standing and grooving to their distinct and tuneful sound.

Ballito Beats Series Director Stu Berry of Impi Concept Events is thankful to those who attended. “With a record rainfall of at least 172mm in one day, the fact that people still turned up and had a blast, is testament to the family-centric attitudes of the people of Ballito. Adding to that, it was an honour and privilege to have Mango Groove, one of South Africa’s most iconic bands kick off the series. We still believe this kind of great quality, live entertainment will add to an already community-based lifestyle here in Ballito, bringing people together at the popular Sugar Rush Park venue, for the ultimate family entertainment. Come rain or shine! Today was proof of that.”

 All shows will take place on a Sunday afternoon, with gates opening at 1pm. Mango Groove kicked off the inaugural Marriott Ballito Beats on Mother’s Day, and locals can now look forward to the larger than life sounds of Freshly Ground on the 11th of June, the familiar favourites sung by The Parlotones on the 17th of September, and the unmistakable melodies as South African rock legends Arno Carstens and Ard Matthews when they pair up on the 29th of October.

With a booming community of over 40 000 people, and growing, the Marriott Ballito Beats Music Series promises to deliver on its promise to all locals looking for family entertainment right in their very own back yard. Stay tuned to Radio Life & Style 88.0 FM for regular updates and info.



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