Zonke Withdraws From African Renaissance Africa Day Concert

Zonke Dikana

South African musician, Zonke has withdrawn from the musical line up of 15th African Renaissance Africa Day Concert at the ICC Arena in Durban this weekend. This follows the tragic news of the unexpected passing of her sister, Busisiwe (Busi) Dikana, on Saturday evening, 18 May. Zonke was booked to perform and is disappointed to have to withdraw, but has to put her family ahead of her professional commitments at this difficult time.

The African Renaissance Festival and Conference have had to make an urgent change to their line-up for the Africa Day concert on Saturday, with Zonke withdrawing from the concert following the unexpected passing of her sister, to be replaced by Lira who joins Mafikozolo and Professor on Saturday, 25 May at 6.30pm at the ICC Arena in Durban.

Zonke and her family are devastated at this sudden loss, but she wishes to extend her greatest apologies to the media and fans out there and thanks them for the continuous support.

Zonke’s Give and Take live DVD concert has also been postoned. The Live DVD concert was  previously scheduled to take place at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg next weekend (2 June), and has been postponed to July 5. Tickets will now be valid for this new date.

Lira, known for her emotional ballads and uplifting songs about journeying and self-fulfilment, didn’t hesitate to step in to support a fellow musician in her hour of need. Lira performed at the African Renaissance concert last year and is delighted to be back at this significant annual event.

“The quest for unity in Africa is an important one. That music has been identified as one of the ways we can continue to engage with this concept, is hugely significant and an immense honour for us musicians,” said Lira.

Tickets for the concert are R100 and are available from Computicket.