On 21 December at 11am, tourists and residents will be treated to a Rio Carnival atmosphere, when the floats, dancers, musicians, and partners of this initiative take to the streets of Umhlanga Rocks, a beautiful coastal city overlooking the Indian Ocean. The parade will start on Lagoon Drive, proceeding along Chartwell Drive and then ending off outside The Pearls.
They will kick off with KwaZulu Natals Marching Bands and will showcase the diverse multicultural music genres from Zulu dancing and Zulu drumming to Bollywood dancing, Afrofusion music, and Durban’s hip hop stars. Their youth group is making drums from recycled tins and that will form a part of the street parade. Rajiv Mothi, the king of Bollywood in Durban, will be entertaining the dancers with an array of Afrofusion and Bollywood music and dancing. Kevin Ellis will be adding a colorful atmosphere with his amazing troop of dancers and performers.
Five small groups of musicians – wind players from the Two Rivers Bands and singers from Ilkley Choral Society and Cantores Olicanae – will entertain residents of seven local Care Homes and residential facilities for older people on Make Music Day Winter 2021. We will be playing or singing carols and other festive Christmas tunes. We have our Santa hats ready and are hoping for maximum audience participation. COVID permitting we may even be allowed to play indoors this year.