SOUTH African and Nigerian music breathed life into the networking cocktail meant to break the ice and bond delegates to this year’s edition of Africa’s Travel Indaba in the South African city of Durban.
Indaba is Africa’s largest travel and tourism conference and offers industry players and its stakeholders an opportunity to meet and engage on the challenges and opportunities that affect the advancement of tourism on the continent.
On a warm night when all the traffic led to the Suncoast Casino in Durban, things started on a rather dull note with live band music that got just a few heads nodding and feet tapping, while finger foods and drinks flowed.
However, everything changed the moment Nigerian Afrobeats artiste Davido’s hit song If blared from the speakers. The hall erupted in cheers and the people hit the dancefloor.
Not even the Deputy Minister of Tourism of South Africa, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe and South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms Lulu Xingwana, could resist the ‘Naija” music magnet that was pulling people to their feet.
They joined in break dancing and even a formation dance. The DJ gave the crowd what it wanted from Africa’s most populous country for almost 40 minutes playing chart-topping songs from Flavour, P Square and others.
With the guests' thirst for music satisfied, the DJ went local and the atmosphere became frenzied on the dance floor as he unleashed South Africa’s hitmakers.
Nomalanga Remix by ZuluBoy brought the reluctant dancers to their feet, so did Prince Kaybee’s Gugulethu. It was here that South Africans partying style took over the packed auditorium.
The partying got hotter with some of South Africa’s big names including RudeBoyz, DJ Lag, DJ Bongz, Babes Wodumo, Distruction Boyz, DJ Luvaz, DJ Tira and Mampintsha.