A New Beginning, Transkei, South Africa

A music festival with a difference will be kicking off at Coffee Bay, Transkei between the 19th-23rd of December 2005. There will be an attempt to set the world record for the largest drum ensemble – 5000 drummers on Bomvu Beach during the sunrise over the Indian Ocean on the morning of the 21st of December.

Not only that, the first A New Beginning Festival will help make a difference in the local community by donating 50% of proceeds to establish an HIV/Aids Orphanage in the Transkei, start an Indigenous Trees Nursery that will re-introduce indigenous trees to the Transkei Forest regions, and fund the local high school in Coffee Bay with new desks, chairs other basic essential items.

All you have to do is show up and have a good time.

Tickets will cost R250 per person, pre-booked and R320 at the gate (currency converter).

From the festival website:




Each year we will go around South Africa and Africa and search out her best unknown and underground bands and artists and R&B/Hip-Hop, House, Break Beat and Trance DJ’s. Each year, these unknowns will be exposed, for the first time, to large local and international crowds thus giving them a once in a life time chance to pursue their chosen career in music.

For local accommodation near the festival venue, consider Bomvu Backpackers in Coffee Bay, although the entrance fee also covers 5 nights worth of camping.

For more details about the festival, visit their website.

Thanks to Kathy for the heads up about this festival.