MI CASA and AKA to perform at the Gardens for Youth Month

Green your groove and celebrate 10 Years with SANBI this Youth Month

Gauteng’s young at heart are invited join in the 10th year anniversary celebration of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s with Mi Casa and AKA. Old Mutual Music in the Gardens will host two very special concerts this June as part of these celebrations.


Soulful deep house kingpins Mi Casa, the winners of multiple South African Music Awards and the darlings of dance floors nationwide, will perform with fellow soulful house sensation Donald at the picturesque Pretoria Botanical Gardens during a chilled Sunday afternoon of good vibes on 8 June 2014.

The following Sunday, 15 June 2014, sees multiple SAMA-winning hip-hop supremo AKA, fellow rapper extraordinaire Reason, and incisive MC and poet Tumi Molekane (formerly of Tumi and the Volume) bringing their essential sounds to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.

Both concerts start at 13h00, with gates opening at 11h00.

“Part of SANBI’s mandate is to grow and develop the youth in the biodiversity sector,” says Dipolelo Moshe, Deputy Director: Marketing and Communications for SANBI.

“This is done through various intern and student programmes, supported with structured mentoring and coaching for young biodiversity professionals.  Over the past 10 years SANBI has hosted 114 of second and third year students and 361 graduates and post-graduates” adds Dipolelo.

Old Mutual sponsorship manager, Bandile Mngoma, says: “We are thrilled to bring the country’s most dynamic young music talents this Youth Month as part of SANBI’s 10th year celebration of preserving biodiversity and developing youth.”

“We hope these Sunday concerts will bring great entertainment to our audience and help raise awareness about the importance of safeguarding our natural diversity.”

Things you should know about the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens concerts:

• Arrive early, bring a picnic basket and blanket and choose a prime spot to unwind and enjoy the music
• Food and refreshments will be on sale at the venues
• A supervised kids’ zone offering a host of activities will keep the younger set busy at both Botanical Gardens
• The botanical gardens offer a variety of plants that concertgoers can explore to learn more about biodiversity
• Tickets are available in advance on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens Facebook page or at the gardens themselves from R100. Tickets will cost R120 on the day
• Follow @OM_Concerts on Twitter for all the action on the day and ‘Like’ the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens page on Facebook for all the updates

Other artists lined up to perform at the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens series are Johnny Clegg and Shortstraw in Pretoria on 6 July and Mango Groove and Josie Field in JHB on 24 August.

For more on the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens music series, go to www.dogreatthings.co.za.

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