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Stars confirmed for Afcon close
By DStv Online | Fri, 08 Feb 2013

A dramatic three week Orange African Cup of Nations tournament will come to a close with a thrilling Closing Ceremony, with six massive acts confirmed for the event.

Nigerian superstar D’Banj, South African songbirds Zonke & Thembesile Ntaka, Kenyan vocalist Muthoni, South Africa’s powerhouse vocalist Kelly Khumalo and smooth house music group Micasa will all be performing at the Closing Ceremony, which is set to kick-off at 18:30 on Sunday, 10 February at the National Stadium.

The ceremony will be preceded with by brief presentation and performance from Yvonne Chaka Chaka, in her capacity as a goodwill ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.  She will be accompanied by soccer veteran and champion of the United Against Malaria campaign, Mark Fish, who’ll provide a brief address on the issues surrounding Malaria in Africa. Following that, Durban heroes DJ Tira and Big Nuz will get the crowd pumped in preparation for the Closing Ceremony.  

The Closing Ceremony event will be enriched by the youthful energy of the performing artists. From the soulful delivery of Zonke and Thembesile, Kelly Khumalo’s soul-stirring vocals and Muthoni’s intoxicating beats, to D’Banj and Micasa’s sizzling onstage energy, the Closing Ceremony is set to deliver 30 minutes of pure hotness.

“As an artist who’s always striven for Pan-African appeal, this is precisely the type of event I enjoy performing at” said D’Banj. “There’s nothing quite as thrilling as a live performance at a show of this magnitude – and when we add the aspect of ‘the beautiful game’ – then it’s just perfect. We’re going to give the audience a show that they’ll never forget – and that’s a promise!"

“Participating in the Closing Ceremony has proven to be a wonderful way to start the year”, said Zonke, while Kelly Khumalo promised that the performance is "going to blow everyone away". Micasa described participating in the event "a real honour", Thembesile called it "a career highlight" and Muthoni said it was "inspiring". 

Broadcast to an audience of 1 billion viewers, the Orange African Cup of Nations Closing Ceremony will be a display of committed teamwork and collaboration by the LOC, production team the VWV Group, the Department of Arts & Culture, and the dancers and performing artists.  

It will be a loving tribute to the game of soccer and an exemplar of the tournament theme, Celebrate Africa – The Beat at Africa’s Feet!

Don't miss the 2013 Afcon Closing Ceremony, broadcast line at 18:00 on SS4/SSHD2, followed by the final clash between Nigeria and Burkina Faso at 20:00 on SS4/SSHD2.
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