Saturday, 27 May 2017


The Nirox Sculpture Park, together with sponsors Caleo Wealth Management, Mini and media partner KAYA FM, are thrilled to announce the ROOTS OF HUMANKIND MUSIC FESTIVAL.


The ROOTS OF HUMANKIND is a musical take on our contemporary presence in this ancient place – the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site – interpreting indigenous sounds and rhythms through modern allegories.


This modern-traditional mix of music will be performed by music legends such Philip Tabane, Madala Kunene, Pops Mohamed, The Urban Village, Skorokoro Ensemble and Tabia.


This strategically picked, collection of performing artists will arrive at NIROX 3 days before the concert to engage, collaborate and rehearse, resulting in an entirely unique production, with artists performing each others’ original music, while creating a different, ecclectic sound of the music you know and love, and music you have never heard before.


Sounds will include an array of traditional and home-made instrumentation; guitars, bass, percussion and voice.


Music for today – rooted in our rich past.


The ROOTS concert will be presented amongst the NIROX Winter 2017 sculpture exhibition: ‘OPEN LABORATORY’, an exhibition containing the work of over 50 alumni artists from 6 South African universities: UJ, Pretoria, UCT, UNISA, TUT and Wits.


As usual, exceptional cuisine will be offered by the Epicurean Emporium together with a full bar.


Gates open at 10am and Music begins at 11am.

There is ample secure parking inside the venue and concert goers are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the full day of music and to tour the Sculpture Park’s Winter exhibition.


Tickets are available on-line via

R330 per person, or R360 at the gate – subject to availability.

Children under 12 pay half-price.

Infants aged 2 and under enter free of charge.

No food/drinks/pets through the gate.


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CALEO Wealth Management is the anchor sponsor for the NIROX Foundation’s on-going concert programme.

MINI is a partner of the Roots of Humankind Concert.

KAYA FM is the official media partner of the Roots of Humankind Concert.



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The NIROX Foundation Trust is a registered non-profit trust established and run for the benefit of the arts. NIROX comprises an artists’ residency; studios and workshops; a sculpture park; outdoor concert venues; and related function facilities.   It is located on15 hectares of landscaped gardens and waterways within an extensive private nature reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, 45 minutes from the centers of Johannesburg and Tswane. NIROX is committed to excellence in all disciplines of contemporary arts.



The Cradle of Humankind comprises 47,000 hectares of rural and wilderness land, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on account of its extraordinary palaeontological treasures and unique landscape.   The Cradle is a highly active scientific research area where more than 40% of all of the world’s hominid fossils have been discovered. 3 million years of human activity have taken place in the Cradle, including the earliest known mastery of fire and human’s becoming bi-pedal.




The sculpture park comprises 15 hectares of cultivated landscape and water-ways designed to showcase sculpture and give comfort to private and public visitors. The beauty and tranquility of the park are tributes to its sensitive design and fastidious upkeep.

It is located within the Khatlhampi Private Reserve, a privately owned nature reserve which has more than 40 kilometres of walking, cycling and game driving trails through unspoiled grasslands, ancient dolomitic valleys, natural fountains, discovered and yet to be discovered caves, indigenous forests, ridges and kopjes. It is a bio-diverse environment, populated with indigenous game, moving freely in their natural habitat.. Many of the resident animals, from hedgehogs and otters, through carracul to eagle owl, have been rescued and released on the reserve by Free Me Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, hosted by the Reserve.



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