Pretoria Pride and GaySA Radio are proud to announce the headline acts for this year’s Pretoria Pride on 7 October.
Manila von Teez is probably the most well-known drag artist in South Africa, especially after her appearance recently on SA’s Got Talent, where her act came second overall. Inhabited by the very talented Veon Wentzel and supported by dancers, Manila is set to perform at Pretoria LGBTI Pride this coming Saturday.
Latheem Gabriel is an up and coming LGBTQ+ artist who composed and sings the song that has been chosen as the first ever Pride song in Africa. The track is called Human Being and it has been steadily climbing up the GaySA Radio Top 30, which can be heard on Saturdays between 12 – 3 pm. Latheem will perform several of his other songs as well.
These two main acts are supported by a host of community artists, who are also volunteering their performances in the interest of the community. These artists consist of a range of styles, from the almost operatic music of The Croons, the laid back rhythms of vocalist Danny, through rapper Prunaka, lesbian artist Bizzcuit, lesbian outfit Glodine & Change The World, Nate, a slam poet or two, as well as Sinead O’Brian and Dozers Reloaded.
Of course there will be a number of DJ’s working the decks. GaySA Radio’s DJ Rian and DJ Pieter will each have time to entertain you, while others include DJ Juran Botes, DJ Prince, and DJ Kim_E.
Pride would not be Pride without drag artists, and support Manila von Teez are Rebelchild RiRi Rouge, Genevieve le Coq, Sally Werq and drag group My Name Is Rose.
It is expected that the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msinga, will participate in the parade at 14h00, and he will also deliver the keynote speech shortly thereafter.
New social media superstar Craig du Toit-Nel will put in an appearance, as will the delegates of Mr Gay World Southern Africa, newly crowned Mr and Miss Pretoria Pride, and the Jozi Cats, who will be conducting a Touch Rugby Clinic.
Pretoria Pride is truly a community event and most certainly not a commercial one. With buses coming from all the outlying areas around the city, it is expected that this year will be more diverse than ever, catering to everybody under the rainbow umbrella.
Gates open at 09h00 and there is a nominal admission fee of R 20, which will help to cover some of the costs in the absence of a name sponsor. Tickets can be pre-booked at www.gaypride.nutickets.co.za and they will be available at the gate.
The parade starts at 14h00 and is free to attend. Floats are welcome and there will be a float building activity on Friday night.
Pretoria LGBTI Pride takes place at the Centurion Rugby Club, a few hundred metres from the Centurion Gautrain Station.
Please note: No glass or cooler boxes allowed, but you are welcome to bring chairs and gazebos for shade. Cash bar, food and other stalls available.
To get the latest updates about Pretoria Pride, listen to www.gaysaradio.co.za. You can stream live on http://gaysaradio.ndstream.net or get the app for your phone. It uses very little data, only about 10 MB per hour, so it is most affordable.