Music at the Lake With Mi Casa and Friends

Mo-t, of Mi Casa, showing off his musical skills on stage Mo-t, of Mi Casa, showing off his musical skills on stage Photo Credit: Dane Forman Photography

Music at the Lake With Mi Casa and Friends

By Press Release / Event Coverage / Monday, 01 July 2019 07:55

Sunday 30th June: Durban does it again. Beautiful weather, some of South Africa’s best musical acts and more than 2 500 Durbanites all coming together to enjoy what Durban has to offer at the first Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert for 2019.

Gates opened at 12h30 and attendees began to pour into the beautiful lush grounds of the Durban Botanic Gardens – Africa’s oldest botanic gardens - to enjoy as Nipho Hurd, the first act for the day, entertained with her quirky yet soulful songs and jazzy hip hop tones. The perfect start to a perfect day out for family and friends.

Highly anticipated Cape Town band Hot Water amped up the audience and provided a real treat for the Durban crowd. To add to their spectacular performance and to the crowds’ delight, local Uber-driving, opera-singing sensation Menzi Mngoma joined them on stage.

Menzi performed two solo songs - his biggest musical performance to date - before Hot Water performed their set. In the spirit of Music at the Lakes, a surprise collaboration came about when Hot Water called Menzi back on stage to join them for a unique rendition of one of their favourite songs.

Foot-stamping vibes, dance-offs with fans on stage, opera-style magic and a special combination of spirited musicians created what Hot Water lead singer Donovan Copley aptly dubbed: “Afro Popera”

We love performing in KwaZulu-Natal,” says Donovan Copley. “There’s a powerful spirit here that is ingrained in its people and the surroundings. As an artist, it inspires me. Everything about KZN is good for my soul. I will be back, for sure.”

MATL MiCasa 1Mi Casa took to the stage just after 3 pm, and their energetic vibe got people of all ages to their feet with old favourites and sneak peeks at some of the band’s new music. As promised, Dr Duda, Mo-t and J-Something; the musical marvels who make up the band, brought the energy with their soulful house beats and impressive dance moves, uniting fans through a common love for music and great entertainment.

Old Mutual Sponsorship Manager Bandile Mngoma said: “Today was a prime example of how, through collaboration, a spectacular environment and amazing music, everyone can Do Great Things Every Day. We are delighted to be back at Music at the Lake. The line-up added to a fun-filled family day and a great start to our return to the Music at the Lake series.”

The next Music at the Lakes concert will take place on Sunday the 28th of July, featuring Freshlyground, Majozi and Louise Carver. Tickets are available via For more information about this and other Old Mutual Music at the Lake Concerts, visit or contact the Durban Botanic Gardens on 031 322 4021.


The Durban Botanic Gardens dates back to 1849 and is both the oldest surviving botanic garden on the African continent and Durban’s oldest public institution. In 2019, the Durban Botanic Gardens celebrates a monumental 170 years! The Gardens boasts an impressive collection of plants, which include orchids, cycads, bromeliads, palms and heritage trees. The natural biodiversity of birds, frogs, insects, butterflies and many more play an important role in our school education programmes. Besides the botanical aspect of the Gardens, it is a place where people and plants can come together, and the more that people interact with nature, the more they become informed about the importance of protecting our environment.

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