The South African Gathering 2024 will take place on the 6th July 2024 at Ballykilcavan, Stradbally, Co. Laois 

Building on five successful years that have seen thousands of attendees, we will be hosting the 6th annual event at Ballykilcavan Farm and Brewery in Stradbally, Co. Laois.
Join hundreds of your compatriots and Irish friends at this inclusive, family event, featuring live entertainment, South African foods, arts and crafts and business stalls.
We all miss home, and The South African Gathering is an opportunity to share in our diverse culture together, providing us with a little home away from home.
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We are thrilled to have Qadasi & Maqhinga join us at the South African Gathering 2024!

Hailing from Empangeni in the heart of Zululand, Qadasi and Maqhinga are a SAMA award-winning duo on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Maskandi music. Both professional musicians in their own right and sharing the same vision, joining forces has resulted in an international caliber of music which represents the heart and soul of South African roots music.

David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi guitarist, concertina, banjo player and vocalist who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age while travelling through Zululand with his late father who was a journalist.

Maqhinga Radebe’s career launched in the mid 90’s after being given the opportunity to tour the USA with Ladysmith Black Mambazo as part of the stage play, Nomathemba.

On his return to South Africa, Maqhinga formed the group, Shabalala Rhythm, alongside Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa Shabalala. Thanks to the subsequent popularity of the group, Maqhinga’s talent was brought to the spotlight, making him a prominent and highly respected artist in the Maskandi industry.

 With five solo albums under his name, Maqhinga has received numerous awards for his amazing musical skills, which also include SAMA and SATMA Award nominations.

Jess Meyer

Jess Meyer is a singer songwriter, who hails from Cape Town, and currently living in Kerry, Ireland. We are delighted to have Jess join us at the SA Gathering 2024.

Pierre the DJ

Our MC, DJ and general all round good guy, Pierre, will be joining us again this year! He'll keep us informed and entertained throughout the day!  Pierre is a Cork-based DJ & Radio Personality with over 20 years of experience. He'll definitely add a magic touch!