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Street Stylers and Henno Williams advance to the SA’s Got Talent finale

Street Stylers and Henno Williams SAGTTalent finale

The hotly contested first leg of the SA’s Got Talent semi-finals featured a variety of amazing acts but it was the pulsating Cape Town dance group and the 12 year old singer who won over the public and judges votes. Street Stylers and Henno Williams are the first contestants to make it through to the finale.

Street Stylers’ impressive dance routine won the public over.

Public SMS vote saw Street Stylers advancing to the finale. The dance crew impressed the audience and public with their innovative and electric dance moves. ‘It’s one of the best feelings ever. We’ve worked so hard for this and we took Lalla’s comments (in the theatre auditions) seriously and did our best to up our game. We need to thank our friends and family for supporting us. We will dedicate our next performance to them,’ says Street Stylers on advancing to the finale.

Henno Williams, the 12 year old singer serenaded the audience and impressed the judges.

Henno Williams, one of the three golden buzzer contestants, took to the stage and gave the judges a compelling performance. Although the contest between him and Amanda was tense, he managed to pull through. He won the judges’ votes and secured a spot in the finale. ‘I just want to say thank you to everyone who voted. I am super excited for the finale. It’s going to be an awesome performance and I will prepare very hard to impress the judges and people watching the show.’ says Henno on his advancement to the finale.

This week’s semi-final on Sunday 25 October is set to be an intense one. Ventriloquist Isabella, guitarist and singer Will Rayz, vocalist Genevieve, dancers Mike and Jamal, pop group Confidential, the street workout group Team Gravity Cover as well as Wian the Magician will compete for a spot in the finale.

The winner of SA’s Got Talent will walk away with the prestigious title as well as half a million rand courtesy of e.tv and McDonald’s.

The dates for the remaining semi-finals and finale are:
Sunday 25 October: Semi-Final 2
Sunday 1 November: Semi-Final 3
Sunday 8 November: Finale

SA’s Got Talent is exclusive to e.tv and e.tv HD every Sunday evening at 6PM. The live results show will air at 7:30PM on the same night. e.tv HD is available on OpenView HD on channel 104.

SA’s Got Talent links:
Official website: www.etv.co.za/sagt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/etvSAGT
Twitter: twitter.com/SAsGotTalent

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Maftown Heights stands in solidarity with SA students

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Maftown Heights has with immediate effect suspended all communication and promotion of their upcoming festival taking place in Newtown on 27 November 2015 in light of the nationwide student protests.

The primary audience at Maftown Heights yearly are university students and the organisers have expressed their desire to stand in solidarity and have a unified voice with the students in their historic approach to addressing the inequality and inaccessibility of tertiary education in the country.

Maftown Heights would like to make a public declaration to donate R10 of every ticket purchased this year and every year going forward in support of student funding. To this end the organisers are in the process of exploring and engaging various potential funding organisations such as NSFAS amongst others.

“With an expected crowd of 13 000 attendees at Maftown Heights this year, we would like to play a part in supporting our primary market with a small, yet much needed gesture to assist in breaking the obstacles that lie in front of students who face financial exclusion or are unable to get into university on financial grounds. We hope to see other people in the creative arts and private sector at large donating whatever little bit they can as well” expresses Dream Team SA Director and co-founder of Maftown Heights, Refiloe Ramogase.

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AKA + Friends Live In Lagos

AKA in Lagos Nigeria

Multiple award winning South African artist, AKA, also known as the #3RDWRLDBOSS and #SUPAMEGA, will be headlining the LoudNProudLive Series: #TheInternationalEdition in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, 29 October 2015 at the Grand Ball Room, Eko Hotel in Victoria Island‎.

AKA is no stranger to the Nigerian entertainment scene, having visited and performed in the country twice earlier this year during his #LEVELS Africa tour, and having also received a nomination at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in the category Best African Act; the only South African to be nominated at the awards.

AKA + Friends Live In Lagos will see AKA perform with a full band and be joined on stage by the likes of legendary Cool DJ JIMMY JATT, UK voice of Afrobeat DJ ABRANTEE (Capital Xtra) and UK Star + Nigerian rap sensation AINA MORE.

For AKA’s fans in Nigeria, tickets can be purchased online here

AKA has made it to the Top 5 shortlist for the MOBO Awards in the category Best African Act. Vote for him here

Watch AKA’s #Composure music video here:

 

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A breath-taking first Semi Finals of SA’s Got Talent 2015

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By Moeketsi Thatho

The first set of 2015 SA’s Got Talent Semi-finals has come and gone. Emotions and high drama dominated the show at the Soweto Theatre on Sunday 18 October with fan votes deciding who goes to the finals and who doesn’t.
It was a tightly-contested affair as all 7 acts put in an exhilarating performance in search of a final spot on the 8th of November.

Winners

After a series of mind-blowing acts, Cape Town dance group, ‘Street Stylers’ impressed the voters as they claimed the first spot of the finalists’ bench. The boys from the Mother City impressed the country with more than just their talents; their ambition to also open a community dance workshop touched the hearts of many South Africans. Although if it had been left up to one of the judges, Lalla, the boys would have had to go back and do more rehearsing before perhaps trying again next year.

The second spot had to be decided by the judges and therefore after a tie between the two lady-judges, DJ Fresh ensured that it was a young Henno Williams who put one past the fan favourite-Amanda to claim his seat on the finalists’ bench.

The second line-up

The line-up for the second set of semi-finals looks to be as powerful, if not more-so than the first one. SA’s Got Talent is exclusive to e.tv and e.tv HD every Sunday evening at 6PM. The live results show will air at 7:30PM on the same night. e.tv HD is available on OpenView HD on channel 104. Send your favourite acts to the final by voting.

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SA’s Got Talent reveals the 2015 semi-finalists

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The theatre auditions are over and the 21 most talented contestants have been chosen by the judging trio Shado, Lalla and DJ Fresh. The unique and diverse group of semi-finalists is testament to the quality of acts that took part in the SA’s Got Talent auditions this year.

The live semi-finals kick off this Sunday, 18 October, at 6PM on e.tv. Each semi-final will see seven acts take the stage to win the judges and public’s vote in order to advance to the finale. One contestant will be decided by public SMS vote and another by judges’ vote. Six contestants will then compete in the grand finale, which takes place on Sunday, 8 November at the Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg and will be broadcast LIVE at 6PM on e.tv.

3 acts have already been guaranteed a place in the semi-finals after they were given a Golden Buzzer during the auditions phase.

“This year’s semi-finalists are dynamic. They each possess an undeniably powerful performance energy and determination to do everything within their power to secure a spot in the grand finale. The competition is going to be a lot more fierce, viewer should brace themselves for very exciting episodes ahead.” Says the show’s Executive Producer, Luxury Msiza.

The Top 21 semi-finalists boasts a variety of attention-grabbing performers, dancers, singers, comedians, acrobatics. The diverse acts showcased in this season is testament to the fact that SA’s got talent is truly a vibrant variety show.

Viewers’ votes will decide who walks away with the half a million rand prize money and the title of SA’s Got Talent champion.

The dates for the semi-finals and finale are:
Sunday 18 October: Semi-Final 1
Sunday 26 October: Semi-Final 2
Sunday 1 November: Semi-Final 3
Sunday 8 November: Finale

SA’s Got Talent is exclusive to e.tv and e.tv HD every Sunday evening at 6PM. The live results show will air at 7:30PM on the same night. e.tv HD is available on OpenView HD on channel 104.

SA’s Got Talent links:

Official website: https://www.etv.co.za/sagt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/etvSAGT
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SAsGotTalent

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DJ Super Nova Brings Positive Energy

DJ Super Nova Brings Positive Energy

Personable. Sharp. Industry Excellence: A New Standard

For almost a decade, DJ Super Nova has consistently brought skill, sophistication and positive energy to his nightclub and college bookings as well as his events worldwide. He takes great pride in curating memorable sets, whether his clients want Hip-Hop, Top 40, EDM, Latin, Classics or Reggae.

The determined disc jockey’s musical adventure began as a dream during his childhood in the Bronx, New York, but he would wait until college to bring it to reality. Upon the end of his run at Penn State, Super Nova’s parties cemented him as a musical and marketing force on campus and at schools along the East Coast. While his classmates were thrilled to see concerts from chart-toppers like Pitbull, Lupe Fiasco, Fabolous, and O.A.R….he was there, sharing the stage with them.

As he continued to widen his interests and influence, DJ Super Nova journeyed into Sound Design for theatrical programs. He was instrumental in the success of sold-out play “A Q Brother’s Christmas Carol” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his attention to detail and musical styling enhanced the showgoers’ experience.

Radio has only added to his reach with recent appearances on Sirius/XM’s “Sway in the Morning”, viewed by many as “the hallmark Hip-Hop show”. Super Nova also interacts with international fans biweekly via his radio features on show like “#Audiogasm”, airing on Metro FM and other national radio stations in Southern Africa.

Super Nova now routinely tours nationally playing energetic, open format sets. International markets have also taken notice, as he’s completed successful tours in South Africa and played well-received performances in Belize, Jamaica, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

No matter the genre of music or the makeup of the crowd, this next level DJ will provide the excitement and professionalism needed to elevate any event. Simply put, DJ Super Nova – is The New Standard.

DJ Super Nova mixes can be found here: www.soundcloud.com/iamsupernova

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Muvhango to revamp cast, releases several actors

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SABC 2’s flagship drama series Muvhango is getting rid of several actors to make way for new faces.

According to Sunday World, the whole of the influential Mojalefa family is being axed from the drama.

Tshidi Vera (Moriti), John Morapama (Lerumo), Rantebeng Makapan (Morapedi), Phuti Khomo (Carol), Snenhlanhla Mdlalose (Mangwashe) and Tryphina have not had their contracts renewed.

Insiders said the actors were being released to incorporate new faces into the show. Their axing comes after Lerato Kganyago, Simphiwe Ngema and Nkuli Tshirumbula were let go recently.

Muvhango publicist Amanda Ngundle failed to respond to queries about the actors exit.

Source: TimesLIVE

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Kaya FM presents Zonke live at The Bassline

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Afro-Soul Superstar ZONKE is making a welcome return to the South African music scene, and also to The Bassline stage. Friday 10th October will be the third show for the Kaya FM Presents [email protected] Bassline series with Zonke Dikana headlining; music fans are in for a rare treat!

The graceful songbird is currently riding high with the recent release of her brand new album Work Of Heart. This superb album is already topping the charts and drawing rave reviews across the board as well as holding a place at #1 on the iTunes R&B chart.

The multiple award-winning, platinum-selling Zonke is known for her sublime and powerful live performances. She is also a sought-after songwriter and producer, and she produced Work Of Heart.

Hailing originally from Port Elizabeth, she now calls Johannesburg home. It took Zonke some time to find her voice and to crack through the tough Jo’burg music scene, and her breakthrough 2011 album Ina Ethe saw her reach the pinnacle after a decade of struggles. She followed that up with a successful live album entitled Give and Take – Live, which went Platinum.

Then, just as Zonke was finally ready to start work on another album, her sister and fellow artist Lulu Dikana was struck down with a respiratory ailment and passed away in December 2014. For Zonke, rediscovering her inspiration after such a blow took months, but early in 2015, her muse started to return. “Changes make you stronger,” Zonke says. “No matter what happens, I don’t have it in me to lie down and give up. There is always a way. For me, music is that way. Music is goodness.” The track Meet Me In My Dreams is the centrepiece of the new album, and a fitting musical tribute to Lulu.

What is not in dispute is the strength and resilience of this African music superstar, she has risen above pain and hardship more times than she cares to remember, always emerging better, stronger, a more talented, more spectacular version of herself.

Support for Zonke will be provided by the multi award winning BERITA. This talented young singer/songwriter/guitarist hails originally from Zimbabwe, but has been making a name for herself locally over the past few years, especially after taking home the Best African Album at the 12th Metro Awards and SAMRO Songwriter of the Year Award in 2015.

The previous two Kaya Presents [email protected] Bassline shows have already seen sensational performances by Thandiswa Mazwai, Zamajobe, Maleh, Thiwe and Afro’traction.

Zonke now carries this Afropolitan music torch proudly forward.

#HomeoftheAfropolitan

Saturday 10th October 2015

Doors open 8pm

Tickets are R200 available via Webtickets

Tickets are R230 at the door.

https://www.facebook.com/basslinejozi?fref=ts

Connect with Zonke:

Facebook: Zonke Dikana (https://www.facebook.com/ZonkeDikana)
Twitter: @ZonkeMusic
Instagram: @ZonkeMusic

 

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Invest Acquired to host a mental wealth seminar with guest speaker, Vusi Thembekwayo

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Invest Acquired is set to host a mental wealth seminar with guest speaker Vusi Thembekwayo this Friday, 2 October 2015, from 7pm till 9pm at Signature restaurant in Brooklyn, Pretoria.

The Master of Ceremonies for the wealth seminar will be the dynamic actor, singer and dancer, Carlo McFarlane. In attendance at the seminar will be the likes of Maps Maponyane, Gail Mabalane, Boity Thulo and Cassper Nyovest.

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“The last seminar we had over a month ago was a huge success, I’m itching with excitement to see what this one will reap. The feedback from attendees really was heartfelt and impacted their lives in more ways than one; this comes to show that indeed we are being transformed into financially alert and conscious individuals who take charge of their wealth. This coming Friday we engage on mental wealth with a very peculiar and relevant Vusi Thembekwayo. Remember schools teach the need to be taught and in the same breadth we teach the need to be mentally wealthy” expresses Kagiso Kekana, Director of Investment Operations at Invest Acquired.

Last month’s seminar was a women’s focused seminar with Terry Pheto as guest speaker, Makgofe Moagi as MC, and had the likes of Boity Thulo in attendance. View below some highlights from the event.

RSVP now to avoid disappointment: [email protected]

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South Africans love Zahara’s Country Girl

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Zahara fans have gone all out to support her third album – “Country Girl”

Zahara’s third album, Country Girl is already gaining a huge amount of success, considering that the album was only released on Friday, 25 September.

Zahara who has been taking her fans on this album journey has expressed great gratitude towards the love she’s been receiving from the public.

However, in August Zahara had a bone to pick with those people who claim to love her music but only buy pirated copies of her albums.

Zahara took to Facebook a month ago and wrote a long letter about how she feels about piracy and people who support it and we’re sure it was a hard pill to swallow for some of her “supporters.”

Her career is not the only thing that’s going right in Zahara’s life. Her relationship with Umhlomo Wenene radio personality Amaza Ntshanga has become stronger and stronger by the day.

Zahara has a busy schedule this week, from launching her album to performing at the Blankets & Wine concert in Kampala, Uganda.

Source: Zalebs

Image: LiveAmp

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