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Zonke launches her highly awaited Homecoming Concert

Zonke Dikana

All roads lead to Port Elizabeth on 20 August 2017 as Zonke Dikana launches his highly anticipated Homecoming Concert at the premium Boardwalk Convention Centre.

Tickets are limited. Purchase your tickets now at Computicket to avoid disappointment. Purchase tickets here.

Zonke is an award-winning South African singer/songwriter and record producer. Some of her top hits include Reach it, Feelings, Jik Izinto and Viva the Legend.

Port Elizabeth patrons can expect world class production on 20 August as Zonke’s performance will feature a live band, a state-of-the-art technical production, and a supporting line-up.

Zonke who has not performed in her home town in 4 years of touring the world, will be taking the audience through her musical journey, performing songs from all her albums Life Love & Music, Ina Ethe, Work of Heart and a sneak preview into the upcoming album.

The Feelings hit maker is known for her breath taking live performances. Make sure to purchase your tickets now. This is not a performance to be missed. Bring family and friends for a fun-filled evening.

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SA AUTHOR IN CONVERSATION WITH AMERICAN COUNTERPART ON AGING & BECOMING

Susan Scott

Authors Susan Scott and Susan E. Schwartz will be discussing their recently published book – Aging & Becoming – at a special event to be held in Greenside on Saturday, August 5, at 14h00.

South African author and student of Jung, Susan Scott,  teamed up with her US counterpart Jungian analyst and international speaker Susan Schwartz, to write Aging & Becoming: A Reflective Enquiry, an inspirational book which has garnered much media attention in South Africa.

The book is comprised of correspondence between the two women, which began with each writing back and forth on the letters of the alphabet oriented on the subject of aging.

The two authors challenge the view that the older woman has little to offer. Rather, aging is an opportunity to express a more rounded out personality as the tug towards becoming authentic becomes more persistent and real. Just as many reflections occur allowing for growth and new ventures to happen.

Scott explains what will be under discussion at the event: “We will be talking about the challenges and growth possibilities this stage of life brings. What is often unsaid will also be discussed. We will also be encouraging active participation from the audience.”

Susan Scott In Conversation with Susan E. Schwartz will take place at Bookdealers, 39 Gleneagles Road, Greenside. Entrance is free. Refreshments will be served. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at R200. Enquiries to Susan Scott on [email protected].

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Bonang is set to host Houston Iconic Fashion Week in Texas

Bonang Matheba

South African presenter Bonang Matheba is taking her considerable hosting talents to the American city of Houston in Texas for the Houston Iconic Fashion Week.

The local star will be in the spotlight at the event which will take place on Saturday, 29 July 2017 at The Houston Galleria.

July has been a busy month for Queen B who celebrated her birthdayreleased her Bmojis and had the premiere of her reality show #BeingBonag

Here’s a post from Bonang’s Instagram with details:

Instagram post from Houston Iconic Fashion Week about Bonang:

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African Jewel Berita to perform at Women’s Month celebration special

Berita Women’s Month celebration

Known for her entertaining live performances, all eyes will be on The African Jewel, Berita, as she is set to perform at The Soil – Echoes Of Kofifi Women’s Month celebration special event at The Groove Live (formerly Bassline) in Newtown on Saturday, 5 August 2017.

Gates open at 18:30 and tickets are available for R200 from Computicket click here.

The Soil – Echoes Of Kofifi Women’s Month celebration special event, staged by Native Rhythms Productions, is a musical extravaganza aimed at raising awareness of violence against women.

Berita will join the line-up as friends of The Soil with her band in a not to be missed performance where she will perform her latest hits off her fast selling self-titled album, BERITA, which debuted at #4 on the iTunes Chart and at #9 on the Musica CD chart.

“I’m really excited for this show, it’s a big one and I can’t wait to share my old favourites and new music with everyone. I’ve been friends with The Soil for about 4 years now and sharing the stage with them is just going to be so magical,” expresses Berita.

The latest single to be released by The African Jewel off her newly released third studio album is titled Over You.

Over You is already enjoying air play across the country on over 40 radio stations such as Metro FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Capricorn FM, Ikwekwezi FM and Tru FM just to name a few.

The African Jewel has turned a completely new chapter in her career with the release of her highly awaited third studio album. Berita’s sound has been lauded by many both locally and internationally for being distinct, intriguing and proudly African.

Make sure to get your tickets to see The African Jewel live on stage on 5 August 2017 and stream or download her BERITAalbum here: https://itun.es/za/YwdNjb

Watch Berita’s live acoustic performance of Nguwe Wedwa here:

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Cassper Nyovest and Kwesta to headline DStv iRock Limpopo 2017

Cassper-Nyovest

The DStv iRock Limpopo Music Festival is back and is set to take place at Polokwane Cricket Club on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

Headliners like Cassper Nyovest, Amanda Black, Culoe de Song, Black Motion, Kwesta, and DJ Mshega (among others) will bring music lovers the best in South African dance, house, hip-hop, afro pop and RnB.

Once again, aspiring musicians are invited to be part of the line-up by entering the DStv iRock Battle for the Stage talent search. Keep an eye on the DStv iRock social media platforms for further updates.

“In 2013, DStv iRock launched a completely new experience. We created more than just a music festival, we created a lifestyle. The youth were captivated and looked for ways to be part of the experience in a bigger way. We then developed and implemented the iRock Ambassador Program which employs over 100 youth in the area,” says Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, General Manager Marketing for MultiChoice.

Gates at the Polokwane Cricket Club will open at 12:00 on Saturday, 23 September 2017. Main event tickets are on sale for R150 GA (1) and R250 (Buy 1 get 1 free) and VIP Early bird at R2500 for 2 (includes a bottle of Bisquit, Cruz Vodka and mixers)

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10th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards 2017

Crown Gospel Music Awards

The World Gospel Powerhouse is excited to officially announce that this year, on the last week of November 2017, the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be celebrating 10 Years since its inception.

“This year the Awards will take place on the 26th November 2017 at the Durban ICC, but we invite everyone to start preparing now for this grand event since we will have celebrations, commencing from Thursday the 23rd November 2017, prior to the Awards evening. For the first time ever on the Thursday (23 November) that will precede the Crown Awards evening, the World Gospel Powerhouse will host a service,an event of high magnitude that will feature renowned local and international speakers”, says Zanele Mbokazi, founder of the Crown Gospel Music Awards.

On Friday, 24 November, the 2nd Christian Expo Africa will kick off at the Durban ICC. This Expo will host a range of exhibitors who will showcase all things Christian – from literature, books, Music, DVDs, Clothing and other related merchandise and services. The Industry Awards will take place on Saturday night (25 November). We urge all Gospel Music lovers and supporters to make earnest preparations and even put in leave notices from work for the Monday after the Crown Awards weekend, adds Zanele Mbokazi.

The Crown Awards were founded 10 years ago and a few weeks ago, we hosted its 10th year celebrations througha Crown Awards Blestival which featured amongst others, the following artists: Benjamin Dube, Rebecca Malope, Putuma, Sgwili, Shongwe, Andile kaMajola, Dumi Mkokstad, Mawat and Tebogho. The Blestival also saw the launch of Gospel Musical #Maria which starred Jessica Nkosi and Brian Temba in its lead roles. The musical tells the story of the life of our lord Jesus Christ, through his mother Maria.

Nominees for the 2017 SABC Crown Awards are now open. Nomination forms are available on our website: www.theafricangospel.com or by calling our offices on: 031 303 3520. For further details, follow us on our social media platforms, Facebook: Crown Gospel Music Awards, Instagram: @crowngospelmusicawards and Twitter: @SabcCrownAwards

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An award-winning television presenter and filmmaker, Bonné de Bod

Bonné de Bod

As everyone knows, the world’s rhinos are in trouble and wildlife television presenter Bonné de Bod is on a quest to find out why and what’s being done to save these magnificent beasts. Ten years ago De Bod changed her life to follow her childhood passion. She left a successful career as a model to find and tell stories on wildlife in Africa. Many know De Bod from her seven seasons as a 50/50 presenter on SABC2 where she informed viewers about pressing environmental issues, winning a number of awards along the way, including the 2015 SANParks Kudu Award for Best Journalist, 2015 SANParks Kudu Award for Best Programme – the Rhino Blog series and 2016 ATKV Media-veertjie Award for Best Educational Programme.

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Now, focusing on her passion for rhinos De Bod is heavily involved in the highly anticipated, forthcoming documentary film STROOP,  and currently appears in her Rhino Blog broadcast daily on People’s Weather (DStv 180). She’s also SABC’s special correspondent reporting on any breaking news involving rhinos and can be seen monthly on DStv Channel 404 with rhino updates as well as on kykNET (DStv channel 144) with Grootplaas on Die Groot Ontbyt. She can also be heard on Groot FM, Radio Today and RSG.

Everything you need to know about Bonné de Bod

Q: Tell us a bit about your background?

Bonné de Bod: After finishing school I studied BCom Industrial Psychology at the University of Pretoria. While at Tukkies, part of hostel life was doing stage productions and competing between the different hostels, and I loved it! I became very involved with theatre and while I was performing in a production I was scouted by a modeling agency who offered me a contract in Cape Town. So after completing my studies I packed my bags and started my modeling career. I also studied drama so my days were very full. Being a model was a lifestyle so completely different to one I had grown up in.  I had always considered myself a bit of a tomboy and a real nature lover.

So walking down catwalks in tight fitting dresses and five-inch heels was a strange world for me, but I stayed in it for three years. By that time I had finished my drama course and I started landing parts in soapies such as Villa Rosa, Egoli and 7de Laan. I enjoyed playing characters but it was at this time that I started to realize that if I wanted to be on TV, I wanted to be myself.  I was offered a modeling contract with a very prestigious agency in London and, at the same time, I was also offered the field presenting role on SABC 2’s environmental show 50/50.  For me it really was a no-brainer! I had spent my childhood watching 50/50 every Sunday night and couldn’t believe that I would possibly be on the show. So I turned London down and over the next decade I spent seven wonderful seasons on 50/50, and I have never looked back!

Q: Have you always been passionate about wildlife?

BdB: Yes, and I owe it to my grandparents. My best memories are of my grandparents taking me and my sisters on trips to the Kruger National Park. We would go twice a year in school holidays, and it became my most favourite place on earth and needless to say, it still is. Besides the fact that I was introduced to all the big and small creatures by very passionate wildlife lovers, it was the famous “animal sounds” tape being played in the car that really stuck with me. By the end of each visit I would know the tape so well that there was no need for it as I could recite it out loud. We were treated to my oupa’s extensive knowledge – from animals to trees. Stopping, talking and observing… my passion and love for the natural world was born then, and you know even now when I come back from a shoot in the Kruger, my oupa will grill me on what I saw and will pull out his Kruger maps wanting to know exactly what roads I was on and how the park is looking.

Q: Why the fascination with rhinos? 

BdB: They are beautiful. They are iconic. They are beasts of a bygone era. When you look at a rhino, you immediately see that defining feature, its horn. And yet as we know, this distinctive and unique feature is what humans kill them for. And there is just something so special about seeing that massive animal out in the bush.  I spent a lot of time with my parents and grandparents in Kruger, and what always stuck out for me was the reverence they had whenever they saw a wild rhino. In China, India and Vietnam, the places where they are gone from, they are viewed as very spiritual animals where the horn points to heaven and provides a link from earth to the spiritual realm.

I get asked all the time why we must save them, and I always say that we, as humans, have a moral responsibility to protect them, to protect all living species, it is simply the right thing to do. And something desperately needs to change or we will lose our wild rhinos. I’ve had many ups and downs over the last three years investigating this world of greed. The most difficult part is witnessing what we, as humans, are capable of. I’ve attended the scenes of many murdered rhino; I’ve seen rhinos still alive with half hacked off faces…what unbelievable pain. It shocks you to your core to see that, to witness that. The cruelty is totally beyond anything I can think up. Pure evil and human greed. And I do sometimes wonder when, if ever, we will defeat it. Seeing a little orphan calf crying while standing next to his mother’s dead carcass, is probably the worst scene I’ve had to witness in this poaching war.

Q: How did the documentary film STROOP come about?

BdB: It was during a 50/50 story I did on the rhino poaching crisis when I realized that I needed to do something more. We were filming a story in the Kruger and we were taken to a double carcass. When we got the crime scene, Susan Scott, the producer told me to sit in between these two carcasses and deliver my lines to camera. At that moment I was confronted with so many emotions and questions… How can humanity be so unbelievably cruel? And how can we as South Africans allow this? It was then when I knew that I had to do something to slow the slaughter and the eradication of this beautiful animal. That’s where the idea for a documentary feature film on the rhino poaching crisis was born. An independent film with no censorship or broadcast sensitivities, a publicly owned film where we can show all the aspects surrounding this very complex situation. STROOP  was initially a six month project, but I think when director Susan Scott and I started filming we had no idea just how many layers the rhino situation really has. So, three years later, quitting our jobs, selling our homes, cashing in our investments and moving in with our mothers… well, it has certainly become a passion project!

Q: Tell us more about the film itself.

BdB: STROOP is an in-depth look at the world of rhino poaching and everything in between. From the battlegrounds in the Kruger National Park and Hluluwe iMfolozi in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the two hardest hit areas in South Africa, where we have been given unprecedented access to the rangers, forensic teams and crime scenes, to the dingy court rooms in the bush towns bordering Kruger as well as the high courts of Pretoria and Kempton Park where we follow the work of state prosecutors working against well-paid defence teams working inside a justice system that is slow at the best of times. We follow the police on busts and spend time with private rhino owners. We follow the journey of little orphans who have lost their mothers to poaching and the rehabilitators who try everything to get them back into the wild. We look at the controversial topic of legal trade in rhino horn and then we take the viewer to the dark underground backrooms of Vietnamese and Chinese smugglers and directly to the rhino horn users. We are making this film, so that no one can say they didn’t know. We are now busy with the editing of the film as well as some last minute shooting we have to do but we have to finish it later this year for an early 2018 release.

Q: Tell us about Rhino Blog

BdB: Something we realised while filming STROOP was that so many aspects of the rhino poaching crisis are security sensitive or must remain classified because it involves organized crime.  So while filming Susan and I recognized that we were seeing so many aspects of the rhino poaching crisis that wouldn’t necessarily be put into the film and decided to make an accompanying TV series that highlights the positive work being done on the ground. Each episode is a positive, uplifting look at a hero on the front lines of the rhino war.

From the rangers in our national and provincial parks to the use of the latest technology to fight this war, to our courts where the state prosecutors are battling to get the criminals behind bars. To the little rhino orphans who have lost their mothers and how orphanages are handling this flood of babies into their facilities, to the forensic investigations of crime scenes. We even cover the work being done by sportsmen like Mark Boucher and Kevin Pietersen and high profile names like Prince Harry and world conservation icons like Dr Jane Goodall and Dr Ian Player. There are people who deeply care and have given up their life of safety and comfort to save our rhinos. These are the true heroes in this crisis, and showing their work is what Rhino Blog is about.

Connect with Bonne de Bod

  • Facebook: @BonnedeBodOfficial
  • Twitter: @Bonne_de_Bod
  • Instagram: @bonnedebod
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Terry Pheto leads International Awards with highest nominations

Terry Pheto IARA-AWARDS‏

Off the back of being nominated for an international Black Reel Award this past weekend in the same category as global power house, Oprah Winfrey and outstanding Hollywood ensemble of actresses Sanaa Lathan, Loretta Devine and Nia Long for Outstanding Actress in TV Movie/Limited Series; internationally award-winning South African actress, Terry Pheto, is now leading the International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA Awards) as the most nominated actor this year.

Terry Pheto this evening received three nominations for the upcoming 4th annual IARA Awards in the categories: Best Actress 2017 and Best International Actress 2017 for her role in A United Kingdom, and Best Actress – TV or Drama 2017for her role in the BET Nelson Mandela series.

The IARA Awards recognises and celebrates the exceptional work of extraordinary positive role models who have excelled within their respective industries, and will take place in London on 2 September 2017.

“There are no words to express how I‘ve felt over the past few days. It’s always extremely humbling to be recognised for the work I do and more so on internationally recognised platforms.  Who would ever have thought that a girl from the Vaal would one day be nominated in the same category as the likes of Oprah Winfrey and lead with the most nominations on internationally recognised award platforms like the IARA Awards,” shares Terry Pheto.

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2017 has been a year of international acknowledgement for Terry Pheto. Having started the year off with winning Best Supporting Actress at the National Film Awards UK for her role in A United Kingdom, and recently being invited to be a part of the internationally recognised luxury watch company, Longines’ family; Terry Pheto’s recent award nominations are further testament to her brand power and international appeal.

Keep posted to Terry Pheto on social media for more on her upcoming award nominations.

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Craig Lucas Wins M-Net’s The Voice South Africa Season 2

Craig Lucas wins The Voice SA

This year’s The Voice South Africa season 2 winner is a 23-year-old Craig Lucas from Cape Town. Craig, who was coached by Kahn Morbee (The Parlotones lead singer), was one of the audience favourites right from the start. Kahn has produced the show’s number one singer two years in a row.

More than 1.6 million votes, an all time record for The Voice SA, were casted in the dramatic final week of voting during which seven incredible singers competed for the show’s grand prize. In the season finale, Craig was competing against other six contents which were Josh Ansley, Samantha Leonard, Caroline Grace Brussow, PJ Pretorius, Fatman and Luke Lovemore.

While music has always been his passion, he first had to fulfil his promise to his mother and complete his studies. The new Voice of South Africa now holds an honours degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town. Craig always wowed the audience every week with his unique interpretations of popular songs, demonstrating why coach Kahn called him “the love child of John Legend and Freddy Mercury.”

On top of walking away with a coveted deal from Universal Music South Africa, Craig walked off with the following fabulous prizes from The Voice SA sponsors:

  • R100 000 of fashion from Truworths
  • R250 000 in cash from dialdirect
  • A Subaru Impreza 2.0 Premium CVT
  • From Samsung, a Galaxy S8 Smartphone, a Gear S3 smart watch, a Gear VR, a 360 camera, a Gear iconiX set and a 65 inch KS9500 SUHD TV

Deloitte and Touche independently computed the voting figures for The Voice SA and these stats will be made available to the public late this week.

Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/thevoice for exclusive interviews with the coaches and talent, and follow the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @VoiceSA and follow the hashtag #TheVoiceSA or Facebook Fan page “Voice SA.”

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Nasty C proves lyrical supremacy on Sway and continues to grow his USA footprint

Nasty C Sway

Mabala Noise Entertainment, multi-award winning hip hop artist, TheCoolest Kid in Africa, Nasty C, has become the latest South African rapper to be hosted on New York’s premium hip hop radio show, Sway In The Morning, which airs on the uncut hip hop channel, Shade 45, owned by the legendary hip hop maven, Eminem.

Sway In The Morning has been host to the world’s top artists such as the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Common, Snoop Dogg, Redman, T.I, Wyclef Jean and Talib Kweli just to mention a few.

Nasty C gave a very forthright interview and a freestyle which indicated why he is one of the best hip hop artists as validated by Sway.

The Bad Hair album-maker had the weight of the entire South African nation on his young shoulders, but he flew the flag high with his impeccable lyricism and poetic artistry and simply took his freestyle performance to a whole new dimension.

Nasty C’s new single UOK was also played during the interview.

Watch Nasty C’s music video for UOK here:

This is just the beginning of Nasty C’s growing footprint in the USA and South Africans can expect more representation from Nasty C in this territory as he has already collaborated with popular USA actor actor, Omari Hardwick on his Bad Hair album.

The rapper is currently in New York and is scheduled to shoot the music video for his hit song Allow off the Bad Hair Extensions album which features American hip hop sensation French Montana.

The Juice Back hit maker has been on his A-Game over the past 12 months and singles released from his Bad Hair album have received high rotation airplay on stations across the country and solidified his spot as the Coolest Kid in Africa.

Make sure to watch Nasty C’s UOK music video and follow him on social media and stay tuned for his upcoming music video for Allow.

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