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Tumi Morake & Ndumiso Lindi are Married…But Not To Each Other

Tumi Morake & Ndumiso Lindi

Comedy’s modern traditionalist and the bad momma of comedy – Ndumiso Lindi and Tumi Morake – have been taking their rib-cracking, hilarious new stand-up show, ‘Married…But Not To Each Other’ across South Africa and into Africa.

ALSO READ: Tumi Morake’s Debut Book Hits The Shelves

Following successful shows in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Botswana, Nelspruit, Secunda, Krugersdorp, Port Elizabeth and Mafikeng, Tumi and Ndumiso are returning to Cape Town for one night only on 16 November at the Baxter Theatre.

Whilst travelling together on a comedy adventure, Ndumiso Lindi and Tumi Morake were asked by a customs official: “Are you married?” Ndumiso quickly replied: “Yes”, realised what he was saying and added: “But not to each other.” And thus, began the comical journey for this wife and husband of other people.

The show is a hilarious take on the roles and regulations of marriage and the pothole-laced roads the sexes have to navigate. It’s not just about marriage. It is about the world that these marriages have to survive in.

Ndumiso Lindi, the gentleman of South African comedy, otherwise known as Roosta, effortlessly blends new-age style with old-school traditions. His deep voice, soul-warming smile, booming laughter, original content and seamless delivery makes for a comedy act that is outstanding and soulfully South African.

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Award winning recording artist Sjava apologises for his Idols SA performance

Sjava on Idols SA

Sjava, whose real name is Jabulani Hadebe, is one of the most well-known South African award winning recording artists. Sjava rose to fame three years ago after he was featured in Miss Pru’s debut single, “Ameni”.

ALSO READ: Sjava Is Set To Retire From Music After His Next Project

The multi-talented artist recently performed with Saudi (real name Anele Mbisha) on South African Idols (Idols SA) and fans were not impressed by their performance. He took to Twitter apologising for his performance with Saudi after getting a lot of bad reviews from fans.

He wrote: “Good evening I want take this moment and apologise for our perfomance on @IdolsSA see a lot of people didnt like it sigejeli. empilweni kunjalo sometimes wenza kahle sometimes ubhede. sizolungisa amaphutha and try to do better next time thank you for your support and love (sic).”

Image Courtesy: instagram.com/sjava_atm

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Bonang Matheba set to host The People’s Pageant SA

Bonang Matheba The People’s Pageant SA

South African television personality, radio host and businesswoman Bonang Matheba has been announced as the the host for The People’s Pageant SA.

ALSO READ: Bonang Matheba Announces A Social Media Documentary

The People’s Pageant SA is a new pageant with a cause that will celebrate South African women who are helping to transform the world around them.

Along with millions of rand’s worth of prizes, the empowering approach taken by The People’s Pageant SA means that shape, size, colour, race and height are irrelevant. Rather, by emphasizing non-conformity, it is inner beauty and impact on society that will impress the judges.

Women between the ages of 20 – 40 are eligible to enter The People’s Queen competition, while young women between the ages of 13-19 may enter to become The People’s Princess SA.

The yearlong campaign will be launched at the Capital on Park hotel in Sandton tomorrow and will be followed by a national pop-up roadshow starting in Johannesburg later this week. Face-to-face auditions will take place in May and a Bootcamp in October will see contestants face elimination rounds to reach the finals in December.

“Being passionate about empowerment and education, this is such a great fit for me. I sincerely believe that South African women can be the change we need to be as a nation, and The People’s Pageant SA is such a special opportunity to uncover our gems,” says Bonang.

In addition to Bonang being host & ambassador, The People’s Pageant SA will also partner with The Bonang Matheba Foundation to provide prizes of one education bursary per week for 30 weeks to young women, with each bursary valued at R50,000.00 each.

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The countdown to #FillUpMosesMabhida for Cassper Nyovest begins

#FillUpMosesMabhida Cassper Nyovest

The official countdown to #FillUpMosesMabhida has begun with just a month to go until the highly anticipated concert on Saturday, 1 December 2018, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

ALSO READ: Watch Cassper Nyovest Prepares For Fill Up Moses Mabhida

The brainchild of multi award-winning musician, Cassper Nyovest; #FillUpMosesMabhida is the fourth installment of his #FillUp concert series which has had a massive impact on the local music scene over the years and garnered international traction. For the first time Cassper Nyovest’s #FillUp concert is moving out of Johannesburg and the country can embark on destination Durban for this special edition.

What began as a journey to prove that an African child can fill stadiums in their own country, tried and tested three times over, Cassper Nyovest’s #FillUp concert has evolved to his annual concert showcase.

Cassper Nyovest’s #FillUpFNB concert last year set the benchmark for concert experiences in the country and those attending #FillUpMosesMabhida this year can expect nothing short of a world-class event.

Ticket prices range from R100 – R450 and hospitality packages range from R1495 to R2999 at Computicket.

Image Courtesy: instagram.com/casspernyovest

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Open letter to MR Nathi Mthethwa

Nathi Mthethwa Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards Nominees

Open letter to MR Nathi Mthethwa – The Mzansi Kwaito House Music Awards note with great disappointment and disapproval, the unfair treatment it has been subjected to by the National Department of Arts and Culture.

ALSO READ: DJ Sbu To Host Mzansi Kwaito And House Music Awards (MKHMA)

The organisation has for the past 3 years invested efforts in attempting to secure funding for the Annual Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards. These tireless efforts have yielded nothing but constant rejection from the DAC. Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s department has continuously demonstrated by all means possible lack of interest towards supporting the awards.

What seem to be of great concern from our end, is the ignorance towards our efforts to promote social cohesion and giving recognition to what has historically manifested a unique South Africa’s cultural genre and discipline.

We have come to the realization that the department favours the South African Music Awards and new USIBA awards over the MKHMA, as they have cited the rejection on the basis that they are already supporting the SAMA’s. However we are of a belief that our focus remains different from that of the SAMA’s and other music oriented awards in South Africa.

This rejection has also come to suggest that women led initiatives are not worthy of the support afforded to those led by men, a stance that we believe seek to discriminate on the basis of gender and sex. We would like to remind Mr Mthethwa that the constitution of this country is explicit on the recognition and protection of all who live in South Africa.

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Michael Jackson HIStory Show, returns to celebrate summer in South Africa

MJ Blue Downlight with Credit Michael Jackson HIStory Show

It’s official! The upcoming SA summer season is set to heat up as one of the world’s most-loved tribute shows pays homage to the legendary Michael Jackson in, Michael Jackson HIStory Show, from 14 December 2018 until 10 February 2019 across the country.

ALSO READ: 2019 Sun Met Theme Has Been Announced

Michael Jackson HIStory Show, a two-hour musical experience, takes audiences on a musical journey back to MJ’s days as a member of the Jackson 5, his ground-breaking theatrics in the 80s and his continued reign as the King of Pop into the 21st century.

The SA tour kicks off in Durban at Sibaya Casino on 14 December 2018, including a special New Year’s Eve performance, and runs through to 6 January 2019. The show then travels to Carnival City’s Big Top Arena in Boksburg for a special one-night only showcase on 11 January, before returning to Cape Town (for the first time since January 2017) at The Artscape Theatre from 17 January until 10 February 2019.

MJ HIStory

Michael Jackson HIStory Show, which showcases all of MJ’s greatest and most popular hits performed live on stage, features 40 different customized costumes – 20 of which are for the MJ character alone. This time around fans will experience updated MJ costumes as well as new production elements incorporated into the show.

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New winners from the 7th instalment of the annual Durban Fashion Fair

Durban Fashion Fair winners Ntando Shandu & Nandile Mkhize

The winners of the New Faces category at the Durban Fashion Fair for 2018 were announced during the recent DFF Recognition Awards evening hosted at the ICC by the eThekwini Municipality who just celebrated their 20th anniversary of the Durban Business Fair.

ALSO READ: Durban Fashion Fair AfroFuturism Winners Announced

Presented as part of its successful Fashion Development Programme, the DFF this year celebrated its seventh year of wowing designers, the media, fashion buyers and the public. It brings out the very best in local fashion with top class shows that allow local creatives to strut their stuff alongside the best in the world.

To discover hidden talents that can put Durban on the fashion map as well as ensure that, when it comes to design, Durban is a top contender, the eThekwini Municipality has invested substantial sums in internships, industry related training programmes, networking sessions and various lifestyle and modelling programmes and boot camps.

These models, who were scouted throughout the greater eThekwini Municipality, have been provided with invaluable training over the past two months prior to the DFF – from runway skills, posing and posture presentation and photographic editorial techniques to “model etiquette”. These are proving the tools that will enable them to reach for their dreams and take full advantage of the opportunity to participate in a high profile fashion show such as the DFF.

Ntando Shandu with Sindi Shangase & Nandile Mkhize

The Mayor of the eThekwini municipality, Cllr Zandile Gumede, said it was inspiring that, to date, the DFF had attracted a range of local, Pan-African and international experts in the fashion sector.

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2019 Sun Met theme has been announced

2019 Sun Met theme

Whether you go bold in gold or rock the red carpet in copper, be ready to dazzle at Africa’s Richest Race Day. Inspired by the earth’s most decadent riches, the theme for Sun Met 2019 is African Luxury: Precious Metals.

ALSO READ: 2018 Nubian Music Festival LineUp Revealed

“the chosen theme is a celebration of the continent’s glitz, glamour, and natural materials that contribute greatly to the regal richness of Africa. Race day goers are encouraged to arrive dressed to theme in copper, gold and platinum prints and tones for what promises to be a dazzling day at the races,” – a press statement reads.

“The Sun Met is always such a grand celebration of our fashion heritage and legacy as Africans. I always love experiencing how people interpret the theme and I think African Luxury: Precious Metals is the perfect opportunity for the public to step out and shine, ” – Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters spoke about the event.

The 2019 Sun Met will take place at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on 26 January. Tickets are available at ticketpros.co.za

Image Courtesy: twitter.com/sunmetza

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2018 Nubian Music Festival LineUp Revealed

2018 Nubian Music Festival

After a successful debut in 2017, the Nubian Music Festival is back with not only Africa’s finest musicians live in a gorgeous setting, but also an entire weekend of entertainment for the whole family at Hartbeespoort Dam’s Eagle Waters Wildlife Resort from 14 to 17 December 2018.

ALSO READ: Watch Cassper Nyovest Prepares For Fill Up Moses Mabhida

Mafikizolo, Mi Casa, Lira, Oliver Mtukudzi, Selaelo Selota, Kunle Ayo and Candy Tsamandebele are just some of the diverse acts who will entertain crowds from all over Gauteng and the North West Province.

Mpho Mathope, Nubian Music Festival creator and Eagle Waters Wildlife Resort General Manager, says: “Come and enjoy the stunning views of the Hartbeespoort Dam and the Magaliesberg mountain range which offers beautiful scenery and breathtaking views. Wildlife such as blesbuck and zebras are free roaming in and around Eagle Waters Wildlife Resort. Keen bird watchers will be able to spot over 340 identified bird species…It’s a truly special setting for a festival.”

On 14 and 15 December 2018, those who have booked to stay in the chalets or who are camping in their own tents or in upscale tent accommodation, will have full access to the pools, fishing facilities, water sports as well as the lion and cheetah parks, zoo and elephant sanctuary. At night, they will also be treated to a movie under the stars.

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Cape Town International Film Festival Awards 2018

Cape Town International Film Festival Awards 2018

The 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival wrapped up on Friday October 19th with a Gala Awards evening at the newly re-furbished Cape Town City Hall.

ALSO READ: The Best In African Film – The Cape Town International Film Market And Festival

With over 120 films in competition, across a range of categories, the various juries, made up of film experts from home and afar did not have an easy task in selecting the Award winners.

This year’s festival once again focused a spotlight on various genres including documentary, feature and short films, as well as including themed awards such as Best LGBTQ, Best Asian Film, and a notable award for Best New Director.

CTIFMF Festival Director Leon van der Merwe had this to say of this year’s film selection, “The Festival Director would like to congratulate the winners and thank the various juries for the selection of the Awards. For more than a week the juries had the opportunity to watch films from around the world.

The juries were especially impressed by the Asian features from countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and Taiwan that offered innovative aesthetic approaches to the subject matter. It was also a pleasure to experience the focus on contemporary Italian and Romanian cinema. The entries from across Africa also increased this year both in quantity and quality and it is clear that African film is on the cusp of a major resurgence.”

The overall winner of the year’s Cape Town International Film Market and Festival, recipient of three awards including the most coveted award of the night, The Grand Prix, as well as awards for Best Director Award and Best Actor was the Italian film, Dogman. The film competed at this past year’s Cannes Film Festival where Marcello Fonte also won for Best Actor.

The CTIFMF’s Opening Film, and South Africa’s official official submission for the Oscar’s, Sew the Winter to My Skin, directed by Jahmil X. T Qubeka, won the Award for Best South African Feature Film, whilst Rehad Desai’s Everything Must Fall won for Best South African Documentary, and the Best South African Short Film was won by Rea Moeti’s Mma Moeketsi.

Cape Town International Film Festival Awards

South African film Kanarie also took home the award for Best LGBTQ Film, while Kenyan Director of Supa Modo, Likarion Wainaina, won the award for Best New Director in the New Voices category and was described by the jury as “a true new voice of contemporary cinema. The director succeeds in bringing its audience into the shoes of a kid, showing us the world through her eyes, without ever trivialising nor overdramatizing a difficult topic such as a child’s illness. The director shows an uncommon capacity of leading his actors and keeping a difficult balance between drama, comedy and fairy tale.”

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