International tribute show, Tina: Simply The Best, debuts in Johannesburg this August

Tina: Simply The Best

From the producer of hit stage shows The Greatest Love of All Show and The Michael Jackson HIStory Showcomes a brand new tribute (Tina: Simply The Best) that will have audiences dancing in their chairs!

Johannesburg’s Emperors Palace Casino will debut Tina: Simply The Best with a three-week season in their Theatre of Marcellus this coming Spring – and it is set to rock you all the way back to the 1960s.

ALSO READ: Trevor Noah To Host The Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100

Tina: Simply The Best, comes fresh from its first ever public performances at Sibaya Casino in Durban last Christmas, where media labelled it “outstanding… a must see.”

Performing in the Theatre of Marcellus from Friday 31 August until Sunday 16 September 2018Tina: Simply The Best is set to recreate the powerful and energetic vocals and stage presence of the Queen of Rock, Tina Turner.

This live rendition features all the popular tracks that had audiences standing in their seats, as well as the the top Turner hits that had everyone belting their hearts out from one of the world’s most-loved female rock legends over the past few decades.

Hear all the sizzling Rock and soulful R&B hits that made Tina one of the 20th century’s biggest names in music –Simply The Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It, River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, We Don’t Need Another Hero, Jumping Jack Flash, What You Get is What You See, Private Dancer and many more.

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Trevor Noah to host the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100

Trevor Noah to host the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100

South African-born, superstar comedian Trevor Noah is set to host the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 taking place in Johannesburg. 

ALSO READ: Trevor Noah Named One Of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

The event, which will take place on Sunday, 2nd December  in Johannesburg, will be honouring Nelson Mandela’s centennial.

Trevor Noah joins a line-up of co-hosts of the host committee including Naomi Campbell, Bonang Matheba, Sir Bob Geldof, Tyler Perry, Gayle King and Forest Whitaker.

Local celebrities such as K Naomi, Lucas Radebe, Nandi Madida, Pearl Thusi, Somizi and Zakes Bantwini will also join as Global Citizen: Mandela 100 Advocates to support the campaign against extreme poverty.

“It is an honor to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival event celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela,” Trevor said in a statement.

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Former best friends Bonang Matheba and Somizi meet at the DStv Mzansi Viewers Choice awards Launch

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Choreographer and radio personality Somizi ‘Somgaga’ Mhlongo and his former BFF television personality, radio host and businesswoman Bonang ‘Queen B’ Matheba seemed to be in speaking terms again. 

ALSO READ: Bonang Says She’s Not Friends With Somizi

The pair attended the DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice award launch in Sandton on Tuesday and they seemed to be playful at the event.

Matheba and Mhlongo were friends for many years before their friendship suddenly and unexpectedly ended in 2016.

In a video clip from the #DSTVMVCA launch, Bonang  can be seen opening the event and welcoming everyone. Her specially shoutout to Somizi left people shook. She said “Hello Somgaga!” which left the crowd laughing very hard.

According to several reports, Matheba told Somizi to “go mobilise your fans to vote” when the nominees for Favourite Personality of the Year were announced which included Bonang Matheba, Somizi Mhlongo, Papa Penny Ahee, Nomzamo Mbatha and Kagiso Rabada.

Somizi then replied with: “Yasss honey, hae du?” and Matheba then responded with, “Ya tsamaya!”.

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Halle Berry denies coming to South Africa for the International Women in Media Conference

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American actress Halle Berry who won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic drama Monster’s Ball, has announced that she will not be attending the International Women in Media conference.

ALSO READ: Bonang Matheba Will No Longer Host The International Women In Media Conference

The women’s conference is set to take place on 5 and 6 September at the Sandton Convention Centre. Last week Wednesday, American actress Taraji P Henson labelled the advertisement as “fake”.

She took to Twitter denying her involvement by saying: “False! I will not be there. Never heard of this event and was never invited. Please remove my name from this event because it is false.”

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Last night Halle Berry broke her silence saying she knows nothing about the event and will not be attending.

“To clear the air… I will NOT be attending #WimCon2018. I apologize to any of my fans who were mislead – I know NOTHING about this, I have never heard of it. It’s shameful that @21stcg_Global would advertise this way. Thank you @TherealTaraji for letting people know (sic).” – Halle tweeted.

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Local celebrity Bonang Matheba also distanced herself from the event after Taraji P. Henson denied that she’s been booked to be part of the International Women in Media Conference. Read full statement here.

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Bonang Matheba will no longer host the International Women in Media Conference

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Media personality and businesswoman, Bonang Matheba, has withdrawn from the International Women in Media Conference.

ALSO READ: Bonang Matheba To Host The International Woman In Media Conference 2018

This comes after American actress Taraji P. Henson claimed that she has not been booked for the conference. Taraji P. Henson, took to Twitter and denied being booked for the event as advertised.


Matheba has released an official statement on the matter. The full statement is available on her official website

“Bonang Matheba will not be participating in the International Women In Media Conference which is slated to take place on September 5 in Johannesburg. This comes after it was revealed today at a press briefing that one of the announced keynote speakers, Ms Taraji P. Henson, is no longer participating.

Ms Matheba had been booked to host both the media event and the conference and had been attracted by the event’s apparent women’s empowerment principles. But as there has been no official feedback or clarity from the organisers following today’s allegations, Ms Matheba will not be participating.

For all direct questions on the event, please contact the event organizers: 21stCentury Group.”

According to several reports, organisers of the event, 21st Century Group, had announced that Taraji P. Henson, Ashanti and Halle Berry would be attending the conference. The conference will also feature local influential women such as Amanda du Pont and Connie Ferguson.

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Bonang Matheba to host the International Woman In Media Conference 2018

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Local businesswoman, radio host and television personality Bonang Matheba has been announced as the host of the International Woman In Media Conference 2018.

ALSO READ: Bonang Matheba Tells A Fan To Feel Free To F**K Off!

According to Channel24, American singer Ashanti will also be performing at a Gala Dinner to open to the conference. Other local celebrities forming part of the event include Connie Ferguson and Amanda du-Pont.

Matheba shared the exciting news on social media, saying: “Excited to be hosting the International Woman In Media Conference 2018 brought to you by @21stcg_Global!! An awesome international line up including @ashanti & @Connie_Ferguson! (sic).”

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AKA and Da L.E.S with their daughters at the NBA game

AKA and Da L.E.S with their daughters

South African rappers AKA and Da L.E.S decided to take their daughters, Kairo and Madi, to the NBA Africa basketball game this past weekend.

ALSO READ: Plugged Africa Partners With Shesha To Launch NBA Merchandise

The National Basketball Association was in the county this past week. Their visit was made in honor of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

In Madiba’s spirit, the NBA organized several community programs in South Africa and the week ended on a high note in Pretoria as Team Africa took on a Team World of international players.

The NBA Africa basketball games took place at Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria, Gauteng.

Other Mzansi celebrities who attended included Nomuzi, Tbo Touch, Pearl Thusi and ‘Huku’ singer Sho Madjozi.

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Sassy queen Bianca Del Rio is in the country

Sassy queen Bianca Del Rio

Roy Haylock, better known by the stage name Bianca Del Rio, is currently in South Africa. Bianca is American drag queen, comedian, actor, and costume designer best known for winning the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

ALSO READ: Skhumba Imitates Papa Penny

As reported by IOL, speaking on one of the biggest changes since winning one of the best seasons of Drag Race, Del Rio says: “My entire life has changed. Television is a very powerful platform. I knew the show was popular among the gays in the US, but I had no idea how many fans the show has all over the world and how many straight people are fans. I’m beyond grateful for the doors it has opened for me. Let’s face it, if it wasn’t for Drag Race, you wouldn’t be interviewing me right now.”

While Del Rio is known for being a famous drag figure in New York, the Drag Race winner got her start in Louisiana, New Orleans. “I was living in New Orleans and working, doing five nights a week for 10 years in a bar, and doing costumes and wigs and stuff there for the opera and the ballet.

And then the hurricane hit, and we weren’t allowed back into the city at the time. So I visited some friends in Atlanta, and I had a friend in New York who said, “Why don’t you come up here and kill some time and figure things out?” So I came to New York, and I decided if I could get an apartment and a job, I’d stay. And I did, and that was it.”

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The 2018 Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards Nominees Revealed

Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards Nominees

The road to the Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards officially kicked off last night at the remarkable Soweto Theatre where they unveiled the 2018 nominees that will fight it out to be rated amongst the best on the 24th of November at Carnival City’s, Top Arena.

ALSO READ: 2017 Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards

Founder and CEO, Perfecta Khumalo welcomed the public who attended the glitzy nominations announcement and re-assured the Kwaito and House loving community that MKHMA will never abandon SA musicians even if it means losing sponsors or media falsely labelling them.

“We started this in 2016 because of the passion and we are still going strong, hence one of our values is to put the artist first ” Said Khumalo

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Dressed in isibujwa and pantsula attire, stars such as Mapaputsi, Winnie Khumalo and Eugene Mthethwa filled up the Soweto Theatre and let it be known their support in Perfecta and her Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards team.

Amongst the guests, we had the Godmother from Zola, uMshoza who received a standing ovation and a Best Kwaito Single MKHMA nomination. Nominated in the category alongside her is Drencko, Spikiri and Paul Kulca.

Below is a comprehensive list of the nominees for the 3rd annual Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards:

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SA Film Wins Award Ahead of World Premiere at US Festival

STROOP_journey_into_the_rhino_horn_war SA Film Wins Award

Journey into the Rhino Horn War, the locally made documentary film, has been awarded the 2018 Green Tenacity Award by the judges of the Eighth Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival.

ALSO READ: South Africa’s Most Iconic Television Series Yizo Yizo To Be Made Into A Film

This comes ahead of the film’s world premiere at the festival which will run from Thursday September 6 through to Friday, September 14.

What makes the win and the premiere all the more impressive is the fact that the festival organisers received 350 submissions but ultimately only 26 films were selected to screen and, of those, only five have received awards.

Says a delighted Bonné de Bod, who produces and fronts the film: “We are over the moon at receiving this prestigious award and it makes all our hard work and dedication to this film that much more worthwhile.

“Hopefully, it also means that the recognition will create additional awareness and encourage even more people to see the film when it releases.”

According to the festival’s criteria, the Green Tenacity Award is given to filmmakers “who show great tenacity in exploring crucial environmental issues in their work.”

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