Zoocci Coke Dope bags 3 hotly contested #SAHHA2017 nominations

Zoocci Coke Dope

Rising Hip Hop freshman, Zoocci Coke Dope, has bagged 3 South African Hip Hop Award (#SAHHA2017) nominations in the hotly contended categories of Mixtape Of The Year, Freshman Of The Year (Newcomer) and Producer Of The Year. Zoocci Coke Dope’s nominations comes off the back of his recent signing to the Vth Season, one of Africa’s leading Talent Management and Entertainment Marketing Agencies.

Zoocci Coke Dope’s nominations for #SAHHA2017 are well deserved and are just testament to the success he has had in 2017, which saw him make inroads in the South African Hip Hop scene and grow his fan base.

“Zoocci’s SAHHA2017 nominations are well deserved. In our eyes he is the best producer that has come out of SA this year. He possesses a musical gift far beyond his years and it’s great that the industry has recognised him for the work he has put in. He is definitely a rising freshman to watch,” shares Raphael Benza of Vth Season.

Known for his insane hooks and impeccably-delivery of verses, Zoocci Coke Dope has been part of the best hit singles to come out in 2017 which includes chart topping single I Don’t Know by DJ Speedsta. His latest body of work, Morning Star EP, is one of the most downloaded projects on popular entertainment site Slikour On Life this year.

Zoocci Coke Dope’s presence in the Hip Hop scene was definitely felt this year and has left a lasting impression which has made him one of the most sought after rising stars in the South African Hip Hop scene. Download or stream Zoocci Coke Dope’s highly acclaimed Morning Star EP here:

With the recent signing to Vth Season, the African music scene can expect a lot from Zoocci Coke Dope going forward as one of the visions of this new partnership is to make inroads on the continent.

Keep posted to Zoocci Coke Dope and @VthSeason on social media for new music dropping this week.

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Tracey Ullman’s Show Returns for Second Series

Comedienne Tracey Ullman returns to SA screens

Comedienne Tracey Ullman returns to SA screens with a second series of her hysterically funny sketch show, introducing us to a slew of new comic characters and impersonations of celebrities and “national treasures”.

The series starts on Monday, November 6 at 21:00 exclusively on ITV Choice (DStv 123).

Each episode offers a glimpse of British life, from dusk till dawn, and many of its inhabitants (the everyday and the very famous). Locals, tourists… even those smuggling themselves into the country are included. A typical episode consists of sketches ranging from one to three minutes with one sketch’s storyline acting as the spine of the episode. Every show also features an original song penned by Ullman and composer Richard Thomas.


  1. Delinquent Dame Judi Dench is back, but will being a national treasure be enough to save her this time?  Nicola Sturgeon has her sights set on more than just Scotland; and Doctor Peluzzi can cure your bad knee and make you run faster than anyone else (but if anyone asks you to pee into a cup, get a friend to do it). There’s also a heartfelt song from Angela Merkel: she’s all on her own (apart from Birgit her faithful stylist – and a million refugees). With a guest star appearance from Ben Miller as Rupert Murdoch.
  1. The second episode sees the return of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who is shopping for cut-price animal-print leggings – or jodhpurs as she prefers to call them. It is movie night in the Murdoch household, and Germaine Greer is ranting at a student as she waits at the bus stop. Kay and her elderly mother’s home is flooded – but they are staying put. Dame Maggie Smith has a new job as a vlogger, and the planners have their sights on a run-down housing estate – but is gentrification good for everyone? The scene is set for a rap challenge. Guest starring Kevin Bishop.
  1. It’s a big day for security guard Leah. She’s the last line of defence at a small factory on an industrial estate, but in these heightened times anything could happen. Nicola Sturgeon is so keen on Angela Merkel’s style that she will go to any length to get the look; health nut Mabel has a new blender (you can put anything in it); and top New York producer Bernice Rubin is over in the UK trying to secure some Shakespeare for Broadway. All this plus a song about pulling the plug on the technology in our homes that stops us talking to each other, and Dame Judi Dench in a shop full of fragile china – what could possibly go wrong?
  1. Adele is happy, but that’s not helping the new album. A hard-working mum is trying to juggle her work-life balance, but that means the kids are in her taxi as well, and the vlog from Dame Maggie has some of the best acting tips you will ever hear. Meanwhile, a therapist has trouble with confidentiality, and Nicola Sturgeon is in her lair with a song about her plans for world domination – just don’t talk about the oil. With a guest appearance from Nigel Havers.
  1. Kate and Wills are away, so it is up to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to look after Princess Charlotte for the day. But Camilla is better with boys – they just need food and exercise. Meanwhile, a top team from GCHQ are staking out a couple in a pub, but even a spy’s son should be able to make his own decisions. Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch pose for a family photo, Mabel the health nut tries the caveman diet, and a masseuse is juggling her work and her baby, who has woken up from his nap too soon. Elsewhere, the dance troupe from Top of the Pops are reunited after 40 years, and Dame Judi is receiving the first award at the start of a long award ceremony – what will she do with the rest of her evening?
  1. They have opened a gallery in the old home town of troubled artist Sharon Utley, but who is Stick of Rock Man, and what really happened to the pier? Dame Maggie’s vlog tackles a first-person shooter video game and Nicola Sturgeon has captured Andy Murray, and take heart if you are missing Bake Off – The Great British Boiled Egg is here to fill the gap on the BBC. Meanwhile, Kay is looking into her family tree, and Angela Merkel has had enough of Brexit negotiations and wants to see more of London.
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Miss SA Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters’ protea dress gets mixed reaction

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is headed to the Miss Universe pageant and unveiled her national costume on Thursday afternoon.

Wearing thigh-high boots and maroon “petals” attached to her arms, the official Miss SA account said the outfit was inspired by the national flower.

“Inspired by the protea, @demileighnp’s national costume was designed by Malikah Hajee and Lloyd Kandlin and their team at The Costume Department.”

“Love the whole costume! The boots make it a complete look and she will stand out amongst all the other contestants. The designer struck a too balance between creating something stunning and glamourous but without overpowering @demileighnp. It’s incredible,” said one fan.

“I’m about to cry. It’s so so beautiful! @demileighnp you’re bringing that title home,” said Karishma Ramdev.

Others were not as impressed.

“Is this the actual costume she’ll be wearing?” commented someone. “I rate heels instead of boots as well,” said Angelique Marais.

Earlier this month Miss SA made changes to Miss SA runner up Adè van Heerden’s Ndebele-inspired outfit after major public backlash. She will be competing in Miss World while Demi-Leigh has opted for the Miss Universe title.


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South Africa’s Chantel Dartnall Named Best Female Chef at Global Culinary Award Ceremony

Chantel Dartnall Named Best Female Chef

South Africa’s Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic has been named the world’s Best Female Chef at The Best Chef Lady Awards 2017, which took place in Warsaw yesterday (October 25).

She was also placed at number 32 in the Best Chef Awards Top 100 list for 2017, the highest positioned woman and one of only three to make the top 50 (Spain’s Elena Azark is 33rd and France’s Anne-Sophie Pic is 47th). Dartnall is the only South African chef listed in the top 100.

Launched in Poland in 2016, this international competition seeks out the world’s top chefs in terms of culinary artistry and visual presentation. The winning chefs are selected in six categories by 300 voters comprising chefs, food writers and culinary experts across the globe as well as 1,5 million followers on the competition’s digital platform.

Dartnall – who has twice been named South Africa’s Chef of the Year – beat out strong competition from globally acclaimed chefs including the aforementioned Arzak (Best Chef – Lady 2016 winner) of the three Michelin starred restaurant Arzak; Emma Bengtsson who is at the helm of the two Michelin-starred Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit in New York; Pic who gained three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic in France and Clare Smyth, the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin-stars in the UK with her establishment Core.

Dartnall was over the moon with the recognition: “What a great honour to have been selected as the 2017 Best Female Chef by The Best Chef Awards in Warsaw – it was an incredible moment. I have to thank all the amazing people in my life who work just as hard to guide and assist me in this journey and help to make all these wonderful dreams a reality. I also want to thank all the Mosaic customers who have supported me during the 11 years Restaurant Mosaic has been in operation.”

In June, Dartnall was named 2017 Chef of the Year for Africa and the Middle East by the prestigious Luxury Travel Guide Awards. In the same week Restaurant Mosaic triumphed at the respected 2017 World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists Awards and awarded a top-tier three-star award. Restaurant Mosaic was also named Luxury Restaurant of the Year by Travel & Hospitality.Global Culinary Award Ceremony

Dartnall’s current spring/summer menu at Restaurant Mosaic is namedCosmorganic” and alludes to the “supposed character of the universe as a living organism whose atoms are severally endowed with sensibility, asserting that the organic in the whole of the universe, as well as in the narrow sphere of single bodies on the earth, is the first thing from which the inorganic was separated…”

It again features Dartnall’s signature Botanical Cuisine, using only the best seasonal produce with Dartnall taking her cue from nature, and includes dishes such as Song of the Sea (salmon, kombucha, yuzu); Some Birds Don’t Fly (ostrich, beetroot, plum); Tajine du

Maghreb (capretto, prunes, argan oil) and The Clash of Constellations (passion fruit, mango, fresh berries).

Restaurant Mosaic also boasts one of the most comprehensive wine cellars in Africa, comprising of more than 75 000 bottles of wine under 5 500 different local and international labels.

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Vth Season to host VINTAGE Party after successful VTHSymposium session

Vth Season to host VINTAGE Party

Benza and Ninel of Vth Season, one of Africa’s leading Talent Management and Entertainment Marketing Agencies, is set to host VINTAGE tomorrow, which is an after office event concept event bringing a nostalgic old school party vibe for those who believe that everything gets better with time.

VINTAGE will be hosted by Vth Season’s Ninel & Benza with DJ Waxxy, Dino Bravo and other legendary DJs on the decks. Make sure to join the launch event tomorrow for great music, great cocktails, food and a great atmosphere.

Date: TomorrowFriday, 27 October 2017
Time: 4pm till whenever
Location: Asanka Restaurant, cnr Rivonia Road & Mutual Road, Rivonia, Sandton
Entrance: FREE (R150 after 9pm)
Table Bookings: [email protected] of +27 83 790 3927

Vth Season’s VINTAGE event will come off the back of hosting yet another successful edition of the VTHSymposium.

The Vth Season VTHSymposium which was held yesterday; saw various members of the music industry ecosystem gather together to partake in a candid conversation on the complexity of artist and agency relationships in South Africa. The discussion was led by Vth Season’s directors, Raphael Benza and Ninel Musson, who called on industry pioneers, Lance Stehr and Bradley Williams, to drive the conversation.

The VTHSymposium was a trending topic in South Africa peaking at number #3 on the Top 10 trends list in SA, and had engagement from as far as Uganda from people catching the conversation online and appreciating the knowledge shared. To make sure you receive an invitation for the next VTHSymposium, send your details to [email protected].

Follow Vth Season on social media for highlights from yesterday’s VTHSymposium and for more info on tomorrow’s VINTAGE event.


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Boity joins Nastyc C on the stage

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Boity Thulo is one of the Mzansi’s sexiest celebrities. The scarlet joined Nasty C on stage this past weekend at the Migos Culture Tour.

“It was really after our fun rap on Club 808 that I decided to try it and just have fun in studio. Nasty C invited me to do a song with him and it was the perfect opportunity. I jumped at the chance,” she told TshisaLIVE.

Boity revealed that the pair hit the studio for three days to record a “fun” track called Half, with Nasty C helping her write her raps.

Here is the video.

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Record label Mabala Noise addresses the Migos Culture Tour mess

Migos Culture Tour concert Mabala Noise

Record label Mabala Noise breaks the silence by issuing a public statement addressing the Migos Culture Tour drama.

Many people were disappointed by the concert, as it started late, the weather was bad, only Nasty C and Boity were the local acts who performed and a DJ apparently repeated a few tracks. Mabala Noise has now clarified what led to the disastrous concert.

We would like to thank all the fans and supporters who came out to The Dome on Saturday to the Migos SA Tour,” began Mabala Noise spokesperson, Sikhulile Nzuza, in a statement.

“Just after 7pm on Saturday evening a massive storm descended on Johannesburg, significantly impacting some of the access control points and the electronic accreditation systems” – the statement read.

They further added that “in the best interests of public safety, the VOC made the decision to pause the live performances until such time as the access points were operating effectively and the safety of patrons could be assured. The safety of the fans was paramount. The time taken to ensure that the event could continue safely caused the delay to the concert schedule and timings had to be adjusted accordingly.”

“All booked South African artists were backstage and made aware of the situation. Migos went on stage at their scheduled time slot and performed their full set,” the statement read.

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Following devastating storms that left a lot of people stranded in KwaZulu Natal last week. Award-winning Afro Soul singer and songwriter BERITA has partnered with Almal Foundation to help raise funds, non-perishable goods, warm clothes and hygiene products for the victims affected by the #KZNSTORMS.

Date: Saturday, 21st October 2017
Time: 12am till 6pm
Location: Newtown Junction Mall
Cost: FREE

BERITA will headline the BENEFIT CONCERT and will be joined by the country’s finest DJs and live performers which include the likes of Kwesta, Tresor, Mobi Dixon and Brenda Mtambo with a special appearance by the legendary Princess of Africa Yvonne Chaka.

“I was really saddened by the KZN storms that happened last week. My thoughts are with families and students writing Matric that are the most affected at this time. My hopes are that through this Benefit Concert as a community we may come together in music and also pledging what we have to support one another,” shares BERITA.

A faith-filled spiritual artist with a wisdom so profound for his age, BERITA is more just a hit-maker but a healer through his music.

The BENEFIT CONCERT is brought to you by BERITA in association with Newtown Junction Mall, Princess of Africa Foundation, Almal Foundation and Vth Season. Many thanks to Music factory, Gear house, SA roadies, Black Motion on stage and production you can expect nothing but the best entertainment.

All proceeds from the event will go to the families most affected by the #KZNStorms in Umlazi and Malukazi. People are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable foods, hygiene products, blankets and clothes. To be collected by Almal foundation.

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36 CRAZYFISTS Lanterns SA Tour

Alaska’s finest 36 Crazyfists to make their South African return.

During their face-melting performance at Krank’d Up festival in 2015, front man Brock Lindow of Alaskan metal legends 36 Crazyfists promised the ravenous crowd that the band will return to our tip of Africa soon. Never letting their rabid fan base down, Brock has kept his promise and thus the band will be making their way back to South Africa in April 2018 for two exclusive club shows, namely Mercury Live in Cape Town and Rumours Rock City in Johannesburg in support of their new album, ‘Lanterns’.
“Lanterns represents the light we all seek,” explains Brock. “These songs are all about struggling to locate it and trying to find the way to move forward and get past what has mentally hampered you in your life.”

Watch 36 CRAZYFISTS’ Better to Burn

Unbridled honesty cast in unpredictable metallic soundscapes and icy melodies has defined the veteran group since its emergence in 1994. Their journey would be earmarked by classics such as 2004’s ‘A Snow Capped Romance’. The breakout album yielded the hit “Bloodwork,” which not only featured on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse Soundtrack, but also garnered a cumulative total of 7 million streams. Along the way, the boys toured with the likes of everyone from Alice In Chains and Killswitch Engage to Atreyu and Fear Factory. Most recently, 2015 saw the release of their Spinefarm debut, Time and Trauma. It crash landed at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, a career high, and earned acclaim from Metal Injection, Blabbermouth, Loudwire, Revolver, and more. Meanwhile, the single “Also Am I” racked up over 1.3 million Spotify streams and counting.

36 CRAZYFISTS Lanterns SA Tour dates:

  • Fri, 27 April – Mercury Live, Cape Town. With support from Only Forever, De Wallen, Atlantic South.
  • Sat, 28 April – Rumours Rock City, Johannesburg. With support from Only Forever, Newtown Knife Gang, Riddlebreak.

Tickets are on sale nationwide at R380 each through , as well as at Computicket outlets and Checkers stores.

36 CRAZYFISTS Lanterns SA Tour is sponsored by Monster Energy.

For more tour news, details, and giveaways, follow Turning Tricks Entertainment on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tickets to the Crown Gospel Awards are now available


The much anticipated annual gathering of the Gospel music industry, the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will take place at the Durban ICC Arena on the 26th November 2017.

The nomination submission process which was opened from July to September 2017 saw more than 600 entries being received by the World Gospel Powerhouse. Further, with the introduction of two new categories this year (Best Clap & Tap AND Best iTende), the volume of entries for all categories was overwhelming and beyond expected. Ten years later, the crowns have proven that they are the leading awards nationally and continentally.

All entries received will be grouped according to their respective categories for judging. The judging panel will review all submissions and deliberate upon them for a projected period of one week.

“The panel of judges for the Crown Awards include seasoned industry heads and role-players who have vast experience & knowledge on music and entertainment. Their role will be to judge all entries and score them according to our points system and criteria before consolidating a final nominees list that will be announced to the public this month”, said Zanele Mbokazi – Founder and Executive Producer of the Crown Awards.

The 2017 Awards will be preceded by an Ayihlome Prayer that will take place on the 23rd November 2017 at the Durban ICC from 11am, free for all to attend.

Also, running parallel to the crown awards this year is the 2nd installment of the Christian Expo Africa, an exhibition & networking platform for Christian businesses and individuals. The expo will run from the 25th – 26th November 2017 at the Durban ICC. Entry for the public is free of charge. To book your stand at the Christian Expo, call: 031 303 3520 or email [email protected]

In celebrating a decade of the awards, the ground breaking gospel musical #MARIA, a production of the World Gospel Powerhouse, will open the show at this year’s awards. The musical narrates the story of the birth of Jesus Christ and stares Jessica Nkosi, Brian Temba, Sihle Zulu and Yolanda.

Tickets to the Crown Awards are available at Computicket outlets from R480. For more information on ticket purchases and our VIP and VVIP Packages, please call: 031 303 3520 or email [email protected]

Details to the crown gospel awards /gospel week activities, are as follows:

23 November 2017: Ayihlome Prayer (Ulwesine Lomkhuleko) @ Durban ICC – FREE to the Public  – 11am
25-26 November 2017: Christian Expo Africa @ Durban ICC (FREE TO FOR THE PUBLIC)  10am
26 November 2017: 10th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards @ Durban ICC Arena (Live on SABC 2)

You can also join the Crown Awards conversation by following us on our SOCIAL MEDIA platforms, Facebook: Crown Gospel Music Awards, Instagram: @crowngospelmusicawards and Twitter: @SabcCrownAwards, Facebook: Maria the Musical. (Hashtags: #Sekukaningi #CrownAwards10 #DoubleLevels #MARIA)

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