Maftown Heights Is Home with a BANG

The 8th annual Maftown Heights

The build up to the 8th annual Maftown Heights has begun with a BANG as Maftown Heights is set to go home tomorrow for the first time since launching in 2010 and is likely to be a sold out show before doors open at 12pm tomorrow.

Watch the Maftown Heights stage build up here:

By popular demand, those attending tomorrow’s historic edition can bring cooler boxes to the event at no fee (only cans not bottles will be permitted on site) and the event time has also been extended to 6am as reflected below:

12pm – Gates open
12pm – 4pm – DJs playing
4pm – 2:30am – Live performances by artists
2:30am – 6am – DJs playing
6am – Gates close

ALL VIP tickets are currently SOLD OUT as well as 90% of the other ticket categories.

All patrons looking to attend the Maftown Heights: Mahikeng Edition tomorrow, Friday, 8 December 2017, at the Mmabatho Stadium in Mahikeng, are encouraged to make their way to their nearest Computicket outlet now to purchase tickets to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available at selected Checkers, House & Home, Checkers Hyper and Shoprite stores nationwide, as well as online from Computicket here:

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Cassper Nyovest makes history with Fill Up FNB Stadium

Cassper Nyovest Fill Up FNB Stadium

Multi-award winning South African artist and entrepreneur, Cassper Nyovest, made history on Saturday night when he filled up FNB Stadium to a capacity of 68 000 people.

Cassper Nyovest’s “Fill Up” concept was birthed from the notion that South Africa musicians cannot fill up stadiums without an international act and Cassper Nyovest wanted to dispute that. The definition of “Fill Up” is more than the physical counting of seats but breaking barriers and making history by filling up stadiums to capacities never reached before by a South Africa act in the last two decades and in South African history by a Hip Hop artist.

Cassper Nyovest’s audacity to dream big and take the first steps himself to making his dreams a reality, will forever be written in the history books of South Africa. Cassper Nyovest has changed the music landscape of what is possible for a local act to achieve, and with enough self-determination and support from the country, has proven that local musicians filling up stadiums in South Africa is no longer a dream but a reality he has proven three times over.

“History was made because of you. Thank you for coming and sharing this moment with me,” expresses Cassper Nyovest in gratitude.

The David & Goliath historic journey saw a determined young man from Mahikeng with a vision and dream take on this event with the intent of backing it up with every last cent he had, to entering game day with even more sponsors than previously mentioned.

Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up FNB Stadium was supported by the following innovating and empowering brands who believed in his vision and dream: SABC 1, Ciroc, Standard Bank, Budweiser, Sprite and The Department of Arts and Culture.

The spectacular event saw Cassper Nyovest put on a Lion King inspired production with 12 meter high “Mufasa” lions as prominent focal points. The stage and production were highlights for many and certainly raised the bar not only for music concerts on the continent but globally.

Cassper Nyovest’s performance on Saturday night also proved testament to his artistic ability and versatility as a world class musician and performing artist. The 50 plus man show saw his performance set fused with street kids he recently found dancing that blew him away, Zulu dancers, models and a full band positioned in cages at the top of the stage.

Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up FNB Stadium had a support line up of some of the biggest acts in the country such as Kwesta, Riky Rick, DJ Tira, Babes Wodumo, and Black Motion just to name a few and his performance set also included the hottest new wave of talent from the likes of Nadia Nakai, Tshego and Destruction Boyz.

Currently still a high trending topic in South Africa, prominent South African voices have taken to social media to express their awe, gratitude and appreciation for what Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up FNB Stadium has done for the country and what it means for them:

“Great victory requires great risk. Forever proud and inspired by you Cassper Nyovest” – Terry Pheto

“South Africa what a time to be alive… God is a Major Key. Believe” – Black Coffee

“Cassper Nyovest is the pride of Africa” – Nina Hastie

“It always looks impossible… until it’s done” – Vusi Thembekwayo

“Looking forward to one day seeing a movie and/or a book about the Cassper Nyovest story. It will be such a motivation for any African child” – DJ ZanD

Keep posted to Cassper Nyovest on social media for more historic moments from Fill Up FNB Stadium and make sure to join him next year as he moves his Fill Up concert to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

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Reasons #FillUpFBNStadium hashtag trended

#FillUpFBNStadium trend

Many people were left confused on Twitter when they saw #FillUpFBNStadium trending instead of #FillUpFNBStadium.

Cassper Nyovest’s fans explained that #FillUpFBNStadium mispelling was done intentionally since FNB refused to come on board and sponsor Casper’s show hence standard bank came to the party.

“No need to give FNB free advertising they just have naming rights for stadium which is hired from stadium management company. Smart move” – Cassper fan‏ said on Twitter.

#FillUpFBNStadium “FNB” is not a mistake guys.They did it deliberately because FNB didn’t want to sponsor so Standard Bank came through…

Congratulations to Cassper for Filling Up FBN Stadium

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Cassper Nyovest just made history at FNB Stadium

Cassper Nyovest Fill Up FNB Stadium

Cassper Nyovest has officially become the first South African hip-hop artist to ever hold a concert at the FNB Stadium.

According to Public Relations manager Sheila Afari, Cassper managed to sell an estimated, whopping 68 000 tickets which is triple what he sold in his fill up concert at the Ticket Pro Dome in 2015.

“History was made!!! Soccer city stadium was filled!!! 68000 tickets sold!!! Thank you!!! I love you!!!! God is good all the time!!! #FillUpFnbStadium” – Tito Mboweni hitmaker tweeted.

Legendary house DJ, DJ Sbu, told DRUM that he feels he is beyond just proud of Caspper.

“I’m not even proud of Cassper. I’m proud of his mom, his dad, his family, HHP, I’m proud of Mafikeng and all who contributed to his success – the DJ said.

“Refiloe Cassper has been an amazing tool that has made this generation believe that they can,” DJ Sbu added.

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Adé van Heerden crowned #MissSA2017

Adé van Heerden crowned #MissSA2017

Adé van Heerden, first princess at the Miss SA 2017 pageant, was crowned the new Miss South Africa at a ceremony at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton.

According to IOL, Van Heerden took over the role from Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who was crowned Miss Universe over the weekend. Nel-Peters was just the second South African to win the prestigious title.

Van Heerden is a qualified doctor, she was also chasing international honours recently, having contested the Miss World pageant in China on November 18. She made it to the Top 10 stage and was awarded the Beauty With A Purpose prize.

“It’s a very overwhelming feeling but, at the very same time, I’m very content,” said Van Heerden.

“I knew that his was my calling. My timing was just different. We got to show the world something incredible, what happens when women support each other, what happens when women uplift each other.

“We produced a Miss Universe and a Top 10 and Beauty With A Purpose at Miss World. It’s something so special, I feel very proud… I feel so proud of my country right now.”

Heerden on how the Miss World experience  “Travelling through China for a month was quite a challenge, especially when you have 100kg of luggage with you, but it was quite an incredible experience.

“There were 118 girls from all over the world and they’re all the best their countries have to offer, and you get to learn from each and every single one of those girls and that is something not a lot of people get to experience in their lifetime.

“I came back home so much richer. I learnt things about countries, different cultures and religions, things I never would have if I didn’t do Miss World.

“I feel like Miss World has kind of prepared me to be Miss SA now. It gave me a different perspective. It was like a warm up.”

Source: IOL

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SABC 3 welcomes inspirational keynote speakers to The Journey Cruise 2018

SABC 3 The Journey Cruise 2018

SABC 3 is excited to on-board renowned keynote speakers in the fields of Business, Politics, Finance, Sport, Entertainment and the Arts onto The Journey Cruise for a weekend of fun and inspiration on the luxurious MSC Sinfonia Cruise Ship.

Allegro Dinkwanyane is a South African born entrepreneur and media personality. She successfully spearheads an entertainment website Orgella Entertainment, a PR & marketing agency Orgella Communications and is one of the youngest owners of a 100% black owned media company in South Africa. She’ll be on board sharing her entrepreneurial wisdom on The Journey Cruise.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh is an author, scholar and musician. His book Democracy and Delusion has won the City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award. Sizwe holds a MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and we are incredibly excited to have him on board to share his insights and experiences with us.

DJ Fresh is a South African radio DJ, musician, entrepreneur and television producer. He first came to public attention in 1997 as a radio show host on YFM, later joined 5FM and has recently moved to Metro FM. DJ Fresh has released 32 albums to date and is also one of the judges of the reality competition SA’s Got Talent. His experience in the world of entertainment is unmatched and we look forward to having him on board.

The dynamic duo Chris Forrest and Pete Goffe-Wood will board The Journey Cruise 2018. Chris Forrest is a master comic-cook who has been on the SA Comedy scene since the late nineties, andPete Goffe-Wood is a renowned celebrity chef, who’s also known to crack the odd joke, but is better known for his mouth-watering creations.

Chris Bertish is a Big Wave Surfing Mavericks champion; Stand up Paddle Boarding Guinness World Record Holder and Ocean Pioneer. His philosophy is one of positive change and he spends his life inspiring people to beat their best and be the change they want to see in the world. Chris is a respected author, film maker and businessman. We look forward to having him board The Journey Cruise 2018.

Vusi Thembekwayo is a thought-provoking young business mogul and one of the most sought after professional public speakers in South Africa. He is a globally renowned revolutionary catalyst for change in business with expertise in sales, strategy and leadership. We are incredibly excited to have the ‘Rockstar of Public Speaking’ on board.

Audiences can look forward to engaging in wide-ranging topics that will spark inspiring and empowering discussions and debates that are informative, educational and entertaining with our top trending shows Real Talk with Anele and Trending SA.

The Journey cruise staged by SABC 3 is the perfect opportunity to come and engage in intellectually stimulating, entertaining,inspiring and exceptionally interesting conversations while enjoying the breath-taking view of the Indian Ocean as we sail from Durban to the exoticIslands of Mozambique.

The MSC Sinfonia cruise ship has many amenities available on board for your pleasure and entertainment. All guests are welcome to indulge in a pamper session at the spa, enjoy duty free shopping, attend the live music and theatre shows throughout the weekend, sip on an abundant selection of drinks from the well-stocked bar while relaxing on the pool deck and so much more.

BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment. Visit or call 0860114411 or for updates follow them at @Journey_Cruise on Twitter

Date: 23rd – 26th February 2018

Venue: Durban – Portuguese Island, Mozambique – Durban

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Cameron Bruce – Back with his BadWolf Band

Cameron Bruce, John Fresk and Hannah Foster make up BadWolf

Over eight years ago, 17-year old Cameron Bruce wowed the Idols judges with his stirring version of the John Mayer classic The Hurt during the 2009 auditions. His stand-out performance established Cameron as a firm favourite in the competition and he finished sixth overall and catapulted Cameron into the hearts and minds of the South African public.

Now 25, Cameron Bruce, with his magnetic vocal style, skillful guitar work and striking lyrics, is set to entertain visitors to the Cradle Contemporary Art Fair when he plays a gig at the Cradle Boutique Hotel ‘Posh Picnic’ on Saturday, December 2 from midday.

So what has Bruce been up to since he last graced our screens on Idols back in 2009?

I released an album in 2012 called Damage Done and the following year I had a residency in Las Vegas.  I came back and recognized a gap in the corporate and wedding entertainment industry so I started a band called BadWolf operating under my company Fuzz Music which performs at all kinds of events from things like the BMW M Fest which was just a couple weeks ago to weddings all around the country.  We now have two bands with different singers entertaining clients at their events.  In 2015 I also went back to university to complete a degree in music which I will hopefully finish up next year.

Can you tell us a bit about the type of music you play?
I started playing guitar at the age of seven and only really started singing around the age of 16, so in my formative years I was really into guitar music like Jimi Hendrix, BB King etc.  One day I heard a record by John Mayer and that was when I fell in love with writing.  It was also around then that I started singing, so I guess you could say the kind of music I like to write is centred around the guitar with a blues/jazz influence, but fused with a kind of singer songwriter undertone.

What can visitors to the Cradle Boutique Hotel expect when they come for lunch on Saturday, 2 December where you will be playing?
For the event it will be myself, American pianist and Grammy nominee John Fresk on keys and Hannah Foster on vocals. Hannah and I will do a variety of songs including some jazz standards, some pop songs with a jazz twist and some of our originals.  Given the instrumentation of the band it lends itself more to the jazz side with a laid back feel. John, Hannah and I have been working together for years and there is something really special about the ensemble.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Yes! I haven’t put out original music for a couple years now as my focus really has been my company and of course making sure I pass at Wits but I still have a deep fire burning for original music and my hope is that I’ll have an EP out next year.

Where can fans catch any gigs or listen to your music?
A lot of what I do now is private company functions and weddings but I do the odd public gig here and there.  My record is available on iTunes, but I don’t really push the album because it’s an old sound, one I’ve outgrown and I’d really like the EP next year to be fresh start with songs I can really get behind and believe in.  The best way for fans to keep up with what I do is on Facebook, Instagram (cam_bruce) and YouTube.

Who do you listen to and who inspires you?
I listen to so much music from jazz greats like Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Pat Martino and some of my blues hero’s like Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Muddy Waters.  I love Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and all the Motown soul guys.  I really like some of the newer music coming out from guys like Anderson Paak, D’Angelo, Daniel Caesar.  It’s all inspiring.  I love the common thread I hear in some of the music I naturally gravitate towards.  I can hear their influences and who they’ve checked out.  I’m always hunting for the next song or record that will take me away from reality.

Favourite singer/band?
Incredibly hard to say and I don’t think it would be fair to name just one so top 3 would have to be D’Angelo, John Mayer and Miles Davis.

Favourite album?
Again, too hard to say but everyone should check out Voodoo (D’Angelo) and let it be the soundtrack to their lives for a couple months.

Anything else you’d like to say to music fans out there?
Just thank you.  Having been in the corporate/wedding scene for a while it’s easy to forget that there are people out there who care about your music and what you have to say.  I recently put up a video of an original song I wrote on Facebook and Instagram and asked people for feedback/support.  The response was incredible and it really reminded why I love writing, it’s a connection thing and you come to realize people need writers to put words and sounds to their feelings, make them feel like they’re a part of something everyone goes through whether it’s tough spots in life, heartbreak, love, there’s something very comforting about that.

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Inspirational Artist John Moore to Exhibit at Cradle Contemporary Art Fair

John Moore Exhibit at Cradle Contemporary Art Fair

One of the most eagerly awaited exhibitors at the inaugural Cradle Contemporary Art Fair, and resident artist of the soon to be opened Cradle Art Gallery, is artist extraordinaire John Moore whose work can be viewed in private collections, various commercial banks and in galleries both in South Africa and abroad.

Schooled at St John’s College in Johannesburg, Moore’s childhood was marked by long holidays and explorations of South Africa, particularly the Kruger National Park where he frequently went on holiday with his grandparents.

It was there he was taught to love and appreciate wildlife in every form, and learned to enjoy not only the wonder of the “Big Five” but also the complexity and detail of “the little things”.

Moore remembers sitting at waterholes for hours on end armed with his binoculars and nature books. He studied birds, trees and insects and over the years his appreciation for detail and micro organisms was firmly fixed into his growing imagination.

Moore also learned to appreciate the different ecosystems that inhabit Southern Africa, visiting the contrasting coastal forests of KwaZulu Natal and the arid deserts of Namibia, and he was also able to witness and appreciate the indigenous people of the country and its neighbours, sharing and listening to tales of the fauna and flora around the fire.

At the end of his school career, Moore decided on a career in graphic design and enrolled at Wits Technikon. But shortly thereafter he changed to a Fine Arts course, merging his passion for wildlife with his love for art.

Moore has South Africa’s largest printing press in his studio which allows him to focus and work on large-scale images creating immense detailed mark-making in the works. Moore’s inspiration for his images comes, he says, from “experiencing life in all its forms”.

We asked John Moore some questions about his life, his work and his forthcoming exhibition at the Cradle Contemporary Art Fair:

What inspires you?
I look at all aspects of my life to create inspiration in my work, from daily activities, walking in nature, movies, reading, trance experiences nothing is exempt from my continual scrutiny. Once an idea has surfaced, I then journal it for future reference.

What is your daily routine?
I work hard and am known as a productive artist. I often get up at 6am, go to the gym and get into the studio by 8am to set up for the day. I don’t work normal hours but take frequent breaks through the day, allowing me to fetch children, look at research, attend meetings and catch up on admin. I usually work for two hours and have a 30-minute break. In peak times this working ethic can allow me to work till midnight. Close to exhibitions has me working even later. At night I find work the best, no distractions. When I have the children, I tend not to go into the studio.

What are your preferred mediums?
I am regarded as a multi-medium artist, namely I work in any medium that I feel is best to express my work. I am a printmaker and use these mediums often to express ideas, namely woodcuts, linocuts, etchings, perspex plates. However, I don’t just use the printmaking mediums, I also use charcoal and pastels to create large scale work. My next show predominantly has large charcoal and pastel images, supported by ceramics and smaller etchings. I use whatever is needed to best express my ideas.

Tell us about your latest work that incorporates the San
The San, I believe are deeply connected to all of us. They seem to think they were the “first” people. Being African I can identify with their myths and legends and allow their history and wealth of information to influence my work. I too, am a shaman, a person who is able to breach the world of the living into the spirit realm. That realm is a super reality where you can talk to the animals and most of my inspiration comes from experiences in this reality. A lot of my signs and symbols are from experiences from my trances there.

What works can visitors to the Cradle Contemporary and the Cradle Art Gallery expect to see?
I will be exhibiting some well-known pastel, woodcuts, linocut and lithographic images. Although these works have been exhibited before, they have a high level of complexity and detail which people admire and appreciate. All work will be framed and for sale with proceeds going to the African Digital Education Trust (ADET).

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2017 Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards

2017 Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards

The second annual Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards took place this past weekend at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto.

The awards were staged to celebrate the two unique genres as they reflect who we are, says Perfecta Khumalo, founder of the awards.

This year’s theme was Spantsula, Mathand’ekhishini and All Star, attires that have for years resonated with the kwaito and house community, and dubbed street glamour.

Khumalo said: “We are here to prove that kwaito is not dead and kwaito is born again.

“We are here to motivate the legends, let them start releasing new kwaito albums, we are not talking about single albums but the whole 12-track albums,” she said.

“Currently the house artists are doing well, hence we want the kwaito artists to do the same. We want to balance the equation,” Khumalo said.

Below is the full winners’ list in the 17 categories:

Best Kwaito Female Artist: Tina
Best Kwaito Male Artist: Mandla Spikiri Mofokeng
Best House Female Artist: DJ Zinhle
Best House Male Artist: Heavy K
Best Collaboration(Kwaito and house): Spikiri featuring Professor & Jakarumba – Ingoma
Best Kwaito DJ: DJ Fisha Fasha
Best House DJ: DJ Zinhle
Best Kwaito Soong of the 90’s: Trompies – Sigiya Ngengoma
Best Kwaito Kwaito: Skhokho – Santaro
Best House Single House Album: De Mogul SA featuring Ms Mo & Makhensa – Oe Batla Kae
Best New Age Kwaito Song:Nkululeko Pascal Mazibuko
Best New Kwaito Artist:Orlando Pantsula
Best New House Artist: Masalad
Best Kwaito Group: 2.5
Best Radio Station that promotes Kwaito and House music: Alex FM
Best Mapantsula Dance Group:Future Pantsulas
Most Voted Song: De Mogul SA – Oe Batla Kae

Source: IOL

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Sponsors join Cassper Nyovest’s historic Fill Up FNB Stadium

Cassper Nyovest’s historic Fill Up FNB Stadium

Multi-award winning South African artist and entrepreneur, Cassper Nyovest, has officially welcomed a host of sponsors to join him in making history with his upcoming Fill Up FNB Stadium concert taking place on Saturday, 2 December 2017.

Powerhouse brands SABC 1, Ciroc, Standard Bank and Budweiser have come on board as sponsors to back one of the most important musical events of the noughties and twenty-tens in South Africa.

These brands have found Cassper Nyovest’s vision and determination inspirational and will join him in making history as Cassper Nyovest is set to host his biggest Fill Up Concert edition yet.

Watch Cassper Nyovest – Baby Girl (Official Music Video)

Just 6 days to the historic event, the country can catch a glimpse of last year’s Fill Up Orlando Stadium edition tonight, Sunday, 26 November at 8pm on SABC 1.

With 80% of Golden Circle tickets sold out already and tickets across all levels selling fast, an iconic moment in the South Africa music scene is fast approaching. Make sure to be a part of this not to be missed event by purchasing your tickets now at Computicket outlets nationwide or online here:

Tickets for Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up FNB Stadium range from R100 – R500. Hospitality packages are also available with the Standard Package priced at R1995 and the Premium Package priced at R2900.

Keep posted to Cassper Nyovest on social media (Twitter: @CassperNyovest, and Instagram: @CassperNyovest) to follow his historic road to Fill Up FNB Stadium and join in on the conversation online by sharing what Fill Up FNB Stadium means to you.

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