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Globally renowned tech innovator and award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap, recognized for creative works including Hide and Seek and Tiny Human, has announced her first world tour in eight years, which will bring together content creators, fans and the industry in a unique and innovative format.

Charl Van Heyningen Enterprises is thrilled to announce the return of Imogen Heap to South Africa, since her last visit in 2011. Just off the back of her announcement that she will be touring North America in 2019, the Grammy Award Winning recording artist and technology innovator has added South Africa to her Mycelia World Tour.

 

Comprising of concerts, talks and workshops, the 40-city tour will be used as a platform to officially launch Mycelia’s ‘Creative Passport’ – realising a vision of the future which sees music makers connected through a verified and decentralised ecosystem, promoting artist-led, fair and sustainable operating practices.

 

Using emergent blockchain technology, the ‘Creative Passport’ – which is unique to each music maker and empowers them to be ‘open for business’ – contains personal information, existing IDs, acknowledgements, works and business partners. Featuring template ‘smart contracts’, it enables quick and easy direct payments to simplify and democratise collaboration from meaningful commercial partnerships to creativity.

 

On her Mycelia World Tour, as a woman of innovation and action, Heap will bring together content creators, fans and the industry in a unique and innovative format.

 

Events in each city will feature some or all of these elements:

 

  • Live concerts performed both solo by Imogen Heap and with Guy Sigsworth. Reuniting to play together for the first time since 2003 as electronic duo Frou Frou
  • Music maker workshops connecting the Mycelia tour with local music makers, technologists and industry influencers to profile the development of the ‘Creative Passport’
  • Family workshops which will include children building and coding their own MIni.MU Gloves
  • Talks at leading industry conferences where Imogen will speak on the technologies which are positively shaping the future of the music ecosystem, building better business and audience relations with music makers

 

Imogen shares: “For years now we’ve been complaining about the state of the music industry and how it has been held back by old ways of thinking, negatively impacting music makers – a major pain point being that we are the first to put in any of the work, and the last to see any financial reward or even payment. Through Mycelia and its ‘Creative Passport’, as music makers we now have no excuse but to put our best foot forward and become open for business, decentralising the ecosystem so that it will ultimately benefit everyone. I am excited to be going on the road to bring this to life, in addition to showcasing other new technologies which will add to transforming the music industry into a fair, flourishing and vibrant place”.

 

Promoter Charl Van Heyningen is thrilled to be bringing back Heap and states “Heap’s 2011 Ellipse World Tour was a huge success, and it feels right to bring this innovative artist back to South Africa at a time of change in the music and technology industries. She is at the forefront of music technology and there is no better way to start off a new year than on a positive note.”

 

Heap will be performing two shows in Cape Town at the Baxter Theatre on the 15th and 16th of March 2019 (Book tickets via Webtickets), and two shows in Johannesburg at The Teatro at Montecasino on the 19th and 20th of March (Book via Computicket). Tickets range between R400 – R890.

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Jozi Youth Dance Co brings you Liberté

Posted by radio On December - 9 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Jozi Youth Dance Company (JYDC), brings you a preview of their 5th annual production called Liberté, on 12 December 2018 at Joburg Theatre.

Jozi Youth Dance Company is a one of its kind, platform for young dancers, exposing them to professional choreographers and dancers. They gain invaluable experience, performing to sold out audiences, preparing them for the cut-throat dance industry.

 

This is JYDC’s 5th season and promises to be one of their best yet. This year we present to you Liberté (translated from French, meaning “Freedom”).

 

Our dancers will involve the audience, in creative journeys. This is a must see for all dance lovers. Contemporary dance at its best. A performance worth watching and a fundraiser for our 2019 season.

 

Dress to impress and enjoy an evening of cocktails and entertainment.

 

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” – Victor Pinchuk

 

Bookings for the Preview: https://www.joburgtheatre.com/jozi-youth-dance-present-liberte/ OR 0861 670 670 Cost: Tickets R200 p/p

Over the past 5 years, JYDC have welcomed young dancers from all over Gauteng in order to give them a platform to showcase their talent and inspire the next generation of professional dancers. Under the directorship of Jayd Swart, the company has grown, not only in number but also quality of dance.  “Young dancers need to be given the opportunity to show what they are capable of.  We train them in both technique and expression and motivate them to achieve new heights while preparing them for a future in dance” said Swart.

 

Liberté, the largest and most spectacular of shows produced by JYDC is guaranteed to set the stage on fire.  “This year, we have the most magnificent lineup of choreographers, each bringing their own distinct personality to the stage” said Swart.  Choreographers include, Adele Blank, world renowned choreographer and dance instructor, Veronique Rabe, professional dancer, choreographer and actress, Evan Van Soest, professional dancer and choreographer, Charlie Van Rooyen, professional dancer, choreographer and actor, Cayley Hodson, resident choreographer of JYDC and Jayd Swart herself who is a well-established international contemporary dance choreographer and ballet trainer and coach. And in true JYDC nature students, Luca Redfern and Navin Jacobs, have been afforded the opportunity to choreograph the student piece, also to be showcased in Liberté.

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Celebrated SAMA nominated and award-winning Musician Zoè Modiga is coming to Soweto on the 15th December to stage a live show at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre. This sultry songstress offers an exceptional entertainment experience as expressed in her debut album Yellow: The Novel.

This show follows a successful show at Afro Bru in Maboneng which sold out, hosting both industry colleagues and fans alike. Zoè is a phenomenal performer whose energy knows no bounds and her voice is as enchanting.

Known as the first black owned cinema founded in 1969, the space was home to the latest local films and celebrated the créme de la créme of black and international entertainment. Modiga will be echoing the stories from times before through her all encompassing expression of the human experience that was and continues to be.

 

“I am thrilled about the 15th, performing in Soweto is always next level for me. The love and support I get from all lovers of my music is mind-blowing. I have prepared a much different and even better set for Soweto and I can assure everyone that is coming that they will have a time of their lives.” Commented Zoè.

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Bassline Live & Kaya FM Present TORTURED SOUL live at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City on the 15th of December 2018.

Considered one of the finest creators of soulful house music, Tortured Soul return to South Africa, due to popular demand, after a successful sold out show in 2017.

 

 

Director of Bassline Live, Brad Holmes is excited to be bringing this music group back to Johannesburg: “The response from last year’s show was mind blowing and so it was a non brainer for us to bring this incredibly talented music group back to our beautiful city. I cannot think of a better way to end the year.”

 

 

Tortured Soul is one of the world’s most groove-centred acts.  Influenced by the classic songcraft of Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang, the members of Tortured Soul are three distinctive guys with three different backgrounds, united under a groove-centered rhythm.

 

 

With a sound reminiscent of neo-soul groups like Jamiroquai or Brand New Heavies, it is also deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Joey Negro, Kenny Dope, Soul Clap and Disclosure.

 

Led by frontman John-Christian Urich, Tortured Soul was quickly picked up by New York-based deep house label Central Park Recordings and the group was officially launched to the world.  Since then it has become a staple amongst DJ’s across the globe and has received major airplay, including a number 1 on Kaya FM.

 

‘Introducing Tortured Soul’, the debut album, was dubbed by legendary tastemaker Gilles Petersen as “the future of house music”.  The follow-up album, 2009’s ‘Did You Miss Me’, released on the band’s own label, TSTC Records, ushered in a new wave of critical acclaim from music publications like Blues and Soul, SoulBounce, and SoulTracks who described the album as “one immaculate danceable tune after another.”

 

 

With their most recent album, ‘Hot For Your Love Tonight’, burning up dance floors with songs like ‘I’ll Be There For You’ and the Deep House-flavoured ‘Don’t Lead Me On’, Tortured Soul shows no signs of stopping.

 

The band will be performing for one night only at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City on the 15th December 2018. The Show starts at 8pm and tickets are on sale at Computicket from R250.

 

Buy your tickets at https://online.computicket.com/web/event/from_the_usa_tortured_soul_back_by_popular_demand/1265406703/0/90159743

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The ABBA Show @ Emperors Palace – 18 January until 10 February 2019
 

Mamma Mia, here we go again! The world`s premier live ABBA tribute show is set to return to mesmerize Johannesburg audiences in January and February 2019 – two years after a virtual sell-out performance run at Emperors Palace.

 

Nostalgic memories of the 70’s and 80’s, platforms and leotards as well as your favourite ABBA hits will be all the reason to see The ABBA Show live at Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace in the New Year.

 

Far from being deemed as just another cover band, The ABBA Show is brought to you by the internationally acclaimed tribute act, ABBAsolutely fABBAulous. This full-scale concert production features over two hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle.

 

The ABBA Show gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA concert experience, celebrate the music of ABBA and dance the night away.

Brits Hannah Pocock as Agnetha and Jenna Ball as Frida are set to dazzle audiences while Brent McMullen and Zac Coombs will take on the roles of Bjorn and Benny!

 

Audiences will see ABBAsolutely fABBAulous belt out classic ABBA hits on stage such as Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Ring, The Winner Takes It All, Fernando, Super Trouper and many more.

 

“The timeless and instantly recognisable tunes of ABBA are bound to keep audiences on their feet throughout the show. This is the music that transcends age and brings people together to sing along and enjoy a night of hit performances, because – let’s face it – who doesn’t love a good ABBA singalong?” says Celeste-Anne Nicholas, the Group Entertainment Manager for Emperors Palace.

 

Tickets for this spectacular show can be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced between R250 and R470 each.

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Entries Open for 2019 Liberty Radio Awards

Posted by radio On November - 8 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Liberty is pleased to announce that entries for the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards officially open on Monday 5 November 2018 and close on 25 January 2019. The Liberty Radio Awards is well established as an independent and transparent recognition programme that aims to recognise and award excellence in radio.

“By recognising those who create excellent radio content, we provide a measure for radio professionals to be evaluated against their peers,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “Through acknowledging excellence, we are securing the long-term sustainability of the industry as a credible source of information. The higher the quality of the content produced, the longer people will retain their relationship with a particular radio station”.

 

“For the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards programme, we are not introducing any new categories, however, following consultation with station management and personnel within the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) stations, it was decided to separate PBS and commercial radio stations within the various categories. We will thus recognise and acknowledge excellence in the four main broadcast pillars of radio: Campus, Community, Commercial and PBS, as well as some awards for online radio.”

 

Killy Bacela, Divisional Director of Group Brand and Marketing at Liberty says; “The Liberty Radio Awards are in line with our ethos of partnering with our clients at different moments of their lives. Much like how radio uses insights and expertise to engage with listeners, Liberty uses the same to assist customers in achieving financial freedom through their life’s journey. Furthermore, radio has the ability to empower society through the sharing of information and that is why we at Liberty believe that radio will continue to grow and enrich the lives of many South Africans as it has continued to do for many years.”

 

There is no fee for entering the Liberty Radio Awards. All entries must be submitted through the online entry portal which can be accessed through the Liberty Radio Awards website: www.libertyradioawards.co.za.

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Anele Mdoda

2 – The number of times she’s been on air at 947 – she was poached by 5FM in 2008, but returned in 2012

9 – The number of rounds she lasted on Strictly Come Dancing

3 – The number of seasons she was a judge on Clash of the Choirs

1 – The number of talk shows she’s hosted – on Real Talk with Anele, she interviewed an array of Mzansi icons

 

DJ Fresh

32 – The number of mix-CDs bearing his name

4 – The number of seasons of SA’s Got Talent that Fresh has been a judge on

3 – The number of Mzansi radio stations he’s worked at (since relocating from Botswana, he worked at YFM, 5FM, and Metro FM)

1 – The number of times he’s been on a Roast dais – he was on the panel for The Roast of Somizi this year

 

 

Dudu ‘Lady D’ Khoza

120 – The number of orphaned kids from Kwa-Mashu she entertained at her Lady D Birthday Drive earlier this year

25 – The number of years she’s been on radio

15 – The number of years (minimum) she’s been on Ukhozi FM

1 – The number of trusts she’s involved with – she’s a trustee of The Lucky Dube Trust

1 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Liberty Radio Awards

 

 

Ntate Thuso Motaung

36 – The number of years he’s been on radio

6 – The number of awards (minimum) he’s received for his work

1 – The number of songs dedicated to him: Afro-pop artist Alex Nguta penned “A Letter 2 Thuso Motaung” in 2006

 

 

Selby ‘Selbeyonce’ Mkhize

1120 – A key number in the just launched KFC campaign he’s part of, #1120under5, aimed at combatting malnutrition

3 – The number of hours he’s on air daily with his ‘Woza Nabangani Bakho’ show

18 – The age he was when he moved to Johannesburg to pursue an acting career (he had a cameo on Generations: The Legacy)

1 – The number of times he cameoed on Uzalo

Vote here!

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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.

 

Michael Jackson HIStory Show, a two-hour musical experience, takes audiences on a musical journey back to MJ’sdays 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.

 

 

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.

 

The main star of Michael Jackson HIStory Show is Johannesburg-born singer, Dantanio. He will be accompanied on stage by a live six-piece band, four backup dancers and a phenomenal lighting and effects team – which makes use of 160+ moving lights and over 2 000 lighting cues – that will celebrate the memory of The King of Pop live on stage.

 

 

In 2014, Dantanio was scouted by the show’s director, Johnny Van Grinsven, to take on this challenging role.

“I can’t wait to entertain the South African audiences this summer. I am the ultimate MJ fan so to be able to perform every night on stage and share my passion for The King of Pop – along with other South African fans – is a real dream come true for me,” says Dantanio.

 

 

Ultimate MJ fans can expect to dance and sing along to hits such as Billie Jean, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror, Black or White, Bad, ABC, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Human Nature, Ben and many more hits.

 

 

Visit www.mjhistoryshow.com for ticketing and further information. Tickets for this spectacular show can also be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and range between R150 and R390 each. 

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Grassroots activists from Earthlife Africa,Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid, were awarded the honour of SAB Environmentalist of the Year at the 30th annual SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year Awards 2018, today.

The Earthlife Africa pair received the Nick Steele Memorial Award for Environmentalist of the Year for their work in winning a crucial court case to halt plans by the South African government to proceed with a national nuclear build programme.

 

“The SAB Environmentalist of the Year awards acknowledges individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect the environment with the majority of the judges agreeing that the honour should go to Lekalakala and McDaid,” says Katy Katopodis, Convenor of the awards.

 

The two built a broad coalition to stop the South African government’s massive secret nuclear deal with Russia. In April 2017, the High Court ruled that the $76 billion nuclear power project was unconstitutional—a landmark legal victory that protected South Africa from an unprecedented expansion of the nuclear industry and production of radioactive waste.

 

SAB also awarded several journalists for excelling in reporting on environmental matters in the categories of Video Media, Audio Media, Written Media and Photography.

More than 200 entries from media were received for the 30th anniversary edition of the awards.

 

“Recognising and rewarding work by the media, is an important part of making sure that big business, governments, communities and individuals take accountability for their actions, which have an impact on the environment. Your work not only shines a spotlight on the challenges that we face as a human race but also spurs action,” continues Katopodis.

“At SAB, we have never shied away from the organisation’s impact on the environment and on the communities in which we operate. We acknowledge the responsibility that we have towards preserving and protecting our natural resources, minimising our impact and making a substantial and real contribution to building the future of all,” says David Hauxwell, VP Procurement and Sustainability, SAB and AB InBev Africa.

SAB and AB InBev this year announced their sustainable development strategy outlining their joint priorities for 2025. The key areas of focus are water, agriculture, climate change and circular packaging.

 

SAB also took the opportunity at the 30th Anniversary of the awards to announce a Legacy Award recognising community-based environmental projects. This award will be offered from 2019 onwards. “The legacy award will help those on the ground make a difference in communities that are affected, more than most, by daily environmental challenges,” says Hauxwell.

 

The winners of the SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year 2018 are:

The Macqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Young Cub Award was awarded to Mlungisi Ntuli from 50/50 for the entry “The River Gives”, which follows the story of a group of young people who call themselves “Enviro Champs” whose actions reflect true conservation in action by the community, for the community.

 

The SAB Environmental Media Award for Photography went to 2014’s winner Adrian de Kock from Media 24 who travelled with a group of South Africa scientists and came across a rare group of 50 Humpback Whales and Southern Right whales.

 

The SAB Environmental Media Award for Written Media was awarded to 2014 winner, Fiona Macleod from Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism.Fiona and her team won for their multimedia journalism projects on how local neighbourhoods are surviving disruption by global climate change and the investigation into the anti-poaching buffer zone along Mozambique and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

 

The winner of the SAB Environmental Media Award for Audio Media, was first-time winner, Jamaine Krige from the SABC. Jamaine won for her detailed, insightful and heart-breaking story about how at least 800 dogs a week are poisoned with the banned pesticide Aldicarb used widely used by poaching syndicates and is regularly available on the streets of Johannesburg.

 

Sasha Schwendenwein from Carte Blanche won the Video Media category for the second year in a row, for her investigative stories on illegal slaughterhouses beneath the City of Johannesburg and how 90% of the high-calibre hunting rifles used for Rhino poaching came from one specific manufacturer in the Czech Republic.

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25th Japanese Film Festival Set for November

Posted by radio On October - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The Embassy of Japan in South Africa, along with the Japan Foundation, in the spirit of sharing Japanese culture with their South African counterpart, will be hosting a free film festival due to take place November in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“Art is often considered the best medium when sharing cultural viewpoints between any two parties, because it educates, enhances empathy and strengthens cohesion amongst the groups involved. This is what the 25th Japanese Film Festival will do for both Japan and South Africa,” explains Taro Sawada, PR Officer at the Japanese Embassy.

 

The three-day Film Festival will kick off in Cape Town at the V&A Nouveau on Friday, 2 November, and will be on circuit until Sunday, 4 November. With the second leg of the festival taking place in Johannesburg at the Rosebank Nouveau on Friday, 9 November right through to Sunday, 11 November.

 

“Movie tickets will be available at the box office one hour before the start of each show, on a first come, first served basis. During the Festival, various genres will be showcased, including comedy, horror, animation and drama, so there is something for the whole family to indulge in. We hope movie lovers come out in their numbers to witness the talents and experience the cultural feel of Japanese film,” says Sawada.

 

The movies being screened at year’s festival are:

  • “Genius Party Beyond” (Animation)

  • “The Complex” (Horror)
  • “Survival Family” (Comedy)
  • “It’s a Beautiful Life – IRODORI” (Drama)

The Japanese Embassy will also be hosting a lecture and screening at the University of Pretoria, on Friday, 16 November and Saturday, 17 November, where the discussion will be around pop culture.

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