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Ghana’s Kyekyeku headlines Jazzy Joburg Market

Posted by radio On September - 20 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

GHANA’S KYEKYEKU HEADLINES THE JAZZY JOBURG MARKET – THE PERFECT STARTING LINE UP TO THE STANDARD BANK JOY OF JAZZ!

 

 

 

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – in partnership with Joburg Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Square – has created an outstanding opportunity for developing artists to share their music and talents at a fun-filled Jazzy Joburg Market to take place at the Square in Sandton from the 27th-29th September 2019.

The three-day musical market was started in 2018 with the likes of Nelisiwe Sibiya, Aus Tebza, Sobantwana, Zano, Vuyo Tyolo and the Dutch band – The New York Round Midnight Band and an official opening by the Executive Mayor Mr Herman Mashaba.

 

This year Ghanaian artist Kyekyeku, Koh Mr Saxman and the Standard Bank Youth Jazz Band will be entertaining the crowds. Former Gold Fish lead singer Sakhile Moleshe will be MCing the three-day event. Developing bands such as Afrida Marimba, Y U Asking Me and Afrika Jazz Band will be taking on the first day(Friday).

The Saturday will be P.A Band, Ark of Arts Band with the last being the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz band.

Sunday’s performers are Tokolo Jazz Band, followed by Thai artist Koh Saxman and Alexander Beets from the Netherlands with Ghana’s finest, Kyekyeku being the last.

 

Joburg Tourism will be utilizing The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz to partner with SMMEs for the second edition of the Jazzy Joburg Market. This is where the market comes together with jazz to give visitors a great welcome to Joburg – reinforcing Joburg Tourism’s #Welcome2Jozi campaign which aims to emphasize the city’s positioning that it is more than a stopover destination and that there’s more to it.

 

The market will be open from 15h30 to 20h00 (Friday and Saturday), while on Sunday the market is open from 10h00 until 17h00 at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. The Jazzy Joburg Night Market is the daily build-up to the main Joy of Jazz Festival taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre – with food stalls, arts and crafts exhibitors and all the trimmings to be expected from a night market in a creative space; an outstanding opportunity for developing artists to share their music and talents at a fun-filled night market.

 

“We are thrilled to be hosting the Jazzy Joburg Night Market with our partners, – what a way to showcase our diversity, musicality, talent, art and food!” says Festival Producer and General Manager of T Musicman, Ms Mantwa Chinoamadi.

 

“We want a fun way to ease music lovers into the main Jazz festival, while still enticing those that are indecisive about buying their festival tickets. The artists we have on the lineup are all accomplished, dynamic performers who we are determined to build relations with for future shows. We encourage everyone to come and have a good time at the market; it’s a friendly, welcoming environment for all.”

 

 

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Engen (http://www.Engen.co.za) has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement as the Official Fuel Partner to the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, taking place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on 21 and 22 September 2019.

 

“Engen are pleased to partner with the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival as the Official Fuel Partner, and we look forward to providing experiences of convenience for our customers and festival goers”, commented Bulela Mkandawire, Corporate Brand & Sponsorship Manager, Engen.

 

 

Dubbed South Africa’s premier lifestyle event, the two-day festival welcomes the entire family to indulge in the best food and entertainment. Included in this culinary extravaganza is a safe, educational and entertaining designated children’s area sponsored by Engen also known as the ‘Engen Kids Fest’.

 

 

This year, the Engen Kids Fest will offer healthy and nutritional food and refreshments throughout the day inspired by multi -award winning culinary expert and food extraordinaire.

An excited Siba Mtongana said: “I am delighted to be partnering with Engen at this year’s DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, as we take the kiddies area to the next level, in true Ms Sibalicious style.”

 

“I have curated an interactive, educational, and entertaining food explosion experience for kids of all ages ranging from healthy treats, baked goodies and cooked masterpieces by the mini chefs who will be cooking along with me. Moms and dads don’t let your little people miss out on this fun activity”, added Mtongana

 

 

Designed and curated with every child in mind, the Engen Kids Fest will boast a range of fun areas to explore for all kinds of bright-eyed explorers. It’s a world of play and learning combined into one memorable experience that shows how much Engen cares.

 

 

“The sponsorship of the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival provides Engen with a platform to actively engage and connect with our current and future market in a relevant and purposeful way”, added Mkandawire.

Children aged between 3 – 13 years old will enter a mini fest of their own and can enjoy a range of cool activities from art classes, drawing and colouring, interactive Lego area for building, live shows and entertainment, outdoor activities, healthy food and refreshments, a mini library, slot car racing to F1 gaming simulators and much more.

 

 

The Engen Kids Fest will close at 19h00 on both nights with trained child minders and security onsite through the course of the two days.  Parents will be requested to register and will receive a barcode that tags adults to children enabling updates to be sent throughout the day to the parents.

 

 

Tickets to the Engen Kids Fest are R295 per child, per-event day, and can be purchased at Howler. Visit Engen Kids Fest Tickets (https://bit.ly/31Xhq5N) for more information.

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The journey to MTN Bushfire 2020 starts now as Phase 1 tickets are now available  via the MTN Bushfire website, as of today September 16. Taking place from 29 to 31 May 2020, MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival. As one of  Africa’s largest and most inclusive festival of music and the arts, MTN Bushfire has earned its global reputation as a distinctly African, yet globally-infused festival experience.

 

Early-bird Full Festival Golden Lounge and Main Arena tickets SOLD OUT in just over a day after their release last week, so don’t miss out on this next phase of reduced ticket prices that are NOW AVAILABLE.

MTN Bushfire annually welcomes close to 30,000 admissions hailing from 60 different countries, who make the journey from near and far to the peaceful Malkerns Valley of Eswatini. For the past 5 years the festival has completely SOLD OUT so guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Early-Bird Phase 1 Phase 2
Full Festival Golden Lounge SOLD OUT 1,950 2,350
Full Festival Main Arena SOLD OUT 950 1,150
Full Festival Children SOLD OUT 250 300

 

MTN Bushfire 2020 will offer an upgraded Golden Lounge, improved and expanded camping options, as well as the diverse and eclectic mix of music, arts, and culture that makes it such a unique and memorable experience.

A beacon of hope that proudly and positively celebrates cultural diversity, the MTN Bushfire experience manifests within a unique atmosphere of tolerance and inclusion. These positive vibrations start as ripples within the local community and become waves that grow as they carry festival-goers home, and ultimately inspire a global movement.

Winner of the Best Responsible Event Award at the African Responsible Tourism Awards in 2017,MTN Bushfire was also hailed in 2016 by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African festival.”

 

 

A living, breathing ecosystem, MTN Bushfire invites all fans of music, the arts, cultural exploration and environmental sustainability to become part of the thriving community that is MTN Bushfire.

 

 

All ticketing and accommodation information can be found on the website: MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “howler.evlink1.net” claiming to be  https://www.bush-fire.com/ . For general information, please email info@bush-fire.com and for ticketing queries, contact support@howler.co.za

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After the third sold out Bassline Live Series at The Lyric Theatre, the next exciting event is set for Saturday 5thOctober 2019 with AN INTIMATE NIGHT WITH VUSI NOVA with support acts 047 & Bongane_Sax.

 

Catch this multi-award-winning Afro-soul superstar for a one-night only intimate music affair at the beautiful Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City.

 

 

Set to be a night to remember, Vusi Nova will present a retrospective of songs from his range of albums, including from “Naninina” released in 2016. This album, that reached platinum status just 5 months after its release date and currently is a double platinum status album, won Best Afro Pop Album at the South African Music Awards 2017, and made the nation fall in love with him through its heart-breaking songs.

 

 

Vusi Nova will also perform “As’phelelanga”, the song that fast became South Africa’s anthem, soon after the performance on South African Idols went viral. These are just some of the well-known and loved favourites to look forward to in this magical evening.

 

 

Vusi Nova will also perform his most recently released single “Ewe” which features 047 who will join him live on stage for a truly memorable performance.

He will also showcase his new track that he features on with ONESIMUS – BABA GOD.

047, the exciting Afropop trio from Mthatha, will also open the night. The group leaped into the spotlight about two years ago after they were discovered and groomed by Vusi Nova. 047 recently received the Grahamstown Standing Ovation Award – for their 2nd Night’s Performance at National Arts Festival 2019. For047 to share the stage at the Lyric Theatre with Vusi Nova will truly be a magical experience

 

 

Bongane_Sax, the remarkably talented saxophonist recently released his second album on which he also collaborates with Vusi Nova and 047. A self-taught saxophonist, Bongane_Sax started playing the clarinet without any formal training and has gone on to massive success with his renditions of classic South African songs as well as his own original music.

 

 

The show starts at 8pm on Saturday October 5th. Get your tickets FROM R250 at Computicket. You can also get all the latest news on the Bassline Live series on our Facebook page.

 

 

Once again, supporting this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing who continue to stand behind the rich arts and culture scene in South Africa. Bassline Live is also presented in association withCastle Lite to unlock Extra Cold Refreshment

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The Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group have embarked on an exciting collaboration to create South Africa’s preeminent film festival. The festival, which is set to showcase the finest films from more than 16 countries, aims to curate, elevate and celebrate the best stars and films from across Africa and the world and runs from 19 to 24 November 2019.

Inspired by the establishment of DISCOP AFRICA, the festival is now in its third year and was born out of the desire to create an independent platform that not only tells Africa’s stories, but showcases and rewards the continent’s and international excellence in film. This film festival is the only one on the African continent that features specially curated content and aims to elevate and celebrate the best stars and curated films from across the African continent and the globe.

 

 

“We couldn’t have asked for a better partner than the MultiChoice Group, an organisation that is passionate about African storytelling, as we believe our stories are our gold,” says Joburg Film Festival Executive Director Timothy Mangwedi . “We see the film festival as a critical catalyst for social cohesion, showcasing a special collection of films that celebrate Africa’s beauty, people, creativity and reflect the continent’s bold spirit and talent,” says Mangwedi.

 

“As Africa’s leading storyteller, our partnership with the Joburg Film Festival makes perfect sense,” says Joe Heshu, MultiChoice Executive Group Corporate Affairs. “Our collaborative effort to bring African stories to the world and to provide a platform for local talent to shine will be an extremely positive boost for the film industry on the continent,” continues Heshu.

 

The Joburg Film Festival will also firmly position Joburg as the country’s cultural capital, attracting the best in the industry to the City of Gold and growing cultural tourism in Johannesburg and South Africa.

 

“We are confident that in collaboration with the MultiChoice Group, we can build a world-class annual film festival that becomes entrenched on the international film circuit and positions Joburg as a prime destination for local and international filmmakers,” says Mangwedi .

 

 

 

 

We are proud to see the Joburg Film Festival grow into an important part of our growing creative economy. The City of Joburg is the home of film and television in our country. It is therefore fitting that we build a film festival that brings the world to the city to celebrate our stories;

 

 

 

“We are investing in the film festival in part through our agency, the Gauteng Film Commision; which was established to stimulate and encourage the growth and development of a sustainable film and television industry that can contribute to our country’s economy and create much needed jobs. The Joburg Film Festival is a timely and relevant catalytic investment to this end,” Mbali Hlophe, MEC, Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

 

 

 

 

The extended Joburg Film Festival programme centres around three important elements: the Film Programme, Industry Programme and Youth and Audience Development Programme. Highlights of the 2019 Joburg Film Festival include the following:

 

 

 

  • The six-day Film programme includes all the excitement and Hollywood pizzazz associated with red carpet premieres, screenings and awards as celebrities rub shoulders with serious filmgoers in a rich display of filmmaking at its very best.

  • A unique and enthralling line-up of local and international films will be curated by an expert team of curators, led by Pedro Pimenta, a respected filmmaker and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • A panel of five industry leading experts has been constituted to judge the films presented at the festival. The films will be judged on elements such as storyline, direction, creativity, cinematography, relevance, execution and technical application. The jury includes the likes of world-renowned storyteller and South African novelist, Zakes Mda, and award-winning actress famous for her role in NCIS New Orleans, CC Pounder and Femi Odugbemi, West Africa MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy Director.

  • As part of the Industry Programme, DISCOP, the continent’s leading market for content, production, acquisition and distribution, provides an opportunity for more than 1 000 like-minded entertainment and media players to connect and share experiences about current best practice trends.

  • Seasoned and well-known industry professionals from the continent and abroad will participate in the Industry Programme this year through a series of master classes and panel discussions that will cover important aspects of the filmmaking craft.

  • To create strong links between young people and the growing film, TV and new digital media industries on the African continent, the Youth and Audience Development Programme will offer young self-taught filmmakers and those new to the world of filmmaking an opportunity to interact with leading industry players.

  • The 2019 Joburg Film Festival also marks the establishment and launch of the Joburg Film Festival film club – a lifestyle centred club of people gathered for the enjoyment and appreciation of the cinematic arts. The film club will bring film lovers together online and in specially designed experiences and screenings of classic and contemporary films.

 

 

 

 

Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City will be the hub of the festival with screenings at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square and Ster-kinekor Sandton. Other venues across Joburg include Bioscope in Maboneng, Cinema Nouveau Rosebank and Kings Cinema in Alexandra.

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Entries open for SAB Environmental Media Awards

Posted by radio On September - 2 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The SAB Environmental Media Awards and Environmentalist of the Year, now in its 31st year, is calling for entries.

The awards acknowledge and recognise the work of dedicated members of the South African Environmental Media who excel in their reportage of all current environmental matters, across written, photography, video and audio.

A new category, the SAB Environmental Community Award was announced last year during the 30th anniversary of the SAB Environmental Awards to recognise community-based environmental projects. Entries need to highlight the project’s successes, providing examples of best practice in order to be eligible.

 

 

“A winning entry would include the quality of the initiative, the number of people reached and/or involved. We are also looking for evidence of changed behaviour, measurable outcomes and addressing issues relating to the specific community affected,” said Zoleka Lisa, SAB VP Corporate Affairs and Sustainability SA. The prize is valued at R15 000.

 

Entrants may be nominated or self-nominated, in a 500-word motivation. The recipient will be decided on by the SAB Environmental Media Judging Panel.

 

A special award, the Nick Steele Memorial Award for Environmentalist of the Year, is also presented to the individual who the judges believe has made an extraordinary effort to look after the local environment.

 

SAB has committed to several sustainability goals to be achieved by 2025 in the areas of Water Stewardship, Smart Agriculture, Climate Action, Circular Packaging and Entrepreneurship.

 

One of these initiatives includes adopting a holistic approach to water stewardship, as part of a broader community reliant on the same water resources. “We believe it is common sense to seek a world that is cleaner and more environmentally friendly to create an atmosphere and economy that are conducive to doing business,” said Zoleka Lisa, VP Corporate Affairs and Sustainability SA, SAB. “We are striving for a better world, and are proud to recognise others who are doing the same.”

 

The categories for the SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalism Awards 2019 are as follows:

  • Written Media Award (Print and Online)

  • Photography Award (Print and Online)

  • Video Media Award (Television and Online)

  • Audio Media Award (Radio and Online)

  • The Macqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Awards for environmental journalists with less than two years’ experience in the Industry (Print, Photography, Video and Audio Media categories)

  • Nick Steele Memorial Award for the Environmentalist of the Year.

All category winners will receive a cash prize of R15,000. The four winners of the Macqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Awards will receive R7,000 prize money. The Nick Steele Memorial Award winner will receive R15,000.

Media Entry requirements and details

Entrants for the SAB Environmental Media Awards and Environmentalist of the Year must submit via the online portal.

  • Entries close on Friday, 13 September at 17h00.

  • Entrants are to submit work published between 01 September 2018 and 31 August 2019.

  • For information and submissions, go to sabenviromedia.co.za.

  • Entrants need to register to either enter the SAB Environmental Media Awards or nominate someone for the SAB Environmentalist of the Year and the SAB Environmental Community Award 2019.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, 29 October 2019.

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A newly revamped and focused DISCOP JOHANNESBURG program will see a scope that goes beyond content buying and selling. In line with DISCOP Market’s vision to promote the commerce and co-production of multi-screen entertainment content across Africa, the upcoming edition, to be held from 20 to 22 November, will put a strong emphasis on African television projects in development, partnerships with South Africa, the booming animation sector, and the export of content produced on the continent.

As co-production in international television expands, Africa can play an increasingly influential role in getting projects off the ground. Competitive incentive programs are already available in countries such as South Africa, Kenya and Senegal, and this year’s edition of DISCOP JOHANNESBURG will focus extensively on African content producers, with solid works in progress, to reach out to key players in Africa and beyond who could bring added value to projects in development.

 

 

“Not since the invention of television has Africa exercised such an influence on the creation of original multiscreen content.” Says Patrick Zuchowicki, President of DISCOP, who adds, “This year’s DISCOP JOHANNESBURG will see three times more projects with cross-border potential brought to the market by African producers than in 2018.”

 

 

The renewed focus on works in progress and fostering co-productions will be brought to life via the side-bar DISCOPRO program that will see more than 50 speakers, including many intrepid disrupters, on stage for panel discussions around the eight key pillars of the industry’s current transformation: What buyers actually want; Exporting African content; The content monetization challenge; Stop fake news; Empowering women in media; The united world of animation; The nascent and super fast-growing video gaming competition sector; Why dubbed content is so important.

 

 

In an important addition to the program, sixteen works in progress of international standard and with a set delivery date will be pitched by their producers in front of key regional and international industry players that can help these projects take off. They will be regrouped into four categories: TV series, Formats, Documentary, and Animation.

Sponsored by The Africa Channel, a series of masterclasses and a panel discussion led by experts from around the world will address how independent producers can export their content and best adapt to the fast-paced world of multicultural television. Four sessions will provide a rapid course of study on what makes a project aimed at multicultural audiences actually sell in today’s challenging environment.

 

 

“Broadcasters, premium cable channels and streaming platforms from around the world are starting to recognize the value of African content.” Says Narendra Reddy, General Manager, The Africa Channel, who adds, “however, producers on the continent need to be proactive and actively participate in creating opportunities for distribution. Furthermore whilst production should continuously evolve to a global standards in terms of technical quality, producers should endeavor to develop stories that are authentic, local and culturally specific”

 

 

With many high-profile international TV series being shot in South Africa, a tutorial track will put under the spotlight the country’s rebates system and examine the benefits available through coproduction treaties that exist between South Africa and The United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada and Australia.

 

 

Intertwined in the general agenda, presentations by the likes of SES, ITV, Pomegranate Media, Agence France Presse, Al Jazeera, Ubongo, Shoot Cameroon and Vubiquity will explore future opportunities and deliver further insights on the state of the industry.

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Advertising Week Africa (http://Africa.AdvertisingWeek.com/) – the very first African edition of the world’s premier event for advertising, creative, entertainment, marketing, media and technology professionals – will be held in Johannesburg from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 October 2019 at 1FOX Precinct.

 

Among the inaugural edition’s confirmed speakers include:

Jean Marie Dru – Chairman, TBWA Worldwide

Kwame Acheampong – CEO, Mall for Africa

Lolu Akinwunmi – Group CEO, Prima Garnett, Africa

Faheem Chaudry – Managing Partner, MC Saatchi Abel, SA

Colleen DeCourcy – Co-President and Chief Creative Officer, Weiden + Kennedy

Jeff Goodby – Co-Chairman and Partner, Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Enver Groenewald – Africa Director: Media, Marketing & Enterprise Digital Transformation , Unilever

Thebe Ikalafeng – Founder and Group CEO, Brand Leadership

Monique Nelson – CEO, UWG

Ikechi Odigbo – Managing Director, DDB Lagos

Asha Patel – Head of Marketing, Google SA

Boniswa Pezisa – Group CEO, Net#work BBDO

Thabang Skwambane – Managing Director, FCB Africa

Jimmy  Smith – Founder & CEO, Amusement Park

Wole Soyinka – Renowned Author and Nobel Laureate

 

 

Led globally by Stillwell Partners and on the ground in Africa by Republicom Group, Advertising Week Africa (http://Africa.AdvertisingWeek.com/) 2019 brings a new, outstanding destination, joining the five other global cities as a place to recognise, celebrate and amplify Africa’s contribution to the global industry.

 

 

Over the past 15 years, Advertising Week events have provided the biggest platforms to showcase innovative approaches to the creative crafts, new collaborations and partnerships and next-generation thought leadership across the global marketing and advertising industry. Johannesburg now shares the stage with powerhouse cities, such as New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo and Mexico City, as the host of the prestigious four-day gathering, which will for the first time put Africa’s thriving creative industry on the global stage.

 

 

 

Advertising Week’s CEO Matt Scheckner says: “Many of the positive cultural shifts that we have seen in art, music, entertainment and film originate from Africa. It’s the perfect time to provide the international platform to share authentic African stories and showcase thought-provoking marketing and technological innovations sweeping the continent. It’s an exciting opportunity to bring internationally recognised professionals together with emerging talent to exchange ideas about how this vibrant continent is shaping global trends.”

 

 

“For us, Advertising Week provides a great platform to tell authentic African stories and showcase the great marketing and technology innovations and breakthroughs that has come out of Africa” said Tunji Adeyinka, Republicom Group Managing Director and Chair the Advertising Week Africa Advisory Council.

 

 

The first #AWAfrica (http://Africa.AdvertisingWeek.com/about/) will be held at 1Fox, FerreirasDorp, in centre-city Johannesburg from 28th to 31st October 2019. The inspiring, forward-thinking four-day programme, which is expected to attract 4,000 attendees, will include more than 100 curated events and involve over 200 leading speakers. Each day will feature the Global Keynote Series – a selection of thought leaders from around the world, who will share their high-level perspectives ranging from brands to cultural icons, agencies to tech companies. In addition, the #AWLearn workshops will offer intimate teaching and learning experiences, where delegates can interact with presenters to not only gain new knowledge, but walk away with actionable plans to position them at the industry’s leading edge.

 

 

Registration and tickets for Advertising Week Africa 2019 will be available on the website.

#AWAfrica packages include:

 

  • Platinum Pass: R10,350 for launch priced tickets

 

  • Delegate Pass: R4,200 for launch priced tickets

 

  • NewGen Pass: R1,300 for launch priced tickets

 

 

To register, please visit Africa.AdvertisingWeek.com/register

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The MTN Bushfire 2020 Experience Starts Now!

Posted by radio On August - 15 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Pre-Register from August 16th for Early Bird Tickets

 

For the past five years, MTN Bushfire has been sold out well in advance of the event, leaving many festival fans disappointed and unable to take part in Africa’s largest and most diverse festival of music and the arts.

Avoid disappointment in 2020 and pre-register to stand a chance to secure your discounted Early Bird tickets to MTN Bushfire 2020, which will take place from Friday May 29 to Sunday May 31, 2020.

 

For the 13th edition in 2019, nearly 30,000 admissions saw guests from over 60 different countries converge on the peaceful Malkerns Valley, with many disappointed fans unable to get tickets.

 

The MTN Bushfire experience is a unique, energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music, cultures, and the arts of Africa and beyond. Make sure you are part of the MTN Bushfire 2020 experience which is guaranteed to be amazing, and register now to get your chance for Early Bird tickets.

 

Exclusive access to these discounted tickets will be reserved for those who pre-register ONLY. This will be the only opportunity to access these Early Bird tickets, which will go on sale on September 11th, 2019.

 

To pre-register, visit www.bush-fire.com but please note that pre-registration does notguarantee tickets as there are only limited early bird tickets available. Those that have registered will receive a notification in order to enable their purchase of MTN Bushfire 2019 early bird tickets online. Tickets must be bought and paid for within a 2-day period.

 

Phase 1 tickets will be available from September 16th 2019. Various camping and travel packages will also be available to book along with your early bird ticket from the MTN Bushfire Festival website.

 

For ticketing queries, please email tickets1@nutickets.co.za or call +268 2528 2040. For further information about MTN Bushfire, please email communications@bush-fire.com.

 

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Ekasi Lam musical is here!

Posted by radio On August - 15 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Kiri Pink Nob in proud association with the Centre for the Less Good Idea proudly present a new offering from writer and director J.Bobs Tshabalala – Ekasi Lam’, a work that he has dubbed the Kwaito-Anti-Musical. Tshabalala and Bernett Mulungo, the Musical Director and Composer – who also appears in the work as a pianist, have co-written and ode to Mzansi Township Life and the music that best encapsulates the lokishi – Kwaito.


The cast is a fierce ensemble of six, comprising of Andisiwe Mpinda, Kopano Tshabalala, Gugu Dhlamini, Mathews Rantsoma, Lucky Ndlovu and Simpho Mathenjwa. Set in a high school in the South Western Townships, this production seeks to use Scamtho Poetry as a vehicle to tell a unique township story about South African Kwaito, and how its vast catalogue has offered timeless nuanced vignettes and a myriad of insights about how the majority of Mzansi are living. It is an introspective look at ourselves, through our most refined lens of art. As odes go, they are lyrical, emotive texts of praise – and Kwaito is just that to Black Life.

 


We meet an enigmatic Dr Tlale, a dedicated Principal with the vision of building the most advanced school in Soweto. A former learner of his who now teaches at the school, the feisty Ms Feni, looks to be a part of growing this vision by contributing a new way of looking at Poetry and how it is taught – this by introducing Kwaito to the literary syllabus. Boipelo, Liyana, Malibongwe and Khumo are the pupils whose lives sit in the actual reality of these two grand dreamers. All else, is Kwaito, for it is as though every song fossilizes unique urban memories into its every grove and pattern that weaves it. For Scamtho. For Ringas. For Kwaito.

 


Why this play? Why now? Jefferson says: “Kwaito music is inescapable in this country. It is ours. A creation that was, and continues to be authored by the Black Lived Experience, and it engages Black Life. In Kwaito, we have a national treasure. A monument to the Township, and to Black Life. In this era where we are in need of proposing compelling “new” offers to the existing and potential Theatre Going Market, we ought to meet abantu where they are, and Kwaito is that place. They know it. They love it. Simple. There is immense potential however in the Theatre for us to subvert the genre and create a truly magical experience that adds layers to the form even further. To advance!” – J.Bobs Tshabalala.

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