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In a first for a South African drama series, Both Worlds’ UNARMED has been selected as one of the finalists for C21 Content London 2018 Drama Series Pitch. From over 100 submissions from established drama creators worldwide bidding to attract additional finance and co-production partners, C21 selected Both Worlds’ political spy thriller as one of the final eight invited to pitch at the International Drama Summit on November 27.

 

UNARMED will be presented at the International Drama Summit at Content London on Tuesday 27 November between 3pm and 4.30pm. The series will compete with productions from France, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and the UK. The winning project will be announced at The International Drama Awards, which take place from 7pm on Wednesday 28 November.

 

UNARMED, in advanced development stage, has attached internationally recognised talents including Shawn Slovo (A World Apart, Catch a Fire, Mohammed Ali’s Greatest Fight) who developed the pilot script alongside Both Worlds’ Thierry Cassuto and Karen Jeynes, Charlotte Brändström (Colony, The Witcher) as director, and Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (Amistad, Guardians of the Galaxy) as the lead.

 

 

The series is a fact based thrill ride through Southern Africa, Germany, France and Belgium in both the late eighties and present day. When terrorists pull off an audacious heist at Pelindaba,  one of the world’s largest stores of highly enriched uranium, and a representative of the International Atomic Energy Agency is brutally murdered, the world’s eyes are turned to Southern Africa and the threat of a dirty bomb. UNARMED is based on the premise that South Africa finally agrees to hand over its weapon-grade uranium stores, a legacy from the atomic bombs the apartheid regime made in defiance of UN sanctions, and thirty years of secrets were to be revealed.

 

 

Both Worlds is a Cape Town based South African production company known for its many award-winning programmes including twice International Emmy nominated and multiple SAFTA winner ZANEWS’ Puppet Nation, as well as Point of Order and Operation Rainbow Warrior. Both Worlds has recently launched a high end scripted programmes division, and has several series in advanced stage of development with local and international broadcasters.

 

 

The Content London International Drama Pitch Summit is the world’s highest platform to launch scripted series to the international marketplace, providing access to over 2000 of the industry’s top executives. The winning pitch will receive a marketing package through C21Media worth £30,000 to support series’ development and pre-sales promotion.

For more information on Both Worlds – https://www.both-worlds.com/
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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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Free JOOX VIP for DStv customers

Posted by radio On October - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

DStv offers DStv PremiumCompact Plus or Compact customers JOOX VIP at no extra cost with their current subscription. JOOX and DStv is a match made in entertainment heaven. Series? Check. Music? Double check.

Wondering what JOOX is about?

JOOX is a music streaming App that gives you access to thousands of music libraries and playlists on your iOS or Android mobile device. Whether you’re looking for a playlist while out on a run or need a Sunday chilled vibe, there’s a song for every mood.

DStv account holders with an active DStv PremiumCompact Plus or Compactsubscription get free VIP access to JOOX – and you can add up to 4 friends and family! This is all valued at R89.99 per month, but now it’s all yours for FREE!

DStv Family, Access and EasyView customers can also log in to the free JOOX service directly on the JOOX App but won’t get access to the free VIP services offered by DStv.

JOOX lets you access millions of tracks, switch to karaoke mode and learn the lyrics of your favourite songs (you can also sing-along) as well as create and share playlists.

 

Interested? Keep reading!

The JOOX VIP access will let you have your own background music or life theme song all day, every day. Some of the exclusive JOOX VIP user benefits include:

  1. Forget the free trial – get the JOOX VIP music streaming app for FREE for you and 4 of your family and listen to non-stop music at your leisure or on the go!
  2. Exclusive to DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact customers!
  3. Local music with exclusive playlists
  4. Playlists for local events and music festivals
  5. Karaoke – sing along!

 

How to get the DStv and JOOX VIP access offer?

Step 1: Download the JOOX app from your app store and sign up (skip this step if you already have the app)

Step 2: Tap your profile image (on top left), select JOOX VIP and then select DStv Customer

Step 3: Enter the ID number of the DStv account holder

*we’ll send a one-time pin (OTP) to the phone number we have registered on your account*

Step 4: Enter the OTP

That’s it – you’re ready to rock ‘n roll, samba or vosho – whatever your music style!

 

How to add friends and family so that they can also get the JOOX VIP experience?

Once you’ve signed up to be a JOOX VIP member, you can add 4 family members

Step 1: They will need to download the JOOX app from their app store and sign up (if they already have JOOX, they can skip this step)

Step 2: Tap on their profile image (on top left), select JOOX VIP and then DStv Customer

Step 3: Select Family Member

Step 4: Now they need to enter your mobile number

*we’ll send a one-time pin (OTP) to your phone number – you’ll need to forward that OTP to your friend*

Step 5: They enter the OTP

That’s it! They are now a JOOX VIP member!

Note: if you go into your JOOX VIP profile (tap on your profile image, select JOOX VIP and sign in), you’ll see their name listed as an active member.

 

It’s that easy to ensure you never miss out on the latest songs or classic hits! The question now is, what are you waiting for? Get your JOOX VIP access today for free, if you’re a DStv PremiumCompact Plus or Compact customer. Never worry about missing a beat again! Join the conversation on social media #JOOXonDStv.

Terms and conditions apply, view Terms and Conditions here.

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The international gaming industry has shown its support for Clarion’s vision to deliver a stellar business event for the continent, with the inaugural edition of ICE Africa (www.ICEAfrica.za.com) (24 and 25 of October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa) now at 90% capacity with leading brands including Aruze Gaming; BtoBet; Flutterwave; Gambee; GLI; Merkur Gaming; MST Channel; Neosurf; Playtech BGT Sports; Quanta; Superbet; and umAfrika Gaming Technologies supporting the historic event.

Predicted by Michael Collins, General Manager of South Africa based software firm, Betting Entertainment Technology (B.E.T) to join the ‘Premier League of international B2B gaming events’ ICE Africa has attracted delegates from a total of 91 countries including gaming professionals from 25 African countries, comprising:

 

Botswana; Cameroon; Chad; Congo (The Democratic Republic of); eSwatini (formerly Swaziland); Egypt; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Malawi; Mauritius; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Seychelles; South Africa; Sudan; Tanzania (United Republic of); Uganda; Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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Commenting on the response, Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager at Clarion Gaming said “We took the decision to launch following requests from the industry based in Africa for us to produce and organise a professional showcase that the continent could be proud of.  Since making the decision to bring the ICE brand to the continent, we have been really encouraged by the hugely positive response from all parties – manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, journalists and commentators alike.  As we edge closer to the first edition of ICE Africa going live, all the metrics we look to are highly positive and we are confident of opening a new chapter in the development of African gaming.”

 

 

Delivering much more than a conventional expo, ICE Africa has been curated to bring the gaming community a plethora of engaging content covering thought leadership to training and provided by the industry’s most influential and reputable stakeholders.  Dan Stone explained: “Learning and development are at the core of the ICE Africa experience.  The advance AFRICA stream creates time for quality brainstorming around how the future of the African market can be shaped to allow for sustainable growth of the industry.  microscope AFRICA is a series of workshops looking at different facets of the industry and network AFRICA a series of facilitated networking breaks, unique HIVE sessions and round-tables to forge new connections with colleagues from across the continent.  The ICE Africa conference programme will cover a wide range of topics including mobile, lottery, start-ups, investment and regulation all headed up by expert international speakers.”

 

 

 

To register for the first ICE Africa and the learning, training and networking opportunities it offers, visit:

www.ICEAfrica.za.com

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The 2018 Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) is proud to announce the official partnership with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). As of 2019, IFFR’s CineMart will be the European hosting partner for EAVE INDABA, the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs’ program that is being developed in collaboration with Market Director Elias Ribeiro. EAVE is a professional training, project development and networking organisation for audiovisual producers.

 

Elias explains further, “Having gone through the EAVE training myself in 2014 and observed the impact of this program in my professional path, I thought this should be made a priority. Our continent lacks capable creative producers, who understand development and international financing and who have altruistic intentions towards the industry as a whole. Producers who understand that their role goes beyond the making of films, and extends into trend setting, advocating for, and advancing the financial infrastructure in the territories they practice as well as delivering to audiences.

 

Producers need to be qualified to hold the space for the creative process, to flow and to nurture talent, artistry and creativity, while running a sustainable business. Having one of the pioneering coproduction markets in the globe on board as a partner is an honor, and we look forward to crafting the program together, tapping into the wealth of experience both these organizations hold in capacity building and networking, spanning over decades.”

EAVE has also been a partner at this year’s CTIFMF where the organisation has strengthened its ties across the African continent. Together with the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), EAVE and the CTIFMF will be building the foundations for Pan-African and international connections and skills sharing.

 

The confirmation of IFFR’s as official partners means that the CTIFMF will now be part of the on-going annual program. The call for submissions for the first edition of EAVE INDABA is set for late March 2019. 5 African and 5 European producers will be selected to take part in a yearlong program where 10 audiovisual projects will be developed through two residential workshops and presented at CTIFMF October 2019 and at the 38th CineMart in January 2020.

 

This partnership is a vote of confidence in the processes and programs that have been put into place by the CTIFMF and is part of the Festival’s long-term strategy to develop African filmmakers within a global context.

 

Head of IFFR Pro Marit van den Elshout has this to say about the partnership, “We are very keen to join this adventure together with long standing partner of CineMart and Rotterdam Lab, EAVE. We have high hopes of the collaboration with CTIFMF Market run by Elias Ribeiro who we know well as a producer of, among other projects, The Wound which was supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund.  IFFR has always had a strong interest in African Cinema. Throughout the years we have presented different film programmes that have focused on young talent from the African continent and also through the Hubert Bals Fund there have been initiatives to support this talent. There is a great variety of amazing stories to be found in the different countries and we would love to play a role in getting them to screen in whichever format. We are looking forward to strengthen the producers in their (inter)national careers.”

 

The EAVE Indaba taster at this year’s CTIFMF included a series of Master Classes, open to all CTIFMF Market Delegates, the first focused on Co-Producing with North America on October 11th, and the 2nd on October 13th focused on Co-Producing with Europe, both lead by EAVE consultant Linda Beath, an international expert guest in financing who had this to say of the sessions, “The energy and focus of the participants at this year’s premiere event was remarkable.  During the masterclasses on financing and co-production there was notable and very active participation, a lot of interesting questions and comments, but most remarkable to me is the will of these filmmakers to move out of their own country and reach more diverse African audiences, to work with Europe actively and to explore relationships with international film talent and and viewers of every form of screen content and its delivery.  I not only enjoyed – and exhausted – myself but learned a lot!”

 

Additionally, The Producers Circle, open to EAVE Indaba selected producers and lead by EAVE group leader Diana Elbaum, an internationally acclaimed producer and winner of the 2009 European Oscar for Best Producer.

 

This concentrated taster of the full EAVE immersive experience offered tangible outcomes for participants, providing invaluable insights and skills transfer from these two international professionals. Tina Trap, CEO of EAVE adds, “We are proud to be partner of this year’s CTIFMF and excited to create EAVE Indaba together with our ‘partners in crime’ CTIFMF / EAVE graduate Elias Ribeiro and CineMart / Rotterdam Lab / EAVE graduate Marit van den Elshout.  EAVE Indaba is a Pan-African program building bridges between Europe and Africa and reinforcing artistic and industrial co-operation between the two continents. For EAVE, this program is the natural next step adding to our existing partnerships and workshops organised so far with Africa and we can’t wait to start. »

 

For more information about EAVE, visit https://www.eave.org/ , for more information on the CTIFMF please visit, http://www.filmfest.capetown/ , for more information on IFFR please log on to www.iffr.com

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IRF Malta Days: 29 October – 30 October

 

IRF International Days: 31 October – 4 November

 

IRF Audio Conference: 1st November

 

The International Radio Festival (IRF) is pleased to announce the final line up of international radio stations broadcasting their programmes live-on-air to their peers and home audiences, from the Piazza D’Armi in Valletta, reaching over 100 million listeners around the globe.

 

Now in its 9th year, this international broadcasting event represents the first and only global conference to debate and showcase the business, production and curation of the world’s most consumed medium – audio/radio content.

 

 

The IRF’s unique conference format presents industry leaders from the world of broadcasting and audio production and features more than 30 international radio stations broadcasting their programmes live-on-air across Malta and the International Radio Festival DAB+ channel and also to their peers and home audiences, reaching over 100 million listeners around the globe.

 

IRF Festival Director Darryl von Däniken says:

 

“We are delighted to be heading towards music-island Malta, producing the 9th edition of the IRF midst the historic Piazza D’Armi in Valletta, this year’s EU Capital City of Culture, which is more than apt as the IRF represents the world’s leading broadcasting cultural exchange showcasing ’radio’ nationalities such as India, UK, France, Russia, Turkey, USA and China.”

 

Find out more about all the radio stations and shows here:

 

https://www.internationalradiofestival.com/

 

 

Watch the video recap of edition in Milan here:

 

 

As well as the live radio broadcasts The Malta edition of the International Radio Festival’s B2B Forum takes place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre on 1st November, covering the hottest topics in the global audio and music industries.

 

BBC R&D’s Executive Producer Nicky Birch will cover exciting developments in voice-first audio formats, while international radio consultant John Simons will lead a panel on the rise of niche radio services from rock to jazz.

 

James Keen, the newly-appointed Station Director for Channel 103 and Island FM in the Channel Islands, will talk with Andrew Zammit from Malta’s ‘number one hit music station’ 89.7 Bay, about the benefits and challenges of targeting a small island-based audience.

 

The Conference will also include a celebration of ten years of the UK’s Absolute Radio, with its Content Director, Paul Sylvester; and a look at how audio services are re-inventing radio from Xanthe Fuller, Head of Community at Mixcloud.

 

Martyn Ware – founder of The Human League and Heaven 17, with a 40-year career as a leading record producer – will be talking about his work past and present, including designing and composing ground-breaking 3D-soundscapes.

 

The use of Blockchain technology in the audio world will be explored at the International Radio Festival’s Audio Conference in Malta. Led by Cliff Fluet, a digital lawyer from London-based law firm Lewis Silkin, the session will lead the way in the exploring how blockchain can benefit the radio industry.

 

Register here for the IRF Audio Conference 2018

 

 

https://www.internationalradiofestival.com/conference-malta18/

 

The Malta edition of the International Radio Festival’s B2B Forum takes place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre on 1st November, covering the hottest topics in the global audio and music industries.

 

 

What the industry says:

 

 

 

“A gathering of an amazingly diverse and fascinating group of people with one thing in common: a love of radio. The most diverse radio gathering I’ve ever been to!”

 

 

Rusty Hodge, SOMA FM, San Francisco, USA www.somafm.com

 

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Back by popular demand! Johannesburg audiences are in for a musical treat when Emperors Palace hosts the world’s premier Freddie Mercury and Queen tribute show, Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic, for a four-week run over the Christmas period.

 

Performing in the Theatre of Marcellus from Friday 30 November until Monday 31 December 2018, including a rock-star worthy New Year’s Eve performance to ring in 2019, Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic is set to recreate Queen’s historically famous 1986 World Tour concert on stage in SA.

 

 

The two-hour theatrical rock concert, which will showcase for the first time at Emperors Palace after previously enjoying a performance run at The Joburg Theatre in 2016, features all of the band’s greatest hits performed live including hits such as ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘Fat-Bottomed Girls’.

 

If you’re wanting to ring in the New Year in style, this show gives ultimate rock fan the chance to sing and dance along to some of the most classic rock hits of our generation.

 

Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic is set to yet another smash hit for promoters, Showtime Australia, who continue to wow South African crowds with stellar crowd favourite shows such as The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show, Tina: Simply The Best, as well as Beatlemania On Tour – all of which showcased at Emperors Palace earlier this year.

 

Director Johnny Van Grinsven attributes the show’s continued global success to the attention-to-detail in this mind-blowing and energetic stage show includes the costumes, instruments and even the lighting cues have been designed to replicate those seen in real Queen concerts.

 

Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic also attracted the attention, endorsement and eventual involvement of Freddie Mercury’s best friend, neighbour, biographer and personal assistant for 12 years: Peter Freestone.

 

After reviewing the show while in Singapore in 2007, Freestone contacted promoter Van Grinsven with his compliments and support for the production. A friendship ensued between these two, upon which Freestone has since toured with QIAKM globally, working as a production consultant for the show.

 

“I have not seen another show in the world do it better.” – Peter Freestone

Multi-talented English musician, Giles Taylor, yet again reprises the role of Freddie Mercury and is the only tribute performer in the world who sings and plays both piano and guitar live on stage.

 

“Freddie was known for his powerful voice and vocal range, and had a very distinct character in general, so emulating him is quite a challenge, but those details need to be just right for a show of this magnitude. True Queen fans will appreciate the attention to detail,” says Taylor.

 

Supporting Taylor on stage throughout this two-hour rock concert are: Australians Richie Baker, as Brian May on guitar, and Kyle Thompson, as Roger Taylor on drums, and South Africa’s very own Steven Dennett as John Deacon on bass guitar.

 

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 are priced between R180 and R250 each.

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