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Johannesburg, 22 June 2018: Today, BET announced R&B music legend, and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Anita Baker will be honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the “BET Awards” 2018. In addition, for the first time, BET has selected six individuals – James Shaw Jr., Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shaun King and Anthony Borges – to be honoured as Humanitarian Heroes. Internationally, BET will honour Bismack Biyombo as the 2018 BET International Global Good Award recipient, which recognizes global celebrities and public figures who use their platform for social good and exemplify integrity, courage, goodness and commitment to the global community. The Global Good recipient will be awarded during Live! Red! Ready! red carpet pre-show airing before the “BET Awards”, which airs Tuesday 26 June at 20:00 CAT on BET (DStv Channel 129).

Anita Baker is undeniably one of the greatest living legends in the music industry and BET will honour her accordingly at the June 24th ceremony. With a career that spanned nearly four decades, she made an everlasting impression on the sound of Soul and R&B music that has inspired generations to come. Ms. Baker is regarded as a trailblazer, opening doors for many females in the industry. Known for ballads such as, “Body & Soul,” “Just Because” and “Giving You The Best That I Got,” Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has seven platinum albums. Earlier this year the venerable Ms. Baker announced her retirement and is currently embarking on her farewell concert series.

BET is taking an exciting new direction when it comes to honouring humanitarians. This year, the Network will recognize six individuals who have done extraordinary things in some of the most disheartening of situations. The intention is to remind everyone that you don’t have to be a celebrity to give back and support others in need; we all have the opportunity to make a difference for the betterment of humankind. The Humanitarian Heroes include, James Shaw Jr. (disarmed Waffle House shooter), Naomi Wadler (11yr old speaker at March For Our Lives), Mamoudou Gassama (Climbed outside of building to save dangling 4-year-old), Justin Blackman (only student to walk out of his High School on National Student Walk-Out Day), Shaun King (journalist who has been instrumental in covering untold stories in the Black community), Anthony Borges (Parkland Victim/Hero who threw himself in line of fire – shot 5 times). The bravery and strength of the highlighted 2018 honourees is truly exceptional.

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Johannesburg – Carnival City Casino, Big Top Arena 27th July 2018

Cape Town – GrandWest, Grand Arena 28th July 2018   

Port Elizabeth – Boardwalk, ICC 4th August 2018 

Marmalade Productions is proud to present Divas 2018 featuring international award-winning superwoman, Karyn White. Karyn will be supported by the cream of South African Divas soon to be announced.

Johannesburg and PE dates just announced… Johannesburg at Carnival City Casino, Big Top Arena 27th July, Cape Town at GrandWest, Grand Arena 28th July and Port Elizabeth at the Boardwalk, ICC 4th August 2018.

She possesses one of the most memorable, distinctive voices ever heard in popular music. She’s an accomplished singer/songwriter who etched herself into music history with her smash hit song, the female anthem, “Superwoman”. That song made international waves, selling over a million units, being certified Gold and named the Billboard R&B Song of the Year in 1989. She IS a super woman. She’s Karyn White.

Established in 2011, Karyn opened the doors with Karyn White Enterprises Inc. (KWE) a dynamic multi-platform media company offering diverse and uplifting entertainment across the broad media landscapes of music, television and film. White released her long-awaited album “Carpe Diem” on her own label and distributed through Light Year/EMI.

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Edgar Mfaba (Edsoul) and Hlalefang Nomganga (Fang DaRhythm) of The Rhythm Sessions are proud to announce the release of their new single titled “Love Is The Way” featuring NuTown Soul which is already available on all digital platforms.

The duo released their Debut Album ‘Music Is Life’ in August 2017 and are well pleased with the response and reception it received from public, radio and media; describing one of their highlights as being “touring the album launch and seeing how people knew the lyrics to the songs and sang it back to us”.

About ‘Love Is The Way’…

“We met NuTown Soul on Facebook, did a bit of research on him, discovered that he had worked with some local producers in the house music scene, we loved the way he sounded on those songs, we sent him a couple of beats which he loved as well and “Love is The Way” was born” says the duo. “The message of the song is that love has no boundaries, everyone deserves to give and receive love freely. It’s never out of fashion, and without love we would be truly lost. Because love is the way.” says NuTown Soul.

The Rhythm Sessions are working towards releasing another album in 2019 so the duration of 2018 will consist of releasing a couple of singles, and remixes from their previous album “Music is Love”

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Talent is often discovered in places where one least expects to find it and each year the TOPstars singing competition discovers amazing talent among ordinary retail workers. TOPstars is a singing performance contest run by the Shoprite Group of Companies for their over 148 000 employees across Africa and islands in the Indian Ocean.

As the largest private sector employer on the continent, the Group needs innovative ways to expand and grow. TOPstars empowers our employees to be the best they can be in the workplace and unites people to support the company’s growth plans.

Since its inception 12 years ago, TOPstars continues to progress in its application of purpose and value both in people and their role in the workplace. “The project highlights the ethos that a strong individual makes a stronger team, encouraging pride and effort to achieve quality. These are principles which become the motivation to work towards excellence”, says Callie Burger, Shoprite Group’s Human Resources General Manager.

The TOPstars judges will be travelling across Africa to countries where the Shoprite Group has a footprint, during an annual road show kicking off on 11 June this year, in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth. It’s clear that the contest keeps growing bigger each year with entries received from as far as Ghana, Uganda and Madagascar.

This year’s judging panel is again led by well-known music artist and TOPstars producer Mynie Grové and the very charming SABC 3 morning Expresso Show presenter, Katlego Maboe, who 3will be the roadshow MC and is also part of the judging panel.  Three of South Africa’s best vocal and performance coaches, Amanda Luyt, Shawn George and Heinrich Frans joins the team this year and will be guiding semi-finalists for a chance to reach the Finals in October.

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Entries for the 2018 Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge are officially open! Great news for South African adventure-loving filmmakers hoping to make it to the big-screen.

To enter, submit a YouTube link to your five-minute film, showcasing your passion for outdoor adventure, on www.banff.co.za. The winning submission will be screened alongside international adventure films at the Banff Mountain Film Festival to be shown in Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide. Thousands of adventure enthusiasts gather to watch the BANFF, featuring an exhilarating collection of films that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures, and exposes audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports!

This year’s Adventure Film Challenge winner will also receive a R10,000 cash prize and K-Way gear to the value of R5,000.

This year marks the fifth instalment of the annual competition that provides aspiring filmmakers with a platform to “get stoked, film it and be recognised”.

Submissions in this year’s Challenge will be judged on storyline, creativity, originality, visual composition and technical execution, along with editing, sound, music and overall impression. Films must be no longer than five minutes (300 seconds), including titles and credits. Entries close at 12:00 on 30 June 2018 and the winner will be selected by an external panel of judges who are involved in South Africa’s outdoor film scene.

For more information, visit https://www.banff.co.za or www.capeunionmart.co.za

Leading paper and plastic recycler, Mpact Recycling has announced that it will partner with the Mrs South Africa empowerment programme for the fourth consecutive year, this time as one of the main sponsors of the event. The decision is aimed at enlisting the help of contestants to raise awaresess around the importance of recycling in local communities.

More than a traditional beauty pageant, Mrs South Africa is a female empowerment programme focused on raising the profile of women who strive to be the best versions of themselves. They can be mothers, entrepreneurs, businesswomen or homemakers between the ages of 25 and 49. Many are change-makers in their communities, but all are brave, real-life superwomen.

The competition’s 100 semi-finalists are expected to immerse themselves in networking and self-development activities as well as raising funds for Women4Women South Africa. This is before 25 finalists are selected in June and the winner announced in November.

Mpact Recycling communications manager, Donna-Mari Noble, says the campaign’s objectives fit neatly with Mpact Recycling’s drive to create awareness in communities such as assisted living facilities, old age homes, buy-back centres, garden sites and churches about the benefits of recycling. “By partnering with Mrs South Africa, Mpact Recycling gains 100 brand ambassadors this year.”

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The organisers of the brand new trapNET cycling and lifestyle event announced today that Medihelp Medical Scheme is on board as the naming rights sponsor. Director of Trio Events Marius Opperman said, “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Medihelp, as this event fits in well with both parties’ strategy by getting more people to lead an active lifestyle. We believe that the Medihelp trapNET weekend of events will create this platform and add an element of entertainment, with the expo and the many other activities offered”.

The Medihelp trapNET lifestyle expo will take place from 20 to 22 July at SuperSport Park in Centurion and will offer an 85km road cycling race on Sunday, 22 July as well as a trapNET Junior cycling event for the kids on Saturday, 21 July.

“Medihelp Medical Scheme is excited to be associated with this new event in Pretoria, where Medihelp’s head office is also located. The Medihelp trapNET event has all the makings of becoming one of the great cycling events in Gauteng,” said Heyn van Rooyen, Medihelp’s Principal Officer. “Medihelp believes in supporting events that promote and encourage healthy and active lifestyles as part of our marketing efforts”.

Free entry to the Medihelp trapNET event is available to all Medihelp members who are registered on HealthPrint, Medihelp’s wellness programme, and on Medihelp Multisport, the Scheme’s sports club for cyclists.

Visit the Medihelp trapNET website at www.trapnet.co.za for more information on the weekend’s events. Visit www.medihelp.co.za/events to find out how to join Medihelp Medical Scheme. PREPARED BY: TRIO EVENTS Marius Opperma

Hitmaker Timothy De Monk (20) is back with his latest single, No Stress Moment, set to once again dominate the airwaves and radio charts with his can’t-get-the-tune-out-of-my-head song. Now if this singer/songwriter/producer/musician’s name does not ring a bell – shame on you and where have you been hiding?

His first single, Everyday, was on the 5FM Top 10 Pop Chart for a staggering eighteen weeks! No one-hit-wonder, Timothy repeated this success with I Never Want To See Her – holding on to the number one position for eight weeks on the 5FM Top 10 Pop Chart…as well as on other radio stations, including Jacaranda’s SA Top 20, where the hit continuously climbed the charts for fourteen weeks.

Comments Timothy: “I truly believe that No Stress Moment is going to be my biggest hit yet, so my big dream for this year is that people will get to know the name Timothy De Monk and link it to my music when they hear it on radio. And on top of that, realise that I am actually from South Africa, doing my best to play my part in putting local music on the international map!”

Stop stressing and have a No Stress Moment

Timothy says that the message behind his latest single, No Stress Moment, is about no matter how much stress is being shoved his way, he will do his best and succeed, and “I’ll live life for the moment”.

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Respected international news personality Jane Dutton is to join the evening line up on eNCA from 16 July 2018.

Jane returns to South Africa with a wealth of experience. She has worked all over the world for the globe’s top news stations, including Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC World and CNBC. With a news career spanning over two decades, Jane will bring her extensive knowledge and talents to eNCA. Her adaptable and modern interviewing style has a reputation for eliciting responses from even the most reluctant interviewees. Her talk show on eNCA will feature top newsmakers engaging on the current issues facing South Africa.
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The 2018 Standard Bank Jazz Festival taking place in Grahamstown during National Arts Festival from 27 June to 7 July this year sees the festival’s first female conductor at the helm of the annually-constituted Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band (SBNYJB). Jazz singer, arranger, pianist and composer Amanda Tiffin has been appointed to lead the cream of the country’s young musicians.

Amanda Tiffin
Now entering its 31st year, as the oldest jazz festival on the African continent, the SBJF has premium pedigree of training and development alongside producing a world class programme of performances.

When Amanda Tiffin leads the newly-chosen group of young musicians of the SBNYJB, she will be joining a long line of visionary conductors and musicians – such as Zim Ngqawana, Darius Brubeck, Barney Rachabane and Carlo Mombelli – who have helped train generations of South African jazz greats.

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