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Ahead of staging its 21st performance in Durban on 4th and 5th August, MTN Joyous Celebration will hold auditions on 2nd and 3rd August for all aspirant musicians who wish to be part of the Gospel Music Powerhouse.

Registration opened on Monday, 17th July and will close on Monday, 31st July.  “This is the last batch of our auditions this year, and we encourage all the hopeful and talented singers to SMS or WhatsApp their name, surname, ID number and mobile number to 073 217 3717 before midday on Monday 31st July, when the line closes. We are so excited by the talent that we’ve seen in the past two auditions held in Cape Town and Johannesburg. We have always been about finding talent, nurturing it and empowering individuals, and this could be your time,” says Lindelani Mkhize, Founder.

… presenter and filmmaker Bonné de Bod reports back from DEA briefing
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Wildlife television presenter and filmmaker Bonné de Bod (50/50; Rhino Blog) yesterday attended a Department of Environmental Affairs media briefing where an overview on the state of rhino poaching in South Africa was given as well as the latest stats released.

This is her brief report:

“I see that a lot of media is reporting about a positive decrease in rhino poaching,” the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa told the audience at today’s briefing.

Molewa went on to confirm that the number of rhinos poached so far, for 2017, stands at 529 – down 13 from 542 compared with this time a year ago.

She also said that the Kruger National Park was sitting at a figure of 111 less rhinos poached compared with this time last year, so that is one piece of good news here…
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And social media will never be the same again!

Tall Horse presents Trending Comics proudly brought to you by the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival in association with Trace TV

Talking Batman, Wonder Woman or The Avengers, we are talking some of the hottest young comedians performing in the country today!

In its debut South African showing, Trending Comics will feature a stellar line up of our very own comic superheroes in Schalk BezuidenhoutRobby CollinsLoyiso Madinga and Neil Greenembarking on a nationwide tour that will touch down in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg at the end of October and beginning of November. As if that wasn’t enough firepower comedy in one ensemble, there will be different heavyweight comedians to host the shows in each city and we are excited to confirm them as the following; Kurt Schoonraad (Cape Town)Carvin Goldstone (Durban), and Donovan Goliath (Johannesburg).
Ever since the notion of ‘trending’ emerged on social media, it has become a global obsession – everyone wants to ‘trend’, everyone wants to see what’s ‘trending’! So that’s right, get ready to hit those comedy hashtags when Trending Comics comes to town!

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To celebrate the ultimate cross-cultural experience between South Africa and Germany, the unique Berlin eKapa Festival, presented by J&B, is taking over Cape Town this August.

This one-day festival will take place on Saturday 5 August and will showcase the best in South African art, fashion, music and culture, with a twist: a taste of Germany.

Coinciding with Women’s Month, festival goers will be entertained by some of the hottest female acts in Mzansi, including: Moozlie; Rouge; and DJ Doowap, supported by DJ Capital; and Beatsampras to name a few.

Berlin eKapa will also have photo exhibitions from international talents such as Andre Alexander from Bavaria, Berlingraphie (Berlin) and Polaroidville (Berlin). Local audiences will experience the edgy works of Zimbabwean born, Thandi Gula and emerging talents Geraldzinyo, and Mr High Art to name a few.

Muma Khumalo, the festival organizer, highlights the importance of the festival; it is to promote artistic and entrepreneurial opportunities for young South Africans in hopes to continue to inspire change as well as access to international work exchanges.

“We have partnered with J&B on this exciting venture to promote the arts in South Africa. We have the support of the South African Embassy in Berlin which strengthens international ties and opportunities. Many of our artists struggle exhibiting at major galleries due to various reasons such as not being palatable enough or a lack of financing. Through this cultural festival, we are creating an inclusive space for artists and entrepreneurs to exhibit their works and make money too,” he explains. Continue reading

South Africa’s amazing, award-winning band Mi Casa is back with a brand new album titled Familia. Familia means family, but it can also mean squad/crew in a very ‘street’ kind of way and this incredible family made up of producer, DJ, Keyboardist Dr Duda, singer/songwriter J Something and trumpeter Mo-T, are back in the scene and again eager to remind their loyal fans why they won their hearts in the first place, six years ago. With an incredible, distinct and memorable sound, fun,groovy and hearty (meaningful) lyrics, quirky (smooth) dance moves, the band has sold out shows worldwide.

But here is something absolutely nobody knew …

Five months ago the soulful dance band (trio) almost broke up and below the band shares how they almost parted ways.

Familia drops on the 5th August. With no features, just the trio, this album reminds you why Mi Casa is the best band in the business.

“6 years ago we were complete strangers, today we are brothers – familia.

6 years ago nobody knew who we were, today we have thousands of fans all around the globe, our familia.

This album is all about our journey as brothers, as a band, as a group, as a team, as a movement, as a familia. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

The City of Cape Town is saddened by the loss of one of our city’s greatest jazz legends, Errol Dyers, who passed away this weekend.

Dyers was indeed a guitar maestro, who brought a unique Cape Town sound to jazz music, with this distinct talent earning him the status of being one of the country’s most renowned musicians.

His songs ‘Dindela’ and ‘Sugar Shake’, like many others, will forever be remembered as legendary contributions by Dyers, one of the pioneers of Cape jazz.

This is a huge loss for Cape Town and jazz music, but we must ensure that we keep his legacy alive for years to come through the timeless music he made.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Virginia, his family and friends, and the music fraternity. They are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

The City of Durban in partnership with Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) launched the third annual ESSENCE Festival to be held in Durban. Kwazulu-Natal born actress Nomzamo Mbatha was host of the media breakfast held on Wednesday, 19 July, at The Joint Jazz Café, South Beach in Durban.

September will see the return of the festival to Durban, under the theme; Firing Africa with Inspiration. The first phase line-up of the festival was announced and it includes: SA’s hip hop star Nasty C, Joyous Celebration, Gospel ID Finalists, appearances by Somizi Mhlongo and talks by Bishop T.D Jakes and renowned Reverend Al Sharpton. The international festival brings the best of local and international talent to Durban ICC from September 26 – 1 October 2017.

Mayor of Ethekwini municipality, Councillor Zandile Gumede highlighted that the ESSENCE Durban Festival not only benefits Kwazulu-Natal communities but also the city’s economy at large. Continue reading

e.tv has announced that WWE will no longer be airing on the e family of channels from 1 September 2017. The channel will not be renewing its long-standing contract with WWE.

Marlon Davids, Managing Director of e.tv Channels says that the decision not to renew the WWE contract was not taken lightly. “e.tv has been the home of WWE in South Africa since 2001, but international rights contracts like this are complex,” he says. “After reviewing our renewal options, we decided to focus instead on the direction our entertainment lineup has been taking over the last 12 months.”

“We’re thrilled with the way our viewership numbers have grown, thanks to the local and international drama, comedy and reality shows which have found a home on the e family of channels,” says Davids. “As sad as we are to see WWE leave its home in South Africa, we’re confident that our audience will keep embracing the channels’ new direction and continue to be entertained by the fresh and engaging content which e.tv and the e family of channels currently hosts – and has plans to expand in the future.” Says Davids. Continue reading

Miss Soweto 2016, Nthabiseng Kgasi, turned 22 years old on 15th of July 2017. To celebrate her birthday, she was joined by 50 children from three different orphanages around Soweto at The Box Shop in Vilakazi Street, Soweto. It turned out to be a day full of fun-filled activities. Her other guests included e-TV’s Scandal actress, Mapaseka Koetle-Nyokong, who oversaw the festivities as MC, parents, Stephina and Apohlo, and the representatives from the Thembelenkosini Children, Emdeni Drop-in Centre and Kliptown Youth Program.

Demonstrating fun experiments for the youngsters was Nutty Scientists led by artist instructor, Kea Motlana – the granddaughter of late civic leader, Dr Nthato Motlana, while male acapella group, Mofolo Melodies, entertained everyone with some soothing sounds. The day was made possible by White Star Instant Porridge, and other sponsors, The Couture Cake Company who supplied cake and party sweets and Chesa Nyama franchise who supplied delicious boerewors rolls and cold drinks. Each child was presented with backpack hampers containing White Star Instant Porridge to help them start the following day the right and other goodies. Continue reading

Rhythm City – weekdays at 7PM on e.tv and eHD (OpenView Channel 104)

e.tv’s Multi-award winning soapie, Rhythm City, celebrates its 10th birthday this year, having captivated audiences day after day with gripping storylines, deadly drama and a strong focus on socially-responsible storytelling, since 2007.

Rhythm City is set against the backdrop of the fast-paced South African music industry. Edgy action swings viewers between the streets and clubs of Soweto and the recording studios and radio stations of dynamic Jozi, with a wide range of fascinating characters.

Rhythm City is one of e.tv’s flagship shows, drawing audiences to the channel who are looking for their dose of daily drama,” says Managing Director for e.tv, Marlon Davids. “We are delighted with the way both the show ande.tv have evolved over the past 10 years and look forward to reaching more milestones together”. Continue reading

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