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The 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Benjamin Jephta is set to take to the stage at the 20th Standard Bank Joy of Jazz. The 25-year-old jazz bassist is fast emerging as a clear leader of the current crop of young jazz musicians working in South Africa today.

Jephta is fashioning a refreshing brand of jazz that blends influences from various musical sources that have inspired him over the years. Hints of a musical awareness of hip-hop and Soul along with touches of dance music like house and kwaito are evoked in each of his performances.

He has a new album titled The Evolution of an Undefined. The record and its recent performances bear the broadminded qualities of a creative clawing at the height of his powers. It’s evidence of his growing abilities as an instrumentalist and composer.

Jephta leads an all-star band that demands respect with straight ahead jazz and segues into rap and slam poetry thanks to a collaboration with Jitsvinger. The Cape flats based globe-trotting rapper brings a street savvy edge that is balanced by the soft and sultry vocals of soul singer songwriter, Eden Myrrh.

They find magical accompaniment in the rest of Jephta’s touring band including two former Standard Bank Young Artists, Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer on piano and synths along with Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums. This high-powered rhythm section is melodically led by Keenan Ahrends on guitar and Sisonke Xonti on saxophone. Continue reading

Date: Monday 02 October
Time: 21:00 CAT
Channel: Comedy Central (DStv channel 122)

THE DARK SIDE OF A TV VILLAIN APPEARS LIGHTER ON FAMOUS LAST WORDS

Striking fear into the heart of a comedian is easy when you’re known as Barker, but it’s not as dark as you might think in the 8th episode of #FamousLastWords. Devilishly dangerous yet lovely and likeable TV villain Robert Whitehead, instils fear with King Lear right into the heart of cute-and-cuddly Mpho Popps, by making him recite lines from the play like a true thespian….with a few twists and turns.

Don’t miss these stars as they try to take over the world on Famous Last Words, Monday 02 October at 21:00 CAT on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122).

Famous Last Words Live Stand Up Special
The culmination of Comedy Central’s Famous Last Words will lead up to the Famous Last Words Live Stand Up Special on Wednesday 4th October at 20:00 CAT at Emperor’s Palace Theatre of Marcellus. At the two-hour event, each of the comedians featured in the series will perform a 15 minute set, followed by their protégé who will do a five-minute set.

Bookings are open for the Famous Last Words Live Stand Up Special – hosted by Comedy Central in association with Jacaranda FM and in support of the Smile Foundation.
For more information about Comedy Central, please go to www.comedycentralafrica.com, Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/comedycentralafrica or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @comedycentralAF. To join the conversation on social media, please use the hashtags #FamousLastWords

South Africa’s fastest-growing TV satellite operator, OpenView HD, has surpassed the 1 million decoder activation mark, firmly establishing it as the second-largest satellite TV provider in South Africa – but easily the largest subscription-free service.

The ‘million milestone’ is a significant achievement for OpenView HD, with the company only having been in operation for less than four years. Although uptake of the OpenView HD set-top-boxes was initially slow, numbers soared when two 24-hour movie channels and an additional entertainment channel from sister company e.tv were added to the bouquet. The OpenView HD bouquet currently comprises 17 channels, with more set to be added in coming months.

With a retail price of R399 for a decoder, OpenView HD grew its market share 101% in the 2016/17 financial year. Managing Director, Patrick Conroy, says South Africans want quality entertainment that is affordable. “We do not charge monthly fees, so this means South Africans do not have to keep paying for their home entertainment after they have bought our decoder. This combination of a low cost decoder and good programming has been the secret to our success. It is a good start and we are confident we will reach two million households in 2019.” says Conroy.

OpenView HD is operated by Platco Digital, which forms part of the eMedia group of companies.

 

 

OpenView HD Channels: Continue reading

The music duo of STATUS drops new music video with Riky Rick, Patoranking and Kly 

World-class music duo and Men of STATUS, Bandile and Banele Mbere, better known as Major League DJz, will today officially release their highly anticipated new video for the hit single Do Better exclusively on Channel O. DSTV channel 320 at 16h00.

The soulful pan-African collaboration sees an all-star cast both in-front and behind the camera, featuring SA’s hip hop sensation Riky Ricky, new RnB star KLY and the Nigerian multi-award winning Reggae artist Patorankingdirected by internationally acclaimed music video director Alessio Bettocchi from Studio Space Pictures.

The minimal narrative is built through cutaways to the party experience combined with performance pieces by the all-star cast, and perfectly balanced by the romantic tone of the chorus. The result, a visual feast of African culture and fashion, conveyed through warm colour and stimulating cinematography, along with flashes of romance as it all concludes when the sun sets into the evening.

“Major League DJz has always been at the cutting edge of the hustle and we see it in this video. We respect their dedication and couldn’t be more proud to have worked with them on a successful production such as this one, ” says Tracey Rowles, Marketing Manager: Personal Care at Tiger Brands.

The four year partnership between Deen TV and OpenView HD is set to come to an end on 30 September 2017, after which the channel will no longer form part of the free-to-view satellite service’s bouquet.

“The decision to discontinue our relationship with Deen TV was made on the back of scheduled commercial discussions between the two parties,” says head of Platco, Patrick Conroy. “It’s the nature of businesses such as ours that channels are constantly reviewed, meaning that, from time to time, channels will be shuffled depending on market and commercial criteria”.

The OpenView HD bouquet continues to grow, thanks to the recent addition of BBC World News and the introduction of eMovies Extra, as well as a second general entertainment channel, e Extra. The platform is currently home to 17 channels, with plans in the works to introduce additional channels, in the near future. OpenView HD has grown its market share by 157% since March 2016, making it the country’s fastest-growing new TV platform, and is set to reach the 1 million customer mark in the next few days.

Platco thanks Deen TV for being part of the OpenView HD journey since the platform’s inception in 2013 and wishes the channel well.

DStv Compact, Compact Plus and Premium customers will be able to enjoy BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) in stunning High Definition from 5thOctober

DStv Premium customers will be able to enjoy even more of the great shows on BBC First (DStv channel 119) as its broadcasting hours increase to 12 hours a day from 8th October 

BBC Worldwide announced today that its flagship entertainment channel BBC BRIT will become available in HD on DStv channel 120 from the 5th October.

Since the launch of the new BBC Worldwide portfolio of channels on DStv in September 2015, BBC BRIT (DStv channel 120) has quickly established itself as a firm favourite with viewers and is home to the biggest and boldest entertainment shows. From 5th October the channel will unveil a dynamic and vibrant on-air look, along with broadcasting in high definition quality. Continue reading

MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
AT 21:00 CAT ON COMEDY CENTRAL (DStv Channel 122)

The seventh episode of #FamousLastWords is all about learning to deal with the little details in life. Itsy-bitsy Nina Hastie discovers that creatures smaller than her can pack a big punch, while loud-and-luscious lady, Kuli Roberts, learns that comedy requires more than just words.

Kuli Roberts needs no introduction and doesn’t shy away from throwing shade on social media. Beginning her journey as a journalist, Kuli’s career skyrocketed after she landed her first TV show gig ‘What not to wear’, back in 2004.  Since then she has hosted and acted in several TV shows and as co-host on Kaya FM’s breakfast show with Bob Mabena.

Dynamite dame of the comedy stage, Nina Hastie, might be small but she knows how to command a presence. Nina, at 13 years young, launched herself on KTV and YFM as a voice over artist and radio presenter.  She has gone on to achieve amazing accolades to become one of the most sought-after comedians in the country.

Be sure to watch all the captivating moments as these ladies attempt to take over the world on Famous Last Words, Monday 25 September at 21:00 CAT onComedy Central (DStv channel 122). Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department gives insight into the life of one of the country’s anti-apartheid political activists with an exhibition that opened in Tafelsig earlier today. Hundreds of learners will have the opportunity to learn more about the life of Dulcie September as the exhibition will move to other suburbs in due course. Read more below:

The Dulcie September Travelling Exhibition, in conjunction with the Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, opened at the Wolfgat Environmental Education Multipurpose Centre in Tafelsig where learners from the Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha and Cedar High School in Mitchells Plain had the first opportunity to peruse it.

The learners’ visit to the exhibition coincides with a programme aimed at raising awareness around issues of local history through workshops and exhibitions.

The exhibition commemorates September’s life through her family’s personal archives, police records, records from her Paris office and newspaper clippings. It will be open to the public today and tomorrow, before moving to the Athlone Civic Centre. Continue reading

MAJOR LEAGUE DJz OFFICIATES SPRING WITH GARDENS FESTIVAL
STATUS joins festival in support of the hustle

Johannesburg, September 18th, 2017 – Internationally acclaimed Hip Hop duo and Men of STATUS, Banele and Bandile Mbere, known as Major League DJz, thrilled fans this weekend with an electrifying performance at the inaugural Major League Gardens Social Arts Festival, which took place at the FNB Stadium outer fields.

Hosted by Mzansi’s adored twosome, Somizi and Khanyi Mbau alongside Big Dreams and Carpo, the festival saw an all-star line-up including the Nigerian trailblazer Davido, who shut the house down with an electrifying performance of IF, currently the biggest song in Africa.

Six-time SAMA winner Kwesta also represented alongside Riky Rick, Cassper Nyovest, OkmalumKoolkat, Black Motion and Maphorisa, each delivering a unique and memorable message. Other standout performances included an emotional gospel set by Jub Jub, and an impromptu dance off between Nadia Nakai and host Khanyi Mbau.

SA’s “new school” were also represented by Stilo Magolide, Sho Madjozi DJ Speedsta, Gemini Major, and Tshego, to name a few. Continue reading

… to mark World Rhino Day on Friday, September 22

Presenter Bonné de Bod, along with fellow filmmaker Susan Scott, were granted exclusive access to the 2017 Rhino Census, which took place in the Kruger Park recently. De Bod and Scott, who have been working on the highly anticipated anti-poaching rhino feature documentary STROOP , due for release in early 2018, were delighted with this opportunity as it was the first time they had been given permission to observe the census.

To mark World Rhino Day on Friday, September 22, De Bod reveals what they saw and learnt.

Q: You’ve just came back from the Kruger National Park where you observed the annual rhino census. But it’s not as simple as just going up in a helicopter and counting the rhinos one sees, is it?

A: It was incredible to witness and to better understand the process. You might think that you go up in a helicopter, count the rhinos and the job is done; but it’s a lot more complicated than that. I have tried to observe and film this census count for four years and have begged SANParks every year to allow me to interview the scientists involved and see how it’s done. Continue reading

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