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The Mzansi Youth Choir was established in July 2003 with the aim of affording talented, underprivileged teenagers and young adults (14-24 years) the opportunity to proficiently perform locally and abroad. Their vision is also to package, re-package and create new African Music. The choir consists of 60 choristers from Soweto and other areas in and around Johannesburg. The choir recently celebrated 15 years and are proud to have over 645 children pass through their hands. Many have gone onto be professionals in their own right.

The Mzansi Youth Choir is widely regarded as the best show choir in the country. Performance highlights include the One World Music Festival, M-Net Idols, Huisgenoot Skouspel, Starlight Classics, The Voice, The Presidential Inauguration, KKNK, The National Arts Festival, The South African Music Awards, as well as performances with the Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Celtic Women.

International highlights include performances in Canada (Canadian National Exhibition and Stratford Summer Music Festival), Denmark (AAVF, Europe’s largest contemporary vocal festival), England (Celtic Festival, Guildhall), Turkey, Scotland (Commonwealth Games, Mandela Day Celebrations) and Russia (Cultural exchange – Russian and South African governments).

Kicking off the season of treasures’ entertainment lineup at The Boardwalk on 1 December 2018 is a one night only concert featuring international 80s and 90s’ singing sensations, Sybil and Judy Boucher. Performing under African skies on the Festival Lawns, they will be supported by homegrown talent including DJ Eazy E, Chapter THREE and Melissa Allison. Cape Town’s maestro Camillo Lombard and band back off of the acts. The event will commence at 16h00 and will run for six hours. Tickets are on sale at Computicket, with Golden Circle tickets priced at R450 and General Standing priced at R250.

“The Boardwalk is thrilled to partner with Marmalade Productions to bring these internationally acclaimed divas to Port Elizabeth during the season of treasures. This is just the start of a jam packed summer entertainment schedule,” says The Boardwalk’s Nqobile Majozi.

Sybil achieved wide acclaim for her cover versions of Dionne Warwick’s hits “Don’t Make Me Over” and “Walk on by”, which were released in 1989 and 1990, respectively. The former became Sybil’s biggest hit in the USA, peaking at No.20, and was a No.1 hit in New Zealand. “Walk on by” is still, to date, the highest charting position for this Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic in the UK, peaking at #6. Sybil’s second self-titled album became her biggest-selling album in the USA.

Boucher has had international success with many of her songs including her No.1 hit, “Dreaming of a little island” and “Tears on my pillow”, “Can’t be with you tonight”, “You caught my eye” and “My heart is yearning”. She is best known for her international hit single “Can’t be with you yonight”, which reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in April 1987. Her Belgian tour remains one of the highlights of her career. At an appearance at one stadium, there were 40,000 people with lighted candles chanting “Judy Boucher” as she sang. A surprise call also came from South Africa informing her of being a massive hit there. She is a regular visitor to South African shores and her songs resonate with so many people and have become part of Cape culture.

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South Africa – currently the top pageant country in the world – is looking for the magic double at Miss Universe as Tamaryn Green reveals two of her pageant outfits

Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green revealed two of her pageant outfits today – including her breath-taking official national costume which pays homage to the Blue Crane – as she prepares to compete in the Miss Universe competition.

Miss Universe 2018 takes place on Monday, December 17, in Bangkok in Thailand and South Africans are hoping for a consecutive win as reigning Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Miss Universe is known for only one “double win” in its history – Venezuela’s Dayana Mendoza and Stefanía Fernández took the crown consecutively in 2008 and 2009.

Suzette van der Merwe, on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation, announced that South Africa is currently the top pageant country in the world based on wins and finalists in the Top 10.

The 67th edition of the pageant features contestants from 95 countries, surpassing the previous record of 92 contestants in 2017, and is watched by millions of people around the globe.

Twenty-four-year-old Green, from Paarl in the Western Cape, was crowned Miss South Africa 2018 in May this year. At the time of winning the title, she was a sixth and final year medical student at the University of Cape Town with her sights set on specialising in paediatrics once she qualifies.

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Family, the sun and a decent curry is what artist, Qwade Dunn – who is currently conquering the overseas market and living abroad – is most looking forward to when he returns to SA shores this November for a short trip to promote his new single, Girlfriend, which was released to radio earlier this month.

I have been back and forth for the past two years between London, Berlin and South Africa and I love that music gets to bring me back home,” says Qwade.

The new single has already started playing on the airwaves around the country.  With its playful interpretation of lust, the track – written by Dunn, Jazz Purple and ManCub (who recently collaborated with Ray J and Rich the Kid) – is a feel-good pop song that fuses Dunn’s signature South African sound with international flair.  As temperatures rise, the talented Qwade Dunn is making a strong case for ‘song of the summer’. While Dunn often writes his own material, he is an advocate for the power of collaboration. “I’m all for collaborating with songwriters and producers,” he says. “I think too many artists make the mistake of keeping things too close to their chest, when really, the magic comes from having several people with different perspectives working towards the same goal.”

In terms of his musical career this ambitious artist – who describes himself as 90% business – believes that he has hardly scratched the surface of what can be achieved. “You’ve got to set unobtainable goals and keep working” – wise words from a kid who started out as a DJ at school events and now not only runs his own successful company, but who also writes and produces his own music.  With plans that include conquering Africa one country at a time – both as an artist and an entrepreneur – it is clear that Qwade Dunn means business.

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Summer is here and 5FM have you covered with their We’ve Got Summer campaign which kicks off this week. The radio station which has been synonymous with some of the best parties in the country return this Summer with various events around South Africa as we get the festive season into gear.

Through several partnered events, you will find 5FM and their popular DJs at events in the major cities. The party season kicks off with Capsule Fest, powered by 5FM onSaturday, 24 November. This year’s event headliner is Californian rapper Vince Staples who will be supported by South African acts that include the likes of A.K.A, Riky Rick, Babes Wodumo, Shane Eagle  and DJ Speedsta. The street culture festival promises to deliver elements of urban culture from art to music and street wear enthusiasts. The event kicks off at 2pm and Nicole da Silvawill broadcast her show The Weekend Playdatefrom the event in Zone 6in Soweto from 14:00 – 17:00. Tickets to the event are R200 for General Access and R400 for VIP and available at Computicket.

The Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100takes place on Sunday, 2 Decemberat FNB Stadium and 5FM are one of the SABC radio stations supporting the event as official media partners. The event has, since 2012, assisted with various Global Goals raising both awareness and funds for interventions ranging from alleviating poverty to education. 5FM have hosted competitions giving away tickets to its listeners including a school initiative where they asked high school students to show off their community work in order to win tickets for their school. 5FM will provide live links from the event, which includes international performers Beyonce, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Usher and more.  Continue reading

Outrageously funny, wild-haired comedian, Schalk Bezuidenhout returns to The Boardwalk with his latest one man production, Snorseun, on 23 November 2018. Born and bred in an Afrikaans family in Kemptom Park, Gauteng, Bezuidenhout has made a name for himself at home and in Europe since he began plying his trade – telling jokes in English – in 2011.

Bezuidenhout is known for telling it like it is without reservation – and for his colourful choice of jerseys and wild curly hair. On stage, he is fun and energetic, with a style of comedy that appeals to all races and creeds. He has come a long way since his early days of comedy, performing at comedy venues and festivals across the country, alongside some of the biggest names in South African comedy.

For his latest show, Snorseun, he goes back to his Afrikaans roots. Don’t miss Bezuidenhout live on stage at The Boardwalk Amphitheatre at 20h00 on 23 November 2018. Tickets are R120 at Computicket.

Homegrown talent, DJ Eazy E, ChapterTHREE and Melissa Allison to support International stars Sybil and  Judy Boucher on Saturday 1st December 2018 at

Boardwalk Casino (PE) Festive Lawns

Marmalade Productions and CB Entertainment are proud to announce, DJ Eazy E, Chapter THREE and Melissa Allison to support international singing sensations, Sybil and Judy Boucher for one show only in Port Elizabeth on 1st December.  Cape Town’s maestro Camillo Lombard and band will support all acts and the event will commence at 16h00 and will run for six hours.

DJ Eazy E has spent over 25 years honing his craft as a club and event dj. He has shared a stage/dj box with the top international and local stars including: Fatboy Slim(UK), Busta Rhymes & the Flipmode Squad, Roland Clark(USA), DJ Zinhle, Mi Casa, Crazy White Boy(Ryan Murgatroyd & Kosta K),  Roger Goode(5FM), Fresh(5FM), Euphonik(5fm), Dino Bravo(5FM), Dj Kent(5FM), Lady Lea, Loyiso, Craig de Sousa, Dj Cleo, Ready D, Dj Waxxy, Carl Cox, T Bose(Metro FM), Oskido, Jazzy D(JHB). He has recently shared the stage with international 90’s artists, Sonia, Black Box & Lonnie Gordon. DJ Eazy E played sets at the internationally televised IPL Cricket in South Africa and a past winner of the Millers Draught Eastern Cape battle of the dj’s.

ChapterTHREE is a vocal group established in 2008 and have performed at numerous functions and events covering songs from a wide range of eras and genre from the Manhattans’ hits of the 70’s to Bruno Mars’ chart-busting singles of 2018. Their performances have often been described as entertaining, explosive, inspiring, touching and heartfelt because of their stage presence, dance routines and mesmerizing harmonies. It is this versatility that has seen ChapterTHREE, becoming one of the Eastern Cape’s most sort after group. They have released several singles playlisted on local radio and have performed at some of the biggest events the Eastern Cape. They are also the winners of the Best Vocal Group category 2011 and Artist of The Year 2012 at the Bay FM Bay Area Music Awards. Continue reading

“Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” this is the proverb meant to educate and inspire all around the continent as we reach the month of reconciliation, Simple Tone seems to be making sure that this time around this message is being echoed and heard around Africa with his new song titled We Are One, which will get everyone in the motherland dancing to their roots.

The Dj/Producer collaborates with Aruba beatz and house duo Black Motion on the project, the track is performed on a house tribal beat produced by Simple Tone, Aruba beatz and the magic touch of Black Motion. Truth be told, with a producer combination like this one, best believe your ears will be blown away with a splash of diversity.

Aruba Beatz vocalist kat does not hold back her pipes on her hook and verses; she really graces the song with her soulful voice and captures the true sound of Africa. The theme of the song tackles social problems like xenophobia, poverty, abuse and discrimination, and one must say the message is heartfelt in every beat.

So no matter how far you live or come from, whether you are from Botswana, Nigeria, Namibia, Lesotho or Zimbabwe, just pick up your music device and listen to Simple Tone as he unites Africa.

Chester Missing, South Africa’s most vocal and politically-opinionated puppet is joining eNCA with a brand new show. Almost News with Chester Missing will air at 7:30pm on Sunday evenings from November 25.

The show will take an irreverent look at the current affairs landscape and put high-profile politicians through their paces in interviews only the country’s most famous puppet can get away with. Chester Missing is, of course, delighted, “I have my own TV show. I’m a puppet. Have any of you realised how crazy this is? Someone tell Hlaudi. He broke ground for puppets everywhere.”

Chester’s creator Conrad Koch is equally thrilled, “Chester and I are hugely excited to be creating this show with South Africa’s best news source, eNCA, and the amazing award-winning team at Diprente. South Africa has huge room for incisive, hilarious satire as we move towards elections next year. We want to make Almost News with Chester Missing both well researched and really, really funny.”

Says eNCA’s Editor-In-Chief Mapi Mhlangu, “Over many years Chester has become an integral part of the political firmament and has asked questions of our leaders no one else would dare to. And with one or two exceptions, politicians and business leaders love the interchange and are happy to participate. Chester also provides a release valve for South Africans who need to laugh at each other and themselves.”

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eMedia Investments will launch eReality, a television channel dedicated to showcasing premium reality television, exclusively on the Openview platform in November.

eReality will broadcast some of the world’s most popular reality programmes, featuring real-life stories, fascinating personalities and human emotion in its rawest form. Some of the channel’s compelling programmes include the popular Little Women: LA, Cheaters, Hoarding: Buried Alive, Pawn Stars, Botched! and Myth Busters.

Shows like Border Security: America’s Frontline and Untold Stories of the ER will hook viewers, taking them into the worlds of law enforcement and emergency medicine. Fans of extreme adventure reality will be enthralled by the likes of Python Hunters and Running Wild with Bear Grylls. eReality will offer a peek at the peculiar, with shows like Dating Naked and My Strange Addiction.

eReality will also cater to true crime fans with a number of premium international crime documentaries and series, including Aaron Hernandez Uncovered, The Case Of Caylee Anthony, The Disappearance of Natalie Holloway, Unspeakable Crime: The Killing Of Jessica Chambers, #killerpost and Buried In The Backyard.

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