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The music landscape is forever changing and artists are expected to evolve. With this in mind, SEVVEN and Ashlinn Gray have been hard at work, not only improving their craft, but trying to pin-point exactly how to translate their music onto stage to create the best experience for the audience.
Music, though no longer the valuable commodity it once was, continues to play an important part in peoples’ lives. It is a form of entertainment, relaxation – an escape from the world around us.
According to Amercian musician and music pioneer David Byrne “before recording technology existed, you could not separate music from its social context. You couldn’t take it home, copy it or sell it.”
We are now witnessing a complete 360 in the evolution of music. Because music is so readily available, we find a shift in focus back to the live performance, the adrenaline of watching an artist live on stage, recreating a piece of art that’s unique and memorable to the moment. These days, making music means establishing a brand and selling your brand to the public.

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A school holiday arts mentorship programme is set to benefit 150 learners this week in the Western Cape – by equipping them with first-hand training, exposure and empowerment in the arts community.

The kykNET and DSTV Family Talent Mentorship project, alongside local media company, The Domingo Effect, is partnering with the WCED Metropole South Education District for the first time to bring together 150 learners from various high schools in the Southern Metropole next week to unearth some of the district’s hidden talents in the arts, music and entertainment field.

Learners, who show promising talent for a career in the acting, dance, music and writing disciplines, will be transported to Strandfontein High daily from Monday 2 October (today) until Friday 6 October, where they will be tested on their abilities – while learning valuable insight from industry insiders.

Attendees will be divided in to various groups throughout the programme and gain valuable insight from arts and entertainment heavy weights, including: Loukmaan Adams (drama), Frazer Barry (music), Lee Sophia Piedt (dance) and John Fredericks (writing).

The five-day event will also be attended by the likes of top SA actors Irshaad Ally and Gantane Kusch from Suidooster, as well as actor and TV presenter, Hannes Van Wyk from Kwela. Continue reading



Johannesburg, 29 September 2017:  BET Networks is excited to announce the return of multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and ‘Anthem King’ DJ Khaled as host of the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2017. This star studded event will air exclusively on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on Friday, 13 October at 21:00 CAT.
DJ Khaled embodies real life “keys to success” by picking up a total of nine nominations including ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘DJ of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘Best Collabo, Duo Or Group,’ ‘Producer Of The Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ and 2 nods for ‘Single of the Year’.
“I am so excited to host the BET Hip Hop Awards for a second year. This is such an iconic show that highlights the hustle of hip hop artists in the industry. It is a huge honor to be a part of a night that pays homage to some of the greatest talent of our generation and I’m looking forward to the amazing performances and tributes. You know I’ll be bringing the cloth talk and the keys – Hip Hop Awards 2017 is going to be major!” said DJ Khaled

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Johannesburg, 29 September 2017: MTV (DStv channel 130) today confirmed that pop superstar Rita Ora will host and perform at the 2017 MTV EMAs which will be broadcast live from London’s SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday, 12 November at 22:00 CAT simulcast on both MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322).

“I’m so excited to be hosting this year’s MTV EMAs in my hometown!” said Rita Ora. “I still remember how much fun my first EMAs were in Frankfurt in 2012, when I performed ‘RIP.’ I can’t wait to get back on the stage to host and perform. Worlds will collide on this global stage come 12 November, so get ready.”

Ora will celebrate the announcement via a worldwide Facebook Live broadcast from London, the week of 9 October on the official MTV EMA Facebook page – be sure to tune in!

The Kosovo-born songstress will take to Wembley Arena to host and perform at one of the world’s biggest nights in music. Ora returns to the EMA stage in full force, following eight nominations collected over the years including Best Video, Best Look, Best World Stage, Best UK/Ireland Act, Best New Artist and Best Push Artist. Continue reading

Vodacom, in partnership with Rocka, is on a mission to find South Africa’s next big music superstar and has launched a new TV show called ‘The NXT LVL.’ The first screening of the weekly show is on Mzansi Magic, DSTV channel 161 on Wednesday 04 October at 21:30 and will run for 10 weeks. The show will be presented by renowned TV personality Denise Zimba alongside Mzansi’s own music icons and show mentors; DJ Zinhle, Danny K, Euphonik, Riky Rick and Durban’s Big Nuz.

Euphonik says: “This is more than just a music show, it’s about building future entrepreneurs. Successful artists are those that are able to build their brand beyond the stage”.

Vodacom NXT LVL was launched in 2016 as a platform aimed at giving all young South Africans under the age of 25 the opportunity to follow their passions and realise their dreams by giving them access to all the things they love. This includes data, rewards and music. Moreover, it focuses on the development of talent through various platforms that focus on mentorship and coaching.

“To be a successful artist, one requires more than just talent. This is one of many lessons our mentors have given to our five contestants. When Vodacom launched the NXT LVL Youth sub-brand, our aim was to ensure that we give the youth access to the things they love. We have been able to achieve this through a number of initiatives, one of which has been the successful NXT LVL soccer search in 2016. We do this in addition to offering some of the best value for money bundles in the market – so our youth customers get the access to get to their NXT LVL.” says Thami Silwana, Executive Head: Youth Segment. Continue reading

Sometimes things take a little bit longer than expected and you need to stay feeling at your best. Maybe you’re meeting the entire extended family; in a never-ending interview; sitting on a packed flight or on that first date. Now with new Clorets 40 Minutes you’ll have the confidence to linger longer.

Clorets has always been the fresh breath expert, but NOW, thanks to Clorets 40 Minutes which includes Actizol™ with EXTRA Chlorophyll, you’ll enjoy 40 minutes long lasting fresh minty breath.

These active ingredients, Actizol™ with Chlorophyll, are scientifically proven to eliminate bad breath odours. Choose between 2 sugar-free mint flavours: improved Eliminator (Wintergreen Peppermint) and new Green Mint (Spearmint) and look out for the new packaging in select stores countrywide.

Also, perfectly illustrating those moments when you need fresh breath to linger longer is the new Clorets 40 Minutes TV commercial. Continue reading

This year for the first time, Ottery based Christel House is expanding its reach to communities bordering their current catchment area and more disadvantaged families have an opportunity to benefit from a private school education. Christel House CEO, Nicky Sheridan, said, “Christel House is a school for very poor children in Cape Town, who come from the twenty worst townships known for all the wrong reasons. However, through our holistic education model we enjoy fantastic results, including a 94% retention rate from Grade R through 12. We’ve never failed a Matric student, 65% of our students got a Bachelor pass last year (85% the year before) and, most importantly, 98% of our graduates are gainfully employed once they’ve completed university.

“Poverty touches every aspect of a child’s life. The child born into poverty almost always remains trapped there unless significant interventions occur. Left unaided, impoverished children face a lifetime of physical and psychological trauma, illiteracy, malnutrition, disease, low self-esteem and lack of opportunity. These are among the root causes of poverty that Christel House overcomes.

“Christel House is a holistic model designed to transform the lives of impoverished children. We do this by focusing on the “whole child.” We don’t just educate, or feed, or provide health care—we do all of these things—from early childhood through early adulthood. We develop the total child.”

The school’s intake is from families that permanently reside in the following areas only
a) Hanover Park
b) Manenberg / Tambo Square
c) Phillipi Browns Farm: As far as stock road (no further)
d) Phillipi Farms / Jim se Bos / Smallville / Springfield / Phumlani / Lotus River
e) Strandfontein / Pelican Park
f) Lansdowne / Parkwood
g) Langa
h) Athlone: Kewtown / Bridgetown / Silvertown / Belgravia / Parktown / Pook Se Bos / Statishights / Parktown / Pook Se Bos / Statishights
i) Bokmakierie
j) Ottery / Freedom Park
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Is there anyone braver than a person who is willing to get married to someone they’ve just met? We don’t think so! The love and bravery of the couples in Married at First Sight SA have caused it to be a huge hit! But even hit TV stars need relationship advice…

Relationship expert, Paula Quinsee was intimately involved in the first season of Married at First Sight SA, as one of the specialist advisors who worked closely with the brave couples before, during, and after filming. She returns for the second season in the same capacity.

Quinsee says, “My intention, in the beginning, was to be a support to the individuals who did not make it through the process (no one likes being rejected) as well as those who did make it through and needed support as they navigated through their relationship journey.

“It’s something I am absolutely passionate about and strive to do daily with all my clients I work with – and being in a relationship myself, I know what a bumpy ride it can be at times!”

The show’s success is largely thanks to the quirky but appealing core premise of strangers meeting for the first time on the day they marry one another, and then being followed by a camera crew for the first six weeks of their relationship. In that time, they are coached by various specialists to see if they can build a relationship they’d like to stick with after the six weeks are up.

Quinsee says communication and spending time together are two of the most important success factors in relationships. “Couples are equally responsible for protecting and keeping their relationship space safe and healthy. Wearing a wedding ring does not mean you are committed to a person – you show it through your thoughts, actions and behaviours each day.” Continue reading

The battle for the top spot in the Currie Cup First Division – sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis – will take centre stage on Friday as the Down Touch Griffons meet the Leopards in Potchefstroom in a thrilling start to the penultimate round of pool action.

Defending champions, the Down Touch Griffons, are currently in the No 1 spot on the standings with 25 points after five wins in a row, but the unbeaten Leopards are only two points behind, meaning a victory for either team will bolster their hopes of finishing the round-robin stages as the top side for a home semi-final and possibly a home final.

Interestingly the clash marks a repeat of last season’s final, which the Down Touch Griffons won 44-25. The hosts, however, will draw comfort from the fact that they won the last four home matches between the sides prior to that.

In Wellington, the Boland Cavaliers and SWD Eagles will be equally determined to register a victory with an eye on possibly securing semi-final berths when they meet on Saturday.

A victory for the visitors from the Southern Cape will place them in a comfortable position to finish in the top four on the log and could even place them within range of a top-two finish, while a win for Boland will allow them to keep up with the top sides. A defeat for the hosts, however, could deal a big blow to their semi-final aspirations. Continue reading

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