Music Stars Come Together To Beam The Light This Project marks the coming together of iconic musicians who have joined forces and share a stage for the development of the music sector and shine the light on the much needed aspects of mentorship. Multiple Award winning Guitarist and producer Kunle Ayo and his friends have dedicated their time and act of goodwill to embark on a series of benefit concerts as they raise funds for the sustainability of the Beam the Light Intensive Development program for instrumentalists . The inaugural concert is on the 25th May 2018, in spite of a wild beast schedule associated with their statuses. The list of his friends reads like the “Who is Who” of the African musical heavy hitters – Ringo Madlingozi, Oliver Mtukudzi, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Lebo Sekgobela and a few surprises. “There is a brain drain of experienced and talented African musicians, and that robs the continent’s young an opportunity to be groomed properly by their idols,” says Kunle. “As an experienced African musician spending more time overseas, recording in the studio, managing media and administrative work, one loses the opportunity to give back to the community. Sometimes even losing touch with the challenges facing the continent.” Kunle realized this conundrum when he was on tour discussing the challenges bedeviling the continent. “I realized we talk about these things all the time and do little about them – especially education. It is then that I decided to call on my friends to shed a light as to how we could be a solution,” says the enterprising live performer. The solution didn’t come all at once but Kunle knew that he could start with what he already had – his musical experience and skills, recording studio, strong network of friends and an open heart. So the dream of discovering, nurturing and supporting emerging musicians began earnestly. This will be actualized as we embarked on the 1st phase of the program - The Audition phase that will be . . .
With World Book Day (April 23) coming up later this month, calling for book-lovers around the globe to celebrate the holiday with the latest and greatest literary masterpieces. Today, book aficionados can read their favorite tales and see them come to life in TV adaptations – allowing them to explore new worlds in many ways. We know it may be hard to decide how to spend your precious time this holiday (and beyond), so Amazon Prime Video is here to help make the decision easier with a roundup of Amazon Prime Video Original series, adapted from award-winning novels. Amazon consumers can purchase books here and Amazon Prime Video members in South Africa can enjoy these Original series available now on PrimeVideo.com and the Amazon Prime Video app. The Looming Tower Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book by Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA during that time may have inadvertently set the path for the tragedy of 9/11. The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal - trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil. The Looming Tower stars Jeff Daniels (John O’Neill), Tahar Rahim (Ali Soufan), Wrenn Schmidt (Diane Marsh), Bill Camp (Robert Chesney), Louis Cancelmi (Vince Stuart), Virginia Kull (Kathy Shaughnessy), Ella Rae Peck (Heather), Sullivan Jones (Floyd Bennet) with Michael Stuhlbarg (Richard Clarke) and Peter Sarsgaard (Martin Schmidt). The series is executive produced by Daniel Futterman (showrunner), Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Craig Zisk, and Adam Rapp. The Looming Tower is a Legendary Television production for Amazon Prime Video outside of the U.S. New episodes of The Looming Tower premiere weekly on . . .
The LGBTQI+ Banele Khoza exhibition at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) forms part of the institution’s Curatorial Lab focus on LGBTQI+ issues and rights. Exhibition name: LGBTQI+ Banele Khoza Curator Sakhisizwe Gcina, AKO Foundation Assistant Curator of Special Projects, Curatorial Lab, Zeitz MOCAA Run dates: Thursday 12 April 2018 – Sunday 16 September 2018 Venue: Curatorial Lab, Level 1, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Silo District, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront Cost: R180 pp webtickets.co.za or at the door Contact: Zeitz MOCAA on 087 350 4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
April 2018 - Morestar Entertainment, the recording label for the superb ‘collaboration album’, M & M; MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA & MANU DIBANGO, is proud to announce that the album has been nominated for a South African Music Award in the category Best African Artist Album. Released in 2017 after 5 years in the making, the album pays homage to great jazz standards close to the hearts of Mozambican saxophonist, Chonguiça and Cameroonian saxophonist, Dibango. “I am honoured that this album has been recognised by the South African music industry. M & M has once again showed the power of collaboration. It was such a privilege to record side by side with one of Africa’s greatest musicians and it is an experience that I will cherish forever”, says Moreira. “This was a special experience for me working with a musician who is not only a fellow saxophonist but also my friend. Despite our age difference, we have many similarities in our styles of music. I enjoyed the opportunity of re-arranging US standards and giving them an African twist. We must not forget where we come from, our heritage, our soul. The roots of jazz are in Africa” says the legendary Manu Dibango. Recorded in France at Ferber Studios in Paris, and mastered in Cape Town at Milestone Studios, this album has received widespread acclaim. This will be Moreira Chonguica’s ninth SAMA nomination. Previous nominations include - The Moreira Project Vol 1: The Journey nominated for Best Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Producer which went on to win; The Moreira Project Vol 2: Citizen of the World, nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz, Best Producer and Best Album Packaging and went on to win Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Khanimambo was nominated for Best Engineer and Best African Adult Album. M & M: Moreira Chonguica & Manu Dibango, was also nominated for an AFRIMA award in 2017 in the category Best African Artist. Moreira will be performing with Manu Dibango at . . .
Things are set to get heated at the 2018 South Coast Bike Fest™, sponsored by UGU South Coast Tourism and Tourism KZN, taking place from 27 to 30 April, as some of the country’s best bikers head to Margate for some high-octane motorcycle action in the Full Throttle Staging Arena. Running from 10am to 4pm on Monday, 30 April at the Extreme Experiential Zone, the SOUTHERN AFRICA ENDUROX SERIES proudly hosted by Powasol Events promises audiences non-stop EXTREME biking thrills as experienced bikers master the obstacle-laden course in the hopes of taking the R10 000 Gold Prize. “Last year’s South Coast EnduroX was the first beach-setting contest of its kind in South Africa and the unbelievable track really put riders to the test, giving spectators a real show to watch,” said Managing Director of Powasol SA, Commentator and Event Director, Klint Mills. “This year’s SOUTH COAST ENDUROX at the South Coast Bike Fest™ - under the auspices of Motorsport South Africa - promises to be an even more electric experience. The riders will race laps in a prescribed timed format – similar to that of Europe – all of which is new to the Southern Africa EnduroX Series format. It’s going to be a really incredible event for the visitors and our riders.” This year will see bikers competing in six classes – Pro, Expert, Hobby, 85 Pro Mini, 65 Junior Mini and the Micro Mini’s for ages four to six. Some big-name riders competing for the Gold First prize will be Wade Young (Sherco Factory Rider), Kyle Flanagan (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha and current World Indoor Junior Champion contender), Travis Teasdale (Beta Factory Racing), Matt Barnes (KTM Durban), Altus de Wet (Roost KTM), Blake Gutzeit (2017 World Indoor EnduroX Champion) and Piwe Zulu (Herbalife Nutrition bLU cRU Yamaha Racing Team). The youngest rider taking to the track in the Micro Mini’s class is recently-turned-five-year-old, Cody Greger, of Drummond, KwaZulu-Natal. Riding since the tender age of only 18 months, little Cody . . .
The Financial Planning Institute (FPI) today, in celebration of Advanced Healthcare Planning Day, announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA). The MOU seeks to reinforce FPI’s commitment to establish a close working relationship with HPCA to provide inter alia, financial planning education to HPCA staff members and the general public, and promotion of advanced healthcare education to financial planners and advisors. As an independent recognised professional body for financial planners in South Africa, FPI seeks to maintain high levels of financial planning standards and ethical financial planning. The collaboration between FPI and HPCA will explore opportunities to educate the 134-member hospices working in the many South African communities. The MOU will support HPCA’s mission of promoting quality in life, dignity in death and support in bereavement for all living with a life-threatening illness by providing sound financial planning provided by FPI. This would be in line with FPI’s commitment to empowering consumers by creating awareness of the benefit of professional financial planning and advice, as well as advanced healthcare education. “I welcome the partnership with FPI both to provide tools for professional financial planners to alert clients to the benefit of Advanced Healthcare Planning and for the hospice staff and patient benefit of sound financial planning advice. Financial planning for retirement is important so that we don't face financial hardship in old age. We need to start saving for retirement while we are still young and fit. In the same way, even while we are still young and healthy, we should start thinking about our future health needs and make sure we have documented our preferences for care through an advanced healthcare plan”, says Dr Liz Gwyther, CEO of HPCA. FPI and HPCA have agreed to implement a coordinated financial planning education . . .
This years’ EOH Connect conference, Fast Data: Business at the Speed of Thought focuses on data at the centre of the digital revolution. This year’s event will offer attendees the chance to experience some remarkable guest speakers. Vinny Lingham, a ‘shark’ on the South African edition of the global Shark Tank TV-franchise is the international keynote speaker of the event. Lingham is also one of South Africa’s major technology entrepreneur exports to Silicon Valley and will be flanked during the day by other top speakers including the inspiring and critically acclaimed global adventurer, Hein Wagner and Simone Zanetti, the founder of Allos South Africa. “Our line-up this year is designed to challenge conventional views about the future of data and technology. We are confident that our guests will be thinking very differently about what they can achieve for their businesses by the end of the conference,” says CEO of EOH’s ICT business, Rob Godlonton. Keynote speaker, Vinny Lingham, is regularly ranked in the top-5 most influential FinTech, Blockchain, and crypto sphere ‘insiders’ on the planet. Known as one of South Africa’s most famous technology entrepreneurs, he is nicknamed the ‘Bitcoin Oracle’ for his accurate forecasts of movements in the cryptocurrency’s price. Frequently writing on topics relating to the decentralisation of the financial industry and the sovereignty of the consumer, Lingham never fails to ‘disrupt’ when sharing his controversial views on the future relationship of the banking and technology industries. Opening about his view on The New Financial Revolution and Why Tokens are Eating the World, Lingham has famously argued that, “Blockchain technologies are changing the way the world functions and tokens appear to be yet another killer app... If we’re able to move land registry & title deeds, identity, commodities and stocks to the blockchain, we will succeed in making the world far more efficient and secure.” Most . . .
The Madibaz women's sevens squad will be out to continue their steady progress in varsity rugby when they compete in the University Sport South Africa tournament in Johannesburg on Saturday. With the team possessing a number of strong characteristics, coach Tembelani Sibuta said they were ready to prove themselves after an intensive period of preparation. The Nelson Mandela University outfit will come up against the best student teams in the country who will all be aiming for tournament glory as well as a chance to impress the national varsity selectors. Following the tournament at Wits, the selectors will sit down to choose a squad for the World University Championships to be held in Namibia in July. Sibuta said the team had shown encouraging signs of progress in the last few years. "The team was only started in 2015 and is still in a building phase," he said. "The one thing I can mention is that in the USSA tournament we went from being No 12 out of 12 teams in 2016 to No 8 out of 14 teams last year. "That is an indication of how the players have improved and there is a lot of excitement about the forthcoming tournament." He added that the squad had a number of strengths which would stand them in good stead in Johannesburg. "The team spirit is very high and there is a lot of chemistry between the players. They cannot wait to see action on Saturday. "Besides adapting to the running nature of sevens rugby, the team have the ability to control possession and a determination to keep fighting until the last minute." The Madibaz coach said he believed the tournament would be wide open, with any of the sides capable of grabbing the honours. "Honestly, it is anyone's game," said Sibuta. "All the participating teams will provide keen competition, but I believe we have a strong side who are ready to embrace the task ahead." He added that playing at altitude would be a challenge, but they had discussed that and were prepared for the . . .
The celebration of KwaZulu-Natal’s cultural diversity and encouragement of social cohesion are important elements of the annual South Coast Bike Fest™, sponsored by UGU South Coast Tourism and Tourism KZN, running from 27 to 30 April at the seaside town of Margate. The introduction of the dynamic Bollywood programme on Monday, 30 April works into this cultural celebration, bringing the entertaining festival to a close on a particularly high note. Starting at 11am, children are invited to participate in the fun and vivid Colour Fes at the Budweiser Main Beach Stage. Inspired by the traditional Hindu festival of Holi, children will get the chance to throw colourful powdered paint - resulting in a fun, messy array of colour. This vibrant beachside activity will take place on the sand – away from all non-participating festival-goers – and participants are encouraged to wear white clothing for maximum effect. The festival will then take a musical turn as renowned South African musician, Milano Singh, takes to the stage at 1pm for a dynamic one-hour, high-energy set. Famed KwaZulu-Natal radio DJ, Deon Govender, will then prove why he has such a big influence on the local club scene as keeps the momentum upbeat from 3pm to 4pm. His enthusiasm and larger-than-life personality make this a not-to-be-missed gig. This enticing line-up includes entertainment in the form of traditional Indian dancers who at be performing throughout the day. Festival-goers will also get a taste of local Indian culture through one of the many food outlets serving authentic cuisine and, for a touch of decorative body art, there will be henna tattooists at the show ready to make their mark. In addition to this captivating programme, visitors to the South Coast Bike Fest™ will also get the chance to visit eight festival-themed bars, a corporate dealership deck as well as 22 onsite clubs, pubs and restaurants catering to all interests and tastes. There is also full line-up of more than 30 . . .
In the 2018 Global Passport Index, the South African passport sits in the 49th position, with 95 countries available to the citizens for visa-free entry – right in the middle of the 99-spot list that ranks 199 countries according to their visa-free score. Not bad at all! Sometimes, though, the passport of one’s native country just isn’t powerful enough. This is an issue entrepreneurs and those seeking the opportunity to travel to, live or work within the European Union are especially familiar with. Thankfully, there is a solution for this in today’s atmosphere of globalisation and border elimination. European countries are becoming increasingly interested in attracting foreign funds as well as accommodating non-resident investors of impeccable personal and business reputation. In exchange for the status of a citizen or a resident for themselves and their families, foreign investors are expected to make a contribution to the host country’s economy. What does South Africa and Portugal have in common? South Africans Portugal is one such country – and its Golden Visa Program is quite popular among wealthy foreign investors, including South Africans. In 2012, Portugal, along with some other European countries, applied for several bail-out programs to raise funding and survive in the midst of the financial crisis. In the same year, to stimulate foreign investment, Portugal established the residence-for-investment program. The concept is fairly simple, the process straightforward: in exchange for injecting investment in the country’s economy, non-European investors obtain the right to residency in Portugal and, ultimately, Portuguese citizenship. In 2015, the government has introduced new features to the program. The initial minimum amount of investment in real estate was €500,000, but today, an investor may choose to purchase a property built at least 30 years ago or located in an urban regeneration/historically significant area anywhere in Portugal. Local . . .