Raats Family Wines continues its incredible track record in Robert Parker’s highly regarded The Wine Advocate with all his wines scoring over 90 points in Neal Martin’s 2012 overview of South African wines. In his report South Africa: The Cape Crusaders, Martin enthusiastically proclaims South Africa as the most exciting New World country currently on the international wine scene. He ascribes this to a new generation of winemakers and credits their fortitude, tenacity, talent and determination to create South African wines true to their vision for some outstanding wines. Martin selected five Raats wines in his listing of high quality, individual, limited production wines that are heralding a bright wine future for the country and describes the Raats portfolio as “a strong, but small portfolio with beautifully crafted, thoughtfully created wines that showcase South Africa at its best.” The 2009 Mvemve Raats De Compostella topped the list with a whopping 96 points. Its preceding vintage scored one of Neal’s highest scores and he considers the 2009 a worthy successor and one of South Africa’s finest wines describing the Bordeaux blend as “reticent at first, it unfurls like a burlesque dancer on a go-slow protest to reveal blackberry, fennel, warm gravel and a touch of mint that is beautifully defined.” The 2010 Raats Cabernet Franc and the maiden vintage 2010 Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc both scored 92 points. Martin described the Raats Cabernet Franc as intense, yet well-defined and focused, while he lauded the great precision on the nose of the Dolomite, which makes it “just a delicious Cabernet Franc.” The 2011 Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc, which is crafted from three different vineyards with vines older than fifty years, impressed with its “intense ripe nose, nice balance on the palate and impressive precision and focus on the taut dry finish. It is complex, beautifully balanced and a great example of top South African Chenin,” wrote Martin. The 2010 . . .
If you have started 2013 in the need for some motivation, you need look no further. Glen McQuirk, founder of Map4Life will be helping people find their purpose in life in a series of meetings to be held in Bellville from Thursday 24 January to Saturday 26 January. The Map4Life programme has been likened to a support group, but it is more accurately described as a purpose club that now has members in 75 countries, and encompasses the skills of coaches, authors, motivational speakers and trainers. Map4Life allows people to do more than dream about their purpose in life. It gives them the tools to turn those dreams into reality. The first thing it does is to actually answer the question so many of us ask ‘what am I doing here’. There are a series of meetings on offer, from the FastTrack sessions on Thursday 24, a motivational talk on ‘Pursuing your Purpose’ on Thursday evening, a workshop on Friday 25 to show you how to really get out of debt and generate wealth and a motivational talk on leadership with breakfast on Saturday 26th in the morning. There is no charge for the motivational talk on Thursday January 24. For the other three events, the organisers are giving away one free spot for each event. To stand a chance of winning, call Debbie at 021 975 5409 and quote the key phrase “I want to pursue my purpose with passion”. Call Debbie at 021 975 5409 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about any of the events. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Debbie Debbie from Hippo communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Press release For immediate release 15 January 2013 TACIT reaches out with hearts, voices and guitar strings for charity TACIT is putting their soul-capturing talents together the 16th of February at the Jamrock Theatre in Brackenfell to raise funds for the Luck Lucy Foundation. Freshly back from over international waters the six musicians are determined to put together a phenomenal one night only show to express their support and help lift the financial burden on this important organisation. TACIT has been dubbed by United Arab Emirates media as the best band in Bahrain, and possibly the UAE. Their music is a collection of passion, creativity and honed skill. It is influenced by various genres ranging from jazz, to rock, to blues. Every performance is a journey through some of the world’s greatest music - reminiscing the classics from Bon Jovi; Queen; Whitney Houston; Bryan Adams; Michael Jackson; and Tina Turner to keeping up to date with the Top 40 such as hits from Lady Gaga; Maroon 5; Bruno Mars; Jason Derulo; Chris Brown; to David Guetta. The Lucky Lucy Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a mission to relieve the plight of cruelly neglected and abused township and street animals. The foundation also aim to socially uplift and educate needy and underprivileged children and people around Cape Town. They have been improving the lives of animals and families since its commencement in 2010. Booking is essential as no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets available from Santina at 083 703 4240. There will be a cash bar and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks or platters. All proceeds goes to the foundation. [Ends] Events details: Date: 16th February 2013 Venue: Jamrock Theatre Address: Shop 57, Brackenfell Shopping Centre, Old Paarl Road, Brackenfell, 7560 Time: Doors Open 19:00 Cost: R120 per ticket Tickets available from Santina at 083 703 4240 For more event details contact: Starlet . . .
Hot music on a hot summer’s afternoon at the most beautiful garden in Africa - that’s what you can expect on Sunday 27 January at the latest Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert. The combination of super talent Toya Delazy with opening act by Lindiwe Suttle makes for a fabulous blend of music genres and sure to be crowd pleasers. Hailing from eMahlabathini near uLundi, KwaZulu-Natal, Toya Delazy has made a real impact on South African Top 40 Radio with the release of her debut and follow-up singles Pump It On and Love Is In The Air. This talented young singer-songwriter trained as a jazz pianist but Toya’s more recent influences lie somewhere between Hip Hop, Electro, Alternative and Pop. Her debut album Due Drop was released in 2012. Singer-songwriter Lindiwe Suttle will be opening the afternoon. Her debut album Kamikaze Art walks the line between avant-garde and mainstream with a balance of up-tempo songs and ballads. Her music has been described as organic electronic soul. The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (RhodesDrive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG URL: http://www.sanyo.org.za/events/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippocommunications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
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Sir Roger Norrington, a leading light on the classical music scene for almost 50 years, will conduct the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with celebrated South African clarinetist Robert Pickup as soloist. In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity selected members of the South African National Youth Orchestra will join them on their tour. Tickets are R250 and are available from Computicket - www.computicket.co.za Concert details • Friday, 1 February 2013, 19.30 - Cape Town, New Apostolic Church in Silvertown (near the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone) URL: http://www.sanyo.org.za/events/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
The deadline for registration of Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2013 edition of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is 18 January 2013. The Festival will take place from 27 June to 7 July 2013. The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size since its inception in 1979 when a diminutive 10 events comprised the Fringe – it now consistently boasts over 400 events across all the arts genres. Disciplines include children’s theatre, film, comedy, drama, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, visual art, performance poetry, music theatre, and the full scope of music genres. All interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office, by email – email@example.com, or telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. Forms are also available, and can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists. The deadline for registration is Friday 18 January 2013. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net. URL: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer:Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen has written a wide range of music encompassing symphonic work, opera, chamber music and vocal music. He is the 2013 Composer-in-Residence for the 5thJohannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF), opening on 27 January 2013, with the theme If you would Dance? According to The New York Times his “… delicately made music - airy, spacious, terribly complex but never convoluted - has a lot to teach the Western wizards of metric modulation and layered rhythms about grace and balance.” The work that he is bringing to JIMF will be a piano concerto called Mzilikazi, based on a theme from Prof. Mzilikazi Khumalo's Bawo Thixo Somandla, an anthem he wrote 40 years ago at the height of the difficulties of South Africa’s struggle for liberation. “The piano concerto to me shows us how far we have come as a country, how we were resilient during the darkest of times, the hardships we endured as a people. This gives hope for our future, we can overcome anything acting together as a people,” said Ndodana-Breen. Performers around the world have performed his music, including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, New York City’s Vox Vocal Ensemble, MusicaNoir, Chicago’s Cube Ensemble and Ossia. Ndodana-Breen has received commissions from Wigmore Hall, Vancouver Recital Society, Madam Walker Theatre Indianapolis, SAMRO, UNISA, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, the Emancipation Festival of Trinidad & Tobago, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Luminato Festival of Toronto, the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt for the Haydn 200th anniversary, and now also the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. He is the composer of Winnie, The Opera, based on the life of Winnie Mandela, which premiered to great acclaim in April 2011 at the State Theatre in Pretoria. Other operas include the children’s chamber opera . . .
Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China Standard Bank Gallery 30 January – 28 March 2013 Johannesburg audiences can look forward to viewing Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, the acclaimed exhibition curated by Ruth Simbao for the 2012 National Arts Festival. One of the most critical geopolitical shifts of the 21st century has been the rise of China as an economic power, and its venture into the Global South — particularly the African continent. Too often, however, the media sensationalises China-Africa relations, simplistically framing China as either Africa’s new curse or as the economic saviour to the continent. While revived China-Africa relations have piqued the interest of economists, little meaningful cultural understanding exists, and ‘Sinophobia’ is hot on the heels of ‘Afrophobia’. Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new leaders and new social and urban spaces. This is the first time the works of the internationally acclaimed Chinese artists, Wu Junyong, Chen Qiulin, Maleonn and Qin Ga will be shown in South Africa. Local artists Lebogang Rasethaba, Gerald Machona, Michael MacGarry and James Webb deal directly with China-Africa relations. While Rasethaba and MacGarry consider personal relationships between Chinese and African people that arise from recent opportunities in trade and education, Webb and Machona play with stereotypical perceptions and constructions of ‘foreignness’ in China and South Africa. Rapid change in physical and social landscapes often accompanies geopolitical shift. While Wu Junyong ‘s animation videos mine the absurdity of power, greed, monotony and futility in contexts that lack change, Chen Qiulin grapples with dramatic economic and urban reconstruction in relation to the . . .
To celebrate the New Year in elaborate Viennese fashion, the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be presenting a pre-JIMF celebration on 19 January in the Linder Auditorium at 19:30. The Viennese New Year’s Concert will feature two of South Africa’s most promising young singers Nozuko Teto (soprano) and Siyabonga Maqungo (tenor), on stage with the South African Mzansi Ballet dancers, accompanied by the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and conducted by Richard Cock. Recreating the atmosphere of the concert given to celebrate the arrival of the new year every year in Vienna; music by the Strauss family, Lehar and Kreisler will be played, including the famous Blue Danube waltz, Kaiserwalzer and Radetsky March, amongst many other well-known pieces. Songs celebrating Vienna will be sung by Teto and Maqungo. These include Vienna City of my Dreams andMeine Lippen Sie Kussen so Heiss as well as the famous Drinking Song, Libiamo by Verdi, whose 200th anniversary is being celebrated this year. Following the merger between The South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) and Mzansi Productions in July 2012, soloists from South African Mzansi Ballet (SAMB) will introduce the spirit of the theme of the 5th JIMF, namely Se Vuol Ballare - If You Would Dance. The JIMF, an annual celebration taking place around the anniversary of Mozart’s birthday, will run for two weeks at various venues across Johannesburg. The official opening concert is on Sunday 27 January, and the Festival runs until Sunday 10 February. This concert will feature the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with the South African National Youth Orchestra, performing a Mozart clarinet concerto, conducted by the renowned Sir Roger Norrington. The full JIMF programme is available on www.joi n-mozart-festival.org. The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival provides a unique combination of classical performances on the highest international level, with a creative approach to programming. An . . .