The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown 2013 incorporates a variety of disciplines into its programme. Blues/Funk/World Music is one of the genres that will be highlighted at the festival this year, though it is just one part of the formidable line-up which includes Mainstream, Afro-Jazz, Modern Jazz, Youth and the Standard Bank Jazz and Blues Café. Vocalist/guitarist Vusi Mahlasela has been affectionately dubbed "The Voice" of South Africa in tribute to his passionately soaring performances. With such a rich and vibrant sound this "African folk" singer-songwriter has inspired many with his themes of freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation. Mahlasela’s track-record boasts performances at esteemed events such as at Nelson Mandela's Presidential inauguration, the FIFA World Cup Kick Off concert, and Mandela's 90th Birthday 46664 celebration in Hyde Park, London, to name but a few. In 2012, the South African Music (SAMA) Awards fittingly honoured him with a lifetime achievement award for music. He is supported by Oupa Makhubela (guitar/vocal), Elwyn Masango (bass), and Johnny Motuba (drums). Since their inception in 2011, MiCasa has taken South African audiences by storm. A groovy mix of urban house and jazz influenced the band’s first album, Micasa Music, which went gold and won several South Africa Music Awards in 2012, as well as nominations for "Best Dance Album", "Album of the Year", "Group of the Year", "Newcomer of the Year", and "Record Of The Year"! This year even saw them perform at the inauguration celebrations of Barack Obama. Consisting of three core members, this young group hails from Johannesburg and Port Alfred; and with such a prolific career in such a short space of time, keep your eyes and ears fixed on this fire-starting trio. Grahamstown audiences will see J'Something (vocal), Mo-T (trumpet), Dr Duda (producer & keyboard) on stag e with Carlo Jooste (bass), Lebo Mokhela (percussion), and Mike Mwale (vocal). The Soweto String . . .
Cutting edge and innovative theatre directors who have made their mark on the National Arts Festival’s fringe programme are being engaged as mentors to assist Eastern Cape companies that will be at the Festival this year. Director Tara Louise Notcutt and 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre, Princess Mhlongo are the first two Creative Consultants who will spend a weeklong residency at the Port Elizabeth Opera House. Four additional directors will be announced next month. The Creative Consultancy Project is a partnership between the National Arts Festival and the Port Elizabeth Opera House. Its two-fold objective is to give emerging companies in the Eastern Cape the opportunity to work with directors from other provinces who are young, but fast making their mark both nationally and internationally. It is also hoped that the Creative Consultants will become proactive ambassadors who will share their experiences with other artists who may have an interest in presenting work at the Port Elizabeth Opera House. The project is funded by the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts & Culture Council (ECPACC). “This is a fascinating project. I’m delighted to be amongst first directors to be given this opportunity, and look forward to working with artists from the Eastern Cape”, said Tara Louise Notcutt. Notcutt’s 2012 production of Three Little Pigs was one of the most successful productions at the 2012 National Arts Festival. After its huge success in Grahamstown, it was invited to the Perth Fringe, the Amsterdam Fringe, the New York Fringe, the Edinburgh Festival and the Hilton Arts Festival. Princess Mhlongo also has a growing international profile. Last year she was the first Black women director from Africa to be selected for the Salzburg Festival. Her production And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses received glowing accolades when it was staged at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012. “This is an awesome initiative. Although the project is located in the Eastern . . .
The Michaelis School of Fine Art and Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) are pleased to announce a series of evening drawing workshops, open to members of the public, to be presented throughout the month of June. The Drawing Pleasure workshops are aimed at anyone who would like to discover or develop their ability to draw, and experience the pleasure of drawing in a supportive environment. Individual workshops take place over two consecutive evenings (Tuesday and Wednesday), and participants can register for any number of the three available workshops. Each workshop will be facilitated by a tutor with a distinct approach to the drawing process, allowing participants to select the workshops which best represent their interests. All drawing materials, including paper, will be provided. Workshop 1 (Tuesday 11 June and Wednesday 12 June), will be facilitated Leonard Shapiro, who has extensive experience in facilitating drawing workshops for first-time drawers, as well as for those with previous drawing experience. In this workshop, he will introduce participants to a selection of techniques involved in observational drawing. Workshop 2 (Tuesday 18 June and Wednesday 19 June) will be facilitated by Karen Stewart, who works for the Cape Craft and Design Institute and has twelve years of experience as a creativity and design facilitator. She will introduce participants to the art of seeing, developing methods to connect perception to the physical act of drawing. Participants will experience different kinds of mark-making and learn how to control a pencil through specifically designed activities. Workshop 3 (Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June) will be facilitated by Katherine Bull, a visual artist with over ten years of teaching experience at tertiary level, who also works as an art therapist and runs private creative workshops in a range of media.This workshop will approach the drawing process as a tool for meditation and . . .
The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown 2013 incorporates a variety of disciplines into their programme. Mainstream is one of the genres that will be highlighted at the festival this year, though it is just one part of the formidable line-up which includes Blues / Funk / World Music, Afro-Jazz, Modern Jazz and Youth. Trombonist Steve Turre of the Juilliard School of Music, New York, has played and recorded with many artists around the world. These include Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Roland Kirk, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Max Roach, Horace Silver, Carlos Santana, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Mingus Big Band, JJ Johnson and hundreds of others, but his most iconic performances were probably with Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra where he shot to prominence on both trombone and shells. He has won the Down Beat Readers’ poll five times as Best Trombonist and has enthralled audiences with his performances on different sized conch shells. Turre is an innovative musician and composer who keeps one foot in the past and one in the future. He adds zest to the Awesome Big Band, and his solo show is supported by a strong line-up compromising Marcus Wyatt (Trumpet), Bokani Dyer (piano), Hein van de Geyn (bass) and Kevin Gibson (drums). One of the sell-out trademarks of the Jazz Festival in Grahamstown is the Awesome Big Band – a unique selection of top international jazz musicians in a standard Big Band format. A band of this nature is also known as a Jazz Orchestra for the dynamic and harmonic depth and contrast that arrangers can produce from 17 instruments, reminiscent of Classical orchestras but with the added power and energy that jazz exudes. This year’s band is conducted by Canadian trumpeter Bruce Cassidy, renowned for his quirky, powerful arrangements. Regular audiences at the National Arts Festival will recognise Frank Sinatra & Friends as a sequel to the series of earlier successes that have been conceptualised and conducted by . . .
Multiple types of melody make up the Music programme at the 2013 National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. Hailing from Brakpan on the East Rand, 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, Runette Botha, made her professional début at the Royal Albert Hall, performing in a gala concert alongside José Carreras and Kiri te Kanawa. She has also performed the Erwin Stein arrangement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at King’s Place with Trevor Pinnock and Mahler’s Second Symphony at Cadogen Hall, and has been a member of the Staatstheater Kassel Opera Studio since 2011. She obtained a MA (Opera) at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She had previously studied at the University of Cape Town as a student of Professor Virginia Davids, after initially obtaining a BCom Accounting degree at RAU (now the University of Johannesburg). Accompanied by Audrey Hyland, she will showcase her immense vocal ability in a performance comprised of works covering 3 decades of composers: Händel, Obradors, Strauss, Berlioz, Verdi, Rakhmaninov, Bernstein, Britten and Refice. The 2013 Gala Concert celebrates the music of Verdi, (b 1813), Wagner (b 1813), Mascagni (b 1863), Britten (b 1913) and artist/musician, Gerard Sekoto (b 1913). Starting off with the Grand March from Aida and ending with Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No 1, the concert will include arias by Puccini and Gounod, sung by soprano Runette Botha (2013 SBYA for Music), and Ben Schoeman (2011 SBYA) playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; as well as music by Strauss and Stoltz. Conductor extraordinaire Richard Cock will take audiences on an explosive musical journey of celebration with the KZNPO and these two celebrated and talented young artists. The Odeion String Quartet was established at the University of the Free State (UFS) in 1991 as a permanent fulltime resident string quartet, and is the only resident string quartet at a South African university. Samson Diamond, 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music was appointed . . .
A director, actors, a script and a space for something inspirational and magical to happen. This is a play reading with a difference and the concept behind Play Club. The event, which is sponsored by Sanders South Africa, will be moderated by Artistic Director of Chase The Sun, Drew Rienstra. The audience is invited along for an afternoon of wine, snacks and the opportunity to absorb the Mike Daisey’s script “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs!” read by a cast of well known actors and followed by a panel discussion and audience feedback. It’s bound to be an interesting afternoon and one theatre lovers won’t want to miss. Seating is limited so to book your space. Please note that the play contains mature language that may be offensive to some. URL: http://www.quicket.co.za/events/2006-play-club-the-agony-and-the-ecstasy-of-steve-jobs/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Drew Rienstra from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Get to Gateway during the month of May where all Gateway VIP members will be able to double their points when they participate in the ‘Double your points and rewards’ promotion. Points earned may be spent on specials and discounts available during the promotion. If you’re not a member don’t worry because non Gateway VIP members will have the chance to sign up during the campaign. Promoters will be stationed at the Gateway VIP kiosks every day during the month of May. Gateway VIP is a loyalty and rewards card programme. The programme is tailored to suit your needs, giving you extra value for shopping at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Don’t forget that members are always the first to hear about hot news, great sales and exclusives. Members also receive invites to elite events and concerts. When you sign up between 1 May and 31 May 2013 you stand a chance to win one of three Gateway gift cards valued at R500 each or an Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi 16GB valued at R5499. What’s even more exciting is that one long term member who has earned the most points between 1 May and 31 May 2013 will win one Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi 16GB and one Gateway gift card valued at R1000. Look out for Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Facebook and Twitter. URL: http://www.gatewayworld.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sane Ndlovu from Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Gateway shopper swiping VIP card Photographer: Gateway Theatre of Shopping Promoter signing up a Gateway shopper Photographer: Gateway Theatre of Shopping [/l2g] . . .
Start spreading the news and plan for a wine-divine weekend of wine tasting, music, food and wine-education at the 3rd annual TOPS at SPAR GUGULETHU WINE FESTIVAL taking place on Friday 24th May and Saturday 25th May 2013 on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Square Mall. Festival co-founders and local entrepreneurs, Mzoli Ngcawuzele from Mzoli's place and Lungile Mbalo are promising visitors a divine wine festival whilst also celebrating Africa Day, which falls on Saturday 25th May 2013. Says Mzoli Ngcawuzele, Co-founder of the festival and owner of Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu, “We look forward to this festival and invite all our Cape Town suburbs to come and learn something about our heritage wines and each other. This festival is beautiful, safe and an amazing experience. It is truly a mixture of colours and cultures all with something in common pulling us together. It is our love of wine and it’s amazing ability to make us see what is important in life.” TOPS at SPAR, the festival headline sponsor and Friday VIP Lounge sponsor, have a great belief in this festival and audiences. Says Mark Robinson, TOPS Group Liquor Manager, "TOPS at SPAR is proud to headline the TOPS at SPAR GUGULETHU WINE FESTIVAL. Our motivation in business is broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others; therefore a home-grown festival like this that encourages sustainable entrepreneurship is close to home at TOPS at SPAR. We are really looking forward to meeting our customers and friends at the festival too.” Lucindi Branfield, SA Brand Manager for J.C. Le Roux says “The glamorous J.C. Le Roux lounge is the ultimate spot for fashionistas to live Le Good Life at the TOPS at SPAR GUGULETHU WINE FESTIVAL. Visitors can choose from a stunning selection of Cap Classique and sparkling wines, from everybody’s favourite, Le Domaine, to the prestige cuvée, Scintilla. There will be prizes to be won and nougat tastings on offer, as well as the opportunity to have your picture taken . . .
The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown 2013 incorporates a variety of disciplines into their programme. The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festivaltakes place alongside a diverse programme that features Mainstream, Blues / Funk / World Music, Afro-Jazz, Modern Jazz and Youth. Mainstream performances are headlined by special guest from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, renowned trombonist and shells specialist Steve Turre. He adds zest to the Awesome Big Band, and his solo show is supported by a strong line-up compromising Marcus Wyatt (Trumpet), Bokani Dyer (piano), Hein van de Geyn (bass) and Kevin Gibson (drums). One of the sell-out trademarks of the Jazz Festival in Grahamstown is the Awesome Big Band – a unique selection of top international jazz musicians in a standard Big Band format. This year’s band is conducted by Canadian trumpeter Bruce Cassidy, renowned for his quirky, powerful arrangements. Other Mainstream performances include those by Dutch performers Paulien van Schaik (voice) andHein Van de Geyn (double bass) – masters of their instruments in a context so subtle the audience is spellbound; AJ Brown - a young singer and saxophonist from Britain; a Vocal Celebration byJustin Binek (Head of Vocal Jazz Studies at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia) and Paulien van Schaik and a Frank Sinatra Tribute. African influence dominates the Blues / Funk / World Music category, with South African icon Vusi Mahlasela, commonly referred to as "The Voice" of South Africa in tribute to his passionately soaring performances. The Soweto String Quartet - fondly known as Nelson Mandela’s favourite group – makes its first appearance on the Grahamstown Jazz stages, as do established blues artistsRobin Auldand Albert Frost and young sensations MiCasa. Saxophonist Rus Nerwich’s project is simple, fun and musically rich, incorporating elements of the different styles he enjoys in a contemporary musical context with the intent and style of . . .
Budding performing artists are reminded that the deadline for the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships for 2013 is fast approaching. These scholarships are awarded to enable ambitious youngsters keen to pursue a performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution. Through an annual country-wide competition; participants are assessed on their acting, dancing and singing potential; with the process culminating in a final showcase before an independent panel of judges. “It is an immense privilege to be able give the greatest gift of all; education to young people. With DALRO and Nedbank’s generous support, the Arts & Culture Trust has been able to award six scholarships through an investment of more than R900 000 to date. We are extremely grateful to have partners who share our commitment to the development of artistic talent,” says Chief Executive Officer of The Arts & Culture Trust, Pieter Jacobs. Sponsored by Nedbank Arts Affinity and the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO), the ACT Scholarships Programme is aimed at learners in their final year of secondary education who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts. Also eligible for participation are individuals who are between the ages of 18 and 25 but not considered to be professional or registered for an undergraduate course during 2013. In order to secure commitment from participants, a registration fee of R120 per entry is charged and proceeds are utilised for the implementation of the Scholarship Programme. For the auditions, participants are required to prepare a prescribed monologue, song and dance. In addition to the prescribed performances, contestants will also get an opportunity to perform their chosen monologue, song and dance. During the preliminary round, a panel of judges, comprising two ACT staff members and one DALRO representative will select six finalists after conducting auditions in six cities, as . . .