In an intimate event at their offices in Hatfield on July 2, the Mzantsi Jazz Awards Company (MJAC) announced the nominees for the 2nd instalment of their prestigious jazz awards. “The list is much bigger than it was last year and we have a lot more variety in terms of styles, approaches and idioms of jazz” said the Chairperson of the MJAC. People like Bassist Ariel Zamonsky, Pianist Thandi Ntuli and young saxophonist Kamohelo Judas Mthimkulu made it onto an elite list of the who’s who of the South African Jazz scene. There are 12 categories in 208 as opposed to 10 in 2017, including Best radio station playing Jazz, Best Newcomer and Best Jazz venue or Club. For the first time stations like Kaya FM, Metro FM and Community Radio Station Alex FM are competing on the same roster for the sought after recognition as radio stations that play and support jazz. Legendary music stalwart Dorothy Masuka and Ntate Mabi Thobejane of the Molombo fame as well Selaelo Selota have been nominated for the Lifetime achievement Award. The full list of nominees can be found on their website www.zajazzawards.co.zaThe awards will take place on the 11th of August 2018 at the World of Yamaha in Sandton, and the tickets are now open on webtickets.co.za for purchase! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Local artist Charles Small has created a body of work consisting of over 700 pieces of art and is currently working on a new solo exhibition inspired by the beautiful Boland town of Paarl. Small is one of the protégés of the recently launched artist development programme facilitated by the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association and funded by the Drakenstein Municipality. His career as a painter can be traced back to a love of art and sketching when Small was still in primary school. Although he works in pastels, water colours and acrylics, oil remains his favourite medium for his evocative still life and landscape paintings. He also builds scale models from match sticks, which are displayed at the Paarl Museum and McGregor Museum in Kimberley. “Art and woodwork were my two main subjects at Klein Nederburg Secondary and I have always been inspired by the techniques of Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci as well as the beauty of my surroundings and the people around me. Working in oil is very time consuming and it can take days to complete a painting. I can spend up to six hours a day trying to capture my subject,” explains Small. He recently sent a canvas overseas after someone saw his Charles Artworks insert on YouTube and some of his works have been exhibited at the Rhebokskloof wine estate, Paarl Museum and the Cape Town International Convention Centre and Boland Park. He is an enthusiastic user of the Paarl Tourism app and utilises it as his private website to keep followers updated on his latest works. The soft-spoken, 56-year old artist was recently part of a group of identified talent, who attended the “Product of Place” course presented by the Craft and Design Institute of South Africa. During the workshop, Charles saw some of his work converted into postcards and realised that creating work with a local theme could significantly boost his marketability and will be incorporating a proudly Paarl theme for his upcoming exhibition. “This is one . . .
Photo: New York, NY, July 5, 2018 -- CHRIS JASPER … New Music from Former Isley Brother, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. CHRIS JASPER brings back SOULFUL R&B and FUNK with his new CD Release "DANCE WITH YOU" ... the JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH on Soultracks: "DANCE WITH YOU" includes 10 tracks of ballads, funk and midtempo dance tracks along with positive uplifting messages ... it's just what you would expect from Chris Jasper! FEATURING ... - The title track "Dance With You," "Sweet Margie," and "The Love That You Give" are classic R&B tracks featuring Chris Jasper's familiar keyboard work and sweet vocal harmony arrangements. - "Show Somebody Love" is a standout track with it's universal message of love and unity and a call to come together with that common bond we all have...Love! - Chris Jasper's vocals, arrangement and orchestration on the classic Aerosmith track "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" brings that song to a new level and a new audience. - "It's a Miracle" contains a spiritually uplifting message with a midtempo classic R&B stepper's groove. - "Make Your Move" continues that bass pumping and keyboard driven funk that Chris Jasper was known for writing and producing when he was with the Isley Brothers like "Fight the Power" and "The Pride." - "Happy Birthday Love" contains a sweet soulful birthday message for the one you love! - "I Love You" and "That's What Love Can Do" are club remixes that will keep people on the dance floor! With the release of "Dance With You," Chris Jasper continues his familiar and award-winning musical style...reminiscent of the music he wrote and produced for the Isley Brothers, Isley-Jasper-Isley and his solo music. LISTEN TO THE MUSIC HERE: chrisjasper.hearnow.com/dance-with-you "Dance With You" is Chris Jasper's 15th Solo Album since his time as a member of the Isley Brothers (1973-1983) when Chris was primarily responsible . . .
Cape Town July 2018 - Mr South Africa is under new management and is set to become the biggest competition in Africa for men. Featuring new challenges, jaw dropping contestants, heartfelt charity interactions and generous sponsors accumulating in a spectacular crowning evening which will be hosted in Cape town early 2019. Mr South Africa 2019 will be the springboard to elevate your career in the limelight, ensure that you are relevant and give you unparalleled media access and incredible prizes to support you in the year of your reign all the while opening borders to an international career. We are now in the phase of recruiting and would like to open the opportunity to enter to all prospective men of honour in South Africa. To enter please go to our Face book page Mr south Africa official or visit our website at a new Mr South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
https://youtu.be/ZQQQrySWNKo Imagnary House spent a morning with Jess Bosworth Smith, author and illustrator of the ground-breaking children's picture book The Straw Giant & The Crow, to hear more about her work as an illustrator and the conception of her heartfelt children's book. The Straw Giant & The Crow by Jess Bosworth Smith is a heartfelt and off-the-wall story about a mysterious relationship between a straw giant and a crow. Smith is a visual artist who believes that illustration is a fluid and multifaceted form of storytelling. Jess's approach to her work is to constantly challenge herself and accepted norms and traditions within the field of illustration through experimental use of techniques and mediums. Her work often explores concepts of memory, history and the esoteric. Smith received an Honours in Visual Studies (Illustration) Cum Laude from Stellenbosch University in 2016. Prior to that, she obtained her Fine Arts degree from Rhodes University in 2011. Between her qualifications she spent time working in Istanbul and Paris, and received a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (2015). Smith was also recently selected as one of Design Indaba's Emerging Creatives for 2017 and her previous book, Those Who Eat the Tail, has been selected for the ABSA l'Atelier competition 2017. Credits: Directing and Editing by Alison Harris / Location & Post Production Sound by Calvin Davey / Music by The Stellar Effect / Produced by Imagnary House. From: Gordon Ritchie CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .
Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Tsepo Tshola, will take to the Birchwood Hotel stage to lead the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening on Friday, 6 July in Boksburg. Supporting Tshola is a stellar line-up of local acts, each stamping their unique mark on the industry and introducing their own modern takes on classical genres. In partnership with The City of Ekurhuleni, baritone maestro, Tshola, will headline the evening with his Afro-Soul and Gospel sounds. Formerly, Tshola was the lead singer and composer in the legendary band Sankomota which was formed in 1976. His illustrious career has seen him work with industry greats such as Hugh Masekela, Brenda Fassie, and most recently, Casper Nyovest. Supporting Tshola is Johannesburg-based Afro-Pop artist Malik Zwane, who is making a comeback after a two year break. Inspired by a variety of genres, some of his musical influences include Maxwell, R Kelly, Bob Marley, Miriam Makeba and Bilal. Setting the tone for the evening is the Music Academy of Gauteng Jazz Orchestra; a community-based NGO focused on musical education for youth from disadvantaged families and informal settlements. Founded by well-known trumpeter Johnny Mekoa, the Academy has hosted many talented international Jazz professors who share their expertise in workshops and classes. Joining resident comedian and MC, Hector Motivator and adding a comedic element to the evening, is award-winning comedian Sifiso Nene. Known for his hilarious cultural commentary, Nene has made numerous television appearances; including the film “Taxi Ride”. Don’t miss out on an evening highlighting the local Jazz industry through talented performances from leading artists. Starting at 8pm sharp and including a delicious three-course meal, book your seats for the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening on 6 July at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. Tickets are R450 per person and R4 500 for a table of 10. For more information or to book contact Portia . . .
Embrace your inner queen this Women’s Day with Empower me and Shimmy Beach Club! Join in for a celebration of the multi-faceted modern female with an afternoon of inspiring talks by experts in their field on a variety of topics, aimed at touching on each aspect that make up an empowered woman in the 21st Century. Guests will enjoy delicious canapés and a 2 course lunch, specially created by Executive Chef Adrian Cook, live musical entertainment by talented songstress Francesca Biancoli, welcome drinks courtesy of Graham Beck and Disaronno, gift bags, pamper stations, pop-up shops, fantastic prize giveaways and more! The speakers of the day have been hand-picked to engage, inform, educate and entertain, with topics ranging from health and fitness, the power of positivity, to personal style, finance and productivity. Our guest speakers include Skin Renewal aesthetic specialist, Dr Shahar Sattar, health and fitness guru and owner of Warrior Warehouse, Emma Jooste, personal styling team, BeautifullYou, NLP practitioner Nepheritie Jade, confidence coach, Abigail Kloppers, and financial advisor and the brains behind Empower me, Janine Brink. Because an empowered women always looks to empower others, a portion of the ticket proceeds will go towards an outreach program, in partnership with PrincessD, that will provide menstrual cups to girls in the townships who are missing on average 20% of their school year due to being unable to afford basic sanitary pads and tampons. Hosted by KFM’s charismatic Mamohau Seseane and set in Cape Town’s most picturesque venue by the sea, this promises to be an unforgettable afternoon, designed for women by women. Space is limited, book your tickets now! Tickets are R450 per person and include canapés, a 2-course lunch, complimentary welcome drinks, inspirational talks and gift bags. Get your tickets here: https://shimmy.nutickets.co.za/empowerme Join the event on social here: . . .
Exciting holiday entertainment is coming to the Midlands from 12 to 14 July as the fresh, new cast of the Upstagers Dramatic Club provide four exciting performance at the Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse. The Diamond Snow, an adapted Agatha Christie mystery, is the inaugural production by a newly birthed Midlands-based theatre company, the Upstagers Dramatic Club which aims to provide ongoing classic and nostalgic theatrical entertainment for local Midlands audiences during each school holiday. The cast of The Diamond Snow, consisting of local, professional and amateur actors, will be bringing four performances of heart-warming entertainment at the Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse which offers first-class technical facilities, excellent acoustics and a dedicated orchestra arena for top-class musical accompaniment. All three days will offer 7pm shows as well as an exciting matinee performance on Saturday, 14 July at 2pm. Make this winter holiday a memorable one by booking your seats today. Enjoy a welcome glass of festive Gluhwein on arrival to add to the winter cheer. The Diamond Snow will be hosted by the Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse, with performances on Thursday 12 July at 7pm, Friday 13 July at 7pm, and Saturday 14 July at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available at www.tickethut.co.za/michaelhouse for R80, and senior persons and scholars tickets at a cost of R50. Seats are limited so be sure to prebook your spot. For more information, contact William le Cordeur at email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(Johannesburg, South Africa) June 28, 2018 - indaHash, a global technology influencer platform with an extensive user base, worked closely with AB InBev Carling Black Label to ignite conversations around their #NoExcuse campaign. The carefully crafted and brilliantly constructed campaign by Ogilvy Cape Town and MSports Marketing won a Cannes Lions 2018 Grand Prix. The campaign kicked off, literally, at the Soweto Derby where the client, Carling Black Label, decided to take a stand against women abuse. “As the match was about to begin, a group of women formed a circle in the centre of the field and raised their voices into song,” says Federico Dedeu, indaHash Business Development Leader, EMEA. They sang “Asambe Nono” - the song that has become South Africa’s soccer anthem and they changed the lyrics to highlight the abuse of women, especially after soccer matches. The chorus sang words that emphasised how there was no excuse for the abuse of women. “We had positioned carefully selected indaHash influencers at the stadium capturing the event as it unfolded, posting reactions, photos, videos and stories across Instagram and Twitter amplifying this whole experience past the stadium boundaries.” adds Federico Dedeu, indaHash Business Development Leader, EMEA. These influencers played a significant role in sending the hashtag #NoExcuse viral and in raising awareness around the crucial issue raised by the campaign, publishing 130 pieces of content with more than 7,000 interactions across platforms and 1.7 million more people heard the Songs of Change making the hashtag #noExcuse trend at the top spot in South Africa. Why soccer? Because 40% of South African men assault their partners daily [South African Medical Research Council 2017] and this number spikes dramatically after soccer games. AB inBev Research and Insights found that alcohol abuse was the leading excuse for this behaviour. “We are acutely aware of the link between men who abuse alcohol and . . .
The weekend of 20th and 21st of July, Artscape Arena Theatre will play host to an extraordinary empowerment initiative, FOSTERING FEVER, that will showcase no fewer than 12 young artists, accompanied by an equally young and talented seven-piece band, each presenting their creative journey against incredibly challenging odds. Each show will include the first-hand retelling of real-life stories and the life situations of each of these artists, on stage, depicting what happens in their neighbourhoods. Mentored by one of South Africa’s premier entertainment pioneers, Sophia Foster, the cast will present two performances supported and guided by both Sophia and the highly respected artist and musical director Celeste Williams. Celeste has worked with some of the greats of the local music industry including Loyiso, Emo Adams, Soli Philander, Alistair Izobell and Gloria Bosman; she has also collaborated with the likes of Josh Groban, Diana Ross, Michael Bublé and Foreigner. Her television work has included being the anchor for the popular program Lieriekeraai. Sophia will feature in the show as the catalyst who opened the door to mentor and train these young performers through her foundation, "The Fostering Foundation". She will share the stage with her students in showcasing their journey and the development of their talent. Award-winning stage and film actor Jody Abrahams has thrown his support and experience behind the foundation and will be directing the show. Abraham’s began his professional acting career in the role of Broertjie in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s District Six – The Musical and worked for almost two years on this show, including a tour to Johannesburg and finally Edinburgh. Other roles include Kat and the Kings, Poison, Ghoema and Second Time Around, amongst many others. Through the involvement of the Fostering Foundation in the Youth Jazz Festival, held in March 2018 at Steenberg High School, Sophia auditioned singers and dancers. . . .