The town Amanzimtoti will be transformed for the day as tartan, bagpipes and general merriment descend on this South Coast spot for the 56th Highland Gathering, taking place at Hutchison Park on Saturday, 27 April. Organised by the Amanzimtoti Lions and supported by Sapphire Coast Tourism, this family-friendly festival acts as both a day of entertainment and one of the Lion’s biggest fundraisers of the year. “We are anticipating around 10 000 visitors to this year’s event which is set to be one of the biggest Highland Gatherings yet,” said Amanzimtoti Lions member, Carol Botha. “There will be at least 22 pipe bands and a number of the country’s best Highland dancers competing for the top positions at this year’s festival. The event raises much-needed funds for the local community while also providing support for the local economy.” And for visitors gearing up to attend this historic gathering, it’s worth having some background on this globally popular Scottish-bred event. Here are 5 fun facts about highland events: 1. Highland games were used to find the best men for battle With origins predating any written historical records, it’s safe to say the Highland games are a fairly ancient social, cultural and sporting phenomenon. What is known, however, is that they were started as a way for clans to show off their strongest and most athletic men to be selected for battle. 2. Highland dancers were originally only male An integral element of the Highland games is the enigmatically synchronised Highland Dancing. Dating back to somewhere around the 11th or 12th Century, this athletic style of dancing was originally performed by men as a way to commemorate a victory. The discipline required for the rigorous dancing techniques allowed the competing men to display their strength and stamina for battle. It was only in the late 19th Century that women entered Highland Dancing and now around 95% of all Highland Dancers are female. 3. The kilt . . .
This year’s show will be headlined by SA favourites Mmatema, Dumi Mkokstad, Samthing Soweto and Xolani Mdlalose. In light of the upcoming Easter season, the Soweto Central Chorus of the Salvation Army will once again bring you a musically world class show at this year’s 4th annual Easter Songs of Praise taking place at the Linder Auditorium on Friday, 12 April. This year, music revellers at large will enjoy a show boasting performances by headline acts such as 2015 Idols finalist Mmatema, award-winning gospel music sensation Dumi Mkokstad, Afro-pop favourite Samthing Soweto and ex-Joyous Celebration lead singer Xolani Mdlalose. “This year, we are elated to have these musical geniuses as part of this monumental event. The Easter Songs of Praise aims to encourage people to find the peace that comes from salvation, through music. It’s important that the messages of hope through our music reaches and touches the lives of everyone who hears us,” said Manzini Zungu, the Musical Director. Founded in 2012, the Soweto Central Chorus is a unique brigade and musical division of the Salvation Army’s Soweto Central Corps. The anointed choir boasts over 80 members who have broken generational boundaries. Since it was founded seven years ago, the Soweto Central Chorus managed to catch the attention of some of South Africa’s upper echelons. In 2016, the choir was invited to perform at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s palace-home to the world-renowned Zulu King. The choir’s core mandate is to minister through music and staying true to this, it has spread the word of God through song in events like the Road to Calvary, the 3rd Easter Songs of Praise 2018, Carols by Candlelight and performances at other Salvation Army Corps. Tickets to the Easter Songs of Praise will be available from Computicket from Tuesday 26 March at a cost of R150 – R200 per person. Download the 3rd Easter songs of praise album on Spotify, iTunes, Shazam, Google Play, Deezer and Amazon. Follow us . . .
South African icons FreshlyGround will perform at De Waal Park in Upper Orange Street, Gardens. One of the most acclaimed and successful bands to emerge from South Africa in recent years, FreshlyGround blends the infectious kwela style and musical traditions from Zimbabwe and Mozambique with elements of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock. Formed in Cape Town the band is a national hit. Their live shows are legendary. On Sunday 7 April, from 2pm, FreshlyGround will share the bandstand with the Mark Haze and Mr Cat and the Jackal. “Why not do different places?” remarked lead singer Zolani when asked about De Waal Park. It is an exciting and beautiful venue to share our music with the city. “This is a show we as a band really look forward to as the audience is so close to you. You truly feed off the crowd and we done this show for a number of years now. “We have our new album out, our 7th entitled “Can’t Stop”, and we will be playing material from that, as well our classic hits. The songs translate so well live and fans show so much love when they’re played, so we’ll be reciprocating, big time!” Mark Haze is a South African singer/songwriter, performing original rock, soul and blues material. Known for his wide vocal range, Mark’s signature sound of high energy Rock and Roll is guaranteed to have audiences on their feet. His influences range from classic rock legends like Queen, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles to blues masters, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters, all the way through to modern rock artists such as My Chemical Romance, The Used and Halestorm. With a total of 5 top 10 singles across all major South African radio stations Mark single ‘Wake Up’ went number 1 on the Kia Take 40 SA chart (Kfm and Highveld) and remained on the chart for a record-breaking 23 weeks. Mr. Cat and the Jackal is a four piece musical troupe from Cape Town. They’ll tell you twist-in-the-tail Balkan stories, or woo the crowd with a maudlin waltz and sometimes . . .
Botanik Social House & Monkey Shoulder host Caribbean feast - Friday, 5 April, 19h00, Botanik Social House, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Get ready for a Caribbean feast in the company of the world’s trendiest whisky with Monkey Shoulder at Kwéyòl, Cape Town’s new island-style eatery at Botanik Social House on Friday, 5 April 2019. Strutting her stuff from the catwalk to the Kwéyòl kitchen, Chef Mala Bryan will transport you to the Island of St Lucia with her Caribbean home cooking at this upbeat inner city space in Queen Victoria Street. Expect a melting pot of Creole flavours and island vibes in a tropical indoor jungle. To top off the evening, each guest takes home a gift bottle of Monkey Shoulder whisky. The Caribbean feast starts at 19h00. Bookings at R650 per person for the 3-course Caribbean family-style dinner, a hosted tasting and a bottle of Monkey Shoulder, can be made by calling Tel: 021-424 5306 or email email@example.com. Kwéyòl Restaurant and Bar at Botanik Social House, situated at 54 Queen Victoria Street, is open Mondays to Saturdays from 17h00 for after work drinks and 18h30 for dinner. The kitchen stays open till late. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Save the date for this year’s Middelvlei Family Day, Monday, 22 April, which promises to be a fun day out for the whole family. The Easter Bunny will be popping in on the day to the farm making the Middevlei Easter Egg Hunt extra fun. Look out for the special clues hidden to uncover an abundance of sweet treats. Adding to the day’s fun and festivities are the line-up of boeresport games, guaranteed to be one of the day’s highlights. These include old favourites such as the Egg and Spoon race, Three Legged race, Wheelbarrow Walk and not forgetting Bokdrol Spitting. While the kids are kept entertained parents can sit back and relax while sipping on a glass of Middelvlei wine and taking in the sights and sounds of the views and live entertainment. An Easter inspired spitbraai lunch completes the perfect family outing to the winelands. The cost for the lunch is R280 per adult and R130 per child (12 years and younger), which includes the Easter Egg Hunt. For the more adventurous at heart why not try your hand at the recently launched Middelvlei Scootours. Explore the farm and surrounds on an oversized scooter, whilst taking in the spectacular views and feeling the thrill of its speed on the downhill slopes. The cost is R590 per adult and R290 per passenger (aged 4 to 9 years), and includes a 90 minute Scootour experience. In addition adults will be served one of Middelvlei’s famous Braaibroodjies and a glass of wine, while the kids can tuck into a delicious kiddie’s burger and ice-cream float. As a special Middelvlei Family Day package when booking the Scootours for a group of 6 or more people the cost will be R400 per adult and R150 per passenger (aged 4 to 9 years). To ensure a truly memorable experience pre-booking is advised. For bookings or more information contact the farm on 021 883 2565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
uShaka Marine World is calling all bands within KwaZulu Natal, whether you are a one man band, a duo, a quartet or full band – all musical styles are welcome to take to the stage and put the “OOOOH” in uShaka and register yourselves between Friday, March 29th until Tuesday, April 30th. Registration takes place between 08h30 and 16h30. This could be your opportunity, should you get selected to be one of the performance acts in the future at uShaka Marine World. All band members must be over 18 years of age and reside in KwaZulu Natal. Bands that are shortlisted will be contacted directly by uShaka Marine World. Remember, please understand all the T’s & C’s prior to your audition on www.ushakamarineworld.co.za Any queries email email@example.com or call 0313288000 during office hours. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
An age-old craft meets world-class art as the Belgian Beer Company celebrates the ‘Art of Glass’; its first-ever collaboration with an African artist, as a striking work by Lizette Chirrime finds new life on Duvel’s tulip-shaped glass. Dubbed ‘Madonna’, the artwork selected for the Duvel glass illustrates the multiple facets and layered complexity of the female form, embracing the spectrum of spirituality and sexuality. It’s a striking piece as fabric on canvas, but when admired on glass the element of transparency brings a new layer of meaning to the work. The Duvel ‘Madonna’ glass Johannesburg reveal will take place in conjunction with the opening of Lizette Chirrime’s solo show, The forms of the invisible demand at 99 Juta on 4 April 2019. The exhibition will run for two weeks at 99 Juta. Since 2010 the Duvel Collection has enjoyed enormous success in Europe, with selected international artists chosen each year to contribute an artwork to grace limited editions of the signature Duvel glass. Belgian breweries have a rich history of producing bespoke beer glasses unique to their particular brews, and the Duvel glass is one of the most famous. Crafted in the shape of northern Europe’s famed tulips, when released in the 1960s it was the first beer glass capable of holding an entire 330ml bottle of beer. That wasn’t for quenching a thirst, but rather a means to enhance the flavour and aromatics of the beer. “Women brewers dominated alcohol production on every occupied continent until commercialization and industrialization of brewing occurred, so to celebrate and keep that history alive we wanted to partner with a female artist,” explains Rejeanne Vlietman, director of the Belgian Beer Company. “We loved the way Lizette’s journey has been expressed through her art, and we felt her bold mixed media artworks would be the perfect fit for the first African artwork to grace a Duvel glass. Her work shows growth, it shows love, and it shows . . .
Self released and digitally distributed by DistroKid, “ESCAPADES” explores a whole new side of the songwriter and performer, JM Lansdowne, most notable in the tattooed Americana Country scene. It’s been said that Lansdowne is notorious for his home-style recordings and has been known to book tours just as an excuse to see close friends. We don’t lose much of the gravel in his voice on ESCAPADES, but we are tuned in to what may sound like what’s being played in JM Lansdowne’s living room. “I’m an artist. It’s a gift in itself to exercise that freedom.” —JM Lansdowne ESCAPADES consists of 3 highly addicting songs that could stand the test of time in anyone’s playlist. Whether you’re a fan of The Police, The Clash, or The Slackers — There is at least one song on this release that is bound to be a personal favorite. In a musical sense, Lansdowne is found wandering the backstreets and bringing it a little more closer to home. “My ex-wife (Miki Lansdowne) actually took the photo on the cover of ESCAPADES,” states Lansdowne, “I’ve been wanting to use it for a very long time, but never had any music to match the photograph until now.” Tapping into an eccentric, yet almost vintage vibe on “Light in the Harbor,” passing a torch to the listener and delivering a message of hope — the electricity that flows through and leaves you on the edge of your seat on “RSG” — the inner city anthem, “Motorcycle Queen,” a timeless song that very well could be an opener or closer at every show from here on out. ‘Escapades’ uncovers the darkness and turns a light on. Pre-save ESCAPADES on Spotify: http://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/jmlansdowne/escapades-3 Buy Now on Apple Music: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/escapades-single/1457504031 Catch JM Lansdowne on the Deep Cuts Tour 2019 this Spring with Orion Walsh: APRIL 25 Columbus, NE @ Oak Room of Columbus APRIL 26 Lincoln, NE @ Crescent Moon MAY 02 Ames, IA @ House Show MAY 03 Iowa City, IA @ Iowa City Yacht . . .
Joburg’s Newest Gourmet Eatery is a Roasting Revolution! Roasting Jacks is the first gourmet chicken restaurant which specialises in rotisserie chicken dishes. Tantalise your taste buds with their succulent food, with a wide variety of fabulously creative and equally tasty side dishes that make for something deliciously different, in contemporary dining, for Joburg’s discerning Foodies. The bistro recently opened at the revamped Wedge Shopping Centre, Rivonia, and is open for lunch and dinner. Roasting Jacks is a premium restaurant whose distinctive menu was carefully crafted and hatched to life at the end of 2018. The French influence makes for classy comfort food – with a family style dining ambience! Chicken fans will be spoilt for choice and surprised by the unique and sensational flavours. The restaurant is spacious and airy with high ceilings, where modern meets classic design making the venue eclectic, comfortable and premium. Roasting Jacks has a great vibe and the serving team are exceptional, knowledgeable and passionate about the food they serve! Rotisserie chicken is the star on the Roasting Jacks menu, when accompanied by a freshly baked baguette, spicy corn slaw or the unforgettable blooming onion served with Roasting Jacks sublime homemade mayo, you will never eat chicken any other way or anywhere else! Whether you are looking for something healthy to eat or a full chicken for the family’s Sunday lunch gathering, the choice is wide and food delicious. A few stand out dishes to make a trip to Roasting Jacks for: Succulent whole, half or quarter rotisserie chicken Taste the blooming onion, which is a whole onion, deep-fried – delicious Their salads are extraordinary, the caesar salad comes with pastry puffs and the corn, chicken & avo salad has crispy chickpeas (vegetarians can order the salads without chicken and they are just as filling) A choice of mouth-watering chicken burgers, of course! The espresso brownie is a slice of . . .
The Outreach Foundation’s annual creative inter-generational project, Sounds Like You and Me, in partnership with Tswelopele Frail Care, premieres at the Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival on 23 March 2019. The project, now in its fourth production, see youth from Hillbrow’s Outreach Foundation and the elderly from Tswelopele Frail Care (also based in Hillbrow), explore music as a way to trigger sweet and bitter memories, and use true accounts of the sad, joyous, reflective, funny, and at times, obscure and random stories and memories, to create an exciting theatrical experience. The show’s director, Gcebile Dlamini, has again assembled a stellar creative team to bring the show to life: Carmen Ho for the dramaturge, Bigboy Hadebe for choreography, and acclaimed African Jazz Pioneer musician, Madoda Gxabeka, as well as Quinton Mamabolo, for music. Together, Gxabeka and Mambolo will bring the nostalgic sounds of Jazz and marimba to the production. Over the last three years the inter-generational project has travelled from the Olive Tree Theatre in Alexandra, where it brought young and old to witness the production (for many of the elders, this was the first time they had ever been in a theatre), to PopArt in Maboneng, and to the Emakhaya Theatre at the University of the Witwatersrand (home to many Drama for Life Festivals). It has also travelled to Cape Town to the prestigious 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People in 2017. In addition to its premiere on 24 March at the Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival, the project will perform at: Hillbrow Theatre - 30th March South Rand Recreation Centre - 6th April Tswelopele Frail Care Centre - 13th April Gerard Fitzpatrick House - 27th April (Still to be confirmed) Hillbrow Theatre (High Schools) - 17th April Itlholomeleng Old Age Home (Alex) - Date still to be confirmed National Arts Festival - July For more information on the project, . . .