Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 February 2018. African Fashion International (AFI) announces that two nights of the newly revitalised AFI Cape Town Fashion Week will take place at the iconic Salt River Film Studios. On the 23rd and 24th of March the industrial-chic space at Salt River Film Studios will transform into a creative playground for some of the continent’s most exciting fashion design talent. AFI is no stranger to pushing creative boundaries and this year’s Cape Town Fashion Week will flaunt their unique approach to showcasing fashion in truly exceptional style. Art and fashion unite for a weeklong festival of African culture, creativity and couture. Raw and industrial, in its previous life the Salt River Film Studios were a compound of railway blacksmiths’ workshops; expertly converted today they offer a world class studio and events facility. The blacksmiths of years gone by spent hours upon hours toiling at their workbenches and the same spirit of intense craftsmanship lives on in the designers’ ranges that AFI will show at the Cape Town Fashion Week Friday and Saturday events. Jan Malan, seasoned show producer and newly appointed Production Director for AFI Cape Town Fashion Week, is renowned for staging fashion shows in unique spaces: “There’s something about this old gritty industrial space that excites me. The unique façade and indoor architectural style of Salt River Film Studios boasts unusually high roof beams and an extensive gantry system which is great for lighting and our complex rigging requirements. We’ve got some incredible plans and I can’t wait to see it all come together.” The theme for this year’s Cape Town Fashion Week is #IamAfrica, AFI’s calling summed up in one concise hashtag – to celebrate and showcase exceptional African creative talent on a global stage. Honoured with the inaugural Franca Sozzani ‘Fashion 4 Development’ Award in recognition of her efforts in empowering and showcasing African designers, AFI Executive . . .
Between Monday 5 and Thursday 8 March, 12 Peninsula High Schools will go head-to-head in the 2018 High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre from 6pm. The audience can expect to hear a wide range of music genres and instruments including drums, pianos, guitars and saxophones. The shortlist of schools includes Bridge Town, Paral Vallei, Parklands College, Settlers High, Bishops, Elsies River, Wynberg Girls, Alexander Stinton, Rustenberg and Bergvliet At stake is musical equipment from event partners, the V&A Waterfront and Mars Music worth R20 000. An additional R5 000 will be awarded to the school that demonstrates they have the best crowd participation. Each school band will be scored by a panel of industry experts according to three categories. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
PrideTV’s mission to offer Africa’s LGBTQ communities the very best Video-On-Demand programming continues with almost 120 new series episodes added to Africa’s only LGBTQ VOD channel. “All of the dozens of new episodes added are entirely free to stream on PrideTV Freemium,” says PrideTV spokesperson, Joanne Raphael-Katz. From ‘Carmilla’ to ‘Out With Dad’, the new series content offers top-notch LGBTQ content including outstanding comedies which are most welcome in today’s current affairs climate. PrideTV Freemium complements PrideTV Premium. The former offers a no subscription, no commitment promise that complements the one-year old VOD channel’s subscription-based service where R79 per month buys unlimited access to titles anytime. Ms Raphael-Katz says the new series episodes are the perfect addition to the PrideTV entertainment experience. Generally, the channel’s series selection prioritises contemporary developments, especially with regards to popular technology. “#Hashtag Series One and Two are great examples of contemporary issues crossing over into LGBTQ programming in a way that’s interesting and accessible to all of us,” says Ms Raphael Katz, emphasising that PrideTV programming is not just for LGBTQ communities and can be enjoyed by all open-minded people wanting to connect with LGBTQI friends, relatives and colleagues. Prepaid and credit card payment options mean that PrideTV can be cancelled at any time enabling consumers to budget better due to no contract lock-in. Finally, PrideTV viewers receive better value for money because their viewing time is not diluted by commercials and viewers avoid endless repetitions. Viewers can subscribe by visiting www.prideTV.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Born in Mamre on the West Coast hails a young talent that started his musical career as a piano player at the tender age of 9. Inspired by his dad a saxophonist, Larry George started to fiddle around with the saxophone at 14 years old. Larry George is no slouch when it comes to education as he holds a degree in education, with this degree he hopes to start a music education programme. This silky saxophonist quickly started to grace the big stages with big cats such as Emo Adams, Bobby Van Jaarsveld, Katlego Maboe, Kurt Darren, Ernie Smith just to name a few. His career highlight was performing with his iconic legend; Kirk Whalum. His most memorable performance was at the 2012 SARU Rugby awards and to be part of a production at KKNK ‘Karoo Swing’ with Bobby Van Jaarsveld. Larry George is set to release his new single ‘God Knows’ early 2018, followed by his own live brass production in June 2018. He is currently writing new material to roll out an album by December 2018. This young talented silky saxophonist will be performing his original music as well as some of his favourite cover pieces. Catch him live with special guest Kay at the Youngblood Art Gallery 70-74 Bree Street Cape Town. Jazz on Bree is hosted and curated by Esra Overberg in association with Music Exchange This series will showcase Legends in Jazz, Woman in Jazz, Youth Jazz, Acoustic Jazz and Cape Jazz. Larry George will kick off the debut Cape Jazz series. Date: 2 March 2018 Time: 7pm Fee: R100 book Quicket CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 2018 Lusito Land Festival is fast approaching, and lovers of Portuguese cuisine and culture are in for a treat at the festival’s new venue in Cayman Road, Alewynspoort. The festival will take place between 26th April to 1st May, take a two-day break and resume on the 4th to 6th May 2018. This festival promises to be a celebration of exceptional food, music and fun. Lusito Association spokesperson, Naomi Contente, says the festival organisers assessed last year’s Alewynspoort-based event and took patrons’ suggestions into account to make this year’s festival better than ever. “Many festival-goers were understandably sad that the event was moved from Wemmer Pan to Alewynspoort last year. Choosing a new venue was, however, a carefully considered move. Not only did we want to accommodate a rapidly growing festival, which was bursting out of its seams in Wemmer Pan, but we wanted to provide a safer venue with ample parking and easy access for all.” In addition to planting grass in to alleviate concerns about dust, the organisers introduced are introducing additional entrance and exit points, that will be manned by traffic operators and substantially ease traffic glitches at the venue. These entrances and exit points have been identified to make the venue more easily accessible to festival-goers and further reduce traffic congestion. These entrances and exit points will be communicated to the public closer to the time. Launched in 1981, all funds raised at the festival are donated to the Lusito School for the physically and mentally challenged. “The cost of caring for special-needs children and adults is beyond the means of many families. The proceeds from the festival go a long way towards easing their financial burden and ensuring learners benefit from a good education that takes their special needs into consideration,” explains Contente. To ensure the sustainability of both the festival and the school, the Cayman Road venue was purchased outright . . .
At 6.15pm on Saturday, 24 February, Josh Wantie will give a free 30-minute performance showcasing his signature blend of indie, electro and synth-rooted melodies. Don’t miss Josh as he effortlessly swaps between guitar and piano while blending in electronic elements and vocal loops. At 7pm popular alternative rock band Gangs of Ballet will take to the stage for an hour-long performance to show the audience why they are an award-winning band. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Steenberg High School will on Sunday 11 March 2018, present the inaugural CFLAT YOUTH JAZZ FESTIVAL. The festival is hosted in proud association with Musiquelaine SA, The Fostering Foundation, Music Exchange and RJ Benjamin. Opening at 3pm, the event will be held in the main courtyard on the Steenberg High School premises, where the 1000-seater outdoor Alstom Music Pavilion has been erected. Mr Andre Kraak the school’s Principal is delighted to see the courtyard at the school being used to its full capacity, allowing the following institutions to participate at this years exciting inaugural event. These include: • Steenberg High Wind Band • South Peninsula High School Jazz Band, • Steenberg High Jazz Band • Steenberg High Jazz Ensemble • Stellenbosch University Jazz Ensembles • The Fostering Foundation Artists The showcase also includes special guests Sophia Foster and RJ Benjamin. Benjamin will fly in from Johannesburg to mentor the Steenberg School jazz band for the preceding week. He will also be performing some his own material, fresh from his sold-out Orbit Jazz show. Sophia Foster too has decades of music knowledge, international performance experience and vocal prowess to share. Together, they will be dedicating the week leading up to the event to refining the Steenberg musician’s repertoire and integrating The Fostering Foundation singers into the festival programme. Steenberg High School has established itself for its academic and sporting excellence. In 2013, the school introduced a music education project, created by the NGO Musiquelaine SA. Today the school is equally respected for its music excellence. This music project has highlighted the innate musical talent of community youth. It aspires to reach out to other schools in the area too by offering the immediate and greater community of Steenberg a platform for music entertainment. The Alstom Music Pavilion has provided a much-needed space for developing cultural events at . . .
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and instead of buying a cliché gift for your soulmate, treat them to a romantic jazz experience like no other. The Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening, taking place at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on 16 February, will feature triple-platinum artist Nathi Mankayi, SAMA award-winning songstress and reality TV star Kelly Khumalo, and Afro-Fusion songstress Zamajobe Sithole, in an evening that promises to be an unforgettable experience. In partnership with The City of Ekurhuleni, The Sowetan, Mail & Guardian and The Star newspapers, Nathi Mankayi, acclaimed for having produced the fastest selling album in SA, “Buyelekhaya”, will headline the evening. Not only was his debut album a hit on the local scene, 10 songs on the album all made the Top 30 singles on world charts. Also making a lead performance is singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, who needs little introduction. Among her numerous awards, most recently her musical accolades include the Metro FM Award for Best Female Album, as well as a double SAMA Award Nominee for Best African Adult Album and Female Artist of the year 2017. Kelly has opened for international Rap star, Missy Elliot, has her own reality show Rolling With Kelly and has a best-selling biography “The Kelly Khumalo Story”. Supporting these local greats is Zamajobe Sithole, who first made her debut in the Top 10 of Idols Season 2, and won Best Newcomer in the 2005 SAMA Awards. Inspired by Eric Clapton, Sabelo Gxoyiya, Letta Mbulu, Abigail Khubeka, and Khadja Nin, her music resonates as a fusion of Afro-Jazz, Soul and Funk. As always, resident MC Hector Motivator will direct the evening’s entertainment in his humorous way, while the Napsta, also known as Napoleon Masinga, will bring his high energy impersonations, accents, ventriloquism, alter-ego’s and musi-comedy to the evening’s entertainment. Proud of his clean sense of humour, the Napsta’s unique humour caters to a broad audience. The . . .
Johannesburg, 13 February 2018, In line with global fashion capitals, African Fashion International (AFI) rebrands its Fashion Week Properties to AFI Cape Town Fashion Week and AFI Joburg Fashion Week. AFI has curated some of the continent’s fashion greats, who will descend on the mother city’s most iconic spaces with untamed passion and unbound energy for – AFI Cape Town Fashion Week which takes place from 21-24 March 2018. Africa’s Fashion icons will migrate south to reclaim one of the most beautiful cities in the world, in what is billed to be a fusion of fashion, art and design at AFI Cape Town Fashion Week. The fashion, art and design festival, will guide fashion lovers to encounter Africa expressed in all its glory, adorned in its culture and couture with unbridled pride. Breaking from tradition and forging a new path, AFI Cape Town Fashion Week walks off the ramp and through the Mother City’s most breath-taking landscapes and curated spaces, to reimagine ways to interact with luxury fashion, art and design and to be at the forefront of the global fashion stage. “The global north has always been inspired by Africa. Following its recognition with the Franca Sozzani award in New York, AFI is uniquely positioned to propel African fashion onto the global stage.” says AFI Executive Chairman, Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe. In keeping with its longstanding commitment to support, develop and nurture talent across the continent, AFI has expanded to include multi-skilled art directors to capture the local fashion scene and stories, while uncovering fresh talent. Inspired by a bold, vibrant, and authentic African spirit and theme: #IAMAFRICA! AFI Cape Town Fashion Week celebrates the future of African luxury fashion with the power and confidence of the continent’s ancient creative heritages. AFI Cape Town Fashion Week is emerging as a luxurious destination for a fusion of fashion, art, and design and will showcase a spectacular range of collections . . .
Film and video buffs should not miss the Investec Cape Town Art Fair After Hours Hub at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District, hosted on Wednesday 14 February between 7pm and 11pm, and on Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 February from 4pm to 11pm. The event will showcase a programme of video art and film screenings curated by Analogue Eye, a not for profit project that embraces video art by emerging and established artists. Visitors can also expect ambient entertainment, and treats at restaurants in the District – The Yard, Si and Ouibar. Screenings will take place in special shipping containers positioned in the Silo District. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .