Tsogo Sun’s The Ridge is excited to announce that Amanda Black and Bucie will be performing for the first time ever at The Venue. Amanda Black took part in three seasons of Idols South Africa, but became a fan favourite during season 11, when she made it to the top seven. With a view to pursuing her music career, she moved to Johannesburg in 2016 and was approached by Ambitiouz Entertainment, which offered her a recording contract. On 11 November 2016, she released her long-anticipated debut album, Amazulu. Less than a month after its release, the album sold over 31,000 copies, leading the Recording Industry of South Africa to certify it Platinum. In 2018, Amanda parted ways with Ambitiouz Entertainment, and joined a new team to help grow her brand. She is now working on new projects, including a partnership with the South African National Blood Services to raise awareness for blood donations. Bucie, dubbed the ‘Princess of House Music’, is known for lending her powerful voice to Black Coffee’s hit, Superman. The name Bucie came about after a series of deliberations, because the industry already had a number of Busis. The plan was to come up with an exciting and powerful stage name that best described her. The funked up Bucie was the perfect name that matched her rock star mentality, and the rest, as they say, is history. She has since gone on to affirm her position as one of the best South African House vocalists. “This show is guaranteed to have guests dancing in their seats, and talking about it for days to come. We are ecstatic to be hosting these two incredible artists and local favourite – G2G for the very first time, and to offer guests the best in home-grown entertainment,” says The Ridge Marketing Manager, Marina Coetzee. To ensure you don’t miss out on an evening of awesome music, get your tickets from The Ridge Computicket or any Computicket outlet at a cost of R180 per person. Rewards members can enjoy a 10% discount. Upcoming events that . . .
Mission (I’m) Possible is a compelling live theatre performance created and performed by Pollsmoor inmates under the auspice of the “Second Chance Theatre Project”, a collaborative arts and social justice initiative. The project was introduced by NICRO and through a partnership with the Department of the Correctional Services and together with UCT Associate Professor Veronica Baxter from the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (CTDPS) endeavour to challenge the public’s perception of criminals. The staging of the production is done in partnership with the Cape Town International Convention (CTICC) who came on board as a venue sponsor as part of their corporate social responsibility programme. This intimate, theatre production provides a unique glimpse into the lives of prison inmates. Mission (I’m) Possible, which highlights the dreams and aspirations of inmates and demonstrates that each is more than the crime that he or she has committed. “The performers are goal oriented and firm in their belief that they have a real future beyond the prison walls as they commit to returning to their communities as contributing individuals.” - says Venessa Padayachee, Advocacy and Lobbying Manager of NICRO. The free event, will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday, 28 September and Saturday, 29 September, 2018, as part of a two-day event which will also feature an art exhibition showcasing art works by inmates and former offenders. Mission (I’m) Possible follows on the success of The Making of a Criminal Part 1 and Part 2, which took to the stage amidst much acclaim in 2016 and 2017. The 2018 production, devised and directed by Veronica Baxter, Chiedza Chinhanu and the cast, once again uses theatre as a healing tool and a rehabilitation strategy to offer inmates a meaningful life after prison and to facilitate successful reintegration. NICRO endeavours to challenge guests to see offenders . . .
Much loved #LoveLocal Festival returns to Pietermaritzburg - Liberty Midlands Mall celebrates its 15th birthday in local talent festivity Liberty Midlands Mall, which celebrates its 15th year as the largest and most popular retail destination across the Pietermaritzburg area, is excited to announce the return of its popular #LoveLocal Festival this year from 26 - 28 October 2018. Loved by the community, the festival which was launched in 2017 celebrates the City of Pietermaritzburg and its beautiful surroundings. The festival brings a weekend full of proudly local exhibitions, cooking shows and a locally inspired and curated marketplace. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate the mall’s 15th birthday than with a #LoveLocal Festival,” says Brian Unsted, Liberty Two Degrees’ Asset Management Executive for Liberty Midlands Mall. “Complementing the mall’s unique offering of retail experience, the City of Pietermaritzburg is rich in local talent and inspiring natural attractions. We are pleased to be able to provide a platform that celebrates all the region has to offer and share that with the community.” Three reasons not to miss the 2018 #LoveLocal Festival #LoveLocal Marketplace As the heart of the festival, the #LoveLocal Marketplace invites talented producers from the area to showcase and sell their locally made products. Visitors can shop for everything from home decor to fashion and confectionery, in a festive and curated setting while interacting with the vendors. #LoveLocal Chef’s Kitchen The popular Chef’s Kitchen returns to the #LoveLocal Festival, with local chefs sharing their favourite recipes alongside celebrities in fun and interactive demos. #LoveLocal’s Best of KZN Design Building on the success of last year’s popular “Best Of” design display, Durban-based curator Nadia van der Mescht will be putting together a phenomenal display of KZN talent. From furniture producers to illustrators, jewelers, potters and more, the . . .
Chart-topping songstress Louise Carver is heading to Cape Town in October. The multi-nominated Carver has featured at the top of musical charts across the world, including the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, South Africa and even twice on the US Billboard charts. Louise Carver signed her first record deal at the age of fifteen and released her debut single two years later. Her fascination with dance music and club life brought her to the attention of legendary producer Kenny Hawkes in London, which resulted in the track ‘Play the Game,’ which topped the charts in Europe. For her subsequent albums, she collaborated with top local and international producers, which saw her hit the number one spot on global billboard charts and receive several nominations for the South African music awards. With six studio albums under the belt and after travelling and performing extensively overseas, South African fans can look forward to seeing her on stage during The Remedy Tour. Named after the fourth single off her latest album 'Hanging in the void’, The Remedy tour will start in Mozambique and includes stops in White River, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. She will be performing three shows in Cape Town as part of the tour, which is billed as a celebration of life, beautiful venues and the pure joy of connecting with her followers. Fans can expect the inimitable voice of this sultry singer, voted as the most glamorous performer in South Africa by Glamour magazine, performing a line-up of all her most popular hits as well as some new songs and a few classic covers done in the unique Carver way. She will be accompanied by the talented duo of guitarist David Klassen and percussionist Gideon Botes. Catch The Remedy Tour with Louise Carver live at the following venues in Cape Town: • D’Aria, Durbanville – Wednesday, 17 October • Ashanti Estate, Paarl – Friday, 19 October • Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest – Saturday, 20 October Tickets are available online from . . .
Sep 26, 2018 -- The Artist Jeryl Bright, has released his debut single entitled "FIGHT," written and produced by Jeryl Bright and co with David Lee Spradley. Bright, who was a vocalist and trombonist with the platinum selling funk group Cameo, has partnered with Kobalt Music Group to distribute his independent label (Bizcuit Records) products. FIGHT, also comes with a bonus track, "When hearts Cry" and is the first release from his forthcoming album title "Nostalgia." Fight touches on Bright finding his inner strength to continue on with the struggles that comes with everyday life, trusting in self and never giving up on your beliefs, sticking to his roots in commercial music, the track is funky and suggest there's always hope, featuring a rap segment from rapper "Playa T." Grammy winner and longtime acquaintance Alan Abrahams, producer of more than 80 hit albums with the likes of Hall & Oates, Joan Baez, Tavares and many others call the fresh sound of Fight a funky gem. You can check it out here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTyWdDhPxsc Released in over 200 territories, Available today for downloads at all major online digital stores and radio outlets. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival debuts in the Mother City at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront – Saturday, 6 October 2018 from 11:00 – 20:00 Fitch & Leedes, the superb range of authentic mixers preferred by most master distillers, takes a bow as the title sponsor of the first Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival to hit Cape Town. This much anticipated festival brings a wide selection of local craft gins and premium international brands to one unique contemporary location at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, 6 October 2018. This perfectly located venue will come alive with artisanal food stalls serving a variety of gourmet street food, live music from local artists and top notch G&Ts prepared by expert mixologists. As title sponsor of the festival, Fitch & Leedes prides itself as the understudy to greatness, accentuating the botanical character and subtle notes in hand crafted gins. Understanding the time and effort put into perfecting a premium gin, Fitch & Leedes tonics are made for the utmost purity in terms of quality and taste to ensure the best representation of what was intended by the master distiller. Fitch & Leedes will be supplying the tonics for all the G&T’s at the festival. Keep an eye out for exciting new tonic twists. “Our partnership with the Gin and Tonic Festival has been such a wonderful experience in Durban that bringing it to Cape Town was a must. At Fitch & Leedes, it is our philosophy that the hard work and skill of the distiller should be amplified and celebrated. This is why it is great to see our mixers paired with all the signature gins on offer at the festival,” explains Brand Manager James Shaw. The Fitch & Leedes range comprises nine timeless classics: Indian Tonic, Pink Tonic and Craft Cola – all available in regular and sugar free; Club Soda; Ginger Ale; Bitter Lemon and Bitter Lemon Lite; Peach Lemonade; Lemonade; and Spicy Ginger Beer. Brought to the . . .
Whether you’re savouring Pastéis de Nata (custard tarts) at Belem Bakery or Bem Bom or indulging in a mouth-watering seafood platter or peri-peri chicken at Parreirinha, 1920 Restaurant or Troyeville Hotel, it is evident that Portuguese culture – especially in the form of its cuisine – is firmly entrenched in South Africa. Heritage month provides the opportunity to explore the Portuguese community’s roots in South Africa, which have a long history dating all the way back to 1488 when explorer Bartolomeu Dias became the first European mariner to round the southern tip of Africa. He named it Cabo das Tormentas – Cape of Storms – after its wild storms and rough seas and opened the way for a sea route between Europe and Asia. In 1497, another Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, rounded the Cape on his way to India. His first sighting of land was in early November 1497 when the ship reached what is today known as St Helena Bay in the Western Cape. The crew weighed anchor to look for fresh water and conduct a few repairs. Here, they met the Khoikhoi for the first time. In December, the ship stopped off at a spot where the fishing was good. Da Gama called it Ponta de Pescaria, an area that is today known as the Durban bluff. It was only in the early 1900s that a small stream of immigrants from Madeira began to make South Africa their home. Their numbers increased significantly in the years following World War II and consequent economic uncertainty in Portugal. Many of these Madeiran’s were skilled in horticulture and commerce, largely settling in and around Johannesburg where they established small businesses - mainly fruit and vegetable shops as well as take-away outlets. The largest influx of Portuguese to South Africa occurred in 1975, following the independence of Angola and Mozambique. Portuguese-speaking families tended to cluster in specific neighbourhoods, notably the south of Johannesburg where housing was more readily available. The area soon became . . .
Johannesburg, September 20, 2018: Giving back the love received over its 46-year span, NikNaks held a Street Conference at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus, where it launched Mzansi’s first of its kind 4D Experience, celebrating all things street and urban culture. The conference, held under the slogan, #LovedByTheStreets, was hosted by MTV Base’s VJ, Tshego Koke, songstress, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Sabby, rapper Kay-E and NikNaks Brand Activation Manager, Sikelela Finini as panelists, lending their voices as the new school of street culture. Finini said NikNaks had always been at the forefront of shaping movements, embracing and ushering a new generation of trendsetters who use street art to express their individuality. “The aim of the conference goes beyond simply applauding NikNaks for having been around for so long. It also serves the purpose of celebrating the dynamism and vibrancy of street culture. From dance, fashion, skateboarding, to gqom and [graffiti] tagging, we are saying NikNaks recognises the energy of the streets along with the power street culture has in being a catalyst for change in both past and current generations,” Finini said. The 4D Experience which left the audience in awe, is a true reflection of Mzansi’s urban cultural landscape, Finini said, espousing elements of dance, BMXing, and games such as “fish” and “three tin”, township versions of high jump and cricket, respectively. The NikNaks 4D Experience kicked off on Wednesday, 19 September at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus and will run until October 20 nationally, hitting up three other cities around Mzansi. Other locations expected to experience the relish are Maponya Mall, on September 21 and 22, 2018 in Gauteng; UKZN Westville Campus, on September 25 and 26, 2018 and Bridge City in Kwamashu, on September 28 and 29, 2018. Hitting up the Bay, students at NMMU on October 9 and 10, 2018 can join the fun. The yellow chambers will then make an . . .
In the spirit of celebrating our rich cultural history during Heritage Month and Heritage Day, which falls on the 24th of September we have put together 24 reasons you know you are a proudly South African Portuguese. 1. You love your Cozido à Portuguesa in winter. After all, it’s the king of Portuguese meals. 2. You add garlic, olive oil and onion to every dish you make. 3. You buy your seafood from the local Fish Centres. 4. There is always some bacalhau in your home (salted cod). 5. Chouriço and Linguiça sausages are in everything. 6. Your family started off in the south of Johannesburg. In fact, you still have relatives living there. 7. The Lusito Land Festival is a favourite annual event for you to connect with friends and family. 8. Avó calls you neto. 9. Avó constantly says you are too thin and need to eat more. 10. There are crocheted doilies on every available space in your grandmother and tia’s houses. 11. Children are celebrated, rather than told they should be ‘seen and not heard’. 12. Roger De Sá, the former footballer and coach is a household name. 13. You have at least 6 Uncle Manny’s on both sides of the family. 14. Nothing is better than a buttered papo-seco. 15. Your Sundays consist of church, and big family lunches at your Tia’s. 16. Braais have sardinhas, frango and chouriço. 17. Your parents anticipate that you marry your first long-term boyfriend or girlfriend. 18. You can’t help but get on the dance floor when you hear Portuguese music. 19. You tell people you are Portuguese and they think you can play soccer like CR7. 20. You got sick of mowing the grass every week, so you just paved the entire lawn. 21. You understand Portuguese but can’t speak it. 22. You have relatives who aren’t really your relatives. 23. You were pinched under the arm by your mom in church. 24. Your family dog understands Portuguese. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Durban Fashion Fair (DFF), celebrating a seven year run ended on a high note last night (Saturday, September 22) with an award ceremony recognizing local and international emerging and established designers. The DFF ran alongside the Durban Business Fair who also celebrated their 20th anniversary at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and the Durban Exhibition Centre. Themed Afrofuturism and hosted by much loved radio and television personality Anele Mdoda, the highlight of this four-day fashion extravaganza celebrated the talents of the future and recognised the maestros of the present. The most coveted award of the evening - the Durban Designer of the Year 2018 – went to Zama Mathe, head designer of the brand Zarth. Mathe is a protégé of the DFF and head of a growing and successful business. Founded in 2009, Zarth has evolved into a creative design house employing a fully qualified team of professionals. The fledgling brand made its DFF debut in 2013, earning Zama Mathe an internship to Milan, Italy. She has participated at the DFF every year since then. This is the second year she has clinched the award, having also being chosen as the DFF Designer of the Year title in 2016. The Collection of the Week award went to Muzi Innocent Mhlambo who launched his brand, Mita-N Dzyns in 2010. Self-taught and ambitious, he has honed his career and grown his passion for fashion through the DFF. This year’s Best Ladieswear Collection 2018 Award went to Diva Designs, Brenda Quin for a stunning collection that perfectly encapsulates her combination of combining boldness with femininity while the Best Menswear Collection went to well-known fashion writer and award winning designer, Chu Suwannapha and his brand Chulaap. Trained in Paris and resident in South Africa for 18 years, Chu was raised in Thailand but boldly celebrates the diversity of Africa through graphic, print oriented designs. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Fawzia Peer, who . . .