ROCKING OUR CITY AT GRANDWEST Cape Town performers to shine in the spotlight Date Saturday 24 November 2012 Time 20h00 Venue Grand Arena, GrandWest Tickets From R150 to R220 Booking Computicket GrandWest CSI’s entertaining variety show Rocking Our City will be staged at the GrandWest Grand Arena on Saturday 24 November. In addition to headline artists Danny K and Loyiso Bala the line up will include popular Capetonian performers to give the show a colourful local flavour. Keeping it all together during the show will be the irrepressible duo of Soli Philander and comedian Kurt Schoonraad, who need no introduction. The Cape Town contingent includes our own incredible opera singer James Bhemgee, who first shot to fame as the SA’s Got Talent 2010 winner. From singing in the streets, where he worked as a street sweeper, Bhemgee has recently released his debut CD, Vincero. Another favourite Capetonian performer who was given a spotlight in the SA’s Got Talent contest is Mady Abrahams, who was the runner up to James Bhemgee. From her rousing rendition of Whitney Houston’s One Moment In Time Mady’s vocal range has taken her as far afield as the Arab states and she has just released her debut album It’s all about you. And no celebration of Cape Town’s musical talent would be complete without the legendary Mr Zayn Adams who celebrates his 50th Musical Anniversary this year and is considered by many to be one of SA’s finest singers ever. Also sharing the stage will be versatile pianist Camillo Lombard who regularly performs with many of South Africa’s leading artists and musicians when he is not teaching aspiring musicians. Also on the bill is Jeremy Olivier, a Jazz graduate of UCT, who performs throughout South Africa and abroad as a vocalist and guitarist. His recent career highlights include singing backing vocals for George Benson and playing guitar for the Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins. For this and much more, don’t miss . . .
UK based Daniel Bedingfield, who has previously charted at #1 in South Africa, will be opening the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert series on 25 November at Kirstenbosch. Daniel Bedingfield's pop wizardry earned him a BRIT Award, six U.K. Top 10 singles and 4 million in album sales from 2001 to 2004. The songwriter who rocketed to the top of the pop world with Gotta Get Thru This is back in a huge way. His new material moves adroitly between dance-floor bangers and R&B-spiked rock, freak-funk and chilling piano ballads, effects-heavy electro and sunny island reggae. “There are a million ways of self-expression, and I can’t hold to one style," he says. "There isn’t one sound in my head, there are thousands." After leaving his record company and with it the concept that there was only one way to do things in this business, he struck out on his own. Mounting a campaign through PledgeMusic he reconnected with his still-ardent fans and fostered a spate of new releases — each seemingly springing from a different creative impulse. Ambitious, bold, brazen even, his new EP Stop The Traffik - Secret Fear, Daniel is taking a distinctly different approach from his former pop-loving, uber-calculated chart topping debut . He is venturing into brave new territory carving out his claim as the wild and diverse wide-eyed crooner he has always been. The proceeds from this release in part benefit Bedingfield’s global charity Stop The Traffik, an organization that fights to prevent human slavery and works to prosecute the traffickers. The son of New Zealand philanthropists who relocated to London to work in the areas affected by the Brixton riots, Bedingfield and his two talented sisters, Natasha and Nikola Rachelle (The Golden Phoenix), were reared in a musical household surrounded by the diverse sounds of the time — the Police, Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan — as well as the reggae embraced by his family’s many . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 7 November 2012 Eastgate shopping centre’s signature annual Look of Fashion event, which takes place on 16th November this year, will feature LOCNVILLE, SA’s much-loved duo who in the last few years have not only achieved #1 Platinum Status success for their debut album ‘Sun in my pocket’, but also won the SAMA Award for Best Newcomer and Biggest Selling Album, MK Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ as well as winning the Heat Magazine ‘Hot 100’. Their second studio album ‘Running To Midnight’ was uniquely released with a 100 day countdown, involving 294000 plus fans in the process from start to finish. It includes the radio hit ‘Stars Above You’. The Eastgate Look of Fashion 2012 final event, featuring all twelve selected finalists, will take place at Eastgate shopping centre. This year’s show is choreographed and produced by fashion extraordinaire Juanita Daniel and will feature further performances by sensational new performers Benedikt Sebastian and ChianoSky, who have both launched their debut albums countrywide this year respectively titled ‘Jy Weet Ek Weet’ (produced by industry stalwart Gabi Le Roux) and ‘Hungry’. The event will be hosted by Pabi Moloi, well-known radio DJ at Highveld 94.7 and previous host on All Access. The Eastgate Look of Fashion competition received hundreds of entries for participation this year. Entrants 18 years of age and not older than 25 after 1 November this year could enter. Thirty semi-finalists were selected to attend a screening at which twelve finalists were selected. Two previous winners, namely Tansey Coetzee and Bokang Montjane, went on to be crowned Miss South Africa after winning the Look of Fashion title. Celebrities that have entered in previous years include Claudia Henkel, Shashi Naidoo , Rosette Mogomotsi and previous runner-up, Celeste Khumalo, who was crowned Miss SA Teen in last year’s competition. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact the Customer Service . . .
Pier 14 Shopping Centre’s new, bright young ambassadors were chosen in a colourful spectacle at the Mr & Miss Pier 14 Fashion Show on Saturday. The event, which showcased the vibrant summer ranges from the centre’s fashion retailers, was attended by hundreds of shoppers and saw titleholders from age seven to 21 selected in four categories. The announcement of popular senior winners Anelisa Willem and Anda Bongoza by stylish MC Msikeleli Moli was met with shrieks of delight by the excited crowd. A poised and articulate Willem, from KwaZakhele in Port Elizabeth, said she was thrilled to have won. The 20-year-old store manager and part-time financial management student said being Miss Pier 14 would provide the perfect vehicle for gaining exposure for her community work with the Ithubalethu Youth Development Programme. “There are so many things that I want to do. I want to inspire the youth, so they say, ‘Look what Anelisa is doing, I can do it too’.” Bongoza, 19, of North End, said he was very surprised and excited to be the new face of Pier 14. “My mother saw the competition in the PE Express and she phoned me and told me about it. So I entered but I didn’t expect to win.” The Andrew Rabie High School learner was mobbed by a small crowd of female fans after the show. “Some of them are family,” he laughed. The winners received gift vouchers from various Pier 14 stores. According to Sophia Steyn of centre management, this was the third edition of the popular competition. “It was a great success – definitely the best we’ve had so far.” Steyn said she was looking forward to working with the new brand ambassadors. “We’re definitely going to involve them in our promotions and charitable initiatives going forward.” Iviwe Blaaw and Kayde Erasmus were named Tiny Mr & Miss Pier (7 to 9 years), Corné Ferreira and Kesha Malgas Little Mr & Miss Pier 14 (10 to 13) and Lonwabo Klaas and Nomahlubi Catazo Teen Mr & Miss Pier 14 (14 . . .
Media Release Date: 6 November 2012 Subject: Kia KZN Expedition trades Durban finish for exciting single tracks Website: www.roag.co.za Organisers of the Kia KZN Expedition, presented by OUTSurance, have announced today that a route change has occurred due to high river levels. The recent heavy rainfall in the Durban area have made mandatory river crossings impossible, which has forced organisers to change the route, with the race now starting and finishing at Msinsi resort at Inanda Dam. Race organiser Wynand de Villiers has said that although the route has changed, it has brought an exciting new dimension to the race. "We were initially concerned about the route change, but we have set out a beautiful course that goes right around Inanda Dam, and this race will provide some of the most exciting single track racing in South Africa" said de Villiers. The route now consists of a 70 kilometre trail for serious riders, and a beautiful 35 kilometre trail for less experienced riders. The 70km route trails through the indigenous forest on the north side of the dam and will be a real highlight. Although shorter, this route will be quite demanding, and in true adventure biking style, will involve a short hike-a-bike section to get riders onto the mystical Shembe plateau. Once on the plateau, competitors will be treated to breath-taking views of the Umngeni river, riding high above Umzinyathi rapid along the cliff edges. The 35km trail is one that will lead riders along the edge of the dam on cracking trails as well as high above to take in the amazing views over the dam. After the opening kilometres where there will be a lot of ups and downs, the climb up Vika awaits to take riders to the first refreshment stand. “The reward for your hard work is a descent down what we have affectionately dubbed “Uberville”, a fun, fast and flowing single-track descent back to the water’s edge. Riders will be treated to more stunning trail through the forests of . . .
The International Council Of Museums’ National Committee of South Africa, together with its partners, ICMAH (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Archaeology and History) and COMCOL (International Committee for Collecting), in association with Iziko Museums of South Africa, will be hosting an international conference in Cape Town from 7 to 9 November, 2012. The conference themed: Museums and the Idea of Historical Progress, explores the notion of utopia – the possibility of a future society free from the difficulties of the present. This ideology has been inextricably linked to the idea of historical progress. The idea of building a new and better society to this day underlies the values, visions and practices of museums around the world. The conception of the modern museum, at the time of its invention in various European countries during the age of high colonialism and industrial revolution, shares attributes of a modern utopia i.e. the notion that progress and equity is guaranteed by the state and manifest in society. Such ideas of progress alongside varieties of capitalism, socialism, liberalism, nationalism, colonialism, Cold War ideological battles and totalitarianism have emerged and existed, generating a myriad of social systems and ideologies as expressions of utopias to be achieved. The conference will be launched on Tuesday evening (6th November) at the Castle of Good Hope. Delegates will be welcomed by ICOM-SA President and CEO of Iziko Museums, Ms Rooksana Omar and Manager of Arts and Culture for the City of Cape Town, Mr Zayd Mintry. The conference in discussing the important theme of historical progress in a world of fluidity and flux, is perhaps charting new perspectives for museums, trying to understand the past in the present and allowing for reflection on what the future might be like. Highlights include plenary speakers, Mr Mokena Makeka of the Modila Trust who will share the vision of moving “Towards a New Museum: The . . .
Media Release Date: 6 November 2012 Subject: The Unlimited International paddlers impress in the Vaal Canoe Marathon For high resolution image attached to this story, see bottom of this media release One second separated the first three boats across the finish line of the 2012 edition of The Vaal Canoe Marathon held yesterday (Sunday). The two day K2 (doubles) marathon was held in near perfect conditions on the Vaal river. The Unlimited Czech crew, Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko, continued improving their placing on the South African circuit in their build up for The Unlimited Dusi in February. "We are very pleased to have our first podium finish in South Africa today" said a happy Adam. The pair finished less than a second behind the eventual winning pairing of Len Jenkins and Brandon van der Walt and Ant Stott and Cam Schoeman (who finished second). The two day race went down to the line in what can best be described as one of South Africa's only genuine canoe marathons. "For us it was good to be on the river the whole day instead of running through the bush with these crazy South African paddlers" said Adam. "We race again next week in The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin, at Albert Falls in KZN, and this is the first Dusi type race" he said. The last word went to multiple Dusi winner and previous World Champion, Ant Stott. "I can tell you that these guys have really impressed us SA paddlers. They are getting better and better all the time. The Ozzie will be a great tester for them. I pip them for a possible podium finish next weekend" he said. ENDS Please click on the link to download high resolution image Photo Credit: Gerard Griessel / Ray de Vries Communications http://www.raydevries.co.za/images/IMG_0249.jpg Caption: The Unlimited Czech paddlers, Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko push to the finish at the 2012 Vaal River Canoe Marathon. Released by Ray de Vries of Ray de Vries Communications. For more information kindly contact: Carole . . .
Iziko South African National Gallery, 29 November 2012 until 09 January 2013 The Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2012 has been awarded to Mikhael Subotzky. Entitled Retinal Shift, the exhibition will centre on a four-channel film installation which has been produced specifically for the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. Further photographic, video and installation works will complete the exhibition. The exhibition presenting an entirely new body of work will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 29 November 2012. Retinal Shift investigates the practice and mechanics of looking – in relation to the history of Grahamstown, the history of photographic devices and Subotzky’s own history as an artist. The works in the show draw on archival portraits from the last century, found surveillance footage, and Subotzky’s own photographs from various series’ that are re-contextualized here. The opening work on the show is a self-portrait that Subotzky made with the assistance of an optometrist. High-resolution images of his left and right retinas are placed side by side. “I was fascinated by this encounter. At the moment that my retinas, my essential organs of seeing, were photographed, I was blinded by the apparatus that made the images,” he said. Retinal Shift extends this motif of looking while not seeing - exploring it through Grahamstown’s history, our contemporary surveillance society, and the artist’s personal attempts to see. The exhibition began its year-long tour at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown in June 2012 and will travel to various major centres around South Africa before ending its run in August 2013. ENDS About the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards The Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival to acknowledge emerging, relatively young South African artists who have displayed an outstanding talent in their artistic endeavours. These prestigious awards are presented annually . . .
The Investec FEI World Cup Show Jumping Qualifier is once more being held in Cape Town at Glenellen Farm, Hout Bay from 21 to 25 November and promises a spectacle of Show Jumping from the top riders around the country. Organized by the newly formed Cape Town Equestrian, this is the only international Show Jumping competition in Cape Town and forms the last leg of the South African Series of the FEI World Cup Jumping Championship. Renowned international course builder Frank Rothenburger from Germany will oversee the building of the course with colleague Andreas Hollmann. Local course designers Kevin Sptatley and Brendan Silen will be working with the international team and will be assisted by Andile Balula, who is one of the rising young stars in the Eventing Course Designer and Builder programme. The type of jumps that feature on the course are a challenge to these top national riders, offering the audience an opportunity to experience the close bond existing between horse and rider as they ride the course . The classes are closely contested and, with more than 142 riders already entered , there will be much to interest visitors to the event. Sunday November 25 will see past winners of the World Cup Qualifier class, Gareth and Shaun Neill, pitting their skills against a strong Western Province line up. For the first time, four local riders feature in this 1.5m class showing a fast growing strength and skill from this region. Watch out for some of our local riders; Tara Louw and Anthea Erasmus as well as Liam Stevens, and Jeanne Engela, who have been campaigning in Johannesburg - as they raise the flag high for the province. Both Anthea and Jeanne are hot contenders for the title and spectators are promised exciting rounds by both these talented show-jumpers. Earlier this year Jeanne competed in the” big” classes on her mare Cloof Wines Chanel. Their first attempt at a World Cup Qualifier was in Durban and after winning this they went on to place 2nd . . .
NEW YORK, 5 November 2012 – Fotolia continues to span the globe by expanding its services becoming the first world-wide microstock agency to establish a local presence in South Africa. The launch of localised pricing in South Africa was a strategic move to not only become the market leader in Africa but also to acquire more local content, fostering long-lasting relationships with South African customers and artists. This expansion also marks the first step towards expanding throughout Africa. Considered a “hot spot” in the microstock world for its sunny and infinite landscapes, South African photographers are also among the most popular contributors on Fotolia. “We’re looking forward to discovering and recruiting more talented local artists”, says Oleg Tscheltzoff, CEO and co-founder of Fotolia. “Localizing to countries such as South Africa means expanding the customer base for stock imagery to millions more people and we’re excited to be the leaders here.” Fotolia has shown steady growth since its inception in 2004. With this recent expansion, Fotolia now provides services to 21 countries and in 13 official languages. About Fotolia Over 3.5 million people prefer Fotolia for affordable, royalty-free images, graphics and HD videos. With the introduction of the Infinite Collection, Fotolia became the first worldwide microstock organization to offer both crowd-sourced and professional images on one site. Founded in New York City in 2004, Fotolia spans the globe with websites in 13 languages and offices in 21 countries. With over 19 million files to choose from, find it on Fotolia.com. More Info: http://www.fotolia.com Author: Michelle Haarhoff from Fotolia. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Black Girl with Headphones Photographer: © olly / Fotolia Table Mountain Photographer: © Nolte Lourens / Fotolia Farm field . . .