Having ditched medicine to follow her musical dream, singer-songwriter Luanga Choba is now releasing her debut album in the genre she dubs “gonzo soul”. This go-getting singing doctor will be launching her first CD, Luanga Who?, at 6pm on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 at the House of Baobab in the Maboneng Precinct, in downtown Johannesburg. Luanga – the stage name of University of Cape Town medical graduate Sibongile Mhlongo –penned all 14 tracks on the album, released under her own label, Xhimvwani Records and Publishing. She says she coined the term “gonzo soul” for her world-music inflected sound after failing to find a “box” for her particular genre. “I’m not musically educated and don’t understand genre – and I think I speak for most composers when I say genre is a prison. It’s a stifling of creativity. So after a good bit of research, the word ‘gonzo’ felt just right.” Of course, the term originated as a description for the writing of maverick journalist Hunter S Thompson, who used subjective first-person narratives, emotions and experiences in his writing and shunned conventional objective reportage. South African born and bred, but with Zambian ancestry, the songbird explains that “luanga” means “this charm it is yours” in Zambia’s Chikunda language. “Charm as in a traditional doctor’s charm to bring you wellbeing or healing, or ward off evil spirits,” she explains. She hopes that combining her natural talent for music with her medical background will allow her to explore the healing magic of music and touch the lives of many. Half of the songs on the album were written in her mother tongue, Setswana, which she believes is very poorly represented in the South African music landscape. The remainder are English songs with smatterings of vernacular, and one track is in Nguni. They range from “break-up” songs to stirring odes to mother earth. The road towards fulfilling her musical dream has been a long and winding one for Luanga Choba, who showed . . .
Eastgate Shopping Centre is honouring fathers and fatherhood with a Facebook Father’s Day competition this June. The grand prize includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab3 with 3G/Wi -Fi valued at R5,499, Xbox 4G valued at R3, 500 and an Xbox game valued at R599 from CNA. The weekly prizes will include a leather man's bag valued at R2, 000 and watch valued at R2, 999 from Fossil. To take part in the competition, entrants need to first like the Eastgate Shopping Centre Facebook page and then respond to the question posted. Click on the link below for the competition brief https://www.facebook.com/ateastgategirltalk/app_164184360412345 Terms and Conditions apply. Promotion dates: 11 - 17 June 2013 For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact Bronwyn Williams on 0765077570. Visit Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and events. Ends/134 Media release issued by DTM SA on behalf of EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE. For press assistance contact Marieza van Zyl on+27 21 419 2699 (Cape Town) or +27 11 684 2933 (Johannesburg) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on DTM SA visit www.dtmsa.co.za, or contact Karen du Toit on +27 83 685 6406 or e-mail email@example.com. URL: https://www.facebook.com/ateastgategirltalk Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Maya Setti from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer: Courtesy of Eastgate Shopping Centre Photographer: Courtesy of Eastgate Shopping Centre Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Most people who are not wealthy are forced to navigate their way through the civil legal system alone, too often with negative consequences. This is true for financial reasons but also because persons who cannot afford a lawyer may not even know that they have legal rights or how to get legal assistance. LegalAidServices.co.za provides its readers with free legal knowledge ranging from civil, labour and criminal matters, to information about acts and laws, to help the general public know their rights. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2013 – Johannesburg, South Africa – LegalAidServices.co.za - a brand new website just launched to provide its readers free and easy-to-understand, frequently updated information about the laws in South Africa, their legal rights and their options for legal assistance. According to a report by Statistics South Africa entitled “Monthly Earnings of South Africans 2010”, 60% of the population earns under R2800 on average a month, 25% of the population earns an average of R6500 a month and only 20% of the population earn an average of R12000 and above. Therefore legal needs can impose substantial financial burdens onto the low and medium income group in South Africa. In criminal cases, a defendant facing the risk of incarceration is entitled to an attorney even if he or she cannot afford one. In most civil cases, however, a person is not entitled to an attorney, even though civil legal proceedings can affect things we hold - custody of our children, our physical safety, our ability to work and need for shelter, just to name a few. The LegalAidServices.co.za website aims to make the South African legal system more accessible to the general public. With the high cost Attorney fees and people struggling to make their lives in a volatile economy, LegalAidServices.co.za is definitely a tool for people to research relevant legal information and understand their legal rights in South Africa. In offering this service, the goal is . . .
“It is very difficult to think of any learning that is not E-enabled.” Are mobile devices revolutionary or disruptive in a classroom setting? Should IT and social media be used to develop professional learning networks? And can twitter, Facebook and MixIT enhance teaching and learning in the classroom? These are some of the compelling questions that will be discussed during the Education Technology Indaba at the annual African Education Week from 19-22 June at the Sandton Convention Centre. The African Education Week Convention and Learning Expo is the meeting and trading platform for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. Now in its 7th year, it remains the continent’s leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event. “E” will be big! “’E' will be big this year in South African education!” says well-known educational technology expert and head of e-Learning at Mustek, Kobus van Wyk. “Although e-Learning is already happening in isolated schools, it still has to get going at a much broader level. e-Learning can make a huge contribution towards alleviating the bad state of education in South Africa.” He continues: “the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) is putting large emphasis on the use of technology in education, or e-education as they call it. In its document, “Action Plan to 2014”, chapter 7 is entitled “The importance of e-education,” with some ambitious goals set for 2013 and 2014. This adds impetus to the implementation of e-learning initiatives in the different provinces.” From tablets to phablets According to Kobus van Wyk, who is a regular speaker at African Education Week, it became very apparent during 2012 “that the use of tablets and mobile devices will play an increasingly important role in education in the future.” He encourages teachers to embrace technology: “Educators, get your hands on a device – today! Experience it . . .
Northgate Shopping Centre, in conjunction with Ster Kinekor, will entertain all the kids these school holidays with some great activities as well as character meet & greets for the cool upcoming kids movies. The Easter fun programme will be running from 26 March to 1 April at Northgate Shopping Centre, Centre Point Court. This Ster Kinekor sponsored activities are free and all kids are welcome. Each day is based on current and future releases and will include Ster Kinekor (SK) club activations. Disney’s OZ the Great and Powerful photo wall will be on 26 March. There will be meet and greets with Jack the Giant Slayer with fun prizes to be won and an opportunity to climb the wall on the 27th of March. The 28th of March is superhero face painting from G.I.Joe 3D retaliation. On 29 March, tables and chairs will be set up for the kiddies to colour their Croods masks from the characters of DreamWorks animated movie, The Croods. There will be meet and greets with the Alien from Escape from planet Earth as well as balloon sculpting and lucky Alien goo give-aways on 30 March. The program will conclude on the 1st of April with Easter eggs hand-out, Croods activity sheets, colouring in as well as an Easter branding wall. Northgate Trading Hours: Monday- Thursday: 6am -6pm Friday: selected stores will be open Saturday: 9am -5pm Sunday: 9am -2pm Monday: 9am -4pm Northgate Shopping Centre is Easter fun for the family. For more information visit www.northgate.co.za or contact Michelle Papastefanou on (011) 794-1687. Visit Northgate Shopping Centre (Facebook fan page) or follow Northgate on Twitter @NorthgateJHB for the latest news on promotions and events. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: maya setti from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Eastgate Shopping Centre is celebrating the month of love with great gifts and entertainment for Valentine’s Day. Eastgate is proud to present the Buchanan Ensemble who will be performing romantic music and love songs from all eras in the Piazza area on the 14th of February at 18h00 to 21h00. The Buchanan Ensemble is a full time performing orchestra. Buchanan studied music at Wits University and started the Buchanan Ensemble in his first year of studies. The ensemble consists of orchestral string players headed by Buchanan on the flute, pan flute and harmonica, and also features a fantastic trio of operatic voices that will rival the best in the world. The Buchanan Ensembles philosophy includes transcending through all the barriers of strict genres and making music for the people. Inclusive of the Valentine’s Day special is the Valentines online competition that will be running with a chance of winning a Bacino Bracelet to the value of R10,000 from Arthur Kaplan. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact Bronwyn Williams 0765077570. Visit Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and events. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Maya setti from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China Standard Bank Gallery 30 January – 28 March 2013 An extraordinary exhibition which seeks to open up new conversations about cultural diversity, social tolerance and human understanding at a time of intense movement and change in the Global South opens to the public at Standard Bank Gallery on 30 January 2013. Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new leaders and new social and urban spaces. The opening will be preceded by a performance procession of Athi-Patra Ruga’s The Future White Women Of Azania, on 29 January, from his ritual dressing at the Drill Hall on the corner Plein and Twist Streets in Joubert Park beginning at 17h30, through the city centre (down Nugget Street, up Anderson and into Thorpe Street), to a finale at the Standard Bank Gallery. This performance marks the culmination of a body of work that has been in development for a number of years. Initially created in 2010 for the “For Those Who Live in It - Pop culture Politics and Strong Voices” exhibition, hosted by the MU Art Foundation in Eindhoven, The Netherlands; the performance has since travelled in various manifestations to Buenos Aires, Grahamstown, Cape Town and now Johannesburg. Much like a painter would use his studies to develop the final art work, Ruga has used the various incantations as a performance-in-continuum to build the population of The Future White Women Of Azania. The original character, The Future White Woman Of Azania, performed for the first time under this name when the artist collaborated with Standard Bank Young Artist Mikhael Subotzky at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown; creating a procession that was followed by a 19th century Camera Obscura. The Future White Women of Azania: the manifesto . . .
“Se vuol ballare, Signor Contino? – If you would dance, my little Count?”. This is what Figaro asks, somewhat belligerently, in his famous cavatina from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro. Translating Mozart’s creative spirit and constantly initiating new ideas, the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival picks up on the dance theme, and presents various concerts that fuse music and movement. A number of choreography concerts take place at this year’s Festival, probing the art of improvisation through combined explorations of music and dance. On Wednesday 30 January, Bach Solo cello suites embedded in free improvisations will be accompanied by dance choreography, with Erich Oskar Huetter (cello) and Tanima (dance). Supported by the Austrian Embassy, in collaboration with MIAGI, this concert takes place at The Fringe, Johannesburg Theatre, at 20:00. On Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February at 19:30, the Wits Art Museum will host two unique examinations of this theme. "Moving Mozart" will see acclaimed South African dancers Mamela Nyamza and Kirsty Ndawo on stage with Andreas Kern (piano); performing to the works of Mozart, Schumann and Eggert. The rhythmic force of percussion meets dance when Duo FourIVTwo (marimba and vibraphone) share the stage with Thabo Rapoo from Tshwane Dance Theatre, the following day. On Monday 4 February, internationally acclaimed violinist, broadcaster, conductor, speaker, educator and writer Ruth Waterman will discuss, illustrate and dance aspects of J. S. Bach’s Partita no.3 in E major BWV1006 for solo violin. Taking the audience “behind the notes” into the world of the interpreter in an illuminating exploration followed by a concert performance, Waterman will pull out all the stops by attempting to dance the minuet, as well as playing an unusual sarabande on the piano. She will also show how Bach chose to recreate the prelude in a glittering version for full orchestra. “Our reverence for Bach and his enormous output . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 14 December 2012 Visitors experienced the beginning of the festive season at the Eastgate shopping centre that was filled with magic and entertainment against the backdrop of fantastical festive decorations. The Lights went on at 19:00 hours on the 7th December 2012 at the entrance 9B near Piazza. The event included featuring performances by Carols by Candle light and a live performance from SA’s Sama- Award winning instrumental supergroup – Sterling EQ. The uniquely designed festive decorations can be viewed throughout the centre, filling it with light, magic and fantasy. It offers a serene contrast to the normally bright themed decorations over the festive period. A fantastic centre display can be viewed in the central Piazza area and other main areas showcase dazzling designs that form a fantasy backdrop to your shopping experience. Children’s holiday activities include fun arts and crafts programmes as well as the launch of new games in the centre. New retail stores opening soon include Fabiani, Clarks, Diesel, Lovisa, Swatch, Samsung, Steve madden and Jag Club. Festive trading hours have been extended during the December period. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and events. Ends/216  Media release issued by DTM SA on behalf of EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE. For press assistance contact Marieza van Zyl on +27 11 684 2933 (Johannesburg) or +27 21 419 2699 (Cape Town) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on DTM SA visit www.dtmsa.co.za, or contact Karen du Toit on +27 83 685 6406 or e-mail email@example.com. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: simone jansen from dtmsa. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
The theme for the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) is Se vuol ballare - If you would dance. The 5th JIMF opens on Sunday 27 January 2013, the commemoration of the birthdate of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The 2013 JIMF will run for two weeks at various venues across Johannesburg. There will also be a pre-festival concert on 19 January, which takes the form of a Viennese New Year’s Concert, with music and dance. The opening concert for the JIMF on 27 January 2013 will feature the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with the South African National Youth Orchestra, conducted by the renowned Sir Roger Norrington. The JIMF programme will again include various symphony concerts, recitals and workshops; including the popular Orchestra from Scratch, an initiative introduced to the JIMF in 2012. For this event, people are not only participating as listeners, but they are actually performing themselves, therefore supporting the JIMF’s commitment to bringing classical music to as wide an audience as possible. There will also be concerts by Buskaid, the Chanticleer Singers, as well as children’s concerts. The final programme will be available on www.join-mozart-festival.org. The programme for the 5th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be released in early December. Tickets will be available from Computicket. Please contact (011) 447 9264 for more information and visit www.join-mozart-festival.org. “Like” the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival page on Facebook for regular updates on Festival happenings and competitions. More Info: http://www.join-mozart-festival.org/home/ Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Buskaid [/l2g] . . .