Jill Scott heading to S.A for a “One Night Only” Concert
Oct23

Jill Scott heading to S.A for a “One Night Only” Concert

Smooth sounds of a dynamic soprano who infuses R&B, spoken word, jazz and hip hop, epitomizes the songstress that is Jill Scott. Airey Scott together with Kaya FM, Mzanzi Magic and Tsogo Sun bring us the The No.1 Lady, for one night only in Johannesburg on the 13 December 2014 at the Coca-Cola Dome.   With over 4 million records sold in the US and numerous awards across music and film over the past decades, three-time Grammy Award winning singer/actress Jill Scott has proven why she is an artist personified. Before being named People Magazine’s Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons, The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late 90s.  In 2000, she released her much anticipated debut record, Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. 1, a double platinum album that earned Scott several Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. Two more critically acclaimed albums followed, Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds, Vol. 2 and The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol. 3 which garnered two more Grammy Awards and spawned multiple worldwide tours.  As an actress Jill Scott has also enjoyed great success, including her appearance in the HBO TV series No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, which was set and filmed nearby in Botswana. This summer Johannesburg will be catapulted into the world of Miss Jill Scott, as she carries her fans along on a melodic live journey with her dynamic voice for one night only this December. Johannesburg audiences will be treated to the full Jill Scott experience at a seated concert at The Coca –Cola Dome. Promoters Airey Scott, known for the recent Kendrick Lamar and 2Chainz SA tours, are excited to finally be bringing Jill Scott out to Johannesburg. ‘Having only ever performed in Cape Town in the past, we felt that it was only right to bring Jill Scott to Johannesburg and offer the market this exclusive experience’ said promoter Stuart Scott. Limited tickets for the seated concert are available at Computicket now. These range from R390 to...

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The age of custom-made: Pretoria designers thrive
Oct21

The age of custom-made: Pretoria designers thrive

New life has been injected into creative businesses in Pretoria since The Brooklyn Design Fair opened its doors at the Brooklyn Square parkade in Pretoria. The Fair takes place on the first Friday of every month from 16:00 until 21:00. And the locals are loving it! In response to the demand for custom-made and non-mainstream living, The Brooklyn Design Fair opened its doors on Friday, 06 June 2014 at the second floor parking at Brooklyn Square, Pretoria. Conveniently, entrance to The Fair is free of charge. Filled with beautiful design, tantalising refreshments and live entertainment, The Fair aims to give young entrepreneurs, local traders and small business owners the chance to showcase their work at a regular pop-up event. “Our goal is to create a platform where our vendors can generate leads, orders and sales,” says Beninca Steyn, one of The Brooklyn Design Fair founders. “Through The Fair we encourage Pretoria residents to be proudly local and support local businesses.” “The Brooklyn Design Fair creates a space for likeminded designers to showcase our products to the Pretoria public with an appreciation for contemporary design,” says P.G Needham, creator and owner of Needham Leather Goods. Inge-Marie Kleynhans, owner of FanFairyTastic, a children’s party and entertainment company, adds that she has not missed a single event; “The Fair has given me wonderful exposure, which has in turn generated countless add-on opportunities for my company.” The next event on Friday, 07 November 2014, themed the NovemBEER & Wine Fair, will offer a variety of craft beer, in addition to fine wine, food, fashion and design. Corlie Schoeman, Cleilap ceramics owner, says that there is only one thing she will change; “The Brooklyn Design Fair should take place more often, at least every second week, because I absolutely love it!” For more information about The Brooklyn Design Fair, please visit www.brooklyndesignfair.co.za or find it...

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Artmode – A Collaboration of Art, Music and Creativity
Oct21

Artmode – A Collaboration of Art, Music and Creativity

Taking place on 13 November 2014 at the Youngblood Gallery in the heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl, Artmode brings artists from all genres together in a collaborative event like no other. The event is supported by World Design Capital, which Cape Town has had the honour of hosting in 2014. As a project that aims to join together some of the top talent across multiple genres of art, music and creativity, all three floors of the Youngblood Gallery will be put to use to showcase a multitude of expressive mediums. Food and drink will also be offered over the course of the event. Artmode provides a platform for both established and budding creatives to express themselves in an environment that aims to inspire the ultimate space to create. The line-up of showcased artists spans across a diversity of styles, mediums, forms and influences. From minimal piano to electronica, to Graffiti Art, mixed media such as skateboard deck design, functional furniture design, live performances, sculptors, painters, dancers and many other acts, attendees will have the chance to interact with artists on the floor throughout the course of the evening. Providing the ideal space for such an event, the Youngblood Gallery was founded in 2010 by Roger Jungblunt, who realised the need to support South Africa’s artistic minds with a space to create and express their talent. The gallery is comprised of multiple floors and a unique open style design that uses light and space to provide a unique backdrop to its showcased projects. Whether it is a live performance taking the imagination to the furthest boundaries, hypnotic electronic beats setting the mood, interpretative dance expressing the range of emotion through movement or contemporary art forms that go beyond the typical forms of art as we know it, Artmode is set to change the face of artistic expression in an event that will unite through the love of art. The line-up of participating artists is growing, with a current list available below. Further details on the gallery can be found at http://youngblood-africa.com. For more information on World Design Capital, please visithttp://www.wdccapetown2014.com....

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T.O.M.S launches cool new store with free public concert
Oct16

T.O.M.S launches cool new store with free public concert

As one of South Africa’s most established music shops, TOMS (The Only Music Shop) a household name of musical equipment, celebrates over 35 years as leaders in their field with a massive day-long celebration at the brand new Rivonia branch on Saturday 1st November. With a star-studded line up of artists performing for the public, TOMS will be throwing this fun-filled day to make customers aware of their new location, after relocating from the gridlocked Sandton CBD to the easily accessible Rivonia. The new venue, now housed at the Rivonia Crossing 2 Shopping Centre in the Sunninghill/Rivonia area, is a stunning location for the store.  TOMS have put considerable resources behind creating a world-class store that is both ergonomic and impressive for existing customers as well as whole new generation of musical fans. The launch day concert is the first step in public engagement.  With stars like Daniel Baron, Newton’s 2nd Law and 1st Project confirmed for the line up. The day will be  hosted by MC and DJ Nick Explicit at the new store with a throw-up stage set up. The activities will start at 9am and continue throughout the day with in-store specials, give-aways and product demos to keep music lovers entertained and informed.  Food and drink will also be on sale. Come join TOMS for a fun day of music and entertainment as they celebrate yet another successful milestone in the companies rich history....

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Anthony Bila: The man behind the lens
Oct15

Anthony Bila: The man behind the lens

By Lindelwa R 1.       Let’s pretend you’re not the creative genius we’re interviewing, what would be the one thing you can’t live without? Well you’re very generous for saying that, I would have to disagree though, I’m no creative genius. One thing I can’t live without? I think we should all be able to live without material tethers or anchors, they in themselves can trap us into certain ways of thinking, so besides food, water & shelter, I can’t think of a single thing I can’t live without, really. 2.       What’s the book you’ve read which changed your life? The book is one that took approximately 1,600 years to write. The book had 66 different writers over that time period who wrote from different vantage points, they were from different walks of life and different social classes and countries even. Yet, this book is flawless, infallible even in the way that it carries the secret to true enlightenment, happiness and understanding our purpose. That book, of course is one inspired by a higher power, it’s the most published book in history despite many attempts to thwart its proliferation, and this book is the Bible. 3.       This next question is a becoming a cliché but, how do you think art can encourage a revolutionary way of thinking, in the youth specifically? I think art, the truest form of it questions all our beliefs, and it interrogates them. One should always ask “why?” And asking “why” isn’t a sign of anything except curiosity and wanting to be more enlightened and gaining understanding to me. So yes, if art is there to express an emotion, to question a system or even to subvert it, art is often a catalyst for change. And art can take so many various forms, music, writing, painting, even the way one lives their lives can be art, it’s everything and anything that is done with a certain finesse, a certain je ne sais quoi. 4.       What do you think us youths need more of from ourselves? We need to be honest enough to say what we really feel, unafraid and brave enough to voice our thoughts about everything and driven enough to act. All to often we as young people we just don’t take enough initiative to change the status quo. South Africa has a 52% population under the age of 23, and that means we are the future but if we do not demand better representation and opportunities of the system and of ourselves, nothing will change. We have to be revolutionaries, and assert change to benefit us since we are the ones that the future...

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Hype Magazine is delighted to announce a decade of being South Africa’s number one hip hop magazine.
Oct09

Hype Magazine is delighted to announce a decade of being South Africa’s number one hip hop magazine.

By Lindelwa Nxumalo HYPE MAGAZINE is delighted to announce a decade of being South Africa’s number one hip hop magazine. Published by Panorama Media Corp, HYPE was created as a tool to uplift the culture and grow the local industry. Consistently at the forefront of emerging talent, the notorious HYPE SESSIONS mixtape has helped launch the careers of some of the biggest artists in our industry. To kick off HYPE’s 10-year celebration, a limited collector’s edition issue debuts on shelves nationwide today 1 October and will be available over the October-November period or until it are sold out, we chat to Editor of the magazine, Simone Harris about the journey. What’s a day in the life of Simone Harris, using 7 words? Busy, insightful, stressful, rewarding, challenging, engaging, fulfilling. So your twitter account. Staying true to your handle @SimmaOne, with only ONE tweet since ’09? How is a queen in the hip hop world so absent from the twitter streets? [Laughs] That was actually a test account. I’m active on twitter through our official handle @HypeMagazineSA. Hip Hop is a male-dominated industry. In Hype Magazine’s decade of existence, how would you say the hip-hop industry has evolved in respect to women’s involvement? In my opinion the number of women in hip hop has always been high if you look at ladies who are doing things in the name of hip hop behind the scenes. Just look at the number of women doing PR, publicity, presenting, photography, journalism, music compiling, management and business. It’s huge and they’re calling the shots in creating big brands out of hip hop artists. I think it has become even bigger in numbers in recent times. When it comes to the actual number of women in the forefront from an emceeing perspective, the lack thereof is a global phenomenon and not unique to SA. Hip hop has always been dominated by men in the forefront and I don’t think it’s going to change any time soon. Hip Hop, in fact, any occupation in the entertainment industry is more than a job – it’s a lifestyle. How did you absorb hype magazine and everything that comes with it into your life, was it a big adjustment? HYPE took over my life from the onset. It wasn’t a job I could walk away from at 5pm every evening. It becomes your life – your overtime, your overdrive. It’s not a big adjustment if your job is something you love and are passionate about. If you do something you love you never see it as a job and that’s been the best thing about working at HYPE over the last decade. I had to learn recently how to shut off and be...

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