Ismaël Lô sets fire to Cape Town!
Jan30

Ismaël Lô sets fire to Cape Town!

Senegalese musician, and South African favourite, Ismaël Lô is returning to South Africa to perform at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Series Concerts presented by Kaya FM at the Emmarentia Dam, 2 February, and presented by Heart FM at the Kirstenbosch Gardens, 3 February. Ismaël Lô has performed in South Africa a couple of times since his first tour in 1995, growing in popularity with each visit. With his modern mbalax sound, Ismaël Lô has managed to create an identity as a songwriter that uses his vision and experiences to represent and be a voice for a modern Africa. His achievements and talents are multidimensional and he uses his creative energy in other fields as well. He is a painter and an actor and he uses these to also raise awareness on modern day social issues, for instance, playing a role in Afrique mon Afrique, a musical movie about Aids in West Africa. Unrestricted by national boundaries, Ismaël Lô is a multi-instrumentalist with many diverse influences that include Wolof and Mandingo cultures of West Africa, and the R & B, Folk and Soul produced by the West. Ismaël Lô began his musical career as a solo singer, performing with a guitar and harmonica, and went on to take on the role of lead vocalist and guitarist for the group Super Diamano de Dakar in 1979. He spent the next 5 years as a member of Super Diamano de Dakar, until he decided in 1984 to pursue a solo career. He made a move to Spain and France where he studied and recorded three albums as well as the LP Tajabone for French label Barclay. He has achieved overwhelming success over the years since then. Releasing A-class albums and his performances have become irresistible to miss out on for his fans. He released ISO in 1994, with videos of the songs “Dibi dibi Rek” and “Tajabone” which have been playlisted on South African television which gave his career the push that it needed. Ismaël Lô’s performance is not one you want to miss out on so be sure you catch him at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Series Concerts presented by Kaya FM at the Emmarentia Dam, 2 February, and presented by Heart FM at the Kirstenbosch Gardens, 3 February to see what the hype is about, if you do not know already. Tickets are available before the show and there are limited pre-sale mobile SMS tickets available if you would like to ensure your attendance. The mobile ticket system is easy to use – just follow the below directions: 1) Point your browser to: http://www.oppikoppi.co.za/content/Tickets.aspx 2) Click on the...

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Represent Recommends: Mbongeni Buthelezi
Dec10

Represent Recommends: Mbongeni Buthelezi

Join Dr. Ralf Seippel and international artist Mbongeni Buthelezi for an evening engaging in artistic and social contemporary dialogue @ Seippel Gallery in downtown Jozi on December 11. Click on the flyer for more info. In Ubunthu be plastiki, Mbongeni lets go of the burdens of his childhood a series of paintings that illustrates the ambiguity and deep rooted emotions of an ordinary global, but specifically African childhood.  “When I discovered who I was, I asked myself if my parents ever loved me, I was FREE!  It was a journey of force that speaks the universal language of any childhood” he says.  Stength and dignity characterise this work of mind and soul.  The juxtaposition of a happy colourful childhood next to the real life black and white paintings captures emotion and drama of an ordinary child.  It has the power to arouse curiosity.  He goes on to say the process of painting these pieces was “like a gandaganda dig that made me feel closure and bid farewell to the burdens of my childhood.” Date: 11 December Time: 19h00 – 21h00 Venue: Seippel Gallery, 72 – 82 End street, Doornfontein Contact: hlengiwe@gmail.com/ qhakazalu@yahoo.com...

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BREAKING NEWS: TED Africa in 2008
Nov26

BREAKING NEWS: TED Africa in 2008

We hope as true TEDizens that we bring it to you first and that you remember how we brighten up your lives!  We are delighted to share with you the wonderful news that there will be another TED Africa conference in Africa.  It’s in Cape Town and it’s in September 2008. TED is currently one of THE most important, inspired and visionary movements/organisations/gatherings of our time.  For those not familiar with the awards or the conference, in a nutshell, it’s an annual conference that brings INCREDIBLE people together from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design… “the worlds most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the talk of their lives.”  The tickets are sold out within hours in the states as people hungry for growth flock to grow their minds and worlds.  What’s great is there’s very little bullshit, wool-over-eyes-pulling, smarmy self-help rubbish or wealth promotion – it’s an intelligent, insightful conference, steeped in integrity with meaningful and authentic intentions and outcomes.  Read more about the annual TED awards here.  We have been TEDizens for a while, which is how we know about this first, we share the breaking news below… but for now Representer’s we cannot emphasize more how important it is for you to GO GO GO.  We look forward to finding out who’ll be speaking. NICE ONE!    Dear TEDizens, We’re delighted to tell you that there will be another TED conference in Africa next year and that we hope to make it an annual event on the continent! TEDAfrica will be held in Cape Town, South Africa on September 29-October 1, 2008 (save the date!), and will follow the format of this year’s event in Arusha, Tanzania. The conference will be organized by a wonderful local team with whom we have just signed a license agreement. The four-person team includes TED Fellow Kelo Kubu and the conference will be operated out of a new South Africa-based non-profit organization devoted to promoting a better future for the continent, the “TED Africa Foundation”. We will be supporting the foundation both financially and logistically to help ensure that the event maintains and builds on the quality and success of the Arusha event. Initially we had intended that conference to be a one-off, but we received such enthusiastic feedback that we had to find a way to bring it back and in the summer we invited groups to apply for a license to host the conference. Kelo’s team were one of several who submitted bid and we were stunned by the quality of the proposals. The winning bid included several brilliant ideas to make TED Africa even better, and also featured a strong plan to ensure the event’s financial success and long-term sustainability. We therefore have enormous confidence that the next TED...

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Represent Recommends: A Love for Darfur
Sep12

Represent Recommends: A Love for Darfur

You may remember Tumi’s call for action and support in mid-July, appealing to all SA artists to do their bit to highlight the current horrific situation in the Darfur Region.  Huge props to Tumi who has pursued his calling, gathering the likes of 340ml, the under-heard fabulous vocalist Lois, HHP, Siphokazi and Khethi to join him in concert at “A Love for Darfur” on the 15 September 2007 at Bassline.  Tickets are R100, do your bit friends, Represent Afrika.  Click on the flyer for more:   11 September 2007 – Since 2003 the Darfur region in Sudan, a fellow African country has been plunged into a bloody and disturbing conflict that has seen 200,000 people killed and 2 million displaced according to U.N figures. In scenes frightfully resembling Rwanda, villages have been depopulated, looted, burnt to the ground; non-combatants have suffered dismemberment and brutal killings at the hand of militias.   Acclaimed South African artist, Tumi Molekane together with fellow South African musicians are currently making a public appeal to raise awareness about the plight of the Sudanese people and to assist in providing funds to purchase supplies, medication and food for those who are displaced. ‘A Love for Dar4ur’, a concert taking place on Saturday, 15 September 2007 at  Bassline in Newtown, Johannesburg will see some of South Africa’s best artists unite in showing solidarity to the plight of the people of Darfur, in raising awareness and much needed financial support for tents and vital food supplies. Also a secondary aim is to demystify the idea of benefits or charity, to simplify the process of which one could change a reality by just participating The breath-taking confirmed line-up include Tumi & the Volume , 340ml, Tumi & Papercutt, Zubz, Khethi, Kerryn Rogers , HHP, Levi pon de Mic, Njthapedi, Slikour, DJ Kenzhero, Siphokazi, Koldproduk and DJ Bionic. A series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) will be initiated following the ‘A Love of Dafur’ concert. The PSAs will feature some of South Africans finest actors, television personalities, radio presenters, musicians and high profiled personalities who have been moved by this issue.These PSA’s feature Lebo Mashile, Sello Maake ka Ncube, Kyla of Freshly Ground, Sugar Smaxx of Skwatta Kamp, Andile Carelse, Akin Omotoso, Siphokazi, Lira, Lee Kasumba, Chris Cube, Toni Goroga, 340ml, Khethi and they were directed by Vincent Moloi and will be flighted for the first time at the event. Tumi appeals to his fellow South Africans ‘I am not a soldier, nor am I an aid worker. I am an artist making music inspired greatly by the beauty and troubled disturbances of this soil. Let’s get together and extend our...

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Call for Entries- (RED) Vision@ Vail Film Festival
Aug14

Call for Entries- (RED) Vision@ Vail Film Festival

For those of you familiar with Project RED, you’ll know it’s a movement to raise funds for the fight against HIV/Aids in Africa, one of the main features being the collective of urban brands designing bespoke RED products to fund anti-retrovirals.  The brands include Converse, Motorola and Apple iPod.  The movement is growing and as part of their program, they’re holding a Short Film competition for the Vail Film Festival in 2008.  South Africans this has your name all over it – there are so many up-and-coming film makers around, combined with a subject that is part of our make-up, come on, let’s win this one.  Good thing is, they’re not looking for the usual Disney-style Africaaaaah approach or cliches, they’re wanting refreshing, authentic and optimistic stories. Details here and below: (RED) VISION – Fifth Annual 2008 Vail Film Festival (RED) Short Film Category Submission Guidelines An Emergency Every day, 5,500 Africans die of AIDS. That’s the equivalent of two Twin Towers a day, a tsunami every month. More people die of AIDS in Africa every year than in all the other countries in the world combined. What’s more tragic is that millions are dying unnecessarily. AIDS is a preventable, treatable disease. Two little pills that cost 40 cents a day can keep people with HIV/AIDS alive. In Africa, AIDS is a real emergency. We need a radically new approach to help eliminate it. (RED) – A New Approach (RED) was born out of a passionate belief in our collective sense of strength, justice, humanity and love; that together we have the power and energy to make a difference.  (RED) inspires, connects, and empowers people and business to do what they already do, shop, and do good at the same time.  Buy (RED) and help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Find out more about (RED) and (PRODUCT) RED at www.joinred.com/red. In particular, read the Fact Sheet, FAQ and (RED) Manifesto. The (RED) Short Film Category This year, (RED) and the Vail Film Festival are very proud to offer a special new (RED) Short Film category.   Your film of 3-10 minutes should dramatize one of these two (RED) themes: We are the people we’ve been waiting for Be a good-looking Samaritan It should be: Optimistic Empowering Smart Extraordinary Provocative Irreverent Authentic Don’t: Sell a (PRODUCT) RED product Make the viewer feel guilty Be overtly political Be elitist Be sad Be angry Use violence Submission Guidelines RUNTIME Minimum length of 3 mins. Maximum length of 10 mins. COMPLETION DATE Projects completed after January 1, 2007. PLACE OF ORIGIN Projects may originate from anywhere in the world DISTRIBUTION STATUS Projects must not have distribution PRESSKIT REQUIREMENTS...

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