WORLD PREMIERE OF “AFRICAN METROPOLIS” AT DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Jul16

WORLD PREMIERE OF “AFRICAN METROPOLIS” AT DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Filmmakers unite in the recognition of your  fellow craftsman. This is the world premier of “African Metropolis”, brought to you in association with the Goethe Intitut this showcase focuses on talent honed through dedication, passion and perseverance. Read the full details after the jump… Project highlights directing talent in seven African nations with the presence of the filmmakers / producers. Film screenings, followed by Q&A: 20.07. / Musgrave Theatre / 17H00 21.07. /Blue Waters Hotel / 16H00 23.07. / Ohlange School Hall, Inanda / 16H00 Panel discussion: 21.07. / South Deck Room, 11th floor, Blue Waters Hotel / 09H00 Sundowner: 21.07. / Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel, Pooldeck / 18H00 This year’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will host the premiere of the African Metropolis Short Film Project – seven short films from seven African directors shot in seven African cities. There will be Question and Answer sessions with directors and producers after the screenings on 20 and 21 July, as well as a panel discussion on 21 July. The African Metropolis Short Film Project is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut South Africa and South African executive producer Steven Markovitz, with support from Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam. The short films are set in Lagos (Director: Folasakin Iwajomo), Abidjan (Philippe Lacôte), Kinshasa (Carole Maloba), Dakar (Marie KA), Johannesburg (Vincent Moloi), Cairo (Ahmed Ghoneimy) and Nairobi (Jim Chuchu). The filmmakers’ work shows the face of a modern and cosmopolitan Africa and challenges longstanding clichés about the continent. Peter Machen, Manager of DIFF, says: “We are delighted to host the world premiere of the African Metropolis Short Film Project, which explores and promotes young directing talent from different capitals of the continent. This idea fits perfectly with our own goal of highlighting the emerging African film industry. Click here: The Seven Films...

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Miller Celebrates Ten Years in South Africa With a Massive Weekend Takeover
Jun13

Miller Celebrates Ten Years in South Africa With a Massive Weekend Takeover

Currently stop what ever you are doing and attend to this urgent notice which will be said once and once only. All I want for my Birthday is a BOOMTOWN event – Gotcha, here goes. Miller hereby summons you to an event promising the big guns in Hip-Hop culture and an appearance by US Hip-Hop/Rapper 2Chainz. Get to the awaited news down under. Johannesburg, South Africa – 2013 is a milestone year for Miller. To mark ten years of consistently creating unforgettable FRESH experiences in South Africa, the big guns have been summoned for a celebratory weekend that kicks off on Thursday 4th July 2013, with the Miller 10th Birthday Edition. And who better to grace the occasion than ‘Birthday Song’ rapper 2Chainz. The Grammy nominee and BET/Soul Train Award winner will perform at an undisclosed venue in Joburg Central. Attendance at this leg of the Miller 10th Birthday Takeover celebration is strictly by invite only. A limited run of tickets will be made available via the Miller website www.millersa.co.za and the Miller twitter handle @MGD_SA, including surprise social network sweepstakes and Millers’ official media partners giveaways. All roads then lead to the Vodacom Durban July – the biggest date on South Africa’s social calendar, where Miller has created something of a party institution for itself over the years. In association with 5FM and Vuzu TV, the Miller BOOMTOWN (previously known as the Miller Marquee) is certain to tower above the rest. The entertainment line-up announced earlier this month casts the best in local talent alongside US rapper 2Chainz. Miller BOOMTOWN’s experience will also include a variety of bars, chill areas, food stalls and various branded installation to enjoy. The massive birthday weekender wraps up on a high note at SA’s favourite Sunday chill session, POP BOTTLES on the 7th July, which will take place at the Chris Saunders Park in Durban. Pop Bottles will focus on a proudly SA hip hop line up. Limited tickets are still available for both BOOMTOWN and POP BOTTLES at Computicket. Boomtown VVIP tickets cost R2500, VIP are R1600, General Access tickets R550 and a ticket exclusive to 18-21 year olds at R350 will ensure you don’t miss out. A series of hospitality packages are available, on http://www.computicket.coza. Pop Bottles tickets are also only available online at a standard of R150. Pre-book your ticket at Computicket to avoid disappointment. MILLER is taking over the weekend no questions asked! So make sure you are part of the experience. Catch live updates on Twitter via our handle @MGD_SA and also Miller SA on Facebook. Enjoy Responsibly. Not for Sale to Persons Under the Age of...

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STEVE FATAAR FIRST GUEST IN NEW CONCEPT: MUSIC BOX
Jun12

STEVE FATAAR FIRST GUEST IN NEW CONCEPT: MUSIC BOX

You’re invited to book your space for the launch of iSupport Music Business – The Music Box .  It promises to be an eventful launch featuring a song and a dance. All you have to do is read more after the jump. The team at iSupport Music Business is launching their new concept Music Box on Sunday 30 June 2013 at Afriportico Restaurant, Bat Centre. The entrance fee is R80 and doors open at 2pm. Bookings are recommended on info@isupportdoyou.com or 031 7111 524. Music Box is a monthly event that shows the audience another side of an artist they thought they knew so well. The concept encourages the audience to listen to the stories that the artist has to tell. The artists involved choose to translate the most important sources of inspiration to them. This first edition has an intimate set-up and offers you a peek into the living room of Durban guitarist and musical legend Steve Fataar, where he will tell the story of his live through music. Steve’s interesting and sometimes tumultuous life is like a classic tale of rock n’ roll turmoil, triumph and redemption. As you go on this journey with this fascinating 70-year old musician, Steve will tell you stories from backstage, stories about crazy fans and the brave step he took to leave the music INDUSTRY to actually go play music. During his journey several people he worked with in past and present enter his living room, such as Jerry Kunene, Shomon, Raheem, Dane Fataar and more unexpected surprise guests. Together with his brothers, Ricky and Edries, Steve Fataar helped to make the Flames one of South Africa’s best bands of the 1960s. Formed in 1964, The Flames were “discovered” by Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys while performing in a London club in 1969. One of the first bands signed to the Beach Boys’ label, Brother Records, The Flames recorded their first internationally released album, the following year. The FLAMES whose single “For Your Precious love” was a chart-topper for 13 weeks, Steve has travelled England and America, touring with the Beach Boys. These days he lives and plays in Durban. Crowned a living treasure by the mayor of Durban in September 2000, South African musician and pioneer – Steve Fataar has had the pleasure and success of performing with his family throughout his journey. As part of this new event a You Tube Channel has been initiated under the name MusicBoxDBN on which artists’ anecdotes will be revealed in the weeks before the event. For this first edition of Music Box interviewed Steve Fataar in the living room of his...

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In concert with “Heels over Head”
Apr23

In concert with “Heels over Head”

All-female jazz band Heels over Head from Durban bring an extra special performance at Afriportico Bat Centre, Durban, on Wednesday 1 May. The show starts at 2.00 pm and the entrance is R50. Who are Heels over Head? They are the winners of the Yamaha Young Talent Award in 2010 and were nominated for a South African Music Award in 2011. The funky foursome released their debut album “Could It Be” at the end of 2010, which racked up popular and critical acclaim. Renowned for their suave, sophisticated and sparkling stage presence, the band has found its groove and created a smooth, watertight brand of slinky soul-kissed contemporary jazz. Thulile Zama and Nomkhosi Mazibuko on vocals are joined by Lindelwe Ngonelo on keyboards and piano and Rebekah Pillay on drums to create the easy breezy jazz-pop that has become their signature sound. At the moment the band is working on their second album. Heels over Head aims to build a platform and ask attention for females in music, they have a female manager (Marlyn Knol – iSupport Music Business) and for this performance vocalist/rapper Skye Wanda, guitarist Chillie Stent and also a second female pianist and drummer will be joining the band on stage. For more information  you can contact Marlyn here:...

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Zakes Bantwini & Flavour To Rock Durban With Snoop Lion.
Apr18

Zakes Bantwini & Flavour To Rock Durban With Snoop Lion.

Durban/Lagos, 18 April 2013: South African house sensation Zakes Bantwini (@ZakesBantwiniSA) and Nigerian high life guru Flavour (@flavournabania) are to join the “all star” line-up at MTV Africa All Stars – KwaZulu-Natal, the sensational open-air concert brought to you by MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and KZN Province. Bantwini and Flavour will join US entertainment icon and multi-platinum hip hop star turned reggae artist Snoop Lion (@SnoopLion) aka Snoop Dogg, at the 5-hour open air concert at the stunning Moses Mabhida Stadium, People’s Park Durban on 18 May. After his continental smash hit “Nwa Baby Remix” and his massively successful collaborations with Tiwa Savageand Fally Ipupa, high-life artist Flavour N’abania, aka Chinedu Okoli, continues to be Africa’s most requested artist, regularly collecting frequent flyer miles whilst jetting across the continent and as far afield as USA and Europe.  He’s also become a regular fixture in Dubai and the Far East. Zakes Bantwini is without a doubt South Africa’s most prolific live performer: there is not a single stage in South Africa that this music mogul and leading light on the SA music scene has not killed! His songs “Wasting My Time”, “Bum Bum” and most recently “Karolina” have been burning up airwaves across the continent and have all been remixed by some of the biggest names in house. Speaking on behalf of MTV Base, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, commented, ‘We are delighted to welcome two such popular artists as Zakes Bantwini and Flavour to Durban’s shores for MTV Africa All Stars – KwaZulu-Natal.  With Snoop Lion already confirmed, all eyes are going to be focused on KwaZulu-Natal as we put our hearts and souls into making this the music event of the year!” MTV Africa All Stars – KwaZulu-Natal will air on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and partner TV stations in Africa from Saturday 25 May 2013 (Africa Day). More details of MTV Africa All Stars – KwaZulu-Natal, including additional performers and ticket prices and outlets will be announced shortly. To find out more about the MTV Africa All Stars, please go to www.mtvbase.com, join us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter @MTVBaseAfrica, using the hashtag#AfricaAllStars. Gagasi FM is the official radio partner of MTV Africa All Stars...

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