McCoy Mrubata on his musical Journey
Apr25

McCoy Mrubata on his musical Journey

Saxophonist, flute player, band leader and composer McCoy Mrubata, who is based in Johannesburg, will be going to KwaZulu Natal to head up a quintet consisting of Durban-based talents Neil Gonsalves on keys, Paki Peloeole on drums, Sibusiso Mkhize on trumpet and Ildo Nandja on bass. For the performance at Tatham Gallery Mrubata will perform with a trio consisting of Neil Gonsalves and Paki Peloeole. The exciting band will perform lots of music from Mrubata’s forthcoming album titled: The Brasskap Sessions Volume 2. It is a special treat for the people of Kwazulu Natala because the album is not officially released yet and the audiences will be getting a little preview plus the album will be available for sale at the shows. 1. You will be in Durban performing music from your forth coming album: The Brasskap Sessions Volume 2, tell us more about the album? I started recording The Brasskap Sessions Volume 2 In 2012 and it’s the second one of the Brasskap series after the 2008 release. The Idea of these series is to bring together generations of musicians and make a rich sound that will appeal to the young and old. The series also helps the young to get accustomed to recording sessions early in their careers. 2.  What can your fans expect from it? The Durban fans can expect music that is rich, full of emotions. Most of the songs that we’ll be performing are on the forth coming album and inspired by day to day experiences. 3.  How is it different from your other projects? This album is deferent from the previous albums simply because it’s produced by a young producer and pianist, Luyanda Madope.  Luyanda brings out a fresh energetic and emotional McCoy sound. 4.  Who did you work with on this project? The Brasskap Volume 2 features : Feya Faku , Prince Lengwasa , Jabu Magubane , Paul Hanmer , Tlale Makhene and Louis Mhlanga ,  the great  and a legend  Moses Ngwenya , Peter Sklair , Vuli Yeni , Sipho Ndlovu , Mthunzi Mvubu , Mbuso Khoza, Linda Mzimela , Senzo  Sikhakhane , Sthe Bhengu from the band H3 , Lindiwe Mxolo , Thembinkosi Mavimbela , Lwanda Gogwana , Ayanda Sikade , Sisonke Xhonti and Sandile Gontsana. 5. You will be performing with Neil Gonsalves and Paki Peloeole, what are you most looking forward to? Performing with great musicians like Neil Gonzavles, Paki Peloeole, Ildo Nandja and Sbu Mkhize is going to be good as I enjoy different Interpretations of my music especially when the musicians are outstanding like these gentlemen. 6.  How do you think music has evolved from the days you started to now? The...

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NEW DATE ADDED FOR CAPE TOWN
Sep17

NEW DATE ADDED FOR CAPE TOWN

BASTILLE SA TOUR To the power of 5FM Seed Experiences, in partnership with 5FM, are proud to announce that a new date has been added to chart-topping UK act, Bastille’s upcoming tour to South Africa. Following the tremendous success and unprecedented response to the tour announcement two weeks ago, fans in Cape Town and Johannesburg were overwhelmed with excitement. The first show at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town sold out in under a week, leaving a high demand for tickets to the most highly anticipated show of 2014. Mark off your diaries for Friday 10th of January 2014 at Kirstenbosch Gardens when Bastille will bring Cape Town one more energetic storm of indie rock mixed with some pop without the fuzz in the form of their hit tracks ‘Pompeii’, ‘The Things We Lost In The Fire’ and many more. The second Cape Town date will give even more fans a chance to witness the brilliance of the band whose album Bad Blood reached number one on the UK charts in the first week of release. 5FM and Seed Experiences want to make sure that all loyal Bastille fans have the chance to see the powerhouse quartet live for the first time on the African continent. Johannesburg fans must act quickly as tickets are moving at rapid rate for the show scheduled on the 11th of January at Emmarentia Dam. Entertainment powerhouse 5FM is synonymous for bringing the best in music entertainment to their fans and has been at the forefront of supporting Bastille since breaking their single in 2012. It’s also no surprise that award-winning experiential marketing agency, Seed Experiences, would choose a groundbreaking act like Bastille to grow and diversify its portfolio of music events. About the tour venues and dates: Bastille tours SA takes place on Wednesday 8 January 2014 and Friday 10 January 2014 at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden from 19h15.  There will be no bars so fans can bring their own picnic baskets but are reminded that Kirstenbosch is bin free – whatever is brought in must be taken out. Fans are also asked to respect the peace and cleanliness of the residential areas when leaving. Saturday 11 January is a day concert at Emmarentia Dam from 12pm.  There will be food and drink on sale, and people can also bring their own picnic baskets. Children are welcome at both events. Tickets are on sale for only R365 at Webtickets. Cape Town – 8 January 2014 SOLD OUT Cape Town – 10 January 2014: http://www.webticket.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=406080278 Johannesburg – 11 January 2014: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=406080207 Get yours now. Follow Seed Experiences’ Facebook, Youtube and Twitter pages closely for announcements of the stellar local support line-up and other information, and...

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X FEST – THIS WEEKEND AT THE BIOSCOPE
Aug20

X FEST – THIS WEEKEND AT THE BIOSCOPE

From the collaboration that has brought you the successful HorrorFest, and Sound On Screen. Flame Drop Productions and The Bioscope proudly present this special selection of films from previous X Fest events held in Cape Town. With a fun mix of comedy, documentary, and the far out imagination of Harmony Korine, X Fest fest is certainly a one of a kind festival. PROGRAMME The documentary TATTOO NATION. Harmony Korine’s TRASH HUMPERS. Stoner classic REEFER MADNESS & Sexploitation gem PERVERT! WATCH TRAILERS + BUY...

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2nd Annual Jozi International Comedy Festival
Jul21

2nd Annual Jozi International Comedy Festival

The second annual Jozi International Comedy Festival will be taking place at the end of August featuring a diverse line-up of 7 big hitters….Go Go Go… Last year, HuntaLive brought the broadest selection of comedy styles and material ever seen by Johannesburg fans to the Jozi International Comedy Festival, resulting in an annual event, now sponsored by Nando’s. The Nando’s Comedy Festival promises to be the highlight on the Johannesburg Comedy Calendar for 2009. The Festival, which will run over seven days, will consist of an international stand up theatre show – the “UN Comedy Show”, a late-night stand up show “UNhinged” and a local stand-up competition “Comedy Showdown”. The Nando’s Jozi Comedy Festival will run from 17th August to 23rd August 2009 and tickets can be purchased at Computicket www.computicket.com. Tickets are priced from R150 to R220. SHOW SCHEDULES & TIMES: UN Comedy Show: 17th – 21st August (Monday – Friday) at 20h00 (8pm) And 23rd August (Sunday) at 18h00 (6pm) UNhinged: 21st & 22nd August (Friday & Saturday) at 22h30 The UN Comedy Show will be hosted by international comedy icon, Angelo Tsarouchas (Canada), the larger than life, Actor/Comedian, who is without question, Canada’s next “big thing”. Dubbed “The Hitman of Hilarity”, Angelo definitely exudes star power. His trademark mobster resemblance, burly size and no hold back attitude have put him in high demand on the global comedy stage as well as in television and film projects on both sides of the border. Comedy heavy weight Ahmed Ahmed (Egypt) who regularly performs at The Comedy Store in Hollywood and has toured all across the US and Europe will make his debut appearance in South Africa. He was the winner of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for ethnic comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. He has appeared in several films and television shows such as Executive Decision, Swingers, Roseanne, JAG, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, and MTV’s Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher. Comedy legend Steve Best (UK) will wow Jozi fans with his one-liners and props in an extremely visual comedy act. Likened to Steve Martin and Tommy Cooper, Steve has toured with Frank Skinner, Harry Hill, Craig Charles and Omid Djalili. He has performed all around the world including Hong Kong, Norway, The Falkland Islands, Kosovo, Bosnia, Bali, Jakarta and Denmark. After opening for Australia’s top comedian Carl Barron during his SA tour, David Kibuuka (Uganda) will return to the Jozi stage. “Dave” has a unique brand of humour that combines wit and intellect without losing touch with his audiences. He has also opened for the likes of Barry Hilton and John Vlismas on their...

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JHB: Cartoon theatre to blow your mind
Feb28

JHB: Cartoon theatre to blow your mind

Theatre lovers, creative directors, event conceptualisers, directors and animators, make sure to Czech this out! The Black Light Theatre of Prague is bringing Life is Life, its madcap ultra-violet cartoon spectacular, to Johannesburg in March, giving audiences a mind-altering visual treat that will be hard to forget. Bookings at computicket or the theatre office. This acclaimed “cartoon theatre” show from the Czech Republic will be staged at the University of Johannesburg’s Arts Centre from 18 to 22 March 2009, for five shows only. František Kratochvil’s Black Light Theatre of Prague features a 10-member company from the Divaldo Metro, based in Prague, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and culture-rich cities in the world. Using simple graphic lines, created with special ultra-violet light effects, Life is Life engages and challenges the imagination for 90 minutes, astounding, surprising and delighting with its ingenuity. A single line can become a chair, a car, a cloud or a horse – without using a single word, the Black Theatre performers magic up a wonderland of poetry, humour and irony. The show has its origins in the “black cabinet” tradition, which involves characters dressed in black moving against a black background and therefore becoming imperceptible to the human eye. Among Czech theatre practitioners, this illusionist practice has evolved into an artform that strives to express messages in an unusual way. Recognising the potential of the black cabinet technique, sculptor and graphic designer František Kratochvil incorporated drawing with comedy to free the line of its creator and take on a life and personality of its own. The result is cartoon theatre – a non-verbal form of stage craft that enchants children and adults, intellectuals and ordinary people in search of out-of-the-ordinary entertainment. If you loved the quirky Swiss illusionists Mummenschanz at the same venue last year, chances are the interactive animations, dance and pantomime of Life is Life will be right up your alley. Catch this family-friendly show at the UJ Arts Centre in Auckland Park, on 18, 19, 20 and 21 March at 8.15pm, and on Sunday, 22 March, at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from R150, with discounts for students and senior citizens. Book at the theatre box-office or at...

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