25th Battle of the Giants All Styles Dance Festival.
Mar26

25th Battle of the Giants All Styles Dance Festival.

Let the energy and rhythm of dance captivate you at South Africa’s premier dance event, the 25th Battle of the Giants All Styles Dance Festival between Friday 11 April and Sunday 13 April at Sun International’s Sun City Resort.   Under the aegis of the South African Dance Teachers Association Stage Branch, the event presents a kaleidoscope of dance forms attracting amateur, championship and professional dance entrants from around the country.   Dancers will compete in Freestyle, Slowdance, Ballroom and Latin, Hip Hop, Showdance, Street Dance Show, Disco Dance, Jazz, Breakdance and Electric Boogie. The Stage branch has opened a para category for disabled competitors as well.   The audience can expect to see a visual feast of colourful, glamorous costumes, dramatic make-up and the dynamism, passion and energy of dance, coupled with expert choreography and dancing.   The high calibre judging panel reflects the importance of the Battle of the Giants on the dance calendar. Judging this year’s contest are Kirsten Dan Jensen from Denmark  who serves on the Presidium of the International Dance Organization, along with a leading panel of South African judges including David Jones, Rudi Smit, Diana Moore, Pacou Mutombo and Craig Bullock to name a few.   The Festival is also a springboard for talented entrants who go on to achieve even greater recognition. The current World Freestyle and Slowdance Champion Kalon Badenhorst is one such example.   According to Bev Wood of the South African Dance Teachers Association Stage Branch, “We encourage each and every participant to reach their goals and strive to reach new heights in their dancing achievements. I know that the dancers will create another spectacular and successful Battle of the Giants and at the same time, climb the ranks of World dancing.”   Each day of the Festival dancing will begin at 9am. Tickets are available from Computicket at R75 per person per day, and R80 for the Grand Final on Saturday evening. Discounts are available for children under 12.   For more information about Sun City’s special accommodation packages contact Dreams on (011) 217 5555, or E-maildreams@suninternational.com or log into www.suninternationaldreams.com.   DATES             Friday 11 April to Sunday 13 April 2014 TIMES              From 07h00, dancing starts at 09h00 daily. Grand Final at 19h00 on Saturday 12 April 2014 VENUE                        Sun City Superbowl TICKETS          Booking at Computicket. Tickets from R75 daily, R80 each for Saturday night, discounts are available for children....

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Soul Superstar Joss Stone to Perform at Carnival City.
Mar05

Soul Superstar Joss Stone to Perform at Carnival City.

Hard to believe in a couple of weeks British Soul singer Joss Stone will be performing her smash hits at Carnival City. Read the full press release below, and get your tickets ready.   Multi-platinum selling British soul singer Joss Stone will be performing for one night only at the Carnival City Big Top Arena on Wednesday, 2 April. With six albums and over 14-million in sales worldwide under her belt, Stone has made an impression on fans of soul music. With her latest release The Soul Sessions Volume 2, Joss shows why she is so highly acclaimed in her genre. Her new album has been described as “vocal poise, passion and power with some great songs and an artist at the peak of her powers”. Her childhood musical influences were Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin and she has emulated their soulful style of singing.  Joss enjoyed early success when in 2001, at the age of 13, she won the BBC Television talent show Star for a Night and also won Steps to the Stars. In 2003 she signed a recording contract with S-Curve Records and released The Soul Sessions, her multi-platinum debut album which reached the Top Five in the UK Album charts and the Top 40 of the US Billboard 200 chart. To date Joss has won numerous awards including a Grammy and two Brit Awards. Her decade in showbiz has been characterised by her intuitive and freeform approach to music, and by hard-earned experience. In her short young life and already long career, she has performed onstage with the likes of James Brown, Gladys Knight, Solomon Burke, Blondie, Smokey Robinson and Melissa Etheridge amongst others, and has also enjoyed collaborations with Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart. The show begins at 8pm and tickets are available from Computicket between R300 and R680. DATE                     Wednesday 2 April 2014 TIME                      20h00 VENUE                  Carnival City Big Top Arena TICKETS                R300 to R680 each BOOKING            Computicket...

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Represent Review: Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Apr10

Represent Review: Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Around Easter time, Cape Town has a certain air about it. It has nothing to do with Easter egg hunts, bunnies or anything of the sort. Birds seem to chirp, the wind whistles in tune, even the midday cannon ball seems to boom louder. Amidst all this, guitars are tuned, drums are propped up and pianos are reeled in, all in aid of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF). Gosh, you have to be in this city to feel the energy that the CTIJF carries with it (among the international artists that we all look forward to rubbing shoulders with). From the free concert that took place on Wednesday, April 1 – rather than the usual Thursday evenings – the line up was so exciting this year. They went all out for their 10th birthday to bring us a show to remember (and I most certainly do). CTIJF brought us the likes of Zap mama, Pete Philly & Perquisite, Mos Def, Diane Reeves, Freshlyground, Hugh Masekela, Incognito, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Zaki Ibrahim, 340ml, Maceo Parker – to name but a few. Now obviously I’d need to multiply myself to catch every artist or band but since that’s not humanly possible, I can only tell you about what I did manage to catch. On Friday, April 3 I got to see Pete Philly & Perquisite, safely my favourite dutch hip hop duo. This was their second performance at the CTIJF – and I got to see both. I remember falling in love with this band some 3 or 4 years ago. Their sound is so fresh and they are simply perfect together. The flow of Pete Philly’s voice dances on the beat in a way that radiates through your body. And this year, they weren’t any different. I listened to some Goldfish with their ever faithful Cape Tonian sound that never disappoints. But – and this is not to discredit any other artist – the highlight (possibly of the whole festival) was Zap Mama. The leading woman is absolutely beautiful with a voice that I could’ve grown up to and at the same time something my kids will grow up to – it’s timeless, soulful and elevating. Not only can she beat box with the best of them but she completely took us by surprise when she performed a Miriam Makeba song…in Zulu. It was magnificent. On Saturday I started the day early with usisi Abigail Kubheka. She was nostalgic as ever performing classics that I remember hearing when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Zaki Ibrahim started right in the middle of usisi Abigail so I rushed...

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Not in Our Lifetime Concert Give-away
Jul24

Not in Our Lifetime Concert Give-away

Get your party gear on, take back the city and officially make your pledge to the “Not in Our Lifetime” pro-African initiative taking place in Newtown Park next . It’s all about bringing musicians together from across Africa to mobilise citizens to continue to make a difference in our communities and to encourage the positivity we all share about our glorious continent. It’s chipile at R50 but leave your shisanyama’s at home as there will be stalls providing everything you need… We have two double pairs of tickets to give away, simply email editor@represent.co.za with your name, ID number, contact number and email address, and answer the question: Name two of the presenters of the ‘Not in our lifetime Concert’ to be held in Newtown on 3 August. Send your entries before the 31st July and remember. Read all about it below… All in one day for “Not In Our Lifetime” concert – tickets now on sale! MTN SA is proud to announce that it is to sponsor the “Not in Our Lifetime” concert to be held at Newtown Park in Johannesburg on Sunday 3 August 2008. The concert is the second phase of an awareness, educational and fund-raising initiative that was launched on 9 July. ‘Not In Our Lifetime” , which is driven by music, is aimed at spreading a positive message about South Africa and the African Continent. MTN SA is the founding Corporate partner of the initiative. Says Pieter Verkade, Chief Marketing Officer for MTN SA: “MTN has come a long way since its inception and is today the biggest mobile telecoms provider on the African continent. We recently launched our 2010 FIFA World Cup™ campaign, One Spirit One Africa, so we are very happy to celebrate this great continent through one of its strongest roots and one of our passions, music.” The concert line up includes Lungelo, Teargas, MXO, Slikour, Necessary Noize (Kenya), Danny K, DJ Sbu, Kwela Tebza, Tuks, Tic Tac (Ghana), KB, Kalibrados (Angola), Pro Kid, HHP and DJ Cleo. MC’s for the event includes Thomas from Metro FM, Lee from Yfm and Shugasmakx. The concert is about bringing artists from across Africa together to share one stage and unite in pledging their support to changing the world around us. It will take place at Newtown Park (adjacent to The Bassline ) in Newtown. Tickets, priced at an affordable R50 each are only available through Computicket. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the “Not In Our Lifetime” initiative. Gates open early from 9am until 6pm for a full day line up of incredible artists who support the initiative. Refreshments and food...

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Model C Schoolnight on Saturday
Jun27

Model C Schoolnight on Saturday

MTKIDU just wanted to invite you to join us for the Model C Album Launch this Saturday at Fuel. We are very proud, as this is the second release from Team Uncool. here are the details… Lilo | Unsound System present Model cat Fuel Cafe in Newtown. No more songs about girls There are more important things I can’t help it that I’ve changed What’s this love anyway? – Model C It’s all important at UNSOUND SYSTEM when Model C join us live for the album launch of their debut ‘no more songs about girls’. This unique project is a collaboration between Kidu (Nicholas Nesbitt) and his sister Robyn who have been making music since 2006, writing songs based on the entries in their shared diaries. Upfront, honest and endearing, these two allow the outside world into theirs with a mixture of sincere songwriting, heartfelt folk and experimental electronica. Supported by Alex Hing on vocals, keys and songwritting. Leighton Powell on drums. This is one of the freshest live acts on the scene – a rare mixture of emotional warmth, keen observations and musical wizardry. Albums will be on sale for R100 but if you come dressed up in your old school uniform you can get the disk for only R80! Go to… http://www.teamuncool.co.za/ free tracks! Check out the myspace… http://www.myspace.com/iammodelc Visit our Facebook to hear a few tracks or be a fan… http://www.facebook.com/pages/model-c/12484581899 or join the group… http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=48829725525&ref=ts Model C u...

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