AXE Aplifies Big Sean Concert!
Nov04

AXE Aplifies Big Sean Concert!

Delivering on its promise to host powerful music events for fans through its AXEcess.com platform, Axe is expanding Big Sean Live in SA into a bigger and better event for all urban, hip-hop and electronic music fans in South Africa. Now called AXECESS JOZI, the mega-festival is guaranteed to deliver one of 2014’s best music events and will see international urban megastar Big Sean take to the stage alongside South Africa’s best talent. Still to be held on 1 February 2014, the festival will be expanded into a day/night festival and moved to Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg, which will better accommodate the bolstered line-up and, importantly, open up AXECESS JOZI to even more fans. After the amazing response that the announcement of Big Sean coming to South Africa received, loyal fans of the Axe brand will bare witness to the biggest urban music festival in the country. Chart-topping and award-winning artist, AKA, who is also hosting this year’s prestigious Channel O Awards, featuring Da Les, Pro, Ma E and Maggz will be on the bill bringing you the best of local hip-hop. The star-studded line-up will also feature Khuli Chana as he graces us with his presence at the annual event along with the mighty Teargas who will bring their unique and tremendous sound to the mega-festival. DreamTeam will get the crowd amped up for a day of the best music while Reason,the hip-hop prodigy of South Africa, will wow the audience with his insane skills behind the microphone.  All these formidable acts will get everyone up on their feet as they prepare to party hard to Big Sean. A tremendous feat for Axe, it is guaranteed to be a phenomenal gathering of urban music fans from across South Africa to witness the spectacle that will be AXECESS JOZI. Axe is building AXCESS JOZI into a highly anticipated and monumental annual event that will become a staple on the South African urban music calendar. Fans should log on and sign up to AXEcess.com to get ‘AXEcess’ to festival experiences not available anywhere else, Big Sean’s latest single ‘Beware’ ft. Lil’ Wayne & Jhene Aiko from his new album ‘Hall of Fame’ can be heard on radio airwaves around the country. Top stations such as 5FM, YFM, Good Hope FM to name a few are spreading the sound of one of the most played tracks on radio in South Africa at the moment. Follow Axe’s Facebook and Twitter pages closely for announcements on tickets and awesome giveaways and prizes to be won. #AXECESSJozi Tickets are on sale for General – R350, Golden Circle – R550 at Computicket. http://online.computicket.com/web/event/axe_presents_big_sean/765261160 www.computicket.com 086 915 8000 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/axesouthafrica Official Website: http://www.axecess.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/axe_sa...

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Hansa says Cheers to Green Robot Design, the Dreamers.
Oct11

Hansa says Cheers to Green Robot Design, the Dreamers.

Hansa Pilsener salutes Green Robot Design for being dreamers who work hard and make things happen in their latest TV and Radio campaign “Cheers to Dreamers”. We had the opportunity to interview Kgomotso Mautloa the Creative Director of  GRD during these exciting times for them at Green Robot Design. Read the interview after the jump. 1.Hi Kgomotso, I remember hearing you speak about GRD at “I create we create” conference, how do you stay focus as a young person? For the most part I keep focused by never losing focus of the dream that made me start Green Robot Design. It’s always hard to stay focused and not give up, but with enough will power, tenacity and most of all passion it’s easier to take on the day to day challenges. 2.Owning a business as a young person (of colour) seems a big of a step, how have you managed the set-backs and doors being closed on you? I’ve never used or looked at them as set-backs, every experience is a stepping stone. You need to have a positive outlook on everything that you do. A person of colour, it means that you possibly might have a longer journey, but you will get there. I look at where we started and we are. We’re not were we’ve envisioned but we’re not stopping either, we just have to push and break boundaries while we do that. 3.If you were given a chance to speak at 2 lecture venues, one of drop outs and one of graduates-to-be. What would your advice be to each class? Uhm… This is a tricky question as I admire both parties and my advice would be different to both of them. I originally come from the school of the drop-outs but I admire the latter for keeping the focus with their studies. With that said, I think common lesson would be to keep working hard, hard work always pays off, whether it be monetary, experience, meeting people. Just do what you set out to do. 4.Do you still do flyers and do they still pay the bills? Hahahahaha, why would we stop? It’s what we’ve become famous for, they definitely still keep the lights on. It keeps us relevant in those circles. But yes, we still do… 5.After the Hansa campaign ends, where is GRD heading to in 2014 and beyond? 2014 should be an interesting year, we have a lot planned both internally and service offering that we want to offer to our clients. It’s important for us to stay relevant and to stay ahead with the work we do. The ever-changing landscape of the design world keeps us thinking...

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VODACOM IN THE CITY TAKES JO’BURG FESTIVALS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Oct07

VODACOM IN THE CITY TAKES JO’BURG FESTIVALS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

“Jo’burg a-r-e you ready?” screeched spirited front-woman Skin to a sea of 11,000 indie rockers at Friday’s Vodacom In the City in downtown Jo’burg’s Mary Fitzgerald Square.  As Cass’ bass-beat pulsed through the bodies of the sweat-streaked fans, the air was filled with thousands of cellphones held up to capture Skunk Anansie’s long-awaited return to South Africa. As the unofficial headline act of the evening, they thrilled the crowds with Skin’s crowd surfing, cementing the iconic British band’s performance as one of the best ever seen in SA. The whole vibe of the festival was electric!  As the only local act on the line up, Al Bairre played an outstanding opening set, so it’s no surprise that they’d won the Vodacom ‘Open the City’ competition that saw over 18,500 votes from the public. Alternative UK indie rock quartet alt-J were welcomed in traditional alt-J fashion with the crowd displaying the band’s triangle ∆ symbol with their fingers.  When the opening chords of their hit single ‘Tesselate’ echoed off the stage, you couldn’t even hear the band for the crowd singing along. Charismatic Swedish rockers The Hives stole the show in their custom tailored mariachi outfits.  Previously quoted as saying that they ‘hoped the crowds would go crazy’, they were not disappointed – who wouldn’t go nuts to The Hives’ highly rated live show?  ‘Go right ahead’ and ‘Walk Idiot Walk’ were clear favourites and vocalist Pelle Almqvist’s showmanship and scissor kicks went down a treat. The final act of the evening was German DJ Boys Noize, who closed the festival with his techno EDM beats and one final burst of party energy. Presenting sponsor Vodacom’s concert-first free Wi-Fi, recharge stations, sound-proof phone-boxes and photo booths were a hit, as were Jose Cuervo’s Watering Holes that were dotted around the square.  Those who tweeted a hashtag of themselves being a party animal stood the chance to win a signed guitar. Revellers flocked to GWM’s recently launched quirky C20R hatchback for the opportunity to win a tablet with Vodacom data.  Wrapped in the event’s branding, the affordable crossover added a level of fun to the night. Seed Experiences, the award-winning company behind the event, pulled out all the stops to ensure the best consumer experience ever.  Not only did they put the best production and security teams in place, but they installed a 140m bar and booked 300 bar staff to ensure minimum time queuing for drinks to give fans maximum time in front of the stage. Recognised as one of the edgiest and most anticipated music events on the South African calendar, Vodacom In the City 2013 has taken Jo’burg festivals to the next level.  Keep your eye on facebook.com/InTheCityJHB...

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Introducing The First Official Beats By Dre Party “In The City”

The first official Beats By Dr Dre Party will be held in Johannesburg on the 12th of October 2013 at Shikisha, Newtown. Expect top names and explosive beats from artists such as Warras, Sol Phenduka, Thea Lazarusman, Clive Bean and Jerah, as well as a live performance by Pam M. “With Beats, people are going to hear what the artists hear, and listen to the music the way they should: the way I do.” – Dr. Dre Formerly known as Horror Café, Shikisha in Newtown is the perfect place for this extraordinary event in the heart of Johannesburg. The location is superior, lying right next door to the legendary Turbine Hall (the setting of many premier events during Johannesburg Fashion Week). One of the many big talents to be showcased at The Beats in the City includes Warrick ‘Warras’ Stock a.k.a the Shady Lurker. Born in Durban, he attended primary school there while staying with his grandmother. He then moved to Johannesburg as a teenager and quickly adapted to the fast-paced environment. Warras has become one of themost popular music personalities around. Former Yfm Programming Manager Vukile Zondi gave him an opportunity to become a jock in 2007. Starting as a DJ with a new line-up in April 2008, Warras continued to grow ever since. As a reputable DJ and host of Live AMP, this young go-getter is poised to take on the industry. Solomzi Phenduka, also known as Sol Phenduka is a man of many talents, but the one that has grabbed the South African crowds is his music. Sol Phenduka has been making music for close to a decade. Even without anysingles released, the popular YFM breakfast radio jock has created a buzz – getting people talking and dancing to his music. His brand of house music is a verysoulful African sound with influences of Afrobeat and Nujazz. With house music being a very popular genre in South Africa, Sol has always strived to set himself apart and take the road less travelled when approaching his music. Thea Lazarusman is a young poet from Johannesburg, spending years performing in some of the city’s supreme poetry events and venues. He then decided to chase his love for electronic dance music. His 2009 release with Diynamic mainstay Martin Stimming turned out to be a very prosperous debut. The track ‘Funk With Me’ was followed by ‘Change’, and since then Thea Lazarusman has not looked back. He tries to bring a level of seclusion and warmth, offering personal and life experiences that everyone can relate to through his music. Rarely writing down any of his own lyrics, he thrives on free-styling...

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Tierney Fellow Exhibition Lebohang Kganye
Jul30

Tierney Fellow Exhibition Lebohang Kganye

Ke Lefa Laka A solo exhibition by Tierney Fellow Lebohang Kganye Opening: 7 August 2013 8 August – 11 September Walkabout: 24 August, 10h30 The Photo Workshop Gallery The Tierney Fellowship at the Market Photo Workshop  in partnership with the Tierney Family Foundation was awarded to alumni Lebohang Kganye for 2012/2013. The goal of this project is to award an aspiring photographer the opportunity to develop their career and skills through this unique mentorship programme. The Tierney Fellowship creates an ideal space for a photographer to develop such a body of work. Ke lefa laka is Kganye’s first solo exhibition and features work from a year’s research into her family history using family photographs, testimonies from family members as well as personal narratives. She has been mentored by Nontobeko Ntombela and Mary Sibande. For more information, please contact: Molemo Moiloa Market Photo Workshop Tel: +27 (0)11 834 1444 e-mail: molemom@marketphotoworkshop.co.za www.marketphotoworkshop.co.za The Market Photo Workshop is a division of The Market Theatre Foundation. Represent will be there, hope we see you there in honor of Lebohang’s amazing...

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