Friday, 17 November 2017

Feel It and dance to Avi G


‘Avi G feat Lpee – Feel It’ Out Now – http://smarturl.it/ma7llt

Avi G
[Photo Credit - Hemisha Bhana]
Avi G drops the ultimate soundtrack for summer with his catchy new single Feel It featuring Nigerian artist, Lpee.

Listen to ‘Avi G feat Lpee – Feel It’ here: http://smarturl.it/ma7llt  

Creating music since 2007, Joburg-based Avi G is no newcomer to the music scene. Describing his sound as Pop/Hip Hop, Avi G (real name Avarshan Govender) has worked hard on building his career. Honest, his previous single released with his brother Priv Roc, has been his most successful release to date and achieved success across South African campus radio as well as San Diego college radio. The music video for Honest was filmed by Kyle White and received play on MTV locally (watch the music video here).

‘Feel It’ is his latest single release and was been a timeous work in progress. Even though the single took longer than expected to write and record, the time spent to perfect it was worthwhile and the addition of Lpee a perfect finishing touch.

How did Avi G discover Lpee? “It was crazy how we met... I was searching for someone with his sound but didn't even know where to start. I tried Google, different sites but it was so hard to find what I was looking for and have them be in the same area so we could get into studio together to be able explain what I wanted him to do on the track... One day I was scrolling on Instagram and saw one of my friends was in studio with Lpee and they posted a video of them jamming to a track they just did. When I heard Lpee's part I instantly knew that’s what I was looking for and he must have been in my area because he was recording with my friend. So, I reached out to him over Instagram, we met in studio and the rest is history!”

Avi G explains the message behind Feel It, saying “The song is about feeling the vibe with someone you don't necessarily know that well but feel a connection with knowing it’s something special and can't be ignored.” Feel It was written and produced by Avi G and recorded, mixed and mastered at The Yard Studios.

Summer and holiday vibes are around the corner and there’s no better soundtrack to the fun than ‘Feel It’!

Feel It is out now across all digital platforms: http://smarturl.it/ma7llt

[Feel It – single cover art]

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Leven are back!


Listen to their brand new single Here’s To You
Out Now To Download & Stream – http://smarturl.it/LevenHereToYou 

 
Leven are from left to right: Vernon Swart (Drums); Boyagain Friday (Keys); Stan Kruger (Lead Singer);
Rudi Jansen Van Nieuwenhuizen (Lead Guitar); Michiel Kruger (Bass).
PHOTO CREDIT - Henk Steyn Photography

SA rockers Leven drop their brand new single Here’s To You through Gallo Record Company today. Listen to the track here.

The anthemic hit Here’s To You celebrates the five years of experience Leven has crafted as a band to sharpen their sound and deliver their strongest single to date.

Front man, Stan Kruger explains the new writing approach, saying "For this song we decided to write with a message in mind and not always just to please the masses. I wrote this song for my mom who has always been my rock and as a single parent sometimes went to bed hungry just so that my sister and I were fed. We want this single to resonate with people and the parents and caregivers they cherish in their lives"

Formed in 2012 and based in Emalahleni, the band took their name Leven from the Dutch word which means 'to live'. The word came about after the band’s drummer heard it in a documentary and the name stuck from there. That one word perfectly summed the central message their music carried.

Leven released their debut album Fighting Hearts’ as an experimental release, allowing the band to discover and define their sound while developing as a new act. The debut produced singles Fighting Hearts’ and ‘Take It Back’ which achieved some success for the band.

“Listening to their debut album ‘Fighting Hearts’ gives you a bit of insight of what Stan Kruger, lead singer of the band can do with his voice. It is only when you see this band perform live, that you suddenly realise how much talent is hidden in the City of Coal. After the show Ross Learmonth, lead singer of Prime Circle said he became emotional when he heard the band perform.” - Zita Goldswain, Witbank News
(Prime Circle support slot review for Leven in Feb 2014 - https://witbanknews.co.za/7586/leven-rocks-barnyard/)

Early 2014 Leven was introduced to The Hit Lab studio and recorded single ‘Starry Night’ with producers Dale Schnettler (Prime Circle - Drummer) and Howie Combrink (two-time SAMA-nominee in 2015). The single was released in mid-2014 and achieved great success for the group.

Three years later and Leven have taken the time and space to perform more, write more and finally record again.

Why the long wait? "After the first few singles we decided to take stock of where we are personally and after parting ways with a previous company, we decided to work on our sound and what exactly we want to be as a band and 'Here's to you' was the baby we were scared to kick out of the nest. The break was worth it, we have a very clear mind about the future," explains Kruger.

Here's To You was produced by Leven and long-time musical friend, Howie Combrink at his studio The Hit LabRecording took place at The Hit Lab and Stained Oak Studios, with mixing done by SAMA Winner, Gerhard Grobler and mastered by Rogan Kelsey.

Leven’s brand new single Here’s To You is out now across all digital platforms: http://smarturl.it/LevenHereToYou



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Twitter: @musicofleven
Instagram: @music_of_leven

Hugely anticipated series 2 of Amazon Prime Video’s global hit show The Grand Tour fast approaches



As the hugely anticipated series 2 of Amazon Prime Video’s global hit show The Grand Tour fast approaches, Clarkson, Hammond and May, under instruction, look to make a few changes from last year’s series. In a brand new behind the scenes video, Jeremy, Richard and James try to come up with an alternative to last year’s ‘Celebrity Brain Crash’ segment with questionable results. 

Watch the new clip here.

Fans will have to tune in to the return of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video on 8th December to find out if any of the ideas actually make the show! For series 2, the trio have filmed across five continents, visiting more places than ever before including Croatia, Mozambique, Dubai, Spain, Switzerland, Colorado and New York with their giant studio tent being given a permanent home in the Cotswolds. Customers can re watch all of series one anytime on Prime Video and follow The Grand Tour on Facebook, and Twitter to be the first notified of upcoming news.

MIND-BENDING ACTS OF MAGIC AND ILLUSION


 










































The Illusionists Direct from Broadway 
Magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder.


After record breaking runs in New York, London and Asia, The Illusionists Direct from Broadway will be in South Africa for the first time ever, opening at GrandWest on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 for a limited season ending on Sunday, 11 February 2018. The show then moves to Montecasino’s Teatro from Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, 14 February to Sunday, 11 March 2018

“The Illusionists” has shattered box office records across the globe and continues to dazzle audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.  The show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance in this mind-blowing spectacular that showcases the jaw dropping talents of eight of the most incredible Illusionists including award winning New York comedian, Harrison Greenbaum, The Trickster who co-hosted and performed at the official Times Square New Year’s Eve World Wide Webcast in 2010 and 2011 live broadcast to over 250 million viewers around the globe. 

Infusing the old and new world of performance theatre in his magical illusion act, The Escapist, Krendl has performed over 1,200 shows in 12 years and was voted ‘best in show’ for the past 3 years at the international Magic Theater. He has been featured on national television shows and performed on cruise ships and at resorts around the world.

Ben Blaque, The Weapon Master established himself as America’s foremost master of the crossbow after appearing 4 times on America’s Got Talent. His Danger Act made it to the quarterfinals and was then brought back by Howard Stern for the Wild Card Show.  Ben performs incredibly dangerous acts using highly powerful crossbows to shoot various objects. His acts are as thrilling and action-packed as they are entertaining and are sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.

Combining a truly entrancing, poetic approach to card trickery with brilliant dexterity, Korean-born Den Den, The Manipulator’s ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ trickery keeps audiences utterly engrossed, mixing visually beautiful performance with mind bending magic.  This master of manipulation was named Magician of the Year in 2014 by the Academy of Magical Arts and he received the highest accolade from the Society of American Magicians. His award-winning act has marked him as one of the best in the world of manipulation! 

Chris Cox is The Mentalist, a self-proclaimed “mind reader who can’t read minds”. He is making a big name for himself at home in the United Kingdom and soon in South Africa as a funny, confident and charismatic performer; full of energy, warmth and charm. Chris delivers incredible mind-reading stunts with a silly and mischievous sense of fun that leaves audiences astounded, amazed and thoroughly entertained. 

Kalin & Jinger are no strangers to South Africa, having previously performed at Sun City. Mark Kalin, The Showman is one of the most influential magicians of the last decade, bringing his amazing illusions to the stage and on television shows as well as his own experimental theatre in Reno, Nevada. As a young man Mark’s specialty was sleight-of-hand magic, but he later expanded his act, with Jinger Leigh, The Conjuress to include tigers, panthers and sensational, split-second marvels. They even presented the largest stage illusion of all time, vanishing an American Airlines jumbo jet at the Reno Hilton. Working together as Kalin & Jinger, the duo has developed a reputation for their mix of innovative illusions and their distinctive, modern style. They were awarded Magicians of the Year from The Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle), the highest honor in magic, recognizing their unique achievements and charismatic performances A modern sorceress in a very ancient art, Jinger Leigh’s unique blend of elegance and theatricality has redefined the role of the magician.  

As a performance artist and modern interpreter of the art of illusion, Darcy Oakes, The Grand Illusionist transports audiences with his charm, his sleight of hand and logic-defying illusions. He has taken the rich heritage of the magic culture and put a fresh, young and modern twist on the profession. In 2014 Darcy made an appearance before 200 million viewers on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. He impressed both the judges and the audience, catapulting this star much higher than even he had believed possible. In 2016, he made a guest appearance on America’s Got Talent proving once again that the impossible is possible.

Collectively these performers have been seen by millions of people around the world and this production showcases their incredible talents together on stage for the very first time. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance. #Itsanillusion

It’s not an illusion, tickets are selling fast. Book now at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket service centre.   For further information  visit www.showtime.co.za or www.montecasino.co.za or www.grandwest.co.za Special hospitality packages as well as Show & Stay packages available from Montecasino Hospitality & Corporate Events, (011) 3674250 or montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.com. Stay current on the latest news through social media on Facebook Twitter and YouTube.  



Ramkiki Launches it's New Pool Deck



Ramkiki Estate has renovated it's grounds, and guess what? There is a stunning pool deck, with the most beautiful blue pool, a bar and relaxing chairs to soak up the sun.

Ramkiki has always offered the most beautiful grounds for Weddings, events and parties, but now, they have added to their magnificence.

As you walk in, you welcomes by the rounded bar area, where you can enjoy cocktails of your choice. further on is the deck met by the pool. There is a beautiful water feature connected to the pool that adds elegance and a touch of class to the outside venue as a whole. There are tables and chairs, so that you can enjoy your meal with a view, and there are deck chairs so that you can enjoy your time soaking up the sun, whilst watching others swim.

At the launch we were met by the owner, Joe Theron, the manager of the pool deck area and the events coordinator. they were welcoming and excited about the new venue area. They couldn't wait for the news to get out there that it was open for business and ready for patrons to enjoy. What's truly lovely is that you could use the pool if you are a guest, you go and eat a meal or have a full function there. There is enough space to have a function, which I love, because it is hard to find a pool area/deck to have a good party or function. They cater to all your needs, they have a full restaurant, venues and accommodation. Be sure to make a stop there as soon as you can so that you can take in their beauty. 

For more information please go to: http://ramkiki.co.za/






Thursday, 16 November 2017

Cape Town’s top artists to usher in holiday season at festive lights celebration

CITY OF CAPE TOWN

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Photo Cred: Bruce Sutherland


Last night I conducted a successful test switch-on of the festive lights on Adderley Street as we prepare to usher in the holiday season.
I was joined by top Cape Town talents, DJ Ready D, Heavenly Quartez, and members of The Rockets (who are celebrating their 50th anniversary).

These artists form part of an exciting line-up of entertainers set to wow Capetonians next month at the Cape’s biggest, free open-air event.
 Each year thousands of Capetonians and visitors enjoy the celebration. This event is indeed a key example of how we are building an inclusive city as we come together to enjoy safe fun and the best in local entertainment.

 The performers set to take the stage at the annual City of Cape Town festive lights switch-on from 16:00 on Sunday 3 December 2017 include:

  • Baby Boy
  • Paxton (Idols finalist)
  • Soul Kulture  
  • Heavenly Quartez
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Vicky Sampson
  • Craig Lucas (winner of The Voice South Africa)
  • Jimmy Nevis
  • Freshlyground
  • The Rockets and Friends (celebrating 50 years)
  • DJ Reddy D
  • MC: Joe Barber and Boeta Gamat

The Grand Parade and surrounding streets will be energised by a shining line-up of fan favourite music acts, ahead of the eagerly awaited illumination moment at 20:30. The concert will end with a spectacular 3D video mapping display. As always, the first crossing in Adderley Street will carry a brand new light attraction that this year will spark the 2017 theme: Cape Town celebrates summer.

 The festive lights switch-on is always a highlight on the city’s annual events calendar, as it is a wonderful family occasion for young and old to enjoy.  Attracting not only local residents, but visitors from afar, all are met with a warm and true Capetonian reception – something the city has now become known for around the world, as Cape Town celebrates its status as the ‘Events Capital of Africa.’

 Rounding out the line-up will be the winners of the City’s Festive Lights Challenge music video competition, now in its second year. Chosen by Capetonians through an online public voting system on Indi.com, the winning up-and-coming artist or band will perform at the festival on 3 December and also receive a fantastic cash prize of R10 000. Entrants need upload a performance video via the indi.com mobile app and share it to their social channels. The more votes the entrant gets, the higher their standing on the ‘buzz meter’. The artist with the most ‘buzz points’ will be crowned the winner. The Festive Lights Challenge is on until 28 November 2017.

Photo Cred: Bruce Sutherland 

Jembe Tavern celebrates a decade with DJs on decks





Sun Meropa’s vibrant Jembe Tavern celebrates a decade of great entertainment, vibes and food with a super charged party on 24 November 2017. Three top DJs will be hitting the decks to take revelers on a joyride of incredible tracks. In the mix for the party are DJs Lenny T from Thobela FM, Hellen Seabi from Capricorn FM and Lacosta from Energy FM. The party kicks off at 21h00 until late and entrance is free.

Lenny T began his career in 2003 and has worked as a presenter on GL FM, Mangaung FM and Energy FM. He is known for his energetic set night spots, clubs and festivals. A crowd pleaser, he flips between R&B, Soul, Lounge and House music. Female mix master, Seabi hosts the weekend Groove of Capricorn FM on Saturday evenings and is known for her charismatic personality and diverse sets and. Lacosta has been carving a niche for himself as a DJ for a number of years, specializing in deep house and afro house.
“We are thrilled to confirm three top DJs for our party edition this Friday night. Revelers can look forward to a raging party to mark Jembe Tavern’s tenth birthday,” says Raksha Gunpath, PR & Promotions Manager at Sun Meropa.

Jembe Tavern is a contemporary cocktail lounge and night venue that provides a sophisticated setting for friends and colleagues to meet, connect and socialize. Opens at 15h00 from Tuesday to Sunday, Jembe Tavern is indeed a trendy and welcoming venue with personality. The venue features a variety of subtly different areas. Guests can choose to socialize at the crisp new bar, sit at tables, or recline in comfortable lounge chairs on the enclosed patio.

Jembe Tavern hosts regular live entertainment and events featuring popular artists, DJs, comedians, cabaret groups, and bands. In addition to spectacular live entertainment, Jembe Tavern screens all the major sport games on large LCD screens.