Monday, 28 November 2016

GIG GUIDE: Billy the B.U.M’s Fourways Summer Party! 

Billy the B.U.M’s Fourways Summer Party! 
Summer time and the livin’ is easy! It wouldn’t truly be SUMMER without Billy The B.U.M’s Food & Cocktail Bar in Fourways! In partnership with Liberado (the new tequila flavoured beer that captivates the party spirit of Latin America)  on Saturday 3rd December, Billy The B.U.Ms Fourways is bringing the summer heat for the ultimate celebration of the arrival of the ultimate party season! With Vin D on the decks, you can be sure that the jams are gonna be tight! 

Billy The B.U.M’s Fourways knows how to look after you, the tons of awesome prizes up for grab are testament to how seriously they take your happiness.

Summer has never felt this good!  Bookings are advised and can be made by calling Billy the BUM’S Fourways on 011 465 2621  #beliberado



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Monday, 21 November 2016

Fantasy of Light – An extravagant display of light and talent!




The Waterfall Park, located at the Mall of Africa, will soon be home to a magnificent extravaganza of lights, music, exceptional local- and international talent, as well as the best outdoors festive season entertainment ever experienced on South African soil! 

All dressed up and nowhere to go? This year boredom will not reign supreme in the lives of South African families. Because from 25 November 2016 to 24 December 2016, the amphitheatre at the country’s leading retail giant will be transformed into a spellbinding wonderland of extraordinary lights and visual effects, festive decorations, music and an unforgettable stage production that grandparents, parents and cool teenagers will enjoy just as much as the smaller children.

A majestic, nine-meter-high set by Juan Boshoff, 104 colourful costumes, 22km of twinkling fairy lights, a giant stage, an acre of captivating festive ornaments with cheerful lighting, a unique 160m waterfall of cascading lights.  Add to this world-class concert and you have a dazzling experience like never before.

The ambience set by the original festive music composed by the internationally acclaimed composer, Brendan Jury and music producer Bernadette Vercellino, creates the perfect backdrop to a humoristic fantasy with a gripping story line and characters that will conquer your heart straight away. Outstanding choreography by Weslee Lauder and cheerful outfits by Delene Holt, Heidi du Toit from Hollywood Costumes and Mercedes de Bruyn, gives life to this pantomime-brainchild of one of our most famous actresses and directors Lizz Meiring, along with renowned designer Juan Boshoff and producer Rudi Kesting from Production Projects.  A very talented cast complements this high-quality production, which will leave audiences wanting for more.  

This festive spectacular offers a fun-filled, once in a lifetime experience for young and old. Shows will guests will be amazed by a 70 minute show, transporting them to a gripping wonderland full of holiday cheer. Tickets can be booked through Computicket at R120 per adult entry, while kids under eighteen years of age and seniors will only pay R80.


Secure parking is available and tickets will be exchanged for different dates in the case of unpredictable weather circumstances.  

Snacks are available, so bring along your whole family for a fun night out with your favourite holiday characters.  They will entertain you with their witty sayings, memorable songs, and acrobatic dance moves – in a way that you have never seen before. Fantasy of Light is so much more than just another show… it is an experience! For more information, visitwww.theparkwaterfall.co.za



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Friday, 18 November 2016

BORN TO PERFORM GALA CONCERT 2016

BORN TO PERFORM GALA CONCERT 2016

STARS OF TODAY AND BUDDING STARS OF TOMORROW LIGHT UP THE STAGE

The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City
Saturday 10 December at 2pm & 7:30pm


After the sell-out success of the inaugural concert in July last year which also made great waves in the entertainment industry, Born To Perform is back again to stage their annual Gala Concert in December with plans to be bigger than before!

Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 takes place at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City for TWO performances this year, Saturday 10 December at 2pm and 7:30pm.

In keeping with the theme of “Today’s stars performing with the stars of tomorrow”, audiences will delight in seeing The Graeme Watkins Project, chart-toppers Alexandra May and Ashlinn Gray share the stage with the young talent that blew audiences away last year, that being Marianthe Panas, Josh Middleton, The Buzz and Joshua Moreira.

Joining them on stage this year will also be popular Idols finalist Loyiso Gijana singing “Gravity” with 14-year old Keely Crocker from Durban.


This year’s concerts will include the addition of video performances from industry greats Louise Carver and Ard Matthews performing the big Just Jinjer hit, “Shallow Waters” with 13-year old Joshua Moreira.

Isabella Jane and her side-kick Rosie, a big highlight of last year’s Gala Concert, will be the MC for the two performances.

The Born To Perform platform held nationwide auditions and has secured some of the most talented children and teens from around South Africa from all fields of music, dance and musical theatre to join these illustrious performers on stage . 

In this years show Born To Perform will be showcasing excerpts from new Broadway Musicals that are yet to arrive in South Africa such as Hamilton, The Waitress and Once, all with the young performers taking the leads. 

Other highlights will include a Beatles tribute, a nostalgic musical medley from the classical musicals ranging from 1940’s to current day, Nella Fantasia for those liking a classical aria, Name in Lights from The Boy from Oz, Tell Him and others…..

Born To Perform is a platform created by Gemma Donnelly Marinus and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for young budding talented children and teens.

Originally coming from the UK, Gemma has been a major player in the musical theatre industry in SA for over 8 years before opening up an elite performing arts school  (Stageworx School Of Performing Arts) in 2009.  www.stageworx.co.za

Passionate about growing a bright future for our budding artists Gemma and Matthew are heavily involved in training and showcasing the future stars of SA. 

Matthew is best known as the talented drummer for The Graeme Watkins Project, but most recently is fast making a name for himself as “Dream Canvas Productions” - video production company he has recently formed - where he produces music videos and EPK’s for SA artists.  

The combination of Matthew and Gemma has led to the Born To Perform Platform.

The Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 is once again inspired by the annual Royal Variety Show in England. These budding local performers will be teaming up with some of SA’s favourite artists to show the world what South Africa has to offer. 

Says Gemma Donnelly Marinus; “Last year’s show was a huge success and gave rise to many opportunities for our 2015 standouts in a variety of professional mediums this year; from theatre shows to TV appearances, recordings and the inclusion in music videos to name a few. We are welcoming some of these standouts back to the 2016 Gala to now share the stage with the next stream of young talented artist to continue this plan of finding talent, developing it, then developing opportunities for them to shine on professional stages.”


The evening promises to be a dazzling display of song and dance provided by our leading stars alongside a wide array of budding talent.
Here’s just a small taste of what to expect from the new “stars of tomorrow”:


Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 is on stage for TWO SHOWS ONLY at The Lyric at Gold Reef City on Saturday 10 December at 2pm and 7:30pm.
Tickets range from R180 – R220 and can be booked online at www.goldreefcity.co.za or by calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 
011 248 5000 or through Computicket.
Discounts for groups of 10 or more, senior citizens, scholars and students apply. Contact The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000 for more information.
Tsogo Sun Rewards cardholders can enjoy instant savings on ticket prices: 
10% (Gold); 15% (Platinum); 20% (Black).



Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016 has been made possible through the generous support of The CoLab Network, RADA Unearthed, Idea Lab Events, Justine Mac Photography, Hauser Lighting Design and Carmen Collectd Styling.
Follow Born to Perform:
Hashtag : #BornToPerform2016
Twitter: @BornToPerformSA
YouTube: Born To Perform TV
Instagram: borntoperform.world

Enjoy highlights from Born To Perform Gala Concert 2015:
Some behind the scenes on Born To Perform (as shown at A Night With The Stars with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra held in May 2016):https://youtu.be/owjIs6Gw4Mg


Born To Perform Gala Concert Production CreditsExecutive Producers: Matthew Marinus & Gemma Donnelly Marinus
Produced by:                           Stageworx Performing Arts & Dream Canvas Productions in association with RADA Unearthed & The CoLab Network
Director:                       Gemma Donnelly Marinus
Musical Direction:       Gemma Donnelly Marinus, Pieter Ross
Choreography:            Gemma Donnelly Marinus, Mullin Krienke, Trudy Fredericks Dancers Dance School
Creative Consultant:              Bryan Schimmel
Lighting:                          Oliver Hauser of Hauser Lighting Design
Stage Design:                          Idea Lab Events & Oliver Hauser
Costumes:                    Carmen Collectd Styling assisted by Belinda Restall
Video Content:              Dream Canvas Productions 

Stageworx Performing Arts is always looking for new talent for their projects so if you are a young talented teen please send a clip to info@borntoperform.co.za.
For any training establishments, send through some material of your students in action and maybe they can be incorporated in future events! 

For interviews and additional image requests, please contact Collett Dawson of The CoLab Network on collett@thecolabnetwork.com

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Artist Feature: TIMA REECE

Sultry Songstress

TIMA REECE RETURNS!
Comeback album “9” drops 2 December



The fans have demanded and she has listened…..
 
The name TIMA REECE will soon be back on music lovers’ lips when she launches her eagerly anticipated brand new comeback album “9” on 2nd December 2016.
 
Tima along with her team have been hard at work in studio over the past few months fine-tuning an album that she is proud of. 
 
“9” is a fusion of R&B, Soul, Pop and Trap with the nine-track album exploring relationship dynamics including love, loss and most importantly, the resurrection of hope.

This is all close to Tima’s heart, having stepped away from a budding solo career nine years ago after the pressures, constant demands and disappointments of the industry took hold, and depression followed.
 
Not leaving the industry entirely, Tima decided to “take a step back” and perform in shows, corporate events and the like under her birth name, Tia Herman, after having married the equally talented Kurt Herman; now also her business partner on a number of projects.  She has since been one of the most sought after vocalists and vocal coaches since then, working on projects such Idols, The Voice SA and many others whilst also being a reputable show producer along with Kurt, in her own right.
 
Tima literally exploded onto the SA Music Scene at a young age, having been discovered at 15 in the television series Shell Road to Fame. Her first hit single Crazy ‘Bout You was released at just 16 years of age, garnering her a SAMA Best Dance Single Nomination in 2001. The industry and public alike sat up and took notice! A new star was born.
 
She was quickly snapped up by a New York based recording company and at 18, she was on a plane and starting her international recording career. Whilst based in New York Tima had the unforgettable experience of writing with many influential names in the industry, such as Calvin Gaines, Mark Wilson, Mike Mason, and Marc Dorsey – people who have written and produced albums for stars such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. 
 
Shortly after Tima’s return to South Africa from the United States, her debut album was released, with its well-deserved success earning her a SAMA Award nomination in the Best R&B Category in 2004.
 
Hits such as You Should Know and My Body’s Crying further established her as a popular R&B artist and these hits still enjoy high rotation on local radio stations more than a decade later….
 
Says Tima of her return to the solo spotlight; My desire to create music has always been a huge part of who I am. I’ve been writing songs since the age of 11 and I have a whole lot more to say now at the age of 33. I’ve been through a whole lot over the last 9 years, it’s time to pour it out into what I know best; music.”
 
She continues; “My greatest influence is my children. I had a look at my past and realised that if I don’t pursue my dreams and give it my all, when the time comes for me to push my sons towards their destiny, I would have no leg to stand on. I want to be a positive role model for them. A go-getter.”

Tima’s latest offering shows off her silky vocals while a cameo of ProVerb on the trap ballad “Nguwe” brings about the crème of rap innovators. The sultry songstress uses dark and sensual beats that explore a multitude of genres that will appeal to mass audiences.
 
Tima has always enjoyed a close affinity with her fans even during this 9-year hiatus and the excitement from them with the expectations of this new release is undeniable. She looks forward to being on a stage performing for them, soon. For her, it’s one of the best experiences in the world!
 
The album will be released at an exclusive industry event on 29 November and thereafter will be available for public download on iTunes as from 2nd December and other regular music channels.
 
The first single “9” will be released to all radio stations on 2 December so listen out for it and request it with your favourite station.
 
 
#TheAlbum9
 
Follow Tima Reece on: 
Twitter: @timareece
Instagram: tima.reece
 
 
For bookings, contact info@timareece.com
 
For media enquiries and interview requests, contact Collett Dawson from The CoLab Network on collett@thecolabnetwork.com

For radio and music video submission requests, contact Melissa Conradie on mel@melissaconradie.co.za
 
Album Credits:
Executive Producer/s: Tima Reece; Kurt Herman; Llewellyn George
Producer/s: Kurt Herman; Llewellyn George
Recorded at: BluBerry Studios
Mixed and Mastered: Kurt Herman