Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Tjiff and Tjaff are coming to Golden Valley





The colorful and loveable characters of KykNet Koowee’s ever-popular Tjiff en Tjaff, are coming to Golden Valley to entertainment and delight their young fans on 17 June 2017. The show features songs and dances from the Tjiff en Tjafftelevision show which will be instantly-recognizable to the young audience.  Fun and interactive, the show incorporates games for the children. Mimi, Tjiff and Tjaff’s friend, serves as a link between the audience and the two main characters. She ensures that the children remain actively involved throughout the performance.

Children will get to meet Tjiff and Tjaff after the show, and have the opportunity to have their photos taken with them. This includes the show, interactive games and the chance to win prizes. The show takes place at 11h00 in the Golden Valley Conference Centre. Tickets available at The Casino Cashdesk for only R50 per person.

For more information contact 023 348 7200 or goldenvalleyinfo@suninternational.com.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Sasha-Lee Davids is Breaking Free at GrandWest



Cape Town born and raised songstress, Sasha-Lee Davids, will light up the stage at the Grand Arena when she brings her show, Breaking Free, to GrandWest on 10 June 2017. Collaborating with her for this one night only concert are Nur Abrahams, James Bhemgee and Celeste Schoeman amongst others.

Breaking Free, under the musical direction of Donveno Prins and produced by Alistair Izobell, serves as a reminder of Davids’ musical journey from SA Idols to becoming a successful artist in her own right. The show was a sellout success during its run at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town in April 2017. 

“We are delighted to host Sasha-Lee Davids on our stage and offer her fans another chance to see Breaking Free,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.
Davids first became a household name during the 2009 edition of SA Idols in which she was a co winner. Shortly after that, she released her debut album, Sasha-Lee. Since then, she has carved a niche for herself in the South African entertainment industry. She has had the opportunity to work with Jamie Jones, lead singer of the Grammy Award winning group All-4-One, on a track entitled, “Before You” and she recently performed in a variety of shows including Divas, Duets and Kaapse Jolamongst others. Davids is currently working on a new album and recently released a single “Forever Yours”.
Tickets to Breaking Free at the Grand Arena are on sale at Computicket, ranging in price from R80 per person.

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Francois van Coke and top local bands Rock in my Taal at GrandWest



Buoyed by overwhelming public demand, legendary South African artist, Francois van Coke collaborates with some of the biggest Afrikaans rock bands for Rock in my Taal at GrandWest on 16 June 2017. The lineup includes van Coke’s band Die Gevaar, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Spoegwolf and Koos Kombuis amongst others.

Van Coke’s fans can look forward to seeing him perform new material from his album Hierdie is die Lewe, released in February this year.
“We are thrilled to have Francois van Coke back at the Grand Arena for what is touted to be the Afrikaans rock event of the year. We are expecting a sellout show as Francois van Coke introduces songs from his new album to his fans and collaborates with some of South Africa’s top rock bands. Don’t wait to book tickets,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest.
During his 13 year music career van Coke has released nine full length albums, three EPs and collaborated with the likes of Jack Parow, Die Antwoord, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Seether (Shaun Morgan) and Karen Zoid. He has received four South African Music Awards (SAMA) and numerous other awards.

Die Heuwels Fantasties, an Afrikaans Alternative Pop Rock group from Bellville, Cape Town, is considered to be the first successful Afrikaans electronic act. The group describes their music as “melodic songs written on acoustic guitar, interpreted with electronic and organic instruments”. Die Heuwels Fantasties was formed in the beginning of 2008 when both Hunter Kennedy and Pierre Greeff’s bands took a break. They formed their own record label, Supra Familias, at the same time.
They are revered for their unique music and their energetic live performances and have gathered a large and wide fan base since their inception in 2008. Die Heuwels Fantasties has played at all the major festivals in South Africa and has shared the stage with notable international acts, including opening for Kings of Leon in 2012.  They have also toured to the Netherlands, Belgium and UK in 2010.

Rock in my Taal at GrandWest kicks off at 20h00. Tickets are on sale at Computicket and are priced from R100 to R350 per person. 

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The official trailer for the critically acclaimed South African film, KROTOA, has been released.








This remarkable drama tells the story of a feisty, bright, young eleven-year old girl (Charis Williams), who is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck (Armand Aucamp), her uncle’s trading partner. She is brought into the first Fort, established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. There she grows into a visionary young woman, who assimilates the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for van Riebeeck, who became the first Governor of the Cape Colony. KROTOA (Crystal-Donna Roberts) ends up being rejected by her own Khoi people and destroyed by the Dutch, when she tries to find the middle way between the two cultures.

KROTOA has already won eight coveted awards, including an Award of Excellence at the International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues and Zero Discrimination; a Best of Show at the Depth of Field International Film Festival; a Platinum Award at the International Movie Awards; a Diamond Award at the Filmmakers World Festival; a Best of Show at the IndieFEST Film Awards; an Award of Excellence Special Mention: Women Filmmakers at the Accolade Global Film Competition; a World Platinum Award at the World Woman Awards and an award for Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival held in New York. The movie has also received six official selections at international film festivals around the globe and was also included in the prestigious Female Eye Festival, which focuses on female filmmakers and stories about women.

The film, written by Kaye Ann Williams and Margaret Goldsmid, was created by a dynamic team of women, with acclaimed filmmaker Roberta Durrant as director and producer. Roberta is the creator of various award-winning South African television series and sitcoms, as well as the children’s film, Felix, which won seventeen international film awards.

KROTOA is inspired by real-life historical events. The scriptwriter tried to stay true to facts and deductions made about her life, having first made a documentary about KROTOA’s life with the help of various historians and cultural advisors like Dr. Yvette Abrahams, Prof Jatti Bredenkamp, Dr. Vertrees Malherbe and Ron Martin. The narrative feature film script is inspired by historical facts and deductions made about her life. Bradley van Sitters and Dorothea Davids advised in terms of the Khoisan language, Khoekhoegowab, which is one of the languages spoken in the film along with Afrikaans.KROTOA’s story was created by a crew of dynamic women. It was imperative that her story not only be told by creatives from the community, but also from a female perspective. This feature film is the culmination of three years of research, scripting and, most importantly, actively engaging with top historians on the subject. Because of the importance of the story the film enjoyed the support and endorsement of The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in association with M-Net and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Every effort was made to honour this heroin’s life and memory,” says Kaye Ann Williams, who created the script for the film as a result of a documentary she produced and directed on KROTOA’s life.

“In comparison to men, very few women have been acknowledged for having an impact on South African history. KROTOA (Eva) is the tragic heroin of this movie. It is not only important to tell her story because of all her great achievements, but it is also necessary to highlight that she was caught between two ways of life and constantly forced to choose between these two cultures. Identity, a sense of belonging and reconciliation are strong, universal themes in this powerful tale. Especially because the identity of someone, who is in between two cultures, is very relevant in any multicultural society,” Durrant adds.

Crystal-Donna Roberts, known for movies such as Endless River, Die Ongelooflike Avonture van Hanna Hoekom and Skeem; as well as television series like 7de Laan, Montana, Vallei van die Sluiers, Getroud met Rugby, Boland Moorde and Byl, plays KROTOA, while SAFTA acclaimed actor, Armand Aucamp - who is renowned for his work in Ballade vir ’n Enkeling and Die Boekklub – portrays the role of Jan van Riebeeck. Jacques Bessenger, Doen Lotz, Marcel van Heerden, Roeline Daneel, Brendon Daniels and Ernest St Clair also star in this critically acclaimed film.   Sy word na die eerste Fort geneem, wat in 1652 deur die Oos-Indiese Kompanjie gevestig is. Hier word sy groot as ’n visionêre jong dame, wat die Nederlandse taal en kultuur so goed verstaan, dat sy ’n invloedryke tolk word vir van Riebeeck – die eerste goewerneur van die Kaapkolonie. Krotoa word egter op die ou einde deur haar eie Khoi-mense verwerp en deur die Hollanders vernietig wanneer sy probeer om ’n middeweg tussen die twee kulture te vind.

KROTOA is a striking tale about a woman, who was prepared to sacrifice everything, to give birth to the great nation we all share today. It not only has a powerful message, which anyone can relate to, but also promises to take moviegoers on an epic adventure back in time. 

KROTOA was produced by the SAFTA Award-winning film company, Penguin Films, in association with kykNET. The film will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 4 August 2017, and is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment. 

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Twitter: @KrotoaMovie
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Hashtag: #Krotoa




Their Finest



 

Release date: 2 June 2017

Age rest.: 13

Running time: 117 Mins

Director: Lone Scherfig

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Rachael Stirling, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory, and Claudia Jessie.

Synopsis: With London emptied of men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole lands herself writing copy for propaganda films that need "a woman’s touch". Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime.



With the country’s morale at stake, Catrin, Buckley and a colourful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin discovers there is as much drama, comedy and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.

KAHN MORBEE RELEASES 4TH SINGLE: 'A GIRL NAMED PARIS'


 
Single Available Now - Exclusive to iTunes and Apple Music for the first week of release-https://itun.es/za/7oIojb
 
 
 
KAHN MORBEE's forthcoming second studio album, A NOISE IN THE VOID, has already seen the first three singles (including the iTunes #1collab with Karen Zoid ‘WE COULD BE DIVINE’) receive a resounding response among fans and media alike. The 4th single from the album, A GIRL NAMED PARIS takes listeners on a journey that was inspired by either myth or fact of Jimmy Hendrix and that special person in his life. Story goes that when Hendrix was asked to name the special person in his life, he referred to Paris, London, New York in reference to him having a love interest in each city around the world where he toured. The synth-driven and delicate electric guitars is a dynamic exchange of variance and harmony with backing vocals from THE VOICE SA S1 finalist EDEN MYRRH that adds another layer to the track in its entirety - in one word, A GIRL NAMED PARIS is pretty - PRETTY AWESOME!
 
Kahn’s album ‘A Noise In The Void’ is set for digital release through Gallo Record Company on Friday 30 June and CD release for Monday 3 July 2017.
 
Watch the teaser video for ‘A Girl Named Paris’ here: https://www.facebook.com/kahnmorbee/videos/10155327727329137/
 
The full music video can be viewed exclusively on Apple Music Connect from 26 May till 2 June 2017.
‘A Girl Named Paris’ is available now to stream on Apple Music and for download on iTunes for 1 week before going live on all other digital platforms – https://itun.es/za/7oIojb
 
 
 

Monday, 29 May 2017

Garth Taylor to perform at Mo-Zam-Bik Gateway




It’s showtime at Mo-Zam-Bik Gateway!  For one-night-only, bring your family and friends for a first-class – and long-awaited – performance by Garth Taylor on Wednesday, 14 June, 2017.
Garth Taylor will be showcasing all his original hits plus some all-time current favourites.
I have a power-packed show planned which includes my latest singles that have been playing across Durban radio,” says an excited Garth Taylor.  “It’s been too long since I last performed in Durban,” he adds.

Garth released his fourth studio album last year.  Made is a 10-track album jam-packed with all original soulful pop and R&B hits and is available to purchase on iTunes and Look & Listen stores.  While the album does boast a bevy of tracks with Garth’s signature soulful sound, fans will also be pleasantly surprised with a few dance tracks.   
Durban-born, Garth Taylor, burst onto the scene in 1998 when he topped the radio charts for five consecutive weeks with Why and this song is still a timeless classic.  This SAMA-nominated singer/songwriter exceptional talent has made him one of SA’s most prominent artists. 
 
Garth has a tremendous stage presence and audiences can expect an unforgettable experience.  His top-class live performances have earned him spots on many big stages around the globe.
The show starts at 20h00 and fans are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.  Tickets cost R60 per person (children under 12 are free / ticket price does not include food). For bookings, call 031 836 1574. 
Mo-Zam-Bik Gateway is located at F183, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga.
 
Social Media Links:
Website: www.garthtaylor.com
Twitter: @TheGarthTaylor
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheGarthTaylor

Friday, 26 May 2017

SA Pop Star, Filipa, releases new single Boys with Girlfriends

 
 
 
 
South African singing sensation, Filipa, releases her new single Boys with Girlfriends to radio today. As the first of six off her upcoming EP entitled Truth, Lies & Boys, the release debuted nationally on 5FM this morning. This follows the success of Little White Lie, which rapidly climbed the iTunes and South African radio charts in 2016/17, amassing over 250 000  streams on Spotify and Apple Music to date through its inclusion on international playlists ‘Discover Weekly’ and ‘Best of Week’.
 
Filipa first broke into the worldwide music scene in 2014 after winning an international Ryan Seacrest cover song competition with her haunting rendition of One Direction’s Story of My Life. This shot her to instant stardom and provided a global platform to release her own debut single Chills on RyanSeacrest.com in 2015 to great acclaim.
 
With fresh and upbeat rhythm, Boys with Girlfriends was written and recorded by Filipa in Los Angeles, in collaboration with acclaimed songwriter, Pam Sheyne ‐ best known for co-writing Christina Aguilera’s global hit, “Genie in a Bottle”, as well as composing songs for Demi Lovato, Seal, Corrine Bailey Rae, Lindsay Lohan, and The Backstreet Boys.
 
“We had a really productive and fun time together,” Pam explains, “Filipa has the whole package; she is a true artist with a signature voice and the drive to Go all the way, not just nationally but internationally too. Filipa knows what she wants and who she is and is a part of the whole process. It’s been a pleasure to work with her on her project with my team, Andy Marsh and Deyder Cintron, and we all have very high hopes for her career.”
 
Boys with Girlfriends, and other tracks on the upcoming EP, also had the honour of being mastered by the late Tom Coyne, who sadly passed away on the 12th of April 2017, and had immense success mastering for Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Adele, Ariana Grande, One Direction, and Maroon 5, winning 6 Grammys and numerous other awards in the span of his career.
 
Filipa has spent much of her time since 2014 working with songwriters and producers from around the world, developing her own unique sound, as well as pushing her musical boundaries to grow as an artist in the process.
 
As with much of her music, this new song was inspired by Filipa’s real life experiences; this time falling for someone who was already in a relationship, and the moral conundrum associated with it.
 
“The song speaks about the awkward moral position you find yourself in when you have feelings for somebody who’s already in a relationship,” explains Filipa, “In my case, the chemistry was clear from both sides, but then, who is actually responsible for calling time on the flirting or interaction? When I started working on the lyrics, I was worried about the public interpretation, but then realized, after speaking to friends, that it’s something that happens more often than we think, and this is me saying that it’s ok to talk about it. We’re all human and, sometimes, fall in love at the wrong time and with the wrong person.”
 
Fans can expect some incredible new material over the next couple of months, as Filipa gears up to release her EP in the middle of 2017, with some surprising collaborations and a tremendous depth to the songs that comprise the EP.
 
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Despicable Me 3 characters will be unleashed at ten Sun International properties this winter

 
 
Fans of the outrageous blockbuster franchise Despicable Me can look forward to rubbing shoulders with Gru and one of his Minions, Mel, at Sun International properties this winter. The colourful characters will be visiting ten Sun International properties to meet and greet their fans in anticipation of Despicable Me 3’s cinematic launch in South Africa on 30 June 2017. The whirlwind roadshow between May and July 2017 is made possible by Sun International, Universal Pictures and UIP South Africa.
 
Buoyed by the response to the Minions’ roadshow to promote their movie Minions in 2015, Sun International looks forward to welcoming fans, young and old, in their droves. Fans will get to meet the famed Despicable Me characters and even have their photos taken with them. Sun International’s teams across the country are also conspiring to make the experiences even more memorable with fun-filled activities and other surprises.
 
Sun International properties set to welcome Gru and Mel this winter include Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom in KwaZulu-Natal (20 May); Meropa in Limpopo (3 June); Sun City in the North West Province (21, 22& 23 July); GrandWest in the Western Cape (8 & 11 July); Carnival City in Gauteng (16 and 17 June); the Wild Coast Sun in the Eastern Cape (2 and 3 July); The Boardwalk in the Eastern Cape (5 July); Golden Valley in the Western Cape (12 July); Windmill in the Free State (14 July) and Flamingo in the Northern Cape (15 July).
 
Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me introduced audiences around the globe to the super villain Gru and his mischievous Minions. After becoming father to orphans Margo, Edith and Agnes, Gru ultimately gave up his life of crime and turned from Super Bad to Super Dad.
 
In Despicable Me 2 Gru was recruited by top agent Lucy to join the Anti-Villain League (AVL). Gru thought romance was out of his reach until he fell hard for his super spy partner, now wife, Lucy. In June 2017 Gru, Lucy and the girls return for a globe hopping adventure featuring new characters and some big surprises.
 
There is a new super villain on the scene whose exploits causes Lucy and Gru to lose their jobs. The Minions who are desperate for a life of crime decide to leave Gru and go off in search of a new Big BOss. We also discover Gru has a twin brother in the shape of Dru – fantastically wealthy, charming and sophisticated and with a head of fabulous golden hair.
 
Despicable Me 3 promises audiences plenty of new story, new characters, new plot twists and Despicable Me  sibling rivalry and all of this delivered with Illumination’s trade mark sweet and subversive style of comedy.
 
 
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Rub shoulders with Gru and his Minion at Sibaya

 
 
Fans of the outrageous blockbuster franchise Despicable Me were treated to a visit by Gru and one of his Minions, Mel, at Sibaya when they visited the resort on 20 May 2017 in anticipation of Despicable Me 3’s cinematic launch in South Africa on 30 June.
 
Fans got to meet the famed Despicable Me characters and even have their photos taken with them. Sibaya made the experience even more memorable with fun-filled activities and other surprises. There was no cost to join the fun.
 
South African movie fans have loved these charismatic characters since they made their debut in the first hit animation, Despicable Me.
Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me introduced audiences around the globe to the super villain Gru and his mischievous Minions. After becoming father to orphans Margo, Edith and Agnes, Gru ultimately gave up his life of crime and turned from Super Bad to Super Dad.
 
In Despicable Me 2 Gru was recruited by top agent Lucy to join the Anti-Villain League (AVL). Gru thought romance was out of his reach until he fell hard for his super spy partner, now wife, Lucy. In June 2017 Gru, Lucy and the girls return for a globe hopping adventure featuring new characters and some big surprises.
 
There is a new super villain on the scene whose exploits causes Lucy and Gru to lose their jobs. The Minions who are desperate for a life of crime decide to leave Gru and go off in search of a new Big Boss. We also discover Gru has a twin brother in the shape of Dru – fantastically wealthy, charming and sophisticated and with a head of fabulous golden hair.
 
Despicable Me 3 promises audiences plenty of new story, new characters, new plot twists and Despicable Me  sibling rivalry and all of this delivered with Illumination’s trade mark sweet and subversive style of comedy.
 
Follow Gru and Mel’s journey using #MinionsatSun on Twitter.
 
 
Photo captions:
Image : Seen here at the event is the Mavundla family;from left to right: Thandi, Winile, Sbonelo and Luyandla

 
 
Image : The Girdharie Family enjoying this very exciting night out; from left to right: Kirthi, Thashil, Nitasha and Jitesh