Friday, 30 June 2017

Qhubeka releases official song, Qhubeka KubaKuba, by Mark Cheyne and Monde Msutwana at the Tour de France


 

South Africa, 30 June 2017  Combining the emotive power of sport and music, Qhubeka is thrilled to have released Qhubeka KubaKuba, Qhubekas new official song, during the team presentation of Team Dimension Data at the Tour de France held on the evening of Thursday 29 June in front of the worlds media in Düsseldorf.
The song was created by South African musicians Mark Cheyne and Monde Msutwana. KubaKuba is a simplification of Qhuba Qhuba, meaning pedal pedal. Its derived from Qhubekas name, an Nguni word that means to progress or to move forward. It was chosen because of Qhubekas belief that bicycles help people move forward  with a bicycle, a person can travel faster and further, and carry more.
You cant be involved in cycling and not know about Team Dimension Data and Qhubeka. I had dreamed of writing a song that Qhubeka would love, says Mark Cheyne, music composer, producer and a keen cyclist.
 


Mark Cheyne paired up with friend and singer/songwriter Monde Msutwana, who is currently voice coaching for The Voice SA, and the duo has produced a song that is Pan-African and very catchyQhubeka KubaKuba can be purchased on the iTunes Store and is also available as a ringtone, with a portion of the proceeds going towards funding bicycles for Qhubekas learn-to-earn and work-to-earn programmes.
 
We were thrilled to hear that our song would be played on the global stage at the Tour de France, says Cheyne. We hope it will bring more awareness to what Qhubeka and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is doing to change peoples lives using bicycles.
 
It was good fun making this track, and its special to make music that is part of a bigger purpose, says Msutwana. We believe pairing our passion for music and for Africa with Qhubekas vision of changing lives with bicycles is a winning combination.
 
Team Principal at Team Dimension Data, Doug Ryder, says sports and music have a shared ability to move, inspire and unite people. Our team is proud to support Qhubeka, and it was an honour to let cycling fans around the world hear Qhubeka KubaKuba for the first time during our team presentation at the team presentation at Tour de France 2017.
 
Riders at Team Dimension Data have had the opportunity to visit Qhubekas programmes to see the difference bicycles can make.
 
This video shows Team Dimension Data experiencing a Qhubeka bicycle distribution event and is set to Qhubeka KubaKuba, Qhubeka's new official song.
 
Daniel Teklehaimanot, Team Dimension Data cycling champion from Eritrea, says, This is a really nice song. It makes you smile when you listen to it and it is special that this song is about our team and Qhubeka. I am sure it will give the guys good motivation at the Tour but we will listen to it at all our races because everyday we ride for Qhubeka.
 
Here are the Qhubeka KubaKuba lyrics:
Qhubeka, Qhubeka, Qhubeka
Qhubeka, carry on, progress, Qhubeka
Qhubeka, moving forward, Qhubeka, Qhubeka
Kubakuba, kubakuba!
Qhubeka! Noma kunga mnyama (Though it may be dark)
Qhubeka! Ungaphel' amandla (Dont lose power/strength)
Qhubeka! Noma kunga nzima (Though it may be hard)
Qhubeka!
Qhubeka! Ungaphel' amandla (Dont lose power/strength)
Qhubeka! Noma kunga nyuka (Though it may be steep)
Qhubeka! Noma kunga mnyama (Though it may be dark)
Qhubeka!
Changing lives - Qhubeka
Never look back, dont slow down - Qhubeka
Changing lives - Qhubeka
Moving forward, carrying on, never look back - Qhubeka!
 
Composed by Mark Cheyne & Monde Msutwana
Featuring Monde Msutwana
Produced by Mark Cheyne
 
Qhubeka KubaKuba is now available to download and stream:
 

For media wishing to have a copy of the MP3 of Qhubeka KubaKuba sent to them, please contact Collett Dawson at collett@thecolabnetwork.com .
 
How did Qhubeka start?
The history behind the organisation is a heartfelt one. In 2004, Qhubeka founder, Anthony Fitzhenry owned a successful IT company. He recognised education is one route out of poverty and wanted to give children in under-resourced communities access to education.
 
One day, Fitzhenry began speaking with a headmistress of a township school. She made him imagine what the life of a child living in a disadvantaged setting was like. She spoke about how the struggle to access education often starts at home for these children. She asked him to imagine being a child in a home where you have to wake up in the dark at 4am, help out with chores, and begin a long walk to school. As he listened, Anthony realised that access to education, wouldnt be resolved by schools computers and internet, but by finding a way to the kids to get to school more easily.
 
Fitzhenry began visiting the homes of the children at the school. As he did this he noticed there were no taxi routes or buses. In fact, there was very little infrastructure available for any transport systems. However, as a cyclist he recognised that bicycles were a low-cost solution.
 
Following this realisation, Qhubeka was born and Fitzhenry began to source bicycles and set up systems where children could do something to earn a bicycle.
 
Thirteen years later, Qhubeka has helped over 80 000 people gain access to schools, clinics and jobs.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
KubaKuba Campaign hashtag                     #KubaKuba
Qhubeka Twitter                              @Qhubeka 
Qhubeka Facebook                          @QhubekaBicycles 
Qhubeka YouTube                           Qhubeka 
Qhubeka Instagram                         @Qhubeka 
 

 
 
About Qhubeka and Team Dimension Data
Qhubeka moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving access to schools, clinics and jobs. Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means to progressto move forward. With a bicycle, a person can travel faster and further, and carry more.
 
Visit www.qhubeka.org for more information.
 
Founded in 2007, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is Africas first World Tour cycling team with bases in South Africa and Italy. The team rides to inspire children to cycle, and raises funds for Qhubeka bicycles. Our shared belief is that bicycles change lives.
 
Visit www.bicylceschangelives.org  for more information.
 
 
The thoughts behind Qhubeka KubaKuba, by Mark Cheyne
 
The song contains the authentic click sound from the Nguni word Qhubeka which features throughout.
 
When composing the song, due to its nature, this click sound had to be considered as part of the percussion and rhythm of the song. Its a unique piece of African culture to share with the world, especially when most commentators are using the English pronunciation of Qhubeka.
 
The sound of a Kora (African harp) is featured in the song. The Kora is an African Mandinka harp built from a large calabash and contains 21 strings  its the highest developed string instrument of Africa. Its a uniquely African instrument that sounds like a mixture of a harp and a flamenco guitar.
 
KubaKuba is a word we made up and is derived from the phrase Qhuba Qhuba which can be translated to mean “carry oncontinue or 'keep pedalling. The idea is that fans shout KubaKuba at the side of the road as cyclists pass as encouragement.

 







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F-Type Jag Convertible to be won at Sibaya this Friday


Sibaya Casino’s outrageously popular Golden Ticket promotion culminates this Friday with the final draw for a Jaguar F-Type Convertible as well as two cash prizes; one of R100 000 and the second for R50 000. The good news is that there is still time to be one of the only 250 lucky Golden Ticket holders that qualify for the final draw.

“We will be giving away six Golden Tickets on Friday, 30 June, bringing the total number of tickets won since this promotion kicked off in July last year to 250. Only Golden Ticket holders will be entered into the draw for the car and cash prizes,” says Janet Pillay, the PR and Promotions Manager at Sibaya.

To stand a chance of winning a Golden Ticket, members of the Sun MVG programme simply have to earn points by playing their favourite tables or slots games at Sibaya from 15h00 on Friday. People with enough points will receive entries to the draws for the Golden Tickets. There will be four draws; at 20h0021h0022h00 and 23h00. The draw for the car and cash prizes will take place amidst great fanfare at 23h30.
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Put a smile on your dial with Fool and the Gang


Forget the weather and put a smile on your dial with Fool and the Gang at Carnival City this winter. The outrageous gang of funnymen hit the stage at the Mardi Gras on 15 July 2017. In the mix are Isaac Gampu, Jay Boogie, Qatha Khuzwayo, Ntosh Madlingozi and Pele Pele. This is a multilingual show jam packed with authentically South African humour so there is something that will hit the note with everyone in the audience.

Isaac Gampu headlines the show and will also be in the driver seat as host. He is well known on the entertainment scene both as an actor and comedian. He has acted in SABC 1’s sitcom, Him, Her and the Guys. He has also been part of the widly popular Blacks Only Comedy series by David Kau.
The hilarious ensemble will hit the stage at 20h00, with the doors to the Mardi Gras opening earlier at 19h00. Tickets are available at Computicket and are priced at R120 per person.

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Michael Mabunda wins a Ranger


Venturing off road and driving cross country is going to be more fun than ever before for Michael Senotse Mabunda (third from left). He is the lucky winner of the rugged 2.2 Ford Ranger in the Carousel’s Timeless Classic promotion. With him are Kevin Brett, Gaming Manager, Demi, the Carousel’s Promotions Girl and Gregan Jackson, the MC.

The Timeless Classic promotion, which concluded on the 24th of June, was exclusive to Sun MVG cardholders. Members simply had to earn points playing their favourite slots and table games at the Carousel to qualify for draw tickets. Registration at the MVG Desk at the casino is instant and fuss-free, and customers can start earning points straight away.
Sun International recently reinvented its well recognised Most Valued Guest (MVG) loyalty programme to deliver more rewards, exciting benefits and exclusive offers to guests visiting its casinos and hotels in South Africa.

A key enhancement of the new Sun MVG programme is the opportunity it provides to customers to earn both casino and leisure points when playing slots, table games, staying in hotel rooms and dining at selected restaurants and outlets at Sun International properties. Casino Points can be used for playback on the slot machines and table games and Leisure Points for hotel accommodation, dining experiences or exciting entertainment.

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R10 000 in cash to be won in Independence Day Beer Pong


Beer Pong at The Boardwalk’s Bravo Bar kicks up a gear for America’s Independence Day on 4 July 2017. There is R10 000 in cash up for grabs for Beer Pong winners, as well as fantastic prizes for dressing to the theme.

“Wear stars and stripes or red, white and blue to be in the running for a prize. Celebrate Independence Day at The Boardwalk where you don’t have to be American to celebrate,” says Siphokazi, the PR and Promotions Manager at The Boardwalk.

The fun and games start at 19h00 in the Bravo Bar. Entrance is R50 per person or R100 per team. Entry to the Bravo Bar is for over 18 years old only. Like The Boardwalk on Facebook www.facebook.com/boardwalk.elizabeth and follow on Twitter @TheBoardwalkPE.

Winter holidays are anything but grey at GrandWest


Winter holidays turn from grey to colourful at GrandWest where there is a kaleidoscope of choice of entertainment for young people from 30 June 2017 to 23 July 2017. GrandWest’s multipurpose events venue, Sun Park will be transformed into Fun Park – a vibrant playground with thrilling rides and activities to enjoy. Amongst the rides to try during the holidays are theSpiral Jet, Ferris Wheel, Swings, Horse and Aeroplane Rides, Dizzy Barrels, the Aeroplane Carousel, Barrel Swings, Toy Ride, Bungee Trampolines, Space Gyro, Pedal Go Karts and a Parachute Simulator. Fun Park will be open daily from 11h00 to 18h00 (weather permitting). Entrance to Fun Park is free and the cost per ride is R20.


Another experience not to be missed in July 2017 is The Wonderful World of Disney On Icefeaturing an extraordinary lineup of Disney stories which are brought to life with beautiful costumes, choreography and music. The spellbinding ice spectacle runs at the Grand Arena from 19 to 23 July 2017. Tickets, including family packages, can be booked at Computicket.

Other family friendly activities to enjoy at GrandWest include Magic Bowling, ice skating at The Ice Station, Magic Arcade games, Laser Tag and the latest movies at Nu Metro. 

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Karly V captures the vulnerability of the human heart in debut single Sometimes



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With a knack for getting the party started, Karly V, who has been performing live on the South African circuit for over 7 years and, secretly songwriting in the comfort of her home, has finally decided to release some original music. Her breathtaking debut single Sometimes makes its national debut today, and indicates a promising start in a burgeoning career for the artist at large. 

Growing up in a musical family, a career in the arts was inevitable for the Afrikaans speaking Karly. Placed in front of the piano before she could even walk, the songstress has been entertaining audiences from an early age and began songwriting when she was just 12 years old.

Asked why it’s taken her so long to release her original music, Karly explains, “Throughout the years I did a lot of recordings. A lot. I even recorded a proper album that was never released because of unfortunate circumstances. I guess one becomes discouraged after a few disappointments, but I've finally summoned up the courage to do this thing full on.”

With all her experiences culminated in this single, Sometimes is Karly’s finest work to date.

That being said, Sometimes was conceptualised when the singer was still in High School, steadily evolving into what it is today. The song shares the wavering relationship experienced with ones own emotions.

“Most people feel a bit stuck in their emotions and guilt sometimes, not knowing how to express or fix certain things,” she says. “This song is about that conflict and the process I go through to work through the feelings.”
Karly hopes that her music can do for others what music has done for her, her main aim being just to have her songs heard on radio.

She explains, “Music is one of the most powerful things. It can elate you, sooth you, and, most importantly, make you feel like you're not alone in the way you feel or think. I still have many songs to release and a lot of things to say. I also love performing live and I want to perform for massive crowds. That's the dream.”

Sincere in her approach, it is her honesty that makes her songwriting unique. Her songs speak of  tolerance, acceptance and freedom in a world plagued by injustice, flaunting universal appeal. For one who has suffered her own trials and tribulations, Karly doesn’t pretend to be something she is not, stating: “There is no separation between me as a musician and other facets of my life.”

This is only the beginning of a budding career for the singer songwriter, a blank canvas on the verge of becoming a masterpiece.



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More about Karly V:

A daring yet cautious soul, Karly V is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma and the key is music. Your quintessential singer songwriter, it is through song that she becomes entirely vulnerable and her potential is fully realised.

Real name Karlien van der Walt, the South African born and bred musician has been playing keys from an early age, a habit she picked up from her older sister. Despite her sister’s influence, 10 years her senior, Karly pretty much fuelled her own passion for music, insisting on lessons and instruments from a fearlessly supportive family, and for good reason. Karly exhibited a natural talent for the arts.

She was that person, the one asked to entertain guests at family functions, singing in the school choir or readily amusing her friends with personal renditions of popular songs. She started her first band while still in high school. Drawing from her garage band days, Karly has since developed a fully-fledged professional career in music, entertaining crowds across the country. She has a knack for getting the party started and after 7 years of performing live, the entertainer has decided the time is right to release her solo debut single, Sometimes.

Moving full steam ahead, Karly hopes to touch people at a deeper level, inspiring audiences the world over. With a yearning  to travel and experience as much as she possibly can, her aim is personally connect with large audiences.