Ndlovu Youth Choir “AGT All-Stars” Performance

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: ALL-STARS – “VTR” Episode – (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

I’ve had the privilege of seeing the Ndlovu Youth Choir live on at least 3 separate occasions at corporate gigs, and each time they blew the audience away with their energy, audience interaction and sheer talent!

Image by Mishkah Roman-Cassiem

From humble beginnings, in the Moutse Valley, in rural Mpumalanga to performances at the 94th Academy Awards (Oscars) and across the globe, South Africa’s ever popular and most loved choir, Ndlovu Youth Choir were recently invited to perform at the America’s Got Talent All-Stars competition in Los Angeles earlier this month. The Choir’s exemplary performance was broadcast on NBC Eastern time in the USA on Monday, 23 January 2023.  Local fans can catch the Ndlovu Youth Choir’s performance tomorrow, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 after the NBC broadcast.  Tune in to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday morning after the broadcast.  Website: https://www.youtube.com/@AGT 

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Gregory Porter Performs in sold out concerts in South Africa

One of the greatest voices of our generation, two-time GRAMMY® Award winning singing sensation Gregory Porter returns to South Africa this month for his first solo concert tour ‘An Intimate Evening with Gregory Porter brought to you by Liberty’. He performed in Cape Town at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens today, Saturday, 21 January 2023.

Johannesburg concerts take place at Montecasino’s Teatro on 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28 January 2023 at 8pm.

Brought to you by Liberty and Showtime Management in association with Cape Talk and 702, the SA concert tour dates, including two additional Johannesburg shows, sold out within days of going on sale.

Cape Town based South African singer, actress, storyteller, playwright and inspirational speaker, The One Who Sings (Zolani Mahola) is the opening supporting act at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and local musician, composer, producer and curator Msaki is the supporting act for the Johannesburg concerts.

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Scorpion Kings Summer Tour Kicks Off in Cape Town Next Week

The 3 month long Scorpion Kings Summer Tour kicks off in Cape Town next Sunday, and organisers have confirmed the tour line-up for the various shows.

The  music festival targeting all corners of the country, kicks off in the Mother City next  Sunday at the Grand Arena, GrandWest making stops in Mbombela, East London, Kimberley, North West, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Durban and concluded on Saturday, 25th February 2023, in Jo’burg at the Johannesburg Expo Centre Nasrec.

Alongside Scorpion Kings (DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small), the Scorpion Kings Summer Tour  will feature live performances from some of the country’s hottest artists across various music genres including amapiano, house and hiphop. 

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Cotton Fest Cape Town

Organisers of one of SA’s biggest culture gatherings, Cotton Fest, have announced the full festival line-up for the upcoming show in Cape Town next month. 

The concert, set to kick off the festive season, will feature over 50 of South Africa’s hottest known and emerging Hip Hop and Amapiano headliners talent/artists from both Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively.

Taking place at Paarden Eiland Park on Saturday, the 10th December 2022, the show just surpassed 60% tickets sold.

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Cape Town Jazz On The Lawn

This December, live music lovers are in for a treat with the much-anticipated return of one of the city’s most vibrant and socially interactive jazz festivals, the original (and now official) Jazz on the Lawn. After a decade-long hiatus, the new Jazz on the Lawn Weekender (now planned over two days, 10-11 December 2022) builds on the very successful formula that made it a mainstay on the jazz calendar for a few years running. Jazz on the Lawn is a registered trademark of Uncle Cal Entertainment.

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Cotton Fest is back this March

Organisers of the highly anticipated entertainment and lifestyle gathering, announced the return of the 3rd annual Cotton Fest, which is set to take place in March 2022 in Newtown, Johannesburg. The theme for 2021 is “university and campus” and the organisers have created their very own university of COTTON FEST campus through which the festival will offer a multi-layered university campus experience including a concert, merch, cafeteria, sport area and even lockers for you to store your personal belongings. 
 
With the return of the class of COTTON FEST 2019 and the sophomores from 2020, together with the freshers of 2022, it’s almost time for the graduation of the Class of 2022 at The University of COTTON FEST
 
Known for merging both established and upcoming South African talent,  COTTON FEST not only showcases the diversities in music while fusing the gaps within the different local current movements. With the best South African artists expected to perform over 3 stages, this action packed two-day festival returns to The Station in Newtown on the 19th & 20th March 2022.
Celebrating all South African talent, Cotton Fest not only showcases the diversities in music at large, but it also celebrates various lifestyle elements within our ‘culture,’ including fashion and sport. 
 
THE CONCERT: The COTTON STAGE will feature headline and legacy artists. The Bettr  STAGE will feature the New Wave of young talent. The Jägermeister STAGE will bring the best nights featuring House and Electronic talent, alongside some of the biggest names on the Amapiano scene right now.

SPORTS AREA: A half-court will be set up for basketball fans, along with a skating ramp for skating enthusiasts.

FASHION: Various merchandise hubs will stock unique pieces, limited branded fashion items and other sought after accessories.

CAFETERIA: Food Court will bring you a huge variety of delectable options and several fully stocked bars positioned around the venue.

MORE: There’ll also be photo booths set up for content creation as well as various chill areas to relax, recharge and reboot.

   
“Following the past 20 months that we have all lived through, we are humbled to be back yet again to make an impact in the entertainment industry. With the huge support and backing from artists from around the country, we are ready to kickstart the road back to normality in a positive way, and get the Creator Economy going again” says founder Riky Rick. “ With the industry currently flipped on its head,  Cotton Fest, together with exciting partners hope to bring together the industry, and celebrate the graduation of the first class from the University of Cotton Fest 2022.”
 
In line with current government regulations,  tickets will be limited to 2000 per day. 
 
To ensure the safety of everyone attending the festival, ALL festival attendees – including all staff, partners and performing artists – will need one of the following to gain access into the venue:
 

  • Provide a personal fully vaccinated certificate (either printed or online)
  • Provide a negative PCR test, if only vaccinated with one dose, done within 48 hours of the festival (either printed or online)
  • Do an on-site Rapid Antigen Covid Test if you have not yet been vaccinated, which is available for R150 at the venue.

 
Tickets are on sale at Webtickets and Pick ‘n Pay outlets nationwide. Options include:

  • R200 Early Bird
  • R250 Day Pass
  • R500 Weekend Pass
  • R600 Merch and day pass package 

 
This year, the University of Cotton Fest 2022 is proud to be in collaboration with Bettr.app – Africa’s first digital banking app for creators, by creators — and supported by lifestyle giant, PUMA, iconic Elixir brand Jägermeister and global digital payments leader, Visa.
 
Synonymous with youth culture in SA, the festival will be powered by none other than the iconic South African youth radio station, YFM.
 
For more information, please follow these social media handles:
 
Instagram: cottonfestjhb
Facebook: CottonFestJHB
Twitter: CottonFestJHB
www.cottonfest.co.za

Marvel Universe Live! in South Africa

Marvel Universe LIVE! is a live performance unlike anything fans have ever seen before. Performing in South Africa only in the Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria from Friday, 24 January through Sunday, 09 Feb 2020, this epic arena stunt show has become the adventure no one wants to miss. Tickets are only available from Computicket, the show’s exclusive authorised local ticketing agent.

Due to high demand, four new performances for Marvel Universe LIVE! have been added on Saturday, 08 February 2020 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm and one extra show on Sunday, 09 February 2020 at 2pm. Packed to the brim with some of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes and villains, this new live performance is unlike anything fans have ever seen before.

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Tracy Morgan – No Disrespect South Africa Tour

Legendary comedian, Tracy Morgan, has announced his 2020 No Disrespect world tour which includes three back-to-back shows around South Africa – Cape Town on the 29th May, Durban on the 30th May and Pretoria on the 31st May.

Tickets are available via Ticketpro.

Blu Blood has always been on the forefront of bringing quality entertainment to South African stages and we are extremely honoured to be adding Tracy Morgan to our portfolio.  Tracy is one of the most respected comedians in this field and he adds an exciting element to this year’s social calendar,” comments Blu Blood MD, Osman Osman.  

Tracy Morgan is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and his role as ‘Tracy Morgan’ in seven seasons of NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning, 30 Rock, opposite Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.  His film credits include Paramount’s rom-com film, What Men Want with Taraji P. Henson and The Longest Yard opposite Adam Sandler and he has also lent his voice to hit animations Rio, Rio 2 and the Oscar-nominated, Boxtrolls.   Across his career, he has had stand-up specials on Netflix, HBO and Comedy Central and has headlined comedy tours and festivals around the world.

Morgan can currently be seen in the second season of TBS’ The Last OG, which has recently been renewed for a third season.  He can next be heard voicing the role of Fox in Netflix’s Green Eggs & Ham, as well as Caption Caveman in the upcoming 2020 feature, Scoob.

Tickets for Tracy Morgan’s No Disrespect tour start from R350 and are available through Ticketpro.  The show carries a PG-18 age restriction.

Tracy Morgan: No Disrespect is proudly brought to South Africa by leaders in entertainment, Blu Blood in association with Comedy Central, East Coast Radio and KFM.

 

Tour Dates:

Friday, 29th May @ Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town (8PM)

Saturday, 30th May @ Durban ICC, Durban (8PM)

Sunday, 31st May @ Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria (6PM)


Find Tracy Morgan:
www.tracymorgan.com
Facebook: tracymorgan
Instagram: @tracymorgan
Twitter: @realtracymorgan

Rick Ross in South Africa

South Africa’s premier lifestyle music festival, BLOCK PARTY, is bringing US rapper Rick Ross to South Africa, as part of its December two cities tour. The events hosted in partnership with MTV Base (DStv channel 322) will see Rick Ross first headline a Durban festival in partnership with GagasiFM at the Kings Park Stadium Outer Fields on Saturday, 21 December.  The following day, the “Gold Roses” hit maker will headline the East London, Buffalo Park Stadium on Sunday, 22 December.

Launched four years ago in Johannesburg with a simple idea of providing a world-class platform to celebrate local and international artists, the original Block Party has since become the most sought after ticket in the music scene. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the events were headlined by Black Coffee and now, the Maybach Music boss, Rick Ross, will headline the Block Party.

Ross is renowned for his first global single, “Hustlin’,” which became a smash hit, due to the hypnotic line, “every day I’m hustling,” repeated throughout, which led the single to be certified gold. His music has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart on numerous releases gaining him positive “unexpectedly fantastic” reviews from The New York Times. His latest album Port of Miami 2, features 15 new songs that include hits such as “Gold Roses” featuring Drake, “Big Tyme” featuring Swizz Beatz and “Act a Fool” with Wale.

Port of Miami 2 started me on this journey,” Ross wrote on Instagram. “It’s only right that I bring it back to where it all started. For my day ones to the new ones, this album is for you.”

The Grammy-nominated rapper will bring his hypnotic performances to Durban on Saturday, 21 December and East London on Sunday, 22 December where the Rick Ross Block Party will feature over 20 local artists across house, gqom, amapiano and hip hop genres of music.

Tickets for the Rick Ross Block Party are available at www.webtickets.co.za and/or any Pick n Pay outlets nationwide with prices starting from R345 and doors open at 2PM. The Rick Ross Block Party is brought to you in partnership with MTV Base (DStv channel 322) and GagasiFM.

For more information on the Rick Ross Block Party visit www.blockparty.co.za and follow the conversation @BlockPartySA on social media on TwitterFacebook and Instagram using the hashtags #BLOCKPARTY #RRBP19.

Jason Goliath’s new comedy show “Manstruation: Surviving a Wife”

I attended the media launch of Jason Goliath’s new one-man show, called “MANSTRUATION: Surviving a Wife” on 1 October. The show is on from 2 to 12 October 2019 at the Auto and General Theatre on The Square at Sandton City, Johannesburg.

Jason is one of the very few comedians fondly known for getting away with making audiences laugh at life’s uncomfortable truths. Now having married the love of his life, audiences can prepare themselves for brutally honest and uncomfortable truths around relationships and a whole lot of laughter!

MANSTRUATION is a perfect night out. Whether you are in a short-term or long-term relationship, engaged, married, divorced or single, the show is a must see. Not only does he talk about what he has learned as a married man of 8 months, Jason also weaves in little nuggets of knowledge that he has picked up from strangers at car washes, about the sanctity of marriage.

Jason promises that his show it is not a story about the battle of the sexes. The very construct of the show is unbiased as it makes light of either side in the Jason Goliath way – hilarious and thought provoking. His authenticity and energetic personality will win you over and more than likely, leave you gaping at a thought, then immediately breaking into raucous laughter.

The content of the show talks to various types of relationships, but also the various stages of relationships, the relationships one should stay in and relationships one should get out of.

What should audiences expect? I thought the show was 90 minutes of humourous advice about how to love and treat your partner. It started out with a fair amount of toilet humour but quickly picks up to the more “serious” side of things when Jason starts to talk about marriage and the beauty of relationships.

“After leaving my show, I want people to better understand their situation and start thinking about what they want and where they are going. I want people in amazing relationships to “get out of their own way”. More often we take things too seriously, we have become too sensitive, we over-analyse and have become so selfish. My show offers a deeper understanding and a solution in the way I know best – being funny”.

 

Ticket Price:           R150 via Computicket

Venue:                    Auto and General Theatre on The Square, Sandton City

Dates:                     2-12 October 2019