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Ed Sheeran’s performance officially kicks off Season Two of Apple Music Live – the live performance series that gives the biggest stars in music a stage to connect with audiences around the world.
The star-studded inaugural season of Apple Music Live kicked off in May 2022 with an exclusive livestream of Harry Styles’s One Night Only in New York performance to celebrate the release of his acclaimed album Harry’s House.
Ahead of his Apple Music Live performance, during an interview with Matt Wilkinson to preview the set, Sheeran shared: “I’m really excited. I think it’s going to be a really beautiful night. I think it’ll probably be one of the best shows I’ve ever played for so many reasons.”
Sheeran is one of the top performing artists of all time on Apple Music, with more than 9.5 billion plays globally and 240 million Shazam tags. His smash 2017 single “Shape of You” is the most streamed song of all time on Apple Music, with more than 930 million plays worldwide. More than 45 of Sheeran’s songs have reached No. 1 on the Daily Top 100. His new album, –, (pronounced Subtract) became the most pre-added album on Apple Music of all time, with lead single “Eyes Closed” reaching the Daily Top 100 in 87 countries — his 21st song to reach the top 25 on Apple Music’s Daily Top 100: Global chart.
21 April 2023 saw the House of Rubicon bring to life an authentic celebration of heritage with the showcasing of their latest collection at South Africa Fashion Week.
Commemorating twenty-one years as a style and culture institution in South Africa’s fashion landscape, Rubicon’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection marries the eastern and western influences with African elegance, while paying homage to the reimagined Myth of Origin story about the lost kingdom of Mapungubwe.
Founder and Creative Director, Hangwani Nengovhela draws inspiration from the landscapes and artifacts recovered at the world heritage site. The kingdom’s origins, passed through oral history, tell a tale of three brothers journeying through the region. One brother was inspired to stop and sleep over while the other two traveled on. He awoke the next morning to the breathtaking sight of Mapungubwe’s landscape with it’s beautiful salt pans. This brother went on to establish the kingdom that would later be known as both an economic and cultural trading hub inviting travelers from throughout the continent as well as overseas, including Europe and Asia to make the journey to trade in gold, pottery, beading, and other items that were highly coveted in the great iron age.
This past week, I had the privilege of attending a media trip for the launch of National Geographic’s 4 part series called “Secrets of the Elephants.” We were hosted by the team from Disney+ and National Geographic at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg in the North West Province, South Africa. More about this incredible trip will follow in later posts, including the game drives we experienced, where we saw magnificent, close up elephant sightings.
For now, here’s what you need to know about the broadcast of this truly amazing series.
With today being Earth Day, it was apt for National Geographic to premiere the next instalment of the award-winning Secrets Of natural history franchise. On Saturday 22 April 2023, the four-part “Secrets Of The Elephants” premiered on Disney+ as well as across Africa on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182, StarSat 221).
The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is set to take place from 1 – 9 July 2023, at the Durban Exhibition Centre. This year’s theme ‘My Home, My Way’, will come alive in a symphony of colour, sounds and tastes. Uncover how to reimagine your most treasured space that incorporates your ultimate comfort, entertainment, functional living spaces and a sustainable lifestyle.
This year, the team is re-invigorating the 9-day experience with everything you need to turn your home and garden into your ultimate sanctuary. Discover the latest trends in home decor, technology, sustainability and gardening, try your hand at some exciting DIY, or sample delicious local food and drinks. With something for everyone to enjoy, you’ll be spoilt for choice discovering exhibitors that will inspire innovation and spark ideas to make your home your own.
Along with the show favourites, like the Home Grown Design Fair, the Hirsch’s stand and the Foodie Fair, the Property Pavilion will also be back for the second consecutive year but with even more developments on display and exciting insights and property education delivered by experts from the industry.
As KZN’s biggest home, garden and lifestyle expo, the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show has created a local marketplace of inspiration, creativity, innovation, collaboration, demonstrations, entertainment and craftmanship at its best. The East Coast House + Garden Show brings over 350 exhibitors together for 9 days at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 1-9 July 2023. It’s a one-of-a-kind home and garden experience for shoppers and idea hunters!
In a first for South Africa, Western Cape radio station Heart FM will be adding a new personality to its line-up tomorrow, an entirely Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated radio presenter.
Jay I, is Cape Town’s first AI on-air personality and will be presenting the country’s first fully AI-generated radio show which include an AI-generated playlist, content and features. The show will broadcast in the early hours of Saturday morning the 8th of April 2023 between 01h00 and 04h00. His intellect, personality and opinions are entirely artificially generated.
Jay I is also capable of evolving according to listener preferences, feedback, and other inputs. His voice is a representation of several professional voices tuned to deliver a great voice for radio.
The brand-new production and major world tour of Queen and Ben Elton’s multi award-winning rock musical We Will Rock You, featuring an all-South African cast, crew and band began in Manila, The Philippines in October 2022. After touring Asia, this hit musical opened in South Africa at Montecasino’s Teatro on Friday, 10 March 2023 to critical acclaim and rave reviews.
After the Teatro season closes on 16 April, We Will Rock You moves to the Cape for a four-week season at the Artscape Theatre Centre from Friday, 05 May to Sunday, 04 June 2023. Thereafter the We Will Rock You World Tour continues in various territories abroad. Tickets for the South African seasons remain at pre-COVID prices. Purchase today at www.showtime.co.za or Ticketmaster https://bit.ly/RockYouSA2023
We Will Rock You is not a tribute show, nor does it tell the story of Queen or the legendary Freddie Mercury. Instead, We Will Rock You is a large full scale new vision musical theatre production with its own storyline set to the music of 24 of Queen’s most popular hits, including Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Killer Queen, and the worldwide favourites We are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and of course, We Will Rock You. The show is about a group of bohemians in a dystopian future without musical instruments. A handful of rock rebels, the Bohemians together with society misfits Scaramouche and Galileo, embark on the search to find the unlimited power of freedom, love and the rebirth of the age of rock.
Leading event organiser G21 Entertainment, together with Vertex Events, has announced South African show dates for the legendary super group Boyz II Men, happening later this year.
The tour will kick off in Cape Town on Tuesday, the 31st of October 2023 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest followed by Pretoria at the SunBet Arena, Time Square on Thursday, 2nd of November, concluding in North West at the Superbowl in Sun City on Saturday, the 4th November 2023.
Disney+ released the key art and trailer for the upcoming original limited series “Tiny Beautiful Things” starring Kathryn Hahn and produced by ABC Signature and Hello Sunshine. All eight episodes of the series will be available on Friday, 7 April exclusively on Disney+ in South Africa.
Based on the best-selling collection by Cheryl Strayed, “Tiny Beautiful Things” follows Clare (Kathryn Hahn), a floundering writer who becomes a revered advice columnist while her own life is falling apart.
When we first meet Clare, her marriage to her husband Danny is barely limping along; her teenage daughter, Rae, is pushing her away; and her once-promising writing career is non-existent. So when an old writing pal asks her to take over as the advice columnist Dear Sugar, she thinks she has no business giving anyone advice. After reluctantly taking on the mantle of Sugar however, Clare’s life unfurls in a complex fabric of memory, exploring her most pivotal moments from childhood through present day, and excavating the beauty, struggle, and humor in her unhealed wounds. Through Sugar, Clare forms a salve for her readers – and for herself – to show us that we are not beyond rescue, that our stories can ultimately save us. And, perhaps, bring us back home.