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PICS: DJ Black Coffee’s mad house party

By Fifi | 2012-06-25 18:07:36

Our host, DJ Black Coffee, who is Frisco's ambassador for its Wide Awake Shake campaign

 On Saturday evening (from 5pm till about midnight) we were in Parktown, where DJ Black Coffee was celebrating the success of his partnership with Frisco, on the Wide Awake Shake campaign. He’s been going around the country (videos here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvcgcqja1xcV8btP0-_jWWw?feature=watch) mugging celebs and schlebs in order to give them a “wide awake shake”, as we’re told.

We had a great time. SPHEctacular was also on decks at some stage, and he stole the show. We loved the lamb curry and the cute cupcakes, scones and cakes too! We won’t mention the bar!

 Check more pictures below! 
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MTV Base Oasis set to rule Durban July again

By Fifi | 2012-06-21 13:31:30

How do you have a party without this trio these days?

They given the nod as last year’s Best Hospitality Facility at the Durban July, and with MTV Base releasing the list of performers set to rock their marquee on July 6 and 7, it’s hard to see them not winning it again.

Very few people that go to the race event go to put bets on their favourite horses- that’s why hospitality matters more than the goings-on on the course. So securing the biggest stars and catering for your marquee puts you ahead of the pack.

The now indie Pro Kid will let us in on his new material

Without trying to great controversy, it is disappointing that no female artists are on the bill. But MTV Base can still be forgiven, because Donald, Mi Casa, Zakes Bantwini, Teargas, Pro Kid, JR, Lulo Cafe, Black Coffee, Dimplez and DJ Vigilante will be on hand to entertain invitees. The MTV Base Lifestyle Oasis Village will be located in the Ascot Village.

Before all the glitz of the main day, a pre-party will be held at De La Sol at 10pm, and will feature DJs Vinny Da Vinci, Sphectacula & Naves, and again Lulo Cafe.

Partaaaaay!

Tickets are R650 per person at Computicket or for VVIP bookings, people are to email admin@blackincevents.co.za or nick@delasol.co.za

Alternatively call 031 312 9435. MTV Base on DStv channel 322 will also acrry furtehr details.


 

 


 

PICS: Zaki Ibrahim, Sibongile Khumalo, HHP on stage

By Fifi | 2012-06-21 12:59:03

Zaki Ibrahim performs at her album launch at Great Dane in Braamfontein

This may be a little late, but we captured some pictures from different gigs in the past couple of weeks that we wanted to share. Enjoy!

 

Zaki was launching her album Every Opposite

Mam’ Sibongile Khumalo brought along with her a popping voice and new songs. She performed indoors, and unlike the dancing going on outside, where HHP and Lira (she sampled electronic sounds and even did a short cover of Rihanna’s We Found Love) performed, Khumalo had her crowd seated and in silence. That voice is still magic after all these years.

Mam' Sibongile Khumalo performing at the Drum Beat Festival

 

One can never not dance when this man is on stage. This time he performed alongside a choir

Loin Cloth & Ashes opens flagship store

By Fifi | 2012-06-13 11:43:36

All this and more in the flagship store to open at the Maboneng Precinct

We’d like to congratulate Anisa Mpungwe on, what is surely every designer’s dream, opening her Loin Cloth & Ashes flagship store in the Maboneng Precinct in Jozi.

It was announced earlier that the store is opening on July 1, and she couldn’t have chosen a better spot too.

The 28-year-old Tanzanian-born designer said of the exciting news:  “This is a big step for me and a daring move for my label.  I’m thrilled to have found just the perfect spot for people to come shop and try on our clothes. We’ve been working so hard towards this and I’m glad it has finally come. It’s been a divine journey.”

Just last year she left Pretoria to come and open her studio in the Main Street Life building.

Mpungwe picked Anele Mdoda to be the ambassador of the label

The Soil to hit campuses & UGU Festival

By Fifi | 2012-06-13 09:58:32
The trio will be hitting your campus soon

A year since the release of their self-titled debut album The Soil was released, and the talented acapella trio (Ntsika Ngxanga, Luphindo Ngxanga, and Buhlebendalo Mda), have announced they will be hitting four universities nationwide in support of their offering. We like the unofficial competition for the young ears between these guys and The Muffinz. Both have been gathering quite a bit of momentum, and especially in the case of The Soil, through word-of-mouth.

 
 
 

THE DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

20 July 2012 – THE SOIL CAMPUS TOUR – Wits Theatre [starts: 18h00 – tickets: R80 at the door]

10 August 2012 – THE SOIL CAMPUS TOUR – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, PE [starts: 18h00 – tickets R 70 at the door]

17 August 2012 – THE SOIL CAMPUS TOUR – Cape Town Intervarsity Special, CTICC, Marimba Restaurant [starts: 18h00 - tickets R50 at the door]

31 August 2012 – THE SOIL CAMPUS TOUR – UJ Arts & Culture Theatre, Kingsway [starts: 18h00 - tickets R 70 at the door]

On Friday they will be playing on Metro FM with Glen and Unathi, before playing teh UGU Festival in Port Shepstone on June 23.

PICTURES: The Muffinz rock (girls at) Katzy’s

By Fifi | 2012-05-31 11:31:43

All systems go...

 They were one of the most talked about up-and-coming local bands, before they even had media coverage- but now they’re probably set to get quite a bit more.

The Muffinz (Skabs, Greg, Mthae, Simz and Sfiso) had their official album launch at Katzy’s in Rosebank on Wednesday night, to a packed house of screaming young girls- enough to remind one of the current craze surrounding One Direction. Just like the British boy band, The Muffinz have quite a knack of making young lasses weak, and it was for all to see.

Even Ntsiki Mazwai and Nothende (who pitched together) were seen bopping and jumping gleefully in the crowd.

Sfiso Buthelezi with those side-burns is a fan favourite

Through Just Music, the boys have released thei11-track debut effort Have You Heard, and don’t look like they will have much problem selling if this gig is anything to go by.

They performed some of their already popular songs, including “Umsebenzi Wendoda” and Khumbul’ Ekhaya”.

There were a few ladies who looked eager to jump on stage

 

Drumbeat Festival: Strong running order

By Fifi | 2012-05-28 11:21:25

We’ve just seen the running order! Of course it is always “subject to change” when it comes to such gigs, but so far this look sexciting. Nicelys pread through the various stages. See below:

Friday 1 June 2012

 

Jazz stage

17:00 Gates open

20:00 Maleh

21:00 Herbie Tsoaeli

22:00 Trio (Steve Kekana, Babsy Mlangeni and Joe Nina)

23:00 Zahara

00:30 Ends

 

Saturday 2 June 2012

 

Main stage

12:00 Gates open

16:00 Koldproduk

18:00 Selaelo Selota

20:00 Lira

22:00 HHP

00:00 Jazzanova feat. Paul Randolph (Berlin)

01:15 Zakes Bantwini

02:00 Ends

 

Jazz stage

12:00 Gates open

15:00 Taiwa Jazz Band

17:00 Asanda Bam

19:00 Adam Glasser (with Pinise Saul and Bheki Khoza)

21:00 Sibongile Khumalo

23:00 Stimela

00:00 Ends

 

Dance stage/piano lounge

12:00 Gates open

14:00 Karabo Mohlala

17:00 Hot Water

19:00 Vusi Mahlasela and Karen Zoid

21:00 Toya Delazy

23:00 Mi Casa

01:00 Jam session

03:00 Ends

 

Bosso ke m’rapper o jaiva le mapodisa: HHP changes game

By Fifi | 2012-05-23 10:51:12

Jabba is giving us something a lil' different

 

 
Get a load of this! One of our faves, HHP will be headlining the Amstel Golden Hour on June 2, as part of the Drumbeat Ekurhuleni Festival. That’s straightforward, right?
Well, what if we said he will be playing with the Johannesburg Metro Police Department’s very own choir?
 
Said Jabba: “This is absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait to experience the reaction from the fans when we take to the stage. I get to fulfil a long held dream of performing with a large choir.  This collaboration will showcase my music and hip hop in particular in a way never before seen in South Africa.”
 
Meanwhile,  the festival will also see Lira, Zakes Bantwini, Sibongile Khumalo and Mi Casa among others.
 
The Festival starts on Friday 1st June  at 19h00 – late,a nd again on Saturday.
 
Tickets are available from Ticketbreak – www.ticketbreak.co.za or at Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre for R250 General Access

Soul Candi target double platinum for Mi Casa Music

By Fifi | 2012-05-21 16:34:07

 

There’s no argument here: Mi Casa is the most talked about band in the country. It’s no longer TKZee or The Parlotones. Over the weekend, they celebrated their 3 Samas and ALSO, their debut offfering hitting over 40 000 physical copies sold. Now considering file-sharing and other means of getting hold of music nowadays, that’s not half bad- even Gold sales are celebrated.

Label manager Allan Nicoll also hailed it as “a tremendous achievement”, and that the aim is double platinum.

J’Something (a fave with the ladies) said: “ We cannot believe that what started as a random night at a Soul Candi party has now turned into an album with platinum status.  We feel so blessed and forever thankful.”

Also the 3D music video of current singel La Vida is out…

Congrats to them! Onwards and upwards, guys!

 

Simphiwe Dana and KB to rock Expresso

By Fifi | 2012-05-17 12:43:23

She’s been a little quiet of late, what with all the bad press surrounding her activities off-stage, so we were a tad surprised that Simphiwe Dana will be performing with a band on SABC 3′S breakfast show Expresso, next Thursday.

She is writing and has started gradually experimenting in studio, so it may still be too soon for any new material from a prospective follow-up to Kulture Noir (arguably her best effort yet), so the presumption is that she will play one of the popular songs off the 2010 album.

Two days before her appearance will be KB Motsilanyane’s turn to rock the SABC 3 breakfast show’s stage. She will perform “Run Free”- the title track.

 

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