Buena Vista Social Club and Brand New Heavies have been announced as headline acts for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, 2013, as part of the first 13 confirmed acts. The festival is to take place on Friday, 5 and Saturday, 6 April, 2013, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
28 Nov 2012 10:00
What makes the latest Bond really great is that it is not the traditional Bond. Yes, there's the daredevil and heart-pounding action sequences, magnificent cars, gorgeous girls and tiny gadgets, but Skyfall is ultimately a stirring and emotionally evocative human drama unlike any other; with Bond and M pitted against an unscrupulous villain with a personal agenda and unyielding vendetta. Moving global warfare of epic proportions into the background, Skyfall zones in on an intimate and emotional war zone that strikes all the right chords.
By Daniel Dercksen 27 Nov 2012 09:58
Ray-Ban South Africa has invited local musicians to reignite the spirit of iconic songs from the past seven decades for its 75th anniversary celebrations. Inge Beckmann, Arno Carstens, AKA, Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Beatenberg, Jeremy de Tolly (The Dirty Skirts), The Gugulethu Tenors, Laudo Liebenberg (aKing) and The Plastics have recorded live their own versions of tracks from the 1930s through to the 90s.
26 Nov 2012 12:51
The superb Flemish-Belgian Bullhead (Rundskop) shows that it's impossible to be compassionate in a world of ignorant fools and a misguided loner who does not know how to vent the anger that consumes his humanity.
By Daniel Dercksen 26 Nov 2012 11:03
The University of Cape Town's Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) presents the inaugural Live Art Festival from 30 November to 4 December. Subtitled "Make-up your Mind", the event features more than two dozen emerging as well as established artists from a wide range of fields and aims to be a space for exploring contemporary art.
By Eugene Yiga 26 Nov 2012 10:25
The winners of the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards were recently announced at a ceremony held at The Westin, Cape Town. Restaurants are judged on stringent criteria, taking into consideration their food, service, ambience and other aspects of the eating out experience.
26 Nov 2012 09:45
Gagasi FM is to launch a summer campaign, Illa Ngil Thola Khona, starting with a launch event, The Gagasi FM Beach Festival, on Sunday, 2 December, 2012, at New Beach, Durban from noon. The campaign will include an on-air competition with R140 000 in cash prizes, Chris Brown tickets, and a brand new car.
23 Nov 2012 11:39
Following her sold-out collaboration with Freshlyground's Zolani Mahola, musician Karen Zoid goes Under the Covers for five nights at Cape Town's Theatre on the Bay. The unplugged show features all the songs she wishes she had written herself (as well as a few guilty pleasures), including hits by Lady Gaga, Leonard Cohen, Miriam Makeba, Modern Talking, Beethoven, The Beatles, and Queen.
By Eugene Yiga 23 Nov 2012 11:32
When I heard that Adidas Originals and We-Are-Awesome were bringing The Drums to South Africa for Part 3 of their live performance series, that little place in my belly - the one where we keep the extra cookies, started to bubble with excitement. Upon hearing that it was going to be on the rooftop of the Breakwater parking lot at the V&A Waterfront, I grew ever more excited.
By Mary Fay Everard 23 Nov 2012 10:55
Two thousand extra tickets have been released for Kanye West, when the hip hopper performs as the headline act at the Feel the Beat of Sub-zero Experience on 2 February, 2013 in Joburg. Tickets went on sale through Computicket on Thursday, 22 November, 2012.
23 Nov 2012 10:15
What started as a butter museum by the wives of local Darling dairy farmers in 1978 has become a quaint and interesting museum that is well worth a visit. Although Charles Henry Darling, then governor of the Cape, gave his name of the town founded on Langfontein (now Ormonde Estate), he never visited it. The area was originally called Groenkloof where farms such as Groote Post were used to graze VOC cattle and harvest salt.
By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 23 Nov 2012 09:00
The 2013 Cape Tattoo Expo will be held from 25 to 27 January, 2013, at a new venue: the Cape Town City Hall. Visitors can look forward to big-name international convention "regulars" such as Bob Tyrrell (US), Laura Juan (Spain), Randy Englehard (Germany), Robert Hernandez (Sp/Pol), Mark Bester (UK), as well as the very best that South Africa has to offer.
22 Nov 2012 12:32
I'm addicted to Jack Parow's nostalgia-inducing song I Miss, in which he lists some of the coolest things that kids experienced when growing up in the 1980s and 90s. This song takes me back to summer days spent exploring the neighbourhood on my BMX, rushing home after school to watch shows like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 to 1985), always reciting the show's iconic phrase along with Prince Adam as he held his sword aloft and would say: "By the power of Greyskull ... I have the Power!"
By Charles Siboto 22 Nov 2012 11:51
In the build-up to The Cape Town Festival of Beer (23 to 25 November) 10 bloggers received home-brewing kits from Keg King to begin their blogger brew master competition. Although the brewing kit comes with all the necessary instructions some went off the beaten track and decided to get creative. Almond was added, coriander, orange peel, various fruits and it is still under debate whether or not bubble gum was added to one blogger's brew.
By Jordan Scott 22 Nov 2012 09:53
Music, culture and current affairs magazine Rolling Stone is celebrating a year in South Africa this week. In celebration, the magazine Stone is hosting a night to remember at The Assembly on 24 November, 2012, with a great line-up of artists, including Arno Carstens, Goodnight Wembley!, The Dollfins and Tailor. Tickets are available at the door.
21 Nov 2012 10:33
There's nothing like a good holiday to recharge your batteries. What's not to love about waking up late and spending lazy afternoons sipping sundowners on the beach? Alas, that fantasy will have to wait. Instead, I got nine days of trekking through temples, sailing down the Nile, and discovering the magic of Egypt.
By Eugene Yiga 21 Nov 2012 09:59
The 7th annual MTN Bushfire Festival is to take place from 31 May to 2 June, 2013, in the Malkers Valley, Swaziland. The three-day music and arts festival donates 100% of its profits to charity. This year's line-up, to be announced soon, will once again reflect the best talent the continent has to offer.
21 Nov 2012 09:21
South African-born rock band Civil Twilight will be returning from Nashville, Tennessee for a national tour of their latest album, "Holy Weather", playing in Joburg on 20 December, Durban on 22 December and Cape Town on 28 December, 2012.
20 Nov 2012 12:13
I went to go see Cloud Atlas last week and I'm still uncertain of what I saw, but it moved me like no other movie has since last year's Super 8 - and Lucky Number Slevin (2006) before that. Cloud Atlas is not really a movie in the conventional sense of the word.
By Charles Siboto 20 Nov 2012 10:52
Metallica are to perform two shows in South Africa next year, on Wednesday, 24 April at the Cape Town Stadium and Saturday, 27 April, 2013 at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium, Joburg. The band have sold 110 million albums worldwide and played to millions of fans the world over.
20 Nov 2012 09:42
Cirque du Soleil has announced its return to South Africa with Dralion, performing six shows from 5 March at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town and four shows from 21 March, 2013 at the Coca-Cola Dome, Joburg.
19 Nov 2012 12:00
Through his recent success, 34-year-old, Korean K-pop superstar Psy, has had the president of the United States joke about being able to do his silly horse dance, got him photographed with Ban Ki-moon, and featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, teaching Britney Spears and mums across America his Gangnam Style dance. (video)
By Lebogang Mukansi 19 Nov 2012 09:46
The motoring world has changed profoundly over the last 25 years. OK, I confess to being trained in the old school where I maintained my own cars and when necessary rebuilt engines and gearboxes and anything else that needed repair such as alternators, starter motors, windscreen wiper motors, CV joints, bearings etc. During these years I held the power in my hands!
By Roger Metcalfe 19 Nov 2012 09:26
Although Casper de Vries has titled his latest show Vark in Hel (Pig in Hell), it's a heavenly experience that should not be missed.
By Daniel Dercksen 19 Nov 2012 09:13
South African motorists shower their vehicles with just as much affection as they do a close friend or family member - maybe even a touch more, according to a survey conducted by leading fuels brand, BP Ultimate.
19 Nov 2012 06:30
La Pirogue, named for the traditional Mauritian twin-sailed fishing boat, bills itself as the most authentic Mauritian resort. Its individual chalets are also modelled on the traditional Mauritian thatched house. What it also has is seemingly acres of rolling lawns, and the tranquillity of a Trappist monastery.
By Rod Baker 19 Nov 2012 05:03
If there's one highlight on the big screen this year (and a sigh of relief), it's that the never-ending Twilight saga comes to final conclusion with the lifeless and dull The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 2). What started out as an amusing saga fizzles into thin air.
By Daniel Dercksen 16 Nov 2012 09:52
With its white-washed houses and ubiquitous blue shutters, Paternoster fancies itself part of the Greek Isles. Don't hold this against this charming West Coast seaside village as it punches way about its weight in the restaurants worth eating at and interesting shops at which to spend your money stakes.
By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 16 Nov 2012 09:00
Afrikaans electro rap band Bittereinder have announced the release of their second album, "Die Dinkdansmasjien", in November 2012. It will feature a host of new collaborators and is layered lyrical depth laced over hard, stirring, beautiful beats.
15 Nov 2012 12:26
Comedian Martin Evans, recently seen on Comedy Central and the South African edition of Come Dine With Me, gets up close and personal in FBPK. If you want to know why his new one-man show won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival (or what FBPK stands for in the first place), it's now on at Cape Town's Kalk Bay Theatre.
By Eugene Yiga 15 Nov 2012 12:14
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