2 May 2012



SAMA loving

Happy Wednesday to you lifestyle lovers; I hope a relaxing Worker's Day was had by all.

Biggest news making waves in things entertainment are the SAMAs, which took place at Sun City this past Sunday and Monday; check out all the winners from the technical excellence awards and the artist awards. Congrats to all the winners! In other music news we chat to Joburg rockers Dead Alphabet, Johann Smith reviews Natasha Meister's debut album Half Way, and Jordan Scott reviews Plush's gig at the Assembly over the weekend.

On the automotive front Henrie Geyser reviews the new racy Rio sedan, and the locally produced entry-level Polo Vivo.

In movie news Daniel Dercksen is wildy complimentary of 3D Hollywood blockbuster The Avengers, as is Charles Siboto. Dercksen also reviews inspiring South African production A Million Colours, while Eugene Yiya takes a look at the BBC Earth film One Life.

On the theatrical side of things Dercksen interviews self-described theatre animal Jon Keevy about his latest production, Owl.

Happy World Press Freedom Day for tomorrow. Viva la free press, viva!

Ruth Cooper, production manager

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Rio ready to rattle the opposition
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] Korean car maker Kia is cleverly wriggling deeper into the hearts and wallets of the South African motoring public with model after model of stylish, family-friendly, light on the pocket and wall-to-wall high-tech vehicles. Read more >>

Polo Vivo rules the roost
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor] With over 56 000 units sold since its launch in March 2010, Volkswagen's Polo Vivo continues to be the dominant brand in the passenger car market - a success story that is further enhanced by the fact that it is the only locally produced entry-level volume car on the market. Read more >>


Eastern Cape launches coastal route to showcase breathtaking attractions
Head for the trip of a lifetime along the Eastern Cape coastline to discover one of South Africa's most breathtaking stretches of seascape. Read more >>


A great 2012 at the movies
[Charles Siboto] In terms of fantasy, sci-fi and comic book movies, the year 2012 only begins now. Sure, we've had the rather lacklustre Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Wrath of the Titans and, dare I add, The Hunger Games to whet our appetites for what is to come, but that's all they were - starters before the main course. Read more >>

The Avengers is Hollywood at its best
[Daniel Dercksen] For anyone who has ever marvelled at the spectacle and awe of iconic Marvel Super Heroes; Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow, will be bowled over by the magnificence of one of the biggest action adventures films ever. It opens in South Africa on April 26, a week before its release in America. We are fortunate to be one of the first countries to see it! Read more >>

True Colours
[Daniel Dercksen] The commanding and emotionally charged A Million Colours clearly shows how we can never change the past and how the memory of our lives plants the seed for a bright new future. Read more >>


SAMA18 winners announced
With the technical excellence award winners announced on Sunday night, Monday, 30 April 2012 saw the artists bask in the limelight at this year's MTN South African Music Awards. Broadcast live from the Sun City Superbowl, Zahara and Mi Casa walked away with the top prizes of Album of the Year and Record of the Year, respectively. Read more >>

A Plush affair
[Jordan Scott] I have often planned that at the end of my studies I will leave my beloved country; however, the more I watch and listen to our local talent the later the date becomes for my departure. I am amazed that these boys, no, men, come from South Africa - from my very own home! Read more >>

The Kill is Deadly
[Ruth Cooper] Dead Alphabet, recently returned from a European tour, are not ones to take a breath it seems. Next on the to-do-list is a tour of the good ol' US of A. We chatted to the Joburg Rock n' Roll band about their tours, past and future, as well as new EP The Kill, oh, and transvestite vampires. Read more >>


For Jon Keevy, Owl has been a hoot
[Daniel Dercksen] Keevy wrote and directed Owl, which took Cape Town by storm last year and runs for one week only at the Kalk Bay Theatre this week, before wowing audiences at the Grahamstown Festival. Read more >>

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