Africa Day -Ekapa at the City Hall -Sat 28 May -Great artists performing

Sunday times last week 15 May – Sipho Hotstix Mabuse interview 50 years on

Stage ready for young vocal diva talent search in Cape Town

On Saturday, 4, 11 and 18 June, the stage of the Amphitheatre at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will be ready for an exciting new talent search, the Divas Unite Young Divas Singing Competition.

The search – to find the first ‘Young Diva’ to perform at this year’s Divas Unite concert on national Women’s Day – can be attended by the public and is open to talented young vocalists between the ages of 8 – 18.

From 2-4pm on Saturday 4 and 11 June, the audition rounds will take place where pre-selected young vocalists will each perform one song for the judges, Kim Kallie, Bev Scott-Brown and Adelia Douw. On Saturday, 18 June, from 2pm onwards, the final round will showcase the 10 selected finalists, each performing two songs. At the end of this round the winner will be announced to the public.

The winner will be invited to perform with a magnificent symphony orchestra alongside some of South Africa’s top Divas at the spectacular Divas Unite 2016 concert, due to be staged at the Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino on the 9th of August. The diva line-up for this year includes, amongst others, gospel singer and TV personality, Rouchelle Liedemann and young jazz songstress, Adelia Douw, the award-winning sopranos, Magdalene Minnaar and Lynelle Kenned, as well as seven-time SAMA nominated all-girl group, Blackbyrd.

Says event initiator and producer, Barbara Lenhard, ‘We are absolutely delighted to share this wonderful platform with our vocal divas of the future. The first Young Diva will have the opportunity to perform in the company of leading female vocalists, plus our very own Divas Unite Choir.’

Talented young vocalists wishing to take part in the competition can find more information online by visiting www.divas-unite.co.za and clicking on the ‘Young Divas’ option.

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How is this for a lineup : Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, J. Cole, Martin Garrix, Fetty Wap To Headline 2nd Annual Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival

NEW YORK, May 18, 2016 — Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, J. Cole, Martin Garrix and Fetty Wap will headline the second annual Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival that will also feature special performances by Audien, AWOLNATION, Sleigh Bells, Rae Sremmurd, Desiigner, Timeflies, Madeon, Marshmello, Wale, Nervo and more.

The highly anticipated festival, produced by Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, trends and innovations in music, in partnership with Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, will bring together some of the biggest chart-topping artists on August 20 and 21 at New York’sNikon at Jones Beach Theater and surrounding beach areas for a weekend of epic music performances.

More than 40 of today’s hottest hitmakers along with exciting breakthrough artists will perform on one of the festival’s three stages.

A full line-up is below with more artists to be announced soon. For the latest festival news and line-up information, fans should visit www.billboard.com/hot100fest

ARIANA GRANDE, CALVIN HARRIS, J. COLE, MARTIN GARRIX, FETTY WAP TO HEADLINE 2016 BILLBOARD HOT 100 MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival is presented by L’Oréal Paris Féria, MasterCard, The Patch by SOUR PATCH KIDS, and W Hotels Worldwide. Citi® MasterCard® cardholders will have access to an exclusive pre-sale, presented by MasterCard, beginning Wednesday May 18 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Limited quantity of two-day tickets will be $75 during the pre-sale. Tickets for the general public go on sale May 21 at 10:00 a.m. EDT at www.livenation.com.

Last year, the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival shattered attendance records for Nikon at Jones Beach Theater attracting over 40,000 fans during the festival’s inaugural weekend. Billboard and Live Nation promise fans yet another incredible festival in 2016 with some of the biggest chart-topping artists of the year converging on Jones Beach for a massive weekend of live music and entertainment. Collectively, the festival lineup has earned 81 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and have sold a combined 80 million albums and songs in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. They also represent some of this generation’s biggest social media influencers, with a massive fan following across Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.

This year’s event will bring together dozens of Billboard-charting artists spanning multiple genres, from pop and rock to R&B and dance for one of the most electrifying and diverse festivals this summer.

2016 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival Line-Up
Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, J. Cole, Martin Garrix, Fetty Wap
Audien, AWOLNATION, Brooke Eden, Cheat Codes, CID, Coleman Hell, Desiigner, Elephante, Eryn Allen Kane, Futuristic, Gryffin, Hayley Kiyoko, Haywyre, Hippie Sabotage, Jasiah and The Bonnevilles, Jillionaire, Lost Kings, Madeintyo, Madeon, Marshmello, Monty, Moon Taxi, Nervo, Niykee Heaton, Paper Diamond, Prince Fox, Quinn XCII, Rachel Platten, Rae Sremmurd, Ryos, Skizzy Mars, Sleigh Bells, Team EZY, Timeflies, Wale, William Singe, and more to be announced soon.

Join the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival conversation by using #hot100fest.

Be sure to visit the following for the latest news and updates:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Billboard
Twitter: @Billboard

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is the world’s most influential music brand, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com, the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry’s most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music – the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike. Billboard was named the leading U.S. brand on Twitter, surpassing the NFL, ESPN, BuzzFeed and MTV, with 6.1 million engaged actions in Q3 2015, and named an overall Top 10 U.S. Media Publisher in December 2015 with 11.8 million social actions. Billboard has a social media footprint of 10.6 million social followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Billboard magazine has scored major news-generating covers recently including Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. In December 2015, the Billboard Women in Music ceremony, which honored Lady Gaga as Woman of the Year, was presented to a mass audience for the first time via Lifetime, the exclusive broadcast partner.

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

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TOP SOUTH AFRICAN VOCALIST JOINS THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST DANCE SHOW – BURN THE FLOOR: FIRE IN THE B ALLROOM – ON THEIR SA TOUR

South African-singing powerhouse, Lelo Ramasimong, has been cast as a lead vocalist in Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom– fresh from the international dance show’s run in Pretoria at The State Theatre over the past few weeks.

Lelo joins fellow vocalist, Mikee Introna, in the diverse global cast, as Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroomheads to The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town this week Thursday (19 May) until 5 June, for two weeks of electrifying performances as part of their 2016 Tour in South Africa.

Lelo, who made her début at The State Theatre in Pretoria last week alongside the Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom cast, will feature throughout the Cape Town and Durban seasons of the dance production.

For Lelo, joining Burn The Floor: Fire in The Ballroom “is an honour” and she’s excited to be a part of this international production.

“The news hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I am excited to be one of the only two singers in the production touring SA. I can’t wait to take to the stage in Cape Town and Durban, and share this amazing experience of singing various musical genres for our audiences,” she shares.

Beginning her singing career in high school, Lelo first performed professionally in her home town, Durban.

The songbird rose to singing prominence in South Africa since her participation as a Top 10 finalist on Idols SA some years ago, before taking to the dance floor on the hit ballroom TV show, Strictly Come Dancing.

Lelo then took to the theatre to put her voice to the ultimate test by performing in the stage production of Dreamgirls in 2011 – and one of the biggest moments of her professional career so far.

As for Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom, Lelo says fans “are in for a treat” and that they “should expect the unexpected”.

“What I really love about this show is that I get to perform songs from different styles of music. There are songs for every member of the family to enjoy, and the dancing is absolutely phenomenal. The magnitude of this show is really jaw dropping to say the least.”

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

  • Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom opens at the Baxter Theatre at theBaxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town from May 19th to June 5th; and theiZulu Theatre at theSibaya Casino in Durban from June 8th to 19th.
  • BurnTheFloor: Fire in TheBallroom is brought to South Africa in 2016 by Dance Partner Productions, in association with TheSouth African State Theatre and Bernard Jay.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PHOTOGRAPHS, PLEASE CONTACT:

Clayton Morar

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Tomorrow only Wed 18th – free entry into Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

To mark International Museum Day tomorrow (Wednesday, 18 May), SA Rugby will throw open the doors to the Springbok Experience, its internationally acclaimed rugby museum in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, to the public.

There will be no entry fee charged for the entire day at the Springbok Experience, with doors opening at 10h00. In 2015, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries, and it’s expected that this number will grow even more this year.

According to the International Council of Museums, the objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

Eight months ago SA Rugby announced that the Springbok Experience was named in the top 1% of world attractions, by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

The Springbok Experience, which will celebrate its third birthday on Heritage Day in September this year, was awarded TripAdvisor’s highest accolade, a Travelers’ Choice Award, in 2015.

In 2014, the Springbok Experience was shortlisted for the International Museum of the Year Award in the UK’s Museum + Heritage Awards in 2014.

“It’s not only jerseys, boots, blazers and old team photos, it really is a proper rugby experience.”

The Springbok Experience boast more than 60 media channels playing across touch screens, monitors and projectors, which requires 14km of cabling, as well as printed graphic panels which will stretch for more than 500m, and some beautifully preserved objects.

The Springbok Experience can be found on Twitter @BokMuseum.

Guitarist Meets DJ at Café Ganesh in Observatory on Wednesday 25 May.

Blues and Jazz guitarist Elton Goslett will accompany Electro Swing & Electro Blues DJ JP Silver at The Swing Café Variety Show at Café Ganesh in Observatory on Wednesday 25 May.

The pair started collaborating a few months ago at Silver’s weekly Electro Swing Café at Sticks McGee’s in Rondebosch and quickly found an easy rhythm, blending Silver’s Electro Swing & Electro Blues DJ set with Goslett’s Jazz and Blues based improvisation on the guitar.

They recently performed at the Trash Cabaret Carnival of Dreams at Hillcrest Quarry and are busy producing an original single due for release later this year.

Elton is an accomplished versatile guitar player whose style is at the meeting point of Jazz, Blues & Soul.

He plays lead guitar in Mixed Roots, a Jazz Fusion band and has formed a Blues band Black Soul Blues with Auriol Hays. He recently started using live looping to fully explore the electric guitar in a solo show. He currently accompanies several well know Jazz singers in Cape Town as well as collaborating with poets and DJs

When Elton’s not gigging he can be found teaching at the Jazz Workshop.

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