new york day 1 snaps 14 july

New york day 1

arrived safely
Hotel is fantastic, Just been taken to lunch at Esca, means Fish in Italian, resturant is run by Maro Batali,situated in Hells kitchen or Times Square West as new Yorkers like to call it .waiters can easily earn 100 000 dollars a year working at Esca.
Amazon is big for music and so is Itunes. The virgin stores have closed down.
Rehersals are at 10am local time wed and then the gala dinner on Wed night
I heard tickets cost 2500.00 dollars per person

Mandela Day rehearsals

We have just received the call sheets for the trip to New York for Mandela Day and this is the brief on the rehearsal space we move into on Wednesday morning at 10am local time to rehearse

SIR New York ( takes great pride in being part of the city’s rich and diverse music community. Since 1973, we’ve helped to showcase, nourish and support the careers of many up-and-coming artists and legendary performers. Some of the area musicians who have graced our halls over the past 30 years include: The Rolling Stones, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, NY Dolls, The Ramones, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mariah Carey, Roberta Flack, The Roots, Jay Z and Paul Simon. The studio is Based in midtown Manhattan, and is ten mins away from the hotel

Mandela Day Storescapes

This is just a sample of the Mandela Day campaign currently up in NY….

Tim Massey

46664 International Director

It’s in our hands



09 July 2009: 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with live video streaming partner, Livestream, have launched Mandela Day TV, a free and pay-per-view event that lets viewers anywhere in the world take part in the Mandela Day concert at Radio City Music Hall, New York on July 18th.

The concert boasts a wonderful range of artists from all over the world including Stevie Wonder; Wyclef Jean; Aretha Franklin; Loyiso; Will.I.Am; Jesse McCartney; Cyndi Lauper; Zucchero; Josh Groban; Baaba Maal; Angelique Kidjo; the Soweto Gospel Choir and many more.

This is the latest pioneering development in the campaign for people around the world to support and take part in the creation of an official Mandela Day, to be held annually on July 18th, Mr Mandela’s birthday.

Livestream has enabled the free viewing option for users by creating a custom video Flash player that can be embedded as a widget on any Web site and social networking page. The player widget has been developed using a soon to be announced Livestream player API (application programming interface)“We were chosen because our live Flash player and Livestream Premium platform has the scalability required for the hundreds of thousands of concurrent users expected to view the Mandela Day event,” commented Max Haot, CEO and Co-Founder of Livestream.

Distribution partners already on board include: Sympatico-MSN (Canada), Canoe (Canada), Telefonica (Spain), (Mexico), MSN (Italy), Tiscali UK/Carphone Warehouse, Comcast (US) and UOL (Brazil). The Mandela Day event will be promoted and available on the website. Sites wishing to support Mandela Day are invited to contact 46664.

For the $4.99 pay-per-view alternative to Livestream’s free option, organizers have forged a partnership with Pecunia, that will let users who visit watch the concert in high resolution, full-screen mode. These viewers gain access to multiple camera feeds and interactive content.

Pecunia is a cutting-edge live streaming partner using the Silverlight technology to create a full screen, immersive and interactive environment where users will be able to view multiple camera feeds, information about the artists featured during the event, share with friends, exchange live with their contacts on Twitter and Facebook, answer polling questions and send in their questions to specific artists.

All the net proceeds from this pay-per-view experience will benefit all the Nelson Mandela organisations.

The annual Mandela Day celebration is being created to inspire people from every corner of the earth to embrace Nelson Mandela’s values as they seek to improve their lives through service to their communities.

New York takes world center-stage in July when the city hosts the inaugural ‘Mandela Day.’ Centered around a massive music headliner concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday, July 18, the event is designed as a call around the world for people to honor Nelson Mandela’s inspiration and values, and observe the day annually as a celebration – not as a holiday, but as a day to opt in.

Nelson Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years, beginning in 1942 when he first started to campaign for the human rights of every South African. His life has been an inspiration to the world. To date, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and 46664 have focused mainly on supporting projects in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa where current needs are greatest, particularly for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Mandela Day campaign calls upon people around the world to commit 67 minutes of their time to make an imprint and help change the world around them.

46664 will also be working with partner organizations, other city authorities and community associations and volunteers across the globe to create a worldwide series of Mandela Day events to honour Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

‘46664 – Mandela Day Celebration’ Radio City Music Hall concert tickets prices range from $75-$500, with VIP packages available. All tickets are available at,, and charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For VIP packages visit

To view the free live stream visit

To pick the embeddable flash player widget visit

For photos, footage and EPK visit

Mandela Day concert celebration on July 18th




Additional performers will join Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Forest Whitaker, Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Dave Stewart, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Josh Groban, Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Jesse McCartney, Zucchero, the Soweto Gospel Choir and a host of African artists to help kick-off the first Mandela Day Celebration

Tickets On Sale Now through

June 17, 2009 (New York, NY) – 46664 and the Nelson Mandela Foundation today announced that Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys,, T-Pain, Gloria Gaynor, and musician Jesse Clegg will join the lineup of artists performing at the Mandela Day concert celebration on July 18th. Whoopi Goldberg will appear as a special guestduring the star-studded event, which also marks Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday. The concert originally announced for Madison Square Garden will now be held at historic Radio City Music Hall.

The additional performers will join Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Dave Stewart, Josh Groban and Jesse McCartney, along with Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Chris Chameleon, Freshlyground, Emmanuel Jal, Loyiso, Sipho Mabuse, Vusi Mahlasela, Thandiswa Mazwai, Suzanna Owiyo and many more.

Further invited guests include France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Italy’s Zucchero. Hollywood legends and 46664 supporters Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Forest Whitaker, Susan Sarandon and many others will also be in attendance.

“We are so grateful to Madison Square Garden for making their iconic Radio City Music Hall available to us,” said Tim Massey International Director of 46664. “We can think of no better home for the launch of Mandela Day than the venue that has a long history of hosting events that give back to the community, such as Comic Relief, VH1’s Save the Music and Time’s 75th Anniversary.”

The concert has been made possible by the continuing support of Zain, a leading mobile telecommunications company that has 24 operations across Africa and the Middle East, who were also one of the main sponsors of the London 90th birthday celebrations.

“Mr. Mandela is an iconic statesman whose sacrifice and leadership has had an enormous impact on humanity. Honoring him by raising funds for his foundation is in line with Zain’s global ambitions and corporate social responsibility philosophy,”said Dr. Saad Al Barrak, CEO of Zain.

The concert is the culmination of a week-long series of events in New York City in celebration of the first-ever Mandela Day, designed as a call around the world for people to honor Nelson Mandela’s inspiration and values. The activities include a Ralph Applebaum designed exhibition of Mr. Mandela’s life and the work of his many 46664 ambassadors, as well as a gala fundraising dinner, both at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.

Mr. Mandela has been making an imprint on the world for 67 years since he actively became involved in campaigning for the human rights of every South African and now ‘Mandela Day’ calls upon each of us to give 67 minutes of our time to helping others, with the idea that each individual has the ability to make an imprint and make the world a better place.

‘46664 – Mandela Day Celebration’ Radio City Music Hall concert tickets prices range from $75-$500, with VIP packages available. All tickets are available at,, and charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For VIP packages visit

For photos, footage, EPK and more information visit

Mpho Skeef (daughter of Sipho Mabuse) signs with Parlophone

UK based South African singer, songwriter and producer Mpho Skeef, whose expertise in electronica is legendary, has signed a five-album deal with top British record label Parlophone (former label for the Beatles). She is set to release her eagerly anticipated debut solo album under two major UK labels; Wall of Sounds and Parlophone, on the 13th of July this year.

Mpho Skeef is the daughter of iconic local muso Sipho Mabuse. She was born in apartheid South Africa and raised in South London, after her family fled persecution from the apartheid government. Over the years, Mpho has built a respectable name for herself in the UK music industry. She first squeezed herself into the jam-packed scene a decade plus back, doing back-up work for famous UK chart-dominators like Natasha Bedingfield, Ms Dynamite and Coldcut, and other recognizable forces like Terri Walker, Skinnyman, Rodney P and Spacek.

Between 2003 and 2004, she worked with broken beat supergroup; Bugz In the Attic, on the production of their critically acclaimed disk “Got The Bug”. She was the voice behind the famous hit “Booty La La”, which was then voted record of the year 2004 by listeners of BBC Radio 1’s Giles Petersons WorldWide show,

After releasing several mix tapes and a string of solo tracks through Wall of Sound, Skeef pricked the ears of Parlophone management, who then negotiated for her to immediately come on board. At present, Parlophone’s success can be reflected through Lily Allen, Coldplay and Kylie.

Announcing the deal early this year, the label vowed to provide Mpho with a much needed marketing strategy.

“I am excited that Mpho will finally be heard by the masses.” said Parlophone’s Jade Richardson.

Although she has previously made a mark on a variety of musical styles like, neo-soul, break beat and R n’ B, she believes Pop allows her to express herself much better. Her solo work is purely pop and has been titled ‘Pop Art’.

Mpho believes she is now ready to tap into the lucrative UK market with a bang. This month she is set to launch her debut tour that will see her and her two piece electro band touring parts of UK, readying the commercial release of ‘Pop Art’

Although ‘Pop Art’ is still in the pipeline, it has already lured rave previews from a spectrum of recognizable UK media. Popular UK based DJ Beware has also done a teaser of the album.It can be downloaded here.

With her undeniable talent and the right labels backing her up, Mpho Skeef is set to draw multiple accolades from many parts of the world, not only glorifying her musical ability but South Africa’s image as well.


Sipho Mabuse and Family (Mpho on the left)

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