Style in the city pics

Ten Currie Cup Final Facts

Please note that the Vodacom Blue Bulls (formerly Northern Transvaal) and the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs (formerly Orange Free State) have played each other in eight Absa Currie Cup Finals, not six.

Of those eight, the Blue Bulls have won six (1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 and 2004), the Cheetahs have won one (2005) and one (2006) was drawn.

Absa Currie Cup Finals results between the Vodacom Blue Bulls and the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs:

· 1973: Northern Transvaal won 30-22 in Pretoria

· 1975: Northern Transvaal won 12-6 in Bloemfontein

· 1977: Northern Transvaal won 27-12 in Pretoria

· 1978: Northern Transvaal won 13-9 in Bloemfontein

· 1981: Northern Transvaal won 23-6 in Pretoria

· 2004: Blue Bulls won 42-33 in Pretoria

· 2005: Free State won 29-25 in Pretoria

· 2006: Free State and Blue Bulls drew 28-28 in Bloemfontein

Is “‘This is it’ an event of a lifetime” Pray tell

Is MJ “‘This is it’ an event of a lifetime”? Pray tell.

I think U2 360 tour could be the event of the year.

Songs that are on the up at Radio in SA are

Songs that are on the up at Radio in SA are

Kelly Clarkson – “Already Gone”

Michael Jackson – “This Is It”

Goldfish – “Fort Knox”

Whitney Houston – “I Look To You”

Britney Spears – “3”

Chris Brown – “I Can Transform Ya”

Maxwell – “Bad Habits”

Usher – “Papers”

Alicia Keys – “Doesn’t Mean Anything”

Boys Like Girls – “Love Drunk”

“Adam Lambert Album Cover ‘For Your Entertainment’

“Adam Lambert Album Cover ‘For Your Entertainment’

Album released in 23 Nov 2009

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Bafana Bafana’s plan to win the world cup

Very funny indeed! Fun for a Wednesday

Leona lewis in new campaign video

Top international singer Leona Lewis is backing the World Society for the Protection of Animals in a new campaign video launched today.

Leona pledged her support for the charity’s Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare campaign at a video and photo shoot at the Sony offices in London. She was joined by her family dog Misty for the photo shoot.

Speaking about her support for WSPA Leona said: “I wanted to get involved with the World Society for the Protection of Animals because I really support the work they are doing. I’ve always been a huge advocate of any charities that are trying to help animals, and WSPA are trying to change laws to protect animals, which I think is amazing.”

“I support the World Society for the Protection of Animals – WSPA – because they are trying to end some of the most appalling acts of animal cruelty in the world.”

“One reason animals are so vulnerable to cruelty is because there is no universal agreement between nations that animals can suffer and feel pain… The campaign for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare could be the beginning of the end for animal cruelty across the world.”

“It’s up to us to give these animals a voice, and put a stop to cruelty and neglect, right now.”

Leona calls on her supporters to join her in backing the Animals Matter campaign. Go to http://www.wspa-international.org/leonalewis
to join in and pledge your support.

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JAY -Z to perform at World Series

Jay-Z to perform at World Series & Joins Alicia Keys for ‘Empire State of Mind’

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have been blasting Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” during their playoff run. Now, the team is having the rap king perform the song live to kick off Game 1 of the World Series.

Jay-Z and fellow New Yorker Alicia Keys are set to perform the hit on Wednesday, as the Yankees take on defending World Series champs, the Philadelphia Phillies.

In an interview Monday, Jay-Z was excited about the performance, and said: “Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”

He calls the opportunity a “once in a lifetime experience.”

U2 At The Rose Bowl from the Lefsetz Letters

This is a really good read.

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He is a really good commentator on the music business and gives you great points to ponder .

U2 At The Rose Bowl

Have you seen “U23D”? You should! Can’t think of a better concert film. But the vibe is even better. Shot in South America, in soccer stadiums, you get the feeling of danger, of being outside the law, of being in a nation built by rock and roll.

That’s how it felt last night.

If one person had yelled FIRE, many would have been trampled. You not only had to wait in line to get into the gate, you had to wait in line to enter the tunnel to your seat. And when you got there, the sea of humanity was both inspiring and frightening. All colors, not every age. Even though the Black Eyed Peas opened, the younger, bump your hips in the club to get laid and the barely pubescent I want to be like Fergie crowd was not in attendance. This was the last bastion of the population that believed rock and roll could truly save your life. A bunch of baby boomers, but really fortysomethings. They caught on with “Boy”, and “Joshua Tree” was the soundtrack to their college years.

So why did U2 begin with the new album?

The Claw is far from impressive in real life. After all the hype, it seemed like something created on a whim as opposed to a military operation conceived and erected by the greatest minds in the business.

Let me be clear. It was the Claw itself that was the problem. What was beneath it, the stage, the ring, the video screen, the rotating ramps, they were MESMERIZING!

But the music was not.

Until “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.

“I have run

I have crawled

I have scaled these city walls

These city walls

Only to be with you”

Tell someone under twenty one that you sat at home with the TV on all day, waiting to see your favorite video, and they’ll look at you dumbfounded. We live in an on demand world. There may be community online, but it’s inherently niche. Whereas everyone with ears, everyone who grew up with the Beatles and younger was addicted to MTV.

And sure, there were notable transcendent moments, breakthroughs that changed the business forever.

First came the Duran Duran videos. A fortune spent on them, the band became a household world.

U2 came next. With “Sunday Bloody Sunday” from Red Rocks. If the air had been clear, would the video have been as classic? To see Bono run around with that flag, in the mist, was to believe that rock and roll could triumph.

Michael Jackson danced his way into America’s heart.

But there was a parallel story. It was great that MTV became a big tent, but rock and roll did not die. We had U2 marching the streets of Las Vegas, singing “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. An exquisite concoction of electric and acoustic elements, who can forget Edge walking amongst the neon lights strumming his guitar? This was the joy, the triumph, the power that allows Bono to talk to heads of state. U2 led an army of listeners, all based upon these records, these tracks. They believed that via music we could have a better life, a better world.

Is this still possible?

Music is not leading the way. Steve Jobs and Sergey Brin are bigger rock stars than anybody on the hit parade. Still, U2 soldiers on. And we follow, because we want to believe.

That’s what last night was. A celebration of who we used to be. With the hope that we could still be something more.

But the new album has not connected with fans. Most people in attendance seemed to be clueless. Instead of physical writhing, when U2 hit the stage to a slew of new tunes, the audience stood stock still. I was grooving during “Magnificent”, I love that track, but with a million copies of “No Line On The Horizon” sold in the U.S., how many of this 100,000 in attendance had bought it?

We live in an attention economy. And U2 fucked up. They didn’t get their audience’s attention. The album should have come free with the ticket. Doesn’t matter if you make new music, you’re a has-been in the eye of the public if your new tracks don’t catch on.

So, last night the set progressed in fits and starts.

And, picking and choosing from almost every era of the band as opposed to just playing greatest hits, the audience never completely caught fire.

Let’s be clear. They were playing to 100,000. Manipulating that many is difficult. Is Bono up to the task? Absolutely! But when Paul McCartney wants to work in new material, he starts off with “Drive My Car”, he gets heads exploding first.

Don’t get the wrong idea. There were peaks. “Mysterious Ways”. And the ultimate crowd triumph was “Where The Streets Have No Name”. But the rising hands, the unity of the audience during that number, the feeling that you were part of one large, writhing ocean, was absent for most of the rest of the show.

But you could see just fine. Bono was in fine voice. And when the ramps swung around seemingly with a mind of their own, your jaw dropped. And when the video screen expanded, dropped, you said to yourself I’VE SEEN NOTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE!

But it still comes down to the music.

I LOVED hearing “Until The End Of The World”. “Achtung Baby” is my favorite U2 album.

“Get On Your Boots” had a different feel live. Less experimental, more straight ahead rock. But if you didn’t love it already, you wouldn’t be closed.

And we had the recent hit “Vertigo”, but we wanted to hear “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”. “New Year’s Day”. Maybe even “I Will Follow”. Last night should not have been an exhibition demonstrating that U2 is still relevant, it should have been a celebration of their career, a restatement of the bond between band and audience, a few more classics and no one would have gone out for a beer, everybody would have sung along, there would have been momentum, the whole Rose Bowl would have levitated.

They’ve got a chance. They can use innovative new ways to get the new music to the live audience. They can restructure the set so there are fewer dead spots, so the audience is riveted, along for the ride the whole time. Playing a stadium is different from doing your act in an arena. Even with 20,000, you can have everybody in the palm of your hand. But once you start singing to forty or fifty thousand plus, you’ve got to throw out the old rules, you’re working with a different paradigm. In other words, the stage was not enough. It all depended upon the music.

But when the music was right…

“I have spoke with the tongue of angels

I have held the hand of a devil

It was warm in the night

I was cold as a stone”

Live rock and roll, when done right, strips away your regular life, school, work, even relationships. The band is on stage, you’re in the audience, and the music hovers between you, an oil, a lubricant, that allows a certain freedom, a movement that you heretofore did not know you possessed. You’re standing, moving like Gumby, not caring what others think of your moves, even if you’re as bad a dancer as Elaine on “Seinfeld”.

“But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”

I was looking for transcendence.

We can’t get it from sold out politicians.

We can’t get it from tools of the corporate music trade like the Black Eyed Peas.

We depend on a certain breed of artist, not beholden to anyone but themselves. Either so poor or so rich that they just don’t care.

I want Bono to lead us out of the wilderness. I want to tell you that I saw God last night.

I saw God at the Fillmore East, when the Who performed “Tommy” from start to finish.

I saw God at Flipper’s roller disco, when Prince performed “Dirty Mind”.

I saw God at the Sports Arena in 1992, when U2 toured “Achtung Baby” indoors. The visual assault, with lights in Trabants, with TV screens blasting more information than our brains could process, set the stage for the music. It was a band on stage. They were a cohesive unit. Too many times last night, band members were almost furlongs away from each other. Playing to a last row that they just couldn’t seem to reach emotionally.

Good attempt.

Imperfect execution.

I want to believe.

Make me a believer.

A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, MOVEMENT AND SUMMERTIME

A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, MOVEMENT AND SUMMERTIME

This festive season the V&A Waterfront and Hunta Live will take entertainment to a whole new level with the introduction of AQUAFestival, a brand new V&A Waterfront Signature Event. The three-week long music and entertainment festival comprises a multi-disciplined series of world-class local and international performances. This unique celebration of music and movement is set to change the face of the entertainment scene in Cape Town over the festive season.

Set on a floating aquatic stage in a working harbour, with TableMountain providing the most exquisite backdrop imaginable, AQUAFestival will showcase contemporary opera, ballet, jazz, rock, pop, tribute shows and a daily circus from the 15th of December till the 6th of January 2010.

Date: 15 December 2009 to 6 January 2010

Times: 14h00 to 15h00 – AQUACircus

20h00 – evening performances [duration 90 to 100 minutes]

NOTE: a second 22h30 performance is scheduled for 31 December

Venue: NorthWharf V&A Waterfront

Performance Schedule:

HOpera

15, 16 and 17 December09

53 Piece Orchestra – The Cape Town Philharmonic. Conducted by Richard Cock

4 Soloists performing crowd pleasing arias across various famous operas and popular musicals.

Tenor – Brad Cooper (Australia)

Mezzo – Olesya Patrova (RUSSIA)

Bass – Otto Maidi (SA)

Soprana – Pretty Yende (SA)

100 Minutes – No Interval

The Parlotones

18 December

100 Minutes – No Interval

Freshlyground

19 December

90 Minutes – No Interval

Homage to Mariam Makeba

20 & 21 December

50 piece orchestra – The Cape Town Philharmonic. Conducted by Allan Stephenson

12 piece rhythm section.

Soloist – Sibongile Khumalo supported by local artist Nomfundi Xavula

A tribute to one of the continents most celebrated performers by her close friend and another South African legend of the stage.

90 Minutes – No Interval

AQUACarols

22 to 24 December

53 Piece Orchestra – The Cape Town Philharmonic. Conducted by Richard Cock

60 Piece Choir – with guest soloist Kimmi Skota (SA)

Audience participation encouraged!

100 Minutes – No Interval

Johnny Clegg

26 to 28 December

Johnny Clegg and 10 piece band

100 Minutes – No Interval

AQUACircus by Zip -Zap

16 to 31 December

A water-themed circus with appropriate marine sets, juggling penguins, high flying dolphins, clown fish and more.

60 Minutes – No Interval

AQUAbba

29 to 31 December

NOTE: two performances are scheduled for 31 December [20h00 and 22h30]

20 piece Orchestra – 8 piece Band – plus a DJ

4 well known South African singers

Ground pyrotechnics and Lasers will add a visual dimension.

90 Minutes – No Interval

AQUAJazz

1 January 2010

18 piece Big Band Jazz featuring the top musicians in Cape Town – conducted by Mike Campbell

Featuring Judith Sephuma, Robbie Jansen and Gavin Minter

100 Minutes – No Interval

AQUABallet

2 and 3 January 2010

Cape Town Ballet Company will perform a Three Act Ballet:

Act One – Act Two from Tchaikovskys SwanLake The Dance of the Swans.

Act Two – an original African Ballet piece choreographed for AquaFestival

Act Three – a selection from The Nut Cracker

90 Minutes – No Interval

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

4 to 6 January 2010

The Multi Grammy Award winners will perform their most popular songs.

90 Minutes – No Interval

NOTE: the audience will be seated on the banks outside the aquarium, from where they will have a view of the specially constructed stage floating on the sea directly in front of them with TableMountain providing the ultimate backdrop.

Tickets available from Computicket and more info on www.aquafestival.com

Gwen Ironsi

Hunta Live

Tel: 021 425 4020

gwen@huntalive.com

aqua festival artist rendering

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