Popstar Ernie B St Clair back in Cape Town for October show


Cape Town, 20 September 2010: Urban pop sensation Ernie B St Clair is back in Cape Town for a one-off performance at Strata Lounge in Landsdowne on Sunday 3 October 2010. Ernie joins forces with his very own Popstars from Pipeline Records to put on a showcase of the label’s up and coming talent. Tickets are R50 at the door and the show begins at 9pm. Included on the bill are Clint C, Soul Savers, Sundae, Candy, Sam Melody, Shaun Adams, Abby Jay and Juice.

Pipeline Records will also be using this opportunity to recruit new talent so all budding singers wishing to enter the music industry are encouraged to meet up with Ernie and crew to discuss various possibilities around joining the label.

Formerly from the Coca Cola Popstars group Afro-z, Ernie is currently receiving extensive airplay nationally on radio with his current single It’s the Music. His much-anticipated solo album is out in stores later in the year. Ernie is currently taking on the singing and dancing role of legendary performer Michael Jackson in the popular Barnyard Theatre show The Big Five, which is touring nationally at the moment.


Ernie B St. Clair first entered onto the music scene as one of ten finalists in the Coca Cola Pop Stars Competition. The finalists were given an opportunity by Virgin Records and Tartan to excel in the music industry and two months later contracts were signed and Afro-Z was born. This lead to an album and numerous chart-topping songs across the country. The band was nominated for numerous awards including a Channel O Music Video Award in 2004.

Ernie B St. Clair has had a passion for music from an early age. Michael Jackson is one of his main inspirations and he has been impersonating him since the age of 4 and currently plays the late mega-star in a show running at the Barnyard Theatre across the country. Arts and culture is in his blood and Ernie B St. Clair hopes to make great change in the South African entertainment industry by being actively involved in talent scouting and development in underprivileged areas throughout the country. His love for the entertainment industry extends beyond music – he studied both drama and is a qualified sound engineer. A newspaper described Ernie B St. Clair as having “loads of energy and appeal. In sweet voice and nifty moves.” His solo album is due out later in 2010.

Justin Bergh to rock Forbidden Fruit Festival 1-3 Oct


Cape Town, 20 September 2010: SAMA nominated singer Justin Bergh will be performing with his band at the Forbidden Fruit Festival at D’Aria Wine Estate in Durbanville on Saturday 2 October 2010 at 19h00. The acclaimed annual music festival will be held on 1 to 3 October 2010 and other acts on the bill include Karen Zoid, aKing and many more .

The singer, who has a string of hits including Love The Sinner, Out of My Hands, Here With You and the current radio single Miss America, released his third album in June this year and toured with legendary rock sensation Bryan Adams the following month. Justin is currently in the planning stages of a national tour.

For more information, click to www.justinbergh.com and for details on the festival, click to www.4biddenfruit.co.za.
About Justin Bergh
Justin Bergh is an established South African singer songwriter with three albums and a string of hits under his belt. His voice is a keen blend of Axl Rose and Bryan Adams and his music can be firmly placed in the adult contemporary soft rock category. Justin has recorded with in America, Australia, England and South Africa and has worked with a number of internationally renowned producers who have produced music for the likes of Avril Lavign, Daughtry, Celine Dion and Puddle of Mudd. Justin’s debut album Love The Sinner was released in 2000 and yielded two hits including No Ordinary World, which featured as the Big Brother reality television series theme. His second album was 2003’s Out of My Hands produced a further three top 5 hits including Here with You.

The first single off his latest release Inside Out was Special and was used as the theme for American cable network Showtime and his current single Miss America, written by Bryan Adams, is receiving extensive play on national radio. Justin is no stranger to live performances and has showcased his talent on international stages, be they in an intimate setting in Cape Town to a stirring performance of the South African National Anthem to 82,000 rugby supporters at Twickenham in the UK. Justin supported Bryan Adams on his Back To Bones Tour in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in July 2010.

Justin continues to make his mark as music industry eyes continue to watch him closely as he takes South African music to the next level.

Photo: Justin Bergh taken by Edward Berridge

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On the 24th of September at the renovated Cape Town station, STR.CRD.CPT kicking it with Sportscene puts a hi-top between hoops and hip-hop, mashes up skateboarding, break-dancing and beats, alongside pop-up stores featuring the latest ranges from top international sneaker and street-wear brands.

Bringing you the ultimate homage to urban fashion’s ultimate accessory: the sneaker, STR.CRD.CPT kicking it with Sportscene hosts international sneaker icons: sneaker expert – Bobbito Garcia, London based sneaker customiser – Alex Nash also know as Nash Money and Los Angeles hip-hop trendsetter and founder of Frolab – ShuChef.

As South Africa’s first-ever sneaker-head showcase, this daylong event brought to you by Project Freeagent starts at 12:00PM and features workshops, b-boy and skateboarding competitions, graffiti installations, live performances and South Africa’s first sneaker swap meet.

Renowned for his signature moc-stitch: a painstaking craft that has set him apart from other customiser’s, Alex Nash will share his admiration for the panels and innovations that left him with a shoe addiction and take you behind the scenes of his collaborations with brands such as Nike, DC, Lacoste and New Era.

Inspired by Heritage Day and South Africa’s 11 official languages, Alex Nash will be customising 11 sneakers under the initiative “Your Heritage.Your Edge” to be screened on SABC 2 as 1 minute inserts.

World-famous DJ and critically acclaimed author of Where’d you get those? New York’s sneaker culture 1960 – 1987, Bobbito Garcia, aka Kool Bob Love of New York’s Rock Steady B-boy crew, will not only hit the decks as the headline act, but also host a book signing and talk about the history of sneakers.

The b-boy stage will host a competition run by the legendary Duane and Jed from Ubuntu and welcomes Reunion Island break-dancers Shany Arzeux and Didier Boutiana brought to you by Alliance Francaise alongside top South African b-boys. Whilst local skating legends Moses Adams, Justus Kotze and Will Twala take on eKapa’s first-ever legal inner city street skate course at the Loaded Streetstyle Skate Jam.

The main stage will see Spoek Mathambo and Umshini Wam’, leading a 15-act line-up featuring Hype Award winner AKA, DJ Sibot of Max Normal fame, iconic DJ crew Beat Bangaz and Party People’s DJ Kenzhero alongside many more.

Encouraging Sole Devotion with its Kick.Bin, STR.CRD.CPT kicking it with Sportscene will also be collecting second hand shoes to donate to Hoops for Hope. Attendees will be encouraged to drop any pair of decent condition sneakers in the STR.CRD Kick.Bin to gain free entry into the event.

Thank you to Adidas / A-Store / Converse / C1RCA / DC Shoes / Iron Fist / Mr Lacy / New Balance / Nike / PF Flyers / Puma / Rusty Neal / Supra / 2-Bop Clothing

Cape Town Station

Friday 24 2010

12:00PM – 01:00AM

Tickets: R50 at the door or the following Sportscene Stores:

Cavendish /

Canal Walk /

Adderley Street /

Find STR.CRD on DStv mobile from Monday 13th September


More about DJ Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love

New York native; DJ Bobbito Garcia is an internationally recognized sneaker collector and expert.

Also known as Kool Bob Love, Garcia has collaborated with major brands such as Nike, designing seven signature Nike Air Force 1 anniversary shoes for the brand.

The former Bounce Magazine editor and chief is also the critically acclaimed author of Where’d you get those? New York City’s sneaker culture 1960 – 1987 and has written columns for publications such as Vibe Magazine.

In recent years, “Kool Bob Love” has done live on-air halftime reports for the New York Knick NBA franchise, hosted ESPN’s It’s The Shoes series and toured the world dj-ing at various sponsored events for Redbull, Brand Jordan and this year STR.CRD.CPT.


More about Alex Nash a.k.a. Nash money

London based sneaker customizer Alex Nash grew up fixated with athletic footwear. Renowned for his signature theme: the moc-stitch, a painstaking craft that has set him apart from other customiser’s, Nash has worked with brands such as Nike, DC, Lacoste and New Era.

His accolades include commissioned work by Nike to rework one of the brand’s most popular shoes: the Jordan IV’s as part of the ‘festival of air’ held at Nike Town and a remix of baseball caps for New Era clothing, which earned him a prestigious place in the fashion ‘v sports’ exhibition at the V&A Museum.

This year, Nash has collaborated with Lacoste on a hybrid sneaker combination of the boat shoe and an Athletic high top with Lacoste and Nash flashes, like his signature moc-stitch. The limited drop sneaker will be available in November.


More about Frolab founder, Shu Chef

Greg “Cognito” Barr first entered the hip hop world as a dancer during the early 1990s in the DC metro area. Later his love for hip hop brought him to Atlanta, GA where he formed the underground group .
Over the past 10 years, Nito has captured classic footage of some of hip hops greatest, including Jay Z, Mos Def, The Gorillaz, Nikka Costa, MF DOOM, De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch and The Roots. Recently, Cognito shot and compiled 4 years of concert and behind the scenes footage of Talib Kweli for a still to be released documentary. The 2007 relocation from Atlanta to Los Angeles has increased the range of artists to include more West Coast artists and the influential Hollywood scene. The repoire needed for such interactions is just one of his many qualities, added to the knowledge of film and photography that work together to make a great shot.


rub of the green column

RUB OF THE GREEN by my mate Mike Greenaway a fun read .

ONE of my favourite P Divvy quotes – and boy is he the most quotable rugby coach ever – is the one before the Boks lost 0-19 to the All Blacks in Cape Town and he tuned: “If you look at the Bible and see how Joseph got out of the pit and ended up in the palace – well between the pit and the palace there was a moerse lot of kak.”

Except the Boks under Peter de Villiers are spending more time in the “kak” than they should be given the pedigree of the players, their experience and the winning culture that De Villiers inherited.

This column is not going to venture into discussing De Villiers’ capabilities as a coach but will rather look at the environment for the poor old Boks that the foot-in-mouth coach perpetuates through his refusal to listen to instructions from his bosses and follow the time honoured dictum of coaches the world over: “Less is more.”

I was at the press conference at the Shimlas Rugby Club on Monday when De Villiers held court, pumped up like a bantam cock following the Boks’ win at Loftus Versfeld. He shot the breeze on any number of subjects and then, totally unsolicited, pinned the Springbok colours to the Bees Roux mast: “we back him 100 percent, not the deed but the circumstances leading up to it.”

Why bring it up? Nobody at the press conference was going to link the Roux tragedy to the Springboks because it had no relevance to the Boks and their preparations to play the Wallabies. But P Divvy, cock-a-hoop as he always is when the Boks have won, could not help himself and offered his opinion on the matter.

You could almost hear the groans at the South African Rugby Union. If only it could be calculated how much time and energy has been sunk into putting out De Villiers’ bonfires …

So much effort to nullify so much idiocy and, the most concerning thing of all, is the repeat offending – what was that quote about “the sure sign of lunacy being the repeating of the same behaviour while expecting a different result?”

De Villiers we know has been rapped over the knuckles again and again and again since he took over from Jake White in January 2008, but still he cannot stop bringing South African rugby into disrepute.

His riposte has been the simplistic and bombastic: “I’m a God-given talent, I’m the best I can ever be. So what you think doesn’t bother me. I know what I am and I don’t give a damn."

Well the rest of us South Africans do give a damn and De Villiers needs to realise that the Springboks are not his property to embarrass as he pleases, but the pride of the country and rational-minded supporters do not care for his flippant and sometimes despairingly obtuse comments.

Last year, it is known that sponsors Sasol complained about the mockery De Villiers made of the Springboks with his comments in the wake of the alleged eye-gouging incident involving Schalk Burger in the second Test against the British and Irish lions.

There was talk of “tutus” and taking the Boks to ballet lessons; there was racist talk too when he tried to explain his selection of Ricky Januarie: “What I have learned in South Africa is, if you take your car to a garage and the owner is black, and they mess it up, you never go back to that garage. If the owner is white, you say oh sorry, they made a mistake and you go back again.”

Well why do we keep going back to Peter de Villiers when he clearly is a liability to the image of the game in our country? Never mind whether he can coach or not, he continually embarrasses the Springboks and his country, despite numerous instructions from his bosses to watch what he says.

The answer lies in our complex racial history. We are hesitant to comment negatively on the shortcomings of a black man.

But in Australia and New Zealand, they don’t have our prejudicial background and they call it as they see it. Ask former All Black Craig Dowd and former Wallaby Brendan Cannon.


– Qantas Wallabies named to face South Africa

These are top press releases filled with great info. Matt McILraith the media officer is one of the best if not the best in the business

Wednesday, 1 September, 2010


Winger Drew Mitchell and hooker Stephen Moore will make their 50th Test appearances after being named today in the Qantas Wallabies side for Saturday’s Mandela Plate Test against South Africa at Bloemfontein.

The players will become the 33rd and 34th Australians to appear in 50 Test matches after both were included in the starting XV, with Moore being promoted into this week’s run on side after he featured at Pretoria as a blood bin replacement.

The pair, who both began their Test careers in 2005, will be looking to celebrate the milestone by sharing in Australia’s first win at altitude for 47 years, as the Qantas Wallabies and Springboks shape up for the Mandela Plate decider.

Australia won the opening Test of the series 30-13 in Brisbane, but were defeated 31-44 in their second Bundaberg Red Tri Nations Series meeting last weekend at Loftus Versfeld.

A win in the third contest will regain for Australia the Mandela Plate, which was last won two years ago, while also securing second position in this year’s Tri Nations with a match against New Zealand still to be played.

The Qantas Wallabies starting line-up features three alterations from that which began last Saturday’s Test, with hookers Moore and Saia Fainga’a swapping roles, while Mark Chisholm replaces Dean Mumm in the second row, and Ben McCalman starts in place of Richard Brown at the back of the scrum.

Chisholm will feature in this year’s Tri Nations tournament for the first time, after playing the most recent of his 51 Tests against Ireland in Brisbane at the end of June.

McCalman gains his maiden Test start after coming from the bench in each of the two earlier Tests against South Africa.

The 22-year-old utility forward, who only debuted in Super Rugby at the start of this year, will play in his favourite position at No. 8 after having replaced Brown for the final 23 minutes of last weekend’s game.

Both Brown and Mumm could yet participate in Saturday’s proceedings after being named among the run on substitutes.

Chisholm will pack down alongside Nathan Sharpe, with the experienced second rower declared fit after he left the field before the final whistle in Pretoria due to an ankle sprain.

Sharpe will on Saturday night [Sunday morning, AEST] become Australia’s fifth most capped player in his own right as he represents the Qantas Wallabies for an 87th time, surpassing the 86 caps gathered by both John Eales and Joe Roff.

After this weekend, just George Gregan (139), George Smith (110), Stephen Larkham (102) and David Campese (101) will have worn the Qantas Wallabies jersey on more occasions than has Sharpe.

Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans expects the personnel changes to inject enthusiasm into the side after last weekend’s potentially deflating reverse.

“All three of the players coming into the pack will offer us energy,” Deans says.

“It’s obviously a big night for Stephen, as well as for Drew, but Mark and Ben also have big opportunities ahead of them.”

Between them, Moore and Chisholm add 100 caps of experience to the pack, which offers the forward unit additional stability.

“Both Stephen and Mark have experience playing in games where the circumstances were not too dis-similar to what we will encounter on Saturday night. They know what to expect and – perhaps even more importantly – know what is required in order to be successful,” Deans says.

McCalman features in only his third Test, but provides a level of abrasiveness Deans believes will be critical.

“Ben did a great job coming off the bench for us last weekend and we are expecting more of the same, this time from the start. Not only does he bring physicality, he also offers us an additional lineout option due to his extensive background playing as a six or in the second row.”

While the raising of individual appearance milestones rarely provides a team focus, Deans says this weekend’s achievements by Moore and Mitchell should bring the best out of both.

“There have been 846 Wallabies but they are only the 33rd and 34th to play 50 Tests. That in itself tells you the significance of this occasion for those blokes.”

Mitchell took his maiden Test bow against the same opponent as he will play his 50th Test, scoring a try after coming off the bench during Australia’s 30-12 win in Sydney.

Forty nine Tests on, the speedy 26-year-old now has 23 tries to his name, which ranks him 11th on Australia’s Test try-scoring chart.

Moore had played his first Test earlier that same international season, also featuring from the bench during the win over Samoa in Sydney.

Current Qantas Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom debuted alongside Moore in that match, and made his 50th Test appearance in this season’s Test opener against Fiji at Canberra.

In attaining his 50th Test cap on the weekend, the 27-year-old Moore will become the fourth Australia hooker to reach the milestone, following on from Jeremy Paul (72), Phil Kearns (67) and Michael Foley (50).

The Qantas Wallabies team to play South Africa in the Bundaberg Red Tri Nations Series and Mandela Plate Test at VodacomPark, Bloemfontein on Saturday 4 September at 5pm (1am, Sun 5 September, AEST) is:

15. Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs)

14. James O’Connor (Western Force)

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies)

12. Matt Giteau (Brumbies)

11. Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs)

10. Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds)

9. Will Genia (Queensland Reds)

8. Ben McCalman (Western Force)

7. David Pocock (Western Force)

6. Rocky Elsom (Brumbies, captain)

5. Nathan Sharpe (Western Force)

4. Mark Chisholm (Brumbies)

3. Salesi Ma’afu (Brumbies)

2. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)

1. Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs)

Run on reserves:

16. Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds)

17. James Slipper (Queensland Reds)

18. Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs)

19. Richard Brown (Western Force)

20. Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs)

21. Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs)

22. Anthony Fainga’a (Queensland Reds)

Australia v South Africa @ in South Africa – Historical Notes

  • This will be the 74th meeting between Australia and South Africa at all venues. Australia has won 28 and South Africa 44, while one match has been drawn.
  • Just eight of Australia’s previous wins have been attained on South African soil, with the Springboks taking the other 30 matches that have been played.
  • Australia has won just twice previously at high veldt venues – 15-4 in 1933 at Bloemfontein and 11-9 in 1963 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Wallabies have been beaten on their two most recent visits to Bloemfontein, including their first ever Tri Nations match in the Republic in 1996, which was lost 19-25.
  • Australia’s 11-point win over South Africa at Bloemfontein in 1933 is one of just three defeats suffered by the Springboks from 16 Tests played in the Free State capital.
  • Vodacom Park is home to the Free State Cheetahs in the domestic South African Currie Cup competition. It is also the home of the Cheetahs in Super Rugby.
  • The ground witnessed a then record score during the 1995 Rugby World Cup when New Zealand beat Japan 145-17, with flyhalf Simon Culhane scoring 45 points while winger Marc Ellis totalled six tries. Both still stand as tournament records for one match.
  • A year later, Bloemfontein hosted Australia’s maiden match on South African soil in the newly inaugurated Tri Nations tournament featuring Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This year’s Test will be the Qantas Wallabies’ first visit to VodacomPark since that match 14 years ago.
  • The ground was a host venue for six matches during the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup held in South Africa.
  • South Africa hasn’t lost a Test match at VodacomPark since 2000 when it was edged out 27-22 by England.
  • Australia’s most recent win on South African soil was a 27-15 win at Durban in 2008 which secured the Mandela Plate. That success was the first achieved by the Wallabies in the Republic for eight years.
  • Prior to South Africa’s readmission to international sport in 1992, Australia had won just seven of the 31 matches played.
  • The scoreboard stands at 21 wins to Australia and 20 to South Africa, with one drawn, for the period since then.

Matt McILraith

Qantas Wallabies Media Manager

Australian Rugby Union

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