Now in its sixth year, Music Exchange (MEX16), a gathering of the entertainment industry’s b iggest strategists, marketers and musicians, will return to Cape Town on 8 and 9 September.

Now in its sixth year, Music Exchange (MEX16), a gathering of the entertainment industry’s biggest strategists, marketers and musicians, will return to Cape Town on 8 and 9 September. Michael Bratt spoke to the event’s founder, Martin Myers, to find out more.

If you want to rub shoulders with entertainment industry players then MEX16 is for you. The gathering brings together industry experts, including both local and international thought leaders, intellectual capital and raw talent and offers artists, bands, actors and really anyone else the chance to amplify their intellectual capital.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is legendary South African musician Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, who is also celebrating his golden anniversary. Others include Arthur Goldstuck, Mike Joubert, Samm Marshall, Sophia Foster, Lukas De Beer, Nick Matzukis, Siphokazi Jonas, Mornay Hoofmeyster, Steve Harris, Brian Mawdsley, Brandon Bakshi (BMI London), John Fishlock, Miles Keylock and many more.

“MEX16is focused on excellence, storytelling, and journeys, and each of speakers will not only promote, but also punctuate the power of aural dictation,” Myers explains. “We’re extremely proud to be able to return for a sixth consecutive year, with some of the most important names and talents actively invested in music and film today.”

There are several objectives that Music Exchange hopes to achieve. These include advancing the betterment of the South African music, film and entertainment industry; providing training and skills development for music artists; celebrating and proliferating South African artists and fostering economic sustainability; offering a platform to connect brands with music performers and artists; and offering community artist management and PR social media mentorship.

MEX16is focused on excellence, storytelling, and journeys, and each of speakers will not only promote, but also punctuate the power of aural dictation

Over the two days, delegates will get to share and engage in lectures and collaborative breakout sessions, all geared to empower, edify and entertain. A wide range of topics, covering every aspect of the African and global entertainment economy will be explored. This includes the importance of arts and culture, insights into international trends, working in Africa, marketing, multi-media distribution mechanisms, and rights protection and how to be seen and heard in a local and global market both cluttered with more noise than harmony.

Since its inception Music Exchange has celebrated a number of successes. These include Evolver One completing their 3rd album and being invited to showcase at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood in 2011; Goodluck launching their debut album using principles learnt at the conference; a debate arising around the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening concert, that saw organisers respond by including more South 
African acts; award-winning actor Jeremy Crutchley attending and as a result, completing his debut album; Shannon Hope creating an iTunes contract and touring nationally to get brand exposure as a result of the digital platform talks held at the 2010 Conference; and international EDM music producer Charles Webster remixing and remaking material he heard at Music Exchange, just to name a few.

The event is taking place at Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. Limited tickets are now on sale through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, online at Computicket. , or by calling 0861 915 8000. The price is only R200 for both days.

Music Exchange, is a non-profit organisation founded in 2009. It is a South African music, film and entertainment digital exchange network that leads to an annual three-day International music conference, master classes, workshops and showcase.

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Spring into Music Exchange with Thabiet Allie, COO of TurnUp Music Thurs 8 and Fri 9th September

What is exciting is that the annual Music Exchange conference is around the corner, on Thursday and Friday, September 9 and 8, at Grandwest Market Hall and a great product will be launched at the conference called TurnUp Music.

Careers are made and broken online, and TurnUp Music is the new digital disruption platform that artists, and fans alike, will love.
TurnUp Music, in collaboration with WeChat and Endemol Shine Africa, is an online music service dedicated to helping musicians build their careers by offering the platform to reach and grow their fan base.

Available exclusively through WeChat, TurnUp is the ultimate gateway to a host of local talent, including various South African superstars the like of MiCasa, Nathi, Emtee and Vusi Nova.
“Our core mission at WeChat is to make every day easier for everyone,” says Brett Loubser, CEO of WeChat Africa.
“From publishing, licensing marketing and distribution, the traditional music model wasn’t built for the benefit of musicians or the fans. We’re doing away with that. Firstly by making sure the musicians are well looked after by reaping maximum benefit from their work. Then we help them take their product to the fans that then can buy the music on our platform,” continues Loubser.

As a local artist-centric space online, where undiscovered artists are able to make their music available to the large South African audience, TurnUp Music is about to turn heads as the epicentre where artists and their fans can connect. A dynamic pricing structure ensures that all artists’ fans are catered for.
“What differentiates TurnUp Music is focus. Our aim is to create opportunities to grow artists and amplify their careers by harnessing collaborative marketing reach and opportunities.

Marketing and artist development equals longevity and longevity makes a career in music sustainable and potentially profitable.
It’s this focus that has driven TurnUp to promote talent, provide opportunities for learning new skills and pay artists 70% of download revenue.
TurnUp will further work with Endemol Shine Africa to support TurnUp artists and their music on TV and digital media platforms,” says Thabiet Allie, COO of TurnUp Music.

This TurnUp launch is a very exciting part of the 2016 Music Exchange Programme and together with speakers like Mike Joubert, Arthur Goldstuck, Grant Davison, Kim Kallie Banner and Bev Scott Brown included in the line-up, along with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Moreira Chonguica, all areas of the music business will be covered, including having the legal dynamos Warrick Percy, Nick Matzukis and Adrian Rogowski all speaking.

Cape Town Comedy Club Lineup for this week

Cape Town Comedy Club is open five days a week, Wednesday – Sunday. Comedy nightly from 8.30pm, doors open 6pm.

Update on what’s happening at Cape Town Comedy Club for the next 2 weeks……
LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Wednesday 31st August 2016

HEADLINE: Kurt Schoonraad
MC: Carl Weber
SUPPORT ACT: Lungelo Ndlovu
OPEN MIC: Justin-Ray Stoffels

Thursday 01st September 2016

HEADLINE: Kurt Schoonraad
MC: Carl Weber
SUPPORT ACT: Lungelo Ndlovu
OPEN MIC: Justin-Ray Stoffels

Friday 02nd September 2016

HEADLINE: Kurt Schoonraad
MC: Carl Weber
SUPPORT ACT: Lungelo Ndlovu
OPEN MIC: Justin-Ray Stoffels

Saturday 03rd September 2016

HEADLINE: Kurt Schoonraad
MC: Carl Weber
SUPPORT ACT: Lungelo Ndlovu
OPEN MIC: Justin-Ray Stoffels

Sunday 04th September 2016

HEADLINE: Kurt Schoonraad
MC: Carl Weber
SUPPORT ACT: Lungelo Ndlovu
OPEN MIC: Justin-Ray Stoffels

Important Info Re-Seating: Seating arrangements are handled by Cape Town Comedy Club and very often patrons have to share tables. “Share the laugh, share the table”

Cape Town Comedy Club, The Pumphouse, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
· To hire venue for exclusive use, contact events for more info.

· To hire venue for fundraisers, contact des for more info.

· Full Restaurant & Bar

· Halaal-friendly

Age restriction: no under 18’s – Language & Prejudice.
Caution: comedians are not censored and some material might not be appropriate for sensitive audiences.

R95pp – Wednesdays & Thursdays – Mid week Madness… (limited R50 tickets at Computicket)
R120pp – Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
R60pp – Half Price Sundays (on selected shows only)
UNLESS OTHERWISE ADVERTISED
· Our Winter Meal & Cocktail Specials end on Wednesday

· Happy Hour: 6-7pm andone hourafter the show

BOOK NOW:
http://online.computicket.com/web/festival/cape_town_comedy_club_2015/26325007
Also available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite, Checkers stores
Tickets sold telephonically on the day (0214188880), subject to availability

Time: Starts 8.30pm. Doors open 6pm.
Telephone: 0214188880 / 0794953989

Email: info

Website: www.capetowncomedy.com

The All Blacks side to play the second Bledisloe Cup match at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday 27 August has been named

New All Black Anton Lienert-Brown to make his Test debut.
The matchday 23 is (with Test caps in brackets )

1. Joe Moody (14)
2. Dane Coles (40)
3. Owen Franks (81)
4. Brodie Retallick (51)
5. Samuel Whitelock (76)
6. Jerome Kaino (70)
7. Sam Cane (35)
8. Kieran Read – captain (88)
9. Aaron Smith (51)
10. Beauden Barrett (40)
11. Julian Savea (44)
12. Anton Lienert-Brown
13. Malakai Fekitoa (16)
14. Israel Dagg (52)
15. Ben Smith (52)

16. James Parsons (1)
17. Wyatt Crockett (49)
18. Charlie Faumuina (37)
19. Liam Squire (2)
20. Ardie Savea (3)
21. TJ Perenara (20)
22. Aaron Cruden (40)
23. Seta Tamanivalu (2)

A 21-year-old midfielder, Lienert-Brown will make his Test debut in the number 12 jersey, coming in for the injured Ryan Crotty in one of four changes to the matchday 23 which beat Australia 42-8 in Sydney in the opening match of the Investec Rugby Championship last weekend.

Prop Joe Moody returns from injury to start at loosehead prop, with Wyatt Crockett set to play his 50th Test from the bench. In the other changes, James Parsons’ experience sees him named at replacement hooker, while Seta Tamanivalu is in the 23 jersey as back cover.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Firstly, we’d like to congratulate Anton on his Test selection. He had a very good Super season with strong performances throughout and we expect him to take the step up. We’re really looking forward to seeing him play in the international arena. It’ll be a special night for Anton on Saturday and he and his family can be proud of what he has achieved.

“We’d also like to congratulate ‘Crocky’ on what will be his 50th Test. That’s also a special milestone for an All Black. ‘Crocky’ is the ultimate team man who has worked hard throughout his career. His attitude and performances since bouncing back from non-selection for the Rugby World Cup squad in 2011 epitomises everything you want in a team member and he can be very proud of what he has achieved.”

Reflecting on the challenge this week, Hansen said: “This Test match will tell us a lot about ourselves and Australia. There’s no doubt that one of the hardest things to do in sport is to back up a big performance with another big performance. It’s totally a mental thing, so that is something we’ve been working really hard on this week: getting our feet back on the ground and our attitudes right for what is going to be a really physical and demanding Test. As always, the expectation we have placed on ourselves is to improve in everything we do.

“Australia is a proud side and will not have been happy with their performance last week. As a result, we’re expecting them to throw everything they’ve got at us. This should lead to a very exciting, physical and high-intensity Test match with the Bledisloe Cup being in the balance.”

All Blacks v Australia – key facts

• When he takes the field this weekend, Wyatt Crockett will not only play his 50th Test, but also his 300th first-class match.

Crockett also holds a unique world record: he has played in 38 consecutive Test matches without defeat. The last loss he experienced in an All Blacks jersey was the All Blacks 2012 loss to England.

• Julian Savea scored his 40th try last weekend and is thus on 200 points for the All Blacks. Aaron Cruden is sitting on 299 points for the All Blacks.

• Beauden Barrett finished last weekend’s Test match with 199 points for the All Blacks. He has also scored six tries in his last six Tests.

• All Blacks Captain Kieran Read has won his first 13 Tests as captain. All Blacks legend Sir Brian Lochore holds the world record of winning his first 14 Tests.

•The All Blacks have scored 1,885 tries to date in their history and will be the first side to score 1,900 Test tries. France are second on 1,683 tries.

Source –Allblacks.com

Vincent Koch only change as he starts on Saturday for the Springboks in Salta Argentina

Vincent Koch will replace the injured Julian Redelinghuys in the only change to the Springboks’ starting fifteen to face Argentina on Saturday in Salta, as Tendai Mtawarira will equal Os du Randt’s record as most-capped prop for South Africa.

Koch, who has three Test caps to his name, comes in for Redelinghuys who has been ruled out of action with a hamstring injury he sustained in the first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test in Nelspruit on Saturday, won by the Boks by 30-23.

With Koch drafted into the starting line-up, Lourens Adriaanse moves onto the bench to as one of the two replacement props for what could be his second Springbok cap.

Also amongst the replacements, the Springboks have opted for the experienced Morné Steyn, who will give the team an extra kicking-option, in place of Juan de Jongh.

The rest of the Springbok line-up remains unchanged from the one that defeated the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium. In keeping changes to a minimum, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has opted for continuity against a Pumas side that will be lifted by their passionate home support.

“Vincent did very well when he came on as a replacement for Julian in Nelspruit, and he is rewarded with a starting berth, while we believe it would be good to give Lourens an opportunity on the bench at this stage,” said Coetzee.

“We expect them to try and put us under pressure with their tactical kicking. Morné is an experienced player with good kicking attributes, and he will provide an additional kicking cover for us.

“We will continue to build on our cohesion as a team. This is the first away Test for this side and we expect another huge battle against the Pumas.”

The Springboks will continue with their preparations in Buenos Aires before flying out to Salta on Friday morning.

The Springbok team to face Argentina in Nelspruit:

Position Name Franchise / Province / Club Test Caps Test points
15 Johan Goosen Racing 92 (France) 7 13
14 Ruan Combrinck Emirates Lions 3 13
13 Lionel Mapoe Emirates Lions 5 0
12 Damian De Allende DHL Stormers 17 10
11 Bryan Habana Toulon (France) 118 320
10 Elton Jantjies Emirates Lions 6 51
9 Faf de Klerk Emirates Lions 4 0
8 Warren Whiteley Emirates Lions 7 10
7 Oupa Mohoje Toyota Cheetahs 9 0
6 Francois Louw Bath (England) 47 40
5 Lood de Jager Toyota Cheetahs 21 20
4 Eben Etzebeth DHL Stormers 48 10
3 Vincent Koch Steval Pumas / DHL Stormers 3 0
2 Adriaan Strauss (captain) Vodacom Bulls 58 30
1 Tendai Mtawarira Cell C Sharks 79 10
Replacements:
16 Bongi Mbonambi DHL Stormers 1 0
17 Steven Kitshoff Bordeaux (France) 2 0
18 Lourens Adriaanse Cell C Sharks 1 0
19 Pieter-Steph du Toit DHL Stormers 12 10
20 Jaco Kriel Emirates Lions 2 0
21 Rudy Paige Vodacom Bulls 3 0
22 Morné Steyn Stade Francais (France) 61 694
23 Jesse Kriel Vodacom Bulls 13 15

Stats and facts:

The team and Milestones:

· The total Test caps in the starting line-up is 432 – 160 caps in the backline with 272 among the forwards. The combined Test caps of those on the bench is 95. The average caps per player for the 23 is 19.

· Adriaan Strauss will be captaining the side for the fifth time in his 59th test.

· The youngest player in the 23 man squad is Jesse Kriel (22y, 5m) while the oldest member of the team is Bryan Habana (33y, 2m).

· The tallest player in the squad is Lood de Jager (2.05m), the shortest is Faf de Klerk (1.72m), the heaviest is Steven Kitshoff (125kg) and the lightest is Faf de Klerk (80kg).

· The following players will play in their fifth consecutive Test in the starting XV under Allister Coetzee: Lionel Mapoe, Damian de Allende, Faf de Klerk, Francois Louw, Eben Etzebeth, Adriaan Strauss and Tendai Mtawarira.

· For 60% of the squad it will be a first visit to Argentina to play in a Championship Test match. Lourens Adriaanse and Bongi Mbonambi are the two players who have not faced Argentina in a Test match yet.

· Bryan Habana is the most capped Springbok (13 Tests) as well as the top try scorer (7) for South Africa against Argentina while Morné Steyn is the top points scorer with 15 conversions and 16 penalty goals for a total of 78 career points in only six appearances against the Pumas.

· Bryan Habana, Eben Etzebeth, Adriaan Strauss and Tendai Mtawarira are the only players that played in all eight Castle Lager Rugby Championship Tests against Argentina since they joined the tournament in 2012.

· Brian Habana needs one try to extend his own tournament career record to 20 which will be 100 tournament career points. One try will also extend his own World record for most test tries as a wing to 65. He needs two appearances in this tournament to reach 50 tournament appearances.

· Eben Etzebeth will play in his 26th consecutive Test match.

· Tendai Mtawarira will play in his 80th Test match thereby equalling Os du Randt’s record for most Test matches as a prop for the Springboks.

· Morné Steyn needs six points to reach 700 career points in Test matches. He also needs six successful penalty goals to equal Percy Montgomery’s career record of 148 penalty goals in Test matches. Only two points will bring his Castle Lager Rugby Championship career points to 350. He is also co-record holder with four drop goals in his Rugby Championship career, with Dan Carter of New Zealand and fellow Springbok André Pretorius.

· Possible Castle Lager Rugby Championship debuts for Bongi Mbonambi, Lourens Adriaanse and Rudy Paige, should they be used off the bench.

Head to head:

· South Africa and Argentina will play in their ninth encounter since Argentina joined the Castle Lager Rugby Championship in 2012. Of the previous eight, South Africa won six with one match drawn and a loss in Durban last year, the first ever loss against Argentina.

· The record is as follows: Played 8, Won 6, Lost 1, Drawn 1, Points for 239, Points against 149, Tries for 24, Tries against 13, Average score 30-19.

Match officials:

· The match officials for this match are: Referee – Jérôme Garcès (France); Assistant referees – Glen Jackson (New Zealand) and Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) with the TMO Glenn Newman (New Zealand).

· It will be Garcès’ eighth appearance as referee in Test matches involving South Africa. Of the previous seven Tests, the Springboks lost four and won three.

The stadium:

· Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena’s seating capacity is 20 408. The Springbok’s only played here once before in 2014. They narrowly won the match 33-31 with Morné Steyn slotting a penalty goal in the 77th minute. The 33 points are the most in three Castle Lager Rugby Championship Tests in Argentina.

· The scorers on that occasion were: Tries – Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks and Marcell Coetzee. Conversions – Handré Pollard and Morné Steyn (2). Penalty goals: Pollard (3) and Steyn.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

Reverend Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile Memorial Service 23 August 2016

The Western Province Rugby Football Union will hold a memorial service in honour of the late Reverend Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile, at 19h00, on Tuesday 23 August 2016, at the St. Saviours Anglican Church in Claremont.

Reverend Stofile passed away peacefully on 15 August 2016, at his home in Alice in the Eastern Cape, at the age of 71.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Fikile Mbalula will deliver the keynote address, and various dignitaries such as the President of SASCOC, Mr Gideon Sam, the acting President of SARU, Mr Mark Alexander and former Presidents of SARU, Mr Silas Nkanunu, Mr Brian van Rooyen and Mr Oregan Hoskins have all confirmed their attendance.

As a rugby administrator, Reverend Stofile made a huge contribution to the game of rugby, serving as a provincial and national sports administrator for more than 20 years. He represented the Victoria East Rugby Union, the South Eastern District Rugby Union, and also served as Vice-President of the South African Rugby Union.

As a rugby player himself, Reverend Stofile started playing in high school and went on to represent the University of Fort Hare. He also represented Border (at provincial level) in the late 1960’s and contributed hugely as a player and as a coach.

Reverend Stofile served as Minister of Sport and Recreation from 2004 to 2010 and at the time of his passing he was serving South Africa as Ambassador to Germany.

Divas of 90’s dance – Crystal Waters, CeCe Peniston, Sybil & Robin S 24 Sept Cape Town

DIVAS OF DANCE

Divas of 90’s dance – Crystal Waters, CeCe Peniston, Sybil & Robin S

On one stage for two shows only!

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