How to make money from writing songs with David Alexander CEO of Sheer Publishing Africa -7 April

How to make money from writing songs
Masterclass with David Alexander CEO of Sheer Publishing Africa

Areas that will be focused on include:

• So you wrote a song and it’s now on the radio – how do you get paid?

• How do you get the song onto a TV programme or a film or even better – a commercial?

• How much does that pay?

• How long does it take for the money to arrive in your account? What happens if it lands up on the Internet?

• Who is supposed to look after all of these things for you as a writer?

Come and hear David Alexander explain the workings of the music publishing business and how you need to protect yourself in a world where the digitisation of everything is leading to a reduction in earnings for songwriters all over the world.

David will be available to answer any questions you may have about the music publishing business – including how you could get your song onto the next Black Panther

Date: Saturday, 7 April 2018

Venue: Paul Bothner Music Claremont

Time: 10:30am to 12:30am

Cost: R50.00 for tickets purchased online VIA Quicket or R70.00 at the door

Enquiries: 021 674 4030 – Paul Bothner Music Claremont

Jolly Roger with Larry G on Saturday 31 March -for a wonderful party

Combine a well known DJ with a silky saxophonist a mad percussionist on the iconic Jolly Roger pirate boat, and you have a crazy party concoction.

The Jolly Roger, is the only pirate boat in South Africa, offers the young at heart an authentic adventure-filled experience and is particularly popular as a party boat for themed year-end functions, bachelor and bachelorettes and for families with young children

Saxophonist Larry G has shared stage with international saxophonist Kirk Whalum. Whilst Jay Feel a fiery percussionist performed with Micasa and the late Hugh Masekela. DJ Waggy made countless guest appearances on commercial radio stations and wowed festival crowds.

The trio has joined forces to take party to a whole new level. Showcasing their party skills compiling your favourite tracks and adding drumbeats and jazzy saxophone tunes to get you dancing till the sun goes down. Join this crazy trio on a spectacular Jolly Roger sunset party cruise.

This iconic pirate boat leaves @ 6h30pm and welcomes sunset seekers with a complimentary glass of bubbly and a light snack. The party continues on the jetty with a boerewors stand and cash bar till 10pm.

Jennifer Ferguson’s song for healing comes to the Baxter for 4 performances only in April

The Baxter Theatre Centre, in partnership with Peace of Music and The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative, have great pleasure in welcoming Jennifer Ferguson and Company back to the Baxter stage after a long absence.

Following on the heels of her opening performance at The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative’s (FATC) My Body My Space: Public Arts Festival (MBMS), singer-songwriter Jennifer Ferguson is heading to Cape Town to perform a series of four emotive concerts called JENNIFER #wetoo, at the Baxter Concert Hall, from 4 to 7 April, at 8pm.

Sparked by the #metoo viral campaign, which took social media by storm in 2017 and saw numerous women across the globe speak out with claims of sexual harassment and assault, Ferguson’s concerts are a creative response to the recent disclosure of her rape. “I want to go beyond the personal #metoo to a universal #wetoo,” she says. “JENNIFER could be you or me. My story is just one of tens of thousands. We need to look at other ways of dealing with the culture of sexual violence and admit the current judicial system is failing too many of us. Restorative, even narrative justice offers something different as a path to healing the individual and the community. As an artist, I can stand in my truth and own my story on the stage without compromise. Music has traditionally been used to heal personal and collective trauma. Creativity is a powerful response to atrocities. I hope that this sharing of song and stories, will empower us to speak our truth, to restore societal balance and to heal.’’

JENNIFER #wetoo will feature special guest artists Zolani Mahola and Tina Schouw, both who have been activists in their own rights. Some of Cape Town’s best musicians will play with Jennifer including Mark Franzman, Ronan Skillen and Shaun Jacobs, plus a very special appearance by the Cape Town Youth Choir’s Vocal Ensemble. Renowned choral conductor and co-script-writer of the Swedish Academy-award nominated film As it is in Heaven, Anders Nyberg, will share the musical direction.

The concerts will feature the joyful and the introspective, but will mostly be an articulated celebration of the human spirit. “It’s a song-communion of a kind for all of us who have been hurt, somewhere, sometime. Men and women. So hopefully we can rise again with a matured vision of a more courageous and authentic life. After the storm we rise and sing again… Together,” says Ferguson.

JENNIFER #wetoo is made even more poignant by the fact that Ferguson is performing with her family, who are all just as talented. Her husband, Anders, is musical director, composer and conductor while their children – son Gabriel Nyberg and daughter Johanna Nyberg – will perform alongside her on stage. Gabriel is a talented multi-instrumentalist and composer in his own right and Johanna, who has Down Syndrome, loves being on stage and will solo in a moving ballad, My Temple, My Home, a song composed with Cape Town activist musician Su Lubner to campaign against child abuse.

The JENNIFER #wetoo concerts are hopefully the beginning of a future project in partnership with FATC. “We, like everyone in South Africa, want a country where sexual violence is no longer the norm and where survivors of sexual crimes are empowered to speak out, are met with care and respect and a form of justice that heals not only themselves, but the community as a whole,” says Ferguson. “We want to work in close consultation with and support various organisations which have for many years been doing really hard, remarkable work in the field of sexual violence. We hope to open spaces for conversations around the difficult aspects of our inter-relationships, and men need to be part of this as well.”

Ferguson has been known for her insightful and uncompromising spirit which has consistently reflected in her activism and her music throughout the decades. Her award-winning recordings defined many of the complexities of the 80’s with anthemic songs around military conscription, the white suburban malaise and the rich textures of South Africa’s narratives of the struggle for freedom.

In the 90s she worked in parliament under Nelson Mandela’s presidency. During a tour of Sweden as an MP and artist in 1993, she met Anders Nyberg, her husband of 21 years. He had worked internationally in solidarity with the Liberation Struggle and even in the Cape townships as a choral researcher during the 80s. Their mutual passion for music, spirituality and social justice helped bring them together and continues to sustain them.

Jennifer’s first collaboration with FATC was in 2003, for its When Life Happens Festival, the first HIV/AIDS-focused festival of its kind in South Africa.

Ferguson decided to shift base to Sweden to accommodate the special needs of her daughter Johanna when she turned 10 years old. She lives a fairly reclusive life focusing on her music, choral workshops and concerts, sound healing and teaching. She also co-leads an integration choir. ‘‘Life in Sweden has given me the gift of another culture, a rare gift of original wilderness, a country where access to the land is enshrined constitutionally and some truly amazing music. I can work and walk in peace. But still there is nothing, ever, quite like home,” she says.

Tickets for the JENNIFER #wetoo concerts from 4 to 7 April are R195 with an Early Bird Special of R120 and only valid until 16 March and discounts for students and pensioners on presentation of valid identification. Booking is through Webtickets on 086 111 0005, online at or at selected Pick n Pay outlets.

For further media enquiries or interview requests please contact:


Fahiem Stellenboom

Baxter Theatre Centre


021 680 3971

We all need a laugh get Nigiri law by Barry Varkel at the Book Lounge in Cape Town

My dear friend Barry has a wandering mind when it comes to humor ,but on the other hand he has a lighting quick tongue and brain when he decides to push his day job which is being a sharp well read legal mind.

I suppose both these traits helped Barry write his first book, which was most probably done in the dead of night while he read over horror court papers.

Part truth ,part fiction the court drama is fun and full of dark humour and a twist.

Get it, read it and laugh.

Nigiri Law is an easy read and even the current issue (March 2018 ) of the inflight magazine for Kulula has 5 copies to give way ..

: Powerful arts and culture mix for Cape Cultural Collective’s Voices programme -16 March

Powerful arts and culture mix for Cape Cultural Collective’s Voices for Human Rights programme

Fresh from a hugely successful tenth anniversary year, the Cape Cultural Collective kicks off its second decade with a powerful line-up of performers for its human rights themed cultural programme.

The event, comprising music, dance and poetry, will take place at the Slave Church Museum, 40 Long Street on Friday 16 March 2018 at 7pm.

Artists include singer Roeshdien Jaz, musicians Didi & Jules and the band Azanian Aesthetics as well as the much-loved Rosa Choir. Poets Roche Kester, Pro-Found and Allison Claire Hoskins will also perform.

Audiences can look forward to hearing the number one songs of Roeshdien Jaz aka Mr Jaz as well as the spellbinding original compositions of Didi & Jules, a guitar, violin and vocal duo. Azanian Aesthetics are fast becoming a favourite of CCC audiences with their amalgamation of old traditional and Pan African instrumental story telling.

Three powerful, no holds barred, performance poets will also grace the stage: Roche Kester, Allison-Claire Hoskins and Ziqu Pro-Found Ndabezitha.
No CCC event would be complete without the much-loved Rosa Choir. This incredibly diverse group of choristers, now in their 6th year, sing a range of songs in Afrikaans, Xhosa and English.

The event will be opened by the stirring rhythms and sounds of the CCC Drummers headed by Mbulelo Mapila.
“These monthly programmes are incredibly powerful and are attracting growing numbers of arts and culture lovers from across the Cape,” said Kay Jaffer, founder member of the CCC.

Our theme speaks to the need to put the concept of Human Rights under the spotlight and to give it real meaning in a time of uncertainty,” said Cape Cultural Collective programme organiser June Knight. She also added that “it is always inspiring when we manage to bring together such a diverse range of performers and audience members from all over Cape Town, it shows that we can break down artificial barriers”.

“The Slave Church Museum, with its deep-rooted connection to our slave history and wonderful acoustics, is the ideal place for thought-provoking and entertaining programmes of this nature,” said Mansoor Jaffer, chairperson of the CCC.

Refreshments will be on Sale. Entry is free and donations are welcome.

The Cape Cultural Collective is a diverse cultural group that promotes ideals of unity, inclusivity and equality and draws a link between history and the social challenges of our time.

Formed in 2007, the CCC has an impressive list of projects under its belt, including: monthly cultural programmes; a poetry anthology; the Rosa adult and junior choirs; the Vulamathuba choir; four major celebration concerts for UWC’s 50th anniversary; the Uhadi poetry production performed in Paris in 2013; cultural tourism initiatives, a hugely successful 10th year anniversary celebration which included a sold-out production at Artscape and a community picnic at the Castle.

The CCC works closely with a range of communities including Langa, Mitchells Plain, Manenberg and Bonteheuwel

The event is organised in collaboration with the SA Sendinggestig Museum. The SA Sendinggestig Museum examines the history of slaves and other marginalised groups and is housed in the oldest indigenous mission church in the country.

Issued by the Cape Cultural Collective and the SA Sendinggestig Museum.

For more information contact;

Kay Jaffer 082 2023131
June Knight 079 1835170
SA Sendinggestig Museum 021 423 6755

Rassie Erasmus as new Springbok coach until end 2023 (best kept secret is out )

Rassie Erasmus will spearhead a streamlined but experienced Springbok management team until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, SA Rugby confirmed on Wednesday, as the former Springbok captain will combine his Springbok coaching duties with his current role as Director of Rugby at SA Rugby.

Lets hope this does not end in tears two years down the line ,but anyway read away my friends (Pity SA rugby don’t send out official pic with him)

The 45-year-old Erasmus takes over the national coaching duties from Allister Coetzee, who was in charge of the Boks during the past two years. His three assistant coaches will be Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers and Mzwandile Stick, while Aled Walters will join the management team as Head of Athletic Performance.

Nienaber previously served as a Springbok defence coach for a short stint under Coetzee before joining Erasmus at Munster in 2016. De Villiers worked as scrum consultant under former Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer from 2012 to 2015, while Stick was a member of the 2016 Springbok coaching staff before his involvement with the Junior Springboks last year.

Walters, who has considerable international experience gained from working in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, joins the team from Irish side Munster, where he was their Head of Athletic Performance.

According to SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, the changes to the Springbok management team are the result of a very thorough review process of the 2017 season.

“The Springbok team is our flagship brand and the on-field performances have a direct impact on the business of SA Rugby,” said Roux.

“Following a very detailed review process of the 2017 season, I believe that we have managed to assemble a strong and experienced Springbok coaching and management staff. We are looking forward to see improved performances this season.”

The first task awaiting Erasmus will be to prepare the Springboks for a once-off match against Wales in Washington DC and a tough three-Test Castle Lager Incoming Series against England, currently ranked number two in the world.

Erasmus, who re-joined SA Rugby at the end of 2017 following a brief but successful stint at Munster, described his new appointment as a tremendous honour.

“It is a huge task to coach the Springboks and I am very privileged,” said Erasmus.

“I really believe we have the players and the rugby IP (intellectual property) to turn things around and to mount a serious challenge at next year’s Rugby World Cup.

“We have 18 Tests and just under 600 days until Japan 2019 and although a lot of planning has already gone into our Rugby World Cup preparation, it is very important that we prepare thoroughly for the matches against Wales and England in June.”

Erasmus said he is delighted with the composition of his management team and said he will utilise the expertise of consultants and local coaches when needed: “I will call on our franchise coaches to assist me from time to time because they, after all, work with the players for the most of the time.”

Furthermore, two other experienced former staff members return to the new-look Springbok management set-up, namely Charles Wessels (Head of Operations) and Rene Naylor (physiotherapist). Both of them performed duties for the Springboks at the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup tournaments, and bring with them a wealth of experience.

Ian Schwartz, Springbok Team Manager from 2012 to 2017, recently took up a position in the Strategic Performance Management department at SA Rugby while Matt Proudfoot who was the Bok scrum coach under Coetzee and a valuable resource to SA Rugby.

The Springbok management team is:
Head Coach: Rassie Erasmus
Assistant Coaches: Jacques Nienaber, Pieter de Villiers, Mzwandile Stick
Head of Athletic Performance: Aled Walters
Technical Analyst: Lindsay Weyer
Team Doctor: Konrad von Hagen
Head of Operations: Charles Wessels
Physiotherapists: Vivian Verwant, Rene Naylor, Tanu Pillay
Logistics Manager: JJ Fredericks
Media Manager: Rayaan Adriaanse
PR Manager: Annelee Murray

Brief profile of Rassie Erasmus:
Born: 5 October 1972
Birth place: Despatch, Eastern Cape
University: University of Free State

International playing career
Total Springbok matches: 39 (36 Tests, three tour matches)
Positions: Flank (34) No 8 (2)
Test debut: 5 July 1997 vs the British & Irish Lions in Johannesburg, aged 24
Last Test: 23 June 2001 vs France in Durban, aged 28
Win ratio: 27-9-0
Captained the Springboks against Australia in Brisbane, 1999

Coaching career:
2004: Coach – Toyota Free State Cheetahs (Vodacom Cup)
2005-2007: Head Coach – Toyota Free State Cheetahs (won the Currie Cup in 2005 and shared 2006 with the Vodacom Blue Bulls)
2007: Technical advisor – Springboks
2008-2010: Director of Coaching and Head Coach – DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province
2011: Technical specialist – Springboks (Rugby World Cup)
2012-2016: SA Rugby General Manager: High Performance Teams / Rugby Department
2016-2017: Director of Rugby and Head Coach – Munster (won Guinness PRO12 Coach of the Season Award in 2017)
November 2017: Appointed as Director of Rugby at SA Rugby

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

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