Winston Siljeur to play at Radisson RED V&A Waterfront, Cape Town this weekend

Winston Siljeur is an impressive multi instrumentalist who hails from Robertson.

He has worked with Cara Frew, Ernie Smith Anton Goosen, Lloyd Cele, Heinz Winkler, Currently he is the Music Department Coordinator at Pneumatix Performing Arts Academy, Somerset West.
This weekend his 4 piece ensemble close off the Jazz on Red series on Friday 29th at the Radisson Red Hotel at the V &A Waterfront .Book at Quicket

When are you happiest?

When I’m on the keys, whether its at home, a rehearsal room, studio or onstage

What does music mean to you?

Everything!!! Music is who I am

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work ?

Being able to inspire people, seeing people enjoy your music

Are you Famous ?

No
What drives you…. Ego or Humility?

Humility for sure, I always like to describe as humble, down to earth and simply just hardworking and everyone around knows me like that…

Any funny moments on stage?

Falling of my chair whilst playing because I don’t sit still as I enjoy the music so much.

Your heroes?

Joe Sample, Bob James, Chick Corea, Jeff Lorber, Cory Henry

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Kirk Whallum, playing jazz, playing his music, making a life

What is your most treasured possession?

My stage piano

It’s your round what are you drinking?

Glass of Red wine

Dream gig to do?

Perfroming my own music on big stages around the world.

Nicknames?

Winnie

If you were not a musician what would you do?

There is nothing besides music

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Humble, Hardworking, Goal – orientated, Driven, Relational

5 Favourite albums of all time ?

Love Stories – Frank McComb
We like it here – Snarky Puppy
Family Dinner – Snarky Puppy
Had a hat – Jeff Lorber
Geography – Tom Misch

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Don’t think I’ve found that one yet

What song changed your life?

There is no one particular song that changed my life, Music changed my life and it still does on a daily basis

Who do you love?

My kids, I simply adore them

What is your favorite word?

Nton’ton: It is a term used to refer to any thing that you have forgotten the name of.

Favorite Fashion Garment

I don’t do fashion –but I do like a good pair of pants

Top of your bucket list?

Taking my kids on their 1st flight experience…Get super excited just imagining how dumbstruck and excited they would be

Your greatest achievement?

My kids

What do you complain about most often?

Being tired

What is your fear?

Not having done enough for my kids

Happiness is?

Either on the keys or with my kids

On stage I tend to?

Enjoy making music

If you are walking on stage for a keynote speech alla Barak Obama what song would you use and why?

It would probably be an own composed overture of some sort as I would probably work it into my speech about being original….

The best life lesson you have been taught?

Hardwork pays off

Do you get worked up whilst watching a sports game on TV ?

Nope, not into sports

Where would you like to be right now?

On an island, with the best scenery and tranquility

Do you do charity work and if you do – what do you do ?

I giving my time and expertise to raise funds for charities

Wishes and dreams ?

I wish to inspire, motivate…I dream off being in a position to make things happen for others, being the CEO of my well established company.

WORLD’S PREMIER ABBA TRIBUTE EXPERIENCE, THE ABBA SHOW, SET TO DAZZLE CAPE TOWN AUDIENCES IN EAR LY 2020

The ABBA Show @ Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World – 18 January 2020

Presented by Showtime Australia

Dancing Queens and Super Troupers are you ready to Gimme Gimme Gimme?

Get ready for an epic singalong when the world`s premier live ABBA tribute, The ABBA Show, returns to Cape Town, 18 January 2020, for a much anticipated one-night-only performance at the Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World.

As one of Showtime Australia’s most enduring and successful shows, with devoted and ostentatious fans all over the world, tickets are already selling well and producers are expecting a huge, lively crowd to turn up and set the dancefloor alight!

While Abba’s legend lives on, with over 600 million records sold, and hit after hit of dance floor classics, The ABBA Show, is far from being just another cover band – it’s a full-scale concert production featuring more than two hours of your favourite ABBA tunes performed live with a backing band, dancing, replica costumes and theatrical lighting and effects, giving fans all the ABBA nostalgia they can handle, plus a highly fun and entertaining night out in its own right.

The internationally acclaimed starring cast of the show has put in countless hours to achieve the attention to detail that the show is famous for. With superb harmonies, great musicianship plus all the little details like dance moves, accents and mannerisms, The ABBA Show transcends the conventions of ‘tribute shows’ and enters a unique realm of authentic and professional recreation.

Brits Hannah Pocock as Agnetha and Jenna Ball as Frida are set to dazzle audiences while Johannesburg’s André Behnke and Australian Zac Coombs will take on the roles of Bjorn and Benny.

Showtime Australia Director and Producer, Johnny Van Grinsven, believes the show is a “must-see” for all ages, especially die-hard ABBA fans.

“ABBAsolutely fABBAulous has been all around the world averaging 200 shows a year for the past 17 years! Throughout the course of the production, the audience is led through a magical journey detailing the rise of Abba, and we guarantee you will be on your feet for most of the evening,” he says.

Featuring classic songs such as Waterloo, SOS, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Money, Knowing Me Knowing You and many more, The Abba Show promises to be the must-see event of the New Year.

So, grab your platforms and sequins and let this fun, fast-paced and hugely interactive tribute stage show take you back to a time when glitz and ABBA ruled!

Tickets for this spectacular show can be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced between R180 and R380 each.

For further details about the show, visit: www.facebook.com/theabbashow as well as the show’s official website at www.theabbashow.com.au

Showtime Australia
Showtime Australia is the keystone business in Johnny Van Grinsven’s group of international entertainment companies which specialize in the production, promotion and touring of tribute shows. With more than 10 000 performances on the books and eight marquee shows currently touring the globe, Showtime Australia is the premier name in tribute entertainment.

Willem Moller and Steve Louw for intimate show at Alama Cafe in Cape Town on Saturday night 23 November at 8pm

Willem Moller and Steve Louw are 2 amazing artists who have amazing songs and stories to tell

-They will be at the The Alma Cafe on Saturday night 23 November -starting 8pm

I chatted to Steve last night ahead of the show

When are you happiest?

Playing guitar either on stage or in the studio.

What does music mean to you?

It is a way to move into another world.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work ?

Writing songs, to hear music that came in from the universe.

Are you Famous ?

No.

What do you think of Influencers ?

Probably just part of culture.

What drives you…. Ego or Humility?

Humility.
Any funny moments on stage?

Yes,when the bass player had to play the opening riff of I Wonder about twenty times before Rodriguez came on stage, but the audience still went crazy.

Your heroes?

Barack Obama, Dalai Lama

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Dalai Lama for his humility, humour and wisdom.

What is your most treasured possession?

My home.

It’s your round what are you drinking?

Whiskey

Dream gig to do?

A NYC club gig.

What makes you stand out?

My one pupil is bigger than the other one.

Nicknames?

Stevo/Stevie

If you were not a musician what would you do?

Be involved in Nature Conservation.

5 Favourite albums of all time ?

Music from Big Pink

Abbey Road
Kind of Blue
Blood on the Tracks
After the Goldrush

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Chinatown

What song changed your life?

There are so many great songs but I don’t think any are life changing.

Who do you love?

My Family

What is your favorite word?

Love.

Favorite Fashion Garment

My leather flying jacket

Your greatest achievement?

Making it this far down the track.

What do you complain about most often?

Traffic.

What is your fear?

Confined spaces.

Happiness is?

The wide open plains of the world.

On stage I tend to?

Play guitar and sing.

If you are walking on stage for a keynote speech alla Barak Obama what song would you use and why?

Born to Run,it is inspirational, and has a great riff.

The best life lesson you have been taught?

Work hard and be humble.

Do you get worked up whilst watching a sports game on TV ?

Yes

Where would you like to be right now?

Where I am,here at home.

Do you do charity work and if you do –what do you do ?

I am involved in nature Conservation.

Wishes and dreams ?

To keep writing songs and making albums.

BELINDA DAVIDS SET TO RELEASE HER FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS ALBUM THIS MONTH

INTERNATIONAL SINGING SUPERSTAR, BELINDA DAVIDS, SET TO RELEASE HER FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS ALBUM THIS MONTH – AHEAD OF HER LIMITED SERIES OF ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS AT ARTSCAPE THEATRE IN CAPE TOWN

She’s taking over the global concert stages one mesmerizing performance at a time, and now Showtime Australia artist Belinda Davids is set to heat up the Christmas season with the release of her very first holiday album: Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas.

The Port Elizabeth-born Davids, who just returned from touring the UK and Russia last month, is expected to drop her first Christmas album on Wednesday 20 November – the same day of her much-anticipated opening night concert in Cape Town, marking a two-year wait for her Mother City fans to catch the singing diva again live in concert.
Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas is a 12-track soulful album that is guaranteed to encourage all Christmas-lovers who are eager to get into the Christmas spirit early.
Recording a Christmas album became a special and personal project for Davids when she realised, in recent years, the significance and privilege of being able to spend the festive season with her two children and extended family. “My touring schedule is so hectic, sometimes I barely have time to breathe, so when I can be at home over Christmas and truly be present with my children it is the greatest gift, and super important to me – it’s the creation of memories,” she says.
With this album Davids wanted to give her fans a taste of what her own earliest Christmas memories were like:
“These are the Classics that were played at Christmas time when I was young. I adore Christmas songs, but they are often so cheesy, so when I sat in the studio I wanted to record those same Classics that are timeless and nostalgic, but with a soulful and playful vibe that reflects the diverse musical influences I had in my upbringing. I think we managed to deliver just that.”

Some of the festive season classics to expect on the album include: Silent Night, Joy to the World, Away in a Manager, Do You Hear What I Hear, and When a Child Is Born.


Davids, who now calls Cape Town her home, recorded the album in Johannesburg earlier this year, with studio time juggled between her international touring commitments over a period of four months.
It’s been a long time coming for Davids to finally release more solo music; she was just 16 years old in 1996 when she released her debut album Belinda which included the hit single ‘We Go Together’.
So what magical Christmas memories does Davids ponder on every festive season?

“Christmas in my grandmother’s house was a highlight for me, where all her kids and grandkids gathered and there was just always so much presence of family throughout the holidays. We would all decorate the house, walls and the Christmas tree – all while our favourite Christmas classics were playing in the background. It meant the world to be around family and to celebrate Christmas Day with my loved ones”.

Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas will be available for purchase on all major global digital music platforms from 20 November 2019.

THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL TAKES OVER CAPE TOWN

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston will showcase with orchestral accompaniment at Artscape Opera House at Artscape Theatre in The Mother City from 20 November until 1 December, and is billed as one of the “most anticipated concert performances of the year”.
These special and limited orchestral concerts featuring South African-born Davids, are a first for South Africa, having already performed to sold-out arenas in the UK and Russia earlier this year.
The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston is set to be backed by a South African orchestra, dancers and stunning theatrical effects this time around, as the vocally-talented Davids is set to yet again impress local audiences in a jaw-dropping musical tribute experience to one of music’s most loved-icons.

Tickets for this spectacular concert experience in Cape Town can purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and range between R250 and R390 each.
The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston is also set to tour its orchestral concert series to Johannesburg later next year. The show will perform at The Mandela at Joburg Civic Theatre, from 5- 28 June 2020. Tickets are available now via the theatre box office or by visiting www.thegreatestloveofallshow.com.

MORE ABOUT BELINDA DAVIDS

South African songstress Belinda Davids was born in Port Elizabeth and began performing professionally at the age of 14. She has never had vocal training and is blessed with a four-octave vocal range, which allows her to sing any genre.

  • Belinda’s inspirations as a child were Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson and the one artist she honours in every show is Whitney Houston.
  • For Davids, starring in The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston is the culmination of a life-long connection with the superstar to whom she pays homage.
  • In respect for Houston’s legacy, Showtime Australia dedicated over 12 months to creating the show, first to finding the perfect star, and then to perfecting the production.
  • It took over 15 000 auditions in 12 countries to find the right voice, and finally our very own South African Belinda Davids emerged as the front-runner in 2013.
  • Exposed mainly to R&B and gospel as a child, Davids was innately drawn to Houston’s musical style, and paid homage to her idol through her dress and hairstyle and by including Houston songs in almost all her live shows.
  • The ultimate realization of Davids’ affinity with Houston occurred during a show in Hong Kong. Following a recital of ‘I Will Always Love You’, the audience was so astounded by her performance that they demanded she sing acapella to prove she wasn’t lip-syncing to a Houston track.
  • After winning BBC TV’s Even Better Than The Real Thing musical contest in 2017, Davids performed at the Apollo Theatre in late 2017, which captivated US radio and TV personality Steve Harvey on stage with her amazing rendition of “I Will Always Love You”. That jaw-dropping performance has been viewed over 25 million times on Facebook to date – cementing Davids as a true global musical icon.

[tags, Belinda Davids ,Clayton Morar ,ArtsCape ,Cape Town ,Whitney Houston ,I Love Christmas ]

BELINDA DAVIDS, SET TO RELEASE HER FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS ALBUM THIS MONTH

INTERNATIONAL SINGING SUPERSTAR, BELINDA DAVIDS, SET TO RELEASE HER FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS ALBUM THIS MONTH – AHEAD OF HER LIMITED SERIES OF ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS AT ARTSCAPE THEATRE IN CAPE TOWN

She’s taking over the global concert stages one mesmerizing performance at a time, and now Showtime Australia artist Belinda Davids is set to heat up the Christmas season with the release of her very first holiday album: Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas.

The Port Elizabeth-born Davids, who just returned from touring the UK and Russia last month, is expected to drop her first Christmas album on Wednesday 20 November – the same day of her much-anticipated opening night concert in Cape Town, marking a two-year wait for her Mother City fans to catch the singing diva again live in concert.

Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas is a 12-track soulful album that is guaranteed to encourage all Christmas-lovers who are eager to get into the Christmas spirit early.

Recording a Christmas album became a special and personal project for Davids when she realised, in recent years, the significance and privilege of being able to spend the festive season with her two children and extended family. “My touring schedule is so hectic, sometimes I barely have time to breathe, so when I can be at home over Christmas and truly be present with my children it is the greatest gift, and super important to me – it’s the creation of memories,” she says.

With this album Davids wanted to give her fans a taste of what her own earliest Christmas memories were like:

“These are the Classics that were played at Christmas time when I was young. I adore Christmas songs, but they are often so cheesy, so when I sat in the studio I wanted to record those same Classics that are timeless and nostalgic, but with a soulful and playful vibe that reflects the diverse musical influences I had in my upbringing. I think we managed to deliver just that.”

Some of the festive season classics to expect on the album include: Silent Night, Joy to the World, Away in a Manager, Do You Hear What I Hear, and When a Child Is Born.

Davids, who now calls Cape Town her home, recorded the album in Johannesburg earlier this year, with studio time juggled between her international touring commitments over a period of four months.

It’s been a long time coming for Davids to finally release more solo music; she was just 16 years old in 1996 when she released her debut album Belinda which included the hit single ‘We Go Together’.

So what magical Christmas memories does Davids ponder on every festive season?

“Christmas in my grandmother’s house was a highlight for me, where all her kids and grandkids gathered and there was just always so much presence of family throughout the holidays. We would all decorate the house, walls and the Christmas tree – all while our favourite Christmas classics were playing in the background. It meant the world to be around family and to celebrate Christmas Day with my loved ones”.

Belinda Davids – I Love Christmas will be available for purchase on all major global digital music platforms from 20 November 2019.

THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL TAKES OVER CAPE TOWN

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston will showcase with orchestral accompaniment at Artscape Opera House at Artscape Theatre in The Mother City from 20 November until 1 December, and is billed as one of the “most anticipated concert performances of the year”.

These special and limited orchestral concerts featuring South African-born Davids, are a first for South Africa, having already performed to sold-out arenas in the UK and Russia earlier this year.

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston is set to be backed by a South African orchestra, dancers and stunning theatrical effects this time around, as the vocally-talented Davids is set to yet again impress local audiences in a jaw-dropping musical tribute experience to one of music’s most loved-icons.

Tickets for this spectacular concert experience in Cape Town can purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and range between R250 and R390 each.

The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston is also set to tour its orchestral concert series to Johannesburg later next year. The show will perform at The Mandela at Joburg Civic Theatre, from 5- 28 June 2020. Tickets are available now via the theatre box office or by visiting www.thegreatestloveofallshow.com.

MORE ABOUT BELINDA DAVIDS

South African songstress Belinda Davids was born in Port Elizabeth and began performing professionally at the age of 14. She has never had vocal training and is blessed with a four-octave vocal range, which allows her to sing any genre.

  • Belinda’s inspirations as a child were Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson and the one artist she honours in every show is Whitney Houston.
  • For Davids, starring in The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston is the culmination of a life-long connection with the superstar to whom she pays homage.
  • In respect for Houston’s legacy, Showtime Australia dedicated over 12 months to creating the show, first to finding the perfect star, and then to perfecting the production.
  • It took over 15 000 auditions in 12 countries to find the right voice, and finally our very own South African Belinda Davids emerged as the front-runner in 2013.
  • Exposed mainly to R&B and gospel as a child, Davids was innately drawn to Houston’s musical style, and paid homage to her idol through her dress and hairstyle and by including Houston songs in almost all her live shows.
  • The ultimate realization of Davids’ affinity with Houston occurred during a show in Hong Kong. Following a recital of ‘I Will Always Love You’, the audience was so astounded by her performance that they demanded she sing acapella to prove she wasn’t lip-syncing to a Houston track.
  • After winning BBC TV’s Even Better Than The Real Thing musical contest in 2017, Davids performed at the Apollo Theatre in late 2017, which captivated US radio and TV personality Steve Harvey on stage with her amazing rendition of “I Will Always Love You”. That jaw-dropping performance has been viewed over 25 million times on Facebook to date – cementing Davids as a true global musical icon.

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Saturday 23rd Nov – Music Exchange Masterclass “Closing the deal” a master class with lawyer Barry Varkel

Date for the diary

Saturday 23rd Nov 10.30am to 12noon – Music Exchange Masterclass
“Closing the deal” a master class with lawyer Barry Varkel at Radisson RED V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

ticket link https://qkt.io/closingthedeal -R50.00

Areas to be covered will include:

1. Negotiations prior to the show/event/performance.

2. The function which email correspondence plays in the deal.

3. Resolving any contentious issues in the contract.

4. Getting to the bottom-line of the deal.

5. Signature of the contract.

6. Why it is necessary to have the contract witnessed.

7. What a 50% deposit means and what the parties’ respective roles and responsibilities are.

8. What happens if the balance of funds is not paid prior to the event and other things which could go wrong.

9. The meaning of putting a co-contracting party to terms.

10. Taking legal action and how one would proceed to enforce legal rights.

11. The supply of a legal contract for attendees

12 Mex19 attendees get in for Free -please bring your lanyard to qualify for this

Springbok Trophy Tour – Cape Town Route for Monday 11 November

Springbok Trophy Tour – Cape Town Route for Monday

The fifth and final leg of the Springboks’ RWC Trophy Tour will take place in Cape Town on Monday 11 Nov 2019

The route plan for Cape Town is as follows (all time approximate):

  • 10h30: Tour starts at City Hall and bus departs along Darling Street
  • Left onto Adderley Street
  • Right onto Wale Street
  • Left onto Long Street
  • Right onto Buitensingel
  • Right onto Loop Street
  • Right onto Strand Street
  • Left onto Adderley Street
  • Right onto Hertzog Boulevard onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard
  • 13h00: Second leg via N2 to Langa, Belhar and Elsies River
  • 13h30: Take Bhunga Avenue offramp
  • Right onto Washington Drive towards Jakes Gerwel and right towards N2
  • 14h30: Depart for Belhar via N2 and R300 onto Stellenbosch Arterial
  • Right onto Symphony Way into Robert Sobukwe
  • 15h15: Left onto De la Rey Street through Ravensmead
  • Left onto Francie van Zijl Drive towards Uitsig and Elsies River
  • Left onto Jakes Gerwel onto the N2 and back to the hotel (arrival approximately 17h00)

Please note: The actual bus trip is for filming purposes only and that no media will be allowed on the bus, however, you are free to position yourself along the route for footage.

#WeAreDyingHere Siphokazi Jonas returns to Artscape on 30 November and 1 December 2019.

Highly respected and much-applauded producer, playwright, performer and UCT Masters graduate, Siphokazi Jonas returns to Artscape with a brand-new poetry and music production, #WeAreDyingHere, on 30 November and 1 December 2019.
#WeAreDyingHere is three women’s responses to the prevalence of the violent culture of harassment, abuse, rape and femicide in South Africa.

“We want to put out a challenge to ourselves and all members of society to reimagine a more hopeful future where the most vulnerable are not overwhelmed by fear,” Jonas says of her latest deeply personal and considered production.

The show also asks how we can continue these conversations, not just during 16 Days of Activism but 365-days-a-year which is how we experience violence in our country. “The show is an indaba,” she shares. “Audiences will have 90 minutes to respond and imagine together, all within a very personal setting. The venue is intimate (90 people) and not within a traditional theatre, allowing for a flatter structure with semi-circular seating.

#WeAreDyingHere draws on many local and global traditions of storytelling by decreasing the distance between performer and audience, all while flattening hierarchies. “I am really tired of feeling helpless and afraid as a woman in South Africa,” Jonas insists. “Before work began on realising #WeAreDyingHere, I felt as if art has no real place in terms of true change in the world; a poem is not going to change murderous intent. A fellow writer reminded me that our work gives us language and helps us to articulate ourselves. That’s what we hope #WeAreDyingHere will illicit.”
All three-cast members co-wrote the work; Siphokazi Jonas, along with Venda-born storyteller Hope Netshivhambe and vocalist Babalwa Makwetu.
Hope has performed her poetry at The State Theatre (Pretoria), the Market Theatre (Johannesburg), and has been part of the first ever-national Fresh Poetry Tour. She recently took third place at the Tshwane Speak Out Loud poetry competition for the 2018/2019 edition.

Babalwa Makwetu, who was also part of the cast of Jonas’ Around the Fire 2018, is a 2017 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards nominee for Best Supporting Actress. She is both an actress and a musician; currently she is a part-time music teacher at Magnet Theatre where she studied Physical Theatre and a number of other disciplines. Babalwa has toured locally and internationally, including Italy, Switzerland and the USA. She will also be releasing her debut single, “Vuma”, this year.

#WeAreDyingHere is an important work in speaking back, speaking against, and leading the conversation, which need to be had within our communities.

“When we got together as the creators of this work, we weren’t even sure what needs to be said,” Jonas recalls. “We were trying to figure out how to articulate our rage, but we also wanted to challenge ourselves to write from a position of autonomy and strength. Through this show we grapple with the idea of hope in such seemingly hopeless conditions.”

“We hope that we will see a lot of men in attendance and in conversation,” she concludes. “I cannot stress this enough. We need people eager to challenge norms within their circles and who are willing to be accountable.”

We’re also taking the hashtag conversation offline. If you are looking for a moment to breathe in the chaos – to be encouraged, to speak and listen to different communities – this is for you!
Important to note is that although the title of the show is #WeAreDyingHere, the trio want to leave everyone with an overwhelming sense of just how much we want to live: to thrive, fearlessly, and as freely as possible.

Jonas intends taking #WeAreDyingHere on tour in 2020, in order that these indabas/conversations can be sparked in as many spaces as possible; from schools, churches, offices to many traditional and non-traditional performance spaces.

#WeAreDyingHere will also be performed in Johannesburg at a latter date .

Tickets for #WeAreDyingHere are available from Quicket https://qkt.io/EGevUy

Viva the Boks winning Rugby Word Cup 2019

IN eight previous World Cup finals there had been nothing remotely like it … I’m talking about the jaw-dropping, eyebrow-raising magnificence of the Springbok pack that blew Eddie Jones’ cocky England to smithereens, sweeping the South Africans to a 20-point winning margin, the second biggest ever in a final.

Just a week before, the world had marvelled at how England had dismantled New Zealand with a power game that their cock-a-hoop media described as the most complete England performance ever.

Very few folk outside of South Africa gave the Boks a chance, and almost none at all would have predicted such an emphatic conquest. Never had a team lost a Pool game and gone on to win the Cup…

But rugby remains an incredibly simple game. The essence of it has not changed in 150 years, and that is if you control possession by dominating the opposition in the set scrums, the line-outs, the restarts, plus you boss the breakdown battle, you control the game’s destiny.

When the two packs of forwards went down for the very first scrum, just 90 seconds into the game, and the green phalanx inched relentlessly forward, there was a collective roar across South Africa, and how Eddie’s heart must have sunk.

This was not going to be the forward arm wrestle of previous finals… And it got worse for the England pack, with Jerome Garces repeatedly blowing them for scrum infringements when they could not deal with the destructive force powering at them, and Handre Pollard duly nailed the penalty goals.

But if the pack is to quite rightly praised to the rafters, and the finishing of Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe celebrated long and lustily, there was another area of the Springbok game that trumped all else in securing their magnificent win.

And that was a seven-minute period not long after half time when England laid siege to the Bok line, sensing they could take the game by the throat. Wave after Red Rose wave foundered on the Springbok rock. Almost every England player flung himself at the line and every single one was repulsed. A few, in fact, managed to get over the line but before the ball could be grounded they were ferociously repelled.

Owen Farrell eventually settled for three points and the fact that it was not seven for all of that effort was a vital psychological victory for the Boks. The England heads went down, the South African chests puffed out, and for me that was the winning of the game.

The Boks to a man were exceptional but it would be churlish not to give praise where it is due in the case of fullback Willie le Roux. Seldom has a Springbok player been so vilified and understandably so given his wavering form in the tournament, but when it counted Le Roux came to the party. He was outstanding under the high ball and when he came in at first receiver he directed traffic commandingly.

Rassie Erasmus kept faith with the veteran and he came good when it mattered.

Faf de Klerk has also been the butt of social media jokes but he had the last laugh yesterday with a performance that brought to mind Jones’ description of the scrumhalf last year: “a painful little buzz saw.”

By Mike Greenaway

Sifiso Nene the comedian is at the Baxter in Cape Town on Saturday after the Rugby World Cup final

One of SA’s most loved comedians, Sifiso Nene, is headed to Cape Town on Saturday to debut a one-night only performance of his newest funny showcase, I HAVE NO CHOICE, which promises to leave audiences in stitches.

The Kwazulu-Natal-born stand-up comedian, actor and MC, is set to charm The Mother City comedy audiences at The Baxter Theatre on Saturday 2 November 2019, with his infectious humour and relatable jokes.

I caught up with him yesterday

When are you happiest?
I am super happy when I’m on stage.

What does comedy mean to you?

Comedy is my life. I don’t have words that can describe it better than that

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work ?

That I heal people through laughter. People are going through the most in life. It is always nice to hear people talk of the impact that comedy makes in their lifestival.

Are you Famous ?

I wouldn’t really say famous famous. But most people who are interested in the comedy industry do know me.

What do you think of Influencers ?

I think that it’s their time to shine and they should take advantage of this opportunity.

What drives you…. Ego or Humility?

Obviously humility

Give me a short joke with a punchline ?

You are cute

Your heroes?

Trevor Noah, David Kau, Riaad Mooser

Which living person do you admire most and why?

Trevor Noah. Do I really need to say why?

What is your most treasured possession?

My comedy gift

It’s your round what are you drinking?

Passion fruit and lemonade

Dream gig to do?

Montreal Comedy Festival

What makes you stand out?

My background informs my content. So that makes me stand out

Nicknames?

No nickname

If you were not a funny fellow what would you do?

I’d probably be in theatre

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Funny, observant, adventurous,introvert,smart

5 Favourite comedians of all time ?

1. Chris Rock
2.Dave Chappell
3. Trevor Noah
4.Riad Mooser
5.David Kau

Greatest Movie Ever Made?

Joker

What changed your life?

Discovering my COMEDY gift

Who do you love?

Peace

What is your favorite word?

Money and the Bokke must win the Rugby World Cup 2019

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