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

Sipho Mabuse on the The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 80th Birthday Edition Saturday 9 November 2019 at The Soweto Theatre Precinct

Assupol & SEMOPA Entertainment present:

The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival 80th Birthday Edition

Saturday 9 November 2019 at The Soweto Theatre Precinct

“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are, and this Festival remains a great showcase of our traditional and modern musical talents. It’s always a great party!” – Hugh Masekela

This 80th Birthday Edition of The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is an enhanced mirror of past festivals while keeping with Bra Hugh’s eclectic and broad vision of South African and African culture, music and heritage, which has always been at the heart of this festival.

This fifth instalment is a significant and important juncture in the life of the festival. The first since Bra Hugh’s passing, held in what would have been his 80th year, as well as debuting at the historic Soweto Theatre Amphitheatre, the festival continues to evolve as a magnet for diverse South African performers and audiences.

At this year’s festival Thandiswa Mazwai will pay tribute to her friend and mentor Hugh Masekela with selections from his lesser-known repertoire, accompanied by the Hugh Masekela Band. In addition, the festival will feature Sjava, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Madala Kunene, Thabang Tabane, Bombshelter Beast, Sun Xa Experiment, Luma and the BaTswana dance ensemble New Moon.

Festival organizer Mabusha Masekela, “This year’s centrepiece is a specially curated presentation of Hugh’s 6 decade-long musical output featuring the unique talents of Thandiswa Mazwai and Bra Hugh’s last touring band. With a nod to the obvious impossibility of this proposition, the aim is to get a taste of Hugh’s variety, while still anchored in his roots. The combination promises to be inspirational.”

In addition to inaugurating the brand-new Soweto Theatre Amphitheatre the festival will offer a family ambiance with a children’s area, a variety of food and drink, as well as arts & crafts for sale. Complementing this overall atmosphere, inside the Soweto Theatre will be the Hugh Masekela NO BORDERS Tribute Installation. The installation features memorabilia, records, recordings, trumpets and photographs of a life, loved and lived.

Presented by Assupol and Semopa Entertainment, The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival will mark a high point of this year of celebratory events, reflecting Bra Hugh’s final and lasting commitment to African heritage, tradition and identity. The festival is envisioned as a platform to grow and promote heritage and culture to and through a cross-generational, cross-cultural audience with a stage that represents ALL the diversity of South Africa, the continent, and indeed, the globe.

“The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is a worthy celebration of the legacy of the iconic African giant, Bra Hugh. The Boy Is Still Doing It and Grazing!” – Sipho “Hostix” Mabuse

“Assupol has been serving the hard-working people of South Africa with financial products and services, for 106 years. As a proudly South African company with a rich heritage of serving those who serve, we are pleased to support the promotion of heritage, through music and culture at the 80th birthday edition of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival.” – Velmah Nzembela; Head of Brand and Communications, Assupol

For Thandiswa Mazwai it will be bittersweet. “I obviously love Bra Hugh’s music, but I’m very sad that he is no longer with us. I am afraid I might cry on stage. I have been a huge fan of Hughey since I was 14. My fist performance with him was with my high school choir. Our friendship was one of the most important relationships of my life, nothing could prepare me for doing Hughey’s music without him, so this is a very special show for me.”

Drummer in the Hugh Masekela band, Leeroy Sauls, notes how important this festival is in keeping Bra Hugh’s legacy alive: “I remember us walking to a soundcheck at Carnegie Hall in New York and him telling me ‘If we don’t preserve our heritage and keep our traditions and culture alive, they will say we were once called African!’ Unity in diversity is what he believed in. He was a man of integrity and a firm believer in Ubuntu, we miss you Dr Hugh!”

Date: Saturday 9 November 2019

Venue: The Soweto Theatre Precinct,

Corner Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto

Gates Open: 12 noon

Ticket Prices: R200 pre-sale

R250 at the Gate

R50 for Pensioners at the Gate

Free for Children under 6

Tickets Online: www.xtixs.com

Ticket Outlets: Selected SPAR, Jet, Edgars, and CNA stores via TicketPro

Heinrich Frans and his band at Radisson Red this Saturday 12 Oct

The fantastic Heinrich Frans and his 4 piece band will be at Radisson Red this Saturday night 12 October 2019
Soul and beautiful jazz melodies will be on offer

Book Quicket or the door

see poster for details

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