World Cup Predictions Part II

Warm greetings once more.

Last week we examined the world cup group stages and in order of group winner and runner-up I concluded that these would be the teams involved in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Group A: France, South Africa Group B: Argentina, Nigeria

Group C: England, USA Group D: Germany, Australia

Group E: Holland, Cameroon Group F: Italy, Paraguay

Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast Group H: Spain, Chile

Thank you for your opinion last week. I thoroughly enjoyed our debates. I fear some of these may have to change now owing to the injury crisis of the last week but I shall do the honourable thing and stick to my predictions. For example I doubt Ivory Coast will make it now without Drogba but I tipped them last week so I shall hold on to that one. But now it is time to get into the business end of the world’s greatest sporting event. In the Last sixteen I foresee the following fixtures:

France vs Nigeria: Unfortunately the Nigerians have lost the fear factor they possessed in the 1990’s and I think the ocassion will be too big for them.

England vs Australia: The Ashes is now a football match. I think the Aussies will give as good as they get but ultimately the Poms will win this one.

Germany vs USA: Even without Michael Ballack the three-time world champions should win this one. It is a repeat of the 2002 quarterfinal. Germany won then and they will win here too.

Argentina vs South Africa: My heart would love nothing more than an upset win for my beloved Bafana Bafana. But my head asks how will Aaron Mokoena handle Lionel Messi? How will Kagisho Dikgacoi stop Juan Sebastian Veron?

Holland vs Paraguay: The South Americans were supreme in their qualifying campaign but unfortunately the qualifiers actually count for nothing once you are on the biggest stage. The Dutch to triumph.

Brazil vs Chile: If nothing else this will be an entertaining match as South American teams play with flair and passion. The Chileans will do what they can to stop their more illustrious opponents but ultimately it will be in vain.

Italy vs Cameroon: On this day I plan to wear my Samuel Eto’o shirt. Sadly you can wear any shirt you like and sing hymns all day long but it will be to no avail. The Azurri will somehow cheat and pillage their way to victory.

Spain vs Ivory Coast: Would it not be wonderful if Kalou and Toure could win this one? It would be a fairy tale victory for sure. The problem is that this is real and not a Disney movie. Au revoir, Cote D’Ivoire.

From here we move on to the quarterfinals.

Holland vs Brazil: This will be a great match as both teams actually play football. A 3-2 result is hardly out of the question or even a 4-3. Whatever happens the team with the most goals will be Brazil.

France vs England: Raymond Domenech has experienced incredible luck as France manager. That luck will run out here. That said neither of these two sides deserve more than a quarterfinal berth and the good fortune of a quarterfinal meeting means one will be in the final four. I expect the English to win.

Argentina vs Germany: This will be an explosive encounter. The Argies have the better players. The Germans have a better history. In 2006 these two contested an epic quarterfinal in which the Germans won on penalties. This time it is Argentina’s turn.

Italy vs Spain: Corruption and conniving can only get you so far. If the European champions score first it is game over for the Italians. La Roja may score a second and even a third if I have my way. Spain win.

And now the semifinals:

England vs Brazil: Fabio Capello will be seen as a hero for taking England to their best world cup result since Sir Bobby Robson’s class of 1990. Can David James handle what the Selecao bombard him with? I doubt it. Ditto for Rio Ferdinand. The five-time world champions to overwhelm the Three Lions.

Argentina vs Spain: What a memorable encounter this could be. It really is one of those that could go either way. Spain could be without Torres. Veron, in the twilight of his career, would never have been this close to world cup glory. I expect the midfielder to orchestrate a win for Maradona’s men.

This sets up an all-South American final. What a wonderful way to wrap up Africa’s first world cup.

Brazil vs Argentina. They played in the final of the Copa America in 2007 and the five-time world champions hammered the Argies 3-0. In the world cup qualifiers there was more success for the Brazilians. Well in sport success is cyclical and with that in mind I am tipping Javier Mascherano to raise the world cup high on July 11th.

Feel free to argue.

Heal the world

Choose your team wisely – Music Exchange 2010

http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/432/46070.html

Guiding principles for successful musicians – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse

An artist in the South African music industry has plenty to contend with, such as: funding, venues, minimum support from media outlets, international counterparts taking centre stage. Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse addressed the delegates on day one, 22 March, of the 2010 Music Exchange conference discussing why SA musicians are not resilient enough in the industry and hardly ever gain recognition and the rewards for their efforts.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse

Exceptions to the rule

Two years down the line, new musicians start disappearing from the South African industry according to Mabuse. Exceptions to the generalisation, however, include Prime Circle and The Parlotones which, in absentia, received resounding applause for their efforts. So what makes the circumstances of these bands different to others who certainly encountered the same obstacles in climbing the success ladder?

Postive relationships

One of the obstacles Mabuse faced was when his band, Harari (formerly known as the Beaters), split and with his “youthful zest, passion and perseverance”, he made the choice of sticking it out and going solo. He was momentarily insecure, but managed to establish great relationships with those involved in his career and pulled through this tough patch. “It is the relationships we establish with others that determine whether the music lives longer,” says Mabuse. The moral of the story being to surround yourself with positive people who believe in you and your capabilities – people who will stand by you through those rough times when your music career looks bleak. For this, Mabuse says, he is very “grateful to the people from Gallo”.

Burn Out in the bag

During the creation of Burn Out (1985), which he describes as being given to him by his ancestors, Mabuse says the idea arrived in his head and he started playing it on the piano, creating layer after layer. It took him an hour to write, after which he called Peter Gallo, describing Gallo as “the kind of recording executive you love to have”, and said to him: “It’s in the bag.”

Embrace self-management

Artists must trust their inner creativity, but it’s equally important to be self-reliant and independent and invest in oneself: “It is important that we create our own independence in the industry. You have to first self-manage; the talent you have is your own and you share it with others,” says Mabuse. Artists need to, in the beginning stages of their careers, go out there and book their own gigs, and realise that they are running their own business and not rely on promoters – they should embrace self-employment.

Tim Lester, a musician present at day one of the conference, asked how one gets past throwing in the towel when encountering challenges. Mabuse acknowledged that these things happen and determination and the way one handles challenges determines whether one survives or not, and that you can only rely on yourself.

Leadership principles

Mabuse, co-winner of the 2005 SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award, proposed three guiding principles for musicians to adhere to steadfastly: sacrifice, dedication and commitment. The three principles, he noted, freedom fighters for human rights used during their struggle.

For more information, go to www.musicexchange.co.za.

From BizCommunity

We Are The World – my friend Peter Stemmet from ETV wrote this … Read it please, worth the read

There is a cliché that suggests that when you do not know what to say you should rather just keep quiet. This week I wish to apply this to music; if you don’t know what to sing then rather just keep quiet. Before I elaborate I wish to stress that I am going to try very hard not to sound like my parents. They would always tell me when I was growing up that the music I was listening to was rubbish and that the beats from their era would be everlasting.

Now whilst it is true that I am an addict of 80’s and 90’s music I have not turned my back entirely on the artists of the 21st century even if they are not necessarily to my taste. I could sit here and write that there is no modern day Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Prince or Cindy Lauper. I could lament that nobody today can release a power ballad like Def Leppard or Meat Loaf. But since I am so often reminded not to compare eras (the Sampras-Federer debate springs to mind) I shall refrain.

However when a bunch of artists get together to copy a work of art from 25 years ago then they themselves are inviting the comparison. In 1985 Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie joined forces with Quincy Jones and a star-studded ensemble to record We Are The World; a charity single intended to raise money in the fight against African famine – a worthy cause nobody will deny. Now 25 years on Ritchie and Jones assembled another all-star cast for We Are The World 25; this time aimed at raising funds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster – another worthy cause no doubt about that.

The problem is that since it is almost identical save for a slight tweaking of the lyrics plus the addition of a rap verse at the end, it encourages the inevitable comparison. Jones and Ritchie, whose efforts are commendable, should be lambasted for what is effectively reinventing the wheel. Remaking this classic that had the desired impact at the time is akin to somebody repainting the Mona Lisa – it is just not done. Do you honestly think there is anyone out there that could do a better version of Bohemian Rhapsody, Purple Rain or Hotel California? Whoever tries inevitably humiliates themselves.

Our original first verse is kicked off by Lionel Ritchie who segues into Stevie Wonder followed by Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner and Billy Joel before Jackson and Diana Ross sing the first chorus. These distinctive and iconic voices easily overshadow Justin Bieber, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Nettles, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett and Mary J. Blige. With the exception of Groban none of the others have what I would term an iconic singing voice. This is followed by the audacity of including Jackson’s original chorus (technology is not always good) but this time sung with sister Janet. I have not mentioned the word previously but perhaps the only adjective appropriate here is sacrilegious.

The 1985 version goes on to showcase the talents of Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles. The 2010 version features Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Foxx, Wyclef Jean, Adam Levine, Pink, BeBe Winans, Usher, Fergie, Nick Jonas, Toni Braxton, Mary Mary, Isaac Slade, Lil Wayne, Carlos Santana (on guitar), Akon, T-Pain, Kanye West and an excruciating rap by LL Cool J, Will.i.am, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz and Iyaz.

Now there is no doubting these modern-day artists will secure their places in music history; which is not saying much since Milli Vanilli have a safe spot in the annals of performing arts, but out of the current crop I invite you to point out who the 21st century version of Warwick, Nelson, Lauper or Dylan is. For that matter do you spot a Charles or a Boss amongst that bunch? The likes of Streisand and Santana of course are exempted since they are already legendary and this is meant to be a then-and-now comparison. That said most of the artists on the updated We Are The World are relatively well-established; they have been around for a decade or have released a few albums already. Dare I say it but unfortunately for the music connoisseur you are even left wondering what was the bigger disaster; Haiti’s devastation or We Are The World 25?

Call me nostalgic. Call me reactionary. Call me old-fashioned if you will but I am sticking to my perspective: If you don’t know what to sing then rather don’t sing at all. This applies to recording artists as much as it does to shower specialists.

Heal the world. (A greeting that perhaps means even more this week)

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” – Coco Chanel

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” – Coco Chanel

The Met you have to love it!

The Met you have to love it!

A social gathering offering the full spectrum of Cape Town society and what fun it was. Let’s leave the race for a moment, besides Mother Russia destroying my chances of a winning my Quartet bet. The quartet paid over R13 000.

The fun and laughter was to be found in the Sponsors main tent. The cast of hundreds made for entertaining people watching. We had designer Craig Jacobs getting down and shaking what his mamma gave him, while one of the most Stylish people was Karen Burt, from Planet Productions. She looked splendid and elegant with her husband Gavin on her arm.

We saw a side view of Bryan Habana’s better half. As for those glasses and hat on Bryan… the only question begging answering was why? But I suppose if you live north of the border, that’s what you call fashion.

Also had a good rib and jibe with Bob Skinstad, as two weeks ago Kfm introduced Bob Skinstad to Saturday 8-9am radio. All the station is doing is copying Heart 104.9fm On The Couch (also Sat 8-9am) which has been running successfully under the stewardship of Martin Myers for the past five years.

Co-anchor on the couch man and cricket fundi Zaahier Adams dressed in a loud pink shirt for the Met. Mind you, with the entire goings on this week in cricket, he is forgiven. Chester Williams looked amazing in white and boy-oh-boy does his wife know a few things about horses. She made a number of her friends very rich on Saturday with well-placed advice.

Newly married James Lennox, the great ETV sports presenter and all round good guy, looked great in his elegant suit. He was also the MC for Most Elegant Couple competition .

At the end of the day we figured out that Mother Russia was from MoscowJ Role on J&B Met 2011, where hopefully some of us may get the chance to redeem ourselves… please!

J&B Met 2010 and Pocket Power.My thoughts

On current form, Pocket is IMPOSSIBLE to oppose. At the

weights, he has them cold. Kapil I like strongly, but it’s

a little far for him – big place chance. Others with place

chance are the 2 Laird 3 yr olds, Fabiani and BigCity.

River Jetez maybe 4th. I don’t like any other horses. My

gut feel is Pocket to win his 4th Met and Kapil will

be right there!!!

All the experts having been swallowing their words for 4

years about PP now, saying he’s not the best. The truth is,

HE IS.

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