Lovely read pre Music Exchange press Wed 6 Sept 2017 pre the conference on 9 and 10 Sept

Great pre press re Music Exchange and BMI Song Camp at South Beach ( for the 2nd year in a row ).
Article was a 1/2 page in Business Report on Wednesday 6 Sept 2017, thanks to Struan Douglas.

#mex17 is in its 7th year in 2017.

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Pictures from Captains walk about at Newlands which featured the All Blacks today ahead of Saturday’s 7 October date with the Springboks

Rested All Blacks slot straight in to match day team to play Springboks at Newlands

The All Blacks team to play South Africa at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, this Saturday 7 October 2017 is :

The matchday 23 (with Test caps in brackets) is:

1. Kane Hames (4)
2. Dane Coles (53)
3. Nepo Laulala (8)
4. Samuel Whitelock (91)
5. Scott Barrett (12)
6. Liam Squire (11)
7. Sam Cane (48)
8. Kieran Read (105) – Captain
9. Aaron Smith (66)
10. Beauden Barrett (58)
11. Rieko Ioane (8)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (41)
13. Ryan Crotty (30)
14. Nehe Milner-Skudder (10)
15. Damian McKenzie (7)

16. Codie Taylor (24)
17. Wyatt Crockett (66)
18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (9)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (13)
20. Matt Todd (9)
21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (26)
22. Lima Sopoaga (11)
23. David Havili (1)

As expected, the five All Blacks who came to South Africa early ( the holiday makers who spent time on Camps Bay beach see pic below ) have all been named in the matchday 23.

Samuel Whitelock returns to the second row alongside Scott Barrett, Liam Squire is at blindside flanker and Sam Cane is at openside, with Matt Todd moving to the bench.

In the backs, Ryan Crotty has been named at centre, while Nehe Milner-Skudder is on the right wing.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow has been named at reserve halfback while Lima Sopoaga provides additional back cover alongside David Havili.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “We’ve settled in well in Cape Town this week.

However, our preparation has been different because of the need to recover well from all the travel.

This has meant that there’s been less time on the park and an even greater emphasis than normal on the mental side of our preparation.

As always, getting real clarity of our roles and how we want to play has been key.

“We know we’ll be playing a proud Springbok side which will be determined to rectify what happened in Albany.

While it’s necessary for us to try and anticipate what they’re going to bring to the match, it’s more important for us to focus on what we’re going to bring to the encounter.

Our skill execution, our physicality and our ability to play our ‘triple threat’ game will be critical.

“The team is really looking forward to playing at Newlands after a nine-year absence.

The beach boys: Squire ,Cane ,Sopoaga.Whitelock,Crotty -Camps Bay Beach

“We know we have a huge fanbase here and the hospitality and reception we have received from the local folks has been fantastic.”

Key notes:

• The All Blacks and South Africa have played each other 94 times, with 56 wins to the All Blacks, 35 to South Africa and three draws.

• The All Blacks have scored 49 tries this year, so the next one makes 50 – and that will be the 13th time this century. It is ten years since any other team has reached 50 tries.

• This will be the tenth time the All Blacks have played South Africa at Newlands.

The last match there was in 2008, which the All Blacks won 19-0.

The Boks took it up the nought ..I was at that game along with Stuart Rubin marketing boss for BMG Records and the next year we did the 1st Music Exchange conference.

• David Havili’s debut try last weekend was the 100th Test match try converted by Beauden Barrett.

As well, Barrett has already equalled his last year’s Investec Rugby Championship record of 23 conversions for the season. The all-time record for the All Blacks is 27.

• Barrett and his teammate Damian McKenzie have each made 57 carries this campaign, more than any other player at the tournament.

• The All Blacks won The Rugby Championship in 2012 – 2014 and again in 2016 and 2017, have held the Freedom Cup (played between New Zealand and South Africa) since 2010 and the Bledisloe Cup (played between New Zealand and Australia) since 2003.

All Blacks assistant coach speaks about Success

On Tuesday in the leafy suburb of Newlands assistant coach Ian Foster rolled into the press conference bang on time at 12h30 and proceeded to hold court for 20 mins in an engaging conversation, even having to navigate the proverbial silly question that always rears its head be it a visiting rugby team or music star “Please have you got some words for all you Cape Fans “ – cringe.

This writer went the more cerebral route and took a leaf out of the management books and asked the question about Success and how ,success can be a bad teacher.

Ian’s answer was short and crisp yet rather telling in that you measure success with results ( the world looks at success as a win or loss ) and you could even break a game down into sections as well .”The previous week we had a successful 1st half against Argentina yet the 2nd half was not as crisp.

“How successfully did we play ? Can we get better? -Yes we can. and that is what drives us.” remarked Ian Foster

Their is no complacency in what we want to do -We want to put on an 80 min performance ”

Ominous warning indeed even after the 57 nil demolition of the Boks in Albany a few weeks back.

“It was a special game,but we did not perform the week after that .”

“What happens in the past is poor indicator for future performances.” This test on Saturday will be special ,in fact all test matches against the Boks are special test matches .

“The Boks bring out the best in us for sure .SA vs All Blacks you have to be 100% otherwise you feel it.”

After Ian spoke Dane Coles and Sam Whitelock discussed forward play and getting the body and time clock ready for the week.

Not too much on the field running around is key this week and today Wednesday is the day off for the team .The All Blacks name their team on Thursday morning.

Personal reflections on Day 1 of the build up to Saturday 7th October -Springboks vs All Blacks

What a remarkable day on two sides of the Peninsula with the Springboks and All Blacks in town

-In the centre of town at 12h30 sharp the ever efficient Bok media officer rolled in the Bok coach old Alistair Coetzee .He looked pensive and proceeded to discuss how he thought the Boks did well on Saturday in their 27 all draw .

His body language spoke of a man under pressure and even the attempted odd piece of humour seemed to fall flat .

The Cape media are well known for asking the odd probing question with one member of the media gang asking is the Bok Coach a dead man walking? and what did he make of one of his team members outbursts on twitter .

I have never engaged with Brendan Venter ( he seems a nice enough bloke ) but being media savy I am not so sure.

His tweets got taken out of context and surely he could have put out a lovely comprehensive media release regarding the pros and cons of the Boks development instead of trying to debate the drawn match in 140 characters .

The meet and greet latter that afternoon at the Cape Town stadium also only had a few 100 people ,which is a shame ,because the players are decent men ,under a huge amount of scrutiny and the coach is not exactly putting out the most coherent or positive message .

I got told by one of my media colleagues from Durban the Boks will lose on Saturday ,It is only the margin that is in question and one can’t argue with that statement .

The Boks dont seem to have blooded enough players and given the bench players a good enough run and players who where in the frame like Curwin Bosch earlier in the season are now sitting twiddling their thumbs while other players namely Pollard come back into the team on reputation only having been out injured for a while.

BUT …Across town in the leafy suburb of Newlands the All Blacks rode into town like rock stars ( a 5 star hotel no less ) ..it helps when you have real currency at your disposal and they proceeded to turn on the charm offensive .

Steve Hansen spoke in glowing terms about the challenge on Saturday and how they love playing the Boks and he also spoke about the thinking of bringing some players over earlier, namely stars Sam Cane ,Ryan Cotty and Sam Whitelock et al, who could be seen sunning themselves on Camps Bay and visiting Mynt cafe over the weekend .

The challenge the coach remarked is to keep the top players fresh for the end of year tour of the Northern Hemisphere .Sam Cane was then rolled out to the media and again spoke of the challenge that lies ahead on Saturday .The pressure will surely rise during the week ,but I have no doubt the All Blacks want to build on the 57 nil demolition they did in Albany over the Boks two weeks ago

The stakes are high as the South African rugby public are an unforgiving lot and they want to see the Boks improve .

The last time the All Blacks played at Newlands was 2008 ,I was still at BMG Records , and now in 2017 some 9 years latter I get to go see the test match with my wife and daughter who is 17 and wonder if the Boks will take it up the nought again . They did in 2008 the score was 19 nil .

Steve Hansen knows what to do to get the rock stars to click .If they put on an 80 min display the score could get ugly.

Lets see what the fox has up his sleeve prior to selecting the team ,but he has all the aces and the joker to play with. Who will deal the first hand, Blacks or Boks.

BROADCAST MUSIC, INC. (BMI) HOSTED IT’S BMI SONG CAMP DURING THE 7TH ANNUAL MUSIC EXCHANGE (MEX17) ENTERTAINMENT INDABA

Between 4 and 8 September 2017, South Beach Camps Bay was the creative hub where seven of the world’s finest writing minds decamped to create pop genius.

Since 2016, Music Exchange, in partnership with BMI, has attracted some of the world’s top writing talent to The Mother City for the five-day emersion and creative boot camp.

This year’s event ran from 4 September through 8 September at South Beach Camps Bay which was the official start to the highly anticipated MEX17 gathering held at the Academy of Sound Engineering studio complex, in District 6, Cape Town on Saturday 9 and 10 September

This year’s highly guest writers include JANN KLOSE, from New York, a Grammy® nominated pop singer-songwriter. CHRISTIAN WRIGHT, from Abbey Road Studios, ALICIA MADISON, based in New York, is a successful singer/songwriter.

Columbian music producer and songwriter MARCELA ARCINIEGAS, TONY GRUND from New York as well as Multiple SAMA23 winner AMANDA BLACK and COLIN SHER.

Brandon Bakshi Executive Director Creative Europe & Asia at BMI, the global leader in rights management, returned to Cape Town as well “Our stretch goal this year is to have hit songs cut and broadcast in the United States.”

MARTIN MYERS ,RAZIA MYERS ,CASEY BARCLAY

JANN KLOSE ,ALICIA MADISON ,CHRISTIAN WRIGHT ,TONY GRUND

AMANDA BACK ,CHRISTAIN WRIGHT

AMANDA BLACK AND SOPHIA FOSTER

ALICIA MADISON ,JANN KLOSE ,TONY GRUND, MARCELIA ARCENGIAS, CHRISTIAN WRIGHT

JASON CURTIS ,WILLIAM MASEMOLA . CHARLIE HAMILTON

Mom and daughter Nyota Parker

Ameen Harron

James Stewart ,Andre Ensil ,Martin Myers

Tony Grund ,Brandon Bakshi ,Alicia Madison ,Jann Klose

Peter Smith and Ze Nobrega

Razia myers ,Anton Groenewald

Amanda Black ,Jann Klose ,Siphokazi Jonas ,Colin Sher

James Stewart ,Menno Visser

Bevan Trevor ,Brandon Bakshi

Martin Myers ,Christian Wright ,Casey Barclay ,Lisa

I urge friends to see Soli Philander’s new show at the Baxter Theatre till 29 July at 7.30pm

I really do urge friends to see Soli Philander new show at the Baxter Theatre.

I saw the show last night with my wife Razia Myers and Kamla Pillay and Prashant Jugdeesh .

The show is a real hard look at Cape Town – warts and all .
It is filled with humor .erudite points and sadness with reflection and beauty all put together with a wonderful narrative.

The narrative holds the whole piece together .One man on stage holding you captive for 75 mins and making you think .

The show is no slapstick comedy routine .

75 mins of beautiful theatre . BEST WORK yet . If this show does not win awards I will be damned .

 

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