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 .


My tribute to my dear friend Ray Phiri that I put on Facebook

Rest in peace my friend Ray Phiri – I know you are at peace – I remember the Unfinished Story so well when I was at UCT and the lifelong friendship we developed .A giant friend has passed – I will not whisper in the deep .

I spoke to Hotstix Mabuse (who we manage ) this morning and he is devasted “He said to me Mart I have no words ” Sipho and Ray did so much work together and when they got together it was always fun.

I remember touring with Ray and working on the Unfinished Story tour at the Good Hope Centre in 1987.

My daughter Casey Barclay has heard “Whispers in the deep” countless times on the school run in the morning .Ray helped shaped my love and continued love of SA Music.

When my wife Razia Myers met Ray she remarked what a gentle soul he has and amazing aura.

Ray had so much wisdom to give and he gave willingly

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the full page in the Argus

the Cape Times -front page

STRANGE LOVING release – a rework of Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse’s classic Burnout out now on ITUNES

STRANGE LOVING and Gallo Record Company have released a brand new single – a rework of Sipho Hotstix Mabuse’s classic ‘Burnout’ which became the first major crossover hit in South Africa in 1984 selling more than 500 000 copies.

A spur of the moment idea, sparked by a friend who thought it would be a great idea to revive an old classic from the past, STRANGE LOVING was inspired by the 90s Daft Punk method of production to rework this 80s release into a silky offering with a hint of seduction.

Sipho remarked that he was delighted with the reworking of the track by these young artists and that it keeps to the integrity of the original song

Re-editing the track by using the exact sampling from the original record seeing as the separates from the original over 30 years back couldn’t be provided by the label, STRANGE LOVING added some fresh percussion and hats as well as their signature bassline which shines through in the end result.

Buy / Stream BURNOUT, the Sipho Hotstix Mabuse VS Strange Loving version, here!

Albert Frost to perform for 60 people at intimate Mountain View venue at Franschhoek Cellars on Sunday 25 June 2017.

A maximum of 60 people will enjoy a rare treat at our intimate Mountain View venue at Franschhoek Cellars on Sunday 25 June 2017.

Think wine, relaxed and comfortable seating, a fireplace and a view to die for – a perfect setting for one of South Africa’s genuine talents.

Two decades of dazzling and energetic performances have been rewarded with a SAMA (South African Music Award) for this accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Besides touring with Simple Minds and REM and supported the Rolling Stones, Albert Frost has recorded with the who’s who of South African talent including Arno Carstens, Koos Kombuis, Chris Chameleon, Blues Broers and many others.
He has performed with every major artist in South Africa, and with international artists like Ali Faka Toure and Finley Quaye.

Book tickets here http://bit.ly/FHKAlbertFrost Seating is unreserved.

Join us for lunch at The Franschhoek Cellar before the show (not included in ticket price) and then amble down to the gorgeously intimate Mountain View for the show (starts at 3pm)

Call the restaurant on 021 876 2086. View the delicious menu here http://thefranschhoekcellar.co.za/our-food

The Michael Jackson History Show: Artscape Opera House from 19 – 29 Jan

Showtime Australia presents this spectacular music tribute and full-scale stage production honouring the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Celebrate Jackson’s creative genius and unsurpassed talent with riveting live performances spanning his entire catalogue including Thriller, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Bad, Beat It, ABC, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Human Nature, PYT, They Don’t Really Care About Us and many more.

Get the full Michael Jackson concert experience with accomplished impersonator Dantanio – electrifying in his role as Jackson – plus a live band, choreographed dancers, authentic costumes, state-of-the-art sound and theatrical lighting, vision and effects.

“The ultimate tribute to the King of Pop…”

Egon Seconds promoted to Premier Referee Panel

Former Springbok Sevens and DHL Stormers speedster turned referee Egon Seconds has been promoted to the Premier Panel along with six of South Africa’s foremost match officials.

It’s the first time Seconds, who only started refereeing two years ago, has been grouped with the top group of referees, which includes Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper and Rasta Rasivhenge.

Pic left to right -Colin Jones ,Martin Myers ,Egon Seconds in 2011 -(We all did an online radio show called the Taxi ) pic at Newlands prior to Crusaders smashing the Stormers again ..

In a change to the structure of the panels, SA Rugby’s Refereeing Department has decided to split the old Elite Panel into two – the Premier and National A Panels.

According to Banks Yantolo, the changes were made to streamline the process of appointing and ensuring the best available match officials are available for the correct matches.

“We’re constantly working towards improving our systems to ensure not only that we have the best match officials on the field, but also to sustain our position as one of the best refereeing countries in the world,” said Yantolo.

“Our established Test referees have done us proud in recent years and it’s great to see new faces, such as Egon and Rasta, making the step up. They are two of our best up-and-coming referees and it’s good to know we have a number of superb young match officials who should be available for many years to come.

“Earlier this year, three of our referees, Rasta, Cwengile Jadezweni and Jaco van Heerden made their Test debuts.

“To see the progress made by Rasta, Cwengile, Jaco and Egon’s is not only heart-warming, but it shows that we’re doing something right as an organisation. There are many other examples and we’re excited to see what the future holds for our match officials.”

SA Rugby Referee Panels for 2017 (names in alphabetical order):

Premier Panel: Quinton Immelman, Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper, Rasta Rasivhenge, Egon Seconds, Marius van der Westhuizen, Jaco van Heerden.

Francois van As won the Comedy Central “Grab the mic” last night in Johannesburg and has also cura ted all the comedy for the Arniston Weekender

Laugh your Arniston off at the Weekender

Francois van As won the Comedy Central “Grab the mic” last night in Johannesburg and has also curated all the comedy for the Arniston Weekender
The Weekender is back in Arniston (2-4 December) and they come bearing gifts. This year they will be bringing festival goers an exclusive and intimate comedy stage, the likes of which has never before been seen in this quiet coastal town. Well, quiet for now.

Brought to life by an improbable pair

The comedy stage at this year’s Weekender at Arniston has been put together by the festival’s organiser, Christopher De Vries with the help of Afrikaans funny guy and Bredasdorp local, Francois Van As. What makes their relationship interesting is the fact that they didn’t meet on Linkedin or Facebook, but rather in a club

Christopher approached Francois after a stand-up comedy show at the aforementioned venue and Francois agreed to help him craft a special comedy experience, exclusively for Arniston. When Francois looks back on the events of that fateful evening, he realises that he might have agreed to anything at that moment. Not just because he had adrenaline surging through his veins from an amazing time on stage, but also because he was severely relieved that the tall gentleman was too cool for words .

pic Francois Van As

Never before seen in the Overberg

Underground stand-up comedy has been around for a long time in South Africa, but it has only recently become mainstream, with the arrival of the Comedy Central channel on DSTV and the international success of comedians such as Trevor Noah.

Even though stand-up comedy has become more accessible to South Africans it is still something that can mostly be experienced only if one travels to Cape Town or Johannesburg. Quality stand-up comedy shows in the platteland, such as the one happening at The Weekender : Arniston, is a rare and precious find.

A new exciting line-up

This year’s line-up at the Weekender’s comedy stage is like a famous crispy chicken recipe. Each of the comedians was specially selected, like secret spices if you will, to form an unforgettable comedy production.

Francois van As will be hosting both parts of this comedy extravaganza and the band of misfits he has called together includes names like Melt Sieberhagen, Monique Nortje, Westley Cockrell, Justin Ray, Jarryd Pillay and another local boytjie, Dugald Pieterse.

Francois considers them his close friends, rather than colleagues. The have laughed together, cried together and toured together (which mostly entails a good balance of laughing and crying together). They have performed together at venues and festivals all around the country, including Aardklop and KKNK.

Something for everyone

The comedy is for everyone and although their material is slightly PG, as most jokes are, but younger audience members will be taken into account.

In the end whether your , young or old, One thing is for sure. This December you’re going to laugh your Arniston off at the Weekender.

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