Pet Shop Boys to headline Sónar Cape Town

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The Lumineers, Jill Scott, Foo Fighters and now the Pet Shop Boys… Those are some of the international artists I’ve pencilled into my diary for December. It was announced earlier that the Pet Shop Boys will be headlining Sónar Cape Town Opening Night on thr 15th of December, but don’t worry Jozi peops… They’re all coming here. In fact you’ll get to see them on the 12th of December. Durban readers, you’re even getting a gig for a change J

The gigs will take place at the Nasrec Expo Centre on the 12th and the Good Hope Centre on the 15th. This is followed by a gig in Durban on the 19th.

I’m told their show is abolustely incredible and one of the best you will see live. With 10 studio albums and 50-million album sales to date, you can believe it. And this will be the first time they’re playing in SA, so they’ll definitely bring it.

Belgian brothers 2manydjs will perform their highly anticipated DJ set after Pet Shop Boys’ performance on the Sónar Cape Town Opening Night and at A Taste of Sónar Johannesburg.

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Here is the full lineup:

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#IdolsSA top 4 song choices

The Top 4 will take to the stage this week, performing songs based on the “Old School/ New School” theme. What will they sing? Here’s a look at what the remaining five have chosen, but what only four will perform:

 

Old School:

Bongi Silinda (24) – Brenda Fassie hit “Too Late For Mama”.

JVB says: A very good song choice for Bongi. It has been an emotional week for South Africa and I feel like the emotion in this song will resonate with the viewers.

 

Kyle Deutschmann (27) – Zahara’s “Loliwe”

JVB says: Old school? Already? It’s more new school for me, but after what Kyle did with the Oasis track last week, I look forward to seeing what he has in store for us with this one.

 

Lize Mynhardt (21) – Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”,

JVB says: Nice track… Hopefully she will loosen up and have fun with this one.

 

London Louw (24) – Tina Turner’s “It”,

JVb says: I love me some Tina and with London peaking at this stage of the competition, I’m sure he’s going to bring it.

 

Vincent Bones (29) – “Sondela” by Ringo Madlingozi.

JVB says: Another winning song choice… I have no doubt in my mind that this will be a crowd favourite.

New School:

Bongi – Keri Hilson’s “Knock You Down”

JVB says: One of my all time favourites and I had the opportunity to meet both Keri and Ne-Yo. We chatted about the success of this song and how epic it is. How will Bongi fare? I think she’ll do well here.

 

Kyle – Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”,

JVB says – Katy Perry is the bomb and this is arguably one of her best songs. Again, another interesting song choice from Kyle.

 

Lize – Michael Bublé hit “Feeling Good”

JVB says – I’m expecting an epic performance here. The song is bold, sexy, strong and hopefully the stage and Liza’s stylist will rise to the occasion too.

 

London- Duffy’s “Mercy”

JVB says: London will shine here. It’s a fun track and I’m sure we can expect him to dance again. He’s showing off now really ;)

 

Vincent – Usher’s “Climax”.

JVB says: Good song. This is a sexy song and I’m sure we’ll see that emotive facial expression we’ve come to expect from Vincent to make its appearance once again.

 

Catch the show on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 17:00 on Sunday or visit the official site at http://www.mnet.co.za/idolssa

Want to go to the Republic of Extra Cold this December?

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Can you feel it? Can you smell it? Can you taste it? I can… December holidays are around the corner and there is no better place to be than in South Africa. It’s hot, our people are hot. We know how to party, be festive and make some of the fondest, long-lasting memories out there. Am I being biased? Probably, but it’s the truth and if you’re in SA you know it.

So speaking of memories, do you want to be apart of one of the most epic campaigns out there? I see you raising your hands so listen up. Here are the details:

On the 29th of December, Stanley Island near Plettenberg Bay will be transformed into the ultimate summer party paradise – “The Republic of Extra Cold”.  Only 2500 over 18s will be granted access to this exclusive, ultimate and epic day-to-night beach experience.

Who’s on the bill? Get this:

Fresh and Euphonik,

Goodluck,

Goldfish,

DJ Kent,

Ross Jack,

Craig de Souza,

Dino Moran,

DJ Dimplez

DJ Milkshake

So that’s the music side of things. Then in terms of exploring the island, you’ll get to experience the the Forest of Extra Cold, Lime Café @ Lands’ End and the Ice Cold Core, as well as the Lagered Harbour Bar and the Extra Cold Beach Bar.

If you want ‘Limited ‘citizenship’ go to www.castlelite.co.za from 30th October 2014. Don’t miss this!

Visit Castle Lite for more details!

Website:              www.castlelite.co.za

Facebook:           facebook.com/castlelite

Twitter:                @castleliteSA #RepublicOfExtraCold

Youtube:              http://youtu.be/geOmnNOedzc

 

David Guetta releases Listen track listing

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Superstar DJ, David Guetta is preparing to make you Listen… That’s the name of his new album, which will drop on the 24th of November. This will be his sixth studio album. Here’s what he had to say on the new offering:

“I could have chosen to repeat the style that has become so successful for me, but I wanted to grow as a producer and push myself to the limit. Try new ideas. Get out of my comfort zone. Create songs that stand up whether played by a DJ, a rock band or an orchestra. I worked with piano, violins, guitars and blended them with electronic elements. It’s also my most personal album lyrically, which is why I called it Listen. Dance too, but really it’s from the heart.”

The Dangerous hit maker will drop the video to that single on Friday on his YouTube account and in the build up to the release more news will be announced. For now though, here’s a look at who he will be featuring on the album – including South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo!!! Check out the track listing…

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Andy Cole heading to SA for the @GPInvitational

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Gary Player is one of the world’s most celebrated golfers, who has enjoyed much success in his career. For many years, he has wowed crowds the world over, and made loads of money, but he has also put his name, talent and money behind organisations and charitable causes to help those less fortunate. One such initiative Mr. Player founded was the Gary Player Invitational. This year’s GPI, presented by Coca-Cola will be staged at Sun City’s The Lost City Golf Course from the 20th to the 23rd of November – and many of you have been wondering who will be participating. Well…

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204: Getting Away with Murder opens today

I think I live in a bubble… in a very naive, happy-go-lucky bubble. I know there is crime in the city and country that I reside in and I know that there are fraudulent deals going on around and probably a lot closer to me than I think. When it comes to the dark, underground, gangster world, I’m a little puppy dog in and amongst a pack of destructive and dangerous wolves. What am I talking about? Well there’s this new documentary film out today called, 204: Getting Away With Murder and it takes a look at this very dark world. Mining magnet Brett Kebble was killed in 2005… The build up to and the circumstances around his death are depicted in this story – and the filmmakers have done so with exclusive interviews with the likes of Mikey Schultz, Nigel McGurk and Faizel “Kappie” Smith Jackie Selebi, Glenn Agliotti and Roger Kebble, to mention a few. Schultz is the self-confessed hit-man, who pulled the trigger (after several attempts) on Kebble. The way he openly talks about shooting Brett is nothing short of scary. This is someone who ended another person’s life! Yes it might’ve been at Kebble’s request, but still… The way he talks about that night is like me explaining to a friend how I went for a run this morning.  Anyway, it’s fascinating to hear about this world and how these people are all around us. Makes you watch your back a lot more, that’s for sure. I think I’m quite happy with my middle class, somewhat boring life ;)

I went through to the screening earlier this week and shortly afterwards, Director Warren Batchelor and co-producer Tony Migeul chatted to guests and media about the five long years of putting this together. Check it out below:

What’s quite weird is that Schultz has been ‘quiet’ for a while now, but just last week he made an appearance in the Pretoria High Court at the Oscar Pistorius Trial. It’s believed he was there to support a friend, who may have been called to the stand, but there was a few words exchanged between Schultz and the Pistorius family and then they left. Maybe getting people talking about him again, so that the public will go and watch the film? Possibly!!!

For One Night only – Jill Scott

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Any Jill Scott fans out there? Well best you get your Christmas bonuses ready or put aside some of your extra cash because the star is returning to South Africa this December. Airey Scott, together with Kaya FM, Mzansi Magic and Tsogo Sun are bringing Jill to the Coca-Cola Dome on the 13th of December. Limited tickets for the seated concert are available at Computicket now. These range from R390 to R1020.

 

To stay up to date with all the latest from the gig, follow

@AireyScott on Twitter

Airey Scott Facebook page  

Airey Scott Instagram account.

 

#BBHotshots Hangouts with Esther, Sabina and Lilian

If you’re a Big Brother Hotshots fan, you may be surprised by not one, not two by the three evictions that went down on Sunday evening. Housemates Esther, Lilian and Sabina were all booted out of Africa’s most watched house, making them three of five Housemates now out of the game… All five are women too, so what is up Africa? Why you booting all the ladies out? Anyways it shows that you need to vote to keep your favourite in.

I’ve started by annual Google Hangouts with the Housemates again. The Hangouts happen every Monday between 12 and 1pm. If you missed this week’s edition, check them out below:

Esther and Lilian… The crazies who sang for me. Watch:

Want to see Nigeria’s Lilian twerking? Well I got her to:

Don’t forget to visit the official site for all the latest news, videos and views: http://bigbrotherafrica.dstv.com/ or watch all the action on channel 197 and 198 on DStv.

Lee-Ann Liebenberg gets bold on bald You cover debacle

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Lee-Ann Liebenberg is breaking over silence over the widespread backlash attached to the You Magazine cover that is currently on shelves. The star is sporting a bald look on the cover, in support of raising awareness and funds for cancer research, as well as to show support for those lost or suffering from the disease. Liebenberg was one of six celebrities asked to be apart of the campaign, which I believe was endorsed by the CANSA. While initially a lot of people, myself included, thought she and the others had shaved their hair for the campaign, it turns out the pictures were shopped and that caused a massive outcry across the country. Lee-Ann took to Facebook to share her thoughts on the issue in a very frank, open, honest and respectful manner. Have a look at what she has to say:

I’ve lost my beloved grandmother Marina to cancer and like mentioned in the article (which I know most of haven’t even bothered to read), stood by while my Dad, Allen battled lymph and then lung cancer, and my grandfather is currently undergoing treatment, so YES, I do know and understand the devastating effects of Cancer.
I am a big girl and I can handle criticism but I won’t take false accusations that my heart isn’t in the right place lightly.

When I was approached to be part of this Cancer awareness campaign, I knew it was a very sensitive issue and I could have decided not to get involved, BUT like Aristotle said “Do nothing, say nothing and be nothing” and that’s definitely not who I am or what I am about. I want to help, I want to inspire and I want to make a change.

I have been involved with many amazing awareness campaigns over the years that have made incredibly positive impacts and this particular campaign gave me the opportunity to share my family’s journey and hopefully give someone courage not to give up the great fight…

Using the platform I’ve been given, to raise funds for those in need or to raise awareness for various causes,is my privilege.
I live a beautiful life with the most incredibly supportive husband, two amazing children and the most loyal family and friends that I’m extremely grateful for.
Imagine if I, like so many others, decided to only focus on my life and turn a blind eye to all the shit that surrounds us and NOT to get involved and try help out where I can?Where would that leave us?
I don’t want to be that cynical person…I really passionately want to help and touch lives where I can.

I am extremely sorry that the message I was trying to convey with this awareness campaign was interpreted the wrong way. Never ever EVER was there ANY ill intent.
The wonderful CANSA association endorsed this awareness campaign because ALL involved did it with the uttermost respect, integrity and love.

Unfortunately I CAN NOT SHAVE MY HEAD due to complicated currents contracts. Does this mean I shouldn’t get involved with a cause so close to my heart because I can’t shave my head? And does ONLY shaving my hair show commitment to cancer awareness? Please believe me, with my heart & soul, that I’m 100000000% committed to raising awareness, with OR without hair.
I can only imagine that losing your hair during chemotherapy is utterly devastating. I wanted to show compassion and I wanted to show that BALD IS BEAUTIFUL!
Question?Would an ordinary pretty simple “chocolate box” photo of me (hair et all) supporting the fight against cancer have made the same impact?
Get real. HEART vs hair….

Interestingly enough I did a Woman Abuse campaign in a very respectable magazine a few years ago where my face was also “photoshopped” to look like I’ve been physically abused and no said a word? Hmmmm……
On the YOU magazine cover the word Shave is in inverted commas, but maybe the word “photoshop” should have been added to the cover to avoid confusion to those who didn’t even bother to read the accompanying article…Is that a reason to disregard the integrity of all those involved?
I’ve read a few disturbing comments about people “claiming” that I’m not a cancer awareness supporter because I didn’t shave my hair. REALLY?!?! Are you kidding me??? What have we become that we cannot see good intentions even if it slaps you in the face?!? “We see things not as they are, we see things as WE are”, and if you can turn something inspiring, uplifting and supportive into the opposite of what we intended,well then I think you should take a step back and examine your outlook.

Imagine if everyone who had something to say, made a contribution to the CANSA foundation instead, to fight the beast that is cancer,instead of fighting with me(or yourself) our future would be a little brighter and OUR world a little happier…
Imagine if we could support each other, and those TRYING to make a positive change instead of bashing people who attempt to make YOUR world a better place…just imagine.

I have taken the time to go onto some people’s profiles who had something to say about this campaign, and sadly NOT ONE profile advocated Cancer awareness…that’s sad.

My ways mays not please you, but I have not been placed on earth to please everyone.

I am simply trying, the best way I know how to raise awareness and if that insulted you, IM EXTREMELY SORRY. Please know that it was never my intent to hurt.

I don’t mind standing alone for what I believe in…I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.

Thank you to ALL of you beautiful special souls who sent me positive comments, messages and the many inspirational mails, it’s been heartwarming to hear that this campaign has given you hope and courage and made you feel a little less alone!
Remember, CANCER CAN BE BEATEN!

All My Love & Respect,
Lee XOXO

I commend Lee-Ann for breaking her silence and for being honest enough to explain her reasons as to why she didn’t/ can’t shave her hair off. She is in the business that revolves around image and she has a very powerful brand that comes with both its perks and complications/ restrictions. I’ve met and interviewed Lee-Ann on several occasions and let me tell you she’s not one to fake it. She’s always been real and friendly, caring and willing. Her heart is in the right place. Yes, it would be nice to see her and others go bald for the cause at some point and I’m sure she’d jump at the opportunity if she could. Never say never though. The fight against cancer is an ongoing one and it wont just end tomorrow.

 

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