What’s in the R2-million SAMA XXI goodie bags?


Each and every year the Sun City Superbowl comes to life, as the who’s who from the South Africa music industry descend on the entertainment complex for the annual South African Music Awards. This year the SAMA team are celebrating twenty one years and it will no doubt be an incredible evening. The awards go down on the 19th of April and those lucky enough to be presenting, performing or hosting will be given yet another incredible goodie bag and this year’s goodie bags are valued at a whopping R2-million bucks combined. Shame ne? And these celebs hardly need any of this stuff 😉 Check this out


  • Complimentary Twisp e-cigarette, complete with accessories. You know it’s trendy to Twisp and not actually smoke anymore, so this is clever. The Super Bowl might be all Twisped out though… the haze of Twisp 🙂
  • Ray-Ban is back again and handing out some their most stylish sunnies
  • They’re getting a classy Converse watch too and trust me, if my movie screening prizes were anything to go by, these watches will be rocking
  • Miglio Designer Jewellery is supplying a set of exquisite Swarovski crystal earrings for the women and a bracelet for the men, with John Craig chipping in a handsome wallet.
  • Toe Porn will be handing out some funky socks, hoodies from Le Coq Sportif will be in the bags, which is perfectly timed for Fall and Winter. There are T-shirts from Cipo & Baxx, with Pamela Mann tucking some fashionable leggings in to the bags for good measure
  • Rocka is throwing in some earphones as well as terrific caps. I love my headphones… Mi Casa and Danny K’s are my favourites
  • Products from Mizani, Mia Rose perfume and Body Essence tissue oil courtesy of Avroy Shlain, Candi & Co hair styling vouchers and Moroccan Oil gift sets, and Iman make-up products.

The annual XXI Annual South African Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC 1 on Sunday, 19 April 2015 from 20h00. If you, like me, wont be at Sun City this year, you can watch all the action on the mobi site www.samatv.mobi

One Direction in SA – all you need to know

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One Direction fans across the globe are waking up heartbroken this morning, following yesterday’s breaking news about member Zayn Malik’s decision to leave the band. It’s especially heartbreaking for many young South African fans, who were hoping to see all five members performing in the country this weekend. Alas, it’s not meant to be. The other four will be around to entertain you, but I don’t want you to be disappointed by anything else pertaining to the band. So in light of that, you need to take note of the following concert information:

28th and 29th March 2015 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

All you need to know to make sure you get into the stadium as safe and conveniently as possible:


Gates Open: 4pm

Support – Johnny Apple: 7pm

One Direction: 8.30pm

Restricted access No camping will be allowed outside the venue.
No persons will be allowed to queue outside the venue until 10am on the day of the show. If you fail to comply with this requirement and refuse to vacate the area after being instructed to do so by security and/or SAPS, we reserve the right to confiscate your ticket and escort you from the venue. In the case of an unaccompanied minor your parents / guardian will be contacted to collect you from the venue and if they fail todo so within a reasonable time we will contact City social services.

Please note: You risk missing the show without the option of a refund if you chose to ignore this very important safety & security requirement.

Make sure you book your transport ticket before the show day:
Park and Ride: Book at Computicket

Park and Rail – Click link to view schedule:


Parking: Book at Computicket

Drop and Stay/Go: Book at Computicket. This option is for people that won’t be attending the show but wish to drop-off and collect an attendee before or after the concert. This ticket entitles you to stay in this area during the concert; it is a secure area outside the venue but does not entitle you to enter the venue or escort anyone into the venue.

Connection Hub: A hub has been created at the Drop & Stay point to connect lost people and communicate with the Event Organisers.
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Hanging out with Vincent Bones

Earlier today I got to meet and Hangout (Google-wise) with #IdolsSA winner, Vincent Bones. The now 30 year-old was crowned the winner of the tenth season during Sunday night’s live finale. Honestly speaking, he is one of the most genuine, down to earth people I have ever met. Very humble, very appreciative and very friendly. Really, really nice guy. Check out the Hangout below:

After the interview I asked (pleaded with) Vincent to please, please, please realise the magnitude of this, the platform he has been given etc. I asked that he use it to its full potential because so often we see these Idols winners take the title and do nothing with it. I wont mention names, but Khaya, Elvis and Heinz have used it really well 😉 Vincent assured me that he plans to use it wisely and fully, which is great to hear. Can’t wait to see his journey continue and to see what sort of music he has in store for us!


Listen to Gwen Stefani’s Baby Don’t Lie

The queen of this season of The Voice aka Gwen Stefani has just dropped a new single. It’s called Baby Don’t Lie and you can listen to it below:

LOVE the single. Gwen, we thank you for the new music… Bring more. Follow her on the social networks:


Idols 10 – Top 8 song choices

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On Sunday evening, we’ll be down to a top eight in this season of Idols. Who wasn’t good enough to stay on? Well that will be established just after 17:00 and then we get to the musical part of the evening. Wondering what your top 8 are singing this week? Here are their song choices:

Nelspruit’s Bongi Silinda (24) chose the Toni Braxton hit “Breathe Again”.

Durbanvile singer Demi Lee (24) plans to perform the Bryan Adams anthem, “Please Forgive Me”.

Kyle Deutschmann (27), the chiropractor from Durban, has prepared The Counting Crows’ “Mr Jones”.

Lize Mynhardt (21) from Stellenbosch is going vintage R’nB with the Boyz II Men classic,  “I’ll Make Love To You”.

London Louw (24) from Cape Town’s song is the Cranberries hit “Zombie”.

eMalahleni’s Musa Mashiane (27) keeps it African with the hit “7 Seconds”, by Youssou N’Dour, featuring Neneh Cherry

Cape Town music student Roxy McVean (19) has selected M-People’s “Moving On Up”.

Tumi Morobane (21) from Johannesburg will be performing Gloria Estefan’s “Turn The Beat Around”.

And the worship leader from Pietermaritzburg, Vincent Bones (29), is going with Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk”.

Idols Top 16 announced

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Season 10 of #IdolsSA has come down to this…  A top 16 and man oh man, is it looking good. Here are the 16 names you’ll be voting for and one of them will be your winner. Question is, who will that person be?

Bongi Silinda
Celine Homan
Chante Geary
Demi Lee Moore
Ivan Roux
Kyle Deutschmann
Lize Mynhardt
London Louw
Mirandi Smith
Musa Mashiane
Olivia Cloud
Rowan de Villiers
Roxy Mc Vean
Tumi Morobane
Vincent Verhoog
Vincent Bones

Catch the top 16 every Sunday on M-Net and Mzansi Magic.


Idols 10 – and then there were 31

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The funny bit of the new season of Idols is done and dusted and now the hard work begins… I secretly wish we had more audition centers around the country because that would mean we could laugh a little more, but it’s time to get down to business. Last night’s episode dealt with the first bit of what has become known as ‘Hell week’… Hell because there’s very little time, very little sleep, a lot of nervous energy and plenty of tension – especially when it comes to the group sessions. The judges are ruthless and cull like it means nothing, so the contestants have to step up to the plate, bring their A-game and ensure that they have the drive, the passion and of course the talent to be the next South African Idol. Here are the 31 hopefuls going through to the next round of hell week. One thing’s for sure, one of these names will be shining bright come November: Boitumelo Morobane (20) from Johannesburg

Bongiwe Silinda (23) from Nelspruit

Celine Homan (17) from Gordon’s Bay

Chante Geary (20) from Witbank

Chloë Clark (25) from Durban

Demi Lee (24) from Durbanville

Dineo Moseki (20) from Tlakgameng in Northwest

Eddie Koeberg (24) from Plettenberg Bay

Hanan Baarth (20) from Cape Town

Ivan Roux (23) from Centurion

Kyle “London” Louw (24) from Cape Town

Kyle Deutschmann (26) from Durban

Lebogang Komane (19) from Ga Rankuwa

Leon van Zyl (18) from Springs

Lihle Buthelezi (25) from Ladysmith

Lize Mynhardt (21) from Stellenbosch

Lyle Tyrell (21) from Cape Town

Malibongwe Zulu (20) from Durban

Mirandi Smith (25) from Rustenburg

Monique Erens (17) from Cape Town

Morgan Deane Smith (30) from Cape Town

Musa Mashiane (27) from eMalahleni

Niyaaz Arendse (18) from Ottery

Olivia Cloud (16) from Johannesburg

Rowan de Villiers (23) from Durbanville

Roxy McVean (19) from Cape Town

Sarah Swanepoel (22) from Durbanville

Tebogo Louw (22) from Stellenbosch

Thulane Masango (23) from eMalahleni

Vincent Bones (29) from Durban

Vincent Verhoog (25) from Parow

Did you watch the show? Did you enjoy it? Did the right people go through? Holler with your comments

Idols X – 18 contestants from GP get a golden ticket

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The new season of South African Idols kicked off on M-Net and Mzansi Magic on Sunday. This is the tenth season of the hit show, that has seen the likes of Heinz Winkler, Zoe Zana, Khaya Mthethwa, Lloyd Cele and Elvis Blue all become household names in Mzansi. The show continues to hit the high notes with audiences and so it’s no surprises Gareth Cliff, Unathi Msengana, Randall Abrahams and host Proverb are all back to find the next best unsigned singer in the land.

I missed the first episode last night but I’m told there were keepers and then there were the shockers. Did you watch? If so, who caught your attention? While I wait to hear from you, here are the 18 names who grabbed the attention of the judges in Johannesburg:


Andries Nkhomola (27) from Thembisa, who is a choir director in his local church

Brandon Brits (23), a neurophysiologist from Springs

Busi Ngwenya (23) from Vosloorus, who works as a service consultant in a bank.

Felix Menoe (21) from Potchefstroom

Dineo Moseki (20), who is on a gap year after school and came all the way from Tlhakgameng near Mafikeng in North West Province

Dineo Ramailane (30), a full-time musician from Kimberley

Mfakadolo “Alfred” Tsatsi (27) from Sasolburg

Freddie Wessels (26), a worship leader from Krugersdorp

John Letlojane (29), a professional musician from Carltonville

Lebo Mzimba (19) from Randburg, a newlywed firefighter who is studying mechanical engineering

Leon van Zyl (18) from Springs

Monique Erens, a 17-year-old Matric student from Johannesburg

Nofunda Mabaso (22) a B.Comm Finance Honours student from Crown Gardens

Professor Bhengu (25), who travelled all the way from Durban for the audition

Ricky Booysen (24) from Cresta, who works in a CD store at the moment

Roy Gluckman (26) from Illovo, who gave up Law to pursue music

Sgherdeed Ross (28) from Reiger Park, Boksburg

Sipho Hlatshwayo (26) from Soweto, who is a Debt review consultant.


Who knows, one these hopefuls could be the new South African Idol…

MGMT heading to SA this October


Another day…. Another international act heading to Mzansi- the big names keep on coming. Vodacom In the City organisers are excited to announce that MGMT will be heading to the country this October. The Kids and Electric Feel hit makers join an already star-studded line up, comprising of Rudimental and British electro-folk band, Crystal Fighters.

They’ll all be rocking out alongside some of SA’s finest in Mary Fitzgerald Square on the 3rd of October.Check out Vodacom In The City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news on the next line-up announcements.

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If you’re in the Mother City, you can catch them performing at Rocking the Daisies too:

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WATCH: Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good

YES!!! This is a winner… The late, great Michael Jackson may not be with us anymore but his legacy, memory and music live on. Yesterday the video for the track Love Never Felt So Good, which features Justin Timberlake was released. The video has already hit a million views and rightfully so… Love it!! The track is taken off the new album Xscape, which is out now. It features previously unreleased tracks from the King of Pop from 1983 to 1999. Go get yourself a copy now.