KT Tunstall, Donavon Frankenreiter heading to Cape Town this March

Aaah, to be in Cape Town in mid March… KT Tunstall and Donavon Frankenreiter are heading out to Cape Town for a gig at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Thursday the 20th of March. You’ll be familiar with KT’s tracks, “Suddenly I See”, “Other Side of the World”, “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree”, “Hold On” and “Saving My Face”.

Here’s a little more on Donavon Frankenreiter
– He’s a long-time friend Jack Johnson,
– His debut self-titled album was released in 2004 on Johnson’s Brushfire Records through Universal Music.
– His fifth album, Start Livin’ was released in 2012
– Big tracks include “It Don’t Matter”, “Free”, “You” and “Shadows”.

Event details are as follows:

Thu, 20 March 2014: KT Tunstall & Donavon Frankenreiter @ Kirstenbosch Gardens – Cape Town
Line-up: KT Tunstall & Donavon Frankenreiter
Venue: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Gates Open: 6pm
Ticket Price: R345/person
(Children Under 6yrs old Free)

Get your tickets here

Follow PARKLIFE online:
Official Website: http://www.parklifefestival.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParklifeSA
Twitter at @ParklifeSA

Reviewing 2013 and looking forward to 2014 with Goldfish


The year has come to an end and it has been a goodie for many of our famous friends. This week I have a few Q&As with a few familiar faces we all love and enjoy. Today’s edition features the Electro/Jazz duo, Goldfish. What wowed them this year? What’s on the cards for next year? And how can you win a trip to see them live in concert? Read on to find out more.

JVB: It has been a good year for you guys. Take us through some of your highs; your winning moments in 2013.
Goldfish: 2013 has been amazing for Goldfish. We have played some of the biggest shows and crowds around the world of our lives, released our new Album Three Second Memory, went to every continent except Antartica and had blast doing it all.

JVB: Was there a moment, an experience or something significant this year that made you go ‘WOW” or that changed your perspectives/ plans?

Goldfish: Selling out our own Festival in Amsterdam was definitely a wow moment. To have gone from playing a beach bar in Camps Bay to curating our own festival in Amsterdam with some of our favourite artists on the bill was quite surreal. Also playing Ultra Festival in Miami and coming off stage to see our website had crashed and our twitter had exploded. That just gave us a taste of the power of America.

JVB: What does 2014 hold for you?
Goldfish: We’re going to be on tour pretty much the whole year in US, UK, Brazil, Ibiza and the rest of Europe in between stints at home. Plus some very cool collab’s in the pipeline…Business as usual for the Fishies.
JVB: Any tips and/ or tricks from you to your fans to get through 2014…
Definitely check out the custom Goldfish USB stick we’ve designed available on our website goldfishlive.com – It’s got the new album Three Second Memory on it, plus Remixes and videos…and it doubles as a very cool keyring so you don’t get caught without a flashdisc ever again. Very cool little addition!
JVB: Any last messages for your fans?
Wow, just thank you for the amazing support. It sounds cheesy but it really is amazing to have such crazy fans. They’re the reason we do this! To say thank you we are running a competition in partnership with SAhotels.com for a Goldfish Fan to win a trip for two from anywhere in the world to Cape Town, with five star accommodation, and to come party with us at our Closing Party of Submerged Sundays. It’s a pretty rad prize. check out our facebook for the details.
Goldfish online:

Thirty Seconds to Mars heading back to SA


Rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars will be heading back to SA next June. This isn’t the band’s first visit to our shores, but because audiences love them so much, they decided it was time to head back once again. They’ll be out in Cape Town on Friday the 13th of June at the Grand Arena and this will be followed by a gig on the 16th of June at the Coca-Cola Dome in Jozi.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am and can be purchased at www.bigconcerts.co.za or on the Computicket site.

Full press release below:

Big Concerts is proud to announce that Thirty Seconds to Mars will be performing 2 concerts in South Africa on Friday 13th June at the Grand Arena, Cape Town and Monday 16th June at the Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg. Presented by M-Net.

Tickets go on sale for Johannesburg and Cape Town on Friday 13th December at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket.

Thirty Seconds to Mars have gone on to scale the heights of rock and roll stardom and are known for their energetic live performances and their fusion of different genres. Continue reading “Thirty Seconds to Mars heading back to SA”

Catch Electo pop Diva Alison Moyet in SA

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The inimitable and iconic diva, Alison Moyet, comes to South Africa for the first time to celebrate the Emperors Palace’s 15th birthday weekend on December 13th and 14th, 2013 and to the Liquifruit Amphithteatre in Paarl as part of the Culitvaria Summer Concert series. The three concerts will feature the very best of the bluesy voiced Alison Moyet and the hits of her Electro-Pop ‘80s band, Yazoo, her personal hits of the past 28 years and from her current hit album “the minutes”An Essex girl, born Genevieve Alison Jane, to a French Father and English Mother,
Alison left school at 16 and became famous at 21 as a singer/songwriter in her band, Yazoo.

The emotive songstress emerged from the British post-punk scene in the early 1980s as one-half of the synth-pop duo Yazoo – which sold millions of albums and enjoyed a string of hits over a two-year period, including “Only You” and “Don’t Go” which fit right into the electro-pop, rage-of-the-moment in the 21st century. Moyet’s voice stood out as the formidable instrument, as throaty as Janis Joplin, and as soulful as Dusty Springfield.

When Yazoo split up, Alison then went on to a flourishing solo career and in 1984 released her debut solo album, Alf, which became a huge hit worldwide. Between 1984 and 1987, Moyet was Britain’s best-selling female solo star. Covers of “That Ole Devil Called Love” and “Love Letters” confirmed her reputation as an interpreter of classic songs, whilst the self penned hits “All Cried Out” and “Love Resurrection” confirmed her gift as a songwriter. The next few years saw more peaks with Brit Awards, topping the Billboard Top 40, a performance at the Live Aid concert and a successful 1987 collaboration with Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart on the hit “Is This Love?

She is currently enjoying great success with her acclaimed eighth album “the minutes” which shot to number 5 on the U.K. album charts. Prior to her exclusive Gauteng concerts, she will be touring the United Kingdom, Europe and America in a series of greatly anticipated concerts.

Tickets start from R295 and can be booked through Computicket on www.computicket.com for all shows or by visiting Emperors Palace on
www.emperorspalace.com or phoning 011 928 1297/1213. The show starts at 20:00 on both evenings in Johannesburg and at 19:00 in Cape Town. Culitvaria festival website is www.cultivaria.com

#IdolsSA – It’s Brenden vs Musa in the finale

Episode 26 - Musa, image 06    And then there were two… Next week #IdolsSA season 9 comes to an end and we’ll get to find who between Musa Sukwene and Brenden Ledwaba will be crowned the new South African Idol. It has been a fantastic season with some great talent and to be honest, I’m not really too sad if either one of them wins. I dig them both. I’ll say this much though, personally I dig Musa a lot. He has a presence, a great energy and he commands attention when he takes to the stage. What are your thoughts? Who are you digging? Share your thoughts and to read the full press release, scroll down.

Idols 9: Top 3 Results

It’s Brenden and Musa in the tightest final ever!

The voters have spoken in the most hotly contested season of Idols SA ever and 26-year-old MUSA SUKWENE from eMalahleni and BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop are going to be battling it out in the nailbiting Finalé of Idols Season 9.

SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) from Soweto fell at the final hurdle in tonight’s (Tuesday, 19 November) Top 3 Results Show, live from the Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Pretoria, losing his chance to sing in the all-important final showdown.

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This competition was so close that after their three rounds of performances in the Top 3 Spectacular on Sunday, Brenden and Musa were both at the bottom of the polls in one round and at the top of the polls in another, with Sonke, who has never been in the bottom three throughout the season, consistently stuck in the middle for all three rounds.

“It is always sad to have to say goodbye to a contestant this close to the final,” M-Net’s Head of M-Net Publicity and Special Projects Lani Lombard said tonight. “But that is the nature of Idols and Sonke can take comfort in the fact that we have never seen voting results as close as we did this season. It’s been a neck-and-neck race and in this final week of voting the pressure really is on like never before. It’s going to be an exhilarating Idols Finale.”

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Videos from the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards

I was lucky enough to attend the annual Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards in Cape Town at the weekend. The awards honour the biggest names and restaurants in the food business and so you can imagine the festive and delicious the awards were this year. MasterChef SA’s Kamini Pather was there, as were Food Network stars, Jenny Morris and Siba Mtongana. kykNET’s Tracey Lange, surfer girl Roxy Louw and a whole bunch of other famous faces were also there to be apart of the festivities. The event was a full 7 hours and for someone working, it was pretty heavy going but it was a treat nonetheless. Here are two videos I produced from the event:

And here are a few interviews and sound bytes with the winners:

Have you eaten at some of SA’s top restaurants? Which one do you enjoy the most?

Bruce Springsteen heading to SA in 2014

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And so they just keep on coming… Rock superstar and legend, Bruce Springsteen will be heading to South Africa for the first time at the end of January next year. He’ll be joined by the E Street Band for the three gigs; two in Cape Town (weird) and one in Johannesburg (I’m almost certain they’ll add another date here).

Are you a fan? Will you be going? Well best you take note of the ticketing information below. Tickets go on sale on the 30th of October for the Johannesburg leg, while the Cape Town sales go live on Friday the 1st of November. Prices are really good too. Trust me, you will not want to miss this one!




Big Concerts is excited to announce that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be coming to South Africa for the very first time to perform 3 concerts. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band live Tuesday 28th January 2014 and Wednesday 29th January 2014 at the Bellville Velodrome Cape Town and 1st February 2014 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg. Another Big Concerts Experience. Continue reading “Bruce Springsteen heading to SA in 2014”

Ultra Music Festival comes to South Africa


Will you pardon my French here, but holy fucken shit balls!!! Speculation was rife but now the news is official… The Ultra Music Festival is coming to South Africa for the first time in February 2014! Can you handle it? The biggest electomusic festival will be heading to Mzansi in mid February. Wondering who is coming? How’s this:










Phase one might I add… More to come!  The festival will be held in both Jozi and Cape Town. Here’s where:




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Isibaya leads the Royalty Soapie Awards nominations


Congratulations to the Mzansi Magic and Bomb Shelter teams for bringing viewers arguably one of the most revered and best productions to our television screens… Isibaya. The telenovela kicked off earlier this year and has since gone on to become a hit across the nation, with the stars of the show also becoming household names too. Now the show has scooped its biggest achievement to date; a whopping 19 nominations at the Royalty Soapie Awards. The awards are set to take at the Durban International Convention Centre on the 8th of March next year. Popular stars, Michael Mol and Hlomla Dandala will be hosting the awards and there is bound to be a lot more news coming up in the weeks leading up to the awards. Here is a full list of nominees:

Outstanding Lead Actor

Menzi Ngubane  as Sibusiso Dlomo   for Generations
Siyabonga Twala  as Mpiyakhe Zungu  for Isibaya
Kevin Smith   as Frank Xavier   for Isidingo
Siyabonga Twala  as Busani Mojalefa  for Muvhango
Shona Ferguson  as Itumaleng   for The Wild

Outstanding Lead Actress

Odelle de Wet   as Delia Richter   for Binneland
Thembi Nyandeni  as Mkabayi Zungu  for Isibaya
Linda Sokhulu   as Nikiwe Sibeko   for Isidingo
Nthabi Tau   as Meiki    for Muvhango
Shaleen Surtie-Richards as Fran Jacobs   for Villa Rosa

Outstanding Male Villain

Andre Odendaal  as AJ/Andries/Dries Richter for Binneland
Bheki Mkhwane  as Samson Ndlovu  for Isibaya
Robert Whitehead  as Barker Heins   for Isidingo
Aubrey Poo   as Lebata    for The Wild
Darren Kelfkens  as Roberto Martinelli Snr  for Villa Rosa

Outstanding Female Villain

Jo da Silva   as Gita McGregor  for 7de Laan
Marisa Drummond  as Alexa    for Binneland
Zenande Mfenyana  as Noluntu Memela  for Generations
Tsholo Monedi   as Meme    for Muvhango
Khabonina Qubeka  as Maxine    for The Wild

Outstanding Soapie

The Wild

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Hennie Jacobs  as Diederik   for 7de Laan
Ramey Short   as Quinton Meyer  for Binneland
Bongani Gumede  as Mandla Ndlovu  for Isibaya
Sdumo Mtshali   as S’bu Ndlovu   for Isibaya
TY Keogh   as Jack    for The Wild

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Annelize van der Ryst  as Matrone Netta Nortje  for 7de Laan
Sorina Erasmus   as Die Flooze   for 7de Laan
Xoli Zondi   as Zodwa    for Generations
Nomzamo Mbatha  as Thandeka Zungu  for Isibaya
Kgomotso Christopher  as Katlego Sibeko  for Isidingo

Outstanding Couple

Pierre van Pietzen  as Oubaas van Zyl  for 7de Laan
Annelise Weiland  as Hilda de Kock   for

Sandi Schultz   as Jennifer Adams  for Binneland
Gert van Niekerk  as Patrick Myburgh  for

Sdumo Mtshali   as S’bu Zungu   for Isibaya
Nomzamo Mbatha  as Thandeka Zungu  for

Ayanda Ngubane  as Siphokazi Zungu  for Isibaya
Celeste Ntuli   as Phumelele   for

Tema Sebopedi  as Lerato Tsotetsi   for Isidingo
Motlatsi Mafatshe  as Sechaba Moloi  for

Outstanding Newcomer

Simoné Nortmann  as Nadia    for 7de Laan
Anga Makubalo  as MJ Memela   for Generations
Jessica Nkosi   as Qondi    for Isibaya
Liteboho Molise  as Teboho   for Muvhango
Hayley Owen   as Angie    for The Wild

Technical and Creative Categories

Outstanding Make-up & Hair

The Wild

Outstanding Set Design

The Wild

Outstanding Writing Team

The Wild

Outstanding Wardrobe

7de Laan
The Wild

Outstanding Art Direction

7de Laan

Outstanding Directing Team

7de Laan
The Wild

Outstanding Editing Team

The Wild

Outstanding Casting Director

Susan Rossouw    for Binneland
Phophi Mulaudzi   for Generations
Kutlwano Ditsele & Angus Gibson for Isibaya

Outstanding Lighting

7de Laan