Shine South Africa, shine!

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Today has arrived… the day Spain takes on Holland in the finals of the FIFA World Cup. It’s been an amazing month, one that I will treasure for a long time! Apart from the incredible soccer, the amazing people I’ve met from all over the world; the tremendous patriotism in South Africa, the one thing that stands out for me is the proof. Proof that we did it. Now the most important thing for all of us South Africans is to internalise all of this and believe that we are a world class African city. We rocked the party and Phillip… I will miss you too much. I hear he is changing his name to Phillipo and moving to Brazil, shall we go?Ha!

Oh and…HUP HOLLAND HUP!!!

Me In A Minute with singer Thembi Seete

Pic: Alon Skuy
Pic: Alon Skuy

The World Cup has helped bring people together to form one nation and our visitors will definitely be able to see this togetherness, along with the happiness and kindness we South Africans have to offer, while they are here for the competition. We are for sure now living Africanism!

Music is My Life is my latest album. I have been in the industry for so many years and for me to come back with a new album, I needed to show my fans that Thembi is back in a big way and I wanted the world to see that I am even more serious about my music. I have developed not only as a person but also as a songstress and performer. Therefore, for this album to be as successful as it has become, I had to have the best producers in place and a top team to make it work.

Making it what it is took a lot of saving up and a great deal of patience, followed by loads of hard work and dedication. This all takes time.

The production process was a lot of fun – from writing all the songs and lyrics to going for voice training and putting the right team in place to make it all work. It’s something I will never forget. To sum up this album, it is essentially everything I have learnt in my music career.

My six weeks of the World Cup celebrations are rather busy. I will be performing at most of the Fifa fan-parks in the Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Rustenburg areas.

I miss my days with Boomshaka, especially Lebo Mathosa. She played a huge role in my life and taught me a lot about myself. There was definitely a reason behind our meeting and working together. I miss all the craziness, but I learnt a lot over those years. Ten years on, I am making every effort to relive all the stuff we did, but on a more serious and respectful level.

In 1994, on the day Nelson Mandela was inaugurated, we were asked to perform at five different shows – all on that one day. We were flying from one city to the next (Joburg to Port Elizabeth to Cape Town to Durban to East London). It was an amazing experience and one I will never forget.

There were also some days when the girls and I would decide to do things spontaneously – like fly to London and go shopping on Oxford Street. We would just take risks and stand out from the crowd. Oh, how I miss those days.

The four things I would pack into my bag for a winter getaway include my sneakers – if we are going to be hiking, a girl definitely needs her sneakers. My warm tracksuit and socks – I get cold quite easily, so I definitely need my comfortable and warm tracksuit and socks to go with me. My toiletries – I am a toiletries addict, I buy toiletries even when I don’t need to. A few essential things I can’t live without are my face wash, toothbrush and toothpaste. And then my snacks and food – I love food and I’m certainly not one of those women who shies away from it. Lots of water, dried fruit and healthy snacks throughout the day keep me going. I think I must eat about six times a day, if not more. Luckily for me, I live a very active lifestyle.

One thing a few people won’t know about me is that I used to have one of the biggest and longest crushes on an ex-boss of mine – sorry, I just can’t share his name with you.

Alicia Keys, John Legend, BEPs and Shakira coming for FIFA WC Kick-Off concert

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NEWSFLASH: ALICIA KEYS, AMADOU & MARIAM, ANGELIQUE KIDJO, BLACK EYED PEAS, BLK JKS, JOHN LEGEND, JUANES, SHAKIRA, THE PARLOTONES, TINARIWEN, VIEUX FARKA TOURE, AND
VUSI MAHLASELA TO PERFORM AT FIRST-EVER FIFA WORLD CUP™ KICK-OFF CELEBRATION CONCERT

Johannesburg, South Africa (March 17, 2010) – Today, Control Room, the world’s leading producer of global music events, and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the international governing body of football, announced the first group of legendary musicians confirmed to perform at the FIFA WORLD CUP KICK–OFF CELEBRATION CONCERT. Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, and Vusi Mahlasela will perform at the historic event taking place the night before the first match at 8:00 p.m. local time (GMT+2) on June 10, 2010, at the newly-renovated Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg.

Alicia_3“We in South Africa are blessed to be hosting two first-time events – the first FIFA World Cup held on the African continent and the first FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration concert – and I believe these historic events will go a long way towards uniting the people of our rainbow nation in South Africa as well as further strengthening our relationships with our brothers and sisters on the African continent,” said Lucas Radebe, former South African football international and participant in the Kick-off Concert. “After All, this is an African World Cup being staged in South Africa. Music and Sports are the lifeblood of African culture, so to combine those in this historic event will be a true celebration of African Culture.”

FIFA World Cup football tournament is the world’s most watched sporting event, and is staged every four years. This is the first time the FIFA World Cup is being held on the African continent, with 32 national teams from all over the world playing matches in ten South African stadiums in the hope of being crowned World Champions. The last FIFA World Cup in Germany attracted a global cumulative television audience of 26.29 billion (24.2 billion in-home and 2.1 billion out-of-home viewers).

blkjks6“We are thrilled to have a concert of such magnitude and performing talent raise the curtain on the first FIFA World Cup in Africa. It is testament to the universal and unifying power of football and music, and will start the competition off on the right note – of celebration,” said FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.

Executive-produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Kevin Wall and his company Control Room, in partnership with local promoter, Showtime Entertainment, the event will feature musical performances by major international superstars and popular African artists collaborating together, along with special appearances by past and present football legends with all proceeds to benefit “20 Centres for 2010”, the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Expected to be the greatest entertainment event to date on the African continent, the event will be televised to millions worldwide.

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“2010 will mark the first time the FIFA World Cup will be played in Africa, so it seemed fitting to celebrate this momentous occasion with a festival of live music from Africa and beyond,” said Kevin Wall, founder of Control Room. “We believe sports and music transcend cultural, language and geographic barriers, and through the official FIFA WORLD CUP KICK–OFF CELEBRATION CONCERT, Control Room will present the sights and sounds of unity and celebration for an unforgettable, must-see experience.”

Public Tickets
Music fans around the world can purchase tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime concert today online at http://www.computicket.com or via phone on (27) 083 915 8000. Concert tickets are priced at R450 (Outer Circle standing), R650 (Inner Circle standing), R850 & R950 (Upper Level seated), R1150 (Lower Level seated). Ticket prices include VAT, Computicket Charges and Park and Ride for all ticket holders.

Parking and Security
A comprehensive parking and security system has been put into place for the 2010 FIFA Kickoff Celebration concert.

All those attending will be able to make use of the comprehensive park & ride facilities at nearby Nasrec. Concertgoers will then use the free bus shuttle service to and from Orlando Stadium as no parking will be permitted on or nearby the stadium itself. A comprehensive safety and security plan will be implemented for both Orlando Stadium and the Nasrec park & ride hub.

For more information about the official FIFA WORLD CUP KICK–OFF CELEBRATION CONCERT, please visit www.fifa.com/concert.

How to do the Diski Dance


Any choreographers out there who want to teach me how to do the Diski Dance? This is awesome, but damn they’re too quick for me! Rad. Let’s get this 2010 FIFA World Cup feeling going… almost 100 days!!! WHOOP WHOOP! I have tickets to the games, so I’m looking forward to saying “I Was There”. Have y’all got yours?

World Cup Draw tonight!

This evening’s draw for the World Cup will decide the pools for the first round of next year’s FIFA World Cup. I cannot wait. Charlize Theron, David Beckham and a whole host of other international celebrities and high profile peops will be in Cape Town for the big draw. It’s going to be huge. All the street lights in Cape Town are functioning, the city has been cleaned up and from what I’m hearing it’s looking amazing. Jealousy is me! Anyways, this is South Africa’s- and Africa for that matter- big moment. Almost 200 million people are expected to watch the live broadcast and the spectacle that will follow it with performances by TKZee and the Soweto Gospel Choir to name a few. Can’t wait.

Now if you’re on Twitter, we’re keeping the conversation alive by creating awareness and hype around our country. These are some of the topics we’re trending and hopefully with your help we can make them one of the featured trending topics on the homepage:

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Add these to anything South Africa, world cup related and help the cause 🙂
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Related links:
Ready for the World Cup Draw
2010 tickets available on December 5
Launch of the Moses Mabhida Stadium

Akon to sing 2010 song?

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We will find out a little later at the official press conference whether Akon will be singing the official song for next year’s 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Senegalese R&B star is in South Africa at the moment, but besides meetings for 2010, details of his trip are a bit vague. There are rumours doing the rounds that he’ll be meeting President Jacob Zuma. Others say he’ll be launching Konvict clothing here and then there’s the rumour about him shooting a music video in Soweto. Tomorrow he’ll be appearing at Club Inc in Newtown, Jozi- hopefully alongside Lady Gaga before they zoot off to Angola for a gig there.

All will become clearer a bit later. In the mean time though, Akon tells the Daily Mirror that “I’ve been hired as musical director for the World Cup,” he told the Daily Mirror. “I will be overseeing the World Cup anthem and music at the ceremonies and I’m off to South Africa this week for meetings. I love soccer so it’s a great honour.” FIFA has not confirmed this yet, but it raises a really good arguement…. aren’t our artists good enough? Perhaps he’ll be collaborating with some of our artists, as well as others from the rest of Africa… and I sure as hell hope so! I’ll be well bleak if this doesn’t happen. More details on this story coming soon.

Ryan Botha on The Von Vodcast

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Moroka Swallows star Ryan Botha is training hard, all in the hopes of making the Bafana Bafana soccer squad for next year’s 2010 FIFA World Cup. He chats to Jason Von Berg on The Von Vodcast today about his preparations and that now famous naked edition shoot he partook in for women’s magazine Marie Claire.