Remembering Madiba – attending the tribute service

Last night I again found myself in Houghton, Johannesburg. This time around I was at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, where there was a celebratory service being held for the late statesman. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu led the service, which was attended by musician Peter Gabriel, Johannesburg Mayer, Parks Tau, human rights lawyer George Bizos, media from all over the world and of course some of Madiba’s VSPs (Very Special Persons).

Bishop Tutu is a fantastic speaker. He is funny, heartfelt, intelligent and definitely not shy. The only time he got ‘shy’ was when he met eyes with his wife who was front and centre at the service. Here is a little clip from his address:

Some of most loved musicians were also in attendance. The Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir kicked things off. They were then joined by Johnny Clegg, who sang a very moving version of Asimbonanga (see below). Danny K, Mamma Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lloyd Cele, Ed Jordan, Louise Carver, Ross from Prime Circle and Sipho Hotstix Mabuse all took to the stage too. It was truly a celebration of the man we all loved, cherished and respected.

Today is the official state memorial. The programme is expected to commence at 11am, CAT. Check your local listings to see when you can watch the proceedings.

Celebrate Madiba in music

One of SA’s most loved DJs, Euphonik put together a track called Domination in which he used clips from one of Nelson Mandela‘s speeches. You can listen to the track above. I know on a day like today, Euphonik will celebrate his life, his birthday and his numerous successes by being very thankful to Madiba.

Billboard has an awesome list of songs too. Click here to see that list

Gallery – Dave Matthews live in concert

Rocker, Dave Matthews performed live in Johannesburg for the first time on Tuesday the 3rd of December. He was supported by South African legend, Vusi Mahlasela. Plus a special appearance by Hugh Masekela during the set was also warmly welcomed. Check out some of the pictures in the gallery above. If you were there, share your experience with the rest of us?

Road to Rio Corre – day 2

Today we put on our tourists attire and headed around the city of Rio De Janeiro. We started out with a few pictures of should I say selfie opportunities of Sugarloaf Mountain from Copacabana beach. The weather wasn’t fantastic, but it was still very humid and actually pretty pleasant. Once we’d met Claudio, our tour guide, and we’d picked up the rest of the group! we headed off to Sugar Loaf for a ride up the cable car and a chance to see the city from a higher point.

When you go up Sugar Loaf, you take two cable cars up. They’re short rides, probably around two to three minutes, but you’re elevated to nice enough heights for you to see the city from a different angle. You also get a better idea of the north and south, the mountains that divide it up and the lagoon, sea side. Check out the pics below

After that we made our way to lunch at a place I can only describe as delicious and awesome. It’s called Porcao and it overlooks the sea and if you’re a Johannesburg resident, you can liken it to Carnivore. The meat and poultry selection is yummy and obviously we all overachieved somewhat… Moegies vol oogies toe.

We visited other parts of the city to like Lapa, Santa Teresa and , which is where the video for the song Beautiful by Snoop Dogg/ Lion and Pharell Williams was filmed. Nice vibe around that part of town.

After a bit of downtime, (and a bit of Futurelife snack for me) we headed off to Plataforma for a bit of dinner and a Samba show. Shem, we were all so exhausted still that we passed out on the bus to venue. Awkward much? Haha… Stupid jet lag and time zones 😉 that didn’t stop us from having a jol though. The samba show was great and damn these people are incredible, wow. The dances they do, the costumes are incredibly detailed and they know how to get a crowd moving. Maybe 2014 will be a year for me to get my samba on… It looks like a lot of fun and a great workout too, they’re not in bad shape either.

One more day to Nike’s Rio Corre 10km and a little more sightseeing today – cant wait! Adios.

Eminem heading to SA in 2014

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A couple of weeks ago I heard murmurs and rumours about Eminem heading out to South Africa next year, but I left them at that until something official was announced. Well that day has arrived…

94.7 Highveld Stereo presents Eminem live in South Africa. Em will be in the city next March for one massive, epic night only. The Rapture tour rolls into Johannesburg on the 1st of March at the Ellis Park Stadium. Capetonians, he’ll be in your city on the 26th of February at the Cape Town stadium. Tickets go on sale on Thursday and you know they’re going to sell quickly, so don’t miss out!

JHB – Ellis Park from R400-R1.250

CT – CT Stadium From R350-R1.250

Here’s hoping that Eminem will perform this ‘monstrous’ song at the concert next year:

Press statement: Khuli Chana survives police shooting incident

For immediate release:

 

Press Release – Multiple award winning Hip Hop artist, Khuli Chana, survives police shooting incident

 

Johannesburg, Monday, 28 October 2013 – This press statement serves to confirm that South African multiple award winning Hip Hop artist, Khulani Morule, more affectionately known by his stage name, Khuli Chana, was indeed shot at by police officials in the early hours of this morning, Monday, 28 October 2013, in Midrand, Johannesburg.

 

Khuli Chana sustained injuries to his right hand (middle and ring finger) via direct bullet wound, as well as to his back, predominantly on his left side, via shrapnel. Khuli Chana’s medical report will be made public once received.

 

The current bullet count on the blue BMW 1 series vehicle that Khuli Chana was driving is seven (7). All seven (7) were shot from the passenger side. Khuli Chana was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. A private forensic ballistic report is currently being conducted and will be made public once received.

 

Khuli Chana left his home in the West Rand Johannesburg and was heading to a performance in Pretoria, where he stopped at the Caltex garage on New Road in Midrand, initially to meet up with his DJ, Raiko, to continue the journey together. Raiko then alerted Khuli Chana that he was running late and Khuli Chana decided that it was best that they then meet up at the venue in Pretoria. Before leaving the garage, Khuli Chana went into the garage shop to buy a cup of coffee. On departure out of the garage, Khuli Chana noticed an unmarked vehicle with headlights on, faced in the direction of the oncoming traffic. Two vehicles ahead of Khuli Chana made their way around the vehicle. Khuli Chana proceeded to do the same.

 

There was no road block, or an attempt to stop Khuli Chana. Neither was any warning given before Khuli Chana heard the gun shots, which he describes to have sounded like a lot of fire crackers. His vehicle was struck by rounds as was he. His vehicle eventually went off the embankment and landed in a ditch.

 

Khuli Chana’s physical injuries were minor considering the amount of shots fired at him. He is currently in a state of shock and is trying to process the matter which he initially thought must have been a hi-jacking as gun shots were coming out of an unmarked vehicle, with no blue lights or any initial indication that police were involved. Khuli Chana has been discharged from hospital. His next doctor’s appointment will be in a week’s time. In the interim, Khuli Chana will be seeking psychological consult, to deal with the traumatic event he experienced this morning.

 

It is unfortunate that it takes incidences with high profile individuals like Khuli Chana, to bring to light the fatal police errors like the one that was made today. His management has made it clear that all the right legal process will be followed to bring the case to justice, not just for Khuli Chana, but for the many victims that fall prey to police brutality. It has been confirmed that a case of attempted murder has been opened by the police. Khuli Chana is in the process of taking legal action against the SAPS.

 

 

We endeavour to keep the public and Khuli Chana fans abreast with all the findings and information that comes through. Khuli Chana is very grateful for all the well wishes he has been receiving and for the support of his family, management and friends. Khuli Chana will unfortunately have to withdraw from all his upcoming performances this week, and until further clearance from his doctor.

 

 

“We condemn in the strongest terms any & every indiscriminate attack of violence on our civilian population by those entrusted to uphold the constitution and law and order. We have consistently shouted this point of view. VIOLENCE begets VIOLENCE. Violence and force is all too often the first option applied and this has to change. Whilst we fully acknowledge the difficulties faced in executing their duties, our Police must be given access to the best training programs strategies & methods in the world. The enormous stress on our officers is not being dealt with by our leadership hence the high rate of suicides in the ranks of the SAPS. This shoot to kill concept is dangerously misrepresented and indeed misinterpreted by many on the ground” expresses Gavin Koppel, SHOUT SA Chairman.

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!

LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014

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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”