Kaya FM’s Mosibodi Whitehead is ready for #OMTOM

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There are just a few days to go until thousands of runners hit the road for the annual Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. This time last year I was making my way down to the fairest Cape for what is dubbed the world’s most beautiful race (couldn’t agree more). Unfortunately I missed the boat this year, so I’ll be watching and smashing Easter eggs in my face from the comforts of my couch in Joburg, but somebody who will be running the race is Kaya FM’s Mosibodi Whitehead. He’ll be tackling the Ultra Marathon. Brave man!
You’re running the Ultra OMTOM this weekend. How are you feeling?
I’m feeling a bit scared. I had a tough run at the Old Mutual Om die Dam 50km race Two weeks ago which has left me less confident about the time I should be aiming for at OMTOM.
 
Tell us about your preparations… How much distance have you covered? How many pre-races have you done etc?
The year started well for me. I ran two half marathons (Johnson Crane and Gift of The Givers Township Marathon) at 1h30. I had a tough but solid run at the Sunrise Monster 32km finishing in 2H42. But a bout of flu after the Monster seriously affected my training, which culminated in a 5H37 slog at Om Die Dam. I think I have enough distance in my legs to complete OMTOM comfortably.
This week you’re supposed to slow down. How do you do that without losing the momentum?
I usually run an 8km time trial and one longish easy run of about an hour in the week before a big ultra.
Organisers have changed the route slightly. Are you worried about that?
I’ve never run the 56km Ou Kaapse Weg route. I hear that it may be slightly easier than going over Chapman’s Peak drive. Also, because this cuts out the dreaded Constantia Nek, I think this new route will make the race slightly easier.
Okay so it’s the day before the race… What do you eat? Drink? What time do you go to bed?
Sleep early, around 8pm. Otherwise just eat normally. If I’m at home in Joburg then I usually ask my wife Neiloe to cook pap, spinach and chicken. But when I’m running an out of town ultra, I’ll usually have a pasta of some sort from the hotel restaurant. Lots of water. No dairy. No alcohol.
 
You’re running this for more than yourself. You’re doing it for the Thulani Sibisi’s More Balls Than Most initiative. Tell us about this initiative.
I’m so glad to have been included in this initiative. Having been diagnosed with cancer himself Sibisi approached me to help him raise awareness for the testicular and prostate cancer using the race. And because exercise is one of the best ways to avoid getting testicular and prostate cancer I was happy to run the race in his honour. All the money we raise will go to More Balls Than Most which is the sister charity of Pink Drive. They will use the funds to support mobile testing clinics that go out to the rural areas and townships to help men get tested. We have already been approached by Boksburg Prison to take the mobile testing unit there.
 
How much have you raised thus far?
It took a while to get MBTM registered on the www.morethanyourself.co.za platform. So we have only been able to raise R1000 thus far. I’m sure we will have raise plenty more by race day.
 
How can people donate? 
All they have to do is go to www.morethanyourself.co.za search for Mosibodi Whitehead and donate.
Thulani won the race in 1986… No pressure hey?
Hahaha! No pressure. Not this year anyway, but one can dream. Maybe next year.

Any other advice for Ultra and Half Marathon runners this year? 

If the weather is good then this truly the most beautiful race in the world. Take the time to look out on the ocean. Enjoy the run.

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.

 

Press release: UB40 heading back to SA

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With more than 50 hit singles and record sales in excess of 70 million worldwide, UB40 remain one of the most successful bands of all time. Three of the founding members have reunited, including the original vocalist Ali Campbell, who is set to mesmerize audiences with his signature voice. Seed Experiences and DStv are proud to bring UB40 back to the country in April for two exclusive concerts, one in Paarl in the Western Cape and one in Johannesburg.

 

The first show takes place on Friday 4 April 2014 at the beautiful Val de Vie Winelands Lifestyle Estate in Paarl and gates open at 15h30. In Johannesburg, the show takes place on Saturday 5 April at popular park venue, Emmarentia Dam and gates open at 11am.

 

DStv is proud to come on board as media partner along with Heart 104.9FM as Cape Town radio partner and Kaya FM as the Johannesburg radio partner, to bring fans the band’s all time classics such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, which are known and adored across the world and sound as fresh today as they did when they were first released.

 

One of the most commercially successful acts of all time in terms of record sales, chart positions and touring schedules, UB40’s simple formula of accessible reggae, catchy songs and electrifying live performances continues to draw massive crowds as they tour the world’s top venues in their fourth decade together.

 

Tickets are on sale from R395 at Webtickets. Get yours now and see UB40 live at two of South Africa’s top venues.

 

Gates open: 15h30 in Cape Town and at 11h00 in Joburg

Concert starts: 17h45 in Cape Town and 12h00 in Joburg

Duration: 07hours 30 mins in Cape Town and 06 hours in Joburg

 

Tickets:  Prices range from R395

 

Friday 4 April

Cape Town: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409563846

Saturday 5 April 

Johannesburg: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409563887

 

Follow UB40 SA Tour on Facebook for announcements of the stellar  South African support line-up and other relevant information, and listen out to Heart 104.9 FM and keep an eye on their social pages and website for more information.

 

#UB40SA

#DStvUB40

 

 

 

 

MasterChef SA is cooking

Firstly, I must just say I’m not a foodie. Yeah I eat and I enjoy it, especially in social settings, but I couldn’t be assed to cook. I love watching shows like Come Dine with Me, but that’s more for the personalities rather than the food. I’ve never really gotten into shows like MasterChef (SA, UK or Australia). With that in mind, I’m really enjoying season two of the South Africa edition. It’s shot beautifully and there are people in the competition who (yes it is intended) are hungry to win it. We’re four episodes in and last night we were introduced to the top 16, who will all be heading down to the Nederburg Estate to compete in the MasterChef SA kitchen. Their names and Twitter details are below:

Amanda (30) a recruitment consultant from Johannesburg #MCSA_Amanda
Herman (34) an electrician from Witbank #MCSA_Herman
Jason (22) a graduate from Cape Town #MCSA_Jason
Joani (46) an ex-fashion designer from Durban #MCSA_Joani
Kamini (30) a food blogger and DJ from Cape Town #MCSA_Kamini
Karen (35) a stay-at-home mom from Howick #MCSA_Karen
Khumo (19) a student from Pretoria #MCSA_Khumo
Leandri (23) a scientist from Mahikeng #MCSA_Leandri
Mary (30) a professional dancer from Johannesburg #MCSA_Mary
Neil (40) a communications consultant from Johannesburg #MCSA_Neil
Ozzy (22) a student from Johannesburg #MCSA_Ozzy
Sanet (47) an ex-financial Manager from Boksburg #MCSA_Sanet
Seline (25) a civil engineer from Mahikeng #MCSA_Seline
Shannon (28) a graphic artist from Cape Town #MCSA_Shannon
Tiron (32) a video store clerk from Johannesburg #MCSA_Tiron, and
Tumi (34) a financial analyst from Johannesburg #MCSA_Tumi

Now last night I got to go through to an exclusive MasterChef dinner with a handful of celebrities, bloggers and of course Chef Benny. The tables were turned on the judge, who was now expected to cook for his guests. The guests seemed to be impressed with the charming Benny’s offering. It all worked wonderfully. The setting was great, food and wine paired perfectly and all the guests got to watch the new episode of the show, all why enjoying a good evening with great company. Check out a few pics below.

Catch Zahara on Mzansi Magic tonight

We continue to celebrate 8-time SAMA winner Zahara this week. Tonight on Mzansi Magic the Loliwe singer joins Kaya FM’s T-Bose in studio for this week’s episode of My Top 10: My Life in Music. This was recorded a few ago, so don’t expect to hear about those allegations made by the Sunday World, but you can hear about her journey to where she is today. Be sure to catch the show on channel 107 tonight at 20:30.

If you missed her at the SAMAs this week, here’s her beautiful performance:

Singer Selaelo Selota on The Von Vodcast

Singer Selaelo Selota performed a special story-telling set to a few select Kaya FM listeners in Zambia last week. Jason Von Berg went along and caught up the star. Watch this week’s episode of The Von Vodcast for more.