Gallery: #CliffCentralRocksChristmas at Gold Reef City

Last night my #Unradio family at Cliff Central held the first of many event at the Lyric in Gold Reef City. The event saw the ‘president’ of Cliff Central, Gareth Cliff sharing the stage with the likes of Jennifer Su (my co-host), Hlubi Mboya, Tumisho Masha, ProVerb, the fantastic, amazing Soweto Gospel Choir and many other personalities from the station. I manned the ticket desk in fear of making all the guests evacuate their seats at the sound of my singing voice 😉

Check out the gallery below:

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.

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:

#World Cup

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Related links:
Ready for the World Cup Draw
2010 tickets available on December 5
Launch of the Moses Mabhida Stadium

Braai Day music video

I missed out on my “Braai Day” on Thursday, so I’m going to play catch up today… Can’t wait. Here is the music video for the song “Our Heritage”: Die Heuwels Fantasties ft. The Soweto Gospel Choir, HHP & JR – Our Heritage

Soweto Gospel Choir on the red carpet

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REPRESENT 🙂 Soweto Gospel Choir Members from left to right: Zanele Ngcamu, Sibongile Makgathe, Sipho Ngamu, Matshepo Kutane, Gregory Ndou, Bangani Khumalo, Rebecca Nyamane, Vumuzi Madando, Shimmy Jiyane arrive ahead of their performance, alongside John Legend and fellow Best Song nominees AR Rahman.

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Multiple Grammy performers John Legend and members of The Soweto Gospel Choir perform at the 81 Academy Awards at The Kodak Theatre in Los Angelas


It's Oscar time for the Soweto Gospel Choir

News just in, two-time Grammy Award-winning group, the Soweto Gospel Choir will be performing at the Oscars this Sunday!!! The group feature alongside Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman on the song “Down To Earth” taken off the soundtrack of the animated film WALL-E. The song has been nominated in the Best Original Song category. The group will be performing at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony at the request of Mr Peter Gabriel and this is history in the making as this is the first time a South African musical act has ever performed at the awards. Continue reading “It's Oscar time for the Soweto Gospel Choir”

Peter Gabriel pulls out of Oscar performance

59-year-old, Oscar nominated, Grammy-award winning star Peter Gabriel has pulled out of performing at this year’s Oscar Awards, taking place next weekend in LA. According to E!Online, the producers are trying to pull in the ratings, by limiting the musical performances to just the melody. His song “Down to Earth” from the film Wall-E has been nominated in the Best Song Category is just under six minutes and the producers want him to perform it in one and a half minutes. The melody will be performed alongside the other nominees, both from Slumdog Millionaire (“Jai Ho” and “O Saya”), so be sure to check that out. He has instead requested that the Soweto Gospel Choir step in and perform at the prestigious award ceremony. On is official site, Gabriel tells his fans in a video that he is, “An old fart and it’s not going to do me any harm to make a little protest.” He will still be attending the awards though. WOW! GO THE SGC… more on this next week. I will be in contact with the SGC peops to find out all the details as they become available. Stay tuned!

It’s Gabriel’s birthday today by the way, so a very happy Friday the 13th birthday to him!

Music's biggest night, who will shine?

The 51st Grammy awards take place in LA on Sunday night, and you can expect up-to-date info from the ceremony. I would love to be there, damn… perhaps next year! Coldplay and Lil Wayne are leading the way as far as nominations go, so lets see how they get on.

My predictions/ thoughts for winners in major categories are as follows:
Record of the year:
Leona Lewis- Bleeding Love. This track made history all over the globe. It’s a smash hit, an instant classic and Leona certainly deserves it. Continue reading “Music's biggest night, who will shine?”

Lil Wayne, Coldplay, JoBros leading the Grammy nominations pack

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The 51st Grammy Award nominations are out and leading the pack are rapper Lil’ Wayne with eight nominations, as well as Coldplay and the Jonas Brothers. It comes as no surprise to me that other British acts like Adele, Duffy and Leona Lewiws are also all up there with several nominations each. PLUS two South Africans acts have been nominated too. Man this is one event I’d love to attend. Here’s to hoping. Here’s a list of some of the nominees: Continue reading “Lil Wayne, Coldplay, JoBros leading the Grammy nominations pack”