Morgan Freeman on Nelson Mandela

In a statement released to the media earlier, Academy Award-winner, Morgan Freeman said, “Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”

David Beckham’s retirement announcement

He is one of the most well known and well respected football players in the world. More than that, he is one of the most famous athletes in the world… It’s been a pleasure watching what David Beckham has done for the game of soccer, but yesterday the 38-year-old announced his retirement from the game. A great innings, an incredible career and we look forward to what he will be doing going forward.

Thanks for the memories David! Salute.

 

Music Video: Watch Survival by Muse

We’ve got just 22 days until the Summer Olympic Games kicks off in London. It’s going to be amazeballs, no doubt about that. So Muse have created the official Olympic anthem called Survival. The track was released last week and now the video hit the Net. Check it out above.

Ek Joke Net coming soon

Tomorrow night I’m going to check out a new candid camera movie. It’s called Ek Joke Net and it releases countrywide on the 24th of this month. A lot of people are asking why should we watch yet another movie like this when Leon Schuster seems to be doing a good job at it already? Well I think it’s refreshing to have new filmmakers venturing into this space and in light of Leon’s ongoing success at the box office, it’s hard not to understand why they’d be venturing into this genre. Watch the trailer above. It’s hilarious. I’ll have a full report after the screening tomorrow night.

Elma Smit wins Lady Rugga

SuperSport‘s search to find a female presenter who will join the boys in covering the Rucks and Mauls, talk about the penalty conversions, the scrums and the line-outs at this year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand is done. A big congratulations goes out to Elma Smit who walked off with the title last night. She beat out thousands of other hopefuls to be crowned SuperSports Lady Rugga.  Judges Darren Scott, Naas Botha, Ashley Hayden and Elana Afrika decided Elma was the ultimate Lady Rugga. Elma is no stranger to the industry. She is a presenter on music channel MK for a show called Studio 1. She also presented for this year’s Varsity Cup and she’s a 5FM DJ. In general, fans on the Facebook page said they were chuffed with her win:

  • Congratulations Elma. You were absolutely fantastic and a deserved winner. We are rooting for you all the way and can’t wait for your first broadcast. From the biggest SHARK supporter thi

  • A HUUUUUUUUGE Congratulations to an amazing, most beautiful girl you’ll ever meet – Elma. SA will be well represented by you girl. Truly well deserved!
  • Baie geluk elma jy gaan ons girls se name hoog hou in die rugby, ek baie bly vir jou en geniet elke oomblike van dit!

I think Elma’s years of experience in this industry will be a huge advantage for her when she travels to World Cup in September. It’ll be hard work in that she not only has to deal with the fast-paced international press, the game itself along with all the players, coaches etc; the presenters on the channel who have been there for years and have their own knowledgeable opinions. We can get into the raw talent versus industry experience debate if we want. It’s an interesting debate we could chat about for a long time. Whatever your opinions are, Elma was the chosen one. Well done to her regardless.

Hollywood star Terrence Howard encourages Jozi youth

American actor Terrence Howard took time out of his schedule at the weekend to watch a soccer match and enjoy lunch with some of the youth of Johannesburg. The star, who will play a young version of Nelson Mandela in the biopic Winnie also shared some words of encouragement with the children. I was there and I caught all the action on camera. Watch the video.

Locnville – There (Official Music Video)

These guys are on fire… scoring an international record deal, two chart topping singles and a critically-acclaimed debut album. Now the twins that make up Locnville release their third single called ‘There’. Check it out!

Hugh and Sal Masekela: Like Father Like Son

Jazz icon Hugh Masekela and his son Sal have embarked on a journey of a lifetime- a ten-part TV series for sports network ESPN. The show, entitled “Umlando – Through My Father’s Eyes”, will take viewers on an introspective journey of South Africa, its many cultures and its history. I caught up with the two to find out more about the project. Listen to the interview. It really is going to be such a fantastic project and I hope it gets all the attention it deserves! Another career highlight right about now!

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.