Are you the next Miss South Africa?

This weekend the search to find the new Miss South Africa continues, as the nationwide search comes to Gauteng. The auditions take place at Carnival City out in Brakpan and so if you think you have what it takes to be the next Miss South Africa, then be sure to get on down there. Warning though, it wont be an issue ride. You’ll have to impress judges Sonia Raciti-Oshry, Sonia Sedibe and Kieno Kammies… but they’re not the only ones. Radio and TV personalities, Robert Marawa and Anele Mdoda join the panel and celebrity judges for this round.

If there’s one quote that sticks out in my mind, it’s Anele’s Twitter bio: “Be as interested as you are interesting.” and so if you’re auditioning this weekend, be sure to follow this wisdom 😉
Should you make it through to the next round, you’ll join 33 other hopefuls at the Wild Coast Sun in KwaZulu-Natal for a series of workshops, set to take place between the 3rd and the 9th of September. During the workshops the girls will participate in workshops involving communication, elocution, make-up and hair, ramp modelling, health and fitness, and financial planning. They’ll then be put to the test with a bunch of tasks and the field will be narrowed down accordingly. 16 will make it through to the next round, but only 12 will make to the pageant stage, which is set to take place on the 9th of December at the Sun City Superbowl. You can catch the show on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 107. For more information check out the official Miss SA site.

The Eagles are coming

The countdown to this year’s first big stadium concert it on! The legendary rockers, The Eagles will be heading to SA this April and this tour will mark their first time to the country in the band’s 40-year long career. Here is the official release on the band’s tour:

The Eagles will tour South Africa for the first time ever in the band’s 40-year history.  The band will perform on Wednesday, April 4 at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town; Saturday, April 7 at the Superbowl in Sun City; and on Sunday, April 8 at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Continue reading “The Eagles are coming”

Catch Lira on her Captured Tour with Nokia

It’s all systems go for multiple award-winning singer Lira, who kicks off her Captured Tour in Johannesburg this weekend. The tour will see her travelling to six cities around the country,where she’ll be putting on a show like no other.  Each stop of the tour will be recorded as part of her forthcoming DVD, due out next year. I got to chat to the star last week for DStv.com the Phakade singer said she was excited to get on the road.

“The first DVD was just one night for one show. Now I’m taking that concept and moving it around the country, which is a first for me.”

In addition to her capturing some of the behind the scenes action in what goes into putting on a show like this, the star says there’s an opportunity for her fans to share their experiences with her and others too. “I wanted to give them a platform for them to experience themselves at shows and for us to capture the whole experience, not just from my perspective as an artist, but also from a fan’s perspective.”

Once this tour is done, the Channel O Music Video Award nominee will be heading back to America, where she’ll be releasing her album to that market. In pursuit of music’s biggest accolade, the Grammy, the star explains how she plans on doing that, “We’re taking it one step at a time. We’re just going over to make waves and to catch as much attention and to be remembered.”

While cracking it in the biggest music market in the world is somewhat daunting, the Feel Good singer said she is up for the challenge, “My team and I are ready. I always say yes the journey is difficult, but the scenery, the experience is why you go on your journey. It’s beautiful and it’s worth it. Sometimes the destination isn’t everything, the journey’s incredible.”

Lira’s Captured Tour dates:

9 October – The Boardwalk  Festive Lawn Area (PE)
22 October- Durban ICC (KZN)
26 October- Grand West Casino (CT)
29 October- Sun City (North West).
6 November- Free State National Botanical Gardens (Bloemfontein).

On the 29th of October, Lira will be recording her Sun City performance for the live DVD due out next year.

Be sure to visit www.misslira.com or Computicket to get your tickets for this not-to-be missed gig.

A Special Night with Josh Groban this November

I’ve just come across this press release online. It has to do with singer-songwriter Josh Groban, who will be returning to South Africa this November. I would actually like to see him this time around, I missed his other tour so I’m going to diarise this. I’m sure many of you will too. Press release below:

Big Concerts are proud to present “A Special Evening with Josh Groban” at The Superbowl, Sun City, on 26th and 27th November and in Cape Town, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, on 29th and 30th November 2011.  These spectacular events are presented in partnership with Talk Radio 702, 567 Cape Talk and M-Net.

Upon the conformation of his tour to South Africa Josh Groban commented, “It is a great joy for me to return to South Africa. It remains in my heart as a country that has inspired me in so many ways and to prepare for my return visit brings back a flood of wonderful memories. It has been many years but I can’t wait to give everything I have to my amazing, and patient fans!”

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Roxette return to South Africa

Pic by Sarah Clayton

Last week I got to see a band that I have always enjoyed listening to live in concert. Now you’re probably asking who I’m referring to right? Well it’s the Swedish band Roxette, which is made up of Marie Fredrikkson and Per Gessle. I traveled to Sun City in the North West Province to see them light up the Sun City Superbowl. I was given the opportunity (one of three journalists) to interview Per ahead of the Friday concert, which was too much fun. It’s awesome to chat to someone of his calibre, his experience and his success. I must admit I was a bit bummed that Marie wasn’t able to make the interview and yet you can judge me for this, but I actually wasn’t aware of the fact that she had been so ill in the early half of last decade. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, the star underwent surgery to remove the tumor, which was malignant. After that was successfully removed, she underwent month of chemotherapy and radiation and as Per told us, many of her close friends and family weren’t sure she would survive the ordeal.

“I think all of us thought it was the end of Marie actually. She had like a 5%chance of surviving. She had two big operations and she was on all this medication. She was swollen as a result. It has taken her many many years to recover from that. What has taken the most time is to get her confidence back. To be that person people want to see and that she can deliver what they expect. It’s a sort of a miracle that we can do this. If you’d asked me this five years ago I would’ve said no.”

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Per said it was also really important not to push Marie. After announcing that she was in remission in 2005, she kept a very low profile until 2009 when Per invited her on stage in Amsterdam to perform a couple of Roxette songs. She did that and according to Gessle, the audience erupted into completely and utter praise for Marie. She’d come so far and the response to her being back on stage was so resoundingly positive, she asked Per if they could start work on a new album. That they did and as Per said, it was on their watch. He said it was important for him and the record label to make sure things were done in a way that would cater to Marie’s needs and at her pace. It’s believed that her love for music and for performing became therapeutic for her and this therapy lead to the announcement of a world tour. This also included South Africa and would mark their first visit to the country since 1995. Now get this, the first two shows (one in CT and one in Jozi) sold out so quickly, it resulted in organisers adding further dates to the tour. From two shows, the final number ended on 7… all of which were sold out. INSANE, but awesome too.

In the interview we also discussed the fact that Roxette happens to be one of the most loved bands, whose songs still appeal to fans, both young and old, black and white etc. So what makes their music so timeless? So appealing? I asked Per that and he said that ever since he started writing songs as a young boy, he’s focused on two things. Creating a good melody and writing lyrics that not only he likes, but fans can relate to. So if anyone has ever wanted to be a singer songwriter, perhaps you should bear that in mind. I mean think about it, a lot of what you hear on the radio nowadays is cool. It’s fun to listen to, it’s great to sing along to, but will it be around in a few years time? Will you still sing that song in five years? Will you still remember the artist who sang the original? Well with Roxette the proof is in the pudding. Look at a list of some of their top songs:

– It must have been love

Joyride

– Dangerous

– How do you do

Crash Boom Bang

Those are just a few, but when I listen to them now, I think about a certain period of my life and each one of them will bring back a good memory. Speaking of memories, I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. While Marie doesn’t move around as much as she used to on stage (understandably so), I think to be on that stage after several other performances in the months leading up to my concert is incredible. She still sounds great and for everything that she has been through, she looks fantastic too. Check out this little clip I filmed on my Blackberry:

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You can see how the crowd still absolutely love and adore the band. Big up to them for coming back and rocking out at Sun City and Cape Town. Big up to Big Concerts and Jacaranda 94.2 for bringing them down and thank you to everyone who made my stay at The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City a good one. Barring my jacket going missing, the room, the hospitality, the breakfast (oh that delicious Palace breakfast) was awesome. Great weekend! If you want to see my video interview you can check it out here for now. I’ll be uploading to Youtube soon.


Bokang Montjane is the new Miss South Africa

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I can’t believe it was a year ago that Nicole Flint was crowned Miss South Africa at the Sun City Superbowl. Shows you how quick time passes us by because last night the new Miss SA was crowned. The live broadcast on DStv’s Mzansi Magic saw Bokang Montjane being crowned as the new Miss SA. The 24-year-old beauty hails from Polokwane in Limpopo. On top of her agenda is world peace! Jokes, Bokang says she would like to focus on solving the teenage pregnancy rates. Good for you and good luck!