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Flying Fish Beach Volleyball Festival Set Durban Buck Wild This Past Weekend With Cashtime Life

  
Cashtime Life completely shut down Durban with a colossal performance at the Beach Volleyball Flavor Fest that went down this past weekend in KZN Howard Campus. The fest was an absolute fusion of music, dance, fashion courtesy of lifestyle brand Punk and Ivy and of course, some beach volleyball action.

  
Co-hosted by MTV VJ Nomuzi “Skhanda queen” Mabena and Vuzu presenter Sammy Sosa, the much anticipated fest proved to be a flavorsome affair with sizzling performances from K.O and Kid X, who performed a medley of their hits including the smash, “Cara Cara” which inevitably sent the crowd into a massive frenzy.

 
“The Flying Fish Beach Volleyball Festival was an incredible experience. An unforgettable fusion of sport, music and fashion. What a great way to add some flavor to the start of spring. ” Said Nomuzi, who gave a mind blowing performance of her hit single “se7en” with label mate Kid X in the midst of her incredible hosting duties which had the crowd singing along to every word. “Hosting the Beach Volleyball festival in KwaZulu Natal was such a sensational experience.” Said Flying Fish Marketing Manager Leanne Martin. ‘It was a flavorsome mash up of sport and music, which immensely celebrated an array of talent that South Africa has to offer”

  
Other notable faces who attended the festival were popular Gagazi FM DJs Joey Drumz and Nomfundo Clarrisa, Uzalo actors Kay Sibiya and Nay Maps, whose presence was an absolute feast to the ladies in attendance and fans alike and of course Hip Hop artist Reason, who also made an appearance at the Fest.

  
More Beach Volleyball Flavor Fests are set to take over major cities including Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Grahamstown, with Pretoria next in line to host the second installment of the series. Fans are invited to join in the fun by signing up on http://www.addsomeflavour.co.za/ There’s no better way to add some flavor this spring than with Flying Fish and some Beach Volleyball.

   
 

There’s Just No Beating Beatenberg…

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Capetonian indie-pop trio Beatenberg were the big winners at the XXI Annual South African Music Awards on Sunday night, taking home a total of six awards for their album The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg.

At a star-studded live awards ceremony at the Sun City Superbowl, the band swept the key categories Album of the Year, Duo or Group of the Year and Best Pop Album.

Prior to that, during the non-broadcast component of the show when the industry awards were presented, Pluto (Remember You), Beatenberg’s smash hit anthem with DJ Clock, was named Best Selling Ring-back Tone and Best Selling Full-track Download, and also received the SAMPRA Award for Highest Airplay of the Year.

As the awards reached their climax, the anticipation was palpable among the 10 finalists before Danny K and Kabelo revealed that the winner of the Kia Record of the Year award was Caracara by KO ft. Kid X. The track had secured the most SMS votes from the South African public, signaling true music democracy in action as the awards turned 21 in the same year that the new South Africa comes of age.

The XXI Annual South African Music Awards impressed with a spectacular live show hosted by HHP and featuring slick performances by several nominees and winners. Among the highlights were an on-stage collaboration between AKA, Duncan and Mdu Masilela, another cross-genre splice featuring Simphiwe Dana and Kurt Darren, and a rock-meets-rap mash-up featuring Prime Circle and Cassper Nyovest.

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Newcomer of the Year Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo

Nyovest, who had headed into the XXI Annual South African Music Awards with a mammoth five nominations, picked up the Newcomer of the Year Award. Fellow hip-hop artist AKA walked away with the coveted Male Artist of the Year SAMA. But in the Best Rap Album category, in which both were nominated, the award went to K.O., who also scooped the trophy for Best Collaboration (Caracara, featuring Kid X).

Another major winner was flautist Wouter Kellerman, whose Grammy-winning album Winds of Samsara won the award for Best Classical/Instrumental Album. Kellerman and Ricky Kej also shared the Best Producer of the Year award for the album. He was also garlanded with the International Achievement Award, sponsored by the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO).

Namibian-born singer-songwriter Riana Nel also now has two prized SAMAs to adorn her mantelpiece; for Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans) and Best Selling Album.

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Female Artist of the Year Bucie – Princess of House (Easy to Love)

Bucie was named Female Artist of the Year, while songstress Lira added to her growing collection of SAMAs with another Best Live DVD trophy. Veteran musician McCoy Mrubata collected the laurels for Best Jazz Album, with Professor triumphing in the Best Kwaito Album category.

The Best Rock Album category was won by aKing, with rock music also featuring prominently in the Best Music Video of the Year category, won by director Ryan Kruger for Prime Circle’s Let the Night In. Bittereinder’s Skerm was crowned Best Alternative Album.

Black Motion clinched the Best Dance Album honours, with the track Indlela Yam winning the Remix of the Year Award for DJ Sbu, Robbie Malinga and Mojalefa Thebe.

Maleh, Niemand and Dewald Wasserfall were the victors in the African, English and Afrikaans categories for adult contemporary music respectively. And Afrotraction swept aside strong competition to conquer the Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album category.

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Lifetime Achievement Awards – Zim Ngqawana, Mdu Masilela, Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng

Lifetime Achievement Awards, sponsored by Amstel, were handed to kwaito trailblazers Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng and Mdu Masilela. On a poignant note, a third Lifetime Achievement Award was presented posthumously to the late, great jazz genius, Zim Ngqawana.

There was star power in abundance on the night, with awards presented by the likes of Khaya Mthethwa, Dozi, Ringo Madlingozi, Maleh, Reason, Bucie, Trompies, Zama Ngcobo, Arno Carstens, Rob & Fix, Thami Ngubeni, Benjamin Dube, Skwatta Kamp, Vuyo Dabula, Letoya Makhene, Pearl Thusi, Zuluboy and Kabelo.

It all added up to a glorious showcase of South African music excellence by a constellation of new, established and pioneering stars in the local music pantheon. Those who missed the glitz and glamour, hugs and tears, drama and delight of the XXI Annual South African Music Awards can check out highlights and packaged content on the mobisite (www.samatv.mobi).

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XXI ANNUAL SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC AWARDS
WINNERS: MAIN AWARDS

Album of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg

Duo or Group of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg

Female Artist of the Year
Bucie – Princess of House (Easy to Love)

Male Artist of the Year
AKA – Levels

Newcomer of the Year
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo

Best Rock Album
aKing – Morning After

Best Pop Album
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg

Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)
Riana Nel – Die Regte Tyd

Best Rap Album
K.O. – Skhanda Republic

Best Kwaito Album
Professor – University of Kalawa Jazmee Since 1994

Best Dance Album
Black Motion – Fortune Teller

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
S’fiso Ncwane – Bayede Baba

KIA RECORD OF THE YEAR
Caracara – K.O. ft. Kid X

SPECIAL AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Zim Ngqawana
Mdu Masilela
Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng

International Achievement Award
Wouter Kellerman

WINNERS: INDUSTRY AWARDS

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Niemand – Back Again

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Dewald Wasserfall – #EkEnJy

Best African Adult Album
Maleh – You Make My Heart Go

Best Alternative Album
Bittereinder – Skerm

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Afrotraction – For the Lovers

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Loyiso Bala – Power Love Sound

Best Traditional Music Album
Botlhale Boikanyo – Spoken Word & Music

Best Maskandi Album
Thokozani Langa – Igema Lami

Best Jazz Album
McCoy Mrubata – Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara

Best Live DVD
Lira – First Decade (producer: Robin Kohl)

Best Collaboration
K.O. ft. Kid X – Caracara

Remix of the Year
DJ Sbu, Robbie Malinga – Indlela Yam by DJ Sbu & Mojalefa Thebe

Best Music Video of the Year
Ryan Kruger (director) Let the Night In by Prime Circle

Best Producer of the Year
Wouter Kellerman & Winds of Samsara by Wouter Kellerman, Ricky Kej

Best Engineer of the Year
Brian O’Shea, Crighton Johnny Apple by Johnny Apple. Goodwill & Marius Brouwer

BEST SELLING MOBILE MUSIC DOWNLOADS

Best Selling Album
Die Regte Tyd – Riana Nel

Best Selling DVD
Vol. 18 One Purpose – Joyous Celebration

Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
Pluto (Remember You) – DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg

Best Selling Full-Track Download
Pluto (Remember You) – DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg

SAMPRA AWARD

Highest Airplay of the Year (2014)
Pluto (Remember You) – DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg

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The End Of An Era! Gisele Bundchen Set To Retire From The Runway.

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Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the world’s top-earning model, will take her final sashay down the catwalk at Sao Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW), the same event where she made her debut 20 years ago.

The 34-year-old Brazilian bombshell announced last month she was retiring from runway modeling, saying she wanted to spend more time with her husband, New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, and their two children, Benjamin and Vivian.

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“My body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop. I respect my body, it’s a privilege to be able to stop,” she told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.

She will continue modeling off the runway and promoting her lingerie line, Gisele Bundchen Intimates, launched in 2011 for the Brazilian label Hope.
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Her final runway show, for Brazilian label Colcci, is a symbolic return to her roots. Bundchen and SPFW were both just starting out two decades ago when she had her first show there, taking the runway for local label Zoomp at 14 years old. It was the start of big things for Bundchen, who went on to model for major fashion houses such as Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Versace and Victoria’s Secret.

According to Forbes magazine, she has been the highest-paid model in the world for the past eight years, with $47 million in earnings last year. Only recently, she signed her largest ever contract – worth more than $25 million, according to Forbes with US sports apparel firm Under Armour.
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“It’s marvelous she’s leaving the runway at a moment when she’s at the height of her powers. It’s an intelligent decision,” said Dilson Stein, the talent scout who discovered Bundchen in 1994 during a modeling workshop in the small city of Horizontina, in her native state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Bundchen began her career when the so-called “heroin chic” of pale, angular models like Kate Moss was the prevailing aesthetic in high fashion. By 1999, she became the face of what Vogue magazine, splashing her across its cover, called “The return of the sexy model.”
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Stein remembers being wowed by the willowy girl of German descent, with her long blonde hair, sun-kissed skin and athletic build.

“I saw something in her. I knew she would be the great model of the future,” he told AFP.

Bundchen is now expected to turn her focus to print ad campaigns.

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Let’s Get It On – The Life And Music Of Marvin Gaye Starring Lloyd Cele

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Joburg Theatre is proud to announce the star casting of award-winning musician Lloyd Cele in the international production of Let’s Get It On – The Life And Music Of Marvin Gaye: on The Mandela stage for a limited season from May 7th to May 16th 2015.

Lloyd recently won ‘Best R&B’ single for All I Need Is You at the Metro FM Awards and says this is a perfect fit for the show. “Marvin Gaye has always been one of my idols, and I’m extremely excited to have been given this opportunity to portray this music icon on stage.”

Let’s Get It On is produced by Helpman award-winning producer Simon Myers and Moira Bennett from Room 8 productions whose recent shows include The Man In Black – The Life Of Johnny Cash, At Last – The Etta James Story and Take Me Home Country Roads – The John Denver Story.

This is their first production in South Africa. The producers were very keen to cast a local singing personality for the show and found their star in Lloyd Cele.
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Lloyd Cele shot to fame as the runner up in Idols in 2010.  He has since won numerous awards; SAMA award for Best Pop Album as well as being a Metro FM, Channel O and Wawela nominee.

He’s also a crowd favourite at all major festivals nationwide.  He is an executive producer and a diverse artist who plays guitar, piano, bass and saxophone.

Let’s Get It On is a two-hour narrative concert that celebrates the life and music of the multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter acknowledged as The Prince of Motown – The Prince of Soul.

The show features some of Marvin’s most beloved songs including ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, his stunning spiritual masterwork ‘What’s Going On’, the Grammy Award-winning ‘Sexual Healing’ and many more.

The show explores Marvin’s humble beginnings, his troubled relationship with his father, his search for meaning and the music that defined a generation.

The voice that formed the soundtrack to countless liaisons in the ‘60s and ‘70s was tragically silenced thirty years ago – and the scale of that tragedy is reinforced through the retelling of his story.   From the opening number – Stars and Stripes Marvin-style – to the finale, the show channels ‘the main man’ in a tribute that is more music than musical, more lyrics than script.
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Lloyd will be backed by some of Australia’s finest and funkiest musicians, The Funk City Band, and introducing Vika Bull. Vika’s character is an amalgam of the three main women in Marvin’s life; Tammy Tyrell, Diana Ross and Anna Gordy.

Vika is firmly established as one of Australia’s most powerful female voices having supported legendary musicians such as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sting and Joe Cocker. 

Performances for Let’s Get It On – The Life And Music Of Marvin Gaye begin in The Mandela at Joburg Theatre on Thursday May 7th and the limited season must close on Saturday May 16th.  Shows are at 8pm Thursdays to Saturdays, and 3pm on Sundays.

Tickets range from R180 to R350, and are on sale by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com, or by calling the theatre’s ticketing line on 0861 670 670.  Discounted rates for groups of ten or more are available by calling Joburg Theatre on (011) 877 6853/6815.

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A little more about LLOYD CELE

With a third album having been released in September 2014 and three brand new singles out at the same time in three different languages, Lloyd Cele is out to prove that good things happen in 3’s.

The avid music lover turned Idols runner-up then SAMA winner, Walela Award, Channel O Award and Metro FM Award nominee, is looking to build on the success of his 1st single “Tonight” that features as the theme song for Top Billing by releasing Grey Matter on September 22nd 2014.

Having worked with a number of SA’s top artists in Cassper Nyovest, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Brian Temba as well as CH2, Lloyd wanted to bring a diverse mix of influences to his 3rd album, much like he has done on his previous 2 albums ONE and NO LIMITS.

Lloyd’s sound is about embracing South Africa’s diverse culture, racial groups, and musical influences and fusing them together in his music.

GREY MATTER, largely written by Lloyd himself, is no different and this is highlighted by the unprecedented, simultaneous release of 3 singles to launch the album. “Ngiyakudinga Mtakwethu” (All I Need Is You) a Zulu song featuring Brian Temba – the recent winner of Best R&B Single at the Metro FM Awards – the Afrikaans single “Dans Met My” and an English single “Made For Love” have all been unleashed onto the airwaves at the same time and have been play-listed on the top radio stations for those genres.

“This is a 1st landmark occasion in South African radio airwaves, to have 3 songs in 3 languages all play-listed at the same time on the different radio stations that appeal to those genres.”

This marks an exciting period in Lloyd’s life in which he further seeks to cement top spot on the charts and unite the people of South Africa through music.

Lloyd encourages all people to reach for their dreams and never give up. All things are truly possible and with Grey Matter it could very well by 3 time’s a charm.

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Young Entrepreneur Soars To Great Heights With SA Premier Business Awards

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DNA Brand Architects is pleased to announce its win from the prestigious third annual South African Premier Business Awards that took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday evening.

 

Sylvester Chauke: Chief Architect. Dressed by House Of Ole - Limited Edition Collection.
Sylvester Chauke: Chief Architect. Dressed by House Of Ole – Limited Edition Collection.

Scooping away the award in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category, Sylvester Chauke, Chief Architect at DNA Brand Architects, said that this award was confirmation that the company was headed towards an upward trajectory and that the company was indeed contributing to the building of the South African economy.

 

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Jay Badza: Senior Architect. Dressed by House Of Ole x Nelson Makamo Limited Edition Collection.
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Zoe Msutwana: Senior Architect. Dressed by Tuelo Nguyuza.

 

“I know many young entrepreneurs who wake up every morning to open doors to their enterprises. I thank the SA Premier Business Awards for this category. It recognises the efforts of young entrepreneurs across the land and the role they play in the fight against youth unemployment in our country. I thank my super awesome team that relentlessly support the vision as well as big business that support our business daily”, said Chauke.

 

Katya Guerra: Associate Architect. Dressed by Tuelo Nguyuza.
Katya Guerra: Associate Architect. Dressed by Tuelo Nguyuza.
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Siya Ngcobo: Associate Architect. Dressed by House Of Ole – Limited Edition.

DNA Brand Architects is a Marketing and Brand Consultancy that has shown in its very short time of existence, that Young Entrepreneurs can not only start business entities but also punch way above their weight in terms of working at a high level with Blue-chip corporations.

Mandla Dakada: Associate Architect. Dressed by House Of Ole.
Mandla Dakada: Associate Architect. Dressed by House Of Ole.

 

Khangelani Dziba: Associate Architect. Dressed by House Of Ole.
Khangelani Dziba: Associate Architect. Dressed by House Of Ole.

A fundamental issue for Sylvester is how South Africans can win the war against Youth Unemployment in our country. On a daily basis, South Africans are faced with the depressing facts of the high unemployment rate in our country.  However, Sylvester is not someone to regurgitate on the doom and gloom of these facts, but rather sees this as an opportunity for a societal change and in particular, youth involvement in solving this major challenge.

Seo Mothibe. Brand Coordinator. Dressed by Tuelo Nguyuza.
Seo Mothibe. Brand Coordinator. Dressed by Tuelo Nguyuza.

“Youth Unemployment is a disturbing factor in South Africa, however with the power we have as youth owned businesses, we can start reversing the trend by building sustainable small enterprises across our land. This award confirms that we are doing just that and we are keen for the future”, he concludes.

 

Obakeng Ntong: Brand Assistant. Dressed by House Of Ole.
Obakeng Ntong: Brand Assistant. Dressed by House Of Ole.
Marius Vos: Brand Assistant. Dressed by House Of Ole.
Marius Vos: Brand Assistant. Dressed by House Of Ole.

The night was ostentatiously graced and supported by scores of top business leaders some of which included Life Time Award winner Dr Anna Mokgokong, Chairperson of Brand SA, Chichi Maponya and renowned Brand Strategist, Thebe Ikalafeng. Government ministries were also present including Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and the Honorable Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, who urged businesses to look beyond self-beneficiation and instead towards contributing towards social cohesion in their business models.

Lawrence Manypaelo: Associate Creative. Dressed by House Of Ole x Nelson Makamo Limited Edition Collection.
Lawrence Manypaelo: Associate Creative. Dressed by House Of Ole x Nelson Makamo Limited Edition Collection.

The SA Premier Business Awards recognize business excellence and honours enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality.

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Rimmel London To Add A Splash Of Colour To SA Fashion Week

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Move over Red Carpet season, fashion week season is almost here! With the highly anticipated SA Fashion Week Spring/Summer Collections fast approaching, designers and fashionistas alike are gearing up for SA’s premier fashion showcase. Besides the designs, make-up has grown to become an essential thread to runway shows today, which is why fashion-forward and leading global brand, Rimmel London, is -thrilled to be associated with the platform that aims to showcase how great make-up complements great fashion.

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Ever the trendsetter, Rimmel London’s partnership with SA Fashion Week is set to highlight the cosmetics brand’s sexy edge and daring street-chic personality. Synonymous with iconic ambassadors Kate Moss, Georgia May Jagger and creative partner Rita Ora, this year, the brand promises a fusion of high fashion with effervescent colour, from vibrant lips, the -striking eye to electrifying nails, further showcasing its colour strength.

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“As a brand that believes in fashion with no rules, we are thrilled to be adding a splash of colour, to this year’s SA Fashion Week Spring/Summer Collection showcase, the London way. The collaboration between Rimmel London and SA Fashion Week is quintessential and resonates with the brand’s philosophy of embracing the fashion-forward, modern woman, who is always on the go. Additionally, fashion and beauty go hand-in-hand, and for the trendy Rimmel consumer, fashion is at the core of their ever-demanding lives.”, expressed Fahima Saban, Senior Brand Manager for Rimmel London in South Africa.

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“We pride ourselves in partnering with brands that believe in supporting and elevating the local creative industry. Having Rimmel London as a partner further re-entrenches our commitment to providing a platform that allows for innovation and creativity to ensue”, added Lucilla Booyzen, Director of SA Fashion Week.

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Rimmel London’s ethos of “Beauty with Attitude” mashed with South Africa’s diverse culture and hugely nonconformist expressive nature, will be sure to delight guests with gripping runway presentations during this season’s showcase. “We look forward to seeing how local designers will incorporate the Rimmel London colour splash to add a fun, playful and edgy twist to their respective collections”, concluded Saban.

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Lights, Camera, Fashion! Get the London Look at SA Fashion Week S/S 2015!

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