2014 “@MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” TAKE OVER THE LEGENDARY FORUM FOR AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT OF MUSIC FUELED BY EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCES, UNEXPECTED MOMENTS & POWERFUL MESSAGES

MTV (DStv Channel 130) hosted an epic night of music with unforgettable performances, unpredictable moments and heartfelt messages as the 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards” last night (24 August).

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in association with Sprite and powered by MTN, took place at the Forum, Inglewood, California. The show premiered live across Africa on MTV on Monday 25 August at 03:00 CAT, with the primetime premiere taking place later today at 21:00 CAT (red carpet show begins at 20:00 CAT). A special VMA takeover weekend, hosted by 5fm DJ Roger Goode, will also air on MTV from 30-31 August.

BEYONCÉ welcomed MTV and the audience to her world as she built on her VMA legacy with a medley of songs from her visual album “BEYONCÉ”. Always the trailblazer, BEYONCÉ celebrated where she is as an artist today and pulled back the curtain on her family life with poignant images from home movies showing her as a wife and mother.  The backdrop throughout her performance reinforced messages of female empowerment and sampled a powerful quote and call to feminism from the prominent Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

After BEYONCÉ broke Justin Timberlake’s 2013 record for the longest VMA performance ever, JAY Z and Blue Ivy unexpectedly joined her on stage for a highly emotional moment as her family presented her with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard” Award.  Humbled and speaking through tears, BEYONCÉ thanked God, her daughter, her “beloved,” MTV and her fans. She also won the most awards of the evening, taking home Moonmen in three different categories, including “Best Collaboration” for “Drunk in Love” and “Best Video With a Message” for “Pretty Hurts”.

To accept “Video of the Year,” Miley Cyrus shocked the world by leaving her twerking ways behind her and delivering a heartfelt message instead.  A former homeless youth in Los Angeles named Jesse took the stage in her place to accept her award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the U.S.  From the side of the stage, Miley teared up watching him make a call to action, directing fans to her Facebook page to join the fight to end youth homelessness.  Jesse ended with an emotional quote, “a dream you dream alone is only a dream.  A dream you dream together is a reality.”

The 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards” opened with the summer’s fiercest female threesome. Ariana Grande kicked it all off by starting an intergalactic dance party with her Zedd-produced hit, “Break Free”. Grande emerged from a spaceship before being joined by the Queen of Hip-Hop, Nicki Minaj, who hit the stage to unleash “Anaconda” on the world with an eye-popping, rump-shaking performance. Finally, British singer-songwriter Jessie J joined the titillating trio to bring the house down with their smash-hit, “Bang Bang”. Nicki returned with a wardrobe malfunction that left her clutching her dress.

Rocking to the sounds of an all-female brass section, Taylor Swift literally “shook it off” in her fourth VMA appearance with a fun romp around the stage. Leading a group of tuxedo-clad dancers, she performed her new single “Shake it Off”, from her soon-to-be released pop album, “1989”.  Later, when Lorde won for “Best Rock” video, Taylor enthusiastically cheered on her new BFF as Lorde headed for the stage to accept her award.

Before introducing “Best Hip-Hop Video”, Common asked the VMA audience for a moment of silence to mark the events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, with some members of the in-house audience responding by spontaneously raising their hands overhead.

Introduced by super-fan Kim Kardashian West, British singing sensation and first-time VMA performer Sam Smith mesmerized the audience – and the Kardashian-Jenner sisters – as he and his band orchestrated a soulful rendition of his powerful hit ballad “Stay with Me”.

Several times throughout the evening, Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah had the audience rolling with laughter as he performed several comedic bits including spot on impersonations of Kanye West and JAY Z.

Multi-platinum global R&B star Usher delivered a funk-filled performance of his single “Give it to You,” bringing the audience to their feet and surprising everyone when Nicki Minaj once again returned to join him onstage during their rhythmically charged set.

With high pitched screams welcoming them to the stage, Australian pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer made young girls swoon with their “Video Music Award” debut and serenaded the audience with their recently released song ”Amnesia”.

Before the night was over, this summer’s pop phenomenon, Iggy Azalea and her troop of ninja ballerinas took over the stage with choreographed precision. Joined by the ever-seductive Rita Ora, the duo unleashed a dark and futuristic performance of their hit, “Black Widow”.

For the lone outdoor performance of the evening in front of the “Fabulous Forum” and their majestic “M” logo serving as the backdrop amongst a sea of three thousand fans cheering their hometown musical heroes on, Maroon 5 gave a fiery performance of their smash hit single “Maps.”

2014 “MTV Video Music Award Winners:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

BEST HIP HOP:

Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”

BEST MALE:

Ed Sheeran – “Sing”

BEST FEMALE:

Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”

BEST POP:

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”

BEST ROCK:

Lorde – “Royals” 

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH:

Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”

BEST COLLABORATION:

BEYONCÉ ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:

Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE

BEYONCÉ – “Pretty Hurts”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

BEYONCÉ – “Pretty Hurts”

 

BEST EDITING

Eminem – “Rap God”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Sia – “Chandelier”

BEST DIRECTION

DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”

BEST ART DIRECTION

Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”

BEST LYRIC VIDEO

5 Seconds of Summer – “Don’t Stop”

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SEKUNJALO EDUJAZZ STILL MAKING A DIFFERENCE AFTER 14 YEARS

An accolade to South Africa’s musical calendar, The 14th Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert brings us another fantastic night of jazz music. The concert, which takes place at The Artscape Theatre on Saturday 14 June 2014 at 19h30, brings together a culmination of school jazz bands mentored under some of the Western Cape’s most talented educators. This year the line-up features Ifidyoli String Project, UWC Wind Jazz Orchestra and special guest Jimmy Nevis.   As in the past, the proceeds provide educational bursaries for disadvantaged students and promote the rich culture of jazz music amongst our youth.

This concert raises funds for educational bursaries which unifies disadvantaged youth and provides a platform for inspiration and hope. Over 75 schools benefit annually from this exciting musical project. Workshops are held throughout the year in various schools and platforms and the product of these workshops is The Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert. The project allows young students to express their creative talent and to perform with well-known South African musicians on international stages.

The Beau Soleil Ifidyoli Strings Project commenced in 1999 by Kathleen Garrity to meet the growing need for instrumental tuition in previously disadvantaged communities. This project takes place on Saturday mornings and has grown into a vibrant ensemble with many students crossing over into Beau Soleil Music Centre’s main programme.

The UWC Wind Jazz Orchestra is an exciting feature on this year’s calendar. It is one of the programmes offered at the UWC Centre of Performing Arts. This orchestra was established in March 2014 to achieve one of the centre’s objectives to have an active outreach programme for students in surrounding communities. The Edujazz project has funded numerous workshops to identify students who can be a part of the centre’s music programme. The youngest member of the orchestra is Daniel Petersen who is just 11 years old and was first featured at a previous Edujazz Concert in 2009.

Born and raised in Cape Town, Jimmy Nevis is a 21 year old alternative pop singer/songwriter and producer.

Signed to Cape Town record Label, Rude World Records, with a publishing, licencing and distribution deal with David Gresham Records, Jimmy Nevis released his debut album entitled “Subliminal” in November 2012.

Jimmy is currently riding high on the South African airplay with his hit singles, Elephant Shoes, Heartboxing, In Love With You and Balloon – All chart toppers on various South African radio stations, respectively. The Heartboxing Music Video had successfully reached the No. 1 spot onTrace Urban African chart earlier this year.

Nevis has been very fortunate to share the stage with some of South Africa’s best musicians – getting the opportunity to work with the best in the business.  In 2013 he collaborated with the likes of MiCasa and Pascal & Pearce and features on their recently released albums.

Over the past thirteen years, the Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert has seen talented music students from schools such as Steenberg High Jazz Band, Alexander Sinton High Jazz Band, Zerilda Park Primary Band from Lavender Hill and the Muizenberg High Jazz Band share the stage with jazz acts such as Jimmy Dludlu, Tucan Tucan, Virtual Jazz Reality, The Darryl Andrews Jazz Band, Vicky Sampson, Galumphing and MiCasa.

This year’s concert promises to be a feast of musical talent. Audiences can also be proud in the knowledge that they have played a role in contributing to a better education for our disadvantaged youth.

This year the event will be held at The Artscape Theatre on Saturday 14 June 2014 at 19h30. Tickets are on sale at Computicket at a nominal fee of R80.

For more information, please call Cherie Hendricks or Yvette Davids on: +27 21 427 1400.

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Jazz and Fashion Fuze for the first time @CTJazzFest 2014

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Festinos encouraged to make a ‘jazz fashion’ statement

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) has witnessed many different styles over the past 15 years, but in 2014, it is actively seeking to promote an individual fashion message. For the first time since inception, theCTIJF has partnered with local fashion companies to produce the merchandise that is on sale at the events. It has done so through a partnership struck with the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union, whose remit under ‘Wear South Africa’ it is to encourage the design, making and purchase of locally produced goods.

Festinos (people who attend the CTIJF) are encouraged to raid their wardrobes, hit the streets and make a statement this year by expressing their inner jazz persona by wearing local.

In celebration of this, SACTWU and the CTIJF will also host an intimate fun-filled evening that features up and coming South African fashion designers, and international and local jazz acts – Shakatak, Jimmy Nevis and the Steenberg High School. Entitled, ‘Fashion and all that jazz!’ the evening promises to be a great opportunity for guests to flaunt their inner jazz persona while indulging in a fine feast and rubbing shoulders with the crème of society.

Young designers taking on the challenge of stimulating the local fashion industry will craft garments specifically for the Cape Town Fashion Festival event and will showcase their flair, they include:  

Award winning Kim Gush whose striking work explores local resources to help bring her passion for ancient histories, cultures & the human psyche to life, telling stories of her own perception of these subjects through her work;

20 year old, fashion light, Ernest Mahomane, who under Gavin Rajah’s tutelage has emerged as one of the hottest young designers of 2013, will present a refreshing collection that embraces the return of femininity enhanced by his attention to detail with the fine finishing that Rajah is renowned for;

Julia M’Poko, an Elle Magazine Rising Design Star finalist, M’Poko weaves the simplicity and beauty of her African heritage into the magic of her clothes that are at once feminine and polished which she has launched under the brand ‘Julienne’, a family name. Drawing on inspiration from her childhood, she has created a range of fabrics that carry digital prints reminiscent of her African upbringing which she crafts into luxury ready to wear garments.

Festival Fashion – what’s your style?

The fashion theme continues over the Festival nights too, with local broadcaster SABC hosting a red carpet booth and broadcasting to the various hospitality suites and outside areas. Fashion critics from SA media will vet guests and interview them about their fashion choices.

Music and fashion has been closely inter-linked over decades. But before the advent of visuals through the likes of music videos, hearing the music allowed the listener the opportunity to express their fashionable inner self through their own interpretation of the music. Nowadays, audiences are flooded with images of scantily clad artists often ‘pitching’ something other than sound.

There is a lot to live up to and today’s youth are often disappointed when they discover that dressing like their favourite music artist – be it in short skirts or skin tight jeans with unkempt hair – fails to live up to the expectation.

Jazz is different however. Jazz has never had to rely on overt visual campaigns to assert itself and generate a following. Instead, because the genre is so broad and all-encompassing it, it allows each individual to express themselves for who they really are – without judgement. The inclusion of a fashion-forward culture associated to Jazz, is all the more reason to celebrate 15 years of South Africa’s first live music festival.

Tweet us on @CTFashionandjazz to let us know what your jazz style is. Visit www.capetownjazzfest.com  for more details.

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@bebewinans to rock Carnival City this weekend

Six-time Grammy Award-winning contemporary gospel, R&B and soul singer BeBe Winans is set to record his next album in South Africa, and tickets are flying.

The legendary singer will perform at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City, on 15 & 16 March when he will be recording his live CD & DVD.

With a string of hit singles under his belt and a family full of gospel singers, this seasoned performer is sure to be spectacular in the flesh. BeBe won his first Grammy Award in 1989 – Best Male Soul Gospel Performance – for his contribution to his brother’s musical album, and has seen resounding success ever since.

BeBe’s self-titled first solo album was released in 1997, featuring the international crossover hit ‘I Wanna Be the Only One’, which was followed by another six solo albums which featured a wide variety of music. Hits to look out for during his live performances include ‘It All Comes Down To Love’, ‘Africa’, ‘When You Love Someone’, ‘Humpty Dumpty’, and ‘Coming Back Home’.

The experienced musician has won a total of six Grammy Awards, ten Dove Awards, six Stellar Awards, three NAACP Awards, and one Soul Train Music Award. In addition to recording and performing, BeBe started his own record label, The Movement Group, in 2003, and currently hosts the nationally syndicated BeBe Winans Radio Show.

SAMA Best Duo Group hit-makers Jaziel Brothers will open the performance for BeBe, who will perform with a full live band. Tickets are available at Computicket, starting at R300.

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@JaegerLeCoultre proudly hosts the opening night of the seventh Abu Dhabi Film Festival (@abudhabiff)

Abu Dhabi played host to film stars and other leading lights of the international film world  gathered for the opening of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival hosted by Jaeger-LeCoultre.  

As a major player in watchmaking history, celebrating its 180th anniversary this year, Jaeger-LeCoultre has a longstanding connection with the film industry.  

 For close to a decade, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been closely associated with the best artistic film festivals around the world and pays tribute to filmmakers’ creative ingenuity.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival, in partnership with Swiss watch Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre presented acclaimed US actor Forest Whitaker with a Black Pearl Career Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the art of cinema.

Whitaker received the Award from Festival Director Ali Al-Jabri and Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO, Daniel Riedo,  with alegendary Reverso watch, a timeless classic in a reversible case that was chosen by Jaeger-LeCoultre to commemorate the occasion.

Forest Whitaker has won 23 major acting awards, including the Academy, Screen Actor’s Guild and BAFTA awards, for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006).

He has starred in iconic films like The Crying Game (1992) as well as turning his hand to producing (Fruitvale Station) and directing films such as Hope Floats, 1998 and Waiting To Exhale.

Jaeger-LeCoultre is proud to continue its association with cinematographic and horological accomplishment as a major partner of the 2013 Abu Dhabi Film Festival that runs from October 24 until November 2.

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MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK RUSSIA (@mbfwr) 25 -31 OCTOBER TAKES PLACE IN MOSCOW #MBFWRussia

October 25th till 31st 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia takes place in Moscow. More than 70 designers from Russia, The UK, Japan, Israel and many other countries are demonstrating Spring-Summer 2014 collections. The event is held in The Central Exhibition Hall “Manege” (Manege Square,1). October 31, Slava Zaitsev’s Fashion Festival is held under Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in AFIMALL City.

Mercedes –Benz Fashion Week Russia presents Spring-Summer collections of such designers as: Alena Akhmadullina, Tatyana Parfionova, Chapurin, BEssARION, Igor Gulyaev, Dasha Gauser, MASHA KRAVTSOVA, Julia Dalakian, RUBAN, PIROSMANI BY JENYA MALYGINA, POUSTOVIT, BIRYUKOV, Lena Tsokalenko, TEGIN, Ester Abner, ZARINA, Laroom, MARI AXEL, Olga Brovkina, Julia Nikolaeva, ELENA SOUPROUN, Georgy Rushev, RIA KEBURIA, Maroussia Zaitseva, MASTERPEACE by Evgenia Linovich, GOGA NIKABADZE, Yanina Vekhteva and many others.

This year Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia launches a new retail project in cooperation with major world fashion ground eBay. For the first time ever the outfits of Russian designers will be easy to buy on-line using Android, iPhone and iPad mobile App eBay Fashion. Fashionists from all over the world will get the exclusive access to some outfits of new collections during on-line show within Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. Next seasons’ designer attires that will appear in shop stalls in year and a half are free for purchase in eBay Russian designers sector for only two weeks. The delivery will be made till New Year. Follow the show schedule in http://www.mercedesbenzfashionweek.ru, where you can find all the information about Fashion House that takes part in unique project of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia and eBay.

“The support of Russian fashion designers is of main Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia priority. Participation in this event will provide designers with new opportunities. The only issue is how to use these opportunities in a right way. International affairs of our Fashion Weeks are the next step. The upcoming seasons new collections of Russian designers will be presented in Mercedes- -New-York , Berlin and Tokyo”, – says Alexander Shumsky, Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week Russian President.

Tony Ward is about to visit Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. October 26, the central Exhibition Hall “Manege” is holding Ward’s Haute Couture Collection in partnership with CROCUS Atelier Couture. Tony Ward is used to work with Lanvin, Dior and Chloe before launching his own brand. His show is going to be special – his models are competitors of international competition Miss Universe 2013, which will take place in Moscow for the first time. (November 9, Crocus City Hall). Miss Universe Olivia Culpo is opening and closing the show.

October 31 is dedicated to Slava Zaitsev who is a symbol of the whole epoch. He is a couturier who gave grounding for modern Russian fashion. Last year Vyacheslav jubilated his 50-years of career. This year is a jubilee for him too – he is 75 years old now. Slava Zaitsev’s Fashion Festival takes place in AFIMALL City. (Presnenskaya naberezhnaya, 2), comprising shows of his Fashion Laboratory alumni – Nikolai Kyvyrzhik who is proved to be Zaitsev’s fashion follower and also collective show of new Moscow fashion designers. Haute Couture Collection of SLAVA ZAITSEV Fashion House closes the Mercedes –Benz Fashion Week Russia.

Follow http://www.mercedesbenzfashionweek.ru on-line translation of Mercedes –Benz Fashion Week Russia. This link provides all the necessary details about past and upcoming events, guests and designers.

Title Sponsor of Fashion Week is Mercedes Benz. Event Partners: eBay (official sponsor), Canon (professional photo sponsor), DHL (official logistic sponsor), L’Oreal Professionnel (official stylist), MaryKey ( official make-up sponsor), Colgate Optic White (official sponsor), “Laska” (official sponsor). “AFIMALL City” ( official sponsor), Madrid (official travel destination), “Metropol” (official hotel).

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WATCH OUT! HERE COMES THE LG G2

LG Electronics is set to launch its much awaited G2 smartphone to the South African market in November 2013. 

The flagship device was globally unveiled last month and has so far drawn extremely positive reviews from leading ITC experts across the globe, with some labeling it as the best smartphone on the mobile market. 

Running on the android operation system, the G2 combines all the latest and greatest techno savvy in one innovative device. Key features include its edge-to-edge display, its best-in-class power capacity, a camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), guest mode, rear key button and studio quality Hi-Fi sound. 

Gracing South African shores in November 2013, this flagship mobile device will be priced competitively to other top phones on the market and is sure to be on the top of your festive season shopping list.

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