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  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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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, 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 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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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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BREAKING: @KatyPerry to perform at the @MTVEMA on Nov 10, plus @RonBurgundy is also set to appear! #MTVEMA








Katy Perry will perform her new single “Unconditionally” live at the “2013 MTV EMA”, the world’s biggest night in music!  MTV has also announced the world’s most famous anchorman Ron Burgundy (star of the upcoming Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) will be on hand as a special guest, reporting from various city landmarks throughout the show.

The “2013 MTV EMA” will broadcast live on MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Sunday 10 November at 22:00 CAT from the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam (red carpet show starts at 21:00 CAT).

Katy Perry said: “I’m so excited to return to the EMA stage!  I have tailor-made a performance of a brand new song from PRISM to share with fans from around the world on November 10.”

Three-time EMA winner Perry is no stranger to the EMA stage, having hosted in 2008 and 2009, performed in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and presented in 2011. Perry‘s highly anticipated upcoming new album entitled PRISM will be released on October 22nd and features the global hit lead single “Roar,” which has topped the charts around the globe and continues to break records worldwide. Anchorman Ron Burgundy – who hosted the “2013 EMA Nomination Special” last month – will bring his unique reporting style to Amsterdam, providing updates throughout the show.

Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the “2013 MTV EMA” nominations with five nods each, while Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are each up for four awards. Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Green Day, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Daft Punk, Rudimental, Icona Pop and One Direction are each nominated for three awards. Artists with two EMA nods include Rihanna, Katy Perry, Eminem, Jay Z, Bastille, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Paramore, Rita Ora, Drake, Afrojack, Avicii, Calvin Harris and Iggy Azalea. African artists nominated in the Best African Act category include.LCNVL (South Africa), Mafikizolo (South Africa), P-Square (Nigeria), Wizkid (Nigeria) and Fuse ODG (Ghana).

MTV will announce additional EMA performers and presenters at a later date.

The MTV EMA – MTV’s global celebration of the hottest stars in music – recognizes artists from around the world and across genres, and brings together music fans everywhere for a one-of-a-kind experience in the weeks leading up to and at the show. Fans can vote for EMA categories such as Best New, Best Live and more by visiting or Voting for EMA categories is open now until 00:59 CAT on Saturday 9 November.

The “2013 MTV EMA” will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching nearly 700 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world. Bruce Gillmer and Richard Godfrey are Executive Producers for the “2013 MTV EMA.”

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