7th E-Tourism Africa Summit (@eTASummit14) – Huge Success in Cape Town and Jo’burg via @Flowcomms @MsNxumalo

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The Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom has called on mobile networks and tourism operators to free up broadband to allow international tourists to share their South African holiday experiences on social media more freely.

Hanekom was speaking at the opening of the E-Tourism Africa Summit 2014 in Cape Town at the International Convention Centre on Thursday (4 September). The summit brought together some of the world’s leading online tourism and travel experts, including speakers from Facebook, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Google and Twitter.

Now in its seventh year, e-TAS is hosted by South African Tourism and organised by E-Tourism Frontiers. For the first time, the summit took place in two cities: Cape Town (4 and 5 September) and Johannesburg (8 and 9 September). Gauteng Tourism Authority hosted the Johannesburg event at Turbine Hall.

More than 300 people attended in Cape Town and the 200 seats for Johannesburg were sold out. During both events the hashtag #ETAS14 generated an online buzz, trending on Twitter nationally in South Africa for over four days often at the number one spot and the hashtag generated a reach of over 37 million.

In his opening address, Hanekom said tourists who shared their experiences on social media were a source of “real, credible, unmediated communication” for other travellers.

However, he warned that exorbitant data roaming costs on mobile networks made sharing expensive.

“I therefore challenge product owners and managers of tourist attractions to free up broadband: We are living in a new world and we cannot be penny wise and pound foolish. This is part of keeping our competitive edge as we creatively rethink travel.”

Conference organiser Damian Cook said he was impressed with how much the event had advanced and matured over the past seven years.

“This year’s summit has certainly been our most successful event to date. We were privileged to have international speakers from Twitter for the first time, Facebook, Google, Trip Advisor and Expedia, and we have been inundated with emails and tweets from both the speakers and delegates on how useful they found the content and how inspiring the presentations were.”

Headlining the second morning’s proceedings in Cape Town was popular public speaker Vusi Thembekwayo, who gave an inspirational talk on how to do business in Africa, which, he said, presented a wealth of opportunities for those who had the courage to enter these diverse and complex markets.

Other speakers were Helena Egan of TripAdvisor, Billy Lousteau of Facebook, Brett St Clair from Google, Sonal Patel of Twitter, Spencer Spellman from Expedia, Alana Witt of Revinate, Tim Davey from onefinestay, Sally Broom of Tripbod, Paul Galatis of Yuppie Chef, Sylvian Bosc of SAA, Instagrammer Gareth Pon and Charel van Dam of iAmsterdam.

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@RalphLauren’s Polo presents holographic 4D fashion event towering above The Lake at Central Park.#POLO4D

Ralph Lauren’s new Polo line for women presented its Spring ’15 collection during New York Fashion Week in a revolutionary runway event: a water-screen projection that towered above Manhattan’s Central Park, fusing fashion, art and technology.

The event also celebrated the grand opening of the Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

Ralph Lauren Polo models – appearing like beautiful mirages using four-story-tall holographic effects – wore outfits embracing the eclectic spirit of the brand, mixing the edge of New York and Paris, and the sunset colors and patterns of the Adirondacks. They were framed by a perfect cityscape that paid homage to New York landmarks, such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the High Line, complementing the downtown sensibility that inspires this new brand.

Hundreds of spectators, including celebrities, famous runway faces and fashion editors, gathered on the Cherry Hill lawn on the west side of the park for a sensory experience that uses innovative technology that could forever change the landscape for a fashion show.

“I really wanted to do something big for the new Polo Women’s brand ¬— something set in the city — that felt modern. We returned to Central Park, a place I love, and captured the spirit of Polo with a truly innovative mix of fashion and technology,” said Ralph Lauren.

Mr. Lauren, who started his namesake company almost 50 years ago, was there to see a larger-than-life version of himself digitally dance across the water.

The high-resolution images were beamed onto a water screen that measured 60 feet tall and 150 feet wide. Mixing live-action movement and CG, the runway presentation was a short film that featured models visiting the streets and icons of a hyper-real New York. Multiple elements of each shot were captured simultaneously to generate the incredible 4D effects.

“Ralph Lauren continues to push his company into the future, using technology as a way to keep his brands fresh and innovative and at the cutting edge of modernity, said David Lauren, executive vice president of global advertising, marketing and corporate communications.

Ralph Lauren has been a leader in pioneering fashion and luxury in the digital space. As one of the first global brands to embrace the Internet, expansion of Ralph Lauren’s high-tech presence has been illustrated with the introduction of the Polo Tech biosensing shirt, the 4D Light Show in 2010, QR Technology in Europe and the United States, touch-screen window displays, the digital Dog Walk and the RL Gang Virtual Storybook for children.

Ralph Lauren has a long-standing history in supporting Central Park, including hosting its memorable 40th anniversary there in 2008. Recognizing this special backdrop for the Polo event and the welcome from the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Ralph Lauren Corp. will be supporting two initiatives to benefit parks, here in New York and beyond: Charitable contributions will be made to the Woodland Campaign to refinish the ramble adjacent to the event space at Cherry Hill on the West Side of Central Park, and to the Institute for Urban Parks, which works with parks throughout the city and around the world in training and developing resources to maximize and preserve essential outdoor spaces.

Ralph Lauren is eager to share this unique experience with fellow New Yorkers, too, and a public showing of the 4D event is planned in the same location Tuesday at 9 pm. A video of the event, including behind-the-scenes details, will also be available for viewing at RalphLauren.com

See aggregated social media content using the hashtag #POLO4D

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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:


Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”


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


Ed Sheeran – “Sing”


Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”


Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”


Lorde – “Royals” 


Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”


BEYONCÉ ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”


Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”


BEYONCÉ – “Pretty Hurts”


BEYONCÉ – “Pretty Hurts”



Eminem – “Rap God”


Sia – “Chandelier”


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


Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”


OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”


5 Seconds of Summer – “Don’t Stop”

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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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