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Idols search starts this weekend

Proverb 17As the rat race is back in full force from today, unknown and wanna-be professional singers from around the country are also gearing to make a mark in the entertainment world through the country’s biggest singing competition that kicks off this weekend.

Auditions for this year’s “Idols SA” competition kick off at Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World on Saturday, 14th January. The search then moves on to Pretoria’s State Theatre the following Saturday, Durban’s Play house on 28th January, with the last chance to be part of the show being offered at Carnival City on 4th February.

The forthcoming season comes after Season 12 shattered records with over 80 Million votes cast last year, and Noma walking away with the title. It will also showcase a change in the judges’ panel after Gareth Cliff resigned from the show last year. Guest judges will join Somizi, Unathi Msengana, Randal Abrahams and presenter/producer Proverb (pictured) during the auditions sessions.

The winner will also join the exciting list of winners that include Season 1’s Heinz Winckler, to Brandon October, Elvis Blue and Lloyd Cele (who both won SAMAs in 2012) to Khaya Mthetwa (who walked away with his first SAMA for his debut album, Move), and last year's winner Karabo Mogane (who became the first person in Africa to lend his voice to a Disney theme.

 For more details, check out the official “Idols SA” website at www.idolssa.tv

Father DJ Shimza brings X-mas to needy kids

DJ Shimza 17fChristmas is not x-mas without family sinner and “DJ Shimza’s One Man Show”.

This time, the Metro FM mix DJ, producer, and entertainer has Somizi in tow as the show’s MCee. Propelled by the latest single “Party kaShimza” ft. Busiswa and DJ Thakzin.

Launched in 2009, the DJ hosts the major party to give back to the children of his community in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni. As usual, the event starts off during the day where orphans from homes around Tembisa are pampered with a Christmas experience by being provided with a proper Christmas lunch, gifts and many games for them to partake in.

Later on this initiative turns into a musical festival where Dj Shimza plays alone the whole night and gets performing artists to perform for the masses. All this happens at Mehlareng Stadium where the venue is already prepared for the venue.

General tickets are R150 and R400 for VIP at Computicket. Tickets can be collected at Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Shoprite, House & Home, OK Furniture or USave shops.

Doors open at 11am, and event kicks off at 3pm. #OMS2016 to keep up with event details and updates.

The Wound gets affection from Berlin after U.S love

The Wound 17There is something about “The Wound” that is proving to be inflicting some real major and unavoidable effect to the world’s film festivals.

Just after celebrating its selection to have its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film festival in the USA, the film-makers of the South African film, have received news that the film has been selected to open the Berlin International Film Festival’s Panorama section in February 2017. That’s according to a release by the film director John Trengrove.

Produced by Urucu Media, and directed by Trengove and co-written by Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu , The Wound stars multi-talented musician and novelist, Nakhane Touré in his acting debut, with Bongile Mantsai and Niza Jay Ncoyini. Nakhane is the voice on BlackCoffee’s super-hit “We dance again”.

“The Wound” tells the story Xolani, a lonely Xhosa factory worker who joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.

Speaking from Cape Town, producer Elias Ribeiro said: “We could not have wished for a stronger start for The Wound. We will have the spotlight in the two top festivals in North America and Europe, and that bodes well for its future, as Pyramide, our International Sales Agents will be representing the film at their booth inside the European Film Market in Berlin in February.”

The Berlin International Film Festival website describes the Panorama programme as a showcase of “new films by renowned directors, debut films and new discoveries. The selection of films provides insight on new directions in art house cinema. Traditionally, Auteur Films – movies with an individual signature – form the heart of the programme, and aims to take quality independent film out of its niche into the spotlight of the international market.”

“The fabrication of masculinity has long been a consistent theme in Panorama,” said the statement from the festival. “Producer Elias Ribeiro previously delighted festival audiences in Panorama 2015 with Necktie Youth.”

John Trengove commented: “I was interested in what happens when groups of men come together and organize themselves outside of society and the codes of their everyday lives. I wanted to show the intense emotional and physical exchanges that are possible in these spaces and how repressing strong feelings leads to a kind of toxicity and violence. As an outsider to this culture, it was important that I approach this story from the perspective of characters who are themselves outsiders, who struggle to conform to the status quo of which they are part.”

“The Wound” is a co-production between South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands and France and was shot on location in the northern region of South Africa. The film was developed with the assistance of The Hubert Bals Fund and ARTE International Prize. The Department of Trade and Industry and The National Film and Video Foundation  as well as The World Cinema Fund supported production and the film pre-sold to broadcasters ARTE France and ZDF in Germany. The film’s intended release in South Africa is July 2017.

For more information about the film, visit www.urucumedia.com/thewound

Black Motion’s "Ya Badimo" kissed by the Gods

Black Motion 2016fBlack Motion’s fourth studio album, “Ya Badimo”, has officially been certified Gold (15 000 copies sold) in just six weeks since its release.

Fuelled by their official first single “Omo Dudu”, feauring US-based Nigerian vocalist, Wunmi, the 13-tracker builds on the narrative they started unfolding in 2010 with their hit “Banane Mavoko” telling their life story through purpose-driven music. Black Motion pack an abundance of stunning beats, dope instrumentals, powerful lyrical content and epic delivery on just about every one of the spectacular tracks that made the cut on the must have release.

The SAMA award-winning talented duo of Thabo Mabogwane and Bongani Mohosana, who both hail from Soshanguve, released their new album Ya Badimo worldwide as part of their global licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment Africa. On the album, there are collaborations with the likes of Chymamusique, Simphiwe Dana, Tresor, Madala Kunene, Tlokwe Sehume, Brenden Praise, Nokwazi Dlamini as well as frequent collaborator and long-time friend, Xoli M contributing to the music, among others.

The duo posted on twitter @Black_Motion: “#YABADIMO GONE GOLD! Thank you to everyone who has contributed towards the making, the buying and the selling of this album. THANK YOU!”

Now going for the money, the act is now hitting the market their latest single “Imali”,

Purchase or stream Black Motion’s Ya Badimo album here: https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/jvGeC. Connect with Black Motion: Facebook: Black Motion (https://www.facebook.com/realblackmotion/), Twitter: @Black_Motion, Instagram: @RealBlackMotion, YouTube: https://youtu.be/klDgoiwuX5A

Trevor Noah in line to steal U.S awards

Trevor Noah 16fAs if interviewing outgoing US President Barrack Obama was not enough, "Daily Show" presenter Trevor Noah has now picked up two 48th NAACP nominations to end off his whirlwind and remarkable year.

He is nominated in the Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author, and Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography for his book “Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” . The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavours.

Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event hosted by Anthony Anderson, which will broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 9pm/8c as a two-hour special. A 90-minute pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 7:30pm/6:30c.

Beyoncé leads the pack with 7 nominations, followed by her sister Solange Knowles with 5 nominations. Additionally, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar received 4 nominations, while Donald Glover and Nate Parker both received nominations for 3 awards.

ABC and HBO lead the nominations in the television categories with 23 nominations and 14 nominations, respectively. In the recording category, Columbia Records leads with 16 nominations, followed by RCA Records with 10 nominations and Atlantic Records with 4 nominations. Walt Disney Studios leads with 9 nominations, followed by Focus Features with 7 nominations, while A24 and Fox Searchlight Pictures both received 6 nominations in the motion picture categories.

“The Image Awards is the premier showcase for art and advocacy reflecting the depth and diversity of the African-American experience. It is an American prism through which we see a breadth of culture and color reflected in film, television, music and literature in ways that reveal our shared humanity. At a moment when America is so divided, the Image Awards represents an hour that brings us together,” stated Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP.

Other interesting nominations include the popular “Empire” in the Outstanding Drama Series, its actors Terrence Howard – “Empire”, and Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX) for the hotly contested Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series against the likes of Kerry Washington – “Scandal”, Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder”, and Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder”.

Madina Nalwanga is nominated in the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in the heart wrnching “Queen of Katwe”, together with top names David Oyelowo in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and Lupita Nyong’o in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

For all information and latest news, visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at www.naacpimageawards.net, FB: /naacpimageaward | Twitter: @naacpimageaward | and Social: #ImageAwards

If it’s nice, do it twice

Nathi Nomvula 2016With December in full swing, a number of high profile year-end events  are already highly circulated to help revellers decide where to make the jump into 2017.

One of those is East London’s Countdown Music festival, now in its third year. A loaded version on this third outing, the event will be hosted over two days - 31st December and 01 Jan 2017 – for the first time.

The main event is on New-year’s eve featuring top selling award-winner Nathi (pictured), the captivating Zonke, the distinguished Ray Phiri, Revolution, Vusi Nova, Mobi Dixon, Amanda Mankayi, DJ SK, and local artists Bloemzit, Sinovuyo Naledi and more. Sliq Angel, MXO, Ntando, Pastor the DJ, DJ SK, and a number of acts are appearing on the 01 January gig ” that was due to people's demand” at the Buffalo City Stadium.

“Festive Season is fun, easy, and family time. At Countdown Music Festival we take that serious as we also usher our beautiful people of the Eastern Cape to a New Year in a safe and jolly mood,” says Lindelwa Nkente.”

“When we started the Countdown Music Festival concept the initial idea was to unearth raw talent of the Eastern Cape and create a platform where they will network with National Artists without having to leave the province. In the process we wanted to create employment for our Youth and SMME's while building our reputation as a tourism destination of choice during this period of the year.”

With 2016 being our their 3rd year of existence, the organisers say they realised growth and interest over the years, “hence we decided to take it a step further and extend the usual one day gig to two days including the New Year’s do. This decision was as a result of demand from our festival goers and loyalists who wanted to stay on while enjoying our East Coast beaches in East London.”

“So, brace yourself for the 3rd Countdown Music Festival again this 2016 over a two day period - Sangena 2017!!!”

"Firebrand" Simphiwe Dana named 2016 Woman of the Year

Simphiwe dana 16fLess than two weeks after the outspoken and fearless Simphiwe Dana rocked with the ‘… Symphony Experience’, the singer has been named the 2016 Woman of the Year by the internationally acclaimed magazine New African Woman.

An award-winning singer, the “Ndiredi”/"Firebrand" hitmaker joins the likes of the inimitable Esther Mahlangu, the unstoppable Lupita Nyongo and the triumphant Caster Semenya amongst other notable Africans who are making a big difference in the world and leaving an indelible mark. The induction into one of the most-coveted lists comes following her visible efforts to see the Mzansi child afforded the free and necessary education.

“Apart from being a phenomenal artist, Simphiwe use her public platform to address socio-political ills and renders a voice to the voiceless,” writes New Africa Woman magazine. “When a South African university protest demanding free education turned violent in the face of police resistance, she joined their cause without any hesitation and spoke out.”

“This year, she was appointed a stakeholder in the Arts sector to help foster ways that can help advance the African Union’s Agenda 2063. And she was one of the prominent voices that condemned South Africa’s new visa laws, leading the Minister of Home Affairs to make adjustments and to soften the country’s stance on African foreign visitors,” the magazine further notes. 

New African Woman released its 2016 list of African women who are shape-shifters, game changers and are taking ground breaking strides in making a global impact on the African continent.

The list is broken up into 10 categories spanning Politics, Arts, Science & Technology, Sports and Business and Finance, to name a few. These women are nominated by the magazine’s readers.

Nakhane Toure to dance again at US film festival

Nakhane Toure light fNakhane Toure, the voice on BlackCoffee’s hit “We dance again”, makes his first ever big screen outing on John Trengrove’s directoral debut, “The wound”, which makes its world premiere at the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

The film festival takes place from January 19-29 with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah, in the United States of America. One of the most sought after platforms, Sundance introduced global audiences to some of the most ground breaking films of the past three decades, including “Boyhood”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Fruitvale Station”, “Whiplash”, “The End of the Tour”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Reservoir Dogs”, “An Inconvenient Truth”, “Precious” and “Napoleon Dynamite”.

Co-written by Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana, Malusi Bengu, and produced by Urucu Media, the movie is set for a July 2017 release date in SA. The multi-talented musician and novelist stars alongside Bongile Mantsai and Niza Jay Ncoyini in the flick that was shot entirely in Mzansi. Making it even more fascinating is that it is an all-male Xhosa cast vehicle/outing.

It tells the story of Xolani, a lonely Xhosa factory worker who joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.

"What a privilege to have worked with this fearless cast and insanely talented team of collaborators,” says the director. “I am so grateful for the many Xhosa men who contributed in big ways and small ways, and, miraculously, trusted me to make this film. Whatever comes next, we made “The Wound” with our eyes and hearts wide open."

A co-production between South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands and France, it was shot on location in the northern region of South Africa. The film was developed with the assistance of The Hubert Bals Fund and ARTE International Prize. The Department of Trade and Industry and The National Film and Video Foundation supported production and the film pre-sold to broadcasters ARTE France and ZDF in Germany. International Sales will be handled by Pyramide in Paris.

For more information about the film, visit www.urucumedia.com/thewound

“How far will I go” - Lira goes global

Lira 16 picThere is no stopping Lira as she entrenches her art to the whole world.

“The Voice SA” and multi award-winning singer of “Feeling good” fame, has gone global thanks to her Disney flick “Moana” credits placed track “How far I will go”. Boasting over 24 000 views on YouTube, you can listen to the epic and powerful track on her website - misslira.com - link, or click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMllYJstZAk&feature=youtu.be .

The animated movie voiced by the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Auli'i Cravalho, and more has grossed over $120 millon in two weeks, in the United States. Worldwide, the movie that opened in SA last weekend (02 December), has looted well over $60m at theatres, including $206+ in South Africa. Perhaps one of this festive season’s family movies, it is still to open in the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Australia, Brazil and more territories.

Speaking on ‘Wide Awake with Adil’ on Metro FM, the star said that “if you watch the film you will get a great feeling. It’s about what we are all about. What I like about cartoons is that they are about appealing to kids only, but the whole family, and the music does that as well.”

The Walt Disney Animation Studios movie directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid”, “Aladdin”, “The Princess & the Frog”) is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli'i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder.

Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfils the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity.