Monthly Archives: September 2019

Flying High

Round 1 of the 2019 Rugby World Cup is complete we saw all the teams compete….it went according to prediction until Uruguay provided the upset against Fiji.

Wales started their campaign off with an impressive win over Georgia winning 43-14.

“We showed the typical Georgian fighting spirit that we’re known for”. The Georgian head coach Milton Haig takes positives away from a strong second half performance from his side against Wales.

Next up was Samoa vs Russia, I am sure The Rock will be proud of his Samoan brothers as they melted the icy Russian defence in an intensely physical battle which featured three yellow cards.

A 25 point victory of Russia meant that the Siva Tau must’ve striked fear into the Russian Team. Final score 09-34.

The Uruguayan camp must be on a high after an incredible win over Fiji, this being their third ever win at a Rugby World Cup.

Only 3% of the Superbru Fans predicted this result, it is fair to say this was the first upset victory. Final score 30-27 to Uruguay.

Can they keep up the momentum and continue to…

Fly High!!

Come & Let Us Praise The Lord

Another beautiful evening of song and praise presented by the Moravian Choir Union Of South Africa in the form of the combined music festival at the Cape Town City Hall.

LOVE, PEACE and HARMONY this was the theme and vision of this years festival, without LOVE there cannot be PEACE, only then can we live in HARMONY. With each musical piece we were massaged by the voices of angels taking us into a peaceful trance which is much needed in the this moment.

I enjoyed the afternoon, you could feel the hard work and dedication paying off through the smiles on the choir members faces as they completed a piece. The accompanying Organ Solo, Violin Solo, Piano Solo and Trumpet Solo’s were also a welcome add displaying the vast array of talent we have within our Moravian Community.

I love how these festivals bring out the best in our people.The highlight for me was the performance of Praise the Lord, Alla Afrika and Harmony arranged and composed by our very own Br. A. R. Lawack and H.O.C Smith.

The words of “Harmony”:” Grant us love and peace in this land, O Lord. Let us live in HARMONY and thus fullfill God’s will.”…these words had a powerful message especially for our country at the moment, in my trancelike state I meditated on these words and asked The Lord to protect our people and country.

When they sang the afrikaans version of God and God alone it transported me back to Indonesia when I joined the choir (by default as I was a volunteer and tried to experience as much as I can), singing the english version….this brought a smile to my face and love in my heart a happy memory indeed.

Did I mention that one of the angels that sang today is my Mom…..sy het mos die stem van ‘n Engel.

“Come and Praise The Lord! Let us Praise the Mighty Lord!

Physicality

Day 3 of the Rugby World Cup saw another epic three-match spectacle.

It was Italy vs Namibia to kick-off the day, Sergio Parisse would be become the third player to play in five Rugby World Cups joining Samoa’s Brian Lima and former teammate Mauro Bergamasco, Complete Legends!

The game ended in a 10 try thriller, Italy running rampant as I expected they were flying high…the final score 47-22.

Next up was Ireland vs Scotland, the Irish starting their campaign off with an impressive win over their Northern hemisphere counterparts, final score 27- 03.

Could this year be the year that the luck of the Irish gives them the edge over the other teams.

The last game of the day was England vs Tonga.

“We need to get back to our direct physical game. If we can get that tonight, we’re in with a shot”

Tonga’s Toutai Kefu was looking for his side to bring a physical game to England in Sapporo.

After a fierce and passionate Sipi Tau, it looked like they were ready for battle but the English were equally ready and held them to a 15 point lead at half-time.

After 80 minutes it looked like it was England who killed off the game with a 32 point victory, 4 tries and a bonus point win is a good way to start off the campaign in Japan.

What a weekend of rubgy and there is still alot more to come, have you chosen your favourite yet??

Mount Fiji

The ice has been broken, Japan have shown that they mean business by beating Russia in the opening game…lets hope they can keep that momentum going.

Next up was the Aussies taking on Fiji……the mountainous men of the Fijian Island were ready to bring the physicality and pummel Australia.

They were doing good in the first half where they led going into the second half 2 points up….(14 Fiji – 12 Australia Half-Time)

The game was still in the balance and The Aussies tipped the scales in the second half to record their biggest comeback in Rugby World Cup history, overcoming a 9 point deficit to beat Fiji 39 – 21.

Next up was Los Pumas (Argentina) taking on the Les Bleus (France)…it looked like the French popped the champagne cork early as they went into the second half with a convincing 17 point lead (20 France – 03 Argentina).

The Pumas never say die attitude made this a scintillating game of rugby as the comeback was on and they almost won in the end but the French could breath easy as the final whistle was blown with a 2 point win. (FT: 23-21)

The last game of the morning (yip in South Africa we started the braai early…dis net braaivleis en biere as die Bokke speel moet ons keel nat wees), it was the game we were all waiting for The All Blacks vs The Bokke.

New Zealand showed intent after an intimidating haka laying down the challenge to South Africa infront of 70 000 fans, they dominated the first half creating gaps and quick offloads, the Bokke offence were struggling to break the line and convert the points.

A better second half performance from The Bokke made our hearts pump that green and gold blood abit faster but in the end New Zealand took the win). (Final score: NZL 23 RSA 13)

We have seen The World Champs play, are they ready to defend the title??

JAPANafrica

We have been waiting years for the Rugby showpiece to start, we are ready to experience Japan in it’s full glory and watch some awesome Rugby matches. The next 6 weeks are going to be massive.

The World is in Union as the participating countries were announced with cheers from the crowds, Mount Fuji was beautifully depicted with all 20 team’s emblems surrounding it. This was one special Rugby World Cup opening ceremony, the first time to be hosted Asia.

It was Japan vs Russia in the opening match in Tokyo, which is stronger Vodka or Sake?

The Russians capitalised on a mistake by the hosts and scored first….Kirill Golosnitskiy scoring a fifth minute try, the fastest in the opening match of any Rugby World Cup.

Since the Rugby World Cup has been hosted by one country (1995), the hosts have won their first match five of the six times. France are the exception, losing 17-12 to Argentina in 2007.

After settling the nerves the Japanese Team ran circles around the Russian defence with some exceptional offloads eventually winning the match scoring 4 tries…- final score 30-10.

Kotaro Matsushima stars as hosts Japan gets off to a flying start The first Japanese player in history to score a World Cup hat-trick

I was surprised to hear that both try scorers have South African heritage…ok to be honest when I heard the name Pieter Hermias Cornelius ‘Lappies’ Labuschagné it became abit obvious though.

Welldone the Japan, I am sure there are some celebrations en ‘n bietjie Sake Sake rumba although as a South African that 2015 Rugby World Cup, where Japan defeated two-time Rugby World Cup winners South Africa 34–32 is still a sore point.

Nou wag ons vir die groot game more…..Dis aan in Japan (South Africa vs New Zealand hmmm gona be a battle).

STOMP the Artscape

From London and Paris to Las Vegas and New York……and now SOUTH AFRICA!!

What an exhilarating experience this is, WOW……non-stop thrills and spills, laughter, clapping and stepping, shouting and coughing, this show had everything you can imagine and more.

They literally make beats with anything…..yes there are many surprises that you would need to see with your own ears….I mean eyes. I guess it is the bang of the trashcan that got me confused, sorry.

There were moments where I didn’t know where to look, so much happening at once. I was in total awe at the energy, precision and sheer enjoyment of the performers. I loved how they never took themselves too seriously and engaged with the audience on various occasions.

This is definitely a show not to be missed, follow the sound of the beat of a paint can and the flicker of a zippo lighter straight to The Artscape for Non- STOMPING action.

Where rhythm speaks every language …

*clap* *clap*………*DOEF*

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BOOKINGS:
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*clap* *clap*………*DOEF*……..*Swishhhhhhhh*

INTERNATIONAL SMASH HIT “STOMP” SOON ON STAGE IN SA

Where rhythm speaks every language …

From London and Paris to Las Vegas and New York STOMP makes music with brooms, matchboxes, hands and feet, poles, chairs, sinks, basketballs, newspapers and more, climaxing with the exhilarating trademark bins routine, where metal trashcans become drums and dustbin lids become combat shields. The encore engages the audience in a call and response that proves rhythm is a universal language.

Brought to South Africa by Showtime Management in association with BBC First, this wildly entertaining international show is on stage in South Africa, opening soon at Montecasino’s Teatro on Tuesday, 20 August ending on Sunday, 08 September 2019. Thereafter STOMP moves to Cape Town, on stage at Artscape from Tuesday, 10 September to Sunday, 15 September 2019. Tickets are available only from Computicket, the show’s exclusive authorised ticketing agent.

Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm. The show toured this country in 2010 to critical acclaim and sold out performances. The sizzling energy of STOMP is beyond infectious. Almost a decade later STOMP is back in South Africa to share its unique and energetic art form while introducing it to a new generation of theatre-goers.

STOMP finds beauty and music in the mundane. It turns brooms into instruments and handclapping into a conversation; the junk and clutter of urban life becomes the source of infectious rhythm and wonder. The highly talented performers take the audience on a journey through sound, where rhythm is the only language. Celebrities who have experienced the show include Jodie Foster, Howard Stern, Denzel Washington, Michael Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Willis.

STOMP is a unique combination of percussion, dance and physical comedy: seen by over 12 million people worldwide, there have been long running productions in London – 15 years on the West End, Paris, Las Vegas, Boston and San Francisco. In February this year, the flagship New York show celebrated the 25th anniversary of STOMP playing at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, receiving special congratulations messages from cast members, fans and celebrities around the world including Quincy Jones, Harlem Globetrotters, Jon Bon Jovi, Eddie Izzard and Tommy Lee.

Created in Brighton, UK, in the summer of 1991, STOMP was the result of a ten year collaboration between its creators, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas. The popularity of STOMP continually grew from strength to strength resulting in the cast performing live at the 1996 Academy Awards (the Oscars) to an estimated audience of almost 1 billion worldwide. The largest assembly of STOMP performers ever (40 performers from 12 different countries) was brought together for a specially choreographed appearance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

There are up to 4 STOMP productions around the globe at any given time. STOMP has been touring the globe for 26 years, playing over 20 thousand performances in 55 countries on 6 continents. In its lifetime STOMP has consumed over 60 000 boxes of matches, 40 000 brooms, 30 000 bins, 20,000 drumsticks and 35 000 litres of black paint applied with 780 paint rollers.

Book now for STOMP by calling Computicket on 083 915 8000 or book on line at www.computicket.com Computicket is the official ticketing partner for the Chicago The Musical, and tickets should not be purchased from any other supplier/outlets. Visit www.stomp.co.uk for more information.
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STOMP ON LINE #STOMPSA
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SHOW INFORMATION

JOHANNESBURG:
Venue: Montecasino’s Teatro
Dates: Tuesday, 20 August to Sunday, 08 September 2019
Show times: No Monday performances
Weekdays: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 20h00
Weekends: Saturdays 15h00 & 20h00; Sundays 14h00 & 18h00
Important: Sunday, 08 September: 14h00 only
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes with no interval

CAPE TOWN:
Venue: Artscape Opera House
Dates: Tuesday, 10 September to Sunday, 15 September 2019
Show times: No Monday performances
Weekdays: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 20h00
Weekends: Saturday 15h00 & 20h00; Sunday 15h00 & 19h00
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes with no interval

TICKET PRICES including VAT
Midweek (Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays 18h00): R150, R200, R300
Weekend (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays14h00/15h00): R200, R300, R400,

BOOKINGS:
Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest Computicket outlet

GROUP BOOKINGS:
20% Discount on groups of 20 and more – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday
and Sunday 6pm/7pm performances only valid for the top two prices.
Contact Jill Somers on 079 218 1658, sales@showtime.co.za
Not valid with any other discount offer

PENSIONER SPECIAL – 50% Discount
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm & Sunday at 6pm ONLY
50% off on the top two prices, limit two tickets per person.
Only available at Computicket service centres upon presentation of a valid identity document
Not valid with any other discount offer

STUDENT SPECIAL – 50% Discount
Tuesdays to Thursdays at 20h00 ONLY
50% off top two prices, limit one ticket per person
Only available at Computicket service centres upon presentation of valid SA Student Card
Not valid with any other discount offer

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: No children under 3 years.

MONTECASINO GROUP HOSPITALITY PACKAGES:
(20+ tickets) montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.com or 011 367 4250
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