Proudly Capetonian

When I think of Soli Philander my mind immediately goes to the switching on of the Kaapse Liggies where he was the MC on various occasions or that TaxiVision show on Cape Town TV. He is however a man of many talents and last night I got to witness another one of those talents in the form of his new one-man show called NICE COAT….ya dit was ‘n LEKKER JAS show.

The show moves like a Taxi driver through peak hour traffic down lower mainroad in Salt River, climbing the curb then swerving back into traffic all in the space of 70 minute. It is like a survival guide to Cape Town with tips on must see places and all the different cultures that comes with living in The Mother City. 

Soli does not mince his words as he rhymes with a reason, spitting words that I sometimes felt like I needed to consult a dictionary but hey Google Translate might also come in handy.

A well-constructed narrative much more than a RACE around our city but rather a Cape Town Marathon taking you from the heights of the picturesque Table Mountain to the point where the two oceans meet, not fogetting everything in-between that makes us love this City we call Home. Oh yes, bring your passport too because you’ll go overseas ….to Robben Island that is (had to mention because it was Madiba Day yesterday after all).

I thoroughly enjoyed the show, ek het gelag dat die traane loep but their were also some serious moments, thought provoking commentary added in the mix showcasing our diversity and why we love being Capetonians.

Once again Soli sticks his hands in his Nice Coat with pockets full of inspiration and brings us an awesome show….all I can say is stiek uit Mase Kin you will not be disappointed.

Don’t miss this fantastic talent presented by Allistair Izobel Productions – book now!

Show: “Nice Coat” (Lekker Jas!)

Featuring: Soli Philander (One-Man Show)

Date:  17th – 29th July 2017 

Venue: Baxter Theatre

Show time: 7.30pm

Duration of the show:  1 hour and 10 minutes

Book now:  Computicket, Shoprite Checkers and all House & Home Stores and at the Baxter theatre

Ticket price:  Regular – R130 / Block Bookings 10+ – R110

Follow the link below for another awesome review: – coming soon

Daai is mos ‘n Lekker Jas!

Alistair Izobell Productions Presents: 

Soli Philander’s “Nice Coat” (Lekker Jas!)

17th – 29th July

Baxter Theatre

Soli Philander’s ‘Nice Coat’ is about – as he puts it – HIS Cape Town.  
Born out of a desire for a narrative about Cape Town – the place of his birth, his youth, his heart – that didn’t serve a political agenda, wasn’t an exercise in attracting tourists, and did not disregard the daily, stark realities so many Capetonians in surviving must embrace.

Fuelled by the desire not to defend or deflect accusations levelled at The Mother City – her detractors on the inside and out – or wallow in the praise and pride from those enamoured by her, but rather to provide another view, another ‘take’, another conversation about the place he calls home, and his experience of it.

Philander is adamant about the unique ‘sound’ of Cape Town – ‘there is a rhythm to it, a beat’ – that he maintains is the essence of ‘being Capetonian’. In his observations about, his criticism of, his tribute to the place he calls home, he seamlessly plays with word and intonation, idiom and phrase, rhyme and reason, to engage mind, memory and emotion in a delicately-humoured, hour-long rhyme.

When asked ‘why?’ about the rhyme, Soli responded: ‘I didn’t realize for a long time that the instinctive love I have for rhyming is cultural – from the games we made up as children, the secret languages we invented as teens, the delightful playing with words of the hawkers, and even organized crime’s penchant for inventing new words or new meanings for existing ones’

Philander journeys through Cape Town, HIS Cape Town, with a backpack full of memories, realizations, observations, experiences and the ever-present readiness for laughter in the face of the bleak. A trip around The Mother City – if you’ve ever been, are, or will ever be – you should not miss.

This actor, director, comedian, radio presenter and writer has been part of South Africa’s media world for years, going from television, to writing, to radio to share his voice with the country. Soli Philander has become a household name and is best known for his work as a presenter for Cape Talk and for hosting popular television shows such as “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader”? “Let’s Fix It” and known for hosting the Afrikaans musical game show “Liriekeraai”. He has played minor roles in the 1992 feature film “The Road to Mecca” and in 2001 made-for-TV movie “Diamond Hunters”. His self-penned work for the stage includes ‘Take Two’, ‘Woeskroes’, ‘Hotnotsgot’ and ‘The Passion Gap’ (with Christian Bennett).  He is also a master-of-ceremonies, motivational speaker and celebrity speaker. 

Soli was presenter and creative director for the popular ‘TaxiVision’ on Cape Town Television and the driving force behind the online radio-station ‘Taxi Radio’ for the five years of it’s lifespan as a hub for local broadcasting talent. 

Don’t miss this fantastic talent – book now!

Show: “Nice Coat” (Lekker Jas!)

Featuring: Soli Philander (One-Man Show)

Date:  17th – 29th July 2017 

Venue: Baxter Theatre

Show time: 7.30pm

Duration of the show:  1 hour and 10 minutes

Book now:  Computicket, Shoprite Checkers and all House & Home Stores and at the Baxter theatre

Ticket price:  Regular – R130 / Block Bookings 10+ – R110

Tempest Toss

The stage was set for the Confederations Cup Final. Would it be Chile or Germany lifting the trophy?

Russia hosted an awesome tournament I think this was a great setting for next year….just a few hiccups with the new VAR system but I think it will be cool to book my flight to Russia next year. (anyone reading this and want to be my sponsor you are welcome.)

Ok fine enough of the desperation, before we got to the all important final it was Portugal vs Mexico for the 3rd/4th place playoff.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in the third place playoff after leaving the camp to visit his new born twins.

Even without their Captain Fantastic Portugal managed to put a smile on his and the newborn twins faces by taking third place in the 2017 Confederations Cup Final.

After a goalless firsthalf and a Mexican goal in the second half it looked like a win but very late goal from Pepe levels the scores and sent the tie into extra-time! 

Adrien Silva’s extra-time penalty earned Portugal the win over Mexico.

Finally we got to the moment we all been waiting for the Final…Germany vs Chile.

Claudio Bravo was the hero for Chile in the #ConfedCup semi-finals, saving all 3 penalties that he faced. Will he be a match winner today? 

Again I was rooting for the underdogs in this case Chile but I think this is bad luck because a loss in concentration in defencr cost them dearly after piling on the pressure looking likely to score first.

Lars Stindl’s goal from a defensive error gave Germany the lead over Chile in the final.

The game was exciting heating up the cool air in Russia but it was not Alexis Sanchez night, the South American tempers were flaring with a couple of disruptions on the pitch. This however was expected in a Final emotions are bound to creep into such an important match.


The World Champions win their first ever #ConfedCup title, beating Chile 1-0 in the final. #CHIGER

They had an awesome tournament and are well deserved Champions of their first Confederations Cup.

Other 2017 #ConfedCup individual winners:

Golden glove: Claudio Bravo

Golden Boot: Timo Werner

Golden Ball: Julian Draxler

Mexican Wave….Goodbye

The Confederations Cup is over we all know who the Champions are but lets look back at the Road to the Final…

Semi-Final day one saw Portugal vs Chile, both looking to make their first Confederations Cup final in their first appearance in the tournament. The highlight was also seeing two of World football’s greatest players clash, will it be Ronaldo’s Portugal or Sanchez Chile to advance to the Final?

The stats were all in favour of Portugal before kick-off…

Portugal have met Chile twice before, winning one and drawing the other. Can Chile finally register a win against Ronaldo and co? #ConfedCup
Red hot Ronaldo has been named man of the match in all of Portugal’s games at #ConfedCup. #PORCHI

Portugal have scored the joint most goals in this year’s #ConfedCup (7 with Germany). Chile has only scored one goal less (6). #PORCHI

BUT… all comes down to that one performance of the night and a gamechanging player this time it was not an outfield player but the Chilean Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, saving 3 penalties after the match went into extra-time goaless.

All I can say is BRAVO Chile for making it to the Final.
To be honest I was looking forward to the next Semi-Final…World Cup Champion Germany vs Mexico. I was rooting for a Mexico win just because I look like the goalkeeper hmmm think I have some Mexican heritage.

Germany have only lost one game to Mexico in the history of this fixture and that defeat came 32 years ago. #ConfedCup

Football is a beautiful game but also cruel especially if you are up against The German Machine, even without their star-studded regulars it took just 6 minutes for them to find the back of the net……two minutes later it was 2-0 Leon Goretzka scoring both but it was really a team effort.

It was all downhill for Mexico as Germany slotted another 2 goals to seal their place comfortably into the final in St Petersburg, this was really a brilliant game though and I commend Mexico on thier fighting spirit never giving up….

A well deserved Mexican Wave….Goodbye.

Don’t be a doos

Winter is here, it is cold we need ways to keep warm….well why not go to the Baxter Theatre and watch IChameleon.

I had no idea what I was about to watch, the poster grabbed my attention especially since it is a Nik Rabinowitz production directed by Loukmaan Adams but after watching the show…..this is all Sne Dladla.

An intimate setting – 170 seats, if I’m not mistaken – so like they say in the taxi’s ‘n bietjie leifde Ma, is koud ons wil almal warm kry….once those bright lights come one it is show time and you’ll laugh away those winter blues.

Sne takes us on a journey of self discovery at least that’s what the press release says, for me though, this was a box full of surprises…he made me realise it is best to be yourself and don’t confine to the box. Basically…


The show has character, it has depth and is relevant…don’t get me started on the music and sounds, I’ll leave that for you to go see and hear, all I’ll say is it is all SNE DLADLA. I can definitely see why he is an award winning actor-comedian-musician damn what a mouthful, just like a chameleon he can adapt to all situations.

The show runs until the 8th July so don’t delay, tickets can be bought at Computicket or at the Baxter Theatre.

For more info and ticket prices follow the link,


Mexican Fiesta

The last round of matches before we reach the Semi-Finals in the 2017 Confederations Cup, all matches are played at the same time….in Group A it was the underdogs New Zealand vs Ronaldo’s Portugal and Mexico taking on the hosts Russia.

Portugal only needed a draw against a side that has never won a game at the Confederations Cup to earn a spot in the last four, they were surely the favourites to advance to the next round.
In the 33rd minute who else but Ronaldo opened up the scoring with a penalty and from then on it was all downhill for the White Caps from New Zealand, a domintating performance from the 2016 Euro Champions.

Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 (Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Bernardo & Andre Silva) to top Group A and booked their place in the semi-finals….I am glad both former Manchester United stars got on the scoresheet.

In the other match of the night it was hosts Russia up against comeback kings Mexico.

Russia who were on 3 points knew that only a win would see them through to the next round and in the 25th minute Samedov put them in the lead but it typical Mexican fashion they spoilt the party by equalizing 5 minutes later, 1-1 at Half-Time.

A defensive error from Russia was pounced upon by the Mexicans and Lozano put the ball in the back of the net 2-1 and I’m sure a massive Mexican Wave hit the Russians as they were knocked out of the tournament.

Portugal and Mexico advance to the Semi-Finals…both were my picks from this Group. 

The questions is, which of these two teams will advance to the Final?

German Chile

Group B looked set for some upsets even though favourites Germany and Chile were front runners….there was still a mathematical chance for Cameroon and Australia to sneak through if they both won by two goals.

Joachim Loew: “The game against Cameroon is no formality. They have nothing to lose.” #ConfedCup

I was totally rooting for the Indomitable Lions to cause the upset but it was the VAR system that became the talk of the match when Siani was incorrectly red carded….

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos slammed the VAR decision to send off Ernest Mabouka in his side’s defeat to Germany.

Besides this the game was filled with goals as Germany showed their class and that they are a force to be reckoned with even with a relatively young sqaud. Timo Werner’s brace gave Germany the advantage over Cameroon, which all but ended the AFCON champions chances of reaching the semi-finals. The Indomitable Lions did however manage to pull a goal back but this was not enough to see them Roar with victory, it was the German Machine who oiled their way into a semi-final spot.

In the other game it looked to be a Chile night for Australia in Moscow, the South Americans only needing a draw to advance. 
Just before half-time a delicate chip by James Troisi gave Australia the lead over Chile this would’ve been a major upset by the Socceroos. 

Australia could not hold onto the lead when Chile took back the drivers seat through a Martin Rodriguez equaliser, even though things did not go according to plan for the South Americans a draw was enough to see them through to the semi-finals.

We have now come to the business end of the tournament…

Portugal v Chile – Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Germany v Mexico – Thursday, 29th June 2017 

Germany coach Joachim Loew says that “Mexico is going to be a tough game, they are a very flexible team with very good players.” #ConfedCup

Both games are going to be exciting….if I were to put my money where my mouth is I’ll go with an underdog final but hey this is the beautiful game after all….anything can happen.