Let the Angels Sing!!

Too often we look to the world when we have talent right infront of us, today I attended the Western Cape Junior/Youth Choir Music Festival presented by the Moravian Choir Union of South Africa (MOCUSA) at the City Hall in Cape Town. Occasions like these make me truly proud to be a Moravian with it abundance of talent.

17 different youth choirs from as far as Elim, Genadendal, Goedverwacht and Pella came together as a Mass Choir and blessed us with their mesmerizing voices, yes they sang like angels and looked so bright and beautiful – clearly enjoying every minute.

The afternoon included various song performances by the Mass Choir led by enthusiastic conductors as well as some Violin, Organ solo performances and a Recorder and Brass ensemble. Now that I look back we were really spoilt for choice but hey we Moravians love our music and I could see this by how well organised the afternoon was. Another indication of our love for music was when the Recorder Ensemble played one of the hymns O, had ek duisend tonge, I saw some people humming to the tune wanting to sing along, wys jou net ons Moraviers ken ons gesange.

The African Traditional songs were beautifully rendered including the actions, again I some audience members wanting to join in the fun on stage. This was a definite highlight for me.

These kids are really our Future Leaders, World Icons….even though the seasons change we need to keep the FAITH alive and let….

THESE ANGELS SING!

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ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA, Africa’s largest electronic music festival, proudly announces its return to Cape Town and Johannesburg for its FIFTH consecutive year.

ALL EARLY BIRD TICKET REGISTRATION INFORMATION ANNOUNCED

CAPE TOWN – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

CAPE TOWN STADIUM

JOHANNESBURG – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018

EXPO CENTRE, NASREC

ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA , Africa’s largest electronic music festival, proudly announces its return to Cape Town and Johannesburg for its FIFTH consecutive year.

Boasting state-of-the-art stage setups, the world’s best DJs and an unforgettable festival experience, ULTRA South Africa has become a firm favourite of the South African music landscape over the last four years. Now, ULTRA South Africa announces their festival info for 2018, with its most competitively priced EARLY BIRD tickets ever! The registration process must be followed in order to get your hands on these early bird prices, for a limited time only, so don’t wait.

Globally, Ultra Music Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the flagship event in Miami in 2018, making next year a momentous one for the brand, with South Africa celebrating the 5th year of the local event in the same year. Meaning that the organisers will be making the 2018 festivals bigger than ever before.

The Cape Town event will be held earlier in the year, on Friday 9th February 2018, and will once again be held at the Cape Town Stadium, that iconic venue that all visitors to the Mother City know and love. The stadium is not only convenient for anyone in the city to get to and for easy access in and out, but brings a unique flavour to the event that anyone that was at the 2017 show can attest to. Not to mention the host of after-parties held around the city that are only a few minutes away from the stadium, making it that much easier to keep the ULTRA SA party going until morning!

Nasrec is THE home to ULTRA SA in Joburg, and has been since Day 1, once again in 2018 this unparalleled festival venue will play host to the largest music show the people of Gauteng know and adore! This event proves each year just how a dance music festival should look, and will be no different when Ultranauts converge on Nasrec’s gates on Saturday 10th February 2018 for yet-another mind-blowing electronic music experience.

Registration for early bird tickets to the 2018 shows will be done via Ultra Passport on http://www.ultrasouthafrica.com , so please complete this process as soon as possible or you will miss out on early bird prices.

Ultra Passport is the global Ultra programme recently launched to reward loyal Ultranauts that attend events around the world. It allows passport holders to earn points that place them in various tiers, and within which they earn various rewards. Benefits include access to early bird tickets, separate festival entrances, access to lounge areas, and more depending on the passport tier.

Points are earned for enrolling in the programme and attending events, and points valid for 25 calendar months, so it makes sense for SA Ultranauts to register now and start earning!

Once the early bird tickets have run out we will roll straight over into Tier1, still an incredibly priced ticket considering what value you get for the money, so visit

www.ultrasouthafrica.com and register now!

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Jonathan Rubain’s I’m in love with a Guitarist returns to the Baxter for a third time this August for a limited run

Virtuoso guitarist, producer and director Jonathan Rubain is back for the third time with his sold-out hit show, I’m in love with a Guitarist, at the Baxter Concert Hall for three performances only from 3 to 5 August at 20h15 nightly.

Rubain who is a gospel artist with a rich history in jazz will perform some of his latest compositions and he will showcase the exciting new talent, Bonteheuwel based the Jazz Yard Academy.

 

As a young musician, he grew up in Hanover Park, training with and learning from well-known greats such as Mac Mckenzie and Hilton Schilder. He was also the bass player for artists such as Errol Dyers and Robbie Jansen and features on Grammy award-winner Kirk Whalum’s latest DVD Gospel According to Jazz Chapter 4. Widely regarded as part of the prestigious club of successful Cape Town jazz artists, Rubain’s hit songReason to Smile was a big success on local radio.

 

Jonathan has had major success with his previous productions such as Intimate Nightsand How did I get Here? and I’m in love with a Guitarist is no different. He will take audiences on a musical journey inviting them to listen to sounds such as Cape Jazz, Afro-Jazz and beautiful soulful melodies on the line-up.

 

Jonathan’s love for music is firmly rooted in childhood memories of his father playing guitar as a music lover himself. He started playing the drums at the age of six, the guitar at the age of 10 and the bass guitar at the age of 14, all in the nurturing environment of his local church.

 

With this production he will share the stage with young talent between the ages of 12 and 16 from The Jazz Yard Academy to be part of the show. The Jazz Yard Academy is a non-profit organisation that offers free lessons to children from the area and surrounds.

 

Rubain says, “I have often been asked by audience members who have previous performances to play some more of my original compositions and this is what I am looking forward to do onstage this time around. There will be several songs dedicated to musical influencers in my life and, of course, being back to perform at the Baxter Theatre Centre, an iconic venue is always quite special to me.”

 

I’m in love with a Guitarist is on at the Baxter Concert Hall from 3 to 5 August at 20:15 nightly.

Tickets cost R140 and bookings can be made through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.comor at any Shoprite or Checkers outlet. For corporate, block or school bookings, charities and fundraisers, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 orSharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993, or emailCarmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

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: cultshakennis10.blogspot.com – 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.

GERMANY TAKE IT!

The World Champions win their first ever #ConfedCup title, beating Chile 1-0 in the final. #CHIGER https://t.co/tTTIZ1iyB3

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 https://t.co/uV81fhNEmL

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 https://t.co/szevPoOeUg
Red hot Ronaldo has been named man of the match in all of Portugal’s games at #ConfedCup. #PORCHI https://t.co/Ux7R1M6uSE

Portugal have scored the joint most goals in this year’s #ConfedCup (7 with Germany). Chile has only scored one goal less (6). #PORCHI https://t.co/qHqYpWTH1I

BUT…..it 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 https://t.co/O5Qjjqa4PE

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.