The Legends of R&B {Press Release}

Big Concerts has confirmed The Legends of R&B, will be returning to South Africa in December 2017 featuring Brian McKnight and Brandy.

 

As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 17 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is also a talented and charismatic personality who has hosted “Soul Session Countdown with Brian McKnight” on BETJ. In addition, “The Brian McKnight Morning Show” on KTWV the Wave Smooth Jazz radio station, was a Top 5 rated show 2 years running. McKnight has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra! In 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn in Chicago. Now to mark his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, McKnight will debut his 18th album, Genesis, on August 25, 2017, which will be released worldwide through SRG | SONOS Recording Group and will feature the hit single “Forever.” As the lead single from Genesis, “Forever” quickly hit the Top 20 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart and continues to surge up the Adult R&B (Urban AC) radio charts all over the country.

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Brandy has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide (including the 5x-platinum selling Never Say Never) and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. During her reign she recorded five albums: In 1998 – “Never Say Never,” 2002 – “Full Moon,” 2004- “Afrodisiac,” 2008 – “Human,” and 2012 -“Two Eleven.” Brandy has also earned scores of awards, including a Grammy, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and three BMI Awards. At the top of 2016, Brandy released Beggin & Pleadin, a bluesy trap-soul melody that was greeted with much admiration. There is more to come as Brandy works towards recording her seventh studio album.

 

 

Tour Information:

 

Pretoria

Saturday 9 December 2017

Sun Arena, Time Square

Ticket Price: R480 – R945

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

Johannesburg

Sunday 10 December 2017

Ticketpro Dome

Ticket Price:  R480 – R1000

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

Cape Town

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Ticket Price:  R480 – R945

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

Durban

Thursday 14 December 2017

Durban ICC

Ticket Price:  R425 – R845

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd August at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za

 

 

Presented by East Coast Radio, 947, Kfm 94.5, Channel 24 and Mzansi Magic. Another Big Concerts Experience.

 

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La Bohème

This was my first opera experience and I was in tears at the end. La Bohème is dubbed “the world’s most romantic opera” and rightfully so. It has the right amount of drama,humour and of course love to keep you intrigued throughout all four acts.

The scene is Paris, around 1830 and tells the story of four friends, Marcello (Solly Motaung), Rodolfo (Phenye Modiane), Colline (Vuyani Mlinde) and Schaunard (Chuma Sijeqa) who we get to know in act 1.

Act 1

This plays off in their attic or garret.

Marcello is painting while Rodolfo gazes out of the window. They complain of the cold and in order to keep warm, they burn the manuscript of Rodolfo’s drama. Colline, the philosopher, enters shivering and disgruntled. Schaunard, the musician of the group, arrives with food, wine and cigars. He explains the source of his riches: a job with an eccentric English gentleman, who ordered him to play his violin to a parrot until it died. Schaunard tells them they must save the food for the days ahead: tonight they will all celebrate his good fortune by dining at Cafe Momus, and he will pay. The friends are interrupted by Benoît, the landlord, who arrives to collect the rent. They flatter him and ply him with wine. In his drunkenness, he begins to boast of his amorous adventures, but when he also reveals that he is married, they thrust him from the room—without the rent payment—in comic moral indignation. The rent money is divided for their evening out in the Quartier Latin.
Marcello, Schaunard and Colline go out, but Rodolfo remains alone for a moment in order to finish an article he is writing, promising to join them soon. There is a knock on the door and it is a girl who lives in another room in the building. Her candle has blown out, and she has no matches; she asks Rodolfo to light it. She is briefly overcome with faintness, and Rodolfo helps her to a chair and offers her a glass of wine. As she turns to leave, she realizes that she has lost her key. Her candle goes out in the draught and Rodolfo’s candle goes out too; the pair stumble in the dark. Rodolfo, eager to spend time with the girl, to whom he is already attracted, finds the key and pockets it, feigning innocence. He takes her cold hand and tells her of his life as a poet, then asks her to tell him more about her life. The girl says her name is Mimì and describes her  life as an embroiderer. Impatiently, the waiting friends call Rodolfo. Rodolfo suggests remaining at home with Mimì, but she decides to accompany him to the Cafe Momus. As they leave, they sing of their newfound love.

Act 2

A great crowd, including children, has gathered with street sellers announcing their wares. The friends arrive; Rodolfo buys Mimì a bonnet from a vendor, while Colline buys a coat and Schaunard a horn. Parisians gossip with friends and bargain with the vendors; the children of the streets clamor to see the wares of Parpignol, the toy seller. The friends enter the Cafe Momus.

As the men and Mimì dine at the cafe, Musetta, formerly Marcello’s sweetheart, arrives with her rich (and elderly) government minister admirer, Alcindoro, whom she is tormenting. It is clear she has tired of him. To the delight of the Parisians and the embarrassment of her patron, she sings a risqué song, hoping to reclaim Marcello’s attention. The ploy works; at the same time, Mimì recognizes that Musetta truly loves Marcello. To be rid of Alcindoro for a bit, Musetta pretends to be suffering from a tight shoe and sends him to the shoemaker to get her shoe mended. Alcindoro leaves, and Musetta and Marcello fall rapturously into each other’s arms.

The friends are presented with their bill. Schaunard’s purse has gone missing and no one else has enough money to pay. The sly Musetta has the entire bill charged to Alcindoro. The sound of a military band is heard, and the friends leave. Alcindoro returns with the repaired shoe seeking Musetta. The waiter hands him the bill and, dumbfounded, Alcindoro sinks into a chair.

Act 3

Peddlers pass through the barriers and enter the city. Mimì appears, coughing violently. She tries to find Marcello, who is currently living in a little tavern where he paints signs for the innkeeper. She tells him of her hard life with Rodolfo, who abandoned her the night before, and of Rodolfo’s terrible jealousy. Marcello tells her that Rodolfo is asleep inside, and expresses concern about Mimì’s cough. Rodolfo wakes up and comes out looking for Marcello. Mimì hides and overhears Rodolfo first telling Marcello that he left Mimì because of her coquettishness, but finally confessing that his jealousy is a sham: he fears she is slowly being consumed by a deadly illness (most likely tuberculosis, known by the catchall name “consumption” in the nineteenth century). Rodolfo, in his poverty, can do little to help Mimì and hopes that his pretended unkindness will inspire her to seek another, wealthier suitor.
Out of kindness towards Mimì, Marcello tries to silence him, but she has already heard all. Her weeping and coughing reveal her presence, and Rodolfo hurries to her. Musetta’s laughter is heard and Marcello goes to find out what has happened. Mimì tells Rodolfo that she is leaving him, and asks that they separate amicably but their love for one another is too strong for the pair to part. As a compromise, they agree to remain together until the spring, when the world is coming to life again and no one feels truly alone. Meanwhile, Marcello has found Musetta, and the couple quarrel fiercely about Musetta’s flirtatiousness: an antithetical counterpoint to the other pair’s reconciliation.

Act 4

Marcello and Rodolfo are trying to work, though they are primarily talking about their girlfriends, who have left them and found wealthy lovers. Rodolfo has seen Musetta in a fine carriage and Marcello has seen Mimì dressed like a queen. The men both express their nostalgia. Schaunard and Colline arrive with a very frugal dinner and all parody eating a plentiful banquet, dance together and sing, before Schaunard and Colline engage in a mock duel.

Musetta suddenly appears; Mimì, who took up with a wealthy viscount after leaving Rodolfo in the spring, has left her patron. Musetta found her that day in the street, severely weakened by her illness, and Mimì begged Musetta to bring her to Rodolfo. Mimì, haggard and pale, is assisted onto a bed. Briefly, she feels as though she is recovering. Musetta and Marcello leave to sell Musetta’s earrings in order to buy medicine, and Colline leaves to pawn his overcoat. Schaunard leaves with Colline to give Mimì and Rodolfo some time together. Mimì tells Rodolfo that her love for him is her whole life.

To Mimì’s delight, Rodolfo presents her with the pink bonnet he bought her, which he has kept as a souvenir of their love. They remember past happiness and their first meeting—the candles, the lost key. Suddenly, Mimì is overwhelmed by a coughing fit. The others return, with a gift of a muff to warm Mimì’s hands and some medicine. Mimì gently thanks Rodolfo for the muff, which she believes is a present from him, reassures him that she is better and falls asleep. Musetta prays. Schaunard discovers that Mimì has died. Rodolfo rushes to the bed, calling Mimì’s name in anguish, weeping helplessly as the curtain falls.

La Bohème is composed by Giacomo Puccini, with the libretto written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

Performances of La Bohème will take place on:

Tuesday 18 July at 20:00

Thursday, 20 July at 20:00

Saturday, 22 July at 20:00

Sunday, 23 July at 15:00

Tickets range from R200 – R500 and are available by calling 0861 670 670 or book online at www.webtickets.co.za or www.joburgtheatre.com and in person at the Joburg Theatre box office. Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick ‘n Pay stores (full list at http://www.webtickets.co.za/pnpoutlets.aspx). For more information, log on to www.gautengopera.org, visit Gauteng Opera’s Facebook page or follow @GautengOpera on Twitter.

Good Food &Wine SA + Win tickets (JHB)

Good food and wine, the only thing missing is shopping and you’d have a complete list of my favourite things in the world. Nothing beats an amazing culinary experience, a feast for all your senses and the Good Food and Wine Show promises to be just that. This year will be my first time attending and I figured, why not take some of my Johannesburg readers with?

This year’s headline chef will be none other than trailblazing British chef Marco Pierre White,who has been dubbed the world’s first celebrity chef and was awarded three Michelin stars. At the age of 33, he was the youngest chef to ever receive this honour and the first British chef to do so. He featured as a star judge and guest on MasterChef Australia where he was called ‘the godfather of modern cooking’.White has also trained famous chefs like Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Curtis Stone and Shannon Bennett. After retiring from the kitchen in 1999, Marco became a restaurateur and has published several books, including the best-selling cookbook/autobiography White Heat.

Marco Pierre White

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is South Africa’s first Michelin star chef and owner of JAN Restaurant in Nice on the French Riviera. Also a gifted photographer, food stylist, writer, entrepreneur and businessman, Van der Westhuizen’s humble Middelburg origins set the foundation for his Boereseun and French twist cooking style on Boerekos.

All visitors to this year’s show will get a chance to watch White and Van der Westhuizen in action daily, free of charge, at the Chefs’ Open Theatre. In addition, the two chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Chefs’ Table: smaller, more intimate ticketed events where people will have the chance to meet the chefs, taste their food and sample some of South Africa’s top wines.

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South African foodies will have the chance to interact with the line-up of exciting food personalities, including headline chef, restaurateur and foodie Joao Da Fonseca, popularly known as J’Something, who will share his secret recipes by preparing a tasty feast for the shows. As an added bonus, J’Something will take to the stage to perform his music as this multi-talented personality is also the leading man of popular band Mi Casa.

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Over 60 000 visitors attended the three Good Food and Wine Shows in 2016, and this year’s footfall is expected to increase with chefs like White and Van der Westhuizen on the bill of fare and a wide selection of vendors and interactive installations showcasing food and fare from around the globe.  The floor will be divided into nine specific exhibition areas for attendees to explore: Market, Street Food, Gourmet, Baking, Kids, Wellness, Lifestyle, Wine, Beer and Alcohol.

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Tickets are available from www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za and Ticketpro (JHB only) and prices starts from R160 per adult,R110 for senior citizens and students and children under 12 enter for free with R60 for ages 13-18.

Opening hours:
10h00-21h00 Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July
10h00-18h00 Sunday 30 July

How to win:

I’ve partnered with Good Food and Wine Show to give x4 double tickets to you, as my readers to join us on any day of your choosing (tickets are valid for one day only).

Facebook

  • Like my page here, comment or tag who you’ll take with and share the post with #GFWS2017 #MissPretorius
  • Like Good Food & Wine SA here

Twitter

  • Follow me here
  • Follow Good Food & Wine SA here
  • Retweets and likes are optional but do use #GFWS2017 and #MissPretorius

Instagram

  • Follow my page @miss_pretorius_
  • Follow @goodfoodsa
  • Repost, likes and comments are optional but do use #GFWS2017 and #MissPretorius when you do to make tracking easier.

Complete any 5 of these steps and you’ll be entered. If you don’t have these platforms, let me know and we can work something out. Tickets are sponsored by Good Food & Wine SA and winners will be announced Monday 24 July 2017 at 16h00. Preferably readers from Johannesburg as transport and accommodation are NOT included but if you’ll be in the area at that time, feel free to enter. Decisions are final and tickets can’t be exchanged for cash. 4 Winners will be selected and each will receive 2 tickets to take a friend,partner or family member with.

Thank you xoxo

Mask on,mask off [Pilaten mask review]

We’ve all seen videos of people using this mask. The utter pain they’re in when removing it, usually followed by cussing and screams for “mommy” always had me in stitches. I mean, can something, especially a beauty product,really hurt that much? If yes, why would you order AND try it after seeing how others are suffering?

I recieved the mask from Bianca over at AOBMBlog (you can check out her review) and decided to give it a try (after seeing all the videos of course). I have a really high pain threshold and an even higher tolerance for anything painful. I mean, a root canal was child’s play for me so how can this mask be worse? I decided to try it out on a weekend as you need to allow 20 minutes for the mask to dry and I don’t have that kind of time on a weekday or night.

About the mask:

The Pilaten Face Mask is one of the latest revolutions from the cosmetics industry. It is designed to pull blackheads and other skin impurities out from the root. Able to be used daily, it’s also recommend weekly or bi-weekly usage, to keep your skin clean and looking fresh, day in and day out. Please note that the fine hairs on the selected area will be removed with the mask when pulled off.

Ingredients:

Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) is the magic in the formulation of the Pilaten Face Peel-Off Mask. This is the magic ingredient in the mask which binds it to blackheads and other skin impurities to grip them, and pull them out at the root. Glycerol is the lubricant that allows the POVH to get thin enough to stretch across the offending areas. Glycerol also provides extra moisture as it is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs moisture and disperses it evenly.

Information by Rubybox

I found the mask to be a really messy business as it dripped all over the place. I used a foundation brush to apply it evenly as it really won’t work to apply with your hands. It’s advised to first steam your face to open your pores, which wasn’t an easy thing for me to do as I kept “choking” on the steam but I persevered. Before steaming, wash your face with a cleanser and rinse, then dab with a towel. Once you’re ready, start applying the mask evenly over your face and make sure to apply at least 2 layers to make removal easier. I only have blackheads on my nose and chin area but I applied to my entire face for pain research purposes. I neglected to take before and after pictures,sadly as I wasn’t planning on doing a full review on here. I did, however record a video that you can view on Instagram, my handle is @miss_pretorius_

 

My verdict:

The mask really take about 20 minutes to dry, seriously. It also removes fine hairs from your face and as Chewbacca over here, I can tell you that as a fact. The pain, however doesn’t even register as a 2/10 on my scale. I flinched a little as the mask met with my ‘babyhair” but that was the extent of my pain. It left my skin smoother and blackheads were removed, as promised. I will use it again, if only in the hope to scream blue murder and call for my mommy in time 😛

Where to buy:

You can buy your mask here and prices range from R35 per sachet and R220 for a 60g tube. It’s also available from your nearest Alpha Pharm store

Noir Beauty Box

I love receiving products, whether freebies or paid for…it’s like a gift from me to me. I also like quality products at an affordable price, products that are value for money (however little the amount is), that delivers on promises made and if they don’t, you don’t feel like you’ve wasted that much anyway. I’m not really a fan of subscription boxes as I feel that they can’t make me happy every month, not their fault at all. I’ve been searching for a natural hair product subscription box  as it’s hard out there for a natural junkie such as myself.

A fellow blogger, Ncomeka from Wooden Mirror: The Blog recently tagged me in a Facebook post about the relaunch of Noir Beauty Box and obviously I was curious. Upon further enquiry, I found out that it was R70 for this service which basically only cover the courier services. I contacted them via Facebook, received an information and sign-up sheet via email, completed and send it back and the first payment went through 6 days ago. I received my first order this morning and it’s the perfect way to brighten up my Monday.

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Let’s unpack:

I received x6 samples, all of them are sulphate and paraben-free with no mineral oil or petrolatum. Allow me to take you through it.

1. Flaxseed Elongating Curling Gel (21g)

This is the one product from Aunt Jackie that actually worked for me, I love it! Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids,promotes hair health from the inside out and helps to prevent dryness and flaking. All directions to use are at the back of each sample.

2. Moisture Intense Leave-In Conditioner (21g)

I’ve been searching for a good leave-in and I sincerely hope that I’ve found it. It’s said to revive dry hair with natural ingredients including marshmallow root, give great slip (we know how important that is) and just enough moisture to keep the thirstiest coils and curls refreshed.

3. Moisturizing Co-Wash Cleanser (14g)

I’m a big fan of co-washing and clarifying with ACV as it saves me a lot of time. This rich and creamy, triple-action remedy replenish moisture, softens and thoroughly removes buildup and impurities and also contain flaxseed along with coconut and avocado oils that helps to improve your  hair health overall. It’s enriched with flaxseed, avocado, coconut and apple cider vinegar.

4. Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque (21g)

I’m in dire need of this as my hair always take a beating in winter due to my own laziness *cue Bruno Mars’ Lazy song*. This masque promises to ‘repair beyond compare’, not my words, theirs. This is especially effective for protective styling, hairtypes 2a-4c and repairing natural hair damaged by color and wearing wigs and weaves. (Why do I feel like that entire sentence was just aimed at me?!) It contains flaxseed, mango and shea butter, avocado and coconut oil.

5. Hydrating Sealing Butter (14g)

This is hailed as “the protective styler’s new best friend”. We can say goodbye to weak,damaged ends and chronically dry hair with this ultimate moisture therapy. It also prevents shedding and thinning while softening,shining and protecting hair from breakage. Excellent moisture remedy for 3a-4d hair types, protective styling and all hair types in need of oil-based moisture therapy. It contains flaxseed, avocado and castor oil, shea butter and honey.

6. Anti-Poof Defining Curl Whip (21g)

Enriched with flaxseed,argan oil, shea and mango butter, this curl whip smoothes and defines dry,frizzy hair. This water-based hydration is great for 1b-4a textures, wash n go styles and protective styling. It helps to get rid of poofy, fly-away hair and helps to soften curls, prevent dryness and tame frizz without weighing hair down.

 

 

Benefits:

As a self-confessed product junkie, this service prevents me from making major mistakes that will end up on my storage instead of my “to use” shelf (a lot of products ended up there btw). I bought 3x Aunt Jackie products about 2 months ago and only one of them works for my hair, I’m so sad but R200+ poorer. Being natural is expensive, not in terms of how much you HAVE to spend but in terms of how much you spend to find a product that works for you. Most companies see being natural as a trend, a passing phase and they’re too eager to jump on the bandwagon and charge us exorbitant prices for products we can make in your kitchen (I see you, flaxseed gel). You also get a 10% discount on Mzansi Fro to purchase full-sized products from Asili, Argan Smooth, Africa’s Best Texture, Auntie Jackie’s, Brownchild, Elasta QP, Herbal Essensces,Keramour and TMW.

 

Disadvantages:

None that I can think off. If you really think about it, you get to try out 6 different products for the price of 1 full-sized product. If you or your hair don’t like it, move on (well,shed a few tears if it’s something you really wanted your hair to love)

Bloggers:

These are the bloggers you can follow to see exactly how to use the samples:

 

Email them now at noir@mzansifro.co.za or pop them a message on Facebook

Stay “Beautiful like me”.

 

Justine Tissue Oil X Beauty Bulletin

*This review will happen over a period of 3-4 weeks as I have been sent 1 x 100ml Justine Tissue Oil by Beauty Bulletin to test*

I love the idea of tissue oil and the results promised but I find it hard to get into a routine with using oils. In the past I’ve mixed it in with my usual lotions and creams and obviously didn’t get the results I was hoping for. This time around, since I want to provide an accurate review, I’ll use it on it’s own, morning and evening to have accurate results. I’m specifically interested in the results it will have on my scars, stretch marks and dehydrated (winter skin). I’ve received the package and loved the packaging and how the bottle allows for measured product usage all though spillage might still occur. It’s very sophisticated and scream “high end” even at the current discounted cost. The fragrance is bearable, not too overwhelming (I get migraines, a lot just from certain smells, such a hassle).

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I’ve been struggling with dry skin on my forehead, it literally looked like dandruff when touching it, and I’ve been at my wits end about what to use. I applied the oil and could see an immediate improvement. A few hours later there was no sign of dry skin and I think I’ll apply it before or after my moisturiser from now onwards. My skin felt less tight and very moisturised after the first use so that’s really good for me.

-It smells really good because it is made from sweet almond oil.
-The texture of the oil is perfect, not too heavy or runny.
-Once applied it absorbs quickly and leave no residue.

Justine Tissue Oil is a natural product that offers the goodness of Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamins E & A which all assist in anti-ageing, reversing of damaged skin, especially scars and stretch marks, and offer extreme nourishment.

How I used it:

-As a bath oil, just a few drops is enough
-As a moisturiser for my face
-After exfoliation to relieve irritation (I suffer from keratosis pilaris and this has been really helpful)
-Applied directly on scars and stretch marks
-As a makeup remover for waterproof makeup
-Applied under my eyes for circles and puffiness

This is a re-launch of the Justine Original Tissue Oil with a new, improved formula and it’s available at R139.00 (R230 regular price) from your nearest Justine representative.