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
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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

The Mummy

I went to watch The Mummy last night and my reactions were not my proudest moments. There were a few screams accompanied by peeping through my fingers because spiders and rats,you know.

The Mummy tells the story of Ahmanet, an ancient pharaoh princess who is promised the reign after her father’s demise. Her father’s wife however gives life to a boy which makes him the successor to the crown, much to Princess Ahmanet’s annoyance. She swears vengeance and summons the dark side to assist her in killing her father,his wife and the baby. As she prepares to stab her “chosen one” with a dagger with the promise of being a god, the guards storms in, capture her, leading to her mummification instead of claiming her place of being a pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Sofia Boutella did an amazing job bringing Ahmanet to life, I don’t think anyone would’ve done it more justice. Ahmanet’s modern-day transformation from bones and rags to a monster with captivating eyes (two separate pupils) can only be fully appreciated on the big screen,DVD won’t do it justice.

After 1000 years, she is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert with the sole mission of world domination. The awakening is the fault of Nick,played by Tom Cruise and Chris,played by Jake Johnson, U.S. Army soldier with a side business of ripping off precious artifacts for resale. Throw British archeologist and love interest Jenny,played by Annabelle Wallis in the mix and you have a sense of impending doom as they submerge into the earth to discover what’s underneath. Nick releases the crypt, making him her chosen one and allowing her to get in his head and showing him what happened in ancient Egypt. The “resurrection” of the crypt leads to an army of spiders attacking them, biting Chris and turning him into one of her minions as well as the mother of sandstorms, that almost prevented them from leaving. Once up in the air,events transpired that leads to Chris’ “death” at the hands of his friend and the plane going down with no survivors except Nick who escape unscathed,surprisingly.

Back in London, a Crusader knight’s tomb that was buried beneath the future London, are uncovered that contains the stone which is needed in conjunction with the dagger to provide eternal life and unlimited power. Dr Jekyll, portrayed by Russell Crowe gets introduced as investigating and vanquishing monsters as he’s one himself (Jekyll and Hyde). It turns out that Jenny works for him and she lures Nick there for Dr Jekyll to help him break the curse, only to find out that means killing him.

In the meantime Princess Ahmanet is slowly but surely taking on human form by draining the life out of others and turning them into her puppets. She comes after Nick, got captured and end up in Dr Jekyll’s hide out (see what I did there?) where mercury is pumped into her veins, causing her to be mummified again. She manage to escape, in the cloud of a sand (glass) storm and sets off to get the stone to complete the dagger. Jenny dies, Nick impale himself on the dagger or rather drove it into himself thus becoming immortal, a god, live giver and taker. He kills Ahmanet, brings Jenny and Chris back to life and sets off to the desert with Chris as he’s a danger to others as he’s yet to figure out which part, good or evil, will prevail. The End.

I liked the humour aspect to it, Tom’s character had a few puns here and there that draw a chuckle from the audience. I’ve only ever watched The Mummy with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weizs and wasn’t sure what to expect. The visuals were amazing but if you missed the intro you would be kinda lost. Tom’s character had an Indiana Jones feel to it, which was confusing to me and the whole Jekyll and Hyde persona threw me off but hey, you gotta be a monster to fight a monster,right?

Not the best movie I’ve seen thus far but it was bearable.

A big thank you to Lebo at Ster-Kinekor for the tickets. 

 

 

Lady Antebellum in South Africa!

It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now / Said I wouldn’t call but I lost all control and I need you now…”

If you sang that line, we can be friends, seriously.

This was the song, back in 2010, that made me aware of Lady Antebellum‘s existence. I remember, vividly falling asleep whilst listening to it on repeat. This was from their second studio album, Need you now. The group was formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006 and compose of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals, guitar), and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) They’ve released 5 albums thus far with the first 3 certified platinum and have won numerous awards over the course of the years.

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Big Concerts announced earlier this year that Lady Antebellum will be touring South Africa for the first time this year, with our own Refentse as special guest artist and I couldn’t be happier (plus the concert is happening from my home) Tickets are available from Ticket pro and prices range from R490-R995, get yours now.

Cape Town
Friday 13 October 2017
Grand Arena, GrandWest Cape Town
Ticket Price:  R490 – R915

Johannesburg
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg
Ticket Price:  R535 – R995

In proud association with Channel24 and kykNET.

Soweto Wine Festival by a teetotaler

I shouldn’t have gone to the Soweto Wine Festival.

Not that I didn’t enjoy it but because my doctor said so. Two days before the night I was set to grace the event I got a nasty throat infection which meant I would be a grumpy troll with a husky voice until my throat was healed to a point where I could swallow anything besides the 13 boxes of of Mageu I stocked up to get me through the week (I apologise to any residents of Tembisa who couldn’t get a hold of any Mageu from Neo’s Fast Food on the 2nd of March, it is I who finished what remained of the stock.)

My health woes were the least of my worries though, a primary one being that I don’t meet the minimum requirements of a wine festival goer. Two years ago I took of vow of sobriety so going there would be like Mother Theresa getting front row seats to the Sexpo (Which I’d love to go to, so Melanie, get me those tickets please!).

Two boxes of Mageu remaining, Friday evening was creeping closer and closer and the excitement grew. A bit of the excitement was because my partner in crime, Bongs, decided he’s going to join me in my quest. He was also there as a bodyguard, unbeknown to him, in case any of the Soweto residents I might have offended with my Social Media jabs of the township were there to give me a piece of their mind or a fistful of tears – fists being theirs and the tears being mine.

I was done with my work for the week and that meant I was only a little bit late. 19:30 I was at the Soweto Theatre searching for parking which didn’t take too long to find. Plus I had a few minutes to marvel at the beauty that is the Soweto Theatre as I waited for Bongs to show up. He did 15 minutes later which meant I only had 2 hours to politely say “No, thanks” to any offers of wine I was set to receive throughout the night.

And man, did I have to say “No” to some amazing wines!

The “Blake’s Family Wine” stall was the first to catch our eye. Bongs and I received a glass of their 2016 Chenin Blanc which Bongs quickly confiscated from my hand the minute I was done sniffing up the vanilla aroma radiating from the glass. If my mouth wasn’t gonna get any then my nose was more than willing to take one for the team.

We went from stall to stall not only to view the wines but to also network and it was then that I met Lewethu who was there to promote and sell her books which are wine guides, one of them titled “Everything you wanted to know about wine but were too afraid to ask”. She was patient with me and my newly-found husky voice and though I am sure she missed half of the things I was saying she sure made it feel like she was latching onto my every word.

Taking a tour of the theatre I was notified by a new friend with an unforgettable face whose name I forgot that the beautiful noise I was hearing was a band by the name of “Urban Village”. Their leading artist emphasized that they’re not a band but a collection of up and coming musical talents. Sounds like a mouthful so I’ll call you a band, sir. Forgive me.

I soon got tired of hearing music and felt like listening to conversations that didn’t rhyme which meant I did what everyone else seemed to be doing – socializing. That is after all what lifestyle events like the Soweto Wine Festival are for. It seemed like a daunting task since I figured that the event would be filled with hipsters in Chinos who use words like “Emancipation” in every sentence. You know, the Braamfontein bearded guys and girls in white platform shoes but once again I was wrong.

Sure, they were there but I got to find a few people like me who are south of snobbish and didn’t know what the big deal with Appellation is but were there to learn and get a glimpse of the lifestyle being built around the drinks adorning the back section of every Pick n Pay.

Would I do it again?

Yes. Hopefully with better health and with a more open outlook on the lifestyle that many South Africans seem to be drawn to. I might even make it a mission to ensure that the person I go with is not a drunkard that gets lost every 10 minutes. (I love you Bongs)

By: Bonisile Mgidi

Trevor Noah live at the Dome (Press Release)

Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) has partnered with comedy legend and Daily Show host, Trevor Noah to bring his brand new stand-up tour to South Africa. Featuring all-new material, the show will focus on exploring how life has changed for Noah after the big break that took him to America, placing him in the hallowed host chair of the The Best F*&#ing News programme in the world.

Noah announced the news with a special video message on Comedy Central social media sites in Africa at 16:00 CAT on Tuesday 14 February. Speaking from his Daily Show desk, Trevor quipped, “I am coming back home to do a show – not because Donald Trump has kicked me out, but because I would like to do a show for you at the TicketPro Dome on 10 & 11 August. New jokes, new show, special guests – see you there!

Dillon Khan, senior channel director at Comedy Central Africa commented, “This is stand-up comedy on a scale never seen from a local comedian in this country, and by far the biggest MUST WATCH stand-up comedy event of the year. Trevor Noah has sold out every lcoal comedy tour he has done in SA since 2010 and we have no doubt that the same thing will happen at The TicketPro Dome this August.”

Ryan Harduth, show producer commented, “We’re going all out from a production standpoint to create the best comedy experience The TicketPro Dome has ever seen! We will be showcasing local and international opening acts to support Trevor, and we’re incredibly excited to share this show with our audiences.”

Tickets:

Tickets for Trevor Noah Live at the Dome will go on sale via Ticketpro at http://www.ticketpros.co.za on 20 February priced from ZAR300.

Dates:

10 and 11 August 2017

Catch Trevor Noah every Tuesday to Friday on The Daily Show on Comedy Central at 21:55 CAT.

For further information about Trevor Noah Live at the Dome, please go to http://www.comedycentralafrica.com, or using the hashtag #TrevorNoahAtTheDome.

Press Release supplied by Katya at Total Exposure

50 Shades Darker+Ster Kinekor= Win!!! (Press Release)

They have been snapped up like hot cakes but there are still a few available if you act quickly. We are talking about the hottest tickets in town – to watch the much anticipated sequel to the 2015 phenomenon that was 50 Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, in celebration of Valentine’s Day at Ster-Kinekor cinemas.

The eagerly awaited Fifty Shades Darker sees Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprising their much-talked about roles as Ana and Mr Grey. The film released nationally at Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 10 February and if you want to spoil your loved one on Tuesday, 14 February, you’d better have booked your tickets! Remind your date to secure your tickets now, or he could find himself in serious trouble as you enjoy a night out with Mr Grey on your own!

Fifty Shades Darker, based on the second E.L. James-novel in the series, promises to expand the world of Fifty Shades with even more romance, drama, and erotic adventures set against luxurious backdrops. The film picks up when the wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life. However, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

The film released at Ster-Kinekor theatres countrywide on Friday, 10 February. It carries a 16 age restriction, and the running time is 118mins.

Official trailer for Fifty Shades Darker:  

https://movies.sterkinekor.co.za/Browsing/Movies/Compare?Movies=h-HO00000249&Date=2017%2f2%2f8+0%3a0%3a0

Prizes up for grabs:

  • For the chance to win one of 40 Fifty Shades Darker hampers, snap a selfie sitting in one of Ster-Kinekor’s love seats (available in all cinemas), on Valentine’s Day and post it on the Ster-Kinekor Facebook page. His and hers Falco Milano sunglasses, valued at R1 000 each, and a copy of the third novel, “Fifty Shades Freed” could be yours!
  • Ster-Kinekor is celebrating the month of love and the love of cinema all rolled into one, with a month-long promotion, “For the Love of Cinema”. Open to members of Ster-Kinekor’s loyalty programmes, SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club, there are great prizes up for grabs, including 14 romantic weekends away to the value of R5 000 each, and 100 premium movie experiences for two in either a luxurious Cine Prestige cinema or an immersive IMAX® theatre. All you have to do to win is to watch three movies from the great line-up scheduled during February, and swipe your club card each time you book your tickets.

If you are not yet a SK Club member, just sign up online at www.sterkinekor.com or the next time you are at your favourite Ster-Kinekor cinema. Enjoy great discounts and benefits, including half-price movies on Tuesdays and the chance to earn double points on Thursdays.

For more information on Fifty Shades Darker and the “For the Love of Cinema” promotion at Ster-Kinekor, and to make bookings, visitwww.sterkinekor.com. For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @sterkinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

Justin Bieber-Purpose World Tour

I’ve never been a die-hard Belieber but I did, occasionally enjoy a Bieber song. When he bursted onto the scene with “Baby” I loved his innocence and the fact that he was so darn’ cute! The song however, because of overplay, started irritating me after a while. His last album, Purpose made me a fan because of songs like “Love Yourself”, “Sorry”, “What do you mean?” and “Where are you now?” to name a few. His sound is much more mature and thus reaching a wider audience. I’ve said “fan” because I’m not a Belieber by any definition of the word; Beliebers are individuals that are obsessed with or really love Justin Bieber and everything he does. They would go to extremes to protect his name/image and often verbally attack those that dare speak ill of “The Biebs”.

He announced last year that he would bring his Purpose tour to South Africa and I was really excited. Weirdly enough, that particular morning I was listening to “Purpose” on repeat and later that day the tour was announced, coincidence much? This isn’t his first time in South Africa as his first tour was in December 2012 and it was sold out within hours. The tour is presented by Discovery in association with Big Concerts, 947, KFM, M-Net and Channel 24 and promises to be an amazing experience.

Dates and venue:

  • Johannesburg: Sunday 14th May at FNB Stadium
  • Cape Town: Wednesday 17th May at Cape Town Stadium

Tickets are available from Big Concerts and Computicket and prices start from R410 with “meet and greet” for R15000.

Tribute to The Manhattan Brothers

It’s not often that you encounter music that takes you back to yesteryear that are executed brilliantly by artists of today. I’ve had that experience last night and there’s not enough words in the Oxford dictionary to describe how I felt. To see it come alive with such excellence and a bit of humour was really great and once again I wished I lived in that era.

What am I rambling about? The musical tribute to The Manhattan Brothers  at the Soweto Theatre of course. I was invited to the opening show last and boy oh boy what a show it was. For those of you who don’t know who The Manhattan Brothers is, have a seat and let’s start this history lesson with Wikipedia:

The Manhattan Brothers

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During the late ’90s a young group of talented rural Afro Jazz musicians from around Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, with the approval of Miriam Makeba and Joe Mogotsi, formed a tribute band called Junior Manhattan Brothers (JMB), a group of young stars who continued the civil rights activism begun by their predecessors. Led by well-respected Afro Jazz local legend Nkosinathi (Nathi) Hadebe, the group consisted at various times, of four to six “vibrant and awesomely talented” members, including Vusumuzi (Vusi) Madondo, Lindokuhle (Ndo) Makathini, Fanizile (Jeffrey) Nzuza, Bongani Mabaso, Lungisani Mhlongo, Thabo Motsamai — and following the passing of two founding members, reformed in 2012 to “take a stand” in memory of their mentors and beloved former members bringing in new members to compliment the existing lineup.Blending traditional, gospel, Afro Jazz, jive, doo-wop, swing ragtime and any other musical genre they could incorporate, with or without musical accompaniment they are able to collectively bring the house down in seconds.

About the show:

This show is aimed at honouring the long-forgotten kings of South African Jazz and popular music in the 40s and 50s. The role of The Manhattan Brothers are portrayed by local acapella group Complete that consist of founding members Bonginkosi and Happy Motha alongside Mluleki Chuma and Bubele Mgele. They’ve been together for 15 years and some of their accolades includes working with Hugh Masekela, Themba Mkhize and the SWR Big Band from Germany.  Their soulful performances were meant to entice, seduce and then take you to church at some stage and they did just that. The role of Miriam Makeba are portrayed by the talented Mmatema Moremi who made history earlier this year as the first Idols contestant to host a one-woman show titled “Mmatema Moremi’s One Woman Show” at the South African State Theatre’s Opera Theatre as a solo artist with no opening acts and the theatre was filled to capacity. Not only is she an amazing singer but a brilliant actress as well. Her voice send chills down my spine every single time. This show is choreographed by seasoned performer Somizi Mlongo and every effort has been made to keep it as authentic as possible. The live band features the talents of the amazing Johan Mthethwa on piano and keyboard…at the same time, Thembinkosi Mavumbela on double bass and Tlotliso Ntabane on drums.

Other information:

A Musical Tribute to The Manhattan Brothers runs at the Soweto Theatre from December 8th to December 18th 2016. Performances are from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. All tickets are R80 and are available by visiting http://www.sowetotheatre.com or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets. For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on 011 930 7461/2/3

Inferno (Press Release)

The much anticipated release of the film version of Dan Brown’s latest bestseller, with all its mystery, intrigue and action, hits the big screen on Friday, 09 December. Inferno releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationally, including in its IMAX theatres, for those Dan Brown fans who want the maximum movie experience! In fact, the best way to follow and unlock the conspiracies and secrecy of Inferno is on the huge IMAX screen with its crystal clear images and powerful surround sound.

To enjoy the full effects of the adventure, its complex symbols and codes, and the twists and turns of the plot, book your tickets to watch Inferno in one of the seven Ster-Kinekor IMAX theatres, situated at Eastgate and Cradlestone Mall in Johannesburg, Mall of Africa in Midrand, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Gateway in Durban, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth and CapeGate in Cape Town.

The film brings together once again the powerful partnership of Academy Award®-winning director, Ron Howard and Academy Award®-winning actor, Tom Hanks. Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series.

Inferno follows the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe – and against the clock – to foil a deadly global plot.

The IMAX release of Inferno is digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 2D Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

In celebration of the IMAX release of Inferno—the third instalment in the US$1.2 billion-grossing Dan Brown franchise—director Ron Howard said: “IMAX has truly redefined the experience of movie-going.” The re-release of his film, Apollo 13,was the beginning of an incredible legacy of releasing Hollywood films in IMAX, and one that has included several subsequent films from Howard and Hanks, including the former’s In the Heart of the Sea (2015), as well as this year’s Hanks-starring Sully, which was filmed almost entirely using IMAX cameras.

View the trailer of INFERNO here:

https://movies.sterkinekor.co.za/Browsing/Movies/Details/h-HO00000172

 

 

Inferno opens on Friday, 09 December and bookings are now open for all screenings of Inferno – in the IMAX Experience and in Ster-Kinekor’s luxurious Cine Prestige cinemas at select sites, as well as at Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide. Members of the cinema chain’s various loyalty programmes can enjoy all the benefits and discounts offered by the different programmes from SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club, when booking tickets for this film.

Inferno carries a 13 classification, and the running time is 2hrs 1min.

For more information on, and to book for, Inferno screening at Ster-Kinekor, IMAX® and Cine Prestige cinemas, visitwww.sterkinekor.com.  Follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Ster-Kinekor Theatres on Facebook. For queries, call Ticketline on 0861 MOVIES (668 437) or book at the box office.

Press Release by: Ogilvy Public Relations