AKA x CRUZ VODKA WATERMELON

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a press conference last Thursday announcing a lucrative and groundbreaking partnership between Kiernan Forbes, famously known as AKA with Cruz Vodka on the new watermelon flavour. Following the successful signing of his multi-million rand ambassador deal with the vodka brand in 2016, today Africa’s biggest star has collaborated with Cruz Vodka to create the much-anticipated limited edition Cruz Watermelon Vodka.

This exclusive partnership is the first of its kind in Africa, ranking on the same level as international deals for Sean Combs’ partnership with Ciroc and 50 Cents’ with Vitamin Water.  Under the terms of this partnership agreement, AKA is going beyond the typical endorser/ambassador role to share in the vodka’s profit split per bottle sold throughout Africa – a game changer in the South African spirit beverage industry.

Often times how people are portrayed in the media is how we expect them to be in person. And yes, the irony is not lost on me that I form part of that industry. AKA is usually portrayed as boastful, arrogant and always beefing with someone. The man I saw and listened to last night was matured, intelligent, a great business man and gave credit where credit was due. I appreciated the fact that he acknowledged his team and the hard work they did as we all know that we can’t do and achieve these heights in life without others being involved. He spoke about how the idea came to pass; he was in Thailand filming the music video for “The world is yours” and it hit him, not the watermelon, the idea to do watermelon-infused vodka. It’s been in the works for almost two years and it was definitely worth the wait.

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AKA has always had a broader vision to maintain his longevity and brand influence beyond music and has become a pioneer in moulding and influencing the celebrity-brand engagement dynamic in Africa.  This is aptly demonstrated by his distinctive firm approach to negotiating the best deals and the brands he engages.
The vodka itself is smooth and can be enjoyed on its own or as AKA prefers it, “1/3 Vodka, 1/3 lemonade and 1/3 tonic water”. The bottle was described by one of the attendees as “sophisticated and matured” and I definitely agree. It was created alongside his team BEAM Group and AKA took the creative lead in producing the sexy look and feel of the Cruz Watermelon Vodka packaging.  Together they have refreshed the packaging from the original vintage black bottle to a crisp, white, bold and classic bottle.  Cruz Watermelon Vodka is the result of an infusion of natural watermelon juice and vodka. It has an intense flavour profile with a fresh, fruity character and a crisp finish. The Cruz Watermelon Vodka limited edition launch is the first step of an exciting journey and partnership between Cruz Vodka and AKA that will establish Cruz Vodka as a trend leader in the growing vodka market. This game-changing partnership has been made possible by Cruz Vodka as they intend to empower African artists while encouraging other brands to invest rightfully within the entertainment industry and talent/artists holistically.

When asked about his latest album Touch my blood, he replied that, “it’s my best work to date and this might be my last album as I can’t possibly outdo it.” The press conference, to me, was very informative and extremely chilled with The SupaMega cracking jokes throughout. He admitted that he has grown and want to leave a legacy behind for his daughter but also for upcoming artists, showing them that it’s possible to dream big AND achieve those dreams.

 

The Cruz Watermelon Vodka limited edition is available at all leading retailers nationally while stock last.

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A-Z of One Source Live {Press Release}

A is for Absolut  There are a number of Absolut Bars at OSL; come to the Absolut Art Bar ­for fabulous cocktails and help make a collaborative piece of street art; visit the Absolut Vodka Village for your favourite tipple or take a break at the Absolut Lime Lounge. There are also Absolut Flavour bars in The Market of Art.

B is for Bongo Maffin  The festival will see the legendary kwaito group, led by award-winning singer and songwriter Thandiswa Mazwai, take to the stage in what will be a historic reunion after 12 years apart.

C is for Creative Revolution  OSL is not just another festival, it’s a movement and an opportunity for Africans to be part of a multi-level festival that leaves audiences with unforgettable interactive experiences across all different categories with musical highlights such as Patoranking. It’s an event that Africa hasn’t seen before.

D is for DJs  A league of star DJs churning out electrifying grooves including gqom music pioneer DJ Maphorisa.

E is for Eclectic  There’s something for everyone at this African celebration.

F is for Food, Glorious Food  On the rooftop at 1 Eloff Precinct there will be the Food Truck Collective with cuisine from South Africa and across the continent.

G is for Getting In – Tickets are available at One Source Live. The event is taking place in multiple spaces in one venue. One Eloff can be found in central Johannesburg, ideally situated near the M2 Rissik off ramp for quick and easy access. Be responsible if you are drinking and take an Uber or other taxi service! Limited parking will be available in the precinct.

H is for Hashtag  #BeAbsolut #OneSourceLIVE @AbsolutSA,

I is for In the Mix – Mixing it up at OSL and showcasing their art are South African stylist and multimedia visual artist Trevor Stuurman, Beninese artist Fabrice Monteiro and renowned Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia.

J is for Jozi  It’s Africa’s music and cultural powerhouse and the perfect city for OSL.

K is for Khuli Chana – This award-winning rap star and Absolut ambassador will host the main stage at OSL.
L is for Live  This is how to listen to music!

M is for Market of Art  The day time excitement will include this specially builtmarket showcasing African creativity and products which will be available for purchase.

N is for Noon til Night  This multi-level festival is jam packed with all day and all-night entertainment. Doors open at 13h00 but arrive at noon to be in in the front of the queue!

O is for Out-of-Town –The festival is hoping to attract audiences from other parts of South Africa as well as other countries in Africa.

P is for Programme  With a full day and night programme, OSL takes place in multiple spaces at 1 Eloff Precinct in downtown Jo’burg.

Q is for Question – So much music, so much to buy and so much to do – so who are you going to see?

R is for Rainforest Stage  The line-up includes MC Sho Madjozi, raw rapping and lyrical artist Youngsta, J Molley, Thando Nje, Una Ramz, Marley Bloo, Muzi and incredible mix-masters, DJ Rico, Gemini Major and DJ Jawz.

S is for (The) Source – This is the name of the main stage and you can find a veritable feast of musical talent such as Bongo Maffin, Nigerian reggae-dancehall star Patoranking and gqom music pioneer DJ Maphorisa.There will also be a collaboration to create new tracks on stage with three sets of producers, rappers and vocalists each teaming up to create a new track live in front of the audience – spearheaded by Sho Madjozi.

T is for Tickets – At R290 each, they are selling fast on One Source Live for this not-to-be-missed concert with a difference. Howler will provide a cashless environment so festivalgoers should make sure to load up credit prior to arriving at the venue.

U is for the Universal Language of Music  With more than 20 musicians and creatives, OSL is a must attend festival.

V is for Vodka  OSL is made possible thanks to Absolut, the world’s finest vodka, who is investing in African creativity.

W is for Website – For the full line-up and all information go to OneSourceLive

X is for Xtra – Read all about the artists and the day and night line-up on the festival website.

Y is for You the audience  One of the most important pieces of the equation.

Z is for ZZZZ  For all the shut-eye you’re going to need after this exciting day out.

One Source Live [Press Release]

Africa is in the midst of a creative revolution. A new breed of artists, musicians, and fashion designers is changing how the world sees and thinks about Africa and its people.
Absolut and Khuli Chana continue their collaboration, this time bringing together a heroic league of international artists from across the continent to celebrate and advance Africa’s creative revolution at One Source Live (OSL).

On March 24, 2018, leading African creative revolutionaries in music, fashion and art will gather in Johannesburg for a spectacular all day live event with multiple stages, performances and collaborations geared at re-writing Africa’s story.
Presented by Absolut, One Source Live builds on the momentum created in 2016 when Absolut brought Khuli Chana together with other leading Pan-African artists to produce Africa’s most collaborative album and video, One Source. It became the best selling record on iTunes.

One Source Live will witness the collaborative rise of Five Creative Revolutionaries led by award winning rap-star Khuli Chana (South Africa / Music) standing alongside Sho Madjozi, (South Africa/ Music), Trevor Stuurman, (South Africa / Fashion) Fabrice Monteiro, (Senegal-Benin /Fashion, art), and Osborne Macharia, (Kenya/ Photography). One Source Live portrays the five as the superheroes – heroic avatars inspired by Africa’s history, mythology, and bright futures. Behind the campaign is also a call for all Africans to join the creative revolution and change the way African creativity is represented online.
This aims to replace the dominance of curio images with a true reflection of African creativity with more images of contemporary African art. People can visit OneSourceLive.com to get involved.

Absolut Ambassador and Creative revolutionary, Khuli Chana says: “OSL, being a platform for the growing unification of African creatives, is a perfect opportunity for me to fulfill a long-standing dream of mine to display Africa to the world in the most majestic and powerful way possible. This project defines what being a creative revolutionary means to me – the courage to unite in the face of all physical, cultural, and political boundaries and differences as Mama Africa’s offspring and make her shine, to make her proud, to make her smile.

This is a very important part of the African Renaissance. Africa’s creative awakening is ushering in a new era in World Entertainment and in the Global Arts Sector at large. As we unite, grow, and progress creatively, we influence the world and share the greatest and most
effective inspiration the world has ever experienced. I’m proud to be an African leader in my own right and to be championing the advancement of African brilliance in our lifetime.”
Iris Le Berg, Global Marketing Manager at The Absolut Company says: “Absolut has a long history of supporting artists and standing up for the rights of “communities;” whether it will be LGBT or female power/rights. One Source Live underscores our believe that creatives are the real leaders that can rewrite and recreate the kind of change that modern Africa is poised to own. We are bringing these creative revolutionaries together to highlight Africa as the creative engine of the world. One Source Live is a movement that promotes a proud and authentic African identity by reminding people that we all come from One Source.”

Be part of the Absolut conversation on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook: @AbsolutSA Hashtag: #BeAbsolut.

Press Release by Total Exposure

 

H20 PRESENTS FAITHLESS DJ SET

Legendary electronic music sensation Sister Bliss of FAITHLESS is coming to Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 March 2018 for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Renowned DJ and producer of Faithless, Sister Blisshas created some of the most iconic electronic anthems of all time such as, “Insomnia, “God is a DJ”, “We Come 1”, “Music Matters”, “Salva Mea”, which skyrocketed the band into stardom and ultimately entered them into the modern music’s hall of fame as one of the most important bands in the history of the genre, with over 15 million records worldwide. She has also had numerous singles and two solo albums to date, worked side-by-side with music icons such as Boy George, Dido, Example and Robert Smith from The Cure and even done scores for films such as “Sex & the City 2” and the 90’s cult film “The Beach”.
From the start of her career in 1987, her flourishing talent and ambition – and being a driven Woman in such a male dominated industry – allowed her to stand out in the UK House scene at the time. Performing in the most popular clubs across the world, she quickly began recording and releasing her own songs. Soon after that, she met her future colleague and producer Rollo, and together they began writing and recording songs. Their collaboration soon flourished into a new studio project – Faithless, and together with Maxi Jazz, they started creating their unique sound by mixing dance, hip-hop, blues, folk, and classical music that captured the masses and catapulted them into the international sensation we know today.

 

This March you get to experience the history, the music and movement for one night only when Sister Bliss lights up H20 with an unforgettable Faithless DJ set.

 

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Official promo video: http://bit.ly/2DCosTV

Tickets: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1476852407

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/410303882723706/

Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/FaithlessdjsetSAtour/

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Sister Bliss: https://www.facebook.com/thesisterbliss/?ref=br_rs

 

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Do you want to WIN tickets to see Faithless live? Of course you do!!! All you have to do is let me know in the comments why you should win and tag your partner-in-crime that you will give the extra ticket to, easy as that.

PS: If you don’t win, you can still buy tickets from Webtickets with prices from R359-R1199 🙂

Chilling with Lauren “Pansy” Scott

This past weekend at rAge I got to sit down with the amazing Lauren “Pansy” Scott to chat about her career and stay in our beautiful country, have a read.

Picture: © ESL/Patrick Strack

 

MP: Tell us a little bit about yourself

LS: I’m Lauren Scott, a professional commentator for video games, specifically e-sport. I do the live commentary of professional matches.
MP: Why the nickname “Pansy”?

LS:  The reason for my nickname is, 10 years ago I was playing a videogame online and obviously no one knew whether I was a guy or a girl and I was told I play like a pansy. I thought it would be funny to put that as my name, turn the negative into a positive.
MP: Where did your love for gaming originate from?

LS: It started when I was younger as I was always competitive. I played tennis and football and was quite good at it until I hurt my knee and couldn’t play anymore. When I discovered video games, that same spirit kicked in. I got excited as I could do what I love, even in a virtual setup. I made friends through it when I went to events etc. as it was really cool meeting people I’ve only chatted/played with online.
MP: Do you still remember the first game you’ve ever played?

LS: The first one I actually really loved, I mean I played other games before, but the first one I remember loving was a game called Doom on PC that I used to play with my dad. I was too young to be playing the game but yeah I did. When I got to levels too scary for me he would take over or when my key gets stuck somewhere I’d take over so that was my first memory of enjoying games.
MP: What exactly is eSports?

LS: eSports…it’s actually quite difficult to describe it. It’s the pinnacle of the competitive aspect of a game, it’s the best of the best. For e.g you get 5 friends together and you play, invest a lot of hours and get really good, then you go to these events and tournaments and compete for money and other prizes and prestige, that’s what it is to me.
MP: What does being a commentator entail?

LS: I do something similar for the video games that commentators do for a football/tennis match. It would be 2 teams against each other and I’d just describe and explain what’s exciting, what’s right or wrong etc. I’ll try to tell a story and tell people at home why they should care about this game and why they should be interested so I’m essentially a storyteller.

MP: Did casting prepare you in any way for commentating?

LS: It’s basically the same thing as the one is on and the other offline so it definitely did.

MP: Do you think professional gamers are regarded as actual athletes? 

LS: For me, I’m a little bit different in opinion as I know a lot of people in my industry will say, yes they’re athletes as they do have the athlete visas to travel etc. but I don’t see it as much of a physical sport. I think they are professionals in what they do and that’s enough of a title. Athlete adds a physical connotation to it, which is important as you need to have great reaction time but I don’t feel it’s the right word. They don’t need to be boxed into a certain category or have a name tag attached to it.
MP: What is your routine before commentating?

LS: Wow, that’s a cool question actually. I don’t have a set-in-stone routine, it depends but before a big stage event I do my practice, I have a notepad where I jot down pages and pages of notes a day before. Just before I go onto stage I always listen to the same song and that gets me focussed, my absolute favourite song by Gigi D’Agostino – L’Amour Toujours.
MP: How difficult is it being a female in this industry?

LS: It’s quite weird, for me I wish there were more women in the industry but everywhere I go, if I work with the same commentator they become my “siblings’ and it’s always been really nice. The guys I work with are always friendly and we look after each other and that’s been really cool for me. You get a lot more attention online when you’re a female, some negative, other positive but you get used to it and develop a thick skin. I’ve had other women coming up to me, telling me that I’ve inspired them to get into the industry and I find that to be quite incredible.

MP: How does your family feel about what you’re doing?

LS: Originally they didn’t understand what I do but now that the gaming scene has blown up, that I’m more established and have a career in it, they do. When I first started that wasn’t the case as it was risky to leave my normal job and do this. I went back home 2 years ago and showed my family the events we’ve done and they were mindblown, surprised and proud of me.
MP: What has been the highlight of your career thus far?

LS: Wow, entire career so far? There’s a few moments I’d say with my favourite moment being when I went back home for Christmas (I live in Germany  but my family live in London) I went out with some friends from school  and we went to a bar to chill and the bartender went ” You’re Pansy, aren’t you?”. It turns out he’s a huge fan and watches my videos and my friends were quite surprised that people know me. They know what I do but not the magnitude of it so they were freaked out that I’m actually “famous”.The other one would be ESL One Cologne stadium event we did, it just blew my mind. It made it real, a pinnacle moment for me, knowing that we filled the whole stadium. It was scary but amazing.
MP: Why did you move from Call of Duty to Wolfenstein?

LS: Ooohhh that’s a very old school question, never been asked that. There’s a story behind it; basically a guy called Stuart Saw, a very famous commentator from way back, knew me from Enemy Territory and he knew that COD will be quite popular and may have a future in it so he advised me to play it. I played it a little bit, kinda got into it and realised I’m quite good at it.

 

MP: How has your stay been in SA? Would you come back again?

LS: I’ve got to say, so far my favourite thing (I’ve only been here for 3 days, 3 more to go) was the safari I went on where I got to see some incredible animals up close, definitely a life goal fulfilled right there. I went over to the host of the event’s house for a braai and it was such an amazing experience as everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I’ll definitely come back for a holiday soon as there’s so much to see and experience and the time I have right now is not enough.

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iThemba walkathon x Miss Pretorius {WIN}

If you’re a human being in South Africa, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about iThemba walkathon. iThemba is a Zulu word meaning hope and that’s exactly what this walkathon aim to achieve, hope that we’ll find a cure but also to lend support and create awareness around breast cancer, a disease that will strike 1 in 29 South African women in their lifetime. To date Avon Justine has raised in excess of R7 Million through the sale of special “pink ribbon” products for breast cancer education, awareness and screening in South Africa.

Most people are under the misconception that breast cancer only affects women but you’re wrong. Men, as the spouse, son or relative to someone, suffers just as much and this is a chance for you to get involved. You’re in the unique position to detect changes in the breasts of their spouses, changes they might not notice or be too afraid to acknowledge. Early detection saves lives and that’s not just a slogan! Up to 30% of breast cancer related deaths could be alleviated through early detection and more than 90% of women will survive the disease when detected early. Men, play your part and join in the crusade against breast cancer, join the walkathon and show your support to those affected.

 

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Avon has introduced the #PoutForAPurpose challenge to raise awareness for breast cancer and women of all ages are welcome to participate. In this age of selfies, what better way to raise awareness for a disease which can have such devastating emotional and physical effects on women than to let them express their beauty? All you have to do is choose your favourite Avon lipstick colour, challenge your family, friends and colleagues to see who can post the best pout picture using the hashtag #PoutForAPurpose. Do it to raise awareness for breast cancer and to remind all women that breast cancer can be conquered through early detection. You’d be able to do it on the day of the walkathon with 35000 other participants. You can also get involved with #PinkFridays. It’s a campaign urging all South Africans to embrace the colour pink in October –breast cancer awareness month. Whether you’re male or female just wear a pink t-shirt, full outfit, wig or pink mask, every Friday during the month of October and post this on social media with the hashtag #PinkFriday in support of the cause.

 

Registrations are open on www.ithembawalkathon.co.za with tickets costing R135 for adults and R90 for children between two and twelve. A record 35 000 participants are expected at this year’s edition of the event.

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COMPETITION

If you’d like to attend this amazing event on 22 October 2017 at Marks Park with yours truly, here’s what you have to do. Participate in either #PoutForAPurpose or #PinkFridays, use the correct hashtags (#MissPretorius as well) and you could win.

Prizes up for grabs are:

2x double tickets to attend iThemba walkathon ( 2winners)

4x Avon goodie hampers worth R500 each (4 winners)

The rules are quite easy; use the correct hashtags and be able to attend the event, if not do specify that you’d only like to be in the running to win one of the hampers. Only South African residents qualify and competition ends on 18 October 2017.

Punked Breast Cancer Awareness {WIN}

Cancer is one of the most dreaded words around, even more feared than death. It’s something that no one would like to think, let alone talk about. Why did I decide to broach this subject today? Honestly, I don’t know, or maybe I do. My father died of pancreatic cancer, so the gene is there…unlike him. My grandfather (mom’s side) died of lung cancer so there’s that as well. I guess it’s safe to say that my fear has merit, that the heart stopping moments I have when I feel a lump or see a weird mole is justified. My CEO is a cancer survivor, I’ve seen pictures of him when he went through chemotherapy and it’s still haunting me. I’d like to ask him about the experience, how he remained strong etc. but I’m too scared. I’m afraid if I say or ask about it out loud, it will happen,this blog post counts as saying it by the way, but I’ve decided to move past that fear and just put it out there.

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My sister is a breast cancer survivor. Yes, I do have siblings from my father’s side but I’ve only  met her thus far and she’s amazing. She’s also much older than I am and we have nothing in common so I absolutely suck at keeping in contact. A message from her is what prompted this post as, until recently, she was declared cancer-free. She told me that she found a lump in her right breast, which with her history is definitely not something to ignore. Waiting lists at Tygerberg Hospital (the only public hospital in Cape Town where she can do a biopsy) is a mile long and private hospitals charge 40K, which is not an amount she has just lying around. I told her to come here, Helen Joseph has a breast clinic on the 1st Tuesday of every month and it’s free and would save her the wait and money. I don’t know if she’ll come as we don’t know each other that well but I do hope she will.

October is breast cancer awareness month and I’d like to know from you, my readers if you do regular checks, male and female. I do self-inspection but never went for a mammogram before and I know it’s long overdue. How do you support someone suffering from the big C? How are you there for them without being intrusive? Without constantly having a look of pity in your eyes when looking at them or thinking about the future? A perfect example of a good support system was, obviously fictional, but I admired the way Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte supported Samantha when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in Sex and the City. Even Smith, her then boyfriend was absolutely amazing through the whole ordeal and yes, I know it was scripted and they’re all actors but that looked like the kind of support I would need, if you know, it ever comes to that.

My competition for this month, with the price being a pink hair dye hamper from my favourite place, Punked  would be for you to tell me what kind of support you would need or provide if you were ever in a situation like that, God forbid. The situation of course is if a loved one or yourself were diagnosed with breast cancer, knock on wood. I know this is really hectic for a competition but I do feel it’s something we all need to think about, if we’re not already and what better time to do it than breast cancer awareness month (which this competition will stretch into)?

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The colours you may choose from is Pastel Pink, Dark Pink or Light Pink UV Glow, which is really cool. Only entries for South African residence will be accepted, unfortunately and winners will be announced Friday the 13th (October). Tag and like Punked on Facebook and use #MissPretorius #Punked #BreastCancerAwareness for me to track your entries.

Have a look at my previous posts featuring Punked here and here for more information about their products.

#TheWhaleCaller {WIN}

If you’re a South African and you don’t know who Sello Maake ka-Ncube, well I have two words to say to you, in my best Somizi voice, “Ooh shem!” From his Archie Moroka days on Generations to playing a gay man in The Queen, he’s done it all and is still one of the best actors our country has produced. He’s starring in a new movie called “The Wale Caller“, based on the fifth novel written by South African writer Zakes Mda, who is currently a professor at Ohio University.

The synopsis is as follows:

It is an enchanting, romantic comedy of sorts, told through lyrical and magical storytelling. The film is set against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Hermanus, on the West Coast of South Africa. The story follows The Whale Caller (Sello Maake ka-Ncube), a man who has long turned his back on humanity. It’s a heart -warming tale about his journey from misanthropic alienation to human connection, driven by a unique love triangle between him and Saluni (Amrain Ismail-Essop), the wispy sexy town drunk who harbours ideas of grandeur, and Sharisha, a southern right whale.

About Zakes Mda and the book:
The Whale Caller, Zakes Mda’s fifth novel, is his most enchanting and accessible book in which the changing face of post-apartheid South Africa is revealed through prodigious, lyrical storytelling. As the novel opens, the seaside village of Hermanus, on the country’s west coast, is overrun with whale watchers-foreign tourists wearing floral shirts and toting expensive binoculars, determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, The Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he calls Sharisha with cries from a kelp horn. When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, The Whale Caller frets like a jealous lover-oblivious to the fact that the town drunk, Saluni, a woman who wears a silk dress and red stiletto heels, is infatuated with him.

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About Zola Maseko:
The film’s director, Zola Maseko was born in exile in 1967. Educated in Swaziland and Tanzania, he joined Umkhonto We Sizwe, the armed sector of the African National Congress, in 1987. After moving to the United Kingdom, he graduated from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield in 1994. Maseko’s first film was the documentary Dear Sunshine, released in 1992. He fought apartheid in several countries. He moved to South Africa in 1994 and wrote The Foreigner, a short fiction film about xenophobia in this country. In 1998 Zola Maseko directed The Life and Times of Sara Baartman. Other short films by Maseko include The Return of Sara Baartman (2003), Children of the Revolution (2002), and A Drink in the Passage (2002). The latter won the Special Jury Award at FESPACO. His first feature film was Drum, released in 2004. The film received the top prize at FESPACO, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.

The Whale Caller was produced by award-winning film and media production company, Black Roots Pictures in association with The National Film and Video Foundation, the Department of Trade and Industry, The Industrial Development Corporation, Gauteng Film Commission and the Department of Arts and Culture.

The Whale Caller has already won Best African Film at the Jo’burg Film Festival!

The film will be released in cinemas, nationwide, on 13 October, and is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.

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WIN

If you reside close to Eastgate or are able to get there, this competition is for you! You stand to win the chance to attend the premiere of The Whale Caller and see the film before it’s being released in cinemas. It will be on 27 September 2017 at 18h30 for 19h00 and the dress code is smart casual. All you have to do is share this blog post either via my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tell me who the lead actor is and use #TheWhaleCaller and #MissPretorius, easy as that. You don’t necessarily have to follow me on these platforms but I’ll appreciate it if you do.

#MyDayWithTranquini

I’ve never done yoga in my life. Well, that statement was true until this past Saturday when I spend the day with Tranquini at The Yoga Republic  and I can safely say that I’d like to do it again. Prior to this event, I didn’t know what HOT26 yoga was and didn’t think the “hot” referred to an actual “sauna-like” room. We arrived a bit early and I was really impressed with the tranquility of the venue, it immediately made me feel relaxed, which I haven’t felt in a really long time.

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About the venue:

According to their website, they started off as a Bikram only yoga studio but decided to expand and now offers all types of yoga. Their dream was to create “an earth, animal and people friendly space where people can come to connect with themselves, and breathe happy” and I feel that they’ve achieved that. The studio is a natural and Eco friendly building with hot yoga as one of their main drawing cards.

About Tranquini:

Tranquini is a relaxation drink that helps you get on with your day in a positive way. It’s described as “the perfect fit for people who are increasingly prioritising mindfulness and a more actively relaxed life“. It’s the new way to relax with the stress of today’s life such as juggling too much, daily traffic, five-star performance requirements and taking work stress home with you. It contains a natural herbal blend that helps you relax and refocus. It’s preservative-free, has reduced sugar and calories and made with natural flavours and colours. It’s currently available in 4 unique, natural flavours namely Mixed Berries, Green Tea Twist, Ginger Lemon grass and Hops and Malted Barley. It increases focus, reduces stress and anxiety, enhances mood and does not cause drowsiness.

 

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About HOT26 Bikram yoga:

According to Wikipedia, HOT26 Bikram yoga is, “Bikram Yoga is a hot yoga style, and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 35–42 °C (95–108 °F) with a humidity of 40%.” 

At The Yoga Republic “the room is designed to contain the generated 38°C heat for up to 72 hours. During a hot yoga session ample fresh air is provided with approximately 60% humidity. This makes for a perfectly balanced hot yoga experience.”

I went in to check out the room before we started and I didn’t think I’d survive. As a girl from Oudtshoorn, where the maximum temperatures reach around 45°C I should be able to handle it, right? Well I did, not without any difficulties, but I survived and felt really rejuvenated. Our instructor, Claire Lane was amazing and took into consideration that it was a first for most of us and talked us through the whole process and constantly praised us for being, in her words “amazing“. We were doing the beginning series which run for about 60 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. She constantly told us what areas the various poses are targeting and why we would experience discomfort when doing certain poses. I was sweating like a pig, seriously but as soon as we left the room I was instantly cooled down and felt amazing. I’ve done poses that I didn’t think I’d be able to and I learned that I struggle with balance a lot, which translate into my personal life as well.

 

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Light snacks were served by Green Heart Health Cafe and it was amazing as it featured lots of fruit, which is my absolute favourite so I was quite happy. There was a wellness prize worth R15000 up for grabs for the best selfie and Mo from Adventures of Bee and Mo was the lucky winner.

I’ve had a really amazing day and I can’t wait to go back for more sessions as we’ve received some vouchers in our goodie boxes. A massive “thank you” to Anastasia for the invite and all the brands that made this day possible.