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MTV Shuga: Down South

MTV Staying Alive Foundation Hosts Round Table Discussion of ‘MTV Shuga: Down South.’

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Hard hitting contemporary youth drama sparks conversation about the unspoken.

Love, teenage pregnancy, HIV and contraception are just some of the topics that MTV Shuga: Down South sparks.

Not just women should be responsible for birth control.  LGBQTI and other topics are brought up by this show.

Legato Walaza, the actress who plays Zamo on MTV Shuga: Down South, confesses that many of the young girls in her school fell pregnant at 15 and 16.  ‘My cousin was one of them and I saw the stigma which rose from that,’ she says.

MTV Shuga: Down South can be viewed on MTV Base on Wednesdays at 21h30 and on SABC 1 on Fridays at 22h00.  The series is also available on the MTV Shuga You Tube Channel, http://www.mtvshuga.com/show/ .

MTV Shuga: Down South is supported by the South African government’s Department of Basic EducationPEPFAR (The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)Marie Stopes International, ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action MSM & Transgender Programme, CIFF (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) and FHI 360 (Family Health International).

MTV Shuga: Down South is produced on behalf of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base by Quizzical Pictures.

To continue the conversation about MTV Shuga: Down South, please go to http://www.MTVShuga.com, like MTV Shuga on www.facebook.com/MTVShuga, or follow MTV Shuga on Twitter or Instagram @MTVShuga using the hashtag #MTVShugaDS.

 

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Thinking of travelling over Easter?

Just when you thought you were over the festive season madness and settled into a work, home and school routine again, it’s time to start all over again.

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If you’re brave enough to repeat the exercise so soon, Nthabiseng Motsepe, General Manager, Corporate Communications gives some advice on travelling during South Africa’s Easter exodus.

Along with the end of year festive season, Easter is one of South Africa’s most celebrated holidays. Though coming hot on the heels of our last big break, most of us feel the urge to make the most of the long weekend – perhaps even extended to a week or two depending on how we can wangle our leave.

It’s not all chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies, though. Like December, it can be a stressful time as people take to the roads again. Perhaps to attend a religious festival, to visit family and friends, or for some fun in what’s left of the summer sun.

 

  1. Put safety first

 

Whether your trip is long or short, don’t become a statistic.

More than 1,700 people died on South Africa’s roads during last year’s festive period. About 10 percent were children below the age of four.

Despite these concerning statistics, this remains a serious issue on our roads.

Make sure your car is roadworthy, drive responsibly and observe the rules of the road.

Make it non-negotiable that every adult and child is buckled up.

Keep the joy and every family member alive at Easter.

 

  1. Plot your route carefully

If you’re venturing far from home, it’s wise to check the state of the roads on your planned route.

Our recent weather extremes have caused lots of potholes and uneven surfaces on many national and provincial roads.

It might be best to make a detour even if it adds time to your journey. You don’t want to be held up with a puncture or more severe damage to your vehicle. This is when Nissan’s 24hour Roadside Assist comes in handy, getting you back on the road or towing you to the nearest facility.

Your aim is to keep on the move, protect your vehicle, and ensure your family’s safety.

While we’re on the subject of potential road hazards, be on the lookout for pedestrians and animals, especially when you’re off the beaten track.

 

  1. Enjoy the thrill of an off-road trip

Families wanting to get as far from the madding crowd as possible will most likely opt for an off-road trip.

There’s plenty of scope in South Africa and further afield for an off-road adventure, a game viewing experience, or traversing some of our vast national parks.

It’s also a chance to put the features of your 4×4, SUV or crossover to the test, away from asphalt roads and the grind of city driving.

If you are in the market for a 4×4, visit your nearest Nissan dealership for all the information on the recently launched all new Nissan Navara. It’s rugged and redefined for that boys trip away or an offroad adventure for the entire family.

If you are going to be fairly isolated, there are a few necessities that you really should consider packing along. An excellent navigation system.

A compressor and air pressure gauge to adjust tyre pressure as necessary.

Fuel reserves. not to mention a plentiful supply of food and water.

 

  1. Explore your surrounds

If you’re not in the mood to travel far, you’d be amazed at how much there is on your own doorstep. Whatever the family enjoys for recreation you’re sure to find something that everyone can enjoy quite close to home.

It could be museums or music, action or animals, or just a leisurely stroll through the park.

Make a day of it with a picnic and incorporate some fun activities like an Easter egg treasure hunt.

Find time to put your feet up. A bit of pampering will also help to relax you and recharge your batteries. So if you’re already feeling the strain, don’t feel guilty about booking some time at a nearby spa!

 

  1. Check out local activities

 

Have a look at your local newspaper for a calendar of Easter activities. There’s usually something special on at this time of year.

We’re gearing up for our annual hosting of the Nissan Easter Festival. This year it runs from 8th to 17th April at Kyalami Equestrian Park in Gauteng.

There are the usual equestrian events, as well as a non-stop programme of activities for the whole family. Plus the chance to test drive our amazing range of family, work and recreational vehicles.

Whatever you get up to and wherever you drive, make the most of the welcome downtime.

 

Happy Easter!

A Tasty New Year’s Day Lunch

SA’s top chefs inspire with Stone Fruit for the festive cheer

With New Year’s Day Lunch looming and if you’re stuck for some new ideas, why not incorporate some locally grown stone fruit into your holiday eating plans as created by celebrity chefs. Here is a fabulously divine, yet easy, three course menu and recipes from three of South Africa’s top chefs: Jenny Morris, Justin Bonello and Reuben Riffel.

A light and airy seafood starter, a crispy and delectable pork dish as a main and a peachy sweet treat to round it off perfectly.

This menu would be suitable for lunch or dinner and is bound to impress and delight your loved ones.

STARTER

Jenny Morris’ Prawn and Nectarine filled Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Makes 8

The filling

8 dried rice paper rounds

2 firm ripe nectarines diced

1tsp lime zest

3 tsp chopped mint

1tbls chopped fresh coriander

5 chopped basil leaves

1 chilli finely chopped

1 whole spring onion with tops chopped

1/2 English cucumber deseeded and cut into thin

match sticks

Shredded lettuce

Finely Shredded red cabbage

16 steamed tiger prawns halved lengthways

Dipping Sauce

1 tsp grated ginger

1 clove garlic finely chopped

½ cup rice vinegar

¼ cup boiling water

½ cup castor sugar

1 Tbs fish sauce

2 small chillies, chopped

1 Tbs chopped fresh coriander

1 tsp sesame oil

1Tbs finely diced fresh cucumber

Mix together the nectarines, lime zest, mint, coriander, basil, chilli and spring onion.

To make the spring rolls, place one rice paper at a time in a bowl of warm water to soften it slightly.

Remove to a flat surface and place a little of the nectarine mixture onto the centre of the rice paper,

top with a little shredded lettuce, then red cabbage and lay two prawn halves onto that.

Now fold in the sides of the rice paper and gently roll up nice and tight. Do the same with the

remaining rounds of rice paper. Pack onto tray with enough space between them so they don’t stick

together, and cover with a damp clean cloth. When you are ready to serve, slice the rolls in half

diagonally, place on a plate and serve with dipping sauce.

Make the dipping sauce first. Place the ginger, garlic, vinegar and water in a saucepan over

medium heat and add the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Bring to the boil and let it bubble away for a few

minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the fish sauce and chillies. Stir in the chopped coriander,

sesame oil and diced cucumber too, when cool and set aside.

I sometimes make these with shredded duck breast, rare thinly sliced beef fillet, shredded

chicken breasts, or even leave out the meat and go vegetarian. If you can lay your hands on some

Vietnamese mint please add a leaf to your roll.

Tip: You can make these up to 2 hours ahead just cover them with a clean damp cloth to prevent them from drying out!

© Jenny Morris 2015 All rights reserved

 

MAIN

Justin Bonello’s Pork Belly & Plums

For the Belly

1.5 kg Free‐Range Pork Belly, skin scored

A decent glug of Olive Oil

A large pinch of Maldon Salt

Cracked Black Pepper to taste

For the Marinade

Big chunk of Ginger, grated

5 Garlic Cloves, crushed and chopped

5 tablespoons of Soya Sauce

3 tablespoons of Dry Sherry

2 tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar

Big squeeze of Honey

Juice of half an Orange

Start by mixing all the marinade ingredients

together, cover the belly liberally and marinate in

the fridge overnight, turning it a couple of times before you go to bed.

The next day, take the belly out of the fridge, allow to return to room temperature and preheat

your oven to 220°C. Next it’s time to get the belly into the oven. Shake the excess marinade off the belly, dry the skin side with paper towel and rub the top and underside

with olive oil, salt and pepper. Heat a large roasting pan in the oven and once hot, place the

pork skin side down and roast for about 15 minutes until the fat has caramelised (but be

careful not to burn it!) Next, flip the belly around, reduce the oven heat to 160°C. Sprinkle the top of

the belly with extra salt and slowly roast until you have beautiful crispy crackling.

For the Plum Sauce

Decent glug of Olive Oil

1 Red Onion, finely chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, crushed and chopped

1 Red Chilli, seeded and finely chopped

a big chunk of ginger, finely chopped

a pinch of Ground Coriander

1 Star Anise

100g Caster Sugar

2 handfuls of ripe Plums, quartered and pitted

Big splash of Soya Sauce

2 teaspoons of Fish Sauce

Small handul of coriander finely chopped

Check that the belly is crisping up in the oven, then about 20 minutes before you think it’s going

to be ready, start making the plum sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over a high heat, then add

the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger, ground coriander and star anise. Once everything is sizzling away,

add the sugar and stir until the onions have caramelised. Next, add the plum quarters, reduce

the heat and simmer until the plums are soft –about 15 minutes. Take the onions and plum

mixture off the heat then add the soya sauce, fish sauce and chopped coriander. Pour into bowl and

allow to cool.

Serve the pork belly drizzled with the sauce and scattered with fresh coriander.

DESSERT

Reuben Riffel’s Peachy Pancakes with Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

4 South African peaches or nectarines, pitted and sliced

30g caster sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

125g plain flour

Pinch salt

2 medium eggs

250ml milk

1tbsp vegetable oil

Salted caramel sauce:

80g butter

80g light or dark muscovado sugar

80g golden syrup

Generous pinch sea salt flakes

Vanilla ice cream, to serve

  1. Put the sliced South African peaches or nectarines into a saucepan with the sugar, vanilla extract and 150ml water. Heat and simmer gently for 5‐6 minutes. Meanwhile, sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the eggs and milk and beat with a wire whisk to make a smooth batter.
  1. Heat a small pancake pan or heavy‐based frying pan and add a few drops of oil. Pour in a thin stream of batter, tilting the pan so that it flows evenly across the surface. Cook over a medium heat until set, then flip over to cook the other side. Cook 8 small pancakes altogether, adding a few drops of vegetable oil each time. Keep them in a warm place as you cook them.
  1. To make the salted caramel sauce, put the butter, muscovado sugar and syrup into a saucepan and heat gently until melted, then simmer for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the sea salt. Taste and check, adding a little more salt if needed. Serve the pancakes, topped with the peaches, scoops of ice cream and the salted caramel sauce.

For more amazing recipes made with our gorgeous stone fruits you can visit the Beautiful County, Beautiful Fruit website and be inspired.

Be sure to head over to our South African Stone Fruit Facebook page too.

Warcraft in IMAX 3D

SCI-FI FANS GET READY FOR WARCRAFT IN IMAX 3D

By: S’nenhlanhla Mnqayi

The sci-fi fans are assured of a great and maximum movie experience following the release of the feature film Warcraft in Ster-Kinekor’s immersive IMAX theatres.

Warcraft a product from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures presents an epic adventure based on a video game series on Blizzard Entertainment and novels set in the world Azeroth.

Looking to escape from his dying world, the orc shaman Gul’dan utilises magic to open a portal to the human realm of Azeroth. Together with the fierce fighter Blackhand, Gul’dan creates the orc clans into a conquering army called the Horde.

They unite to protect Azeroth from these invaders and as the two races collide, the leaders start to question if war is the only answer for them to solve this issue.

The film carries an age restriction of 10-12 PGV and the length of it is 2 hours and 4 minute.

The film, directed by Duncan Jones, stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper, among others.

The IMAX release of Warcraft will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D 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.

The film released on Friday, 10 June, countrywide, it can also be seen in the luxury of Cine Prestige 3D cinemas at select sites and in 3D and 2D at all Ster-Kinekor cinemas.

Ster-Kinekor’s IMAX theatres are at the following cinema complexes: Gateway in Durban, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, Cape Gate in Cape Town, The Grove Mall in Pretoria, Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp, at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Johannesburg, and at the newly opened Mall of Africa in Midrand.

For more information on Warcraft in Ster-Kinekor, IMAX® and Cine Prestige cinemas, download the Ster-Kinekor App on your smart phone for updates and to book tickets from your mobile.

To find out what other exciting promotions Ster-Kinekor has on offer, visit http://www.sterkinekor.com or sterkinekor.mobi. Follow @sterkinekor on Twitter or Ster- Kinekor Theatres on Facebook. For queries, call Ticket line on 0861 MOVIES (668 437) or book at the box office.

If you want to view the trailer of Warcraft, you can visit think link below:

http://www.sterkinekor.com/#/trailer/8144/IMAX%203D%20-%20Warc


FNB ACCOUNT FEES TO REMAIN UNCHANGED

By: Pamela Sibiya

FNB customers have until June 2017 to continue enjoying using their accounts without increased charges.

This is relevant on the bank’s most popular accounts including the Easy, Gold, Encore Gold and Premier Bundle accounts. This is part of the bank’s strategy to migrate customers to ditigal and electronic channels.

FNB Pricing Executive, Jo-Ann du Plessis said that they are determined to offer free services on most of their services and accounts.

“FNB is determined to continue offering the lowest priced entry level full-service account with our Easy Account, especially when customers consider they can conduct all their banking using our free transactions such as free card swipes, cash withdrawals at till-points, free internal debit orders and transfers as well as free EFTs into our accounts,” he said.

The bank also offers free cash at till withdrawals, free inContact, free subscriptions to Online Banking, FNB Banking App, and Cellphone banking, as well as free Cellphone banking mini-statements, and free FNB ATM, Cellphone Banking and Banking App balance enquiries.

du Plessis also added that the new features include streamlining of their accounts.

“We now offer two accounts, Easy and Gold, which significantly simplifies our entry and mid-level offerings. The Easy Account offers two pricing options for customers to choose from based on what will best suit their banking transactional behaviour; Pay as You Use for the low transactor and the Easy Bundle (previously the Smart Value Option) for the medium transactor,” he added.

CEO of Premium and Business Core Banking, James Fowle said that there is a slightly different approach with the Premier Bundle Account.

“In the Premium segment, we have maintained monthly fees for our Premier Bundled Account at previous levels and reduced overdraft fees for customers in good standing. We have further increased the value of free ADT deposits for these customers. We have announced a small increase, the first in two years, in our Private Clients monthly fee,” he said.

With these changes, FNB is determined to remain one of the most innovative banks in SA.


 

ENTERTAINMENT LEGEND HONOURED WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

By: Pamela Sibiya

Entertainment veteran and living legend Roger Lucey was bestowed with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the South African Music Awards on Saturday.

Lucey, 62, was honoured with the prestigious prize at this ceremony dedicated to paying tribute to great musicians in the country held anually at the Albert Luthuli ICC . This veteran is greatly admired for his rebellious nature, which he displayed through his anti-apartheid music and protests song in the 1970s

To add to this huge achievement, Lucey is also this years’ ambassador for Moshito, a premier South African music industry event which will happen later in the year. He, together with fellow ambassador, new kid on the bock and female emcee Gigi Lamayne, are flying the flag for this seminal conference happening in early September.

Lamayne has also made a name for herself as she has stormed her way into the male dominated industry and has scooped many awards from various reputable ceremonies such as the South African Hip Hop Awards, winning Best Female for two consecutive years (2013 and 2015), as well as winning Best Mixtape and Best Newcomer in 2013 .

The Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is set to take place between 7-10 September at the SABC Radio Park in Auckland Park.

 

 

The Hunt For South Africa’s Greatest Steakhouse

WHO WILL TAKE THE TITLE AS THE WOLFTRAP STEAKHOUSE CHAMPIONSHIPS HUNTS FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S GREATEST STEAKHOUSE

By: S’nenhlanhla Mnqayi

The anticipation among people of South Africa is at its peak as the 20 finalist of the best steakhouse are in and they are set to compete for the national champions for 2016.

Every year the Wolftrap Steakhouse Championship runs a competition to find South Africa’s best steakhouse and this is their fourth year running this game.

The first round has been completed. This was a public voting phase to identify the best steakhouse in South Africa.

The 20 steakhouses are as follows, Cattle Baron, Mossel Bay in Southern Cape, Cattle Baron, Tableview in Western Cape, Havana Grill in Durban, Hillside Tavern, in Pretoria , HQ in Cape Town, Jayz Grill, Pietermaritzburg, Karoo Cattle and Land, Irene, Pretoria, Little Havana, Umhlanga Rocks, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bloemfontein, Milhaus, Kyalami, Midrand, Johannesburg, Milhaus, Olympus, Pretoria, Pioneer’s Butcher and Grill, Hazyview, Mpumalanga, Texas Grill, George, Southern Cape, The Butcher Restaurant, Camps Bay, The Cricketer, East London, The Godfather, Centurion, Pretoria, The Grumpy Griller, George in Southern Cape, The Hussar Grill, Rondebosch, Western Cape, The Local Grill, Parktown North, Johannesburg and Woodstock Grill&Tap in Western Cape.

The Local Grill held the title for two years, which was in 2013 and 2014, whilst Little Havana were last year’s champion.

These steakhouses have made it to the judging round, where a team of expert judges, along with a well-known MasterChef judge, Pete Goffe-Wood will visit the Top 20 to test the field.

According to the judging panel they stated that the steakhouses will not be aware of the visits they will surprise them on the spot.

“The steakhouses don’t know when the judges will arrive and each will be assessed on a score-sheet that is designed to separate the good from the great-looking at the total experience but focusing on the quality of the steak.”

The judges also said that there will be a certain way in which they will choose the best steakhouse and the decision will be made according to the score-sheet as they will look at other things too that accompany the steaks.

“Judges rate the steakhouses according to a wide-ranging, standardised score-sheet which examines all aspects of dining out and encompasses the total experience, but focuses on the quality of the steak and the side dishes that are part of the steak meal.”

The announcement of the new champions will take place at the Awards Ceremony on 21 June, at the current Steakhouse Champion, Little Havana in Umhlanga Rocks.

 


 

Parkade eventing- it’s a thing!

By Pamela Sibiya

The Musgrave Shopping Centre has created a sustainable economic growth programme through the re-use of existing facilities from the mall.

The centre has repurposed the mall’s parking lot as a hot venue spot and has made quite an impression to masses of people. Affectionately dubbed as “Level 5”, indicating the parking floor, the venue has paved it’s success through the events they’ve hosted.

The Roof Top Night Market is one of the highlight events which brings in large crowds and ultimately creates large publicity and high return on marketing investment.

Marketing manager for Musgrave Shopping Centre, Donald Mclellan said this was an existing opportunity which they chose to utilise.

“A growing trend in the retail industry and in the country is to repurpose things and areas and it makes a lot of business sense for both the mall and companies utilising the untapped space,” he said.

Level 5 has also hosted events such as the uShaka Marine World peagant, which transformed the parkade area into a talent show setting.

Mclellan added that the team dedicated to the venue is always prepared for all sorts of events and transforming the client’s ideas to life.

“The centre management tea has the marketing expertise to work with any events company and suggest an advertising mix which will help in the process of hosting a successful event,” he said.

Juicy-Liscious Two Oceans Pinot Noir

The 2014 Two Oceans Pinot Noir is a wonderfully versatile red wine that can be enjoyed all year round, even when the summer heat is at its peak. The juicy, mouth-watering texture of the wine is a treat with seafood, especially seared tuna, duck, pasta and even berry desserts when served chilled.

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The grapes were sourced from a range of vineyards in the Western Cape where the presence of gentle sea breezes and plenty of warm sun helped to create well-structured and flavourful grapes.

Known for being colour-shy the grapes for this Pinot noir was fermented and pumped over quite regularly to aid colour extraction before being pressed and matured for six months in French oak.

Gorgeously cherry-red in colour, this medium-bodied wine bursts with strawberry and cherry fruitiness with subtle oak and spice.

The 2014 Two Oceans Pinot Noir is available from liquor outlets and supermarkets nation-wide for about R38.

 

 

MTN Bushfire 2015 Is Coming

 

Africa’s most diverse world music and arts festival announced its main artist line-up at the official  launch event held in Swaziland on Wed March 25thMTN BUSHFIRE returns on May 29 – 31st 2015 with the most eclectic and star-studded line-up to date.

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Popular acts featured in the highly anticipated line-up include, Switzerland pop artists Kadebostany, Poni Hoax from France and from Madagascar, Jjoby in addition to Swaziland’s  Tlale Makhene.

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MTN BUSHFIRE is also thrilled to welcome back to the main stage South African acts The Soil, Freshlyground and international rock super-stars, The Parlotones. Other top South African acts to feature for the first time this year includeBongeziwe Mabandla and BCUC.

 

These newly announced artists will take their place alongside Grammy winning MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 headliners, Les Nubians. Other artists also previously announced include top South African acts Shortstraw, Australia’s Black Jesus Experience, as well as Mozambique’s Banda Kakana amongst many others.

 

 

The three full days of live musical perormances are complimented by a range of cultural and family-oriented activities which include The Barn, an interactive art, dialogue and performance space, the Global Food Village, the Handcraft and Design Marketplace  and the Kidzone hosting a dedicated programme for families

 

The main stage line-up for MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 reflects a truly global and diverse range of musical genres– hailing from as far afield as Australia, Turkey and Austria complimenting the many artists performing from African countries closer  to home..

 

MTN Bushfire 2015 Artist Line-Up

 

123 (Turkey)

 Since their formation in 2004, the Turkish indie pop band 123 has been dazzling audiences with their intriguing stories and dreamy melodies.

123 are supported by the Turkish Embassy of Mozambique.

Amandla Freedom Ensemble (South Africa)

An urban arts music collective of young jazz musicians dedicated to the advancement and preservation of the South African music legacy.

Banda Kakana (Mozambique)

Banda Kakana is a leading representative of a new generation of Mozambican bands, following in the celebrated footsteps of groups like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Orquestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique.

Bashayi Bengoma  Ensemble (Swaziland)

An ensemble of traditional Swazi music, performed by artists from across Swaziland will gather to perform old and news songs, with lyrics poetically speaking about life, love and beauty.

BCUC (South Africa)

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) consists of seven musicians from Soweto, South Africa. BCUC moves the audience both physically and emotionally with a sound derived straight from our ancestral lineage and demystifies the general worldviews about modern Africa.

Black Jesus Experience (Australia)

Black Jesus Experience blend traditional Ethiopian music  along with modern hip-hop and funk grooves.  Their rhymes & chimes deliver the musical strength and beauty of Africa through the vocal prism of hip-hop and the freedom of jazz.

Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)

Two-time SAMA nominee, Bongeziwe Mabandla has been making waves at home and overseas with his blend of urban-African folk. He has performed at festivals in Germany and Spain, as well as opening for the likes of Joss Stone during her South African tour.

Culoe de Song (South Africa)

Top South African DJ and producer, Culoe de Song brings his energetic deep house set to the main stage of MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.

Swazi DJ’s 

Once again MTN Bushfire brings together the finest selection of Swazi DJ’s. MTN Bushfire presents: DJ Zoe, DJ Cream, DJ Mseto, DJ Mkay, DJ Peace and DJ Mixmash.

DJ Danger Ingozi (South Africa)

The ever-progressive DJ Danger Ingozi has been flexing his electro active polymers with a high voltage selection of forward thinking dance music, often infused with African, Baile, Balkan, Reggae, Tropicana and other World Beats.

DJ Okapi (South Africa)

DJ Okapi digs up South African “bubblegum/disco” gems from the late 80’s and early 90s.

Freshlyground (South Africa)

Freshlyground is on home ground! One of South Africa’s most treasured acts, at MTN BUSHFIRE They will perform old favourites as well as some brand new material. Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the band exudes a live performance energy that has been the bedrock of their success. Although hailing from diverse backgrounds, between them the band’s members weave a musical magic that is highly infectious and undeniably groovy.

Haja Madagascar & the Groovy People [Madagascar/ Congo/ Mozambique/Swaziland]

Charismatic guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Haja Madagascar collaborates with some of Africa’s finest musicians including; celebrated Congolese bass player Michel Lumana, drummer Stelio Mondlane from Mozambique and vocalists Spirits Indigenous from Swaziland.

This one off musical project of collaborating artists, are brought together by African Synergy and will be touring the 2015 Firefest route.

DJ InviZable & the Champions of the Sonarverse (South Africa)

A master of staging creative Guerrilla performances, DJ INVIZABLE, brings together the champions of the sonarverse for a mind-blowing experience.

Jaojoby (Madagascar)

Jaojoby is commonly recognised as the most popular singer in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands and is widely referred to as the “King of Salegy”. His success has earned him such honors as Artist of the Year in Madagascar for two consecutive years (1998–1999) and the role of Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund in 1999.

Jaojoby Firefest route tour is support by the Alliance Francaise.

Joana Serrat (Spain)

Inspired by American roots musicians including Roy Orbison, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter Joana Serrat, from Barcelona, Spain, joins us this year to showcase her original blend of folk music.

Joana Serret is supported by the Spanish Embassy of Mozambique.

Kadebostany (Switzerland)

New colonists of the pop empire, Kadebostany have swiftly catapulted themselves into the spotlight with their irresistible blend of pop music. Their latest single, is featured as the theme song for the Blockbuster film, 50 Shades of Grey catapulting them into the global spotlight supported with an extensive world tour.

Kadebostany’s Firefest route tour is supported by ProHelvetia, South Africa.

Les Nubians (France)

Les Nubians are one of the most successful French speaking bands, best known for their Billboard R&B Single “Makeda” from their Grammy-nominated album Princesses Nubiennes.

LES NUBIANS’ newest album, NU REVOLUTION, perfectly sums up their Pan-African approach and ethos.

Nomsa M (Swaziland)

Nomsa M, has established herself a leading female Swazi vocalist. She’s best known for her traditional African jazz ‘Pop sound, delivered on stage with strength, passion and charisma.

The Parlotones (South Africa)

The Parlotones are one of the biggest rock bands to come out of South Africa. Having recently returned from a stint in the US,-The Parlotone’s share their latest material at MTN Bushfire 2015.

Poni Hoax (France)

French electro-rock band Poni Hoax, uniquely feature two keyboard players who are complimented by a traditional pop rhythm section. They are expected to deliver a distinctly retro inspired set at MTN BUSHFIRE 2015.

Poni Hoax are proudly supported by IFAS.

Ras Reggie & Ras Ritchie Project (Swaziland)

Ras Reggie, Co-Founder of the veteran Swazi Reggae group Imphandze and Black Roses teams with Ras Ritchie in an all-star Swazi line-up- Expect sweet reggae tunes!

Safeguard Young People Project (South Africa)

Imagine what it would be like if all adolescents and young people in South Africa are healthy, productive and empowered.

The UNFPA aims to contribute to this vision by uniting seven of the regions young, influential artists to communicate themes of social behaviour change.

Artists include KRTC (Swaziland) Zeus (Botswana) DJ Kaliwa (Zambia) The Dogg (Namibia) Bryan K (Zimbabwe) Stlofa (Lesotho) and Gwamba (Malawi).

Shortstraw (South Africa)

Having taken South Africa by storm with a series of radio hits, Johannesburg based indie-pop band, Shortstraw’s infectious summertime music is sure to deliver ideal festival vibes.

Sweet Sweet Moon (Austria)

Sweet Sweet Moon, features multi-instrumentalist Matthias Frey. His traditional singer songwriter approach has evolved, integrating a diverse musical skillset. On stage, expect bold orchestral style arrangements led by his violin and loop pedal.

Sweet Sweet Moon, is supported by the Austrian Embassy of South Africa.

Tlale Makhene (Swaziland)

Swazi groove master Tlale Makhene is recognised as Swaziland’s leading percussionist/composer. His prolific career has included producing and performing on over 300 jazz and world music album collaborations.

Tiale Makhene will be joined on stage with acclaimed musicians Helder Gonzaga   (Mozambique) Erik Paliani (Malawi) Bernice Boikanyo (SA)  and Thando Matsebula (SA). This regional music collaboration is sponsored by ProHelvitica..

Tonik and friends (South Africa/Swaziland)

TONIK present silent performances! Introducing headphones for individual members of the audience with personal volume control, a concert by TONIK is a revolutionary and immersive experience.

This year Tonik are set to perfume with Swazi musicians Smiles Makhama and Ralph Smit.

Transito (Mozambique/ USA/France)

Projecto TRANSITO is an acoustic journey of discovery between musicians of varied musical and cultural origins using traditional instruments from around the world.

True Vibenation (Zim/Australia)

Made up of African/Australian twins, this Australian band has developed a solid reputation for their electric live shows. True Vibenation bring a fresh approach to hip-hop, blending elements of afro-beat, jazz, dubstep, soul and Latin music to create a global sound.

The Soil (South Africa)

Platinum selling acapella trio, The Soil, are back by popular demand to the MTN BuUSHFIRE main stage. The group are best known for performing in a melodic township style, which they call Kasi Soul.

MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 TICKETS

Early bird tickets are available until March 31st from  the MTN BUSHFIRE website, www.bush-fire.com.

From April 1st physical tickets will be available from the MTN BUSHFIRE website and outlets in Maputo, Johannesburg and Swaziland. In Johannesburg, the Lucky Bean restaurant in Melville.

In Maputo, Bairro Bistro. In Swaziland, at the All Out Africa Internet Café  MTN service centres in Riverstone Mall and Corporate Place, as well as at Shak’s Gables, Rob’s Matsapha and E-Top Up in Bhunu Mall.

Make sure you are one of the 20,000 music and arts fans who “BRING THEIR FIRE” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience this unique event.

For more information and to purchase tickets: www.bush-fire.com  Also visit: www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire @BushfireFest