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SodaStream celebrated leading ladies this International Women’s Day

SodaStream, the leading at home carbonation appliance is pleased to celebrate women who have left an unforgettable and positive mark on those around them and humanity in general.


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Thembakazi Ndamase, Marketing Manager for SodaStream South Africa says, “It is important to honour the women who have not only fought for equal rights, but have dedicated their lives to the embetterment of not only those around them, but our global society as well. The SodaStream SHE project is a reflection of our gratitude.”

We have seen leading ladies take centre stage in not only politics, environmental conservation and sport, but we are also in an age where women are finding their voices about abuse and global campaigns such as the #MeToo Movement which was started by Tarana Burke, an American social activist and community organiser. This massive social media phenomenon has created a new level of empowerment for all women around the world.

A change maker for South Africa was Lillian Ngoyi, born on 25 September in 1911, Ngoyi was the first woman ever to be elected to the ANC’s executive and along with Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, Motlalepula Chabaku, Bertha Gxowa and Albertina Sisulu, organised the Women’s March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 9 August in 1956. It was there that 20,000 women stood firm against apartheid.

On an international stage, the work of Michelle Obama, the USA’s first African American First Lady, led a revolution to promote healthy living with the goal to raise a stronger generation of children.

Jane Goodall has done exceptional work in Africa, and has advocated for animal welfare and conservation. Her work with chimpanzees provides an understanding of how we can help and protect the natural world.

And American or not, we all love Oprah Winfrey, who rose to fame through her talk show and used her platform to promote better mental and physical health, and gave media visibility into the LGBT community. Winfrey promotes educational causes, international humanitarian initiatives, and is considered one of the most influential people in the world.

It’s South Africa’s turn to nominate or tell us about a phenomenal South African woman who has left an unforgettable and positive mark on you, those around her and humanity on a grand scale. Send your nominations through to SodaStream’s Facebook page, #SA_Sodastream, #SHE, #intwomensdaySA_sodastream.

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton



The Hunt 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.

LIV Celebrates 5 Years Of Transformation

On June the 5th 2015 LIV celebrates the birth of a vision: to Rescue a child, Restore a life, Raise a leader and Release a star. This core vision is responsible for the transformation of the lives of more than 150 orphaned and vulnerable children. We have events from the 5-7th of June 2015.

Tich Smit, the Founder of LIV village set a precedence with the initial April 7 2010 banquet, addressing 4000 distinguished guests at the International Convention Centre (ICC). Five years ago he took to the podium to impart the vision which God had planted in him, a vision which would see 96 homes, Health Care Centre, a School with 25 classrooms, an ECD Centre, sports fields, a Business Centre and vegetable gardens grow into a lived experience. As with this year’s banquet, the main speakers were Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Rory Dyer and Tich Smit. Tremendous transformation of lives and growth has been achieved by LIV since its inception stage, thus celebrations are in order. This year’s banquet is however soldout.

Retrospectively speaking, the beginning consisted of a broken down chicken farm in the Cottonlands area of Ndwedwe, a concept drawing of a village with 150 homes for 1 000 children,  a school, clinic, church hall, vegetable crops and Business Centre, and unfortunately no money left to build even one house. The village remains under construction, as evident, with the objective of incorporating government, business and the church in a goal-orientated relationship. Many lives have been transformed through the existence of the village and many more are to be transformed. The impending celebrations are of God’s transforming powers and his supernatural provision.

PS: Although tickets for the banquet have been sold out, we extend our warm invites to everyone wishing to attend the Church Leadership training, Women of Worth conference, Worship Celebration, and Open day (see below for details on each event).

For more information, please contact kate@liv-village.com


Friday the 5th June will start at 7am with a Business breakfast (venue to be confirmed).

LIV Missions Conference

From 1- 4pm on Friday afternoon, at the LIV school hall, we are hosting a missions conference for anyone who is interested to learn how to, more actively, be the hands and feet of Jesus with the focus on the great commission for the church to take care of the orphaned and vulnerable children of our nation and beyond.

We encourage Church leaders, in particular, to come and hear, and to bring members who want to be equipped. Also, this is for leaders to hear how to motivate your congregations to respond to the cry of the Father for His children.

Our speakers for this conference include:

Bob Johnson of Bob and Kimberley Johnson Ministries (see full bio) who are based at Bethel Church, California, and who have worked with orphanages in many parts of the world (Bob is the brother of Bill Johnson who heads up Bethel church). Bob and Kimberley visited LIV last year and took the unique model back with them to Redding, California, where they are building a village there.  They speak at many churches globally and their passion is for there to be no orphaned or vulnerable child in the world by encouraging churches, and more importantly, Christians within the churches to play a role in the caring of every orphan.

Stephen Lungu (see full bio) who is a great inspiration and demonstration of nothing being impossible for God, as He took a street child turned gang leader out of a life of crime in Zimbabwe, at the age of 20, taught him 11 languages, having had no education or social skills, and used him globally to share his testimony including at Buckingham Palace and the White House. Stephen is one of the leaders in Africa Enterprise and God is using him mightily to bring hope to the hopeless and to show them that they have a Father in heaven who loves them.

Tich Smith, ex-businessman, Founder and CEO of LIV, will be sharing his journey/experiences and how God uses just ordinary people who are available for Him, and does the extraordinary including bringing government, business and the church together.

Louis Els who leads Victory Christian Church in Jeffreys Bay, and works with many church leaders under the Church of the Nations banner, will share on all they are doing as a church, including a babies drop-off Centre, 4 foster homes, outreaches into the surrounding communities, and the largest Gap Year and Bible college in South Africa.

There will be time for questions and answers and to interact further with these men who have walked and are walking the narrow road.  (Entrance is free but an offering will be taken as each one gives as they are able).  It is also important to book seats as numbers are limited!

Between 4 and 5.30pm there will be tours of the village and interaction time with the LIV children.

Worship Celebration

This will follow, in the main hall, from 5.45pm with an evening of celebration and heavenly worship, and includes the youth from the various churches around KZN.  We encourage all church leaders to bring your Friday youth as well as adults. Imagine a hall with 2 000 people worshipping and celebrating.  Bob Johnson will be sharing.  Don’t miss it!  (Entrance is free but there will be an offering time for each one to give as they are able).  Again, please RSVP as you will need an access code to enter the Village.

LIV Family Open Day and market

Saturday 6th will be a day of fun for all. On sale will be LIV fresh veggies, craft items, LIV clothing, and refreshments. If moms are attending the Women of Worth, Fathers are encouraged to come along and bring the children to participate in the organized sports events on the sports field.  This event is free of charge however donations of school supplies and sports equipment is welcome.

Women of Worth Celebration will be from 9am – 12pm on 6th June, where they will be treated to a Lavish Tea Party, as well as a special presentation by the LIV mothers and LIV teenage girls.  Dress code: Extravagant (prize for best dressed).

Included will be a panel discussion with Bob Johnson’s wife, Kimberley, who is the other half of their international ministry, Ann Moodley who heads up the department of Social services at LIV and the recruitment and training of the mothers, as well as the spiritual oversight of the Village, Rachael Lungu, wife of ex-gangster, Stephen Lungu, who will share her testimony, and Joan Smith, Co- founder of LIV village and who is involved with the operations at the Village.

Come and hear how they are changing the lives of many women and children.

The cost for this event is R100 per person / R1 000 per table of 10.

This will be followed by an interview and question time (at 1pm) with Bob Johnson, Stephen Lungu and Tich Smith and will include all the fathers (who by now will be exhausted!) and the children.

Sunday 6th Celebration Service 11am – 1pm

We welcome all churches to join us in celebrating the goodness and faithfulness of God’s provision. Bring your congregations and join us as we worship and listen to His word for the church, through Rory Dyer.  Rory led Glenridge for many years before passing the baton.  He now leads 3CI church in Pretoria and is a leader of leaders.

Please join us for the full 4 days of celebrating, or wherever you can make it.

We look forward to welcoming you to LIV village.

RSVP is essential for access onto LIV Village, including free events.  To book your place, or for more information, email kate@liv-village.com

The Whisky Live Showroom is coming to Durban


Whisky Live Festival, the organisers of the popular Whisky Live Festival and Showroom tasting events, have announced that three Showrooms will be held in South Africa in 2015. The Showrooms will take place in Durban on 24 and 25 April 2015, in Pretoria on 14 and 15 May 2015 and in Cape Town from 18 – 20 June 2015.

The Whisky Live Showrooms are intimate, handcrafted events that display some of the best local and international whiskies, presented under one roof by the world’s leading experts. Some of the whiskies available for tasting include firm favourites from House of Walker, Chivas Regal, Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie and Bunnahabhain as well as newcomers Tomatin and Smokehead. Innis & Gunn, a craft beer made in whisky barrels, will also offer an intriguing interlude for the curious and adventurous alike.

Complementary products that enhance the whisky lifestyle will add to the experience, including high-end fragrances – Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, van Cleef and Arpels, Bulgari and Burberry – premium cigars from The Cigar Club and a selection of Twisp’s flavoured filters. The Showrooms’ sophisticated, luxury environment creates the perfect setting for friends to catch up, for business associates to network, and for fans and newcomers to whisky to explore a wealth of tastes and scents in an intimate setting.

The Durban Showroom will be at Suncoast Sun Zone.

“The 2014 Whisky Live Showrooms proved to be really popular, giving whisky fans and those keen to experiment with the dram the chance to enjoy old favourites and new expressions of whisky-making craft in an exclusive environment,” says Emily Stockden, COO of the Whisky Live Festival. “We are so excited to take the Showrooms to new venues that will give more people the opportunity to try new whiskies and new ways of drinking the dram. South Africans continue to break the stereotypes around whisky, and we look forward to welcoming men and women of all ages.”

Tickets cost R170 per person viahttp://www.whiskylivefestivalco.zaor http://www.ticketpro.co.za; however, visitors who register for the Whisky Live Festival Club at the event will receive R20 cash back or an additional 5 tasting vouchers. All tickets include a complimentary tasting glass, a 500ml bottle of Valpré Spring water and 15 tasting vouchers. The first 500 visitors through the doors in Durban each night will receive a free copy of the iconic whisky guide, the 2015 SA Whisky Handbook.

The Whisky Live Showroom is proudly brought to you in partnership with Valpré Spring water.

There are limited tickets available for the events, and whisky lovers are encouraged to book their tickets online in advance to make sure that they don’t miss out.

Follow @WhiskyLiveSA on Twitter, ‘like’ the Whisky Live Festival on Facebook, or check www.whiskylivefestival.co.za for regular updates about the events, information about Twitter whisky tastings leading up to the Showrooms, competitions and giveaways.

Whisky Live Festival promotes responsible drinking. No persons under the age of 18 years will be allowed into the Showrooms. Designated driver tickets are available and can be purchased at the door or online for R105, with a bottle of Valpré Spring water included in the ticket price.

Awesome Africa International Arts Festival For Durban


Awesome Africa International Arts Festival – April 26 and 27, 2015


Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery

As a fitting finale to the Celebration of 20 years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, in partnership with Awesome Africa Festival Productions, is set to host the Awesome Africa International Arts Festival featuring a host of world-renowned performers across a number of genres. The festival will take place over two days in different venues, kicking off with a Gala Concert at The Playhouse on Sunday, April 26 and followed by a full day at the Sibusisiwe Community Hall and Lovelife Centre in Mandeni, iLembe District on the North Coast on Monday, April 27.


For the Playhouse concert, doors open at 5pm and the concert begins at 6pm. Headlining the festival is the legendary Salif Keita from Mali, the “Golden Voice of Africa”  whose place in the pantheon of African music has been well documented and revered. He performs with his dynamic 13 piece band from Dakar.


The award winning South African hip hop artist Khuli Chana in collaboration with MuzArt will also perform at both venues.  Khuli is a multitalented musician well known for his ‘Motswako’ rap style which includes street-talk and highly influential messages in Setswana, English and other South African languages. MuzArt is a five piece musical collective that has collaborated with noteworthy musician. The group was nominated for South African Music Awards, Metro FM Music Awards and UK’s Soul Survivor Awards.


Awesome Africa has become known for its unique collaborations in the past, and this year’s festival is no exception. The “Freedom Suite” collaboration, which will perform at both venues, brings together the extraordinary talents of South African living legend Ray Phiri together with the “Jimi Hendrix of the kora” N’Faly Kouyate from Guinea in West Africa, who besides fusing storytelling, jazz, dance and traditional griot music is also known for his collaborations with the Afro-Celt Sound System which blend Irish Celtic music with that of West African countries. The powerful and trance-like Drummers of Burundi fromCentral Africa will also form part of this unique collaboration.


Other featured artists are Christine Salem, the maloya superstar from Reunion Island, award-winning guitar maestros Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery, the alluring maskandi duo Qadasi and Maqhinga Radebe, and a 72nd birthday homage to Steve Fataar who will perform with master Cape Town guitarist Errol Dyers. Pride of the Zulu will also serenade the audience with their accapella styled traditional melodies.

The Mandeni festival kicks off at 11am on Monday April 27 with a free Business Management Workshop for up and coming artists as well as relevant arts practitioners. Topics that will come under the spotlight include; performing platforms and funding, contracts and copyright, studio etiquette and the value of quality sound, the digital freeway and international marketing and identity.


A broad spectrum of genres will be represented and the illustrious visitors to Mandeni will include Ray Phiri, N’Faly Kouyate, The Drummers of Burundi, the ground breaking DJ Websta, Holly – known for her “Kasi” vibes, house music and crowd rocking stage performances, Christine Salem, Existing Consciousness and the sizzling Afro-Latino sounds from Napalma (Brazil / Mozambique).


In keeping with the theme of showcasing talent from the Mandeni, KwaDukuza, Ndwedwe and Maphumulo regions of iLembe, artists include traditional Indian sounds from Kalakara featuring Keeran Eshwarlall, traditional Zulu dancing with Amasokemvelo, popular gospel band Mandeni Soul Healers, choral accapella from Central Voices, maskanda star Sgora, kwaito sensations GS, Ndwandwe Sister and Ukujabula Kuyashiyana the winners of Ndwedwe’s Isigekle Competition. Comedian Siyanda Maphumulo, DJ Dope and Groutville’s Uhuru Poets Society will keep the audience entertained between sets. Festivities close at 9pm.


“Besides many pro-active socio-economic elements, the Festival commemorates Freedom Day by linking a concert in Durban with a project to take the music and the arts back to the people – in essence straight into the communities who have supported our fight for freedom and democracy.” says MEC for Arts & Culture Mrs Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Sapetha.  “This important synergy also addresses the vital aspects of social cohesion and nation building in our country. No longer will iconic events and artists be the domain only of the big cities.  Whilst offering our local artists a platform to showcase their talents on an international stage, this event also serves to bring a signature event to Durban as well as helping to boost tourism levels and create jobs in the Mandeni area.”


Tickets for both the Playhouse and Mandeni events are R150 per person available via Computicket and Shoprite Checkers. Tickets will be available at the door but it is preferable to book early.


For more information go to www.awesomeafrica.co.za, or call Gabi on 081 419 4509.

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.



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.



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.


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


Musicians Touring South Africa


Musicians Touring SA


Hip hop star Da L.E.S. will be doing a nationwide album tour for ‘Mandela Money’

You can catch him at the following spots

Cape Town (COCO) 30th Jan

Durban (47th Ave) 7th Feb

Johannesburg (Taboo) 27th Feb


Ben Howard will headline Jozi‘s Sowing the Seeds Music and Lifestyle Festival and perform at Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Gardens.


For the last few years Ben has toured relentlessly and each concert has been sold out.  Look out for his album ‘I Forgot Where We Were.’

The Sowing the Seeds Music and Lifestyle Festival started in Cape Town in 2008 by Seed Experiences as a teaser event to the hugely popular Rocking the Daisies Festival and quickly grew in stature. Since the phenomenal growth of Rocking the Daisies in the Western Cape, Seed Experiences saw a demand from people in the Jozi area who wanted a similar minded music and lifestyle festival closer to home. On Saturday 21 March next year, the 3rd edition of Sowing the Seeds in Jozi, will be held at Emmarentia Dam over one full day and promises to be bigger than ever before while still maintaining its appealing boutique festival status.

Local acts confirmed so far include Desmond and the Tutus, as well as afro-folk singer and performer Bongeziwe Mabandla. For more information, local lineup announcements

visit:  www.sowingtheseeds.co.za or Facebook.com/SowingtheSeedsSA

The Cape Town event at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens will be a picnic-style setup on Wednesday the 18th of March 2015, headlined by Ben Howard and supported with one local act. For more information about Ben Howard Live in Cape Town visit: www.facebook.com/seedexperiences

Tickets for both Sowing the Seeds and Ben Howard Live in Cape Town will go on sale on Tuesday 9th of December via Webtickets.co.za


On sale: From 9 December via webtickets.co.za

Date: Saturday, 21st March 2015

Venue: Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg

Tickets: R495 (note: children pay full price)

Gates open 10h00 and ends at 18h00



Ben Howard Cape Town:

On sale: From 9 December via Webtickets.

Date: Wednesday, 18th March 2015

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Tickets: R465 (note: children pay full price)

Gates open 17h00 and ends at 22h00



This edition by Fred Felton

Twitter @fredfelton