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Gospel goes Global @Sowetogospel

The world-renowned South African Grammy Award winning world music group,Soweto Gospel Choir, has inked a deal with Universal Music`s prestigious Classics label in the United States that will see the group`s current album “Divine Decade”distributed throughout North America and Canada.

Since their formation in 2002 Soweto Gospel Choir has racked up a string of accolades that would be the envy of even the biggest global pop star, including among others:

* The No.1 spot on Billboard`s World Music Chart with their debut album “Voices from
Heaven”.

* An American Gospel Music Award for “Best International Choir”.

* 2 Grammy “Best Traditional World Music” Awards for their albums “Blessed” and
“African Spirit”.

* An Emmy Award for their collaboration with U2 for ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup
promotion.

* An Oscar nomination for their collaboration with Peter Gabriel for Disney’s “Wall-E”.

* Performances and collaborations with superstars as diverse as Celine Dion, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Groban, Diana Ross, BeBe Winans, Peter Gabriel, John Legend, U2, Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin and many more.

Elizabeth Sobol, President & CEO, Universal Music Classics had this to say about the signing “ Soweto Gospel Choir has been a powerful and important presence on the American scene, bringing their inspiring music to concert halls across the US.
Universal Music Classics is proud to be part of the Choir’s 10th Anniversary celebration as we release”Divine Decade” in conjunction with their Spring 2014 US tour. Universal Music MD, Randall Abrahams, commented “ The choir have been a fixture on the international touring circuit and are one of South Africa’s most significant musical assets. I’m extremely happy to see
this landmark album released in the US market. I believe it will garner a diverse audience of listeners who will be enthralled by the choir’s songs and arrangements”

The choir`s “10th Anniversary Celebration” US tour kicks off in Florida on February 4 before rolling across America over two and half months, ending in Arizona on April 19. Soweto Gospel Choir`s 6th album, “Divine Decade”, which celebrates the group`s 10th anniversary, was released to critical and commercial acclaim earlier this year. 

It features collaborations with a host of international and national stars including among others, U2, Zahara, Elvis Blue, Robert Plant, Johnny Clegg and Yvonne Chaka Chaka with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 10 years on and the Soweto Gospel Choir continues to set the standard in inspirational music .

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SABC1 INTRODUCES THE 3RD SEASON OF RIZE MZANSI @Official_SABC1 @RizeMzansiSABC1

SABC1’s international, award - winning entrepreneurial reality TV series Rize Mzansi is back for a 3rd season!

The 13 episode series is scheduled to air at 21:00 starting from the Tuesday 5 November 2013 and will reveal a totally new look and format.

This season will be presented by the charismatic; multilingual Aaron Moloisi, who is no stranger to our SABC screens.

“I am excited to be part of a show that creates a platform for experienced business people to engage with business innovators… the inspiring ideas that South Africans come up with about how to create employment, grow the economy and change people’s lives…,” enthuses Aaron.

This original South African concept aims to challenge and educate small businesses on the trials and tribulations of running a successful business. The series is meant to drive Mzansi’s entrepreneurship and business creativity by pitting 52 business-savvy innovators, entrepreneurs and wannabees in a head to head battle to be awarded venture capital to enhance and evolve their businesses, themselves and their ideas.

Participants will have to pitch their ideas to high-powered Investors and their advisors. Investors will have the final say as to whether they will invest in the business or not. Be warned that they are not here to give cash away, if they like the idea, they want to own a fair share of it.

The group of Investors includes: Nazeem Martin & Gerrie van Biljon (The Managing Director and Executive Director of Business Partners Limited), the dynamic duo - Ran Neu-Ner and Gil Oved (founders & joint CEO’s of South Africa’s biggest activations agency, The Creative Council) and Khutso Mampeule (Founder & Chairman of Lefa Holdings)

Dichaba Phalatse, SABC1 Portfolio Manager: Entertainment, had this to say, “SABC 1 is contributing towards economic development in many ways, however Rize Mzansi is our most proud investment channel is making in alleviating unemployment and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit in the youth of South Africa. Rise Mzansi’s new format is aligned with international trends yet keeping it truly Mzansi Fo Sho. What a great presenter and a remarkable panel of Venture Capitalists!”

 “Rize Mzansi’s top floor is the place where entrepreneurs are given a once in a life-time opportunity to convince multi millionaire business moguls to invest in their ideas. Each thrilling episode see’s two sets of hopeful entrepreneurs going head to head for an investment and partnership with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Africa. However there is a catch, no matter how brilliant both entrepreneur’s ideas are, only one or none of them will be chosen…Backing the investors is the advisor, a shrude business guru who will help decide whether the wannabe entrepreneurs are in fact investable. The 22nd floor is where it all happens, here entrepreneurs only have two options; Rize or Fall!” says the show’s producer Matthew Rosmarin (Talent Attack TV Productions).

Passion, Perseverance and a Master Plan can get you anywhere – will they rise or will they fall! Catch the 3rd Season of Rize Mzansi – every Tuesday at 21h00 - exclusive to SABC1 Mzansi Fo Sho!!

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AFRICAN PRINT MEETS CLASSY CHIC

For immediate Release

04th November 2013

AFRICAN PRINT MEETS CLASSY CHIC

Soweto Magazine hooks up two mega-talented local designers on a street fashion photo shoot on one of the coolest “modern-townships”, Orlando, Vilakazi Street

04 November, - Soweto Magazine joined in on the busy, day-to-day hustle, on a verge of making our first street fashion photo shoot a success. A few hours before sunset, while Mrs. Mkhaya prepares hair and make-up for the models, the Soweto Magazine team strolls down the street with anticipation. From a chilled, relaxed mood, the shoot swiftly reverted to massive concentration, “hard work and no play”. The models effortlessly brought on their A-game, totally worked their magic, whilst photographers Daniel and Nthabiseng, skillfully pulledoff the perfect shots, captivating street fashion like never grasped. Soweto Magazine is proud to unveil our first street fashion shoot.

South-Western-Township popularly referred to as “Kasi”. This is a cool location because of the rich, historical significance it holds from the days of the apartheid government policies. Orlando holds a large population of black people and has grown and developed, adapting to this techno savvy society. This township produced the most respected legends such as Nobel Peace Prize winners, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. As you go up the road from Khumalo Street, the place is filled with arts and craft, historical ornaments, restaurants as well as the Mandela House itself. Where better to host African Print fused with Classy Chic.

Designers: Refilwe Mathebula
:Buhle Fendula (The Cocky Stylist)
Make-up: Thelma Mkhaya
Photographers: Daniel Magidi
Nthabiseng Mashikoane

Follow us @SowetoMagazine on twitter
Like our Facebook page: Soweto Magazine
More Pictures Contact: thami@sowetomagazine.com

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For further info Contact: Dineo Mathebula
info@sowetomagazine.com

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Soweto Mag Winter Issue 2013I hope you enjoy the magazine, a lot of hard work and sleepless nights went into this. I chased Micasa all the way to Zimbabwe, Harare International festival of the ar ts because they are too busy for a sit-down. I didn’t get a chance to speak to them there and that’s another story for another day. So we resorted to a digital conversation and we spoke about the politics of black and white. also, the ever gorgeous f irst Lady Of Yfm Breakfast Show Khutso Theledi as she let us into her life and Pule Earm one of the few pure 100% black production with Soweto drift, tells us about spinning cars and making fi lms. Enjoy.

Soweto Mag Winter Issue 2013
I hope you enjoy the magazine, a lot of hard work and sleepless nights went into this. I chased Micasa all the way to Zimbabwe, Harare International festival of the ar ts because they are too busy for a sit-down. I didn’t get a chance to speak to them there and that’s another story for another day. So we resorted to a digital conversation and we spoke about the politics of black and white. also, the ever gorgeous f irst Lady Of Yfm Breakfast Show Khutso Theledi as she let us into her life and Pule Earm one of the few pure 100% black production with Soweto drift, tells us about spinning cars and making fi lms. Enjoy.

Black Coffee joins Vusi Thembekwayo on his Global Inspiration Tour

SA multi award winning record producer and spinner – Nkosinathi Maphumulo known to many as DJ Black Coffee will be joining internationally acclaimed Global Speaker: Vusi Thembekwayo on his Global Inspiration Tour. The 2 masterminds will headline the 26th OCT Johannesburg Tour , which will take place at Monte Casino

More Event Details:

DATE: 26 October 2013 VENUE: Monte Casino ll Grande Cinema TICKETS: BUY TICKET AT COMPUTICKET HERE also available for purchase at any Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper.

Discounts

- Early Bird: R185.00 (From 17 September – 15 October) - Children, Scholar (3 – 21 years), Students, Pensioners: R125.00 - Block Bookings of 10 or more: R100.00

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Seasoned talent to host Royalty Soapie Awards Hlomla Dandala and Michael Mol to anchor inaugural event @SoapieAwards

Web: www.royaltysa.com

Facebook: facebook.com/SoapieAwards
Twitter: @SoapieAwards

Debonair gentlemen Hlomla Dandala and Michael Mol are set to host the inaugural Royalty Soapie Awards at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on 8 March 2014.

The Awards will be broadcast on television and expectations are high. The organisers want to ensure a slick production that meets viewer expectations so for the hosts they have gone for experience and finesse.

Critically acclaimed actor, presenter and director Hlomla Dandala needs no introduction to fans of the small screen. His impressive portfolio includes playing the lead in the award-winning series Jacob’s Cross I, II & III, a production that has gained huge popularity locally and internationally, and has been translated into many other languages. He has also featured in some of the more popular productions on South African TV including Isidingo, Tsha Tsha, Gaz’lam, Jozi H and Interrogation Room.

Michael Mol is a medical doctor, an executive television producer, presenter, international speaker, business consultant and company director. He anchored Top Billing, South Africa’s longest running prime time television magazine programme, for more than a decade. The award winning presenter also helped create shows such as The Dr Mol Show and Expresso.

“We are delighted to have secured such a high calibre of talented hosts and we are confident they will do a sterling job come awards evening,” said project director Sindile Xulu.

The Royalty Soapie Awards are more than just an opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate; they will help grow the quality of programming by creating a new level of healthy competition. All major players will be recognised, from actors to make-up artists, writers to producer, directors to costume designers.

The announcement of finalists in the acting categories will be made on 23 October and voting lines for the Most Popular Soapie open on 2 November.

A date for the opening of ticket sales for the event will be announced in the near future

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE ULTIMATE BEEF CHALLENGE 2013? @Ultimate_Beef

Beef lovers are in for a taste sensation with the upcoming challenge to find South Africa’s Ultimate Beef Champion of 2013.

This unmissable beefy event takes place at the annual Sanlam Investments FoodWineDesign Fair in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, on Sunday 10 November 2013 and will be hosted by acclaimed chef and Culinary Producer for MasterChef South Africa Arnold Tanzer.

The Ultimate Beef Challenge 2013 brought to you by Chalmar Beef, will see premium South African beef producers - including Drakensberger, Afrikaner, Charolais, Sussex, Nguni and Wagu to name a few - go one-on-one in the ultimate test for the quality, taste, tenderness and juicyness of their beef.

The competition to find the Ultimate Beef Breed Champion will be judged by both an esteemed panel of local and international foodie judges who will sample over 15 different breeds of bovine expertly prepared by the experienced chefs from The Local Grill, winner of the Wolftrap Steak House Champion of the Year for 2013.
The great news for beef lovers attending the Sanlam Investments FoodWineDesign Fair on Sunday 10 November is that they will also be able to be part of the judging by tasting the variety of breeds on offer and voting for their favourite throughout the day. In this way, the Ultimate Beef Challenge 2013 offers beef lovers a rare opportunity to sample the full range of South Africa’s best beef - and adds a real element of deliciousness to their Food Wine Design Fair visit.

“All Ultimate Beef entrants will go through a strict entry process to ensure fairness and transparency in the competition,” comments host Arnold Tanzer. “All breeds entered will be slaughtered on the same day at Chalmar Beef, 11 time winner of the Abattoir of the Year award, the same cut (sirloin) from each breed will be prepared for the competition, each sirloin will be aged for the exact same period prior to the competition and each cut will be cooked to the exact same temperature for the tasting.”
“We established ULTIMATE BEEF to educate meat lovers about the merits of beef, and to revive the deep-rooted South African age-old beef tradition,” says Steve Maresch, founder of the Ultimate Beef Challenge and owner of THE LOCAL GRILL restaurants. Maresch is a recognised expert and passionate aficionado on all aspects of quality South African beef.

“ULTIMATE BEEF’S objectives is to encourage the enjoyment and taste appeal of beef, to educate South Africans about its versatility and value, to promote the nutritional value of beef and to build confidence and assurance of the safety of southern African beef by communicating the good management practices from field to fork.”
Alongside providing an exciting challenge and superb taste experience to beef eaters on November 10th, the The Ultimate Beef Challenge has a longer-term goal - and that is to encourage South Africans to think about the meats they are eating. The Wethmar Family, owners of Chalmar Beef who are the headline sponsor of this year’s Ultimate Beef Challenge event, are on a mission to encourage beef lovers to know the farmer and team behind producing healthy, safe and excellent quality beef, as well as understand the ethics behind the beef they are preparing and putting on their plates.
Tickets to THE ULTIMATE BEEF SHOW will be available at the Sanlam Investments FoodWineDesign Fair on Sunday 10 November.

Like Ultimate Beef us on Facebook www.facebook.com/Ultimate.Beef.SA
OR follow us on twitter @Ultimate_Beef
For more information on the Sanlam Investments FoodWineDesign Fair 2013 visit www.foodwinedesign.co.za / www.facebook.com/sanlamfoodwinedesign or follow

@FWD_Fair

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Olmeca Tequila set to turn up the heat & Switch On The Night with Soul Candi @OlmecaTequilaSA

Take a shot of Olmeca Tequila teamed with the soulistic sounds of Soul Candi and you are officially ready to Switch On The Night!

Premium Tequila brand Olmeca has partnered with leading House music label Soul Candi to create a fiery 3 City experience that promises to Switch on the Night for party revellers. With Soul Candi Sessions having taken a 2 year hiatus the return of the most anticipated 5 disc album is set to ignite the scene this summer and what better partner than the original party starter Olmeca Tequila!

Not only is Olmeca Tequila powering this explosive 3 City House Tour but along with Soul Candi are looking to give one up and coming DJ a chance to share the stage with some of the biggest names in South African music (the likes of Euphonik, Naves, Sphectacula, Kid Fonque, DJ Ganyani, Micasa to name a few). The hopeful participants have to follow a very simple process: Upload their own Mega Mix onto the Olmeca Tequila Sound Cloud page where they are then possible short listed to be in the top 10.The short listed 10 will be sent a nifty mobile App. This is where it gets fun; the app creates an opportunity for all the fans and followers to vote for the mix that makes them Switch On The Night. The winning DJ gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to hit the decks at one of the legs of the tour!

For the fans who don’t have the musical talent but still want to be involved in the VIP experience, Olmeca Tequila will provide the fans with a chance of winning a VIP table for themselves and four mates! All they have to do is head to the Olmeca Tequila Facebook page, facebook.com/olmecatequilasa, register and vote for their favourite Mega Mix. For those fans who don’t win a VIP experience, tickets will be sold at the door for R100.
Get ready to Switch on The Night!!!

Find Olmeca for more details:

• Facebook: Olmeca Tequila SA
• Twitter: @OlmecaTequilaSA
• Instagram: @OlmecaTequilaSA
• Mxit: Olmeca Tequila SA
• Soundcloud: Olmeca Tequila SA
• Hashtag: #OlmecaSCSessions

Event Details

Chaf Pozi – Soweto
27 October 2013

Special guests:
Micasa
Euphonik
China
Spectacula & Naves
Vaalsow
DJ Game
DJ Claude
Kid Fonque
The Ruffest

Cube Lounge – Durban
1 November 2013

Special guests:
Naves
DJ Ganyani
DJ Game
Chynaman

Taliban – Garankuwa
2 November 2013

Special guests:
DJ Shimza
Black Motion
Dj Claude
Malankane
Funkdeepstar
Miggs

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Virgin Mobile achieves a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title in Braamies @richardbranson

2 October 2013: Virgin Mobile South Africa has successfully achieved a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Most people crammed into a Mini Cooper. 25 people squeezed into the old-school Mini at the new Virgin Mobile concept store in Braamfontein under the watchful eye of the media, the public, several officials and Sir Richard Branson himself.

The über-trendy store design is a mixture of British heritage and strong Jo’burg influences so, to celebrate the launch of the store, Virgin Mobile wanted to bring the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title to South Africa from the United Kingdom. The previous record for Most people crammed in a Mini Cooper (Classic Model) is 23 and was achieved by Danielle Maynard and the David Lloyd Divas (UK) on 15 November 2012.

The 25 participants, who needed to be adults taller than 1.5 metres, each received a GALAXY S III Mini – a compact smartphone with a powerful technology punch – sponsored by Samsung Electronics SA.

When the funky Virgin Mobile Mini Cooper doesn’t contain over two dozen people contorting their bodies, it is converted into a photo booth for consumers to use free of charge when visiting this vibrant, cutting-edge store, which has been designed to provide a creative space for the community to work, play and test drive the latest phones and accessories.

What’s more, Virgin Mobile has teamed up with Motherland Coffee Company, an emerging local Fair Trade coffee supplier, to provide tasty bites and beverages to peeps while they shop, get assistance, work or socialise in the store environment. Offering two hours of free Wifi access with any purchase from Motherland or Virgin Mobile, and plenty of plug points and steaming hot coffees, the store is definitely a place for making connections.

Another cool feature of the store is the artwork from designer Sibusiso Ngcobo featured in the lounge area. Ngcobo was the winner of Virgin Mobile’s “Naked Wall” competition which encouraged artists and designers in Maboneng to place their mark on the Braamfontein store and add the flair of Jozi culture to its walls.

“Both this concept store and the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS  attempt is what Virgin Mobile is all about –innovation, fun, quality, value for money and a sense of competitive challenge. We are always striving to be different and better. More importantly, we’re focused on contributing to the wellbeing and happiness of people and the sustainability of the planet, hence our partnership with Motherland Coffee Company. Our partners’ pioneering attitude to delivering products ethically combines smart disruption with fair play. In short, we’re a lifestyle brand and really wanted to create a space for the community to connect and enjoy themselves”, says Anton Landman, CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa.

Virgin Mobile Braamfontein takes great pride in its various collaborations with the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. Situated directly above the store, the Centre helps entrepreneurs become innovative business leaders through business training programmes, mentoring and support. In fact, The Virgin Mini Photo Booth was built by graduate Wes Boshoff and the team from Plastispray Customs. In addition, special uniforms for staff were designed by Ubuntuism, another organisation affiliated to the Cantre. While involving members and graduates through initiatives such as these, Virgin Mobile will also donate 50% of the profits made from all accessory sales to the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship.

Braamies will get the hottest scoops with loads of special offers and the latest happenings at the store. So, whether you go to study, work, meet or just chill, Virgin Mobile Braamfontein is the place to be.

Virgin Mobile Braamfontein is situated at 19 Melle Street, Braamfontein. For more information visit www.virginmobile.co.za and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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KFC gives up the Colonel for hungry children @kfc

South Africa’s most loved Quick Service Restaurant brand is giving up its most valuable asset in an unprecedented move to highlight the plight of hungry children in the country.

To mark World Hunger Relief month, KFC South Africa has given up their Colonel logo and replaced it with the smiling faces of children. These faces represent the children that benefit from KFC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Add Hope.

The extraordinary move is part of KFC’s Add Hope Campaign for October and reinforces the long-term commitment to child hunger relief in South Africa. From 1 October to 9 November, customers will see six little faces at 114 KFC stores, one in each major city across the country.

Since its launch in 2009, Add Hope has raised over R183-million towards feeding hungry children. KFC Africa Managing Director Doug Smart says “KFC Add Hope brings our brand, customers and staff together to make a difference, because we quite simply believe, a hungry nation can never be a growing one”.

More than 12-million South Africans go hungry every day[1]. A fifth of the population. The majority being children, women and the elderly. “The future of our children only looks brighter with a full tummy, so they can learn, grow and thrive. Through our Add Hope initiative we partner with over 90 beneficiaries across the country, including early childhood development organisations, children’s homes and school feeding programmes and we feed more than 40 000 children every month” says Smart.

The Add Hope initiative which runs all year round, lets customers purchase a menu item, “Add Hope”, for just R2 and have it added to their order. KFC believes Add Hope sits at the heart of its brand and as such, its franchisees also contribute a percentage of their marketing funds.

The campaign is a follow-on to Add Hope’s 2012 ‘Journey of Hope’, whereby extreme adventurer Riaan Manser cycled from Cape Town to Johannesburg on a limited calorie diet – literally spelling out the word ‘Hope’ across the South African landscape to highlight the plight of hunger.

KFC’s goal is to raise R2-million during the month of October from its customers to continue to spreading hope.

Yum! Restaurants International
KFC South Africa

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