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Tuesday, February 28, 2017



Magic, mentalism and stand-up comedy collide in a mind boggling, belly achingly funny new stage show, Masood and Marvellous Mentalist at Sibaya casino and Entertainment Kingdom this weekend (March 3 to 5)

Troye is an international performer who has been dazzling his audiences for over 15 years, specialising in stage mentalism. He is also the only hypnogician in South Africa, using a blend of comedy and charm, creating impressive fests of mind reading, telekinesis, hypnosis and future prediction. Within seconds he captivates his audience and sends them on a journey of fascination and wonder. Expect to be wowed by this disciple of the legendary Jimmy Ritchie as he takes the audience through the wonderful world of magic and mentalism.

Joining Troye is Durban-based stand-up comedian Masood Boomgaard who frequently collaborates with the biggest names in the comedy industry on stages across the country. He is also known to work with artists outside of the comic sphere, often including music and magic as part of his shows.

Expect razor sharp one liners and over the top comic antics from Masood as he brings the funny in bucket loads of the stage for this highly anticipated comedy and mentalism show.

Masood and the Marvellous Mentalist takes place at the Sibaya iZulu Theatre on March 3 and 4 at 20h00 and on March 5 at 15h00. Tickets R120 from Computicket, Shoprite/Checkers or Sibaya Box Office.


The KZNSA Gallery is hosting Emerging Creatives, part of the 2017 Design Indaba festival.

Each year, Design Indaba’s Emerging Creatives Programme finds the most promising young minds of South Africa’s creative scene to give them a leg up and hit the ground running in the industry.

While the programme’s main class will be exhibiting their work as part of Design Indaba’s Nightscape event in Cape Town, the Extended Class offers applicants from Durban and Johannesburg an opportunity to exhibit their work in their hometown – at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban or at Fox Junction in Johannesburg.

The Durban members of 2017’s Durban Extended Class are as follows:

-Desireé Noxolo Gumede is a graphic designer from KwaZulu-Natal who graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, focusing on the subliminal power of visual communication.
-Fellow illustrator Nokubonga Charmane Mbambo is a comic artist who draws inspiration from Japanese manga and animation
-Jewellery designer Nomfundo Cebekhulu creates her pieces to reflect African modernity.
-KZN’sTsépo Khonyane is an ambitious young businessman with a keen understanding of the power of social media
-Design School of South Africa graduate Hayley Richards makes her mark in the city’s fashion arena.
-Durban University of Technology graduate Nishthi Sewnath creates her fashion designs with a sense of intuition in addition to aesthetics
-Nivadni Sewnath creates unique garments with an interest in efficient design.
-Fellow DUT graduate Wanda Majubana is a textile designer who infuses his work with gaming culture.

Extended Class – Durban opens tomorrow (March 1) and runs until March 19. The KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1705, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit


Tune in to NickToons (DStv channel 308) this Friday (March 3, 2017) at 14h45 CAT as the second series of kids quiz Nickelodeon’s Genius heads to Durban. Watch in amazement as trios of the region’s cleverest kids go head-to-head in pursuit of the prestigious Nickelodeon’s Genius title.

This week’s episodes focuses on the Durban regional heats, as 24 youngsters aged 11-16 from schools throughout the region go head to head in the Genius workshop and quiz knockout.

These smart kids definitely know their stuff, as they test their mettle against physics, algebra, calculus and life science questions that would leave many adults scratching their heads in puzzlement – participating in quick-fire quizzes and mental challenges in the search for the 2017 Nickelodeon’s Genius winners!

12,349 youngsters from around the country entered this season of Nickelodeon’s Genius, but only 16 teams will get through to the final stages including 4 ‘wild card’ teams.

Nickelodeon’s Genius is hosted by Lihle Msimang and Thapelo Hlophe. 

Says Thapelo: “Every single contestant is unbelievably competitive. There’s no question that they want to win, and each of them gives their all. They have all my respect!  It’s been an absolute pleasure hosing Nickelodeon’s Genius, and spending time with these brilliant young scientists and mathematicians. Their spirit, their competitiveness and their friendliness makes me realise afresh every day that South African kids are amazing. Just amazing!”

Nickelodeon’s Genius is powered by ABSA MegaU, and supported by the Government’s Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).  The ultimate winners of the contest will receive an amazing prize: a ZAR 100,000 ABSA MegaU account for each member of the winning team and an unforgettable visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA - where the winners will eat lunch with a real, live astronaut – and a trip to Universal Studios! The winning schools also receive books and educational material worth ZAR 30, 000, courtesy of Cambridge Publishing.

For more information on Nickelodeon’s Genius, visit, like Nickelodeon on Facebook or follow Nickelodeon on Twitter @NickAfrica using the hashtag #GENIUS.


Zee TV Africa continues to make inroads into the continent with the launch of a new channel Zee Bollymovies which will broadcast on Africa’s biggest TV network on March 1, 2017. DStv will premiere Zee Bollymovies in South Africa and take it to the rest of the continent to market Bollywood entertainment to Africa.

Zee, the number one destination for Bollywood on the continent, will captivate African audiences across the board with its award winning Bollywood movies. The Zee Bollymovies channel is an exciting new addition to the Zee stable which the South African audiences will first see on DStv channel 114.

“We have packaged Bollymovies and adapted the content to suit the African viewer. The channel is customized and dubbed in English. Bollymovies will be a one of its kind channel on the African continent, being a 24-hour dedicated Bollywood movie channel dubbed in English. This is an extremely exciting launch for us and for viewers on the continent and we look forward to being hosted on the DStv platform.” Explained Harish Goyal – Zee Africas CEO.

Zee has had immense success with the launch of Zee World on DStv channel 166 over the past two years.


(The cover of “Scars That Shine”)

Donvé Lee is the writer of the book, Scars That Shine, which is a biography of acclaimed musician Syd Kitchen.

Lee is an artist, writer and traveller. Her publications include the autobiographical novel An Intimate War, described by Cape Times books editor Karin Schimke as ‘the most lucid rendition of the madness of love you can hope to read in modern fiction’. Lee is also known for her numerous fiction and non-fiction books for young readers, among which are several series on South African artists, musicians, sports celebrities and freedom fighters. She lives in Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula, where she manages a small craft upliftment project in Masiphumelele, works towards a PhD in Creative Writing, and dreams of painting again.

Syd Kitchen’s words: “On my better days friends find me flirting with the nurses, cigarette in one hand and scotch in the other, but if I listen carefully I can hear the tribute concerts starting up. There they are, celebrating my life like never before, and here I am, knock knock knockin’ on heaven’s door. That rhymes, doesn’t it? I think I might even feel a song coming on but I’m so tired and the words are slipping away and the music is fading into a soft chant round my bed and Madala was spot on, he said when God says He want you, we can’t run away. I know Bafo, I know. I’m not running anymore.”

Skollie, saint, scholar, hippest of hippies, imperfect musician with a perfect imagination, Syd Kitchen was, like all great artists, born to enrich his art and not himself. Plagued by drugs, alcohol and depression, too much of an outlaw to be embraced by record companies, he frequently sold his furniture to cover production costs of his albums, seduced fans at concerts and music festivals worldwide with his dazzling ‘Afro-Saxon’ mix of folk, jazz, blues and rock interspersed with marvellously irreverent banter, and finally became the subject of several compelling documentaries, one of which - Fool in a Bubble - premiered in New York in 2010.

Says Lee: “There are many creative geniuses in the world who never receive the recognition they deserve. Syd Kitchen was one of them. He was also a friend who asked me to write his biography. I was always intrigued by the complexity and duality of his personality. But these facts alone were not enough to persuade me to write this book. The primary reasons were that Syd’s story was deeply compelling and needed to be told, and there are far too few worthy literary portraits of South African musicians available.”

Scars that Shine written by Donvé Lee is published by Tracey McDonald Publishers
PRINT ISBN: 978-0-620-70993-4
ePUB ISBN: 978-0-620-70994-1
PDF ISBN: 978-0-620-70995-8
Print recommended retail price: R260 (VAT Incl) More information from Tracey on or 083 659 7489.