national Arts Festival Banner

Sunday, December 17, 2017

TRUST ME ON M-NET



(Jodie Whittaker)

Starting tomorrow (Monday, December 18) at 20h00 will be the season premiere of Trust Me.

This gripping British drama sees Cath Hardacre, a hardworking nurse played by Jodie Whittaker, who is forced to take drastic measures, after she’s suspended for whistleblowing.

She steals the identity of a doctor, her best friend, to make a new life in Edinburgh with her daughter.

RMB STARLIGHT CLASSICS 2017



South Africa's top vocalists perform with a full philharmonic orchestra in this classy classical music special.

Today. Sunday December 17, fans of music and great local content are in for a treat as the RMB Starlight Classics concert returns to M-Net channel 101 at 17h30 for a second star-studded year.

The show, which was filmed earlier in 2017, promises to take viewers on a musical journey of Afro-symphonic blends. With award-winning international and South African talent offerings forming part of this impressive show, it comes just in time to herald the festive season.

Gracing the stage in this year’s production are the three internationally acclaimed South African tenors, Siyabonga Maqungo, July Zuma, and Sunnyboy Dladla, all of whom returned to South Africa to perform with a number of famous local voices.

The Voice SA coach and President of Zoid Afrika, Karen Zoid, is amongst them, along with lead singer of Freshlyground, Zolani Mahola, opera and musical theatre star Lynelle Kennedy, The Voice SA Season Two runner-up Josh Ansley and acclaimed cross-over jazz trio from Germany, Trio NeuKlang.

Another stage highlight is The Drakensberg Boys Choir, who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. The musical performances are supported by The Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and hosted by Maestro Richard Cock, with additional conducting by Brandon Phillips.

Viewers can expect an eclectic mix of famous musical numbers, with everything from the classical aria Nessum Dorma to Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Johnny Clegg’s Spirit of the Great Heart on the bill!

This popular, festive concert is the brainchild of Richard Cock and Rand Merchant Bank and has been entertaining over 400,000 people for close to two decades.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

TINA: SIMPLY THE BEST



(Caroline Borole)

From Showtime Australia, the company that presented international hit tribute shows such as The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show, The Michael Jackson HIStory Show and Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic, comes a brand new live show that is set to rock audiences all the way back to the 1960s.

Tina: Simply The Best, which features well-known cast members from previous Showtime Australia hit shows, makes its international performance d├ębut at the popular Sibaya Casino in Durban, this December.

Performing in the iZulu Theatre until January 7, 2018, Tina: Simply The Best is set to recreate the powerful and energetic vocals and stage presence of the Queen of Rock, Tina Turner.

This live rendition features all the popular tracks that had audiences standing in their seats, as well as the soulful and rhythmic blues songs that had everyone belting their hearts out from one of the world's most-loved female rock legends over the past few decades.

Tina: Simply The Best features the songstress’s greatest hits including: What’s Love Got to Do with It, River Deep – Mountain High, Proud Mary, (Simply) The Best, Nutbush City Limits and more.

South African-born songstress, Caroline Borole, takes on the role of Turner in this two-hour show. Backed by a world-class live band on stage, Borole performs over 15 of Turner’s most popular tracks.

The professional South African singer and actress was handpicked by Showtime Australia director, John Van Grinsven, to tackle Turner’s trademark growls, grunts and raspy vocals on stage.

“Tina is not like a lot of other performers out there. She really puts on a show when she's on stage, so when one tries to emulate her, you have to make sure you study her down to the tee,” explains Borole.

The outrageously-confident Borole is accompanied by four energetic dancers to help create the ultimate Tina Turner concert experience. Borole and her dancers will twist and twirl their way around stage to a live backing band, making this show Simply the Best!

Tina: Simply The Best runs in the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino until January 7, 2018. Tickets R250 pp booked through Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide.

UMHLANGA SUMMER FESTIVAL, 2017



(Fazlyn Naidoo participates in “Carols Under the Stars”)

The annual uMhlanga Summer Festival brings a myriad family-centred holiday activities to uMhlanga for the festive season for visitors and locals alike, from December 14 to 23.

Of course, being uMhlanga, one of the main areas of focus is the beach. The Beach Festival starts on December 14 and continues until December 23 where people are encouraged to participate and join in the fun and games on the uMhlanga Millennium Stage with daily activities planned around the main beach as well as on the stage from 10h00 until 14h00 daily. The day starts with daily exercises to get the blood circulating. The programme features nostalgic old-school family fun – hula hoops; tug-of-war, musical chairs, face-painting, talent showcase, mini Olympics etc.

Kevin Ellis – a multi-awarded international champion Line Dancer – will be leading open public participative Line Dance sessions on the beach stage teaching basic line-dance moves. In-between the classes, there will be impromptu competitions of giving prizes to the best line dancer judged on audience applause. 2017 was a great year for Ellis - he has won KZN; Gauteng; Cape Town; SA; European and World champs in one year.

The programme wraps up every afternoon at 13h30 with a community beach clean up to ensure that everyone gets involved in keeping the beaches in their pristine condition.  

The Carols Under the Stars evening at Granada Square on December 20, co-ordinated by Shelley McLean, takes place from 18h00 until 19h30. The event takes place under the stars in the courtyard square of the hottest spot on the uMhlanga strip. Getting the festive cheer rolling, sing along to favourites like Away in a Manger; Joy to the World; Silent Night; Once in Royal David’s City and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. As part of the show, this year includes a number of young performers who will be singing and dancing

Father Christmas will be arriving in style riding on the back of a shiny Harley Davidson. Carollers are invited to bring an unwrapped toy that will be gifted to an under privilege child coordinated by Rotary Umhlanga.

For more information visit www.umhlangatourism.co.za or like the uMhlanga Tourism Facebook page.

NB: This year, although many of the season events are formally free of charge, we visitors and participants are encouraged to bring along a gift suitable to give to an underprivileged child for Christmas. Collection points are the Millennium Stage during the festival and at the Carol Under the Stars event - which uMhlanga Rotary will distribute to needy children over Christmas.

ANDREW WALFORD POTTERY STUDIO WEEKEND



Andrew Walford Pottery Studio is open this weekend (December 15 to 17) from 10h00 to 17h00.

Tea and Coffee will be served. Come along for a totally unusual wabi sabi experience!!  Enjoy the art and ambiance of the studio. Or rest awhile watching the view overlooking the Nshongweni Mountain.

For further information call Leanda on 082 794 7796.

"Or if you cannot make it you can purchase selective lines from our online shop at www.andrewwalfordpottery.com  and we can ship anywhere in the world," says Walford.