Red Bull Brings Biggest Sound System Battle To Jozi Aka, Dj Tira, Patoranking And Admiral & Jahseed Showdown

One of the world’s most innovative live music experiences – the Red Bull Culture Clash – will storm its way onto the Orlando Stadium stage on 23 September 2017.

A sound system battle of epic proportions will unfold as four crews, each fronted by headline artists including AKA, DJ Tira, Patoranking and Admiral and Jahseed, will represent four of South Africa’s biggest sounds – hip hop, house, afro-beats and reggae. The four competing sound systems will compete back-to-back over a series of rounds – all in a bid to get the biggest reaction from the crowd and be crowned as the 2017 Red Bull Culture Clash winners.


AKA, hip hop crew leader has promised fans a killer performance, vowing he is coming for everything: “I’ve put together a team of some of the best musical minds South Africa has to offer. You ask me what my objective or plan is for Culture Clash? It’s simple enough: I’m here to win. Nothing else!”

 Holding no punches, Admiral and Jahseed are both getting ready for retaliation on behalf of dancehall and reggae supporters: “We’re preparing for war right now: arming ourselves and looking forward to the battle!”

The Red Bull Music Academy, Red Bull’s longest-standing music programme, now in its 19th year, introduced the Culture Clash concept in the UK in 2010, and it has since made its way around the world, including events in New York, Lisbon and Paris. Red Bull Culture Clash itself is based on the classic Jamaican sound system culture, but with a twist.  It’s defined by the use of cutting-edge lyrics, fierce competition and ridiculously loud sound systems.

An essential feature of every clash is the ‘surprise factor’ and South African fans can expect some epic surprises on the night. These include exclusive and custom dubplate specials made up of unique songs recorded by a crew that only they can play. Crews are encouraged to introduce special guests, including a host of artists, on the night as part of their arsenal of musical weaponry they bring to the battle.

More information to follow on detailing the battle rules, full crew and event details as well as exclusive artist interviews.

Follow Red Bull Culture Clash on Twitter @RedBullZA, Facebook @redbull, Instagram @redbullza  and YouTube to stay ahead of the latest news and win exclusive Red Bull Culture Clash prizes. Join the conversation using #RedBullCultureClash.

Be part of the action by getting your tickets for the Red Bull Culture Clash 2017 event from Computicket.

About Red Bull Music Academy

Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals. Two groups of 30 selected participants—producers, vocalists, DJs, and instrumentalists from around the world—come together in a new city each year for two weeks of collaborations, lectures, and performances. The Academy began in 1998, and has been traversing the globe since. In 2010 it took place in London, when the first Culture Clash was hosted as part of a five week-long city festival. See  for more details.


Stanislaw Trzebinksi – Ortus At The Melrose Gallery | 6 – 27 July 2017

The Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg is proud to present Stanislaw Trzebinki’s “Ortus” – a sculptural journey back to our roots”. 



Gauteng art enthusiasts are in for a treat this July as Stanislaw Trzebinski, a talented 25-year-old sculptor, showcases his mesmerizing solo exhibition, “Ortus”, at the Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg.

Part of his ongoing coral series, “Ortus”, features never before seen bronze sculptures in the 41-piece strong showing, along with never before seen two-dimensional works on brass, copper and paper. The exhibition follows on from a well-received run in Cape Town late last year.

“Ortus”, the Latin word for origins or beginnings, aptly evolves and extends Stanislaw’s central theme of modern man’s disassociation with the natural world.

The exhibition is presented as a complete story in that each work speaks to and has relevance to each other.

‘’I sought to illustrate the beauty of perfect harmony with nature, which is all but lost in modern life. I feel the need for us to take a closer look at our origins, and rekindle our forefathers’ appreciation and respect for the natural world on which we depend for our survival.” Stanislaw Trzebinski


Now based in Cape Town, Trzebinski is a Kenyan born sculptor of Polish, German & English decent. He is the son of famed painter, the late Tonio Trzebinski, and celebrated fashion designer, Anna Trzebinski. Both parents enjoyed international critical acclaim in their respective fields. With this heritage, it is therefore not surprising that his outputs thus far carry all the traits of a passionate creative force to be reckoned with.

Discovered in high school, Stanislaw had his first solo exhibition at 17-years old. Although political commentary inspired his early work, his love for nature soon took over. After a brief stint at the acclaimed Pratt Institute in New York, he moved to Cape Town to hone his skill and  produced a body of work that incorporated natural elements, like coral, rocks and abstract shapes and forms with the human form.

’Stanislaw has a remarkable understanding of his materials and his use thereof is way beyond his years. He is not afraid to experiment and this exciting blend of talents is resulting in artworks that are completely unique and extremely captivating. He is fast establishing himself as a serious contender in the South African contemporary art scene and we expect to see great things from this talented young artist,’’ Craig Mark, Director: The Melrose Gallery.



Stanislaw’s Functional art, ‘’Triton’s Table’’ was exhibited with thanks to Southern Guild Gallery, as part of the Contemporary Living: Art, Craft and Design exhibition at Christie’s South Kensington in April 2017.

Stanislaw was invited to speak at Christies, the respected international auction house, at their latest event, in order to provide collectors and enthusiasts with an insight into his unique working processes.

Commenting on the Christies auction, “I am deeply humbled by the opportunity and am still lost for words somewhat. As hard as I have worked, it’s an honor that one does not expect in one’s twenties. This has been a wonderful experience.”

“Ortus” will run from 6 – 27 July 2017 at the Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg and this exhibition should not be missed.

For more information on the exhibition see or to RSVP for the opening on 6 July at 6:30pm, contact


Past Exhibitions:

  • Contemporary Living: Art, Craft & Design, Christie’s Auction House (April 2017)
  • “Ortus” Solo Show, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (November 2016 – January 2017)
  • A sculpture for the Rose Garden at the acclaimed Vergelegen Wine Estate, Western Cape (October 2017)
  • “Beneath the surface” Solo Show, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (03 – 27 September, 2015)
  • “Homer Sapiens” Group Show, Objekt Design Art, Franschhoek, South Africa (August 15th – September 27th, 2015)
  • “Woodwork” Group Show, Southern Guild Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (June 4th – September 19th, 2015)
  • “Young Guns” Group show, Jan Royce Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (March 3rd – April 18th, 2015)
  • Group show, Young Blood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (August 6th – September 3rd, 2014)
  • “Kingdom” Group Show, Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Cape Town, South Africa (August 9th – October 12th, 2014)




The Melrose Gallery, a 290sqm space situated on The High Street, opened to the public on 01 December 2016. The gallery is collaboration between Justin Divaris, well-known entrepreneur and CEO of Daytona – sole importers of Aston Martin, McLaren and Rolls-Royce, Clint Strydom acclaimed South African photographer, and Craig Mark of Kizo Art Consultants.







The SERAS CSR Awards Announce 2017 Call For Entries from Across Africa

The Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards, otherwise known as The SERAS CSR Awards Africa, have announced the call for entries for the 2017 edition, and in 2017, for the first time, East African businesses and organisations are also invited to enter, making the event truly pan-African for the first time.

First held in 2007, The SERAS have grown to become the largest and most respected awards event aimed specifically at promoting and rewarding corporate social responsibility and sustainability in Africa. Originally the awards were focused on West Africa, but 2017 sees the awards become truly pan-African, open to businesses from West, East, and Southern Africa.

The 2016 edition of the event saw the awards extended into Southern Africa with entries received from organisations in various countries including Angola, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Ghana. In fact, Investec Bank South Africa took home the overall prize and capped a beautiful night with multiple wins in various categories, while MTN and Nigerian Breweries plc. emerging as runner-up and first runner-up respectively.

In 2017, the SERAS are excited to open the competition further, with East African businesses now also eligible to enter. The SERAS will be making a concerted effort to reach out to businesses across the region. The team at the SERAS recognises that East Africa is one of the fastest growing, and most stable regions in Africa and has a well developed corporate and NGO sector, and all organisations from the region are encouraged to enter the awards within the various categories.

Widely acknowledged as the largest and most respected event on the CSR & Sustainability calendar across Africa, from inception to date the SERAS has registered 710 entries from 115 organisations.

The theme for the 2017 awards is Transformational Sustainability: From Social Responsibility to Social Impact, a theme that challenges corporates to ensure their social responsibility investments yield real world results.

At the onset of the millennium, world leaders launched an ambitious global mission to reduce poverty and enhance human development. Sadly, Africa has been able to attain only a little under 15% of expected target impacts.

There can be no doubt that brands and organisations are hurling themselves at sustainability and corporate social responsibility as if it is the answer to everything. Not a day passes without new announcements and claims of brands championing environmental and social issues on our behalf. Sales of ‘green’ products in stores have doubled between 2010 and 2012 and green advertising tripled in Africa between 2011 and 2014. Unfortunately however, a huge percentage of these advertising claims are actually ‘green washing,’ the term given to any marketing or brand claim around environmental or social issues that is false, misleading, or exaggerated.

This edition of the the SERAs seeks to uncover the brands that have walked their talks in the real sense, and to highlight and reward those investments and interventions that lead to actual impacts in communities where organisations do business and in the general society at large.

There are 25 awards categories that businesses can enter including, Best Company in Poverty Reduction, Best Company in Eradication of Hunger, Best Company in Promotion of Gender Equality, Best Company in Provision of Clean Water & Sanitation, Best Company in Affordable & Clean Energy, Best Company in Industry & Innovation, Most Sustainable Cities/Communities Award, as well as the regional award for Best Company in CSR/Sustainability East Africa.

The competition is open to large, medium and small scale, not- for- profit organizations, as well as public sector organizations.

Further details on how interested organizations can participate can be found on the awards website The SERAS CSR Awards is billed hold on November 17th 2017 at the prestigious Eko Hotel, Lagos.

#LAWatches | Ngola’s Warm Up Sessions

Kuthula Londoloza Magubane is a Hip-Hop/ Alternative musician and actor born in Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1990. His alias musically is “Ngola”, an ancient Swahili word meaning “King.”


Born In The 90z is the first single released off his debut project entitled RocketPowerLove. RocketPowerLove is a fruitful coming-ofage soundtrack about what independence means for an African artist. The project is a fourteen-track EP highlighting the introspective emotional, spiritual and mental toil one endures before and after signing a record deal. His body of work reflects a musical pilgrimage through contrasting landscapes in Durban to Cape Town and finally, Johannesburg.

It is more than the story of the Hip-Hop artist on the journey to becoming an allround musician. It is the story of an entrepreneur, university graduate, professional model, actor and idea generator.

Milestones include opening for international act Casey Veggies (Los Angeles) alongside Youngsta CPT in 2015. Locally, Ngola has opened for household names in South African music such as Crazy White Boy, Zaki Ibrahim, Euphonik, to most notably Stogie T. As an actor, Kuthula has already made major appearances in local television, currently as “Malibongwe” in the popular drama Is’thunzi on Mzansi Magic. In 2017, Ngola is a member of the J&B Hive in Braamfontein, creating platforms such as 2SIXteenZ & TheHipHopMarket for African creatives and young people to showcase and experience alternative spaces in South African popular culture. It is a mission critical to his company’s vision and a life’s work better known as LOFW: Leaders of the Future World.

Facebook: @LOFW
Instagram: @Ngola_III
Twitter: @Ngola_III

Announcing Speakers For Young African Creative Conference | 24 June 2017

This Saturday, newly launched annual symposium; Young African Creative Conference (YACC) will be at the J&B Hive on the 24th of June. YACC 2017 is focused on the state of the youth on the continent – sharing ideas, showcasing work and the active citizens pushing the continent forward in Africa. Creatives from across the continent and diaspora will participate in debates, talks and workshops over a day ending with a networking session over coffee, cocktails and live music.

Checkout some of the Guest speakers below & Purchase a ticket now via Webtickets or at physically at J&B Hive, 100 Juta Street, Braamfontein. 

Asanka Takes Afro-Fusion Cuisine Scene By Storm

Foodies have been hailing contemporary Afro-fusion restaurant Asanka in Rivonia, Johannesburg, as “highly recommended” “I’ll definitely be back” “striking décor” and “lovely plating” among some of the reviews. In fact, the restaurant offers delicious afro-fusion cuisine without the pretention. It is contemporary with hints of warm and vibrant traditions.


Some of the most delicious recipes from north, east and west Africa have been given an elegant twist by executive chef Rouget Bagley. “I’m always working to create nuanced flavours in the Asanka kitchen – the flavours of the menu constantly evolve and develop giving patrons new taste experiences each time they visit the restaurant,” he says.


The stunningly crafted winter menu offers aromatic African dishes with European and Asian flair. Take for example the Berbere lamb knuckle pansotti – the slow-cooked Berbere gets its vibrant flavour from the famous west African Harissa rub, which has been perfected in the Asanka kitchen, while the handmade melt-in-the-mouth pasta brings authentic Italy to the dish.

Multiple award-winning chef Rouget is renowned for bringing an Asian twist to his menus and at Asanka he combines eastern flavours with African dishes to absolute perfection. This couldn’t be more apparent than in hisPork loin with chili – a prime cut of pork is marinated with habanero chili, commonly used in west African cuisine, and fused with the Asian flavours of soya, ginger and hints of wasabi in the jus.

Since the restaurant’s doors opened earlier this year, Asanka has picked up a reputation for creating spectacular and original desserts like the Poached strawberries with pink peppercorn consommé and hibiscus jelly, which is dissolved for the umami factor.

The extensive selection of wines provides numerous pairing opportunities with the varied dishes. For patrons wanting to enjoy a few post-work drinks, Asanka’s bar offers a welcoming space to relax. Sip cocktails from comfortable couches on the bar’s spacious patio and wait the traffic out, or stay for dinner.

The eclectic yet elegant and modern décor lends itself beautifully to the exquisite Afro-fusion dining experience. The bold and textured shweshwe-inspired wall paper provides a stunning backdrop for the gold and orange retro furniture. The restaurant’s atmosphere is all at once sophisticated and luxurious but with grounded earthy tones and vibrant colours. The beautiful framed prints adorning the walls were all sourced from Kenya and reveal the diversity of cultures from around Africa.

While chef Rouget always strives to push the envelope with creative concepts, conjuring up Africa and the world beyond in every dish he plates, the front-of-house staff turns the overall dining experience at Asanka into a warm African welcome. “Our intention is to provide our patrons with an unforgettable time at our restaurant with great food and fun in a vibrant atmosphere. We want our customers to pop in for sundowners or relax and enjoy a meal before heading home from a busy day at work,” says front-of-house manager Spencer Luphahla.


7 Course Tasting Menu 

Amuse Bouche

Rye Bruchetta with Aubergine Mousse and Fennel Fluid Gel

Lamb Pansotti

Berbere Lamb Knuckle Pansotti, Red Wine But Blanc, Mint Jelly, and Chesnutt soil.

House smoked Salmon Red-Red

Slow Cooked Beans,Pan Seared Salmon, and Roasted Red Peppers.

Baharat Prawn

Baharat Marinated Prawn with Rose Veloute, Corn Puree, and Nori Gel


Spiced Char Sui Springbok Fillet

Char Sui Springbok Fillet with Bulgar Wheat Risotto, Plum Puree, and Char Tender Stem Broccoli

Fluffed Jollof Rice

Ghanaian Spiced Jollof Rice With Roasted Onion and Shito Puree.

Asanka Eel

Citrus Smoked Eel with Yam Noodle, Caramelized Fennel, and Miso Broth.

White Chocolate Macha

Macha Mousse, White Chocolate Aero, Matcha Sponge, White Chocolate Sorbet

AsankaRestaurant          @Asanka_Rest           @asanka_restaurant

adidas celebrates International Day of Yoga

Today is International Day of Yoga and in celebration of this special day, adidas has photographed Yogis around the world saluting the sun. The photos will be posted on @adidasWomen as the sun rises in each of those countries.

Tegan, Cara-Lisa and Joëlle fly the flag for South Africa, so be sure to catch their stunning images on Instagram.

Shop the collection here:

A Bigger, Better Coke Studio Africa 2017 | #CokeStudioAfrica

Coke Studio Africa 2017 promises to be a melting pot of music talents bringing together renowned music producers and top-notch artists drawn from various parts of the continent.

(SOUTH AFRICA, 1 JUNE 2017): The Coca-Cola Company, through their music flagship show Coke Studio, has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one, bigger, better Coke Studio Africa 2017.

Laura Beg

The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 nations in the previous edition. This season will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa. The production now includes artists from South Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon. The last edition featured Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire, and Togo whilst South Africa had its own production.

“Coke Studio Africa showcases Africa’s incredible music by combining different artists and genres to inspire a new generation of African music fans. With the expanded show, we aim to bring the continent alive through a fusion of music and culture that celebrates our diversity,” said Monali Shah, the Senior Content Excellence Manager for Coca-Cola Southern and East African Business Unit and Coke Studio Africa Project Director.

Sami Dan (LEFT) and Wesley Masilo (RIGHT) - Content Director Coke Studio....jpg

“Music is the heartbeat and the soul of many diverse communities throughout Africa. From Bongo, to Kwaito, to Lingala and other genres across Africa, Coke Studio Africa is helping introduce these different musical styles to new communities for the first time, while maintaining a long tradition of Coca-Cola’s use of music to build its brand,” she concludes.

Like the previous editions, Coke Studio aims to inspire and introduce Africa’s music talents to a wider audience through interaction, collaboration and cooperation amongst musical artists while also building a strong brand connection with Africa’s young and growing population.  Africa is full of great music talent in communities, cities and countries, and Coke Studio Africa can give these artists wider exposure, while enabling them to create inspirational new sounds

Some of the renowned names this season include Khaligraph Jones and Band Becca from Kenya, Rayvanny, Izzo Bizness, Nandy from Tanzania, Sami Dan from Ethiopia, Bebe Cool, Eddy Kenzo and Sheebah, Ykee Benda representing Uganda, Nasty C, Busiswa, Mashayabhuqe from South Africa, Youssoupha from Democratic Republic of Congo, Runtown and Yemi from Nigeria.

Adding to the list are Dji Tafinha from Angola, Laura Beg from Mauritius, Jah Prayzah and Slapdee from Central Africa Republic, Bisa Kdei and Worlasi from Ghana, Betty G from Ethiopia, Bruce Melodie, Shellsy Baronet and Mr. Bow from Mozambique, Denise from Madagascar and Ozane from Togo, Freeda from Namibia.

Key names in this year’s production are reputable producers such as Yuvir Pillay Nivedan a.k.a Sketchy Bongo from South Africa, Kiff No beat from Ivory Coast, Nahreel from Tanzania, amongst others.

“Music has always been the heartbeat and soul of Africa, but the internet, social media and creativity is taking artists from their communities and allowing them to reach an audience across the continent, supported through initiatives such as Coke Studio Africa,” says Sharon Keith, Marketing Director for Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa.

Coke Studio Africa 2017 is expected to air from August in South and Central Africa markets and from September onwards in East and West Africa.


About Coke Studio Africa

Coke Studio Africa is a non-competitive music collaboration show, which seeks to bring together, and celebrate the diversity of African music and talent. It also gives upcoming artistes the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent. It brings together artistes from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through musical fusion.

To keep up with all Coke Studio Africa related information including artistes, collaborations, lyrics and television airing times follow the hashtag #cokestudioafrica or find us online at the following pages:

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Hashtag: #CokeStudioAfrica

The South Africa Brand Summit & Awards Attracts Local & International Thought Leaders

The inaugural South Africa Brand Summit & Awards, which seeks to analyse South Africa as a brand and recognise organisations and people who have enhanced the country’s reputation, has secured a growing list of renowned thought-leaders, speakers, and panellists.

The list includes the likes of:
• Professor Jonathan Jansen – Academic, Columnist and Author
• Siki Mgabadeli – ENCA Television and SABC Radio Anchor
• Crispin Sonn – Executive Director, Gamiro Investment Group
• Alan Winde – Provincial Minister of Economic Opportunities, Western Cape
• Yanina Dubeykovskaya – Founder and Chairwoman of The World Communication Forum, Davos

At a critical time in South Africa’s history, The South Africa Brand Summit & Awards will provide a unique platform to begin – but certainly not finish – a series of important conversations about the health and future of South Africa’s nation brand. In a first, pioneers from business, politics and civic society will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by looking at:

• The size of the gulf that exists between South Africa’s brand identity and brand image;
• How South Africa is currently perceived, what it is associated with and known for, domestically and globally.
• Our nation’s brand narrative(s), i.e. the messages that are being received out there, domestically and globally, about the country; how these are generated and propagated, and how they inform the narrative of the nation brand image;
• South Africa’s best-loved brands, across the spectrum domestically and globally, that particularly impact on South Africa’s image.

With the theme “Recapturing the South African narrative”, The South Africa Brand Summit & Awards, will take place on 16th & 17th November 2017 in Cape Town, culminating in a Gala Awards Dinner at which brands that make South Africa shine will be celebrated.

Awards: Members of the public are invited to nominate any natural person, company, organisation or group which they feel represents their ideal South African brand. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges.

South African brands can be nominated for the following categories:
• Socio-economic development
• Policies and practice on rights issues (human rights, labour rights, environmental rights, children’s rights, animal rights, women’s rights, group rights, etc.)
• Community builders
• South African brand ambassadorship, locally and abroad
• Ethical leadership
• Embraces and promotes diversity
• Generates positive publicity for RSA
• Attracts positive interest in RSA
• Generates positive publicity and global goodwill for RSA
• Mentors and grows young South Africans

Early bird tickets and award nomination forms are available at
Solly Moeng, Reputation Specialist & Project Convenor has this to say: “We are very excited about the feedback we have received for our inaugural summit. It is our honour to welcome a growing list of exceptional speakers, panellists, moderators and sponsors from all sectors of our society into the fold.

The need for such an initiative has never been more critical. And it has never been more timely. The Summit will initiate and lead critical conversations about our nation’s brand image; the attributes that make us proud, as well as the opportunities that remain to improve on our best efforts to progress in an increasingly global and complex world.
This initiative will also provide an opportunity to reflect on how best to position South Africa as an attractive destination for FDI, discerning tourists, project collaboration in many sought-after fields (academia, sports, etc.); all aimed at promoting sustainable development, as well as regional and global leadership for South Africa.”

Twitter: @BrandSummitSA ‏
Facebook: BrandSummitandAwardsSA