International Jazz Extravaganza, A Success for the Second Time #IJE2017

On Saturday, June 17th, the second annual International Jazz Extravaganza was nothing short of a stellar event with a star-studded line-up that took to the stage to delight audiences and inspire true jazz connoisseurs. From the big-band sounds of swing to the freedom of avant-garde and everything in between and beyond, jazz-lovers witness the world’s greatest jazz talents perform at the Durban International Convention Centre-Arena.

First on stage was pianist and sensational new vocalist, Thandi Ntuli who performed songs from her new album, “The Offering”. Thandi ensured that the IJE was a celebration of jazz by offering a pure and sophisticated performance.


Grammy award winner, Kurt Elling wowed the audience with his vocal range, jazzy tunes and stage presence.


Monty Alexander definitely brought a bit of his famous Jamaican flavour to South Africa. He united the crowd when he performed Bob Marley’s Redemption Song by encouraging the crowd to sing along.


The last performance was from Nduduzo Makhathini, who serenaded the crowd with offerings from his South African Music Award (SAMA23) winning album “iKhambi”.

ODMedia_IJE_ICC443The show was laced together by Metro FM’s ‘The Urban Jazz Experience’ host, Nothemba Madumo and ‘The Art of Sunday’ on Kaya FM presenter, Brenda Sisane who hosted the event.

While the lights may have dimmed, the stage emptied, the instruments packed away and the voices quiet, the 2017 International Jazz Extravaganza will live on in the hearts of jazz lovers for many years to come.

The second IJE is brought to you by its presenting partners, the National Department of Arts & Culture, the KZN Provincial Department of Arts and Culture and Durban Tourism; associate partner, Standard Bank Personal and Business Banking and official airline carrier, SAA. Media partners for the IJE are Mzansi Magic Music, Kaya FM and East Coast Radio and their official suppliers are Aha Hotels & Lodges  and SMG-Durban BMW.





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Paledi Segapo To Host 2nd Business Management Of Fashion Seminar

Founder and Creative Director of Palse SA, Paledi Segapo will once again host “The Business Management of Fashion Seminar” (BMOFS) on the 5th of August 2017 at the Reef Hotel in Johannesburg.

The seminar will be centered on imparting business and fashion advice to aspiring designers and entrepreneurs about the protocols of running a business in this highly competitive and fast growing industry.

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Following the success of the seminar held in March this year, which featured guest speakers such as Jerry Mokgofe, Quiteria and Lesley Mofokeng, BMOFS promises to be bigger and better.

Celebrities known for cladding Palse include multi-award winning and platinum selling artists Donald, Kwesta, Prince Kaybee, Idols SA ‘s Proverb and actor Kay Sibiya. Now in its second running, BMOFS aligns with Segapo’s vision to mentor up and coming designers, providing them with a much needed platform and exposure within the industry.

Paledi has vast knowledge and experience in both fashion and corporate sector, having graduated from Unisa with a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership and dissertation on Gauteng’s Growth Strategies within the Fashion Enterprise.


Paledi Segapo is currently available for interviews.

Connect with Paledi Segapo
Twitter: @paledisegapo
Instagram: @paledisegapo

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Twitter: @Palse_SA
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Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest, In Partnership With Nando’s And The Department Of Arts & Culture, Commemorates 41 Years Of The 1976 Soweto Uprisings & The 21st Anniversary Of The Constitution, 21 – 25 June 2017

On 16 June 1976, what started out as peaceful protest in the streets of Soweto by students standing up against an oppressive regime, ended with bloodshed and incarceration of young people at Number Four – what used to be Johannesburg’s nefarious prisons, which is presently known as Constitution Hill, a national heritage site. 41 years later, Constitution Hill, in partnership with Nando’s and the Department of Arts & Culture, commemorates the spirit of the students of 1976 with the annual Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest.

The festival is a celebration and expression of artistic wealth among the youth of South Africa. As we approach the 21st Anniversary of the signing of the constitution, it is important that we reflect on this key milestone in the history of South Africa, how far we have come as a nation and most importantly where we are.

Now in its 5th year, the Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest is focused on empowering youth in creative industries by affording them platforms for freedom of artistic expression. The event will feature a 5 day programme which entails a contemporary group art exhibition titled Expressions of Freedom; Conversations of Freedom creative talks, and Visions of Freedom is a film screenings sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission. All these activities lead up to main attraction of the festival which is the Sounds of Freedom music concert featuring a diverse line-up of both emerging and established musical talent from across the country. The Locrate Family Picnic will be a fusion of food, fashion, and craft – providing trading opportunities for small businesses and micro-sized enterprises.

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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.







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. 

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.

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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.

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“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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#CoolSpaces | Wine Whales and Music Weekend at De Hoop

Spectacular whale viewing – fabulous wines – incredible music!

The Wine Whales and Music Weekend from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2017- a special weekend to celebrate 10 years of De Hoop Collection’s hospitality – offers spectacular whale viewing with great wines and music – an absolute feast for the senses!

To witness and celebrate the magnificent giants of the sea you are invited to enjoy a memorable three days of whale spotting, wine tastings, tea and cake on Saturday afternoon and the highlight of the weekend, the Whale Time Serenade on Saturday evening.

De Hoop’s dinner, bed and breakfast weekend itinerary includes a special wine tasting with Strandveld wines, followed by a 5-course dinner on Friday evening and on Saturday book for Eco Boat cruises, a guided Bird Walk and Richard von Geusau’s chocolate-making workshop and enjoy tasting the wines showcased by the fabulous local wineries, and explore marine life under the microscope; afternoon tea and cake will be served under the Fig tree and in the evening listen to the ever-popular Whale Time Serenade for strings and flute with world-class musicians Peta Ann Holdcroft, Malané Hofmeyr-Burger, Irina Tsoniff, Ivo Ivanov and Vladimir Ivanov, with dinner in The Shed.

An exciting addition to this bumper Weekend are the three learned professors from the University of the Free State, Professors Jo and Liesl van As and Professor Linda Basson, who will explain ‘Life in the Intertidal Zone’.                They will set up a mini-lab and show guests the wonders of marine life through the microscope, which will be followed by a “marine experience” early on Sunday morning at low tide to explore Real Estate Habitats on the rocky shores at Koppie Alleen and enjoy a Picnic Breakfast on the dunes.

…and then there are the whales!

De Hoop is world-renowned as one of the best whale-watching spots with this stretch of the coastline being one of the world’s most important nursery areas for Southern Right whales and it is in September when more than 40 percent of the world’s Southern Right whales arrive in the bay at De Hoop to mate, calve and see their young through their first few vulnerable months.

Cost: from R925 per person per night sharing in a Rondawel to R2 150 per person per night sharing in a Suite (minimum two night stay).  Rate includes Friday Wine tasting, Friday Dinner, Saturday breakfast, Wine tasting, High Tea, Dinner and Music, Sunday breakfast and Whale Talk at Koppie Alleen.  Drinks and guided activities excluded.

Booking is essential.

Reservations can be made at 021-422 4522 or email

Social media:

Twitter: @dehoopreserve

Instagram: @dehoopreserve

When taking pics at De Hoop please use these hashtags – #dehoopcollection #dehoopgetaway

The Itinerary

Friday 1 September
2:00pm Arrive and Check-in at De Hoop
3:00pm Eco Boat Cruise on the Vlei with delicious canapés and drinks (R350 pp, kids 12 and under half price)
5:30pm Wine Tasting with Strandveld wines
7:30pm Gourmet Dinner with suggested wine pairing by Strandveld wines
(Dinner included in accommodation rate – wines charged per glass)


Saturday 2 September
8:00 am Guided Bird Walk along the Vlei (R150 pp kids 12 and under half price)
8:00-11:00 am Breakfast (included in accommodation rate)
10:00 am Chocolate-making Workshop with Richard von Geusau (R120 pp, kids 12 and under half price)
11:00 am Eco Boat Cruise on the Vlei with delicious tea, coffee and pastries (R350 pp, kids 12 and under half price)
11:00 am – 3pm Wine Tasting – enjoy a selection of wines from the local wineries
3:30pm High Tea while exploring the fascinating marine life in de Hoop under a microscope
4:30pm Presentation by Professors Jo and Liesl van As and Professor Linda Basson – The ShedWho are the farmers of the rocky shores at Koppie Alleen?”
7pm Whale Time Serenade for strings and flute with dinner in The Shed –Peta Ann Holdcroft, Malané Hofmeyr-Burger, Irina Tsoniff, Ivo Ivanov, Vladimir Ivanov


Sunday 3 September
7:30am: explore Real Estate Habitats on the rocky shores at Koppie Alleen with Professors Jo and Liesl van As and Professor Linda Basson, with a Picnic Breakfast on the dunes

Activities at De Hoop – Guests of all ages and tastes will find something to do at De Hoop: Families can enjoy all the usual home comforts plus family oriented fun activities on offerwonderful birding opportunities, nature lovers will enjoy the interpretive rock pool and Fynbos walks, extensive hiking and mountain biking trails or a running trail (25km route); tennis or boules and remember, for the younger members of the family there are baby-sitting services available – and don’t forget, Winter is whale season at De Hoop. And if you should need ‘time out’ for a bit of pampering, remember there is that ultimate escape (with a variety of revitalising Beauty and Body treatments) at the Spa @ De Hoop, an exercise in understated luxury, situated in the beautiful surrounds overlooking the vlei. Few other reserves offer as complete an outdoor experience as the De Hoop Nature Reserve – from the sea, which during whale season is the playground for the Southern Right Whale, the sand dunes, the vlei, the rare Fynbos, the diverse antelope and the De Hoop ‘regulars’ of Bontebok, Eland, Cape Mountain Zebra and the more than 260 species of birds De Hoop is without doubt, the ultimate location to visit. Experience all of these riches with one of De Hoop Collection’s fabulous and knowledgeable guides.

About De Hoop Collection

The De Hoop Collection opened in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape in 2007 under the creative and entrepreneurial hands of Carl Trieloff and William Stephens, renowned for their successful Madikwe Game reserve developments. In a spectacular setting, with conservation aspects managed by Cape Nature, the reserve offers a wide range of accommodation types designed to suit all budgets.  The Reserve, in the Overberg region, is a comfortable three hours’ drive from Cape Town on the world renowned Garden and Whale routes – the ideal stop-over en route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay. Visitors to the De Hoop Collection enjoy unparalleled peace and tranquillity in what must be one of the Cape’s last unspoiled gems.

Basha Uhuru | 21 – 25 June 2017

Basha Uhuru is back for the 5th year, and will be happening from 21 – 25 June 2017! It will feature art exhibitions, film screenings, creative dialogues, a heritage cycling tour, and a music festival with two stages featuring the best of local performers!

Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival, in partnership with Nando’s, commemorates the youth of 1976 in their fight for freedom and equality, coming of age of our constitution which is in its 21st anniversary.

The 969 Festival Is Best Of Grahamstown!

Wits Theatre’s 969 Festival celebrates its 14th birthday this year with a spectacular line-up of 28 theatre, dance and music productions that will feature on both the Main and fringe stages at the National Arts Festival in 2017.


With Nothing but Silence

Running from 14 – 30 July at the Wits Theatre in Braamfontein, the popular 969 Festival has a diverse artistic appeal showcasing work from all over South Africa. The 969 kilometre trek is one that most theatre lovers cannot make and for Gautengers, the 969 festival is the most convenient way to experience a cross-section of South African talent. “The diversity of this year’s festival featuring dance, music, theatre and comedy is exciting with a great balance between both main and fringe entries. We are also delighted to be featuring so many Standard Bank Young Artist winners,” says Gita Pather, Director of Wits Theatre, who has developed a reputation for finding and staging theatre productions which are all at once original and memorable.  She added…” The programme has been specifically structured for theatregoers to enjoy several shows in one day or evening with time for a drink at the theatre bar in a warm cozy environment”.


Helen of Troyeville – Gina Shmukler

2017 sees a strong showing of Main stage dance that includes work by Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Thandazile Radebe with Sabelo , With Nothing But Silence They Turned Their Bodies To Face The Noise (or Noise for short)by the ground breaking Mpumalanga based dance company The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC ) and the inimitable  Dada Masilo  who reimagines the iconic ballet Giselle setting it piece in rural South Africa by exploring traditional African rituals and ceremonies. With original composition by Philip Miller who stunningly interlaces his composition with African voice, drums, cello, violin and harp.

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