Dulcet artists from all walks of life, will be serenading audiences at the Magic Music Sessions, which returns with a 2-Day Afro Soul Edition. Following the hugely successful Gospel leg of Magic Music Sessions that took place, many can be anticipate for a Magic Music Sessions Afro Soul edition, which is set to take place as a two-day event in the month of August at Sun Arena, Time Square in Tshwane.
The two shows will take place on Friday 5 August and Saturday 6 August.
Celebrating six years of memorable musical experiences, this year sees Magic Music Sessions taking the audience on a journey that will shine a light on Afro Soul sounds showcased by seasoned South African artists. The event prides itself in being a massive production that incorporates live music accompanied by live bands.
The fantastic line-up includes the likes of: Mafikizolo, Zonke, Dr Winnie Mashaba, Elaine, Sjava, Lloyiso, Amanda Black, Big Zulu, Nomfundo Moh, Langa Mavuso, Ayanda Jiya and Aubrey Qwana.
Hosted by well-known and loved Digital Creator and MC, Sipho Alphi Mkhwanazi, the shows will be an experience to remember.
“The Magic Music Sessions event is extra special because of all the live elements and stellar performances by the talented artists. It is a show that generally sells out and we believe this is because the audience really loves the experience that the event offers.” says Executive Director at Vertex Events, Thato Segaole.
The tickets for both shows are now available from between R250 and R650 on Webtickets – http://www.webtickets.co.za and at PicknPay stores nationwide. Doors will open at 5PM on Friday and at 3PM on Saturday.
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Glamorous outfits, champagne flowing, music created for lasting memories. The famous marquee that gets everyone excited, Boomtown presented by Heineken is back for the 12th year at the Hollywood Bets Durban July 2022!
This Marquee is widely recognised for consistently providing the ultimate in expert hospitality, and world class stage & lighting complimented by Mzansi’s top musical artists.
This year’s Marquee welcomes new exciting experiential attractions, and all the who’s who of the Hollywoodbets Durban July.
The line up will be comprising of artists from Sjava, Culoe De Song, Kelvin Momo, Shekinah, Ami Faku, Kyeezi, Nelz ft Nadia Nakai & Moozlie and many others.
Now ask yourself, do you want to miss out on a spectacular line up such as this?
If you would like to purchase tickets to the marquee, the prices are listed as follows:
GENERAL R850 pp inc vat
VIP R2900 pp inc vat
VVIP R3900 pp inc vat
Join the #1 Marquee experience as we celebrate BoomTown presented by Heineken 2022.
International Singer, Songwriter and Author superstar Kelly Rowland has partnered up with alcoholic brand Brutal Fruit for their latest campaign titled “You Belong“.
The “You Belong” campaign speaks on the empowerment of women, reminding them of the power they posses in the environment they exist in and how they can manoeuvre around to be greater.
To further unpack this momentous occasion, according to Brutal Fruit, the advertisement is about “Women, for women, It’s the heart of who we are as Brutal Fruit Spritzer and a reminder that you are more powerful than you think.”
A notion that Rowland can gladly testify to, as she is a beautiful example of how to overcome several adversities and become a powerhouse for all to marvel at.
All we can say is that the mystery has finally been resolved after many were quite confused as to what the superstar was doing in South Africa. We can’t wait to see more of these beautiful moments that Brutal Fruit will have in store for us.
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“Housemates, are you ready?“ a familiar call that gorgeous Tik Toker, English Teacher and Thespian, Yolanda Glover better known to us as ‘Yoli’ became accustomed to, in South Africa’s reality show “Big Brother Mzansi“.
Being behind the camera and beguiling your audience with your charming personality is not an easy task, however it is doable but it’s another ball game when you are a contestant of a massive reality show, as we bear witness to your true character unraveling day by day.
Although as a society, we had been entertained by it all, it gave us all a greater understanding of who Yoli is truly about and how she was able to manage the situations that she was in.
Though the reality show has since thus ended, the creative has been able to focus on what truly matters in her life, giving us a glimpse of her world and what elements play a significance in it. Let’s share a moment with the fabulous ‘Yoli’.
What are three (3) lessons you would say you learnt from Big Brother?
Lesson 1: Patience I’ve always been a rather patient person, but there were several times in the house where my patience was tested, and not having the ability to control things that happen in the environment you’re in, really teaches you a level of patience you never knew you had.
Lesson 2: Conflict Resolution
Every conflict can be resolved with effective communication
Lesson 3: Be present
With so much going on in the big brother house it’s easy to get lost in moments, almost lose yourself, I learned to recoil into myself and be present and aware of my surroundings.
After being on the show, how has it changed your life?
The hardest change I’d say is you lose a sense of privacy when you’re in the public eye, people almost feel entitled to know everything about you and have opinions too.
You and Norman were extremely close on the show, are you still just as close even outside the show?
We’re super close, even more so outside of the house – we’ve been able to grow a lifelong relationship.
Being a thespian, are there any plans for you to go into acting in the near future?
Yes, the theatre arts are a passion of mine, so I’ll definitely be going into that soon.
What is the one thing that people don’t know about you?
I’m a polyglot, which means I have the ability to speak, learn and pick up various languages easily.
For people who are of your stature and need a confidence boost to appreciate their body. What would be your advice to them? Also, where do you get you get your confidence from?
My advice is to spend more time with your body in its rawest form, stare at yourself, you have to shift your mindset to see your flaws as beautiful, society taught us to hate our bodies, if one can teach hate, one can also be taught love, combat self hate , by loving yourself fiercely and unapologetically.
‘How do I have so much confidence?’ I do a lot of positive affirmations every morning.
For anyone who would like to enter Big Brother in future, what would your advice be to them?
Stay focused, don’t feel pressured to change who you are to suit those around you, make sure you have the right intentions for entering.
What else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’m a Tiktoker , I love the fun and freedom that app provides, I also like being outdoors in nature and reading.
What can we expect from you in future?
Expect the unexpected! There are many different sides and talents to Yoli, and I’m looking forward to you guys discovering it all.
From the lessons and blessings learnt from her journey on “Big Brother“, “expect the unexpected” is a wonderful way to describe how we can all anticipate greatness from Yoli, who we are sure will give what our hearts truly desires from her.
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Aside from the breath taking natural scenic views, the vibrant diverse cultures to exist and overall delicious cuisines located in the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) – the one thing that you can be guarantee on, that will leave your soul feeling elated is the creative talent.
Sensational Podcaster Musa Langa better known as “General Njiniyela“, host of the eccentric platform – General Njiniyela Podcast Sessions (GNPS) profiles KZN creatives from all walks of life who have had an impact on society, from their work in their own way. Episode by episode, it breaks down the stereotype that many have argued that the province lacks a support structure for creatives to speak and document their journey.
It is no coincidence that many gravitate towards his podcast, the raw and in-depth stories from the plethora of KZN creatives who share their experiences, gives a greater understanding of what it truly means to be a creative from KZN – a badge of honour that many dismiss with great ease.
Mimicking his warm aura and energetic presence that he presents on his platform, all that can be said is:
“Hello and welcome to the world according to General Njiniyela!”
What do you enjoy about your podcast?
I enjoy meeting and getting to know new people, since most of my guests are not popular guest like guests you’d find in most podcasts. So one thing I always guarantee about each episode is that my audience will have first access to get to know someone to get to know someone who’ll potentially be as popular as the guests in other podcasts.
I also enjoy seeing them progress in their career, past them being on the podcast.
Why did you specifically focus on Durban creatives?
Why not focus on Durban? If you look at the current crop of widely popular artists in the entertainment industry, majority were once based in KZN, specifically Durban – which is why I say the “sauce” resides here in KZN and we deserve to have our own platforms that document and promote these brands.
This will allow artists to reside and flourish countrywide while here in DBN. To back this, I’ll mention a few artists who once resided here and now are considered major brands in the entertainment business, they are: Black Coffee, Pearl Thusi, DJ Zinhle,Nomzamo Mbatha, Zakes Bantwini, Thuso Mbedu and DJ Tira.
In 5 years time, where do you see your podcast going?
In 5 years, I feel we’ll be a household platform in Durban.
What are the challenges that you have faced with regards to the GNPS Podcast eg: Guests not pitching up?
The biggest challenge for me right now is just balancing my 9 to 5, podcasting and running the events business with my wife.
Give us 3 guest interviews that you really thoroughly enjoyed and why?
I’ve enjoyed majority of the episodes I’ve produced to be honest but I do have episodes where we would have technical difficulties during the recording or post production. It’s very painful because it would happen on episodes that I’d consider to be some of my best work.
Since you are a person that interviews quite a lot of Durban creatives, what do you feel that Durban creatives could do to make a good name for themselves i.e: Have media kits on standby and take their crafts seriously.
Consistency! That’s the one thing I feel let’s most of us down. If creatives can find a way to be consistent – no matter what the current results are. If you’re consistent at something, you’re bound to stand out amongst everyone doing that thing.
What could the creative industry do to support Durban Creatives?
If Durban creatives write and work together, the corporate industry will support Durban creatives. If we continue to work silos as we are right now, we’ll continue to to struggle as we are right now.
Your wishlist of guests that you want to interview?
It would be former Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, former South African President Jacob Zuma, former Bafana Bafana Player Lucas Radebe, South African Rugby Captain Siya Kolisi, Media Personality Linda Sibiya, EFF Leader Julius Malema, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Actress Sindi Dlathu.
What was the reason for the actual Podcast? Also why the name GNPS?
‘GNPS’ stands for “General Njiniyela Podcast Sessions“, the reason for the podcast is simply to give KZN youth a voice and also help launch a KZN Television network that is owned by people that have been born and bred here in KZN.
This way the people of KZN will be able to tell and document their own history. Since we not only cater to artists only but also small business owners, leaders various industries in KZN.
Your advice to those who wish to follow in your footsteps?
It would be to do the necessary and thorough research on what is needed to start. Once you have started, don’t stop, create meaningful relationships with people doing what you are doing.
What else can we expect from you in future?
Consistency, growth, innovation and respect.
Are music reviews still going to be a thing that you will continue with?
Yes, most definitely! Music is constant in my life.
General Ninjinyela is on a mission and all we can do is watch his magic unfold right before our very eyes and give appreciation to those who are playing a significant role in making the KZN creative industry become a greater force to be reckoned with.
It’s essential to give credit to those that deserve it and with each form of creation that General Njiniyela does, we know it will be nothing short of perfection.
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As the award winning Singer and Songwriter, John Legend once said “We must follow a different path to let our light shine, and that’s what makes us unpredictable and unique!“ and that saying rings true when it comes to solidifying your status in society. Being a legend in your craft, doesn’t have to be something you scream loudly but through the evidence shown to people, that’s what will create the noise for you. TV and Radio Broadcaster, Yoga Practioner and overall legend, Melanie Bala has shown that indeed you can be known for your thriving career but still live a peaceful personal life.
Being part of the South African entertainment industry from it’s early stages till now, by being a TV Presenter and co- hosting with the late and great Bob Mabena, to progressing to one of South Africa’s biggest commercial radio station, sharing the mic with likes of Unathi Msengana and Glen Lewis.
Throughout the numerous years, her euphonious voice has greeted us the nation, informing us about the latest developments in the world. Honestly, how do you start your day without hearing Melanie Bala’s voice?
From the outside looking in, it may seem all is perfect. However, as with anything that happens in life that may not go your way, you learn to deal with it. Although her journey has had it’s fair share of ups and downs, Melanie Bala has been resilient in all that she does and luckily, she gives us a peek into her world.
How have you managed to have a thriving career, despite the ever growing changes that happens within the entertainment industry?
I always say that there is no big secret to the longevity I’ve enjoyed working in broadcasting. It’s as simple as being really good at what I do, showing up well-prepared to every shoot or broadcast, being courteous to crew/staff, punctual and nice.
There’s no point being all those things but having a bad attitude. No-one wants to work with someone who has a bad attitude, no matter how talented you are.
In an industry that bases so much of it’s worth on appearances, was there any time you felt pressured to looking a specific way or it didn’t bother you?
I can’t say I’ve felt any external pressure to look a particular way in my line of work. I would say that there seems to be so much more pressure now, in general, with the advent of social media.
What is the one thing that people don’t know about you?
This is a difficult one. I’d say that most people are surprised when they actually hang out with me – people tend to think I’m really serious and quiet all the time, when in reality I’m quite animated and funny.
You are a public figure and most of the time, are under quite a lot of public scrutiny, how has your family dealt with all of this?
I think in the beginning it was quite odd for them, and me, so there was definitely an adjustment period. It’s quite sweet actually when your family wants to go to war for you over an untrue article or something someone says about you online but because I’ve been in the public eye a long time. They’ve learnt to let it go and know that what goes on out there, is beyond my and their control.
What has been your most proudest moment within your career and what has been your biggest lesson?
Honestly, having an almost 30-year career in broadcasting is something I’m very proud. This space is very fickle and can change at the drop of a hat. To be able to sustain that at the highest possible level, is something I don’t take for granted at all.
The biggest lesson would be that when I stand in my truth and honor that, things have always worked out for me. It’s in the moments when I wasn’t entirely truthful about how I felt about a particular project or job, that it didn’t work out for the simple reason that I wasn’t being authentic. So now, I stand in that truth, even if it means “missing out” on what others think are great opportunities, etc.
For a person who has been around in the entertainment industry since the very beginning, what is your take on the current level that the entertainment industry is at?
I think it’s very exciting. I watch with a lot of pride as the young folk (I’m aging myself lol) take on projects, brands, spaces and challenge and change them or even create their own.
They have a freedom that was sorely missing when I started out. We had very few broadcasting channels and so you were beholden to that. Now, you can create your own content and put it out on multiple platforms and even more importantly, OWN IT. They have a voice and aren’t afraid to use that. I love that for them!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I’m going to steal from Helen Mirren here: “Say fuck off more!“
If possible, what are the things that you could change about the entertainment industry?
I’d love to see a union of sorts that would look out for creatives in the entertainment spaces – television, radio, music, etc. Creatives have been exploited, and will continue to be, as long as there is no-one looking out for their interests and rights.
You get taken advantage of because you know there are 10,000 people behind you who would love the opportunity. In as much as that is true, that’s no excuse for some of the poor practises that are standard in the space.
Not only are you an advocate for mental health awareness but you are a yoga practioner, please kindly expand why you wanted to go on that journey?
I’d been practising yoga on my own for about five years, when I decided to do my teacher training with ‘The Nest’. Initially it was only to better understand and deepen my own practise, but at the end of it – I actually felt confident and equipped enough to teach.
I see what yoga has done and continues to do in my life – it has brought a stability and self-awareness to my life and actions; it helps me manage my mental health on a deep level, and is transformative if you let it be.
What would you advise anyone who wants to start in the same profession as you?
Don’t do it? LOL.
You and the late magical entertainment legend Bob Mabena made quite a great duo, what lessons did you learn from him?
Bob was one-of-a-kind. I’ve said it before, his passion for life was something I deeply admired always. He was all in, when he tackled something. Even if you fail, but at least know you gave it your all and that’s something I keep close to my heart.
What can we expect from you in future?
Who knows? Some of the best things in my life have happened unexpectedly. The only constant in life is change and so I always stay open to new opportunities, encounters, energy that could lead me down a completely new but utterly delightful path.
Slow and steady will forever win the race, Melanie Bala has showcased that in her own unique and beautiful way. We cannot help but admire how she has consistently shone and showed many that there is power through silence.
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Fabulous Kwa-Zulu Natal Media Personality, Minnie Ntuli gives more than expected and keeps raising the level each time. Whether she is in studio as a radio presenter or a musician, having the mic in her hand as being a TV Presenter – it’s clear to see that like a diamond, in all that she does, she shines so brightly.
Radio has always been a first love of hers, so much so that she is on Kwa-Zulu Natal’s beloved radio station, East Coast Radio. Bursting on the musical scene on reality TV show – “Idols” in 2016, she has since worked her way up.
With working with many amazing artists namely DJ Vumar, J Sbu and many others, there is one collaboration that sticks out like quite clearly and that is the phenomenal DJ and Producer Prince Kaybee. One thing that is undeniable, is the great magic that happens between Prince Kaybee and Minnie. She featured not only his music video “Live your life” featuring the prolific vocalist, Msaki but they have numerous songs together.
Speaking on how they actually met, she says “I actually met him through Zanda Zakuza, where she told me he was looking for a vocalist to feature on a song – I remember I was at church when they came to fetch me.” As the saying goes “and the rest is history”.
As a Media Personality who has deals with plenty of live events, the COVID 19 pandemic has made it quite hard to cope with as a creative. Touching on the effects of the lockdown, Ntuli remains positive through it all, she explains “Lockdown has a time to reset, reflect, reboost so it’s been a beautiful time to re-introduce myself to myself and just keep working!”
One thing that can’t be denied about the ” diamond” as she loves to call herself, is that she is an over achiever. Boasting of a fruitful career through the music and radio scene, she excitedly adds onto her other great achievements thus far “Getting night time prime time slot from 7pm – 10pm and the ‘Best Female Radio Presenter’ nomination from the KZN Awards.”
Looking within the industry that she is in, it’s easy to get lost in the glitz and glam. Ntuli always remains focused on all of her goals and the proof really is in the pudding.
Although that may be the case, she still feels more could be improved on to making a better tomorrow for others, she explains “Yoh! There is a lot but I would change the mindset of the artists, to not compare and compete but conquer and dominate, there is enough space for everyone!” she also adds on the vital lessons to those who want to follow in her footsteps, on what they should do “Start early and start alone! Don’t wait to be given opportunities – create your own, people will jump on to your vibe later!”
Between choosing radio and music, it’s clear that is is quite a tough decision, “I can’t choose!” Ntuli says, she further explains “It’s like saying I must choose a favourite child, both serve a different purpose to me personally.”
In the midst of it all, the key component that gets her motivated to keep her going, Ntuli says “God and family are important to me and keeps me going and smiling, I’m nothing without all these”.
We know that the shining diamond will give us more greatness, aside from her latest project, in collaboration with Jägermeister titled “The Seatdown with the Meisters” which looks at individuals who are making a difference within the creative industry.
Her lips are mum about her next project, “It’s a big surprise! You going to love it!” she says and just like that – the suspense begins! We are extremely excited on all that she will bring.
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One element that a creative never lacks from, is owning what is bestowed upon them. Creative Ella Audrey Rae, who hails all the way from Virginia (USA), is a creative, who is the CEO of Reignland Creatives LLC – an organisation that specialises in web design, marketing and branding, it is also home to the infamous Reignland Magazine. Aside from her empire, she also has a podcast called “Rare Culture”.
With all this and more, it was vital to unravel the mystical world according to Ella Audrey Rae.
What is the hardest part of what you do?
I think the hardest part of my job is seeing how many talented people don’t go for their dreams simply because they don’t feel supported or think they won’t be heard.
What is your take on proving yourself to others with your work?
I always tell people that if you do not believe in your brand or your work, then it is going to be hard for others to believe too. You should never go after a dream to prove yourself to society. Everything has an audience and there is a lot of people out there that is into what you are into or need what you are selling. If you feel good about it and it adds positive value to the world we live in, go for it and prove to yourself that you can do the things your heart has always desired.
What has been your greatest accomplishment throughout your career?
My greatest accomplishment thus far was being invited to cover New York Fashion week and LA Fashion Week before the pandemic hit. At that moment, I cried and even now, I am still in shock. My other favorite is talking to one of my favorite singers in the whole work named, Galimatias. He was amazing to talk to and I made him laugh and goodness, I was in a trance for about a week.
In anyway, has the Covid-19 pandemic made your career better or has it harmed it in any way?
Sadly, the pandemic made me buck up and go after my dreams. I had been building my brand on the side since I was 15 years old but never though of making it into a company or going for it 100% until the pandemic came and I lost my job. I had never been fired from a job before and I realized that I didn’t want to be in this position anymore, so I took a leap of faith and luckily, I had some people who supported my choice. With this decision, I was also able to help people in this pandemic who were also trying to start their businesses but did not have the funds to do so due to the pandemic.
What is your advice to creatives trying to deal with not feeling motivated during this Covid-19 pandemic?
My advice would be to give yourself a break. This pandemic was mentally draining and caused a terrible storm over the creative community. As we are getting back to normal, we need to give ourselves a moment to gather our thoughts and ease back into it. Even If all you did was get out of bed, that is totally fine, you did something. Inspiration will come. It will always come because creatives cannot help but be creative.
Who are your influences within the work that you do?
That is a really good question because I don’t really think about it much, but I would say that people like The Weekend, Sade, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, Cholee Spicer or Issa Rae would really sum me up among others.
With your magazine titled “Reignland”, you have plenty of diverse and amazing creatives. What the reason for you to create it in the first place?
I always loved learning about people and helping people get their voices heard, ever since I was little. When I was 15, my bullying became worse. It forced me to stay in the house a lot more where I spent most of my time, watching Disney Channel and reading magazines. The teen magazines during that time, never interest me because all they talked about was who kissed who, who makes the best cakes etc.
I wanted to know what my favorite celebrity does to stay motivated or how they dealt with bullying, things like that and I just could not find anything that had actual meaning. For some reason, I had the idea of creating my own publication. It started off as “PGAB” or “Pretty Girls Against Bullying” and as I got older transitioned into “Reignland”. I did not want to go ‘by the book’, I wanted to rewrite it. Reignland Magazine is 44 issues in and counting and everyone in the world can find themselves in our pages.
What does being a creative mean to you?
Being a creative means freedom to me. Creating is freedom! You can literally make anything you want, no lines to colour in, no instructions, just you and the blank surface of life. It’s your voice in a visual since. I have never posted a video on social media because I prefer to let my art speak for itself. Being a creative is seeing the power within yourself, pulling it out of you to inspire someone else to see the same in themselves.
What do you feel the creative industry is lacking or could work better on?
I feel like the creative industry is lacking freedom. For some reason, the creative industry has created a handbook for how creatives are suppose to create which defeats the entire purpose of creativity. Being a creative means you have your identity in your hands to do as you please with and in doing so may help someone else create theres but how can you be 100% authentically yourself If someone is putting restrictions on how you are suppose to create? At some point, everyone will start to look the same.
I remember when I first started promoting my company, so many creatives bashed me because of the way I priced my work. I offer a lot of my services under the desired price of the “average designer”. Not because I am not good at my work or don’t know my worth, but because I just love to design and help. I did not let it bother me one bit because I came here to change something, not conform to it.
Who would you like to collaborate with in future?
My dream collaboration is either The Weekend or Yara Shahidi. I love how they have literally taken the world by storm by creating a new world for us to be apart of.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
You can expect expansion of the entire company with a couple extra add ons to really add value to the women empowerment movement.
Peeling her story layer by layer, it is clear to see that Ella Audrey Rae is a Queen, that is determined to go to the top but most importantly, take those who understand her journey with her and we are excited to see all that has to offer in the future.
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