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Famous Women To Share A Message Of Hope With South Africa

Corlea Botha, Nádine, Liezel Pieters, Jennifer Jones, Vicky Sampson and Monique Steyn are currently considered as some of the biggest local female artists in the industry. On 23 August 2020, these six women – with their diverse and powerful voices – will be joining forces with Entertainment & Events Factory to bring the SA’S DIVA SPECTACULAR SHOW to the stage at Sun Arena in Pretoria!

With this show, they want to bring a message of hope to South Africa. A message that can reunite South Africans, specifically because women play such an important role in the lives of children, men and the world in current times.

What makes this initiative even more special is that President Kruger Children’s Home will be part of it and will also be present. 70% of all funds raised will be donated towards this charity.

According to Rex van Deventer, director of Entertainment & Events Factory, he has had the idea of bringing these artists together for a concert for two years. “I am excited to bring this strong concept to South Africa, especially with the focus being on empowering women and the role they play in the lives of our children and country. These six ladies are extremely talented, which is going to make the show even more unforgettable.”

Corlea says that she is very excited about this concert and believes that it is something not to be missed! “We all grew up with the same music and style, so it’s going to be interesting to find the perfect balance between the six of us, but when we do, it’s going to be incredible. I have so much respect for these women, everyone has something totally unique to bring to the table. I cannot wait to witness the audience’s reaction when the six of us are on stage together.”

Liezel Pieters says it takes thorough planning and perseverance to put together such a big production, but working with ladies of this calibre streamlines the process. “It’s a great opportunity to be part of this production, because my passion is to sing and to be on stage. Sharing a stage with such incredible artists, is going to be such a pleasure.”

Jennifer Jones is equally excited! “I cannot wait to share the stage with these fantastic SA Divas and to bring hope to our country! I AM THRILLED… EXCITED… LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SHOW!”

Nádine says that when you are a true artist at heart, your passion is to share something with people. This is what drives you when you are tired and inspires and excites you. “It’s an inexplicable and indescribable thing to be live on stage and to realize that at that moment you are doing what you love and it is working very well. You get to create and capture memories and special moments with a lot of special women and it’s a fantastic opportunity. The audience is going to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the music we are going to sing may not be interpreted in the same way again.”

Vicky Sampson believes that each of them are strong performers in own right and that they are going to create fireworks when they come together on stage. “I am so proud to be part of this event. It’s great to be able to unite with other female artists on one stage. This is something I would love to see more of because I believe that each of us will bring something unique and special to the show. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this initiative.”

“Although coordinating such a large production is challenging, because everyone’s schedules need to be adapted for rehearsals, it is done in such a way that the challenges become an absolute pleasure,” says Rex van Deventer. “This show is going to blow people away!”

Entertainment & Events Factory is also no stranger when it comes to events, artists and celebrities. Other guest artists will also be performing at the concert on 23 August and will be announced soon.

SA’S SPECTACULAR DIVA SHOW will be taking place on 23 August 2020 at Sun Arena in Pretoria from 14h00. Tickets are now available online at iTickets.co.za.

This Pretoria concert will be held annually and other female artists will be invited to participate as guest artists.

Sponsorship and activation packages are available. For enquiries, please contact Rex van Deventer at rexvd@eefactory.co.za.

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History Africa Highlights – June 2020

Brand New & Exclusive

Eating History

17th June – 15th July, Wednesdays @ 20:15 CAT

Eating History, follows “vintage food expert” Old Smokey and collector, Josh Macuga as they embark on a quest to eat the oldest, most nostalgic and shocking foods to have survived the test of time. The hosts will find foods believed to have been “lost to the past” — buried in bunkers, rotting in root cellars, forgotten in fridges or collecting dust on shelves — in order to explore history through food. In each episode, Macuga and Old Smokey hit the road to visit collections of vintage food and to learn the stories behind collectors.

Uncharted Mysteries

4th June – 9th July, Thursdays at 20:15 CAT

Uncharted Mysteries follows adventurer and survivalist Cliff Simon as he explores paranormal mysteries in some of the world’s most extreme and challenging environments. From the terrifying bat-winged “Jersey Devil” to the deadly “Night Marchers” of Hawaii, Cliff is determined to uncover the truth behind these nightmarish myths and legends. That means using all his skills to hike, swim, and even crawl his way into places most people wouldn’t dare to go. Along the way, scientists, shamans, historians, and witnesses all provide clues that shed light on dark secrets that often defy explanation. He consults with local guides to help plan his route, but after that, Cliff is on his own, venturing solo, deep into one extreme landscape after the other, to haunting places where the wilderness and the paranormal intersect.

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Icons Of Music

Elton John: Becoming Rocketman

27th June, Saturday @ 21:00 CAT

2019 was the year of Elton John, with the release of the box office hit ‘Rocketman’, his autobiography and his final farewell tour, all eyes are on the musical genius. We take a glimpse into his incredible journey and uncover the truth behind the turbulent and eccentric life of a superstar. Find out what it took for this shy young man to become ‘Rocketman’.

Michael Jackson: Remember The King

4th July, Saturday at 21:00 CAT

There are very few artists who have obsessed the world like Michael Jackson did. His singles topped the charts all over the globe, selling over 350 million records whilst holding the record for the best-selling album of all time. It was clear, although his success is unrivalled, that he was a troubled man whose bizarre life-style eventually eclipsed his musical talent. This documentary will cover all aspects of his life, from the Jackson 5 to This Is It, from his humble beginnings to Neverland, and from his abusive father to his own alleged abuse cases.

Freddy Mercury: Kings Of Queens

11th July, Saturday at 21:00 CAT

Queen’s legendary lead singer Freddie Mercury earned a place in modern rock history as the writer and singer of some of its most legendary songs: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Born in Zanzibar to Indian parents and later raised in India, Mercury and his “Queen” bandmates went on to sell albums in unit totals that rivalled the Beatles. His remarkable four octave singing range was a key ingredient in the band’s success. Mercury died of AIDS in late 1991, less than 24 hours after a public admission he had contracted the disease.

Prince: Kiss The Rain

18th July, Saturday at 21:00 CAT

Few artists are as prolific as Prince. The king of self-transformation, Prince made his mark on an entire generation. He redefined popular music and reshaped the music industry. But the enigma of Prince held many untold secrets. Join us on this in-depth look at his incredible career and get closer to the artist with dramatic re-enactments of his life and shocking final moments.

David Bowie: The Man Who Stole The World

25th July, Saturday at 21:00 CAT

Known as a musical chameleon, David Bowie was able to flow and adapt his music and style to current fashion and trends. Prior to his breakthrough in 1972, he recorded a proto-metal record and a pop/ rock album, eventually redefining glam rock with his ambiguously sexy Ziggy Stardust persona. Each one of his phases in the ‘70s sparked a number of subgenres, including punk, new wave, goth rock, the new romantics, and electronica. With his death just two days after his 69th birthday and release of his most poignant album ‘Blackstar’, he left his fans with a parting gift that will solidify his already indelible mark in music history. With exclusive footage and interviews, we look back at his legacy and pay tribute to the life and memories of David Bowie.

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Gutsy New Local Telenovela Gomora Thrills Mzansi

he first two episodes of the much-anticipated new local telenovela Gomora has got everyone in a spin. It’s thrilling storyline is pulling everyone in right from the start – and viewers just can’t wait for the next instalment.

Twitter blew up after the first episode, with #Gomora trending at number 1 on Monday – a clear indication of the nation’s need for distraction right now. These are some of the comments: “1st episode stole my heart, lit, ohm my gosh I’m so in love” and “shoooo the content we deserve!! Love it!!” and “#Gomora is going to be FIRE”, to mention just a few. People also loved the local music used, and the fact that Katlego Danke stars.

The series kicks off with the focus on the Ndaba family, consisting of Thathi (played by Katlego), an ultra-rich trophy wife living a life of luxury in Sandton, alongside her bank owner husband Mbongeni (Themba Ndaba) and two bratty, spoilt children Nobuhle (Amamkele Qamate) and Langa (Siyabonga Xaba). They treat their staff with disrespect and each other with disdain. Things are not always as they appear though, and it’s soon revealed that not only is Mbongeni having an affair with his secretary, he’s also been embezzling from the bank.

Meanwhile, the middle-class Dlamini family are living honest, down-to-earth lives with father Melusi (Zolisa Xaluva) being a hard-working, dedicated schoolteacher and mother Gladys (Thembi Seete) a social worker. Son Ntokozo (Ntobeko Sishi) however, is unhappy and feels undervalued and ignored in his own home. He’s also mixing with the wrong crowd, including his girlfriend Mazet (Siphesihle Ndaba) and Bara, a hardened criminal played by a very believable Fortune Thobejane.

Viewers are purposefully thrust into the undeniable contrast between two very different worlds – the wealthy suburbs of Sandton and the hustle and bustle of Alexandra. So close together and yet so very far apart.

Running the criminal underworld of Alex is the calm and cool gangster granny Mam’Sonto (Connie Chiume), but little does she know that in a wonderful plot twist her actions are going to have far-reaching effects on the people she loves the most.

And so set the scene for a collision of these two worlds that will change everyone’s lives forever. One fateful, terrifying night is all it takes ….

There’s one thing for sure – it’s going to keep you glued to your couch every weekday.

You can watch the episodes on DStv Now or watch the series as it airs on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) every weeknight at 19:30.

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Zog Earns Gold Star At The International Emmys

Zog, co-directed by South African Daniel Snaddon (Stick Man) and two-time Oscar nominee Max Lang (The Gruffalo and Room On The Broom), won the International Emmy for Best Kids Animation yesterday. The 27-minute short film was animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish and produced by Magic Light Pictures.

Zog has already won the Children’s Programme Award from the Royal Television Society; Best Animation at the Shanghai International TV Festival; and the Audience Award for ages 3-6 at the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The short was also nominated for a Kidscreen Award for Best One-off, Special or TV Movie; and Best Special Production and Best Storyboarding at the Annie Awards in 2020.

The adorable short film is based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much loved 2010 picture book, which sold over 1.5 million copies and won the Galaxy National Children’s Book of the Year Award in the UK. Zog is the keenest but clumsiest pupil in his class at Dragon School, where he longs to win a gold star as he learns how to fly, roar and breathe fire. He keeps meeting a kindly young girl who patches up his bumps and bruises, but can she help him with his trickiest school assignment yet: capturing a princess?

Hugh Skinner (Fleabag) voices the clumsy dragon; 2019 Olivier award winner Patsy Ferran (Jamestown) is the kindly young girl; Kit Harington (Jon Snow in Game of Thrones) is the bumbling knight Sir Gadabout; Sir Lenny Henry (Broadchurch) is the narrator; and Tracey Ullman is Madame Dragon.

Zog premiered on BBC One at Christmas 2018 to five-star reviews, 8.8m viewers and the highest share (37%) of any programme across Christmas week on British television. In South Africa, the short premiered at The Cape Town International Animation Festival in March 2019 and on Showmax in August.

The Telegraph praised Zog as a “hypnotising, inspiring tale for all the family”; Den of Geek called it “a thing of perfectly spherical loveliness; it is lovely from every conceivable angle”; The Guardian warned parents “once this has been added to iPlayer you may never be allowed to watch anything else again on your TV – ever!”; and Donaldson herself told The Herald that Zog was her favourite BBC adaptation to date.

Zog follows a string of acclaimed BBC Christmas adaptations produced by Magic Light Pictures. Zog is the fourth animated at Triggerfish, following the multi-award-winning Donaldson-Scheffler adaptations Stick Man (2015) and The Highway Rat (2017) as well as the Oscar-nominated Roald Dahl adaptation Revolting Rhymes (2016), which also won the International Emmy in 2018. A fifth, The Snail and The Whale, is now also streaming on Showmax, and recently won Best Voice Performance for Sally Hawkins at the 2020 British Animation Awards.

Magic Light Pictures have previously made the celebrated Donaldson-Scheffler adaptations: the Oscar-nominated The Gruffalo (2009) and Room On The Broom (2012) and Annecy winner The Gruffalo’s Child (2011). All eight family specials are now streaming on Showmax.

Triggerfish is currently in production on their third feature film, Seal Team, and the Netflix Original series, Mama K’s Team 4, with the studio currently working remotely during the South African lockdown.

“This is some very welcome good news at a challenging time,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “The crew poured heart and soul into bringing to life a character that we all came to love, and to get one of the top TV prizes in the world is wonderful recognition for an incredible team.”

South Africans interested in exploring a career in animation during the country’s lockdown can find out more at Triggerfish’s free digital learning platform, supported by Goethe-Institut, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, and The Walt Disney Company.

Watch Zog on Showmax:
www.showmax.com/eng/movie/ie7uokjb-zog

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Africa 24 Media Launches Africa’s First Factual Story Telling Platform

Africa 24 Media announces the official launch of the continent’s first all factual video on demand platform. Yebo (www.Yebo.live/en/) aims to be the guide of Africa through stories.

Making the announcement the company’s Founder and C.E.O, Asif Sheikh, said this is a huge milestone for Africa 24 Media and the continent at large. “For two decades I was away from home, studying and working in North America. While there, I constantly craved for news back home, sadly, all we got at the time were stories of a continent ravaged by war, corruption and disease. Most of these stories were told by foreign journalists, when I came back, I found amazing stories that were not covered by international press and that gave me the inspiration to allow more of our people tell these stories.”

The platform offers powerful and authentic stories from more than 30 different African countries, most of these stories are FREE of charge. The content has been curated over the last 12 years by Africa 24 Media’s team of experienced journalists.

Yebo, captures the diversity and creative energy of Africa. It is home to educative, inspiring and entertaining narratives about Africans, their overcoming spirit and aspirations for the future. The content on A24 Media’s Vault is exclusive, with very little external exposure, making it fresh and unique.

ABOUT YEBO CONTENT

Documentaries: Watch half hour documentaries on the History of major events on the continent, Biography of Africa’s history makers and Discover the continent in a fun and adventurous.

Short Stories: Get hundreds of short stories on health, politics, sports, women and children, adventure and many more.

Weekly Shows: Make a date with fresh episodes of our weekly magazine shows and journey with us as we speak to opinion shapers around the continent on The Scoop, travel to different destinations and celebrate our diversity On The Road, jam to Africa’s biggest hits and get the back stories from the artists themselves on Up Beat. Learn how to take better care of animals on Animore.

Snackables: Find out what our editor has picked to snack on the go, as you discover the continent through our eyes.

Savor the content on YEBO web and mobile application. Yebo has an android app available on play store. Any downloaded content downloaded here can be watched offline within a period of 30days.

The flexibility of the platform is swift and effortless making each minute of your experience worthwhile. Distinctively, the YEBO audio cast feature to the content makes the platform suitable to visit anywhere, anytime.

Journey with us today on www.yebo.live/en and get to share in our experience of a positive Africa, dating back 50 years with more content uploaded daily. Come discover Africa with us, get a sneak peek here http://bit.ly/2lVRgjg