[EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] DJ CHASE TAKES HOUSE MUSIC TO THE NEXT LEVEL AS HE ‘CHASES’ HIS DREAMS

The world of deejaying has been taken to another dimension as DJ Chase proves that house music will be the next reigning genre.  Hailing from Matibisi Ntshwana in Limpopo, he is a South African House DJ, Music Producer, Songwriter and Musician. He was drawn to music in 1999 after his mother gifted him with a guitar, he has not looked back since.

I had the opportunity to have a chat with him as he tells me more about his career, future endeavors and how he rose to fame. This is what he had to say:

 

WHAT MAKES YOUR MUSIC DIFFERENT FROM ALL THE OTHER DJ’s?

My music is hugely influenced by the records that were popping in the 80’s and early 90’s,from the Bubble gum sounds to the Motown records. What I find makes my music unique is being able to tap into that particular era and still keep up with where we are going as a House Music nation.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOUR MUSIC?

I would define my music as timeless soulful music because of the old school elements that I often use in the songs to the choices of vocalists and how I’d have them approach a song. My music is for the soul, if it doesn’t touch you people, then I have haven’t achieved the desired effect.

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WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU ENCOUNTERED WHEN YOU STARTED OUT BEING A DJ?

I remember going from releasing a string of hit singles and club bangers to going through almost two years of not being able to come up with anything sellable or fresh for that matter, and that was because I was trying to simulate what I had done on the previous records until it dawned on me that I was not that kind of producer and that I was limiting myself. Then came ”Talk to me”,”Ntoni”,”Africa Ema” and the list goes on. I needed to free myself from expectations. I’m now currently working on a gqom track with indigenous traditional element featuring a legendary traditional artist, can’t reveal much but I’m excited. Track will be out on the 1st of July.

YOU ROSE TO FAME WHEN YOU PRODUCED MUSIC FOR THE BLACK JACK.HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE?

That was probably one of the most important projects in my career because it was the first project where I got to hear songs that I worked on being played on radio and television. I’d say working with Kabelo Mabalane who I had always been a fan of, was a great start off.

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE LEARNED IN THIS INDUSTRY?

It’s important to know your craft inside out, make the best music you possibly can and stay humble.

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WHO WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON YOU THANK AT THIS CURRENT MOMENT?

The person to thank would be my mother. I have the most supportive mother any musician could ask for. Not only did she approve of my career path but she guided me through it and her support has been amazing.

CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT YOUR NEW SINGLE ”AFRICA EMA.” WHAT IS DISCREPANT  ABOUT IT?

Africa Ema means Africa stand up, Ema is a Sepedi word. I’m featuring Mishka who happens to be a tremendous african vocalist. The song is about uniting and standing up together to achieve a common of love. It’s a  fresh mix of afro and house.

YOUR INSPIRATION TO DATE.

I’m always inspired by fresh new music. Some of the latest works I’m inspired by is Solange, Black Motion, and Thandiswa. I salute artists who never give in to the pressure of trying to stay relevant but simply stay true to themselves.

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WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVOURS?

My long range plan in my career is to eventually start grooming my own artists, producers and songwriters under my stable and produce after my own kind. Fans can look forward to exciting collaborations with fresh new talent to prominent artists, both locally and international.

“BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN BE TODAY” – DJ CHASE 

You can connect with DJ Chase on social media. Here are his handles:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/djchasesa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DjChaseSA

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djchase_sa

[PRESS RELEASE] Mzansi’s Sexiest Blue Mbombo Signs Management Deal With Vth Season

Reigning Mzansi’s Sexiest female celebrity, model and reality TV star, Blue Mbombo, has officially signed a management deal with one of Africa’s leading Talent Management and Entertainment Marketing Agencies, Vth Season. Blue Mbombo first appeared on the South African reality TV scene in 2011 on the reality TV model search, Diamonds In The Ruff. However, it was her appearance on hit reality TV show, Big Brother Mzansi in 2015 where she managed to capture the hearts of many South Africans from all walks of life.

 

South Africans then followed Blue Mbombo’s journey for two seasons on popular Footballers Wives inspired reality TV show, Diski Divas, which has now earned Blue Mbombo the title of being one of SA’s biggest reality TV stars. SA’s reigning sexiest female celebrity, according to the Sowetan’s Mzansi Sexiest 2016 list, has amassed star power around her brand which is noticeable even when she enters a room as she commands attention without saying a word.

 

I’m very excited to be part of this Winning team. I’m looking forward to building new meaningful relationships, growing as an individual and in the industry, and of course making money” shares Blue Mbombo.

 

We at Vth Season are excited to welcome Blue Mbombo to the family. We have spent time in research mode, brainstorm sessions with Blue Mbombo and consulting with industry players to understand the Blue Mbombo brand and vision; we believe we are the right fit to elevate Blue Mbombo’s star power and all that she has managed to achieve already” states Ninel Musson, Director at Vth Season.

 

We are looking forward to our new journey with Blue Mbombo and are excited about several great opportunities on the horizon” adds Benza of Vth Season.

 

Blue Mbombo’s announcement of signing to Vth Season comes just ahead of the team’s trip to Namibia, where Blue Mbombo is set to present an award at the Namibian Annual Music Awards tomorrow, Saturday, 29 April 2017.

[EVENT] CASSPER NYOVEST OFFICIALLY UNVEILS FIRST FAMILY TREE STORE!

Refiloe Maele Phoolo better known as Cassper Nyovest to his fans has officially unveiled the Family Tree Store which exclusively sells the renowned Cassper Nyovest merchandise. The Mafikeng-born artist launched his store at Newtown Junction on Wednesday.

 

The Family Tree Store is located at Workshop, Newtown and is most definitely your go-to-store for your Cassper Nyovest merchandise. We got an exclusive invitation to check out the #FamilyTreeLaunch and here are some images of what happened:

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Here are some of the comments about the Family Tree Store Launch:

@ChideragMonda Praised Mr Nyovest:

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@Africori said:

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@Thando_Thabethe said:

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@Zenande_Mcfen said:

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Check out the Family Tree Store at Workshop, Newtown Junction. Address:

Gwigwimrwebi Street and Miriam Makeba Street

Newtown

Johannesburg

2113

 

You can also follow Cassper Nyovest on social media. Here are his handles:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CassperNyovest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CassperNyovest/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casspernyovest/

Family Tree Store Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shop_FamilyTree

 

“I told my parents that I’d rather chase my dream, which I believe is going to work out, rather than keeping it safe and regret it my whole life.” – Cassper Nyovest 

 

 

[PRESS RELEASE] Ultimate Braai Master’s Finale Is Set To Sizzle!

Ultimate Braai Master season 5 reaches a sizzling climax this Sunday, as the top three teams battle it out to claim the title this Sunday at 4PM on e.tv and eHD on Openview HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194).

Following 12 gruelling weeks of challenges, the top three teams go head-to-head in the final round this Sunday. With the Muttonheads winning a ‘Fast Forward to the Final Challenge’, Pretty Griddy, Salty Flames and Ebony and Ivory cooked for their lives in last week’s chef table challenge, resulting in the second last spot being taken by Pretty Griddy. Salty Flames and Ebony & Ivory faced off for the final spot, which Salty Flames took.
Now, the final 3 will battle it out to claim the cash, the car and the title of this seasons Ultimate Braai Master. The winning team will take home R200 000 worth of vouchers from Game, a brand-new Suzuki Grand Vitara and R400 000 in cash, a Kamado Jan Ceramic braai worth R25 000 amongst other prizes.

Voted South Africa’s ‘Best Cooking Outdoor Show’, Ultimate Braai Master took an exciting turn this year with new and outrageous challenges, including a vegetarian challenge, a high-tea cheesecake challenge and a 3-ways with Pap challenge. As the challenges intensified, so did the judges’ criteria for progression to the next round.
This season’s final challenges will be a test to the teams’ determination, cooking abilities and creativity with selected ingredients and whoever comes out on top claims the ultimate prize.

Who will win the 2017 Ultimate Braai Master title? Find out by watching the Ultimate Braai Master, this Sunday at 4PM on e.tv and eHD on Openview HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194).

[CELEBRITY NEWS] THANDO “THABOOTY” THABETHE BAGS DRIVE TIME SLOT ON 5FM

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She has been taking the industry by storm and well, Thando shows that hard-work and determination can definitely pay off. The Generations actress has just bagged the drive time slot on 5FM, making her the first female to take over the slot.

“Thabooty” will take over Roger Goode, who will now be doing the breakfast slot. According to SowetanLIVE the acting station manager – Liesl Hefkie said: “The competitive radio environment challenges one all the time to think out of the box, come up with amazing content and complement that with great music”

The Thabooty Drive will commence on the 1st of May and it is said it will be the best thing that has ever happened to radio.

This is the reaction to the exciting news about Thando Thabethe’s new slot:

@bonie_mchunu said:

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The next reigning queen of the drive time slot posted an image of her team on Twitter. Here is her team:

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You can connect with Thando Thabethe on social media. Here are her social media handles:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Thando_Thabethe

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thando_thabethe/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thethandothabethe/

[PRESS RELEASE] South African Butchers Sharpen Their Skills For The National Butcher’s Challenge

At this year’s Fire & Feast Butcher’s Festival, presented by Crown National, the carving knives will be drawn as leading butchers go head-to-head in the country’s inaugural National Butcher’s Challenge, also brought to you by Crown National. Taking place from 26 to 28 May at the Ticketpro Dome, 12 groups of six butchers will show off their Grade A skills in butchery, as each team competes to secure the title of South Africa’s National Butcher’s Challenge Champion. What’s more, the best butchers from each team will be selected to represent South Africa at the World Butcher’s Challenge 2018, held in Belfast, Ireland.

Visitors to the Fire & Feast Butcher’s Festival can expect to gain a first-hand view of the competitors as they take on three different tasks as part of the challenge. This includes deboning, the initial breaking down of the carcass into primal cuts of meat, as well as applying the finishing touches and finally preparing the meat for resale purposes.

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“The participating butchers will be judged on three very distinct categories. Hygiene and safety come in at the top of the judges’ accumulative scorecards, followed by the marketability of the cuts of meat presented. In other words, points will be given to cuts judges believe would be best-sellers out in the marketplace. Lastly, the presentation and uniqueness of product formulation will set the winning team apart from their competitors,” explains owner and custodian of the National Butcher’s Challenge, Caroline McCann.

The Butcher’s Challenge was first created as a competition between Australia and New Zealand’s top butchers, but it wasn’t long before other meat-loving countries like England and France sharpened their knives and entered their leading contenders. “Now known as the World Butcher’s Challenge, it makes sense that we as South Africans, with our passion for meat, take our rightful place in the competition,” adds McCann.

“As part of the World’s Butcher’s Challenge, entrants are taken on a four-day tour by the hosting country to gain an understanding of the local meat-to-market value chain. Visits to farms and meat chains are staged and there is much learning that takes place among the participating butchers. What a wonderful opportunity it would be to showcase South Africa and our world-class meat products,” concludes McCann.

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“Being the headline sponsor at the Fire and Feast Butcher’s Festival was an organic if not obvious decision – the meat industry is at the heart of Crown National,” says Dawid Muller, Commercial Executive, Crown National.

“In line with our “We’re Here To Help” philosophy, the festival presents the perfect platform to educate all meat lovers; providing a better understanding of the meat industry, highlighting the effort and technology that goes into quality meat products and how our expertise touches consumers’ lives on a daily basis,” says Muller.

Meat, in all its delicious goodness, will receive the spotlight it deserves at the Fire & Feast Butcher’s Festival. From Lamb & Mutton SA, Pork and Beef Kitchens to the SA Free Flame Championship, a Castle Tank Beer Garden, Wine Pairing Zone, and of course the National Butcher’s Challenge, the festival menu offers something for every meat-loving taste-bud.  “We are pleased to have these amazing brands be part of the Butcher’s Challenge and the event at-large.” concludes Paul Edmunds, Sales & Sponsorship Manager at Reed Exhibitions.

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Be sure to watch our country’s leading butchers in action by booking your tickets through TicketPro. Prices are as follows: • Adults: R100 • Pensioners and students: R80 • Ages 0 – 12: Free.

[FEATURED] CASE LOGIC TURNS ORDINARY BAGS INTO EXTRAORDINARY FASHIONABLE BAGS

Ever wanted to find yourself a very fashionable bag that will be intertwined with your style but you do not know which brand to go with? Well, worry no more because Case Logic is the brand that you would want to associate yourself with. The brand celebrated their 30th anniversary last year October – Case Logic is set to produce even more Fashionable products that will extraordinarily change your life.

What makes Case Logic discrepant from all the other brands you ask yourself? Here are some points that will enlighten you why you should choose Case Logic when going to buy a bag:

A look back: How Case Logic has planted its flag in the tech gear industry.

In 1984, the clatter of audiocassettes in the back seat of a car sparked an idea for Case Logic founder, Jamie Temple. To solve the problem, he crafted two novel audiocassette storage cases. The first, called the CL 15, was a simple, soft-sided case that held 15 audiocassettes, and it quickly became a revolution in the music storage industry. A second product was soon added, colour options introduced, and Case Logic went from start-up to full-fledged enterprise. As technology evolved, Case Logic evolved alongside, offering options for keeping hardware, chargers and accessories organized and protected. “We’ve always believed in having the right product doing the right things, and having it be better than people expect it to be,” states John Casey, Case Logic Director of Sales. “We’re continually evolving and reinvigorating our brand. At ‘30 years new,’ our history is a stepping stone for bigger and better things in the future.”

30 years later, Case Logic continues to thrive.

Case Logic has continuously produced high-quality and durable products – and today’s fast-paced society has set a new standard for use and accessibility of electronics. Understanding this recent surge of technology reliance, Case Logic provides innovative and functional carrying options for today’s urbanites across the globe. Rising business stars, freelance photographers, and graduate students don’t leave home with the technology that empowers them to succeed – making Case Logic’s line of tablet cases, laptop bags and camera accessories a modern day must-have. A shining example comes with a look at Case Logic’s Reflexion Collection of camera bags. A Red Dot Award-winning product for excellence in design, this collection of backpack and messenger-style camera bags offers an affordable and functional solution for keeping DSLR cameras safe and in reach for the perfect shot, while its multi-purpose design provides a sleek, stylish look and logical organization for daily essentials. Looking toward the future, but not forgetting about the past, the global brand is ready to provide consumers with the style and protection they need for a fast-paced world.

Finding a bag that will make your life simple is Case Logic’s motto. This brand prides itself in producing strong bags that have been prepared for longevity and they have been certified as one of the best bags to date.

A look on some of the products that Case Logic has on offer:

Commuter Bags

Today’s urbanite requires a bag that will stand up to a busy day, whether they’re taking the subway to work, hitting the gym or overnighting for the weekend. The LoDo Satchel is a stylish solution offering thickly padded laptop (15.6”) and tablet (10.1”) compartments with a unique wide-mouth opening for ease of use. Its leather handles and zipper pulls, pockets with magnetic closures, water bottle pouch and removable shoulder straps provide versatility and adaptability no matter what the day brings. Additionally, the LoDo collection features two distinct laptop bag styles. The 14’’ and 15.6’’ Laptop Attachés safely store a laptop while the separate file compartment holds folders, magazines and loose papers. Ensuring easy-access for stowing for personal items, the external accessory pockets seamlessly shut with magnetic snap-closures.

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The LoDo Satchel

 

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The LoDo Attache

 

Daypacks

Straight from the urban runway, Case Logic’s LoDo daypacks were intelligently designed for school, work or travel. The medium style daypack securely stores a 15’’ laptop and 10.1’’ tablet with internal and external accessory compartments for additional storage. It’s genuine leather bottom and accents, front magnetic closures, padded back panel and shoulder straps allow for a stylish and comfortable carry. The large style daypack also offers thickly padded laptop (15.6”) and tablet (10.1”) compartments featuring a special wide-mouth, rucksack opening and a discrete zippered phone pocket.

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The Berkeley II Daypack Backpack 

Sleeves

Perfectly sized and styled for protection, LoDo tablet sleeves easily store an ’’ or 10.1’’ tablet. The slim line case protects against scratches and bumps with high-quality cotton canvas exterior while the soft interior lining safeguards LCD screens. The 11.6’’, 13.’’ and 15.6’’ laptop sleeves are ideal for minimalists wanting to carry only the day’s necessities. A dedicated laptop compartment provides a high level of protection while extra storage allows room for accessories, cables and a charger.

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The LoDo Laptop Sleeve 

Camera Bag

The Luminosity is made from high quality material that looks like it will stand up to a lot of wear and use. On the front are two clips to hold the cover in place as well as a Velcro patch. On the lid is a flap that can be used to cover the Velco to keep it silent when opening and closing it. For some odd reason there is a handle on the lower front. I have yet to find a purpose for that.

  • Customize your own storage for DSLR camera, up to 4 lenses, including a 70-200 mm lens, or flash and accessories with adjustable foam walls and short snake divider to use as a wall or hammock
  • Bag fastens with velcro and buckles, or easily modify to a silent closure – integrated velcro-patch cover eliminates scratch sound for quiet settings
  • Unique fold away flap provides convenient top access to gear – simply fold and velcro the main compartment open and you’re suddenly wearing your work-out of station
  • Front zippered pocket provides organization for additional camera or non-camera accessories
  • Ergonomic construction combines thickly padded backpanel and shoulder strap, oversized shoulder pad and optional waistbelt for maximum carrying comfort
  • Waistbelt tucks into backpanel when not in use
  • Sturdy top and bottom grab handles for easy lifting and loading
  • Modern, functional design and durable ripstop nylon create a quality, user-friendly camera bag
  • Removable weather cover protects case from the elements – can be stored in dedicated compartment, attached by adhesive straps, or removed completely to dry or clean
  • Lens cloth included

On the back is a padded back area which hides straps from both sides. I’m not really sure what the purpose of the straps are as they don’t seem like they would tighten up enough to sling onto the back of your luggage. On the bottom is a small pouch containing a rain cover.

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The Luminosity Camera Bag

With such gorgeous products why wouldn’t you want to join the Case Logic family? If you want to purchase some products from such a Fashionable brand, here is a web link that will turn ordinary bag into an extraordinary fashion item: https://www.thebrandstore.co.za/catalogsearch/result/?q=case+logic

Connect with Case Logic on their social media platforms:

Twitter: @CaseLogic_SA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HOLBBags/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/caselogicsa/

“Life, Simplified” – Case Logic

[EVENT] MIRANDA DEBUTS NEW SINGLE CALLED LENDODA: THE REALEST, THE BEST AND AMAZING TRACK TO DATE!

Velvet Lounge in Maboneng became a world stage when Miranda launched her single – Lendoda. Miranda Mokhele Ntshangase who was born in the Free State released her first album during the fall of 1987 called New Beginnings. She has been doing acting and presenting shows and decided it is about time to tackle the music industry with her breathtaking voice.

She rose to fame when she appeared on Tshisa as Latoya who was a presenter, she also appeared on Sokhulu and Partners, Mthunzini.com, Rhythm City and Mzansi Magic’s – Zabalaza amongst a few.

Getting the chance to watch her perform I must say that it has been a very enthralling experience. Miranda will take you on a very magnificent musical journey as her voice intertwines with your soul.

This is what she has to say about her new single, her life as an actress and musician and her future endeavors:

  1. Can you just tell me what attracted you to music?

Originally I studied music but somehow my path took me to acting. In this case, acting was my second nature, it was something I liked. I realized now that God was trying to prepare me. The whole time I was trying to push for my music and God was like to me “take your time and write your material”

2. Please tell me about Lendoda. What is the whole inspiration behind this amazing track?

Well, it is actually a song that I wrote about my husband, how I met him and how he makes me feel. Obviously, I embellished a bit in terms of story-telling but in essence, Lendoda is about my husband.

3. The transition from being an actress to being a songstress is somewhat a very huge and risky step one can take. How did you cope with that?

You see, I get that a lot and my answer is always that its not a transition but it is who I am. Music is who I am and with acting, you are just playing a role, trying to fit into the characters shoes but with music it is me, I just need to go back to who I am and what I believe in – be true to the music and who you are.

4. Any concrete advice you would give to aspiring actresses and songstresses that want you be where you are currently?

There is one thing that I always stay true to and that is: DO NOT STOP! I mean, what does not fit someone does not mean it will fit another person. No matter what the case is, DO NOT STOP! 

Here are some of the images captured at the Lendoda Launch: 

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You can connect with Miranda on social media. Here are her handles:

Facebook: @MirandaNtshangase

Twitter: @mirandamokhele

Instagram: @mirandantshangase

Here is the link for Lendoda: http://mirandalive.com/music/

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, charm and gaiety to life and to everything” – Plato 

[EVENT] – ACE PUTS DOWN AN ‘ACE’ ON HIS NEW TRACK – SUMMERTIME WITH RENOWNED RAPPER – ANATII

Born in Nigeria and now a permanent resident here in South Africa – Ace has proved that he is yet to reign as the King of South African Hip Hop. Recently, I was invited to cover the exclusive launch of his single and video premiere with Anatii called Summertime at The Capital in Sandton.

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THE GUESTS ENJOYED THE PREMIERE 

We had the opportunity to get a sneak peak of his new music video for Summertime which is a very beautifully produced video. The video will take you on a musical journey as you are boxed-into your television screen, this will be your next favorite video.

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THE MAIN MAN – SUPERSTAR ACE

I had a bit of a chat with Ace about his music, future collaborations and this is what he said to say:

  1. How did you plan about creating such an amazing track such as summertime?

I had originally created the song about 3 years ago; it was inspired by the tropical area that I grew up in – all the summertime vibes that just surrounded the area. A few months ago I linked up with Anatii and while in studio we just decided to record the track. Anatii wrote his own verse and I did the chorus of the song.

2. Any future collabo’s we can look forward to?

I have recorded music with Davido, Vector from Nigeria, Palm Tree Paradise who are from Durban and Rep who is from Johannesburg. I am looking forward to do some more records with DJ’s and I have a potential record that I have to do Nomuzi Mabena.

3. What inspires you?

MYSELF

4. Trick Question: Do you prefer rapping or producing?

That is a very tricky question because I find myself right in the middle of both and to get tricky with you – I prefer BOTH [LAUGHS].

5. Any concrete advice you would give to upcoming artists?

It takes time and nothing good will come overnight, it requires a lot of dedication, hard work and definitely focus. You can be carried by things such as fame and girls or the whole lifestyle. Stick to the work, making good music and entertain music – your passion and your dreams will come alive.

 

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You can connect with Ace on social media. Here are his handles:

Twitter: @SuperstarAce

Facebook: #SuperstarAce

Instagram: @superstarace

Here is the link to Summertime Feat. Anatii: https://soundcloud.com/superstarace/summertime

 

“Time Will Tell” – Superstar Ace

 

 

[EVENT] #SAMA23 – THE NOMINEES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!

 

The Destiny Exclusive Hotel in Kempton Park came to live when the 2017 #SAMA23 Nominees were announced. On this day, fashionista’s, talented artists and media filled the hotel to capacity to get a sneak peak at the nominees that will be announced.

We got invited and this is what went down:

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Below is the full nominees list:

Best Newcomer of the Year
Best Duo/Group of the Year Best Female Artist of the Year
Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga The Soil – The Soil Lebo Sekgobela – Restored
Babes Wodumo  – Gqom Queen Vol. 1 Jaziel Brothers – Jaziel Brothers Babes Wodumo  – Gqom Queen Vol. 1
Sketchy Bongo- Unmasked Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga Kelly Khumalo – My Truth
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions The Parlotones – Trinkets  Relics & Heirlooms Amanda Black – Amazulu
Amanda Black – Amazulu Black Motion – Ya Badimo Thandiswa – Belede
Best Duo/Group of the Year Best Female Artist of the Year Best Male Artist of the Year
The Soil – The Soil Lebo Sekgobela – Restored Dr Tumi – Heart of a king
Jaziel Brothers – Jaziel Brothers Babes Wodumo  – Gqom Queen Vol. 1 Kwesta – Dakar II
Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga Kelly Khumalo – My Truth Musa  – Musa
The Parlotones – Trinkets  Relics & Heirlooms Amanda Black – Amazulu Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions
Black Motion – Ya Badimo Thandiswa – Belede NATHI  – UMBULELO WAM
Best Album of the Year Best Rock Album Best Adult Contemporary Album
Kwesta – Dakar II The Sweet Resistance – Where There Is Hope Elvis Blue – Optics
Black Motion – Ya Badimo Lost & Found – Lost & Found Hugh Masekela – No Borders
Amanda Black – Amazulu Richard Stirton – Middle Ground Majozi – Fire
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions The Parlotones – Trinkets, Relics & Heirlooms MANGO GROOVE – FACES TO THE SUN
Thandiswa – Belede Albert Frost – The Wake Up Msaki – Zaneliza: How The Water Moves
Best Pop Album Beste Pop Album Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Matthew Mole – Run 4Werke – 4 Warm Adam Tas – Patatas en Pyptabak
LOCNVILLE – TASTE THE WEEKEND ADAM – Hoogtevrees Coenie de Villiers – Emoji
GoodLuck – The Nature Within Dewald Wasserfall – Jy Is Die Storm Joshua na die Reën – Die Wêreld Binne My
Sketchy Bongo – Unmasked Kurt Darren – Sal Jy Met My Dans Refentse – My hart bly in ‘n taal
TiMO ODV – Origins (Digital Edition) Snotkop – HKGK Ricus Nel – Ouskool Boerseun
Best African Adult Album Best Alternative Music Album Best R&B Soul Reggae Album
Dumza Maswana – Molo Arno Carstens – Die Aandblom 13 Afrotraction – Love and respect
Kelly Khumalo – My Truth Chris Chameleon – Firmament Amanda Black – Amazulu
NATHI – UMBULELO WAM Native Young – Kings Brenda Mtambo – So Much More
Nozipho – Thando Somerfaan – Alien Boogie Stuff Karabo – Matters of the heart
Soul Kulture – Ngeliny’ilanga Tailor – Trust Part 1 Tima Reece – 9
Best Rap Album Best Kwaito Album Best Dance Album
A Reece – Paradise Babes Wodumo – Gqom Queen Vol. 1 DJ Clock – The 5th tick
Khuli Chana – One Source Bullistic – N.W.O (New World Order) Black Motion – Ya Badimo
Kwesta – Dakar II Dr Malinga – Goodwill Durbans’ Finest – Durbans’ Finest – Reloaded
Nasty C – Bad Hair Extentions Taylor K – Paper Chase Mobi Dixon – Live The Music
Stogie T – Stogie T Trademark & Zinhle Ngidi – Trademark & Zinhle Ngidi NaakMusiQ – Born to Entertain
Best Traditional Faith Music Album Best Contemporary Faith Music Album Best Traditional Music Album
Deborah Fraser – Uhambo Dr Tumi – Heart of a king Candy – Easy Come Easy Go
Sfiso Ncwane – Wethembekile Baba Dr Tumi – Love and grace Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters – Shimatsatsa No 34: Xiganga
Spirit Of Praise – Spirit Of Praise Vol.6 Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn Mmaausi – Monna Oa Sokelwa
TEBOHO – NKUTLWELE BOHLOKO Lebo Sekgobela – Restored Qadasi & Maqhinga – Lashis’ Ilanga
Zaza – Blowing the horn of chronicle We Will Worship – Mmuso Shabalala Rhythm – Yebo Ngiyavuma
Best Maskandi Album Best Jazz Album Classical Instrumental Album
Imfez’emnyama – Monalisa Darren English – Imagine Nation BONGANI RADEBE – BUYELEKHAYA SAX RENDITION
imithente – s”yawuvala umlomo dave reynolds & pops mohamed – live in grahamstown Charl du Plessis Trio – Baroqueswing Vol. II
Khuzani – Inyoni yomthakathi Nduduzo Makhathini with Umgidi Trio and One Voice Vocal Ensemble – Inner Dimensions Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society – And Then I Heard A Voice by SJ Khosa
Shwi noMtekhala – Kwabhalwa etsheni Sydney Mavundla – Luhambo The Voice of Angels – The Voice of Angels Volume 2
Thokozani Langa – Amabrazo Thandiswa – Belede University of Pretoria – Love and War
Best Afro Pop Album African Indigenous Gospel Album Best African Artist
Jaziel Brothers – Jaziel Brothers Amadodana Ase Wesile – Amadodana Ase Wesile Jah Prayzah – Jah Prayzah
Musa – Musa Jerusalema E Ncha – Jerusalema E Ncha Oliver Mtukudzi – Oliver Mtukudzi
Robbie Malinga – Robbie Malinga Lejwe la Motheo – Lejwe la Motheo Patoranking – Patoranking
The Soil – The Soil Living In Christ Legends – Living In Christ Legends Vee Mampeezy – Vee Mampeezy
VUSI NOVA – VUSI NOVA T.C.C.C MASS CHOIR – T.C.C.C MASS CHOIR Vuyo Katsha – Vuyo Katsha
Live Audio Visual Recording Album Best Collaboration Album Best Music Video of the Year
Joyous Celebration – Joyous Celebration 20 – Part 2 – The Alumni Black Coffee – Your eyes Khuli Chana – One Source
Joyous Celebration – Joyous Celebration 20 Live at The Moses Mabhida Stadium Kwesta ft DJ Bucks, Okmalumkoolkat & DJ Maphorisa – Mayibabo ft DJ Bucks, Okmalumkoolkat & DJ Maphorisa Miss Pru – Ameni
Khaya Mthethwa – The Dawn Kwesta – Ngud’ Nasty C – Don’t do it
Krone & Various Artists – Krone 3 DVD Miss Pru – Ameni Nasty C – Good Girls
Spirit Of Praise – Spirit Of Praise Vol.6 Musa – Mthande Reason ft AKA & Khuli Chana – Yipikayay
Best Produced Album Best Engineered Album Remix of the Year
Afrotraction – Love and respect The Soil – Echoes of Kofifi Distruction Boys – Wololo (Dbanj Remix)
Brenda Mtambo – So Much More Arno Carstens – Aandblom 13 DJ Mizz – Close to you (Mizz Afro Remix)
Matthew Mole – Run MANGO GROOVE – FACES TO THE SUN Evida – The Woods (Evida Remix)
Rubber Duc – The Secret Sun Jesse Clegg – Things Unseen Kyle Deutsch – Can’t Get enough (Official Remix)
sjava – Isina Muva LeAnne Dlamini – Warrior Vic – Wena Wedwa (MusicCraftMAN Mix)

 

The 2017 SAMA will be held on the 26th May 2017 at Sun City, 10AM. For more details do follow The SAMAs on their social media platforms:

Twitter: @SAMAs

Facebook: South African Music Awards

Instagram: @thesamas_

Official Website: https://samusicawards.co.za/

 

Tsogo Sun Sprint Toasts To 55 Glamourous Years At Golden Horse Casino

Pietermaritzburg’s top entertainment destination, Golden Horse Casino, is once again set to host the eagerly anticipated and action-packed social event, Tsogo Sun Sprint, on Saturday, 27 May 2017.

The Tsogo Sun Sprint has established itself as one of the most paramount equine events on the calendar and is the only horse racing event in the country with four sprint races. From its inception in 1962, the Sprint is now toasting to 55 glamorous years. The event is highly regarded and is the oldest, biggest and richest sprint event in the country. Previously known as the Golden Horse Sprint and later changed to the Tsogo Sun Sprint, the race will now have a R3.7 million cash prize at stake for horse racing enthusiasts.

The event is renowned for attracting and uniting some of the country’s popular who’s-who in entertainment, fashion and business, as well as all round horse racing fanatics for a day filled with fun and glamour. Last year, the glitzy affair attracted over 17 000 visitors to the property and this year, the crowd attendance is expected to grow exponentially.

“At Golden Horse Casino, we are truly honoured to once again host the prestigious Tsogo Sun Sprint on our property. Over time, this event has established itself as a world-class race event in South Africa’s social calendar. Now celebrating 55 years of fun and glamour; with an even bigger cash prize up for grabs, guests in attendance are guaranteed to be treated to a night to remember” says Maureen Kivits, Golden Horse General Manager.

There are four Grade 1 sprint races with a field of the most elite horses from all around South Africa. These races offer 1 200 metres of speed, power and skill. The Tsogo Sun Sprint is an ‘open race’ for both fillies and geldings with a top prize of R1 million.

The Tsogo Sun Sprint is a day of pace and power, great style as well as a host of added entertainment options. Entrance to the glamorous yet highly competitive Tsogo Sun Sprint is free for everyone and kicks off at 10:00.  This is another great event held at the Golden Horse Casino that you don’t want to miss.

For more information about the Tsogo Sun Sprint, visit: www.goldenhorsecasino.co.za

Time To Weave Your Magic Spell, Fashionista!

Durban – With the winter fashion season fast approaching, organisers of the national Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge, presented by Durban Fashion Fair, have set the stage for the storyboard-based competition that will be judged on 11 May, and will once again offer excellent prizes and great exposure on one of the year’s brightest fashion platforms.

The competition is unique in that it allows an unfettered opportunity for designers from every walk of life to create a storyboard design that reflects the 2017 raceday theme “The Colour of Magic”, hoping to make the top ten cut that will then proceed to complete their outfits for the final judging process.

“The Fashion Challenge is a vital component to the Vodacom Durban July Fashion Experience, as it bridges the gap between the young and very established designers and allows anyone to enter, no matter what their fashion qualification,” said Fashion Programme director Tiffany Prior.

“At least half the entries come from outside of KwaZulu-Natal, as this is the one ‘open’ opportunity for any designer, professional or amateur, to get involved with the Vodacom Durban July fashion programme,” she added.

Prior said the competition requires the designers to design a raceday ensemble that is stylish, fashionable and encompasses the spirit of Africa’s Great Horseracing Event, The Vodacom Durban July.

“Fit, quality and finish are very important,” said Prior. “All aspects of the look – the hat, accessories, shoes and overall grooming – are very important, as this is part of the judging criteria.

“It is absolutely essential that the theme, ‘The Colour of Magic’ is followed and that the design reflects it.

“It is also essential that the entrants understand that this is a fashion competition. Stay away from anything that is too theatrical or Avant Garde and definitely nothing gimmicky,” said Prior. “However, the ‘unexpected’ will score points!”

She pointed out that the subtle references to the word ‘red’ should not be taken too literally. “This brief is not necessarily about the colour red, it is about ‘magical’ fashion and design work.

“Judges will be looking for garments that are on trend and beautifully executed, with an emphasis on being beautifully dressed.

“The design is for an upmarket raceday, not an evening event,” she concluded.

The storyboards need to reach the ICE Models office in Durban before 4pm on 9 May on the 1st Floor, Unit 6, Stadium Building, Lion Match Park, at 892 Umgeni Road. All the competition entry details are available on the event website.

The winner will receive a cash prize of R5000, the first runner up R3000 and the second runner up R2000, in addition to an extensive hamper of further prizes and products from the fashion programme sponsors.

“The real prize however is the value of the exposure that the designer receives through the media spotlight on this event,”
said Prior.

“This competition  has a fantastic track record of star performers going on to establish themselves as big names in the fashion design industry, and almost without exception, they credit the exposure they enjoyed from the Vodacom Durban July in helping build their profile and kick-start their careers,” she added.

The 2017 Vodacom Durban July takes place at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday 1 July. More information can be found at www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za

Benches and beyond: Taking a closer look at the evolution of street furniture

The rise of outdoor urban recreational spaces has enabled city dwellers to experience the world’s busiest cities optimally. Thanks to city gardens, gyms and other leisure facilities that have resulted from private-public partnerships, people are engaging with their surroundings and each other in exciting new ways.


One trend that has amplified this change is the evolution of street furniture across the globe. The days of benches being the only prominent fixtures has long been surpassed, making way for creatives to apply not only the latest designs, but technology to enhance these offerings and expand their functionality.


Spotlight on solar power


With the need of modern city dwellers to always be connected and have their electronic devices ready to use, the answer to this call soon emerged on the streets.


“Seat-e” benches were for example installed in Boston, Massachusetts. These trendy seating solutions with plug-points were created to harness solar power, enabling people to conveniently charge their mobile phones while out and about.


South Africans in some of the country’s bigger metropoles can also enjoy the convenience of smart benches – thanks to the Isabelo initiative. These solar powered structures offer free Wi-Fi and four cellphone charging ports.


Equally beneficial are NRG Street Charge Stations – solar powered structures that can be found from America to Australia. Driven by the passion to give citizens “clean, environmentally friendly power”, the team behind these creations fashioned unobtrusive, clean-cut devices that also offer businesses branding opportunities.


Eco-friendly excellence


The Water Bench took bench design even further. Lauded as “the first prototype in a series of water-conservation solutions”, it was developed by MARS Architects in collaboration with the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Mumbai. The Water Bench, provides both a seating solution as well as a vessel for collecting rainwater during the rainy seasons that could be used to irrigate smaller gardens during drier periods.


Although not necessarily seen as street furniture, but nevertheless showing how design and conservation can seamlessly meld together, was a billboard constructed in Peru. Made by students of UTEC and Mayo DraftDCB, this billboard extracted water from the air – the world’s first billboard of this kind to produce portable water by sourcing it from the atmospheric humidity.


Convenience is king


Several cities embrace the pastimes of their citizens with convenient solutions.


Urban property development brand, Blok, initiated a bicycle parking design competition to provide a system on the Sea Point Promenade. The winning design, Blade, resembles blades of grass reaching up from the ground and enables cyclists to simply secure the frame of their bikes to one of the 16 blades with a lock.

Several Capetonians in this area are avid cyclers. By giving them a safe place to store their bicycles, they have peace of mind that their rides are secure while they exercise on the Promenade and explore the surrounding restaurants, putt-putt course and shops.


In Amsterdam, Pivot Creative, through attaching red metal clips to benches, transformed these ordinary structures into mini-libraries – dubbed “Ruilbank”. Bringing this initiative to life included partnering with newspapers and libraries for reading material for the various benches.


Eliminating social isolation


By shaping the way the public experience their surroundings through clever structures and improved street furniture, cities can easily inspire their inhabitants to get social and active.


Furthermore, designs inspired by a city’s culture will give rise to an environment that invites its citizens to celebrate the streets and all they have to offer.


Sources: * http://popsop.com/2013/12/what-a-smart-city-of-the-future-will-look-like-learn-7-trends-in-urban-living-for-2014/

Event News: Egg-citing holiday fun with Silverstar at Easter Playground

With the Easter holidays right around the corner, Silverstar will be turning the Square into an Easter Playground for some much-loved family fun. From Saturday 1 April to Monday 17 April 2017, the Easter Playground will be packed with fun-filled activities for children of all ages to enjoy.

Some of the child-friendly entertainment will include a soft play park, train rides, pedal karts on an inflatable track, water slide and buskers. The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance on certain days, with treats for the kids.

For those who prefer spending their time watching movies, the Easter Playground will have two free family movie screenings. On Friday 14 April, guests can catch the screening of HOP and on Saturday 15 April, the Rise of the Guardians.

“During the holidays, parents are always looking for great family-friendly activities, and Silverstar has made sure to cater to those needs. The best parts about the Easter Playground is that it’s not age specific and entry is free, which does not limit who can join in on the fun at the Square,” says the Silverstar Marketing Manager, Sanele Ntombela.

Guests can also enjoy great food specials at Publicity Bar&Grill.  The gastro pub offers guests live entertainment every Friday and Saturday, along with a mouth-watering menu which includes Eisbein, steak, gourmet burgers and much more.

The Easter Playground at The Silverstar Square starts from 1 April to 17 April 2017, from 10:00 to 17:00 daily. Entrance is free for everyone.

The Heavyweights International Comedy Show

Make ’em laugh and leave ’em wanting more! The Heavyweights International Comedy Show aims to do just that.

 

The event is setting the stage to be one of the largest cultural events with a world class comedy appeal and roaring laughs on the 1st April 2017 (its an April fools joke that’s not actually a joke) This year’s debut international comedy show will host an eclectic mix of both local and international headliners such as the hilarious, funny and multi award winning African comedic great Ayo Makun who goes by the stage name AY from Nigeria.

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He is also an actor, writer, director, radio and T.V presenter. AY has also held the ranks of being named a UN peace ambassador in 2009 for his efforts for social and economic issues affecting ordinary citizens in his country. The ever ludicrous, funny and fearless Kansiime will also lead the pack gracing South Africa for the first time.

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Born in Uganda Kansiime has won multiple awards such as Comedy YouTube Sub-Saharan Africa Creator Award and African Entertainment Awards USA, Best Comedian’s Award 2015 to name a few. The local line up includes retired lawyer and ‘Laugh Technician’ Thenjiwe who’s apparently lodged a complaint with the Knowles family claiming Beyonce is her daughter. The multi talented Trevor Gumbi, Tumi Stopnonsons and Nina Hastie are also bound to leave viewers in stitches. The witty and energetic Tallassmo features front and centre of the show as the MC.

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Event Details: 

Date: 1st April 2017

Venue: Carnival City, Big Top Arena 

Time: 2PM for 3PM 

Full Line-Up: Kasiime, Thenjiwe, AY, Trevor Gumbi, Tumi Stopnonsos and Nina Hastie 

MC: Tol A$$ Mo

Cover charge: Tickets start at R175 

Lungi Naidoo Kicks Off National Album Launch Tour

Fresh from releasing her second single titled Kiss Madolo following the success of her first single Falling featuring Black Coffee, songstress Lungi Naidoo is embarking on a nationwide album launch tour.

This will see her perform at Shaguma Lifestyle Café on this Sunday (2 April). Lungi is excited about being able to go around the country to perform for her fans and give them an opportunity to interact with her.

“I’m so excited because as a performing artist the only time I come fully alive is when I’m on stage. The album launch tour is not focusing on big cities so I’m going to reach every small town in our country, as all my fans are important to me,” she said.

Though she previous released two albums I Am and a self-titled album, she said with this album she’s working on her brand as she is aware that artists can no longer just rely on their music alone to make an impact in the music industry.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

*1 April Rex Club Opening in Sandton

*2 April Shaguma Lifestyle café in Midrand

*14 April Liquid Zone in Soshanguve

*28 April Thaba Moshate casino in Burgersfort

*29 Witbank News Café at Highveld Mall

*5 Meropa Casino (Jembe)

*27 May Zygoz Pub in Mabopane

EXCLUSIVE: HE WHO REIGNS AS THE KING OF FASHION – JJ SCHOEMAN

Fashion design is the art of application of design and aesthetics or natural beauty to clothing and accessories. Fashion design is influenced by cultural and social attitudes, and has varied over time and place and in this case JJ Schoeman has perfected the meaning of what Fashion Design is with his exceptional design skills.

JJ Schoeman is known to be South Africa’s best Fashion designer since the 1990’s and with that said, you must now have a clear picture as to where JJ Schoeman comes from and his experience in the Fashion industry. He opened his own boutique in Rosebank during the fall of 2003.

In 1995, JJ took things to the next level and launched his own label – JJ Schoeman (which is not that discrepant from his name) a clothing line that aims specifically at women’s evening wear. JJ Schoeman is known in the industry for his exquisite yet unique designs that have taken the ‘Fashion Avenue’ by storm and for offering a ‘Work Of Art’ to the table.

I had the opportunity to have a chat with the King of Fashion Design about his exceptional label, Fashion Week and his future endeavours! Here is what the reigning South-African Fashion Designer had to say:

1. How do you define JJ Schoeman? Who is the man behind such an amazing brand?

The inscription on the label reads : ”a work of art.” Besides art we strive to create dresses that are timeless and classic, the forever dress, a perfect dress, well-fitting and beautifully cut and made.

When it comes to me personally, I am the one always standing last in the queue. I view myself as the least important person. I take it one day at a time. I know that I appreciate quality over quantity. It is important to me that I continue to make progress every day doing what I love most. To me simplicity is the best thing simply because for a simple thing to be memorable and unforgettable it has to perfect in every way. I work every day, train and retrain my staff every day, check up on them from time to time and learn new things every day. My three Chihuahuas, family and life partner means a lot to me.

2. You have worked with amazing clients. How has the journey been for you?

My time working in fashion has seen many facets, from as low as below the bottom to as high as the highest top and everything in-between. Days are different, weeks are different and years vary also completely. I have learnt that no matter how sure you feel when you reach a level of contentment, there is always an up as well as a down side to consider, as one simply cannot know or cannot tell the future. Any question/problem has a solution and you can find it, think long enough and it comes to you. Wisdom is key. People/clients are very different from each other and one always hopes for the best outcome. Patience is a virtue.

3. A look behind your brand. How did it come about?

I worked for a few years for many large companies as well as individuals and I tried to learn everything about making clothes that there is. I opened my first store in Dunkeld West called Collingwood Couture named after my grandparents. A few years later I ran a flea market store called African Panache in Boksburg. When I moved to Rosebank in January 2000 I had a studio without a name and opened a store in 2003 with JJ Creazioni Originali written on the entrance. It was only when I moved to my second position in Rosebank when the name changed to JJ Schoeman in 2006. It was actually my partner Leon Mare who said that I should have this name as it is my name and he likes it. My argument was that my name is just not memorable when you say it and it took some time for him to convince me. Needless to say we made the label and today everything runs with this name that we produce.

4. During the fall of 2010 – one of your creations was the best evening wear at Miss Earth. How does this make you feel as a designer?

Thank you for knowing that. It came about in an unexpected way. I have been dressing Tamerin Jardine since she is 16, making many special evening dresses over ten years. When she won the Miss Earth title I was commissioned to make a dress for Tamerin by her mom to compete at the International Miss Earth event. The theme was ‘The Ocean.’ There is a competition in the world where all the evening dresses compete that was shown in the same year at every major pageant of importance. This dress was best evening wear that night and made the cut that year to Top Five Best Evening Wear in the World and I felt delighted and deeply honoured. I was very pleased for my client as our mutual passion for fashion made it to somewhere important.

5. Fashion Week is just around the corner. What should fashionista’s look forward to from your collection?

My collection is available immediately. The collection is current, no placing orders for delivery in three months as usual. Whatever is on the runway can be bought in different sizes in an instant. It also includes a trick dress that will fit anybody from a 32 to a 46 and we are including dresses for the fuller figure. The collection is built around my top sellers and is the latest looks in fashion right now.

6. QUESTION: The best highlight in your LIFE?

I had so many highlights in my life in different categories that it is difficult to pin pinpoint just one. From sport to theatre and academics. A fashion highlight was the year I was invited to do a collection of 120 dresses in conjunction with a team of local designers that I invited to assist me, for the Miss World held in Johannesburg in 2010. Besides that, I got to dress my first Miss World, the current Miss World of that year for the Mayor’s welcome Ball. Mrs Julia Morley, President of the MWO then invited me to be a celebrity adjudicator for the pageant, judging all the rounds and the final at Gallagher Estate; that was probably my best highlight.

7. Favourite Fashion Designer? And why?

When Gianni Versace was alive, he was my favourite. Then John Galliano became my favourite until he resigned from Dior. Then I loved Alexander McQueen who committed suicide later. These days I am enjoying what Zac Posen does in New York but my favourite designer is most definitely Karl Lagerfeld. What I love is that he is doing outstanding work for so many different labels including Chanel. The other reason I like him is the year I decided to take up dress designing was the year in which Karl and Yves St. Laurent tied for an International Young Designer Award as they was just entering the world of fashion in the 70’s. Its many years later and Karl rules the world of fashion.

8. During your journey – who inspires you?

In a situation of custom making an individual special occasion garment, my client inspires me. For retail it is fabric and trying to create the hottest seller that is an inspiration. For fantasies from my mind, my dressmaker’s dummy inspires me. Inspiration comes to me mostly through working with fabric, colour, texture and form. As I am working, inspiration keeps coming. During my journey I am inspired by my nearest and dearest like my closest family and friends and close colleagues.

9. What are your future endeavours?

It seems that a reality TV show is on the cards where I have a part in. Fashion is changing rapidly and it is almost reckless to plan too much in advance too fast. Time and technology will tell, I don’t have big plans besides to continue to do what I am doing.

10. Your concrete advice to upcoming fashion designers?

It is wonderful to be inspired by the success of leaders and others in the fashion industry. One must however caution to stay true to oneself and focus more on the business of fashion than the glamorous events of fashion as well as everything else that takes away your time of focusing on the technicalities in the workroom. Fashion is a numbers game where cash is King, so focus on sales for starters. When the money comes from your daily progress, you can plan and think. If you want to succeed you must do it yourself, there isn’t somebody going to come and make it happen for you. As you work , you will learn and find your way.

11. Your favorite quote to date?

“You can if you want to” – This is something my mother always said to me simply as she always knew that I was able to realize anything I wished for, but I had to want to. So I think just to add in is half of the ability to be able to. 

 

 

[COMPETITION CLOSED] COMPETITION: WIN DOUBLE TICKETS TO THE CORONA SUNSETS FESTIVAL!

You do not have any plans for this Saturday? Well, this should attract you. We are giving away 2 tickets to the first ever Corona SunSets Festival happening this Saturday at Ground in Muldersdrift.

HOW DO YOU WIN TICKETS?

  • Answer this question: Why is Corona your favorite beer to date?
  • Tweet me @IAmLinxLin or post on the Modishly Established Facebook page with your answer and the hashtag #CoronaSunSetsZA
  • If your answer is cool like Corona then the tickets are yours!
  • COMPETITION ENDS ON THE 30th OF MARCH 2017
  • Winner will be announced via social media

NB – NO UNDER 18’s CAN ENTER THE COMPETITION.

#CoronaSunsetsZA has bought together the greatest line-up of all time! With 2 stages and an awesome line-up, why wouldn’t you want to see yourself at such an amazing festival? Here is the line-up:

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All of the following amenities will be available too:

– Food vendors

– Market

Tickets are on sale from Tuesday, 31st January and ticket prices are as follows:

(NOTE: each ticket tier has a limited number of tickets, and when those run out the ticket price will increase)

R250: Sunrise              (Sold Out)

R350: Sunshine            (Now available and Selling out fast)

R450: Sunset               (Phase 2)

R550: Eclipse               (Phase 3)

Tickets are exclusively available from www.coronaextra.co.za

Follow #CoronaSunSetsZA for more information.

STRICTLY NO UNDER 18’s ALLOWED, AND ALL ATTENDEES WILL REQUIRE IDENTIFICATION TO ENTER THE EVENT – ONLY ORIGINAL ID BOOK/CARD, DRIVERS LICENCE CARD OR PASSPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

COSMOPOLITAN SOUTH AFRICA’S WORLD EXCLUSIVE WITH BLAC CHYNA

Cosmopolitan South Africa has revealed that their latest world exclusive cover shoot is with reality TV royalty, Blac Chyna.

In the exclusive interview, Chyna dishes on her relationship with Rob, their highly publicized struggles, and her determination to make it work. She also shares her feelings about becoming a part of the Kardashian family, and co-parenting with Tyga (now dating Rob’s half-sister, Kylie Jenner).

Fashion Director Bev Nates and Art Director Juan Geel once again made the trip to LA, where they partnered with renowned photographer John Tsiavis to pull off the shoot.

Of the “At home with Blac Chyna” theme, Acting Editor Kerrie Simon-Lawrence says, “Blac Chyna is such a mysterious character, and everyone really does want to know more about her. While she’s a businesswoman and has been for a long time, her life has really been plastered all over the media ever since she first got together with Rob Kardashian. So we wanted to create an intimate-feeling shoot, where we got to share with readers the ‘real’ Blac Chyna.”

The shoot has also been a great opportunity for South African designers, with the Cosmo team commissioning from local labels for the roll-out. “We took items from Josh Myburgh, Romanda de Bastos, Shana Morland, and Emelia Nagel. On the cover, she wears a divine leotard by Sheila-Madge,” says Kerrie.

In an exciting twist, Cosmo and Sheila-Madge will be giving away the cover look via a social media competition.

Commenting on interviewing the star in LA, Kerrie says: “We loved working with Blac Chyna on this cover and interview. She’s fresh and has a devil-may-care attitude that we could all learn a lot from.”

See the behind the scenes interview and photo shoot here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRDzX3MPt_E

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @CosmopolitanSA #COSMOxChyna

JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES STELLAR LINE-UP

Africa’s premiere comedy festival is back with its second edition of laugh out loud laughs. The Johannesburg International Comedy Festival (JICF) will once again showcase the best in local, continental and international comedy in and around the Braamfontein precinct from 31 March – 1 April.

 

The line-up this year is as impressive as the last, with award winning comedians from home and abroad sharing the stage. The mouthwatering feast of comedy on offer is sure to cater for every taste and will no doubt leave audiences wheezing for more.

 

After being postponed late last year due to student protests, the full revised line ups for the Festival are as follows;

 

Stand Up Africa – Hosted by Basketmouth (Nigeria)

6 of the best comedians in Africa on one stage! Africa Stand Up!!!

LINE-UP: Loyiso Madinga (SA), Eddie Kadi (Congo), Q Dube (Zimbabwe), Prince Abdi (Somalia), Imran Yusuf (Kenya)

 

The hottest local, continental and international comedians join forces in the Braamfontein precinct to bring you the funniest weekend of your life!

 

This will be another international comedy extravaganza featuring talent from all over the world such as the USA, Russia, Nigeria, Denmark, Kenya, UK, Canada, Zimbabwe, France, Congo, Somalia alongside a strong South African contingent as we celebrate the universal language of laughter!

 

 

League of Nations – Hosted by Joey Rasdien (South Africa)

A unique comedy experience featuring 6 acts from 6 countries in a league of their own!

LINE-UP: Eric Lampaert (France), Igor Meerson (Russia), Eddy King (Canada),

Cokey Falkow (SA), Ahmed Bharoocha (USA)

 

Live from The Alex – Hosted by Nina Hastie (South Africa)

Showcasing trailblazing female comedic talent! You’ll be laughing your *** off!

LINE-UP: Celeste Ntuli (SA), Athena Kugblenu (UK), Sofie Hagen (Denmark), Mel Jones (SA), Angel Campey (SA)

 

Vernac Attack – Hosted by Tips Shampoonaizer (South Africa)

Vernac Attack features a hot line up of local comedians performing in their mother tongue!

LINE-UP (SA): Summary, Roni Modimola, Noko Moswete, Kedibone Mulaudzi

 

Late Nite @ The Orbit – Hosted by Tats Nkonzo (South Africa)

This will be a late-night comedy and jazz extravaganza at the one and only Orbit Jazz Café

 

 FRIDAY LINE-UP: Kagiso Lediga (SA), Eddy King (Canada), Igor Meerson (Russia), Eric Lampaert (France), Jessica Michelle Singleton (USA), Basketmouth (Nigeria), Eddie Kadi (Congo)

 

SATURDAY LINE-UP: Imran Yusuf (Kenya), Sofie Hagen (Denmark), Cokey Falkow (SA), Eric Lampaert (France), Ahmed Bharoocha (USA), Athena Kugblenu (UK), Kagiso Lediga (SA),

 

“After the postponement of the Festival late last year due to the student protests, we are very excited to be back with our next edition of JICF and hope to build on the groundbreaking success of the inaugural installment,” said Festival Director, Takunda Bimha. “With another whole new line-up, I can’t wait for our audiences to experience the exciting comedians we’ve assembled, both locally and from all over the world.”

 

The second edition of JICF promises to be another world class comedy extravaganza – one not to be missed or you’ll be left with an epic case of FOMO! Get your tickets today and prepare to be blown away!

 

The Johannesburg International Comedy Festival is proudly supported by M-Net Movies, Kaya FM, City of Joburg, The Four Seasons Westcliff, DISCOP, Southpoint and the Montreux Comedy Festival (Switzerland)

 

Tickets for all shows are available from at Ticketpros ranging from R75 (for students) – R300.

 

Join the conversation and keep updated on www.jicf.co.za or on social media, www.facebook.com/JICF.SA/,  @JICF_SA and #JICF on twitter and Instagram.

STANLEY BEER YARD AND CORONA HOST THE BUSKING AND JAZZ SESSIONS

The South African jazz scene grew in popularity through performances in nightclubs, and other major venues during the time of the 1950s. It forms a large part of South African culture, through anti-apartheid protest from individuals like Hugh Masekela and Kippie Moketsi (Jazz Epistles).

Due to government censorship, a massive exodus occurred and many black jazz artists left the country in search of work and audiences; and so there has always been a high demand for affordable, small-scale jazz entertainment in Johannesburg particularly.

On the first and third Wednesday of every month, Stanley Beer Yard will host the Corona Busking Sessions; drawing on jazz’s status as a national art form and part of South African cultural history. Busking sessions were once common occurrences in Johannesburg and there is a pressing need to entrench the local jazz scene and create an interface between real world jazz and practical music education.

The busking sessions will begin with opening performances by top young SA jazz musicians, namely award winning Jazz Guitarist Vuma Ian Levin (winner Keep an Eye International Jazz awards, Dutch Jazz Awards, Semi finalist Montreux Socar International Jazz Guitar Competion, Dutch Eindwerk Prijs winner, SENA electric guitar competition finalist, Standard Bank South African Jazz Youth Orchestra); multi-Award winning Bassist Benjamin Jephta (2016 SAMA Nominee, Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year 2016, SAMRO Competition 2nd place), Trumpeter Marcus Wyatt (SAMA winner and 11 time SAMA Nominee) and top South African Drummer Peter Auret (SAMA Winner).

After these performances, the busking session will be open to all music students and anyone who would like the opportunity to busk along with professional musicians and take the opportunity to play in front of a live audience in a great venue is most welcome. Any form of music is allowed.

Stanley Beer Yard will also be hosting the Corona Jazz sessions in the same attempt to tap into the demand for live jazz. These sessions will run on the second and last Sunday of every month and will be hosted by award-winning guitarist Vuma Ian Levin. The concert will feature an alternation line up of trios, performing songs from the standard South African and American Jazz repertoire.

Featuring the top young South African Jazz musicians on the scene, in alternating trios drawing from:

Vuma Levin (Guitar); Benjamin Jephta (Bass); Bokani Dyer (Piano) – Winner the Standard bank Young Artist Award, Winner SAMRO Piano Competion, Nominee SAMA awards 2016; and Thandi Ntuli (Piano/Voice) – Metro FM Awards Nominee, SAMA Nominee. The concert promises to provide world-class entertainment.

Stanley Beer Yard and Corona are hoping to make this beloved and historical music accessible by hosting these live jazz sessions at Stanley beer Yard in 44 Stanley, Milpark.

The first busking session will take place on Wednesday 23 March from 7pm – 10h30pm.

The first jazz session will take place on Sunday 2nd April from 2pm – 5pm.

For bookings, call Stanley Beer Yard: 011 482 5791 or email stan@stanleybar.co.za

“Play Now, Torque Later” at Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City Rewards cardholders have been buckling up and shifting into gear for the casino promotion – “Play Now, Torque Later” – which has been offering them a chance to win big since Saturday, 7 January, ending on Thursday, 30 March 2017.

Exclusive to Gold Reef City Rewards cardholders, “Play Now, Torque Later” gives cardholders the chance to win their share of a whopping R1.9 Million in cars and cash by simply playing Slots or Tables with their Rewards card. Grand prizes include a sporty VW Polo GTI worth over R350,000 for Platinum cardholders, and an exhilarating VW Golf 7 GTI valued at over R480,000 for Black cardholders.

Gold cardholders can also look forward to their share of the spoils with a spectacular final. Up for grabs is a total of R100,000 in cash, and one lucky winner will walk away with a guaranteed grand prize of R50,000.

Cash draws have been taking place weekly, with first place prize money sitting at R25,000 for Black Rewards cardholders, R15,000 for Platinum Rewards cardholders and R8,000 for Gold Rewards cardholders. Cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Points required to qualify for the weekly cash draws:

Gold                      150 points

Platinum              500 points

Black                      1,000 points

Black Card Weekly Draws:

January: 25th

February: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

March: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

Gold and Platinum Card Weekly Draws:

January: 26th

February: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

March: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

Points required to qualify for the final car draws:

Platinum              5,000 points

Black                      10,000 points

Black car draw:  29 March 2017 at 20h00

Gold FINAL draw: 30 March 2017 at 20h00

Platinum car draw:  30 March 2017 at 21h00

Says Lionel Chetty, Promotions and Events Manager at Gold Reef City, “We’re looking forward to giving our Rewards cardholders the opportunity to put the pedal to the metal while playing their favourite Slots or Tables games. With over R1.9 Million at stake, including two cars up for grabs, ‘Play Now, Torque Later’ is definitely one of 2017’s not-to-be-missed promotions.”

To become a Rewards cardholder and for full details on Gold Reef City’s “Play Now, Torque Later”, simply visit http://www.tsogosun.com or http://www.goldreefcity.co.za. Be sure to follow them on Twitter @GoldReefCitySA and @TsogoSun or like on Facebook /TsogoSun and /Gold Reef City to stay up to date with all the promotional details

As one of 14 Tsogo Sun gaming properties in South Africa, Gold Reef City supports the National Responsible Gambling Programme. Winners know when to stop.  Only persons over the age of 18 are permitted to gamble. National Problem Gambling counselling toll-free helpline: 0800 006 008.

BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE 2017: CREATE & SUSTAIN

For the past decade, BRING YOUR FIRE has been MTN Bushfire’s inspiring call to action, a concept that encourages the proactive contribution of the individual towards social change.

Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

During this time, MTN Bushfire has encouraged participants and guests alike to heed this call, and in the process the festival has achieved a worldwide reputation for its visionary and authentic approach to raising awareness of the need for social change.

In 2017 MTN Bushfire will take BRING YOUR FIRE to a whole new level with the introduction of the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE, a dedicated space that will articulate and manifest this call to action around a specific theme.

MTN Bushfire 2017 is excited to announce that the theme for this year’s BRING YOUR FIRE campaign and zone will be environmentalism and sustainability.

To this end, MTN Bushfire Festival is partnering with a host of organisations to present a truly interactive and creative space that will engage with the myriad issues related to environmentalism and sustainability more broadly, including arts sustainability in the region.

These activities will live not only at the Festival, but also before and after the event on social media and also critically in the local Swaziland communities.

Everyone is invited to become a pro-active contributor and to #BRINGYOURFIRE.

Within this theme, MTN Bushfire 2017 will also be further committing to become a more carbon-neutral event with this year seeing an increased focus on recycling and an insistence that all vendors use packaging that is made from recycled material.

BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE

As the tangible and interactive manifestation of the BRING YOUR FIRE call to action based on this year’s theme of environmentalism and sustainability, the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE will play host to an array of exhibitions, activations, performances and related activities.

“The Burning Question” Yebo Art Gallery Exhibition

Within the ZONE, Yebo Art Gallery will be presenting an exhibition; “The Burning Question,” based on the theme of a changing climate, particularly focusing on the role that artists and the arts can play in effecting recognition, intervention and action.

As the arts industry finally wakes up to the reality and urgency of climate change, as indicated by the huge increase in the visibility of the arts in creating awareness and cultivating action and reaction towards climate change and environmental issues at last two international summits on climate change (COP 21 and 22), MTN Bushfire and its partner, Yebo Art & Design, are at the leading edge of grappling with this critical issue.

All Out Africa: Indigenous Tree Planting

Long time partner of MTN Bushfire, All Out Africa will be working with the festival and the local Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to offset the carbon footprint of the festival and counter act deforestation by inviting guests to personally get involved by planting an indigenous tree in the nearby reserve. Guests will have the opportunity to sign up for the tree planting project and will be transported to and from the reserve where they will plant a tree and be part of this lasting environmental legacy project.

This is a long term project aims not only to plant trees to offset carbon emission and loss due to deforestation but also to educate on the importance of protecting tress and our shared natural heritage as a whole.

MTN Bushfire Environmental Anthem

Under the facilitation of Alex Paullin, from Conservation Music, a group of leading local musicians/students/choir/poets from the local communities will engage in an extensive workshop to brainstorm, skill-share, create, and record a song that offers a dynamic medium to communicate and send a messages around the issue of environmental issues & climate change.

Sunshine Cinema

MTN Bushfire partner Sunshine Cinema will also be part of the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE and will engage with participants by screening films and documentaries touching on issues related to  environmental sustainability. These film screenings and discussions will all be solar panel powered.

Schools Programme and Arts Roundtable

For the past decade, MTN Bushfire, along with its partners, has been committed to creating an increasingly inclusive festival program where members of the local youth community become active participants to generate a sustainable arts legacy that instils skills and motivation in youth to become arts and creative industry entrepreneurs.

The annual Schools Programme reaches out to about 120 schools and 1350 students with entertaining and educational arts experiences. Additionally, the annual Arts Round Table is a forum that welcomes local, regional and international arts practitioners and experts who engage in lively dialogue and debate towards creating a more sustainable arts community within Southern Africa.

Interactive Studio

Within the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE there will also be a digital studio where guests can engage in video-recorded discussions that will be shared via MTN Bushfire’s social media platforms and on the main screens around the festival venue. These discussion platforms will open up the space for engagement beyond the festival itself and into the digital realm.

For more on the open call visit http://yeboswaziland.com/open-call-for-artists-in-africa-yebo-contemporary-art-gallery-and-londza-design-are-curating-an-exhibition

For more information on MTN Bushfire: www.bush-fire.com, www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire @bushfirefest

[COMPETITION CLOSED] – COMPETITION: STAND A CHANCE TO SIP AWAY WITH A BOTTLE OF RUSSIAN BEAR VODKA!

Modishly Established is giving away a Limited Edition bottle of Russian Bear which features the award-winning rapper and Fashion Icon – Riky Rick.

 

About 2 years ago, Russian Bear and Riky Rick joined forces to bring something fresh to the World of urban culture. The Next Level Limited Edition bottle has Ricky Rick’s face and lyrics on it which makes this exclusive bottle a great collector’s item.

 

HOW TO WIN THIS OUT-OF-THE-WORLD BOTTLE?

You will be requested to tell us why do you think you deserve to win the Next Level bottle. Your answer should be creative and convincing. You can post your answer on Twitter by tagging me @IAmLinxLin or on the Modishly Established Facebook page along with the hashtag #RussianBearNextLevel

 

WHEN WILL BE COMPETITION BE CLOSED?

The competition will run for 2 weeks – from the 14th of March 2017 and end on the 28th March 2017. Winner will be announced on the 29th of March 2017.

 

COMPETITION RULES:

  1. NO UNDER 18’s are allowed to enter the competition (ID document will be requested upon collection)
  2. Entrants should not copy
  3. Entrants should not deviate from the Next Level bottle when answering
  4. Winner will be notified via email or social media
  5. Collection details will be negotiated with the winner

 

 

 

S.PELLEGRINO YOUNG CHEF RETURNS WITH AN ENHANCED THIRD EDITION

Cape Town, January 24, 2017 – S.Pellegrino announces the much-anticipated return of S.Pellegrino Young Chef, a global competition recognising leading young culinary talent from across the world. The third edition, with applications opening on February 1, 2017, will feature various novelties aimed to provide contestants with further opportunities to demonstrate and strengthen their skills, while gaining valuable visibility.
 
The contest will now take place over a span of 18 months, with this next edition lasting from 2017 to 2018. The upcoming year will include preliminary selection rounds and the local competitions, followed by the Grand Finale in June of 2018, where finalists will compete for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title. The extended duration will allow candidates more time to work side by side their assigned Chef Mentors to improve their signature dishes and refine their skill set in preparation for the finals. 
 
Winners of S.Pellegrino Young Chef are presented with the extraordinary opportunity to gain global visibility and a significant professional boost, as well as the chance to take part in several of the brand’s annual events around the world, including but not limited to those related to the Young Chef competition. “It is a great honor to be named S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016,” said S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 winner, Mitch Lienhard of the United States. “The experience has provided many unforgettable moments so far, and I am thankful for the impact the title will have in my career. I look forward to continuing my work with S.Pellegrino to help find the culinary world’s best new talent and serving as a mentor to future competitors.” Among previous winners of the competition is Ireland-based S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015, Mark Moriarty. 
 
To broaden the range and accessibility of the talent scouting, a new region, “Central America–Caribbean has been added to the competition’s list of included geographic regions, now comprised of 21 different areas from all corners of the world. In addition, applications will now be accepted in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and Italian. All candidates are required to understand and speak English, as it is the official language of the competition.
 
Applications for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 open on February 1, 2017 at Sanpellegrino.com. The website will serve as the new digital hub of the competition, while FineDiningLovers.com – the online magazine for food enthusiasts from all over the world, proudly endorsed by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna – has been designated the official media partner.
 
Over the course of the contest – which last year, attracted over 3,000 applicants – 70 top chefs will be involved as jurors in the local competitions, 21 young chefs from 21 different geographic areas will be selected as semifinalists, and 21 Chef Mentors will be assigned individually to the young chefs, providing guidance throughout their exceptional journey.
 
The global competition includes a distinguished panel of judges, known as the Seven Sages, which is comprised of some of the most celebrated culinary masters of the world, who are responsible for deciding the winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 at the finals in Milan, Italy. 
 
S.Pellegrino Young Chef is a global competition realised in four phases:
 
PHASE I – Online Application (February 2017 – April 2017)
From February 1 to April 30, 2017, any young chef in the world will have the opportunity to submit an application and their signature dish at www.sanpellegrino.comApplying chefs must be 30-years-old or younger and have at least one year of experience working in a restaurant as a chef, sous chef or chef de partie. The complete list of competition requirements will be available on the application website.
 
PHASE II – Global Shortlist (June 1, 2017)
All qualified candidates will be divided into 21 regions* according to their geographic origin. Submissions will then be evaluated by ALMA, the world’s leading international educational and training centre for Italian Cuisine (www.alma.scuolacucina.it), which will select the top 10 semifinalists for each geographic region, according to five “Golden Rules”:
 
a. INGREDIENTS: Ability to select the best ingredients that the market can offer in terms of quality, freshness and uniqueness, in order to achieve an excellence of taste.
 
b. SKILL: Ability to work with raw materials and turn them into a dish that respects their original essence.
 
c. GENIUS: Ability to explore new, challenging, and innovative perspectives in relation to the culture of fine cuisine with a personal and contemporary style, while maintaining a perfect equilibrium of taste.
 
d. BEAUTY: Dish presentation, giving an aesthetic enhancement of its contents.
 
e. MESSAGE: Ability to communicate a clear message through one’s work and vision.
 
PHASE III – Local Challenges (June 7th – December 2017)
The ten selected semifinalists of each of the 21 geographic areas will compete in a Local Semifinals round, where live competitions will be held in each region from June 7 to December 31.  During these events, the semifinalists will cook their signature dishes for an exclusive regional jury, composed of independent top chefs who will evaluate the presented dishes based on the five Golden Rules and select a winner.
 
By the end of December 2017, the 21 Young Chefs from around the globe will be announced as the official finalists, who will move on to the world finals in Milan, Italy. Each finalist will be assigned a “Mentor Chef” (a member of their regional jury), who will provide guidance on how to improve their signature dishes and support them in their preparation for the finals. 
 
PHASE IV – S.Pellegrino Young Chef Finals (June 2018)
In June 2018, the 21 Young Chef finalists will gather in Milan for the Grand Finale event, hosted by S.Pellegrino. The chefs will compete for the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 title, with the winner selected by the international Seven Sages panel of judges. 
 
The complete contest regulations and application form will be available on www.sanpellegrino.com
Follow the competition on social media via the hashtag #SPYoungChef.
 
*THE 21 GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS
1. Italy
2. France
3. Germany-Austria
4. Switzerland
5. Spain-Portugal
6. UK-Ireland
7. Russia/CIS (ex-Soviet Union)
8. Scandinavia/Baltics
9. East Europe
10. BeNeLux
11. Mediterranean Countries 
12. USA
13. Canada
14. Africa-Middle East 
15. Central America–Caribbean
16. South America
17. Pacific (Australia/NZ/Pacific Islands)
18. China
19. Japan
20. North-East Asia
21. South-East Asia