A Live Nation Company have announced that Cartoon Network Live! will be coming to South Africa for the very first time over the winter school holidays.
This brand new live show will be coming to:
Cape Town from 26th June 2018 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest
Johannesburg from 3rd July 2018 at Montecasino
Brought to you by Cartoon Network, 947, Kfm 94.5 and Channel 24
Tickets are on sale now through www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket
Cartoon Network Live!, will feature Cartoon Network’s most popular heroes from Ben 10, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls, in an interactive and spectacular stage production for kids aged 5+.
In Cartoon Network Live! Kelvin Gizmo, scientist extraordinaire, takes us into the world of Cartoon Network which is under threat of Zarr, the evil robot. We travel through the Land of Ooo, the city of Townsville and Elmore and meet their famous inhabitants. With them, and the help of the audience, Kevin Gizmo will hopefully be able to stop Zarr and his evil plans.
The production brings together an international, award-winning creative team to ensure a quality family entertainment stage show for audiences of all ages. The show is directed by award-winning director and choreographer Bart Doerfler, known for his work on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Walt Disney Company, The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, Holiday On Ice and Dreamworks. Besides Bart Doerfler, the creative team consists of Stephen Emmer (Musical Director), Cynthia Nordstrom (Costume Designer), David Smeets (Lighting Designer), Michael Al-far (Video designer) and Marinus de Graaf (Set designer).
Justin Van Wyk, CEO at Big Concerts – A Live Nation Company added “We are very excited to work together with Cartoon Network and the Live Nation team. Cartoon Network Live! will feature, for the very first time, all the familiar and beloved Cartoon Network characters, together in one live stage show. Live Nation always strives to bring fans closer to their idols and with this Cartoon Network Live! we will be doing just that!”
Maria Rosaria Milone, Senior Director, Category Management & Agent Markets, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA commented: “Considering Cartoon Network’s leading position in South Africa, we are extremely excited about this partnership. Creating interactive and immersive brand experiences provides not only kids but their entire family with new and exciting ways to engage with our shows and characters. Throughout the development of this production, Live Nation have matched our passion and ambition to bring Cartoon Network’s iconic brands to life, and we can't wait to see the African fan reaction to this fantastic new live show when it comes to their city.”
This interactive live show is one the whole family will enjoy! Don’t miss Cartoon Network Live in South Africa in June/July 2018.
26th June 2018 – 1st July 2018
Grand Arena, GrandWest
Ticket Price: R245 – R365- up to 50% off all off-peak shows
3rd July 2018 – 15th July 2018
Ticket Price: R175 – R390 – up to 50% off all off-peak shows
Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars)
Best New Artist: Alessia Cara
Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — Various Artists; Dae Bennett, producer
Best Pop Vocal Album: “÷” — Ed Sheeran
Best Dance Recording: “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem
Best Dance/Electronic Album: “3-D The Catalogue” — Kraftwerk
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion
Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen
Best Metal Performance: “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon
Best Rock Song: “Run” — Foo Fighters
Best Rock Album: “A Deeper Understanding” — The War on Drugs
Best Alternative Music Album: “Sleep Well Beast” — The National
Best R&B Performance: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars
Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Redbone” — Childish Gambino
Best R&B Song: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Starboy” — The Weeknd
Best R&B Album: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars
Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Performance: “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna
Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan and M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
Best Rap Album: “DAMN.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best Country Solo Performance: “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Better Man” — Little Big Town
Best Country Song: “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton)
Best Country Album: “From a Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton
Best New Age Album: “Dancing on Water” — Peter Kater
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin, soloist
Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Rebirth” — Billy Childs
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Bringin’ It” — Christian McBride Big Band
Best Latin Jazz Album: “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio
Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship
Best Gospel Album: “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams
Best Roots Gospel Album: “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire
Best Latin Pop Album: “El Dorado” — Shakira
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Residente” — Residente
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” — Aida Cuevas
Best Tropical Latin Album: “Salsa Big Band” — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado y Orquesta
Best American Roots Performance: “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes
Best American Roots Song: “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Best Americana Album: “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Best Bluegrass Album: tie, “Laws of Gravity” — The Infamous Stringdusters and “All the Rage — In Concert Volume One” — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage
Best Traditional Blues Album: “Blue & Lonesome” — The Rolling Stones
Best Contemporary Blues Album: “TajMo” — Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’
Best Folk Album: “Mental Illness” — Aimee Mann
Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Kalenda” — Lost Bayou Ramblers
Best Reggae Album: “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Best World Music Album: “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Best Children’s Album: “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher
Best Comedy Album: “The Age of Spin/Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle
Best Musical Theater Album: “Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (original Broadway cast recording)
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Various Artists
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz, composer
Best Song Written for Visual Media: “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)
Best Instrumental Composition: “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés)
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: “Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra From ‘Catch Me If You Can’” — John Williams, arranger (John Williams)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “Putin” — Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)
Best Recording Package: tie, “Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)” — Sasha
Barr, Ed Steed and Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty) and “El Orisha de la Rosa” — Claudio Roncoli and Cactus Taller, art directors (Magín Díaz)
Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly and David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)
Best Album Notes: “Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, writer (Otis Redding)
Best Historical Album: “Leonard Bernstein — The Composer” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner and Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Leonard Bernstein)
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “24K Magic” — Serban Ghenea, John Hanes and Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin
Best Remixed Recording: “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)
Best Surround Sound Album: “Early Americans” — Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson and Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)
Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)
Best Opera Recording: “Berg: Wozzeck” — Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms and Roman Trekel; Hans Graf and Brad Sayles, producers (Houston Symphony; Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)
Best Choral Performance: “Bryars: The Fifth Century” — Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet and The Crossing)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Death & the Maiden” — Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Transcendental” — Daniil Trifonov
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Crazy Girl Crazy” — Barbara Hannigan (Ludwig Orchestra)
Best Classical Compendium: “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Viola Concerto” — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero and Nashville Symphony)
Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
Best Music Film: “The Defiant Ones” — Various Artists
The 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank, concluded with the announcement of the 13 category- and prestigious Brand of the Year winners at a red carpet event hosted at The Galleria in Sandton, Johannesburg on 25 January 2018.
Conceived to be South Africa’s definitive automotive awards programme, #CarsAwards has steadily grown in stature, reach and influence since the inaugural event in 2016. Apart from being supported by WesBank, South Africa’s largest vehicle finance provider, #CarsAwards is regarded as an energetic, impactful opening number to the automotive industry calendar. Highlights of this (third) iteration of the programme were:
A total of 20 car brands were represented in the 39 finalists that were in contention for category wins in 2017/18… The Volkswagen Group had 10 nominations (Audi and Volkswagen had five apiece), followed by the BMW Group (four), with Alfa Romeo, Kia, Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Subaru making their first respective appearances in the final.
Category winners of the 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank
Budget Car: Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GL
Compact Hatch: Mazda2 1.5 Individual
Premium Hatch: Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Comfortline R-Line DSG
Compact Family Car: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GLX Auto
Family Car: Mazda CX-5 2.5 Individual
Business Class: BMW 420d Gran Coupe Sport Line Sports Auto
Executive Sedan: Mercedes-Benz E350d Avantgarde
Leisure Double-Cab Bakkie: Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion Highline Plus
Adventure SUV: Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Auto
Executive SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLC250d 4Matic AMG Line
Premium SUV: Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine R-Design
Fun Car: Mini John Cooper Works Sports Auto
Performance Car: BMW M2 M-DCT
Impact of the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey
The importance of after-sales service excellence was highlighted by the impact of the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey on the final scores.
“With 50% of a vehicle’s final score determined by a brand’s performance in the Consumer Satisfaction Survey, a car only really stands a very good chance of winning if it is a good product, in the eyes of the judges, and if the brand delivers solid after-sales service,” says Hannes Oosthuizen, Cars.co.za’s Consumer Experience Manager.
“We think this is a crucial distinguishing feature of the #CarsAwards, because buying a car is ultimately about much more than just the product. Consumers buy into a brand and essentially enter into a relationship with that brand,” he explains.
This year the survey results impacted five categories in particular. The Toyota Fortuner (Adventure SUV), Suzuki Ignis (Budget Car), Mini JCW (Fun Car), Volkswagen Amarok (Leisure Double Cab) and BMW M2 (Performance Car) all emerged victorious because actual customers rated their brands higher than the competition.
Multifaceted judging process
There are several reasons why the #CarsAwards is of greater significance than most other automotive awards programmes. For one, the winners aren’t chosen exclusively by motoring journalists, who report on (and review) the latest new vehicles in the market…
Although the 7 members of Cars.co.za’s editorial team chose the finalists, the combined judging panel (including 11 respected guest judges from various backgrounds and fields of expertise) only compiled the finalists’ individual scores once they’d evaluated the cars back-to-back during a thorough two-day test at the Gerotek facility at the end of 2017.
Combined judging panel (in alphabetical order):
Anele Mdoda (947), Ashley Oldfield (Cars.co.za), Ciro de Siena (Cars.co.za), Claire Mawisa (Carte Blanche), David Taylor (Cars.co.za), Eddie Kalili (freelance editor/writer), Ernest Page (SA Car Fan), Francisco Nwamba (The Motorist), Gero Lilleike (Cars.co.za), Jacob Moshokoa (947/EWN), Juliet McGuire (WOW), Khutso Theledi (YFM), Kojo Baffoe (Afropolitan), Mike Fourie (Cars.co.za), Nafisa Akabor (Tech Journalist), Phuti Mpyane (The Petrosexual), Wendy Knowler (Consumer Specialist) and Wezile Bonani (Bay FM).
All derivatives listed on the new vehicles price list on September 1 2017 were eligible for selection and the public had just as much say in the outcome of 2017/18 #CarsAwards as the 18 judges did. Fifty per cent of the final standings was based on rankings that the respective vehicle brands achieved in the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey, conducted in partnership with data specialists Lightstone Consumer. The data incorporated feedback from thousands of vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles (less than five years old and serviced through franchised outlets).
In fact, the most prestigious title awarded by #CarsAwards – Brand of the Year – was based solely on the findings of the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey.
Brand of the Year
Following its surprise win last year, Suzuki’s good reputation received another boost from this year’s #CarsAwards. The Japanese brand again emerged victorious in the Brand of the Year category, which is determined entirely by market and customer data, the latter from the aforementioned survey (sales and after-sales service in particular).
Suzuki narrowly defeated Mercedes-Benz by 1 per cent, with Mazda scoring the final podium position. Also note the rise of Kia (6th) and Mahindra into the top 10 list.
“We think the Brand of the Year trophy is the ultimate accolade in the South African automotive industry,” says Oosthuizen. “It represents validation from the people that matter most – actual car owners. Suzuki has managed to achieve impressive market share growth in the past 12 months and has maintained excellent service levels.”
The red-carpet ceremony was hosted by media personality (and #CarsAwards judge) Anele Mdoda and the featured guest speaker, Lwazi Mangwana from Google, shared valuable insights into South African car consumers’ online search activities. The event, which featured live entertainment by GoodLuck, was attended by 350 guests, including industry leaders, representatives of the finance sector, media agencies and celebrities.
The event was digitally broadcast on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and, significantly, streamed live on the Cars.co.za YouTube channel, the biggest branded South African channel on the video site. The multi-platform broadcast allowed consumers, who are at the core of Cars.co.za’s awards programme, to actively participate in the event.
Visit http://www.carsawards.co.za for more information about #CarsAwards, including the category criteria, and to view images of the award recipients taken at the event.
Leading online automotive retail portal Cars.co.za lists more than 70 000 vehicles stocked by hundreds of dealers countrywide and delivers in excess of 55 million page views per month to more than 1.7 million unique users. It has a presence on multiple digital platforms and is the top-ranked branded SA YouTube channel (more than 100 000 subscribers and 30 million views).
In 2015, Cars.co.za repositioned itself as a consumer champion by optimising its editorial content for the purposes of engaging and empowering its users. The Cars.co.zaOwnership Satisfaction Survey, in association with Lightstone Consumer, and now the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank, underlines the company’s objective to become the most comprehensive resource available to South African vehicle buyers, so that they can make the best-informed buying decisions.
Get ready to be blown away by one of the world’s biggest competition series because the complete cast of 12 untrained local celebrities for the first season of M-Net’s big new reality show, Dancing With The Stars South Africa, has been revealed.
M-Net has confirmed that popular actor and model Eden Classens, comedian Ebenhaezer Dibakwane and South African Netball player Vanes-Mari du Toit will be joining the nine other famous faces on the dance floor of this exciting new series!
Eden, a model and popular actor, plays the role of Justin in the hit Afrikaans soap Suidooster on kykNET. Born and bred in Johannesburg, Eden moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre and Acting at the prestigious New York Film Academy where he trained under acclaimed Broadway Casting Director VP Boyle, before returning to local shores.
Eden has done various short films, played the lead role in the Afrikaans film Rowwe Diamante and starred in the true-life drama film Reload. This heartthrob also recently had the opportunity to work on the American film Revolt, with the likes of Lee Pace and Berenice Mahone.
“I am absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this experience," Eden raves. "I’m excited by this challenge and am here to dance my heart out and have fun!”
Next to grace the gleaming dance floor is funny man Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, a South African comedian and actor who rose to fame after winning the Newcomer Award at the Savanna Comic's Choice Awards in 2016.
Ebenhaezer is best known for lighting up the local comedy scene, with his highlights being opening for Dillan Oliphant, being part of the Stand Up 4 Comedy ensemble alongside Mo Mathebe and Virgil Prins and being billed on the line up for Blacks Only and the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival alongside Trevor Noah and other South African household names.
The talented comedian can also be seen on the theatre scene, having acted in theatre productions such as Marat/Sade, A Beautiful Thing, The Crucible, Horror Story and 24 Hours in the City. In the television space, Ebenhaezer has featured in the soapie Ashes to Ashes and was a presenter on Walala Wasala, amongst others. Most recently, he has been cast in the sitcom Thuli noThulanli.
“These are exciting times for me! I can’t wait to dance, baby - into people's homes, memories and hearts,” Ebenhaezer revealed.
The final celebrity gearing up for all the glitz is netball star Vanes-Mari Du Toit. Vanes-Mari is a player on the South African National Netball team and has an impressive 38 caps for South Africa under her belt, playing in positions such as Goal Shooter, Goal Keeper and Goal Attack.
In October 2012, she travelled with the Proteas to Australia & New Zealand to participate in the Quad Series tournament, where she became a household name with an impressive performance against the Silver Ferns.
Vanes-Mari is thrilled about her participation in the series, and can’t wait to get started: “I’m as excited as a kid on Christmas morning to be a part of Dancing With The Stars SA! It’s going to be a tough challenge, but I’m so ready to learn how to dance.”
These days, Vanes-Mari spends her time as a netball analyst, presenter and commentator on SuperSport, while also coaching around the country. Late last year she married Matthew Proudfoot, assistant coach for the Springboks.
Eden, Ebenhaezer and Vanes-Mari will be vying for South Africa’s hearts and votes alongside their fellow famous faces on the gleaming new dance floor. They are:
- Mzansi’s best TV presenter, former Our Perfect Wedding host, actress and DJ Thembisa Mdoda, who clinched the coveted title of Best TV Presenter at the 2017 DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards;
- Veteran South African actor Frank Opperman, who turned a slow-witted but witty car mechanic called Ouboet into a darling South African icon and created an array of unforgettable, colourful characters throughout his illustrious career;
- Actress and performer, Juanita du Plessis, best known for her theatre work and acting roles in movies such as Knysna, Somer Son, Die Pro, Willie Esterhuizen’s Droomdag, Die Ontwaking and kykNET’s new movie, Hartsorg;
- Former Miss SA Liesl Laurie, who is a presenter on popular radio station Jacaranda FM, and is the international brand ambassador of L’Oreal - Vichy Laboratoires in SA, USA and Brazil;
- Wayde van Niekerk’s mother, Odessa Swarts, who was lauded for lighting up the South African athletics world and broke many sporting records - having competed provincially as a track-and-field athlete in the late 1980s and early 1990s;
- Film and TV starlet Zola Nombona who won the 2016 Golden Horn Award for best lead actress for her work in the movie Ingoma. Zola is also well known for her roles in several TV series such as Intersexions Lockdown, iNumber iNumber, and Love Lives Here;
- Singer-songwriter Connell Cruise, who signed the biggest recording deal in South African music history after being spotted by music legend L.A Reid;
- Former Bafana Bafana soccer star Delron Buckley who played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and represented SA in the 2000 Sydney Olympic games;
- Former Springbok Thando Manana, best known for being the third black South African player to don a Springbok jersey. He now spends his time as a rugby commentator, pundit and member of the infamous Room Dividers team on Metro FM.
Dancing With The Stars SA, in which 12 untrained local celebrities will put their best foot forward with the help of highly skilled professional Latin and Ballroom dancers, will commence on M-Net channel 101 on Sunday 4 February 2018.
The series is produced for M-Net by Rapid Blue and is sponsored by Lottostar.
For more information about M-Net’s impressive new local slate, visit www.mnet.tv
The 2018 Woman Of Stature (WOS): Woman of the Year Awards will take place on Saturday, 24th March at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Some of South Africa’s most prominent women will be competing for one of eight awards.
The categories are:
Nominations have now closed, and Du Plessis says the present contingent of nominees, include women of distinction among South Africa’s civil and business communities.
“These nominees are prominent within their respective communities and have reached considerable heights within their careers. They each reflect our values and focus at Woman of Stature, which is empowering of women from all walks of life,” says Du Plessis.
Sponsors of the 24th March Awards include Emperors Palace, PR Worx and PixelPinkInc. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
“We look forward to a house packed with women and men alike to celebrate this iconic event – all for a good cause!” concludes Du Plessis.
The Market Theatre Foundation’s Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award is barely five years old and already all its winners are taking the South African industry by storm as they continue to celebrate the indominatable spirit of the late artist, teacher and cultural activist, Sophie Mgcina.
The Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award is presented each year by the Market Theatre Foundation at a ceremony on 19th July to mark the anniversary of the opening of this historic and iconic South African institution. The Award affirms the Market Theatre’s commitment to unearth and support leading young creatives who are breaking boundaries and are determined to excel in their professions.
The inaugural winner of the Award in 2014, Lulu Mlangeni is currently choreographing her new production CONFINED at the Market Theatre. Also performing in it as a principal dancer alongside dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Sunnyboy Motau and supported by dancers from South Africa’s leading dance company Vuyani Dance Theatre CONFINED will be at the Market Theatre from 26 January – 4 February 2018.
Khayelihle Dominique Gumede, winner of the 2015 Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award is currently working in Cape Town as co-director with Neil Coppen in his first opera, Tsotsi, based on Athol Fugard’s work of the same title. Tsotsi will premiere at the Artscape Theatre from 8 – 17 February 2018.
The 2016 winner Thandazile Sonia Radebe, is also part of the hugely talented creative team of Tsotsi. Working as the choreographer on the production, she has joined the creative team at the Cape Town Opera to revive the raw, yet moving story of David, a violent, nihilistic gangster whose life changes after he accidentally steals a baby.
The latest winner, Lesedi Job who made her directorial debut with Mike van Graan’s When Swallows Cry at the Market Theatre in 2017, is currently reviving a new production of the acclaimed work at the Baxter Theatre. Cape Town audiences will remember her from Lara Foot’s Fishers of Hope, for which she received a Naledi Theatre Award nomination. Lesedi Job was the 2017 winner of the Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award.
The Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award is the brainchild of the Market Theatre’s Artistic Director James Ngcobo. The Award was introduced to recognise young upcoming artists and to provide them with the invaluable opportunity to present a work on one of the Market Theatre’s stages.
“The continued success of these Award winners speaks to the quality of young artists who have risen to the challenge and are taking the baton forward. This really raises the stakes for this year’s announcement”, says James Ngcobo, the Artistic Director of the Market Theatre.
The 5th annual Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award which will be announced at the Market Theatre on 19 July will continue to acknowledge and produce the work of young artists who are ready to write their name in the limelight.
Comedy Central, the largest global comedy brand that is part of Viacom International Media Networks Africa, today announced that Trevor Noah, Executive Producer, Writer and Host, has selected Loyiso Madinga to helm topical segments for the African broadcast of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
“As wild as Donald Trump is for America, many countries around the world have Trumps of their own and since ‘The Daily Show’ is in many countries, we thought ‘why not give each country a chance to show off their stable geniuses?.’” said Trevor Noah.
“I am really excited to create a voice for local satire. What is really great is this places an authentic spotlight on local comedy and presents a reality that combats the stereotypical perception of Africa. Being part of the Daily Show, I get to join the best conversation in the world,” said Loyiso Madinga.
Inserting local relevance to the global hit, the South African-based correspondent’s segments will air intermittently on Comedy Central across the continent with this regionally targeted report replacing some of the main edition's original content. The first piece, a field report from the African National Congress Elective Conference, will debut in Africa on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) on Thursday, 11 January 2018 at 21:30 CAT.
Commented Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN Africa): “One of our key objectives as Viacom International Media Networks Africa is to provide a platform via our brands for great African talent and content. We are excited that through this localized segment on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Loyiso, has an opportunity to continue showcasing his great comedic talent to audiences across Africa and around the world.”
Loyiso (@loyisomadinga) is a stand-up comedian from South Africa who has quickly risen to being a celebrated international comic. Loyiso’s career has been on the fast track since his debut in 2012 at the Montecasino Teatro where he also shared the stage with international acts such as Tom Segura. Since then, he quickly became a regular local comedian act, sharing a stage with several comedians on David Kau’s “Blacks Only” line up. He also travelled South Africa as part of Trevor Noah’s Nationwild tour and represented his home country at the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland and Busan Comedy Festival in Korea. Loyiso has written and performed on the two-time Emmy finalist satire show, “Late Nite News” with South African, Loyiso Gola, and also written and performed on the hit local sketch show, “Bantu Hour.”
“Loyiso’s comic timing and fast thinking humour make him the ideal choice as a Daily Show correspondent. He is indicative of the diverse and deep pool of talent that shines on our continent and beyond its shores.” said Dillon Khan, Vice President for Comedy Central and Creative Services for VIMN Africa.
Internationally, ratings for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” were up +35% YOY for all viewers across 10 measured markets* for calendar year 2017, driven by strong growth in the UK and South Africa. On the domestic front, viewership for “The Daily Show” was up +15% in 2017 and ratings among the key demo of adults 18-49 were up +9%. In the U.S., “The Daily Show” ranks as the top late-night talk show among millennial men (18-34) and is the #2 talk show with all millennials, behind only “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Comedy Central’s programming list helped it reach 372 million subscribers in 146 countries worldwide in fiscal 2017, compared with 285 million in fiscal 2016.
Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz and Jill Katz are the Executive Producers of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” with Justin Melkmann as Co-Executive Producer. Max Browning, Eric Davies, Pam DePace, Ramin Hedayati and Elise Terrell are Supervising Producers. Zhubin Parang is the Head Writer with Daniel Radosh as Senior Writer. The series is directed by Paul Pennolino. Sarah Babineau is the Executive in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.
The locally produced Africa segment by Diprente, was directed by renowned comedian Kagiso Lediga, alongside Tamsin Andersson as the producer. The writers of the content are Kagiso Lediga, Karabo Lediga, Christopher Steenkamp, Muzi Dlamini, Mpheng Morobe, Camilo Saloojee, Lazola Gola, Simo Mngomeni. Additional production credits: DOP, Motheo Moeng; sound, Grant Baumann and Marc De Montbron is the editor.
Watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Tuesdays to Fridays on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) at 21:30 CAT.
*Best motion picture, drama: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
*Best motion picture, musical or comedy: “Lady Bird”
*Best director, motion picture: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
*Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama:Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
*Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
*Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
*Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
*Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
*Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
*Best screenplay, motion picture: Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
*Best motion picture, animated: “Coco”
*Best motion picture, foreign language: “In the Fade”
*Best original score, motion picture: Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”
*Best original song, motion picture: “This Is Me” — “The Greatest Showman”
*Best television series, drama: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu
*Best performance by an actress in a television series, drama: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
*Best performance by an actor in a television series, drama: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
*Best television series, musical or comedy: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon
*Best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
*Best performance by an actor in a television series, musical orcomedy: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
*Best television limited series or motion picture made for television: “Big Little Lies,” HBO
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