Monday, April 24, 2017
When it comes to classic EDM tracks like Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You", you don't want people to interfere with the track because it's such a good track and it should be left as that and if someone does decides to do a rework or bootleg, it better be damn good or they can prepare themselves for an onslaught from many. So you get brave individuals who attempt to make a cult classic even better, many don't succeed but Maurice West, a young Dutch DJ took a chance and he did good, very good. He added an uptempo beat, but keeping the key elements of the track that made it so great, unaltered lyrics with some techno sounds, brought the track up to date and I quite like it a lot.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa has made available its newest phone in its Y-Series range. The Y6II comes with stunning features including the 5.5 screen HD – Bigger screen, broader world, a 13MP Front /8MP Rear Camera. Consumers can expect a wonderful photography experience with built in photography features such as cosmetic mode, panoramic mode, food mode and perfect smile.
Consumers can pre order online from www. hi-online.co.za starting from the 06 – 14 April and they will receive a free Selfie Combo Pack + Powerbank and Free Back Cover with Screen Guard. This will be for the first 100 pre- order consumers. The Y6II will be available from the 15th of April in store at The Foshini Group (TFG) at a RRP of R 2999 and will be exclusive until June 2017
“We continue to offer consumers options in a variety of price points and our entry levels phones play a critical part in our business growth. As Huawei we believe that we produce phones of high quality, with our Y-series, we have a camera that allows consumers at entry level to experience our phones ,” said Mr Zhao Likun, GM Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa.
Make Life Bolder, Brighter, More Colorful
Huawei Y6II’s new larger dynamic 1280x720 resolution display is crystal clear and rivals top digital
screens, immersing you in the vivid colors and vibrancy of life in a whole new way. The durable GFF
transparent lamination protects the display from scratches to ensure long-lasting brightness.
Take the best pictures of your life with the Huawei Y6II’s super-powered 13-megapixel camera. The wide-angle, 28mm lens with a 2.0 aperture is made of scratch resistant, state-of- the-art glass. And the customized dynamic range is perfect in any light and any setting, putting a professional-grade camera in the palm of your hand. Never miss a moment.
Selfies have never looked so good. The Y6II comes with an enormous 8-megapixel camera—Huawei’s largest front-facing camera to date. The 2.0 aperture offers a huge, 77-degree range letting you take panorama selfies for the first time. Bigger background, bigger story, bigger you.
Auto Face Enhancement and Make-up Mode
Always put your best face forward with Huawei’s 10-level face enhancement option on the Y6II. The 10-millisecond face recognition creates beautification in real time, and can enhance personal photos as well as group shots. The Y6II also comes equipped with 8 beautification presets and customizable options, offering a range of natural effects and highlights including lip gloss and eye shadow.
Elegant Design Style
You can make a big statement with a simple gesture when using the Huawei Y6II. Metallic cross-stripes create 5,176 facets that not only catch and reflect the light, but also catch people’s attention. Other textures include: high-gloss black, or more fun options in yellow, pink and blue. The molded mirror polish and 60c-micro texture complete the device’s superior design.
Monday, April 17, 2017
UK based Trance DJ Ilan Bluestone is known for his uplifting trance beats and is widely featured on many shows, most notably Above and Beyond's ABGT. Ilan's latest offering is Malacosta which is on the Anjuna Beats Label and was mashed up quite brilliantly during Above and Beyond's set at Ultra Miami a few weeks ago with their song "A Peace of Mind" which features the vocals of Zoe Johnston. Unfortunately that mashup isn't released yet and I'm not sure if it ever will but we do have Malacosta for you this week which is equally brilliant.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
We're already into the fourth month of the year and while there might be a lot of unrest in the country due to the political tensions and our beloved President doing whatever he wants to, we're here to aid your mind on this first long weekend of many to come with our Bucket Babe. Today's beautiful model hails from the fairest Cape and while she loves being in front of the camera, her true passion lies in saving lives. She has been featured on many magazine covers but the one she pines to be on might surprise you, she has great taste in cars and makes a damn good sandwich, but less from me, meet...
I'm a 24 year old, recently graduated medical doctor from Cape Town. I started modelling when I was 18 and have had the most amazing experience in the industry, but medicine definitely has my heart. In my spare time you'll find me dancing or doing any kind of outdoor sport you can imagine! My friends are my everything and I'm a wine and food fanatic. I also love sleeping, A LOT.
1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to see yourself in?
- I'm an Aston Martin girl through and through.
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
- My ultimate sandwich would be a Parma ham, goats cheese, tomato and rocket on a fresh French loaf.
3. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
- Lightly salted with Smarties and slush puppy- the best part of going to the movies.
4. Dream cover shoot?
- Forbes Magazine ;)
5. If given a choice, full time model or full time executive, what would you choose?
- Definitely a full time executive, I'm always up for a challenge and I like to be in charge and make my own decisions.
6. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
- Angelina Jolie. For all her humanitarian work and also her badass, strong-independent woman persona .
7. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
- I recently got engaged and couldn't be more excited.
8. Obviously being a female you would love fashion. Favourite label/ designer?
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Back in the day when Twitter was still fun and not filled with fake news, fake agenda's and well, fake people, a few good Tweeps decided to do something a lot more with the social platform and not just use it as a place for following celebs and keeping up to date with the trends. They made the social network, work for them by networking with others for a common cause, to donate blankets to the needy over the winter season and all it took was a single tweet in 2010, since then Twitter Blanket Drive has grown in leaps and bounds with more partnerships and more donations over the years. This year see's it running for the 7th year and partners up with #DignityDrive, which is an initiative launched local TV personality Siv Ngesi.
Last year, in celebration of his 31st birthday, Siv opted out of a birthday bash and instead challenged South Africans to donate much needed sanitary products for girls who cannot afford them. "If men bled once a month, there would be free pads available, like condoms! I will not rest until this is a reality" says Ngesi. So in conjunction with collecting new or used blankets for the less fortunate, this year the Twitter Blanket Drive will also welcome donations of pads, tampons, and reusable moon cups. Like the years before, the kind folk at Protea Fire & Ice in Pretoria, Melrose Arch and Cape Town have opened their doors as collection points. For folks in Durban, the local drop of venue is St Clements, at 191 Musgrave Road, Durban.
Collections started on Monday the 3rd of April and ends on the 25th of May 2017. Supporters and donors can come to the final day to help count the donations received, depending on the venue, there will be performances by local artists who all have volunteered their time and performances on the night. While many of us do get caught up with a lot of the bad that happens on the social platform, this is one of the good things that we have going, so lets help spread the word and hopefully make a small change to someones life by giving something back.
For more information or to become involved in this years drive, please visit www.twitterblanketdrive.com
Official hashtags and accounts to note. @tbdsouthafrica & @tdbafrica, when donating, please use the hashtag #TBD2017 & #DignityDrive.
Monday, April 10, 2017
It's been about a year since Norwegian DJ Kygo first made his name on the EDM scene with his fresh new sound that was dubbed "tropical house" which was a fusion of electronic, house and the sounds of the Caribbean. He killed it on the Ultra Main stage and soon thereafter had much success world over. Fast forward a year later and he released a new track with Disney Superstar turn actress and singer, the gorgeous Selena Gomez. The track "It aint me" enjoyed some time in most of the charts but it got a special remix treatment from Tiesto which he featured on his AFTR:HRS compilation. Yes, I know, another track taken from that set, if I could I'd feature the whole damn thing on here, it is seriously that good and I can foresee many other tracks from there being released as singles.
Friday, April 7, 2017
After the launch of the Mercedes Benz E-Class last year, it brought about a change to the currently E Segment in the car market. They set a new standard in what is to be expected from cars in the mid sized luxury area and with that triggered other manufacturers to follow suit. BMW since then launched it's new 5 Series, dubbed the Business Athlete, the car showcasing some of the latest technology that BMW has to offer, some of which even it's bigger brother the 7 Series doesn't have yet. This was a direct message to its German counterparts to say that they mean business in this business aimed segment.
What many don't realise that this is the most hotly contested segment in the motoring world, with every one in five BMW's sold worldwide is a 5 Series! Pretty impressive stats but it makes sense, it is the most versatile sedan in it's stable. A car with a business feel but has a sporty alter ego and with it being a substantial size, big enough for any family. Last weekend I found myself behind the wheel of the new BMW 5 Series, a 530i to be exact, wandering through the streets of Johannesburg. An area that is primed for this car and boy did it show off in it's element.
When ever it came to the 5 Series, BMW tried to be a bit different, the car had to represent a certain type of individual, and appeal to a market that is very business oriented but yet had the looks to maintain that aggressive sporty nature that we're so used to from the German manufacturer. With the G30, they've nailed it one 100%. While there are similarities in design between it and the 7 Series, on closer inspection, you will find that it's not that similar after all. The G30 is the first BMW to have the iconic kidney grille extended and widen to meet the front headlamps. The car is longer than its predecessor but with a low stance, gives it that limo like feel. The small air outlet behind the front wheel tyre add's dimension and functionality to the car while straight lines cut across along to the back where the car is tidied up quite nicely with twin exhausts and large rear lights. The car does look quite menacing with the M Sport kit, the large 19" rims give the car presence. Moving inside, the car is stunning with high quality finishes and trimmings, from aluminium, leather and high gloss plastic making the car look both attractive on the outside and the inside.
As mentioned earlier, the G30 is bigger than the F10, both in length and width, offering more space to it's occupants. The interior borrows a lot from the 7 Series in terms of style and layout but has been adjusted to suit car and it's purposes. The seats are ergonomically designed to give the driver and passengers the most comfortable ride in the car with options to add on massaging capabilities as well as optional extra seat heating and cooling functions. The car did come with electrical adjustable three memory setting seats. The dual air conditioning can be extended to the back as well as has an ionic feature with a fragrant dispenser should any unwanted smells make their way into the car. Even with the 19" rims, the ride quality is un-compromised on the bumpy roads of Johannesburg. Seeing that I spent most of my time sitting in traffic, it gave me time to appreciate the interior trimmings and finishes. With the M Sport pack, it came, according to the brochure, an "aluminium rhombicle with highlight trim finish in chrome pearl", whatever they call it, it looked damn good and very classy. Ambient lighting is throughout the car, giving the cabin and internal halo of such in a colour of their choice.
While the 530i does slot bang in the middle of the petrol derivatives, I still think it's a pretty impressive engine as it offers the driver a bit of both from the other two on offer. The 3 litre 6 cylinder motor doesn't have the easiest job with the car being bigger car and more heavier, coming in at 2.2 tonnes, it's quite a weight to lug around but with the TwinTurbo power plant, it still manages to deliver an impressive 185kW and 350Nm of torque. With the dual clutch 8 speed M sport automatic gearbox, the cars responsive gear changes are so efficient, there isn't really a need to use the paddle shift. The adaptive driving modes have been updated, with the standard Eco, Comfort and Sport being tweaked to give the driver a better experience, in Eco and Comfort, there is a noticeable lag on take off, which soon disappears when put into Sport mode but the fuel economy does get affected by this switch.
The car is loaded with some mind blowing technology and as mentioned previously, it has more tech than the 7 Series. From the digital instrument display that changes colour and form in the various driving modes, to the bigger infotainment display which is now dual touch screen and has a new menu layout that is much easier to navigate. Voice controls make it easy for you to get what you want and it is more responsive so you can talk to it normally and not slowly like you had to before, you can control just about anything with the voice control function and I loved using it as it made everything effortless, from making calls to changing the radio station. There is an option for you to have hand gesture control for various functions in the car, which this car didn't come with, which is a pity as I really wanted to try it out. The car had the BMW Connected drive which offers you a world of service from BMW at the touch of a button. The main party trick had to be the display key that came with the car, apart from being able to check vitals of the car as well as fuel range, it had the precondition setting which you could activate before getting into your car, which proved to be extremely handy in the scorching temperatures of the North West. There is another option to the key where you can park the car with the remote while standing outside! The car also is the first BMW to come with an active grille, the grille opens and closes while the car is running and off, ensuring nothing enters the engine bay while the car is parked, apart from being very clever, it's also very cool to see!
The boot on the BMW 5 Series is massive, while the rear wheels do compromise it a bit on space on the sides, it's deep enough to get 3 golf bags in as well as have some space for other stuff as well. Inside the car, there is loads of compartments for storage with the middle unit having a split hatch for easier access. The standard storage for the front passenger also houses the fragrant bottles for the ionic dispenser in the aircon.
Overall I think the nick name given to the G30 suits it to perfection, the car is the ultimate Business Athlete and testing it in one of Africa's busiest cities just proved to me even more why the called it that. It's a perfect balance for the working professional, offering them a great mid sized luxury sedan, packed with technology which they will use on day to day commutes, yet does not compromise on performance or luxury. While the price may be a bit daunting to many, one has to look at what the car offers compared to the others on the market and you'll find that there isn't really much competition, in fact, with the new 5 Series, one can say it's only competition is it's bigger brother the 7 series.
3.0 litre, Twin Turbo 6 cylinder
8 speed automatic with paddle shift
*Priced without extras and April 1st increase not taken into account.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
It's been 2 weeks since Miami was taken over by the sounds of Electronic, Dance and House music, Miami Music Week 2017 proved to be as usual, bigger and better than the years before and headlining this international acclaimed music event was Ultra Music Festival which has been a firm favourite for many fans of the genre's over the years. Ultra really has been the one music festival that set standards for every other one around the globe and since grown and now finds itself being taken around the world in various countries.
Coming back to the Miami event, the line up was endless and the stages were insane to say the least. You practically had the top 100 DJ's in the world all in one place over one weekend, playing their hottest and latest tracks to crowds of thousands. The lighting and pyrotechnics display that go into the event is next level crazy, even though it is already one of the most highly rated music events in the world, the organizers still go out of their way to make every year bigger and better. It saw a host of new releases from various DJ's and the sets at Ultra are always worth a watch, UMF have released all of the DJ sets to the respective DJ's, all of which were uploaded in HD and we have as link to all of them for you to watch! I've selected some of my favourites for you to watch below.
Monday, April 3, 2017
If you a lover of house/ deep house music, I cannot stress this enough, you HAVE to listen to Tiesto's AFTR:HRS mix. Apart from it being one of the best mixes of late, the track list just keeps on delivering. Today's featured track is yet another one taken from the mix and is be Baggi featuring the vocals of Sylvia Tosun. Time Painter is a great deep house track, with chilled melody and soothing voice of Sylvia with just the right amount of that up tempo beat. The official music video was released a week ago and we have it for you today.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
This week saw the launch of the all new Mini Countryman in South Africa, now while the Countryman defies every aspect of the name Mini, it still has the trademarks that help its cause in being what a Mini is all about. The launch took place on my doorstep in KZN and saw us driving through the canelands of the coast and eventually venturing into the midlands of this magnificent province, perfect territory to test the new Countryman out. Some facts I got to learn about the Countryman during the launch was that the original Countryman was called the Austin Seven Countryman and the British manufacturer felt that the hatch needed a more versatile interior and hence it was born. It phased out thereafter but was later revived in 2010 after the BMW over Mini and while that one wasn't the best car to drive, it did leave a lot of room for improvement which this new model seems to have filled up. There were a lot of firsts for the outgoing Countryman, it was the first Mini with a large tailgate, the first Mini with four doors and it was the first to have 5 seats as well as the first to offer all wheel drive. Thus making it quite popular and in such selling over 540,000 units worldwide.
The new Countryman boasts a host of changes from the old, its bigger, bolder and more powerful. The first thing that strike you is the large square headlights, a big change from the oval we're used to seeing on the other models. The car is also ever so taller but still doesn't have a lot of ground clearance to go properly in the bush. As morning broke, we set off in the Countryman Cooper first, which is powered by a 1.5l Twin Power Turbo, 3-cylinder petrol engine, pushing out 1100kW and a max torque of 220Nm. While the engine is practically identical to the one found in the BMW 318i, you'd expect it to have a bit more grunt in the smaller chassis of the Countryman. It packed plenty of punch that's for sure, I'm not sure if it was the coastal air but the car was pretty responsive and handled like a dream through the many twists and turns of the KZN North Coast and Midlands.
The other option offered in the Countryman is the Cooper S which has the slightly bigger 2l, 4-cylinder petrol engine, with an output of 141kW and max torque of 280Nm. I had this on the journey back to Durban and got the chance to test this cross over on some gravel roads. While the previous Countryman wasn't the best in handling even on tarred surfaces, this new one is so much more refined that it felt almost at home on loose gravel. At once stage I felt like Colin McRae speeding down the gravel while leaving clouds of dust in my back. The Cooper S is seriously becoming one of my all time favourite engines. It has that burst of power that just puts a big smile on your face when driving a Mini. They try their darnedest to give the driver that "Go-Kart" feel and while many enthusiast might disagree that it doesn't, I still feel like it is there and even with the bigger Countryman, the perfect weight distribution, smaller turning circle and other elements do add to that feeling.
Both cars cabins are pretty much the same, it borrows a lot from the smaller Mini hatch but on a slightly larger scale. It comes with the Mini iDrive interface which is as user friendly as the BMW's, it also has Mini Connect offered which enables so much possibilities for the infotainment unit the in the car. The funky chrome switches are a personal favourite of mine as well as the red start/ stop switch perfectly positioned in the middle of it all. The cars came with the optional split glass sunroof which for me is a must in a Mini, it just gives the car that extra room feelings and connects you well with the outdoors. With the cabin being bigger than the norm there is a lot of room and can quite believe that that five adults can sit comfortably in the car. So when it comes to space, this new Countryman has plenty of it, with the luggage space able to accommodate 450 litres, which is increased when the rear seats are dropped and can be shifted to increase space even more! The tailgate is now also electronic so you don't have to worry about pulling a muscle when pulling the heavy lid down to close.
While the Mini Countryman isn't classified as an SUV, it still fits into that premium small SUV market with its competition being the Audi Q2, VW Tiguan and so on. The price tag might deter many but as always, I encourage people to see if it is really worth the tag and for what you getting in this car, and the quality of the product it really has come a long way. While there are only two engine variants offered, none of which come with the All Four option, there are plans to launch a diesel and the range topping JCW variants later this year. The JCW will come standard with All Four. Pricing for the Countryman Cooper is R422,000* which comes with a 6 speed manual, the 6 speed auto starts off at R440,000*. The Countryman Cooper S with the standard 6 speed auto starts off at R490,000* and the 8 speed auto Cooper S is R509,500*
*C02 emissions applicable and not accounted for.