Friday, December 9, 2016

2016 Victoria Secrets Paris Fashion Show - BTS


One of the highlights to the end of the year, besides the holidays is of course the Victoria Secrets Fashion Show. It's one of the big ones for fashion with the world's top models strutting their stuff on the catwalk in some of the most glamorous lingerie and swimwear offered by the premium woman's designer. Their star studded line up of selected international models dubbed "angels" are one of the highlights of the show, others include invited guests and singers who participate in the event which truly makes it a spectacle. The show is mostly invite only but there are premium VIP tickets that go on sale but they fetch quite a pretty penny with someone being sold for as much as $17,500 last year! There is also an official after party which you can attend, those tickets start off at about  $6,500.... yeah I'll wait for the videos in Instagram. Anyway, since none of us could afford to go to the show, most of us are eagerly waiting that video but we got some behind the scenes pictures courtesy of Vogue Magazine that we thought you may like. 
















Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Carver's Weiss Sunday Lunching


Craft Beer has been around in SA for a few years now and has start to make it's way into the mainstream market. As much as micro brewers hate for this to happen, it's good for business. While the majority of the beer drank in the country is still very much controlled by the major brands, it's good to note that the countries largest brewer, SAB have taken note of the Craft Beer sector and decided to launch a specialty variety to the market, namely Carver's Weiss. 


This past Sunday I was invited to an exclusive launch of the new Carver's Weiss beer, for "an afternoon of Easy" as the email said. The venue, the laid back, open air garden patio of the Market Cafe in Morningside, Durban. The event kicked off with an ice cold bottle Carver's Weiss upon arrival, the venue was decked out by the Carver's Weiss team in the colours and logo's of the beer. The host of the afternoon was none other than SA funny man Dave Livensohn who had the guests in stitches with his witty comments and chirps. 


When looking at the bottle, one of the aspects that grabs your attention first is the label at the back is upside down, reason for this is, they say the best way to enjoy the beer is if you tilt it upside down for a few seconds to allow the sediments to float back up and mix with the rest of the liquid, and hence reading the label would allow sufficient time for this. They had wooden boards for us to tilt the bottles on which were quite cool but took some time to master.


The team flew in a chef to prepare a meals for the guest that best matches the brew and brings out the variants and notes of the beer. It was quite evident from starters to the mains, the many distinct flavours that is present in Carver's Weiss. From citrus, notes to vanilla and caramel, the afternoon of food and beer took ones palate on a journey of taste. 


To complete the afternoon of easy, Carver's team provided entertainment in the form of SA musician extraordinaire, Nhlanhla Majozi who is a real one man band! Playing all his own instruments and treated the crowd to a musical feast of his popular tracks. Also to keep us busy, we had Jenga blocks on each table to see who can survive the longest. 


Carver'sWeiss is smooth drinking beer that is an inbetween-er of a light and heavy brew but one that's an easy drinking one. Perfect for a summer's afternoon. 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Nora En Pure - Tell My Heart ft. Dani Senior


December is here and we are only days away from the Corona SunSets Festival, continuing with our countdown and artist feature this week, we have  Deniela Niederer better known as Nora En Pure. She is a South African-Swiss deep house producer/ DJ and one of the headliners of the Corona SunSets Festival which is taking place in Camps Bay, Cape Town on the 16th of December. Today's featured track features the vocals of Dani Senior and will seem familiar to many as it has been on the radio as well as featured on the Corona SunSets commercial. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ultra SA 2017 - Phase 2 Line up


If you missed it earlier this week, Ultra South Africa released their phase 2 line up for the much anticipated event next year. Following on the announcement from a couple months ago of the two major headliners of Martin Garrix and David Guetta, this week organisers lifted the lid on the full line up that will grace the main stage of Ultra South Africa 2017. International superstars Dash Berlin, KSHMR and DJ Snake will join David Guetta and Martin Garrix on the main stage with support from the likes of Black Coffee, Felix Jaehn, Headhunterz and Nic Fanciulli round out the highly anticipated Phase Two lineup for UltraSA 2017. 


Dash Berlin returns for a second year running, being one of my favourite DJ's from this years Ultra, I'm glad to see his name on the lineup again. This Dutch trance veteran has been contributing to the international scene for over a decade. He's worked with icons such as Justin Timberlake, Usher, N.E.R.D and Lenny Kravitz to name just a few. His performance at Ultra SA 2016 blew the crowd away, so expect Dash to bring the Energy levels to a peak at Ultra in February next year!


Niles Hollowell-Dhar, better known as KSHMR (pronounced Kashmir)was awarded "The Highest New Entry" on DJ Mag's Top 100 list and has since moved up 11 places this year to the No. 12 spot. His music is a mixture of high energy electro and classical Indian which he fuses to make a unique and high tempo beat. KSHMR has played at almost every major festival so it's great to see the American producer make his way to South Africa and get the crowds going to his live act, which will take them to a whole new level. 


DJ Snake needs no introduction to the South African crowds, while this will be his first visit to the country, the French DJ and record producer's music has been quite popular around the country for a few years now. His last major chart climber "In the middle" is still played on some local radio stations and his recent collaborations with megastars such as Justin Bieber and Major Lazer just escalated his cult status. Crowds can look forward to him play a range of his unreleased future hits at Ultra South Africa as well. 


The support line is also one that is worth a mention and also one which I am quite looking forward to. Headhunterz have been on the scene for a while now and have featured on many podcasts of leading trance and dance shows. His his name is William Rebergen and hails from the Netherlands, his hard hitting energetic sets is what makes him so special and crowds can expect a lot from him. Next up, Felix Jaehn, the prodigal German tropical house DJ and producer that went number 1 in 20 countries with his remix of OMI's cheerleader will bring a summer sound to SA that will surely get the girls dancing and the boys smiling. 


Lovers of a deeper sound will be glad to know that the Resistance stage is back! After the success of this years Ultra, it was a no brainer for the organiser and the line up is going to be equally hot has Main Stage. First up we have Nic Fanciulli, he needs little introduction after completing a truly successful Resistance world tour in 2016 with Ultra Worldwide. Anyone who watching him on the Resistance stages around the world or was at the legendary Space Ibiza closing party will know exactly how good this British DJ and producer is at getting a dance floor going long into the night.  Join him on the Resistance stage is none other that South Africa's own Black Coffee, undoubtedly one of the biggest exports to the world from the SA dance scene, you can catch him again as he lights up the night with his beats next year. 

The local support act line up is pretty insane as well with some big name DJ's on the list. 

Timo ODV - Pascal & Pearce - DJ Fresh - Euphonik - Crazy White Boy - P.H - DJ Milkshake - DJ Shimza - Vigilante - DJ Dimplez - Kyle Watson - Strange Loving - Mark Stent - Ryan Murgatroyd - Vimo - Chunda Munki - Kyle Cassim - Yeti - Dean Fuel - Household Funk - Saubomb - Ricardo Da Costa with more to be announced closer to February 2017. 



Tickets are still available for the Ultra South Africa website : ultrasouthafrica.com with pricing below:


JHB
CPT
General Access – Tier 1
R800
R750
General Access – Tier 2
R950
R850
VIP – Tier 1
R1400
R1300
VIP – Tier 2
R1800
R1600
VVIP – Tier 1
R3000

VVIP – Tier 2
R4000


*Exclusive to Cape Town: Tables and bottle service will be available on enquiry and available exlusively to VIP ticketholders. For more information, please email ultravvip@cococpt.co.za

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Win a Maserati with Suncoast!



So this past Saturday I was invited by my good friends at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World for the unveiling of their new car prize, exclusively for their Black Card holders. I knew the car would be something really special since it was for their most valued clients and the event was being hosted in the exclusive Prive area of the Casino. Upon arrival I was greeted by the ever glitzy and gorgeous promo girls and handed some welcome drinks as we awaited the countdown to be completed and the covers lifted on this much anticipated prize. 


The lights dimmed as the clock struck zero, all you could hear was an engine roar. The sweet sound of a twin turbo powered V6 is music to any car enthusiasts ears, finally we saw what lay underneath the black cloak, the new Maserati Ghibli! Invited guests were in awe, of the beauty as well as the magnitude of this R1.8 million rand prize on display. "The stunning Maserati is one of the most spectacular vehicles that Suncoast has ever given away" says Meshalin Naidoo, Events & Promotions Manager at Suncoast. "This exciting promotion will give our valued Black Cardholders the opportunity to not only become the proud owner of this spectacular car but also win amazing cash prizes."


The car forms part of Suncoast Reign Supreme promotion, which launches tomorrow, Thursday the 1st of December and runs until 31st March 2017 where one lucky person will walk away, or rather drive away with this impressive vehicle. Suncoast Black cardholders will need to play their favourite slots and tables from 1 December to 9th March 2017 to qualify for the cash and car draws. Every 15,000 points accumulated will earn them an entry in the Crash Draw to win a share of the R250,000. This draw takes place on the 10th of March 2017. Black Cardholders who have earned 400,000 points or more between 1 December and 9 March 2017 will qualify for the car draw on 31 March 2017 where they stand the chance of driving off a classy Maserati Ghibli V6 and R200,000 cash.


As part of the launch, guests were given the opportunity to go for a drive in the Ghibli as well as the Quattroporte and Gran Cabrio Sport models. All of which left guests speechless with the power, elegance and luxury of them all. To tell us more about the Ghibli, Brian van Blerk, the National Corporate Sales Manger for Maserati was on hand to do so. "Ghibli is the Libyan word for 'Sirocco', the hot, dry, southwesterly desert wind. The sporty, sophisticated yet dynamic model is the embodiment of the soul of the Maserati brand and is a magnificent vehicle to own. It was first launched in 2013 at the Shanghai Motor Show."


For more information on Suncoast's exiciting Reign Supreme promotion, visit www.suncoastcasino.co.za or follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday Choon: Hardwell feat. Jay Sean - Thinking About You


Jay Sean, the British pop singer debuted in the early 2000's and his major rise to fame happened a little while after that, but for the past 5 years or so he's been relatively quiet and quite frankly many forgot about him. Not sure if Hardwell was in the UK and bumped into Jay doing ballad's at a bar or something but the two of them teamed up for this week's featured track. "Thinking About You" has been out since late October and I've watch the video a few times now, I really like the track. It's something different from bought artist, with Hardwell known for his hard style trance and Jay more of the RnB pop variety so for the two of them it must have been a bit of adjustment but they sort of found a nice middle ground for the track. It's quite catch and has a great music video. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Legend of The Game


Yesterday Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from professional football, we all knew this day would come after he left his beloved childhood club of Liverpool for new pastures in the USA to play out the reminder of his career. There was always this hope that many of us had that after his stint in the US, Steven would return to Liverpool in limited capacity to play for the Reds one last time before he bid farewell to the footballing world but as with him, he demands perfection, firstly from himself before others and as he said in his interview with BT Sports, he felt he couldn't give his best all the time on the field and that doesn't sit well with him. He is a perfectionist, we've seen it for ourselves, everything he does, everyone he plays with knows this as well, hence he built such great respect from players world over. 


The tributes that started to pour in for him from current to former players and greats of the game since the announcement speaks volumes about the player he was. One of the worlds greatest midfielders, if not the best. Yes there will be those who will argue this as he did not win a league title in his career but with winning the league, it's down to team work and not one individual, those who know this are the players themselves, and is why they still rated him so highly and voted for him as their choice to make many teams of the year and so on. 


It's not a time to focus on negatives though, its about celebrating what Stevie did for football and what he did for Liverpool Football Club. I count myself as fortunate to witness his career from the time he debuted, till his last game for the club, yes it wasn't the best way to say goodbye but team was in a bit of turmoil at the time. He knew things would change, low and behold, 2 years later and we find ourselves fighting with the best in the land, right back up where we belong. No one will be more prouder about this than Stevie. 


There has been so many highlights in his career, that to select a few would be wrong but ones that do stand out for me personally would be. The goal he scored against Manchester United in the 2000/1 season at Anfield, it left a lot of people with their jaw on the flaw for obvious reason. 


The "oh you beauty! against Olympiakos in 2004/5 Champions League season. I like many sat watching the game, praying for a miracle (which wouldn't be the last time I did so and it delivered). The strike was superb, bottom right corner, giving the keeper no chance, but something that many don't pick up was the lovely cushioned header Neil Mellor provided for Gerrard, regardless he still had to hit it sweetly and boy he did!


THAT match, 3-0 down, starting the second half on the back foot, digging deep to fight for a way back and producing a headed goal not only to ignite the greatest comeback in footballing history but bring back belief that anything is possible. 


The goal that literally killed some people, scoring Liverpool's 3rd in a pulsating FA Cup Final in the dying minutes to send the tie into extra time. It's goal that till this day I don't understand how much force it was hit at to get in from so far out. 


His season with Fernando Torres that saw the pair become one of the most feared in the league, there was nothing they couldn't do. Gerrard brought the best out of Nando and till this day Torres admits that was the best part of his career, playing along side Stevie. 


When Suarez came in, we didn't know what we brought in and while his partnership with Sturridge was making headlines, it was Stevie who played a pivotal behind the scenes role which both will justify to their goal scoring success. 


I don't think Football will ever see a more complete footballer in the near future, while there are current greats, Gerrard brought that unique style that only he can produce. He will be missed, that is for sure, there is mermers of him taking up a role as one of the coaching staff at Liverpool which would be great, but for now we would like to salute the player he was and the legend he has become. 


YNWA Steven Gerrard

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Riaad Moosa & Friends - Durban


The holiday season is almost upon us and what better way to kick things off than with some laughter? Riaad Moosa and Friends features one of SA's most accomplished stand up comics along with some of South Africa's most favourite comedians who take to the stage for one night only at the Durban ICC. Join them as they take laughter to the next level on Saturday the 10th of December.


The show will be hosted by the Good Doctor Riaad Moosa, who will be returning to the stage in Durban for the first time in two years. He will be joined by a hilarious ensemble of fellow friends including Darren Maule, Simmi Areff, Yaaseen Barnes, Jason Goliath, Neil Green and the leading lady of comedy, Tumi Morake. 


With this great line up for SA comedy giants, it is guaranteed to be a show of hysterical proportions and one that is definitely not to be missed! Durban loves it's comedy and it's great that we are getting a show of this caliber to feed our appetite for the stand up show case. 


Tickets for Riaad Moosa and Friends are available through Computicket and pricing states from R185. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. The Durban ICC is located at 45 Bram Fischer Road, Durban. 


This production is another one brought to you by Blue Blood and Kings and Queens of Comedy.