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I am nonconformist creative writer who lives an unconventional life. I am well-versed in content creation and have substantial experience in Search Engine Optimisation. I currently write for The Bizniz Media as a contributing editor.

5 Ways to Improve Your Selfie Game

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By Zimbeni Mphande

A selfie is perhaps the 21st century’s most narcissistic from of self-worship. It involves taking pictures of one’s self, repeatedly, while posing. As straight forward as this may seem, selfies often turn out disastrously. Luckily, there are methods to the madness that involve 5 easy steps. These include; angles, timing, flash photography, grip and positioning your phone. (Broida, 2016)

Photogragh: Wu Yonging/Weibo
  1. Work your angles

Working your angles involves knowing which side of your face is the more aesthetically pleasing to the eye and angling your arm in a way that will allow you to capture your face to your liking. Of cause there are appearances that are less flattering and should be avoided if possible – like the dreaded double chin. The appearance of a double chin in your selfie is considered a selfie fail which can easily be avoided by stretching your arm “above your head, angled down towards your face(s).”  (Broida, 2016)

 

Photogragh: Segio Moraes/Reuters
  1. Timing is everything

Capturing the perfect selfie requires precision in the timing of when to press the shutter. Doing this while you’re moving will result in a blurry, unfocussed image. Fortunately, “most camera apps include the self timer option,” (Broida, 2016) which removes the burden of having to press the button manually and instead does it for you after a set time, allowing you to capture a still image.

 

Photogragh: Freepik.com
  1. Flash Photography

Some of the latest smart phones are equipped with “front facing LEDs,” because “more light equals better pictures.” (Broida, 2016) If your phone doesn’t have this feature, then you can illuminate your face by using “a rechargeable, self-powered LED fill light that plugs into your phone’s headphone jack.” (Broida, 2016)

  1. Get a good handle on your phone

You need to have a comfortable grip on your phone if you’re going to take good selfies. There are many accessories such as the selfie stick which “gives you a more comfortable way to hold the phone during selfies.” (Broida, 2016)

Photogragh: Freepik.com

 

  1. Positioning your phone

In order to take the perfect eye-level selfie, your phone needs to be perfectly positioned. Innovators have come up with countless inventions to help you do this. But perhaps the most thoughtful is the NanoHold; “a specially designed sticky-pad that adheres to the back of your phone or flat case.” (Broida, 2016) This allows the selfie taker to do away with the selfie stick by simply sticking their phone on a wall and simultaneously using the self-timer to take the perfect selfie.

With these 5 easy steps, there aren’t any excuses for dimly lit, underwhelming self-portraits that summon the shade-throwing trolls of Twitter or diminish your self-esteem. Use them now, thank me later.

The Rise of the Kasinomic Revolution

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By Zimbeni Mphande

Bomzi Lekgoro is an indomitably exuberant award-winning hairstylist whose passion lies not only in styling hair, but also in the arts, posterity and skills development. As a certified freelance hairdresser, Bomzi believes freelancing and creating your own ways of earning income is the best way of earning income because “you work on your own terms.” Although she has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, Bomzi is more interested in giving back to communities like Soweto where she grew up, than she is in the bourgeois lifestyles of celebrities.

 

Photo of Bomzi Lekgoro by Bomzi Lekgoro Source: Instagram

I spoke to her during the wake of  Statistics South Africa’s  (StatsSA) Quarterly Labour Force Survey, according to which; the percentage of persons aged 15-34 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) is a distressingly high 40,7%. As far as StatsSA is concerned, “4 in every 10 young people did not have a job” in the first quarter of 2019.

Author of Kasinomic Revolution and informal economy expert, GG Alcock says; instead of throwing more money into the formal sector and hoping for different results, those concerned with improving the statistics, should rather focus their attention on the informal economy if the country’s youth unemployment statistics are to improve. He also suggests that because informal sector jobs are largely unquantifiable, unemployment statistics don’t necessarily paint a full picture. “We need to recognise that informal jobs are jobs, not survival or subsistence businesses. If we recognise and measure this, we will have a very different unemployment rate and we will give more import to informal businesses.”

 

picture by Bomzi
Photo of Bomzi Lekgoro by Bomzi Lekgoro Source: Instagram

This is because “the informal economy is all around us and is not just selling ekasi,” as is often misinterpreted. The author indicates that young people are perfectly situated to take advantage of a misunderstood informal economy where a kota outlet “earns R100 000 a month” or a hair salon that “turns over R50 000 a month.”

This is where Bomzi’s career began – in a hair salon – and now she has set her sights on giving talks to young high school students who are interested in becoming freelance hairstylists and says she wants the government to help educate the youth “to do anything that you want based on your skill because skill is important. If you see a skill in a kid, enhance it at a very young age because if they have nothing else, they have their skill to help them with everyday life.”

The hairstylist goes on to mention that it is not a dream of hers to open her own hair salon but rather to go above and beyond that by opening a “hair institute”; an umbrella corporation that creates its own hair products. “There’s a difference between working in a hair salon and working on set. I saw how the two worlds are different and what I would like to get from this institute is teaching whoever is going to leave the salon coming into the industry, how things work, how to address things on set… cause some of the things that you do in a salon, you can’t do on set – it’s not a hair salon.”

 

Photo of Bomzi Lekgoro by Bomzi Lekgoro Source: Instagram

Bomzi’s anecdote is contrary to the common portrayal of the informal economy as a large group of unskilled workers, and shows that informal employment is complex and made up of various sectors. “It creates jobs and generates incomes at a scale far larger than it is credited.” (Kasinomics Revolution, 2018)

The world is moving towards a personalised working environment where the worker dictates the terms. Mr Alcock speaks about this (amongst other things) in his book. In order not to be overtaken by the KasiNomic Revolution all segments of both the formal and informal economy must adapt to this new philosophy.

GG Alcock is a self-proclaimed 3rd world kid
Source: Famous Publishing

He also predicts that if informal jobs were adequately tracked, “unemployment would probably be around 10 – 15%” and advises members of the youth to “collectively push government, municipalities, financial institutions and policy makers to recognise them, to fund them and to support their businesses.”

Follow Bomzi on Instagram @iambomzi and on Facebook: Hairdiaries With Bomzi

 

References

Available from:

(StatsSA.gov.za)

Alcock, GG. (2018). Kasinomic Revolution. South Africa: Tracy McDonald Publishers

 

 

 

Savanna Newcomer Showcase

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Savanna Premium Cider and the Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards have confirmed the 24 newcomer comedians who will take to the stage on Sunday 19 May 2019 to perform live comedy at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase at the Soweto Theatre.

 

And here they are (in no particular order):

 

Leah Jasmine Reed

Mfundo Mhlongo

Cyril Basker

Sandile Kunene

Molaba Mkhulu

Ludwe Obiya

Liyabona Dyulethe

Legadimana Maisela

Itumeleng Adolf Mohale

Emilio Tobias

Masibonge Mndende

Bradley van Wyk

Byron Davel

Ian Young

Robyn Dunlop

Kgomotso Kgatle

Waylene Beukes

Khaya Mdaka

Lindelani Sibanda

James Mahlokwane

Ntsika Ngini-Ngini

Reagen Allen

Ismail Moses

Eugene Vanacore

 

This group of funny men and women come from seven of our nine provinces, highlighting both Savanna’s and the Savanna CCA’s ongoing commitment to showcasing young talent from as many regions of the country as possible. There was an unprecedented number of registrations this year with a total of 35 newcomers in the category, with 11 additional comedians still eligible to be voted for but will not be performing on the night.

 

For many of these 24 comedians, Sunday will be their first time performing to a large live audience, and each will have five minutes to deliver their punchlines before being ushered off. The Savanna Newcomer Showcase was created to give these new comedians a stage to show the industry and comedy-loving public what they’re made of. Their performance will go some way towards the final industry voting, which will determine who the five nominees will be in this category.

 

In order to qualify for this award category, you must have a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years *professional experience (Professional meaning you have been paid for your performance), performed 80% of your comedy work within South Africa over the last year and can supply 4 references from established comedian

 

Savanna Premium Cider will fly the comedians to Johannesburg and host them ahead of and during the Showcase.

 

Tsitsi Chiumya, who won last year’s Savanna Newcomer of the Year Award as well as a SAFTA and is a rising star in SA comedy, will be this year’s host.

 

The Savanna Newcomer Showcase takes place on Sunday 19 May 2019 at The Soweto Theatre, Johannesburg. The pre-show party with food, drink & DJ’s starts at 2.30pm, the show starts at 4.30pm.

 

It’s sold out every year, so hurry and book your seats.

 

Tickets are R250 and include a Savanna Premium Cider and a meal. Click here to get your tickets.

 

www.webtickets.co.za

www.sowetotheatre.com

 

No under 16’s. Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18.

 

#SavannaCCA

 

Visit www.comicschoice.com for more information and to buy tickets to the 9th Annual South African Comics’ Choice Awards on Saturday 7 September 2019 at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City.

 

Event Information:

Event Info: www.comicschoice.co.za

Email: info@comicschoice.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sa.comics.choice.awards

Twitter: @Comics_Choice

 

 

 

                             ENDS

 

Issued on behalf of Savanna Premium Cider, Whacked Management and OGO Productions by One-eyed Jack. 

 

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The Bizniz Hustle: LynnDana Africa

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LynnDana Africa is an up-and-coming vocalist whose career seems promising. She auspiciously emerged into the underground with the release of her debut EP on 28 February 2019 titled The Journey. Her spellbinding good looks and magnetic personality make her stand out from the crowd and definitely worth celebrating. LynnDana, real name, Thobeka Lynnecoline Ndodana, who describes herself as an “all-round vocalist” admits although her introductory project is house music; she is willing to try afro soul or hip-hop in the future. In doing my bit to raise awareness of emerging talent, I sat down with the sultry songstress for our latest edition of the Bizniz Hustle.

Q: What inspired the name, LynnDana Africa?

A: Lynne Dana was created from my second and last names; Lynnecoline Ndodana. It was also inspired from the show Phineas and Ferb. I just thought it could be a nice name since it has some meaning attached to me. My son’s name is Jamaifrica so I just thought let me add the Africa since I’m also representing Africa.

Q: Do you have other talents besides music?

A: I wouldn’t say it’s a talent but I do a bit of [motivational] speaking. I think anyone who is a motivational speaker talks about things that they know to motivate people about something that they’ve experienced. I’m also a presenter who’s trying to get into the radio business.

Q: Would you say that your music inspires or helps people through their problems?

A: So far, yes. Because ‘The Journey’ is about love wars and love joys. So I would say yes. It would help someone who consciously listens to the message. I like to speak to people through music.

Q: Have you done any shows yet?

A: I do perform but I haven’t performed as much just yet, since this was my first drop. My last show was on the 10th December, in my area. It was just an acoustic vibe – like a live performance with a band. That was my last gig.

Q: How long have you been making music?

A: Officially, in terms of recording and everything, I started three years ago but music has always been a part of my life from a young age. So I’ve been singing since I was four and they [my parents] would tell me about an incident that happened while we were in Switzerland, where I was apparently dancing and singing on the table to a Shakira song that I liked

Q: That’s interesting. What were you doing in Switzerland?

A: My grandparents used to live in Switzerland cause my grandmother married a Swiss man. So that happened while we were there and got into the local newspaper. Apparently they kept a copy [of the newspaper] but it got lost in the mix-up of travelling because they travel a lot.

 Q: How does being an Aries help the creative process, if at all?

A: I don’t know… I recently started researching and trying to find out more about Zodiac signs and I’ve actually read a lot about Aries entertainers. There are quite a few of them that are creative and have achieved a lot. I really don’t know how it helps though.

Q: Who is your biggest musical influence?

A: I have quite a few, but right now I’m really inspired by Jill Scott and that’s the level where I’m aspiring to get to in terms of her writing… also Lauren Hill wasn’t much of an inspiration while growing up but I recently started listening to her music cause she is good. So right now, I’m at a place where I’m just listening to Jill Scott and Lauryn Hill, they’re the inspiration.

Q: Do you think it’s challenging to manoeuvre or make an impact in the industry?

A: Because I’ve just started, I wouldn’t say I’m challenged yet but I’m thinking in terms of bigger platforms and radio stations. Because I’m shooting my first music video very soon I’m thinking about how I’m going to get it on the music video channels. I had a discussion with some guys who have been having challenges in terms of money because we [artists] have to put in the money [ourselves]. I think that would be my biggest challenge. It takes a lot of money to get your work out there and I think the industry should support up-and-coming artists so that when you want them to play your music on the radio, you don’t have to bribe them. People just need to hear good music.

Q: Would you say that men are trash?

A: Not all men are trash. Some act like trash but some men are actually good – there are good men out there that are taking good care of women. My baby daddy has shown me the trashy side to men to a point where it became physically and emotionally abusive – it just became toxic. And that was especially unhealthy for our son. So, you know, some people just need to be cut off. I don’t think that all men are trash though. It’s only some men who decide to act or treat people like trash.

Q: Do you smoke weed?

A: Yes! I love weed. It helps my creative juices flow and it has been a part of my family ever since I was born. I think my parents were high when they made me.

Q: Are you spiritually inclined?

A: Yes. My spiritual gift requires me to pray a whole lot in order to activate the things that need to be activated with regards to the gift. So I just basically pray a lot. And apparently my career is all in my hands in terms of that. And if I don’t exercise it regularly then I’m not gonna go anywhere in life

Q: What is next for you?

A: Right now I’m just trying to perform as much as I can and then I’m shooting music videos for my EP cause its long overdue and I’ve been trying to get that together and now I think I’m getting a good team together.

 

Follow LynnDana’s journey on social media: @LynnDana Africa

Cape Town artist Twizz Alfa releases new single Save Mary

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Twizz Alfa – an independent hip hop artist from Cape Town – who rose to fame in 2014, released his new single, Save Mary to enthusiastic approval from his fans. The single, released late last year, made it to the top 5 list on Good Hope Fm.

The song talks about Twizz Alfa’s journey and overcoming obstacles. It was produced by Zino D, a famous producer from Cape Town who is well known for producing some songs for Nasty C.

The song gained a lot of airplay and attention from people because of its lyrical content, which had people “digging the meaning”.

After the song was released last year, Twizz Alfa worked with Upper Cut Films to produce a creative, well-curated video for the song.

The video was released on 11 March and is  gaining views. The video shows Twizz Alfa’s journey and he wants everyone who views it to have their own interpretation.

The VW VIVONATION festival IS BACK, bigger and BETTER then before!

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Vivonation, Festival, VW South Africa, AKA, Shane Eagle, Sho Modjozi, Kwesta, Music, Johannesburg

Volkswagen South Africa announces second instalment of hugely popular music and lifestyle festival

Volkswagen South Africa’s exciting two-day music and lifestyle festival, VW VIVOnation, is back! On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2019, VW VIVOnation is set to take over The Container Yard in downtown Johannesburg once again for an unmissable weekend of music, food, friends, high octane, tyre-screeching fun and new experiences, brought to you by the Volkswagen Polo Vivo.

“VW VIVOnation 2018 was a massive success, from the pre-launch awareness to the launch event itself. Not only did it help drive sales for the new Polo Vivo, it reinvigorated the love for Volkswagen and the Polo Vivo brands,” says Martina Biene, Head of the Volkswagen Brand.

“We are excited to be bringing fans of the brand another incredible VW VIVOnation, which also scooped a 2018 Loeries finalist nod for its innovation – and we plan to top that at this year’s festival.”

Vivonation, Festival, VW South Africa, AKA, Shane Eagle, Sho Modjozi, Kwesta, Music, Johannesburg

Last year, thousands of fans joined the VW VIVOnation and enjoyed the ride of the newly launched Polo Vivo, which was the number one selling passenger car model in South Africa in 2018. This year, we are doing it again. Over 100 containers will be moved around The Container Yard and repurposed to create a bespoke festival layout and experience. Fans will get to enjoy exhilarating rides around the Vivo autocross track and sing their hearts out to win a road trip in the Vivo lip sync competition. A few firsts will include a beach bar, lifestyle pop-up shops and a fresh selection of food and drinks stalls.

As a proudly South African brand, Polo Vivo has curated an exceptional line-up of the biggest and hottest names in music from across the country, all on one stage: AKA, Sho Madjozi, Shane Eagle, Busiswa, DJ Maphorisa, Rouge, DJ Kent, Simmy , Sjava, Mlindo The Vocalist and DJ Zan-D.

  • AKA. “The Supa Mega” is undeniably South Africa’s best rapper and entrepreneur who has spent the last six years pushing boundaries in the African hip-hop scene with a series of killer singles and albums.  The “Fela in Versace” hitmaker will perform at VW VIVOnation on both festival days.

 

  • Sho Madjozi. A prolific rapper and poet. Known for rapping in her native tongue Tsonga, she gained prominence after releasing the hit single “Huku” and was featured on Okmalumkoolkat’s “Ngiyashisa Bhe” and “Gqi”, as well as on DJ Maphorisa’s “Probleme”. Sho Madjozi released her debut album Limpopo Champions League in December 2018; it features guest appearance from Kwesta, pH, Makwa.

Vivonation, Festival, VW South Africa, AKA, Shane Eagle, Sho Modjozi, Kwesta, Music, Johannesburg

  • Shane Eagle. After recording for over a year and a half and pushing himself to spaces that no hip-hop artist dared to go, Shane Eagle delivered his long-awaited debut album “Yellow” which added a new dimension to the South African music industry. Shane Eagle also recently collaborated with Volkswagen for the new launch of Polo.

 

  • Busiswa. She gained public recognition as a feature on DJ Zinhle’s track, “My Name Is”, after being discovered by Oskido, Busiswa has since gone on to release hits such as “Ngoku” and “Lahla”. Busiswa released her debut album, Highly Flavoured in 2017.

 

  • DJ Maphorisa. As a record producer, he blends house music and Afropop, he has worked with and has received production credits from several local and international notable artists including Wizkid, Kwesta, Uhuru, Drake, Black Coffee, Major Lazer, Runtown, C4 Pedro Era Istrefi, among others.

 

  • Rouge is a new school rapper, hip-hop artist and author and is a multiple award winner. She won the “Best Female 2017” at the South African Hip-Hop Awards. SAFTAs winner 2018 – “Best Micro budget film” (Film: New Era Sessions) as well as SAMAs winner 2018 – Best Video of The Year.

 

  • DJ Kent. One of South Africa’s most sought after producers and club DJ’s. He has also taken the clubbing experience to radio by enjoying radio residency as a mix DJ for just over ten years, gracing provincial and national radio stations with his “ultimixes”.

Vivonation, Festival, VW South Africa, AKA, Shane Eagle, Sho Modjozi, Kwesta, Music, Johannesburg

  • Simmy. A Neo-soul / Neo-folk music artist and has carved out a distinctive position in the music industry. She’s one of the country’s future stars.

 

  • Sjava. An award-winning recording artist and actor from Johannesburg and rose to fame in 2015 after the highly successful release of Miss Pru’s “Ameni”. He won the 2018 BET Viewers’ Choice Best International Act award.

 

  • Mlindo The Vocalist is best known for his hit album titled “Emakhaya” which features hit song “Macala” featuring Kwesta and Thabsie.

 

  • DJ Zan-D (Zandi Ngwenya) is a radio and television personality. He has a weekly Thursday mix on YFM on their YTKO feature which he is doing now for the 3rd year. DJ Zan-D has deejayed at events with international acts such as the Kendrick Lamar concert, 2 Chainz concert, Wale concert and Keith Murray concert, just to name a few.

 

Get in on the action and buy tickets at www.vwvivonation.co.za for just R50 for either Saturday or Sunday* – and your R50 ticket will be converted into a free R50 food and drink voucher upon arrival. What’s more, there will be loads of spot prizes up for grabs throughout the day for ticket holders who arrive between 1pm and 3pm.

Note: You can buy a maximum of four tickets (one for you and up to three for your friends). Each ticket needs to be assigned to a unique email address at the time of purchase. Each person will be sent their ticket individually to the email address supplied (so make sure it’s correct).

*You can only get a ticket for either Saturday or Sunday, not both days.

Hurry, tickets are limited!

Get online and share the ride using #VIVOnation. 

For information on the Volkswagen Polo Vivo, visit us on www.vw.co.za

VW VIVOnation is proudly partnered with YFM.

No under 18’s. Terms and conditions apply.

 

 

 

Event – Cotton Festival 2019

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Ricky Rick orchestrated the most enthralling event of the year so far in the form of his inaugural Cotton Festival at the old Station in Newton, Johannesburg on 2 February 2019. The hip crowd hopped on the backdrop of the Johannesburg city skyline which served as the perfect setting for an event of such unprecedented magnitude.  

The lineup featured some of the country’s biggest acts including Aka, Nasty C and Kwesta who were amongst the stand out performers. Anatii, Stogie T, Emtee, Frank Casino, A-Reece, Shane Eagle, Okmalumkoolkat, Gemini Major Nadia Nakai and many more were also featured. Cassper Nyovest, ironically, grabbed the headlines of an event that he didn’t even take part in. 

Cotton Festival reflection of Ricky Rick’s character 

The first-of-its-kind, sold out festival founded by rapper Ricky Rick, delivered a night that can only be described as pure artistic expression: It was a celebration of South African music, culture and fashion; everything that Ricky Rick is about. 

 

Founder Ricky Rick and Anatii performing at Cotton Festival 2019
Picture by Linda 

Besides showcasing household names, Ricky Rick also provided a platform for up-and-comers in an attempt to merge the underground and mainstream worlds. This is a testament of his larger-than-life entrepreneurial spirit that has seen him grow his brand.

The rapper told Sowetan Live that he was nervous and anxious about the event admitting “you never know how events are going to turn out.”

“If I can have 90 percent of people walking away with a smile on their face, that will be good enough for me and everyone gets home safely.”

If he was feeling nervous beforehand, he’s probably feeling like he has just pulled off a commercial masterstroke now. The event was undoubtedly a success and the new The Voice South Africa coach can be happy with himself.

Aka performing at Cotton Festival 2019
Picture by Linda

It seemed as if he had stagnated a bit over previous years but there is nothing like pulling off a successful event and being involved in a local reality singing competition to give his career a new lease of life.

Cassper’s noninvolvement

Cassper Nyovest’s announcement of his noninvolvement in the event came as a shock to fans as the festival seemed tailor made for Mufasa. 

The award-winning Mr fill up took to Twitter to respond to a fan’s speculation that he would be the event’s surprise act saying “Sorry to disappoint you. I am really not.” 

Cassper Nyovest responds to speculation
Source: Twitter

Both Ricky and Cassper have maintained that Cassper had other commitments on the night and things are fine between them. Fans, however weren’t buying it and couldn’t help but read between the lines of the surprising omission of arguably the entertainment industry’s biggest national treasure. 

Visual artist at Cotton Festival 2019
Picture by Linda

People are saying that perhaps the two rappers’ bromance is not as rosy as it once was. Considering that Ricky has performed at Cassper’s Fill Up concerts, it was more than a bit strange that he was not involved. There is however, no smoke without fire and people will definitely be monitoring the situation.

Cotton Fest was a resounding success even without Cassper Nyovest. It had the makings of a great event and will surely be remembered as a game changer years from now.

RIKY RICK CURATES FIRST ANNUAL COTTON FESTIVAL

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Tuesday 15th January 2019 – Concept curator and multi-talented entertainer Riky Rick announced the full  line-up for the first annual Cotton Fest which will take place in Johannesburg next month.

First revealed on his social media late last year, this inaugural one-day festival was created to merge both established and upcoming / underground SA talent onto one combined platform, while offering a safe and high energy space to experience both music and fashion.

Mainly created to showcase the diversities while fusing the gaps within the various hip-hop sounds and local movements, the Cotton Fest will not only bring together and unite over 80 unique acts divided over 2 stages, but will also celebrate fashion in its various forms and spheres.

This first of its kind curated event will be limited to 5000 ‘one-priced’ tickets and will take place on Saturday, 2nd February at the The Station in Newtown.

 COTTON FEST INFORMATION

Date:  Saturday, 2nd February 2019

Venue:  The Station (Carr Street & Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown, JHB)

 

Time: Doors open 12pm

 

Price: R150 (now available at Webtickets)

 

CONFIRMED LOCAL LINEUP

ARTISTS / DJS / MCS

Riky Rick, Kwesta, AKA, Nasty C, Reason, Nadia Nakai, Stogie T, Tshego, Moozlie, Red Button, Kid X, Da LES, Una Rams, Emtee, Frank Casino, Anatii, Shane Eagle, A Reece, YoungstaCPT, Citi Lyts, Venom, Vyno Miller, Zingah, Dee Xclsv, Jared, Okmalumkoolkat, Boity, Priddy Ugly, Gemini Major, J Molley, Champagne 69, Babyface Dean, Manu Worldstar, Yanga Chief, The Big Hash, Micheal and Co.Dean, TLT, 45 Degrees, Yan Solo, Rowlene,  Makwa, Stilo Magolide, Ricco, KLY, Ason, Windows 2000, Kandy Koated, Focalistic, Theo Roosevelt, Dee Koala, 2Lee Stark, Lucas Raps, Gator, PatrickXXLee, Zoocci Coke Dope, The Wrecking Crew, Luna Florentino, Ganja Beatz and Deep$

Ayanda MVP, Sebastian, Uncle Party, Sphe and Naves, PH, DJ Maphorisa, Speedsta, Major League DJ’s, Vato Kayde, MVD, Pink Molly, Ms Cosmo, Skinny Mancho, P-Kuttah, DJ Feel, Capital, D Double D, Junior De Rocka, Vinyl Kid, DJ Jawz, Uncle Vinny, Slice Frederico,  2PM DJ’s, Young Stilo, Molly P, Dr Peppa, Smokes, Willy Cardiac Banques, Mr X, DJ Slim and Sean Cross

Scoop, Smash Africa and Sandile GQ, Dynasty

Keep updated by following @cottonfestjhb / @rikyrickworld on social media and also #CottonFest2019 on Instagram

 

 

Book Review: Voodoo Histories (The Role of Conspiracy Theories in Shaping Modern History)

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Voodoo Histories, written by award winning journalist, David Aaronovitch, is the author’s attempt to examine in detail some of the conspiracy theories of modern times and how they have shaped our reality. David Aaronovitch has had an illustrious career working in radio, television and newspaper in the United Kingdom. This has exposed him to many of the world’s wonders and simultaneously brought him in contact with some of its greatest intellectual minds. He fits some of these experiences into 309 pages of compelling reading, perfect for any downtime that you might have in between festivities this holiday.

Aaronovitch – before making reference to how “the Church has for two millennia systematically suppressed the truth about the bloodline of Jesus” – starts off by defining the term conspiracy as “two or more people getting together to plot an illegal, secret or immoral action.” The book is filled with unbelievable theories backed up by damning evidence which makes the theories quite convincing.

One of the most gripping conspiracy theories of all time is the 911 conspiracy which theorises that the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were inside jobs carried out by a secret team within the American government headed by George Bush at the time. “Certain forces in the Bush administration wanted a pretext to use overwhelming military force in the Caspian area and the Middle East, either to procure oil supplies, or to weaken opposition to Israel, or both.”

Other conspiracy theorists claim the incidents that took place on September 11, 2001 were instigated by Jews who pretended to be Americans. “Since 12 September 2001 there have been theories linking Israelis/Jews/ Zionists (the names always indicating the same people) to the worst terrorist attack in history. There is an urban myth which draws attention to the “4000 Jews or Israelis (the description varies) [who] mysteriously stayed at home on the day of the attacks, clearly forewarned about what was to happen.”

This book, like others in its esoteric genre, is filled with mind-blowing theories whose authenticities don’t often survive under scrutiny. So why do intelligent professionals from all walks of life come up with such theories and why do people tend to believe them? Lewis Wolpert believes this might have something to do with our biological need to make sense of the world; “to order the universe into a comprehensible form.”

We have recently witnessed a terrible misuse of the public’s trust by Sunday Times (a reputable South African newspaper) journalists when they fabricated stories of a non-existent rouge unit at SARS and a death squad within the police service. Whether inspired by over-active imaginations or otherwise, this is often how unfounded conspiracy theories are born. The victim of this type of conspiracism, I imagine, is an innocent, middle aged person whose only way to “order the universe into comprehensible form” is to read newspapers on a chilled Sunday afternoon.

“So, we need [a] story and may even be programmed to create it. But why are certain types and structures of story more successful, more satisfying than others? One possible answer is that a successful story either represents the way we think things should happen, or is the best explanation we can get for why they didn’t.”

Aaronovitch adds, in his conclusion, that conspiracy theories are reassuring in the way they suggest there is an underlying explanation to all things rather than complete chaos. My opinion is that conspiracy theories are dangerous and can spread uncontrollably to devastating effect. There is a responsibility, however, by all people living in this age of fake news, to fact check stories and to not be so stupid.

Aaronovitch, D. (2009). Voodoo Histories The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History. Jonathan Cape: London

By Zimbeni Mphande

GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL 2018

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The 2018 festive season kicked off in novel fashion with the eagerly anticipated Global Citizen Festival at the FNB stadium on Sunday 2 December. It was a complete vaab as expected and certainly did not disappoint. With a surprise MC role for Trevor Noah and billions of Rands raised for humanitarian and philanthropic causes, Global Citizen’s inaugural South Africa tour will live long in our collective memories.

The FNB stadium was nearly packed to capacity with well over 70 000 people in attendance to celebrate the legendary Nelson Mandela’s centenary. Multichoice ensured the historic event, brought about in part by the Motsepe Foundation, was broadcast globally. The Motsepe foundation pledged to donate R3.5 billion to the contentious land reform issue in South Africa.

“What we are going to do, as the Motsepe family, is we are going to contribute R3.5 billion to help with the process of land reform in this country. The amount is about US250 million,” Motsepe said.

“We want to give a moment of hope; we want to give a moment of inspiration for all of the people of this rainbow nation. We are coming together as leaders in South Africa. We are coming together in unity as leaders and are committed to working together to ensure that the current land reform process will result in land with the requisite support and skills being made available to black people living in rural areas,” he said.

People in attendance at the Global Citizen Festival 2018

Global Citizen prides itself on the organisation’s goal of eradicating poverty by 2030. As honourable an achievement as that would be, it’s probably unrealistic at best. It is, however, the little things that count and what is more realistic, is ensuring that people’s basic needs of food and sanitation are met. Gender equality is also a large focus area for Global Citizen. Nelson Mandela said “like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural; it is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

Pharrell Williams, Cassper Nyovest, Usher and Ed Sheeran were among the stand-out performers who got the crowd jumping. In a characteristically superstar-like performance, Cassper did more than just keep the crowd up for Jay Z and Beyoncé – he got Chris Martin to co-perform his song Malume in vernacular as well as their new song together with Stormzy, Timbuktu. People were understandably hysterical when the chart-topping Carters eventually took to the stage in an enthralling performance.

The Carters performing at Global Citizen Festival 2018

The event was certainly imbued with the charitable spirit of Mandela and was the latest high profile example of the proverbial “rainbow nation”. As the world moves towards a globalised community, hopefully people will lend themselves to a greater cause. South Africans can look forward to more Global Citizen concerts like the one just experienced.

By Zimbeni Mphande