What Is It?

Ekasi Lam – An Ode to Kwaito, Un-owed to Kwaito is come to The Market Theatre and we are so excited.

This energetic and witty performance travels on a journey through the South African music genre of Kwaito. We will also go deep into the raw elements and beauty of its lifestyle.

You don't want to miss this.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - Sunday, 08 September 2019 (Times will depend on day)

Where Is It?

Barney Simon, The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R90 - R150 per person, get your ticket Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

What Is It?

We would like to believe that it is not only us who think about the Phansi' komnthunzi welanga jam, when someone mentions Brown Dash. If you were a big fan of the late Brown Dash, this is just something to look forward to, because it's about to go down! We are feeling a little nostalgic, just thinking about the good ol' Kwaito days. So, make sure you join in in celebration of his life, and all the great songs he made, because he truly made us all dance to his December songs. The event will also feature these artists:

  • Mshoza
  • Orlando Pantsula
  • Mzekezeke
  • Sashman General GTZ

When Is It?

Saturday, 29 September 2018 at 18:00 - 02:00.

Where Is It?

Soweto Theatre, Corner Bolani & Bolani Link Roads., Jabulani, Soweto, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R100 - R600 per person, get yours online!

For More Information

Visit this website for more information.

What Is It?

I think we have to ask someone to come pick our jaws up from the floor, because we are totally sold, and we are already picturing ourselves indulging in those mouthwatering dishes. You will get the best of both worlds, where food meets a party atmosphere. So, are you coming or what? The event will be highlighting legendary food, prepared with love by Mzansi's best Chefpreneurs from all over Gauteng. Celebrating amazing local foods, and also aims to inspire upcoming chefs. Well, if your mind is where ours is, you are most likely asking about the drinks, worry not, because there will be a "liquid on lips" bar service nearby hosted by Thirst. It's a date then!

Soweto Street Cookout - It's The Place To Be Seen

When Is It?

Saturday, 27 October 2018 at 10:00 - 02:00.

Where Is It?

Mofolo Park, 1209 Mzilikatse Street, Soweto, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets start from R175 - R4 500 includes individual and group bookings, visit this website to purchase and see the ticket information.

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page or simply go to their website for more information.

What The Red Bull Music Festival Is All About

The festival, is set to take over the city as it takes place at various venues around town. With over 80 artists expected to perform, Jozi will be spoiled for choice. More acts will be added to the massive lineup set to take over Johannesburg. The City’s iconic venues, which have become home to the most accomplished local performers will provide the best entertainment experience for music revelers. The Orbit, Bassline, AND Club, Kitcheners, Great Dane, Fox Junction and Zone 6 are some of the venues that will host the Red Bull Music Festival. Red Bull Music Festival Johannesburg is a global celebration of 20 years of the Red Bull Music Academy. The Academy is a world-traveling series of music workshops and festivals. Festival goers of all ages visiting the city will undoubtedly celebrate Johannesburg in its legendary light. The festival has been held in various cities including Los Angeles, New York City and Paris and espouses the values of the RBMA: to create, collaborate and celebrate the SA music scene.

 

Who's Jamming At The Red Bull Music Festival?

The second night at Orbit will offer a different taste to the music lover’s pallet. The night will feature a musical arrangement fostering creativity in sound creation and collaboration in a never to be heard again Round Robin performance. Round Robin is a performance where a musician takes the stage for a five minute solo performance before being joined by other musicians from multifaceted backgrounds, who improvise together in segments of 5 minutes each. This will be a celebration of Jozi’s diverse, iconic sounds. Artists such as pianist, Luyanda Madope, drummer Tlale Makhene and vocalist Keorapetse Kolwane are amongst some of the artists who will perform this once off music experience.

The festival kicks off on Tuesday, 3 April, by paying homage some of the greats who have played a role in shaping the South African and the global music scenes. Friday, 6 April, will be the busiest night at the festival, with no less than four venues hosting individual party experiences. AND Club, which boasts one of the best sound systems in Jozi, will provide the best techno sounds. DJ Lag, Stiff Pap and Angel Ho will bring the house down at Kitcheners and Sean Munnik, Rouge and K-$ will show how millennials like to throw it down at Great Dane.

At the same time on Friday at Republic of 94, the legacy of Kwaito will be celebrated, going back to the mid-tempo mixture of house, hip-hop and pantsula culture of Trompies through to the sped up Afro-House sounds of Oskido and Afrontainment. Music enthusiasts will re-enact the the 90s style and edgy attitude inspired by icons such as Brenda Fassie, and Lebo Mathosa.

Saturday sees modern soul music trailblazers Shekhinah, Langa Mavuso, 340 Million, Gina Jeanz and legendary ghetto funk pioneer Egyptian Lover take over Fox Junction. The venue will have three captivating stages which will cater for diverse music tastes. Audiences will enjoy new genres such as trip hop, house future R&B and everything in between.

Closing the weekend on 8 April at Zone 6, Sjava and Shomadjozi will demonstrate their maverick styles and how they combine modern hip-hop with the traditional sounds of Maskandi and XiTsonga music respectively. South African deep-house royalty Da Capo and hip-hop chief AKA round off the night and festival to conclude the week’s celebrations.

When And Where Is It?

Tuesday, 3 April 2018 to Saturday, 8 April 2018.

Orbit (Tuesday and Wednesday), Republic Of 94 (Friday), Great Dane (Friday) Kitcheners (Friday), AND Club (Friday), Fox Junction (Saturday), Zone 6 (Sunday)

Tickets to the Red Bull Music Festival are available on www.redbullmusicfestivaljhb.com, priced from R100 – R350.

By Shawn GReyling

As a result of the enormous success of their recent Cheese & Wine Tasting, the fabulous AFRICANSWISS Restaurant at the Hartebeespoort Dam has scheduled a second event for Sunday, 30th of October from 11am – 3pm. All wines will be provided by Rietvallei and there will be a variety of national and international cheese on offer for you to sample.

You can  take advantage of the wonderful on-site restaurant for a lunch-time feast. We recommend making a day of it and taking the kids to the wonderful flea market and fun fair near the dam!

About AFRICANSWISS

AFRICANSWISS has earned a great reputation in fine cooking and is already one of the most well-known restaurants in Pecanwood and surrounds at the beautiful Hartbeespoort Dam. Even European high class magazines have written editorials of that unique concept of music lounge, architectural style and food that makes AFRICANSWISS such a relaxing place.

About the wine-tasting

AFRICANSWISS invites the cheese & wine lovers to meet RIETVALLEI great wines and also to taste a selection of international and national cheeses.

RIETVALLEI Wine Estate is one of the oldest Muscadel farms in Robertson and is situated in the Klaas Voogds area, eight kilometres east of Robertson.

All cheeses are from national and international producers. And because we are Swiss, we know what is really nice! We also serve Raclette (melted cheese on potatoes) for R58, as well as Cervelat (Swiss speciality sausages) for R28 including bread and a cold drink). We also do have Rump steak for the ones that can not live without a great piece of meat served with fries and vegetables. There will be limited à la carte cooking that day.

The Wines:

Rietvallei Sauvignon Blanc

Elegant, lively and finely balanced, Rietvallei Sauvignon Blanc is tightly wound around a core of crisp, flinty and mineral notes. Its vibrancy is amplified with allusions to ripe green figs and succulent grapefruit. The sleek mouth-feel culminates in an elegant, crisp and decidedly dry finish. It is a finely balanced, fresh Sauvignon Blanc with a typical grass character. This is a wine to sip, but also one that can cope with robust flavours. Rietvallei Sauvignon Blanc is a wine to savor with just harvested West Coast oysters, spiked with lemon and chili. A wine that partners a variety of poultry.

Rietvallei Sauvignon Blanc Special Select

Rietvallei Special Select Chardonnay is a full-bodied, complex wine with excellent fruit and wood integration. Lots of work in the vineyard and minimal interference in the cellar allowed this wine to express its terroir to the fullest. A complex nose with appealing roasted citrus aromas and vibrant lime and toasty oak flavours. The palate is full and well balanced with rich citrus flavours, subtle oak and a firm acid. Added toastiness emerges on the end-palate and a long-lasting aftertaste makes for a satisfying finish.

Rietvallei Rhine Riesling

A fragrant, off-dry Rhine Riesling showing lots of fruit and a lively spiciness, which lingers pleasantly on the palate. A lovely, fruity, light in alcohol, everyday and every occasion drinking wine.

Rietvallei Juanita Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon

The Juanita Rosé is a very fruity but dry rosé made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A mixture of berry fruit flavours explode on the nose while the palate reveals a full-bodied wine with lingering aftertaste… A rosé not to be taken lightly.

Rietvallei Cabernet Sauvignon

A full-bodied wine with a deep red, almost black, colour. Lots of berry fruit flavours come through on the nose, with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate, ending with a noticeable toastiness and soft touch of vanilla flavours. The fruity berry flavours are also evident on the palate with a good balance between fruit, tannin and wood. The wine is rounded off nicely with a subtle sweetness. Soft oak flavours and juicy tannins make for a satisfying finish.

Rietvallei Shiraz

Intense ruby red coloured and complex flavoured with the fruit and peppery, spicy and toasted oak flavours well integrated. A Full-bodied wine with pleasant ripe tannins and a smooth, lingering aftertaste.

Rietvallei Red Muscadel

The red-gold colour looks sparkling fresh in the glass. On the nose the Muscat flavour comes through very strong. This Muscadel fills your palate with its complexity and is characterized by its raisiny sweetness. The acidity compliments the wine and makes it even easier to enjoy. Additional bottle maturation will further enhance the flavours of this dessert wine.

A traditional fire-side companion in winter, it is also most enjoyable over crushed ice with sliced strawberries, and with fine chocolate dessert or noble cheeses.

Here are the cheeses:

The Cheeses:

Gruyere – Kleine Rivier. A 8 month mature hard cheese that has received gold awards for 4 years running at the S.A. cheese festival and received gold at the World Cheese competition in London. Crispy texture with a nutty after taste.

Mon Sieur – Grand Brie. The taste of French brie is like no other. It’s part wild mushroom, part cream and as it ages, there is perhaps a shade of truffle. Origin is North West France.

The Portobella Range origins in Groot Drakenstein in the Western Cape. Production commenced in September 2004. All made from Ayshire milk, primarily from the winning herd of 800 Ayshire. The cheese is made without preservatives and involves no processing.

Toleggio – buttery, semi soft, subtlety sweet cheese.

Cassegio – Chilli or Pepper – creamy, slightly asides cheese combines with either black peppercorns or chilli.

Franschoek white – French styles, white mould cheese with a pale colour and a creamy taste.

Combrieni – French style white mould cheese with a supple but not to firm texture.

Indezi Stilton – with ceramic pots. Strong semi hard blue with a natural brushed rind. Flavour reminiscent of fruit and nuts that develop as cheese matures. Made with pure jersey milk.

The Indezi range of cheeses is produced in Norhtern Natal in the Midlands near Howick. Mostly goats milk is used. Other cheeses in the range are also kwaito.

Kwaito – Distincitve goats milk cheese produced in small rands and wrapped in different colours wax. Proudced plain, smoked or flavoured with red green or black peppercorns.

Morbier – Country of origin is Jura, N.E. France. Semi hard pressed cheese layer of ash running through the centre. Known for its luscious flavour, Morbier falls somewhere between Compté Gruyere and Vacherin.

New Zealand Epicoure - Cheddar mild to very strong hard pressed cheese.

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