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Who Had The Last Laugh: Recap Of The Savanna Comics Choice Awards

Check out the winners of the Waldo statuettes at the Savanna Comics Choice plus pics of celebrities who attended the awards.

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It was an eventful Saturday evening at the Teatro as Monte Casino played host to the sixth edition of the Savanna Comics Choice Awards 2016. It wouldn’t be an award show without winners and loosers, long acceptance speeches, a few laughs here and there as well as history being made. Last night’s award ceremony had all of that and then some. The spectacle also had a galaxy of stars from the entertainment industry in attendance, to add some class to the proceedings.

Kicking off the night’s proceedings as the first award to be handed out was the coveted Savanna Newcomer’s Award which went to Ebenhaezer Dibakwane. The comic gave a memorable performance in-between the handing of the Waldo statuettes with his sketch comedy and stand up, often leaving all in attendance gasping for breath. The Goliath & Goliath brotherhood took the Best Friend of Comedy Award for the second year running while the Savanna Audience Choice statuette was awarded to Summary.

Casper De Vries was the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achiever Award for his out-of-the-box brand of comedy that stretches over a decade and a host of other accomplishments to his name.

The most nominated comic of the night, Skhumba Hlophe (four nominations) walked away with only the Flying Solo gong in a highly contested category that included Mzansi comedy legends Loyiso Gola, Marc Lottering, Alan Committie and Mashabela Galane. The Kaya FM comic conceded the Non-English Award to Mashabela Galane and the Breakthrough Award  to Virgil Prins.

It goes without saying that Skhumba would have loved to have went home with the award of the night, the Edgars Comic of the Year Award. That honour went to the beautiful Tumi Morake, who in her acceptance speech paid homage to Skhumba for the amazing year that he had. In winning the award, Tumi made history in becoming the first ever female comedian to be crowned Comic of the Year at the annual awards.

Here’s a full list of all the winners below:
Savanna Newcomer’s Award – Ebenhaezer Dibakwane

Best Friend of Comedy – Goliath and Goliath

Intermediate Comic – Yaaseen Barnes

Non-English Award – Mashabela Galane

Savanna Audience Choice –Summary

Comics Pen – Kagiso Lediga

Breakthrough Act 2016 – Virgil Prins

Flying Solo Award – Skhumba Hlophe

Edgards Comic of the Year – Tumi Morake

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Masego To Perform in South Africa this May

TrapJazzHouse singer, Masego, will be performing at an ultimate backyard festival this May.

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Masego to South Africa 2019

Masego will be performing in South Africa on May 1st.

The Tadow singer made the announcement on Monday via his Twitter account. He revealed that Flying Fish is flying him out to Johannesburg for a one night only show.

The show is being plugged as a “once in a lifetime immersive experience brings together Mzansi’s most flavoursome artists across the board, from music to fashion and art, to perform alongside International artist Masego, heading to SA soil.”

The 26 year old ‘TrapHouseJazz’ will not be landing in South Africa for the first time. Real name Micah Davis, Masego toured the land in 2018, where he played at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

The Jamaican bred American artist first stumbled upon the name ‘Masego’ after doing some research and finding out that he has South African roots.

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“I started to understand how all the names had meaning and there was proud for every single name. That inspired me”, he told EWN in an interview. “The name that stuck out to me was Masego. I saw that it meant blessing and prosperity and it said the language was in Setswana.”

“My nickname in church was Lil Blessing because I could play all these instruments. So it made so much sense to make it my stage name.”

Tickets to the Flying Fish Flavour Chillas shindig are available at R350. The event is set to take place at the UItimate Backyard, Long Meadow Farms in Fourways, Johannesburg.

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Photo Credit: Masego via Instagram

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The Soweto International Jazz Festival Coming up This June

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Here to reimagine the blue print of Jazz festivals in South Africa – International Arts Solutions together with GOG Lifestyle Parks  presents the annual Soweto International Jazz Festival, scheduled for June 14 – 16 2019.

Recognized for aiming to bridge the gap in African derived music and culture, the festival overtly promotes a cultural exchange between South African and International musicians.

The carefully curated line-up will consist of multiple genres and artists from South Africa, Caribbean and the USA. They will be on display on three (3) stages at Joburg’s new destination for large-scale family events, the GOG Gardens Soweto.

Established in 2018, the festival is keen on celebrating a wide spectrum of South Africa’s favourite musical genres and cultures.

It artfully combines the art of creating music with extraordinary performances, audience exchanges and a first-class lifestyle experience into an International music festival that will appeal to a variety of ages globally. Each day of the three-day festival will don a distinct theme:

June 14th – Young Kings/Queens Day; dedicated to the youth and will feature a healthy dose of Hip Hop, R&B and House Music.

June 15th  International Day; will feature global acts with a multi genre approach.

June 16th – Inspirational Day; will feature Gospel and Jazz music.

The Soweto International Jazz Festival is also committed to promoting youth empowerment and women advancement, primarily with pre-events dedicate to the business development in the music industry for young entrepreneurs and networking master classes for existing and aspiring women small business owners.

An emphasis will be placed on social-fashion trends, food and urban lifestyle will brazenly be on display at this year’s Soweto International Jazz Festival. The musical philosophy of the festival is built on the celebration and promotions of amazing and accomplished artists.

The first wave of artists to be announced includes some of South Africa’s leading artists such as the legendary Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse; Jazz fusion guitarist Ernie Smith; highly celebrated breakout artist Lady Zamar; Micasa; Grammy award winning Soweto Gospel Choir and Internationally acclaimed Pieces of a Dream and Julian Vaughn. A second wave of artists is slated to be announced soon.

A variety of tickets and weekend packages are available for purchase at https://soweto.vbotickets.com/event/JAZZ_FESTIVAL/3421 – including early bird tickets which are on sale for a limited time.

Be sure to look out for more exciting announcements and more artist reveals, as the countdown to Soweto International Jazz Festival begins.

Photo Credit: Richard Flare Hughes via richflarehughes

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Riky Rick Has Curated The First Ever Annual Cotton Fest

Riky Rick is the conceptual architect behind looming event – The Annual Cotton Fest

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Riky Rick Cotton Festival

There’s no lack of evidence that he is one hell of a concept curator. And the multi-talented KZN born entertainer and fashion-forward Riky Rick today officially announced the full local line-up for the first annual Cotton Fest taking place in Johannesburg next month.

Riky Rick Cotton Festival lineup

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.

RELATED: WHY RIKY RICK LEFT MABALA NOISE

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.

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