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Raphael Saadiq, Tiwa Savage, Corinne Bailey Rae in Delicious Fest Line Up

One of the hottest events on the Joburg calendar has unveiled a bevy of international and local acts for this year’s looming affair.

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Since the beginning of time two fundamental experiences have brought people together in harmony – food and music, and no event in the world has achieved this quite like the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival.

This year, the team at DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival have outdone themselves by adding even more flavour and a world class line-up to celebrate Heritage Weekend at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on the 21st and 22nd of September.

International megastars Raphael Saadiq, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tiwa Savage and a host of artists from Kalawa Jazmee Records (to be announced) will perform live on the Delicious Main Stage in what is being tipped as the biggest DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival to date.

Corinne Bailey Rae to hit South African shores for live treatments to her rich catalogue of soulful classics.

Corinne Bailey Rae to hit South African shores for live treatments to her rich catalogue of soulful classics. Image: Supplied

If you need a living definition of delicious music, look no further than Corinne Bailey Rae who is consistent proof of that. The RnB / Soul legend was the fourth female artist in British history to have her first album debut at number one.



Amongst many other nominations and awards to list, she has scooped two prestigious Grammy Awards, and her soulful songs feature in many TV series and films.

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Joining Corinne Bailey Rae on the Delicious Main Stage is none other than Africa’s shining star, Tiwa Savage. Hailing from Lagos, Nigeria, Tiwa Savage has taken the world by storm and will give an all African excellence at DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival.

The Nigerian powerhouse is set to deliver heat at this year's looming DStv Delicious Music and Food Festival

The Nigerian powerhouse is set to deliver heat at this year’s looming DStv Delicious Music and Food Festival

With an academic background in music and having shared the stage with the likes of Beyonce and Davido, she will bring a high musical IQ whilst keeping every person at the festival on their feet in a production that continues to wow the masses.



Known for some of our favourite tunes “Lova Lova”, “All Over”, and “Ma Lo” featuring Wizkid & Spellz, you should polish up your afro-beat dance moves and wear your favourite kicks because second of her on the breathtaking stage will be a wololo.

On Saturday, 21st September festival goers will celebrate 25 Years of Kalawa Jazmee Records on the Delicious Main Stage. This record label has not only defined culture these last 25 years, but its music and artists have played an integral role in each of our South African lives.

Lira to perform at DStv Delicous Fest

South African’s always knew what time it is with Boom Shaka, and they boldly told abuti to “bula boot” with Thebe. There are memories of Uhuru, Mafikizolo, Brothers of Peace, and so many more of the Kalawa Jazmee Records’ artists ingrained in the identity held as a nation, and as individuals.

It is with great joy and honour that the record label and some of these culture-shifting, heritage-influencing acts will be closing off the Delicious Main Stage in a true celebration of the South Africa we love.

Other carefully handpicked performances on the Delicious Main Stage on Saturday, 21st September are the Ralf Gum All Stars featuring Monique Bingham, Mafikizolo, Kafele Bandele, Portia Monique, Ayanda Jiya, Bongi Mvuyana, Joseph Junior, and Nivalito.

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The Sunday Delicious Main Stage line-up will include Ralf Gum All Stars, the “Suited” smash-hit singer Shekinah, the ever graceful Lira, and Tortured Soul featuring Lisa Shaw will bring us to our feet with their hits “Don’t Hold Me Down” and “Enjoy It Now”.

Headlining the show on Sunday 22nd September is the phenomenal artist with a deep contemporary creative vision – the epic singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Raphael Saadiq. With an impeccable past of multi-faceted creation and soul-evolution this hugely gifted musician will no doubt pull on your heartstrings.



He has received many well-deserved awards not to mention three Grammys. Raphael has collaborated with the likes of Macy Gray, the late Whitney Houston, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Joss Stone, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and many more. As an innovative artistic powerhouse, he was even included in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2012.

This August, Raphael is dropping his first solo album in eight years and it promises to bring even more magic to our ears.

He has also announced that “Tony! Toni! Tone!” will be reuniting to bring our favourite hits to stages around the world! This man is pure artistic soul who never fails to impress and promises an immersive live performance that’ll usher you into your Heritage Day.

The music doesn’t begin and end on the Delicious Main Stage. DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival has partnered up with Red Bull to bring you the Red Bull presents the Delicious Dance Arena. The Dance Arena performances will be announced soon.

It is only through the support of several sponsors that this sensory extravaganza can take place and inspire so many people.

This festival is in proud association with DStv who’ve been part of the Delicious story from the very beginning, and Samsung, VISA, Engen, South African Airways, Jeep, Flight Centre, Red Bull, Johnnie Walker, Windhoek, Proudly South African and The Star who have helped to make it all happen.

“As DStv, we pride ourselves in providing our customers with only the best in local and international entertainment at their fingertips. We look forward to once again bringing our customers world-class experiences with their favourite food, music and lifestyle shows.”

“DStv is delighted to be part of such a colourful and indulgent festival that brings friends and families together under one beautiful African sky.

As a driving force of the premium festival, we look forward to immersing our customers and festival goers in global acts like Corinne Bailey Rae, Raphael Saadiq and Nigerian superstar, Tiwa Savage.

We would like to encourage everyone to come and enjoy #EverythingDelicious with us in September.” shared Simon Camerer, DStv Chief Customer Officer for Marketing & Sales.

Set to be a celebration of diversity, light, taste and sensation the not-to-be-missed tantalise your taste buds.

Ticket prices range from R550 for a Delicious Early Bird General Access Day Pass, to R4370 for the Ambassador Luxury Suite, allowing you access into different areas of the festival grounds.



The Delicious Early Bird General Access Pass
R550 per person per day
R900 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)
Includes the following:
See over 20 acclaimed local and international talent over the event day on the 3 official stages: The Delicious Main Stage, Delicious Dance Arena, and the NEW Delicious Food Stage. NO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE PERMITTED INTO AREAS THAT SERVE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Persons under the age of 3 enter for free.

The Delicious Lounge
R1550 per person per day
R2880 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)
Includes the following:
10 hours of music, food, and entertainment with the added benefit of covered seating and sight of the Delicious Main Stage from the VIP Hospitality Terrace. Access the private VIP Cash Bar within the unit, and the designated Private VIP Toilets. NO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE PERMITTED INTO THE VIP LOUNGE.

The Ambassador Luxury Suite
R4370 per person per day
R7820 per person full weekend
Includes the following:
Rub shoulders with the stars and esteemed guests at the festival’s premium hospitality unit hosted by Lorna Maseko and Kenzhero. With your food, drink (excluding premium spirits), and entertainment sorted, you needn’t want for anything on the event day. Enjoy a VIP experience done right with VIP Parking, covered lounge and patio seating areas, Private VIP Toilets, and unrivalled views of the Delicious Main Stage. NO PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL BE PERMITTED INTO THE VIP LOUNGE.

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

THE ENDING

Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

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“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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