This week's entertainment

2014-08-31 15:00

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Activities for the week ahead.

Book News

A week of reading

South Africa celebrates books in the first week of next month. With this year’s theme of Going Places, National BookWeek will look at how books transport us to another world.

Since only 14% of South Africans are active book readers and only 5% of parents read to their children, BookWeek is vital in getting people excited about reading. The week will include a bus tour around the country.

At each stopover, there will be book-related activities like reading sessions, a children’s library, and readings from authors including Mandla Langa and Angela Makholwa. This is truly an event worth supporting.?–?Grethe Koen


The music network

The Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is Africa’s largest event in the music industry and is known for ­being the place to be to network. Held annually, it is attended by industry professionals from across Africa and the international music-business spectrum.

The aim is to discuss the state of Africa’s music industry and give musos the chance to meet, exchange ideas and opinions, and ­showcase their goods and services. This is where emerging musicians, technicians and industry workers come ­together. This year, Lulu Dikana, Nancy Vieira, Tania Maria and Isabella Novella take the stage as Divas in Democracy.

Speakers will include Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Christoph Borkowsky of the World ­Music Expo and Monica Newton, deputy director-general of arts and culture. If you’re a muso, you have to attend. –?Grethe Koen

Food News


With everything from salted-butter caramel nougat to candy cane artisan marshmallows, OohLaLahas the most decadent, delightful confectionery we’ve seen.

Now this burgeoning business, created by Karen Schneid-Lieberman, just landed four nods at one of the UK’s biggest food competitions, the Great Taste Awards.

OohLaLa creates Turkish delight with roasted pistachio nuts and real Bulgarian rose-water. Each batch is cooked slowly for nearly four hours and no gelatine, artificial flavours or artificial colorants are added. But the pièce de résistance is OohLaLa’s Callisons – a unique blend of ground almonds and candied fruits. –?Grethe Koen

On stage

Ballet goes Zulu

Inala – A ZuluBallet will invade London, courtesy of four-time Grammy-winning a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. They take another leap forward with this collaboration with leading choreographer Mark Baldwin.

From September?17, the stage of Sadler’s Wells will see two cultures merge in a show featuring 18 dancers and musicians. The ballet will then tour England. The group will appear on stage and have also contributed to the original score.

Award-winning Baldwin uses Western classical ballet to accompany the traditional Zulu music.

The Guardian has called Inala a “thing of stirring beauty”.?–?Siyabonga Sithole

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