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2013-04-21 10:00

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We’ve sifted through the week’s biggest events and whittled them to just 10 of the best to do. So whether you are into muddy off-roading adventures or prefer the stage angst of a well-executed opera, there is something on this list for you

Glenlivet Legacy Live

1 The man who brought rock-hard abs and sultry guitar riffs to the attention of non-jazz lovers will be back under the glare of the spotlight when he performs at the Glenlivet Legacy Live soiree at Katy’s Palace Bar in Sandton.

The legacy events honour artists and will see the man of the moment, Selaelo Selota, performing some of his best jazz and traditional music-infused songs to an intimate crowd.

A strong proponent of native sounds and storytelling, Selota brought the world the sweet voice of Judith Sephuma and now says he hopes to work with an indigenous rapper as his next big project. Now that deserves a “trrrrrrr pha!”

»?The event, hosted by Selaelo Selota at Katy’s Palace Bar, Sandton, Joburg, on April?25. It is by invitation only, but you can stand a chance to win tickets if you visit

Drama for Life

2 Sex. Violence. Culture. Education. These are the four hard topics that will be tackled at the new season of Drama for Life.

Comprising theatre, film, debates and exhibitions, Drama for Life is pushing for South Africans to “re/think and re/act”.

The action will see theatre directors, social commentators, activists and artists tackle sex education, sexual violence, conflicts of culture and sexual taboos.

Guests include Dr Kelly Gillespie, an anthropologist who researches criminal justice, legal anthropology, history, race and sexuality.

In a time where SA faces the brutality of so-called corrective rape and has tragic stories like Anene Booysen’s, this theme couldn’t be more appropriate.

»?Drama for Life is on at the Wits Theatre from April 25 to May 5. For more information, visit

Lusito Land Festival

3 There is an abundance of everything Portuguese from the spicy and hot food to folk dancing, funfair rides and wines at Joburg’s premier Luso festival. Billed to perform are popular house masters F.eU (DJ Fresh and Euphonik) at 9pm on Friday and Tuesday, and Auriel Hays at 7pm on Saturday.

There will be some WWP wrestling at 4pm next Sunday. Big attractions next week include Lonehill Estate, MiCasa and Bok van Blerk, who is evidently back from obscurity.

Gates open from 10am until 11pm on weekends and from 5pm to 10pm on weekdays. Tickets for teens and adults are R60, senior citizens and children between 3 and 12?years pay R25, and children under three get in for free.

»?The festival takes place in La Rochelle, Joburg, from April 25 to May 5. For more information, visit

Jennifer Rush

4 Long before Celine Dion ruled, the queen of the power ballad was Jennifer Rush. Her soaring voice over The Power of Love is the stuff of legends.

A few decades late, South African audiences get to experience the wonder that made Rush an 80s powerhouse with her series of concerts in Cape Town and Joburg.

From Thursday, Rush will be joined by Romanz, a South African quartet, as well as the Drakensberg Boys Choir to bring some of her greatest hits – such as Ring of Ice, Madonna’s Eyes and I Come Undone – back to life.

It should be a spectacular 80s celebration. The party moves to Joburg next week at Emperors Palace.

»?Rush will perform at the CTICC on April 26 and April 27; and at Emperors Palace, Joburg, on May 3 and May 4. Bookings through Computicket

Song for Sekoto 1913 – 2013

5 Celebrating the centenary of Gerard Sekoto’s birth, his works will be on display at the Wits Art Museum from Friday.

Sekoto is revered for his two-dimensional art and ability to play several musical instruments.

He composed his own musical works after he was introduced to the family harmonium at a young age. He got into art while teaching at Khaiso Secondary School near Polokwane. He quit teaching in 1939 and moved to Sophiatown, where he painted full time.

In 1947, he left South Africa for France, where he enjoyed international acclaim.

»?Song for Sekoto 1913 – 2013 is on at the Wits Art Museum, Braamfontein, Joburg, from April 26 to June 2. The gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday. For more information, 0?011?717?1365 or email:

FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show

6 If you think wine appreciation shows are only for the lucky few who live on the coast or for the privileged ones on the highveld, think again.

Lowveld wine lovers are in for a treat when the FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show returns to Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort in White River.

Last year, more than 1?200 visitors experienced the titillating wines from more than 65 cellars including Morgenster, Quoin Rock, House of Krone, Graham Beck and Vrede en Lust.

Approximately 350 wines will be available for sampling and, best of all, home delivery order via Shop@Show, the show’s retail facility run by Nelspruit’s Tops at The Grove.

»?The FNB Mpumalanga Wine Show is on April 26 and April 27, and doors open from 5pm to 9pm on both nights. For more information, visit

Africa Rising

7 It doesn’t matter that his attempt at getting into the Guinness World Records fizzled out and died last year, DJ Black Coffee is still a crowd magnet of note.

On Freedom Day, the popular house DJ will weave his magic as the main draw card at the second Africa Rising concert, which will take place at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto.

Black Coffee will dazzle with a full orchestra as well as Thiwe, one of his best vocalists. Zakes Bantwini, Bucie and Alexander James are some of the other acts expected to perform with the Brendan Jury-led classical music orchestra.

»?Tickets for the event, which takes place on April 27 in Kliptown, Soweto, are available through Computicket. Gates open at 2pm and the event will include a beer garden and food vendors. For more information, visit

4x4 Jamboree

8 The 34th edition of this festival for recreational 4x4 enthusiasts takes place from Friday at the picturesque Rust de Winter Reserve campsite and picnic resort on the banks of the Elands River.

The pilgrimage happens under the 100-year-old apiesdoring (monkey thorn) trees and enjoys cult status with bird watchers too.

This outing promotes family enjoyment while enabling owners to enjoy the off-road capabilities of their vehicles in a competitive environment over the mountain route, which spans 55km.

»?The event will be held at Rust de Winter, Elands River, Limpopo, from April 26 to April?28. For more information, contact

Peter Claasen 0?012?379?1715, email: or visit

10 South African Sopranos

9 Forget about Montserrat Caballe or Maria Callas, Mzansi’s own finest sopranos take the stage at this inaugural opera concert.

Raising the roof will be young and old talent, starting with Aviva Pelham, who has been in the game for more than four decades.

Beverley Chiat, Natalie Bath, Philisa Sibeko, Bongiwe Madlala, Caroline Nkwe, Lwazi Ncube, Kelebogile Boikanyo and Violina Anguelov also perform.

Completing the line-up is prima donna Sibongile Mngoma, who is also the producer.

The repertoire will span arias, duets, trios and ensemble pieces such as Quando m’en vo! from Puccini’s La Bohéme and Sempre Libera from Verdi’s La Traviata.

Graham Scott conducts the orchestra. Bellisima!

»?The sopranos perform at Carnival City on Joburg’s East Rand on April 27. Bookings through Computicket

Ava Vidal

10 Touted as the UK’s funniest woman, expect a lot of cackling and LOLs when she delivers her brand of comedy next Sunday.

She is known to juggle life-impacting issues with irreverent topics.

There are no holy cows here, and her material ranges from the civil rights movement and motherhood to successful people who have made some mistakes along the way.

She shares the stage with Barry Hilton, Marc Lottering, Trevor Gumbi, Robby Collins, Simmi Afrif and Darren “Whackhead” Simpson.

»?The show is at Emperors Palace, Joburg, on April 28. Bookings through Computicket. For more information, visit

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