Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble to perform at UKZN’s Centre for Jazz

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MEMORIES of Sophiatown and District Six will be envoked when the Umkhumbane Jazz Ensemble (UJE) performs at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College campus at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 6.

The 11-piece band will be playing music from their debut album, Ezintabeni, which includes two cover versions — Sgaxa mabhande and Way Back Fifties by African Jazz Pioneers. Continue reading

Enjoy great South African music at the Durban Port Festival

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POPULAR South African music artists, Nasty C and Amanda Black, will be the headline acts at this year’s Durban Port Festival, which runs from Saturday, September 9 to Sunday, September 10.

Hosted by Transnet National Ports Authority, in partnership with eThekwini Municipality, MSC Cruises, African Marine Solutions (AMSOL) and the South African Navy, the festival’s main stage is opposite the Royal Natal Yacht Club. Continue reading

Delegate registration opens for 8th Durban FilmMart

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Delegate registration for Africa’s premier film finance and co-production market, the Durban FilmMart (DFM), is open.

Celebrating its 8th edition, this year’s DFM, a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO), the eThekwini Municipality’s industry development unit, and the Durban International Film Festival – hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts – takes place from 14 to 17 July. It will host around 500 delegates from Africa and the world. Continue reading

Familiar Durban landmarks feature in the new South African comedy, ‘Keeping Up With The Kandasamys’

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Director Jayan Moodley with script supervisor, Ashley Aldworth focus on the monitor during the filming of ‘Keeping up with the Kandasamys’ in Durban, while producers Junaid Ahmed (left) and Helena Spring ( back) look on. The film opens in SA on Friday, March 3.

The much-anticipated South African film Keeping up with the Kandasamys directed by Jayan Moodley and produced by the late Junaid Ahmed and Helena Spring premiered to an audience of almost 600 ten days ago at Gateway Ster-Kinekor in Durban. It opens nationwide in cinemas this Friday (March 3). Continue reading

Durban Film Office partners with soapie, ‘Uzalo’, to train local filmmakers

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From left to right: Durban Film Office trainees Slindokuhle Msomi (Umlazi), Ntombifuthi “G-2” Zakwe (Mobeni Heights), Philipe Masondo (Ntuzuma), Thokozani Mahaye (Inanda Newton) and Mbusi Harrison Msane (Wyebank) with Pinky Sozombile (Newlines West) in front, on the set of Uzalo in Durban.

Six aspiring Durban film-makers have been given the opportunity to work behind the scenes on one of South Africa’s most watched soapies, Uzalo, which boasts a viewership of almost three million per day. Continue reading

Using personal stories to tell the history of HIV and AIDS

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THE KwaMuhle Museum, 130 Bram Fischer Road, Durban is hosting South African Voices:  Towards a Museum of HIV Memory and Learning, a legacy project of AIDS2016.

South African Voices strives to tell the story of our HIV history in a manner that is authentic, elegant, sensitive and holistic. It marks the start of a South African collection of artefacts, artistic, historic and photographic items that pay tribute to people affected by HIV.

The collected items pay tribute to those who suffered and succumbed, and those who live with HIV every day in South Africa.
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