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Spend New Year’s In Vic Falls With Black Coffee! #VFC2017

Africa’s most exciting festival, The Vic Falls Carnival, returns in 2017 for a once-in-a-lifetime New Years’ experience from 29 – 31 December 2017. Cited by The Huffington Post as an experience that will “top your bucket list”, not only is the setting spectacular, the adventure non-stop and the crowd a mix of local and international music-fans, the line-up is an insane combination of phenomenal acts.

For the first time in Vic Falls Carnival history, Africa’s multi award-winning DJ royalty, Black Coffee, will take to the decks on the 30thDecember. Considering his meteoric rise to fame, he has proved his worth on his South African Music Award-winning album “Home Brewed”, this DJ and Producer defies convention. Sidestepping Afro-house clichés and stage-managed highs in favour of restrained sophistication, Black Coffee’s penchant is for true Afropolitan house. He’s performed at Coachella, has a residency in Ibiza and now you can catch him live in the heart of Africa.

Joining Black Coffee is musical heavyweight from the heart of the Congo, Tresor.  A multi-award winning, platinum selling, breakout singer-songwriter and producer Tresor released his debut album, ‘VII’ in September last year. The album – which he worked on for the past seven years – features collaborations with AKA, Beatenberg, Khuli Chana and The Soil and opened at number 2 on the iTunes Albums Chart in South Africa.

Due to high demand, The Kiffness will bring their insane hair whipping, multi-instrument electric performance back to The Falls.  These tongue-in-cheek playful guys have the best sense of humour in the business and know how to create a killer track. Their live performance is a mix of jazzy, groovy and uplifting house music – making them one of South Africa’s favourite live electronic acts.

Zambian RnB hit maker Mampi will bring her energetic, rhythmic performance to the stage, adding some real African flavour to the line-up.  Founder of Neverland and Zimbabwean local Jason Le Roux will curate and perform at the iconic African Carnival Train party, making sure every beat elevates the crowd.  While Vic Falls locals, Flying Bantu will raise your spirits with their Afro-fusion of rock, reggae, jazz and funk.

Following the success of last year’s format, the Vic Falls Carnival has once again created the best way to spend your last three days of 2017! Travel, adventure and of course, music, all in one renowned setting, Africa’s majestic Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’! This is the Vic Falls Carnival:


Get dressed up in traditional African fabrics, paint your faces and bring masks for a journey unlike any other through the African bushveld with legendary DJ Francis onboard as you speed past lions and elephants.  The train stops in a secret bush location in the Vic Falls wildlife park for an unforgettable night under the stars with back to back DJ’s including Neverland founder DJ Jason Le Roux.

30 December 2017 – CONCERT FT. BLACK COFFEE

Start your New Year’s celebration early with an electric night of the best in live house, African, indie and electro-pop.  What’s the best way to get warmed up? With a strong piping- hot mix from Africa’s biggest artist Black Coffee headlining the night with many more artists to be announced. The action doesn’t stop there, head into town for a host of parties at popular local venues, like Shoestrings Lodge.


Bring your own flags, paint your face in your home colours and represent your roots as we all come together to countdown to 2018. There’s absolutely no better way to see in the New Year than in Vic Falls, One of the Seven Wonders of the World with non-stop entertainment. Jam until the sun comes up with a host of amazing artists including Tresor, the music sensation from the heart of the Congo, the kings of energetic must-dance-to live performance The Kiffness, Zambian queen of dancehall Mampi, local Vic Falls’ Flying Bantu and many more. Ring in the countdown with thousands of adventure-loving travellers from all over the world, fire breathers, traditional dancers and experience a once-in-a-lifetime New Years!

The excitement doesn’t stop at the festival grounds – spend your days white water rafting, bungee jumping, on an elephant back safari or sip on a cocktail whilst you watch the vulture feeding at Safari Lodge. All festival-goers receive 10% off all adventure packages when booked with your festival ticket!


3 Day Pass: $90 or R1170

Incl. Train Party 29th Dec, Concert ft Black Coffee 30th Dec & New Year’s Concert 31st Dec.

2 Day Pass: $65 or R845

Incl. Concert ft Black Coffee 30th Dec & New Year’s Concert 31st Dec.

1 Day Pass: $50 or R650

Incl. New Year’s Unity Concert

Get your passes now – South Africa, Africa & rest of World – buy tickets here:


Keep an eye on the Vic Falls Carnival social media platforms for updates on the travel packages best suited for your region and pocket. For travel and accommodation queries please e-mail:

Durban Actress & Businesswoman Zinzi Zungu Brings Home The Influential Actor Factor!

TV Personality and formidable Entrepreneur Zinzi Zungu is bringing the much talked-about Actor Factor conference to the city of Durban. The conference which starts from the 13th to the 16th July is aimed at empowering the youth about the television industry, more so, the business of acting.

The conference will be held at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban and boasts incredible talent such as Actor and producer Akhumzi Jezile, celebrated Actress Zikhona Sodlaka, Makeup extraordinaire Bongi Mlotshwa, Singer and actress Tumi Masemola, Lonwabo Mavuso, former Miss SA Teen Celeste Khumalo, Speaker Nobuntu Webster, Casting Director Obey Mochipisi and PR specialist Bonnie Meslane.

The conference will see the panelists unpack the acting industry as a business, sharing insights as insiders, inspiring those aspiring to get their names out there, while also highlighting issues actors face which the public may not know about.

Zinzi Zungu is an accomplished Actress, MC, TV Presenter and successful businesswoman. Some of her most notable roles include shows such as Isidingo, Nomzamo, Scandal and being one of SABC 3’s Continuity Presenters. Having started her career at the tender age of 16 on etv’s Craze, Zinzi confidently holds her own as a co-owner of Star Quality – a Casting and Management Agency with Actress and Singer Miranda Ntshangase. Zinzi is passionate about educating the youth on the business of acting, instilling confidence, building brands and shaping the industry in its entirety. Born in Durban, Zinzi is excited to be coming home to share her knowledge alongside her panelists on what is to change the face of South African performing arts.

A new and significant component of the African Television Market founded by Isithembiso Actress Lungelo Dhladla, created for actors in the television industry. Actor Factor aims to provide a much needed platform to articulate issues affecting performers as well as providing education on branding, social media and contracts. This program will provide the actors with an opportunity to get an honest, realistic and “industry” assessment of being in front of the camera.”

Strong focus on development, women, and ‘tales of transit’ for Durban International Film Festival 2017

Hot in the heels of the announcement of the 10th Talents Durban participants list last week, which enjoys a list predominantly made up of women, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced a strong focus on developing local talent and skills transfer during the festival next month. Although the final program will be announced at the official launch scheduled for next week on Monday 19 June 2017, the festival organizers can reveal that Ster Kinekor Musgrave and Gateway as well as the Playhouse have been confirmed as venues for the premier and commercial screenings; while the outreach programme will see screenings  take place in film schools and townships including  K-cap (Theatre)- KwaMashu, Luthuli Museum- Groutville, Qashana Khuzwayo Library, Westville Correctional Services, Ohlange Library- Inanda, Creative Arts College, Wushwini Arts Centre, Umlazi Library, Lamontville, uShaka Marine , Max’s Lifetyle, History Museum, Bay of Plenty Lawns. The weeklong program entails screenings and some workshops aimed at ensuring not just city-wide participation in the festival but also engaging locally-based prospective film makers.

In a world in which people find themselves displaced and seeking refuge in foreign lands, the theme for the festival is “Transit Tales”, with a number of films capturing the emotive stories of human displacement as result of war and catastrophic events.  It is the vision of DIFF’s newly appointed Festival Manager, Ms Chipo Zhou, for the festival to reinvent what it is to be a film festival within the African context, and to set an industry standard for the inclusion of women and women-led films.  As such the festival has a special focus on African content and women-led films.

“We have to redefine what and who tells the tales in society as that has a significant role in how people learn and understand the world, particularly the African continent” says Zhou.

“The festival this year is giving women a platform to take ownership of our stories, the origins of our stories and how they are told. We have the opportunity to reconstruct our narrative as such that we re-socialize society in order that it reconceives perceptions about women especially in the wake of the brutality against women we have seen in South Africa recently.”

“As the East African saying goes, unless lions have their own historians, all tales about the hunt will always glorify the hunter,” she says in a proverbial reference to male domination in ownership and control of media companies. It is a remarkable milestone that we have some strong female-led films this year.

Consistent with the special focus on women is the Durban Film Mart’s program which will feature a session on Women-Led Film conversations with Tilane Jones, Executive Director at ARRAY, as well as a Women-Led Film Media Breakfast.  

The DIFF will go a long way in contributing to Africa’s Aspiration 5 of Agenda 2063 where the role of film in fostering a strong African identity is concerned. The continent has risen to the occasion this year with a significant upward jump not only in the number of submissions but also the quality of the films. In keeping with the African film focus, the KZN Film Commission will host a delegation of Kenyan filmmakers to foster relations between the two countries in the context of film, and to possibly promote co-productions. This will see the screening of several Kenyan films at the festival.

The festival will run from the 13th-23rd of July, returning to its original dates (2nd week of July) after taking place in June last year due to the 2016 AIDS Conference held in Durban. Dates for the next three years have been secured to ensure the festival continues to take place in July.   

The DIFF awards take place on the 22nd of July, a day before the closing film draws the curtain on this year’s edition of the festival. The awards are where the most outstanding film submissions and filmmakers are honoured.  

Chivas Regal introduces the Laduma Ngxokolo Business of Design Master Class Talks

Chivas Regal and world-renowned fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo have introduced a series of fashion industry-focused talks in major South African cities, all with the aim of equipping aspiring design entrepreneurs with the knowledge to think bigger than their products and circumstances.

Started on 25 February in his home town of Port Elizabeth followed by Cape Town, the talks will be held in Johannesburg, Durban and East London as well. Each full-day of Laduma Ngxokolo Business of Design Master Class Talk covers a variety of topics that Mr Ngxokolo and partner Chivas Regal, believe are essential to industry success. These are:

  1. Design: smart design, innovation, how to stand out from the crowd
  2. Funding: funding methods, patrons, proposals
  3. Business management: financials, workforce, ethics, policies
  4. Sales & distribution: local and global distribution
  5. Marketing: PR, social media, product placement
  6. Legal matters: trademark, copyright, lawyers, patents, agreements, laws
  7. Trends: local and international trends
  8. Business relationships: negotiation, personal branding

According to Mr Ngxokolo, the talks are a way for him to help students and entrepreneurs become masters of their crafts; realising their dreams in design and fashion, while also serving their community.

“Social entrepreneurship is the most meaningful form of business,” he says. “It gives the businessman the opportunity to uplift and create pride within his community.”

Like many successful South African entrepreneurs, Africa’s finest knitwear designer and innovator of the Xhosa-inspired fashion house MaXhosa by Laduma is from an underprivileged background and he started his career with limited access to resources. Now that he has unlocked business barriers both locally and internationally; and gained experience in the global design industry, he wants to share all he has learned with talented, ambitious young designers and entrepreneurs from similar backgrounds. As this is the case, there are certain criteria that potential attendees must meet to be selected by Mr Ngxokolo and his team. Attendees must,

  • Have an existing brand/business or credible idea
  • Show passion and understanding of their specialist field   
  • Be a struggling entrepreneur or at least facing business growth challenges cause by limited access to resources.

This is not the first time Chivas Regal has worked with Mr Ngxokolo. Impressed by his commitment to his Xhosa heritage, striking X-themed designs and dedication to ‘Winning the Right Way’ by only sourcing his raw materials from local suppliers, Chivas Regal asked him to create their 2016 limited-edition 18 Year Old packaging. The resulting design was unapologetically African: Gold XS adorned a vivid blue background, symbolising Mr Ngxokolo’s strong Xhosa and brand identity.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with Laduma again,” says Shelly Reeves, Marketing Manager Scotch Whiskies at Chivas Regal. “In his never-ending mission to uplift those around him, he embodies the Chivas Regal value of bringing others with you as you succeed. This latest project will make it possible for Laduma to achieve his humanitarian goals, as the main objective of our partnership is to alleviate the problem of youth unemployment through the transfer of much-needed skills and information.”

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