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The Secret is out – at Beverly Hills hotel

The Beverly Hills, an iconic, landmark hotel in uMhlanga, has launched ‘The Secret Garden’ – an exciting new venue space in the neighbouring property, which is owned by Tsogo Sun, by transforming it into a beautiful venue for events and special occasions.

The secluded and picturesque grounds with uninterrupted sea views present a blank canvas for clients to use their ideas and visions and create their own perfect event. The facilities can cater for cocktail functions up to 150 people and set lunches and dinners for up to 100 guests.

Samantha Croft, Tsogo Sun’s Director of Operations for KZN, says, “There is a great demand in the Durban area for unique venues for both corporate and leisure events. This venue space is a response to that need and it is also a great opportunity to take the legacy of this great hotel a notch higher.”

The exclusive and secluded Secret Garden features the natural flora of KwaZulu-Natal’s coastal region, with a protected Yellowwood tree forming the entrance, which then opens up into the garden and stunning views of the sea and pier.

John Aritho, General Manager of the Beverly Hills, says venue space at the hotel is operating at maximum capacity. “Beverly Hills has an excellent reputation for delivering signature events. This new alfresco venue offers an endless range of event options that includes dining under the stars, and our professional team is more than capable of creating magical events and memorable experiences for our clients. We believe The Secret Garden will soon become the most sought after venue along the East Coast.”

The hotel is partnering with Nomadik Stretch Tents & Canopies for structures and marquees, and with M&B Events for bespoke décor and furniture.

Artist Spotlight: Nduduzo Mthethwa AKA VAIR NORM

Nduduzo Mthethwa also known by his stage name VAIR NORM, 23 Year old musician born in South Coast, Port-Shepstone – currently based in Durban. VAIR NORM is a Hip Hop artist, rapper, song writer & record producer who solely owns his music (Unsigned) and is to describe his music has a blend of Afro Pop and Therapeutic music ready to change this rap game. A well seasoned artist with real good party music and “real rap”.

Vair Norm found his way to his fan base with the release of his first solo song titled “My Energy” which had the highest Streams and Downloads, followed by “Grateful”, a song he was featured on by a Nigerian award winning artist FRICKY J. Which had 300 000 hits.
Vair Norm is inspired by Ty Dolla Sign, PNB Rock , Wizkid & PARTYNEXTDOOR.

VAIR NORM can’t be compared to anyone as he brings music and style unlike anything you’ve ever heard, his presence is a light in the fog for those lost looking for closure.

– He did a Corner to Corner tour with RedBull
– He was playlisted on via DistroKid (International Distribution Company)
– He was playlisted on Gagasi FM (GMS with Junior De Rocka)

Vair Norm recently realized yet another banger titled 451 LIGHT HOUSE featuring Tony Jones & Case KLOWZED

Instagram : @iamvairnorm_rsa
Twitter: @iamvairnorm_rsa
Facebook: Vair Norm (Personal & Page)
Contact : 0761957332

Visual pioneer returns to Johannesburg with a unique take on beauty

SaySay.Love is a pioneer in the field of visual activism, ‘Skin Deep’ has once again challenged audiences to re-evaluate what they perceive as beautiful. The work delve into the darker side of the psyche, away from perfection.

Exhibition: Skin Deep by SaySay.Love at AGOG Gallery open until 30 April

The artist has explored the discourse of perfection in his work shown at the GUS Gallery in Stellenbosch in February entitled ‘Intimate Loneliness: Sex with things’ whereby his pictures highlighted the extreme loneliness and alienation brought about by our digital personas linked wholly to a “fake perfection.” In his current series ‘Skin Deep’ he wants to steer away from perfection and coax his audience to consider a view that is everything but perfect. The works are deliberately manipulated to show imperfection.
The project is an exploration of the uncanny valley separating the visceral experience and the unbridled expression of our innermost fears and desires.
Using an AI-assisted painterly approach in combination with digital photography the artist shines light upon the archetypal twins of the psyche, dancing on the edge of the raging chaos while moving gently to the tune of the tamed and civilized mind.
Each canvas shatters a dark mirror of restrain and breaks the window wide open into the wilderness of each subject’s soul, bringing it out to the shadow and onto the surface – a self-portrait of the unconscious.

Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music

On the occasion of what would have been his 80th birthday, the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and The ELMA Music Foundation, in partnership with the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation, will, on April 4th, announce the establishment of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at MSM in honor of the legendary South African musician, activist and life-long advocate, and embodiment, of African identity, heritage and expression.

The scholarship will allow six South African students to pursue Bachelor of Music degrees at Manhattan School of Music, one of the world’s leading music conservatories, and Masekela’s alma mater. The scholarship, which will cover tuition and all living expenses for each of the six scholarship recipients for their full four years of study, will be announced at the Jazz Foundation’s annual gala in New York, which this year will honor Hugh Masekela’s life and legacy. Mr. Masekela, who died on January 23rd, 2018, studied classical trumpet at the MSM from 1960 to 1964.

A principal goal of this new endeavour is to ensure that the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship be awarded to South African students who have faced significant social, educational, cultural, or economic challenges, and who have a demonstrated interest in the advancement of music consistent with Mr. Masekela’s legacy and vision.

“We are enormously grateful for this scholarship grant and deeply honoured to be working with The ELMA Music Foundation and the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation to provide an educational and musical home to six South African students whose presence at the School will stand testament to Hugh Masekela’s vision and talent,” said MSM President James Gandre.  “He is one of MSM’s most distinguished alumni, and this is an apt extension of both his musical legacy and the important work that he did during his lifetime on social initiatives benefiting South Africans. The Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholars will be warmly welcomed to a vibrant community of aspiring young musicians who come to the School from 45 countries around the world.”

“We are especially thrilled to honour the legacy and work of this renowned musician and freedom fighter by establishing with Manhattan School of Music and the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation an important new scholarship in his name,” said Tarik Ward, Director, Music Programs, The ELMA Philanthropies. “This scholarship not only honours the great artist’s legacy but also nurtures the next generation of South African musicians and upholds his vision to preserve and promote African heritage, culture, and identity.”

“It is with gratitude and appreciation that we at the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation enter into this partnership with The ELMA Music Foundation and Manhattan School of Music,” said Prof Louis Molamu, Chairperson of the Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation. “We look forward to forging ahead into an exciting musical scholarship reflective of Hugh Masekela’s extensive, voracious and prodigious musical appetites and his passion for inter-generational creative collaboration.

“My biggest obsession is to show Africans and the world who the people of Africa really are.” – Hugh Masekela

The Hugh Masekela Heritage Foundation will work with MSM to promote the scholarship opportunity in South Africa.

To apply, students should visit to complete an application. Applications are accepted from September 1st through December 1st.

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