Jameson Live…Get Ready To Jika!

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Get ready to “Jika” because this Saturday April 9th is the Jameson Live event, hosted by R&G Events at Portico it is a night not to be missed. The headlining act is international sensation Mi Casa and if you have never seen them live I promise you that it’s EPIC!  I have had the pleasure of seeing them the first time they came to Lusaka and a couple of other times…dust off your dancing shoes!

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Lest we forget our very own local talent Jay Rox and Ben+Kiki will be kicking off the night before Mi Casa take the stage, so look forward to some foot stomping! The live music also includes “Caitlin de Ville, an electric violinist with an African heartbeat and a rock n’ roll soul” who will dazzle you with her performance.

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Tickets are currently being sold at k100 pre sale and are available at Portico in the Showgrounds and at The Wine Shop at Arcades. “Gates will open at 18hrs, and to add to the excitement, all of our guests will receive a FREE glass of Jameson, Ginger Ale and Lime. That’s how we like to start a party!” 

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There are only 4 days to go til the Jameson Live party and they are also running a competition where you can win tickets and a limited edition bottle of Jameson! Head on over to the event page and follow the instructions below:

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Oh and here are just a few tips for this Jameson Live Event:

  1. Wear comfortable dancing shoes, it’s a grassy venue!
  2. Dress for outdoor weather, check the weather forecast!
  3. Carpool as there is limited parking!
  4. Have a designated driver, do not drink and drive!
  5. Make yourself a music mix to get in that “Mi Casa” zone, I suggest the songs: Heavenly Sent, Jika, Turn you on, These Streets, Your Body!

 

See you there! #JamesonLive

Fashion Master Class

 

Calling all Fashion lovers, designers and stylists! Zambia Fashion Council are officially launching their collaboration with London College of Fashion to offer a Fashion Master Classes in Zambia through the Fashion Think Tank.

“Join us this Thursday, 7th January for the first class which kicks off with a Fashion Marketing Session presented by Fashion Marketing Lecturer from the London College of Fashion, Edwin Phiri.”

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Entry is absolutely FREE!
Cash Bar will be available.

For more information click here

Zambian Art and Design Show

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One of my favorite events is back next month, the Zambian Art and Design show!!! It showcases talented Zambian craftsmen/women and their work in everything from furniture to clothing and accessories and art. It’s your one stop shop to find and buy all the locally crafted and designed things you want. My favorites such as Jackal & Hide as well as Jagoda, Kamanga Wear and Ashlee’s Gourmet & Gluten Free will be there.

“Zambian Art and Design Show is a fair that allows Zambian craftsmen to bring their best handmade works in furniture, kitchen ware, jewelry, recycled fashion and hand-woven rugs and textiles. It is an avenue used to help people in the creative industry share ideas, knowledge, do business in the same environment and the ability to network among themselves.
This year’s show is hosted over 2 days, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November, 2015.

*Ticket information*
A ticket will allow you to attend one day of the Zambian Art and Design Show it is not a 2 day pass.

Tickets are available in all Shoprite stores at CompuTicket starting 10th October, 2015.

Pre-Sale ticket – K40
Ticket at Gate – K50″

Go to the event page for more details

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Zambia Fashion Council: Fashion Day Out!

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Calling all fashionistas, fashion lovers and just lovers of nice, cool and hip things! On Saturday the 31st of october 2015 the Zambia Fashion Council, jointly with Foxdale Court, VALA and Mafashio bring to you FASHION DAY OUT!
There will be Pop-up-shops, from 9 – 18hrs  on the day.
Fashion think tank seminars, learn about the business of fashion, from 10 – 16hrs
And last but not least an after party and fashion show from 19hrs at Sky bar, show starts at 20hrs.
Entry to all the events is FREE!
For more information email info@zambiafashioncouncil.com
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Barefeet Beats Festival!!!!

The Barefeet Festival is BACK!!! 21st – 29th August featuring Dance, Theatre, Poetry, Circus, Hip Hop, A huge outdoor ‘TREASURE HUNT’ mixed art spectacular in a secret location. With artists from across Zambia, Hip Hop artists from SA and Sweden, Street Theatre Masters from OZ/Iceland, Incredible solo performers from the USA and Ethiopia, A Rhythm army from Holland, Carnival directors from Zambia and the U.K. And back by popular demand will be Most Wanted/ Dance Africa (UK)!

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This years festival will kick off with our Michael Jackson Musical ‘Miss Mathematics’ featuring Circus, acrobatics, dance, illusion and a stadium experience with over 300 performers 21st/ 22nd August with Pestalozzi World.
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The Festival will culminate in a diverse weekend of the best music acts Zambia has to offer, mixed with a host of international acts….. and special headliner Femi Kuti! FRIDAY 28th and SATURDAY 29th August. ‘Barefeet Beats’ will take place at the legendary ‘Gymkhana Club’ in the Showgrounds. Family Day on Saturday with music, walk around theatre, kids zone, food stalls, bars and what promises to be Lusaka’s biggest concert set up to date!
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visit www.facebook.com/BarefeetTheatre to keep up to date.
#barefeetbeats
Please feel free to share with friends.
To see the festival program visit this page

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It is the 9th Barefeet Festival and we are offering 9 days jammed full of pure festival fun! Book the week off work now. 21st-29th August. ‘One Drum Many Beats’.
#barefeetbeats
For More details contact Andrew
email: andrew@barefeettheatre
mobile: +260978954948

Airtel Trace Music Stars: Pan African Finale!

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being a judge on the Airtel Trace Music Stars competition alongside Top Zambian singer Salma Sky and renowned radio personality and DJ, DJ LBC. The finale to crown the Zambian winner took place at popular live music venue The Web and was attended by many peopler from the entertainment industry as well as family and friends of contestants.

Bernard Shaluchiso was crowned the winner on the night, with runners up  Wezi Mhone in second place and Delight Haangala in third. Airtel Trace Music Stars Zambian edition saw a large number of entries from all parts of the country in its early phase, and after several weeks of deliberation, the judges narrowed the list down to the top 5.

Bernard Shaluchiso took home the first prize of K300, 000(Zambian Kwacha), while Wezi Mhone who came in at a close second took home a Samsung Note 4 smart phone courtesy of Samsung and an High Definition decoder courtesy of Multichoice Zambia. Second Runner up Delight Haangala also walked away with a Samsung S5 smart phone courtesy of Samsung and a High Definition decoder courtesy of Multichoice Zambia

While expressing his excitement, Bernard said:“I never thought I’d win or even come this far considering the quality of competition. I am grateful to the Judges and all the people that voted for me for making my dream come true”.

“With the money I have won today, I intend to start a recording studio so I may provide a platform for other upcoming artists to explore their talents,”he added.

Now it is time for the Pan African finale where the winner of the biggest music talent search competition in Africa will be crowned in Kenya by Akon. With more than 2.3 million calls made by music enthusiasts who wanted to become stars, Airtel TRACE Music Star is by far the biggest music competition to ever take place on the African continent.

During a 6-month-selection process in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon,tens of thousands candidates had to demonstrate their skills and talent in their native land.

Final decision to select the pan-African winner will be made by public vote and 3 judges:

  1. Akon, the multi-platinum artist/producer and the most African of the American artists
  2. Devyne Stephens, the acclaimed manager of some of the best rap and R&B artists in the world (Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, P Diddy, Mariah Carey etc.)
  3. Lynnsha, the multi-platinum artist from the French Caribbean

Public voting polls are open until March25 and you can vote for your favourite finalist by sending an SMS to the short code dedicated to their country, along with their key word.

The finale will be hosted by Capso and Wanjira Longauer. The overall grand prize comprises of a record deal, promotion and mentorship campaigns for a total value that exceeds $500,000.

Follow the link to meet each finalist:http://bit.ly/1BByvza

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA

Website: http://www.tracemusicstar.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1MxfvFb

#AirtelTRACESTar

Make sure you support Bernard and vote for him to win!

Sugarbush Picnic- March 29th

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Sugarbush is having a spectacular live music and picnic event on the 29th of March 2015! Described as “A whole day full of artisan foods and live music. We’ll be showcasing the best Zambian Singer/Songwriters playing acoustic sets all day long as you lounge in the sun and enjoy a wonderful picnic lovingly prepared by Sugarbush Cafe.

Headlining our event is the wonderfully talented Namvula, fresh from her album release in the UK, Namvula is back home and we’re privileged to have her sing at the event. She’ll be joined by Maranda Carbin, another incredible talent with roots in Zambia and the UK as well as two more acts to be advised soon!”

Make sure you make a point to buy your tickets for the event from Sugarbush of The Deli in the next few days! Tickets are K150 and  cooler box corkage is k350 per cooler box. You will also get a picnic basket for 4 people with snacks and drinks. For more information visit their Facebook Page.
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See You There

XOXO

Bongo Hive Meet The Industry: Radio Presenters

Tuesday, August 12th 2014, Bongohive had the privilege of hosting a panel from the DJ’s industry. Speakers: Yoko Chimanja, Leelee Ngwenya from 96.5 Rock FM, Chinyota Msimukoa from Hot fm 87.7, Luchi from Radio Phoenix and Chilu Lemba – Voiceovers Artist and Independent radio Personality.

This is the video of our panel and although I am no longer on radio, for the time being it was an invaluable and amazing experience. All of these presenters are people who I admire greatly and who inspire me, it was an honor to be among them.

Gold and Copper Night

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On November 20th I had the privilege of attending the Gold and Copper Night at Room 101 right here in Lusaka. This event was held to launch Absolut’s premium vodka Elyx and G.H. Mumm Champagne’s No. 1 Night Edition. The event was by invitation only and there were a host of radio personalities, business owners and media personalities in attendance.
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G.H. Mumm is notably the sponsor of Formula 1, taking center stage in celebrating victories. This partnership has been in place since 2000 and continues to flourish with G.H. Mumm at the forefront as the official F1 champagne.

G.H Mumm Champagne recently launched its latest cordon rouge with its No. 1 Night Edition, this champagne has a different look to previous editions and the purpose of this edition is celebration. The gold packaging of the bottle is indicative of the fact that this edition was created for celebrating life’s special occasions. The champagne can be describes as very crisp and has a fresh aroma with a nutty scent.
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The concept of champagne drinking is one that not a lot of people appreciate; it is typically drunk out of a champagne flute however Silindile, our hostess from Pernod Ricard let us in on a secret. In France they drink it from a wine glass in order to “enjoy the crux, you have to open the wine up and a glass with a broader brim assists with that.” The only reason people use champagne flutes is to maintain the flavor and keep the bubbles as well as look stylish, it is for more or less for aesthetic purposes.

The people attending the event largely appreciated this edition of champagne, I have to say it is my new champagne and that says a lot, as I am not a champagne drinker. I can definitely see myself ordering this stunning and tasty bottle of champagne on birthdays and other special occasions.
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The next order of business was to become acquainted with the newest luxury vodka on the market, Elyx. Made in Åhus, Sweden Elyx is ultra-premium single distilled vodka and the distillation process of this vodka is unique as it is processed though copper pipes to remove unwanted impurities. It is commonly referred to as “liquid silk and that is why it is so smooth to drink, because of the copper distillation. Distillation through copper pipes makes alcohol very smooth.” Silindile shared with us.
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We got to see and use the Elyx dispenser firsthand; it is a copper machine with the bottle frozen in a block of ice to keep the vodka chilled. In the words of our hostess, “you are supposed to drink Elyx just like that, no mixer, no fuss!” You put a glass under the dispenser and pull the lever to release the vodka. The concept of the machine is that you can drink your Elyx throughout the night without worrying about replenishing the ice. The dispenser is available at Room 101 if you order Elyx and request it, ensuring you a fabulous night of ice-cold premium vodka.
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In my humble opinion the Elyx is the best vodka I have ever tasted and although I am not a big fan of vodka I have tasted a lot of it. At long last I have found a vodka that I can sit back and enjoy straight or as a martini, just be careful not to let the smoothness fool you into thinking you aren’t two sheets to the wind and drink it responsibly!

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