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  • Dumisani Dlamini is one of the country's most recognisable actors having played iconic roles like Chester in the classic series “Yizo Yizo” and Crocodile in “Sarafina!”.The actor has had a long and successful career spanning over 30 years and has even earned a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) nomination.“I was so interested in it from the word go,” he says about his role as Chief Siviko ka Vaka in “Mkhonto”, a new film on Showmax.Chief Siviko ka Vaka is the ruler of the fictional, mystical kingdom of Eziqwaqweni. “The story is so deep and spiritual.”“This movie takes us […]
  • Football icon and Manchester United first team coach, Benni McCarthy, took time off to publicly wish his wife of nine years a happy anniversary. Benni and former model wife Stacy, tied the knot in 2014 and share two children together, daughter, Lima,11 and five-year-old son, Lio. The Bafana Bafana all-time top scorer has three other children from his first wife Maria Jose-Santos, whom he divorced after seven years of marriage in 2007. The former South African striker wished his wife a happy anniversary and called her his “rock”.“Happy Anniversary to my beautiful wife @staceymccarthy17 thank you for being my absolute […]
  • Jazz trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni is launching his latest project, “Oratorio of a Forgotten Youth”, a powerful musical reflection on the 1976 student protests and the #FeesMustFall movement.The multi-genre production will be on stage at the Wits Great Hall on Saturday, May 27 at 7pm.Released ahead of Youth Month and rooted in the complex legacy of Black Consciousness, “Oratorio of a Forgotten Youth” re-imagines jazz through the lens of poetry and classical musings while evoking the restless spirit of student resistance.Mlangeni told IOL Entertainment that the production is a creative pairing of art, music and poetry that seeks to be the […]
  • MarketsShongweni Farmers & Craft Market: (today) Fresh produce, arts and craft, clothing and jewellery, artisanal food and live entertainment. From 7am to 1pm. The Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market also trades on the last Sunday of each month, from 8am to 1pm.Musgrave Market: (today) Berea Park for food, music and stalls selling arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, confectionery, baked goods, books, toys, plants, good quality second-hand items and more. From 9am to 2pm.Buzz Market: (today) A weekly community market for organic vegetables, funky clothing, decadent treats, boerie rolls, Indian delights and home-crafted sauces, decor and jewellery, second-hand books and coffee. […]
  • After a symphony of pleas for diversity over the years, Hollywood has started heeding the call.It's already been manifested in numerous TV shows of late, including Shonda Rhimes' hit Netflix series, “Bridgerton”, where, in season 2, she introduced the Sharma sisters, played by Simone Ashley (Kate) and Charithra Chandran (Edwina). We've seen it also come to fruition in “Pose”, “This is Us” and the award-winning film “Everything Everywhere All At Once”.With representation as the new currency in filmmaking, Disney has come to the party by casting Halle Bailey in the live-action reimagining of “The Little Mermaid”.Of course, the news didn't […]
  • After seeing a lot of social media chatter around the Netflix movie, “Mrs. Chatterjee vs Norway”, I decided to check out what all the high praise was about.The film, helmed by Bollywood legend Rani Mukherji, has been on the streaming platform's SA Top 10 list this past week. I suspect that its impact on audiences around the globe has been similar.Based on a true story, this drama centres on housewife Debika Chatterjee (Mukherji) and her family in Stavanger, Norway. Her husband Aniruddha (Anirban Bhattacharya) is the breadwinner. He has a good job. And his biggest preoccupation is with obtaining citizenship […]
  • The Washington PostTina Turner's voice. You can hear it inside your mind right now. But what is that sound, exactly? Not a house burning down at 4 in the morning. Not a sports car slamming its brakes in the rain. Not some fighter jet ripping through the blue. Not the atom being split. We're meant to believe that it's just carbon dioxide sliding past tongue and teeth, but somehow that seems like the least likely option of them all.Either way, that friction is responsible for some of the most unmistakable music ever generated by the human body – and because […]
  • Comedian Dalin Oliver publicly declared his relationship status on social media this week after he shared some loved up snaps with his singer girlfriend, Maxine Ceasar.He captioned the pictures: “Off the calendar & off the market.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by @dalinoliver (@dalinoliver) Oliver told IOL Entertainment: “We have been seeing each other for a while now but this is the first post of each other. I'm very happy, love is lekker man.“We met at a gig, she is a singer but I didn't know her before I was booked for the same gig and she […]
  • Durban – Kids get an extra special day of fun at our CraftFest this year.Brought to you by the Independent on Saturday and the Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market, CraftFest is a fun family festival that celebrates everything crafty. Catch it on the June 16 public holiday from 10am to 5pm.Not only will children have a lot to entertain themselves with in the dedicated kids' zone, but all the rides and jumping castles and slides are free. Market organiser Christine Standeaven says all parents have to do is sign an indemnity form and the child will get an armband allowing […]
  • “The Real Housewives of Johannesburg”, produced by actress Sonia Mbele, introduced Mzansi, is back.The first season of the show proved to be a success and it was brought back for a second. But season three took longer to return due to several setbacks. The pandemic and, in April 2021, a physical altercation between Christall Kay and Brinnette Seopela brought production to a halt. There were changes to the cast, with some housewives being let go.Film producer Tarina Patel, who appeared in season two, claimed that a report that she was fired was just a “publicity stunt” and production simply couldn't […]
  • Celine Dion has cancelled her entire world tour because of her ongoing battle with SPS.The 55-year-old singer suffers from Stiff Person Syndrome – a neurological disorder characterized by progressive muscle stiffness and recurring episodes of muscle spasms – and had been due to resume her Courage World Tour across Europe in August.But after initially postponing the run in 2022 over the condition, she has now been forced to cancel the entire 42-date run as she "works hard" on regaining her strength.Watch video:!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const o=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),,n.defer=!0,n.type="module",n.src="",o.parentNode.insertBefore(n,o)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk-v2");In a statement, she said: "I'm so sorry to disappoint all of you once again. I'm working […]
  • After a three-year hiatus, musician Lungisa Xhamela is back with a new single that showcases his versatility and spiritual depth.Xhamela rose to fame in 2015 when he was a finalist on season 11 of “Idols SA”. He later went on to earn a South African Music Award (Sama) for best album – for his debut album, “My Heart To Your Soul” in 2020.He explains that the “break has been challenging, but in the end, it was worth it”.“At the time I had ‘writer's block' and lacked inspiration. I made a conscious decision to take a break from everything. At that […]
  • “Deadpool 3” has started filming amid the ongoing writers' strike.The Marvel blockbuster sequel – which will see Ryan Reynolds reprise his role as the wisecracking mercenary alongside Hugh Jackman returning as Logan/Wolverine – has begun production despite the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) in its third week of action in a bid to land a fairer wage from studios.Watch video:!function(e,t,r){let n;if(e.getElementById(r))return;const o=e.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];n=e.createElement("script"),,n.defer=!0,n.type="module",n.src="",o.parentNode.insertBefore(n,o)}(document,0,"oovvuu-player-sdk-v2");However, while a script was most likely already written before filming, the process is still being heavily impacted by the WGA strike.As reported by Collider, a contract between the writers and studio means the cast have to follow the […]
  • If you're a firm believer in old-school music then you can't miss what's about to be served at the “Soul Sisters 2023” concert taking place at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, on Saturday, May 27.Some of Mzansi's hottest female artists, including Lady Zamar, Andrea Fortuin, Amy Jones, Ramaine Barreiro and Vuvu Khumalo, will light up the stage alongside American singer and songwriter Robin S.For one night only, the all-women line-up will unite to deliver timeless classics.Robin S will perform hits including her debut single “Show Me Love”, “Luv 4 Luv”, “It Must Be Love”, as well as her new single “See […]
  • The cream of the crop in comedy is gathering in Joburg this weekend and we've heard it's about to be the funniest affair.The “Kings & Queens of Comedy” showcase returns to the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on Saturday, May 27, for an evening of laughter, just in time for pay day, because its always lekker to laugh when you have money, or so they say.The event sees nine of Mzansi's A-list comedians take to the stage with their comedic excellence, armed with razor sharp wit and will be hosted by Kfm's master of pranks, Darren “Whackhead” Simpson and Riaad Moosa […]
  • There is no precedent for a local rapper quite like K.O. Since the genre first started to take off in SA about three decades ago, no one has managed to be as relevant for as long as he has.Nor has anyone reinvented themselves as consistently as he has and no one has been this good at his age (he's 42!).Despite a long history of successful reinvention, K.O's latest magic trick is perhaps his most impressive. After a sketchy 2021, the Skhandaworld rapper came through with an afrobeats-leaning record (“Sete”) that's become one of the biggest local songs ever in less […]
  • Legendary theatre and TV actor Sello Maake kaNcube received a warm welcome at his wife Pearl Mbewe Maake kaNcube's home town of Mohale's Hoek in Lesotho.The former “Generations” star announced earlier in the month that he has been honoured with an invitation from the royal house of Morena Mmakholu Moshoeshoe as part of the Africa Day celebrations.He wrote: “I get to spend the whole day in a village where my wife grew up. To say I'm excited is an understatement! 😁❤️😁😍😁❤️ Pearl Mbewe Maake Kancube ❤️💕❤️ @pearlmaakekancube.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by SELLO Maake kaNcube (@sellomkn) […]
  • Seasoned actress, producer and businesswoman Mona Monyane recently took to her Instagram to share some food for thought. The former “Muvhango” star got real with her queens when she asked if they themselves meet the requirements and expectations they put on men. In the caption she wrote: “We all have ‘a list' of what we want from our "Mr right" but have we asked ourselves this question? #powtalks #powerofwellness.”In the video, she talks about an “expectation list” that some women put together when looking for a suitable partner. While that's a great start to finding Mr Right, Monyane asks the […]
  • Media personality and host of “Anele and the Club” breakfast show on 974, Anele Mdoda is getting ready for her next big TV gig. Mdoda's production company, Rose And Oaks, will be launching its second production “The Masked Singer South Africa” on June 3. The show will premiere on S3 at 6.30pm and on SABC1 at 8.30pm. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Masked Singer South Africa (@maskedsingerza) Mpho Popps will lead the show as host while Mdoda's team of detectives, Mi Casa front-man J'Something, media personality Somizi Mhlongo, social media sensation Sithelo Shozi and comedian […]
  • Two years on from the release of his last project, “Sweet And Short 2.0”, rapper Cassper Nyovest is finally gearing up for the release of a new project soon.Following a bit of a social media hiatus, the 32 year old shared that his upcoming album was ready and that he'd made the best music of his career.He even went so far as to describe it as “perfect”. Now, the “Siyathandana” hitmaker says he's finally decided on a release date of the album.“Decided on an album release date today,” he shared on Twitter. “We got 1 uncleared sample, might have to […]