Slikour to address 'issues about issues' on 702

Slikour on 702 nowAfter hitting the dance-floor as a contestant on SABC3's "Strictly come dancing", TV presenting, has an amazing online presence/businesses, and more, Slikour of Skwatta Kamp fame is now getting behind the mike, on the airwaves.

Nah, this is not as a guest on a music show, but as a host on talk radio – Gauteng's 702 FM (audio bouquet 156 if in any other provinve) and Cape Town's Cape Talk Radio - nogal. The rapper will be this Friday's 'stand-in' on "Redi Tlhabi's show", from 9am – 12midday.

He is one of the specifically selected names to fill in for Redi, who is currently furthering her studies, and can only be on air from Monday to Thursday. This is the first time a person in the entertainment world is standing in on the show.

Speaking on the show's throw-forward promo, the star says that he is looking forward to talking about issues that affect Mzansi now. "I wanna talk about issues about issues. Are issues real issues?" he asks, not issues that were some "20, 30 or 100 years ago" he relays.

An outspoken name, the star is known for his frank outlook on life, including doing the contentious track "Blacks are fools" (click on title for more on the track), "I am a dreamer", ft. RJ Benjamin, and more.

Listen in, engage him on air, and do tell us what you think of him as an on-air personality. By Mandla Motau

"Our perfect wedding" host replaced by her sister

anele95.7 FM afternoon driver and "Clash of the choirs SA" judge Anele Mdoda (pictured) is one of the names taking over the "Our perfect host" presenting ropes from her sister Thembisa.

Anele, together with Jessica Nkosi will be guest presenters on the show from the 5th of June. This is as Thembisa, after attending 19 beautiful weddings and ushering couples to their blissful union in Season 6 of "Our Perfect Wedding", will go on a break from the 29th of May and will return on Sunday, 10 July 2016.

The vivacious presenter has been shooting with the show non-stop since taking over from comedian/presenter Tumi Morake. She will be taking the short vacation to recharge.

"After so many amazing episodes, I'm honoured that South Africans still appreciate seeing me on their screens, as we celebrate the love and beautiful weddings of the various couples," she says. "I have decided to take some time off to regroup and gear-up for more exciting weddings to come. I can't wait to return and take the viewers through more amazing weddings after my holiday."

Fresh from wrapping up the 3rd season of Mzansi's favourite choral show, "Clash of the Choirs SA" as a judge, Anele looks forward to witnessing the couples' last few hours leading up to the altar by documenting their matrimonial journey. Best known as a radio personality, presenter, comedienne, MC, judge on Miss South Africa, "Clash", and now executive producer on ..., Anele says: "Ever since we were young, we have always looked out for each other and this is no different. I am looking forward to this experience because I am a huge fan of the show."

Jessica Nkosi will be up first to guest present Mzansi's favourite wedding reality show on the 5th of June and 12 June 2016, followed by Anele Mdoda on the 19th of June until 3 July. The well-known actress famous for her role as Qondi on Mzansi Magic's telenovela-turned-soap-opera, "Isibaya", will also get to experience OPW as a host. Over a short span of time in the entertainment industry, the dynamic actress, theatre performer, dancer, singer, writer and MC has become a household name with a number of award nominations under her belt.

"It is a great privilege to be part of such a huge production. "Our Perfect Wedding" is the main course on Mzansi Magic's Sunday viewing and as someone who loves weddings, love, décor and beautiful things, I cannot wait to be part of this experience from the beginning, to the end," says Nkosi.

"Thembisa Mdoda has had a very successful run with the show and deserves some time to herself and her family," says Head of Publicity for Local Interest Channels, Nondumiso Mabece. "In this time we have enlisted the services of two of our talented personalities and viewer favourites to add their flair to this exhilarating show. We cannot wait to see what they will bring to this demanding and exciting role."

The show must go on... Thembisa Mdoda will return as the host on the 10th of July 2016. "Our Perfect Wedding" broadcasts every Sunday on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) at 19:00.

SA talent wins Africa's acting contest/access Hollywood auditions

Jesse Suntele FSouth Africa's Jesse Suntele has been voted "Top Actor Africa" in the grand finale of BET's dramatic reality contest.

Suntele (23) beat fellow Mzansi contestant Shamilla Miller and Kenya's Alex Khayo in the final episode of the series which aired on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday night at 7.30pm. The overwhelmed actor was awarded a cheque for US $10,000, a 12-month contract with international talent agency J. Pervis Talent Agency, and access to Hollywood auditions.

To win the final prize, Jesse not only had to bounce back from his performances slumping earlier episodes, but also to dominate subsequent challenges and leave a strong impression on judges Zikhona Sodlaka, Brandon Auret ('District 9" and "Chappie"), stunt expert Ciprian Florian and the BET viewers at home who voted online for their favourite contestant. Martial arts and stunt work were among the skills Jesse had to master while delivering a convincing performance in the "Action Movie" challenge.

Formally trained as a sound engineer, Jesse discovered a love of acting during his participation in numerous school plays. After landing the very first professional audition he attended, he realised that he actually had a genuine talent for acting. Jesse subsequently went on to act in numerous commercials and has appeared on South African drama series "Ashes to Ashes".

Commented Jesse: "I am lost for words, it literally hasn't sunk in yet. I'm overjoyed, but at the same time I'm not sure what just happened. My mind is in three places at once - where I was when I started in this career, what my next move is towards my future and what I am feeling right now. But I'm extremely proud of myself and of the other finalists, Shamilla and Alex. Those two will never know how much they pushed me and played a part in how hard I had to work for this. They won't ever know the impact they've made in my life and I'm grateful to have met them and I'm honoured to be an actor alongside them!"

Commented Monde Twala, Vice President, BET, Youth & Music, "Congratulations to Jesse on his well-deserved success – he is a fantastic actor with immense talent and it's been awe-inspiring to watch his craft grow and develop over the course of Top Actor Africa. We look forward to seeing his name in lights and his career blossoming from this point forward."

For more information on BET, visit www.betafrica.tv, like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #TopActorAfrica.

Hollywood star hits Mzansi to meet fans

Taraj PEmmy Award® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Taraji P. Henson of the hit drama series "Empire" fame, is set to make her first visit to South Africa in a five-day trip to Johannesburg.

Set to conduct media interviews and meet and greet sessions with super-fans of the smash-hit show, the Hollywood star is visiting Mzansi following the announcement by FOX Networks Group (FNG) and MultiChoice that DStv Compact customers all over the continent will be able to enjoy the global entertainment channel, FOX (DStv channel 125), from 1 June 2016. The move to DStv Compact is expected to significantly increase the premier entertainment channel that prides itself with bringing 'The Best, First' (FOX) to reach a wider audience, creating new fans of its riveting entertainment in the African market.

"We are exceptionally thrilled at the opportunity to bring our content to even wider audiences in Africa so they get to experience the best content that is available on FOX, within hours of U.S. broadcasts," says Khosi Khanyile, Fox Africa Head of Marketing. "Fans of Empire are definitely in for a treat - Taraji P. Henson has been a fan favourite with South African audiences from the first season."

DStv Compact customers will get to experience the thrilling and exclusive premieres of the best shows on FOX within hours of the United States broadcast – and in brilliant HD. The hot line-up includes the popular and powerful hit television drama, in which Taraji P. Henson portrays the feisty 'Cookie Lyon' with flashy fashion sense and witty remarks, opposite her ex-husband and the ruthless head of the Lyon empire, 'Lucious Lyon' played by Academy Award® nominee, Terrence Howard.

To coincide with her visit and to ensure viewers are all caught up on the show, DStv and FOX are offering DStv Compact customers a rebroadcast of the second season of Empire with double bill episodes starting on the weekends of 4-5 June, 11-12 June and 18-19 June - three episodes will air per day at 19:20 CAT, 20:10 CAT and 21:00 CAT.
The month of June will also see the premiere of the much anticipated second season of "Wayward Pines on the 6that 21:00", from executive producer M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense", "The Visit"), the 10-episode, psychological thriller picks up where it left off in the first season.

Starring Jason Patric (Rush, Narc), two-time Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond", "In America") and Emmy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Hope Davis ("American Crime", "The Newsroom"), the residents of Wayward Pines are still battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation Dr. Theo Yedlin.

On the same night on 6 June at 21:50 Outcast, based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead") and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes ("Patric Fugit"), a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.

Aletta Alberts, GM for Content for MultiChoice commented: "During the FOX two-week open window special earlier this year, we received an overwhelming response from our Compact customers who enjoyed the FOX channel line-up. We believe that the fulltime addition of FOX with its excellent programming will enhance the entertainment experience of our Compact customers."

For more on this superb line-up and award winning programming tune into the home of The Walking Dead, The Simpsons and more smash hit shows on FOX on DStv channel 125.

For more information do visit Foxafrica.com and DStv.com. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #CookieinJozi.

Gcwala-Ngamasiko kicks off on Afrika Day

NdebeleGcwalaFHow appropriate that Gcwala-Ngamasiko is beeing celebrated during Africa Month this May.

Once again, the African Cultural Music and Dance Association (ACUMDA) in partnership with the National Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will proudly host the Gcwala-Ngamasiko Cultural Festival in South Africa from the 25th to 29th May 2016, under the theme "Building a Better AFRICA and a Better WORLD for Peace and Friendship"

This annual Pan-African festival forms part of the annual AFRICA Month celebrations that will be spread across the country's 9 provinces, with various multi-cultural programmes and activities! The festival will be preceded by the Interactive Dialogue seminar, where both local Provincial and International visiting groups will meaningfully engage in dialogue and collaborative dance workshop.

Together with Mzansi, countries such as Algeria, Seychelles, Senegal, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe will participate on the proogram. The participation of these countries further strengthens the belief that the project is so relevant to the country's objectives and continental objectives and programmes.

Some of these objectives are to promote Social Cohesion underpinned by Rule of Law, Justice and Human Dignity!

ACUMDA Project Manager and Project Liaison, Mr. Benjamin Mfaba said: "ACUMDA and indeed the whole country is so excited to be hosting the 12th edition of Gcwala-Ngamasiko.

Gcwala-Ngamasiko's key objectives revolve around contributing to Africa's regional and continental continuous dialogue for Self-identity and Affirmation, Political stability, Socio-Economic transformation, Integration, and Sustainability; including identifying and promoting shared African norms and values, such as UBUNTU"...concluded Mr. Mfaba.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said: "This cultural festival has been in the forefront to reposition the role of the arts, culture and heritage sector in redefining African Identity. It is to celebrate and mainstream the contribution of the sector to the economy of the continent. We are proud that our artists have reclaimed a leadership role to assert African identity and promote unity among all the people of the continent. The platform will display the creativity and originality of African artists towards building a better Africa and better World for peace and friendship.