Entertainment Bites 12 March 2018

Tumi Morake quits Jacaranda FM

On 9 March, Tumi Morake had her last official day on air. She co-hosted, with great success, the station’s breakfast show with Martin Bester for almost a year. Her perfor­mance career is taking off in a new and exciting direction as she plans to co-write a movie with her husband, Mpho Osei-Tutu, continue her TV presenting and further pursue stand-up comedy. Although she says the decision was difficult, it was necessary as her radio career requires too much time and energy to fit into these new plans.

Praise for SA’s The Colour Purple

Since opening a couple of weeks ago, the South African take on the famed Broadway musical, The Colour Purple, has received nothing but praise. American composers Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray are some of the people that cannot stop raving about our local version, calling it “fantastic”. The composers have been longing for their musical to be staged in South Africa for quite some time, and they’re ecstatic about the result of applying South Africa’s vocal style and flare to their work.

Suzelle DIY star to be a mom

The social media star, Julia Anastasopoulos, known for her eccentric alter-egos Suzelle DIY and most recently Tali on Showmax’s Tali’s Wedding Diary is soon going to be a mother. She recently shared a picture on Instagram where she is cradling her protruding belly on Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town. Scanned by CamScanner

UB40 coming to SA

The popular reggae trio is making South Africa a part of their 25th anniversary tour. Original band members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue are in the most successful UK reggae band ever, with tracks like “Red Red Wine” dominating the airwaves. They will be here in May and will be performing in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. Tickets are available at Big Concerts.

Raaiselkind now showing at cinemas

This powerful South African movie brings Annelie Botes’ story Raaiselkind to life. A nine-year old autistic boy is found dead and his loving mother, Ingrid, is the police’s prime suspect. This haunting and intense emotional drama is now showing in cinemas country wide.

OppiKoppi to be held in August this year

Fans of Oppi will be happy to hear that this year, OppiKoppi will be held in August once more. Goodbye muddy grounds, hello dustbowl our old friend. This however raises a new question. With Rocking the Daisies and OppiKoppi being held at different times, who will be head lining the festivals?

Queer Africa 2 nominated for an award

The anthology of twenty-six short stories by local South African writers, including UP’s own Emma Paulet, has been announced as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, in the LGBTQ anthology category.


Compiled by: Carina Kloppers

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