Entertainment Bites 11 September 2017

The DStvMzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards

On 26 August the annual DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards took place at the Sandton International Convention Centre, hosted by Bonang Matheba. Over one million votes were cast for the 50 nominees, separated into ten categories.

The Our Perfect Wedding presenter, Thembisa Mdoda, walked away with the award for South Africa’s Favourite Television Presenter. Themba Ndaba and Vatiswa Ndara won the awards for Favourite Actor and Actress respectively. Other categories include Favourite Comedian, won by rising star, Summary Wa Lehetla, and Favourite DJ which was won by the much loved Black Coffee.

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Slam poetry as meaningful communication


With spoken poetry or ‘slam poetry’ becoming popular on and around campus, it is vital to understand what this genre of poetry is and what it stands for. Slam poetry is a raw, powerful and moving style of oral poetry. Slam poetry competitions were first started in 1986 in a Chicago jazz club by poet and construction worker Marc Smith. It spread to New York where it made somewhat of a home in the Nuyorican Poets Café. It is a platform for countless topics, both personal or political, an d often deals with vital issues that tend to be avoided in daily conversation. This style of poetry, like other poetry, makes use of imagery using metaphors and personification, but also has the added element of vocal speech to paint a picture of words.

Reagan Myers’ poem Depression is Funny Like That describes depression as “a silent film monologue shot underwater”. Her description of this mental illness uses metaphors that make it more relatable to those who do not know what suffering from a mental illness is like.

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Spring inspiration from South African fashion bloggers


With the change of season coming so suddenly, it can be easy to forget that part of keeping ourselves feeling good is by dressing well. By keeping the following South African fashion bloggers rotating in your searches, you can be sure to find fresh inspiration for the warmer weather of spring.

Copying any one person’s style completely is not suggested, because fashion is all about finding the things that appeal to you, and finding a style that makes you comfortable and happy. Sometimes, looking at a closest full of clothes you’ve had for years or thinking about what to wear can make it difficult to get the creative juices flowing. Using bits and pieces from these style icons will help to spark some inspiration to put together the best outfits this spring.

The Threaded Man is a South African online destination, launched in 2013, and is aimed at the modern African man although it caters for women as well. The website is updated weekly, and hosts a variety of content including style trends, fashion news and grooming tips. They use a Lookbook layout to showcase top class shoots. Their Instagram @ thethreadedman shows a wide range of flamboyant outfits that make for an enjoyable viewing experience.

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Entertainment Bites 4 September 2017

South Africa represented at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
A South African feature Five Fingers for Marseilles will premiere at the TIFF to be held from 7 to 17 September. Five Fingers for Marseilles is a Western movie set in the ‘badlands’ of the Eastern Cape and tells the story of how the young Five Fingers fought against police oppression and had to flee the town in disgrace. The film follows Tau who returns to seek peace and fight against new threats in the town of Marseilles. “A major motion picture of thisscale,complexity and intent has never before been made inSouthAfrica” says producer Asger Hussain in the media release. He goes on to say that “It’s the most complex, daring and ambitious undertaking that the local film industry has seen in a long time.”

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5 minutes with drummer Jason Oosthuizen


Master drummer, Jason Oosthuizen, has been playing drums since 1991 and has played with bands such as One Day Remains and Van Coke Kartel. He is currently the drummer  for the rock band Black Cat Bones which is heading to the third annual Blood Brothers event at The GoodLuck Bar. This event features ten of South Africa’s local rock legends united as one in the battle against cancer, in support of the Vrede Foundation.

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