John Legend is coming to South Africa

On 22 August Big Concerts confirmed that the “Love me now” singer will return to South Africa for his Darkness and Light global tour. Legend, along with a full band, will be performing at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on 3 and 4 November. Tickets will sell for between R515 and R1140. The tour then moves on to Durban and Cape Town before leaving South Africa.


 Shortstraw releases Those Meddling Kids
On 1 September, Johannesburg-bred band Shortstraw will release their fourth album, Those Meddling Kids. The album will include songs such as “JETLAG”, “Ignorance is bliss” and “Thailand”. Each song will have a unique work of art designed by different artists, and a music video directed and created by anyone with the most passionate pitch. Some of the music videos have already been released and can be seen on the official Shortstraw website.


Van Pletzen releases second music video
Peach van Pletzen and Mathieu Auriacombe make up the new Afrikaans satirical duo. Van Pletzen released their first song “k*k lekker” in June of this year and will be performing at Oppikoppi. Their second release, “GOUD” is a humorous social comment on a night out in The City of Gold, Johannesburg. “It is not the destination that matters but the journey. We set out to go and party in JHB but landed up driving from place to place having a grand old time in the back of the Uber. It is almost like a road trip to nowhere, because all that matters is now,” Peach van Pletzen said about the release.


Mango Groove making a comeback
The Afropop band has been away from the limelight for quite some time but 2017 marks their return to the South African music scene. Mango Groove started off the year with the Large on the Lawn event in Johannesburg. In July they joined Majozi and Rubber Duc at the famed Xmas in July event at Ground. Catch the band live on 9 September as they celebrate The Good Luck Bar’s second birthday and on 13 September as they take the stage at Lentedag.


Trever Noah wins the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award
The South African Comedian won this award for his best-selling autobiography Born a Crime and Other Stories. The Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award goes out to the book, written by a South African author, the booksellers most enjoyed selling. Noah’s book was up against Koors by Deon Meyer, My own liberator by Dikgang Moseneke and a few other critically acclaimed book.


 Compiled by Claudine Noppe

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