26 October 2007Thousands of South Africans crammed into Johannesburg’s Bassline Theatre on Wednesday to bid farewell to music icon Lucky Phillip Dube, who was gunned down outside his home last week.Dube was shot and killed in what appears have been a botched hijacking in Rosettenville, Johannesburg last Thursday.During the memorial service, speaker after speaker said South Africa had lost a legend who had touched the lives of many through his music.Speaking on behalf of the minister of arts and culture, Professor Keorapetse Kgosile said Dube was one of the most important reggae voices to come out of this country.“He was a global ambassador for South African musical talent and heritage, but also a world-renowned African composer, singer, band leader, cultural activist, visionary and performer,” Kgosile said.Musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse said Dube has left behind a legacy that would keep his spirit alive.Gallo Music Group CEO Ivor Haarburger said Dube’s death was senseless and a loss to millions. He described Dube as a quiet and reserved person whose performances on stage were amazing.“We had great visits to the world, he wanted to expose his music to the Americans and had performed in 81 concerts outside South Africa which were attended by thousands of people,” Haarburger said.Maskandi artist Bhekumuzi Luthuli could not hold back the tears as he broke down on stage while performing the song Usizi.“I didn’t know what to call him, either my father or brother, as I learnt a lot from him,” Luthuli said. “He was my fan and I was his.“He used to encourage me and told me which of my songs he liked and always watched me when I performed. He would later congratulate or tell me if my performance was bad.”SABC CEO Dali Mpofu said Dube was “still communicating with us, even in his death. The question is whether we are still listening to his message. I think he is asking what has gone wrong with us.”Paying tribute to their colleague, Dube’s band members sang two of his songs, while his fans did what Dube would have been expected of them if he were still alive – they jumped and danced.Band member Skipha Shabalala said the band had lost a great teacher who believed in reality, truth and respect. “We are all going to die one day, but why Lucky died in such a barbaric manner? We don’t need such people in our country.”Speaking on behalf of the Dube family, Job Dube said: “Lucky was a pillar of the family and we’ve lost, but God plans his things.”Dube was born on 3 August 1964 on a farm just outside the town Ermelo. He was the third child of Sara Dube.He was an artist that continued to break international barriers, and recently signed a deal with Warner Music International securing the European release of his latest album, Respect.Dube is survived by his mother Sara, wife Zanele and seven children, one brother and three sisters.Source: BuaNews
2 February 2014 Libya were crowned the 2014 African Nations Championship winners at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening, edging Ghana 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the teams had shared a goalless draw. It was a first ever African title for the Mediterranean Knights, who had lost to the Black Stars on penalties in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations way back in 1982. President of the Confederation of African Football Issa Hayatou and Fifa President Sepp Blatter were joined by a crowd of about 17 000, who were treated to a tightly contested match which either side could have won in regulation time had their finishing been better.Close Ghana’s Seidou Bansey went close with a header barely a minute into the game, forcing Mohamed Abdaula, in the Libyan goal, into a save. Three minutes later, however, Elmutasem Abuschnaf was presented with a wonderful opportunity to give the Mediterranean Knights the lead after a mistake in the Ghanaian defence allowed him through on goal. Black Stars’ goalie Stephen Adams reacted superbly to rob the striker of the ball to keep the teams level. Most of the action took place in the middle of the field as both teams struggled to break free of the opposition’s gritty defence and the pattern was repeated in the second half. With 10 minutes left in regulation time, Ahmed Almaghasi looked as if he would finally break the deadlock, but Samuel Ainooson, with a fantastic effort, managed to block a goal-bound shot with his body.Extra time In extra time Libya again came close to finding a goal, but Abuschnaf spurned a fine opportunity by heading over the bar from close range after Elmehdi Elhouni had picked him out with a beautiful cross. Abdul Mohammed went oh so close to netting for Ghana, but his shot angled just wide of the far post of the Libyan goal. Libya’s Abdelsalam Omar then had time to pick his spot from about eight metres out, but Adams was up to the challenge and pulled off a fine save from the young striker. The momentum swung Ghana’s way as the clock ticked down, but they couldn’t find a way through the Libyan defence and the game went to penalties, as both semi- finals had done.Shootout Abdaula excelled, saving the Black Stars’ first two spot kicks from Michael Akuffo and Ainooson, to hand the Libyans the advantage, but Ghana’s Adams responded with two saves of his own, from Elgadi and Omar. When Ahmed El Tribi netted for Libya, Tijani Joshua had to score for Ghana, and when he missed wide of the goal the Mediterranean Knights had claimed victory. Third place Nigeria claimed third place with a 1-0 win over Zimbabwe in the curtain-raiser. The Warriors had to cope with the loss of Masimba Mambare to a straight red card after only 17 minutes, but it took the Super Eagles until five minutes from time to score the winner, which came from substitute Christian Obiozor, who beat George Chigova with a header.Awards There was some consolation for hosts South Africa, who had been ousted in the group stages, when striker Bernard Parker won the Golden Boot after scoring four goals in Bafana Bafana’s three matches. Nigeria’s Ejike Uzoenyi was named the Player of the Tournament.
As part of its ongoing focus and expansion into emerging markets, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) signed an agreement with its Ghanaian counterpart on Tuesday to provide advisory and technical consultancy services on all airport-related matters in Ghana.In a statement, Acsa said the partnership with the Ghana Airports Company would see the two working together “more closely in technical, operational, commercial and strategic business development aspects of the aviation industry”.Ghana was experiencing “phenomenal” growth in air traffic, with domestic traffic growing by more than 30% a year, while international traffic was growing by 10% a year, Acsa said.‘Catalytic partnership’The memorandum of understanding provided “a positive example of a catalytic partnership between two diverse nations to provide the required infrastructure to boost the continent’s growth”, the statement said.The Ghanian airports company is responsible for planning, developing, managing and maintaining Ghana’s airports, including Kotoka International Airport in Accra, three regional airports, as well as other airfields.Dzifa Aku Attivor, Ghana’s Minister of Transport, said Ghana’s burgeoning economy had put enormous pressure on the country’s airports, especially that of Kotoka in Accra. The upgrade of facilities was essential and this would include the building of a new terminal, she said.“We did not have to look far for a highly recommended partner to provide us with advisory services,” she said, citing Acsa’s success in showcasing Africa’s abilities through its successful airports expansion and management programme for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Expansion programmeThe partnership form part of South Africa’s strategy to drive business co-operation across the African continent, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said.“It is pleasing that Ghana has acknowledged South Africa’s eminence in the development and management of world-class airports by entering into an agreement for us to provide multidimensional assistance for their aggressive airport expansion programme,” she said.Acsa already has in place existing partnerships with GVK for the management of Mumbai International Airport in India, and with Invepar at Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Bongani Maseko, the chief executive of Acsa, said the memorandum would be a catalyst for infrastructural development that would boost the continent’s growth.“The focus on Africa remains critical to our business in order that the continent earns its deserved place as a meaningful contender in the global economy,” he said. Acsa is responsible for South Africa’s nine major airports.Source: Airports Company South Africa
American actress Jill St. John – whose career started as a nine-year-old in Hollywood and is best known as one the “Bond Girls” for her role in the James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever – will be honored at the annual Champion Honors Luncheon benefitting the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children.The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa on Friday, February 12, 2016.Jill St. John is married to actor Robert J. Wagner and the couple has been very committed to helping the Children’s Center since it was founded by Barbara and Frank Sinatra 28 years ago.“Both Jill and RJ have been staunch supporters of the Children’s Center and close friends with Barbara,” said Children’s Center Director and Executive Officer, John Thoresen. “We have a group of annual donors called the Aunts Club which provides needed funds to help the children and the families we serve. Jill St. John was the impetus for the group and our first Aunt. We can think of no more deserving person to honor,” Thoresen added.“Nothing is more important on our planet than helping children, especially children faced with the challenges of those who are benefited by the help they receive from the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center,” said Jill St. John. “They can lead happy, successful and purposeful lives thanks to the Center. This is all due to the herculean efforts of Barbara Sinatra, who knows that the children are our future. She has made their happiness possible.”Previous Champion Honors Luncheon honorees have included philanthropist Jackie Autry, who together with her late husband Gene Autry were also instrumental in the development and continued support of the Children’s Center. Champion Honors Co-chair, Helene Galen will introduce Jill St. John at the event.The luncheon will feature an intimate and unforgettable on-stage conversation between the legendary baseball icon Hank Aaron and former Commissioner of Baseball, Mr. Bud Selig. Commissioner Selig and Hank Aaron are looking forward to this first-ever, candid, free-wheeling conversation about baseball and the respective roles they both played.Find out more here.
Advertisement Some of the movie world’s biggest stars will be in Toronto this week as the city’s annual film festival embarks on its latest edition.Alongside them will be some rising stars and relative newcomers who are already generating buzz in the build-up to this year’s Hollywood awards season.Here are a few of the names to look out for.Jessie BuckleyImage courtesy of TIFF Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Coming second on I’ll Do Anything was a blessing in disguise for 29-year-old Buckley, who might have been lost to musical theatre had she won the BBC One reality show in 2008.Instead the Irish-born Rada graduate concentrated on acting, going on to appear in War and Peace, Taboo and The Woman in White for the BBC as well as compelling Jersey-set thriller Beast.Wild Rose, a musical tale set in Glasgow that has its world premiere in Toronto on Saturday, could be her biggest success to date.Directed by Tom Harper, it tells the story of Rose-Lynn Harlan, a single mother and convicted criminal who dreams of becoming a Nashville star.Dame Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo co-star in the film, which reaches UK cinemas on 8 February.Timothee ChalametImage courtesy of TIFFOscar-nominated earlier this year for Call Me By Your Name, 22-year-old Chalamet could go one better in 2019 thanks to his latest drama Beautiful Boy.Based on a pair of memoirs written by father and son David and Nic Sheff, the film sees him play a young man who becomes addicted to methamphetamine.Steve Carell plays Chalamet’s concerned father in Felix van Groeningen’s film, which premieres in Toronto on Friday ahead of its UK release in January.Sophie CooksonImage courtesy of TIFFHaving appeared as a young spy in the Kingsman films, 28-year-old Cookson is no stranger to the murky world of espionage.That makes her perfect for Red Joan, a fact-inspired drama that draws on the life of Melita Norwood, the woman revealed in 1999 to be the longest-serving Soviet spy in Britain.Dame Judi Dench and Cookson play the film’s main character at different ages in her life in Sir Trevor Nunn’s film, which premieres in Toronto on Friday.The film reaches UK cinemas next April.Cynthia ErivoImage courtesy of AFPTheatre lovers will need no introduction to 31-year-old Londoner Erivo, whose performance in the musical version of The Color Purple won her a Tony in 2016.Soon, though, the whole world will become aware of her talents thanks to her upcoming role in Steve McQueen’s heist drama Widows.Based on Lynda La Plante’s 1980s TV series, the film sees Erivo play one of four bereaved women who turn to crime when their husbands are killed.Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez are the other female leads in a Chicago-set thriller that opens in the UK on 6 November after opening the London Film Festival on 10 October.Lucas HedgesImage courtesy of TIFFOscar-nominated in 2017 for Manchester by the Sea, Hedges went on to play supporting characters in two of this year’s best film contenders – Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.Leading man status surely beckons for the 21-year-old son of director Peter Hedges, bolstered no doubt by his performances in two Toronto premieres.In Boy Erased, he plays the son of a Baptist pastor (Russell Crowe) who, together with his wife (Nicole Kidman), forces him to undergo gay conversion therapy.Ben is Back, meanwhile, casts him as a recovering heroin addict who surprises his mother (Julia Roberts, above) with an unannounced Christmas visit.There’s no confirmed UK release date yet for Ben is Back, but Boy Erased will be out in the UK in February.Kiki LayneImage courtesy of ENTERTAINMENT ONEBarry Jenkins’ follow-up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight looks set to offer an incandescent showcase for 26-year-old Layne in what is her first film to date.Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk casts her as Tish, a newly pregnant young woman in 1970s Harlem whose fiance is falsely accused of rape.Toronto native Stephan James co-stars in the film, which premieres in Toronto on Sunday and reaches UK cinemas on 18 January.Sara PaxtonImage courtesy of GETTY IMAGESGary Hart’s 1988 bid to be his party’s presidential candidate was spectacularly derailed by an alleged extramarital affair with a model called Donna Rice.His story is now being retold in The Front Runner, in which Hugh Jackman plays Hart, Vera Farmiga his wife and Sara Paxton Rice.Rice is a potentially eye-catching role for Paxton, a former child actor who’s probably best known for playing the titular mermaid in 2006’s Aquamarine.Jason Reitman’s film premieres in Toronto on Friday and reaches UK cinemas in January.Amandla StenbergImage courtesy of TIFFBest known for playing Rue in the first Hunger Games film, 19-year-old Stenberg made headlines earlier this year by coming out as gay in a magazine interview.More headlines should follow thanks to her roles in two Toronto titles – novel adaptation The Hate U Give, and World War II drama Where Hands Touch.The Hate U Give sees Stenberg play a teenage girl who is the only witness to the fatal police shooting of her unarmed best friend.(Her casting in the film version of Angie Thomas’s young adult novel has not been welcomed by all, with some complaining she has a lighter complexion than the character in the book.)In Where Hands Touch, directed by Britain’s Amma Asante, she plays a biracial teen in Nazi Germany who falls in love with a member of the Hitler Youth.The Hate U Give comes out in the UK on 26 October. There’s no UK release date yet for Where Hands Touch.Eleanor Worthington-CoxImage courtesy of TIFFWorthington-Cox is no stranger to recognition.In 2012, at the age of 10, she became the youngest recipient to date of an Olivier award for her lead role in Matilda the Musical, a prize she shared with three other actresses.Now 17, the Bafta-nominated star of The Enfield Haunting and Britannia comes to Toronto in Gwen, a rural drama set in 19th Century Wales.Earlier this year she said “a lot of love (and mud) went into” William McGregor’s supernaturally-tinged tale of a farming family struggling to survive.The Toronto International Film Festival runs from 6 to 16 September.By Neil Smith | BBC News Twitter