Tidbits – your guide to happenings in and around G-town

By Paula Gilbert and Katlego Disemelo

Jay Z and Rihanna in Mzansi

Rap superstar Jay Z and Caribbean pop princess Rihanna hit South Africa this October in three amazing concerts. They will first be performing in Cape Town on October 11 at the Bellville Velodrome, in Durban on October 13 at ABSA Stadium and finally in Johannesburg on October 14 at the Coca-Cola Dome. This is part of Jay Z’s seven week world tour to spread awareness about the world’s water crisis. The tour, which begins September 9 in Krakow, Poland, will be taped for an MTV documentary, Diary of Jay Z. Jay Z’s recent performance at Radio City Music Hall sold out in less than two minutes and his worldwide album sales are in excess of 33 million at present. Rihanna has made a name for herself with her fresh R ’n B soul sound. She has been signed to Jay Z’s record label, Roc-A-Fella Records, at the age of 16 and has had great success worldwide, including topping South African charts with songs like “SOS” and “Unfaithful” from her new platinum album. Don’t miss out on world-class entertainment. Tickets are available at Computicket.

Music Festival hits Port Alfred

The Powerzone Music Festival gets its wheels rolling on September 15 and 16. The festival will bring bands like Prime Circle, the Parlotones, Wonderboom and Scarlet Box to Port Alfred. The festival might prove to be worthwhile to those who will be in or around G-town. Ticket sale details available on: http://www.powerzone.co.za.

Arts Alive in Jozi

The City of Johannesburg hosts the Arts Alive Festival from September 3 to 29. The festival encompasses all sectors of the arts and is bound to keep the Joburg masses entertained as it has for the past three years. The festival includes the legendary Jazz on the Lake festival at Zoo Lake in Saxonwold. Performances by BLK Sonshine and Vusi Mahlasela can be seen at the Bassline. The Bassline will host the Whak Jobs comedy show. Crowds will flock to Mary Fitzgerald Square, where acts from Afro-Cuba All Stars and Mettafix from the UK will be performing. The Speak Your Mind poetry festival brings forth poets from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Mzansi. The wordsmiths’ contortions will keep the crowds enchanted with their wordplay. Don’t miss it if you’re in Jozi.

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