Spirit of Africa

by Jana Kotze on

Enjoy the essence of Africa’s finest entertainers at South Africa’s premier pageant – a celebration of beauty and discovery.

Sun City Resort…. The African continent has an untapped natural source of creative talent. Witness some of the continents artistic jewels at this year’s Miss South Africa Pageant on Sunday 13 December. The line-up is a fusion of Afro-Pop, RMB and Afrikaans rock and will have you dancing in the aisles.

Africa’s majestic Sun City Resort will sparkle like a dazzle of Zebra with a spectacular musical extravaganza featuring Jesse Clegg, CODA, Chris Chameleon, DJ Cleo and Loyiso Bala. Tickets are available at Computicket from R175, so make sure you’re at this year’s beauty extravaganza.

Jesse Clegg is a South African phenomena – he has carved out an independent direction for himself in the rock genre, very different from the world music style developed by his famous father, Johnny Clegg. He successfully expresses himself in the most authentic way possible and has a dynamic stage presence.

Starting out, he experimented with a number of different instruments including; sax, clarinet, drums and piano – until he settled and focused mainly on guitar. By 17, song writing was his chief musical focus and it was in this period and the years to follow that he has honed his writing skills and released songs recorded on the first album.

His first single “Today” received extensive airtime, and shot to number 1 on the Highveld Homebrew chart in the first week it was released – a considerable feat for a new artist with a debut single and a historical first for Homebrew. It has also received massive airplay on other significant local radio stations.

A highlight of Jesse’s career was in June 2007, when he performed alongside his father at a number of festivals in France to crowds of more than 10 000 people. Jesse Clegg is an official ambassador for Mr Mandela’s 46664 campaign worldwide and he performed at Mandela Day at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in July 2009, alongside worldclass performer of the likes of Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.

Widely loved for their vibrant live performances, CODA ranks right up there alongside the likes of Goldfish and FreshlyGround as one of the hottest bands in South Africa at the moment.

CODA’s new album, African Renaissance, is rocking the airwaves of SA’s national radio stations. Their soccer song ‘Blow Your Vuvuzela’ is fast becoming the unofficial anthem of the 2010 World Cup.

African Renaissance encompasses CODA’s warm, energetic and classy fusion of Afro-Jazz, Urban Pop and Dance.  With song names like Reach Out, Stand Together, Take Care and To Be African, CODA is all about positive newness in Africa – it’s about being reawakened to the spirit of Africa; adopting an attitude that is as upbeat and full of energy as CODA’s sound.

CODA’s diversity has resulted in a new style of South African music appealing to audiences from Soweto to Paarl, from Gugulethu to Bloemfontein and from Dubai to the Seychelles.

Innovative, prolific and endlessly creative, Chris Chameleon is being hailed as a leading light on the South African music front. He has a style all his own and a reputation for mesmerising audiences with his versatile voice range and irresistible stage personality. His exceptional talent has won him rave reviews and a total of 18 impressive awards over the past 4 years, including a SAMA award and a Medal of Honour from the South African Academy of Science and Arts.

In 2008, Chris Chameleon impressed theatre critics with his production “Klassieke Chameleon” which received standing ovations at the Volksblad Festival, Cultivaria Festival, Aardklop and KKNK.

Chris Chameleon’s latest Afrikaans solo album, “Kyk Hoe Lyk Ons Nou,” was released in March 2009 and the album is an evolution from the sound that characterised his first three Afrikaans solo albums.

He performed at the Mandela (46664) Concert in New York on 18 July 2009 alongside Dave Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper and The Soweto Gospel among other luminary stars.

DJ Cleo is one of the most significant and influential dance music producers in South Africa repeatedly demonstrating his musical mastery with luminaries such as; Pitch Black Afro, Mzekezeke, Mandoza, and Kabelo amongst others.

DJ Cleo is not only a producer, but an internationally acclaimed DJ often performing in the music capitals of the world. He is also a popular name in most parts of Africa, enjoying instant recognition wherever he performs on the continent.

His 2007 release, Es’khaleni Phase 4 remains an important benchmark on the dance music scene, and this fact was validated by the album’s double platinum sales status, far outnumbering any other urban release of that year across at least 5 popular genres.

In 2008, he was awarded Best Urban Dance Album for Es’ khaleni Phase 4 at the annual MTN South African Music Awards and the Metro FM Music Awards and in 2009 he achieved best selling mobile music download and best selling ring back tone for ‘Hands Up’  at the 15th Annual MTN South African Music Awards. He has also been accredited with both Channel O and Urban Wave awards, as well as ensuring victory for the artists he has produced.

Loyiso Bala is a household name… this multi-talented, platinum selling sexy R&B singer has achieved great success in a very short space of time. In 2006, his track “All Rise” hit the top 10 on radio charts in the United States – an enormous triumph for any South African singer.

He’s been awarded many MTN South African Music Awards in multiple categories; best R&B artist, best male R&B artist, and best newcomer. He’s also won several Metro FM awards in multiple categories. He has a SAFTA award for the best score in a local drama series; ‘Tsha Tsha’ and at age 19 he was the youngest conductor ever of the National Youth Choir. And he hasn’t only achieved winner status for his musical abilities, he’s also been credited for his striking good looks-GQ, Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health have all handed out the rave reviews.

The audience will be seduced by these awesome and electrifying performers and to add to the extravaganza is the sensual beauty of the Miss South Africa contestants who will via for the crown during the 1 ½ hour live SABC broadcast.

Visit the Miss South Africa website for more.

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