Dec 2012 18

You may have heard me rave for months now about SA’s hottest export to Hollywood since Charlize Theron, and finally SA fans and audiences around the world get to see her play the female lead in a Hollywood film.

Cape Town-born actress Lesley-Ann Brandt is the female lead of the new independent film, Drift, which was shot in Margaret River, Australia late in 2011. It’s due to be released in Feb/March 2013 and also stars Sam Worthington (from Avatar fame), Xavier Samuel, Robyn Malcolm, Aaron Glenane and Myles Pollard.

For more details about Lesley-Ann and what she’s up to next, visit her website: or follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Mark my words: there are great things to come from this talented South African, now based in Los Angeles.

Dec 2012 14

Tropika Island of Treasure is back in a big way, folks! And SA comedian Kagiso Lediga has a lot to do with it. For those of you who may not already know, having been a contestant on season 3 of Tropika Island of Treasure, I am excited to see how season 5 will fare on TV when it premieres in February next year on SABC1.

Comedian Kagiso Lediga has jumped on board the Tropika bandwagon and shot his very own online reality TV show – as a build up to theseason 5 TV show premiere – which will be screened weekly via Tropika’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter platforms over the next 10 weeks.

I’ve just managed to watch the first episode and I must admit it’s hilarious! Kagiso dazzles as he aims to compete for the hosting job of Tropika Island of Treasure, only to discover that DJ Fresh is back to grace our TV screens this year. After hassling his agent for a over a month, Kagiso turns up the heat at his agent’s office and demands feedback on the show’s hosting gig – only to find out he is up against 5FM’s DJ Fresh.

This mockumentary show will see Kagiso fumbling his way through shooting his own show in Jamaica to beat DJ Fresh and the guys arriving for the Tropika Island of Treasure 5.

Season 5 of Tropika Island of Treasure will once again have 7 contestants taking on 7 celebrities head-to-head in challenges in the Caribbean island of Jamaica.

The vivacious former Miss Jamaica Rosina Casserly joins 5FM’s popular host of The Fresh Drive, DJ Fresh as hosts this season. Watch Kagiso ‘s quest to meet Rosina in Jamaica.

Over the 10 weeks, viewers will see how Kagiso’s Island of Treasure follows the comedian on a trip to Jamaica to shoot his own show on a very tight budget. What he comes back to SA with is a new perspective on the home of reggae and some crazy stories to tell.

During his trip, Kagiso has run-ins with Olympic medalists Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, former Miss Jamaica and Island of Treasure 5 co-host Rosina Casserly, popular local singer Tessanne Chin, and fumbles his way through the Jamaican cultural experience at places like the Bob Marley Museum and the Ocho Rios dolphin cove. It’s going to be interesting to see what Kagiso conjures up next in Jamaica!

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Dec 2012 06

Did you catch R&B superstar Mariah’s festive performance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” backed by Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, using classroom instruments on his US TV show,  Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, earlier this week?

If not, do yourself a favour and watch this brilliant new version – which is bound to get everyone almost immediately into the festive season spirit. It’s indeed very true what the music critics have been saying for years: Christmas cannot be complete without the musical voice of MC!

Dec 2012 03

After attending the concert of the world’s current mega popstar Lady Gaga last night right here in Cape Town, I am  seriously still reeling with excitement and shock over just how a brilliant performer and vocalist she is live on stage. And boy did she deliver to her South African fans on stage at Cape Town Stadium in The Mother City of Cape Town.

Cape Town was the second stop of her South African leg of her Born This Way World Tour - her first time performing in the country.

Forget the dramatics, the paparazzi, the meat dresses and even the haters – watching this video of her acapella version of her number one hit, BORN THIS WAY, proves there’s without a doubt that Lady Gaga is one of the world’s greatest popstars and musicians to date! (She sang this while inviting some devout fans on stage to sing with her this spectacular song!)

Belting out songs from her two chart-topping albums, The Fame and Born This Way, Lady Gaga proved to her South African fans, or monsters as she calls them, just why she is currently the world’s most popular celebrity on social media and one of the current generation’s biggest musicians and entertainers.

Whether donning a meat dresses, giving birth on stage or even gyrating with her back up dancers and even simulating oral sex, Lady Gaga pulled out all the stops to show her South African fans why she’s the current Queen of Pop. One of the highlights of the concert was the opening act – where Gaga (or Mother Monster as she is known) arrived on stage in a horse. Here’s how she did it . . .

All in all, Lady Gaga’s performance in Cape Town was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen in my life and it’s going to be hard to top such a formidable on stage performance from any other acts visiting South Africa in the near future! The Mother Monster has spoken!

Dec 2012 03

Multiple Grammy®-winner, entrepreneur and actress Beyoncé will be the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film debuting February 16, 2013. For more, go to

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