FORMER Walter Sisulu University (WSU) journalism graduate Loyiso Lindani is one of 15 upand-coming young Eastern Cape artists who have been awarded an all-expenses paid trip to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown next month. Lindani, 30, was selected from...
Your children are running freely on the natural landscape of the Wild Coast with the sun setting after a long battering drive on the gravel roads that set the scene of this beautiful landscape. But before you set off to...
THE owner of Grind Café, which operates from a panel van, might have to close shop after an employee allegedly sold most of his equipment. Earlier this year the Daily Dispatch reported on Jason Stone and his business, which was...
FOR two years he was part of the media mill with reports of a broken marriage, going broke and a war within his band. But Bongani Nchang, part of Afro-pop duo Malaika, has bounced back with his first solo album,...
IT’S Thursday again and time for you to be entertained. Check what our Weekend Life has in store for you.  MUSIC AND DANCE Soul Clap Sessions THERE will be live Soul Clap Sessions with headlining act Viking and a guest performance by...
Disabled youth make movies THERE is Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood – and now a group of disabled youths are making their mark with Dollywood Productions. Three years of training, scripting and shooting are paying off for 12 aspiring filmmakers and actors from...
Brendan ignores dangers to join his best mate in undergoing ritual AWHITE East London boy has taken a 13-year friendship to another level by deciding to accompany Yanelisa Somyo, 18, to a Xhosa initiation school. Brendan de Wet, 17, and Somyo,...
HE MAY be the son of a music legend but Phila Madlingozi is adamant he is going to make it big in the industry without using his father’s name. The 23-year-old singer, songwriter and actor, son of afro-pop king Ringo...
EAST London entrepreneur Jason Stone, who has been running Grind Café coffee shop from the back of his panel van for the past three years is now venturing into the nightclub business, but with a twist. Stone said his new...
Plans to develop 10ha of Kwelera farmland into a landscaped garden, complete with a Xhosa culture medicinal garden, a multipurpose hall for conservation education and functions, a concert and wedding area and an indigenous nursery will be presented at...
AFTER months of being busy with M- Net’s Clash of the Choirs, multi-talented musician Khaya Mthethwa is now giving attention to his fans and promoting his award-winning debut album. After winning Idols SA last year, Mthethwa released his album For...
Pair belt out Phendula for their fans.  MULTI award-winning musician Zahara will be performing at the Orient Theatre tomorrow as part of the Phendula Tour. Zahara will be joined by another award-winning artist, Ntando Bangani.  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5hELLOux0o]
With his department pumping millions of rands into the revival of industrial areas in some parts of the Eastern Cape, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina has urged fashion designers to grab opportunities created that will arise from...
East London-born writer and columnist Kazeka Mashologu Kuse battled stage-three breast cancer and lived to tell the tale. She has documented her story in a tell-all book, which was launched this week. Her book, Brave Heart with Red Lipstick talks about...
WELL-known Mthatha businessman Zwelinzima Dweba is celebrating his birthday in style and has invited popular South African performers for an epic three-day celebration. Dweba, a businessman and local performer also known as DJ PK, will host an exclusive black and...
Director says SA TV up there with the best.  EASTERN Cape’s multi-talented television producer and director Donald Clarke has been nominated for the 41st International Emmy Awards. The East Londoner who is now based in Johannesburg, was nominated for his remarkable...
WITH only six weeks before the popular One Day Leader show on national television ends, King William’s Town-born youth, Sanda Ncama, has had his fair share of influencing the nation and learning new leadership skills. The show on SABC features...
Peddie farming project now producing 3 000 tons of pineapples WHAT was once a stretch of field overgrown with grass is now a thriving pineapple farming project that yields as much as 3 000 tons of produce per harvest. The Daily...
Disgraced TV legend Bill Cosby was back in court Tuesday with his lawyers fighting to dismiss the first criminal charge filed against him among dozens of allegations of sexual assault spanning four decades. Dressed in a suit and tie, the...
THE extraordinary life of 20th century Eastern Cape-based African anthropologist, Monica Hunter Wilson (1908-1982), has been examined and hailed in a collaborative book edited by professors and brothers, Andrew and Leslie Bank. They were speaking at the launch of the...
It’s online with social media marketing SOUTH Africa has “taken some serious steps” in embracing online tourism marketing and sales‚ according to Damian Cook‚ chief executive and founder of online tourism company E-Tourism Frontiers. Cook said at the weekend that the...
Bunu nominated for prestigious national comedy award WHEN school teacher Khanyisa Bunu quit her job five years ago to pursue a career in comedy, she did not know she could one day be up for a prestigious national award. Whittlesea-born Bunu...
Spare the rod and spoil the child, the saying goes. But applying it literally in South Africa today can land you in hot legal water. This follows a ruling by the South Gauteng High Court which confirms a ban on...
TWO Eastern Cape actors are making waves on the small screen in the new Mzantsi Magic drama series, Zabalaza. Zandile Msutwana and Khanya Mkangisa play the daughters of business tycoon Joseph Cele. Zabalaza, which means struggle, strive for success or hustle...
WHAT happens when you bring Ringo Madlingozi, Zahara, Siphokazi, Stimela and Zakes Bantwini together under one roof? An explosion of great music. This was the case in Mthatha over the weekend, when these talented musicians entertained hundreds of revellers at...
Zwelitsha-born singer Sibulele Miti had all the judges on The Voice SA begging to work with her on the show. Miti’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door saw all four judges turning for her within seconds into her...
THE East London Aquarium became the site of a dream come true for four-year-old Inonge Mtiki on Friday afternoon after the Reach for a Dream foundation fulfilled his wish and put a smile on his face. After meeting Inonge at...
Award-winning South African DJ Zinhle Jiyane, whose success in a male-dominated field paved the way for women, will be launching her Women’s Month Tour in East London this Saturday. The tour – hosted in partnership with GQO events – comes...
Ex-Stirling pupil to feature in four plays. AFTER sold out shows at last year’s National Arts Festival (NAF), East London born actor and musician Shaun Acker and his Cape Town production team return this year with four productions. The former Stirling...
By day Zweli Daniel designs complicated electrical energy systems for local schools – but by night he transforms into a virtuoso violinist. Daniel, 30, was spotted in his nighttime incarnation this week as a smartly-dressed minstrel drifting through clouds of...
Here  is this week’s list of cool things happening near you. The Ooh La Lesque Revamped Burlesque Cabaret is coming again to the Arts Theatre tomorrow and Saturday. It’s the same show, with new and exciting routines to entice the...
Teetering on a three-storey-high scaffolding for a week was the ultimate “high” for Sunrise-on-Sea artist Jeff Rankin who has installed a striking, 50m-long woodcut at a new resource centre in Lusikisiki. Rankin, 64, created the massive artwork, which spans the...
AN EAST London jazz musician, who has dedicated his time to helping aspiring artists from impoverished backgrounds, was recently signed by a recording label. Musician Thembelani Batala started off as a producer in the 1990s and in 2008 opened his...
A SPECIALLY designed tank was not only used to raise funds for an East London school, but a local hair salon used it to cut hair under water – something that has rarely, if ever, been done in South...
By TIFFANY MAC SHERRY and TYRA WARREN The best of East London art will be on display during the city’s first-ever arts festival. Anne Bryant Art Gallery curator Leon du Preez said the Grahamstown National Arts Festival had led to a...
FOUNDER of the Mdantsane Ikas’lam and Mdantsane Native clothing brands in 2008, Malibongwe “Blomzit Avenue” Blom has turned his attention to developing deep house music in the Eastern Cape. Committed to the development of the genre, which is best described...
Dance teacher Linda Mills and her academy are back with their bi-annual production at the Guild Theatre, and to celebrate Mills’ 30 years in dance, it has been promised that this Shrek-themed dance extravaganza will be bigger than ever. The...
Asanda Lusaseni has launched her first extended play in the city, writes Zipo-zenkosi Ncokazi with pictures by Stephanie Lloyd. WHILE most people believe that musicians and artists need to relocate to Johannesburg or Cape Town in order to make it...
East London was abuzz this weekend with visitors from around the country taking part in the 130th Buffalo regatta on Buffalo River and the 41st Annual Vides Waterpolo Tournament at Selborne College. More than 1000 rowers participated in the...
DUNCAN Village-born music sensation Sliq Angel will launch his fourth album, Umngqusho Reloaded, in East London tomorrow. Sliq Angel joined the music industry in 2000 and has worked with numerous other artists, including Port Elizabeth vocalist MXO. Since his previous album...
The Emonti Urban Jazz and Gospel Festival may be postponed for a date in April, but music fans in the region will still be spoilt for choice as various artists will be setting stages alight at different venues over...
A Baysville pensioner who spends her days crocheting supermarket bags into hats, slippers and handbags, thereby keeping plastic away from landfills and wire fences, was a big attraction at the third annual Big Green Expo at Vincent Park at...
THREE Eastern Cape musicians and spiritual groups are hoping they will be among the winners when the national gospel music awards kick off in nine days’ time. The SABC Crown Gospel Awards are the biggest of its kind in the...
THREE Cambridge Primary School pupils have been chosen as finalists in the Dream Car Art Contest. Toyota has been running the competition every year for the past seven years with the aim of connecting with future car buyers and finding...
LOCAL gospel music sensations Chosen are living their dream of making it big time as group members grow in their personal capacity and Chosen prepares for its second album. Their debut album, Don’t You Cry, last year, was ranked number...
EASTERN Cape rappers, Maxhoseni and Ifani, as well as poet Nkqo, who are known for their Xhosa rhymes, have been nominated for hip hop awards. They will feature at the South African Hip Hop Awards (SAHHA) next month in the...
-face and a powerful outboard propeller churning below the keel of the boat would only have registered as a bump.” Loggerheads nest as far south as the Wild Coast and immature turtles are found all the way to Cape Town,...
By GILLIAN MCAINSH and NONSINDISO QWABE This year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, incorporating the National Youth Jazz Festival, offers something to suit every jazz lover’s taste. Friday night, for example, kicked off the action at DSG with electronic outfit...
AWARD-winning saxophonist McCoy Mrubata’s dream is to see the younger generation learning more about music and keeping the spirit of jazz alive in South African townships. The now nationally acclaimed musician will be making his way to East London this...
MERCEDES-Benz South Africa’s East London plant has again been ranked among the best manufacturing plants in the world. It was awarded the silver J D Power and Associates Initial Quality Study for 2013. The results, based on a survey of...