Ashley Dowds is in Constellations and he is a star!

Ashley Dowds is in Constellations and he is a star!

I love my celebrities and I love my community, and when a celebrity is from my community and we can sit in a local coffee shop and have a stunning conversation on a Saturday morning, I know that something’s right with the world.  I’ve been wanting to chat with Ashley Dowds for a long time and when I heard that he is in Constellations at the Studio Theatre at Monte Casino, it was time to quit  faffing and do it! Ashley’s had a long, varied and exciting career in the…

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Begin Again – Movie Review

Begin Again – Movie Review

This movie is so up my street in every way. A love triangle involving three troubled souls who through their love of making music somehow find a way to muddle through – and end up touching a lout of souls.  The movie was formerly called “Can a Song Save Your Life?” and to me, yes, I think it can. Precisely what this blog is about – that through their work, artists, musicians, actors, writers, can touch the golden thread of humanity which runs through races, generations, nations – and make…

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Elvis Blue is one of South Africa’s best

Elvis Blue is one of South Africa’s best

In South Africa, Elvis Blue needs no introduction. But for the benefit of everyone from other countries, Elvis Blue is a legendary South African singer. He’s the winner of Idols 2010, but he’s much more than that.   Elvis Blue shared his prize money with the other finalist Lloyd Cele, and in that moment he cemented himself a place in the hearts of South Africans – and did more to unite a country with a very divided past in one moment than some politicians have done in 20 years.  Subsequently…

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Branden James – Voice of an American Angel In Our Town!

Branden James – Voice of an American Angel In Our Town!

Branden James is a young man with a lot of soul in his eyes and the distinguished classical voice of an angel.  He’s one of the Twelve Tenors and was a finalist in America’s Got Talent Season 8. It’s said that he has a voice for all seasons, but I think he has a voice for all time. I normally post a lot of pics but with Branden James, his music talks better than pictures, so please listen to the clips I’ve shared. Listen to this and then read on.  …

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Cito talks Peace Starts, We Believe in You, WONDERboom and more.

Cito talks Peace Starts, We Believe in You, WONDERboom and more.

Immediately when I sat down to chat with Martin Cito Otto (Cito) of WONDERboom, I concluded that part of the greatness of this man is his humility. He is inspiring without being aware of it. He’s well known without having courted fame and it came about because he did and does what he is meant to do. He is quietly going about his way making one hell of a difference in the lives of those around him and the greater public. You’re the founder of the Peace Starts  movement.  What’s that…

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Zak Hendrikz plays a bad guy but he’s actually really nice!

Zak Hendrikz plays a bad guy but he’s actually really nice!

Recently I saw I Have Life: Alison’s Story, 20 Years On at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square. It’s the story of Alison Botha who was brutally raped and disembowelled by two attackers in 1994 – and how she survived and triumphed. I was very impressed with Zak Hendrikz who plays the terrifying part of Frans du Toit the psychopathic rapist. He tweaked the golden thread of humanity in the audience that night and made us think. I knew it would take an exceptional actor to play that…

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