South African photgrapher Pieter Hugo wins young director award at Cannes

. Hugo and Cleary won the non-EU section of the music video category with their black-and-white video for Mathambo’s electronic cover version of Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control’. Well worth watching see http://mg.co.za/article/2011-06-24-pieter-hugo-wins-young-director-award-at-cannes/

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Lunar eclipse Wednesday evening 15th June

Remember there’s a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday 15th June. It starts at 8:22pm, is total from 9:21 pm to 11:02pm, and ends at 00:02am. It will be visible from all of Africa, although north-west Africa misses the start. You don’t need any special equipment to watch this. The next total lunar eclipse will be at a slightly warmer time of the year but it’s a long wait – Sept 28th 2015 – and it’s at 3am . . .

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Amazing line up for Standard Bank’s 2011 Joy of Jazz Festival to be held in Newtown 25th and 26th August

Info below comes from  Peter Feldman’s Top performers for Joy of Jazz 06/08/2011

Legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is due to perform at this year’s Joy of Jazz Festival in Newtown at the end of August.  The amazing line up includes  America’s Dee Dee Bridgewater, McCoy Tyner, Gerald Veasley, Jeff Lorber, Alexander O’Neal and Frank McComb who will be joined by Brazil’s Tania Maria, Croatia’s HGM Jazz Messengers and Belgium’s Brussels Jazz Orchestra who perform with our own Tutu Puoane.  …    A number of top South Africans are also in the line-up; jazz greats Hugh Masekela and Sibongile Khumalo, as well as Mango Groove, Simphiwe Dana, the African Jazz Pioneers, Tu Nokwe, Kwela Tebza, Victor Ntoni, McCoy Mrubatha, Ringo, Julius Schultz and pianist Bokani Dyer, who was the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz.   They join performers from the African continent including Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, Angola’s Bonga and Nigeria’s Olufemi.

The Joy of Jazz will be on seven stages including a brand new venue The Conga Stage, which is being specially built between Bassline and Newtown’s Turbine Hall. The Dinaledi Stage and the Mbira Stage will once again be erected on Newtown Park (formerly Mary Fitzgerald Square), creating three purpose-built venues to showcase this year’s line-up. Other venues include The Bassline, Sophiatown, Shikisha and Nikki’s Oasis.

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