SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST LOVED BRANDS; ALL GOLD, KOO, CROSSE & BLACKWELL AND MRS. BALLS CHART A NEW CULINARY COURSE BY ADDING A TWIST OF FLAVOUR TO THE BARCADI HOLIDAY FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

Johannesburg - Home of South Africa’s favourite quality brands, Tiger Brands Culinary Division, welcomes in the much-deserved summer season as the official food sponsor for this year’s edition of the most anticipated music festival of the year, Bacardi Holiday Club. It took place between the 4th – 6th of March at Wegelegen Mpumalanga, the 2-day festival experience saw South Africa’s favourite kitchen staples; All Gold, Mrs. Balls, KOO as well as Crosse & Blackwell add some flavour to the musical extravaganza with a new pop-up restaurant,

Festival goers were in for a glorious treat as this year’s edition of the festival, dubbed “Summer of Love” also joined forces with Johannesburg eatery and popular hotspot Pablo Sandton to curate a delectable selection of dishes that were served at the exclusive KOO’L KLUB Pop-Up restaurant for the weekend event. Patrons showcased good music and a deliciously unforgettable food experience courtesy of their favourite culinary brands; All Gold, KOO, Mrs Balls and Crosse & Blackwell, with mouth-watering treats served based on the festival’s daily themes, displaying elevated interpretations of South Africa’s favourite dishes.

 “Food is a vehicle of social change, it brings people together in a way that very few activities can, it is the one thing that never fails to unite us, regardless of origin or background. We are delighted to be partnering with Bacardi Holiday Club as a property that has been a staple in the youth culture and understands the universal love language of food and music. 

As KOO, Mrs Balls, All Gold and Crosse & Blackwell, we want to ensure that we maintain this tradition by connecting friends and families over shared moments through experiential activities that place us in the forefront of celebrations and allows us to be part of people’s lives beyond the kitchen.

We have had the pleasure of serving our number one brands to families for generations, and it is important to evolve with our consumers by tapping into cultural moments that allow us to introduce our innovations to a new market of food enthusiasts. We look forward to showcasing the versatility and experience that our brands, KOO, All Gold, Crosse & Blackwell and Mrs Balls can bring to an event of this magnitude and hype”, said Edna Maphita Tiger Brands Culinary Marketing Director.  

Bacardi Holiday Club has been notorious for giving its patrons iconic musical performances and this year’s edition of the festival is no exception. Festival goers were treated to a line-up of performances including Kwaito legends, Trompies, Khuli Chana, DJ Kent, Lelowhatsgood, Marcus Harvey and ama piano hit-maker, DBN GOGO, with phase 2 of the line-up and surprises to be announced soon.

You can follow the conversation online and be part of the food and musical extravaganza by following @KOO_Food, @KasimagicSauce and @koofoodsa on Twitter and  @crosseandblackwell, @mrsballschutney on Instagram for all the delicious food content that was served throughout the weekend. You can also follow @bacardiholidayclub for more Bacardi Holiday Club updates. 

Muvhango actor collaborates with Cosmo City’s Bhubesi

Sensational Cosmo City’s musician Bhubesi has teamed up with Muvhango actor and TV presenter Dingaan Khumalo to release a music video for their single Amapiano song titled Gabadiya.

The music video, which is already out on YouTube, is expected to be aired on big music TV stations like Channel O, MTV and Trace from 11 February 2022.

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Khumalo has played very serious roles on TV, from his character James Motsamai on Muvhango to presenting Speak Out and Mamazala. In the music industry, Khumalo goes by the name DSK.

“I am very excited to be working with DSK,” Bhubesi told the Chronicle. “It feels so good to work with people who have huge experience in the media industry. The Gabadiya video is the best thing that has happened in my life. I have shot a couple of videos, but this one is special to me.”

Bhubesi has worked with the likes of Sjava, Emtee and Ruff. He believes that it is a milestone to work with DSK.

Song out and available on digital stores

“I decided to work with him because he is passionate,” Bhubesi said. “I have noticed that he loves music and have seen that when we work together for Moja Love. These songs started with a freestyling while working together.”

Bhubesi met Khumalo on one episode of Mamazala, and in a few days, they were in the studio making the song.

 “He approached me at the right time when I had been wanting to start working on music again,” Khumalo said. “Bhubesi approached me and asked me to be in his song, he sent the beat and I wrote the lyrics,” he said.

Here is a link to the new music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7AgxWX5XA0

Ready as ever: A promising year for CLASSIC

Zandspruit’s exciting musician Determination Nhlamulo Mutapa, popularly known as Classic, is undaunted by the trials and tribulations he experienced in 2021 along with the COVIC pandemic. The season to reap what he has sown all these years has come, he says, and 2022 is a promising year for him.

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“Covid-19 has been disastrous to the music community,” Classic said in an interview with the Chronicle. “Many people lost their jobs and there was a limited number of gatherers. The situation made it harder for musicians to get gigs.”

However, with the relaxed COVID-19 regulations in 2022, the situation appears brighter.  

“This year, my aim is to embark on a tour to promote my music and recording studio TnE EnT Studios, he said. “The tour will start in Cosmo City at Trip Delicious restaurant on Feb 13th and will end in July in Zandspruit. The purpose of the tour is to promote my single called ‘Hold You Down’”.

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Classic mainly does hip-hop music. His style is a fusion of new school energetic beats with an old school hip-hop feel, catchy melodies and honest lyrics that are always clean.  

Classic’s mother and maternal uncles, whom Classic and his brother viewed as father figures, raised Classis and his younger brother. His uncles introduced him to music at an early age playing mainly Reggae and Hip Hop. He started freestyle rapping at age 16 under the wing of then mentor Dumisane Sithole known as Skytronix to his fans.

50 CENT’s “Get Rich or Die Trying” album inspired Classic to start writing music. In 2012, he released a mixtape with a group called Power Gangz. On the mixtape he managed to work with MASANA RECORDS founder Victor “DJ DAVIC” Mudau, Titus Works Productions founder Titus “DJ TEE” Hlongwane and his long-time-friend/producer/business partner Jacky “SKITTZO” Baloyi.

In 2016 he released a SKITTZO-produced Extended Play called “A Thousand Downloads EP” with “THICK” as the lead single.  The above-mentioned SKITTZO produced the entire project while long-time-friend and cinematographer Nhlanhla “TECTO” Ntsele handled the visuals.

Being an upcoming musician in Zandspruit has been a challenge to Classic. Zandspruit community lacks facilities to nurture the arts, he said. “The community lacks recording studios, a community radio station, entertainment venues and programs to allow role models and mentors to interact with the promising stars.”

A young DJ and producer who is on the rise

Phenomenal 14-year-old DJ Bubuza is a rising force in the underground scene, best known for his creativity as a producer and for his skills behind the decks.

DJ Bubuza, whose real name is Bulelani Makhaya lives in Cosmo City’s extension 5 with his mother, father and sister.

DJ Bubuza grew up in Paulshoff in Fourways and moved to Cosmo City when he was seven. He is currently doing grade eight at Blue Eagle High school. He says that Kabza de Small is his main source of inspiration.

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 According to his family,music has always been DJ Bubuza’s passion, and in early 2021 his parents helped him take his first step into the world of music by sending him to a music academy.

 “They saw the passion that I have for music,” DJ Bubuza said. “They took me to Dino Bravo DJ Academy where I learnt a lot of things. Now I can DJ and produce music. I want to be a music engineer after I finish my matric.”

DJ Bubuza’s understanding and flair for production has caught the attention of fellow producers and music fans. He is well known for his passion, his dedication, his performances, and his flair for entertaining crowds.

DJ Bubuza’s parents are proud of their son. He fell in love with music at a young age,” said his mother Hlengiwe Makhaye. “We had to make sure that he got to do what he is passionate about. We had to send him for DJing lessons after school for six months. He is constantly learning new things, and we hope he won’t lose focus.”

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“He wants to go far with music, and we are giving him all the support,”said DJ Bubuza’s father Freedom Tembo. “He is very talented, and I think he took it from me because I was a hip-hop person. He is very young and we want him to be always safe especially when he is going to perform. We are giving him our full support. We will also make sure that he understands the importance of education.”  

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