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Rita Azar, illustrations, travel, 360 MAGAZINE

4 Travel Goals You Need to Check Off in 2020

2020 has been a tough year so far. With lockdowns, isolation and social distancing, it has been difficult to really live life to its fullest. 

If you are feeling a bit itchy to get out, know that you are not alone. In fact, research shows that 72% of Americans are already booking their trips now for when restrictions are lifted, with 35% of those willing to head out during the summer. 

Has 2020 become the year for people to finally start ticking off their travel bucket list items? It sure seems so! With this in mind, we thought we would take a look at some of the most popular and most memorable experiences you can do this year, and most of them will not involve huge crowds of people. 

RV Through the US

This particular trip tops the list of almost everyone who has a serious drive for adventure and travel. The beauty of RVing through the US is that you can choose the length of your trip, as well as decide which route you want to take. 

Whether it would be taking in the majestic Rocky Mountains and stopping in at museums, diners, and, of course, Yellowstone, or a trip through the south to revel in some music, food, and incredible scenery through Florida, New Orleans and of course, Texas, you definitely won’t regret it. 

There are endless possibilities that will lead you on totally different adventures, through vastly different scenery. 

RVing is something that you will need to prepare for thoroughly because you can never know what might happen and whether you’ll have the right resources at the time being to fix it. This is easily avoidable if you just have everything at the ready so you can enjoy your trip to the max. One of the more important things to consider is to make sure you have enough fresh water and a good RV water softener solution that will tie you over in even the most desolate areas. Remember that water should always be your top priority,  Make sure you also plan your trips in detail before heading out so that you are not caught in the middle of nowhere without supplies and emergency services. 

Explore the Wonders of Cape Town

Although Cape Town has been listed as one of the top beauty spots to visit globally by various sites, it is still one of the most chronically underrated spots to visit in the world. What makes Cape Town so special you ask? Well, it has almost everything you want out of a trip. This South African city, perched at the tip of Africa, has a uniquely international feel to it, and for the most part, you will forget that you are in fact, in Africa. 

Besides boasting one of the seven wonders of the world, Table Mountain, the city has long stretches of white beaches, a bustling city life; bursting with art and culture, and sunsets that will make you want to live there forever. 

Not even an hour out of Cape Town, you will find the sprawling Winelands, tucked into spectacular mountain ranges with some of the best wine in the world. Might we add that the food in South Africa is something not to be missed, from the fresh seafood to the world-famous braais, you will be in for a treat. 

The city is steeped in history, and even if you are after a safari experience, you can also find this within a short drive out of the city. If you are a foodie, a wine snob, a coffee connoisseur, or an art fanatic, this city has it all!

Trek Through Peru 

This is certainly not for the faint-hearted nor the chronically unfit. But, if a spiritual journey and soul-freeing trip is what you are looking for after months of cabin fever, this is for you. There are a plethora of trails and treks to choose from in this tourist popular region, each with its different levels of difficulty and challenges. 

One of the most popular trails, the Inca trail is an iconic four-day hiking trail which leads you through the steep high mountains, from km. 82 all the way to the majestic Machu Picchu. You will follow the route taken by the original Incas to the historic World Heritage Site. 

What do you need to be prepared for? Because of the height of the mountains that you will be hiking, you are most likely to suffer from altitude sickness, insects, dehydration, and of course, the blisters, injuries, and pain that comes from trekking through deserted mountainsides. But, it is totally worth it once you cross the last mountain and come face to face with Machu Picchu. 

Take it Easy in Thailand

If this all sounds like too much effort, and what you feel like right now is just lying back on a warm beach, drinking cocktails, Asia should be your next destination. 

Not only is Thailand incredibly affordable, but it offers visitors endless adventures and activities. The beauty of the islands is indescribable, with long, white beaches, still blue waters and dotted palm trees to really get you in the holiday spirit. 

The food is incredible, the people are warm, friendly, and accommodating, and the weather is hot and humid at all times. 

You can choose to island-hop to the various idyllic islands spotted around the crystal blue waters, including the iconic island that featured in the movie, The Beach. There are a number of other islands to visit, including Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Phi Phi Don. 

Alternatively, you can head up into the jungle and trek up through the mountains on an elephant adventure, or on foot to explore the rivers and waterfalls on this amazing island. 

Wrapping Up 

From world-class beaches to bustling cities, there are endless options for you to choose from. A desert adventure in Morocco could be down your alley, or a Northern Lights display on the tip of the Arctic. Whether you are a foodie or looking to take in some good live music and dance the night away, choose something that suits your unique personality and that will create memories that will last a lifetime. If it is unwinding in the sun after this stressful time, or feeling alive in the crisp mountain air, you know what your soul needs to ensure that 2020 is a year to be remembered. 

Ivory Rowen, illustration, 360 MAGAZINE

The Royal Portfolio

The Royal Portfolio collection in South Africa has announced a new program offering travelers ‘bonds’ (vouchers) for future stays at its four luxurious properties across the country. As part of the hotel group’s commitment to the local and greater community, each voucher will include a donation to The Royal Portfolio Foundation, funding counter-poaching initiatives and food donations to vulnerable communities. The hotel group, which includes Royal Malewane, Birkenhead House, The Silo and La Residence, is debuting this program as a response to the enormous challenges COVID-19 has presented around the world.

Communities involved in The Royal Portfolio Foundation

“The impact on communities, conservation, and the economy in South Africa is devastating,” says The Royal Portfolio Founder and Owner, Liz Biden. “Even though our hotels remain closed, we are committed to critical conservation and community work through The Royal Portfolio Foundation.” In addition to the donation, the voucher includes an added value of 25%. Travelers purchase a voucher of approximately US$525, including an added gift of US$135; The Royal Portfolio will donate the equivalent of US$135 to the foundation’s community and conservation efforts for each voucher purchased.

“Through these challenging times, we are doing what we can to adapt, and we hope that these bonds will inspire you to keep dreaming of your next trip to South Africa,” says Biden. “We cannot wait to welcome our wonderful guests back to our beautiful hotels and lodges just as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.” Bonds are available to purchase until the end of July 2020. To learn more, visit: https://www.theroyalportfolio.com/bonds/

Please note that the US Dollar amount is based on the current exchange rate for the South African Rand, and may therefore fluctuate.

About the Royal Portfolio

The Royal Portfolio is a collection of iconic hotels and private residences in South Africa owned and run by the Biden family. The Royal Portfolio includes Royal Malewane in Greater Kruger National Park, Birkenhead House in Hermanus, La Residence in Franschhoek, The Silo in Cape Town, and a collection of private residences that includes The One Above penthouse.

DNA PhotographersZeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, KEMANG WA LEHULERE, ARTIST, South Africa, 360 MAGAZINE

LAYING BARE

KEMANG WA LEHULERE
19 DECEMBER 2019 – 10 MAY 2020 I LEVEL 2 

ARTIST STUDIO RESIDENCY 

Come and experience Laying Bare, a site-specific, process-based project by South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere at Zeitz MOCAA.

Wa Lehulere will take up occupation in a multi-gallery area on the institution’s second level for a period of six months, turning the museum into a studio space. The studio, usually a private working space, will be accessible to the public to observe and engage whilst the artist makes new works, conducts research, and develops ideas for future projects. 

Working across media such as performance, sculpture, drawing and video, the artist will lay bare the essence of a thinking and making process – revealing inspirations, ways of working and a fascination with materials. 

The studio will be supported by ongoing performances and activations, as part of an open process of exploration of germination, experimentation, and collaboration. These will be broadcast on Zeitz MOCAA social media channels.

On view: 19 December 2019 – 10 May 2020

*Photo courtesy of DNA Photographers

BEYOND YOUR BUCKET LIST × SOUTH AFRICA

Go Beyond Your Bucket List in South Africa

With United Airlines’ new direct flight launching from Newark to Cape Town this December, South Africa is becoming more accessible than ever before. As an increasing number of travelers move beyond typical bucket list trips and seek out meaningful, unique experiences, they will find South Africa has everything they’re looking for. The South African Tourism Board has launched the #MeetSouthAfricaMondays campaign to introduce travelers to some of the country’s lesser-known but most compelling experiences, curated by long-term citizens and lovers of South Africa.

• Accessible Art in Woodstock

• Rediscover Durban

• Johannesburg’s Revitalized Art Scene

• Marine Life of the South African Coast

• Adventures in Drakensburg

• Panoramic Views on the Panorama Route

• World-Class Winelands

• Tastes of a Township: 4Roomed eKasi Culture

The Urban: Arts and Culture Redefined

Accessible Art in Woodstock
All across Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, buildings are covered in colorful art, painted by local and international artists. “The movement was founded by a longstanding group of artists that were painting in Woodstock but who wanted to take their art from the studios into the streets,” says Juma Mkwela, a tour guide who leads visitors on street art walking tours of the area. “We wanted to inspire, we wanted to educate, and we wanted to tell stories that hadn’t been told. Today, we have more than 100 pieces here by local and international artists.” High-end restaurants like The Test Kitchen and bustling, artsy watering holes like Casa Woodstock Bar populate the neighborhood, creating a vibrancy to match that of Woodstock’s colorful painted buildings. 

Rediscover Durban

Undergoing its second wave of urban revitalisation, Durban has elements that appeal to every kind of tourist — everything from beautiful beaches and perfect weather to high-caliber musicians, fusion food, and world-class distilleries can be found along the city’s streets. According to Jonas Barausse, urban storyteller and Durban local, “Durban really appeals to someone who wants to discover, who wants to peel back the layers of a city. Entrepreneurs are doing some really amazing stuff.” Florida Road, one of Durban’s main strips, is full of life, energy, and color, embodying the city’s spirit. The road is lined with local coffee places and Durban dining staples for travelers who love the bustling atmosphere of city life. Durban’s proximity to coastline, mountains, and some of the world’s best game parks and wildlife make it a perfect stop on a South African vacation.

Johannesburg’s Revitalized Art Scene

One of South Africa’s more well-visited areas, Jo’burg is known for its social life, spirit, and history. Maboneng is the modern center of the art scene in Johannesburg, populated by galleries, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. For a lesser known side of Jo’burg, Charles Nbube suggests visiting his home township of Soweto. “Despite past struggles, it’s a very progressive township, full of historical sights and activities and reignited life,” Charles says. “There’s bungee jumping and quad biking at the Soweto Towers; cycling and tuk tuk tours from Leto’s Backpackers. And there’s Hector Pieterson Memorial, where you can learn about the 1976 Soweto Uprising. The wounds are the scars of the past are still open in this township, but nobody’s crying here.”

The Wild Side: Pursuing Natural Splendors Beyond the Safari

Marine Life of the South African Coast

Take a safari path less traveled by hopping on a boat. Voyage around the Dyer Island system in Gansbaai to spot the Marine Big Five: the great white shark, African penguin, southern right whale, cape fur seal and dolphins. “I challenge anyone to find another place on Earth that can offer such diversity so close to shore,” says Alison Towner, marine expert and guide with Marine Dynamics. For the ultimate shark cage diving experience, try to visit from May to September when they’re in the highest density. Also according to Alison, “peak season for southern right whale watching is October and November.”

Adventures in Drakensberg

South African topography is much more than its famed safari plains. The mountains and valleys of the Drakensberg contain the largest concentration of hiking trails in South Africa, as well as around 300 species of plants that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Beyond hiking, the mountains are the perfect host for adventure activities such as rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding, paragliding, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, and abseiling. According to James Seymour, a South African mountaineering guide, the mountains’ most “unmissable” activity is a helicopter trip over the Drakensberg. Unique flora and fauna, dense population of antelopes, and ancient rock art hidden in stunning vistas make the Drakensberg one of only 20 places in the world that have been recognized twice by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Panoramic Views on the Panorama Route

The most scenic and diverse geographical features of South Africa can be found along the Panorama Route, an aptly named 1,242 miles of road in the often-overlooked province of Mpumalanga. The road passes around the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and provides access to unique geographical features such as Lisbon Falls, Graskop Gorge, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. From God’s Window, a viewpoint 2,297 feet above the lush forest below, it is said that on a clear day you can see to the ocean in Mozambique. Beyond natural marvels, the Panorama Route allows a glimpse of local culture outside of urban centers. “Support the local community by buying their arts and crafts that they sell at sights along The Panorama Route,” suggests David Quihampton, who has been a Mpumalanga tour guide for fifteen years.

The Gourmet: Wine and Food

World-Class Winelands

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, South Africa’s Cape Winelands are “the best wine destination in the world,” according to Andre Morgenthal, who has worked in the wine industry for nearly thirty years. Within a three-hour radius visitors can easily see ten different wine regions, from Constantia to Stellenbosch, each with their own specialty varietals. Like other wine power-houses of the world, the Winelands have a long history of excellence. In recent decades, however, the Winelands have redefined themselves, bringing together European influence with their own country’s flair. “Pinotage is our national grape,” says Andre, claiming the grape as the region’s flag bearer for red wine. “It’s producing beautiful, world-acclaimed wines.”

Tastes of a Township

For authentic South African cuisine, visit the Cape Town restaurant 4Roomed eKasi Culture. The restaurant’s founder, Abigail Mbalo, a contestant on Master Chef South Africa, named her restaurant in  honor of the standard four-roomed homes found in townships across the country. “With our cuisine, we want to tell stories about growing up in a township. We want to evoke nostalgia and pride,” Abigail says. Her restaurant revamps traditional recipes with fresh ideas and fresh ingredients from the backyard garden. Guests enjoy offerings such as a pumpkin and pap dish called umqa, to which Abigail adds butternut, nutmeg, and truffle oil, or the dessert, amkhekhe, based on a popular scone and made modern with citrus, chocolate, and a yuzu syrup. Surrounded by fast food and frantic lifestyles, the restaurant allows guests to slow down and get a delicious taste of South Africa’s history and culture.   

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What’s on at Zeitz MOCAA in June

WOZA FRIDAY MUSIC, DRAWING, DRINKS, AND MORE… 7 JUNE 2019 | THROUGHOUT MUSEUM | 4PM – 9PM

Zeitz MOCAA is open late every First Friday. Join us this month for DJ sets by Future Nostalgia and Gerald Machona, an artist who also features in the exhibition Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday…

Guests will also get an opportunity to join in for adult drawing or embark on an interactive scavenger-hunt of our current exhibitions with Discover MOCAA between 5 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Participants will follow clues and questions to discover key works of art and themes and stand a chance to win prizes.

There will also be a cash bar going, while Zeitz MOCAA Food will be running a special menu on Level 6. RSVP is essential as space is limited. To book your spot, click here and here for the restaurant.

CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 17 – 28 JUNE 2019 | CENTRE FOR ART EDUCATION | 10AM – 1.30PM

Join us this winter school holiday for a variety of engaging and exhilarating workshops at our Centre for Art Education for children between ages 6 and 12. They will be encouraged to explore a range of different mediums in a creative and nurturing space.

Booking is essential, as space is limited. RSVP here.

Programme

17 June 2019

“Rain sticks” Drawing and 3D construction

10 a.m. – 1 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

18 June 2019

“Kites” Construction

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

19 June 2019

“Flags” Fabric paint resist

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

20 June 2019

“Totems” Clay

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

21 June 2019

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Age 8 – 12 I “Towers”

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Age 13 – 18 I “Wire workshop”

24 June 2019

“Frames” Mixed Media

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

25 June 2019

“Masks” Constructions

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

26 June 2019

“Vessels” Clay

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

27 June 2019

“Buildings” Painting

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

28 June 2019

“Badges”

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. I Age 8 – 12

Guardians with museum membership enjoy free admission. Normal museum admission prices apply for non-member guardians. Purchase your membership which includes a year’s unlimited access to the museum, here

STILL HERE TOMORROW TO HIGH FIVE YOU YESTERDAY CURATOR-LED TOUR | 8 JUNE 2019 | LEVEL 2 | 11AM – 12 PM

Join Curatorial Assistant, Precious Mhone, for a walk-through of the second iteration of Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday… The walk-about will unpack the various themes in Chapter Two and how the works selected allow for multiple readings of the space.

RSVP is essential as space is limited and Zeitz MOCAA members get priority booking access. To book your spot, click here.

CHILDREN’S TOUR | MOCAA MAPPING THE WORLD | 1 + 8 JUNE 2019 | RECEPTION AREA | 11AM – 12.30PM

Children between the ages of 9 and 12 are invited to join us for a morning of fun-filled discovery. As they move from one work to another, they will fill in a blank map of the world, using symbols, drawings or words recording their findings about each artwork as well as their reactions to, and opinions about the artworks. Children and guardians will be met by an education staff member at the front desk/reception area.

Booking is essential as space is limited. Click here to register.

ZEITZ MOCAA FOOD | POP-UP DINNERS | 13 JUNE 2019 | LEVEL 6 | FROM 6PM

Zeitz MOCAA Food will be warming up Cape Town this winter with its new pop-up dinners starting in June, each its own bespoke menu. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and the last booking will be taken at 8.30 p.m. Zeitz MOCAA members get priority booking for this event. There will also be a members-only guided tour of the new chapter of the exhibition Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday…

Click here to see the menu or for other further information, email info@zeitzmocaafood.com. Bookings can be made via email or here.

FAMILY LEARNING PROGRAMME | 1 JUNE 2019 | CENTRE FOR ART EDUCATION | 11AM – 1PM

Children between 3 and 8 years old are invited to our child-led, family learning workshop on 1 June. This open-ended, lively visual arts learning event will start with a story and will encourage families to make 3D and 2D objects. Children with physical and learning disabilities are also encouraged to join.

RSVP is essential as space is limited. To book your spot, click here.

OPEN STUDIO FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN | EVERY WEDNESDAY | CENTRE FOR ART EDUCATION | 10AM -1PM

Every Wednesday, the Centre for Art Education is open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., offering children and parents practical-making activities inspired by themes or works in the exhibitions. The activities will be facilitated by our staff but will not take the form of a structured formal art lesson. Parents with their children can enter that space during these times to participate in fun workshop activities.

To reserve your spot, click here.

Please note that there is no Open Studio on the 19th and 26th of June because of the Holiday Programme.

INTRODUCING THE ZEITZ MOCAA INSTA-MAP | WANT TO GET LOST?

The Zeitz MOCAA Insta-map is a fun and engaging new way to get lost (and found!) in and around the museum. The map is a useful guide for those looking for the most Instagrammable spot, or who don’t have much time to spare and want a quick guide on where to find which exhibitions.

Follow zeitzmocaa.map on Instagram to find out more.

STILL HERE TOMORROW TO HIGH FIVE YOU YESTERDAY | SUE WILLIAMSON LECTURE | 22 JUNE 2019 | LEVEL 2 | 11AM – 12PM

Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday… Chapter Two, continues its exploration into notions of progress and utopia. With a focus on politics, history and pertinent global issues as they relate to contemporary African sensibilities, Sue Williamson will be discussing her immersive installation A Few South Africans.The series was made at a time when South Africa was still firmly under the grip of apartheid, and attempted to make visible the history of women involved in the struggle for freedom.

RSVP is essential as space is limited. To book your spot, click here.

V&A WATERFRONT MUSEUM NIGHT | 27 JUNE 2019 | AFTER HOURS

Join us as we celebrate the V&A Museum Night with free access for student card-holders and under 18s, and half price admission for all others, throughout the whole evening. V&A Museum Night is a multi-institution after hours cultural experience. For one night the public is invited to explore the precinct’s cultural institutions after-hours at reduced rates.  Zeitz MOCAA Food will also be celebrating Museum Night with a special Zeitz MOCAA ‘Food is art’ inspired dinner with live music. See the special menu here. Keep an eye on our platforms for further updates.

STILL HERE TOMORROW TO HIGH FIVE YOU YESTERDAY DISCUSSION | 28 JUNE 2019 | SCHERYN ARENA | 11AM – 12.30PM

Join us for a discussion between Curator, Azu Nwagbogu, and art critic and writer, Antwaun Sargent, as they look at a selection of artists from the exhibition Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday… whose work reflects a black vanguard.

The artists selected use photography and video-based work to create connections between art and fashion. Sargent has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vice and has also written essays for multiple museum publications.

RSVP is essential as space is limited. To book your spot, click here.

All events and programmes are free to members. For non-members, standard admission prices apply. Not a member? Join or renew here

MEMBER OFFER

We’re still running our limited editions programme, available exclusively to Zeitz MOCAA members.

Following her successful exhibition last year, This is a True Story: Six Films (1997 – 2017), we are pleased to present this stunning limited edition print from Penny Siopis.

Proceeds from the sale of this print will help to sustain and expand community outreach and access initiatives across the museum.

Enquire here.

ZEITZ MOCAA SCHOOLS’ PROGRAMME | LEARN, LOOK, ENGAGE

As part of our education programme, Zeitz MOCAA offers schools and tertiary groups access to tours, workshops, and other educational programming.

School programmes take place on Mondays, Thursday and Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-booking is essential. Contact education@zeitzmocaa.museum for more information or visit our website.

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE EXHIBITION INSTALLATION

In August, the largest exhibition to be held in Africa by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge will open at Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation.

The exhibition, titled Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work, will see the closure of the museum’s Level 3, and some other parts of the museum, to the public as the installation takes place from 1 June.

The exhibition will also feature an exciting and engaging line-up of programming. Be sure not to miss this historic exhibition when it opens on 24 August.

Jake Miller Drops “NIKES”

Singer, songwriter, and producer Jake Miller releases new song “NIKES” today off his highly anticipated six-song EP entitled BASED ON A TRUE STORY. due out on March 29th via RED MUSIC. The 80s synth-infused track is backed by rich production, personal lyrics, and a hummable guitar all courtesy of Miller. “NIKES” debuted on 10 New Music Friday playlists worldwide including the U.S. as well as Apple Music’s Best of the Week playlist. It is the follow up to Miller’s hit “WAIT FOR YOU,” which is currently sitting in the Top 45 at U.S. pop radio and has clocked 5 million U.S. streams to date.
In support of his new song, Miller today launches a new “NIKES”-inspired merchandise line that includes robust hoodies, long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts, totes, and shoelaces. Fans can check out the new products via Jake’s official Sony Thread Shop web store at shop.jakemiller.com/store.

 

Jake recently announced his spring headlining ‘WAIT FOR YOU’ Tour that kicks off on April 11 in Las Vegas and will hit 21 cities across the U.S. including major markets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Nashville. The tour will include support from special guests Logan Henderson and Just Seconds Apart. Prior to hitting the road, Jake will play iHeartRadio’s Blossom Bash alongside Meghan Trainor and MAX in Washington, D.C. on April 5th as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Tickets for all shows are available online HERE.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

April 5 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem

April 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at the Hard Rock*
April 12 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red*

April 13 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock*

April 16 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar*

April 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room*

April 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room*

April 23 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan*

April 25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia*

April 26 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents*

April 27 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club*

April 28 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*

April 30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*

May 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theater*

May 3 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall*

May 4 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch*

May 5 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop*

May 7 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fine Line Music Café*

May 11 – Tacoma, WA – Alma Mater*

May 12 – Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theatre*

May 14 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish*

May 17 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre*

*Logan Henderson and Just Seconds Apart will support entire Wait For You Tour

 

Anuel AA “rises” with four nominations

One of the most important nights of Hispanic music: Billboard Awards 2019, will witness the impressive professional growth of the King and pioneer of the Trap in Spanish: Anuel AA, who debuted with four nominations at the exclusive awards gala. After an incredible year 2018, Anuel AA continues to figure in the top positions of the most important music listings internationally.

Topics like “She wants to drink”, which has more than 300 million views on YouTube, “Yeezy” and “Brindemos”, belonging to her first solo album: “Real hasta la muerte”, have earned her four coveted nominations at the Billboard Latin Music Awards night 2019. Anuel AA is one of the brand new nominees in the following categories:

Artist of the Year, Debut / Artist of the Year, NewArtist of the Year, Social Networks /

Social Artist of the Year”Top Latin Album” of the Year / Top Latin Album of the Year – Real

Hasta La Muerte Album “Latin Rhythm” of the Year / Latin Rhythm Album of the Year –

Real Hasta La Muerte The Billboard Latin Music Awards gala will be televised from Las

Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

 

Casper Mágico: one of the brand new nominees

The Puerto Rican performer is fortunate to have multiple nominations at the most important awards ceremony of Latin music: Billboard Awards 2019.

As for the art of “magic”, fame, international recognition and respect for a growing and competitive music industry, knocked on the door of Casper Mágico after his collaboration in the remix of the song “Te Bote”, where he shares verses with the “creme de la creme” of the urban genre: Ozuna, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, Darell and Nio García “The song Te Bote is and always will be a super special chapter in my artistic career, as well as collaborating with great exponents of the genre, it gave me the opportunity to get closer to the audience through my music,” said Casper.

The song “Te bote remix” became an anthem of Latin music throughout the year 2018. To date, it has the astonishing amount of more than 1.6 billion visits, and the number continues to increase daily. Thanks to the international “smash” of this “catchy” song, Casper will say “present” for the first time on Billboard Awards night to Latin music, and his name will stand out not only in one, but in six different categories: “Hot Latin Song”,

Song of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year “Te Boté””Hot Latin Song”, Vocal

Collaboration of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event “Te Boté”Song of the

Year, Airplay / Airplay Song of the Year “Te Boté”Song of the Year, Digital / Digital Song of

the Year “Te Boté”Song of the Year, Streaming / Streaming Song of the Year “Te Boté”Song

“Latin Rhythm” of the Year / Latin Rhythm Song of the Year “Te Boté The Billboard Latin

Music Awards gala will be televised from Las Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

 

SambaFunk! Perform at Senator Kamala Harris for President 2020 Campaign Rally

Bay Area artscollective SambaFunk! performed Sunday, January 27th as part of the Senator Kamala Harris for President 2020 Campaign Rally in Oakland.

Theo Aytchan Williams, Samba Funk! Artistic Director said, “We are beyond honored to have been invited to participate in this historic moment in time by performing at the Senator Harris for President Campaign Rally.”

The group recently released a new version of the classic “Lift Every Voice & Sing” to coincide with Black History Month in February and to celebrate the song’s 120th Anniversary.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” often referred to as the “Black National Anthem”, was originally written as a poem in 1899 by James Weldon Johnson to be recited by 500 students at the Stranton School in Jacksonville, Florida as a welcoming poem to educator Booker T. Washington in commemorate of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It was later put to music by John Rosamond Johnson and adopted as the Black National Anthem by the NAACP.

The SambaFunk! version of “Lift Every Voice & Sing” comes on the 120th anniversary of the song being written in hopes that the new release will shine a light on the Black Experience and ignite a sense of pride among Black and oppressed people worldwide. Historically music often plays a significant role in bringing people together for positive change. The group hopes this song evokes conversations between Americans of all backgrounds.

Williams said, “2019 is the perfect time for the message of this monumental work to be heard around the world to help raise our collective consciousness and present a living example of how music can play a significant role in unification.”

Many are already celebrating the song and its goodwill message including several NBA teams who will be performing the song as part of their Black History Month presentations.

Samba Funk! will also be seen in the EPIX documentary series, Elvis Goes There on February 11th with host film critic Elvis Mitchell, performing “Lift Every Voice & Sing”.

Mastered in the world-renowned Bernie Grundman studio in Hollywood, the song was released Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, January 20th and is available wherever music is sold and streamed.

To learn more about Samba Funk! and listen to “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, visit the website at sambafunk.com.

Nicky Jam officially announces his new concert tour

Nicky Jam announces his “Intimate Tour 2019”, this is his next concert tour in the United States, where the most prominent urban singer-songwriter of recent times hopes to surprise all his followers with his extraordinary show, many surprises and a constant evolution. The concert tour had an excellent campaign of expectation that managed to engage and captivate the attention of all the followers of the artist, who through social networks made themselves felt, expressing many things and today finally managed to know the reason; it is the new concert tour of the interpreter of the urban genre, which bears the particular name of “Intimo Tour 2019”. “Intimate Tour 2019” will have its opening concert on April 11 in Chicago, Illinois, to then visit the cities of Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, New York, among others. The artist will be making a total of 13 concerts in the most important stages of the United States, extending until the month of May. Tickets will be available from February 1 to 10AM Eastern time. Additionally, the exponent of urban genre, who has also stood out as an actor including his biographical series “The winner”, will now join the cast of the renowned film sequel “Bad Boys” in his third installment called: “Bad Boys for Life” , working directly in Hollywood with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.