The Life's Way - A Lifestyle and Technology Blog By Aashish Rai 

Monday, 28 November 2016

SCC Brings #BluBloodBollywoodExperience to #Sandton @SandtonEvents

Hi Guys,

Sandton Convention Centre is delighted to host the very first Bollywood Extravaganza in Sandton from 2 to 4 December, which promises to dazzle not only Bollywood aficionados, but anyone who is intrigued by this global cinematic phenomenon.
SCC Brings #BluBloodBollywoodExperience to #Sandton @SandtonEvents
A three day cultural extravaganza hosted at venues throughout Sandton Convention Centre will celebrate all Bollywood encompasses under one roof. The weekend kicks off with the shopper’s delight, Mela (taking place over the 3 days). On Friday, 2nd December, top Indian fashion designers – including Vikram Phadnis, Joy Mitra, Krishna Mehtra and Pawan & Pranav - will showcase their latest collections in a fashion extravaganza along with the Blu Blood Bollywood Variety Show. Comedy lovers can look forward to a stellar line-up on Saturday, 3rd December, with the very best of South Africa’s Indian comedians in Kings & Queens of Comedy And All’. The event culminates on Sunday, 4th December when two megastars in the Bollywood music industry, Sonu Nigam and Atif Aslam, share a stage for the first time on African soil.
Sonu Nigam & Atif Aslam  SCC Brings #BluBloodBollywoodExperience to #Sandton @SandtonEvents
Sonu Nigam & Atif Aslam
Tickets are currently available from Computicket and Shoprite Checkers outlets. Tickets range from R250 to R5000 with room packages at Tsogo Sun’s range of hotels being made available. Visit www.blublood.com for the full programme of events.

For more information on Sandton Convention Centre, log on to www.saconvention.co.za, join the Facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/SandtonConventionCentre or follow on Twitter at @SandtonEvents.

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Come and Celebrate #Summer @SilverstarZA This Festive Season

Hi Guys, 

Silverstar, renowned for being the number one entertainment destination in the West Rand, has welcomed our favourite season in spectacular style with the Celebrate Summer Promotion. Running from Monday, 7 November to Saturday, 31 December 2016, ending 2016 on the ultimate high. Silverstar gives YOU a chance to win a share of over R2 million in CASH, CARS and FreePlay.

To stand a chance to walk away with fantastic prizes, a brand-new Jeep Wrangler worth R450 000 being just one of the exciting winnings up for grabs, all you have to do is play Slots or Tables with your Silverstar Rewards card during the promotion period. You need to accumulate points to earn tickets to enter the CASH draws – all points earned, will be valid for the entire duration that the Celebrate Summer promotion is running.
Come and Celebrate #Summer @SilverstarZa This Festive Season
The CAR draws will take place on Saturday, 26 November and Saturday, 31 December 2016, with the finalists draw starting at 20h00. The CASH draws will take place on Wednesday, 30 November and Wednesday, 28 December, with the finalist draws taking place at 19h00 for Gold and Platinum cardholders, and 20h00 for Black cardholders.

Silverstar Casino is dedicated to providing the most exciting gaming experience for our guests and the Celebrate Summer promotion is a perfect example of our determination to achieve that experience of a life time, during this promotion we bring you activations like The Beach festival, Carols by Candlelight on the Beach, great Food offers and much more Summer festivities, ensuring fun is had by the whole family” said Sanele Ntombela, Silverstar Casino’s Marketing Manager.

With Silverstar, you can definitely ‘Celebrate Summer’ in all its fullness.
 
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@ASUS_za Wins 8 Prestigious #CES2017 Innovation Awards #Gadgets

Hi Guys,
 
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe @Asus_za #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatraASUS has won eight prestigious CES® 2017 Innovation Awards for products with outstanding design and engineering, the Consumer Technology Association™ announced. The award-winning products that are currently available on the market include ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenBook 3, ROG GX800 and Vivo AiO V221. The other award winners will be unveiled during CES 2017, and all the products will be on display at the ASUS Media Suite at Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the new flagship ASUS smartphone with advanced camera technology that takes mobile photography to the next level, won in the Wireless Handsets category. ZenBook 3, an ultra-sleek and lightweight notebook with a premium aluminium design; Republic of Gamers (ROG) GX800, the world’s first liquid-cooled gaming laptop featuring the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 SLI graphics; and Vivo AiO V221, the slimmest-ever model in the Vivo AiO range of all-in-one PCs designed for family living, all won awards in the Computer Hardware and Components category.

The award-winning products underscore the ASUS commitment to designing and building innovative products that deliver an incredible consumer experience. The CES Innovation Awards, held annually since 1976 in conjunction with CES in Las Vegas, is one of the most prestigious awards programs in the consumer electronics industry. The awards cover 28 product categories and products are judged by a prominent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers, and trade journalists.

CES 2017 Innovation Award winners  
ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe
ASUS ZenFone 3 is the flagship model of the ZenFone 3 Series, and the world’s first full-metal smartphone with invisible antenna design. It has a strong and light aluminium alloy unibody, and a rear surface free of unsightly antenna lines and an ultra-thin 4.2 mm edge.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe features a 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 by 1080) Super AMOLED display with a gamut of over 100% NTSC colour space for rich, vibrant colours, even in harsh, outdoor lighting. An ultra-thin bezel gives ZenFone 3 Deluxe a 79% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized display in a compact package. Inside, it has the world’s first Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Series processor, Adreno™ 530 GPU, and integrated X12 LTE modem, as well as up to 6GB RAM to deliver the best performance and fast connectivity for demanding apps, games, and media.

ZenFone 3 Deluxe raises the bar for mobile photography with its incredible 23MP camera featuring the latest Sony IMX318 image sensor, a large f/2.0 aperture lens, and 4-axis optical image stabilization for high-resolution, blur-free, and low-noise photos in almost any lighting condition. It also features 3-axis electronic image stabilization for steady 4K UHD videos, PixelMaster 3.0 technology and the ASUS TriTech autofocus system. The latter automatically selects 2nd-generation laser, phase detection, or continuous autofocus to provide accurate and nearly instant 0.03-second focusing and subject tracking.
ASUS ZenBook 3 @Asus_za #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
ASUS ZenBook 3
ASUS ZenBook 3 is the next-generation ZenBook. It has been completely redesigned with a gorgeous, ultra-sleek 11.9 mm chassis that weights only 910g. With a unibody design, ZenBook 3 is made from aerospace-grade aluminium alloy featuring the signature ZenBook spun-metal finish. It is available in three exclusive colours, Royal Blue, Rose Gold and Quartz Grey, and a special two-phase anodizing process was used the create the stunning golden highlights on its diamond-cut edges.

This prestigious laptop delivers unprecedented performance with the latest 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB of high speed 2133MHz RAM, up to 1TB PCle® x4 SSD and a powerful quad-speaker audio system certified by Harman Kardon. A slim bezel design provides an 82 percent screen-to-body ratio for the maximum display size with the minimum footprint.
ASUS Vivo AiO V221 @Asus_za #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra
ASUS Vivo AiO V221
Built to combine amazing sound and beautiful styling, ASUS Vivo AiO V221 is the slimmest-ever Vivo AiO all-in-one PC that measures just 7.2mm at its thinnest point. Designed to complement any décor, its clean and elegant lines are enhanced by a seamless one-piece integrated stand that is slim and graceful, yet extremely strong.

Its powerful ASUS SonicMaster Premium sound system features dual front-mounted transmission-line stereo speakers driven by the latest smart-amplifier technology, which triples the audio volume compared to a normal amplifier with the same speakers. This finely-tuned audio design delivers crystal-clear sound with deep, rich bass for a superbly immersive entertainment experience.
 
The superb 21.5-inch Full HD screen features exclusive ASUS display technology to ensure sharp, realistic-looking videos and vibrant, vivid colours for any kind of visual content.

Vivo AiO V221 is the perfect digital hub for the home, with full connectivity provided by four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a convenient side-mounted USB 2.0 port, a full-size HDMI port and ultra-fast dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ASUS Vivo AiO V221 are not available in South Africa however the ASUS ZenBook 3 UX390UA will be available in South Africa during 2017. Pricing will range from R24 999 to R34 999 (depending on the Rand Doller exchange rate) and will be available from Incredible Connection, DionWired and Online Clients. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information. ASUS South Africa Website: https://www.asus.com/za/
ASUS South Africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASUSza
ASUS South Africa Twitter: https://twitter.com/ASUS_za
ASUS South Africa Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asus_za/?hl=en
ROG South Africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASUSROGZA/

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@BluBloodSA Brings #BeautifulCreatures Children Stage Show @EmperorsPalace

Hi Guys, 
 
Beautiful Creatures in association with Blu Blood are excited to announce the return of the award-winning children’s stage production, Beautiful Creatures, at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace from the 8th to the 18th December 2016.

Following on the huge success of their shows in 2010 and 2011, this fun, educational and interactive 60-minute show is back by popular demand and features some of Beautiful Creatures’ most loved characters.

The musical tells the story of the shy and quiet Imvubu the Happiest Hippo and how he got to be so happy. We join him on his journey of self-discovery as he befriends Mafutha the Elephant, learns dance steps from Tallulah the Tortoise and finds his “inner roar” with the help of Lucas the Lazy Lion.
@BluBloodSA Brings #BeautifulCreatures Children Stage Show @EmperorsPalace
This popular South African children’s brand was created in 2004 by Alan Glass, Ed Jordan and Paul Choritz.

“Using the best session musicians, actors and singers, Beautiful Creatures prides itself on being uniquely South African with a positive global message,” says co-founder, Paul Choritz.

The last five years has seen them releasing seven albums which have achieved multi-platinum and gold album sales in South Africa, as well as four children’s books (their fifth book ‘Underwater Zoo’ will be released in 2017) and a series of educational toys. They have also received two SAMA nominations and received the Naledi Award for Best Children’s Production in 2010.

“In a world where parents and children have limited quality time, Beautiful Creature’s mission is to bring families together offering a uniquely South African brand with an educational and positive message,” adds Alan Glass.

The production is directed by esteemed director and actress, Gina Shmukler.

“Beautiful Creatures is a must for the whole family. There is a message in every single song. I think the whole world will fall in love with Beautiful Creatures once they see the stage show,” comments Ed Jordan.

Tickets cost R85 and are available through Computicket online (http://online.computicket.com/web/event/beautiful_creatures/1083202143) and various Computicket outlets. Emperors Palace is located at 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg. For more information, visit www.blublood.com and www.beautifulcreatures.co.za or the BluBloodSA and Beautiful Creatures Facebook pages. 

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

@AcerAfrica #Predator Z301CT Monitor wows CES Award Judges #CES2017

Hi Guys,
 
The Predator Z301CT monitor has captured a big win leading up to CES 2017 with the “Best of Innovation” award, the #1 prize in the Computer Peripherals category.

The “Best of Innovation” award for the Predator Z301CT monitor means that the judges deemed it to be the most impressive technology in the computer peripherals category and that it scored higher than all other entries. The Predator Z301CT is the world’s first 21:9 curved monitor with eye-tracking functionality. The monitor’s eye-tracking technology adds to a gamer’s arsenal of control tools, helping them to intuitively aim, target and shoot faster than competitors who only have access to a keyboard and mouse.
@AcerAfrica Predator Curved Gaming Monitor with Eye-Tracking wows CES Award Judges
In addition to the Predator Z301CT the Swift 7, the world’s thinnest notebook, as well as the Spin 7, the world’s thinnest convertible notebook, were also named “Honouree” in the computer hardware and components category. Since their unveiling at IFA 2016, both notebooks have much received international acclaim, including Japan’s Good Design award.

About Acer
Since its founding in 1976, Acer has achieved the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Globally, Acer ranks No. 2 for total PCs and notebooks. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to the company's continuing growth, while its multi-brand approach effectively integrates Acer, Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines brands in worldwide markets. Acer strives to design environmentally friendly products and establish a green supply chain through collaboration with suppliers. Acer is proud to be a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic Movement, including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and London 2012 Olympic Games. The Acer Group employs 8,000 people worldwide. Revenues for 2010 reached US$19.9 billion. See www.acer-group.com for more information.

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@HuaweiZA Launches Video Cloud Solution #HuaweiEnvision #AfricaCom2016

Hi Guys, 

At AfricaCom 2016, Huawei launched its new hybrid video solution ‘Huawei Envision’, which is designed to assist carriers in developing video as a fundamental service and helps them achieve success. Huawei’s Video Cloud solution enables our customers in Africa to develop video services in the quickest manner possible, deliver supreme user experience and all at a cost that was never possible before. Huawei Video Cloud helps customers to quickly bring video services online, reduces the TTM to one week, reduces infrastructure cost by 90%, and ensures the best user experience and data security.

Video Cloud supports multiple service scenarios, including cloud live broadcast, cloud VOD, cloud TV games, celebrity or games live broadcast, multi-screen interaction, remote health care, and online education, reducing the costs of on-premise video platform and Content Delivery Network infrastructure construction, assisting customers in quick commercial use of video services, promoting industry cooperation and building a win-win video ecosystem based on increasingly open video capabilities.
@HuaweiZA Launches Video Cloud Solution #HuaweiEnvision #AfricaCom2016
Wilson Feng, Vice President of Huawei Southern Africa region, said “Nowadays video services are not just an intrinsic part of telecommunications services but also a standard feature. Video should be positioned as a basic service for operators,”

According to figures presented by Huawei, video is already the dominant content type on many mobile networks, accounting for more than 50 percent of all traffic. In the coming years, that figure is expected to grow to more than 80 percent as video becomes a more integral part of life with the rise of VR and mobile video.

Huawei aims to become the best video solution provider in Africa, lead new video ecosystem construction and assist customers in achieving success. With Huawei Envision Cloud business solution, based on Huawei’s advanced Video Envision Solution, Huawei assists African operators to enable quick video service launch and business success through cloud services and massive high quality video content. Based on this solution, Huawei launched the Comedy+ with MTN in Nigeria and the Baze-live live show service with partners in Kenya in October 2016 and Huawei is planning to expand these services to the whole of Africa in the very near future.

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@BluBloodSA Brings @KNQComedy #KNQComedy #BluBloodBollywoodExperience

Hi Guys,

Blu Blood in association with 947, IBV, Dabur Miswak, The Raj, Xclusive Décor, Tsogo Sun, Rising Sun and Laudium Sun presents 'Kings & Queens of Comedy And All’ exclusive to the BLU BLOOD BOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE.
 
With a royal flush of South Africa’s best Indian comedy giants, Kings & Queens of Comedy And All’ is guaranteed to be a show of hysterical proportions, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday, 3rd December 2016. Comedy lovers can look forward to a stellar, royal line-up with some of South Africa’s brightest and funniest stand-up Indian comedians as they take laughter and hilarity to the next level.

The royal court includes Riaad Moosa (host for the evening’s festivities), Muthu Murugan, Pravesh Mungaldave, Simmi Areff, Farhan Esat, Sans Moonsammy, Yaseen Barnes and Afzal Khan with the belles of the ball Leeanda Reddy and Keru Kisten taking their place as the Queens of the stage.
@BluBloodSA Brings @KNQComedy @947 @StarPlus #KNQComedy
Kings & Queens of Comedy And All’ forms part of the Blu Blood Bollywood Experience which is a three day cultural extravaganza and celebrates everything Bollywood under one roof. Dance along with street performers; be swept away by the explosion of colour and energy. From the best musical talents to top class comedy; the finest local and international fashion to the tastes and smells of the East, there will be so much on offer.

“The Blu Blood Bollywood Experience is an annual event that South African and African Indian communities look forward to. It is a lifestyle and entertainment spectacular. It enlists local and international entertainers, celebrities and the likes to culminate the year in a Bollywood extravaganza from the Mela (shopping festival), fashion shows, SA’s comedy greats, the best in Indian cuisine and the finale being the biggest names in the Bollywood industry,” comments Blu Blood CEO, Shaaista Khan Osman.

“Sandton is going to be ‘Bollyfied’ this December, this is one memorable event certainly not to be missed!” adds Blu Blood MD, Osman Osman.

Kings & Queens of Comedy And All’ at Exhibition 2 at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday, 3rd December. Tickets available through Computicket online http://online.computicket.com/web/event/kings_and_queens_of_comedy_all/1079278003/0/75562876 or at Computicket outlets. Doors open at 19h00 and the show starts at 20h00.
 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KnQcomedy
Twitter: @KNQComedy / @BluBloodSA
Official Hashtag: #KNQcomedy
 
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@SimbaChipsSA Launches Ready-to-eat Kettle Popped-Popcorn #SimbaPopcorn

Hi Guys,

Simba, the King of Snacks has introduced delicious Kettle Popped Popcorn to South African snackers, adding even more tasty snacking options that Roarrr with Flavour to the current Simba snack family.
@SimbaChipsSA Launches Ready-to-eat Kettle Popped-Popcorn #SimbaPopcorn
Simba Kettle Popped Popcorn, which offers extra crunch for enjoyment, is available in two scrumptious flavours that appeal to South African tastes: White Cheddar Flavoured Popcorn and Sweet & Spicy Chutney Flavoured Popcorn. These are packed with all the quality, freshness and great taste that fans have come to expect from Simba, new Kettle Popped Popcorn is made using a traditional kettle-popped process, and offers an ideal snacking opportunity for snackers seeking a different yet satisfying, flavour-filled snack.

Simba has been a part of South African family fun times and memories for almost 60 years. Whether you are settling into a Sunday or family night movie, weekend braai, picnic at the park with a date or simply want to savour as a midday snack, share a pack of Simba Kettle Popped Popcorn for a truly enjoyable treat of choice.
@SimbaChipsSA Launches Ready-to-eat Kettle Popped-Popcorn #SimbaPopcorn
Keep an eye out for an activation in your nearest mall or shopping centre for a chance to sample the tasty new snacks over the festive season and you could win exciting prizes! Enjoy Simba Kettle Popped Popcorn in 90g bags available from all major retailers. Follow Simba Chips on Facebook and @SimbaChipsSA on Twitter, www.simba.co.za #SimbaPopcorn 

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@ASUS_za Republic of Gamers #ROG Launched GX800 #GamingLaptop

Hi Guys,

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced GX800, a gaming laptop with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 SLI graphics and an advanced version of the Hydro Overclocking System liquid-cooling module. The 18-inch GX800 is the first gaming laptop designed to deliver real 4K UHD gameplay. It features NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology and supports leading virtual-reality (VR) headsets for super-smooth and stutter-free VR gaming. In addition, GX800 features the Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming (MechTAG) keyboard with programmable ROG Aura RGB LED effects for individual keys.
@ASUS_za Republic of Gamers #ROG Launched GX800 #GamingLaptop
NVIDIA SLI graphics and Hydro Overclocking System
ROG GX800’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics provides super-fast, silky-smooth gameplay and detailed gaming environments.

GX800 is paired with an advanced version of its predecessor’s Hydro Overclocking System to give it the cooling performance required for extreme overclocking of the processor and graphics cards. The Hydro Overclocking System helps boost GX800 clock frequencies from 3.2GHz to 4.2GHz. When overclocked, GX800 achieves a 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra score of 10395.

A ROG-proprietary connection between the Hydro Overclocking System and GX800 ensures coolant flows smoothly between the two without leaking. The coolant is pumped and circulated around the processor and graphics card, before it returns to the cooling module where two radiators help to dissipate heat. To cope with these demands, GX800 has two 330W power adapters.
@ASUS_za Republic of Gamers #ROG Launched GX800 #GamingLaptop
Designed for real 4K UHD gaming visuals
The 18-inch ROG GX800 is the world’s first gaming laptop to provide real 4K UHD gameplay for realistic, highly-detailed gaming worlds with faster and smoother frame rates. GX800 can run games at ‘Ultra’ graphics settings at frame rates averaging over 60fps.

In addition, the combination of NVIDIA SLI graphics and the Hydro Overclocking System ensures GX800 has the performance to deliver the very best VR gaming experiences. GX800 provides super-smooth, stutter-free VR visuals with frame rates exceeding 90fps. Featuring plug-and-play compatibility with leading VR headsets, GX800 is designed for immersive VR gaming.
@ASUS_za Republic of Gamers #ROG Launched GX800 #GamingLaptop
Accurate and responsive keystrokes
The MechTAG keyboard has mechanical switches for positive clicks and 2.5mm of key travel for accurate, tactile keystrokes. It incorporates 100 percent anti-ghosting with 30-key rollover to ensure that multi-keystroke commands are correctly logged — even when 30 keys are pressed simultaneously. In addition, ROG Aura RGB LED effects can be customized for each key, allowing gamers to configure different effects and colours for individual keys.

ASUS ROG GX800 will be available from February 2017 in South Africa Online from Evetech and DionWired (Note that it will be order on request) with a SRP of R129 999.00. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information. ASUS South Africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASUSza and ASUS South Africa Twitter: https://twitter.com/ASUS_za

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#StarWars: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES Comes to @DStv #DisneyXD

Hi Guys,

"Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" is an all-new animated television series debuted on 21 November, at 19:00 on Disney XD (DStv channel 304). The fun-filled adventure comedy series  introduces all-new heroes and villains in exciting adventures with many familiar Star Wars characters.

Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact - the Kyber Saber – his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.
"Star Wars: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES" Comes to @DStv #DisneyXD
"We are very excited to launch for the first time a TV series with Disney XD," said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing & entertainment at the LEGO Group. "The creative team behind 'The Freemaker Adventures' is extremely talented, and the series is a great testament to our longstanding and successful partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney. The show masterfully combines the rich heritage of storytelling, great characters, action and adventure in a galaxy far, far away with the creativity, imagination and humor that only LEGO Star Wars can deliver. We are sure fans young and old are going to love the show."

"With 'The Freemaker Adventures' we are thrilled to bring all new stories to life that could only be realized in the LEGO Star Wars universe," said Carrie Beck, vice president, animation development at Lucasfilm. "We are embarking on an unprecedented collaboration that will allow us to extend the narrative experience of the Star Wars saga with the same playful spirit that’s always made LEGO Star Wars so much fun to watch. We are so thankful to have such great partners in the LEGO Group, Disney XD and series developers Bill Motz and Bob Roth."

"Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" is a production of Wil Film, the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm. Developed for television by Bill Motz and Bob Roth ("Penguins of Madagascar"), they join Torsten Jacobson ("LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales") and Jill Wilfert ("The LEGO Movie") as executive producers alongside producers Carrie Beck ("Star Wars Rebels"), Jason Cosler ("LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!"), Jake Blais and John McCormack.
 
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Loring Produces First-time Album #YAELflyAway for Crossover Talent YAEL @YAELvocals

Hi Guys,

Petite and beautiful, YAEL so impressed Richard Loring with her crystal-clear, powerful classically- trained voice that he took her on as his first protégé, mentoring her over 18 months to produce her debut album, ‘Fly Away’, which was launched on 13 November. The event, held at Tshwane’s stylish new inner-city event venue, ‘O12 Central’, featured YAEL, backed by the Soweto Spiritual Singers in a ‘Richard Loring’ Production. An exhibition of up-and-coming urban artists and African craft beer tasting added to the ‘wrap-around’ experience.

“In my 50 years in the entertainment industry, producing a nurturing talent, I have rarely found a voice so pure and powerful,” says Richard Loring, a Multi Lifetime Achievement Awardee and he himself an award-winning performer on stage, film, TV, cabaret and as a recording artist – in London’s West End and in South Africa.
Loring Produces First-time Album  #FlyAway for Crossover Talent YAEL @YAELvocals
Loring was particularly captivated by YAEL’s international star quality when he heard her performing ‘crossover’ numbers from classical to pop. He was inspired to draw on his experience to produce a world-class performer in the style of popular ‘crossover’ stars like Katherine Jenkins, Andrea Bocelli, Hayley Westenra and Sarah Brightman, who have made classical performances accessible to the global market.

YAEL’s own story is particularly poignant. Classically trained in piano and voice, YAEL had dreamed of following a career in music. Love came early and she married Dave Benjamin and became mother to two beautiful children. For many women this would have been the end of their dream but, determined and committed, YAEL, encouraged by her family, decided to fund her own album, to ‘Fly Away’ and to follow her dream.

Also with a dream, Jeffrey Wapnick, MD of the property giant, City Property, is spearheading the revival of the Tshwane city centre.
YAEL and Richard Loring (credit Steve Castings)
YAEL and Richard Loring (credit Steve Castings)
012central, in the hub of Wapnick’s vision of creating an artistic precinct in the city, has been attractively revived to create an expansive atmospheric multi-functional venue – highly desirable for event organisers especially for staging special and, specifically, culturally significant events.

Wapnick says, “012central is the perfect place for discovering something new. It is a place of renewal, of hope and functions on a raw, urban plane dotted with art and greenery. There is no doubt of the sense of scale of 012central, and its uniqueness is the blank canvas it offers event hosts to create something new, something bold, to cross divides.

“We have a long history of supporting young artists to showcase their talent, from sculptors to artists from a variety of backgrounds and the venue was an easy choice to launch the career of such an exciting new talent as YAEL.”

YAEL performs in diverse styles - from operatic arias, contemporary to rock - and her repertoire extends across many languages – English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Yiddish and Zulu.
YAEL, Richard Loring and the Soweto Spiritual Singers (credit Steve Castings)
YAEL, Richard Loring and the Soweto Spiritual Singers (credit Steve Castings)
To create an exciting musical juxtaposition, Loring identified the Soweto Spiritual Singers to offer an ideal natural synchronicity with YAEL’s talents. Says Loring, “On several tracks YAEL’s soaring voice contrasts with the rich blend of earthy, African spiritual sounds and gospel rhythms, which are infused with a jazzy saxophone and a hint of African instruments to create a triumphant unifying harmony.”

“I love my country,” says YAEL, “and believe that we South Africans can show the world, currently so torn by racial strife, that tolerance and harmony can be achieved through music.”

Nkululeko Vilakazi of the Sowetan Spiritual Singers explains the dynamics of this unique mix: “The fusion of the Eurocentric sound and African ‘heartbeat’ music produces an unusual and interesting harmony through music creating a universal message of hope.”
YAEL with piano (credit Steve Castings)
YAEL with piano (credit Steve Castings)
In this album, Fly Away, YAEL effortlessly transcends boundaries of culture, race, language and genre through African, European, pop, folk and contemporary music, which blend into one, rich experience. Tracks include those originally written and performed by David Foster, Madonna, Brian May, Mick Jagger, Jon Bon Jovi, Joy, and Albert Hammond. Illustrating the range and languages featured are tracks such as Canto Alla Vita; What are you doing the rest of your life; One day I’ll fly away; Love is; I’ve dreamed of you; Viva La Vida; and Eres Tu, a tour de force finale.

The title of YAEL’s album is in part inspired by the Will Jennings/Joe Sample piece, One day I’ll fly away, written for Randy Crawford around 1980. Fly Away is more than a remarkable crossover success for South Africa; it is the realisation of visionary thinking that rings universally in the lyrics of Will Jennings: “Leave all this to yesterday. Why live life from dream to dream and dread the day when dreaming ends?”

For further information on YAEL and ‘Fly Away’ go to www.yael.co.za or contact: Richard Loring on richardl@mweb.co.za or loring@mweb.co.za or on 27(0)83 325 7346. YAEL’s album is available on iTunes, Shazam, Spotify, Deezer and Google Play. For venue bookings at 012Central, please contact Sara Grindley-Ferris on 079 733 1689 or go to www.012central.co.za

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