Beautiful people, tantalizing cuisines and the best of the best in the music industry, both local and international under one roof for two days.
That’s what DSTV Delicious International Food and Music Festival offers every year. What makes it different this year? They went all out. Pulled out the best international acts to come and grace the event, the top chefs to serve and a fun filled ambiance. DSTV Delicious International Food Festival- South Africa, is an annual premier lifestyle event and for the last three iterations, the prestigious Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit played host to the festival.
This year the event was slated for the 21st and 22nd of September, with promises of world class acts, delectable mouth-watering foods and the best security to top the cherry. As promised, DSTV Delicious delivered.
WHAT WAS OFFERED
Having in previous years since its inception, hosted some of the biggest names in the culinary and music worlds, the likes of US songbirds Erykah Badu, Macy Gray and MasterChefs SA Judge Pete Goffe-Wood, chef Reza Mahammad, local acts such as the late Hugh Masekela and the iconic South African kwaito music group, TKZee; it was interesting to see what the festival had in store for this year’s event.
So what did DSTV have in store this year? Dynamic, explosive entertainment, and the food? Exotic, scrumptious, lip-smacking foods that can tickle any foodie’s taste buds. World renowned chefs came through trying to outdo each other with freshly prepared foods and desserts. The likes of the much talked about in the food world, ‘The Lazy Makoti’ author and chef, Mogau Seshoene came through to show off their exceptional cooking skills.
There were also pop up stalls and food trucks offering scrumptious foods and beverages for ticket holders. Some of the foods, all the way from Thailand, South Korea, Nigeria and many other parts of the world. These foods were not only a great experience for first timers of the event but may also have been a little too exotic and adventurous but it is a good way to learn of different traditional foods around the world.
The festival reeled in top local headlining artists such as the Shimza, the dynamic trio of MiCasa, the African sensational group, Mafikizolo, not to forget the man who sells out stadiums, Cassper Nyovest, just to mention a few. And just when you think that the organizers and their partners can’t top that, they bring in international artist and American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer, Raphael Saadiq.
Who has been a standard bearer for "old school" R&B since his early days as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Tone! And to top it off, the breakthrough British act of 2006, Corinne Bailey Rae to serenate the crowd. The entertainment was of top notch, heart pounding, stage-breaking performances, and the crowd’s response was evidence that DSTV Delicious International Food and Music Festival 2019 had outdone themselves in entertaining the masses gathered at Kyalami.
This year more than 20 000 socialites and media personalities graced the event which attracted diverse nationalities who were there to flaunt their hand crafted outfits and designer jaw dropping garments.
The DSTV festival spoilt their VIP patrons with a wide array of choices. The lounges played host to the elite, the rooms filled with exquisite, comfortable furnishings allowing people to sit at ease while being waited on hand and food and also getting the best view to the stage. Great views, best services, delicious food, top notch entertainment, befitting for VIPs.
It was easy to bump into famous faces, the likes of renowned controversial television and radio personality, Somizi Mhlongo and his fiancé Mohale Motaung. The lovebirds seemed to enjoy the festival immensely, blending in and making conversation with everyone.
Other South African celebrity personalities like Anele Mdoda and J’Something were some of the many well-known faces that you can rub shoulders with in the lounge area.
In a crowd of different tribe and nationalities, definitely everyone is likely to throw in a bit of their native attire, but that was not the case, everyone came dressed up and all colorful. Some were in their bump shorts, some in their summer dresses, jeans and the dominating fashion accessory were the sunglasses, perhaps because of the African sun.
Some kept it simple and glamorous, some were feminine, sultry and striking. Some kept it safe and monochromatic, most women threw in colorful and gorgeous make up and everyone there had defined their own style. Although many people threw in glamour and glitz, it still went well with the event. You could enjoy your drinks draped in a long dress and some sneakers. It still fitted the occasion.
ABOUT DSTV FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL
DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival first took the entertainment and culinary world by storm in its debut in Johannesburg in October 2013. 40 000 visitors over the two-day festival could indulge in the best food and music Johannesburg has to offer.
DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival has hosted some of the biggest names from both the culinary and music worlds. The festival celebrates 7 years of excellence and growth this year, serving nothing but the best in entertainment and food, across three different stages, 10 hours of entertainment per day, a variety of beverages to suit any palette and diet, and they still have much more in store for the attendees!
Basically, what DSTV Delicious aspired to was to bring the world to you and you to the world, through good food and music. The two things that connect each and everyone regardless of who you are and where you from. This, they have accomplished yet again with the most successful event yet of 2019.
After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.
On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.
The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others.
Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.
The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus.
At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.
“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”
The annual prestigious music awards, African Muzik Magazine Awards and Music Festival (AFRIMMA), has resumed this year. But this time around with a virtual version of it.
The awards that celebrate the originality of African music has unveiled their seventh edition. The awards seek to promote the African talent by bringing together on the same stage African legendary artists to celebrate African culture.
The event was established by the International Committee of AFRIMMA, in collaboration with African Union to reward and celebrate musical works, talents and creativity around the African continent while promoting the African cultural heritage amongst African countries.
However after the Covid-19 global pandemic, the event will not be hosted on a live global stage, but it will be hosted virtually and nominees are expected to deliver their performances virtually. The AFRIMMA Virtual Awards 2020 is set to be the first of its kind in the African music world with performances coming from different artists around the world and audience catching the performances, speeches and award presentations on multiple streaming devices.
Amongst the many who are nominated by the AFRIMMAs is local sensation Vee Mampeezy who has been nominated in the category for Best Male Southern African alongside music giants, Black Coffee- South Africa, Slap Dee – Zambia, Cassper Nyovest- South Africa, Master KG- South Africa, Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe, Vee Mampeezy – Botswana, Shyn – Madagascar, Tshego- South Africa, Tha Dogg – Namibia and Yanga Chief – South Africa.
Mampeezy has established with WeekendLife that prior to that, he had received an email from AFRIMMA confirming his nomination. They wished for him to perform which he said he will confirm the performance first with his manager, but as for now he is not sure if he will be performing.
“We have accepted the nomination. It is such an honour to be nominated alongside music giants like Black Coffee. I am very excited, others I am not as excited to be nominated alongside them because I have been nominated before with them. I do not mean to say they are not great, they are great in their respective right,” he said.
“We should be excited as a country that Botswana has been nominated as well. Before anything else, the fact that we are there as nominees makes us winners. It is such an honour to be recognised more so that Botswana is a small country with a very small population.”
Famous and most decorated artists the likes of Diamond Platnumz, Mr Flavour, Harmonize, Davido and Jah Prayzah are also amongst the nominees. However, South African based artist affectionately known as Master KG has been nominated six times for Video of the year, Best Male Southern Africa, Artist of the year, Best Collaboration as well as song of the year.
Master KG’s song ‘Jerusalem’ has been making waves internationally, and it was used mostly during the pandemic to shake off the Covid-19 anxiety. The song was nominated after South African Music Awards (SAMA) failed to nominate the young talented artist.
The Queen does this through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fairs, storytelling programs to children, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities.
Even though this auspicious year has been faulted by the COVID-19 crisis, Miss Earth Botswana 2020 Seneo Perry has seen this as a chance to fix her crown, and get dirty in conserving the environment. This is highly impressive as it expresses how dedicated she is not only in wearing the crown, but putting in some work to create a better greener world.
Perry is a Botswana based environmentalist, equipped with a degree in Entrepreneurial Business Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University (BAC) and a top 5 finalist in Miss Earth Botswana 2019. As an eco-warrior at heart, she has dedicated her time and energy towards educating and empowering the next generation on the importance of preservation and careful management of the environment and natural resources (a clean and safe environment.)
Miss Earth Botswana will be hosting SOS Children for a film documentary dubbed “Into the Okavango” on Saturday 19th September, in Tlokweng. This initiative is influenced by National Vision 2036 Pillar of National Values which is our identity, our unique natural and cultural resources, tolerance of diversity as well as national values constitute a value preposition that makes Botswana a place to live, work and do business.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife, Perry’s Manager, Shimah Keakopa, said the purpose of this event is to encourage the children to open up their minds a bit more to think outside the box as they are about to choose their career paths and what more they can offer to their country as upcoming young leaders.
“This event is held under the theme ‘‘Botswana will have healthy ecosystems that support the economy, livelihoods and our cultural heritage as well as enhance resilience to climate change’’. We strive to help young children grow up knowing their purpose in life and what they actually do in achieving their ambitions.”
For her part, the queen said since 2013, conservation topics have always attracted her interests towards achieving a clean and safe environment for the benefit of humanity. She said “Botswana relies heavily on the tourism industry as it contributes 7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Our tourism industry has been characterized as more of a fauna and flora type, which is the great attraction to local and international tourists.”
“Therefore it is imperative that we conserve and continuously engage in environmental issues, to preserve our untouchable pristine wilderness. Furthermore people who live closest to natural resources generally absorb the greatest cost associated with conservation,” she said.
Perry told WeekendLife that a lot still needs to be done to ensure everybody is of one mind in an effort dedicated towards environmental conservation, which not only benefits the flora and fauna but the economy as well through activities such as agriculture and tourism.
“In Botswana, there still not enough policies (some outdated) and public awareness towards environmental conservation, especially the collective effort that should exist between government, private sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Whereas members of the general public do not have adequate access to the information on the importance of environmental conservation and this results in them being unaware of the best practices and standards in environmental conservation,” she said.
When she is not impressing at beauty pageants, Perry is a Managing Director of “Restoring the Prime Colour of the Earth” a charitable organization established in 2019 with the objective to educate both young and old people the importance of keeping a clean and safe environment and to restore the breath-taking landmarks in Botswana.