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Catch award-winning talents in Pretoria this week

Michelle Veenemans, March 11

Renowned artists, soprano Michelle Veenemans, Miroslav Chakaryan on violin and Paul Ferreira on piano will treat you with spectacular musical performances from legendary operas and operettas by Puccini, Sibelius, Massenet, Gounod and Lehar, Elgar, Sarasate and Kalman, to name but a few.

Travel back in time as these celebrated performers take you on a rousing romantic musical journey. Opera lovers and those new to the ageless genre will be transported to the great opera halls of Europe in this not-to-be-missed performance.

Performance is to the benefit of SAACA (Southern African Animal Cancer Association) and proceeds will go towards their research and treatment for cancer in our beloved pets. The show will take place from 16:00 at the Centurion Theatre.

Nomcebo Zikode, March 8

Grammy award-winning artist, Nomcebo Zikode, was born in Hammarsdale, KZN and she has been a backing singer for several years. She won her first Grammy during the 65th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Global Performance, on February 6.

The “Jerusalem” hitmaker first came into the scene when she featured DJ Ganyani for their hit single “Emazulwini”. Zikode has been touring around the world performing her music and she will be taking the stage of Leading women summit (LWS) joined by the likes of Elsa Majimbo, Dr Naledi Pandor, Thami Nkadimeng ando by the 2 times Grammy award winner, Wouter Kellerman.

She will be sharing about her journey, Grammy award and entertainment at Sunbet Arena in Pretoria.

Mellow and Sleazy, 8 March

SA’s hot topic duo Mellow and Sleazy discovered when they were growing up that they both had a passion for music.

With more than one nomination for the SA Music Award for TikTok Viral Song of the Year, SA Music Award for Record of the Year and SA Music Award for Best Amapiano Album this duo has featured big and well-known Amapiano artists, such as Lady Du, Felo Le Tee, Pabi Cooper, Kamo Mphela and Young Stunna.

These Pretoria-born artists started with the new coming genre Bacardi and later transitioned, riding the wave of Amapiano.

Catch them at Zanzou in Pretoria, as they will be headlining the Lavish Wednesday.

June Jazzin, 10 March

Born as June Mzobe but now famously known as June Jazzin is said to hit Mamelodi this coming weekend. June Jazzin released his debut album, Light Up Your Day last year in September.

Jazzin started as a soundman back in 2006, in being inspired by the work of Next Evidence and Glen Underground he was pushed to develop himself. He is proudly taught all the do’s of the game by the legendary deep house master Viny Da Vinci. Not only being a good father to his daughter, but June also calls himself the addict of sound and art expressionism.

Catch June Jazzin at Boys Night Out that will be held at Tsewu Lifestyle in Mamelodi, Pretoria from 12:00 to 02:00

Anton Botha, March 11


If it isn’t his steely eyes that get you, this decorated Afrikaans country artist has proved he can win you over with his music.

Even from his primary school days, Botha made waves performing with the likes of Coenie de Villiers, Anneli van Rooyen and Randall Wicomb. Botha loves performing live and is known for his ability to take any request from the audience in between his own music and rock and country hits from the 80s and 90s.

Botha has a packed gig calendar, so chances are that he will be coming to a venue near you, but in the meantime, catch him at Stoep Stories in Magalieskruin from 18:45.

Nicola McLeod, March 12

Where words fail, music speaks. This quirky go-getter keeps her hands full with a full-time music career, acting abilities, music teaching, and running businesses. She knows her way around the Pretoria music scene having performed alongside major local names, as well as being involved in organising some of Pretoria’s best gigs.

This local talent will be at Diep in die Berg restaurant from 13:00.

Cool “the band”, March 12

If you are a fan of live entertainment in Pretoria, you have probably seen this influential band that has been making its rounds at local bars, restaurants and nightclubs for many years. Deane Anthony and Dion Olwagen have made a variety of music since 2009, from the 50s to now. The band was even awarded the South African Country Music Association Foundation (SACMAF) awards in 2019.

Cool “The Band” performing in 2016. Image: Facebook

Catch the local legends from 12:00 to 16:00 at Toureiro’s House of Prawns.

Oscar Mbo, 12 March

Mbongeni Ndlovu aka “Oscar Mbo” was born in Pretoria, but grew up in a town called Kriel in Mpumalanga.

Oscar started the hustle back in 2010 when he formed a trio group named Golden Boys Ent. He is a producer, DJ and podcaster. He released his debut EP back in 2019, the same year he got his first international tour for Shimzas’ show, One Man Show.

He recently featured the former Black Motion group member, Murdah Bongz on his Asante project. Oscar Mbo will be headlining the Sunday Situation at Centurion Shisanyama.

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