Abba reunited after 35 years
Parents everywhere rejoiced when the Swedish band announced that they will be reuniting for two brand new songs that will be released later this year. Band member Benny Anderson spoke to BBC News and alluded to the sounds of the news songs saying “One of the songs is like we would have written it today. The other, we could have written in 1972.”
The announcement of the reunion comes after the confirmation of a sequel of the 2018 musical film Mamma Mia! which is a film that tells a story using the hit songs of Abba. The trailer for Mamma Mia: Here we go again has already been released and will act as a prequel to the original, giving viewers the backstory of Meryl Streep’s character, Donna.
Springbok Nude Girls to release album
The Cape Town based alternative rock band is known for drawing inspiration from a plethora of different genres like punk rock and ska. The band released their last full length album ten years ago. To tease the massive album release the band released a two track EP on iTunes and Apple Music on 27 April. With this they released a vinyl of the uplifting radio anthem “Beautiful Evolution”. The EP also includes “Best Friends, Best Enemies”. Their full length album will be independently released later this year.
Tony Award Nominations dominated by pop culture
The Tony awards have been a long standing award ceremony which recognizes achievements in live broadway theatre. When the nominees were announced on 1 May popular teen culture, which is not usually associated with these awards, raked in the nominations. The Mean Girls musical based on the 2014 teen comedy and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway received the most nominations with each receiving twelve nods.
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play also received a myriad of nominations including Best Featured Actress in a Play for Noma Dumezweni’s portrayal of Hermoine Granger. Other famous names on the nominee list include Tina Fey for Best Book of a Musical for Mean Girls, Andrew Garflield and Denzel Washington for Best Leading Actor in a Play for Angels in America and The Iceman Cometh respectively and Amy Schumer for Best Leading Actress in a Play for Meteor Shower.
The 72nd Annual Tony Awards hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles will be held on 11 June.
JAN the JOURNAL – New magazine by the Michelin Star South African Chef
The award winning South African chef, Jan Hendrik Van der Westhuizen, is the owner and head chef of Jan in Nice, France. In 2016 the restaurant received a Michelin star, Europe’s highest honour when it comes to fine dining. In recent years Van der Westhuizen has released a cookbook, JAN: A breath of French air and appeared in a nine episode cooking program on the Dstv channel VIA. Van der Westhuizen’s most recent endeavor is a “part coffee-table cookbook, part luxury lifestyle magazine”, JAN the JOURNAL. The magazine is already available for pre-order as the first issue will be available in Woolworths stores and online later this month.
UP represented in Miss SA top 12
The 60th Miss South Africa Pageant taking place on 27 May has recently released the top twelve finalists vying for the prestigious title. The top twelve includes Anzelle von Staden, who holds a BCom degree from UP, and Karishma Ramdev, who is currently in her fifth year of a medical degree at Tuks.
Compiled by Claudine Noppe