Monday, 30 September 2013

Beat Box: One hell of a hot season lies ahead

Zakes Bantwini in his element

Jika! Jika Ma baby! Jika! If South African soul-house band Mi Casa’s lyrics to their new song is anything to go by then we should expect a lot of dance moves at clubs and parties this season influenced by some of the republics music talent. 

The award winning trio are looking to replicate the success of their previous album ‘Mi Casa’ with the release of the new album titled ‘Su Casa’. The well baked 15 track retro and soulful house album combines red hot soothing songs that will further strengthen the groups urban and dance chart grip.

Thato Sikwane known to his fans as DJ Fresh is back with a bang, dishing out to the ears the release of the 7th edition of ‘Fresh House Flava’. Fresh last released ‘Fresh House Flava’ a decade ago, Sony label manager Louis Pillay told newspaper Sowetan “We are so excited to be doing this project with fresh. And this is not the last Flava – it’s one of many more to come.”

Another album that’s bound to have an influence on what occurs on the dance floor is Zakes Bantwini’s new offering ‘The Fake Book & Real Book’. Featuring  J Martins on the well played and loved track ‘Ifunaya’ left me wondering exactly what to expect from the album that comings out some time in October.

 Ashley Mokwena

New Albums to check out

Artist: Drake

Album title: Nothing Was the Same

Genre: Hip Hop

Tracks to listen to: Pound Cake, Worst behaviour and Tuscan Leather


Artist: Kings of Leon

Album title: Mechanical Bull

Genre: Alternative Rock

Track to listen to: It Don’t Matter and Supersoaker


Artist: Mi Casa

Album title: Su Casa

Genre: House

Tracks to listen to: Jika and Dream for Love

Da Stitch

Twitter: @DaStitchBlog


Monday, 23 September 2013

Sounds of the moment

“Roar” – Katy Perry

“No Sleep” – Reason the Mass

“Applause” – Lady Gaga

“Still into you” – Paramore

“Feds watching” – 2 Chains ft. Pharrell Williams


Friday, 13 September 2013

Box Office

Bakgat 3

Cast: Ivan Botha, Cherie van der Merwe, Altus Theart
Directed By: Stefan Nieuwoudt
Release Date: 6 September 2013

The sequel in the Bakgat franchise (as it’s become) follows Wimpie and his fiancĂ©e Katrien who immigrate to the United Kingdom. Pursuing his rugby career there is not as simple as he thinks as he finds out when his English teammates are not welcoming in any way. Living in a cramped apartment in the overpopulated city proves too much and he strings together a few fellow South Africans in a bid to form a South African team in the U.K. and the success of his life with Katrien depends on this team’s results in the league.

We’re the Millers

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman
Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Release Date: 6 September 2013

To start, Jennifer Aniston plays a stripper named Rose which is unusual in itself. Second, she reluctantly helps a drug dealer named David and they join forces with a couple of offbeat teens in forming a fake family who go on a joyride to recover some stolen drugs. They are placed in serious under-the-radar danger while trying to save David from overly large debt and possible death. Definitely a change in style for Jen that’s worth a watch but also an important lesson that any business with drugs ends in trouble.


Taking the business bag to another whole new level

Whether it’s just the daily commute, or whether we travel regularly, we all need a good, functional business bag for toting our laptops and assorted papers. Which is why Samsonite has designed Spectrolite, a range of business bags that are perfect for either the daily trip to the office, or for short business hops.

Samsonite has paid particular attention to designing bags to hold your laptop or tablet that are both stylish and functional. The bag is made from a rich material mix of nylon, polyester and ECO-Leather that gives it a clean, modern look, while remaining practical for the normal wear and tear of travel.

The bags are light, and feature an adaptable laptop compartment with a soft touch interior. Most of them also feature expandability, allowing for greater flexibility, as well as a tablet compartment. And there are multiple zipped interior pockets for those small belongings that so often go missing.

Spectrolite is a business range designed for life; and Samsonite has taken every care to design something that will work for you.

Recommended Retail Selling Prices:

Spectrolite Tablet crossover                                                      R  699

Spectrolite Female Business Bag 15.6”                                      R  995

Spectrolite Slim Bailhandle 16”                                                  R 1 595

SpectroliteBailhandle M 16”                       Exp                         R 1 795

SpectroliteBailhandle M 17.3”                   Exp                          R 1 995

Spectrolite Laptop Backpack 17.3”           Exp                          R 1 895

Spectrolite Rolling Tote 17.3”                    Exp                          R 2 995

To locate a stockist near you, visit or call (031) 266 0620.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

In social media space

Foursquared now to include restaurant menu items in search results (The Verge)

Google+ launches embeds, starts to highlight and TypePad authors who sign in with Google+ in search result (TechCrunch)

Trident introduces first 6 second Vine TV Advert (Mashable)

Tumblr launches book club (Los Angeles Times)

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Cool free mobile Apps to have

Flipboard: A well put and presented personal magazine of content from some of the world’s best publications and news services. The app allows users to create their own social media content which can be saved in folders. The app can be found in Apple App Store and Android, and it’s also compatible on BB10. 

101 Great Goals:Distributed through Apple App Store and Android, this video app shows some of the best Premier League and European goals, often immediately after the matches. Added toits video treat it also features news, and football blogs.

News24: One of South Africa’s much loved online news resource platform, carries news happenings from across the republic, Africa and the globe. The app covers politics, sports, business and entertainment news and also has related news sites in Afrikaans.  The news app is distributed through Apple App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry App World.

Instagram: The Facebook owned photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking app enables users to capture pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them and share them on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. The app is distributed through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Beat Box: The globetrotting German disc jock

German born deejay Lars Behrenroth is without by any doubt one of the most interesting figures within the house music game. The well-travelled music crazy German deejay and producer started his career in the mid-80s in the second largest city of Germany, Hamburg.

The highly acclaimed Behrenroth moved to Los Angeles, United States, with probably the motive to further share his musical taste, style and expand his already glittery career. In 1996 he co-hosted a radio show “House sound of Hamburg” on Hamburg based radio station which kicked off his impressive radio career.

Over the past 15 years Behrenroth enhanced his production skills to the point where he has accumulated a stunning discography over a variety of labels including Freerange, Sonar Kollektiv and Liebe. His fine producing skills allowed him the opportunity to remixing tracks from artists such as Liquideep, Black Coffee, Atjazz, Robert Owens, MJ Cole, Arnold Jarvis and The Rurals to name a few.

In 2012 Behrenroth’s two hour weekly show “Deeper Shades of House” marked its tenth year of existence proving its strength and might. The program started out on German radio station Jam Fm and sourced out to US nationwide satellite XM Radio. “Deeper Shades of House” can now be heard on over 30 stations across the globe and episodes can also be found online.

With the creation of “Deeper Shades of House” followed the founding of his record label Deeper Shades Recording which owns digital releases featuring many new and established acts in the deep house circle.

Ashley Mokwena

Twitter: @ashfonik

Ster-Kinekor rolls out more good times

About two weeks ago South Africa’s leading cinema chain Ster-kinekor hosted and invited the media to a media round-table event. The media were treated to great cinema experience in the Cine Prestige at the Zone Rosebank and also got to discuss matters of the modern cinema industry with Chief Executive Fiaz Mohamed and Marketing Executive Doug Place.

Answering all questions with a certain style that come with his role at Ster-Kinekor, Mohamed gave the media information regarding digital transformations to be made at 418 cinemas and the opening of new cinemas sites such as the one at Cradle Stone Mall, in the West Rand. Further on Mohamed spoke about Dolby Atmos, which can only be experienced at Gateway in Durban for the time being and later to be experienced across the South Africa.

Mohamed and his colleague Doug Place explained to the media in attendance on growth matters and expansion in emerging markets, as most possibly may have not experienced cinematic moments.

The media were also treated to some Paramount and Disney footages and as the event drew to a close Mohamed and Place dished out the big news that Ster-Kinekor will be introducing IMAX experience which is to be rolled out first at Gateway in Durban and expanding further into other regions across South Africa.

In the words of the CE Fiaz Mohamed “A new era in SA cinema is here”.

Ashley Mokwena


Welcome Note

Gees! But time fly’s, it’s already the ninth month of 2013 and if you one of those individuals who have not achieved any of his/her goals of the year, do not worry much as you are not the only one who has not reached their goals.

September marks the beginning of a silly season and we at Da Stitch will be doing things no differently. We’ll still be doing what we are well known for and that’s to feed our readers with lifestyle matters.
Remember it’s that silly time of the year so enjoy it to the fullest!!!

Love and Peace

Ashley Mokwena

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