African players in Europe: Mane fury and Fati joy

first_imgFati, a 16-year-old from Guinea-Bissau promoted to the Barca first team this season, became the third youngest La Liga scorer when he came off the bench to net in a 2-2 draw at Osasuna.ENGLANDJORDAN AYEW (Crystal Palace)The Ghana striker scored his second goal of the season to fire the Eagles to a 1-0 win over 10-man Aston Villa.He struck in the 73rd minute at Selhurst Park when he collected Jeff Schlupp’s pass and tricked his way past Tyrone Mings and Jack Grealish before drilling home.SADIO MANE (Liverpool)The Senegal winger bagged his fourth goal of the season in Liverpool’s stroll against Burnley, but stole the headline for his touchline tirade at Turf Moor.As Mane walked off following his 85th-minute substitution, he made a gesture to the bench, seemingly frustrated at Salah’s decision not to pass to him in the Burnley area moments earlier.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)The Gabon striker rescued a 2-2 draw for the Gunners in their north London derby against Tottenham.Unai Emery’s side trailed their bitter rivals after goals from Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane. But Alexandre Lacazette got one back for Arsenal, setting the stage for Aubameyang to net the 71st-minute equaliser when he alertly turned in Matteo Guendouzi’s pass with a deft finish.SPAINTHOMAS PARTY (Atletico Madrid)The Ghanaian completed a dramatic comeback by scoring in the 90th minute as Atletico Madrid rallied from two goals down to beat Eibar 3-2.He collected Saul Niguez’s pass and drove into the area before finishing on the half-volley to secure Atletico their third consecutive victory and the La Liga leadership.ANSU FATI (Barcelona)He became the third youngest player to score in La Liga but could not prevent Barcelona being held to a 2-2 draw with Osasuna.The 16-year-old forward scored Barca’s first goal to equalise five minutes after coming on at half-time, rising high to head the ball inside the post.ITALYKALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly reacts after conceding the own goal that condemned Napoli to defeat at Juventus © AFP / Isabella BonottoThe towering Senegal defender apologised after his last-gasp own goal consigned Napoli to a 4-3 Serie A defeat to champions Juventus having battled back from three goals down.“It’s an own goal that hurts me because it came after an incredible comeback,” Koulibaly said.HAMED JUNIOR TRAORE (Sassuolo)Ivorian Traore scored his first goal in just his second appearance for new club Sassuolo in a 4-1 win over Sampdoria.Domenico Berardi scored a 14-minute hat-trick and 19-year-old Traore, newly signed from relegated Empoli, cemented the victory just after the break.GERVINHO (Parma)Ivorian Gervinho sparked Parma’s comeback in a 3-1 win at Udinese. The 32-year-old’s deflected shot pulled Parma level just before the break with two second-half goals giving the northern side their first win of the season.CHRISTIAN KOUAME (Genoa)Ivorian Kouame missed a chance to head home when alone on front of goal but made no mistake when connecting with an Ionu Radu cross to score the second goal on 65 minutes which proved to be the winner in a 2-1 success over Fiorentina.GERMANYELLYES SKHIRI (Cologne)Tunisian international Skhiri, who moved to Cologne from Montpellier during the close season, chose the perfect moment to open his account for the Billy Goats.Skhiri proved crucial for Cologne, scoring in the second minute of injury time to give the promoted side a 2-1 win at Freiburg.ANTHONY UJAH (Union Berlin)While the Nigerian may not have been on the scoresheet, he was crucial for Union as they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to claim a historic first Bundesliga win.Ujah posed constant problems for the Dortmund defence, freeing up teammates Marius Buelter and Sebastian Andersson to score.ISHAK BELFODIL (Hoffenheim)Hoffenheim’s defence was expected to get a workout on their visit to the BayArena, but it was the visitors who demonstrated their attacking intent throughout the goalless match.Leading the charge for the boys from Sinsheim was Belfodil, who went close either side of half-time.FRANCEERIC MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTING (Paris Saint-Germain)The Cameroon forward made it three goals in two games by scoring PSG’s second in their 2-0 win at Metz.With Neymar left out of the squad amid rumours he wanted to leave the French champions and Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani both injured, former Stoke player Choupo-Moting stepped up with an excellent header.KEVIN DENKEY (Nimes)The Togolese teenager scored as a substitute for the second match in a row as his side beat Brest 3-0.The 18-year-old, who is already a full Togo international, had scored an equaliser against Monaco just a minute after coming on for his Ligue 1 debut this month.On Saturday, he was introduced in injury-time, and again found the net within a minute, meaning he has now scored twice in just 10 minutes of action in the French top flight.0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guinea-Bissau teenager Ansu Fati falls with a shoulder injury while playing for Barcelona against Osasuna at the weekend © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAPARIS, France, Sep 2 – Frustrated Liverpool star Sadio Mane and goal-scoring Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati shared the spotlight among Africans in the major European leagues at the weekend.Senegalese Mane was angry that Egyptian Mohamed Salah did not pass to him just before he was substituted in a routine 3-0 Premier League win at Burnley.last_img read more

Hot SA musicians head to Cannes

first_imgJazz maestro Themba Mkhize’s band will pay tribute to South Africa’s late music icons. Zulu Boy is hoping to find artists to collaborate with in France. Da Les’s crew Jozi takes its “energy and swagger” to the Midem festival in France. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Communications Director Department of Arts and Culture +27 (12) 441 3084 or +27 82 450 5076 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • South African music • African music goes digital • Awards honour SA musicians • The White Zulu on stage in SA • Mambazo win their third Grammy • SA musicians sing for peaceBongani NkosiZulu Boy, a South African rap artist, has hatched his own style of music and for that he’s being sent to Cannes, France, with other hot local talent to represent the country.The rapper, whose real name is Mgingqeni Majozi, will be part of a culturally diverse group of performers who will participate in the 2010 Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale (Midem) that runs from 24 to 27 January.The event, which has been staged in France since 1966, is the world’s largest music industry trade fair and enables musicians from across the globe to meet face-to-face to network, analyse trends and build partnerships. South Africa is the 2010 Midem country of honour.Zulu Boy was chosen for his unique sound, which fuses Maskandi – a Zulu music genre – and hip hop. These were both types of music that the lad from eNtuzuma, in KwaZulu-Natal province, grew up listening to, so he’s combined the names and called his creation Skandi Hop.“My audience in France will listen to a type of hip hop that they have never heard before,” said Zulu Boy. “I know the overseas market is willing to learn about different cultures and music.”With such a creative blend of influences, Zulu Boy is no typical rap artist. Instead of urban boom bap hip hop beats and rehashed sounds, he introduces the string guitar and lyrics rapped in his mother tongue, isiZulu, and in some songs he fuses this with English.“My music has identity. We are Africans and we have to sound African,” he said.The artist, who’s signed with traditional music label Native Rhythms, promises to deliver an explosive performance in Cannes with a live band. His repertoire will include songs from his second album Inqolobane, released in 2008, and his latest offering, Igoda.He sees going to France as a chance to “network, learn and share knowledge”. “It’s an opportunity to take part in the global community,” he said.Although Zulu Boy has collaborated with international artists in the past – including Colombian rapper Alvaro ‘Ephniko’ Cuello and Ninthe, a female vocalist from the Netherlands – he’s aiming to find French artists to work with while in France.“I know for sure that I will find someone in France to collaborate with, either we will record there or we will do it over the internet,” he said. “If we share common experiences with the world, people in South Africa will learn that we are the same as people in other countries.”SA talent set to wow FranceZulu Boy is not the only local hip hop act at Cannes that will showcase the diversity of South African music. Jozi, a two-man outfit put on the map by their distinct African sound, is also set to wow audiences there.Jozi member Da Les (real name Lesley Mampe) said they are taking their “energy and swagger” to the European country. “We have a different sound compared to everybody else. It’s a fusion of traditional South African music and urban hip hop,” he said.Jozi combines the talents of rapper Da Les and evergreen singer Ishmael Morabe.There will be a rich mix of South African musicians who will perform on the opening night on the 24th and at the Tribute to Miriam Makeba Show on the 26th. The shows will fuse young, but established talents with that of old bucks who have influenced the country’s music over the years.Jazz maestro Themba Mkhize has assembled an eight-member live band that will pay tribute to South Africa’s late musical sensations. The band will perform hot tracks from yesteryear, including Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special, Solomon Linda’s Mbube and Jabu Khanyile and Bayete’s Mbombela, among others. Slain reggae icon Lucky Dube will also be honoured.“We have been known for our struggle songs for years, now we have an opportunity to showcase who we are in terms of music. We are a people with lots of love and we express that in our music,” said Mkhize. “The festival is an opportunity for us to sample a bit of our music for the world, ranging from the 1950s to today.”The Themba Mkhize band will be key to the South African musicians, playing alongside most of them. It will perform with Zulu Boy, Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren, the queen of Ndebele music Nothembi Mkhwebane and world-renowned flautist Wouter Kellerman.Performances with Xhosa music diva Thandiswa Mazwai, Makeba’s granddaughter Zenzi Lee and veteran Vusi Mahlasela are also scheduled.The South African line-up will also feature talent from elsewhere on the continent. Benin superstar Angelique Kidjo will join other local acts on stage to pay tribute to Makeba, while Kellerman’s performance will be spiced up by Senegalese prodigy Lamine Sonko.Sonko is based in Melborne, Australia, and is a singer, dancer and a percussionist whose style is an eclectic blend of jazz, reggae and West African music. “Our performance in France will be a surprise to the audience. But they will enjoy it,” Sonko said.Critically acclaimed outfit The Parlotones will play the best of South African rock, and award-winning soul singer Lira promises to perform all her chart-topping numbers as well. Other acts to set the stage alight are Tidal Wave, a popular reggae crew, and Maletangwao Cultural Troupe. Dance music disc jockeys Black Coffee, DJ Christos and DJ Static Plastic are set to play 100% home-grown music at the two events in Cannes.“The most important thing is that when we leave that place people must have a sense of what South African music is all about,” said Sipho Sithole of the Department of Arts and Culture advisory committee. “It must be a true reflection of South African music.”Mazwai, who’s known for her socially and politically conscious songs, appreciates the funding and organising by government which has made the French trip possible. “It’s a great thing that the government has done. It should happen again next year.”last_img read more

Tax ombud will serve SA’s taxpayers

first_img7 April 2014The ombud’s office is an additional and free avenue to deal with complaints by taxpayers that cannot be resolved through the South African Revenue Service’s (Sars) internal mechanism, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday.Speaking at the launch in Pretoria, Gordhan said the ombud’s office “added to the sound institutional framework” that has sustained South Africa’s social and economic progress during the past 20 years.Gordhan said the government owed a debt of gratitude to the millions of taxpayers who provided the state with the means to fund its programmes, which in a “virtuous cycle” would stimulate growth, job creation and generate higher future revenue.“We owe them our deep gratitude and a commitment to spend this money wisely, honestly and efficiently, but also we owe to these taxpayers a tax system that treats them fairly.”‘Simple remedy’He said the ombud’s office was intended to be a simple remedy for taxpayers who have legitimate complaints that relate to administrative matters, poor service or the failure by Sars to observe taxpayers’ rights.As announced in October last year, retired Judge Bernard Ngoepe will head up the new office, which will review a complaint, and if required, resolve it through mediation or conciliation with Sars officials specifically appointed to deal with the ombud.Ngoepe may only review a complaint after a taxpayer has exhausted Sars’ internal complaints resolution mechanisms. Direct access to the ombud will only be allowed if there are compelling circumstances for doing so.His office may not review legislation or tax policy. It will also not review Sars policy or practice generally prevailing, other than to the extent that it relates to a service matter or a procedural or administrative matter arising from the application of the provisions of a tax Act by Sars.ChallengeThe office will also not review a matter subject to objection and appeal under a tax act, except for an administrative matter relating to such objection and appeal or a decision of, proceeding in, or matter before the tax court.“Our challenge is not just about affording the taxpayer a fair hearing or the provision of service,” Ngoepe said. “It is more about providing information that is easily accessible and understandable.“The office will treat the taxpayer public with utmost dignity and respect, provide an open, accountable and timely service and it will also render well-reasoned decisions in respect of actions taken by it.”According to Ngoepe, the office will be operating independently of Sars and will also treat with strict confidence the communication between it and the taxpayer.“Given all these as well as other considerations, the office of the tax ombud expects to contribute towards boosting the taxpayers’ confidence in tax administration, resulting, hopefully in even better tax compliance,” he said.Acting Sars Commissioner Iva Pillay said: “The ombud will keep us on our toes. That’s good for tax compliance and that’s good for Sars and South Africa.“The credibility of Sars and the success of the ombud’s office will depend on how Sars handles complaints. This is not only a matter of how we handle an individual complaint.”The tax ombud reports directly to the Minister of Finance and its annual report must be tabled in Parliament by the minister.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

3 Hacks for Shooting Without a Focus Puller

first_imgCinematographers on low-budget indie films are often required to operate their camera while also pulling focus. Here are some hacks to make this situation less frustrating.The role of a focus puller is critical on nearly any professional set. The skills required to accurately pull focus in challenging situations are independent of the skill set required by the cinematographer, though there is some crossover.Even if a DP also happens to be fantastic at pulling focus, they are often busy with the camera and keeping an eye on lighting. In these instances, a dedicated 1st AC can make a world of difference on set.Image from Wikimedia.orgAll that said, there are many situations where DPs need to fly solo these days, which can lead to frustration when they are unable to deliver the desired creative results. In my opinion, the frustration usually stems from attempting to act as both DP and 1st AC, as opposed to setting up the shots in a way that allow for a single operator/focus puller.Below are my 3 hacks for working without a dedicated 1st AC.Attach a string to your talent to maintain your distance when tracking.Tracking shots are one of the most common shooting challenges when there’s no focus puller on the crew. When following an actor, it can be extremely difficult to keep your shot in focus, as the talent will always be walking at a slightly different speed than you.As you can imagine, this is a nightmare when it comes to pulling focus. Because, unless you’re shooting with a very high F-stop, leaving nearly the entire image in focus, your talent will drift in and out of the focus plane every few steps.Attempting to pull focus yourself when shooting like this is usually a terrible idea, since by the time you move your focus to compensate for the talent’s movement, you’ve already lost them again.Instead of trying to pull focus, you can eliminate the issue entirely by ensuring that your talent is always the exact same distance from the camera. One of the easiest – and cheapest – ways to do this is mind-blowing in its DIY simplicity: Attach a string to yourself. Attach the other end of the string to your talent.You would usually do this by tying it around your belt or waist, and would have the length of the string be the exact distance that you need to be from your talent for the framing to be right. This effectively allows you to walk in a way that will always keep your talent the perfect distance from you, as you are essentially tethered together. It’s an extremely low-fi solution, but it works every time.Always use peaking & never use markers.Using marks on a follow focus is one of the fundamentals of pulling focus for a 1st AC. But when you’re pulling focus yourself, you need to learn to throw that out the window entirely.Even if your shot is locked off on a tripod and you’re simply pulling focus between two characters on alternating lines, you still shouldn’t be diverting your vision to the follow focus for too long, if at all, as it will inevitably take you away from the monitor.If one of the actors moves in a way that is slightly different from the blocking, you may very well miss it if you aren’t 100% visually focused on the monitor at all times.For this reason, I always recommend using focus peaking whenever possible. Peaking is often used by 1st ACs to lock in their focus marks, and sometimes is then turned off so the DP can see the image without the strange effects of the peaking on the monitor.When shooting by yourself though, it’s critical that you learn to constantly shoot with focus peaking on, and rely on it solely, as it’s truly the only way you can achieve critical focus without taking your eyes off of the monitor.Image example of focus peaking:Image from KarelDonkAvoid unnecessary pulls.When you’re used to working with a focus puller, you might tend to take them for granted and simply assume that every shot needs a focus pull. In reality though, there are loads of scenes/set-ups that don’t require focus pulls at all.If you can get away with shooting a wide shot at infinity (and it still works for your story) then go for it. Or if you want to use selective focus to isolate a character in a scene, intentionally avoiding pulling focus to their scene partner, that could be a great technique too – as long as it serves the story well.I’m by no means suggesting you do this strictly out of necessity or laziness, however I am suggesting that you stop yourself before each shot and really ask whether or not you need to be pulling focus.There have been a few really great films in recent years that have implemented this technique in memorable ways. Two examples worth sharing are Upstream Color and the recently released Still Alice. Both of these films make use of shots where the blocking is designed in a way that allows the characters to walk in and out of the focal plane, as opposed to having the focus following their movement.It’s a really fascinating technique and certainly one that worked beautifully in the films mentioned. Check out the technique as showcased in the very first shot of the Upstream Color trailer.Hopefully these tips can alleviate some of on-set stress that comes with shooting without a focus puller. Take a look at the following links for even more about cinematography and focus pulling:Simple Framing Tips to Dramatically Improve Your CinematographyAdvice for New CinematographersQuick Tip: Focus PullingTry out these focus pulling hacks and let us know if you met with success or disaster! See you in the comment section.last_img read more