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Pietermaritzburg – The Computershare Change a Life Academy will once again hope to make its presence felt at the development programme’s annual highlight, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, with its blend of wise old heads and talented youngsters.
Seven time Dusi and five time Non Stop Dusi victor Martin Dreyer, founder and general manager of the academy, believes that despite some of his senior talents having recently graduated from the academy or gained independent sponsors and support, the Change a Life Academy’s class of 2014 will once again fly the flag high.

“We have seen quite a few of our older guys move on and join the working world over the past year or two and over the past few months we’ve also had a couple of guys take up various studying opportunities around the country,” said “Dusi Duke” Dreyer.

“Some of our top senior guys are now also being looked after financially by corporates but still train with us and so are still very much a part of our Change a Life family.

“Guys like Lucas Mthalane, Mmeli Cele, Kwanda Mhlophe and Zonele Nzuza, who have all earned a Dusi gold medal before, are all still with us though and they will certainly be hoping to do so again this year,” he added.

Despite having invested a lot in those who have now moved on, Dreyer appreciates their progress is all part and parcel of life and is excited by the new influx of youth to the academy.

“A lot of the old guard have had to change their focus a bit. Now they have to go out there and look to bring home money to their families. That’s only natural.

“Their leaving does also allow the youngsters to come in and have a bit of breathing space too.

“I’m sure the new guys will do really well for us in the coming months and years as well.”

Ever-consistent Mthalane and Cele as well as the potentially dangerous duo of Mhlophe (EuroSteel) and Nzuza (EuroSteel), the two crews that will look to lead the Change a Life 2014 Dusi charge, recently boosted their confidence with victorious efforts at the Hi-Q Challenge (Albert Falls Dam, KZN) and EuroSteel Rumble (Gauteng) respectively, further heightening the belief that a Dusi 2014 gold medal may well be on the cards.
Lucas Mthalane

Photographer: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

Computershare Change a Life Academy steadfast Lucas Mthalane, together with 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon partner Mmeli Cele, will form half of the renowned development programme’s senior gold medal charge while youngsters Mthobisi Cele, Mphilo Zondi and Nkosi Mabasa look to help fly the flag high at their annual highlight of the year.

“Two wins, in different locations – yeah it really was a great weekend for us,” said a pleased Dreyer.

“Hopefully this will also help them believe they can do it in Dusi.

“Lucas and Mmeli got a 9th in 2012’s Dusi, Kwanda finished fourth with Lance (Kime) in the same year and Zonele finished 9th in last year’s K1 Dusi, so they all know what it takes!

“If Kwanda and Zonele click on the day then they could be absolutely lethal at Dusi and Lucas and Mmeli are like two peas in a pod and are going really nicely at the moment.”

However, youngsters Mthobisi Cele – who will partner Damon Stamp at this year’s Dusi – as well as Mphilo Zondi and Nkosi Mabasa will also be out to do their utmost to play a supporting role to their seniors and look to start filling the void left by the natural progression of some the academy’s previous senior members.

“We have definitely spent a lot more time focusing on the juniors this year,” said Dreyer.

“For a guy like Mthobisi (Cele), who we’ve known has always had a lot of potential and was unlucky in last year’s K1 Dusi, to have had his potential recognized and to be welcomed as a partner by someone like Damon (Stamp) is just fantastic!”

“Mthobisi has been able to spend time with the Stamps on their farm, learn about a different culture. All that goes far, far beyond just the Dusi or even paddling, that for me is true integration and it’s fantastic that Change a Life Academy has been able to play a role in getting Mthobisi to this point.

“Mphilo is also a hugely talented youngster and I believe may well be the next big thing as far as future Dusi stars go. He has got a couple of good results recently and runs extremely well with the boat.

“Hopefully he (Zondi) and Nkosi (Mabasa) can have a good Dusi, this year maybe even get a top five in the junior boys, and continue to learn more and more about the river.”

Although his hands will be full to the brim with the needs of his academy regulars, Dreyer will be sure to also keep a close eye on Change a Life past-member and ambassador Sbonelo Zondi’s, and his partner Andy Birkett, progress throughout this year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon as well.

More information can be found at www.dusi.co.za

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Win Tickets to Milky Chance in Durban!

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Milky Chance recently announced their long-awaited return to South Africa with their “Living In A Haze” tour in February 2024 which will see them perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The German Duo are excited to confirm that both Neon Dreams and Sean Koch will join them as support acts on the line-up for their shows in Cape Town (15 February) and Johannesburg (17 February), and Neon Dreams will also join Milky Chance in Durban (18 February) as support act.

Canadian duo Neon Dreams are no strangers to the South African music scene. Their 2019 single “Life Without Fantasies” reached the top of the South African viral charts amassing millions of streams in 2021 during the lockdown. The band connected with tens of thousands of fans online which led to their first sold out headline tour. They have continued to cement themselves in the industry here, having toured the country a number of times over the past few years and return in February 2024 to share the stage with Milky Chance in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Sean Koch is one of SA’s most-loved indie-folk artists who brings a mixed bag of African and western, influence alongside messages of home, a connection to nature, the ocean and the people around him; to his storytelling, feel-good music. While rooted in his flowing-folk style, his music is diverse. From dance infused songs like ‘Lift You Up’ the standout single from his collection (including the Double MZK & G DOM remix) to the dreamier songs like ‘Feel the Energy’ that carry deeper messages of connection to the natural world and the people that surround us. There is something for everyone in Sean’s catalogue.

How to Enter:

Instagram
1. Follow Durbanite, Milky Chance & Breakout Events’ Instagram pages.
2. Tell us who Milky Chance’s supporting act is in Durban & tag who you’d take with if you win.

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Facebook
1. Follow Durbanite, Milky Chance & Breakout Events’ Facebook pages.
2. Tell us who Milky Chance’s supporting act is in Durban & tag who you’d take with if you win.

Closing Date:
Monday, 12 February 2024

Winner Announced:
Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Entries limited to 5 per day.
Winners will be selected at random from valid entries.
Durbanite Competition T&Cs apply.

Tickets are on sale from https://breakoutevents.co.za/ and are selling fast, so get yours now!


Neon Dreams

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour 2024 details:

DURBAN

Date: Sunday 18 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 18:30
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field
Address: 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban 4001
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced
Tickets:
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-durban-5c47
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/181914891636282/

#MilkyChanceSouthAfrica

For more info, go to:
Ticketing link: https://breakoutevents.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abreakoutevent
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abreakoutevent
Twitter: https://twitter.com/abreakoutevent

Follow Milky Chance online:
Official Website: https://www.milkychance.net/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milkychance_official/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/milkychancemusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/milkychance

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour Dates:

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch)

17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced)

18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field, Durban
(supported by Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced)

 

 

 

 

 

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Milky Chance Announce Support Acts for Their “Living in a Haze” South African Tour This February

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Milky Chance recently announced their long-awaited return to South Africa with their “Living In A Haze” tour in February 2024 which will see them perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The German Duo are excited to confirm that both Neon Dreams and Sean Koch will join them as support acts on the line-up for their shows in Cape Town (15 February) and Johannesburg (17 February), and Neon Dreams will also join Milky Chance in Durban (18 February) as support act.

Canadian duo Neon Dreams are no strangers to the South African music scene. Their 2019 single “Life Without Fantasies” reached the top of the South African viral charts amassing millions of streams in 2021 during the lockdown. The band connected with tens of thousands of fans online which led to their first sold out headline tour. They have continued to cement themselves in the industry here, having toured the country a number of times over the past few years and return in February 2024 to share the stage with Milky Chance in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Sean Koch is one of SA’s most-loved indie-folk artists who brings a mixed bag of African and western, influence alongside messages of home, a connection to nature, the ocean and the people around him; to his storytelling, feel-good music. While rooted in his flowing-folk style, his music is diverse. From dance infused songs like ‘Lift You Up’ the standout single from his collection (including the Double MZK & G DOM remix) to the dreamier songs like ‘Feel the Energy’ that carry deeper messages of connection to the natural world and the people that surround us. There is something for everyone in Sean’s catalogue.

Tickets are on sale from https://breakoutevents.co.za/ and are selling fast, so get yours now!

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour Dates:

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch)

17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced)

18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field, Durban
(supported by Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced)

Philipp from Milky Chance is extremely excited for their return to South Africa and the tour has a special reveal as well. “It’s been way too long since we were over in SA. Back then it was so special for so many reasons and we really felt welcomed by the people. We have plenty of new music since our last visit that we want to share and we grew into the live band we always wanted to be. We can’t wait to play for the people in SA.’’

Milky Chance originated in Kassel, Germany, where childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch formed the indie-pop band and rose to fame with their breakout folk/electronic hit “Stolen Dance” which reached #1 on the charts, was certified platinum in multiple countries and became one of the most Shazamed songs of all time.

Over four album releases, they’ve reached a massive global audience (7 Billion career streams, 13 million Spotify monthly listeners) and by going fully independent in 2021 have evolved to thrive in an increasingly precarious music industry, building an enviable touring resume (including festivals like Coachella, Reading & Leeds, and Lollapalooza) and an audience stretching from the US, Canada and Mexico to the EU, Australia, and beyond.

Their latest album, released in June 2023 on their own Muggelig Records, has already delivered over 500 million streams from 3 global hits – “Colorado,” “Synchronize” + “Living In A Haze” – and allowed the band to embark on their biggest-ever North American tour weaving their way across 65 cities including iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.


Milky Chance

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour 2024 details:

CAPE TOWN

Date: Thursday 15 February 2024
Time: 16:00 – 22:00
Venue: Green Point A-Track
Address: 11 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town 8051
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + Sean Koch
Tickets:
Golden Circle Phase One: R995 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase One: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/event.aspx?itemid=1536722398
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/894719432015836/

JOHANNESBURG

Date: Saturday 17 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 19:00
Venue: Marks Park
Address: Orange Road, Emmarentia, Randburg 2195
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced
Tickets:
Golden Circle Phase One: R995 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase One: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-johannesburg-faf9
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517727672321227/

DURBAN

Date: Sunday 18 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 18:30
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field
Address: 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban 4001
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced
Tickets:
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-durban-5c47
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/181914891636282/

#MilkyChanceSouthAfrica

For more info, go to:
Ticketing link: https://breakoutevents.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abreakoutevent
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abreakoutevent
Twitter: https://twitter.com/abreakoutevent

Follow Milky Chance online:
Official Website: https://www.milkychance.net/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milkychance_official/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/milkychancemusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/milkychance

About Milky Chance
Milky Chance originated in Kassel, Germany, where childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch formed the indie-pop band and rose to fame with their breakout folk/electronic hit “”Stolen Dance”” which reached #1 on the charts, was certified platinum in multiple countries and became one of the most Shazamed songs of all time.

Over four album releases, they’ve reached a massive global audience (7 Billion career streams, 13 million Spotify monthly listeners) and by going fully independent in 2021 have evolved to thrive in an increasingly precarious music industry, building an enviable touring resume (including festivals like Coachella, Reading & Leeds, and Lollapalooza) and an audience stretching from the US, Canada and Mexico to the EU, Australia, and beyond.

Their latest album, released in June 2023 on their own Muggelig Records, has already delivered over 500 million streams from 3 global hits – “Colorado,” “Synchronize” + “Living In A Haze” – and allowed the band to embark on their biggest-ever North American tour weaving their way across 65 cities including iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.

 

 

 

 

 

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German duo Milky Chance announces “Living in a Haze” South African tour

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Milky Chance Durban “Living In A Haze” South African Tour 2024:

Date:
Sunday 18 February 2024

Time
11:00 – 18:30

Venue:
Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field

Address:
9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban 4001

Line up:
Milky Chance, Neon Trees & More

Tickets:
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee

Ticket Link: Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 2 November –
breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-durban-5c47

Facebook Event: facebook.com/events/181914891636282/
#MilkyChanceSouthAfrica

Milky Chance announces their long-awaited return to South Africa with their “Living In A Haze” tour in February 2024 which will see them perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Tickets are available from https://breakoutevents.co.za/.

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour Dates:

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town
17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg
18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field, Durban

Philipp from Milky Chance is extremely excited for their return to South Africa and the tour has a special reveal as well.‘’It’s been way too long since we were over in SA. Back then it was so special for so many reasons and we really felt welcomed by the people. We have plenty of new music since our last visit that we want to share and we grew into the live band we always wanted to be. We can’t wait to play for the people in SA.’’

Milky Chance originated in Kassel, Germany, where childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch formed the indie-pop band and rose to fame with their breakout folk/electronic hit “Stolen Dance” which reached #1 on the charts, was certified platinum in multiple countries and became one of the most Shazamed songs of all time.

Over four album releases, they’ve reached a massive global audience (7 Billion career streams, 13 million Spotify monthly listeners) and by going fully independent in 2021 have evolved to thrive in an increasingly precarious music industry, building an enviable touring resume (including festivals like Coachella, Reading & Leeds, and Lollapalooza) and an audience stretching from the US, Canada and Mexico to the EU, Australia, and beyond.

Their latest album, released in June 2023 on their own Muggelig Records, has already delivered over 500 million streams from 3 global hits – “Colorado,” “Synchronize” + “Living In A Haze” – and allowed the band to embark on their biggest-ever North American tour weaving their way across 65 cities including iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.

For more info, go to:

Ticketing link: breakoutevents.co.za/
Facebook: facebook.com/abreakoutevent
Instagram: instagram.com/abreakoutevent
Twitter: https: twitter.com/abreakoutevent

Follow Milky Chance online:

Official Website: milkychance.net/
Instagram: instagram.com/milkychance_official/
Facebook: web.facebook.com/milkychancemusic
Twitter: twitter.com/milkychance

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