With all eyes turned to Pretoria North next month for the first annual Hey Neighbour, the fest set to make history on the continent.

In less than a month, thousands of neighbours from far and wide will descend on the small Tshwane town. With final plans being made about outfit selections, road trip times and even last minute fitness plans, the fest is about to captivate not just those in attendance but across the interverse.

Check out THIRTEEN things you might not know about Hey Neighbour:

1.     HEY NEIGHBOUR is the collaborative masterpiece of three powerhouse companies: Khoi Kreative, Glen21, and Lucky No8 Concepts.

2.     The festival’s journey began with meticulous planning in 2018.

3.     Ever wondered about the unique name HEY NEIGHBOUR? Well this festival aims to connect attendeesthrough immersive experiences that recharge their souls and give them a chance to reconnect with themselves, humanity, and the world. It also encourages inclusivity, global connections through music and local flavor, and opportunities for up-and-coming artists to connect with new fans. In essence the festival’s focus is on connection, turning strangers into neighbours and generic products into beloved brands.

4.     HEY NEIGHBOUR is not just about groove; it’s also about giving back to the community. The festival is set to create jobs for approximately 3000 individuals and provide a platform for over 50 local vendors /suppliers.

5.     Inclusivity is a priority at HEY NEIGHBOUR. To ensure everyone can enjoy the festival, sign language interpreters will be present on site, promoting accessibility for all.


6.     Immersive Art Installations and Imported Aussie Domes: The festival transforms its grounds into an artistic wonderland with captivating art installations and imported Australian domes. These immersive experiences not only elevate the festival’s aesthetic but also support the local and global art scenes.

7.     Cutting-Edge Stage Structure: Hey Neighbour Festival will feature one of the biggest stage structures on the continent, measuring a staggering 150 meters in length and towering over 20 meters high. This colossal setup guarantees an unforgettable visual and audio experience for festival-goers.

8.     Pioneering Sustainable Practices: Hey Neighbour leads the way in eco-conscious event planning with Africa’s first recyclable water system, partnering with MTD for sustainable hydration solutions. This innovative approach reduces the festival’s environmental footprint, setting a precedent for sustainability in the region.

Get Ready for Fresh Vibes and Festival Thrills: AXE South Africa Teams Up with Hey Neighbour Festival for an Unforgettable Experience

9.     Inclusive and Diverse Lineup: The festival’s lineup includes over 100 performing artists across various genres and backgrounds. It’s a testament to Hey Neighbour’s commitment to showcasing the rich diversity of African and global music culture.

10.  Community Empowerment: Hey Neighbour Festival actively engages with local communities and small businesses, promoting economic growth. By providing a platform for entrepreneurs, it contributes to the empowerment of South Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit.

11.  Unique Netflix Partnership: Hey Neighbour’s partnership with Netflix marks a global first, where the streaming giant takes its content and creativity outside the digital realm and into a live music festival. This groundbreaking collaboration is redefining how brands interact with audiences.

12.  Global FESTIVAL in Africa: Hey Neighbour Festival is more than just music; the festival is a global celebration of talent, culture, heritage and unity. It brings together people from across the African continent and abroad, fostering connections that extend beyond the festival grounds. With a footprint spanning over 100,000 square meters, Hey Neighbour Festival is the largest of its kind in Africa. It sets the stage for a truly global-scale event, firmly placing Africa on the map as a premier destination for world-class festivals.


These remarkable features position Hey Neighbour Festival as a trailblazer in the festival scene, offering an unparalleled experience that transcends music and sets new standards for events in Africa and beyond.

And with Black Friday looming, Hey Neighbour got you. Officially declared Neighbours Day, the day will be packed with crazy sales to ensure everyone is happy. This Friday from 6am-6pm, the fastest fingers first will cash in on some mouthwatering deals.


DATE             8-10 December 2023
VENUE          Legends Adventure Farm, Pretoria
TIMES           Gates open at noon, and close at midnight
TICKETS       Phase 3 Tickets available now! (Only for the 18 and above crew)

Grab your tickets here ➔ [Book Now]

Stay tuned to our vibes, folks! Catch the latest updates about our NEIGHBOURHOOD through our official website and our popping socials:
Website – www.heyneighbour.co.za
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/heyneighbourfest/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086670110342
TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@heyneighbourfest
Twitter – https://twitter.com/HeyNeighbourFes
Snapchat – https://www.snapchat.com/add/heyneighbourfes
YouTube – https://youtube.com/@HeyNeighbourFest
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/heyneighbour/


Johannesburg, South Africa – Bisquit & Dubouché in partnership with Kwesta celebrated heritage and legacy at the elevated experience, The 17th Bar.

As part of their partnership and through their shared values of going further, following your instinct, being bold as visionaries and pioneers;  Bisquit & Dubouché and Kwesta hosted guests for a unique opportunity that saw the musician narrate his musical journey that continues to see him succeed in the industry. Kwesta got intimate and personal with an immersive and stripped-down show – a performance in his career like no other, which brought the attending guests inside his music, the moments behind each song created and where he is headed next.

Referenced from 16 bars given on rap verses, the 16 years of music from Kwesta, and following the 16 Bars concert earlier this year – The 17th Bar saw entertainer Nomuzi “Moozlie” Mabena welcome guests which included rapper ROII; singer Thabsie, media personality Ms Cosmo, musican MÖRDA and more join Bisquit & Dubouché for ‘A Story to Sip’ with Kwesta as he detailed his journey down his music lane – showcasing hits and sharing the stories that made the music succeed for over a decade.

Just like the progressive spirit and the disruptive cognac pioneered by Alexandre Bisquit and Adrien Dubouché,  who went further to tell their own stories and leave behind their own legacies – Kwesta spoke on how he followed his instincts to success and shared his ‘story to sip’; while guests enjoyed signature Bisquit & Dubouché cocktails named after hit songs Ngud’, Ngiyaz’fela Ngawe and Spirit.

In a short quote at The 17Th Bar – Ryan George, Campari Group Marketing Manager South Africa said, had this to say, “Bisquit & Dubouché holds an over 200 year heritage and a proud story that carries a spirit of progression, innovation, and disruption – vital in crafting and distilling an unmistakable cognac. Much like Bisquit & Dubouché, Kwesta’s story also combines the same defining characteristics which form part of his legacy. We Share a Sip with Kwesta as we celebrate 16 years of his music tonight at The17th Bar. We’re proud to have Kwesta as our global ambassador and to feature him in the international A Story To Sip TV Commercial, which is now live.”

Recalling life changing memories, Kwesta shared how he got to 16years in the game -“The story of how I got here? I needed to write a 16, but the problem was I didn’t know what a 16 was and ended up doing 34 bars. A few days later, Slikour called he said, ‘I think you should come back, we want to chat to you.’ In that moment, my life changed.”  Proudly sharing in excitement, Kwesta continues to celebrate his partnership with Bisquit & Dubouché as the global ambassador and his feature in the Story To Sip international TV commercial. “Stories are made to be shared and my story is 16 years old, and counting. Thank you to everyone who joined us tonight as I shared my story to sip with you all over the unmistakable – Bisquit & Dubouché,” exclaimed Kwesta at The 17th Bar. He went on to say, “I’m thrilled to partner with Bisquit & Dubouché as their global ambassador and can’t wait to inspire more Stories to Sip together with upcoming pioneers and visionaries.”

Ensuring more stories to sip are shared, Bisquit & Dubouché will take over KONKA in Soweto for an unforgettable night headlined by A Story to Sip moment, and with international icons Black Coffee and Kabza De Small on Sunday, 26 November 2023. Be sure to join them to share #AStoryToSip.

Look out for Bisquit & Dubouché’s new Television Commercial featuring Kwesta and more exciting announcements as they share #AStoryToSip.

Visit the Bisquit & Dubouché Website or Social Media Pages for more details.

IG: @bisquitanddubouche @bisquitafrica #astorytosip #drinkresponsibly

Not for persons under 18. Remember to always Enjoy Responsibly.

Watch Bisquit & Dubouché’s 17th Bar Experience with Kwesta here.

More images here.

Enjoy signature 17th Bar cocktails at home.

See recipes below:


Bisquit & Duboucheì cognac VS

Grand marnier cordon rouge

Frangelico & vanilla syrup mixture

Chocolate bitters

Absinthe glasswash

Ngiyazifela Ngawe

Bisquit & Duboucheì cognac VS

Grand marnier cordon rouge

Vanilla syrup

Fresh lemon juice

Fresh passion fruit


Bisquit & Duboucheì cognac VS

Coconut syrup

Agave syrup

Fresh lemon juice

Cinzano prosecco

Experience the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Immersive Pop-Up at Melrose Arch

Johannesburg – The number one Scotch Whisky in the world, Johnnie Walker is ready to immerse you in an extraordinary world of luxury with its captivating pop-up experience, showcasing the exquisite Johnnie Walker Blue Label at the iconic Melrose Arch. The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Pop-Up Store is your gateway to a unique destination designed for whisky enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. From November 22nd to December 15th, you are invited to enjoy exclusive whisky tastings and multi-sensory experiences as you explore and indulge in the finest expressions from the Johnnie Walker Blue Label collection.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is celebrated for its unparalleled depth of flavour and during our whisky tastings, you will have an exclusive opportunity to savour the rare flavour and discover the art of this exceptional Scotch and other Johnnie Walker blends such as the newly launched Blue Label Elusive Umami, Johnnie Walker Green Label and the iconic 12 year old Black Label. As a special touch, we are pleased to offer a complimentary engraving service exclusively available at this event, enabling you to make your Johnnie Walker experience truly personal. I think we should talk about the gifting you can give not just for you.

Natalia Celani, Marketing and Innovations Director at Diageo, emphasizes the crucial role of elevated and personalised experiences for the luxury inspired consumer, saying, “We are excited to present our prestigious luxury brand Johnnie Walker Blue Label to consumers this holiday season and what better way to do this than having a one-stop shop for our customers to come and immerse themselves in a tailored experience. We are fully aware that shoppers anticipate exceptional service, meticulous attention to detail, and premium gifting options. Hence, we have conceptualized this experience to transform these aspirations into a reality through the pop-up experience.

This is your opportunity to savour the extraordinary at the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Immersive Pop-Up at Melrose Arch. Whether you are an experienced whisky connoisseur or new to the world of Johnnie Walker, this Pop-Up store promises an unforgettable and enriching experience. Mark your calendars and join us for this exceptional journey into the world of Johnnie Walker. We look forward to welcoming you to Melrose Arch for an experience like no other.

For more information on Johnnie Walker, please visit  https://www.johnniewalker.com/en-za/  and follow @JohnnieWalker on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow the conversation using the hashtags #KeepWalkingSA #JWUmami

Zakes Bantwini honoured at #SAMA29 with “International Achievement Award”

  • Zakes Bantwini honoured at #SAMA29 with “International Achievement Award”
  • Zakes Bantwini solidifies himself as a contemporary icon with latest accolade – #SAMA29 “International Achievement Award”

Johannesburg, Wednesday, 22 November 2023 – With a career spanning over seven culture-defining albums, Zakes Bantwini, the polymathic South African musician, record label owner, businessman, and platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and producer, has reached a new pinnacle. His outstanding contributions to the music industry have solidified him as a contemporary icon and earned him the prestigious South African Music Awards (SAMA) “International Achievement” accolade.

The recognition comes on the heels of Zakes Bantwini’s collaboration with Wouter Kellerman and Nomcebo Zikode on the chart-topping and Grammy-winning track “Bayethe.” This powerful song, meaning ‘Hail’ in isiZulu, is a poignant anthem for the global challenges humanity faces. “Bayethe” has garnered critical acclaim and clinched the Best Global Performance at the 2023 Grammy Awards for its sonically captivating and socially impactful prowess.

Zakes Bantwini’s illustrious career is further underscored by a string of prestigious awards, including the SAMA for SAMRO Highest Airplay Composers and Best Collaboration for “Osama,”  the Metro FM Awards Best Male Award, Channel O Awards Video of the Year, and the GQ Musician of the Year Award.

In addition to his musical achievements, Zakes Bantwini has expanded his influence with entrepreneurial pursuits, exemplified by the successful launch of the ‘Abantu Concert,’ marking a significant milestone, bringing together music enthusiasts from all walks of life to celebrate the richness of South African musical heritage, at the iconic DHL Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, in October.

Reflecting on this significant achievement, Zakes Bantwini shares: “Receiving the ‘International Achievement’ award from the SAMAS is an incredible honour and a testament to the power of music to connect people across borders. ‘Bayethe’ was a labour of love, and to see it connect with people worldwide is truly humbling. I am grateful for the recognition and for the opportunity to contribute to the global conversation through my music.”

As Zakes Bantwini stands tall amid his myriad of accomplishments, the “International Achievement Award” recognition from the SAMA committee serves as a well-deserved acknowledgement that positions him as a true contemporary icon in the modern sphere of musical excellence.

Connect with Zakes Bantwini
Facebook: Zakes Bantwini
Twitter/X: @ZakesBantwiniSA
Instagram: @zakesbantwini

Nexnovo Africa Celebrates the Launch of Duratron, Its Renewable Energy

Nexnovo Africa, an enterprise entirely owned by black individuals and led by women, committed to sustainable solutions in Africa, has officially launched its renewable energy provider, Duratron, in South Africa. The unveiling occurred on Thursday, November 16, at the offices of the Electrical Contractors Association of South Africa (ECASA) in Germiston, Johannesburg.

The event, divided into two sessions and attended by more than 120 guests, including industry leaders, stakeholders, and representatives from the lifestyle and tech sectors, showcased Duratron’s DRT-48V100AH battery series. The product was revealed in a captivating presentation featuring light effects, music, and the grand unveiling of the physical product. Attendees had the opportunity for a hands-on experience through a live demonstration.

Paul Vorster, CEO of Nexnovo Africa, emphasized the importance of this launch for South Africans, stating, “Duratron is introducing a new era of electricity sustainability for homes and businesses in South Africa, providing affordable and eco-friendly solutions. With Duratron, we aim to alleviate concerns about load shedding and frequent power outages in the country.”

Originating from Dubai, Duratron’s products are meticulously crafted and manufactured to the highest standards, ensuring both quality and reliability. The introduction of Duratron to the South African market not only promises value for investment but also guarantees uninterrupted power, contributing to a brighter and more sustainable energy future for all.

Duratron DRT-48V100AH Battery

Data Sheet 

Nominal Voltage51.2V
Nominal Capacity100Ah@0.5C
Max. Charging Current100A (1C)
End Charging Voltage56V
Nominal Discharging Current50a (0.5C)
Max. Discharging Current100A (1C)
End Discharging Voltage45.6V
Operating Environment Temperature-10~55 C
Storage Temperature -20~45 C (in 1 month)-15~35 C `(in  months)
CommunicationRS485, RS232, CAN
Cycle Life6000 cycles @ 0.5 25 C 80%DOD
Dimensions (W*D*H)442mm*500mm*132mm excluding mounting ears
Weight About 45kg


  • Larger power density compared to competitors
  • Integrated Battery Monitoring System (BMS) 
  • Compatible with 15S (optional)
  • 10 year warranty
  • Lithium Iron Phosphate cells enhance the lifespan of the battery


  • Optimal in different environmental conditions
  • Long-lifespan if the guidelines and installation process is followed correctly
  • Remote smart monitoring system to manage your device 
  • Full technical support is provided to the installers for easy installation
  • The BMS system helps you detect faults or damages early on to avoid a non-functional device

Price Range:

The price of the Duratron DRT-48V100AH battery ranges from R28 000 – R48 000, depending on the model and the specification you choose. 

Product Availability: 

Orders for the Duratron battery can be done via the Nexnovo website, www.nexnovo.co.za, or can ordered from a host of outsourced providers, which are also available on the website. 


Johannesburg, Wednesday, 15 November – Durex, a name synonymous with sexual well-being and freedom, is proud to announce an upcoming EP available for pre-order, which promises to be an electrifying musical journey. This EP, a testament to Durex’s commitment to pushing boundaries and embracing freedom, brings together some of the most talented artists in the music industry. With a diverse range of songs, including “Do Ya Thing,” “Sweet Escape,” “Forever,” “Gentle Magic,” “Real Feel,” and “Duet,” music lovers will find something to enthral their senses.

The EP boasts an impressive lineup of superstars and multi-award-winning artists, including Blxckie, Musa Keys, Una Rams, Tshego, Money Badoo, Nanette, ThandoNje, Ricky Tyler, Mx Blouse, Gemma Fassie and Stephen Of Kent. These artists have come together to create a musical masterpiece that is set to captivate audiences and redefine the boundaries of musical artistry.

One of Durex’s primary focuses is to support emerging artists in the music industry. This pre-order EP features artists who are on the cusp of stardom, and Durex aims to play a pivotal role in propelling these talents to the forefront of the music scene.

The EP is a celebration of artistic diversity, ensuring there is something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of R&B or future bass, the tracks on this EP will satisfy your musical cravings. Notably, the artists selected for this EP cater to a youthful market, characterized by tech-savviness and an unquenchable thirst for innovation.

This EP ensures that it resonates with a tech-savvy audience. Music enthusiasts and fans of these talented artists can soon pre-order the EP, ensuring they are among the first to experience this groundbreaking musical compilation.

Listen to ForPlay HERE


About the artists:

Blxckie: Sihle Sithole (born 24 November 1999), known professionally as Blxckie, is a multi-platinum selling South African rapper, songwriter and record producer from Sydenham Heights, Durban. He is popular for using soothing vocals on a range of beats, creating a fresh new sound and he also produces most of his songs.

Musa Keys: Musa Appreciate Makamu, professionally known as Musa Keys, is a South African record producer born in Giyani and raised in Flora Park, Polokwane. Makamu is known for his 2021 single “Vula Mlomo” which was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA).

Una Rams: With a unique blend of abilities in rapping, singing, and producing, Una Rams developed into a modern-day South African musician. Una Rams create music that vividly depicts the realities of young people who were born without parents. His pop tastes give him.

Tshego: Tshego is a popular South African singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer. Born in Atlanta, Georgia but raised in Mafikeng, South Africa, Tshego is most famous for his songs Hennessy and “The Vibe”. He released his initial EP titled “1990” in 2015.

Money Badoo: Jade Alves, mostly known as Money Badoo, is a South African rapper and a rising star in the music industry. Her unique style and relatable lyrics have made her a popular figure in the South African music scene. Further, Badoo has quickly become one of the most promising up-and-coming artists in the country.

NanetteSinger-songwriter emerged on SoundCloud and has cultivated a small fan base as one of the most promising rising R&B acts in the country. Equally adept in singing as she is in sing-rapping, her ability to enter multiple pockets of flows while delivering an emotive vocal performance set her apart from the rest of her peers.

MX Blouse: Born Sandiso Ngubane, has performed at some of South Africa’s most popular music festivals in addition to touring Germany, Switzerland, and France. Mx Blouse’s entry into the music industry was through their first single, WTF(SQUARED).

ThandoNje: Born Thando Sibanyoni, Thando Nje is a recording artist that was born in Johannesburg and raised in Pretoria. She decided that she wanted to pursue a career in music when she began remaking covers of popular songs and receiving great reviews from those around her.

Stephen Of Kent: Is a South African singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is also, along with Michael Taku and David Weru, the founder of the lifestyle collective and creative firm, “thisisart”.

Gemma Fassie: Another Young Fassie Coming Up To Be Big! Gemma Fassie is a sing-songwriter from the Southern suburbs of Cape Town. Music has always been in her, from the age of six, she used to go and sing at local fashion shows. Music seems to be her family thing.

Ricky Tyler: R&B artist and rapper Ricky Tyler is part of a generation of young South Africa artists who are making waves on the local scene.