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Reviewed : Ride Along 2

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Ice Cube and Kevin Hart re-team, and add Ken Jeong to their ranks, in this tired, witless and potentially lucrative sequel.

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The RIDE ALONG 2 sequel picks up about a year after our heroes’ last adventure. Plans for a quick trip to Miami go bad. With the wedding upcoming, James reluctantly takes Ben with him to Miami to follow up on a lead connected to a drug-ring case he’s been trying to crack. In Miami, they meet Maya, a no-b.s homicide who lets them know, Miami is her turf. They also encounter AJ a shady, cocky computer hacker who reveals evidence that implicates a well- respected local businessman, the wealthy Antonio Pope, who harbors a vicious streak and rules South Florida’s drug trade. If Ben and James can convince the authorities that Pope is a brutal crime boss they’ll stop his spree. If they fail, well there may not be a wedding after all.

This time around Kevin Hart’s charter, Ben is a full fledged police officer (in training), who tags along with his future brother-in-law James from Atlanta to Miami to question a suspect.

Though Kevin Hart seems more outrageous in this film as he gets down with some serious slapstick, he is not as funny as he could be. This is a huge problem for Ice Cube’s perfect straight man persona who has no real material to bounce off of.

#MM RECOMMENDATION

It’s even sadder that they have Ken Jeong in the picture and did nothing with it. You’d expect some real good laughs when Jeong and Hart get together in a scene. It happened but just lesser than expected. No real hard jokes but the pun is on the viewers, if you have a very high comedy appetite, you might want to pass. On the other hand, if are as addictive as most comic lovers who would laugh at a good joke, then you will like it.

New characters played by Oliva Munn and Benjamin Bratt were good seasoning on the franchise. The producers might want to proof Hart’s material for the next release ( if any) just to keep the fans. He must come up with fresh material than his side kick mimic acts.

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Sterkinekor Nationwide
IMAX
Nu Metro

Production

A Universal release and presentation of a Will Packer Prods./Cubevision production. Produced by Packer, Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner. Executive producers, Nicolas Stern, Ron Muhammad, Scott Bernstein, Chris Bender, JC Spink.

Crew

Directed by Tim Story. Screenplay, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, based on characters created by Greg Coolidge.Camera (color, widescreen), Mitchell Amundsen; editor, Peter S. Elliot; production designer, Chris Cornwell; music, Christopher Lennertz; set decorator, Amy McGary; set designer, Vincent Bates; costume designer, Olivia Miles; sound (Dolby Digital), David Husby; supervising sound editors, Kami Asgar, Sean McCormack; sound designer, Benjamin L. Cook; re-recording mixers, David E. Fluhr, Greg Orloff; special effects coordinator, David Fletcher; visual effects supervisors, Scott M. Davids, Bjorn Mayer, Thilo Ewers; visual effects producers, Sebastian Meszmann, Meagan Condito; visual effects, Level 256, Factory VFX, Halon Entertainment, Mr. X, Lola Visual Effects; stunt coordinators, Jack Gill, Brian Machleit; choreographer, Jamal Sims; assistant director, Milos Milicevic; second unit director, Gill; casting, Felicia Fasano.

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Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Sherri Shepherd, Tyrese Gibson.

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Dj Tira Massacres Red Bull Culture Clash 2017

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The energy at Orlando Stadium was electrifying on the evening of 23 September 2017 as four epic Sound Systems battled it out for theRed Bull Culture Clash South Africa 2017 crown.

Over four intensely competitive rounds, AKA fronting Top Boyz Sound System, battled it out against DJ Tira’s Durban Massacre Sound System, Patoranking and Red Hot Sound System and Admiral & Jahseed with African Storm – each repping their respective genres – hip hop, house, afro-beats and reggae. In the end, it was DJ Tira and Durban Massacre Sound System that won over the crowd and took the coveted title.

Hosts Siyabonga ‘Scoop Makhathini’ Ngwekazi and Thapelo Mokoena’s on-stage chemistry kept the energy high between rounds as each one brought with it even more entertainment for the fans.

The four sound systems, each comprised of a heavyweight line-up of artists, delivered one-of-a-kind performances at the world’s most innovative live music experience – Red Bull Culture Clash. To add to the suspense, each crew threw out exciting custom dubplate specials* with highlights including Jub Jub (as part of Top Boyz) remixing famous gospel song, Ndikhokhele Bawo, earning them an overwhelming response from the crowd.

The crews battled it out to the very end and kept true to their original fan promise to bring ‘everything they had on the night’. Surprise acts are a big part of the excitement of Red Bull Culture Clash, and fans never know what to expect. International reggae star, Beenie Man’s appearance, which was part of African Storm and Red Hot’s surprise guest, Zola, got the crowd going, but adding the strong throwback from Mdu Masilela to the mix helped seal the deal for Durban Massacre.

Overwhelmed by his win, DJ Tira was proud to hoist the winner’s title belt: “Winning this title means a lot to me because it shows people that Gqom and Durban house is here to stay, and will dominate and shape future sounds. That’s all we ever wanted to do – stay true to ourselves and where we come from. We gave people what they wanted and they responded to the genuine, heartfelt music we shared. That’s what it’s all about and we are proud to solidify our sound further. Thanks to the music lovers and supporters, it wouldn’t be possible without them.”

The Culture Clash concept was introduced in the UK in 2010, by the Red Bull Music Academy. It is Red Bull’s longest-standing music programme and has since made its way around the world, to cities such as New York, Lisbon and Paris. Red Bull Culture Clash is based on the classic Jamaican sound system culture.  It’s defined by the use of cutting-edge lyrics, fierce competition and ridiculously loud sound systems.

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Red Bull Culture Clash event crew line-up announced

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Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals. Two groups of 30 selected participants—producers, vocalists, DJs, and instrumentalists from around the world—come together in a new city each year for two weeks of collaborations, lectures, and performances.

The Academy began in 1998, and has been traversing the globe since. In 2010 it took place in London, when the first Culture Clash was hosted as part of a five week-long city festival.

Preparations for Red Bull Culture Clash are heating up at a rapid pace as headline artists AKA, DJ Tira, Patoranking and Admiral & Jahseed, enlist some of the industry’s top musicians to back their respective crews for an epic show that is being labelled the biggest live music battle experience the continent has ever seen.

Check out the downright impressive Red Bull Culture Clash crew list below.


AFRICAN STORM SOUND SYSTEM featuring:

  • ADMIRAL & JAHSEED
  • DANCE HALL QUEENS
  • TOL A$$ MO
  • OSKIDO
  • SPEEDY
  • SECRET GUESTS 

RED HOT SOUND SYSTEM featuring:

  • PATORANKING
  • GEMINI MAJOR
  • DJ SNYPES
  • MAJOR LEAGUE DJZ
  • JUPITAR
  • SECRET GUESTS

DURBAN MASSACRE SOUND SYSTEM featuring:

  • DJ TIRA
  • NAAK MUSIQ
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ
  • L’VOVO
  • PROFESSOR
  • DUNCAN
  • BIG NUZ
  • KILLER KAU
  • SECRET GUESTS

TOP BOYZ SOUND SYSTEM featuring:

  • AKA
  • ANATII
  • JR
  • MASTER A FLAT
  • YANGA CHIEF
  • DJ FANATIC
  • TWINS ON DECKS
  • SECRET GUESTS

The list of talent to expect on the night doesn’t stop here. Crews will be introducing additional surprise artists during the event as part of their arsenal of musical weaponry they bring to the battle.

In the lead up to the event, AKA notes “None of the teams have what it takes to beat our Top Boyz Sound System. We’re making sure we have all the right elements – world class talent, infectious energy and impressive sound and lighting – to bring fans a one-of-a-kind performance. The crowd and competition won’t know what hit them! Get ready SA, we’re coming for you.”

Be prepared for a night of larger-than-life sounds and surprises and show support for your ‘chosen crew’, as it’s the response from the crowd that decides the winner on the night.

Follow Red Bull Culture Clash on redbull.co.za; Twitter @RedBullZA, Facebook @redbull, Instagram @redbullza  and YouTube. Join the conversation using #RedBullCultureClash.

Don’t miss out on the action! Get your tickets for Red Bull Culture Clash 2017 from Computicket. Doors open from 6pm on 23 September at Orlando Stadium.

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Grit is Gold at Africa Property Investment Summit

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SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG – JSE-and Mauritius-listed company, GRIT Real Estate Income Group, will be attending the noteworthy platform for real estate investment in Africa this week at the Sandton Convention Centre to discuss current trends, share industry experiences, and hopefully emerge having made positive connections in the various African countries.

As a top tier Gold Sponsor to the Africa Property Investment Summit & Expo (API), GRIT will be connecting with the most influential local and international Africa property stakeholders, in the promise to seek meaningful and profitable investment into a range of real estate, infrastructure projects and developments across the continent.

The API Summit gathers the region’s most senior investors, developers, operators and professionals providing the right platform to do deals across the region.

It is in this precise vein that Grit is Gold. It pioneered the concept of providing investors direct access to real estate ownership in Africa’s high-growth markets (excluding South Africa).

This is a dynamic, high-growth company that has established a strong portfolio of retail, corporate residential, hospitality, warehousing and commercial office assets in Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Mauritius and Zambia, with a view to expand into more markets, especially where REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) legislation has been promulgated.

Grit distributes its income to shareholders in US dollars, making it a currency hedge in addition to participating in superior distribution growth. The Company recently distributed its sixth consecutive distribution to shareholders and targets a dividend yield of over 7% in US dollars.

Grit CEO, Bronwyn Corbett has two days of bespoke networking opportunities, focussing on Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, discussing the impact that structured real estate investments can have on development of the continent.

Given the strong correlation between the investment case of REITs on the one hand and the investment mandate of pension funds on the other, REIT legislation has been a significant catalyst in the growth of listed real estate investments in those markets.

Although Grit distributes its income in the same way as a REIT does, it is not a REIT and pays the relevant taxes in-country.

For South African investors, this means they are charged a lower foreign dividend tax on their earnings, as opposed to a higher income tax compared to distributions from South African listed REITs.

Says Grit CEO, Bronwyn Corbett“We offer investors exposure to hard currency income at emerging market growth rates, making us a unique addition to any investment portfolio.

Our risk is mitigated by the quality of our tenants, including the likes of Vodacom, Barclays, Beachcomber and Lux Resorts as well as the long-term hard currency leases we have entered into.

Going forward, we are targeting growth in our current countries of operation as well as in new jurisdictions including Botswana, Rwanda and Ghana.”

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