The festive season is upon us and on Reconciliation Day, which is part of a lazy long weekend, M-Net viewers can relax with great local programmes. M-Net 101 is offering fresh, locally-created premieres throughout the holidays on Sunday evenings – a first for the channel.
On Sunday at 16:00, the M-Net crowd is chilling out on the lawns of the Johannesburg Country Club with classical feel-good music. It’s time for Starlight Classics: In concert with Rand Merchant Bank, a spectacular celebration of local and international talent and Afro-symphonic beats in honour of South Africa. The entertainment is provided by the amazing Johannesburg Festival Orchestra; the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir; author, composer and piano virtuoso Rocco de Villiers; Just Jinjer’s frontman Ard Matthews; jazz sensation and finalist on The Voice South Africa, Zoe Modiga; tenor Phenye Modiane; baritone Aubrey Lodewyk; Dancing with the Stars winner and musician Connell Cruise; internationally acclaimed opera soprano Elza van den Heever, and legendary South African Afro-pop duo Mafikizolo.
On its 20th anniversary, Starlight Classics welcomes the very first black female conductor of South Africa, Unathi Malunga, who as a guest conductor will share the Starlight stage with legendary concert maestro Richard Cock. Viewers will be able to enjoy a mix of famous musical numbers such as the classical aria Nessum Dorma, Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and Johnny Clegg’s Spirit of the Great Heart.
At 18:00, it's time or wedding bells with M-Net’s series The Wedding Bashers. This week the Bashers attend the nuptial celebration of bridal couple Erika and Gerrie, who tie the knot in Vanrhynsdorp, a small West Coast settlement in the Western Cape. Their Big Day takes place at a unique Catholic church and adorns natural and elegant tones with touches of rose gold, with which the bride is obsessed. This fun-filled episode also sees Denise giving lessons on wine tasting, and on how to attack a tough lamb chop! But do Denise’s antics stop there?
Ending off the hot Sunday local slate is Carte Blanche at 19:00. For the first time in Carte Blanche history, the programme will be airing brand new episodes for the festive season. The team will not be live from the Randburg studios but have put together a package of great inserts to keep you informed. This Sunday, Carte Blanche dives into the real State of the Nation, investigates witch hunts in South Africa, looks at the increasing mall theft during the holidays, and explores the making of vault 2120, a secure underground time capsule.
Make the most of your holidays this festive season with M-Net 101!