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SABC a hit at GENERATION NEXT Awards

Posted by radio On May - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SABC Radio Stations and TV programmes were once again recognised and voted the Coolest in the  Celebrity and Entertainment categories at the 13th Sunday Times Generation Next Brand Awards, which were held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday, 11 May 2017.

Metro FM affirmed its position as the Coolest Radio Station at the Awards for the 5th   year in a row, followed by 5FM and Umhlobo Wenene FM.  SABC1 drama Uzalo was voted Coolest TV Soap and Khumbul’ekhaya, Coolest Community Programmes 2017. The very popular Skeem Saam, also broadcast on SABC1 came in at 3rd place in the Coolest TV Soap category.

 

“The SABC congratulates its Radio Stations and TV progammes for being recognised and receiving these important awards. This is an affirmation that SABC as the Public Broadcaster remains an important part of the South African media landscape and that it will continue to deliver on its Public Service Mandate to all South Africans, from all walks of life. These awards bear testimony that SABC Radio and TV brands are still relevant with younger South Africans and we must continue to use these platforms to inform, educate and entertain our listeners and viewers with new and exciting Innovations”, said Elouise Kelly, SABC Head of Marketing.

 

The Awards are presented by the Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Survey, which gathers opinions and attitudes of young people between the ages of 8 and 22 to determine which brands they think are the coolest and most relevant in their lives. The survey is conducted by HDI Youth Marketeers. The survey has been running for the past thirteen years and has become the go-to source of information for brands wanting to tap into the younger segments of the market.

 

The SABC is honoured to receive this recognition in a media landscape which is quite cluttered.  It serves as a great motivation for the SABC to keep improving programming on its radio and television platforms.

 

Other winners from the SABC stable at the Awards include:

Muvhango (SABC2) – Coolest TV Programmes/series 2017

100% Youth (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017

Skeem Saam (SABC1) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

Soul City (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017

Soul Buddyz (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017

7de Laan – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

Generations – The Legacy (SABC 1) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

Isidingo (SABC3)  – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

The Bold & the Beautiful (SABC 3) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

YoTV (SABC1) – Coolest Kids TV Channels/Blocks 2017

Survivor (SABC3) – Coolest Reality TV Shows 2017

Zaziwa (SABC1) – Coolest Reality TV Shows 2017

Ukhozi FM – Coolest Radio Stations 2017

Lesedi FM – Coolest Radio Stations 2017

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Khaya Mthethwa to host BET’s gospel show

Posted by radio On May - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Sunday praise and worship is coming to your television screens from 21 May at 13:00 CAT on BET Africa (DStv channel 129). Gospel lovers can now watch one of the country’s favourite gospel stars, Khaya Mthethwa, sit down to chat to some of the biggest names in gospel on BET’s new local series – Rhythm & Gospel.

 

Have you ever wondered how Judith Sephuma managed to transition from being a jazz musician to a bona fide gospel singer with successful albums and live DVDs? Or how reigning Crown Gospel Awards Female Artist of the Year Lebo Sekgobela’s turned Matthews Matsetse’s “Lion of Judah” into a smash hit? Or how Dr Tumi, a medical doctor with his own private practice, found music only a decade ago and managed to became an accomplished award-winning gospel musician? What about the secrets to Rebecca Malope’s longevity?

 

Khaya Mthethwa, the multiple award-winning young musician will engage these and other stars including Mahalia Buchanan, Benjamin Dube, Loyiso Bala, Nqubeko and Ntokozo Mbatha, Neyi Zimu and James Okon for all the answers.

 

Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, Youth & Music for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa is very excited to bring our first ever locally produced Gospel show to the channel, ” this is a very unique format and we are proud to be the channel that hosts a show of this calibre. It’s a genuine showcase and spotlight on this genre which has a large fan base across the African continent. This is a continuation of our ongoing commitment to local talent and programming that resonates with our market”.

 

“It is such an honour to be able to sit down with these legends. I’m feeling very star struck as I got to hear about their journey, how they started, their future plans which was amazing. I encourage all the BET viewers to tune in and to not miss this show as we take a musical journey into the hearts and minds of their favourite gospel stars,” said an overwhelmed Khaya Mthethwa,

 

Rhythm and Gospel premieres on BET Africa on Sunday 21 May 2017 at 13:00 CAT with a repeat later in the day at 19:00 CAT.

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Final MTN Bushfire programme announced

Posted by radio On May - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

From Hugh Masekela to Jah Prayzah….

From The Kiffness to Bombino…..

From Tkzee to Jojo Abot…

From GoodLuck to Baloji…..

 

From across Africa and beyond, a unique array of musical and artistic talent will on display in what promises to be MTN Bushfire’s most diverse and dynamic line-up to date.

 

With multiple stages and activity streams, May 26-28th will be jam packed with a diversity of musical styles that span the spectrum and the globe.  The full MTN Bushfire Festival programme has now been announced and can be accessed on the website www.bush-fire.com.

 

Tickets for the Golden Lounge are already sold out as the Glamping (VIP Camping) option provided by Harambee, so make sure to avoid disappointment and book your ticket and accommodation now.

 

MTN Bushfire Stages

With four stages this year, The Main Stage, Bacardi House on Fire Stage, The Barn and the newly added FireFly Stage, guests can take their pick of artists. The Main Stage will see MTN Bushfire headline acts including Hugh Masekela, GoodLuck, Bombino, Baloji, TKZee, Jah Prayzah and Jeremy Loops amongst others.

 

The Bacardi House on Fire stage features an exciting and eclectic line-up that includes Jojo Abot, The Kiffness, Mute Band, Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions, Trenton & Free Radical and many many more.

 

The more sedate Barn stage will provide a relaxing and diverse line-up that includes film screenings, open mic sessions, as well as live performances from Dusty & Stones, Hanwah, Floewe, Sutherland and Black Rhino amongst many others.

 

MTN Bushfire 2017 is also thrilled to announce the newest addition to this year’s Festival, MTN Bushfire Firefly STAGE, proudly sponsored by MTN, which gives budding local artists the chance to perform alongside top regional DJs. More than 100 local artists from a variety of genres entered a competition to perform on this stage and 3 winners were granted the opportunity to grace the Firefly stage during MTN Bushfire 2017.

 

Handcraft & Design Marketplace and Global Food Village

In addition to the full entertainment line-up, once again MTN Bushfire offers an amazing array of handmade local craft for sale in the MTN Bushfire handcraft & design marketplace welcomes sustainably sourced, quality products that are strictly handmade from recycled or natural and environmentally friendly materials. The Space is an ethical consumer’s dream, with each company or artisan contributing in a positive way to the environment and their communities.

More than simply a market, The MTN Bushfire Handcraft & Design Marketplace is an experiential space where creative curiosity is inspired and revived.

 

Proudly sponsored by TOTAL, the MTN Bushfire Global Food Village is a celebration of food delicacy presenting a diversity of culture inspired gourmet street food by the most seasoned vendors. Festival goers are invited on a savoury journey of the senses with tantalising tastes from East Africa, the Mediterranean and back to the heart of traditional Swazi huts. Explore other pockets of the festival to discover delicious pop up cafes that Fuel the fire in your belly!

 

Kidzone

MTN Bushfire never forgets about the kids! Set in a blooming wilderness of succulent and outlandish trees, MTN Bushfire Kidzone is an adventurous space for young fire starters to ignite their budding flames. Offering an array of stimulating and fun-filled activities ranging from storytelling, sculpting, music workshops and high energy lawn games; the secured space is a perfect place for the whole family. Each year, the festival works with a special theme for the Kidzone that inspires creativity, engagement and skills development for toddlers all the way up to teens.

 

 

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Kaya Fm, Home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live, leaders in music productions, are excited to announce the latest line up in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live Presents series – the magnificent Tribute Birdie Mboweni and Zoe Modiga.

 

These two sensational acts are on fire right now in terms of public demand and are both producing some of the freshest sounds in the Afro-pop world.

 

Tribute Birdie is an artist that has an electrifying presence on stage.  A petite and beautiful young woman, she has the ability to wow an audience instantly as she comes alive in front of a microphone.  With a strong, rich and soulful voice, she handles her jazzy, Afro-pop genre with ease and grace.  Just having released her debut album ‘Birdie’ in ‘deluxe edition’ format, she has no fewer than four singles on national radio right now and is being booked for shows across the world, as well as dominating heavily back on South African soil.

 

Tributes’ on-stage partner for the night will be the firecracker Zoe Modiga.  Known for having won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competition for singing, her powerful voice then saw her enter the top 8 of highly popular The Voice SA, Season 1 talent show.  Another achievement this young star in the making has under her belt is her phenomenal rendition of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ that featured in the score of the Oscar nominated movie Noem My Skollie.  Zoe has released her debut project ‘Yellow: The Novel’ earlier this year and audiences are soaking up as much as they can of this intriguing, stylish and highly unique individual.

 

The two artists will be sharing one stage at the Lyric, Gold Reef on the 13th May.  Show starts at 8pm and tickets are R150 at Computicket.

Book now to avoid missing out on this great double bill.

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Deezer Next launching in SA

Posted by radio On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Deezer, the world’s most diverse, dynamic and personal music streaming services, is announcing the launch of Deezer Next, a newly created programme aimed at identifying and championing emerging talent in addition to providing an avenue for exposure to new audiences on the Deezer platform.

 

Deezer Next is an exciting new initiative exclusive to Deezer users, which allows them to discover a hand-picked selection of new, emerging artists from South Africa and beyond. Deezer Next will promote these artists to new audiences and enable music lovers to discover the next generation of stars.

 

Globally Deezer Next has already rolled-out its priority artists, who are Rag’N’Bone Man, Anne-Marie and Maggie Rogers, and is now excited to officially announce the four Deezer Next South African artists. This diverse group of artists span a range of genres, but are all making a name for themselves and promise exciting things for the future.

 

Dominic Neill

Dominic Neill is a South African, Johannesburg-based pop musician who is about to break into the music scene with his bold, new, and exciting tunes. He will soon be releasing his debut album that saw him travel to Berlin to work with Flume’s world-renown producer, amongst others.

 

Raheem Kemet

Raheem Kemet is a hot young voice in the Urban Hip Hop and Live performance scene. Hailing from Durban, he represents his city well with his collage of sound and words. Raheem describes his career as “a journey through sound” and his vibe jumps right at you when you hear his distinct expressions in his music as well as through his live performance.

 

Southern Wild

Heavily focused on feel and progression, Capetonian rock group Southern Wild give absolutely everything each time they hit the stage. Every song within their set provides something unique, with each piece of music standing alone. This same energy has been translated onto their debut album and promises a journey consisting of many layers and paths to its listener, much like a wafer biscuit car on an eight lane highway.

 

Robin Thirdfloor

Robin Third floor(aka Simphiwe Nyawose) was born in Durban and started rapping as an artistic release of emotions pent up from his personal experiences of being bullied. His previous releases show emotional depth and with lyrics that communicate positivity and the importance of loving yourself and enjoying life to the fullest- his message is perfect for today.

 

Deezer Next Global Artists

 

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Rag’n’Bone Man released his debut album ‘Human’ in February 2017 garnering the number 1 spot on the album charts in France, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. The album includes the hit single ‘Human’ (number 1 in eleven countries) and the current single ‘Skin’.

 

Anne-Marie

Anne-Marielastest single ‘Ciao, Adios’ has entered the top 10 charts in the UK and thetop 40 charts in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia and Hungary. Shefeatured on the number 1 smash hit ‘Rockabye’ by Clean Bandit, also featuring Sean Paul. Anne-Marie is currently supporting Ed Sheeran on the European leg of his tour.

 

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers has been attracting a lot of attention and streams off the back of featuring ina video on YouTube with Pharrell Williams where she played him her song‘Alaska’. She released her EP ‘NowThat The Light Is Fading’ in February 2017.

 

Deezer subscribers can lookf orward to releases from all four of these exciting new artists in 2017, as well as additional exclusive video content and interviews. Search#DeezerNextSA across Social Media platforms to find out more.

 

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Kaya FM 95.9 and Old Mutual present two luxurious evenings of the finest wines and malt whiskies for the second year running at Hyde Park Corner. This association between the two brands for the Kaya FM Wine & Malt Whisky Affair was established five years ago. The Kaya FM Wine & Malt Whisky Affair showcases a selection from over 25 Wine Farms & 20 Whisky Houses. This year we introduce four Gin Tables to suit the palates of connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike presented by Wade Bales.

 

In staying true to our previous events, we will be focusing on upcoming wine farms, Aslina Wines (Ntsiki Biyela), M’Hudi Wines (Malmsey Rangaka) and Sesfikile Wines (Nondumiso Pikashe) and some of South Africa’s more established wine farms.

 

Whisky enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample Diageo Brands, Paul John, and The Pogues Irish Whiskey who are showcasing for the first time. To enhance the experience, an exclusive Whisky Forum facilitated by the WhiskyBrother (Hyde Park Corner) on each evening from 6.45pm to 7.15pm, will again cater for 20-25 guests at no extra charge.

 

Afropolitans can expect to engage with the winemakers and whisky aficionados, discovering the unique insights into the secrets of the grape as well as the golden dram. A combination of both fine wine and malt whisky under one roof.

Hyde Park Corner is a sophisticated and luxurious shopping centre, boasting over 130 iconic speciality stores and is home to over 500 international brands.

Listen out for the Half-Time Bell from 7.30pm to 7.45pm, where for a limited period of 15 minutes, guests will be able to sample rare and limited editions of wine and whisky from “under the table”.

To complete the evening a selection of gourmet cheese, antipasti deli and artisanal breads will be on offer for the guests as they sample the various brands.

 

Tickets are priced at R250 per person and includes a complimentary tasting glass, access to all wine and whisky products featured on the night, and the fine food.. Tickets are on sale at Webticket.

 

Kaya FM and Old Mutual are proud to be associated with this event. Crafting an award-winning wine or whiskey needs the skill of a seasoned connoisseur. Similarly, when it comes to money, and planning your financial future, you need great financial advice from the right people you can trust.

 

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Bassline Live is proud to announce the date for BASSLINE AFRICA DAY CONCERT 2017 has been confirmed as the 27th May 2017.

 

Presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture again this year, the concert series is one that is growing from strength to strength, as more partners, sponsors and most importantly, musical acts from across the continent come together for one special day and night of unity and celebration.

The BASSLINE AFRICA DAY CONCERT series is now in its 13th consecutive year and continues to top itself in terms of production value, as well as not only showcasing new artists, but bringing musical acts that we as South Africans, do not always get to enjoy on the live stage.  This year the series will go above and beyond as artists from Nigeria, Ghana, Congo and beyond share the stage with talent from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Niger – with new artists still being confirmed.  We are also really happy to announce that we have a new, larger and more accessible venue as we relocate to our new venue partner Johannesburg Expo Centre (Nasrec).

 

The show is backed by some of the Bassline Live’s family of sponsors that have supported not only the Africa Day Concert series in the past, but many other of the Bassline Live regular events.  These brands include SABIbev, Nandos and many more joining us.  Also new to the event is the inclusion of an African Craft Market of original African traders who will be selling everything from food to arts and crafts.

 

Kaya FM, long time partners and collaborators with Bassline Live on Africa Day as well as other events has been confirmed as our official radio partners. Managing Director Greg Maloka says, “Africa’s expression of freedom is through music”.

 

TRACE Africa, always on the cutting edge of African trends and music are our television partner for the first time, making this an exciting new partnership for the festival moving forward.  Leo Manne, Senior Vice President for TRACE Southern Africa had the following to say about the partnership, “ Our channel, which is now available in 18 countries across Sub Saharan Africa, takes pride in building musical bridges across the continent so this partnership is essentially a powerful extension of what we stand for. We’re excited to work with the Bassline Live Africa team and look forward to showcasing some of Africa’s greatest.”

The festival also forms part of the IGODA circuit – a group of like-minded African festivals that run over the course of three weeks from Durban to Swaziland with Reunion Island, Maputo and Johannesburg in between. These include MTN Bushfire Festival, Zafiko in Durban, Azgo in Maputo, Safiko in Reunion and of course, Bassline Africa Day Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Confirmed artists:

 

Thandiswa Mazwai – South Africa

Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe

Jah Prayzah is a contemporary Zimbabwean musician commonly referred to as ‘musoja’, meaning ‘soldier’ in Shona due to his signature uniform of military regalia.  He started composing reggae and dancehall tracks at a young age but later turned into a more contemporary artist.  It wasn’t until his 4th album that he reached commercial success and eventually won a NAMA award for the hit single Gotchi Gotchi.  The following year he won five NAMA Awards and two ZIMA awards with the massive album Kumbumura Mhute.  His biggest hit, reaching over one million views on youtube is the single Watora Mari.  His performance at Bassline Africa Day Concert 2017 is sure to be nothing short of electrifying and many South Africans have requested this artists’ presence on the line up.

 

Petite Noir  – Belgium/South African 

Petite Noir is a Belgiun-South African singer, songwriter, musician and producer that is currently one of Cape Town’s hottest commodities.  He was originally one half of Popskarr with Terence Pearce and a member of the music collective Capital Of Cool. His first EP, The King Of Anxiety placed him on the map back in 2015 and set the way for his acclaimed full length success La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful which was released in September of the same year.  Noir has performed live with artists such as Mac Demarco, Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike and many others.  His music videos are works of art and everything he creates comes from an aesthetically crafted place of sheer art.  Petite Noir is an artist to watch in 2017.

Baloji – Congo

Baloji is a poet, composer/lyricist, beat-maker, scriptwriter, actor, performer, video artist and stylist.  After the release of his debut album Hotel Impala in 2008 he performed over 200 international shows and now he has returned with a brand new EP.  His music stands at the crossroads of African music – a unique combination of rap, African-American soul, funk and jazz, accompanying hip-hop beats and sampling with deep roots in the dance world – he is most certainly a fresh and imaginative artist.  With resilience and hard work being the core of his craft, he has created a musical style based on cross fertilisation and collaboration – unbridled and freed from labels and genres.  Baloji is an energetic live performer and is bringing a fresh new Africa to the stage this year.

 

Bombino – Niger

Omara “Bombino” Moctar is an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer songwriter from Niger.  His music frequently addresses Tuareg geopolitical concerns and is sung in the Tuareg native language of Tamasheq.  Bombino taught himself to play guitar after living in exile with his family at a young age in Algeria.  He went on to join a band during his teen years in Algeria and then Syria, highly influenced by the styles of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler, whilst working as a herder.  In 1997 he returned to Agadez to begin his life as a professional musician.  In 2007 after crafting his personal style and forming the electric band Group Bombino, he was forced to flee again and two of his fellow musicians were executed due to a ban on the guitar in the Tuareg region.  He is quoted as saying, “I do not see my guitar as a gun but rather a hammer in with which to help build the house of the Tuareg people.”  Bombino returned home in 2010 to celebrate the end of the struggle.   Whilst being in exile Bombino released an album called Agadez which debuted at the top of the iTunes World Music Charts.  The success of the album attracted many musical stars included Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys who went on to produce Bombino’s second album Nomad.  Nomad was released on the highly acclaimed record label Nonesuch and again debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes World Music Charts, as well as the Billboard World Charts.  In 2016 Bombino released the album Azel, produced by David Longstretch (Dirty Projectors). Since 2011 Bombino has toured relentlessly all over the globe, bringing his infectious grooves and message of peace and Tuareg pride to millions of people.  We are excited to see an African artist of this stature on our stage at Bassline Africa Day Concert 2017

 

Vusi Mahlasela – South Africa

 

Jojo Abbott – Ghana

Jojo Abbott is a Ghanaian songstress, songwriter and actress that’s at the top of her game in Africa right now.  Born in 1988 to parents of Anglo-Ewe descend, she has gained fame mostly in the Afrosoul/Reggae and Afrobeat genres.  We are delighted to include this superstar on our line up this year.

 

Ray Phiri – SA

 

Jobie Clarke – South Africa

Nthando Sithole-Clarke, also know as Jobie Clarke, is a JHB-based, classically trained jazz vocalist with a rich and diverse musical background and influences ranging from jazz to traditional African sounds.  Working as a vocal coach in his own music school, his phenomenal vocal experience stems back from his own days as a singer in the prestigious Drakensburg Boys Choir.  He has since gone on to work with musical maestros such as Sibongle Khumalo, Tony Bennett and Abdullah Ibrahim.  We are proud to welcome him to the Bassline Africa Day Covert 2017 stage.

 

Tickets are R295 at ticketpro.co.za.  Parking tickets also available.  Book now to avoid disappointment!

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After the success of another Southern African Music Rights Organisation NPC (SAMRO) CEO Music Industry Roundtable discussion in Mpumalanga, we are pleased to announce that the latest leg of this information-sharing session will be held in eThekwini on Friday, 19 May 2017. The session will take place at the Durban Playhouse from 10H00 until 14H00.

Durban takes the baton from Nelspruit, where SAMRO held a successful session in March on music consumption and the latest available channels for music promotion.

 

The concept of rotating music industry roundtable events was born out of a need to host nationwide conversations that could elicit meaningful input and help develop the South African music industry. SAMRO saw a great need for such a platform, to facilitate regular engagement among those who contribute to the wellbeing of the local music industry.

 

Since the roundtable discussions began last year, industry representatives including the SABC’s Kaizer Kganyago and Nomvuyiso Batyi of the Independent Communications Authority of SA; music legends Ray Phiri, Gabi le Roux, Arthur Mafokate and Sipho Makhabane; and representatives from Kaya FM, Ligwalagwala FM and Rise FM have been among the participants.

 

“Hosting this session just two months after a successful stop in Nelspruit suggests we are on a roll, and we are delighted to be taking the forthcoming meeting to Durban. We hope for an even larger turnout and we promise to have another great panel of experts to share their know-how on issues affecting the industry,” says Tiyani Maluleke, SAMRO’s General Manager: Marketing.

 

As was the case at previous gatherings, in eThekwini, SAMRO will address members’ concerns and the topical issues of music airplay and local content quotas. SAMRO’s acting Group CEO, Rev. Abe Sibiya will once again take part in the discussions and share his vast knowledge of the industry and of SAMRO’s operations.

If you are based in or around Durban, this is also your opportunity to engage with SAMRO on topics relating to membership and royalties.

 

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ICON Theatrical is proud to be returning toSouth Africa – this time, from Europe with love from THE TENORS – LIVE IN CONCERT.  The show will run on The Mandela stage from May 3rd to May 21st 2017.

 

This infectiously enthusiastic group continues to wow selloutaudiences worldwide, and they are particularly honoured to be invited toperform in South Africa as part of their World Tour.

 

THE TENORS is a live production featuring 12 gentlemen who take their audience on a musical rollercoaster with outstanding vocal performances.  The Tenors display a stunning combination of virtuosity and style coupled withsheer musical prowess.  These superb performers blend a host of musical styles choreographed with amazing 21stcentury symphonic arrangements of timeless classics in one spectacular show.  This amazing concert features a feast of feel-good favourites from Broadway to Opera including swing, pop and rock classics.  It is a gloriously happy show with ovation after ovation and perfect entertainment for the wholefamily.  It takes you on an unforgettable musical journey from Italy to Ireland, Broadway to the West End.  This is a superb night of sheer entertainment featuring some of the best-loved music of our time delivered by an unforgettable cast.

 

Highlights include West SideStory, Carmen, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, The Rat Pack,Queen and many more hits not forgetting Tina Turner and the ultimate alltime Tenor signature Nessun Dorma.

 

Prepare to be mesmerized by the voices of THE TENORS – LIVE IN CONCERT,direct from Europe!

 

THE TENORS – LIVE INCONCERT will be on The Mandela stage from May 3rd to May 21st.  Shows are from Wednesdays to Fridays at 8pm, 3pm and 8pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays.  Tickets range from R180 to R350. These are available by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets.  For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on (011) 877 6853/6815.

Special student and pensioner discounts are available.

 

Barry Potts – Producer and Vocalist

 

Barry is no stranger to South Africa after bringing his triumphant production THE SOPRANOS live in concert to Johannesburg.

 

After studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Barry embarked on an international career which began in South Africa conducting the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra with the hit show “Rock Legends” that led to further engagements with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra before touring the world conducting the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and the Wellington Sinfonia among others.   This led to the chance to work with The Rat Pack show on Broadway in New York USA.Barry was proud to be instrumental in the conception of this hit show at the Joburg Theatre.  His return to Johannesburg is very special as this is where his career began.

 

Having also worked with The Osmonds, Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra Jrand Elton John, Barry decided to journey further into the crossover genrebringing timeless classics to 21st century audiences.

 

“I am so excited to be able to bring THE TENORS – LIVE IN CONCERT to Johannesburg where I can guarantee an evening of amazing music, fun and 5-star entertainment”.

 

 

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With three weeks to go until the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit, which is this year returning to Africa, co-host ICASA, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, has published draft regulations on the use of TV White Space (TVWS) in the region.

 

The draft regulations, which are open for public consultation until 19 May 2017, highlight the progress South Africa is making in enabling affordable Internet through dynamic spectrum access. These draft regulations – which the DSA fully welcomes – and technologies will be discussed at the DSA Global Summit, taking place in Cape Town between 9 to 11 May 2017, where a whole host of leading industry figures and regulators from around the world have been announced to speak, including the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

 

 

“In the past, exclusive licenses for specific frequency bands and specific purposes dominated spectrum allocation policy and regulations,” said Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana, CEO of ICASA. “While these models are good for monetizing the spectrum and for coordination between multiple services and operators to avoid interference, they often result in underutilization of spectrum. In the last decade, however, governments and regulators around the world have embraced the concept of ‘spectrum commons’ as another way to bring citizens innovation on new wireless technologies.”

 

The event will open on 9 May with a full day regulator workshop on spectrum sharing and dynamic spectrum access. Alongside ICASA, other regulators in attendance will include Korea Radio Promotion Association (RAPA), Agência Nacional del Espectro (ANE), the Ministry of Communications for Argentina and Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL).

 

Day one of the Global Summit will be opened with keynote addresses from Kalpak Gude, President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, and ICASA CEO, Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana, followed by panel sessions on spectrum sharing and enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) through dynamic access technologies. The latter panel will feature Dr. F. Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa, where he leads research on dynamic spectrum access. His perspective on how to connect underserved populations in emerging economies will add another dimension to the panel, which also includes Facebook, University of Strathclyde, and VistaLifeSciences Inc.

 

A panel session on closing the digital divide will address financial challenges associated with large-scale network deployments, with speakers including: Mr. Alexander Hadden, Director, Structured Finance & Insurance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); Mr. Chikioke Egejuru, Investment Analysis, International Finance Corporation; Mr. Lumko Mtimde, CEO, the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) and will be moderated by Mr. Frank McCosker, General Manager, Affordable Access & Smart Financing, Microsoft Corporation.

 

Other confirmed speakers on day one include Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief of Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who will join the panel on Wi-Fi for the 5G World. On the final day of the Summit, Ira will start with a keynote address, before joining the Regulator Leadership Summit later in the day.

 

ICASA CEO Pongwana will return to speak on day two of the Summit to speak on a panel titled Creating Opportunities for Deployment, which will be moderated by Emeritus Executive Director of the DSA, Prof. H Sama Nwana. The panel will bring together policy makers to discuss challenges and solutions to establishing regulatory frameworks for enabling investment in infrastructure – something that is crucial to bridging the digital divide in South Africa, and around the world.

 

Other speakers confirmed on the agenda include representatives from: Facebook, Adaptrum Inc., C3 Limited, the Communications Authority of Kenya, Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company) and New American Foundation.

 

Platinum sponsors of this year’s event include Microsoft and Nominet. Gold sponsors include Adaptrum Inc. and MBC, while MedyaCity is a Silver sponsor.

 

To secure your place at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit in Cape Town, South Africa (9-11 May 2017), visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dynamic-spectrum-alliance-2017-global-summit-tickets-28614617090. To view the full Summit agenda, visit: http://dynamicspectrumalliance.org/global-summit/agenda/.

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