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FROM ADILAH TO THE HARD ROCK! THEMBISILE NTAKA SHARES HER MUSICAL JOURNEY!

Afro-soul singer Thembisile Ntaka rose to fame as the lead singer of the Coca Cola Popstars winning group Aadilah in 2003 and years later, she gets to share her musical journey with the Hard Rock Cafe crowd on Thursday 23rd May from 20:00.

 

 

She has worked with the likes of Nduduzo Makhathini, Zwai Bala and many big names. Growing up, she looked up to the likes of Brenda Fassie, Rebecca Malope and she still can’t believe she is living her dream.

 

LASA Sessions (Love All Serve All) are a weekly musical experience at the Hard Rock Cafe Sandton, a true celebration of African music. The shows have had a wide array of musicians, the likes of Nduduzo Makhathini, Brenda Mtambo, Msaki, Buhlebendalo, Berita, Zoe Modiga and MXO among others.

 

 

The show is from 20:00 with tickets available at Webtickets www.webtickets.co.za for R100 and for R120 at the door.

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At a function, held in Johannesburg yesterday, Samsung announced its R280 million Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP), projected to have a measurable impact on job creation and a contribution of nearly R1 billion to the South African economy at large. EEIP is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) where multinational companies that are unable to sell equity in South Africa are invited to participate and contribute positively towards B-BBEE and development of South Africa. The announcement event, which was addressed by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, through a video, as well as the President and CEO of Samsung Africa, Mr. Sung Yoon, followed Samsung’s recent commitments to long term investment in South Africa.

According to Minister Davies, the Samsung South Africa’s Equity Equivalent investment amounts to almost R280 Million over 10 years. It joins nine other multinationals that have been approved for a value of R2.2 billion collectively. The programme has to date resulted in the creation of over 3 000 direct and indirect jobs.

 

The Samsung plan will create and address key developmental aspects linked to the National Development Plan (NDP) and overall transformation of our economy. These include the Black industrialisation through e-Waste recycling, beneficiation research and development in partnership with Mintek, which is a first for Africa, where a beneficiation plant is planned to be built and maintained by South Africans, and operated by a Black entrepreneur, enterprise development, and the development of township economies through Accredited Services Centres and software development.

 

 

“We are delighted that the Samsung EEIP will have the following measurable impacts on the South African economy: it will result in the creation of 262 direct jobs; it will allow the emergence of a new Black Industrialist; it will support 13 black-owned and women-owned businesses and will contribute R945 million to the economy. We are happy that the dti has contributed and supported Samsung in the design and development of this programme that will result in the establishment of five accredited service centres that are black and women-owned. These will be providing repair service to all kinds of brands of consumer electronics, hand-held devices, air-conditioning and refrigerators,” said Minister Davies.

 

The Director of Business Innovation Group and Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa, Mr Hlubi Shivanda added: “We believe our EEIP strategy will help alleviate the many challenges the nation faces. Our alignment with the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 is part of our statement of intent. The fact is, Samsung is firmly committed to growing South Africa through socio-economic change and has dedicated the necessary resources and time to create a future, which was once merely a dream.”

 

The approved Samsung SA’s EEIP has an integrated approach, which means that Samsung will be an integral partner in the creation of the first and only black-owned and operated e-waste beneficiation plant in Africa that can separate Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE). The company has also opted for a strategic partnership-aligned model to achieve greater impact. In this regard Samsung has partnered with government departments such as DEA, DHE, DTPS and the IDC. UWC has been selected as anchor partner for the development of black application development skills. Additionally, a partnership with Microsoft AppFactory will provide real experience to supplement the theoretical knowledge gained by beneficiaries at UWC. Mintek will be Samsung’s technology partner for e-Waste beneficiation.

 

Ultimately, The Samsung SA EEIP will make a measurable difference to socio-economic development of black South Africans. The alignment with the overarching objectives of the NDP Vision for 2030, B-BBEE policy, Industrial Policy Action Plan, as well as the Gauteng Township Economy Revitalisation Strategy is set to make a difference by; strengthening government’s Black Industrialisation Programme, driving a culture of innovation through digital solutions, enhancing entrepreneurship development, job creation and township economic development and technical skills development to contribute to much needed skills in the country and raise the prospects of employability.

 

Samsung will continue to pursue opportunities where people can become meaningfully engaged in the economy and in doing so, have a positive impact on their families, communities and therein, the entire nation.

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The organisers of the MTN Bushfire Festival, taking place from the 24th – 26th of May 2019, would like to caution festival goers in regards to the purchasing of festival tickets from unauthorised 3rd party sellers.

It has been confirmed that a number of fraudulent tickets have been sold by unauthorised 3rd parties and patrons must take note that these tickets will NOT enable access at the festival gate.

 

MTN Bushfire has identified some of these tickets and the sellers and will be taking legal action against those found to be selling fake or fraudulently obtained tickets.

 

Those who suspect they may have purchased fake tickets should check the MTN Bushfire social media platforms for more information. For any queries about the validity of tickets or to report suspicious behaviour please email support@howler.co.za

 

Unfortunately, although MTN Bushfire makes every effort to prevent 3rd parties from selling tickets, and deletes all such offers and posts on our social media platforms, there are still those who make these offers on other digital platforms.

 

Festival goers are therefore urged once again, NOT to purchase tickets or any related MTN Bushfire merchandise from unauthorised third parties as MTN Bushfire cannot assist once such purchases have been made.

 

There are still a few remaining tickets available for this year’s event and can be purchased via the MTN Bushfire website: https://www.bush-fire.com/.

 

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MTN Bushfire Announces Festival App

Posted by radio On April - 25 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is excited to announce the development of the official MTN Bushfire App, that has come about through a partnership between MTN Bushfire and Real Image, the festival’s IT partner.

 

The MTN Bushfire festival app is in line with MTN Bushfire’s #BringYourFire ‘green’ mandate, a commitment to environmental sustainability. This year, the festival embraces the #GreenYourFire theme through delivering a paperless festival.

 

Other ways in which the event will embrace the theme include; recycling, tree planting activities among others. The Festival’s commitment to environmental sustainability extends into the Marketplace and Global Food Village, with vendors required to use recyclable or biodegradable materials for their packaging within the Festival.

 

 

The festival App is scheduled to be released in the second week of May and is set to transform the way patrons communicate with our key customer touch points, with access to the following; Tickets, Line up, Festival Map, Park and ride schedule , Merchandise, Sponsor a Child, Explore and General Info.

The app will also allow the user to view the Bushfire Artist line-up, Artists’ bios, performance stage schedules with an exciting feature that will enable a user to create a custom schedule of their favourite artist and then receive real-time notifications of when the artist is about to go on stage.

 

 

Users will be able to receive zone-specific notifications when they step into a certain zone (e.g. Kids Zone, The Barn, Food Court area etc). Examples of such notifications to be received include Safety & Security Tips, Park & Ride Tips etc. Accessible via the app will also be up-to-date maps of the festival site and other important locations.

 

 

A real-time Lost & Found notification feature will also been added within the app’s interface. Any user of the app will receive notifications if and when an item has been lost and handed over to the Bushfire team. The app will also feature access to the Merchandise online store.

 

 

MTN Bushfire the is acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts. Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire has recently confirmed an eclectic mix of artists from Europe and Africa. The latest artist announcements reflect the diverse mix of styles, sounds and cultures that will be on display across the MTN Bushfire stages.

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The unique Afrosymphonic concert brings together diverse acts including South African soulful house band Mi Casa; the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra; Afrikaans singing sensation Refentse Morake; acclaimed dramatic soprano Andiswa Makana; jazz songstress Zoë Modiga and stage & screen stars Samantha Peo & Craig Urbani, under the baton of Maestros Richard Cock and Brandon Phillips.

 

Filmed under magnificent Cape skies, on the iconic Great Lawn at the Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West in March 2019, RMB Starlight Classicsis a South African cultural institution that captures the magic that happens when rooted African rhythms, hot pop hits, legendary operatic arias and soaring classical scores combine to make something truly unique. The RMB Starlight Classicsconcerts are held twice a year, in March and September.

 

 

Also part of the lineup are South African singing ambassadors, the Drakensberg Boys Choir; the Cape Town Opera Chorus; renowned jazz saxophonist Karendra Devroop and operatic stars Sipho Fubesi & Bongani Kubeka.

 

 

“RMB Starlight Classics isn’t only for classical music fans – it’s a celebration of the power of all types of music and song,” says director Darren Hayward. “It’s amazing to see diverse performers like Mi Casa’s J Something and opera star Sipho Fubesi collaborate on performances like ‘Perfect Symphony’, experience the power of the Drakensberg Boys Choir performing Vangelis’ ‘Conquest of Paradise’ and see the full cast lending their amazing talents to mash-ups of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’, ‘Uptown Funk’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’”.

 

 

“We’re proud of the huge success of Starlight Classics – and more so, how the audience leaves the concert on such a positive note, re-energised to tackle the daily magic and madness that is South Africa,” says RMB’s Carolynne Waterhouse.

Don’t miss this truly unique musical fusion experience on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) on Sunday 21 April from 15:00-16:30.

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During a press conference on Monday, 15 April in Paris, Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA announced their exciting animation film line-up whilst also welcoming Nora Twomey as MIFA Campus’ first female patron. Twomey, a partner at Cartoon Saloon, directed the critically acclaimed The Breadwinner.

 

The MIFA Campus is an exciting opportunity for students and professionals from around the world to meet with recruiters, attend various master-classes and discuss initiatives and schemes in the animation industry.

 

As the custodians of the Animation du Monde brand in Africa, the African Animation Network (AAN) who are proud to be associated with an organisation that places such great importance on empowerment, a cornerstone of AAN’s mandate as a social enterprise.

 

African animators are therefore invited to take part in the first preliminary round of the Pan-African Animation du Monde pitch season that will take place at ICON Comics & Games Convention (ICON CGC) from the 20th to the 22nd of April at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

 

The pitch competition is part of the build up to the Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy that was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France.  The MIFA Pitches are arguably the biggest animation focused pitching forum in the world and  the Pan-African Animation du Monde preliminary pitch season specifically creates opportunities for African animators on a global scale.

 

Contestants have until the 18th of April to submit their project and can do so by clicking HERE.

Video pitches will be accepted for those not able to attend the preliminary regional round at ICON CGC however, candidates who are able to attend the event will be given preference.  The competition regulations can be viewed HERE.

 

AAN have also assembled an exciting panel of international judges & mentors for this year’s MIFA Pan-African Final that will take place at DISCOP Johannesburg in November 2019.

 

The first of the judges & mentors to be announced is Rathan Sam George (Chief Operating Officer Toonz Media Group), who has the following to say of his involvement; “We at Toonz Media Group produce over 10,000 minutes of animation a year and have recently seen the raw potential of African creators. Partnering with AAN has created opportunities for us to share our knowledge, as well as reach out to these creatives in a way that will grow the animation industry locally.”

 

 

Previous African Animator Winners

Although this is only the 3rd edition of the competition, it has already created opportunities for African animators and producers that haven’t existed before.

 

During the Animation du Monde 2018 finals at Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA, Ingrid Agbo, from Togo, secured a pre-sale for her project L’arbre à Palimpseste which is currently in pre-production. Ingrid qualified with her project through the 2017 regionals run by the African Animation Network (AAN) at DISCOP Abidjan and won one of two places to represent Africa at the Animation du Monde 2017 Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg.

South African producer Isaac Mogojane, winner of the MIFA Pitches Winner 2018 (Disney Prize) shared with us his experiences in pitching at MIFA. “ I have had the privilege of presenting projects at MIFA twice. Last year, our second project, “Junk Pilots” was accepted into the global TV pitches category and this time round, it took home the Disney prize. Presenting your ideas at Annecy and MIFA is a great way to build a profile around your project. Each year, the market gets bigger, more projects are picked up and more deals are concluded in Annecy.”

 

At the 2017 Animation du Monde Continental Final, South Africa’s Wendy Spinks’ & Clea Mallinson’s short film “Mumue” was also selected to represent Africa at Annecy/MIFA 2018.  Although “Mumue” didn’t win during the pitch sessions in 2018, Spinks went on to win the Digital Lab Africa NEF Animation – Nouvelles Ecritures pour le Film d’Animation International Residency with  another project “I am Chuma”.

 

Wendy had the following to share about her experience: “Pitching at Annecy/MIFA has been a personal goal for me for some years and it was a real humbling moment that it would come via “Mumue”, which is a project that really allowed me to bring forward my personal creative and authentic voice and to address a social cause I care deeply about.”

 

At the most recent 2018 continental finals held at DISCOP Johannesburg, “The Troublemakers” presented by Nildo Essa (of Mozambique) and “The Makerbolts” presented by Dami Solesi (of Nigeria) won the two places to represent Africa at the 2019 Animation du Monde Finals  that will take place later this year in Annecy.  Nildo shared some insights on his journey thus far: “We wanted to create little heroes that our children could relate to. After some very needed guidance by the event judges and mentors we were one of the winners and now we are going to pitch our series project “Os Pestinhas” or “The Troublemakers” at Animation Du Monde at Annecy this year!”

 

Through its DISCOMICS footprint– an initiative run by DISCOP Markets and AAN– and which includes partnerships with 3 of Africa’s longest running comic conventions, AAN will be hosting 4 regional prelims in Johannesburg (at ICON CGC), Abidjan (DISCOP Abidjan), Lagos (at Lagos Comic Con), andNairobi (Nairobi Comic Con).  Because, the partners are always looking to create new opportunities for creators across Africa, AAN has partnered with the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia) to add a 5th regional prelim.

 

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Liberty Radio Awards winners announced

Posted by radio On April - 15 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The top performers of the South African Radio industry were acknowledged at the Liberty Radio Awards gala banquet in Sandton on saturday evening. The annual awards programme which draws entries from all sectors of the radio industry is regarded as the “Oscars” of South African radio and the stars of the radio industry were out in full force to celebrate.

 

The Liberty Radio Awards is a credible, well-judged programme that promotes excellence in radio with a view to ensuring that radio remains one of the foremost media choices in South Africa.

 

 

“Our aim is to promote excellence in radio,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “Excellent performance and content rewards listeners for the time that they spend listening to a station or program and compels them to remain tuned-in for longer. It also reinforces the relationship between a station or program and the listener, which ultimately contributes to the sustainability of radio.”

 

 

“The standard of this year’s entries was exceptionally high and adjudication scoring was incredibly close, but I am confident that the results reflect the best work within the industry.”

 

 

Killy Bacela, Divisional Executive of Group Brand & Marketing at Liberty says: “Liberty applauds all the nominees and winners from this evening’s awards, all of whom have demonstrated consistent excellence and the highest standards in the creation and production of captivating radio programmes. The winners play a part in the enrichment of people’s lives. This is the same purpose we at Liberty strive for, through our continued demonstration of making financial freedom possible.”

 

 

Click here to view the finalists and winners of all the categories

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NBC Universal International Networks’ global, multi-platform brand dedicated to all things pop culture –announced that they are commissioning a local production of Celebrity Game Night.  The series, comprised of ten one-hour episodes, will premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv channel 124).

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Primetime Emmy Award winning series Hollywood Game Night, hosted, in America, by Jane Lynch. In each episode, two teams of celebrity guests will face-off as they play hilarious and outrageous party games that test pop culture knowledge, acting skills and nerves of steel. The local commission will feature a local host who will guide African celebrities through their evening and ensure the game night is filled with outrageous fun!

 

“With outstanding success as an international format, Celebrity Game Night is perfectly placed as the latest local production for E! Africa. I’m excited to bring local nuances to this fun, high-energy series, which will feature the best of African pop culture and celebrity,” commented Lee Raftery, Managing Director, UK Emerging Markets and Chief Marketing & Content Officer, NBCUniversal International. “As we celebrate 15 years of E! in Africa, in partnership with DStv, and follow on from recent success with How Do I Look? South Africa, this commission demonstrates our continued commitment to creating impactful local content which reflects the market.”

 

 

Executive produced for NBCUniversal International Networks, Celebrity Game Night is produced by Rapid Blue in Johannesburg. Celebrity Game Night will go into production in July 2019 and the series is set to premiere late 2019 on E! (DStv channel 124).  Check back often for more news around this exciting show – including the announcement of the host and full line-up

 

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MTN Bushfire 2019: more SA artists announced!

Posted by radio On April - 8 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire the is acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts, and listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire has recently confirmed an eclectic mix of artists from Europe and Africa is proud to announce some of South Africa’s top acts for the 2019 line-up.

Taking place from May 24th – 26th, just a few hours drive from Johannesburg in the beautiful Malkerns Vally of Eswatini, MTN Bushfire recently announced festival headliners from West Africa, Asa and Mr. Eazi, Kenya’s Blinky Bill as well a range of exciting other artists who have already been announced.

 

The latest acts to be confirmed include South Africa’s Grassy Spark, Black Motion, TrompiesTshepo Tshola and the Jagermeister Brass Cartel.

 

Grassy Spark’s latest direction, as a newly-cemented 5 piece, is all about a fresh perspective while honing in on what Grassy Spark is all about.  Essentially, Grassy Spark is more of an idea than simply a band or a genre and in many ways they’ve now become genre neutral, owing mostly to the multiple genres they’ve indulged in since formation in 2012.

 

Black Motion is a duo, from Soshanguve (North of Pretoria – Tshwane), the group is made up of Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane (Percussionist) and Robert “Murdah” Mohosana who started releasing music online, in 2009 and have established a great reputation as artists who are are passionate about their music and would rather attract listeners though their live-act of playing the drums and spinning music, while dazzling the audience with their freestyle dance moves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGAeYTQRWNc

 

Trompies are also legends in the South African Kwaito scene- proving that the genre is indeed timeless. After twenty years in the music business, the duo most recently took to the Afropunk stage with the goal, as legendary founder Eugene Mthethwa explains, “of making people dance.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0SWAdqdpeM

 

The legendary Tshepo Tshola has been wowing audiences for over 40 years, and this year will make an appearance at MTN Bushfire. The jazz artist has managed to stay relevant over the decades with a host of collaborations with contemporary artists, including a 2017 collaboration with Cassper Nyovest.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhCIhxOWkrY

 

Other South African artists already announced include the immensely talented Nibs Van der Spuy and innovative acoustic guitarist, punk-inspired indie rock duo The MakeoversThabang Tabane, heir to the father and founder of the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane, as well as DJ Invizible – the self described master of staging creative guerrilla performances.

 

South Africa’s Dope Saint Jude, a rapper and producer with a defiant, life-affirming queer perspective, has also been announced along with the Nigerian-South African collaboration of Eme and Moonchild from Nigeria and South Africa respectively.

 

Golden Lounge tickets for MTN Bushfire 2019 are now sold out, but Main Arena tickets for this year’s festival are STILL AVAILABLE through the MTN Bushfire website, www.bush-fire.com.  Golden Lounge tickets will no longer be available online or at physical outlets. Day tickets for Sunday May 26th will be on sale shortly.

 

Guests are reminded however not to purchase tickets from 3rd parties as these tickets cannot be guaranteed as authentic.

 

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The power packed line-up saw four of South Africa’s business leaders as keynote speakers who shared their knowledgeable experiences in their respective fields.

Silence resounded the ballroom in anticipation when, world renown business leader, youngest JSE Director and known as the Rockstar of public speaking, Vusi Thembekwayo retreated from his presentation to speak from his heart. He delved into effective steps into finding the sweet spot to a balanced life while ‘Taking Charge’ in both the business environment and your personal life.

 

“If you want to build anything worth building, you’re going to have to embrace the darkness. Embrace being alone. If you’re not comfortable working beyond your hours you’re going to battle trying to build something worth building. If the process was easy, the things we achieve probably won’t be worth celebrating. Remember what’s important to you and don’t forget to have fun,” said Thembekwayo.

 

Thembekwayo concluded by sharing his experience of meeting the late great, Tata Madiba that brought the room to their feet in a standing ovation.

 

Dave Duarte; social media marketer, educator and entrepreneur captivated the audience with his vibrance and practical experiments about the importance of networking and how social media can be your most powerful tool when networking.

 

 

“Opportunities are not found just floating in the clouds, they are found in people. Use your social media to offer something to people. Hang out in the same places of aspirational people this can also mean share the same social media interactions,” said Duarte.

 

Khaya Dlanga enunciated the importance of effective and vigorous marketing and reiterated the significance of moving forward and eliminating a laid-back approach, especially in an industry where time and money waits for no one.

 

 

“To set yourself apart, you have to try the things that scare you. We all have an idea of what the world might be like in the future. If you don’t like it then change it, don’t be afraid to disrupt your business model to change the future,” said Dlanga.

Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal were the sponsors for the event where CEO, Neville Matjie expressed his delight to be associated with an event of this calibre.

 

“The organisation is pleased to be a part of the 2019 edition of the East Coast Radio GIBS Business Breakfast. It’s the sixth year that Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal has partnered with East Coast Radio and GIBS on this noteworthy initiative. We trust that the business linkages that were made today will be sustainable and that this forum will be a catalyst for economic prosperity,” said Matjie.

 

East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu said, “This morning was absolutely insightful. The knowledge that was imparted is immeasurable. What an honour it was to share the morning in the company of great business minds and what a pleasure to learn from them too.”

The ECR GIBS Business Breakfast hashtag and theme for this year #TakeCharge trended at the number 1 spot in Durban.

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