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With the advent of technology strongly making a mark on how multimedia aptitude is becoming a necessary tool in the everyday running of organisations, it is becoming even more essential for training models to fast track solutions on how to create a knowledge based economy that enables training providers to embrace multimedia platforms as a business game-change to access and create new markets.

 

Accordingly, statistics show that African continent is the fastest growing mobile aggregator in the world, with at least 960 million mobile subscriptions across Africa – which seeing an 80 percent penetration rate among the continent’s population. Of the 216 million internet users, penetration of the platform is at 18%. And with Nigeria’s internet penetration sitting much higher at 53%, its mobile subscription is similar to Africa’s, placing at a staggering 81% penetration and that translating to 150 million mobile subscriptions. This has then created a massive untapped ecosystem and an opportunity for businesses and entities to scale products and offerings to a global market using digital to connect.

 

With this at hand, JT Communication Solutions, independent leaders in the communications, media and public relations sector announce its new multimedia training service and solution to businesses and corporations aimed at assisting clients towards progressing from a traditional, disposable based media mindset to a contemporary and instantaneous web based media alternative.

 

Having earlier in the year graduated our first cohort of students on how to effectively use multimedia and better leverage technology in the arts and culture industry to profile and share authentic African stories; journalists, photographers, videographers and most recently, trainee web developers in the IT stream, gathered in a much needed information exchange on how to migrate to digital means of working and exploit multimedia which to date, in SA remains a missed opportunity in all sectors of business and society.

 

The training aimed for all in need of multimedia guidance draws from a wide pool of experts and ensures that everyone, ranging from small to large organisations, government, micro-entrepreneurs and groups who have been isolated from and need to catch up with the digital shift, find value in this practical offering.

 

Applying the use of video and internet technology with an accent on a synergy of partnerships with social and entrepreneurial conscience, the high-level national training is accessible in a professional and affordable way for individuals and organisations in the artistic, business, cultural and various other sectors and also affords opportunities for personal branding, development and media management.

 

Having carved a niche as highly sought after media practitioners and award winning publicity agency in the arts and culture industries of South Africa and the continent at large, our agency’s passion and creativity is driven by Vanessa Perumal, a pioneer in highlighting an inclusive agenda and representation of SA’s artistic, cultural and entrepreneurial agenda in a new South Africa. Perumal gives a voice to numerous talents while profiling the achievements of global, continental and national artists and businesses in diverse disciplines.

 

Our use of resourceful strategies and understanding of government, business operations and corporate networks, JT Comms commits to informed and professional media practices across various media platforms while giving the highest level of professional excellence and maintaining integrity and a clear vision to put and share positive African narratives with the world.

 

The training workshops held at the African Media Resource Centre of Excellence – a hub for locally produced engaging, cultural and socially relevant content can also be hosted at different venues, at the discretion of the client.  Over the years, the centre’s work has accelerated through a growing support and collaboration of various incentives, continuing to be pioneering while developing local media professionals and producing content that is groundbreaking and unapologetically Pan African.

 

Contact us for a consultation for a multimedia training and keep up with all things digital that are happening in the world.

 

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BASSLINE FEST is less than two weeks away, and with the hottest acts from across the continent and globe, the stage is set for one of the most historical events in music history.

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness ‘Africa’s Tribute to Madiba’ collaboration which adds even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

The collaborators in ‘Africa’s Tribute To Madiba’, are 5 time Grammy Award Winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Malian icon Salif Keita and Nigerian pop sensation Yemi Alade. Led by singer, songwriter and music arranger legend Salif Keita.  Salif has written a tribute song for this occasion and will be singing a new, yet to be commercially released track, exclusively at the Fest.

 

The tribute will take audiences on a journey of remembrance and celebration.  Imagine witnessing Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing Bob Dylan’s ‘Knock Knock Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ with pop sensation Yemi Alade’s female voice harmonising?  Imagine Salif Keita singing ‘Ton Ton’ Live with the other two providing the harmonies on the chorus?

Imagine no more, as it’s real and it’s happening live, only at Constitution Hill.

 

The Fest line-up, in no order of performance are:

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa

Salif Keita- Mali

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

Dub Inc – France

Nakhane – South Africa

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Femi Koya – Nigeria

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Sekou Kouyate –  Guinea

 

An African Food, fashion, art & craft market provided by LoCrate Market from Soweto will be providing all you need as far as sustenance, vibe and style.

LoCrate FOOD has an exclusive collaborative relationship with the Jo’burg Food Truck Association a.k.a Mother Truckers as the anchor food vendors.

 

Gates open at 2pm and the music kicks off from 3pm till late.  SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a huge television audience.

 

Remember to bring your sun hats for the daytime and winter woollies for the night.  There will be ample great coffee vendors to keep you warm and plenty free parking underground at Constitution Hill.

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400.  Children under 10 are free.

 

BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.  For more information, contact info@hambaumhla.com or 061 402 8406.

 

BASSLINE FEST is presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture, in association with Kaya FM and TRACE Africa. 

Additional partners include The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts , Recreation & Culture, SABC2, SAA, Constitution Hill, SAB Inbev, Brand South Africa, Firestone, Pernod Ricard, BMW Joburg City Auto, Tsogo Sun & IFAS.

In support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 

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MTN Bushfire 2018 Tickets SOLD OUT!

Posted by radio On May - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire 2018 has officially sold out all full festival weekend tickets!

 

Fans of one of Africa’s favourite festivals have made history – selling out the MTN Bushfire Festival weeks before the doors open. All full festival weekend tickets, including Golden Lounge that were sold out over a week ago, have now been sold.

Also please take note that only people with valid tickets purchased in advance will be able to access the festival over the duration of the weekend. There will be NO tickets sold at the gate.

 

It is also important to note that tickets are not for resale. A Valid ticket holders and those with booked camping at the main MTN Bushfire campsite, please also take note that you  can now access your campsite from NOON on Thursday May 26th – so get to the festival early, relax and get ready for the full festival experience of MTN Bushfire.

 

If you do have a ticket but have NOT booked your accommodation you are urged to BOOK NOW as many accommodation options are filling up quickly.

 

As in previous years, the MTN Bushfire 2018 artist line-up features a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe.

 

More travel and festival information can be found on the website, www.bush-fire.com

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A unique celebration of the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Swaziland and surrounds, the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival will be a sensory experience unlike any other.

Celebrating the diverse and often hidden tastes, smells and flavors of Southern Africa with an authentically African rooted program; Luju will feature cooking demos and master-classes by seasoned chefs in the region, the best in African fashion, design and arts, as well as some exciting music and comedy performances by artists from Swaziland, South Africa, Mozambique and beyond.

 

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breathtaking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, August 4th 2018 is a day not to be missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travelers looking for a unique and sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

 

Weekend Add-On Value

 

Weekend add-on experiences including glass-blowing and candle-making showcases to be put on by Ngwenya Glass and Swazi Candles, as well as a traditional dance show at the nearby Mantenga Cultural Village, will make for a culturally rich and memorable Swaziland experience for all Luju visitors – more on this below.

 

 

The Hosts

 

Luju is being brought to life by the same team as the world-renowned and much loved MTN Bushfire Festival – House on Fire, backed by a leading global brand in finance and investment whose African heritage goes beyond 150 years – Standard Bank. Guests can be assured of top-notch production, an all-star line-up, and an experience to create poignant memories to last a lifetime.

 

 

What to Expect on the Day

Within the House on Fire Amphitheatre, a culinary-focused program will create space for interaction with featured presenters, celebrity chefs and culinary demonstrations, as well as stand-up comedy and a selection of artists & DJs from the region.

 

 

 

One of the headline chefs for this area will be the well-loved J’Something – attending in his capacity as a chef and food lover, as well as fronting a performance from the SA legends – Mi Casa on the Luju Main Stage.

J’Something’s spicy authentic Portuguese heritage and hearty homegrown South African food has become his trademark. Most recently he has been showcased as a headline chef appearing next to greats such as Marco Pierre White, Jan Hendrick and George Calombaris.

Moving from the HOF Amphitheatre, guests will be able to leisurely stroll through a well-manicured lawn surrounded by lovely cane fields and gardens where they can view various displays of food, drink, art, as well as high-end, bespoke and handmade home décor, objet d’art, fashion and visual art pieces.

 

 

Tickets

This wholesome experience is attainable at E350 for general ticket and E600 for the VIP ticket. Pre-register to get each ticket at a discount of less E100 – see details in the advert. Register online via this link: www.luju.howler.co.za

 

Guests are encouraged to make a weekend of the experience with some of these activities that will be hosted by official Luju partners:

 

 

  • Ngwenya Glass: Glass Blowing

Ngwenya Glass is one of Swaziland’s hottest tourist attractions. Since 1987, Ngwenya Glass has been making glassware in Swaziland from 100% recycled glass, building on a reputation of quality, functionality, beauty and environmental awareness. Visitors will be able to view the glassblowing from 9am to 2pm on Sunday August 5th at the glass factory which is strategically located near the Ngwenya/Oshoek border leading into South Africa.  There will be a team creating some unique glass artworks on the day and visitors will be able to watch at no cost.

 

 

  • Mantenga Cultural Village

Situated in a Ezulwini Valley within Mantenga Nature Reserve, the Cultural Village is a natural display where visitors can learn about everyday life in a traditional Swazi homestead, and enjoy vibrant traditional dance shows.

There is also a small network of hiking trails offering visitors the opportunity to experience the beautiful contrast between reverine middleveld habitats and Highveld open grassland. The nature reserve also offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

 

 

  • Swazi Candles

Guests can enjoy the vibrant, music filled workshop in the Malkerns Valley where they can interact with the candle artisans as they work their magic. The beautifully intricate designs of Swazi Candles use the ancient technique known as “millifiore”. Millefiore, or, “thousand flowers”, first surfaced in Alexandria, but was perfected in the great glassmaking cities of Murano and Venice. The Swazi Candles shop is situated a few kilometers from the Luju venue and is located in a complex where visitors view local and African fashion; design arts and crafts; and relax amidst beautiful views at a coffee shop within the centre of it all.

 

 

  • Tree Top Canopy Tour

Experience the thrill of gliding through the forest canopy in one of the last mountain wilderness areas left in Swaziland. The Malolotja canopy tour offers most dramatic scenery you will ever encounter with striking rock formations, towering cliff faces, a rich diversity of flora and fauna, across a lush forest canopy towards the Malolotja mountain forest peaks.

 

 

  • National Museum and King Sobhuza Park

This National museum is an amazing cultural experience and captures the link that Swaziland has with nature and the love it has for nature, the beautiful mountains, countless rolling hills and green pastures are all depicted in the natural history hall.

 

 

Find Out More

Travel packages and special offers will be announced in the upcoming weeks via local press and on the House on Fire website www.house-on-fire.com and Facbook page https://www.facebook.com/LujuFestival/

Luju also invites any interested traders, exhibitors and companies to contact us for more information on the opportunities available to be part of this amazing high-end lifestyle event.

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MTN Bushfire: Rainbow Your Fire!

Posted by radio On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire has also been hailed in by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival.”

MTN Bushfire is a uniquely African, and yet globally infused, festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts, and the environment.

 

From May 25th – 27th MTN Bushfire encourages everyone, from guests and artists, to traders and vendors to BRING YOUR FIRE to the beautiful Malkerns valley in Swaziland.

Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

 

As part of the annual Bring Your Fire call to action, MTN Bushfire 2018 will be hosting a diversity of activations in the newly launched and fully interactive, Bring Your Fire Zone. This year a range of themes will be featured at the festival, including environmental sustainability, education, cultural development, human rights, equality for LGBTI people, gender issues,  as well as sexual & reproductive health and freedom.

 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people experience significant social discrimination in many places. The consequence of these social and structural factors is that many members of the LGBTI community are not able to lead a dignified life, have a family and contribute to society. The long-term vision is for all people to enjoy equal recognition before the law and social inclusion within society.

 

MTN Bushfire, in partnership with Swazi organisation The Rock of Hope will therefore present a host of activities aimed at promoting equality and inclusion. From poetry slams and discussion at the new venue The Hub, to social and photo booth activations, everyone is invited to take part.

The MTN Bushfire Rainbow Fire Stall Activation seeks to raise the visibility of the LGBTI community within the space with the hopes to spread the fire of acceptance within the communities in which they reside.

 

The Rock of Hope is an advocacy organisation partnered locally with the Other Foundation, and internationally by All Out, and is working on a number of initiatives in Swaziland to promote equality and acceptance.

 

MTN Bushfire is also very excited to announce a performance from Staceyann Chin, multiple award-winning poet and performer. Winner of the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council, and the 2016 Planned Parenthood Excellence in Media award, Chin is also a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

 

A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.

Further activations and partnerships within this space will be announced soon. For more information on the 2018 edition of MTN Bushfire visit www.bush-fire.com or https://www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE

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Reggae Pilgrimage Leads to Collaboration

Posted by radio On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

As Dub inc, the internationally acclaimed French reggae group continue their global success, with concerts across Africa, their recent performance in Abidjan took on special significance.

One of the group’s singer Komlan said this past week that his participation in the Anoumabo Festival of Urban Music (Femua 2018) was like a pilgrimage, as Côte d’ivoire the capital of reggae in Africa, “For me, it was like a kind of pilgrimage. We went to Kingston, Jamaica, but Abidjan is also the reggae capital in Africa,” added the French artist of Beninese origin.

 

The group was in the Ivory Coast for the FEMUA festival, launched in 2008 by the legendary Ivorian musical group Magic System. The festival is one of the biggest festivals in sub-Saharan Africa and is a forum for promoting urban music rhythms.

 

During their stay in Abidjan, Dub inc collaborated with the singer Alif Naaba, known as the ‘Barefoot Prince of Burkina Faso,” and the kora player Massa Dembele, both from Burkina Faso. Alif was featured in the original version of the song in 2013, off the group’s album Paradise.

 

The collaboration resulted in a moving acoustic rendition of the group’s version of the song “Enfants des ghettos / Children of the Ghetto” that will be released as a music video on May 5th, just weeks ahead of the group’s arrival in Southern Africa.

 

The song is an apt outcome of the festival that is also a platform on the major issues affecting the African continent, with the theme this year being illegal immigration.  Komlan went on to explain that “risking your life to (go) to Europe is dangerous and has a price. The goal of illegal immigrants, he says, “is rarely achieved and unfortunately many Africans who are waiting for their relatives in Europe do not know that life there is difficult.”

 

The group will soon be heading to South Africa and Swaziland with their hopeful vision of unity and tolerance, infused with electronic vibrations, some hints of dubstep, and a few hip hop references.

 

 

The group will be performing at the following events across South Africa and Swaziland at the end of May 2018.

 

25/05/2018 – Bushfire Festival / Malkerns

26/05/2018 – Bassline Festival / Johannesburg

27/05/2018 – Zakifo Music Festival / Durban

 

To get a sneak preview of the uplifting vibes of Dub inc – check out a range of videos here:  http://www.dub-inc.com/en/videos/

 

Their latest album, So What, as well as over a dozen of the group’s previous albums can be streamed  here: http://www.dub-inc.com/en/disco/

 

 

Dub inc Fast Facts

 

20 YEARS OF EXISTENCE (together since 1998)

300,000 TOTAL RECORD SALES with 6 albums, 2 maxis and 1 live

434 000 FOLLOWERS on Facebook

152 MILLLIONS views on Youtube

350 SHOWS IN THE PAST 5 YEARS in front of more than a million of spectators, 50% abroad over 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND 5 CONTINENTS: Germany, Portugal, Spain, Poland and more in Europe… Algeria, Marocco or Senegal in Africa… to USA, Canada, Jamaica, India or New Caledonia… and Russia or Mexico recently.
TOURING THE BIGGEST FESTIVALS such as SulaFest in India,Heartbeat Festival in Mexico, Summerjam in Germany, Paleo Festival in Switzerland, Rototom Festival in Spain, WOMAD in UK, Australia and New Zealand, Rock Al Parque in Bogota (Colombia) or Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal (Canada)

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Get to the Lusito Land Festival now

Posted by radio On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Great food and entertainment awaits those looking for a fun-tastic day out

 

It’s time to hot-foot it to the Lusito Land Festival! Lovers of authentic Portuguese cuisine and culture will once again be able immerse themselves a celebration of delicious food and great entertainment.

 

The festival, which runs from 26 April to 6 May, with a two-day break in between on 2 and 3 May, will be held at the new venue on Cayman Road in Alewynspoort, Johannesburg South.

 

Hot entertainment has been lined up for the festival and visitors will be able to catch top local acts such a such as AKA, Sketchy Bongo, The Parlotones, Mi Casa, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Snotkop, Matthew Mole, Lady Zamar, GoodLuck, Shekhinah, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Denim, 1st Project, Puppetsula, Choppa, Garth Taylor, Rubber Duc and Ballyhoo.

 

Festival Organiser, Noemi Contente, says they have taken suggestions from past patrons into account and implemented numerous upgrades to make the event better than ever. “With fun and the safety of festival-goers a top priority, we have planted grass to reduce dust, provided extra lighting and upgraded the restrooms.

 

“In addition, we have made additional entrances to the parking areas available (on Kliprivier (R550) between Iberis and Cayman Road and another on Cayman Road), moved the disabled parking areas closer to the entrance and transformed the main ticketing entrance,” she adds.

 

A giant barrel marquee will be the hub of everything Portuguese. The marquee was custom-made for the event and will include an exhibition of traditional Portuguese ceramics, a Portuguese language stand hosted by the Camões Institute and another selling castanhas assadas (roasted chestnuts), a delicious Portuguese classic, amongst others.

All funds raised at the festival are donated to the Lusito School for the physically and mentally challenged.  Because the cost of caring for special-needs children and adults is beyond the means of many families, the proceeds from the festival go a long way towards easing their financial burden and ensuring learners benefit from a good education.

 

Don’t miss out on the fun. Get your tickets at Computicket now. https://online.computicket.com/web/event/lusito_land_festival/1200078314/0/85568200

 

 

Prices:

Adults and teens: R130

Kids between 6 and 12 years: R50

Pensioners: R50

Kids under-5: Free

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MTN Bushfire 2018 Golden Lounge Tickets sold out

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire would like to inform the public that MTN Bushfire 2018 Golden Lounge tickets are now sold out!

MTN Bushfire fans please take note: there are  are still limited tickets in all other full festival categories available  and people are urged to purchase their desired tickets before they sell-out.

 

MTN Bushfire tickets have completely sold out days before the event for the past 5 years and fans of this unique event know the importance of booking early.

 

As in previous years, the MTN Bushfire 2018 artist line-up features a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe and a host of travel and ticket options are still available at www.bush-fire.com.

 

For MTN Bushfire 2018 there are a host of camping options available, whether you have your own equipment or not, and even for those looking for a more luxurious experience. The main MTN Bushfire campsite will open Thursday 24th May and guests can stay through Monday May 28th. Additionally, a new luxury camping option is now available for those festival goers looking for a bit more comfort in their camping experience.

 

The main MTN Bushfire campsite has great facilities, including hot showers, flushing toilets and running drinking water available all weekend.  There is a 24-hour café that sells breakfast, muffins, tea, coffee and juices throughout the weekend.  It is also a great spot for meeting new friends, and relaxing around fires.

 

A full serviced site, the campsite has a free car park located across the road from the camping area, a full security team, and a team of staff with wheelbarrows to assist you with taking your camping gear into the site.

 

Make sure you purchase your MTN Bushfire ticket separately to your camping package – and act now as MTN Bushfire tickets have sold out in advance of the event for the past three years. Many of the camping options also have limited space so book now.

Companies can also still purchase corporate packages for available tickets by sending an email to tickets@bush-fire.com. Alternatively, people can buy tickets online at www.bush-fire.com.

 

MTN Bushfire 2018 ticket sales rates have increased significantly compared to previous years. This means tickets are selling at a faster pace and people are encouraged to buy their tickets while stocks last to avoid missing out on the festival.

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BASSLINE FEST is proud to announce the latest addition to the line-up is none other than the five time Grammy winning South African singing legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Performing as part of the ‘Africa’s Tribute To Madiba’ performance on Saturday the 26th May, alongside Malian icon Salif Keita and Nigerian pop sensation Yemi Alade, the group will also get the opportunity to do a solo set on the same night – making it one of the most exciting music weekends Johannesburg has ever witnessed.

With more artists being announced regularly, the festival’s line up is growing from strength to strength and has now officially announced artists from afield Brazil, France, Japan, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Mali, Nigeria and of course South Africa.

 

The artists are all part of the celebration that unites and pays homage to our continent and in particular this year, to the legacy that is Nelson Mandela.

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness the Nelson Mandela Tribute collaboration and add even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

So far, the confirmed line up of artists for BASSLINE FEST are as follows:

Salif Keita- Mali

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Femi Koya – Nigeria

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde

More artists are being booked for the festival on a regular basis.

 

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST will be held over 2 full days for guests to enjoy music platforms and great food as well as a Nelson Mandela day tour “Footsteps of Mandela”.  Dialogue will also be held to promote social cohesion across the continent.

 

The BASSLINE FEST hashtag, #Bethelegacy is inspired by a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as we join the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

Bassline will be working closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to promote Madiba’s legacy, through dialogue and Music programming.  BASSLINE FEST is the Foundations official Africa month celebratory event.

 

The music and food festivities kick off on Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm with two stages, both featuring top tier artists from not only the African continent, but from across the globe.  The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.

 

SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400 per day or R700 for the weekend.

 

BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.

For more information, contact info@hambaumhla.com or 061 402 8406.

 

BASSLINE FEST is presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture, in association with Kaya FM and TRACE Africa. 

Additional partners include The Nelson Mandela Foundation, SABC2, SAA, Constitution Hill, SAB Inbev, Tsogo Sun, IFAS, more to be announced in due course.

 

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AfriDocs, the only FREE streaming platform for the best African documentaries is excited to announce an exclusively curated stream of programming available ONLY on Channel24, South Africa’s largest entertainment website with news from across Africa and the world.

 

Every week a specially selected African documentary will be available on Channel24 to stream. The first week’s film, Omo Child can be streamed for FREE here:https://www.channel24.co.za/Movies/Documentaries/omo-child-20180416

With a massive library of some of Africa’s best documentaries, AfriDocs, in partnership with Channel24 will select the most topical and relevant films for audiences across South Africa and beyond.  Simply navigate to movies, scroll down to documentaries, and find the latest selection to stream free for the week.

For the launch of this exciting documentary stream, starring from April 16th, film fans can watch the powerful Ethiopian film Omo Child, followed on April 23rd with the story of the women of Marikana, those left behind after the massacre in 2012.  Strike a Rock follows two South African mothers and best friends, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana who lead the community as they continue to fight for justice.

 

 

In honour of Freedom Day – April 27th, AfriDocs on Channel24 will present Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Oliver Tambo, the recently released biopic of the often overlooked struggle hero. With previously unseen footage, interviews with those closest to Tambo, and in his own words, the film is a moving tribute to one of the founders of our democracy.

 

Check out Channel24 every Monday for another new documentary, and also visit www.afridocs.net anytime to watch these and other films, anytime – always for free.

 

April 16th

Omo Child | John Rowe | Ethiopia | 2015 | 90 min 

In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, children are being killed horrifically under an ancient tradition known as ‘mingi’. Teeth growing in a certain order can bring a child a death sentence. One young tribesman strives for change through education and adopting the cursed children. But challenging tribal superstition isn’t easy and as he battles to save lives, things are not all that they seem.

* Social Impact Media Award – Jury Ethos Award, 2016

April 23rd

Strike a Rock | Aliki Saragas | South Africa, 2017 | 87 min

Strike A Rock is the story of two South African mothers and best friends, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana. They live in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprung up around a mine operated by Lonmin Plc, the third largest platinum extractor in the world. This company has significant legal obligation to the community that they mine under and around, but does not comply with all their responsibilities.

 

 

This community became internationally known after the 2012 Marikana massacre, when 37 striking miners were killed by police. However, instead of improving, the living conditions that motivated the strike in the first place continue to worsen. And this is what Primrose and Thumeka are fighting against.

 

 

Audience Award, Best Local Film, Encounters Documentary Festival, South Africa 2017

April 27

Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Oliver Tambo | Connie Field | South Africa | 2017 | 90 min

Political comrades and law partners, Mandela and Tambo shared a political destiny. Nelson Mandela is a household name.  Oliver Tambo is virtually unknown. Banned in South Africa, Tambo led the liberation struggle in exile from 1960-1990 while Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island.

During those 30 years he not only kept the African National Congress (ANC) unified, led his movement both inside and outside South Africa in a successful battle against apartheid,  his calls to the international community to isolate and sanction the South African regime created the most globalised human rights struggle of the 20th century.

In the end, his actions released Nelson Mandela and laid the foundation for a new South Africa.  Suffering a stroke on the eve of success, OR would not live to see his livelong friend become the first black president of a democratic South Africa.

 

 

Visit www.afridocs.nethttps://www.facebook.com/AfriDocs/

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The country’s biggest regional commercial radio station Gagasi FM has finally announced its on-air line-up for the new season after […]


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