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Metro FM has won and affirmed its position as the Coolest Radio Station at the Sunday Times Generation next Brand Awards for the 4th Year in a Row. The 11th Generation Next Awards were held at the Sandton Convention centre and attracted marketers and different brands.

 

METROFMLOGOThe Award was presented by the Sunday Times Generation Next youth awards which gathers the opinions and attitudes of young people between the ages of eight and 22 to determine which brands they think are the coolest. The survey is conducted by HDI Youth Marketeers.

 

Metro FM Marketing Manager Christina Mazibuko says, “As a station that entertains, educates and informs, we at METRO FM are most delighted to see the impact were are making in the lives of young people.  We are even more delighted that we managed to keep the prize and recognition for the 4th consecutive years!  It is heartwarming and re-assuring to see that the voice of young people is  loud enough to be heard and appreciated, clearly as Metro FM we are in the right track. Metro FM has plans to preserve this position for 2017 and this will become evident through its marketing and programming plans for this current year as METRO FM celebrates 30 years”.

 

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The celebrations kick off at Sun City on Saturday, June 25 with the ‘Ultimate Konka Concert’ featuring the hottest kwaito and hip-hop acts.

SABC radio station Motsweding FM is turning 54 years old and is set to celebrate this significant milestone with an unforgettable experience. All listeners are encouraged to attend the exclusive inaugural Annual Motsweding FM Birthday Weekend Extravaganza which will be held at the Sun Park at Sun City Resort in Rustenburg on June 25 and 26, 2016.

motswe2The massive weekend-long birthday celebration is the first of its kind for the station and will boast a star-studded line-up of South Africa’s hottest kwaito, hip-hop and house music DJs, and Afro soul acts. SA’s music heavyweights headlining the event include Mafikizolo, Fifi Cooper, Emtee, Robbie Malinga, TuksSenganga, and many others. Also scheduled are special guest appearances from Black Motion, DJs Sphe and Naves, and the station’s very own presenters and talent.

Acting marketing manager at Motsweding FM, Sibusiso Gumbi, says: “Motsweding FM’s listenership cuts across South Africa’s diverse audience from the young to old, hence traditionally the inclusion of different genres on the line-up. This birthday celebration is aimed at bringing our colourful multicultural audience together to celebrate with us.”

“The station is also renowned for representing the richness and diversity of South Africa and the weekend will be most eventful and entertaining, as we will give our listeners a unique experience and memories to share,” continues Gumbi.

 

Sun City’s marketing manager, Andrew Irumba, says: “Fifty-four years of delivering great music and entertainment is certainly something to be celebrated. Sun City shares Motsweding FM’s passion for showcasing home-grown talent and so it is with much excitement that we partner with the station to bring to life this milestone event. Not only does it serve to celebrate Motsweding FM’s 54th anniversary, but it also offers a platform for fans of authentic, local music to see some of the country’s foremost artists perform live.

 

 

“Sun City’s promise is to deliver a diversity of exceptional entertainment experiences to its guests and hosting this event at the resort demonstrates this promise. We look forward to welcoming the artists and music fans for the celebration.”

 

The celebration starts on Saturday, June 25 with the “Ultimate Konka Concert” featuring the hottest kwaito and hip-hop acts including Black Motion, Sphe& Naves, Naked DJ, Fifi Cooper, Emtee, TuksSenganga, DJ Big Boy, DJ Papa, DJ MalwelaThasman, DJ Essence, TJH, DJ Limo, DNS, MCs Lara Kruger and LTK, and a surprise act. Golden tickets cost R250 each and VIP tickets R600 each.

 

 

The “IKETLENG Unplugged Sunday Sessions” follows on Sunday, June 26 featuring Mafikizolo, Moneoa, Musa, Robbie Malinga, Amon Mokoena, Benny Motaung, KB Molopyane, Jdsol, Ernest Pillay, Miss K and TS, hosted by Motsweding’s very own funny duo Sammy Fever and Mawick. Golden Circle tickets are R300 each and VIP experience tickets are R800 each.

 

Seats are limited to 2 200 people per day who will get to experience the festivities for the two days. Tickets can be purchased at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers.

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MSG Group Sales launches website

Posted by radio On June - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MSG Group Sales, MSG Afrika Group’s radio sales arm that represents its
radio stations POWER 98.7 and Capricorn FM, has launched its website –
www.msggroupsales.co.za

MSIZI-MSG-SALES-LOGO-5In its second year of existence, the specialist radio solutions company
that offers advisory and campaign management solutions to clients’
marketing and communications projects has performed well and continues
to cement its market position in a highly competitive environment.

MSG Group Sales boasts a team that thrives on creativity, unparalleled
turnaround times and flexibility to meet each and every client’s
campaign objectives. MSG Group Sales remains committed to providing
value for money, creative solutions and constantly improving its service
offering. The site will not only feature rate cards, bespoke sponsorship
opportunities, case studies and market research but also an opportunity
to get familiar with and engage with the dedicated MSG Group Sales team.

“We are excited to present our fresh, new website! It provides us with a
platform to re-introduce ourselves to the market along with a bold new
MSG Group Sales team that will be representing all our radio stations.
The management and operational teams boast a diverse set of skills
across the fields of strategy, creative, research, radio, print and
television sales in various client categories, sourced to consistently
deliver customised and tailored solutions,” says Wanele Mgomezulu,
Managing Director of MSG Group Sales.

MSG Group Sales currently represents POWER98.7, a commercial talk radio
station broadcasting in Gauteng and surrounding provinces and Capricorn
FM, a commercial music radio station broadcasting in Limpopo, Mpumalanga
and parts of Gauteng provinces. It has also been appointed to represent
two soon-to-be launched commercial music radio stations – Eastern
Cape-based Rhythm FM and BEAT 105.1 in the Free State and Northern Cape
Provinces.

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New faces of MOSHITO 2016 revealed

Posted by radio On June - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is coming into the 2016 instalment dressed in fresh threads and full of attitude. Fronted by a sassy new combo of ambassadors and sporting the theme The Revolution Could Not Be Televised, Moshito 2016 is all about the here, now, and relevant…revisited.

Faces of Moshito 2016After a successful run with last year’s ambassadors, kwela legend Lemmy “Special” Mabaso and hip hop grandmaster Emile YX?, the faces of Moshito 2016 are proof that the South African creative industry is vast and varied.

 

Enter to centre stage Rodger Lucey and Gigi LaMayne, the brand new ambassadors for Moshito 2016! This unlikely pairing is just the kind of fusion that shows off the diversity of Mzansi’s lekker richness and how arts unite all in their diversity.

 

 

Lucey, 62, is a musician, journalist, film maker, actor and educator. During the late 1970s and early 1980s his career as a musician was brutally curtailed by the South African Bureau of State Security as a result of Lucey’s protest songs being considered a “threat to the Apartheid State”. Although the Government was already aware of his anti-apartheid songs, the South African security apparatus only swung into action to wipe out Lucey’s career after he performed his “radical” songs, Lungile Tabalaza, Cross Roads and Thabane, on the Voice of America radio programme in 1979.

 

His young counterpart on Moshito, LaMayne, is a new generation female emcee who stormed her way into the male-dominated genre with the sassy song Ice Cream. Previously a struggling unsigned artist, Lamayne now sits pretty in the company of giant fellow stablemates Khuli Chana, Thembi Seete, Ms Cosmo, Muzart, and Major League DJz among other big names under Dream Team SA.

Her career is barely out of its infancy stage, and already she is a four time South African Hip Hop Awards winner, winning Best Female for two consecutive years (2013 and 2015), as well as winning Best Mixtape and Best Newcomer in 2013 and the Jack Daniels hip-hop competition in 2014 .

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Every year, the million-rand question at the South African Music Awards is: What’s in the bag? This year, it’s a R1.6-million question, because that’s how much the cool stuff in the coveted celebrity goodie bags is collectively worth.

On-stage presenters and live performers at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards will be rewarded for their efforts with complimentary goodie bags crammed with to-die-for swag – from exclusive beauty products to designer shades and sneakers, and from smooth-as-silk Scotch to funky socks and even bra lifts.

SAMA 22 Goodie Bag pic

Ever wondered how it feels to live like a bona fide star – the products they use, the brands they love, the food and beverages they party up a storm with? For those who fancy living vicariously through the 160 dynamic #SAMA22 performers and presenters, here’s an inside glimpse of what they’ll sashay away with after the awards ceremony at the Durban ICC this Saturday, 4 June 2016.

Each goodie bag will sport a pair of luxurious Ray-Bans – sunglasses that, over the past eight decades, have proved indispensable for cultural icons who don’t merely want to be seen… they want to be noticed.

 

Those shades will certainly come in handy after our lucky goodie bag recipients have tucked into their exclusive gifts from a C-Squared branded tie, bow tie and handkerchief to blended Scotch whisky Chivas Regal, premier wine estate Spier, and fine wine and spirit merchants Norman Goodfellows

 

They can freshen up again with Vita Coco, a refreshing, natural cocount water, as well as mugfuls of heavenly, piping-hot coffee courtesy of Album of the Year sponsor Nescafé. The nation’s movers and shakers will also be able to tackle the inevitable post-party munchies with lashings of scrumptious Häagen-Dazs – the essence of REAL ice cream – and Steers’ trademark flame-grilled burgers.

 

They’ll also score trendy Millé sports gear to look fabulous on and off the field, as well as Converse footwear – the only sneaker defined by those who wear them. Why not pair them with Stance Socks – a product as imaginative and individualistic as their people who wear it, like Will Smith and Rihanna?

 

In keeping with the music theme, there’s a special treat in the bag from Rocka, whose premium headphones and earphones are designed in collaboration with SA’s top music icons.

 

Feeling a bit flabby and saggy? The fitness programmes offered by Body 20 Studio deliver a stronger, fitter you in only 20 minutes per week. Plus, an unusual addition to the goodie bags is a nifty little handbag essential from Best Breast – instant adhesive breast lifts that mean you can kiss your bra goodbye!

 

Celebs need the ultimate in pampering and grooming products to help them rock all those red carpets, and the bags will be bulging with products and vouchers from the Beauty Factory (luxurious bath and body ranges at an affordable price), Beauty Fix (a recently launched South African skincare brand that the nation’s beauty editors are already raving about), Black Opal (cosmetics and skincare products for men and women of colour), Mizani (hairscare and styling products for natural and relaxed hair) and Candi & Co (a hair and beauty salon that wants you to #ownit).

 

Also helping our stars look sensational are brands such as Lip-Ice (the original lipcare product that’s been looking after South African lips since before you can remember), Malia Nail Care (which goes beyond nail polish to create a fashionable nail wardrobe), Smile Phela (to help you get that winning smile), SOHO (New York-style beauty and grooming) and Swiitch (a South African online beauty store founded by 15-year-old entrepreneur Rabia Ghoor in 2015).

 

After being showered with all these desirable gifts from leading brands, is it any wonder that Mzansi’s most dazzling and debonair performers and presenters look like a million bucks?

 

Don’t miss all the excitement and live entertainment of the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards on Saturday 4 June 2016, celebrating the crème de la crème of South African music talent. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8pm. Tickets for the live show are available at Computicket, starting at R350.

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Joyous Celebration heads to North West

Posted by radio On June - 2 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Since its inception, MTN Joyous Celebration, has successfully managed to deliver unparalleled quality productions to millions of fans across the globe. From their majestic vocals and harmonies, to their signature dance moves and world class costumes, the internationally acclaimed gospel sensation continues to form a huge part of South Africa’s musical landscape.

 

 

Following the success of their performances in both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, MTN Joyous celebration will once again deliver another stellar concert in the North West which carries the unique Joyous sounds through the musical guidance of its founding members, Lindelani Mkhize, Jabu Hlongwane and Mthunzi Namba.

MTN_Joyous_Celebrations_Show_Durban_26_July_2014_03Now in the fourth leg of their much-awaited national tour, MTN Joyous Celebration is heading to the North West on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 for a not to be missed one-night-only performance of their latest album release titled, Joyous 20.

 

 

From traditional Gospel to Avant-garde, Jazz and Rock, North West fans can look forward to a spiritually charged evening of praise and worship.

 

 

“Over the past 20 years, MTN Joyous Celebration concept has managed to build a legacy that has inspired several young aspiring musicians. And what better way to celebrate our very own talented young voices in the ensemble than on the eve of June 16, when the whole country will commemorate the youth of 1976. We’re looking forward to the youth in Mafikeng coming in their numbers to celebrate with us in song and dance as we reflect on our own successes”, commented Lindelani Mkhize.

 

 

“MTN Joyous Celebration 20 Tour has instilled pride and joy for us as partners. As we bring yet another exciting performance in North West, we are looking forward to interacting with the customers and rewarding them. We have no doubt that they will come in numbers to support the best of South African music talent”, added Larry Annetts: Chief Consumer Officer at MTN SA.

 

 

Tickets to the North West concert which is taking place at the Mmabatho Convention Centre on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 at 19h30 are now available at Computicket from R200.

 

 

Join the conversation on MTN Joyous Celebration social platforms; Facebook: My Joyous Celebration and Twitter: @JoyousSA

Tour Date
Mmabatho Convention Centre, James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 at 19:30 PM

 

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Mini presents a one night exclusive show with Goldfish live in concert at The Tin Factory in the heart of Johannesburg, Kramerville.

goldTheir North American tour is about to kick off and, while it may seem like their latest hit is cemented into the airwaves, getting hold of Goldfish is a slippery task.
Imagine a montage of club dance floors across the globe set to the soundtrack of that unmistakable Goldfish groove. barely time to take it all in before jetting from one festival to the next, and you get the idea – it’s been a frenetic few month, or some would argue a frenetic 10 years for one of South Africa’s most successful musical exports.

 

“Yeah, it’s been a crazy year,” agrees Dominic Peters, one half of the twosome, who’s responsible for keyboards, double bass, groove box and production.
Sharing the production side of things is his sonic sidekick David Poole, who also brings tenor and soprano sax, samplers, effects, mixing and engineering to the partnership.

 

You get the sense, though, that they’re not complaining – it’s a lifestyle that has become second nature to the apparently tenaciously laid-back Capetonians.

“We’ve been touring like mad and playing some incredible shows and festivals overseas. By May it suddenly hit us we’d already been to five continents. We haven’t managed to make it to Antarctica… yet.”

 

The two agree that playing for a home crowd is a special experience. “South Africa is our home country,” says Dom, “and we are lucky to have great support from home.”

 

Goldfish live defies everything audiences think they know about dance music, bringing an authenticity to a genre whose live facets are steeped in controversies around buttonpushing.

 

“When people walk out of the club after our show we want them to have a warmth – a stoke – that they didn’t have when they walked in. We don’t try to bully a crowd into our musical agenda; it’s about co-creating an awesome vibe and at the same time slipping in some new music they might not know yet. They still get what they wanted, but you’ve also given them something more, something they didn’t know they wanted,” says Dave.

 

 

Don’t miss the chance to see this international standard South African act on home soil!

 

DATE: Saturday 4th June 2016
TIME: 5pm – 10pm
ADDRESS: 20 Archimedes Street, Johannesburg

General Access Tickets – R250
This is strictly a limited capacity show.
Tickets: http://afterhours.nutickets.co.za/4June

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Durban’s promenade was transformed into a sea of yellow and white this morning, as more than 30 000 people spent quality time with their loved ones at the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk.

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Families, friends and colleagues of all ages, backgrounds, fitness levels and from all over KwaZulu-Natal came together to for a morning of exercise and fresh air. From the moment they left the start at uShaka Marine World to the time they crossed the finish line at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium, the atmosphere was nothing short of festive.

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Participants had the chance to meet and take pics with East Coast Radio presenters along the routes (5km, 10km, 15km and 20km); littles ones were entertained by face-painters, jugglers and stilt-walkers; and the happy vibe carried through at the finish where East Coast Breakfast host, Darren Maule, gave away spot prizes.

 

A surprise performance by one of the country’s top music acts rounded off the morning of exercise and excitement. There were no tired feet in sight when Mi Casa hit the stage! Much-loved TV actor, Thato Molamu, also surprised fans at the finish, taking #HealthySelfies and talking about his new show on East Coast Radio. He is taking over the 10am to 2pm slot on Sundays from 29 May 2016.

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“Whether it is the perfect combination of great weather, wonderful people and an electric atmosphere or the fact that the event brings together people to celebrate the unique lifestyle we are privileged to enjoy here in KZN, the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk has become a firm favourite on the provincial social and lifestyle calendar, “says East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu. “On behalf of East Coast Radio and all our sponsors I would like to thank participants for supporting this event and contributing to its phenomenal success. We look forward to doing it all again next year!”

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61% of walkers at this year’s Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk were women. The 5km distance was the most popular distance, attracting 13 900 participants. Proving that this is an event for the young and the young-at-heart, 200 people who signed up this year, are over the age of 70. The oldest participant was 85-years old!  More corporates signed up this year, with 230 companies from around the province having registered 9700 members of staff.

 

“At Discovery, we aspire to inspire, and we’re hoping this event inspired many people to put their walking shoes on more often,” says Dinesh Govender, Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery. “We are proud to have partnered with East Coast Radio to bring this much loved event to the people of Durban for the eighth consecutive year. Walking is an inexpensive and accessible way to exercise and fits into nearly every busy lifestyle. Studies show that when you enjoy the exercise you do, you benefit from it more. Events like the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk help to encourage people to have fun while also getting healthier, as well as provides a platform to bring communities together.”

 

First Lady, Thobeka Zuma, and the MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhida-Saphetha, were among the special guests who started each of the four distances.  Zuma congratulated the walkers for taking their health seriously while Sibhida-Sapetha thanked East Coast Radio for hosting the event, saying fitness and health in KZN are of paramount importance.  Sharkie and Sharks player Francois Kleinhans also stirred up the crowds at the start.

 

The event has come a long way since it first began 12 years ago and is now the biggest, outdoor, participative event in KwaZulu-Natal.

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South African music is exploding on global stages thanks to trailblazers such as DJ sensation Black Coffee, who will be presented with the sought-after International Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards.

Black Coffee 2#SAMA22 organisers RiSA have announced that Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, will be honoured for flying the South African music flag loudly and proudly across the world at this year’s awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 4 June 2016, at the Durban ICC.

 

The Durban-born SA music icon in the making has had a dream year by anyone’s standards which has seen him take the world’s dance capital of Ibiza by storm as well as criss-crossing the globe on a 17 country tour that spanned four continents over five months. This tour included dates in North America.

 

The profile and popularity of the Afropolitan house whizz and ace producer continues to soar on global stages. This year, Black Coffee ramped up his touring schedule, delivering more headline-grabbing performances at some of the world’s leading festivals, including a monster set at Coachella in California in April.

 

The rollercoaster year of career milestones and a skyrocketing international reputation was capped off by Black Coffee being chosen to grace the cover of MixMag – the first African DJ to have this honour – and being named the authoritative dance music magazine’s Star of the Year.

 

As if that weren’t enough, he scooped the Dance Nation of the Year Award for South Africa and Best Breakthrough Artist Award at Ibiza’s prestigious DJ Awards last year – and was featured by dance luminary Pete Tong on his popular BBC1 radio show.

 

Of his prestigious 22nd Annual South African Music Awards accolade, Black Coffee said, “I’m truly honoured by this great gesture. What makes it really special for me is that from the beginning I’ve always wanted to follow in the footsteps of Bra Hugh Masekela, Johnny Clegg, DJ Mbuso, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Busi Mhlongo, the late Lucky Dube and Miriam Makeba to name a few. These are people who strongly believed South African Music and Culture was not inferior, but even more special because of our diverse cultures. As a proud South African, I urge our youth to understand that the future of our country is in their hands, to leave the past behind, know that they can be anything they want to be and the World is their oyster. Trust Your Dopeness. This wouldn’t be possible without my amazing team at Soulistic Music, Real Tone Agency and William Morris Agency. I dedicate this award to my beautiful Wife Mbalenhle and my children who allow me to continue chase my dreams. Thank you to the powers that be at the SAMAs for this Honour.”

 

This multiple South African Music Awards winner has bagged four #SAMA22 nominations, including in the hotly contested categories of Album of the Year (for Pieces of Me) and Best Male Artist, and shows no signs of slowing down in setting international dancefloors ablaze with his potent brew of homegrown dance grooves.

 

Black Coffee will be presented with the International Achievement Award during the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards, to be held at the Durban ICC on Saturday 4 June 2016. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8pm. Tickets for the live spectacle are available at Computicket, starting at R350.

 

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MTN Bushfire 10 years of #BRINGYOURFIRE

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is turning 10 and is celebrating with an amazing line-up of regional and international artists, along with the multitude of arts and cultural activities that make up the annual MTN Bushfire experience.

 

2016bushMTN Bushfire is also proud to celebrate 10 years of #BRINGYOURFIRE – the inspired call to action that encourages proactive and individual contributions to social change.  The creative programme of workshops, discussions, art exhibitions and guest speakers enable platforms for conversation and debate to better understand the issues surrounding us, from community level challenges to global concerns.

 

For the last three years MTN Bushfire has run a Live Online Dialogue during the festival, replicating the open space of the festival online and actively encouraging our audience, artists, sponsors and partners to engage around the theme of ‘Bring Your Fire’.

 

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, MTN Bushfire will countdown to the festival with 10 days of live online dialogues – an open invitation to bring to life #BRINGYOURFIRE. Festival goers, partners, sponsors and interested parties are encouraged to become active participants in these live online dialogues in the lead-up to this year’s festival.

 

Each day will focus on a different theme or aspect of Bushfire’s history in the last decade including Arts and Design, Swazi Tourism, Gone Rural, Young Heroes, Environmental Impact, Arts Round Table, Artistic Collaborations, and more.

 

Festival Founder and Director Jiggs Thorne has this to say on the 10th anniversary edition of MTN Bushfire: “MTN Bushfire has illuminated and inspired over the last ten years and in the process has become a celebrated African festival. Through our ideals and our actions we continue to explore and redefine the typical festival formula. In doing this we ask questions of ourselves, of artists, and of our audiences: How best do we shape the Festival we have created, and what do we want to say? What role should the arts play in our society? How do we become Practical Dreamers? Exploring these questions defines our festival and is the real spirit that people take away!”

 

The Live Online Dialogue runs for 10 days from 18 to 27 May, from 2pm to 4pm on each day apart from the Arts Round Table on 27 May, when the conversation will be continued all day throughout the day’s programme.

 

 

18 May – Gone Rural boMake – #BoMake

19 May – Young Heroes – #YoungHeroes

20 May – Environmental Sustainability – #GreenYourFire

21 May – Legacy Project – #BushfireLegacy

22 May – Arts, crafts, food & design – #TradingFair

23 May – Arts Education – #Arts4All

24 May – Creative Economy – #CultureFixSD

25 May – Swazi Arts Development – #SeriouslySwazi

26 May – MTN Bushfire Collaborations – #BushfireCollabs

27 May – Arts Round Table – #ART2016

 

These conversations will be hosted on MTN Bushfire’s Twitter feed (@bushfirefest). Each day, a conversation topic, including a hashtag, will be pinned to the feed. Use #WeAre10 and daily discussion hashtags to join the conversation on Twitter

 

SCHEDULE

 

Gone Rural BoMake – 18 May

Gone Rural, inspired by 750 women weavers, is a revolutionary leader in social enterprise and rethinks and transforms craft, taking it to new heights globally. Through its community-led approach it seeks to empower communities through capacity building and access to information. Programs provide access to basic services; health, education, community development, water, sanitation & hygiene. The discussion will look at the importance of social enterprise within the Swaziland environment and beyond.

 

Young Heroes – 19 May

 

Since the very first MTN Bushfire, the festival has donated to Young Heroes, a child sponsorship programme that assists Swaziland’s orphan families to stay together by funding essentials such as food and clothing.  MTN Bushfire is fiercely committed to promoting HIV prevention with emphasis on condom use, HIV testing and facilitating dialogue about Social Behaviour Change. This dialogue will look at the progress to date and the path forward.

 

Environmental  Sustainability – 20 May

As people become increasingly aware and concerned about the environmental impact of human activities, many events have taken the proactive choice to become focus points for environmental awareness and activism. MTN Bushfire is one such festival, and has instituted various recycling, energy-saving and tree-planting programmes within the broader festival. On site, The Barn is a space dedicated to dialogue and exploration of current social issue and environmental issues in Swaziland. MTN Bushfire is also hosting an activation by Sunshine Cinema, the international network of solar-powered cinemas, this year.  A lively dialogue will engage on these initiatives as well as address the larger environmental issues relevant to the region.

 

MTN Bushfire Legacy Project – 21 May

This year MTN Bushfire launched the Legacy Project, an annual community outreach programme aiming to promote skills sharing within our local community and ultimately to ensure more local participation at MTN Bushfire itself. Sponsored by Rhodes Food Group, the project involves youth from Malkerns, Mahlanya and Luyengo on a two-week creative workshop journey. Facilitated by Pelepele the participating team will create five giant puppets and two skits on positive social behavioural change messaging provided by Lusweti. This annual project seeks to inspire sustained community involvement in MTN Bushfire and ultimately develop a local performing arts troupe that creates year round.

 

 

Arts, Crafts, Food & Design – 22 May

The MTN Bushfire Marketplace exists to spark creativity and exchange and is an ethical consumers’ dream, with each company or artisan contributing in a positive way to the environment and their communities. Ethical arts, crafts, design and food will spark an interesting discussion on their impact directly on Tourism Swaziland, as well as the economic and environmental aspects of the festival.

 

Arts Education – 23 May

By presenting creative performances, workshops, educational seminars and interactive outreach programmes for participants from primary and high schools, as well as teachers throughout the country, MTN Bushfire brings to light the importance of the arts and underlines the various ways of using arts education to empower students through knowledge, self-expression, comprehensive sexual health education and individualized action. A discussion around the role of the arts in education and its many benefits will take place on this day.

 

Creative Economy  (including Tourism) – 24 May

An independent study conducted by the Danish Centre for Cultural Development (DCCD) concluded that typically for every SZL1 spent by MTN Bushfire, SZL6 is generated for the Swazi economy. In 2015 this equated to some E33 million generated for the local economy through external businesses benefitting from the increase in tourism. What is the best way to showcase Swaziland’s attractions? How important is tourism to Swaziland’s development? Who sees the benefits of tourism, and how can the arts sector play a positive developmental role in the Swazi context? This dialogue will unpack these numbers and look at the long term and sustainable impacts of the festival.

 

Swazi Arts Development – 25 May

In conjunction with Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture, MTN Bushfire seeks to showcase emerging talent. Since MTN Bushfire’s inception, numerous opportunities have been offered to empower and promote local artists. Over 800 local artists have performed at MTN Bushfire over the years with several acts moving on to become well known performers, including Bholoja, PelePele, Nomzamo, Nancy G, and Flow E among others. Join some of these artists to discuss the state of the Swazi music scene and ideas for the way forward.

 

Artistic collaborations – 26 May

Artistic collaborations between local and international artists are a crucial part of MTN Bushfire’s programmes. The value of artistic collaboration lies in the mutual respect and exposure created, as well as the seeding of new and interesting ideas, the creation of unique art and the development of artists. This dialogue will look at the importance of collaboration in supporting and promoting local artists.

 

Arts Round Table – 27 May

MTN Bushfire’s Arts Round Table provides interaction with top industry professionals on how to succeed in the performing arts. Join us in an engaging discussion with some of the region’s arts professionals and experts.  This year’s guest speaker is DJ Zinhle, while the programme will also include presentations from local hip-hop duo Siyinqaba, the African Music Development Programme and Music in Africa.

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