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Eastern Africa dominates AFRIMA entries

Posted by radio On July - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

AFRIMA receives 4,816 entries for 2017 submission…Eastern Africa has the highest entries…..as screening and adjudication processes follows…

 

The 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is already in the works to becoming an epoch-making awards event after receiving nearly 5,000 entries from African music artistes and music professionals at the close of the two-month entry submission process on Monday, July 17.

 

The African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA had opened the 2017 AFRIMA Call for Entries on May 8 giving opportunity to African music artistes, record producers, songwriters, video directors and music journalists to enter their qualified works on the AFRIMA website www.afrima.org and the awards social media platforms.

 

The overwhelming response to this call putting the total number of entries received for 2017 at 4,816 is an astronomical increase from the 2,714 number of entries received in 2016 which amounts to a whopping 77.25% increase compared to last year. Analysis reveals the regions with the highest entries as Eastern Africa, with 47% of the total entries and Western Africa, with 30%. This immense progress is a positive marker and has elicited satisfaction from the African Union, the International Committee of AFRIMA, the Regional and Country Directors of AFRIMA.

 

Expressing his excitement at the high number of entries in 2017, the AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Mr. Rikki Stein stated: *”This is tremendous news, indicative of an increasingly healthy music industry across Africa, particularly from a creative perspective. AFRIMA is plugged in to the aspirations of the African continent, providing a platform for excellence in the field of music and a source of inspiration and encouragement for its associated fields of endeavour; songwriters, producers, sound engineers, distributors, publicists, marketers, photographers, videographers, stylists, journalists, bloggers, DJs and on and on”.*

 

 

The former friend and Manager to African music legend, Fela  Anikulapo  Kuti also added that, *”As one by one, African artists are making their mark in the wider world, acting as ambassadors of their countries and their culture, the eyes and ears of that wider world are opening and turning towards Africa as the source of much more than entertainment. In its finest form, as will be evident amongst AFRIMA nominees and eventual winners, they provide an antidote to negativity and cynicism, offering a healing form for ailments of heart and spirit; what Fela used to call “The Underground Spiritual Game”.

 

To follow the close of entry submission is the screening and adjudication processes from July 18 to July 28 and August 2 to August 8 respectively. The 13-man AFRIMA Jury will review the 4,816 entries to determine the works of African talents that are adjudged on merit to be on the AFRIMA 2017 Nominees List.

 

In partnership with the African Union, AFRIMA is centered on the promotion and marketing of African music and is by far the largest gathering of such magnitude of stakeholders in Africa. The biggest awards event on the continent packs exciting activities into its annual events calendar including the AFRIMA

 

Music Village, the Africa Music Business Roundtable and the AFRIMA Host City Tour. AFRIMA 2017 is scheduled to hold from November 9 to12 with live broadcast to 84 countries across the world.

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FORMER Mpumalanga premier and Africa National Congress (ANC) Presidential candidate Mattews Phosa has urged the government of his province to build a musical theatre in honour of late jazz maestro Ray Phiri, who died last week.

 

The late musician has already been accorded a provincial funeral and will be buried in Mpumalanga this weekend.

 

Phosa, who was the first Premier of Mpumalanga, from 1994 to 1999, said the Ray Phiri musical theatre is worth an investment by the government.

 

He said: “During my time as the Premier of Mpumalanga, there was a discussion to build a Musical theatre, which I still believe that the Mpumalanga government should do that in the honour of this giant.”

 

Phosa, a freedom fighter, one of the first four members of the ANC to enter South Africa from exile in 1990 in order to start the process of the negotiations with the National Party government, said Phiri played a significant role in liberating South Africa.

 

“It was in the dark days of our struggle as commanders and freedom fighters, we could draw inspiration from Ray and Stimela through their music. As it gave us hope and courage to continue with the fight for the struggle of our people and the country,” said Phosa.

 

He urged young South Africans to draw lessons from the late jazz musician.

 

Phosa said: “The lessons we need to learn from the life of this great legend is for us to rally our young people behind the art, education and technology……….. our young people cannot afford to be disenfranchised when they grow up with such rich legacies left by the great legends like Ray Phiri.”

 

The ANC has also paid tribute to the musician saying: “Ray was able to use his music to contribute in the struggle for liberation of this country, together with his group Stimela they had many of their songs banned by the apartheid regime; Ray Phiri holds the order of the Ikhamanga in Silver for his excellent achievement in the field of music and contribution to the struggle against apartheid.”

 

Ray Phiri will be buried in his home province on Saturday.

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The DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards recently launched and with it, headline sponsor – 1Life, launched a socially influential award category; The 1Life Life Changer Award! This award is in a class of its own – aimed at encouraging all South Africa’s doting celebrity fans to not only vote for the who’s who, but to vote for someone in their community who is socially influential and really changing lives through their commitment to those less fortunate.

“We are very proud to be the headline sponsor for the DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards, where developing and recognising local talent – whether in business, on the sports field, or in the performing arts – is not only empowering and uplifting, but certainly, life changing,” says Laurence Hillman, MD at 1Life.

 

“This sponsorship really holds true to our mantra of Changing Lives, and I believe that the addition of the 1Life Life Changer Award generates an even stronger alignment to this concept, as it provides an excellent opportunity for South African’s to be the voice of the people, to nominate someone who they believe is truly socially influential in the community – someone who is significantly changing lives,” continues Hillman.

 

The 1Life Life Changer Award will allow viewers to nominate everyday people from their communities, anywhere in South Africa. Nominees will then be short listed where a panel of judges, including representatives from DSTV, Mzansi Magic and 1Life, will decide on the most deserving nominees.

 

The winner will be selected based on their social impact in the community, their continued motivation for the sustainable management of their projects and the positive/long lasting effect of these projects on the communities in which they operate. The winners, as well as their nominator, will win a cash prize of R50 000 each.

 

“There is no doubt that people working in their communities are short-funded, struggling to keep up with day to day demands and merely need a helping hand to continue to do the great work they are doing. This award empowers consumers to be part of the change, to choose these winners for themselves and to identify someone who not only needs the funding but deserves the recognition for their commitment to changing the lives of those around them,” says Hillman.

 

“We look forward to the upcoming weeks of ongoing nominations and encourage all South African’s to get involved by voting, not only for the nominees but very importantly, to give back by nominating those people in their communities that are truly change agents!” concludes Hillman.

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Former President Thabo Mbeki will, in a rare occasion, talk about his life and his work as part of a double celebration of his birthday and that of POWER 98.7, Gauteng based commercial talk radio station.Power 98.7 will host the first ever Chairman’s Conversation in celebration of the stations four year’s birthday. This will be an annual event hosted by the Station Chairman, Given Mkhari on the occasion of Power’s birthday hosting different thought leaders.

 

On Thursday, 13 July, the 19:30 slot will be converted intoChairman’s Conversation, which will be broadcasted on Power 98.7, Capricorn FM and eNCA. Thestation’s founder and Chairman, Mkhari says Power 98.7 is granting South Africans anopportunity to “hear about the life and times of one of South Africa’s greatest statesman of our time who has just celebrated his 75th birthday.

 

The conversation hopes to afford the nation an opportunity to reflect on President Mbeki’s life story, his impact on South African’s history as well as the challenges and opportunities that lies ahead.It will further also critic the former statesman’s work of mobilising Africa’s progressive forces, support platforms for dialogue and reflection that seek to promote efforts for Africa’s political, social, economic and cultural aspiration.

 

“We invite South Africans to tune in on Thursday for this joint birthday celebration of President Mbeki and Power 98.7. These celebrations will also showcasing Power 98.7 capacity’s to unleash the power of listeners. “The past four years, Power 98.7 has earned the status of being recognized as South Africa’s leading platform for authentic conversations about pertinent Society. We invite all power people to honor this rememberable and historic occasion “said Mkhari.

 

The inaugural Chairman Conversationwill be live on Power 98.7 (889 DSTV Audio Bouquet), Capricorn FM (884 DSTV Audio Bouquet) and eNCA, channel 403 from 19:30

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DStv Delicious line-up announced

Posted by radio On July - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

With an incredible line-up of international and local artists, and delectable choice of gourmet food, the fifth DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is set to live up to its reputation as South Africa’s top culinary and entertainment festival. Running over two days on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, the main headline act for Saturday, 7 October, will be the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning actor and hip-hop recording artist, Common.

 

Festival goers are in for a rare treat with some of the best rap songs from his 11 studio albums. Common’s 11th studio album, Black America Again, which was released in November 2016, includes the socially conscious new single, Black America Again, featuring Stevie Wonder, as well the anthem Letter to the Free, the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-nominated documentary, 13TH.

 

The line-up for the weekend includes international music heavy-weights such as Imagination feat John Leee; British soul singer, songwriter and musician, Omar, who received an MBE for services to the British Music Industry in 2012; American born, R&B musician, Alexander O’Neal, who has created a cult following across the globe; and Nigerian award-winning world music artist, Femi Kuti.

 

The multi award winning British soul group, Imagination, is best known for its classic hits such as Body Talk, Just An illusion, Flashback, Music and Lights and Changes. With sales of more than 30 million albums worldwide, the story of Imagination’s music continues in the form of a long list of samples, remixes and adaptations by major contemporary stars. Destiny’s Child (complete with Beyoncé) sampled Just An illusion on their 1998 self-titled debut album. Leee himself featured on DJ Dero’s 2005 rendition of the song, which was widely played in clubs. The same year saw Mariah Carey reuse the track on her top ten single Get Your Number. Flashback was sampled by Boards of Canada, Music & Lights by Tiger & Woods. All Night Loving by 88 Keys, featuring Kanye West!

 

Securing his name in the R&B history books, Alexander O’Neal is one of the genre’s most iconic names. With chart smash Criticize lighting up dance floors across the world 30 years after its release, his sound has transcended generations. Signed by Prince in the early days as part of The Time, O’Neal’s journey in and out of various bands propelled him to be the solo artist he’s become today.

 

Alexander O’Neal

 

Born in London in 1968, but raised in Canterbury, Omar was gifted, prolific and considered a musical prodigy. He learned his craft classically, playing the trumpet, piano, bass guitar and percussion. Now a well-established leading icon of the UK’s resurgent soul movement, Omar has been making music for more than 32 years. One of his crowning achievements was working with Stevie Wonder on the duet Feeling You.

Omar

 

London born, Nigerian raised Femi Kuti is the son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and grandchild of political campaigner and women’s rights activist, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. In 1986 Femi started his own band and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy. Today, he has six albums under his belt, worked with and supported numerous industry giants such as Mos Def, Common, Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Femi Kuti

 

Lloyd Cornwall, Director of the festival says when the first DStv Delicious Festival was held in 2013, it took place over one day. “The festival has become so popular that we extended it over two days for the first time last year. It is also the second consecutive year it will be held at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. The prime location, international recognition, world-class facilities, along with its nine entry and exit points make it the perfect venue choice.

 

“With Common headlining on Saturday, we expect a major party vibe on the day and an unforgettable day of local and international talent on the Sunday. Our DStv Kids’ Zone offers kids a feast of fun and will keep them super-busy while parents enjoy the music and scrumptious food” continued Cornwall.

 

The local line-up for this year’s festival will be announced at a later stage.

 

Tickets are officially on sale and available from deliciousfestival.com or ticketpro.co.za

 

General Access Ticket

 

R495 per person per day

 

R800 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

 

Access into festival grounds

Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations, the GA public bars)

Ciroc Terrace Lounge

 

R1295 per person per day

 

R2100 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

 

Situated on exclusive VIP terrace

VIP Lounge

VIP Parking (one parking pass per two tickets bought, parking pass will be emailed)

VIP Entrance

VIP Bathrooms

Premium Cash Bar

Tented lounge and furniture

Hostesses

Viewing Deck, sight lines to main stage and view over festival

Fenced garden

DStv Kids Zone

 

R150 per child per day (restricted to ages: 3-13)

 

Includes the following:

 

Access into festival grounds

Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations)

Access into DStv Kids Zone area for Kids ages 3 to 13 years

 

 

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is held in proud association with Gauteng Tourism Authority, Proudly South African, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Coca-Cola, J&B, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Castle Milk Stout, Jeep, Generosity Water, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and The Tim Tebeila Foundation

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DStv Delicious is Proudly SA

Posted by radio On July - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For the first time, an event has become a member company of the Proudly South African buy local campaign. It might have ‘International’ in its name, but the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is Proudly South African.

 

The Festival will be held once again this year at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October. Whilst some of the acts are from overseas, and the food offering represents many different countries’ cuisines, the Festival features many established as well as up-and-coming local artists and the concept and production of the event is entirely home-grown.

 

 

“When we approached Proudly South African earlier this year to become partners, they automatically assumed that our Festival was an international model that had been imported into South Africa,” said Lloyd Cornwall, Festival Director. “When they realised that the Festival has its roots firmly in South Africa, then we were able to start talking,” he added.

 

“In addition to the event providing 2 days of family entertainment, the business end of the Festival is what impressed us as a campaign,” said Proudly South African CEO, Eustace Mashimbye.  “The event represents millions of Rands in local procurement and is a significant creator of jobs both directly and indirectly which is exactly the key message we preach – buy local to create jobs. The DStv Delicious Festival team is living this message.”

 

Already committed to sourcing as many local products and services that it takes to put on a multi-million Rand event, for this year’s edition of DStv Delicious, the organisers have worked their way through Proudly South African’s database of members to procure as much as they can from those companies that are part of and support the buy local campaign.

 

From security services to a travel agent to put festival packages together, from printers to toilet roll suppliers, they are able to keep their spend almost 100% local. Their overall needs are vast from legal services, safety and security, marquees and tents, sound and structural engineers and set builders, cleaning and waste management services, uniforms, standby medical services, astro turf, hostesses and runners, amongst much else.

 

Said Chief Officer Marketing & Communications at ProudlySA, Happy MaKhumalo Ngidi, “I have been attending DStv Delicious since its inception and have always loved it, but had no idea of its origins. The passion with which it is put together and the commitment of the team not only to put on an amazing event, but to make a difference to the city and province in which it is staged, is very meaningful for Proudly South African.”

 

In addition to what they have sourced for themselves, the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival will generate revenue for local hotels, guest houses and transport companies. Forty percent of the gourmet market traders are local SMMEs, who will benefit from the exposure to 40 000 visitors, whose average spend is R2 000.

 

“The job creation figures are also staggering,” said Mashimbye. “When we looked at last year’s numbers, we saw that there were 900 crew members working for 10 days, with an additional 3 500 workers taken on for the duration of the festival. We believe that this event has an impact on SMMEs, the Gauteng economy and jobs that goes far beyond the two days that the general public experiences. It is a perfect fit with our campaign and we look forward to working with the DStv Delicious team this year and beyond.”

 

Proudly South African will have a dedicated food village at the Festival featuring a number of its members each offering something unique and of course, delicious.

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SABC Radio to celebrate Mandela Day

Posted by radio On July - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SABC will celebrate Madiba Month under the theme, “Do Your Bit Of Good in Honour Of Madiba”.  Part of the SABC’s responsibilities as the national broadcaster is to maintain our country’s history and heritage, through the celebration of days/events of national importance.  A big part of the history and heritage is the legacy of the late great Nelson Mandela. To such an extent that his birth month, July, has become known for the month in which people honour his legacy by doing good.

 

The SABC therefore has a responsibility to preserve his legacy as a fundamental part of this country’s history, and also encourage doing good by all citizens in honour of Madiba.

In preserving and honouring Mandela’s Legacy, Lesedi FM in partnership with SABC2 has for the past twelve months built and renovated a science laboratory in Soweto at a school called Diepdale Secondary School.  Lesedi FM will official handover  the science laboratory on the 26th of July.

 

SABC activities lined up for the International Mandela Day are as follows:

Metro FM

 

Metro FM and McCain will host a cook-off on Mandela Day at the Frieda Hartley Shelter for destitute women and children, in Bellevue Johannesburg.  Many of these women and children have suffered from abuse and are there because they have lost their jobs or have no one else to turn to for help.  Presently there are 22 women and 17 children at the shelter.  The ladies are accommodated for approximately 3-12 months. During this time they receive counselling, life skills, work skills and are motivated to regain their independence.

 

Metro FM and McCain will offer volunteering services at the home that will include planting a vegetable garden and refurbishing of their existing structures.  On the day, the volunteer teams will revamp the crèche and teams will paint and brighten up the area to create a fun reading and play section for the little ones.  Metro FM on-air personalities will participate on the day by offering their services and by collecting items that will be donated to the home.

 

Phalaphala FM

 

Phalaphala FM will devote 67 minutes on the 22nd of July by painting the administration block of Kutama High School.  The station will also donate food hampers to elderly people around Ha Kutama village.

 

Munghana Lonene FM

 

The station has three house projects that will be handed over during the month of July as part of their 2017 Mandela Month initiatives.  Three families have been selected and will be proud benefactors of a house in the following areas:  Giyani Section E, Phaphazela Village in Malamulele and Makutu Village in Acornhoek, Bushbuckridge compliments of Munghana Lonene FM and partners. Munghana Lonene FM will donate food parcels to poor families in ward 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20. The station will again partner with NHC (National Heritage Council) to donate food parcels, blankets & mattresses to pre-schools in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces.

 

truFM

 

trufm will be visiting Lulutho Grooming School which is a school created for teenagers from less privileged communities to help them understand their full potential and assist them to develop their leadership skills. Station presenters will give talks around gender based violence and the importance of education.  The presenters from the station’s religious shows will conduct imvuselelo (Spiritual revival).

 

Lotus FM

 

Lotus FM will create a call to action to collect much needed items for the Durban & Coast Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).The station’s 7 – 6 line up will broadcast from the SPCA in Durban where they will interview staff and encourage listeners to support the course. Listeners across South Africa will be encouraged to visit the SPCA closest to them to hand in their contribution.

Radio 2000

 

Radio 2000 will celebrate Mandela Day by devoting 67 Minutes of Community Service on 18 July from 09:00–15:00 by feeding and donating blankets to the homeless and the needy living in and around Joubert Park, Johannesburg CBD.

 

Channel Africa

 

The station will celebrate Mandela Day by visiting Yeoville community school and donate some school essentials such as stationary and clothing for needy students.  The school hosts some of the children of refugees from other African countries and teaches in African languages such as Kiswahili and Chinyanja of which the station broadcasts in. The station will also host a live broadcast where they will conduct interviews in the said languages.  Channel Africa staff will spend 67 minutes working in the school garden.

 

Thobela FM

 

Thobela FM will kick start Mandela month with the call # Di ka matsogong a rena” campaign from 1 – 14 July.  The campaign encourages donors to donate a new wheelchair/s to those in need. The handing over of the wheelchairs to the recipients activation jointly with Polokwane Rotary Club, DPSA and Pick n Pay Soshanguve will be on the 18th July in Polokwane.

 

Lesedi FM

 

Lesedi FM will donate groceries to the Ha Re Tshawaraneng Ho Ba Thusa Orphanage that provides Home Based Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and is based in St Norbert Catholic Church, Theunissen, Free State.  The station will broadcast and discuss challenges of the orphanage and call for help from Lesedi FM listeners through its popular programme Mathemalodi  on the 12th of July.

 

In conjunction with the SABC Foundation and Habitat, Lesedi FM will be building Houses in Orange Farm from 17-18 July,  the station presenters will take part in building these houses which will be handed over on 21 July to their beneficiaries and will also be donating groceries to a Child Headed Home by a 17 year old Girl who is Parenting three Children.

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Sony Mobile is proud to announce the arrival of the highly anticipated Xperia XZ Premium, XA1 Ultra and L1 in  South Africa from July 2017. To align with the eagerly awaited Xperia devices, Sony Mobile will be hosting mall activations across Johannesburg, starting from 05 July at the Mall of Africa, which includes the Xperia XZ Premium voted the Best Smartphone of 2017 at theannual Global Mobile Awards (Glomo Awards). As a leading communications innovator, Sony Mobile has re-affirmed its position, by unveiling unique product experiences that break new ground in consumer technology with its key offering of the three devices. Each device has been strategically targeted to provide consumers with an array of suitable choices and options that match their lifestyle and interests, which is evident to Sony Mobile’s testament to innovation and to deliver great product features for mobile users.

 

As part of the mall activations, consumers will be invited to upgrade their current device that will come with a free gift, if done instore during the ‘Xperiatial’ activations.

 

The mall activation stand will not only stock the latest Sony Mobile devices but will also showcase the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform plus the latest in Sony’s internet of things – products, Xperia Ear and Xperia Touch.

 

About Xperia XZ Premium

Announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) as the “Best New Smartphone of 2017”, the Xperia XZ Premium is Sony Mobile’s most technologically capable and ground-breaking smartphone to date. The Xperia XZ Premium boasts the world’s first super slow motion video in a smartphone, with its 960 frames per second, providing sensational videos that can be played back four times slower than any other smartphone. With additional key features such as the beautiful 4K HDR 5.5” display, 19MP high resolution, the XZ Premium captures motion that the human eye can’t see. Predictive Capture is included to ensure you always stay one step ahead and automatically started buffering images when it detects motion even before you press the button.

 

Taking intelligence to the next level, making it one of the first smartphones capable of Gigabit Class LTE, the Xperia XZ Premium is powered by Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with X16 LTE. This feature supports super-fast 1Gbps download speeds to get 4K movies in your hands in seconds, stunning graphics, superior performance and enhanced battery efficiency.

 

“We’re excited Sony has chosen the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, our most powerful and efficient mobile platform to date, to power Xperia XZ Premium,” said James Munn, VP of Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Snapdragon 835 supports in a new era of immersive consumer experiences and features the world’s first commercially announced Gigabit Class X16 LTE modem which is designed to support fiber optic speeds on the go for an unparalleled user experience.”

About Xperia XA1 Ultra

The XA1 Ultra is Sony Mobile’s mid-range model with its 6” screen, 23MP high resolution camera and fast speed. Building of the success of the XA models, the XA1 Ultra features a beautiful borderless design to make the most of the edge-to-edge screen for those who love to take selfies and capture their experiences to post online. The front camera of the XA1 Ultra boasts a 8MP, 23mm wide angle lens that will allow you to capture all the action even in a group selfie without missing anyone out.

 

About Xperia L1

‘Made for your hand’, the Xperia L1 is offers a13MP Auto focus Rear Camera, 5MP Front Camera and a 5.5’’ HD Display.

 

“The new Sony Mobile devices is evident to our relentless pursuit to keep offering consumers the best mobile devices. It is evident that through continuous innovation and the evolving mobile industry, consumers are in search of mobile devices that are aligned with their lifestyle and personal interests. Whether it is a businessman looking for the best out of a smartphone or ladies that love to take selfies, Sony Mobile has ensured that the latest portfolio of Xperia products are the perfect fit for the user’s needs. We look forward to welcoming consumers to our mall activations to ‘xperience’ the best of Sony,” says Christian Haghofer, Sony Mobile Country Manager.

 

Consumers are invited to visit the below malls to upgrade their Sony devices and a chance to win great prizes with Sony Mobile.

 

Mall of Africa:05 July – 16 July

Northgate Mall:18 July – 30 July

Menlyn Park:01 August – 13 August

Keywest Mall:15 August – 27 August

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Kaya FM 95.9, home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live are excited to be bringing one of the freshest musical collaborations to the Lyric Theatre on the 29th July in the form of Stogie T (Tumi from Tumi & The Volume) and jazz collective Rebirth Of Cool – for one night of old school jazz-infused hip-hop craftsmanship.

 

The show brings audiences a completely fresh interpretation of hip-hop & soul. The addition of schooled jazz maestros Rebirth Of Cool to one of South Africa’s most established and socially conscious rappers breaks new boundaries in all traditional musical sense and takes both genres to elevated heights.

 

Stogie T is the moniker used now by one of the countries finest rappers – Tumi (ex-Tumi & The Volume). With a career that spanned over a decade, his impact as a rapper, poet, social commentator and record label owner have garnered him the respect of his peers, both locally and abroad. The birth of Stogie T has resulted in a more outspoken, uninhibited and braver mouthpiece for his generation and through his personal journey he has come to the place where he feels he creatively belongs – making art that resonates with him at this current stage in his life.

 

Rebirth of Cool is a collective that, largely inspired by Miles Davis and the post-bebop jazz era, consists of highly trained and skilled musicians that celebrate their genre through the infusion of contemporary Hip-Hop sounds with the more avant-garde notes from yesteryear. Consisting of Thandi Ntuli (piano & keys), Benjamin Jafta (Bass), Siphelelo Mazibuko (Drums), DJ Kenzhero (Turntables) and Tha Muzik, the band has been touted as being one of the country’s finest groups of improv maestros around.

 

Taking these two world-class acts and combining them for a one-night collaboration is set to be one of the greatest musical moments ever staged in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series. With special guests to be announced in the week, the show will consist of two 45-minute sets and is set to be one of the musical highlights of the year.

 

Also on board for this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, who, as new affiliates of the venture, are standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through this musical series. We are excited to grow this relationship with them.

 

29th July – 8pm

The Lyric, Gold Reef City

Ticket prices: R150 – R250 at Computicket

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Mi Casa Familia is back with a bang

Posted by radio On June - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s amazing, award-winning band Mi Casa is back with a brand new album titled Familia. Familia means family, but it can also mean squad/crew in a very ‘street’ kind of way and this incredible family made up of producer, DJ,Keyboardist Dr Duda, singer/songwriter J Something and trumpeter Mo-T, are back in the scene and again eager to remind their loyal fans why they won their hearts in the first place, six years ago. With an incredible, distinct and memorable sound, fun,groovy and hearty (meaningful) lyrics, quirky (smooth)dance moves, the band has sold out shows worldwide.

But hereis something absolutely nobody knew …

 

Fourmonths ago the soulful dance band (trio) almost broke up and below the band shareshow they almost parted ways.

 

 

Familia drops on the 4th Augustwith first single “Nana” dropping on Friday 30th June. With no features, just the trio, this albumreminds you why Mi Casa is the best band in the business.

 

 

“6 years ago we were complete strangers,today we are brothers – familia.

 

6 years ago nobody knew who we were, today wehave thousands of fans all around the globe, our familia.

 

This album is all about our journey as brothers,as a band, as a group, as a team, as a movement, as a familia.

 

We did a lot of reflection on this album. A lot of looking back. A lot of digging. Because the more you grow the more complicated life becomes and you tend to lose sight of certain things. That’s why our first album played such a huge role in inspiring us when we were creating this record. We were so innocent when we made that first album, just three dudes making beats and creating melodies. We knew nothing about a “hit” or a“cross-over” song. All we knew was that we wanted to make good music. We wanted to spread good energy around our country with the gift that we believe we possess.

 

Musically on this record, we have been inspired a lot by our heritage, our culture, our countries, namely South Africa and Portugal. Before every recording session we spent an hour listening to different songs from way back, just to be inspired, to be influenced. From the old South African house classics, to traditional Portuguese music and exploring the countries that musically inspire us such as the Brazilian sound, the sounds from Cabo Verde specially the legend Cesaria Evora, and the dance scene in the UK. We have been soaking up so much music, letting it digest so that we could produce what we believe is the best music we’ve ever made.

 

“If we could get through what we got through recently, we will never break up. This album is happy, you can hear the happiness. It’s a true reflection of where we at as a familia,” Dr.Duda.

 

It’s been an interesting journey for us. Aromantic one at most. So much happiness and so many happy memories.

 

“If I were to be 100% honest with everyone, I was always worried because we never argued as a band. It was always just good vibes and if there were any issues we would sweep them under the carpet just to keep that good energy up,” J’Something.

 

But about 4 months ago we were contemplating pulling the plug on the band (the whole damn thing!). We had some arguments and really just had some issues within the team. This was such an important part in our career and as a family. Arguments within families are so common. Mother arguing with her kids. Husband arguing with his wife. Brother arguing with his sister. This is another reason why we chose the title – Familia. This is also generally the point where most bands do break up. But we were willing to communicate, to speak openly about how we felt with one another and that’s the crucial lesson for us. To stay communicating. Another important lesson is that you need to fight for the things that truly matter to you. This band is everything to us. We really believe that because we managed to get through that moment we are able to make the music that we have always dreamt of making and that’s the music that you will be hearing really soon.

 

We cannot please everyone. Not only is it too much pressure, but it’s impossible. We want to be proud of the music we make and we want to make music for you guys, the people that support and love what we do.

 

We sincerely hope you enjoy this project as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

 

You aren’t our fans anymore. You are now officially our familia.

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