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Centred on a ground-breaking partnership between two media companies, Content Connect Africa and JT Comms announce plans to digitally distribute cooking show, Bunnies In The Burbs through Viva Nation, a music and lifestyle video channel that broadcasts throughout the African content.

 

The new season of the cooking show features guests such as the award winning afro-jazz guitarist and producer Kunle Ayo, publisher and storyteller Zanele Ndlovu and leading HIV and gender activist Yvette Raphael. Joining the host, with a delectable mix of recipes from fast and fantastic, through to ideas for effortless entertaining, big deal dishes and everything in-between, there’s something for cooks and homemakers of every skill level. Elevating everyday dining experiences with simple, affordable and homely cooking meals, the show promises to.

 

 

This partnership will allow JT Comms to offer a wide selection of exclusive content to mobile phone network clients, MTN; with the content being integrated to guarantee multi-channel delivery and superior customer experience across Africa.

 

 

Bunnies in the Burbs, a digital cooking show takes the popular format of a cooking show – but is more intimate and inspiring in that, viewers get to witness a young African millennial sharing good food and wisdom with her role models and peers. Also championing a staunch ambition for youth to be entrepreneurial, BIBs highlights through the presenter an eagerness by the youth, to take charge of their lives and careers; by encouraging young people in South Africa and beyond to become active participants in the building of the economy during in a time where the job markets in the continent dry up and the fiscal landscape is changing from industrial to hi-tech.

 

 

The show which debuted yesterday on MTN Shortz will be streamed to on the network across South Africa and Nigeria, with more countries to follow, by Viva Nation TV.

 

 

Described by JT Comms founder Vanessa Perumal as a “game changer”, the new partnership is a positive move towards creating a platform for authentic African content to be shared while disrupting traditional media methods and channels which do not give access and platforms to tell our stories as Africans, while tapping into and harnessing the opportunity multimedia platforms enable in a technology era.  This pioneering collaboration with champions such as Content Connect Africa, who are trailblazers in their field, is encouraging.

 

 

And leveraging on a superfast network, subscribers will be able to experience Viva Nation TV’s premium lifestyle content seamlessly on their mobile devices, taking TV beyond the traditional model to an even wider audience.

 

Commenting on the accord, Content Connect Africa’s Antos Stella says “Content Connect Africa has strived to create revenue opportunities for independent content providers over the past 8 years; mobile television is a natural progression from our music platforms where focus on sustainability has been, and remains our main objective.”

 

 

Viva Nation TV’s offerings are now available to watch through MTN Shortz and will soon be on all digital channels.

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The Official #BRINGYOURFIRE Guide 2018

Posted by radio On March - 27 - 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.

 

For those unsure of just how to #BRINGYOURFIRE in 2018, MTN Bushfire is pleased to announce the official Bring Your Fire Zone, an interactive space devoted to specialized activities where all guests can create and share their own #BRINGYOURFIRE experiences.

 

The Bring Your Fire Zone will present tangible opportunities to engage within the key themes for 2018. No less than eight partner organisations will bring the following themes to life at this year’s event:

 

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • STEM Education (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics)

  • Tolerance and Inclusion

  • Sexual and reproductive health

  • Orphans and vulnerable children

  • Rural development

 

Every visitor will have the opportunity to take part in a host of #BRINGYOURFIRE activations that include the following.

 

GREEN YOUR FIRE!

As a green festival, MTN Bushfire continues to aim for a minimal global footprint across its various strands and has renewed its commitment to being an eco-friendly event. Recycling will have an increased focus across the festival, including all trader and market spaces.

 

PLANT A TREE with The Khula Tree Planting Project

In 2018 people will have the opportunity to engage in the protection and promotion of indigenous trees by participating in the 2018 Khula Planting Tree Project.

 

MAKE MUSIC with Conservation Music

Conservation Music is an organisation that uses music to engage communities across southern Africa in environmental projects and awareness. In addition to hosting a studio where guests can add their voices to various tracks, Conservation Music will be offering guests a variety of ways to get involved.

 

RAINBOW FIRE!

 

MTN Bushfire has always celebrated tolerance, diversity and inclusion. In 2018 the focus is on LGBT rights, gender equality and the rights for sexual and reproductive health and freedom. A host of experts and organisations from within the LGBT space will present a space to proudly celebrate inclusion. From poetry slams and discussion at the new venue The Hub, to social and photo booth activations, everyone is invited to take part.

 

Poetry & Performance

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.

 

Get CONDOMISED!

Condomise will be back at MTN Bushfire in 2018, once again sharing information on sexual and reproductive health.  In addition to information and product distribution, Condomise will offer HIV counselling and related services, and host a number of conversations through educational and entertaining games and activations.

 

MENTOR a Male with Kwakha Indvodza

Kwakha Indvodza is a male mentoring organistion that runs community-led, health and behaviour change interventions interventions with men and boys.  KI will present its materials as well as take part in training over 120 staff. Local guests can also find out more about ways to get involved in mentoring youn men in order to promote gender equliaty and a more just Swazi society.

 

BE A FIRESTARTER!

 

Everyone’s a Hero

Just by purchasing a ticket to MTN Bushfire guests are supporting Young Heroes, as MTN Bushfire sponsor E15 to the organisation from every ticket purchased.  This deep partnership dates back to the very first MTN Bushfire. Since then, the festival and its partners have donated over E/R1.6 million enabling Young Heroes to provide food and clothing to over 1,000 orphans. Activators from Young Heroes will discuss those issues with festival goers and will provide people with knowledge and information on how to support the organisation even further.

 

Wear Your Fire

100% of MTN Bushfire official merchandise proceeds are given to BOMAKE Rural Projects, an NGO that assists nearly 800 rural Swazi women their families and their communities to access basic Health services, basic education, and training in sanitation and hygiene as well as savings and micro-enterprise development.

 

Since 2010, MTN Bushfire Festival of the Arts has donated close to half a million Emalangeni /Rand to this organization. So just by purchasing a t-shirt, cap or other merchandise, guests to the festival are supporting this amazing initiative. In the Bring Your Fire Zone activators will also be present to share about their experience as people who work in the NGO.

 

Code & Create

STEM will introduce festival goers to computational thinking, computer science, and technology who will then be given the chance to use a graphic base programming language, and to produce a digital artwork using or through coding.

 

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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Puppet Nation, one of South Africa’s most awarded TV shows, has just won another SEVEN SAFTAS, brining the total over the years to 29. However, the show is now no longer broadcast anywhere in South Africa, meaning that the most respected and loved voices of biting political satire has been silenced. The Puppet Nation team is on the search for a new broadcast home.

 

“Posthumous”Puppet Nation SAFTA Wins “Bittersweet”

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PuppetNation, the show that nobody will put on nationaltelevision, collected 7 SAFTAs at this year’s event, bringing its total overthe years to 29. The awards were for the final season of Puppet Nation which aired on pan-african satellite channel StarSat(StarTimes ch201) in 2017, before they ended their relationship with the showdue to budget cuts. Puppet Nation,which has also earned two International Emmy nominations in recent years, wasnominated for eight awards, winning the trophies for Production Design,Wardrobe, Sound, Cinematography, Scriptwriting, Directing, and Best TV Comedy.

 

 

 

“It’s a show that has been recognisedconsistently since it launched in 2009, both locally and internationally, as astandout comedy show, giving South Africa biting homegrown satire. But sadly,right now, the puppets are in their boxes, and we don’t know when or if they’llbe coming out to play again,” said Executive Producer Thierry Cassuto. Fans ofthe show, like The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutuand trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi among others, have consistently spokenout for the show and about the importance of satire and critical comedy in ademocracy like ours. But while the programme has a very large social mediafollowing, it cannot financially survive with a purely online existence.

 

 

“We hope that these awards will remindbroadcasters and sponsors that PuppetNation is high quality television, that it makes viewers – young and old-  think and laugh, and that it deservesa TV home,” Cassuto added.

 

 

In addition, Both Worlds, the company behind Puppet Nation, was nominated for Best Gameshow for the second year in a row for Point of Order – another show which is no longer on air. Host Tumi Morake wasalso nominated as best presenter for the last two years. “Point of Order was another casualty when StarSat were no longerable to afford it,” Cassuto says, “and while we’re delighted that its Afrikaans sister show, Parlement Parlement, isdoing well on kykNET, we’re dying to see Season 5 of Point of Order on a new TV channel soon.” In the meantime, fans can stream the first award-winning  season of Point of Order on Showmax.

 

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BASSLINE FEST officially announces two of the headline artists for the weekend of 26th and 27th May will be none other than African greats Salif Keita from Mali, and pop phenomenon Yemi Alade from Nigeria.

 

 

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 two artists that have been selected as ambassadors from Africa to celebrate Madiba’s legacy are Yemi Alade and Salif Keita, who collectively will perform in an exclusively crafted performance to pay tribute through not only their own songs, but also a duet and a further composition entitled “Africa’s Tribute To Mandela”.

 

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

 

Salif Keita is one of the continent’s most beloved Afro-pop artists. Having been ostracised for his albinism as a younger adult, he immersed himself in music before moving to Paris where he has resided since 1984, honing his craft and becoming one of the most prolific stars from Africa. Known as the ‘golden voice’, Salif has released over 20 albums with some of the biggest record labels in the world.  He has toured the globe extensively and known as one of West Africa’s finest composers and singer.  BASSLINE FEST is honoured to be able to add him to the line-up in 2018.

 

Yemi Alade is one of the younger pop stars from Nigeria that is currently making huge waves across not only Africa, but in parts of Europe too.  As a winner of the talent show, Peak Talent in 2009 she subsequently released the smash hit Johnny, which saw her becoming a house-hold name almost instantly.  She has followed it up with similar styles of dance pop combined with her signature humorous lyrics.  Despite her massive stardom, Yemi has released three albums, and has shared stages with acts such as Mary J Blige, Wizkid, M.I., Waje and many others.  We are excited to see her on South African soil.

 

The other confirmed artists for BASSLINE FEST, all previously announced, are as follows:

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

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.

 

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

 

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Oleta Adams to perform live in Sandton

Posted by radio On March - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Oleta Adams, one of soul music’s legendary names, will set the stage alight when she performs at the Sandton Convention Centre (Pavilion) on Friday, April 27, 2018. She will share the musical honours with South Africa’s own Wanda Baloyi. These two diverse performers make a dynamic package and something to which dedicated music followers can look forward.

 

“T Musicman is delighted to bring  back Oleta Adams to our shores to share the stage with  as we celebrate 21 years of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and 20 years of a fruitful partnership with Standard Bank. This journey deserves a spectacular celebration”.

 

We are honored with the support we have had from Business, Public institutions and the public in general. Get your ticket and come experience and celebrate with us for one night only. This Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz paves a way to the exciting line up announcement scheduled in May.

 

Adams is a unique artist. She has inspired a growing legion of fans in both the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart through songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music.

She came to the attention of the music world with the runaway success of her 1990 Platinum debut album, Circle of One. The record spawned the impassioned hit single, Get Here, the Brenda Russell composition that became the unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War.

 

Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy.

 

Oleta will be adding to her musical legacy with the release in April of a new secular album, Let’s Stay Here, which she is producing herself in addition to writing eight of the ten songs on the album. It will be her eighth album.

 

The album is described as “evocative with a soulful jazz influence and songs that project many tantalising thoughts.” It also features Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”. The concert, presented by Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, falls under the T Music Man banner. This is the organisation behind the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival which it has organised with enormous success for the past 31 years.

 

The concert begins at 20:00, but doors will open at 19:30. Tickets prices are R400 and can be obtained from Computicket.

 

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2018 marks four years of The Orbit’s existence. As has become tradition, this fourth birthday will be celebrated with The Orbit Anniversary Festival from 13th to 18th March. During this week, The Orbit will be the center of attraction, as some of the country’s most gifted musicians and arts revelers flock to the venue to celebrate the growth of South Africa’s jazz culture.

 

The Orbit Anniversary Festival is truly a coming of age celebration like no other and, this time around, we bring you #The4thMovement.

 

This anniversary conventionally signifies stability and coming full circle and #The4thMovement at The Orbit will be reminiscent of the excitement when the jazz journey first started.

 

#The4thMovement will be bringing big sound with some of the bigger bands in jazz. Celebrating with us will be the legendary Sibongile Khumalo, The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra, Tlale Makhene’s Swazi Gold, Steve Dyer’s Mantswe a Marabi, and Luyanda Madope’s Connecting Generations.

 

Extra special about The Orbit Anniversary Festival 2018 will be the reunion of the legendary VOICE after almost ten years since they last performed together. This iconic quintet consists of some of South Africa’s most seasoned musicians such as Andile Yenana, Marcus Wyatt, Sidney Mnisi, Herbie Tsoaeli, and Morabo Morajele.

 

This year’s festival will also be the first time a brand new band, Trio Grande, will be presented to South Africa. The trio is a coming together of key figures in South African music; Feya Faku, Paul Hanmer, and Louis Mhlanga. #The4thMovement will be closed off on Sunday, 18 March in jazz tradition with a free jam session led by award-winning pianist and producer, Luyanda Madope.

 

As always, the musical feast will happen at The Home of Jazz – The Orbit – with a meeting of the minds between artists and appreciators of the arts who will descend on Braamfontein to celebrate #The4thMovement.

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MTN Bushfire 2018: New ticket options

Posted by radio On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, hailed 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 holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food markets, and specialized zones that combine to create an explosive three-day event and a memorable take home experience.

 

MTN Bushfire recently announced a host of new ticketing options and festival elements designed to increase the convenience, security and enjoyment of the full-festival weekend.

 

Two exciting developments, that of MTN Bushfire becoming a cashless environment, and the news that camping will open on Thursday night, are both designed to make the entire festival weekend more enjoyable and secure.

With these new exciting developments, MTN Bushfire has also changed its ticketing options with a focus on the full festival weekend experience. Full festival tickets will now also be linked to an armband that will enable a seamless, entry mechanism linked to a unique individual armband that will enable a cashless experience at all the food and bar vendors.

 

Following on the latest trends in payment systems, guests will be able to create an online account before getting to the festival. They will then receive an armband linked to their ticket that enables tap and go payments at bars and food vendors on site. Throughout the weekend guests can top-up at various top-up stations. This exciting new development will ensure less time in queues and more time taking in the MTN Bushfire experience.

 

 

In order to facilitate an ever better MTN Bushfire weekend, and alleviate the major traffic and border-related issues, MTN Bushfire is excited to welcome campers on-site from Thursday May 24th. MTN Bushfire 2018 camping will open on Thursday, for campers only, from 12 noon.  Campers will have access to Malandela’s restaurant in the festival area from 4pm on Thursday.

 

Main gates for general festival goers will open at 4pm, Friday May 25th.

With the yearly demand for full festival tickets growing ever year, and with a focus on improving the overall weekend experience, which is now a full 3 days,  only Single Sunday tickets are available NOW at local Swazi outlets and online, with a full and exciting line-up planned for the day.

 

MTN Bushfire encourages everyone to celebrate throughout the festival weekend and buy tickets via the MTN Bushfire website as soon as possible as full festival tickets sell-out every year well in advance of the gates opening.

Tickets are on sale NOW for MTN Bushfire via the website and from MTN service centres in Mbabane (Corporate Place), Manzini (Riverstone Mall), Ezulwini (Shak’s – Gables) as well as House on Fire in Malkerns.

Please note: MTN Service Centres ONLY accept cash and NOT debit/credit cards. House on Fire accepts Mastercard and VISA

Also visit the website for various travel and accommodation options including (camping and glamping) options, as well as special VIP and family friendly packages.

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Bassline is proud to announce the all new BASSLINE FEST, previously known as Bassline Africa Day Concert.

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST is taking over three full days to platform music, food, and dialogue 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.

 

KAYA FM Managing Director, Greg Maloka, says that Kaya FM is proud to be part of this musical celebration once again, “As the home of the Afropolitan, Kaya FM listeners frequently hear music and content from all over the continent as part of our regular programming because celebrating Africa, its people and its diversity is part of the stations culture. Thus, we have enjoyed a mutual and long-standing relationship with Bassline Fest and the Nelson Mandela Foundation for this event.”

 

TRACE Southern Africa’s Senior-Vice President, Leo Manne, is excited about the extended partnership: “As we enter our second year of collaborating with the Bassline family, we look forward to taking our collaboration to greater heights. We are confident that the revival of this already successful event property will attract more of our urban African youth who are central to our commitment to building musical bridges across our vibrant continent.”

 

With Constitution Hill as the host, the weekend festivities begin on Friday 25th May – African Union’s official Africa Day, with a closed day of dialogues in the Women’s Prison, involving key thought-leaders in a series of panel discussions.

The main focus will be on promoting social cohesion, the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the Constitution as well as a look at how music and arts continue to contribute towards the promotion of democracy. Media is encouraged to attend the discussions and can be booked in accordingly.

 

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.

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

The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.

 

The first announcement of artists, in no order of priority, is as follows:

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde

 

The next tier of acts will be announced in two weeks, including a surprise headliner.

 

BASSLINE FEST forms the Johannesburg leg of the Igoda Festival Circuit.

Igoda, meaning ‘knot’ or ‘bind together’ in Zulu, is a unique and innovative concept that brings together the finest music festivals within Southern Africa to create one of the strongest touring circuits on the African continent.

The circuit presents an ease of opportunity for artists to travel the continent.  International artists will often share the circuit and can be seen at several of the festivals over the same space of time, allowing fans from across the continent that exposure.

Festivals represented by the Ignoda circuit include Azgo Festival – Mozambique, MTN Bushfire – Swaziland, Zakifo Festival – Durban, South Africa, Sakifo Festival – Reunion Island, and the latest addition to the circuit, DOADOA in Uganda.

BASSLINE FEST is the exclusive Johannesburg partner in the Igoda circuit, securing absolute exclusivity of artists on the tour for this territory.  In other words, you will only catch them on our stage in Johannesburg.

 

Final Artist line-ups and programming for the weekend will be shared with the public in due time.

 

 

Early bird tickets are open now for R300 at www.ticketpros.co.za

Tickets are R400 per day thereafter.

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Kaya FM 95.9 and Bassline Live once again deliver the finest in South African performances in the now bi-monthly instalment of ‘Live at the Lyric’ at Gold Reef City – this time with the iconic Afro-Soul and Gospel singer, Tsepo Tshola, aka The Village Pope.

 

This 40-year music industry veteran has experienced one of the more illustrious careers of his generation, alongside his peers and friends which include Julian Bahula, Jabu Khanyile, Nana Coyote and of course, most notably, his writing and touring partner, the great, recently departed Hugh Masekela.

 

Destined to set the “House on Fire” with his 13-piece ensemble on the 7th April, Tsepo will be performing material from his greatest hits, as well as newer material and a special tribute to the seminal Afro-beat group Sankomoto.  His two musician sons Kamo and Katlego will also be joining him on stage in this show, dubbed a ‘celebration of life and music’.

 

Having been a leader in bands such as The Lesotho Blue Diamonds, The Anti-Antics and Uhuru, he eventually captured the hearts of the nation with Sankomota with his profound lyrical pronouncement on social and political issues of the time.

 

Tsepo had, in later years, become a far more spiritual man – a path he is proud to have taken and in the early 2000’s he turned his focus inwards and started walking a more spiritual path in his song-writing.

Before long was one of the highly regarded Afro-Gospel artists, producing rousing, lyrically poignant, often personally-driven songs – a side to himself that he has never shown in his music before, having always reserved his lyrics for more socio-political issues.

 

And now, in 2018, a resident of his homeland Lesotho, he is happy to continue to perform for his multi-generational fan-bases around the country.  Having had one of largest and boldest careers of the musical stalwarts of the land, he is still waving the flag high for his peers and the political and personal struggles they have overcome together through music.

 

Once again, stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, new affiliates to the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series, will be on board, standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through music.

 

Make sure you catch this iconic figure live in concert on the 7th April at the Lyric Theatre.  Book now at Computicket to avoid disappointment!

Tickets: R250, R300, R400 & R500.

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MTN Bushfire initial line-up announced

Posted by radio On February - 22 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

5k-HD (Austria)

5K HD is an Austrian avante-garde jazz supergroup made up of Schmied’s pulse front woman Mira Lu Kovacs and the 4 guys from Kompost 3. The improvisational jazz / funk / groove band is one of the most expressive voices in Austria. With partly acoustic, partly electronic sounds, one moves fluently through jazz, dubstep, break-beat, funk, and even into a prog rock escalation, effortlessly and seamlessly, but without ever losing sight of a pop sensibility.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpYoFYhbzy4

 

Alice Phoebe Lou (South Africa)

Alice Phoebe Lou’s fiercely independent approach to her music has given the singer songwriter a creative confidence that shines through in her captivating vocals and stripped back music. Having developed her bluesy, folk sound busking on the streets of Berlin, Alice has caught the ears of a community of music lovers the world over with her honest storytelling and raw, beautiful voice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPH9j0qVM3A

 

Derek Gripper (South Africa)

Derek Gripper is a unique South African guitarist who explores many ranges and styles of music. It took Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on classical six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, One Night on Earth, marking a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots.

Derek continues his inspired interpretations of West African composers on his latest album, Libraries on Fire which won a Songlines Award for Best African and Middle Eastern Album for 2017. Derek’s next release is a recording of Bach’s solo violin works, transcribed for guitar, out February 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55QnOlXckOk

 

Dub Inc (France)

They have toured all over the world for many years, regularly playing in front of tens of

thousands of spectators, setting the stage ablaze in the largest European and French festivals,

thrilling South American and Indian audiences alike. Their videos get hundreds of thousands of views in daily, and they are followed on social networks by more than four hundred thousand fans. Saint-Etienne based Dub Inc have never sought a particularly mainstream exposure; they went their own way, building their discography with passion, talent, and focus. Perhaps that is why they have been for almost ten years the best ambassadors of French reggae across the globe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjwQudZdL1s

 

 

 

Dusty & Stones (Swaziland)

This country music duo made up of Gazi ‘Dusty’ Simelane and Linda ‘Stones’ Msibi’s. They are cousin /brothers who hail from Mooihoek, Hlathikulu, in the Shiselweni region. The two grew up listening to the music of Don Williams and Kenny Rogers, never knowing that one day they would become country music artists in their own right. They take pride in having won three awards at the Tihlabani Awards in the Best Country Group/Artist of The Year categories for three consecutive years namely 2009, 2010 and 2011.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1LqIccCT6g

 

Elida Almeida (Cape Verde):

Winner of the Prix Découvertes RFI in 2015, Elida, is an immensely talented young woman born on the island of Santiago. She developed her vocal techniques through simple church singing and was always interested in local musical culture, even presenting a show on local radio in Maio, where she grew up. A determined woman and committed champion of the right to education, Elida left her rural world to concentrate on writing her love and protest songs. Her career success and recognition has been hard earned, built by herself with grace and tenacity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcjZPBN2MXE

 

Flavia Coelho (Brazil)

Flavia has travelled many of the world’s roads. From Rio de Janeiro’s Favela ‘morros’ to the storied streets of Paris, this nomad feels at home wherever she’s made welcome. Her current refuge and home-from-home is a cozy retreat where she can transform, chrysalis-like, to emerge with a fully-formed new album, her third: Sonho Real.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NjXMrhP_iE

 

Georgetown (South Africa)

Georgetown is a multi-instrumental Bluegrass Folk band from Pretoria. Formed in January 2014, the band consists of 4 permanent members Michael de Villiers, Renaldo van Dyk, Rynier Prins and Tiaan Erasmus.  They use a variety of musical instruments during their performance including acoustic guitar, piano, ukulele, upright bass, mandolin, harmonica, clarinet, saxophone, a washboard and a 1935 suitcase, promising a unique and creative sound to contemporary and original folk music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMZgQ9iAc50 

 

Kapa Dech (Mozambique)

Formed in Mozambique in 1996, Kapa Dech have performed all over the world, bringing the sounds of Mozambique to festivals across Europe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwSQMO4PLvM

 

DJ Lag (South Africa)

History will remember DJ LAG as a pioneer who propelled the quintessentially Durban Gqom sound beyond the confines of the coastal city, straight into the capitals of the international electronic music industry. DJ Lag’s superb production skills have played a big part in transforming a sub-genre of house – one that began by soundtracking taxi trips around Durban – to an enviably innovative participant in the global scene. Since he first surfaced several years ago, DJ Lag has played several major South African events, including the 2015 Johannesburg-leg of Boiler Room, and the 2016 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ycr4BI8I94

 

 

 

Manu Sija (Argentina)

Manu Sija, is a young Argentine multi-instrumentalist who has created a nice based on the improvisation and miscegenation of languages, and Latin American folklore. He has manages to combine, in an original way, a sound that goes from Violeta Parra and Atahualpa Yupanqui to

Pat Metheny. He works within the orthodoxy of folklore, but still imbues the music with the flair of a jazz treatment. Manu was offered a scholarship to study at the renowned Berklee College of

Music of Boston and has already made seven tours  in the United States, as well as multiple tours in Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ne0fezBQ0A

 

Mario Batkovic (Switzerland)

With his latest album named by Rolling Stone as one of the 20 Best Avant Albums of the year, Mario Batovic is an accordion player unlike any other. Rolling Stone describes him like this, “He brings the cycling, repetitive pulses of minimalist composers to raw solo performance, creating a sparkling world of hypnotic melodies and resonating sounds. Miked so you can hear the intimate clack of buttons, it’s a stunning marvel of see-sawing melodies and warm wheezes.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd9-3oAUVBE

 

Nakhane Touré  (South Africa)

Nakhane Touré is a South African musician, singer and songwriter whose multiple talents have taken the world by storm. His musical style spans over songs rooted in African indigenous music and indie rock. An actor, songwriter, singer and activist, Nakhane is a major musical force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug5C8xMSRC8

 

Nathalie Natiembé.  (Reunion Island)

Nathalie Natiembé is free. She is a rebel. She has always said that she is doing maloya, even if it is almost absent, rhythmically, from her new album, it still wraps the whole of her state of mind with a marooning ambiance. Yes, she is free with an energy that earned her the nickname of “little punk of the maloya.” Its as if after her years of flirting with rock, pop, punk, reggae, she can now finally appreciate the pleasure of a peaceful happy marriage with this Reunionese culture- her second skin, the one which lives in her trance of words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGAOHPoBlGY

 

Nonku Phiri (South Africa)

Nonku, daughter of SA jazz legend Ray Phiri, has made a name for herself in her own right, most notably for her collaboration with Crazy White Boy on the track Ghetto Tech.  She is expressive and able to jump genres, seamlessly combining electronica, soul and hip hop. She is also a talented graphic designer and illustrator, as well as an actress. With her creative focus now firmly on her music, Nonku is continuing to take the SA music world by storm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3bHRqNsBm0

 

Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan)

OKI was born to a Japanese mother and an Ainu father. After graduating in crafts at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, he moved to New York in 1987, where he worked as special effects artist on film productions.  Oki returned to Japan in 1992, he received his first Tonkori—a traditional stringed instrument developed by the native Ainu people of Sakhalin. Although the instrument was regularly displayed behind glass in museums, there were virtually no traditional players. Oki devoted himself to studying Tonkori and soon began making his own. In 1996 he released his first album ‘Kamuy kor nupurpe.’ Shortly after he established Chikar Studio to in order to encourage other Ainu artists and promote the music of Ainu artists to the world. Chikar studio has presently released a total of 20 albums, including titles by the traditional singer Umeko Ando and the all-female ensemble Marewrew, who sing traditional dance songs called “Upopo” with a modern sensibility.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv_N2E9_sJ8

 

Rebirth of Cool (South Africa)

Rebirth of Cool is an idea conceived of the desires of two gentlemen of the musical craft, namely DJ Kenzhero and Tha_MuziK, to bring opulence to the public by taking the classics of jazz and fusing them with their descendants. They breathe new life into it, a unique and seamless concoction set to teach a thing or two while laying down the sweetest groove. Innovation and a shiny new perspective are the modus operandi, calling home the refined jazz palate and piquing the interest of the curious, hoping to leave with them a renewed appreciation with each encounter.

 

Samthing Soweto (South Africa)

Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba also known as Samthing Soweto is a musician from Soweto, a township in Johannesburg South Africa. Samthing Soweto started his career as one of the founding members of the South African acapella group The Soil. He is honorably credited for his outstanding vocal appearance, co-writing, composing and producing 8 of 11 songs on their multi-platinum selling album The Soil. He has recently topped the South African charts with Sun-El Musician  and their massive hit, Akanamali.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4ApmPc4g48

 

Sibusile Xaba (South Africa)

Sibusile Xaba carries forth the Maskandi / Mbaqanga tradition of the KwaZulu Natal midlands, from where he originates. Steeped in the lineage of Zulu guitar giant Madala Kunene (Sibusile’s first mentor) & warrior chants of vocal master, Shaluza Max, he not only owns these influences, but pushes the envelope as only a maestro with a keen ear for the future does.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU9h8YqPPOI

 

The Grammers (Finland)

The Grammers formed in 1999 when members Jussi Vuola on drums, Hannu Vainionpää on vocals and Hannu Huitu on guitars came together from different local bands. Soon after the band they recruited Ville Vesalainen on the lead guitar and Saku Kujala as the bass player. Classic rock’s messengers of the north, The Grammers, continue their ever-growing journey on classic rock’s dusty highway as they recruit Timo Toikka as their seventh member. Toikka, founder of the bands Achiote and Salatuikkajat, will be playing guitar and percussion to the already tremendous band sound.

http://www.thegrammers.com/videos

 

Timbila Muzimba (Mozambique)

Timbila Muzimba was born of a cultural and artistic vision among a group of young Mozambican musicians and dancers in August 1997 in the township of Jardim, Maputo. Inspired by their own native Machope tradition, the group is dedicated to a passionate and ongoing exploration of the diverse traditions of Mozambican music and dance. With unblinking artistic authenticity, natural virtuosity, and the captivating energy of youthful spontaneity, they bring the magic, depth, and intensity of Mozambican music and dance to the stage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO0iq7lF364

 

Tlale Makhene (Swaziland)

Tlale Makhene is one of the region’s most sought after percussionists. Highly regarded by musicians and musical fans, he is also a teacher, session musician and performer. He has been touring across the region with his new album, Swazi Gold.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjC3CMwTKzY

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