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Huawei was named one of the world’s 50 Smartest Companies in the MIT Technology Review’s annual list. The influential technology publication has published its list of the 50 companies that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model annually since 2010.

 

MIT Technology Review’s 50 smartest companies list is based on evaluation of the companies’ core competence with emerging technologies as well as breakthroughs and innovation the companies have achieved. Huawei was included in the list this year for its outstanding capabilities in innovation.

 

 

William Xu, Huawei’s Director of the Board and President of the Institute of Strategic Research, speaking at the 50 Smartest Companies 2019 China Summit said, “Over the past 30 years, Huawei mainly achieved technical and engineering innovations as well as innovative solutions based on customer needs: which we call Innovation 1.0. In the future, Huawei will pursue Innovation 2.0, which refers to theoretical breakthroughs and inventions driven by vision. Huawei sticks to open innovation and inclusive development. Open innovation means innovating together with global experts. In this process, resources and capabilities are shared. Inclusive development means the fruits of any innovation should be shared and used by all humanity and industries. This can lighten the future of the world and industries.”

 

Xu noted that academia is a source for theoretical breakthroughs and inventions, while industries drive progress by raising challenges, addressing customer needs and funding the research conducted by universities. He said Huawei will continue to support research at universities and other institutions and is committed to exploring and identifying future-proof technologies along the whole information process, from information generation, storage, computing, transmission, presentation, to information consumption.

 

 

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“MultiChoice is about more than just entertainment. It is about growth, authenticity and a commitment to Africa’s culture, arts and spirit of community. The National Arts Festival is the perfect initiative to drive this,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment.

 

Now in its 45th year, the Festival continues to be a critical driver of the local economy. According to a 2016 impact study, the Festival contributes in the region of R377 million into the coffers of the City of Makhanda and the Eastern Cape Province each year.

 

 

For 11 days, more than 60 events are spread over 90 different venues in Makhanda, the Festival enjoys strong participation by artists from across South Africa as well as a growing contingent of international artists. Importantly, the NAF provides a unique platform for emerging talent.

 

 

This is closely aligned to MCG’s ambitions of creating an enabling environment for the development of talent that will continue Africa’s rich storytelling heritage. MCG is deliberate in its investment in local content and talent development, creating authentic stories that resonate with its consumers across the African continent.

 

 

“Our investment not only creates a future talent pipeline that is critical to the future of the video entertainment industry, but also places South African arts on a world stage,” adds Phahle. “The NAF fosters and encourages authentic content creation, by our people, for our continent.”

 

 

As Africa’s most loved storyteller, MultiChoice Group (MCG) is showcasing how it crafts amazing stories through local content and talent development, supported by state-of-the-art technology. The MultiChoice Live stand showcases among others, the M-Net Magic in Motion Academy, the MultiChoice Talent Factory Portal, as well as upcoming local shows, talent interviews and performances.

 

 

Throughout the festival, The Voice Chair from M-Net’s popular reality television singing competition, will be around the theatre and cinema for festival goers to have an enjoyable interactive experience. A virtual reality (VR) space has also established as part of the festival’s digital lounge, allowing guests to experience MCG’s world in virtual reality.

 

 

“We are pleased to have found a place as a partner of the National Arts Festival, not just because our objectives for developing local talent are aligned, but because we share a commitment to enriching lives,” concludes Phahle.

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Apple today announced Up Next Live, a series of intimate performances from past and present Apple Music Up Next artists including Bad Bunny, Daniel Caesar, Khalid, Ashley McBryde, King Princess, Lewis Capaldi and Jessie Reyez. Each artist will perform for fans in one city, for one night only.
Apple Music Up Next is a monthly programme showcasing the best new artists in the world. Each month, Apple Music tastemakers and editors identify one artist to feature, then utilise the power of the platform to raise awareness of that artist to Apple Music’s growing audience of music fans. Apple Music Up Next also includes a deeply curated companion playlist  full of incredible new artists across genres from all over the world.
Each artist on the diverse Up Next Live roster has been featured as an Apple Music Up Next artist in the monthly programme or through the playlist. All shows will be hosted after hours in local Apple stores in Milan, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Paris, London, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Apple stores frequently offer free creative sessions through Today at Apple and serve as the place where the local creative community can come together and share ideas, making them the perfect backdrop for Up Next Live. Performances kick off July 9 with global sensation Bad Bunny at Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan.
“The impact [of being part of Up Next] can be seen in everything, in numbers, in plays, in shows,” said Bad Bunny. “There are a lot of fans that, when I go out in the street in the US, people who do not speak Spanish, I think they will not know me and they stop me, they ask me for pictures and they sing my songs. It helped me very much to make myself known in a market different from mine, not only the USA, but in places where Spanish is not spoken or where perhaps Latin music does not dominate, exposing my music and giving people the opportunity to get to know what I do.”
Up Next Live schedule:
July 9 — Bad Bunny at Apple Piazza Liberty, Milan
July 19 — Jessie Reyez at Apple Union Square, San Francisco
July 25 — King Princess at Apple Williamsburg, Brooklyn
July 31 — Lewis Capaldi at Apple Champs-Élysées, Paris
August 9 — Daniel Caesar at Apple Covent Garden, London
August 16 — Ashley McBryde at Apple Michigan Avenue, Chicago
August 23 — Khalid at Apple Carnegie Library, Washington, D.C.
For more information, please visit apple.co/amupnextlive.
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APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading media relations consultancy and press release distribution service in Africa and the Middle East, presents the inaugural APO Group African Women in Media Award set to recognise, celebrate and empower African women journalists who support female entrepreneurship in Africa.

 

The Award will be bestowed to the winner at the 5th Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum’s (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) Conference, Exhibition and Awards hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 29-30 October 2019, with the theme ‘Enhancing impact: digitalisation, investment and intra-African trade’.

 

 

AWIEF’s prestigious annual event is a platform that sees global thought leaders, industry experts, policymakers, academics, development organisations and investors gather to dialogue, connect, network, share, collaborate and transact in a combined effort to boost Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem for women.

 

 

Lionel Reina, CEO of APO Group said, “We are extremely excited for the opportunity to highlight the work of female journalists sharing the stories of women entrepreneurs in Africa. The APO Group African Women in Media Award is part of our commitment to supporting the development of journalism on the continent. We are delighted to present this award with AWIEF in Cape Town as we celebrate women in journalism and entrepreneurship.”

 

 

Entries for APO Group African Women in Media Award must offer valuable insights into African female entrepreneurs while appealing to a global audience.

 

The award is open to African woman journalists and bloggers, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story that has been broadcast or published in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic in the form of a printed publication, a television feature, a radio story, a website or a blog whose primary audience is based in Africa.

 

 

Stories must have been broadcast or published between 1st January and 15th September 2019.

Stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact.

All stories must be submitted in electronic format:
– Print: upload the scan(s) of the published article;
– Radio: upload the SoundCloud link;
– Website: upload the URL; and/or
– TV: upload the YouTube link.

 

 

TV material must first be uploaded to YouTube (www.YouTube.com) and radio material to SoundCloud (SoundCloud.com). If one is not a member of these sites, one will need to sign up in order to upload the video or radio material. Once one has obtained the link, one must enter it in this online entry form when inputting one’s story details.

 

 

The online entry form is available here: http://bit.ly/APOaward

The deadline for entries is 15th September 2019. The finalists will be announced on 1st October 2019 while the winner will be announced on Wednesday, 30 October 2019.

For more information, follow @APO_Source and #APOMediaAward on Twitter.­­

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Today, at the 2019 Banff World Media Festival, Netflix joined imagineNATIVE, The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) and Wapikoni Mobile to announce a suite of partnership programs that aim to develop the next generation of Indigenous creators across Canada. These programs range from screenwriting intensives to apprenticeship programs, joining the 11 existing partnership programs Netflix has funded to nurture the next generation of Canadian creators from underrepresented communities.

 

“Indigenous communities in Canada are rich with unique stories, and organizations like imagineNATIVE, The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) and Wapikoni Mobile are vital to ensuring these voices are heard,” said Stéphane Cardin, Director of Public Policy, Netflix Canada. “Netflix is proud to help launch these three programs, which will reach Indigenous communities across the country.”

 

 

imagineNATIVE

The game-changing Netflix-imagineNATIVE partnership will demonstrate an unprecedented level of support for Indigenous filmmakers in Canada, who have urgent needs for professional development programming designed from Indigenous perspectives and delivered within Indigenous contexts by an Indigenous-run organization. Over the next three-and-a-half years, imagineNATIVE will undertake or expand six distinct activities aimed at Indigenous screenwriters, directors and producers through its Institute department:

  • Indigenous Producers Lab
  • Indigenous Directors Lab
  • Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive
  • ‘imagineNATIVE Originals’ Mentorship Commissions
  • Original Storytellers Series Incubator
  • Festival Industry Days & Year-Round Institute Series.

 

“We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to offer an unprecedented series of professional development initiatives at imagineNATIVE,” says Jason Ryle, executive director of imagineNATIVE. “This funding is a significant investment in opportunities for Indigenous directors, producers, and screenwriters in Canada, and marks one of the largest sponsorships in imagineNATIVE’s history.”

 

 

 

The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO)

The ISO-Netflix Production Mentorship and Apprenticeship Program will provide second phase support for Indigenous projects that may have received development support through other programs such as those offered by imagineNATIVE Institute, Hot Docs, Banff World Media Festival, or Whistler Film Festival, as well as others. The Program will include two streams: Key Creative Apprenticeships and Cultural Mentorships for directors, producers, screenwriters and showrunners.

 

“ISO spent the last year in consultations with Indigenous creators and this fund responds to their expressed need for new funding opportunities that will advance work and career opportunities, as well as allow them to follow protocols and practices that are central to Indigenous ways of working,” says Jesse Wente, director of the Indigenous Screen Office.

 

 

Wapikoni Mobile

Mentoring and coaching are at the heart of the unique Wapikoni Mobile development experience, and increased accessibility of tools, spaces and trainers are offered through the mobility of its studios. Wapikoni’s approach is centered around the belief that it is essential for the next generation to be inspired by the success of their community. With this new partnership, Wapikoni will be able to coordinate its important collective of emerging filmmakers, organize the numerous opportunities, and structure a program of both continuing education and professional coaching which will have a profound and lasting impact on the next generation of Indigenous creators.

 

 

 

 

At the centre of Wapikoni’s priorities is the intent to highlight a significant collection of audiovisual works and an immeasurable cultural heritage of artistic expression and Indigenous identity while promoting:

  • Mediation, dialogue
  • Awareness, education
  • Building bridges between Nations, Peoples and generations.

 

“At Wapikoni, we believe that many young Indigenous artists are isolated from opportunity. When travelling to them locally to offer tools and resources to create short films, we discovered that this journey also leads to supporting the development of talented, emerging filmmakers. Learning from the creative process is at the heart of important social transformations, especially in terms of personal growth, community development, community involvement. We are proud to support the emergence of unique artistic and cultural signatures which will have an invaluable contribution to new audiovisual productions,” explains Odile Joannette, from the Pessamit First Nation of Quebec, and executive director at Wapikoni. “The support from Netflix will allow us to continue to foster narrative sovereignty and cinematographic excellence, and we are absolutely thrilled to count Netflix as a partner, not only for our organization, but also for the voices of Indigenous youth,” she added.

 

 

Netflix’s support of these programs comes from its fund to develop the next generation of Canadian creators and talent, focused on underrepresented communities in the screen industry. This announcement marks the 12th, 13th and 14th partnerships since the fund was announced in September 2017. Other recent announcements in 2019 include partnerships with the Inside Out Film Festival, RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal), and the Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada (APFC).

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HONOR 20 to launch in the UK on 21 June

Posted by radio On June - 6 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Global smartphone brand HONOR today announced that the HONOR 20, lauded for superior design and photography capability, will be available to buy in the UK for £399 (R7 592) from Friday 21 June at Three, Amazon, Mobile Phones Direct, Very and Carphone Warehouse. Customers who pre-order the HONOR 20 by June 20 will also receive a free HONOR Watch Magic, normally £179.99 about R3 425.

The Wonder of 20

HONOR 20 gathered the global limelight at its London launch thanks to its combination of powerful 48MP AI Quad Camera with a multi-dimensional, Dynamic Holographic glass back and industry-leading technology including Kirin 980 chipset, GPU Turbo 3.0, a 3,750 mAh battery and Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound.

 

 

The HONOR 20’s Quad Camera leads with a Sony IMX586 48MP Main Camera, as well as a 16MP Super Wide Angle Camera, 2MP Depth Assist Camera and 2MP Macro Camera. The HONOR 20 is also equipped with AIS Super Night Mode, letting users record their magic moments in great details even in dimly-lit scenarios.

 

 

The HONOR 20 also comes with Super Bluetooth, powered by its Kirin 980 and Hi1103 chipset. Thanks to Super Bluetooth, the HONOR 20 can use AI algorithms to adjust its Bluetooth signals and connect to Bluetooth devices further away than ever before. In HONOR’s lab testsi, the HONOR 20 was able to stay connected to a pair of Bluetooth headphones more than 244 meters away, further than any other phone tested.

 

 

On the rear, HONOR 20 redefines the user experience by becoming the first product in HONOR’s history to introduce a multi-dimensional, Dynamic Holographic glass back, available in either Sapphire Blue or Midnight Black. Meticulously crafted through HONOR’s industry-first Triple 3D Mesh technology, the two-stage process first create a depth layer using nanotechnology to engrave millions of miniature prisms. Upon completion of this intricate process, the engineers continue with the assembly of glass, colour, and depth layers. As light passes through the prisms in the depth layer, light is reflected and refracted in all directions.

The Wonder of an All-Round User Experience

HONOR’s “Always Better” ethos drives the brand to go beyond the textural and color design of the Dynamic Holographic glass back. HONOR 20 boasts a 6.26″ all-view display with a 91.7% screen-to-body ratio. Featuring a 4.5mm in-screen camera, the all-view display allows an even more enthralling visual experience without compromising on aesthetics.

 

 

Finally, the HONOR 20 is equipped with spectacular audio and visual technology, including the industry-leading GPU Turbo 3.0 – a feature that boosts the device’s gaming capabilities by offering users an enhanced visual and tactile experience. Backed by consumer demands, HONOR has teamed up with approximately 25 most sought-after mobile games right now including Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, and Arena of Valor.

 

 

HONOR 20 users also can indulge in an immersive audio experience through the Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound feature powered by Histen 6.0. This is the first time that this cutting-edge technology is applied to smartphones. The Virtual 9.1 surround sound supports all types of wired and wireless earphones and packs an in-built dual microphone with noise reduction – a system tailored according to the specific needs of technophiles and audiophiles.

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Join the Stars of Africa at #VDJ2019

Posted by radio On June - 5 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Greyville Racecourse in Durban will once again be home to Africa’s greatest horse racing event on the afternoon of the first Saturday of July, as all eyes of the racing world will be on best thoroughbreds in South Africa, as they storm down the home straight to the finish of the R4,25 million, Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July.

 

 

As a DStv customer you could be amongst the race spectators; enjoying all the views, fashion and iconic moments. During the month of June, customers can follow the 25 Young Designer Award semi-finalists on the Vodacom Durban Julyfacebook page; to vote for the #VDJ2019 Young Designer you believe should showcase at the exclusive Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show at Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Saturday 29 June and on race day on Saturday 6 July at Greyville Racecourse.

 

 

Ready to vote? Here’s a rundown of how you could secure your #VDJ2019 ticket:

STEP 1 Check out each #VDJ2019 Young Designer’s pic on Facebook

STEP 2 Like and leave a comment on your favourite Young Designer pic using the hashtag #VDJ2019YoungDesignerFanFave

STEP 3 Keep your fingers crossed for the ultimate call from the #VDJ2019 team

Voters stand a chance of winning a Samsung J6+ phone and a double set of General Entrance tickets to the 2019 Vodacom Durban July at Greyville Racecourse on 6 July 2019.

See you on race day!

 

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Competition is open to all DStv customers (all packages)
  • Giveaway closes on 21 June 2019.
  • Giveaway is in no way affiliated with facebook or instagram.
  • Winner will be chosen via a random draw.
  • Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Prize excludes flights, accommodation and transportation to Greyville Racecourse.
  • Winners DStv account has to be active at the time of draw.
  • General Entrance tickets may not be exchanged for cash and are to be collected from Gold Circle in Durban prior to 4 July 2019.
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The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, after it’s hugely successful inaugural edition, will return this year from August 2nd -August 3rd and is excited to announce the global culinary sensation Siba Mtongana for its exciting and interactive culinary program.

 

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breath-taking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, in e’Swatini, just a four hour drive from Johannesburg at the home of the MTN Bushfire Festival,  this is a not-to-be event missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travellers.

 

Luju is a unique and sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

In an exciting development for this year, the Standard bank Luju Food and Lifestyle 2019 Festival will take place over two days, commencing on the evening of 2nd August.

Guests will be able to stay on site with Rush Glamping who will provide a state of the art Glamping experience on the Luju Festival grounds that includes en suite hot showers and toilets, providing a home away from home for our local and international guests. New travel packages will also include charter flights to make getting to this weekend feast of local flavor as quick and easy as possible.

 

JOIN SIBA’s TABLE: Headliner Culinary Program

The Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival has at its heart an ethos of celebrating and honouring the local, the African, the wholesome, and the sustainable. To that end, the House on Fire Ampitheatre will host a specially designed Culinary Programme that will be an interactive showcase headlined by one of Africa’s hottest and most loved culinary exports and experts, Siba Mtongana. Saba is the first African Culinary Star to have a global reach and influence in over 130 countries, with her show on Food Network, Siba’s Table.

 

 

Siba is incredibly excited to be heading to Luju – “Ms Sibalicious is on her way! This is my first time in beautiful e’Swatini, and I am so excited to connect with my fans and to show share what I love most with them on stage, you can expect to see some VAVAVOOM on the 3rd August at the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival.”

 

 

Siba continues to break industry barriers through her passion for food and people. In the USA alone, the show airs in over 60 million homes on the Cooking Channel, another first for a South African chef.

 

 

Apart from being an internationally awarded Chef, Siba is now an ambassador for Foodbank South Africa, an organisation that helps fight hunger or malnutrition in the country. She’s also been interviewed and profiled on CNN International for her global influence in food and her work with Rise Against Hunger.

 

 

Sustainable and Local

In addition to Siba, Luju will host a range of regional culinary experts, sustainable food practitioners, craft beverage distillers, regional breweries and wine-estates, as well as crafters and artisans.

 

 

The 2019 Luju theme is also brought to life in the Design Café – a space that takes us on a journey of celebration though sculptural art and design works. All elements in the are designed and infused with simple materials that preserve our culture and embrace our environment. Offering focus on creating comforts within our homes and preserving our heritage. Simple pleasures like taking time to swing and discovering small histories is what we yearn at the Design Café.

 

 

Vendors interested in trading at this year’s event should please visit the website as applications are now open.

For more information and to purchase tickets and accommodation: www.lujufestival.com

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It was a good night for newcomer Sho Madjozi as she won two of the coveted SAMA25 awards Newcomer of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. Not to be outdone, Sjava scooped the prestigious Album of the Year and Best Afro Pop Album while Black Motion with ‘Moya wa Taola’ won Best Dance Album and Duo/Group of the Year.
DJ Black Coffee also sealed the double win with two gongs Male Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration Award with David Guetta for ‘Drive’ from last night.

Joyous Celebration picked up the SAMRO/ CAPASSO Best Selling Digital Artist (Composer’s Award) tonight, bringing their tally to three, making them the biggest winners of SAMA25. Last night they were honoured with Best Selling DVD and Best Selling Artist.
The silver jubilee of SAMA reached a nail biting crescendo when the public-voted Record of the Year winner was announced as ‘Deeper’ by Holly Rey.

 

The highly contested Best Hip Hop Album award went to Nasty C for his ‘Strings and Bling’. Kwaito veteran Spikiri proved his staying power when he beat stiff competition to clinch Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano Album.
Spirit of Praise won the Best Traditional Faith Music Album for their ‘Spirit of Praise Vol. 7’ while on the African Indigenous front Ithimba LeAfrica’s ‘Sesiphunyukile’ came out tops.

 

Snotkop’s ‘SOUS’ took home the Beste Pop Album while Tresor’s ‘Nostalgia’ earned him Best Pop Album. Sgwebo Sentambo emerged a winner in the Best Maskandi Album for ‘Yekani Umona’. Candy’s ‘Hupenyu Unenge Viri’ won the Best Traditional Album.

 

Lifetime Achievement recognition was bestowed on the late Motswako hip hop proponent HHP, kwaito and guz pioneers TKZee and the iconic band Mango Groove.

 

A series of six paired hosts took the audience through the 25 years of the SAMA with radio stars Bob Mabena and Melanie Bala recreating their TV partnership as they threw back to the 90s, Twasa of Lesedi FM and rapper Khuli Chana held it down for the 2000s while comedian Mpho Popps and actress/humanitarian Nomzamo Mbatha presented the 2010s.

There were some memorable and magical moments as the SAMA25 stage exploded with performances that brought back great memories such as the Kwaito leg featuring Bongo Maffin, Thebe, Trompies, Freshly Ground (Zolani) and Connell Cruise.

The beauty of South African heritage was in full display in the Traditional segment led by the iconic Mahotella Queens and the bow and arrow legend Madosini, and SAMA25 nominees Tswelelang Cultural Dancers and VhaVenda Cultural Group.

 

The Hip Hop fraternity came out in full force with Ishmael, Zakwe, BLAKLEZ, Citi Lyts and Musiholiq. Sjava, Mlindo The Vocalist, Refentse, Zethe and Mbuzeni represented the Maskandi/Urban part well.
Gospel powerhouses Rebecca Malope and Ntokozo Mbambo hit all the right notes along with Sipho Ngwenya and the Soweto Gospel Choir. The In Memoriam performed by SAMA25 nominees Vusi Nova, Jessica Mbangeni and Thembisile Ntaka was both uplifting and a tearjerker.

 

 

The curtain came down on SAMA25 with a spectacular finale of performances from winner Sho Madjozi, Kelly Khumalo, DJ Sumbody, Dladla Mshunqisi, DJ Tira and Distruction Boyz, Sun-El Musician and Mobi Dixon.
Commented Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA: “We are proud of the SAMA25 journey and how fitting the celebrations have been tonight. We applaud the winners and nominees, the performers, presenters and hosts who brought their flavours to making this event such a great success. A big thank you to our sponsors, stakeholders and partners. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the music loving South Africans who have supported the SAMAs since day one and without whom all this would not take place. We are filled with hope that the future of SAMA and music in this country is bright”.

 

 

North West MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation, Mme Tsotso Tlhapi was ecstatic about the success of SAMA25. “I am really over the moon,” she said. “The event truly lived up to Its expectations. Congratulations to all the winners. What a way to celebrate 25 years of excellence.”

 

 

The SAMA25 took place on Friday, 31 May and Saturday, 1 June in Sun City, North West province. It was broadcast live on June 1 on SABC1 at 8pm and live streamed on My Muze: https://mymuze.com/za/music-za_page_sama25?utm_source=sama25tv&utm_campaign=sama25-livestream. To catch highlights of SAMA25 visit Vodacom Video Play.

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In celebration of the milestone 25th anniversary, the SAMA goes back into time to bring some of the biggest names that defined an era in the entertainment space. Side by side with the songs that became anthems these stars dictated the terms in popular culture.

 

To recreate the magic and rapport that made them a formidable 1990s TV couple, Bob Mabena teams up with Melanie Bala. The twosome presented Studio Mix, a hugely popular music show on SABC1 that built careers and fuelled hits into national prominence. Mabena is currently the breakfast host on Power FM and the station manager, while Bala is on Metro FM as a newsreader.

 

 

Lesedi FM host Twasa Seoke joins forces with popular hip-hop star Khuli Chana to relive the moments that made the 2000s such a vibrant period in local music. Twasa is an award winning presenter and sought after MC while Khuli is one of the pioneers of Motswako rap emerging from the streets of Mahikeng, North West.

 

Comedian Mpho Popps and actress Nomzamo Mbatha hook up to present the period after 2010 to current. Mpho is one of the new shining stars on the comedy stage, he presented the first night of SAMA24 earning him lots of praise and now he returns to be on the broadcast awards edition of SAMA25. Nomzamo has set herself apart from her peers with her talent, looks and philanthropy work. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency and one of the most followed local celebrities on social media.

 

 

Hulisani Ravele, the 94.7 weekend breakfast host will hold it down alone on Friday for the first night of the SAMA which will not be broadcast live.

 

 

To steal the old adage, like sand through the hour glass so are the days of the SAMA, the viewers are in for a night of nostalgia, joyous reunions and euphoria on music’s biggest night.

 

 

Comments RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi: ‘We couldn’t have thought of a better way to mark this huge milestone than turning to the stars that contributed so much to popular culture, for which music is a big component, if not the main driver. These names are synonymous with cool and we are honoured to have them grace this big stage and we have every faith in them that they will engender a spirit of celebration and recognition at South Africa’s biggest music award ceremony.’

 

 

The North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) said the SAMA25 presenters will add the necessary vibrant dimension to the occasion.

 

 

“As sponsors, we regard SAMA25 as a major event that marks an important milestone in our recent showbiz history,’’ a Departmental spokesperson said. ‘’We are excited by the choice of presenters who will take us through a night of great memories. We will all definitely have a fun time in the North West.’’

 

 

With so much star power and wattage on stage, all eyes will be fixed on Sun City this weekend for a memorable night of delightful celebration, surprises and entertainment.

 

 

The SAMA25 takes place on May 31 and June 1 in Sun City, North West province. It will be broadcast live on June 1 on SABC1 at 8pm. Tickets to the show are available at Ticket Pro for R415

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