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SABC scoop awards at Promax/BDA Africa

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Public Service Broadcaster (SABC) has won  several awards at the annual PROMAX/BDA Africa conference held at the Maslow Hotel, in Sandton on Friday.


  • SABC 2 (Post Afcon Promo) – Gold for Best Entertainment Promo
  • SABC (SABC Children) – Gold for Best Children Promo
  • SABC Corporate (Human Rights Promo) – Gold for Best Special Event Promo
  • SABC Corporate (Human Rights Promos) – Gold for Public Service Announcement/ Community
  • SABC 2 (7 De Laan) – Gold  for Best Programme Title Sequence Design


These awards are highly regarded worldwide and recognize the creative talent required to produce on-air material to assist Broadcasters to attract and retain viewers.


Being involved in PROMAX/BDA AFRICA not only allows the SABC to unearth its own talent, but support the promo production industry as a whole to nurture and recognise creative excellence. The PROMAX/BDA AFRICA conference and awards underscore the importance of this industry to create top-of-mind awareness for a Broadcaster’s brand, channel or programming.


The PROMAX/BDA AFRICA conference brings together creative minds in marketing, promo producing and advertising from all over the world. Delegates get exposed to the latest global trends and developments in the creating and producing of promos.

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Monique Bingham and Black Motion have been added to the line-up at the BET Experience Africa, the continent’s definitive celebration of urban lifestyle and contemporary culture.  Monique and Black Motion will join previously announced performers Nathi and DJ Euphonik on the Festival Stage at the BET Experience Africa (Ticketpro Dome, 12 December).  Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq, Tamar Braxton, Young Thug, AKA, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz are also set to perform at the BET Experience Concert.


New York-born vocalist Monique Bingham brings her soulful jazz- infused brand of house music to South Africa for the BET Experience Africa 2015. After two decades in the recording industry, Monique has become a welcome visitor to Mzansi shores, having made her debut performance at the 12th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2011, and performed her song “Pride” live at the Metro FM awards (2013).  In 2014, she collaborated with jazz legend Hugh Masakela when she penned the song “With Her Hand” with Ralf Gum for his sophomore album “In My City”.  A further single with Ralf Gum entitled “The Pap” has already received international critical acclaim and reinforced her love of and contribution to South Africa’s explosive house music scene. In 2015, Monique collaborated with Black Coffee on the track “Deep in the Bottom (of Africa)”.


Gold–selling dance duo Black Motion have been a fixture on the South African dance scene since 2010 when DJ Murder and Smol’s breakout single “Banane Mavoko” hit the bigtime and thrust them to the attention of DJ Oskido, who included the track in his compilation CD, “Oskido’s 10th Commandment” before signing them to Kalawa Records.  Their first double CD album, Talking to the Drums followed, including hit tracks like Father, Caraca and Dimensions.  Their long-awaited third album Fortune Teller, came out in 2014 and subsequently underlined their dominance of the dance genre, taking home the silverware at SAMA XX1 (2015) for “Best Dance Album”.  Busier than ever, in September 2015 it was announced that the dynamic duo will be collaborating with Cassper Nyovest on a track on his hotly anticipated album, Refiloe.


Thousands of music, sports and fashion fans are expected to attend the BET Experience Africa – a day-long celebration of music, comedy, fashion, sport, dance, food and much, much more, courtesy of entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).  A non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, BET Experience Africa will wow visitors all day long, combining stunning live performance on the Festival Stage, while South African comedy luminaries David Kau, John Vlismas, Joey Rasdien, Tats Nkonzo, Celeste Ntuli, Jason Goliath, Skhumba and Kenyan funnyman Churchill will keep the laughs coming.  Reserve your court-side seat for the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game and you could be watching top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy, while checking out the hottest trends on the sneaker scene at Hunting for Kicks.


The day will be rounded off with the BET Experience Concert, with superstar artists headlined by GRAMMY Award winners Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and Tamar Braxton, alongside Young Thug, AKA, Flavour (Nigeria) and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania).  BET’s first ever Genius Talks programme will see Sports & Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula engage in a wide-ranging conversation with Nikiwe Bikitsha.


Tickets for BET Experience Africa are on sale now at  Ticket prices (which include access to the Festival Stage, Comedy Stage, Genius Talks, Hunting for Kicks and the concert) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

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ATFT & South Africa Impress at American Film Market

Posted by radio On November - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The American Film Market (AFM) took place in Santa Monica California recently, from November 4th to 11th and South Africa was well represented by South African Indies and it’s partners the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC).


The AFM is one of the largest film markets and conferences in the world with the 2015 edition seeing over 2,200 new films being presented to potential distributors from the USA and across the globe.


The ATFT attended the event with one its best delegations to date, consisting of 16 of South Africa’s most exciting emerging filmmakers.  Over the 7 days South Africa was represented by a country stand on the main exhibition floor and a formal meeting room where a number of networking and promotional events took place.


The theme for stand SA this year was “Come Shoot in South Africa,” with the Dti, the Gauteng Film Commission and SA Indies promoting South Africa as an ideal filming location due its favourable economic conditions, competitive rebates, ability to service blockbuster Hollywood films, and the multiple opportunities for co-productions.


Co-production was also the topic of a very well attended panel discussion hosted by South African Indies, African Co-productions; The Possiblities and the Challenges. The panel included Delon Bakker from Mannequin, Jon Volmink from Diprente, Pascal Schmitz from AAA Entertainment, and was moderated by Mayenzeke Baza from SA Indies.


The main event for South African attendees was the networking reception on November 7th hosted by the GFC & Hoplight Entertainment – an LA based production company – who has hosted the reception for three years running.


A range of Hollywood celebs and high-powered industry players attended the event including So You Think You Can Dance producer – James Gutierrez, Wrap Kings producer Tank Menzies, producer / director Rob Margolies, Emmy Award winning actor, Kiko Ellsworth, South African Faith Like Potatoes actor Frank Rautenbach who is now based in Hollywood, Iris TV CEO Filed Garthwaite and Lions Gate’s Kai Wai Ho.  The event was an informal yet important opportunity to network and discuss existing film projects and the future for collaboration and co-productions.


Hoplite Films explains why they continue to host this event and support South African Indies:


“Hoplite has been cultivating a relationship with South African Indies, for a few years now, with the intention of bringing and developing projects alongside South African producers.  We currently have 2 separate narrative series, 2 films, and 3 unscripted TV series we are looking to bring into the region.  As with all of our relationships, we try to cultivate and foster expression through constant communication.  As your market continues to grow and emerge, we are happy to come along side you and help you grow.  We have come to know both Pascal and Mayenzeke and have seen first hand their passion spread through various markets while they promote their country.”


Overall the news for South African filmmakers at AFM was good, with Jonathan Wolf, the AFM Director explaining the current trends within global film production and distribution.  According to Wolf, the gap is widening between high budget films and  lower-budget indie films with the middle ground disappearing. This means that internationally, the ideal production budget is $1 million and below for indie films, and for high budget indie films with known cast above $20 million. Films within these two categories are the most successful at securing distribution deals, with films in the $3 – 20 million range struggling to do so.


Pascal Schmitz from AAA Entertainment explains why this is good for SA films, “most top productions coming out of South Africa are in the ideal  budget range  of approximately 1 million USD. With an average of only 25% of films presented at market securing distribution, production budgets are an important determining factor that stand in our favour.“


An example of  the South African films presented at AFM is Pop, Lock n Roll, a top-notch hip-hop dance film currently in production. The film garnered significant interest at AFM with a subsidiary of Lion’s Gate distribution interested in first –sight of the finished product.  AAA Entertainment is confident that this film will secure international distribution upon completion in 2016.


Overall the American Film Market 2016 provided significant promotional and business opportunities for the rapidly expanding South African film industry.

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Tune into MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 November as VJ Sizwe Dhlomo hosts the year’s most anticipated music industry debate: MTV Base’s ‘SA’s Hottest MCs”.


Sizwe will be presiding over a panel of industry heavyweights for this year’s roundtable discussion.  New this year are comedian Loyiso Gola, Metro FM afternoon drive DJ T’bo Touch, Hype magazine Editor Fred Kayembe, 5FM DJ Ms Cosmo and Gagasi FM’s Vukile Zondi, who join Hottest MC veterans recording artist and entrepreneur Slikour, and MTV Base’s very own Music Programmer, Melanie Triegaardt.


After last year’s game-changing countdown ignited a social media firestorm, trending worldwide for 2 days, MTV Base anticipates huge interest in the 2015 list as the year’s biggest hip hop players are analysed and rated by a panel of industry experts.


The panellists will judge artists on a range of criteria including sales, style, impact, lyrics, buzz and other intangible factors.


“I am excited about being in this panel but most significantly being in one room as such creative geniuses – an abundance of creative people with a lot of experience in the music industry. This will create an impact on music sales, on how charts are being formulated,” said Metro FM DJ T’bo Touch.


“It will be very interesting to see how the panel change affects the debate, and the impact it will have on the final list,” added Ms Cosmo.


“Everything is about work, visibility; we are looking at numbers, who had the most influence,” said Slikour.


“I tweet about rap at least once a day. I kind of know what the game is about even though it’s not the gospel” said Loyiso Gola.


“A lot of things inform the kind of people we have on the panel. Some of those things are credibility, influence and power,” commented facilitator Sizwe Dhlomo.


“SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” premieres on MTV Base on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 November at 16:30 CAT.  A full 1 hour special will air on Saturday 28 November at 11:00 CAT as part of the “Hottest MCs Takeover Weekend” on MTV Base.


To join the conversation about MTV Base’s “SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” please go to www.mtvbase, like us on Facebook, or send your own predictions for the Top 10 to @MTVbaseAfrica using the hashtag #BaseHottestMC.


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Following hot on the heels of Ringo Madlingozi’s explosive Kaya FM Live @ The Bassline show, comes another epic event, this time featuring legendary Mzansi House music star Monique Bingham, alongside none other than SA music giants Mi Casa.

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This event showcases the end of a highly successful year of amazing performances and concerts thrown by the Bassline in 2015 and is essentially the ‘year-end’ bash that will set Jozi’s nightlife alight.


The Kaya Live @ The Bassline series has quickly become Jozi’s must-see live music event, and there won’t be a better way to kick off the festive season than an exclusive show featuring these two House heavyweights on Friday 4th December.


New York’s Monique Bingham is so entrenched in Mzansi House culture that her most recent hit was a tribute to the ‘chis ‘nyama’, entitled “The Pap”.  The song was also a show of appreciation to her adoring audience in South Africa.


Monique has been responsible for some of the most poignant house music of the past two decades and is the perfect match for sharing the stage with SA dance music legends Mi Casa, who themselves have taken the country by storm in 2015.

“It don’t get deeper… Than the bottom of Africa,” Bingham sings about her love for SA.  She aims to fill up her performance with authentic story-telling, wrapped up in kicking, classy beats.


‘Best of the Last’, Monique’s newly released double album is a definitive overview of her massive contribution to soulful vocal house music and audiences can expect to hear new material, as well as much-loved House anthems.  Mi Casa’s latest album ‘Home Sweet Home’ has been doing phenomenally well, as one would expect from what is probably SA’s most relentless touring House band.


One of the sexiest nights out this year end, Kaya Fm Live @ The Bassline brings house music lovers a night out they simpy cannot miss!


Tickets on sale now at for R200 or R220 at the door.

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15th Metro FM Music Awards launched

Posted by radio On November - 12 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s biggest commercial radio station, Metro FM yesterday launched its 15th edition of the Metro FM Music Awards (MMA).


The 15th Metro FM Music Awards will return for the fourth year to the Inkosi Luthuli Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal on Saturday, 27 February 2016.


The MMA’s opens for nominations/entries on the 12th of November 2015. The closing date for entries is the 11th of December 2015.


The upcoming installment of the awards is very distinctive in its nature, compared to the previous awards where only local artists were celebrated and rewarded for their excellent contribution towards the growth of the South African music industry. This edition will see an artist outside South African boarders being furnished with an accolade.


In the true definition of ‘Legends don’t stop, they ask what’s next?’ the 15th Metro FM Music Awards have added the following special features:

  • New Category – A new category has been included this year. It is aimed at extending the platform to recognize and reward talent from countries in the rest of the continent. METRO FM will run a full listener participation/driven campaign after the launch for the public to name the category.
  • Music Workshop – this will be a music workshop that is designed to assist up and coming artists hosted by SA music giants to nurture, groom and help them with ways to be sustainable in the competitive music industry.
  • Comedy: the comedy element has been added into the build-up of events as a platform to showcase big names in the South African comedy.
  • Music meets Fashion: This will see collaboration between musicians and Fashion designers coming together in the name of music and fashion. Selected designers will be tasked with creating a concept that speaks to this initiative.


‘Every year, Metro FM has consistently endeavored to bring about new and innovative ideas to the Awards property.  This year, we introduce price money in all the categories. The winner in each category will bag a staggering R100 000.00 #WeAreNotDone. This year, we will also be introducing a new category, celebrating music from other African Countries that forms part of METRO FM’s playlist. This is in the Spirit of oneness, as we believe that we are one Africa’. said Group Executive: Radio, Mr. Lesley Ntloko.


As part of creating further awareness, the station will embark on ‘The heat wave’, which are Provincial roadshows to galvanize support for the main event.




It is a strict requirement of the MMAs that the albums, singles and recordings eligible for entry at the 15th MMA’s must have been released between 23 November 2014 and 24 November 2015.

  • Entry forms must be downloaded from,za, completed and hand delivered to METRO FM Offices | Office 826 | 8th Floor SABC Radio Park | Auckland Park.
  • All queries must be e-mailed to or call 011 714 3151.
  • See check list on entry form for entry requirements.

*All the above must reach METRO FM by no later than the published closing date being the 11th of December 2015 at 17h00.

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A brand new, exciting era for the SA Radio Awards

Posted by radio On November - 12 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Since inception in 2010, the awards have grown exponentially from 15 participating stations to 116, and 196 entries to 1,802.


You’ll be happy to know that we’ve taken feedback into account, and have re-calibrated the categories and adjudication system.


All finalists will be showcased at the two-day Media Indaba. Being a part of the Media Indaba, South Africa’s definitive annual media and marketing event, attended by over 1000 media and marketing professionals, will allow radio the platform to flex its collective muscles as the medium of choice to the very people (marketers and agencies alike) who control advertising spend. Represent your Station well!


Important Dates and Information


Entries Open – 18 January 2016

Media Indaba + Future of Media Conference – 5 to 6 May 2016

SA Radio Awards Dinner + Awards Night – 6 May 2016

Over 450 presenters, producers, shows and stations have received this prestigious award in the last six years. Be sure to enter and it could be you that we recognise next for the highest frequency of excellence – and the most popular wavelength as voted by your listeners.



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The 8th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards are here!

Posted by radio On November - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The long awaited annual SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards, are finally around the corner.  Yet again the impressive ICC Arena in Durban will be brought down by the majestic backdrop and heavenly voices on the 15th Nov 2015. The awards have grown in lips and bounds and this year the are 36 categories from South Africa and beyond our borders under theme: “Higher Level, New Beginnings”.


SABC has been proudly associated with the Crown Gospel Music Awards for the last 7 years and this year the Public Service Broadcaster is again a media partner for this auspicious Gospel Awards Ceremony. Kaizer Kganyago, SABC Spokesperson says, “We are encouraged by the continued growth of the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. Gospel music represents one of the most popular genres across both SABC radio and television platforms especially for SABC1and SABC 2’s audiences.  Therefore our association with the Crown Gospel Music Awards reflects this natural attraction.”

Founder and producer of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards Zanele Mbokazi says, ““ As the World Gospel PowerHouse we are humbled by the growth of CROWNS, hence the 2015 theme, ‘new levels’! We delight in seeing so many sub genres growing e.g. Gospel hip hop, Gospel Maskandi, Gospel Poetry, Gospel Comedy and others.  We look forward to an evening of fashion, praise and amazing collaborations. We encourage the Gospel Music loving public to get their tickets from computicket and to also vote for their favourite songs and artists”

SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards, are a platform to salute and award excellence in the Gospel Music Industryunder various categories.To date the Awards boasts more than 30 categories. The winners are awarded a Crown, for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.

The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC 1 on Sunday 15 th November 2015 at 20:00.

SABC will also be supporting Crown Gospel Awards through its other various platforms including SABC Radio station uKhozi FM and other SABC TV programmes.

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Ligwalagwala FM Launches #YetfuLeSummer Campaign

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Ligwalagwala FM has launched its summer campaign 2015 that will see the upbeat radio station run a series of brand activities both on air and off air.

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The station is making a bold statement by asking its listeners and the public to take ownership of their own fun, at the same time being responsible while doing so.


Loads of activities are planned for the summer campaign, launching in Pretoria on the 07th of November. The radio station will host the first Hip Hop Summer Jam.

A celebration of the growing SA Hip Hop music culture, Mc’s battles on stage by unsigned artists, Hip Hop fashion show and loads of prizes to be given away on the day.


On line-up is an underground Hip Hop MC Battles, fusing it with SA Hip Hop heavyweights:   JR, L-tdo, DJ Voodoo, Siya Shezi, DJ Sphectacula and Naves, Kwesta, Madumane and Afro-Tell Us


MC’s is Ligwalagwala FM’s Buhle and Khaya will run the show which starts at 12h00- 23h00 at the Centurion Chisa Nyama.  Limited tickets are available

Ligwalagwala FM and Metro FM will have live broadcast of the Saturday Midday shows (12h00- 15h00) from the venue. Come meet your favourite SABC radio personalities and kick your summer off in style.


Also taking place this festive season and as part of the summer campaign is Mpumalanga’s finest DJ mix Competition in partnership with Mpumalanga Tourism.


A dj talent search – seeking to unearth the next big dj talent hidden in Mpumalanga. With prizes worth R50, 000 in dj equipment for the winner, this is the biggest dj search in the province. Finals will take place on the 12 of December 2015. The station invites upcoming dj’s to send their 10 minute mixes and after a public vote then a winner will be announced.


On air Ligwalagwala FM is giving away R10, 000 to one lucky listener on the breakfast show (Mzansi breakfast show) on a feature called “Hlahlamba Mzansi” (general knowledge quiz)


Social media cannot be ignored, Ligwalagwala FM listners are encouraged to post pictures of themselves having a good time on Instagram,twitter and facebook  with the hash tag “#yetfulesummer” leading up to New Year’s Eve celebrations.

To stay updated on this campaign and more, stay tuned to Mpumalanga’s number one frequency and follow us on social media @Ligwalagwala FM




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US rapper Young Thug is joining the line-up for BET Experience Africa, Africa’s #1 urban lifestyle festival (Ticketpro Dome, 12 December). Young Thug will perform alongside GRAMMY Award nominated international R&B sensations Tamar Braxton, Maxwell and Raphael Saadiq and African superstars AKA, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz at the BET Experience Africa festival.  Afro-soul sensation Nathi is also set to perform on the daytime Festival Stage.


On the Comedy Central Stage, South African comedy luminaries David Kau, John Vlismas, Joey Rasdien, Tats Nkonzo, Celeste Ntuli, Jason Goliath and Skhumba along with Kenyan funnyman Churchill will bring great stand-up to the festival.

For sneakerheads and footwear enthusiasts, BET has paired up with “Hunting for Kicks” to stage a 360-degree sneaker experience including rare, vintage and collectible sneakers.  Hunting for Kicks will also feature a “swap meet”, sneaker customisation and an exclusive sneaker cleaning service.

Exuding star quality, Young Thug hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is best known for his 2014 commercial debut single “Stoner” and for collaborations with Birdman, Gucci Mane, Young Scooter and Shy Glizzy.  Last year Young Thug recorded a number of songs with Kanye West and he was also featured alongside fellow rappers ASAP Ferg and Freddie Gibbs on the first single from their compilation album Mass Appeal Vol.1.  He received recognition in the December 2014 of Rolling Stone magazine where he was dubbed “hip-hop’s new crown prince”.

Just one ticket gets you access to all aspects of the Festival including the star-studded evening concert, stunning live performances on the Festival Stage, hilarious stand-up on Comedy Central stage, a fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game, the exciting Hunting for Kicks sneaker expo and the inspiring Genius Talks.

Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at  Ticket prices, which give access to all of the above, range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.  Students qualify for a 10% discount by logging in to the Ticketpro website and using the passcode ‘STUDENT’.

For more information on the BET Experience Africa, please visit, like us on Facebook at or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETXAfrica.

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