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Music legends 2FACE (Nigeria), AKA (South Africa), Black Motion (South Africa), Wizkid (Nigeria) & Toofan (Togo) are to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015 (MAMA).

AKA_-_VTH(1)MAMA 2015, sponsored by KwaZulu-Natal in association with Absolut Vodka and in partnership with The City of Durban will take place on Saturday 18 July at the Durban International Convention Centre, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Former MAMA winner 2Face is in the running for the “Evolution” award at this year’s show, created to celebrate 10 years of MTV Base on the African continent.  Black Motion is nominated for Best Group, while AKA and Wizkid are both contending for Best Male.  Four-time nominee Toofan will be showing the moves that earned him nominations for Best Live, alongside Song of the Year, Best Collaboration and Best Francophone.

The artists join previously announced artists Bucie, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, NE-YO, Jhené Aiko and Young Thug.


The MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015 will broadcast live across Africa on MTV Base (DStv channel 322), MTV (DStv channel 130) and BET (DStv channel 129) on Saturday 18 July at 21:00 CAT. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms including BET International from 18 July. In addition, a special MAMA-themed edition of MTV’s acclaimed World Stage franchise will air globally on MTV channels around the world on 27 August 2015.


DStv, Gagasi FM and Yfm are the official media partners of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 KwaZulu-Natal.

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RSG and SANBS save lifes for Mandela Day

Posted by radio On July - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

RSG and the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) join forces in July to honor Mandela’s legacy. RSG listeners will be able to honor former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy by giving the gift of life.


SANBS master logoNot only will RSG’s announcers and SABC employees be invited to donate blood, but listeners will be encouraged to donate a total of 6 700 units of blood.


Although Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated on 18 July, RSG and SANBS are inviting South Africans to choose blood donation as their continued act of generosity, and to make every day a Mandela Day.


“There is no better way to honour the life and spirit of a man who epitomized the precious value of life, but to donate blood,” said Vanessa Raju, national communications manager of the blood service. “In this way the lives of victims of accidents, mothers in childbirth, cancer patients and thousands of others can be saved.”


RSG and SANBS last year presented a similar project, and received more than 3,000 units of blood. This year’s campaign aims to double that. And on top of that, RSG listeners can win hampers in a weekly lucky draw on-air.


Programs like Praat Saam (with Lynette Francis) and Tjailatyd (with Amoré Bekker) will keep listeners informed. Interviews with people whose lives have been saved due to blood donation, will also be broadcasted throughout July.


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Trailblazers, thought-leaders and trendsetters


East Coast Radio has invited four influential and dynamic speakers to help KwaZulu-Natal celebrate Women’s Month. Author and Madiba’s assistant, Zelda la Grange, Freshly Ground’s Zolani Mahola, award-winning ballerina, Lorna Maseko, and former Google SA boss, Stafford Masie, will share their insights and learnings at the FNB Business Women’s Breakfast in association with East Coast Radio at Durban’s ICC on 5 August 2015.


Through the involvement of our sponsors, FNB and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), we are able to mobilise a panel of distinguished speakers to share key insights with the KZN corporate world.


The event isn’t just a breakfast to celebrate the phenomenal strides women have made in South Africa. It’s about the unique journeys, the lessons learnt along the way and the earnest advice from women who dare to dream, break moulds and set trends.


Bestselling author Zelda la Grange will share heart-warming stories of life with one of the greatest men in the world. She served former President Nelson Mandela for 19 years until his death in 2013. Zelda’s memoir, Good Morning, Mr Mandela, was the Bestseller of the Year in SA in 2014.


As lead singer of Freshly Ground, Zolani Mahola has rubbed shoulders with some of music’s finest, but stays close to her South African roots. Currently one of the judges on Sing Off SA, Zolani will share how she juggles family and a successful international career.


IT innovator and former Google SA boss, Stafford Masie, is a celebrated strategist and one of the SA’s top forward-thinkers. He also knows a lot about the future of technology. Stafford will share advice on how to navigate the challenging – and fast-changing – world of technology and the role his mother played in getting him to where he is today.


Packing a magnetic personality, the business savvy Lorna Maseko will talk about the challenges she faced as one of SA’s premiere ballet dancers. From the moment she put on her first pair of dancing shoes at the age of 9, to her meteoric rise as SA’s first professional black dancer and Top Billing presenter, Lorna’s journey is nothing short of remarkable and inspiring.


Hosted by ECR’s Carol Ofori, the FNB Business Women’s Breakfast in association with East Coast Radio is one of the most anticipated events on the KZN corporate calendar.


Tickets are available at Computicket. For more info, visit or or

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Metro FM to Shutdown Durban

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Durban July is here, one of the most popular horse-racing event in the country and the city of Durban is expected to the place to be this coming weekend.

VDJTouchDown1300Metro FM is one of the radio stations that wouldn’t let the opportunity to pass. They are hosting  a night of hip hop for the Metro FM Touchdown and hip hop lovers.


Forget what you heard on radio, loosen your tie, turn up and nae nae to the hottest Hip Hop sounds, the station reported on its website.

It will see Tbo-Touch sharing the stage with Metro FM’s biggest hip hop DJs like  Naked DJ, Sphectacular and Naves joined by a South African A-list hip hop artist.

Come through to California dreaming, Dairy Beach, Durban on Saturday 4 July 2015. Tickets are available at the door at R200.

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Lotus FM has announced its commitment to honoring Nelson Mandela’s legacy by celebrating Mandela Day. This is when Lotus FM staff, freelancers and stakeholders come together to dedicate 67 minutes of the day to ensure that Madiba’s dream for the children of Southern Africa comes true.


ltszThe public broadcaster will host a telethon to collect as many school shoes as possible on the 17th July 2015. All staff, listeners and viewers are encouraged to come down to the SABC KwaZulu-Natal – 100 KE Masinga Road to dedicate 67 minutes to calling friends, family and corporate companies to donate towards this worthy cause.



All school shoes donated on this day will be distributed as part of Lotus FM’s Warm Hearts campaign. “Your gift will help us to realize Mandela’s legacy wish,” says station manager, Alvin Pillay.



“It is imperative that we teach the children of this country to be the best at whatever they do, they must be the difference, be the change and in their own way, they will be changing their future world”, comments Lotus FM  Programmes Manager, Santosh Beharie.



But they need support. If one would like to donate school shoes in honour of Madiba’s Legacy, dedicate 67 minutes by purchasing these gifts and drop them off at SABC KwaZulu-Natal – 100 KE Masinga Road – or email to register to be part of the telethon.


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Children’s favourites The Teletubbies and Katy Ashworth from I Can Cook are the star attractions at the DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza, which takes place at Vodacom World in Midrand from July 4 to 9.


Teletubbies HRTellytubbyland – complete with Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Po and Tinky-Winky – comes to Johannesburg for holiday entertainment at its best for the entire family. The four popular characters from the CBeebies (DStv Channel 306) hit show will be keeping youngsters entertained during the holiday break followed by a fun session in the kitchen with I Can Cook’s Katy Ashworth.


Katy Ashworth has become a household name around the world thanks to presenting CBeebies’ I Can Cook which welcomes children into the kitchen to create a host of delicious meals and snacks that are quick and easy to prepare even if the grown-ups don’t know their way around the kitchen.


Katy is thrilled with the challenge to get youngsters in the kitchen and cooking up a storm. She says: “This is exactly what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl making home-made TV programmes in my loft. To be given the opportunity to present such a brilliant show that embodies everything I love – food, children and music – was just amazing. I am so proud to be the face of a show that’s sending out such a great message and I thank my lucky stars every day!”


There will be three live hour-long stage shows every day followed by a 90-minute play session in the massive Fun Zone with a host of activities including face painting and gaming stations. There will also be fantastic products to buy.

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The DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza takes place from Saturday, July 4, to Thursday, July 9 at Vodacom World. Show times are at 09h00; 12h30 and 16h00 followed by 90 minutes in the Fun Zone. Tickets are available at Computicket at R135 a person and include entrance to the live shows as well as the play time in the Fun Zone.


Get your tickets now for this July’s best holiday entertainment.


The DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza is bought to Johannesburg courtesy of DStv, Vodacom World, Mitsubishi Motors and Jacaranda FM.


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It’s winter, but it’s warm in Durbs… the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert on Sunday, 19 July 2015, featuring Prime Circle, is the perfect occasion to soak up the balmy winter sun at the Durban Botanic Gardens.
The Witbank rockers will be supported on the day by the equally sizzling Johannesburg indie rock band Shortstraw.

These regular open-air picnic concerts have become a popular local drawcard, enabling Durbanites to enjoy their city’s beautiful indigenous gardens while experiencing some high-calibre homegrown vibes from the country’s premier music acts.



PRIMECIRCLE_3_ph_Alex_Ruffini_All_Rights_Reserved_2014And Prime Circle certainly fit that description. In addition to topping charts, releasing six studio albums and winning multiple awards, they are regarded as one of South Africa’s most electrifying live acts.



Members Ross Learmonth (guitar and vocals), Marco Gomes (bass), Dale Schnettler (drums), Neil Breytenbach (keyboards) and Dirk Bisschoff (guitar) deliver high-octane performances crammed with the many hits they have amassed over a career spanning an incredible 14 years – one that shows no signs of slowing down.

In recent years Prime Circle have been honing their live sound during multi-date tours of Europe and the United Kingdom, as well as a high-tech arena tour of South Africa. They recently won a South African Music Award (for best music video) for the single Doors off their sixth studio album, Let the Night In.


Says Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Prime Circle to the botanical gardens. They have earned their stripes as South Africa’s leading rock act, and continue coming up with new and exciting soundscapes to keep their fans hooked and reel in new ones. Coupled with the energy and verve of Shortstraw, Durban is going to rock!”
Five-piece outfit Shortstraw – consisting of Alastair Thomas (lead vocals and guitar), Tom Revington (lead guitar), Gad de Combes (keyboard and backing vocals), Russell Grant (bass) and Jake Rubinstein (drums) – are fast building an avid fan base as one of the country’s leading indie (or, as they term it, “indie-bele”) rock acts.



With a number one album (Youthless) in 2015, and having won two MK awards for best album and best music video in 2014, they are rocking the local indie scene in a big way with their simple melodies, catchy rhythms and sharp lyrics. Most importantly, Shortstraw are known for getting any crowd up on their feet and dancing!



The Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert is likely to be one of the hottest tickets in Durban this winter, so be sure to book your tickets early. Bring cooler boxes, picnic baskets and blankets, or buy refreshments at the venue. Children will be kept entertained by the great activities at the Kidszone, while having the picturesque expanse of the botanical gardens at their disposal.



Gates open at 12h00 for pre-sold tickets (R140 for adults, available through and at 12h30 for on-the-day ticket sales (R160). Children aged eight to 12 pay R60; under-eights get in free. Shortstraw take to the stage at 13h30, followed by Prime Circle at 15h00.



For more information, follow @OM_Concerts on Twitter, like the Old Mutual Music in the Gardens page on Facebook or visit

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SABC personalities to dominate Durban July

Posted by radio On June - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Vodacom Durban July in association with the SABC are partners for the  2015 Vodacom Durban July, an annual prestigious event with superb horse racing, high fashion, elegance, fine cuisine and champagne. This year’s Vodacom  Durban July will take place on Saturday 4 July at Greyville Racecourse with over 50,000 people expected to turn up on the day to watch the action first hand, while millions more will be watching on SABC television.



With a purse of R3.5 million for 2015, it is easily Africa’s richest race and public interest grows from an early stage reaching a crescendo on race day, this event will be one of 12 races with the action continuing well into the evening under the floodlights. There is much more than the racing to look forward with the theme set as a nautical theme of “The Captain’s Table”.



SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says: “SABC is delighted to be part of this prestigious event. The majority of South Africans aspire to attend events such as these and in most cases do not have the opportunity to do so. SABC’s comprehensive “on the ground” coverage will ensure that there is sufficient reach and leverage of the event. The combined power of SABC Radio stations and SABC TV channels will provide a competitive advantage and bring fresh and exclusive content to the listeners and viewers”.


A number of SABC  loved personalities will grace the Vodacom Durban July,


They are:

  • Thando Thabethe (1’s & 2’s)
  • Thabile Ngwato (SABC News)
  • KB Moremi (Mikasa Su Kasi)
  • Vuyo Dabula (Generations The Legacy)
  • Oros Mampofu (Skeem Saam)


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  • Hildegard Whites (7de Laan)


  • Mimi Mahlasela  (7de Laan)
  • Lesley Musina  (Muvhango)
  • Vuyelwa Booi  (Dream School)
  • Tsholo Matshaba (Mamello New Drama)




  • Motlatsi Mafatshe (Isidingo)
  • Ditemanyana  Sebopedi (Isidingo)
  • Michaella Russell (Isidingo)
  • Masego Maponyane  (Top Billing)
  • Roxy Burger (Top Billing)

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SABC’s involvement at the Vodacom Durban July this year entails the following:


SABC 1: RGB will look at lifestyle content and do interviews. Selimathunzi and Mzansi

Insider will also do interviews and lifestyle.


SABC 2:  Morning Live and Passela will use a combination of sport and lifestyle coverage

leading up to the event.


SABC 3: Apart from the main event SABC 3 will broadcast a live feed of the event

including the red carpet.  SABC 3 lifestyle properties such as

Expresso and Top Billing will do interviews.




Metro FM: will broadcast from the SABC Village from 12h00 – 15h00. Metro FM will also

run a competition giving away VIP Tickets to the SABC marquee at the

Vodacom July.


5FM:       will also run a competition giving away tickets to the Vodacom July. The station

will also do live crossings on Poppy’s show leading up to the event.



Radio 2000: will provide a live  broadcast at the SABC village from 15:00 – 18:00. The

statio will also give away VIP tickets to the SABC marquee at the Durban July.


Umhlobo Wenene: will run a competition, giving away tickets to the SABC VIP marquee.


Lotus FM: will do an outside broadcast at the SABC village. The station will also be giving

away VIP tickets to the SABC marquee.


Ukhozi FM: will provide one event build-up outside broadcast on one of their afternoon

shows on Thursday 2nd July.

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R&B star Ne-Yo to perform at the MAMAs in KZN

Posted by radio On June - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Grammy Award winning R&B icon NE-YO, has today been confirmed to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015. The event, sponsored by KwaZulu-Natal in association with Absolut Vodka and in partnership with The City of Durban, will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday 18 July 2015.



Performing songs from his sixth studio album ‘Non Fiction’ the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, “I can’t wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you’re ready, because I am!”
Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore single “So Sick”, NE-YO has spent the last nine years churning out hit after hit, not only as a performer, but as a songwriter for his megastar peers Beyoncé, Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson to name but a few.



Multiple platinum singles, four hit albums and three Grammy Awards later, the hit-maker is ready to share his latest work with the world.
Bruce Gillmer EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) commented: “We are thrilled to have NE-YO join us in Durban.  He’s an incredible artist who will elevate the MAMA to new highs.”



Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “We are very excited to welcome NE-YO to MAMA 2015 for his first ever appearance in Durban.  As a sensational live perfomer and truly accomplished R&B star, NE-YO’s an all-round class act who will greatly complement the African performers on the show.”



Celebrating the evolution of African musicians by recognising contemporary artists and trailblazers across a range of music and lifestyle categories, the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015 will broadcast live across Africa on MTV Base (DStv channel 322), MTV (DStv channel 130) and BET (DStv channel 129) on Saturday 18 July at 21:00 CAT. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms including BET International from 18 July. In addition, a special MAMA-themed edition of MTV’s acclaimed World Stage franchise will air globally on MTV channels around the world on 27 August 2015.



Tickets for the 2015 MAMA are on sale at Computicket priced R267 (standing). A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be donated by MTV Base to deserving causes in KwaZulu-Natal.

DStv, Gagasi FM and Yfm are the official media partners of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 KwaZulu-Natal.



For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015, please go to or, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2015.

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Last week, SAMRO Foundation administrators and a distinguished panel of adjudicators completed an intensive selection process – narrowing a pool of 35 applicants to 12 semi-finalists. On 27 August these talented South African vocalists, six in Western Art (“classical”) music and six in Jazz, will compete live during the intermediate round of the Foundation’s annual Overseas Scholarships Competition. One singer in each category will claim the ultimate prize: a R170 000 study award and the opportunity to accelerate their journey towards artistic and creative excellence.


The SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition has evolved much over 53 years. This evolution has followed South Africa’s compelling journey towards a unique cultural identity that reflects our history, our struggles, triumphs and visibility on the global stage.




“We are now starting to hear a truly South African sound” notes Andre Le Roux, Managing Director of the SAMRO Foundation. This year, SAMRO Foundation administrators and adjudicators took note of and were impressed by several candidates who chose South African compositions for their competition repertoire. Compared to previous years, “there seems to be increased appreciation of South African composition. For us as a Foundation within Africa’s largest music rights organisation and composers’ society, this is proof that we’re doing impactful work to preserve our rich heritage and shape the new inclusive voice of our country.”





All 12 semi-finalists are between 22 and 30 years of age (average age 25) and are pursuing their passion as top achievers in the music world. Many have already honed their musical prowess as professional performers.




This year’s top six in the Jazz music category are:
Ms Amy Campbell (UCT) 
Ms Mikhaela Kruger (UCT) 
Ms Palesa Modiga (UCT)
Ms Nelmarie Rabie (TUT and UP)
Mr Kwena Ramahuta (UKZN) 
Ms Amy Walton (UCT)

The Western Art music category’s semi-finalists are:
Mr Khanyiso Gwenxane (TUT and UCT) 
Ms Andiswa Makana (TUT) 
Ms Nombuso Ndlandla (NWU) 
Mr Levy Sekgapane (UCT) 
Mr Makudupanyane Senaoana (UCT) 
Ms Victoria Stevens (UCT) 

Four finalists – two in each category – will compete for top prizes on 29 August at the Linder Auditorium. This thrilling final round is open to the public, features live accompaniment, special guests and performances of a selection of musical works including a South African composition specially commissioned for the occasion.

The SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition rotates every year between awards for vocalists (2011, 2015), instrumentalists (2012, 2016), keyboard players (2013, 2017) and composers (2014, 2018). At least three SAMRO Overseas Scholarship winners have been recognised as Standard Bank Young Artist Award recipients, and countless others have gone on to pursue successful professional careers as internationally renowned Western Art and Jazz musicians. Each year, candidate submissions are evaluated by a panel of adjudicators appointed from the top echelons of music academia and practice.


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