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Meet the South African GOGGLEBOX Families

Posted by radio On February - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

A number of specially selected South African households look set to become the country’s latest reality stars when Gogglebox South Africa premiers on Thursday 03 March 2016 at 21:00 on the Sony Channel (DStv Channel 127).

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A diverse mix of South African’s will be represented on the show where we are invited into ordinary people’s living rooms. Introducing some of Gogglebox’s households:

 

  • Portuguese married couple Travis and Giselle, both share the same professional interest as online content producers. This couple is bold and entertaining. Their strong connection as a couple will be tested as this couple don’t always see eye-to-eye. Join Travis and Giselle as they entertain you with their energetic playful vibe on Gogglebox.

 

  • Valentine and Melissa enjoy spending their time doing the simple things in life as a couple – having dinner and drinks in front of the TV. Valentine a make-up sales rep and Melissa a home executive share their time with their three year old son. A dynamic, supportive and beautiful young family that will be sure to keep you entertained.

 

  • Best friends, Eslina and Mirriam have been by each other’s side since the age of 15. Eslina is a home executive, while Mirriam is a domestic worker. They are entertaining, open and honest, with the best sense of humour. Their contrasting personalities with Mirriam taking the role as the ‘big sister’ and Eslina’s ‘sometimes naughty’ behaviour are sure to get viewers hooked.

 

  • Sisters Tamzin and Adele describe themselves as fun, loud and opinionated. Tamzin is a dance teacher and Adele is a relationship executive. The sisters enjoy spending time together but don’t always agree on what to watch. With Tazmin’s care free attitude and Adele’s more intellectual views, these sisters are set to provide entertainment.

 

Gogglebox South Africa  – Sony Pictures Television Networks’ first locally commissioned South African television series – is set to have us glued to the box, with a concept that will have you addicted to watching people – watching TV!

 

Get ready as the households openly voice their unscripted opinions about what they are watching on the box – whether on  politics, sport, news, reality TV or the latest  dramas, from the comfort of their living rooms.

 

You’ll become acquainted with the folks of Gogglebox, commenting on shows we often think the same about when watching TV. This topical show is filmed 7 days before the episode airs, allowing viewers to observe the ­households watching the weeks TV shows,  encouraging  up-to-date and at times controversial discussions.

 

The 10-part local version has been commissioned by the Sony Channel and will be produced by partners Eject Media’s, Stephan Le Roux and Picture Tree’s; Gary King.

 

Says Sonja Underwood, Sony Pictures Television Territory Director – Africa Channels: “Gogglebox is a fantastic show and we believe that its humour and diversity makes it perfect for South African audiences. It is not your typical television show and we believe our first local production will become a firm viewer favourite.”

 

Executive Producer Stephan Le Roux concurs: “We believe that we have created a show that will create debate among people. Gogglebox South Africa reflects the current state of society and will stimulate viewers to share their opinions and thoughts. We hope that it will also inspire more channels to make programmes in the local marketplace.”

 

On its debut in the UK, Gogglebox soon became a word-of-mouth hit that had the Twittersphere buzzing and has resulted in numerous spin-offs in countries around the world with popular editions made in the US, Canada, Australia, Italy, Israel, Poland, Finland, France, Norway, China and the Ukraine. And now South Africa is to get its own home-grown version.

 

 

Gogglebox airs every Thursday at 21:00 on SONY CHANNEL DStv (Channel 127)

 

Gogglebox, will get you talking

 

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More than a million babies are born in South Africa every year and one in seven of those are born premature with many not making it past their first 28 days of life.  Babies who would have died a few decades ago survive today due to specialist care received in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) worldwide.  While there are many factors associated with premature birth, in many cases the exact cause is unknown meaning any pregnant woman might be at risk.

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Heart FM has once again put their hearts into the cause and partnered with Newborns Groote Schuur Trust, Cape Argus and Pick ‘n Pay to raise much needed funds for the ‘Little by Little’ campaign aimed at expanding and upgrading the Groote Schuur Neonatal Unit.

 

The Neonatal Unit is only one of two tertiary units in the Western Cape capable of providing the highly specialised care that these tiny babies so desperately need, and was the first tertiary unit in the country to be awarded Baby Friendly Status by the WHO.

 

From humble beginnings, the Neonatal unit now cares for upwards of 75 babies at any one time in a space constrained environment.  Life saving neonatal care is very costly and a successful campaign with Heart FM, Pick n Pay and the Cape Argus in 2010/11 helped equip the unit with desperately needed incubators which are still saving lives today.

 

To date, R 280 000 has been raised for the “Little by Little” campaign which runs until the 17th of February 2016.

 

Members of the public can get involved by purchasing a R10 ticket at any Western Cape Pick ‘n Pay store or donating directly on the Newborns Trust  website. The proceeds will go directly to the upgrade of the unit which cares for more than 3 000 babies every year. Customers will be asked to make a R10 donation when they pay for their shopping, fill in their details on a voucher and deposit this in the box at the information kiosk.  To reward shoppers for donating to the cause, Pick n Pay is giving away R 2000 worth of groceries for the duration of the campaign through a lucky draw.

 

For a glimpse into the life of a premature baby watch the following video: A premature baby’s story

 

For more information on the campaign visit www.1049.fm or log onto Newborns Trust to see how your contribution can make a difference in the life of a premature ba

 

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It has been months since a drop of rain fell in Northern KwaZulu-Natal but residents were showered with love this morning when East Coast Radio’s Project #WaterShare arrived to rehydrate Vryheid.

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People, schools and businesses across the province generously heeded the call for help when Project #WaterShare was launched on East Coast Breakfast with Darren Maule on Tuesday (26 January 2016). As a result, more than 360 000 litres of bottled and tanked water were trucked in to the town this morning during a special live broadcast of the show.

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Contributions came from all corners of the province and will be used to bring relief to areas that have been brought to their knees by the crippling drought. NGO, Gift of the Givers, has come on board to assist the station with on-the-ground logistics and will be coordinating the province-wide water drop-offs.

 

Today’s focus saw bottles of water being distributed to four areas in and around Vryheid – Mvuyane, Mvuzini, Nceceni and Mhlongo Farm.

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East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu, says with parts of our province reeling from lack of rain, every bottle counts. “As East Coast Radio, we cannot sit back and do nothing to help. This is why project #Watershare came about. It’s our way of providing a platform for the people across the province to get involved so we can make a meaningful difference. The response so far has been phenomenal but there’s so much still to be done.”

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The District Mayor of Zululand, Mpiyakhe Hlatshwayo, dropped in on this morning’s live broadcast to express his heartfelt thanks to the people of KZN. “We have been in the grip of drought for months now and every day it is getting more severe,” he told East Coast Breakfast hosts, Darren Maule and Natarah Nadesan. “ The once mighty Klipfontein Dam here in Vryheid is just a shadow of its former self. In fact the dams across Zululand have been badly hit. It’s just a terrible situation.”

 

In addition to the tens of thousands of litres of bottled water donated by residents all around our province, big business has been quick to lend a helping hand.

 

Spar KZN contributed 28 000 litres; Oasis Water together with Cargo Carriers tanked through 32 000 litres to Vryheid as well as 13 000 litres of bottled water; Star Retailers donated 1500 litres; Thirst committed 6000 litres which were trucked from Newcastle; aQuelle sent through 1500 litres and

Elliott Mobility trucked in 2500 litres to Vryheid this morning.  And the contributions continue!

 

Back at the station’s headquarters in Umhlanga, the parking area has been transformed into a sea of blue and listeners stream in with bottles of new, sealed water. The collection drive continues until 6am on Monday. By 1pm on Friday, people of KZN had donated 450 000 litres of water to Project #WaterShare. The contributions will be pumped into the Gift of the Givers’ relief efforts in KZN.

 

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Nicki Minaj to rock SA in March!

Posted by radio On January - 28 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

American pop & hip hop sensation Nicki Minaj, is bringing the famous Pinkprint tour to her South African fans, with three unforgettable shows in Johannesburg at the Ticketpro Dome on Thursday 17 March, Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday 20 March and Cape Town’s Grand Arena, Grand West on Tuesday 22 March.

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Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 28 January from ticketpro.co.za and selected Edgars retail stores nationally.

 

Grammy Award-nominated superstar, Nicki Minaj, continues to break records and impact pop culture at large. Her critically lauded third full-length album, The Pinkprint arrived at the top of the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, cementing her as rap’s reigning queen.
Minaj recently made history, simultaneously occupying four top 10 spots on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart and becoming the first female artist to achieve the feat. Minaj also has the most hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart of any female rapper in history and is #3 among all females. What’s more, twelve of her entries entered the top ten, yielding another record for a female rapper.
Minaj stands at the top of the pop vanguard.  To date, the global superstar has sold over 50 million singles and 5 million albums worldwide. Minaj has also been the recipient of a bevy of awards including American Music Awards, MTV VMA’s, Billboard Awards, People’s Choice Awards, BET Awards & many others.

 

 

A global touring phenomenon, Minaj has sold out iconic venues including London’s O2 Arena, Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena, The Staples Center in Los Angeles, and many more.

 

Outside of music, she has starred in films including Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Other Woman in addition to judging American Idol. She’ll also take the screen alongside Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer, starring in 2016’s Barbershop 3.

 

 

In South Africa the chart-topping, multi-award winning rapper and actress will be performing a number of her countless hits from her three albums including her latest offering.

With an astonishing 96 million fans on social media, Minaj will be pulling out all the stops for her South African tour.

 

The Nicki Minaj Pinkprint tickets can be purchased from www.ticketpro.co.za and selected Edgars retail stores, with prices ranging from R490.

 

 

Johannesburg: Ticketpro Dome – 17 March
Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium – 20 March
Cape Town: Grand Arena, GrandWest  – 22 March

 

 

The Nicki Minaj Pinkprint tour is presented by Airey Scott Entertainment, 5FM, Metro FM, and Channel

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MTV Base (DStv channel 322) is at it again – taking the nation’s cultural temperature by showcasing the hottest artists of the future with MTV Base Roundtable: Hottest Newcomers 2016.

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Tune into MTV Base on Friday 5 February as VJ Sandile Ntshingila hosts the year’s most anticipated music industry debate since MTV Base’s ‘SA’s Hottest MCs” in November 2015.

 

Ntshingila will be presiding over a panel of industry heavyweights for this year’s roundtable discussion; panelists include MoFlava, Zalebs’ Tinashe Venge, Mantsoe Pout and legends Amu and the King of Kwaito – Arthur Mafokate.

 

MTV Base anticipates huge interest in the list as the year’s most promising players are analysed and discussed by the panel of industry experts.

 

Comments Tim Horwood, Head of MTV Base, “MTV Base loves celebrating established artists, but it’s also important to shine a spotlight on the industry’s newest talent and create a platform for the superstars of the future.”

 

“MTV Base Roundtable: Hottest Newcomers 2016” premieres on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Friday 5 February at 17:00 CAT with a repeat on the same evening at 22:00 CAT, and then again on Saturday 6 February at 11:30 CAT and Monday 8 February at 09:00 CAT.

 

 

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MTV’s colossal TV and social media hit Lip Sync Battle is back with a vengeance as Season 2 opens with an epic clash between Channing Tatum and his wife, actress Jenna Dewan Tatum (MTV, 21:35 CAT, Monday 8 February).

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The “Magic Mike” muscleman gets well and truly in touch with his feminine side in a high octane display of girl power as he busts some killer moves dressed as Beyoncé, before performing a show-stopping rendition of “Let It Go” tricked up as “Elsa” from “Frozen”. Not letting him win that easily, wife Jenna holds her own, grinding away to Ginuwine’s “Pony” and giving her better half a lap dance to remember – although a surprise appearance by Queen Bey herself could tip the scales in Channing’s favour.

 

Hosted by the multi-talented LL Cool J with commentary by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, Lip Sync Battle has become a global success story for Viacom since launching on Spike TV in the USA in 2015.  Based on an original idea by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant (both of whom have performed on the show) the series has become a global ratings and multiplatform superstar and is the most-watched original series in Spike’s history.

 

A-list stars and pop culture stars who went head-to-head in Season 1 included Emily Blunt vs Anne Hathaway, Common vs John Legend, Queen Latifah vs Marlon Wayans, and Jimmy Fallon vs Dwayne Johnson.  Among the most memorable performances are Will Arnett’s rendition of “Everything is Awesome” from the Lego Movie, Joseph-Gordon Levitt channelling Janet Jackson in “Rhythm Nation”, and John Legend getting in touch with his inner MC Hammer.  Other celebrities featuring on the show have included Mike Tyson, Anna Kendrick, Justin Bieber, Taraji P Henson and Malin Ackerman.

 

Commented Dillon Khan, Channel Head, MTV, “Lip Sync Battle is the funniest, most exciting and original reality format brought to TV in the last year. Season 2 promises to top Season One with some of the key players in the industry delivering jaw-dropping performances that will keep you talking for days on end. This is not to be missed.”

 

Get your regular dose of Lip Sync Battle on MTV (DStv channel 130) every Monday from 8 February at 21:35 CAT and on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) at 16:30 CAT every Fridays from 12 February.

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MTN Bushfire is thrilled to announce that all Early Bird tickets for MTN Bushfire 2016, that went on sale on Friday 15th January have SOLD OUT! This record-breaking response from MTN Bushfire fans reflects the major increase in interest in the festival from across Africa and the globe.

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Full price pre-sale tickets will go on sale ON-LINE only from Wednesday January 20th 2016. Please note that there will be no physical tickets on sale as all tickets will be digital.  Fans are once again urged to book tickets early to avoid disappointment as tickets for MTN Bushfire 2015 sold out in the week before the festival.

 

Fans must also note that this year Single Day Golden Lounge tickets will NOT be available, but a limited amount of Full Festival Golden Lounge passes will be for sale.

 

Make sure to book your tickets now for one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” (CNN), and BBC’s Top African Festival.

 

Pre-sale tickets will be available via the MTN Bushfire website and Facebook page, www.bush-fire.com, www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire from January 20th 2016.

 

MTN BUSHFIRE 2016 – ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENTS

As in previous years, the MTN BUSHFIRE artist line-up will feature a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe.

 

MTN Bushfire is proud to announce that Mali’s internationally acclaimed world-music stars Songhoy Blues have been confirmed for this year’s main stage. Though their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, at its heart is a deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali’s Songhoy people, as well as to such iconic West African guitar heroes as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré.

 

Their debut album has been described by top music magazine NME as “a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian grooves.” Formed from the adversity of Mali, Songhoy Blues’ music is full of northern flavours: Gao takamba, Touareg guitar, Songhoy trance and traditional desert melodies. But all those tired old ‘world music’ prejudices have no place here. Songhoy Blues are four guys, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, driving rhythms, big hearts and a big story to tell.

 

Also confirmed for 2016 is the exciting new South African collaborative outfit Bombshelter Beast featuring Pitch Black Afro.  This group of renegades is making waves with their genre breaking eclectic fusion of Afrobalkan Skadubhall and has to be seen to be believed. The ever-changing international line-up includes jazz artists and for their MTN BUSHFIRE 2016 performance will feature Pitch Black Afro.

 

Other top acts performing at MTN Bushfire 2016 include one of South Africa’s hottest acts – Mafikizolo – whose 2014 comeback made waves across South Africa and beyond, have also been confirmed for MTN Bushfire 2016.

 

Joining these initial confirmed artists is Pablo Nouvelle, a filmmaker and musician from Switzerland who takes soul “back to the future” with a combination of new sounds and old samples. Manu Delago, an Austrian percussionist and composer, best known as Bjork’s hang drummer, will also perform alongside saxophonist and clarinet player Pepe Auer.

 

South African artists confirmed include, as always, cutting edge acts such as Native Young, Nomadic Orchestra, Felix Laband, and Toby2Shoes.

 

Acts from Swaziland include Bholoja, Nomzamo Zaza Dlamini & Fanaza.

 

Further acts are being finalized and more artists will be confirmed in the build-up to MTN Bushfire 2016.

 

 

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KAYA FM LIVE presents Zahara & Muffins

Posted by radio On January - 21 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The infamous monthly celebration of outstanding music, Kaya Fm Presents Live At The Bassline, is back with a bang in 2016 and aims to bring the public even more phenomenal nights out than ever before in the year ahead.

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Kicking off  with a stellar line up, the event sees the first booking of 2016 boasts two multi-award winning artists on one stage – Gospel Afro-pop sensation Zahara and the 5-piece eclectic retro pop outfit, The Muffinz.

 

Zahara was literally an overnight sensation after her signing with TS Records.  The young rural star had quietly honed her craft in her home village before signing a deal that would change her life and ultimately see her becoming one of the countries best selling artists.

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The Muffinz, culturally different from Zahara with their urban roots, were also shot to the limelight after playing the Melville bar and club scene for a few years and generating a truly charming, fresh live act that literally nobody could resist.

 

Both acts have topped radio charts, packed venues and raked in multiple awards in the few years since their humble beginnings and will now be sharing the stage for one night only at the Kaya FM Presents Live at the Bassline show on the 6th February 2016.

 

Tickets are limited and available now at www.webtickets.co.za for R200 or R220 at the door.  The show starts promptly at 8pm.

Book your tickets now for another great night out in the city.

 

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CNBC AFRICA to bring viewers WEF in Davos

Posted by radio On January - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC Africa viewers will enjoy extensive coverage of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016, in Davos from 20-23 January 2016 on DStv Channel 410

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With a seasoned editorial team deployed to the town of Davos, Switzerland, CNBC Africa will be crossing to the World Economic Forum (WEF) throughout the three-day gathering, interviewing some of the world’s top business leaders and global thinkers on the state of the world in 2016.

 

For over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme and since 2007, CNBC Africa has been on the frontline, bringing the thoughts of global leaders to Africa and the opportunity of Africa to the world.

 

On Wednesday, 20 January, CNBC Africa will host a discussion at the Brand South Africa ‘Thought Leadership Breakfast’ at the Grischa Hotel in Davos, moderated by Senior Anchor and Executive Director, Bronwyn Nielsen, with a panel including:

 

  • Ben Kruger, Joint-CEO of Standard Bank

 

  • Vassi Naidoo, Executive Chairman of Nedbank

 

  • Nicky Newton-King, CEO of the JSE

 

  • Geoffrey Qhena, CEO of the IDC

 

This exclusive breakfast will play host to an international delegation of business leaders and government officials as well as international media and will be broadcast on CNBC Africa.

 

On Thursday, 21 January, CNBC Africa will once again put Africa on the official WEF agenda with a debate titled ‘Africa’s Next Challenge’. Anchored by Bronwyn Nielsen, the panel will include:

 

  • South African President, Jacob Zuma

 

  • Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn

 

  • President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina

 

  • President and CEO of Ericsson Sweden, Hans Vestberg

 

The continent is home to nine of the world’s 15 fastest-growing economies; yet, over the past 10 years, productivity has fallen. How will the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ impact Africa? Viewers will be able to watch this dynamic discussion LIVE from 11h30-12h30 CAT on CNBC Africa, DStv channel 410.

 

The Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities. Around 2,200 participants gather for the three-day event, attending some 220 sessions and CNBC Africa will be there.

 

 

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SA Radio Awards on pause

Posted by radio On January - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Radio Awards, previously sponsored by MTN, is currently in the process of securing a headline sponsor for the event that celebrates the power of radio in South Africa.  It has been decided to postpone the call-to-enter until a new sponsor has been finalised.

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It is imperative that we match the South African Radio Awards programme with a strong sponsor that wants to leave an imprint, and drive potential in the highly professional and competitive radio industry.

 

Since inception in 2010, the Awards have grown exponentially from 15 to 116 radio stations, with entries growing from 196 to 1,802 in only six years.  Over 450 presenters, producers, shows and stations have received this prestigious accolade in the last six years.

 

The Awards draw participation from radio stations across all licensing categories, covering all languages.  The South African Radio Awards are well-established as the only industry-wide awards programme in South African radio.  Previous entries received from radio stations represent more than 98% of all South African radio listeners.

 

Please stay tuned and we’ll get the message out loud and clear as soon as we’re ready to hit PLAY again.

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