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Its official – the Golden Lounge for the 2019 edition of MTN Bushfire is sold out!

MTN Bushfire is the acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts. Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival”, MTN Bushfire 2019 promises an eclectic mix of artists from across the globe.

 

This exceptional music line-up combined with the spirit of celebration and tolerance that is MTN Bushfire are what make the festival a living-breathing ecosystem that welcomes over 29,000 guests every year to the Malkerns Valley in Eswatini.

 

While Main Arena tickets for this year’s festival are STILL AVAILABLE through the MTN Bushfire website, www.bush-fire.com, Golden Lounge tickets will no longer be available online or at physical outlets. Day tickets for Sunday May 26th will be on sale shortly.

 

Due to popular demand, camping in the All Out Africa campsite is selling out.  Family camp, BYO in the Forest, Car Camp, Caravan Camp and Canvas Camp have already sold out and the remaining spots are selling fast.  To avoid disappointment please book your camping spot as soon as possible.  Sales will close once all spots have been filled.

 

Make sure to book now for your ticket and camping to avoid disappointment.

 

Guests are reminded not to purchase tickets from 3rd parties as these tickets cannot be guaranteed as authentic.

 

Line up information, ticket and accommodation information can be found on the MTN Bushfire website, www.bush-fire.com.

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Seba Kaapstad bring an intoxicating and atmospheric spirit with their new video for “Africa” out today along with the announcement of their upcoming album Thina, out May 15th via Mello Music Group. With an effortless but captivating approach, “Africa” combines soul, jazz, hip hop, and the music of Africa in a swirl of sounds that can only result from a group that hails from such diverse backgrounds.

Seba Kaapstad consists of band members, Zoe Modiga, Philip Scheibel

(Pheel), Ndumiso Manana, and Sebastian Schuster (Seba). Drawing from their South Africa, Swazi, and German backgrounds, the group creates a soundscape without borders in order to demonstrate the commonalities shared between human beings. Now signed with Mello Music Group, Seba Kaapstad is neo-soul on a world stage.

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2019 Liberty Radio Awards Finalists Announced

Posted by radio On April - 1 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Liberty Radio Awards are pleased to announce the inductees into the Hall of Fame and the Bright Stars for 2019.

 

Induction into the Hall of Fame is an honour bestowed on individuals who have served the radio industry well for at least 15 years. Hall of Famers have made an indelible mark on the industry either on air, or in management, and are people who have provided inspiration and mentorship through their radio career. The people being inducted into the Hall of Fame for 2019 include:

INDUCTEE
RODNEY TRUDGEON
GREG MALOKA
MPHO NEFALE
DENZIL TAYLOR
HEINRICH MARNITZ
ALAN MAKER
KID NKAYI
ZOLANI MARK BONGCO
MBULELO NGEWU
PATRICK BOGATSU

 

The Bright Star is recognition of strong potential in the radio industry and inductees are individuals who – whether on air, or behind the scenes – are already making a mark on the industry. Bright Stars have an understanding and love for radio and show qualities that indicate that they will have a role to play in the industry’s future. The Liberty Radio Awards Bright Stars for 2019 are:

STATION INDUCTEE
702 PRESLEY MAKHOMBOTHI
947 ZANELE POTELWA
EAST COAST RADIO SKY TSHABALALA
HOT 91.9 FM SIMON HILL
KAYA FM 95.9 DJ KEYEZ
KOVSIE FM GERBEN VAN NIEKERK
O-FM THABANG MOSELANI
O-FM WR VAN DER MERWE
RX RADIO NOLUYOLO NGOMANI
UJFM OLIVIA MABITSI
VOICE OF WITS KUTLWANO SERAME
VUMA 103 FM PATRICIA NONLULULEKO MALEMIA

 

 

The finalists in the Station of the Year have also been determined. The Station of the Year is the crowning glory of the Liberty Radio Awards. The criteria for determining the Station of the Year includes on-air success; innovation; audience growth; community outreach and the X-factor. It takes into account the station’s “good radio citizenship” role within the industry. This year’s finalists are

 

 

CAMPUS

MFM 92.6
PUKFM 93.6
TUKS FM 107.2
UJFM
UCT RADIO
VOICE OF WITS

COMMUNITY

AGANANG FM COMMUNITY STATION
GROOT FM 90.5
INANDA FM
HOT 91.9 FM
MIX 93.8 FM
RADIO ISLAM
RADIO KHWEZI

PBS

LOTUS FM
MOTSWEDING FM
SAFM
THOBELA FM
TRUFM
UMHLOBO WENENE FM

COMMERCIAL

947
EAST COAST RADIO
JACARANDA FM
KAYA FM 95.9
KFM 94.5
POWER 98.7 FM

Voting in the My Station category – where listeners can vote for their favourite station – continues until midnight on Tuesday, 2 April 2019. Finalists in this category will be announced on Friday, 5 April 2019.

 

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The Magic In Motion Academy celebrated 13 film and television graduates at the 5th graduation for the Academy

Higher Education Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela who attended the event as the guest of honour, acknowledged the success of the students and the commitment of the MIM Academy.

“The impact that this programme has had on these graduates is invaluable. Over the past five years, this programme has provided a gateway to the film and television industry for a significant number of students. The film and television industry is a big contributor to our economy and these graduates are now able to tell our stories that can reach all corners of the world” says Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela.

 

“We recognise that the global television industry is evolving, and we need to empower anew generation of young professionals. This internship gives the most talented creatives work experience with the leading production companies and culminates with the production of movies that are scheduled on Mzansi Magic and seen by millions. Our interns graduate with a CV that sets them up to find work – we are committed to training and jobcreation” says MultiChoice General Entertainment CEO Yolisa Phahle.”

 

 

Founded in 2014 and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bobby Heaney, the MIM Academy focuses on transforming the South African film and TV industry by upskilling film graduates, empowering them with the necessary knowledge and experience that they will require to start their careers and successfully transform the video-entertainment industry in South Africa. To date, 44 interns have graduated from the programme, 12 films have been produced and 60% of the class of 2017 interns are employed.

 

 

This year, the graduates were taken through an intensive 12-month internship where their tertiary education was supplemented by hands-on practical training. They were mentoredby industry experts from some of the country’s most respected production houses and worked on various exciting productions. Production partners played an influential role in ensuring that the graduates were exposed to all facets of the production process and ensured inclusion on a variety of sets.

 

 

“The class of 2018 has been incredibly dedicated, having produced 4 movies of exceptional quality for Mzansi Channels including Hawe Ma! and Umdlalo wempilo. We look forward totheir contribution to the industry” said Bobby.

 

 

“Beyond entertainment, its rewarding to see how, through our investments in infrastructure, technology and empowerment initiatives, we harness the emerging talent of the youth and set them up to achieve their goals. By the end of their time with us in April,

they will have produced four movies for broadcast in prime-time on Mzansi Magic, said Yolisa”.

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SABC News YouTube channel wins an award

Posted by radio On March - 30 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)  News YouTube channel has scooped an award at the Bookmarks 2019 Awards on Thursday, 28 March 2019.

This award is a confirmation that the SABC is making great strides in positioning itself as a multiplatform content provider. This is in line with the SABC’s mission statement “to become a high performing, financially sustainable, digitised national public broadcaster that provides compelling informative, educational and entertaining content via all platforms”.

 

The SABC News YouTube channel offers a variety of news reports, broadcast on its television platform, the SABC News Channel (Dstv 404) and news and current affairs programmes aired on SABC 1, 2 and 3. In addition SABC News YouTube channel also broadcasts original content produced in the SABC’s digital newsroom, as well as the live streaming of daily news events.

The SABC, with its portfolio of channels, is an official YouTube partner. The SABC News’ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/sabcnews) is one of the most viewed South African YouTube channels globally  – with over 500 000 subscribers. It has received over 200 million views (and over a billion watch time minutes) in total since its establishment in 2012.

 

The channel hosts the best of SABC television news where users can watch news clips, in-depth inserts, interviews, current affairs programmes and livestreams of breaking news and events (including full broadcasts of events not always available or fully covered on SABC television channels).

 

The SABC reiterates its commitment to continue to deliver an unparalleled public value proposition, of ensuring that the millions of South African households who rely on SABC for news and current affairs are kept captivated on all our news platforms.

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SABC receive 86 Liberty Radio Awards Nominations

Posted by radio On March - 27 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has received a total of 86 nominations in almost all categories at the recent announcement of the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards contenders.

 

 

A number of SABC Radio presenters and programs were nominated in various categories including LUCKY “LTK” KOMANISI (MOTSWEDING FM), THABO WA MO-AFRIKA (THOBELA FM),  MASIXOLE MDIGANE (TRUFM), AMAZA NTSHANGA (UMHLOBO WENENE FM), THANDO “THABOOTY” THABETHE (5FM)  AMATHUNZI ANABILE AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW (AADS) (IKWEKWEZI FM), REA KUBELETSA (LESEDI FM),  THE GLENZITO SUPER DRIVE (RADIO 2000), THE THABOOTY DRIVE (5FM),  just to name a few.

 

SABC Head of Radio Marketing Siphelele Sixaso commented , “The over 80 finalists that we have received as the different radio brands bear testimony that SABC Radio brands are the most pervasive medium with the widest reach and we will ensure that this reach is used to carry on delivering on our public mandate to Inform, Educate and Entertain our listeners with new and exciting innovations ”.

 

The SABC produced a documentary to celebrate MaSisulu’s Centenary entitled Albertina Sisulu: A woman of fortitude and this documentary is a finalist for the Best Radio Documentary. The promotion of the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered by President Barack Obama is also a finalist.

 

Other categories include: DZI A OROWA (PHALAPHALA FM), MONATE BREAKFAST SHOW (LESEDI FM), KUSILE MZANSI BREAKFAST SHOW (LIGWALAGWALA FM), BREAKFAST EXPRESS (LOTUS FM), SAFM SUNRISE (SAFM), NNE NA VHONE (PHALAPHALAFM), THE MIDDAY FREQUENCY (TRUFM), KOLSKOOT VISAGIE (RSG), MINDZHUMBA (MUNGHANA LONENE).

 

The SABC also got nominations for Radio Podcast, Radio Documentary, Spots Show and Field News Reporter.

 

The Liberty Radio Awards aims to present a credible, well-judged transparent programme that promotes and recognises excellence in radio, with the objective of ensuring that it remains one of South Africa’s foremost media choices.  It’s about rewarding those individuals and organisations who combine talent, hard work and skill to ensure that their listeners are compelled.

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SOWETO CENTRAL CHORUS OF THE SALVATION ARMY PROMISES A WORLD CLASS SHOW AT THE 4th EASTER SONGS OF PRAISE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE

This year’s show will be headlined by SA favourites Mmatema, Dumi Mkokstad, Samthing Soweto and Xolani Mdlalose.

 

 

In light of the upcoming Easter season, the Soweto Central Chorus of the Salvation Army will once again bring you a musically world class show at this year’s 4th annual Easter Songs of Praise taking place at the Linder Auditorium on Friday, 12 April.

This year, music revellers at large will enjoy a show boasting performances by headline acts such as 2015 Idols finalist Mmatema, award-winning gospel music sensation Dumi Mkokstad, Afro-pop favourite Samthing Soweto and ex-Joyous Celebration lead singer Xolani Mdlalose.

 

“This year, we are elated to have these musical geniuses as part of this monumental event. The Easter Songs of Praise aims to encourage people to find the peace that comes from salvation, through music. It’s important that the messages of hope through our music reaches and touches the lives of everyone who hears us,” said Manzini Zungu, the Musical Director.

 

Founded in 2012, the Soweto Central Chorus is a unique brigade and musical division of the Salvation Army’s Soweto Central Corps. The anointed choir boasts over 80 members who have broken generational boundaries. Since it was founded seven years ago, the Soweto Central Chorus managed to catch the attention of some of South Africa’s upper echelons. In 2016, the choir was invited to perform at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s palace-home to the world-renowned Zulu King.

 

The choir’s core mandate is to minister through music and staying true to this, it has spread the word of God through song in events like the Road to Calvary, the 3rd Easter Songs of Praise 2018, Carols by Candlelight and performances at other Salvation Army Corps.

Tickets to the Easter Songs of Praise will be available from Computicket from Tuesday 26 March at a cost of R150 – R200 per person.

 

Download the 3rd Easter songs of praise album on Spotify, iTunes, Shazam, Google Play, Deezer and Amazon. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @esop_za ,@easter_songs Facebook Easter Songs of Praise

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As MTN Bushfire International Festival of the Arts celebrates 13 years, it’s the ideal time to take  a moment to reflect on the physical, spiritual and ethical journey that everyone takes to this living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil.

MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival, as all previous guests will attest. Taking place in the beautiful Malkerns Valley of Eswatini, just a four hour drive from Johannesburg from May 24th – 26th,  the festival sees fire starters from all corners of the globe gather to ignite a movement for social change, embracing tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment.

 

Through various actions, MTN Bushfire encourages participants, guests, and suppliers to  #BringYourFire through various activations and engagements.

 

One of the simplest and most popular ways to support this call to action is to WEAR YOUR FIRE – with MTN Bushfire’s amazing range of merchandise that sees all proceeds of sales directly supporting the MTN Bushfire beneficiary, BoMake Rural Projects, who support rural women, their families and communities through health, education and sustainable livelihood projects. The merchandise reflects the theme for the year – that of the moral compass that guides us all to be active participants and advocates for positive change in our communities.

 

This year, MTN Bushfire Fire Starters can get the jump on the queues and purchase the MTN Bushfire 13th edition Golden Compass Merchandise range now available online! Please follow the link to the store for purchases: https://bushfirefestivalmerchandise.myshopify.com.

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World Afrobeat composer, performer and versatile saxophonist, Femi Koya is bringing the African Renaissance to the Hard Rock Stage with an electrifying one night only show. Bringing a combination of Sophiatown, Afrobeat and West African highlife and jazz, his show is guaranteed to be a vibe. Koya will be performing at Hard Rock Cafe on the 28th March from 20:00.

The LASA Sessions at Hard Rock Cafe are a celebration of South African music and its diversity. It’s a space for artists to come together in song and dance, sharing these moments with their adoring fans. Femi’s performance will be nothing short of classic, up-beat and contemporary sounds that the world knows him for.

 

 

His musical influences include Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Manu di Bango, Hugh Masekela, Baaba Maal & John Coltrane. Having performed at various stages across the world, Fei is thrilled to be sharing his musical gift with the Sandton market.

 

He has shared the stage with Youssou N’dour and Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the CAF (Confederation of African Football Awards) in Lagos and with John Legend in his first South African tour in Cape Town. He performed alongside the king of Juju music, Sunny Ade, at the Glo launch in the Republic of Benin. Other colourful festivals felt Femi Koya’s acrobatic music, where he performed alongside the Wynton Marsalis, Oliver Mtukudzi, Habib Koite , Salif Keita, Baaba Maal. He has recorded with Simphiwe Dana, Pops Mohamed ,Yvonne Chaka Chaka, and worked with Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Wizkid just to mention a few.

 

 

 

 

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Liberty Radio Awards finalists list confirmed

Posted by radio On March - 21 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The adjudication process for the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards has been completed. The results have been verified by Mazars, a Chartered Accounting firm, and the finalists for the various categories have been determined.

“With over 1,900 entries to evaluate, the adjudication panel had their work cut out for them,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “I’m confident that the adjudication process will ensure that we recognise and honour the best radio work in South Africa over the past year.”

The Liberty Radio Awards aims to motivate and inspire the radio industry to set increasingly high standards and to develop programming that will keep listeners compelled, entertained, informed and advised. By focusing on quality, the industry will ensure its prominence and success well into the future.

 

“Recognition as a category finalist is already a significant achievement,” says Rothschild. “It earmarks you as one of the best in your field.

 

Killy Bacela, Divisional Executive of Group Brand and Marketing at Liberty says, “Liberty congratulates all the entrants – and wishes the finalists well. We’re looking forward to acknowledging the winners on Saturday 13 April. Radio, through its reach, is a powerful platform for news, stories and a particularly important platform from which listeners derive information and advice.”

 

Winners will be announced at the Liberty Radio Awards Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday, 13 April 2019.

Click here to view the comprehensive list of finalists is in alphabetical order of category and in alphabetical order by station name.

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