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Winners of The BET Hip Hop Awards 2017

Posted by radio On October - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2017 brought the heat to Miami, Florida on Friday, October 6, 2017 for the annual taping of the most prominent hip hop showcase on television. Multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and holder of ‘the keys to success’ DJ Khaled hosted hip-hop’s biggest night of the year at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2017 will premiere on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on Friday, 13 October at 21:00 CAT.

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 17: DJ Khaled performs onstage during the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on September 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/BET/Getty Images for BET)

 

 

Cardi B stole the show with 5 wins for ‘Single of the Year’ for her Number #1 Billboard hit, ‘Bodak Yellow’; ‘Best New Hip Hop Artist’, ‘Best Mixtape’, ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)’, and ‘Hustler of the Year’. Kendrick Lamar followed closely picking up 4 awards for ‘Best Hip Hop Video’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Hot Ticket Performer’ and ‘Lyricist of the Year’. Host DJ Khaled snagged 3 honors for ‘DJ of the Year’, ‘Best Collab, Duo or Group’ and ‘MVP of the Year’, dedicating the accolades to his son, Asahd Khaled. Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell received the night’s biggest honor, the ‘I Am Hip Hop Award’ for his unmatched achievements and contributions to hip hop culture.

 

Viewers should tune into the hottest performances by DJ Khaled featuring Trick Daddy, T-Pain, Plies and Rick Ross with their 2007 anthem “I’m so Hood”. Migos kept the energy going with a performance of their latest single “Too Hotty”; Playboi Carti had the house rocking with hits “Woke Up Like This” and “Magnolia (Milly Rock)”. Over at Club Liv, Gucci Mane performed a medley of club bangers including “Tone It Down”, “I Get the Bag”, “Curve” and “Make Love First”; Yo Gotti performed new single “Juice” and chart-topping hit “Rake it Up”. Cardi B hit the stage with a much anticipated performance of her Billboard Chart-topping hit, “Bodak Yellow” and Rick Ross, Trina, Trick Daddy and Flo Rida all hit the stage in a nostalgic tribute to hip hop pioneer Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, during which “Uncle Luke” performed some of his classic hip hop hits “Scarred”, “It’s Your Birthday”, “Me So Horny”,  “Pop That” and “I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)”.

 

The complete list of 2017 BET “Hip Hop Awards” winners are:

 

Best Hip-Hop Video

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

 

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

 

Hot Ticket Performer

Kendrick Lamar

 

Lyricist of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

 

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

 

DJ of the Year

DJ Khaled

 

Producer of the Year

Metro Boomin

 

MVP of the Year

DJ Khaled

 

Single of the Year

“Bodak Yellow” – Produced By J. White Did It (Cardi B)

 

Album of the Year

Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.”

 

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B

 

Hustler of the Year

Cardi B

 

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Cardi B

 

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/ App

TheShadeRoom.com

 

Best Mixtape

Cardi B – “Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2”

 

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Nicki Minaj – “Rake It Up” (Yo Gotti ft. Nicki Minaj)

 

Impact Track

Jay Z – “The Story of O.J.”

 

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, served as Executive Producer of the BET Hip Hop Awards along with Connie Orlando, BET Head of Programming and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay, Vice President of Specials, Jesse Collins Entertainment.

 

BET.com/HipHopAwards is the official site for the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2017 where fans can visit to get up-to-date info on this year’s show and take a look back on past BET Hip Hop Awards.  The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2017 will premiere on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on Friday, 13 October at 21:00 CAT.

 

BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” is fresh, legendary and, as always, a memorable night that you don’t want to miss!

 

For more information on the BET Hip Hop Awards, visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETHipHopAwards17.

 

 

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2017 will see Johannesburg host the world’s largest and most important African entertainment content market. As African produced content continues to draw the attention of distributors and content aggregators from Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as from around the world, DISCOP Johannesburg 2017 has seen a significant rise in the number of registered African content producers, as well as of interested buyers.

With revenue from Africa’s pay TV sitting at$4.4 billion and expected to exceed $6 billion by 2021, the time is now to continue the momentum of content production as a significant economic booster for African economies.

 

African produced content rightfully took its place centre stage last year at DISCOP Johannesburg with 267 of the 347production houses in attendance hailing from Africa, an increase from 193 in2015.

 

With a total over 10,000 hours of original programming presented by 300+ global, regional and local content distributors and producers, from 60 countries, delegates at this year’s event will notice the abundance of content produced in Africa on offer.

 

This year, of the nearly 1,000 registered delegates there are representatives from 32 sub-Saharan African countriues:

 

  • # of Independent Producers from Sub-Saharan Africa | 212
  • # of content acquisitions executives from Sub-Saharan Africa | 225
  • # of content distributors from Sub-Saharan Africa | 128
  • # of companies selling content “Made in Africa” (sofar) | 287

 

 

Major players such as XXX as well as dozens of independent producers will be in attendance.

 

These producers and distributers  will be presenting their content to international buyers from across the globe including, Fox, NBC Universal,Viacom, Disney, Canal +, CBS, Lions Gate, DreamWorks and Cote Ouest amongs tothers.

 

African broadcasters are also more than ever looking for African content, and a host of top African broadcasters, streaming networks and content aggregators are registered to attend, including Africa TV Kinshasha, Kana TV Ethiopia, Ghone Television Ghana, Radio Television Burkina Faso, Botswana Television, Mnet Africa Magic Nigeria, Kwese TV, Showmax, Mnet,SABC South Africa, etv South Africa, Showmax, and RTI Cote d’Ivoire amongstothers.

 

Close to 250+ international, regional and local suppliers and producers of film, television and digital content, adaptation rights and packaged TV channels will be attending DISCOP Johannesburg with more than 10,000+ movies, limited and episodic TV series, dramas, animated and educational content, formats, documentaries, and much more. They will exhibit across a 5,000 SQ.meter market floor at the Sandton Convention Centre.

 

Running parallel to the market and open to all registered delegates, The Next Gen Program will feature speakers and experts from major corporations, smaller companies and select start-ups, both onstage and in carefully constructed discussions and workshops.

 

The Next Gen Program will specifically target film, television and digital content producers and help improve pitching, networking and business skills. It will guarantee access to indispensable information onalternative distribution and funding opportunities; on virtual reality content production, funding and distribution; on expanding relations between Francophone and Anglophone Africa.

 

The program will also put under the spotlight, Ethiopia, a country with a population in the upwards of 100+ million; animation, Africa’s fastest-growing and most creative content production and distribution segment,and the new global streaming services and their impact on homegrown original content production.

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M-Net creates a movie experience of a lifetime

Posted by radio On October - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Count down 100 movies to see before you die with the M-Net Movies Bucket List pop-up channel.

What is your absolute favourite film of all time? The one that opened your eyes, tugged at your heartstrings and made your soul leap with joy? Were you born in the golden age of cinema? Is there a stack of fantastic features your like-minded friends and family have been raving about, which you’re sad to admit you haven’t seen YET?  You now have the opportunity to tick off all the films you still need to watch – or enjoy again – before it’s time to kick the bucket!

 

M-Net and MultiChoice have created yet another exciting movies pop-up channel as a special treat to DStv Premium customers. Between Monday 30 October until Saturday 2 December the M-Net Movies Bucket List pop-up channel will count down 100 popular and iconic Hollywood movies to see before you die.

 

This selection of fine films and all-time favourites will be showcased on DStv’s channel 109 with the first of the 100 movies scheduled for just after 18:00 on Thursday, 3 October. Thereafter, the countdown will continue all the way to the number one main attraction on Saturday, 2 December at 20:30. Depending on the duration and age-restrictions of these films, the daily countdown will kick off on weekdays at approximately 18:00 and on weekends just before or after 16:00.

 

To receive the nod for the coveted M-Net Movies Bucket List, compiled by an expert team of film fanatics, a movie had to be entrenched in popular culture, define an era, shift mediums, uproot the status quo, delight a variety of audiences, impress critics worldwide and be able to reignite your love for movies.

 

 

“Our themed pop-up channels such as the Star Wars, Harry Potter, BlackOut, Fast and Furious and James Bond channels have been huge hits and we promised to continue curating unique experiences for our M-Net Movies audiences,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. “With the M-Net Movie Bucket List we’re taking the pop-up concept to the next level. Never before have viewers been able to see so many magnificent game-changing movies in one place over such a short time.”

 

While M-Net Movies will share the titles from #100 to #11 on its programming schedules, the Top 10 films on the list will remain top secret. This means that the final films on the M-Net Movies Bucket List will only be revealed to DStv customers on the day of the screening, so you will have to be sure to tune in to channel 109 on the day that they air.

 

“Keeping hush about these titles just adds to the excitement of this once-in-a-lifetime movie compilation,” Du Plessis says. “We all have our own bucket lists based on our own taste and we believe it will be great fun for movie fans to compare notes and see whether their favourites have made it onto the pop-up channel.”

 

On top of the 100 must-see-movies-before-you-die-modern-day motion pictures, M-Net Movies will also fuel film fandom with the M-Net Movies Bucket List Bonus Features, as well as a fabulous viewers competition. To win big in the M-Net Bucket List viewer’s competition you have to curate your own the Top 10 movie list at mnet.tv/bucketlist. The competition closes on 30 November before the Top 10 hits your screens.

 

The M-Net Movies Bucket List Bonus Features will comprise additional classics which can’t be ignored but which will appeal to niche audiences. Among these titles are vintage silver screen darlings that were ground-breaking at their time, like Mary Poppins, Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

 

The M-Net Movies Bucket List schedule (prior to the Top 10) will be published at www.mnet.tv you can also consult the TV Guide or catch up on the films you’ve missed on DStv Catch Up Plus.

 

If the day’s countdown doesn’t start at exactly 18:00 or 16:00, M-Net will communicate start times on social media.

 

 

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With 2017 having being an extraordinary year in the entertainment industry so far, it’s only fitting that All Access Mzansi Season 3 returns to highlight the best of what was and what is still to come in the world of showbiz.

Fun-filled, classy and informative, the lifestyle and entertainment show premieres today, 10 October 2017 with new hosts Lawrence Maleka, K Naomi and Dash. The trio will be joining returning presenter Mbali Nkosi to usher viewers into the world of fab and glam.

 

Mzansi Sexiest 2017 nominee, Lawrence Maleka has been charming viewers with his impeccable presenting skills ever since he made his mark in Season 3 of Clash of The Choirs. TV personality and model K Naomi is ready to merge her two loves, fashion and TV in this new role, while Dreamteam muso and former VUZU AMP presenter, Dash cannot wait to continue to flex his presenting muscles.

 

“We look forward to switching things up with this new season of All Access Mzansi. With our headline sponsor Hennessy, we’re not only introducing new hosts but viewers can also expect world class entertainment news and coverage, profiles of the hottest local spots in Mzansi and the recognition of excellence in the entertainment industry,” said M-Net’s Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Reneilwe Sema.

 

Content for the show will extend to “Event of the Week” coverages, behind-the-scenes exclusives of homebred shows and live performances from some of Mzansi’s biggest stars.

 

Catch the all new All Access Mzansi tonight, 10 October at 21:30 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).

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Facebook gets behind African entrepreneurs

Posted by radio On October - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Facebook gets behind African entrepreneurs in a ‘celebration of tech’ week as part of its sponsorship of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa

 

 

The event will see entrepreneurs and developers compete across three categories: social good; productivity and utility; and gaming and entertainment
Showcasing Facebook’s (www.Facebook.com) passion for investing in creative, diverse talent across Africa, and nurturing the tech and startup ecosystem, Facebook announces a week-long celebration of activities as part of its sponsorship of TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 (http://APO.af/wJeqkQ).

In the first event of its kind on the continent, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017, will search for the best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs in Sub Saharan Africa. The event will see entrepreneurs and developers compete across three categories: social good; productivity and utility; and gaming and entertainment. It will tell the founders’ stories, uncovering the next wave of disruptive innovations and putting African invention under the global spotlight.

 

 

Ned Desmond, COO, TechCrunch adds, “We’re really pleased to be able to bring the first Startup Battlefield to Africa. This is an exciting event, with opportunities to discover the creativity, talent and imagination of startups from across the continent. TechCrunch has held events across the world, and being able to hold Battlefield Africa is a natural progression. We can’t wait to see the results.

 

 

Commenting on the partnership, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships said: “Our partnership with TechCrunch on Africa’s first ever Startup Battlefield event is a natural fit. We’re big believers in supporting and developing young, creative, diverse talent, and we also have a passion for supporting small businesses and startups as they grow, and nowhere is this more exciting than in the rich, diverse continent that is Africa.”

 

 

The Facebook team will be in Nairobi, Kenya from 9-12 October to take part in and host a number of events aimed at connecting, listening and learning from the startup and wider tech community:

  • TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa 2017 – a day-long event aimed at celebrating and uncovering the best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs in sub Saharan Africa. Taking to the stage will be:
    • Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships
    • The Startup Journey to Success panel hosted by Emeka Afigbo (Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for Middle East & Africa) with Chijioke Dozie (Co-founder and CEO, OneFi), Mark Essien (Founder and CEO, Hotels.ng) and Eric Thimba (Co-founder and CEO, MOOKH)
    • Uche Ofodile from the Facebook Connectivity team, taking part in a panel on ‘Solving Africa’s Connectivity Equation’

 

  • Facebook Platform Meetup, bringing together entrepreneurs, developers, and senior leaders at early-mid-stage startups in Kenya to learn how Facebook’s Platform products can help to accelerate their businesses 

 

  • Facebook Developer Circles Africa Masterclassa three-day training course bringing together Developer Circle leaders from across sub Saharan Africa

 

  • Women in Tech event – designed to engage with influential women working in Nairobi’s technology ecosystem and to share Facebook’s mission on Diversity

 

  • Developer Circles Nairobi Meetup – bringing together the Developer Circles Nairobi community in an evening of networking

 

  • Facebook Community event – aimed at bringing together Community Groups from across Nairobi

 

  • SMB, Agency & Content Creators Workshops – several workshops providing Kenyan entrepreneurs, agencies and SMB’s on how to grow their business using Instagram and Facebook

 

“With more than a billion people in Africa, we want to do more to enable businesses in the region to connect with people,” says Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for Middle East & Africa. “We are excited to be part of a showcase of how African developers and tech entrepreneurs are empowering people and growing the economy.”

 

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Soweto Theatre is proud to announce a ten-day musical tribute to culture luminary and godfather of South Africa theatre, Gibson Kente from 7 to 17 December 2017.

Where Robert Sobukwe,Mirriam Makeba and Nelson Mandela left an indelible mark in our imagination, the late Gibson Kente played an equally consequential role. Plays like ‘How Long’, ‘I Believe’ and ‘Too Late’ amongst many others spoke to the heart of what indigenous South Africans experienced under a repressive and foreign regime.

 

Gibson Kente is referred to as the father of township theatre. It is from the townships that legends like him have influenced the cultural, economic and political landscape of South Africa and various parts of the globe. Gibson Kente was a theatre extraordinaire; he was a director, producer, playwright, music composer and choreographer of his own plays. Not only was he a theatre practitioner but he also contributed to the education and training space in South Africa.

 

Being the cardinal storyteller illustrating black pain, love and aspiration in the time of Apartheid it is with great pleasure to announce that he will be commemorated in a musical tribute at Soweto Theatre this festive season.

 

“South Africa is at a time of great possibilities as we are on the verge of a cultural renaissance. Our audiences are in for treat,” says Makhaola Ndebele, Artistic Manager at Joburg City Theatres.

 

A Musical Tribute to Gibson Kente will be in Soweto Theatre’s main auditorium (The Red) from December 7thuntil December 17th 2017. Tickets are now on sale at R120,with early bird tickets at R80, and  available at the onsite box office, www.sowetotheatre.com as well as selected Pick ‘n Pay stores.

 

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The Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards 2017 (VJOYs) has received over 1,000 entries in total across all of its categories – the highest number of entries ever received during the competition’s 16 year history.

This year’s theme is ‘Your Word’, and promotes the integrity of journalism across all media. The VJOYs prestigious judging panel for the 2017 awards includes first-time convenor Ryland Fisher and judges Mary Papayya, Arthur Goldstuck, Elna Rossouw, Patricia McCracken, Nikiwe Bikitsha, Mathatha Tshedu, Albe Grobbelaar, Megan Rusi and Obed Zilwa.

 

“We are delighted with the overwhelming amount of interest in this year’s awards, with over 1,000 entries in total received. With the high calibre of stories covered over the last year, we have no doubt that the VJOYs’ judging panel is going to have a difficult task in selecting the winners.” said Takalani Netshitenzhe, Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs at the Vodacom Group.

 

Regional Awards dates are confirmed as follows:

  • Durban – 17 October
  • Bloemfontein – 18 October
  • Johannesburg – 24 October
  • Port Elizabeth – 25 October
  • Cape Town – 26 October

The VJOYs have a proud history of honouring excellence in journalism across a range of categories. Applicants have entered work produced between 1 June 2016 and 31 July 2017. Awards are given for the best journalist in a range of categories in five regions nationally, with the process culminating in a national awards ceremony in Johannesburg on 16 November.

The awards are regarded as one of the highest accolades for South African journalists. The VJOYs are a means of recognising skill in the all-important arena of news and information dissemination. Winning a Vodacom Award has become a prestigious career achievement, with the overall national winner set to receive a prize of R100 000.

 

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The 2017 Fine Lines Festival will kick off a series of readings, performances and panel discussions, hosted by the Wits School of Language, Literature and Media (SLLM) on 12 and 13 October, located at the Faculty of Humanities in the burgeoning cultural hub of Johannesburg’s city bowl.

 

The two day festival, led by the student council is targeted towards the stimulation of critical discourse within the scholar body to inspire future writers in adding their voices to the process of growing and changing the South African scene, bringing a unique and cutting-edge perspective to contemporary debates.

 

“Fine Lines” as part of the school’s exciting public events programme; refers to the cutting-edge, tenuous and blurred boundaries between people, the literary, real, artists and mediums. It speaks to aesthetic and artistic quality, beauty and ingenuity. It celebrates and exposes all of this, bringing students together and providing platforms for dialogue and engagement, which is a critical part of our task” says Imaan Moosa, Media and Communications officer for SLLM student council.

 

“Following into the final term of the 2017 academic year, we look forward to hosting the Fine Lines Festival, providing students with a dynamic forum for engagement with the broader academic community and institutions of public culture” adds Moosa.

 

The SLLM Student Council, curators of the festival is encouraging its current students to attend and use the opportunity to showcase their work amidst renowned artists, writers, publishers and advertisers in a resplendent display of creativity and artistry; providing students with the opportunity to converse with corporates and gain insight into what lies beyond the university and what is to be expected going into the corporate world.

 

We believe the event is beneficial to students’ education and learning as it enables practical engagement with future employers and provides insight into the industry.

 

“The SLLM Annual Arts Festival has been termed as such because we hope that future SLLM student councils will continue to host the event during their terms. We believe the event is beneficial to students’ education and learning as it enables practical engagement with future employers and provides insight into the industry” closes Imaan.

 

Fine Lines will conclude with on 13 October 2017, is open to the public, takes place at Wits University in Braamfontein and is free of charge.

Programme:

Thursday, 12 October: 12h00 – 15h00 Careers day.

Friday, 13 October: 14h00 – 17h00 Student showcase.

Friday evening: 19h00 – 22h00 Festival closing.

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Hugh Masekela unable to perform at Delicious Fest

Posted by radio On October - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv has announced that Hugh Masekela is no longer able to perform at this year’s DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival to be held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October.

 

This follows an emergency medical procedure on his left eye in September, which requires several weeks of rest for post-operative healing. As a result, Masekela will not be able to engage in performances or extensive travel until the end of October.

 

Massive management’s Lloyd Cornwall says the festival organisers are naturally disappointed that Hugh Masekela will not be able to be part of this year’s fantastic line-up, which includes other several high profile international and local artists. “We understand that Hugh’s health takes priority and we wish him a speedy recovery in the weeks ahead.”

 

Cornwall assures festival-goers that the line-up for the festival is superb with international music giants such as CommonJohn LeeeAlexander O’NealOmarSoul II Soul and Femi Kuti expected thrill audiences. “We also have an incredible line-up of local performers including Bongo Maffin and TKZeeThandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee.

 

“We urge the public not to miss out on this awesome two-day event. Tickets are available at ticketpro.co.za and there will also be loads of delicious food on offer as well as excellent entertainment for the younger members of the family.”

Book your tickets for the DStv Delicious Festival and get to enjoy two days of wall to wall musical treats and food that will tantalise your taste buds.

 

General Access Ticket

 

R495 per person per day or R800 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday and Sunday) includes the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations, the GA public bars)

 

The Ciroc Terrace Lounge

 

R1295 per person per day or R2100 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday and Sunday) includes the following:

  • Situated on exclusive VIP terrace
  • VIP Lounge
  • VIP Parking (one parking pass per two tickets bought, parking pass will be emailed)
  • VIP Entrance
  • VIP Bathrooms
  • Premium Cash Bar
  • Tented lounge and furniture
  • Hostesses
  • Viewing Deck with sight lines to the main stage and a view over the festival
  • Fenced garden

 

Kids Zone

R150 per child per day (restricted to ages 3 to 13 years) includes the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations)
  • Access into Kids Zone area for Kids ages 3 to 13 years

 

 

 

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is held in proud association with Gauteng Tourism Authority, Proudly South African, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Coca-Cola, J&B, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Castle Milk Stout, Jeep, Generosity Water, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and The Tim Tebeila Foundation

 

 

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Simphiwe Dana – One Night at The Lyric Theatre

Posted by radio On September - 28 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya FM & Bassline Live are honoured to be hosting the living legend songstress Simphiwe Dana to the live series of events at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City on the 11 November.

 

Already lauded as one of the most important singers, cultural activists and fashion icons of our time, Ms. Dana has yet to grace the series that has seen the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Thandiswa Mazwai and The Soil being booked.

 

 

Therefore, it is only fitting, as the musical series grows from strength to strength, that this globally-revered world music artist join the ranks and add to the solid reputation that Kaya FM & Bassline Live have created with these top quality shows.

 

Simphiwe Dana is more than just a singer – since her debut release Zandisilie in 2004, anyone who heard her music or encountered her on stage has been moved by her fierce determination and grit to not only embed herself into the hearts of her fans through song, but to constantly give back to South Africa at large with her awareness of socio-economic challenges faced in the various communities.  She is a voice for the voiceless and shakes political landscapes, whilst the natural God-given talent of her voice and song-writing seem to come as a natural conduit to compliment her personal and more heartfelt passions.

 

With this kind of path was impossible to stop the force that was Simphiwe Dana.  From her debut album raking in numerous awards and instantly being released in Europe, to becoming the number one selling Music artist on the German World Music Charts and number three on the European Music Charts with her album Kulture Noir, musically she has yet to step a foot wrong.

 

Simphiwe was also named ‘African Woman Of The Year’ in 2016 by New African Woman alongside the likes of artist Esther Mahlangu, athlete Caster Semenya and actress Lupito Nyong’o.  She strives to create conversation that will spark change and is seen as one of the leading and most impactful women in African arts and culture.  In fact so profound is Simphiwe Dana’s influence that her music has been incorporated into the curriculum at Oxford University, no small feat for even the most established of musician considering that to date Simphiwe has only released 4 studio albums and 2 Live DVD’s.

 

She has just recently completed the recording of what she states to be a dream come true in “The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience”, which featured international guests Asa and Concha Buika as well as a 60-piece orchestra.  Simphiwe opened the floor to an auspicious audience including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and a host of other awe-struck guests.  The DVD recording is an exceptional production and a true testament to the multi-talented aspects of this stars’ personality.

 

Simphiwe, known for her grace and conviction, also serves as the first global African ambassador for Amnesty International and the African Union’s Africa Re-imagined Creative Hub (ARCH), a programme that is dedicated to establishing how the arts, culture and heritage sectors can contribute to the AU’s Agenda 2063.  Simphiwe continues to put into action her strong beliefs about socio-economic development and was appointed the ambassador for the Primestars 2015 ‘Step Up 2 A Start Up’ programme which focused on educating grade 10 to 12 pupils on how to become successful entrepreneurs.

 

Thirteen years into her career, Simphiwe Dana remains a hurricane of success, enlightenment, upliftment and soul-stirring entertainment.  Although with the power of her work it seems fickle to even mention her outstanding fashion sense and beauty, there is no denying that the package that encompasses this star is as monumental as the sum of her shine.  Simphiwe Dana is without a doubt, a true queen.

With a limited amount of tickets, the Lyric Theatre is predicted to sell out fast – make sure you book now at Computicket for R250 to avoid disappointment.

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