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At the back of Laadisol Lifestyle Market follows an electrifying lifestyle picnic movement that will see and attract a mix of urban social individuals for a day of fun. This picnic promises a day filled with local song birds, artists and great entertainment for all music lovers.


Laadisol Lifestyle Picnic with the theme “Touch of Red” aims to uproot and expose young South African talent cross the country through music, food and lifestyle which Sunday the 13th of March   will see happening. Hot at the back of his performance at the Kaya Fm Live at Bassline where he opened for musical heavy weights Zahara and The Muffinz, Morena The Squire who is well loved for his explosive vocals and moves will entertain guest on the day with his well acclaimed single FAITH ALIVE. These being the last days of summer what better way to enjoy a cool Sunday afternoon, but with new and old friends enjoying drinks, food and some expensive music?


The day will also see star studded performances  from Castle Milk Stout Unplugged session 2014 winner Itu Tshabane, clash of the choirs 2016 contestant  Nondumiso Mabena, a song writer and performer from Mamelodi whose talent and vocals do not only amaze crowds but offer a captivating experience, which explains her track record with legends such as Ray Phiri, Afro Traction and Maleh,  Mpumi Khumalo whose passion for music is rooted from her early school days, born in Witbank Emalahleni,  Mpumi  is a young talent yet to blow the South Africa music  industry away. The line-up will also include a range of Dj’s who will grace the decks with soulful sounds such as Harmonic and LAADISOL DJ’s Sojamore and female dj Pheladi.


The picnic will take place on Sunday 13th of March 2016 from 11am, at the Zwartkops Lapa Resort, Centurion. Tickets will be sold at the gate at R50pp. For more info contact Lesole on:  078 341 2619 or email:


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Watching paint dry has never been so exhilarating! Six of KwaZulu-Natal’s talented urban artists showcased their craft during an unforgettable afternoon at Durban’s iconic BAT Centre today.


“Proudly KZN” was the theme of the day and who better to illustrate this than artists who flag the provincial flag high in terms of talent and creativity.


East Coast Radio created industry hype around local art when it featured a selection of urban artwork in its 2016 calendar that was distributed to the station’s key clients and stakeholders.  Today’s event provided a further platform to create awareness about the art form and the stories behind some of the province’s talented artists.


“East Coast Radio is a proudly KZN brand, and we see ourselves as being a catalyst in acknowledging some of our city’s unsung heroes,” says East Coast Radio’s Marketing Manager, Renée Burton. “The collective of artists that showcased their skills at the BAT centre today did just that. The role that the arts play in shaping both the city and the province at large, is often overlooked. We want to change that, starting today!”


Burton went on to say, “The emergence of street artists such Banksy has elevated street art on the international stage, shattering the pre-conceived view that equates graffiti to vandalism. This is not

just art – but a form of social expression that influences the narrative of popular culture. Street artists also draw attention to issues that need resolve on a larger socio economic scale.”


Cheered on by supporters and the curious, the artists – CJ, Sakhile Mhlongo, Robyn Perros, Silindokuhle Makhubo and Mook Lion – got to work, each serving up a unique visual feast, reflective of their individual personalities and techniques.


East Coast Radio’s Bongani Mtolo, who broadcast live from the BAT Centre between 2pm and 6pm, interviewed some of the urban artists on-air to draw attention to this vibrant slice of KZN’s sub-culture.

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MTN BUSHFIRE 2016: Family–Friendly Fun for All

Posted by radio On February - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, and most recently named as BBC’s Top African Festival, MTN Bushfire is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed music & arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.


Whilst MTN Bushfire is well-known for its diverse and exciting musical line-up, the festival has also always been acknowledged as a holistic experience that includes the arts, food, culture and family-centric activities.


In fact, MTN Bushfire is one of the few major festivals in Africa to welcome families with its safe and warm environment that includes an array of child friendly activities, arts and crafts, performances and safe spaces.


MTN Bushfire will take place from May 27th -29th 2016.



An adventurous space for young fire starters to ignite their budding flames, the family friendly Kidzone takes a WILD turn this year! Set in a blooming wilderness of succulents and outlandish trees, the WILD invites you to come and share in the ways of the untamed.


The Kidzone offers a family friendly program with an array of adventure filled activities aimed to promote nature conservation themes. Kids can indulge in wildlife tales in the African storytelling hut, get creative in the craft teepee, loop a beat in the music den or get their adrenaline pumping on the obstacle course. These and many more stimulating activities are on offer throughout the festival weekend.


MTN BUSHFIRE invites kids of all ages to Bring Your Fire to the WILD side!



More than simply a market, The MTN Bushfire Handcraft & Design Marketplace is an experiential space where creative curiosity is inspired and revived. Within this space guests can explore the handicrafts and artworks of over 40 of the finest artisans and Swazi craft businesses.


With the selection of regional crafters designed to inspire creativity and exchange, the focus is on ethical craft and emerging local design. The Marketplace includes artisans and companies that showcase a wealth of contemporary African handmade products from organic farm produce to fashion to home. The Marketplace is an ethical consumer’s dream, with each company or artisan contributing in a positive way to the environment and their communities.


2016 will also see the inclusion of a visual art element introduced into the Marketplace with an art exhibition featuring local artists exploring contemporary issues.



MTN Bushfire invites guests to spice up their festival experience with the MTN Bushfire Global Food Village.  Presenting a tantalizing diversity of tastes, the space offers festival-goers an exploration of aromatic palates from around the world.


The food village offers a culturally diverse menu, with options for everyone from vegetarians to omnivores and everything in between.  The array of food stalls will take guests on a journey of the senses from East Africa to Asia, the Middle East to the sea-shores of Mozambique and back to Swazi soil.


Exciting new additions to the menu this year are sure to keep tongues wagging! Kumnandzi La!



Families looking for a more secure camping option can also book into the luxury camping option; Glamping is the ultimate travel experience that pairs outdoor adventure with modern creature comforts.


Set in an exclusive forest-like setting, the Gypsy Outpost campsite just removed from the festival venue, but within walking distance, provides a relaxed VIP experience in a campsite set-up. This package offers a private chill out zone, camping fees for 4 nights, breakfast daily, toilets and hot showers, private security, and a high-quality double tent with 2 stretcher beds with mattresses and bedding, side table, and lamp.


VIP Camping is in the official MTN Bushfire 2016 VIP campsite operated by The Bandwagon.


For more information, email | or phone +27 084-955-6810.





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Metro FM announces line-up for the MMA15 Comedy Jam

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) radio station METRO FM, is joining forces with the producers of 99% Zulu Comedy to bring you an incredible experience of hilarity for the 15th METRO FM Music Awards weekend. This year an exciting spin-off has been added to the awards in the form of the ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’. The anticipated comedy night will be held at the Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban on Thursday, the 25th of February 2016 at 20h00.
The ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’ provides the perfect way to kick-off the awards, bringing together lovers of music and comedy. The A-list line-up includes: Tol Ass Mo, Simphiwe Shembe, Sifiso Nene, Jason Goliath, Carl Joshua Ncube, Thapelo ‘Shampoonizer’ Seemise and Siyabulela Seya. The ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’ forms part of the road to the MMA15 weekend, which will showcase fashion, music, comedy.



“We are thrilled to include the ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’ in the MMA15 weekend program. This inclusion is a testament of the brand’s commitment to showcase and celebrate all categories of local talent within our entertainment industry. Spearheaded by the celebration of music, we strive for our listeners to enjoy a holistic lifestyle experience and support our local stars in different spaces, be it comedy, fashion or music. This is what the MMA15 weekend experience is all about.” said Ms Sibongile Mtyali, Metro FM’s Station Manager.



Tickets to the ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’ are available at Computicket at only R200.



The METRO FM Music Awards, aim to honour music excellence as well as artists who gave the nation some of the best music, over the last 12 months.



Listeners across the country can be part of the awards experience through the Public Viewing Areas (PVA’s) at the following venues:
Durban-  Moses Mabhida Stadium; Pretoria- Centurion Shisanyama; East London- Drifter Race Park, Cambridge

The music event will be held on Saturday, the 27th of February 2016 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli ICC in Durban and will be broadcast live on SABC1 at 20h00.



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Kaya FM presents Nathi and Vusi Nova at the Bassline

Posted by radio On February - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS



March’s entertainment line up at the Bassline in Johannesburg is heating up with the announcement of the next KAYA FM PRESENTS LIVE AT THE BASSLINE show, featuring some of the hottest Afro-Soul and Pop talent SA has to offer right now.


Heading this dynamic line up is the rags to riches sensation Nathi, fresh from dropping his debut album Buyelekhaya and walking away with 7 top award nominations.
Nathi’s star is shining brightly right now and the Bassline will host not only this singer, but also his long time friend and collaborator Vusi Nova. Vusi is another multi-award winning Afro-soul artist who topped charts with his incredible version of Etta James’ I’d Rather Go Blind, in true Afro style.


The two singers have performed together across the country at length, making them a stunning performing collective. They will perform their own solo sets but who knows if a collaboration or two on stage is on the cards? In fact, it seems Nathi may be planning on collaborating with a few of his guests that night and making it a truly memorable night out for the fans.


Supporting them will be a host of other artists including the multi-talented Swazi singer/songwriter/guitarist Nancy G. Nancy and her soulful sound make a fantastic addition to this stunning line up. Cameroon-born rapper Ruff X and 4-piece House Music outfit Tarajika complete the line up on what promises to be one of the most sensational nights out in March.


Tickets are available for R200 on or R220 at the door.

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Africa’s #1 urban lifestyle festival filled up the TicketPro Dome in December, setting a new bar for music and lifestyle events on the continent.  Now you can catch all the magic, glamour and behind-the-scenes excitement of BET Experience Africa in a series of themed BETX programmes premiering on BET (DStv channel 129) from Saturday 13 February.


The celebration of the BET Experience kicks off with BETX Africa 2015 Live!, a concert special showcasing the musical artistry of Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and Young Thug, as they appeared on the same stage as African superstarsAKA, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz.



Providing inspiration and food for thought is BETX 2015 Behind Genius Talks – based on BET’s pioneering series of Genius Talks –  a series of revealing conversations between leading luminaries and younger contemporaries.   One the line-up are charismatic South African Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula;South African media mogul Khanyi Dhlomo, NBA vice president and managing director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall, inspirational Black Girls Rock! founderBeverly Bond, radio futurist and “musical maestro” Greg Maloka, and BET president of programming Stephen Hill.



Packed with entertainment BETX Africa 2015: Behind The Scenes highlights all the fun-packed action from BET Experience including fabulous Festival Stageperformances from Euphonik, Monique Bingham, Black Motion and Nathi.  Expectthrills and spills of the Celebrity Basketball Match with Cedric Ceballos and rival teams headed by Tbo Touch and Fikile Mbalula.  Expect laugher galore from theComedy Central Stage where South African comedians such as David Kau, Celeste Ntuli, Tats Nkonzo, Jason Goliath, Joey Rasdien, John Vlismas, Skhumba rub shoulders with Kenyan funnyman Churchill Gorgeous glamour African-style was the hallmark of  the AFI Fashion Catwalk showcasing the latest threads from designers David Tlale, Martelle Ludek, Thebe Magugu and Nthabiseng Molefe.



If you missed the action now is your chance to catch what all the hype was about. If you were lucky enough to attend BET Experience Africa you can now relive some of your favourite moments! Don’t miss the premiere of BETX Africa 2015 on BET (DStv channel 129).



The BETX Africa 2015 schedule:
Saturday 13 February
19h30 BETX 2015 Live!                         
20h30 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes
21h20 BETX 2015 Best of Genius Talks

Sunday 14 February (Repeat)
17h35 BETX 2015 Live!                         
18h35 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes
19h20 BETX 2015 Best of Genius Talks

Tuesday 6 February (Repeat)
14h15 BETX 2015 Live!                         
15h20 BETX 2015 Behind Genius Talks
15h45 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes

Friday 19 February (Repeat)
21h50 BETX 2015 Live!                         
22h50 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes
23h35 BETX 2015 Behind Genius Talks

Saturday 20 February (Repeat)
12:15 BETX 2015 Live!                         
13:15 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes
14:00 BETX 2015 Behind Genius Talks

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Some of the most innovative minds in business will converge in Durban on 8 March 2016 when Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal presents the East Coast Radio GIBS Business Breakfast. A highlight on the KZN corporate calendar, the event once again provides a platform for SA’s foremost thought-leaders and trendsetters to share key insights and strategic learnings.


A sold-out success every year, this year’s East Coast Radio GIBS Business Breakfast will feature CEO of Business Results Group, Nicola Tyler, entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwyo of Dragons’ Den SA fame, author and tech whizz, Alan Knott-Craig Jr, and Mi Casa frontman, J’Something. Plugging into the theme, Feed Your Brain, they will share their inspirational journeys and crucial lessons they have learnt along the way. East Coast Breakfast’s Darren Maule will host the morning.


As one of SA’s leaders in lateral thinking, Nicola Tyler will draw on her more than two decades of experience in strategy, coaching and leadership development. Using her trademark combination of humour and insight, Nicola uses personal anecdotes to illustrate sure-fire business solutions.

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Vusi Thembekwyo has notched up a global reputation for delivering explosive, riveting keynote addresses. Having Sir Bob Geldof sing his praises and former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, fondly referring to him as “The Rock Star of Speakers”, serial entrepreneur, Vusi, remains humbly passionate about sharing his secrets to success.

Vusi Thembekwyo

Alan Knott-Craig Jr has earned his stripes as a successful businessman, bestselling author and social entrepreneur. He is globally recognised for his entrepreneurial zest particularly in the field of technology and in 2013 was named by Forbes as one of the top 100 young African millionaires to watch. He is currently Executive Chairman of HeroTel, a wireless broadband provider in SA.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

As frontman of one of SA’s biggest groups, J’Something , is no stranger to the centre stage. However, there is more to this music star than belting out the hits for Mi Casa. An astute businessman, J’Something has a nose for entrepreneurship –  something he is as proud of as being named GQ Magazine SA’s Best Dressed Man for 2015. He will be sharing his success story at the breakfast.


Tickets for the East Coast Radio GIBS Business Breakfast at Durban’s ICC are available at Computicket. Take home ideas, tools, and solutions and network with KZN’s corporate elite.



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Eight celebrated SA DJs including Black Coffee share the bill with their international counterparts
Some of South Africa’s most celebrated DJs – including award-winning Black Coffee, “Godfather of SA house” DJ Christos and three-year-old social media sensation and SA’s Got Talent winner DJ Arch Jnr – join an impressive international line-up at Back to the Old Skool.



This global celebration of House music takes place at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown in Johannesburg on Saturday, February 27 with international superstars Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Jazzie B and Todd Terry already announced on the bill.

Also joining the South African contingent are DJ Ganyani, Bob Mabena, DJ Mbuso Phezulu, Sishisoul and Fistaz Mixwell.


Black Coffee – currently in the running for three 2016 Metro FM Music Awards and already a South African Music Award (SAMA) winner – is regarded as one of South Africa’s best house DJs. Sidestepping Afro-house clichés and stage-managed highs in favour of restrained sophistication, Black Coffee’s penchant is for true Afropolitan house: home-brewed but trendsetting, fashion-conscious and future-focused.


DJ Christos is a legendary DJ and one of South Africa’s most respected house producers, widely credited for laying the foundations for the SA dance scene’s flourishing platform. Often called the country’s “Godfather of House”, Christos Katsaitis was responsible for releasing some of SA’s most ground-breaking artists including Boom Shaka, Lebo Mathosa, Shana, Daw and Black Coffee. His deejaying prowess has been showcased on multiple mix CDs including Club Classics, Wicked Sounds, Magic Rhythms and Real Tone Cuts.


DJ Arch Jnr became a social media sensation when he was first discovered by social media users after his family started posting videos of the toddler showing off his talent on a mixing deck in January last year. The three-year-old DJ from Alexandra then went on to win SA’s Got Talent and capture the hearts of a nation.


DJ Ganyani – nominated for a 2016 Metro FM Music Award for Song of the Year for Talk To Me – has achieved recognition and respect for his mixing flair at most of the hottest nightclubs in South Africa and globally. He has produced a number of hit albums and performed alongside many of House music’s biggest names.


Bob Mabena has had an extraordinary career and celebrated 25 years in the entertainment industry last year. As well as hosting a wide variety of television shows and presenting on major radio stations, Mabena – who is now a presenter at Kaya FM – also spins the discs.


Sishisoul’s journey into the world of music started in 1986 as a school DJ. This music lover and collector describes himself as an “ol’ skool Disc Jockey” who loves the warmth of vinyl and the feel when playing at a party.  Soul in the music is the base at which he chooses his collection whether it finds expression in jazz, house, mbaqanga, rock or samba.


Fistaz Mixwell has performed in top nightclubs around the world. He is regarded as a formidable force in the South African entertainment industry.


Back to the Old Skool is the beginning a series of South African events and digital content that will pay homage to the pioneers of House music. Back to the Old Skool takes place at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown on Saturday, February 27. Gates open at noon. Tickets are available at Computicket. General access is R250; VIP R650 and hospitality packages from R1800.


Back to the Old Skool is presented by Global Event Architects in association with Massive Management, Jeep, Kaya FM, Mzansi Magic Music, Ttrumpet, Sowetan and Sunday World



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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).


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.

Heart FM

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 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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