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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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Back to the Old Skool – a global celebration of House music featuring international superstars Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Jazzie B and Todd Terry – takes place in Johannesburg on Saturday 27 February.

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Back to the Old Skool is the beginning of a series of South African events and digital content that will pay homage to the pioneers of House music.

 

The US’s Roger Sanchez, a Grammy Award winner for his remix of Hella Good by No Doubt in 2003, is a four time DJ Awards winner for Best House DJ in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2007 and has received 12 nominations in all. He won the first International Dance Music Award for Best Podcast in 2007 and has received eight IDMA nominations for Best American DJ.

 

Sanchez has scored numerous hits in the European and world charts with both his own music and the remixes he has created for an array of superstars including Diana Ross, Kylie Minogue, Daft Punk, Madonna, The Police, No Doubt and Maroon 5. Annually Sanchez curates a series of compilation albums called Release Yourself, which are known for their blend of deep house, Latin, tribal and tech sounds.

 

David Morales is considered by many to be one of the world’s first superstar DJs. In addition to his production and DJ work, Morales has carved out a career as one of the most in-demand remixers of the post-house era. He has worked with Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, U2, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Jocelyn Brown, CeCe Rogers, the Spice Girls and many others. Morales was awarded the 1998 Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, non-classical.

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The UK’s Jazzie B has produced and remixed tracks for The Fine Young Cannibals, Incognito, Maxi Priest, James Brown, Kym Mazelle, Rose Windross, Cheryl Lynn, Public Enemy, Johnny Gill, Caron Wheeler, Isaac Hayes, Sinéad O’Connor, Teena Marie, Ziggy Marley, Yorker, The Jones Girls, Nas, and Destiny’s Child. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2008 New Year Honours. Jazzie B was also awarded the first Inspiration Award at the Ivor Novello Awards, for being “a pioneer” and “the man who gave black British music a soul of its own”.

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Grammy Award nominated DJ/producer Todd Terry is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music. In the mid-90s, the Ministry of Sound’s UK label released A Day in the Life, a collection of Todd Terry tracks. The first release, Keep on Jumpin’ became a top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 UK crossover pop hit and worldwide smash. Todd followed with the anthem Somethin’ Going On, a top 5 UK crossover pop hit.

 

Back to the Old Skool takes place on Saturday, 27 February and the venue details will be confirmed soon. Gates open at noon. Tickets are available at Computicket.
Watch out for this space for the announcement of local house music legends partaking in the Back to the Old Skool concert.

 

General Access – R250

 

VIP – R650 and includes:

Exclusive performances by Jazzie B and Greg Maloka

VIP Entrance

VIP Parking

VIP Toilets

VIP Lounge

Premium Cash Bar

Stage Views

 

VIP Hospitality – R1800 and includes:

Exclusive performances by Jazzie B and Greg Maloka

VIP Entrance

VIP Parking

VIP Toilets

VIP Lounge

Food & Beverage

Stage Views

 

 

Back to the Old Skool is presented by Massive Management in association with Kaya FM.

 

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Jozi’s premier live entertainment venue will be kicking off the new year with a party like no other – The 5FM Happy Hour Tour.

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Fans of The Roger Goode Show on 5FM (weekdays 16.00 – 19.00) have been jamming to the Happy Hour since its introduction and the station is now taking the show on the road with several Happy Hour parties around the country, beginning in the heart of Jozi at the Bassline.

 

The public can expect a rocking night of fist-pumping sets from some of the countries most popular DJ’s, including Roger Goode, Ryan the DJ, Pascal & Pearce and DJ Euphonik, as well as special guests.

 

With regular nights of the countries best music and comedy, the Bassline is one of Jozi’s larger-capacity venues and has thrived for almost 22 years, growing from strength to strength, continuously adding versatile events to their entertainment roster.  Based in Newtown, in the throbbing metropolis of Johannesburg, it continues to bring the best nights out to the public.

 

Coinciding with the tour, the Happy Hour album will be released – a double disc compilation including specially selected tracks by Roger, Ryan the DJ and Pascal and Pearce.

 

Tickets for the Happy Hour Tour are available at www.webtickets.co.za for R100 or R120 at the door.  The party kicks off at 20.00 – make sure you don’t miss out on this one.

 

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MTN Bushfire announces initial artists

Posted by radio On January - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”,  and most recently names 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.

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With MTN Bushfire 2015 tickets completely selling out days before the event, fans of this unique event know the importance of booking early.

 

MTN Bushfire is therefore pleased to announce that early-bird discounted tickets will be available via the MTN Bushfire website and Facebook page, www.bush-fire.com, www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire from January 15th 2016.

 

This year, to improve and simplify your MTN Bushfire experience, there are a variety of ticketing options, including tickets with or without camping, full festival or day passes, and other options.  Visit the website to view all the ticketing options available at early bird special prices.

 

These limited early bird tickets will go on sale on January 15th  2016  via the MTN Bushfire online platforms only and only while stocks last– so festival goers are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

 

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 wanted by Interpol’s jazz police for their genre breaking eclectic fusion of Afrikaans -jazz-afro-rap 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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Roxette coming to Algoa FM’s 30th birthday

Posted by radio On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Algoa FM is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2016 with performances by a constellation of international acts. Appearing “live” on stage in Port Elizabeth between February and April are Rodriguez, Roxette and Chris De Burgh.

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“We have partnered on these shows because of the sheer magnitude of these performers. Their music has consistently featured on Algoa FM since 1986 and they are the perfect fit for a birthday celebration with our audience.” says Alfie Jay, Algoa FM’s Operations Director.

 

Established by the SABC on 1 January 1986, the station was privatised almost 11 years later in October 1996. “We have since grown to be the most influential regional radio station serving the Eastern Cape and Garden Route,” says Jay.

 

Rodriguez will be performing at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 3, followed by Roxette on February 5 at the same venue. Chris De Burgh and his band will be at The Boardwalk Arena on April 14 and 15. “Ticket sales are going well for all shows, and we look forward to hosting these phenomenal International stars in our city,” says Jay.

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