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South African music is exploding on global stages thanks to trailblazers such as DJ sensation Black Coffee, who will be presented with the sought-after International Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards.

Black Coffee 2#SAMA22 organisers RiSA have announced that Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, will be honoured for flying the South African music flag loudly and proudly across the world at this year’s awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 4 June 2016, at the Durban ICC.

 

The Durban-born SA music icon in the making has had a dream year by anyone’s standards which has seen him take the world’s dance capital of Ibiza by storm as well as criss-crossing the globe on a 17 country tour that spanned four continents over five months. This tour included dates in North America.

 

The profile and popularity of the Afropolitan house whizz and ace producer continues to soar on global stages. This year, Black Coffee ramped up his touring schedule, delivering more headline-grabbing performances at some of the world’s leading festivals, including a monster set at Coachella in California in April.

 

The rollercoaster year of career milestones and a skyrocketing international reputation was capped off by Black Coffee being chosen to grace the cover of MixMag – the first African DJ to have this honour – and being named the authoritative dance music magazine’s Star of the Year.

 

As if that weren’t enough, he scooped the Dance Nation of the Year Award for South Africa and Best Breakthrough Artist Award at Ibiza’s prestigious DJ Awards last year – and was featured by dance luminary Pete Tong on his popular BBC1 radio show.

 

Of his prestigious 22nd Annual South African Music Awards accolade, Black Coffee said, “I’m truly honoured by this great gesture. What makes it really special for me is that from the beginning I’ve always wanted to follow in the footsteps of Bra Hugh Masekela, Johnny Clegg, DJ Mbuso, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Busi Mhlongo, the late Lucky Dube and Miriam Makeba to name a few. These are people who strongly believed South African Music and Culture was not inferior, but even more special because of our diverse cultures. As a proud South African, I urge our youth to understand that the future of our country is in their hands, to leave the past behind, know that they can be anything they want to be and the World is their oyster. Trust Your Dopeness. This wouldn’t be possible without my amazing team at Soulistic Music, Real Tone Agency and William Morris Agency. I dedicate this award to my beautiful Wife Mbalenhle and my children who allow me to continue chase my dreams. Thank you to the powers that be at the SAMAs for this Honour.”

 

This multiple South African Music Awards winner has bagged four #SAMA22 nominations, including in the hotly contested categories of Album of the Year (for Pieces of Me) and Best Male Artist, and shows no signs of slowing down in setting international dancefloors ablaze with his potent brew of homegrown dance grooves.

 

Black Coffee will be presented with the International Achievement Award during the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards, to be held at the Durban ICC on Saturday 4 June 2016. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8pm. Tickets for the live spectacle are available at Computicket, starting at R350.

 

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MTN Bushfire 10 years of #BRINGYOURFIRE

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is turning 10 and is celebrating with an amazing line-up of regional and international artists, along with the multitude of arts and cultural activities that make up the annual MTN Bushfire experience.

 

2016bushMTN Bushfire is also proud to celebrate 10 years of #BRINGYOURFIRE – the inspired call to action that encourages proactive and individual contributions to social change.  The creative programme of workshops, discussions, art exhibitions and guest speakers enable platforms for conversation and debate to better understand the issues surrounding us, from community level challenges to global concerns.

 

For the last three years MTN Bushfire has run a Live Online Dialogue during the festival, replicating the open space of the festival online and actively encouraging our audience, artists, sponsors and partners to engage around the theme of ‘Bring Your Fire’.

 

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, MTN Bushfire will countdown to the festival with 10 days of live online dialogues – an open invitation to bring to life #BRINGYOURFIRE. Festival goers, partners, sponsors and interested parties are encouraged to become active participants in these live online dialogues in the lead-up to this year’s festival.

 

Each day will focus on a different theme or aspect of Bushfire’s history in the last decade including Arts and Design, Swazi Tourism, Gone Rural, Young Heroes, Environmental Impact, Arts Round Table, Artistic Collaborations, and more.

 

Festival Founder and Director Jiggs Thorne has this to say on the 10th anniversary edition of MTN Bushfire: “MTN Bushfire has illuminated and inspired over the last ten years and in the process has become a celebrated African festival. Through our ideals and our actions we continue to explore and redefine the typical festival formula. In doing this we ask questions of ourselves, of artists, and of our audiences: How best do we shape the Festival we have created, and what do we want to say? What role should the arts play in our society? How do we become Practical Dreamers? Exploring these questions defines our festival and is the real spirit that people take away!”

 

The Live Online Dialogue runs for 10 days from 18 to 27 May, from 2pm to 4pm on each day apart from the Arts Round Table on 27 May, when the conversation will be continued all day throughout the day’s programme.

 

 

18 May – Gone Rural boMake – #BoMake

19 May – Young Heroes – #YoungHeroes

20 May – Environmental Sustainability – #GreenYourFire

21 May – Legacy Project – #BushfireLegacy

22 May – Arts, crafts, food & design – #TradingFair

23 May – Arts Education – #Arts4All

24 May – Creative Economy – #CultureFixSD

25 May – Swazi Arts Development – #SeriouslySwazi

26 May – MTN Bushfire Collaborations – #BushfireCollabs

27 May – Arts Round Table – #ART2016

 

These conversations will be hosted on MTN Bushfire’s Twitter feed (@bushfirefest). Each day, a conversation topic, including a hashtag, will be pinned to the feed. Use #WeAre10 and daily discussion hashtags to join the conversation on Twitter

 

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Gone Rural BoMake – 18 May

Gone Rural, inspired by 750 women weavers, is a revolutionary leader in social enterprise and rethinks and transforms craft, taking it to new heights globally. Through its community-led approach it seeks to empower communities through capacity building and access to information. Programs provide access to basic services; health, education, community development, water, sanitation & hygiene. The discussion will look at the importance of social enterprise within the Swaziland environment and beyond.

 

Young Heroes – 19 May

 

Since the very first MTN Bushfire, the festival has donated to Young Heroes, a child sponsorship programme that assists Swaziland’s orphan families to stay together by funding essentials such as food and clothing.  MTN Bushfire is fiercely committed to promoting HIV prevention with emphasis on condom use, HIV testing and facilitating dialogue about Social Behaviour Change. This dialogue will look at the progress to date and the path forward.

 

Environmental  Sustainability – 20 May

As people become increasingly aware and concerned about the environmental impact of human activities, many events have taken the proactive choice to become focus points for environmental awareness and activism. MTN Bushfire is one such festival, and has instituted various recycling, energy-saving and tree-planting programmes within the broader festival. On site, The Barn is a space dedicated to dialogue and exploration of current social issue and environmental issues in Swaziland. MTN Bushfire is also hosting an activation by Sunshine Cinema, the international network of solar-powered cinemas, this year.  A lively dialogue will engage on these initiatives as well as address the larger environmental issues relevant to the region.

 

MTN Bushfire Legacy Project – 21 May

This year MTN Bushfire launched the Legacy Project, an annual community outreach programme aiming to promote skills sharing within our local community and ultimately to ensure more local participation at MTN Bushfire itself. Sponsored by Rhodes Food Group, the project involves youth from Malkerns, Mahlanya and Luyengo on a two-week creative workshop journey. Facilitated by Pelepele the participating team will create five giant puppets and two skits on positive social behavioural change messaging provided by Lusweti. This annual project seeks to inspire sustained community involvement in MTN Bushfire and ultimately develop a local performing arts troupe that creates year round.

 

 

Arts, Crafts, Food & Design – 22 May

The MTN Bushfire Marketplace exists to spark creativity and exchange and is an ethical consumers’ dream, with each company or artisan contributing in a positive way to the environment and their communities. Ethical arts, crafts, design and food will spark an interesting discussion on their impact directly on Tourism Swaziland, as well as the economic and environmental aspects of the festival.

 

Arts Education – 23 May

By presenting creative performances, workshops, educational seminars and interactive outreach programmes for participants from primary and high schools, as well as teachers throughout the country, MTN Bushfire brings to light the importance of the arts and underlines the various ways of using arts education to empower students through knowledge, self-expression, comprehensive sexual health education and individualized action. A discussion around the role of the arts in education and its many benefits will take place on this day.

 

Creative Economy  (including Tourism) – 24 May

An independent study conducted by the Danish Centre for Cultural Development (DCCD) concluded that typically for every SZL1 spent by MTN Bushfire, SZL6 is generated for the Swazi economy. In 2015 this equated to some E33 million generated for the local economy through external businesses benefitting from the increase in tourism. What is the best way to showcase Swaziland’s attractions? How important is tourism to Swaziland’s development? Who sees the benefits of tourism, and how can the arts sector play a positive developmental role in the Swazi context? This dialogue will unpack these numbers and look at the long term and sustainable impacts of the festival.

 

Swazi Arts Development – 25 May

In conjunction with Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture, MTN Bushfire seeks to showcase emerging talent. Since MTN Bushfire’s inception, numerous opportunities have been offered to empower and promote local artists. Over 800 local artists have performed at MTN Bushfire over the years with several acts moving on to become well known performers, including Bholoja, PelePele, Nomzamo, Nancy G, and Flow E among others. Join some of these artists to discuss the state of the Swazi music scene and ideas for the way forward.

 

Artistic collaborations – 26 May

Artistic collaborations between local and international artists are a crucial part of MTN Bushfire’s programmes. The value of artistic collaboration lies in the mutual respect and exposure created, as well as the seeding of new and interesting ideas, the creation of unique art and the development of artists. This dialogue will look at the importance of collaboration in supporting and promoting local artists.

 

Arts Round Table – 27 May

MTN Bushfire’s Arts Round Table provides interaction with top industry professionals on how to succeed in the performing arts. Join us in an engaging discussion with some of the region’s arts professionals and experts.  This year’s guest speaker is DJ Zinhle, while the programme will also include presentations from local hip-hop duo Siyinqaba, the African Music Development Programme and Music in Africa.

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Three Music Icons Honoured at #SAMA22

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In celebration of Africa Month, the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards is posthumously honouring music legends Nana Coyote and Bhekumuzi Luthuli, as well as folk rock icon Roger Lucey, with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Ahead of the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards on Saturday the 4th June 2016 at the Durban ICC, organisers RiSA have unveiled the list of industry pioneers to pay homage to the depth and richness of South Africa’s music heritage.

The late Nana Coyote was born Tsietsi Daniel Motijoane in 1955, and sadly passed away in 2010 – but not before making a strong imprint on the South African music scene with his distinctive growling vocals and electrifying live performances. His signature throaty howls would earn him the nickname “Coyote”, which fans took one step further – dubbing him “The Wild Dog”.

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As a young man, Coyote entered professional music with Sharpeville outfit Black Five before going into exile in Lesotho in 1980. There, he joined the group Uhuru, now known as Sankomota.

His big break came when the group Ozila asked him to sing on their hit I’m Suffering, which was followed by an equally successful duet with Steve Kekana on Take Your Love, considered a South African classic. Soon afterwards, Ray Phiri asked Coyote to sing on the Stimela track Whispers in the Deep, which went on to become a massively popular chart-topper.

Therafter, he became a familiar face in the Stimela line-up and sang on a number of the band’s albums, including as lead singer, while also purusing a successful solo career. As a live performer, his credits include performing alongside the O’Jays, Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and the Commodores.

Roger Lucey (born 1954) is a singer-songwriter, journalist, filmmaker, actor and educator whose career as a budding musician was cut cruelly short by the security police in the early 1980s when his protest songs were deemed a threat to the apartheid regime: his voice was effectively silenced.

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Such was the devasating effect on Lucey that he was reduced to working as a doorman and barman at one of the venues where he had performed at the height of his career.

He went on to work as a roadie and sound technician and covered international war zones as a WTN news cameraman for 10 years before calling it quits, suffering from post-traumatic stress. This highly regarded and much-loved folk music troubadour went on to pubish a memoir, Back in From the Anger, and recently made a long-awaited music comeback with Now is the Time, his first studio album in 30 years.

Lucey still performs regularly and currently divides his time between his teaching work in North Carolina and his hometown of Cape Town.

Bhekumuzi Luthuli remains one of South Africa’s biggest-selling maskandi musicians ever, who sold more than a million records and notched up almost a dozen platinum and double platinum releases. He died, aged just 48, in 2010.

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Born in the KwaZulu-Natal town of KwaMaphumulo, near Stanger, he showed early musical promise as a boy when he began making traditional Zulu music on a home-made guitar. Luthuli joined Durban-based mbaqanga band Oshimi in the early 1980s, parting ways with them after two albums to forge a successful solo career.

He could hardly have imagined quite how successful he would become, however: the prolific maskandi king won SAMA Awards as well as many other accolades, and notched up the incredible feat – almost unheard of for a South African musician – of selling a million units over the course of 23 albums.

One of South Africa’s true music superstars, Luthuli was known for telling beautiful stories through his songs, making an enduring contribution to the country’s traditional music canon.

Black Coffee is the recipient of the International Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement and International Achievement awards will be presented during the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards, to be held at the Durban ICC on Saturday 4 June 2016. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8pm. Tickets for the live spectacle are available at Computicket, starting at R350.

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Africa Day concert line-up confirmed

Posted by radio On May - 18 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With less than two weeks to go until the Africa Day 2016 concert, our continent’s biggest musical celebration of unity is gearing up to rock Newtown with a solid day and night of some of the best musical talent from around Africa, on one of the most spectacular stage settings ever seen in South Africa.

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This is the 12th year that Bassline in Newtown has been the backbone of this celebration and this year sees a line up that far surpasses any of the previous concerts.  The strong focus and message this year is a joined sentiment with the Department Of Arts And Culture of “Building a better Africa and a better world” – in turn, creating unity, diversity and celebrating our respective cultures on this day.

Africa’s biggest celebration of cultural heritage returns to Newtown on May 28th at the Newtown Park and kicks off at 4pmwith a star-studded celebration that will see some of the continents biggest acts take to the stage.

 

Zonke, top South African songstress and producer, Waje, Nigerian superstar, Maleh and The Soil from South Africa, Hagar from Egypt and Maya Kamaty from Reunion are just some of the popular African female-based acts that will grace the stage.  Some heavyweight male peers such as Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, Mali’s Songhoy Blues, Vaudou Game from Togo and Nakhane Toure from South Africa will join them, making the line-up a great representation of our culturally rich continent – and a great night out on the town!

 

Also included in the performance is the stellar, award winning dance company MIDM (Moving Into Dance Mophatong) who will accompany selected acts on stage as well as launch the ‘Jaiva Afrika’ – an African party dance derived from dance moves from Togo, Nigeria, Gabon and Zimbabwe, including a signature move from Zimbabwean legend Oliver Mtukudzi.

The dance is designed to get everyone involved and celebrate Africa in the two best ways we know how – song and dance.

 

Also included in the line-up is Kaya FM’s very own Nikky Blumenfeld who will be on the decks between the artist sets.  The two emcees for the night will be none other than music and TV mega-personalities Unathi and Stoan.  Three hours of the event will also be broadcast live on SABC 2 – so look your best!

 

Leading up to the main event Kaya FM ‘Live and Unplugged’ sessions will take place during the Georgie In The Afternoon show.  Ticket holders stand the chance to watch Nakhane Toure on the 20th May and Oliver Mtukudzi on the 26th May perform unplugged shows at the Kaya FM Studios in Parktown North.  Check out the competition details on Kaya FM’s facebook and twitter.

 

With a top shelf line up that so strongly focused on the African continents diversity, Africa Day 2016 is set to be one of the musical highlights of the year for South African audiences.  Lovers of all genres of music will get to experience the rich culture we as Africans have to offer.

 

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Celeb Radio is back on OFM

Posted by radio On May - 18 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In 2015, OFM, the sound of life in Central South Africa, introduced Celebrity Radio – leading the way in innovative radio content offerings.

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In June this year, Celeb Radio will be back on the OFM airwaves weekdays between 09:00 and 13:00.  Celeb Radio gives well known and well-loved South African celebrities the opportunity to host their own unique radio show for a whole week.  Celebrities are assisted and supported by OFM presenters.

 

This year, Leah van Niekerk, Kurt Darren and David Kau will join us on the airwaves.

 

Says OFM General Manager, Nick Efstathiou: “Launching Celebrity Radio in 2015 was a new and daring concept.  However, its success was phenomenal and therefore we decided to host Celeb Radio again this year.  We are excited about welcoming Leah, Kurt and David to our studios and look forward to three weeks of entertaining and totally exclusive radio!”

 

Capetonian Leah van Niekerk released her first album Wonderwerk in 2015.  She received a Bokkie Award for Newcomer of the Year and was nominated for four Ghoema Awards.  She is probably best known for her hit song “Met Jou Klere Aan”.  She has also featured on the big screen in the film “As Jy Sing” and on the small screen in the television drama “Sterlopers”.

 

Kurt Darren needs no introduction and is an old friend of OFM.  Winner of numerous awards, including seven SAMA Awards, Darren is one of South Africa’s most loved singers.

 

“With 21 studio albums under his belt, Kurt is certainly no stranger to the microphone.  We look forward to seeing how he translates his experience on stage to a radio studio environment!” says Efstathiou.

 

Finally, comedian David Kau will no doubt have listeners in stitches from the get-go. David rose to fame in The Pure Monate Show, which he co-created and produced.  He has headlined numerous comedy festivals and was co-presenter of the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert.

 

For more information about Celeb Radio, go to www.ofm.co.za.

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East Coast Radio, Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal have once again join forces for Connecting Africa – an initiative aimed at driving African, and South African, trade and tourism to KwaZulu-Natal.

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Now in its fifth year running, the project sees East Coast Radio hosting four radio stations in Durban, with the aim of helping to scope the economic future of the Zulu Kingdom by promoting the province to potential investors and tourists in the continent. This year, representatives from Afro FM (Ethiopia), Phoenix FM (Zambia) and 99FM (Mozambique) will join East Coast Radio and its sister station, Jacaranda FM (Gauteng) for an unforgettable experience. The stations have a combined listenership of more than 10 million.

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Speaking at the launch at the Cargo Hold, uShaka Marine World this morning, East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu, said, “Connecting Africa is an exciting, unique project that brings together key stakeholders to amplify future business and tourism opportunities in Africa. The main objective of the project is to create destination KZN awareness in the respective markets while drawing attention to the rich, cultural fabric of our beautiful continent. This project harnesses the power of radio to strategically position KwaZulu-Natal as a premier investment, trade and tourism destination. East Coast Radio is excited to be at the forefront of this initiative.”

 

The transcontinental team will spend nine days travelling between Durban and the Midlands, immersing themselves in the tourism and trade offerings of the region before sharing their experiences with their listeners back home when they broadcast live on 2 and 3 May 2016.

 

The launch of a direct flight route by SA Express between Lusaka, Zambia and Durban, Ethiopian Airlines’ offering of direct flights between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Durban, and SA Airlink’s direct flights between Maputo, Mozambique to Durban, have opened up a whole new world of travel and trade possibilities. Connecting Africa taps into this portal and highlights the extensive travel and trade opportunities available to our neighbours on the continent.

 

“The main objective for the Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal’s involvement in the Connecting Africa 2016 edition is to expand trade linkages between the province of KwaZulu-Natal and other Africa countries, while marketing the province of KwaZulu-Natal as a competitive business destination nationally and internationally, “explains Mxolisi Manyakanyaka, Executive Manager for Corporate Services at Trade& Investment KwaZulu-Natal. “This is in turn will attract foreign and domestic direct investment into the province. This year’s focus is aimed promoting the province of KZN as a trade hub and create easy access to South African and regional market (SADC).”

 

“Connecting Africa has become an ideal vehicle for KZN to promote tourists attractions and events, and ultimately bring more visitors from these markets into the province,” says Bongani Mthiyane, General Manager of Marketing at Tourism KwaZulu-Natal. “Through Connecting Africa, the province has direct access to over 10 million radio listeners, to reinforce KZN as the holiday destination of choice. Furthermore, through this partnership, KZN will have an opportunity to build industry confidence by engaging directly with tour operators and agents from partner countries to package and sell KZN. KZN will further promote beach experiences and packages particularly to landlocked countries, as well as safari and cruise packages between KZN and Mozambique.”

 

East Coast Radio presenter, Carol Ofori, who hosted this morning’s media launch, will serve as a tour guide of sorts, as she is accompanying the visitors on their week-long trip in and around the Zulu Kingdom. “No place in South Africa comes close to what KZN has to offer!” she told the visitors this morning.

 

Connecting Africa is more than a robust initiative to promote inbound tourism and establish trade and investment networks in the continent. It is also a learning exchange programme that encourages the sharing of ideas and ideologies among the continent’s broadcasting peers.

 

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If you were thinking about entering the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk, unfortunately you can’t anymore. The event has reached capacity which means all entries are now closed.

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30 000 people have signed up to walk Durban on 22 May 2016, for what promises to be a morning of great fun for the whole family. “This has got to be, for me, one of the most exciting events of the year,” says East Coast Radio presenter, Zaba. “Thousands and thousands of people as far as your eye can see, all happy, excited and full of incredible energy.  It’s an unbelievable feeling to be part of something so big and so unifying. I honestly can’t wait!”

 

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Zaba will join other East Coast Radio presenters including Darren Maule, Sky Tshabalala, Damon Beard, Bongani Mtolo, Jane Linley-Thomas and Carol Ofori along the four routes– 5km, 10km, 15km and 20km – playing fab music and taking #HealthySelfies with walkers, while face-painters, jugglers and stilt-walkers will entertain the little ones.

Those who have registered for the walk will be able to collect their race packs, that includes their Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk T-shirt, race number and goodie bag, from Moses Mabhida Stadium on 19, 20 and 21 May 2016. All the details are on www.ecr.co.za

Walking is a great form of low impact exercise and the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is a fun, social outdoor activity that brings together people from around the province in a celebration of Durban’s natural beauty.

 

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1: East Coast Radio presenters, Zaba (in the middle) with Damon Beard, Darren Maule and Bongani Mtolo will be positioned along each of the four routes of the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk on 22 May 2016, taking #HealthySelfies with participants. 30 000 people have signed up for the walk and entries have now closed.

2: East Coast Radio’s Bongani Mtolo and Damon Beard get into the spirit of the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk. The event has sold out, attracting 30 000 participants for 22 May 2016.

 

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MTN BUSHFIRE 2016 global line-up finalised

Posted by radio On April - 21 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

A decade of music. A decade of celebration. A decade of bringing your fire.

 

MTN Bushfire 2016, May  27th– 29th, is the culmination of ten incredible years of passion, dedication and commitment to the music, arts, and culture of Southern Africa and beyond. The stellar, incredibly diverse line-up for the 10th anniversary edition of the festival is truly a global celebration, with artists from about 20 countries set to perform.

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bushThe latest artists to perform on the MTN Bushfire Main Stage 2016 include the phenomenal Jesse Clegg, son of South Africa’s legendary Johnny Clegg and a celebrated artist in his own right, Ice Prince, Nigeria’s hip-hop artist that rose to fame after releasing “Oleku,” Nigeria’s most remixed song of all time, and the amazing and well-loved Sauti Sol, one of Kenya’s most successful afro-pop bands whose live show is dynamic and electric!

 

South African artists will also be appearing at MTN Bushfire in numbers with an eclectic and diverse range of artists including the legendary dance DJ, DJ Zinhle and Gerald Clark – a unique bluesy singer-songwriter acclaimed worldwide.

 

From further afield, MTN Bushfire welcomes Hagar Samir, the Egyptian / Israeli artist, whose Egyptian inspired beats create a unique groove that inspires people across nations and religions to dance heart-to-heart.

 

MTN Bushfire has always celebrated a range of performing arts, and this year is no different with a truly multi-disciplinary range of performances. South Africa’s Silent Conductor, Steve Bennet, who without speaking, and armed with only a baton, enlivened by energy and humour, conducts orchestras like none other on earth. No one in his charge has rehearsed, and for some it may be the first time they have wielded an instrument. But the music they create together amazes and inspires.  The Infamous BDI Entertainers will also be on-hand with their exhilarating craft, of street theatre and carnival as well as Klitsgras Drumming whose interactive drumming experiences have been wowing crowds since 1999.

 

MTN Bushfire has also already announced an incredible range of artists such Ghana’s sizzling-hot artist Blitz the Ambassador, Mali’s guitar-driven Songhoy Blues, South African super-groups Mafikizolo and Beatenberg as well as multi-award winning rapper AKA, Zimbabwe’s legendary Oliver Mtukudzi, and Swaziland’s own Bholoja.

 

Tickets for MTN Bushfire are selling fast, and people are reminded that last year the festival was a complete sell-out days before the festival even started.

Do not miss out – book your tickets now!

 

All tickets and camping for MTN Bushfire 2016 are available online only – with no physical ticket outlets open this year. With MTN Bushfire 2015 tickets selling out completely before the festival gates even opened, fans are encouraged to book early on www.bush-fire.com .

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Are you ready for the biggest outdoor, participative event in KwaZulu-Natal? The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is on 22 May 2016, promising more lasting memories!

 

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Whether you want to spend time with the whole family, play catch-up with friends or bond with your work mates, this annual event brings people together from around the province in a celebration of Durban’s natural beauty. There are four routes (5km, 10km, 15km and 20km) that take walkers along one of the most magnificent promenades in the country starting at uShaka Marine World, combining exercise, fresh air and of course, loads of fun that continues at the finish at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida. There may even be a surprise or two (or three!) at the end!

 

 

 

“There is a certain responsibility on big brands to mend pockets of society when needed. Corporate responsibility goes way beyond just ticking a scorecard,” says East Coast Radio’s Marketing Manager, Renée Burton. “This is why the 2016 Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is celebrating the true united pulse of our community. This event has grown exponentially since it began 12 years ago. The community that makes it a success is diverse and encompasses the true sense that is synonymous with our KZN family.”

 

 

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With something for everyone including meeting East Coast Radio presenters along the route, entertainment for the kids, and plenty of opportunity to take #HealthySelfies along the way, it is easy to see why the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is a firm favourite on the KwaZulu-Natal social and sporting calendar.

 

 

Entries are now open. You can register online at www.ecr.co.za or at selected Totalsports stores. Only the first 30 000 entries will be accepted, so hurry!

 

 

DISTANCE ONLINE ENTRIES TOTALSPORTS ENTRIES
5km.                 R71.50.          R80.00
10km.               R77.00.         R85.00
15km.               R82.50.         R90.00
20km (timed race)R88.00. R95.00

 

 

So, round up your family, friends and colleagues and prepare to feel the pulse of our community – it’s all about uniting as one as we walk Durban together! More details are on www.ecr.co.za

 

 

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The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), a development agency for the visual arts promoting connection and access in the industry will host a series of consultations to get input from the visual arts sector for the development of a norms and standards booklet. This proves to be a landmark moment for the visual arts which currently does not employ a universal best practice standard for professional work in the various fields of the sector.

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VANSA, which has been tasked by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to develop guidelines for the visual arts community, is calling for input into guiding principles of the sector from all stakeholders in the industry.

Norms and Standards are industry protocols, usually developed by an industry body, by which all stakeholders can or must operate. Guidelines are norms and standards that indicate best practice but are not legislated. The guidelines to be set up through this process will entail a wide range of best practices regarding exhibitions, sales, studios, residencies, insurance, taxes, copyright and freedom of expression.

Only four countries in the world have national norms and standards for the visual arts in place. Such norms and standards are usual industry practice for many other sectors in South Africa, and yet none have been established for the visual arts. Considering that visual arts are such a variant and complex sector, the norms and standards will need to take into account the range of practice and possibility across South Africa.

For this reason, VANSA is embarking on a consultation process to gain valuable insights and perspectives on the proposed norms and standards guidelines from the sector at large. Physical consultation sessions will be held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in April 2016. Platforms for comments and submissions via email and social media are also available.

Consultation Meetings will run from 9.30am for 10am until 12pm, details are as follows:
7 April 2016 – VANSA, 1st floor King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg
8 April 2016 – Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Anton Lembede Street, Durban
15 April 2016 – Association for the Visual Arts (AVA), 35 Church Street, Cape Town

 

These meetings will serve as a first introductory consultation about the planned framework of the guidelines and to solicit comments and contributions.

A further consultation session will be held once a draft version of the document would be in place. This will be held on 27 May 2016 at VANSA, 1st floor King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg. These consultations and online submissions will give stakeholders the opportunity to comment on the content of the norms and standards directly. The intention is for the final Norms and Standards Handbook to be completed by July 2016.

Link to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FrdB9tZUmbnlDUWnchtDaGpMcjcdJKW2TaRHPl0fUVU/viewform?c=0&w=1
Email address: handbook@vansa.co.za

 

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