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It’s an all-star line-up for Cape Town’s favourite free concert that will take place at Greenmarket Square on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 (5-11pm).



Grammy-nominated jack swing trio SWV (USA), Laëtitia Dana (France), pop reggae band Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels (SA), local Cape Town jazz artists TopDog (SA), and the Arts & Culture Focus Schools All Star Band (SA), selected from a talented array of former participants from the CTIJF workshops. Adding to the glamour is the winner of the inaugural espYoungLegend talent search, Lana Crowster (SA), who will help entertain the assembled crowds in 2016 for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) free community concert.


The week leading up to the festival itself is packed with a host of jazz-inspired events, including the Duotone Photographic Exhibition that is also open to the public free of charge. This year however, it has moved to a new location at the Artscape Theatre in order to accommodate the demand. Add to this the variety of free Master Classes, debates and workshops, it’s no wonder that the CTIJF continues to grow in support, helping it maintain its status as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering.’


However, the undisputed star of the week’s public events is the community concert held at Greenmarket Square. According to Billy Domingo, Festival Director for CTIJF, “This event has always been a true highlight for me on the CTIJF festival calendar. Developing from a small community concert to the incredible event that it is today, the free community concert truly captures the essence of inclusivity. It reflects the goals of togetherness that our communities strive for, regardless of prejudice surrounding gender, race and our historical background. I want to thank Cape Town and its people for allowing us to host such a remarkable event!”


Helping to make sure that as many of Cape Town’s music loving residents get to experience the event, the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (PRASA) will once again provide free trains* for concert-goers, on certain lines.


The official sponsors for the 17th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2016 are: the Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media and PRASA.


* The following routes will operate free train services departing between 3-5pm and returning from

Cape Town at 11.30pm:

Cape Town – Heathfield (Cape Flats)

Cape Town – Khayelitsha via Kapteinsklip (Central Line)

Cape Town – Bellville

Cape – Bellville (Northern Line)

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11 SAFTA nominations for The Puppet Nation!

Posted by radio On March - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

ZA News: Puppet Nation has secured 11 nominations at this year’s South African Film and Television awards (SAFTAs). – the most of any South African TV programme.  It is the second year that the show has been nominated for as many awards with the team behind the scenes being acknowledged in various categories.


With such a large number of nominations, there is high anticipation that Puppet Nation ZA will take home many awards at this year’s SAFTA’s scheduled for 18 March 2016.


Iconic cartoonist, Jonathan Shapiro, better known as ‘Zapiro’ and French producer, Thierry Cassuto brought their creativity together to produce their first puppet, Madiba, for ZANews. Over the years the cast has expanded to include many more celebrity puppets, with the result being the all-star series Puppet Nation ZA.


The highly entertaining satirical show doesn’t hold back and takes the mickey out of politicians, newsmakers and celebrities – a winning formula that has proven successful across the globe.


“A show like ours is not possible without a huge amount of teamwork, and these nominations recognise every single person who puts their time, sweat, and tears into making this show happen, week after week. Thank you to the judges and to you “bloody agents,” for your support, and for inspiring us to keep on bringing you the laughs every week,” said Thierry Cassuto, the show’s executive producer and creator.
The team is especially excited that the un-sung heroes of the show, the puppeteers themselves have also been nominated along with the celebrity voices.


Sometimes controversial, always funny, Puppet Nation is proud of the various SAFTA nominations for 2016.



The nominations for ZANews: Puppet Nation include:


Best Achievement by a Lead Actor in a TV Comedy

Aggrey Lonake

Nik Rabinowitz


Best Achievement by a Supporting Actor in a TV Comedy

The Puppet Nation Puppeteers


Best Achievement in Art/Production Design in a TV Comedy

Franci van den Heever, Roxanne Hand, Matthew Sanna


Best Achievement Costume Design in a TV Comedy

San-Mari Compton 


Best Achievement in Cinematography in a TV Comedy

Tonga Isango


Best Achievement in Editing in a TV Comedy

Aurora Drummer, Alex Fynn, Nicolai Groudev


Best Achievement in Sound Design in a TV Comedy

Lyle Bennet


Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in a TV Comedy

The Puppet Nation Writing Team


Best Achievement in Directing in a TV Comedy

Alex Fynn


Best TV Comedy

ZANews: Puppet Nation

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Pride and Unity are the name of the game as the Obed Mlaba Foundation (OMF) pays tribute to continent with a new festival

Pride of Africa Festival


IN 7 days’ time, history will unfold in Durban when the first ever eThekwini Pride of Africa Festival takes place.

The streets of the “warmest city” in South Africa will be awash with a kaleidoscope of colour when the carnival takes over Durban. Floats, dance troupes and other groups will parade around the city of Durban to the heartbeat of African drums, celebrating arts and culture not just in the city, but the entire country and continent.

“It’s going to be a spectacle of music, dance, art and all things creative,” says the head of the OMF Ms. Thabiso Mandaba Mlaba.

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The foundation by former Durban Mayor and the current South African High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr Obed Mlaba, put together the festival as a show of tolerance and unity in response to last year’s xenophobia attacks.

“We are facing one of the most difficult and challenging times in post-democratic South Africa, with tension within us as South Africans and also with our fellow Africans. This festival will serve as a uniting force for us all. As someone who has dedicated his life to serving the people, His Excellency Mr. Obed Mlaba believes this platform will provide just that,” adds Ms. Mlaba.

March 19th will be a day of celebration when the carnival commences at Albert Park from 11am and finish off at the New Beach. The fun will continue at the Moses Mabhida People’s Park with a musical spectacular featuring some of the best acts Africa has to offer.

Five-star Mzansi talent such as Mafikizolo, Mbongeni Ngema, Thandiswa Mazwai, Thokozani Langa, Shwi NoMtekhala Thobekile Mkhwanazi and Dream Team will share the stage with continental giants Solomon Willy (Nigeria), Unity Band (Mozambique) and Hubert & Band (DRC). Others on the bill include DJ Wobbly, DJ Menace, DJ Cndo, DJ Happygirl, J Ross, Top Virus and a host of others.

Tickets available at Computicket for R65 general and R300 for VIP.

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Pearl and D’Banj in sync

Posted by radio On March - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa announced the hosts for Lip Sync Battle Africa, the first localised format of the multi-platform, pop-culture phenomenon to air on the continent.


South African entertainment superstar Pearl Thusi and Nigerian music legend D’Banj will host Lip Sync Battle Africa. Pearl Thusi will serve as all around host and “master of ceremonies”, while Koko Master and Oliver Twist star D’Banj will step up as the “colour commentator”, adding his lively observations to the proceedings.


Lip Sync Battle Africa will premiere in April 2016 on MTV Base (322).


The critically acclaimed and award-nominated Lip Sync Battle, originally created for Spike, features celebrities going head-to-head, lip-syncing the song of their choice, battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.


Multi-talented actress, radio DJ, model and television personality Pearl Thusi is a fixture on the South African entertainment scene.


Musician, wit and virtuoso harmonica player D’Banj, best known for his mastery of the contemporary Afrobeat genre, first catapulted to fame in 2005 following the release of his debut album, No Long Thing, and has subsequently enjoyed success with global hits such as Oliver Twist, Fall in Love and Suddenly. His latest release, Emergency, is grabbing headlines and notching up radio airplay around the continent. Among his many accolades and awards, D’Banj has won Best African Act and Artist of the Year at the MTV EMAs and MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) and was named Best International Act (Africa) at the BET Awards.


Pearl Thusi commented: “Lip Sync Battle is such an incredible social, cultural and media sensation, I am so excited to be a part of bringing it to African audiences.”


Added D’Banj: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be hosting Lip Sync Battle Africa. I’m excited, willing and ready to entertain the continent on such a great platform. I am looking forward to seeing how well my fellow celebrities battle each other and entertain the world.”


Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa, commented: “We are thrilled to translate this global hit franchise to Africa for the first time. With huge personalities such as D’Banj and Pearl Thusi at the helm, Lip Sync Battle Africa cannot fail to emulate the success of the franchise in the United States, and spin-offs in other territories such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Chile.”


Speaking on behalf of MTV Base, Ifeoma Williams, said: “With great chemistry between our hosts and a fantastic line-up of contestants from across the cultural spectrum, Lip Sync Battle Africa is guaranteed to capture the attention and affection of our audience in Africa. Whether you are 15 or 55 years old, you’ll be “lip syncing” in the car, with your friends, or in the shower. We hope and expect that people will take to social media and tag each other to start battling each other with #LSBChallenge.”


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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.



[Issued By:  METRO FM]

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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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