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Gagasi FM will kick off its annual “Ila Ngil’ Thola Khona” summer campaign with the Durban Beach Festival this coming Sunday, 30 November 2014, at SunKist Beach Lawns in Durban. Every year in December Gagasi FM tours different places across KwaZulu-Natal hosting a variety of lifestyle and entertainment events as well as CSI activations.



Gagasi FM’s Ila Ngil’ Thola Khona kicks off with a beach festival – Gagasi FM

The offcial line-up for the beach festival includes the big names in the local music industry like DJ Tira, Professor, AKA and KO who have dropped new albums. They will be sharing stage with Gagasi FM hip hop and house DJ’s Vumar, Mario, Le Soul, Simtho, DJ Lab, DJ Sonic and I love Mornings host Mzokoloko as MC. DJ Vumar will also broadcast his show, Sunday Sundowners, between 18h00 and 22h00 live from the venue.


Gagasi FM has over the years been very supportive of the up-and-coming KZN artists and, in consistence with that, the beach festival line-up will also include Funky Soul, Abbu, Nag, Kuni, Bhar, Breeze and WTF.


The festival will start at 12h00 and will run until midnight. Tickets will be available at the gate on Sunday for R100 general access and R200 for VIP before 15h00. Thereafter they will be available at R150 general access and R250 for VIP. Picnic baskets and cooler boxes will be allowed before 5pm but bottles will not be allowed. Refreshments will also be sold at the venue.


“We would like to encourage people to arrive early as some of the headline acts will perform early. Our line-up has a good mix in terms of big names as well as up-and-coming artists. The festival will no doubt set the tone for this year’s summer campaign,” says Gagasi FM Marketing Manager, Zippy Ndokweni.


The theme for “Ila Ngil’ Thola Khona” this year is “Khonvoya neGagasi FM this summer” (Join the Gagasi FM convoy this summer). The idea behind the theme is to bring a roadtrip element in between the activations that the station will be doing across the province. Convoys to entertainment or holiday destinations have become a lifestyle symbol within the black middle class and bringing the convoy element to the theme is just a perfect fit.


“Ila Ngil’ Thola Khona is our biggest campaign in our activations calendar and our plan is to grow it to be a brand that will be synonymous with the KZN summer season. In terms of this year’s theme, we are calling on our listeners to join us on a convoy as we move travel throughout KwaZulu-Natal. The black middle class likes to travel, and over the past few years we have seen a trend where roadtrips and convoys have become a lifestyle on their own. So we are aligning the campaign with that space, with activations that will be taking place in various places as touchpoints,” says Ndokweni.


After the beach festival in Durban, the Ila Ngil’ Thola Khona campaign will then move to Port Shepstone and Pietermaritzburg next weekend. Activation details and venues will be announced in due course.

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5FM is synonymous with promoting the biggest and best international music acts that visit South Africa. The Foo Fighters will be touring SA for the first time in South Africa and the excitement is building up for the Foo Fighter fans.



The eleven times Grammy award winning rock band will be performing in South Africa at Cape Town stadium on the 10 December 2014 and at FNB stadium on the 13 December 2014.  The local opening acts for the Foo Fighters are Kaiser Chiefs and Blk Jks.



5FM announced today that they will be giving away six meet and greets to their listeners – three in Cape Town and three in Johannesburg. It is easy to win with 5FM all you need to do is the following:



  • SMS your Foo Fighters ticket barcode to 45555, first word “FooFan” and remember to include your name.


  • Then tune into Fresh@ Five to find out if you will be meeting The Foo Fighters in person!


  • Get your tickets for the Foo Fighters live in SA now at


  • SMSes charged at R1.50. Prize does not include Foo Fighter concert tickets.
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International stars line up to raise funds for Ebola

Posted by radio On November - 27 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Top ranking African musicians have lined up to throw weight behind MTN Group’s efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak. Several African artists will collaborate to sing a cover version of ‘We are the World’ to help raise much-needed funds to fight Ebola.


The collaboration is the first of its kind in Africa in terms of scale and number of artists involved, and will raise additional funds over and above the US$10 million pledge already made by the MTN Group to the African Union. The song will be available as a digital download in the first week of December. It will be available in Full Track, Tru Tone and Caller Tune formats. All proceeds from sales will be donated to the African Union.


Approximately 70 artists, made up mostly of MTN ambassadors and friends from all corners of Africa have confirmed their availability to record. Local artists who have confirmed include Donald, Mafikizolo, Lloyd Cele, Loyiso, Matthew Gold, Elvis Blue, Kurt Darren, The Arrows, MTN Joyous Celebration and Dr. Rebecca Malope. They will be joined by renowned artists from across the continent including Sean Tizzle (Nigeria), Jose Chameleone (Uganda), R2BEES (Ghana), Fally (DRC), Wax Dey (Cameroon), SK Originale (Ghana), Shinsoman (Zimbabwe), Gigi LaMayne (Zimbabwe), Davido (Nigeria), Chidinma (Nigeria), Sound Sultans (Nigeria), K-Cee (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania) and Banky W (Nigeria). Lindelani Mkhize is the lead producer of the song.


“Considering that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that there could be as many as 10,000 new EVD (Ebola Virus Desease) cases per week by December 2014, we needed to take immediate action,” says Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA. “A solid and original musical production of this nature is dependent on availability of artists, sufficient time to compose and produce original lyrics and instrumentation as well as adequate time to observe copyright and publishing administration. ‘We are the world’ was readily available for us to utilise for this campaign and has a positive history in raising awareness and funds for socially responsible projects. We believe it will achieve the desired results to assist in efforts to fight Ebola with the support of African artists, businesses and the public.”



Annetts adds: “MTN has always been and remains a proud supporter of South African music and artists. Our history in the sponsorship of awards that recognise local talent and our continuous relationship with various music entities such as MTN Joyous Celebration and Mafikizolo is testament to this. We will continue to support original South African productions and are planning the release of an original song featuring local and African artists in the new year. We will make the necessary announcements in the near future.”


MTN customers can also donate towards the cause by sending ‘Let’s End Ebola’ to 48866. SMS costs R10. MTN customers can download the Full tracks and Tru Tone for R10 or make it their Caller Tune for R3 by dialling *123*55#. Alternatively, the public can logon to to download.


“At MTN we are humbled to be part of this initiative where we leverage on mobile telephony and the pervasive power of music to make a positive change. We are also proud to be part of a rich African community that is willing to give its time, skills and creativity for free to be an agent of change in someone else’s life.”


“We are confident that our subscribers in South Africa and across the continent will support this initiative and rally behind us and the artists as we spread this message of hope,” concludes Annetts.

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MTN Bushfire announces Les Nubians for 2015

Posted by radio On November - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

In a world where teenagers in West Africa and Eastern Europe can share videos and mp3s on youtube, a Sri Lankan urbanite is transformed by hip-hop and an American deejay re-mixes sounds out of a Brazilian favela, it is undeniable that the completely interconnected global village has arrived. – Les Nubians

Swaziland’s highly acclaimed three-day music and arts festival  is proud to announce LES NUBIANS as the  first headline act for MTN BUSHFIRE 2015: May 29th – 31st 2015.



For those fans who alread know, as CNN declared recently, that MTN BUSHFIRE is one “7 African music festivals you really have to see,” the announcement of this incredible world music act is just one more reason to book your tickets early!


Early-bird tickets will go on sale via the website, from November 21st, 2014. Make sure you are one of the 20,000 music and arts fans who “BRING THEIR FIRE” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience this unique event.


Renowned for eclectic and multi-dimensional programming rooted in world music, MTN BUSHFIRE presents a compelling line-up of theatre, poetry, dance, art exhibits & installations, story-telling, puppetry, film, and themed workshops.. Additionally MTN BUSHFIRE features a KIDZONE and is a family friendly event.


MTN BUSHFIRE, known for its eclectic and diverse music line-up is very excited to be able to host LES NUBIANS, as the Paris based Grammy Nominated artists have become synonymous with a unique Afro/European neo-soul sound and style.


As one of the world’s most successful French language groups, LES NUBIANS’ newest album, NU REVOLUTION, perfectly sums up their Pan-African approach and ethos:

“Africa is our past, present and future,” Les Nubians asserts. This [album] is about accepting and rejoicing through our body and mind that Africa is vibrant and 10,000,000 times ALIVE! Africa FOR the future also to say that we have to prepare the future of the continent. It’s in the NOW that we create the future. ACTION time is NOW!!!” Les Nubians


Book your early bird tickets from Nov 21st  and enjoy 3 days of music, art, personal expression and social activism in a unique festival environment. BRING YOUR FIRE and experience a diverse and eclectic event along with thousands of guests from across Africa and around the world.


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The 2014 winners of the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards Presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label (AABLAs) were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on, Friday, 14 November.

Young Business Leaders & Entrepreneur of the Year

In a process that began over two months ago, with regional finals in West, East and Southern Africa, the pioneering and innovative business leaders of Africa in their respective fields were finally whittled down to just five game-changing individuals.


“With the continent hosting eight of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa is internationally perceived as the next great business frontier which is both exciting and inspiring,” says Jeff Milliken, Director of brandhouse.


“As such, in the AABLAs, it has been both rewarding and heartening to survey Africa’s corporate landscape and discover so many exceptional men and women who are making their indelible contribution toward the progress of the continent into a globally competitive entity with a strong internal business sector.”


The ceremony presented the coveted title of Young Business Leader of the Year jointly to Group CEOs of South Africa’s leading activations agency, The Creative Counsel, Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner. The two were recognised for using their collective charisma and entrepreneurial spirit to build the company into the top-ranking Marketing, Media and Advertising group in the country.


For his sustained success and bold contribution to solutions-based business and IT strategies across multiple platforms for companies of varying sizes, Asher Bohbot (South Africa), CEO of Enterprise Outsourcing Holdings (EOH) Limited, was named Business Leader of the Year.


The prestigious accolade of Entrepreneur of the Year went to Executive Chairman of JSE-listed brokerage, Brimstone Investment Corporation, Fred Robertson (South Africa). Robertson was honoured for his demonstrated leadership on both the national and international business stages and, in particular, through his directorship and co-founding of numerous leading of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) companies.


Founder of Keroche Breweries, the first ever brewery to be owned by a Kenyan, Tabitha Karanja, was singled out as Business Woman of the Year.



The award recognised her unfailing resilience and matchless business sagacity over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people and gives back to the community by educating the country’s youth.


Finally, the special honour of the Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Tanzanian pioneer of corporate social responsibility, Dr Reginald Mengi, CEO of IPP Limited, for his commendable contributions to worthy causes for positive change in underprivileged communities, education, health and environmental conservation.


“With individuals of such extraordinary calibre at the helm of the progress of the African business world, there is no doubt that the state of the continent’s economy and corporate sector are in safe hands as it continues to grow from strength to strength,” adds Jeff Milliken.


The CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards Presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label now looks ahead to 2015, anticipating the emergence of new industry leaders and the continued success of business stalwarts on the continent.


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SAfm Melting Pot of Sound (CHANGE OF VENUE)

Posted by radio On November - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The SAfm Melting Pot of Sounds, a brainchild of SAfm is a Celebration of different genres of music celebrated and played on SAfm.  The two hour concert will take place on the 16th of November 2014 at the Linder Auditorium, 27 Saint Andrews Road, Park Town Johannesburg not at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens due to unfavourable weather conditions predicted by the South African weather services.



Zwai Bala has been appointed as the musical director. He will feature various South African artists who will ensure that we have a very entertaining afternoon. This will be where the Classics, Gospel, Jazz, RnB and Choral really meet.



All these genres will be presented in such a way that they are not easily and bluntly separated from each other but, as the title explains, thrown into one pot that produces a well blended taste made unique by a variety of special ingredients.



 Featured artists include Tsepo Tshola, Tracey-Lee Oliver, HHP and Phelo Bala.

This event will be staged between 12:00-16:00. Bookings can be done through or at the gate.  Tickets are R100 for adults, Children between the ages of 6 and 16 pay R50, and Children under 6 are free. Seats are limited, make sure you buy your tickets as soon as possible.



Secure parking is available at the Linder Auditorium.

For more information visit or contact 011 714 2948/011 714 2739

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Jill Scott, live in Joburg

Posted by radio On November - 11 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Come experience the No:1 lady of Soul perform her Grammy Award winning hits for one night only in Johannesburg on the 13 December 2014 at the Coca- Cola Dome.


Smooth sounds of a dynamic soprano who infuses R&B, spoken word, jazz and hip hop epitomizes the songstress that is Jill Scott.

With four studio albums and numerous awards across music and film over the past decades, three- time Grammy Award winning singer Jill Scott has proven why she is an artist personified.

This December Johannesburg will be catapulted into the world of Miss Jill Scott, as she carries her fans along on an unforgettable live journey with her dynamic voice for one night only.

Jill will be accompanied on stage by her band, and the show will feature a mix of the favorite songs from all four of her albums.

Johannesburg fans will be treated to the full Jill Scott experience in an intimate setting at this seated concert at The Dome.

Limited tickets for the seated concert are available at Computicket now. These range from R390 to R1020.

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Metro FM Music Awards 14 launched

Posted by radio On November - 9 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It is that time of the year again!  The road to the country’s biggest music spectacle, the Metro FM Music Awards (MMA) has officially begun!  Today we launch the biggest property of the SABC to date. Over the years this property has been well received, celebrated and embraced by the industry, our audiences and the by the country at large.


The Metro FM Music Awards will be celebrating 14 years of existence and of recognizing the rich South African music and talent respectively.


The annual awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on the 28th of February 2015, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC).  This will be preceded by the nominees announcement event.


The Metro FM Music Awards ceremony affords South African artists an opportunity to be awarded for their talents and encourages our listeners to actively participate in this process by nominating and voting for their favorite artists.  These awards are truly awards of the people by the people as they reflect our country’s musical landscape.


Not only are the Metro FM Music Awards, a celebration of the artists but they have matured to become a key driver of local tourism for the hosting province or municipality. They have significantly contributed towards the economic growth of these hosting cities. Over the years the MMA categories have evolved to reflect the growth of the local music industry at large.  Needless to say, by this time of the year, we as a station appreciate the anticipation and eagerness from musicians, the industry and our audiences.


The Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, the City of Durban and BP remain our partners! We are also proud to announce that Brandhouse has also come on board as our beverage partner for MMA14. The station prides itself with aligning this, our biggest flagship property with superbrands such as these to ensure that we collectively continue to stand out and be forces to be reckoned with in our respective industries, but most of all, to jointly fulfill our mandate that seeks to recognize and celebrate South African Music and our undoubtedly talented pool of musicians.  As Metro FM, we couldn’t be happier and delighted to be back in the KZN Province and particularly in the city of Durban!


The process going forward will be as follows:



Call for submissions opens today, 6th November 2014 – 6th December 2014.

 Recording industries and artists are requested to submit their nominations for the year – period being

25 November 2013 – 25 November 2014.

 A group of panelists will then nominate 5 finalists in each of the categories.

 The nominees will be announced during a cocktail industry event on 15 January 2015.

 The overall winners will then be announced on the evening of the awards on 28th February 2015


Nominees Announcement

A nominees announcement event will be held in Johannesburg on the 15th of January 2014 at a venue that will be confirmed

closer to the time.


We urge the public to be very much involved in the nomination process by voting for their favourite artist/s.  These awards are not for the chosen few, but they are for the nation, therefore we encourage the public to vote in their numbers.


Metro FM Music Awards Ceremony

The main event will take place on Saturday, the 28th of February 2015 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. And as it’s tradition with the Metro FM Music Awards, we have no doubt that they will contribute positively to the KZN economy as well as the City of Durban in as far as tourism and local business is concerned. These Awards promise to be bigger & better than 2014, with epic entertainment of international stature that the industry is yet to see amidst much camaraderie, speculation and excitement!  Tickets to this most anticipated Music Awards Ceremony will be on sale at Computicket nationwide at the beginning of February 2015.


Traditionally the tickets are sold out within hours, and in the event that you do not make it on time to get yourself the most sought after tickets, do not despair as there will be an official Public Viewing Area (PVA).  This time it will be bigger & better, with live performances from local musicians, big screens, Metro FM DJ’s on the decks, as well as loads of fun creating the most unbelievable and spectacular spirit of camaraderie the City of Durban has ever seen!




[Issued by: Metro FM]

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SAfm’s sounds at Botanic Gardens

Posted by radio On October - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The SAfm Melting Pot of Sounds, a brainchild of SAfm is a Celebration of different genres of music celebrated and played on SAfm.

The two hour concert will take place on the 16th of November 2014 at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort.


Zwai Bala has been appointed as the musical director. He will feature various South African artists who will ensure that we have a very entertaining afternoon. This will be where the Classics, Gospel, Jazz, RnB and Choral really meet.


All these genres will be presented in such a way that they are not easily and bluntly separated from each other but, as the title explains, thrown into one pot that produces a well blended taste made unique by a variety of special ingredients.


This event will take the form of a picnic concert staged  between 12:00-16:00. Bookings can be done through or at the gate.  Tickets are R100 for adults, Children between the ages of 6 and 16 pay R50, Children under 6 are free.


Pack your picnic baskets and bring along your blankets.


Secure parking is available on the Walter Sisulu Botanical gardens grounds.


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They have long been regarded as the unsung heroes of the music industry but now, thanks to “Princess of Africa” Yvonne Chaka Chaka, session musicians and backing singers will finally have a place in the sun at their own dedicated awards ceremony.


Launched during a star-studded and entertainment-packed function at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Wednesday 22 October 2014, the Backing Vocalists and Session Musicians Awards will recognise those hard-working musicians who so often operate behind the scenes, in the shadows and out of the spotlight – yet who contribute so much to a live performance or recording.


The annual BVSM Awards are the initiative of Chaka Chaka through her Princess of Africa Foundation, and have been 10 years in the planning. The inaugural awards will be held in Johannesburg in 2015.


This initiative is particularly poignant for the celebrated songbird, because not only have backing musicians played a pivotal role in shaping her successful career but she also lost her dear friend and long-time backing vocalist Phumzile Ntuli to malaria in 2004.


“These are special artists who bring variety into one’s music and enhance one’s artistry,” Chaka Chaka says. “Without their input, I don’t think I would have made it as a recording and stage artist. I was young and inexperienced when I became a professional musician and they were there to guide me. I owe my success to them. Today I look back and appreciate their guidance.”


She says the awards will be a way of honouring the personal and professional contributions of these behind-the-scenes worker bees, as well as fostering pride in their own artistic creativity, providing national exposure for them and celebrating their gift of music.


Apart from their dulcet tones, backing singers are blessed with a sharp ear for harmony, Chaka Chaka explains, and session musicians are required to be flexible and versatile across musical genres, styles and performance platforms. Through the BVSM Awards, she hopes to provide greater opportunities and recognition for these musicians who form the bedrock of the music industry.



Awards categories


The BVSM Awards will cover a wide range of genres, including jazz, hip-hop, gospel, maskandi, mbaqanga, boeremusiek, gospel and kwaito. They will also recognise the contribution of music veterans from decades past, as well as the country’s most exciting emerging young talents. The following categories are being considered for the awards:


  • Best Female Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
  • Best Male Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
  • Best Session Musicians
  • Best Lead Guitarist
  • Best Bass Guitarist
  • Best Brass Section and Drums
  • Lifetime Backing Vocalist (male and female)
  • Lifetime Session Musician (male and female)
  • Best Backing Vocalists of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (males and females)
  • Rookie of the Year – Backing Vocalist (male and female)
  • Rookie of the Year – Session Musician (male and female)


The BVSM Awards were launched in suitably glamorous style on Wednesday night: the State Theatre was abuzz with iconic talents from the South African music world and proceedings were led by celebrity MCs Bob Mabena and Penny Lebyane.


The evening’s entertainment programme, under the directorship of Victor Masondo, featured a vibrant musical journey through South African music from the 1960s to the present day.


Occupying centre stage were a stellar array of session musicians, finally given their well-deserved place in the spotlight: Bernice Boikanyo on drums, Godfrey Mgcina on percussion, Gabs Stuurman on piano and keyboards, Ntokozo Zungu on guitar, Victor Masondo on bass, and McCoy Mrubata on saxophones and pennywhistle. They were joined by some of the country’s finest backing singers: Mandisa Dlanga, Stella Khumalo, Nonhlanhla Mdluli, Fani Ntlama and Zamo Mbutho.


Said Mandisa Dlanga, a singer and dancer who has worked with local and international artists such as Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela, Stimela, Jennifer Rush, Paul Simon and Chaka Chaka herself: “This is the best thing that has happened to us backing singers. To be acknowledged by a successful and well-travelled musician like Yvonne means a lot to us. I wish other successful soloists and bandleaders will think like her because we have been instrumental in crafting their careers.”


The Backing Vocals and Session Musician Awards media launch is supported by:


  • The Princess of Africa Foundation
  • SAMRO – Southern African Music Rights Organisation
  • Crystalix
  • The City of Tshwane
  • JT Communication Solutions
  • SABC



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