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Exciting line-up for Durban Day 2013

Posted by radio On August - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

East Coast Radio Durban Day  will take place on Sunday 8 September 2013 at Moses Mabhida’s Peoples Park. The annual family-orientated music showcase will see a host of South Africa’s top bands take to the stage.

 

 

“The full line-up includes soulful songstress Lira, house band Mi Casa, the timeless Mango Groove, local lass Toya Delazy, dance group Goldfish, popular solo artist Zakes Bantwini, rock band Prime Circle and winners of the station’s ‘Be the Band’ competition – The Kickstands.”

 

 

‘We’re so excited about this year’s line-up. Not only does it feature some of the biggest names on the South African music scene at the moment, there is also something for everyone. East Coast Radio Durban Day has become a massive event in the province and sees families and friends come together to enjoy the best in local music in a laid-back setting,” said ECR’s Trish Taylor.  

 

 

Mango Groove’s unique blend of South African sounds has captivated audiences around the world, and the band’s Claire Johnston says she loves performing in Durban. “We love Durban; there is something about the atmosphere. It is very relaxed and I like the people there,” she said.

 

 

She isn’t alone; all the other acts are also excited about coming to Durban.

 

 

“It’s always good to come and perform in Durban, whatever we do on stage the audience just responds well,” said Mi Casa’s Mo-T.  

 

Lira, who was part of last year’s line-up, says she loves East Coast Radio Durban Day. “It is a lovely mix of Durbanites from all walks of life, I absolutely love the vibe.”

 

 

Toya Delazy, who also formed part of last year’s bill, says concert goers can expect a completely new show. “It is going to be more band-based, the dancers are still there but it’ll be funkier than last time. There will also be new songs, of course.”

 

Prime Circle’s Ross Learmonth is also looking forward to it. “I love playing in Durban. We will be bringing songs from all our albums and some of our new stuff too.”

 

Zakes Bantwini is currently working on his new album. “My new album is going to be done so I’m going to be performing my new songs. That is one thing that I am very excited about,” he said. 

 

Tickets are available from Computicket for R120 each for a limited time only, thereafter they will be R150, so get yours today.

 

 

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Bruce Cassidy to grace Bassline

Posted by radio On June - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

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The Bassline is proud to announce the return of Bruce Cassidy and his two music projects TIMELESS featuring POPS MOHAMMED and his 10 piece jazz orchestra HOTFOOT ORCHESTRA to the Bassline stages.

 

The Bassline Jazz Club in Melville had the honor of its stage being graced by Bruce and his music projects performing almost on a weekly basis for 9 years during the period of 1994 and 2003. “Unforgettable!” says Brad Holmes – originator and owner of Bassline.

 

For those patrons who experienced any of those memorable gigs now is your time to witness Bruce at his best live at the Bassline after a 13-year return to his home country from Canada.

 

About Bruce Cassidy:

 

Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick he left his university studies and moved to Montreal to study trumpet. After a period of study at Berklee College of Music in Boston he moved to Toronto. He was soon performing at Toronto’s main jazz venues and in studios, including the first seven albums released by Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass.

 

He started out with trumpet as his first performance instrument and is today also one of the world’s foremost performers on the EVI  (Electronic Valve Instrument), a wind synthesizer invented by Nyle Steiner. He wrote and recorded the first orchestral concerto for this instrument and with it has performed the Ondes Martenot solo part in Olivier Messiaen’s Turangulila Symphony with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra.

 

His love of variety led to extended playing, recording and touring with Doug Riley’s Dr. Music, Lighthouse and, the fusion band Blood, Sweat and Tears for which he contributed compositions and arrangements for their last two albums. Artists with whom he has appeared in concert include Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray, Marvin Gaye, Chucho Valdez, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

 

After a world tour in 1980 Bruce moved to South Africa and immersed himself in the African music scene. He wrote and produced music for orchestral concerts, film, television and international dance competitions. Under the auspices of the South African Department of Arts and Culture he composed and produced an opera based on African Xhosa folklore, The Clay Flute, and produced a number of concerts for European artists and the SA internationally renowned opera singer Sibongile Khumalo.

 

His latest album production in South Africa was Our World, a modern orchestral/jazz outing for the renowned Soweto String Quartet. In 1995 he was contracted to return to South Africa to lead an international big band at the National Arts Festival here.

His own projects in South Africa include:

 

  • •   TIMELESS, an award winning duo which combined the EVI, with the ancient instrument specialist Pops Mohamed which performed extensively in South Africa and toured Scandanavia and central European countries

 

 

  • •   A 10 piece band, BRUCE CASSIDY’S HOTFOOT ORCHESTRA which has also taken root in Toronto with the finest local musicians.

 

Since Bruce’s return to Toronto in 2003, he has produced, with his Los Angeles partner Ken Wiley, the first jazz play-along book for French horn. He has also arranged Joe Zawinul’s classic “Birdland” for 16 french horns, and has written arrangements for Rick Morrison’s band The Carnival of Souls and the Andrew Burashko’s Art Of Time Ensemble.

 

From 2004 to 2009 Bruce was musical director for the great Blood Sweat and Tears vocalist David Clayton-Thomas and re-wrote the BS&T book for a larger ensemble to bring fresh sounds to that music.

 

He  currently performs regularly in Toronto with Bruce Cassidy’s Mbaqanga, A quartet playing South African Township style music
One World Trio, a collaborative world music group featuring Anwar Khurshid, sitar, Waleed Abdulhamid bass and percussion and Bruce Cassidy EVI.
Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra, a wide format six-horn band with which he recorded his latest release My African Heart.

 

 

Musician lineup:

TIMELESS

12 July 2013

– Pops Mohammed

– Bruce Cassidy

 

 

 

 

 

BRUCE CASSIDY’S HOTFOOT ORCHESTRA

13 July 2013

 

 

Tickets:

R110 available through web tickets and at the door

www.webtickets.co.za

 

 

More info on the event:

info@bassline.co.za

+2711 – 838-9145/6/2

www.bassline.co.za

 

 

More info on Bruce Cassidy:

www.brucecassidymusic.com

 

 

 

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This year, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Momentum encouraged early bird entrants of the annual Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge to outline the reasons that they are riding for a purpose or a charity and if drawn, they could be the lucky recipient of R50 000 cash for their chosen purpose.

 

Early bird entries closed on 31 March, 2013 and hundreds of motivations were received. Andy Zoepke, whose early bird entry and motivation for his ride for a purpose, was selected for the R50 000 cash prize explained during his interview with 94.7 Highveld Stereo’s Breakfast Xpress, that this year he will be riding and raising funds for the Paediatric Burns Unit at Baragwanath Hospital. “This Unit, the surgeons, nurses and support staff do an incredible job in treating and looking after children who have burn injuries. To see these young kids with different degrees of burns, suffering through the pain of surgical procedures, dressing changes and rehabilitation, is a heart wrenching experience,” said Andy.

 

 

He further motivated that the staff remained incredibly efficient, despite sometimes limited resources, and are dedicated to helping the children get back home to their families as soon as possible. “The R50 000 prize money will be used toward making the children’s physiotherapy gym more child- friendly. We will be working toward incorporating play into therapy and a revamped activity area will certainly help,” says Dr. David Kloeck of Baragwanath’s Paediatric Burns Unit. Dr. Kloeck further explained that some of the money will be used for purchasing sanitary pyjamas for the children. Keeping burn wound infection at bay is essential, so pyjamas assigned to the Burns Unit will ensure that each child has a fresh set to wear every night of their stay.

 

The awarded money will also be used for the purchase and installation of much needed heaters for the surgical rooms that are used to dress the children’s wounds. Danie van den Bergh, Head of Brand at Momentum said, “We are very proud of what Ride for a Purpose has achieved and the willingness and support of so many to make a meaningful contribution. Over the last two years approximately R11.3 million has been raised and distributed to over 104 charities registered with the race and many others. “We are particularly glad that the funds raised are shared amongst so many worthwhile causes and that Ride for a Purpose gives everyone a chance to support a cause that may be close or meaningful to them, personally. It is that heart and compassion that we see on race day and what makes the 94.7 so special.” Ravi Naidoo, Programming Manager at 94.7 Highveld Stereo, in turn said “Whether a cyclist rides to raise funds for a charity, in memory of a loved one, to support a good cause or to show that a disability is no impairment to living an active life, the idea is to add another dimension to the event, beyond the physical challenge.

 

 

We fully support and believe in Andy’s selfless purpose, and look forward to him crossing the finish line in November.” Currently in its 17th year, the iconic Momentum 94.7 Cycle challenge has certainly established itself as one of the most celebrated sport events in the country with a whopping 27 000 cyclists taking to the streets of Johannesburg on Cycle Challenge Sunday last year. The renowned festival of cycling kicks off with the Kiddies Ride on Saturday, 9 November and the much sought after Mountain Bike Challenge on Sunday, 10 November.

 

The main race will follow on Sunday, 17 November. For more details on the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge and to enter, please visit www.cyclechallenge.co.za or call the Race Office on (011) 017 2700. Follow us on Twitter at @Momentum947 and find us on Facebook on the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge page. Ride for fitness… for yourself… for the challenge. Let’s Ride for a Purpose! Hosted by the City of Joburg- a world class African city!

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Kaya FM presents The Whispers

Posted by radio On May - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

This one is for the music enthusiast and the lover of classic R&B!

 

Kaya FM   presents the masters of sweet talk, The Whispers, Live in concert for two nights only!

 

World renowned R&B/Soul group, The Whispers, are preparing for an exciting tour of South Africa with a 10 piece band performing all their hits from past to present. The Whispers have over 40 years experience in the industry with a worldwide fan base, and maintaining their vocal dominance and original members. This is the very first time that The Whispers will perform on South African soil!

Brought to you by Carnival City – Come Play

Date:

29 & 30 May 2013

Time:

19h00

Venue:

Carnival City Casino, Big Top Arena

Address:

Elsburg Road, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa

Entry Fee:

R250 – R650

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Ligwalagwala FM invades Phalaborwa

Posted by radio On May - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SABC Mpumalanga’s leading radio station Ligwalagwala FM is celebrating 31 years of broadcasting excellence by hosting a series of events around its foot print. The station will set Phalaborwa alive on May, 25 2013 in a form of a live broadcast at Mthunzi Bar Lodge & Car Wash in Lulekani township.

 

The listeners will witness a live broadcast of Asambe Drive Show hosted by DJ Madumane on Friday the 24th as build up to the main event on Saturday 25th of May. The Hit Parade (07h00 – 10h00), Sisonke Midday Grooves (12h00 – 14h30), The Zone (18h00 – 21h00) and Party Time Reloaded (21h00 – 00h00) will also air live from the venue.

 

This is going to be an intimate experience for music lovers. Vibrant DJs, AfroTellus, Madumane, Shabba and The Prince will set the decks alight.

 

“We are taking radio to our people particularly in far flanged areas; this is Phalaborwa’s turn to put face into the voices of their favourite presenters”. Said Mr Rio Mabunda, Ligwalagwala FM Station Manager.

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The Wawela Awards Nominees are:

Posted by radio On May - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Which music creators have truly put South African music on the global stage?  At an event held in Johannesburg today, SAMRO announced the long-awaited list of nominees for the inaugural WAWELA Music Awards. 

 

Wawela is a Zulu word meaning “go beyond” – a fitting description for the talented nominees in these prestigious awards. Never before have so many South African composers, songwriters and performers made their mark as music ambassadors around the world, across a number of media formats. 

 

“We’re proud to pay homage to the success of those who have put South African music on the map and to the legends of local music that have paved the way through their extraordinary lifetime achievements,” said SAMRO Deputy CEO, Sipho Dlamini. 

 

The much-anticipated WAWELA Music Awards ceremony, which takes place on 28 June 2013, is set to be an exciting and glamorous evening, with many musical stars in the South African firmament as well as major industry players in attendance. 

 

“These awards, the first of their kind in the country, are an important event on the musical calendar,” said Dlamini, adding: “On the night of 28 June, we’ll be gathering to give South Africa’s songwriting trailblazers the recognition that is due to them.” 

 

Today marked the announcement of the nominees in the Standard Awards section in the WAWELA Music Awards, which were open to SAMRO members. Composers were selected across a range of genres, styles and categories. 

 

“These pioneers of our music industry will be celebrated and recognised for their achievements that go beyond just commercial success,” affirmed SAMRO General Manager: Marketing, Tiyani Maluleke.  

 

A number of Special Awards will also be handed out on the night, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Breaking through the Borders Award, and awards for Publisher of the Year and Prolific Catalogue of Works. 

 

Go beyond, with the Wawela Music Awards: Internationally embraced, locally awarded! 

 

 

The WAWELA Standard Award nominees are: 

 

Best soundtrack in a feature film or theatric documentary:  

Daniel Baron nominated for Wrongfully Detained  

Philip Miller nominated for Leaving Father

Sven Larsen nominated for Afro Slow

 

Best song or composition in a television production: 

Alan Lazar nominated for Scandal  

Gregory Reveret nominated for Loxion Kulca Roots 

James Barnard nominated for Limpopo

 

Best song or composition in a television commercial: 

David Waugh nominated for the Toyota commercial

James Barnard nominated for the Sunlight Liquid commercial

Louis Enslin nominated for the Outsurance commercial

 

Best song or composition in a radio commercial: 

James Barnard nominated for the White Star commercial

Claude Gombard nominated for the Coke Malawi commercial

Rene Veldsman nominated for the Shoprite commercial

 

Best creative album of the year: 

Coenie De Villiers nominated for Hart van Glas

Black Porcelain nominated for Invincible Summer

LIRA nominated for Return to Love

 

Songwriter of the year: 

Wendy Oldfield 

Joshua Kempen 

LIRA 

 

Best South African duo/group:  

Lonehill Estate

Tumi and the Volume

The Soil 

 

Best female artist & composer/co-composer: 

LIRA

Nothende 

Black Porcelain

 

Best male artist & composer/co-composer:  

Daniel Baron

Johnstone Mnyandu

Claude Gombard

 

 

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Gauteng based commercial radio station Kaya FM 95.9  officially opened entries for the Kaya FM 67km Relay for Mandela Day two weeks ago.

 

The inaugural Kaya FM 67km Relay for Mandela Day is an initiative of Gauteng’s Afropolitan radio station, Kaya FM 95.9. Recently voted Best Commercial Station of the Year (2013 MTN Radio Awards), Kaya FM has collaborated with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory so that the event forms part of July’s Mandela Day celebrations. The station has built a sustained partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory over the past few years and this represents the next step in that partnership.

 

The Kaya FM 67km Relay will effectively put the power of Kaya FM’s radio voice behind the legacy of Nelson Mandela’s most endearing principles of  reconciliation, peace and education. The relay reaches out to corporates and listeners to assemble their teams to take part in a mass participation event and thus create a fun team-building experience that also supports the Centre of Memory’s projects around education and legacy.

 

Kaya FM and the Centre of Memory encourage listeners to put together their teams of ten (10), begin an active health and training program and head for the Waterfall Equestrian Estate Polo Fields in Woodmead on Sunday, July 14, 2013, for what will be a fun day for the whole family. Team members will run a 6.7km leg, covering a collective distance of 67km, to highlight the Mandela Day 67 minute commitment to community and nation building.

 

Kaya FM will limit the event to 670 teams equating to 6 700 runners or participants. In a first for relay running in South Africa, the Kaya FM 67km Relay for Mandela Day will be timing runners, releasing both relay-leg times and combined times for teams. The day’s entertainment will feature Kaya FM DJs as well as selected local artists to ensure a celebratory vibe. Corporate Hospitality packages are also on offer for corporate teams taking part.

 

Kaya FM Managing Director Greg Maloka says: “A relay event reiterates the power of teamwork and what can be achieved collectively when people come together and share the work. The passing of the baton echoes Madiba’s message for the next generation: “…There is more work to be done. After 90 years of life, it’s time for new hands to take up the burdens. It is in your hands now.”

 

Proceeds from the relay will to go the Centre of Memory’s Library Project which aims to provide container libraries at disadvantaged schools.

 

[Source: Kaya FM]

 

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Bassline in Newtown, Johannesburg, is proud to announce the line-up for its ninth annual Africa Day Concert held over two exciting nights on 24 and 25 May. 25 May is celebrated worldwide as Africa Day.

This year, the concerts will move from Mary Fitzgerald Square, which has historically been the hosting venue, to The Bassline venue itself – a venue long regarded as the heart of African music in Johannesburg.

 

The Bassline Africa Day Concert is a celebration of music from across the continent on the day that promotes unity and solidarity as well as Africa’s vibrancy, dynamism and the global need for Africans to embrace their collective identity. It is a day for all Africans to rejoice in their uniquely rich heritage.

 

Over the past nine years, The Bassline has brought some of the most diverse sounds to Johannesburg in celebration of this event. This year’s eclectic mix of genres features acts from Niger, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa.

 

The line-up is as follows:

Friday, 24 May
Tanga Pasi – Zimbabwe (brought by ProHelvetia)
Della & Friends – Cameroon
Olufemi – Nigeria
Headline Act: Lira – South Africa

 

Saturday, 25 May
Alhousseini Mohammed Anivolla – Niger, and Guy Buttery – South Africa (brought with the support of DOEN, African Synergy Trust, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Alliance Française)
Tanga Pasi – Zimbabwe (brought by ProHelvetia)
Della & Friends – Cameroon
Olufemi – Nigeria
Headline Act: TBC

 

Tickets are available from webtickets at R150.00.

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CNBC AFRICA, Africa’s largest business television news channel, will broadcast a LIVE business breakfast discussion under the theme, ‘Durban Tourism: Open for Business’ on Monday, 13 May 2013 at 7am CAT, at the Tourism INDABA in the Durban ICC. 

 

With the tourism INDABA well under way in Durban, CNBC Africa takes a look at the tourism potential in Africa and key infrastructural developments that need to take place in order to develop this industry. INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international visitors and media from across the world.

 

Durban is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world. Its harbour is the busiest in South Africa and one of the 10 largest in the world. Every year the port of Durban handles over 30-million tons of cargo with a value of more than R100-billion. To the north of Durban, the port of Richards Bay, an important coal-export harbour, handles over 12 000 containers a year. Combined, the two ports account for some 78% of South Africa’s cargo tonnage.

 

Some of the key issues of the discussion will include business investments, developments within the Dube Trade Port and the expansion of Durban’s hotel infrastructure.

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WEF on Africa to be covered by CNBC

Posted by radio On May - 7 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC AFRICA, Africa’s largest business television news channel, is the official broadcaster for the upcoming ‘World Economic Forum on Africa’ taking place in Cape Town, South Africa this year. The 2013 forum will take place from May 8 to May 10 at the Cape-Town Convention Centre. CNBC Africa will be host a LIVE panel discussion at the forum, titled ‘Agriculture: Investing in Transformation’, on Thursday, 9 May at 3:30pm CAT.

 

The panellists at the LIVE panel discussion include:

 

·         Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia

·         Jane Karuku, President of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

·         Philip Kiriro, President and Chairman of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), Kenya

·         Michael Mack, Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta International, Switzerland 

·         James Mwangi, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Equity Bank, Kenya

 

Senior Anchor Bronwyn Nielsen will moderate the session. Under the theme ‘Delivering on Africa’s Promise’, the 23rd ‘World Economic Forum on Africa’ will provide an important platform for regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to deepen the continent’s integration agenda and renew commitment to a sustainable path of growth and development.

 

Some of the key issues and questions that will be tackled during the live panel discussion include, bolstering infrastructure, developing regional markets, empowering women farmers and enabling private-sector investment. How are partnerships in the region accelerating investment in agriculture?

 

“CNBC Africa’s staple diet is the unprecedented economic expansion we have seen in the past decade and throughout the week we will find the key voices driving that growth,” said Godfrey Mutizwa, CNBC Africa’s Chief Editor. “For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Africa’s growth engines, there can be no better place as we will conduct live interviews, panel discussions, debates and exclusive one-on-ones with the key decision makers.”

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