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Jozi Youth Dance Academy brings you Liberte

Posted by radio On March - 19 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Jozi Youth Dance Company (JYDC), brings you their 5th annual production called Liberté, from 26 – 28 April 2019 at the Roodepoort Theatre.

Jozi Youth Dance Company is a one of its kind, platform for young dancers, exposing them to professional choreographers and dancers. They gain invaluable experience, performing to sold out audiences, preparing them for the cut-throat dance industry.

 

This is JYDC’s 5th season and promises to be one of their best yet. This year we present to you Liberté (translated from French, meaning “Freedom”). We invite you to come and watch the ultimate form of freedom in JOZI Youth Dance Company’s enthralling season “Liberté” on Freedom day. A celebration of our country, our dancers and our freedom.

 

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” – Victor Pinchuk

Over the past 5 years, JYDC have welcomed young dancers from all over Gauteng in order to give them a platform to showcase their talent and inspire the next generation of professional dancers. Under the directorship of Jayd Swart, the company has grown, not only in number but also quality of dance.  “Young dancers need to be given the opportunity to show what they are capable of.  We train them in both technique and expression and motivate them to achieve new heights while preparing them for a future in dance” said Swart.

 

Liberté, the largest and most spectacular of shows produced by JYDC is guaranteed to set the stage on fire.  “This year, we have the most magnificent lineup of choreographers, each bringing their own distinct personality to the stage” said Swart.  Choreographers include, Adele Blank, world renowned choreographer and dance instructor, Veronique Rabe, professional dancer, choreographer and actress, Evan Van Soest, professional dancer and choreographer, Charlie Van Rooyen, professional dancer, choreographer and actor, Cayley Hodson, resident choreographer of JYDC, Joanna De Silva, up and coming Choreographer and Jayd Swart herself who is a well-established international contemporary dance choreographer and ballet trainer and coach. And in true JYDC nature students, Luca Redfern and Navin Jacobs, have been afforded the opportunity to choreograph the student piece, also to be showcased in Liberté.

 

JYDC has opened up many doors for company members including a training tour to South-Korea, Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal, USA & Croatia.  This year, the production forms part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival line-up and a Cape Town Tour has also been scheduled to show case this wonderful production.

Out of our 1st group of graduates all 4 graduates have received jobs within the industry, both Nationally and Internationally.

We are so proud to be developing this kind of talent within the South African Dance Industry.

 

[Issued by: JYDC Marketing ]

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Thato Jessica is a force to be reckoned with, a woman chasing her dreams!

The 25-year old is bringing a new flare to the South African R&B and Hip Hop scene hence her home town, Botswana is already buzzing with her music.

 

Thato’s music carries an international sound that can transcend through every kind of culture and language. Her musical dream is to create and infuse the modern R&B sound with the African narrative and image.

 

In April 2018, Thato released her much anticipated EP titled “Rehearsal” consisting of three hit tracks “Problem, Freedom and Addicted, which national radio stations are currently playing on rotation.  To bring her single “Problem to life, she features rapper Veezo View. “I collaborated with Veezo View because I wanted to capture the expression of people in a relationship who confront each other about their relationship problems. In the single, we raise various issues with the intention of ultimately resolving them” concludes Thato Jessica.

 

Check out Thato Jessica’s latest single  https://youtu.be/KzTFdoM_i10

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Get ready Jazz lovers! Keenan Meyer is about to take the Mother City on a musical journey for one night only on the 20th March at the Youngblood Gallery. The 20th March will see a kaleidoscopic showcase of sounds which will feature self-composed debut works and stretch from Chopin to Winston Mankunku Ngozi, accompanied by a jazz ensemble.

His playing and writing style is informed by a strong background in Western Art music as well as the rich musical heritage of South African Jazz. Keenan’s passion for music has always been his drive and would love to share it with the rest of the world, him currently studying his masters in musicology can definitely attest to his passion for music.

Meyer is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and has received numerous accolades for his work in the academic and music space.

The Youngblood Foundation, which won a BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) award, was created in January 2010. Youngblood is an arts & culture development that aims to be a platform for artists from all genres to start off from or to continue from in order to become self-sustainable.

 

Roger Jungblut (CEO of Youngblood), realized a need in the Arts and Culture sector in South Africa. The need for capital and exposure, through Youngblood these needs could be met. It remains his priority to support progress within that creative sector through Youngblood. This way, many promising artists are newly motivated: they are given the chance, and of course the means, to reach their full potential.

Keenan is thrilled to be performing in Cape Town with some of his favorite musicians on the eve of Human Rights Day.

 

Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za for R100 and R120 at the door.

Interact with Keenan on social media @keenanmeyerpiano

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Gagasi FM turns 13

Posted by radio On March - 16 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS
Gagasi FM turned 13 years on the 13th of March. In celebrating the birthday, the daytime shows took listeners down memory lane. One lucky listener walked away with a brand-new car, and ultimately a mother of all parties sealed it all.
Gagasi FM 13 on 13

The country’s biggest regional radio station celebrated its birthday in style and the first segment of the day saw the breakfast show, mid-morning show and midday show doing outside broadcasts in various locations with former presenters of these shows co-hosting with current presenters. I Love Mornings, broadcasting live from Barons Edwin Swales dealership, was hosted by former breakfast show presenter Alex Mthiyane together with current co-presenters Njabs Zwane and Heazy. Barons Edwin Swales sponsored the 13 birthday celebration with a brand-new Citi Golf fitted with a 2.0-litre engine.

 

 

 

Golden Circle was co-hosted by current presenter Nomfundo Mzolo together with former presenter Phindi Gule and the outside broadcast took place at Views 25 in Morningside. The venue has become the second home to Gagasi FM having hosted a number of station’s activities and is very much aligned to the brand. It was then only relevant for it to feature in the station’s birthday celebration.

 

The last OB for the day was Midday Madness at Chesterville Taxi Rank. The show was hosted by former presenter Mzokoloko together with current co-hosts DJ LeSoul and Flymotion. It was in this taxi rank where Mzokoloko first set his foot in Durban 21 years ago when he came to the city to pursue his radio dream, and the spot has always had that sentimental value to him since then.

 

“This year we decided to reflect on the station’s journey in celebrating our 13th birthday. The mixing of the current and former presenters of prime-time shows was in celebration of both where we come from and where we are as the station. One of the things we have done so well over the years has been that of balancing the generational mix in terms of our on-air talent, ensuring proper development and succession of talent on shows. We believe the special line-up for our 13th birthday demonstrated this,” says Gagasi FM Head of Brand Phinda Magwaza.

 

 

The second segment of the birthday celebration was a car give-away which happened live during The Kings Drive, hosted by the Kings of the Weekend, DJ Sphectacula and DJ Naves. The give-away took place at the Gagasi FM studios at Cornubia Mall where five selected listeners were faced with five hostesses who had car keys with them, each listener had to choose a hostess that they believed had a correct key for the car. A listener with a key that could switch the car engine on, would walk away with the car. After the first three listeners who attempted to switch the car engine on with their keys couldn’t, the key held by Nokwanda Zondi (29) from Mayville was the one – it switched on the car and she was the lucky winner!

 

Magwaza shared a perspective behind the choice of a City Golf as the birthday grand prize and a special history the car has with black communities, especially in the townships. “A Citi Golf is the iconic symbol of the youth culture within black townships. It represents a particular stage and progress in one’s life. The 2.0-litre fitted engine in the car makes it a unique machine, you’ve got heritage and power in one, and that is priceless,” says Magwaza.

 

Gagasi FM 13 on 13 festivities closed with the Crown Birthday Party at the station’s offices. The party was attended by the station’s various stakeholders and clients, artists, Gagasi FM DJs and staff members. Former Minister of Home Affairs Melusi Gigaba and long-time friend of the station gave keynote remarks in congratulating the station for reaching 13 years. Talented Durban Afro-Soul artist Zakes Bantwini gave a stunning live performance alongside Gagasi FM DJ Vumar who did a live set with Iziqhaza and got guests dancing a night away.

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Multi award-winning, gold-selling Afrosoul singer, Berita will be performing her soulful music at Hard Rock Cafe’s LASA Sessions, on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 20:00.

Berita, who is currently promoting her latest single Ndicel’ Ikiss  from her independent recording company Assali Music is thrilled to be performing on the Hard Rock Cafe stage.

 

Berita has worked with the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Oliver Mtukudzi, Hugh Masekela, Oskido, Mobi Dixon and Black Motion as well as Da Capo on the chart-topping hit Found You. Berita has performed at festivals and prestigious stages across the world, in cities such as New York, London, Berlin and Kampala. Celebrated by Zimbabwe, South Africa has equally watched her blossom and watered her into this vigorous, indestructible force that softly carpets our ears with her musical prowess.

 

The LASA Sessions at Hard Rock Cafe are a celebration of South African music and its diversity. It’s a space for artists to come together in song and dance, sharing these moments with their adoring fans.

For ticket purchases at R100, click on the link

https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1488578512

 

Tickets are available for R120 at the door.

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CapeTalk’s new line-up announced

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The station’s line-up will take effect on Monday, 11 March and will run as follows:

 

Monday to Friday line-up

Early Breakfast with Abongile Nzelenzele

04:00 — 06:00

Breakfast with Kieno Kammies

06:00 — 09:00

Upfront with Refilwe

09:00 — 12:00

The Xolani Gwala Show

12:00 — 13:00

Lunch with Pippa Hudson

13:00 — 15:00

Afternoon Drive with John Maytham Show

15:00 — 18:00

The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield

18:00 — 20:00

Tonight with Lester Kiewit (Monday to Thursday)

20:00 — 22:00

Late Nights with Aubrey Masango (simulcast) (Monday to Thursday)

22:00 — 01:00

Weekend line-up from Saturday, 16 March

Saturday line-up:

Weekend Breakfast with Africa

06:00 — 10:00

Solid Gold with Sara-Jayne King

10:00 — 14:00

Solid Gold Saturday

14:00 — 21:00

The Magic Bus

21:00 — 23:59

Sunday line-up:

Weekend Breakfast with Africa

06:00 — 10:00

Solid Gold with Sara-Jayne King

10:00 — 14:00

Solid Gold Sunday

14:00 — 17:00

Jazz Sessions with Gary van Dyk

17:00 — 19:00

SportsTalk with Marc Lewis

19:00 — 21:00

Tonight with Lester Kiewit

21:00 — 23:00

Best of Talk

23:00 — 01:00

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MTN Bushfire 2019 Line-up announced

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Just off the hot announcement of Nigeria’s ASA for MTN Bushfire 2019, another Nigerian superstar has been confirmed, Mr Eazi – possibly the most exciting musical export from Nigeria of the last few years, will bring his unmistakable version of Nigerian afro-pop to the fans at MTN Bushfire.

 

Known for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts, MTN Bushfire is excited to host this incredible artist just as he returns from a US tour that will see him crossing the country and even performing at the highly acclaimed Coachella and SXSW Festivals.

 

Mr Eazi is taking African music to the global stage, his mix of sounds, a penchant for global collaborations, and the and this year his versatility as an artist have won over fans across the world. Having toured across Europe, the UK and the US, Mr Eazi will grace one of the top festival stages in Africa when he appears on the main stage of MTN Bushfire 2019.

Mr Eazi’s appearance at MTN Bushfire is part a Southern Africa tour organised by of Cape Town-based artist management platform BLACK MAJOR, as part of the greater IGODA Network.  Instrumental in exporting some of the country’s most innovative acts to the rest of the globe, Black also nurtures, mentor and champion acts such as Manthe Ribane, DJ Lag and Doowap, to name just a few. Similar to many of the acts in the BLACK MAJOR roster, Mr Eazi embodies global relevance and pioneering creativity, while remaining authentic to his African identity.

 

 

Cutting Edge Performances

 

 

Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire has also confirmed an eclectic mix of artists from Europe and Africa.  Stay tuned to the MTN Bushfire platforms as more artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Some of the latest additions to the 2019 line-up include a range of cutting edge artists who are pushing the limits of performance. Ain the Machine is an AudioVisual storyteller with a clear goal: to transform the way we interact with music. It is music without instruments. A concept he calls, Musica Biotronica. Musica Biotronica takes sounds from the body, voice & everyday objects, and with the help of technology, transforms them into music.  

 

Switzerland’s Puts Marie as an indie band has been described as a mix between a great rock’n’roll circus and theater with strange poetry, while Colombia’s Alibombo, besides being a percussion group, is an experimentation laboratory.  With noise that creates music from recycled elements.

 

The line-up also includes, Lizzy- a German artist who merges hypnotic drumming with wearable 3D printing, Lizzy pushes the boundaries of musical performance to become the character of your wildest electro-pop dreams, along with Aramboa, Austria’s Downbeat, Triphop, IDM, Neo-Soul, Bass Music, Dubstep and Jazz Electronic Soul combo.

 

Some of South Africa’s most innovative acts will also be in e’Swatini, as DJ Invizible – the self described master of staging creative guerrilla performances, as well as Dope Saint Jude, a rapper and producer with a defiant, life-affirming queer perspective, have also been announced.

 

These artists, along with the newly confirmed Nibs Van der Spuy (South Africa), Buddy Masango, (e’Swatini), Bashayi Bengoma (e’Swatini), Make Overs (South Africa), and Morena Leraba (Lesotho), join the list of artists already announced, including headline artist, Nigeria’s Asa.

 

Previously announced artists include Nairobi-based “Blinky” Bill Sellanga, a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer, SWAMA lifetime achievement winner Smiles Mandla Makama who is an elder statesmen of the Swati music scene, Mahube, that  brings together some of Southern Africa’s top musicians in an explosive collaboration,  South Africa’s Thabang Tabane, heir to the father and founder of the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane,  Sereetsi & the Natives  from Botswana, GranMah, the Dub / Reggae Fusion band from Mozambique, Dobet Gnahoré from Côte d’Ivoire, Maia and the Big Sky from Kenya, and Eme and Moonchild from Nigeria and South Africa respectively.

 

Additional acts from across the region and the world will be announced soon – so make sure to visit the MTN Bushfire platforms to stay on top of the latest news and announcements.

 

Ticket and accommodation options are selling fast, so make sure to book now to avoid disappointment.

 

Asa – Nigeria

Asa is a Nigerian and French singer best-known for her soulful voice, powerful lyrics, and with her dread-locked hair, quirky glasses and guitar, Asa has earned a place as the de-facto patron saint of the cerebral, boho-chic Nigerian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZy8cE4yQ74

 

 

Mr Eazi – Nigeria

Nigerian superstar Mr Eazi has taken the world by storm with his so-called Banku music style. A combination of West African pop, hiphop and highlife incorporating Ghanaian Pidgin English and mad beats. Mr Eazi has won numerous awards and will perform in 2019 at the hugely popular Coachella Music Festival in the USA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3D7NldlFyI

 

 

Blinky Bill – Kenya

Blinky Bill is a Kenyan based artist and productive experimenter who doesn’t approach music as a frame but rather a key to push one’s limits and enjoy the freedom of endless creativity.  He recently released his album titled “Everyone’s Just Winging It and Other Fly Tales,” that sparkled with spontaneous and rich collaborations including Sampa the Great, Petite Noir or Nneka.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTZCVgNQpmw

 

 

Ain the Machine

Ain the Machine is an AudioVisual storyteller with a clear goal: to transform the way we interact with music. It is music without instruments. A concept he calls, Musica Biotronica. Musica Biotronica takes sounds from the body, voice & everyday objects, and with the help of technology, transforms them into music. A symbiosis of organic and synthetic, its purpose is to redefine our relationship with music and demonstrate that music is accessible to all, a universal right. http://www.ainthemachine.com/

 

 

Alibombo –  Colombia

Alibombo, besides being a percussion group, is an experimentation laboratory.  With noise that creates music from recycled elements, its influences pass through rhythms of the Caribbean and the Colombian Pacific, merged with drum and bass.

https://www.facebook.com/alibombomusica/

 

 

Aramboa  -Austria

Downbeat, Triphop, IDM, Neo-Soul, Bass Music, Dubstep and Jazz – together they are the Electronic Soul sound that describes Aramboa. The creative essence of the project was sparked by the Austrian producer Moritz Scharf and vocalist Elena Shirin. They fuse intuitive song writing and poetry with abstract soundscapes and ritualistic Beat patterns.  https://www.musicexport.at/artist/aramboa/

 

Bashayi Bengoma – e’Swatini

From across Swaziland, this quartet fuses together traditional Swazi vocal harmonies, electrifying dance moves and the iconic makhweyane musical bow in a new and innovative set. These musicians will come together live for the first time at Bushfire 2019, and explore how regimental vocal songs can interplay with electronics, guitar and the evocative makhweyane bow. Come listen and dance to fresh sounds and experience the rich roots of Swazi music.

 

 

Buddy Masango – e’Swatini

Buddy Masango is a middle of the road country musician. It has Afro feel combined with soul and country music. His hometown is Piggs Peak, having been raised in the rural area called Bulandzeni. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AwVDUBtJCw

 

Dobet Gnahore – Cote d’Ivoire

The daughter of percussionist Boni Gnahoré, Dobet plays with the group Na Afriki, consisting mainly of French and Tunisian musicians, who accompany her with the guitar, sanza, the balafon, the calebasse and bongos. In 2004, Gnahoré released her debut album Ano Neko. In 2006. She was a nominee at the World music (Awards) for Newcomer and shared an award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with India.Arie at the 52nd Grammy Awards. http://www.dobetgnahore.com/en/

 

 

Dope Saint Jude – South Africa

Dope Saint Jude is a rapper and producer with a defiant, life-affirming queer perspective. Taking her name from the Christian apostle, and inspired by rap legend 2Pac as well as Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and the US Northwest’s iconic Riot Grrrl feminist movement, she crafts songs that address complex socio-economic issues with unassuming Cape Town swagger. https://dopesaintjude.com/

Eme & Moonchild – Nigeria & South Africa

Moonchild Sanelly grew up in Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Her love for jazz, hip-hop and kwaito were all influenced by her social experiences in the Durban music scene. She has performed alongside artists such as Gcina Hlope, Busi Mhlongo and Madala Kunene. She has also collaborated with the likes of DJ Maramza, BLK JKS and Thandiswa Mazwai. More recently she has been working in the Gcom space and has had a number of major hits.  https://www.facebook.com/moonchildSA/

 

 

GranMah – Mozambique

GranMah is a Dub / Reggae Fusion band from Mozambique that started in a garage in 2009. In 2012, they won a public contest to open the Mozambique Music Awards gala, with their first single, Starlight Stardust.  http://www.granmahband.com/

 

 

Invizable- South Africa

A master of staging creative guerrilla performances through the guise of the most acclaimed commander to ever lead the 1st corps, the renowned advisor to the imperial house of Africa, DJ Invizible. This mythical being who travelled from a distant highland tribe and never speaks in tongue, has been on guard at the front line commanding of the freedom group known as gazelle.

http://invizable.co.za/

 

 

 

Lindigo – Reunion Island

Lindigo is a music group from Reunion Island. The Maloya group founded in 1999 , is led by Olivier Araste. The band has released four albums, the latest, Maloya Power, in 2012. With an average age of thirty, Lindigo’s members are stubbornly watching the past. However, their approach does not lock in nostalgia, nor in the shackles of a sterile memory. Foundations serve momentum, and roots build the future.

https://www.facebook.com/maloyapower/

 

Lizzy – Germany

Merging hypnotic drumming with wearable 3D printing, Lizzy pushes the boundaries of musical performance to become the character of your wildest electro-pop dreams.  She resides in Berlin, playing as a prominent member of both the  jazz

and electronic scenes, proving just as adept as a groovy jazz drummer as she is within an entrancing electronic group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVevFaM879o

 

 

Mahube – Southern Africa

Mahube brings together some of Southern Africa’s top musicians in an explosive collaboration directed by the multi-award-winning Steve and Bokani Dyer. Their music includes contemporary arrangements of traditional music from Southern Africa, as well as inspired originals which are sure to touch hearts and souls and get feet on the floor dancing in celebration of the rhythms of Africa.  The group will perform a tribute to one of its iconic members, Oliver Mtukudzi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pn7ZALaaeM

 

 

Maia and The Big Sky  – Kenya

Maia represents a different flavor to Kenya’s contemporary musical landscape. Her magnetic vocals, both in Kiswahili and English, weave together African polyrhythms with soul and folk, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents. Daughter of Kenyan musical legend Sal Davis, Maia has earned herself a formidable reputation as one of Kenya’s most explosive live performers. http://maiaandthebigsky.com/

 

 

Make-Overs – South Africa

Make-Overs are a unique duo of red-headed musical malcontent’s who hail from the grey suburban wasteland of Kilnerpark, South Africa. Formed in mid 2010 with Martinique Pelser on drums/vocals and Andreas Schonfeldt on guitar/vocals, the couple hit the South African scene with a frenzied live act that cuts through you like a machete. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxsLWqS7-9U

 

 

Meute – Germany

When the bass drops and the confetti blows up: MEUTE breaks the code. The Techno Marching Band combines hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music, freeing electronic music from the DJ desk and overhauling the image of marching bands. Just drums and brass, no computers involved, this is all they need to revolutionize techno music and bring it back to its roots at the same time.

https://www.meute.eu/

 

 

Morena Leraba – Lesotho

Morena Leraba is musician from Mafeteng, Lesotho, who fuses traditional Sesotho lyrics with modern sound, from Electro, Afro-House and Hip-Hop. Lebara’s music (especially lyrics) is deeply rooted in Lesotho’s traditional music, poetry, and it’s sub-genre, Famo, which was introduced as early as the 1920s when Basotho men were migrant workers in South African mines.

https://www.facebook.com/morenaleraba/

 

 

 

Nana- e’Swatini / South Africa

Afrikan  Pop  Music or an infusion of timeless influences, a nostalgia unlike that of Nina Simone. Nana is eclectic regal, a voice that will bounce on the Mdzimba Mountains then back to serenade you with the purest form of artistic expression and deliverance. You will forget that the songs she sings were written and recorded 14 years ago, A fantastic visual artist, painter, song writer, vocalist and music producer. Out of hibernation by popular demand!

 

 

Nibs van der Spuy – South Africa

Nibs van der Spuy is one of the most extraordinary and exciting, world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa. Growing up with the Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and beyond. After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came after supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour.

www.nibsvanderspuy.com

 

 

Puts Marie – Switzerland

With fifteen years of history, some recordings, solo escapades and trips to New York, Broadway or Mexico City, Puts Marie cultivates a troubled past, somewhere between myth and mystery.  However, this indie band has been described as a mix between a great rock’n’roll circus and theater with strange poetry.

https://www.putsmarie.com/

 

 

Sereetsi and the Natives – Botswana

Sereetsi & the Natives is a refreshing voice in contemporary folk music in Botswana, and a unique voice in the World Music arena. The act’s strong songwriting and performance in its debut album, Four String Confessions (May 2015), presents a fearless sound that blends traditional Botswana rhythms with Western influences, all built around the signature sound and tradition of the four string folk guitar.

https://www.sereetsiandthenatives.com/

 

 

 

The SheKings Emakhosikati – Southern Africa

The SheKings is an all women music collaboration project with in Africa. The 2019 edition involves eSwatini, South Africa and Mozambique and is a fusion of blues, traditional sounds, hip hop and rock ‘n roll, addressing social ills while embracing love, life craziness and the woman.

 

Smiles Makama – e’Swatini

SWAMA lifetime achievement winner Smiles Mandla Makama is an elder statesman of the Swati music scene, forging new paths in the 80’s with his band Zanka Calabash and later moving to Soweto to head Azumah. His most notable instrument is the Smilerphone, a great innovation of the traditional Makhoyane Bow. His music is a potent mix of magic realism, raw, innovative, magical and transcendent. It’s like nothings else and is not to be missed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8IZZjaBVZo

 

 

Thabang Tabane – South Africa

Thabang Tabane is the heir to the father and founder of the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane. Thabang is now leading a world-class band from his township Mamelodi. Thabang is an individual who is dedicated to excellence and has a deep understanding of music in general and that makes him and his band cultural emissaries. https://www.mushroomhour.com/labsessions/thabang-tabane-nyanda-yeni/

 

 

Tune Recreation Committee –South Africa

The Tune and Recreation has long held a presence in the Cape Town music scene. Formed in 2007 by group of college friends it features Keenan Ahrends on guitar, Nicholas Williams on bass, Claude Cozens on drums. The TRC is an ever changing and adaptable ensemble committed to building a musical bridge between the past, present and future in its inaugural outing at the Cape Town Jazz Festival it will also feature special guest appearance by critically acclaimed multi instrumentalist Mark Fransman on accordion, tenor saxophone and bass clarinet.

http://www.tunerecreation.com/

 

 

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Hollywood will be graced by #TheVoiceSA’s own bubbly season 3 host: Anele Mdoda.

The countdown to Hollywood’s most prestigious ceremony, the 91st Annual Academy Awards has begun.

No stranger to awards shows, the country’s beloved radio and television personality will be flying the South African flag high as she represents M-Net with a Red Carpet Special– a pre-show which will broadcast on M-Net Movies Premiere, channel 104 on DStv, at 20:30 on Monday 25 February. The awards show itself will air live on M-Net Movies Premiere at 03:00 on Monday 25 February, with a delayed broadcast in the evening of the same day at 21:00 on M-Net 101.

 

With the who’s who of La La Land prepping their acceptance speeches and perfecting their potential losing faces, this year’s hotly competitive Oscars are bound to be entertaining – and who better to get up close and personal with the stars than South Africa’s own hostess with the mostess?

 

“Hosting the red carpet for M-Net for one of the biggest awards shows in the world is an absolute highlight for me,” Anele said.  “I have watched the Oscars every year and the most memorable moments for me were when Denzel Washington and Sandra Bullock won, and when Charlize won – and gave South Africa a shout out. “

 

“This year I look forward to celebrating with the Black Panther cast as they head in with seven Oscar nods,” the host of The Voice SA enthused. “We have to speak to Bradley Cooper and salute his directing for A Star Is Born, as well as his performance in it. We must also get Spike Lee – who has an honorary Oscar but has his first ever nomination as director forBlackKklansman, which you can currently watch on Box Office. And then we hope to chat to Mahershala Ali who was nominated for Green Book and of course Glenn Close for The Wife. We also can’t forget about Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody! And then of course, there’s the fashion!”

 

Anele made her debut as host on M-Net’s hit local reality singing competition The Voice South Africa on Sunday 3 February, and wowed viewers with her passion, charm and energy. She is currently a presenter on The 947 Breakfast Club – a popular morning show on one of South Africa’s biggest radio stations, 94.7, based in Gauteng. A favourite among South Africans, the radio and television personality has scooped up several awards, including a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Television Talk Show, Best Radio Presenter in the Best of Joburg 2018 annual survey and a Style Award. Anele also has an adoring social media following, and is a keen fan of movies and series.

 

Catch the 91st  Annual Academy Awards live on M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104, Monday 25 February at 03:00 and in Prime Time on M-Net 101 at 21:00 on the same day.

 

Like M-Net channel 101 on the official M-Net Facebook page, be part of the conversation by following M-Net on Twitter @MNet (#MNet101 #Oscars). For more information on 91st Annual Academy Awards visit mnet.tv.

 

The 91st  Annual Academy Awards Nominees are:

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice”

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”

Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”

Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

 

Best Actress

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”

Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”

Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

 

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, “Vice”

Marina de Tavira, “Roma”

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Emma Stone, “The Favourite”

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Picture

“Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“The Favourite”

“Green Book”

“Roma”

“A Star Is Born”

“Vice”

 

Best Director

“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

“Cold War,” Paweł Pawlikowski

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Lanthimos

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

“Vice,” Adam McKay

 

Best Foreign Language Film

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)

“Cold War” (Poland)

“Never Look Away” (Germany)

“Roma” (Mexico)

“Shoplifters” (Japan)

 

Best Documentary Feature

“Free Solo”

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

“Minding the Gap”

“Of Fathers and Sons”

“RBG”

 

Best Documentary Short

“Black Sheep”

“End Game”

“Lifeboat”

“A Night at The Garden”

“Period. End of Sentence.”

 

Best Short, Animated

“Animal Behaviour”

“Bao”

“Late Afternoon”

“One Small Step”

“Weekends” Best Short, Live-Action

“Detainment”

“Fauve”

“Marguerite”

“Mother”

“Skin”

 

Best Animated Feature

“Incredibles 2”

“Isle of Dogs”

“Mirai”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

 

Best Original Song

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther”

“I’ll Fight” from “RBG”

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“A Star Is Born”

 

Best Original Screenplay

“The Favourite”

“First Reformed”

“Green Book”

“Roma”

“Vice”

 

Best Cinematography

“Cold War,” Łukasz Zal

“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan

“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

 

Best Production Design

“The Favourite”

“Black Panther”

“First Man”

“Mary Poppins Returns”

“Roma”

 

Best Costume Design

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres

“Black Panther,” Ruth Carter

“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

 

Best Film Editing

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis

“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito

“Vice,” Hank Corwin

 

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

“Border,” Göran Lundström & Pamela Goldammer

“Mary Queen of Scots,” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher & Jessica Brooks

“Vice,” Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe & Patricia DeHaney

 

Best Original Score

“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell

“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat “Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman

 

Best Sound Editing

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“First Man”

“A Quiet Place”

“Roma”

 

Best Sound Mixing

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“First Man”

“Roma”

“A Star Is Born”

 

Best Visual Effects

“Avengers: Infinity War”

“Christopher Robin”

“First Man”

“Ready Player One”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

 

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Winner of the African Responsible Tourism Awards Most Sustainable Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire was also hailed in 2016 by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see,” and listed by BBC as a “Top African festival.”

More than a festival, MTN Bushfire is a living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil, yet inclusive and welcoming to guests from all over the world. MTN Bushfire 2019 will continue to reflect the festival’s distinctly African ethos, with a strong focus on regional music, culture, and arts.

 

To that end, MTN Bushfire is excited to announce the addition of one of of Nigeria’s hottest acts, Asa as a headline act for the MTN Bushfire Main Stage.

Asa, the Nigerian and French singer, is known for her soulful voice, powerful lyrics and according to some, with her dread-locked hair, quirky glasses and guitar, Asa has earned a place as the de-facto patron saint of the cerebral, boho-chic Nigerian.

Her style is unique, lying somewhere between pop and soul — and just a twist of reggae. Her music features mainly English lyrics, but she also sings in Yoruba, a West African language widely spoken in Nigeria.

Her songs say a lot about our melancholy, our dreams, our thoughts and our reflections. It almost feels like they’ve been part of our lives even before Asa wrote and sang them.

The rest of the continent is also well represented at this year’s MTN Bushfire, with artists from across Africa confirmed to perform.   Newly announced artists include Nairobi-based “Blinky” Bill Sellanga, a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer and one fourth of Kenyan art and music collective, Just a Band, as well as SWAMA lifetime achievement winner Smiles Mandla Makama who is an elder statesmen of the Swati music scene and who has opened for the like of Salif Keita and been featured on Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.  His most notable instrument is the Smilerphone, a great innovation of the traditional Makhoyane Bow.

 

Mahube, also announced for this year’s line-up brings together some of Southern Africa’s top musicians in an explosive collaboration directed by the multi-award winning Steve and Bokani Dyer that will also include a tribute to the late Oliver Mtukudzi, one of the leading forces of the original Mahube.

 

South Africa’s Thabang Tabane, is the heir to the father and founder of the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane and will bring his world-class band from the township of Mamelodi to the MTN Bushfire stage.

 

This year sees the return of Botswana to the MTN Bushfire stage with the selection of Sereetsi & the Natives amongst an all-star international line-up. Sereetsi is considered a pioneer on the cultural landscape in Botswana and the group presents a fearless sound that blends traditional Botswana rhythms with Western influences.

 

Additionally, MTN Bushfire has also announced other African super-stars who will take to the various stages, including the Main Stage, House on Fire Ampitheatre, and The Barn. These artists include, GranMah, the Dub / Reggae Fusion band from Mozambique, Dobet Gnahoré from Côte d’IvoireMaia and the Big Sky from Kenya, and Eme and Moonchild from Nigeria and South Africa respectively.

 

MTN Bushfire also welcomes from Europe include the indie/ alternative Puts Marie from Switzerland and Austria’s Aramboa whose electronic soul music includes elements of Downbeat, Triphop, IDM, Neo-Soul, Bass Music, Dubstep and Jazz.

 

With ticket sales for the 2019 edition up over 70% from this time last year, guests are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Additional ticket and accommodation information can be found on the MTN Bushfire website, www.bush-fire.com. Make sure to follow MTN Bushfire on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE/

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Crooner Joel Zuma will set the stage alight at the Motown-themed Valentine’s night at Hard Rock Cafe in Sandton on Thursday 14th February. This velvety-voiced singer is promising a sexy, soulful performances for lovers and singles alike.

 

Joel and his band present a vibrant, eclectic mix of original Afro Soul, Afro Pop, Soul Ballads with a touch of Afro Jazz. A renowned performer who’s shared the stages with a lot of big names who include the late Bra Hugh Masekela, Caiphus Semenya, Thandiswa Mazwai, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Tshepo Tshola among others. His uncanny ability to capture audiences has made him one of the young acts to watch in 2019. He has performed at various festivals around the world.

 

 

“I love love, and singing about love makes me happy. Valentine’s day will very special at Hard Rock Cafe, I am putting on a sexy and unforgettable show” commented Joel.

 

Hard Rock Cafe is committed to opening its doors and stage to incredible South African acts, celebrating African music, exposing artists to its audiences. Tuesday shows are free and Thursday shows are at R100 at webtickets and R120 at the door.

 

Below are the shows Hard Rock Cafe is hosting this month:

 

YBS Trio (jazz band) – free show on Tuesday 12th February

 

Joel Zuma – Thursday 14th February

 

Yonela Mnana – Tuesday 19th February (free show)

 

Zoe Modiga – Thursday 21st February

 

YBS Trio – Tuesday 26th February (free show)

 

Urban Village – Thursday 28th February

 

All shows start from 20:00.

 

 

 

 

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