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Rita Ora to host the 2017 MTV EMAs

Posted by radio On November - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

One of the hottest and biggest nights in the European awards calendar is coming to African screens live from London.


Hosted by and featuring a performance by pop superstar Rita Ora, the 2017 MTV EMAs is set to be an epic ceremony of global proportions, airing live on Sunday 12 November at 22:00 CAT simulcast on both MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322). Also available on DStv Now.



The evening includes a sensational ensemble of performers and presenters including; Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Kesha, Camila Cabello, The Killers, Stormzy, Natalie Dormer, and Madison Beer.



This year’s MTV EMAs features six African artists nominated for the MTV EMAs Best Africa Act category, including two of SA’s very own talent; Babes Wodumo and Nasty C, Nigeria’s Wizkid and Davido, Kenya’s Nyashinski and C4 Pedro representing Angola

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See Terry Phetho and other local stars in Madiba

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Discovery is bringing you a six-part drama series Madiba with a stellar cast.

Madiba focuses on the revolution created by Nelson Mandela to fight for the freedom and equality of all South Africans, despite the efforts of those in power to maintain longstanding separation and discrimination in the country.

Watch it on Monday 6 November ay 21:00 on Discovery.


The series will see Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela and Orlando Jones as Oliver Tambo.

– Keep checking for an interview with Orlando Jones.

Here are some of the local cast who are also in Madiba. Look out for their interviews coming soon to

Terry Phetho as Winnie Mandela. We all know this amazing award-winning beauty. From the likes of Tsotsi, Bold and The Beautiful to A United Kingdom. She also won Best Actress TV/Drama 2017 for the Madiba miniseries at the International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA AWARDS) earlier this year.


Hlomla Dandala plays Govan Mbeki. He’s played Oliver Tambo in Winnie, was also in Happiness Is a Four Letter Word, Contract and Land of Thirst amongst many others.

Kate Liquorish as Ruth First. She’s been on Catching Feelings, Eye in the Sky amd The Bantu Hour.

Meren Reddy as Ahmed Kathrada. You may have seen him in Mr Bones 2, Invictus, Homeland and Lullaby amongst others.


Lerato Mvelase as Albertina Sisulu. She’s been on Saints and Sinners S3, The Road, and currently on Isibaya (Weekdays at 20:30 on Mzansi Magic, also available on DStv Now) as Lt Samkelo Mkhize.


Thishiwe Ziqubu as Evelyn Mandela. You can watch Thishiwe on The Imposter Sundays at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic. Also available on DStv Now.  She’s also been on It’s Complicated, Hard To get and Tell Me Sweet Something amongst others.


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Are you a fun loving and crazy about Summer, Music, Sand and Surf?


If you tick all the boxes, then this one’s for you! Grab your beach towel and sunscreen, and join the new tribe known as Africa’s Fun-Loving People (AFLPs) as they launch the very first #BRINGSUMMERBACK –Fresh Ink Party!


Brought to you by the Chief Fun Lovers of EM.ZA Entertainment, powered by MTVBASE, Clere Radience &, #BRINGSUMMERBACK- Fresh Ink Party is the ultimate beach party where summer bodies are flaunted, great music never ceases, pop culture personalities mingle and, most importantly, the fun never stops.

“BRINGSUMMERBACK is aimed at bringing together all fun loving people together under the African sun. We are looking at having AFLPs from the continent coming together to celebrate Summer and African music and the beautiful city of Durban create the perfect ambience for this event. This year we’ve teamed up with the Fresh Ink Party to throw the biggest party to welcome Summer 2017!” says Emmanuel Dube of EM.ZA Entertainment.


Fashioned after the world’s best beach parties from Miami to Ibiza, the #BRINGSUMMERBACK – Fresh Ink party will breathe new life to the sunny Palm Tree Paradise of Durban on November 25 as we welcome the official South African Summer season.


The inaugural shindig will see over 20 artists and DJs which include Gqom Queen Babes Wodumo (photos attached), Riky Rick, Major League, Distruction Boys, DJ Walker, DJ Wobbly, Junior DeRocka, Lady Zamar, “NgizoMemeza” hit maker DJ Benny Maverick and Gagasi FM’s DJ Vumar, DJ Mayibuye, to name but a few, flock to the Blue Lagoon Beach in Durban.


Among the throng of celebrities who’ll be hosting this event and making sure that the Music lovers have the good time of their lives will be MTVbaseduo Nomalanga and Tshego Koke, Ntando Duma, Generations’ Thuli P (Phongolo), Club 808’s Bontle Modiselle, The Queen’s Kay Sibiya,  to name but a few.


So get your beachwear on and head over to the Blue Lagoon Beach, Durban on Saturday, November 25, to be part of the coolest crowd in town – Africa’s Fun-Loving People! Miss it as your own peril *wink*.

Tickets now available at Computicket at R120 for General and only R350 for VIP before the 25th November.

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DISCOP announces partnership with Sky Rink Studios

Posted by radio On October - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DISCOP Johannesburg is pleased to announce a partnership with Sky Rink studios, aimed at supporting independent producers working in Johannesburg.  This year’s DISCOP Johannesburg will be hosting over 300 African producers who could benefit from the resources now available at Sky Rink.

With the massive and ever-increasing interest in African content, there are more and more independent producers looking to do co-productions in South Africa and specifically Joburg.

All of these productions will need sets, crews, production offices, fully equipped, sound proofed studios, as well as editing suits and final mix facilities.


SkyRink Studios offers a one-stop shop with channel hosting and live transmission capabilities, tools that are critical for the growth of content made in Africa.


As part of this partnership, DISCOP will promote Sky Rink facilities via tours taking place during DISCOP where producers will have the opportunity to visit the facilities and Sky Rink will also have a space at DISCOP to showcase their various platforms and services.


Frank Mahopi, Executive Chairman of Sky Rink explains further, “As Sky Rink Studios we see this partnership as a great opportunity to showcase our facilities to the right target audience. Our high-tech facilities create a one stop shop located three blocks away from Downtown Music Studios in the City of Joburg’s Creative Corridor. The Sky Rink Studios and Downtown Music Studios present an immediate and effective solution for Producers on the continent and abroad looking for production facilities that will meet their high tech needs.”


PatrickZuchowicki of DISCOP also stresses the importance of a facility such as this in regards to the growth of the African content industry, “DISCOP is committed to supporting the growth of content made in Africa. Producers however, need facilities that understand and support them. We feel that Sky Rink Studios is just that kind of facility and we are excited to partner with them and share this valuable information with the hundreds of producers from across Africa who will be attending this year’s event. This kind of partnership is exactly whereDISCOP aims to be as we continue to find ways to support the industry on the continent.


SkyRink Studios stand can be found in the main exhibition hall at The Sandton Convention Centre, along with dozens of other major players from the African and global film industry.


DISCOP Johannesburg started on Wednesday October 25th and runs daily through Friday Oct 27th.

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Heart FM launches Heart Cape Town Music Festival

Posted by radio On October - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

 Heart FM is set to host one of the biggest music festivals in the Western Cape on 10 February 2018 at the Newlands Cricket Stadium. The Heart Cape Town Music Festival will see 22 top South African acts on one stage including hip hop superstar AKA and the legendary Mango Groove to name but a few.


The family friendly event aims to attract a diverse audience with music spanning across genre’s to appeal to both the young and young at heart.  Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys explains. “Putting on this multi-million rand event for the people of Cape Town is our way of saying thank you for making us the biggest radio station in the Western Cape*.”


Festival Directors Denver Apollus and Marlo Paulse are confident that theHeart Cape Town Music Festival will be an event second to none. Apollus adds, “We are mindful of the challenges previous concerts at Newlands Cricket Ground has faced and we are applying a different model in the site layout for the event.  Asked about the event, Paulse believes it is something unique to offer Heart FM’s listeners. “Apart from the affordability we see theHeart Cape Town Music Festival as an opportunity to bring Cape Town to life all on one stage.”


Confirmed artists to perform on the day include: Jimmy Nevis, Youngsta CPT, Mark Alex, Prime Circle, Craig Lucas, AKA, Casper Nyovest, Sketchy Bongo, Tresor, Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Mango Groove, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Nasty C, Emo Adams, Sasha Lee, Alistair Izobell , Salome, Kurt Darren, Chad Saaiman, Jarrad Ricketts and Airborne.


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On Saturday, 4 November 2017, animators and storytellers across Africa will be able to hear first-hand what it takes to develop TV series for worldwide distribution.

During an Animate Africa webinar streamed on YouTube Live, Triggerfish Animation Studios will share insights from two years of developing TV series through The Story Lab, that had the support of The Walt Disney Company and the Department of Trade and Industry. The Story Lab, to date, has led to two worldwide distribution deals for series set and made in Africa.


​In 2015, Triggerfish ran a search for animation writers throughout the African continent.  The Triggerfish Story Lab attracted 1 378 projects from 30 countries across Africa, with eight chosen to be taken into full development.


At the webinar, Triggerfish will discuss what made those eight projects stand out and also share some of the feedback they’ve received from international distributors.

Last month, Triggerfish announced its partnership with leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE to co-produce one of these, the comedy action series,Mama K’s Super 4.


Aimed at 6-11 year olds, Mama K’s Super 4 is set in Lusaka, where four teenage girls are recruited by former secret agent Mama K to help her save the world. Fighting rich and powerful opponents with limited resources means the girls will have to be smart and resourceful in a show in which taking down the bad guys and turning in your homework is all in a day’s work!


At the webinar, Zambian creator Malenga Mulendema and her Cameroon-born character designer, Malcolm Wope, will discussMama K’s Super 4 as one of four case studies of projects generating international interest from Africa.


Vanessa Sinden, who produced the Story Lab, will also give some highly practical tips on how to get your concept into a pitch document that can be shown to distributors.


Other confirmed speakers include award-winning Kenyan filmmaker (and Story Lab alumni) Wanuri Kahiu; Raffaella Delle Donne, co-writer of two of South Africa’s five highest-grossing films of all-time,Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba; Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest; and the founders of two other South African animation companies: Bugbox and Sanusi Chronicles.


Delegates will be able to ask questions via Facebook and Twitter.


“If you have ever thought about bringing your own characters to life as an animated TV series, this webinar is for you,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “The Triggerfish Story Lab proved again that Africa is full of amazing stories, at a time when there’s a global demand for more diverse content, so it feels like African animation is at a tipping point.”


The webinar is organized by Animate Africa, with the support of M-Net 101, Toon Boom Animation, Triggerfish Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Company Africa, in partnership with African Digital Art, AnimationSA, Animation West Africa, Animation Xchange,  Arterial Network, Association of Animation Artists, Cape Town International Animation Festival, Cape Town International Film Market and Festival,  CGAfrica, Comexposed, Design Indaba, Digital Lab Africa, Fan Con, Kawkab El Rasameen (Painter’s Planet), Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission, Lagos Comic Con, Lusaka Comic Con, Naiccon, Tanzania CGI Artists, The Animation Club Africa, The National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, Wesgro, and Writers Guild of South Africa.


Register for the free webinar at


​Saturday 4 November

13h00 SAST: Creating an animated TV series

Session 1:   The global stage and where Africa fits in (Stuart Forrest, CEO Triggerfish)

Session 2:   Content that is local but global (Anthony Silverston, Head of Development, Triggerfish)

Session 3:    Putting together a TV pitch package on a budget (Vanessa Sinden, Story Lab Producer)

Session 4:    Writing for children (Raffaella Delle Donne, Head of Story Lab TV series)

Session 5:    From Africa to the world: challenges and opportunities (Babalwa Baartman & Thulani Simantov, Sanusi Chronicles)

Session 6:    Art without agenda: why frivolity and fun are important (Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Story Lab alumni)

Session 7:    Q&A

20 minute break.


15h00 SAST: Case Studies

Session 1:   Ninja Princess (Kelly Dillon & Marc Dey)

Session 2:   Mama K’s Super 4 (Malenga Mulendema)

Session 3:   Designing Mama K’s Super 4 (Malcolm Wope)

Session 4:   Musi and Cuckoo (Tim Argall & Candice Argall)

Session 5:    Cloud Life (Andrew Phillips)

Session 6:   Q&A

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Tortured Soul Live at The Lyric

Posted by radio On October - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Whilst Kaya FM & Bassline Live have been striving to bring the best in African acts to the ‘Live at the Lyric’ series over the past year, we are proud to announce a slightly different twist to the end of 2017, in the form of international house and soul sensation Tortured Soul.


100% live modern, deep, soulful house music that prides itself on being freed from the dj booth, Tortured Soul is one of the worlds most groove-centred acts.  With a sound reminiscent of neo-soul groups like Jamiroquai or Brand New Heavies, it is also deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Joe Negro, Kenny Dope, Soul Clap and Disclosure.

Loved and revered by South African audiences through word-of-mouth and strong radio play, this is one show that Afropolitans will not want to miss.


Led by frontman John-Christian Urich, Tortured Soul was quickly picked up by New York-based deep house label Central Park Recordings and the group was officially launched to the world.  Since then it has become a staple amongst DJ’s across the globe and received major airplay, including a number 1 on Kaya FM.


‘Introducing Tortured Soul’, the debut album, was dubbed by legendary tastemaker Gilles Petersen as “the future of house music”.  The follow-up album, 2009’s ‘Did You Miss Me’, released on the band’s own label, TSTC Records, ushered in a new wave of critical acclaim from music publications like Blues and Soul, SoulBounce, and SoulTracks who described the album as “one immaculate danceable tune after another.”


With a new album, ‘Hot For Your Love Tonight’, burning up dance floors with songs like the heartfelt ‘I’ll Be There For You’ and the Deep House-flavoured ‘Don’t Lead Me On’, Tortured Soul shows no signs of stopping. The future of House Music is now.


Once again, stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, new affiliates to the Kaya Fm & Bassline Live series, will be on board, standing behind the rich arts an culture scene in SA through music.



The band will be performing for one night only at the Lyric on the 15th December and tickets are on sale at Computicket now for between R200 to R685.  Book now for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


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Gaming Africa, the two day conference which runs across the 24th and 25th October in Johannesburg, has attracted the support of 49 organisations comprising commercial, trade association and media sponsors.  The first edition of the free-to-attend event, organised by Clarion Gaming, will feature commercial sponsors BetConstruct, FSB, GLI, Kiron Interactive and Sirplay.  Gaming Africa’s supporting partners comprise the European Casino Association, Global Gaming Company, Industry Group For Responsible Gaming, Spectrum Gaming Group and the Western Cape Bookmakers Association with a further 39 media channels including B2B gaming and business media, all covering the launch event.

Reflecting on the response, Clarion Gaming’s Curtis Roach, Content Lead for Gaming Africa, said: “We’ve worked hard in partnership with the market to curate an event which chimes with the development of gaming across the African continent.  We have established an extensive two-day learning programme featuring national and international thought leaders, created unrivalled networking opportunities with the continent’s foremost operators, suppliers and regulators and flown in two of world gaming’s most respected training experts to provide complimentary courses valued at R15,000.


“Learning and training are the foundation stones of Gaming Africa and the opportunity to network underpins every element of the two days delegates will spend with us in Johannesburg.  From our experience putting on events throughout the world, the gaming industry thrives when it has the opportunity to sit down and talk about opportunities, challenges, technology, regulation, personalities and products.  This is what Gaming Africa is all about and the energy this combination of topics brings will be in abundance.”


He added: “It’s not just the commercial world that has shown its support for next week’s event.  Gaming Africa will also feature influential regulators including Edgar Agaba, CEO, Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board Uganda, Jean Claude Mushimire, Head of the Services Industry Development Policy, Rwanda Ministry of Trade and Industry and Peter Mireku, Commissioner for the Gaming Commission of Ghana.”


To be part of this historic event which has received registrations from a total of 52 nations, including 16 from the continent of Africa, visit:

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South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) joins South Africans and the world in the unveiling of the life-size statue of Oliver Reginald Tambo at OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday 19 October 2017. The event is part of the build-up to the centenary celebration that will take place on 27 October 2017 under the theme:   Life and Legacy of OR Tambo and is expected to run until December 2017.

Nine SABC Radio Stations, News and Current Affairs will be broadcasting from OR Tambo International Airport between 6h00 and 13h00 including live interviews on Morning Live and morning drive time radio shows.  Other platforms and programmes will be crossing to the event at different intervals.


“As part of the SABC’s mandate to inform, educate and entertain, the nine Radio stations that will broadcast the event include 5FM, SAFM, Radio 2000, Ukhozi FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Lesedi FM, Ikwekwezi FM, Channel Africa, and METRO FM.  Other SABC Radio stations will be supporting the event on air using the #ORTambo100 with the support of the SABC digital news. SABC News and current affairs programmes will also cover the event”, said Mr Kaizer Kganyago, the Spokesperson for the SABC.


Content on OR Tambo has been a permanent feature on SABC platforms since 100 and 50 day countdown to his birthday on 27 October 2017.  Storyline integration into soapies, broadcast of documentaries are some of the activities that the SABC is doing to celebrate this giant.

The official hashtag for the campaign is: #ORTambo100

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Son to Peter Tladi, one of the most prolific and respected music industry experts, Tumi Tladi is undoubtedly his father’s son. With music in his DNA, it was a matter of time since the world would hear Tumi’s incredible sound. The release of his debut album Written In The Stars is testament to his hard work, passion and unbreakable spirit.

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Ferocious Hip hop beats fused with modern day trap, slick flow, memorable keys layered beautifully, making a well-put together body of art, Written In The Stars. His first single Dirty Dancer is every producer’s dream with all the makings of an absolute hit. Some of the songs on the album include Like That, Adidas, Chemistry and Fade.


Written In The Stars is a 13-track album which flows from start to finish, with a number of features from the likes of Thiwe, Cuebar, Phantom Steeze, B3nchmarQ, Christie and DJ Smokes.

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Tumi, 25 years old, broke into the entertainment scene as a dancer, performing alongside respected names, the likes of Somizi, Lalla Hirayama, Cassper Nyovest and Khuli Chana among others. As a dancer, he has performed across North America, Europe, Asia and a number of African countries. Tumi has always known that he would end up in the music industry. Not only a rapper with a flawless flow, his singing is also tasteful.


Not one to ride on his family name for recognition, Tumi has earned his stripes in the industry and has proven to be a stronger force to be reckoned with among his peers. His offering is a gift and a steering in the direction for the hip hop industry.


Written In The Stars is available on all digital music platforms and retail stores.


Connect with Tumi on social media: @TumiTladi

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