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SABC a media partner for the annual SATMA Awards

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS


The SABC  has re-affirmed its media partnership with The South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA) Awards due to take place at the Buffalo Cricket Stadium in East London, Eastern Cape on Friday 04 and Saturday 05 October 2013 at 18h00.


This year for the first time the SATMA’s have been split into two days on Friday the event will host a 99% Indigenous Comedy Show and the main music awards ceremony on Saturday evening.


SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says,” As the country’s only public service broadcaster, the SABC continuously strives to empower the local music industry through its 18 Radio Stations and 3 TV channels. Music be it traditional, Jazz, Gospel, Choral Music or any genre plays a crucial role in the promotion of the culture of South Africa’s people.  The SATMA Awards offers an opportunity to the SABC to continue showcasing the countries   music cultural diversity.  Music occupies a central place in the SABC’s programming”.


The SATMA AWARDS were launched in 2005 to promote, preserve, uplift, develop, honour and award traditional musicians across racial and ethnic background. From the inaugural SATMA Awards 2006 to the 6th anniversary SATMA Awards 2011 hosted in Kwa-Zulu Natal (Durban ICC), the SATMA Awards have made a tremendous contribution in the cultural landscape of South Africa through nation building, social cohesion and implementing the above mentioned objectives.


The 8th Annual SATMA Awards 2012 which will be hosted in the Eastern Cape Province (East London), will continue to showcase, honour and award traditional musicians in partnership with the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, SABC, National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC), Daily Dispatch, Drum Magazine, G4 Brothers Brands and DANCO.


South Africa’s top artist and song writer Ntando Bangani is still The SATMA Awards Ambassador for 2013.


SABC’s involvement at the SATMA Award’s this year entails the following:

Umhlobo Wenene FM
and Tru FM – will do Live Broadcasts and Live Crossings from the venue, East London 04 and 05 October 2013.

• Live Crossings by all SABC Radio Stations to Umhlobo Wenene FM & Tru FM for an update on the day of the SATMA AWARDS event.
• Interviewing SATMA Awards Winners during and post Award Ceremony by SABC Radio Stations relevant to the Winners, e.g. Best Ndebele Album Winner to be interviewed by
Ikwekwezi FM.

– Selimathunzi will film on 04th and on 05th October will do the red carpet and Roots will do the insert which will be broadcast later.
SABC 1 will broadcast the SATMA Awards on Saturday 19 October 2013 at 8pm.


[Issued by: SABC]


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Smile 90.4fm’s anchor Benito Vergotine will show off his sportsmanship on the golf course, alongside other celebrities in the first Pearl Valley Celebrity Golf Day on 27 September 2013, at Pearl Valley Golf Estate in Paarl.


Vergotine was approached to participate in this inaugural event as he was the ambassador for the Sunflower Fund last year and is still one of their biggest supporters. “I’ll be playing with someone, but I’m not sure who is included in our four ball yet. My goal is to enjoy the day and meet some of the other celebrities in attendance.”


Playing with a handicap of 14, Vergotine admits that he has not had the time to work on his skills, as he has not played since the Sanlam South African Women’s Match Play Championship in July, with co-presenter Brandon Baatjies.


“It’s a wonderful gesture on Sunflower Fund’s part. Everyone involved who I’ve spoken to is looking forward to the event,” Vergotine adds.


Tune into Benito Vergotine on Smile90.4fm on weekdays from 09h00 to 12h00 and Sundays from 10h00 to 14h00.


[Issued By: Smile FM]

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Rise & Shine Sandton

Posted by radio On September - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Following the great Music, Nature & Food on offer at the Autumn & Winter productions

this year, Rise & Shine Acoustic Music Festival returns to Sandton Central Park for its

Spring Edition in partnership with Johannesburg City Parks.



Saturday 28 September will feature some of South Africa’s best acoustic musical talents

& Johannesburg’s collectively eco-friendly community at Sandton’s garden oasis.

The line-up includes Dan Patlansky, David van Vuuren, Rambling Bones, Tidal Waves,

Shotgun Tori, Joshua Grierson, Mosoeu Ketlele Trio, Frankie Beagle and Some Grow




Rise & Shine will plant 1 tree for every 50 people who attend the festival. Festival-goers

will also have the option of paying an additional R100 to ‘Green’ their ticket & a tree will

be planted on their behalf & the co-ordinates sent to them.



Rise & Shine opens its doors at 8am, in time for organic muffins, Ethiopian coffee,

coconuts & freshly-squeezed orange juice before the 9am Yoga session commences.

A relaxed stretch on the lawn for beginners & experienced yogis alike.


Sandton Central Park is within walking (or tuk-tuk) distance from the Gautrain & Sandton

City. Parking at Sandton City is R10 for the day. The Gautrain runs from 5.30am until


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Heart 104.9FM Celebrates it’s Annual Spring Dip

Posted by radio On September - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Spring Dip is an annual Heart 104.9FM event which takes place in the first week of Spring each year. Currently in its 4th year, the main objective of the event is for the DJ’s and the station to connect with its listeners and to promote beach and water safety. The Marine and Costal Law Enforcement Unit of the City of Cape Town and the Muizenberg Lifesaving Club will join the Heart FM team on the beach and will use the event as a tool to create awareness about sea safety during the upcoming beach season.


Heart FM DJ’s, local celebrities and representatives from the city’s media are invited to attend and participate in a range of fun activities planned for the day. All attendees are enticed to brave the cold waters and dive into the ocean as a celebration of the coming of Spring.


This year’s Spring Dip will take place on Muizenberg Beach on Saturday, 7th September between 9am and 2pm with a packed programme including: Beach Volleyball and Rugby. There’s also tons of fun for the kids including: Jumping Castles, Face Painting, Treasure Hunt and Sandcastle Building. The brand new addition to the day will be “Dunk the DJ”, giving the listeners a chance to have fun with our DJ’s.


Lifesaving demonstrations by the Muizenberg Lifesaving Club are guaranteed to enthral the audience and give both adults and children some valuable tips relating to safety on the beach and in the sea over the coming festive period.


Two popular traditions that have become entrenched at Heart FM’s annual Spring Dip are the “Dance Off’s” and the “Mass Dip” which are sure to have all attendees in stitches!


Don’t miss out on a fun filled day in celebration of this year’s highly anticipated arrival of Spring!



Date:                 7th September 2013 

Time:                 9am – 2pm

Venue:               Muizenberg Beach

Cost:                  Free of charge

Refreshments: Will be on sale 

Theme:             Fun for the whole family


[Source: Heart 104.9 FM]




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OFM presents Bonnie Tyler live in concert

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Bonnie Tyler fans can expect a Total Eclipse of the Heart when the electrifying Welsh songbird performs one performance at the Callie Human Centre, on 1 September 2013 at 18:00.


Bonnie Tyler, the husky-voiced pop-rock diva behind hits such as Lost in France, It’s Heartache and Holding out for a Hero, will celebrate Spring Day with OFM and the people of the City of Roses. The concert marks Tyler’s long-awaited return to South African stages. She last performed here 20 years ago. Having released a succession of irresistible classic songs in the 1970s and 1980s, she continues to occupy a special place in the hearts of many South Africans.


Tickets for this once-off concert are available at Computicket from R400 each.


Tyler has been working on a new album, titled Rocks and Honey, which reportedly has a country-rock flavour and is due to be released this year.

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Durban to host CNBC Africa Business Awards

Posted by radio On August - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 EThekwini (Durban) Municipality will play host to the finale of the CNBC Africa for the All Africa Business Leader Awards (AABLA), presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label, to celebrate 2013’s game-changers in African business. Following the success of last year’s inaugural awards, the awards stand to commend the pioneering, bold and inventive individuals who have shaped the world of African business in 2013.


 The countries chosen for this year’s regional ceremonies include Nigeria (West Africa), Rwanda (East Africa) and South Africa. The West African round will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lagos on August 28th with a special post-event CNBC Africa broadcast on September 5th.


 The winners from each region will automatically become finalists in the grand finale to be hosted in the city of EThekwini (Durban), South Africa, later this year.


“We are excited to have Durban on-board with the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards and we look forward to raising the bar even further for African business leaders. As the awards grow from strength to strength, I have no doubt that being recognized at the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leader Awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label will be a crowning achievement for anyone at the top of their career,” says Bronwyn Nielsen, Executive Director of Programming at CNBC Africa.


 By selecting winners from a wide range of categories, the awards recognize the diversity that characterises the field of business, and celebrates the many aspects that combine to form a visionary business landscape.


 The finalist’s for each category in West Africa are:


 Business Leader of the Year

 Jean-Louis Ekra – President and Chairman, African Export-Import Bank

 Segun Agbaje – Managing Director, Guaranty Trust Bank PLC

 Andrew Alli – Africa Finance Corporation President and CEO


 Business Woman of the Year 2013


Arunma Oteh – Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria

Biola Adekanbi-Alabi – Managing Director, M-Net Africa Managing Director

Sola David-Borha – Chief Executive: Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC


 Entrepreneur of the Year 2013


Fabrice Sawegnon – Voodoo Group, CEO

Tayo Oviosu – Paga Founder, CEO

Sim Shagaya – Founder, CEO


 Young Business Leader of the Year 2013


Obinna Ralph Ekezie – Limited, Founder and Managing Director

Jason Njoku – iROKO Partners, CEO and Co-Founder


“These awards are a great opportunity to recognise leaders from throughout the continent. This gives the finalists an opportunity to be showcased on a platform like CNBC Africa and also be recognised globally,” says Yunus Suleman, Chairman of KPMG and of the AABLA Judging panel. 



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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:


12 July 2013

– Pops Mohammed

– Bruce Cassidy







13 July 2013




R110 available through web tickets and at the door



More info on the event:

+2711 – 838-9145/6/2



More info on Bruce Cassidy:




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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 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


29 & 30 May 2013




Carnival City Casino, Big Top Arena


Elsburg Road, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa

Entry Fee:

R250 – R650

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