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PACOFS first ever indaba

Posted by radio On April - 7 - 2014 Comments Off on PACOFS first ever indaba


The Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) is stepping into the future with it’s first-ever Artists Indaba. Taking place at the Sand du Plessis Theatre at PACOFS’ Bloemfontein complex on April 12th, the milestone event presents a unique opportunity for performing arts stakeholders in the province to become part of the new era of PACOFS. pacofs


The latter began with the confirmation of Teboho Macholo as CEO and the appointment of veteran actor, Jerry Mofokeng as Artistic Director earlier this year. Its aim is the development and production of performing arts in a way that serves Free State audiences and beyond. The new era of PACOFS is also set to play an increasingly important part of the Department of Arts and Culture’s primary objective of laying the foundation of greatness.


This Indaba is a platform for us to articulate our plans and for our stakeholders to express their wishes and aspirations and we are encouraging as wide a participation as possible,” says Macholo. Among the plans to be presented by PACOFS on April 12th will be the year’s programme and the many partnerships that have already been brokered by Macholo and his team with the likes of the Central University of Technology CUTS) and the SABC.


The Artists Indaba is also the first time that the artistic community of the Free State will be able to engage with Mofokeng.   “I’m very excited about the chance to meet as many players and stakeholders as possible,” says the veteran actor of the upcoming Indaba.


Of course, I am excited to bring my skills and expertise to PACOFS and share my vision for the coming years. But, equally, it’s important that I get to know the people and organizations that drive the arts in this province. Only when we have a shared vision will we be able to take PACOFS into the future and make our mark as a performing arts establishment to be reckoned with, nationally and even internationally.”   The PACOFS Artists Indaba is a significant event on the national performing arts stage and is set to mark the start of the Free State becoming a significant national player.

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MTN Bushfire 2014 – May 30th – June 1st

Posted by radio On December - 17 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

bushfireSwaziland’s highly acclaimed three-day music and arts festival returns for another year of true ‘art with heart’ celebrations. By promoting creative expression and social responsibility, MTN BUSHFIRE is the only festival that donates 100% of its profits to charity.


In 2013 over 30,000 people enjoyed three days of music, activism and cultural expression amidst the beauty of Swaziland. Day passes for the festival sold out leaving hundreds of disappointed fans – make sure you don’t miss out – as the 2014 edition promises even more diverse acts from around the world as well as a range of opportunities for YOU to make a difference and #BRING YOUR FIRE.


MTN Bushfire 2014 will continue with the international flavour of MTN Bushfire that has seen acts such as Bomba Estereo (Colombia), Stewart Sukuma (Mozambique), Joy Frempong – Oy (Ghana / Switzerland), Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla (Niger), The Soil (South Africa), Nathalie Natiembé (Reunion Islands) amongst many others.


Some initial acts have already been confirmed and will be joined by dozens of other acts from South Africa, Swaziland the rest of the continent and further afield.


La33 (Colombia): Courtesy of the Colombian Embassy

Caribbean and salsa sounds fuse with street rhythms to create something truly unique. Inspired by the “calle 33,” a meeting place where young artists are experimenting, exchange ideas, find new ways to dress and where musicians come to play all common – the group is a true expression of this ethos.


Kadebostany (Switzerland): Courtesy of Pro-Helvetia

A striking visual identity and their infamously powerful live performances backed by an exclusive visual show perfect the experience. Bearing both a solid artistic credibility and an evident potential for broad appeal, Kadebostany are set to stand as undisputed heralds of a renewal in the pop music world.


Mokoomba (Zimbabwe): Courtesy of Pamberi trust/African Synergy

Exuberant youthful energy bursting with natural talent and contagious rhythm, the six young men of Mokoomba are Zimbabwe’s next generation of hope. Musically distinct, Mokoomba combines traditional and modern instruments with a rich blend of rhythms, creating a vibrant sound consisting of not only traditional Tonga music but embracing the diverse cultures of southern Africa


Qibho and Sands (Swaziland)

To a person who has never met them, the band Qibho & Sands sounds like a duet yet this is magical fusion of poetry, vocals and guitars is made up of three guys; Qibho, Sands and Bandile. Their music is not only deep, soulful and mesmerising; it also has a groovy vibe to it that can make any person sing and dance along.


Tickets can be bought online at (from mid-December 2013). For more artist info, travel packages and the latest news:



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6th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards on SABC2

Posted by radio On November - 7 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The long awaited  annual SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards, are finally around the corner. Yet again the impressive ICC Arena in Durban will be brought down by the majestic backdrop and heavenly voices on the 17th Nov 2011.  SABC has been for years proudly associated with the Crown Gospel Music Awards and this year the Public Service Broadcaster is again a media partner for this auspicious Gospel Awards Ceremony which will not only include local Gospel artist but also artist from beyond our borders.

Kaizer Kganyago, SABC Spokesperson says, “We are highly encouraged by the continued growth of the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards . Gospel music represents one of the most popular genres across the SABC platforms both Radio and television especially on SABC1and SABC 2’s audience and therefore the channel’s association with the Crown Gospel Music Awards reflects this natural attraction”, he concluded.

SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards, are a platform to salute and award excellence in the Gospel Music Industry under various categories. To date the Awards boasts more than 30 categories. The winners are awarded a Crown, for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.

The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC 2 on Sunday 17th November 2013 at 20:00.

SABC will also be supporting Crown Gospel Awards through its other various platforms including Radio and other TV programmes.

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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.


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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.


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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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