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Trending Comics is coming to Town

Posted by radio On August - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Trending Comics is coming to South Africa and while we are not talking Batman, Wonder Woman or The Avengers, we are talking some of the hottest young comedians performing in the country today!

 

In its debut South African showing, Trending Comics will feature a stellar line up of our very own comic superheroes in Schalk Bezuidenhout, Robby Collins, Loyiso Madinga and Neil Green embarking on a nationwide tour that will touch down in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg at the end of October and beginning of November. As if that wasn’t enough firepower comedy in one ensemble, there will be different heavyweight comedians to host the shows in each city and we are excited to confirm them as the following; Kurt Schoonraad (Cape Town), Carvin Goldstone (Durban), and Donovan Goliath (Johannesburg).

Ever since the notion of ‘trending’ emerged on social media, it has become a global obsession – everyone wants to ‘trend’, everyone wants to see what’s ‘trending’! So that’s right, get ready to hit those comedy hashtags when Trending Comics comes to town!

 

Trending Comics is a spin-off of the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival. With the aspiration to give Africa a representative on the international comedy festival circuit, JICF is fast achieving global recognition in the manner it brings together comedians from all over the world to perform alongside the very best local and continental talent. The 3rd edition of JICF will be held in March 2018. As stand up comedy continues to explode locally, Trending Comics will give the broader South African audience a taste and feel of the Festival experience.

 

The tour starts at the Cape Town Comedy Club, recently listed in the ‘Top 10 Comedy Clubs in the World’ on Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21; hits the 031 Comedy Club in Morningside, Durban on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29 before closing the curtain on this inaugural edition at The Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4.

 

Theola Conyers, Marketing Manager of Tall Horse Wines says: “Tall Horse is a wine with a difference. Forget stuffy wine rules and frills, and simply enjoy our different take on wine. More colourful and way more fun –we are proudly partnering with Trending Comics to keep you laughing and create unforgettable Tall Horse moments of comedy.”

 

Says Festival director, Takunda Bimha, who previously managed Trevor Noah, Loyiso Gola, Kagiso Lediga and others as the founder of Podium Comedy: “We are incredibly excited to be presenting a tour that consists of the comedians who are not only ‘trending’ right now but also represent the bright future of South African comedy! There has also been an emergence of world class comedy clubs all over the country and we are excited to be taking comedy directly to the people at the very epicentre of where comedy is originated, crafted and perfected! A huge shout goes out to Tall Horse Wines whose stoic support of local comedy has made this tour happen and its great to have Trace TV on board to partner with us on this adventure!”

 

Cape Town

Dates: 20 & 21 October

Venue: Cape Town Comedy Club

Time: 8:30pm. Doors open 6pm

Tickets: R190

Tickets available at Computicket

 

Durban

Dates: 28 & 29 October

Venue: Station 43

Time: 6pm

Tickets R150

Sales link: http://qkt.io/OEMYFZ

 

Johannesburg

Dates: 3 & 4 November

The Goliath Comedy Club Melrose Arch

8pm – Doors open 7pm

Tickets R150

Sales link: http://goliathcomedyclub.com/

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Creating a number of programmes to help grow and recognise young, diverse creative talent across Africa and the Middle East, to showcase Facebook and Instagram’s mobile canvas for brands

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) is once again throwing its full support behind young, digital talent in South Africa, with a busy programme of events for Loeries 2017 Creative Week. The world’s largest social media community is sponsoring the Student Category of The Loeries Awards for the second year running, as well as hosting workshops and hackathons to help upskill young South African creatives in the latest practices for digital marketing and advertising.

 

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director of Facebook Africa, said: “At Facebook, we are passionate about helping talented young creatives across Africa and the Middle East to develop their skills and deliver great concepts that help brands to grow, while entertaining and informing the community. Africa and the Middle East’s emerging digital creatives represent a powerfully diverse pool of talent—one that holds the key to reaching the next billion people.”

 

Highlights scheduled for Facebook’s Loeries Creative Week include:

 

Made on Mobile, 16 August: Giving back to the local community, while showcasing the power of mobile and advertising for small businesses, Facebook will host a hands-on workshop in KwaMashu township. Designed for local small to medium sized businesses, the session will help local SMBs create an engaging and effective business presence, and campaign using only a mobile phone.

 

Instagram “Durban’s Passions” hack, 17 August: Working with top students from advertising schools around the country for a day of fun and learning at the Facebook Creative Hub, the hack will be themed around Instagram and Stories. Exploring quick, creative and easy ways to use video and mobile to connect with passions on Instagram, students will be challenged to create stories about Durban, which will then be judged by a panel including Facebook’s Creative Shop and Durban Tourism.

 

Seminar of Creativity with Facebook Live, 18 August: Facebook’s head of Creative Shop for Middle East and Africa (MEA), Weera Saad will be speaking at the Seminar of Creativity. Exploring mobile as the new creative canvas and how Africa can be driving innovation through its use, the Seminar will also be shown on Facebook Live to encourage conversation around mobile and creativity.

 

Student Category Award, 19 August: New this year, is Facebook’s very own award –‘The Facebook Challenge’ in the student category of the Loeries Awards. This recognises and celebrates the achievements of the next generation of creative professionals who are redefining creativity on mobile. Awarded to a student campaign that creatively addresses gender equality using mobile video, the winning entry will be announced on Saturday evening.

 

“I am excited to be part of the journey that Facebook and the Loeries have embarked on to invest in and grow the next generation of creatives,” says Weera Saad, Head of Creative Shop Facebook for Middle East and Africa. “It will be a pleasure to speak to young creatives in the region about how they can use mobile and video platforms to build connections, conversations and communities.”

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RSG celebrates 80 years of Afrikaans radio

Posted by radio On August - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The world looks completely different than in 1937.  Then, communication was limited, and the introduction of radio – in Afrikaans – changed the world.  Now there’s a vast choice of media, but radio is still prevalent to entertain, educate and inform people – across borders and countries.

 

The past 80 years of Afrikaans radio delivered many highlights, and as part of the celebrations of 80 years of Afrikaans radio broadcasting, some jewels from the archives will be broadcasted, with nostalgic moments, where presenters will talk about the old days of radio and celebrating this milestone with a dance!

 

RSG already started the festivities with a rebroadcast of 13 weekly episodes of the Afrikaans James Bond of the 1960’s, called Staal Burger.  This super-secret spy had a way with the ladies, fast cars and putting the bad guys in their place!  Listeners will thoroughly enjoy this series every Thursday evening at 20:30.

 

During September and October, a series of commissioned documentary programs will be broadcasted.  The focus will be on the highlights of sport on Afrikaans radio, the development of drama over the years, as well as literature and music movements the past 80 years.  RSG will also play extracts from a few programs that were popular on Afrikaans radio over the years.

 

The actual 80th birthday will culminate in a special day of broadcasting on 27 October.

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Iflix secures additional funding

Posted by radio On August - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Iflix, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, recently announced it has completed a $133 million funding round as it continues to deliver on its vision of bringing the world’s best entertainment to its audiences.

 

The funding round, which attracted significant interest from both new investors and existing shareholders, was led by Hearst, one of America’s largest diversified media, information and services companies, and also included additional new investors Singapore-based EDBI and clients of DBS private bank. Existing shareholders Evolution Media, Sky PLC, Catcha Group, Liberty Global, Jungle Ventures and PLDT Inc. also increased their investments.

 

Since going live in May 2015, iflix rapidly established a clear leadership position in emerging markets, setting a new standard for delivering a world-class streaming entertainment service, passionately focused on local customer experiences. Over the last 12 months, the service has seen extraordinary growth across all segments of the business, expanding from four markets to 19 across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The company has additionally built deep integrated distribution partnerships with 27 leading telecommunications operators to bundle the iflix service with customers’ mobile and data subscriptions, all sponsored by the telecommunications provider.

 

During the period, iflix also achieved tremendous growth across subscriber numbers and engagement by 3x and 2x respectively, and recorded some of the highest average active mobile viewing durations of any service in the world at 2.5-2.75 hours per session. The company saw 230 percent growth in year on year revenue, and increased its commitment to localization, producing 26,000 hours of subtitles in nine languages, with locally-curated content in every market. iflix’s full content library showcases thousands of award-winning and iconic first run programs and library content from over 230 studio partners from 30 countries.

 

The new round brings total funding raised by iflix this calendar year to an excess of $220 million. Proceeds from the round will be used to invest in its local content strategy. iflix recently unveiled its first exclusive original production, Oi Jaga Mulut, an audacious, uncensored, no holds barred stand-up comedy series, which since debuting in Malaysia last week, has skyrocketed to the leading show on the service. Partnering with TVOne, iflix also launched live premiere football streaming, available for the first time in Indonesia, which immediately became one of the highest performing shows there with more than 34,000 unique viewers tuning in the first week of airing.

 

Last week, iflix Philippines announced its collaboration with the Philippines’ Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino, to commission an original drama series. iflix Co-founder and Group CEO Mark Britt said: “We are thrilled to welcome Hearst

 

President and CEO Steven Swartz and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication President Neeraj Khemlani to the iflix family. As iflix continues to grow and pioneer new ways for consumers to enjoy entertainment on their terms, we were looking for a partner who could bring additional expertise and knowledge to our business. Hearst is a leading investor and has many of the world’s most innovative and iconic video brands, including ESPN, A+E Networks, Vice, AwesomenessTV, Complex and more.

 

This collaboration significantly deepens our bench of experts with our longstanding partners Evolution Media, Sky and Liberty Global to help drive iflix’s continuing growth.”

 

“From the beginning, our vision for iflix has been to build a word-class service for the local customer, transforming the way everyday consumers enjoy entertainment in emerging markets. These new funds will allow us to further execute on our local content strategy and expand our technology and development teams so we can continue to rapidly evolve the iflix service to meet the unique challenges of emerging markets,” continued Britt.

 

President of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication Neeraj Khemlani said: “iflix is riding the wave of exponential growth of the middle class in emerging markets that want more access to premium regional, local and Western content. We look forward to working with our new partners Sky, Liberty Global, Evolution Media and Catcha Group, as well as emerging market telcos, to support iflix’s innovative founders and management team in their rapid expansion plans.”

 

Founding shareholders Evolution Media and Catcha Group have participated in all preceding capital raisings and further increased their support this round. Evolution Media Founder and Co-Managing Partner Rick Hess said: “As a founding partner of iflix, Evolution Media, along with Catcha Group and Mark, were inspired by the opportunity to reach the ‘next’ 1bn consumers. The phenomenal growth of iflix has  challenged many of the preconceptions we have in Hollywood about how entertainment is consumed in emerging markets around the world. It’s fascinating to see iflix learn, scale and forge this new path.”

 

Catcha Group Co-founder and Group CEO Patrick Grove commented: “Today marks the next step in our journey in creating a category defining company that revolutionizes the way people in emerging markets consume and enjoy content. Since launching in May 2015, iflix has consistently delivered an exceptionally high-value service with strong, unparalleled focus on customer experience.” iflix was advised by Moelis & Company LLC, Delta Partners and Herbert Smith Freehills on the transaction.

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Imbokodo take over Power FM

Posted by radio On August - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

A series of incredible women will take over Power airwaves from 7-9 August.

In celebration of Women’s Month, POWER 98.7 substitutes all male presenters for three days and replaces them with a #987Woman lineup.

 

Last year saw a list of the most influential women in South Africa take the reins, tackling some of the most pressing and delightful issues facing women today.

 

Some of the highlights from previous years of the initiative have seen listeners treated to the insight and thoughts of Thuli Madonsela, Naledi Pandor, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Tumi Morake, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Lira, Phuti Mahanyele, Letta Mbulu, Karima Brown, Judy Dlamini, Khanyi Dhlomo, Rebecca Malope, Minnie Dlamini and Lindiwe Mazibuko to name a few.

 

#987Woman is an on-air platform accompanied by a live 360-degree stream for the duration of the feature.

 

POWER 987 Chairman Given Mkhari set Twitter ablaze when he announced a sneak peek of the guests set to make an appearance in the 2017 edition of #987Woman.

 

Some of these names include:

 

Hulisani Ravele: Presenter on CapricornFM

Dr. Makhosi Busisiwe Khoza: Member of Parliament serving as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration

Amanda Black: Singer-songwriter

Busisiwe Mkhwebane: Public Protector

Terry Volkwyn: Chief Executive Officer at Primedia Broadcasting

Ayanda Dlodlo: Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa since 30 March 2017

Funeka Montjane: Chief Executive, Personal and Business Banking, South Africa at Standard Bank Group

Lindiwe Sisulu: Minister of Human Settlements

Wendy Appelbaum: Owner and Chair of De Morgenzon Wine Estate in Stellenbosch

Wendy Luhabe: South African Entrepreneur

Wendy Lucas-Bull: Independent Director and Chairman of Barclays Africa Group

 

“We have an incredible lineup already and more exciting news to follow. As always we’re excited to have some of the most influential women on the most award winning radio station,” stated Mkhari during the on-air announcement.

 

More names and features will be announced as we build up to the highly anticipated event, but we’re sure to be in for another amazing year of #987Woman.

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DStv Delicious Local Line-Up Announced

Posted by radio On August - 2 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Legendary local acts to burn up the stage at DStv Delicious Festival

A line-up of legendary South African artists is set to thrill audiences at the fifth DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival when Hugh MasekelaThandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee Live with band take to the stage on 7 and 8 October at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand.

 

Jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, hardly needs an introduction. The world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer started playing trumpet when he was 14 and began to hone his Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s. Notably, he performed in the 1959 musical, King Kong, which was written by Todd Matshikiza. Soon thereafter, he performed as a member of the South African group, the Jazz Epistles, along with Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa. They were the first African jazz group to record an LP and perform to record-breaking audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town through late 1959 to early 1960.

 

The Witbank-born Masekela’s rich history includes performing in different jazz ensembles, attending the Manhattan School of Music, living and working in the United States, touring with Paul Simon, being featured in the documentary ‘Amandla!’, releasing an autobiography, recording numerous albums and creating a series of videos on ESPN with his son, Selema Masekela.

 

The sublime South African songstress, Thandiswa Mazwai, is set to raise temperatures at this year’s festival. This influential artist’s career took off in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of South Africa’s pioneering kwaito bands. After six award-winning albums with Bongo Maffin, she went solo. Her debut album, Zabalaza (2004), achieved double platinum status and won numerous awards including a Kora for Best African Female Artist and four South African Music Awards (SAMAs). It was also nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Planet Award.

 

Mazwai’s critically acclaimed second album ‘Ibokwe’ (2009) reached gold status within weeks of release and her live DVD ‘Dance of the forgotten Free’ (2010) won SAMAs for Best Female Artist and Best Live DVD in 2011.The Guardian recently referred to her as “South Africa’s finest female contemporary singer.”

 

Black Coffee will elevate energy levels at Kyalami with his distinctive home-brewed afro-house band. Delicious fans are in for a rare treat as this won’t be a normal DJ set by the renowned DJ, Black Coffee will perform live with a band (backing vocalists, percussionist and keyboardist). A record producer and DJ, Black Coffee has released five albums and a live DVD under his Johannesburg-based record label, Soulistic Music. He is arguably the most prominent electronic music producer in Africa, whose big break occurred shortly after being chosen as a participant in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy. In September 2015, he won the Breakthrough DJ of the Year award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, a few weeks after the release of his fifth studio album, Pieces of Me.

 

“The involvement of African acts at the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is important to us. The opportunity for visitors to experience 3 globally recognized African artists over one weekend is a critical part of DStv’s endorsement of local, African content.

 

The DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is truly South African, and this is why we have become the only event to be a member of the Proudly South African campaign” commented Nomsa Mazibuko, Group Head of Marketing at MultiChoice.

 

 

These incredible acts will share the stage with a fantastic line-up of international artists,CommonImagination featuring Leee JohnAlexander O’NealOmar and Femi Kuti.

 

The full line-up is as follows:

Saturday: Common, Thandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee Live

Sunday: Hugh Masekela, Omar, Alexander O’Neal, Imagination feat Leee John and Femi Kuti

 

Tickets are officially on sale and available from deliciousfestival.com or ticketpro.co.za

 

General Access Ticket

R495 per person per day

R800 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations, the GA public bars)

 

Ciroc Terrace Lounge

R1295 per person per day

R2100 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

  • Situated on exclusive VIP terrace
  • VIP Lounge
  • VIP Parking (one parking pass per two tickets bought, parking pass will be emailed)
  • VIP Entrance
  • VIP Bathrooms
  • Premium Cash Bar
  • Tented lounge and furniture
  • Hostesses
  • Viewing Deck, sight lines to main stage and view over festival
  • Fenced garden

 

 

Kids Zone

R150 per child per day (restricted to ages: 3-13)

Includes the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations)
  • Access into Kids Zone area for Kids ages 3 to 13 years

 

 

Decadance Luxury Hospitality

One Day Package: R3 500 pp ex VAT

Weekend Package (Sat & Sun): R6 500 pp ex VAT

Package entitles the guest to:

  • Entrance tickets into the DStv Delicious festival grounds
  • VIP parking
  • Entrance into the DECADANCE LUXURY LOUNGE
  • VIP luxury lounge and décor
  • Private viewing deck within the DECADANCE LUXURY LOUNGE
  • Full upscale canapé and tasting menu for lunch with light dinner      menu options
  • Cheese board harvest table
  • Tea and Coffee bar
  • Private bespoke bar facilities
  • Full complimentary bar from 11h00 – 21h00
  • VIP MIB Security
  • VIP toilet facilities
  • LED screens with LIVE concert feed in lounges
  • Fully staffed facility including dedicated Waitresses, Hostesses, Bar staff and Senior Management

 

 

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is held in proud association with Coca-Cola, Gauteng Tourism Authority, The Tim Tebeila Foundation, Proudly South African, Jeep, Flight Centre, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Generosity Water, J&B, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

 

 

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Somizi to cover MTV Music Awards Red Carpet

Posted by radio On July - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

MTV last week announced global pop superstar Katy Perry will host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards that will broadcast live in partnership with Smirnoff from the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California on MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Monday, 28 August at 02:00 CAT with a repeat on 28 August at 21:30 CAT.

 

This comes in advance of the world tour for her most recent, chart-topping album, Witness, Perry will light up the stage as the first performer announced for this year’s show.  Earlier this week, she secured a spot as one of the top nominees for the 2017 VMAs with nods in five categories, including: Best Pop, Best Direction and Best Visual Effects for Chained to the Rhythm, Best Art Direction for Bon Appetit, and Best Collaboration for Calvin Harris’ Feels featuring Pharrell Williams, Perry and Big Sean.

 

“I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,” said Katy Perry.  “Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.”

 

“We’re thrilled to have global phenomenon Katy Perry as the host and a performer at the 2017 VMAs,” Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom.  “She is at the forefront of music culture and the perfect person to anchor this year’s show, which promises to be one of the most diverse and music-filled in VMA history.”

 

Leading the pack of the nominations for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards is rapper Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations for his video HUMBLE while Katy Perry and The Weeknd who are tied for five nominations each.

 

Building on the critical acclaim of the non-gendered categories at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the network also announced the former Best Female Video and Best Male Video” categories have been combined for “Artist of the Year.” Additionally, “Best Fight Against the System” has been added to celebrate videos that inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice.

 

To add African flair to the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Africa and Smirnoff will be travelling to the ceremony with choreographer and television personality Somizi Mhlongo who will cover the red carpet. His coverage will be showcased in a show dubbed United States of Somizi which will air at a later date on the channel.

 

Commented Vice President for BET, Youth and Music, Monde Twala: “MTV Africa is exhilarated to be travelling to Los Angeles with the multi-talented Somizi Mhlongo, where he is set to host the red carpet for our African audiences on 27 August 2017. MTV Video Music Awards is one of the biggest music events in the world and Somizi is renowned for his choreography and contribution in the music scene. Viewers must tune in for a magical night of great music entertainment.”

 

Smirnoff Marketing Manager, Kyle Lesch said, “Music and MTV have always broken barriers and with Smirnoff bringing the broadcast of the VMAs to South Africa, ‘Everyone’s Invited’ to enjoy this historic transformation to the Awards that have been honouring the best music videos since 1984.

 

MTV’s move to non-gendered categories aligns perfectly with Smirnoff’s Equalizing Music initiative, which strives to drive gender parity and diversity in the music industry. What’s more, the addition of the new category compliments Smirnoff’s efforts in shining a light on creatives who use their platforms to address social issues through their newly launched Change Makers campaign, which aims to encourage everyone to make a positive change.”

 

Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorites across eight VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting www.vma.mtv.com.  Additionally, voting for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain live through the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show airing on MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Monday 28 August at 01:00 CAT and repeat 28 August at 20:30 CAT.  The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live Twitter hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast.  Nominees for the socially voted category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.

 

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records)

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Def Jam)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records)

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records)

Ariana Grande (Republic Records)

The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records)

Lorde (Republic Records)

 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)

Khalid (RCA Records)

Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)

SZA (TDE/RCA Records)

Young M.A (3D)

Julia Michaels (Republic Records)

Noah Cyrus (Records)

 

BEST COLLABORATION

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – We Don’t Talk Anymore (Atlantic Records)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best)

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – Broccoli (Atlantic Records)

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – Feels (Columbia Records)

Zayn & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) (Republic Records)

 

BEST POP

Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (Island Records)

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (Asylum/Atlantic Records)

Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (Columbia Records)

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down (Syco Music/Epic Records)

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records)

Miley Cyrus – Malibu (RCA Records)

 

BEST HIP HOP

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Big Sean – Bounce Back (Def Jam)

Chance the Rapper – Same Drugs (Chance the Rapper LLC)

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – Broccoli (Atlantic Records)

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad & Boujee (300 Entertainment)

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m The One (Epic Records/We The Best)

 

BEST DANCE

Zedd and Alessia Cara – Stay (Interscope)

Kygo x Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me (Ultra/Interscope)

Calvin Harris – My Way (Columbia Records)

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – Cold Water (Mad Decent)

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Gone (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

 

BEST ROCK

Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams (Parlophone/Atlantic Records)

Fall Out Boy – Young And Menace (Island)

Twenty One Pilots – Heavydirtysoul (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)

Green Day – Bang Bang (Warner Bros. Records)

Foo Fighters – Run (RCA Records)

 

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – Black SpiderMan (Def Jam)

 

The Hamilton Mixtape – Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) (Atlantic Records)

 

Big Sean – Light (Def Jam)

 

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Def Jam)

 

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL

 

John Legend – Surefire (Columbia Records)

 

 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham)

Imagine Dragons – Thunder (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise)

Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis)

DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor)

Halsey – Now or Never (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl)

 

BEST DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers & the little homies)

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records)  (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars)

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Def Jam) (Aaron A)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael)

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves)

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado)

Katy Perry ft. Migos – Bon Appetit (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)

A Tribe Called Quest – Dis Generation (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)

KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – iSpy (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA)

Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Kanye West – Fade (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins)

Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – Side To Side (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson)

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)  (Dave Meyers)

Sia – The Greatest (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

 

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Future – Mask Off (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)

Young Thug – Wyclef Jean (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)

Lorde – Green Light (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit)

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)

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Soulful house group Mi Casa is officially launching their 4th studio album, Familia at The Good Luck Bar on Saturday 5th August in Johannesburg. Joining the multi-award winning trio on this Gauteng leg of the launches are celebrated METRO FM DJs; Fresh, Shimza and Mo Flava as well as DJ Soul Healer.

 

The band is very excited about their latest offering and they believe it to be their best work yet. After almost pulling the plug on the band following tempestuous incidents, the brothers had to remember what brought them together in the first place – music and friendship. Reconciled and in a much better place, the band has also remembered their roots, putting their fans first, making music that resonates with them and going back to the streets, where it all began for them.

 

The trio is made up of beat-maker Dr Duda, songwriter and vocalist J Something and trumpeter, Mo-T. Having begun over six years ago, the group has toured the world, performing at some of the most prestigious festivals, stages and collaborating with big stars such as Black Coffee, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade and Ladysmith Black Mambazo among others.

 

Familia will be available in all music stores and all digital platforms from the 4th August. The album has no features but just the trio, doing what they do best, making quality African soulful dance music with a dash of Portugese and Brazilian sounds, evident of their varied musical upbringings and travels.

 

The first single Nana was released on Friday 30th June to critical acclaim, following a star-studded listening session of the album a few days before.

 

Tickets to the launch can be purchased from Computicket or at the door and gates open at 20:00.

 

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/mi_casa_familia_album_launch/1159303769/0/80941385

 

 

The Good Luck Bar is at Corner Main & Alexander street, Johannesburg.

 

Dates for Cape Town and Durban launches will be communicated.

 

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DStv iRock Limpopo Music Fest is back!

Posted by radio On July - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The DStv iRock Limpopo Music Festival is back! And this year the event will move to Polokwane Cricket Club, a venue that’s bigger and equipped with world class facilities to accommodate over 18 000 iRock fans over Heritage weekend.

 

Festival headliners like Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat, Kwesta, Amanda Black, Black Motion, DJ Mshega and Culoe de Song, among others will entertain the crowd with their popular hits on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

 

 

The festival will bring music lovers the best in South African Dance, House, Hip Hop, Afro POP and RnB. And that’s not all. Once again, aspiring musicians are invited to be part of the line-up by entering the DStv iRock Battle for the Stage talent search. Keep an eye on the DStv iRock social media platforms for further updates.

 

“In 2013, DStv iRock launched a completely new experience. We created more than just a music festival, we created a lifestyle. The youth were captivated and looked for ways to be part of the experience in a bigger way. We then developed and implemented the iRock Ambassador Program which employs over 100 youth in the area,” says Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, General Manager Marketing for MultiChoice.

 

“Each year the festival gets bigger and more exciting and we have seen enormous growth in terms of festival attendance, awareness and excitement around the DStv iRock brand. But more than that, the DStv iRock music festivals continue to give us the opportunity to empower the youth and uplift the communities which we operate in,” continues Mazibuko.

 

The 2017 edition of DStv iRock Limpopo will keep you entertained all weekend, bringing you Comedy, Jazz, and the iRock Social Sunday to end off your Heritage weekend.

 

This year’s iRock Limpopo Music Festival is presented by DStv in association with Standard Bank, Hunters, Polokwane Local Municipality, Mall of the North, Limpopo Tourism Agency and Daily Sun.

 

Gates at the Polokwane Cricket Club will open at 12:00 on Saturday, 23 September 2017. Main event tickets are on sale for R150 GA (1) and R250 (Buy 1 get 1 free) and VIP Early bird at R2500 for 2 (includes a bottle of Bisquit, Cruz Vodka and mixers)

 

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Eastern Africa dominates AFRIMA entries

Posted by radio On July - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

AFRIMA receives 4,816 entries for 2017 submission…Eastern Africa has the highest entries…..as screening and adjudication processes follows…

 

The 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is already in the works to becoming an epoch-making awards event after receiving nearly 5,000 entries from African music artistes and music professionals at the close of the two-month entry submission process on Monday, July 17.

 

The African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA had opened the 2017 AFRIMA Call for Entries on May 8 giving opportunity to African music artistes, record producers, songwriters, video directors and music journalists to enter their qualified works on the AFRIMA website www.afrima.org and the awards social media platforms.

 

The overwhelming response to this call putting the total number of entries received for 2017 at 4,816 is an astronomical increase from the 2,714 number of entries received in 2016 which amounts to a whopping 77.25% increase compared to last year. Analysis reveals the regions with the highest entries as Eastern Africa, with 47% of the total entries and Western Africa, with 30%. This immense progress is a positive marker and has elicited satisfaction from the African Union, the International Committee of AFRIMA, the Regional and Country Directors of AFRIMA.

 

Expressing his excitement at the high number of entries in 2017, the AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Mr. Rikki Stein stated: *”This is tremendous news, indicative of an increasingly healthy music industry across Africa, particularly from a creative perspective. AFRIMA is plugged in to the aspirations of the African continent, providing a platform for excellence in the field of music and a source of inspiration and encouragement for its associated fields of endeavour; songwriters, producers, sound engineers, distributors, publicists, marketers, photographers, videographers, stylists, journalists, bloggers, DJs and on and on”.*

 

 

The former friend and Manager to African music legend, Fela  Anikulapo  Kuti also added that, *”As one by one, African artists are making their mark in the wider world, acting as ambassadors of their countries and their culture, the eyes and ears of that wider world are opening and turning towards Africa as the source of much more than entertainment. In its finest form, as will be evident amongst AFRIMA nominees and eventual winners, they provide an antidote to negativity and cynicism, offering a healing form for ailments of heart and spirit; what Fela used to call “The Underground Spiritual Game”.

 

To follow the close of entry submission is the screening and adjudication processes from July 18 to July 28 and August 2 to August 8 respectively. The 13-man AFRIMA Jury will review the 4,816 entries to determine the works of African talents that are adjudged on merit to be on the AFRIMA 2017 Nominees List.

 

In partnership with the African Union, AFRIMA is centered on the promotion and marketing of African music and is by far the largest gathering of such magnitude of stakeholders in Africa. The biggest awards event on the continent packs exciting activities into its annual events calendar including the AFRIMA

 

Music Village, the Africa Music Business Roundtable and the AFRIMA Host City Tour. AFRIMA 2017 is scheduled to hold from November 9 to12 with live broadcast to 84 countries across the world.

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