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SAMA 23 back at Sun City

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The 23rd instalment of the South African Music Awards (SAMA) will be held at the Sun City Superbowl on the weekend of the 26th May 2017.

The luxury resort in the North West province is the official home for SAMA 23, having hosted 14 of the 22 previous ceremonies since its launch in 1994.

 

The music industry and revelers will see the newly revamped facilities and the modern amenities this world class establishment has to offer.

 

An elated Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA who are organizing the awards commented: “It’s such a delight to be returning to Sun City. The convenience it brings during a weekend of celebration makes it the ideal location for us.

 

“We invite local music lovers to join the industry as it makes its trip to Sun City later in the year for a party fit for our country and the continent’s finest musicians.”

 

With a number of music lovers that the awards attract, The Bokone Bophirima province is sure to be abuzz with entertainment and loads of activities in and around Sun City.  The SAMA was hosted at the Durban ICC last year while Sun City underwent a massive multimillion-rand revamp.

 

Bokone Bophirima Province is excited to partner with the SAMA’s to host this Annual Music event. We are delighted that this will contribute significantly to our Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal strategy through Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT). Further, our Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSDs) stand to benefit from this event through a number of buildup activities such as mini – festivals, artist development workshops among others.

 

As a province we pride ourselves for being blessed with a capacity to host events of this magnitude and we are also proud that we have many tourist attractions on offer. Therefore we believe that this event will offer an unforgettable experience.

 

 

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has noted with great concern the recent misrepresentations around the 16th edition of the Metro FM Awards, which took place on the 25th of February 2017.  The SABC would like put the record straight and in particular deal with the recent Twitter account @SAHipHopMag, which stated someone had hacked the SABC’s servers to gain the “Real Metro FM Awards results” of the winners of the 16th METRO FM Music Awards.

 

It must be stated that this is not true as the website address or the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is not the correct Metro FM URL. The correct website for Metro FM is www.metrofm.co.za and not www.metrofmSA.co.za.  It is therefore malicious for anyone to purport to have the so called real Metro FM awards results.

 

It must also be noted that the voting for the various categories excluding the Best Produced/Styled/Listener’s Choice and the One Africa award were done via USSD and through an external service provider and through the website.  Therefore, the alleged hacking never occurred.

 

The SABC’s Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (AGCEO), Mr James Aguma stated that “As an organization, we view this matter in a serious light as it attempts to tarnish the image and integrity of these awards.  The Metro FM awards have been in existence for the past 16 years and are founded on ethical practices and professionalism. It is the public who votes for their favourites to win, and this fact cannot be undermined”.

 

These awards are aimed at rewarding musicians in the local music industry and as a competition musicians are at liberty to campaign for votes from the public.

 

The SABC reiterates that all winners, as with previous years were voted for by the public and the votes were audited by an external firm.

 

[Issued by: SABC]

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For the past decade, BRING YOUR FIRE has been MTN Bushfire’s inspiring call to action, a concept that encourages the proactive contribution of the individual towards social change.

Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

During this time, MTN Bushfire has encouraged participants and guests alike to heed this call, and in the process the festival has achieved a worldwide reputation for its visionary and authentic approach to raising awareness of the need for social change.

In 2017 MTN Bushfire will take BRING YOUR FIRE to a whole new level with the introduction of the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE, a dedicated space that will articulate and manifest this call to action around a specific theme.

MTN Bushfire 2017 is excited to announce that the theme for this year’s BRING YOUR FIRE campaign and zone will be environmentalism and sustainability.

To this end, MTN Bushfire Festival is partnering with a host of organisations to present a truly interactive and creative space that will engage with the myriad issues related to environmentalism and sustainability more broadly, including arts sustainability in the region.

These activities will live not only at the Festival, but also before and after the event on social media and also critically in the local Swaziland communities.

Everyone is invited to become a pro-active contributor and to #BRINGYOURFIRE.

Within this theme, MTN Bushfire 2017 will also be further committing to become a more carbon-neutral event with this year seeing an increased focus on recycling and an insistence that all vendors use packaging that is made from recycled material.

SWAZILAND/MALKERNS – 31 May 2014 – BUSHFIRE FFESTIVAL 2014
Photo: Bram Lammers

BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE

As the tangible and interactive manifestation of the BRING YOUR FIRE call to action based on this year’s theme of environmentalism and sustainability, the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE will play host to an array of exhibitions, activations, performances and related activities.

 

“The Burning Question” Yebo Art Gallery Exhibition

Within the ZONE, Yebo Art Gallery will be presenting an exhibition; “The Burning Question,” based on the theme of a changing climate, particularly focusing on the role that artists and the arts can play in effecting recognition, intervention and action.

As the arts industry finally wakes up to the reality and urgency of climate change, as indicated by the huge increase in the visibility of the arts in creating awareness and cultivating action and reaction towards climate change and environmental issues at last two international summits on climate change (COP 21 and 22), MTN Bushfire and its partner, Yebo Art & Design, are at the leading edge of grappling with this critical issue.

SWAZILAND/MALKERNS – 31 May 2014 – BUSHFIRE FFESTIVAL 2014
Photo: Bram Lammers

All Out Africa: Indigenous Tree Planting

Long time partner of MTN Bushfire, All Out Africa will be working with the festival and the local Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to offset the carbon footprint of the festival and counter act deforestation by inviting guests to personally get involved by planting an indigenous tree in the nearby reserve. Guests will have the opportunity to sign up for the tree planting project and will be transported to and from the reserve where they will plant a tree and be part of this lasting environmental legacy project.

This is a long term project aims not only to plant trees to offset carbon emission and loss due to deforestation but also to educate on the importance of protecting tress and our shared natural heritage as a whole.

 

MTN Bushfire Environmental Anthem

Under the facilitation of Alex Paullin, from Conservation Music, a group of leading local musicians/students/choir/poets from the local communities will engage in an extensive workshop to brainstorm, skill-share, create, and record a song that offers a dynamic medium to communicate and send a messages around the issue of environmental issues & climate change.

SWAZILAND, MALKERNS -29 May 2015 – DJ Invisible and the Champions of the Sonarverse perform at the Bushfire Festival 2015
Photo: Bram

Sunshine Cinema

MTN Bushfire partner Sunshine Cinema will also be part of the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE and will engage with participants by screening films and documentaries touching on issues related to  environmental sustainability. These film screenings and discussions will all be solar panel powered.

 

Schools Programme and Arts Roundtable

For the past decade, MTN Bushfire, along with its partners, has been committed to creating an increasingly inclusive festival program where members of the local youth community become active participants to generate a sustainable arts legacy that instils skills and motivation in youth to become arts and creative industry entrepreneurs.

The annual Schools Programme reaches out to about 120 schools and 1350 students with entertaining and educational arts experiences. Additionally, the annual Arts Round Table is a forum that welcomes local, regional and international arts practitioners and experts who engage in lively dialogue and debate towards creating a more sustainable arts community within Southern Africa.

 

Interactive Studio

Within the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE there will also be a digital studio where guests can engage in video-recorded discussions that will be shared via MTN Bushfire’s social media platforms and on the main screens around the festival venue. These discussion platforms will open up the space for engagement beyond the festival itself and into the digital realm.

 

For more on the open call visit http://yeboswaziland.com/open-call-for-artists-in-africa-yebo-contemporary-art-gallery-and-londza-design-are-curating-an-exhibition

 

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After the successful “Moments in Between with McCafé” campaign, McCafé is excited to announce that the ever fabulous, flamboyant, larger than life Somizi Mhlongo, better known to his fans as SomG, SomGaGa, is the face of McCafé Couch Sessions for SAFTAs11.

 

McCafé is headline sponsor for the South African Film and Television Awards and together with Somizi, the brand is launching a series of webisodes called McCafé Couch Sessions with Somizi. On the webisodes, he talks to the nominees in The Best Actor and Best Actress in a Feature Film about their careers and achievements, and of course, what a SAFTA nomination means to them.

 

Somizi will be live on the Red Carpet at the SAFTAs11 in Sun City, and hosting McCafé Couch Sessions in the McCafé Winner’s Lounge backstage.

 

Catch the McCafé Couch Sessions with Somizi from Monday, 13 March, and follow the conversation on social media #McCaféCouchSessions

#McCafé

 

About the McCafé sponsorship

 

Our McCafé sponsorship was initially instituted in 2016 and now this year, we have migrated the sponsorship from the Best Youth Production category, to the Best Actor and Best Actress in a Feature Film. We are also showing our support in advancing and developing the exceptional talent that exists on our South African shores.

 

This sponsorship emphasizes our commitment to being a good neighbor in the communities in which we operate and serve. Big brands like ours give the industry an opportunity to hone their skills by practicing the art of commercial story telling.

 

This sponsorship also gives us an opportunity to interact with the industry and the people on the platforms that we use for our brand. Brands like ours stimulate and carry the conversation around the transformation of the industry.

 

The nominees in the Best Actress and Actor in a Feature Film include Shoki Mokgope, for her role in film Sink, Christia Visser who is nominated for her lead role as Tess in the film Tess, Garion Dowds who is Leon Labouschagne in Shepherds and Butchers, Deon Lotz who is Bernard in Die Koue Kos and Dan Jaques Mouton who is Abraham “AB” in popular Noem my Skollie.

 

The SAFTAs11 event will be on SABC2 on 18 March in Sun City.

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If there’s one thing we love seeing, it’s celebrities who manage to give back to the community regardless of their high flying status. We’ve seen many around South Africa who remind us that humility and service to your fellow man and woman is the best way to give back.

Black Coffee is one such celebrity who you can count on to always give back to those who look up to him. He did it again this week when he made headlines after helping make a fan’s “dream come true”.

It began when the person in question was invited to the Creative Construction Conference which takes place in Croatia later this year. Unfortunately, tickets from SA to Croatia are kinda pricey so this young talent took to Twitter to look for some help:

 

 

 

 

[Source: MTV]

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Los Angeles-based, Grammy nominated ‘curious and pioneering’ hip hop, neo-soul and R&B outfit The Internet, is headed to Cape Town.  Concluding the line-up for the 18th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), members, Syd ‘tha kid’ Bennett, Matt Martians, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Smith and Steve Lacy will energise and engage fans with their powerful messaging phrased through their unique blend of nuanced soulful melodies and beats, that connect deep within.

Defying easy categorisation of their crossover multi-genre sounds, The Internet was christened as a result of the two producers – Syd (Sydney) and Matt Martians (real name Matthew Martins) – meeting on the net, then officially forming the band in 2011.  They have since released three studio albums and three extended plays, with Ego Death, nominated for a Grammy – Best Urban Contemporary Album.

 

Of Ego Death Pitchfork contributor Craig Jenkins remarked that: “The band’s purposeful instrumentation clears room to showcase her [Syd] words, and she has a war story for every stage of love and loss.”

Festival Director Billy Domingo says of their inclusion in the 2017 CTIJF line-up: “We are excited to welcome The Internet to South Africa.  Their fresh sound and insightful lyrics both inform and entertain and they are certain to appeal and resonate with a diverse audience. The band is the perfect addition to this socially conscious 2017 musical line-up.”

 

Catch The Internet on the Manenberg Stage on Saturday 1st April 2017 at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival happening 31 March and 1 April 2017.

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Amon & Pearl to host the MMA16

Posted by radio On February - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

METRO FM is pleased to announce its hosts for the 16th edition of the METRO FM Music Awards.  The multi-talented Ms. Pearl Modiadie along with the bigger than life radio legend and personality Mr. Amon Mokoena have been tasked with the huge responsibility to hosting one of the most anticipated awards on the music industry’s calendar.  Ms. Modiadie and Mr. Mokoena host the midday show ‘The Great Escape’ on METRO FM.

 

Ms. Sibongile Mtyali, METRO FM Station Manager stated “For us Pearl and Amon were an obvious choice to host this year’s awards.  Over the two years of them working together, their professionalism, working chemistry and how they resonate well with our audiences, have kept listeners logged onto their show.  We felt that it was important to bring that chemistry on-air, live to our audiences, when the awards are broadcast on SABC 1 on Saturday the 25th of February at 20:00.”

 

Ms. Mtyali further stated “Viewers of the awards can expects elements of what happens on-air on METRO FM to give them a taste of what the station’s bouquet offers.”

 

We encourage the public to watch the awards to see all the amazing acts on stage and their favourite celebrities walking the black carpet.

 

PRESENTERS PROFILES

 

PEARL MODIADIE

 

29 year-old Pearl Modiadie is an accomplished TV and Radio Presenter, Producer and Actress.  With over a decade in the entertainment industry, Pearl has become a formidable force to be reckoned with, reaching millions of households across the country and beyond.

 

Having started her career as a teenager, she has grown in front of her adoring fans and has worn numerous hats as more than just a former kid’s TV Presenter but a successful Radio Personality, a sought-after MC, Actress, TV Producer and seasoned Voiceover Artist.  She has hosted some of the most talked-about events including award shows.  It is certainly not by chance that she has grown to be the remarkable professional that she is, with a decade of experience under her belt.

 

With an infectious laughter, bubbly personality and commendable work ethic, Pearl has proven that working hard relentlessly on your dreams pays off.

 

She is currently the host of METRO FM’s “The Great Escape” alongside Amon Mokoena.  She also hosts the brand new and popular show – Raw Silk; a fashion reality show currently on SABC 1.  She also hosts the number one talk show in the country, Zaziwa – which she also produces and is currently on SABC 1 on Sundays.

 

AMON MOKOENA

 

Amon Mokoena is the driving force and voice behind the energetic midday radio show, “The Great Escape (TGE)” on METRO FM (Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm) as well as “The Chill Factor”, Sundays (12pm-3pm).  Prior to this, his “wicked” sense of humour was waking up South Africa on the station’s Saturday breakfast show, “The AM Rise” (6am to 10am).  A natural born radio talent and public speaker, Amon has done little else since first stepping behind the microphone.  During his career, he’s had the pleasure of being on the airwaves at some of the country’s leading radio stations, such as Motsweding FM, 94.7, Highveld Stereo and 99.2 YFM.

 

Amon is an all-round nice guy, has a genuine joie de vivre and thrives under the pressure of the limelight.  He has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) degree from the University of the North-West and is fluent in Setswana and English.  He’s also a sought-after MC, professional voice over artist, club DJ and over weekends you’ll find Amon at various gigs countrywide.

 

Catch Amon Mokoena Sunday to Friday 12pm-3pm on METRO FM.

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Metro FM activates MMA16 in style

Posted by radio On February - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

METRO FM BUILDS UP TO THE BIGGEST AWARDS SHOW OF THE YEAR WITH EXCITING ACTIVATIONS!

 

METRO FM, the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s biggest commercial radio station, is gearing up for the most anticipated awards show of the year.

The 16th METRO FM Music Awards, in partnership with the City of Durban (EThekwini Municipality) and the Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial government, will once again take place at the ICC in Durban on Saturday, 25 February 2017. Ticket sales are fast selling out with general tickets going for R750 and Golden Circle selling at R850.

METRO FM in the lead-up to the award will be holding exciting activations to create hype and excitement. These are the following events:

Wednesday 22 February 2017 – METRO FM Music Workshop – Tate’s Kasi Grill

 

The MMA Music Workshop which is free and open to the public, will be taking place at Tate’s Kasi Grill in Clermont, is about awarding music excellence according to the voting public of South Africa, and to empower the next generation of musicians in South Africa, the music workshop seeks to educate up and coming musicians amongst other things about:

  • The business of music
  • Different music organisations (SAMRO, RISA etc.) and how they can benefit them
  • Submissions of music to radio stations & record labels
  • Packaging of music
  • Technicalities of music i.e. sampling
  • Contracts and how they work
  • Longevity in the music industry
  • Taking ones art seriously

 

Last year saw the success of Yung Royalz who were selected as one of the groups that showed potential during the METRO FM Awards workshop with KZN upcoming artists. The group has since been play-listed on stations such as METRO FM, Ukhozi FM and Umhlobo Wenene amongst others. They have released a music video that is on high rotation with MTV Base. They are also on the Top 40/30 on various radio stations including YFM.

 

Friday 24 February 2017 – Pre-Parties 

 

  • 47th Avenue

Strictly by invite, this event will target those who love fashion and the finer things in life.

 

  • Eyadini Experience

 

This activation will target the Kwaito and house music lovers. It will profile Eyadini and Umlazi on radio through promos promoting the event, interviews on the day and television broadcast. Live SABC 1 music programme LIVEAMP, will broadcast live from the venue.

The line-up at Eyadini is as follows:

  1. MoFlava,
  2. Lerato Kganyago
  3. Sphe
  4. Naves
  5. DJ Jawz
  6. DJ Malwela
  7. Lulo Café
  8. Nasty C (Not confirmed)
  9. Naked DJ
  10. Nasty C
  11. Dr Malinga
  12. Professor
  13. Dj Feel
  14. Dj Merlon

 

Doors Open @ 12:00 Until late.

Tickets are @ COMPUTICKET for the public at R100 General Access & R200 VIP.

 

Sunday 26 February 2017

 

MMA16 WRAP UP PARTY

To close off the 16th Metro FM Music Awards weekend soulfully, a wrap-up party will be held at Maxi’s lifestyle in Umlazi. Guests can enjoy the township lifestyle while listening to their favourite tunes with, some of METRO FM DJ’s such as Amon Mokoena, Sentle, Wilson B Nkosi and Nothemba Madumo.

 

Tickets will be sold at the gate and prices are as follows:

 

VVIP          R950.00

VIP            starts from R350.00

General      starts from R150.00

 

LINE –UP: 

Mc’s

Somizi

Oros

Slot

 

Metro FM Dj’s

Glen Lewis

SPHEctacula & DJ Naves

Christos

Shimza

 

Artists                                                               Residents

Durban’s Finest                                                 Mngadi

Babes Wodumo                                                 Twitty

Professor                                                           Dnzwiri

Dr Malinga                                                         Vuuh

Nasty C                                                              Rocksilver

Amanda Black                                                    Lee

Jezel Brothers                                                    Mfistoz

Big Nuz                                                              stera

Kwesta                                                               Nash Mann

Bongs                                                           Smokie & Luso

Cndo

Lvovo

Zakwe

King Sfiso

Junior B

Junior De Rocka

Joocy

Fisherman

 

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The NEW EDITION STORY premieres on BET

Posted by radio On February - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Urban soul legends New Edition laid the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel, and sound. Boyz II Men…N’SYNC…The Backstreet Boys… New Kids On The Block…all took their cues from Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell & Johnny Gill.

 

After 30 years of breaking hearts on the record and from the stage, New Edition finally gets the biopic that their stellar tenure in entertainment so richly deserves. This epic three-part miniseries follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega-stardom – weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.

 

The star-filled The New Edition Story cast includes: Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke JamesKeith PowersAlgee SmithWoody McClain, Dante HoaglandCaleb McLaughlin, Jahi Winston, Myles Truitt and Tyler Williams as New Edition, alongside La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson, Sandi McCree Wood HarrisMichael RapaportFaizon LoveDuane Martin Tank and Bre-Z.

The New Edition Story will air as an exclusive six hour, three night event on 23 February 2 March and 9 March 2017 at 21:00 CAT on BET (DStv Channel 129).

 

THE NEW EDITION STORY: EPISODE BREAKDOWN

Part One – premieres Thursday 23 February at 21:00 CAT

The year is 1978. The city: Roxbury, MA, just outside of Boston. Eleven year old Bobby Brown convinces some friends (Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, and Ralph Tresvant) to perform in local talent shows in an attempt to win money (and girls). Once the group is formed, they convince a hot local manager, Brooke Payne, to turn them into talent show winners. The boys are eventually discovered by music impresario, Maurice Starr, who signs them to a record deal. They add a fifth member, Ronnie DeVoe, and their debut song “Candy Girl” hits #1 on the charts. Gary Evans, a manager from NYC, promises them a better deal, bigger stardom, and more money. When the boys get a new deal with MCA Records in L.A., things get off to an inauspicious start when MCA president Jheryl Busby, underwhelmed by his new signing, pushes them to deliver a hit album or else.

 

Part Two – premieres Thursday 2 March at 21:00 CAT

It’s 1984, and New Edition is in L.A. recording their second album. Ralph, fully aware of the resentment from his bandmates, requests more parts for them to sing. The album is a huge hit; but Bobby’s behaviour gets more erratic and outlandish while on the road. Eventually tensions erupt, and the group dynamic takes a pivotal change – the boys vote to kick Bobby out – and New Edition is never the same. Soon Ralph decides that he wants to go solo, leaving remaining members Ricky, Mike, and Ronnie stunned. Mike, the group’s de facto leader, adds R&B singer Johnny Gill to the group. Everything comes to an ugly head when the group meets to record their next album.

 

Part Three – premieres Thursday 9 March at 21:00 CAT

New Edition’s “Heartbreak” tour is an incredible success and the group is soaring high. Bobby, who has his own hit album “Don’t Be Cruel”, starts off as their opening act. But he soon eclipses them, becoming one of the biggest stars in R&B music. By 1990, all the members have launched hugely successful solo careers – even though there’s tension bubbling under the surface between them. A few short years later when most of the guys are up to their ears in debt, they agree to do a reunion album and tour with all six members, including Bobby. This should be New Edition’s rebirth, but things immediately get off to a bad start. In the aftermath, all six members go their separate ways, trying to navigate life after New Edition, leaving little hope to maintain the brotherhood they once shared.

For further information on The New Edition Story please go to www.betafrica.tv, follows us on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa or like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BETinAfrica

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First Line-up announced for MTN Bushfire

Posted by radio On February - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire, taking place in Swaziland and named Africa’s Top Festival by the BBC, is known as one of the most inclusive and diverse festivals in the world. Entering its 2nd decade, the festival’s commitment to the arts, the environment, and social change is even stronger than ever.

As Africa’s premiere world music festival, MTN Bushfire has always had strong African roots and this year is no exception, with MTN Bushfire proud to announce the triumphant return of Kwaito superstars TKZee.

 

 

Congolese performer Baloji, and the Taureg rebel Bombino and the Belgian / South African newcomer Petite Noir are amongst the first batch of artists confirmed to grace the MTN Bushfire 2017 main stage.

 

Fans of 90’s Kwaito can rejoice in the return of arguably one of the original Kwaito acts – TKZee helped to define the era. Made up of three school friends who have all made a name for themselves individually, Zwai Bala, Kabelo Mabalane and Tokollo Tshabalala are BACK with all of their 90’s hits including Take it Eezy, Palafala, Shibobo, and more. Its time to get retro and groove to this distinctly South African sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUmh1t7fSvs

Congolese performer Baloji, is a poet, composer, lyricist/beatmaker, scriptwriter, actor, and video artist. His genre busting music is elegantly poised at the crossroads of African music, rap music, American music (soul, funk, jazz) and even deep house that has its roots in part in the region of Belgium where Baloji grew up.

 

Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period, that meaning shifted to “man of the occult sciences and sorcery.” Regardless – of interpretation, Baloji places his resilience at the center of his work, reconciling all of these influences to enrich his projects. The French singer has achieved international acclaim since the release of his debut album Hotel Impala (2008) and has gone on to perform across the world in over 200 shows.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbFPxMo48AA

 

Taureg music and culture has captured the world’s attention in recent years, and one of its most successful sons is Bombino.  Born in the Ifoghas Tribe of the Taureg people, who have long been recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert and as people of grace and nobility as well as fighters of fierce reputation, Bombino is the epitome of his people and his culture.

 

A self-proclaimed rebel, two of his musicians were killed during the 2nd Taureg rebellion of 2017. In exile in Burkina Faso, Bombino’s long journey as a desert blues musician even took him to the United States where he had the chance to record a version of the Rolling Stones classic “Hey Negrita” alongside Stones’ members Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.

 

Bombino’s first internationally released album, Agadez, was produced by Ron Wyman and released in 2011 receiving worldwide acclaim. His follow up, Nomad, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and has earned rave reviews from top media outlets around the world including BBC World Service, which calls it “utterly, utterly fantastic” and Rolling Stone, which calls Nomad “a perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss9Znucx4GM

 

Petite Noir is a young South African of Belgian and Angolan descent and is a songwriter, producer and musician who defies description. Petite Noir was one half of Popskarr with Spoek Mathambo and was also a member of the music collective Capital of Cool. Since his recording debut in 2012 Petite Noir has created what he describes as “noir wave” or “new wave with an African aesthetic.” Petite Noir is one of the most exciting new electronic music artists to emerge from the thriving Cape Town scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XvD1QN3enQ

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