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SOWETO CENTRAL CHORUS OF THE SALVATION ARMY PROMISES A WORLD CLASS SHOW AT THE 4th EASTER SONGS OF PRAISE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE

This year’s show will be headlined by SA favourites Mmatema, Dumi Mkokstad, Samthing Soweto and Xolani Mdlalose.

 

 

In light of the upcoming Easter season, the Soweto Central Chorus of the Salvation Army will once again bring you a musically world class show at this year’s 4th annual Easter Songs of Praise taking place at the Linder Auditorium on Friday, 12 April.

This year, music revellers at large will enjoy a show boasting performances by headline acts such as 2015 Idols finalist Mmatema, award-winning gospel music sensation Dumi Mkokstad, Afro-pop favourite Samthing Soweto and ex-Joyous Celebration lead singer Xolani Mdlalose.

 

“This year, we are elated to have these musical geniuses as part of this monumental event. The Easter Songs of Praise aims to encourage people to find the peace that comes from salvation, through music. It’s important that the messages of hope through our music reaches and touches the lives of everyone who hears us,” said Manzini Zungu, the Musical Director.

 

Founded in 2012, the Soweto Central Chorus is a unique brigade and musical division of the Salvation Army’s Soweto Central Corps. The anointed choir boasts over 80 members who have broken generational boundaries. Since it was founded seven years ago, the Soweto Central Chorus managed to catch the attention of some of South Africa’s upper echelons. In 2016, the choir was invited to perform at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s palace-home to the world-renowned Zulu King.

 

The choir’s core mandate is to minister through music and staying true to this, it has spread the word of God through song in events like the Road to Calvary, the 3rd Easter Songs of Praise 2018, Carols by Candlelight and performances at other Salvation Army Corps.

Tickets to the Easter Songs of Praise will be available from Computicket from Tuesday 26 March at a cost of R150 – R200 per person.

 

Download the 3rd Easter songs of praise album on Spotify, iTunes, Shazam, Google Play, Deezer and Amazon. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @esop_za ,@easter_songs Facebook Easter Songs of Praise

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As MTN Bushfire International Festival of the Arts celebrates 13 years, it’s the ideal time to take  a moment to reflect on the physical, spiritual and ethical journey that everyone takes to this living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil.

MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival, as all previous guests will attest. Taking place in the beautiful Malkerns Valley of Eswatini, just a four hour drive from Johannesburg from May 24th – 26th,  the festival sees fire starters from all corners of the globe gather to ignite a movement for social change, embracing tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment.

 

Through various actions, MTN Bushfire encourages participants, guests, and suppliers to  #BringYourFire through various activations and engagements.

 

One of the simplest and most popular ways to support this call to action is to WEAR YOUR FIRE – with MTN Bushfire’s amazing range of merchandise that sees all proceeds of sales directly supporting the MTN Bushfire beneficiary, BoMake Rural Projects, who support rural women, their families and communities through health, education and sustainable livelihood projects. The merchandise reflects the theme for the year – that of the moral compass that guides us all to be active participants and advocates for positive change in our communities.

 

This year, MTN Bushfire Fire Starters can get the jump on the queues and purchase the MTN Bushfire 13th edition Golden Compass Merchandise range now available online! Please follow the link to the store for purchases: https://bushfirefestivalmerchandise.myshopify.com.

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World Afrobeat composer, performer and versatile saxophonist, Femi Koya is bringing the African Renaissance to the Hard Rock Stage with an electrifying one night only show. Bringing a combination of Sophiatown, Afrobeat and West African highlife and jazz, his show is guaranteed to be a vibe. Koya will be performing at Hard Rock Cafe on the 28th March from 20:00.

The LASA Sessions at Hard Rock Cafe are a celebration of South African music and its diversity. It’s a space for artists to come together in song and dance, sharing these moments with their adoring fans. Femi’s performance will be nothing short of classic, up-beat and contemporary sounds that the world knows him for.

 

 

His musical influences include Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Manu di Bango, Hugh Masekela, Baaba Maal & John Coltrane. Having performed at various stages across the world, Fei is thrilled to be sharing his musical gift with the Sandton market.

 

He has shared the stage with Youssou N’dour and Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the CAF (Confederation of African Football Awards) in Lagos and with John Legend in his first South African tour in Cape Town. He performed alongside the king of Juju music, Sunny Ade, at the Glo launch in the Republic of Benin. Other colourful festivals felt Femi Koya’s acrobatic music, where he performed alongside the Wynton Marsalis, Oliver Mtukudzi, Habib Koite , Salif Keita, Baaba Maal. He has recorded with Simphiwe Dana, Pops Mohamed ,Yvonne Chaka Chaka, and worked with Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Wizkid just to mention a few.

 

 

 

 

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Liberty Radio Awards finalists list confirmed

Posted by radio On March - 21 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The adjudication process for the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards has been completed. The results have been verified by Mazars, a Chartered Accounting firm, and the finalists for the various categories have been determined.

“With over 1,900 entries to evaluate, the adjudication panel had their work cut out for them,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “I’m confident that the adjudication process will ensure that we recognise and honour the best radio work in South Africa over the past year.”

The Liberty Radio Awards aims to motivate and inspire the radio industry to set increasingly high standards and to develop programming that will keep listeners compelled, entertained, informed and advised. By focusing on quality, the industry will ensure its prominence and success well into the future.

 

“Recognition as a category finalist is already a significant achievement,” says Rothschild. “It earmarks you as one of the best in your field.

 

Killy Bacela, Divisional Executive of Group Brand and Marketing at Liberty says, “Liberty congratulates all the entrants – and wishes the finalists well. We’re looking forward to acknowledging the winners on Saturday 13 April. Radio, through its reach, is a powerful platform for news, stories and a particularly important platform from which listeners derive information and advice.”

 

Winners will be announced at the Liberty Radio Awards Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday, 13 April 2019.

Click here to view the comprehensive list of finalists is in alphabetical order of category and in alphabetical order by station name.

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Jozi Youth Dance Academy brings you Liberte

Posted by radio On March - 19 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Jozi Youth Dance Company (JYDC), brings you their 5th annual production called Liberté, from 26 – 28 April 2019 at the Roodepoort Theatre.

Jozi Youth Dance Company is a one of its kind, platform for young dancers, exposing them to professional choreographers and dancers. They gain invaluable experience, performing to sold out audiences, preparing them for the cut-throat dance industry.

 

This is JYDC’s 5th season and promises to be one of their best yet. This year we present to you Liberté (translated from French, meaning “Freedom”). We invite you to come and watch the ultimate form of freedom in JOZI Youth Dance Company’s enthralling season “Liberté” on Freedom day. A celebration of our country, our dancers and our freedom.

 

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” – Victor Pinchuk

Over the past 5 years, JYDC have welcomed young dancers from all over Gauteng in order to give them a platform to showcase their talent and inspire the next generation of professional dancers. Under the directorship of Jayd Swart, the company has grown, not only in number but also quality of dance.  “Young dancers need to be given the opportunity to show what they are capable of.  We train them in both technique and expression and motivate them to achieve new heights while preparing them for a future in dance” said Swart.

 

Liberté, the largest and most spectacular of shows produced by JYDC is guaranteed to set the stage on fire.  “This year, we have the most magnificent lineup of choreographers, each bringing their own distinct personality to the stage” said Swart.  Choreographers include, Adele Blank, world renowned choreographer and dance instructor, Veronique Rabe, professional dancer, choreographer and actress, Evan Van Soest, professional dancer and choreographer, Charlie Van Rooyen, professional dancer, choreographer and actor, Cayley Hodson, resident choreographer of JYDC, Joanna De Silva, up and coming Choreographer and Jayd Swart herself who is a well-established international contemporary dance choreographer and ballet trainer and coach. And in true JYDC nature students, Luca Redfern and Navin Jacobs, have been afforded the opportunity to choreograph the student piece, also to be showcased in Liberté.

 

JYDC has opened up many doors for company members including a training tour to South-Korea, Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal, USA & Croatia.  This year, the production forms part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival line-up and a Cape Town Tour has also been scheduled to show case this wonderful production.

Out of our 1st group of graduates all 4 graduates have received jobs within the industry, both Nationally and Internationally.

We are so proud to be developing this kind of talent within the South African Dance Industry.

 

[Issued by: JYDC Marketing ]

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Thato Jessica is a force to be reckoned with, a woman chasing her dreams!

The 25-year old is bringing a new flare to the South African R&B and Hip Hop scene hence her home town, Botswana is already buzzing with her music.

 

Thato’s music carries an international sound that can transcend through every kind of culture and language. Her musical dream is to create and infuse the modern R&B sound with the African narrative and image.

 

In April 2018, Thato released her much anticipated EP titled “Rehearsal” consisting of three hit tracks “Problem, Freedom and Addicted, which national radio stations are currently playing on rotation.  To bring her single “Problem to life, she features rapper Veezo View. “I collaborated with Veezo View because I wanted to capture the expression of people in a relationship who confront each other about their relationship problems. In the single, we raise various issues with the intention of ultimately resolving them” concludes Thato Jessica.

 

Check out Thato Jessica’s latest single  https://youtu.be/KzTFdoM_i10

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Get ready Jazz lovers! Keenan Meyer is about to take the Mother City on a musical journey for one night only on the 20th March at the Youngblood Gallery. The 20th March will see a kaleidoscopic showcase of sounds which will feature self-composed debut works and stretch from Chopin to Winston Mankunku Ngozi, accompanied by a jazz ensemble.

His playing and writing style is informed by a strong background in Western Art music as well as the rich musical heritage of South African Jazz. Keenan’s passion for music has always been his drive and would love to share it with the rest of the world, him currently studying his masters in musicology can definitely attest to his passion for music.

Meyer is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and has received numerous accolades for his work in the academic and music space.

The Youngblood Foundation, which won a BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) award, was created in January 2010. Youngblood is an arts & culture development that aims to be a platform for artists from all genres to start off from or to continue from in order to become self-sustainable.

 

Roger Jungblut (CEO of Youngblood), realized a need in the Arts and Culture sector in South Africa. The need for capital and exposure, through Youngblood these needs could be met. It remains his priority to support progress within that creative sector through Youngblood. This way, many promising artists are newly motivated: they are given the chance, and of course the means, to reach their full potential.

Keenan is thrilled to be performing in Cape Town with some of his favorite musicians on the eve of Human Rights Day.

 

Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za for R100 and R120 at the door.

Interact with Keenan on social media @keenanmeyerpiano

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Gagasi FM turns 13

Posted by radio On March - 16 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS
Gagasi FM turned 13 years on the 13th of March. In celebrating the birthday, the daytime shows took listeners down memory lane. One lucky listener walked away with a brand-new car, and ultimately a mother of all parties sealed it all.
Gagasi FM 13 on 13

The country’s biggest regional radio station celebrated its birthday in style and the first segment of the day saw the breakfast show, mid-morning show and midday show doing outside broadcasts in various locations with former presenters of these shows co-hosting with current presenters. I Love Mornings, broadcasting live from Barons Edwin Swales dealership, was hosted by former breakfast show presenter Alex Mthiyane together with current co-presenters Njabs Zwane and Heazy. Barons Edwin Swales sponsored the 13 birthday celebration with a brand-new Citi Golf fitted with a 2.0-litre engine.

 

 

 

Golden Circle was co-hosted by current presenter Nomfundo Mzolo together with former presenter Phindi Gule and the outside broadcast took place at Views 25 in Morningside. The venue has become the second home to Gagasi FM having hosted a number of station’s activities and is very much aligned to the brand. It was then only relevant for it to feature in the station’s birthday celebration.

 

The last OB for the day was Midday Madness at Chesterville Taxi Rank. The show was hosted by former presenter Mzokoloko together with current co-hosts DJ LeSoul and Flymotion. It was in this taxi rank where Mzokoloko first set his foot in Durban 21 years ago when he came to the city to pursue his radio dream, and the spot has always had that sentimental value to him since then.

 

“This year we decided to reflect on the station’s journey in celebrating our 13th birthday. The mixing of the current and former presenters of prime-time shows was in celebration of both where we come from and where we are as the station. One of the things we have done so well over the years has been that of balancing the generational mix in terms of our on-air talent, ensuring proper development and succession of talent on shows. We believe the special line-up for our 13th birthday demonstrated this,” says Gagasi FM Head of Brand Phinda Magwaza.

 

 

The second segment of the birthday celebration was a car give-away which happened live during The Kings Drive, hosted by the Kings of the Weekend, DJ Sphectacula and DJ Naves. The give-away took place at the Gagasi FM studios at Cornubia Mall where five selected listeners were faced with five hostesses who had car keys with them, each listener had to choose a hostess that they believed had a correct key for the car. A listener with a key that could switch the car engine on, would walk away with the car. After the first three listeners who attempted to switch the car engine on with their keys couldn’t, the key held by Nokwanda Zondi (29) from Mayville was the one – it switched on the car and she was the lucky winner!

 

Magwaza shared a perspective behind the choice of a City Golf as the birthday grand prize and a special history the car has with black communities, especially in the townships. “A Citi Golf is the iconic symbol of the youth culture within black townships. It represents a particular stage and progress in one’s life. The 2.0-litre fitted engine in the car makes it a unique machine, you’ve got heritage and power in one, and that is priceless,” says Magwaza.

 

Gagasi FM 13 on 13 festivities closed with the Crown Birthday Party at the station’s offices. The party was attended by the station’s various stakeholders and clients, artists, Gagasi FM DJs and staff members. Former Minister of Home Affairs Melusi Gigaba and long-time friend of the station gave keynote remarks in congratulating the station for reaching 13 years. Talented Durban Afro-Soul artist Zakes Bantwini gave a stunning live performance alongside Gagasi FM DJ Vumar who did a live set with Iziqhaza and got guests dancing a night away.

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Multi award-winning, gold-selling Afrosoul singer, Berita will be performing her soulful music at Hard Rock Cafe’s LASA Sessions, on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 20:00.

Berita, who is currently promoting her latest single Ndicel’ Ikiss  from her independent recording company Assali Music is thrilled to be performing on the Hard Rock Cafe stage.

 

Berita has worked with the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Oliver Mtukudzi, Hugh Masekela, Oskido, Mobi Dixon and Black Motion as well as Da Capo on the chart-topping hit Found You. Berita has performed at festivals and prestigious stages across the world, in cities such as New York, London, Berlin and Kampala. Celebrated by Zimbabwe, South Africa has equally watched her blossom and watered her into this vigorous, indestructible force that softly carpets our ears with her musical prowess.

 

The LASA Sessions at Hard Rock Cafe are a celebration of South African music and its diversity. It’s a space for artists to come together in song and dance, sharing these moments with their adoring fans.

For ticket purchases at R100, click on the link

https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1488578512

 

Tickets are available for R120 at the door.

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CapeTalk’s new line-up announced

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The station’s line-up will take effect on Monday, 11 March and will run as follows:

 

Monday to Friday line-up

Early Breakfast with Abongile Nzelenzele

04:00 — 06:00

Breakfast with Kieno Kammies

06:00 — 09:00

Upfront with Refilwe

09:00 — 12:00

The Xolani Gwala Show

12:00 — 13:00

Lunch with Pippa Hudson

13:00 — 15:00

Afternoon Drive with John Maytham Show

15:00 — 18:00

The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield

18:00 — 20:00

Tonight with Lester Kiewit (Monday to Thursday)

20:00 — 22:00

Late Nights with Aubrey Masango (simulcast) (Monday to Thursday)

22:00 — 01:00

Weekend line-up from Saturday, 16 March

Saturday line-up:

Weekend Breakfast with Africa

06:00 — 10:00

Solid Gold with Sara-Jayne King

10:00 — 14:00

Solid Gold Saturday

14:00 — 21:00

The Magic Bus

21:00 — 23:59

Sunday line-up:

Weekend Breakfast with Africa

06:00 — 10:00

Solid Gold with Sara-Jayne King

10:00 — 14:00

Solid Gold Sunday

14:00 — 17:00

Jazz Sessions with Gary van Dyk

17:00 — 19:00

SportsTalk with Marc Lewis

19:00 — 21:00

Tonight with Lester Kiewit

21:00 — 23:00

Best of Talk

23:00 — 01:00

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