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During 2017, the SAMRO Foundation awarded bursaries worth over R1-million to music students, with an online tool streamlining the applications and adjudication. One of the recipients, a third-year student specialising in jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Nelisiwe Zinhle Msomi wrote:


“I would like to thank you for supporting my academic journey for this year, 2017. Your meaningful gesture has encouraged me even more to complete my studies. By writing this letter, it is not only to show gratitude but also to build a longer relationship between myself and the SAMRO Foundation. Thank you, kwande la nithathe khona.”


Each year the SAMRO Foundation invites applications for bursaries for music studies. The SAMRO Foundation accepts applications from:


i) full-time students

ii) registered at a South African University, in their

iii) 2nd, 3rd and 4th years, or Honours and Master’s degrees, who are

iv) citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland, who are

v) studying for a degree or diploma majoring in music.



Due to limited resources the Foundation cannot support

(a) Students from private higher education institutions – such as City Varsity; COPA; AFDA; Academy for Sound Engineering; etc.

(b) university students in their 1st year of study

(c) students in foundation or bridging programmes

(d) students specialising in Musical Theatre or Music Therapy

(e) Doctoral level students.

Each bursary is worth R11 000.


Online music bursary application forms and guidelines will be on the SAMRO Foundation website by the beginning of November 2017.

Please note that you can only apply once you’ve completed registration in 2018 and have all required documentation as set out below.



The Application Form:

Before applicants start to fill in the form they should source following digital documents that will need to be uploaded before submitting the application:

  • Copy of ID Document

  • Proof of 2018 registration

  • 2017 Examination results or most recent academic record (university transcript)

  • 2 Letters of reference from current university lecturers (not older than 3 months)

  • For Master’s degree applicants – a reference letter from your supervisor & a 5 – 8 page synopsis of your thesis. Please note that this bursary does not cover any coursework or Master’s degree recitals.


We request that all communications including reference letters be provided in English. Please only submit what has been requested. Additional material will be discarded.

Disqualification criteria: Applications will not be considered if

  • any section of the form is incomplete

  • supporting documents are missing

  • more than one proposal is submitted per student

  • the application is submitted after the deadline of 30 March 2018



Terms and conditions:

  1. The decisions of the independent adjudication panel will be final, subject only to confirmation by SAMRO Foundation’s Board
  2. Awarded bursaries will be communicated to the relevant Heads of Department and paid directly to the relevant universities for the relevant year.
  3. Bursaries are restricted to the degrees/diplomas stated in the applications and may not be transferred to other degrees/diplomas
  4. Bursary awards are for payment of tuition fees only
  5. Bursaries may only be used in the academic year in which they are awarded

For further information, please email

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Tracey Lange leaves her Heart behind

Posted by radio On March - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The 9-12 show on Heart FM will become a lot less boisterous and bubbly on Friday this week, as host Tracey Lange presents her last show on the station. Tracey, who joined the station three years ago, will be hanging up her headphones and heading straight to set. Over the last few years the radio personality has become more in demand in the TV world and this will be a strong focus for her brand over the next while.

Tracey is currently the co-host of the M-Net’s live reality show Dancing with The Stars SA and presents a lifestyle show on KykNET – BRAVO! which she has been doing for the past few years. She also has a few other projects in the pipeline.


Tracey says she will miss the listeners the most. “Being a part of the Heart FM family has been everything I’d hoped it would be and allowed me to do what I’d set out to do when I decided to pursue a career in broadcasting – giving people the platform to share their stories. Fortunately this won’t end, with the start of another new TV show that will be announced in the next few weeks. I will miss the listeners endlessly and all the fun I had with them on air daily. I will cherish my three years with the listeners forever.”


Heart FM’s Head of Programming Denver Apollus says Tracey’s absence will be felt. “Tracey is an industry professional and her contribution to the mid-morning space has seen the show grow in numbers. We will miss her bubbly personality and energy she brings to the show.”

Managing Director for the station Renee Redelinghuys echoes Apollus’ sentiments. “Tracey has an infectious energy to which people are naturally drawn. Her laughter and banter with the boys in the morning, especially the high pithed “Hi” which has become synonymous before her show will be missed. Even the flou-jokes which she introduced. Tracey is a true professional in every sense of the word and there is no doubt that her star will only shine brighter from here. We thank Tracey for her contribution to the station and the Heart FM family as a whole.”

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2018 marks four years of The Orbit’s existence. As has become tradition, this fourth birthday will be celebrated with The Orbit Anniversary Festival from 13th to 18th March. During this week, The Orbit will be the center of attraction, as some of the country’s most gifted musicians and arts revelers flock to the venue to celebrate the growth of South Africa’s jazz culture.


The Orbit Anniversary Festival is truly a coming of age celebration like no other and, this time around, we bring you #The4thMovement.


This anniversary conventionally signifies stability and coming full circle and #The4thMovement at The Orbit will be reminiscent of the excitement when the jazz journey first started.


#The4thMovement will be bringing big sound with some of the bigger bands in jazz. Celebrating with us will be the legendary Sibongile Khumalo, The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra, Tlale Makhene’s Swazi Gold, Steve Dyer’s Mantswe a Marabi, and Luyanda Madope’s Connecting Generations.


Extra special about The Orbit Anniversary Festival 2018 will be the reunion of the legendary VOICE after almost ten years since they last performed together. This iconic quintet consists of some of South Africa’s most seasoned musicians such as Andile Yenana, Marcus Wyatt, Sidney Mnisi, Herbie Tsoaeli, and Morabo Morajele.


This year’s festival will also be the first time a brand new band, Trio Grande, will be presented to South Africa. The trio is a coming together of key figures in South African music; Feya Faku, Paul Hanmer, and Louis Mhlanga. #The4thMovement will be closed off on Sunday, 18 March in jazz tradition with a free jam session led by award-winning pianist and producer, Luyanda Madope.


As always, the musical feast will happen at The Home of Jazz – The Orbit – with a meeting of the minds between artists and appreciators of the arts who will descend on Braamfontein to celebrate #The4thMovement.

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MTN Bushfire 2018: New ticket options

Posted by radio On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, hailed by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see,” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival,” MTN Bushfire is a holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food markets, and specialized zones that combine to create an explosive three-day event and a memorable take home experience.


MTN Bushfire recently announced a host of new ticketing options and festival elements designed to increase the convenience, security and enjoyment of the full-festival weekend.


Two exciting developments, that of MTN Bushfire becoming a cashless environment, and the news that camping will open on Thursday night, are both designed to make the entire festival weekend more enjoyable and secure.

With these new exciting developments, MTN Bushfire has also changed its ticketing options with a focus on the full festival weekend experience. Full festival tickets will now also be linked to an armband that will enable a seamless, entry mechanism linked to a unique individual armband that will enable a cashless experience at all the food and bar vendors.


Following on the latest trends in payment systems, guests will be able to create an online account before getting to the festival. They will then receive an armband linked to their ticket that enables tap and go payments at bars and food vendors on site. Throughout the weekend guests can top-up at various top-up stations. This exciting new development will ensure less time in queues and more time taking in the MTN Bushfire experience.



In order to facilitate an ever better MTN Bushfire weekend, and alleviate the major traffic and border-related issues, MTN Bushfire is excited to welcome campers on-site from Thursday May 24th. MTN Bushfire 2018 camping will open on Thursday, for campers only, from 12 noon.  Campers will have access to Malandela’s restaurant in the festival area from 4pm on Thursday.


Main gates for general festival goers will open at 4pm, Friday May 25th.

With the yearly demand for full festival tickets growing ever year, and with a focus on improving the overall weekend experience, which is now a full 3 days,  only Single Sunday tickets are available NOW at local Swazi outlets and online, with a full and exciting line-up planned for the day.


MTN Bushfire encourages everyone to celebrate throughout the festival weekend and buy tickets via the MTN Bushfire website as soon as possible as full festival tickets sell-out every year well in advance of the gates opening.

Tickets are on sale NOW for MTN Bushfire via the website and from MTN service centres in Mbabane (Corporate Place), Manzini (Riverstone Mall), Ezulwini (Shak’s – Gables) as well as House on Fire in Malkerns.

Please note: MTN Service Centres ONLY accept cash and NOT debit/credit cards. House on Fire accepts Mastercard and VISA

Also visit the website for various travel and accommodation options including (camping and glamping) options, as well as special VIP and family friendly packages.

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AfriDocs – Stream the best for FREE

Posted by radio On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 Stream some of Africa’s best documentaries this March. From women-focused films in honour of International Women’s Day, to a range of films from across Africa and beyond, there is something for everyone on #AfriDocsAnytime.

#AfriDocsAnytime means that you can stream a range of world-class documentaries at anytime, from anywhere in Africa.  Visit to watch these and other films, anytime – always for free.

Available Now:


Aji Bi,Under the Clock Tower |Raja Saddiki | Morocco | 2015 | 66 min

The film follows the small community of Senegalese women who are living and working in Casablanca, in limbo between “regularisation” in Morocco, or attempting to “cross” to Europe. With humour and sensitivity, the film documents their daily life, as well as their struggles – trying to organise themselves and survive in a Moroccan society that is at the same time generous and hostile.

Strike A Rock | Aliki Saragas | South Africa | 2017 | 87 min

After a massacre shakes the foundations of their poverty stricken mining community, Marikana, two grandmothers rise up out of their homes and lead their community in a fight against seemingly insurmountable odds for justice and dignity. From fighting on-the-ground to the corridors of power, how will they make their voices heard?

Durban Amnesty International Award for Human Rights, 2017

Encounters Audience Award, 2017

Best South African Documentary, Durban International Film Festival, 2017

Available 15 March:


The Revolution Won’t be Televised | Rama Thiaw | 2016 | 110 min

Thiat and Kilifeu, Senegalese activists and underground hip-hop singers, lead this one-year revolution against President Wade, until his fall in 2012. But what is beyond a revolution? Will the two friends succeed in their 17-year long quest for recognition as musicians? By highlighting an emerging African urban youth movement, the revolution won’t be televised, but it will be documented.


Jalanan  | Daniel Ziv | Indonesia | 2013 | 108 min

Boni, Ho & Titi are three gifted, charismatic street musicians in Jakarta. Jalanan follows these young marginalized musicians and their never before seen sub-culture, while also painting a striking, moody and intimate portrait of Indonesia’s frenzied capital city.

Visit www.afridocs.net  for more info.

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Bassline is proud to announce the all new BASSLINE FEST, previously known as Bassline Africa Day Concert.

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST is taking over three full days to platform music, food, and dialogue to promote social cohesion across the continent.


The BASSLINE FEST hashtag, #Bethelegacy is inspired by a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as we join the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

Bassline will be working closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to promote Madiba’s legacy, through dialogue and Music programming.  BASSLINE FEST is the Foundations official Africa month celebratory event.


KAYA FM Managing Director, Greg Maloka, says that Kaya FM is proud to be part of this musical celebration once again, “As the home of the Afropolitan, Kaya FM listeners frequently hear music and content from all over the continent as part of our regular programming because celebrating Africa, its people and its diversity is part of the stations culture. Thus, we have enjoyed a mutual and long-standing relationship with Bassline Fest and the Nelson Mandela Foundation for this event.”


TRACE Southern Africa’s Senior-Vice President, Leo Manne, is excited about the extended partnership: “As we enter our second year of collaborating with the Bassline family, we look forward to taking our collaboration to greater heights. We are confident that the revival of this already successful event property will attract more of our urban African youth who are central to our commitment to building musical bridges across our vibrant continent.”


With Constitution Hill as the host, the weekend festivities begin on Friday 25th May – African Union’s official Africa Day, with a closed day of dialogues in the Women’s Prison, involving key thought-leaders in a series of panel discussions.

The main focus will be on promoting social cohesion, the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the Constitution as well as a look at how music and arts continue to contribute towards the promotion of democracy. Media is encouraged to attend the discussions and can be booked in accordingly.


The music and food festivities kick off on Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm with two stages, both featuring top tier artists from not only the African continent, but from across the globe.

SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.

The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.


The first announcement of artists, in no order of priority, is as follows:

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde


The next tier of acts will be announced in two weeks, including a surprise headliner.


BASSLINE FEST forms the Johannesburg leg of the Igoda Festival Circuit.

Igoda, meaning ‘knot’ or ‘bind together’ in Zulu, is a unique and innovative concept that brings together the finest music festivals within Southern Africa to create one of the strongest touring circuits on the African continent.

The circuit presents an ease of opportunity for artists to travel the continent.  International artists will often share the circuit and can be seen at several of the festivals over the same space of time, allowing fans from across the continent that exposure.

Festivals represented by the Ignoda circuit include Azgo Festival – Mozambique, MTN Bushfire – Swaziland, Zakifo Festival – Durban, South Africa, Sakifo Festival – Reunion Island, and the latest addition to the circuit, DOADOA in Uganda.

BASSLINE FEST is the exclusive Johannesburg partner in the Igoda circuit, securing absolute exclusivity of artists on the tour for this territory.  In other words, you will only catch them on our stage in Johannesburg.


Final Artist line-ups and programming for the weekend will be shared with the public in due time.



Early bird tickets are open now for R300 at

Tickets are R400 per day thereafter.

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iflix Partners with Safaricom in Kenya

Posted by radio On February - 27 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

iflix (, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, today announced a partnership with Safaricom ( to give the firms’ customers up to 60 days of unlimited access to iflix’s service with thousands of the world’s best TV shows, movies and more on every device they own.


Customers who register on iflix on 19th March 2018, will enjoy the maximum 60-day entitlement. With over 220 studio and distributor partnerships worldwide, iflix offers subscribers the most extensive selection of iconic, critically-acclaimed TV series and fan-favourite films both internationally and locally available, including hit titles such as The Big Bang Theory, Suits, The Flash, Arrow, Hercules, Mission Impossible, and more. As well as Bollywood hits ABCD, Chennai Express, Phantom, and PK.



On the African front, iflix offers such Nollywood titles as Head Gone, Jenifa’s Diary, The Visit, Bukas and Joints and much more. Local fan favourites include Mchungaji, Beneath the lies, Keep Moving, Dear Mother, For the love of her Son, Inner Beauty, Blood Ties and iflix Originals to be announced.



Safaricom Director for Consumer Business, Sylvia Mulinge, said: “iflix has done an exceptional job in spearheading the entertainment revolution in emerging markets globally. What distinguishes iflix is its constant innovation and commitment to offering its customers an exceptional and entertaining digital experience, which is at the heart of what Safaricom stands for. We believe this partnership will go a long way in meeting the entertainment needs of our customers.”



iflix co-founder and Group CEO, Mark Britt said: “Today is an important milestone for iflix. We are thrilled to make our world-class service available in Kenya and partner with Safaricom, one of the country’s leading communications services provider for our launch. iflix is passionate about local consumers in Kenya. We are committed to offering them the largest selection of entertainment programming, entirely on their terms through a personalised and localised service, to stream or download on any device of their choice.”



iflix Head of East Africa, Paul Coogan added: “We are incredibly excited to bring iflix’s world-class service to Kenya. With the largest selection of the best TV shows and movies from all over the world, iflix is primed to revolutionise the way we as Kenyans consume entertainment. We have a deep understanding of Kenyan consumers and look forward to partnering with Safaricom to deliver on this. Our service in Kenya is for a Kenyan audience! From content selection to marketing, the customer is at the core of everything we do.”



Currently available in 25 markets across Asia, MENA, and sub-Saharan Africa, iflix offers consumers a vast library of top Hollywood, regional, and local TV shows and movies including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.



For new subscribers, iflix offers a complimentary one-month trial with full access to its service, features and content, with no credit cards or payment details required. Go to to register.

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Kaya FM 95.9 and Bassline Live once again deliver the finest in South African performances in the now bi-monthly instalment of ‘Live at the Lyric’ at Gold Reef City – this time with the iconic Afro-Soul and Gospel singer, Tsepo Tshola, aka The Village Pope.


This 40-year music industry veteran has experienced one of the more illustrious careers of his generation, alongside his peers and friends which include Julian Bahula, Jabu Khanyile, Nana Coyote and of course, most notably, his writing and touring partner, the great, recently departed Hugh Masekela.


Destined to set the “House on Fire” with his 13-piece ensemble on the 7th April, Tsepo will be performing material from his greatest hits, as well as newer material and a special tribute to the seminal Afro-beat group Sankomoto.  His two musician sons Kamo and Katlego will also be joining him on stage in this show, dubbed a ‘celebration of life and music’.


Having been a leader in bands such as The Lesotho Blue Diamonds, The Anti-Antics and Uhuru, he eventually captured the hearts of the nation with Sankomota with his profound lyrical pronouncement on social and political issues of the time.


Tsepo had, in later years, become a far more spiritual man – a path he is proud to have taken and in the early 2000’s he turned his focus inwards and started walking a more spiritual path in his song-writing.

Before long was one of the highly regarded Afro-Gospel artists, producing rousing, lyrically poignant, often personally-driven songs – a side to himself that he has never shown in his music before, having always reserved his lyrics for more socio-political issues.


And now, in 2018, a resident of his homeland Lesotho, he is happy to continue to perform for his multi-generational fan-bases around the country.  Having had one of largest and boldest careers of the musical stalwarts of the land, he is still waving the flag high for his peers and the political and personal struggles they have overcome together through music.


Once again, stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, new affiliates to the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series, will be on board, standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through music.


Make sure you catch this iconic figure live in concert on the 7th April at the Lyric Theatre.  Book now at Computicket to avoid disappointment!

Tickets: R250, R300, R400 & R500.

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POWER 98.7 revamps its line up as it turns five

Posted by radio On February - 22 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

POWER 98.7 is proud to announce improvements to its line-up which coincide with its fifth birthday. These improvements have taken into account our audience feedback to strengthen our meaningful conversations while retaining key talent. Effective 5 March 2018, listeners will wake up to the voice of celebrated and award winning broadcaster Bob Mabena on POWER Breakfast. He will be joined by the current POWER Drive presenter Thabo Mdluli from 06h00 to 09h00 on weekdays. Current host of POWER Breakfast, Thabiso TT Tema will take on POWER Drive with an extended hour from 15h00 to 18h00.


Our listeners also expressed a need for in-depth business news and economic content. The station answered in current host of POWER Hour, Ayabonga Cawe who will take an extended version of POWER Business from 18h00 to 20h00. Ayabonga has a wealth of experience in economic policy, research, and advocacy.


Current POWER Business host, Andile Khumalo, leaves the mic to focus on his growing business schedule. Due to popular demand, the hard hitting POWER Perspective with JJ Tabane, has been allocated an extra hour and will now air from 20h00 to midnight, from Monday to Thursday. The rest of the daytime programming including POWER Talk with Iman Rappetti and POWER Lunch with Aphelele Somi remain unchanged.


The station is introducing another weekend talk show, POWER Weekend Breakfast, which will present a combination of lifestyle and wellness driven content. It will be hosted by Pabi Moloi on Saturday and Sunday. POWER News Assignment Editor, Neo Leeuw, will present POWER Week from 09h00 to midday on Sunday. She will be joined by other media practitioners and newsmakers. Together, they will bring the POWER listener in-depth analysis and updates on what’s making news headlines.


Dianne Hawker, previous News Editor at Tiso Blackstar joins the station as Head of News. Outgoing editor, Denzil Taylor will now focus on the station’s news capacity building, including training and mentoring of news talent and special projects such as documentaries.


The station also welcomes additional broadcasting heavy hitters.  Mzo Jojwana joins POWER 98.7 as Head of Programming.  He served as 702’s Programme Manager for the past 5 years. Alan Matthews, also with 702 until recently, joins the group as MSG Group Sales Operations Manager.Lulama Mqina, current Head of Productions at Primedia Group, joins MSG Group Sales as the Managing Director.


MSG Group CEO and Chairman of POWER 98.7 Given Mkhari said: “These changes are testimony to the growth of POWER as we turn five. We would like to thank our staff, listeners and clients as we enter another milestone. Our association with passionate, committed and resourceful people continues to pay off. We are confident that we will continue faithfully to deliver on our commitment to be a catalyst of our people’s progress.”



Visit for the full line-up.

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Watch: Minnie interviews 1Magic stars

Posted by radio On February - 22 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

TV personality Minnie Dlamini gets up close and personal with the cast of The River and Unmarried in these interviews.

TV personality Minnie Dlamini- Jones sits down with Keke Mphuti who plays  the slay queen Lesego in Unmarried and Larona from The River to get to know the person behind the character better.

Watch Unmarried Fridays at 19:30 on 1Magic. Also available on DStv Now

Keke describes Lesego as ‘the hardest character ever’ that she’s had to portray. In fact Keke only had 3 days to prepare for this role. Find out nore about Keke like what she likes to do, what she wanted to be when she grew up and more in the video below:


In this interview she talks to Larona Moagi who plays Itumeleng on The River. She gives details on her character, the set life and did you know that’s she’s 21 and studying law? Find out more about Larona in the video below:



In the video below she talks to Presley Chweneyagae who plays Cobra in The River.

He tells her about his character and how The river it’s one of the longest projects he’s ever done.


Watch The River weekdays at 20:00 on 1Magic. Also available on DStv Now

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