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After receiving over 200 entries from across the continent, Discovery Channel is proud to announce the Top 10 finalists for the Discovery Channel ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ Award.

 

Throughout August each film will be broadcast on Discovery Channel and it will be up to viewers to decide which film should be chosen as the overall winner.

 

You can vote on the Discovery website www.discoverychannelafrica.com and closes at 10am on Monday, 28 August. The winning filmmaker will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the Jozi Film Festival awards ceremony on 24 September 2017.

 

Each filmmaker stands the chance of winning a cash prize of $5 000 from Discovery Channel to go towards their next filming project.

 

“While this was Discovery’s first category in the Jozi Film Festival, we were thrilled with the quality and diversity of entries that we received,” says Dilek Doyran, VP of Commercial Development and Country Manager of Africa and the Mediterranean.

 

“Our hope was to find films which captured the ethos of curiosity and celebrated the uniqueness that the African continent has to offer, and with films from Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and Uganda, we are confident the shortlist represents this. We look forward to broadcasting the Top 10 films on Discovery Channel, and showcasing the many different ways of celebrating Africanism.”

 

Here are the Top 10 Films you can see this month:

 

DISCOVERY, by Manqoba Shongwe from Swaziland, catch it on Tuesday 15 August at 20:00

 

We explore every day but neglect to learn. In this film, Manqoba took the time to pay attention to some of the things he saw in his everyday explorations and shares what he gathered. Manqoba said, “It’s a great honour to be selected as a finalist in the Discovery Channel ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ category of the Jozi Film Festival. Not only is it validating for my work to be recognised in this manner, but it is also really cool for my voice to be heard on such a platform.”

 

Puppetsula, by Michael Rodrigues and Shaun James from South Africa, see it on Thursday 17 August at 20:00

 

Puppetsula follows Jabu, a puppeteer who travels to instill joy in all those that witness his fiery performances of traditional dances. Michael and Shaun said, “Coming from hardship and still having a passion to give joy to others is truly remarkable. We applaud Jabulani Simango and can’t wait to share his amazing talent with our country. Thank you to Discovery for providing a platform for his story to be seen.”

 

Sithaidi: The Traditional Xhosa Bead Artist, by Caley Kolk from South Africa, see it on Wednesday 16 August at 20:00

 

This film follows Sithaidi’s journey to work every day: a scenic 6-hour trek in rural Transkei. The story showcases how creativity overcomes human adversity, old age and a lifelong polio condition, and how creativity ultimately inspires us to live. Caley said, “As a first time filmmaker, I am simply delighted our film has progressed to the Top 10. I am thrilled that Thaidi’s story is finally being seen by the world – she is a woman of great strength and her simple philosophy, cocky nature and tenacity is a continual source of inspiration to me. In her own words, she is number 1. I hope to report back to her that her film is number 1 too!”

 

The Ascension by Dieter Du Plessis from South Africa, airing on Wednesday 23 August at 20:00

 

This short documentary follows the journal of a trail runner, with a voice-over that relates life to mountain climbing. Dieter said, “It feels like a door being opened after years of knocking!”

 

The Tragedy of Africa, by Dusty Van Niekerk from South Africa, airing on Friday 25 August at 20:00

 

The Tragedy of Africa looks at Africa’s beauty inside and out, following the sad reality behind the harsh rhino poaching crisis which South Africa faces. Dusty said, “I am so grateful and excited to be a part of this amazing opportunity to share my film with everyone”.

 

Mr Ability, by Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce from Uganda, airing on Monday 21 August at 20:00

 

This is a story of Simon Peter Lubega, a physically impaired, creative artist who wakes up early every morning and works against all odds on his art pieces to raise money to support himself and his family. Okuyo said, “I am highly honoured to be set apart for this prestigious moment, amongst creative minds, by a world class channel. My first work as a director to be selected and aired on Discovery channel is indescribable.”

 

Egg Slap, by Pressilla Nanyange from Uganda, airing on Tuesday 22 August at 20:00

 

Egg Slap explores a childhood game, football, but with a twist. Pressilla said, “I am beyond excited to be selected among the top ten; I’m feeling blessed.”

 

Sjangalala: The New Era, by Siphiwe Phiri from South Africa, see it on Friday 18 August at 20:00

 

This is a documentary about a pastor who is breaking the stereotype surrounding the art of spinning cars. Siphiwe said, “I have been in the TV industry for over 8 years now and this is by far the biggest acknowledgement I have ever received for my work. Thank You to Discovery Channel Africa, Jozi Film Festival and ALL its sponsors for creating such a platform for young creatives like us! Siyabonga!”

 

Non-People, by Wesley Rhode from South Africa, airing Thursday 24 August at 20:00

 

This documentary celebrates the trials and tribulations of South Africa’s informal recyclers – people that are over looked and ignored. Wesley said, “Myself and my team who put this film together are extremely excited and feel blessed to be chosen as part of the Top 10 films, we are happy that our hard work has paid off and that our vision and our story has been recognised.”

 

Another Sunny Day, by Tim Huebschle from Namibia, see it on Monday 14 August at 20:00

 

This film tells the story of how life must be for someone whose skin has no protection from the sun, living in a country that averages over 80% sunshine during any given year. Welcome to Paulus’s life in Namibia. Tim said, “To have Another Sunny Day selected as one of the Top 10 finalists is one of those magical moments that rarely happen. I’m humbled by the opportunity and look forward to viewing the other nine magical works from across our continent.”

 

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to vote for the film you feel epitomizes our African story! Join the conversation on Twitter @discoverysa and by liking us on our Facebook page Discovery Channel South Africa, using #dontstopwondering and #jff2017.

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Netflix Acquires Millarworld

Posted by radio On August - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Comics Legend Mark Millar Joins Forces With the Leading Global Internet Entertainment Platform to Blow Minds Everywhere.

 

Netflix Inc. announced  it acquired Millarworld, the comic book publishing powerhouse founded by Mark Millar, the legendary creator of such iconic characters and stories as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan, and one of the most important voices in comics.

 

Together, Netflix and Millar will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally. Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label.

 

The acquisition, the first ever by Netflix, is a natural progression in the company’s effort to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual property and ownership of stories featuring compelling characters and timeless, interwoven fictional worlds. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

 

“As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history, ranging from Marvel’s The Avengers to Millarworld’s Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and Reborn franchises, Mark is as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”

 

“This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level,” said Millar. “I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home.”

 

Millar, who runs Millarworld with his wife Lucy Millar, is one of the most consistent hitmakers in the graphic novel and comics world. In his eight years at Marvel, he developed the comic books and story arcs that inspired the first Avengers movie, Captain America: Civil War, and Logan (Wolverine), which collectively grossed over $3 billion in worldwide box office. Since Millarworld was started, the company and its co-creators have given birth to eighteen published character worlds, of which three, Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman, have yielded theatrical films that together have grossed nearly $1 billion in global box office.

 

“Mark has created a next-generation comics universe, full of indelible characters living in situations people around the world can identify easily with,” added Sarandos. “We look forward to creating new Netflix Originals from several existing franchises as well as new super-hero, anti-hero, fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories Mark and his team will continue to create and publish.”

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Apple reports 3rd Quarter Results

Posted by radio On August - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Revenue Growth of 7 Percent and EPS Growth of 17 Percent

Services Revenue Hits All-Time Quarterly Record

 

Apple recently announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended July 1, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $45.4 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.67. These results compare to revenue of $42.4 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.42 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 61 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

 

“With revenue up 7 percent year-over-year, we’re happy to report our third consecutive quarter of accelerating growth and an all-time quarterly record for Services revenue,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We hosted an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and we’re very excited about the advances in iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS coming this fall.”

 

“We reported unit and revenue growth in all our product categories in the June quarter, driving 17 percent growth in earnings per share,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We also returned $11.7 billion to investors during the quarter, bringing cumulative capital returns under our program to almost $223 billion.”

 

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter:

Revenue between $49 billion and $52 billion

Gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent

Operating expenses between $6.7 billion and $6.8 billion

Other income/(expense) of $500 million

Tax rate of 25.5 percent

 

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.63 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 17, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 14, 2017.

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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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New DStv Wifi Connector

Posted by radio On August - 4 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Connect your DStv Explora to the internet and you’ll open a world of extended entertainment to the library of shows and movies on Catch Up Plus.  This includes 1 000 movies in the M-Net Collection, as well as the ability to set recordings remotely. You’ll also be able to access the extended library from Showmax from your Explora.

 

The DStv WiFi Connector is a device that enables you to wirelessly link your DStv Explora to your router in your home. The new connector is a slim device and comes with a docking station and basic user guide.

 

 

 

 

 

You can buy your DStv WiFi Connector from any of the DStv Service Centres and DStv Agencies. The recommended retail price is R199.

 

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content are currently only available to DStv Premium, DStv Extra and DStv Compact customers and data costs will apply when streaming content.

 

Catch Up Plus is available to DStv Premium customers with an Connected DStv Explora. Monthly access fee payable. Uncapped connection recommended.

 

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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)

 

BEST EDITING

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

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

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

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

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In August AfriDocs celebrates the spirit of women- through stories both large and small. The role of African women in civic and political spaces has never been easy, and AfriDocs is proud to share films that bring to life the everyday struggles and successes of brave women who are standing up for their own rights, as well as the rights of others.

 

A not-to-be-missed highlight for August is Strike a Rock, is a counterpoint to Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down. This 2017 film tells the story of two South African mothers, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana, who lead their community in a fight against seemingly insurmountable odds for equality, justice and dignity.

 

The film recently won the Audience Award, Best Local Film, Encounters Documentary Festival in South Africa.

 

Director Aliki Saragas has this to say about the film:

 

Leading up to the 5th anniversary of the Marikana Massacre, we will never forget that justice has been delayed and denied. Not only for the families of those who were killed and the injured and arrested mineworkers but also for the community that lives around Lonmin Plc. Our hope is that our documentary, Strike A Rock, will put the women of Marikana’s struggle on the world stage.

 

My aim was to weave together the perspectives of the women using a sensitive, unobtrusive and intimate camera. The film takes the viewer on a journey through trauma, history, loss, memory, friendship, and the fear of being further forgotten as Thumeka and Primrose survive each day.

 

At the same time, we are confronted with a very real obstruction of justice and lack of accountability on the side of Lonmin, who shirk their legal obligations to the community, and the South African government, who in turn neglect to ensure that the required socio-economic development takes place. In this context, the personal becomes the political and that is where the impact of the film lies.

 

After over three years of creating this documentary the journey is only really beginning now as we use the film to build on a movement focusing on extractive practices and their socio-economic and environmental impacts in South Africa and Southern Africa regionally.

 

Screened at over 120 film festivals world-wide and winner of the Prix Artet Essai at the Cannes Film Festival, Sisters in Law has become an African classic. A cross between “Judge Judy” and “TheNo.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” Sisters in Law has audiences cheering when justice is served.

 

Between Rings is the story of Zambia’s Esther Phiri, the seven-time world boxing champion. Hers is a remarkable story, Esther lived with her grandmother and joined her selling groceries and second hand clothes in the market. She dropped out of school and became a single mother at age 16. But a turning point in Esther’s life came about when the international NGO Africa Directions started a youth-centered HIV-awareness project in the area, combining health education and sport. Esther was the only girl in a physical training program that focused on boxing.

 

AfriDocs can be seen every SUNDAY at 10pm (CAT) on BET Africa, DStv channel 129. 

 

For more information: www.afridocs.netwww.facebook.com/AfriDocs, @afri_docs

 

6 August

Sisters in Law | Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi | Cameroon | 2005| 104 min

A fascinating, moving and often hilarious look at the work of one small courthouse in

Cameroon where two women determined to change a village are making progress that could change the world.he tough-minded state prosecutor, Vera Ngassa and court president, Beatrice Ntuba are working to help women in their Muslim village find the courage to fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from their family and their community to remain silent.

* Audience Award, Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2005

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwVl9CkMD4k

 

13 August

Between Rings | Salla Sorri &Jessie Chisi | Zambia | 2014 | 82 min

Esther Phiri has literally had to fight to carve out an independent life on her own terms. In her native Zambia, the seven-time world boxing champion became an icon. In Between Rings we understand why: she is a deeply charismatic woman with the courage of her convictions. And she can knock anybody out! Esther first renounced her education to support her family. But since then she has also renounced the expectations of marriage and family to invest in her meteoric career as a boxer.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pcau6lHn8s

 

20 August

Strike a Rock |Aliki Saragas | South Africa, 2017 | 87 min

A counterpoint to Rehad Desai’s Miners Shot Down, this provides, not just a history of oppression, police violence, sanitised corporate indifference and lies that made Marikana inevitable, but also a view of the rebirth of politics in the shadow of the Lonmin mine. By foregrounding the political career of Primrose Sonti and the activism of Thumake Magwangqana in particular, this creates a strange sense of optimism in the face of a terrible crime, while damning the exploitation and collusion between the mining houses and the ANC. A fascinating document of SA’s long overdue political maturation.

Audience Award, Best Local Film, Encounters Documentary Festival, South Africa 2017

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfL4a2jFr8M

 

27 August

The Witches of Gambaga | Yaba Badoe |Ghana | 2010 | 55 min 

The Witches of Gambaga is the extraordinary story of a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana. Painful experience and insight come together to create an intimate portrait of the lives of women ostracised by their communities.

* Winner Best Documentary – Black International Film Festival, 2010 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOTM_W4mNT8

 

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Jeremy Harris joins Heart FM

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On Monday the 7th of August 2017, #Drive326 will welcome a new member to the popular afternoon drive show – well-known sport anchor Jeremy Harris. Jeremy is no stranger to the airwaves, he is one of the most experienced sports anchors in the country, who most recently completed an eight year stint with competitor radio station KFM.

Jeremy’s career spans more than two decades having worked at all three major Cape Town radio stations, as well as a short stand in stint at Johannesburg based radio station 94.7. He has a vast sporting knowledge having covered sporting events both locally and internationally. These include two Olympic Games, the SA 2003 Cricket World Cup, three Rugby World Cups, the SA 2010 Soccer World Cup, The Open Championship, The Austrian F1 Grand Prix, five SA World Rugby Sevens tournaments to name a few.

 

Jeremy also adds MC, guest speaker, television and commercial voice artist and brand ambassador for several blue-chip brands like adidas, Taylormade, Speedo, Arabella, Biogen, Westin Cape Town to his impressive CV.  He does not only present sport, he lives it. In his spare time he is a keen golfer, and has completed several long distance open water swims and Xterra off-road triathlons.

 

 

Denver Apollus Head of Programming says he is excited to be working with Jeremy.  “I’m really chuffed to have Jeremy on board, he will inject some sport energy into the space and will be a great team player with Suga and Jo-Dee.”

 

Managing Director at Heart FM Renee Redelinghuys shares Apollus’ sentiments. “We look forward to Jeremy joining the Heart FM family.  We believe that Jeremy is a perfect fit for the drive team and look forward to the new ideas and insights he brings.”

 

Tune in to #Drive326 every weekday between 15:00 and 18:00.

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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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