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The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) CEO Nothando Migogo has noted with deep concern, this past weekend’s media reports about the organisation’s distribution rules.

A sensational report by journalist Charl Blignaut in the City Press, sensationally headlined, “Gospel shocker: How black musicians got screwed”, raised several allegations, particularly around SAMRO member Ms Hlengiwe Mhlaba’s royalty pay-outs, SAMRO’s relationship with multinational publishers, and the matter of public domain works.

 

The report alleged that of the 90 songs collecting royalties through SAMRO on behalf of Ms Mhlaba, “24 were only paying out 16.7% of what was due to her”. It further said that, “the remaining 83.3% was, according to SAMRO’s own database, paid to a mysterious composer called ‘DP’”, and that “Mhlaba claims that in the course of 14 albums she has had well over R100, 000 taken by DP – on top of the millions SAMRO paid to [her former manager Sipho] Makhabane without her ever formally signing her rights over to him”.

Disappointingly, despite an extensive response to an equally lengthy query, SAMRO’s comments were largely overlooked by City Press, and this resulted in a news report containing several factual inaccuracies.

 

Firstly, it must be noted that ‘DP’ is not a person, but simply an internal system categorisation that is allocated to all public domain works. A musical work will be in the public domain if it never had copyright in the first place, or if the copyright has expired (which occurs 50 years after the death of the composer as per the Copyright Act).

 

“We requested Mr Blignaut to provide evidence of his calculations and allegation that SAMRO has allocated R2 billion to the ‘DP’ category, which he did not. Based on the information at my disposal, that figure is way off the mark. I have commissioned an exercise to get an accurate figure, which our board and membership of SAMRO will have access to within the week,” said Migogo.

 

Regarding the 16.7% Arrangement Rule – this deals with music arrangements of an existing musical work. The rules stipulate that where a composer creates an arrangement of an existing song, he or she receives 16.7% of the copyright in the arrangement. The balance goes to the composers of the original work because the presumption is that original work forms the basis – and thus lion’s share – of the new arrangement.

The songs in question, arranged by Ms Mhlaba, were in the public domain, which means there was no copyright accruing to the original composition which she was arranging. Therefore, according to the Arrangement Rule in force at SAMRO, Ms Mhlaba was allocated the 16.7%.

 

The remaining 83.3% is assigned the category ‘DP’, indicating that this portion is in the public domain and technically, this remaining 83.3% does not have a royalty attached to it.

Because SAMRO licenses its users, e.g. broadcasters, on a blanket basis (i.e. a predetermined amount to be paid out to all SAMRO-member works used by the user) and not on a per-song basis, it is evident that SAMRO does not specifically collect public domain/DP royalties.

 

The pre-determined licence fee offers the user indemnity against copyright claims. SAMRO then has to ensure that the fee received is divided equally against all the in-copyright musical works reported on the basis of airplay. Where some of the works reported are in the public domain, SAMRO then has to (during the internal royalty processing) find a way of removing those public domain works from the distribution pool. This is when they get categorised as DP, meaning they do not accrue any royalties. The royalties that would have accrued had the work been in copyright, are ring-fenced and distributed to all SAMRO member musical works that have been active in that year. There is no account or purse of royalties belonging to DP.

 

 

However, SAMRO also acknowledges that the redistribution policy of ‘DP’ categorised works may not be the best practice and, as part of its policy overhaul, is committed to reviewing and addressing this urgently, in consultation with its members. SAMRO also urges the DTI to urgently release the regulations on the copyright treatment of indigenous and traditional musical works.

 

Regarding the contractual relationship between Ms Mhlaba and Mr Makhabane, who are both SAMRO members a way forward was agreed upon, in writing by Mr Gilfillan, to ensure that the SAMRO rules are applied objectively. In instances where there was conduct which was not in line with the rules or it was found that one member benefited unduly at the expense of another member, this has been and will continue to be addressed. SAMRO takes the allegations of corruption seriously, and will take appropriate actions to ensure that the matter is resolved.

 

SAMRO also seeks to clarify the issue of its relationships with multinational publishers being blatantly untrue. It was reported that over half of SAMRO’s board is made up of multinational publishers, while in actual fact, only one board seat is occupied by a publisher that can be described as a multinational publisher. The SAMRO board can be viewed at http://www.samro.org.za/about.

 

SAMRO also notes that the good news of more royalty income remaining in the country was unreported. The listening patterns on radio have previously dictated that the majority of royalties in the past were paid to international rights holders. Encouragingly, though, it must be noted that in the last radio distribution (March 2018), a total of 6,907 local members earned either for the first time (over 2,000 were new earners) or increased their SAMRO earnings significantly, which means more royalties are staying in the country. In total, an increase of R24.2 million in local distributions was seen.

 

 

Finally, SAMRO welcomes the enquiry by the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, this week and looks forward to engaging with all relevant departments of government on matters of copyright and growing the creative economy in South Africa. The winds of change with new executive management since July 2017 have brought many improvements and a commitment remains work with our members to further improve where necessary and possible.

 

 

It must be recorded that long before the weekend City Press story broke, SAMRO had long been working on reviewing the rules in question as part of a far wider policy review. This was because of the clear disharmony between some of our policies and the SAMRO we wish to see in the future.

 

 

SAMRO will be engaging in roundtable meetings with its members in our three major centres during the month of April, after which an Extraordinary General Meeting in June 2018 will be held and where new rules will be agreed upon. The dates, which have already been communicated to members, are as follows:

 

  • Cape Town – 10 April, 2018
  • Durban – 13 April, 2018
  • Johannesburg – 23 April, 2018

 

 

“A commitment to changing and evolving for the benefit of our members has been unequivocally made by our board and new executive management at its last AGM,” said Migogo. “Further, we are committed to ensuring that any wrongdoing in the past will be accounted for. We are committed to working with the relevant government departments to ensure SAMRO operates at the utmost levels of efficiency and transparency.”

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Two City Tour – Part of Dublin’s Euphoria ‘Mile High’ World Tour

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Therapy Clubbing is proud to announce that they will be the official hosts of the international clubbing sensation EUPHORIA – as part of the Mile High World Tour taking place in 2018.

 

With two of the country’s top venues hosting the events, the EUPHORIA parties are scheduled to continue the legacy of this already world-famous party brand and bring top international DJ’s to our shores, including Dublin’s Matt Bogard and Dave Mladi as well as Therapy’s very own founding father, house legend, Stuart Hillary.

EUPHORIA DUBLIN is a Club night that was created in March 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.

A highly revered brand catering for the LGBTQ Community, each of the parties is a theme with a full production. The crew fly in on a regular basis and international DJ’s and greats as Tony Bruno, Ben Manson, Tommy  Love, Ana Paula, Danny Verde, Phil Romano, Fabio White, Pagano and Hector Fonseca have all played there.

 

The main aim of EUPHORIA is to put smiles on faces.  The Mile High World Tour will also visit London, Florence, Algarve, Lisbon and many others.  Therapy is incredibly excited to be part of this world-class party series this Autumn.

 

DJ SOUNDCLOUD LINKS

Matt Bogard https://soundcloud.com/search?q=matt%20bogard%20xtra

Dave Mladi  https://soundcloud.com/search?q=dave%20mladi%20-%20xtra%20party

 

A VIDEO link to one of the  parties that shows EUPHORIA in action:  https://vimeo.com/224906039

 

JHB

Featuring 2 Thumping Dancefloors, 2 International DJ’s, as well as the unstoppable Therapy residents in action.

Includes Hotbox Main Room inside the venue and a Therapy Lite Street Party

Where: Carfax Newtown, 39 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown

When: Saturday 28 April

Time: 9PM – 4AM

Tickets: Early bird R140, Standard online R190, Door price R200 before 10pm, thereafter R220

Right of admission reserved: No under 18s, No Attitudes

 

CAPE TOWN

Featuring 2 international DJ’s as well as the inimitable Therapy resident DJ crew

Where: Pink Panther Night Club, 120 Strand Street, C.T. 8000

When: Thursday 26 April (Friday is Freedom Day)

Time: 9PM – 4AM

Tickets: Early bird R75 , Standard online R85 , Door price R90 before 10pm, thereafter R110

Right of admission reserved: No under 18s, No Attitudes

 

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YFM, was introduced 20 years ago into the South African media landscape as the official platform for the voice of youth in Gauteng. The platform has always been synonymous with trendsetting in urban youth culture, developing and nurturing talent that have become icons in the eyes of young people and beyond.

 

 

YFM recognises that in the last two decades, the South African landscape has drastically changed and with it, the media landscape and youth culture have evolved. Being a station that caters for the young at heart, YFM understands that the market needs to be catered to in a new dynamic way and we are evolving to serve that purpose.

Young people in the country are now experiencing different challenges from 20 years ago. They are finding it difficult to be heard as individuals, to define who they are, to fully believe in their abilities and reach their full potential.

Remembering that the youth of the country have changed the past to define the present, YFM believes that young people remain the key to defining the future.

 

“Our listeners need to believe that they can change their immediate circumstances, their perceptions of themselves and revel in their ability to stand out. They are more powerful than they know and YFM fully understands this”, says newly appointed Managing Director, Haseena Cassim.

 

This belief is what has led to the station’s vision and mantra for the year to BElieve in YOUrself – #BEYOU.

In executing our belief and vision for YFM and young people, YFM’s Programming Manager, Tumelo Diaho-Monaheng has lined up the personalities that will represent, lead and entertain our audience, while continuing to break new music.

 

Following the reshuffle in October 2017, Y Mornings will continue to be hosted by the ever-entertaining DJ Ankletap from 05:00 to 09:00;

 

The passionate Khutso Theledi will follow breakfast from 09:00 to 12:00 with Krunch ‘till Lunch;

Lunch will be served from 12:00 to 15:00 weekdays by the talented and energetic Nia Brown on the Nia Brown Shakedown;

DJ Sabby takes you home with The Best Drive from 15:00 to 19:00, with YTKO being extended for an extra 20 minutes from 18:00;

YFM is excited to welcome a new breed of dynamism in the form of Cape Town born Carissa Cupido, who will host Run This Town from 19:00 -22:00 Monday to Thursday;

 

The slot that excites the station the most, is the introduction of Y Talks hosted by award winning Debater, Oliver Dickson, on Tuesday nights from 22:00 to 24:00. Y Talks is the official platform that gives the “Voice to Young People”, which will address all topical discussions relevant to the audience.

 

 

 

“The refreshed line-up, launching on 3 April 2018, is a representation of the leading, inspiring and relevant voices of young people in the country. The content will be curated by young people who share the same environments as the audience they engage with.” says Diaho-Monaheng. Our invitation to the audience is “come to us as you are, we are in the same headspace as you. There is no judgement; this is the only place that you will totally be free to express yourself. Believe in yourself. Be you!” he adds.

 

 

Lastly, the station bids farewell to Smash Afrika, Melo Maoka and DJ @Large. The Station wishes them well on their future ventures.

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The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and DISCOP Zanzibar are proud to announce The Africa Channel, the largest broadcaster of Africa-themed content in North America, as the official sponsor of the inaugural TV Series Festival 2018.

ZIFF Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo said: “As the lines between TV, film and digital content blur, it is becoming more and more essential to recognize and promote the amazing work being done by TV producers and directors across Africa.  Broadcast TV in Africa is still a rapidly expanding environment, and with the rest of the world eagerly looking to Africa for fresh and original content, platforms like The Africa Channel are ideally poised to share this content globally.”

 

With some of Africa and the world’s best known content producers and distributors on hand for ZIFF, taking place from the 7th – 15th July, and DISCOP Zanzibar, from the 11th – 13thThe ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL presented by The Africa Channel will be the official showcase for TV shows selected in competition for ZIFF.

 

Two days of competition screenings selected by the ZIFF Festival will screen from the 12th and 13th of July, and will be followed by a showcase day of screenings on the 14th where platforms such as The Africa Channel will highlight some of the their newest and most exciting content.

 

Open to the public as well as industry guests, The ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL presented by The Africa Channel will celebrate excellence. The event strives to create a stage on which the foremost creators in the world of TV series come together, where tomorrow’s talents are showcased and a prestigious international competition for a wide range of genres and for series of all shapes and forms is presented.

 

ZIFF’s Colombo has spearheaded this vision of celebrating the TV content genre within the traditional film festival format. “Across the world TV content is now acknowledged for its quality production and importance for the industry,” he said. “Here in Africa especially, many producers and directors get their start in TV production and it is a critical growth driver for the next generation of filmmakers. ZIFF is always innovating and looking to find ways to support the growth of the industry in Africa, and we are excited to partner with DISCOP and The Africa Channel in the important TV space.”

 

Narendra Reddy, Executive Vice President & General Manager of The Africa Channel, said, “We are so proud to be the official sponsor of the inaugural Zanzibar TV Series Festival at this year’s ZIFF event. The Africa Channel has been privileged to present content from and about Africa to North American audiences for over 10 years.  Through our production arm TAC Studios, we have worked with amazing producers and talent from across Africa to help them create globally accessible content. This festival calls the world’s attention to the incredible film and TV content coming out of Africa and is a fabulous opportunity for content creators from the continent to showcase their fine work and be recognized for their efforts.”

 

DISCOP Market’s General Manager Patrick Zuchowicki explains the rationale for this partnership: “We are proud to welcome The Africa Channel as the sponsor of the inaugural edition of The Zanzibar TV Series Festival. The Africa Channel is a veteran DISCOP delegate and and a great supporter of the world’s foremost creators of TV series”.

 

During this year’s ZIFF, the category for Best African TV Series will be open to any African produced or co-produced and broadcast within the last two years. Three episodes would need to be submitted for consideration via the on-line application process as below.

 

Deadline for submission has been EXTENDED to 18th April  2018.

 

Submission Procedures:

  • All submission must be done through ZIFF platform on www.festhome.com
    (link is can be found on the website of the festival)
  • A signed and fully completed application submitted by e-mail at filmdept@ziff.or.tz
  • To be eligible for programming, the entire application MUST be completed and signed. 
  • The submission deadline is 18th April 2018.
  • Freight costs of any film will be borne by the producer.
  • Selection results will be available from May 15, 2018 on our Website: www.ziff.or.tz
  • No DVDs will be returned. They will be kept at ZIFF for archival purposes.
  • ZIFF is committed to preserve the copy of film from any act of piracy and illicit business.

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Centred on a ground-breaking partnership between two media companies, Content Connect Africa and JT Comms announce plans to digitally distribute cooking show, Bunnies In The Burbs through Viva Nation, a music and lifestyle video channel that broadcasts throughout the African content.

 

The new season of the cooking show features guests such as the award winning afro-jazz guitarist and producer Kunle Ayo, publisher and storyteller Zanele Ndlovu and leading HIV and gender activist Yvette Raphael. Joining the host, with a delectable mix of recipes from fast and fantastic, through to ideas for effortless entertaining, big deal dishes and everything in-between, there’s something for cooks and homemakers of every skill level. Elevating everyday dining experiences with simple, affordable and homely cooking meals, the show promises to.

 

 

This partnership will allow JT Comms to offer a wide selection of exclusive content to mobile phone network clients, MTN; with the content being integrated to guarantee multi-channel delivery and superior customer experience across Africa.

 

 

Bunnies in the Burbs, a digital cooking show takes the popular format of a cooking show – but is more intimate and inspiring in that, viewers get to witness a young African millennial sharing good food and wisdom with her role models and peers. Also championing a staunch ambition for youth to be entrepreneurial, BIBs highlights through the presenter an eagerness by the youth, to take charge of their lives and careers; by encouraging young people in South Africa and beyond to become active participants in the building of the economy during in a time where the job markets in the continent dry up and the fiscal landscape is changing from industrial to hi-tech.

 

 

The show which debuted yesterday on MTN Shortz will be streamed to on the network across South Africa and Nigeria, with more countries to follow, by Viva Nation TV.

 

 

Described by JT Comms founder Vanessa Perumal as a “game changer”, the new partnership is a positive move towards creating a platform for authentic African content to be shared while disrupting traditional media methods and channels which do not give access and platforms to tell our stories as Africans, while tapping into and harnessing the opportunity multimedia platforms enable in a technology era.  This pioneering collaboration with champions such as Content Connect Africa, who are trailblazers in their field, is encouraging.

 

 

And leveraging on a superfast network, subscribers will be able to experience Viva Nation TV’s premium lifestyle content seamlessly on their mobile devices, taking TV beyond the traditional model to an even wider audience.

 

Commenting on the accord, Content Connect Africa’s Antos Stella says “Content Connect Africa has strived to create revenue opportunities for independent content providers over the past 8 years; mobile television is a natural progression from our music platforms where focus on sustainability has been, and remains our main objective.”

 

 

Viva Nation TV’s offerings are now available to watch through MTN Shortz and will soon be on all digital channels.

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5FM Line-up changes announced

Posted by radio On March - 28 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

5FM has announced that new talent will join the 5FM family in April. The station will be on-boarding on-air presenter Smash Afrika, who will be taking over 5FM Nights from 19:00 – 22:00 Monday – Thursday.

 

Smash, who hails from Bloemfontein and started his career on campus radio, has a youthful energy and is a real livewire who makes radio that’s unapologetically loud, fun and memorable.

“Talk about a dream come true! I have always wanted to work at 5FM and finally it’s happening,” Smash says, “Words can’t begin to describe the emotions, but I will express them on every show once I get started,” he adds.

 

Smash Afrika regards himself as the perfect 5FM fit with his live loud attitude and will be joined by well-known producer, Given Baloyi.  Baloyi says it is Smash’s unique personality and world view that will make the show stand out and grab the attention of 5FM’s community.  “The show will have an eccentric and whimsical feel. We want to create a show where they get to let their guard down and tap into their inner child,” he says.

5FM Station Manager, Justine Cullinan, says this dynamite partnership is undeniably a creative pairing with the perfect fit for brand 5FM.  “5FM has the most diversely represented and dynamic collection of on-air and producer family members,” she says, “With these two new talents we are only taking that positioning further.  We are looking forward to delivering a high intensity weeknight show to the 5FM community.”

 

5FM is equally excited to announce that acclaimed and revered Ultimix resident Ryan the DJ has been offered his own show on the station, taking over the Saturday night 19:00 – 22:00 Weekender5 show from 5FM’s pH who will sadly be leaving the station to focus on his very busy DJ and production work.

Ryan is certainly no stranger to the 5FM community. He was crowned the winner of the 5FM Ultimix DJ competition in 2012 which landed him a regular resident feature on the station as well as on their event line-ups.  Ryan, is one of South Africa’s foremost mix masters and recently represented the country at the Red Bull 3Style World Finals in Poland, where he was placed in the top 6.

 

“I’ve always held the 5FM Saturday night slot in high regard.  I grew up listening to Derek the Bandit and Roger Goode’s Saturday Surgery – they were iconic shows. I would listen to them religiously and so to have the opportunity to host my own show on a Saturday night on 5FM is an absolute honour and dream come true for me,” says Ryan. “I’m really excited for the journey ahead as well as being able to share good music and connect with my fans and listeners across South Africa,” he adds.

 

5FM’s Bosslady, Justine Cullinan, says that Ryan the DJ will deliver the perfect party soundtrack for a Saturday night.  “His skill in music selection is incomparable and I know that his show will be carefully curated with mix music from the best in the world,” she says, “As one of our Weekender5 he will add immense value to 5FM’s specialist music fame and will continue the station’s legacy in delivering to the 5FM community the best mixologists and deck wreckers the country has to offer.”

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The Official #BRINGYOURFIRE Guide 2018

Posted by radio On March - 27 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire has also been hailed in 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 uniquely African, and yet globally infused, festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts, and the environment.

 

From May 25th – 27th MTN Bushfire encourages everyone, from guests and artists, to traders and vendors to BRING YOUR FIRE to the beautiful Malkerns valley in Swaziland.

 

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

 

For those unsure of just how to #BRINGYOURFIRE in 2018, MTN Bushfire is pleased to announce the official Bring Your Fire Zone, an interactive space devoted to specialized activities where all guests can create and share their own #BRINGYOURFIRE experiences.

 

The Bring Your Fire Zone will present tangible opportunities to engage within the key themes for 2018. No less than eight partner organisations will bring the following themes to life at this year’s event:

 

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • STEM Education (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics)

  • Tolerance and Inclusion

  • Sexual and reproductive health

  • Orphans and vulnerable children

  • Rural development

 

Every visitor will have the opportunity to take part in a host of #BRINGYOURFIRE activations that include the following.

 

GREEN YOUR FIRE!

As a green festival, MTN Bushfire continues to aim for a minimal global footprint across its various strands and has renewed its commitment to being an eco-friendly event. Recycling will have an increased focus across the festival, including all trader and market spaces.

 

PLANT A TREE with The Khula Tree Planting Project

In 2018 people will have the opportunity to engage in the protection and promotion of indigenous trees by participating in the 2018 Khula Planting Tree Project.

 

MAKE MUSIC with Conservation Music

Conservation Music is an organisation that uses music to engage communities across southern Africa in environmental projects and awareness. In addition to hosting a studio where guests can add their voices to various tracks, Conservation Music will be offering guests a variety of ways to get involved.

 

RAINBOW FIRE!

 

MTN Bushfire has always celebrated tolerance, diversity and inclusion. In 2018 the focus is on LGBT rights, gender equality and the rights for sexual and reproductive health and freedom. A host of experts and organisations from within the LGBT space will present a space to proudly celebrate inclusion. From poetry slams and discussion at the new venue The Hub, to social and photo booth activations, everyone is invited to take part.

 

Poetry & Performance

MTN Bushfire is also very excited to announce a performance from Staceyann Chin, multiple award winning poet and performer. Winner of the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council, and the 2016 Planned Parenthood Excellence in Media award, Chin is also a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

 

A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.

 

Get CONDOMISED!

Condomise will be back at MTN Bushfire in 2018, once again sharing information on sexual and reproductive health.  In addition to information and product distribution, Condomise will offer HIV counselling and related services, and host a number of conversations through educational and entertaining games and activations.

 

MENTOR a Male with Kwakha Indvodza

Kwakha Indvodza is a male mentoring organistion that runs community-led, health and behaviour change interventions interventions with men and boys.  KI will present its materials as well as take part in training over 120 staff. Local guests can also find out more about ways to get involved in mentoring youn men in order to promote gender equliaty and a more just Swazi society.

 

BE A FIRESTARTER!

 

Everyone’s a Hero

Just by purchasing a ticket to MTN Bushfire guests are supporting Young Heroes, as MTN Bushfire sponsor E15 to the organisation from every ticket purchased.  This deep partnership dates back to the very first MTN Bushfire. Since then, the festival and its partners have donated over E/R1.6 million enabling Young Heroes to provide food and clothing to over 1,000 orphans. Activators from Young Heroes will discuss those issues with festival goers and will provide people with knowledge and information on how to support the organisation even further.

 

Wear Your Fire

100% of MTN Bushfire official merchandise proceeds are given to BOMAKE Rural Projects, an NGO that assists nearly 800 rural Swazi women their families and their communities to access basic Health services, basic education, and training in sanitation and hygiene as well as savings and micro-enterprise development.

 

Since 2010, MTN Bushfire Festival of the Arts has donated close to half a million Emalangeni /Rand to this organization. So just by purchasing a t-shirt, cap or other merchandise, guests to the festival are supporting this amazing initiative. In the Bring Your Fire Zone activators will also be present to share about their experience as people who work in the NGO.

 

Code & Create

STEM will introduce festival goers to computational thinking, computer science, and technology who will then be given the chance to use a graphic base programming language, and to produce a digital artwork using or through coding.

 

For more information on the 2018 edition of MTN Bushfire visit www.bush-fire.com or https://www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE

 

 

 

 

 

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Puppet Nation, one of South Africa’s most awarded TV shows, has just won another SEVEN SAFTAS, brining the total over the years to 29. However, the show is now no longer broadcast anywhere in South Africa, meaning that the most respected and loved voices of biting political satire has been silenced. The Puppet Nation team is on the search for a new broadcast home.

 

“Posthumous”Puppet Nation SAFTA Wins “Bittersweet”

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PuppetNation, the show that nobody will put on nationaltelevision, collected 7 SAFTAs at this year’s event, bringing its total overthe years to 29. The awards were for the final season of Puppet Nation which aired on pan-african satellite channel StarSat(StarTimes ch201) in 2017, before they ended their relationship with the showdue to budget cuts. Puppet Nation,which has also earned two International Emmy nominations in recent years, wasnominated for eight awards, winning the trophies for Production Design,Wardrobe, Sound, Cinematography, Scriptwriting, Directing, and Best TV Comedy.

 

 

 

“It’s a show that has been recognisedconsistently since it launched in 2009, both locally and internationally, as astandout comedy show, giving South Africa biting homegrown satire. But sadly,right now, the puppets are in their boxes, and we don’t know when or if they’llbe coming out to play again,” said Executive Producer Thierry Cassuto. Fans ofthe show, like The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutuand trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi among others, have consistently spokenout for the show and about the importance of satire and critical comedy in ademocracy like ours. But while the programme has a very large social mediafollowing, it cannot financially survive with a purely online existence.

 

 

“We hope that these awards will remindbroadcasters and sponsors that PuppetNation is high quality television, that it makes viewers – young and old-  think and laugh, and that it deservesa TV home,” Cassuto added.

 

 

In addition, Both Worlds, the company behind Puppet Nation, was nominated for Best Gameshow for the second year in a row for Point of Order – another show which is no longer on air. Host Tumi Morake wasalso nominated as best presenter for the last two years. “Point of Order was another casualty when StarSat were no longerable to afford it,” Cassuto says, “and while we’re delighted that its Afrikaans sister show, Parlement Parlement, isdoing well on kykNET, we’re dying to see Season 5 of Point of Order on a new TV channel soon.” In the meantime, fans can stream the first award-winning  season of Point of Order on Showmax.

 

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BASSLINE FEST officially announces two of the headline artists for the weekend of 26th and 27th May will be none other than African greats Salif Keita from Mali, and pop phenomenon Yemi Alade from Nigeria.

 

 

With more artists being announced regularly, the festival’s line up is growing from strength to strength and has now officially announced artists from afield Brazil, France, Japan, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Mali, Nigeria and of course South Africa.

 

The artists are all part of the celebration that unites and pays homage to our continent and in particular this year, to the legacy that is Nelson Mandela.

The two artists that have been selected as ambassadors from Africa to celebrate Madiba’s legacy are Yemi Alade and Salif Keita, who collectively will perform in an exclusively crafted performance to pay tribute through not only their own songs, but also a duet and a further composition entitled “Africa’s Tribute To Mandela”.

 

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness the duet and add even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

Salif Keita is one of the continent’s most beloved Afro-pop artists. Having been ostracised for his albinism as a younger adult, he immersed himself in music before moving to Paris where he has resided since 1984, honing his craft and becoming one of the most prolific stars from Africa. Known as the ‘golden voice’, Salif has released over 20 albums with some of the biggest record labels in the world.  He has toured the globe extensively and known as one of West Africa’s finest composers and singer.  BASSLINE FEST is honoured to be able to add him to the line-up in 2018.

 

Yemi Alade is one of the younger pop stars from Nigeria that is currently making huge waves across not only Africa, but in parts of Europe too.  As a winner of the talent show, Peak Talent in 2009 she subsequently released the smash hit Johnny, which saw her becoming a house-hold name almost instantly.  She has followed it up with similar styles of dance pop combined with her signature humorous lyrics.  Despite her massive stardom, Yemi has released three albums, and has shared stages with acts such as Mary J Blige, Wizkid, M.I., Waje and many others.  We are excited to see her on South African soil.

 

The other confirmed artists for BASSLINE FEST, all previously announced, are 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

More artists are being booked for the festival on a regular basis.

 

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST will be held over 2 full days for guests to enjoy music platforms and great food as well as a Nelson Mandela day tour “Footsteps of Mandela”.  Dialogue will also be held 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.

 

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.  The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.

 

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

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400 per day.

 

BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.

 

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Following the announcement of the finalists in the various categories of the 2018 Liberty Radio Awards, the finalists for the coveted Station of the Year title have now been selected and the final adjudication to determine the Station of the Year is now in progress. In addition, the inductees for the Bright Star and Hall of Fame have also been announced.

 

“The announcement of the category finalists has met with a fantastically positive response,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “The adjudication panel who select the winning stations of the year are going to have their work cut out for them, particularly considering the overall standard of the entries for this year’s awards. It will be very exciting to see who the panel determines as the station that continues to raise the bar in terms of compelling content quality. After all, the Station of the Year title gives the winning station- and all who work there- bragging rights for the next year.”

 

 

Killy Bacela, Divisional Director of Group Brand & Marketing at Liberty, says: “The Station of the Year is indeed the Grand Prix of the Liberty Radio Awards and we look forward to revealing the winning station and celebrating with the industry on 14 April. Acknowledging excellence and recognising the commitment it takes to not only be the best, but to create a legacy for the future is one of the core values of Liberty. We congratulate the finalists, who can be secure in the knowledge that they are being recognised for their dedication and their passion for storytelling and entertainment.”

 

 

The Station of the Year Finalists are:

 CAMPUS

MFM 92.6

PUKFM 93.6

TUKSFM 107.2

UCT FM

VOWFM

 

 

 

COMMUNITY

ALEX FM

GROOT FM 90.5

HOT 91.9

MIX 93.8FM

RADIO ISLAM

RADIO PULPIT

 

 

 

 

COMMERCIAL

ALGOA FM

EAST COAST RADIO

JACARANDA FM

KAYA FM

METRO FM

OFM

POWER 98.7

 

 

The Bright Star Award goes to candidates 35 years or younger – either on-air, or behind-the-scenes, who is making his/her mark in the industry. The award is aimed at recognising a person who has an intrinsic understanding and love for radio, respects its past and also has great ideas for its future.

 

 

This year, the Liberty  Radio Awards Bright Stars are:

 

 

 

AGANANG FM

 

 

 

 

 

Nthabiseng Motlhodi

ECR Jason Mc Call
ECR Simon Carter
GAGASI FM Langalethu Cele
KFM Carl Wastie
MAGIC 828 AM Byron MacDonald
OFM Lerato Lelia
TRU FM Simamkele Mguga
TUKS FM Quintus Potgieter
TUKS FM Layla Welch
UMHLOBO WENENE FM Zukiswa Mqumbisa

 

 

The Liberty Radio Awards takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday 14th April. More details about the Liberty Radio Awards may be found at www.libertyradioawards.co.za

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