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Port Elizabeth born Singer/songwriter Titi Luzipho has released her brand new single Being Woman from her forthcoming album. Titi is a trained musician, creative and musical director whose love for music knows no bounds.

She comes from a musical family, her late grandfather, CB Qwesha was a musical genius and composer. His greatests work – Ndisindise O Jehova, Save me Oh Thou Jehova became one of the world’s greatest hymns. Titi became a household name in the Jazz circles across South Africa, having worked with the likes of Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi, Gloria Bosman, Siphokazi, Caiphus Semenya and Loyiso and Zwai Bala among other greats.

 

“I am so blessed to have this gift and be able to share it with the masses. Being Woman is a powerful song celebrating women, acknowledging the plight of women in an unjust world. This song is so personal to me, it took a lot for me to birth it and I hope it heals, empowers, motivates and inspires a lot of women and men.”

 

Titi has worked with a number of incredible artists on her upcoming album with Luyanda Madope on production and keys. The album also features Ringo Madlingozi, who is one of Titi’s strong influences.

 

Titi counts it a blessing to have been mentored by the Grammy award nominated producer Zwai Bala. Together they worked on honing, nurturing and harnessing Titi’s vocal ability. How can she fail when she was not only mentored by the eldest Bala brother but by the late great Dr Winston Ntshona and Dorothy Masuka and her equally talented mother Vuyelwa Qwesha-Luzipho.

 

Now Titi has built quite a following introducing and refining the concept “#SongsMyMotherTaughtMe” – a tribute to the massive musical influence her mother, well known songstress Vuyelwa Qwesha has had on her life. She also started a movement #BeingWomxn as part of the eradication of femicides. This movement seeks to heal and celebrate women who are victims of gender-based violence, misogyny and patriarchy.

 

Titi is a gem! The future of jazz is in great hands’

-The Times-

 

‘My eyes were glued from the first note to the last. When I die, this is how I would like my music to be sung.’

-Dorothy Masuka’ – her late mentor.

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Its official – the Golden Lounge for the 2019 edition of MTN Bushfire is sold out!

MTN Bushfire is the acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts. Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival”, MTN Bushfire 2019 promises an eclectic mix of artists from across the globe.

 

This exceptional music line-up combined with the spirit of celebration and tolerance that is MTN Bushfire are what make the festival a living-breathing ecosystem that welcomes over 29,000 guests every year to the Malkerns Valley in Eswatini.

 

While Main Arena tickets for this year’s festival are STILL AVAILABLE through the MTN Bushfire website, www.bush-fire.com, Golden Lounge tickets will no longer be available online or at physical outlets. Day tickets for Sunday May 26th will be on sale shortly.

 

Due to popular demand, camping in the All Out Africa campsite is selling out.  Family camp, BYO in the Forest, Car Camp, Caravan Camp and Canvas Camp have already sold out and the remaining spots are selling fast.  To avoid disappointment please book your camping spot as soon as possible.  Sales will close once all spots have been filled.

 

Make sure to book now for your ticket and camping to avoid disappointment.

 

Guests are reminded not to purchase tickets from 3rd parties as these tickets cannot be guaranteed as authentic.

 

Line up information, ticket and accommodation information can be found on the MTN Bushfire website, www.bush-fire.com.

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Umhlobo Wenene unveiled its line-up changes

Posted by radio On April - 2 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Umhlobo Wenene unveiled its line-up changes, in line with the station operating in a fast paced radio environment, as it aims to constantly evolve and remain relevant to its target market and grow to its maximum capacity.

The station has taken the decision to re-shuffle some of its presenters and there will be no new on air presenters joining the station. The station has introduced a new show Iingcebiso Ngezomthetho’, which will look into legal matters that will be presented by Luckeez Matyolweni, with a resident advocate from 21h30 – 22h30.

 

The station also wishes to announce that the programme ‘Zibuzwa kuthi’, which broadcasts from 12h00 – 13h00 on Mondays to Fridays will now be presented by Siphosethu NongangaMafa Bavuma moves to be part of the ‘BEE Show’, which airs on Mondays to Fridays from 06h30 – 09h00These two changes will be effective as from 3 June 2019.

 

The station has introduced a new programme ‘Masixolelane’ which will be broadcast on Mondays from 22h00 – 00h00 and will be presented by Tsidi Monteiro. It replaces the programme ‘Usagoduka Nha?’.

Elvis Mali will continue to present the programmes ‘Umculo WeJazz’ on Sundays from 22h00 – 00h00 and ‘Ezolimo’ on Friday morningsfrom 03h00 -04h30.

 

Mr Phumzile Mnci, the station manager of Umhlobo Wenene FM, who is also the acting Provincial General Manager of the Eastern Cape Province stated “I am thrilled to introduce this new line up, which I believe will deliver innovative and cutting edge programming. Umhlobo Wenene FM listeners can also look forward to new and vibrant features across our programmes that will be introduced incrementally in the next three months”.

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) launched its first multi-purpose High Definition (HD) studio on 01 April 2019. The SABC’s flagship news and current affairs programme ‘Morning Live’, which is broadcast on SABC 2 and channel 404 on Dstv was used to showcase the advanced technological capabilities of the studio.

The studio which has been in the making for almost two years is groundbreaking for the organization, as the SABC is continuously transforming into a public service broadcaster operating in the digital era. The studio is a fully-fledged news and sports studio, which is able to interchange between delivering news as well as sports content, which are produced differently. In addition the picture quality seen by our audiences will be clearer and crisper on the screen.

 

The new multi-purpose studio will refresh the look and feel of many programmes, as a variety of sets can be used within the studio. This studio also boasts advanced technological features which are modern and relevant to the current broadcasting environment.

 

The studio is equipped with six digital HD cameras of which one is on a camera crane, a digital video mixing console, a 28 input picture production monitor wall configurable for news or sport productions as well as a fully digital lighting control suite.

 

In delivering on its mandate to provide universal access of SABC radio and television services to all South Africans the SABC commits to use creative technologies to meet the challenges of broadcasting in sign language. In delivering on this promise, the new multi-purpose studio comprises of a sign language interpreter presentation suite, which will further enable the SABC to deliver its programming to the deaf community.

 

Group Executive for Media Technology and Infrastructure (MTI), Dr. Van Rooyen said that “This milestone comes at the right time for the SABC as we are approaching the national and provincial elections. Our promise to all South Africans is to provide high quality programmes delivered through various innovate ways enabled by technology.”

 

This modern studio will also attract audiences, who will be introduced to other SABC digital platforms such as websites and applications. This will enable enhanced interactivity between our audiences and the SABC’s content using the multimedia suite, which has features including Skype interface to allow interactivity in real-time.

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Seba Kaapstad bring an intoxicating and atmospheric spirit with their new video for “Africa” out today along with the announcement of their upcoming album Thina, out May 15th via Mello Music Group. With an effortless but captivating approach, “Africa” combines soul, jazz, hip hop, and the music of Africa in a swirl of sounds that can only result from a group that hails from such diverse backgrounds.

Seba Kaapstad consists of band members, Zoe Modiga, Philip Scheibel

(Pheel), Ndumiso Manana, and Sebastian Schuster (Seba). Drawing from their South Africa, Swazi, and German backgrounds, the group creates a soundscape without borders in order to demonstrate the commonalities shared between human beings. Now signed with Mello Music Group, Seba Kaapstad is neo-soul on a world stage.

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2019 Liberty Radio Awards Finalists Announced

Posted by radio On April - 1 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Liberty Radio Awards are pleased to announce the inductees into the Hall of Fame and the Bright Stars for 2019.

 

Induction into the Hall of Fame is an honour bestowed on individuals who have served the radio industry well for at least 15 years. Hall of Famers have made an indelible mark on the industry either on air, or in management, and are people who have provided inspiration and mentorship through their radio career. The people being inducted into the Hall of Fame for 2019 include:

INDUCTEE
RODNEY TRUDGEON
GREG MALOKA
MPHO NEFALE
DENZIL TAYLOR
HEINRICH MARNITZ
ALAN MAKER
KID NKAYI
ZOLANI MARK BONGCO
MBULELO NGEWU
PATRICK BOGATSU

 

The Bright Star is recognition of strong potential in the radio industry and inductees are individuals who – whether on air, or behind the scenes – are already making a mark on the industry. Bright Stars have an understanding and love for radio and show qualities that indicate that they will have a role to play in the industry’s future. The Liberty Radio Awards Bright Stars for 2019 are:

STATION INDUCTEE
702 PRESLEY MAKHOMBOTHI
947 ZANELE POTELWA
EAST COAST RADIO SKY TSHABALALA
HOT 91.9 FM SIMON HILL
KAYA FM 95.9 DJ KEYEZ
KOVSIE FM GERBEN VAN NIEKERK
O-FM THABANG MOSELANI
O-FM WR VAN DER MERWE
RX RADIO NOLUYOLO NGOMANI
UJFM OLIVIA MABITSI
VOICE OF WITS KUTLWANO SERAME
VUMA 103 FM PATRICIA NONLULULEKO MALEMIA

 

 

The finalists in the Station of the Year have also been determined. The Station of the Year is the crowning glory of the Liberty Radio Awards. The criteria for determining the Station of the Year includes on-air success; innovation; audience growth; community outreach and the X-factor. It takes into account the station’s “good radio citizenship” role within the industry. This year’s finalists are

 

 

CAMPUS

MFM 92.6
PUKFM 93.6
TUKS FM 107.2
UJFM
UCT RADIO
VOICE OF WITS

COMMUNITY

AGANANG FM COMMUNITY STATION
GROOT FM 90.5
INANDA FM
HOT 91.9 FM
MIX 93.8 FM
RADIO ISLAM
RADIO KHWEZI

PBS

LOTUS FM
MOTSWEDING FM
SAFM
THOBELA FM
TRUFM
UMHLOBO WENENE FM

COMMERCIAL

947
EAST COAST RADIO
JACARANDA FM
KAYA FM 95.9
KFM 94.5
POWER 98.7 FM

Voting in the My Station category – where listeners can vote for their favourite station – continues until midnight on Tuesday, 2 April 2019. Finalists in this category will be announced on Friday, 5 April 2019.

 

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Line-up changes at trufm

Posted by radio On March - 31 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

trufm will be introducing some line-up changes effective from 1 April 2019. Listeners will now wake up to an energetic and informative breakfast show ‘truMornings’ which will be hosted by Reggie Solani. Phethu Soga will move from the afternoon drive to host the Current Affairs programme‘truNewsHour@11’ during weekdays between 11h00 and 12h00 and on Sundays between 17h00 and 18h00. Phethu is known for his astute take on current issues and this show will enable him to interact with the listeners on such issues.

Blaq Maci will move to the midmorning programme ‘truExperience’ between 08:00 and 11:00, as A.J. Maclean will move from the midday show to join Reggie Solani as a co-host of the breakfast show. A.J’s move to breakfast leaves Buck Matyila as the sole presenter of the midday show. Listeners will be spoiled with an additional hour of the popular weekly Christian lifestyle programme called ‘Hlalani Kum, Mna ndihlale kuni’, with Pastor Bathandwa Khwatsha between 19h00 and 22h00 which will be followed by the programme ‘After Hours’ between 22h00 and 01h00 with Dee Lukes.

Another exciting addition and change will occur to the stations popular Hip Hop music specialist show
which is currently known as ‘Ground Zero’ as it moves to Saturdays between 13h00 and 15h00 with
Makhi “Yahkeem” Fibi at the helm.

 

On the new line-up changes, trufm’s Acting Station Manager – Masixole Mdingane said: “The station
is very proud to present such great talent as a team, that will deliver quality programming and listener
engagements through exciting marketing campaigns in the next fiscal as we gear-up to make an impact as a truly Eastern Cape youthful brand.”

 

trufm can be found on 89.3 – 107.8 FM, via live streaming on www.trufm.co.za and on DSTV channel 816.

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Tumi Morake joins Motsweding FM

Posted by radio On March - 31 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Motsweding FM will on 1 April 2019 refresh it’s on air line-up underscoring the need to stay relevant, competitive and to reflect the multifaceted interests of all its audience age groups.

The new line up echoes the station management’s commitment to position Motsweding FM as a custodian of cultural values, identity and a vehicle for the preservation and development of the Setswana language.

New additions to the Motsweding FM line-up include well known on-air personalities, Tumi Morake, Ikanyeng Modubu, and the return of Mokopi MKP Molebatsi and Modisane ModiseAmon Mokoena and Tumi Morake have been tapped to host the much-anticipated breakfast show, ‘Di Rage’ to give the show a pacey fresh new feel. The show will migrate to the 06h00 – 09h00 time slot from 1 June 2019. Lebo Leabile will continue to present the mid-morning show ‘Resemeletse’ from 09h00 to 12h00 and Mokopi MKP Molebatsi will deliver the midday show ‘Oketsa’ between 12h00 and 15h00. Mokopi Molebatsi will also present the Sunday night soul show ‘Sepelong’ between 21h00 and 00h00.

The vibrant and energetic Lucas LTK Komanisi will continue to rock the airwaves on the drive time show, ‘Gotetsa Mosha’.between 15h00-18h00 on Monday to Friday. Other key developments are that Kb Molopyane will present the weekday Sports show ‘Mabaleng’ between 19h00-20h00 and Lindiwe Modise will present ‘Nna Le wena’ from Monday to Thursday between 20h00-00h00.

 

The station has also introduced a new religious programme for Thursday Nights, Tsa Tumelo between 20h00 to 00h00; the show will be interchanged between Modisane ModisePastor Motsamai Brown Mosiapoa and Moruti Tube.

 

The young and energetic Ikanyeng Modubu will team up with Tomaeza for ‘Kgotlha O Mone’ from Monday to Friday between 00h00-03h00. The show, ‘Ke Mo Teng’ can now be enjoyed on Saturdays, 12h00-15h00, and the station will introduce ‘Moribo Wa Afrika’ to be presented by the seasoned presenter Tom Perez between 21h00 to 00h00. Brown Mosiapoa and Moruti Tube who present the show, ‘Rorisang’ will move to the earlier Sunday slot 06h00-08h00 making way for ‘Tsa Tumelo’ between 08h00 to 10h00 with Modisane Modise and Pastor Motsamai.

 

Speaking on the line-up changes, Motsweding FM Station Manager Mr. Katlego Mokhele said “We want to explore new ways in which to grow audiences while instilling appreciation of the Setswana culture and language”.The changes also reflect our commitment to empowering more women in a traditionally male-dominated industry. The station will build on the latest listenership increase that was influenced by changes made by the station at the beginning of April 2018”.

 

Motsweding FM has adopted a strategy which seeks to grow its listenership in the Gauteng, Free State, Northern Cape and Limpopo provinces while maintaining its current numbers in the North West. The new line-up comprises of on-air talent with diverse skills and are placed according to their abilities to grow listenership for the station and market share for SABC Radio.

 

Breakfast show will move to 06h00 – 09h00 from 1 June 2019 and current affairs will start at 05h00 to 06h00.

 

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Lesedi FM, a sub-brand of the SABC with the highest Socio Economic Measure (SEM) among the African Language Stations has made changes to its line up effective from 1 April 2019. The objective for the line-up changes is to defend and increase the station’s audience.

‘Monate Breakfast’ show will be served by Seipati ‘Twasa’ Seoke and Nkunyana ‘Skuzabell’ Nkunyana from Monday to Friday between 06h30-09h00. Tholoana ‘ThuliBaby’ Moletsane will present ‘Mathemalodi’ from 09h00-12h00. ‘Jwale ke Nako’ showbroadcast between 12h00-15h00 will be delivered by Thuso ‘O nketsang’ Motaung and Matshogo ‘DJ Stix’ Mahloko.

 

The drive time show, ‘Re a kubeletsa’ will continue to be presented by Nyakallo ‘Ba2Cada’ Leine from Monday to Friday between 15:00-18:00.

 

The station has retained majority of its on-air personalities with others being moved to other slots or allocated new responsibilities. Zanele ‘Nestum’ Nyakale will be taking up the role of the Station Coordinator in Gauteng, because the veteran broadcaster Phelane ‘Master P’ Sothoane has retired.

 

 

Lesedi FM can be found on 87.7 – 106.6 FM, via live streaming on www.lesedifm.co.za and on DSTV channel 806.

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The Magic In Motion Academy celebrated 13 film and television graduates at the 5th graduation for the Academy

Higher Education Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela who attended the event as the guest of honour, acknowledged the success of the students and the commitment of the MIM Academy.

“The impact that this programme has had on these graduates is invaluable. Over the past five years, this programme has provided a gateway to the film and television industry for a significant number of students. The film and television industry is a big contributor to our economy and these graduates are now able to tell our stories that can reach all corners of the world” says Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela.

 

“We recognise that the global television industry is evolving, and we need to empower anew generation of young professionals. This internship gives the most talented creatives work experience with the leading production companies and culminates with the production of movies that are scheduled on Mzansi Magic and seen by millions. Our interns graduate with a CV that sets them up to find work – we are committed to training and jobcreation” says MultiChoice General Entertainment CEO Yolisa Phahle.”

 

 

Founded in 2014 and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Bobby Heaney, the MIM Academy focuses on transforming the South African film and TV industry by upskilling film graduates, empowering them with the necessary knowledge and experience that they will require to start their careers and successfully transform the video-entertainment industry in South Africa. To date, 44 interns have graduated from the programme, 12 films have been produced and 60% of the class of 2017 interns are employed.

 

 

This year, the graduates were taken through an intensive 12-month internship where their tertiary education was supplemented by hands-on practical training. They were mentoredby industry experts from some of the country’s most respected production houses and worked on various exciting productions. Production partners played an influential role in ensuring that the graduates were exposed to all facets of the production process and ensured inclusion on a variety of sets.

 

 

“The class of 2018 has been incredibly dedicated, having produced 4 movies of exceptional quality for Mzansi Channels including Hawe Ma! and Umdlalo wempilo. We look forward totheir contribution to the industry” said Bobby.

 

 

“Beyond entertainment, its rewarding to see how, through our investments in infrastructure, technology and empowerment initiatives, we harness the emerging talent of the youth and set them up to achieve their goals. By the end of their time with us in April,

they will have produced four movies for broadcast in prime-time on Mzansi Magic, said Yolisa”.

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