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RADIO AWARDS are back now with Liberty

Posted by radio On November - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

librawawToday Liberty announced the launch of the Liberty Radio Awards in 2017. Formerly known as the MTN Radio Awards, the awards are an industry-wide initiative that promotes and recognises excellence in radio journalism. The awards are renowned for their credibility and transparency. Importantly, radio is South Africa’s leading media platform and Liberty is proud to be associated with the awards.

 

Convenor of the Liberty Radio Awards, Lance Rothschild said: “We’re thrilled to have Liberty on board to re-kindle the flame of the radio awards. The absence of the awards in 2016 was sorely felt by the industry, but we are now able to continue this important programme with Liberty’s support.”

 

Commenting on the sponsorship, Mr. Sandile Hlophe, Chief Executive of Liberty’s Group Arrangements, said: “More than 90% of the population has access to radio on a daily basis making it the widest reaching and most impactful medium in the country. Liberty’s involvement with the Awards will enable us to enhance the quality of radio journalism for the benefit of listeners, who are the very customers we service.”

 

Mr. Tshepo Matseba, Marketing and Communication Executive at Liberty Corporate added: “At Liberty we believe in empowering people to secure their financial freedom. Radio, in addition to being entertaining, promotes conversations and provides critical educational information on which people can base their financial decisions.  Our partnership with the awards recognises this important role of radio in our nation, while cherry picking the best the industry has to offer”.

 

The Liberty Radio Awards are open to all ICASA-licensed radio stations in the country and there are several award categories across the four pillars of radio: Campus, Community, PBS and Commercial. Entries are free and will open end November 2016 and close in late January 2017. The Award ceremony will be held on Saturday 8th April 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Amanda du Pont on the A-List

Posted by radio On November - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
amanda_du-pont_lrgAmanda will be co-hosting the weekly entertainment and lifestyle magazine show with Ayanda Thabethe for the next three months, shooting segments with A-listers and celebrities from across the continent.  She steps into the stilettos of pregnant Nandi Madida who taped her last episode last week before heading off on maternity leave.
Ayanda and Amanda will keep audiences captivated weekly with the latest trends from around the African continent and abroad, unpacking everything from fashion, to music, movies and more, covering the hottest red carpet events and interviewing A-Listers from home and abroad.
Amanda spent her first day shooting at Endemol Shine Studios in Randburg on 10 November, and her first episode of BET A-List will premiere on BET on Thursday 17 November at 18:35 CAT. Highlights from the episode will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at Anatii and Omarion’s new music video, an interview with the cast and crew of the new movie, Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu, and a profile on Hip Hop’s most prolific photographer Jonathan Mannion, the man responsible for iconic shots of artists like Jay Z and Lauryn Hill.

Commented Amanda du-Pont: “I’m excited and incredibly blessed to have joined the BET A-List family. It’s an absolute honour to be able to fill in for my dear friend Nandi Madida while she is on maternity leave. I love both Nandi and Ayanda dearly – they are, both such powerful and humble women. I love the show as it reaches throughout Africa, unifies Africa as a whole and still has international presence and opportunities.”

BETA-List has been brightening up Thursday nights on BET (129) since 8 September. Among the many stars and celebrities who have featured on the show are Bonang Matheba, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Sbu, Boity, Monique Bingham, Wizkid, and many more.

 

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Soul Inspired Concert Brought To You By SPAR

Posted by radio On November - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Kick back, relax and enjoy a day out in the sun with family at the Kaya FM Soul Inspired concert brought to you by SPAR; taking place at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on the 4th of December. There will be live entertainment on stage, lots of fun for the children in the kiddies area and lunch for every taste bud from the gourmet food market. Get your tickets now at ticketpro.co.za, entrance is free for the kids and only R50 for adults.

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Artists:

 

Benjamin Dube

 

Dumi Mkokstad

 

Zaza

 

Lebo Sekgobela

 

Soweto Gospel choir.

 

Gates open at 10am.

 

 

There’s always comfort in knowing that for every kind of person, there’s every kind of SPAR ready to welcome you. After all, we’re not just a supermarket. We’re part of your life and community, a place where you never feel like a stranger. It’s the reason why you and your loved ones affectionately say ‘my’ SPAR, without even thinking about it.

 

You see, for those close to us, we strive to do everything we can, helping make meals delicious and celebrations unforgettable. But all of this is understandable because we’re not just going all out for ‘customers’ – we’re doing it for ‘family

 

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A Gospel Concert for the family. Picnic, gourmet food on sale and kiddies entertainment.

 

The full R50 entrance fee for every adult ticket purchased will be donated to charity.

 

Kids free but need to still get a ticket either by purchasing a family package in advance or collecting a kids ticket at the gate.

 

No Food or beverages allowed to be brought in.

 

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John, who turns 61 later this month, has been steering the 702 breakfast show for nearly 15 years during which time the station has evolved into one of South Africa’s most respected media platforms.

 

jrobbieHe has won numerous awards and interviewed significant news makers on almost every major news story to affect South Africa, often setting the Gauteng and national news agenda for the day.

 

John has been a part of the fabric of the station since 1986 and has guided audiences through some of the most tumultuous stories and changes in our recent history.

 

Terry Volkwyn, Primedia Broadcasting CEO

He’s gathered legions of fans, gotten into plenty of trouble and done an extensive amount of good for listeners and communities around Gauteng. He has become a part of hundreds of thousands of Gautengers daily lives and we are all going to miss him.

 

Terry Volkwyn, Primedia Broadcasting CEO

Reflecting on his time at 702, and his decision to leave, John had this to say…

 

Just as I ended my rugby career, I knew when it was time to go and informed my bosses. Thirty years at 702 has been a blast. I am proud of my contribution and proud of the station. It is one of the most transformed businesses in SA and has a massive role to play going forward. In thirty years, many on the morning show, I was never late once. Good luck to my dear colleagues and friends who are listeners and advertisers and to my family who have shared the journey. It has been a privilege to serve.

 

John Robbie

John’s retirement has created an opportunity to restructure the 702 line-up, and from the 9th January 2017, current afternoon drive host, Xolani Gwala will be taking over the breakfast slot from 06h00 to 09h00.

 

Redi Tlhabi, who has been with 702 in the mid-morning slot for 10 years, will take over afternoon drive from 15h00 to 18h00.

 

Her current show, 09h00 to 12h00 will be permanently hosted by Eusebius McKaiser who has been filling in for Redi for the past three months while she has been on maternity leave.

 

“When John first discussed his plans to retire, earlier this year, we were saddened by his loss to the line up but are in an exceedingly fortunate position to have the depth of talent on our station that we do,” said 702 station manager, Thabisile Mbete.

 

This new line up strongly reflects South Africa. It is balanced and will take the station into the future.

 

Thabisile Mbete, 702 Station Manager

Xolani has extensive experience on a breakfast show from before he re-joined 702, some four years ago. He’s an excellent broadcaster who we are proud to have on our station and as our new breakfast host.

 

 

Xolani is looking forward to this new challenge:

 

I have an immense respect for John and what he has done for 702 and South African radio in general. I know that taking over from him will be a great challenge, but I’m humbled by it and looking forward to it.

 

Xolani Gwala

Redi will take her tough but fair approach to afternoon drive and is thrilled to be taking over a new show:

 

The afternoon drive is perfectly placed to reflect the news of the day, capture breaking news as it unfolds and provide a platform for debate and reflection. I am looking forward to the show’s fast pace and unpredictability. I feel like I am going back to my newsroom roots with the added advantage of interacting with listeners.

 

Redi Tlhabi

She also wanted to pay tribute to John:

 

John Robbie has been a prolific broadcaster, always the consummate professional, ready to praise and teach others. I will miss him and his bad jokes!

 

Redi Tlhabi

Eusebius said he is ecstatic to be hosting his own show:

 

Our country and world cry out for debate, creating meaning, being silly, laughing together, disagreeing deeply, emoting openly, and all the while building community. It’s an enviable joy to have the privilege of being in conversation with our listeners daily in my favourite slot on the radio clock.

 

 Eusebius McKaiser

He too wanted to express his respect for John:

 

John Robbie has been one of the most hardworking broadcasters in the country with an incredible energy and passion that put our 702 community of listeners at the centre of his daily offering of breakfast radio. He never took the airwaves for granted, and approached everyday as if his career depended on it. His openness to self-examine his worldview is a characteristic many of us struggle to emulate.

 

Eusebius McKaiser

Mbete added that each of the new shows will create their own identity, while retaining all of the elements that audiences have become accustomed to.

 

One other change was announced: Veteran journalist Karima Brown will be hosting Talk @ Nine on Sundays. Karima was the Friday Stand-In for Redi Tlhabi earlier this year, and took to the radio medium with positive response from the audiences. She will be hosting a current affairs show that discusses and analyses the stories and issues that come out of the Sunday newspapers.

 

Karima’s appointment and the new show format will come into effect from 20 November 2016.

 

We see ourselves as a platform for spirited conversations and we feel that all of these changes to the line-up will strengthen this positioning and help to take the big discussions in South Africa forward.

 

Thabisile Mbete, 702 Station Manager

The changes to breakfast and afternoon drive as well as 09h00 to midday will take effect in the new year, from 9 January 2017.

 

 

[Source: 702.co.za]

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DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival is here!

Posted by radio On November - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The DStv iRock Rustenburg Battle for the Stage competition is back and this year the talent search is bigger and better than before! Rustenburg’s dynamic hip-hop act Jay Makopo won the coveted title in December 2015 and with his unique fusion of hip-hop, R’n’B and electro sounds, he was immediately catapulted into the spotlight as the opening act of the DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival.

 

donald_lrgTo follow in Jay’s footsteps, all you need to do is to record a one-minute long audio or video clip of your performance. Upload the clip to your own Facebook page and tag @DStv as well as DStv iRock Music Festival on Facebook (#DStviRock). Entrants can also send clips with the keyword DStviRock via Whatsapp on 072 359 6488, or SMS to 44899 (SMS costs R1.50). Finalists will be required to provide a clear, high resolution image and short biography.

 

The competition is open to solo artists or groups; and a winner will be selected in each of the following categories:

 

Any music genre to open for Mobi Dixon at the DStv iRock Pre-party on Friday 9 December;

A hip-hop act to open the DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival Main Stage at The Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday 10 December 2016.

“The festive season is just around the corner and we are excited to start it with the DStv iRock Rustenburg Battle for the Stage competition. The competition formula has worked wonders in the past as it gives local talent a platform to shine and extensive publicity and networking opportunities to launch a career,” says Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, MultiChoice General Manager for Marketing.

 

The prize includes a mentorship from well-known House music DJ and producer Mobi Dixon, and popular Rustenburg-born Afro-soul singer Donald; R10 000 cash; access to the DStv iRock VIP area, where the winner will rub shoulders with media, celebrities and other performers; an opportunity to be featured on V-Entertainment on VUZU (116); and an interview in The Daily Sun Newspaper.

 

“This year, we’ve added a mentorship element to give new talent the best chance to survive in the music industry. DStv, together with Donald and Mobi Dixon, will hold live auditions for entrants at mall activations in and around Rustenburg. Make sure you keep an eye on DStv.com for more details,” continues Mazibuko.

 

A panel of entertainment industry professionals will shortlist entries and choose a winner. The competition is open from 00:01 on Wednesday 9 November to midnight (00:00) on Saturday 3 December 2016. The winner will be announced on the DStv website; the DStv iRock Facebook page and in the entertainment section of The Daily Sun Newspaper.

 

To ensure that you keep connected, follow DStv iRock Music Festival on Instagram and Twitter on @irockmusicfest #DStviRock or visit the Facebook page: @iRockmusicfestival.

 

The DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival will kick off at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium from 16:00 on Saturday 10 December 2016. General Access tickets are selling at R200 and VIP at R1 000.

 

This year’s DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival is presented by Daily Sun, Sunday Sun, Bacardi, Royal Marang and Rustenburg Local Municipality.

 

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SABC partners with Essence Festival

Posted by radio On November - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced its media partnership with Essence Festival which kicked off in Durban yesterday and will run until the 13th of November 2016.

 

de_a3_posterThis festival has been described as one of the biggest festival of its kind to hit “South Africa’s Playground” with excitement and a multitude of fun activities which will appeal to the most fastidious visitor.

 

SABC talent such 5 FM’s (Thando Thabethe, Justin Toerien and Nicole Da Silva), SAFM (Bongi Gwala), Radio2000 (Gavin Koppel, Michelle Constant and Tsheko Mosito) will grace the event and these radio stations will broadcast live at the SABC village.

 

Ukhozi FM will broadcast live at the Inanda Gospel ID festival and All Star Festival. The station will also do activations at both festivals and in addition Ukhozi FM will cover the (Women Empowerment Breakfast). Some of the SABC 1’s Uzalo actors will also be in attendance.

 

 

Other international guests expected to grace the event include; the influential and popular American TV talk show host, Steve Harvey, UK singer Estelle, Kelly Price who is a six-time Grammy-nominated American R&B singer and songwriter, and Phaedra Parks, an American entertainment attorney and TV producer.  Joining the distinguished panel is Executive Chairman of Venture Capital and Private Equity, Vusi Thembekwayo, Pastor Thomas Radebe, Thando Zungu as well as Basetsana Kumalo.

 

Gospel music lovers will enjoy the Gospel Icons Discovery Finale which will be held on Sunday, 13 November at Ohlange Sports Ground, Inanda. The winner from this competition will later perform with Yolanda Adams at the Gospel ALL Star Concert. Judges to this competition include; Yolanda Adams, Mthunzi Namba and Thokozani Ndlovu.

 

The festival will close off the festivities with three ticketed music concerts beginning with an Essence All Star Jazz Concert at the Playhouse on Friday the 11th of November, the Essence All Star Music Festival on Saturday the 12th of November and the Essence All Star Gospel Concert on Sunday, the 13th of November at the stadium. Listen to your favourite SABC radio station and stand a chance to win double tickets; Tickets are also available at Computicket outlets from R120.

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Joburg Film Festival Awards Winners Are

Posted by radio On November - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The Joburg Film Festival wrapped up in a glittering event on Saturday November 5th at the Zone in Sandton with the African premiere of Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation. The evening also saw the awarding of three prizes in the categories of Best South African Film, Best African Film and Best Film.

60filmsWith over 60 films screened at various venues across Johannesburg during the 9-day festival, audiences had the opportunity to see World Premieres and African premieres of some of not only Africans best new films.

Twelve films competed in competition at the Festival, including documentaries The Giant is Falling, from Director Rehad Desai’s and William Mbaye’s Kemtiyu, Cheik Anta. A host of South African films were in competition including The Whale Caller, the much anticipated film from Zola Maseko and based on the novel by Zakes Mda, and Vaya from director Akin Omotoso.

African filmmakers from across the continent were also featured at the including, The Wedding Ring by director Rahmatou Keita, Wulu directed by Daouda Coulibaly, Licinio de Azevedo’s The Train of Salt and Sugar, Joseph Adesunyole’s White Color Black, and Mbithi Masya ‘s Kati Kati.

International films such as Haiti My Love and India’s Lathe Joshi also competed for the coveted Best Film Award that is accompanied by a cash prize of R150,000.00.  Winners in the Best South African and African categories each won R100,000.00 on the evening.

Jury members who deliberated on this difficult decision included some of Africa’s top film industry names such as much loved South African actress and producer, Terry Pheto, Cameroonian filmmaker and photographer, Osvalde Lewat, filmmaker and Regional Secretary of FEPACI- the Federation of Pan African Filmmakers Asha Lovelace, and Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, South African theatre and television writer/director.

 

 Joburg Film Festival 2016 Winners:

Special Mention of the Jury : THE WEDDING RING by Rahmatou Keita

 

Best SA Film : THE GIANT IS FALLING by Rehad Desai

 

Best African Film : THE WHALE CALLER by Zola Maseko

 

Best Film : THE TRAIN OF SALT AND SUGAR by Licinio Azevedo

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Nothing says Summerbetter than a great family festival …and EM.ZA Entertainment knows how to do itbest! On Saturday, November 26, 2016, the EM.ZA Entertainment, is hosting the inaugural AnnualArt, Food & Cool Stuff Market as part of the inaugural Lekoa Family Festival taking place at the Vereeniging Showgrounds,Vereeniging.

 

lekoaThe Market will provide an array of cool stuff,food, arts and crafts made largely by local artisans and fine artists, as wellas fabulous goods sold by mostly local SMMEs. The Lekoa Family Festival MarketDay will also have delectable food from area restaurants, games for kids at theKids play area and so much more. The main music festival will feature Maleh, Robbie Malinga, CassperNyovest, Kwesta, Dj Sbu, Dj Finzo, Bucie, Busiswa and local/Lekoa talent DJ Walker of Chisa Mpama fame, Dj Deetoy and Dikeledi to name but a few. This event is aimed at promoting andencouraging the importance of family unity. It also raises awareness for localtalent while encouraging sales and awareness for area businesses. The LekoaFamily Festival is not only a great place to purchase local produce andgoods, but it is a place to enjoy the day with family and friends.

 

To add to the excitement and fun of the day, LEKOA FAMILY FESTIVAL will be hosting “Cook Offs” with Bubbly2014 Master Chef SA runner-up & Royco®ambassador Siphokazi Mdlankomo wherecontestants will compete to see which family can cook the best hearty meals. Contestingfamilies will stand a chance of winning prizes from Royco® and the main winning family will walk away with a greatprize courtesy of Royco®. This marketday takes place on November 26, 2016 as part of Lekoa Family Festival.

 

Mr. EmmanuelDube of EM.ZA Entertainment, the event organisers, says “There’s no better wayto strengthen your local community than to shop and eat locally! By visitingthe Lekoa Family Festival, yousupport our local businesses,artists and community members.  Also, yousupport yourself by providing healthy and fresh food for you and your family. Familieswill also enjoy 100% Proudly South African music through the award winningmusicians billed as part of the festival!”

 

For additional information and/or interviews pleasecontact Vusi Leeuw on 084 824 0848 and/or email vusileeuw@gmail.com.

 

Participate: For the Lekoa Family FestivalMarket, EM.ZA Entertainment is accepting applications for arts and fleavendors, sponsors and food vendors especially from Lekoa.

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Say “I Do” with M-Net

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

New premium prime time show may showcase your upcoming wedding.

 

27_m_nets_wedding_show_billboardYou’ve met your match, your better half, “the one”… and now you’re planning on getting hitched. You can do what couples usually do and capture the memories of your big day with wedding photographs and your own video, or you can share this very special occasion with South Africa on prime-time television. Who wouldn’t want their wedding to feature on M-Net 101 in one of the channel’s most popular slots and also be in the running to win some fabulous prizes?

 

M-Net has commissioned an exciting new wedding reality show which will be screened on Sunday evenings to showcase uniquely South African weddings. Even though the name of the show and further details will be revealed at a later stage, engaged couples (over 18, of course) whose wedding bells will ring between 1 January and 31 May 2017 can now put their names forward to be considered for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 

“In addition to The Voice South Africa, this new reality series will be one of the channel’s big attractions for the new year on the local productions front,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “Wedding shows are currently extremely popular throughout the world and even though there are some local versions, this one will have a distinct M-Net 101 touch, as you would expect from the home of blockbuster, pioneering television.”

 

While many wedding shows focus on the build-up to the execution of the wedding, the M-Net 101 edition will bring a panel of well-known personalities to the event to be part of  the celebrations. They will also assess all the elements of the wedding – from the flowers to the dress, the best man’s speech, the first dance, the venue, the love in the air, and whatever it takes to create the most beautiful, unforgettable occasion. If they like what they see and experience, the couple might not only walk down the aisle, but later be rewarded with some fantastic prizes.

 

If you think that your wedding will have all of the ingredients to wow the special guests, all you have to do to enter is  visit www.mnet.tv/weddingshow and fill out the entry form there.

 

This new local M-Net series will be spearheaded by esteemed director and executive producer Gavin Wratten and Sic Entertainment, the team who has been behind top-notch productions such as Idols South Africa, Face of Africa and many of the Miss South Africa broadcasts.

According to Gavin, the show is designed to be an entertaining look at weddings and the different interpretations that couples have of key elements making up their big day. “We are planning a series that is humorous, sometimes cheeky, often unpredictable but always highly watchable. We are looking for creative brides and grooms who want to show off their style, possibly win some prizes and get some expert opinions on their arrangements. So no more will these newlyweds have to rely on the opinions of friends and family as to whether their nuptials made memorable memories or missed the mark altogether!”

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Jason Greer and Vanessa Marawa are Spellbound!

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Two celebrities M-Net audiences will fondly remember are back on the channel as the new hosts of Spellbound, M-Net’s latest game show which is due to start on Sunday, 20 November at 17:00. Jason Greer and Vanessa Marawa are joining forces to challenge South African learners and adults alike to battle it out to see who is the greatest word whizz of them all.

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Vanessa Marawa was the first winner of Survivor South Africa and after spearheading the reality show The Loot on M-Net’s youth channel GO, Jason became one of the presenters of the glitzy M-Net magazine show, All Access.

 

While Vanessa takes on the role of quiz master in Spellbound, firing the difficult questions in the contestants’ direction, Jason introduces the contestants, the games and ensures that the show runs smoothly.

 

It’s been exactly a decade since Vanessa Marawa survived the harsh conditions on a desolate island in Panama and she says that being a host on Spellbound is like coming home: “I can’t believe that it was a whole ten years ago since I was on M-Net, but how fitting for me to come full circle again in the year that the channel is turning 30,” Vanessa says. Jason, who has loads of experience under his belt as he’s enjoyed years of being a presenter, host, actor, and MC in the entertainment industry, is equally delighted to join the M-Net family again. “Incidentally, Homebrew Films, the production company responsible for Spellbound, also produced All Access. So in a sense, I’m coming full circle too,” he says.

 

Spellbound will test contestants’ word skills in a fun and interactive way and will include super spellers from different age groups. There will be a round for primary school learners between the ages of 10 and 13, a round for high school learners between the ages of 14 and 18, and one for adults of all ages. Apart from the exhilarating thrill that comes from knowing that you’re the country’s number one letter-master in your age group, winners – and their schools – will walk away with some great prizes.

 

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