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SAMRO’s new music awards initiative is taking the world by storm, celebrating South African music that truly goes beyond borders to make waves on the international stage. To add to the excitement SAMRO has now released the official categories

Taking place on 28 June 2013, these awards celebrate local music that has enjoyed success and recognition in countries outside of our borders. The organisers have now announced the final list of categories in which SAMRO members may submit their entries, and there are a number of interesting surprises on the list. 


Wawela is a Zulu word meaning “Go Beyond” and by all accounts the SAMRO has taken the word to heart to create something new for the South African music industry. The categories reflect the uniqueness of the event, with many of the awards looking beyond just commercial success in rewarding musicians for their international achievements. A host of categories offer musicians the opportunity to receive recognition for their music which has been showcased in many different ways internationally. 


The categories have been divided into three broad groups namely; Standard Awards, Special Awards, and Statistical Awards. Standard Awards are those categories in which SAMRO members may submit their works for consideration. Special Awards are those categories that are determined solely by the nomination of the judging panel. The Statistical Award category is judged using SAMRO’s statistical data regarding each work’s performance therefore no submission is necessary in this category. 


 Perhaps most encouraging is the fact that many of the awards are not judged merely on commercial success, with many categories taking into account the artistic merit of each musical work and how each work complements the medium in which it is featured. For example, in the category, Best Sound Track in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary, judges will be scrutinizing how well the music enhances the visual content and the emotional impact achieved by the music in relation to the visuals. While the Best song or composition in a television commercial category will be judged on the music’s ability to enhance the visual content and complement the tone and feel of the commercial. 


This means there are many opportunities for music to shine, regardless of the level of exposure it received abroad. Here are all the categories of the inaugural Wawela Music Awards, brought to you by SAMRO. 


Standard Awards 

Best sound track in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary

Best song or composition in a television production

Best song or composition in a television commercial

Best song or composition in a radio commercial

Best creative album of the year

International hit song of the Year (outside SA)

Songwriter of the Year

Best South African Duo/Group

Best Female Artist & composer/co-composer

Best Male Artist & composer/co-composer 


Special Awards 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Breaking through the Borders / Frontier Award

Publisher of the Year

Prolific Catalogue of Works Award


Statistical Awards 

SAMRO Award for Broadcast and Live Performances

WAWELA Award for Best Selling song via Digital & Online 


There is no fee to enter, but only SAMRO members may participate in the inaugural Wawela Music Awards. Members can find out more by visiting There is an online submission feature that allows members to enter categories, upload their music and enter quickly and easily using their SAMRO account numbers. Entries close on 02 April 2013. 

For more information please call 011 712 – 8505 or 

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The eagerly awaited MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) Nominations Announcement will be held on Wednesday, 20 March at The Turbine Hall in Newtown with the main awards themselves taking place at Sun City on the 10th and 11th May.  And this year promises to be the most digitally connected awards ever.


The music industry will be holding its collective breath on Wednesday 20 March when it will be revealed who the nominees are that have made it through to the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19).   

The announcement will be streamed live and in real time on mobile ( and Facebook (  And then when celebrations begin that night at the official nominee party, fans will be able to watch interviews with their favourite artists LIVE on the Y’ello Carpet on their mobile phones and online.  


Furthermore, clips will be packaged and uploaded as Video on Demand content post the events on the 20th March, so if you do not catch the LIVE streams you can still watch all the action on the mobisite ( and on the official MTN SAMA You Tube Channel (

“After a fantastic year in South African music, the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards are sure to leave millions of people on the edge of their seats, starting with the nominations event on March 20. There will be shock, awe and surprises and we cannot wait for the weekend of 10 – 11 May 2012 at the Sun City Superbowl”, added MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.


The MTN South African Music Awards exist to recognize accomplishments in the South African recording industry and will be broadcast live to millions of viewers on the country’s favourite channel, SABC 1 on Saturday, 11 May.


Tickets for this prestigious event are available from Computicket. Please visit the official website for further details –

The full list of categories for the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards are:


  • Album of the Year
  • Duo or Group of the Year
  • Female Artist of the Year
  • Male Artist of the Year
  • Newcomer of the Year


  • Best Rock Album
  • Best Pop Album
  • Best Adult Contemporary Album
  • Best Kontemporêre Musiekalbum
  • Best African Adult Album
  • Best Alternative Album
  • Best Kiddies Album
  • Best R&B / Soul / Reggae Album
  • Best Rap Album
  • Best Kwaito Album
  • Best Dance Album
  • Best Traditional Faith Music Album
  • Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
  • Best Traditional Album
  • Best Maskandi Album
  • Best Jazz Album
  • Best Classic & Instrumental Album


  • Best Live DVD


  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • International Achievement Awards
  • Best Selling Album
  • Best Selling DVD
  • Best Collaboration


  • Best Selling True-Tone
  • Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone
  • Best Selling Full-Track Download


  • Best Music Video of the Year
  • Best Producer
  • Best Engineer
  • Remix of the Year


  • Record of the Year


Highest Airplay of the Year


[Source: SAMA Awards]


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Listeners have only today left to cast their votes for their favourite radio station in the My Station category of the MTN Radio Awards.

“Voting lines close at midnight  15th March and the voting this year is exceptionally close,” says MTN Radio Awards COO, Taryn Westoby.

“At this stage, we have already received almost eight times the number of votes cast in last year’s competition and we’re expecting a lot of votes to come in during this week, particularly as stations increase their efforts to secure votes from their listeners.”


By casting a SMS vote in this competition, listeners are not only acknowledging and supporting their favourite station, they are also putting themselves in line for a unique prize bundle. One person who casts a vote in this competition will win includes 2 tickets to the MTN Radio Awards Banquet, a smartphone and R 500 airtime, and a VIP Package for 2 to the MTN SAMAs in May.


The My Station category is divided into two awards:

 My Station Votes – which goes to the station that generates the most votes

 My Station Most Loyal Listeners – which goes to the station which generates the most votes as a ratio against their  RAMS audience numbers


“It is important that we give the listeners a voice within the ambit of the MTN Radio Awards,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer for MTN SA. “From the My Station category, we gain interesting insight into listener commitment to the various stations, and allows us to gauge the public’s views.”


The winners of this category will be announced at the MTN Radio Awards Gala Banquet in Sandton on Saturday 13th April 2013. For tickets to the event, contact Taryn Westoby on 011 803 2040 or or visit

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Smile 90.4FM announces exciting new line-up

Posted by radio On March - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS



New Cape Town radio station, Smile 90.4fm, will hit the airwaves on Monday, 25 March at 7am. The long awaited newcomer to the local radio industry announced its exciting line-up today. Managing Director Tony Mallam and Programme Director Clive Ridgway of Smile 90.4fm, said: “We’re entering a new era in broadcasting in the Cape Metropolitan area. True to the station’s forward thinking approach, the new line-up will not only entertain and inform, but also inspire our listeners. Each individual has been handpicked for their skills and we’re confident that we have a strong and competent team on board.”


Ridgway continued: “Our talk and tunes format has been designed to provide a unique listening experience to the Capetonian audience and an attractive modern platform for radio advertisers. Our music format is a mix of adult contemporary and pop hits aimed at 25 to 49 year olds. The play list comprises 50% South African songs and 50% international songs. Regular music research will be conducted on the playlist to ensure that the station is in tune with our target audience.”


Lizma van Zyl, Head of Talk Content at the station, added: “The other 50% of our content will be talk. Our talk will be a mix of news, actuality, listener participation, regular features as well as interaction between News and Actuality presenters and anchors.


“The talk will be a seamless mix of Afrikaans and English with a typical Cape Town flavour. Our overall programming sound will be positive and energising with the intention of making a real contribution to the Cape Town community,” said Van Zyl.


The station will kick off with an ‘info hour’ from 6 to 7am, spearheaded by news heavyweights Reinard Ludick and Bobby Brown. Said Ridgway: “The Breakfast Show will follow, anchored by the best young radio professional around right now, former Ofm presenter, Eloise Pretorius.  Cato Bekker, another talented youngster with local and American radio experience, will produce the 7 to 10am Good Morning Cape Town.

“It will be the first time in the history of radio in Cape Town that a breakfast team will be led by two women. On the content side, they will be supported by Bobby Brown and well known sports journalist, Brandon Baatjies,” Ridgway said.

A familiar voice to Cape Town audiences, Benito Vergotine, takes over from 10am to 1pm. “Benito has years of broadcasting experience and brings a wonderful warmth to the airwaves. Newcomer Danie Marais will follow from 1 to 4pm. Danie, an accomplished journalist with broad knowledge of pop culture, will guarantee entertaining radio.” Ridgway commented.

The afternoon drive time slot (4 to 7pm) will be spearheaded by someone who needs little introduction, Maurice Carpede. Ridgway added: “Maurice has been on radio up north for years and has also hosted various programmes on national television. We’re delighted that ‘Mr Personality’ has decided to make the move to Cape Town and join our exciting new venture.”

Tracey Lange will take over from Carpede. “Tracey is another familiar voice and face in Cape Town, as well as a Bravo! Presenter. We’re really excited about her joining the team.  She’s a bubbly on-air personality and will keep it upbeat during her 7 to 10pm time slot,” said Ridgway.

Mehboob Bawa late night radio’s ‘Doctor Love’, will take over from Lange from 10pm to 2am. Named after famous Indian film director, Mehboob Khan, Bawa’s other interests include movies and being an actor himself, Mehboob is sure to keep his listeners informed on the subject. Jeffrey Stevens will present the 2 to 6am show. Describing himself as the “happy-go-lucky chappy and the most optimistic person I know”, his show is bound to be uplifting.

The line-up changes over weekends with veteran anchor Dmitri Jegels taking care of the 6 to 10am slot. Ridgway continued: “Many people will remember Dmitri from his early radio days and we look forward to welcoming him back on the airwaves.” Gavin Arends is the other daytime host, filling the 2 to 6pm seat. A street smart Capetonian, Arends uses the radio platform to show how perfect the city can be.  Added Ridgway: “Gavin has been involved in radio for the past 20 years and relishes the chance to work with some of his radio heroes.”  

The energetic Kia Johnson takes over from 6 to 10pm with Party Central. “Kia is a television and radio presenter as well as producer. She’s passionate about people, the environment and ‘down to earth’. Party Central will be a first for Cape Town in that Kia will play both English and Afrikaans party hits – music that blends into Cape Town weekend culture. It will be the coolest and most inclusive party in town,” said Ridgway. Philip de Lange will take over the Party Central desk from Kia during 10pm to 2am slot. He describes himself as “a Free State kid with a curious brain and a passion for radio”.


The anchors will be supported by experienced content presenters. Continued veteran newswoman Van Zyl: “Reinard Ludick is a passionate Capetonian, TV devotee and animal lover and Bobby Brown has worked in all the mainstream media. Brandon Baatjies is a familiar face and voice on SABC and we’re delighted that this sports enthusiast has joined our ranks. Unity Ruiters has been working in the media industry for close to ten years and is a self-confessed news aficionado. Jo Lennox is a former media liaison officer in the Ministry of Community Safety and has diverse media experience, among other having worked in radio for many years. Florentia Roman is a recently qualified journalist whose ultimate goal was to work in radio.


“Our weekend team Leoni Kok and Lynne Matthysen have their work cut out for them, presenting news bulletins and generating compelling content.  I’m confident that the content team will keep listeners up to date with the latest news and events not only happening in Cape Town, but around the world.”


Mallam concluded: “Smile 90.4fm is committed to developing new and ground-breaking anchor talent and this new line-up comprises experts in their respective fields. Hear it … feel it … Smile 90.4fm

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When praises go up, blessings do come down indeed; this becomes evident as the mighty MTN Joyous Celebration return for their 17th season with a fittingly titled tour: The GRATEFUL Tour.

This award-winning gospel ensemble will ascend the stage at the Big Top Arena in Carnival City to launch their national tour. The MTN Joyous celebration 17 tour kicks off on Friday 29 March, Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March 2013. These performances will coincide with the launch and release of the Joyous 17 CD and DVD also titled “Grateful,” recorded live in Johannesburg.


“For the past 17 years, there has been a presiding force that has kept this ensemble alive and strong. God’s mercy, blessings and favour have seen us through the storms and we’d be remiss to carry on, unwittingly, without acknowledging His love for us. This album and tour is our special tribute to Him. We simply give thanks to Him,” says Lindelani Mkhize, co-founder.

MTN Joyous Celebration has plenty of reasons to be GRATEFUL for. In July 2012 the ensemble walked away with three awards at the African Gospel Music Awards held in London, this after they scooped up a number of trophies in their genre at the South African Music Awards in March 2012. Apart from winning prestigious awards, this gospel outfit also enjoys a very strong and loyal fan base throughout South Africa, the Continent and the Diaspora.


“Our fans are everything to us. Without them, there is no Joyous Celebration. So in essence, Joyous 17 is also our token of appreciation for the support they have shown us over the years and the journey they’ve taken with us since the very first album,” says Jabu Hlongwane, co-founder. Having sold-out all concert tickets and filled up venues during the Joyous 16 national tour, MTN Joyous Celebration reached platinum status from the sales of their 16th album, an achievement for which Sony BMG presented them with an award.


Another nod the ensemble received from Sony Music was for a record-breaking sale of 2.8 million copies since Joyous 1 right through to Joyous 16, a first and new record for a gospel concept in South Africa. “Our success is due to a number of reasons; amongst those are the artists who’ve been with us, the great musicians and singers and the fans who have contributed significantly to the success of the Joyous Celebration concept. To you, we are eternally GRATEFUL,” he adds.


Tickets for the concert are priced between R150 and R300 each and can be booked via Computicket or any Shoprite/Checkers outlet. All shows start at 19h30 for all three nights.


[Source: Joyous Celebration]

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SAfm Appoints New Marketing Manager

Posted by radio On March - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

SAfm has announced Ms Liesl Hefkie as the station’s new Marketing Manager effective March 1, 2013.

In this role Liesl Hefkie will be the custodian of the station’s overall Marketing Strategy. For the last seven (7) years Liesl has worked for the SABC Corporate Marketing office.

Liesl Hefkie


Ms Hefkie was in charge and responsible for all the activations, events, campaigns as well as special projects driven by this office for the broader SABC objectives. She also spent close to 2 years looking after the marketing of 2 SABC Radio Brands (SAfm and Radio 2000), where her love for radio deepened.


Ms Hefkie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Theatre Arts, Design and Production, English Communication & Literature from the University of Stellenbosch. After spending 4 years in theatre of the arts undertaking various positions to give her an all round view of the industry, she then went into advertising where she was appointed as the production co-ordinator for all Above-the-Line executions for both radio and television.


This is where the bug for marketing led her to the SABC Corporate Marketing office. Liesl is not new to the SAfm family having acted as the Marketing Manager for the past 11 months. This appointment now makes her stay official.


“Liesl has acquitted herself well while acting and has been instrumental in forging some important partnerships for SAfm and driving some marketing initiatives that will bear fruit for some time to come. She has crafted a Marketing strategy and implementation plan for the new fiscal starting in April.


The plan will again benefit SAfm as she strives to create brand awareness and make SAfm a revered brand of some distinction and influence. ” said SAfm, Station Manager Dennis O’Donnell.


Over the years Liesl has garnered the experience required for her new role from the different managerial capacities she has served under. She brings a wealth of knowledge that will help further entrench SAfm’s position and enhance the brand.


[Issued by: SAfm Publicity]

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Breathe Sunshine Music Conference

Posted by radio On March - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The African music industry is one of the fastest growing in the world, yet the continent still lacks the skills and established network of international counterparts. To address these challenges and put Cape Town on the map as a global music hub for African music, the inaugural Breathe Sunshine African Music conference will run from 1-2 April 2013 in Cape Town.


At City Hall in the centre of Cape Town, the conference takes place during the same week as the internationally renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival  and is therefore the perfect opportunity to engage and experience a week of the African entertainment industry through these two world-class events.


Says conference founder Trenton Birch of Black Mango, “We have deliberately kept the cost of the conference low as we want to attract a diverse audience from the local community as well as national visitors and many from other African countries, plus European and American delegates who are working with African music in their respective territories.”


“Our aim is to make the conference inclusive by engaging representatives from all genres of music and cultural backgrounds. We have been working with an incredible pan-African steering committee who have been advising and contributing to the content and direction of the conference.”


The diverse steering committee includes representatives from Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Senegal as well as local names such as Roach Roth of African Dope, Mthokozisi Khathi aka DJ Tira of Afrotainment and Suga from Heart FM. Involved in the conference from an international perspective are Oliver Barnett of Putamayo Music (UK), Colin Gayle of Billboard Africa (US) and Volker May of International Music Managers Forum Europe (Germany), as well as South African artists Jack Parow, Francois van Coke, Black Coffee, Euphonik, music journalist Evan Milton and Duncan Ringrose of sShadoworks and Assembly and Brian Little of Seed Experiences to name a few.


The Breathe Sunshine African Music conference aims to promote the sharing of information between all involved in the African music community through workshops, panel discussions, presentations and networking. The conference will work on multiple levels ensuring each attendee can maximize their experience with artist empowerment workshops for people new to the industry and an executive networking lounge for music business people to have high level conversations. There will also be an exhibition space and a concert showcasing African talent.


The vision is to build a successful and reputable African music industry conference through facilitating knowledge sharing and fostering a spirit of collaboration by empowering both artists and industry across borders.


[Issued by: Redflag]

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[Issued by:Icasa]


The Authority hereby gives notice of public hearings in relation to application by On-Digital Media (Pty) Ltd (ODM), BROADCASTING AS Top TV for the authorisation of three video channels lodged in terms of regulation 3 of the Subscription Broadcasting Services Regulations of 2006.

The public hearings will be held as follows:

Venue:             Block C, ICASA, 164 Katherine Street, 
                             Pinmill Farm, Sandton, Gauteng.
Hearing Date: Thursday, 14 March 2013.




09h30-10h00 Presentation-Channel Authorisation Top TV
 10h00-10h15 REPRESENTATIONSFamily Policy Institute PRESENTERPastor Errol Naidoo
10h15-10h30 African Christian Democratic Party Pasela Linda Yates
10h30-10h45 Free Society Institute Mr Jacques R
10h45-11h00 Doctors For Life Mr Coltman
11h00-11h15 Africa Christian Action Representative
11h15-11h30 South African Society for Sexuality Education Dr Nelia Louw



11h45-12h00 Shofar Christian Church Mr J Janse van Rensburg
12h00-12h15 Free Society Institute Active for Jesus Mr Kent Solomons
12h15-12h30 WoomaNetRadio Free Society Institute Mr van Heerden



13h30-14h15 RESPONSES Top TV
14h15-15h15 Questions and Answers ICASA
15h15-15h20 CLOSING ICASA

For more information, see ‘On-Digital Media’ Gazette No. 36204.


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Heard about a job: What role is radio playing?

Posted by radio On March - 12 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


In the recent budget speech Pravin Gordhan without a flinch let slip that “the world economy is improving, though the outlook remains troubled.” This troubled outlook is crystal clear especially in the job creation side of things. The radio industry like any other sector has been hit hard with brands spending less on advertising space because of the precariousness of the markets. However analysts and futurists dub our generation as one that exists in the throes of a knowledge economy where connectivity and cross pollination of information is currency. Radio has had to immerse itself in this mix and be the conduit to opportunity creation albeit the chorus to tighten our belts and innovate. Needless to say the department of labour gave incomprehensible excuses why an exact figure could not be given on jobs created by the radio sector to this scribe, the deduction is evident from emerging patterns that the medium has been gradually playing its part.


The state of affairs has resulted in local radio calibrating its processes to shoulder the burden of job scarcity but with very modest waywardness. According to Franz Kruger, Professor and director of Wits Radio Academy, “a lot of these positions are not real jobs; they range from completely voluntary, to posts where people are paid when there is money.” He further says, “even where people are paid, the amounts are often very low. However, they do represent an opportunity – lots of people use them as the first step into the more formal radio sector”


Many an analysts have ranted in columns about how integration through online platforms is the way to go for radio and the industry is taking heed and hence a flurry of offshoot opportunities created. Some of these include:


  • Website analytics
  • Internet website advertising
  • Video and audio streaming
  • Podcasting
  • Digital reputation
  • Search engine optimization
  • CSI



Franz Kruger accounts this revolution on the basis that “many radio stations are building a presence on the web and in social media, and this often means they need specialists working in this area.” An example he punts is how “Primedia’s Eyewitness News has created new jobs around their website, for instance.” Kruger extrapolates and say, “of course, there is also a need for people to service the new equipment stations are putting in. At the same time, the new technologies are increasing the demands on existing staff, in that they are expected to do more.”


Delivery of a service using contemporary marketing tools has grown to be non negotiable in the world of radio. As Charlie Wennell points out “case studies have shown that data tracking is a crucial element to planning a successful radio campaign and in the absence of direct response measured against each station (such as a dedicated SMS line), post campaign analysis.” Wennell as radio marketing fundi herself says, “media owners need to provide advertisers with recordings of on air moments, SMS stats and any other feedback that could build a post campaign.”


Lower down below community radio, by its nature, does not access much advertising and other forms of financing, but plays a crucial part of the South African broadcasting landscape, providing diversity for listeners and much-needed skills for the commercial radio sector. Stations such as Jozi FM have been known to have young business people in Soweto given space on air to market their ventures. In mainstream echelons, Talk Radio 702’s Gushwell Brookes and Bruce Whitfield have also had features where CEO’s were thrown the gauntlet live on air to hear out pleas of the jobless and in turn provide them with employment.


A cue taken from the global economic situation maybe that jobs are few and far between but that only gives premise to invent environments that will bolster market activity. Pravin’s stern stance of times being tough is a chance for sectors such as radio to find creative means that will keep the fires burning. And that is to innovate amid this knowledge economy.







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Thomas Mlambo joins SABC Sport

Posted by radio On March - 12 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced that highly respected sports presenters, Mr. Thomas Mlambo and Mr. Tshepo Mabona, respectively have returned to the public broadcaster. The duo will join a high calibre of presenters within the sports division. Their appointments are effective immediately.

Thomas Mlambo
Image by:Supersport


Mr. Tshepo Mabona said “I am happy to be back at the SABC, as this is the organisation that has made me who I am today.  I arrived as a boy and experienced a number of challenges as a man. However the organisation has demonstrated that they are willing to bend over backwards to accommodate talent that they have groomed, and personally this has always been the SABC that has shown that they are serious about football.  I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Thomas as this is a homecoming for me.  I look forward to a significant growth, year on year as well as to show the viewers that sometimes you see the game better when you’re sitting on the bench.  “I am back”.


Mr. Sizwe Nzimande, Group Executive: Sports said “We are really excited about the gentleman returning to the organisation that discovered their talent. We have high expectations that they will continue with their unique styles of presenting and will showcase their in-depth knowledge when it comes to sports”.
“We wish them well in this new endeavour and they have our full support”.

Mr. Mlambo and Mr. Mabona will present sports shows like ‘Laduma’.


Issued by: [SABC Group Communications]

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