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Get ready Jazz lovers! Keenan Meyer is about to take the Mother City on a musical journey for one night only on the 20th March at the Youngblood Gallery. The 20th March will see a kaleidoscopic showcase of sounds which will feature self-composed debut works and stretch from Chopin to Winston Mankunku Ngozi, accompanied by a jazz ensemble.

His playing and writing style is informed by a strong background in Western Art music as well as the rich musical heritage of South African Jazz. Keenan’s passion for music has always been his drive and would love to share it with the rest of the world, him currently studying his masters in musicology can definitely attest to his passion for music.

Meyer is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and has received numerous accolades for his work in the academic and music space.

The Youngblood Foundation, which won a BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) award, was created in January 2010. Youngblood is an arts & culture development that aims to be a platform for artists from all genres to start off from or to continue from in order to become self-sustainable.

 

Roger Jungblut (CEO of Youngblood), realized a need in the Arts and Culture sector in South Africa. The need for capital and exposure, through Youngblood these needs could be met. It remains his priority to support progress within that creative sector through Youngblood. This way, many promising artists are newly motivated: they are given the chance, and of course the means, to reach their full potential.

Keenan is thrilled to be performing in Cape Town with some of his favorite musicians on the eve of Human Rights Day.

 

Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za for R100 and R120 at the door.

Interact with Keenan on social media @keenanmeyerpiano

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Gagasi FM turns 13

Posted by radio On March - 16 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS
Gagasi FM turned 13 years on the 13th of March. In celebrating the birthday, the daytime shows took listeners down memory lane. One lucky listener walked away with a brand-new car, and ultimately a mother of all parties sealed it all.
Gagasi FM 13 on 13

The country’s biggest regional radio station celebrated its birthday in style and the first segment of the day saw the breakfast show, mid-morning show and midday show doing outside broadcasts in various locations with former presenters of these shows co-hosting with current presenters. I Love Mornings, broadcasting live from Barons Edwin Swales dealership, was hosted by former breakfast show presenter Alex Mthiyane together with current co-presenters Njabs Zwane and Heazy. Barons Edwin Swales sponsored the 13 birthday celebration with a brand-new Citi Golf fitted with a 2.0-litre engine.

 

 

 

Golden Circle was co-hosted by current presenter Nomfundo Mzolo together with former presenter Phindi Gule and the outside broadcast took place at Views 25 in Morningside. The venue has become the second home to Gagasi FM having hosted a number of station’s activities and is very much aligned to the brand. It was then only relevant for it to feature in the station’s birthday celebration.

 

The last OB for the day was Midday Madness at Chesterville Taxi Rank. The show was hosted by former presenter Mzokoloko together with current co-hosts DJ LeSoul and Flymotion. It was in this taxi rank where Mzokoloko first set his foot in Durban 21 years ago when he came to the city to pursue his radio dream, and the spot has always had that sentimental value to him since then.

 

“This year we decided to reflect on the station’s journey in celebrating our 13th birthday. The mixing of the current and former presenters of prime-time shows was in celebration of both where we come from and where we are as the station. One of the things we have done so well over the years has been that of balancing the generational mix in terms of our on-air talent, ensuring proper development and succession of talent on shows. We believe the special line-up for our 13th birthday demonstrated this,” says Gagasi FM Head of Brand Phinda Magwaza.

 

 

The second segment of the birthday celebration was a car give-away which happened live during The Kings Drive, hosted by the Kings of the Weekend, DJ Sphectacula and DJ Naves. The give-away took place at the Gagasi FM studios at Cornubia Mall where five selected listeners were faced with five hostesses who had car keys with them, each listener had to choose a hostess that they believed had a correct key for the car. A listener with a key that could switch the car engine on, would walk away with the car. After the first three listeners who attempted to switch the car engine on with their keys couldn’t, the key held by Nokwanda Zondi (29) from Mayville was the one – it switched on the car and she was the lucky winner!

 

Magwaza shared a perspective behind the choice of a City Golf as the birthday grand prize and a special history the car has with black communities, especially in the townships. “A Citi Golf is the iconic symbol of the youth culture within black townships. It represents a particular stage and progress in one’s life. The 2.0-litre fitted engine in the car makes it a unique machine, you’ve got heritage and power in one, and that is priceless,” says Magwaza.

 

Gagasi FM 13 on 13 festivities closed with the Crown Birthday Party at the station’s offices. The party was attended by the station’s various stakeholders and clients, artists, Gagasi FM DJs and staff members. Former Minister of Home Affairs Melusi Gigaba and long-time friend of the station gave keynote remarks in congratulating the station for reaching 13 years. Talented Durban Afro-Soul artist Zakes Bantwini gave a stunning live performance alongside Gagasi FM DJ Vumar who did a live set with Iziqhaza and got guests dancing a night away.

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Multi award-winning, gold-selling Afrosoul singer, Berita will be performing her soulful music at Hard Rock Cafe’s LASA Sessions, on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 20:00.

Berita, who is currently promoting her latest single Ndicel’ Ikiss  from her independent recording company Assali Music is thrilled to be performing on the Hard Rock Cafe stage.

 

Berita has worked with the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Oliver Mtukudzi, Hugh Masekela, Oskido, Mobi Dixon and Black Motion as well as Da Capo on the chart-topping hit Found You. Berita has performed at festivals and prestigious stages across the world, in cities such as New York, London, Berlin and Kampala. Celebrated by Zimbabwe, South Africa has equally watched her blossom and watered her into this vigorous, indestructible force that softly carpets our ears with her musical prowess.

 

The LASA Sessions at Hard Rock Cafe are a celebration of South African music and its diversity. It’s a space for artists to come together in song and dance, sharing these moments with their adoring fans.

For ticket purchases at R100, click on the link

https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1488578512

 

Tickets are available for R120 at the door.

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Digital and broadband infrastructure investment is clearly one of the top priorities for Africa’s key telecom operators and investment firms in 2019. In this article, leaders from MTN, C-Squared, Seacom and Convergence Partners discuss the critical issues ahead of their speaking roles at TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2019 (http://www.TMTFinance.com/capetown)

 

With the huge and increasing demand for data and increasing opportunities for 5G and fibre, digital communications companies including mobile and fixed operators, as well as a range of digital infrastructure specialists and investors, are targeting significant investments in new digital infrastructure.

Byron Clatterbuck, CEO Seacom, one of Africa’s leading submarine and terrestrial broadband operators, sees a really opportunity in making the case for fibre in Africa: “Fibre penetration is still very low in most African countries, so huge opportunities exist to get involved in the rollout of intra-regional projects, national projects, and even international subsea infrastructure projects.  The global cloud services companies are now putting Africa on their development roadmap, and committing significant investment to several African markets.”

For Clatterbuck, this presents a big opportunity for other investors to leverage these investments and to cooperate with these global giants in delivering new services to the business and home markets.

Envir Fraser, CSO & Partner at Convergence Partners, an impact investment management firm focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sector in Africa, expects broadband to continue offering investment opportunities as the need for high quality broadband increases with step changes in prices. “This does mean that the opportunities are shifting from pure greenfield builds and opportunities to brownfield expansion and consolidation in the sector. The needs for “big pipes” to realise the 5G reality will also need increased investment in connecting towers and high sites to high-speed fibre or wireless backhaul networks”, says Fraser.

 

Working with governments on digital infrastructure investment

To help maintain a high level of investment, Kholekile, Ndamase, Executive: Group Mergers and Acquisitions at MTN, Africa’s biggest mobile telecommunications operator, warns Governments should have a careful plan when considering the licensing questions such as coverage obligations vs license fees vs a fund to finance rural connectivity.

“If government could forego the immediate remuneration of a license fee and opportunity costs of localisations, but instead placed reasonable coverage obligations on operators, it may be more beneficial in the long run to have all their citizens connected to digital and have them participating in the digitally-enabled economy. Making more spectrum available in certain markets would also reduce network congestion and Capex expenditure which will allow the much-needed capital to be spent in the more underserved areas”, Ndamase explains.

 

Expect consolidation in digital and fibre infrastructure 

Consolidation in the sector is also to be expected, according to Alexander Kiel, CFO, at CSquared, the Google-backed African fibre network operator. “Fibre, like other infrastructure, is a game of scale, we do expect some consolidation to happen over time, with it most likely to start with transfer of management of public fiber assets to private operators.” Over time, as fibrecos increase in scale and expertise, Kiel also expects to see more sale and lease-back deals between the fibrecos and the mobile operators.

 

For Seacom’s Clatterbuck, “whether it is MNOs trying to bring together a number of African “OpCos” under one brand with synergies at the group level, or it is “fixed” fibre operators consolidating to control and manage as much of the end-to-end network as possible, there is no shortage of M&A and funding opportunities in Africa.  “Consolidation will continue as markets grow and possibly shrink, and as global players look for market entry vehicles going forward,” he says.

 

Who will be leading fibre investment?

In the next 12 to 18 months, CSquared’s Kiel expects a number of greenfield projects to come out, with multiple roll-outs, “especially in the metro areas where there is still a gap… these deployments will be driven by mobile operators and independent fibrecos”, he comments.

In about five years time, Convergence’s Fraser foresees a market with a limited number of scale players offering a broader set of offerings to operators. He expects “a shift to customer focused services and product offerings as well as continued increase in bandwidth speeds.”

As for MTN’s Ndamase, “fibre and 5G will open up a whole new experience for consumers with particular benefits will not necessarily be seen with the way we currently experience the digital world.” He reckons industries such as Autonomous Vehicles, Automation of business processes, VR & AR and a whole host of other industries that are yet to appear will primarily benefit from this shift.

 

Leaders from the largest African telecom, media and technology companies, investment banks and investors are meeting to assess the latest investment opportunities at the annual TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2019 conference on March 28.

 

Over 75 key speakers have been announced for the event, which features CxOs and senior executives from Vodacom, MTN, Rand Merchant Bank, Vumatel, Helios Towers Africa, ENSafrica, CSquared, Dark Fibre Africa, Convergence Partners, Seacom, Angola Cables, Standard Bank, IFC World Bank, DLA Piper, WIOCC, Paix Data Centres, BCX, European Investment Bank, Investec Asset Management, GreenWish Partners and others.

 

Key sessions at the senior executive only event include: Telecom Leadership Africa; Broadband Infrastructure; Digital Infrastructure Africa; Next Generation Media; Powering Mobile Towers; Data Centre and Cloud; Mergers and Acquisitions; TMT Investor Strategies; Broadband Infrastructure; Financing TMT; Fintech and Mobile Money; and Smart City.

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Vista Group (VistaBankGroup.com), a challenger bank building itself into a world class pan-African financial institution specifically designed to meet the needs of retail and commercial customers, has partnered with Temenos (SIX: TEMN) (Temenos.com), the banking software company, to power its digital transformation journey.

 

Vista Bank is transforming its IT systems using Temenos Infinity, a breakthrough digital front office and Temenos T24 Transact, the next generation in core banking. As part of these products, Vista Bank also has selected the advanced Analytics and Reporting, Risk and Compliance modules as well as  the Temenos Payments Hub product.

Vista Group was established following the acquisition of First International Bank (FIB) Group in 2015 by the US based investment fund, Lilium Capital. Challenging the banking status quo, Vista Bank takes a customer-centric and innovative digital approach to meeting the needs of its clients – from members of the public to SMEs.

 

Vista Bank conducted a rigorous competitive evaluation of solutions to replace its legacy IT systems. By implementing the Temenos software, the bank will be able to introduce new products and services more quickly, support its growth ambitions and continue to pursue its vision of becoming the financial institution of choice through innovative banking in its respective markets. It will also enable the bank to offer market-leading services to its customers through enhanced digital channels whilst meeting its customers’ increasing expectations for enhanced functionality, products and services when conducting their banking transactions.

 

The Temenos regional model bank approach, which includes pre-configured local functionality and best practices, will enable Vista Bank to cater for specific regulatory requirements during its expansion. Currently operating through a network of 43 branches across Sierra Leone, Guinea and The Gambia, the group’s goal is to expand its footprint into the West African Monetary Union and the Central African market, targeting a presence in 15 countries by 2025.

Vista Bank has entered into strategic partnerships with global institutions to drive its growth strategy in SME banking, leasing, women’s business banking, meso-finance loans and supply chain finance in addition to expanding its consumer banking operations. The bank will leverage Temenos’ global expertise and 25 years of experience in providing integrated, scalable packaged software, as well as Temenos’ commitment to invest 20 percent of revenues into research and development every year, which is the highest in the industry.

 

Simon Tiemtore, Group Chairman at Vista Bank, said: “As a challenger bank we are investing in our technology to ensure that we provide cutting edge products and services to our customers. I am delighted that, through our partnership with Temenos which leverages their 25 years of industry expertise, we now have the most sophisticated, innovative, cloud-native banking platform. This will help us realize our vision of building a truly pan-African financial institution group that will add value to the African economy and promote financial inclusion. Temenos is our trusted strategic technology partner and our customers will reap the rewards of its innovative API-first, cloud-native and cloud agnostic software.”

 

Femi Adeoti, Managing Director Africa Operations at Inlaks, said: “As a distributor and reseller of Temenos software in West Africa for more than 20 years, it is our delight to provide best in class digital banking solutions to Vista Bank via Temenos, the global leader in banking software. Inlaks as a company thrives on providing innovative solutions that enable our customers to adapt and stand out in the ever-evolving landscape of financial technology”.

 

Jean-Paul Mergeai, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at Temenos, said: “We are proud to welcome Vista Bank, an innovative and exciting challenger bank, to the Temenos family. We look forward to working as a close strategic technology partner of the bank as it realizes its goal of building a world-class pan-African financial institution group in addition to driving both economic development and financial inclusion in Africa. With Temenos’ market-leading, cloud-agnostic, cloud-agnostic technology the bank will be in an ideal position to meet their commitment of providing cutting-edge digital banking solutions, as well as innovative products and services, aimed at satisfying the unique needs of their customers. This partnership further strengthens Temenos’ longstanding presence in West Africa where for years our real-time and scalable banking software has been helping financial institutions address their evolving customer demands and regulatory requirements. We look forward to working with Vista Bank as it transforms the services that it offers to its customers.”

 

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CapeTalk’s new line-up announced

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The station’s line-up will take effect on Monday, 11 March and will run as follows:

 

Monday to Friday line-up

Early Breakfast with Abongile Nzelenzele

04:00 — 06:00

Breakfast with Kieno Kammies

06:00 — 09:00

Upfront with Refilwe

09:00 — 12:00

The Xolani Gwala Show

12:00 — 13:00

Lunch with Pippa Hudson

13:00 — 15:00

Afternoon Drive with John Maytham Show

15:00 — 18:00

The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield

18:00 — 20:00

Tonight with Lester Kiewit (Monday to Thursday)

20:00 — 22:00

Late Nights with Aubrey Masango (simulcast) (Monday to Thursday)

22:00 — 01:00

Weekend line-up from Saturday, 16 March

Saturday line-up:

Weekend Breakfast with Africa

06:00 — 10:00

Solid Gold with Sara-Jayne King

10:00 — 14:00

Solid Gold Saturday

14:00 — 21:00

The Magic Bus

21:00 — 23:59

Sunday line-up:

Weekend Breakfast with Africa

06:00 — 10:00

Solid Gold with Sara-Jayne King

10:00 — 14:00

Solid Gold Sunday

14:00 — 17:00

Jazz Sessions with Gary van Dyk

17:00 — 19:00

SportsTalk with Marc Lewis

19:00 — 21:00

Tonight with Lester Kiewit

21:00 — 23:00

Best of Talk

23:00 — 01:00

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Pearl Thusi & Graeme Smith are Humanz

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Influencer marketing, while having matured beyond a passing trend, still has many doubters with regards to its reliability, accountability and sustainability. All of that however is about to change with the advent of Humanz, a young start-up which claims to have developed the most sophisticated social data platform in the world – specifically designed to make influencer marketing as accessible, reliable and trustworthy as programmatic media channels.

The Humanz platform is officially launching in South Africa this month with two respected professionals and influencers in their own rights, Graeme Smith and Pearl Thusi as local partners.

 

“The marketers and agencies we were speaking to were clearly frustrated with the few solutions available locally. They weren’t good enough and were stopping them from investing further in influencer marketing. We discovered Humanz and realized it was going to change things not only in South Africa but throughout the world.”says Smith.

 

Influencer marketing is the fastest growing marketing practice and media channel worldwide, expected to become a $10bn market by next year. 80% of marketers worldwide say that they plan to grow their influencer marketing spend in 2019, currently sitting on average somewhere between 4,3% and 7,6% (eMarketer, July 2018).

 

However, nearly all marketers and agencies face the same challenges when it comes to accurately reporting and tracking ROI: widespread fraud and the need for manual, extremely time-consuming work to deal with these issues.

 

“Celebrities and content creators are often approached by brands and agencies to participate in marketing campaigns, but they are typically full of logistical challenges, some of which I have experienced first-hand. Our plan with Humanz is to make the process simple, seamless and transparent, while offering valuable insights throughout to both marketers and influencers.”, adds Thusi.

 

Some of these insights can be found in the recently released “Influencer marketing benchmarks for South Africa” report, available via the Humanz website. Two interesting nuggets: 1) the average influencer account has between 20% and 27% suspicious followers, considered of little to no value to marketers; 2) only 1 in 2 followers in SA is likely to turn into an actual impression, creating a significant gap between followers amount and actual reach.

 

Unlike other platforms, Humanz analyses not only influencer profiles but all of their followers too, using natural language processing and image recognition paired with artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning, to understand variables such as gender, age, interest, activity and previous mentions of specific brands; a significant technological step-forward from the manual processes followed by most agencies and platforms. This also enables advanced media planning metrics, such as unduplicated audiences, expected impressions and AVE benchmarking, which cannot be provided accurately without an in-depth analysis of each follower.

 

“Most South African influencer campaigns have used celebrities or social stars, due to the difficulties and time-consuming nature of manually identifying, verifying and working with smaller influencers. However, engagement rates are, on average, inversely proportional to audience size on both Instagram and Twitter. Smaller influencers are also considered more trust-worthy and hence more likely to ‘influence’” says Pierre Cassuto, who carries the dual role of CMO for Humanz globally and CEO for its African operations.

 

“For agencies, Humanz represents an easy way to launch and generate revenues from a new practice, or scale up without significant costs. For brands, it allows them to safely and efficiently bring influencer marketing in-house, with options ranging from free plans to full enterprise solutions.”, he adds.

 

Humanz is officially launched in South Africa on 1 March, after successfully carrying out pilot projects with some of the largest agencies, brands and influencers locally. A free trial of the platform is available on their website, along with information on their partner programs for agencies and content creators.

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Celebrating a banner year for African content acquisitions, The Africa Channel will air a collection of 20 new primetime series representing premium drama, lifestyle, and news programming from Africa during 2019.

This programming, as well as the streaming of over 50 hours of African content in support of Black History Month on Comcast’s Xfinity platform, represents significant success for African producers whose work will now be available around the globe, providing these producers a north American and Caribbean voice.

Vice President of Programming & Acquisitions Karen Juve explains further, “We have been extremely fortunate to be able to tap into the increasing pool of talent from the continent and beyond, to present world-class content that is bold, diverse and globally appealing to North American audiences.

 

Many of these shows have a proven track record of success amongst African audiences and now they will be exposed to a much wider global audience of millions. The Africa Channel is a unique platform globally, with its 100% focus on African content, the channel provides multiple opportunities for African content producers to take their place on the global stage.

 

The collection of popular shows scheduled for broadcast and streaming in 2019 reflect a range of genres, and have been sourced from outstanding producers and distributors including, M-Net Studios, SABC, and Kew Media Group.

 

FOOD & LIFESTYLE SERIES

Cooking with Siba and The Hostess each feature celebrity female chefs, one who puts a healthy spin on her favorite recipes, the other who celebrates dining and creative entertaining for food and lifestyle connoisseurs.

 

DRAMA SERIES

iNumber NumberHard Copy and High Rollers offer a new spin on street warfare, newsroom drama and high-stake gambling respectively.

 

DAYTIME SOAP

Soaps make a return on The Africa Channel with The Wild, shot entirely on location at a five-star game lodge, capitalizing on the breathtaking beauty of the African wild as three families challenge each other’s right to the land.

 

REALITY & DOCU-REALITY SERIES

The Wedding Bash(ers) finds couples willing to put their big day under the scrutiny of celebrity fashion, food, décor and entertainment “experts” in order to win a second honeymoon and other big-ticket prizes. Crimes Uncovered takes viewers through the criminal investigations of true South African crimes through interviews, dramatizations and archival footage as each case unfolds. Both shows premiere Spring 2019.

 

Monochrome: Black, White and Blue is a 3-part series on the history of blues music featuring musical performances and interviews with Morgan Freeman, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, and more.

 

Emancipation Road is a 7-part series, which takes viewers on a journey from the Atlantic slave trade to the election of President Barack Obama.

 

Shaka Zulu, the epic drama series can now be seen on The Africa Channel.

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MTN Bushfire 2019 Line-up announced

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Just off the hot announcement of Nigeria’s ASA for MTN Bushfire 2019, another Nigerian superstar has been confirmed, Mr Eazi – possibly the most exciting musical export from Nigeria of the last few years, will bring his unmistakable version of Nigerian afro-pop to the fans at MTN Bushfire.

 

Known for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts, MTN Bushfire is excited to host this incredible artist just as he returns from a US tour that will see him crossing the country and even performing at the highly acclaimed Coachella and SXSW Festivals.

 

Mr Eazi is taking African music to the global stage, his mix of sounds, a penchant for global collaborations, and the and this year his versatility as an artist have won over fans across the world. Having toured across Europe, the UK and the US, Mr Eazi will grace one of the top festival stages in Africa when he appears on the main stage of MTN Bushfire 2019.

Mr Eazi’s appearance at MTN Bushfire is part a Southern Africa tour organised by of Cape Town-based artist management platform BLACK MAJOR, as part of the greater IGODA Network.  Instrumental in exporting some of the country’s most innovative acts to the rest of the globe, Black also nurtures, mentor and champion acts such as Manthe Ribane, DJ Lag and Doowap, to name just a few. Similar to many of the acts in the BLACK MAJOR roster, Mr Eazi embodies global relevance and pioneering creativity, while remaining authentic to his African identity.

 

 

Cutting Edge Performances

 

 

Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire has also confirmed an eclectic mix of artists from Europe and Africa.  Stay tuned to the MTN Bushfire platforms as more artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Some of the latest additions to the 2019 line-up include a range of cutting edge artists who are pushing the limits of performance. Ain the Machine is an AudioVisual storyteller with a clear goal: to transform the way we interact with music. It is music without instruments. A concept he calls, Musica Biotronica. Musica Biotronica takes sounds from the body, voice & everyday objects, and with the help of technology, transforms them into music.  

 

Switzerland’s Puts Marie as an indie band has been described as a mix between a great rock’n’roll circus and theater with strange poetry, while Colombia’s Alibombo, besides being a percussion group, is an experimentation laboratory.  With noise that creates music from recycled elements.

 

The line-up also includes, Lizzy- a German artist who merges hypnotic drumming with wearable 3D printing, Lizzy pushes the boundaries of musical performance to become the character of your wildest electro-pop dreams, along with Aramboa, Austria’s Downbeat, Triphop, IDM, Neo-Soul, Bass Music, Dubstep and Jazz Electronic Soul combo.

 

Some of South Africa’s most innovative acts will also be in e’Swatini, as DJ Invizible – the self described master of staging creative guerrilla performances, as well as Dope Saint Jude, a rapper and producer with a defiant, life-affirming queer perspective, have also been announced.

 

These artists, along with the newly confirmed Nibs Van der Spuy (South Africa), Buddy Masango, (e’Swatini), Bashayi Bengoma (e’Swatini), Make Overs (South Africa), and Morena Leraba (Lesotho), join the list of artists already announced, including headline artist, Nigeria’s Asa.

 

Previously announced artists include Nairobi-based “Blinky” Bill Sellanga, a singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer, SWAMA lifetime achievement winner Smiles Mandla Makama who is an elder statesmen of the Swati music scene, Mahube, that  brings together some of Southern Africa’s top musicians in an explosive collaboration,  South Africa’s Thabang Tabane, heir to the father and founder of the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane,  Sereetsi & the Natives  from Botswana, GranMah, the Dub / Reggae Fusion band from Mozambique, Dobet Gnahoré from Côte d’Ivoire, Maia and the Big Sky from Kenya, and Eme and Moonchild from Nigeria and South Africa respectively.

 

Additional acts from across the region and the world will be announced soon – so make sure to visit the MTN Bushfire platforms to stay on top of the latest news and announcements.

 

Ticket and accommodation options are selling fast, so make sure to book now to avoid disappointment.

 

Asa – Nigeria

Asa is a Nigerian and French singer best-known for her soulful voice, powerful lyrics, and with her dread-locked hair, quirky glasses and guitar, Asa has earned a place as the de-facto patron saint of the cerebral, boho-chic Nigerian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZy8cE4yQ74

 

 

Mr Eazi – Nigeria

Nigerian superstar Mr Eazi has taken the world by storm with his so-called Banku music style. A combination of West African pop, hiphop and highlife incorporating Ghanaian Pidgin English and mad beats. Mr Eazi has won numerous awards and will perform in 2019 at the hugely popular Coachella Music Festival in the USA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3D7NldlFyI

 

 

Blinky Bill – Kenya

Blinky Bill is a Kenyan based artist and productive experimenter who doesn’t approach music as a frame but rather a key to push one’s limits and enjoy the freedom of endless creativity.  He recently released his album titled “Everyone’s Just Winging It and Other Fly Tales,” that sparkled with spontaneous and rich collaborations including Sampa the Great, Petite Noir or Nneka.

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

 

 

Ain the Machine

Ain the Machine is an AudioVisual storyteller with a clear goal: to transform the way we interact with music. It is music without instruments. A concept he calls, Musica Biotronica. Musica Biotronica takes sounds from the body, voice & everyday objects, and with the help of technology, transforms them into music. A symbiosis of organic and synthetic, its purpose is to redefine our relationship with music and demonstrate that music is accessible to all, a universal right. http://www.ainthemachine.com/

 

 

Alibombo –  Colombia

Alibombo, besides being a percussion group, is an experimentation laboratory.  With noise that creates music from recycled elements, its influences pass through rhythms of the Caribbean and the Colombian Pacific, merged with drum and bass.

https://www.facebook.com/alibombomusica/

 

 

Aramboa  -Austria

Downbeat, Triphop, IDM, Neo-Soul, Bass Music, Dubstep and Jazz – together they are the Electronic Soul sound that describes Aramboa. The creative essence of the project was sparked by the Austrian producer Moritz Scharf and vocalist Elena Shirin. They fuse intuitive song writing and poetry with abstract soundscapes and ritualistic Beat patterns.  https://www.musicexport.at/artist/aramboa/

 

Bashayi Bengoma – e’Swatini

From across Swaziland, this quartet fuses together traditional Swazi vocal harmonies, electrifying dance moves and the iconic makhweyane musical bow in a new and innovative set. These musicians will come together live for the first time at Bushfire 2019, and explore how regimental vocal songs can interplay with electronics, guitar and the evocative makhweyane bow. Come listen and dance to fresh sounds and experience the rich roots of Swazi music.

 

 

Buddy Masango – e’Swatini

Buddy Masango is a middle of the road country musician. It has Afro feel combined with soul and country music. His hometown is Piggs Peak, having been raised in the rural area called Bulandzeni. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AwVDUBtJCw

 

Dobet Gnahore – Cote d’Ivoire

The daughter of percussionist Boni Gnahoré, Dobet plays with the group Na Afriki, consisting mainly of French and Tunisian musicians, who accompany her with the guitar, sanza, the balafon, the calebasse and bongos. In 2004, Gnahoré released her debut album Ano Neko. In 2006. She was a nominee at the World music (Awards) for Newcomer and shared an award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with India.Arie at the 52nd Grammy Awards. http://www.dobetgnahore.com/en/

 

 

Dope Saint Jude – South Africa

Dope Saint Jude is a rapper and producer with a defiant, life-affirming queer perspective. Taking her name from the Christian apostle, and inspired by rap legend 2Pac as well as Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and the US Northwest’s iconic Riot Grrrl feminist movement, she crafts songs that address complex socio-economic issues with unassuming Cape Town swagger. https://dopesaintjude.com/

Eme & Moonchild – Nigeria & South Africa

Moonchild Sanelly grew up in Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Her love for jazz, hip-hop and kwaito were all influenced by her social experiences in the Durban music scene. She has performed alongside artists such as Gcina Hlope, Busi Mhlongo and Madala Kunene. She has also collaborated with the likes of DJ Maramza, BLK JKS and Thandiswa Mazwai. More recently she has been working in the Gcom space and has had a number of major hits.  https://www.facebook.com/moonchildSA/

 

 

GranMah – Mozambique

GranMah is a Dub / Reggae Fusion band from Mozambique that started in a garage in 2009. In 2012, they won a public contest to open the Mozambique Music Awards gala, with their first single, Starlight Stardust.  http://www.granmahband.com/

 

 

Invizable- South Africa

A master of staging creative guerrilla performances through the guise of the most acclaimed commander to ever lead the 1st corps, the renowned advisor to the imperial house of Africa, DJ Invizible. This mythical being who travelled from a distant highland tribe and never speaks in tongue, has been on guard at the front line commanding of the freedom group known as gazelle.

http://invizable.co.za/

 

 

 

Lindigo – Reunion Island

Lindigo is a music group from Reunion Island. The Maloya group founded in 1999 , is led by Olivier Araste. The band has released four albums, the latest, Maloya Power, in 2012. With an average age of thirty, Lindigo’s members are stubbornly watching the past. However, their approach does not lock in nostalgia, nor in the shackles of a sterile memory. Foundations serve momentum, and roots build the future.

https://www.facebook.com/maloyapower/

 

Lizzy – Germany

Merging hypnotic drumming with wearable 3D printing, Lizzy pushes the boundaries of musical performance to become the character of your wildest electro-pop dreams.  She resides in Berlin, playing as a prominent member of both the  jazz

and electronic scenes, proving just as adept as a groovy jazz drummer as she is within an entrancing electronic group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVevFaM879o

 

 

Mahube – Southern Africa

Mahube brings together some of Southern Africa’s top musicians in an explosive collaboration directed by the multi-award-winning Steve and Bokani Dyer. Their music includes contemporary arrangements of traditional music from Southern Africa, as well as inspired originals which are sure to touch hearts and souls and get feet on the floor dancing in celebration of the rhythms of Africa.  The group will perform a tribute to one of its iconic members, Oliver Mtukudzi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Pn7ZALaaeM

 

 

Maia and The Big Sky  – Kenya

Maia represents a different flavor to Kenya’s contemporary musical landscape. Her magnetic vocals, both in Kiswahili and English, weave together African polyrhythms with soul and folk, creating a familiarity and warmth that transcends continents. Daughter of Kenyan musical legend Sal Davis, Maia has earned herself a formidable reputation as one of Kenya’s most explosive live performers. http://maiaandthebigsky.com/

 

 

Make-Overs – South Africa

Make-Overs are a unique duo of red-headed musical malcontent’s who hail from the grey suburban wasteland of Kilnerpark, South Africa. Formed in mid 2010 with Martinique Pelser on drums/vocals and Andreas Schonfeldt on guitar/vocals, the couple hit the South African scene with a frenzied live act that cuts through you like a machete. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxsLWqS7-9U

 

 

Meute – Germany

When the bass drops and the confetti blows up: MEUTE breaks the code. The Techno Marching Band combines hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music, freeing electronic music from the DJ desk and overhauling the image of marching bands. Just drums and brass, no computers involved, this is all they need to revolutionize techno music and bring it back to its roots at the same time.

https://www.meute.eu/

 

 

Morena Leraba – Lesotho

Morena Leraba is musician from Mafeteng, Lesotho, who fuses traditional Sesotho lyrics with modern sound, from Electro, Afro-House and Hip-Hop. Lebara’s music (especially lyrics) is deeply rooted in Lesotho’s traditional music, poetry, and it’s sub-genre, Famo, which was introduced as early as the 1920s when Basotho men were migrant workers in South African mines.

https://www.facebook.com/morenaleraba/

 

 

 

Nana- e’Swatini / South Africa

Afrikan  Pop  Music or an infusion of timeless influences, a nostalgia unlike that of Nina Simone. Nana is eclectic regal, a voice that will bounce on the Mdzimba Mountains then back to serenade you with the purest form of artistic expression and deliverance. You will forget that the songs she sings were written and recorded 14 years ago, A fantastic visual artist, painter, song writer, vocalist and music producer. Out of hibernation by popular demand!

 

 

Nibs van der Spuy – South Africa

Nibs van der Spuy is one of the most extraordinary and exciting, world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa. Growing up with the Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and beyond. After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came after supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour.

www.nibsvanderspuy.com

 

 

Puts Marie – Switzerland

With fifteen years of history, some recordings, solo escapades and trips to New York, Broadway or Mexico City, Puts Marie cultivates a troubled past, somewhere between myth and mystery.  However, this indie band has been described as a mix between a great rock’n’roll circus and theater with strange poetry.

https://www.putsmarie.com/

 

 

Sereetsi and the Natives – Botswana

Sereetsi & the Natives is a refreshing voice in contemporary folk music in Botswana, and a unique voice in the World Music arena. The act’s strong songwriting and performance in its debut album, Four String Confessions (May 2015), presents a fearless sound that blends traditional Botswana rhythms with Western influences, all built around the signature sound and tradition of the four string folk guitar.

https://www.sereetsiandthenatives.com/

 

 

 

The SheKings Emakhosikati – Southern Africa

The SheKings is an all women music collaboration project with in Africa. The 2019 edition involves eSwatini, South Africa and Mozambique and is a fusion of blues, traditional sounds, hip hop and rock ‘n roll, addressing social ills while embracing love, life craziness and the woman.

 

Smiles Makama – e’Swatini

SWAMA lifetime achievement winner Smiles Mandla Makama is an elder statesman of the Swati music scene, forging new paths in the 80’s with his band Zanka Calabash and later moving to Soweto to head Azumah. His most notable instrument is the Smilerphone, a great innovation of the traditional Makhoyane Bow. His music is a potent mix of magic realism, raw, innovative, magical and transcendent. It’s like nothings else and is not to be missed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8IZZjaBVZo

 

 

Thabang Tabane – South Africa

Thabang Tabane is the heir to the father and founder of the Malombo music Dr. Philip Tabane. Thabang is now leading a world-class band from his township Mamelodi. Thabang is an individual who is dedicated to excellence and has a deep understanding of music in general and that makes him and his band cultural emissaries. https://www.mushroomhour.com/labsessions/thabang-tabane-nyanda-yeni/

 

 

Tune Recreation Committee –South Africa

The Tune and Recreation has long held a presence in the Cape Town music scene. Formed in 2007 by group of college friends it features Keenan Ahrends on guitar, Nicholas Williams on bass, Claude Cozens on drums. The TRC is an ever changing and adaptable ensemble committed to building a musical bridge between the past, present and future in its inaugural outing at the Cape Town Jazz Festival it will also feature special guest appearance by critically acclaimed multi instrumentalist Mark Fransman on accordion, tenor saxophone and bass clarinet.

http://www.tunerecreation.com/

 

 

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Hollywood will be graced by #TheVoiceSA’s own bubbly season 3 host: Anele Mdoda.

The countdown to Hollywood’s most prestigious ceremony, the 91st Annual Academy Awards has begun.

No stranger to awards shows, the country’s beloved radio and television personality will be flying the South African flag high as she represents M-Net with a Red Carpet Special– a pre-show which will broadcast on M-Net Movies Premiere, channel 104 on DStv, at 20:30 on Monday 25 February. The awards show itself will air live on M-Net Movies Premiere at 03:00 on Monday 25 February, with a delayed broadcast in the evening of the same day at 21:00 on M-Net 101.

 

With the who’s who of La La Land prepping their acceptance speeches and perfecting their potential losing faces, this year’s hotly competitive Oscars are bound to be entertaining – and who better to get up close and personal with the stars than South Africa’s own hostess with the mostess?

 

“Hosting the red carpet for M-Net for one of the biggest awards shows in the world is an absolute highlight for me,” Anele said.  “I have watched the Oscars every year and the most memorable moments for me were when Denzel Washington and Sandra Bullock won, and when Charlize won – and gave South Africa a shout out. “

 

“This year I look forward to celebrating with the Black Panther cast as they head in with seven Oscar nods,” the host of The Voice SA enthused. “We have to speak to Bradley Cooper and salute his directing for A Star Is Born, as well as his performance in it. We must also get Spike Lee – who has an honorary Oscar but has his first ever nomination as director forBlackKklansman, which you can currently watch on Box Office. And then we hope to chat to Mahershala Ali who was nominated for Green Book and of course Glenn Close for The Wife. We also can’t forget about Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody! And then of course, there’s the fashion!”

 

Anele made her debut as host on M-Net’s hit local reality singing competition The Voice South Africa on Sunday 3 February, and wowed viewers with her passion, charm and energy. She is currently a presenter on The 947 Breakfast Club – a popular morning show on one of South Africa’s biggest radio stations, 94.7, based in Gauteng. A favourite among South Africans, the radio and television personality has scooped up several awards, including a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Television Talk Show, Best Radio Presenter in the Best of Joburg 2018 annual survey and a Style Award. Anele also has an adoring social media following, and is a keen fan of movies and series.

 

Catch the 91st  Annual Academy Awards live on M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104, Monday 25 February at 03:00 and in Prime Time on M-Net 101 at 21:00 on the same day.

 

Like M-Net channel 101 on the official M-Net Facebook page, be part of the conversation by following M-Net on Twitter @MNet (#MNet101 #Oscars). For more information on 91st Annual Academy Awards visit mnet.tv.

 

The 91st  Annual Academy Awards Nominees are:

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice”

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”

Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”

Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

 

Best Actress

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”

Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”

Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

 

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, “Vice”

Marina de Tavira, “Roma”

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Emma Stone, “The Favourite”

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Picture

“Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“The Favourite”

“Green Book”

“Roma”

“A Star Is Born”

“Vice”

 

Best Director

“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

“Cold War,” Paweł Pawlikowski

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Lanthimos

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

“Vice,” Adam McKay

 

Best Foreign Language Film

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)

“Cold War” (Poland)

“Never Look Away” (Germany)

“Roma” (Mexico)

“Shoplifters” (Japan)

 

Best Documentary Feature

“Free Solo”

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

“Minding the Gap”

“Of Fathers and Sons”

“RBG”

 

Best Documentary Short

“Black Sheep”

“End Game”

“Lifeboat”

“A Night at The Garden”

“Period. End of Sentence.”

 

Best Short, Animated

“Animal Behaviour”

“Bao”

“Late Afternoon”

“One Small Step”

“Weekends” Best Short, Live-Action

“Detainment”

“Fauve”

“Marguerite”

“Mother”

“Skin”

 

Best Animated Feature

“Incredibles 2”

“Isle of Dogs”

“Mirai”

“Ralph Breaks the Internet”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

 

Best Original Song

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther”

“I’ll Fight” from “RBG”

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“A Star Is Born”

 

Best Original Screenplay

“The Favourite”

“First Reformed”

“Green Book”

“Roma”

“Vice”

 

Best Cinematography

“Cold War,” Łukasz Zal

“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan

“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

 

Best Production Design

“The Favourite”

“Black Panther”

“First Man”

“Mary Poppins Returns”

“Roma”

 

Best Costume Design

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres

“Black Panther,” Ruth Carter

“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

 

Best Film Editing

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis

“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito

“Vice,” Hank Corwin

 

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

“Border,” Göran Lundström & Pamela Goldammer

“Mary Queen of Scots,” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher & Jessica Brooks

“Vice,” Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe & Patricia DeHaney

 

Best Original Score

“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell

“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat “Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman

 

Best Sound Editing

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“First Man”

“A Quiet Place”

“Roma”

 

Best Sound Mixing

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“First Man”

“Roma”

“A Star Is Born”

 

Best Visual Effects

“Avengers: Infinity War”

“Christopher Robin”

“First Man”

“Ready Player One”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

 

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