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Khaya Mthethwa to host BET’s gospel show

Posted by radio On May - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Sunday praise and worship is coming to your television screens from 21 May at 13:00 CAT on BET Africa (DStv channel 129). Gospel lovers can now watch one of the country’s favourite gospel stars, Khaya Mthethwa, sit down to chat to some of the biggest names in gospel on BET’s new local series – Rhythm & Gospel.

 

Have you ever wondered how Judith Sephuma managed to transition from being a jazz musician to a bona fide gospel singer with successful albums and live DVDs? Or how reigning Crown Gospel Awards Female Artist of the Year Lebo Sekgobela’s turned Matthews Matsetse’s “Lion of Judah” into a smash hit? Or how Dr Tumi, a medical doctor with his own private practice, found music only a decade ago and managed to became an accomplished award-winning gospel musician? What about the secrets to Rebecca Malope’s longevity?

 

Khaya Mthethwa, the multiple award-winning young musician will engage these and other stars including Mahalia Buchanan, Benjamin Dube, Loyiso Bala, Nqubeko and Ntokozo Mbatha, Neyi Zimu and James Okon for all the answers.

 

Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, Youth & Music for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa is very excited to bring our first ever locally produced Gospel show to the channel, ” this is a very unique format and we are proud to be the channel that hosts a show of this calibre. It’s a genuine showcase and spotlight on this genre which has a large fan base across the African continent. This is a continuation of our ongoing commitment to local talent and programming that resonates with our market”.

 

“It is such an honour to be able to sit down with these legends. I’m feeling very star struck as I got to hear about their journey, how they started, their future plans which was amazing. I encourage all the BET viewers to tune in and to not miss this show as we take a musical journey into the hearts and minds of their favourite gospel stars,” said an overwhelmed Khaya Mthethwa,

 

Rhythm and Gospel premieres on BET Africa on Sunday 21 May 2017 at 13:00 CAT with a repeat later in the day at 19:00 CAT.

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DStv gets new e.tv channels

Posted by radio On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv customers will get even more entertainment as we add four new e.tv channels to the DStv family. These channels are eMovies+ (138), eMovies Extra (140), eExtra (195) and eToonz+ (311). Three of these channels will be available in crystal clear HD: eMovies+, eMovies Extra and eExtra.

 

These channels offer a broad range of entertainment, which will give our customers a more expansive viewing experience. The shows will appeal to the entire family: eToonz+ offers a safe and sunny space for the kids; eMovies Extra packs a punch with robust action movies; eExtra gives mom a chance to tune into telenovelas and the rest of the family can enjoy sitcoms; while eMovies+ offers an escape with the stars.

 

“We’re always on the lookout for ways to add more value to each of our DStv packages – it’s about offering our customers the best entertainment in one place. These e.tv channels, of which three are in HD, will bring hours of viewing delight to the whole family,” commented Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

 

eMovies+ (138) and eMovies Extra (140) will be available to DStv AccessDStv FamilyDStv CompactDStv Extra and DStv Premium customers. eExtra (195) and eToonz+ (311) will be available to DStv EasyView, DStv Access, DStv Family, DStv Compact, DStv Extra and DStv Premium customers.

 

The addition of three more HD channels means that customers on the DStv EasyView package will now have access to three HD channels, DStv Access customers will have seven, DStv Family 12, DStv Compact 21, DStv Extra 26 and DStv Premium 41.

 

 

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Showmax, which launched its internet TV service in Poland in February 2017, has agreed a deal with the Polish mobile network operator Play to supply the Showmax service to Play’s entire contract customer base, totalling more than 8 million subscribers. The transaction will see Showmax accelerating the rollout of the service in Poland.

 

Play, one of Poland’s leading mobile networks and the country’s fastest-growing operator, has a customer base of 14 million subscribers and a market share of 26%. As part of the transaction, Showmax will be included for 12 months at no extra charge to the majority of Play’s postpaid customer base, with the remainder getting one month’s access to Showmax.

 

Showmax CEO John Kotsaftis said:

“The level of interest in Showmax since our launch in Poland earlier this year has exceeded even our most optimistic estimates. The Play transaction is a big deal for us because it gives us instant access to millions of customers and I’m hoping will help us build on the great start we’ve already had in the country.”

 

Showmax launched in Poland with a specialised local offering that included short films directed by leading Polish directors Patryk Vega and Wojciech Smarzowski. Showmax had also secured the rights to the popular political satire series Ucho Prezesa (The Chairman’s Ear).

 

Showmax’s operations in Poland are based in Warsaw and headed up by former Google executive Maciej Sojka. Prior to joining Showmax, Sojka ran YouTube partnerships for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also set up the well-known 24-hour news channel TVN24 before moving on to the role of CEO of satellite pay-TV platform owned by ITI Neovision.

 

Showmax Poland’s executive team also includes Grzegorz Esz as Head of Marketing (ex-UPC Polska and T-Mobile) and Jerzy Dzięgielewski as Head of Content (ex-HBO Central Europe).

 

Speaking about how the Play deal fits in with Showmax’s hyperlocalisation strategy, Kotsaftis said:

“Our strategy runs deeper than light-touch localisation. We’ve built our business in Poland around the premise that success requires having boots on the ground, having a deep understanding of customer needs, and having a willingness to make more than cosmetic changes to meet those needs. We’ve made good progress by partnering with incredibly talented local producers and directors, and it’s great to now expand that partnership approach and work with one of the leading mobile networks. ”

 

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Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment network, today announced its first Australian original series Tidelands, a supernatural crime drama that will debut exclusively on Netflix around the globe. Production will start in Queensland in 2018.

 

The drama follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.”

The series is produced for Netflix by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment. Executive Producers Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath produced the acclaimed Australian hit series Secrets & Lies and its remake for the U.S. The ten-episode first season will be written by creator Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies). Episodes will run 50 minutes.

 

“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix. “We can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.”

 

“We are excited to be partnering with Netflix on Tidelands — this story is one that has been itching to be told and we are thrilled to be making it on our home soil in Australia with fantastic creatives and highly skilled crews,” said Tracey Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show. “The primeval landscapes of Queensland are a perfect setting to tell the story of betrayal, small town secrets, ancient mythology and, when it comes to family, explore whether blood really is thicker than water.”

 

Tidelands is the latest of Netflix’s investments in Australian content including co-productions Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey. Netflix also licenses much-loved Australian-grown content like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Code for distribution to Netflix’s 100 million members around the world.

 

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Final MTN Bushfire programme announced

Posted by radio On May - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

From Hugh Masekela to Jah Prayzah….

From The Kiffness to Bombino…..

From Tkzee to Jojo Abot…

From GoodLuck to Baloji…..

 

From across Africa and beyond, a unique array of musical and artistic talent will on display in what promises to be MTN Bushfire’s most diverse and dynamic line-up to date.

 

With multiple stages and activity streams, May 26-28th will be jam packed with a diversity of musical styles that span the spectrum and the globe.  The full MTN Bushfire Festival programme has now been announced and can be accessed on the website www.bush-fire.com.

 

Tickets for the Golden Lounge are already sold out as the Glamping (VIP Camping) option provided by Harambee, so make sure to avoid disappointment and book your ticket and accommodation now.

 

MTN Bushfire Stages

With four stages this year, The Main Stage, Bacardi House on Fire Stage, The Barn and the newly added FireFly Stage, guests can take their pick of artists. The Main Stage will see MTN Bushfire headline acts including Hugh Masekela, GoodLuck, Bombino, Baloji, TKZee, Jah Prayzah and Jeremy Loops amongst others.

 

The Bacardi House on Fire stage features an exciting and eclectic line-up that includes Jojo Abot, The Kiffness, Mute Band, Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions, Trenton & Free Radical and many many more.

 

The more sedate Barn stage will provide a relaxing and diverse line-up that includes film screenings, open mic sessions, as well as live performances from Dusty & Stones, Hanwah, Floewe, Sutherland and Black Rhino amongst many others.

 

MTN Bushfire 2017 is also thrilled to announce the newest addition to this year’s Festival, MTN Bushfire Firefly STAGE, proudly sponsored by MTN, which gives budding local artists the chance to perform alongside top regional DJs. More than 100 local artists from a variety of genres entered a competition to perform on this stage and 3 winners were granted the opportunity to grace the Firefly stage during MTN Bushfire 2017.

 

Handcraft & Design Marketplace and Global Food Village

In addition to the full entertainment line-up, once again MTN Bushfire offers an amazing array of handmade local craft for sale in the MTN Bushfire handcraft & design marketplace welcomes sustainably sourced, quality products that are strictly handmade from recycled or natural and environmentally friendly materials. The Space is an ethical consumer’s dream, with each company or artisan contributing in a positive way to the environment and their communities.

More than simply a market, The MTN Bushfire Handcraft & Design Marketplace is an experiential space where creative curiosity is inspired and revived.

 

Proudly sponsored by TOTAL, the MTN Bushfire Global Food Village is a celebration of food delicacy presenting a diversity of culture inspired gourmet street food by the most seasoned vendors. Festival goers are invited on a savoury journey of the senses with tantalising tastes from East Africa, the Mediterranean and back to the heart of traditional Swazi huts. Explore other pockets of the festival to discover delicious pop up cafes that Fuel the fire in your belly!

 

Kidzone

MTN Bushfire never forgets about the kids! Set in a blooming wilderness of succulent and outlandish trees, MTN Bushfire Kidzone is an adventurous space for young fire starters to ignite their budding flames. Offering an array of stimulating and fun-filled activities ranging from storytelling, sculpting, music workshops and high energy lawn games; the secured space is a perfect place for the whole family. Each year, the festival works with a special theme for the Kidzone that inspires creativity, engagement and skills development for toddlers all the way up to teens.

 

 

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For the past decade, BRING YOUR FIRE has been MTN Bushfire’s inspiring call to action, a concept that encourages the proactive contribution of the individual towards social change. Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

 

During this time, MTN Bushfire has encouraged participants and guests alike to heed this call, and in the process the festival has achieved a worldwide reputation for its visionary and authentic approach to raising awareness of the need for social change. The creative programme of workshops, discussions, art exhibitions and guest speakers enable platforms for conversation and debate to better understand the issues surrounding us, from community level challenges to global concerns.

 

For the last five years MTN Bushfire has run a Live Online Dialogue as part of the broader festival programme, replicating the open space of the festival online and actively encouraging our audience, artists, sponsors and partners to engage around the call to ‘Bring Your Fire’. MTN Bushfire 2017 is excited to announce that the theme for this year’s ONLINE DIALOGUES campaign will further add to the festival’s theme of Environmental Sustainability. The Online Dialogues programme will supplement the festival’s environmental messaging campaign online, operating collectively under the hashtag #GreenYourFire.

 

The Live Online Dialogue programme launches on Thursday 11 May, with further Dialogues being hosted on 16 and 18 May before the final Dialogue complements the Arts Round Table event on Thursday 25 May. The dialogues will be hosted on MTN Bushfire’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, with conversations running from 3pm to 4pm on each day. Each dialogue will focus on a key aspect of Environmental Sustainability, as well as the concept of sustainability more broadly, including arts sustainability in the region and the investment in Swaziland’s future through the youth.

 

Festival goers, partners, sponsors and interested parties are encouraged to become active participants in these live online dialogues in the lead-up to this year’s festival. Everyone is invited to #GreenYourFire!

 

SCHEDULE

11 May – Greening your Fire: How to get active for environmental change

What is the role of the arts, festivals and organisations in spreading environmental awareness and action? What is the best way to make environmental sustainability fun? Introducing MTN Bushfire’s ‘Bring Your Fire Zone’ and theme for this year, this dialogue will explore how organisations, events and festivals can play a role in the fight against climate change, and how individuals get involved personally and collectively.

16 May – Developing Sustainably

What does a sustainable creative artisanal economy look like? What are the strengths in women-led development, locally-sourced materials for artistic production, and how can upcycling and recycling be part of sustainably developing the creative economy? A special focus for this dialogue will be the role played by MTN Bushfire’s beneficiary boMake Rural Projects in implementing sustainable development programmes.

18 May – A Sustainable Future

This dialogue will explore the ways of investing in and educating our youth through the arts. What are the needs to be addressed, and how can the arts become a tool for the inspiration of young minds? This dialogue will focus on MTN Bushfire’s upcoming Schools’ festivals, Young Heroes as a festival beneficiary, and art and environmental education in schools.

25 May – Arts Roundtable

Supplementing the Arts Round Table discussion programme, this Dialogue will explore the sustainability of the arts in terms of creative economy and the role of artists in shaping messages and inciting action. This dialogue will take the discussions at the Arts Roundtable into the online sphere, bringing the online community into that space during the event.

 

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Henley Business School , last week  announced the launch of a new podcasting channel. #HBR will produce two weekly podcasts, designed to bring intelligent, informative, provocative and entertaining insights to a wide variety of topical subjects for the business world and beyond.

 

#HBR will be broadcast via podcasts on its website and available for download via iTunes,  or your favourite podcasting software.

 

 

 

“Podcasting in South Africa is growing fast, and providing listeners with a wide range of niche options beyond the limits of commercial radio,” says Dean of Henley Business School Africa, Jon Foster-Pedley, “Internationally, some of the best journalism and entertainment in the world is being produced in podcasts such as Radio Lab, Freakonomics Radio, Serial and so on, and we believe that Henley is uniquely positioned as a business school to offer interesting and entertaining angles on subjects that will delight as well as inform.”

 

The first podcast from #HBR, #WhatsTrending, will be a topical look at important issues of the week. Hosted by Foster-Pedley, #WhatsTrending will offer listeners the opportunity to develop a comprehensive, 360 view of what is going on in the world, and will feature analysis from top leaders across the fields of business, education, arts, culture, and science as guests.

 

The second weekly podcast is #AskAnExpert. This will tie-in with regular breakfast discussions such as the Africa Series and Leaders for a Future World, which are held at Henley’s Sunninghill, Johannesburg campus. Speakers at previous events include comedian John Vlismas and entrepreneur Stafford Masie. Listeners will be encouraged to submit questions to experts via social media which will be answered during the podcast.

 

Henley’s programmes extend far beyond the traditional MBA syllabus, and seek to empower young professionals with the leadership skills they need to transform corporate culture through innovation and critical thinking. Its new MBA+ is specifically targeted at individuals and businesses who want to harness the power of design thinking to enhance the process of innovation in their organisations.

 

“Through #HBR and our associated social media channels, we want to encourage intelligent and vibrant debates around important topics,” says Foster-Pedley, “We’ll be aiming to explore all angles around a theme, from the frivolous to the deadly serious, and work with our listeners to achieve new insights.”

 

The podcasts will be produced by Gareth Armstrong, who also produces the Future CEOs podcast, which is currently the second most popular feature show on CliffCentral.com.

 

“Our goal fits to establish Henley as the place to go to for thought leadership on any subject, not just those you might associate with a traditional business school,” Armstrong says, “We really want to engage people, to educate, inform and entertain.”

 

The launch of this digital radio is a first for Henley Business School Africa.

 

 

[Source: Henley Business School]

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SABC 2 brings you the Game Plan

Posted by radio On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SABC2 and Molotsi productions introduces Game Plan, a new entrepreneurial game show set to debut on Thursday 11th May 2017 at 11am.

 

Presented by a renowned TV personality Mzwandile Ngubeni, Game Plan is an entrepreneurship and educational studio-based, reality twist TV game show, with radical interventions to educate the previously disadvantaged South Africans about the basics of entrepreneurship and starting a successful business. The show aims to be a catalyst in creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurship among the youth of South Africa.

 

With economic emancipation as its core objective, Game Plan is a platform which aims to educate 101 and key nuggets in business in a fun and engaging way, as it is clear that entrepreneurship is a key driver of economic and socio-economic improvement.

 

Game Plan teaches the viewers that the fundamental basis of a good business is to provide a product or service that caters for the particular needs of a specific target market through various types of games, themes and quizzes on the show.

 

The host will be joined by resident judges, Lebo Gunguluza, Chipo Mushwana, and Andy Khumalo as they assist in unpacking the subject matter to educate viewers at home.

 

Each week 6 contestants are grouped into two teams of 3 competing against each other for the title of being South Africa’s Game Plan Champion. The processes of selecting and identifying the contestants include social media, different incubators, word of mouth in various communities and approaching tertiary institutions.

 

 

Don’t miss Game Plan every Thursday at 11am, only on SABC2.

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Kaya Fm, Home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live, leaders in music productions, are excited to announce the latest line up in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live Presents series – the magnificent Tribute Birdie Mboweni and Zoe Modiga.

 

These two sensational acts are on fire right now in terms of public demand and are both producing some of the freshest sounds in the Afro-pop world.

 

Tribute Birdie is an artist that has an electrifying presence on stage.  A petite and beautiful young woman, she has the ability to wow an audience instantly as she comes alive in front of a microphone.  With a strong, rich and soulful voice, she handles her jazzy, Afro-pop genre with ease and grace.  Just having released her debut album ‘Birdie’ in ‘deluxe edition’ format, she has no fewer than four singles on national radio right now and is being booked for shows across the world, as well as dominating heavily back on South African soil.

 

Tributes’ on-stage partner for the night will be the firecracker Zoe Modiga.  Known for having won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competition for singing, her powerful voice then saw her enter the top 8 of highly popular The Voice SA, Season 1 talent show.  Another achievement this young star in the making has under her belt is her phenomenal rendition of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ that featured in the score of the Oscar nominated movie Noem My Skollie.  Zoe has released her debut project ‘Yellow: The Novel’ earlier this year and audiences are soaking up as much as they can of this intriguing, stylish and highly unique individual.

 

The two artists will be sharing one stage at the Lyric, Gold Reef on the 13th May.  Show starts at 8pm and tickets are R150 at Computicket.

Book now to avoid missing out on this great double bill.

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Deezer Next launching in SA

Posted by radio On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Deezer, the world’s most diverse, dynamic and personal music streaming services, is announcing the launch of Deezer Next, a newly created programme aimed at identifying and championing emerging talent in addition to providing an avenue for exposure to new audiences on the Deezer platform.

 

Deezer Next is an exciting new initiative exclusive to Deezer users, which allows them to discover a hand-picked selection of new, emerging artists from South Africa and beyond. Deezer Next will promote these artists to new audiences and enable music lovers to discover the next generation of stars.

 

Globally Deezer Next has already rolled-out its priority artists, who are Rag’N’Bone Man, Anne-Marie and Maggie Rogers, and is now excited to officially announce the four Deezer Next South African artists. This diverse group of artists span a range of genres, but are all making a name for themselves and promise exciting things for the future.

 

Dominic Neill

Dominic Neill is a South African, Johannesburg-based pop musician who is about to break into the music scene with his bold, new, and exciting tunes. He will soon be releasing his debut album that saw him travel to Berlin to work with Flume’s world-renown producer, amongst others.

 

Raheem Kemet

Raheem Kemet is a hot young voice in the Urban Hip Hop and Live performance scene. Hailing from Durban, he represents his city well with his collage of sound and words. Raheem describes his career as “a journey through sound” and his vibe jumps right at you when you hear his distinct expressions in his music as well as through his live performance.

 

Southern Wild

Heavily focused on feel and progression, Capetonian rock group Southern Wild give absolutely everything each time they hit the stage. Every song within their set provides something unique, with each piece of music standing alone. This same energy has been translated onto their debut album and promises a journey consisting of many layers and paths to its listener, much like a wafer biscuit car on an eight lane highway.

 

Robin Thirdfloor

Robin Third floor(aka Simphiwe Nyawose) was born in Durban and started rapping as an artistic release of emotions pent up from his personal experiences of being bullied. His previous releases show emotional depth and with lyrics that communicate positivity and the importance of loving yourself and enjoying life to the fullest- his message is perfect for today.

 

Deezer Next Global Artists

 

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Rag’n’Bone Man released his debut album ‘Human’ in February 2017 garnering the number 1 spot on the album charts in France, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. The album includes the hit single ‘Human’ (number 1 in eleven countries) and the current single ‘Skin’.

 

Anne-Marie

Anne-Marielastest single ‘Ciao, Adios’ has entered the top 10 charts in the UK and thetop 40 charts in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia and Hungary. Shefeatured on the number 1 smash hit ‘Rockabye’ by Clean Bandit, also featuring Sean Paul. Anne-Marie is currently supporting Ed Sheeran on the European leg of his tour.

 

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers has been attracting a lot of attention and streams off the back of featuring ina video on YouTube with Pharrell Williams where she played him her song‘Alaska’. She released her EP ‘NowThat The Light Is Fading’ in February 2017.

 

Deezer subscribers can lookf orward to releases from all four of these exciting new artists in 2017, as well as additional exclusive video content and interviews. Search#DeezerNextSA across Social Media platforms to find out more.

 

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