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MTN Bushfire announces initial artists

Posted by radio On January - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”,  and most recently names as BBC’s Top African Festival, MTN Bushfire is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed music & arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.


With MTN Bushfire 2015 tickets completely selling out days before the event, fans of this unique event know the importance of booking early.


MTN Bushfire is therefore pleased to announce that early-bird discounted tickets will be available via the MTN Bushfire website and Facebook page,, from January 15th 2016.


This year, to improve and simplify your MTN Bushfire experience, there are a variety of ticketing options, including tickets with or without camping, full festival or day passes, and other options.  Visit the website to view all the ticketing options available at early bird special prices.


These limited early bird tickets will go on sale on January 15th  2016  via the MTN Bushfire online platforms only and only while stocks last– so festival goers are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.



As in previous years, the MTN BUSHFIRE artist line-up will feature a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe.


MTN Bushfire is proud to announce that Mali’s internationally acclaimed world-music stars Songhoy Blues have been confirmed for this year’s main stage. Though their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, at its heart is a deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali’s Songhoy people, as well as to such iconic West African guitar heroes as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré.


Their debut album has been described by top music magazine NME as “a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian grooves.” Formed from the adversity of Mali, Songhoy Blues’ music is full of northern flavours: Gao takamba, Touareg guitar, Songhoy trance and traditional desert melodies. But all those tired old ‘world music’ prejudices have no place here. Songhoy Blues are four guys, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, driving rhythms, big hearts and a big story to tell.


Also confirmed for 2016 is the exciting new South African collaborative outfit Bombshelter Beast featuring Pitch Black Afro.  This group of renegades is wanted by Interpol’s jazz police for their genre breaking eclectic fusion of Afrikaans -jazz-afro-rap has to be seen to be believed. The ever-changing international line-up includes jazz artists and for their MTN BUSHFIRE 2016 performance will feature Pitch Black Afro.


Other top acts performing at MTN Bushfire 2016 include one of South Africa’s hottest acts – Mafikizolo – whose 2014 comeback made waves across South Africa and beyond, have also been confirmed for MTN Bushfire 2016.


Joining these initial confirmed artists is Pablo Nouvelle, a filmmaker and musician from Switzerland who takes soul “back to the future” with a combination of new sounds and old samples. Manu Delago, an Austrian percussionist and composer, best known as Bjork’s hang drummer, will also perform alongside saxophonist and clarinet player Pepe Auer.


South African artists confirmed include, as always, cutting edge acts such as Native Young, Nomadic Orchestra, Felix Laband, and Toby2Shoes.


Acts from Swaziland include Bholoja, Nomzamo Zaza Dlamini & Fanaza.


Further acts are being finalized and more artists will be confirmed in the build-up to MTN Bushfire 2016.

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Ever wondered what goes into making one of the biggest music stable in South Africa? This January, Mzansi Magic takes viewers on a journey to Afrotainment where they get a sneak peak into the business that goes on there. Synonymous with Durban Kwaito Music, Afrotainment has given audiences, hit after hit. Tune in to EZASE AFRO: THE EMPIRE on January 14 at 20:00.


EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE follows the powerhouse music stable, Afrotainment, headed by the Durban born star and entrepreneur, Mthokozisi Khathi popularly known as DJ Tira who has been delivering hits. He has been on the forefront of some of SA’s biggest house music sensations including DJ Fisherman, DJ Cindo and Big Nuz. From the friendships and the family, from the jet set lifestyle to the pressures of fame, it’s a close up look at how Afrotainment became a success.


What does it take to get to the top and stay there? Tira is about to let the curtain down on his life, his business, his deal-making and recording breaking success in this reality series that will follow him and Afrotainment. Stay close because it promises to be a roller-coaster ride – from meeting tight deadlines for corporate clients to hitting the stage full force, from demanding studio recordings to tour difficulties; the series won’t miss a beat as it showcases it all.


Commenting on EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE, M-Net Director of Local Interest Channels, Nkateko Mabaso says, “Personality driven reality television continues to draw consistently high ratings across the world, and in South Africa that trend is also evident. Audiences want to share in the experiences of famous individuals whose lives are interesting, dynamic and evolving. Locally, DJ Tira is one of this country’s most versatile stars and viewers will get the chance to see just why he is talented, popular and successful.


Tune in to EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE on Mzansi Magic, Channel 161 on the 14th of January at 20:00.

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Clash of the Choir is back!

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Following a hugely successful second season of Clash of the Choirs, one of Mzansi’s most loved reality shows is back – and it’s bigger and better than you could have ever imagined.


Last year, South Africa chose Team Robbie as the country’s best new amateur choir during a spectacular live finale on July 6th 2014. Team Robbie, representing KwaZulu Natal province, the defending champs, was announced as the winners of Mzansi Magic’s Clash of the Choirs SA 2, beating out Team Shugasmakx, Gauteng province and Team Moneoa, Mpumalanga province in a stunning display of South African musical talent.


This season, we haven’t swayed far from tradition and have banded together the hottest team of choirmasters, to help us unearth the best voices in the land. iFani, Bucie, Busiswa, JR, Kelly Khumalo and Penny Penny and Sfiso Ncwane will go head-to-head for the title that is sure to be fiercely contested.

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M-Net Statement: Over the last few months following Unathi’s indiscretions on social media, we have been in discussions with our judges, presenters and talent to sensitise them to the risks of using social media. All the Idols SA judges were reminded that M-Net holds all brand ambassadors and employees to the highest standards in our ongoing efforts to promote and build a modern and inclusive South Africa.

Gareth Cliff Image by:You Magazine

Gareth Cliff
Image by:You Magazine

Unfortunately we then had to deal with Somizi’s inappropriate comments and following the latest issue, we have now implemented a zero tolerance policy for all social media posts that go against the spirit of nation-building. This policy will apply to everyone associated with our brands going forward.

We do not believe that Gareth is a racist but his response showed a lack of empathy for our history and it is important to differentiate between freedom of speech and hate speech. Penny Sparrow’s comments were hateful. Hate speech is not applicable with regard to freedom of speech .

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More fun & drama on Love & Hip-hop

Posted by radio On January - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MTV’s Love & Hip Hop follows the lives of Atlanta’s hip-hop elite as they take on their trials and tribulations of juggling both their professional and personal lives…which often intersect and unravel for the whole world to see!


With artists rising and falling, and families growing or being torn apart, the cast members are about to have their lives changed in ways they never imagined…for better or worse. Nothing is off limits as they explore the good, the bad and sometimes even the naughty side of love, passion, fame and hip hop, their way!


Programme:      Love & Hip Hop Atlanta

Channel:           MTV (DStv channel 130)

Broadcast:        11 January

Time:                 22:00


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Roxette coming to Algoa FM’s 30th birthday

Posted by radio On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Algoa FM is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2016 with performances by a constellation of international acts. Appearing “live” on stage in Port Elizabeth between February and April are Rodriguez, Roxette and Chris De Burgh.


“We have partnered on these shows because of the sheer magnitude of these performers. Their music has consistently featured on Algoa FM since 1986 and they are the perfect fit for a birthday celebration with our audience.” says Alfie Jay, Algoa FM’s Operations Director.


Established by the SABC on 1 January 1986, the station was privatised almost 11 years later in October 1996. “We have since grown to be the most influential regional radio station serving the Eastern Cape and Garden Route,” says Jay.


Rodriguez will be performing at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on February 3, followed by Roxette on February 5 at the same venue. Chris De Burgh and his band will be at The Boardwalk Arena on April 14 and 15. “Ticket sales are going well for all shows, and we look forward to hosting these phenomenal International stars in our city,” says Jay.

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Saints And Sinners Returns For Season 2

Posted by radio On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Are you a Saint or a Sinner? That’s the question at the heart of the multi-generational Mzansi Magic drama, SAINTS AND SINNERS. The channel has now announced that the Khumalos and Moloiswas will return to DStv channel 161 on Sunday, 10 January at 8PM.


The 13-part first season launched to great acclaim last year and its memorable moments included the tragic death of a young character whose demise devastated his loved ones, fracturing a once solid marriage. The action escalated and culminated in a gripping cliff-hanger finale that saw leading lady Phindi being kidnapped. Season two, will pick up the story from this suspense and the damaging consequences that this dark act has had on the lives of so many characters.



Included in the new season will be the sensational rediscovery of a long-lost father, whilst a domineering matriarch finds herself at odds with her shattered family. Along the way the contrasting elements of revenge and forgiveness, destruction and redemption, greed and sacrifice, trust and betrayal all simmer under the surface, in line with the new series tagline: ‘A Second Season Grounded in Truths’.



In confirming the second season of SAINTS AND SINNERS, M-Net Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Nkateko Mabaso, highlighted the appeal that well-produced drama holds for Mzansi Magic viewers, “Our audiences have demonstrated that they will continue to engage with dramatic storylines if these are well scripted and well executed, simultaneously relevant and escapist, and populated with characters who are highly believable. These were the key ingredients in the success of last season and it is what will continue to fuel the viewership in season two.”

He goes on to say, “Mzansi Magic is not just focused on launching exciting new shows but also on growing those proven properties that have delivered great value for viewing audiences. We are also pleased that we have been able to bring back the same stellar cast and are delighted with their commitment to the series.”



The cast of the series remains unchanged and includes the talents of: Thuso Mbedo (Boni Khumalo), Nthathi Moshesh (Mamohato Khumalo), S’dumo Mtshali (Ndumiso Khumalo), Tumiso Masha (Gibson Mosia), Siyabonga Radeba (Phakamani Makhoba) and Sibulele Gcilitshana (Lulama Moloiswa). SAINTS AND SINNERS is produced for Mzansi Magic by Penguin Films

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Rita Ora takes a ride with MTV

Posted by radio On December - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Singer, actress and style icon, RITA ORA will share her musical journey with MTV (DStv Channel 130) on The Ride. Born Rita Sahatçiu in Kosovo, raised in England, Rita has never forgotten her roots and music is her power tool. At 25 Rita has toured the world, performed at prestigious events and won a number of accolades.


Known for her edgy and sexy dress sense, club banging hits and her many roles on both the big and small screen, Rita is adamant on making her mark. Sharing her musical journey, highlights, challenges and fun times with MTV, Rita talks collaborations with Chris BrownIggy Azalea and Calvin Harris, feminism and being Fifty Shades of Grey’s Mia Grey.


This former The Voice UK coach and Season 12 UK X Factor Judge has also appeared on the much publicized series Empire, starring Taraji P Henson.

Tune into MTV (DStv channel 130) on Thursday 08 January at 21:15 CAT with repeats on the 12th, 15th and 17th January only on MTV.

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MiCasa & Mobi Dixon to shake Buyel’Embo Up

Posted by radio On December - 17 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

MTV Base and Klipdrift kick the summer party season off with a bang thanks to a sizzling new edition of the MTV Base & Klipdrift Golden Beats party tour. MTV Base & Klipdrift Golden Beats promises golden moments for music fans at every stop.


Khayelitsha’s Buyel’ Embo Village is hosting multi-award winning trio MiCasa, whose new chart-topping album “Home Sweet Home” has taken the country by storm. Known for their hits; “Heavenly sent”, “La Vida”, “The Streets” and the new anthem “Chocolat”, these guys know how to turn any dull party into a sizzling one.


Joining the band will be the “City Rains” mega star Mobi Dixon, whose talent and hard work have seen him dominate charts in 2015. DJ Loyd – known for his bubbly personality as former Hectic 9 Nine presenter and for his cool tunes on Good Hope FM. Loyd will be playing alongside Cape Town’s DJ Vince.


Come and enjoy this musical showcase with these incredible talents as Khayelitsha goes gold!


Venue:      Buyel’ Embo Village

Address:  8 Alfred Nzo Street, Mandela Park, Khayelitsha.

Date:         29 December

Line up:   MiCasa, Mobi Dixon, DJ Loyd and Vince

Doors open: 8pm

Tickets:  R50 at the door (pre-sold tickets)




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2016 SA Radio Awards entries open on 18 JANUARY 2016

Posted by radio On December - 17 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Entries for the 2016 SA Radio Awards (formerly known as the MTN Radio Awards) will open on Monday the 18th of January 2016.  Stations are encouraged to start collating their audio files well ahead of the closing date for entries which is 12th February (manual submissions) and 19th February (online submissions).


There have been no changes to the rules for entry from the 2015 awards, but there has been a reduction in the number of categories based on feedback received from the industry.

The entry categories are outlined in the table below:

Commercial PBS Community Campus
Afternoon Drive Presenter X X X X
Afternoon Drive Show X X X X
Breakfast Show X X X X
Breakfast Show Presenter X X X X
Business and Finance Show Combined
Community Project X X X X
Content Producer X X Combined
Daytime Show X X X X
Drama Programme Combined
Field News Reporter Combined
Multi-Channel Promotion X X Combined
Music Show X X X X
News and Actuality Show X X Combined
News Bulletin Reader X X X X
Night-time Show X X X X
Programme Innovation Award Combined
Promotions Stunt/Event X X X X
Radio Documentary Combined
Sports Commentator Combined
Sports Reporter Combined
Sports Show X X Combined
Station Imaging X X Combined
Traffic Presenter Combined
Weekend Radio Show X X X X
Bursary Award
Bright Star/Young Achiever Nominations only
Hall of Fame Nominations only
Lifetime Achievement Nominations only
Station of the Year X X X X



Previous Radio Awards adjudicator, Tim Zunckel will steer the adjudication panel and process, working with auditing firm, Mazars. With the continuation in the growth of the number of entries it is necessary to continually evaluate the adjudication panel and to ensure that there is an exceptionally broad range of skills and knowledge amongst the panel.  Please contact Tim on for adjudication nominations.



The third instalment of the On Air Radio conference will take place on Thursday, the 5th of May, with the seventh annual SA Radio Awards dinner on Friday, the 6th of May at the Sandton Convention Centre.


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