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Are you ready for the biggest outdoor, participative event in KwaZulu-Natal? The Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is on 22 May 2016, promising more lasting memories!

 

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Whether you want to spend time with the whole family, play catch-up with friends or bond with your work mates, this annual event brings people together from around the province in a celebration of Durban’s natural beauty. There are four routes (5km, 10km, 15km and 20km) that take walkers along one of the most magnificent promenades in the country starting at uShaka Marine World, combining exercise, fresh air and of course, loads of fun that continues at the finish at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida. There may even be a surprise or two (or three!) at the end!

 

 

 

“There is a certain responsibility on big brands to mend pockets of society when needed. Corporate responsibility goes way beyond just ticking a scorecard,” says East Coast Radio’s Marketing Manager, Renée Burton. “This is why the 2016 Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is celebrating the true united pulse of our community. This event has grown exponentially since it began 12 years ago. The community that makes it a success is diverse and encompasses the true sense that is synonymous with our KZN family.”

 

 

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With something for everyone including meeting East Coast Radio presenters along the route, entertainment for the kids, and plenty of opportunity to take #HealthySelfies along the way, it is easy to see why the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk is a firm favourite on the KwaZulu-Natal social and sporting calendar.

 

 

Entries are now open. You can register online at www.ecr.co.za or at selected Totalsports stores. Only the first 30 000 entries will be accepted, so hurry!

 

 

DISTANCE ONLINE ENTRIES TOTALSPORTS ENTRIES
5km.                 R71.50.          R80.00
10km.               R77.00.         R85.00
15km.               R82.50.         R90.00
20km (timed race)R88.00. R95.00

 

 

So, round up your family, friends and colleagues and prepare to feel the pulse of our community – it’s all about uniting as one as we walk Durban together! More details are on www.ecr.co.za

 

 

[Issued by: ECR]

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Radio 2000 makes line-up changes

Posted by radio On April - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Radio 2000 has made a strategic business decision to rotate certain on air talent. From today, the changes are as follows:

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• Sport Bulletin presenter Lelo Mzaca has joined the breakfast team anchored by Just Ice Ramohlola and Kia Johnson who is doing traffic on Monday to Friday from
06:00 – 09:00am.
• KG Moeketsi has taken over 09:00 – 12:00 Monday to Friday. This approach is informed by lifestyle demands of our listeners and we believe this show will cater for all their lifestyle needs. The show promises to be entertaining, informative and will ease our audiences into the day ahead. Angela Ludek and Tseko Mosito can now be heard on weekends.
• Bertha Charuma remains in the 12:00 – 15:00 slot Monday to Friday, and will be flying solo. Alain Tardin has been moved to weekend breakfast sport on Saturday and Sunday, while Gavin Koppel takes you back down memory lane on Friday (19:00 – 21:00) and Saturday (18:00 – 21:00).
• Your Sundays will never be the same with the return of Ernest “Smoke” Pillay between 12:00 – 15:00, bringing you only the best in music and lifestyle. We wrap up your Sunday with David Mashabela from 18:00 – 21:00 and Tsheko Mosito from 21:00 – 00:00.
Radio 2000 remains a leading facility radio station through innovative programming, quality music and live broadcast of all different sporting codes. Our primary aim is to remain relevant and deliver more on our mandate of entertaining educating and informing.
[Issued by: Radio 2000]

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Incredible Connection and HiFi Corp are the latest retailers to offer ShowMax vouchers in all stores nationwide. This is in addition to current retail outlets Pick n Pay, Game, Makro and CNA. ShowMax vouchers are now available in almost 500 outlets across the country.

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Vouchers are available for one, three and six months.

 

  • Prices are R99 (one month), R297 (three months), and R594 (six months).
  • The voucher can be purchased with cash and activated at the store.
  • Once activated the code on the back of the voucher can be captured on the ShowMax website.

 

If you don’t have a ShowMax account yet, you can easily sign up at www.ShowMax.com using your email and creating a password. You can then select your preferred payment method from credit card, PayPal or prepaid vouchers and boom! You now have unlimited access to Africa’s largest collection of hit TV shows and movies.

 

Subscribers can also download up to 25 shows and keep them for 30 days with the ShowMax app on Android and iOS devices. So you can stay entertained even without an internet connection.

 

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The Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), a development agency for the visual arts promoting connection and access in the industry will host a series of consultations to get input from the visual arts sector for the development of a norms and standards booklet. This proves to be a landmark moment for the visual arts which currently does not employ a universal best practice standard for professional work in the various fields of the sector.

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VANSA, which has been tasked by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) to develop guidelines for the visual arts community, is calling for input into guiding principles of the sector from all stakeholders in the industry.

Norms and Standards are industry protocols, usually developed by an industry body, by which all stakeholders can or must operate. Guidelines are norms and standards that indicate best practice but are not legislated. The guidelines to be set up through this process will entail a wide range of best practices regarding exhibitions, sales, studios, residencies, insurance, taxes, copyright and freedom of expression.

Only four countries in the world have national norms and standards for the visual arts in place. Such norms and standards are usual industry practice for many other sectors in South Africa, and yet none have been established for the visual arts. Considering that visual arts are such a variant and complex sector, the norms and standards will need to take into account the range of practice and possibility across South Africa.

For this reason, VANSA is embarking on a consultation process to gain valuable insights and perspectives on the proposed norms and standards guidelines from the sector at large. Physical consultation sessions will be held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in April 2016. Platforms for comments and submissions via email and social media are also available.

Consultation Meetings will run from 9.30am for 10am until 12pm, details are as follows:
7 April 2016 – VANSA, 1st floor King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg
8 April 2016 – Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Anton Lembede Street, Durban
15 April 2016 – Association for the Visual Arts (AVA), 35 Church Street, Cape Town

 

These meetings will serve as a first introductory consultation about the planned framework of the guidelines and to solicit comments and contributions.

A further consultation session will be held once a draft version of the document would be in place. This will be held on 27 May 2016 at VANSA, 1st floor King Kong Building, 6 Verwey Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg. These consultations and online submissions will give stakeholders the opportunity to comment on the content of the norms and standards directly. The intention is for the final Norms and Standards Handbook to be completed by July 2016.

Link to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FrdB9tZUmbnlDUWnchtDaGpMcjcdJKW2TaRHPl0fUVU/viewform?c=0&w=1
Email address: handbook@vansa.co.za

 

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  1. 50 shades of Fire: Croc E Moses, Bongiwe Dlamini , Werner Puttingham (Canada, Germany, Swaziland)

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  1. AKA (South Africa)

 

2 X Best Male at the SAMAS producer and song writer releasing his 3rd studio Album. South Africa’s most awarded Urban Artist and one of Africa’s musical powerhouses, we give you AKA!

 

 

  1. BEATENBERG (South Africa)

 

Handsome, young and intelligent, Matthew Field, Ross Dorkin, and Robin Brink, come through as South Africa’s Beatenberg!

  1. BHOLOJA (Swaziland)

A local favourite, this Swazi Soul singer is loved for his soaring vocals & his strength as a lyricist. Presenting Swaziland’s very own Bholoja!

  1. BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR (Ghana)

 

This Hip-Hop musician, composer and filmmaker was born in Accra, Ghana. Having Performed with The Roots, Sting and Public Enemy, to grace our stage is festival headliner Blitz the Ambassador!

  1. BOMBSHELTER BEAST feat. Pitch Black Afro (South Africa)

This group of renegades is wanted by Interpol’s jazz police for their eclectic genre breaking fusions. Featuring Pitch Black Afro, get ready for the phenomenon that is Bombshelter Beast!

 

  1. COLD SPECKS (Canada)

In a style describes as “doom-soul” this Canadian artist has worked with the likes of Moby and Joni Mitchell. We give you Cold Specks!

  1. ESTERE (New Zealand)

Hailing from New Zealand, this Electric Blue Witch Hop artist has performed at festivals across the globe and opened for artists including Erykah Badu, Morcheeba. Presenting Estère!

  1. FANAZA (Swaziland)

 

This local Maskandi musician can be counted amongst the number of Swazi artists who have ensured that the country takes pride in its indigenous talent. With his popular track KaLobamba, Fanaza!

 

  1. GHORWANE (Mozambique)

 

This Mozambican marrabenta band founded in 1983,  got its name after the lake of the same name in the province of Gaza and is the Shangaan term for “Good Boys”. Their style is a combination of traditional Mozambique music, Afro pop, and fusion. Welcome Ghorwane!

 

  1. INTERNATIONAL DJS – DAWEE, FELIX LABAND, JULIEN LEBRUN, TOBY 2 SHOES (France/Germany)

From South Africam, France, and Germany please put your hands together for our international djs Toby 2 Shoes, Julien LeBrun, DJ Dawee, and Felix Laband!

 

  1. KINGFISHA (Australia)

 

This 6 piece reggae/dub band from Brisbane, Australia has taken Jamaican rhythms and a love of song craft to the UK Holland and Canada. This year they bring their fire to Malkerns Valley. Let’s welcome Kingfisha!

 

  1. LIVING ROOM – MANU DELAGO & PEPE AUER (Austria)

These Austrian performers wow us with their unique hang drum and clarinet styles. Their crooning sounds will have you grooving in your seat.  We give you Living Room with Manu Delago and Pepe Auer

  1. MAFIKIZOLO (South Africa)

One of South Africa’s hottest acts,  whose 2014 comeback made waves across South Africa and beyond with their smash single, Khona.  Mafikizolo!

 

 

  1. MAYA KAMATY (Reunion Island)

 

All the way from La Reunion, this artist was the first woman recipient of the Alain Peters Prize at the Indian Ocean Music Awards. Please give a warm MTN Bushfire welcome to Maya Kamaty

  1. NATIVE YOUNG (South Africa / Spain)

Formed in a garage in Gugulethu, these are the new kids on the block are blurring lines and breaking cultural barriers through their own distinct brand of ‘African psychedelic pop’. We give you Native Young!

  1. NOMADIC ORCHESTRA (South Africa)

This five-piece instrumental dance band based in Cape Town creates an infectious kind of high-energy dance music. Influenced by traditional music from Macedonia, Romania and Serbia we give you Nomadic Orchestra!

  1. NOMZAMO DLAMINI (Swaziland)

 

This artist has been featured on SAMA Award winner DJ Sdunkero’s House album and DJ Steavie Boy’s album. She is also a member of South Africa’s most successful gospel singing group, Joyous Celebration, please welcome Nomzamo Dlamini!

  1. OLIVER MTUKUDZI (Zimbabwe)

Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is arguably the most powerful creative force to emerge from Zimbabwe in the last three decades. Tuku has built a vast body of work that is politically and socially relevant, yet entertaining and accessible to a worldwide audience.

 

  1. PABLO NOUVELLE (Germany)

A filmmaker and musician from Switzerland who takes soul “back to the future” with a combination of new sounds and old samples. Presenting Pablo Nouvelle!

  1. SIBUSISO NKAMBULE (Swaziland)

One of Swaziland’s new generation of artists, the sweet sounds of his guitar will have you grooving all night. Put your hands together for Sibusiso Nkambule!

  1. SONGHOY BLUES (Mali)

Their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, with roots in the home-grown songs and dances of the Songhoy people.  Taking influence from West African guitar heroes Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré. We give you Mali’s Songhoy Blues!

 

 

  1. SWAZI DJS – DJ DOPE DEEP, DJ LOLO, KUNJALO, SPEECH UMLANGENI, ZIYAWA KAZITHA

 

Please put your hands together for the amazing local talent. Ziyawa Kazitha, DJ Dope Deep, DJ Lolo, Kunjalo, and Speech Umlangeni!

  1. THE RUDIMENTALS (South Africa)

This 13 piece line-up is South African Ska Legends. With a five piece vocal section, fashion model MCs and an eclectic array of instrumentalists. We welcome The Rudimentals!

  1. VAUDOU GAME (Benin/France)

Among the fruits of the convergence between African and Afro-American musicians, there is one lesser-known genre that hails from the cradle of vaudou culture in Togo, Benin. Let’s welcome this unique sound, Vaudou Game.

 

  1. Vukazithathe (South Africa)

 

 

  1. Za! (Spain)

 

(I believe that you received folders of this artist from Suzan, could you kindly write out the biogs in the normal long format and we will edit for the website and programme)

 

 

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Pearl Thusi reinstated at SABC

Posted by radio On March - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) operates in a highly competitive media environment and the consistency in management and retention of its On-Air talent is a key imperative to its business.

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“In order for us to compete effectively, I have instructed management to ensure consistent application of the SABC’s directive regarding On-Air talent working for direct competitors.” said Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC Chief Operations Officer (COO).

To this end and with due regard to the circumstances relating to the termination of Ms. Pearl Thusi’s contract with the SABC, the Corporation resolved to reinstate Ms. Thusi’s services as an On-Air Personality. In this particular instance the directive was not applied consistently and appropriate action will be considered.

Ms. Pearl Thusi indicated that she is delighted to be back at the SABC and stated “I am happy to be back at the SABC, an organization that has provided me with a great foundation to allow me to progress within the industry”.

The SABC’s COO, Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng concluded that “As a public service broadcaster, the SABC remains committed to the fair treatment of all its On-Air talent”.

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After launching on Apple TV and adding AirPlay support to iOS devices, ShowMax has now added Chromecast support to its Android app, making it possible to broadcast shows and movies directly from Android smartphones and tablets to big-screen TVs. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who doesn’t have a smart TV but still wants to sit back and watch ShowMax.

 

ShowMax, the internet TV service with the largest subscription video catalogue in Africa, has added new functionality to its Android app that makes it possible to broadcast TV shows and movies directly from smartphones and tablets to big-screen TVs. It’s an ideal solution for anyone who doesn’t have a smart TV but still wants to watch ShowMax on a big screen.

 

Chromecast is a media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port present on most big-screen TVs. Chromecast is one of a number of different devices that effectively turn normal TVs into smart TVs. By enabling Chromecast support on the ShowMax app, owners of Android smartphones and tablets can ‘cast’ ShowMax TV shows and movies via Wifi to the Chromecast player which in turn seamlessly displays the same content on the big-screen TV.

 

Mike Raath, Chief Technology Officer for ShowMax said:

 

“There are times that all we want to do is sit back on the couch and take in a good movie. With this new functionality it’s as simple as finding the show on your Android smartphone or tablet and pressing play – it’ll be on the TV instantly.

 

“We’re on a roll. This is the third new viewing option we’ve added in recent weeks. Having launched on Apple TV and adding AirPlay support to our app for iPhones and iPads in early March, and there’s more to come. One way or the other, we aim to have a solution for anyone wanting to watch ShowMax using whichever device is most convenient.”

 

In order to access this new Chromecast functionality on smartphones and tablets, the devices need to be running Android 4.1.0 (Jelly Bean) or higher and the latest version of the ShowMax Android app.

 

To sign up for ShowMax and experience a seven-day risk-free trial, visit www.showmax.com via web browser on a laptop or desktop computer. Once signed up, download the ShowMax app on your favourite Android and iOS devices and log-in using the same email address and password.

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The latest installment of the Kaya FM Live @ The Bassline series sees top music stable Native Rhythms hosting the finest night of Afro-pop on the 2 April 2016.

 

kayaOne of the trendiest nights out in Jozi, the Kaya FM Live @ The Bassline series has seen some of the countries most established performing artists rock the stage, including Zonke, Thandiswa Mazwai, Simphiwe Dana, Ringo, Nathi and many others.

 

The series is fast becoming known as one of the better choices for a night out and the forthcoming event is a triple-billed all-star lineup featuring award winning acapella-group The Soil as the headline act, sensational jazz vocalist Jobie Clarke, Neo-Soul singer and performer Tribute ‘Birdy’ Mboweni for this vocal treat of a night.

 

In line with last month’s Muthaland Entertainment celebration, featuring Nathi and Vusi Nova, Kaya FM have booked according to music label and this month offer Native Rhythms the chance to showcase their incredible talent.  The label has long been known for hosting the best in Afro-pop and Jazz and has always been one to break new talent.

 

The lineup is a true celebration of vocal prowess.  The Soil is one of the countries hippest young acapella groups and with almost 12 years under their belt, they are without a doubt one of the best vocal talents around.  Having just replaced their female lead voice Buhle Mda with Theo Songstress Matshoba, the group has wasted no time in getting back out there and wowing audiences with both original material and famous cover versions.

 

Book your tickets now at www.webtickets.co.za for R200 or R220 at the door and come join us for a celebration of vocal jazz and pop.

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Prepaid vouchers for ShowMax are now available at all Makro stores nationwide. Makro joins Pick n Pay, CNA and Game stores where ShowMax vouchers can be purchased.

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Vouchers are available for one, three and six months.

Prices are R99 (one month), R297 (three months), and R594 (six months).

The voucher can be purchased with cash and activated at the store.

Once activated at the till the voucher can be captured on the ShowMax website.

 

ShowMax continues to partner with local businesses to improve access to internet TV in South Africa. With prepaid vouchers now available at Makro, Game, CNA and Pick n Pay stores, this gives access to many viewers who do not have a credit card or PayPal account. Prepaid vouchers can also be bought online using eBucks.

 

One of the major obstacles holding back the uptake of internet TV in South Africa is the cost of internet. Which is why ShowMax is partnering with internet service providers (ISPs), like Telkom, to give subscribers access to high-speed internet at an affordable price.

 

John Kotsaftis, CEO at ShowMax said:

 

“These partnerships are a big deal for us to give users a really convenient experience. The in-store vouchers are about giving subscribers more options to pay. For the ISPs it’s about looking at ways to give our users fast internet at a fair price to stream and download ShowMax content.”

 

Through these partnerships and unique features, like the download function to overcome sporadic internet connectivity, ShowMax is addressing real consumer needs in South Africa to break down the  barriers holding back the proliferation of internet TV.

 

“We are developing ShowMax to address specific challenges in the South African market like the fact that many consumers don’t have a credit card. The same applies to the lack of internet connectivity, which is why our app supports downloads.”

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It’s an all-star line-up for Cape Town’s favourite free concert that will take place at Greenmarket Square on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 (5-11pm).

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Grammy-nominated jack swing trio SWV (USA), Laëtitia Dana (France), pop reggae band Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels (SA), local Cape Town jazz artists TopDog (SA), and the Arts & Culture Focus Schools All Star Band (SA), selected from a talented array of former participants from the CTIJF workshops. Adding to the glamour is the winner of the inaugural espYoungLegend talent search, Lana Crowster (SA), who will help entertain the assembled crowds in 2016 for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) free community concert.

 

The week leading up to the festival itself is packed with a host of jazz-inspired events, including the Duotone Photographic Exhibition that is also open to the public free of charge. This year however, it has moved to a new location at the Artscape Theatre in order to accommodate the demand. Add to this the variety of free Master Classes, debates and workshops, it’s no wonder that the CTIJF continues to grow in support, helping it maintain its status as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering.’

 

However, the undisputed star of the week’s public events is the community concert held at Greenmarket Square. According to Billy Domingo, Festival Director for CTIJF, “This event has always been a true highlight for me on the CTIJF festival calendar. Developing from a small community concert to the incredible event that it is today, the free community concert truly captures the essence of inclusivity. It reflects the goals of togetherness that our communities strive for, regardless of prejudice surrounding gender, race and our historical background. I want to thank Cape Town and its people for allowing us to host such a remarkable event!”

 

Helping to make sure that as many of Cape Town’s music loving residents get to experience the event, the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (PRASA) will once again provide free trains* for concert-goers, on certain lines.

 

The official sponsors for the 17th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2016 are: the Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media and PRASA.

 

* The following routes will operate free train services departing between 3-5pm and returning from

Cape Town at 11.30pm:

Cape Town – Heathfield (Cape Flats)

Cape Town – Khayelitsha via Kapteinsklip (Central Line)

Cape Town – Bellville

Cape – Bellville (Northern Line)

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