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M-Net Dishes Out Movie Delights

Posted by radio On November - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Get set for two Sunday blockbusters, an inspirational pop-up channel, a special animation festival and hand-picked world cinema.

27_big_billboard_1600_x_533M-Net is upping the entertainment ante yet again with fantastic additions to its movie offering. In future, DStv Premium customers will be treated to two blockbuster premieres on a Sunday night – one on M-Net 101 and one on M-Net Movies Premiere. From Friday, 16 December until Sunday, 29 January a special pop-up channel called M-Net Inspire will infuse positive thinking on DStv’s channel 109, and during the holidays the young at heart can expect visits from their favourite animated characters with a special Animania movie festival on channel 105, M-Net Movies Smile. Then, there’s also a first-class, unprecedented gift for movie connoisseurs: from mid-December, premium channel M-Net Edge (channel 102) will boast a world cinema slot with the best of the best foreign language and nouveau films.

 

Two Sunday Night Blockbusters

 

“Our blockbuster Sunday night movie premieres have been a much-loved institution for many years,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels.” Just after eight on M-Net and half an hour later on M-Net Movies Premiere, we have showcased the hottest first-to-TV Hollywood films on our screens. Now, it’s getting even better!”

 

From Sunday, 4 December there will be not one, but two brand new blockbuster movie premieres on the M-Net Channels. This means that M-Net 101 and M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104 will not be screening the same film 30 minutes apart anymore. There will be another fresh blockbuster on M-Net Movies Premiere at around 20:30.

 

“This exciting scheduling change not only gives viewers more than one movie option for a Sunday night; it also allows us to bring more top-notch movie premieres to our audiences much quicker,” Jan du Plessis explains. “And if you prefer to watch the eight o’clock M-Net movie a little later, you can always tune into M-Net Plus 1 (channel 901), our time-shifted M-Net 101 channel at 21:00.”

 

While the rip-roaring comedy Vacation will be the premiere on M-Net 101 at 20:05 on Sunday, 4 December, M-Net Movies Premiere will be the first to screen The Night Before, in which three friends, including the always hilarious Seth Rogen, are out to find an unforgettable Christmas bash. Due to the high age restriction of this movie, however, it will only be screened at 21:00.

Hugh Jackman will take us to Neverland in the family adventure Pan on M-Net 101 on Sunday, 11 December. Then, on M-Net Movies Premiere at 20:30, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck are in grave danger in the disaster and rescue film The Finest Hours, based on a true event.

Multi-talented Bradley Cooper dons the apron as a down-and-out chef in Burnt on M-Net 101 on Sunday, 18 December, alongside a top-notch cast including Sienna Miller, Emma Thompson and Uma Thurman. On the same night the dystopian young adult science fiction thriller The 5th Wave will keep M-Net Movies Premiere viewers on the edge of their seats from 20:30.

On 25 December, M-Net 101 will celebrate Christmas with three Oscar winners – Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin and Marisa Tomei – in Love The Coopers, while Will Smith is in top form on M-Net Movies Premiere in the sports drama Concussion.

M-Net Inspire

 

Following hot on the heels of the Harry Potter pop-up channel, M-Net Inspire is the perfect pop-up curation for the festive season. Launching on Friday, 16 December at 06:00 and running until Sunday, 29 January at midnight, M-Net Inspire will feature movies that are motivational and celebrate the triumphs of the human spirit.

 

Every evening from 19:45, viewers can catch a feel-good film. These titles include inspirational favourites such as Yes Man, Eight Below, The Preacher’s Wife and American Dreamz. There will also be a selection of awesome classics including Coach Carter, Remember The Titans, Rocky (instalments 1 to 6) and Invictus.

 

In addition to all the soul-enriching movies, the M-Net Inspire pop-up channel will also play host to influential and inspirational faith leader, Bishop T.D. Jakes. Viewers can catch episodes of The T.D. Jakes Show, a heart-warming talk show hosted by the man himself, at noon as well as at 19:00 every day. Interviewing everyone from celebs, to kids, to stay-at-home moms, Jakes takes audiences on a journey of positivity by showcasing stories about the triumphs of the human spirit.

 

In South Africa, M-Net Inspire will be available to both DStv Premium and Compact customers.

 

Animania on M-Net Movies Smile

 

Guess who will be paying us a visit on M-Net Movies Smile, channel 105 on DStv Premium, during the holidays? Open the door for Maya The Bee, Kung Fu Panda, Khumba, Shaun the Sheep, Tarzan, The Minions, Spongebob and many more.

 

M-Net Movies Smile will feature a festival of the most popular animation films from Monday, 5 December 2016 until Tuesday, 10 January 2017 from 06:00 until midnight.

 

World Cinema

 

December also sees the start of a special movie slot on M-Net Edge, channel 102 on DStv Premium, on Sunday nights at 21:00. As of Sunday, 18 December, discerning viewers can get right into the kind of films they have been craving: highly-acclaimed world cinema. The Palestinian film The Idol, which received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be on M-Net Edge on Sunday, 18 December. Then, the following week, the French film Saint Laurent, about famed fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent will be the special Christmas viewing treat.

 

“We trust that all this mega movie magic will bring loads of joy to our viewers this December and January,” says Jan du Plessis. “More good news is that this is just the start of more amazing content on our channels in the new year. There will be plenty of surprises, including more local shows and more movie pop-up channels!”

 

All the Sunday night premiere movies (M-Net 101, M-Net Premiere and M-Net Edge) will also be available on DStv Catch Up and Catch Up Plus as well as through DStv Now. Selected titles from the M-Net Inspire pop-up channel, as well as from the Animania festival, will be available on Catch Up Plus as well as through DStv Now.

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Naspers continue to deliver good results

Posted by radio On November - 29 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Naspers recently announced its financial results for the six months to 30 September 2016. Revenues, measured on an economic interest basis (including the proportionate contribution from associates and joint ventures), increased 16% year on year to US$6,8bn. Excluding acquisitions, disposals and currency movements, revenue growth was 27%. Businesses outside South Africa contributed 80% of revenues, up from 75% a year ago.

 

naspersCore headline earnings grew 31% to US$914m. “We experienced a satisfactory first six months to the financial year,” said Naspers chair Koos Bekker. “The ecommerce businesses and Tencent performed well, while video entertainment and print did their best in a pretty tough environment.”

 

As part of regular portfolio reviews, Naspers concluded four notable ecommerce transactions. In Poland, the agreed sale of Allegro for US$3,25bn will realise a solid return on investment. In India, the merger of the ibibo platform with MakeMyTrip will create a leading business in the travel segment. The acquisition of Citrus Pay drives consolidation in the online payments space in India, whilst in the United States, the consolidation with Wallapop gives mobile-only classifieds platform letgo increased scale.

 

Naspers now reports in United States dollars (US$), with the financial performances of the businesses consolidated in their functional currencies and translated into US$. Where pertinent, performance in local currencies, adjusted for acquisitions and disposals, is quoted in brackets after the equivalent International Financial Reporting Standards metrics.

 

Currency again impacted our results. In the video entertainment segment, which typically earns local currencies but incurs significant US$ costs, currency affected both revenues and profitability. However, in the ecommerce segment, currency movements are diffused by the group’s diverse geographic spread and the fact that costs are mainly in local currencies.

 

Revenues in the internet segment, which now accounts for 72% of group revenues, were up 30% (40%) to US$4,9bn. Trading profits increased 54% (71%), driven by Tencent and higher profits or contracting losses in many ecommerce units. “The group now has 23 profitable ecommerce businesses, up from 18 a year ago,” said CEO Bob van Dijk. “Classifieds delivered strong results across the portfolio, boosted in particular by Avito. Our etail, travel and payments businesses all performed well.”

 

The digital terrestrial television (DTT) business and the African video entertainment group experienced the impact of weak currencies. Reported revenues of US$1,6bn were down 8% (up 6%) on the prior year and trading profit dropped 43% to US$226m. However, the team delivered a pleasing return to subscriber growth, reporting 11 million subscribers. The focus remains on giving subscribers the very best quality local and international content, while managing costs, improving customer service and retaining customers in an environment where there is intensifying competition from global players such as Amazon, Netflix, Apple and Google. ShowMax, the subscription video-on-demand service, is growing steadily.

 

The print media segment of Media24 continues to face structural declines in its traditional print business – a global phenomenon. The revenue performance of its new ecommerce initiatives was positive, benefiting from fresh product offerings.

 

The group’s share of equity-accounted results was US$912m and their contribution to core headline earnings increased 47%.

 

Consolidated free cash flow was close to neutral, due to lower profitability of the sub-Saharan Africa video entertainment business and higher consolidated development spend.

 

“The group will continue investing in long-term opportunities, and seek further promising models within the internet segment,” said CFO Basil Sgourdos. “In the US, we expect to accelerate letgo’s development spend to further strengthen its position. In video entertainment, we will battle a tough environment by reducing costs to counter the impact of falling currencies and we aim to grow DTH customers by offering increased value,” he added.

 

 

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Mzansi Magic’s new prison series – LOCKDOWN

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic’s breakout prison series is set to deliver maximum drama!

 

IT’S a local drama like no other on the small screen – tough, terse and totally gripping. This is Lockdown, Mzansi Magic’s newest and edgiest drama series to date.

 

34_lockdown_Set in a fictional high security female prison, this Black Brain production brings maximum drama delivered by authentic characters. Their fascinating backstories will hold you enthralled as they unravel to reveal the paths that led them into prison and behind locked gates.

 

The motley crew of Lockdown’s female inmates is led by the tough Ma Z (Dawn Thandeka King), a leader who wants nothing more than to gain her freedom so that she can become a good and present mother to the daughter she left on the outside. Cunning and not beyond using manipulation, she co-ops those she can – be they other inmates or wardens – to meet her end goal. One of those people happens to be the beautiful and talented Monde (Zola Nombona), a young woman who left the cocoon of her small town life to pursue fame and fortune in the dazzling lights of Egoliwood. Instead, what she got was infamy, thanks to her wily money-hungry boyfriend/producer Zakes (Luxolo Ndabeni), who introduced her to a notorious lifestyle that landed her in jail.

 

Ma Z’s arch rival is the tough-as-nails prison boxing champ Tyson (Lorcia Cooper), who literally fights her demons with her fists. Temperamental, intimidating and confrontational, Tyson wants to rule the prison’s other inmates with an iron fist and has her sights at dismantling any kind of hold that Ma Z has. Complete control is her ultimate prize. The often-delusional Slenda (Nomsa Buthelezi) acts as Ma Z’s lieutenant. Her gullibility and loyalty to her gang leader usually sees her being the one executing Ma Z’s bidding. The fact that she is mentally unstable and talks to her dead baby, means she should be in a psychiatric ward, but this works beautifully to her leader’s advantage.

 

Beauty (Slindile Nodangala) is the prison’s Governor, the head whose “tough but fair mama” façade hides a manipulative and shrewd businesswoman. She wants her prison to run smoothly and her “girls” to give her the barest of problems. You see, Beauty does not want her fiefdom to be tainted because then, her underhanded and blatantly corrupt practices might be revealed. This is why she has wardens like her son Njabulo (Mthunzi Ntoyi), an academic underachiever who desperately wants to prove his worth to his mother by finally obtaining civil engineering degree and freeing himself from her prison – in every sense of the word.

 

There’s also the ruthlessly ambitious warder Sharon (Lindiwe Ndlovu), who is Beauty’s right hand but secretly wants to occupy the Governor’s seat herself. She believes she can do a much better job, but her real motivation – like some of the women she guards – is ultimate power. This is a woman who will do anything to ascend the throne, believing it will fill the void she has lived with all her life.

 

“Lockdown is an exciting new series that will raise the bar high for South African television drama; there’s nothing like it on our screens. Mzansi Magic viewers are in for a treat because this is gripping stuff. Each episode is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you craving more,” enthuses M-Net’s Head of Drama, Reneilwe Sema. “These characters are authentically South African and their stories are recognisable to many of us. Viewers will alternately love and vilify them because they will recognise someone they know, have heard of or even a little bit of themselves in the characters.”

 

Lockdown will premiere on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) in January 2017.

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The Ranakas invade Mzanzi Magic

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic’s new reality series, The Ranakas takes a candid look at how an authentic local family deals with the stresses of 21st century living, within an African context.

 

34_theranakasThe modern world has left African families in a state of flux. Every day the young generation juggle careers, parenthood, relationships, media noise, and future uncertainty; whilst the older folk try and impose longstanding, at times obsolete, traditions on them. Mzansi Magic’s new reality series, The Ranakas takes a candid look at how an authentic local family deals with the stresses of 21st century living, within an African context.

 

Hailed as “a glimpse into the everyday lives of an authentic African family”, The Ranakas is a spin-off of the highly successful VUZU AMP reality show Dineo’s Diary starring Dineo Ranaka, wherein viewers caught glimpses of this very animated household.

 

The interesting family dynamic is fueled by a mix of 7 very distinct characters:

 

A writer and publisher, the 70-something Kgotlaesele Ntate Ranaka is the willful, outspoken traditionalist, who is seen as the head of the family, and often tries to impose his cultural views on the kids.

Catering business owner, Mama Siba Ranaka is the wise family matriarch. Often seen as the voice of calm in the storm, she’s at times regarded as an “enabler” for bad behaviour.

 

Manaka Ranaka is the eldest sibling. A popular figure, known for her string of high profile drama and production roles, she’s inherited her dad’s strong-willed personality, placing an emphasis on respect. Despite her famous public profile, Manaka prefers the simple life and shies away from the media industry limelight.

 

Mpumi is the insightful, introvert. This gentle soul is a writer, mom and home-maker.

Television producer, media personality and mind coach, Dineo Ranaka is the versatile go-getter, struggling to balance family life with her newfound success.

Entrepreneur, Ziggy Ranaka is seen as the hustler of the family and is the eldest son. We pick up on his previously documented wedding plans from Dineo’s Diary.

Ranaka Ranaka is the family’s last born and fully embraces his youthful lifestyle. Ranaka is a highly talented creative, DJ, and event organizer. Dineo has described him as “the one who will be the most successful of all of us.”

 

Dineo, who has now made the transition from on-screen talent, to executive producer commented on their journey, “It’s been an incredible experience working on this production with my amazing, dynamic family. The Ranakas wear their hearts on their sleeves. We are a vibrant family made of strong characters, and I believe that the audience will form personal relationships with each character. The truest, most genuine family dynamics will be seen: from tests of loyalty, sibling rivalry, love and all its challenges, to joy and sorrow alike, the production is nothing short of incredible. I’m excited for the country to share in on our story.”

 

Catch The Ranakas from Thursday, 12 January at 8PM on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).

 

 

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Meet Julian von Plato – Digital Content Evangelist

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With  the mantra “content is king” becoming more and more self-evident, there are still only a handful of digital innovators in South Africa who are truly pushing the boundaries of content creation as well as content distribution channels.

 

digevaFor nearly two decades, Julian von Plato has been at the forefront of developing digital strategies, content, and distribution platforms within the entertainment sector,  as well as for a host of corporates looking to play in this space.

 

Just within the last few months Julian and his team have launched an amazing array of mobile content including; PockitTV,  allsports TV,  Trace Presents, (the mobile version of Trace TV  on the MTN Play platform), Digital Lab Africa’s live-stream 3 day event from DISCOP JOHANNESBURG, the new VR-driven platform for content called VRinterview, and STAGE360, a new artist development and discovery platform with Trace  and Hunters.

 

With his extensive entertainment industry background, Julian understands that at its core, content must entertain. This insight, combined with his passion for the latest technology, has enabled him to reach the holy-grail of mobile content that few digital specialists have achieved; creating sustainable platforms for original African content that can be monetized on a global scale.

 

The team’s latest  success is the launching of PockitTV mobile offering that went live on the MTN Network on October 22nd. This platform will feature entirely bespoke content created specifically for mobile, and with an understanding of the local data constraints and limitations. Already, within in the first two months the platform has seen over 160 000 subcribers join at a subscription rate of of R1 per day.

 

PockitTV is Africa’s first mobile TV network aimed at providing consumers with an alternative video viewing experience that is able to be viewed anywhere anytime. PockitTV is hosted on SSTREAMM’s video streaming platform hosted on the backbone of SA’s mobile networks. This allows video to be streamed to consumers via African 3G/4G networks providing a rich consumer experience. PockitTV’s aim is to provide African content creators a platform to showcase their content and to monetize their content.

 

Another innovation from Julian and his team, STAGE360 offers content in multiple formats including Virtual Reality and has been rolled out alongside the BalconyTV Johannesburg platform. STAGE360 is a multi-platform providing new and up coming urban artists the opportunity to be discovered in ways they never thought possible. From live performance recordings to  virtual reality experience filmed in a full 360 degrees, viewers can navigate their viewing experience through an immersive interface that is the closest thing possible to being there in person.

 

BalconyTV is a streaming video platform that has proven to be a unique and unmatched opportunity for up and coming South African acts, providing them with a high quality live performance video screened to a global platform.  With over 400 videos produced and over 1million views, BalconyTV Johannesburg produces a new show every week – ensuring a steady stream of the latest South African music available anywhere, anytime. The team is also excited to be launching BalconyTV Cape Town in December 2016.

 

By combining a creative and passionate ability to source and produce content and a skill for harnessing the latest technology trends, Julian and his team  are quietly changing the landscape of digital content in the country.  His aims with these various innovations are clear, “I was once asked what is my aim in the industry and I always respond with  the same answer-  to put video on every mobile phone in Africa.”

 

With the various projects that Julian has developed, this aim is well within reach.

 

For more information on the various projects and platforms;

 

www.pockittv.mobi

www.sportvideos.co.za

www.balconytv.com/johannesburg

https://www.facebook.com/VRinterview/

https://www.facebook.com/stage360live/

 

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) radio station METRO FM, is proud to announce the launch of the 16th METRO FM Music Awards (MMA’s). Today’s launch of the MMAs also made a call for submissions for nominees from the music industry regarding the awards.

 

Metro+FM+Music+Awards[1]The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, the 25th of February 2017 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban. This great spectacle will once again be carried live on SABC 1 with live crossings to the public viewing area in Durban.

 

The 16th edition of the Metro FM Music Awards is themed ‘What’s Next Is All That Matters,’ building onto last year’s theme, ‘Legends Don’t Stop, They Ask What’s Next’. The theme indicates that it’s not just about getting that hit song play-listed on Metro FM, it’s not about finishing off a great album and it’s not about having a great video to go with your track, but about what you do next to continue building onto your glories.

 

“We had a successful event with the 2015 Metro FM Music Awards and taking from our theme, the question is not about repetition but what matters is what’s next and what the 2016 Metro FM Music Awards will have in store. The success of the MMA15 is something of the past; we can’t keep blowing that trumpet, we have to sing a different tune in the next edition and keep growing the event and the artists involved with it’, said Ms Sibongile Mtyali, METRO FM Station Manager.”

 

In the past 15 years the MMAs categories have increased reflecting growth in the local music industry, a development that can partly be attributed to the contribution made by the awards. Once again the awards will see winners walking away a R100 000 prize money per category.

 

METRO FM celebrates talented musicians from not only from South Africa, but across the continent and we proudly support the collaborations between South African talent and the talents from the rest of the continent as a bid to form a distinctive continental sound, a kaleidoscope of cultures and creativity.

 

For METRO FM, being the Number one commercial radio station in the country means we are at the forefront of determining the local soundtrack and this will be reflected yet again at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards.

 

Visit the Metro FM website on www.metrofm.co.za  for more information and details around call for submissions and stay tuned to Metro FM for more information.

‘What’s Next Is All That Matters

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Crown Gospel Awards will be broadcast live on SABC 1

Posted by radio On November - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reaffirms its media partnership with the annual SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. In its ninth year running, it will be taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Arena in Durban on Sunday 27 November 2016 under the theme, ‘Push, Birth & New Beginnings’.

cgmacopyThe SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC2 on Sunday the 27th of November 2016 from 20:00.

The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards are a platform to salute and award excellence in the Gospel Music Industry showcasing various categories.  To date, the awards boast more than 30 categories. The winners are awarded a Crown, for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.

 

Mr Kaizer Kganyago, the SABC’s Spokesperson commented, “The public service broadcaster is encouraged by the continued growth of the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. Gospel music represents one of the most popular genres across both SABC radio and television platforms especially for SABC 1 and SABC 2’s audiences.  Therefore our association with the Crown Gospel Music Awards reflects this natural attraction”.

 

Founder and producer of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards Zanele Mbokazi stated “We have faith in our production team. Everyone involved had laid out an A-Game for this year’s edition of the Crowns.  From dancers, backing vocals, presenters, the lighting, to the stage design, it’s all coming together as we desired as awards producers”.

 

The line-up for the 2016 edition of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards include,  Khaya Mthethwa, Sipho Makhabane, Dr. Tumi, Lebo Sekgobela, Andile kaMajola, Women in Praise just to name a few.  The SABC Crown Gospel Awards has attracted the interest of Gospel artists outside South Africa through the category ‘Best of Africa’ and also through the night’s performances.

 

This coming weekend will also see, the inaugural Christian Expo Africa happening from the 26th to 27th of November at the ICC Arena. The public is invited to come walk the different exhibition stands.

The SABC will also be supporting the awards through its other various platforms including SABC Radio station uKhozi FM and other SABC TV programmes.

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Mthandeni Sibusiso Manqele popularly known as Igcokama Elisha, the most loved Maskandi artist, is releasing his brand new 16 tracks album this week titled “Amagolide”. The official release date for this long awaited album is this coming Friday, 25th November. In this album Igcokama has worked with one of the most talented Maskandi artist today, Jaiva Zimnike. Igcokama Elisha will soon be touring parts of KZN, Gauteng and other provinces to promote his new album. This is his 6th studio album since he started his solo career in 2013.

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This album’s first hit singles, “AmaTablet” and “Sidlukotini”, are already on high rotation on different radio stations nationwide and receiving a warm welcome. The chart-topping Malavisto hit maker is expected to set new records and sell more copies to reach Platinum status with this album. His albums since 2014 been selling over gold status, which is very impressive especially since he is an indipendent artist signed to his very own Record Label, IGCOKAMA Records. It is without a doubt that this album will also be well recieved by many people including our fellow brothers and sisters from the neighbouring countries, the same way they loved and enjoyed his “Xenophobia” album that featured the single of the same title. “Xenophobia” was recorded to help in stopping the 2015 Xenophobic attacks that were taking place in Durban and parts of South Africa while ensuring that this horrific act is not repeated by our people ever again. The song preached the message of peace and unity and King Goodwill Zwelithini gave it his Blessings as well.

 

The 28 year old KwaZulu-Natal born and bred hit maker from a small area called Mtubatuba, promises us that the album is not focusing on the fights within the maskandi industry but rather looking into growing his career as an artist, songwriter, delivering the best music to the Maskandi music lovers and contributing to the growth of this genre. “I’m an entertainer, I believe that I was born to heal, teach and fight social ills with my music and it’s exactly what I’m doing”, Says Manqele.

 

In this new album, Igcokama Elisha continues to brings innovation in the genre that speaks to the new generation with a sound that is inspired by what the youth in South Africa likes currently. “Maskandi is a genre that defines me & my heritage, so the fact that I’m a maskandi artist doesn’t take away the fact that I’m still young and I’m aware of what is happening around me. Young people, especially hip-hop music lovers will also enjoy this album“ he concluded. Manqele is one of the most sort after entertainers in the country and it seems through this album, he is going to be very busy this festive season and Maskandi music fans have one great album to celebrate their festive season with. Igcokama is already rehearsing his hot new stage performance to go with this hot new album! He promises his fans and promoters a hot, entertaining live performance as past of his festive performance set.

 

Igcokama Elisha is currently featured on the November issue of TRUE LOVE magazine making him the very first Maskandi artist to be featured in such an urban magazine, showing that he is already on the road to making history and changing steroetypes regarding Maskandi genre and traditional music as a whole in South Africa.

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The final Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline of 2016 promises to bring out the SOUL SHINE summer vibe Jozi has been waiting for! Friday December 2nd sees the always welcome return to the Bassline stage of legendary Mamelodi based troubadour VUSI ‘The Voice’ MAHLASELA.

 

kyaKaya FM 95.9 and Bassline are proud to present this titan of African music, live on stage, bringing his unique sound and powerful live show that has created magic across the world for over three decades.  Kaya celebrates #HerSummer with premium music experiences and this show is no exception.

 

With his hugely successful global career and numerous accolades and awards, Vusi Mahlasela remains a humble man committed to his music and to his positive messages.  It is impossible not to be moved by Vusi’s unique vocal style and lyrical acoustic guitar playing.

 

Vusi has coined the SOUL SHINE concept to encapsulate this experience, and his return to the Bassline in Newtown, whilst always a special occasion, promises to set the bar even higher.  SOUL SHINE is the spread of Ubuntu through music, and as we head to the end of 2016, the time is perfect to celebrate and share some positive energy.

 

Vusi’s SOUL SHINE AFRICA MUSIC NIGHT at Bassline will not only feature all his popular tunes drawn from a songbook built over ten  albums, but the show will feature more than a few musical surprises.

 

Also featured ‪on December 2nd will be young Mamelodi based guitar prodigy Sbu Mashinini, who has quickly built a reputation as an ace player.

 

This epic evening will bring a stirring end to the Kaya Live @ Bassline series for the year.

 

Get your tickets at Webtickets now, and let your soul shine!

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Make ’em laugh and leave ’em wanting more! The Heavyweights International Comedy Show aims to do just that.

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The event is setting the stage to be one of the largest cultural events with a world class comedy appeal and roaring laughs on the 11th December 2016.

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This year’s debut international comedy show will host an eclectic mix of both local and international headliners such as the hilarious, funny and multi award winning African comedic great Ayo Makun who goes by the stage name AY from Nigeria. He is also an actor, writer, director, radio and T.V presenter. AY has also held the ranks of being named a UN peace ambassador in 2009 for his efforts for social and economic issues affecting ordinary citizens in his country.

 

The ever ludicrous, funny and fearless Gina Yashere will also lead the pack gracing South Africa for the first time. Born in London and now residing in New York, Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10. She then went on to be named one of the top 10 rising talents in the Hollywood Reporter and then never went home. She is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever appear on the iconic Def Comedy Jam an HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons.

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The local line up includes retired lawyer and ‘Laugh Technician’ Thenjiwe who’s apparently lodged a complaint with the Knowles family claiming Beyonce is her daughter.

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The multi talented Trevor Gumbi, Tumi Stopnonsons and Nina Hastie are also bound to leave viewers in stitches. The witty and energetic Tallassmo features front and centre of the show as the MC.

 

Time: Doors open at 2pm and show starts 3pm sharp Don’t delay, Hurry!! book your tickets now from R200 at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and House & Home. Media Contact: Lucky Mphilo 081 574 2818 luck

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