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Mandla & Lexi are back!

Posted by radio On June - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Big Brother Mzansi Season 1 winner Mandla Hlatshwayo and his girlfriend, Lexi Van Niekerk, return for a second season of hit reality show, Mandla and Lexi, fromWednesday 13 July at 20:00.

mandlalexi_lrgThe couple, popularly referred to as MandLexi, met in the Big Brother House in 2014 and are still going strong after two years, so fans are wondering whether marriage and children are now on the cards? But everyone’s remained tight-lipped about where the relationship will go in this season.

When asked what she feels will stand out about the second season, Lexi shared that this instalment will show growth, both in their relationship and as individuals. “The audience has fallen in love with our journey, but Season 2 may have some surprises in store for viewers as there’s also a strong focus on the two of us as individuals this time round.”

Lexi, who was recently voted among the 12 sexiest celebrities in Mzansi, believes that she has grown in the industry. According to her, she has also evolved into a businesswoman, exploring her passions, while sustaining strong family bonds. Viewers will also catch interesting glimpses of some of Lexi’s family members throughout the show.

“Reality formats are extremely popular on our TV screens and Mzansi Magic always aims to bring viewers the best. Mandla and Lexi season one was well received by our viewers, so why not bring the most talked about couple back for a second season?” says Sphumelele Sibeko, Head of Reality for Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

 

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New faces of MOSHITO 2016 revealed

Posted by radio On June - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is coming into the 2016 instalment dressed in fresh threads and full of attitude. Fronted by a sassy new combo of ambassadors and sporting the theme The Revolution Could Not Be Televised, Moshito 2016 is all about the here, now, and relevant…revisited.

Faces of Moshito 2016After a successful run with last year’s ambassadors, kwela legend Lemmy “Special” Mabaso and hip hop grandmaster Emile YX?, the faces of Moshito 2016 are proof that the South African creative industry is vast and varied.

 

Enter to centre stage Rodger Lucey and Gigi LaMayne, the brand new ambassadors for Moshito 2016! This unlikely pairing is just the kind of fusion that shows off the diversity of Mzansi’s lekker richness and how arts unite all in their diversity.

 

 

Lucey, 62, is a musician, journalist, film maker, actor and educator. During the late 1970s and early 1980s his career as a musician was brutally curtailed by the South African Bureau of State Security as a result of Lucey’s protest songs being considered a “threat to the Apartheid State”. Although the Government was already aware of his anti-apartheid songs, the South African security apparatus only swung into action to wipe out Lucey’s career after he performed his “radical” songs, Lungile Tabalaza, Cross Roads and Thabane, on the Voice of America radio programme in 1979.

 

His young counterpart on Moshito, LaMayne, is a new generation female emcee who stormed her way into the male-dominated genre with the sassy song Ice Cream. Previously a struggling unsigned artist, Lamayne now sits pretty in the company of giant fellow stablemates Khuli Chana, Thembi Seete, Ms Cosmo, Muzart, and Major League DJz among other big names under Dream Team SA.

Her career is barely out of its infancy stage, and already she is a four time South African Hip Hop Awards winner, winning Best Female for two consecutive years (2013 and 2015), as well as winning Best Mixtape and Best Newcomer in 2013 and the Jack Daniels hip-hop competition in 2014 .

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Every year, the million-rand question at the South African Music Awards is: What’s in the bag? This year, it’s a R1.6-million question, because that’s how much the cool stuff in the coveted celebrity goodie bags is collectively worth.

On-stage presenters and live performers at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards will be rewarded for their efforts with complimentary goodie bags crammed with to-die-for swag – from exclusive beauty products to designer shades and sneakers, and from smooth-as-silk Scotch to funky socks and even bra lifts.

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Ever wondered how it feels to live like a bona fide star – the products they use, the brands they love, the food and beverages they party up a storm with? For those who fancy living vicariously through the 160 dynamic #SAMA22 performers and presenters, here’s an inside glimpse of what they’ll sashay away with after the awards ceremony at the Durban ICC this Saturday, 4 June 2016.

Each goodie bag will sport a pair of luxurious Ray-Bans – sunglasses that, over the past eight decades, have proved indispensable for cultural icons who don’t merely want to be seen… they want to be noticed.

 

Those shades will certainly come in handy after our lucky goodie bag recipients have tucked into their exclusive gifts from a C-Squared branded tie, bow tie and handkerchief to blended Scotch whisky Chivas Regal, premier wine estate Spier, and fine wine and spirit merchants Norman Goodfellows

 

They can freshen up again with Vita Coco, a refreshing, natural cocount water, as well as mugfuls of heavenly, piping-hot coffee courtesy of Album of the Year sponsor Nescafé. The nation’s movers and shakers will also be able to tackle the inevitable post-party munchies with lashings of scrumptious Häagen-Dazs – the essence of REAL ice cream – and Steers’ trademark flame-grilled burgers.

 

They’ll also score trendy Millé sports gear to look fabulous on and off the field, as well as Converse footwear – the only sneaker defined by those who wear them. Why not pair them with Stance Socks – a product as imaginative and individualistic as their people who wear it, like Will Smith and Rihanna?

 

In keeping with the music theme, there’s a special treat in the bag from Rocka, whose premium headphones and earphones are designed in collaboration with SA’s top music icons.

 

Feeling a bit flabby and saggy? The fitness programmes offered by Body 20 Studio deliver a stronger, fitter you in only 20 minutes per week. Plus, an unusual addition to the goodie bags is a nifty little handbag essential from Best Breast – instant adhesive breast lifts that mean you can kiss your bra goodbye!

 

Celebs need the ultimate in pampering and grooming products to help them rock all those red carpets, and the bags will be bulging with products and vouchers from the Beauty Factory (luxurious bath and body ranges at an affordable price), Beauty Fix (a recently launched South African skincare brand that the nation’s beauty editors are already raving about), Black Opal (cosmetics and skincare products for men and women of colour), Mizani (hairscare and styling products for natural and relaxed hair) and Candi & Co (a hair and beauty salon that wants you to #ownit).

 

Also helping our stars look sensational are brands such as Lip-Ice (the original lipcare product that’s been looking after South African lips since before you can remember), Malia Nail Care (which goes beyond nail polish to create a fashionable nail wardrobe), Smile Phela (to help you get that winning smile), SOHO (New York-style beauty and grooming) and Swiitch (a South African online beauty store founded by 15-year-old entrepreneur Rabia Ghoor in 2015).

 

After being showered with all these desirable gifts from leading brands, is it any wonder that Mzansi’s most dazzling and debonair performers and presenters look like a million bucks?

 

Don’t miss all the excitement and live entertainment of the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards on Saturday 4 June 2016, celebrating the crème de la crème of South African music talent. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8pm. Tickets for the live show are available at Computicket, starting at R350.

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Heart FM shuts down studios for 16 days

Posted by radio On June - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Heart FM will shut down its Green Point broadcast studio for 16 days to undertake youth-focused projects across the province in honour of Youth Month. The 16 Days for Youth initiative* journey, which kicks off on the 1st of June 2016 in Vredenburg, will see the radio station broadcast remotely from various locations across the province – with the aim of clothing, feeding, fixing, painting and lending a helping hand to those in need along the way.

Heart FMThe initiative is a spin-off from the station’s #HeartBeats4Youth campaign which started out as motivational talks by celebrities at various schools four years ago. It has since morphed into a 16-day drive to do good within communities with youth focused activities. The aim for 16 Days For Youth is to mobilise communities and raise awareness of what is desperately needed. The frame work of the initiative allows for members of the public to get involved by donating and joining the Heart FM team on the journey.

Heart FM MD Renee Redelinghuys explains the rationale behind the campaign. “The youth of today face enormous difficulties – living conditions, disease, violence and even attending school in some instances. We are not out to solve all these issues but what we are doing is lending a helping hand where we can. We also ask that our Heart Family come on board in assisting us to leave a lasting legacy.”

Heart FM program manager Denver Apollus says the initiative is less about the radio station and more about helping those who need it. “While we are using the station as a platform to raise awareness, the campaign is about telling the stories of others and how they engage in projects that make a difference. Heart FM may have started this initiative but we’d like for our listeners and the rest of the country to adopt it and carry it on. Let’s enable #16DaysForYouth and end it by celebrating Youth Day on 16 June.”

To find out how to get involved and how to join the journey, members of the public are urged to email youth@1049.fm.

For more information visit www.16DaysForYouth.com to follow the journey on Facebook @Heart104.9FM or on twitter@heart1049fm and on Instagram @heart1049fm.

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Nominees for BET Awards 2016 announced

Posted by radio On May - 31 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

BET Africa, part of Viacom’s African multimedia entertainment portfolio, today announced the nominations for the 2016 “BET Awards” taking place at Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, California, on Sunday 26 June, and premiering across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00 CAT.

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Recognising the growing international appeal of African contemporary artists, eight African artists have been honoured in the BET Awards. Leading the charge for South African music are hip hop giants AKA and Cassper Nyovest and dance/house legend Black Coffee, while Nigeria is represented by Wizkid (winner of the award in 2012) and Afro-pop diva, Yemi Alade.  East African sensation Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Ghana’s dancehall/R&B queen Mzvee and Cote D’Ivoire’s Coupé Decalé star Serge Beynaud round out the nominees for Africa.

 

Drake leads the list of entertainers nominated at this year’s awards with an impressive nine nominations including “Best Male Hip Hop Artist”, “Video of Year”, and “Best Collaboration” for his hit “Where Ya At” with fellow hip hop artist Future. Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods each with Beyoncé scoring nominations in “Best Female R&B/Pop Artist”, “Video of the Year”, and “Best Collaboration” for “Feeling Myself” with Nicki Minaj. Rihanna is in the running for awards including “Best Female R&B/Pop Artist”, “Video of the Year” and “Best Collaboration” for “Work” featuring Drake. Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards including “Best Male R&B/Pop Artist”, while Chris Brown is also nominated in four categories including “Best Male R&B/Pop Artist” and “Video Director of the Year”.  Future could also walk away with four awards, including one for “Best Male Hip Hop Artist”.

 

Created in 2001, the BET Awards recognizes artists, entertainers, athletes and philanthropists across 20+ categories (nominees in further categories including “Best New Act: Viewer’s Choice”, and “Global Good” to be revealed at a later date).   This year’s broadcast celebrates 16 years of spectacular BET Awards performances, must-see moments, outstanding talent, and exquisite music, which has set the standard for music awards with highlights such as Alicia Keys performing during the PrinceLifetime Achievement Award” tribute (2010) and Michael Jackson taking the stage with James Brown (2003), to Beyoncé performing a lap dance for Terrence Howard (2005) and the reuniting of The Fugees (2005).

 

“Now in its sixteenth year, the BET Awards continues to honour some of today’s biggest names in music and entertainment along with legends in the industry,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Programming. “The nominees this year represent an incredible array of artists and exceptional athletes who inspire their fans around the globe.”

 

The complete list of nominees for the 2016 “BET Awards” are:

 

Best International Act: Africa

AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)

BLACK COFFEE (SOUTH AFRICA)

CASSPER NYOVEST (SOUTH AFRICA)

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA)

MZVEE (Ghana)

SERGE BEYNAUD (COTE D’IVOIRE)

WIZKID (NIGERIA)

YEMI ALADE (NIGERIA)

 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

ADELE

ANDRA DAY

BEYONCÉ

  1. MICHELLE

RIHANNA

 

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

BRYSON TILLER

CHRIS BROWN

JEREMIH

THE WEEKND

TYRESE

 

Best Group

2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE

DRAKE & FUTURE

PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY

RAE SREMMURD

THE INTERNET

 

Best Collaboration

BIG SEAN FT. CHRIS BROWN & TY DOLLA $IGN – PLAY NO GAMES

BIG SEAN FT. KANYE WEST & JOHN LEGEND – ONE MAN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

FUTURE FT. DRAKE – WHERE YA AT

NICKI MINAJ FT. BEYONCÉ – FEELING MYSELF

RIHANNA FT. DRAKE – WORK

 

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

DRAKE

FETTY WAP

FUTURE

  1. COLE

KANYE WEST

KENDRICK LAMAR

 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

DEJ LOAF

LIL KIM

MISSY ELLIOTT

NICKI MINAJ

REMY MA

 

Video of the Year

BEYONCÉ – FORMATION

BRYSON TILLER – DON’T

DRAKE – HOTLINE BLING

KENDRICK LAMAR – ALRIGHT

RIHANNA FT. DRAKE  – WORK

 

Video Director of the Year

BENNY BOOM

CHRIS BROWN

COLIN TILLEY & THE LITTLE HOMIES

DIRECTOR X

HYPE WILLIAMS

 

Best New Artist

ALESSIA CARA

ANDRA DAY

BRYSON TILLER

KEHLANI

TORY LANEZ

 

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY

ERICA CAMPBELL

KIRK FRANKLIN

LECRAE

TAMELA MANN

TASHA COBBS

 

Best Actress

GABRIELLE UNION

KERRY WASHINGTON

TARAJI P. HENSON

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

VIOLA DAVIS

 

Best Actor

ANTHONY ANDERSON

COURTNEY B. VANCE

IDRIS ELBA

MICHAEL B. JORDAN

O’SHEA JACKSON JR.

 

YoungStars Award

AMANDLA STENBERG

QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS

SILENTÓ

WILLOW SMITH

YARA SHAHIDI

 

Best Movie

BEASTS OF NO NATION

CONCUSSION

CREED

DOPE

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

 

Subway Sportswoman of the Year

CHEYENNE WOODS

GABRIELLE DOUGLAS

SERENA WILLIAMS

SKYLAR DIGGINS

VENUS WILLIAMS

 

Subway Sportsman of the Year

CAM NEWTON

KOBE BRYANT

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

STEPHEN CURRY

 

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

BEYONCÉ – FORMATION

BRYSON TILLER – DON’T

CHRIS BROWN – BACK TO SLEEP

DRAKE – HOTLINE BLING

FUTURE FT. DRAKE – WHERE YA AT

RIHANNA FT. DRAKE – WORK

 

Centric Award

ANDRA DAY – RISE UP

BEYONCÉ – FORMATION

  1. MICHELLE – NOT A LITTLE BIT

RIHANNA – BBHMM

THE INTERNET – UNDER CONTROL

 

Best International Act UK

KANO

KREPT & KONAN

LIANNE LA HAVAS

SKEPTA

STORMZY

TINIE TEMPAH

 

To vote for your favourite artist, please go www.betafrica.tv from 20 May to 2 June 2016.

 

 

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Mini presents a one night exclusive show with Goldfish live in concert at The Tin Factory in the heart of Johannesburg, Kramerville.

goldTheir North American tour is about to kick off and, while it may seem like their latest hit is cemented into the airwaves, getting hold of Goldfish is a slippery task.
Imagine a montage of club dance floors across the globe set to the soundtrack of that unmistakable Goldfish groove. barely time to take it all in before jetting from one festival to the next, and you get the idea – it’s been a frenetic few month, or some would argue a frenetic 10 years for one of South Africa’s most successful musical exports.

 

“Yeah, it’s been a crazy year,” agrees Dominic Peters, one half of the twosome, who’s responsible for keyboards, double bass, groove box and production.
Sharing the production side of things is his sonic sidekick David Poole, who also brings tenor and soprano sax, samplers, effects, mixing and engineering to the partnership.

 

You get the sense, though, that they’re not complaining – it’s a lifestyle that has become second nature to the apparently tenaciously laid-back Capetonians.

“We’ve been touring like mad and playing some incredible shows and festivals overseas. By May it suddenly hit us we’d already been to five continents. We haven’t managed to make it to Antarctica… yet.”

 

The two agree that playing for a home crowd is a special experience. “South Africa is our home country,” says Dom, “and we are lucky to have great support from home.”

 

Goldfish live defies everything audiences think they know about dance music, bringing an authenticity to a genre whose live facets are steeped in controversies around buttonpushing.

 

“When people walk out of the club after our show we want them to have a warmth – a stoke – that they didn’t have when they walked in. We don’t try to bully a crowd into our musical agenda; it’s about co-creating an awesome vibe and at the same time slipping in some new music they might not know yet. They still get what they wanted, but you’ve also given them something more, something they didn’t know they wanted,” says Dave.

 

 

Don’t miss the chance to see this international standard South African act on home soil!

 

DATE: Saturday 4th June 2016
TIME: 5pm – 10pm
ADDRESS: 20 Archimedes Street, Johannesburg

General Access Tickets – R250
This is strictly a limited capacity show.
Tickets: http://afterhours.nutickets.co.za/4June

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Durban’s promenade was transformed into a sea of yellow and white this morning, as more than 30 000 people spent quality time with their loved ones at the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk.

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Families, friends and colleagues of all ages, backgrounds, fitness levels and from all over KwaZulu-Natal came together to for a morning of exercise and fresh air. From the moment they left the start at uShaka Marine World to the time they crossed the finish line at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium, the atmosphere was nothing short of festive.

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Participants had the chance to meet and take pics with East Coast Radio presenters along the routes (5km, 10km, 15km and 20km); littles ones were entertained by face-painters, jugglers and stilt-walkers; and the happy vibe carried through at the finish where East Coast Breakfast host, Darren Maule, gave away spot prizes.

 

A surprise performance by one of the country’s top music acts rounded off the morning of exercise and excitement. There were no tired feet in sight when Mi Casa hit the stage! Much-loved TV actor, Thato Molamu, also surprised fans at the finish, taking #HealthySelfies and talking about his new show on East Coast Radio. He is taking over the 10am to 2pm slot on Sundays from 29 May 2016.

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“Whether it is the perfect combination of great weather, wonderful people and an electric atmosphere or the fact that the event brings together people to celebrate the unique lifestyle we are privileged to enjoy here in KZN, the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk has become a firm favourite on the provincial social and lifestyle calendar, “says East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu. “On behalf of East Coast Radio and all our sponsors I would like to thank participants for supporting this event and contributing to its phenomenal success. We look forward to doing it all again next year!”

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61% of walkers at this year’s Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk were women. The 5km distance was the most popular distance, attracting 13 900 participants. Proving that this is an event for the young and the young-at-heart, 200 people who signed up this year, are over the age of 70. The oldest participant was 85-years old!  More corporates signed up this year, with 230 companies from around the province having registered 9700 members of staff.

 

“At Discovery, we aspire to inspire, and we’re hoping this event inspired many people to put their walking shoes on more often,” says Dinesh Govender, Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery. “We are proud to have partnered with East Coast Radio to bring this much loved event to the people of Durban for the eighth consecutive year. Walking is an inexpensive and accessible way to exercise and fits into nearly every busy lifestyle. Studies show that when you enjoy the exercise you do, you benefit from it more. Events like the Discovery East Coast Radio Big Walk help to encourage people to have fun while also getting healthier, as well as provides a platform to bring communities together.”

 

First Lady, Thobeka Zuma, and the MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhida-Saphetha, were among the special guests who started each of the four distances.  Zuma congratulated the walkers for taking their health seriously while Sibhida-Sapetha thanked East Coast Radio for hosting the event, saying fitness and health in KZN are of paramount importance.  Sharkie and Sharks player Francois Kleinhans also stirred up the crowds at the start.

 

The event has come a long way since it first began 12 years ago and is now the biggest, outdoor, participative event in KwaZulu-Natal.

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South African music is exploding on global stages thanks to trailblazers such as DJ sensation Black Coffee, who will be presented with the sought-after International Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards.

Black Coffee 2#SAMA22 organisers RiSA have announced that Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, will be honoured for flying the South African music flag loudly and proudly across the world at this year’s awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 4 June 2016, at the Durban ICC.

 

The Durban-born SA music icon in the making has had a dream year by anyone’s standards which has seen him take the world’s dance capital of Ibiza by storm as well as criss-crossing the globe on a 17 country tour that spanned four continents over five months. This tour included dates in North America.

 

The profile and popularity of the Afropolitan house whizz and ace producer continues to soar on global stages. This year, Black Coffee ramped up his touring schedule, delivering more headline-grabbing performances at some of the world’s leading festivals, including a monster set at Coachella in California in April.

 

The rollercoaster year of career milestones and a skyrocketing international reputation was capped off by Black Coffee being chosen to grace the cover of MixMag – the first African DJ to have this honour – and being named the authoritative dance music magazine’s Star of the Year.

 

As if that weren’t enough, he scooped the Dance Nation of the Year Award for South Africa and Best Breakthrough Artist Award at Ibiza’s prestigious DJ Awards last year – and was featured by dance luminary Pete Tong on his popular BBC1 radio show.

 

Of his prestigious 22nd Annual South African Music Awards accolade, Black Coffee said, “I’m truly honoured by this great gesture. What makes it really special for me is that from the beginning I’ve always wanted to follow in the footsteps of Bra Hugh Masekela, Johnny Clegg, DJ Mbuso, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Busi Mhlongo, the late Lucky Dube and Miriam Makeba to name a few. These are people who strongly believed South African Music and Culture was not inferior, but even more special because of our diverse cultures. As a proud South African, I urge our youth to understand that the future of our country is in their hands, to leave the past behind, know that they can be anything they want to be and the World is their oyster. Trust Your Dopeness. This wouldn’t be possible without my amazing team at Soulistic Music, Real Tone Agency and William Morris Agency. I dedicate this award to my beautiful Wife Mbalenhle and my children who allow me to continue chase my dreams. Thank you to the powers that be at the SAMAs for this Honour.”

 

This multiple South African Music Awards winner has bagged four #SAMA22 nominations, including in the hotly contested categories of Album of the Year (for Pieces of Me) and Best Male Artist, and shows no signs of slowing down in setting international dancefloors ablaze with his potent brew of homegrown dance grooves.

 

Black Coffee will be presented with the International Achievement Award during the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards, to be held at the Durban ICC on Saturday 4 June 2016. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8pm. Tickets for the live spectacle are available at Computicket, starting at R350.

 

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Metro FM reaches 1 Million Facebook Fans

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MetroMETRO FM, the biggest commercial radio station in South Africa, is proud to announce that it has reached the 1 Million Facebook Fans milestone! The brand has had the pleasure of watching the page grow and evolve into what it is has become today. In a year, the station has managed to increase its following organically. With the station’s new leadership METRO FM has employed 360 strategies that include a huge emphasis on developing METRO FMs online presence and digital offerings that resulted in an achievement of this magnitude.

“Over 30 years METRO FM has acquired brand equity. Since 2015 through the inclusion of 360 strategies the brand’s listenership enjoyed a significant growth. This strategy increased the brand’s presence in the minds of listeners awakening all senses of the brand. Listeners are able to touch and feel the brand, allowing conversations to live and continue beyond the radio medium.” Said METRO FM Marketing Manager: Ms Christinah Mazibuko.

The SABC has invested greatly in the development of the SABC digital platforms with a significant investment in the human resources that conceptualize and implement digital content strategies.
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Head of SABC Radio Digital Media Strategy: Mr Carlito Sheikh stated: “We as SABC Radio Digital Media are very proud of METRO FM for being the first radio station in the SABC radio network to achieve this milestone. It is testimony to the level of social media engagement that the station has with its tribe of fans online, making integrated media advertising campaigns a reality at SABC Radio.”
METRO FM boasts a Twitter following of over 600 000 on Twitter, 60 000 on Instagram and over 350,000 podcast downloads since the launch of the channel in 2015. The brand also launched the METRO FM VIP Club, a loyalty rewards programme, in March 2016 and it has attracted more than 15 000 registered users to date.

‘This is proof that Radio has a future in the digitally converged world, and METRO FM will continue to re-think and reshape how we play in this place in our quest to add value to the lives of South Africans’.

METRO FM Station Manager, Sibongile Mtyali

 

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SABC increases royalty payments on radio  

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), as part of its transformation drive on local music content, met with various collecting societies (Southern African Music Rights Organisation, South African Music Performance Rights Association, Independent Music Performance Rights Association and Association of Independent Record Companies).

somali_radioThe engagement was to establish a forum to discuss issues affecting the broadcaster and the music industry to ensure equity and transparency in royalty matters.

A key decision out of today’s meeting is the SABC’s increase of royalty payment from 3% to 4% on radio for all collecting societies. The SABC has implemented royalty parity for the collecting societies. The SABC is aware that there are artists who do not belong to these societies and this move is also a bid to encourage them to register with collecting societies so they equally benefit as the rest of the registered members, as their music is also played on SABC radio.

The SABC’s Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng stated that “This move is meant to stimulate the music industry, through creating jobs and unearthing new talent. The SABC also wants to restore the dignity of creatives to move away from a situation of creatives in the music industry dying as paupers. The SABC will set a budget to honour SA music legends such as Babsy Mlangeni, Steve Kekana and Letta Mbuli and those that have passed on amongst others for their contribution to the industry. This once- off recognition payment will be in July”.

Mr Motsoeneng further stated that “In the advent of democracy, the creatives should not blame the Government, as the mandate has been very clear from the onset that the implementation of policies depends entirely on leaders within different public institutions such as the SABC”.

The SABC has a clear strategy to invest in local industry development as a consequence of the recently amended Editorial policy.

Mr Sean Watson, Chairperson of SAMPRA stated “We’re thrilled as SAMPRA by the bold decision taken by the SABC to beat the 3% rate set by the Courts and up it to 4%. It speaks volumes about the SABC’s passionate commitment to the South African music industry and we are grateful for this proactive approach”.

Mr Dodo Monamedi, Chairperson of AIRCO and IMPRA commented “On behalf of IMPRA and AIRCO, we are embracing and remain committed and grateful of the announcement from the SABC about 4% needle time payments to us as record companies. This means booming sales for our retailers, recording studios and live performances. We will work hand in hand with our stakeholders to educate our people about what needle time is all about and its benefits. We shall all endeavour to promote and defend our local markets for all to benefit”.

Mr Arthur Mafokate, representing SAMRO stated “We are very excited and looking forward to artists’ lives changing. We have waited for 30 years for this and we would like to thank the SABC team led by the COO, Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng.”

The SABC values the pivotal role and contribution that musicians play in society.

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