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Back to the Old Skool – a global celebration of House music featuring international superstars Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Jazzie B and Todd Terry – takes place in Johannesburg on Saturday 27 February.

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Back to the Old Skool is the beginning of a series of South African events and digital content that will pay homage to the pioneers of House music.

 

The US’s Roger Sanchez, a Grammy Award winner for his remix of Hella Good by No Doubt in 2003, is a four time DJ Awards winner for Best House DJ in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2007 and has received 12 nominations in all. He won the first International Dance Music Award for Best Podcast in 2007 and has received eight IDMA nominations for Best American DJ.

 

Sanchez has scored numerous hits in the European and world charts with both his own music and the remixes he has created for an array of superstars including Diana Ross, Kylie Minogue, Daft Punk, Madonna, The Police, No Doubt and Maroon 5. Annually Sanchez curates a series of compilation albums called Release Yourself, which are known for their blend of deep house, Latin, tribal and tech sounds.

 

David Morales is considered by many to be one of the world’s first superstar DJs. In addition to his production and DJ work, Morales has carved out a career as one of the most in-demand remixers of the post-house era. He has worked with Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Whitney Houston, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, U2, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Jocelyn Brown, CeCe Rogers, the Spice Girls and many others. Morales was awarded the 1998 Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, non-classical.

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The UK’s Jazzie B has produced and remixed tracks for The Fine Young Cannibals, Incognito, Maxi Priest, James Brown, Kym Mazelle, Rose Windross, Cheryl Lynn, Public Enemy, Johnny Gill, Caron Wheeler, Isaac Hayes, Sinéad O’Connor, Teena Marie, Ziggy Marley, Yorker, The Jones Girls, Nas, and Destiny’s Child. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2008 New Year Honours. Jazzie B was also awarded the first Inspiration Award at the Ivor Novello Awards, for being “a pioneer” and “the man who gave black British music a soul of its own”.

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Grammy Award nominated DJ/producer Todd Terry is one of the world’s most celebrated figures in dance music. In the mid-90s, the Ministry of Sound’s UK label released A Day in the Life, a collection of Todd Terry tracks. The first release, Keep on Jumpin’ became a top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 UK crossover pop hit and worldwide smash. Todd followed with the anthem Somethin’ Going On, a top 5 UK crossover pop hit.

 

Back to the Old Skool takes place on Saturday, 27 February and the venue details will be confirmed soon. Gates open at noon. Tickets are available at Computicket.
Watch out for this space for the announcement of local house music legends partaking in the Back to the Old Skool concert.

 

General Access – R250

 

VIP – R650 and includes:

Exclusive performances by Jazzie B and Greg Maloka

VIP Entrance

VIP Parking

VIP Toilets

VIP Lounge

Premium Cash Bar

Stage Views

 

VIP Hospitality – R1800 and includes:

Exclusive performances by Jazzie B and Greg Maloka

VIP Entrance

VIP Parking

VIP Toilets

VIP Lounge

Food & Beverage

Stage Views

 

 

Back to the Old Skool is presented by Massive Management in association with Kaya FM.

 

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Jozi’s premier live entertainment venue will be kicking off the new year with a party like no other – The 5FM Happy Hour Tour.

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Fans of The Roger Goode Show on 5FM (weekdays 16.00 – 19.00) have been jamming to the Happy Hour since its introduction and the station is now taking the show on the road with several Happy Hour parties around the country, beginning in the heart of Jozi at the Bassline.

 

The public can expect a rocking night of fist-pumping sets from some of the countries most popular DJ’s, including Roger Goode, Ryan the DJ, Pascal & Pearce and DJ Euphonik, as well as special guests.

 

With regular nights of the countries best music and comedy, the Bassline is one of Jozi’s larger-capacity venues and has thrived for almost 22 years, growing from strength to strength, continuously adding versatile events to their entertainment roster.  Based in Newtown, in the throbbing metropolis of Johannesburg, it continues to bring the best nights out to the public.

 

Coinciding with the tour, the Happy Hour album will be released – a double disc compilation including specially selected tracks by Roger, Ryan the DJ and Pascal and Pearce.

 

Tickets for the Happy Hour Tour are available at www.webtickets.co.za for R100 or R120 at the door.  The party kicks off at 20.00 – make sure you don’t miss out on this one.

 

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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.

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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, www.bush-fire.com, www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire 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.

 

MTN BUSHFIRE 2016 – ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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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