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MTV (DStv channel 130) today announced a new award category to be unveiled during the 2015 MTV EMAs: the MTV Video Visionary Award. The category will honour the greatest pioneers in the history of the music video art form, the inaugural recipients of which will be international rock heroes Duran Duran.

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Duran Duran’s unique sound and strong visual sense have not only influenced a generation of musicians and creatives, but continue to resonate the world over. One of the greatest pioneers of the music video, their distinctive style has had an undeniable impact on music history, with hits stemming from the very beginnings of MTV to the present day.

 

“It is no coincidence that our rise was paralleled by the growth and ultimate world domination of MTV.   The birth of music videos as a way to simultaneously bring our music to a global audience revolutionized the business.  We took this new short form of film making and tried to make it our own. We have had some incredible experiences over the years making our videos. We have worked with some of the most talented directors in the world – without whom we would not be honored here today. We are really proud to be the recipients of this new award.  Thank you MTV.” – Duran Duran

 

Host Ed Sheeran and co-host Ruby Rose will be taking charge of this year’s MTV EMAs, which will broadcast live across the globe on Sunday 25 October at 22:00 CAT from the Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Voting for all award categories is open on mtvema.com until 24 October at 23:59 CAT.

 

The talent list is heating up for what is set to be an explosive edition of the MTV EMAs, with Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran & Rudimental, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo, twenty one pilots, Tori Kelly, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Andrea Bocelli previously announced as performers.

 

Smirnoff is the official South African sponsor of the 2015 MTV EMAs.

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MTV Base is gearing up for “SA’s Hottest MC’

Posted by radio On October - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

MTV Base (DStv channel 322) is gearing up to compile its annual countdown of “SA’s Hottest MC’s” – the definitive list of SA’s most authoritative MCs from the last 12 months.

 

mtvbaseAfter last year’s game-changing countdown ignited a social media firestorm, trending worldwide for 2 days, MTV Base is anticipating huge interest in the 2015 list as the year’s biggest MCs are analysed and rated by a panel of industry experts.

 

Commented Tim Horwood, Head of MTV Base, “We hope that ‘SA’s Hottest MCs 2015’ will stimulate the same kind of intense debate and passion among music fans, industry insiders and artists about the state of SA’s hip hop industry and act as a further catalyst to the nation’s hugely influential hip hop artists.”

 

Controversially won by K.O. in 2014, “SA’s Hottest MC’s 2015” will be chosen by a group of 7 tastemakers and industry heavyweights participating in an intense roundtable discussion.  Panellists, who will judge artists on a range of criteria including sales, style, impact, lyrics, buzz and other intangible factors, will be revealed at a later date.  Sizwe Dhlomo will host.

In a parallel initiative designed to highlight SA’s thriving hip hop scene, MTV Base has created a series of “cyphers” with South African hip hop talent that will air on the channel every week in the run up to reveal of “SA’s Hottest MCs 2015”.  Each cypher gives the opportunity for a range of MCs to showcase their lyrical skills. The first cypher, featuring Reason, Kwesta, Solo and Gigi Lamayne, will air on MTV Base on Spanking New at 7:00 CAT and 15:55 CAT on Thursday22 October.
“SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” and premieres on MTV Base on 26 & 27 November at 16:30 CAT.  A full 1 hour special will air on Saturday 28 November at 11:00 CAT as part of the “Hottest MCs Takeover Weekend” on MTV Base.

 

To join the conversation about MTV Base’s “SA’sHottest MCs 2015” please go to www.mtvbase, like us on Facebook, or send your own predictions for the Top 10 to @MTVbaseAfrica using the hashtag #BaseHottestMC.

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Tamar Braxton joins BET Experience Africa line-up

Posted by radio On October - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Three-time GRAMMY Award nominated international R&B, soul and pop singer, actress and television personality Tamar Braxton joins fellow R&B sensations Maxwell and Raphael Saadiq on the line-up for the BET Experience Africa. The three R&B superstars will perform during the gala concert alongside two of Africa’s top artists, multi-instrumentalist Flavour and Bongo Flava star Diamond Platnumz at the BET Experience Africa, a spectacular global celebration of urban culture, music and lifestyle from entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).

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The inaugural BET Experience Africa takes place at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday 12 December 2015.

A veteran performer who began singing backup vocals for her older sister, Toni, at the age of 12, Tamar Braxton was also a founding member of R&B group The Braxtons with Toni and their siblings Traci, Towanda and Trina. Fanning the flames of her musical vision was a backstage encounter with Whitney Houston when she was singing background vocals for her sister Toni. “Whitney said to me, ‘Your voice is amazing! You’re going to be a star,’” recalls Braxton.

From a backing singer to a leading recording artist, actress, talk show host and reality television personality, Tamar Braxton became a star.  She recently competed the twenty-first season of Dancing with the Stars and last month released the latest solo single “Catfish” along with the album Calling all Lovers. A further single, “Angels & Demons”, has just been released and this month The Braxtons, including Toni, Tamar, Traci, Trina and Townada, are releasing new material entitled Braxton Family Christmas.

 

Nigerian singer, actor and dancer Flavour N’abania or simply Flavour began his career as a drummer for a local church before going on to become one of Africa’s most sought after artists. After playing the drums professionally, Flavour moved on to play the keyboard and guitar.  This talented musician has received a host of Nigerian and African entertainment nominations and awards, including winning two African Muzik Magazine Awards, an MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) in 2014 and – as part of The Headies – a Hip Hop World Award.

 

Nasibu Abdul Jumma better known as Diamond Platnumz (or simply Diamond), has been putting Tanzanian hip hop well and truly on the global music map for the last five years thanks to his energetic live performances and hit tracks such as “Number One”, “Kipofu” and “Bum Bum”.  The multi-award winning artist won the 2015 MTV MAMA Award for Best Live Act, and has been the recipient of 16 Tanzanian Music Awards.  Diamond was nominated as Best International Act: Africa at the 2014 BET Awards, and most recently won Best African Act at the 2015 MTV EMAs.

 

BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over the Ticketpro Dome for a non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, bringing together lovers of urban culture and music. Wowing visitors all day long, the BET Experience Africa will showcase great food, fashion, music, comedy, dance, sport and much, much more.

 

Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performances on a central Sound Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Watch top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy at the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game. Fashionistas will revel in the Fashion & Beauty catwalk, while checking out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields.

 

After a day of enthralling action and entertainment, it’s time to head to the BET Experience Concert featuring Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq, Tamar Braxton, Flavour, Diamond Platnumz and many other African artists.  Further artists will be announced shortly.

 

Book now to celebrate the many rich and varied faces of the urban lifestyle experience all under one roof. Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices (which include access to the sound stage and other lifestyle activities, plus the concert in the evening) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

 

 

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Zuluboy & Zimdollar join Ukhozi FM

Posted by radio On October - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Zuluboy, a hip hop artist and TV presenter joins the station as the new presenter for the “Namba Namba” and “Chillaz” programmes.  ‘Intombi Yesbhono,” as popularly known to the Ukhozi FM listeners, Biyela rejoins the station after leaving to pursue other career opportunities.  She will be driving these shows; “Cothoza Mfana”, “Uyadela Umakhasane” – both isicathamiya programmes and the maskandi and mbhaqanga music show, “Sibhukuda Kwesimanzonzo.”

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Majozi and Biyela take over from Zanda Mthembu and Khetha Gwala, who are both in the Music Department at the station and will focus on the music at the station.

 

Zuluboy is not new to radio. His history with radio and UKhozi FM was a few years ago as a contributor on the Ukhozi FM drive show with Linda Sibiya; he was also part of the panelists on Woza Nabangani recently, for a hip hop battle feature.  He was also an On Air Presenter at a digital radio station.  He has also shown multi skills in presenting, as a host of the music variety show on SABC 1, “Fan Base.”

 

“Being the biggest radio station is not just a bragging right; it means constantly working on the product.  Improve on our content offering and pairing it with the best talent we can find.  While there is a lot of great talent in the country, it is important that we consider all aspects, which are primarily growing and maintaining our audiences, nurturing talent and be as relevant as possible to the UKhozi FM audience.  We are excited of the two new Presenters and are confident that they will deliver as expected.”

 

The new Presenters start on air on the 22nd of October 2015 on the mentioned slots.

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Mi Casa takes you Home Sweet Home

Posted by radio On October - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The 20th of October 2015 marked the launch of triple platinum selling trio Mi Casa’s new Album titled Home Sweet Home. J ‘Something, Dr. Duda and Mo-T have catapulted into international acts who have spread their wings as musicians and entrepreneurs under their new record label, 34 MUSIC.

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In the same year, Mi Casa has managed to take over the house music scene with a global tour that saw them grace stages in Europe, North America and overall Pan African dominance.

Home Sweet Home is a double disc album packed with 25 hit tracks produced by the musically talented Dr. Duda, with J’ something adding melodic, catchy, soulful vocals and Mo-T’s infectious jazzy trumpet sounds. Home Sweet Home features an array of superstars such as Cassper Nyovest, Big Nuz & DJ Tira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Euphonik, and the Kenyan super group Sauti Soul.

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The #MiCasaGoneGlobal Tour gave them an opportunity to collaborate with internationally renowned Producers such as Tortured Soul (USA), Zepherine Saint & Nathan Adams (UK), Rancido (Holland) and Bodhi Sattva (Belgium). Home Sweet Home also features young talented Producers such as “Moby Dixon, Da Capo, Cue bur & DJ Guru, DJ McShera & Ten 83) to remix some of Mi Casa’s all-time hits.

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The lead single #Chocolat has been received positively across the world and has built a huge anticipation for this new album which will officially be released on the 23rd of October 2015, in all good music stores and iTunes.

 

Mo-T said “Home Sweet Home is different from our previous albums and it has more musical elements. Our first album had no collaborations because we wanted to present ourselves as Mi Casa with our individual talents. We moved to the second album, which featured artists such Black Coffee, Mishka and Jimmy Nevis , where we had hit tracks like “Jika” and “Your Body”. We’re celebrating five years in the industry and we’re excited that we’re still together and getting stronger every year.”

 

The album is available for pre-order on iTunes, on the link below:

https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/home-sweet-home/id1040092440

 

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The Inaugural South African Music Marathon, launched last year as a new platform that’ll afford musicians from underprivileged backgrounds the opportunity to showcase their talents. The programme saw young musicians being exposed to networking opportunities to bridge the creative divide in impoverished areas.

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The event strictly targets young musicians in disadvantaged areas across the country. The idea behind this massive undertaking is to provide a platform to unrecognized musicians who are less fortunate to undergo any form of formal career development in the Music Industry.

 

Gud Fellaz, an acapella group from Tshwane were the winners of last year’s event, and have since enjoyed the much needed exposure in the music industry, from recording jingles for Gauteng youth radio station, YFM. This time around it came in the form of making in to the top 21 contestants on eTV’s South Africa’s Got Talent. The group wowed the judges with their harmonies and arrangements of their performance.

 

When asked about their journey Gud Fellaz said: “without the South African Music Marathon, we wouldn’t have been able to realize our greatest potential, and we’re looking to make our families proud and make the most of our talents. We hope that many talented young people will see the value of being proactive and not giving up on their dreams.” Follow their journey on SA’s Got Talent on eTV every Sunday at 6PM.

 

The South African Music Marathon program director Mr Sello Ramosepele said: “I knew that SA Music Marathon will offer youngsters opportunities such as these, I’m thrilled to have played a part in mentoring and piloting a project such as this one.”

South African Music Marathon is currently planning for the 2016 event and will be bigger, better and will continuously be looking to empower young talented people who don’t have such platforms to showcase their creative prowess.

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MTV DJ Battle on DStv

Posted by radio On October - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Tune into for the thrilling MTV DJ Battle on MTV (DStv channel 130) on 27 October at 21:00 CAT as sister channels MTV and MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) fight it out at the most talked about DJ Battle ever at Carfax in Newtown.

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Three top DJs in each team, DJ Zinhle, DJ Tira and hip hop ace DJ Vigilante represent MTV Base while Tembisa’s very own DJ Shimza, DJ Khenzero and Afrotainment’s DJ C’ndo represent MTV in this 30 minute special that sees the DJs put to the test in three themed “DJ Battles”, with a few rounds of wild card challenges thrown into the mix.

Each battle calls upon one DJ from each team to out-battle the other to gain favour from the crowd. Tune in to find out which team wind the bragging rights as the #MTVDJBattle champions.

 

Who had the coolest set? Who failed to keep the crowd going? Who showed their diversity? Find out by tuning into music authority MTV Base (DStv channel 322) or MTV (DStv Channel 130) next Tuesday 27 October at 21:00 CAT.

 

Find out more at www.mtvbase.com or www.mtv.co.za.  To share your views on the #MTVDJBattle, please follow @MTVBaseAfrica or @MTVza on Twitter using the hashtag #MTVDJBattle.

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Umhlobo Wenene FM‘s station manager Mr Phumzile Mnci announces a reshuffle within the station.

The station’s objective for this current fiscal is to grow its listenership to 5 million and currently the station has 4, 6 million listeners. “The reshuffle was then necessary to ensure that the station achieves this objective,” said Mr Phumzile Mnci.

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Two of the station’s prime time shows, were affected by the reshuffle. The midday show Sij’ikilanga which is currently hosted by Amaza Ntshanga produced by Nonala Tose who is also a co presenter of the show. The other show with a reshuffle is the station’s afternoon drive hosted by the trio, Mthobeli August known as KCI, Luyanda “Luks” Gidane and Zizo Beda.

 

Luyanda “Luks” Gidane will now make a move to the midday show as a producer with immediate effect.  Luks who has a vast experience in the broadcast field as an on air personality also has a flair for producing and he will fit like hand and glove in the midday show. Luks has been with the station for the past 12 years. He has hosted some of the station’s popular shows .Some of the shows he hosted were Morning Glory, Party Time, Quiet Storm, Eziyolisayo and he was also a music compiler for the station.  Nonala Tose will now be a full time co -host of the show and since this show has been broadcasting live from Cape Town it will now move to Johannesburg to join the station’s afternoon drive Masigoduke, both shows will broadcast live from SABC Auckland Park, Monday to Friday weekly.

 

KCI will present the afternoon drive with co- host Zizo Beda. Both of them have enormous experience in the media field and they have millions of followers. Bongani Nqiqi will remain as the producer of the afternoon drive.

 

The station manager has urged the station’s listeners to continue supporting the station as they have always done so for the past 55 years. Umhlobo Wenene FM is committed to deliver on its mandate which is to educate, inform and entertain.

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CNBC Africa – the pan-African financial and business news channel – will be syndicating its award-winning multimedia and video clips to Newstag, an innovative ‘mobile-first’ video news service. The multi-year deal grants Newstag the right to share and distribute CNBC’s news videos on its mobile and online platforms alongside current affairs and entertainment content from other professional content producers around the world, including AP, AFP and Reuters.

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CNBCAfrica.com Chief Executive, Sid Wahi said: “Newstag is to professional video news what YouTube is to amateur video clips. They are the world’s largest online network based on videos only from trusted sources. CNBC Africa is the largest and most credible source of business content from around the continent with over 35,000 videos interviews and clips available through its digital publishing channels. This partnership will extend our current reach and enhance our digital ecosystem.”

Newstag’s ‘mobile-first’ service enables users to create their own ‘tagstream’ (or personalised TV channel) in seconds, organising, consuming and sharing stories among their social networks using the latest web and mobile technologies. These stories are available from a number of different perspectives, resulting in a platform that allows converging viewpoints to be presented side by side, shedding new light on international news as it breaks.

 

Newstag CEO, Henrik Eklund, says: “Newstag is committed to providing global news coverage from truly distinct perspectives and we’re delighted that CNBC Africa has partnered with us to offer our users a refreshing insight into African news through an African lens. It’s a dynamic time for Africa and in less than a decade CNBC Africa has built a solid international reputation for providing credible and impartial news, presenting an exciting picture of a continent in development from nuanced reporting on the ground. We hope that combining these strengths with Newstag’s innovative news model will amplify Africa’s voice, allowing it to reach a large international audience.”

 

Launched on 1 June 2007, CNBC Africa celebrates its 8th anniversary as Africa’s first and only real-time Pan Africa financial and business news network. Part of the global CNBC family, which reports around the clock from major financial centres worldwide, CNBC Africa covers business and financial markets news from across the continent, telling the story of Africa on the move.

 

Since the channel’s launch, CNBC Africa has been breaking ground across the African continent and amongst many successes and achievements, is the only pan-African television network to report live each day across Africa. The combined reach of CNBC Africa and its affiliated networks is 390 million viewers around the world. Its reach on the African continent has been growing by the day through its distribution partnership with MultiChoice.

 

CNBC Africa has grown beyond all expectations since it was launched eight years ago, and everyone on the CNBC Africa team is justifiably proud of the respected media brand that they have all helped to create. Through accurate and incisive reporting and analysis, and an attractive and dynamic programme schedule, CNBC Africa has clearly positioned itself as the premier African news and information resource for CEOs and senior corporate executives, financial houses, investors and aspirational viewers across the continent.

 

This announcement follows Newstag’s selection as a top international start-up by Mobile World Capital Barcelona in an international contest to recognise the most innovative use of mobile technology in business. In addition to this, Newstag has recently been nominated for ‘best international news site’ by WAN-IFRA alongside Business Week and Singapore Press Holdings.

 

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Raphael Saadiq added on the BET Experience line-up

Posted by radio On October - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

International R&B and soul artist, and GRAMMY Award winner singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, Raphael Saadiq joins fellow R&B sensation Maxwell on the lineup for the BET Experience Africa. Saadiq, appearing for the first time ever in Africa, will perform during the gala concert at the BET Experience Africa, a spectacular global celebration of urban culture, music and lifestyle, from entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).

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The inaugural BET Experience Africa takes place at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday 12 December 2015.  Further performers will be announced shortly.

 

Saadiq is a multi-talented musician with eleven GRAMMY nominations to his name plus a BET Award nomination and Soul Train Award.  Over the past two decades Saadiq, who also plays bass, mellotron, keys, guitar, percussion and drums, has worked behind the scenes as a celebrated producer, collaborator and sideman for big-time acts like John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dog, Whitney Houston and Elton John – to mention just a few. Fans of classic 80s and 90s R&B/soul will remember Saadiq as a founding member and lead vocalist of influential chart-toppers Tony! Toni! Toné!, responsible for hits like “Feels Good” and “It Never Rains in Southern California”.

 

Since Saadiq’s early days, he has always carried a torch for old school R&B.  In addition to releasing critically acclaimed solo albums like Ray Ray and Instant Village (nominated for five GRAMMYs), Saadiq has released an additional four albums since 1995, the most recent being the critically acclaimed Stone Rollin’.

 

BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over the Ticketpro Dome for a non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, bringing together lovers of urban culture and music. Wowing visitors all day long, the BET Experience Africa will showcase great food, fashion, music, comedy, dance, sport and much, much more.

 

Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performance on a central Sound Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Watch top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game. Fashionistas will revel in the Fashion & Beauty catwalk, while checking out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields.

After a day of enthralling action and entertainment, it’s time to head to the BET Experience Concert featuring Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and other international and African artists.

 

Book now to celebrate the many rich and varied faces of the urban lifestyle experience all under one roof. Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices (which include access to the sound stage and other lifestyle activities, plus the concert in the evening) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

 

For more information on the BET Experience Africa, please visit www.betafrica.tv, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETXAfrica.

 

 

 

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