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Pride and Unity are the name of the game as the Obed Mlaba Foundation (OMF) pays tribute to continent with a new festival

Pride of Africa Festival

 

IN 7 days’ time, history will unfold in Durban when the first ever eThekwini Pride of Africa Festival takes place.

The streets of the “warmest city” in South Africa will be awash with a kaleidoscope of colour when the carnival takes over Durban. Floats, dance troupes and other groups will parade around the city of Durban to the heartbeat of African drums, celebrating arts and culture not just in the city, but the entire country and continent.

“It’s going to be a spectacle of music, dance, art and all things creative,” says the head of the OMF Ms. Thabiso Mandaba Mlaba.

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The foundation by former Durban Mayor and the current South African High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr Obed Mlaba, put together the festival as a show of tolerance and unity in response to last year’s xenophobia attacks.

“We are facing one of the most difficult and challenging times in post-democratic South Africa, with tension within us as South Africans and also with our fellow Africans. This festival will serve as a uniting force for us all. As someone who has dedicated his life to serving the people, His Excellency Mr. Obed Mlaba believes this platform will provide just that,” adds Ms. Mlaba.

March 19th will be a day of celebration when the carnival commences at Albert Park from 11am and finish off at the New Beach. The fun will continue at the Moses Mabhida People’s Park with a musical spectacular featuring some of the best acts Africa has to offer.

Five-star Mzansi talent such as Mafikizolo, Mbongeni Ngema, Thandiswa Mazwai, Thokozani Langa, Shwi NoMtekhala Thobekile Mkhwanazi and Dream Team will share the stage with continental giants Solomon Willy (Nigeria), Unity Band (Mozambique) and Hubert & Band (DRC). Others on the bill include DJ Wobbly, DJ Menace, DJ Cndo, DJ Happygirl, J Ross, Top Virus and a host of others.

Tickets available at Computicket for R65 general and R300 for VIP.

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Greed & Desire on Mzansi Magic

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Come Monday 4 April 2016, M-Net’s local entertainment channel Mzansi Magic (161) will be the ultimate destination for a brand new telenovela, Greed and Desire, launching at 19:30.

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Greed and Desire explores the themes of ambition, wealth, power, secrets and desire in a world established in Bloemfontein.

 

The tragic journey of the prominent Makhetha family sets in motion a series of events when the patriarch of the family is killed in a fit of rage. His murder becomes the root of a dreadful secret that sees the family empire falling into the wrong hands. Lives are ruined when the family learns the truth about who killed the head of the house, thus threatening the fate of the empire that was built from nothing to an established jewel. The rightful heir is in the dark about their inheritance and the responsibilities that lie ahead in their future. And so the story of how greed ruined a family by threatening their wealth and fortune unfolds.

 

“At Mzansi Magic, we work tirelessly to bring our viewers the best in local entertainment. We welcome Greed and Desire and its stellar cast to the Mzansi Magic family and we will keep developing new and exciting programmes to keep viewers glued to their screens” says, Nkateko Mabaso, Local Entertainment Channels Director at M-Net.

 

The cast is nothing short of star studded. Headlining the telenovela cast is Thato Molamu, Nthati Moshesh, Xoli Zondi, Sello Sebotsane, Thami Mngqolo, Buyile Mdladla, Linda Sebezo, Nkopano Mohola, Motsoaledi Setum, Keaby Mashugane, Kamo Letsosa and Bonginkosi Shibe.

 

Family values will be tested on Greed and Desire. Tune in to Mzansi Magic (161) on Monday 4 April 2016 at 19:30, Monday to Thursday.

 

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Newtown has it all; music, art performance and fashion, come and see it showcased at the first Hypnotic Friday held at Newtown Junction on 11 March 2016.

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Hypnotic Friday brings both emerging and established artists together in a programme that not only celebrates the city’s cultural uniqueness, but also offers a platform and much-needed exposure for new talent.

 

Hypnotic Friday is an arts celebration that offers the public live hip hop, poetry and dance performances, visual arts and fashion, and an open mic. It invites different artists to come together to perform or showcase their work, and interact one another, advising, inspiring and growing the creative industries.

 

At the heart of Newtown precinct, Newtown Junction offers an outstanding shopping experience, a wide array of restaurants, catering to all tastes, a Ster Kinekor movie house and secure parking. With its growing reputation for holding exciting public events, Newtown Junction will be hosting Hypnotic Fridays on a monthly basis and invites the public to come and be inspired and entertained.

 

Hypnotic Friday runs from 4:30pm to 7:45pm in the Newtown Junction piazza.

 

For any queries, questions, access to hig res pictures or interview request please contact media@jtcomms.co.za or 011 788 7632

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Talk SA Season Seven coming to SABC2 soon

Posted by radio On March - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The seventh season of Talk SA will air on SABC2 every Thursday for 26 weeks from 5th April 2016 at 10h30.  The weekly travelling talk show covers many topics that directly and indirectly affect all South Africans. Some being freedom and human rights, religion in society, HIV and AIDS, housing, skin lightening, mental and physical health, educational rights, culture and heritage and much, much more.

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Cookie Mona, commissioning editor at SABC Education says “the show does not simply highlight a topic and explore it.  It looks at ways South Africans can deal with that particular issue driving towards building a strong and united nation. We look at overcoming all our divisions in order to come up with workable solutions for a nation, different but united, and working towards similar goals. Talk SA’s underlying, driving force is the building of a better Nation for all South Africans.”

 

Talk SA tells us what’s going on in our country, what the state of our natural environment is, our education system, our healthcare sector, what we are doing to make a better South Africa, what we’re not doing, what we’re accomplishing, where we come from and where we are going.  The show has a new co-presenter Kgaogelo Monama, a passionate performer and artist with many talents.

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Pearl and D’Banj in sync

Posted by radio On March - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa announced the hosts for Lip Sync Battle Africa, the first localised format of the multi-platform, pop-culture phenomenon to air on the continent.

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South African entertainment superstar Pearl Thusi and Nigerian music legend D’Banj will host Lip Sync Battle Africa. Pearl Thusi will serve as all around host and “master of ceremonies”, while Koko Master and Oliver Twist star D’Banj will step up as the “colour commentator”, adding his lively observations to the proceedings.

 

Lip Sync Battle Africa will premiere in April 2016 on MTV Base (322).

 

The critically acclaimed and award-nominated Lip Sync Battle, originally created for Spike, features celebrities going head-to-head, lip-syncing the song of their choice, battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

 

Multi-talented actress, radio DJ, model and television personality Pearl Thusi is a fixture on the South African entertainment scene.

 

Musician, wit and virtuoso harmonica player D’Banj, best known for his mastery of the contemporary Afrobeat genre, first catapulted to fame in 2005 following the release of his debut album, No Long Thing, and has subsequently enjoyed success with global hits such as Oliver Twist, Fall in Love and Suddenly. His latest release, Emergency, is grabbing headlines and notching up radio airplay around the continent. Among his many accolades and awards, D’Banj has won Best African Act and Artist of the Year at the MTV EMAs and MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) and was named Best International Act (Africa) at the BET Awards.

 

Pearl Thusi commented: “Lip Sync Battle is such an incredible social, cultural and media sensation, I am so excited to be a part of bringing it to African audiences.”

 

Added D’Banj: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be hosting Lip Sync Battle Africa. I’m excited, willing and ready to entertain the continent on such a great platform. I am looking forward to seeing how well my fellow celebrities battle each other and entertain the world.”

 

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa, commented: “We are thrilled to translate this global hit franchise to Africa for the first time. With huge personalities such as D’Banj and Pearl Thusi at the helm, Lip Sync Battle Africa cannot fail to emulate the success of the franchise in the United States, and spin-offs in other territories such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Chile.”

 

Speaking on behalf of MTV Base, Ifeoma Williams, said: “With great chemistry between our hosts and a fantastic line-up of contestants from across the cultural spectrum, Lip Sync Battle Africa is guaranteed to capture the attention and affection of our audience in Africa. Whether you are 15 or 55 years old, you’ll be “lip syncing” in the car, with your friends, or in the shower. We hope and expect that people will take to social media and tag each other to start battling each other with #LSBChallenge.”

 

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                             LAADISOL LIFESTYLE PRESENTS TOUCH OF RED PICNIC

  FT MORENA THE SQUIRE, ITU TSHABANE, MPUMI KHUMALO & NONDUMISO MABENA

 

At the back of Laadisol Lifestyle Market follows an electrifying lifestyle picnic movement that will see and attract a mix of urban social individuals for a day of fun. This picnic promises a day filled with local song birds, artists and great entertainment for all music lovers.

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Laadisol Lifestyle Picnic with the theme “Touch of Red” aims to uproot and expose young South African talent cross the country through music, food and lifestyle which Sunday the 13th of March   will see happening. Hot at the back of his performance at the Kaya Fm Live at Bassline where he opened for musical heavy weights Zahara and The Muffinz, Morena The Squire who is well loved for his explosive vocals and moves will entertain guest on the day with his well acclaimed single FAITH ALIVE. These being the last days of summer what better way to enjoy a cool Sunday afternoon, but with new and old friends enjoying drinks, food and some expensive music?

 

The day will also see star studded performances  from Castle Milk Stout Unplugged session 2014 winner Itu Tshabane, clash of the choirs 2016 contestant  Nondumiso Mabena, a song writer and performer from Mamelodi whose talent and vocals do not only amaze crowds but offer a captivating experience, which explains her track record with legends such as Ray Phiri, Afro Traction and Maleh,  Mpumi Khumalo whose passion for music is rooted from her early school days, born in Witbank Emalahleni,  Mpumi  is a young talent yet to blow the South Africa music  industry away. The line-up will also include a range of Dj’s who will grace the decks with soulful sounds such as Harmonic and LAADISOL DJ’s Sojamore and female dj Pheladi.

 

The picnic will take place on Sunday 13th of March 2016 from 11am, at the Zwartkops Lapa Resort, Centurion. Tickets will be sold at the gate at R50pp. For more info contact Lesole on:  078 341 2619 or email: Laadisol@gmail.com

 

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Watching paint dry has never been so exhilarating! Six of KwaZulu-Natal’s talented urban artists showcased their craft during an unforgettable afternoon at Durban’s iconic BAT Centre today.

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“Proudly KZN” was the theme of the day and who better to illustrate this than artists who flag the provincial flag high in terms of talent and creativity.

 

East Coast Radio created industry hype around local art when it featured a selection of urban artwork in its 2016 calendar that was distributed to the station’s key clients and stakeholders.  Today’s event provided a further platform to create awareness about the art form and the stories behind some of the province’s talented artists.

 

“East Coast Radio is a proudly KZN brand, and we see ourselves as being a catalyst in acknowledging some of our city’s unsung heroes,” says East Coast Radio’s Marketing Manager, Renée Burton. “The collective of artists that showcased their skills at the BAT centre today did just that. The role that the arts play in shaping both the city and the province at large, is often overlooked. We want to change that, starting today!”

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Burton went on to say, “The emergence of street artists such Banksy has elevated street art on the international stage, shattering the pre-conceived view that equates graffiti to vandalism. This is not

just art – but a form of social expression that influences the narrative of popular culture. Street artists also draw attention to issues that need resolve on a larger socio economic scale.”

 

Cheered on by supporters and the curious, the artists – CJ, Sakhile Mhlongo, Robyn Perros, Silindokuhle Makhubo and Mook Lion – got to work, each serving up a unique visual feast, reflective of their individual personalities and techniques.

 

East Coast Radio’s Bongani Mtolo, who broadcast live from the BAT Centre between 2pm and 6pm, interviewed some of the urban artists on-air to draw attention to this vibrant slice of KZN’s sub-culture.

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MTN BUSHFIRE 2016: Family–Friendly Fun for All

Posted by radio On February - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, and most recently named 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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Whilst MTN Bushfire is well-known for its diverse and exciting musical line-up, the festival has also always been acknowledged as a holistic experience that includes the arts, food, culture and family-centric activities.

 

In fact, MTN Bushfire is one of the few major festivals in Africa to welcome families with its safe and warm environment that includes an array of child friendly activities, arts and crafts, performances and safe spaces.

 

MTN Bushfire will take place from May 27th -29th 2016.

 

KIDSZONE

An adventurous space for young fire starters to ignite their budding flames, the family friendly Kidzone takes a WILD turn this year! Set in a blooming wilderness of succulents and outlandish trees, the WILD invites you to come and share in the ways of the untamed.

 

The Kidzone offers a family friendly program with an array of adventure filled activities aimed to promote nature conservation themes. Kids can indulge in wildlife tales in the African storytelling hut, get creative in the craft teepee, loop a beat in the music den or get their adrenaline pumping on the obstacle course. These and many more stimulating activities are on offer throughout the festival weekend.

 

MTN BUSHFIRE invites kids of all ages to Bring Your Fire to the WILD side!

 

HANDCRAFT & DESIGN MARKETPLACE

More than simply a market, The MTN Bushfire Handcraft & Design Marketplace is an experiential space where creative curiosity is inspired and revived. Within this space guests can explore the handicrafts and artworks of over 40 of the finest artisans and Swazi craft businesses.

 

With the selection of regional crafters designed to inspire creativity and exchange, the focus is on ethical craft and emerging local design. The Marketplace includes artisans and companies that showcase a wealth of contemporary African handmade products from organic farm produce to fashion to home. The Marketplace is an ethical consumer’s dream, with each company or artisan contributing in a positive way to the environment and their communities.

 

2016 will also see the inclusion of a visual art element introduced into the Marketplace with an art exhibition featuring local artists exploring contemporary issues.

 

GLOBAL FOOD VILLAGE

MTN Bushfire invites guests to spice up their festival experience with the MTN Bushfire Global Food Village.  Presenting a tantalizing diversity of tastes, the space offers festival-goers an exploration of aromatic palates from around the world.

 

The food village offers a culturally diverse menu, with options for everyone from vegetarians to omnivores and everything in between.  The array of food stalls will take guests on a journey of the senses from East Africa to Asia, the Middle East to the sea-shores of Mozambique and back to Swazi soil.

 

Exciting new additions to the menu this year are sure to keep tongues wagging! Kumnandzi La!

 

VIP CAMPING

Families looking for a more secure camping option can also book into the luxury camping option; Glamping is the ultimate travel experience that pairs outdoor adventure with modern creature comforts.

 

Set in an exclusive forest-like setting, the Gypsy Outpost campsite just removed from the festival venue, but within walking distance, provides a relaxed VIP experience in a campsite set-up. This package offers a private chill out zone, camping fees for 4 nights, breakfast daily, toilets and hot showers, private security, and a high-quality double tent with 2 stretcher beds with mattresses and bedding, side table, and lamp.

 

VIP Camping is in the official MTN Bushfire 2016 VIP campsite operated by The Bandwagon.

 

For more information, email tess@festivaltravel.co.za | info@festivaltravel.co.za or phone +27 084-955-6810.

 

 

 

 

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Tim Modise’s last curtain call at POWER 98.7

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Last week POWER 98.7 announced their line-up changes which include Tim Modise the host of POWER BREAKFAST (weekdays 06h00 – 09h00) leaving the station. This morning Modise took to the microphone for his last official show with the station. He is leaving the station to focus on other business interests and community development work.

Tim-ModiseIn recognition of the occasion, there was a celebratory mood at POWER 98.7 with the station’s chairman, Given Mkhari, taking over with the anchor microphone with Modise on the other side.

 

For his last show the legend hit the studio in good spirits, in his usual high energy manner. Industry peers such as Bob Mabena, DJ Fresh, Gareth Cliff, legendary Koos Radebe and Glen Lewis calling in to reminisce and celebrate him.

Listen to the podcast here: Tim Modise’s last show at POWER 98.7
Modise hands the POWER BREAKFAST baton to Lawrence Tlhabane, who currently presenters POWER PERSPECTIVE (weekdays 21:00 to midnight) and well-renowned broadcaster Ayanda-Allie Paine who will run with the show as of 1 March 2016.

 

“POWER 98.7 has been a warm home for him ever since he joined. The station allowed me an opportunity to learn and share my broadcasting knowledge and experience  with the young talent of the station. I want to thank especially the station’s chairman, Given Mkhari and entire management team for the opportunity contribute toward building the brand.” Said Tim Modise

“We appreciate the time that Tim has spent with us and his contribution to the growth of POWER 98.7 We are excited that through his development work at Soweto TV the country will continue to learn from this amazing talent”, says POWER 98.7 Managing Director Andile Khumalo.

A fitting send off for a legend.

Line up as of 01 March 2016:

Time Show  Presenter/s
06:00 – 09:00 POWER BREAKFAST Lawrence Tlhabane and Ayanda-Allie Paine
09:00 – 12:00 POWER TALK Iman Rappetti
12:00 – 13:00 POWER UPDATE Jeremy Maggs
13:00 – 15:00 POWER LUNCH Aphelele Somi
15:00 – 17:00 POWER DRIVE Thabiso Tema
17:00 – 18:00 POWER BUSINESS Andile Khumalo
18:00 – 19:00 POWER HOUR Victor Kgomoeswana
19:00 – 21:00 POWER LIFE Masechaba Ndlovu
21:00 – 00:00 POWER PERSPECTIVE Onkgopotse JJ Tabane
00:00 – 04:00 POWER ZONE Ben Dikobe
04:00 – 06:00 POWER UP Sebenzile Nkambule
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MTN Bushfire announces exciting line-up for 2016

Posted by radio On February - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, and most recently named 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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MTN Bushfire is pleased to be able to announce just some of the diverse talent that will be featured at the 2016 Ten Year Anniversary edition of the event, taking place from May 27th – 29th. With tickets for this year’s event already selling fast- fans are urged to book tickets now to avoid missing out on this unique and amazing line-up.

 

 

Acts already announced by MTN Bushfire include Mali’s internationally acclaimed world-music stars Songhoy Blues whose debut album has been described by top music magazine NME as “a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian grooves,” the exciting new South African genre breaking eclectic fusion of Afrobalkan Skadubhall Bombshelter Beast featuring Pitch Black Afro, Mafikizolo, whose 2014 comeback made waves across South Africa and beyond, Pablo Nouvelle, a filmmaker and musician from Switzerland who takes soul “back to the future” with a combination of new sounds and old samples, and Living Room – made up of Manu Delago, an Austrian percussionist and composer, best known as Bjork’s hang drummer and saxophonist and clarinet player Pepe Auer.

 

South African artists also confirmed include cutting edge acts such as Native Young, Nomadic Orchestra, Felix Laband, and Toby2Shoes with acts from Swaziland including Bholoja, Nomzamo Zaza Dlamini & Fanaza.

 

MTN Bushfire is proud to announce the next batch of additions to this already globally representative line up with artists from a far afield as Canada and New Zealand.  Confirmed for the MTN Bushfire main stage is Estère, whose mixture of bass, synth, drums, guitar, vocal harmonies, keyboard, whistles, claps, kazoo, desk tapping has been dubbed Electric Blue Witch Hop. Hailing from New Zealand, Estère has performed at festivals across the globe and opened for artists including Erykah Badu, Morcheeba, Baths, Ikonika and KT Tunstal. In fact, Acclaim Magazine describes her as having a “velvet smooth voice that has already drawn comparisons with Erykah Badu with the charm of Lianne La Havas.”

 

Also confirmed for the 2016 lineup is 27 year-old Canadian singer Cold Specks whose 2012 debut album, ‘I Predict a Graceful Expulsion!’ was hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut, and was shortlisted for a Juno award and Polaris Prize.  In a style described as “doom-soul” Cold Specks has worked on Moby’s album ‘Innocents’ and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday, alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock.

 

DJ Dawee is a Reggae/Dancehall, Soca, Tropical Bass & Afrobeats DJ & MC from the Berlin-based sound system and label SWS. Dawee will bring to MTN Bushfire the wickedest tunes from the Caribbean with newly emerging music genres from around the globe (Moombahton, Tropical Bass) in a creative and danceable way.

 

Another exciting announcement is the confirmation of South Africa ska legends The Rudimentals. Setting the standard for ska/ reggae / African beats in Southern Africa for over 14 years, The Rudimentals’ 13 piece line-up includes; a three-piece brass section with a trombonist, trumpet and saxophonist; a five-piece vocal section with two international male fashion model MC’s from New York and Jamaica, a Zimbabwean-born ‘toasting’ MC and a rotating roster of up-and-coming backing vocalists; a keyboard player; an electronic and beats synth-player; a drummer first blooded in the metal scene; a bass player and guitar player.

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets on Sale Now – Book Early to Avoid Disappointment

With tickets for MTN Bushfire in 2015 selling out before the event even started, fans are urged to secure tickets early. MTN Bushfire pre-sale tickets are on sale now via the MTN Bushfire website and Facebook page, www.bush-fire.com, www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire.

 

Please note that there will be no physical tickets on sale as all tickets will be digital.  Fans are once again urged to book tickets early to avoid disappointment as tickets for MTN Bushfire 2015 sold out in the week before the festival.

 

Fans must also note that this year Single Day Golden Lounge tickets will NOT be available, but a limited amount of Full Festival Golden Lounge passes are on sale.

 

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