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CT Jazz Festival Line-Up Announced

Posted by radio On February - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Eight sensational, world class acts have been added to the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) line-up. CTIJF organiser espAfrika’s passion for jazz is rooted in Africa, but this year’s line-up lights up the globe with musicians embracing everything from swing-bop to neo-soul, hip hop, Afro soul and Zulu blues. The CTIJF is acclaimed as one of the top jazz festivals in the world, and the 2018 line-up highlights just what makes jazz fusion such a compelling, ever-evolving art form.

CTIJF Festival Director Billy Domingo is enthusiastic about the upcoming programme, saying: “Great thought has been given to the nuances of the greater jazz form in this year’s line-up. This is reflected in the variety of the acts that will entertain this year’s festinos. I am delighted that our steadfast festival goers, as well as those attending for the first time, have such a wealth of talent from which to create their personal musical experiences and we look forward to sharing these moments with our audience.”

CTIJF 2018 Second Artist Announcement

Incognito’s (UK) undying love for funky jazz turned their acid jazz repertoire into epic anthems. Frontman Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick leads this cool ensemble, which has embarked on numerous fresh directions over time, producing winning material and unforgettable live shows. Expect a slick set chock-a-bloc with party spinners and smooth fusion.


Simphiwe Dana’s (SA) eye-catching imagery may project a fragility and beauty specific to this global chart-topper, but it’s her unique signature sound that confirms her status as a phenomenal artist. Her profound amalgam of jazzy Afro soul with traditional music is utterly distinctive – truly the hallmark of a remarkable musician.


The range of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s work is vast, having contributed to over 500 recordings and scores with notable musicians such as Ray Charles, Flying Lotus, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Bilal, Seu Jorge, and Thundercat, and 1000’s of live concerts. He effortlessly bridges genres and generations of cultural elements into cohesive, magical presentations. He has performed, toured and recorded with ensembles ranging from electronic to avant-garde, jazz, classical, hip hop and pop. Atwood-Ferguson bridges orchestral textures with elements of soul, jazz, hip hop and improv. Hear him in Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Suite for Ma Dukes (USA) – his tribute to hip hop MC/producer J Dilla.


Radiating South African heritage sounds and universal jazz influences, Sibusiso “Mash” Mashiloane (SA), explores the repertoires of Bheki Mseleku, Andile Yenana and Moses Molelekwa along with his Zulu-styled blues and neo-soul, swing-bop and hip hop inflections and will reinforce the tones of Africa at the CTIJF.


There’s an intensity to Manny Walters (SA) that’s rooted in the legacy of rhythm ’n blues, and enhanced by modern-day soul rock nuances. This local singer-songwriter and semi-acoustic guitarist delivers a focused set of works that draws on the seminal sounds of Richie Havens, Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman and Curtis Mayfield. Manny’s standout gritty voice steers his electric rhythm & blues/alt soul playlist with socially conscious lyricism and a gravitas that reels in the listener.


The Surge (SA/Russia/Slovakia/Morocco/USA/ Kyrgyzstan) is a product of OneBeat, an incubator for social entrepreneurship where innovative musicians launch collaborations designed to make a positive impact. An array of rare instruments also makes this Surge gig definitely one to head to. Trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni lends his weight to the outfit, while Abbay Misganaw, aka Haile Supreme, is a Washington D.C.-based rapper and member of Congo Sanchez – a hip hop group that synthesizes reggae, dub and Latin funk. Mehdi Nassouli is a guembri player with a passion for preserving Moroccan music who’s devoted to studying deqqa, a traditional form of art from Taroudant. Jan Kruzliak is a Bratislava-based violinist. His group La3noCubano performed free concerts in refugee camps. Sergey Balashov is a drummer from Moscow specializing in improvisation. Aisaana Omorova has studied the instruments of Kyrgyzstan (komuz, jaw harp and choor), apprenticing with Zainidin Imanaliev. Jeremy Thal, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Found Sound Nation, is a horn player and educator. All in all, a unified excursion into the unknown.


Enigmatically soulful international recording and performing artist N8N (Belgium), counts himself amongst the lucky few who gets to do what he loves most: entertain. N8N has dedicated his life to honing his craft; a process which has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world.  But, it was his love for the Mother City, which he considers his second home, that inspired him to write and release a tribute fittingly entitled Cape Town at the end of 2017. The track was born of a collaboration with Grammy award-winning producer Andre Harris and a-list song-writer Carmen Reece and features on his upcoming EP [Second 2 None}, which is due to be released in spring 2018.


The Liberation Project (SA) is part of a broader Liberation Project driven from South Africa, which features musicians who’ve joined forces to celebrate their liberation struggles from different corners of the world. This line-up has been specially commissioned by the CTIJF and their festival set is dedicated to Ray Phiri. This interesting pool of musicians combines Sipho Hotstix Mabuse (vox, sax, piano, flute), Tony Cedras (accordion, trumpet), Neill Solomon (vox, piano, acoustic guitar), Dan Chiorboli (perc), Tebogo Sedumedi (vox, bass), DRC kwassa kwassa star Bienvenue N’Seka (vox, guitar), Keeran Eshwarlall (Sufi vox, harmonium, santoor, harmonica) with special guest Roger Lucey on vox and acoustic guitar.


The 19th Cape Town International Jazz Festival will take place 23 and 24 March 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  Day passes are still available at at R750 per person per day.


Corporate hospitality packages are available for the upcoming festival. To book your package or for more information, contact Samantha on 021 6710506 or email hospitality@espafrika.comRosies tickets will go on sale on Monday 12 February 2018 from Computicket. Please note, tickets for Rosies cost an additional R30 per performance. For the Rosies performance schedule, please go to or keep an eye on our social media for more details.


Official Sponsors of the 19th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival are The Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media and host city, City of Cape Town. Other sponsors include South African Tourism, Amstel, Johnny Walker and Peninsula Beverages.

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Radio2000 invited to broadcast in East Africa

Posted by radio On February - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SABC Radio Station, Radio2000 has been invited to tour Tanzania from 4 – 11 February 2018 by Tanzania Tourist Board. The invitation is to establish and strengthen a long term relationship with the station and to create content around the annual Sauti Za Busara Music Festival and tourism in Tanzania.

Radio2000 Station Manager: Ms Puleng Thulo says: “We at Radio2000 are proud to have been invited to broadcast in Tanzania – East Africa and especially at this time when we are talking about African unity and working together in terms of promoting arts, culture and tourism. We welcome this opportunity to expose our station to the African continent and to generate content that will benefit our listeners in South Africa.”


Radio2000’s breakfast show Planet Haaibo will broadcast from various tourist attraction sites in Tanzania such as Serengeti Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar from the 5th – 10th of February 2018.The Station has through the years forged relationships with African States, Embassies and High Commissions celebrating Africa Day and promoting #SayNOToXenophobia campaigns.


Radio2000 has broadcast at various High Commissions during AFCON tournaments and Africa Day, highlighting trade missions between South Africa and other African countries. In 2017 Radio2000 hosted a successful Africa Day and Heritage Day respectively at the SABC where various African Embassies and High Commissions were invited to exhibit their arts and culture as well as to promote tourism.  Following those events, Tanzania Tourist Board saw it befitting to extend the invitation to the station to visit the country and to see what they have to offer.

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Chris Maroleng appointed as SABC’s COO

Posted by radio On January - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
The Chairperson of the SABC on behalf of the board of the public broadcaster is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Maroleng as the Chief Operations Officer of the SABC, with effect from 1 February 2018.
Mr Maroleng holds BA(Hons) and MA degrees from the University of Cape Town and has received several post-graduate scholarships and awards.  He is an accomplished South African with successful careers at senior management level in television, telecommunications and corporate affairs.
Mr. Maroleng has demonstrated considerable management and financial acumen and he is familiar with the cutting-edge Fourth Industrial Revolution issues that the SABC needs to embrace going forward. He understands South Africa’s legislative and regulatory environment and his knowledge of broadcasting on the continent is invaluable as the SABC develops its coverage of, and in Africa.
Mr. Chris Maroleng said: “I accept the position at the SABC with deep humility, and appreciate the confidence that the Board has shown in me. I look forward to playing a role, as part of an executive team, in transforming the SABC into a world-class public broadcaster that is responsive to the needs of all South Africans.”
The Board’s priority has always been to urgently fill the top three executive vacancies, as expected and mandated by Parliament and the Shareholder.  We believe that the appointment of the Chief Operations Officer is a significant step towards stabilising the executive leadership of the SABC. The Board is satisfied that this appointment process has followed all legal and governance requirements.
The adverts for the Group CEO and CFO have been placed, and the deadline for applications has been extended to 14 February 2018.
[Issued by: SABC]
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Watch Idris Elba in Guerrilla on 1Magic tonight

Posted by radio On January - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Guerrilla follows two young Black Power activists, whose relationship is under pressure when they clash with police. Watch online on DStv Now.

Don’t miss Idris Elba in Guerrilla, Wednesday 31 January at 21:30 on 1Magic (Dstv Channel 103), and streaming live on DStv Now.


Set against the evocative backdrop of 1970s London, Guerrilla follows two young activists involved in the capital’s Black Power movement, whose relationship falls under intense pressure when they clash with racist elements within the police. It’s a fictional exploration of a thought-provoking moment in history, which asks what might have happened if Black Power groups in the UK had turned to violence in their fight for equal rights.


Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay play the central couple Jas and Marcus, with Rory Kinnear as Special Branch Copper Pence. Nathanial Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Denise Gough and Zawe Ashton also feature, and if all that wasn’t enough Idris Elba, who has co-executive produced the series, co-stars, too.


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Cara Frew’s latest album FLAME, is out now!

Posted by radio On January - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

2018 promises to be a major year for rising pop sensation Cara Frew who has released her new album titled Flame. The new album is an expansion of her 2017 EP Dance and features some of Cara’s biggest tracks such as Free (Household Funk Remix)Only High With You and You Got Me.

Although Cara spends her time between the United States and South Africa, her ambitions to become one of South Africa’s biggest musical exports is apparent in her new record which is a testament of Cara’s position as one of South Africa’s most exciting dance-pop singer/songwriters.



1)    Dance

2)    You Got Me

3)    Only High With You

4)    You Got Me (SNRN and BLU J Remix)

5)    You & I

6)    Paradise

7)    Hold You Close

8)    Nervous

9)    Free

10)  Summer Sky

11)  Flame

12)  Free (House Hold Funk Remix)

13)  Free  (Dvine Brothers Remix)



About Cara Frew

Cara Frew studied at the Malie Kelly Vocal Academy in South Africa and went on to do a stint at the Song Writing School of Los Angeles, where she gained first-hand experience in songwriting and studio production. Having studied and networked in LA it wasn’t long before Cara had the opportunity to work with musical greats such as Lauren Christy and Andre Lindal, the creative duo behind Kelly Clarkson’s Grammy-Award winning ‘Stronger’.  Listing Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey as some of her favourite artists, it was a dream come true to record her first four-track EP (‘Come Close to Me’) with Daniel Heath who was responsible for Del Rey’s ‘Blue jeans’and ‘Young and Beautiful’. All four tracks were co-written with Stefan Skarbek who worked closely with Winehouse.


Back home in South Africa, Cara collaborated on a song with one of Africa’s biggest exports, world-renowned DJ and music producer – Black Coffee. ’I’ll find you’ was the first release off Black Coffee’s 2015 album. The collaboration afforded Cara the opportunity to perform at Sónar, Ultra Music Festival South Africa and Miami in 2016.


Cara is no stranger to the international stage as she has performed at Ultra Music Festival South Africa, Ultra Music Festival Miami, Ultra Music Festival Singapore, Coachella, and most recently the Viper Room in West Hollywood.

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An evening with Amanda Palmer- CTN & Joburg

Posted by radio On January - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Singer, songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Amanda Palmer, returns to South Africa for a two-date tour of Cape Town and Johannesburg in February 2018.



Performing everything from solo and Dresden Dolls’ favorites to unreleased new material on piano and humble ukulele, audiences can expect surprises as Palmer brings “An Evening With Amanda Palmer” performance to South African fans.



Palmer recently released two highly political singles: “In Harm’s Way”, which addresses the mounting refugee crisis, and a poignant cover of Pink Floyd’s “Mother”, which was accompanied by an ambitious film clip in which Palmer breastfeeds the 45th president.



A 7” vinyl of these two songs is currently for sale with parts of the proceeds benefiting Because We Carry, a grassroots charity that works directly to support refugees in Lesvos, Greece.  This release and many more are available at: .


This latest release, like many of Palmer’s recent musical and media projects, was funded by over 11,000 people who subscribe to Palmer’s Patreon, who each pay anywhere between $1-1000 per undertaking to support Palmer’s creation of new music, videos, writing and multimedia art.


Presale tickets for the South African shows go on sale on Friday 11th January 2018, with general tickets being sold thereafter.

Book now to avoid missing out on this once-in-a-generation artist.



  • An Evening With Amanda Palmer – Presented by Charl van Heyningen Enterprises
  • Spier Amphitheatre, R310, Stellenbosch
  • February 17th 2018
  • Doors open at 7.00pm
  • Book at




  • An Evening With Amanda Palmer – Presented by Bassline Live
  • Fox Junction, Newtown
  • February 23rd 2018
  • Doors open 7.30pm
  • Book at
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2018 gets off to a bang for Afro-Soul fans as multi award-winning artist Zahara is booked as the first act to open up the Lyric Theatre’s monthly music event series; ‘Kaya FM & Bassline Live Present’.


After a stellar line up in 2017, the collaborative series has seen artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Simphiwe Dana, The Soil, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Oliver Mthukudzi and New York’s Tortured Soul and many others leave audiences hungry for more.  With the rich selection of artists being playlisted on Kaya FM, producers of the event are excited for the year ahead and Gospel-influenced Afro-Soul sensation Zahara is officially the first artist in 2018’s line up.


Zahara is no stranger to the airwaves.  With only 6 years behind her as an official recording artist, this hugely talented singer/songwriter has firmly placed her stamp in the hearts of music fans around the continent.  Growing up in a highly musical environment, she honed her skills from as young as 6 years old by singing at Sunday School and in various school drama productions – but it was only after her education that she took her love of music to the next level, by teaching herself the guitar and pouring her heart and soul into her self-penned, highly personal songs.


Her discovery and subsequent path to fame was fast and took her straight to the top, making her a multi-platinum selling artist almost overnight, yet not without relentless and continuous touring, and self-dedication.

Her brand new album Mgodi, sung in English and isiXhosa, was released in October 2017 and reached ‘gold’ status within 6 hours of its release, making her one of the fastest selling Afro-Soul artists in South Africa at the moment.

Catch Zahara while you can, before she embarks on her nationwide and US tour planned for early 2018.


Once again, stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, new affiliates to the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series, will be on board, standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through music.


Make sure you book your tickets way in advance for what is guaranteed to be a sold out show.


When: 3 February 2018.  Show starts at 8pm sharp.

Where: The Lyric, Gold Reef City

Tickets: R180 – R400 at Computicket

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Good music and mastery with Jazzuary on Kaya FM 95.9

Posted by radio On December - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
 Liberty Radio Awards Station of the Year, Kaya FM 95.9, kicks off 2018 with another installment of its annual celebration and ode to jazz music under the theme – Jazzuary Masterclass.

This January we take Afropolitans on a month-long journey which dives deep into music genre of jazz. The Jazzuary Masterclass aims to commemorate, educate, entertain and have conversations to share insights about the history and future of jazz music and jazz culture.





“The jazz genre and lifestyle is a significant part of the fabric of our station and deeply  rooted in our twenty-year history as the home of the Afropolitan. Jazzuary is part of our commitment to grow jazz and showcase its holistic influence on modern content and conversations be it music, politics, fashion or the arts,” says Kaya FM Managing Director, Greg Maloka.


Kaya FM listeners will be treated to an ear feast of masterclasses, interviews and jazz entertainment from some of the most season sort-after jazz geniuses. Some of the Masters that we will be featuring include the likes of:


Andile Yenana – Pianist and Educator

Mncedisi Ndlovu  – Joy of Jazz legal advisors, Jazz Collector and Enthusiast

Colin Kgari – Jazz Presenter and Aficionado

Paul Hanmer – Jazz Pianist

Zoe Modiga – Jazz Vocalist

Greame Arendse – Graphic Designer and Curator

DJ Kenzhero  – DJ & Curator


For our on-air-playlist we will be exploring some Afro-latin or Afro-cuban music which will also be subjects covered in some of our masterclass interviews. Live Performances for Jazzuary will include some of the best afro-salsa and latin jazz musicians.


“Through Jazzuary we approach jazz in a more holistic manner that will see us going deeper into the genre and exploring more subjects and topics that cannot or should not be separated from jazz,” says Nkosinathi Mbelu, Music Manager at Kaya FM.


“Subjects like jazz literature, politics, Jazz education, collectors societies, history, jazz broadcasting, jazz sub-genres, art,” Mbelu adds.


Join us on the airwaves for this assortment of entertainment or visit to enjoy exclusive art, lifestyle and fashion content influenced by jazz culture.

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The River comes to 1Magic

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The flagship telenovela of the new M-Net channel 1Magic (DStv channel 103) The River is a thrill-a-minute showstopper that balances the tightrope between soapie and drama. It’s quite simply an impeccable story, with jaw dropping acting, and cutting-edge production value.

The series is spearheaded by a formidable cast made up of seasoned actress Sindi Dlathu, alongside Hlomla Dandala, Don Mlangeni, Moshidi Motshegwa, and newcomer Larona Moagi amongst others. The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is populated by society’s upper crust in exquisite mansions who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth. The other world is inhabited by the exploited “common folk” who constantly toil with little to show for it.



Sindi plays Lindiwe, a polished and astute mining magnate whose stilettos have squashed anyone who dared stand in the way of her wealth. Moagi is Itumeleng, the young character from the “poor” side of town who wants to put an end to Lindiwe’s ruthless gluttony, often at the expense of her beloved community.



Courage and cunning eventually collide when they cannot put their differences aside, resulting in an endless body count. A story of ill placed love, greed, betrayal and blood bonds. The show promises to be gripping television. M-Net Director of Local Entertainment channels, Reneilwe Sema commented on what viewers can expect, “The River is just the type of drama that fans have been waiting for. The storyline combines the allure and ruthlessness of the business world, with the raw essence of township struggles, making for the type of storylines our viewers love. The seasoned cast is sure to bring this intricate story to life in every episode.”



In The River, the truth won’t remain buried forever.

The Cast:
Lindiwe – Sindi Dlathu: The enigmatic businesswoman who has sacrificed a great deal to become a success; and buries secrets with the same singlemindedness she buries bodies.
Zweli – Hlomla Dandala: Married to Lindiwe, he completes the picture-perfect power couple that’s revered and reviled in equal measure.
Zolani – Lawrence Maleka: The adopted son of Lindiwe, who bites into forbidden fruit and later witnesses a terrible tragedy.
Thato – Don Mlangeni: Itumeleng’s father, who meets an unexpected reckoning that haunts his daughter, committing her to a greater cause.
Malefu – Moshidi Motshegwa: Mother to Itumeleng, matriarch and pillar of strength in the family and township community.
Itumeleng – Larona Moagi: The feisty young rebel who refuses to be silenced and roll over when her family and community become casualties of greed and excess.

Look out for a brand new telenovela The River, starting on Monday, 29 January 2018. The series is produced by Tshedza Pictures and will premiere on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103), every week night at 20:00.

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Bye Vuzu Amp hello 1Magic

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Vuzu Amp will now become 1Magic. Find out everything you need to know about the change below.

It’s going to be a magical start to the new year when DStv Premium customers, say hello to 1Magic on Monday 29 January 2018, DStv Channel 103!

The channel will become the entertainment destination of choice for audiences who enjoy gripping local dramas, telenovelas, reality shows, movies and are also looking for the best in international reality, drama and movies.


Leading the charge will be the channel’s flagship new telenovela, The River, which boasts the crème de la crème of South African acting talent. Starting on Monday 29 January, it is spearheaded by a formidable cast made up of seasoned actors, Sindi Dlathu, Hlomhla Dandala, Moshidi Motshegwa, and newcomer, Larona Moagi. The River is about the deadly result that comes about when the greedy world of society’s upper crust collides with that of ordinary common folk. Driven by the themes of love across social classes, greed and a community fighting to surviveit’s a show that can’t be missed.

VUZU AMP audiences should not panic because 1Magic will still be serving a mix of compelling, relevant and entertaining international programmes like The Fixer, How To Get Away with Murder, The Real Housewives, Power and later on in the year, latest seasons of Ballers, Queen Sugar and Insecure.


On Friday 2 February, viewers should look out for a new chic urban drama Unmarried, which unpacks themes of love, urban hustle and bustle, and the daily challenges faced by young urban couples in trying to juggle life and aspirations. The drama boosts a stellar cast of South African household names such as Fezile Makhanya, Thembisa Mdoda, Renate Stuurman amongst others.


“In line with our vision to be the best African storytellers in the world, M-Net has identified a need to invest in more local entertainment for our viewers, in the premium segment. 1Magic will fill a viewing gap by combining new and exclusive local shows with international content,” says Nkateko Mabaso, GM M-Net South Africa.

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