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DStv Now served more than 500,000 unique users during match day.

In addition to the Springboks making history at the 2019 Rugby World Cup Finals this weekend, another revolution has been quietly underway. This year marks the point that live-streaming of sports went mainstream in Africa, breaking all-time online viewing records.

Much like the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup campaign, sport live-streaming had a somewhat rocky road to the final. But when things really counted, streaming delivered a record-breaking performance.

In the opening game, as South Africa faltered against New Zealand, DStv Now had its own challenges with some viewers missing out during the first half of the game. Fast-forward to the Final six weeks later and the situation was dramatically different, with viewing breaking all-time records for concurrent users and throughput, and this was all achieved with no downtime or outages.

Speaking about this, Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of the Connected Video division of MultiChoice said:

 

 

“Live events are the single biggest challenge a streaming service like DStv Now can face, as the huge number of concurrent users not only puts our systems under unprecedented load, it also strains the systems of the companies downstream from our servers who deliver the stream to customers. It’s fair to assume that the load during the Final was the largest ever seen in Africa, with three times more peak concurrent viewers than in the first game and double the number who watched the 2018 football World Cup Finals. Over the course of the day, we served more than half a million unique users.”

 

 

The number of active DStv Now users is four times higher than just two years ago, and there’s no sign of growth slowing. The number of hours streamed in a single day on the service now regularly tops one million, which is more than 100 years’ worth of viewing for a single person.

Talking about what the company changed to see the turnaround in DStv Now performance between the first and last games of the Rugby World Cup, Ekdahl said:

 

 

“We were disappointed at the problems we experienced early in the tournament. We’d of course done load testing and provisioned plenty of capacity, but we didn’t anticipate how congestion in one specific system could cascade into others. I’m proud of the work our engineering team has done to learn from that mistake, to rework systems architecture, and also work with partners who deliver the stream to customers to sort out bottlenecks affecting image quality. Our customers rightly expect systems to work, and in the face of record-breaking demand during the Final, DStv Now delivered the goods.”

 

The data carried by content delivery network partners during the Final peaked at more than 500 Gbps (more than 4,000 GB of data per minute), another record for DStv Now in Africa.

“This was a major test of our systems and the capacity of distribution networks and ISPs in the region. I’m pleased we came out on top and look forward to working with our partners to beef up streaming ability ready for 10 times and even 100 times the traffic we’re seeing now because the one thing we know for sure is that streaming video is going to keep growing,” concluded Ekdahl.

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Samsung announces strong Q3 2019 Results

Posted by radio On November - 2 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Samsung Electronics today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. The Company posted KRW 62 trillion (R 806 billion) in consolidated quarterly revenue and KRW 7.78 trillion (R101.2 billion) in quarterly operating profit.

Third quarter profit fell sharply from a year earlier but improved from the previous quarter, as stronger smartphone sales and improved utilization in mobile OLED screens were weighed down by continued weakness in the memory chip market.

 

Both the U.S. dollar and euro strengthened against the Korean won, resulting in about KRW 0.4 trillion (R5.2 billion) in positive effects toward quarterly operating profit, mainly in the component business.

 

Earnings from the Memory Business slumped significantly year-on-year as memory chip prices continued its downward trend amid the industry-wide weakness since the end of 2018. The logic chip business saw demand rise for image sensors and display driver ICs (DDIs), but also suffered from price declines in mobile application processors (APs).

 

The Display Panel Business saw a profit from mobile displays increase YoY with solid sales of OLED screens, improved capacity utilization and reduced costs. However, losses continued in the large panel business due to ongoing capacity expansions in the broader industry.

 

In the Mobile Business, strong sales of the Galaxy Note 10 and A series boosted profit, along with improved margins for mass-market models. The business also expanded its 5G product offerings and launched the Galaxy Fold, demonstrating Samsung’s technology leadership. Meanwhile, the Network Business reported higher earnings YoY on growing commercialization of 5G service in Korea.

 

The Consumer Electronics Division posted a YoY decline in profit from the TV business amid pricing pressure from intensifying competition, despite growing shipment of premium models such as QLED and ultra-large size TVs. Earnings from home appliances rose on increased sales of premium products.

 

Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, the Company expects demand for components to turn sluggish in general amid weak seasonal effects, while marketing expenses are likely to increase to address year-end smartphone sales.

 

Memory chip demand is seen rising slightly quarter-on-quarter on the back of inventory building by customers in response to global macroeconomic uncertainties. Mobile displays will likely report weaker results in the fourth quarter, as demand falls short of initial expectations for certain premium smartphones and costs increase due to lower utilization in some production lines. Large panel prices are also likely to continue declining.

 

The Company expects fourth-quarter earnings in the Mobile Business to decrease QoQ as marketing costs are set to rise and shipments to decline slightly, with flagship model sales weakening from their post-launch peaks. The Consumer Electronics Division will likely log stronger earnings helped by year-end seasonal demand.

 

For 2020, Samsung expects growing sales in 5G products and foldable devices; the logic chip business is forecast to report accelerated growth as it expands mass production of next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) based products.

 

However, uncertainties linger over the memory chip market as demand is seen recovering but risks from global industry circumstances persist. As Samsung plans to manage investment and capacity operation flexibly depending on market conditions, DRAM inventory is expected to normalize in the first half of 2020. The Company also remains committed to investments to meet demand in the mid-to-long term.

 

The System LSI Business will introduce differentiated 5G System-on-Chip products and high-resolution sensors, while the Foundry Business will seek to diversify its client base and expand production from the 5nm and 7nm EUV processes.

 

In Displays, Samsung plans to leverage its leadership in mobile screens, offering power-efficient and slimmer products to capture demand from 5G and other premium products. It will also transform its large panel business to focus on quantum-dot (QD) displays, with the existing LCD business addressing value-added products such as ultra-large and 8K TVs as well as high-end monitors.

 

The Mobile Business aims to improve profitability through enhanced leadership in premium products such as 5G and foldable devices as well as the improved mass-model line-up. The Network Business will further its efforts to expand its 5G business globally including the United States and Japan.

In the Consumer Electronics Division, the Company will continue to lead the premium TV market by expanding the adoption of QLED 8K and ultra-large models and offer stronger line-ups of innovative home appliances such as Bespoke products.

 

Semiconductor Demand to Remain Solid Amid Uncertainties

The Semiconductor Business posted consolidated revenue of KRW 17.59 trillion (R228 billion) and operating profit of KRW 3.05 trillion (R39 billion) for the quarter.

 

For NAND, demand showed stronger growth than expected driven by new smartphone launches and the continued trend toward higher density memory, as well as increased adoption of solid-state drives for PCs and expansion of high-density storage for server customers.

 

For DRAM, demand from all applications has greatly increased due to strong seasonal effects as well as inventory restocking at customers responding to global macroeconomic factors such as tariff issues and semiconductor-material export regulations. For servers, demand rose mainly for high-capacity products, while for PCs, replacement demand for corporate systems also increased ahead of the end of support for Windows 7. For mobile, demand was driven by a higher portion of smartphones with storage over 8GB.

 

Looking ahead to the fourth quarter for NAND, demand for high-capacity storage is expected to remain robust and prices are expected to rebound across all applications. For SSD, data centres are expected to adopt high-density, high-performance products, while for mobile, the trend of higher density storage is expected to continue with the launch of new high-end models. The Company will focus on strengthening competitiveness in the premium market and enhance technology leadership and profitability by transitioning to 6th-generation V-NAND within this year.

 

For the fourth quarter outlook for DRAM, although there may be some impact from recent inventory restocking at customers, overall demand is likely to remain solid and to show some increase QoQ. For servers, demand from data centres will continue to be solid supported by high-density products, while for PCs, overall demand will be similar to that of the third quarter. For mobile, continuing trend to high-density products with the launch of new 5G smartphones is expected to help demand remain solid. The Company will focus on enhancing technological leadership by expanding high-capacity product sales for servers and actively responding to early demand for mobile LPDDR5.

 

Looking ahead to 2020, while challenging to provide a detailed forecast due to ongoing uncertainties involving macroeconomic issues, there are positive signs on the demand outlook from data centre customers, while the expansion of 5G smartphones is expected to continue to lead the higher density trends. However, demand for 2020 should be viewed with caution as uncertainties remain in the macroeconomic environment. As such, the Company plans to focus more on flexible investment and capacity operation depending on market conditions.

 

For the System LSI Business, earnings improved as demand increased for high-resolution image sensors and mobile APs/PMICs/OLED DDIs for flagship smartphones. The Company strengthened its technology leadership by being the first to commercialize 108-mega pixel sensors.

 

In the fourth quarter, while demand for high-resolution image sensors such as 64Mp and 108Mp products will continue to increase, earnings are likely to remain flat from the previous quarter due to weaker demand for mobile APs and DDIs. For 2020, the Company will expand its line-up of differentiated products such as 5G System-on-Chips produced on EUV 5/7nm process and high-resolution products such as 108Mp and above sensors.

 

For the Foundry Business, earnings increased from the previous quarter driven by demand for mobile APs based on the EUV 7nm process and high-resolution image sensors. In particular, the Company completed the tape-out of the EUV 5nm process and secured new orders for 5nm-based consumer products.

 

In the fourth quarter, the Company expects to generate solid earnings on mass production of EUV 7nm products, while setting up 4nm design infrastructures for future growth. For 2020, demand for mobile APs/modes/RFs and high-resolution image sensors is expected to increase significantly on the back of the growing 5G market. The Company will accelerate the diversification of its customer base by expanding orders for 5G/AI/Auto/IoT/Power and fingerprint recognition applications and strive to complete the development of the GAA 3-nano process.

 

Display Business Improves on Demand for Flexible OLED

The Display Panel Business posted KRW 9.26 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 1.17 trillion (R15 billion) in operating profit for the third quarter. Overall display earnings improved QoQ thanks to strong sales of small to mid-sized OLED panels despite a weak performance in the large display business.

 

Mobile display earnings increased amid favourable seasonal effects, led by higher demand from major customers and improved OLED utilization rates. Large displays took a hit from a continued decline in LCD panel prices.

 

Looking ahead to the fourth quarter, mobile display profitability is expected to decline due to a product mix change and a cost increase from lower utilization of some production lines. Samsung will strive to enhance profitability by improving production efficiency and expanding the adoption of cutting-edge technology.

 

Large displays are also likely to see weak profitability for the fourth quarter as it continues to face falling demand and dropping price. Samsung will seek to secure profitability with product diversification including monitors and PIDs.

 

In 2020, for the mobile display business, demand for OLED screens is seen to grow steadily with wider adoption of 5G smartphones despite intensified competition. The Company will continue to focus on expanding sales and boosting utilization with a broader customer base and stronger cost competitiveness. Additionally, Samsung will aim to actively address the demand for foldable display panels and minimize seasonal impacts with wider applications.

 

For large displays, Samsung will look to realign its business structure to focus on QD-Display. It will continue to secure profitability by expanding sales of value-added products such as ultra-large panels, 8K TVs and premium monitors.

 

Galaxy Note 10 Props Up Mobile Business Earnings; 5G Momentum Driver in 2020

The IT & Mobile Communications Business posted KRW 29.25 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 2.92 trillion (R37.9 billion) in operating profit for the September quarter.

 

Mobile earnings in the third quarter improved significantly QoQ on robust shipments of the flagship Galaxy Note 10, a better product mix and higher profitability in the mass-market segment. The Galaxy Note 10 in the third quarter exceeded its predecessor’s sales performance, presenting double-digit growth in volume. Cost reduction brought on by the completion of the A-series line-up transition also contributed to improved profitability.

 

Notably, in the third quarter, the Company firmed up its global technology leadership with the expansion of 5G smartphones, in addition to the launch of the Galaxy Fold featuring a new form factor.

 

For the Network Business, the Company continued expanding 5G coverage in South Korea and shipments for LTE expansion outside the country.

 

In the fourth quarter, while mobile demand is expected to decline YoY on seasonal effects and persistent global economic uncertainties, the Company’s mass-market smartphones, including the new A-series, are projected to maintain solid sales. However, Samsung expects profit to decrease due to dissipating new model effects of the Galaxy Note10 and increasing marketing costs under strong seasonality.

 

Looking ahead to 2020, consumer demand for 5G devices is expected to rise as 5G networks expand globally, while competition is likely to remain fierce. The Company plans to offer more 5G devices and foldable products to enhance its competitiveness and build a foundation for further growth. For the Network business in the fourth quarter and the coming year, the Company will remain an active player in expanding South Korea’s 5G coverage and foster growth in other global markets like the United States and Japan.

 

Premium TVs, Innovations Such as Bespoke Key Focus for Consumer Electronics

The Consumer Electronics Division, comprised of the Visual Display and Digital Appliances businesses, recorded KRW 10.93 trillion (R142 billion) in consolidated revenue and KRW 0.55 trillion (R7.1 billion) in operating profit for the third quarter of 2019.

 

Profits for TVs were down slightly in annual terms in the third quarter due to heightened price competition, but strong sales of premium TVs such as QLED and ultra-large models helped the division maintain revenue growth compared to a year ago.

 

In the fourth quarter, the Company forecasts TV demand will soften YoY on downside risks including global economic sluggishness and unfavourable foreign exchange rates stemming from trade protectionist practices. To mitigate the fallout from these risks, the Company plans to expand sales of QLED TVs and broaden the line-up of super-large screen products, cementing its leading position in the premium market. For 2020, TV demand will likely bounce back on global sports events like the Olympic Games in Tokyo while the Company plans to seek new business growth from 8K TVs and MicroLED TVs.

 

Digital appliances saw increased earnings in the third quarter from a year ago on new product releases like the customizable Bespoke refrigerator. Demand in developed markets in North America and Europe was stagnant but this was offset by sales in emerging market countries including India.

 

For the December quarter, the Company plans to boost sales of products such as dryers and Air Dressers (garment refreshers) while simultaneously launching year-end, peak season promotion events. In the year ahead, demand will grow centred around emerging market countries, while the Company is expected to expand its premium line-up with other Bespoke products and strengthen its B2B business.

 

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It’s a night for the stars in Andalusia, Spain as the MTV Awards come to its shores for the fourth time.

The MTV European Music Awards brings together musicians from all four corners of the globe in a lavish night of musical performances. Expect to see big names such as Akon, Nail Horan from One Direction fame, Finders Keepers singer Mabel, former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher and One Kiss singer Dua Lipa. Singer and songwriter Ariane Grande is definitely feeling euphoric with seven nominations in hand, the most for a single artist, followed by Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Shawn Mendez who have each bagged six nominations.

 

 

Latin powerhouse Becky G will perform and host and with her repertoire of talent, the evening is bound to be a festival of jubilation, dance and pure giddiness. At only 22 years old, Becky G has come a long way since she was discovered in 2011 after making cover versions of popular songs and posting them online. Last year she walked away with two awards from the Latin American Music Awards and one of her career highlights has to be touring with American Idol judge Katy Perry, a former EMA host herself. And if you can’t shake off that bugging feeling that says: “I’ve seen Becky G on a TV series”, that’s because you have – on Empire with Lucious and Cookie Lyon.

 

 

Nigerian singer Burna Boy is among six African artists nominated in the Best African Act category. Lifting the South African flag high is rapper Nasty C and “Charlotte” hit maker Prince Kaybee.

Watch the MTV EMA’s on Sunday 3 November on MTV (130) at 20:00

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Understanding video quality when streaming

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

It’s really frustrating when streaming video goes fuzzy and pixelated or sometimes stops playing altogether. Why does this happen, and why does it seem worse at peak times?

 

Starting with the basics, streaming video is delivered over the internet. Every few seconds, our streaming apps test the speed of the viewer’s internet connection and based on that we send higher or lower resolution video packets. Put simply, a slow connection generally means lower video quality and a faster connection supports higher video quality. If the speed is really slow, the video will stop altogether (the dreaded buffering spinning wheel).

My video quality was fine, but as soon as the big game started it fell apart – so the problem is clearly with your service, right? 

We plan ahead for big games and make sure we’ve got enough capacity, so no that isn’t likely to be the cause. The simplest explanation for video quality falling during high demand times is congestion downstream from our servers, and there could be a number of factors causing that.

An example of how congestion affects someone connecting via mobile is that lots of people are accessing the same mobile base station at the same time (e.g. as the game starts) and because the base station has limited capacity, the quality of the mobile connection drops.

We use world-class CDN (content distribution network) providers like Akamai, and these companies specialise in delivering the highest possible video stream to the end-user. Under extremely high load situations, even CDN companies can run into capacity constraints or can run into bottlenecks elsewhere in the system. More information on this here.

That’s rubbish! YouTube is fine but DStv Now looks terrible, so clearly the problem is with your service. 

Great point! The key here is supplying pre-recorded content is different from supplying live content. In the case of YouTube or Showmax or Netflix, shows can be stored (the technical term is ‘cached’) close to the customer. In the case of live content, we’re taking the stream from Japan and distributing it in South Africa without the same ability to pre-load it as close as possible to the customer, so any bottlenecks downstream from our servers can have an impact on video quality. The other obvious difference is with YouTube or Showmax or Netflix, people aren’t all watching exactly the same thing at the same time – which presents a whole bunch of technical challenges.

So are you saying you can’t or won’t fix it?

Live streaming with huge numbers of concurrent users is a technical challenge that video services worldwide are grappling with – if it were as simple as just increasing capacity we’d most definitely have done that long ago. But we’re not backing down – we’re working with content distribution networks and others, and we are making headway.

What should I do?

To test if the issue is related to your ISP, one approach is to temporarily switch to mobile data (or to a fixed connection if you’re currently on mobile) and see if there is a change in quality. Obviously the other connection may also be congested but certainly if the quality improves you’ll have an indication that it may be worth speaking to the ISP or changing to another ISP.

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DISCOP Joburg Enters Esports Arena

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The organizers of DISCOP have announced a new initiative that will bring the world of professional competitive gaming closer to TV screens across Africa.  This program will showcase the esports experience to broadcasters and brands who understand that television is still the most powerful advertising medium in Africa.

Global video gaming competitions have grown from a nascent idea to a powerhouse industry, with millions of fans watching individuals and teams compete for tens of millions of dollars in prize money. In conjunction with DISCOMICS, and its partners across the continent, ICON Comics & Games Convention, Nairobi Comic-Convention, Pro Series Gaming, and the African Animation Network will present a brand new, broadcast-partnered initiative to explore the potential of e-Sports in Africa — and provide two video gamers a chance to take on the world’s best.

 

The world of professional competitive gaming therefore, is now firmly on the agenda at DISCOP JOHANNEBUG 2019, taking place from November 20-22nd at the Sandton Convention Centre, in a session entitled ‘Bringing Video Gaming to Screens,’ to be jointly hosted by Nick WILSON, President of the AFRICAN Animation Network, Les ALLEN, President of the ICON Comics and Games Convention, and Thomas IMBOYA, President of the NAIROBI Comic Convention and Pro Series Gaming, he biggest esports competition organisers in East Africa.

 

China, South Korea, North America, and Europe have emerged as the main hubs for the burgeoning competitive esports scene. The industry is far smaller in Africa, but it is starting to gather pace with start-ups springing up across the continent to produce games with African themes. The continent had 23 million video game players in 2014, and that reached 500 million in 2018, largely due to the rapid penetration of smartphones. In South Africa, esports stars earned close to $300,000 in 2018, up 6.8% on the previous year.

 

The games market itself has grown from $105 million to $570 million in the same four-year period. In Kenya, the video games market was worth over $50m in 2016 and is expected to double by 2021. Combine that with hardware sales and gaming is already a billion-dollar business in Africa.

 

“The world of sports entertainment is changing, and esports is the star player,” says Patrick Zuchowicki, President of DISCOP who adds, “DISCOP is waking up to video gaming competition’s potential. We will help broadcasters and content producers learn more about this new ecosystem to woo audiences. Not just gamer addicts. But everyone from nine years old to 45”.

 

The two-hour session will explore how the rise of competitive gaming will disrupt the traditional notions of sports broadcasting. eSports broadcast will evolve into something entirely different and much more interactive than what television viewers have seen in the past. Questions to be tackled will include the difficulty of broadcasting video gaming competitions, the growth of physical venues for eSports, how technology can make eSports more interactive, and comparisons to traditional sports.

 

“Depending on the way they watch eSports, audiences and their friends sitting in the same room are getting something different out of it. It’s a different interaction model around video game than it is around traditional sports, which have a much higher barrier,” says Nick Wilson, President of the African Animation Network, who adds, “We are still at the beginning of eSports broadcast and a lot of competitions are not properly set up to be captured on video. But the rise of competitive gaming in Africa reveals pent-up demand from a new generation of African gamers and we can expect more games to come to screens.”

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Season 5 of Lockdown, South Africa’s favourite prison drama, started production last week in Johannesburg, where it’s mostly shooting at Constitution Hill, the historic prison complex where the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Albertina Sisulu served time.

Every season of Lockdown introduces a new star. This time it’s Sophie Lichaba, aka Sophie Ndaba, who became a household name in South Africa during her two-decade-long starring role as the feisty receptionist Queen Moroka in the SABC1 soapie Generations. 

 

The multi-award-winning actress joins one of the most impressive casts on South African television: at the SAFTAs this year, four of the six Drama acting nominations for women went to Lockdown cast members: Dawn Thandeka King won Best Actress as Mazet, ahead of her co-star Zola Nombona as Monde (and International Emmy nominee Thuso Mbedu), while Lorcia Cooper won Best Supporting Actress as Tyson, ahead of her co-star Pamela Nomvete as Governor Deborah Banda.

 

Since losing a noticeable amount of weight last year due to diabetes, Sophie’s been reported dead on social media repeatedly, most recently as she started filming Lockdown last week.

 

The SAFTA winner is unfazed by the fake news, saying, “I’m just excited to be tackling such a challenging role on one of the biggest shows in the country.”

Every episode of Lockdown has trended on Twitter, so Sophie’s new character on the groundbreaking series will give social media something better to talk about on 31 January 2020, when Season 5 will premiere, only on Showmax.

 

“We haven’t seen Sophie in a while on South African television,” says Lockdown creator Mandla N, who is still directing every episode of the hit show. “But you could have said the same about Lorcia or Pamela when we cast them, and they’ve both reclaimed their places among the biggest stars in South Africa.”

 

Notorious for its cliffhangers, plot twists and emotional rollercoasters, Lockdown takes viewers into the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility.

 

As Season 5 picks up, Deborah is under pressure from The Department of Correctional Services, after one death too many at the prison. Arch-rivals Mazet and Tyson are still running the prison yard together, for now.  And Monde is trying to make things right with Vicky (Lauren Jenae), while worrying about her sister Katlego (Natasha Thahane), who’s been transferred to Kgotsong Asylum.

 

SAFTA winners Linda Sebezo and Nomsa Buthelezi are also back as fan favourites Maki and Slenda, while the multi-award-winning Patricia Boyer returns as the hilarious but dangerous Sue.

 

Produced by Black Brain Pictures, Lockdown was the most awarded drama at this year’s SAFTAs, taking home five awards, including Best Drama.

Lockdown is moving from Mzansi Magic, so binge-watch Season 5, only on Showmax, on 31 January 2020. In the meantime, you can catch up on the first four seasons here. 

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In the season finale to a massively exciting and almost completely sold-out star-studded 2019 series, Bassline Live presents, in partnership with Radio2000,Thandiswa Mazwai LIVE  at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Saturday 30th November 2019.

The Bassline and Thandiswa have a long and memorable relationship so it is perfectly apt that Thandiswa should close out the 2019 series in this the Bassline’s 25th anniversary year.

 

Fans are urged to book tickets soon as 3 of the last 4 Bassline Live events this year have SOLD OUT well in advance.

 

Hot off a host of international tour dates, Thandiswa Mazwai needs no introduction to most SA music fans with a legion of devoted fans and a host of accolades to her name.

 

Thandiswa Mazwai is an award winning South African musician whose career spans over 25yrs. She was part of the vanguard movement that created a post-apartheid dance music genre called Kwaito and over the years has cemented herself as an indelible part of the cultural landscape of South Africa with several award winning solo albums which includes her magnum opus “Zabalaza” released in 2004 and awarded the “album of the decade of freedom” by the Pan South African language board.

 

In 2016 she released “Belede” a South African songbook in honour of, what can be considered the golden era of South African music with legends like, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela at the helm, as well as her personal relationships with these great friends and mentors.

 

Thandiswa has returned to NYC three times this year with Salon Africana at the Africa Centre in March 2019, AFROPUNK with her  long standing Afro-funk  band in August 2019.  As part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide Festival she appeared at The Schomburg in Oct 2019. Still in October, Thandiswa performed down under in Australia, for the first time ever, in the Redbull Music Festival supporting Sampa The Great’s new album launch.

 

The show starts 8pm at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City on Saturday November 30th. Tickets are available from Computicket starting at R250.

 

Once again, supporting this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing who continue to stand behind the rich arts and culture scene in South Africa. Bassline Live is also presented in association with Castle Lite to unlock Extra Cold Refreshment and Experience.

 

 

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Why TV is still the biggest show

Posted by radio On October - 21 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Despite the proliferation of the internet, TV still remains widely popular in South Africa

• Over 90% of South Africans still watch live TV*
• Local soap operas, reality TV and sports continues to enthral the nation*
• The appetite for bigger, better screens is strong

 

From spellbinding soapies to edge-of-your-seat sporting moments, the beloved TV continues to entertain generations of South Africans. Living rooms in South Africa sometimes feel like arenas filled with an audience waiting to be amused, amazed and astounded. This is why the market for larger more immersive TV experiences is so significant. (do we have/need a SS stat?). An incredible example of these in-demand TV’s is Samsung’s 2019 QLED TV line-up, which features more screen size options, stunning picture quality, dazzling colours from every angle, exciting new design elements and intuitive smart TV upgrades.

 

“As family entertainment continues to evolve along with modern viewing habits, we’ve focused on the use of pioneering technology and AI to create unparalleled and personalised viewing experiences. The results are astounding,” says Nithia Pillay, Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa

 

Here are a few good reasons why TV is still the biggest show in South Africa:

 

TV has Authority

 

These days information is everywhere. But television has a particular authourity. People know what they see on TV has been verified, produced and created by professionals. This is why television remains the most popular and trusted platform for news, culture, sports and entertainment.

 

TV Creates Communities

 

Great television programmes create communities. TV shows, live events and news bind people together and elicit reactions on social networks.

 

TV Inspires

 

Television is an amazing educational tool. It gives us a different perspective on diverse cultures, promotes tolerance and global understanding of international issues. Through current affairs, discovery, lifestyle, cooking shows and children’s programmes, television inspires scientific and cultural curiosity.

 

TV Scores Big

 

Without television, professional sport would not be the same. Millions enjoy watching live sport every week, in ever-higher picture quality, and enjoy the sense of unity that sports creates.

 

Technology is a GameChanger

 

Intelligent TV’s can now produce a picture that’s amazingly real. With Samsung’s ground-breaking 8K QLED every scene is amazingly vivid and real. It’s like 3D without the glasses. Powered by Samsung’s proprietary Quantum Processor, the QLED range has more colours than the human eye can see, infinite details and optimised audio you see, feel and hear as if the match has come to life in front of you. Additionally, as you watch, it analyses what’s playing and automatically fine-tunes the picture and sound to your TV space. Which means you’re able to hear and feel the stadium erupt with celebration during the biggest moments. Sports Season has just got a lot more riveting.

 

“The QLED line-up brings together innovative feature enhancements and exciting content and service partnerships to deliver a truly ground-breaking viewing experience and unprecedented value,” concludes Nithia Pillay, Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa.

 

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Africa’s largest and most respected content focused event, DISCOP JOBURG, taking place from 20 to 22 November, will put a strong emphasis on African television projects in development, partnerships with South Africa, and the booming animation sector

 

A newly revamped and focused DISCOP JOBURG program will see a scope that goes beyond content buying and selling and that will include a strong sidebar program of panel discussions and master classes.

This DISCOPRO program will see more than 50 speakers, including many intrepid disrupters, on stage for panel discussions headlined by a series of masterclasses and a panel discussion led by experts from around the world sponsored by The Africa Channel.

These sessions will specifically address how independent producers can export their content and best adapt to the fast-paced world of multicultural television. Four sessions will provide a rapid course of study on what makes a project aimed at multicultural audiences actually sell in today’s challenging environment.

DISCOPRO Program Director Andrew Boozer discusses this program further,  “Given the growth predictions of content produced in Africa, this years’ program will address how producers, writers, directors can best adapt in this fast-paced multiscreen and cross-border world and highlight how Africa can play an influential role in tomorrow’s global content production and distribution industry.”

The DISCOPRO speaker line-up includes experts from broadcasters from across Africa such as Ethiopia’s Kana TV, the SABC, Royal Media from Kenya, and others.  International companies such as -Côte Ouest, Warner Media, Turner Africa and Fox studios will also be represented in the DISCOPRO line-up.

 

Narendra Reddy, EVP and General Manager, The Africa Channel, added “ We are proud to partner with the DISCOPRO conference program, which presents both an educational opportunity and an information exchange to accelerate growth in the Africa entertainment and media sector.  The global technology shifts in content consumption and distribution presents a significant opportunity for producers on the continent to access new markets and the breadth of speakers and the panelists will seek to address any perceived  barriers to entry.”

 

The practical and outcomes driven sessions include the following:

 

#1. Panel discussions around seven key pillars needed to facilitate unfettered growth in Africa’s fast-moving entertainment and media marketplace:

 

  1. Exporting Content Produced in Africa – Inside and Outside Africa.
  2. The Content Monetization Challenge
  3. Empowering Women in the Entertainment Industry
  4. Stop Fake News
  5. The United World of Animation
  6. Bringing Video Gaming Competitions to the Screen
  7. Why Dubbed Content is Important

 

#2. A Masterclass Program comprised of real world case  studies emphasizing practical solutions to issues:

 

  1. The Critical Importance of the Development Phase
  2. The Value of Copyright
  3. Music as a Cross-Border Accelerator
  4. Win-Win Distribution Strategies
  5. How to Shoot a Film Under $10,000 and Sell it to SHOWMAX

 

#3. A Tutorial Track focused on Coproduction Opportunities with South Africa.

 

In addition to proper targeting, original themes, and international distribution, multi-party coproduction is increasingly becoming an important factor for success. South Africa – with a rapidly developing content production and distribution sector, competitive advantages and many coproduction treaties already in place – is becoming an important supplier of talent, stories and production services to the global community. This tutorial track will put under the spotlight projects that can benefit from existing coproduction treaties between South Africa and France, the UK, Canada and Australia.

 

#4. A Pitching Program showcasing original Animation Projects.

 

For the third year running, DISCOPRO  in partnership with the African Animation Network (AAN) and the Annecy Animation Festival and Market (MIFA) – will host the grand finale of the Pan-African Animation du Monde 2020 Pitching Competition.  This program also includes an additional Pitching Showcase organized under the DISCOMICS banner and in partnership with the AAN.  With the world looking to the continent as a growth center, Africa is expected to play a role in the expansion of the global animation industry and Africa will be the focus territory for 2020 at the MIFA gathering.

 

#5. The First Look Series of Innovative Ideas.

 

Intertwined in the general agenda, the First Look Series will feature a line-up of inspiring presentations from experts, entrepreneurs, key players and great speakers who have the edge on how independent producers and storytellers can improve their crafts, generate more revenue and expand their reach.

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Kaya FM gets a line-up refresher

Posted by radio On October - 18 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The final quarter of the year promises to be an exciting one for Afropolitans as Kaya FM proudly announce a few changes to their line-up. Coming off the back of a powerful year, which saw them being named the Commercial Station of the Year – Kaya FM is committed to reinvention and quality that puts us at the forefront of radio broadcasting

Some of these changes came into effect last month with the new-look Kaya Breakfast Show, which saw Thabiso Sikwane and Jason Goliath joining David O’Sullivan on weekday mornings from 06h00-09h00. Listeners currently have the opportunity to enjoy an additional hour of Karibu with Mike Siluma on Thursday evenings between 20h00-23h00.

 

This month further sees a variety of new and refreshed shows designed to elevate a collection of tastemakers set to showcase the best that radio has to offer.

 

Early Mornings with Sotho Meyer

Afropolitan listeners face a range of challenges that could make confronting each day difficult. Early Mornings with Sotho Meyer ensures that you start your day on an inspired note. The show plays a range of uplifting spiritual music to get you ready for whatever may lie ahead. Join Sotho Meyer every Monday – Friday from 05h00 -06h00 as she gives you the start to your day that you need.

My Money and Me with Sumitra Nydo

Esteemed financial journalist Sumitra Nydoo brings the latest insights in personal finance, helping listeners lead happier and wealthier lives. Every week on My Money and Me, Nydoo finds the unique link between money and self-improvement, ensuring valuable lessons that are accessible to everyone. Tune in every Tuesday between 20h00-21h00.

 

Late Nights with Big Black

Late Nights with Big Black is the perfect way to wind down to expertly selected music. With years of experience behind him, Big Black will bring his definitive voice and taste in soul music to the discerning Afropolitan listener looking for nostalgic moments and open to exploring new sounds. However one chooses to ease into their evening, Late Nights promises to be a much-needed companion every Monday to Wednesday from 21h00-24h00.

The Best T in the City #PlatinumFridays

The Best T in the City is back with a new twist: #PlatinumFridays. Each Friday, Afropolitans can expect Thabo ‘Tbose’ Mokwele to ring in the weekend with a range of premium sounds, while interviewing interesting thought leaders with a focus on the more light-hearted aspects of life. Broadcasting after Good Friday with Skhumba and Ndumiso, #PlatinumFridays will maintain the laid-back and fun energy of that show and provide a seamless flow into Kayasette with Proverb. Tune into #PlatinumFridays from 09h00-12h00.

 

 

What’s Wrong with Groovin?

New to the weekend, What’s Wrong with Groovin? is curated by DJ Kenzhero and Tha_Muzik. The show seeks to recalibrate and reimagine the history of Africa and her people with creative meaning. What’s Wrong with Groovin? is inspired by a Hugh Masekela composition, performed and popularised by Letta Mbulu. The show will be compiled and presented as an audio documentary. Tune in on Sundays between 14h00-18h00.

Kaya FM’s MD, Greg Maloka, reflects on these new changes.

At the back of winning Commercial Radio Station of the Year, we had plans around how we wanted to evolve the brand, and some conversations we wanted to solidify so if you think about the expansion of Karibu, as the home of the Afropolitan, that platform is important to us. We had initially brought in Kojo Baffoe to help us address issues around manhood through Life with Kojo, which he pioneered. Extending Karibu with Mike Siluma allows us to make those issues more continental. That is also something we see in What’s Wrong with Groovin?, curated by DJ Kenzhero and Tha_Muzik. What’s Wrong with Groovin? is a confluence of many impulses and gives us the opportunity to have a musical conversation about the journey of the freedom of Africa. We are very excited about being able to have a platform that draws from the words of Malcolm X, Miriam Makeba, Steve Biko, as well as the thoughts of many young activists of this day.

 

 

Sotho Meyer comes in the morning. In a country where thousands of women wake up at the crack of dawn to prepare themselves and their families for a new day – whether in the suburbs or the townships – what are the conversations at that time of the morning? Having done exceptionally well with her weekend show focusing on children’s activities, Sotho is a wonderful addition to this morning slot. We loved what Shane Ngwenya brought to the space. That spiritual vibe was important: now we feel that it is time to take it to the next level.

 

 

Influential Fridays brought some interesting people to the platform, and was to a large degree successful. TBose’s weekday show is one of our most loved on the station and we wanted to merge those together for Platinum Fridays, bringing in a premium selection of lounge, house and soul music on a Friday afternoon.

 

 

With My Money and Me, we understood that personal finance is a very deep issue. We also found that there is a particular skill required for someone to have personal conversations and advice you on money – something that Thuli Magubane understood and she was the foundation for something important. We are excited to have Sumitra Nydoo taking this on as she understands the overall business philosophy at Kaya.

For more information visit kayafm.co.za or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. To set up interviews, please contact Ntombenhle Shezi on Ntombenhle@kayafm.co.za.

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