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There are many ways to get to Africa’s most acclaimed music festival,  MTN Bushfire, hailed in 2016 by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African festival.”


Some guests  follow the compass and GPS coordinates to 26.4973° S, 31.2183° E, leading to the House on Fire in the Malkerns Valley of eSwatini, home of the MTN Bushfire Festival.



Other guests follow a different kind of  compass that can also lead you to this iconic event – the compass that is inside each and every person and is at the heart of the MTN Bushfire #BringYourFire ethos – that being your moral compass.



But possibly the BEST way to get to MTN Bushfire 2019, taking place from May 24th – 26th 2019 is with an inclusive VIP weekend package that includes a chauffeur drive for you and a guest from Johannesburg to MTN Bushfire and back.



The winner of the Road to Bushfire Weekend package will receive this amazing prize that includes 2 Golden Lounge tickets, 3 nights accommodation (including breakfast), at a nearby hotel, hotel transfers, as well as a tour of The Mantenga Cultural Village and The Swaziland National Museum.


With drinks and snacks for the journey included, as well as stops at fun and interactive activation points along the way, the prize winners will arrive at MTN Bushfire feeling refreshed and ready for the weekend.

This prize, valued at over R35,000.00 is up for grabs via IOL, all you have to do is visit the  IOl Competition Page and follow the links.



As anyone who has attended an MTN Bushfire Festival can attest,  MTN Bushfire is more than a festival, it’s a living, breathing ecosystem deeply rooted in African soil, yet inclusive and welcoming to guests from all over the world.

This uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival experience welcomes thousands in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment.


MTN Bushfire is unlike just about any other event of its kind based on this strong and foundational commitment to igniting social change within individuals, communities, and at large. The Festival’s #BRINGYOURFIRE call to action is a personal one that taps into the moral compass inside everyone.



MTN Bushfire invites all fans of music, the arts, cultural exploration and environmental sustainability to become part of the thriving community that is MTN Bushfire.

So follow the compass and join in the journey towards MTN Bushfire 2019 by following us on all social media platforms as well as visiting our website,



*Terms and conditions apply. Winner and guest must be over 18 and have valid South African passports. For additional T’s & C’s click here  Entries close on April 30th.

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA”) has published the Community Broadcasting Regulations following country-wide consultation and engagement with all relevant stakeholders. The regulations prescribe, among others, the management and governance structures of community broadcasting services as well as basic principles for community participation.


Community broadcasting services constitute a critical avenue through which communities express their history, heritage, languages, culture and experiences. They should be community owned platforms where views and interests are expressed and shared among the constituents.



“ICASA is satisfied that the new regulations will promote sustainability within the community broadcasting sector” says ICASA Councillor, Botlenyana Mokhele.



The regulations, among others, provides that an applicant must be registered as a non-profit entity at least two (2) years prior to lodging an application to register as a community broadcasting service licensee; and also demonstrate community development and empowerment with respect to the community located within the coverage area it would like to render community broadcasting services.

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Minor line-up changes at 5FM

Posted by radio On April - 3 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

National youthful radio station 5FM, has introduced a few changes to its line-up. The station, which is historically known to deliver the hottest and latest music, will continue to focus its attention on ensuring its music offering is both strong and cutting-edge.

‘The Ultimix’ presented by “Weekender5”, will continue to take centre-stage weekdays from 18h00 – 19h00. DJ Loyd and Ryan the DJ will present on Mondays, Kyle Cassim on Tuesdays, Ms Cosmo on Wednesdays, Das Kapital and Pascal & Pearce on Thursdays and the resident DJ every Friday.


Justin Toerien and Stephanie B have held down the fort from Mondays – Thursdays with the ‘Top 10 @ 10’ which has been renamed ‘Music Capital’ where listeners will hear brand new tracks from around the world.


Das Kapital extends his dance and electronic contribution with a second show In Das we Trust’ on Friday 22h00-01h00 and ‘In Das we Trust; Raveyard Edition’  every Saturday night 22h00 – 01h00 replacing DJ Loyd’s ‘The Uncut Mixtape’. DJ Loyd now presents at a new timeslot on Saturdays and Sundays from 14h00 – 17h00, with the best of hip hop and house music on ‘The House Connect’  Saturdays and a focus on South African trends on Sundays with the programme ‘The Uncut Mixtape’.


Weekend Breakfast gets a shake-up as Nicole da Silva takes the reigns on 5FM Xtra Loud Weekend Mornings’ alongside Jude van Wyk on sport and Sibs Matiyela on news. Nadia Romanos moves to news on ‘The Thabooty Drive’ alongside Thando Thabethe and Msizi James Monday – Friday  from 15h00 – 18h00.


Msizi James, co-host on ‘The Thabooty Drive’ takes over the ‘5FM Top 40 ‘music show on Saturdays 10h00 – 14h00, while Vic Naidoo takes control on Sundays 10:00-14:00 with a focus on listener music choices.


In a bid to get the party started early on weekends, Saturdays from 17h00 – 19h00 will play host to Ryan the DJ’s ‘5tarting from 5cratch’ show followed by a Saturday edition of The Kyle Cassim Show’ from 19h00 – 22h00 and In Das we Trust: Raveyard Edition’ from 22h00 – 01h00.


Sunday’s music offering will remain relatively unchanged with ‘Selective Styles’ with Kid Fonque from 17h00 – 19h00 and Ms Cosmo’s ‘The Stir Up’ from 19h00 – 22h00. The only change sees Ryan the DJ return for a Sunday edition of his show ‘5tarting from 5cratch’ from 22h00-01h00’.

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has finally received a list of all political parties contesting the National and Provincial Elections to be held on 08 May 2019 from the Independent Electoral Commission. The receipt of the list paves the way for allocation of Party Election Broadcast (PEB) slots to all contesting political parties in terms of the regulations.

The allocation of PEB slots will take place on 04 April 2019 as follows:

Venue  : ICASA Head Office

350 Witch-Hazel Avenue

Eco Point Office Park, Eco Park


Time : 08h30



All political parties and interested stakeholders, the public broadcaster and other broadcasting service licensees who have indicated interest in transmitting PEBs are invited to be part of the activity for allocation of PEB slots which will ultimately see political parties being afforded equitable treatment and broadcast coverage during the election broadcast period to be formally proclaimed by the Council of ICASA.



“With the allocation of slots, all political parties shall have access to the airwaves and broadcasters are further encouraged, in the public interest, to provide a full, impartial, and independent coverage of the elections; and abide by the regulations,” says Acting Chairperson, Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng.

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Port Elizabeth born Singer/songwriter Titi Luzipho has released her brand new single Being Woman from her forthcoming album. Titi is a trained musician, creative and musical director whose love for music knows no bounds.

She comes from a musical family, her late grandfather, CB Qwesha was a musical genius and composer. His greatests work – Ndisindise O Jehova, Save me Oh Thou Jehova became one of the world’s greatest hymns. Titi became a household name in the Jazz circles across South Africa, having worked with the likes of Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi, Gloria Bosman, Siphokazi, Caiphus Semenya and Loyiso and Zwai Bala among other greats.


“I am so blessed to have this gift and be able to share it with the masses. Being Woman is a powerful song celebrating women, acknowledging the plight of women in an unjust world. This song is so personal to me, it took a lot for me to birth it and I hope it heals, empowers, motivates and inspires a lot of women and men.”


Titi has worked with a number of incredible artists on her upcoming album with Luyanda Madope on production and keys. The album also features Ringo Madlingozi, who is one of Titi’s strong influences.


Titi counts it a blessing to have been mentored by the Grammy award nominated producer Zwai Bala. Together they worked on honing, nurturing and harnessing Titi’s vocal ability. How can she fail when she was not only mentored by the eldest Bala brother but by the late great Dr Winston Ntshona and Dorothy Masuka and her equally talented mother Vuyelwa Qwesha-Luzipho.


Now Titi has built quite a following introducing and refining the concept “#SongsMyMotherTaughtMe” – a tribute to the massive musical influence her mother, well known songstress Vuyelwa Qwesha has had on her life. She also started a movement #BeingWomxn as part of the eradication of femicides. This movement seeks to heal and celebrate women who are victims of gender-based violence, misogyny and patriarchy.


Titi is a gem! The future of jazz is in great hands’

-The Times-


‘My eyes were glued from the first note to the last. When I die, this is how I would like my music to be sung.’

-Dorothy Masuka’ – her late mentor.

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Its official – the Golden Lounge for the 2019 edition of MTN Bushfire is sold out!

MTN Bushfire is the acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts. Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival”, MTN Bushfire 2019 promises an eclectic mix of artists from across the globe.


This exceptional music line-up combined with the spirit of celebration and tolerance that is MTN Bushfire are what make the festival a living-breathing ecosystem that welcomes over 29,000 guests every year to the Malkerns Valley in Eswatini.


While Main Arena tickets for this year’s festival are STILL AVAILABLE through the MTN Bushfire website,, Golden Lounge tickets will no longer be available online or at physical outlets. Day tickets for Sunday May 26th will be on sale shortly.


Due to popular demand, camping in the All Out Africa campsite is selling out.  Family camp, BYO in the Forest, Car Camp, Caravan Camp and Canvas Camp have already sold out and the remaining spots are selling fast.  To avoid disappointment please book your camping spot as soon as possible.  Sales will close once all spots have been filled.


Make sure to book now for your ticket and camping to avoid disappointment.


Guests are reminded not to purchase tickets from 3rd parties as these tickets cannot be guaranteed as authentic.


Line up information, ticket and accommodation information can be found on the MTN Bushfire website,

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Umhlobo Wenene unveiled its line-up changes

Posted by radio On April - 2 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Umhlobo Wenene unveiled its line-up changes, in line with the station operating in a fast paced radio environment, as it aims to constantly evolve and remain relevant to its target market and grow to its maximum capacity.

The station has taken the decision to re-shuffle some of its presenters and there will be no new on air presenters joining the station. The station has introduced a new show Iingcebiso Ngezomthetho’, which will look into legal matters that will be presented by Luckeez Matyolweni, with a resident advocate from 21h30 – 22h30.


The station also wishes to announce that the programme ‘Zibuzwa kuthi’, which broadcasts from 12h00 – 13h00 on Mondays to Fridays will now be presented by Siphosethu NongangaMafa Bavuma moves to be part of the ‘BEE Show’, which airs on Mondays to Fridays from 06h30 – 09h00These two changes will be effective as from 3 June 2019.


The station has introduced a new programme ‘Masixolelane’ which will be broadcast on Mondays from 22h00 – 00h00 and will be presented by Tsidi Monteiro. It replaces the programme ‘Usagoduka Nha?’.

Elvis Mali will continue to present the programmes ‘Umculo WeJazz’ on Sundays from 22h00 – 00h00 and ‘Ezolimo’ on Friday morningsfrom 03h00 -04h30.


Mr Phumzile Mnci, the station manager of Umhlobo Wenene FM, who is also the acting Provincial General Manager of the Eastern Cape Province stated “I am thrilled to introduce this new line up, which I believe will deliver innovative and cutting edge programming. Umhlobo Wenene FM listeners can also look forward to new and vibrant features across our programmes that will be introduced incrementally in the next three months”.

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) launched its first multi-purpose High Definition (HD) studio on 01 April 2019. The SABC’s flagship news and current affairs programme ‘Morning Live’, which is broadcast on SABC 2 and channel 404 on Dstv was used to showcase the advanced technological capabilities of the studio.

The studio which has been in the making for almost two years is groundbreaking for the organization, as the SABC is continuously transforming into a public service broadcaster operating in the digital era. The studio is a fully-fledged news and sports studio, which is able to interchange between delivering news as well as sports content, which are produced differently. In addition the picture quality seen by our audiences will be clearer and crisper on the screen.


The new multi-purpose studio will refresh the look and feel of many programmes, as a variety of sets can be used within the studio. This studio also boasts advanced technological features which are modern and relevant to the current broadcasting environment.


The studio is equipped with six digital HD cameras of which one is on a camera crane, a digital video mixing console, a 28 input picture production monitor wall configurable for news or sport productions as well as a fully digital lighting control suite.


In delivering on its mandate to provide universal access of SABC radio and television services to all South Africans the SABC commits to use creative technologies to meet the challenges of broadcasting in sign language. In delivering on this promise, the new multi-purpose studio comprises of a sign language interpreter presentation suite, which will further enable the SABC to deliver its programming to the deaf community.


Group Executive for Media Technology and Infrastructure (MTI), Dr. Van Rooyen said that “This milestone comes at the right time for the SABC as we are approaching the national and provincial elections. Our promise to all South Africans is to provide high quality programmes delivered through various innovate ways enabled by technology.”


This modern studio will also attract audiences, who will be introduced to other SABC digital platforms such as websites and applications. This will enable enhanced interactivity between our audiences and the SABC’s content using the multimedia suite, which has features including Skype interface to allow interactivity in real-time.

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Seba Kaapstad bring an intoxicating and atmospheric spirit with their new video for “Africa” out today along with the announcement of their upcoming album Thina, out May 15th via Mello Music Group. With an effortless but captivating approach, “Africa” combines soul, jazz, hip hop, and the music of Africa in a swirl of sounds that can only result from a group that hails from such diverse backgrounds.

Seba Kaapstad consists of band members, Zoe Modiga, Philip Scheibel

(Pheel), Ndumiso Manana, and Sebastian Schuster (Seba). Drawing from their South Africa, Swazi, and German backgrounds, the group creates a soundscape without borders in order to demonstrate the commonalities shared between human beings. Now signed with Mello Music Group, Seba Kaapstad is neo-soul on a world stage.

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2019 Liberty Radio Awards Finalists Announced

Posted by radio On April - 1 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Liberty Radio Awards are pleased to announce the inductees into the Hall of Fame and the Bright Stars for 2019.


Induction into the Hall of Fame is an honour bestowed on individuals who have served the radio industry well for at least 15 years. Hall of Famers have made an indelible mark on the industry either on air, or in management, and are people who have provided inspiration and mentorship through their radio career. The people being inducted into the Hall of Fame for 2019 include:



The Bright Star is recognition of strong potential in the radio industry and inductees are individuals who – whether on air, or behind the scenes – are already making a mark on the industry. Bright Stars have an understanding and love for radio and show qualities that indicate that they will have a role to play in the industry’s future. The Liberty Radio Awards Bright Stars for 2019 are:




The finalists in the Station of the Year have also been determined. The Station of the Year is the crowning glory of the Liberty Radio Awards. The criteria for determining the Station of the Year includes on-air success; innovation; audience growth; community outreach and the X-factor. It takes into account the station’s “good radio citizenship” role within the industry. This year’s finalists are




MFM 92.6
PUKFM 93.6
TUKS FM 107.2


HOT 91.9 FM
MIX 93.8 FM




KAYA FM 95.9
KFM 94.5

Voting in the My Station category – where listeners can vote for their favourite station – continues until midnight on Tuesday, 2 April 2019. Finalists in this category will be announced on Friday, 5 April 2019.


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