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Adam Pattison, VP Americas & EMEA for BBM is in the country to attend a series of events aimed at increasing BBM’s profile and presence in South Africa.  Since the launch of its new product model and offering, BBM has identified South Africa and Nigeria as key growth markets forthe brand and Pattison is here to support the major brand outreach that BBM will be launching in 2017.

 

 

 

“South Africa is an important market for BBM and we see massive growth potential in the country.  In 2017 we are making major investments in the South African business in order to address the needs of our3 million monthly active users and to continue to grow the BBM community in South Africa.

 

Our key objective is to create utility for our users, essentially creating an ecosystem of relevant and localised content and services that are housed within our Discover Tab.”

 

BBM will be partnering with a host of content providers and other platforms in order to increasing the offering its key differentiating factors.

 

In addition, BBM also offers unique product features that address the needs of the modern day user, such as the ability to retract messages, create private chats, sending timed messages, money transfers via PayPal, unparalleled privacy through two-way contact authentication, video and voice calling, and sharing location in real time.

 

During his visit to South Africa Adam will be attending the Product of the Year 2017 Innovation Awards where BBM are the headline sponsor, the Mobile Marketing Association Breakfast; Mobile Media in 2017, as well as meeting with key stakeholders and partners.

 

In the next few weeks BBM will be making further announcements in regards to partnerships and projects for this critically important market.

 

Adam joined the BBM team in 2013 as it transitioned into a multiplatform product on iOS, Android and Windows operating systems and is part of the global leadership team that developed BBM into the multi million-dollar advertising business that it is today.

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it will no longer continue with the production of SABC 3 programme ‘Come Dine With Me South Africa’.

 

The SABC has been in negotiations with the rights holder, production house Rapid Blue, to showcase ‘Come Dine With Me South Africa’. However the Corporation was informed by the production company that they have subsequently withdrawn their offer for it to produce the show.

 

The SABC would like to apologise to all South Africans who adhered to the call to action in anticipation that we would be producing the show.

 

The SABC strives to have the best local television formats and will continue to pursue bringing you the best of local premium content. Further announcements of the show’s replacement will follow.

 

 

[Issued by: SABC]

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Metro FM activates MMA16 in style

Posted by radio On February - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

METRO FM BUILDS UP TO THE BIGGEST AWARDS SHOW OF THE YEAR WITH EXCITING ACTIVATIONS!

 

METRO FM, the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s biggest commercial radio station, is gearing up for the most anticipated awards show of the year.

The 16th METRO FM Music Awards, in partnership with the City of Durban (EThekwini Municipality) and the Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial government, will once again take place at the ICC in Durban on Saturday, 25 February 2017. Ticket sales are fast selling out with general tickets going for R750 and Golden Circle selling at R850.

METRO FM in the lead-up to the award will be holding exciting activations to create hype and excitement. These are the following events:

Wednesday 22 February 2017 – METRO FM Music Workshop – Tate’s Kasi Grill

 

The MMA Music Workshop which is free and open to the public, will be taking place at Tate’s Kasi Grill in Clermont, is about awarding music excellence according to the voting public of South Africa, and to empower the next generation of musicians in South Africa, the music workshop seeks to educate up and coming musicians amongst other things about:

  • The business of music
  • Different music organisations (SAMRO, RISA etc.) and how they can benefit them
  • Submissions of music to radio stations & record labels
  • Packaging of music
  • Technicalities of music i.e. sampling
  • Contracts and how they work
  • Longevity in the music industry
  • Taking ones art seriously

 

Last year saw the success of Yung Royalz who were selected as one of the groups that showed potential during the METRO FM Awards workshop with KZN upcoming artists. The group has since been play-listed on stations such as METRO FM, Ukhozi FM and Umhlobo Wenene amongst others. They have released a music video that is on high rotation with MTV Base. They are also on the Top 40/30 on various radio stations including YFM.

 

Friday 24 February 2017 – Pre-Parties 

 

  • 47th Avenue

Strictly by invite, this event will target those who love fashion and the finer things in life.

 

  • Eyadini Experience

 

This activation will target the Kwaito and house music lovers. It will profile Eyadini and Umlazi on radio through promos promoting the event, interviews on the day and television broadcast. Live SABC 1 music programme LIVEAMP, will broadcast live from the venue.

The line-up at Eyadini is as follows:

  1. MoFlava,
  2. Lerato Kganyago
  3. Sphe
  4. Naves
  5. DJ Jawz
  6. DJ Malwela
  7. Lulo Café
  8. Nasty C (Not confirmed)
  9. Naked DJ
  10. Nasty C
  11. Dr Malinga
  12. Professor
  13. Dj Feel
  14. Dj Merlon

 

Doors Open @ 12:00 Until late.

Tickets are @ COMPUTICKET for the public at R100 General Access & R200 VIP.

 

Sunday 26 February 2017

 

MMA16 WRAP UP PARTY

To close off the 16th Metro FM Music Awards weekend soulfully, a wrap-up party will be held at Maxi’s lifestyle in Umlazi. Guests can enjoy the township lifestyle while listening to their favourite tunes with, some of METRO FM DJ’s such as Amon Mokoena, Sentle, Wilson B Nkosi and Nothemba Madumo.

 

Tickets will be sold at the gate and prices are as follows:

 

VVIP          R950.00

VIP            starts from R350.00

General      starts from R150.00

 

LINE –UP: 

Mc’s

Somizi

Oros

Slot

 

Metro FM Dj’s

Glen Lewis

SPHEctacula & DJ Naves

Christos

Shimza

 

Artists                                                               Residents

Durban’s Finest                                                 Mngadi

Babes Wodumo                                                 Twitty

Professor                                                           Dnzwiri

Dr Malinga                                                         Vuuh

Nasty C                                                              Rocksilver

Amanda Black                                                    Lee

Jezel Brothers                                                    Mfistoz

Big Nuz                                                              stera

Kwesta                                                               Nash Mann

Bongs                                                           Smokie & Luso

Cndo

Lvovo

Zakwe

King Sfiso

Junior B

Junior De Rocka

Joocy

Fisherman

 

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Here are your monthly DStv prices, starting from 1 April 2017:

Package Current price Price from 1 April 2017
DStv Premium 759 789
DStv Extra 459 489
DStv Compact 345 365
DStv Family 219 235
DStv Access 99 99
DStv EasyView 29 29

DStv add ons

Service Current price Price from 1 April 2017
Access Fee 85 85
BoxOffice PVR rentals 35 35
DStv Indian 345 360
DStv indian add-on 220 229
DStv Portuguesa 445 465
DStv Portuguesa add-on 220 229

 

Please note the following prices will NOT increase on 1 April 2017:

  • DStv EasyView
  • DStv Access
  • Access Fee
  • BoxOffice rentals
  • Decoder insurance

 

Manage your DStv costs

  1. Make one annual payment and get a month’s free DStv

Pay your full year’s subscription in one payment and get your 12th month absolutely free! Just contact  Call Centre and switch to the annual payment option before 31 March 2017 to take advantage of your current price.

  1. Lock in your price for two years

Sign up for  Price Lock offers and pay fixed fees for the next 24 months. Go to dstv.com/pricelock or SMS “Price Lock” to 35129 .

 

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Liberty Radio Awards entries closed

Posted by radio On February - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

LIBERTY RADIO AWARDS ENTRIES CLOSED, GALA BANQUET BOOKINGS OPEN
After receiving more than 1570 awards submissions from 110 radio stations across South Africa, the entries for the 2017 Liberty Radio awards are now closed.

 

From humble beginnings seven years ago, (receiving less than 200 submissions in its first year), the Radio Awards, now headlined by Liberty, has grown substantially, proving its merit and value in the industry.

 

“We’re thrilled to have attracted such a huge pool of entries from across the entire industry,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “The response to the awards has been extremely affirming and shows that the industry is very much in favour of independent, transparent, and credible awards.”

 

“We are just as excited with the huge interest from the industry. We see this initiative as an opportunity for us as Liberty to build partnerships with our communities,” says Sydney Mbhele, Chief Marketing Officer, Liberty Group.

 

“Radio is the most ubiquitous medium, empowering millions of South Africans daily by sharing compelling content and authentic stories. With a 60 year history of empowering the lives of ordinary South Africans and changing their realities, Liberty is looking forward to celebrating excellence alongside an industry that is constantly raising standards for listeners to enjoy more knowledge and understanding, that builds a better society,” adds Mbhele.

 

The Liberty Radio Awards team is currently categorising the entries into packages for the expert panel of adjudicators, who will commence with their review on 13 February 2017. Adjudication will end on Friday 10 March 2017, following which the results will be audited, with finalists being announced at a Gala Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday, 22 April 2017.

 

To book your ticket to the Liberty Radio Awards Gala Banquet, click here

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The NEW EDITION STORY premieres on BET

Posted by radio On February - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Urban soul legends New Edition laid the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel, and sound. Boyz II Men…N’SYNC…The Backstreet Boys… New Kids On The Block…all took their cues from Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell & Johnny Gill.

 

After 30 years of breaking hearts on the record and from the stage, New Edition finally gets the biopic that their stellar tenure in entertainment so richly deserves. This epic three-part miniseries follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega-stardom – weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.

 

The star-filled The New Edition Story cast includes: Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke JamesKeith PowersAlgee SmithWoody McClain, Dante HoaglandCaleb McLaughlin, Jahi Winston, Myles Truitt and Tyler Williams as New Edition, alongside La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson, Sandi McCree Wood HarrisMichael RapaportFaizon LoveDuane Martin Tank and Bre-Z.

The New Edition Story will air as an exclusive six hour, three night event on 23 February 2 March and 9 March 2017 at 21:00 CAT on BET (DStv Channel 129).

 

THE NEW EDITION STORY: EPISODE BREAKDOWN

Part One – premieres Thursday 23 February at 21:00 CAT

The year is 1978. The city: Roxbury, MA, just outside of Boston. Eleven year old Bobby Brown convinces some friends (Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, and Ralph Tresvant) to perform in local talent shows in an attempt to win money (and girls). Once the group is formed, they convince a hot local manager, Brooke Payne, to turn them into talent show winners. The boys are eventually discovered by music impresario, Maurice Starr, who signs them to a record deal. They add a fifth member, Ronnie DeVoe, and their debut song “Candy Girl” hits #1 on the charts. Gary Evans, a manager from NYC, promises them a better deal, bigger stardom, and more money. When the boys get a new deal with MCA Records in L.A., things get off to an inauspicious start when MCA president Jheryl Busby, underwhelmed by his new signing, pushes them to deliver a hit album or else.

 

Part Two – premieres Thursday 2 March at 21:00 CAT

It’s 1984, and New Edition is in L.A. recording their second album. Ralph, fully aware of the resentment from his bandmates, requests more parts for them to sing. The album is a huge hit; but Bobby’s behaviour gets more erratic and outlandish while on the road. Eventually tensions erupt, and the group dynamic takes a pivotal change – the boys vote to kick Bobby out – and New Edition is never the same. Soon Ralph decides that he wants to go solo, leaving remaining members Ricky, Mike, and Ronnie stunned. Mike, the group’s de facto leader, adds R&B singer Johnny Gill to the group. Everything comes to an ugly head when the group meets to record their next album.

 

Part Three – premieres Thursday 9 March at 21:00 CAT

New Edition’s “Heartbreak” tour is an incredible success and the group is soaring high. Bobby, who has his own hit album “Don’t Be Cruel”, starts off as their opening act. But he soon eclipses them, becoming one of the biggest stars in R&B music. By 1990, all the members have launched hugely successful solo careers – even though there’s tension bubbling under the surface between them. A few short years later when most of the guys are up to their ears in debt, they agree to do a reunion album and tour with all six members, including Bobby. This should be New Edition’s rebirth, but things immediately get off to a bad start. In the aftermath, all six members go their separate ways, trying to navigate life after New Edition, leaving little hope to maintain the brotherhood they once shared.

For further information on The New Edition Story please go to www.betafrica.tv, follows us on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa or like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BETinAfrica

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First Line-up announced for MTN Bushfire

Posted by radio On February - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire, taking place in Swaziland and named Africa’s Top Festival by the BBC, is known as one of the most inclusive and diverse festivals in the world. Entering its 2nd decade, the festival’s commitment to the arts, the environment, and social change is even stronger than ever.

As Africa’s premiere world music festival, MTN Bushfire has always had strong African roots and this year is no exception, with MTN Bushfire proud to announce the triumphant return of Kwaito superstars TKZee.

 

 

Congolese performer Baloji, and the Taureg rebel Bombino and the Belgian / South African newcomer Petite Noir are amongst the first batch of artists confirmed to grace the MTN Bushfire 2017 main stage.

 

Fans of 90’s Kwaito can rejoice in the return of arguably one of the original Kwaito acts – TKZee helped to define the era. Made up of three school friends who have all made a name for themselves individually, Zwai Bala, Kabelo Mabalane and Tokollo Tshabalala are BACK with all of their 90’s hits including Take it Eezy, Palafala, Shibobo, and more. Its time to get retro and groove to this distinctly South African sound.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUmh1t7fSvs

Congolese performer Baloji, is a poet, composer, lyricist/beatmaker, scriptwriter, actor, and video artist. His genre busting music is elegantly poised at the crossroads of African music, rap music, American music (soul, funk, jazz) and even deep house that has its roots in part in the region of Belgium where Baloji grew up.

 

Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period, that meaning shifted to “man of the occult sciences and sorcery.” Regardless – of interpretation, Baloji places his resilience at the center of his work, reconciling all of these influences to enrich his projects. The French singer has achieved international acclaim since the release of his debut album Hotel Impala (2008) and has gone on to perform across the world in over 200 shows.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbFPxMo48AA

 

Taureg music and culture has captured the world’s attention in recent years, and one of its most successful sons is Bombino.  Born in the Ifoghas Tribe of the Taureg people, who have long been recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert and as people of grace and nobility as well as fighters of fierce reputation, Bombino is the epitome of his people and his culture.

 

A self-proclaimed rebel, two of his musicians were killed during the 2nd Taureg rebellion of 2017. In exile in Burkina Faso, Bombino’s long journey as a desert blues musician even took him to the United States where he had the chance to record a version of the Rolling Stones classic “Hey Negrita” alongside Stones’ members Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.

 

Bombino’s first internationally released album, Agadez, was produced by Ron Wyman and released in 2011 receiving worldwide acclaim. His follow up, Nomad, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and has earned rave reviews from top media outlets around the world including BBC World Service, which calls it “utterly, utterly fantastic” and Rolling Stone, which calls Nomad “a perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss9Znucx4GM

 

Petite Noir is a young South African of Belgian and Angolan descent and is a songwriter, producer and musician who defies description. Petite Noir was one half of Popskarr with Spoek Mathambo and was also a member of the music collective Capital of Cool. Since his recording debut in 2012 Petite Noir has created what he describes as “noir wave” or “new wave with an African aesthetic.” Petite Noir is one of the most exciting new electronic music artists to emerge from the thriving Cape Town scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XvD1QN3enQ

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Tracker and Jacaranda FM presents the brand new and exciting Off the Beat ‘n Track mountain biking and music event set to offer routes for family members of all ages.

 

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Off the Beat ‘n Track is a spectacular new event which combines music, family and sport to create a great day for families to enjoy the amazing outdoors of the South African landscape, while being entertained by celebrated musicians.

 

Rides will occur in a safe and secure environment from; 2km (for toddlers), 5km, 15km and 50km (for experienced mountain bikers) through the heart of one of Gauteng’s best kept secrets in Irene – situated almost halfway between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

 

Make sure you join us on the 8th of April 2017, registration is now open

Date: Saturday 8 April, 7:00 am

 

Venue: The Big Red Barn, Irene

 

Race Entry Fee:

50km (12yrs+ ONLY) – R227

15km (9yrs+ ONLY) – R170

5km – Adult – R114,

5km – Kids (6-9yrs ONLY) – R91

2km (4-5yrs ONLY) – R91

 

If you not keen for a cycle but still want to join us on the day general access tickets are available.

Adult – R68

Kids (2–12 years) R40
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

 

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Fall in love with comedy

Posted by radio On February - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

21 of the country’s top comedians are joining forces with Comedy Central (122) to make Mzansi comedy fans fall head-over-heels in love with home-grown stand-up comedy.

 

 

Passionately lining up to support comedy and the comedic arts, and to encourage South Africans to appreciate and consume more local comedy are: Celeste Ntuli, Ndumiso Lindi, Dillan Oliphant, Lihle Lindzy, Deep Fried Man, Conrad Koch, Chris Forrest, Barry Hilton, John Vlismas, Nina Hastie, Suzelle DIY, Donovan Goliath, Nick Goliath, Robby Collins, Richelieu Beaunoir, Simmi Areff, Mojak Lehoko, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, David Kau, Yaaseen Barnes and Joey Rasdien.  Further comedians will join the campaign throughout the year.

 

 

Kicking off on Valentine’s Day, the campaign will see the 21 comedy luminaries starring in a fun new Comedy Central promotional campaign that will run on TV, billboards and social media throughout the year.

 

 

Throwing dignity and caution to the wind, the comedians have filmed a range of adorable stunts, slo-mo clips, face-offs and silly promos showing them interacting humorously with dogs, beach balls, glitter, pom poms, balloons and much more, using the props in a comic way to represent their own personal “brand” of comedy.

 

 

Commented Dillon Khan, Senior Channel Director, Comedy Central, Africa and Creative Services VIMN Africa, “Comedy Central is on a mission to make life funnier, and to support the local comedy scene; we are delighted at the amazing response we have had from these great comedians in the interest of fighting every day monotony and the forces of boredom!  We’re proudly saying there is nothing more entertaining than comedy.  Premier League…Cricket…. Cinema… nothing beats laughter.”

 

 

In the coming months, the 24-hour comedy network and official “home of funny” is “standing up” for South African comedy and comedians by increasing the volume of local comedy programming on the channel including – for the first time – vernacular and Afrikaans’ comedy which will feature on the channel from April 2017.  Among the many South African comedians you’ll see on the channel in comedy specials in the coming months are: John Vlismas, Masood Boomgard, Kwanda Radebe, Tyson Heffer, Alfred Adriaan, Jem Atkins, Deep Fried Man, Marc Lottering, Loyiso Gola and Neville Pillay.

 

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Anele takes over 94.7 Breakfast Show

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

On Monday 3rd April, 947 audiences will find that their favourite radio presenters are hosting different shows.

 

After 14 years on 947 breakfast radio, Darren Simpson will move to the afternoon drive and Anele Mdoda will become the first South African woman to take over a commercial breakfast show.

 

Darren made the announcement on the Breakfast Xpress, noting that he has spent 18 years of his radio career on breakfast radio, and it is time for a lifestyle change and a new challenge.

 

“It has been a privilege to wake up Joburg, and I have achieved all of the milestones that I set out to achieve in morning radio – growing audience, commercial success, awards and most importantly, we have changed lives on this show,” he said.

 

He added that the timing of the change was prompted by a need to re-prioritise his life.

 

“Breakfast radio is physically and emotionally exhausting. I don’t think people realise all the demands that are placed on a breakfast show – the extensive preparation that goes into it and all that is required for the station and for clients. As the host, I am often here until 9pm at night.

 

“I have a young family and last year, I hit a point where, despite being in Johannesburg, I hadn’t seen my kids awake for three straight days. It set off alarms for me, and I realized that something had to change.”

 

The station was open to the opportunity to freshen the two drive time shows. Drive time radio is critical in Joburg, where traffic dictates the routines of significant numbers of commuters. Recent research from the new Broadcast Research Council (BRC) survey shows that 947 has particularly high incidence of in-car listening in both mornings and afternoons.

 

“We’ve been following this traffic and listening trend for some time, and feel confident that it’s the right time to bring some new flavour into these shows, while retaining the personalities who our audiences love and relate to,” said 947 station manager, Ravi Naidoo.

 

Anele Mdoda started her commercial radio career with 947 when she joined the station with partner Grant Nash to host an evening show in 2006. She then moved to national station, 5FM before returning to 947 in 2012 to take on a solo drive time show.

 

Anele’s star has continued to rise and she has branched out into TV, now hosting her own daily talk show, RealTalk with Anele on SABC3. She will continue to host both her radio and TV shows in 2017.

 

“After five years on 947’s drive show, I am honoured to take on the challenge of the breakfast show. My first big radio break was at 947 and I am thankful to management for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. The station, and the breakfast show in particular, is home to radio royalty with personalities like Darren Simpson, who has continued to evolve the breakfast show and create radio magic. I know that he’s going to be a tough act to follow. Radio is and always will be a very personal platform and I am driven by the connection I have with my listeners. I will always work hard to deliver content that evokes emotion, makes people laugh and gets them thinking. I’m looking forward to the next part of this incredible journey on 947,” she said.

 

“Anele’s flair for talk and interviews will suit the breakfast slot which offers more time for extended conversations, in between the music mix. She’s certainly got the gravitas to host the breakfast show, and we love that she’s come full circle to this point, on 947,” said Naidoo.

 

 

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