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The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) radio station METRO FM, is proud to announce the launch of the 16th METRO FM Music Awards (MMA’s). Today’s launch of the MMAs also made a call for submissions for nominees from the music industry regarding the awards.

 

Metro+FM+Music+Awards[1]The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, the 25th of February 2017 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban. This great spectacle will once again be carried live on SABC 1 with live crossings to the public viewing area in Durban.

 

The 16th edition of the Metro FM Music Awards is themed ‘What’s Next Is All That Matters,’ building onto last year’s theme, ‘Legends Don’t Stop, They Ask What’s Next’. The theme indicates that it’s not just about getting that hit song play-listed on Metro FM, it’s not about finishing off a great album and it’s not about having a great video to go with your track, but about what you do next to continue building onto your glories.

 

“We had a successful event with the 2015 Metro FM Music Awards and taking from our theme, the question is not about repetition but what matters is what’s next and what the 2016 Metro FM Music Awards will have in store. The success of the MMA15 is something of the past; we can’t keep blowing that trumpet, we have to sing a different tune in the next edition and keep growing the event and the artists involved with it’, said Ms Sibongile Mtyali, METRO FM Station Manager.”

 

In the past 15 years the MMAs categories have increased reflecting growth in the local music industry, a development that can partly be attributed to the contribution made by the awards. Once again the awards will see winners walking away a R100 000 prize money per category.

 

METRO FM celebrates talented musicians from not only from South Africa, but across the continent and we proudly support the collaborations between South African talent and the talents from the rest of the continent as a bid to form a distinctive continental sound, a kaleidoscope of cultures and creativity.

 

For METRO FM, being the Number one commercial radio station in the country means we are at the forefront of determining the local soundtrack and this will be reflected yet again at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards.

 

Visit the Metro FM website on www.metrofm.co.za  for more information and details around call for submissions and stay tuned to Metro FM for more information.

‘What’s Next Is All That Matters

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Crown Gospel Awards will be broadcast live on SABC 1

Posted by radio On November - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reaffirms its media partnership with the annual SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. In its ninth year running, it will be taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Arena in Durban on Sunday 27 November 2016 under the theme, ‘Push, Birth & New Beginnings’.

cgmacopyThe SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC2 on Sunday the 27th of November 2016 from 20:00.

The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards are a platform to salute and award excellence in the Gospel Music Industry showcasing various categories.  To date, the awards boast more than 30 categories. The winners are awarded a Crown, for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.

 

Mr Kaizer Kganyago, the SABC’s Spokesperson commented, “The public service broadcaster is encouraged by the continued growth of the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. Gospel music represents one of the most popular genres across both SABC radio and television platforms especially for SABC 1 and SABC 2’s audiences.  Therefore our association with the Crown Gospel Music Awards reflects this natural attraction”.

 

Founder and producer of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards Zanele Mbokazi stated “We have faith in our production team. Everyone involved had laid out an A-Game for this year’s edition of the Crowns.  From dancers, backing vocals, presenters, the lighting, to the stage design, it’s all coming together as we desired as awards producers”.

 

The line-up for the 2016 edition of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards include,  Khaya Mthethwa, Sipho Makhabane, Dr. Tumi, Lebo Sekgobela, Andile kaMajola, Women in Praise just to name a few.  The SABC Crown Gospel Awards has attracted the interest of Gospel artists outside South Africa through the category ‘Best of Africa’ and also through the night’s performances.

 

This coming weekend will also see, the inaugural Christian Expo Africa happening from the 26th to 27th of November at the ICC Arena. The public is invited to come walk the different exhibition stands.

The SABC will also be supporting the awards through its other various platforms including SABC Radio station uKhozi FM and other SABC TV programmes.

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Mthandeni Sibusiso Manqele popularly known as Igcokama Elisha, the most loved Maskandi artist, is releasing his brand new 16 tracks album this week titled “Amagolide”. The official release date for this long awaited album is this coming Friday, 25th November. In this album Igcokama has worked with one of the most talented Maskandi artist today, Jaiva Zimnike. Igcokama Elisha will soon be touring parts of KZN, Gauteng and other provinces to promote his new album. This is his 6th studio album since he started his solo career in 2013.

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This album’s first hit singles, “AmaTablet” and “Sidlukotini”, are already on high rotation on different radio stations nationwide and receiving a warm welcome. The chart-topping Malavisto hit maker is expected to set new records and sell more copies to reach Platinum status with this album. His albums since 2014 been selling over gold status, which is very impressive especially since he is an indipendent artist signed to his very own Record Label, IGCOKAMA Records. It is without a doubt that this album will also be well recieved by many people including our fellow brothers and sisters from the neighbouring countries, the same way they loved and enjoyed his “Xenophobia” album that featured the single of the same title. “Xenophobia” was recorded to help in stopping the 2015 Xenophobic attacks that were taking place in Durban and parts of South Africa while ensuring that this horrific act is not repeated by our people ever again. The song preached the message of peace and unity and King Goodwill Zwelithini gave it his Blessings as well.

 

The 28 year old KwaZulu-Natal born and bred hit maker from a small area called Mtubatuba, promises us that the album is not focusing on the fights within the maskandi industry but rather looking into growing his career as an artist, songwriter, delivering the best music to the Maskandi music lovers and contributing to the growth of this genre. “I’m an entertainer, I believe that I was born to heal, teach and fight social ills with my music and it’s exactly what I’m doing”, Says Manqele.

 

In this new album, Igcokama Elisha continues to brings innovation in the genre that speaks to the new generation with a sound that is inspired by what the youth in South Africa likes currently. “Maskandi is a genre that defines me & my heritage, so the fact that I’m a maskandi artist doesn’t take away the fact that I’m still young and I’m aware of what is happening around me. Young people, especially hip-hop music lovers will also enjoy this album“ he concluded. Manqele is one of the most sort after entertainers in the country and it seems through this album, he is going to be very busy this festive season and Maskandi music fans have one great album to celebrate their festive season with. Igcokama is already rehearsing his hot new stage performance to go with this hot new album! He promises his fans and promoters a hot, entertaining live performance as past of his festive performance set.

 

Igcokama Elisha is currently featured on the November issue of TRUE LOVE magazine making him the very first Maskandi artist to be featured in such an urban magazine, showing that he is already on the road to making history and changing steroetypes regarding Maskandi genre and traditional music as a whole in South Africa.

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The final Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline of 2016 promises to bring out the SOUL SHINE summer vibe Jozi has been waiting for! Friday December 2nd sees the always welcome return to the Bassline stage of legendary Mamelodi based troubadour VUSI ‘The Voice’ MAHLASELA.

 

kyaKaya FM 95.9 and Bassline are proud to present this titan of African music, live on stage, bringing his unique sound and powerful live show that has created magic across the world for over three decades.  Kaya celebrates #HerSummer with premium music experiences and this show is no exception.

 

With his hugely successful global career and numerous accolades and awards, Vusi Mahlasela remains a humble man committed to his music and to his positive messages.  It is impossible not to be moved by Vusi’s unique vocal style and lyrical acoustic guitar playing.

 

Vusi has coined the SOUL SHINE concept to encapsulate this experience, and his return to the Bassline in Newtown, whilst always a special occasion, promises to set the bar even higher.  SOUL SHINE is the spread of Ubuntu through music, and as we head to the end of 2016, the time is perfect to celebrate and share some positive energy.

 

Vusi’s SOUL SHINE AFRICA MUSIC NIGHT at Bassline will not only feature all his popular tunes drawn from a songbook built over ten  albums, but the show will feature more than a few musical surprises.

 

Also featured ‪on December 2nd will be young Mamelodi based guitar prodigy Sbu Mashinini, who has quickly built a reputation as an ace player.

 

This epic evening will bring a stirring end to the Kaya Live @ Bassline series for the year.

 

Get your tickets at Webtickets now, and let your soul shine!

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Make ’em laugh and leave ’em wanting more! The Heavyweights International Comedy Show aims to do just that.

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The event is setting the stage to be one of the largest cultural events with a world class comedy appeal and roaring laughs on the 11th December 2016.

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This year’s debut international comedy show will host an eclectic mix of both local and international headliners such as the hilarious, funny and multi award winning African comedic great Ayo Makun who goes by the stage name AY from Nigeria. He is also an actor, writer, director, radio and T.V presenter. AY has also held the ranks of being named a UN peace ambassador in 2009 for his efforts for social and economic issues affecting ordinary citizens in his country.

 

The ever ludicrous, funny and fearless Gina Yashere will also lead the pack gracing South Africa for the first time. Born in London and now residing in New York, Gina broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10. She then went on to be named one of the top 10 rising talents in the Hollywood Reporter and then never went home. She is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever appear on the iconic Def Comedy Jam an HBO television series produced by Russell Simmons.

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The local line up includes retired lawyer and ‘Laugh Technician’ Thenjiwe who’s apparently lodged a complaint with the Knowles family claiming Beyonce is her daughter.

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The multi talented Trevor Gumbi, Tumi Stopnonsons and Nina Hastie are also bound to leave viewers in stitches. The witty and energetic Tallassmo features front and centre of the show as the MC.

 

Time: Doors open at 2pm and show starts 3pm sharp Don’t delay, Hurry!! book your tickets now from R200 at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and House & Home. Media Contact: Lucky Mphilo 081 574 2818 luck

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PRESENTER CATEGORIES

AFTERNOON DRIVE PRESENTER

This category is open to the any presenter who plays the starring role in hosting the Afternoon Drive show typically between 16:00 and 19:00 (but not limited to these times) on weekdays. The time channel is in substantial demand by advertisers who aim to reach mobile and economically-active individuals and the key to presentation here is to present information and entertainment in such a compelling manner as to reduce stress during rush hour.

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BREAKFAST SHOW PRESENTER

The breakfast presenter is the “flagship” presenter of any radio station, as this person not only sets the tone for the rest of the day`s broadcasting, but also sets and guides the style of the entire radio station. The presenter needs to be at the top of his/her game, and understand and be able to address the complex needs of the time-challenged morning audience with style, verve, confidence, ease and originality. The judges will look for someone who rises to this immense task, and will judge both their relationship with the audience, as well as their broadcast stamina.

 

SPORTS PRESENTER

The Sports presenter award is for a presenter who presents a sports-focused show and shows an in-depth passion for sport and an ability to translate this passion into presentation that informs, entertains and educates the listener and which adds value to the listeners’ experience.

 

TRAFFIC PRESENTER

Ask any person what their biggest gripe is, and on the list will be traffic snarl and gridlock. Commuters at all times of the day rely on up-to-date traffic information that is delivered clearly but, more importantly, interpretatively. In other words, am I being told of alternative routes and options. A good on-air traffic reporter will also reflect the mood of the moment. They need to understand our frustration behind the wheel.

 

NEWS BULLETIN READER

This category is open to any news reader working on any radio station who is responsible for delivering a news bulletin of between 90 seconds and 7 minutes in duration. While authority and believability in reading, as well as the reader’s intrinsic understanding of the bulletin and the issues that it raises will be of significant importance, the judges will also appraise pace, style, nuance and ease on the ear.

 

FIELD NEWS REPORTER

Reporting on a news story; and in particular a developing story from the “field” is a challenging task. The reporter needs to capture the scene and to then report on this in an informative and compelling manner – one which allows the listener to be “transported” to the heart of the story. In many cases these reports are filed under extremely challenging and sometimes even dangerous conditions. This category is open to any field news reporter who is responsible for delivering concise, compelling informative reports from a remote location which is normally the source of the news story and which is used in the content of a news bulletin on the station.

 

PRODUCER CATEGORIES

CONTENT PRODUCER

This category is open to the unsung heroes of radio – those people who conceptualise and sustain a block of programming during the day or night. Producers have to have an intricate knowledge of their audience and make sure the presenter is delivering accordingly. At the same time, the producer needs to have the trust and confidence of the presenter/s in order to get them to deliver their best work. Judges can instinctively hear a well-produced radio show, but they will also look at new ideas, creative sustainability, and will look for seamless continuity from one idea to another. While music and speech formats are very different, good producers, in both genres, are critical to success. The judges will determine if the show is tight and crisp. If it is, often it is due to the “silent tiller work” of a great producer and THAT person/s will be our winner!

 

NOMINATIONS

BRIGHT STAR

This is a category which will rely on brief written nominations from any Station Manager. The Candidate for this award must be 35 or younger – either on air, or behind the scenes – who is making his/her mark on the industry. The award is aimed at a person who has an intrinsic understanding and love for the medium, respects its past, but who also has great ideas about its future. The person would be someone who is a tireless worker and on whom the radio station has come to rely.

 

HALL OF FAME NOMINATION

This is a category which will rely on brief written nominations. The judges would like to consider a person who has been in the industry for over 15 years, who is either still in the business, or has retired. (The judges would also be happy to consider a posthumous award). This person/s (more than one award will be made) needs to have made an indelible mark on the industry – either on air, or in management and, ideally, who is revered and talked about by the industry. The judges would like this person to have been a strong inspiration and mentor.

 

RADIO INNOVATION AWARD

This category seeks to recognise and reward innovative, “out of the box” concepts in the form of programming and in any form of technology that serves to improve the radio industry and the radio experience for all stakeholders. This will include external organizations who innovate solutions that add value to the industry and that ultimately enhance radio’s business proposition.

 

SHOW CATEGORIES

AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW

Although it doesn`t always pull the same audience numbers as Breakfast, Afternoon Drive is critical to the station`s mix on air and plays a significant role to the overall Time Spent Listening (TSL) and cumulative audience figures. The pace of the show is critical with a substantial volume of news and information having to be incorporated into the mix. Getting this show right requires a skilful mix of the ingredients that will keep the listener locked to the station and provide that mix of information and entertainment that shortens the ride home and reduces the stress of rush-hour traffic.

 

BREAKFAST SHOW

The adage – “If a station is not in profit by 9 a.m. then it never will be” – makes this particular award one of the most important. The judges will be looking for a show that captures the energy and essence of its target market both geographically and demographically. Morning radio can often sound the same in many markets, so the judges will look for style, content and presentation that is original, creative, exciting and enticing. Morning radio is often about team-broadcasting, and judges will, therefore, pay special attention to how the team blends together and plays off one another. The best morning radio, while often tightly packed and pre-produced, can be a meaningful vehicle for advertisers.

 

BUSINESS AND FINANCE SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations that have a dedicated business show of 15 minutes or more in duration. Not only will the judges take into account how the core business demographic is catered for in terms of programming choice, but also how the subject is covered for the broader audience in terms of ease of explanation. They will be looking for “penetrating interviews” and interpretation that get to the heart of the business debate in South Africa, as well as how business is covered in terms of the empowerment and developmental economy debate.

 

 

DAYTIME SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations across all categories broadcasting typically from 09:00 to 15:00 during weekdays and over weekends. The show will be assessed on how well it understands the unique needs of the time channel and programmes accordingly, and judges will be looking for freshness in presentation, and how uniquely the broadcast hour is used. Consideration will also be given to whether advertisers have got value for money, and whether the show deserves the accolade of being a daily must-have appointment with the listener. High production values are a must.

 

 

RADIO DOCUMENTARY

Radio is an excellent medium for telling stories and there are few better ways of telling a story than through a well-crafted documentary. Documentary programmes provide compelling listening and edutainment and remain imprinted on the listeners mind for a long time after listening to the programme. Masters of the documentary craft use the material at hand to evoke exceptionally powerful images in the listener`s mind, with the fabric of the story engaging the listener and keeping the listener tuned into the story to hear the conclusion. We are looking to acknowledge the best documentary programmes broadcast on radio.

 

DRAMA PROGRAMME

Radio Drama is a specialized field. This is true exploration of “theatre of the mind”. A skilful drama producer will use all the tools available to bring the drama to life and conjure up vivid images within the imagination of the listener. Utilising voices, sound effects, stereophonic separation and a great deal of craftsmanship, the producer can play on the imagination and the emotions of the listener. Judges are looking for exceptional work in this arena – work that has captured the attention of the listener and kept the listener glued to the radio. This category comprises any full-length radio drama or radio sketch.

 

MUSIC SHOW

This category is open to any show in any music-only format across any time channel. The judges will focus specifically on how the show understands and interprets the format in a manner that is entertaining, engaging and compelling and adds real value to the core listenership. Special attention will be given to show production, which would include links and special features.

 

NEWS AND ACTUALITY SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations that have a bona fide news and actuality programme comprising original news and current affairs of fifteen minutes in duration or more, and broadcast at any time of the day or night. This excludes hourly news bulletins. The category would also be open to a broader talkshow that covers current affairs. The show will be assessed on the way in which stories and issues are handled in terms of presentation, immediacy, style and objectivity.

 

NIGHT-TIME SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations across all categories broadcasting from 19:00 in the evening to 06:00 in the morning, weekdays and over weekends. Night-time broadcasting typically requires a change of pace and mood, and the show must reflect this. Judges will also look at how the show best addresses the needs of the audience, as well as excellence in presentation and production. Given that night-time radio audiences tend to dwindle as it gets later, judges will be asking one key question: “What compels me to stay with this show?”

 

SPORTS SHOW

This category is open to all radio stations that have a dedicated sports programme or feature of 10 minutes or more in duration. Extended radio sports bulletins would be eligible to enter this category, as well as once-off reports. Passion and knowledge in presentation, and the ability to generate excitement for listeners will be key elements sought by the judges. Team, provincial or national partisanship would not be considered in a negative light. The judges will be looking for a show, or a bulletin, or a feature that goes beyond just the score line and the scorers – in other words, the human element, the drama, the pain and the sweat of the event, and how it`s articulated on radio.

 

WEEKEND RADIO SHOW

This is open to all shows that air over weekends. Weekend radio is often overlooked and yet it plays a vital role in the station`s overall “past 7-day” audience figures. Whilst the pace and the style of presentation can be substantially different over weekends, the judges are looking for shows that make a difference – shows with which the listener will make an appointment to listen, shows that are seen as the highlight of a listener`s weekend entertainment diet.

 

STATION AWARDS

STATION OF THE YEAR

This is the grand prix, the big kahuna, the mother of all prizes, the one staff will want to tell their mothers about and have the station logo tattooed on their bodies. We recognise four categories: commercial, community, campus and PBS station of the year. We need a detailed and comprehensive written motivation that would look at on-air success and innovation, audience growth, community outreach and that X -factor. If a brief audio presentation with key outtakes helps your cause, feel free to send us a disc. What, we ask, would give your station the right to call itself the Liberty Radio Station of the Year?

 

COMMUNITY PROJECT

A great radio station is one that understands the community it broadcasts to and the contribution it can make. This category seeks to reward radio stations that do this in a meaningful and sustained manner and whose outreach makes a genuine difference to peoples` lives. The judges would look at both ongoing and one-off events, but those that are undertaken with real heart and not by expediency.

 

MULTI CHANNEL PROMOTION AWARD

The Multi-Channel Promotion Award highlights radio’s ability to integrate new technologies to enhance the relationship between the station and its listeners. The award will recognize stations that develop- and creatively execute- campaigns that jointly feature the station’s brand and one or more of the following: vodcasts/podcasts; mobile phones; multimedia apps; electronic media; and social media/networking sites. Judges will be looking for campaigns that champion the station brand and the on-air product, whilst engaging the listeners and fostering a more intimate relationship between the station and its audience. You need to demonstrate how you have used multi-channel media platforms to encourage new listeners, increase TSL (Time Spent Listening), create on-air excitement, generate hype and broader exposure for the station and reward loyal listeners.

 

STATION IMAGING

The “sound” of a good radio station is clear, impactful and, most of all, distinct. This category looks at well-constructed, jingles, stings and stabs and how they all fit into the overall construct and personality of the station. Judges would listen carefully to the craft of packaging and would be particularly interested to hear special packaging for dedicated on-air events.

 

PROMOTIONS STUNT/EVENT

This category recognises excellence in promotions and related activities that are designed to strengthen a radio station`s own brand, and to entrench it more deeply with its audience. Conventional on-air promotions commissioned by and for regular advertisers are excluded, as the focus here is on the station`s own brand. This does not exclude the possibility that third-party brands may be involved as secondary sponsors. The promotion or event could be anything from a charity drive or sports event to a treasure hunt, etc.

 

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RADIO AWARDS are back now with Liberty

Posted by radio On November - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

librawawToday Liberty announced the launch of the Liberty Radio Awards in 2017. Formerly known as the MTN Radio Awards, the awards are an industry-wide initiative that promotes and recognises excellence in radio journalism. The awards are renowned for their credibility and transparency. Importantly, radio is South Africa’s leading media platform and Liberty is proud to be associated with the awards.

 

Convenor of the Liberty Radio Awards, Lance Rothschild said: “We’re thrilled to have Liberty on board to re-kindle the flame of the radio awards. The absence of the awards in 2016 was sorely felt by the industry, but we are now able to continue this important programme with Liberty’s support.”

 

Commenting on the sponsorship, Mr. Sandile Hlophe, Chief Executive of Liberty’s Group Arrangements, said: “More than 90% of the population has access to radio on a daily basis making it the widest reaching and most impactful medium in the country. Liberty’s involvement with the Awards will enable us to enhance the quality of radio journalism for the benefit of listeners, who are the very customers we service.”

 

Mr. Tshepo Matseba, Marketing and Communication Executive at Liberty Corporate added: “At Liberty we believe in empowering people to secure their financial freedom. Radio, in addition to being entertaining, promotes conversations and provides critical educational information on which people can base their financial decisions.  Our partnership with the awards recognises this important role of radio in our nation, while cherry picking the best the industry has to offer”.

 

The Liberty Radio Awards are open to all ICASA-licensed radio stations in the country and there are several award categories across the four pillars of radio: Campus, Community, PBS and Commercial. Entries are free and will open end November 2016 and close in late January 2017. The Award ceremony will be held on Saturday 8th April 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Amanda du Pont on the A-List

Posted by radio On November - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
amanda_du-pont_lrgAmanda will be co-hosting the weekly entertainment and lifestyle magazine show with Ayanda Thabethe for the next three months, shooting segments with A-listers and celebrities from across the continent.  She steps into the stilettos of pregnant Nandi Madida who taped her last episode last week before heading off on maternity leave.
Ayanda and Amanda will keep audiences captivated weekly with the latest trends from around the African continent and abroad, unpacking everything from fashion, to music, movies and more, covering the hottest red carpet events and interviewing A-Listers from home and abroad.
Amanda spent her first day shooting at Endemol Shine Studios in Randburg on 10 November, and her first episode of BET A-List will premiere on BET on Thursday 17 November at 18:35 CAT. Highlights from the episode will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at Anatii and Omarion’s new music video, an interview with the cast and crew of the new movie, Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu, and a profile on Hip Hop’s most prolific photographer Jonathan Mannion, the man responsible for iconic shots of artists like Jay Z and Lauryn Hill.

Commented Amanda du-Pont: “I’m excited and incredibly blessed to have joined the BET A-List family. It’s an absolute honour to be able to fill in for my dear friend Nandi Madida while she is on maternity leave. I love both Nandi and Ayanda dearly – they are, both such powerful and humble women. I love the show as it reaches throughout Africa, unifies Africa as a whole and still has international presence and opportunities.”

BETA-List has been brightening up Thursday nights on BET (129) since 8 September. Among the many stars and celebrities who have featured on the show are Bonang Matheba, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Sbu, Boity, Monique Bingham, Wizkid, and many more.

 

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Soul Inspired Concert Brought To You By SPAR

Posted by radio On November - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Kick back, relax and enjoy a day out in the sun with family at the Kaya FM Soul Inspired concert brought to you by SPAR; taking place at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on the 4th of December. There will be live entertainment on stage, lots of fun for the children in the kiddies area and lunch for every taste bud from the gourmet food market. Get your tickets now at ticketpro.co.za, entrance is free for the kids and only R50 for adults.

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Artists:

 

Benjamin Dube

 

Dumi Mkokstad

 

Zaza

 

Lebo Sekgobela

 

Soweto Gospel choir.

 

Gates open at 10am.

 

 

There’s always comfort in knowing that for every kind of person, there’s every kind of SPAR ready to welcome you. After all, we’re not just a supermarket. We’re part of your life and community, a place where you never feel like a stranger. It’s the reason why you and your loved ones affectionately say ‘my’ SPAR, without even thinking about it.

 

You see, for those close to us, we strive to do everything we can, helping make meals delicious and celebrations unforgettable. But all of this is understandable because we’re not just going all out for ‘customers’ – we’re doing it for ‘family

 

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A Gospel Concert for the family. Picnic, gourmet food on sale and kiddies entertainment.

 

The full R50 entrance fee for every adult ticket purchased will be donated to charity.

 

Kids free but need to still get a ticket either by purchasing a family package in advance or collecting a kids ticket at the gate.

 

No Food or beverages allowed to be brought in.

 

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John, who turns 61 later this month, has been steering the 702 breakfast show for nearly 15 years during which time the station has evolved into one of South Africa’s most respected media platforms.

 

jrobbieHe has won numerous awards and interviewed significant news makers on almost every major news story to affect South Africa, often setting the Gauteng and national news agenda for the day.

 

John has been a part of the fabric of the station since 1986 and has guided audiences through some of the most tumultuous stories and changes in our recent history.

 

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He’s gathered legions of fans, gotten into plenty of trouble and done an extensive amount of good for listeners and communities around Gauteng. He has become a part of hundreds of thousands of Gautengers daily lives and we are all going to miss him.

 

Terry Volkwyn, Primedia Broadcasting CEO

Reflecting on his time at 702, and his decision to leave, John had this to say…

 

Just as I ended my rugby career, I knew when it was time to go and informed my bosses. Thirty years at 702 has been a blast. I am proud of my contribution and proud of the station. It is one of the most transformed businesses in SA and has a massive role to play going forward. In thirty years, many on the morning show, I was never late once. Good luck to my dear colleagues and friends who are listeners and advertisers and to my family who have shared the journey. It has been a privilege to serve.

 

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John’s retirement has created an opportunity to restructure the 702 line-up, and from the 9th January 2017, current afternoon drive host, Xolani Gwala will be taking over the breakfast slot from 06h00 to 09h00.

 

Redi Tlhabi, who has been with 702 in the mid-morning slot for 10 years, will take over afternoon drive from 15h00 to 18h00.

 

Her current show, 09h00 to 12h00 will be permanently hosted by Eusebius McKaiser who has been filling in for Redi for the past three months while she has been on maternity leave.

 

“When John first discussed his plans to retire, earlier this year, we were saddened by his loss to the line up but are in an exceedingly fortunate position to have the depth of talent on our station that we do,” said 702 station manager, Thabisile Mbete.

 

This new line up strongly reflects South Africa. It is balanced and will take the station into the future.

 

Thabisile Mbete, 702 Station Manager

Xolani has extensive experience on a breakfast show from before he re-joined 702, some four years ago. He’s an excellent broadcaster who we are proud to have on our station and as our new breakfast host.

 

 

Xolani is looking forward to this new challenge:

 

I have an immense respect for John and what he has done for 702 and South African radio in general. I know that taking over from him will be a great challenge, but I’m humbled by it and looking forward to it.

 

Xolani Gwala

Redi will take her tough but fair approach to afternoon drive and is thrilled to be taking over a new show:

 

The afternoon drive is perfectly placed to reflect the news of the day, capture breaking news as it unfolds and provide a platform for debate and reflection. I am looking forward to the show’s fast pace and unpredictability. I feel like I am going back to my newsroom roots with the added advantage of interacting with listeners.

 

Redi Tlhabi

She also wanted to pay tribute to John:

 

John Robbie has been a prolific broadcaster, always the consummate professional, ready to praise and teach others. I will miss him and his bad jokes!

 

Redi Tlhabi

Eusebius said he is ecstatic to be hosting his own show:

 

Our country and world cry out for debate, creating meaning, being silly, laughing together, disagreeing deeply, emoting openly, and all the while building community. It’s an enviable joy to have the privilege of being in conversation with our listeners daily in my favourite slot on the radio clock.

 

 Eusebius McKaiser

He too wanted to express his respect for John:

 

John Robbie has been one of the most hardworking broadcasters in the country with an incredible energy and passion that put our 702 community of listeners at the centre of his daily offering of breakfast radio. He never took the airwaves for granted, and approached everyday as if his career depended on it. His openness to self-examine his worldview is a characteristic many of us struggle to emulate.

 

Eusebius McKaiser

Mbete added that each of the new shows will create their own identity, while retaining all of the elements that audiences have become accustomed to.

 

One other change was announced: Veteran journalist Karima Brown will be hosting Talk @ Nine on Sundays. Karima was the Friday Stand-In for Redi Tlhabi earlier this year, and took to the radio medium with positive response from the audiences. She will be hosting a current affairs show that discusses and analyses the stories and issues that come out of the Sunday newspapers.

 

Karima’s appointment and the new show format will come into effect from 20 November 2016.

 

We see ourselves as a platform for spirited conversations and we feel that all of these changes to the line-up will strengthen this positioning and help to take the big discussions in South Africa forward.

 

Thabisile Mbete, 702 Station Manager

The changes to breakfast and afternoon drive as well as 09h00 to midday will take effect in the new year, from 9 January 2017.

 

 

[Source: 702.co.za]

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