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Orange (www.Orange.comand Vivendi (www.Vivendi.com)  have joined forces to meet the expectations of the fast-growing African continent, keen to consume cultural goods and rediscovering, after three decades in which cinemas had all but disappeared, the unique experience of the big screen in the best technical conditions and absolute comfort.

 

CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinemas and performance venues deployed by Vivendi in central and Western Africa, with 8 cinemas open to date, twenty by the end of 2018 and several dozen in the next few years. Every week, several thousand spectators visit each of the cinemas, all equipped with a cutting-edge projection and sound system.

 

As part of this partnership, Orange will offer its “Cinédays” programme in all the CanalOlympia cinemas where Orange is present, i.e. 8 African countries and a dozen multi-purpose cinema and performance venues. Cinédays was launched in the UK in 2004. Today, it is available in Romania, Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Morocco. It enables Orange customers to benefit from a 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer once or twice a week, to invite a person of their choice to share an enjoyable moment at the cinema together.

 

 

The offer will initially be launched in Cameroon, quickly followed by Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, and Niger, then Mali, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the CanalOlympia network is deployed.

 

The CanalOlympia cinemas offer a varied programme including French films, films from different African countries, American blockbusters and productions specifically aimed at young people. Orange Studio may contribute to the programming with new co-productions as well as its extensive catalogue of European and African films.

 

Orange will provide its expertise and know-how to ensure the best connectivity and to improve the digital distribution of films in the various CanalOlympia cinemas.

 

Orange’s contribution to this ambitious project will also include the integration of Orange Money, its flagship mobile-based money transfer and financial services offer, now available in 17 countries with over 37 million customers. For the first time, you will be able to pay directly at the cinema using your mobile thanks to the digital tills.

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The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is a membership-based organisation that administers the performing right in musical works on behalf of its composer and publisher members.

 

SAMRO plays a key role in the music ecosystem of South Africa and regularly engages with other players in this ecosystem, including its members, other copyright management organisations, and users of music, the recording industry, as well as policy and lawmakers.

 

 

Following the presentation of the new SAMRO strategy at the AGM of November 2017, which focusses on member-centricity, operational and governance efficiency and policy review, the membership at that meeting gave SAMRO the mandate to engage in a full policy and systems review.

 

 

This review has included various engagements with members, included Roundtable meetings in Johannesburg, Capetown and Durban, and has included assessments of the rules governing membership, distribution and directorship at SAMRO.

 

 

Also under review have been the distribution rules governing the calculation of royalties earned for the arrangement of gospel and traditional music that is in the public domain (so called “DP” works). A musical work is classified as “DP” by SAMRO when it does not enjoy copyright protection and is in the public domain (domaine publique, DP). Contrary to various media reports, DP is not person but a system identifier to classify works that are in the public domain.

 

 

In an article published on 1 April 2018, it was alleged by the media that SAMRO is involved in the unlawful deduction of royalties pertaining to re-arrangements of music that is in the public domain (i.e. not copyright-protected). SAMRO stands by its rejection of the allegation that it has acted unlawfully and views the statements as deeply false and misleading.

 

We acknowledge that the treatment of arrangements of public domain works requires attention by ourselves as a membership-based organisation and the Government of South Africa, from a copyright policy and socio-economic perspective.

 

This arrangement rule currently recognises a capped 16.7% copyright royalty share for the portion of the work that the arranger created on the back of the original public domain work.  This percentage is allocated to the person who arranges the DP work. The balance of 83.3% of the royalty share that would have accrued to the rest of the arrangement had the DP portion been in copyright is held back and distributed to all the active musical works belonging to SAMRO members in proportion to the use of their music during the period under review.

 

 

The idea behind this rule is that it would not be equitable for the re-arranger of the music to benefit from 100% of the royalties because he/she has used someone else’s music as a base and has only contributed to a portion of the new arrangement. Royalties are neither collectable or payable for out-of-copyright/public domain works. As such, SAMRO’s licensing arrangements are limited to the copyright-protected musical works of its members.

 

 

SAMRO accepts that this rule, although not unlawful, is ripe for review by the membership to have a more favourable impact on the arranger who decides to “revive” a traditional song that has now fallen outside copyright. The members of SAMRO, during the roundtable consultations, have engaged favourably on this matter and it has been agreed that the percentage payable should be increased from the current 16.7%. It should be noted that the 16.7% level is benchmarked internationally with most similar organisations pegging the percentage between 12.5%-25%.

 

 

Other important matters discussed at the roundtables were:

  • the simplification of membership categories,

  • understanding membership criteria,

  • streamlining of member benefits,

  • the introduction of more independent directors on the board,

  • inadequate music usage reporting by users of music,

  • the Copyright Amendment Bill currently under review,

  • SAMRO’s commitment to transformation,

  • the link between local content music quotas on broadcasters and higher local royalty distributions, and

  • the need for increased member engagement to ensure an increased understanding of how SAMRO operates and its role in the larger music ecosystem.

 

 

It is unfortunate to note that at the Johannesburg roundtable meeting that took place on Monday 23 April 2018, a group of non-SAMRO members forced their way into what was a members-only meeting. It is believed the lack of understanding of the role SAMRO plays in the music industry was the cause of the numerous non-member musicians demanding entry into the meeting. SAMRO is in fact an administrator of active copyright music used by licensees, but is largely and wrongly viewed as the central body responsible for policy and socio-economic issues in the music industry. SAMRO accepts it has a contribution to make in this regard, but it is important to note that SAMRO’s mandate remains limited to its members and to matters of copyright, and specifically the public performance right, in compositions. This means that matters relating to recording contracts, unfair practices between musicians in general as well as any other artist royalties and revenues are excluded from SAMRO’s mandate.

 

 

The executive team at SAMRO is now collating all member inputs and encourages any more submissions to be sent to marketing@samro.org.za.

 

 

The submissions and recommendations will be presented to the membership of SAMRO at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in June 2018, where it is hoped that new rules will be adopted that reflect the member’s will and best interests.

 

 

 

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published its findings in respect of a process to review the framework governing the community broadcasting services sector. This publication of the findings document has also culminated into the draft regulations for the review of the community broadcasting services sector.

ICASA is therefore calling on all interested stakeholders, civic organisations and the public at large to participate and make their written submissions on the draft regulations in order to assist the Authority to come up with an informed regulation put together in the public interest.

 

The review of the community broadcasting framework will address known and unknown shortcomings in the regulatory and operational environment of the community broadcasting services sector. The envisaged outcomes of the review include, but not limited to, streamlining the community broadcasting related regulations, a review of the community broadcasting licensing framework, as well as operational guidelines for the community broadcasting services sector.

 

ICASA will be conducting workshops in different areas across nine (9) provinces to solicit input on the Draft Regulations. The workshops will kick off from 15 May 2018 to 06 June 2018 and the schedule for the workshops will be published in due course.

 

“The community broadcasting sector continues to experience challenges relating to, among others, governance, mismanagement or lack of proper management and lack of business ethos. This process is an important intervention on the part of ICASA to ensure the smooth-running of the sector and to bring the necessary changes that will see the sector being regulated in the public and community interest,” says Councillor Botlenyana Mokhele.

 

Mokhele further encouraged full participation in the regulation-making process so that all matters of concern for the sector can be fully addressed. “It would be great to see submissions from the members of the sector and attendance in the upcoming workshops in particular because they will have to comply with the final regulations when they come into effect. This is therefore an opportunity for them to raise any issues they feel ICASA must address to make the sector work better and for the communities they are licensed for,” conclude Mokhele.

The findings document and the draft regulations are available on the ICASA website.

 

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Get to the Lusito Land Festival now

Posted by radio On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Great food and entertainment awaits those looking for a fun-tastic day out

 

It’s time to hot-foot it to the Lusito Land Festival! Lovers of authentic Portuguese cuisine and culture will once again be able immerse themselves a celebration of delicious food and great entertainment.

 

The festival, which runs from 26 April to 6 May, with a two-day break in between on 2 and 3 May, will be held at the new venue on Cayman Road in Alewynspoort, Johannesburg South.

 

Hot entertainment has been lined up for the festival and visitors will be able to catch top local acts such a such as AKA, Sketchy Bongo, The Parlotones, Mi Casa, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Snotkop, Matthew Mole, Lady Zamar, GoodLuck, Shekhinah, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Denim, 1st Project, Puppetsula, Choppa, Garth Taylor, Rubber Duc and Ballyhoo.

 

Festival Organiser, Noemi Contente, says they have taken suggestions from past patrons into account and implemented numerous upgrades to make the event better than ever. “With fun and the safety of festival-goers a top priority, we have planted grass to reduce dust, provided extra lighting and upgraded the restrooms.

 

“In addition, we have made additional entrances to the parking areas available (on Kliprivier (R550) between Iberis and Cayman Road and another on Cayman Road), moved the disabled parking areas closer to the entrance and transformed the main ticketing entrance,” she adds.

 

A giant barrel marquee will be the hub of everything Portuguese. The marquee was custom-made for the event and will include an exhibition of traditional Portuguese ceramics, a Portuguese language stand hosted by the Camões Institute and another selling castanhas assadas (roasted chestnuts), a delicious Portuguese classic, amongst others.

All funds raised at the festival are donated to the Lusito School for the physically and mentally challenged.  Because the cost of caring for special-needs children and adults is beyond the means of many families, the proceeds from the festival go a long way towards easing their financial burden and ensuring learners benefit from a good education.

 

Don’t miss out on the fun. Get your tickets at Computicket now. https://online.computicket.com/web/event/lusito_land_festival/1200078314/0/85568200

 

 

Prices:

Adults and teens: R130

Kids between 6 and 12 years: R50

Pensioners: R50

Kids under-5: Free

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DEEZER LAUNCHES NEW TRAILBLAZERS PODCAST – THE DEFINITIVE STORIES OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC PIONEERS

  • TRAILBLAZERS presenters Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes celebrate dance and electronic music pioneers in new Deezer Originals podcast
  • Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes are widely respected champions of electronic music with Eddy playing an important role as a broadcaster and DJ, while Nick signed The Prodigy and countless artists as the scene grew in popularity over the years
  • Guests include: Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Gary Numan, Goldie, Mike Pickering, Mary Anne Hobbs and Danny Rampling

 

The world’s most personal global music streaming company, is launching its brand new originals podcast TRAILBLAZERS. The ‘Deezer Originals’ series honours famous artists, DJs and creators who inspired and established a unique genre of music, by transforming electronic music from underground subculture to a multi-million pound industry.

Presented by Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes, the new Deezer Originals reveals the legendary stories of visionaries who shaped electronic music around the world.

 

Trailblazers presenter Nick Halkes founded ground breaking record labels XL Recordings and Positiva. He has played an important role in the development of electronic music culture for close to thirty years.

 

Trailblazers presenter Nick Halkes founded the ground breaking record labels XL Recordings and Positiva before becoming a successful artist manager for The Prodigy, DJ Fresh and Stanton Warriors. He has played an important role in the development of electronic music culture for close to thirty years.

 

Eddy Temple-Morris gave the first ever airplay to acts including Kasabian, Simian Mobile Disco and Justice. As well as presenting daily on Virgin Radio he’s co-curator of the Secret Garden Party festival and is a regular DJ at major music festivals, previously performing at Creamfields Ibiza and High Definition Festival many more.

 

Guests range from the legendary musician Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, to iconic radio DJ and music mogul, Tony Prince and BBC Radio 6 presenter Mary Anne Hobbs. Each guest tells their unique story, charting  the momentous events that shook and shaped electronic music, including:

  • Gary Numan

  • Norman Cook

  • Mary Anne Hobbs

  • Goldie

  • Mike Pickering

  • Danny Rampling

  • Daniel Miller

  • Tony Prince

  • DJ Zinc

  • Renaat Vandepapeliere

 

Eddy Temple-Morris, co-host on the TRAILBLAZERS podcast, said: “The depth and the richness of storytelling in this series is as mind-blowing as it is heartwarming. This is a legacy project for generations to come and I’m so happy to be working with such a legend in Nick Halkes and with Deezer, who’ve been so supportive. It’s an ongoing electronica resource so people in the future know what happened from 1988 onwards, who made it, who signed it, who played it.”

 

Nick Halkes, joint presenter, said: “With almost 30 years working in the industry and as a lifelong fan of dance and electronic music I have spent countless hours studying and enjoying the work of the industry’s trailblazing artists, DJs and executives. My work launching and building the XL and Positiva labels plus everything I do today is influenced by the pioneers who went before me and who continue to do great work. I loved these conversations and I hope people find the podcasts as enjoyable and interesting as I did!”

 

Chris Baughen, Global VP of Content & Formats at Deezer said: “Having the chance to explore the untold stories behind the creation and growth of such a ground-breaking music genre is incredibly exciting. Our guests come armed with first-hand accounts of the most iconic moments in electronic music history and we can’t wait to share these stories with our listeners.”

Deezer users will be able to access the first TRAILBLAZERS episode here, with future episodes released weekly on the Electronic channel at https://www.deezer.com/us/channels/electronic.

 

 

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SuperSport 13, DStv channel 213, will be available to DStv customers on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access packages from 18 April to 11 June 2018, and will be available to watch online or on mobile phones using the DStv Now app. Find out more about the FIFA World Cup pop-up channel schedule below.

FIFA World Cup films

The FIFA World Cup pop-up channel will broadcast a variety of movies, documentaries,  leading up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The schedule includes a series of movies looking back at past Fifa World Cups, from the 1966 World Cup all the way up to 2014. The channel will also feature a programme called Road To Russia looking at each participating country’s journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, as well as coverage of the Coca-Cola FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour.

 

 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Magazine and highlights from previous FIFA World Cup matches will also feature prominently on the FIFA World Cup pop-up channel schedule.

 

 

All 64 FIFA World Cup 2018 matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport channels available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact customers in South Africa. Matches will also be available to stream live online or on your mobile phone using the DStv Now app. You can find out how to download, register and watch on DStv Now here and download SuperSport’s 2018 calendar to keep track of all FIFA World Cup 2018 fixtures and more world-class sport action coming your way on SuperSport in 2018.

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MTN Bushfire 2018 Golden Lounge Tickets sold out

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire would like to inform the public that MTN Bushfire 2018 Golden Lounge tickets are now sold out!

MTN Bushfire fans please take note: there are  are still limited tickets in all other full festival categories available  and people are urged to purchase their desired tickets before they sell-out.

 

MTN Bushfire tickets have completely sold out days before the event for the past 5 years and fans of this unique event know the importance of booking early.

 

As in previous years, the MTN Bushfire 2018 artist line-up features a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe and a host of travel and ticket options are still available at www.bush-fire.com.

 

For MTN Bushfire 2018 there are a host of camping options available, whether you have your own equipment or not, and even for those looking for a more luxurious experience. The main MTN Bushfire campsite will open Thursday 24th May and guests can stay through Monday May 28th. Additionally, a new luxury camping option is now available for those festival goers looking for a bit more comfort in their camping experience.

 

The main MTN Bushfire campsite has great facilities, including hot showers, flushing toilets and running drinking water available all weekend.  There is a 24-hour café that sells breakfast, muffins, tea, coffee and juices throughout the weekend.  It is also a great spot for meeting new friends, and relaxing around fires.

 

A full serviced site, the campsite has a free car park located across the road from the camping area, a full security team, and a team of staff with wheelbarrows to assist you with taking your camping gear into the site.

 

Make sure you purchase your MTN Bushfire ticket separately to your camping package – and act now as MTN Bushfire tickets have sold out in advance of the event for the past three years. Many of the camping options also have limited space so book now.

Companies can also still purchase corporate packages for available tickets by sending an email to tickets@bush-fire.com. Alternatively, people can buy tickets online at www.bush-fire.com.

 

MTN Bushfire 2018 ticket sales rates have increased significantly compared to previous years. This means tickets are selling at a faster pace and people are encouraged to buy their tickets while stocks last to avoid missing out on the festival.

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Currently, one of the most debated topics influencing innovation is digitalization and its impact on the future of employment. It is met with equal parts excitement and trepidation. No matter how you look at it, digital transformation and a truly connected global economy is already upon us.

 

Siemens (www.Siemens.com) has provided automation equipment and industrial networks to assist Anglo’s Engineering Skills Training Centre (ESTC). One of the pillars of Digitalization is industrial networks and security and it is crucial that these engineers understand the role of this technology in the future of mining.

 

 

As a leader in automation we are continuously expanding our leadership role in Industrial Digitalization. There is an opportunity, especially in Africa to embrace new and exponential technologies combined with human talent to accelerate industrialization and drive economic growth. “We are proud to be supporting Anglo American Platinum to advance skills and opportunities in Africa,” explains Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.

 

Gary Humphries, Anglo American Platinum’s Executive Head for Processing was appreciative of Siemens completion of yet another skills project at the ESTC. In his address, Gary said, “Siemens and Anglo American Platinum have been in partnership since 2010 and we have seen approximately 298 artisans successfully trained and qualified at this centre. This vital contribution by Siemens to ESTC will significantly contribute towards the development of the human resource capabilities of our artisans and will help broaden the thinking of the students to explore new career capabilities.  We celebrate the handover of the Siemens Simatic Wall and look forward to the role it will play in training the current and next generation of skilled artisans.”

 

We are ramping up our commitment to the region to meet our customer’s needs, expanding our portfolio for digital enterprises, supporting our customers in the manufacturing and process industries with digitalization, customization and efficiency improvements and investing in equipping our future generation with the right skills,” ends Sabine.

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BASSLINE FEST is proud to announce the latest addition to the line-up is none other than the five time Grammy winning South African singing legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Performing as part of the ‘Africa’s Tribute To Madiba’ performance on Saturday the 26th May, alongside Malian icon Salif Keita and Nigerian pop sensation Yemi Alade, the group will also get the opportunity to do a solo set on the same night – making it one of the most exciting music weekends Johannesburg has ever witnessed.

With more artists being announced regularly, the festival’s line up is growing from strength to strength and has now officially announced artists from afield Brazil, France, Japan, Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Mali, Nigeria and of course South Africa.

 

The artists are all part of the celebration that unites and pays homage to our continent and in particular this year, to the legacy that is Nelson Mandela.

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness the Nelson Mandela Tribute collaboration and add even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

So far, the confirmed line up of artists for BASSLINE FEST are as follows:

Salif Keita- Mali

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa

Dub Inc – France

Flavia Coelho – Brazil

Nakhane – South Africa

Nathalie Natiemba – Reunion Island

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Femi Koya – Nigeria

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Oki Dub Ainu Band – Japan

Sekou Kouyate – Guinea

Azah – South Africa

Elida Almeida – Cape Verde

More artists are being booked for the festival on a regular basis.

 

Now in its 14th year as the only Johannesburg-based Festival that celebrates African unity and diversity, BASSLINE FEST will be held over 2 full days for guests to enjoy music platforms and great food as well as a Nelson Mandela day tour “Footsteps of Mandela”.  Dialogue will also be held to promote social cohesion across the continent.

 

The BASSLINE FEST hashtag, #Bethelegacy is inspired by a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as we join the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

Bassline will be working closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to promote Madiba’s legacy, through dialogue and Music programming.  BASSLINE FEST is the Foundations official Africa month celebratory event.

 

The music and food festivities kick off on Saturday the 26th May from 3pm to 11pm with two stages, both featuring top tier artists from not only the African continent, but from across the globe.  The Sunday fest times are 12pm to 7pm.

 

SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a sizeable television audience.

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400 per day or R700 for the weekend.

 

BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.

For more information, contact info@hambaumhla.com or 061 402 8406.

 

BASSLINE FEST is presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture, in association with Kaya FM and TRACE Africa. 

Additional partners include The Nelson Mandela Foundation, SABC2, SAA, Constitution Hill, SAB Inbev, Tsogo Sun, IFAS, more to be announced in due course.

 

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published a discussion document on Digital Sound Broadcasting Services. The publication gives notice of ICASA’s intention to conduct an inquiry into the prospects of implementing a digital sound broadcasting service in South Africa.

 

Digital Broadcasting Service is an audio broadcasting technology aimed at providing superior quality sound broadcasting service using digital communication technology.

 

 

It differs from traditional analogue broadcasting service in that, digital signals can be transmitted successfully at lower transmitter power. Digital radio is also easy to use or tune in than analogue radio in the form of Amplified Modulation (AM) and Frequency Modulation (FM). Data capabilities of digital radio can be used directly or modified for other related broadcasting activities such as Internet Radio.

 

 

“The licensing of different forms of broadcasting services require a lot of spectrum, which is a scarce resource and ICASA continues to receive enquiries from the public about licensing processes therefore encouraging and assisting Council to make decisions to offer more services to provide for competition in the broadcasting sector”, says Councillor Dimakatso Qocha. If and when implemented, digital broadcasting services can improve spectrum efficiency and spectrum management; and offer choice for consumers or South African audiences.

 

 

Interested parties are invited to make written representations on the published Discussion Document on Digital Sound Broadcasting Services within forty-five (45) working days from the publication of the Notice in the Government Gazette.

 

A copy of the Discussion Document is available at ICASA’s Head Office library, 164 Katherine Street, Sandton; as well as at all Regional Offices. Click here to download the document.          

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