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For the past decade, BRING YOUR FIRE has been MTN Bushfire’s inspiring call to action, a concept that encourages the proactive contribution of the individual towards social change. Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

 

During this time, MTN Bushfire has encouraged participants and guests alike to heed this call, and in the process the festival has achieved a worldwide reputation for its visionary and authentic approach to raising awareness of the need for social change. The creative programme of workshops, discussions, art exhibitions and guest speakers enable platforms for conversation and debate to better understand the issues surrounding us, from community level challenges to global concerns.

 

For the last five years MTN Bushfire has run a Live Online Dialogue as part of the broader festival programme, replicating the open space of the festival online and actively encouraging our audience, artists, sponsors and partners to engage around the call to ‘Bring Your Fire’. MTN Bushfire 2017 is excited to announce that the theme for this year’s ONLINE DIALOGUES campaign will further add to the festival’s theme of Environmental Sustainability. The Online Dialogues programme will supplement the festival’s environmental messaging campaign online, operating collectively under the hashtag #GreenYourFire.

 

The Live Online Dialogue programme launches on Thursday 11 May, with further Dialogues being hosted on 16 and 18 May before the final Dialogue complements the Arts Round Table event on Thursday 25 May. The dialogues will be hosted on MTN Bushfire’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, with conversations running from 3pm to 4pm on each day. Each dialogue will focus on a key aspect of Environmental Sustainability, as well as the concept of sustainability more broadly, including arts sustainability in the region and the investment in Swaziland’s future through the youth.

 

Festival goers, partners, sponsors and interested parties are encouraged to become active participants in these live online dialogues in the lead-up to this year’s festival. Everyone is invited to #GreenYourFire!

 

SCHEDULE

11 May – Greening your Fire: How to get active for environmental change

What is the role of the arts, festivals and organisations in spreading environmental awareness and action? What is the best way to make environmental sustainability fun? Introducing MTN Bushfire’s ‘Bring Your Fire Zone’ and theme for this year, this dialogue will explore how organisations, events and festivals can play a role in the fight against climate change, and how individuals get involved personally and collectively.

16 May – Developing Sustainably

What does a sustainable creative artisanal economy look like? What are the strengths in women-led development, locally-sourced materials for artistic production, and how can upcycling and recycling be part of sustainably developing the creative economy? A special focus for this dialogue will be the role played by MTN Bushfire’s beneficiary boMake Rural Projects in implementing sustainable development programmes.

18 May – A Sustainable Future

This dialogue will explore the ways of investing in and educating our youth through the arts. What are the needs to be addressed, and how can the arts become a tool for the inspiration of young minds? This dialogue will focus on MTN Bushfire’s upcoming Schools’ festivals, Young Heroes as a festival beneficiary, and art and environmental education in schools.

25 May – Arts Roundtable

Supplementing the Arts Round Table discussion programme, this Dialogue will explore the sustainability of the arts in terms of creative economy and the role of artists in shaping messages and inciting action. This dialogue will take the discussions at the Arts Roundtable into the online sphere, bringing the online community into that space during the event.

 

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Henley Business School , last week  announced the launch of a new podcasting channel. #HBR will produce two weekly podcasts, designed to bring intelligent, informative, provocative and entertaining insights to a wide variety of topical subjects for the business world and beyond.

 

#HBR will be broadcast via podcasts on its website and available for download via iTunes,  or your favourite podcasting software.

 

 

 

“Podcasting in South Africa is growing fast, and providing listeners with a wide range of niche options beyond the limits of commercial radio,” says Dean of Henley Business School Africa, Jon Foster-Pedley, “Internationally, some of the best journalism and entertainment in the world is being produced in podcasts such as Radio Lab, Freakonomics Radio, Serial and so on, and we believe that Henley is uniquely positioned as a business school to offer interesting and entertaining angles on subjects that will delight as well as inform.”

 

The first podcast from #HBR, #WhatsTrending, will be a topical look at important issues of the week. Hosted by Foster-Pedley, #WhatsTrending will offer listeners the opportunity to develop a comprehensive, 360 view of what is going on in the world, and will feature analysis from top leaders across the fields of business, education, arts, culture, and science as guests.

 

The second weekly podcast is #AskAnExpert. This will tie-in with regular breakfast discussions such as the Africa Series and Leaders for a Future World, which are held at Henley’s Sunninghill, Johannesburg campus. Speakers at previous events include comedian John Vlismas and entrepreneur Stafford Masie. Listeners will be encouraged to submit questions to experts via social media which will be answered during the podcast.

 

Henley’s programmes extend far beyond the traditional MBA syllabus, and seek to empower young professionals with the leadership skills they need to transform corporate culture through innovation and critical thinking. Its new MBA+ is specifically targeted at individuals and businesses who want to harness the power of design thinking to enhance the process of innovation in their organisations.

 

“Through #HBR and our associated social media channels, we want to encourage intelligent and vibrant debates around important topics,” says Foster-Pedley, “We’ll be aiming to explore all angles around a theme, from the frivolous to the deadly serious, and work with our listeners to achieve new insights.”

 

The podcasts will be produced by Gareth Armstrong, who also produces the Future CEOs podcast, which is currently the second most popular feature show on CliffCentral.com.

 

“Our goal fits to establish Henley as the place to go to for thought leadership on any subject, not just those you might associate with a traditional business school,” Armstrong says, “We really want to engage people, to educate, inform and entertain.”

 

The launch of this digital radio is a first for Henley Business School Africa.

 

 

[Source: Henley Business School]

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SABC 2 brings you the Game Plan

Posted by radio On May - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SABC2 and Molotsi productions introduces Game Plan, a new entrepreneurial game show set to debut on Thursday 11th May 2017 at 11am.

 

Presented by a renowned TV personality Mzwandile Ngubeni, Game Plan is an entrepreneurship and educational studio-based, reality twist TV game show, with radical interventions to educate the previously disadvantaged South Africans about the basics of entrepreneurship and starting a successful business. The show aims to be a catalyst in creating a conducive environment for entrepreneurship among the youth of South Africa.

 

With economic emancipation as its core objective, Game Plan is a platform which aims to educate 101 and key nuggets in business in a fun and engaging way, as it is clear that entrepreneurship is a key driver of economic and socio-economic improvement.

 

Game Plan teaches the viewers that the fundamental basis of a good business is to provide a product or service that caters for the particular needs of a specific target market through various types of games, themes and quizzes on the show.

 

The host will be joined by resident judges, Lebo Gunguluza, Chipo Mushwana, and Andy Khumalo as they assist in unpacking the subject matter to educate viewers at home.

 

Each week 6 contestants are grouped into two teams of 3 competing against each other for the title of being South Africa’s Game Plan Champion. The processes of selecting and identifying the contestants include social media, different incubators, word of mouth in various communities and approaching tertiary institutions.

 

 

Don’t miss Game Plan every Thursday at 11am, only on SABC2.

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Kaya Fm, Home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live, leaders in music productions, are excited to announce the latest line up in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live Presents series – the magnificent Tribute Birdie Mboweni and Zoe Modiga.

 

These two sensational acts are on fire right now in terms of public demand and are both producing some of the freshest sounds in the Afro-pop world.

 

Tribute Birdie is an artist that has an electrifying presence on stage.  A petite and beautiful young woman, she has the ability to wow an audience instantly as she comes alive in front of a microphone.  With a strong, rich and soulful voice, she handles her jazzy, Afro-pop genre with ease and grace.  Just having released her debut album ‘Birdie’ in ‘deluxe edition’ format, she has no fewer than four singles on national radio right now and is being booked for shows across the world, as well as dominating heavily back on South African soil.

 

Tributes’ on-stage partner for the night will be the firecracker Zoe Modiga.  Known for having won the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competition for singing, her powerful voice then saw her enter the top 8 of highly popular The Voice SA, Season 1 talent show.  Another achievement this young star in the making has under her belt is her phenomenal rendition of the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ that featured in the score of the Oscar nominated movie Noem My Skollie.  Zoe has released her debut project ‘Yellow: The Novel’ earlier this year and audiences are soaking up as much as they can of this intriguing, stylish and highly unique individual.

 

The two artists will be sharing one stage at the Lyric, Gold Reef on the 13th May.  Show starts at 8pm and tickets are R150 at Computicket.

Book now to avoid missing out on this great double bill.

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Deezer Next launching in SA

Posted by radio On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Deezer, the world’s most diverse, dynamic and personal music streaming services, is announcing the launch of Deezer Next, a newly created programme aimed at identifying and championing emerging talent in addition to providing an avenue for exposure to new audiences on the Deezer platform.

 

Deezer Next is an exciting new initiative exclusive to Deezer users, which allows them to discover a hand-picked selection of new, emerging artists from South Africa and beyond. Deezer Next will promote these artists to new audiences and enable music lovers to discover the next generation of stars.

 

Globally Deezer Next has already rolled-out its priority artists, who are Rag’N’Bone Man, Anne-Marie and Maggie Rogers, and is now excited to officially announce the four Deezer Next South African artists. This diverse group of artists span a range of genres, but are all making a name for themselves and promise exciting things for the future.

 

Dominic Neill

Dominic Neill is a South African, Johannesburg-based pop musician who is about to break into the music scene with his bold, new, and exciting tunes. He will soon be releasing his debut album that saw him travel to Berlin to work with Flume’s world-renown producer, amongst others.

 

Raheem Kemet

Raheem Kemet is a hot young voice in the Urban Hip Hop and Live performance scene. Hailing from Durban, he represents his city well with his collage of sound and words. Raheem describes his career as “a journey through sound” and his vibe jumps right at you when you hear his distinct expressions in his music as well as through his live performance.

 

Southern Wild

Heavily focused on feel and progression, Capetonian rock group Southern Wild give absolutely everything each time they hit the stage. Every song within their set provides something unique, with each piece of music standing alone. This same energy has been translated onto their debut album and promises a journey consisting of many layers and paths to its listener, much like a wafer biscuit car on an eight lane highway.

 

Robin Thirdfloor

Robin Third floor(aka Simphiwe Nyawose) was born in Durban and started rapping as an artistic release of emotions pent up from his personal experiences of being bullied. His previous releases show emotional depth and with lyrics that communicate positivity and the importance of loving yourself and enjoying life to the fullest- his message is perfect for today.

 

Deezer Next Global Artists

 

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man

Rag’n’Bone Man released his debut album ‘Human’ in February 2017 garnering the number 1 spot on the album charts in France, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. The album includes the hit single ‘Human’ (number 1 in eleven countries) and the current single ‘Skin’.

 

Anne-Marie

Anne-Marielastest single ‘Ciao, Adios’ has entered the top 10 charts in the UK and thetop 40 charts in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia and Hungary. Shefeatured on the number 1 smash hit ‘Rockabye’ by Clean Bandit, also featuring Sean Paul. Anne-Marie is currently supporting Ed Sheeran on the European leg of his tour.

 

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers has been attracting a lot of attention and streams off the back of featuring ina video on YouTube with Pharrell Williams where she played him her song‘Alaska’. She released her EP ‘NowThat The Light Is Fading’ in February 2017.

 

Deezer subscribers can lookf orward to releases from all four of these exciting new artists in 2017, as well as additional exclusive video content and interviews. Search#DeezerNextSA across Social Media platforms to find out more.

 

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Kaya FM 95.9 and Old Mutual present two luxurious evenings of the finest wines and malt whiskies for the second year running at Hyde Park Corner. This association between the two brands for the Kaya FM Wine & Malt Whisky Affair was established five years ago. The Kaya FM Wine & Malt Whisky Affair showcases a selection from over 25 Wine Farms & 20 Whisky Houses. This year we introduce four Gin Tables to suit the palates of connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike presented by Wade Bales.

 

In staying true to our previous events, we will be focusing on upcoming wine farms, Aslina Wines (Ntsiki Biyela), M’Hudi Wines (Malmsey Rangaka) and Sesfikile Wines (Nondumiso Pikashe) and some of South Africa’s more established wine farms.

 

Whisky enthusiasts will have the opportunity to sample Diageo Brands, Paul John, and The Pogues Irish Whiskey who are showcasing for the first time. To enhance the experience, an exclusive Whisky Forum facilitated by the WhiskyBrother (Hyde Park Corner) on each evening from 6.45pm to 7.15pm, will again cater for 20-25 guests at no extra charge.

 

Afropolitans can expect to engage with the winemakers and whisky aficionados, discovering the unique insights into the secrets of the grape as well as the golden dram. A combination of both fine wine and malt whisky under one roof.

Hyde Park Corner is a sophisticated and luxurious shopping centre, boasting over 130 iconic speciality stores and is home to over 500 international brands.

Listen out for the Half-Time Bell from 7.30pm to 7.45pm, where for a limited period of 15 minutes, guests will be able to sample rare and limited editions of wine and whisky from “under the table”.

To complete the evening a selection of gourmet cheese, antipasti deli and artisanal breads will be on offer for the guests as they sample the various brands.

 

Tickets are priced at R250 per person and includes a complimentary tasting glass, access to all wine and whisky products featured on the night, and the fine food.. Tickets are on sale at Webticket.

 

Kaya FM and Old Mutual are proud to be associated with this event. Crafting an award-winning wine or whiskey needs the skill of a seasoned connoisseur. Similarly, when it comes to money, and planning your financial future, you need great financial advice from the right people you can trust.

 

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Commencing the first Saturday of May from 1400 to 1800, Kaya FM launches an authentic Saturday mix show themed Sound Supreme. The name and the concept of the show was inspired by John Coltrane’s genius four-part seminal jazz work, A Love Supreme. The album was Coltrane’s display of supreme musical excellence and this show aims to offer Afropolitans four hours of highly specialized, carefully curated supreme music for the discerning ear. The esteemed line-up is made up of Tha_Muzik, Kenzhero, Just Themba, and The Rhythm Sessions.

 

Kenneth Nzama, popularly known as Kenzhero, began his journey through an events company called Organix. They put together the Open Mind Sessions that brought bands such as Tumi and the Volume and Kwani Experience. Kenzhero went on to Deejay in Cape Town where he became a household name for music listeners that valued good music. His career as the musical maestro led him to play across the country and eventually showcased his trait at the high-end corporate events.

 

Muzi Mtshali has a unique jazz-inspired appreciation of music, that has influenced the inception of what would become Tha_Muzik. Tha_Muzik has wowed crowds with the best of Hip-Hop blended flawlessly in mind-blowing sets. Throughout the years, his sets evolved and moved towards his first love, jazz. Today he has coined his style of music as #JazzyFunkadelik. It is in this space that he has found his true sound and purpose as a DeeJay. The highlight of his career was performing to a crowd of 8000 in Niteroi, Brazil in April 2016.

 

Edgar Mfaba (Edsoul) and Hlalefang Nomganga (Fang DaRhythm), make up what is known as The Rhythm Sessions.. Prior to 2008, they were just individuals who loved to DeeJay and had a great love for sound engineering. Little did they know their passion, experience, and coming together to start The Rhythm Sessions would build this fresh brand 8 years later. Today, Traxsource has listed their first track in the top 100 list for 2016. The Rhythm Sessions have had music they made remixed by Grammy award winning Deejay – Louie Vega and released on Vega records, are dressed by fine brand houses, are the only Deejays in South Africa to play using Isolators, and have featured seasoned artists on their songs including – Portia Monique, Sheldon so Goode, Wanda Baloyi, and Brutha Basil.

 

Themba Mbelu also known as JustThemba fell in love with Deejaying in high school. His career began in 2008 as part of the Music Atlast DJ collective. His sets remain deeply rooted in Hip Hop, also containing an eclectic mix of Soul, Jazz, Latin, House, Acid Jazz and Funk. He’s opened for renowned international acts such as K’Naan, DJ Babu, Louie Vega, Masta Ace, Bahamadia, Eric Lau, Freddie Joachim and The Foreign Exchange. JustThemba is a sort-after “mood-creator”. You will find him performing in venues which range from small intimate settings to big stages like the Joburg Craft Beer Festival, Back To The City Festival, Jameson Cult Film Club, Summer Shakedown (Lesotho) and The Annual DSTV Delicious Festival.

 

“The musical make-up of the show will be: Nu Jazz, Lounge, Afro Beat, House, Hip Hop, Samba, Salsa, World Music and Bossa Nova, an exciting combination, that will set the mood for memorable Saturday afternoon.” says Kaya FM Music Manager Nkosinathi Nutty Mbelu. Sound Supreme launches live on Kaya FM 95.9 on Saturday 6th of May 2017 from 1400 – 1800. To tie in with the show on Kaya FM, every first Saturday of the month, Kaya FM will broadcast live from MESH Members Club & Bar in Rosebank. Open to the public from 4PM.

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Bassline Live is proud to announce the date for BASSLINE AFRICA DAY CONCERT 2017 has been confirmed as the 27th May 2017.

 

Presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture again this year, the concert series is one that is growing from strength to strength, as more partners, sponsors and most importantly, musical acts from across the continent come together for one special day and night of unity and celebration.

The BASSLINE AFRICA DAY CONCERT series is now in its 13th consecutive year and continues to top itself in terms of production value, as well as not only showcasing new artists, but bringing musical acts that we as South Africans, do not always get to enjoy on the live stage.  This year the series will go above and beyond as artists from Nigeria, Ghana, Congo and beyond share the stage with talent from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Niger – with new artists still being confirmed.  We are also really happy to announce that we have a new, larger and more accessible venue as we relocate to our new venue partner Johannesburg Expo Centre (Nasrec).

 

The show is backed by some of the Bassline Live’s family of sponsors that have supported not only the Africa Day Concert series in the past, but many other of the Bassline Live regular events.  These brands include SABIbev, Nandos and many more joining us.  Also new to the event is the inclusion of an African Craft Market of original African traders who will be selling everything from food to arts and crafts.

 

Kaya FM, long time partners and collaborators with Bassline Live on Africa Day as well as other events has been confirmed as our official radio partners. Managing Director Greg Maloka says, “Africa’s expression of freedom is through music”.

 

TRACE Africa, always on the cutting edge of African trends and music are our television partner for the first time, making this an exciting new partnership for the festival moving forward.  Leo Manne, Senior Vice President for TRACE Southern Africa had the following to say about the partnership, “ Our channel, which is now available in 18 countries across Sub Saharan Africa, takes pride in building musical bridges across the continent so this partnership is essentially a powerful extension of what we stand for. We’re excited to work with the Bassline Live Africa team and look forward to showcasing some of Africa’s greatest.”

The festival also forms part of the IGODA circuit – a group of like-minded African festivals that run over the course of three weeks from Durban to Swaziland with Reunion Island, Maputo and Johannesburg in between. These include MTN Bushfire Festival, Zafiko in Durban, Azgo in Maputo, Safiko in Reunion and of course, Bassline Africa Day Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Confirmed artists:

 

Thandiswa Mazwai – South Africa

Jah Prayzah – Zimbabwe

Jah Prayzah is a contemporary Zimbabwean musician commonly referred to as ‘musoja’, meaning ‘soldier’ in Shona due to his signature uniform of military regalia.  He started composing reggae and dancehall tracks at a young age but later turned into a more contemporary artist.  It wasn’t until his 4th album that he reached commercial success and eventually won a NAMA award for the hit single Gotchi Gotchi.  The following year he won five NAMA Awards and two ZIMA awards with the massive album Kumbumura Mhute.  His biggest hit, reaching over one million views on youtube is the single Watora Mari.  His performance at Bassline Africa Day Concert 2017 is sure to be nothing short of electrifying and many South Africans have requested this artists’ presence on the line up.

 

Petite Noir  – Belgium/South African 

Petite Noir is a Belgiun-South African singer, songwriter, musician and producer that is currently one of Cape Town’s hottest commodities.  He was originally one half of Popskarr with Terence Pearce and a member of the music collective Capital Of Cool. His first EP, The King Of Anxiety placed him on the map back in 2015 and set the way for his acclaimed full length success La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful which was released in September of the same year.  Noir has performed live with artists such as Mac Demarco, Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike and many others.  His music videos are works of art and everything he creates comes from an aesthetically crafted place of sheer art.  Petite Noir is an artist to watch in 2017.

Baloji – Congo

Baloji is a poet, composer/lyricist, beat-maker, scriptwriter, actor, performer, video artist and stylist.  After the release of his debut album Hotel Impala in 2008 he performed over 200 international shows and now he has returned with a brand new EP.  His music stands at the crossroads of African music – a unique combination of rap, African-American soul, funk and jazz, accompanying hip-hop beats and sampling with deep roots in the dance world – he is most certainly a fresh and imaginative artist.  With resilience and hard work being the core of his craft, he has created a musical style based on cross fertilisation and collaboration – unbridled and freed from labels and genres.  Baloji is an energetic live performer and is bringing a fresh new Africa to the stage this year.

 

Bombino – Niger

Omara “Bombino” Moctar is an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer songwriter from Niger.  His music frequently addresses Tuareg geopolitical concerns and is sung in the Tuareg native language of Tamasheq.  Bombino taught himself to play guitar after living in exile with his family at a young age in Algeria.  He went on to join a band during his teen years in Algeria and then Syria, highly influenced by the styles of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler, whilst working as a herder.  In 1997 he returned to Agadez to begin his life as a professional musician.  In 2007 after crafting his personal style and forming the electric band Group Bombino, he was forced to flee again and two of his fellow musicians were executed due to a ban on the guitar in the Tuareg region.  He is quoted as saying, “I do not see my guitar as a gun but rather a hammer in with which to help build the house of the Tuareg people.”  Bombino returned home in 2010 to celebrate the end of the struggle.   Whilst being in exile Bombino released an album called Agadez which debuted at the top of the iTunes World Music Charts.  The success of the album attracted many musical stars included Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys who went on to produce Bombino’s second album Nomad.  Nomad was released on the highly acclaimed record label Nonesuch and again debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes World Music Charts, as well as the Billboard World Charts.  In 2016 Bombino released the album Azel, produced by David Longstretch (Dirty Projectors). Since 2011 Bombino has toured relentlessly all over the globe, bringing his infectious grooves and message of peace and Tuareg pride to millions of people.  We are excited to see an African artist of this stature on our stage at Bassline Africa Day Concert 2017

 

Vusi Mahlasela – South Africa

 

Jojo Abbott – Ghana

Jojo Abbott is a Ghanaian songstress, songwriter and actress that’s at the top of her game in Africa right now.  Born in 1988 to parents of Anglo-Ewe descend, she has gained fame mostly in the Afrosoul/Reggae and Afrobeat genres.  We are delighted to include this superstar on our line up this year.

 

Ray Phiri – SA

 

Jobie Clarke – South Africa

Nthando Sithole-Clarke, also know as Jobie Clarke, is a JHB-based, classically trained jazz vocalist with a rich and diverse musical background and influences ranging from jazz to traditional African sounds.  Working as a vocal coach in his own music school, his phenomenal vocal experience stems back from his own days as a singer in the prestigious Drakensburg Boys Choir.  He has since gone on to work with musical maestros such as Sibongle Khumalo, Tony Bennett and Abdullah Ibrahim.  We are proud to welcome him to the Bassline Africa Day Covert 2017 stage.

 

Tickets are R295 at ticketpro.co.za.  Parking tickets also available.  Book now to avoid disappointment!

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Digital Entertainment on Demand (DEOD) is going live in South Africa, offering a selection of rental and subscription video entertainment on-demand services, including news and sports Internet TV channels, direct to viewers’ phones, tablets, and laptops. A range of Smart TV applications, plus Chromecast and Airplay support will also be offered in the coming weeks.

 

Unlike traditional free-to-air and pay-TV services, DEOD offers true freedom of choice: consumers can enjoy Internet TV channel programming, subscribe to bouquets of content to watch as they choose, or they can simply opt to rent individual movies on a pay-per-view basis – anywhere, any time.

 

DEOD is being launched in South Africa and markets across Africa by video on demand (VOD) solutions provider, Discover Digital, in partnership with regional telcos and businesses.

 

“Viewers today want freedom of choice. They want customisable, affordable access to movies, news, sports, music and TV series wherever they are,” says Discover Digital Managing Director, Stephen Watson. “Our disruptive new model breaks the traditional broadcast and pay-TV mould by letting viewers choose the channel category packages they want and what subscription models they prefer.”

 

Priced from only R49 for the News Service and R99 for the Sports Service, to R189 for the Premium Package which includes all news and sports channels, DEOD Sports Network (DSN) and a selection of series, music videos and movies on- demand. DEOD offers premium on-demand content subscriptions at a price viewers can afford. The DEOD Rental Service also offers viewers the option to rent a selection of movies from the latest off cinema to classics on a pay-per-view basis from as little as R18-R30.

 

“Discover Digital’s highly flexible platforms mean we can constantly repackage content and bouquets to meet viewer demands,” says Watson. “For example, we offer a sports pack of five world sports channels including the Motorvision motorsports channel, Sportskool, Channel Edge HD extreme sports, Fightbox HD, and the Nautical Sailing and Boating Channel. We have a news pack of leading global news channels including Al Jazeera, Africanews, Euronews, Bloomberg, Russia Today, and France24, with more channels being added soon including BBC World News. We also offer short-term Premium subscriptions that give viewers access just for a weekend at R49 or just a week at R69, as well as special interest channels and VOD bouquets for kids and music lovers as well as faith and inspiration-related programming.”

 

 

DEOD Sports Network (DSN) is offered in all packages and delivers world sports news, covering major sports championships and leagues, including the Olympics, Football, Rugby, Golf, Cricket, Tennis and more. Viewers can catch up on daily short news stories, player and coach interviews on-demand. Advertisers and broadcast sponsors can also partner with DEOD to activate this content to engage with consumers.

 

Watson says DEOD also breaks new ground for mobile viewers, delivering a premium viewing experience with little to no latency, even on mobile phones. “To really experience the benefits of VOD, which is about consuming what you want, where you want and when you want, it has to be suitable for mobile too,” says Watson. “We put in-country CDNs, caching and networks in place, and we use adaptive bitrate technology to ensure that viewers in every country enjoy the best possible viewing experience. We have also added the ability for viewers to schedule the download of selected content for off-line playback. Very soon consumers will also be able to download immediately or schedule the download for off-peak data periods, to take advantage of the off-peak data rates that most ISP and telcos offer.” Adding to the convenience of this innovative new on-demand service, DEOD payment systems will include credit cards, debit orders and voucher payment/redemption options through our DEOD Partnerships, plus future mobile money and charge to bill options in partnerships with telcos and mobile wallet operators.

 

 

“As a full-service, video on demand business, we want to use the increased connectivity consumers now have access to, to deliver more entertainment in a number of ways. The opportunity in Africa is to deliver to mobile phones a broad range of digital entertainment – from video and TV to music, magazines and radio,” says Watson. “We believe everybody deserves to have access to quality, affordable content and we will continue to challenge the status quo of competitive offerings and expand our DEOD services to merge lifestyle and entertainment to take it to consumers when and how they want it.”

 

 

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DStv Delicious dates confirmed

Posted by radio On May - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The fifth annual DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival will be held at the prestigious Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October 2017. This tastebud-tantalising food and music festival is one of the biggest and most popular food and music festival in South Africa, with an estimated 40 000 people expected to attend over the two days.

“Our focus is to create great real-time experiences for our DStv customers that are fun and engaging – DStv Delicious does just that! Food channels come to life, kids get to interact with their favourite TV characters, our customers get to mingle with much-loved celebrities and dance to great music,” commented Nomsa Chabeli, General Manager for marketing at MultiChoice.

 

Internationally recognised, Kyalami Circuit is a world-class facility and centrally located for easy access. Entry to the venue is easy with nine entry and exit points for hassle-free movement.

 

“This year our aim is to surpass the success of 2016 – we want to thank the pubic for their great support. This year you’ll again be able to enjoy some of the same treats; from world-class international and local acts, to great local chefs, the enticing gourmet food market and the hugely popular Kids Zone,” says Lloyd Cornwall, Festival Director of the DStv Delicious Festival. “The festival is a highlight for foodies as traditional and contemporary cuisine meet to cater for all tastes.”

 

 

The announcement of local and international artists will be made later in the year.

 

 

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