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 South African born, LA based singer and songwriter, Cara Frew has just finished shooting the music video for her soon to be released single, DANCE, and is asking fans to be a part of the final video…

 

After being famously established for her hit track with Black Coffee (I’ll Find You), Cara Frew is fast becoming a household name in the Pop community.

 

Since recently performing ‘You Got Me’ with American DJ SNBRN in front of 15 000 people at Coachella earlier this year, the track has already received over 1 million plays on Soundcloud.

 

 

Cara’s newest single, ‘Dance’ is set to be released at the end of June and she is asking fans to send a snippet of themselves dancing to her newest track to stand a chance to be featured in the final music video.

 

“I wrote Dance the morning I found out that a close friend of mine was a drug addict. It made me stop and think because someone, who at least from the outside, seemed to look like he had it all together, clearly struggles within. I wanted the song to be uplifting, about making the most of your life, always looking for that silver lining and loving yourself,” says Cara.

 

The music video for ‘Dance’ was recently shot by LA based videographer Michael Booth in downtown LA against a graffiti backdrop and rooftop sunset. The music video will include snippets of Cara dancing in and around LA and will feature the winner’s dance snippet in the final edit.

 

To enter fans must email a high quality, landscape video of themselves dancing to a preview of her newest single ‘Dance’ to carafrewinfo@gmail.com before the 21st of June 2017. The preview will be available on Soundcloud.

 

For more information on how to enter fans can follow Cara Frew on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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iflix continues its rapid global expansion into its third region, less than two months after launching in MENA. iflix Africa will make iflix’s world-class service available to over 500 million consumers across the African continent

 

iflix (www.iflix.com), the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, today announced the establishment of iflix Africa to bring its world class service to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). iflix Africa will be headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa and trade commercially as ‘iflix’. With launches planned in Nigeria, Ghana Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, iflix Africa will increase iflix’s global footprint to 23 territories worldwide, with additional regional markets to be added over the coming months.

 

The commercial launch of iflix’s SVoD service across SSA is planned over the second and third quarter of 2017, and will make iflix’s vast range of thousands of TV shows, movies and more, including many first run exclusives and award winning programs available to hundreds of millions of consumers across the region. In addition to having the best of Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and other regional and local programming, the service will additionally offer an extensive collection of highly acclaimed African shows and movies with iflix Africa planning to introduce exclusive African content series.

 

Having first launched its service in May 2015, iflix quickly established its dominance in the Asian region, rolling out its world class service to 18 markets across Asia and MENA in less than two years, acquiring over 5 million members over the period. iflix Africa will capitalize on SSA’s large youth population, rapidly growing internet and smartphone penetration, and huge appetite for digital content and entertainment.

 

In March 2017, iflix announced the completion of a US$90+ million round of funding to support its international expansion. The round added new investors Liberty Global Group and Zain Group to the company’s formidable shareholder registry which also includes global heavyweights Sky plc, Catcha Group and Evolution Media.

 

Mark Britt, iflix Co-founder and CEO said: “The establishment of iflix Africa represents an incredibly exciting step in iflix’s growth story. As Africa transitions from the margins to the mainstream of the global economy, there is a unique, ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to fundamentally shift the way a billion people consume and enjoy content. By 2020, Africa will have 720 million smartphone users. We aim to meet the entertainment needs of those growingly connected viewers.”

 

“As the fastest-growing mobile market on earth, Africa is without question one of the world’s most dynamic regions. We are thrilled to introduce our first-of-its-kind SVoD service here. We are passionately focused on providing the broadest selection of premium content at a price everyone can afford. We can’t wait to tackle both the enormous opportunities and challenges ahead, in serving this incredibly diverse and exciting region,” added Andre de Wet, iflix Head of Africa.

 

Currently available to over one billion consumers in 18 markets across Asia and MENA, iflix will soon roll-out its world class service across sub-Saharan Africa with initial launches in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Each subscription will allow users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

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When viewers have the power to watch what they want, TV schedules don’t look like they used to

Netflix may have broken the mold by releasing all episodes of House of Cards at once in 2013, but it’s viewers who are changing the nature of TV. And it’s more than just binging. From the characters we choose to wake up with to what we watch in bed, when viewers have the power to program their own day, TV watching no longer looks the same.

“For years our lives had to fit around television, now it’s the other way around,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content. “We’ve given consumers control and it’s interesting to see the behaviors that emerge when viewers aren’t tied to a schedule. And even more so to see that these routines are replicated by millions the world over.”

 

Comedy for breakfast – viewers feel at home starting their day with Fuller House. The Tanners may have originally premiered at 8PM, but today, the Fullers are devoured before 8AM. While you might not expect popular parodies to stir laughs bright and early, around 6AM members are 34% more likely to watch comedy compared to the rest of the day, with the new comedy wake-up block including the likes of Michael Scott (The Office), Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Chandler Bing (Friends), to name a few.

 

High noon, high drama – members pay a visit to the ladies of Litchfield at lunch. When viewing schedules are set by people and not programmers, lunchtime becomes no binging exception. Across the world, drama accounts for nearly half (47%) of viewing between noon and 2PM (an increase of 5% compared to the rest of the day). Midday streaming is especially prevalent in Brazil where members are 25% more likely to watch at this time compared to the rest of the world – who says shows like Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy and Orange is the New Black are strictly evening fare?

 

Opposite genres attract when we binge in bed – members trade the Demogorgon for Dave Chappelle. It’s no surprise thrillers like The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and Breaking Bad are being enjoyed in the evening – globally the genre sees a 27% increase come 9PM. But viewers are kicking Rick Grimes, the Upside Down and Walter White out of bed by 11PM and restoring balance with partners like Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation), Dev Shah (Master of None) and Bojack Horseman before they hit the hay – apparently members around the world choose to start and end their day with a laugh.

 

Late nights are for learning – watchers prefer Chef’s Table as a midnight snack: Globally, 15% of streaming happens between midnight and 6AM and even rises as high as 21% in Japan and South Korea. And what these night owl members are watching is not what you think – documentaries see a 24% increase in viewing during this time, including titles like Abstract, Making a Murderer and Planet Earth. The pursuit for quality entertainment (and knowledge) doesn’t dim when the lights go out.

 

Ultimately, Netflix-time is anytime. When viewers fit TV watching around their daily lives, rather than the other way around, we see peak streaming as early as 5PM in India to as late as 10PM in Argentina and Singapore.

 

When it comes to defining the new ‘rules’ of TV watching, Frank Underwood said it best: “If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table.”

 

*METHODOLOGY

 

Six months of Netflix streaming data – accounting to roughly 77 million accounts per month – was used for this analysis to draw time of day insights on the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, and United States. Peak viewing hours were identified based on weekday viewing as well as the hours certain genres peaked in relation to the genre’s overall share of daily viewing. Where relevant, data was adjusted to account for timezones. Titles included in the release are listed as examples and do not relate to viewership or popularity.

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SABC a hit at GENERATION NEXT Awards

Posted by radio On May - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SABC Radio Stations and TV programmes were once again recognised and voted the Coolest in the  Celebrity and Entertainment categories at the 13th Sunday Times Generation Next Brand Awards, which were held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday, 11 May 2017.

Metro FM affirmed its position as the Coolest Radio Station at the Awards for the 5th   year in a row, followed by 5FM and Umhlobo Wenene FM.  SABC1 drama Uzalo was voted Coolest TV Soap and Khumbul’ekhaya, Coolest Community Programmes 2017. The very popular Skeem Saam, also broadcast on SABC1 came in at 3rd place in the Coolest TV Soap category.

 

“The SABC congratulates its Radio Stations and TV progammes for being recognised and receiving these important awards. This is an affirmation that SABC as the Public Broadcaster remains an important part of the South African media landscape and that it will continue to deliver on its Public Service Mandate to all South Africans, from all walks of life. These awards bear testimony that SABC Radio and TV brands are still relevant with younger South Africans and we must continue to use these platforms to inform, educate and entertain our listeners and viewers with new and exciting Innovations”, said Elouise Kelly, SABC Head of Marketing.

 

The Awards are presented by the Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Survey, which gathers opinions and attitudes of young people between the ages of 8 and 22 to determine which brands they think are the coolest and most relevant in their lives. The survey is conducted by HDI Youth Marketeers. The survey has been running for the past thirteen years and has become the go-to source of information for brands wanting to tap into the younger segments of the market.

 

The SABC is honoured to receive this recognition in a media landscape which is quite cluttered.  It serves as a great motivation for the SABC to keep improving programming on its radio and television platforms.

 

Other winners from the SABC stable at the Awards include:

Muvhango (SABC2) – Coolest TV Programmes/series 2017

100% Youth (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017

Skeem Saam (SABC1) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

Soul City (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017

Soul Buddyz (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017

7de Laan – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

Generations – The Legacy (SABC 1) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

Isidingo (SABC3)  – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

The Bold & the Beautiful (SABC 3) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017

YoTV (SABC1) – Coolest Kids TV Channels/Blocks 2017

Survivor (SABC3) – Coolest Reality TV Shows 2017

Zaziwa (SABC1) – Coolest Reality TV Shows 2017

Ukhozi FM – Coolest Radio Stations 2017

Lesedi FM – Coolest Radio Stations 2017

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DStv gets new e.tv channels

Posted by radio On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv customers will get even more entertainment as we add four new e.tv channels to the DStv family. These channels are eMovies+ (138), eMovies Extra (140), eExtra (195) and eToonz+ (311). Three of these channels will be available in crystal clear HD: eMovies+, eMovies Extra and eExtra.

 

These channels offer a broad range of entertainment, which will give our customers a more expansive viewing experience. The shows will appeal to the entire family: eToonz+ offers a safe and sunny space for the kids; eMovies Extra packs a punch with robust action movies; eExtra gives mom a chance to tune into telenovelas and the rest of the family can enjoy sitcoms; while eMovies+ offers an escape with the stars.

 

“We’re always on the lookout for ways to add more value to each of our DStv packages – it’s about offering our customers the best entertainment in one place. These e.tv channels, of which three are in HD, will bring hours of viewing delight to the whole family,” commented Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

 

eMovies+ (138) and eMovies Extra (140) will be available to DStv AccessDStv FamilyDStv CompactDStv Extra and DStv Premium customers. eExtra (195) and eToonz+ (311) will be available to DStv EasyView, DStv Access, DStv Family, DStv Compact, DStv Extra and DStv Premium customers.

 

The addition of three more HD channels means that customers on the DStv EasyView package will now have access to three HD channels, DStv Access customers will have seven, DStv Family 12, DStv Compact 21, DStv Extra 26 and DStv Premium 41.

 

 

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Showmax, which launched its internet TV service in Poland in February 2017, has agreed a deal with the Polish mobile network operator Play to supply the Showmax service to Play’s entire contract customer base, totalling more than 8 million subscribers. The transaction will see Showmax accelerating the rollout of the service in Poland.

 

Play, one of Poland’s leading mobile networks and the country’s fastest-growing operator, has a customer base of 14 million subscribers and a market share of 26%. As part of the transaction, Showmax will be included for 12 months at no extra charge to the majority of Play’s postpaid customer base, with the remainder getting one month’s access to Showmax.

 

Showmax CEO John Kotsaftis said:

“The level of interest in Showmax since our launch in Poland earlier this year has exceeded even our most optimistic estimates. The Play transaction is a big deal for us because it gives us instant access to millions of customers and I’m hoping will help us build on the great start we’ve already had in the country.”

 

Showmax launched in Poland with a specialised local offering that included short films directed by leading Polish directors Patryk Vega and Wojciech Smarzowski. Showmax had also secured the rights to the popular political satire series Ucho Prezesa (The Chairman’s Ear).

 

Showmax’s operations in Poland are based in Warsaw and headed up by former Google executive Maciej Sojka. Prior to joining Showmax, Sojka ran YouTube partnerships for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also set up the well-known 24-hour news channel TVN24 before moving on to the role of CEO of satellite pay-TV platform owned by ITI Neovision.

 

Showmax Poland’s executive team also includes Grzegorz Esz as Head of Marketing (ex-UPC Polska and T-Mobile) and Jerzy Dzięgielewski as Head of Content (ex-HBO Central Europe).

 

Speaking about how the Play deal fits in with Showmax’s hyperlocalisation strategy, Kotsaftis said:

“Our strategy runs deeper than light-touch localisation. We’ve built our business in Poland around the premise that success requires having boots on the ground, having a deep understanding of customer needs, and having a willingness to make more than cosmetic changes to meet those needs. We’ve made good progress by partnering with incredibly talented local producers and directors, and it’s great to now expand that partnership approach and work with one of the leading mobile networks. ”

 

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Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment network, today announced its first Australian original series Tidelands, a supernatural crime drama that will debut exclusively on Netflix around the globe. Production will start in Queensland in 2018.

 

The drama follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.”

The series is produced for Netflix by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment. Executive Producers Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath produced the acclaimed Australian hit series Secrets & Lies and its remake for the U.S. The ten-episode first season will be written by creator Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies). Episodes will run 50 minutes.

 

“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix. “We can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.”

 

“We are excited to be partnering with Netflix on Tidelands — this story is one that has been itching to be told and we are thrilled to be making it on our home soil in Australia with fantastic creatives and highly skilled crews,” said Tracey Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show. “The primeval landscapes of Queensland are a perfect setting to tell the story of betrayal, small town secrets, ancient mythology and, when it comes to family, explore whether blood really is thicker than water.”

 

Tidelands is the latest of Netflix’s investments in Australian content including co-productions Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey. Netflix also licenses much-loved Australian-grown content like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Code for distribution to Netflix’s 100 million members around the world.

 

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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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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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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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