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Taking over from Mapaseka Mokwele, Dr. Sindisiwe van Zyl will host the new 7-8pm night-time talk show: Sidebar with Sindi. While Dr. Sindi is known for her work as a medical doctor, this show will explore multiple facets of her vibrant personality with the overarching theme of family.

As a seasoned medical practitioner, Dr. Sindi van Zyl has amassed a huge following both on and offline, opening up her social media platform as a space for her followers to engage with her on a range of medical and social topics. Dr. Sindi, as she is affectionately known, has passionately shared her thoughts on important issues including; HIV – especially the Prevention-of-Mother-To-Child-Transmission, mental health, as well as constantly busting medical myths. Dr. Sindi has also picked up a number of accolades including the highly- coveted Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award in the health category (2018).

 

“I am very excited to be joining the Kaya family. I have always been an Afropolitan and this is a dream come true for me. I am also looking forward to winning over new people from different backgrounds with the show,” said Dr. Sindi.

 

Speaking on the new show, Chief Content Officer, Neil Johnson expressed, “It is a great privilege to have Dr. Sindi joining the team. Her background in medicine will bring much needed insights and traction from a new audience, which will help us understand how best to service that market.”

 

Her first show will broadcast on Monday, 29 April 2019.

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SABC COO fired

Posted by radio On April - 24 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The SABC board has terminated the contract of its Chief Operations Officer Chris Maroleng effective immediately. The public broadcaster issued a brief statement to this effect, see below.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board met on Tuesday, 23 April 2019. After due consideration of the findings and recommendations of a disciplinary process, the Board resolved to terminate the contract of employment of its Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Chris Maroleni, with immediate effect.

 

 

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DISCOP Abidjan in partnership with the African Animation Network (AAN) will host the 3rd annual  Animation du Monde pitching competition next month and entries are now open.

As Africa’s animation industry continues to develop, and  in recognition of the challenges that creators face in being able to reach a market, there will be a strong focus on animated short film and series.

 

DISCOP Abidjan is the second of 5 preliminary rounds of the Pan-African Animation du Monde 2020. Through the DISCOMICS footprint– an initiative run by DISCOP Markets and AAN– and which includes partnerships with 3 of Africa’s longest running comic conventions, AAN will be hosting 4 regional prelims in Johannesburg (at ICON CGC), Abidjan (DISCOP Abidjan), Lagos (at Lagos Comic Con), and Nairobi (Nairobi Comic Con).  Because the partners are always looking to create new opportunities for creators across Africa, AAN has partnered with the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia) to add a 5th regional preliminary round.

 

 

The MIFA Pitches are arguably the biggest animation focused pitching forum in the world and take place against the backdrop of the Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA (Annecy/MIFA). A place where filmmakers can celebrate the craft while building relationships and a deeper understanding of the industry. Contestants have until the 17th of May to submit their project and can do so by clicking HERE.

 

Animation du Monde’s mission is to give animation projects in developing animation industries from across the world the opportunity to participate at the highest level internationally during the MIFA Pitches.

 

Video pitches will be accepted for those not able to attend the preliminary regional round at DISCOP Abidjan however, candidates who are able to attend the event will be given preference.  The competition regulations can be viewed HERE.

 

“The value of entering a pitch competition like Animation du Monde goes far beyond winning or losing. Through it you build relationships, your confidence to sell your project, and most of all the insight of industry professionals with years of experience with projects from around the world.” says Nick Wilson, Head of Projects & Content at AAN.

 

During the 2018 Animation du Monde finals in Annecy Ingrid Agbo, from Togo, secured a pre-sale for her project L’arbre à Palimpseste which is currently in pre-production.

 

Ingrid qualified with her project through the 2017 regionals run by AAN at DISCOP Abidjan and won one of two places to represent Africa at Annecy/MIFA 2018 via the Animation du Monde 2017 Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg Through her journey she was able to connect with other African animation filmmakers who were able to help her refine her project through to the 2018 finals in France.

 

Ingrid shared her Annecy experience with us,  “My Annecy experience was so unexpected. Winning the opportunity to pitch my project there was a huge pleasure but also a real challenge for me.  This festival was like a gauge for my project. There were so many and different, great projects coming from all around the world.”

 

Jerome Soffo Simo, President of Tous’Anime Association & Organizer of CANIMAF in Cameroon, had this to say about his about his experience, “Firstly, the Annecy Pitch Contest taught me that you have to write, draw, structure, and then put together your animation project and that story is the most important part, because, a successful animation is a well-told story. The story will guide you in choosing the style to adopt and the rest will follow.”

 

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, today announced its first original African animated series, Mama K’s Team 4, produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and leading London-based kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE.

 

Mama K’s Team 4 tells the story of four teen girls living in the neo-futuristic African city of Lusaka, Zambia who are recruited by a retired secret agent still committed to saving the world. The series joins Netflix’s growing slate of original animated programming designed for kids and families everywhere, brought to 190 countries by artists from around the world.

Mama K’s Team 4 is created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who was one of eight winners in the Triggerfish Story Lab initiative in 2015, a pan-african talent search.

 

Designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, it draws visual inspiration from retro-’90s R&B and hip hop girl groups.

 

To join the creative team on the series, Netflix is collaborating with Triggerfish Animation studio and CAKE to launch a continent-wide search for local female writing talent.

 

Malenga grew up watching cartoons on TV and found herself asking why no heroes looked like her and why they didn’t live in a world that felt like her own. “In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero,” commented Malenga.

 

“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix. “Mama K’s Team 4 has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on-screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to.”

 

“After animating four multi-award-winning BBC Christmas specials set in England, including the Oscar-nominated Revolting Rhymes, Triggerfish is delighted to bring an African capital city to life on Netflix,” added Vanessa Ann Sinden, Triggerfish’s development producer. “Female writers from Africa who have had their work produced for either TV, film or theatre can find out more about the Writers Lab and how to apply from the careers page of our website, www.triggerfish.com.”

 

CEO & Creative Director at CAKE, Tom van Waveren concluded, “We are delighted to be partnering with Triggerfish and Netflix on Mama K’s Team 4, a uniquely empowering, but most of all fun project, which brings a fresh perspective to a classic cartoon genre.”

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A “revolutionary series about a perfectly imperfect single black woman … For black women, it’s like our own personal Scandal, a world in which we see ourselves not just in its main character, but in most of its characters.” That’s how BuzzFeedNews.com described BET drama Being Mary Jane, and the overwhelming fan response on social media has proven it, with #BeingMaryJane trending on Twitter every time it airs.

 

Since 2013, Gabrielle Union (from 10 Things I Hate About You, Bring it On), has starred as Mary Jane Paul (MJ), a news anchor who almost has it all: the high-flying job, money, good looks, great hair, and a crazy but loving group of friends and family. But MJ, who is in her late 30s, is looking for Mr Right and wants to start a family. Which leaves many steamy encounters with hunky men devolving into rivers of tears as her dream of future perfection is shattered into a million pieces.

 

 

We’ve seen MJ try to smooth out the kinks in her family life, coping with her mother’s health issues and a brother with addiction problems. We journeyed with her from Season 1 to 4 as she found herself caught between sensible and sexy men. She almost had it all with David … until she lost it. Then she got it on with Andre – only to find out that he’s married with kids! After a failed fertility treatment and a car accident in season 2 (when she overheard her best friend confessing her love to David), MJ finally chose to cleanse her crazy life of toxic people and relationships. Finally, she was evolving. Even Michelle Obama, who is a fan of the show, approved.

 

 

At the end of season four, MJ’s co-worker, Justin, got down on one knee to propose, but he didn’t know that MJ may already be pregnant … and not with his child! The teaser trailer of the finale movie shows MJ in a white wedding dress, and we can’t wait to see who’s wearing the matching suit.

 

Watch the Being Mary Jane finale movie on Thursday 18 April on BET (129) at 21:00.

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Phat Joe takes over Radio 2000 Breakfast Show

Posted by radio On April - 7 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Radio 2000 has announced a few changes to its line-up, in order to remain competitive and relevant to audiences across all race groups. New additions to the Radio 2000 family include Phat Joe, Nonala Tose, Nathi Ndamase on its midweek shows and Carol Ofori on weekends. Phat Joe will start on Monday 08 April 2019 and Carol Ofori will only join the Radio 2000 family on 01 May 2019.

The new line-up gives balance to the previous predominantly male heavy prime time slots, with Nonala co-hosting with Phat Joe the Morning Drive from 06h00 until 09h00, Monday to Friday. Nathi Ndamase has joined Glen Lewis on the Afternoon Drive between 15h00 and 18h00, Monday to Friday. Justice ‘Just Ice’ Ramohlola has moved to the 19h30 – 22h00 slot, Monday to Thursday.

Reggie Philander will join the station from 01 May 2019 to present the programme ‘Brunch’ between 09h00 and 12h00 on weekends.

The station will also automate 00h00 – 06h00 Monday – Monday from May 2019.

Radio 2000 continuously aims to grow its listenership across the country and has adopted a 3 pronged approach of delivering its content on air, online as well as on the ground activations. This approach is the station’s way of fulfilling the SABC’s vision ‘to become the leading, credible voice and face of the nation and the continent’.

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Mzansi Magic favourite shows are coming back!

Posted by radio On April - 4 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic (Channel 161)  is excited to announce the return of the favourites in April! We promise, this is the content you signed up for!

 

  1. The Herd 

Sunday drama at its best, The Herd Season 2 will make a return on the 7th of April 2019. Will the powerful Mam Mngadi still be living her best life? What happens now? Don’t miss it on Sundays at 8pm!

  1. Lockdown 

We have barely recovered from last season of Lockdown, and we’re back to it again! Is Mazet gone for good? Questions that need answers. Keep It locked to your screens from the 7th of April on our usual 8pm timeslot.

  1. Utatakho

Your trusted host Nimrod Nkosi will take us through multiple journeys and DNA test results as people seek the truth about their identity. The show comes back on Tuesdays at 8pm on the 9th of April 2019.

  1. Papa Penny 

No one does reality better than Papa Penny Ahee! The one and only Shangaan King is back on your screens Mzansi. We are excited to see what he has in store for us! Catch your fave on Thursdays at 8pm from the 11th of April 2019.

  1. Uthando NesThembu

Your favourite family is back! Catch Musa and his wives as they continue on their journey of love. They comeback on the 12th of April 2019, so be sure to be glued to your screens.

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Port Elizabeth born Singer/songwriter Titi Luzipho has released her brand new single Being Woman from her forthcoming album. Titi is a trained musician, creative and musical director whose love for music knows no bounds.

She comes from a musical family, her late grandfather, CB Qwesha was a musical genius and composer. His greatests work – Ndisindise O Jehova, Save me Oh Thou Jehova became one of the world’s greatest hymns. Titi became a household name in the Jazz circles across South Africa, having worked with the likes of Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi, Gloria Bosman, Siphokazi, Caiphus Semenya and Loyiso and Zwai Bala among other greats.

 

“I am so blessed to have this gift and be able to share it with the masses. Being Woman is a powerful song celebrating women, acknowledging the plight of women in an unjust world. This song is so personal to me, it took a lot for me to birth it and I hope it heals, empowers, motivates and inspires a lot of women and men.”

 

Titi has worked with a number of incredible artists on her upcoming album with Luyanda Madope on production and keys. The album also features Ringo Madlingozi, who is one of Titi’s strong influences.

 

Titi counts it a blessing to have been mentored by the Grammy award nominated producer Zwai Bala. Together they worked on honing, nurturing and harnessing Titi’s vocal ability. How can she fail when she was not only mentored by the eldest Bala brother but by the late great Dr Winston Ntshona and Dorothy Masuka and her equally talented mother Vuyelwa Qwesha-Luzipho.

 

Now Titi has built quite a following introducing and refining the concept “#SongsMyMotherTaughtMe” – a tribute to the massive musical influence her mother, well known songstress Vuyelwa Qwesha has had on her life. She also started a movement #BeingWomxn as part of the eradication of femicides. This movement seeks to heal and celebrate women who are victims of gender-based violence, misogyny and patriarchy.

 

Titi is a gem! The future of jazz is in great hands’

-The Times-

 

‘My eyes were glued from the first note to the last. When I die, this is how I would like my music to be sung.’

-Dorothy Masuka’ – her late mentor.

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SABC News YouTube channel wins an award

Posted by radio On March - 30 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)  News YouTube channel has scooped an award at the Bookmarks 2019 Awards on Thursday, 28 March 2019.

This award is a confirmation that the SABC is making great strides in positioning itself as a multiplatform content provider. This is in line with the SABC’s mission statement “to become a high performing, financially sustainable, digitised national public broadcaster that provides compelling informative, educational and entertaining content via all platforms”.

 

The SABC News YouTube channel offers a variety of news reports, broadcast on its television platform, the SABC News Channel (Dstv 404) and news and current affairs programmes aired on SABC 1, 2 and 3. In addition SABC News YouTube channel also broadcasts original content produced in the SABC’s digital newsroom, as well as the live streaming of daily news events.

The SABC, with its portfolio of channels, is an official YouTube partner. The SABC News’ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/sabcnews) is one of the most viewed South African YouTube channels globally  – with over 500 000 subscribers. It has received over 200 million views (and over a billion watch time minutes) in total since its establishment in 2012.

 

The channel hosts the best of SABC television news where users can watch news clips, in-depth inserts, interviews, current affairs programmes and livestreams of breaking news and events (including full broadcasts of events not always available or fully covered on SABC television channels).

 

The SABC reiterates its commitment to continue to deliver an unparalleled public value proposition, of ensuring that the millions of South African households who rely on SABC for news and current affairs are kept captivated on all our news platforms.

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Metro FM Line-up changes announced

Posted by radio On March - 30 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

METRO FM  announced its 2019/20 lineup, as it aims to continue raising the industry bar. The station will effect slight changes to its lineup on 1 April 2019, in line with continuous delivery to its mandate and business strategy.

 

 

With the new line-up, METRO has signed four big names to its stable. The station has built onto the successes of the station’s currently strong line-up, by bringing on board Ayabonga Cawe, Relebogile Mabotja, Moshe Ndiki and Andile Ncube.

 

Ayabonga Cawe  takes over ‘METRO FM Talk’, between 19h30 and 21h00 on Monday to Thursday. Ayabonga possess all attributes to rebuild METRO FM Talk offering, aligning it to core audience needs and the changing broadcast landscape.

Joining the ‘#FreshBreakfast’, which airs between 05h00 and 09h00, at the beginning of May 2019 is seasoned broadcaster and media personality, Relebogile Mabotja.  She will add her voice to the freshest breakfast team on radio with her smart thinking, wittiness and ability to have diverse views and in-depth knowledge of current affairs content as well her relatability and appeal.

 

Another addition to the METRO FM family is one of South Africa’s most loved personality, Moshe Ndiki who joins the 15h00 to 18h00 ‘The Drive’ show as a contributor. He will be bringing the station’s listeners his take on ‘the past week in the news’ every Friday on ‘The Drive’, putting a light hearted and fun spin on top news items that made headlines in the past week.

 

The last addition to the team is sports fanatic, Andile Ncube who joins METRO FM as the sports presenter for the weekend breakfast show ‘#TheWKNDR’, which broadcasts from 06h00 – 09h00. He will be presenting sports bulletins, ensuring the station’s listeners know what to expect in the world of sports on weekends. Andile brings with him a wealth of experience from SABC Sports having anchored many TV sports shows as well as hosted a radio sports show on Radio 2000 and being part of many international sporting events.

 

The new changes will see Somizi Mhlongo joining ‘#TheBridge’ team, bringing his own version of fun, charisma and more fun to the show, whilst Sentle Lehoko takes over the Monday to Thursday 21h00 – 00h00 slot on the new show ‘#NinetoMidnightWithSentle’Marian Nyarko-Lartey will follow with ‘#TheWindDown’ from 00h00 – 02h00 with Ismail Abrahams taking over the baton, keeping METRO FM listeners company from 02h00 -05h00 on Monday to Friday with the show ‘#EarlyMorningsWithASmile’.

 

Dynamic rising star Khanya ‘Kyeezi’ Siyengo takes over the ‘#METROFMTOP40COUNTDOWN’ with his energetic, knowledgeable and entertaining presenting style on Saturdays between 09h00 – 13h00, whilst his former partner in crime Phind’Gcobe Madubela aka DJ PH rides solo on ‘#CruiseControl’ Saturdays 13h00 – 15h00. Bujy Bikwa joins MoG on the ‘#TheWKNDR’, Saturdays 06h00 – 09h00.

 

The Station Manager for Metro FM, Ms Sibongile Mtyali stated that “this year’s line-up schedule is a continuation of our commitment to deliver quality programming and maintain top-of-mind awareness as the best commercial radio stations in the country. We are pleased that we have managed to secure some of the country’s top radio personalities joining brand METRO FM. All our personalities fit in well with what Metro FM stands for and where it’s heading”.

 

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