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Algoa FM has partnered with its weekend lunch presenter Tové Kane to open the School of Broadcasting in the Eastern Cape.

This is a first of its kind for the province, according to Kane.


“Some 25 years in the radio industry and related fields have given Tové an edge in understanding the art of communicating,” says Algoa FM managing director Dave Tiltmann.


“When we realised that Tové had extensive experience as a trainer in addition to her broadcasting skills, we saw it as an opportunity to open a professional broadcasting school in the Eastern Cape,” he says.


Tové graduated from Rhodes University in 1992, worked at Talk Radio 702 in 1992 during her undergraduate studies, served as the Breakfast Jock at Smart FM in 1994 and as a sports anchor on Talk Radio 702.


She worked as a presenter on 94.7 Highveld Stereo from 1996 – 2006, and won the Crystal Award for Best Radio DJ, defeating the other nominees for this award, including Alex Jay, Jeremy Mansfield, Gareth Cliff, DJ Fresh.


Her career includes working on Jacaranda FM between 2006 and 2009 and again in 2010, after which she joined Talk Radio 702 to present Solid Gold.


“Today this all-star presenter is presenting Weekend Lunch on Algoa FM from 12h00-15h00 Saturdays and Sundays,” says Tiltmann.


“The school is not just aimed at aspirant radio or TV broadcasters, but is ideal for anyone who wants to enhance their vocal ability and open up new opportunities,” says Kane.


“It will open windows of opportunity for many people including students/scholars with a dream of being on radio, business people who need to improve their presentation skills and vocal delivery, toastmasters, people in theatre, voice artists, and managers or people aspiring for management positions.


“It will be a highly interactive course. Participants will have loads of fun while learning how to captivate listeners,” she says.

Kane will be supported by the professional Algoa FM team to present elements of the course.


It will consist of 10 interactive two-hour sessions hosted in the Algoa FM studios over a period of five weeks.

“We will be restricting the classes to a maximum of 10 students at a time to ensure that we can give everyone personal attention,” says Kane.


There will be three course levels – Introduction, Intermediate and Professional.

Initially only the introductory course will be offered.


The first course will be held at The Algoa FM studios in Port Elizabeth and the cost per student is R5 000 excluding VAT.

This school will officially be launched on Wednesday, 5 November at an exclusive presentation by Tové Kane at the Algoa FM head office in Port Elizabeth.


Algoa FM and Tové Kane have decided to give a free course to one of the successful learners from Brandwag High School in Uitenhage (Eastern Cape). Brandwag High recently started their own online streaming radio station at the school to instil confidence in their learners when it comes to communication. The learner will join the first course which is scheduled to start Monday, 10 November.

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They have long been regarded as the unsung heroes of the music industry but now, thanks to “Princess of Africa” Yvonne Chaka Chaka, session musicians and backing singers will finally have a place in the sun at their own dedicated awards ceremony.


Launched during a star-studded and entertainment-packed function at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Wednesday 22 October 2014, the Backing Vocalists and Session Musicians Awards will recognise those hard-working musicians who so often operate behind the scenes, in the shadows and out of the spotlight – yet who contribute so much to a live performance or recording.


The annual BVSM Awards are the initiative of Chaka Chaka through her Princess of Africa Foundation, and have been 10 years in the planning. The inaugural awards will be held in Johannesburg in 2015.


This initiative is particularly poignant for the celebrated songbird, because not only have backing musicians played a pivotal role in shaping her successful career but she also lost her dear friend and long-time backing vocalist Phumzile Ntuli to malaria in 2004.


“These are special artists who bring variety into one’s music and enhance one’s artistry,” Chaka Chaka says. “Without their input, I don’t think I would have made it as a recording and stage artist. I was young and inexperienced when I became a professional musician and they were there to guide me. I owe my success to them. Today I look back and appreciate their guidance.”


She says the awards will be a way of honouring the personal and professional contributions of these behind-the-scenes worker bees, as well as fostering pride in their own artistic creativity, providing national exposure for them and celebrating their gift of music.


Apart from their dulcet tones, backing singers are blessed with a sharp ear for harmony, Chaka Chaka explains, and session musicians are required to be flexible and versatile across musical genres, styles and performance platforms. Through the BVSM Awards, she hopes to provide greater opportunities and recognition for these musicians who form the bedrock of the music industry.



Awards categories


The BVSM Awards will cover a wide range of genres, including jazz, hip-hop, gospel, maskandi, mbaqanga, boeremusiek, gospel and kwaito. They will also recognise the contribution of music veterans from decades past, as well as the country’s most exciting emerging young talents. The following categories are being considered for the awards:


  • Best Female Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
  • Best Male Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
  • Best Session Musicians
  • Best Lead Guitarist
  • Best Bass Guitarist
  • Best Brass Section and Drums
  • Lifetime Backing Vocalist (male and female)
  • Lifetime Session Musician (male and female)
  • Best Backing Vocalists of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (males and females)
  • Rookie of the Year – Backing Vocalist (male and female)
  • Rookie of the Year – Session Musician (male and female)


The BVSM Awards were launched in suitably glamorous style on Wednesday night: the State Theatre was abuzz with iconic talents from the South African music world and proceedings were led by celebrity MCs Bob Mabena and Penny Lebyane.


The evening’s entertainment programme, under the directorship of Victor Masondo, featured a vibrant musical journey through South African music from the 1960s to the present day.


Occupying centre stage were a stellar array of session musicians, finally given their well-deserved place in the spotlight: Bernice Boikanyo on drums, Godfrey Mgcina on percussion, Gabs Stuurman on piano and keyboards, Ntokozo Zungu on guitar, Victor Masondo on bass, and McCoy Mrubata on saxophones and pennywhistle. They were joined by some of the country’s finest backing singers: Mandisa Dlanga, Stella Khumalo, Nonhlanhla Mdluli, Fani Ntlama and Zamo Mbutho.


Said Mandisa Dlanga, a singer and dancer who has worked with local and international artists such as Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela, Stimela, Jennifer Rush, Paul Simon and Chaka Chaka herself: “This is the best thing that has happened to us backing singers. To be acknowledged by a successful and well-travelled musician like Yvonne means a lot to us. I wish other successful soloists and bandleaders will think like her because we have been instrumental in crafting their careers.”


The Backing Vocals and Session Musician Awards media launch is supported by:


  • The Princess of Africa Foundation
  • SAMRO – Southern African Music Rights Organisation
  • Crystalix
  • The City of Tshwane
  • JT Communication Solutions
  • SABC



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Meet The Real Jozi A-Listers

Posted by radio On October - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Viewers who thought they had seen everything homegrown reality television has to offer are in for a side-splittingly funny, defiantly unique and undoubtedly unmissible treat when The Real Jozi A-Listers makes its debut on Friday, 31 October at 19:00 on Vuzu Amp.



The show follows the daily lives of comedian Tall A$$ Mo, comedian and actor Trevor Gumbi, model and actor Masego “Maps” Maponyane and musician Da L.E.S.


This comedy slash reality television slash parody show gathers together four of Mzansi’s genuine “A-Listers” for a rollicking small screen ride that has all the makings of an A-List hit. Vuzu Amp viewers will get an up-close and (sometimes unprecedentedly personal) view when the cameras follow comical, fictionalised versions of each of these “A-Listers” as they go about their, often surreal, lives in Joburg, South Africa.


“To say we’re amped about The Real Jozi A-Listers is an understatement,” says Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net’s Director for Local Interest Channels.


“Each of the A-Listers has a fascinating backstory which viewers already know – and the way this is used to create a narrative that mixes fact with fiction makes for groundbreaking television. Also, as befits a show of this nature, you never know what other A-Listers might turn up as the series progresses, making for truly amplified viewing.”


In the opening episode of The Real Jozi A-Listers, things are already going pear-shaped when Da L.E.S. returns home from a hard-working tour to find that his (actually, his mom’s) mansion has been trashed.


Who’s the culprit? In the city of gold, nothing shines more than celebrity and status – and DA L.E.S. doesn’t have to look far to find the A-Lister who loves to party more than anything else, especially one who is couch surfing because his wife has kicked him out of his home after a run for bread and milk turned into a wild trip to Cape Town (we’re looking at you Mr T. Gumbi). And just like a wolf pack Tall Ass Mo plays the peacemaker – though the other guys don’t get it,  Mo always has to stop a fight from happening.


In the mix of chaos comes Maps – the reluctant pretty-boy, who is out to shed his beauty-with-no-brains image and prove that there is in fact more to him than meets the eye, and that he’s fully deserving of being a Jozi A-Lister!


Tune in to Vuzu Amp, channel 114, to catch this celebrity mayhem for yourself. The fun starts on Friday, 31 October at 19:00.

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Rockville Season 3 in the works

Posted by radio On October - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Filming for Season 3 of Mzansi Magic’s (DStv Channel 161) Rockville kicked off on the 6 October 2014.


Season 1 of Rockville lifted the lid on the drama, sacrifices and subterfuge that it takes to get to the top in modern-day South Africa. When Season 2 appeared in February 2014, it only upped the ante on this gripping, dark and edgy drama series.


Rockville Season 3 shifts the focus of the narrative internally, exploring the  inner conflicts that life choices and situations present.


Several of South Africa’s most accomplished actors join the cast of the acclaimed homegrown drama series. Terry Pheto (Long Walk To Freedom; Tsotsi; Catch a Fire) and Hlomla Dandala (Jacob’s Cross) are among those who have joined the popular drama series, produced for Mzansi Magic by Ferguson Films.


Others making their appearance when Rockville Season 3 premieres in January 2015 are Khanya Mkhangisa (Zabalaza), Don Mlangeni Nawa, Fezile Makhanya and Nunu Khumalo.


The six new actors join an already stellar cast – including Connie Ferguson, Shona Ferguson, Boity Thulo, Lehasa Moloi, Thembsie Matu, Trevor Gumbi and Mbali Mlotshwa – that has ensured Rockville is one of the most-watched dramas on Mzansi Magic since it first debuted in 2013.


“We are thrilled to be welcoming Rockville back to Mzansi magic’s screens,” says Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net’s Director for Local Interest Channels.


“With such a superb cast and a storyline that will definitely keep viewers on the edge of their seats, Rockville Season 3 will be a great way to welcome in 2015.”


“With Season 3, we are going deeper and exploring the inner conflicts that reside in the hearts of our characters,” explain Connie and Shona Ferguson.


“This season is about the reckoning that each character must make – not with external dangers in the world, not with their family or friends, but with themselves. It all makes for exceptionally good television viewing for existing and new Rockville fans.”


Rockville Season 3 premieres on Mzansi Magic, channel 161, in January 2015.

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What do news anchor Florence Letoaba, eNCA sports presenter Nandi Tshabalala, ANN7 sports anchor Mahreen Chenia and Kaya FM 95.9 Breakfast with Bob co-presenter Sotho Meyer have in common?


Well, humour to the hilt if you have seen their tongue-in-cheek answers about the media world and their colleagues in their biographies on


Apart from being gorgeous talent media personalities, they have all placed their careers in the hands of Rivonia, Johannesburg-based Martin Glitz and Glamour Pty Ltd – or more to the point, agent Paul Martin, who 22 years and counting of journalism and public relations experience, has turned him into a magnet to attract top TV and radio talent.


“Each presenter is a business in their own right, but I am a firm believer that a person’s attitude is as important as their skill, which makes these four beautiful ladies into dream attractions on the MC, voice-over, and brand ambassador fronts,” said Martin.


“In business terms, small stones build big bridges, meaning economical pricing with relationships are key. When joining Martin Glitz and Glamour Pty Ltd, each presenter is requested to choose a charity that is close to their heart, and they become a brand ambassador for the cause. So when booked for events, the client and presenter are actually contributing to the charity to make a difference to the lives of the less fortunate.”


“Paul Martin didn’t find us, we found him, as his years of experience allows him to understand profile building and what a sponsor or broadcaster expects from a presenter,” said Florence Letoaba, who is linked to the People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) and the HIV/Aids element of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).




“Having four female presenters to look after, Paul will be the first to tell you that life is never boring, but as a team, we are committed to being the best.”


Nandi Tshabalala, who has adopted the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) as her charity, added: “We are part of an exciting journey, and keen to make a difference to society through our charity work, and of course, keeping viewers and listeners informed through our broadcasting work.”


Mahreen Chenia, whose charity will soon be announced, said: “broadcasting is a confidence game. But the homework that goes in before going on camera is just as key. Paul Martin has realised the importance of building a brand, and we are grateful to our sponsors and suppliers who have shown belief in us.”


Sotho Meyer, who is due to start a family in December, is as popular know than ever and will be on the front cover of the November edition of the Mammas and Pappas magazine, is also highly rated by TV and radio icons such as Robert Marawa and Bob Mabena respectively.


“I have been privileged to work with true professionals like Robert Marawa and Bob Mabena and for them to give me rave reviews for my work, brings a tear to my eye,” said Meyer, who will soon announce her commitment to a literacy charity.


“As for Martin Glitz and Glamour, I hope the corporate industry will give this All Girl Team the support that they deserve, as we always play our A-Game when we have a microphone in our hand.”


Readers will remember Sotho Meyer from her days as a sports and news presenter on SABC’s Weekend Live breakfast show, as well as a sports presenter on Supersport Blitz.


At 26 years of age, Nandi Tshabalala is the bubbly personality that brings television viewers all the news from the local sports scene on etv and eNCA, while another 26-year-old in Mahreen Chenia – ex-Supersport Blitz – has seen her career rise to new levels in anchoring ANN7 sports show Game On on DSTV Channel 405 (Tuesdays, 5.30pm).


Florence Letoaba, has much broadcasting experience under her belt from her days with SABC’s Metro FM and Safm radio as well as talk station Power FM. Add in putting in the broadcasting miles on SABC television, and she is a connoisseur of broadcasting and public speaking.


International make-up brand Black Opal were the first corporate to spot the potential of Martin Glitz and Glamour’s Girl Power quartet, in coming to the party with a 12-month make up supplier deal.


Since then, Proudly South African hair care specialists Biosense (Shampoo and Conditioner) and international skin care brands Matis and Guinot (two presenters per brand) have put their brand power behind the presenters.


The presenters’ brands are backed by a comprehensive PR approach including keeping their backers in the news via media releases, social media (tweets of sponsors’ and suppliers messages) plus the good old Facebook and Instagram.


So, can Sotho Meyer, Nandi Tshabalala, Florence Letoaba and Nandi Tshabalala make an end-of-year corporate party swing in unforgettable fashion?

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acousticsNOW presents RETROFEST#2

Posted by radio On October - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Following the inaugural success of RETROFEST#1, acousticsNOW is proud to present RETROFEST#2 in association with MINI.

Featuring a selection of South Africa’s best contemporary acoustic musicians performing songs exclusively from the 1960s & 1970s – a time when Music changed the World.


Compositions by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rodriguez, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas & The Papas, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Donovan, Otis Redding & more will be brought to life by local talents:


Kahn Morbee

Albert Frost

Michael Lowman

Frankie Beagle

Shotgun Tori

Tidal Waves



NIROX Sculpture Park is nestled in the Cradle Of Humankind – a World Heritage Site – with its luscious amphitheatre set to be the stage for RETROFEST#2. The natural surroundings and manicured landscape will create the perfect platform for people to experience some of the greatest songs ever written.

Cuisine on offer will be courtesy of The Epicurian Emporium – a collective of high-end food stalls from the burgeoning food & design market, with emphasis on healthy, naturally-sourced options, as well as eco-friendly foodwares.


Gates open at 10h00, live music starts at 11h00 and the festival will conclude in the early evening.

Festival-goers will be treated to a full day of Music, Food, Art & Nature.


CALEO Wealth Management is the anchor sponsor for the NIROX Foundation’s on-going concert programme.

MINI is an associate sponsor of RETROFEST#2.


Tickets are available for on-line pre-sale from or at R300.

Tickets for sale at the Gate at R320.

All ages welcome. Children under 12 pay half-price.

No food/drinks/pets through the gate.

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Gareth Cliff to discuss Radio business

Posted by radio On October - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


A host of local and international music industry heavyweights will converge at New Town’s Market Theatre on the 3rd of October for an inspiring one day music conference aptly named Breathe Sunshine Engage.


The whole concept behind the conference is to pummel the minds of those interested in knowing more about the music industry. Delegates will engage in topical panel discussions and stimulating sessions focused on building the industry.


Among the speakers is radio veteran Gareth Cliff who is lined up to talk about the future of radio in South Africa and his experience in launching his own online radio portal, CliffCentral.


Cliff and his Cliff Central crew have redefined the art of online radio as they are now broadcasting their popular breakfast show on the WeChat application through live streaming. Cliff has already reiterated that he wants to use the internet to turn radio in South Africa on its head.


“I’m not interested in shocking anyone – we just want to give people a valuable listening and viewing experience. There is a lot of content – entertainment, intelligence, inspiration and empowerment. It’s so much more than playing eight songs an hour,” he elaborated.


The impeding success of Cliff Central has shown listeners are slowly moving away from the daily routine of listening to radio in their cars and moving with the changes by turning to their phones for radio outside the car.

Some of the artistes who are billed to play an integral role at the conference include Euphonic, HHP, DJ Zinhle, The Parlotenes, Khan Morbee and Black Coffee.

Australian electronic duo, The Presets, agreed to pop over before their set at Vodacom In The City. The hugely popular act will share their insights on how to break out of small geographical territories, how they tour other countries, and elaborate on the challenges they have faced.

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Isidingo celebrates 4000th episode

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

SABC3’s most cherished local drama series, Isidingo, is nearing its 4000th episode on Wednesday, 1 October 2014!


This impressive milestone is a culmination of near countless and equally compelling moments in the years spent producing story bound tales of the Horizon Deep citizens. Isidingo has uncovered topical storylines to viewers since the show first premiered way back on a Tuesday, 7 July 1998.


A show, never far from challenging convention and equally celebrating multiple wins throughout its two decades of broadcasting, remains ever resilient. The set of Isidingo also survived an unexpected fire too, all while continuing to grow in storyline and audience with every new episode broadcast.


Today the show also has a fan base extending as far afield as Tanzania and Uganda. New faces and talent continue to be attracted to the amazing team of writers and cast alike. Recent new arrival Head Writer, Rohan Dickson, is just one example of a talent helping grow the brand. The writing team provides pertinent and locally relevant stories that everyday South Africans can relate to, while also edifying viewers in the process.


“It is an immense proud moment and a remarkable milestone which we are delighted to have reached, MD Endemol SA, Sivan Pillay says. “For 4000 episodes Isidingo has entrenched itself as a credible show with stories that relate to South African society by encompassing the ideal of one nation viewing. We hope to entertain fans for many years to come”


The series success lies, in part, in its ability to tackle stories that strike the lives of real South Africans, as it explores the diverse worlds of how the rich can affect the poor, right through to how their lives can entwine. Horizon Deep has been full of amazing moments which have made the fictional city a household name.


“Isidingo has built a challenging track record that makes all parties involved in the production proud and inspired to achieve more,” Aisha Mohamed, Head of Bouquet: SABC3 confirms. “This is an outstanding landmark for the show and we are very proud, and pleased to be associated with one of the country’s top daily dramas. We would like to express thanks to the brilliant cast of Isidingo and the production team from Endemol for generating captivating storylines that our viewers can look forward to weekdays at 7pm.”


The 4000th episode celebrates the hard work of all the cast and crew who have contributed in the success of the show. The flagship series has seen some cast members such as Hlomla Dandala and Darren Kelfkens transitioning from being actors on the show to now directing the masterpiece.


Isidingo is at its core a show for Africans, written and produced and televised by Africans – making it some of the most compelling, relevant and engaging television produced on the continent today. What the next 4000 episodes hold Mzansi will dictate.


Executive Producer Pumla Hopa, who has been with the show since its first episode, added “We would like to thank SABC 3 and our viewers for their continued support. We are very proud to have reached this milestone. We love being part of the South African TV landscape and being able to have a positive influence in people’s lives on a daily basis. The journey has been exciting and we look forward to continue participating as a major contributor in the narrative of South Africa as we continue growing as a country”.



[Issued by: SABC]

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Metro FM and SABC3 shine at the 2014 Loerie Awards

Posted by radio On September - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Metro FM brought home silver in the category (Digital & Interactive – Social Media) while SABC 3 (Expresso) won Campaign Craft Certificate in the category (Radio Crafts – Performance) both commercials were produced by King James II.


The Loerie Awards took place recently in Cape Town and were first held in 1978, as a mechanism to support and grow television advertising. Since then the awards have expanded to encompass every area of  brand communication including radio and print advertising, design, architecture, direct marketing, non-broadcast video, live events, and digital media.

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CNBC Africa partners with Reuters

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By:Farai Diza]


Media professionals gathered in Sandown last Friday to witness the ground breaking and much publicised partnership between Thompson Reuters and CNBC Africa to provide the broadcasters various platforms across Africa with the latest financial data and analytical tools.


The partnership joins two of the most powerful news and information brands to supply cutting edge news and financial analysis to the African market. Thompson Reuters has 196 people on the African continent spread across Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and South Africa.


Thompson Reuters is the leading source of intelligent information for the world’s businesses and professionals, providing customers with a competitive advantage. Intelligent information if a unique synthesis of human intelligence, industry expertise and innovative technology that provides decision makers with the knowledge to act, enabling them to make better decisions faster.


Through approximately 60 000 employees across more than 100 countries, Thomson Reuters works across geographical and cultural boundaries to deliver the best insight to the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets powered by the world’s most trusted news organisation.


“Both Thompson Reuters and CNBC Africa have a strong presence in Africa, which makes this partnership even more important as Africa’s economic pulse has quickened and is growing at an incredible rate. We are proud to be associated with such a respected brand which is at the forefront of delivering quality, real time information and infusing the continent with market leading news that benefits business decision makers,” said Keith Nicols, Managing Director Africa for Thompson Reuters.


With its African headquarters situated in Johannesburg financial hub, CNBC Africa reaches audiences in over 48 countries across Africa through DStv. The financial news broadcaster has bureaus in over 15 cities across Africa, including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, Accra and Kigali.


The TV Channel is targeted at key decision makers ranging from Chief Executives, senior members of government, day traders, brokers, fund managers, entrepreneurs, and private investors.


“CNBC Africa is synonymous with credible, real time and actionable business content. This long term strategic alliance with Thompson Reuters Africa enhances these values. This partnership along with the growth of our bureau network will enable the continuous improvement of our on air product, both from the depth and breadth of our reporting as well as from the immediacy of dissemination. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership in the years ahead,” said Sid Wahi, Director at CNBC Africa.


The partnership is expected to facilitate growth throughout the African continent

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