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Nazarene Khan appointed TV Channel Manager

Posted by radio On February - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kagiso Media has announced the promotion of Nazarene Khan to the position of TV Channel Manager. Khan played a key role in conceptualising and starting Glow and has been Marketing Manager at Glow since its inception in July 2013. She will take on this new role with immediate effect and will be responsible for the Glow and ED TV channels.


The role of Channel Manager will see Khan define each channel’s target market, positioning, proposition, programming mix and on-air look and feel. She will also monitor audience reception of channels. Mark Harris, Group CEO at Kagiso Media, says they’re looking forward to having Khan on board as Channel Manager: “Naz brings with her experience from years working within the media landscape and we look forward to the collaboration within the group as well as the strengthening of current brands.”


Nazarene Khan, who has extensive management experience, says, “I look forward to collaborating with internal teams like Kagiso Digital, Mediamark, Urban Brew Studios and our radio stations to build relevant and entertaining content.”



About Nazarene Khan


Prior to her position as Marketing Manager at Glow, Nazarene held the position of Marketing Manager at East Coast Radio. She has 16 years radio experience.

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The deadline of Friday, 30 January which this coming Friday is fast approaching for the closing of entries for the 2014 MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards.

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The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Sanlam are urging all prospective entrants to avoid the last minute rush and send in their entries before the closing date.


Confirming receipt of entries so far, Sanlam Group Head of Communications, Mr Ainsley Moos said: “We have received some entries and we are excited to see that the competition for 2014 is definitely off to a good start. Based on last year’s entries, we expect we will be receiving quite a lot of entries in the last week before the deadline on Friday.


“We encourage entrants to send their submissions as soon as possible to meet the deadline and ensure that they are not disqualified because of late entries. We would prefer not to extend the deadline as we believe entrants have had sufficient time to prepare their entries since December when the competition opened for entries,” Moos added.


The MDDAand Sanlam have been gradually growing the awards with additional categories introduced in both the broadcast and print sections of the competition for the 2013 and 2014 awards. The additional print categories introduced during the 2014 competition are aimed at ensuring fair competition especially for journalists working for grassroots publications that are under-resourced and at times recently established.


Another new category, Best Indigenous Language Newspaper, has been introduced in the newspapers sub-section to recognise the growing number of newspapers published in indigenous languages.


The MDDA said the organisers hoped that there would be more entries in the various additional categories introduced in the broadcast section since 2013 as well as the traditional categories in the section. “For the 2013 awards we introduced a substantial number of categories in the broadcast section and we are looking forward to an increased response to those categories in this 2014 edition, especially now that the community broadcast media is aware of those categories,”   said the MDDA’s acting CEO, MsDuduzile Nchoba


“We urge all publishers of various community and small commercial newspapers including station managers and various boards of community radio stations, to seize this opportunity to show case the work that they do at grassroots level in various communities, as the awards provide them with a platform for recognition by the various markets,” concluded Ms Nchoba


Details of the 2014 awards are:


  • Closing date – 30 January 2015 (no late submissions will be considered)


  • Entry validity -1 January – 31 December 2014


  • Submission of entries
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Simfy africa announces top songs of 2014

Posted by radio On December - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Simfy africa users have spoken, voting with their listening choices.  simfy africa today announced the most popular streamed tracks, albums and artists of 2014. This diverse playlist shows the depth of simfy africa’s 27 million strong catalogue and features the hits of the year – all live on simfy africa on the day of release – including many SA and international favourites such as George Ezra, Pitbull, Goldfish, Nico & Vinz, Awolnation, Dr Victor and more.


Artist, Song & Album of the Year


Song of the year is clearly ‘Pluto’ by DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg which smashed the charts this year, and features a collaboration to watch in 2015.


Beatenberg had this to say about being named Song of the Year, “Thank you to all of our simfy supporters. Keep streaming, keep dreaming. Look out for our new track ‘Beauty Like a Tightened Bow’ on simfy.”


On the international front, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams  was the clear winner, a song which has grabbed streaming charts across the globe, and is set to stand the test of time.


SA Artist of the Year goes to the enigmatic Jeremy Loops, a definite favourite in the plays logs and an artist who has dominated conversation in South Africa this year.  On hearing of the honour, Loops commented “ I am a huge proponent for online streaming services and getting  music to the people. It’s important. So it is such an honour to get this recognition from simfy africa, who were the first true streaming service in South Africa. Thank you!”


International Artist of the Year goes to John Legend, who delighted local fans with his hugely popular SA tour, his exclusive ‘South Africa edition’ release, and his appearance on the SA ‘X Factor’ as our very first international artist.


Album of the Year was a great debate in the simfy africa office but had to go to The Kiffness for their fresh and distinctly SA sound on ‘The Kiff’.  Dave Scott from The Kiffness simply commented “Thank you simfy for this kiff award. I am happy.”


International album of year was awarded to Sam Smith for ‘In The Lonely Hour’.  With numerous number ones over the course of the year, he took over our charts and its obvious that users love him.


Breakthrough Artist of the Year had to go to dynamic SA artist Matthew Mole.  Matthew has grabbed attention this year, with his radio singles, sold out gigs and high profile support slots.   Kiesza takes the international award for her unique sound, merging the 90s with a modern day house sound.


The simfy africa music team also felt that the Robin Schulz Remix of ‘Waves’ by Mr Probz deserved a special mention as the best Remix of the Year.


Artists to watch in 2015 in South Africa are Monark and The Soil, and on the international front, Royal Blood.


Favourite User of the Year


simfy africa has also crowned their favourite user of the year ‘louis77’ with an incredible 88 894 plays in the year, and the creation of 22 unique playlists.   ‘Louis77’ commented, when told of his winning status, that ‘simfy africa has changed my life.  I would never want to be without it again’.


Users overall listened to tens of millions of tracks over the year, and created over 150 000 playlists, but this user really stands out as a true music lover.


Popular playlists are truly #LoudlySouthAfrica with words such as Africa, Braai, Madiba, 80s, 90s, lekker, drive, tunes and of course, love.  Exercise is a popular theme in playlists with topics such as run, gym, power, yoga and more.


Simfy Africa announced their soon-to-be-launched Windows 8.1 application at in November 2014, adding to their range of iOS, Android, BlackBerry [legacy / BB10] and desktop applications.  The service has grown from strength to strength since launch in August 2014, and has introduced such innovative features as autocaching, low bandwidth streaming and a fully mobile focus.


MTN simfy ambassador Jimmy Nevis commented that his favourite SA artists this year were Mi Casa and Matthew Mole, and his favourite SA song had to be Mafikizolo ‘Happy’.  Fellow ambassador Catherine Grenfell picked Cassper Nyovest as her SA artist of the year and agreed wholeheartedly on the simfy africa choices for Song of the Year, commenting that these were ‘clearly the winners in my opinion!’


The full top 100 songs list is on the simfy africa blog at or listen to the playlist at


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Rudi Claase and Charne Hugo Release Double Album

Posted by radio On November - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


Spirited Afrikaans singing duo of Rudi Claase and Charne Hugo turned Rosebank into a spontaneous musical festival as they oozed out the best of their voices on Thursday at the launch of their double album aptly titled Asemrowend.

The top notch event, which was graced by a sizeable number of invited guests, was held at Universal Music and lived up to expectations as the duo showed off their latest offering, note by note.


The refreshing youthful and stylish contemporary pair put together vocal and orchestral splendour that is fused with a Midas touch which make modern music a joy to listen tune along. Asemrowend is built on a pillar vocal brand and from the first note it’s clear that these two great voices complement each other in an amazing way.

The album is a mix of heart warming lyrics and poignant melodies that leaves musical enthusiasts humming along. Some of the songs found in Asemrowend include Die Here wag reeds daar, Drome, Mille lune mille onde, Maggie and White Rose of Athens.


The first single from the album titled Sing in die Reen, has just been released at its scuttling waves on local radio music charts. The song delves at life’s misfortunes and how can overcome such obstacles in order to achieve their goals.


“This song is a metaphor for so many things in our lives because Charne and I have both experienced so much rain. But you get to a point where you choose not to let the storm wash away your talent. You have to get up and understand that the sun will come out again and this is exactly what this song and album is about,” Rudi testified.

The group also had a video shoot for the song “Sing in die Reen”, which is the first single from the Asemrowend album.

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Wits highlight plight of newsrooms in report

Posted by radio On November - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


The Wits University Journalism department released its Second State of the Newsroom report at a Media Freedom Day celebration and Black Wednesday Commemoration that was recently held in Pretoria.

WJ_ReportCover-214x300The State of the Newsroom research, led by Senior Lecturer at Wits Journalism , Dr Glenda Daniels, documents a time of major transitions in the journalism industry. It is of industrial and social value, and is the first of its kind from any journalism school in South Africa.

It is about 140 pages and loaded with 77 interviews. The study was both quantitative and qualitative in nature.


The report, filled with conflicting suggestions that the South African press is now free, highlights a number of topics that include the continued decline of print circulation and on going retrenchments in the newsroom.


The significant growth and increase in numbers of both television and radio stations were also put up for discussion in the report, aptly titled “Disruptions Accelerated”.

A large number of radio stations, especially community ones, have emerged throughout South Africa in the past year. This has been necessitated by the notion that radio is the most affordable medium.


The report also touched on issues related to to the growing trend in harassment of and violence against journalists, with particular emphasis on photojournalists. An ominous legislative backdrop and the impending signing into law of the Protection of State information and Intelligence Bills were also highlighted.

The bill seeks to provide the protection of sensitive state information, to provide for a system of classification, reclassification and declassification of state information. It also seeks to provide for the protection of certain valuable state information against alteration, destruction or loss or unlawful disclosure to regulate the manner in which state information may be protected; to repeal the Protection of Information Act (1982 Act Number 84 of 1982) and to provide for matters connected therewith.



“The independent media in South Africa is strong but we have to be very vigilant because there are threats all around us,” said Dr Glenda Daniels, Senior Lecturer at Wits Journalism.



In a chapter titled: “Digital First Developments: Experimentation and Promiscuity’, the report notes that as audiences transition from traditional to new media, they are growing more and more platform agonistic, showing decreasing loyalty to particular brands and demanding news from from a variety of sources and in various forms.

It further suggests that newsrooms are struggling to keep up. Digital offerings are still not bringing in sustainable revenue. The report contains trends, analyses, graphs, graphics and photographs and there are appendices with important information on transformation – race and gender; falling circulations in print; retrenchments; social media policy guidelines and attacks and harassment incidents of journalists over last year.



The use of social media in the newsroom has increased hugely but journalists and news editors feel that there is too much pressure to do too many things. Twitter is regarded as an indispensable professional tool with journalists, spending an average, at least 15 to 20 minutes per hour on Twitter – much more if they are live tweeting events.



The report also contains a section on community radio that uses three case studies to illustrate the challenges faced, including commercial difficulties, political pressures, community power plays from religious and traditional leaders, language and cultural sensitivities and tension and pressures from listeners.

The 2013 report, titled: Disruptions and Transitions, was a pilot for what was hoped would become an annual State of the Newsroom research report.


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Skeem Saam is holding auditions

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Skeem Saam is proudly one of the few television shows in South Africa who regularly hold open auditions. This is how we discovered most of the young talent that are currently gracing our screens.  High school is over for some of our beloved characters; in 2015 they progress from high school to university and leave Turfloop for new adventures in Johannesburg.


Skeem Saam are looking for talented performers who are driven, passionate, dedicated, disciplined and have a fervent desire to be on our show. These new performers will become the main fabric of characters in this new, additional Johannesburg world that some of our characters will be relocating to.


The characters we are auditioning to find are:

Young vibrant students (aged 18 – 25)

Lecturers (30 and older)

Tutors (24 and older)

Security guards (25 and older)

University Staff (25 and older)

Pairings for possible parents (40 and older)


Skeem Saam is primarily a Sepedi show, based in Turfloop, Limpopo but our Jo’burg world will be as true a reflection of the diversity of Jo’burg as we can create. It will be populated by people from all over the country and even from different parts of our continent and abroad.  We will audition in Hammanskraal and Johannesburg and are looking for males and females from all the language groups of South Africa.



MANDELA VILLAGE on Friday 31st October 2014 and Saturday 1st November 2014.

Address: 532/3 Hammanskraal Community Hall/ Sports grounds, Lovelane Road, Mandela Village

Time: 8am – 5pm.



THE BASSLINE on Friday 7th November 2014 and Saturday 8th November 2014

Address: 10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, 2119

Time: 8am – 5pm.


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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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