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Joyous Celebration headed to Sun City this Spring

Posted by radio On August - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Having already staged its 21st instalment in six provinces this year, MTN Joyous Celebration is headed to Sun City as part of its national tour. The 1-day spectacular, grand, and spiritual show will be held at the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday, 2 September 2017.

Pastor Jabu Hlongwane, Founder, says: “Our theme of Heal our Land has been spread throughout the country and outside our borders. It is such a significant theme that came right on time. As a society, we are currently witnessing ailments that cover our bodies, mind and soul, and we – as a nation – have been granted the authority to denounce these. Our show aims to call on people in the North-West province and beyond to join us as we call on our Lord to restore peace in our land.”

 

MTN Joyous Celebration, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Gospel music powerhouse, has established itself as the pioneers in the music industry. Year on year, the bar is raised to ensure that fans are enthralled by the group’s offering. From the outfits, production and performances, North West will be left in complete awe. We are about giving our best, and this year is no different. We are so excited and looking forward to celebrating this milestone with our fans ” says Lindelani Mkhize.

Furthermore, as part of its 21st birthday and celebrating with the community, MTN Joyous Celebration has committed to give-away one of its previous gorgeous outfits to a deserving choir in each of the nine provinces. Local choirs need to send an email with their details, and why they feel they are the deserving choir to info@joyous.co.za by 2 September 2017.

 

“Giving back to communities is one of the things that drives us. We are grateful for the support we’ve been given over the past 21 years, and we know that it is because of our fans and our Almighty that we are where we are today. Each year, our talented designers create magic in the form of costumes to dazzle stages and enchant our audiences, we are truly blessed and it would be a disservice to let these costumes collect dust, when they could be used by someone else. We waited for the right moment, which is now – as we come off age,” says Pastor Mthunzi Namba.

 

Tickets for the Sun City show are available from R200 per ticket at Computicket and Shoprite / Checkers outlets nationwide.

 

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DStv Delicious Local Line-Up Announced

Posted by radio On August - 2 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Legendary local acts to burn up the stage at DStv Delicious Festival

A line-up of legendary South African artists is set to thrill audiences at the fifth DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival when Hugh MasekelaThandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee Live with band take to the stage on 7 and 8 October at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand.

 

Jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, hardly needs an introduction. The world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer started playing trumpet when he was 14 and began to hone his Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s. Notably, he performed in the 1959 musical, King Kong, which was written by Todd Matshikiza. Soon thereafter, he performed as a member of the South African group, the Jazz Epistles, along with Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa. They were the first African jazz group to record an LP and perform to record-breaking audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town through late 1959 to early 1960.

 

The Witbank-born Masekela’s rich history includes performing in different jazz ensembles, attending the Manhattan School of Music, living and working in the United States, touring with Paul Simon, being featured in the documentary ‘Amandla!’, releasing an autobiography, recording numerous albums and creating a series of videos on ESPN with his son, Selema Masekela.

 

The sublime South African songstress, Thandiswa Mazwai, is set to raise temperatures at this year’s festival. This influential artist’s career took off in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of South Africa’s pioneering kwaito bands. After six award-winning albums with Bongo Maffin, she went solo. Her debut album, Zabalaza (2004), achieved double platinum status and won numerous awards including a Kora for Best African Female Artist and four South African Music Awards (SAMAs). It was also nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Planet Award.

 

Mazwai’s critically acclaimed second album ‘Ibokwe’ (2009) reached gold status within weeks of release and her live DVD ‘Dance of the forgotten Free’ (2010) won SAMAs for Best Female Artist and Best Live DVD in 2011.The Guardian recently referred to her as “South Africa’s finest female contemporary singer.”

 

Black Coffee will elevate energy levels at Kyalami with his distinctive home-brewed afro-house band. Delicious fans are in for a rare treat as this won’t be a normal DJ set by the renowned DJ, Black Coffee will perform live with a band (backing vocalists, percussionist and keyboardist). A record producer and DJ, Black Coffee has released five albums and a live DVD under his Johannesburg-based record label, Soulistic Music. He is arguably the most prominent electronic music producer in Africa, whose big break occurred shortly after being chosen as a participant in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy. In September 2015, he won the Breakthrough DJ of the Year award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, a few weeks after the release of his fifth studio album, Pieces of Me.

 

“The involvement of African acts at the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is important to us. The opportunity for visitors to experience 3 globally recognized African artists over one weekend is a critical part of DStv’s endorsement of local, African content.

 

The DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is truly South African, and this is why we have become the only event to be a member of the Proudly South African campaign” commented Nomsa Mazibuko, Group Head of Marketing at MultiChoice.

 

 

These incredible acts will share the stage with a fantastic line-up of international artists,CommonImagination featuring Leee JohnAlexander O’NealOmar and Femi Kuti.

 

The full line-up is as follows:

Saturday: Common, Thandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee Live

Sunday: Hugh Masekela, Omar, Alexander O’Neal, Imagination feat Leee John and Femi Kuti

 

Tickets are officially on sale and available from deliciousfestival.com or ticketpro.co.za

 

General Access Ticket

R495 per person per day

R800 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations, the GA public bars)

 

Ciroc Terrace Lounge

R1295 per person per day

R2100 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

  • Situated on exclusive VIP terrace
  • VIP Lounge
  • VIP Parking (one parking pass per two tickets bought, parking pass will be emailed)
  • VIP Entrance
  • VIP Bathrooms
  • Premium Cash Bar
  • Tented lounge and furniture
  • Hostesses
  • Viewing Deck, sight lines to main stage and view over festival
  • Fenced garden

 

 

Kids Zone

R150 per child per day (restricted to ages: 3-13)

Includes the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations)
  • Access into Kids Zone area for Kids ages 3 to 13 years

 

 

Decadance Luxury Hospitality

One Day Package: R3 500 pp ex VAT

Weekend Package (Sat & Sun): R6 500 pp ex VAT

Package entitles the guest to:

  • Entrance tickets into the DStv Delicious festival grounds
  • VIP parking
  • Entrance into the DECADANCE LUXURY LOUNGE
  • VIP luxury lounge and décor
  • Private viewing deck within the DECADANCE LUXURY LOUNGE
  • Full upscale canapé and tasting menu for lunch with light dinner      menu options
  • Cheese board harvest table
  • Tea and Coffee bar
  • Private bespoke bar facilities
  • Full complimentary bar from 11h00 – 21h00
  • VIP MIB Security
  • VIP toilet facilities
  • LED screens with LIVE concert feed in lounges
  • Fully staffed facility including dedicated Waitresses, Hostesses, Bar staff and Senior Management

 

 

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is held in proud association with Coca-Cola, Gauteng Tourism Authority, The Tim Tebeila Foundation, Proudly South African, Jeep, Flight Centre, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Generosity Water, J&B, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

 

 

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Somizi to cover MTV Music Awards Red Carpet

Posted by radio On July - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

MTV last week announced global pop superstar Katy Perry will host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards that will broadcast live in partnership with Smirnoff from the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California on MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Monday, 28 August at 02:00 CAT with a repeat on 28 August at 21:30 CAT.

 

This comes in advance of the world tour for her most recent, chart-topping album, Witness, Perry will light up the stage as the first performer announced for this year’s show.  Earlier this week, she secured a spot as one of the top nominees for the 2017 VMAs with nods in five categories, including: Best Pop, Best Direction and Best Visual Effects for Chained to the Rhythm, Best Art Direction for Bon Appetit, and Best Collaboration for Calvin Harris’ Feels featuring Pharrell Williams, Perry and Big Sean.

 

“I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,” said Katy Perry.  “Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.”

 

“We’re thrilled to have global phenomenon Katy Perry as the host and a performer at the 2017 VMAs,” Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom.  “She is at the forefront of music culture and the perfect person to anchor this year’s show, which promises to be one of the most diverse and music-filled in VMA history.”

 

Leading the pack of the nominations for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards is rapper Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations for his video HUMBLE while Katy Perry and The Weeknd who are tied for five nominations each.

 

Building on the critical acclaim of the non-gendered categories at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the network also announced the former Best Female Video and Best Male Video” categories have been combined for “Artist of the Year.” Additionally, “Best Fight Against the System” has been added to celebrate videos that inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice.

 

To add African flair to the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Africa and Smirnoff will be travelling to the ceremony with choreographer and television personality Somizi Mhlongo who will cover the red carpet. His coverage will be showcased in a show dubbed United States of Somizi which will air at a later date on the channel.

 

Commented Vice President for BET, Youth and Music, Monde Twala: “MTV Africa is exhilarated to be travelling to Los Angeles with the multi-talented Somizi Mhlongo, where he is set to host the red carpet for our African audiences on 27 August 2017. MTV Video Music Awards is one of the biggest music events in the world and Somizi is renowned for his choreography and contribution in the music scene. Viewers must tune in for a magical night of great music entertainment.”

 

Smirnoff Marketing Manager, Kyle Lesch said, “Music and MTV have always broken barriers and with Smirnoff bringing the broadcast of the VMAs to South Africa, ‘Everyone’s Invited’ to enjoy this historic transformation to the Awards that have been honouring the best music videos since 1984.

 

MTV’s move to non-gendered categories aligns perfectly with Smirnoff’s Equalizing Music initiative, which strives to drive gender parity and diversity in the music industry. What’s more, the addition of the new category compliments Smirnoff’s efforts in shining a light on creatives who use their platforms to address social issues through their newly launched Change Makers campaign, which aims to encourage everyone to make a positive change.”

 

Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorites across eight VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting www.vma.mtv.com.  Additionally, voting for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain live through the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show airing on MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Monday 28 August at 01:00 CAT and repeat 28 August at 20:30 CAT.  The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live Twitter hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast.  Nominees for the socially voted category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.

 

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records)

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Def Jam)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records)

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records)

Ariana Grande (Republic Records)

The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records)

Lorde (Republic Records)

 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)

Khalid (RCA Records)

Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)

SZA (TDE/RCA Records)

Young M.A (3D)

Julia Michaels (Republic Records)

Noah Cyrus (Records)

 

BEST COLLABORATION

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – We Don’t Talk Anymore (Atlantic Records)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best)

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – Broccoli (Atlantic Records)

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – Feels (Columbia Records)

Zayn & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) (Republic Records)

 

BEST POP

Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (Island Records)

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (Asylum/Atlantic Records)

Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (Columbia Records)

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down (Syco Music/Epic Records)

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records)

Miley Cyrus – Malibu (RCA Records)

 

BEST HIP HOP

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Big Sean – Bounce Back (Def Jam)

Chance the Rapper – Same Drugs (Chance the Rapper LLC)

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – Broccoli (Atlantic Records)

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad & Boujee (300 Entertainment)

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m The One (Epic Records/We The Best)

 

BEST DANCE

Zedd and Alessia Cara – Stay (Interscope)

Kygo x Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me (Ultra/Interscope)

Calvin Harris – My Way (Columbia Records)

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – Cold Water (Mad Decent)

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Gone (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

 

BEST ROCK

Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams (Parlophone/Atlantic Records)

Fall Out Boy – Young And Menace (Island)

Twenty One Pilots – Heavydirtysoul (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)

Green Day – Bang Bang (Warner Bros. Records)

Foo Fighters – Run (RCA Records)

 

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – Black SpiderMan (Def Jam)

 

The Hamilton Mixtape – Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) (Atlantic Records)

 

Big Sean – Light (Def Jam)

 

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Def Jam)

 

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL

 

John Legend – Surefire (Columbia Records)

 

 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham)

Imagine Dragons – Thunder (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise)

Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis)

DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor)

Halsey – Now or Never (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl)

 

BEST DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers & the little homies)

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records)  (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars)

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Def Jam) (Aaron A)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael)

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves)

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado)

Katy Perry ft. Migos – Bon Appetit (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)

A Tribe Called Quest – Dis Generation (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)

KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – iSpy (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA)

Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Kanye West – Fade (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins)

Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – Side To Side (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson)

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)  (Dave Meyers)

Sia – The Greatest (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

 

BEST EDITING

Future – Mask Off (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)

Young Thug – Wyclef Jean (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)

Lorde – Green Light (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit)

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)

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Soulful house group Mi Casa is officially launching their 4th studio album, Familia at The Good Luck Bar on Saturday 5th August in Johannesburg. Joining the multi-award winning trio on this Gauteng leg of the launches are celebrated METRO FM DJs; Fresh, Shimza and Mo Flava as well as DJ Soul Healer.

 

The band is very excited about their latest offering and they believe it to be their best work yet. After almost pulling the plug on the band following tempestuous incidents, the brothers had to remember what brought them together in the first place – music and friendship. Reconciled and in a much better place, the band has also remembered their roots, putting their fans first, making music that resonates with them and going back to the streets, where it all began for them.

 

The trio is made up of beat-maker Dr Duda, songwriter and vocalist J Something and trumpeter, Mo-T. Having begun over six years ago, the group has toured the world, performing at some of the most prestigious festivals, stages and collaborating with big stars such as Black Coffee, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade and Ladysmith Black Mambazo among others.

 

Familia will be available in all music stores and all digital platforms from the 4th August. The album has no features but just the trio, doing what they do best, making quality African soulful dance music with a dash of Portugese and Brazilian sounds, evident of their varied musical upbringings and travels.

 

The first single Nana was released on Friday 30th June to critical acclaim, following a star-studded listening session of the album a few days before.

 

Tickets to the launch can be purchased from Computicket or at the door and gates open at 20:00.

 

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/mi_casa_familia_album_launch/1159303769/0/80941385

 

 

The Good Luck Bar is at Corner Main & Alexander street, Johannesburg.

 

Dates for Cape Town and Durban launches will be communicated.

 

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DStv iRock Limpopo Music Fest is back!

Posted by radio On July - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The DStv iRock Limpopo Music Festival is back! And this year the event will move to Polokwane Cricket Club, a venue that’s bigger and equipped with world class facilities to accommodate over 18 000 iRock fans over Heritage weekend.

 

Festival headliners like Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat, Kwesta, Amanda Black, Black Motion, DJ Mshega and Culoe de Song, among others will entertain the crowd with their popular hits on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

 

 

The festival will bring music lovers the best in South African Dance, House, Hip Hop, Afro POP and RnB. And that’s not all. Once again, aspiring musicians are invited to be part of the line-up by entering the DStv iRock Battle for the Stage talent search. Keep an eye on the DStv iRock social media platforms for further updates.

 

“In 2013, DStv iRock launched a completely new experience. We created more than just a music festival, we created a lifestyle. The youth were captivated and looked for ways to be part of the experience in a bigger way. We then developed and implemented the iRock Ambassador Program which employs over 100 youth in the area,” says Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, General Manager Marketing for MultiChoice.

 

“Each year the festival gets bigger and more exciting and we have seen enormous growth in terms of festival attendance, awareness and excitement around the DStv iRock brand. But more than that, the DStv iRock music festivals continue to give us the opportunity to empower the youth and uplift the communities which we operate in,” continues Mazibuko.

 

The 2017 edition of DStv iRock Limpopo will keep you entertained all weekend, bringing you Comedy, Jazz, and the iRock Social Sunday to end off your Heritage weekend.

 

This year’s iRock Limpopo Music Festival is presented by DStv in association with Standard Bank, Hunters, Polokwane Local Municipality, Mall of the North, Limpopo Tourism Agency and Daily Sun.

 

Gates at the Polokwane Cricket Club will open at 12:00 on Saturday, 23 September 2017. Main event tickets are on sale for R150 GA (1) and R250 (Buy 1 get 1 free) and VIP Early bird at R2500 for 2 (includes a bottle of Bisquit, Cruz Vodka and mixers)

 

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Eastern Africa dominates AFRIMA entries

Posted by radio On July - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

AFRIMA receives 4,816 entries for 2017 submission…Eastern Africa has the highest entries…..as screening and adjudication processes follows…

 

The 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is already in the works to becoming an epoch-making awards event after receiving nearly 5,000 entries from African music artistes and music professionals at the close of the two-month entry submission process on Monday, July 17.

 

The African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA had opened the 2017 AFRIMA Call for Entries on May 8 giving opportunity to African music artistes, record producers, songwriters, video directors and music journalists to enter their qualified works on the AFRIMA website www.afrima.org and the awards social media platforms.

 

The overwhelming response to this call putting the total number of entries received for 2017 at 4,816 is an astronomical increase from the 2,714 number of entries received in 2016 which amounts to a whopping 77.25% increase compared to last year. Analysis reveals the regions with the highest entries as Eastern Africa, with 47% of the total entries and Western Africa, with 30%. This immense progress is a positive marker and has elicited satisfaction from the African Union, the International Committee of AFRIMA, the Regional and Country Directors of AFRIMA.

 

Expressing his excitement at the high number of entries in 2017, the AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Mr. Rikki Stein stated: *”This is tremendous news, indicative of an increasingly healthy music industry across Africa, particularly from a creative perspective. AFRIMA is plugged in to the aspirations of the African continent, providing a platform for excellence in the field of music and a source of inspiration and encouragement for its associated fields of endeavour; songwriters, producers, sound engineers, distributors, publicists, marketers, photographers, videographers, stylists, journalists, bloggers, DJs and on and on”.*

 

 

The former friend and Manager to African music legend, Fela  Anikulapo  Kuti also added that, *”As one by one, African artists are making their mark in the wider world, acting as ambassadors of their countries and their culture, the eyes and ears of that wider world are opening and turning towards Africa as the source of much more than entertainment. In its finest form, as will be evident amongst AFRIMA nominees and eventual winners, they provide an antidote to negativity and cynicism, offering a healing form for ailments of heart and spirit; what Fela used to call “The Underground Spiritual Game”.

 

To follow the close of entry submission is the screening and adjudication processes from July 18 to July 28 and August 2 to August 8 respectively. The 13-man AFRIMA Jury will review the 4,816 entries to determine the works of African talents that are adjudged on merit to be on the AFRIMA 2017 Nominees List.

 

In partnership with the African Union, AFRIMA is centered on the promotion and marketing of African music and is by far the largest gathering of such magnitude of stakeholders in Africa. The biggest awards event on the continent packs exciting activities into its annual events calendar including the AFRIMA

 

Music Village, the Africa Music Business Roundtable and the AFRIMA Host City Tour. AFRIMA 2017 is scheduled to hold from November 9 to12 with live broadcast to 84 countries across the world.

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FORMER Mpumalanga premier and Africa National Congress (ANC) Presidential candidate Mattews Phosa has urged the government of his province to build a musical theatre in honour of late jazz maestro Ray Phiri, who died last week.

 

The late musician has already been accorded a provincial funeral and will be buried in Mpumalanga this weekend.

 

Phosa, who was the first Premier of Mpumalanga, from 1994 to 1999, said the Ray Phiri musical theatre is worth an investment by the government.

 

He said: “During my time as the Premier of Mpumalanga, there was a discussion to build a Musical theatre, which I still believe that the Mpumalanga government should do that in the honour of this giant.”

 

Phosa, a freedom fighter, one of the first four members of the ANC to enter South Africa from exile in 1990 in order to start the process of the negotiations with the National Party government, said Phiri played a significant role in liberating South Africa.

 

“It was in the dark days of our struggle as commanders and freedom fighters, we could draw inspiration from Ray and Stimela through their music. As it gave us hope and courage to continue with the fight for the struggle of our people and the country,” said Phosa.

 

He urged young South Africans to draw lessons from the late jazz musician.

 

Phosa said: “The lessons we need to learn from the life of this great legend is for us to rally our young people behind the art, education and technology……….. our young people cannot afford to be disenfranchised when they grow up with such rich legacies left by the great legends like Ray Phiri.”

 

The ANC has also paid tribute to the musician saying: “Ray was able to use his music to contribute in the struggle for liberation of this country, together with his group Stimela they had many of their songs banned by the apartheid regime; Ray Phiri holds the order of the Ikhamanga in Silver for his excellent achievement in the field of music and contribution to the struggle against apartheid.”

 

Ray Phiri will be buried in his home province on Saturday.

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How Gaming Has Resurrected Classic Rock

Posted by radio On July - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

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It’s been about 40 years since the heyday of classic rock. That’s not to say we can exactly define when this genre reached its peak, but looking back it’s fair to look at the mid-‘70s-to-early-‘80s period as the true era of classic rock. The statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight did a thorough analysis of what consumers consider to be classic rock, and which songs still get the most play. There were a couple of outliers, like Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower” (which came out in 1968). But for the most part, the spread of release dates for enduring classic rock hits was between 1973 and 1983.

 

Even if we accept the later end of that range, or think of some classic rock groups like Guns N’ Roses that emerged in the mid-‘80s, it’s been quite a while since this genre was ruling the charts. Alt-rock and grunge took over in the ‘90s while boy bands, hip-hop & r&b, and punk-pop ruled the early-‘00s. These days, beat-heavy electronic pop pretty much dominates the scene. But even with all of this change in popular music there remains a lingering appreciation for classic rock, and in some cases aging groups of ‘70s and ‘80s rockers have even made noteworthy comebacks.

 

In part, this is just because it’s good music. A lot of people who grew up in the ‘90s find that their musical tastes mature and they start to reach back toward some of the groups and albums that were popular before they were born. However, the comeback of classic rock has also been engineered and kept alive by the gaming industry in the last 10 years or so.

 

It started with the emergence of creative and wildly fun console games that allowed players to take up the role of prominent musicians, playing fake instruments to simulate the idea of starring in rock shows. Guitar Hero and Rock Band led the way, and though these games featured music from a lot of different genres, the effect was most interesting for classic rock. Almost 10 years ago a news article stated that these two games had gotten kids interested in “old-time” rock ‘n’ roll. The article even quoted Alex Rigopulos, a co-founder of Harmonix (which developed both games) as suggesting that sparking interest in older music was part of his “secret agenda.” That comment was probably made at least half-jokingly, but if this was part of the agenda, it worked like a charm. Guitar Hero and Rock Band re-popularized a lot of classic rock hits for new generations.

 

Those games have faded some since they exploded onto the scene in the late-2000s, but other video games have carried the flag for classic rock. Online platforms for casino gaming have shown a particular enthusiasm for content relating to the genre. A Guns N’ Roses slot reel is particularly popular on some of these platforms, and it truly is all about the band. There’s artwork and video content showcasing the famous members, in addition to the inclusion of some of the band’s best hits (like “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine”) on the soundtrack. And it’s not the only game of its kind. Similar games revolve around artists like Jimi Hendrix and Motörhead, all serving up classic rock themes and tunes in a gaming genre largely meant to attract younger generations.

 

Additionally we’ve also seen something of a return to games like Guitar Hero on mobile platforms in recent years. Naturally, the games are a little bit different. They don’t involve large fake plastic instruments when they’re taking place on mobile phones. But even touchscreen controls can allow for some fun simulation of classic songs. Guitar Hero Live makes for the most faithful adaptation, but there are also some additional games made by developers like SMULE that use the same idea (though sometimes with more modern song selections).

 

It will be interesting to see if this trend continues moving forward. But for now it’s fair to say that game developers have spent a decade resurrecting classic rock and keeping it popular among new fans.

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Radio 2000 will commemorate Mandela Day by devoting 67 minutes of community service to the homeless in Johannesburg CBD. Returning to Joubert Park for the fifth year on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, the station is planning to feed 500 homeless people as well as donate blankets to keep them warm during the winter months. On the day of the event, Radio 2000 will be broadcasting live from the park between 9am – midday; Emlanjeni with KG Moeketsi (9am – midday).

 

As part of the programme at Joubert Park the homeless will commit 67 minutes of community service to clean the Park so that public spaces can be enjoyed by communities in the surrounding areas. To end off the day’s activities and celebrate Mandela’s ideals and honour his legacy the station has arranged music performances in the park.

 

The Mandela Day event is well supported by various sponsors and the event would not be as successful without their continued support. The key sponsors include:

 

 

  • Aranda Blankets provide blankets for the homeless,
  • Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa sponsor the stage, fencing, beanies, water and beverages
  • EMS Joburg donates medical services and manpower on the day,
  • Gift of the Givers donate lunches, non-perishable food and blankets,
  • Iskcon Lenasia donate vegetarian meals,
  • Joburg City Parks donates the venue, mobile toilets, refuse bags and refuse trucks,
  • Old Mutual sponsors blankets, bags and beanies for the homeless and
  • Sidas Security arranges 50 security personnel for the event.

 

“The Mandela Day event is Radio 2000’s flagship event on the marketing calendar and the station is fully committed to keeping Mandela’s legacy alive for the month of July by encouraging our listeners to be active in their communities and to give back to those less fortunate. The station also has great sponsors on board that sincerely want to make a difference in their communities and through this great event our partners can be part of keeping Tate Madiba’s legacy alive.” says Puleng Thulo, Station Manager for Radio 2000.

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DStv Delicious line-up announced

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With an incredible line-up of international and local artists, and delectable choice of gourmet food, the fifth DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is set to live up to its reputation as South Africa’s top culinary and entertainment festival. Running over two days on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, the main headline act for Saturday, 7 October, will be the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning actor and hip-hop recording artist, Common.

 

Festival goers are in for a rare treat with some of the best rap songs from his 11 studio albums. Common’s 11th studio album, Black America Again, which was released in November 2016, includes the socially conscious new single, Black America Again, featuring Stevie Wonder, as well the anthem Letter to the Free, the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-nominated documentary, 13TH.

 

The line-up for the weekend includes international music heavy-weights such as Imagination feat John Leee; British soul singer, songwriter and musician, Omar, who received an MBE for services to the British Music Industry in 2012; American born, R&B musician, Alexander O’Neal, who has created a cult following across the globe; and Nigerian award-winning world music artist, Femi Kuti.

 

The multi award winning British soul group, Imagination, is best known for its classic hits such as Body Talk, Just An illusion, Flashback, Music and Lights and Changes. With sales of more than 30 million albums worldwide, the story of Imagination’s music continues in the form of a long list of samples, remixes and adaptations by major contemporary stars. Destiny’s Child (complete with Beyoncé) sampled Just An illusion on their 1998 self-titled debut album. Leee himself featured on DJ Dero’s 2005 rendition of the song, which was widely played in clubs. The same year saw Mariah Carey reuse the track on her top ten single Get Your Number. Flashback was sampled by Boards of Canada, Music & Lights by Tiger & Woods. All Night Loving by 88 Keys, featuring Kanye West!

 

Securing his name in the R&B history books, Alexander O’Neal is one of the genre’s most iconic names. With chart smash Criticize lighting up dance floors across the world 30 years after its release, his sound has transcended generations. Signed by Prince in the early days as part of The Time, O’Neal’s journey in and out of various bands propelled him to be the solo artist he’s become today.

 

Alexander O’Neal

 

Born in London in 1968, but raised in Canterbury, Omar was gifted, prolific and considered a musical prodigy. He learned his craft classically, playing the trumpet, piano, bass guitar and percussion. Now a well-established leading icon of the UK’s resurgent soul movement, Omar has been making music for more than 32 years. One of his crowning achievements was working with Stevie Wonder on the duet Feeling You.

Omar

 

London born, Nigerian raised Femi Kuti is the son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and grandchild of political campaigner and women’s rights activist, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. In 1986 Femi started his own band and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy. Today, he has six albums under his belt, worked with and supported numerous industry giants such as Mos Def, Common, Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Femi Kuti

 

Lloyd Cornwall, Director of the festival says when the first DStv Delicious Festival was held in 2013, it took place over one day. “The festival has become so popular that we extended it over two days for the first time last year. It is also the second consecutive year it will be held at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. The prime location, international recognition, world-class facilities, along with its nine entry and exit points make it the perfect venue choice.

 

“With Common headlining on Saturday, we expect a major party vibe on the day and an unforgettable day of local and international talent on the Sunday. Our DStv Kids’ Zone offers kids a feast of fun and will keep them super-busy while parents enjoy the music and scrumptious food” continued Cornwall.

 

The local line-up for this year’s festival will be announced at a later stage.

 

Tickets are officially on sale and available from deliciousfestival.com or ticketpro.co.za

 

General Access Ticket

 

R495 per person per day

 

R800 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

 

Access into festival grounds

Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations, the GA public bars)

Ciroc Terrace Lounge

 

R1295 per person per day

 

R2100 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

 

Situated on exclusive VIP terrace

VIP Lounge

VIP Parking (one parking pass per two tickets bought, parking pass will be emailed)

VIP Entrance

VIP Bathrooms

Premium Cash Bar

Tented lounge and furniture

Hostesses

Viewing Deck, sight lines to main stage and view over festival

Fenced garden

DStv Kids Zone

 

R150 per child per day (restricted to ages: 3-13)

 

Includes the following:

 

Access into festival grounds

Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations)

Access into DStv Kids Zone area for Kids ages 3 to 13 years

 

 

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is held in proud association with Gauteng Tourism Authority, Proudly South African, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Coca-Cola, J&B, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Castle Milk Stout, Jeep, Generosity Water, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and The Tim Tebeila Foundation

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