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Simphiwe Dana drops a new music video

Posted by radio On July - 10 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Award-winning singer Simphiwe Dana has released her first music video – Masibambaneni off her new album Bamako.

The songstress has re-imagined and re-worked Salif Keita’s Africa featuring the Grammy award-winning legend himself. Recorded in Bamako, Mali, the video shot by Dale Fortune tells a beautiful story on black beauty and how powerful we are united.

The video sees beautiful scenes of carefree children running wild in the open fields, on the streets with glee. It shows Simphiwe making the music with Salif Keita and his band at a studio while some showcase the beautiful songstress spotting big hair singing through the mic.

 

Simphiwe has consistently been making thought-provoking, social change-driven, love and loss-defining music since getting her big break with the release of her debut album Zandisile in 2004.  A Universal Music signee, Simphiwe is thrilled to finally share the visuals of her latest with someone she considers her icon.

 

Watch Masibambane here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCTSIhjo41U

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Mi Casa is one of South Africa’s most exciting and consistent success stories. With a sonic uniqueness that has not only stood the test of time, but shaped South African dance floors for the past decade, the band has gone from strength to strength with their Afro-Pop/House grooves and shown the world that nothing can keep positivity and a good formula down.

Now, ten years, countless awards and 5 albums later, the group has signed an international record deal with Afroforce1 Records and Universal Music Group, making them a priority act for their region. The brand new album
We Made It is a testament to a decade of raw pushing that saw this self-made success story emerge once again on top.

 

April 2020 saw a strong kick out the gate with the first single, ‘Church Bells’. Released alongside a powerful video of a space-inspired traditional African wedding, the single immediately topped SA’s most played charts and firmly
reminded audiences Mi Casa are leaders in their arena. They have returned to South African airwaves with more
determination, growth and relevance than ever before – and fired up about dropping their 5th album at home,
in the African continent and in Europe this July.

 

Aptly titled, We Made It makes J’Something beam with happiness and speak about it as if it’s his newborn child. “We are completely re-energised with this record. It feels like we have emerged on another planet compared to where we were before we started the recording process”, he states. The band, with close musical companions such as producers Jay Em, spent 3 months writing from a house in Mpumalanga with no distractions, pushing through a tough time when the band was probably at its weakest in terms of spirit. Amidst the rumours of break-up and song-writing apathy they emerged with an offering that leans more towards a ‘band act’ than the ‘club act’ they felt they may have been before.

 

Lyrically, J’ Something takes the helm as always. With love still remaining a strong lyrical undercurrent, there’s no doubt that this time the sex appeal is definitely riding high too. The album is probably one of the smoothest Mi Casa offerings to date. Tracks such as ‘Mamela’ speak to the tender side of all of us as J aches for quiet time with his partner.

Vocally, it gives a definite nod to 90’s R&B, whilst smatterings of musical beach vibes bring the listener closer to that holiday. ‘Obsessed’ takes it right to the top with fire lyrics cradled in a sexy Latin-House beat.
‘How Could You’ is a gut-punch that speaks almost tangibly to anyone who’s ever been played in a relationship while party tracks like ‘Chucks’ and ‘Love Everything about You’ remind fans why this band is still on top of their game.

 

A stand-out track is without a doubt, ‘Eve’ – a deeper, socio-political look at the dark place we find ourselves in as mankind. With a definite African angle to the lyrics, the sadness of the track is visceral and although perhaps not destined for dance floor dominance without a remix, the sheer vocal mastery by J’Something, Mo’s melancholy pull of the trumpet and the slowed-down beat take the listener on a journey of awareness.

 

In short, it’s pure re. Another stand-out track is ‘Home Alone’, featuring AKA. The song speaks to long distance relationships, longing, isolation and all the hard times people experience when being alone, much like what so many people have been experienced worldwide right now with the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

The 3rd July sees the official release of the album, as well as the second single, ‘Eve’. The band plans to support it with an exciting 9-province virtual tour and a host of other awesome digital content, until such time as they can perform live.

 

As a complete record one could be forgiven for feeling like they’re witnessing the blossoming evolution of their favourite OG’s. Emerging the other side as a more mature, slick and sexy force of nature. Mi Casa has literally, never sounded so good.

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Today Spotify is excited to announce that South African rapper Willy Cardiac is the second artist to join RADAR – Spotify’s global emerging artists program featuring artists from over 50 markets worldwide. RADAR is Spotify’s commitment to emerging artists across all stages of their career development.

Willy Cardiac’s new single “Fan of Me” is available for streaming on Spotify

This announcement comes with the release of his latest single “Fan of Me” that is now available for streaming on Spotify. ‘Fan of Me’ serves a high energy iteration of Trap&B, with equal parts thump and rhythm, the track marries both worlds perfectly. Flexing on production by KindlyNxsh, the irresistible melodic trap that Willy Cardiac delivers features a suave verse by Los Angeles crooner Eric Bellinger. Bellinger is renowned for working with artists including Justin Bieber, Usher and Chris Brown. ‘Fan of Me’ is bound to gain Willy Cardiac even more fans.

 

Back in 2017 Willy Cardiac dropped his debut track “Sippy Dippy”, which saw him go viral and earn a league of fans dubbed the Willy Gang and it is this growing fan base that fuels Willy Cardiac’s performances. The 19-year-old rising star, who has been described as ‘authentic’ and ‘forward thinking’, has a raw energy that captured the eye of popular rapper Ricky Rick and earned him an invitation to perform at the inaugural Cotton Fest.

After years of online success, Willy Cardiac has finally broken into the mainstream and bagged himself a spot on MTVs ‘Hottest MC List 2020 New Wave.’ Now, his inclusion in Spotify’s RADAR program will further accelerate his career by helping him deepen his connection to his existing audience as well as extend his reach globally.

 

Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s Artist and Label Partnerships Manager for South Africa, said: “Now more than ever, emerging artists need as much platform support as possible to showcase their music to local and international audiences. Spotify has always been committed to artist development, and to connecting fans with the music they will love. We believe that RADAR will help set up Willy Cardiac for long term success with a worldwide Hip-hop listenership.”

 

Together with the RADAR program, Spotify also recently introduced the On Our RADAR: Africa playlist, which will highlight music from new African artists and their latest releases. The playlist will also serve as a content hub for all the must-know tracks and hot new artists across a full spectrum of genres from the continent and the African diaspora. The playlist will continue to solidify Spotify as the ultimate destination for artist discovery and a powerful partner for rising artists.

 

Under the RADAR program, Willy Cardiac will be supported across different verticals. From first-hand editorial and on-platform support, to bespoke Spotify social media content to broaden his fan base and more.

 

“I am thrilled to be chosen by Spotify to be a part of their RADAR program,” says Willy Cardiac. All the hard work I have put into my music continues to be recognised and having Spotify support me on my journey will make my music accessible to millions of users around the world, from South Africa all the way to America. There’s no limit to where your music can go.”

 

Willy Cardiac joins Spotify’s emerging artist program, following the footsteps of international superstars such as Lil Baby,  Rex Orange County, and Lauv who not so long ago were just starting out. Each one was assisted in this journey by Spotify’s dedication to bringing up-and-coming artists to music fans’ radar.

 

Earlier in March, Spotify announced Elaine as their first South African RADAR artist and continue to support Elaine’s music to date with forthcoming fan-driven events and editorial support from all around the world.

 

This weekend Willy Cardiac will kick off an IG Live series where he will be joined by some of his popular industry friends to trade ‘fan encounter’ stories. The IG Live series will start on Monday 1 June from 8pm (SAST) and run as per below –

 

Download the Spotify app via the Android or iOS app store or by heading to www.spotify.com – to embed Spotify into a website – right click on any playlist, go to ‘share’ and copy embed code.

 

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It’s almost time for Fire Starters from across the world to gather around the fire once again for the MTN Bushfire #KeepTheFireBurning Digital Festival!

Inspired by the festival’s #BRINGYOURFIRE call to action for positive change, the #KeepTheFireBurning digital festival is part of MTN Bushfire’s COVID-19 response to support our beneficiaries, Young Heroes and boMake Rural Projects.

 

Instead of gathering in person our traditional festival weekend, on Saturday May 30th, MTN Bushfire fans can still enjoy a wide and diverse array of music and related programming via an immersive two-way virtual experience.

 

Immerse yourself in our renowned authentically African and globally-infused programme as we recreate the unique atmosphere of the MTN Bushfire festival including some of your favourite artists performing from home, along with highlights from previous festivals, and other MTN Bushfire festival experiences including the KidZone, Bring Your Fire Zone, House on Fire and Firefly stages.

 

With Howler’s innovative technology, we’ll be sharing the festival’s multi-dimensional experiences through exciting themed Zoom Rooms, all for a worthy cause.

 

Register now for free access to the online festival here: https://mtnbushfire.howler.co.za/keepthefireburning

 

ARTIST APPEARANCES

In keeping with the kind of globally diverse and stylistically eclectic range of music that is synonymous with MTN Bushfire, a range of artists from across Africa and the globe will be bringing their fire to this exciting digital festival.  Stay tuned throughout the week as more artists will be added to the various stages.

 

Some of the initial confirmed artists for the MTN Bushfire #KeepTheFIreBurning Digital Festival include:

 

Oki Dub Ainu Band (Japan) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KmYF2RmCzc

This act that nearly burned down the House on Fire stage when they performed. All the way from Japan, The Oki Ainu Dub Band plays mostly traditional Ainu songs in an electric style which mixes dub rhythms with tonkori playing.

 

Ain the Machine (Germany) https://www.ainthemachine.com/video/musica-biotronica-live/

Ain the Machine, hailing from Brazil and Germany is an AudioVisual storyteller with a clear goal, Ain aims to transform the way we interact with music. It is music without instruments. A concept he calls, Musica Biotronica. Musica Biotronica takes sounds from the body, voice & everyday objects, and with the help of technology, transforms them into music.

 

Bholoja (Eswatini) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0eDrPdFyDg

Eswatini’s own Bholoja has wowed MTN Bushfire audiences many times over with his multi-colored, intrepid voice and a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and unique culture of the people of his homeland.

 

Habib Koite (Mali) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnFae6JSYlE 

Habib Koite is a Malian musician, singer, songwriter and griot and member of the West African supergroup Bambara. He is an internationally recognised artist and considered a treasure of African music.

 

Dizraeli(UK) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMdJ4-5aN90

Hailing from the UK, Dizraeli is Dizraeli is a rapper, multi-instrumentalist and sometime singer taking hiphop to new terrains.

 

Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHLxtppcrR0

One of the most exciting bands to come out of Africa in recent times, Zimbabwe’s Mokoomba play infectious and irresistible dance music.

 

Alune Wade  (Senegal)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqk9iW10wIM  –

Senegal’s Alune Wade brings a deep-rooted soulfulness to the African jazz scene.  He has collaborated with the likes of Marcus Miller, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Bela Fleck and Bobby McFerrin.

 

Sands (Eswatini) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVMx2Kgdcn4

Eswatini’s own Sands needs no introduction to regulars of the MTN Bushfire Festival. This home-grown talent is one of the country’s most loved exports. Having won multiple awards, he is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist. We are very happy to once again showcase this amazing talent for the global audience he deserves.

 

Donovan Copley (South Africa)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkVITcupQKs

Donovan Copley, perhaps best known as the frontman of Cape Town Afro-pop band Hot Water, has been busy during this lockdown period. He recently released a single, Home, to raise funds for the Covid-19 Feed a Child Coalition.

 

Mehdi Qamoum (Morocco) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxf8GlwyZ3Q

Mehdi Qamoum is a versatile composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Agadir. A traditional gnawa musician, Mehdi has mastered numerous folk instruments including guembri, outar, karbaou, bendir and a custom guembri four-string electric bass which he built himself. Aside from his own compositions, Mehdi is well known for his work as a sideman and band leader, and has performed in the the house band for the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot Center. In addition to his formidable instrumental talents, Mehdi is also an adept songwriter and his original songs often confront pressing social issues like poverty, diaspora and discrimination.

 

Mario Batkovic (Bosnia) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDJ6tBkvbh4

Mario is a composer who is also well known as a solo accordion player. BATKOVIC’S mission is to explore the sonic possibilities of the accordion, without effects or loops, rather through a mutualist symbiotic relationship between man and instrument. challenging, hypnotic, and grandiose; Batkovic’s single-handed symphonic vision is certainly unique.

 

Albert Frost (South Africa) https://www.facebook.com/neil.frye.71/videos/10156038888532152/

Dubbed the “Jimi Hendrix” of South Africa, Albert Frost has been wowing audiences with his blues guitar talent since he was a child. He has toured around the world and won multiple awards. He has toured with the likes of REM and Simple Minds.

 

Staceyann Chin (Jamaica /USA) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHrYfdK2pW4

Strongly rooted in the activist spoken word tradition, Staceyann Chin s a spoken-word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist whose work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post. However, it’s her live performances that express her real power- her fire – that she brought in 2017 to MTN Bushfire where her powerful words moved so many people.

 

Red Robyn (South Africa) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnxJqJX0vSQ

Red Robyn excites the alternative music scene as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and actress – currently based in Cape Town , South Africa where she is also part of Indie Pop band ‘The World Of Birds’.

 

Velemseni (Eswatini) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVMx2Kgdcn4

Coming back home – Eswatini’s own Velemseni is a rising talent whose music reflects an aesthetic of jazz, rock, and neo soul. A singer, songwriter and guitarist she is an artist to keep an eye on as she heads for international success.

 

Register now for FREE by visiting https://mtnbushfire.howler.co.za/keepthefireburning. If you wish to donate, you can do so when you register or during the digital event.

 

Stay tuned to our website www.bush-fire.com and follow us on our social media pages @MTNBushfire for more updates on this unique experience.

 

WHO AM I DONATING TO?

 

The postponement of the 14th Edition of the MTN Bushfire festival has greatly affected our beneficiaries’ ability to keep their doors open and continue serving the Eswatini communities at a time when it is needed the most.

 

With the daily increase in COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom of Eswatini, the threat on our health and livelihoods puts those with already compromised immune systems and inadequate access to potable running water and sanitation facilities at an even higher risk.

 

About 90 per cent of the families supported by Young Heroes are cared for by elderly women who have no source of income. Their needs have been further stretched by the closing of schools, where feeding schemes give the children a meal or two each day.

 

BoMake empowers nearly 800 rural woman artisans, subsequently benefiting their families and their communities. The pandemic has caused a collapse in their traditional sources of income and has put their families at risk.

 

Our donation target is firstly to support MTN Bushfire’s neighbours in the Lobamba Lomdzala Constituency, where the festival is held. Both BoMake and Young Heroes operate nation-wide, so any further support will be used to extend their impact across the country. Last year, we raised R330,000 for our beneficiaries and we hope that this event will ensure that in 2020, with your support, we are able to continue to support these organisations when they need it most.

 

Check out the amazing work that these organisations are doing: www.bomake.org and www.youngheroes.org.sz

                                                                              

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Another week in lockdown, the music is the saving grace, the gift that keeps on giving and here in our Urban Division we have exciting news for you!

DOWNLOAD/STREAM HERE https://NativeRhythms.lnk.to/Chosi

Singing sensation Buhlebendalo is releasing another track from her forthcoming album.

On Friday, you can stream/download Mdali along with  Ntab’ezimnyama and Iwotshi.

 

The celebrated Afrosoul singer and songwriter speaks to and of God in this melodic, vocally-layered song accompanied by a strong percussion. You have known her from The Soil, Buhlebendalo is carving her own musical journey on her terms with her upcoming album titled Chosi, a musical, spiritual feast. Over a looped bass guitar, “Mdali” functions as a prayer and oscillates between musical and spiritual realms amidst chants, claps and shakers with a transcendental quality. “Mdali” is a peek into Buhlebendalo’s depth and vocal range, with her ethereal voice matching her subject matter perfectly.

WHEN LOVE HURTS, TURN TO GOD!

 

 

There’s nothing as damaging as heartbreak…yes there’s a lesson in everything, but when it hurts, its bad! Megaa seems to know it very well, relatable content! His new single Ilambulo lothandoc speaks of disappointments in love, not being with the person you thought you would spend forever with. With all the heartache one feels, Megaa writes about turning to God for guidance and light. Love seems a little like politics, nothing is permanent!

AFROJAZZ AT ITS BEST! Khokho Madlala ISN’T HERE TO PLAY!

The Voice Season 3 contestant Khokho Madlala is a force to be reckoned with in the music scene. Her vocal prowess is something her peers revere and every producer’s dream. Her new single Ngilethe cements Khokho’s place in the scene as definitely the one to watch. Ngilethe follows previously well-received singles that display her soulful iteration of Afrojazz. This single has a mellow tempo that allows the singer’s harmonies to soar between a guitar-driven sound bed. The combination of gripping vocals and organic instrumentation make for an emotionally-charged listen, revealing Khokho’s ability to move her audience at will.

 

AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH FOR MINNIE!

 

DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW :  https://lowkey.lnk.to/iNtaba

Signed to Prince Kaybee’s Low Key Records label and having been featured on Imbokodo taken from his Crossover EP in 2019, the South African singer Minnie Ntuli is taking up space and taking names.

 

The former Idols SA contestant has teamed up with Prince Kaybee on production and Sykes (on vocals) on a spell-binding track iNtaba, a dance pop jam that will warm these autumn nights. This catchy, upbeat and radio friendly tune is just what you need for these lockdown blues. Minnie is a TV & Radio personality whose music career is just taking off. Hailing from KwaMaphumulo, KwaZulu Natal, she is set to dismantle any mountain standing on her way to stardom and we are here for it!

 

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY WITH OUR VERY OWN MANDE!

DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW https://mande.lnk.to/Kwandza

 

We are celebrating International Jazz Day with our very own Jazz superstar, Mande! Her new single Kwandza is about gratitude to acts of kindness. She is an incredible vocalist and her single is nothing short of greatness. Mande has strong jazz and gospel influences and they come through in her music, which also a celebration of her Swati roots.

 

She has shared the stage with the likes of Ringo Madlingozi, Feya Faku, Ntokozo Mbambo and Benjamin Dube. This International Jazz day, you know what to listen to!

 

THIS WEEK ON DRAGON BALL- ZZZZ PIKACHU IS OUT!

 

DOWNLOAD/STREAM PIKACHU TODAY : https://AmaPiano.lnk.to/Pikachu

Soweto born DJ & Producer Kaygee Da King whom you know for his smash Amapiano hit Kokota is back with another banger titled Pikachu and we know it will do even better than the first.

He features frequent collaborator Bizizi, together they are a match in Amapiano heaven.

 

 

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Universal Music local urban is keeping You ON!

Posted by radio On April - 22 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

It’s a busy week in these Urban streets, and another big week in music!

All our favourite artists are keeping us on toes with their beautiful music and we cannot wait for you to get your hands on it! This is what we have for you this week:

We love a Kenyan and South African music collaboration because it is guaranteed to make us feel good! Sauti Sol has proved this to be true once again with their beautiful and uplifting single Brighter Days featuring the Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.

 

The single is taken off their forthcoming new album Midnight Train – a true celebration of life; its ups and downs. The pre-add allows fans to instantly get the tracks, “Brighter Days” as well as previous singles “Suzanna” and “Disco Matanga,” added to their libraries and playlists immediately. Additionally, this feature will automatically add the album to the consumers library immediately on release day, 5 June.

Watch Brighter Days video here : https://youtu.be/OQEByF4dtY0

 

Our favorite Jamaican-American superstar Masego has released his latest single Veg out – Wasting Thyme

off his upcoming album.

A regular in South Africa, Masego is a multi-talented artist whose jazz, house and trap-flavoured music is much sought-after.  He plays a number of instruments and he says women inspire him to learn more. Veg Out is his first single with Capitol Records and the video is out of this world. Born to two pastors, Masego says the church had a strong impact on his musicianship.  The best quarantine music, don’t say we don’t put you on!

 

FROM BUTTERWORTH TO MALI,

SIMPHIWE DANA RELEASES HER HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BABY, BAMAKO!

One of South Africa’s most revered and prolific artists of our time, Simphiwe Dana will release her fifth studio album Bamako Fri, 24 April 2020. She is a multi-award winning artist and has added Producer to her long list of accomplishments, having co-produced her latest offering with one of her heroes, Grammy award-winning Mali artist Salif Keita.

The album was recorded in Bamako, Mali. The layering of vocals, the music and overall writing of the music transports you from one world to another, hints of jazz, afro-soul and traditional influences come through.

 

HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE?

We like it BLACK! International DJ & Producer, Black Coffee isn’t done with his world domination, he has just released his latest hit single SBCNCSLY (not SBWL Xhosa people please…) with Sabrina Claudio, a celebrated voice in America and abroad. Black Coffee is a multi-award winning artist whose catalogue includes collaborations with the likes of Alicia Keys, David Guetta, Usher and Drake to name a few. He studied Jazz, an influence you can pick up in his compositions.

SBCNCSLY opens with a warm organ that is complimented by the vulnerability of Sabrina’s tone and songwriting. The song details a young woman who yearns for love but is apprehensive of letting her heart go. The vocals, coupled with the soft melodies and various rhythmic sounds gives a trance like feel to the song that is almost spiritual and soothing.

 

LEAVE TSHEGO WITH HIS BOYS!

 

Stay at home. Get together with your friends on the internets until another “Fellow South Africans…” comes through. Our beloved R&B Trap crooner Tshego, a law-abiding citizen has dropped a video for

“With My Bro’s”, showing love to his homies, he is grateful for their support.

This striking video is directed by Nate Thomas and it features appearances by Boity, Nasty C, Nadia Nakai, Gemini Major and Tellaman. The visuals include clips of Tshego ‘on the road’ with time-lapsed shots of travelling through the city and footage of the ‘Pink Panther’ rocking live shows.

WITH MY BRO’S THURS, 23rd APR 7PM!

 

 

AB CRAZY WORKS OVERTIME!

(cues Quarantine Radio hypeman “overtime, overtime, overtime…T-bo Touch horn”

 

Whoop! Kalawa Jazmee signee AB Crazy has dropped a stunning video to his smash hit Overtime! The Rands & Nairas rapper/singer is all about collecting his guap, now he’s putting in overtime.

His work ethic is impeccable and we have no doubt you will love this video!

 

TRESOR IS VERY THRILLED!

Who can argue that TRESOR writes and produces beautiful music! His latest love letter Thrill is about the excitement that comes with falling in love. All the warm and fuzzy emotions, rose-tinted glasses, replying to texts at 0,0001 seconds… yeah, he captures all that. TRESOR sonically captures the excitement of being in love and devoting yourself to love in this upbeat single Thrill. The melodious track with the signature Afro Pop sound from

 

TRESOR, is a sing along that captures the exhilaration, fire, and thrill of being in love.

Thrill sets the tone for new music from the award-winning singer.

TRESOR keeps the song cheerful with a combination of harmonies during the chorus, catchy lyrics and strings filled with rhythm.

 

WE WELCOME THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES!

Zuz’muzic signee Khana has released his album Moya Oyincwele and it is a beautiful balance of worship and praise songs, uplifting to the soul. His delivery is as powerful as is his songwriting.

 

ESSENTIAL TO YOUR DAILY LIFE!

Featuring East African Essentials Sauti Sol and Diamond Platnumz as well as Apple’s very own

Maskandi Essentials playlist.

This week, Apple announced their expansion into 52 markets, upping their presence in Africa and beyond!

New African markets include:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia

 

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED! 

@umgsa have some great features across their socials to keep you updated on all new music and playlists!

Don’t forget to follow us, today!

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Pilani Bubu preserves culture through song!

Posted by radio On March - 28 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Singer, Songwriter, TV Presenter, Independent Artist and Creative Lifestyle Activist, Pilani Bubu is a multifarious artist who has independently released three remarkably produced albums titled Journey of the HeartWarrior of Light and the latest offering and newly launched Folklore: Chapter 1 with radio singles such as Boom Che and Baile.

 

Definition: Folklore: The expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people, inclusive the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth through tales, sayings, dances proverbs, jokes and art forms preserved among a group of people.

 

A visionary at heart, Pilani’s unique sound is deeply rooted in insightful, artistic and traditional storytelling that finds delight in challenging the audiences that engage with her music, to establish a connection that evokes expressing their true being in whatever inspires them at any given time while also appreciating the alluring foothills and distinct tales of Africa that make us unique people. Her vibrant and unlikely expression of art is a clear indication of her multifaceted way of thinking and how she crosses various disciplines.

Pilani has performed at various festivals in and out of South Africa including places such as New Orleans, Romania, Ghana, Mozambique, London and of course South Africa.

 

“Generations of African history is undocumented or destroyed, the preservation of our culture and beliefs is an important asset, as we define and redefine our own identity. Through the technology of music and art, we find ways to capture what is left of our folklore and re-imagine the Africa we want to be. In this project I want to celebrate and treasure traditional folk music in my own way.  Giving it a more contemporary setting. Giving it new meaning. Giving it more context.”  – says Pilani Bubu

 

Pilani Bubu’s music is available on all digital platforms

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MusicTime®, the world’s first time based music streaming application has revealed its new corporate identity. The logo was revealed this week via social media, following months of research and testing, and has already found favour across the market.

 

MusicTime® was first launched in South Africa in December 2018 and it is now officially live in six African countries namely South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Cameroon and eSwatini.

With over 500,000 downloads already, MusicTime® has already proven that a unique, legal and affordable music streaming experience is in the rise in Africa.

 

 

MusicTime®’s vision is to become the music streaming app of choice for the youth and early adopters in Africa and the world, with affordable and flexible plans; as well as to be the best and recommended platform for local artists in the market.

 

 

No bill shock
MusicTime® has a totally unique offering, that replicates the consumer behaviour of airtime. Users can buy a weekly pack, that gives 2 or 5 hours access to music, over the seven day period. Their continent-wide partnership with MTN means that the data is pre-packaged with the music, so users can listen to their favourite artists with no fear of running out of data. MusicTime® offers a 60 minute free trial to all users. Payment is done via convenient airtime billing.

 

 

Local first, but international too!
MusicTime® has one of the largest catalogues on the continent, offering more than 40 million songs. Label partners and licensing deals include Content Connect Africa, Africori, DMCE and more. MusicTime® also has the major international labels such as Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, rounding out a rich catalogue.

 

 

Miss Oyinkasola Fawehinmi, the CEO of DMCE, an Intellectual property administration and valuation company based in Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania said, “The MusicTime® pricing model is innovative and it provides a zero data music consumption offering which is easier to access for users through airtime billing. DMCE and its rights holders are excited about the prospect of this model and believe that it will be mutually beneficial solution for all stakeholders in the local music scene.” She further went ahead to say “We love working with MusicTime® as it is positioned to provide African artists with a platform that allows them accelerate their careers and reach new audiences. We are certain that this new brand refresh will help further with their positioning”.

 

 

Mr Yoel Kenan. CEO of Africori, a leading content distributor and aggregator focused on the African Market also added “MusicTime® integrated offering to users is set to challenge music consumption patterns to mainstream audiences across Africa by offering new opportunities to local artists to reach new fans locally and across the continent. We are looking forward to working with MusicTime® as a key partner in generating revenues and promotional opportunities to our clients as leading African artists and labels”.

 

 

Expansion to other markets in Africa and the Middle East is a priority for 2020 and the services will be made available in a further four countries by the end of the year.

 

 

Speaking on the MusicTime® rebranding, the CEO of SIMFY Africa, David Gillaranz said “We are delighted to introduce our new brand to our users. This goes alongside with our vision to provide an affordable and legal music streaming services in Africa and beyond. Our proposition is unique and truly provide everyone the ability to access millions of songs and playlist focussing largely on local music.

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DStv and Mzansi Magic are bringing Mzansi’s biggest hitmakers to the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg for the 3rd annual DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DStv MVCAs). Announced today as the first set of performers geared to rock the DStv MVCA stage on 14 March 2020, these artists had South Africa dancing throughout the festive season with Amapiano and House hits, and now they are ready to bring the Ticketpro Dome down in collaboration with 1Life and Africa’s most-loved storyteller, DStv.

 

DStv has pulled out all the stops to bring viewers a spectacular show that is aimed to honour and celebrate local stars and gamechangers across 11 different entertainment categories. Proudly presented by 1Life – and one of the most anticipated events in the local entertainment calendar – the awards will be hosted by award-winning TV personality and entrepreneur Minnie Dlamini Jones.

 

The ceremony will see a number of artists who dominated the music charts in 2019 performing some of their best hits. This year’s ‘Favourite Song of the Year’ category is brought by JOOX in partnership with DStv. DStv gives JOOX VIP to DStv customers with active Compact, Compact Plus, or Premium subscriptions.

 

 

“This ongoing relationship made our sponsorship of the ‘Favourite Song of the Year’ category a no-brainer. We’re big champions of local talent, and we can’t wait to celebrate the evening with our list of incredible nominees and their fans.”, said Gerjo Hoffman, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Tencent Africa.

 

 

Viewers can expect to see Jobe London and Mphow69 singing their number one record Sukendleleni, which has been certified platinum. Signed under rapper and producer JR’s Feel Good Music label, Jobe London was undoubtably one of 2019’s biggest breakout artists.

 

 

Also joining the lineup will be other performers who have had a huge influence on the Yanos culture in Mzansi including DJ BigSkyLuude Deejay & Sbhanga. Their hit single Fire became an instant banger when it came out.

Labantwana Ama Uber hitmakers Semi TeeKammu Dee & Miano will be showcasing their talent – with over two million views on YouTube. One of Limpopo’s finest stars, Makhadzi, continues to inspire many with her success story. The Matorokisi singer will be joined by Master KG.

 

 

And, no stranger to the local entertainment and music scene, multi award-winning musician and businesswoman DJ Zinhle, will also be performing. The DJ, who has been in the industry for over ten years, had a successful 2019 in both business and music. Zinhle and vocalist Rethabile Khumalo released one of the biggest songs last year, Umlilo, which they’ve performed all over the country and they are now bringing all the fire to the DStv MVCA.

 

 

The DStv MVCAs are voted for by the public, and the nominee who earns the highest number of votes wins the coveted The Ultimate Viewers’ Choice in a hotly contested race that has previously demanded that the winner get over million votes!

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MTN Bushfire online tickets now at Phase 2

Posted by radio On January - 29 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival. As one of Africa’s largest and most inclusive music and arts events, MTN Bushfire has earned its global reputation as a distinctly African, yet globally-infused world-class festival experience.

Tickets for the sell-out event are going fast, and as of January 28th 2020, the first phase of MTN Bushfire online tickets are SOLD OUT and ticketing has officially moved to Phase 2 pricing.

 

For the past five years, tickets to this distinctly African, yet globally-infused festival have sold out well in advance of the festival weekend so guests are encouraged to book your tickets and accommodation as soon as possible.

 

Phase 1 online tickets were launched on September 16, 2019 and have been met with an enthusiastic response from Fire Starters across the world. The early ticket launch coupled with the high demand for tickets has seen Phase 1 tickets selling out two months earlier than they did in 2019.

 

MTN Bushfire Online Tickets Phase 1 Phase 2
Full Festival Golden Lounge SOLD OUT 2,350
Full Festival Main Arena SOLD OUT 1,150
Full Festival Children SOLD OUT 300

 

Taking place from 29 to 31 May 2020, the 14th edition of the festival will offer an upgraded Golden Lounge, improved and expanded camping options, as well as the diverse and eclectic mix of music, arts, and culture that make it such a unique and memorable experience

 

 

Accommodation in Eswatini is fully booked for the festival weekend, but Fire Starters can still choose from the wide range of camping options available on the MTN Bushfire website. Camping has proven to be one of the best and most memorable ways to immerse oneself in the festival’s unique atmosphere of tolerance and celebration of diversity. The campsite’s close proximity to the festival’s main arena makes for an electric festival experience.

 

Due to the high demand for the Groups Camping option, the Group Applications process which caters for campers in groups of 20 people or more, is now sold out and no longer available. Festival fans who are interested in glamping are notified that the Rush Glamping package has officially sold out. However, limited spaces for the Harambee glamping option are currently available. More information on Harambee glamping is available on www.bush-fire.com.

 

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