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The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, after it’s hugely successful inaugural edition, will return this year on August 3rd with a diverse and uniquely curated program that focuses on regional flavours, tastes and trends.

 

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breath-taking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills in Eswatini, just a four-hour drive from Johannesburg at the home of the MTN Bushfire Festival, this is a not-to-be missed event for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travellers.

 

With the global culinary sensation Siba Mtongana already announced as the headliner for the exciting and interactive culinary program, a range of additional activations and engagements have also been confirmed.

 

 

Sustainable and Local

Returning to Luju for the second year will be the much-loved Ultimate Braai Master Pete Goffe-Wood, who will host an interactive and collaborative activation in partnership with Malandela’s Restaurant.

A world-renowned chef, a judge of MasterChef and founder of Kitchen Cowboys, Pete will once again host the hugely popular Kids Kitchen at the festival.

Another uniquely African perspective will be presented by heritage specialist Bob Forrester, who will share his insights on traditional healing and the holistic approach of local healers, known as sangomas.  Guests can attend this fascinating talk and also have a healing session with an experienced local sangoma.

 

Luju means honey – and this year, local honey producer and bee expert Sibusiso Dlamini, from Bulembu Honey, will present an informative overview on the history and current plight of the African honey bee. Global food security is directly dependent on bees, and yet pests, disease, and pesticides are threatening their very existence.

 

Local honey production and the protection of the honey bee have been identified as essential to community development, as well sustainable farming and job creation within Eswatini.

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival is also excited to host the fresh-produceEkuphileni Market, as well as PELUM Swaziland at this year’s event. PELUM is a network of non-governmental organizations that strive to conserve the environment and actively promote sustainable agriculture practices.

 

PELUM will be at Luju to share the progress on their first urban garden being created in the capital city of Mbabane, which will be used as an Agroecology training and demonstration centre that can also serve a multitude of other purposes. Demonstrations will include dry sanitation, rainwater harvesting, indigenous nurseries, natural material construction and composting, amongst others.

 

The Moya Centre, an organization that aims to strengthen the future of Swaziland through the nurture of children, is a well-established safe space for orphaned and vulnerable children in the Mahlanya community. Along with NOSH Food Rescue NPC (NOSH), which aims to reduce food insecurity by diverting, repurposing, and redistributing prepared and perishable surplus food, Moya will host a Kids Corner activation focused on recycling and food security.

Through fun and interactive games and cooking demonstrations, children will have the chance to learn about the various recycling categories, such as waste, recyclables (paper, plastic, metal), biodegradable, and compostable.

Additionally, Hanneke von Linge from NOSH will be speaking about various other elements of NOSH programming such as moving from food provision to food promotion, and on to food production, and the importance of this to sustaining healthy communities in the long term.

To accompany the various food activations, Luju will be offering an array of drinks spaces and activations. The Drinks Promenade, at the centre of the Luju gardens, is our new adventure within an adventure, that will allow guests to journey through the Luju gardens while experiencing exclusive wines, whiskeys, craft beers and gins from a selection of our new beverage partners.

Sway the Night Away

In addition to the full array of food and lifestyle activities taking place across the Luju landscape, The Standard Bank Luju Main Stage will feature an inspired array of jazz, afro-pop, blues, a cappella and much more, showcasing high-profile acts from the region and beyond.

The Standard Bank Luju Festival is excited to confirm the legendary Bongo Maffin from South Africa as a headline act who will take to the stage on Saturday night.

Additional confirmed acts include The Muses, the four glamorous and gorgeous classically trained musicians who transform popular and contemporary music with violin and cello.

Also featuring are Eswatini’s Amanda Mo – MTN SWAMA Best Afro Pop Artist 2018 – and Mozambique’s Ghorwane, who continue to be one of the biggest musical groups in the country. South Africa’s The GrazRoots Project is the musical embodiment of the Luju theme as it sets out to re-connect us with our South African Musical Heritage.

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Apple today announced Up Next Live, a series of intimate performances from past and present Apple Music Up Next artists including Bad Bunny, Daniel Caesar, Khalid, Ashley McBryde, King Princess, Lewis Capaldi and Jessie Reyez. Each artist will perform for fans in one city, for one night only.
Apple Music Up Next is a monthly programme showcasing the best new artists in the world. Each month, Apple Music tastemakers and editors identify one artist to feature, then utilise the power of the platform to raise awareness of that artist to Apple Music’s growing audience of music fans. Apple Music Up Next also includes a deeply curated companion playlist  full of incredible new artists across genres from all over the world.
Each artist on the diverse Up Next Live roster has been featured as an Apple Music Up Next artist in the monthly programme or through the playlist. All shows will be hosted after hours in local Apple stores in Milan, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Paris, London, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Apple stores frequently offer free creative sessions through Today at Apple and serve as the place where the local creative community can come together and share ideas, making them the perfect backdrop for Up Next Live. Performances kick off July 9 with global sensation Bad Bunny at Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan.
“The impact [of being part of Up Next] can be seen in everything, in numbers, in plays, in shows,” said Bad Bunny. “There are a lot of fans that, when I go out in the street in the US, people who do not speak Spanish, I think they will not know me and they stop me, they ask me for pictures and they sing my songs. It helped me very much to make myself known in a market different from mine, not only the USA, but in places where Spanish is not spoken or where perhaps Latin music does not dominate, exposing my music and giving people the opportunity to get to know what I do.”
Up Next Live schedule:
July 9 — Bad Bunny at Apple Piazza Liberty, Milan
July 19 — Jessie Reyez at Apple Union Square, San Francisco
July 25 — King Princess at Apple Williamsburg, Brooklyn
July 31 — Lewis Capaldi at Apple Champs-Élysées, Paris
August 9 — Daniel Caesar at Apple Covent Garden, London
August 16 — Ashley McBryde at Apple Michigan Avenue, Chicago
August 23 — Khalid at Apple Carnegie Library, Washington, D.C.
For more information, please visit apple.co/amupnextlive.
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It was a good night for newcomer Sho Madjozi as she won two of the coveted SAMA25 awards Newcomer of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. Not to be outdone, Sjava scooped the prestigious Album of the Year and Best Afro Pop Album while Black Motion with ‘Moya wa Taola’ won Best Dance Album and Duo/Group of the Year.
DJ Black Coffee also sealed the double win with two gongs Male Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration Award with David Guetta for ‘Drive’ from last night.

Joyous Celebration picked up the SAMRO/ CAPASSO Best Selling Digital Artist (Composer’s Award) tonight, bringing their tally to three, making them the biggest winners of SAMA25. Last night they were honoured with Best Selling DVD and Best Selling Artist.
The silver jubilee of SAMA reached a nail biting crescendo when the public-voted Record of the Year winner was announced as ‘Deeper’ by Holly Rey.

 

The highly contested Best Hip Hop Album award went to Nasty C for his ‘Strings and Bling’. Kwaito veteran Spikiri proved his staying power when he beat stiff competition to clinch Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano Album.
Spirit of Praise won the Best Traditional Faith Music Album for their ‘Spirit of Praise Vol. 7’ while on the African Indigenous front Ithimba LeAfrica’s ‘Sesiphunyukile’ came out tops.

 

Snotkop’s ‘SOUS’ took home the Beste Pop Album while Tresor’s ‘Nostalgia’ earned him Best Pop Album. Sgwebo Sentambo emerged a winner in the Best Maskandi Album for ‘Yekani Umona’. Candy’s ‘Hupenyu Unenge Viri’ won the Best Traditional Album.

 

Lifetime Achievement recognition was bestowed on the late Motswako hip hop proponent HHP, kwaito and guz pioneers TKZee and the iconic band Mango Groove.

 

A series of six paired hosts took the audience through the 25 years of the SAMA with radio stars Bob Mabena and Melanie Bala recreating their TV partnership as they threw back to the 90s, Twasa of Lesedi FM and rapper Khuli Chana held it down for the 2000s while comedian Mpho Popps and actress/humanitarian Nomzamo Mbatha presented the 2010s.

There were some memorable and magical moments as the SAMA25 stage exploded with performances that brought back great memories such as the Kwaito leg featuring Bongo Maffin, Thebe, Trompies, Freshly Ground (Zolani) and Connell Cruise.

The beauty of South African heritage was in full display in the Traditional segment led by the iconic Mahotella Queens and the bow and arrow legend Madosini, and SAMA25 nominees Tswelelang Cultural Dancers and VhaVenda Cultural Group.

 

The Hip Hop fraternity came out in full force with Ishmael, Zakwe, BLAKLEZ, Citi Lyts and Musiholiq. Sjava, Mlindo The Vocalist, Refentse, Zethe and Mbuzeni represented the Maskandi/Urban part well.
Gospel powerhouses Rebecca Malope and Ntokozo Mbambo hit all the right notes along with Sipho Ngwenya and the Soweto Gospel Choir. The In Memoriam performed by SAMA25 nominees Vusi Nova, Jessica Mbangeni and Thembisile Ntaka was both uplifting and a tearjerker.

 

 

The curtain came down on SAMA25 with a spectacular finale of performances from winner Sho Madjozi, Kelly Khumalo, DJ Sumbody, Dladla Mshunqisi, DJ Tira and Distruction Boyz, Sun-El Musician and Mobi Dixon.
Commented Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA: “We are proud of the SAMA25 journey and how fitting the celebrations have been tonight. We applaud the winners and nominees, the performers, presenters and hosts who brought their flavours to making this event such a great success. A big thank you to our sponsors, stakeholders and partners. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the music loving South Africans who have supported the SAMAs since day one and without whom all this would not take place. We are filled with hope that the future of SAMA and music in this country is bright”.

 

 

North West MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation, Mme Tsotso Tlhapi was ecstatic about the success of SAMA25. “I am really over the moon,” she said. “The event truly lived up to Its expectations. Congratulations to all the winners. What a way to celebrate 25 years of excellence.”

 

 

The SAMA25 took place on Friday, 31 May and Saturday, 1 June in Sun City, North West province. It was broadcast live on June 1 on SABC1 at 8pm and live streamed on My Muze: https://mymuze.com/za/music-za_page_sama25?utm_source=sama25tv&utm_campaign=sama25-livestream. To catch highlights of SAMA25 visit Vodacom Video Play.

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In celebration of the milestone 25th anniversary, the SAMA goes back into time to bring some of the biggest names that defined an era in the entertainment space. Side by side with the songs that became anthems these stars dictated the terms in popular culture.

 

To recreate the magic and rapport that made them a formidable 1990s TV couple, Bob Mabena teams up with Melanie Bala. The twosome presented Studio Mix, a hugely popular music show on SABC1 that built careers and fuelled hits into national prominence. Mabena is currently the breakfast host on Power FM and the station manager, while Bala is on Metro FM as a newsreader.

 

 

Lesedi FM host Twasa Seoke joins forces with popular hip-hop star Khuli Chana to relive the moments that made the 2000s such a vibrant period in local music. Twasa is an award winning presenter and sought after MC while Khuli is one of the pioneers of Motswako rap emerging from the streets of Mahikeng, North West.

 

Comedian Mpho Popps and actress Nomzamo Mbatha hook up to present the period after 2010 to current. Mpho is one of the new shining stars on the comedy stage, he presented the first night of SAMA24 earning him lots of praise and now he returns to be on the broadcast awards edition of SAMA25. Nomzamo has set herself apart from her peers with her talent, looks and philanthropy work. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency and one of the most followed local celebrities on social media.

 

 

Hulisani Ravele, the 94.7 weekend breakfast host will hold it down alone on Friday for the first night of the SAMA which will not be broadcast live.

 

 

To steal the old adage, like sand through the hour glass so are the days of the SAMA, the viewers are in for a night of nostalgia, joyous reunions and euphoria on music’s biggest night.

 

 

Comments RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi: ‘We couldn’t have thought of a better way to mark this huge milestone than turning to the stars that contributed so much to popular culture, for which music is a big component, if not the main driver. These names are synonymous with cool and we are honoured to have them grace this big stage and we have every faith in them that they will engender a spirit of celebration and recognition at South Africa’s biggest music award ceremony.’

 

 

The North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) said the SAMA25 presenters will add the necessary vibrant dimension to the occasion.

 

 

“As sponsors, we regard SAMA25 as a major event that marks an important milestone in our recent showbiz history,’’ a Departmental spokesperson said. ‘’We are excited by the choice of presenters who will take us through a night of great memories. We will all definitely have a fun time in the North West.’’

 

 

With so much star power and wattage on stage, all eyes will be fixed on Sun City this weekend for a memorable night of delightful celebration, surprises and entertainment.

 

 

The SAMA25 takes place on May 31 and June 1 in Sun City, North West province. It will be broadcast live on June 1 on SABC1 at 8pm. Tickets to the show are available at Ticket Pro for R415

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It’s that time again for one of South Africa’s most anticipated top award honors, the South African Music Awards. In celebrating its 25th year anniversary SAMA 25 boasts a string of legendary stalwarts and pioneers in the media industry with Melanie Bala and Bob Mabena as hosts to throw back to music etched in South African history. The ceremony will be taking place this Saturday, 01 June 2019 at the Sun City Superbowl, in Rustenburg.

 

With SABC1 as the official broadcast partner of the night dubbed “galaxy of stars” viewers will be able to tune into the exciting live music award ceremony on Saturday, 01 June 2019 from 20h00-22h30. For those with a love for all things beautiful, a live broadcast will begin at 19h30 for a red carpet experience with Mzansi’s hottest personalities.

 

 

This iconic night of accolades and memorable moments will feature veterans, trending musicians and in celebration of the SAMA 25th anniversary it promises to be a fun filled ceremony that will keep viewers on their feet and reminiscing of the good times.

 

 

In support of SAMA 25 Mzansi Fo Sho’s leading music show Live Amp hosted by DJ Lamiez Holsworthy and Dj Speedsta will broadcast live from Sun City on Friday, 01 June 2019 at 19h30 and give a glimpse of the throw-back to the 90’s with hit maker Thebe closing off the show.

 

 

The South African Music Awards are the music industry’s platform to display their standards of excellence and show case the quality and hard work of producers, engineers and musicians in the South African music landscape.  The event has always been a key strategic tool used by the channel to build brand equity, drive and grow audiences. Tune in for an exciting celebration of South African Music for a night to remember.

 

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Samsung Turns Up for Local Artists

Posted by radio On May - 28 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Samsung South Africa continues its passionate support for local artists by partnering with local music content provider, TurnUp Music. Exclusively focused on local talent, TurnUp hosts content from various South African superstars like Euphonik, DJ Tira and Vusi Nova and is also home to hot new talent making their way onto the local music scene. This collaboration deepens Samsung’s long-held affinity for local talent, specifically artists who echo the brand’s ethos – Do What You Can’t. As a human-centred company, Samsung has always focussed on music, entertainment, fashion and beauty, areas that resonate with millennial audiences and a wide range of our population. TurnUp channels this passion in an innovative way, directly to the people who enjoy it most.

“Samsung is proud to bring its users another innovative connection to local music. The country is teeming with creative talent and artists who are pushing the boundaries. As a company inspired by innovation and delighting its customers through ground-breaking devices, Samsung is pleased to partner with TurnUp and possibly even help discover the next great South African legend,” says Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.

 

TurnUp has produced and promoted award-winning content and, with the music industry hitting an inflection point, has helped hundreds of artists increase their fan reach and guided them in monetising their music. The partnership will see them further extending their reach and make proudly South African music available to the large South African audience connecting to the internet via their mobile phones. Samsung is already connecting with these South Africans through its recently launched Galaxy A Series, which delivers flagship features at an affordable price. These and other devices like the game-changing Galaxy S10, are designed for immersive experiences as well as exceptional audio. This amplifies the partnership with TurnUp even more.

 

ABOUT TURNUP MUSIC
TurnUp is focused on creating opportunities to grow artists and amplify their careers. The platform allows Samsung device users to upload music, market it and make it available for download. The more downloads artists get, the greater your opportunity to get time with TurnUp DJ’s to record their music in a professional sound studio or even to get a music video recorded.

 

To download TurnUp Music or for more information visit https://turnupmusic.com

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FROM ADILAH TO THE HARD ROCK! THEMBISILE NTAKA SHARES HER MUSICAL JOURNEY!

Afro-soul singer Thembisile Ntaka rose to fame as the lead singer of the Coca Cola Popstars winning group Aadilah in 2003 and years later, she gets to share her musical journey with the Hard Rock Cafe crowd on Thursday 23rd May from 20:00.

 

 

She has worked with the likes of Nduduzo Makhathini, Zwai Bala and many big names. Growing up, she looked up to the likes of Brenda Fassie, Rebecca Malope and she still can’t believe she is living her dream.

 

LASA Sessions (Love All Serve All) are a weekly musical experience at the Hard Rock Cafe Sandton, a true celebration of African music. The shows have had a wide array of musicians, the likes of Nduduzo Makhathini, Brenda Mtambo, Msaki, Buhlebendalo, Berita, Zoe Modiga and MXO among others.

 

 

The show is from 20:00 with tickets available at Webtickets www.webtickets.co.za for R100 and for R120 at the door.

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The organisers of the MTN Bushfire Festival, taking place from the 24th – 26th of May 2019, would like to caution festival goers in regards to the purchasing of festival tickets from unauthorised 3rd party sellers.

It has been confirmed that a number of fraudulent tickets have been sold by unauthorised 3rd parties and patrons must take note that these tickets will NOT enable access at the festival gate.

 

MTN Bushfire has identified some of these tickets and the sellers and will be taking legal action against those found to be selling fake or fraudulently obtained tickets.

 

Those who suspect they may have purchased fake tickets should check the MTN Bushfire social media platforms for more information. For any queries about the validity of tickets or to report suspicious behaviour please email support@howler.co.za

 

Unfortunately, although MTN Bushfire makes every effort to prevent 3rd parties from selling tickets, and deletes all such offers and posts on our social media platforms, there are still those who make these offers on other digital platforms.

 

Festival goers are therefore urged once again, NOT to purchase tickets or any related MTN Bushfire merchandise from unauthorised third parties as MTN Bushfire cannot assist once such purchases have been made.

 

There are still a few remaining tickets available for this year’s event and can be purchased via the MTN Bushfire website: https://www.bush-fire.com/.

 

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MTN Bushfire Announces Festival App

Posted by radio On April - 25 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is excited to announce the development of the official MTN Bushfire App, that has come about through a partnership between MTN Bushfire and Real Image, the festival’s IT partner.

 

The MTN Bushfire festival app is in line with MTN Bushfire’s #BringYourFire ‘green’ mandate, a commitment to environmental sustainability. This year, the festival embraces the #GreenYourFire theme through delivering a paperless festival.

 

Other ways in which the event will embrace the theme include; recycling, tree planting activities among others. The Festival’s commitment to environmental sustainability extends into the Marketplace and Global Food Village, with vendors required to use recyclable or biodegradable materials for their packaging within the Festival.

 

 

The festival App is scheduled to be released in the second week of May and is set to transform the way patrons communicate with our key customer touch points, with access to the following; Tickets, Line up, Festival Map, Park and ride schedule , Merchandise, Sponsor a Child, Explore and General Info.

The app will also allow the user to view the Bushfire Artist line-up, Artists’ bios, performance stage schedules with an exciting feature that will enable a user to create a custom schedule of their favourite artist and then receive real-time notifications of when the artist is about to go on stage.

 

 

Users will be able to receive zone-specific notifications when they step into a certain zone (e.g. Kids Zone, The Barn, Food Court area etc). Examples of such notifications to be received include Safety & Security Tips, Park & Ride Tips etc. Accessible via the app will also be up-to-date maps of the festival site and other important locations.

 

 

A real-time Lost & Found notification feature will also been added within the app’s interface. Any user of the app will receive notifications if and when an item has been lost and handed over to the Bushfire team. The app will also feature access to the Merchandise online store.

 

 

MTN Bushfire the is acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts. Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire has recently confirmed an eclectic mix of artists from Europe and Africa. The latest artist announcements reflect the diverse mix of styles, sounds and cultures that will be on display across the MTN Bushfire stages.

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The unique Afrosymphonic concert brings together diverse acts including South African soulful house band Mi Casa; the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra; Afrikaans singing sensation Refentse Morake; acclaimed dramatic soprano Andiswa Makana; jazz songstress Zoë Modiga and stage & screen stars Samantha Peo & Craig Urbani, under the baton of Maestros Richard Cock and Brandon Phillips.

 

Filmed under magnificent Cape skies, on the iconic Great Lawn at the Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West in March 2019, RMB Starlight Classicsis a South African cultural institution that captures the magic that happens when rooted African rhythms, hot pop hits, legendary operatic arias and soaring classical scores combine to make something truly unique. The RMB Starlight Classicsconcerts are held twice a year, in March and September.

 

 

Also part of the lineup are South African singing ambassadors, the Drakensberg Boys Choir; the Cape Town Opera Chorus; renowned jazz saxophonist Karendra Devroop and operatic stars Sipho Fubesi & Bongani Kubeka.

 

 

“RMB Starlight Classics isn’t only for classical music fans – it’s a celebration of the power of all types of music and song,” says director Darren Hayward. “It’s amazing to see diverse performers like Mi Casa’s J Something and opera star Sipho Fubesi collaborate on performances like ‘Perfect Symphony’, experience the power of the Drakensberg Boys Choir performing Vangelis’ ‘Conquest of Paradise’ and see the full cast lending their amazing talents to mash-ups of Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’, ‘Uptown Funk’ and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’”.

 

 

“We’re proud of the huge success of Starlight Classics – and more so, how the audience leaves the concert on such a positive note, re-energised to tackle the daily magic and madness that is South Africa,” says RMB’s Carolynne Waterhouse.

Don’t miss this truly unique musical fusion experience on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) on Sunday 21 April from 15:00-16:30.

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