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It’s an all-star line-up for Cape Town’s favourite free concert that will take place at Greenmarket Square on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 (5-11pm).

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Grammy-nominated jack swing trio SWV (USA), Laëtitia Dana (France), pop reggae band Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels (SA), local Cape Town jazz artists TopDog (SA), and the Arts & Culture Focus Schools All Star Band (SA), selected from a talented array of former participants from the CTIJF workshops. Adding to the glamour is the winner of the inaugural espYoungLegend talent search, Lana Crowster (SA), who will help entertain the assembled crowds in 2016 for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) free community concert.

 

The week leading up to the festival itself is packed with a host of jazz-inspired events, including the Duotone Photographic Exhibition that is also open to the public free of charge. This year however, it has moved to a new location at the Artscape Theatre in order to accommodate the demand. Add to this the variety of free Master Classes, debates and workshops, it’s no wonder that the CTIJF continues to grow in support, helping it maintain its status as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering.’

 

However, the undisputed star of the week’s public events is the community concert held at Greenmarket Square. According to Billy Domingo, Festival Director for CTIJF, “This event has always been a true highlight for me on the CTIJF festival calendar. Developing from a small community concert to the incredible event that it is today, the free community concert truly captures the essence of inclusivity. It reflects the goals of togetherness that our communities strive for, regardless of prejudice surrounding gender, race and our historical background. I want to thank Cape Town and its people for allowing us to host such a remarkable event!”

 

Helping to make sure that as many of Cape Town’s music loving residents get to experience the event, the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (PRASA) will once again provide free trains* for concert-goers, on certain lines.

 

The official sponsors for the 17th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2016 are: the Department of Arts and Culture, Independent Media and PRASA.

 

* The following routes will operate free train services departing between 3-5pm and returning from

Cape Town at 11.30pm:

Cape Town – Heathfield (Cape Flats)

Cape Town – Khayelitsha via Kapteinsklip (Central Line)

Cape Town – Bellville

Cape – Bellville (Northern Line)

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Lifetime’s original movie, Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, starring newcomer Lex Scott Davis as the seven-time Grammy® Award-winning R&B icon, premieres Sunday March 27 at 20.00. Toni Braxton executive produces the two-hour film, which is based on her popular memoir Unbreak My Heart.

 

The movie follows the singer’s journey from her discovery by mega producers L.A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, to her battle with Lupus. The movie also delves into how she made it through her public divorce all while navigating her son’s autism and family struggles.

 

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Fans may not know, though, about the intense guilt Braxton once felt when she accepted her first recording deal that excluded her sisters. This decision haunted her for years and tainted the enormous fame she experienced. Despite her early accomplishments, Braxton’s world also crumbled when she was forced to file for bankruptcy twice and was left alone to pick up the pieces.

 

Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart is more than the story of Braxton’s difficult past though – it is a story of hope, healing, and triumph

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Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart also stars Debbi Morgan as Braxton’s mother Evelyn; Gavin Houston as Babyface, Cortney Scott Wright as Traci Braxton, Skye P. Marshall  as Towanda Braxton, LaToya Franklyn as Trina Braxton and Tiffany Hines (Devious Maids) as Tamar Braxton.

 

Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Erik Kritzer and Marcus Grant serve as executive producers. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds produces. Vondie Curtis Hall (Abducted: The Carlina White Story) directs from a script written by Susan McMartin (Mom, Two and a Half Men).

 

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Pride and Unity are the name of the game as the Obed Mlaba Foundation (OMF) pays tribute to continent with a new festival

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IN 7 days’ time, history will unfold in Durban when the first ever eThekwini Pride of Africa Festival takes place.

The streets of the “warmest city” in South Africa will be awash with a kaleidoscope of colour when the carnival takes over Durban. Floats, dance troupes and other groups will parade around the city of Durban to the heartbeat of African drums, celebrating arts and culture not just in the city, but the entire country and continent.

“It’s going to be a spectacle of music, dance, art and all things creative,” says the head of the OMF Ms. Thabiso Mandaba Mlaba.

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The foundation by former Durban Mayor and the current South African High Commissioner in the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr Obed Mlaba, put together the festival as a show of tolerance and unity in response to last year’s xenophobia attacks.

“We are facing one of the most difficult and challenging times in post-democratic South Africa, with tension within us as South Africans and also with our fellow Africans. This festival will serve as a uniting force for us all. As someone who has dedicated his life to serving the people, His Excellency Mr. Obed Mlaba believes this platform will provide just that,” adds Ms. Mlaba.

March 19th will be a day of celebration when the carnival commences at Albert Park from 11am and finish off at the New Beach. The fun will continue at the Moses Mabhida People’s Park with a musical spectacular featuring some of the best acts Africa has to offer.

Five-star Mzansi talent such as Mafikizolo, Mbongeni Ngema, Thandiswa Mazwai, Thokozani Langa, Shwi NoMtekhala Thobekile Mkhwanazi and Dream Team will share the stage with continental giants Solomon Willy (Nigeria), Unity Band (Mozambique) and Hubert & Band (DRC). Others on the bill include DJ Wobbly, DJ Menace, DJ Cndo, DJ Happygirl, J Ross, Top Virus and a host of others.

Tickets available at Computicket for R65 general and R300 for VIP.

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                             LAADISOL LIFESTYLE PRESENTS TOUCH OF RED PICNIC

  FT MORENA THE SQUIRE, ITU TSHABANE, MPUMI KHUMALO & NONDUMISO MABENA

 

At the back of Laadisol Lifestyle Market follows an electrifying lifestyle picnic movement that will see and attract a mix of urban social individuals for a day of fun. This picnic promises a day filled with local song birds, artists and great entertainment for all music lovers.

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Laadisol Lifestyle Picnic with the theme “Touch of Red” aims to uproot and expose young South African talent cross the country through music, food and lifestyle which Sunday the 13th of March   will see happening. Hot at the back of his performance at the Kaya Fm Live at Bassline where he opened for musical heavy weights Zahara and The Muffinz, Morena The Squire who is well loved for his explosive vocals and moves will entertain guest on the day with his well acclaimed single FAITH ALIVE. These being the last days of summer what better way to enjoy a cool Sunday afternoon, but with new and old friends enjoying drinks, food and some expensive music?

 

The day will also see star studded performances  from Castle Milk Stout Unplugged session 2014 winner Itu Tshabane, clash of the choirs 2016 contestant  Nondumiso Mabena, a song writer and performer from Mamelodi whose talent and vocals do not only amaze crowds but offer a captivating experience, which explains her track record with legends such as Ray Phiri, Afro Traction and Maleh,  Mpumi Khumalo whose passion for music is rooted from her early school days, born in Witbank Emalahleni,  Mpumi  is a young talent yet to blow the South Africa music  industry away. The line-up will also include a range of Dj’s who will grace the decks with soulful sounds such as Harmonic and LAADISOL DJ’s Sojamore and female dj Pheladi.

 

The picnic will take place on Sunday 13th of March 2016 from 11am, at the Zwartkops Lapa Resort, Centurion. Tickets will be sold at the gate at R50pp. For more info contact Lesole on:  078 341 2619 or email: Laadisol@gmail.com

 

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Metro FM announces line-up for the MMA15 Comedy Jam

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) radio station METRO FM, is joining forces with the producers of 99% Zulu Comedy to bring you an incredible experience of hilarity for the 15th METRO FM Music Awards weekend. This year an exciting spin-off has been added to the awards in the form of the ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’. The anticipated comedy night will be held at the Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban on Thursday, the 25th of February 2016 at 20h00.
The ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’ provides the perfect way to kick-off the awards, bringing together lovers of music and comedy. The A-list line-up includes: Tol Ass Mo, Simphiwe Shembe, Sifiso Nene, Jason Goliath, Carl Joshua Ncube, Thapelo ‘Shampoonizer’ Seemise and Siyabulela Seya. The ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’ forms part of the road to the MMA15 weekend, which will showcase fashion, music, comedy.

 

 

“We are thrilled to include the ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’ in the MMA15 weekend program. This inclusion is a testament of the brand’s commitment to showcase and celebrate all categories of local talent within our entertainment industry. Spearheaded by the celebration of music, we strive for our listeners to enjoy a holistic lifestyle experience and support our local stars in different spaces, be it comedy, fashion or music. This is what the MMA15 weekend experience is all about.” said Ms Sibongile Mtyali, Metro FM’s Station Manager.

 

 

Tickets to the ‘METRO FM All-Star Comedy Jam’ are available at Computicket at only R200.

 

 

The METRO FM Music Awards, aim to honour music excellence as well as artists who gave the nation some of the best music, over the last 12 months.

 

 

Listeners across the country can be part of the awards experience through the Public Viewing Areas (PVA’s) at the following venues:
Durban-  Moses Mabhida Stadium; Pretoria- Centurion Shisanyama; East London- Drifter Race Park, Cambridge

The music event will be held on Saturday, the 27th of February 2016 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli ICC in Durban and will be broadcast live on SABC1 at 20h00.

 

 

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MTN Bushfire announces exciting line-up for 2016

Posted by radio On February - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, and most recently named as BBC’s Top African Festival, MTN Bushfire is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed music & arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.

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MTN Bushfire is pleased to be able to announce just some of the diverse talent that will be featured at the 2016 Ten Year Anniversary edition of the event, taking place from May 27th – 29th. With tickets for this year’s event already selling fast- fans are urged to book tickets now to avoid missing out on this unique and amazing line-up.

 

 

Acts already announced by MTN Bushfire include Mali’s internationally acclaimed world-music stars Songhoy Blues whose debut album has been described by top music magazine NME as “a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian grooves,” the exciting new South African genre breaking eclectic fusion of Afrobalkan Skadubhall Bombshelter Beast featuring Pitch Black Afro, Mafikizolo, whose 2014 comeback made waves across South Africa and beyond, Pablo Nouvelle, a filmmaker and musician from Switzerland who takes soul “back to the future” with a combination of new sounds and old samples, and Living Room – made up of Manu Delago, an Austrian percussionist and composer, best known as Bjork’s hang drummer and saxophonist and clarinet player Pepe Auer.

 

South African artists also confirmed include cutting edge acts such as Native Young, Nomadic Orchestra, Felix Laband, and Toby2Shoes with acts from Swaziland including Bholoja, Nomzamo Zaza Dlamini & Fanaza.

 

MTN Bushfire is proud to announce the next batch of additions to this already globally representative line up with artists from a far afield as Canada and New Zealand.  Confirmed for the MTN Bushfire main stage is Estère, whose mixture of bass, synth, drums, guitar, vocal harmonies, keyboard, whistles, claps, kazoo, desk tapping has been dubbed Electric Blue Witch Hop. Hailing from New Zealand, Estère has performed at festivals across the globe and opened for artists including Erykah Badu, Morcheeba, Baths, Ikonika and KT Tunstal. In fact, Acclaim Magazine describes her as having a “velvet smooth voice that has already drawn comparisons with Erykah Badu with the charm of Lianne La Havas.”

 

Also confirmed for the 2016 lineup is 27 year-old Canadian singer Cold Specks whose 2012 debut album, ‘I Predict a Graceful Expulsion!’ was hailed as a masterful and wholly original debut, and was shortlisted for a Juno award and Polaris Prize.  In a style described as “doom-soul” Cold Specks has worked on Moby’s album ‘Innocents’ and was invited to play with Joni Mitchell at the singer’s 70th birthday, alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock.

 

DJ Dawee is a Reggae/Dancehall, Soca, Tropical Bass & Afrobeats DJ & MC from the Berlin-based sound system and label SWS. Dawee will bring to MTN Bushfire the wickedest tunes from the Caribbean with newly emerging music genres from around the globe (Moombahton, Tropical Bass) in a creative and danceable way.

 

Another exciting announcement is the confirmation of South Africa ska legends The Rudimentals. Setting the standard for ska/ reggae / African beats in Southern Africa for over 14 years, The Rudimentals’ 13 piece line-up includes; a three-piece brass section with a trombonist, trumpet and saxophonist; a five-piece vocal section with two international male fashion model MC’s from New York and Jamaica, a Zimbabwean-born ‘toasting’ MC and a rotating roster of up-and-coming backing vocalists; a keyboard player; an electronic and beats synth-player; a drummer first blooded in the metal scene; a bass player and guitar player.

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets on Sale Now – Book Early to Avoid Disappointment

With tickets for MTN Bushfire in 2015 selling out before the event even started, fans are urged to secure tickets early. MTN Bushfire pre-sale tickets are on sale now via the MTN Bushfire website and Facebook page, www.bush-fire.com, www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire.

 

Please note that there will be no physical tickets on sale as all tickets will be digital.  Fans are once again urged to book tickets early to avoid disappointment as tickets for MTN Bushfire 2015 sold out in the week before the festival.

 

Fans must also note that this year Single Day Golden Lounge tickets will NOT be available, but a limited amount of Full Festival Golden Lounge passes are on sale.

 

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Nicki Minaj scores three Grammy nominations

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Girl Power As Nicki Minaj Flies the Female Flag

Multiple Grammy Award-nominated superstar, Nicki Minaj, continues to break records and impact pop culture at large. Nominated in three categories at this year’s 58th Grammy Awards, the queen of rap has this year made her mark in all three categories by being the only female nominated in these traditionally male-dominated categories!

 

 

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When asked what winning a Grammy Award would mean to her, this is what Nicki Minaj had to say: “Winning a Grammy would inspire women to continue to rap and write and to never give up. I’ve put so many years into this culture that I often feel is overlooked. Prior to my three albums, I put out three mixtapes, which also changed the game for women in rap. I would literally sit in a room for days and write, and my sole purpose was to be better than the boys and to prove that women are just as smart, creative, witty, business-savvy, etc. I never really felt that male rappers saw us as their equals. I was determined to change that”.

As well as these three well-deserved nominations, Nicki Minaj has been critically lauded for her third full-length album, “The Pinkprint”, which leapt to the top of the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, cementing her status as rap’s reigning queen.
Since the release of Nick Minaj’s debut album “Pink Friday” released in 2010, Minaj has managed to land an outstanding 10 Grammy nominations in the last five years. The 58th Grammy Awards is set to take place on 16th February 2016 where hopefully Nicki Minaj will win an award or two before her upcoming South African Pinkprint tour in March 2016.

The chart-topping, multi-award winning rapper and actress, who has an astonishing 96 million fans on social media, will at last be performing a series of highly-anticipated and long-awaited concerts to her many thousands of adoring fans in SA. Tickets are already being snapped up as these fanatical followers are determined to avoid the risk of losing out.

The Nicki Minaj Pinkprint concert tickets can be purchased from www.ticketpro.co.za and selected Edgars retail stores, with prices starting at R490.

Johannesburg: Ticketpro Dome – 17 March
Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium – 20 March
Cape Town: Grand Arena, GrandWest – 22 March

The Nicki Minaj Pinkprint tour is presented by Airey Scott Entertainment, 5FM, Metro FM, and Channel O.

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MTN takes first step towards music rights compliance

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MTN has today settled 92% of the CAPASSO invoice relating to music sales in 2014. The remaining 8% relates to the alleged disputed songs.

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CAPASSO welcomes this development, and is also encouraged by the delivery of 2015 usage reports which were also received from MTN. However, these still don’t indicate all sales made on the MTN platform,.

“We are encouraged and hope this signifies the beginning of better engagement with MTN. We however still require MTN to take responsibility for all of outstanding copyright liability and to comply with the Copyright Act of South Africa. This means they must enter into a licence agreement with CAPASSO before they continue to sell CAPASSO-member music” stated Nothando Migogo.

She added that royalties received today would be distributed to the rightsholders next month.

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Eight celebrated SA DJs including Black Coffee share the bill with their international counterparts
Some of South Africa’s most celebrated DJs – including award-winning Black Coffee, “Godfather of SA house” DJ Christos and three-year-old social media sensation and SA’s Got Talent winner DJ Arch Jnr – join an impressive international line-up at Back to the Old Skool.

 

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This global celebration of House music takes place at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown in Johannesburg on Saturday, February 27 with international superstars Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Jazzie B and Todd Terry already announced on the bill.

Also joining the South African contingent are DJ Ganyani, Bob Mabena, DJ Mbuso Phezulu, Sishisoul and Fistaz Mixwell.

 

Black Coffee – currently in the running for three 2016 Metro FM Music Awards and already a South African Music Award (SAMA) winner – is regarded as one of South Africa’s best house DJs. Sidestepping Afro-house clichés and stage-managed highs in favour of restrained sophistication, Black Coffee’s penchant is for true Afropolitan house: home-brewed but trendsetting, fashion-conscious and future-focused.

 

DJ Christos is a legendary DJ and one of South Africa’s most respected house producers, widely credited for laying the foundations for the SA dance scene’s flourishing platform. Often called the country’s “Godfather of House”, Christos Katsaitis was responsible for releasing some of SA’s most ground-breaking artists including Boom Shaka, Lebo Mathosa, Shana, Daw and Black Coffee. His deejaying prowess has been showcased on multiple mix CDs including Club Classics, Wicked Sounds, Magic Rhythms and Real Tone Cuts.

 

DJ Arch Jnr became a social media sensation when he was first discovered by social media users after his family started posting videos of the toddler showing off his talent on a mixing deck in January last year. The three-year-old DJ from Alexandra then went on to win SA’s Got Talent and capture the hearts of a nation.

 

DJ Ganyani – nominated for a 2016 Metro FM Music Award for Song of the Year for Talk To Me – has achieved recognition and respect for his mixing flair at most of the hottest nightclubs in South Africa and globally. He has produced a number of hit albums and performed alongside many of House music’s biggest names.

 

Bob Mabena has had an extraordinary career and celebrated 25 years in the entertainment industry last year. As well as hosting a wide variety of television shows and presenting on major radio stations, Mabena – who is now a presenter at Kaya FM – also spins the discs.

 

Sishisoul’s journey into the world of music started in 1986 as a school DJ. This music lover and collector describes himself as an “ol’ skool Disc Jockey” who loves the warmth of vinyl and the feel when playing at a party.  Soul in the music is the base at which he chooses his collection whether it finds expression in jazz, house, mbaqanga, rock or samba.

 

Fistaz Mixwell has performed in top nightclubs around the world. He is regarded as a formidable force in the South African entertainment industry.

 

Back to the Old Skool is the beginning a series of South African events and digital content that will pay homage to the pioneers of House music. Back to the Old Skool takes place at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown on Saturday, February 27. Gates open at noon. Tickets are available at Computicket. General access is R250; VIP R650 and hospitality packages from R1800.

 

Back to the Old Skool is presented by Global Event Architects in association with Massive Management, Jeep, Kaya FM, Mzansi Magic Music, Ttrumpet, Sowetan and Sunday World

 

 

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Nicki Minaj to rock SA in March!

Posted by radio On January - 28 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

American pop & hip hop sensation Nicki Minaj, is bringing the famous Pinkprint tour to her South African fans, with three unforgettable shows in Johannesburg at the Ticketpro Dome on Thursday 17 March, Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday 20 March and Cape Town’s Grand Arena, Grand West on Tuesday 22 March.

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Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 28 January from ticketpro.co.za and selected Edgars retail stores nationally.

 

Grammy Award-nominated superstar, Nicki Minaj, continues to break records and impact pop culture at large. Her critically lauded third full-length album, The Pinkprint arrived at the top of the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, cementing her as rap’s reigning queen.
Minaj recently made history, simultaneously occupying four top 10 spots on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart and becoming the first female artist to achieve the feat. Minaj also has the most hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart of any female rapper in history and is #3 among all females. What’s more, twelve of her entries entered the top ten, yielding another record for a female rapper.
Minaj stands at the top of the pop vanguard.  To date, the global superstar has sold over 50 million singles and 5 million albums worldwide. Minaj has also been the recipient of a bevy of awards including American Music Awards, MTV VMA’s, Billboard Awards, People’s Choice Awards, BET Awards & many others.

 

 

A global touring phenomenon, Minaj has sold out iconic venues including London’s O2 Arena, Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena, The Staples Center in Los Angeles, and many more.

 

Outside of music, she has starred in films including Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Other Woman in addition to judging American Idol. She’ll also take the screen alongside Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer, starring in 2016’s Barbershop 3.

 

 

In South Africa the chart-topping, multi-award winning rapper and actress will be performing a number of her countless hits from her three albums including her latest offering.

With an astonishing 96 million fans on social media, Minaj will be pulling out all the stops for her South African tour.

 

The Nicki Minaj Pinkprint tickets can be purchased from www.ticketpro.co.za and selected Edgars retail stores, with prices ranging from R490.

 

 

Johannesburg: Ticketpro Dome – 17 March
Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium – 20 March
Cape Town: Grand Arena, GrandWest  – 22 March

 

 

The Nicki Minaj Pinkprint tour is presented by Airey Scott Entertainment, 5FM, Metro FM, and Channel

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