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RAY PHIRI – The Man, The Music & Friendships

Posted by radio On August - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Afro-Jazz icon Ray Phiri debuts at the Kaya FM Live @ The Bassline stage in a very special one night only performance with the surprise guests performing alongside the legend. Bassline will be the backdrop of legends meeting with future legends.


Ray’s extraordinary catalogue of songs stretches back almost 50 years, coincides with Bassline’s 22nd birthday celebration as the number one music venue of choice for all artists and fans. To celebrate Bassline’s 22nd birthday and Heritage Month, Ray is asking Kaya FM listeners to choose a set-list of 22 songs

The globally renowned composer, singer and guitarist will be reflecting on the past 22 years of democracy in South Africa through his songs. Each selected song will need to sit within or represent a chosen epoch, this will allow fans to take control of the show and interact with the legend himself!

Ray Phiri will perform songs from Afro-fusion band Stimela where he was the founder and lead vocalist, the Grammy award winning Graceland album and his solo songbook, the show itself will then be structured into four segments each reflecting five year epochs beginning in 1994.

Rounding off the rare musical feast will be newcomers Thee Legacy, an exciting acapella unit formed with of the grandsons of the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Having performed at major festivals such as the Africa Day Concert Thee Legacy will no doubt bring for an eclectic mix of musical alchemy!

The show will be taking place on the 10th September 2016 and streamed live (via Skyroom Live) and recorded later for pay per view. Tickets can be bought at Webtickets for R180 or R200 at the door!

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Trenton and Free Radical’s no-holds barred political and social commentary that many have come to know and love, is in fact a way of life for Trenton and the band. Although many fans of the afro-ska-pop sounds of Trenton and Free Radical may not be aware of it, the man behind the band; Trenton Birch is a musician, activist and entrepreneur and is the force behind a multitude of music, education and development projects.

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From a strictly musical perspective Trenton and Free Radical is back after a sustained hiatus from live gigs that saw the band getting down to the business of writing and recording the new album.


With a new single currently gaining traction on radio stations across the country, No Ceiling, is produced by multi platinum award winning German producers Stephan Bader and Andre Tolba. The single comes with a quirky video with animation and visual effects created by Johannesburg based creative wizard Gigh Zack, and is already playlisted on MTV Base who describe the video as “a breath of fresh air.”


The band also inked a deal early last year with German manager Volker May who heads up the International Music Mangers Forum, that puts the band in a powerful position to take on Europe in the next few years.


Beyond this musical success, and in addition to creating some of the freshest sounds to hit the SA music scene, Trenton the activist and entrepreneur has also succeeded in developing the Cape Town and South African music industries through his various other roles.


Both Trenton and Thabo Mobo, the bands bass player run an NPO called Bridges for Music. The organisation was co-founded by Birch and Spaniard Valentino Barriosetta and works with music to break down racial divides, uplift underprivileged communities and bridge the gaps between the Cape Town townships and the city-centred mainstream music resources.


Just recently, they confirmed the start of construction on the long anticipated Langa township based Bridges for Music Entrepreneurial Academy. With a state-of the-art studio, classrooms and computer labs, the school will be a powerful tool for the development and empowerment of young creatives from the Langa community and surrounding townships.


Bridges for Music has also played a powerful role in helping put South African electronic music on the global map though its global ambassadors Skirillex, Ritchie Hawtin, Luciano and local Black Coffee.



Trenton is also the director of The SAE Institute, one of the country’s largest and most established audio, video and animation higher education institutions and the force behind Black Mango and the Breathe Sunshine African Music Conference


During his 4 years at the helm of SAE, Trenton’s initiatives have seen enrolment in the school more than triple. SAE’s celebrity driven scholarship programme, the brainchild of Trenton, has included partnerships with major music icons Ready D, Black Coffee, Young Guru (Jay Z’s engineer) and most recently AKA with the recently launched AKA Scholarship being the most successful of these initiatives to date, drawing more than five times the normal applications.  SAE is the largest provider of creative media education in the world with over 50 campuses in 24 countries.


All of these accomplishments have been achieved in just the last 4.5 years when Birch returned to South Africa after an 8-year escapade in London that also saw him working in places like Ibiza, New York, Amsterdam and Berlin on various projects including promoting Johnny Clegg and releasing Goldfish’s first album internationally.


Trenton and Free Radical, driven by the personal drive and passion of Trenton Birch, reflects the bigger commitment that Trenton has to the South African music scene, “It is only through a collective positive movement that we can change things in our country.  There is too much apathy and people distract them selves with an unhealthy obsession with money, brands and alcohol.  We’ve lost the spirit of Ubuntu and if we don’t get it together we are in trouble.”


To check out the new single No Ceiling, the quirky video that accompanies the song visit and summer tour dates:

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Lindelani Mkhize Presents Ignite

Posted by radio On August - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In celebration of his 50th birthday, music industry pioneer, Lindelani Mkhize is proud to announce his partnership with Joburg Theatre and ATTV Productions for the inaugural musical production titled, “Ignite” – an initiative set to kindle the music industry whilst providing world class entertainment.


mkziFollowing two decades of musical achievements, it can be said that Lindelani Mkhize has lived a life that’s been ignited with passion and sheer dedication to his craft; making him a household name in the music fraternity.


IGNITE is a two – day state of the art production aimed at showcasing South Africa’s undiscovered or “little known” musical talent across music genres. From Friday, 2 September to Saturday, 3 September, the Mandela @ Joburg Theatre will be abuzz with the musical sounds of South Africa’s hidden melodic talent.


“I have always believed that our country is home to an amazing pool of talent and IGNITE is an extension of that belief. I’m so excited that our partners share my sentiment and through this initiative, we hope to ignite talent and promote a culture of unconventional collaborations. We are creating a platform for undiscovered talent”, commented Lindelani Mkhize.


Lindelani Mkhize is a man who wears many musical hats; widely known for his extraordinary contribution to the SA music industry, he’s best known as the founder and conductor of South Africa’s successful gospel music ensemble, MTN Joyous Celebration, music producer, record label executive, a judge on South Africa’s popular television music shows such as, ‘I want to sing Gospel’ and ‘Clash of the choirs’ and now – IGNITE.


“The three-hour production promises to take music enthusiasts on an unforgettable musical experience and journey rich with colour and flavour coupled with the creative use of the latest technology to enhance the performances which incorporate a six-piece band, brass and a double quartet string section.

Whilst most of the featured talent has been identified by Mkhize, he has left a spot or two open for other hopefuls who will have to try their luck through an online platform.


Tickets to the two-day run go on sale on Friday 15 July at a cost of R180 to R400.


Book by telephone on 0861 670 670, online at or and in person at the Joburg Theatre box office.


Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at


Patrons can also book online and pay at any Pick N Pay store


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Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition is back with a bang with its 2016 theme Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised. This year the conference’s theme is looking back to when music was censored in South Africa by the apartheid government while it also looks forward to how this creative industry shouldn’t go through the same situation again in this democracy. The conference will therefore also look at SABC’s policy of 90% South African music in detail. Legends & young musicians with other local & international industry players will gather at the SABC from the 7th -10th September for the Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition 2016!


Moshito 2016 – Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised has great topics (please see below) to benefit the new talent and those who are already doing business in the music industry in South Africa & internationally. It will attempt to answer and unpack some of the industry issues when Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition kicks off the 2016 instalment on 08 September.

Facilitated by Moshito Chairperson Sipho Sithole, speakers will include Moshito ambassador and SAMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Roger Lucey, whose musical career was abruptly cut short by the apartheid the Security Police in the early 80s. Joining him on the panel will be Paul Erasmus, a South African Security Police officer who testified to the TRC; as well as artists Carlos Djedje and Jah Seed among others. It promises to make for a fascinating peep into the recent history of SA’s music industry.

Moving things into the era of freedom of choice and closing off Day One will be the topic Whose Market Share is it? The Indie vs Major (The Big Debate). eNCA’s  Nontobeko Sibisi will lead the discussion as facilitator, where music big wigs will clarify the confusion that often come with the release and distribution of indie products/artists through major record labels among other issues. Catch speakers Velile Sithole (Native Rhythms), Thabiso Khati (Cashtime Life), DJ Tira (Afrotainment), Sipho Dlamini (Universal Music) and a host of other gurus and executives from both multinational and independent labels.

In the context of South Africa with its multiplicity of ethnic groups and indigenous sound representation, how does 90% local music translate into airplay? This is the question posed under the topic Airplay for What? On Day Two, 09 September.

Rap star Reason, artist activist Eugene Mthethwa, SAMRO’s Rev. Abe Sibiya, prolific singers Sibongile Khumalo and Zonke, the prolific Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, 999 Music’s Arthur Mafokate, and Moshito Chairperson Sipho Sithole will be speakers interrogating the current state of affairs in SA music in relation to the history-making 90% local content.

But being part of a global village means growing beyond local content and boarders. Hence the topic Meet International Music Markets: from Africa to the Americas is one of the most crucial of the conference, also on Day Two.

“The gathering of the grandest music markets from Africa and beyond!” is how Moshito describes this magnificent convention. “This platform is about sharing best practice, challenges and successes. The Dos and Don’ts in managing, promoting and hosting a music markets,” said Sithole.

Moshito Deputy Chairperson Mandla Maseko will be the facilitator, and speakers will include Sonya Mazumdar from EarthSync (India), Morocco Festival Director Matt Sonzala (USA), Brahim El Mazned of Visa for Music (Morocco), as well as delegates from Uganda, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Kenya, France, Seychelles, Poland and South Africa.

There are over 100 panellists participating in over 12 topics – 5 breakaways, 5 plenaries, 2 workshops, 1 music managers meeting, as well as demo and music showcases!

The full list of Moshito 2015’s riveting topic line up is as follows:

DAY 1: 08 September


Topic ONE: Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised

Topic TWO: Live Events & Production

Topic THREE: Traditional Music Beyond Boarders

Topic FOUR: Music Manager’s Forum Roundtable Discussion (Artist Managers Must Understand Their Role is Now Business Development)

Topic FIVE: Whose Market Share is it? The Indie vs Major (The Big Debate)


DAY 2: 09 September

Topic SIX: Let Your Music Speak:  Demo Presentations

Topic SEVEN: YFM Slot

Topic EIGHT: Airplay for What?

Topic NINE: Meet International Music Markets: from Africa to the Americas (Hosted by Africa Music Forum)

Topic TEN: Searching for that Platinum Artist: The hits and misses of an A &R (Artist & Repertoire) manager

Topic ELEVEN: Pitch Perfect Performance

Integrating the Body and Voice “Human Musical Instrument” for authentic and optimal performance. Communicating THIS performance to a captivated audience

Topic TWELVE: Conference Wrap Up

For some of the richest music knowledge this side of the continent and a chance to meet the fascinating and successful people in this industry, make sure you don’t miss this year’s Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition!

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Macy Gray joins the Delicious Festival line-up

Posted by radio On August - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Macy Gray and Hugh Masekela will be joining an already incredible line-up of artists at this year’s DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, presented by Nedbank. Macy Gray, American R’n’B, jazz and soul singer, songwriter, musician, actress and record producer, known for her distinctive raspy voice and international hit single I Try, will be joining Saturday’s phenomenal line-up of artists.

MACY_GRAY_lrgHome-grown, world-renowned, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, Hugh Masekelawill also be joining Sunday’s outstanding line-up.

Recap of the mind-blowing list of artists who are going to entertain you at this year’s festival include: On Saturday Mi Casa, De La SoulArrested Development, Elements of Life featuring Louie Vega, Lisa Fischer, Josh Milan, Anané Vega, Monique Bingham, Adeva, Bucie, Kaylow, Luisito, and Quintero; On Sunday, The JacksonsElements of LifeRoy AyersLiraJudith Sephuma and Hugh Masekela.

This year’s DStv Delicious festival will be held over a two-day period on 8 and 9 Octoberat the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, that has recently undergone a massive multimillion-Rand upgrade. Kyalami is a superb, central location with multiple entrances and exits and loads of parking, and makes it a perfect venue for an international festival of its stature. With over 40 000 festival-goers expected over the two days it is set to be a festival weekend of a lifetime that cannot be missed!

Pair this all with the Nedbank Green Wine Garden, a decadent food market offering the finest foods and delicacies, great gourmet chef food restaurants, including Reuben Riffel, J’Something, Sarah Graham, SomiziCallie-Anne and Let’s Call It Brunch Banquet, and a bigger and better than ever DStv Kid Zone, and you have a clear recipe for success!


Tickets are available from Ticketpro.


General Access Day Pass: R475

General Access Weekend Pass: R810

Kids: R100 (includes entry into the festival & the Kids Zone)

Delicious Lounge Day Pass: R1250

Delicious Lounge Weekend Pass: R2100

Decadance Luxury Lounge: R3705

Decadance Weekend Pass: R5925

Jeep Luxury Ticket: R3950

Let’s Call It Brunch Day Pass: R2470

Let’s Call It Brunch Weekend Pass: R3970


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Simphiwe Dana to grace Bassline stage

Posted by radio On August - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Celebrated around the world and adored for her impressive vocal prowess, she is an artist who employs a true cultural and African identity in her art form. SIMPHIWE DANA will be gracing the Bassline stage and kick-starting the second season of the popular Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline series.


Simphiwe Dana's imageKaya FM 95.9 and Bassline are proud to present a new season, building on the success of the first series, which saw an amazing range of stars and newcomers featured on this unique musical platform. Leading up to Women’s Day 2016, Simphiwe Dana plays an integral voice in spearheading issues of interest within the social sphere.



Dana makes her debut this season, with August being Women’s Month and Kaya FM’s 19th birthday, there’s no more fitting artist to occupy the task of opening and setting the bar high for the new series.


With a string of acclaimed albums and live DVDs, having Simphiwe Dana back on the Bassline stage is a treat, especially following her recent release of Celebrating Ten Years Live at the Bassline album.

Her fans will be in for a musical alchemy that will see favourites from her critically acclaimed 4th studio album Firebrand performed, as well as others from her previous albums.


If the first series was anything to go by, the second will certainly pack a musical punch. Kaya FM and Bassline have proved that music is a universal language and providing such platforms for live music is part of growing both established and new talent. The Bassline, celebrating 22 years in music this year, is committed to ensure safe parking and security, as well as reasonable ticket pricing, whilst still bringing the very best in music to the public.

Don’t miss out on this megastar’s return to the Bassline on the 6th August 2016!

Tickets are only R150 from Webtickets and On Sale Now.

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The 2016 Tribute Concert promises a star-studded procession of music royalty with a diverse line up of SA’s crème de le crème who will head line our countries most loved festival.
Resonating with the most progressive call to action to increase local content both on public and private broadcasting channels, the Tribute Concert remains a vital link to celebrate South Africa’s diversity through music.

moretleCelebrating 19 years, the Tribute Concert firmly aligned as a premier event in the country’s music industry will take place in the capital City of Tshwane on Saturday, 3rd September 2016. Drakensberg Promotions, the organisers of this much celebrated festival are committed to the call to action to increase local content and as pioneers of celebrating a 100% local event have unveiled this year’s programme.

The Moretele Park Festival features a stellar line up of artists from diverse music genres including five time 2016 winner of the SAMA’s Nathi as well as SAMA and Grammy award winner Wouter Kellerman.

Among the music royalty headlining the 2016 festival are South African veteran jazz musicians all of whom are global trailblazers and include much loved veteran performers Hugh Masekela,Jonas Gwangwa, and Tshepo Tshola.

Joining the veteran Jazz musicians is South African music legend Babsy Mlangeni, a connoisseur of note, with a platinum track record that speaks volumes Don Laka, legendary jazz musician and globally acclaimed songstress Letta Mbuli.

Thousands of revellers at the Moretele Park Tribute Concert will also be entertained by South Africa’s most favourite music group and SAMA award winners Mafikizolo. Also billed to perform is 2016 SAMA award Female Artist of the Year R&B/Soul superstar Zonke

The Tribute concert will feature development artists from Puisano Jazz Bands and Tshwane Development Bands

On August 27th, Drakensberg Promotions will host a music business workshop in Pretoria. Aimed at musicians and practitioners and business interests in the sector wanting to know more about the business of music the workshop will bring in key expertise to share insights, best practice and knowledge.

Moretele Park Tribute Concert will also feature a series of lunch time concerts hosted byNewtown Junction mall on Saturdays the 6th, 13th & 20th August from 12h00 to 14h00 as part of the 2016 build up.

Tickets can be booked at Computicket and Shoprite Checkers and are priced at R250

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SAE Cape Town is excited to announce the five scholarship winners for the July 2016 intake. SAE offers four scholarships; Ready D Scholarship, Black Coffee Scholarship –

Young Guru Scholarship and the latest to be announced, the AKA Scholarship.

2016 Scholarship recipients

Applications via the SAE website opened in October 2015 with applicants required to write a 2000-word motivational essay that then becomes the back-bone of their application.  The Scholarship patrons themselves read the shortlisted essays and personally select the most deserving candidate. This year SAE received a record 4374 applications.


The Scholarship applicants are assessed by the SAE Academic body on their character, experience and commitment. However, it is the Scholarship patrons, who have the final say. With such a vast amount of applicants, and with so many powerful and well-written essays, it was particularly challenging to select only four winners.


Additionally SAE has launched a Film Scholarship in association with Makhulu Productions, an apprenticeship based production company that believes in addressing inequalities and lack of access to on the job learning opportunities in the local South African media industry. With their Sunshine Cinema initiative- a solar powered mobile cinema, they host community screenings in areas lacking access to diverse content, whilst running media training workshops with local community partners.



The recipients of this year’s SAE Sunshine Cinema Scholarship is Lufefe “Fez” Figlan. Lufefe has been working at Makhulu for about 10 months and is passionate and determined about gaining diverse film making skills to develop his craft as a true creative storyteller.


Below please find this year’s other successful candidates:


Ready D Scholarship – Bongani Mhone

Black Coffee Scholarship – Masithembe Rawe

AKA Scholarship – Joshua van Zyl

Young Guru Scholarship – Justin Williams


Bongani Mhone is originally from Zimbabwe and has been DJ’ing since the age of 14 and whilst pursuing this goal has also committed to teaching and mentoring young people around him. Ready D explains why Bongani was chosen as the recipient of the Scholarship, “Bongani comes across as a perfect recipient. I am inspired by his motivational letter and his determination.  The industry will benefit from a person with his experience and outlook on life.”


Masithembe Rawe, winner of the Black Coffee Scholarship, is from humble roots in the Eastern Cape and has been a songwriter and musician for as long as he can remember and his goal is to be a producer and sound engineer.


The AKA Scholarship winner, Joshua van Zyl is from Ocean View and attributes his character and determination to his Cape Flats background. Experiencing the good with the bad, Joshua is determined to succeed and give back to his community.


Justin Williams, recipient of the Young Guru Scholarship is from Elsies River and is passionate about music and education and has never given up despite many obstacles over the years.



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In what promises to be a night filled with thrills and spills, the talented songstress Swazi will perform music from her latest album Worship Enlightened. Launched in front of a packed audience at Enlightened Christian Gathering and broadcasting live to millions of viewers on Prophetic Channel, this cemented her as firm household name.

swaziHer latest work sees her on a spiritual journey in enlightening her fans, with her breath-taking vocals she leaves you yearning for more! With a career that spans just over 13 years in the music industry, Swazi; as she now prefers to be known has released 6 albums and a live DVD under her belt and has proved that she is a force to reckon with in the music business.


Worship Enlightened is a 11-track album which Swazi and Prophet Bushiri co-wrote on tracks; Break every chain – track 1, Ask for rain – track 3 and It’s my time – track 8. Break every chain,  being the first single of the album has had a wide spread of popularity all over the world as indicated  by statistics of the Prophetic Channel App which  broadcasts to millions of people internationally.


The exclusive one night performance will see her belting out songs from the new album and classics that have gotten her critical acclaim from industry heavy weights. The album is released through Major1 Recordz, is available in select music stores nationwide and direct orders through Swazitainment since April 2016

To be part of this electrifying evening on the 28th July at 7PM hosted at The Fringe (Joburg Theatre) tickets will be sold at and Pick ‘n Pay for R150, limited seat available.  To interact with Swazi follow her on the following platforms:

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Hot on the heels of the release of South African musical legend Johnny Clegg’s brand new album of 17 remixed tracks – JOHNNY CLEGG: 2016, Jaron Clegg has released a breathtaking video for the single “Take My Heart Away.”

Jaron Clegg, who studied at The Vancouver Film School and currently works in LA as a film-maker, had already created a script for a short movie he had developed, and  during the process of remixing “Take My Heart Away” Johnny was imagining  a theme that would reflect the overwhelming power of the human spirit and remembered Jaron’s script.

jcgAfter much convincing, Jaron shortened the script and transformed it into a magnificent piece of art, using special CGI effects that took months to create. The effects developed included creating the South African Space Centre that we see in the film, as well as simulating rocket fire and smoke for the launch scenes. “It was challenging to streamline the visual effects work while writing, producing and directing the production,” explains Jaron.

The concept of the video “Take My Heart Away” is about the passion and the yearning to have your dreams and your spirit take you to a better place. The story follows a young township boy who escapes his township “life-world” on a space shuttle, which literally and figuratively launches him into the next plane of existence.  As Jaron so succinctly puts it, “It’s a journey of transcendence.”

When asked about making the video Jaron had this to say;

“It was quite an emotional project for me– making a film for my dad. I treated it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and pushed really hard to bring the script to life. I put a lot of pressure on myself to create something I could be proud of.”

The video was shot at Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind with the  amazing support of the staff and then moved on to Diepsloot Township for four days.  For Jaron this was a humbling, eye-opening experience for him and the crew as he explains, “The township community was so welcoming and supportive; we couldn’t have made this film without their blessings. We must also make mention of the extras that came from that community who got into the spirit of the project, and delivered beautiful and heart-warming moments in the film.”

Here’s the official link to the video

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