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General entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129) and African fashion pioneers AFI have partnered to bring the best of African fashion to the BET Experience Africa (Ticketpro Dome, 12 December).Among the designers whose stunning creations will be sashaying down the catwalk on the BET Experience Africa stage will be NN Vintage (new label of Mafikizolo lead vocalist Nhlanhla Nciza), Loin Cloth & Ashes, Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv and KL Tsotetsi and Rich Mnisi.  More designers will be announced shortly.

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Coming to Africa for the first time in 2015, the BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over the Ticketpro Dome for a non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, bringing together lovers of urban culture and music. Wowing visitors all day long, the BET Experience Africa will showcase great food, fashion, music, comedy, sport, sneakers and much, much more.Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performance on an outdoor Festival Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing.
Reserve your court-side seat for the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game and you could be watching top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy! The day will be rounded off with the BET Experience Concert, with superstar artists headlined by GRAMMY Award winning musicians Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and Tamar Braxton, alongside AKA, Young Thug, Flavour (Nigeria) and Diamond Platinumz(Tanzania).Fashionistas will also be able to check out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene from sneaker heads Hunting for Kicks.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructiveGenius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields including Fikile Mbalula, Minister for Sports & Recreation.

 

BET Experience Africa is promoted in partnership with Glen 21 and inspired by the BET Experience, held annually in Los Angeles.

 

Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices (which include access to the sound stage and other lifestyle activities, plus the concert in the evening) range from R550 on the mezzanine level to R850 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

 

For more information on the BET Experience Africa visit www.betafrica.tv, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETXAfrica.

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Monique Bingham and Black Motion have been added to the line-up at the BET Experience Africa, the continent’s definitive celebration of urban lifestyle and contemporary culture.  Monique and Black Motion will join previously announced performers Nathi and DJ Euphonik on the Festival Stage at the BET Experience Africa (Ticketpro Dome, 12 December).  Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq, Tamar Braxton, Young Thug, AKA, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz are also set to perform at the BET Experience Concert.

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New York-born vocalist Monique Bingham brings her soulful jazz- infused brand of house music to South Africa for the BET Experience Africa 2015. After two decades in the recording industry, Monique has become a welcome visitor to Mzansi shores, having made her debut performance at the 12th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2011, and performed her song “Pride” live at the Metro FM awards (2013).  In 2014, she collaborated with jazz legend Hugh Masakela when she penned the song “With Her Hand” with Ralf Gum for his sophomore album “In My City”.  A further single with Ralf Gum entitled “The Pap” has already received international critical acclaim and reinforced her love of and contribution to South Africa’s explosive house music scene. In 2015, Monique collaborated with Black Coffee on the track “Deep in the Bottom (of Africa)”.

 

Gold–selling dance duo Black Motion have been a fixture on the South African dance scene since 2010 when DJ Murder and Smol’s breakout single “Banane Mavoko” hit the bigtime and thrust them to the attention of DJ Oskido, who included the track in his compilation CD, “Oskido’s 10th Commandment” before signing them to Kalawa Records.  Their first double CD album, Talking to the Drums followed, including hit tracks like Father, Caraca and Dimensions.  Their long-awaited third album Fortune Teller, came out in 2014 and subsequently underlined their dominance of the dance genre, taking home the silverware at SAMA XX1 (2015) for “Best Dance Album”.  Busier than ever, in September 2015 it was announced that the dynamic duo will be collaborating with Cassper Nyovest on a track on his hotly anticipated album, Refiloe.

 

Thousands of music, sports and fashion fans are expected to attend the BET Experience Africa – a day-long celebration of music, comedy, fashion, sport, dance, food and much, much more, courtesy of entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).  A non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, BET Experience Africa will wow visitors all day long, combining stunning live performance on the Festival Stage, while South African comedy luminaries David Kau, John Vlismas, Joey Rasdien, Tats Nkonzo, Celeste Ntuli, Jason Goliath, Skhumba and Kenyan funnyman Churchill will keep the laughs coming.  Reserve your court-side seat for the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game and you could be watching top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy, while checking out the hottest trends on the sneaker scene at Hunting for Kicks.

 

The day will be rounded off with the BET Experience Concert, with superstar artists headlined by GRAMMY Award winners Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and Tamar Braxton, alongside Young Thug, AKA, Flavour (Nigeria) and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania).  BET’s first ever Genius Talks programme will see Sports & Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula engage in a wide-ranging conversation with Nikiwe Bikitsha.

 

Tickets for BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices (which include access to the Festival Stage, Comedy Stage, Genius Talks, Hunting for Kicks and the concert) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

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DMX holiday music special

Posted by radio On November - 19 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

DMX Music Channels will once again usher in the festive season with a mix of popular holiday music for our DStv customers. The DMX holiday music special will be available on channel 806 and 835 from 19 November until midnight on 26 December 2015.

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During this period, the name on channel 835 will change from Contemporary Instrumentals to Instrumental Holiday. Our customers can look forward to a broadcast of 100% all-instrumental and uninterrupted holiday music. The channel will offer a collection of Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Instrumental and New Age renditions of well-known holiday favourites.

 

Channel 806 will also change from Familiar Favourites to Holiday Favourites to offer a blend of Contemporary Hits, Adult Contemporary as well as Pop holiday music.

 

FAQs about DMX Holiday Music

 

What is changing with DMX channels?

 

DMX will offer a holiday music special on channels 835 and 806. The channel names will also be changed during this holiday music special period – channel 835 will change from Contemporary Instrumentals to Instrumental Holiday. Channel 806 will also change from Familiar Favourites to Holiday Favourites.

 

When will the holiday music be available?

 

From 19 November 2015 until midnight on 26 December 2015.

 

What kind of music will these channels offer?

 

Channel 835 will broadcast 100% all-instrumental and uninterrupted holiday music. The channel will offer a collection of Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Instrumental and New Age renditions of well-known holiday favourites.

 

Channel 806 will offer a blend of Contemporary Hits, Adult Contemporary as well as Pop holiday music.

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Following hot on the heels of Ringo Madlingozi’s explosive Kaya FM Live @ The Bassline show, comes another epic event, this time featuring legendary Mzansi House music star Monique Bingham, alongside none other than SA music giants Mi Casa.

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This event showcases the end of a highly successful year of amazing performances and concerts thrown by the Bassline in 2015 and is essentially the ‘year-end’ bash that will set Jozi’s nightlife alight.

 

The Kaya Live @ The Bassline series has quickly become Jozi’s must-see live music event, and there won’t be a better way to kick off the festive season than an exclusive show featuring these two House heavyweights on Friday 4th December.

 

New York’s Monique Bingham is so entrenched in Mzansi House culture that her most recent hit was a tribute to the ‘chis ‘nyama’, entitled “The Pap”.  The song was also a show of appreciation to her adoring audience in South Africa.

 

Monique has been responsible for some of the most poignant house music of the past two decades and is the perfect match for sharing the stage with SA dance music legends Mi Casa, who themselves have taken the country by storm in 2015.

“It don’t get deeper… Than the bottom of Africa,” Bingham sings about her love for SA.  She aims to fill up her performance with authentic story-telling, wrapped up in kicking, classy beats.

 

‘Best of the Last’, Monique’s newly released double album is a definitive overview of her massive contribution to soulful vocal house music and audiences can expect to hear new material, as well as much-loved House anthems.  Mi Casa’s latest album ‘Home Sweet Home’ has been doing phenomenally well, as one would expect from what is probably SA’s most relentless touring House band.

 

One of the sexiest nights out this year end, Kaya Fm Live @ The Bassline brings house music lovers a night out they simpy cannot miss!

 

Tickets on sale now at www.webtickets.co.za for R200 or R220 at the door.

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GUAPTunes launches with 1GB free data from AlwaysOn

Posted by radio On November - 11 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

New mobile music and video application gives you the power to control your data use

There’s a new digital music player that lets you create your own personal mobile music and video channel – and it gives you the power to choose how much data you use.

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GUAPTunes is a homegrown app that’s free to download from the Android store, and the first 20,000 downloads will also receive one gigabyte of free data from AlwaysOn, a Wi-Fi internet services provider, as a welcome gift.

 

 

“GUAPTunes is a hybrid between music television and YouTube, all presented on a custom-built music-focussed mobile platform,” says founder Jerome Pikwane, an award-winning graduate of New York’s Film Academy. “It puts all the awesomeness of the music industry at your fingertips, while giving you the power to actively manage your data consumption and expenses.”

 

GUAPTunes lets you control your data consumption, as you can manipulate and select part of the video stream without affecting the quality of sound production. It also offers a personalised audio option, which lets you to listen to your favourite music as an audio-only file, reducing data consumption even further. There’s also a blog that shares all the latest news in the local and international music industries.

 

“We hate billing surprises as much as music lovers do, and using GUAPTunes gives you the power to stay connected to your tunes at all times, while keeping control of your budget,” says Hayden Lamberti, managing director of AlwaysOn. “At AlwaysOn, we’re delighted to partner with GUAPTunes to give music fans more tunes for their money.”

 

 

‘GUAP’ is street slang for wealth or abundance, and music fans will have access to rich resources of hip hop, R&B, kwaito and house created by artists all over the world. Fans should follow @GuapTunes on Twitter or find GuapTunes on Facebook for more information about the app, the community, and how to enjoy more of their favourite music for less data charges.

 

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The 8th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards are here!

Posted by radio On November - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The long awaited annual SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards, are finally around the corner.  Yet again the impressive ICC Arena in Durban will be brought down by the majestic backdrop and heavenly voices on the 15th Nov 2015. The awards have grown in lips and bounds and this year the are 36 categories from South Africa and beyond our borders under theme: “Higher Level, New Beginnings”.

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SABC has been proudly associated with the Crown Gospel Music Awards for the last 7 years and this year the Public Service Broadcaster is again a media partner for this auspicious Gospel Awards Ceremony. Kaizer Kganyago, SABC Spokesperson says, “We are encouraged by the continued growth of the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. Gospel music represents one of the most popular genres across both SABC radio and television platforms especially for SABC1and SABC 2’s audiences.  Therefore our association with the Crown Gospel Music Awards reflects this natural attraction.”

Founder and producer of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards Zanele Mbokazi says, ““ As the World Gospel PowerHouse we are humbled by the growth of CROWNS, hence the 2015 theme, ‘new levels’! We delight in seeing so many sub genres growing e.g. Gospel hip hop, Gospel Maskandi, Gospel Poetry, Gospel Comedy and others.  We look forward to an evening of fashion, praise and amazing collaborations. We encourage the Gospel Music loving public to get their tickets from computicket and to also vote for their favourite songs and artists”

SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards, are a platform to salute and award excellence in the Gospel Music Industryunder various categories.To date the Awards boasts more than 30 categories. The winners are awarded a Crown, for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.

The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC 1 on Sunday 15 th November 2015 at 20:00.

SABC will also be supporting Crown Gospel Awards through its other various platforms including SABC Radio station uKhozi FM and other SABC TV programmes.

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US rapper Young Thug is joining the line-up for BET Experience Africa, Africa’s #1 urban lifestyle festival (Ticketpro Dome, 12 December). Young Thug will perform alongside GRAMMY Award nominated international R&B sensations Tamar Braxton, Maxwell and Raphael Saadiq and African superstars AKA, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz at the BET Experience Africa festival.  Afro-soul sensation Nathi is also set to perform on the daytime Festival Stage.

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On the Comedy Central Stage, South African comedy luminaries David Kau, John Vlismas, Joey Rasdien, Tats Nkonzo, Celeste Ntuli, Jason Goliath and Skhumba along with Kenyan funnyman Churchill will bring great stand-up to the festival.

For sneakerheads and footwear enthusiasts, BET has paired up with “Hunting for Kicks” to stage a 360-degree sneaker experience including rare, vintage and collectible sneakers.  Hunting for Kicks will also feature a “swap meet”, sneaker customisation and an exclusive sneaker cleaning service.

Exuding star quality, Young Thug hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is best known for his 2014 commercial debut single “Stoner” and for collaborations with Birdman, Gucci Mane, Young Scooter and Shy Glizzy.  Last year Young Thug recorded a number of songs with Kanye West and he was also featured alongside fellow rappers ASAP Ferg and Freddie Gibbs on the first single from their compilation album Mass Appeal Vol.1.  He received recognition in the December 2014 of Rolling Stone magazine where he was dubbed “hip-hop’s new crown prince”.

Just one ticket gets you access to all aspects of the Festival including the star-studded evening concert, stunning live performances on the Festival Stage, hilarious stand-up on Comedy Central stage, a fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game, the exciting Hunting for Kicks sneaker expo and the inspiring Genius Talks.

Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices, which give access to all of the above, range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.  Students qualify for a 10% discount by logging in to the Ticketpro website and using the passcode ‘STUDENT’.

For more information on the BET Experience Africa, please visit www.betafrica.tv, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETXAfrica.

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AKA joins the BET experience line-up

Posted by radio On October - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

AKA, the “Prince of South African rap”, and rising Afro-Soul sensation Nathi are to perform at the BET Experience Africa.  AKA and Nathi join GRAMMY Award nominated international R&B superstars Maxwell, Tamar Braxton and Raphael Saadiq, and African giants Flavour (Nigeria) and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) at the spectacular global celebration of urban culture, music and lifestyle from entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).

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The inaugural BET Experience Africa takes place at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday 12 December 2015.

 

BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over the Ticketpro Dome for a non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, bringing together lovers of urban culture and music. Wowing visitors all day long, the BET Experience Africa will showcase great food, fashion, music, comedy, dance, sport and much, much more.

 

AKA will perform alongside Maxwell, Tamar Braxton, Raphael Saadiq, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz at the BET Experience Africa Concert in the main Arena, while Nathi is the first of many artists who will appear on the outdoor Festival Stage.

 

AKAis recognized as one of the most talented and influential rappers in South Africa and on the African continent.  As well as sharing stages with Kanye West, Snoop Lion, Rick Ross and Big Sean, AKA has received a host of awards and accolades.  This year alone he was nominated for the Best International Act (Africa) at the BET Awards, and the Best African Act at the 2015 MTV EMAs before going on to win Best Collaboration at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).  He is currently nominated for Best International Act (Africa) at the M.O.B.O. awards.

 

2015 has also been an extraordinary year for Nathi, the Afro-Soul singer from the Eastern Cape whose debut album Buyel’ekhaya recently went double platinum, selling more than 100,000 copies in just a few months. Filled with heartfelt soul, formidable vocals and haunting acoustic guitar, Nathi’s track Nomvula, has become one of the biggest songs of 2015.

 

Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performances on a central Sound Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Watch top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy at the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game, while fashionistas will be able to check out the hottest trends.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in a range of different fields.

 

Book now to celebrate the many rich and varied facets of the urban lifestyle experience all under one roof. Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices (which include access to the sound stage and other lifestyle activities, plus the concert in the evening) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

 

 

 

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MTN Joyous Celebration Reveals New Talent

Posted by radio On October - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Following the runaway success of the MTN Joyous Celebration 19 ‘Back to the Cross’ Tour incorporating a six city tour of sold out shows, preparations for the Joyous 20 Live Recoding are heating up. Still reeling from and overwhelmed by the gratitude and love showed to them by their supporters with Joyous 19 – the ensemble plans to take their fans to another high/level.

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The magnitude of the 20 year celebration is not taken lightly and Joyous fans attending this milestone event are in for a treat as the ensemble pulls out all stops to present their biggest production ever.

 

As is the tradition of Joyous, the fans will be treated an amazing production which includes new talent.These new powerful additions to the crew were selected from thousands of hopefuls at auditions held in the Joyous 19 tour cities.They will grace the Joyous stage for the first time at the Joyous 20 recording, sharing it with the other newcomers who joined the production mid tour.

 

Totalling 8, the talented musos include Bongi Mthombeni, Thato Rapapane, Sipho Mabena and Andile Thabethe who all hail from Gauteng Province. Kwazulu Natal also has two spots claimed by Nozipho Phiri and Londiwe Masondo. Mpumalanga and the Western Cape are represented by one musician from each Province.

 

“We are very excited about our new talented and well deserving pool who are currently hard at work rehearsing with the entire cast and we can’t wait for our fans and supporters to get to know them. We also want to sincerely thank everyone who came through to the auditions and tried their best” says Lindelani Mkhize.

 

MTN Joyous Celebration will be recording their Joyous 20 LIVE CD & DVD on Saturday the 19th of December 2015 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The historical show will mark the first ever outdoor live recording for Joyous Celebration.“Do not miss out on this spectacular experience.” Says Mthunzi Namba .

 

Tickets are sold at Computicket from R280.00

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MTV (DStv channel 130) today announced a new award category to be unveiled during the 2015 MTV EMAs: the MTV Video Visionary Award. The category will honour the greatest pioneers in the history of the music video art form, the inaugural recipients of which will be international rock heroes Duran Duran.

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Duran Duran’s unique sound and strong visual sense have not only influenced a generation of musicians and creatives, but continue to resonate the world over. One of the greatest pioneers of the music video, their distinctive style has had an undeniable impact on music history, with hits stemming from the very beginnings of MTV to the present day.

 

“It is no coincidence that our rise was paralleled by the growth and ultimate world domination of MTV.   The birth of music videos as a way to simultaneously bring our music to a global audience revolutionized the business.  We took this new short form of film making and tried to make it our own. We have had some incredible experiences over the years making our videos. We have worked with some of the most talented directors in the world – without whom we would not be honored here today. We are really proud to be the recipients of this new award.  Thank you MTV.” – Duran Duran

 

Host Ed Sheeran and co-host Ruby Rose will be taking charge of this year’s MTV EMAs, which will broadcast live across the globe on Sunday 25 October at 22:00 CAT from the Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Voting for all award categories is open on mtvema.com until 24 October at 23:59 CAT.

 

The talent list is heating up for what is set to be an explosive edition of the MTV EMAs, with Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran & Rudimental, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo, twenty one pilots, Tori Kelly, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Andrea Bocelli previously announced as performers.

 

Smirnoff is the official South African sponsor of the 2015 MTV EMAs.

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