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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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Calling all #DelishFestFaithfuls for the biggest, best ever and most fabulous DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, presented by Nedbank. It’s back for the fourth year over two days 8-9 October, with the main headline act for Sunday, 9 October being none other than The Jacksons.

Following a short reunion of the band in 2010 for the Unity Tour the group played its last show together on December 9, 2010 in Osaka, Japan.  The previous reunion of the band, nearly 17 years after the group originally disbanded, was in September 2001 – at which time all six Jackson brothers reunited for two performances at Madison Square Garden for a 30th anniversary special commemorating


The “King of Pop”, last played in South Africa during the HIStory Tour at King’s Park Stadium, Durban, nineteen years ago, on October 15, 1997, but this will mark the first ever performance of the original Jackson brothers as a group in South Africa


“October 9th 2016 will be historic: in our 50th anniversary year, it is the first time The Jacksons will unite to perform in South Africa. We couldn’t be more excited to close out the amazing DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival. South Africans are a great musical people and we can’t wait to see Johannesburg come out and rock with us!”said Jackie Jackson


This is a once in a lifetime chance to enjoy your biggest all-time Jackson favourite hits like ‘Can you feel it’ and ‘ABC’ in a live outdoor setting with gourmet food and VIP hospitality options.


OnSaturday, fans can enjoyGrammy Award winning Producer/Artist/DJ, “Little” Louie Vega of Elements of Life fame. Elements of Life is a combinationofJazz, Latin, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Blues, Brazilian and World Music all woven with Vega’s golden touch as part of his critically acclaimed live orchestral project which was released in 2013.


Big billings on Saturday’s main stage line-up also goes to Arrested Development,Rollingstone Magazine’s band of the year in 1992, who went on to collect two Grammy Awards in 1993 for Best New Artist & Best Rap Single (Album Tennessee). They were the first and last rap group to date to win the Grammy’s coveted Best New Artist award.


South Africa’s triple platinum selling trio, Mi Casa, will be one of the headlining acts on the main stage. The award winning group shot to fame in 2011 with “These Streets”, and has continued to reach new heights with every single and album released since. Their unique and relatable sound has ensured they keep the number one spot on South African radio charts; their latest single “Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend” being the number 1 most Shazam’ed song in South Africa for 6 consecutive weeks. Their broad popularity has ensured that they perform at sold out concerts all over the world: from Portugal, to Canada, to Holland and Kenya to name a few. They are now focused on tapping into more of their African market with their tour Mi Casa UNLOCK Africa. Mi Casa’s music transcends boundaries, inspiring every listener to dance and sing along.


De La Soul rounds out Saturday’s performance. The original hip hop triofrom New York City, who besides their musical style delivered us the iconic rapper style of baggy pants and hiker boots, also went platinum in the US and UK on their debut album ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ in 1989.  This original rapper groupbrought us top hits such as ‘Ring ring ring’ and ‘Me Myself and I’. Since the 80s they have continued to influence many other rap and hip hop artists.


Sunday sees Louie Vega and Elements of Life on the main stage again.  They are joined by SA music star Lira – the multi-platinum selling and 11-times SAMA-winning afro-soul vocalist who refers to her music as “a fusion of soul, funk, elements of jazz and African soul” – and Roy Ayers.  Ayers, known as the “The Godfather of Neo Soul”, is a pioneer of jazz-funk and is a key figure in acid jazz which is a mixture of jazz into hip-hop and funk. He is most well-known for his signature compositions “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” and “Searchin” and is famous for having more sampled hits by rappers than any other artist.


For a local flavour, our home-grown jazz and afro-pop vocalist Judith Sephuma will help to get you in the mood for the big act of the weekend.  Sephuma is known as South Africa’s “Best Jazz Vocalist” having won this title at the Old Mutual ‘Jazz into the Future’competition.


“The DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, presented by Nedbank, is the biggest and best of its kind in South Africa. This year is no exception. Ultimately, our sponsorship of the festival helps us to build meaningful relationships with our stakeholders, especially our loyal customers. For the first time in the festival’s history, DStv customers will receive an exclusive 20% discount on tickets to the festival. DStv customers can use their customer number to redeem their discount on the ticketing page from 29 June – 3 July. Come enjoy the amazing DStv Delicious Festival 2016 with us, More information on the DStv customer discount can be found on” says Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, General Manager Marketing for MultiChoice.


DStv Delicious takes place this year for the first time at the 73ha 55-year old Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit that has recently undergone a massive multimillion-Rand upgrade. The prime location, international recognition, world-class facilities, along with its nine entry and exit points make Kyalami the perfect venue choice.

The main stage will offer live performances presenting iconic music artists, while the Kaya FM Dance Stage will present a line-up of some of the hottest local and international DJs available.

Couple all this to the Nedbank Green Wine Garden, a decadent food marketoffering the finest foods and delicacies, great gourmet chef food restaurants, includingReuben Riffel, J’Something, Sarah Graham, Somizi, Callie-Anne andLet’s Call it Brunch Banquet, and a bigger and better than ever DStv Kid Zone.

With multiple entrances and exits, a central location and oodles of parking, Kyalami will be a superb location for the DStv Delicious Food & Music Festival and with over 40,000 festival-goers expected overtwo days it looks set to be a festival weekend of a lifetime.

Gates will open at 10am each day; patrons can bring their own camping chairs and umbrellas. Nopicnic baskets, drinks or alcoholare allowed through the gates.Nedbank will provide ATM cash machines, but organisers advise visitors to plan and bring cash.


Tickets are available from

General Access Day Pass: R475

General Access Weekend Pass: R810

Kids Zone: R100

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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New faces of MOSHITO 2016 revealed

Posted by radio On June - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition is coming into the 2016 instalment dressed in fresh threads and full of attitude. Fronted by a sassy new combo of ambassadors and sporting the theme The Revolution Could Not Be Televised, Moshito 2016 is all about the here, now, and relevant…revisited.

Faces of Moshito 2016After a successful run with last year’s ambassadors, kwela legend Lemmy “Special” Mabaso and hip hop grandmaster Emile YX?, the faces of Moshito 2016 are proof that the South African creative industry is vast and varied.


Enter to centre stage Rodger Lucey and Gigi LaMayne, the brand new ambassadors for Moshito 2016! This unlikely pairing is just the kind of fusion that shows off the diversity of Mzansi’s lekker richness and how arts unite all in their diversity.



Lucey, 62, is a musician, journalist, film maker, actor and educator. During the late 1970s and early 1980s his career as a musician was brutally curtailed by the South African Bureau of State Security as a result of Lucey’s protest songs being considered a “threat to the Apartheid State”. Although the Government was already aware of his anti-apartheid songs, the South African security apparatus only swung into action to wipe out Lucey’s career after he performed his “radical” songs, Lungile Tabalaza, Cross Roads and Thabane, on the Voice of America radio programme in 1979.


His young counterpart on Moshito, LaMayne, is a new generation female emcee who stormed her way into the male-dominated genre with the sassy song Ice Cream. Previously a struggling unsigned artist, Lamayne now sits pretty in the company of giant fellow stablemates Khuli Chana, Thembi Seete, Ms Cosmo, Muzart, and Major League DJz among other big names under Dream Team SA.

Her career is barely out of its infancy stage, and already she is a four time South African Hip Hop Awards winner, winning Best Female for two consecutive years (2013 and 2015), as well as winning Best Mixtape and Best Newcomer in 2013 and the Jack Daniels hip-hop competition in 2014 .

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Every year, the million-rand question at the South African Music Awards is: What’s in the bag? This year, it’s a R1.6-million question, because that’s how much the cool stuff in the coveted celebrity goodie bags is collectively worth.

On-stage presenters and live performers at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards will be rewarded for their efforts with complimentary goodie bags crammed with to-die-for swag – from exclusive beauty products to designer shades and sneakers, and from smooth-as-silk Scotch to funky socks and even bra lifts.

SAMA 22 Goodie Bag pic

Ever wondered how it feels to live like a bona fide star – the products they use, the brands they love, the food and beverages they party up a storm with? For those who fancy living vicariously through the 160 dynamic #SAMA22 performers and presenters, here’s an inside glimpse of what they’ll sashay away with after the awards ceremony at the Durban ICC this Saturday, 4 June 2016.

Each goodie bag will sport a pair of luxurious Ray-Bans – sunglasses that, over the past eight decades, have proved indispensable for cultural icons who don’t merely want to be seen… they want to be noticed.


Those shades will certainly come in handy after our lucky goodie bag recipients have tucked into their exclusive gifts from a C-Squared branded tie, bow tie and handkerchief to blended Scotch whisky Chivas Regal, premier wine estate Spier, and fine wine and spirit merchants Norman Goodfellows


They can freshen up again with Vita Coco, a refreshing, natural cocount water, as well as mugfuls of heavenly, piping-hot coffee courtesy of Album of the Year sponsor Nescafé. The nation’s movers and shakers will also be able to tackle the inevitable post-party munchies with lashings of scrumptious Häagen-Dazs – the essence of REAL ice cream – and Steers’ trademark flame-grilled burgers.


They’ll also score trendy Millé sports gear to look fabulous on and off the field, as well as Converse footwear – the only sneaker defined by those who wear them. Why not pair them with Stance Socks – a product as imaginative and individualistic as their people who wear it, like Will Smith and Rihanna?


In keeping with the music theme, there’s a special treat in the bag from Rocka, whose premium headphones and earphones are designed in collaboration with SA’s top music icons.


Feeling a bit flabby and saggy? The fitness programmes offered by Body 20 Studio deliver a stronger, fitter you in only 20 minutes per week. Plus, an unusual addition to the goodie bags is a nifty little handbag essential from Best Breast – instant adhesive breast lifts that mean you can kiss your bra goodbye!


Celebs need the ultimate in pampering and grooming products to help them rock all those red carpets, and the bags will be bulging with products and vouchers from the Beauty Factory (luxurious bath and body ranges at an affordable price), Beauty Fix (a recently launched South African skincare brand that the nation’s beauty editors are already raving about), Black Opal (cosmetics and skincare products for men and women of colour), Mizani (hairscare and styling products for natural and relaxed hair) and Candi & Co (a hair and beauty salon that wants you to #ownit).


Also helping our stars look sensational are brands such as Lip-Ice (the original lipcare product that’s been looking after South African lips since before you can remember), Malia Nail Care (which goes beyond nail polish to create a fashionable nail wardrobe), Smile Phela (to help you get that winning smile), SOHO (New York-style beauty and grooming) and Swiitch (a South African online beauty store founded by 15-year-old entrepreneur Rabia Ghoor in 2015).


After being showered with all these desirable gifts from leading brands, is it any wonder that Mzansi’s most dazzling and debonair performers and presenters look like a million bucks?


Don’t miss all the excitement and live entertainment of the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards on Saturday 4 June 2016, celebrating the crème de la crème of South African music talent. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8pm. Tickets for the live show are available at Computicket, starting at R350.

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Joyous Celebration heads to North West

Posted by radio On June - 2 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Since its inception, MTN Joyous Celebration, has successfully managed to deliver unparalleled quality productions to millions of fans across the globe. From their majestic vocals and harmonies, to their signature dance moves and world class costumes, the internationally acclaimed gospel sensation continues to form a huge part of South Africa’s musical landscape.



Following the success of their performances in both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, MTN Joyous celebration will once again deliver another stellar concert in the North West which carries the unique Joyous sounds through the musical guidance of its founding members, Lindelani Mkhize, Jabu Hlongwane and Mthunzi Namba.

MTN_Joyous_Celebrations_Show_Durban_26_July_2014_03Now in the fourth leg of their much-awaited national tour, MTN Joyous Celebration is heading to the North West on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 for a not to be missed one-night-only performance of their latest album release titled, Joyous 20.



From traditional Gospel to Avant-garde, Jazz and Rock, North West fans can look forward to a spiritually charged evening of praise and worship.



“Over the past 20 years, MTN Joyous Celebration concept has managed to build a legacy that has inspired several young aspiring musicians. And what better way to celebrate our very own talented young voices in the ensemble than on the eve of June 16, when the whole country will commemorate the youth of 1976. We’re looking forward to the youth in Mafikeng coming in their numbers to celebrate with us in song and dance as we reflect on our own successes”, commented Lindelani Mkhize.



“MTN Joyous Celebration 20 Tour has instilled pride and joy for us as partners. As we bring yet another exciting performance in North West, we are looking forward to interacting with the customers and rewarding them. We have no doubt that they will come in numbers to support the best of South African music talent”, added Larry Annetts: Chief Consumer Officer at MTN SA.



Tickets to the North West concert which is taking place at the Mmabatho Convention Centre on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 at 19h30 are now available at Computicket from R200.



Join the conversation on MTN Joyous Celebration social platforms; Facebook: My Joyous Celebration and Twitter: @JoyousSA

Tour Date
Mmabatho Convention Centre, James Moroka Drive, Mmabatho
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 at 19:30 PM


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Nominees for BET Awards 2016 announced

Posted by radio On May - 31 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

BET Africa, part of Viacom’s African multimedia entertainment portfolio, today announced the nominations for the 2016 “BET Awards” taking place at Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, California, on Sunday 26 June, and premiering across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00 CAT.

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Recognising the growing international appeal of African contemporary artists, eight African artists have been honoured in the BET Awards. Leading the charge for South African music are hip hop giants AKA and Cassper Nyovest and dance/house legend Black Coffee, while Nigeria is represented by Wizkid (winner of the award in 2012) and Afro-pop diva, Yemi Alade.  East African sensation Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Ghana’s dancehall/R&B queen Mzvee and Cote D’Ivoire’s Coupé Decalé star Serge Beynaud round out the nominees for Africa.


Drake leads the list of entertainers nominated at this year’s awards with an impressive nine nominations including “Best Male Hip Hop Artist”, “Video of Year”, and “Best Collaboration” for his hit “Where Ya At” with fellow hip hop artist Future. Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods each with Beyoncé scoring nominations in “Best Female R&B/Pop Artist”, “Video of the Year”, and “Best Collaboration” for “Feeling Myself” with Nicki Minaj. Rihanna is in the running for awards including “Best Female R&B/Pop Artist”, “Video of the Year” and “Best Collaboration” for “Work” featuring Drake. Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards including “Best Male R&B/Pop Artist”, while Chris Brown is also nominated in four categories including “Best Male R&B/Pop Artist” and “Video Director of the Year”.  Future could also walk away with four awards, including one for “Best Male Hip Hop Artist”.


Created in 2001, the BET Awards recognizes artists, entertainers, athletes and philanthropists across 20+ categories (nominees in further categories including “Best New Act: Viewer’s Choice”, and “Global Good” to be revealed at a later date).   This year’s broadcast celebrates 16 years of spectacular BET Awards performances, must-see moments, outstanding talent, and exquisite music, which has set the standard for music awards with highlights such as Alicia Keys performing during the PrinceLifetime Achievement Award” tribute (2010) and Michael Jackson taking the stage with James Brown (2003), to Beyoncé performing a lap dance for Terrence Howard (2005) and the reuniting of The Fugees (2005).


“Now in its sixteenth year, the BET Awards continues to honour some of today’s biggest names in music and entertainment along with legends in the industry,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Programming. “The nominees this year represent an incredible array of artists and exceptional athletes who inspire their fans around the globe.”


The complete list of nominees for the 2016 “BET Awards” are:


Best International Act: Africa





MZVEE (Ghana)





Best Female R&B/Pop Artist







Best Male R&B/Pop Artist







Best Group







Best Collaboration







Best Male Hip Hop Artist




  1. COLE




Best Female Hip Hop Artist







Video of the Year







Video Director of the Year







Best New Artist







Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award








Best Actress







Best Actor







YoungStars Award







Best Movie







Subway Sportswoman of the Year







Subway Sportsman of the Year







Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award








Centric Award







Best International Act UK








To vote for your favourite artist, please go from 20 May to 2 June 2016.



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Mini presents a one night exclusive show with Goldfish live in concert at The Tin Factory in the heart of Johannesburg, Kramerville.

goldTheir North American tour is about to kick off and, while it may seem like their latest hit is cemented into the airwaves, getting hold of Goldfish is a slippery task.
Imagine a montage of club dance floors across the globe set to the soundtrack of that unmistakable Goldfish groove. barely time to take it all in before jetting from one festival to the next, and you get the idea – it’s been a frenetic few month, or some would argue a frenetic 10 years for one of South Africa’s most successful musical exports.


“Yeah, it’s been a crazy year,” agrees Dominic Peters, one half of the twosome, who’s responsible for keyboards, double bass, groove box and production.
Sharing the production side of things is his sonic sidekick David Poole, who also brings tenor and soprano sax, samplers, effects, mixing and engineering to the partnership.


You get the sense, though, that they’re not complaining – it’s a lifestyle that has become second nature to the apparently tenaciously laid-back Capetonians.

“We’ve been touring like mad and playing some incredible shows and festivals overseas. By May it suddenly hit us we’d already been to five continents. We haven’t managed to make it to Antarctica… yet.”


The two agree that playing for a home crowd is a special experience. “South Africa is our home country,” says Dom, “and we are lucky to have great support from home.”


Goldfish live defies everything audiences think they know about dance music, bringing an authenticity to a genre whose live facets are steeped in controversies around buttonpushing.


“When people walk out of the club after our show we want them to have a warmth – a stoke – that they didn’t have when they walked in. We don’t try to bully a crowd into our musical agenda; it’s about co-creating an awesome vibe and at the same time slipping in some new music they might not know yet. They still get what they wanted, but you’ve also given them something more, something they didn’t know they wanted,” says Dave.



Don’t miss the chance to see this international standard South African act on home soil!


DATE: Saturday 4th June 2016
TIME: 5pm – 10pm
ADDRESS: 20 Archimedes Street, Johannesburg

General Access Tickets – R250
This is strictly a limited capacity show.

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South African music is exploding on global stages thanks to trailblazers such as DJ sensation Black Coffee, who will be presented with the sought-after International Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards.

Black Coffee 2#SAMA22 organisers RiSA have announced that Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, will be honoured for flying the South African music flag loudly and proudly across the world at this year’s awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 4 June 2016, at the Durban ICC.


The Durban-born SA music icon in the making has had a dream year by anyone’s standards which has seen him take the world’s dance capital of Ibiza by storm as well as criss-crossing the globe on a 17 country tour that spanned four continents over five months. This tour included dates in North America.


The profile and popularity of the Afropolitan house whizz and ace producer continues to soar on global stages. This year, Black Coffee ramped up his touring schedule, delivering more headline-grabbing performances at some of the world’s leading festivals, including a monster set at Coachella in California in April.


The rollercoaster year of career milestones and a skyrocketing international reputation was capped off by Black Coffee being chosen to grace the cover of MixMag – the first African DJ to have this honour – and being named the authoritative dance music magazine’s Star of the Year.


As if that weren’t enough, he scooped the Dance Nation of the Year Award for South Africa and Best Breakthrough Artist Award at Ibiza’s prestigious DJ Awards last year – and was featured by dance luminary Pete Tong on his popular BBC1 radio show.


Of his prestigious 22nd Annual South African Music Awards accolade, Black Coffee said, “I’m truly honoured by this great gesture. What makes it really special for me is that from the beginning I’ve always wanted to follow in the footsteps of Bra Hugh Masekela, Johnny Clegg, DJ Mbuso, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Busi Mhlongo, the late Lucky Dube and Miriam Makeba to name a few. These are people who strongly believed South African Music and Culture was not inferior, but even more special because of our diverse cultures. As a proud South African, I urge our youth to understand that the future of our country is in their hands, to leave the past behind, know that they can be anything they want to be and the World is their oyster. Trust Your Dopeness. This wouldn’t be possible without my amazing team at Soulistic Music, Real Tone Agency and William Morris Agency. I dedicate this award to my beautiful Wife Mbalenhle and my children who allow me to continue chase my dreams. Thank you to the powers that be at the SAMAs for this Honour.”


This multiple South African Music Awards winner has bagged four #SAMA22 nominations, including in the hotly contested categories of Album of the Year (for Pieces of Me) and Best Male Artist, and shows no signs of slowing down in setting international dancefloors ablaze with his potent brew of homegrown dance grooves.


Black Coffee will be presented with the International Achievement Award during the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards, to be held at the Durban ICC on Saturday 4 June 2016. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8pm. Tickets for the live spectacle are available at Computicket, starting at R350.


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MTN Bushfire 10 years of #BRINGYOURFIRE

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is turning 10 and is celebrating with an amazing line-up of regional and international artists, along with the multitude of arts and cultural activities that make up the annual MTN Bushfire experience.


2016bushMTN Bushfire is also proud to celebrate 10 years of #BRINGYOURFIRE – the inspired call to action that encourages proactive and individual contributions to social change.  The creative programme of workshops, discussions, art exhibitions and guest speakers enable platforms for conversation and debate to better understand the issues surrounding us, from community level challenges to global concerns.


For the last three years MTN Bushfire has run a Live Online Dialogue during the festival, replicating the open space of the festival online and actively encouraging our audience, artists, sponsors and partners to engage around the theme of ‘Bring Your Fire’.


To celebrate our 10th anniversary, MTN Bushfire will countdown to the festival with 10 days of live online dialogues – an open invitation to bring to life #BRINGYOURFIRE. Festival goers, partners, sponsors and interested parties are encouraged to become active participants in these live online dialogues in the lead-up to this year’s festival.


Each day will focus on a different theme or aspect of Bushfire’s history in the last decade including Arts and Design, Swazi Tourism, Gone Rural, Young Heroes, Environmental Impact, Arts Round Table, Artistic Collaborations, and more.


Festival Founder and Director Jiggs Thorne has this to say on the 10th anniversary edition of MTN Bushfire: “MTN Bushfire has illuminated and inspired over the last ten years and in the process has become a celebrated African festival. Through our ideals and our actions we continue to explore and redefine the typical festival formula. In doing this we ask questions of ourselves, of artists, and of our audiences: How best do we shape the Festival we have created, and what do we want to say? What role should the arts play in our society? How do we become Practical Dreamers? Exploring these questions defines our festival and is the real spirit that people take away!”


The Live Online Dialogue runs for 10 days from 18 to 27 May, from 2pm to 4pm on each day apart from the Arts Round Table on 27 May, when the conversation will be continued all day throughout the day’s programme.



18 May – Gone Rural boMake – #BoMake

19 May – Young Heroes – #YoungHeroes

20 May – Environmental Sustainability – #GreenYourFire

21 May – Legacy Project – #BushfireLegacy

22 May – Arts, crafts, food & design – #TradingFair

23 May – Arts Education – #Arts4All

24 May – Creative Economy – #CultureFixSD

25 May – Swazi Arts Development – #SeriouslySwazi

26 May – MTN Bushfire Collaborations – #BushfireCollabs

27 May – Arts Round Table – #ART2016


These conversations will be hosted on MTN Bushfire’s Twitter feed (@bushfirefest). Each day, a conversation topic, including a hashtag, will be pinned to the feed. Use #WeAre10 and daily discussion hashtags to join the conversation on Twitter




Gone Rural BoMake – 18 May

Gone Rural, inspired by 750 women weavers, is a revolutionary leader in social enterprise and rethinks and transforms craft, taking it to new heights globally. Through its community-led approach it seeks to empower communities through capacity building and access to information. Programs provide access to basic services; health, education, community development, water, sanitation & hygiene. The discussion will look at the importance of social enterprise within the Swaziland environment and beyond.


Young Heroes – 19 May


Since the very first MTN Bushfire, the festival has donated to Young Heroes, a child sponsorship programme that assists Swaziland’s orphan families to stay together by funding essentials such as food and clothing.  MTN Bushfire is fiercely committed to promoting HIV prevention with emphasis on condom use, HIV testing and facilitating dialogue about Social Behaviour Change. This dialogue will look at the progress to date and the path forward.


Environmental  Sustainability – 20 May

As people become increasingly aware and concerned about the environmental impact of human activities, many events have taken the proactive choice to become focus points for environmental awareness and activism. MTN Bushfire is one such festival, and has instituted various recycling, energy-saving and tree-planting programmes within the broader festival. On site, The Barn is a space dedicated to dialogue and exploration of current social issue and environmental issues in Swaziland. MTN Bushfire is also hosting an activation by Sunshine Cinema, the international network of solar-powered cinemas, this year.  A lively dialogue will engage on these initiatives as well as address the larger environmental issues relevant to the region.


MTN Bushfire Legacy Project – 21 May

This year MTN Bushfire launched the Legacy Project, an annual community outreach programme aiming to promote skills sharing within our local community and ultimately to ensure more local participation at MTN Bushfire itself. Sponsored by Rhodes Food Group, the project involves youth from Malkerns, Mahlanya and Luyengo on a two-week creative workshop journey. Facilitated by Pelepele the participating team will create five giant puppets and two skits on positive social behavioural change messaging provided by Lusweti. This annual project seeks to inspire sustained community involvement in MTN Bushfire and ultimately develop a local performing arts troupe that creates year round.



Arts, Crafts, Food & Design – 22 May

The MTN Bushfire Marketplace exists to spark creativity and exchange and is an ethical consumers’ dream, with each company or artisan contributing in a positive way to the environment and their communities. Ethical arts, crafts, design and food will spark an interesting discussion on their impact directly on Tourism Swaziland, as well as the economic and environmental aspects of the festival.


Arts Education – 23 May

By presenting creative performances, workshops, educational seminars and interactive outreach programmes for participants from primary and high schools, as well as teachers throughout the country, MTN Bushfire brings to light the importance of the arts and underlines the various ways of using arts education to empower students through knowledge, self-expression, comprehensive sexual health education and individualized action. A discussion around the role of the arts in education and its many benefits will take place on this day.


Creative Economy  (including Tourism) – 24 May

An independent study conducted by the Danish Centre for Cultural Development (DCCD) concluded that typically for every SZL1 spent by MTN Bushfire, SZL6 is generated for the Swazi economy. In 2015 this equated to some E33 million generated for the local economy through external businesses benefitting from the increase in tourism. What is the best way to showcase Swaziland’s attractions? How important is tourism to Swaziland’s development? Who sees the benefits of tourism, and how can the arts sector play a positive developmental role in the Swazi context? This dialogue will unpack these numbers and look at the long term and sustainable impacts of the festival.


Swazi Arts Development – 25 May

In conjunction with Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture, MTN Bushfire seeks to showcase emerging talent. Since MTN Bushfire’s inception, numerous opportunities have been offered to empower and promote local artists. Over 800 local artists have performed at MTN Bushfire over the years with several acts moving on to become well known performers, including Bholoja, PelePele, Nomzamo, Nancy G, and Flow E among others. Join some of these artists to discuss the state of the Swazi music scene and ideas for the way forward.


Artistic collaborations – 26 May

Artistic collaborations between local and international artists are a crucial part of MTN Bushfire’s programmes. The value of artistic collaboration lies in the mutual respect and exposure created, as well as the seeding of new and interesting ideas, the creation of unique art and the development of artists. This dialogue will look at the importance of collaboration in supporting and promoting local artists.


Arts Round Table – 27 May

MTN Bushfire’s Arts Round Table provides interaction with top industry professionals on how to succeed in the performing arts. Join us in an engaging discussion with some of the region’s arts professionals and experts.  This year’s guest speaker is DJ Zinhle, while the programme will also include presentations from local hip-hop duo Siyinqaba, the African Music Development Programme and Music in Africa.

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Three Music Icons Honoured at #SAMA22

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In celebration of Africa Month, the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards is posthumously honouring music legends Nana Coyote and Bhekumuzi Luthuli, as well as folk rock icon Roger Lucey, with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Ahead of the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards on Saturday the 4th June 2016 at the Durban ICC, organisers RiSA have unveiled the list of industry pioneers to pay homage to the depth and richness of South Africa’s music heritage.

The late Nana Coyote was born Tsietsi Daniel Motijoane in 1955, and sadly passed away in 2010 – but not before making a strong imprint on the South African music scene with his distinctive growling vocals and electrifying live performances. His signature throaty howls would earn him the nickname “Coyote”, which fans took one step further – dubbing him “The Wild Dog”.

Nana Coyote

As a young man, Coyote entered professional music with Sharpeville outfit Black Five before going into exile in Lesotho in 1980. There, he joined the group Uhuru, now known as Sankomota.

His big break came when the group Ozila asked him to sing on their hit I’m Suffering, which was followed by an equally successful duet with Steve Kekana on Take Your Love, considered a South African classic. Soon afterwards, Ray Phiri asked Coyote to sing on the Stimela track Whispers in the Deep, which went on to become a massively popular chart-topper.

Therafter, he became a familiar face in the Stimela line-up and sang on a number of the band’s albums, including as lead singer, while also purusing a successful solo career. As a live performer, his credits include performing alongside the O’Jays, Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading and the Commodores.

Roger Lucey (born 1954) is a singer-songwriter, journalist, filmmaker, actor and educator whose career as a budding musician was cut cruelly short by the security police in the early 1980s when his protest songs were deemed a threat to the apartheid regime: his voice was effectively silenced.



Such was the devasating effect on Lucey that he was reduced to working as a doorman and barman at one of the venues where he had performed at the height of his career.

He went on to work as a roadie and sound technician and covered international war zones as a WTN news cameraman for 10 years before calling it quits, suffering from post-traumatic stress. This highly regarded and much-loved folk music troubadour went on to pubish a memoir, Back in From the Anger, and recently made a long-awaited music comeback with Now is the Time, his first studio album in 30 years.

Lucey still performs regularly and currently divides his time between his teaching work in North Carolina and his hometown of Cape Town.

Bhekumuzi Luthuli remains one of South Africa’s biggest-selling maskandi musicians ever, who sold more than a million records and notched up almost a dozen platinum and double platinum releases. He died, aged just 48, in 2010.

Bhekumuzi 1

Born in the KwaZulu-Natal town of KwaMaphumulo, near Stanger, he showed early musical promise as a boy when he began making traditional Zulu music on a home-made guitar. Luthuli joined Durban-based mbaqanga band Oshimi in the early 1980s, parting ways with them after two albums to forge a successful solo career.

He could hardly have imagined quite how successful he would become, however: the prolific maskandi king won SAMA Awards as well as many other accolades, and notched up the incredible feat – almost unheard of for a South African musician – of selling a million units over the course of 23 albums.

One of South Africa’s true music superstars, Luthuli was known for telling beautiful stories through his songs, making an enduring contribution to the country’s traditional music canon.

Black Coffee is the recipient of the International Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement and International Achievement awards will be presented during the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards, to be held at the Durban ICC on Saturday 4 June 2016. The ceremony will be broadcast live on SABC1 from 8pm. Tickets for the live spectacle are available at Computicket, starting at R350.

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