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DStv Delicious is Proudly SA

Posted by radio On July - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For the first time, an event has become a member company of the Proudly South African buy local campaign. It might have ‘International’ in its name, but the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is Proudly South African.

 

The Festival will be held once again this year at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October. Whilst some of the acts are from overseas, and the food offering represents many different countries’ cuisines, the Festival features many established as well as up-and-coming local artists and the concept and production of the event is entirely home-grown.

 

 

“When we approached Proudly South African earlier this year to become partners, they automatically assumed that our Festival was an international model that had been imported into South Africa,” said Lloyd Cornwall, Festival Director. “When they realised that the Festival has its roots firmly in South Africa, then we were able to start talking,” he added.

 

“In addition to the event providing 2 days of family entertainment, the business end of the Festival is what impressed us as a campaign,” said Proudly South African CEO, Eustace Mashimbye.  “The event represents millions of Rands in local procurement and is a significant creator of jobs both directly and indirectly which is exactly the key message we preach – buy local to create jobs. The DStv Delicious Festival team is living this message.”

 

Already committed to sourcing as many local products and services that it takes to put on a multi-million Rand event, for this year’s edition of DStv Delicious, the organisers have worked their way through Proudly South African’s database of members to procure as much as they can from those companies that are part of and support the buy local campaign.

 

From security services to a travel agent to put festival packages together, from printers to toilet roll suppliers, they are able to keep their spend almost 100% local. Their overall needs are vast from legal services, safety and security, marquees and tents, sound and structural engineers and set builders, cleaning and waste management services, uniforms, standby medical services, astro turf, hostesses and runners, amongst much else.

 

Said Chief Officer Marketing & Communications at ProudlySA, Happy MaKhumalo Ngidi, “I have been attending DStv Delicious since its inception and have always loved it, but had no idea of its origins. The passion with which it is put together and the commitment of the team not only to put on an amazing event, but to make a difference to the city and province in which it is staged, is very meaningful for Proudly South African.”

 

In addition to what they have sourced for themselves, the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival will generate revenue for local hotels, guest houses and transport companies. Forty percent of the gourmet market traders are local SMMEs, who will benefit from the exposure to 40 000 visitors, whose average spend is R2 000.

 

“The job creation figures are also staggering,” said Mashimbye. “When we looked at last year’s numbers, we saw that there were 900 crew members working for 10 days, with an additional 3 500 workers taken on for the duration of the festival. We believe that this event has an impact on SMMEs, the Gauteng economy and jobs that goes far beyond the two days that the general public experiences. It is a perfect fit with our campaign and we look forward to working with the DStv Delicious team this year and beyond.”

 

Proudly South African will have a dedicated food village at the Festival featuring a number of its members each offering something unique and of course, delicious.

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Kaya FM 95.9, home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live are excited to be bringing one of the freshest musical collaborations to the Lyric Theatre on the 29th July in the form of Stogie T (Tumi from Tumi & The Volume) and jazz collective Rebirth Of Cool – for one night of old school jazz-infused hip-hop craftsmanship.

 

The show brings audiences a completely fresh interpretation of hip-hop & soul. The addition of schooled jazz maestros Rebirth Of Cool to one of South Africa’s most established and socially conscious rappers breaks new boundaries in all traditional musical sense and takes both genres to elevated heights.

 

Stogie T is the moniker used now by one of the countries finest rappers – Tumi (ex-Tumi & The Volume). With a career that spanned over a decade, his impact as a rapper, poet, social commentator and record label owner have garnered him the respect of his peers, both locally and abroad. The birth of Stogie T has resulted in a more outspoken, uninhibited and braver mouthpiece for his generation and through his personal journey he has come to the place where he feels he creatively belongs – making art that resonates with him at this current stage in his life.

 

Rebirth of Cool is a collective that, largely inspired by Miles Davis and the post-bebop jazz era, consists of highly trained and skilled musicians that celebrate their genre through the infusion of contemporary Hip-Hop sounds with the more avant-garde notes from yesteryear. Consisting of Thandi Ntuli (piano & keys), Benjamin Jafta (Bass), Siphelelo Mazibuko (Drums), DJ Kenzhero (Turntables) and Tha Muzik, the band has been touted as being one of the country’s finest groups of improv maestros around.

 

Taking these two world-class acts and combining them for a one-night collaboration is set to be one of the greatest musical moments ever staged in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series. With special guests to be announced in the week, the show will consist of two 45-minute sets and is set to be one of the musical highlights of the year.

 

Also on board for this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, who, as new affiliates of the venture, are standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through this musical series. We are excited to grow this relationship with them.

 

29th July – 8pm

The Lyric, Gold Reef City

Ticket prices: R150 – R250 at Computicket

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SAMRO appoints Nothando Migogo as new CEO

Posted by radio On June - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation NPC (SAMRO) together with the Composers Authors and Publishers Association (CAPASSO) today jointly announced the appointment of Nothando Migogo as incoming Chief Executive Officer of SAMRO, from 1 July 2017, saying she will inject a “dynamic and focused energy” into the copyright administration society.

 

“The Boards of SAMRO and CAPASSO are  pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Nothando Migogo as the Chief Executive Officer of SAMRO”, the two bodies said in a joint statement.

 

Nothando has been CEO of CAPASSO since January 2014 and has led that organisation, together with a dynamic team, to triple digit revenue growth and crucial licensing breakthroughs. Importantly, CAPASSO initiated two key strategies: first, the integration of rights holders (composers and publishers) in the field of mechanical rights administration following years of fragmented administration and secondly, the licensing of digital music platforms in South Africa”.

 

The statement continued: “SAMRO and CAPASSO look forward to continued strategic engagement and assure all stakeholders – members, licensees and government – that the solid structures and strong relationship between CAPASSO and SAMRO will ensure that all operational and strategic processes for both organizations will benefit by a seamless transition and will continue smoothly in the future. A strong succession structure has been in place at CAPASSO for some time, and will continue to deliver the success and growth thus far achieved.”

 

The SAMRO Board said that Migogo would succeed the acting Group CEO, the Reverend Abe Sibiya. Sibiya will return to the chairmanship of the organisation once she assumes office in July, and acting chair Sibongile Khumalo will resume her position as his deputy on the SAMRO Board.

 

Migogo, who was appointed following a lengthy recruitment process, is no stranger to SAMRO. She previously served as the managing director of DALRO, a SAMRO subsidiary that administers literary, artistic and dramatic rights, serves on the board of SAMRO Foundation and more recently spearheaded the establishment of mechanical rights collecting society CAPASSO.

 

“It was at CAPASSO where Nothando’s skills, knowledge and her visionary and strategic insights became abundantly clear,” Khumalo noted this week.

 

A lawyer by training, Migogo has previously worked in educational publishing and as a tax consultant, and during her DALRO stint was named by the Mail & Guardian as one of its Top 200 Young South Africans to watch.

 

Sibiya, who was appointed to chair the SAMRO Board seven years ago, assumed the mantle of acting Group CEO when Sipho Dlamini stepped down in March 2016. He reflected that he has had to dig deep into his experience as a media executive and fuse it with lessons from the “SAMRO University” to carry out the role.

 

Over the past year, he and the executive team have focused on improving efficiencies, while accelerating transformation and BEE within the organisation. Their achievements include improving the royalty tariff payable by the public broadcaster, thereby increasing performing rights revenue for SAMRO members.

 

Commented Sibiya: “Ms Migogo is an astute and intelligent executive and a tried-and-tested professional who is credited with setting up CAPASSO from scratch. She has proved her mettle and will no doubt give a good account of herself as she steers this 55-year-old organisation with its 15 000 members. I know she will prove to be an asset to SAMRO.”

 

Added Khumalo: “Nothando is one of a growing cohort of astute young executives with a values-based attitude to leadership. We look forward to her moving SAMRO firmly along on its quest to remain an ethical and forward-looking modern organisation, and a vital player in our industry’s digital space.”

 

She said: “We have no doubt that her presence will imbue SAMRO with a dynamic and focused energy, and a youthfulness that will help us tap into our members’ needs. We look forward to an energized organization with a fresh handle on its strategic vision.”

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Mi Casa Familia is back with a bang

Posted by radio On June - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s amazing, award-winning band Mi Casa is back with a brand new album titled Familia. Familia means family, but it can also mean squad/crew in a very ‘street’ kind of way and this incredible family made up of producer, DJ,Keyboardist Dr Duda, singer/songwriter J Something and trumpeter Mo-T, are back in the scene and again eager to remind their loyal fans why they won their hearts in the first place, six years ago. With an incredible, distinct and memorable sound, fun,groovy and hearty (meaningful) lyrics, quirky (smooth)dance moves, the band has sold out shows worldwide.

But hereis something absolutely nobody knew …

 

Fourmonths ago the soulful dance band (trio) almost broke up and below the band shareshow they almost parted ways.

 

 

Familia drops on the 4th Augustwith first single “Nana” dropping on Friday 30th June. With no features, just the trio, this albumreminds you why Mi Casa is the best band in the business.

 

 

“6 years ago we were complete strangers,today we are brothers – familia.

 

6 years ago nobody knew who we were, today wehave thousands of fans all around the globe, our familia.

 

This album is all about our journey as brothers,as a band, as a group, as a team, as a movement, as a familia.

 

We did a lot of reflection on this album. A lot of looking back. A lot of digging. Because the more you grow the more complicated life becomes and you tend to lose sight of certain things. That’s why our first album played such a huge role in inspiring us when we were creating this record. We were so innocent when we made that first album, just three dudes making beats and creating melodies. We knew nothing about a “hit” or a“cross-over” song. All we knew was that we wanted to make good music. We wanted to spread good energy around our country with the gift that we believe we possess.

 

Musically on this record, we have been inspired a lot by our heritage, our culture, our countries, namely South Africa and Portugal. Before every recording session we spent an hour listening to different songs from way back, just to be inspired, to be influenced. From the old South African house classics, to traditional Portuguese music and exploring the countries that musically inspire us such as the Brazilian sound, the sounds from Cabo Verde specially the legend Cesaria Evora, and the dance scene in the UK. We have been soaking up so much music, letting it digest so that we could produce what we believe is the best music we’ve ever made.

 

“If we could get through what we got through recently, we will never break up. This album is happy, you can hear the happiness. It’s a true reflection of where we at as a familia,” Dr.Duda.

 

It’s been an interesting journey for us. Aromantic one at most. So much happiness and so many happy memories.

 

“If I were to be 100% honest with everyone, I was always worried because we never argued as a band. It was always just good vibes and if there were any issues we would sweep them under the carpet just to keep that good energy up,” J’Something.

 

But about 4 months ago we were contemplating pulling the plug on the band (the whole damn thing!). We had some arguments and really just had some issues within the team. This was such an important part in our career and as a family. Arguments within families are so common. Mother arguing with her kids. Husband arguing with his wife. Brother arguing with his sister. This is another reason why we chose the title – Familia. This is also generally the point where most bands do break up. But we were willing to communicate, to speak openly about how we felt with one another and that’s the crucial lesson for us. To stay communicating. Another important lesson is that you need to fight for the things that truly matter to you. This band is everything to us. We really believe that because we managed to get through that moment we are able to make the music that we have always dreamt of making and that’s the music that you will be hearing really soon.

 

We cannot please everyone. Not only is it too much pressure, but it’s impossible. We want to be proud of the music we make and we want to make music for you guys, the people that support and love what we do.

 

We sincerely hope you enjoy this project as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

 

You aren’t our fans anymore. You are now officially our familia.

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Bryan Adams returns to SA

Posted by radio On June - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Big Concerts confirmed today that Bryan Adams will be returning to South Africa performing in four cities as part of his Get Up World Tour. Don’t miss the chance to see Bryan Adams performing all his hits live starting in Johannesburg on 9 December at the Ticketpro Dome, 10 December at the Sun Arena, Time Square, Pretoria, 12 December at the Durban ICC and 14 December at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town. The tour is presented in partnership with South Africa’s leading entertainment provider DStv and media sponsors 94.7, CapeTalk, East Coast Radio and Channel 24.

“Our partnership with Big Concerts provides a fantastic opportunity for DStv to showcase the power of great entertainment by bringing to life our customers’ favourite music content in a multisensory experience. We are also driven by our need to thank our customers for their loyal support through such events,” commented Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, Group Head of Marketing at MultiChoice.

 

Bryan Adams is hitting the road on a global tour following the release of his thirteenth studio album Get Up! “We had a ball making this record,” Bryan Adams says of his latest record. Reunited with his original songwriting collaborator, Jim Vallance and newly connected to producer Jeff Lynne. Vallance was Bryan’s co-writer on some of the most important songs of his career: Cuts Like a Knife;” “Somebody”; “Summer of 69”; “Heaven” and “Run Top You” among half hundred others.

 

Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold over 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With hits like, “Cuts Like A Knife”, “Summer of ’69”, “Kids Wanna Rock”, “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve

 

Started”, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Open Road” and “Thought I’d Seen Everything”, Adams status as one of the great songwriter’s of our time has been solidified with a Grammy Award, 18 Juno Awards and an American Music Award. He has also been nominated for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes.

 

Adams’ outstanding live concerts have established him as one of the world’s great rock singers, performing over 120 concerts a year. Commenting on his latest album Get Up, Adams replied “I wanted to always make records that are completely true to me”.

 

Don’t miss Bryan Adams for an evening of his best hits plus songs from his latest album Get Up!

 

Tour itinerary:

 

Johannesburg

Saturday 9 December 2017

Ticketpro Dome

Tickets from R515 – R1080

 

Pretoria

 

Sunday 10 December 2017

Sun Arena, Time Square

Tickets from R515 – R1080

 

Durban

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Durban ICC

Tickets from R460 – R915

 

Cape Town

Thursday 14 December 2017

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Tickets from R575 – R1020

 

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In honour of Youth Day 2017, Deezer, the world’s most diverse, dynamic and personal music streaming service, is asking SA music fans to share their favourite Youth Day Songs. Songs that inspire, motivate, or simply celebrate the spirit of youth in South Africa.

 

To kick-start the conversation, Deezer asked its four Deezer Next artists to share their favourite Youth Day songs and to explain why in a series of short videos that can be seen here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nHfIKHdCVE&feature=youtu.be

 

Deezer Next, a recently launched global and local program, aims to identify and champion emerging talent, as well as to provide an avenue to expose emerging artists to new audiences exclusively on the Deezer platform.

 

Last month, Deezer announced its four up-and-coming South African artists, and kicked off with the first album release by Southern Wild;  soon to be followed by Dominic Neil, who will release his debut album later this month.  Raheem Kemet and Robin Thirdfloor are the remaining two South African Deezer Next artists who will be releasing albums in the near future.

 

Deezer Next represents Deezer’s commitment to the next generation of artists in South Africa, enabling a host of fresh, young new talent to reach thousands of new fans.  This diverse group of Deezer Next artists are young, talented and proudly South African and Deezer is thrilled to be part of the development of the next generation of South African music.

When asked about Youth Day, Dominic Neil selected Youth, a song by the band Daughter that holds personal significance, as it reflects the importance of protecting our young people.

 

Southern Wild chose one of their own songs, Lead Role, as they explain, “because it perfectly sums up the fact that when you’re young you have the opportunity to decide whichever path you want to take to be able to live your best life.”

 

Raheem Kemet’s selection of his track The Fire reflects his feeling that “right now music is at the centre for social change, and that music is the youth’s ‘church in the wild’,” a theme that he explores lyrically in the song.

 

Robin Thirdfloor selected DJ Fisherman’s Happy Song feat. Big Nuz and DJ Tira because it highlights what being young and carefree is all about, while still realising that as much as life can get really tough, being happy still remains a choice that you can make.

 

Deezer invites all South Africans to share their most inspiring song for Youth Day by using the #tag #DeezerYouthDay on all our social media platforms.

 

Get to know the NEXT generation of artist’s who we think are set for big things this year. Stream our official Deezer NEXT 2017: South Africa Playlist now!  http://dzr.fm/deezernextsa

 

 

DEEZER NEXT ARTISTS

Dominic Neill http://www.deezer.com/artist/4922527

Dominic Neill is a South African, Johannesburg-based pop musician who is about to break into the music scene with his bold, new, and exciting tunes. He will soon be releasing his debut album that saw him travel to Berlin to work with Flume’s world-renown producer, amongst others.

 

Raheem Kemet http://www.deezer.com/artist/8529888

Raheem Kemet is a hot young voice in the Urban Hip Hop and Live performance scene. Hailing from Durban, he represents his city well with his collage of sound and words. Raheem describes his career as “a journey through sound” and his vibe jumps right at you when you hear his distinct expressions in his music as well as through his live performance.

 

Southern Wild http://www.deezer.com/artist/11419374

Heavily focused on feel and progression, Capetonian rock group Southern Wild give absolutely everything each time they hit the stage. Every song within their set provides something unique, with each piece of music standing alone. This same energy has been translated onto their debut album and promises a journey consisting of many layers and paths to its listener, much like a wafer biscuit car on an eight lane highway.  Stream Southern Wild’s Lead Role in a Classic Horror  on Deezer now.  http://www.deezer.com/album/41230571

 

Robin Thirdfloor http://www.deezer.com/artist/11131236

Robin Thirdfloor (aka Simphiwe Nyawose) was born in Durban and started rapping as an artistic release of emotions pent up from his personal experiences of being bullied. His previous releases show emotional depth and with lyrics that communicate positivity and the importance of loving yourself and enjoying life to the fullest- his message is perfect for today.

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BET Networks revealed iconic R&B group New Edition will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 “BET Awards”. In addition, multi–Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist and singer-songwriter, Chance the Rapper, will receive the evening’s Humanitarian Award presented by Walmart. Internationally, Ilwad Elman and Yvonne Chaka Chaka will be honored with the 2017 BET International Global Good Star and Power Awards, which recognize individuals championing endeavors to positively impact change and heighten awareness in different parts of the world. This year’s broadcast marks 17 years of unexpected performances, trailblazing moments, super dope talent, and entertainment’s most provocative players. The iconic show continues to be a cultural rule breaker steeped in reinvention with some of the most memorable moments in Award show history. The “BET Awards” has set the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking broadcasts. The 2017 “BET Awards” will air on Tuesday, June 27 at 8 pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on BET Africa, in association with Russian Bear.

 

New Edition is a legendary R&B group consisting of members Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Johnny Gill. Throughout the course of their extensive musical career, New Edition released several chart-topping hits including “Candy Girl”, “Cool It Now”, and “Mr. Telephone Man” – for which they received multiple Soul Train Awards and American Music Award wins. In January 2017, BET launched The New Edition Story, a three-part miniseries that was also BET’s first scripted music-focused program. The show profiled the New Edition journey from the little-known boy band from the Orchard Park Projects of Roxbury, Massachusetts, to one of the most successful adult acts ever in the music industry. To date, New Edition has sold over 20 million records world-wide.

 

Chance the Rapper is a hip-hop artist, singer-songwriter and philanthropist who rose to popularity with his highly awarded and recognized mixtapes Acid Rap and Coloring Book.

 

Chance has consistently used his musical platform to support a number of impactful educational, social and political initiatives – positively impacting both local and national communities. In 2016, Chance worked closely with President Obama on My Brother’s Keeper Challenge, an initiative of the United States Federal Government to promote intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young men of color – working to address their unique challenges and to promote racial justice. Chance has also activity fought gun violence, leading social campaigns in his home-town Chicago. Most recently, Chance the Rapper pledged to donate $1 million to in-need Chicago Public Schools in an effort to offset the lack of government funding provided to the area.

 

Ilwad Elman is a Somali-Canadian social activist. In her work with the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center in Mogadishu, Ilwad helps to run Sister Somalia, the country’s first program providing counseling, health and housing support to victims of gender-based violence. Her efforts with Sister Somalia as well as several other organizations have helped to raise awareness locally on the issue and encouraged governmental policy changes. Ilwad’s work promoting gender equality has also brought her to the Kofi Annan Foundation’s Extremely Together initiative, which focuses on countering and preventing violent extremism. Ilwad Elman will receive the Global Good Star Award, which honors individuals who have shown extreme courage and resilience, rising to the challenge and fighting for meaningful resolve across a particular issue (or issues) and human crises impacting their community and the world.

 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa,” Yvonne is a legend in the South African popular music scene, with a 27 year career and hits such as “Umqombothi.”

 

Outside of her musical career, Yvonne is a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa; and the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. She was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund, and has established her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation, which is a member of the ACTION global health advocacy partnership. In 2012, she was the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. Yvonne Chaka Chaka is the recipient of the 2017 BET International Global Good Power Award, which recognizes individuals who have been steadfast and true to their cause(s), leveraging their artistic platform to bring visibility and provide a voice to the under-served and under-represented.

 

Ilwad and Yvonne join past Global Good honorees artist and philanthropist Akon for his Lighting Africa initiative and Tanzanian supermodel Millen Magese for her dedicated work in maternal and women health as well as the education of African girls on self-care through her Millen Magese Foundation. The Global Good honors will be awarded as a part of the BET International presentation, and will be airing in the international edition of the 2017 “BET Awards.”

 

Hosted by Leslie Jones, the “BET Awards” 2017 will include performances by Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton. The star power continues as Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Issa Rae, Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah), Trevor Noah, Robin Thede, Cari Champion and Demetrius Shipp Jr. and many others will take the stage as presenters during the 17th anniversary of the annual highly-anticipated televised event.

 

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Apple’s HomePod reinvents music in the home

Posted by radio On June - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Apple announced HomePod, a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio. Designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs, HomePod provides deep knowledge of personal music preferences and tastes and helps users discover new music. HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings. HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US.

 

At just under 7 inches tall, HomePod can be placed almost anywhere in the home and is available in white and space gray.

“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.”

 

 

HomePod delivers a perfect listening experience whether placed on a shelf, in a corner or in the center of a room.

 

HomePod is designed for voice control with an array of six microphones, so users can interact with it from across the room, even while loud music is playing. By saying, “Hey Siri, I like this song,” HomePod and Apple Music become the perfect musicologist, learning preferences from hundreds of genres and moods, across tens of thousands of playlists, and these music tastes are shared across devices. Siri can also handle advanced searches within the music library, so users can ask questions like “Hey Siri, who’s the drummer in this?” or create a shared Up Next queue with everyone in the home. HomePod, Apple Music and Siri deliver the best music experience in the home that streams ad-free directly to HomePod.

 

 

Use HomePod with Siri from across the room to listen to Apple Music, control HomeKit accessories and more.

As a home assistant, HomePod is a great way to send messages, get updates on news, sports and weather, or control smart home devices by simply asking Siri to turn on the lights, close the shades or activate a scene. When away from home, HomePod is the perfect home hub, providing remote access and home automations through the Home app on iPhone or iPad.

Audio Innovation and Advanced Technologies

At just under 7 inches tall, HomePod represents years of hardware and software innovation:

Apple-designed upward-facing woofer, paired with the custom A8 chip, enables bass management through real-time software modeling that ensures the speaker delivers the deepest and cleanest bass possible, with low distortion;

Custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters, each with its own amplifier, provides well-balanced smooth timbre as well as precise directional control of a multitude of beam shapes and sizes;

Apple-designed A8 chip provides the brains behind the advanced audio innovations;

Automatic room-sensing technology allows HomePod to quickly learn its position in a room, whether it’s in a corner, on a table or in a bookshelf, and within seconds, is perfectly optimized to deliver an immersive music listening experience wherever it is placed;

Six-microphone array with advanced echo cancellation enables Siri to understand people whether they are near the device or standing across the room, even while loud music is playing;

Siri waveform appears on the top to indicate when Siri is engaged, and integrated touch controls also allow easy navigation;

Automatic detection and balance of two speakers using both direct and reflected audio to deliver amazing audio wirelessly for an even more immersive experience; and

Easy setup that is as intuitive as setting up AirPods — simply hold an iPhone next to HomePod and it’s ready to start playing music in seconds.

Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of Apple hardware, software and services. With HomePod, only after “Hey Siri” is recognized locally on the device will any information be sent to Apple servers, encrypted and sent using an anonymous Siri identifier.

 

Pricing and Availability

HomePod will be available for $349 (US) in white and space gray starting in December initially in Australia, the UK and the US.1 HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, running iOS 11.

 

 

 

[Source:Apple.com]

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 South African born, LA based singer and songwriter, Cara Frew has just finished shooting the music video for her soon to be released single, DANCE, and is asking fans to be a part of the final video…

 

After being famously established for her hit track with Black Coffee (I’ll Find You), Cara Frew is fast becoming a household name in the Pop community.

 

Since recently performing ‘You Got Me’ with American DJ SNBRN in front of 15 000 people at Coachella earlier this year, the track has already received over 1 million plays on Soundcloud.

 

 

Cara’s newest single, ‘Dance’ is set to be released at the end of June and she is asking fans to send a snippet of themselves dancing to her newest track to stand a chance to be featured in the final music video.

 

“I wrote Dance the morning I found out that a close friend of mine was a drug addict. It made me stop and think because someone, who at least from the outside, seemed to look like he had it all together, clearly struggles within. I wanted the song to be uplifting, about making the most of your life, always looking for that silver lining and loving yourself,” says Cara.

 

The music video for ‘Dance’ was recently shot by LA based videographer Michael Booth in downtown LA against a graffiti backdrop and rooftop sunset. The music video will include snippets of Cara dancing in and around LA and will feature the winner’s dance snippet in the final edit.

 

To enter fans must email a high quality, landscape video of themselves dancing to a preview of her newest single ‘Dance’ to carafrewinfo@gmail.com before the 21st of June 2017. The preview will be available on Soundcloud.

 

For more information on how to enter fans can follow Cara Frew on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Hugh Masekela cancels show due to surgery

Posted by radio On May - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

‘HUGH MASEKELA: NO BORDERS ALBUM LAUNCH’ presented by KAYA FM AND BASSLINE LIVE cancelled

Bra Hugh’s management confirmed today that due to his upcoming surgery, and subsequent recovery period, his performances will be cancelled for the foreseeable future. This includes the Sunday, June 11th, Kaya FM & Bassline Live Present show at the Lyric Theatre. This performance was rescheduled as a Sunday matinee replacement for the previously postponed Friday, April 14th show at The Lyric.

 

What follows is the issued statement:

“Hugh fell and dislocated his right shoulder on the 7th April whilst in Morocco, and the fall exacerbated an old injury that Hugh sustained in 1993.  This caused the initial rescheduling of the NO BORDERS album launch.

In the subsequent recovery period the shoulder has not healed properly and this has necessitated a minor operation on Monday June 5th to repair tendon and ligament damage.

After the operation the doctor has insisted that Hugh take an 8-week hiatus from ALL activity, to allow the shoulder to fully recover.  This means no rehearsals or performances, no long-distance travel, no carrying or lifting of any kind and regular, weekly, physiotherapy.

In view of these conditions Hugh will only be able to return to the stage after Tuesday, August 1, 2017. High is disappointed to let his fans down, but his health is a top priority.”

 

We fully support Bra Hugh in his decision to put his health first and wish him a speedy recovery. We look forward to hosting him on our stage soon.

 

Full refunds will be given via Computicket to all fans who have purchased tickets.

 

Stay tuned for forthcoming announcements as Bassline Live and Kaya FM continue to bring you the best that South African music has to offer at the Lyric Theatre at Gold reef City.

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