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MTN Bushfire is thrilled about the amazing uptake of early bird tickets for MTN Bushfire 2018 that went on sale on Tuesday, 5th September. The full festival main arena tickets SOLD OUT in less than 2 hours after release! This record-breaking response from MTN Bushfire fans reflects the major increase in interest in the festival from across Africa and the globe.

Full price tickets are now on sale online only. Please note that there are currently no physical tickets on sale and fans can only purchase tickets digitally.  Bushfire encourages everyone to book tickets early to avoid disappointment as tickets for MTN Bushfire have sold out for the past three years.

 

MTN Bushfire 2018 tickets prices:

 

TICKET OPTIONS PRICES
Full Fest Main Arena 780
Full Fest Golden Lounge 1550
Full day/Full Fest Children 230

 

Make sure to book your tickets now for one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” as listed by CNN and named “Top African Festival” by BBC.

 

Pre-sale tickets are available via the MTN Bushfire website www.bush-fire.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire.

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The Los Angeles based DISCOP organisation is excited to announce a new programme, dubbed DISCORE, that will bring the world of music production closer to the African editions of the DISCOP Film, Television, Digital Content Markets.

 

With the inaugural event to kick off at Côte d’Ivoire during the next Abidjan edition of DISCOP (29|31 May 2018), DISCORE will be co-organised with Nairobi-based PHAT! Music & Entertainment – a celebrated authority on African music since 1999, under its social enterprise arm, ONGEA! Africa.

 

DISCORE will be launched at DISCOP Johannesburg, taking place from 25th – 27th October 2017, at the Sandton Convention Centre.

 

Designed as a knowledge-transfer and matchmaking programme, DISCORE will specifically target African-based creative, production, and technical experts from within the expanding Pan-African music industry.

 

These African music producers and experts will be offered the unique opportunity to learn from the pros, as well as to build relationships with international music supervisors and film, television & digital content producers seeking original songs and scores that can accompany entertainment content destined for global audiences.

 

Given the ever-increasing range and diversity of audiences, the selection of music for content is playing an increasingly decisive and important role in establishing atmosphere, tone, and even the appeal of original content.

 

“The conflation of the music, film, television & digital content industries continues at a rapid pace as storytelling recipes change to adapt to the commercial imperatives of an increasing global market for diversified content”, explains Patrick Zuchowicki, General Manager of DISCOP.

 

Founding Director of ONGEA! Africa – Mike Strano, concurs: “It is clear that within this global context, the time is right for African music creators and producers to stake their claim, as the demand for more original scores, and particularly for African sounds, is rising fast.”

 

This increased appetite for African sounds is demonstrated by the growing number of collaborations with African artists hitting the global airwaves.  From the likes of Britain’s Ed Sheeran collaborating with Ghanaians Fuse ODG and KillBeatz on “Bibia Be Ye Ye” that has over 37 million views on YouTube, the 2016 Collaboration between the highly acclaimed Canadian Hip-Hop sensation Drake and Nigeria’s Wizkid on “One Dance” that became one of the top selling songs globally to the 2017 hit from Tanzanian artist Diamond Platnumz and American RnB Superstar Ne-Yo, “Marry You,” African artists and sounds are reaching new heights.

 

Other developments such as content streaming are also adding to this demand, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) 2017 report, the global music market grew by 5.9% in 2016, with streaming as the clear driver of this growth due to a 60% increase in revenue. Interestingly, there was a 334% growth of streaming in Africa, driven by increased smartphone penetration on the continent and forward-thinking partnerships between tech companies and music corporates.

 

The IFPI further reported that the global music synchronisation market grew by 7% in 2015, and by another 2.8% in 2016. Midem 2016 even featured a panel exclusively dedicated to African music, entitled: Tapping into Africa – an Emerging Music Sector, that echoed the sentiment that there is a growing global demand for African music and its licensing.

 

The time, therefore, is now for DISCORE – a unique platform that will bring together all relevant players in the industry for a focused B2B meeting and business environment.

 

DISCORE will be an interactive experience, bridging the worlds of music and filmed content, to:

  • Give creative, production and technical experts in Africa’s music industry a unique chance to break into the global content production market, while learning from the world’s most visionary entrepreneurs.
  • Provide key music supervisors, from the global film, television, digital content and advertising industries, unparalleled access to creative and production talent in Africa, with a proven aptitude to captivate the ears of multi-cultural audiences.

 

From 2018, all DISCOP African markets will include a full-day DISCORE programme,that will provide participants with valuable, actionable information and tools, along with unparalleled access to networking and meetings.

 

The proposed programme will include:

  1. Knowledge-transfer:Designed expressly for composers, music publishers, independent producers, agents and lawyers, as well as for recording, sound-mixing and post-production studios aspiring to play a role in the fast-evolving, cross-border film, television, digital content and advertising global ecosystem.
  2. Sync Connect: Enabling leading composers and publishers from Africa to pitch their works to established international music supervisors working on the production of film, television, digital content and advertising.
  3. Matchmaking:Providing qualified creative, production and technical talent access to key music supervisors, through scheduled meetings.

 

In order to ensure a continued momentum, and to bridge strategic Regions of Africa, DISCORE will take place three times in 2018 and four times a year at the four African DISCOP markets from 2019: Nigeria (March), Abidjan (May), Zanzibar (July), and South Africa (October).

 

For more information visit www.discop.com

 

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Fun-filled kids zone at DStv Delicious Fest

Posted by radio On September - 7 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

There’s lots to amuse the little ones at this year’s DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, brought to you by Liberty. Awesome activities have been lined up to entertain the kiddies all day long at the festival Kids Zone while parents enjoy the mega array of food and music on offer. There will be educational games, exciting character interactions, mini gymnastics, gaming, augmented reality and so much more.

With DStv bringing entertainment from Cartoon Network and Boomerang, the fun-filled ‘Kids Zone’ will engage and enthral children between the ages of 3 and 13 in a multitude of ways.

 

Some of Cartoon Network’s favourite characters will keep them occupied in a flurry of activities. A Ben 10 augmented reality (AR) experience will enable kids to transform into their favourite Ben 10 alien: Heatblast, who throws fireballs; Diamondhead, who throws crystal shards; Four Arms, who creates shock waves; or Overflow, who shoots water.

There is also the Ben 10 race, a designated area for kids to frolic about on balancing beams, monkey bars and ball pits. There will also be sack races so the kids can battle against each other and put their Ben 10 alien skills to the test.

 

‘PPG Yourself’ stations will keep the little ones amused for ages as they have the chance to turn themselves into their very own Powerpuff Girl. It will allow them to customise their look and style to create a Powerpuff Girl ‘mini-me’. What’s more is that you can get your image printed on-site to take home.

 

A screening area will play movies and your favourite Cartoon Network shows throughout the day. They will even get the chance to be one of the first to see the premiere of new ‘special’ episodes of the Powerpuff Girls which introduces the newest Powerpuff Girl voiced by Toya de Lazy.

 

Imagination Studio’s will have the kids busy for hours, exploring their artistic talents by drawing, colouring and creating their very own animated characters.

 

Then there is Boomerang’s Mini-Zoo, with an animal themed “what’s in the box”. An interactive experience that allows children to engage with Boomerang and learn all about animals through tactile, sight and sound experiences.

 

Bounce KinderGym is a gymnastics programme supervised by trained Bounce KinderGym coaches and will be available for 3 to 5-year olds, strictly. The specifically designed programme harnesses the unique fun and health benefits of trampolining and is proven to help children build self-expression and confidence.

 

In yet more fun, children will be able to enjoy the Strider Adventure Zone or bike obstacle track. Strider Adventure Zones are safe and friendly environments that encourage kids up to 5 years old to test ride a Strider and play with other kids, while improving and developing fundamental bike handling skills.

 

The entertainment doesn’t end there. Two PlayStation trailers, giant inflatables, a fun food bar for hungry adventurers, a 12-metre climbing wall and a Baby and Toddler Zone.

 

The Kids Zone is a secured, access controlled area to give parents peace of mind.

And don’t forget the awesome international and local talent the DStv Delicious Festival has secured for the two days, from hip-hop recording artist Common,  Imagination feat. Leee John and British soul singer, Omar, to American born, R&B musician, Alexander O’Neal, Nigerian award-winning world music artist, Femi Kuti and last but not least British dance/R&B band Soul II Soul. Some of South Africa’s incredibly talented local musicians to grace the festival stage include Hugh MasekelaThandiswa MazwaiTKZeeBongo Maffin and Black Coffee live with band.

 

With a Delicious line-up of entertainment for the kids, be sure you don’t miss out on this epic event – so get your tickets now and get ready for SA’s biggest food and music extravaganza, the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival brought to you by Liberty, the not-to-be-missed event on the 2017 events calendar. Tickets are now on sale from www.deliciousfestival.com  or  www.ticketpro.co.za

Tickets are R250 per child per day (restricted to ages 3 -13 years) and include the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations)
  • Access into Kids Zone area and all activities

 

 

Other tickets available to purchase are:

General Access Ticket

R495 per person per day

R800 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

Ciroc Terrace Lounge

R1 295 per person per day

R2 100 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, brought to you by Liberty is held in proud association with Coca-Cola, Vodacom, Gauteng Tourism Authority, The Tim Tebeila Foundation, Proudly South African, Jeep, Flight Centre, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Generosity Water, Castle Milk Stout, J&B, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

 

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Headlining this upcoming Kaya FM Family day will be Vusi Nova and Ntando Bangani. Both artists have expressed their excitement to be part of this edition of the Kaya FM Family Day, which is in proud partnership with African Bank. The event will be filled with amazing entertainment for the whole family at The Big Red Barn in Olifantsfontein on Sunday the 17th of September.

Vusi Nova who is famed from his first single “I’d Rather Go Blind” which garnered huge praise from his fans, this memorable hit song was originally composed and recorded by legendary songstress Etta James in 1968.

 

His more recently released an album titled, Naninina talks about his late parents, failed relationships, his journey to healing; and has been seen as an impressive intimate look at his life. The album includes powerful hits like “Naninina”, “Walk Into Light”, “Did It For Love” and many more,

 

Vusi has mentioned that his ultimate future collaboration would be with Ringo Madlongozi and R Kelly.

Ntando’s career began on Johannesburg’s West Rand in the township of Kagiso. For years Ntando has given us soothing sounds, and music for the heart. Today the Nelspruit-born musician is a multi-award winning and platinum selling artist.

 

Ntando came into the music industry in 2003 when he signed his first record deal and released his debut album “Kwantu” which went platinum. Ntando released his second album “Imvelaphi” which was a triple-platinum smash and generated several awards, including “Song of the Year” at both the SAMA and Metro FM Awards for the stunning track “Dali Wam”. He also won Best Newcomer, Best Album and Best Male Artist.

 

He later dropped ‘Uhambo Lwam’ in 2008, an album that also went platinum. It saw him touring the world in countries like France, Germany, Botswana, Namibia, and finally India in mid-2009. He then released ‘Inqubela’, a masterpiece that saw him walk away with Best Pop Album category in the 2010 SAMA awards.

 

Both Vusi Nova and Ntando Bangani promise to give electric performances, with memorable sing alongs, a great day that promises to be a fantastic entertainment for the family.

 

Get your tickets NOW at ticketpro.co.za – only R50 for the kids and R100 for adults. Gates open at 10am.

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FULL LIST OF THE DSTV MZANSI VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

SONG OF THE YEAR: Prince Kaybee – Charlotte

 

TV PRESENTER: Thembisa Mdoda

 

COMEDIAN: Summary

 

RISING STAR: Sjava

 

RADIO PERSONALITY: B2Cada

 

ACTOR: Themba Ndaba

 

ACTRESS: Vatiswa Ndara

 

MUSIC ARTIST OR GROUP: Kwesta

 

DJ: Black Coffee

 

SPORTS PERSONALITY: Caster Semenya

 

ULTIMATE VIEWERS’ CHOICE: Thembisa Mdoda

 

 

Viewers who voted also got a slice of the cake when one was rewarded with a brand-new Kia Picanto worth R150 000 after being randomly selected via an audited process. Another lucky voter found themselves with a R100 000 Vodacom World Shopping Experience after predicting the Song of the Year.

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SABC dominates the SATMA Nominations

Posted by radio On August - 28 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Public Service Broadcaster (SABC) received  an astounding number of nominations at the 12th SATMA Nominee’s announcement held at the Durban ICC, in KwaZulu Natal.

According to the SATMA Award’s an unprecedented number of 190,613 SMS nominations and a total of 697 entries to the different categories were recorded in 63 days of the SATMA’s nomination period.

A number of SABC Radio presenters and programs were nominated in various categories including:

 

 

 

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC RADIO PROGRAM OF THE YEAR:  

Dzumba na Mina (Munghana Lonene FM), Lwesuka Lutfuli (Ligwalagwala FM), Lavuth’iBhayi (Umhlobo Wenene FM).

BEST TRADITIONAL RADIO PRESENTER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:  

Monwabisi Bangi “Gudla” (Umhlobo Wenene FM), Ntsoaki Motloung  (Lesedi FM), Willem Viljoen (RSG), Sthembele Thomas “Mantofontofo” (TruFM), Vusi shabangu (Ikwekwezi FM), Russel Kwinika (Munghana Lonene FM) Hunadi Mogohlwane (Thobela FM), Modika Mothuzi (Motsweding FM), Vincers Mabele (XK FM), Bheka Mchunu & Nkosinathi Mshengu (Ukhozi FM), Magidzeludzakeni (Ligwalagwala FM), Godfrey Mavhasa (Phalaphala FM)

TRADITIONAL RADIO PROGRAM LOYAL LISTENER:

Siphenathi Keswa (I-Identist) (Umhlobo wenene FM), William Mahlangu (IKwekwezi FM), Salome Mmgomogale (X-K FM),  Bellia Phutiyagae (Motsweding FM)

Other categories included:

BEST CULTURAL ELECTRONIC MEDIA JOURNALIST:

Benjamin Tsotetsi – Ikwekwezi FM

Bongani Mavuso – Ukhozi FM

Lesibana Matlala – Motsweding FM

Caswel Taolane  – XK FM

Palisa Moeti – Lesedi FM

Mweli Masilela – SABC News

Unathi Binqose – Umhlobo Wenene FM

News Zimkhita Manqinana – SABC News

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC AIR-PLAY RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR:

Ligwalagwala FM

Phalaphala FM

Thobela FM

Umhlobo Wenene FM

Munghana Lonene FM

Ikwekwezi FM

TruFM

Lesedi FM

RSG

Motsweding FM

XK FM

Ukhozi FM

 

 

The SATMA AWARDS promote, preserve, uplift, develop, honour and award traditional musicians across racial and ethnic background. The SATMA Awards have made a tremendous contribution in the cultural landscape of South Africa through nation building and social cohesion.

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Joyous Celebration headed to Sun City this Spring

Posted by radio On August - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Having already staged its 21st instalment in six provinces this year, MTN Joyous Celebration is headed to Sun City as part of its national tour. The 1-day spectacular, grand, and spiritual show will be held at the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday, 2 September 2017.

Pastor Jabu Hlongwane, Founder, says: “Our theme of Heal our Land has been spread throughout the country and outside our borders. It is such a significant theme that came right on time. As a society, we are currently witnessing ailments that cover our bodies, mind and soul, and we – as a nation – have been granted the authority to denounce these. Our show aims to call on people in the North-West province and beyond to join us as we call on our Lord to restore peace in our land.”

 

MTN Joyous Celebration, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Gospel music powerhouse, has established itself as the pioneers in the music industry. Year on year, the bar is raised to ensure that fans are enthralled by the group’s offering. From the outfits, production and performances, North West will be left in complete awe. We are about giving our best, and this year is no different. We are so excited and looking forward to celebrating this milestone with our fans ” says Lindelani Mkhize.

Furthermore, as part of its 21st birthday and celebrating with the community, MTN Joyous Celebration has committed to give-away one of its previous gorgeous outfits to a deserving choir in each of the nine provinces. Local choirs need to send an email with their details, and why they feel they are the deserving choir to info@joyous.co.za by 2 September 2017.

 

“Giving back to communities is one of the things that drives us. We are grateful for the support we’ve been given over the past 21 years, and we know that it is because of our fans and our Almighty that we are where we are today. Each year, our talented designers create magic in the form of costumes to dazzle stages and enchant our audiences, we are truly blessed and it would be a disservice to let these costumes collect dust, when they could be used by someone else. We waited for the right moment, which is now – as we come off age,” says Pastor Mthunzi Namba.

 

Tickets for the Sun City show are available from R200 per ticket at Computicket and Shoprite / Checkers outlets nationwide.

 

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DStv Delicious Local Line-Up Announced

Posted by radio On August - 2 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Legendary local acts to burn up the stage at DStv Delicious Festival

A line-up of legendary South African artists is set to thrill audiences at the fifth DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival when Hugh MasekelaThandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee Live with band take to the stage on 7 and 8 October at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand.

 

Jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, hardly needs an introduction. The world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer started playing trumpet when he was 14 and began to hone his Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s. Notably, he performed in the 1959 musical, King Kong, which was written by Todd Matshikiza. Soon thereafter, he performed as a member of the South African group, the Jazz Epistles, along with Kippie Moeketsi, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa. They were the first African jazz group to record an LP and perform to record-breaking audiences in Johannesburg and Cape Town through late 1959 to early 1960.

 

The Witbank-born Masekela’s rich history includes performing in different jazz ensembles, attending the Manhattan School of Music, living and working in the United States, touring with Paul Simon, being featured in the documentary ‘Amandla!’, releasing an autobiography, recording numerous albums and creating a series of videos on ESPN with his son, Selema Masekela.

 

The sublime South African songstress, Thandiswa Mazwai, is set to raise temperatures at this year’s festival. This influential artist’s career took off in 1998 with Bongo Maffin, one of South Africa’s pioneering kwaito bands. After six award-winning albums with Bongo Maffin, she went solo. Her debut album, Zabalaza (2004), achieved double platinum status and won numerous awards including a Kora for Best African Female Artist and four South African Music Awards (SAMAs). It was also nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Planet Award.

 

Mazwai’s critically acclaimed second album ‘Ibokwe’ (2009) reached gold status within weeks of release and her live DVD ‘Dance of the forgotten Free’ (2010) won SAMAs for Best Female Artist and Best Live DVD in 2011.The Guardian recently referred to her as “South Africa’s finest female contemporary singer.”

 

Black Coffee will elevate energy levels at Kyalami with his distinctive home-brewed afro-house band. Delicious fans are in for a rare treat as this won’t be a normal DJ set by the renowned DJ, Black Coffee will perform live with a band (backing vocalists, percussionist and keyboardist). A record producer and DJ, Black Coffee has released five albums and a live DVD under his Johannesburg-based record label, Soulistic Music. He is arguably the most prominent electronic music producer in Africa, whose big break occurred shortly after being chosen as a participant in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy. In September 2015, he won the Breakthrough DJ of the Year award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, a few weeks after the release of his fifth studio album, Pieces of Me.

 

“The involvement of African acts at the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is important to us. The opportunity for visitors to experience 3 globally recognized African artists over one weekend is a critical part of DStv’s endorsement of local, African content.

 

The DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is truly South African, and this is why we have become the only event to be a member of the Proudly South African campaign” commented Nomsa Mazibuko, Group Head of Marketing at MultiChoice.

 

 

These incredible acts will share the stage with a fantastic line-up of international artists,CommonImagination featuring Leee JohnAlexander O’NealOmar and Femi Kuti.

 

The full line-up is as follows:

Saturday: Common, Thandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee Live

Sunday: Hugh Masekela, Omar, Alexander O’Neal, Imagination feat Leee John and Femi Kuti

 

Tickets are officially on sale and available from deliciousfestival.com or ticketpro.co.za

 

General Access Ticket

R495 per person per day

R800 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations, the GA public bars)

 

Ciroc Terrace Lounge

R1295 per person per day

R2100 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

  • Situated on exclusive VIP terrace
  • VIP Lounge
  • VIP Parking (one parking pass per two tickets bought, parking pass will be emailed)
  • VIP Entrance
  • VIP Bathrooms
  • Premium Cash Bar
  • Tented lounge and furniture
  • Hostesses
  • Viewing Deck, sight lines to main stage and view over festival
  • Fenced garden

 

 

Kids Zone

R150 per child per day (restricted to ages: 3-13)

Includes the following:

  • Access into festival grounds
  • Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations)
  • Access into Kids Zone area for Kids ages 3 to 13 years

 

 

Decadance Luxury Hospitality

One Day Package: R3 500 pp ex VAT

Weekend Package (Sat & Sun): R6 500 pp ex VAT

Package entitles the guest to:

  • Entrance tickets into the DStv Delicious festival grounds
  • VIP parking
  • Entrance into the DECADANCE LUXURY LOUNGE
  • VIP luxury lounge and décor
  • Private viewing deck within the DECADANCE LUXURY LOUNGE
  • Full upscale canapé and tasting menu for lunch with light dinner      menu options
  • Cheese board harvest table
  • Tea and Coffee bar
  • Private bespoke bar facilities
  • Full complimentary bar from 11h00 – 21h00
  • VIP MIB Security
  • VIP toilet facilities
  • LED screens with LIVE concert feed in lounges
  • Fully staffed facility including dedicated Waitresses, Hostesses, Bar staff and Senior Management

 

 

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is held in proud association with Coca-Cola, Gauteng Tourism Authority, The Tim Tebeila Foundation, Proudly South African, Jeep, Flight Centre, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Generosity Water, J&B, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

 

 

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Somizi to cover MTV Music Awards Red Carpet

Posted by radio On July - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

MTV last week announced global pop superstar Katy Perry will host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards that will broadcast live in partnership with Smirnoff from the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California on MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Monday, 28 August at 02:00 CAT with a repeat on 28 August at 21:30 CAT.

 

This comes in advance of the world tour for her most recent, chart-topping album, Witness, Perry will light up the stage as the first performer announced for this year’s show.  Earlier this week, she secured a spot as one of the top nominees for the 2017 VMAs with nods in five categories, including: Best Pop, Best Direction and Best Visual Effects for Chained to the Rhythm, Best Art Direction for Bon Appetit, and Best Collaboration for Calvin Harris’ Feels featuring Pharrell Williams, Perry and Big Sean.

 

“I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,” said Katy Perry.  “Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.”

 

“We’re thrilled to have global phenomenon Katy Perry as the host and a performer at the 2017 VMAs,” Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom.  “She is at the forefront of music culture and the perfect person to anchor this year’s show, which promises to be one of the most diverse and music-filled in VMA history.”

 

Leading the pack of the nominations for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards is rapper Kendrick Lamar with eight nominations for his video HUMBLE while Katy Perry and The Weeknd who are tied for five nominations each.

 

Building on the critical acclaim of the non-gendered categories at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, the network also announced the former Best Female Video and Best Male Video” categories have been combined for “Artist of the Year.” Additionally, “Best Fight Against the System” has been added to celebrate videos that inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice.

 

To add African flair to the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Africa and Smirnoff will be travelling to the ceremony with choreographer and television personality Somizi Mhlongo who will cover the red carpet. His coverage will be showcased in a show dubbed United States of Somizi which will air at a later date on the channel.

 

Commented Vice President for BET, Youth and Music, Monde Twala: “MTV Africa is exhilarated to be travelling to Los Angeles with the multi-talented Somizi Mhlongo, where he is set to host the red carpet for our African audiences on 27 August 2017. MTV Video Music Awards is one of the biggest music events in the world and Somizi is renowned for his choreography and contribution in the music scene. Viewers must tune in for a magical night of great music entertainment.”

 

Smirnoff Marketing Manager, Kyle Lesch said, “Music and MTV have always broken barriers and with Smirnoff bringing the broadcast of the VMAs to South Africa, ‘Everyone’s Invited’ to enjoy this historic transformation to the Awards that have been honouring the best music videos since 1984.

 

MTV’s move to non-gendered categories aligns perfectly with Smirnoff’s Equalizing Music initiative, which strives to drive gender parity and diversity in the music industry. What’s more, the addition of the new category compliments Smirnoff’s efforts in shining a light on creatives who use their platforms to address social issues through their newly launched Change Makers campaign, which aims to encourage everyone to make a positive change.”

 

Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorites across eight VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting www.vma.mtv.com.  Additionally, voting for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain live through the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show airing on MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Monday 28 August at 01:00 CAT and repeat 28 August at 20:30 CAT.  The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live Twitter hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast.  Nominees for the socially voted category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.

 

COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records)

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Def Jam)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records)

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records)

Ariana Grande (Republic Records)

The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records)

Lorde (Republic Records)

 

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)

Khalid (RCA Records)

Kodak Black (Atlantic Records)

SZA (TDE/RCA Records)

Young M.A (3D)

Julia Michaels (Republic Records)

Noah Cyrus (Records)

 

BEST COLLABORATION

Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – We Don’t Talk Anymore (Atlantic Records)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best)

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – Broccoli (Atlantic Records)

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records)

Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – Feels (Columbia Records)

Zayn & Taylor Swift – I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) (Republic Records)

 

BEST POP

Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (Island Records)

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (Asylum/Atlantic Records)

Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (Columbia Records)

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down (Syco Music/Epic Records)

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records)

Miley Cyrus – Malibu (RCA Records)

 

BEST HIP HOP

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Big Sean – Bounce Back (Def Jam)

Chance the Rapper – Same Drugs (Chance the Rapper LLC)

D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – Broccoli (Atlantic Records)

Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad & Boujee (300 Entertainment)

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m The One (Epic Records/We The Best)

 

BEST DANCE

Zedd and Alessia Cara – Stay (Interscope)

Kygo x Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me (Ultra/Interscope)

Calvin Harris – My Way (Columbia Records)

Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – Cold Water (Mad Decent)

Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Gone (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records)

 

BEST ROCK

Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams (Parlophone/Atlantic Records)

Fall Out Boy – Young And Menace (Island)

Twenty One Pilots – Heavydirtysoul (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records)

Green Day – Bang Bang (Warner Bros. Records)

Foo Fighters – Run (RCA Records)

 

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM

Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – Black SpiderMan (Def Jam)

 

The Hamilton Mixtape – Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) (Atlantic Records)

 

Big Sean – Light (Def Jam)

 

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Def Jam)

 

Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL

 

John Legend – Surefire (Columbia Records)

 

 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham)

Imagine Dragons – Thunder (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise)

Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis)

DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor)

Halsey – Now or Never (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl)

 

BEST DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers & the little homies)

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen)

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records)  (Cameron Duddy & Bruno Mars)

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful (Def Jam) (Aaron A)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael)

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves)

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado)

Katy Perry ft. Migos – Bon Appetit (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce)

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)

A Tribe Called Quest – Dis Generation (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)

KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – iSpy (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)

Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – Chained To The Rhythm (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA)

Harry Styles – Sign Of The Times (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Kanye West – Fade (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins)

Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – Side To Side (Republic Records) (Brian & Scott Nicholson)

Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)  (Dave Meyers)

Sia – The Greatest (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington)

Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – Down (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead)

 

BEST EDITING

Future – Mask Off (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)

Young Thug – Wyclef Jean (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)

Lorde – Green Light (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit)

The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy)

The Weeknd – Reminder (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)

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Soulful house group Mi Casa is officially launching their 4th studio album, Familia at The Good Luck Bar on Saturday 5th August in Johannesburg. Joining the multi-award winning trio on this Gauteng leg of the launches are celebrated METRO FM DJs; Fresh, Shimza and Mo Flava as well as DJ Soul Healer.

 

The band is very excited about their latest offering and they believe it to be their best work yet. After almost pulling the plug on the band following tempestuous incidents, the brothers had to remember what brought them together in the first place – music and friendship. Reconciled and in a much better place, the band has also remembered their roots, putting their fans first, making music that resonates with them and going back to the streets, where it all began for them.

 

The trio is made up of beat-maker Dr Duda, songwriter and vocalist J Something and trumpeter, Mo-T. Having begun over six years ago, the group has toured the world, performing at some of the most prestigious festivals, stages and collaborating with big stars such as Black Coffee, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade and Ladysmith Black Mambazo among others.

 

Familia will be available in all music stores and all digital platforms from the 4th August. The album has no features but just the trio, doing what they do best, making quality African soulful dance music with a dash of Portugese and Brazilian sounds, evident of their varied musical upbringings and travels.

 

The first single Nana was released on Friday 30th June to critical acclaim, following a star-studded listening session of the album a few days before.

 

Tickets to the launch can be purchased from Computicket or at the door and gates open at 20:00.

 

http://online.computicket.com/web/event/mi_casa_familia_album_launch/1159303769/0/80941385

 

 

The Good Luck Bar is at Corner Main & Alexander street, Johannesburg.

 

Dates for Cape Town and Durban launches will be communicated.

 

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