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The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that SABC Radio will be the media partner of the first ever Soweto International Jazz Festival.  This partnership highlights SABC Radio’s commitment to fulfil one of its core missions, which is to recognise and celebrate the diversity of South Africa’s vast music culture.

 

The first edition of the Soweto International Jazz Festival is set to commence in Soweto from Thursday, 14 June until Sunday, the 17th of June 2018, at the Johannesburg Theatre Group’s, State of the Art Soweto Theatre Festival Complex.  This Festival is dedicated to the historical region of Johannesburg and each day of the festival will have its own theme, namely: Celebration of Our Future, Power of Women, International Night and Inspiration, respectively. 

 

 

SAFM, Metro FM, Lesedi FM, Radio 2000, Channel Africa and Ukhozi FM are the six SABC Radio Stations that will be dedicating their resources towards promoting the Festival and unpacking the themes as part of live broadcasts and interviews.

Commenting on the partnership, Head of Radio Marketing Siphelele Sixaso “The Soweto Uprisings in 1976 were a global turn of events within the South African history, the next chapter is to highlight initiatives like the Soweto International Jazz Festival that call for a global celebration of Soweto through music and the uplifting of this township that changed our nation. As the biggest broadcaster in Africa we put our weight behind these plans in order to take the 1976 history of Young People to the next Level”

 

The four day festival is not only limited to jazz as the name suggests. The line-up comprises of multi-genres such as soul, contemporary and African music. To broaden the horizon and scope, Grammy Award winning artists in the likes of Third World, Bob James, Deborah Cox, Spyro Gyra, and  the Neville Brothers will grace the stage.  South African Jazz and R&B stars such as Ernie Smith, Zama Jobe and legendary Charlie Wilson who will be performing for the first time in South Africa alongside the dynamic local gospel artist, Khaya Mthethwa.  To add a youthful flavour to the festival local artists such as Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Major League DJs, and many more will also be featured on the line-up.

 

The Soweto International Jazz Festival is not only conceptualised to entertain but to also educate the masses through the power of music and art. As a result, the celebrations will be centred on the tribute of the late legendary Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela and the centenary of the late former president Nelson Mandela. Tickets are available for purchase online on www.sowetotheatre.com Tickets may also be purchased directly from Soweto Theatre.

 

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Bassline Live and Kaya FM 95.9, the home of the Afropolitan, are proud to welcome back International steelpan drumming sensation Andy Narell, who will be returning to South Africa to perform at the Lyric, Gold Reef City on the 7th July.

 

Known as one of the most schooled musicians of our time, Narell has been working in the world of music since 1962, when he formed his first steelpan drum band with his brothers and friends in Queens, New York.  As the invitations to perform grew more lucrative, so expanded Narell’s experience and by 1973 he had graduated from the University Of California, Berkeley where he focused on piano and drums.

Narell instantly started his own record label and in 1979 he released his first solo album, Hidden Treasures.  He went onto release a further 6 albums under his own label and the famous jazz label Windham Hill, gaining himself the moniker ‘The Hammer’, along the way.

 

With a strong interest in Caribbean music, Latin jazz and rhythm and blues, he joined the Caribbean Jazz Project in 1995.  The group released 3 albums together.  In the early 2000’s Narell also joined an act called Sakesho and has released a further two albums with that band.

 

As a solo artist he has graced stages across the globe, as well as performing with countless other well-known names in the Jazz, Latin American, Caribbean and world music genres.

 

Andy Narell performs and teaches regularly in South Africa, playing to long time and new audiences including to his fan club based in Soweto.  He also has his own South African band, who will be joining him at the Lyric on the 7th July.  They consist of the established names Louie Mhlanga, Rob Watson, Denis Lalouette and Thandi Ntuli – all established musicians in their own rights.

 

Narell has also played the Joy Of Jazz Festival where over 80 000 music lovers gathered to watch him perform.

 

Once again, stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, affiliates to the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series, will be on board, standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through music.

 

We are honoured to have the icon Andy Narell join our family of superstars in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series.  A music lovers dream come true, catch him live in concert on the 7th July at the Lyric in Gold Reef.

 

Tickets are open now at Computicket from R250.

Book now to avoid disappointment.

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The musicality of words is an important element of poetry, and many poets warily consider the sound of the words on the page. Patrons are invited to listen and appreciate an evening of jazz poetry hosted by Natalia Molebatsi with guests Vangi Gantsho and Florence Masebe through word, sound, rhythm, and improvisation.

 

Award-winning actress, producer and writer Florence Masebe; who’s recently published “The Heart Knows’ – a book of poems adapted from a series of entries detailing her personal journey of loss while grieving for her son will, alongside Vangi Gantsho perform words and poetry in the spirit of Healing, Pan Africanism and Sisterhood, backed by a jazz trio composed of Lex Futshane on bass, Siphiwe Shiburi on Drums and Yonela Mnana on piano.

 

 

Masebe is also the executive producer of Elelwani, the first Tshivenda film to be screened in South African cinemas and was an acculturation of a novel by the late Dr Titus Ntsieni Maumela, who as a teacher in the 1950s, wanted to show how education was an important vehicle to change the treatment of women in the Venda community. Maumela’s ‘Elelwani’ which means ‘to remember’, gave a voice to many Vhavenda who were told to study Sepedi or given books that were extracts from the Bible.  Florence as a student in Tshakuma, Limpopo read the book at school.

 

 

Held in conjunction with The Orbit –Home of Jazz, Words In Motion will take place on22 May 2018 at 20:00, host Molebatsi says “With this event, which will be a regular feature on the Orbit stage, each time with different acclaimed poets, we want to provide seasoned poets and writers with an international space where audiences can be treated to poetic expressions while also deeply exploring the link between poetry and jazz music.”

 

 

Gantsho is unapologetically womanist and recently co-founded Impepho Press. She has participated in poetry plays, events, and festivals on the continent and abroad.Having authored two collections, ‘Undressing In Front of The Window’ (2015) and Red Cotton (2018), Vangi holds an MA, with distinction, in Creative Writing from the university currently known as Rhodes.

 

 

Molebatsi has performed her poetry on international stages with icons such as Alice Walker and Linton Kwesi Johnson. She released her album“Natalia Molebatsi and the Soul Making” in 2015. Her latest book Elephant Woman Song is an elegy for her late grandmother.

 

 

Tickets cost R100 and bookings can be made in advance on info@theorbit.co.za or by phone 011 339 6645 or can also be bought at the door on the day of the event.

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BASSLINE FEST is less than two weeks away, and with the hottest acts from across the continent and globe, the stage is set for one of the most historical events in music history.

The BASSLINE FEST will be the only opportunity for one to witness ‘Africa’s Tribute to Madiba’ collaboration which adds even more exclusivity to this already rare world-class line up.

 

The collaborators in ‘Africa’s Tribute To Madiba’, are 5 time Grammy Award Winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Malian icon Salif Keita and Nigerian pop sensation Yemi Alade. Led by singer, songwriter and music arranger legend Salif Keita.  Salif has written a tribute song for this occasion and will be singing a new, yet to be commercially released track, exclusively at the Fest.

 

The tribute will take audiences on a journey of remembrance and celebration.  Imagine witnessing Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing Bob Dylan’s ‘Knock Knock Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ with pop sensation Yemi Alade’s female voice harmonising?  Imagine Salif Keita singing ‘Ton Ton’ Live with the other two providing the harmonies on the chorus?

Imagine no more, as it’s real and it’s happening live, only at Constitution Hill.

 

The Fest line-up, in no order of performance are:

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – South Africa

Salif Keita- Mali

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

Dub Inc – France

Nakhane – South Africa

Ghorwane – Mozambique

Femi Koya – Nigeria

Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabusa – South Africa

Sekou Kouyate –  Guinea

 

An African Food, fashion, art & craft market provided by LoCrate Market from Soweto will be providing all you need as far as sustenance, vibe and style.

LoCrate FOOD has an exclusive collaborative relationship with the Jo’burg Food Truck Association a.k.a Mother Truckers as the anchor food vendors.

 

Gates open at 2pm and the music kicks off from 3pm till late.  SABC2 will broadcast live from the Fest between 8pm and 11pm, reaching a huge television audience.

 

Remember to bring your sun hats for the daytime and winter woollies for the night.  There will be ample great coffee vendors to keep you warm and plenty free parking underground at Constitution Hill.

 

Tickets can be booked at www.ticketpros.co.za now for R400.  Children under 10 are free.

 

BASSLINE FEST has also put together travel packages for guest coming from afar and a Footsteps of Mandela tour.  For more information, contact info@hambaumhla.com or 061 402 8406.

 

BASSLINE FEST is presented by the Department Of Arts & Culture, in association with Kaya FM and TRACE Africa. 

Additional partners include The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts , Recreation & Culture, SABC2, SAA, Constitution Hill, SAB Inbev, Brand South Africa, Firestone, Pernod Ricard, BMW Joburg City Auto, Tsogo Sun & IFAS.

In support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 

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MTN Bushfire 2018 Tickets SOLD OUT!

Posted by radio On May - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire 2018 has officially sold out all full festival weekend tickets!

 

Fans of one of Africa’s favourite festivals have made history – selling out the MTN Bushfire Festival weeks before the doors open. All full festival weekend tickets, including Golden Lounge that were sold out over a week ago, have now been sold.

Also please take note that only people with valid tickets purchased in advance will be able to access the festival over the duration of the weekend. There will be NO tickets sold at the gate.

 

It is also important to note that tickets are not for resale. A Valid ticket holders and those with booked camping at the main MTN Bushfire campsite, please also take note that you  can now access your campsite from NOON on Thursday May 26th – so get to the festival early, relax and get ready for the full festival experience of MTN Bushfire.

 

If you do have a ticket but have NOT booked your accommodation you are urged to BOOK NOW as many accommodation options are filling up quickly.

 

As in previous years, the MTN Bushfire 2018 artist line-up features a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe.

 

More travel and festival information can be found on the website, www.bush-fire.com

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A unique celebration of the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of Swaziland and surrounds, the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival will be a sensory experience unlike any other.

Celebrating the diverse and often hidden tastes, smells and flavors of Southern Africa with an authentically African rooted program; Luju will feature cooking demos and master-classes by seasoned chefs in the region, the best in African fashion, design and arts, as well as some exciting music and comedy performances by artists from Swaziland, South Africa, Mozambique and beyond.

 

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breathtaking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, August 4th 2018 is a day not to be missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travelers looking for a unique and sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

 

Weekend Add-On Value

 

Weekend add-on experiences including glass-blowing and candle-making showcases to be put on by Ngwenya Glass and Swazi Candles, as well as a traditional dance show at the nearby Mantenga Cultural Village, will make for a culturally rich and memorable Swaziland experience for all Luju visitors – more on this below.

 

 

The Hosts

 

Luju is being brought to life by the same team as the world-renowned and much loved MTN Bushfire Festival – House on Fire, backed by a leading global brand in finance and investment whose African heritage goes beyond 150 years – Standard Bank. Guests can be assured of top-notch production, an all-star line-up, and an experience to create poignant memories to last a lifetime.

 

 

What to Expect on the Day

Within the House on Fire Amphitheatre, a culinary-focused program will create space for interaction with featured presenters, celebrity chefs and culinary demonstrations, as well as stand-up comedy and a selection of artists & DJs from the region.

 

 

 

One of the headline chefs for this area will be the well-loved J’Something – attending in his capacity as a chef and food lover, as well as fronting a performance from the SA legends – Mi Casa on the Luju Main Stage.

J’Something’s spicy authentic Portuguese heritage and hearty homegrown South African food has become his trademark. Most recently he has been showcased as a headline chef appearing next to greats such as Marco Pierre White, Jan Hendrick and George Calombaris.

Moving from the HOF Amphitheatre, guests will be able to leisurely stroll through a well-manicured lawn surrounded by lovely cane fields and gardens where they can view various displays of food, drink, art, as well as high-end, bespoke and handmade home décor, objet d’art, fashion and visual art pieces.

 

 

Tickets

This wholesome experience is attainable at E350 for general ticket and E600 for the VIP ticket. Pre-register to get each ticket at a discount of less E100 – see details in the advert. Register online via this link: www.luju.howler.co.za

 

Guests are encouraged to make a weekend of the experience with some of these activities that will be hosted by official Luju partners:

 

 

  • Ngwenya Glass: Glass Blowing

Ngwenya Glass is one of Swaziland’s hottest tourist attractions. Since 1987, Ngwenya Glass has been making glassware in Swaziland from 100% recycled glass, building on a reputation of quality, functionality, beauty and environmental awareness. Visitors will be able to view the glassblowing from 9am to 2pm on Sunday August 5th at the glass factory which is strategically located near the Ngwenya/Oshoek border leading into South Africa.  There will be a team creating some unique glass artworks on the day and visitors will be able to watch at no cost.

 

 

  • Mantenga Cultural Village

Situated in a Ezulwini Valley within Mantenga Nature Reserve, the Cultural Village is a natural display where visitors can learn about everyday life in a traditional Swazi homestead, and enjoy vibrant traditional dance shows.

There is also a small network of hiking trails offering visitors the opportunity to experience the beautiful contrast between reverine middleveld habitats and Highveld open grassland. The nature reserve also offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

 

 

  • Swazi Candles

Guests can enjoy the vibrant, music filled workshop in the Malkerns Valley where they can interact with the candle artisans as they work their magic. The beautifully intricate designs of Swazi Candles use the ancient technique known as “millifiore”. Millefiore, or, “thousand flowers”, first surfaced in Alexandria, but was perfected in the great glassmaking cities of Murano and Venice. The Swazi Candles shop is situated a few kilometers from the Luju venue and is located in a complex where visitors view local and African fashion; design arts and crafts; and relax amidst beautiful views at a coffee shop within the centre of it all.

 

 

  • Tree Top Canopy Tour

Experience the thrill of gliding through the forest canopy in one of the last mountain wilderness areas left in Swaziland. The Malolotja canopy tour offers most dramatic scenery you will ever encounter with striking rock formations, towering cliff faces, a rich diversity of flora and fauna, across a lush forest canopy towards the Malolotja mountain forest peaks.

 

 

  • National Museum and King Sobhuza Park

This National museum is an amazing cultural experience and captures the link that Swaziland has with nature and the love it has for nature, the beautiful mountains, countless rolling hills and green pastures are all depicted in the natural history hall.

 

 

Find Out More

Travel packages and special offers will be announced in the upcoming weeks via local press and on the House on Fire website www.house-on-fire.com and Facbook page https://www.facebook.com/LujuFestival/

Luju also invites any interested traders, exhibitors and companies to contact us for more information on the opportunities available to be part of this amazing high-end lifestyle event.

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MTN Bushfire: Rainbow Your Fire!

Posted by radio On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire has also been hailed in by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival.”

MTN Bushfire is a uniquely African, and yet globally infused, festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts, and the environment.

 

From May 25th – 27th MTN Bushfire encourages everyone, from guests and artists, to traders and vendors to BRING YOUR FIRE to the beautiful Malkerns valley in Swaziland.

Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

 

As part of the annual Bring Your Fire call to action, MTN Bushfire 2018 will be hosting a diversity of activations in the newly launched and fully interactive, Bring Your Fire Zone. This year a range of themes will be featured at the festival, including environmental sustainability, education, cultural development, human rights, equality for LGBTI people, gender issues,  as well as sexual & reproductive health and freedom.

 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people experience significant social discrimination in many places. The consequence of these social and structural factors is that many members of the LGBTI community are not able to lead a dignified life, have a family and contribute to society. The long-term vision is for all people to enjoy equal recognition before the law and social inclusion within society.

 

MTN Bushfire, in partnership with Swazi organisation The Rock of Hope will therefore present a host of activities aimed at promoting equality and inclusion. From poetry slams and discussion at the new venue The Hub, to social and photo booth activations, everyone is invited to take part.

The MTN Bushfire Rainbow Fire Stall Activation seeks to raise the visibility of the LGBTI community within the space with the hopes to spread the fire of acceptance within the communities in which they reside.

 

The Rock of Hope is an advocacy organisation partnered locally with the Other Foundation, and internationally by All Out, and is working on a number of initiatives in Swaziland to promote equality and acceptance.

 

MTN Bushfire is also very excited to announce a performance from Staceyann Chin, multiple award-winning poet and performer. Winner of the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council, and the 2016 Planned Parenthood Excellence in Media award, Chin is also a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

 

A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.

Further activations and partnerships within this space will be announced soon. For more information on the 2018 edition of MTN Bushfire visit www.bush-fire.com or https://www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE

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Reggae Pilgrimage Leads to Collaboration

Posted by radio On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

As Dub inc, the internationally acclaimed French reggae group continue their global success, with concerts across Africa, their recent performance in Abidjan took on special significance.

One of the group’s singer Komlan said this past week that his participation in the Anoumabo Festival of Urban Music (Femua 2018) was like a pilgrimage, as Côte d’ivoire the capital of reggae in Africa, “For me, it was like a kind of pilgrimage. We went to Kingston, Jamaica, but Abidjan is also the reggae capital in Africa,” added the French artist of Beninese origin.

 

The group was in the Ivory Coast for the FEMUA festival, launched in 2008 by the legendary Ivorian musical group Magic System. The festival is one of the biggest festivals in sub-Saharan Africa and is a forum for promoting urban music rhythms.

 

During their stay in Abidjan, Dub inc collaborated with the singer Alif Naaba, known as the ‘Barefoot Prince of Burkina Faso,” and the kora player Massa Dembele, both from Burkina Faso. Alif was featured in the original version of the song in 2013, off the group’s album Paradise.

 

The collaboration resulted in a moving acoustic rendition of the group’s version of the song “Enfants des ghettos / Children of the Ghetto” that will be released as a music video on May 5th, just weeks ahead of the group’s arrival in Southern Africa.

 

The song is an apt outcome of the festival that is also a platform on the major issues affecting the African continent, with the theme this year being illegal immigration.  Komlan went on to explain that “risking your life to (go) to Europe is dangerous and has a price. The goal of illegal immigrants, he says, “is rarely achieved and unfortunately many Africans who are waiting for their relatives in Europe do not know that life there is difficult.”

 

The group will soon be heading to South Africa and Swaziland with their hopeful vision of unity and tolerance, infused with electronic vibrations, some hints of dubstep, and a few hip hop references.

 

 

The group will be performing at the following events across South Africa and Swaziland at the end of May 2018.

 

25/05/2018 – Bushfire Festival / Malkerns

26/05/2018 – Bassline Festival / Johannesburg

27/05/2018 – Zakifo Music Festival / Durban

 

To get a sneak preview of the uplifting vibes of Dub inc – check out a range of videos here:  http://www.dub-inc.com/en/videos/

 

Their latest album, So What, as well as over a dozen of the group’s previous albums can be streamed  here: http://www.dub-inc.com/en/disco/

 

 

Dub inc Fast Facts

 

20 YEARS OF EXISTENCE (together since 1998)

300,000 TOTAL RECORD SALES with 6 albums, 2 maxis and 1 live

434 000 FOLLOWERS on Facebook

152 MILLLIONS views on Youtube

350 SHOWS IN THE PAST 5 YEARS in front of more than a million of spectators, 50% abroad over 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND 5 CONTINENTS: Germany, Portugal, Spain, Poland and more in Europe… Algeria, Marocco or Senegal in Africa… to USA, Canada, Jamaica, India or New Caledonia… and Russia or Mexico recently.
TOURING THE BIGGEST FESTIVALS such as SulaFest in India,Heartbeat Festival in Mexico, Summerjam in Germany, Paleo Festival in Switzerland, Rototom Festival in Spain, WOMAD in UK, Australia and New Zealand, Rock Al Parque in Bogota (Colombia) or Nuits d’Afrique in Montreal (Canada)

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The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is a membership-based organisation that administers the performing right in musical works on behalf of its composer and publisher members.

 

SAMRO plays a key role in the music ecosystem of South Africa and regularly engages with other players in this ecosystem, including its members, other copyright management organisations, and users of music, the recording industry, as well as policy and lawmakers.

 

 

Following the presentation of the new SAMRO strategy at the AGM of November 2017, which focusses on member-centricity, operational and governance efficiency and policy review, the membership at that meeting gave SAMRO the mandate to engage in a full policy and systems review.

 

 

This review has included various engagements with members, included Roundtable meetings in Johannesburg, Capetown and Durban, and has included assessments of the rules governing membership, distribution and directorship at SAMRO.

 

 

Also under review have been the distribution rules governing the calculation of royalties earned for the arrangement of gospel and traditional music that is in the public domain (so called “DP” works). A musical work is classified as “DP” by SAMRO when it does not enjoy copyright protection and is in the public domain (domaine publique, DP). Contrary to various media reports, DP is not person but a system identifier to classify works that are in the public domain.

 

 

In an article published on 1 April 2018, it was alleged by the media that SAMRO is involved in the unlawful deduction of royalties pertaining to re-arrangements of music that is in the public domain (i.e. not copyright-protected). SAMRO stands by its rejection of the allegation that it has acted unlawfully and views the statements as deeply false and misleading.

 

We acknowledge that the treatment of arrangements of public domain works requires attention by ourselves as a membership-based organisation and the Government of South Africa, from a copyright policy and socio-economic perspective.

 

This arrangement rule currently recognises a capped 16.7% copyright royalty share for the portion of the work that the arranger created on the back of the original public domain work.  This percentage is allocated to the person who arranges the DP work. The balance of 83.3% of the royalty share that would have accrued to the rest of the arrangement had the DP portion been in copyright is held back and distributed to all the active musical works belonging to SAMRO members in proportion to the use of their music during the period under review.

 

 

The idea behind this rule is that it would not be equitable for the re-arranger of the music to benefit from 100% of the royalties because he/she has used someone else’s music as a base and has only contributed to a portion of the new arrangement. Royalties are neither collectable or payable for out-of-copyright/public domain works. As such, SAMRO’s licensing arrangements are limited to the copyright-protected musical works of its members.

 

 

SAMRO accepts that this rule, although not unlawful, is ripe for review by the membership to have a more favourable impact on the arranger who decides to “revive” a traditional song that has now fallen outside copyright. The members of SAMRO, during the roundtable consultations, have engaged favourably on this matter and it has been agreed that the percentage payable should be increased from the current 16.7%. It should be noted that the 16.7% level is benchmarked internationally with most similar organisations pegging the percentage between 12.5%-25%.

 

 

Other important matters discussed at the roundtables were:

  • the simplification of membership categories,

  • understanding membership criteria,

  • streamlining of member benefits,

  • the introduction of more independent directors on the board,

  • inadequate music usage reporting by users of music,

  • the Copyright Amendment Bill currently under review,

  • SAMRO’s commitment to transformation,

  • the link between local content music quotas on broadcasters and higher local royalty distributions, and

  • the need for increased member engagement to ensure an increased understanding of how SAMRO operates and its role in the larger music ecosystem.

 

 

It is unfortunate to note that at the Johannesburg roundtable meeting that took place on Monday 23 April 2018, a group of non-SAMRO members forced their way into what was a members-only meeting. It is believed the lack of understanding of the role SAMRO plays in the music industry was the cause of the numerous non-member musicians demanding entry into the meeting. SAMRO is in fact an administrator of active copyright music used by licensees, but is largely and wrongly viewed as the central body responsible for policy and socio-economic issues in the music industry. SAMRO accepts it has a contribution to make in this regard, but it is important to note that SAMRO’s mandate remains limited to its members and to matters of copyright, and specifically the public performance right, in compositions. This means that matters relating to recording contracts, unfair practices between musicians in general as well as any other artist royalties and revenues are excluded from SAMRO’s mandate.

 

 

The executive team at SAMRO is now collating all member inputs and encourages any more submissions to be sent to marketing@samro.org.za.

 

 

The submissions and recommendations will be presented to the membership of SAMRO at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in June 2018, where it is hoped that new rules will be adopted that reflect the member’s will and best interests.

 

 

 

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Get to the Lusito Land Festival now

Posted by radio On April - 26 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Great food and entertainment awaits those looking for a fun-tastic day out

 

It’s time to hot-foot it to the Lusito Land Festival! Lovers of authentic Portuguese cuisine and culture will once again be able immerse themselves a celebration of delicious food and great entertainment.

 

The festival, which runs from 26 April to 6 May, with a two-day break in between on 2 and 3 May, will be held at the new venue on Cayman Road in Alewynspoort, Johannesburg South.

 

Hot entertainment has been lined up for the festival and visitors will be able to catch top local acts such a such as AKA, Sketchy Bongo, The Parlotones, Mi Casa, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Snotkop, Matthew Mole, Lady Zamar, GoodLuck, Shekhinah, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Denim, 1st Project, Puppetsula, Choppa, Garth Taylor, Rubber Duc and Ballyhoo.

 

Festival Organiser, Noemi Contente, says they have taken suggestions from past patrons into account and implemented numerous upgrades to make the event better than ever. “With fun and the safety of festival-goers a top priority, we have planted grass to reduce dust, provided extra lighting and upgraded the restrooms.

 

“In addition, we have made additional entrances to the parking areas available (on Kliprivier (R550) between Iberis and Cayman Road and another on Cayman Road), moved the disabled parking areas closer to the entrance and transformed the main ticketing entrance,” she adds.

 

A giant barrel marquee will be the hub of everything Portuguese. The marquee was custom-made for the event and will include an exhibition of traditional Portuguese ceramics, a Portuguese language stand hosted by the Camões Institute and another selling castanhas assadas (roasted chestnuts), a delicious Portuguese classic, amongst others.

All funds raised at the festival are donated to the Lusito School for the physically and mentally challenged.  Because the cost of caring for special-needs children and adults is beyond the means of many families, the proceeds from the festival go a long way towards easing their financial burden and ensuring learners benefit from a good education.

 

Don’t miss out on the fun. Get your tickets at Computicket now. https://online.computicket.com/web/event/lusito_land_festival/1200078314/0/85568200

 

 

Prices:

Adults and teens: R130

Kids between 6 and 12 years: R50

Pensioners: R50

Kids under-5: Free

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