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GoodLuck release their latest music video

Posted by radio On September - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Known for out-the-box thinking and cool creativity, Goodluck has done it again with a release of their ‘What Would We Be’ music video.

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Shot in the streets of Cape Town, the video sees Goodluck fans singing along to the song under a frame work with the hashtag “What Would We Be” – a follow up on the recent viral campaign that got people thinking about the important people in their lives and asking themselves the simple question, “`What would we be without each other?”

 

 

The video was shot over the course of one day in a raw and simple fashion that is personable and humorous and works well with the messaging in the lyrics.  The video was given some backing from the Cape Town Tourism Board, who have been backing the #WhatWouldWeBe campaign.  Social media was largely responsible for getting the fans to the streets of Cape Town to engage in the video shooting process.

 

 

Luckily the fans knew the lyrics from the song and those that didn’t were given a quick crash course and gave it their best shot.  “The mistakes and shots of people laughing and mixing words up are some of our favourites though”, says Jules Harding – lead vocalist for the group.

 

 

‘What Would We Be’ comes from Goodluck’s second album, Creatures of The Night.

Watch the awesome video here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B92QK1CtsMJBLVhFcDV3RDRXVEU/edit?usp=sharing

Or here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km2j7sWnQzE

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SAMRO honours music trailblazers

Posted by radio On September - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It was a night celebrating historic firsts and emerging music talent when young composers Antoni Schonken and Prince Bulo were crowned the winners of the 2014 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition on Saturday night.

 

composersEach winner – one in the Western Art Music genre, one in the Jazz Music category – walked away with a lucrative R170 000 scholarship to further their music studies abroad.

 

This year the SAMRO Foundation’s annual contest, which has been in existence since 1962, included a groundbreaking partnership with the South African Post Office and the Gerard Sekoto Foundation ahead of Heritage Month. New arrangements of original Sekoto music compositions were performed for the first time in public on the night, and the SA Post Office showcased its new series of stamps depicting 10 late South African music legends.

 

On 30 August 2014, the Wits Great Hall in Braamfontein resounded with vibrant music when the original compositions of the four scholarships finalists were performed during a special Concert Evening.

 

In the Western Art Music category, the work Eventide by University of Cape Town Master’s student Amy Crankshaw (22) was brought to life by Malcolm Nay (piano) and Luke Newby (clarinet). This was followed by a performance of Six Short Dances, composed by Stellenbosch University PhD candidate Antoni Schonken (26), by Nay on piano, Khanyisile Mthetwa-Lacny on flute and Maciej Lacny on cello.

 

The Orbit Big Band from the Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein performed both Jazz Music compositions that were in contention for top honours: April 14 by Kingsley Buitendag (29) – a composer, pianist, bass player and lecturer based in the Eastern Cape – and Bass’d in Africa by Prince Bulo (28), a Master’s student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Both candidates had been merit or runner-up award winners in previous SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competitions.

 

Apart from the budding composers having the privilege of seeing their original works performed by seasoned professionals on the night, another highlight was the premiere of two works by Sekoto (1913-1993), who was a gifted composer in addition to being an exceptional visual artist.

 

His lively compositions Igoli and Africa, arranged by former SAMRO scholarship winner James Bassingthwaighte, were performed by the Orbit Big Band with Sean Jacobs on vocals – drawing appreciative applause as the audience witnessed history in the making.

 

In another first, the evening saw the launch of the Surendran Reddy clazz Award for young composers. Reddy was a boundary-crossing South African composer, pianist and teacher who passed away in 2010. He termed his signature style “clazz” – a fusion of classical, jazz, traditional African music, mbaqanga and other types of world music.

 

The SAMRO Foundation and Reddy’s longtime companion, Heike Asmuss, hope that this new award will encourage young composers to break free of the shackles of genre and style to come up with a free, experimental sound of their own.

 

The inaugural Surendran Reddy clazz Award was presented to a delighted Bulo, who also won one of the two scholarships on offer. Each of the runners-up in the scholarships competition received R40 000 to further their studies, with Paul Morrissey (Jazz Music) and Arthur Feder (Western Art Music) being presented with merit awards for their compositions.

 

Dedicating this, the 53rd SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition, to pioneering composers both past and present, SAMRO Foundation managing director André le Roux noted: “The path of the pioneer and the innovative thinker is seldom a smooth one, but as long as we embrace the artists, creators, novel troublemakers, inventors, rebels and revolutionaries in our midst, there is hope for the state of our arts sector.”

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MTN Joyous Celebration to take over Polokwane

Posted by radio On August - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s most adored ensemble will journey to the city of the stars, Polokwane to provide a once in a life time spiritually uplifting concert.

 

Joyous Cast 7On the 13th September at the Meropa Casino Lawn, this  award winning choir will rise to the stage and perform songs from their recently released 18th rendition titled “One Purpose”  that has songs such as “Bhekani Kujehova” ‘Modimo Ali Teng” and Ntate Ke Mang that have had fans up on their feet during the entire 2014 tour.

 

This year SA’s favourite gospel ensemble introduces the MTN Joyous Conductor Experience, where one lucky winner will receive a unique opportunity to conduct a song of their choice from the MTN Joyous Celebration 18th album on stage. Competition is open to all MTN PayAsYouGo and TopUp customers and they can enter by simply dialling *130*1# and selecting to opt in to the competition then recharge with a minimum of R10 airtime weekly.

 

“MTN Joyous Celebration continues to define the gospel choral music scene on the continent and as firm supporters of South African music, we are absolutely delighted to be able to bring our customers closer to their musical heroes through exciting initiatives such as the MTN Joyous Conductor Experience. The people of Polokwane should brace themselves for a spectacular and spiritually fulfilling event”, added Desiree Pooe: MTN Senior Manager for Sponsorships and Events.

 

“The MTN Joyous Conductor Experience is our way of giving back to our loyal fans all over the country. They have supported us from infancy to this musical juggernaut that we have become and through it, we reward one of them with a unique opportunity to share the stage with Joyous live during a show” said Jabu Hlongwane co-founder of the group.

 

“Being an outdoor show, we invite our fans and all music lovers to bring their camping chairs and blankets and come in their numbers to sing, dance, praise and celebrate spring and all that is good,” added show Conductor and Producer, Lindelani Mkhize.

 

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets now via Computicket or at any ShopRite outlet for an opportunity to praise and worship with this choir of talented soloists. Tickets priced between R180 – R270 at Computicket but R210 – R300 at the gate.

For more information and updates; join My Joyous Celebration on Facebook and follow @joyousSA on twitter.

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Music icons past and present honoured in a special concert evening ‘composed’ by Gerard Sekoto, SAMRO Foundation and SA Post Office

 

samrofoThe SAMRO Foundation is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Gerard Sekoto Foundation and the South African Post Office on its annual flagship project for postgraduate music students, the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition.

 

This year’s competition, which takes the form of a Concert Evening at the Wits Great Hall on Saturday, 30 August 2014, will see the compositions of the four finalists – two in the Western Art Music genre and two in the Jazz/Popular Music style – being performed before a live audience.

 

At the end of the evening, the winners of two international scholarships worth R170 000 each will be announced, as well as subsidiary awards including the newly launched Surendran Reddy clazz Award.

 

The gifted young Western Art Music composers vying for this enticing prize are University of Cape Town Master’s student Amy Crankshaw and Antoni Schonken, a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch University (Western Art Music).

 

In the Jazz/Popular Music section of the competition, the compositions of Grahamstown-based MMus graduate Kingsley Buitendag and University of KwaZulu-Natal Master’s degree candidate Prince Bulo (Jazz/Popular Music) will take centre stage.

 

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Prince Bulo

Life-changing though the occasion will no doubt be for the two young music students who will be declared the winners of the lucrative scholarships, it will be equally momentous from a music heritage point of view.

 

The late Gerard Sekoto, one of South Africa’s most highly regarded visual artists, was also a gifted musician – and two of his original compositions will receive their much-anticipatedpublic premiere at the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships concert evening.

 

In a coup for South African arts and culture, Sekoto’s works Africa and Igoli will be performed by Johannesburg’s Orbit Big Band, arranged by former SAMRO scholarship winner James Bassingthwaighte.

 

In the 1990s, the South African Post Office issued two overseas postage stamps depicting artworks by Sekoto, as well as a miniature sheet and commemorative covers.

 

In July 2014, the SA Post Office cemented its commitment to conserving arts heritage by issuing a series of 10 commemorative stamps depicting South African music legends, who may be gone but are certainly not forgotten: James Phillips, Brenda Fassie, Johannes Kerkorrel, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba, Solomon Linda, Spokes Mashiane, Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde, Kippie Moeketsi and Taliep Petersen. These, as well as the Sekoto stamps and Nelson Mandela tribute stamps, will be on display and for sale at the scholarships concert evening.

 

“The music legends featured on the commemorative stamps were chosen for their innovative music, which brought fundamental change to the perceptions of South Africans and was instrumental in uniting societies,” explains Lungile Lose of the SA Post Office.

 

“Criteria used in choosing them included factors such as whether they introduced a completely new, original and distinctively South African style of music. The musicians are as representative as possible of our society, covering the most important or best-known musical genres.”

 

Themba Wakashe, the chairman of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, adds: “We are proud to collaborate with the SAMRO Foundation to preserve and nurture Sekoto’s legacy.”

 

The Sekoto Foundation aims to develop awareness and understanding of Sekoto’s legacy by teaching South Africans about his life, art, music, philosophy and writings. Because formal art education was largely out of reach to black South Africans during apartheid, Sekoto hoped to see this rectified and his will expressly stated that his estate should be used to uplift art education for young people.

 

André le Roux, managing director of the SAMRO Foundation, is excited about Sekoto’s musical works finally being brought to life on stage – the same original scores that are safely housed in the SAMRO Music Archive.

 

“I heard a lovely story about Gerard Sekoto’s relationship with music,” he relates. “Apparently, he was walking down one of the famous Parisian walkways and passed a bar or eatery. There was a competition on the go for a new pianist to play for their clientele. Gerard entered, started playing and promptly won the competition, which meant that he played music for the pub.

 

“This was often how he earned his living as a musician – composing new tunes and playing music – because as we all know, one cannot always survive on the visual arts alone.”

 

Le Roux believes that not enough is done to celebrate Sekoto’s legacy as a composer and for this reason, a natural common ground exists between the SAMRO Foundation and the Sekoto Foundation, where the arts and creativity in general are supported and celebrated. It’s a coup to have the Post Office as part of this “tripartite arts alliance”, he says.

 

“The SAMRO Foundation’s motto may be ‘composing the future’, but we are equally committed to celebrating and preserving our past cultural riches,” says Le Roux.

 

Shifty Records, the seminal 1980s-era independent record label that kept the South African music flag flying high with its stable of boundary-breaking artists, will also have a strong presence at the scholarships Concert Evening.

 

Shifty’s Lloyd Ross said it is an honour to participate in this prestigious event: “The timing of the event is serendipitous, as it occurs just two days before the launch of Shifty September at the Alliance Française in Johannesburg, which is to be a month-long focus on the legacy of the fiercely independent record label that was a home to composers of songs of conscience of all creeds during the dark decade before the birth of our democracy.

 

“The invitation is much appreciated, because like the inclusion of two Shifty artists on the recent Post Office’s Music Legend series stamps, it is a recognition of the importance of the work that Shifty did at a time where it seemed like the record and broadcast industries were working their hardest to impede the ambitions of the committed composers in the Shifty fold.”

 

Entrance to the Concert Evening at the Wits Great Hall on 30 August 2014 is free, but is by invitation only and seating is limited. To reserve yourseat, please call Naseema at (011) 712 8417 or email:naseema.yusuf@samro.org.za.

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As the nation celebrates 20 years of freedom, Drakensburg Promotions is set to pay homage to some legends of the South African music industry at a prestigious gala dinner held shortly before the much anticipated Moretele Tribute Concert.

 

musicheroFocusing on the live music industry, the Drakensburg Promotions Tribute Awards honour key role players in the music industry including journalists, promoters and those who work behind the scenes such as producers, backing singers and technical crew.   Since the Awards’ inception in 1998, more than 90 musicians and music industry personnel have been honoured, including Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Victor Ntoni, Sibongile Khumalo, Dorothy Masuku, and Lucky Dube among many.

 

Producers like Chicco Twala, Richard Seluma and Victor Masondo have also been honoured as well as session musicians like bassist Fana Zulu, backing vocalist Faith Kekana and Stella Khumalo.

 

The artists to be honoured this year are Johnny Clegg, Dr. Thomas Chauke, saxophonist Khaya Mahlangu, Alec Khaoli, Blondie & Pappa Makhene. As the nation marks the 20-years-of-democracy milestone, this year’s awards are a poignant reminder of the remarkable role music has and continues to play in our democracy, by simultaneously swaying our feet and consciences. It’s befitting that at this significant milestone some of the artists being honoured have used music as a form of anti-apartheid activism.

 

The gala dinner will be held at the Southern Sun Hotel in Pretoria on the 28th of August, just two days before the star-studded Moretele Park Tribute Concert gets underway.  Johnny Clegg, Mafikizolo, Mi Casa, Jonas Gwangwa, Lira and Zonke are among the chart topping artists billed to perform at this concert.

 

Below is a full list of the 2014 Tribute Awards Honourees.

 

PEOPLE THAT PLAY A BIG ROLE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

 

1.       Nhlanhla Paul Sibisi

2.      Graeme Gilfillan (Copyright Expert) works at NISA – Business Affairs director at NISA)

3.      Freddie Nyathela

 

ARTISTS

 

1.      Dr. Thomas Chauke

2.      Johnny Clegg

3.      Pappa & Blondie Makhene

4.      Masike “funky”Mohapi (posthumously)

5.      Khaya Mahlangu

6.      Om Alec Khaoli

 

JOURNALISTS

1.         Victor RW Mecoamere – Sowetan Journalist

2.         Vukile Pokwana – Former City Press Journalist

3.         Sandile Memela – Former City Press Journalist

4.         Derick Thema – Former The Star News Paper Journalist

5.         Bongane Madondo – refer to the Bio

 

PROMOTERS

 

1.      Sam Jiza Jiza Mthembu

2.      Roddy Quin

3.      Sabinki Senabe

4.      Joe Chakela

5.      Carel Hoffmann

 

ARTISTS BEHIND THE SCENE

 

1.      Lawrence Matshiza

2.      Beaulah Hashe

3.      Khanyisile Khanyo Ellen Maphumulo

 

Concert details

Event: Tribute Awards

Date: Thursday, 28 August 2014

This event is for invited Guest ONLY it is not opened to the Public

 

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Nicki Minaj set to rock MTV VMA stage

Posted by radio On August - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

MTV has announced that Grammy Award-nominated superstar Nicki Minaj will take the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards stage for what is sure to be one of the night’s most talked-about performances. The multiplatinum hip-hop titan will perform her alluring and pounding new hit single, Anaconda, for the first time, from her highly anticipated album The PinkPrint, due out later this year.

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The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards is presented by MTV in association with Sprite and powered by MTN. Taking place at the Forum, Inglewood, California on Sunday, 24 August 2014, the show premieres live on MTV on Monday, 25 August 2014 at 03:00 CAT, with the primetime premiere on Monday, 25 August 2014 at 21:00 CAT (red carpet show at 20:00 CAT).

 

“The VMAs is a pretty big deal so people go all out for it,” said Nicki Minaj. “I am very, very excited and looking forward to the performance.”

 

Nicki Minaj is no stranger to the VMA stage, with past performances on the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show performing her first number one single, Your Love, and in 2012, she joined Alicia Keys on the main stage for a fiery performance of Girl on Fire. Additionally, Minaj earned a VMA Moonman trophy in 2011 for Best Hip-Hop Video for Super Bass and in 2012 for Best Female Video with Starships.

 

Her debut studio album, Pink Friday, achieved record-breaking numbers in 2010, by becoming certified Platinum only a month after its release due to the Top 40 hits, Your Love, Moment 4 Life feat. Drake, Check it Out, Right Thru Me, and Super Bass which was RIAA-certified 8x Platinum. Nicki Minaj debuted at the top of the charts once again with her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded behind the hit singles of Beez In The Trap feat. 2 Chainz, Pound The Alarm, Va Va Voom, and the RIAA-certified 4x Platinum and Top 5 single, Starships. The album became one of the best-selling albums of 2012 according to Nielsen Soundscan. At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Minaj led all rap artists with seven nominations and scored three wins including Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Album, and Top Streaming Artist. In addition, Nicki has won four American Music Awards, an MTV EMA and two additional Billboard Music Awards.

 

Nicki Minaj is currently the most charted female rapper in the history of music including the most digital sales for a female emcee, and ranks in the Top 6 of all female artists with the most Hot 100 Billboard entries (51) due to recent hits like Love More with Chris Brown, Bang, Bang with Jessie J and Ariana Grande and her own critically acclaimed first single from The PinkPrint, Pills N Potions.

 

With two number one albums with worldwide sales exceeding 5 million, over 50 million in digital sales as a solo and featured artist, she and Adele are the only two artists to ever sell 1 million copies of five different songs in one year. The Young Money/Cash Money Records superstar recently expanded her talents onto the big screen with her movie debut in the 20th Century Fox comedy, The Other Woman, opposite Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.

 

Nicki Minaj joins previously announced performers Beyoncé, Usher, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds of Summer at the 2014 VMAs for what promises to be an electrifying live event and TV experience.

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MTN Joyous Celebration in Polokwane

Posted by radio On August - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s most adored ensemble will journey to the city of the stars, Polokwane to provide a once in a life time spiritually uplifting concert.

 

Joyous Cast 7On the 13th September at the Meropa Casino Lawn, this  award winning choir will rise to the stage and perform songs from their recently released 18th rendition titled “One Purpose”  that has songs such as “Bhekani Kujehova” ‘Modimo Ali Teng” and Ntate Ke Mang that have had fans up on their feet during the entire 2014 tour.

 

This year SA’s favourite gospel ensemble introduces the MTN Joyous Conductor Experience, where one lucky winner will receive a unique opportunity to conduct a song of their choice from the MTN Joyous Celebration 18th album on stage. Competition is open to all MTN PayAsYouGo and TopUp customers and they can enter by simply dialling *130*1# and selecting to opt in to the competition then recharge with a minimum of R10 airtime weekly.

 

“MTN Joyous Celebration continues to define the gospel choral music scene on the continent and as firm supporters of South African music, we are absolutely delighted to be able to bring our customers closer to their musical heroes through exciting initiatives such as the MTN Joyous Conductor Experience. The people of Polokwane should brace themselves for a spectacular and spiritually fulfilling event”, added Desiree Pooe: MTN Senior Manager for Sponsorships and Events.

 

“The MTN Joyous Conductor Experience is our way of giving back to our loyal fans all over the country. They have supported us from infancy to this musical juggernaut that we have become and through it, we reward one of them with a unique opportunity to share the stage with Joyous live during a show” said Jabu Hlongwane co-founder of the group.

“Being an outdoor show, we invite our fans and all music lovers to bring their camping chairs and blankets and come in their numbers to sing, dance, praise and celebrate spring and all that is good,” added show Conductor and Producer, Lindelani Mkhize.

 

Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets now via Computicket or at any ShopRite outlet for an opportunity to praise and worship with this choir of talented soloists. Tickets priced between R180 – R270 at Computicket but R210 – R300 at the gate.

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Jessica Mbangeni brings you IGoli

Posted by radio On July - 24 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Acclaimed praise poet Jessica Mbangeni is announcing herself as a solo musician to be reckoned with during a series of concerts to promote her debut album, IGoli.
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Fusing Afro-jazz and Afro-soul elements with traditional Xhosa rhythms, this enterprising young artist and creative entrepreneur has crafted an irresistible medley of music and poetry steeped in the culture of her Eastern Cape upbringing.

 

 

Mbangeni will be performing tracks from her self-funded album at Niki’s Oasis in Newtown on Saturday, 2 August 2014 and at the Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni on Friday, 8 August 2014, prior to her September CD launch at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre.

 

 

She is also due to perform at the International Women’s Forum Conference in Atlanta in the USA at the end of October, when she will also be attending the CMJ Music Marathon as an independent artist and record label owner. Then, next year, Mbangeni will be heading to the influential South by Southwest music conference in Texas.

 

 

IGoli – meaning “in Joburg” – is a live album comprising 11 tracks, most of which were composed by Mbangeni, with one track (UmaXhosa) penned by the late jazz great Victor Ntoni, who passed away last year. The CD was produced by Ntoni, Gabriel Stuurman and Lawrence Matshza, and has been independently released through her own label, KwaNtu Entertainment.

 

 

With Mbangeni – who is South Africa’s only female imbongi or praise poet, and also runs a successful fashion and décor business producing exclusive African designs – on vocals, the CD features the crème de la crème of South African musical talent.

 

 

Her impressive list of collaborators on the album includes McCoy Mrubata, Fana Zulu, Sydney Mavundla, Phinda Mtya, Kwazi Shange, Nduduzo Makathini, Khanyo Maphumulo, Reuben Malgas, Bheki Mbatha and Khanya Ceza.

The poetic lyrics speak of the contrast between rural simplicity and the urban rat race, rites of passage, traditional practices and the importance of upholding one’s culture. “Most of the tracks are love songs – a kind of ‘African blues’, if you like,” relates Mbangeni.

 

“They are celebratory – such as those sung during initiation ceremonies – but also speak of pain and rejection, and are anchored in my personal cultural influences and experiences.”

In addition to the title track, another single that is being targeted for radio airplay is titled Afrika, a moving tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. The track is being released to help raise funds for the planned Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.

 

 

Track number seven on the album, Emgodini, is a tribute to mineworkers and was triggered by the August 2012 Marikana massacre. She was commissioned to compose the song by “people’s poet” Mzwakhe Mbuli, and hopes it will go some way towards healing the nation’s wounds and instilling hope for the future of the African continent.

Mbangeni is well acquainted with the country-versus-city dichotomy: she was born and raised in Nqamakwe in the Eastern Cape, but now resides in Johannesburg, where she owns KwaNtu Afrocentric Designs, a thriving indigenous African fashion, crafts and décor boutique at the Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg.

She is also in demand as a poet for corporate events – with praise singing and poetry remaining her first love – and has performed in Europe as well as at high-profile local events such as MaMbeki’s funeral, the fifth annual Thabo Mbeki Lecture, the FIFA World Cup draw and in the stage production Madiba – The African Opera at the State Theatre.

 

 

Over the years, Mbangeni has toured the world with the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, and has also worked with local luminaries such as Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Dolly Rathebe, Abigail Kubeka and Thandi Klaasen.

It has been a decade-long journey, she reveals, to draw together all the different threads and stories in a single musical package. “My influences on the album range from choral and symphonic to Xhosa a cappella sounds – together, they combine to create a sound that in Xhosa we call umngqungqo. It’s very rarely heard or celebrated in modern music.”

 

 

With IGoli, Mbangeni emphatically proves that she defies labelling or boxing into any neat category. She is a poet, singer, composer, businesswoman, job creator, mother and heritage activist who is passionate about ensuring that the world hears authentic African stories.

“I would really like people to sit up and take note of the content we produce as Africans, and how it relates to our culture,” she says.

Mbangeni has run cultural exchange programmes in faculties of anthropology, and wishes to use her insights to help the country embrace its sense of identity through the powerful tool that is music.

 

 

“I want to collaborate with universities around the world to preserve indigenous languages through jazz,” says this young trailblazer. “We need to promote indigenous knowledge systems to preserve our cultural integrity, sustain our heritage and maintain our traditional protocols.”

 

 

IGoli is available to purchase at KwaNtu Afrocentric Designs, shop C91 at the Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. Alternatively, the album can be purchased online via iTunes and at all her live performances.

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Kenny Lattimore back in Mzansi

Posted by radio On July - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The Bassline in Newtown, Johannesburg is proud to announce a rare intimate performance for two exclusive nights with one of music’s biggest international stars, Kenny Lattimore.

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Kenny Lattimore is no stranger to South African soul lovers; Lattimore has performed to sell-out crowds in Johannesburg before.  This time it’s much different as this Grammy-nominated, highly acclaimed artist desired to get up close and personal with the people of South Africa.  In this rare performance he will bring audiences his unique flavour of musical sensuality, vocal agility and dramatic stage performances – all perfectly combined with a compelling subtlety that makes him one of the worlds’ top singer/songwriters.

Lattimore has earned the reputation as one of today’s premier male vocalists, as well as a compelling songwriter who passionately explores universal themes and truths in a fresh new way.  He makes music from his heart that feeds his listeners’ souls both lyrically and melodically.  Since his debut in 1996 he has raked in numerous awards, performed globally to sell out crowds and continued to sell to ‘Gold’ status with his releases.  He has also inspired many of today’s artists, including Kanye West, who sampled the Lattimore composition “Lately” on the track “I’m In It” on his groundbreaking album Yeezus.

A true music-man, Lattimore is also an internationally respected producer, having been sought out by heavy-weights such as Musiq Soulchild, Ray J, Nancy Wilson, Heather B and many others, to work on their albums.

This stunning event coincides with Lattimore’s anticipated 2014 single release Built To Last, the song that supports the much anticipate documentary in support of the ‘Being One Initiative’.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this unique soulful experience.

When: 1st & 2nd August 2014

Where: Bassline, Newtown, Johannesburg

Tickets: pnptickets.co.za, starting from R300 – R650 for a total VIP experience.

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Wawela Music Awards 2014, the winners are

Posted by radio On July - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The second annual Wawela Music Awards took to the stage recently to once again applaud South Africa’s finest musical contributors. The star studded ceremony was hosted by the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) in a glittering event held in Johannesburg on Friday 27 June 2014.Wawela-newsArticle01[1]

 

 

The awards were launched by SAMRO in 2013 to provide a more inclusive showcase of all players in the music industry’s value chain. The second installment of the prestigious Wawelas once again went beyond the performers to award song writers and music publishers who add magic to the music at every stage of creation.

 

“We at SAMRO are pleased to be able to play our part in celebrating South African musicians through the Wawela Music Awards, as the awards enable us to recognise some great behind the scenes contributors and works,” said Sipho Dlamini CEO of SAMRO.

 

The second event attracted some big names both performing on the night and nominated in the various categories. Particularly among the special awards categories, where South Africa’s ground-breaking musicians shared the applause with legends from the past and present.

 

Among those recognised was the legendary “King Don Father of Kwaito”, Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng, who was honoured in the Prolific Category of Works Award. He was recognised alongside another driving force in SA music – Chicco Twala – who picked up the Wawela Lifetime Achievement Award for the huge strides he achieved in his lengthy career. Also honoured was 73 year old Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader and Grammy Award winner, Joseph Shabalala. He walked away with the Breaking Through the Borders Award, which he deservedly earned though his accomplishments promoting South Africa’s rich and diverse music abroad.

 

The standard category awards also recognised some stand-out musicians in a broad variety of genres and mediums. The notable winners include film score composer Philip Miller, who won Best Soundtrack in a Feature film or Theatrical Documentary  the second year running .  While Joe Niemand took home the Best song or Composition in a Television Production award.

 

The big winner for night was composer, Adam Howard, who received two awards in the categories Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial and Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial.

 

Rapper HHP walked away with the Best Creative Album of the Year award for his album Motswafrika, while Sheer Publishing took home the honours as the Best Publisher of the Year. Songwriter of the Year went to Mi Casa for Heavenly Sent while The Muffinz were awarded the Best South African Duo/Group award for their album Have You Heard. Singer-songwriter and poet Zahara walked away with the Best Female Artist & Composer/Co-composer and maskandi legend, Ihhashi Elimhlophe won Best Male Artist & Composer/Co-composer.

 

Nicholaas Labuschagne, completed the list of honours with the Statistical Award for Live Performance and Broadcast.

 

Among the legends who shared the stage were Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and PJ Powers. Who proved their talent to be undiminished as they thrilled the audience with their unmistakable sounds.

 

The Wawela Music Awards also took the time to poignantly mark South Africa’s 20 years of freedom and democracy with a special musical tribute performed by Yvonne Chaka Chaka, together with Trenton and Free Radical in honour of Nelson Mandela. Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers along with nominated musicians Lindiwe Maxolo and Tarryn Lamb also honoured the memory of Brenda Fassie. Performing heartfelt renditions of some of her biggest hits including Zola Budd, Weekend Special and Vuli’ndlela.

 

Dlamini spoke of the importance of the occasion, saying, “As we celebrate 20 years of freedom, we are proud to celebrate the role of music in the fight to attain our democracy.”

 

 

 

Full list of winners

 

 

 

Standard Awards

 

Best Soundtrack in a Feature film or Theatrical Documentary

 

Philip Miller

 

Best song or Composition in a Television Production

 

Joe Niemand

 

Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial

 

Adam Howard

 

Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial

 

Adam Howard

 

Best Creative Album of the Year

 

HHP

 

Publisher of the Year Award

 

Sheer Publishing

 

Songwriter of the Year

 

Mi Casa

 

Best South African Duo/Group

 

The Muffinz

 

Best Female Artist & Composer/Co-composer

 

Zahara

 

Best Male Artist & Composer/Co-composer

 

Ihashi Elimhlophe

 

Statistical Award for Live Performance and Broadcast

 

Nicholaas Labuschagne

 

 

 

Special Awards

 

Breaking through the Borders Award

 

Joseph Shabalala

 

The Wawela Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Chicco Twala

 

Prolific Catalogue of Works Award

 

Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng

 

 

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