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The second installment in the Across the Bridge Sessions – proudly brought to you by Amstel Lite – brings together the explosive talents and consciousness of BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness), a Soweto based group who “create a place where the ancient tangles with hip-hop; where long song cycles never give way to self-indulgence; where every moment serves the performance.” (Diane Coetzer, Rolling Stone) and BITTEREINDER, a “three piece Think-Dance-Machine from South Africa specialising in the world’s greatest Afrikaans electro rap.”

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The key thread both bands have hung onto is the power of music as a vehicle for change and their social awareness or consciousness.  It is this story that the second Across the Bridge Sessions will tell.

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Pretoria based Bittereinder recently released their brilliant new album SKERM, while BCUC blew the (metaphorical) roof off the 2014 Rocking The Daisies festival.  In their own right each band deploys massive energy onstage, so be sure to come witness the sparks fly when they combine their talents on the legendary Bassline stage in Newtown.

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Its Jazzuary time at Kaya FM

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Since 2010, Kaya FM has celebrated their core identity by embracing Jazzuary, an ode to the jazz greats.

For the month of January, the station reminds listeners of their heritage and plays authentic South African jazz musicians, promoting the traditional tracks they have shared with local audiences. The promotion has garnered a lot of support due to the result that listeners and jazz lovers alike are always romanticising about making jazz an everyday music genre.

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Each track played in Jazzuary celebrates who we are. The legacy of jazz is highlighted in every segment of our shows. This is where we showcase local musician’s township jazz, as well as more contemporary and progressive musicians. Reminiscent of their traditional backgrounds, many jazz musicians took influence from their surroundings, incorporating funk, RnB, soul, Marabi and Kwela. As they interacted with foreigners, they instilled Western influences in their songs, but kept their distinct sound. The contemporary tracks have an experimental feel to the music, comprising of different tempos, fusion of sub-genres and vocalist variety.

 

Jazzuary Unplugged sessions showcase contemporary and traditional jazz compositions. They open the dialogue about young musicians taking the baton of jazz into the next level, which encourages interaction and collaboration between the mature and the emerging musician.

 

Listeners can look forward to up and coming Live and Unplugged shows throughout the month.

11 January:

The Art of Sunday with Brenda Sisane at 1pm

The World Show with Nicky B at 7pm.

18 January:

The World Show with Nicky B at 7pm.

22 January:

Late Nite with Nonn at 9pm

23 January:

Georgie in the Afternoon at 2pm

25 January:

The Art of Sunday with Brenda Sisane at 1pm.

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Big names for first Algoa FM Music Concert

Posted by radio On December - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Some of the country’s favourite entertainers will be in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, March 7, for the first Algoa FM “Algoa Live” concert.

algThe line-up includes eight top national acts including Mi Casa, Jimmy Nevis, Kurt Darren, Prime Circle, Lloyd Cele, Goldfish and Stuart Reece.

 

“As the leading music station in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route we see the need – and the opportunity – to give fans the chance to see their favourite South African artists live on stage,” says Dave Tiltmann, managing director of Algoa FM.

 

The seven hour concert is being staged in Prince Alfred Park at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“It is seldom that you will find so many national acts of this calibre appearing in a single concert. This is a real coup for Port Elizabeth,” says Tiltmann.

 

There are plans to stage the concert annually. We know it will grow to become a popular sought-after event both locally and nationally”.

 

Concert tickets will be available from 6am on Thursday, 18 December and are being sold at R150 for adults and R80 for children (under 18).

 

Tickets will be available online via Ticketpros on www.ticketpros.co.za or purchased at participating PostNet outlets within the station’s broadcast area; including Beacon Bay, Vincent, Grahamstown, Uitenhage , in Port Elizabeth at Metlife Plaza, Moffett on Main, PE Waterfront Express, Sunridge Village, The Acres, The Bridge and Walmer.

 

Visit www.algoafm.co.za for further detail on the concert.

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Whitney Houston movie to premiere on Lifetime

Posted by radio On December - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut with the Lifetime Original Movie Whitney.

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The much anticipated drama features Yaya DaCosta (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) in the lead role, with Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destination 5) alongside her as Bobby Brown. It premieres on Sunday, 22 February 2015 at 20:00 CAT.

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Whitney chronicles the headline making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston and singer and songwriter Bobby Brown from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.

Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Houston’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.

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Houston’s vocal performances in the film are sung by Grammy nominated and multiplatinum selling entertainer Deborah Cox. The music featured in the film includes Houston’s hits The Greatest Love of AllI’m Your Baby TonightI’m Every Woman and I Will Always Love You as well as Brown’s Every Little Step.

Produced by The Sanitsky Company, Whitney is executive produced by Larry Sanitsky (Betty & Coretta). Shem Bitterman (Betty & Coretta) wrote the script.

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MTN Joyous Celebration adds one more show

Posted by radio On December - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

By Popular demand a third show has been added to MTN Joyous Celebration’s 19th recording.

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This ensemble of talented soloist will now record their 19th offering from the 19th to the 21st December 2014 and the last show will be broadcast live on SABC 1 from 20:00 PM until 22:00 PM.

“There has been a high demand of the show due to the fact that we will be performing in Soweto for the very first time which is why we have decided to add one more show to give our supporters one last spectacular show for the year 2014” Said Jabu Hlongwane co-founder of the group.

 

All show will take place at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto and will be a tribute to the late Lihle Mbanjwa-Sowazi who passed away on the 30th December 2014 during a tragic car accident.

“The past week has not been easy for the entire MTN Joyous Family, we have lost a very talented individual but we are working tirelessly at giving the best show of our lives as a tribute her” Said Lindelani Mkhize co-founder of the choir.

 

“We encourage all our supporters to be part this show ,not only will they be part of this history making spectacle but they will also get an opportunity to bid farewell to Lihle with good quality gospel music” Continued Mkhize.

 

Patrons are advised to book their tickets via Computicket or at any Shoprite outlet stores on time to avoid disappointments. Tickets priced from 180.00.

 

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

 

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Let your MUSIC make more MONEY for you

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Gone are the days of musicians making lots of money only to lose it all in a short period. Today, with knowledge and a passion for expansion beyond talent, there are ways in which musicians can sustain or revive a fading career

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Billionaires’ club

 

Dr Dre is one of the interesting success stories of “beyond talent”. He is one of two billionaires in the hip hop music industry. Dre hasn’t released an album in more than 10 years, and 10 years ago was nowhere on the list of top earners in music, until the launch of ‘Beats By Dre’ – a headphone company he co-founded, and which was subsequently bought by Apple for $3, 2 billion.  The headphones rode on the popularity of his street credibility as a rapper from the early 90s and reputation as a producer.

 

“Any musician should know that talent is a gift that should be enhanced with skill and knowledge in order to make a success of it in the music business,” says Velile Sithole, managing director of Native Rhythms, a company that specialises in music production, event and artist management.

 

“While not all musicians are trained in the business of music, it is still important to acquire business knowledge to make it in this industry, not forgetting that the possibility of becoming a one-hit wonder and being forgotten is always there…”

 

For a successful career in music, Sithole advises that musicians get knowledge and develop business strategies to make sure that music translates into a successful business.

 

Endorsements

 

In South Africa, Kabelo Mabalane, former member of Kwaito group TKZEE, has continued to stay relevant and make money from television shows despite having been away from the studio for some time. After Mabalane released his album Bouga Love (2004) he was signed on by Reebok becoming the first South African to have a shoe line named after him.

 

When DJ Sbu’s music was topping charts in 2010, Audi made him their brand ambassador, sponsoring him with the then top-of-the-range Audi TT roadster. The “off-the-music” trend has grown and today musicians easily make more money from endorsements than from album sales and live performances combined.

 

At just 20 years of age, Canadian pop superstar, Justin Bieber, entered the business world as a venture capitalist and technology investor. Bieber made his first start-up investment in 2009 putting millions of dollars in Stamped, Spotify, and game-for-good company SoJo Studios.

 

Today he makes money from promoting products as simple as toothbrushes and luxury products such as perfume.

 

Synchronising

 

Sithole advises that from the onset musicians should think of themselves as potential brands if they are going to pursue a successful career in the entertainment business.

 

To get to play in the big league, musicians must explore ways in which they can make their talent profitable. South Africa has made great strides in music synchronising – where music is used in films, TV shows, games and or adverts.

 

There are a number of companies that specialise in identifying music to use for films, TV shows, and games. Publishing companies also play a significant role in identifying synchronising opportunities.

 

Tips to help you go beyond talent:

 

Stay up-to-date with business trends and information. Knowledge will sustain your career. Know what’s going on in the world around you.

Position yourself as a brand, identify you target market, and brand or rebrand to attract your target market.

Identify ways in which your brand can expand into other areas of business.

Draw up a business strategy outlining how will reach your goals.

You don’t have to be Dr Dre, but you can identify your unique offering and market it well.

It’s what you can do beyond talent that will set you apart.

Don’t be a one-hit wonder; expand, explore, make mistakes, get up and try all over again, and never give up!

 

 

This article was first published by SAMRO, for more visit www.samro.org.za

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Young SA muso ready to take on the music world

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Music lies deep in South Africa’s roots, a lullaby to so many of her children and, for some like budding musician MenZi, their childhood companion and first love. Now fourteen, MenZi has already written, recorded and released his first single and has started building a reputation for excellence that is more than likely going to take him forward into a notable career in music.

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MenZi was born Menziwokuhle Sipho Mbuyazi in London. Before he turned one he moved to South Africa and has mostly lived in Johannesburg since. Just before he turned three, MenZi was taken to his first violin lesson, and as his skill developed, so too did his love of music grow. He still plays the violin and has extended his interests to the drums and piano, from which he composes his music. He is a member of his school’s Chapel Choir and, following auditions, MenZi made it into the KZN Midlands Youth Choir for 2015.

 

Like many young South Africans, sport is MenZi’s other passion. When not practicing or tinkering on the piano, he is on the sports field participating in all three of South Africa’s national sports — soccer, rugby and cricket. In 2014 he was selected to represent the U14 KZN Midlands provincial team for soccer.

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MenZi’s first single, Beautiful, was written by himself and a friend, Michael Carelse, during the school holidays in 2013. Beautiful was recorded at Orangotang Studios and was produced by Andrew Baird. Currently on YouTube in its musical form, MenZi hopes to soon shoot the music video to accompany Beautiful.

 

Beautiful is available for downloading and can be purchased through the iTunes Store and SoundCloud.

 

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Simfy africa announces top songs of 2014

Posted by radio On December - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Simfy africa users have spoken, voting with their listening choices.  simfy africa today announced the most popular streamed tracks, albums and artists of 2014. This diverse playlist shows the depth of simfy africa’s 27 million strong catalogue and features the hits of the year – all live on simfy africa on the day of release – including many SA and international favourites such as George Ezra, Pitbull, Goldfish, Nico & Vinz, Awolnation, Dr Victor and more.

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Artist, Song & Album of the Year

 

Song of the year is clearly ‘Pluto’ by DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg which smashed the charts this year, and features a collaboration to watch in 2015.

 

Beatenberg had this to say about being named Song of the Year, “Thank you to all of our simfy supporters. Keep streaming, keep dreaming. Look out for our new track ‘Beauty Like a Tightened Bow’ on simfy.”

 

On the international front, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams  was the clear winner, a song which has grabbed streaming charts across the globe, and is set to stand the test of time.

 

SA Artist of the Year goes to the enigmatic Jeremy Loops, a definite favourite in the plays logs and an artist who has dominated conversation in South Africa this year.  On hearing of the honour, Loops commented “ I am a huge proponent for online streaming services and getting  music to the people. It’s important. So it is such an honour to get this recognition from simfy africa, who were the first true streaming service in South Africa. Thank you!”

 

International Artist of the Year goes to John Legend, who delighted local fans with his hugely popular SA tour, his exclusive ‘South Africa edition’ release, and his appearance on the SA ‘X Factor’ as our very first international artist.

 

Album of the Year was a great debate in the simfy africa office but had to go to The Kiffness for their fresh and distinctly SA sound on ‘The Kiff’.  Dave Scott from The Kiffness simply commented “Thank you simfy for this kiff award. I am happy.”

 

International album of year was awarded to Sam Smith for ‘In The Lonely Hour’.  With numerous number ones over the course of the year, he took over our charts and its obvious that users love him.

 

Breakthrough Artist of the Year had to go to dynamic SA artist Matthew Mole.  Matthew has grabbed attention this year, with his radio singles, sold out gigs and high profile support slots.   Kiesza takes the international award for her unique sound, merging the 90s with a modern day house sound.

 

The simfy africa music team also felt that the Robin Schulz Remix of ‘Waves’ by Mr Probz deserved a special mention as the best Remix of the Year.

 

Artists to watch in 2015 in South Africa are Monark and The Soil, and on the international front, Royal Blood.

 

Favourite User of the Year

 

simfy africa has also crowned their favourite user of the year ‘louis77’ with an incredible 88 894 plays in the year, and the creation of 22 unique playlists.   ‘Louis77’ commented, when told of his winning status, that ‘simfy africa has changed my life.  I would never want to be without it again’.

 

Users overall listened to tens of millions of tracks over the year, and created over 150 000 playlists, but this user really stands out as a true music lover.

 

Popular playlists are truly #LoudlySouthAfrica with words such as Africa, Braai, Madiba, 80s, 90s, lekker, drive, tunes and of course, love.  Exercise is a popular theme in playlists with topics such as run, gym, power, yoga and more.

 

Simfy Africa announced their soon-to-be-launched Windows 8.1 application at Africa.com in November 2014, adding to their range of iOS, Android, BlackBerry [legacy / BB10] and desktop applications.  The service has grown from strength to strength since launch in August 2014, and has introduced such innovative features as autocaching, low bandwidth streaming and a fully mobile focus.

 

MTN simfy ambassador Jimmy Nevis commented that his favourite SA artists this year were Mi Casa and Matthew Mole, and his favourite SA song had to be Mafikizolo ‘Happy’.  Fellow ambassador Catherine Grenfell picked Cassper Nyovest as her SA artist of the year and agreed wholeheartedly on the simfy africa choices for Song of the Year, commenting that these were ‘clearly the winners in my opinion!’

 

The full top 100 songs list is on the simfy africa blog at corporate.simfyafrica.com or listen to the playlist at http://www.simfy.co.za/profiles/djsa/playlists/17889531

 

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The Best Of SA Music just got better

Posted by radio On December - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Amstel is once again bringing their highly anticipated Amstel Golden Hour to the Durban Jazz Festival. This year, they have something unforgettable planned – a collaboration between South African legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the kings of house music, Micasa.  

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The Amstel Golden Hour is all about turning one hour of the country’s most loved music festivals into something truly spectacular. This is done through epic staging, lighting and sound technology, but mostly it comes down to the acts. These often consist of amazing and unexpected collaborations that Amstel puts together to celebrate the time and enjoyment that goes into making the best of South African music. On 26 December, Micasa will share the stage with Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo for what is bound to be a truly unforgettable music experience.

 

Formed more than 50 years ago, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have become one of South Africa’s most prolific recording artists and have received countless accolades worldwide. “They are the perfect example of what happens when you take your time to perfect your craft and as a beer that does the same, Amstel couldn’t be prouder to be featuring them at this year’s event”, says Lance Dodgen, Amstel’s Brand Manager.

 

Micasa on the other hand have only been around for four years but in that time they have managed to be number one on every major South African radio and music video chart, opened for numerous international acts and have won three of the most highly coveted music awards at the SAMAs, making them a South African music sensation in their own right. Lance comments, “The fact that Micasa started out as three strangers who decided to freestyle together on a stage at a rooftop party and now, just a few years later, they are one of the hottest bands in the country, is testimony to their hard work and dedication, and it makes them a worthy partner to share the stage with a true South African legend.”

 

The isicathamiya and mbube vocal styles of a choral group merged with the unique urban jazz sounds of a house band, will give festival goers an hour they’ll never forget and one that is guaranteed to be the highlight of the festival.

 

The Amstel Golden Hour at this year’s Durban Jazz Festival will take place on Friday 26 December at the Main Music festival.

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This weekend the Mapungubwe Arts and Heritage Festival kicks off with the much anticipated Street Carnival on Friday the 5th and the Gospel Festival being held at the Polokwane Cricket Grounds on 6 December 2014. Gospel greats Solly Mahlangu, Sipho Makhabane and Worship House will be joined by nine local gospel acts in what promises to be an event that will raise hearts and voices.

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The gospel festival, which starts at 11h00 is just one of the many exciting events taking place this week (5 -13 December) in Limpopo at the Mapungubwe Arts and Heritage Festival. Celebrating all that is great about the province, the week will showcase local artists and promote one of South Africa’s most beautiful heritage sites.

 

This gospel festival’s outstanding line-up is then matched the following week at the Jazz and Heritage Festival taking place on 13th December, at the Polokwane Cricket Grounds. Starting at 11h00 the event features some of Limpopo, South Africa and Africa’s most exciting jazz performances. Afro-pop singer song writer Salif Keita (Mali), known for his reputation as the “Golden Voice of Africa” will be joined by local legends Hugh Masekela, Bhudaza, Jimmy Dludlu, Jonas Gwangwa, Thomas Chauke, Joe Shirimane, Colbert Mukwevho, Ringo Madlingozi, Candy and Limpopo’s own Selaelo Selota. The Jazz and Heritage Festival will also feature the following new and developing artists from the region: Advocate Bongororo, Lejekeje, Ricky Sekhale, Muzo Brothers, Ntsikwana, Brian Bomba, Malondolo, Innocent, Tyfenny and Mopedy. Tickets for the Jazz and Heritage Festival cost R100 and children under 12yrs are free.

 

Every day, the Limpopo story will be shared with audiences from 18h00 -23h00 at the Polokwane Library Gardens Hall by various groups local groups, ensembles and comedians. This includes Get Down Productions – Upfront on the 8 December, Polokwane Ensembles – Good story to tell;  on the 9th December and a night of laughter with comedians Mashabela Galane, Thapelo, Collen Chepie and on 12 December. Entrance is free to all of these performances (Friday the 12th) .

 

Other events include the colourful Cultural Carnival, which will take place on 5 December and will include various local artists, musicians and cultural groups. There will also be an arts and craft market running every day at the SABC Park from 5 December to 12 December.  On the 11 December,  DJ Oskido, DJ Magubane -Munghana Lonene, DJ Jones Phalaphala FM and DJ Boeli Thobela FM will ensure that the Polokwane Shisa-Nyama (Opposite ANC Office) is the place to be. The event starts at 18h00 and entrance is free.

 

“The Mapungubwe Arts Festival fosters social cohesion, unity and nation building for the diverse population in our country. It is educational in nature, exposing the younger generation to our local artistic talent.  This event further encourages tourism into our Province which has positive economic spin-offs” said MEC Ndalane.

 

Ticket bookings can be made at Computicket.

 

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