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Have you heard Roxxi’s new track?

Posted by radio On October - 13 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Female Hip Hop Producer and DJ, Roxxi recently collaborated with Reason, Nadia Nakai and Yung Swiss on one of the hottest tracks of October 2015, “Like Whoo”.

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Roxxi’s new track was featured for the first time on South African radio stations on the Fresh @ 5 radio show on 5FM on Thursday, 1 October 2015.  Since its debut it has been receiving some major attention.

#LikeWhoo has been creating a commotion on twitter and according to Trendsmap was trending last week.

 

“We would go into a description about the bars, the instrumental and who had the best verse, but with a song title like this, we wouldn’t be doing you justice if we didn’t let the curiosity eat you up until you listened to it yourself.” – HypeMagazine.co.za

 

The track was made available on Slikour’s website (www.slikouronlife.co.za) for free download last week and reached nearly 2000 downloads. To listen and download the track visit iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/za/artist/dj-roxxi/id364301773

 

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R&B Superstar Maxwell heading to SA

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

R&B SUPERSTAR MAXWELL ANNOUNCED AS ONE OF MANY INTERNATIONAL STARS TO PERFORM AS PART OF MULTIPLE EVENTS TO BE HELD, 12 DECEMBER 2015.

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R&B superstar Maxwell is heading to SA shores this summer to headline the BET Experience Africa, a spectacular global celebration of urban culture, music and lifestyle, from entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).

 

Making its African debut on 12 December, BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over the Ticketpro Dome for a non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, bringing together lovers of urban culture and music. Wowing visitors all day long, the BET Experience Africa will showcase great food, fashion, music, comedy, dance, sport and much, much more.

 

Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performance on a central Sound Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Reserve your court-side seat for the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game and you could be watching top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy!

 

Fashionistas will revel in the Fashion & Beauty catwalk, while checking out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields.

 

The day will be rounded off with the BET Experience Concert, with superstar artists headlined by GRAMMY Award winning R&B musician Maxwell, alongside other international and African performers. Further talent taking part in BET Experience Africa will be announced at a later date.

 

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “VIMN Africa and BET are proud to introduce this incredibly successful BET franchise to African audiences for the first time, celebrating so many rich and varied faces of the urban lifestyle experience under one roof.”

 

BET Experience Africa is promoted in partnership with Glen 21 and inspired by the BET Experience, held annually in Los Angeles.

 

Tickets for the BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices (which include access to the sound stage and other lifestyle activities, plus the concert in the evening) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

 

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AKA lays bare his soul on MTV Base

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

2-PART EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WHERE AKA LAYS BARE HIS SOUL, TALKS CANDIDLY ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ZINHLE, THE CASSPER SAGA, TWITTER VENTING AND THE BONANG QUESTION

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Tune in this Friday as MTV Base VJ Sizwe Dhlomo hosts an exclusive and candid MTV Base interview, with South African Hip Hop sensation, AKA, as the MTV Base aims to find out the story ‘behind the story’, face-to-face with the man himself.

 

To the public he is AKA, the controversial and multi award winning global artist, but to those that know him he is Kiernan Forbes – a father and a businessman who will give his all for his one passion – music.

 

“Behind The Story” Part One will premiere on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Friday 2 October at 17:00 CAT and Part Two on Saturday 3 October at 11:00 CAT.

 

No stranger to controversy and speaking his mind, AKA – currently in the running for “Best African Act” at the 2015 MTV EMAs chose to sit down with MTV Base and speak openly on a range of issues following a media frenzy about revelations in his personal life.

 

In this 2-part exclusive, we find out about: the break up with his baby mama DJ Zinhle, (“I made choices that might have put me before her, or before my child or before my family,”); his life as a father with his 2 month old baby girl, Kairo, his rivalry and notorious feud with Cassper Nyovest (“I never back down from challenges and I don’t view it as a distraction, I view it as, this is part of my career, this is what it is,” ); his alleged new girlfriend Bonang Matheba (“Things are tough right now between everybody involved in this saga,”);  his popular diss track “Composure”, and his thoughts around the sensitive issue of SA’s Hottest MCs.

 

Tune in to this 2-part exclusive as AKA and Sizwe leave no stone unturned and put the rumours to bed once and for all.

 

 

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Producer, DJ, songwriter and entertainment blogger Roxxi collaborates with iconic South African rapper, Reason on one the hottest summer tracks of 2015, ‘Like Whoo’!  The hip hop single also features the sensationally talented female rapper Nadia Nakai on vocals and new talent Yung Swiss on the hook.  This ground-breaking collaboration promises to establish Roxxi as a forced to be reckoned with.

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One of the hottest and most thrilling music collaborations will be released on Soundcloud on Friday, 2 October 2015 and will be available for free download on Friday only: https://soundcloud.com/roxxiofficial

 

“Nadia Nakai and I have been good friends for some time now. She has been key in helping introduce me to the hip hop world as I previously was entrenched in the house market only. She was instrumental in hooking me up with Playground Productions – they previously worked with both Nadia and Reason on their tracks. I met with Kyle and the team and immediately we vibed.” says Roxxi.

 

Since firmly establishing herself on the DJ scene five years ago, Roxxi has accomplished many firsts for a female DJ and has inspired and motivated many female DJs in Africa. Roxxi is set to release an EP early next year which will consist of some revolutionary hip hop and house collaborations.  The music video for “Like Whoo” will be released later this year.

 

 

 

 

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SABC to partner with SATMAs

Posted by radio On September - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SABC  is proud to be a media partner for the South African Traditional Music Achievement (SATMA Awards)  which will take place at the University of Zululand in Richards Bay – KwaZulu Natal on Friday 02 and Saturday 03 October  2015, under the theme “I am an African ”.

 

 

On Friday the event will host  Comedy and Fashion Show,13 Categories will be announced and the will be performances by various traditional groups. On Saturday evening is the main music awards ceremony and 15 music categories will be announced.

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SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says,” The SATMA Awards offers an opportunity to the SABC to continue showcasing  the countries music cultural diversity.  Music occupies a central place in the SABC’s programming, be it traditional, Jazz, Gospel, Choral Music or any genre, music plays a crucial role in the promotion of the culture of South Africa’s people and the rest of the continent.

 

The SATMA Awards Founder Dr. Dumisani Goba promised that the, “SATMA Awards will continue to honour and preserve South Africa’s culture and heritage through its support of the arts”. He further challenged government and associated Arts and culture departments to put their financial muscles behind programs that support the upliftment of Traditional Music,  Culture and Heritage.

 

SATMA Awards promote, preserve, uplift, develop, stage multicultural exchanges, honour and award traditional musicians across racial and ethnic background.

 

The Red Carpet will start at 17h30 with VIP Guest such as Celebrities, Traditional Musicians and High Ranking Government Officials.

 

The official Award Ceremony will start at 19h00 with breathtaking performances by some of the SATMA Awards Nominees, Icons and Legends of Traditional Music.

 

Some of the SABC talent that will grace the event include, Bheka Mchunu (uKhozi FM), Ngizwe (Ukhozi FM),

 

SABC will also support the SATMA Awards as follows:

 

 

Ukhozi FM:

Ukhozi FM is a host platform for the SATMA’s  2015.  The station will broadcast  at Empangeni on Friday 2nd  and Saturday 3rd October.  uKhozi FM talent will engage and connect with its listeners and artist at the event.   All other SABC Radio stations will be supporting and covering the event and doing interviews with various artist nominated for the SATMA’s.

 

 

  • Interviewing SATMA AWARDS Winners during and post Award Ceremony by SABC Radio Stations.

 

SABC 1:

Selimathunzi  and ROOTS will do the insert which will be broadcast later on the channel.

 

SABC 1  will broadcast the SATMA AWARDS later in October.

 

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On the 28 and 29 September 2015 Barungwa Productions will be auditioning for Amandla the Musical. First produced in 1980 by Dr Jonas Gwanga, the protest musical travelled the world communicating the injustices of apartheid and galvanising international solidarity for the ANC liberation movement.

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Audition details

 

Venue: South African State Theatre (301 Church Street, Pretoria).

Times: 28 September – 10h00 – 17h00

29 September – 10h00 – 17h00

 

Requirements:

 

Singers;

Dancers with experience in indigenous South African dance; Actors; Musicians able to play indigenous South African instruments; Special attention will be paid to artist able to sing, dance and act or two of any.

 

Amandla the Musical will be producedby Barungwa Productions, under the leadership of Dr Jonas Gwanga, in partnership with the Music Academy of Gauteng (MAG) and with support from the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC).

 

Transport via taxi, the Gautrain and bus is readily available and there is fast food options available just outside premises.

 

For more information on the audition process please contact: Ntsako Mkhabela on+27 76 238 6702  or write to auditions@amandlatheproduction.co.za for other general information please write to info@amanglatheproduction.co.za

 

 

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Snoop to host the BET Hip Hop Awards

Posted by radio On September - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Third time’s the charm as entertainment icon Snoop Dogg and BET (DStv channel 129) team up again for the biggest night of hip hop, electrifying cyphers, powerful performances and legendary tributes that encompass the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2015!

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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 20: Rapper Uncle Snoop performs onstage during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 20, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brad Barket/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Hosting the show is hip hop icon Snoop Dog, affectionately known as “Uncle Snoop” for the leadership and guidance he provides to both established and up and coming artists. With more than 20 years in the business, Uncle Snoop has become an international name for his work in music, film, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

“With the huge success of the first two shows, I’m excited to host my third BET ‘Hip Hop Awards’ this year,” said Uncle Snoop. “We’re gonna do it big with more surprises and more performances—you’re not gonna wanna miss this!”

For a second year in a row, Drake leads the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2015 with twelve impressive nominations including ‘Best Live Performer’, ‘Lyricist of the Year’, ‘MVP of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Hustler of the Year’. ‘Following closely behind are  Big Sean with 10 nominations; Nicki Minaj with 9 nominations; Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole in a close tie with eight nods.

The awards will be taped on Friday 9 October 2015 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA for the tenth year running, and will premiere on BET and BET2 on Saturday 17 October at 21:35 CAT.

See below for the complete list of BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” ’15 Official Nominees:

Best Hip Hop Video
Big Sean F/ Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – Play No Games
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Kendrick Lamar – Alright
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU
Fetty Wap F/ Monty – My Way
Nicki Minaj F/ Beyoncé – Feeling Myself
Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter

Best Live Performer
Drake
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Lyricist of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Video Director of the Year
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams
Timbaland

MVP of the Year
Big Sean
Drake
Future
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Track Of The Year
Alright – Produced By Pharrell Williams & Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
Blessings – Produced By Boi-1da & Vinylz (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Commas – Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside (Future)
IDFWU – Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Trap Queen – Produced By Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

Album Of The Year
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Wale – The Album About Nothing

Who Blew Up Award
Bobby Shmurda
Dej Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Tink

Hustler Of The Year
Dr. Dre
Drake
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
A$AP Rocky
Dej Loaf
Drake
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

Best Hip Hop Online Site
Allhiphop.Com
Complex.Com
Hotnewhiphop.Com
Rapradar.Com
Worldstarhiphop.Com

Best Club Banger
Big Sean F/ E-40 – IDFWU (Produced By DJ Dahi, DJ Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane)
Dej Loaf – Try Me (Produced By Dds)
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (Produced By Tony Fadd)
Future – Commas (Produced By DJ Spinz & Southside)
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) (Produced By DJ Spinz & Nitti Beatz)

Best Mixtape
Future – 56 Nights
Future – Beast Mode
Future – Monster
Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Drake – Blessings (Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West)
Drake – My Way Remix (Fetty Wap F/ Drake)
E-40 – IDFWU (Big Sean F/ E-40)
Kendrick Lamar – Classic Man Remix (Jidenna F/ Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne – Truffle Butter (Nicki Minaj F/ Drake & Lil Wayne)

Impact Track
Big Sean F/ Kanye West & John Legend – One Man Can Change The World
Common & John Legend – Glory (From The Motion Picture “Selma”)
J. Cole – Apparently
J. Cole – Be Free
Kendrick Lamar – Alright

People’s Champ Award
Big Sean F/ Drake & Kanye West – Blessings
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Future – Commas
Kendrick Lamar – i
Rae Sremmurd – No Type
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)

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KAYA FM presents: Zonke – Live @ The Bassline

Posted by radio On September - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Afro-Soul Superstar ZONKE is making a welcome return to the South African music scene, and also to The Bassline stage.

Friday 10th October will be the third show for the Kaya FM Presents Live@The Bassline series with Zonke Dikana headlining, music fans are in for a rare treat.

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The graceful songbird is currently riding high with the recent release of her brand new album Work Of Heart. This superb album is already topping the charts and drawing rave reviews across the board as well as holding a place at #1 on the iTunes R&B chart.

 

The multiple award-winning, platinum-selling Zonke is known for her sublime and powerful live performances. She is also a sought-after songwriter and producer, and she produced Work Of Heart.  Hailing originally from Port Elizabeth, she now calls Johannesburg home.  It took Zonke some time to find her voice and to crack through the tough Jo’burg music scene, and her breakthrough 2011 album Ina Ethe saw her reach the pinnacle after a decade of struggles.

She followed that up with a successful live album entitled Give and Take – Live, which went Platinum.

 

Then, just as Zonke was finally ready to start work on another album, her sister and fellow artist Lulu Dikana was struck down with a respiratory ailment and passed away in December 2014.

For Zonke, rediscovering her inspiration after such a blow took months, but early in 2015, her muse started to return. “Changes make you stronger,” Zonke says. “No matter what happens, I don’t have it in me to lie down and give up. There is always a way. For me, music is that way. Music is goodness.” The track Meet Me In My Dreams is the centrepiece of the new album, and a fitting musical tribute to Lulu.

 

What is not in dispute is the strength and resilience of this African music superstar, she has risen above pain and hardship more times than she cares to remember, always emerging better, stronger, a more talented, more spectacular version of herself.

 

Support for Zonke will be provided by the multi award winning BERITA. This talented young singer/songwriter/guitarist hails originally from Zimbabwe, but has been making a name for herself locally over the past few years, especially after taking home the Best African Album at the 12th Metro Awards and SAMRO Songwriter of the Year Award in 2015.

 

The previous two Kaya Presents Live@The Bassline shows have already seen sensational performances by Thandiswa Mazwai, Zamajobe, Maleh, Thiwe and Afro’traction.

 

Zonke now carries this Afropolitan music torch proudly forward.

 

#HomeoftheAfropolitan

 

Saturday 10th October 2015

Doors open 8pm

Tickets are R200 available via Webtickets

Tickets are R230 at the door.

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The long awaited, highly anticipated new album from internationally renowned DJ and multi award winning record producer Black Coffee is out now on iTunes and all music stores in Africa.

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The 11-track long player titled “Pieces Of Me” is Black Coffee’s fifth offering and follows on the highly lauded success of previous albums including the self titled “Black Coffee”, “Have Another One”, “Home Brewed” and “Africa Rising”. Not surprisingly, the album shot straight to the top of the iTunes chart and debuting in the #1 spot from the day of release.

 

Durban born Nkosinathi Maphumulo recently returned to South Africa upon wrapping up anextensive 4-month international tour and revealed candid insight about the album’s creative process on Instagram, “I’m really proud of this album as it was created with limited resources in the middle of a tour on flights and in airports and hotel rooms from Japan to Ibiza to Mexico and everywhere in between, “Pieces Of Me” is not just the album title but a reflection of the space I was in as an artist at the moment I was creating this project.”

 

“Pieces Of Me” drops hot on the heels of the recent iTunes release of first album single, “We Dance Again”, which features the mesmerising vocals of South African artist Nakhane Touré and resulted in a frenzy of unrelenting and ongoing fan and industry buzz about the track across social media.

 

Teasing fans with snippets and turning tour performances into testing grounds all summer long revealed further album collaborations intended for the album with Mondli Ngcobo, Mque, NaaqMusiq, Ribatone, Lungi Naidoo, Portia Monique, Khensy and newcomer Azola. The album also contains the 2014 single, “I Will Find You” which saw Black Coffee teaming up with local songbird Cara Frew.

 

 

 

 

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Kaya FM Presents: Live @ The Bassline

Posted by radio On September - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya FM is on the forefront of bringing audiences the hottest music performances.

 

With the relationship between Kaya FM  and the Bassline music venue the new monthly series Kaya FM’s Live @ The Bassline, they are blowing audiences away with  sold-out shows featuring the top Afropolitan artists.

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Following the success of the debut event in August featuring Zamajobe and Maleh, September the 18th sees the follow up event and features South African superstar Thandiswa Mazwai alongside Neo Soul star Afro’traction and newcomer sensation Thiwe, in what promises to be another spectacular evening of great music.

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Thandiswa needs no introduction, and this soul sister is sure to deliver once again on the Bassline’s big stage. She last appeared at the venue three years ago, and is making a welcome return. The fiercely outspoken artist is one of the most influential musicians in SA and is keeping the flame – lit for the likes of Busi Mhlongo and Miriam Makeba – alive and well. After numerous albums and countless awards as part of Bongo Maffin and as a solo artist, Thandiswa straddles the urban and the cultural, effortlessly melding the traditional with the modern. An absolute star on stage, she is not to be missed in concert.

Afro Traction

Joining Thandiswa will be the hugely popular Mzwandile Moya, better known by his stage name Afro’traction. With two acclaimed albums under his belt, this self-taught Neo Soul star from Mpumalanga has quickly developed a loyal following and made a name for himself as an artist to watch. This will be his debut on the Bassline stage, and he’s excited about the challenge. ” Music has a soul, it is my business to keep that soul alive”, he says.

Making another Bassline debut will be the stunning Thiwe. Riding high on the back of her recent debut album release entitled Soul Therapy, this Afro Dance star is bound to make an impact on the industry. She first tasted success when Black Coffee remixed her R&B song Crazy and it went on to become a global dance floor hit. A trained Sangoma or traditional healer who hails from a small town in the Free State, Thiwe credits her spiritual side for her live success. “Often I don’t remember my performances, but people rave about them. I can’t take credit for what happens on stage, I just put myself in God’s hands and he supplies the energy.”

 

This month’s Kaya FM Live @ The Bassline show it not to be missed. Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za for R200 or R220 at the door.

 

Book now to avoid disappointment.

 

 

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