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Joyous Celebration live at Grace Bible Church

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Tickets to one of South Africa’s biggest annual events will be on sale on Thursday 06 November 2014. MTN Joyous Celebration is gearing up to record a heart-warming DVD and CD.


This remarkable affair that brings spirituals from all over the continent will take place on the 19th and 20th December 2014 at Grace Bible, Soweto.

These two glorious days will be the most memorable as the MTN Joyous Celebration will be recording in SA’s most famous township for the very first time in history.

Be part of this history making spectacle, Book your tickets today via Computicket Tickets priced between R150.00- R300.00.

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Gallo adds Sheer Sound to its stable

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Gallo Record Company, A division of Times Media Group Limited, adds another major record label to the Gallo stable with the purchase of Sheer Sound.

This is the second record label acquisition for Gallo Record Company this year, shortly after the Bula acquisition in mid September 2014.

Gallo Record Company, having been a leader in domestic music since 1926, holds some of the greatest South African music catalogue of all time including Lucky Dube, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Stimela, The Soul Brothers, Bhekumuzi Luthuli, Manhattan Brothers, Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa, Ge’ Korsten, Lusanda Spiritual Group & Mango Groove to name a few.


Sheer Sound is an independent record label founded in 1994, the label was primarily focused as a Jazz and world music label with a stellar line up of artists including Busi Mhlongo, Gito Baloi, Paul Hamner, McCoy Mrubata, who were established through Sheer Sound during the late 1990’s.  Later on, the label signed on Sipho Gumede, Ernie Smith, Gloria Bosman and Zim Ngqawana amongst others.  Sheer has also has been label host to the multi-platinum Zimbabwean music super star, Oliver Mtukudzi.  The Sheer Sound domestic roster grew into various other genres adding an adult contemporary line up including Farryl Purkiss, Jeremy Loops and The Graeme Watkins Project.



Sheer’s international lineup houses some of the most prestigious independent labels including World Circuit (Gold selling Grammy®  winning label –Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Toure) PIAS (Tiesto, Alt-J, Editors), Cooking Vinyl (Prodigy, Marilyn Manson), Telarc (Grammy® winning label feat Fourplay, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Jeannie Bryson, Ray Brown) as well as Mack Avenue (home to Jonathan Butler and Kirk Whalum).



“Sheer & Bula now form part of Gallo Record Company and Times Media’s broader strategy to build our music business into a formidable player in South Africa  – the acquisition brings an upsize in staff from Sheer Sound who will be joining the Gallo team effective immediately.  We are expecting major impetus in the industry with these two major music acquisitions”  –Says Andrew Gill – Managing Director – Broadcast & Content : Times Media PTY Limited

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They have long been regarded as the unsung heroes of the music industry but now, thanks to “Princess of Africa” Yvonne Chaka Chaka, session musicians and backing singers will finally have a place in the sun at their own dedicated awards ceremony.


Launched during a star-studded and entertainment-packed function at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Wednesday 22 October 2014, the Backing Vocalists and Session Musicians Awards will recognise those hard-working musicians who so often operate behind the scenes, in the shadows and out of the spotlight – yet who contribute so much to a live performance or recording.


The annual BVSM Awards are the initiative of Chaka Chaka through her Princess of Africa Foundation, and have been 10 years in the planning. The inaugural awards will be held in Johannesburg in 2015.


This initiative is particularly poignant for the celebrated songbird, because not only have backing musicians played a pivotal role in shaping her successful career but she also lost her dear friend and long-time backing vocalist Phumzile Ntuli to malaria in 2004.


“These are special artists who bring variety into one’s music and enhance one’s artistry,” Chaka Chaka says. “Without their input, I don’t think I would have made it as a recording and stage artist. I was young and inexperienced when I became a professional musician and they were there to guide me. I owe my success to them. Today I look back and appreciate their guidance.”


She says the awards will be a way of honouring the personal and professional contributions of these behind-the-scenes worker bees, as well as fostering pride in their own artistic creativity, providing national exposure for them and celebrating their gift of music.


Apart from their dulcet tones, backing singers are blessed with a sharp ear for harmony, Chaka Chaka explains, and session musicians are required to be flexible and versatile across musical genres, styles and performance platforms. Through the BVSM Awards, she hopes to provide greater opportunities and recognition for these musicians who form the bedrock of the music industry.



Awards categories


The BVSM Awards will cover a wide range of genres, including jazz, hip-hop, gospel, maskandi, mbaqanga, boeremusiek, gospel and kwaito. They will also recognise the contribution of music veterans from decades past, as well as the country’s most exciting emerging young talents. The following categories are being considered for the awards:


  • Best Female Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
  • Best Male Backing Vocalist (studio and live)
  • Best Session Musicians
  • Best Lead Guitarist
  • Best Bass Guitarist
  • Best Brass Section and Drums
  • Lifetime Backing Vocalist (male and female)
  • Lifetime Session Musician (male and female)
  • Best Backing Vocalists of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (males and females)
  • Rookie of the Year – Backing Vocalist (male and female)
  • Rookie of the Year – Session Musician (male and female)


The BVSM Awards were launched in suitably glamorous style on Wednesday night: the State Theatre was abuzz with iconic talents from the South African music world and proceedings were led by celebrity MCs Bob Mabena and Penny Lebyane.


The evening’s entertainment programme, under the directorship of Victor Masondo, featured a vibrant musical journey through South African music from the 1960s to the present day.


Occupying centre stage were a stellar array of session musicians, finally given their well-deserved place in the spotlight: Bernice Boikanyo on drums, Godfrey Mgcina on percussion, Gabs Stuurman on piano and keyboards, Ntokozo Zungu on guitar, Victor Masondo on bass, and McCoy Mrubata on saxophones and pennywhistle. They were joined by some of the country’s finest backing singers: Mandisa Dlanga, Stella Khumalo, Nonhlanhla Mdluli, Fani Ntlama and Zamo Mbutho.


Said Mandisa Dlanga, a singer and dancer who has worked with local and international artists such as Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela, Stimela, Jennifer Rush, Paul Simon and Chaka Chaka herself: “This is the best thing that has happened to us backing singers. To be acknowledged by a successful and well-travelled musician like Yvonne means a lot to us. I wish other successful soloists and bandleaders will think like her because we have been instrumental in crafting their careers.”


The Backing Vocals and Session Musician Awards media launch is supported by:


  • The Princess of Africa Foundation
  • SAMRO – Southern African Music Rights Organisation
  • Crystalix
  • The City of Tshwane
  • JT Communication Solutions
  • SABC



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Fred Wesley to hit Joburg

Posted by radio On October - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Renowned and distinguished funk, jazz, blues and R&B musician Fred Wesley is set to bring his unique form of highly entertaining music to Johannesburg audiences. The American trombonist, who began his career playing for Ike and Tina Turner, is also a respected arranger and composer, author, musicologist and educator.


Fred Wesley worked with James Brown from 1968-1957 as music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer, making him the world’s funkiest trombone player. He is a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, having also worked with an illustrious variety of artists such as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Usher, Pancho Sanchez, the SOS Band and Cameo.


He also performs with his close friends Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis. Rap star Nas and Pop sensation Janet Jackson are among the scored of artists who have sampled Wesley’s work


Fred Wesley is the Bandleader of the New JBs – taken from his direction of the JBs – showcasing his unparalleled ability to bring musicians together to create magic for the pleasure of music lovers in Johannesburg, at The Wits Theatre on 29 Novemeber 2014 -. There are only 380 seats available, so book now!


Concert details

o          Event: Fred Wesley Quartet

o          Date: 29 November

o          Venue: Wits Theatre

o          Artists: Fred Wesley

o          Time:19h00 for 20h00

o          Tickets: R120 at Computicket

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Assupol is proud to announce the return of The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival to the soils of Soweto for the second year running. This not-to-be-missed festival, presented by Assupol and Kaya FM, takes place on Saturday 29 November.


The musical offering is hand-picked by bra Hugh himself to celebrate South Africa’s rich cultural heritage. He is passionate about the power and potential of our nation’s cultural diversity: “There is so much diversity in our country, and it is high time that we celebrate that.” And this is the very reason for the variety of musical styles the line-up offers attendees which include Tsepo ‘The Village Pope’ Tshola, The Soul Brothers, Beatenberg, Jeremy Loops, Laurie Levine and Josie Field. The night’s festivities will close with Hugh Masekela taking to the stage to share jewels from his repertoire, a body of music that stretches over half a century of creative input.


Bra Hugh is an ardent advocate of the nurturing of our cultural heritage, especially among our youth. At the recent inaugural Hugh Masekela Annual lecture he stressed the importance of appreciating and treasuring our own culture and heritage: “We are becoming a society that imitates other cultures, yet we have the biggest diversity of heritage”.


The Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival is a day of family fun, with entertainment available for all ages. Following on last year’s success, this year’s festival is sure to again be an amazing day of music, culture and entertainment.


Mariëtte Oosthuizen, Senior Brand Specialist at Assupol, said, ‘music, entertainment and good food are an integral part to this inventive festival and we are at the same time, both honoured and excited to be part of it again. It showcases some of our brilliant local talent which promises an even more memorable experience than last year’.


About the event


Event:             Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival

Date:              Saturday 29 November 2014

Venue:            Soweto Cricket Oval (Elkah Stadium), 107 Lefatola Street, Moroka, Soweto, 1818


Line up:   


Hugh Masekela

Tsepo Tshola

The Soul Brothers


Jeremy Loops

Laurie Levine & Josie Field



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Space Ibiza announces DJ line-up

Posted by radio On October - 16 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The world’s biggest names in electronic dance music will descend on Johannesburg when Space Ibiza celebrates its worldwide 25 Anniversary Tour at an explosive day-night music event on Saturday, 29 November 2014 at The Riversands Incubation Hub.


Red Square and G&G Productions, along with 947 and DStv, are thrilled to announce the full international line-up:


  • Chuckie (Netherlands)
  • Borgore (Israel)
  • YVES V (Belgium)
  • WolfPack (Belgium)
  • Congorock (Italy)
  • Felix Cartal (Canada)
  • Gelab (Spain)
  • Wankelmut (Germany)
  • Trevor Guthrie (Canada)
  • Danny Marquez (Spain)
  • New_ID (Netherlands)
  • GLOWINTHEDARK (Netherlands)
  • Prok & Fitch (UK)


Headlined by global powerhouse Chuckie and dance sensation Borgore, the 13-strong line-up brings an unprecedented mix of talent to South Africa, with sounds ranging from Dirty Dutch, progressive tech and drum and bass to dubstep, deep house and deep tech.


These guys will unleash hours of non-stop beats and pulsing sounds across both dance floors. Party it up at the Deep Tech dance floor and move over to the Progressive Tech main floor as it switches to tech house and finally electro. The eclectic range of music and entertainment will ensure the crowd is kept bouncing and jumping from day to night.


This will all go down at The Riversands Incubation Hub in Midrand. Due to massive demand from Joburg electronic music fans, G&G Productions has had to move the Joburg leg of the tour to a bigger venue to accommodate more people.


The Riversands Incubation Hub is a brand new venue and Space Ibiza will be the first large-scale music event to be held there. An amphitheater has been constructed that is designed specifically to cater acoustically to music shows of this size. This new venue will mean G&G has the opportunity to create the ultimate Space Ibiza experience that has become known around the world.


Joburg is one of 25 cities that will host Space Ibiza as part of its “25 Years, 25 Cities” anniversary tour, where it will make history by visiting 25 cities around the world including Moscow, Jakarta, Dubai and many more.


Johannesburg – don’t miss this chance to be part of Space Ibiza history. Secure your tickets to the Space Ibiza 25 Year Anniversary Tour now.


A powerful supporting local line-up will be announced soon.


Ticket info

General (Allows entry to the main event and main stage)


VIP (Allows entry to the Sands venue, main event and second stage)



Event info

Doors open at 12:00. Event ends at 02:00.

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acousticsNOW presents RETROFEST#2

Posted by radio On October - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Following the inaugural success of RETROFEST#1, acousticsNOW is proud to present RETROFEST#2 in association with MINI.

Featuring a selection of South Africa’s best contemporary acoustic musicians performing songs exclusively from the 1960s & 1970s – a time when Music changed the World.


Compositions by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rodriguez, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas & The Papas, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Donovan, Otis Redding & more will be brought to life by local talents:


Kahn Morbee

Albert Frost

Michael Lowman

Frankie Beagle

Shotgun Tori

Tidal Waves



NIROX Sculpture Park is nestled in the Cradle Of Humankind – a World Heritage Site – with its luscious amphitheatre set to be the stage for RETROFEST#2. The natural surroundings and manicured landscape will create the perfect platform for people to experience some of the greatest songs ever written.

Cuisine on offer will be courtesy of The Epicurian Emporium – a collective of high-end food stalls from the burgeoning food & design market, with emphasis on healthy, naturally-sourced options, as well as eco-friendly foodwares.


Gates open at 10h00, live music starts at 11h00 and the festival will conclude in the early evening.

Festival-goers will be treated to a full day of Music, Food, Art & Nature.


CALEO Wealth Management is the anchor sponsor for the NIROX Foundation’s on-going concert programme.

MINI is an associate sponsor of RETROFEST#2.


Tickets are available for on-line pre-sale from or at R300.

Tickets for sale at the Gate at R320.

All ages welcome. Children under 12 pay half-price.

No food/drinks/pets through the gate.

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Fireworks Expected At Jozi FM Gospel Festival

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


Top South African gospel acts will rock the Jozi FM Gospel Festival in Soweto this Sunday. The yearly festival is aimed at giving Sowetans a chance to celebrate life through live gospel music. Launched in August 2013, the event is now one of the biggest gospel festivals in the country.


The annual Festival will be held at Nasrec Expo Centre with tickets priced at an affordable R80. The R80 will guarantee gospel music lovers a whole afternoon of praise and worship from some of the country’s leading singers who will strive to take revellers on a spiritual journey through song.


Among the 14 live acts expected to light up the stage include multi award winning artistes Sipho Makhabane, Lundi and Rebecca Malope.


Malope is well known for her vibrant enthusiasm on stage and is one of the most loved gospel musicians in sub Saharan Africa. Despite being a hit maker of some 32 albums in her career, she also hosts a spiritually uplifting gospel show on SABC. In 2009, she released her 30th album titled My Hero containing double CD’s.


According to the Sowetan newspaper, one artist who will no longer be part of the Festival is the sensational Fikile Mlomo who was been prevented from performing by her boss due to contractual issues.


Jozi FM Manager Mpho Mhlongo told the Sowetan that; “As a station we have decided to respect the company’s wishes. We don’t have a problem with Fikile and when the issue is sorted, she will become part of the show.”


Tickets are on sale at Jozi FM radio station and will be sold at the gate on the day. Braai stands will not be allowed into the venue but surely revellers will be treated to some sizzling performances that not even some boerewors can match.

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Scoop & Eku to co-host the Channel O Awards

Posted by radio On September - 19 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

All eyes will be on the Original African channel come Saturday, 29 November when Channel O celebrates the biggest night in African music the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards.


Broadcast live from Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto, this year’s show-stopping event will be hosted by the ever versatile, seasoned TV presenter and director Siyabonga “Scoop” Ngwekazi alongside small screen darling, model and presenter Eku Edewor.



Hailing from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Siyabonga gained an interest in arts from a young age and cut his teeth in the industry when he presented the pop culture magazine show Street Journal. Since then, he, alongside Nonhle Thema, became the face of Vuzu when the youth channel launched in 2009, co-hosting the weekday celebrity news magazine show V-Entertainment. Mbombo, as he is fondly known in his hometown, is also known for his impeccable fashion sense and in 2010 he was named GQ’s Best Dressed Man.


2011 proved to be a big year as he and his close friends and business partners – Lungile Radu, Thomas Gumede and Simphiwe Mhlongo – launched their production company Parental Advisory Productions, which is responsible for shows like Forever Young, Mo Love and Goal Diggerz Season 3. A few months later Scoop launched his clothing label, Pieces by Pap, a street wear brand that gathers inspiration from African themes with an international feel.



“I am honoured and privileged for this awesome opportunity to be hosting Africa’s longest standing music video awards show,” says Siya.


His striking co-host is a graduate of English and Theatre from the University of Warwick and has trained as an actress at the New York Film Academy. Whether gracing the covers of magazines or interviewing stars on 53 Extra, Eku has established herself firmly in the African entertainment industry as a talent on the rise.


Born Georgina Chloe Eku Edewor-Thorley in London to Nigerian and British parents, Eku’s first job in entertainment was as a production assistant to film producer Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Belle). It was during this time, that she struck up a close friendship with British actress Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) whose talent would inspire Eku to continue chasing her dream of acting.


In 2006, she was cast as a contestant on the hit reality show Britain’s Next Top Model and has since gone on to build an extensive resume, including appearing on Big Brother Africa All Stars, hosting the 2013 Miss Nigeria competition, the Elite Model Look Nigeria competitions (in 2010 and 2011) and recently wrapped shooting the movie When Love Comes Around.


“I feel incredibly blessed that I have been given a great opportunity to display how much I love what I do and I look forward to having a great night celebrating our musicians on the largest music platform in Africa,” adds an elated Eku.


The Channel O Africa Music Video Awards are the only public-voted annual music video awards show broadcast around the continent that exclusively feature African artists.


Voting takes place across a wide range of digital platforms: via the website and mobile site – voting on the website and on the mobile site [] is free and you are allowed to vote up to 100 times on both platforms respectively; via WeChat – voting on WeChat is free. To vote using WeChat on your mobile, go to the app store on your phone, download the WeChat app, create your profile, then search for Channelotv and add the account. You can vote up to 100 times! For terms and conditions and more information, log on to Voting is still open and closes on the 23 November at midnight

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Sibongile & Friends – Road to Joy of Jazz

Posted by radio On September - 11 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It’s apt that South Africa’s beloved “first lady of song” celebrates her birthday on Heritage Day on September 24.


As a precursor to both events and in the last Road to Joy of Jazz concert before the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, the legendary Sibongile Khumalo will be performing at The Teatro at Montecasino on September 20 at 19h30.


She will be joined on stage by Kabomo Vilakazi, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and Mimi Ntenjwa


Khumalo’s singing talents range from opera to jazz, choral music and musical theatre, always grounded by traditional and folk music of South Africa. She has been lauded as one of the great singing talents of her time, and has inspired the creation of new music by South African composers, both in the classical art song as well as jazz genres. She was a Standard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) winner for music in 1993.


Standard Bank Joy of Jazz takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27.

The 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to audiences by Standard Bank in association with the Department of Arts & Culture; the City of Joburg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism.



Tickets for Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz with Sibongile Khumalo and Friends at Montecasino cost between R250 and R350 available through Computicket and so are tickets for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.




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