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AKA joins the BET experience line-up

Posted by radio On October - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

AKA, the “Prince of South African rap”, and rising Afro-Soul sensation Nathi are to perform at the BET Experience Africa.  AKA and Nathi join GRAMMY Award nominated international R&B superstars Maxwell, Tamar Braxton and Raphael Saadiq, and African giants Flavour (Nigeria) and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) at the spectacular global celebration of urban culture, music and lifestyle from entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).

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The inaugural BET Experience Africa takes place at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday 12 December 2015.

 

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.

 

AKA will perform alongside Maxwell, Tamar Braxton, Raphael Saadiq, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz at the BET Experience Africa Concert in the main Arena, while Nathi is the first of many artists who will appear on the outdoor Festival Stage.

 

AKAis recognized as one of the most talented and influential rappers in South Africa and on the African continent.  As well as sharing stages with Kanye West, Snoop Lion, Rick Ross and Big Sean, AKA has received a host of awards and accolades.  This year alone he was nominated for the Best International Act (Africa) at the BET Awards, and the Best African Act at the 2015 MTV EMAs before going on to win Best Collaboration at the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).  He is currently nominated for Best International Act (Africa) at the M.O.B.O. awards.

 

2015 has also been an extraordinary year for Nathi, the Afro-Soul singer from the Eastern Cape whose debut album Buyel’ekhaya recently went double platinum, selling more than 100,000 copies in just a few months. Filled with heartfelt soul, formidable vocals and haunting acoustic guitar, Nathi’s track Nomvula, has become one of the biggest songs of 2015.

 

Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performances on a central Sound Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Watch top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy at the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game, while fashionistas will be able to check out the hottest trends.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in a range of different fields.

 

Book now to celebrate the many rich and varied facets of the urban lifestyle experience all under one roof. 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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MTN Joyous Celebration Reveals New Talent

Posted by radio On October - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Following the runaway success of the MTN Joyous Celebration 19 ‘Back to the Cross’ Tour incorporating a six city tour of sold out shows, preparations for the Joyous 20 Live Recoding are heating up. Still reeling from and overwhelmed by the gratitude and love showed to them by their supporters with Joyous 19 – the ensemble plans to take their fans to another high/level.

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The magnitude of the 20 year celebration is not taken lightly and Joyous fans attending this milestone event are in for a treat as the ensemble pulls out all stops to present their biggest production ever.

 

As is the tradition of Joyous, the fans will be treated an amazing production which includes new talent.These new powerful additions to the crew were selected from thousands of hopefuls at auditions held in the Joyous 19 tour cities.They will grace the Joyous stage for the first time at the Joyous 20 recording, sharing it with the other newcomers who joined the production mid tour.

 

Totalling 8, the talented musos include Bongi Mthombeni, Thato Rapapane, Sipho Mabena and Andile Thabethe who all hail from Gauteng Province. Kwazulu Natal also has two spots claimed by Nozipho Phiri and Londiwe Masondo. Mpumalanga and the Western Cape are represented by one musician from each Province.

 

“We are very excited about our new talented and well deserving pool who are currently hard at work rehearsing with the entire cast and we can’t wait for our fans and supporters to get to know them. We also want to sincerely thank everyone who came through to the auditions and tried their best” says Lindelani Mkhize.

 

MTN Joyous Celebration will be recording their Joyous 20 LIVE CD & DVD on Saturday the 19th of December 2015 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The historical show will mark the first ever outdoor live recording for Joyous Celebration.“Do not miss out on this spectacular experience.” Says Mthunzi Namba .

 

Tickets are sold at Computicket from R280.00

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MTV (DStv channel 130) today announced a new award category to be unveiled during the 2015 MTV EMAs: the MTV Video Visionary Award. The category will honour the greatest pioneers in the history of the music video art form, the inaugural recipients of which will be international rock heroes Duran Duran.

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Duran Duran’s unique sound and strong visual sense have not only influenced a generation of musicians and creatives, but continue to resonate the world over. One of the greatest pioneers of the music video, their distinctive style has had an undeniable impact on music history, with hits stemming from the very beginnings of MTV to the present day.

 

“It is no coincidence that our rise was paralleled by the growth and ultimate world domination of MTV.   The birth of music videos as a way to simultaneously bring our music to a global audience revolutionized the business.  We took this new short form of film making and tried to make it our own. We have had some incredible experiences over the years making our videos. We have worked with some of the most talented directors in the world – without whom we would not be honored here today. We are really proud to be the recipients of this new award.  Thank you MTV.” – Duran Duran

 

Host Ed Sheeran and co-host Ruby Rose will be taking charge of this year’s MTV EMAs, which will broadcast live across the globe on Sunday 25 October at 22:00 CAT from the Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Voting for all award categories is open on mtvema.com until 24 October at 23:59 CAT.

 

The talent list is heating up for what is set to be an explosive edition of the MTV EMAs, with Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran & Rudimental, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo, twenty one pilots, Tori Kelly, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Andrea Bocelli previously announced as performers.

 

Smirnoff is the official South African sponsor of the 2015 MTV EMAs.

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MTV Base is gearing up for “SA’s Hottest MC’

Posted by radio On October - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

MTV Base (DStv channel 322) is gearing up to compile its annual countdown of “SA’s Hottest MC’s” – the definitive list of SA’s most authoritative MCs from the last 12 months.

 

mtvbaseAfter last year’s game-changing countdown ignited a social media firestorm, trending worldwide for 2 days, MTV Base is anticipating huge interest in the 2015 list as the year’s biggest MCs are analysed and rated by a panel of industry experts.

 

Commented Tim Horwood, Head of MTV Base, “We hope that ‘SA’s Hottest MCs 2015’ will stimulate the same kind of intense debate and passion among music fans, industry insiders and artists about the state of SA’s hip hop industry and act as a further catalyst to the nation’s hugely influential hip hop artists.”

 

Controversially won by K.O. in 2014, “SA’s Hottest MC’s 2015” will be chosen by a group of 7 tastemakers and industry heavyweights participating in an intense roundtable discussion.  Panellists, who will judge artists on a range of criteria including sales, style, impact, lyrics, buzz and other intangible factors, will be revealed at a later date.  Sizwe Dhlomo will host.

In a parallel initiative designed to highlight SA’s thriving hip hop scene, MTV Base has created a series of “cyphers” with South African hip hop talent that will air on the channel every week in the run up to reveal of “SA’s Hottest MCs 2015”.  Each cypher gives the opportunity for a range of MCs to showcase their lyrical skills. The first cypher, featuring Reason, Kwesta, Solo and Gigi Lamayne, will air on MTV Base on Spanking New at 7:00 CAT and 15:55 CAT on Thursday22 October.
“SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” and premieres on MTV Base on 26 & 27 November at 16:30 CAT.  A full 1 hour special will air on Saturday 28 November at 11:00 CAT as part of the “Hottest MCs Takeover Weekend” on MTV Base.

 

To join the conversation about MTV Base’s “SA’sHottest MCs 2015” please go to www.mtvbase, like us on Facebook, or send your own predictions for the Top 10 to @MTVbaseAfrica using the hashtag #BaseHottestMC.

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Tamar Braxton joins BET Experience Africa line-up

Posted by radio On October - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Three-time GRAMMY Award nominated international R&B, soul and pop singer, actress and television personality Tamar Braxton joins fellow R&B sensations Maxwell and Raphael Saadiq on the line-up for the BET Experience Africa. The three R&B superstars will perform during the gala concert alongside two of Africa’s top artists, multi-instrumentalist Flavour and Bongo Flava star Diamond Platnumz at the BET Experience Africa, a spectacular global celebration of urban culture, music and lifestyle from entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).

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The inaugural BET Experience Africa takes place at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday 12 December 2015.

A veteran performer who began singing backup vocals for her older sister, Toni, at the age of 12, Tamar Braxton was also a founding member of R&B group The Braxtons with Toni and their siblings Traci, Towanda and Trina. Fanning the flames of her musical vision was a backstage encounter with Whitney Houston when she was singing background vocals for her sister Toni. “Whitney said to me, ‘Your voice is amazing! You’re going to be a star,’” recalls Braxton.

From a backing singer to a leading recording artist, actress, talk show host and reality television personality, Tamar Braxton became a star.  She recently competed the twenty-first season of Dancing with the Stars and last month released the latest solo single “Catfish” along with the album Calling all Lovers. A further single, “Angels & Demons”, has just been released and this month The Braxtons, including Toni, Tamar, Traci, Trina and Townada, are releasing new material entitled Braxton Family Christmas.

 

Nigerian singer, actor and dancer Flavour N’abania or simply Flavour began his career as a drummer for a local church before going on to become one of Africa’s most sought after artists. After playing the drums professionally, Flavour moved on to play the keyboard and guitar.  This talented musician has received a host of Nigerian and African entertainment nominations and awards, including winning two African Muzik Magazine Awards, an MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) in 2014 and – as part of The Headies – a Hip Hop World Award.

 

Nasibu Abdul Jumma better known as Diamond Platnumz (or simply Diamond), has been putting Tanzanian hip hop well and truly on the global music map for the last five years thanks to his energetic live performances and hit tracks such as “Number One”, “Kipofu” and “Bum Bum”.  The multi-award winning artist won the 2015 MTV MAMA Award for Best Live Act, and has been the recipient of 16 Tanzanian Music Awards.  Diamond was nominated as Best International Act: Africa at the 2014 BET Awards, and most recently won Best African Act at the 2015 MTV EMAs.

 

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 performances on a central Sound Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Watch top celebrities battle each other for sporting supremacy at the fun-packed Celebrity Basketball Game. 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.

 

After a day of enthralling action and entertainment, it’s time to head to the BET Experience Concert featuring Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq, Tamar Braxton, Flavour, Diamond Platnumz and many other African artists.  Further artists will be announced shortly.

 

Book now to celebrate the many rich and varied faces of the urban lifestyle experience all under one roof. 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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Mi Casa takes you Home Sweet Home

Posted by radio On October - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The 20th of October 2015 marked the launch of triple platinum selling trio Mi Casa’s new Album titled Home Sweet Home. J ‘Something, Dr. Duda and Mo-T have catapulted into international acts who have spread their wings as musicians and entrepreneurs under their new record label, 34 MUSIC.

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In the same year, Mi Casa has managed to take over the house music scene with a global tour that saw them grace stages in Europe, North America and overall Pan African dominance.

Home Sweet Home is a double disc album packed with 25 hit tracks produced by the musically talented Dr. Duda, with J’ something adding melodic, catchy, soulful vocals and Mo-T’s infectious jazzy trumpet sounds. Home Sweet Home features an array of superstars such as Cassper Nyovest, Big Nuz & DJ Tira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Euphonik, and the Kenyan super group Sauti Soul.

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The #MiCasaGoneGlobal Tour gave them an opportunity to collaborate with internationally renowned Producers such as Tortured Soul (USA), Zepherine Saint & Nathan Adams (UK), Rancido (Holland) and Bodhi Sattva (Belgium). Home Sweet Home also features young talented Producers such as “Moby Dixon, Da Capo, Cue bur & DJ Guru, DJ McShera & Ten 83) to remix some of Mi Casa’s all-time hits.

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The lead single #Chocolat has been received positively across the world and has built a huge anticipation for this new album which will officially be released on the 23rd of October 2015, in all good music stores and iTunes.

 

Mo-T said “Home Sweet Home is different from our previous albums and it has more musical elements. Our first album had no collaborations because we wanted to present ourselves as Mi Casa with our individual talents. We moved to the second album, which featured artists such Black Coffee, Mishka and Jimmy Nevis , where we had hit tracks like “Jika” and “Your Body”. We’re celebrating five years in the industry and we’re excited that we’re still together and getting stronger every year.”

 

The album is available for pre-order on iTunes, on the link below:

https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/home-sweet-home/id1040092440

 

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MTV BASE Playlists now available on Apple Music

Posted by radio On October - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Pan-African music and youth culture authority MTV Base (DStv channel 322) has been invited to become the first music TV channel on the continent to be a curator on Apple Music. Bringing African flava to the popular music platform, MTV Base joins an exclusive selection of international tastemakers and style leaders.

 

mtvStarting October 2015, MTV Base will curate a range of themed playlists inspired by music that resonates on the continent today, giving music fans an exclusive MTV Base music experience, and allowing them to discover and stream music handpicked by Africa’s music authority.

 

The playlists will feature tracks by African and international artists across multiple genres including Hip Hop, R&B, pop, and more, spotlighting the giants of African contemporary music.

The MTV Base curated playlists will  provide recommendations for music fans, allowing them to sample and appreciate both new music and established artists.  All playlists will be updated weekly, with special themed playlists linked to must-see MTV Base TV events and programming such as #MTVDJBattle or the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).

 

 

To get your regular music fix from MTV Base anywhere at any time on Apple Music, open the Apple Music app on your device, tap “NEW” and then click on the “CURATOR PLAYLIST” icon.  Search for MTV Base Africa, then click through to the page and enjoy the handcrafted playlists the channel has to offer.  Interact with MTV Base via Apple Music Connect to ‘like’ a playlist, or leave a comment.

 

Commented Tim Horwood, Head of MTV Base, “We are super excited to join Apple Music and to deliver a curated music experience for music lovers that will allow new and existing fans to discover and appreciate the incredible music that we at MTV Base get down to every day!”

 

To learn more about Apple Music and to enjoy a three month, free trial, please click here: Apple Music.

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South African music legend RINGO MADLINGOZI once again will delight fans by taking over the Bassline stage, headlining the Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline show on Friday November 6th.

Ringo has handpicked the phenomenal MBUSO KHOZA as his support act for what is guaranteed to be a sensational celebration of African pop.

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With a career spanning three decades, Ringo has been on the forefront of Afro-pop in South Africa since the 1980’s.  With traditional Xhosa guitar, ‘ukuxhentsa’ rhythms from his youth and contemporary sounds, this unique style has become Ringo’s trademark and he was released over 10 albums – each one mre successful than the next.

Ringo is known to really come alive on stage.  An artist only reaches the multi-platinum status he has achieved through really being passionate about his craft and live on stage, Ringo is a sight to behold.

This multiple award winning performer will once again be rocking the Bassline stage like never before as part of the highly successful series Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline.

 

A run of spectacular Live @ The Bassline shows has featured female stars Zonke, Thandiswa Mazwai, Zamajobe, Maleh, Berita and Thiwe.  Ringo will now be flying the flag for the men, as he is the first male artist to be selected for the series – and he has a more than able wingman for this show as Mbuso Khoza joins him as support act for the night.

 

The Eshowe-born Mbuso has a special relationship with Bassline.  As a young man finding his way into the tough South African music scene, Mbuso would often end up sleeping at the venue.  He went on to become a hot backing vocalist for an array of South African stars, all the while honing his craft as a singer and gifted songwriter.

 

No stranger to difficult times, Mbuso used his life experiences as a backdrop to his debut album ‘Zilindile’ which he actually launched at Bassline in 2012.  His rootsy, soulful music has a therapeutic message for those who have had their fair share of life’s challenges. The album is a delicate mix of deep traditional Zulu music infused with Jazz elements – showcasing the true depth of his artistic and diverse talent displayed without constraint.

 

Two male artists with colourful histories and rich messages in their music, make sure you get your tickets not to this unmissable show.

 

Tickets: R200.00 pre-sale at www.webtickets.co.za or R220.00 at the door.

 

 

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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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