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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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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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