Google+
Subscribe to: Newsletter      Comments      News

MTN Bushfire announces initial artists

Posted by radio On January - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”,  and most recently names as BBC’s Top African Festival, MTN Bushfire is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed music & arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.

2016bush

With MTN Bushfire 2015 tickets completely selling out days before the event, fans of this unique event know the importance of booking early.

 

MTN Bushfire is therefore pleased to announce that early-bird discounted tickets will be available via the MTN Bushfire website and Facebook page, www.bush-fire.com, www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire from January 15th 2016.

 

This year, to improve and simplify your MTN Bushfire experience, there are a variety of ticketing options, including tickets with or without camping, full festival or day passes, and other options.  Visit the website to view all the ticketing options available at early bird special prices.

 

These limited early bird tickets will go on sale on January 15th  2016  via the MTN Bushfire online platforms only and only while stocks last– so festival goers are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.

 

MTN BUSHFIRE 2016 – ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENTS

As in previous years, the MTN BUSHFIRE artist line-up will feature a dynamic range of artists from across southern Africa and the globe.

 

MTN Bushfire is proud to announce that Mali’s internationally acclaimed world-music stars Songhoy Blues have been confirmed for this year’s main stage. Though their music bears elements of contemporary rock and hip hop, at its heart is a deep attachment to the homegrown songs and dances of Mali’s Songhoy people, as well as to such iconic West African guitar heroes as Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré.

 

Their debut album has been described by top music magazine NME as “a masterpiece of desert blues, blending American guitar licks with Malian grooves.” Formed from the adversity of Mali, Songhoy Blues’ music is full of northern flavours: Gao takamba, Touareg guitar, Songhoy trance and traditional desert melodies. But all those tired old ‘world music’ prejudices have no place here. Songhoy Blues are four guys, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, driving rhythms, big hearts and a big story to tell.

 

Also confirmed for 2016 is the exciting new South African collaborative outfit Bombshelter Beast featuring Pitch Black Afro.  This group of renegades is wanted by Interpol’s jazz police for their genre breaking eclectic fusion of Afrikaans -jazz-afro-rap has to be seen to be believed. The ever-changing international line-up includes jazz artists and for their MTN BUSHFIRE 2016 performance will feature Pitch Black Afro.

 

Other top acts performing at MTN Bushfire 2016 include one of South Africa’s hottest acts – Mafikizolo – whose 2014 comeback made waves across South Africa and beyond, have also been confirmed for MTN Bushfire 2016.

 

Joining these initial confirmed artists is Pablo Nouvelle, a filmmaker and musician from Switzerland who takes soul “back to the future” with a combination of new sounds and old samples. Manu Delago, an Austrian percussionist and composer, best known as Bjork’s hang drummer, will also perform alongside saxophonist and clarinet player Pepe Auer.

 

South African artists confirmed include, as always, cutting edge acts such as Native Young, Nomadic Orchestra, Felix Laband, and Toby2Shoes.

 

Acts from Swaziland include Bholoja, Nomzamo Zaza Dlamini & Fanaza.

 

Further acts are being finalized and more artists will be confirmed in the build-up to MTN Bushfire 2016.

Did you like this? Share it:

Ever wondered what goes into making one of the biggest music stable in South Africa? This January, Mzansi Magic takes viewers on a journey to Afrotainment where they get a sneak peak into the business that goes on there. Synonymous with Durban Kwaito Music, Afrotainment has given audiences, hit after hit. Tune in to EZASE AFRO: THE EMPIRE on January 14 at 20:00.

ezaseafro

EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE follows the powerhouse music stable, Afrotainment, headed by the Durban born star and entrepreneur, Mthokozisi Khathi popularly known as DJ Tira who has been delivering hits. He has been on the forefront of some of SA’s biggest house music sensations including DJ Fisherman, DJ Cindo and Big Nuz. From the friendships and the family, from the jet set lifestyle to the pressures of fame, it’s a close up look at how Afrotainment became a success.

 

What does it take to get to the top and stay there? Tira is about to let the curtain down on his life, his business, his deal-making and recording breaking success in this reality series that will follow him and Afrotainment. Stay close because it promises to be a roller-coaster ride – from meeting tight deadlines for corporate clients to hitting the stage full force, from demanding studio recordings to tour difficulties; the series won’t miss a beat as it showcases it all.

 

Commenting on EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE, M-Net Director of Local Interest Channels, Nkateko Mabaso says, “Personality driven reality television continues to draw consistently high ratings across the world, and in South Africa that trend is also evident. Audiences want to share in the experiences of famous individuals whose lives are interesting, dynamic and evolving. Locally, DJ Tira is one of this country’s most versatile stars and viewers will get the chance to see just why he is talented, popular and successful.

 

Tune in to EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE on Mzansi Magic, Channel 161 on the 14th of January at 20:00.

Did you like this? Share it:

Clash of the Choir is back!

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Following a hugely successful second season of Clash of the Choirs, one of Mzansi’s most loved reality shows is back – and it’s bigger and better than you could have ever imagined.

clash_of_the_choirs_lrg

Last year, South Africa chose Team Robbie as the country’s best new amateur choir during a spectacular live finale on July 6th 2014. Team Robbie, representing KwaZulu Natal province, the defending champs, was announced as the winners of Mzansi Magic’s Clash of the Choirs SA 2, beating out Team Shugasmakx, Gauteng province and Team Moneoa, Mpumalanga province in a stunning display of South African musical talent.

 

This season, we haven’t swayed far from tradition and have banded together the hottest team of choirmasters, to help us unearth the best voices in the land. iFani, Bucie, Busiswa, JR, Kelly Khumalo and Penny Penny and Sfiso Ncwane will go head-to-head for the title that is sure to be fiercely contested.

Did you like this? Share it:

M-Net Statement: Over the last few months following Unathi’s indiscretions on social media, we have been in discussions with our judges, presenters and talent to sensitise them to the risks of using social media. All the Idols SA judges were reminded that M-Net holds all brand ambassadors and employees to the highest standards in our ongoing efforts to promote and build a modern and inclusive South Africa.

Gareth Cliff Image by:You Magazine

Gareth Cliff
Image by:You Magazine

Unfortunately we then had to deal with Somizi’s inappropriate comments and following the latest issue, we have now implemented a zero tolerance policy for all social media posts that go against the spirit of nation-building. This policy will apply to everyone associated with our brands going forward.

We do not believe that Gareth is a racist but his response showed a lack of empathy for our history and it is important to differentiate between freedom of speech and hate speech. Penny Sparrow’s comments were hateful. Hate speech is not applicable with regard to freedom of speech .

Did you like this? Share it:

MiCasa & Mobi Dixon to shake Buyel’Embo Up

Posted by radio On December - 17 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

MTV Base and Klipdrift kick the summer party season off with a bang thanks to a sizzling new edition of the MTV Base & Klipdrift Golden Beats party tour. MTV Base & Klipdrift Golden Beats promises golden moments for music fans at every stop.

micasa

Khayelitsha’s Buyel’ Embo Village is hosting multi-award winning trio MiCasa, whose new chart-topping album “Home Sweet Home” has taken the country by storm. Known for their hits; “Heavenly sent”, “La Vida”, “The Streets” and the new anthem “Chocolat”, these guys know how to turn any dull party into a sizzling one.

 

Joining the band will be the “City Rains” mega star Mobi Dixon, whose talent and hard work have seen him dominate charts in 2015. DJ Loyd – known for his bubbly personality as former Hectic 9 Nine presenter and for his cool tunes on Good Hope FM. Loyd will be playing alongside Cape Town’s DJ Vince.

 

Come and enjoy this musical showcase with these incredible talents as Khayelitsha goes gold!

 

Venue:      Buyel’ Embo Village

Address:  8 Alfred Nzo Street, Mandela Park, Khayelitsha.

Date:         29 December

Line up:   MiCasa, Mobi Dixon, DJ Loyd and Vince

Doors open: 8pm

Tickets:  R50 at the door (pre-sold tickets)

 

 

 

Did you like this? Share it:

Cassper Nyovest revealed as SA’s hottest MC

Posted by radio On November - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Almost a month to the day that Cassper Nyovest rewrote history with his “Fill Up The Dome” concert, MTV Base (DStv channel 322), has revealed him as the laureate in “SA’s Hottest MC 2015”.

MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES PARTY AT HAREM  ROSEBANK

MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES PARTY AT HAREM ROSEBANK

The heavily contested top five saw Nyovest push both rivals and friends to the back of the list, scoring top marks for impact, sales, buzz and other intangibles. Commended by the judges for his sound decision making skills and relentless hard work, there was little disagreement that Cassper deserved the top spot.

 

Hot on his heels is AKA, who the panel unanimously agreed deserved the second spot with his well thought-out music taking centre stage. His accomplishments outside the studio were arguably not as strong as Cassper’s. Style and lyrics were the two outstanding criteria that scored him the runner up spot.

 

2014’s number one MC, KO, took the third spot; his strong presence and contribution to the local hip hop scene was commended by the panel, but the extent of his impact in 2015 was interrogated.

 

MTV Africa Music Award 2015 winner for “Best Music Video” for “Nafukwa”, Riky Rick scored the fourth spot after a hard-hitting 2015 with the release of his debut album “Family Values”, that has earned him multiple award nominations while selling over 20,000 copies.

 

OkMalumKoolKat took the number 5 slot with his hard-to-box rap style.  While his work, dedication and influence on SA Hip Hop culture throughout 2014/2015 has been louder than his fame, features with Riky Rick,Cassper Nyovest and WTF, and sheer consistency had the panel wide open.

 

SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” top 5 countdown premiered on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Friday 27 November at 16:30 CAT.

To see the full countdown, tune in to the 1 hour special featuring Part 1 and Part 2 on Saturday 28 November at 11″00 CAT as part of the “Hottest Mcs Takeover Weekend” on MTV Base.

 

Did you like this? Share it:

Tamar Braxton pulls out of BET Experience Africa

Posted by radio On November - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

BET & Glen 21 have confirmed that Tamar Braxton will be unable to attend the BET Experience Africa owing to ill health.

 

tamarBET & Glen 21 apologise for any disappointment caused, but we know that Tamar’s fans will recognise the importance of giving her the space and time to return to full health.

 

To be held at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, on 12 December, the BET Experience Africa will be the lifestyle event of the summer, with high octane performances from Mary J Blige, Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq, Young Thug, AKA, Flavour, Diamond Platnumz, Nathi, Black Motion, DJ Euphonik and Monique Bingham, alongside multiple elements including Genius Talks, sport, fashion, extreme driving and much, much more.

 

BET & Glen 21 will be pleased to honour any refunds relating to this change in the line-up.  To access your refund, please contact Ticketpro at www.ticketpro.co.za or telephone 0861 008-277.

Did you like this? Share it:

Mary J. Blige heading to Mzansi

Posted by radio On November - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Multi-Grammy award winning R&B superstar Mary J. Blige is to raise the roof with a trademark heartfelt performance at the BET Experience Africa at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on 12 December.  Blige, who last performed in South Africa in 2007, will join Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq, Tamar Braxton and Young Thug on the same stage as African superstars AKA, Flavour and Diamond Platinumz at what is shaping up to be the lifestyle experience of the year.

J blige

Pure, unadulterated and empowering – that has been Mary J. Blige’s calling card ever since her 1992 multi-platinum debut album, What’s the 411? In the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter’s musical strong suit has attracted an intensely loyal fan base – responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums and 25 million singles.  With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 30 nominations) and four American Music Awards, Blige is only getting started. The singer returned just as fierce and compelling on her tenth studio album, the aptly titled “My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act 1)” – a sequel to Blige’s 1994 classic “My Life”.

 

A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, Blige is one of few entertainers in history to have eight or more albums to reach multi-platinum status. In a dazzling career spanning more than 20 years, Mary Jane Blige has released 11 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks.  Blige made Time magazine’s “Time 100” list of influential individuals around the world in 2007, and was ranked by Billboard magazine as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years.   Her 2006 song “Be Without You” was the top R&B song of the 2000s, spending an unparalleled 15 weeks at the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while “My Life” is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, Time and Vibe. Rolling Stone also has listed her at number 100 on the list of “100 greatest singers of all time” and in 2012, music channel VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in “The 100 Greatest Women in Music”.

 

Coming to Africa for the first time in 2015, the BET Experience Africa provides the perfect kick off to the summer season, taking over Johannesburg’s 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, sport, sneakers and much, much more.

 

Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performance on an outdoor Festival Stage, while stand-up routines from comedy stars will keep the audience laughing. Fashionistas will also be able to check out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene from sneaker heads Hunting for Kicks and enjoy fashion shows from top South African designers.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructive Genius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields including Fikile Mbalula, Minister for Sports & Recreation. Driving fanatics will enjoy the Drift Zone with high octane displays of extreme driving to get the pulse racing.  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!

 

The 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 give access to all of the above, range from R550 on the mezzanine level to R850 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.  Students qualify for a 10% discount by logging in to the Ticketpro website and using the passcode ‘STUDENT’.

 

Did you like this? Share it:
General entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129) and African fashion pioneers AFI have partnered to bring the best of African fashion to the BET Experience Africa (Ticketpro Dome, 12 December).Among the designers whose stunning creations will be sashaying down the catwalk on the BET Experience Africa stage will be NN Vintage (new label of Mafikizolo lead vocalist Nhlanhla Nciza), Loin Cloth & Ashes, Tuelo Nguyuza Collectiv and KL Tsotetsi and Rich Mnisi.  More designers will be announced shortly.

betexp

Coming to Africa for the first time in 2015, the 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, sport, sneakers and much, much more.Inspiring, immersive and hugely entertaining, BET Experience Africa will feature stunning live performance on an outdoor Festival 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! The day will be rounded off with the BET Experience Concert, with superstar artists headlined by GRAMMY Award winning musicians Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and Tamar Braxton, alongside AKA, Young Thug, Flavour (Nigeria) and Diamond Platinumz(Tanzania).Fashionistas will also be able to check out the hottest trends on the Sneaker scene from sneaker heads Hunting for Kicks.  For inspiration, attend one of BET’s informative and instructiveGenius Talks, curated by experts and opinion formers in various fields including Fikile Mbalula, Minister for Sports & Recreation.

 

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 R550 on the mezzanine level to R850 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

 

For more information on the BET Experience Africa visit www.betafrica.tv, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETXAfrica.

Did you like this? Share it:

Monique Bingham and Black Motion have been added to the line-up at the BET Experience Africa, the continent’s definitive celebration of urban lifestyle and contemporary culture.  Monique and Black Motion will join previously announced performers Nathi and DJ Euphonik on the Festival Stage at the BET Experience Africa (Ticketpro Dome, 12 December).  Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq, Tamar Braxton, Young Thug, AKA, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz are also set to perform at the BET Experience Concert.

bmotion

New York-born vocalist Monique Bingham brings her soulful jazz- infused brand of house music to South Africa for the BET Experience Africa 2015. After two decades in the recording industry, Monique has become a welcome visitor to Mzansi shores, having made her debut performance at the 12th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2011, and performed her song “Pride” live at the Metro FM awards (2013).  In 2014, she collaborated with jazz legend Hugh Masakela when she penned the song “With Her Hand” with Ralf Gum for his sophomore album “In My City”.  A further single with Ralf Gum entitled “The Pap” has already received international critical acclaim and reinforced her love of and contribution to South Africa’s explosive house music scene. In 2015, Monique collaborated with Black Coffee on the track “Deep in the Bottom (of Africa)”.

 

Gold–selling dance duo Black Motion have been a fixture on the South African dance scene since 2010 when DJ Murder and Smol’s breakout single “Banane Mavoko” hit the bigtime and thrust them to the attention of DJ Oskido, who included the track in his compilation CD, “Oskido’s 10th Commandment” before signing them to Kalawa Records.  Their first double CD album, Talking to the Drums followed, including hit tracks like Father, Caraca and Dimensions.  Their long-awaited third album Fortune Teller, came out in 2014 and subsequently underlined their dominance of the dance genre, taking home the silverware at SAMA XX1 (2015) for “Best Dance Album”.  Busier than ever, in September 2015 it was announced that the dynamic duo will be collaborating with Cassper Nyovest on a track on his hotly anticipated album, Refiloe.

 

Thousands of music, sports and fashion fans are expected to attend the BET Experience Africa – a day-long celebration of music, comedy, fashion, sport, dance, food and much, much more, courtesy of entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129).  A non-stop, jam-packed entertainment fest, BET Experience Africa will wow visitors all day long, combining stunning live performance on the Festival Stage, while South African comedy luminaries David Kau, John Vlismas, Joey Rasdien, Tats Nkonzo, Celeste Ntuli, Jason Goliath, Skhumba and Kenyan funnyman Churchill will keep the laughs coming.  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, while checking out the hottest trends on the sneaker scene at Hunting for Kicks.

 

The day will be rounded off with the BET Experience Concert, with superstar artists headlined by GRAMMY Award winners Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and Tamar Braxton, alongside Young Thug, AKA, Flavour (Nigeria) and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania).  BET’s first ever Genius Talks programme will see Sports & Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula engage in a wide-ranging conversation with Nikiwe Bikitsha.

 

Tickets for BET Experience Africa are on sale now at www.ticketpro.co.za.  Ticket prices (which include access to the Festival Stage, Comedy Stage, Genius Talks, Hunting for Kicks and the concert) range from R750 on the mezzanine level to R1150 (floor standing), R1250 (floor bleachers) and Golden Circle at R1500.

Did you like this? Share it:

Liberty Radio Awards winners announced

The top performers of the South African Radio industry were acknowledged at the Liberty Radio Awards gala banquet in Sandton […]

Industry greats #TakeCharge at this year’s sold-out East Coast Radio GIBS Business Breakfast

The power packed line-up saw four of South Africa’s business leaders as keynote speakers who shared their knowledgeable experiences in […]

Liberty Radio Awards My Station Finalists Announced

Listeners voting for their favourite stations in the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards My Station category closed at midnight on Tuesday […]

Phat Joe takes over Radio 2000 Breakfast Show

Radio 2000 has announced a few changes to its line-up, in order to remain competitive and relevant to audiences across […]


TAG CLOUD

POPULAR