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MTV (DStv channel 130) is set to award Kanye West with the VMA’s highest honour, the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award,” for his career-spanning groundbreaking videos, legendary VMA performances, and continued impact on music, art, fashion, and culture The award will be presented during the live broadcast of the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT.

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The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” are sponsored by Smirnoff.

 

MTV also revealed that Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots will be performing at the awards, alongside previously announced performer The Weeknd.

 

To download an image of the performers, please click here.

 

The “MTV Video Music Awards” will air live across Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT (official pre-show starts at 02:00 CAT; the primetime simulcast takes place on MTV/MTV Base on Monday 31 August at 20:00 CAT (pre-show) and 21:00 CAT (main August 26, 2015

 

Throughout his career, West has blended musical and visual artistry to powerful effect. From his trilogy of videos for “Jesus Walks,” to the mind-bending animation of “Heartless,” to the arresting imagery of “Bound 2”, he’s pushed boundaries and delivered something new with every successive video.

 

West is also known for some of the most visually stunning VMA performances to date including, 2013’s “Blood on the Leaves”, “Otis” with JAY Z in 2011, the innovative, theatrical staging and visuals of “Runaway” in 2010, his performance debut with auto-tune on “Love Lockdown” in 2008, the hugely-influential, Daft Punk-sampling “Stronger” and “Good Life” with T-Pain in 2007, the mega-hit “Gold Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx in 2005, and his VMA debut performance with a medley of “Jesus Walks/All Falls Down/Through The Wire” featuring Chaka Khan in 2004.

 

West joins the prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and BEYONCÉ.

 

The 2015 MTV VMAs will feature Miley Cyrus as host. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

 

MTV has teamed up with world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to redesign the MTV Moonman for the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards.” As homage to Jeremy and his creative talent, the 2015 VMA Moonman encapsulates the true iconic essence of both the fashion designer and the network. From the distinct color of the TV color bars, to the peace sign necklace, to Jeremy’s signature sneakers, the redesign of statue is part of MTV’s long-standing history of bridging the gap between the world of fashion and music.

 

Artists who win a 2015 “Video Music Award” will take home a special-edition Jeremy Scott Moonman, which was created exclusively for this year’s show.

 

The 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air across MTV’s global network of channels in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching more than half a billion households around the world.

 

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It’s the realization of a long-held dream that was seeded at the start of the new millennium, when amid Joburg’s buzzing underground scene two young artists from Port Elizabeth met and combining their creativity, forged a lifelong spiritual connection.

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MXO was an aspiring hip-hop artist, who had never performed with live instruments, and SLIQ ANGEL was budding songwriter and skilled guitarist.

 

They shared a common affinity for the Eastern Cape, mostly the Xhosa sound. But jamming together they created a new mixture, an innovative and relevant style of music, and forged a lifelong spiritual connection.

 

They performed regularly at legendary spaces and places like Jungle Connection, Supperclub, Tandoor, Times Square, Opikoppi Festival, and more, and their fan base has since grown.

 

MXO explains: “We were just free-styling…it was through public demand that we formed Roots 2000”

 

And as this dynamic duo they were known to have “revolutionized the art form, the poetry, everything…”

 

“We all started the movement way back – a movement that enabled us to go places, to conquer place, not just for us…it was a starting point for everyone” says Sliq Angel.

 

They both credit this collaboration as a crucial launching pad for their individual careers; and it also offered a platform for other artists, poets and performers.

 

At that time, artists like Lebo Mashile, Tumi Molekane and Dineo Pule where starting out, and found an audience on Roots 2000 stage…

And “so was Simphiwe Dana, who came & played a Jill Scott song with us”

 

They were asked to open for Blk Sonshine [who were big at the time], and inspired Brenda Fassie to join in the jam!

 

“It was a family space where everyone felt the freedom…those were really nice times…there was one culture!”

 

Their first song together was “ZandIbone”, which has subsequently become one of MXO’s signature tracks, and he says:

 

“Roots 2000 was about roots & culture, a feeling of belonging, the  amazement of people, a spiritual connection, the Arts, the freedom, the expression, seeing your ambition being fulfilled, loved, contentment…the hippy lifestyle!

 

Their fanbase grew, and they were offered deals, but in 2003, when Sliq Angel had the opportunity to go to New York, they split and went their separate ways, they each pursued interesting solo careers.

 

“Since then, we’ve been doing our own stuff, but we’ve been talking about it for a few years now…

 

“So this is the year!  Hip-hop needs The Roots 2000”, says MXO.

 

And Sliq adds: “Reuniting, coming-of-age, a transition… I’ve been waiting for this forever….it’s about bringing back the jamming culture, ‘because that’s where we started.”

 

They have both matured musically, and Sliq Angel insists that it has to be a ‘live’ experience…

“…to see it visually, feel the spirit…you have to get moved by that spirit…by MXO’s energy and by Sliqangels’ energy…it’s a time bomb!”

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MTV to screen the VMAs live! (Dstv Channel 130)

Posted by radio On August - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The countdown has begun for MTV’s most outrageous music awards ceremony, the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” (VMA).  The “MTV Video Music Awards” will air live across Africa on MTV (DStv channel 130) from the Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE) in Los Angeles, on Monday 31 August at 03:00 CAT (official pre-show starts at 02:00 CAT; the primetime simulcast takes place on MTV/MTV Base at 20:00 CAT (pre-show) and 21:00 CAT (main show).

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Smirnoff is the official sponsor of the 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards”.

 

Always packed with surprises and OMG! moments, this year’s VMA promises a whole new level of revelations, career defining performances, crazy antics and crazier fashion decisions – and with “Wrecking Ball’ star Miley Cyrus at the helm, who knows what’s going to happen?  Performers confirmed for the show include Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars and The Weekend.  Further performers are due to be announced the week of the show.

 

The world’s biggest stars compete each other to win the infamous ‘Moonman” trophy – reimagined this year by world-renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott – complete with sneakers, peace sign jewelry and rainbow-hued makeover. Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé lead the pack with the most nominations for 2015 “MTV Video Music Awards” nomination (see below for a full list of nominees):

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Beyoncé – “7/11”

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

 

BEST MALE VIDEO

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

The Weeknd – “Earned It”

Nick Jonas – “Chains”

 

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Beyoncé – “7/11”

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Sia – “Elastic Heart”

Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

 

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

 

BEST POP VIDEO

Beyoncé – “7/11”

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

 

BEST ROCK VIDEO

Hozier – “Take Me To Church”

Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”

Florence + the Machine – “Ship To Wreck”

Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”

Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

 

ARTIST TO WATCH

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Vance Joy – “Riptide”

George Ezra – “Budapest”

James Bay – “Hold Back The River”

FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

 

BEST COLLABORATION

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”

Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

 

VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE

Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”

Colbie Caillat – “Try”

Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”

Rihanna – “American Oxygen”

Wale – “The White Shoes”

 

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)

Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal)

Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jeff Peterson)

The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)

Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)

OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)

Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)

Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)

FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)

Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

 

BEST DIRECTION

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy)

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)

Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost)

Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

 

BEST EDITING

Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)

Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)

A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)

Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)

FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)

Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)

Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Tyler, The Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

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DStv iRock to rock Polokwane

Posted by radio On August - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s top House DJs and live House and Hip Hop acts will be visiting Polokwane again this Spring for another jam-packed DStv iRock Limpopo Music Festival.

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The Polokwane Rugby Fields will once again play host to this exhilarating musical experience on Saturday, 26 September 2015, offering the crowd another dose of the best that South African music has to offer.

 

But that’s not all. The DStv iRock Heritage Edition will feature a whole host of other activities on the weekend: The iRock Warmer at Industrial Chisanyama in Polokwane on Thursday, 24 September from 14:00; the iRock Pre-party featuring Major league DJs at Meropa Casino from 20:00; and the iRock Exclusive event with Fistaz Mixwell set to heat up Meropa Gardens from 18:00. Both these pre-parties happen on Friday, 25 September, followed by the main event on Saturday, 26 September.

 

“The DStv iRock Music Festivals have become the talk of the town in Limpopo, Rustenburg, East London and PE where they’ve been taking place for the past three years. We are proud to bring our viewers and their friends another edition of the homegrown musical excellence they’ve become accustomed to with the DStv iRock Limpopo Music festival,” says Simon Camerer, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at MultiChoice.

 

Some of the country’s hottest acts will be featured in this year’s festival. The line-up includes familiar favourites Mafikizolo, Beatenberg, Khuli Chana and the Big Brother Mzansi first runner up K2, among others. Full line-up details will be released in due course, with a few surprises for proudly South African music fans.

 

“Because music is such an integral part of the South African culture, the DStv iRock Music Festivals were developed as a way of giving back to our viewers through a musical journey that’s exciting and entertaining. For each instalment we strive to provide the best local musicians on one stage and the line-up in Limpopo is even bigger than ever before. Audiences will be kept entertained every minute of the festival,” continues Camerer.

 

This year’s DStv iRock Limpopo music festival is presented by Capricorn FM; MTN; Limpopo Department of Sports, Arts and Culture; Polokwane Municipality; Mall of the North; The Capricorn Voice; Mercurius Motors and Nedbank.

 

To ensure that you keep connected, follow DStv iRock on @iROCKmusicfest #DStvmusic #DStviRock or visit the Facebook page: irockmusicfestival.

 

Gates at the Polokwane Rugby Fields will open at 12:00 on Saturday, 26 September 2015 and the event starts at 14:00.

 

General Access tickets are selling at R150 for two and VIP at R650 for two.

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Bassline 21st birthday pyjama party

Posted by radio On August - 6 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Bassline music venue in Johannesburg, in association with Goodbye Malaria, will be hosting a Mozambique-inspired pyjama party on the 5th September to celebrate 21 years as a leader in the world of South African live music.

 

basslineThe event, fired up by Nandos, TRACE Urban and Kaya FM, will be showcasing some of the finest talent in South Africa and Mozambique including local house sensation Micasa, in what will be their first ever show at the Bassline, the Princess of Africa Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Cape Town’s Hot Water, leading comedian Deep Fried Man as well as some spectacular surprise guests – all under the fun-filled theme of a pyjama party.

 

Goodbye Malaria, leading activists in the eradication of Malaria, aim to bring awareness of the severity of the Malaria situation in Africa, particularly in the Mozambican territory.

With bi-annual home spraying, millions of lives can be protected from what is still one of the easiest diseases to prevent.  Increased prevention and control measures can lead to a reduction in Malaria mortality rates, yet the poorest countries are still the worst affected.

 

Goodbye Malaria,, aims to make a dent in mortality figures through positive activism – such as the sale of their funky shwe shwe-fabric pyjama trousers available online at www.goodbyemalaria.com as well as on the night of this event.

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Tickets to this event are on sale at www.webtickets.co.za and will be on sale for R150 for standard tickets and R500 for VIPP (Very Important Pyjama Person) ticket that includes a pair of Goodbye Malaria pyjamas and exclusive access to a hospitality area, where patrons will be able to meet artists and enjoy complimentary food and refreshments.

 

There will also be a Nandos grill area and the famous Mozambican beer 2M will be on sale all night, bringing an authentic Mozambican spirit into the heart of Jozi.

 

Come join us for a star-studded night of music, dancing and food as we say goodbye to Malaria by joining together to make a difference.  Bassline will be donating 75% of proceeds to this urgent cause and your contribution will make the world of difference.

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Joyous 20 head to Moses Mabhida

Posted by radio On August - 6 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

A culmination of 20 years of worship with MTN Joyous Celebration On 19 December 2015, MTN Joyous Celebration embarks on the most titanic journey in its history to commemorate 20 incredible years of bringing Gospel music to people of all ages, race and creed globally. The colossal celebration is set to take place at the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban KZN South Africa a very first for Joyous as the production undertakes its first ever outdoor recording.

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As a build up to this momentous milestone, MTN Joyous Celebration will embark on a number of activities leading and building up to this milestone event. The “Road to Joyous 20” will debut with a tv series on SABC 1 from Sunday the 9th August at 6pm until the live recording in December.

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Co-Founder Lindelani Mkhize says ‘We are truly humbled by this milestone and are proud to celebrate the numerous achievements made by MTN Joyous Celebration over the years. We have become trendsetters and known for setting the bar higher with each album release; we have broken countless records from best album sales to iTunes charts and are eternally grateful to God and our fans for this success. This milestone recording is an opportunity to not only celebrate these achievements but also reach for new heights once again.”

 

Jabu Hlongwane, said “We had a shared vision for Joyous which we established, nurtured and watched it flourish together. We are therefore honoured and extremely proud of what we created and this recording will remind our longstanding fans of where we come from.”

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“As a proud supporter of South African music and the brand behind MTN Joyous Celebration, we are very excited about this milestone 20th edition. It has been a long and successful road and we have no doubt that MTN Joyous Celebration 20 will continue to redefine the South African music scene”, said Larry Annetts: Sales and Marketing Executive at MTN SA

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Having graced local stages around South Africa and Africa, Joyous has performed to thousands of fans in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Botswana, Swaziland and Ghana just to name a few, bearing testimony to its African roots and heritage. MTN Joyous Celebration has largely contributed to the development of the country’s Arts, Culture & Heritage by raising the profile of the gospel music genre in this country and giving it the platform it deserves as a real and viable art form that contributes positively and significantly to the growth of the industry as a whole and the South Africa’s GDP.

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Joyous has also played a pivotal role in unearthing, grooming and showcasing African talent and played a role in launching the music careers of many talented artists. The ensemble without a doubt grows bigger and better every year MTN Joyous Celebration fans all over the world can look forward to being part of this historic recoding. Tickets to this momentous production will be available at computicket from the 15th August 2015.

 

 

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This year’s annual event, to be held in Mamelodi, city of Tshwane on August 29, 2015, celebrates South Africa’s coming of age, while protesting its opposition to the recent xenophobic violence.

 

With the theme ‘We Are Africa’, the Tribute Concert promises a star-studded line-up and with the unprecedented partnership between Newtown Junction and JT Comms some of the featured artists will perform at the Newtown Junction in an exciting build-up to the main Concert on August 29.

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Throughout Women’s Month (August) Newtown Junction, a mall that offers a superior shopping experience, diversity in dining opportunities and a space that lends itself to celebrating South Africa’s artistic and cultural diversity, is setting the tone by hosting inspiring events and showcases.

 

A series of lunch – time concerts  (13h00 to 14h00) on Fridays (August 7, 14 and 21) supported by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation will give a taste of the upcoming Moretele Park Tribute Concert.

 

So, get in on the act and catch the magic of Moretele Park Tribute Concert at the lunch-time concerts.

 

First up on Friday, August 7 is Cinderella and Ladysmith Allen Home – Cinderella, aka CSD, birthed from the prolific streets of ‘eNdofaya’, and is made up of band members, Clifford Mbhalati, Simon Modjadji and Desmond Hlongwane. This trio – a force to be reckoned with – breathes new life into the African Hip Hop market.

 

On August 14 we see a double bill of Mxolisi Ndongeni and MicCarol – Ndongeni, who in his early days participated in the Coca-Cola Pop Stars 2003, signed up with Demor Music and released an Afro Soul album titled Ngaphakathi (2011) which got playlisted by Kaya FM and various SABC radio stations going on to form his own label, Skyrocket Productions (Pty) Ltd in 2013. He is currently working with MicCarol whose real name is Lerato Thosane, a neo-soul, rnb and house music artist who is a model, university graduate, VUT FM radio host and draws inspiration from Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Mary J Blige.

 

The final concert on Friday August 21 will feature Nathi, whose hit song ‘Nomvula’ is currently making waves in the local music front. Nathi, who came from Maclear to Johannesburg to record Noma Kanjani – a rendition of the late Brenda Fassie’s hit song with Vusi Nova, which within the first week of its release reached the top 10 on various radio stations charts, is a well “put-together”artist in full command of his craft.  In identifying his music he credits four magic letters which, he says best describes his music – L O V E! His latest release Buyelekhaya is available now in stores.

 

The main Moretele Park concert has a stellar artist line-up that spans the continent from the DRC to Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Join the thousands of revellers at the Moretele Park Tribute Concert in Mamelodi – book your tickets at Computicket before they sell out.

 

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Rap collides with rock in one of the most thrilling local collaborations of the year, as Prime Circle team up with PRO to release the power track Bring Us Together.

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This musical “brew” has been crafted to commemorate Castle Lager’s 120th birthday – saying “cheers” to 120 years of bringing people together over an ice-cold frosty to have fun, share good times and create special memories.

 

Music of course, also has the power to transcend barriers and unite people – and the new song is all about friendship, celebration, harmony and camaraderie.

 

Hailing from Witbank, Prime Circle are regarded as one of South Africa’s leading rock bands, with a devoted local fan base as well as a growing international following. Your number one Soweto boy, PRO (real name: Linda Mkhize) has carved out a solid musical niche for himself in the hip-hop genre since bursting on to the scene as ProKid.

 

Seemingly from different worlds, these two acts have found common creative ground in composing the uplifting, anthemic track Bring Us Together.

 

Castle Lager is rolling out an extensive campaign around the new track and the 120th birthday of its flagship beer brand, including four digital webisodes that show the making and recording of the song.

 

Notes Prime Circle’s songwriter and lead vocalist, Ross Learmonth: “I think this song will reach a variety of people and transcend being part of a campaign … This is a hit song.”

 

Adds PRO: “It about two genres and cultures coming together to make something truly South African.”

 

Since 1895, Castle Lager has become regarded as “quintessentially South African as a Chisanyama, the Springboks or Bafana Bafana”, says Nic Scheijde, General Manager of Castle. The new commemorative song epitomises the brand’s “unity in diversity” ethos while standing tall as a powerful record in its own right.

 

“Castle Lager is all about bringing friends together and uniting the nation. We wanted to develop a feel-good song that represents diversity and speaks to the sense of belonging that Castle brings to friendship. We chose Prime Circle and PRO as they have both stood the test of time and represent the best of South Africa.”

 

Bring Us Together by Prime Circle and PRO is currently available for download in the iTunes store.

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KZN is set to rock with a smoking hot line-up for BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio. Eleven mind-blowing South African acts will set the stage on fire at People’s Park on 6 September 2015.

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Speaking at the launch of the event at the Durban Country Club this morning, East Coast Radio’s Marketing Manager, Renée Burton, said, “Music brings people together – it’s that simple. And year on year we are building a tribe of music lovers who buy into our offering.”

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The winners of East Coast Radio’s #BeTheBand competition will be the curtain-raiser. The finals are being held at Palm Court, Gateway on 8 August 2015.

 

Durban band, Veranda Panda, will be showcasing their winning combo of EDM and violin. “We play shows and festivals all over the country but Veranda Panda is 100% proudly Durban. We can’t wait to rock out in front of a massive home crowd, alongside a line-up of artists who we support and respect a lot! It’s going to be huge!”

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When they’re not playing overseas, high-flyers Mafikizolo are on tour or in-studio. They had such a blast at last year’s Durban Day that they’ve cleared their diaries to make more memories in Durban this year. Be prepared to rock your socks off!

 

Pop-rock band MonArk will bring their high-octane energy. The multiple-SAMA nominee group have been making waves since bursting onto the scene in 2013. It’s their first time at BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio and they’re promising a unique vocal and visual experience.

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All eyes will be on multi-award winning prince of SA hip-hop AKA as he unlocks Durban and raises the Levels with his high energy performance. It will be his first time performing at this annual music event.

 

Icon and trailblazer, Thandiswa Mazwai, has amazed audiences all over the world. “Music gave me an opportunity to free my revolutionary self,” says the multiple award-winning artist. She’ll be sharing her brand of magic to People’s Park on 6 August 2015.

 

They raised the collective temperature at People’s Park last year, and now MiCasa is coming back for more. J’Something, Dr Duda and Mo-T will return from their first world tour to rock People’s Park in September with their pulse-thumping tracks.

 

“My favourite thing about Durban is the people. I’ve never been anywhere else in the world where people are so friendly and welcoming,” says Matthew Mole who’ll be taking to the stage for the first time at People’s Park. “I’ll be playing some older songs as well as quite a few of the new songs I’ve been working on. I’ve been changing up my live set quite a bit, so there will be a few more instruments on stage than I usually have.”

 

Veteran rockers Prime Circle will show why their music has had staying power for more than a decade. Their first single, She Always Gets What She Wants, has notched up over 789 000 YouTube views, making it the most-viewed South African rock song ever. Lead singer, Ross Learmonth, can’t wait to connect with KZN fans. “Without the fans, we would be nothing. And I don’t ever want to do anything else. Creating music for a living is a privilege, and we never forget that.”

 

Beatenberg will make their debut performance at BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio. “We loved Durban energy and we can’t wait to connect with our fans there.”  The Cape Town pop band will treat KZN fans to their own brand fresh new energy.

 

Last year, Khuli Chana put in a guest appearance at People’s Park. This year, he’ll bring the curtain down on BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio with his own brand of pulsating flavour and sound. The Motswako originator has been in the game for ten years, during which he’s amassed an armful of awards and teamed up with big names like Big Sean and Kendrik Lamar. “My fans can definitely expect a mean, energetic performance!” he promises.

 

Mafikizolo, Prime Circle frontman Ross Learmonth and AKA joined the BP and East Coast Radio teams at the Durban Country Club this morning for the launch of the event.

 

Tickets for BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio are available at Computicket at R180. Free entry to under 3’s and R20 for kids between 3 and 12. Gates open at 11.30am.

 

More details on www.ecr.co.za

 

BP Durban Day with East Coast Radio.

6 September 2015, from 12 noon onwards

People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium.

 

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On the 1st and 2nd August 2015, 1600 participants from all corners of South Africa as well as Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland will be gathering at the annual EDUCATION AFRICA INTERNATIONAL MARIMBA AND STEELPAN FESTIVAL which will take place at the beautiful St Benedict’s College, Harcus Road, Bedfordview, Guateng.

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Over 250 performances featuring some of Africa’s top marimba and steelpan bands will be featured in non-stop competitions over the two days.  These competitions will be adjudicated by 6 top class experts in not only marimbas and steelpans but also in music and music education.

 

 

All these adjudicators will also be featured in our FRINGE EVENTS and will be giving lecture/demonstrations, performances, master classes and fun music activities for the whole family. Amongst our illustrious adjudicators are: ANDY NARELL, a patron of the festival, who hails from France and is one of the world’s top solo steelpan performers will be giving 2 solo performances. MARK STONE, who comes from the USA, an expert on world percussion will be conducting lecture/demonstrations on the DAGARA GYIL, the marimba of Ghana.  This is a must for anyone interested in African music.  South Africa’s multi-talented world-class songbird, SIBONGILE KHUMALO will be conducting 2 MASTER CLASSES in voice at the Festival.  This is a rare opportunity for all those singers out there to meet her and be heard by one of the greatest and most versatile talents South Africa has ever produced!  Who knows, your voice career could be launched at the Festival?

 

Another amazing artist to be featured at the festival will be DANNO PETERSEN, the 12 year-old “DRUMMER WUNDERKIND” from the Cape now living in Gauteng. Dynamic Danno is the youngest University student in Africa.  He is also theYOUNGEST WORLDWIDE YAMAHA ENDORSED DRUMMER for the past 8 years!  At the Festival he will be featured at the massed marimba and steelpan event as well as in a number of workshops and performances where adults and children alike can enjoy his performances and will also have the opportunity to ask him questions.  Danno is an inspiration to all who meet him!  This is definitely something not to be missed!

 

Also featured in our Fringe Events Programme are gumboot, Sotho, Tswana, Greek, Indian and Afrikaans dance workshops.  We also have graded djembe drumming and marimba workshops given by leading teachers from Gauteng. South Africa’s steelpan master: DAVE REYNOLDS will be giving walk-in steelpan classes and many other experts will be giving talks and workshops on subjects as diverse as boom whackers and games to play in the classroom.

 

Highlights at the MAIN FESTIVAL VENUE include: the massed marimba and steelpan event, the interactive djembe drumming event and of course the 250 marimba and steelpan competition performances!

There is something for everyone including a flea market with wonderful food and arts and crafts!

Ticket prices at the gate per day:
R30 for adults/R20 for children 6 years and older
Workshops an additional R30 p/workshop.
Alternatively
R60 per day for adults and children which includes ALL WORKSHOPS!
Full weekend pass may be pre-booked online: www.internationalmarimbafestival.org

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