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 SAMA 23 list of entries revealed

Posted by radio On March - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Music Awards  (SAMA’s) is delighted to announce that the number of entries for this year’s ceremony has increased substantially in comparison to last year. We received over 700 entries, while in 2016 the number stood at about 470.

The overwhelming response is indicative of a burgeoning music industry and is a vote of confidence in the most prestigious music award ceremony in the land.

 

In our pursuit of transparency and openness, the office of the SAMA’s has resolved to share all the names of the entrants with the public.

The music industry submitted entries over a three-month period starting from 01 November 2016 until 31 January 2017. After a stringent vetting process that involved officials from the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) and record company representatives, these potential nominees have been handed over to panels of independent experts drawn from radio, TV, newspapers, blogs and the recording industry for the judging process to begin. In April the SAMA’s will reveal the five nominees in each category as voted for by the panel of judges and verified by independent auditors.

 

Remarks RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi: “We at the SAMA’s pride ourselves of a rich heritage that spans over two decades of rewarding excellence in local music. The fact that our numbers keep growing is encouraging and we see it as the industry acknowledging our credibility.

 

“We have decided that this year, for the first time ever, we would reveal the entire list of artists who have entered the SAMA’s so that fans, followers and lovers of music would be privy as to who has entered to avoid surprises when we announce the final nomination list in the next few weeks.

 

RiSA remains committed to an ethical, fair, transparent and open selection process which has been the hallmark of its operation in the past years. Below is a summary of the number of entries in some of the categories.

 

Best Collaboration is the most competitive category  with 106 entries.

The Best Produced Album is a battleground with 72 entries from genres as varied as dance, gospel, gqom, rap, jazz and R&B . The Best Engineered garnered 46.

In genre specific categories, the Best Dance Album leads with 27 entries and is followed closely by Best Rap Album boasting 25 entrants.  The Best Jazz Album has 15 projects eligible for a nomination.

The Best Maskandi Album which has drawn 13 entries has the genre’s most successful talents battling it out for a nod, the same can be said of the Best Traditional Music Album category with its 15 entries.

 

With 14 entrants, the Best Contemporary Faith Music Album pits some gospel heavyweights against two previous Idols SA winners and a former TV soapie star.

 

The Traditional Faith Music Album also earned 14 entries.

The Best Alternative Music Album ensures stiff competition with 18 entries.

In the Best Kwaito Album we have seen a slight increase from last year, with a total entries of 6 albums.  This hopefully will continue to increase year on year from henceforth.

Remix of the year stands at 16 entries.

DVD recordings remain popular with 11 entries in the Best Live Audio Visual Recording.

 

The newly introduced Best African Artist category attracted six entries from Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Botswana.

“These big numbers ensure a healthy competition. Our judges have their work cut out for them and we are confident that the final nominee list will be testament to the best of the best in each category and also reflect what the SAMAs are about. Best of luck to everyone,”  concludes Sibisi.

 

For the full list of nominees go to: http://www.samusicawards.co.za/about-the-awards/news/29-sama-23-entries-list

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SAMA 23 back at Sun City

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The 23rd instalment of the South African Music Awards (SAMA) will be held at the Sun City Superbowl on the weekend of the 26th May 2017.

The luxury resort in the North West province is the official home for SAMA 23, having hosted 14 of the 22 previous ceremonies since its launch in 1994.

 

The music industry and revelers will see the newly revamped facilities and the modern amenities this world class establishment has to offer.

 

An elated Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA who are organizing the awards commented: “It’s such a delight to be returning to Sun City. The convenience it brings during a weekend of celebration makes it the ideal location for us.

 

“We invite local music lovers to join the industry as it makes its trip to Sun City later in the year for a party fit for our country and the continent’s finest musicians.”

 

With a number of music lovers that the awards attract, The Bokone Bophirima province is sure to be abuzz with entertainment and loads of activities in and around Sun City.  The SAMA was hosted at the Durban ICC last year while Sun City underwent a massive multimillion-rand revamp.

 

Bokone Bophirima Province is excited to partner with the SAMA’s to host this Annual Music event. We are delighted that this will contribute significantly to our Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal strategy through Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT). Further, our Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSDs) stand to benefit from this event through a number of buildup activities such as mini – festivals, artist development workshops among others.

 

As a province we pride ourselves for being blessed with a capacity to host events of this magnitude and we are also proud that we have many tourist attractions on offer. Therefore we believe that this event will offer an unforgettable experience.

 

 

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has noted with great concern the recent misrepresentations around the 16th edition of the Metro FM Awards, which took place on the 25th of February 2017.  The SABC would like put the record straight and in particular deal with the recent Twitter account @SAHipHopMag, which stated someone had hacked the SABC’s servers to gain the “Real Metro FM Awards results” of the winners of the 16th METRO FM Music Awards.

 

It must be stated that this is not true as the website address or the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is not the correct Metro FM URL. The correct website for Metro FM is www.metrofm.co.za and not www.metrofmSA.co.za.  It is therefore malicious for anyone to purport to have the so called real Metro FM awards results.

 

It must also be noted that the voting for the various categories excluding the Best Produced/Styled/Listener’s Choice and the One Africa award were done via USSD and through an external service provider and through the website.  Therefore, the alleged hacking never occurred.

 

The SABC’s Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (AGCEO), Mr James Aguma stated that “As an organization, we view this matter in a serious light as it attempts to tarnish the image and integrity of these awards.  The Metro FM awards have been in existence for the past 16 years and are founded on ethical practices and professionalism. It is the public who votes for their favourites to win, and this fact cannot be undermined”.

 

These awards are aimed at rewarding musicians in the local music industry and as a competition musicians are at liberty to campaign for votes from the public.

 

The SABC reiterates that all winners, as with previous years were voted for by the public and the votes were audited by an external firm.

 

[Issued by: SABC]

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For the past decade, BRING YOUR FIRE has been MTN Bushfire’s inspiring call to action, a concept that encourages the proactive contribution of the individual towards social change.

Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

During this time, MTN Bushfire has encouraged participants and guests alike to heed this call, and in the process the festival has achieved a worldwide reputation for its visionary and authentic approach to raising awareness of the need for social change.

In 2017 MTN Bushfire will take BRING YOUR FIRE to a whole new level with the introduction of the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE, a dedicated space that will articulate and manifest this call to action around a specific theme.

MTN Bushfire 2017 is excited to announce that the theme for this year’s BRING YOUR FIRE campaign and zone will be environmentalism and sustainability.

To this end, MTN Bushfire Festival is partnering with a host of organisations to present a truly interactive and creative space that will engage with the myriad issues related to environmentalism and sustainability more broadly, including arts sustainability in the region.

These activities will live not only at the Festival, but also before and after the event on social media and also critically in the local Swaziland communities.

Everyone is invited to become a pro-active contributor and to #BRINGYOURFIRE.

Within this theme, MTN Bushfire 2017 will also be further committing to become a more carbon-neutral event with this year seeing an increased focus on recycling and an insistence that all vendors use packaging that is made from recycled material.

SWAZILAND/MALKERNS – 31 May 2014 – BUSHFIRE FFESTIVAL 2014
Photo: Bram Lammers

BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE

As the tangible and interactive manifestation of the BRING YOUR FIRE call to action based on this year’s theme of environmentalism and sustainability, the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE will play host to an array of exhibitions, activations, performances and related activities.

 

“The Burning Question” Yebo Art Gallery Exhibition

Within the ZONE, Yebo Art Gallery will be presenting an exhibition; “The Burning Question,” based on the theme of a changing climate, particularly focusing on the role that artists and the arts can play in effecting recognition, intervention and action.

As the arts industry finally wakes up to the reality and urgency of climate change, as indicated by the huge increase in the visibility of the arts in creating awareness and cultivating action and reaction towards climate change and environmental issues at last two international summits on climate change (COP 21 and 22), MTN Bushfire and its partner, Yebo Art & Design, are at the leading edge of grappling with this critical issue.

SWAZILAND/MALKERNS – 31 May 2014 – BUSHFIRE FFESTIVAL 2014
Photo: Bram Lammers

All Out Africa: Indigenous Tree Planting

Long time partner of MTN Bushfire, All Out Africa will be working with the festival and the local Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to offset the carbon footprint of the festival and counter act deforestation by inviting guests to personally get involved by planting an indigenous tree in the nearby reserve. Guests will have the opportunity to sign up for the tree planting project and will be transported to and from the reserve where they will plant a tree and be part of this lasting environmental legacy project.

This is a long term project aims not only to plant trees to offset carbon emission and loss due to deforestation but also to educate on the importance of protecting tress and our shared natural heritage as a whole.

 

MTN Bushfire Environmental Anthem

Under the facilitation of Alex Paullin, from Conservation Music, a group of leading local musicians/students/choir/poets from the local communities will engage in an extensive workshop to brainstorm, skill-share, create, and record a song that offers a dynamic medium to communicate and send a messages around the issue of environmental issues & climate change.

SWAZILAND, MALKERNS -29 May 2015 – DJ Invisible and the Champions of the Sonarverse perform at the Bushfire Festival 2015
Photo: Bram

Sunshine Cinema

MTN Bushfire partner Sunshine Cinema will also be part of the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE and will engage with participants by screening films and documentaries touching on issues related to  environmental sustainability. These film screenings and discussions will all be solar panel powered.

 

Schools Programme and Arts Roundtable

For the past decade, MTN Bushfire, along with its partners, has been committed to creating an increasingly inclusive festival program where members of the local youth community become active participants to generate a sustainable arts legacy that instils skills and motivation in youth to become arts and creative industry entrepreneurs.

The annual Schools Programme reaches out to about 120 schools and 1350 students with entertaining and educational arts experiences. Additionally, the annual Arts Round Table is a forum that welcomes local, regional and international arts practitioners and experts who engage in lively dialogue and debate towards creating a more sustainable arts community within Southern Africa.

 

Interactive Studio

Within the BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE there will also be a digital studio where guests can engage in video-recorded discussions that will be shared via MTN Bushfire’s social media platforms and on the main screens around the festival venue. These discussion platforms will open up the space for engagement beyond the festival itself and into the digital realm.

 

For more on the open call visit http://yeboswaziland.com/open-call-for-artists-in-africa-yebo-contemporary-art-gallery-and-londza-design-are-curating-an-exhibition

 

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MTN has reaffirmed its commitment to become a leading player in the digital and music streaming arena when it unveiled its revamped online music platform, MTN Music+, which offers first to market functionalities.

 

Says Maxwell Nonge, Chief Digital Officer: MTN SA: “The revamped Music+ strengthens our focus on developing local content and contributing meaningfully to the development of the music industry in South Africa. At the heart of our endeavours into the music space is the firm belief that we need to partner with artists and empower them to take control over the success of their brand.

 

The revised functionality of Music+ is the first proposition of its kind in South Africa where digital music and data are bundled for the user’s convenience and ease of use. This means that if a customer has an active bundle, any activity that they perform on Music+ will be zero-rated.”

 

The streaming pricing will be tiered by daily, weekly and monthly subscription fees, and downloading prices for subscribers will be discounted.

 

With the revised Music+, customers with an internet capable device and a balance of data bundles can stream content online and offline via the mobile app, mobile portal, web portal and mobile app interfaces on the 2G, 3G and LTE network.

 

Music+ has a number of new functionalities, and these include the following:

 

A music library with over 670 000 tracks, 40% local and 60% international;

Music downloads with innovative music bundle download packages;

Pricing will include data costs;

Subscribers will be levied discounted downloading costs.

Says Maxwell Nonge, Chief Digital Officer: MTN SA: “We are excited to offer our subscribers an improved version of our online musical proposition. This is part of our strategy of providing exciting value added services to our customers and cementing our foothold in the digital space. As a company that always strives to stay ahead of the curve, we believe that this revamped proposition mirrors the trends in the music space and resonates with our customer’s demands.

 

We believe that the revised offering will also help to combat piracy which is the nemesis of the music industry, and will further bolster the live music market in South Africa.”

 

According to research, in 2014 the global digital music revenues had overtaken physical music revenues. Downloads and subscriptions accounted for 75% of this revenue. In South Africa digital music is experiencing high growth as well, driven mainly by local artists. Research by PwC and GMR has found that physical music sales have declined by 17%, while digital music sales are increasing by 9%.

 

“As MTN, we want to be at the forefront of this revolution and leverage our infrastructure to ensure that our customers and the industry benefit from this changing eco-system,” Nonge concludes.

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If there’s one thing we love seeing, it’s celebrities who manage to give back to the community regardless of their high flying status. We’ve seen many around South Africa who remind us that humility and service to your fellow man and woman is the best way to give back.

Black Coffee is one such celebrity who you can count on to always give back to those who look up to him. He did it again this week when he made headlines after helping make a fan’s “dream come true”.

It began when the person in question was invited to the Creative Construction Conference which takes place in Croatia later this year. Unfortunately, tickets from SA to Croatia are kinda pricey so this young talent took to Twitter to look for some help:

 

 

 

 

[Source: MTV]

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The Metro FM saying, “Legends don’t stop, they just ask what’s next”, is a true testament for the newly awarded Best Female Album winner Kelly Khumalo, also known as Her Vocal Highness.

 

The Uthando hit maker, and legend Don Laka, went into studio this Thursday with great excitement and anticipation of what their long-awaited collaboration will produce. Celebrated around the country and adored for her impressive vocal ability, it is with no surprise that a musical maestro such as Don Laka would invite Kelly Khumalo to grace his latest work of art, as she will bring her vocal prowess and talent onto the track. It is still uncertain what the two are cooking up, but if their first meeting is anything to go by, 2017 is about to be another great musical journey, for all music lovers.

 

Don Laka who seems to have shied away from media and the spot light over the years, is said to be working on his latest offering and his invitation to Kelly is an indication he’s ready to put the defining notes to his masterpiece. With a string of acclaimed albums Kelly Khumalo is most excited to eventually be working with the legend that is Don Laka and feels honoured to have been chosen to work on such a big project.

 

Just returning from the Metro FM Awards last weekend, Kelly Khumalo says she is ready to continue making music that her fans will love and be an artist who employs true cultural and African identity in her art form and would love this to translate in this collaboration with Don Laka.

“I’m so excited to be working with a musical legend like Don Laka and I’m honoured to have been chosen for this project. I’m as excited for everyone to hear the final product of our collaboration. Fans are gonna love it!”

 

As Kelly makes 2017 her year, such collaborations are just a peek into the songstress’ plans. With her album My Truth still getting great reviews it is with no doubt that Kelly Khumalo continues to have a rising star.

 

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Los Angeles-based, Grammy nominated ‘curious and pioneering’ hip hop, neo-soul and R&B outfit The Internet, is headed to Cape Town.  Concluding the line-up for the 18th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), members, Syd ‘tha kid’ Bennett, Matt Martians, Patrick Paige II, Christopher Smith and Steve Lacy will energise and engage fans with their powerful messaging phrased through their unique blend of nuanced soulful melodies and beats, that connect deep within.

Defying easy categorisation of their crossover multi-genre sounds, The Internet was christened as a result of the two producers – Syd (Sydney) and Matt Martians (real name Matthew Martins) – meeting on the net, then officially forming the band in 2011.  They have since released three studio albums and three extended plays, with Ego Death, nominated for a Grammy – Best Urban Contemporary Album.

 

Of Ego Death Pitchfork contributor Craig Jenkins remarked that: “The band’s purposeful instrumentation clears room to showcase her [Syd] words, and she has a war story for every stage of love and loss.”

Festival Director Billy Domingo says of their inclusion in the 2017 CTIJF line-up: “We are excited to welcome The Internet to South Africa.  Their fresh sound and insightful lyrics both inform and entertain and they are certain to appeal and resonate with a diverse audience. The band is the perfect addition to this socially conscious 2017 musical line-up.”

 

Catch The Internet on the Manenberg Stage on Saturday 1st April 2017 at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival happening 31 March and 1 April 2017.

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Amon & Pearl to host the MMA16

Posted by radio On February - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

METRO FM is pleased to announce its hosts for the 16th edition of the METRO FM Music Awards.  The multi-talented Ms. Pearl Modiadie along with the bigger than life radio legend and personality Mr. Amon Mokoena have been tasked with the huge responsibility to hosting one of the most anticipated awards on the music industry’s calendar.  Ms. Modiadie and Mr. Mokoena host the midday show ‘The Great Escape’ on METRO FM.

 

Ms. Sibongile Mtyali, METRO FM Station Manager stated “For us Pearl and Amon were an obvious choice to host this year’s awards.  Over the two years of them working together, their professionalism, working chemistry and how they resonate well with our audiences, have kept listeners logged onto their show.  We felt that it was important to bring that chemistry on-air, live to our audiences, when the awards are broadcast on SABC 1 on Saturday the 25th of February at 20:00.”

 

Ms. Mtyali further stated “Viewers of the awards can expects elements of what happens on-air on METRO FM to give them a taste of what the station’s bouquet offers.”

 

We encourage the public to watch the awards to see all the amazing acts on stage and their favourite celebrities walking the black carpet.

 

PRESENTERS PROFILES

 

PEARL MODIADIE

 

29 year-old Pearl Modiadie is an accomplished TV and Radio Presenter, Producer and Actress.  With over a decade in the entertainment industry, Pearl has become a formidable force to be reckoned with, reaching millions of households across the country and beyond.

 

Having started her career as a teenager, she has grown in front of her adoring fans and has worn numerous hats as more than just a former kid’s TV Presenter but a successful Radio Personality, a sought-after MC, Actress, TV Producer and seasoned Voiceover Artist.  She has hosted some of the most talked-about events including award shows.  It is certainly not by chance that she has grown to be the remarkable professional that she is, with a decade of experience under her belt.

 

With an infectious laughter, bubbly personality and commendable work ethic, Pearl has proven that working hard relentlessly on your dreams pays off.

 

She is currently the host of METRO FM’s “The Great Escape” alongside Amon Mokoena.  She also hosts the brand new and popular show – Raw Silk; a fashion reality show currently on SABC 1.  She also hosts the number one talk show in the country, Zaziwa – which she also produces and is currently on SABC 1 on Sundays.

 

AMON MOKOENA

 

Amon Mokoena is the driving force and voice behind the energetic midday radio show, “The Great Escape (TGE)” on METRO FM (Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm) as well as “The Chill Factor”, Sundays (12pm-3pm).  Prior to this, his “wicked” sense of humour was waking up South Africa on the station’s Saturday breakfast show, “The AM Rise” (6am to 10am).  A natural born radio talent and public speaker, Amon has done little else since first stepping behind the microphone.  During his career, he’s had the pleasure of being on the airwaves at some of the country’s leading radio stations, such as Motsweding FM, 94.7, Highveld Stereo and 99.2 YFM.

 

Amon is an all-round nice guy, has a genuine joie de vivre and thrives under the pressure of the limelight.  He has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) degree from the University of the North-West and is fluent in Setswana and English.  He’s also a sought-after MC, professional voice over artist, club DJ and over weekends you’ll find Amon at various gigs countrywide.

 

Catch Amon Mokoena Sunday to Friday 12pm-3pm on METRO FM.

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Metro FM activates MMA16 in style

Posted by radio On February - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

METRO FM BUILDS UP TO THE BIGGEST AWARDS SHOW OF THE YEAR WITH EXCITING ACTIVATIONS!

 

METRO FM, the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s biggest commercial radio station, is gearing up for the most anticipated awards show of the year.

The 16th METRO FM Music Awards, in partnership with the City of Durban (EThekwini Municipality) and the Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial government, will once again take place at the ICC in Durban on Saturday, 25 February 2017. Ticket sales are fast selling out with general tickets going for R750 and Golden Circle selling at R850.

METRO FM in the lead-up to the award will be holding exciting activations to create hype and excitement. These are the following events:

Wednesday 22 February 2017 – METRO FM Music Workshop – Tate’s Kasi Grill

 

The MMA Music Workshop which is free and open to the public, will be taking place at Tate’s Kasi Grill in Clermont, is about awarding music excellence according to the voting public of South Africa, and to empower the next generation of musicians in South Africa, the music workshop seeks to educate up and coming musicians amongst other things about:

  • The business of music
  • Different music organisations (SAMRO, RISA etc.) and how they can benefit them
  • Submissions of music to radio stations & record labels
  • Packaging of music
  • Technicalities of music i.e. sampling
  • Contracts and how they work
  • Longevity in the music industry
  • Taking ones art seriously

 

Last year saw the success of Yung Royalz who were selected as one of the groups that showed potential during the METRO FM Awards workshop with KZN upcoming artists. The group has since been play-listed on stations such as METRO FM, Ukhozi FM and Umhlobo Wenene amongst others. They have released a music video that is on high rotation with MTV Base. They are also on the Top 40/30 on various radio stations including YFM.

 

Friday 24 February 2017 – Pre-Parties 

 

  • 47th Avenue

Strictly by invite, this event will target those who love fashion and the finer things in life.

 

  • Eyadini Experience

 

This activation will target the Kwaito and house music lovers. It will profile Eyadini and Umlazi on radio through promos promoting the event, interviews on the day and television broadcast. Live SABC 1 music programme LIVEAMP, will broadcast live from the venue.

The line-up at Eyadini is as follows:

  1. MoFlava,
  2. Lerato Kganyago
  3. Sphe
  4. Naves
  5. DJ Jawz
  6. DJ Malwela
  7. Lulo Café
  8. Nasty C (Not confirmed)
  9. Naked DJ
  10. Nasty C
  11. Dr Malinga
  12. Professor
  13. Dj Feel
  14. Dj Merlon

 

Doors Open @ 12:00 Until late.

Tickets are @ COMPUTICKET for the public at R100 General Access & R200 VIP.

 

Sunday 26 February 2017

 

MMA16 WRAP UP PARTY

To close off the 16th Metro FM Music Awards weekend soulfully, a wrap-up party will be held at Maxi’s lifestyle in Umlazi. Guests can enjoy the township lifestyle while listening to their favourite tunes with, some of METRO FM DJ’s such as Amon Mokoena, Sentle, Wilson B Nkosi and Nothemba Madumo.

 

Tickets will be sold at the gate and prices are as follows:

 

VVIP          R950.00

VIP            starts from R350.00

General      starts from R150.00

 

LINE –UP: 

Mc’s

Somizi

Oros

Slot

 

Metro FM Dj’s

Glen Lewis

SPHEctacula & DJ Naves

Christos

Shimza

 

Artists                                                               Residents

Durban’s Finest                                                 Mngadi

Babes Wodumo                                                 Twitty

Professor                                                           Dnzwiri

Dr Malinga                                                         Vuuh

Nasty C                                                              Rocksilver

Amanda Black                                                    Lee

Jezel Brothers                                                    Mfistoz

Big Nuz                                                              stera

Kwesta                                                               Nash Mann

Bongs                                                           Smokie & Luso

Cndo

Lvovo

Zakwe

King Sfiso

Junior B

Junior De Rocka

Joocy

Fisherman

 

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