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DStv iRock Limpopo Music Fest is back!

Posted by radio On July - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The DStv iRock Limpopo Music Festival is back! And this year the event will move to Polokwane Cricket Club, a venue that’s bigger and equipped with world class facilities to accommodate over 18 000 iRock fans over Heritage weekend.

 

Festival headliners like Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat, Kwesta, Amanda Black, Black Motion, DJ Mshega and Culoe de Song, among others will entertain the crowd with their popular hits on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

 

 

The festival will bring music lovers the best in South African Dance, House, Hip Hop, Afro POP and RnB. And that’s not all. Once again, aspiring musicians are invited to be part of the line-up by entering the DStv iRock Battle for the Stage talent search. Keep an eye on the DStv iRock social media platforms for further updates.

 

“In 2013, DStv iRock launched a completely new experience. We created more than just a music festival, we created a lifestyle. The youth were captivated and looked for ways to be part of the experience in a bigger way. We then developed and implemented the iRock Ambassador Program which employs over 100 youth in the area,” says Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, General Manager Marketing for MultiChoice.

 

“Each year the festival gets bigger and more exciting and we have seen enormous growth in terms of festival attendance, awareness and excitement around the DStv iRock brand. But more than that, the DStv iRock music festivals continue to give us the opportunity to empower the youth and uplift the communities which we operate in,” continues Mazibuko.

 

The 2017 edition of DStv iRock Limpopo will keep you entertained all weekend, bringing you Comedy, Jazz, and the iRock Social Sunday to end off your Heritage weekend.

 

This year’s iRock Limpopo Music Festival is presented by DStv in association with Standard Bank, Hunters, Polokwane Local Municipality, Mall of the North, Limpopo Tourism Agency and Daily Sun.

 

Gates at the Polokwane Cricket Club will open at 12:00 on Saturday, 23 September 2017. Main event tickets are on sale for R150 GA (1) and R250 (Buy 1 get 1 free) and VIP Early bird at R2500 for 2 (includes a bottle of Bisquit, Cruz Vodka and mixers)

 

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Eastern Africa dominates AFRIMA entries

Posted by radio On July - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

AFRIMA receives 4,816 entries for 2017 submission…Eastern Africa has the highest entries…..as screening and adjudication processes follows…

 

The 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is already in the works to becoming an epoch-making awards event after receiving nearly 5,000 entries from African music artistes and music professionals at the close of the two-month entry submission process on Monday, July 17.

 

The African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA had opened the 2017 AFRIMA Call for Entries on May 8 giving opportunity to African music artistes, record producers, songwriters, video directors and music journalists to enter their qualified works on the AFRIMA website www.afrima.org and the awards social media platforms.

 

The overwhelming response to this call putting the total number of entries received for 2017 at 4,816 is an astronomical increase from the 2,714 number of entries received in 2016 which amounts to a whopping 77.25% increase compared to last year. Analysis reveals the regions with the highest entries as Eastern Africa, with 47% of the total entries and Western Africa, with 30%. This immense progress is a positive marker and has elicited satisfaction from the African Union, the International Committee of AFRIMA, the Regional and Country Directors of AFRIMA.

 

Expressing his excitement at the high number of entries in 2017, the AFRIMA International Advisor and member of the International Committee, Mr. Rikki Stein stated: *”This is tremendous news, indicative of an increasingly healthy music industry across Africa, particularly from a creative perspective. AFRIMA is plugged in to the aspirations of the African continent, providing a platform for excellence in the field of music and a source of inspiration and encouragement for its associated fields of endeavour; songwriters, producers, sound engineers, distributors, publicists, marketers, photographers, videographers, stylists, journalists, bloggers, DJs and on and on”.*

 

 

The former friend and Manager to African music legend, Fela  Anikulapo  Kuti also added that, *”As one by one, African artists are making their mark in the wider world, acting as ambassadors of their countries and their culture, the eyes and ears of that wider world are opening and turning towards Africa as the source of much more than entertainment. In its finest form, as will be evident amongst AFRIMA nominees and eventual winners, they provide an antidote to negativity and cynicism, offering a healing form for ailments of heart and spirit; what Fela used to call “The Underground Spiritual Game”.

 

To follow the close of entry submission is the screening and adjudication processes from July 18 to July 28 and August 2 to August 8 respectively. The 13-man AFRIMA Jury will review the 4,816 entries to determine the works of African talents that are adjudged on merit to be on the AFRIMA 2017 Nominees List.

 

In partnership with the African Union, AFRIMA is centered on the promotion and marketing of African music and is by far the largest gathering of such magnitude of stakeholders in Africa. The biggest awards event on the continent packs exciting activities into its annual events calendar including the AFRIMA

 

Music Village, the Africa Music Business Roundtable and the AFRIMA Host City Tour. AFRIMA 2017 is scheduled to hold from November 9 to12 with live broadcast to 84 countries across the world.

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FORMER Mpumalanga premier and Africa National Congress (ANC) Presidential candidate Mattews Phosa has urged the government of his province to build a musical theatre in honour of late jazz maestro Ray Phiri, who died last week.

 

The late musician has already been accorded a provincial funeral and will be buried in Mpumalanga this weekend.

 

Phosa, who was the first Premier of Mpumalanga, from 1994 to 1999, said the Ray Phiri musical theatre is worth an investment by the government.

 

He said: “During my time as the Premier of Mpumalanga, there was a discussion to build a Musical theatre, which I still believe that the Mpumalanga government should do that in the honour of this giant.”

 

Phosa, a freedom fighter, one of the first four members of the ANC to enter South Africa from exile in 1990 in order to start the process of the negotiations with the National Party government, said Phiri played a significant role in liberating South Africa.

 

“It was in the dark days of our struggle as commanders and freedom fighters, we could draw inspiration from Ray and Stimela through their music. As it gave us hope and courage to continue with the fight for the struggle of our people and the country,” said Phosa.

 

He urged young South Africans to draw lessons from the late jazz musician.

 

Phosa said: “The lessons we need to learn from the life of this great legend is for us to rally our young people behind the art, education and technology……….. our young people cannot afford to be disenfranchised when they grow up with such rich legacies left by the great legends like Ray Phiri.”

 

The ANC has also paid tribute to the musician saying: “Ray was able to use his music to contribute in the struggle for liberation of this country, together with his group Stimela they had many of their songs banned by the apartheid regime; Ray Phiri holds the order of the Ikhamanga in Silver for his excellent achievement in the field of music and contribution to the struggle against apartheid.”

 

Ray Phiri will be buried in his home province on Saturday.

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How Gaming Has Resurrected Classic Rock

Posted by radio On July - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

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It’s been about 40 years since the heyday of classic rock. That’s not to say we can exactly define when this genre reached its peak, but looking back it’s fair to look at the mid-‘70s-to-early-‘80s period as the true era of classic rock. The statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight did a thorough analysis of what consumers consider to be classic rock, and which songs still get the most play. There were a couple of outliers, like Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower” (which came out in 1968). But for the most part, the spread of release dates for enduring classic rock hits was between 1973 and 1983.

 

Even if we accept the later end of that range, or think of some classic rock groups like Guns N’ Roses that emerged in the mid-‘80s, it’s been quite a while since this genre was ruling the charts. Alt-rock and grunge took over in the ‘90s while boy bands, hip-hop & r&b, and punk-pop ruled the early-‘00s. These days, beat-heavy electronic pop pretty much dominates the scene. But even with all of this change in popular music there remains a lingering appreciation for classic rock, and in some cases aging groups of ‘70s and ‘80s rockers have even made noteworthy comebacks.

 

In part, this is just because it’s good music. A lot of people who grew up in the ‘90s find that their musical tastes mature and they start to reach back toward some of the groups and albums that were popular before they were born. However, the comeback of classic rock has also been engineered and kept alive by the gaming industry in the last 10 years or so.

 

It started with the emergence of creative and wildly fun console games that allowed players to take up the role of prominent musicians, playing fake instruments to simulate the idea of starring in rock shows. Guitar Hero and Rock Band led the way, and though these games featured music from a lot of different genres, the effect was most interesting for classic rock. Almost 10 years ago a news article stated that these two games had gotten kids interested in “old-time” rock ‘n’ roll. The article even quoted Alex Rigopulos, a co-founder of Harmonix (which developed both games) as suggesting that sparking interest in older music was part of his “secret agenda.” That comment was probably made at least half-jokingly, but if this was part of the agenda, it worked like a charm. Guitar Hero and Rock Band re-popularized a lot of classic rock hits for new generations.

 

Those games have faded some since they exploded onto the scene in the late-2000s, but other video games have carried the flag for classic rock. Online platforms for casino gaming have shown a particular enthusiasm for content relating to the genre. A Guns N’ Roses slot reel is particularly popular on some of these platforms, and it truly is all about the band. There’s artwork and video content showcasing the famous members, in addition to the inclusion of some of the band’s best hits (like “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine”) on the soundtrack. And it’s not the only game of its kind. Similar games revolve around artists like Jimi Hendrix and Motörhead, all serving up classic rock themes and tunes in a gaming genre largely meant to attract younger generations.

 

Additionally we’ve also seen something of a return to games like Guitar Hero on mobile platforms in recent years. Naturally, the games are a little bit different. They don’t involve large fake plastic instruments when they’re taking place on mobile phones. But even touchscreen controls can allow for some fun simulation of classic songs. Guitar Hero Live makes for the most faithful adaptation, but there are also some additional games made by developers like SMULE that use the same idea (though sometimes with more modern song selections).

 

It will be interesting to see if this trend continues moving forward. But for now it’s fair to say that game developers have spent a decade resurrecting classic rock and keeping it popular among new fans.

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Radio 2000 will commemorate Mandela Day by devoting 67 minutes of community service to the homeless in Johannesburg CBD. Returning to Joubert Park for the fifth year on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, the station is planning to feed 500 homeless people as well as donate blankets to keep them warm during the winter months. On the day of the event, Radio 2000 will be broadcasting live from the park between 9am – midday; Emlanjeni with KG Moeketsi (9am – midday).

 

As part of the programme at Joubert Park the homeless will commit 67 minutes of community service to clean the Park so that public spaces can be enjoyed by communities in the surrounding areas. To end off the day’s activities and celebrate Mandela’s ideals and honour his legacy the station has arranged music performances in the park.

 

The Mandela Day event is well supported by various sponsors and the event would not be as successful without their continued support. The key sponsors include:

 

 

  • Aranda Blankets provide blankets for the homeless,
  • Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa sponsor the stage, fencing, beanies, water and beverages
  • EMS Joburg donates medical services and manpower on the day,
  • Gift of the Givers donate lunches, non-perishable food and blankets,
  • Iskcon Lenasia donate vegetarian meals,
  • Joburg City Parks donates the venue, mobile toilets, refuse bags and refuse trucks,
  • Old Mutual sponsors blankets, bags and beanies for the homeless and
  • Sidas Security arranges 50 security personnel for the event.

 

“The Mandela Day event is Radio 2000’s flagship event on the marketing calendar and the station is fully committed to keeping Mandela’s legacy alive for the month of July by encouraging our listeners to be active in their communities and to give back to those less fortunate. The station also has great sponsors on board that sincerely want to make a difference in their communities and through this great event our partners can be part of keeping Tate Madiba’s legacy alive.” says Puleng Thulo, Station Manager for Radio 2000.

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DStv Delicious line-up announced

Posted by radio On July - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

With an incredible line-up of international and local artists, and delectable choice of gourmet food, the fifth DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is set to live up to its reputation as South Africa’s top culinary and entertainment festival. Running over two days on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, the main headline act for Saturday, 7 October, will be the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning actor and hip-hop recording artist, Common.

 

Festival goers are in for a rare treat with some of the best rap songs from his 11 studio albums. Common’s 11th studio album, Black America Again, which was released in November 2016, includes the socially conscious new single, Black America Again, featuring Stevie Wonder, as well the anthem Letter to the Free, the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-nominated documentary, 13TH.

 

The line-up for the weekend includes international music heavy-weights such as Imagination feat John Leee; British soul singer, songwriter and musician, Omar, who received an MBE for services to the British Music Industry in 2012; American born, R&B musician, Alexander O’Neal, who has created a cult following across the globe; and Nigerian award-winning world music artist, Femi Kuti.

 

The multi award winning British soul group, Imagination, is best known for its classic hits such as Body Talk, Just An illusion, Flashback, Music and Lights and Changes. With sales of more than 30 million albums worldwide, the story of Imagination’s music continues in the form of a long list of samples, remixes and adaptations by major contemporary stars. Destiny’s Child (complete with Beyoncé) sampled Just An illusion on their 1998 self-titled debut album. Leee himself featured on DJ Dero’s 2005 rendition of the song, which was widely played in clubs. The same year saw Mariah Carey reuse the track on her top ten single Get Your Number. Flashback was sampled by Boards of Canada, Music & Lights by Tiger & Woods. All Night Loving by 88 Keys, featuring Kanye West!

 

Securing his name in the R&B history books, Alexander O’Neal is one of the genre’s most iconic names. With chart smash Criticize lighting up dance floors across the world 30 years after its release, his sound has transcended generations. Signed by Prince in the early days as part of The Time, O’Neal’s journey in and out of various bands propelled him to be the solo artist he’s become today.

 

Alexander O’Neal

 

Born in London in 1968, but raised in Canterbury, Omar was gifted, prolific and considered a musical prodigy. He learned his craft classically, playing the trumpet, piano, bass guitar and percussion. Now a well-established leading icon of the UK’s resurgent soul movement, Omar has been making music for more than 32 years. One of his crowning achievements was working with Stevie Wonder on the duet Feeling You.

Omar

 

London born, Nigerian raised Femi Kuti is the son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and grandchild of political campaigner and women’s rights activist, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti. In 1986 Femi started his own band and began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy. Today, he has six albums under his belt, worked with and supported numerous industry giants such as Mos Def, Common, Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Femi Kuti

 

Lloyd Cornwall, Director of the festival says when the first DStv Delicious Festival was held in 2013, it took place over one day. “The festival has become so popular that we extended it over two days for the first time last year. It is also the second consecutive year it will be held at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. The prime location, international recognition, world-class facilities, along with its nine entry and exit points make it the perfect venue choice.

 

“With Common headlining on Saturday, we expect a major party vibe on the day and an unforgettable day of local and international talent on the Sunday. Our DStv Kids’ Zone offers kids a feast of fun and will keep them super-busy while parents enjoy the music and scrumptious food” continued Cornwall.

 

The local line-up for this year’s festival will be announced at a later stage.

 

Tickets are officially on sale and available from deliciousfestival.com or ticketpro.co.za

 

General Access Ticket

 

R495 per person per day

 

R800 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

 

Access into festival grounds

Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations, the GA public bars)

Ciroc Terrace Lounge

 

R1295 per person per day

 

R2100 per person for a weekend pass (Saturday & Sunday)

 

Includes the following:

 

Situated on exclusive VIP terrace

VIP Lounge

VIP Parking (one parking pass per two tickets bought, parking pass will be emailed)

VIP Entrance

VIP Bathrooms

Premium Cash Bar

Tented lounge and furniture

Hostesses

Viewing Deck, sight lines to main stage and view over festival

Fenced garden

DStv Kids Zone

 

R150 per child per day (restricted to ages: 3-13)

 

Includes the following:

 

Access into festival grounds

Access to general public areas (General Access standing area, food market, exhibitions, DStv channel activations)

Access into DStv Kids Zone area for Kids ages 3 to 13 years

 

 

DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is held in proud association with Gauteng Tourism Authority, Proudly South African, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Coca-Cola, J&B, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, Castle Milk Stout, Jeep, Generosity Water, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and The Tim Tebeila Foundation

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DStv Delicious is Proudly SA

Posted by radio On July - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For the first time, an event has become a member company of the Proudly South African buy local campaign. It might have ‘International’ in its name, but the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is Proudly South African.

 

The Festival will be held once again this year at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October. Whilst some of the acts are from overseas, and the food offering represents many different countries’ cuisines, the Festival features many established as well as up-and-coming local artists and the concept and production of the event is entirely home-grown.

 

 

“When we approached Proudly South African earlier this year to become partners, they automatically assumed that our Festival was an international model that had been imported into South Africa,” said Lloyd Cornwall, Festival Director. “When they realised that the Festival has its roots firmly in South Africa, then we were able to start talking,” he added.

 

“In addition to the event providing 2 days of family entertainment, the business end of the Festival is what impressed us as a campaign,” said Proudly South African CEO, Eustace Mashimbye.  “The event represents millions of Rands in local procurement and is a significant creator of jobs both directly and indirectly which is exactly the key message we preach – buy local to create jobs. The DStv Delicious Festival team is living this message.”

 

Already committed to sourcing as many local products and services that it takes to put on a multi-million Rand event, for this year’s edition of DStv Delicious, the organisers have worked their way through Proudly South African’s database of members to procure as much as they can from those companies that are part of and support the buy local campaign.

 

From security services to a travel agent to put festival packages together, from printers to toilet roll suppliers, they are able to keep their spend almost 100% local. Their overall needs are vast from legal services, safety and security, marquees and tents, sound and structural engineers and set builders, cleaning and waste management services, uniforms, standby medical services, astro turf, hostesses and runners, amongst much else.

 

Said Chief Officer Marketing & Communications at ProudlySA, Happy MaKhumalo Ngidi, “I have been attending DStv Delicious since its inception and have always loved it, but had no idea of its origins. The passion with which it is put together and the commitment of the team not only to put on an amazing event, but to make a difference to the city and province in which it is staged, is very meaningful for Proudly South African.”

 

In addition to what they have sourced for themselves, the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival will generate revenue for local hotels, guest houses and transport companies. Forty percent of the gourmet market traders are local SMMEs, who will benefit from the exposure to 40 000 visitors, whose average spend is R2 000.

 

“The job creation figures are also staggering,” said Mashimbye. “When we looked at last year’s numbers, we saw that there were 900 crew members working for 10 days, with an additional 3 500 workers taken on for the duration of the festival. We believe that this event has an impact on SMMEs, the Gauteng economy and jobs that goes far beyond the two days that the general public experiences. It is a perfect fit with our campaign and we look forward to working with the DStv Delicious team this year and beyond.”

 

Proudly South African will have a dedicated food village at the Festival featuring a number of its members each offering something unique and of course, delicious.

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Kaya FM 95.9, home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live are excited to be bringing one of the freshest musical collaborations to the Lyric Theatre on the 29th July in the form of Stogie T (Tumi from Tumi & The Volume) and jazz collective Rebirth Of Cool – for one night of old school jazz-infused hip-hop craftsmanship.

 

The show brings audiences a completely fresh interpretation of hip-hop & soul. The addition of schooled jazz maestros Rebirth Of Cool to one of South Africa’s most established and socially conscious rappers breaks new boundaries in all traditional musical sense and takes both genres to elevated heights.

 

Stogie T is the moniker used now by one of the countries finest rappers – Tumi (ex-Tumi & The Volume). With a career that spanned over a decade, his impact as a rapper, poet, social commentator and record label owner have garnered him the respect of his peers, both locally and abroad. The birth of Stogie T has resulted in a more outspoken, uninhibited and braver mouthpiece for his generation and through his personal journey he has come to the place where he feels he creatively belongs – making art that resonates with him at this current stage in his life.

 

Rebirth of Cool is a collective that, largely inspired by Miles Davis and the post-bebop jazz era, consists of highly trained and skilled musicians that celebrate their genre through the infusion of contemporary Hip-Hop sounds with the more avant-garde notes from yesteryear. Consisting of Thandi Ntuli (piano & keys), Benjamin Jafta (Bass), Siphelelo Mazibuko (Drums), DJ Kenzhero (Turntables) and Tha Muzik, the band has been touted as being one of the country’s finest groups of improv maestros around.

 

Taking these two world-class acts and combining them for a one-night collaboration is set to be one of the greatest musical moments ever staged in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series. With special guests to be announced in the week, the show will consist of two 45-minute sets and is set to be one of the musical highlights of the year.

 

Also on board for this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, who, as new affiliates of the venture, are standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through this musical series. We are excited to grow this relationship with them.

 

29th July – 8pm

The Lyric, Gold Reef City

Ticket prices: R150 – R250 at Computicket

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SAMRO appoints Nothando Migogo as new CEO

Posted by radio On June - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation NPC (SAMRO) together with the Composers Authors and Publishers Association (CAPASSO) today jointly announced the appointment of Nothando Migogo as incoming Chief Executive Officer of SAMRO, from 1 July 2017, saying she will inject a “dynamic and focused energy” into the copyright administration society.

 

“The Boards of SAMRO and CAPASSO are  pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Nothando Migogo as the Chief Executive Officer of SAMRO”, the two bodies said in a joint statement.

 

Nothando has been CEO of CAPASSO since January 2014 and has led that organisation, together with a dynamic team, to triple digit revenue growth and crucial licensing breakthroughs. Importantly, CAPASSO initiated two key strategies: first, the integration of rights holders (composers and publishers) in the field of mechanical rights administration following years of fragmented administration and secondly, the licensing of digital music platforms in South Africa”.

 

The statement continued: “SAMRO and CAPASSO look forward to continued strategic engagement and assure all stakeholders – members, licensees and government – that the solid structures and strong relationship between CAPASSO and SAMRO will ensure that all operational and strategic processes for both organizations will benefit by a seamless transition and will continue smoothly in the future. A strong succession structure has been in place at CAPASSO for some time, and will continue to deliver the success and growth thus far achieved.”

 

The SAMRO Board said that Migogo would succeed the acting Group CEO, the Reverend Abe Sibiya. Sibiya will return to the chairmanship of the organisation once she assumes office in July, and acting chair Sibongile Khumalo will resume her position as his deputy on the SAMRO Board.

 

Migogo, who was appointed following a lengthy recruitment process, is no stranger to SAMRO. She previously served as the managing director of DALRO, a SAMRO subsidiary that administers literary, artistic and dramatic rights, serves on the board of SAMRO Foundation and more recently spearheaded the establishment of mechanical rights collecting society CAPASSO.

 

“It was at CAPASSO where Nothando’s skills, knowledge and her visionary and strategic insights became abundantly clear,” Khumalo noted this week.

 

A lawyer by training, Migogo has previously worked in educational publishing and as a tax consultant, and during her DALRO stint was named by the Mail & Guardian as one of its Top 200 Young South Africans to watch.

 

Sibiya, who was appointed to chair the SAMRO Board seven years ago, assumed the mantle of acting Group CEO when Sipho Dlamini stepped down in March 2016. He reflected that he has had to dig deep into his experience as a media executive and fuse it with lessons from the “SAMRO University” to carry out the role.

 

Over the past year, he and the executive team have focused on improving efficiencies, while accelerating transformation and BEE within the organisation. Their achievements include improving the royalty tariff payable by the public broadcaster, thereby increasing performing rights revenue for SAMRO members.

 

Commented Sibiya: “Ms Migogo is an astute and intelligent executive and a tried-and-tested professional who is credited with setting up CAPASSO from scratch. She has proved her mettle and will no doubt give a good account of herself as she steers this 55-year-old organisation with its 15 000 members. I know she will prove to be an asset to SAMRO.”

 

Added Khumalo: “Nothando is one of a growing cohort of astute young executives with a values-based attitude to leadership. We look forward to her moving SAMRO firmly along on its quest to remain an ethical and forward-looking modern organisation, and a vital player in our industry’s digital space.”

 

She said: “We have no doubt that her presence will imbue SAMRO with a dynamic and focused energy, and a youthfulness that will help us tap into our members’ needs. We look forward to an energized organization with a fresh handle on its strategic vision.”

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Mi Casa Familia is back with a bang

Posted by radio On June - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s amazing, award-winning band Mi Casa is back with a brand new album titled Familia. Familia means family, but it can also mean squad/crew in a very ‘street’ kind of way and this incredible family made up of producer, DJ,Keyboardist Dr Duda, singer/songwriter J Something and trumpeter Mo-T, are back in the scene and again eager to remind their loyal fans why they won their hearts in the first place, six years ago. With an incredible, distinct and memorable sound, fun,groovy and hearty (meaningful) lyrics, quirky (smooth)dance moves, the band has sold out shows worldwide.

But hereis something absolutely nobody knew …

 

Fourmonths ago the soulful dance band (trio) almost broke up and below the band shareshow they almost parted ways.

 

 

Familia drops on the 4th Augustwith first single “Nana” dropping on Friday 30th June. With no features, just the trio, this albumreminds you why Mi Casa is the best band in the business.

 

 

“6 years ago we were complete strangers,today we are brothers – familia.

 

6 years ago nobody knew who we were, today wehave thousands of fans all around the globe, our familia.

 

This album is all about our journey as brothers,as a band, as a group, as a team, as a movement, as a familia.

 

We did a lot of reflection on this album. A lot of looking back. A lot of digging. Because the more you grow the more complicated life becomes and you tend to lose sight of certain things. That’s why our first album played such a huge role in inspiring us when we were creating this record. We were so innocent when we made that first album, just three dudes making beats and creating melodies. We knew nothing about a “hit” or a“cross-over” song. All we knew was that we wanted to make good music. We wanted to spread good energy around our country with the gift that we believe we possess.

 

Musically on this record, we have been inspired a lot by our heritage, our culture, our countries, namely South Africa and Portugal. Before every recording session we spent an hour listening to different songs from way back, just to be inspired, to be influenced. From the old South African house classics, to traditional Portuguese music and exploring the countries that musically inspire us such as the Brazilian sound, the sounds from Cabo Verde specially the legend Cesaria Evora, and the dance scene in the UK. We have been soaking up so much music, letting it digest so that we could produce what we believe is the best music we’ve ever made.

 

“If we could get through what we got through recently, we will never break up. This album is happy, you can hear the happiness. It’s a true reflection of where we at as a familia,” Dr.Duda.

 

It’s been an interesting journey for us. Aromantic one at most. So much happiness and so many happy memories.

 

“If I were to be 100% honest with everyone, I was always worried because we never argued as a band. It was always just good vibes and if there were any issues we would sweep them under the carpet just to keep that good energy up,” J’Something.

 

But about 4 months ago we were contemplating pulling the plug on the band (the whole damn thing!). We had some arguments and really just had some issues within the team. This was such an important part in our career and as a family. Arguments within families are so common. Mother arguing with her kids. Husband arguing with his wife. Brother arguing with his sister. This is another reason why we chose the title – Familia. This is also generally the point where most bands do break up. But we were willing to communicate, to speak openly about how we felt with one another and that’s the crucial lesson for us. To stay communicating. Another important lesson is that you need to fight for the things that truly matter to you. This band is everything to us. We really believe that because we managed to get through that moment we are able to make the music that we have always dreamt of making and that’s the music that you will be hearing really soon.

 

We cannot please everyone. Not only is it too much pressure, but it’s impossible. We want to be proud of the music we make and we want to make music for you guys, the people that support and love what we do.

 

We sincerely hope you enjoy this project as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

 

You aren’t our fans anymore. You are now officially our familia.

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Stacey Norman joins the East Coast Radio

Popular and well-known television and radio presenter Stacey Norman has joined East Coast Radio and will be presenting the station’s […]

PwC Report : The future of Radio in SA

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RADIO 2000 celebrates Heritage Day in true African style

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