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Mambazo bag another Grammy!

Posted by radio On January - 28 - 2014 Comments Off on Mambazo bag another Grammy!

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Multi-Platinum selling super group, and 4 X Grammy® Award winning group win their 5th Grammy Award at the 56th Annual Grammy ceremony held in Los Angeles on 26th January 2014.mambazo


The Band wins yet again for “Best World Music Album” from “Live: Singing for Peace Around the World,” set for release in South Africa through Gallo Record Company in early February.



Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with lead vocalist Joseph Tshabalala, became the first South African group to win a Grammy award. The group won their first award for the best traditional folk album ‘Shaka Zulu’ which was produced by music icon Paul Simon. Paul Simon was captivated by their music and helped the group conquer the international music scene. The group has since been nominated for six additional Grammy awards, including a nomination in 2001 for the album ‘Live From Royal Albert Hall’.


It was a befitting honor for this outstanding group that has sold over 9 million copies in South Africa and internationally. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has since collaborated with some of the biggest names in music including Dolly Parton, Vusi Mahlasela, Melissa Etheridge, Des’Ree, Hugh Masekela, Emmylou Harris, Lou Rawls, Taj Mahal, and Josh Groban to name a few.



The band continues to be one of the biggest selling catalogues within the Gallo Record Company Stable.


“We are so proud to be the custodians of Ladysmith Black Mambazo – an iconic South African music super group!  We congratulate Ladysmith Black Mambazo once again for this tremendous achievement”. Says Neil Greenberg – Content Manager – Gallo Record Company.


Their new album will hit music stores and digital partners in early February 2014, more information to be announced:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Live: Singing for Peace Around the World – Coming Soon!

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Nianell performing at the annual Concert in the Park

Posted by radio On January - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on Nianell performing at the annual Concert in the Park

This February Port Elizabeth music lovers are in for a treat as the vivacious, fiery-haired and angel-tongued majestic mistress of music Nianell sings at the annual Concert in the Park.



South Africa’s favourite director Richard Cock and Trumpeter Prince Lengoasa will also be performing at this year’s Concert in the Park, which will be taking place on Saturday, February 8 at five in the evening and on Sunday, February 9 at ten in the morning at Victoria Park.
The arrangements will include elements of Folk, Pop, R&B, Country, Classic and even Celtic music, which are all fused into Nianell’s unique style. She is no stranger to classical music and big bands, having performed with the legendary Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, as well as Shakira and Freshly Ground at the FIFA World Cup final.




Nianell will be singing songs from her albums “Who painted the moon”, “Angel Tongue” and “Life’s gift” which received platinum status, while her fourth “I know I’m lucky” has achieved Gold status and is climbing to Platinum fast.
“Pack a picnic and bring the family to enjoy a world-class music performance under the Port Elizabeth skies,” says Algoa FM marketing manager Toinette Koumpan.

Tickets will be available at the Victoria Park gates and cost R90 for adults, R60 for pensioners and R40 for scholars (pre-schoolers are free).


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56th Grammy Awards live on Channel O

Posted by radio On January - 24 - 2014 Comments Off on 56th Grammy Awards live on Channel O

Once again Channel O is stopping at nothing to ensure that DStv and GOtv’s music fans are at the heart of the global music action with the live broadcast of the 56th Grammy Awards.



The broadcast starts at 03:00 CAT on Monday, 27 January, and runs until 06:30 CAT. It’s an early start but one that diehard music fans have now been getting up for over the past few years in order to be the very first to know the winners of “Music’s biggest night”. Having handled the job with aplomb over the past two years, Grammy winner LL Cool J will once again be in the host’s seat.



The live broadcast means that fans will get to witness some scorching live performances and a star-studded guest list, direct from the home of the Grammy Awards, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.



Performers include current Grammy nominees John LegendMacklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. They will join Daft Punk with nominee Nile Rodgers (of Chic), nominee Pharrell Williams, and 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder; nominee Kendrick Lamar joined by nominees Imagine Dragons; nominee Lorde; eight-time Grammy-winning group Metallica; nominee Katy Perry; nominees Pink and Nate Ruess (of Fun.); nominee Robin Thicke and many other.


Another nominee, Paul McCartney will be joined by Ringo Starr to receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for the former band, the Beatles.



After Jay-Z, who tops the nominations for the 56th Grammy Awards with a massive nine nods, Macklemore & Ryan LewisKendrick LamarJustin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams are the next leading nominees, with seven nominations each. They are joined by many other nominees, together representing the biggest and best on the international music stage.



[Source: Dstv]

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Universal Music South Africa artists dominate in MMA Nominations

Posted by radio On January - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on Universal Music South Africa artists dominate in MMA Nominations

Universal Music South Africa has received an astonishing 28 nominations from this year’s Metro FM Music Awards. A total of 15 different artists from Universal Music South African were nominated in a selection of categories.
Super group Mafikizolo is the front runner amongst the Universal Music South Africa artists, receiving five nominations in four different categories. These categories include Best African Pop, Best Duo/Group, Best Collaboration and also two Song of the Year nominations for both Happiness and Khona.
Naima Kay and Uhuru were both honoured with four nominations. Categories Naima Kay were nominated in include Best Female Artist, Best Newcomer, Best African Pop and Song of the Year; while Uhuru was nominated for Best Dance Album, Best Duo/Group, Best Collaboration and Song of the Year. With three nominations, songstress Zahara was included in the Best African Pop, Best Female Artist and Song of the Year categories. Heavy K received noms for Best Dance Album and Song of the Year.
Universal Music South Africa artists that were nominated in the Best Urban Jazz category include Nomfundo Xaluva, Julius Schultz and Swazi Dlamini. Character and Alaska were both nominated for Best Kwaito album, while GB Collective was honoured with a nomination for Best R&B Album. Gino Brown was nominated for Best Hit Single, Nqubeko Mbatha for Best Urban Gospel Album and Revolution for Best Collaboration.
As the countdown to one of the biggest music awards ceremony in the country begins, the station can assure its valuable audiences a world class production & entertainment and the most amazing music celebration the country has seen.  With the award season upon us internationally, Metro FM prides itself that it is playing in this space, and it can comfortably declare that it can compete with the best in the global arena.
Pino Di Benedetto, Marketing Director of Universal Music South Africa said: “These accolades from one of the most prestigious music awards in the country just proves that our motto rings true: It’s not a party without us!”
The 13th Metro FM Music Awards will be hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, City Of Durban and BP South Africa and held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre (ICC), in Durban on the 01st of March 2014.
[Issued by: PR Collective]

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Naima Mclean to feature in ‘The Colored Museum’ play

Posted by radio On January - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on Naima Mclean to feature in ‘The Colored Museum’ play

Naima 5Multi-faceted performer, Naima McLean has been cast in an all star ensemble stage production by George C. Wolfe called The Colored Museum – opening at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg today the 21st January 2014.


Naima, who is well known not only as a prolific singer and poet, has also received critical acclaim for her recent starring role in the big budget Hollywood film production, Vehicle 19, alongside recently passed superstar Paul Walker.


Naima launches 2014 in theatre production, a space she hasn’t played in years and she is excited for the month-long run to be held at Johannesburg’s legendary Market Theatre later in the month.


The American-based play directed by renowned James Ngobo and Choreographed by Greg Maqoma, focuses on being an African American and redefines our ideas of what its like to be black in contemporary America – a country that Naima has spent much time visiting over the years.  With a sterling cast of 12 young actors, the electrifying play will leave audiences stunned and delighted.


This homegrown star was really catapulted into the limelight last year with her exceptional contribution to the world of poetry, music and film.  Her single Hero, alongside rapper AKA, charted across radio stations in SA and saw her performing at some of the top venues and events held last year.  Her debut album will be released in 2014.


Naima McLean is one of the top South African talents to watch this year.


Bookings open now:  The Colored Museum – 21 Jan 23 Feb – Market Theatre, Johannesburg

Cast: Naima Mclean, Aubrey Poo, Altovise Lawrence, Aya Mpama, Bronwyn van Graan, Caroline Borole, Elisha Mudly, Michael Themba, Mona Monyane, Rori Motuba, Tshepiso Tshabalala and Ziyanda Yako


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Spoek Mathambo fronts global brand initiative

Posted by radio On January - 15 - 2014 Comments Off on Spoek Mathambo fronts global brand initiative


South African musician, Spoek Mathambo, has been chosen as one of the three people who will launch Vodafone’s global Firsts programme. The Vodafone brand is recognised worldwide, with more than 400 million people using Vodafone services in nearly 30 countries. Mathambo will feature in the Firsts brand initiative as it is rolled out in the countries in which Vodafone operates.


Firsts is about inspiring people – no matter their age or where they come from – to do something amazing for the first time using mobile technology.


In the case of Mathambo, Vodafone is helping the South African musician achieve his dream of creating his first recording using collected audio samples from different cultural groups across South Africa. Mathambo embarked on a journey around the country, meeting and playing music with three distinctly different communities to produce one unified piece of music.


Mathambo uploaded his musical collaborations on to the Vodafone Cloud. He then used the Vodacom network to connect to the cloud service and to contact his colleagues who were mixing the track back in his studio in Cape Town.


Speaking about his First, Mathambo said:  “It has been a long-term ambition of mine to work with talented and inspiring musicians to unite South African cultures through music. Vodafone technology and the Vodacom network enabled me to upload and share audio samples so we could work quickly and stay connected with my team in the studio and musicians in the communities for true collaboration.”


In addition to Mathambo, Vodafone is partnering with Olympic boxing medallist Mary Kom and British surfer Tom Lowe.


When Vodafone asked champion boxer Mary Kom what she wanted to do for the first time, she said she wanted to help women across India learn to defend themselves. Using mobile technology and connecting Kom with the right people, Vodafone is helping to make the 30-year-old Olympian’s ambition a reality. Vodafone is working with Kom to teach young women the mental and physical skills needed to improve their self-confidence and to defend themselves.


Vodafone worked with Kom to build and run a women-only boxing and self-defence camp in her native Manipur. A film of Kom’s inspirational journey was created, which can be viewed at and will be part of a self-defence smartphone app currently under development. For women in India without smartphones, Vodafone is helping Kom create a free SMS service, which will provide women across India with access to security and self-defence tips, a nationwide forum and women’s helpline numbers.


Within days, record-breaking British surfer Tom Lowe will use mobile technology to track down one of the world’s most dangerous waves, the Todos Santos wave at the northern tip of Baja California, Mexico, and also to help him to stay in touch with his family back home in Cornwall in the UK. Vodafone will help the 30-year-old use a global ocean forecasting system on his smartphone to help him locate the wave before jumping on to his surfboard and attempting to become the first European to ride it.  Lowe will travel by plane, car, boat, foot and surfboard to reach Todos Santos.


These are just a few of the Vodafone Firsts that will be made a reality for people around the world as part of the global programme, which follows on from the world’s first multi-sensory fireworks display in London on New Year’s Eve. *


The journey of each Vodafone First can be viewed at Stories coming soon include the world’s first crowd-sourced theatre production, colour-conducted choir and singing forest. At a local level, Vodacom will be working to source and create South African Firsts that will form part of the global programme.


Barbara Haase, Vodafone Group Brand Director, said: “Vodafone Firsts is about personal innovation and inspiring people to think in a new way. Mobile technology has changed so much about our lives in a relatively short time frame, from being able to plan a journey in seconds to helping people achieve their ambitions.”



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MTV Base urban sounds set for Durban

Posted by radio On January - 13 - 2014 Comments Off on MTV Base urban sounds set for Durban

Music authority MTV Base and Klipdrift Premium are planning to shut down Durban with the long-awaited return of their red hot club night, MTV Base & Klipdrift Premium Urban Smooth Sessions.


Taking place at the eYadini Lounge, Umlazi, on Saturday, 25 January, MTV Base & Klipdrift Premium Urban Smooth Sessions provides all you need for the ultimate weekend chill-out, blending contemporary urban greats with the coolest DJs in the country.


MTV Base & Klipdrift Premium Urban Smooth Sessions matches today’s hottest DJs and vocalists with a live band for an unforgettable night of the smoothest sounds.


Filling the dance floor at the December edition of MTV Base & Klipdrift Premium Urban Smooth Sessions are Micasa and Liquideep, alongside house sensation Busisiwa, while DJs Tira (@DJTira), C’ndo (@dj_cndo), Benny Maverick (@BennyMaverick) and LAB will be spinning into the small hours of the morning.


South Africa’s most soulful and creative house collective, Mi Casa (@MiCasaMusic) can always be guaranteed to deliver the goods, thanks to the combined musical talents of DJ/producer Dr Duda, guitar and super-vocalist J’Something and trumpeter Mo-T. The multi-award-winning trio is currently riding high in the charts with their massive hit single Jika.


Back for a second outing at MTV Base & Klipdrift Premium Urban Smooth Sessions is Liquideep (@LiquideepSA). Long after their breakthrough track Fairytale first made house aficionados sit up and pay attention, singer/songwriter/producer Zyon and DJ/Producer Ryzor continue to win fans thanks to the deep house grooves nimbly showcased on their long awaited third album, Welcome Aboard, which hit the shops earlier this year after a three year recording hiatus. The critically acclaimed album, with featured appearances from Idols runner-up Melissa Allison, Nigeria’s Ice Prince and rapper Khuli Chana, has been described as their best work to date.


Rising ethno-house star Busiswa is a new-age performance poet and singer who combines infectious stage energy with an authentically African sound and beautifully hypnotic beats. This message-driven performer has a cosmopolitan relevance and appeal best illustrated in tracks like Ntombi, I Wanna Be and Syaphambama.


Don’t forget to wear your smoothest outfits to MTV Base & Klipdrift Premium Urban Smooth Sessions as MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) will be taping the event for airing later in the year.


Tickets are available at the door priced R100. Doors open at 14:00 CAT.

Previous editions of MTV Base & Klipdrift Premium Urban Smooth Sessions have served up stunning performances from Nnadi Mngoma, Zakes Bantwini, Donald, L’Vovo, Afro’traction, Mi Casa, Goldfish, Jimmy Nevis and more, alongside DJs such as DJ Shimza, DJ Sphectacula, DJ Franky, Twins on Decks, DJ Lulo Café, DJ p.H and DJ Loyd.



[Source: Dstv]

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SAMRO offers Music Bursaries

Posted by radio On January - 8 - 2014 Comments Off on SAMRO offers Music Bursaries

The SAMRO Music Bursaries are the most substantial awards in music study in Southern Africa. Bursaries are open to citizens of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.  Applicants should be registered for a music degree/ diploma at a South African University in 2014.  Applications will only be accepted once students have proof of registration for 2014.


The following bursaries are on offer:


1. General Music Study: Western Art or Jazz Popular or African Indigenous Music genres (R10 000 each) available to students in their 2nd years

2. Music Education OR Community Music Study (R10 000 each) available to students majoring in of these specialized courses in their 3rd and 4th years

3. Music Technology OR Music Business (R10 000 each) available to students majoring in one of these specialized courses in their 3rd and 4th years

4. Performance Study: Western Art or Jazz Popular or African Indigenous Music genres (R10 000 each) available to students majoring in performance study in their 3rd and 4th years

5. Composition Study (R10 000 each) available to students majoring in music composition in their 3rd, 4th and postgraduate years

6. Indigenous African Music Research (R10 000 each) for post-graduate research students at Honours, Masters or Doctoral level

Applications for one of the above mentioned bursaries, close on 3 March 2014.




CLOSING DATE: Friday 30 May 2014


The SAMRO Overseas Scholarships is a competition held every year.  These Awards currently rotate in the following four-year cycle:

  •             2014        Composers
  •             2015        Singers
  •             2016        Instrumentalists
  •             2017        Keyboard Players


The Scholarships, one for Western Art music and one for Jazz/ Popular music, are for applicants who have already obtained a degree or equivalent diploma in music, or who are in their final year of such degree or equivalent diploma.  The value of the scholarships is R160 000 plus travel allowance of up to R10 000 in each of the genres.


Regulations and online application forms will be available on

For more information, please contact Anriette Chorn  -Tel: (011) 712 8444 or



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Ross Jack’s new video to hit TV-screens

Posted by radio On December - 19 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Ross Jack, the young rapper who has shot in the musical stratosphere with his phenomenal cosmopolitan cross-over album, Notes from the Wild, is set to release his brand new music video for the hit-track, Home Safe – and if the aesthetic is on his other monster-hits such as Seven 45 and TV’s in the Swimming Pool is anything to go by – South Africans should get ready for a visual feast.643_PM224e


Home Safe was recorded in London, with the award winning producer Pete “Boxsta” Martin, who has worked with the likes of Jessie J and the Sugababes. The flawless international production values had to be matched in quality by the visual elements in the video.  This is how Ross Jack and the brilliant production team who worked on this project came up with the concept of the video.


It was important that the central theme of the song was translated into a visual story that made sense and that could transport the viewer to a different world as much as the song does. The bike- scenes were inspired by the idea of a gang of lost souls. Ross finds his way home back to the girl singing the chorus (beautifully sung by German-based, Australian rising star – Kat Vinter). Thereby the underlying theme is underscored. The young man returns to place of safety and comfort – he quite literally comes home…


The video was shot in Irene, Pretoria by the brilliant team at Picture Tree Productions and was directed by Fausto Becatti. There was an enormous storm during the shoot and the team had to stop in the middle of scenes to avoid it – luckily this unexpected intervention by Mother Nature provided an incredible ambience, particularly in shots featuring the girl.


The video for Home Safe is another notch in the meteoric career of this exceptional young talent, as his singles continue to reach number one spots on radio stations across the country. With yet another mesmerising video from this star of international quality – South Africans can expect even more brilliance from Ross Jack – he is not only the star of the moment, but also a formidable force that is set to change the musical landscape of our country with superb sounds, lyrics and visual elements.

The video for Home Safe is set to start playing on national TV-platforms in the next few weeks.

For more information on Ross Jack, visit his website:


[Issued by: The PR Collective]

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Manzi’s top artist will come together to honour global legend and Icon Nelson Mandela at the 11th Instalment Durban Jazz Festival on the 26th December 2013.


The festival of music enthusiast that will take place at the Hazelmere Dam which is situated in the north of Durban, will see some of SA’s most loved talent such as Zonke, Zahara, Hugh Masekela and many more come together to celebrate the life of the greatest man who has ever lived.


“As a nation we have suffered a great loss with the passing of our hero Tata Madiba, this is why we see fit to dedicate The 11th  Durban Jazz Festival to the legacy that he has left behind and celebrate the amazing life that he lived” Says Wanita Ngcobo festival director.


“This is yet another opportunity to show our respect and gratitude for all that Tata Madiba has done for our country and what better way to this than with the sounds of beautiful music” continues Ngcobo


As a token of gratitude to the never ending support received from adoring fans of this spectacular festival one lucky attendee will win R20 000.00 in cash from a draw that will take place at the Durban Jazz Festival.


To qualify for the grand prize, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets available at all Computicket counters at Shoprite/Checkers stores countrywide. Tickets priced at R200 general and R350 Golden Circle.


For more information updates; visit and follow @DURBANjazz on twitter.



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