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As the nation celebrates 20 years of freedom, Drakensburg Promotions is set to pay homage to some legends of the South African music industry at a prestigious gala dinner held shortly before the much anticipated Moretele Tribute Concert.


musicheroFocusing on the live music industry, the Drakensburg Promotions Tribute Awards honour key role players in the music industry including journalists, promoters and those who work behind the scenes such as producers, backing singers and technical crew.   Since the Awards’ inception in 1998, more than 90 musicians and music industry personnel have been honoured, including Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Victor Ntoni, Sibongile Khumalo, Dorothy Masuku, and Lucky Dube among many.


Producers like Chicco Twala, Richard Seluma and Victor Masondo have also been honoured as well as session musicians like bassist Fana Zulu, backing vocalist Faith Kekana and Stella Khumalo.


The artists to be honoured this year are Johnny Clegg, Dr. Thomas Chauke, saxophonist Khaya Mahlangu, Alec Khaoli, Blondie & Pappa Makhene. As the nation marks the 20-years-of-democracy milestone, this year’s awards are a poignant reminder of the remarkable role music has and continues to play in our democracy, by simultaneously swaying our feet and consciences. It’s befitting that at this significant milestone some of the artists being honoured have used music as a form of anti-apartheid activism.


The gala dinner will be held at the Southern Sun Hotel in Pretoria on the 28th of August, just two days before the star-studded Moretele Park Tribute Concert gets underway.  Johnny Clegg, Mafikizolo, Mi Casa, Jonas Gwangwa, Lira and Zonke are among the chart topping artists billed to perform at this concert.


Below is a full list of the 2014 Tribute Awards Honourees.




1.       Nhlanhla Paul Sibisi

2.      Graeme Gilfillan (Copyright Expert) works at NISA – Business Affairs director at NISA)

3.      Freddie Nyathela




1.      Dr. Thomas Chauke

2.      Johnny Clegg

3.      Pappa & Blondie Makhene

4.      Masike “funky”Mohapi (posthumously)

5.      Khaya Mahlangu

6.      Om Alec Khaoli



1.         Victor RW Mecoamere – Sowetan Journalist

2.         Vukile Pokwana – Former City Press Journalist

3.         Sandile Memela – Former City Press Journalist

4.         Derick Thema – Former The Star News Paper Journalist

5.         Bongane Madondo – refer to the Bio




1.      Sam Jiza Jiza Mthembu

2.      Roddy Quin

3.      Sabinki Senabe

4.      Joe Chakela

5.      Carel Hoffmann




1.      Lawrence Matshiza

2.      Beaulah Hashe

3.      Khanyisile Khanyo Ellen Maphumulo


Concert details

Event: Tribute Awards

Date: Thursday, 28 August 2014

This event is for invited Guest ONLY it is not opened to the Public


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Nicki Minaj set to rock MTV VMA stage

Posted by radio On August - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

MTV has announced that Grammy Award-nominated superstar Nicki Minaj will take the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards stage for what is sure to be one of the night’s most talked-about performances. The multiplatinum hip-hop titan will perform her alluring and pounding new hit single, Anaconda, for the first time, from her highly anticipated album The PinkPrint, due out later this year.


The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards is presented by MTV in association with Sprite and powered by MTN. Taking place at the Forum, Inglewood, California on Sunday, 24 August 2014, the show premieres live on MTV on Monday, 25 August 2014 at 03:00 CAT, with the primetime premiere on Monday, 25 August 2014 at 21:00 CAT (red carpet show at 20:00 CAT).


“The VMAs is a pretty big deal so people go all out for it,” said Nicki Minaj. “I am very, very excited and looking forward to the performance.”


Nicki Minaj is no stranger to the VMA stage, with past performances on the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show performing her first number one single, Your Love, and in 2012, she joined Alicia Keys on the main stage for a fiery performance of Girl on Fire. Additionally, Minaj earned a VMA Moonman trophy in 2011 for Best Hip-Hop Video for Super Bass and in 2012 for Best Female Video with Starships.


Her debut studio album, Pink Friday, achieved record-breaking numbers in 2010, by becoming certified Platinum only a month after its release due to the Top 40 hits, Your Love, Moment 4 Life feat. Drake, Check it Out, Right Thru Me, and Super Bass which was RIAA-certified 8x Platinum. Nicki Minaj debuted at the top of the charts once again with her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded behind the hit singles of Beez In The Trap feat. 2 Chainz, Pound The Alarm, Va Va Voom, and the RIAA-certified 4x Platinum and Top 5 single, Starships. The album became one of the best-selling albums of 2012 according to Nielsen Soundscan. At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Minaj led all rap artists with seven nominations and scored three wins including Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Album, and Top Streaming Artist. In addition, Nicki has won four American Music Awards, an MTV EMA and two additional Billboard Music Awards.


Nicki Minaj is currently the most charted female rapper in the history of music including the most digital sales for a female emcee, and ranks in the Top 6 of all female artists with the most Hot 100 Billboard entries (51) due to recent hits like Love More with Chris Brown, Bang, Bang with Jessie J and Ariana Grande and her own critically acclaimed first single from The PinkPrint, Pills N Potions.


With two number one albums with worldwide sales exceeding 5 million, over 50 million in digital sales as a solo and featured artist, she and Adele are the only two artists to ever sell 1 million copies of five different songs in one year. The Young Money/Cash Money Records superstar recently expanded her talents onto the big screen with her movie debut in the 20th Century Fox comedy, The Other Woman, opposite Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.


Nicki Minaj joins previously announced performers Beyoncé, Usher, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5 and 5 Seconds of Summer at the 2014 VMAs for what promises to be an electrifying live event and TV experience.

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MTN Joyous Celebration in Polokwane

Posted by radio On August - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s most adored ensemble will journey to the city of the stars, Polokwane to provide a once in a life time spiritually uplifting concert.


Joyous Cast 7On the 13th September at the Meropa Casino Lawn, this  award winning choir will rise to the stage and perform songs from their recently released 18th rendition titled “One Purpose”  that has songs such as “Bhekani Kujehova” ‘Modimo Ali Teng” and Ntate Ke Mang that have had fans up on their feet during the entire 2014 tour.


This year SA’s favourite gospel ensemble introduces the MTN Joyous Conductor Experience, where one lucky winner will receive a unique opportunity to conduct a song of their choice from the MTN Joyous Celebration 18th album on stage. Competition is open to all MTN PayAsYouGo and TopUp customers and they can enter by simply dialling *130*1# and selecting to opt in to the competition then recharge with a minimum of R10 airtime weekly.


“MTN Joyous Celebration continues to define the gospel choral music scene on the continent and as firm supporters of South African music, we are absolutely delighted to be able to bring our customers closer to their musical heroes through exciting initiatives such as the MTN Joyous Conductor Experience. The people of Polokwane should brace themselves for a spectacular and spiritually fulfilling event”, added Desiree Pooe: MTN Senior Manager for Sponsorships and Events.


“The MTN Joyous Conductor Experience is our way of giving back to our loyal fans all over the country. They have supported us from infancy to this musical juggernaut that we have become and through it, we reward one of them with a unique opportunity to share the stage with Joyous live during a show” said Jabu Hlongwane co-founder of the group.

“Being an outdoor show, we invite our fans and all music lovers to bring their camping chairs and blankets and come in their numbers to sing, dance, praise and celebrate spring and all that is good,” added show Conductor and Producer, Lindelani Mkhize.


Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets now via Computicket or at any ShopRite outlet for an opportunity to praise and worship with this choir of talented soloists. Tickets priced between R180 – R270 at Computicket but R210 – R300 at the gate.

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Jessica Mbangeni brings you IGoli

Posted by radio On July - 24 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Acclaimed praise poet Jessica Mbangeni is announcing herself as a solo musician to be reckoned with during a series of concerts to promote her debut album, IGoli.


Fusing Afro-jazz and Afro-soul elements with traditional Xhosa rhythms, this enterprising young artist and creative entrepreneur has crafted an irresistible medley of music and poetry steeped in the culture of her Eastern Cape upbringing.



Mbangeni will be performing tracks from her self-funded album at Niki’s Oasis in Newtown on Saturday, 2 August 2014 and at the Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni on Friday, 8 August 2014, prior to her September CD launch at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre.



She is also due to perform at the International Women’s Forum Conference in Atlanta in the USA at the end of October, when she will also be attending the CMJ Music Marathon as an independent artist and record label owner. Then, next year, Mbangeni will be heading to the influential South by Southwest music conference in Texas.



IGoli – meaning “in Joburg” – is a live album comprising 11 tracks, most of which were composed by Mbangeni, with one track (UmaXhosa) penned by the late jazz great Victor Ntoni, who passed away last year. The CD was produced by Ntoni, Gabriel Stuurman and Lawrence Matshza, and has been independently released through her own label, KwaNtu Entertainment.



With Mbangeni – who is South Africa’s only female imbongi or praise poet, and also runs a successful fashion and décor business producing exclusive African designs – on vocals, the CD features the crème de la crème of South African musical talent.



Her impressive list of collaborators on the album includes McCoy Mrubata, Fana Zulu, Sydney Mavundla, Phinda Mtya, Kwazi Shange, Nduduzo Makathini, Khanyo Maphumulo, Reuben Malgas, Bheki Mbatha and Khanya Ceza.

The poetic lyrics speak of the contrast between rural simplicity and the urban rat race, rites of passage, traditional practices and the importance of upholding one’s culture. “Most of the tracks are love songs – a kind of ‘African blues’, if you like,” relates Mbangeni.


“They are celebratory – such as those sung during initiation ceremonies – but also speak of pain and rejection, and are anchored in my personal cultural influences and experiences.”

In addition to the title track, another single that is being targeted for radio airplay is titled Afrika, a moving tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. The track is being released to help raise funds for the planned Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.



Track number seven on the album, Emgodini, is a tribute to mineworkers and was triggered by the August 2012 Marikana massacre. She was commissioned to compose the song by “people’s poet” Mzwakhe Mbuli, and hopes it will go some way towards healing the nation’s wounds and instilling hope for the future of the African continent.

Mbangeni is well acquainted with the country-versus-city dichotomy: she was born and raised in Nqamakwe in the Eastern Cape, but now resides in Johannesburg, where she owns KwaNtu Afrocentric Designs, a thriving indigenous African fashion, crafts and décor boutique at the Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg.

She is also in demand as a poet for corporate events – with praise singing and poetry remaining her first love – and has performed in Europe as well as at high-profile local events such as MaMbeki’s funeral, the fifth annual Thabo Mbeki Lecture, the FIFA World Cup draw and in the stage production Madiba – The African Opera at the State Theatre.



Over the years, Mbangeni has toured the world with the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, and has also worked with local luminaries such as Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, Dolly Rathebe, Abigail Kubeka and Thandi Klaasen.

It has been a decade-long journey, she reveals, to draw together all the different threads and stories in a single musical package. “My influences on the album range from choral and symphonic to Xhosa a cappella sounds – together, they combine to create a sound that in Xhosa we call umngqungqo. It’s very rarely heard or celebrated in modern music.”



With IGoli, Mbangeni emphatically proves that she defies labelling or boxing into any neat category. She is a poet, singer, composer, businesswoman, job creator, mother and heritage activist who is passionate about ensuring that the world hears authentic African stories.

“I would really like people to sit up and take note of the content we produce as Africans, and how it relates to our culture,” she says.

Mbangeni has run cultural exchange programmes in faculties of anthropology, and wishes to use her insights to help the country embrace its sense of identity through the powerful tool that is music.



“I want to collaborate with universities around the world to preserve indigenous languages through jazz,” says this young trailblazer. “We need to promote indigenous knowledge systems to preserve our cultural integrity, sustain our heritage and maintain our traditional protocols.”



IGoli is available to purchase at KwaNtu Afrocentric Designs, shop C91 at the Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. Alternatively, the album can be purchased online via iTunes and at all her live performances.

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Kenny Lattimore back in Mzansi

Posted by radio On July - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The Bassline in Newtown, Johannesburg is proud to announce a rare intimate performance for two exclusive nights with one of music’s biggest international stars, Kenny Lattimore.


Kenny Lattimore is no stranger to South African soul lovers; Lattimore has performed to sell-out crowds in Johannesburg before.  This time it’s much different as this Grammy-nominated, highly acclaimed artist desired to get up close and personal with the people of South Africa.  In this rare performance he will bring audiences his unique flavour of musical sensuality, vocal agility and dramatic stage performances – all perfectly combined with a compelling subtlety that makes him one of the worlds’ top singer/songwriters.

Lattimore has earned the reputation as one of today’s premier male vocalists, as well as a compelling songwriter who passionately explores universal themes and truths in a fresh new way.  He makes music from his heart that feeds his listeners’ souls both lyrically and melodically.  Since his debut in 1996 he has raked in numerous awards, performed globally to sell out crowds and continued to sell to ‘Gold’ status with his releases.  He has also inspired many of today’s artists, including Kanye West, who sampled the Lattimore composition “Lately” on the track “I’m In It” on his groundbreaking album Yeezus.

A true music-man, Lattimore is also an internationally respected producer, having been sought out by heavy-weights such as Musiq Soulchild, Ray J, Nancy Wilson, Heather B and many others, to work on their albums.

This stunning event coincides with Lattimore’s anticipated 2014 single release Built To Last, the song that supports the much anticipate documentary in support of the ‘Being One Initiative’.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this unique soulful experience.

When: 1st & 2nd August 2014

Where: Bassline, Newtown, Johannesburg

Tickets:, starting from R300 – R650 for a total VIP experience.

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Wawela Music Awards 2014, the winners are

Posted by radio On July - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The second annual Wawela Music Awards took to the stage recently to once again applaud South Africa’s finest musical contributors. The star studded ceremony was hosted by the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) in a glittering event held in Johannesburg on Friday 27 June 2014.Wawela-newsArticle01[1]



The awards were launched by SAMRO in 2013 to provide a more inclusive showcase of all players in the music industry’s value chain. The second installment of the prestigious Wawelas once again went beyond the performers to award song writers and music publishers who add magic to the music at every stage of creation.


“We at SAMRO are pleased to be able to play our part in celebrating South African musicians through the Wawela Music Awards, as the awards enable us to recognise some great behind the scenes contributors and works,” said Sipho Dlamini CEO of SAMRO.


The second event attracted some big names both performing on the night and nominated in the various categories. Particularly among the special awards categories, where South Africa’s ground-breaking musicians shared the applause with legends from the past and present.


Among those recognised was the legendary “King Don Father of Kwaito”, Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng, who was honoured in the Prolific Category of Works Award. He was recognised alongside another driving force in SA music – Chicco Twala – who picked up the Wawela Lifetime Achievement Award for the huge strides he achieved in his lengthy career. Also honoured was 73 year old Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader and Grammy Award winner, Joseph Shabalala. He walked away with the Breaking Through the Borders Award, which he deservedly earned though his accomplishments promoting South Africa’s rich and diverse music abroad.


The standard category awards also recognised some stand-out musicians in a broad variety of genres and mediums. The notable winners include film score composer Philip Miller, who won Best Soundtrack in a Feature film or Theatrical Documentary  the second year running .  While Joe Niemand took home the Best song or Composition in a Television Production award.


The big winner for night was composer, Adam Howard, who received two awards in the categories Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial and Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial.


Rapper HHP walked away with the Best Creative Album of the Year award for his album Motswafrika, while Sheer Publishing took home the honours as the Best Publisher of the Year. Songwriter of the Year went to Mi Casa for Heavenly Sent while The Muffinz were awarded the Best South African Duo/Group award for their album Have You Heard. Singer-songwriter and poet Zahara walked away with the Best Female Artist & Composer/Co-composer and maskandi legend, Ihhashi Elimhlophe won Best Male Artist & Composer/Co-composer.


Nicholaas Labuschagne, completed the list of honours with the Statistical Award for Live Performance and Broadcast.


Among the legends who shared the stage were Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and PJ Powers. Who proved their talent to be undiminished as they thrilled the audience with their unmistakable sounds.


The Wawela Music Awards also took the time to poignantly mark South Africa’s 20 years of freedom and democracy with a special musical tribute performed by Yvonne Chaka Chaka, together with Trenton and Free Radical in honour of Nelson Mandela. Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers along with nominated musicians Lindiwe Maxolo and Tarryn Lamb also honoured the memory of Brenda Fassie. Performing heartfelt renditions of some of her biggest hits including Zola Budd, Weekend Special and Vuli’ndlela.


Dlamini spoke of the importance of the occasion, saying, “As we celebrate 20 years of freedom, we are proud to celebrate the role of music in the fight to attain our democracy.”




Full list of winners




Standard Awards


Best Soundtrack in a Feature film or Theatrical Documentary


Philip Miller


Best song or Composition in a Television Production


Joe Niemand


Best Song or Composition in a Television Commercial


Adam Howard


Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial


Adam Howard


Best Creative Album of the Year




Publisher of the Year Award


Sheer Publishing


Songwriter of the Year


Mi Casa


Best South African Duo/Group


The Muffinz


Best Female Artist & Composer/Co-composer




Best Male Artist & Composer/Co-composer


Ihashi Elimhlophe


Statistical Award for Live Performance and Broadcast


Nicholaas Labuschagne




Special Awards


Breaking through the Borders Award


Joseph Shabalala


The Wawela Lifetime Achievement Award


Chicco Twala


Prolific Catalogue of Works Award


Mandla “Spikiri” Mofokeng



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Across the bridge with Zolani Mahola

Posted by radio On June - 23 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Across The Bridge Sessions are series of concerts curated by producer Dan Roberts of Stoep Studio and staged by the Bassline, Newtown. Inspired by the iconic Mandela Bridge that crosses from Braamfontein into Newtown it’s as much about physically bringing people across the bridge as it is about bridging the gaps between musical genres.

Zolani and TBCB


Each event is structured around a theme and will feature a mix of some of the most influential and emerging talents interacting with each other across a variety of musical genres. The Sessions will be accompanied by food that reflects the theme and theatrical staging to transport the audience to the world of music we are creating.


The very first Across The Bridge Session will be presented by Jagermeister and feature a line-up nobody would have possibly imagined – the explosive four piece rock outfit THE BLACK CAT BONES together with ZOLANI MAHOLA of Freshlyground fame.

This magical collaborative experience was born at the 2014 KKNK festival, when Zolani spontaneously began jamming onstage with The Black Cat Bones. What followed stunned the audience, and left them gasping for more. Now, these diverse artists will come together once again as Joburg gets to experience an exclusive and fully fledged collaborative show that will explore the very (African) roots of Blues, Soul, Funk and Rock.

Zolani Mahola is her generation’s best vocalist, and needs no introduction. Fronting multi-platinum selling AfroPop sensations Freshlyground is just her day job. Also a highly qualified actor, Zolani is a multi-talented, world-class performer, who recently became a mother.

Incendiary stage performers, The Black Cat Bones first began making a name for themselves on the SA live music and festival circuit a few years back, culminating in the MK Award in 2013 for Best Live Act. Individually these two artists enjoy huge and loyal followings, and combined they’re set to take things to an altogether higher plane.

The Runaway Train Cult band will open the show. Highly popular in their own right, the band plays an infectious “Gypsy Folk Jazz” groove that will ideally compliment the evening’s main performers. Dan also brings his many years as a photographer, filmmaker and now SAMA award-winning producer to the party in his role of Across The Bridge Sessions curator.

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SA and Swiss Jazz musos unite

Posted by radio On June - 20 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


The band is made up of bassist Baenz Oester and saxophonist Ganesh Geymeier from Switzerland, and pianist Afrika Mkhize and drummer Ayanda Sikade from South Africa. They will be playing their exuberant “music of intention” throughout Southern Africa from 27 June to 13 July 2014, supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss arts council.

Mkhize afrika


The tour kicks off with two dates in Johannesburg on 27 and 28 June (the Orbit jazz club in Braamfontein and the Fête de la Musique street festival in Melville), before they head to Maputo on 1 July to play at the CCFM cultural centre.


On 4 and 5 July, the Rainmakers will make their way to Grahamstown for the Standard Bank Jazz Festival at the National Arts Festival, where they will get the DSG Hall cooking on 4 July and the SB Jazz & Blues Café on 5 July. The quartet will also be presenting jazz workshops at the festival.


Then it’s on to Straight No Chaser (previously known as the Mahogany Room) in Cape Town on 10 July, before they head back up to Gauteng to play at the Pretoria State Theatre on 11 July and Niki’s Oasis and Afrikan Freedom Station in Johannesburg on 12 and 13 July respectively.


The music of Baenz Oester and the Rainmakers has been described by the Swiss media as “full of joy”, “breathtaking”, “brilliant and animated” and “inspir[ing] from beginning to end”.


And it all came about as a result of a chance encounter. Oester, Geymeier, Mkhize and Sikade met at the National Arts Festival in 2011, when the seed was planted to get together and jam on a more regular

basis. This camaraderie and shared musical philosophy has since blossomed into a more formal collaboration, with a series of successful concerts in Switzerland and the release of an album, _Playing at the Bird’s Eye,_ recorded live at the Basel jazz club of the same name in 2012.


Now, the four friends are reuniting to bring their languid original jazz compositions to Southern African audiences. Echoing the members’ varying backgrounds and traditions, the band’s style is suitably eclectic – incorporating seductive and funky blues, African rhythms and Swiss folk tunes, all mashed up with a good measure of blinding improvisation.


Mkhize is the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist for jazz, and is known for his distinctive piano playing. He has also worked as a producer for the likes of Themba Mkhize (his father), Sibongile Khumalo and Kabelo, and served as musical director for the late Miriam Makeba for many years. Sikade, a talented drummer, has worked with such luminaries as Feya Faku, Bheki Mseleku, Robbie Jansen, Barney Rachabane, Darius Brubeck and the late Zim Ngqawana.


Oester, on contra bass, is regarded as one of Europe’s leading jazz bassists, and also lectures at the music academies of Basel and Lausanne. Fellow Swiss Geymeier, on tenor saxophone, has a style that

pulses with emotional fire while being buoyed by a delicate spaciousness.







27 June

The Orbit




28 June

Fête de la Musique




1 July





4 July

DSG Hall




5 July

SB Jazz & Blues Cafe




10 July

Straight No Chaser

Cape Town



11 July

State Theatre




12 July

Niki’s Oasis




13 July

Afrikan Freedom Station


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Holly the house siren returns

Posted by radio On June - 20 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


Local House music star Holly returns to the airwaves with her brand new single Tambourine, featuring Fiesta Black.


Already having taken the dance music scene by storm with her first two singles Inhliziyo Yami (2013) and Bang Bang (2014), Holly returns with a hot new track, a new record deal and a full-length album waiting in the wings. Holly teams up with producer Wakes Zondeka as well as fellow House singer Fiesta Black on the fresh tribal-house inspired track Tambourine, already heating up charts across local radio.

Durban based singer songwriter Holly is not your average 18 year old. She started her music career as a very young teen when she wrote and recorded a song as a gift to a friend. It isduring that time that she met and worked with different musicians who wanted to continue to work with her.

Her passion for both music and the Zulu culture has led her to hold a unique space as a white girl in the urban market. “Zulu is a beautiful language for songwriting and I love to sing in Zulu,” says Holly. Drawn in by the rhythmic beats and the soulful sounds, she mixes the Kasi sound with sultry jazz and tribal undertones. Her natural talent and true heart and soul shine through in her music, both as a musician and as a vocalist.

Her first two singles were released through Soul Candi and were received with open arms in the urban market. This pushed her into the spotlight and she started working with some of SA’s best-known Deep House producers.

Her debut album Vanilla House is currently in production and will be released through Content Connect Africa shortly. The album sees her collaborate with well-known producer Mondli Ngcobo as well as other musicians and vocalists.

Holly believes that it’s a vital part of music to share her experiences with other musicians and collaborate as much as possible. She feels it’s important to encourage, support and empower other artists as they do her, and says her greatest teachings have come through the vast variety of collaborations that she’s been involved in.

The hit new single Tambourine is currently available for digital download.

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Bongeziwe Stripped down

Posted by radio On June - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[by Hellen Phushela]

Hearing Bongeziwa Mabandla for the first time drowns out any other imposing sound. The African cloth garb that he is known to wear gives anyone not in the know a sense of who he is. As I amp up the volume, I’m taken to a world of peace and powerful spirituality through his music. The singer/song writer was born in a small rural town of Tsolo, in Transkei. His childhood like that of most was care free and only when he got older did he become conscous the kind of environment he was growing up in. Growing up free spirited as he is, Mabandla was attached to his mother. “Every time I would see her come down the road from work, I would run to her as fast as I can. It was good times, free times,” he recalls.

Mabandla Bongeziwe


Mabandla received guitar lessons in high school even if he didn’t think much of his talent. He later became a student AFDA doing an acting course, which he changed later to study music. When asked what he would be doing had he not pursued his music, he says, “I think I would become a painter, I’m into fine art. I did painting as a subject in high school and I did really well in Art history. So I sometimes think about what kind of art I would be doing if I didn’t drop it” .

The soulful calm sounds of his debut album Umlilo, have a unique flavour. The album was released in 2012 under producer Paulo Chibanga of 340ML fame. On the album he collaborated with the likes of Zuluboy and former Kwani Experience vocalist Nosisi. Bongeziwe has since received instant publicity, having performed on Morning Live weekend edition and Afro Café. He has also received two nominations in the South African Music Awards in 2013. Bongeziwe was nominated for Best Newcomer and Best Adult African album; he also delivered a heart warming performance of ‘Ngawe Mama’ at the awards. The Album has twelve tracks that will have any jazz, soul, afro music or country music lover happy.

Though he is still an up and coming musician in the country he is already booked for a tour in Japan this August, he explains that this is the highlight of his career. As well as performing with Joss Stone as he grew up listening to her music and being on stage with her was amazing. Bongeziwe Mabandla is also back in studio to record his second album, which will tell a story of his heartache in the music industry. “A lot of those situations have made me wonder why I am here, so a lot of it is about the connection with God and also the understanding of God in an African existence.”




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