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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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Eryka Badu to feature on 2014 CTN Jazz Fest

Posted by radio On December - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

International queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu (USA) leads the impressive initial line-up for the commemorative 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF):


SOUTH AFRICAN: Jonas Gwangwa; The Soil; Jimmy Nevis; Shane Cooper; Reason; The Muffinz; Ological Studies; Soul Housing Project; Dr Philip Tabane and Malombo.

INTERNATIONAL: Erykah Badu (USA); Haitus Kaiyote (AUS); Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet (USA); The Foreign Exchange (USA); Kenny Garrett Quintet (USA); Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (USA); Rakesh Chaurasia & Friends (India); Snarky Puppy (USA); Jaco Maria (Mozambique); Carmen Lundy (USA).


South Africa’s largest live music festival, The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 28-29 March 2014. Organiser espAfrika is bringing together a selection of the best local and international artists as requested by the fans – the ‘festinos’ – and the 15th festival includes some of the most popular performances from the last 14 years. 
CEO of espAfrika Rashid Lombard says this year’s line-up is great. “We’ve listened to our fans and we think we’ve got an even more exciting – and crowd-pleasing – festival. After all, it is called Africa’s grandest gathering.”

Supporting the festival and particularly in 2014 which marks South Africa’s 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy, Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile says: “The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is a great reflection of how far we have come as a nation. The festival showcases our brilliant local talent, while also attracting leading jazz artists from all over the world. This has allowed the CTIJF to help grow a larger skills base within our creative sector, which, in turn, helps strengthen and celebrate our cultural diversity.”


Patricia De Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town says: “The CTIJF helps bring people from diverse backgrounds together in a shared common love of jazz. In doing so, the festival helps to showcase the city and how its inclusive approach is of paramount importance. As such, the city salutes the 15th year of the CTIJF and will continue to support the good work this important music festival does.”

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says: “The SABC continuously strives to empower and promote the local music industry while also exposing them to international talent. We are privileged to again be an official sponsor and exclusive broadcaster of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The CTIJF allows the SABC to be a catalyst for positive social action and assists in transforming society through the content that it provides.”


The CTIJF is the biggest jazz music event in Africa and one of the first to offer a multi-stage experience. More than just the best music and entertainment festival on the continent – as voted by the fans – the CTIJF offers a sophisticated and comprehensive programme that will ensure the legacy of the festival. This programme encompasses a number of different workshops and interventions – everything from talent development to event management training – and continues throughout the year and makes music important, particularly for young South Africans.


“The social impact of the CTIJF also reflects the 20 years of democracy that South Africa will be celebrating in 2014,” said Lombard, “coupled with the fact that Jazz itself is democratic embracing as it does, many different genres and beats, we know that the 2014 Festival and its attendant events, will continue to spark the change needed to ensure that the legacy Madiba created, continues to be fulfilled.”


The official sponsors for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2014 are the Department of Arts and Culture and the SABC (broadcast). Other sponsors include Brandhouse, South African Tourism, City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government and Peninsula Beverages.


[Issued by: EspAfrika]

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Rdio Expands to South Africa

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

We are excited to share Rdio with more music fans today as Rdio expands to 20 new territories around the world. Rdio’s global footprint now reaches people in 51 countries across six continents, making Rdio the second largest music subscription service in the world in terms of countries serviced.


We would like to extend a warm welcome to Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela as they join the Rdio family.


If you’re new to Rdio, welcome! Sign up at right now and start streaming your favorite artist, song, album or over 400 genre stations. Discover new music and find your favorites with our web and desktop apps and you can upgrade to Rdio Unlimited any time to stream unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.


Rdio is constantly expanding to more international territories so let us know here where you’d like to see Rdio available next.



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Due to the tragic loss of not only our country’s hero, but a global icon and legend Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela the Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music festival has moved the date of its concert from the 15th December to the Sunday 22nd December.



This has also necessitated a change of venue from the Buffalo Cricket Park to the Border Rugby Stadium (ABSA). Tickets to this magnificent annual gathering of music enthusiasts are still available at Computicket priced at R180. Fans that have already purchased their tickets should not be wary as they can still redeem their tickets on the 22nd December; otherwise arrangements will be made for refunds where necessary.



Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival sends its deepest condolences to the Mandela Family and to the rest of the world; he was indeed a source of hope and inspiration not only to Africa but to the word as a whole.


The main festival starting at 18h00 will kick-start with a 45 minute tribute to Tat’ uMandela by way of a collaboration by various artists in the line-up and a moving oration by well renowned  Pan African poet Zolani Mkiva




For more information and updates join Buyel’ekhaya Music Festival on Facebook.  The festival is powered by Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency the National Department of Arts and Culture, Amathole municipality and Buffalo city.



Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music festival full line up:



Grammy Award winning Angelique Kidjo, Grammy nominees Hugh Masekela (SA), Vusi Mahlasela (SA) and other talented artists such as Ringo(SA), The Soil(SA), Zonke (SA), DJ Zinhle (SA), DJ Oskido and Candy(SA),DJ Pastor(SA), Ndingo Jawah (Botswana), LaPheefa(SA), Asanda(SA), Phaphama (SA).



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Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival 2013

Posted by radio On December - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The best of local and continental musical talents will descend on the Eastern Cape this festive season for a music event like no other.  Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival which marks its 5th year is a multicultural cultural event aimed at celebrating indigenous African expressions.




Buyel’khaya which loosely translates “return home,” does well to encourage and turn the national attention on the cultural wealth that defines the general African experience and much of our rural areas, such as those found in the host province of Eastern Cape.



This year, music lovers will be treated to the sounds of Grammy nominee Hugh Masekela (SA) Vusi Mahlasela(SA), Ringo(SA), Mafikizolo(SA), Zonke (SA) DI Zinhle (SA), DJ Oskido and Candy(SA), Khuli Chana(SA), DJ Pastor(SA), Ndingo Jawah (Botswana), LaPheefa(SA), Asanda(SA), Phaphama (SA).


Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival is growing to be a great economic driver in the city of East London and its surrounds. It has helped to stimulate tourism in the area with music lovers coming all the way from to enjoy the various attractions the Eastern Cape has to offer.


These include the Nelson Mandela Museum, the Addo Elephant Park, the Shamwari Game lodge and many others. The music festival makes over 50 million contribution to the city’s GDP. This is as a result of the number of visitors is draws into the city and the jobs it creates both directly and indirectly.


Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival takes place in East London on 15 December 2013. Tickets are available through computicket and will cost between R180 – R300. The festival is powered by ECParks and Tourism agency the national dept of arts and culture Amathole municipality and Baffulo city.


For more information and updates join Buyel’ekhaya Music Festival on Facebook.


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The winners of the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Video Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony held at the magnificent Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto on 30 November 2013.


The star-studded event featured a veritable who’s-who of African celebrities from all over the continent. Several top-acts and artists from Universal Music South Africa’s stable walked away with top-honours at the awards show.


Zeus was named winner of the Most Gifted Male Video for “#DatsWasup”, which features both AKA & Tumi. The Most Gifted Newcomer Video went to South African star and Idols-winner Khaya Mthethwa for “Move”. Professor ft Oskido & Character won Most Gifted Kwaito Video for “Finger Prints” and Mafikizolo’s monster-hit “Khona” saw the long-standing duo named winners of the Most Gifted Dance Video. The Special Recognition Award went to Nigerian R&B duo P-Square.


Oscar “Oskido” Mdlongwa once again showed an incredible gift for keeping his career fresh and hot when “Tsa Mandebele” was named winner of the Most Gifted African South Video.

While an array of world-class performances from Africa’s most gifted artists was on the agenda for the glamorous event, the stand-out performance was by the enigmatic Lizha James. James is one of the biggest musicians in Lusophone Africa. Born in the capital of Mozambique, Maputo her music style includes a mixture of rhythms like Marrabenta, Reggae, R&B and hip-hop. She is also famous for the Mozambican style Dzukuta Pandza. James has recently been signed to Universal Music South Africa and her new album Feel My Love has just been released.


“We are delighted with the results of this year’s Channel O Video Music Awards,” said Randall Abrahams, Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa. “We are honoured to be working with top-acts from our stable and to be handling the distribution for incredible artists from top-labels such as KalawaJazmee Records. These awards just prove once again that it’s definitely not a party without us!”


With this latest set of award-wins, Universal Music South Africa ends a long-running streak of accolades that have been pouring in over the past year. These award-wins bode well for 2014. Universal Music South Africa is ready to keep winning critical acclaim while releasing groundbreaking albums from world-class artists in the future.


[Issued by : PR Collective]

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During ongoing discussions about the MOI over the last few weeks, an important question has come up: why does the MOI refer to IP Rights instead of Copyright? To be specific, according to the MOI, each member assigns his or her “IP Rights” to SAMRO.


IP Rights are very specifically defined in the MOI as follows:


“(i)ncludes all applicable Performing Rights, Reproduction Rights, Needletime Rights, and similar rights under any IP Related Legislation in the Principal Territory or anywhere else in the world, subsisting now or in the future.”


Before we answer the question, let’s look at how the outgoing Articles of Association (i.e. the document that the new MOI will replace) described the assigned rights.


1. The old Articles of Association don’t speak of copyright either


In the old Articles, the rights to be assigned by each SAMRO member are listed separately as Performing Rights, Mechanical Rights and Film Synchronisation Rights. This “bundle” of assigned rights is not referred to collectively as Copyright.


2. Is using the term IP Rights not going too far?


It is important to understand that the term is very clearly defined in the MOI and does not refer to Intellectual Property (IP) in the broad sense of the term. In other words, SAMRO will not be getting involved in any of your other IP assets (e.g. trademarks, patents etc.) Importantly, Dr. Owen Dean, widely accepted as South Africa’s foremost authority on copyright law, confirmed the definition of IP Rights as it stands in the MOI and as such we are confident that not only is the definition sufficient, it also does not go beyond SAMRO’s traditional mandate.


3. Ok, if the term IP Rights doesn’t go much further than just Copyright… why not just use the term Copyright?


If one is to define the word Copyright strictly, it does not include Neighbouring or Related Rights, such as Needletime rights. This is because although closely linked to Copyright (which is the right enjoyed by a creator), Neighbouring/Related Rights are distinguishable from traditional Copyright. For example in the case of Needletime, the right belongs to a performer and not creator.




The use of the term IP Rights, strictly defined, allows for inclusion of Neighbouring Rights and removes the danger of SAMRO being deemed to be acting beyond its mandate by administering Needletime Rights.


(Of course, the question of whether or not we should even be administering, and thus making provision for, Needletime Rights is one we are very aware of, and will be addressing in our next pre-AGM letter to you. Watch this space!)


[Source: SAMRO]

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Channel O Music video awards: The final count down

Posted by radio On November - 27 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS


The voting is closed and organisers of the annual Channel O Africa Music Awards are furiously preparing to honour the continent’s most gifted musicians with a spectacular live show.


Winners in the 14 categories will be announced at the event, which takes place this Saturday, 30 November at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto.


The 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards will be broadcast live on Channel O at 20:00, giving music fans across the continent the chance to be part of the highs, the lows, the red-carpet glamour, the drama and the joy as the awards unfold in Soweto.


This year, the annual Channel O Africa Music Awards will confirm its standing as Africa’s leading and most consistently exciting music awards event with a superb line-up of live acts. Among those taking to the stage on Saturday night will be Cassper Nyovest featuring Okmalumkooklat, Burna Boy, The Soil, Khuli Chana, Victoria Kimani, Buffalo Souljah,Wizkid, AKA featuring Da L.E.S., KCee, Lizha James, and Mafikizolo.


In the host hot seat is the one-two star-studded combination of Nigerian muso Naeto C and South African hip hopper AKA – both artists already having proved their popularity with Channel O viewers over the past few years. The only category not voted by Channel O viewers is the Special Recognition, which this year is being awarded to Nigerian R’n’B duo P-Square.



Twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye, are being honoured for their significant artistic contributions to music, which have helped place African music and its artists firmly on international stages. They follow in the footsteps of the likes of Oscar “Oskido” Mdlongwa(2012); Nigeria’s Koko Master D’Banj (2011); Somalian born K’NAAN (2010); South African Brenda Fassie (2009) and Ghana’s George Lee (2008).



So tune in at 20:00 when the 2013 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards finally get underway!



[Source:Dstv Online]

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South Africa’s play ground will come alive once again as the KZN Provincial Government hosts the Durban Jazz Festival on the 26th December 2013 at the Hazelmere Dam which is situated in the north of Durban.

The 11th instalment of one of SA’s most loved music festival will be filled with a jam packed line-up that will cater to all music lovers from heart pounding house beats to soothing Jazz melodies.

This year the line-up includes some of the country’s most celebrated and talented artists such as the legendary Hugh Masekela, Zakes Bantwini, Zahara, PRO, Ringo , Naima Kay, Afrosoul, Brenda Mntambo and many more artists and DJ’s that will have you up on your feet and moving to the beat.

This exciting musical extravaganza is a great way to celebrate a holiday that is meant to bring people of all cultures and customs together, the Day of Goodwill with the entire family by relaxing and enjoy beautiful music. The event also allows guests to bring along braai stands and coolers creating a family friendly picnic environment.

“As we return to deliver yet another rendition we promise our guests an exhilarating musical experience that they have come to love and expect from us. We will continue to provide a safe and relaxed environment as we have for the past 10 years” Says Wanita Ngcobo festival Director.

Tickets to this fun-filled event are priced at R200 general and R350 Golden Circle available now at all Computicket counters at Shoprite/Checkers stores countrywide. Gates open at 11am.

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

[Issued by: PR Collective]

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Universal Music stars shine at the Crown Awards

Posted by radio On November - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Sunday, the 17th of November saw several of Universal Music South Africa’s top Gospel-stars winning prestigious awards at the 6th Crown Gospel Awards ceremony held at the Durban ICC.

Lufuno Dagada took home the crown in the Best Traditional Gospel-category; while Winnie Mashaba was honoured as the Best Gospel Artist of the year. Hlengiwe Mhlaba was awarded The Best Classic of All Time Award and the talented Shaun P took home the award for Best Newcomer.

The Crown Gospel Music Awards concept is a brainchild of Zanele Mbokazi, founder and President of the World Gospel Powerhouse. The idea came about in 2006 and two years later, the idea became a phenomenon to be reckoned with.

The first Crown Gospel Music Awards were held in 2008, in the presence of thousands of gospel music loyalists. The idea was and still is, to salute the sons and daughters in the gospel music industry under various categories. To date the awards boast more than 30 categories and the winners are awarded a Crown for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.

“Universal Music South Africa is proud to have these fine gospel artists in our stable. We are overjoyed at these laureates at the Crown Gospel Awards and we continue to support all of these artists in their ongoing efforts,” says Randall Abrahams, Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa.

With these awards, Universal Music South Africa continues its reputation as a patron and champion for gospel music. The company is set to release many more superb albums in the new year…watch this space.

[Issued by: The PR Collective]

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