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Fireworks Expected At Jozi FM Gospel Festival

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]

 

Top South African gospel acts will rock the Jozi FM Gospel Festival in Soweto this Sunday. The yearly festival is aimed at giving Sowetans a chance to celebrate life through live gospel music. Launched in August 2013, the event is now one of the biggest gospel festivals in the country.

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The annual Festival will be held at Nasrec Expo Centre with tickets priced at an affordable R80. The R80 will guarantee gospel music lovers a whole afternoon of praise and worship from some of the country’s leading singers who will strive to take revellers on a spiritual journey through song.

 

Among the 14 live acts expected to light up the stage include multi award winning artistes Sipho Makhabane, Lundi and Rebecca Malope.

 

Malope is well known for her vibrant enthusiasm on stage and is one of the most loved gospel musicians in sub Saharan Africa. Despite being a hit maker of some 32 albums in her career, she also hosts a spiritually uplifting gospel show on SABC. In 2009, she released her 30th album titled My Hero containing double CD’s.

 

According to the Sowetan newspaper, one artist who will no longer be part of the Festival is the sensational Fikile Mlomo who was been prevented from performing by her boss due to contractual issues.

 

Jozi FM Manager Mpho Mhlongo told the Sowetan that; “As a station we have decided to respect the company’s wishes. We don’t have a problem with Fikile and when the issue is sorted, she will become part of the show.”

 

Tickets are on sale at Jozi FM radio station and will be sold at the gate on the day. Braai stands will not be allowed into the venue but surely revellers will be treated to some sizzling performances that not even some boerewors can match.

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Scoop & Eku to co-host the Channel O Awards

Posted by radio On September - 19 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

All eyes will be on the Original African channel come Saturday, 29 November when Channel O celebrates the biggest night in African music the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards.

 

Broadcast live from Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto, this year’s show-stopping event will be hosted by the ever versatile, seasoned TV presenter and director Siyabonga “Scoop” Ngwekazi alongside small screen darling, model and presenter Eku Edewor.

 

 

Hailing from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Siyabonga gained an interest in arts from a young age and cut his teeth in the industry when he presented the pop culture magazine show Street Journal. Since then, he, alongside Nonhle Thema, became the face of Vuzu when the youth channel launched in 2009, co-hosting the weekday celebrity news magazine show V-Entertainment. Mbombo, as he is fondly known in his hometown, is also known for his impeccable fashion sense and in 2010 he was named GQ’s Best Dressed Man.

 

2011 proved to be a big year as he and his close friends and business partners – Lungile Radu, Thomas Gumede and Simphiwe Mhlongo – launched their production company Parental Advisory Productions, which is responsible for shows like Forever Young, Mo Love and Goal Diggerz Season 3. A few months later Scoop launched his clothing label, Pieces by Pap, a street wear brand that gathers inspiration from African themes with an international feel.

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“I am honoured and privileged for this awesome opportunity to be hosting Africa’s longest standing music video awards show,” says Siya.

 

His striking co-host is a graduate of English and Theatre from the University of Warwick and has trained as an actress at the New York Film Academy. Whether gracing the covers of magazines or interviewing stars on 53 Extra, Eku has established herself firmly in the African entertainment industry as a talent on the rise.

 

Born Georgina Chloe Eku Edewor-Thorley in London to Nigerian and British parents, Eku’s first job in entertainment was as a production assistant to film producer Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Belle). It was during this time, that she struck up a close friendship with British actress Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) whose talent would inspire Eku to continue chasing her dream of acting.

 

In 2006, she was cast as a contestant on the hit reality show Britain’s Next Top Model and has since gone on to build an extensive resume, including appearing on Big Brother Africa All Stars, hosting the 2013 Miss Nigeria competition, the Elite Model Look Nigeria competitions (in 2010 and 2011) and recently wrapped shooting the movie When Love Comes Around.

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“I feel incredibly blessed that I have been given a great opportunity to display how much I love what I do and I look forward to having a great night celebrating our musicians on the largest music platform in Africa,” adds an elated Eku.

 

The Channel O Africa Music Video Awards are the only public-voted annual music video awards show broadcast around the continent that exclusively feature African artists.

 

Voting takes place across a wide range of digital platforms: via the website and mobile site – voting on the website and on the mobile site [www.channelo.tv] is free and you are allowed to vote up to 100 times on both platforms respectively; via WeChat – voting on WeChat is free. To vote using WeChat on your mobile, go to the app store on your phone, download the WeChat app, create your profile, then search for Channelotv and add the account. You can vote up to 100 times! For terms and conditions and more information, log on to www.channelo.tv. Voting is still open and closes on the 23 November at midnight

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Sibongile & Friends – Road to Joy of Jazz

Posted by radio On September - 11 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It’s apt that South Africa’s beloved “first lady of song” celebrates her birthday on Heritage Day on September 24.

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As a precursor to both events and in the last Road to Joy of Jazz concert before the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, the legendary Sibongile Khumalo will be performing at The Teatro at Montecasino on September 20 at 19h30.

 

She will be joined on stage by Kabomo Vilakazi, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and Mimi Ntenjwa

 

Khumalo’s singing talents range from opera to jazz, choral music and musical theatre, always grounded by traditional and folk music of South Africa. She has been lauded as one of the great singing talents of her time, and has inspired the creation of new music by South African composers, both in the classical art song as well as jazz genres. She was a Standard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) winner for music in 1993.

 

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from September 25 to 27.

The 2014 Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is produced by T-Musicman and brought to audiences by Standard Bank in association with the Department of Arts & Culture; the City of Joburg, Gauteng Province and South African Tourism.

 

 

Tickets for Road to Standard Bank Joy of Jazz with Sibongile Khumalo and Friends at Montecasino cost between R250 and R350 available through Computicket and so are tickets for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.

 

 

 

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MTV EMA nominees for Best African Act announced

Posted by radio On September - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

MTV (DStv channel 130) has revealed the first four nominees for the Best African Act. Davido (Nigeria), Goldfish (South Africa), Diamond (Tanzania) and Toofan (Togo) will be battling it out for supremacy in this hotly contested category.

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In addition, for the first time ever, MTV is putting an EMA nomination in the hands of the fans via social media, so music lovers everywhere will have the power to help select the fifth nominee for Best African Act. Fans can tweet and vote from the following list of artists to earn the fifth nominee spot using the hashtag #MTVEMA plus the relevant hashtag for your favourite artist from the following list:

 

Anselmo Ralph – #NominateAnselmoRalph

Gangs of Ballet – #NominateGangsOfBallet

Mafikizolo – #NominateMafikizolo

Sarkodie – #NominateSarkodie

Sauti Sol – #NominateSautiSol

Tiwa Savage – #NominateTiwaSavage

 

The wild card Twitter vote is open until Sunday, 14 September 2014 at 11:59 CAT. All 2014 MTV EMA nominees will be announced and voting will open on Tuesday, 16 September 2014.

 

This is the fifth year that MTV has included a Best African Act category in the EMA. The previous winners have included 2Face (2005), Freshlyground (2006), D’Banj (2007 and 2012) and LCNVL (2013).

 

The 2014 MTV EMA will broadcast LIVE on MTV on Sunday, 9 November at 22:00 CAT from The Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland (pre-show from 21:00 CAT).

 

The MTV EMA, MTV’s global celebration of the hottest stars in music, recognises artists from around the world and across genres, and brings together music fans everywhere for a one-of-a-kind experience in the weeks leading up to and at the show.

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Former YFM Hip Hop news anchor Mizchief is no more

Posted by radio On September - 6 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The South African and Zimbabwean hip hop fraternity are in tears after the industry lost one of the most influential artistes ever to perform on that platform.

 

mizchiefZimbabwean born rapper, former radio news announcer and Channel O video jockey Hechechamunorwa Mount Zion Kwenda, but better known as Mizchief is music circles, has died. He was 38.

 

Kwenda, born in 1976, was reportedly to have been the first to independently release a solo hip hop album in South Africa and was also allegedly the first in the country to perform hip hop with a live band. He is one of the few Zimbabwean rappers and presenters to make it big in South Africa.

 

Confirming the death of the hip hop maestro, George “KGB” Beraushvili told eNCA that Mizchif collapsed on a bus enroute to Zimbabwe where his family resides. KGB stated that the pair had been working on a project titled ‘Still A Legend’ prior to his death.

 

Mizchief once presented the popular hip hop news on YFM and was a video jockey on Nasty, a hip hop show on Channel O. He was part of a legendary team of VJ’s that included Mbuso, Miss Candy, Kabelo among others.

 

Mizchif was born and raised in Highfields, Harare before he moved to New York at the age of 12 where he hooked up with a crew, Soul Pack, and began his rap career. He moved to South Africa at 18, where he released his debut album “Life From All Angles” in 1999.

 

The album was well received and got constant airplay on several TV music channels across Africa. Mizchif later teamed up with Mavusana from Kwaito group, Oda Meesta for the album Summertime on Ghetto Ruff records.

 

He was nominated for the Best Hip Hop album at the 2003 South African Music Awards, before he was forced to relocate back home after which he went into a long hiatus.

 

Metro FM DJ Unathi Nkanyi told eNCA she met him in 2001 and last saw him 10 years ago.

“I remember most about him his humble nature and giving attitude, unlike the stereotypical idea one has about emcees. A creative heart is always relevant for as long as they want to be,” said Unathi.

 

Other tributes that poured in for the artist came from Kwaito star Mandoza.

“Its heart sore to hear news of Mizchif’s passing. Mizchif will be missed by many and may his soul rest in peace,” Mandoza poured out.

Mizchif was expected to appear at a music event called “End Of The Week” where he was supposed to judge a hip hop/ rap battle. KGB said the event would go on and proceeds from the show would be sent Mizchif’s family in Zimbabwe.

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SAMRO honours music trailblazers

Posted by radio On September - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It was a night celebrating historic firsts and emerging music talent when young composers Antoni Schonken and Prince Bulo were crowned the winners of the 2014 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition on Saturday night.

 

composersEach winner – one in the Western Art Music genre, one in the Jazz Music category – walked away with a lucrative R170 000 scholarship to further their music studies abroad.

 

This year the SAMRO Foundation’s annual contest, which has been in existence since 1962, included a groundbreaking partnership with the South African Post Office and the Gerard Sekoto Foundation ahead of Heritage Month. New arrangements of original Sekoto music compositions were performed for the first time in public on the night, and the SA Post Office showcased its new series of stamps depicting 10 late South African music legends.

 

On 30 August 2014, the Wits Great Hall in Braamfontein resounded with vibrant music when the original compositions of the four scholarships finalists were performed during a special Concert Evening.

 

In the Western Art Music category, the work Eventide by University of Cape Town Master’s student Amy Crankshaw (22) was brought to life by Malcolm Nay (piano) and Luke Newby (clarinet). This was followed by a performance of Six Short Dances, composed by Stellenbosch University PhD candidate Antoni Schonken (26), by Nay on piano, Khanyisile Mthetwa-Lacny on flute and Maciej Lacny on cello.

 

The Orbit Big Band from the Orbit Jazz Club in Braamfontein performed both Jazz Music compositions that were in contention for top honours: April 14 by Kingsley Buitendag (29) – a composer, pianist, bass player and lecturer based in the Eastern Cape – and Bass’d in Africa by Prince Bulo (28), a Master’s student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Both candidates had been merit or runner-up award winners in previous SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competitions.

 

Apart from the budding composers having the privilege of seeing their original works performed by seasoned professionals on the night, another highlight was the premiere of two works by Sekoto (1913-1993), who was a gifted composer in addition to being an exceptional visual artist.

 

His lively compositions Igoli and Africa, arranged by former SAMRO scholarship winner James Bassingthwaighte, were performed by the Orbit Big Band with Sean Jacobs on vocals – drawing appreciative applause as the audience witnessed history in the making.

 

In another first, the evening saw the launch of the Surendran Reddy clazz Award for young composers. Reddy was a boundary-crossing South African composer, pianist and teacher who passed away in 2010. He termed his signature style “clazz” – a fusion of classical, jazz, traditional African music, mbaqanga and other types of world music.

 

The SAMRO Foundation and Reddy’s longtime companion, Heike Asmuss, hope that this new award will encourage young composers to break free of the shackles of genre and style to come up with a free, experimental sound of their own.

 

The inaugural Surendran Reddy clazz Award was presented to a delighted Bulo, who also won one of the two scholarships on offer. Each of the runners-up in the scholarships competition received R40 000 to further their studies, with Paul Morrissey (Jazz Music) and Arthur Feder (Western Art Music) being presented with merit awards for their compositions.

 

Dedicating this, the 53rd SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition, to pioneering composers both past and present, SAMRO Foundation managing director André le Roux noted: “The path of the pioneer and the innovative thinker is seldom a smooth one, but as long as we embrace the artists, creators, novel troublemakers, inventors, rebels and revolutionaries in our midst, there is hope for the state of our arts sector.”

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MTN Joyous Celebration to take over Polokwane

Posted by radio On August - 30 - 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.

For more information and updates; join My Joyous Celebration on Facebook and follow @joyousSA on twitter.

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Music icons past and present honoured in a special concert evening ‘composed’ by Gerard Sekoto, SAMRO Foundation and SA Post Office

 

samrofoThe SAMRO Foundation is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Gerard Sekoto Foundation and the South African Post Office on its annual flagship project for postgraduate music students, the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition.

 

This year’s competition, which takes the form of a Concert Evening at the Wits Great Hall on Saturday, 30 August 2014, will see the compositions of the four finalists – two in the Western Art Music genre and two in the Jazz/Popular Music style – being performed before a live audience.

 

At the end of the evening, the winners of two international scholarships worth R170 000 each will be announced, as well as subsidiary awards including the newly launched Surendran Reddy clazz Award.

 

The gifted young Western Art Music composers vying for this enticing prize are University of Cape Town Master’s student Amy Crankshaw and Antoni Schonken, a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch University (Western Art Music).

 

In the Jazz/Popular Music section of the competition, the compositions of Grahamstown-based MMus graduate Kingsley Buitendag and University of KwaZulu-Natal Master’s degree candidate Prince Bulo (Jazz/Popular Music) will take centre stage.

 

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Life-changing though the occasion will no doubt be for the two young music students who will be declared the winners of the lucrative scholarships, it will be equally momentous from a music heritage point of view.

 

The late Gerard Sekoto, one of South Africa’s most highly regarded visual artists, was also a gifted musician – and two of his original compositions will receive their much-anticipatedpublic premiere at the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships concert evening.

 

In a coup for South African arts and culture, Sekoto’s works Africa and Igoli will be performed by Johannesburg’s Orbit Big Band, arranged by former SAMRO scholarship winner James Bassingthwaighte.

 

In the 1990s, the South African Post Office issued two overseas postage stamps depicting artworks by Sekoto, as well as a miniature sheet and commemorative covers.

 

In July 2014, the SA Post Office cemented its commitment to conserving arts heritage by issuing a series of 10 commemorative stamps depicting South African music legends, who may be gone but are certainly not forgotten: James Phillips, Brenda Fassie, Johannes Kerkorrel, Lucky Dube, Miriam Makeba, Solomon Linda, Spokes Mashiane, Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde, Kippie Moeketsi and Taliep Petersen. These, as well as the Sekoto stamps and Nelson Mandela tribute stamps, will be on display and for sale at the scholarships concert evening.

 

“The music legends featured on the commemorative stamps were chosen for their innovative music, which brought fundamental change to the perceptions of South Africans and was instrumental in uniting societies,” explains Lungile Lose of the SA Post Office.

 

“Criteria used in choosing them included factors such as whether they introduced a completely new, original and distinctively South African style of music. The musicians are as representative as possible of our society, covering the most important or best-known musical genres.”

 

Themba Wakashe, the chairman of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, adds: “We are proud to collaborate with the SAMRO Foundation to preserve and nurture Sekoto’s legacy.”

 

The Sekoto Foundation aims to develop awareness and understanding of Sekoto’s legacy by teaching South Africans about his life, art, music, philosophy and writings. Because formal art education was largely out of reach to black South Africans during apartheid, Sekoto hoped to see this rectified and his will expressly stated that his estate should be used to uplift art education for young people.

 

André le Roux, managing director of the SAMRO Foundation, is excited about Sekoto’s musical works finally being brought to life on stage – the same original scores that are safely housed in the SAMRO Music Archive.

 

“I heard a lovely story about Gerard Sekoto’s relationship with music,” he relates. “Apparently, he was walking down one of the famous Parisian walkways and passed a bar or eatery. There was a competition on the go for a new pianist to play for their clientele. Gerard entered, started playing and promptly won the competition, which meant that he played music for the pub.

 

“This was often how he earned his living as a musician – composing new tunes and playing music – because as we all know, one cannot always survive on the visual arts alone.”

 

Le Roux believes that not enough is done to celebrate Sekoto’s legacy as a composer and for this reason, a natural common ground exists between the SAMRO Foundation and the Sekoto Foundation, where the arts and creativity in general are supported and celebrated. It’s a coup to have the Post Office as part of this “tripartite arts alliance”, he says.

 

“The SAMRO Foundation’s motto may be ‘composing the future’, but we are equally committed to celebrating and preserving our past cultural riches,” says Le Roux.

 

Shifty Records, the seminal 1980s-era independent record label that kept the South African music flag flying high with its stable of boundary-breaking artists, will also have a strong presence at the scholarships Concert Evening.

 

Shifty’s Lloyd Ross said it is an honour to participate in this prestigious event: “The timing of the event is serendipitous, as it occurs just two days before the launch of Shifty September at the Alliance Française in Johannesburg, which is to be a month-long focus on the legacy of the fiercely independent record label that was a home to composers of songs of conscience of all creeds during the dark decade before the birth of our democracy.

 

“The invitation is much appreciated, because like the inclusion of two Shifty artists on the recent Post Office’s Music Legend series stamps, it is a recognition of the importance of the work that Shifty did at a time where it seemed like the record and broadcast industries were working their hardest to impede the ambitions of the committed composers in the Shifty fold.”

 

Entrance to the Concert Evening at the Wits Great Hall on 30 August 2014 is free, but is by invitation only and seating is limited. To reserve yourseat, please call Naseema at (011) 712 8417 or email:naseema.yusuf@samro.org.za.

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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.

 

PEOPLE THAT PLAY A BIG ROLE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

 

1.       Nhlanhla Paul Sibisi

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

3.      Freddie Nyathela

 

ARTISTS

 

1.      Dr. Thomas Chauke

2.      Johnny Clegg

3.      Pappa & Blondie Makhene

4.      Masike “funky”Mohapi (posthumously)

5.      Khaya Mahlangu

6.      Om Alec Khaoli

 

JOURNALISTS

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

 

PROMOTERS

 

1.      Sam Jiza Jiza Mthembu

2.      Roddy Quin

3.      Sabinki Senabe

4.      Joe Chakela

5.      Carel Hoffmann

 

ARTISTS BEHIND THE SCENE

 

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.

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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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