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Swaziland’s highly regarded world music and arts festival, MTN Bushfire, today officially invites applications to trade and exhibit at this year’s event on May 29 -31st   2015.


The Global Food Village, Artisan Hand Craft Market and The Barn welcome applications from individuals, artists and small businesses to trade and exhibit at MTN Bushfire Festival 2015.


MTN Bushfire is highly regarded as a cultural eco-system of creativity, which helps to contribute towards Swaziland’s continued arts development. As the biggest world music festival in Southern Africa, the festival attracts over 20,000 visitors each year, to the beautiful farmlands of the Malkerns Valley.


Internationally recognized for celebrating creative expression, MTN Bushfire festival seeks to showcase the finest culinary expertise, craft and artistic visionaries within their global platform.



The Global Food Village


The MTN BUSHFIRE Global Food Village is a celebration of culture through the art of food and an opportunity to discover global delicacies and culinary delights.   Festival attendees can choose between an array of traditional Swazi cuisine and a selection of global offerings to fuel the fire in their bellies!



Handcraft and Design Market

The MTN Bushfire Handcraft and Design Market brings together the finest artisans and Swazi craft businesses to showcase regional crafters, sparking creativity and exchange. With a focus on ethical products and emerging local design, artisans display a wealth of handmade contemporary African fashion accessories and home ware.


The Barn

The Barn is an interactive art, dialogue and performance space devoted to innovation and creativity. The Barn’s annual art exhibition, curated by Yebo! Contemporary Art Gallery facilitates conversation and encourages participants to be inspired thinkers, doers, artists and visionaries.


Jiggs Thorne, MTN Bushfire Festival director, comments:


“We are very excited to invite local Swazi people to be involved in MTN Bushfire 2015, utilizing it as a platform for positive social change. We feel very privileged to be able to showcase the wealth of artistic, craft and culinary expression in the Swazi creative economy, with an international audience.”


MTN Bushfire Festival aims to continue to increase Swaziland’s international profile by celebrating creative expression and promoting social responsibility to stimulate the economy.


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After a very well received tour last year, the Swiss-South African jazz collaboration The Rainmakers return to perform at Cape Town International Jazz Festival and tour South Africa and Mauritius. With Swiss bassist Baenz Oester at the helm The Rainmakers will be performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on March 28, 2015, followed by performances in East London, Durban, Johannesburg and Mauritius. For the second concurrent year, the band is, supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss arts council.


Considered as one of Europe’s foremost double bassists, Oester has been active on the Swiss and international jazz scene since the early eighties. He has performed and recorded with numerous musicians, as well as recording his debut solo album, Blosperment Suite, in 2007. Oester is joined by fellow Swiss jazz artist Ganesh Geymeier on tenor saxophone and South Africans Afrika Mkhize on piano and Ayanda Sikade on drums.


Their shared musical philosophy has seen this collaboration result in collaborative performances both here and in Switzerland and the release of an album, Playing at the Bird’s Eye, recorded live at the Basel jazz club in 2012. The band first toured Southern African in 2014.


Coloured by the band’s varying backgrounds and musical traditions, the quartet’s eclectic style is a unique combination of jazz and blues, African polyrhythms and Swiss and Bulgarian folk tunes. Dubbed the group as “music of intention” it has been described by the media as joyful and energetic.


Following the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, The Rainmakers head to East London performing at the Sterling Auditorium on March 29 and then to The Jazzy Rainbow, in Durban, on March 31.

The second part of tour takes place in Mauritius with a studio performance at MBC Studios, Reduit on April 2. This performance will be broadcast live on national radio. The Rainmakers will then be performing at the Francois Mitterrand National Conservatory for Music, in Quatre Borne, on April 3.


The tour concludes with two performances in Johannesburg, the first at Winnie’s Soul and Jazz Club on April 4 and the second at The Orbit on April 5.

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Metro FM Music Awards 14 Gallery

Posted by radio On March - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
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Ernie Smith is back with ‘Time For Love’

Posted by radio On February - 17 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

It’s been almost 5 years since Ernie Smith’s last album, but this year sees him return to the airwaves with his new single – the Afrocentric jazz dance number Time For Love.

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Self composed and released under his own label Child Of The Light Records, the single is the first track from the album of the same name – fresh new sounds that include collaborations with Grammy winner Bebe Winans as well as local stars KB Motsilanyane and Mandoza.


Although still very much an Ernie Smith styled record, Time For Love embodies a state of evolution in his growth and sound.

The single was inspired by the many stages that people go through in life and the reminder to take time for love and other things that are central to the human condition.


The full album will be available shortly.

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MTN Bushfire festival line-up

Posted by radio On February - 11 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

MTN BUSHFIRE, Africa’s most diverse music and arts festival and one of CNN’s “7 African music festivals you really have to see,” is excited to announce the latest confirmed artists who will be performing from May 29 – 31st 2015. This list is just a sampling of artists – with the bulk of the announcements to be made in the next few weeks.


These artists reflect a wider ange of musical styles and cultures – hailing from as far afield as Australia, Turkey and Austria – as well as from African countries closer  to home. These artists are just the latest in a long list of performers, including recently announced headliners, Grammy nominated artists, Les Nubians. The majority of artists are still to be announced in the upcoming weeks.


The latest list of confirmed artists includes:


Black Jesus Experience (Australia):  Black Jesus Experience blend traditional Ethiopian music with modern hip-hop and funk grooves.  Their rhymes & chimes deliver the musical strength and beauty of AFrica through the vocal prism of hip-hop and the freedom of jazz.


Bongeziwe Mabandla (SA): Two-time SAMA nominee, Bongeziwe Mabandla has been making waves at home and overseas with his perfect blend of urban-African folk. He has performed at festivals in Germany and Spain, as well as opening for the likes of Joss Stone during her South African tour.


123 (Turkey): Since their formation in 2004, the Turkish indie pop band 123 has been dazzling audiences with their intriguing stories and dreamy melodies. They released their debut album, aksel, in 2009, which told the story of a boy named Aksel, an owl and a whale.


Banda Kakana (Mozambique): Banda Kakana has become a leading representative of a new generation of Mozambican bands, following in the celebrated footsteps of groups like Ghorwane, Eyuphuro and Orquestra Marrabenta Star of Mozambique.



Shortstraw (SA): Shortstraw are an indie-pop band from Johannesbug, South Africa. They make music that sounds like kittens meowing as they wake up. Having taken South Africa by storm with radio hit after hit – the group’s infectious summer-inspired music is the ideal festival vibe.


BCUC (SA): Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) consists of seven musicians from Soweto, South Africa. BCUC moves the audience both physically and emotionally with a sound derived straight from our ancestral lineage. BCUC demystifies the general worldviews about modern Africa.


Sweet Sweet Moon (Austria): Sweet Sweet Moon, is  multi-instrumentalist Matthias Frey. Starting from a traditional guitar singer songwriter approach he has now accomplished the integration his great skillset creating almost orchestral arrangements live on stage merely relying on a violin and his favourite sidekick – the loop pedal.


DJ InviZable & the Champions of the Sonarverse (South Africa):  A master of staging creative Guerrilla performances through the guise of the most acclaimed Commander to ever lead the 1st corps, the renowned advisor to The Imperial House of Africa, DJ INVIZABLE. The man behind the mask, Nick Matthews, who comes from Cape Town, South Africa, has been a professional DJ and producer for over the last decade.


DJ Okapi (SA): DJ Okapi digs up South African “bubblegum/disco” gems from the late 80 and early 90s, showcasing individual releases and collecting tracks onto mixtapes that he features on his Afro-Synth blog.


DJ Danger Ingozi (SA): The ever-progressive DJ Danger Ingozi has been flexing his electroactive polymers with a high voltage selection of forward thinking dance music, often infused with African, Baile, Balkan, Reggae, Tropicana and other World Beats.



Tickerts for MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 are alreadysale via the website, Make sure you are one of the 20,000 music and arts fans who “BRING THEIR FIRE” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience this unique event.


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Somizi joins Idols family

Posted by radio On February - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s most flamboyant and successful choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo, has joined the Idols SA judging panel.


Somgaga – as he is fondly known amongst his many fans – will be the fourth judge alongside veteran Idols SA judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana and Gareth Cliff for the eleventh season of South Africa’s biggest TV talent competition, it was announced at the first day of auditions today at the State Theatre in Pretoria.


Want to audtition for Idols? Find out more about where and how to do this on the official Idols website.


This is the first time since founding judge Dave Thompson left the show at the end of Season 5 (2009) that Idols SA has a four-person Idols panel.


“I literally couldn’t sleep last night!” an excited Somizi said just before he was introduced to the big crowd of wannabe Idols stars, who waited in anticipation to find out who this year’s judges would be. “I’ve never had a wedding but I imagine it feels a little like this. I’ve known about this for about two months already and I didn’t tell a soul,” he continued, “not even Unathi, and we’ve been working on her music video together every day!”


Somizi became a quick favourite with the Idols viewers when he mentored the Top 6 for the Idols SA Season 10 “Showstoppers” episode last year. “Somizi is pure showbiz – he understands what it takes for a performer to really engage an audience, over and above just the music,” Idols SA producer/director Gavin Wratten said today. “That’s why we think his perspective will be an invaluable perspective in the judging process.”


“I will be judging the ‘razzmatazz’,” Somizi explains. “Contestants are warned: from now on a good voice alone isn’t enough anymore – I’m going to want contestants who have showmanship!”


“Gareth, Randall and Unathi are a fantastic judging team,” M-Net Head of Publicity Lani Lombard noted, “but we thought it would be valuable to add some extra ‘zing’ this year with South Africa’s ‘king of bling’.”


Somizi Mhlongo was born into Mzansi showbiz, as the son of the late comedian Ndaba Mhlongo and veteran actress Mary Twala. He has been at the vanguard of South African entertainment for many years, in musical theatre and also as the choreographer of choice for music videos and live productions, including the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards and the Miss South Africa pageant. He has also served as a talent show judge for two seasons of Dance Your Butt Off.


Idols SA Season 11 officially kicked off at the State Theatre in Pretoria this weekend. The next audition session be in Cape Town at the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World on Saturday 7 February, and thereafter the Idols team will scour talent at The Playhouse in Durban. The KZN auditions take place on Saturday 21 February. The final auditions for Idols SA Season 11 will take place at Carnival City East of Johannesburg on Saturday 1 March.


Contestants should be South African citizens between the ages of 16 and 30 to enter Idols SA 11, and South Africa’s aspiring superstars are urged to remember their ID documents at the auditions. Underage contestants have to be accompanied by their parents.

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Idols 11 auditions are here

Posted by radio On January - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s biggest TV show powers into its 11th season at the end of January after shattering records in Season 10 last year, with over 20 million votes cast across the duration of the season – a 173% increase on Season 9 figures!


“Viewer response to the historic tenth season of Idols SA was phenomenal,” says Lani Lombard, Head of Publicity at M-Net. “We believe that the new season is going to be a show-stopper as well with surprises lined up from the word ‘go’. It’s exciting to think that the country’s new singing sensation will be somewhere in a long queue at the nationwide auditions.”


Lives will start to change again at the end of this month, when Idols SA Season 11 kicks off with auditions at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Saturday, 31 January, followed by Cape Town auditions on the weekend of Saturday 7 February at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Durban auditions from Saturday 21 February at The Playhouse and the final auditions at Carnival City from Sunday 1 March.


Contestants should be South African citizens between the ages of 16 and 30 to enter Idols SA 11, and South Africa’s aspiring superstars are urged to remember their ID documents at the auditions. Underage contestants have to be accompanied by their parent

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The second installment in the Across the Bridge Sessions – proudly brought to you by Amstel Lite – brings together the explosive talents and consciousness of BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness), a Soweto based group who “create a place where the ancient tangles with hip-hop; where long song cycles never give way to self-indulgence; where every moment serves the performance.” (Diane Coetzer, Rolling Stone) and BITTEREINDER, a “three piece Think-Dance-Machine from South Africa specialising in the world’s greatest Afrikaans electro rap.”

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The key thread both bands have hung onto is the power of music as a vehicle for change and their social awareness or consciousness.  It is this story that the second Across the Bridge Sessions will tell.


Pretoria based Bittereinder recently released their brilliant new album SKERM, while BCUC blew the (metaphorical) roof off the 2014 Rocking The Daisies festival.  In their own right each band deploys massive energy onstage, so be sure to come witness the sparks fly when they combine their talents on the legendary Bassline stage in Newtown.

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Its Jazzuary time at Kaya FM

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Since 2010, Kaya FM has celebrated their core identity by embracing Jazzuary, an ode to the jazz greats.

For the month of January, the station reminds listeners of their heritage and plays authentic South African jazz musicians, promoting the traditional tracks they have shared with local audiences. The promotion has garnered a lot of support due to the result that listeners and jazz lovers alike are always romanticising about making jazz an everyday music genre.


Each track played in Jazzuary celebrates who we are. The legacy of jazz is highlighted in every segment of our shows. This is where we showcase local musician’s township jazz, as well as more contemporary and progressive musicians. Reminiscent of their traditional backgrounds, many jazz musicians took influence from their surroundings, incorporating funk, RnB, soul, Marabi and Kwela. As they interacted with foreigners, they instilled Western influences in their songs, but kept their distinct sound. The contemporary tracks have an experimental feel to the music, comprising of different tempos, fusion of sub-genres and vocalist variety.


Jazzuary Unplugged sessions showcase contemporary and traditional jazz compositions. They open the dialogue about young musicians taking the baton of jazz into the next level, which encourages interaction and collaboration between the mature and the emerging musician.


Listeners can look forward to up and coming Live and Unplugged shows throughout the month.

11 January:

The Art of Sunday with Brenda Sisane at 1pm

The World Show with Nicky B at 7pm.

18 January:

The World Show with Nicky B at 7pm.

22 January:

Late Nite with Nonn at 9pm

23 January:

Georgie in the Afternoon at 2pm

25 January:

The Art of Sunday with Brenda Sisane at 1pm.

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Big names for first Algoa FM Music Concert

Posted by radio On December - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Some of the country’s favourite entertainers will be in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, March 7, for the first Algoa FM “Algoa Live” concert.

algThe line-up includes eight top national acts including Mi Casa, Jimmy Nevis, Kurt Darren, Prime Circle, Lloyd Cele, Goldfish and Stuart Reece.


“As the leading music station in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route we see the need – and the opportunity – to give fans the chance to see their favourite South African artists live on stage,” says Dave Tiltmann, managing director of Algoa FM.


The seven hour concert is being staged in Prince Alfred Park at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“It is seldom that you will find so many national acts of this calibre appearing in a single concert. This is a real coup for Port Elizabeth,” says Tiltmann.


There are plans to stage the concert annually. We know it will grow to become a popular sought-after event both locally and nationally”.


Concert tickets will be available from 6am on Thursday, 18 December and are being sold at R150 for adults and R80 for children (under 18).


Tickets will be available online via Ticketpros on or purchased at participating PostNet outlets within the station’s broadcast area; including Beacon Bay, Vincent, Grahamstown, Uitenhage , in Port Elizabeth at Metlife Plaza, Moffett on Main, PE Waterfront Express, Sunridge Village, The Acres, The Bridge and Walmer.


Visit for further detail on the concert.

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