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The who’s who of the South African music industry can be seen in a fascinating new documentary about SAMRO to be aired on SABC1 on Sunday, 1 September 2013.

 

Titled Notes 2 Notes, the documentary was commissioned by SAMRO to commemorate its 50-year anniversary. It will be broadcast on SABC 1 on 1 September 2013 at 18h30 and will be repeated on 4 September 2013 at 13h30.

 

The 48-minute programme explores the company’s eventful history, as seen through the eyes of major industry players and presented in context with the development of contemporary music in the country. The documentary was produced by Emmy Award-winning local production house Rapid Blue and directed by Sara Blecher, with assistance from respected music guru Lloyd Ross. 

 

Notes 2 Notes charts the story of SAMRO from its modest beginnings in 1961 to the global Copyright Asset Management Services company it is today, protecting the intellectual property of over 12 000 members. It provides insights into how the music industry was shaped by the politics of the day, and how the organization had to find ways of adapting to serve all its members.

 

Shooting the documentary required six months of production and dozens of people, from composers and producers to SAMRO employees, were interviewed for their memories and views. This included members of the pioneering Roos family that founded SAMRO, as well as former SAMRO chief executives Rob Hooijer and Nick Motsatse, who took over the reins of a family-run organization and ushered in a new era for the organization.

 

“We wanted to not only pay homage to the roots of SAMRO as it reached its 50-year milestone, but also to highlight the people who played such a vital role in shaping it and setting its course during that time,” explains SAMRO CEO Sipho Dlamini.

 

The documentary team also interviewed former Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAMRO, Annette Emdon and eminent composer Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo, as well as musicians such as Simphiwe Dana, Kesivan Naidoo, Bongani Fassie, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and HHP.

 

Kee-Leen Irvine, Managing Director of Rapid Blue, relates: “We were really excited when SAMRO approached us to produce a documentary marking their 50th anniversary. We have huge admiration and respect for the work of the Roos family.”

 

Although Rapid Blue produces glossy television shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, SA’s Got Talent and Come Dine with Me, the company has a special affinity for documentaries – and, in fact, won an Emmy for Lion’s Trail, the story of Solomon Linda.

 

Irvine says they were delighted to learn that the commissioned documentary was not intended purely as a public relations vehicle for SAMRO: “Nick made it clear that he wanted a documentary that was truthful and fair. He also wanted to very clearly reflect the vision, passion and legacy of the Roos family.”

 

Adds Tiyani Maluleke, SAMRO’s General Manager: Marketing: “We specifically brought an independent production house of Rapid Blue’s calibre and stature on board because we were intent on the documentary being a warts-and-all account of SAMRO that didn’t gloss over any important details of the company’s history. So viewers will be getting the full story – and it’s truly an absorbing tale.”

 

Tune in to SABC1 at 18h30 on Spring Day, 1 September and 4 September 2013, to see music history come alive in Notes 2 Notes – the story of SAMRO.

 

For more information on SAMRO, visit www.samro.org.za.

 

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ONE GOSPEL – Inspired Lyric Competition

Posted by radio On August - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

ONE Gospel, channel 331 DStv, is launching the Inspired Lyric Competition starting on the 1st of September until November 2013. The competition is aimed at providing a platform for songwriters across the African Continent

 

ONE Gospel is inviting lyricists from across the continent to write and submit their work. From these entries the 3 top lyrics will be chosen. The three finalists will have their songs put to music and performed by Mahalia Buchanan, Loyiso Bala and Solly Mahlangu. These three songs will be released as music videos on ONE Gospel and as singles across various Christian radio stations as part of our 6thBirthday celebrations on the 1st of November.

 

Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite of the three songs and a final winner will be announced at the end of November 2013. The winner of the competition will receive a further R10, 000.00 cash prize, and the two runners up will receive a R5000.00 cash prize.

 

Loyiso Bala who will be performing one of the songs commented: “Gospel music is not a genre but rather the message within a genre. Lyrical content is the most important aspect of creating a gospel song. I am really honoured to be involved in this project because it is not about us finding the best gospel singer, but the real star behind a successful song; the lyricist”.

 

Through 1 September – 30 September 2013, anybody aged 18 years and older, who would like to put their song writing skills into action, must submit their lyrics via the email to info@onegospel.co.za. There is more information about the competition on the ONE Gospel website www.onegospel.co.za, including competition rules and the entry form.

 

The aim of the channel is to contribute to the development of gospel music and promote it amongst various nations throughout the world. The channel gives exposure to artists producing gospel music, and this competition gives the people behind the music a chance to showcase their talent, and this will inspire other upcoming songwriters to share their talent with the music industry.

 

ONE Gospel is a 24 hour Christian music channel, in-between, with over a million viewers in South Africa alone. The channel also broadcasts to the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, East Africa and much of West Africa. The channel has been broadcasting since November 2007 and can be found on any DStv decoder by tuning into Channel 331

 

 

For more information contact:

tshegot@urbanbrew.co.za

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There’s a great opportunity for professionals working within the music industry in South Africa to apply to attend the Music Showcase at the World Music Expo (WOMEX) taking place from the 23rd-27th October 2013 in Cardiff, Wales, UK. 

 

The British Council’s Music Showcases programme will include networking, learning and sharing opportunities for music programmers, festival managers, independent label managers and music managers. Attendees will have the opportunity to build relationships with UK counterparts directly, see UK artists, network and get a sense of the UK market.

 

Applicants who are chosen to go will receive funding, which will cover flights (Johannesburg/Cape Town – London), accommodation (four nights), local transports (airport transfer, return train to Cardiff), delegate pass, and visa costs. 

 

Please note that grants are for individuals working within the live music environment; musicians, managers, promoters, producers, agents, and other music industry operators. 

 

For your application to be considered you must:

Be established in South Africa

Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, not acting as an intermediary

 

Every application must include: 

Evidence that you are a musician or music industry professional.

Evidence of your track record may  include press coverage, website links, evidence of prizes, public appearances or residencies, CV, etc.

 

Application forms are available on www.womex.com and the submission deadline is strictly Friday 23rd August 2013

 

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SAMRO opens satellite office in Durban

Posted by radio On August - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

From  August 2013, SAMRO will be even more accessible to members with the opening of a new satellite office in Durban.

In an effort to make interaction with SAMRO easier for members and those hoping to become members, the organisation is opening up satellite offices around the country, including in Durban.

 

The Executive General Manager for Rights Holder Services at SAMRO, Pfanani Lishivha, explains: “We want to have contact centres in all the provinces, as we have members throughout the country.”

 

SAMRO’s head office is based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. This previously meant that if someone wanted to apply for membership or to notify their works, they would need to travel to Johannesburg, which can be time-consuming and expensive. They could have also sent their information by post, which would potentially have taken a long time – with no guarantee that the information would arrive.

 

“To combat this problem, we have decided to team up with other organisations in the music and arts industry to assist us in setting up satellite offices,” adds Lishivha. “SAMRO already has one working satellite centre in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, and the BAT Centre in Durban will be the second of this kind.”

 

The BAT Centre is a general base for the arts, including drama, visual arts and music, in KwaZulu-Natal. From 1 August, trained staff will be able to help with applications for membership, notifications of works, and so on. SAMRO is seeking out similar bases in other provinces with links to the arts world. “The BAT Centre in Durban is akin to the Newtown Precinct in Johannesburg,” explains Lishivha. “It’s a place of networking for the arts industry.”

 

Apart from these satellite centres being points of contact for SAMRO members and would-be members, they will also be used to look for music creators that are believed to reside in the surrounding areas.

 

“Sometimes we need to pay royalties to someone but we do not have that member’s bank account number,” says Lishivha, “and we want these centres to help us find these people so we can pay them the money owed to them.”

 

Also, if someone needs to confirm the authorship of a song, notification of works forms can be signed at these centres. “We are currently exploring opening centres in Polokwane and in Bloemfontein, to make processes simpler, easier and more efficient for our members and would-be members,” says Lishivha.

 

 

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The Idols are back!

Posted by radio On July - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s most talked-about talent competition, Idols SA, returns to our screens for a resounding ninth season on Sunday, 28 July at 17:30.

 

Once again, the series is a co-production between the two powerhouse pay-television channels M-Net and Mzansi Magic, which will simulcast all the episodes. And, as per usual, viewers can tune into the Idols Extra channel, channel 199, for more angelic, audacious or cringe-worthy auditions.

 

This season, however, Idols SA is hitting the refresh button with a special highlights episode featuring more auditions, new sets, amazing talent and an exciting move to the city of Tshwane.

 

The Idols Top 10 Spectacular Shows and Live Results Shows will take place at the state-of-the-art auditorium at the Moreleta Park Church in Pretoria East, while the finalists will be determined by the group phase performances at the State Theatre.

 

“Going to these venues in Tshwane opens up opportunities to take Idols to the next level,” says M-Net’s Head of Communications, Lani Lombard. “The auditorium, for example, can seat more than 6 000 Idols fans and crowds of new people who haven’t been exposed to the magic of live Idols performances will be able to experience these spectacular stage-shows first-hand.”

 

M-Net and Mzansi Magic will release information about the ticket sales shortly.

 

“In the meantime, be sure you’re part of every step in the Idols journey by watching the lead-up to the Spectaculars,” continues Lombard.

 

The first episode of Idols SA Season 9 (Sunday, 28 July at 17:30) covers the Cape Town auditions, where Idols judge Unathi Msengana desperately tries to persuade her increasingly-picky counterparts Randall Abrahams and Gareth Cliff to give more singers the green light.

 

The following week, (Sunday, 4 August) thousands of wannabes rock up at the Durban auditions to follow in the famous footsteps of last year’s winner Khaya Mthethwa and in Episode 4 (Sunday 11, August) it’s Gauteng’s chance to impress the judges.

 

But, as a special treat to viewers, M-Net and Mzansi Magic have added a fourth bonanza auditions episode to this year’s line-up. On Sunday, 18 August, you can enjoy a range of clips that weren’t part of the first three episodes.

 

“This year’s auditions were extra special,” explains Idols SA’s Executive Producer, Gavin Wratten. “The volume of fantastic footage just warranted an additional episode.”

 

Idols SA will be on M-Net and Mzansi Magic from Sunday, 28 July until Tuesday, 26 November, when the Live Finale takes place. The Idols Extra channel 199 will run from Sunday 28, July after the first episode, at 19:00 until the end of the Theatre Phase.

 

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Fete De La Musique back on!

Posted by radio On July - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The Fête de La Musique held in Melville in 2012 was celebrated by more than 5,000 people and was one of the first events of the France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013. Based on  last year’s success, and now dubbed Melville Music Day, the event, with support from a range of sponsors, promises to be even bigger and better.

 

This year, as was last year, the street will brought to life up with over 30 live performances along 7th Street, within restaurants and bars!

 

This year the event will also feature a wide range of live music, food, drinks,  and also a touch of French flair. The 2nd  annual“Fête de La Musique”, Melville Music Day welcomes everyone, including families with the addition this year of a youth zone at Faan Smit Park, an additional food market, pop-up shops and secure designated paid parking areas.

 

Melville Music Day is free and open to the  public  and is a fun and exciting showcase of diverse local music, celebrated in a safe and inclusive atmosphere that brings commnunities together in a special moment – through music.

This year’s music line-up includes, Jeremy Labelle a DJ from the Reunion Island, Stone Aged Souls, The Means, Shadow Club, Nakhane Toure, The Muffinz, Planet Lindela, Francophone Choir, Bongeziwe Mabandla and much more.

 

Visitors will also be able to enjoy have unique experiences offered by the sponsors, Converse, Redbull, and Renault’s Va-va-voom experience, and Kaya FM who will be doing live crossovers from the event.

 

In addition meet the team of the Alliance Française in their dedicated space at Melon situated at 9 7th Street Melville, Johannesburg.  The zone is an intimate French quarter with French style catering made by our partners “Chocola J” and more.

Important information for Fête de la Musique-goers and Melville residents:

 

* 7TH Street is pedestrian friendly for the entire day

* Youth zone closes at 5pm

* Event starts from 12pm to 8pm

* Road closure: starts as early as 6am, on the day, roads will be closed in the following

perimeter: from 8th street to 5th street and from 1st avenue to 5th avenue.

* Parking: four officials designated paid parking areas

 

The “Fête de La Musique”, Melville Music Day, is presented by:

  • ·         The Melville Resident Association
  • ·         The Melville Business Community
  • ·         The Alliance Francaise of Johannesburg
  • ·         The French Institute of South Africa

And with the generous support of

  • ·         Converse
  • ·         Renault
  • ·         Redbull
  • ·         Kaya FM
  • ·         Dibukids
  • ·         The University of Johannesburg
  • ·         Sight and Sound
  • ·         Région Réunion
  • ·         France Volontaire
  • ·         FEDER

 

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Just Music is proud to announce a performance by one of 2013’s international breakthrough artists, ROBERT DELONG live at the Just Music Sessions.

As part of their 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, Just Music has committed to making 2013 a musical year to remember, starting with DeLong performing an intimate show at The World of Yamaha Theatre in Sandton on the 12th of August.  Robert will also be performing at this year’s Oppikoppi Festival.

 

Robert Delong, best known for his 5FM Top 5 smash hit Global Concepts, with it’s catchy hook: Did I leave my life to chance? Or did I make you fucking dance?”

 

 and his latest single Happy, is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist who presents a striking one-man show using keyboards, laptops, video game controllers, drums and lights, whilst delivering flawless vocals.  His energetic show builds giant songs up from scratch and is truly a rare and unique experience to see live.

 

DeLong is one-man futuristic dance party with beats as cerebral as Orbital and club-ready as Calvin Harris, DeLong is also a profoundly gifted singer/songwriter who raises questions about identity and spirituality.  Those two elements join together on his debut album ‘Just Movement’, a dazzling collection of dance beats, pop hooks and thought-provoking queries that could very well be the soundtrack for 2013. 

 

Karl Anderson, CEO of Just Music, is thrilled to have Robert coming over to SA.  “Just Music is proud to have Glassnote Records artist Robert DeLong perform at the Just Music Sessions.  Having had the opportunity to see Robert perform live at Coachella earlier this year, South African fans are in for a special performance from one of 2013’s most exciting international breakthrough artists.”

 

Internationally, he is revered as the electronica whizz-kid from Washington and is highly respected in the dance world, with his popularity rising every day.

 

“Delong is a one-man dance party who performs his music live with a setup of up to 20 instruments ranging from drums and guitar, to a hacked Wii remote and flight simulator joystick mapped to midi controllers and gyros which control voice distortions” – LA Canvas.

 

His album Just Movement is currently sitting in the Number 16 spot for Best Album of 2013….So far.

 

Witness this true one-man band who sings, plays a full drum set and controls his loops via video game controls like Wii-motes, joysticks and game controllers, rocking Jo’burg live.  Just Music is making a limited number of tickets available now through ticketbreak.co.za for R100 to catch DeLong at The World of Yamaha Theatre. 

 

[Issued by Redflag]

 

 

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This week, two South African bands are jetting off to Spain to perform at some of the country’s major summer music festivals, thanks to a groundbreaking Spanish-South African cultural initiative supported by the SAMRO Foundation.

 

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) and Touchwood are set to bring their very different but distinctively African-flavoured musical stylings to a number of popular Spanish events for two weeks in July. 

 

They earned this rare opportunity to crack the international market as the winners of the recent Johannesburg Vis-à-Vis battle of the bands competition, an initiative to promote African music by Spanish institution Casa África, in co-operation with the Spanish Embassy in South Africa and the SAMRO Foundation.

 

Following the contest in April, Spanish cultural promoters and directors of some of the main summer festivals in Spain concluded that South Africa’s young musicians were “impressive” and that the array of styles on display was a good reflection of the country’s diversity.

 

Now, between 11 and 27 July 2013, BCUC and Touchwood will be performing for audiences from across Europe that flock to Spain to experience its dynamic summer festival circuit, including at the Canary Islands’ Jazz & Mas Festival (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), the Etnosur Festival (Alcalá La Real, Jaén), Pirineos Sur (Sállent de Gallego, Huesca), La Mar de Músicas (Cartagena), Cantos de Mujer (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and Festival Mumes (Tenerife). Also on the bands’ tour itinerary are concerts in Madrid, Burgos, Zaragoza and Oñati. 

 

BCUC, hailing from Soweto, is made up of five musicians, who achieve an intimate sound through the use of a bass drum, congas, guitar and multiple percussion instruments and whistles. BCUC integrates African indigenous rhythms with styles such as funk and soul, rooted in South African music traditions. They make music “for the people, by the people, with the people” in concerts that become “mystic experiences” for the audience. 

 

On the other end of the musical spectrum, Spanish audiences will meet Touchwood. This multi-instrumentalist  four-piece outfit introduces Southern African rhythms and an interesting array of instruments to the folk genre, including using the cello as a bass, the ukulele, violin, marimbas and stirring vocal harmonies. Their contemporary sound resembles what is known as “upbeat folk”, but which they term “Afro-gypsy-folk”. 

 

During their stay in Jo’burg, Spanish promoters were struck by the diversity and richness displayed by young up-and-coming musicians on the South African music scene, boding well for the future of local music in international markets.

 

The fourth edition of Vis-à-Vis, the Spanish cultural project organised by Casa África (which leads Spain’s public diplomacy with African countries), the Spanish Embassy and the SAMRO Foundation, was held in Johannesburg in April 2013. Previous editions took place in Senegal, Cape Verde and Ethiopia. The aim is to increase the access of Spanish audiences to African music, creating direct relations between the directors of Spanish summer festivals (known all around Europe and great tourist attractions) and African musicians and producers. 

For more information, visit www.samrofoundation.org.za or check out the following video links to hear samples of the bands’ music: 

BCUC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MepS5jKn57w&hd=1 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScaQQgCo5Xs

Touchwood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyZcmH3kf44 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li37wRYbBg0

 

SPANISH TOUR: TOUCHWOOD & BCUC – JULY 2013

Thursday 11th BCUC, Universidad de Burgos, Hospital del Rey, Time:19.45 

Thursday 11th Touchwood, Ciclo Cantos de Mujer, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Mala Vida (c/Clavel, 3), Time: 22.30 

Friday 12th Touchwood & BCUC, Festival Heineken Jazz y Más de Canarias, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sala The Paper Club.

Saturday 13th BCUC & Festival Mumes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Teatro Guimerá, Time: 20.30 

Monday 15th. Touchwood & BCUC, Festival Pirineos Sur, Escenario Sallent de Gallego’ Time: 22.30 

Wednesday 17th Touchwood & BCUC, Madrid, Sala Tempo (C/Duque de Osuna, 8), Time: 21.00 

Thursday 18th Touchwood, Zaragoza, Teatro Arbolé, Time: 22.00

Friday 19th Touchwood, Oñati (Guipuzcoa), Plaza San Antón, Time: 19.30 

Saturday 20th BCUC, Festival Etnosur, Alcalá La Real (Jaén), Escenario Etnosur, Time: 02.30 

Sunday 21st Touchwood, Festival Etnosur, Alcalá La Real (Jaén), Escenario Paseo de los Álamos, Time: 13.30 

Wednesday 24th BCUC, Oñati (Guipuzcoa)

Friday 26th BCUC, Zaragoza, Teatro Arbolé, Time: 22.00 

Saturday 27th BCUC, Festival La Mar de Músicas, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Time: 20.00 

 

[Issued by JT Communication Solutions on Behalf of SAMRO Foundation] 

 

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A dozen of the country’s most gifted young pianists have booked a date with destiny at the end of August, when they will compete for one of two sought-after R170 000 overseas scholarships offered by the SAMRO Foundation.

 

Over the past half-century the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition, which is one of South Africa’s most lucrative music education awards, has cemented its status as a desirable addition to any emerging musician’s CV.

 

The 2013 competition focuses on pianists and keyboard players, and this week the SAMRO Foundation announced the six semi-finalists in the Western Art Music and Jazz/Popular Music categories, who will vie for the scholarships.

In the Jazz/Popular Music category, the semi-finalists are Lifa Arosi, Bokani Dyer, Sibusiso Mashiloane, Wandile Molefe, Gabriel Montgomery and Nicholas Williams.

 

The Western Art (classical) Music candidates are Coila-Leah Enderstein, Jan Hugo, Sylvia Jen, Nina Phillips, Megan-Geoffrey Prins and Daniel Strahilevitz.

 

They will all take part in the intermediate round of the competition at the SABC’s M1 Studio in Auckland Park on Thursday, 29 August 2013, where they will be put through their musical paces by a panel of accomplished adjudicators. Two finalists in each genre will then be selected to go through to the final round, to be held at the same venue on Saturday, 31 August 2013.

 

The duel between the two classical and two jazz pianists is always highly charged and superbly entertaining, and serves as a ringing endorsement of the standard of musical talent coming out of the country’s university music programmes.

 

What is particularly gratifying, according to André le Roux, Executive General Manager of the SAMRO Foundation, is that through its various music study awards SAMRO is helping to build a tight-knit artistic family who are influential in the music world.

 

He explains that one of the semi-finalists, Gabriel Montgomery, has previously been the recipient of music study bursaries from SAMRO – and is now trying his luck at reeling in the big fish, the Overseas Scholarship. Two  candidates – Bokani Dyer and Sibusiso Mashiloane –entered the competition four years ago and made it to the finals, and have now set their sights on bagging the main prize the second time around. Another example of how SAMRO is continually ploughing back into the South African music family is that two previous scholarship winners are now serving on the judging panel.

 

“It shows SAMRO as a patron is not just supporting one-off events, but reinvesting in growing our cultural wealth and our community of musicians over time, the culmination of which is the scholarships competition, and being involved in their career trajectories thereafter.”

 

For more information, visit www.samrofoundation.org.za, or contact Naseema Yusuf at the SAMRO Foundation on 011 712 8417 or naseema.yusuf@samro.org.za.

 

[Source: Samro]

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All the Wawela Music Awards Winners

Posted by radio On July - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Original music was the big winner at the inaugural Wawela Music Awards on Friday night, at which the shining lights of South African songwriting were celebrated.

 

On Friday, 28 June 2013, a constellation of the country’s music stars gathered at the Sandton Convention Centre to pay tribute to an elite group of music composers and authors whose work has made a significant impact locally and abroad. 

 

Presented by Gareth Cliff and Azania Mosaka, the event aptly illustrated the power wielded by creators of original, homegrown music as guests were entertained by the eclectic sounds of The Soil, Phuzekhemisi and Koos Kombuis, with one of the highlights of the evening being an electrifying duet between Dorothy Masuku and Nhlanhla Nciza from Mafikizolo.

 

The isiZulu word “Wawela” means “to go beyond”, and this SAMRO initiative was launched to give credit to local music creators who have achieved excellence in their craft across various platforms, including composing for film, radio and television. 

 

The awards ceremony – the first of its kind in the country dedicated to honouring composers – saw the industry uniting to applaud the leading lights, trailblazers and unsung heroes of the South African music scene.

 

The Standard Awards were open to SAMRO members, who were required to submit entries accompanied by motivations. The major winner on the night was Kgomotso Mashigo, also known as jazzy-pop songstress Black Porcelain, who walked off with two awards: for Best Creative Album and Best Female Artist and Composer.

 

The sublime Lira was crowned Songwriter of the Year, while Tumi and the Volume were named South African Best Duo or Group. The multi-talented self-taught musician Daniel Baron took home the trophy for Best Male Artist and Composer.

 

Other winners were celebrated composer Philip Miller, whose score for the film Leaving Father was voted Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary, and former Via Afrika vocalist René Veldsman, whose music for the Shoprite advert was judged Best Song or Composition in a Radio Commercial.

 

Composer and sound designer Gregory Reveret took home the Wawela Music Award for Best Song or Composition in a Television Production, for Loxion Kulca Roots, while Jeramy James Barnard bagged top honours for best song or composition in a television commercial for his work on the Bells advert.

 

The judging panel, comprising respected names drawn from the industry, also handed out a number of Special Awards on the night. Among these were Inaugural Recognition Awards that honoured the immense contribution made by South Africans whose groundbreaking work has enriched the reputation of the local music industry.

 

The five awards went to Los Angeles-based film and television score composer and production music library pioneer Alan Lazar, who made his name in South Africa as a member of Mango Groove; world-renowned writer, composer and producer Mbongeni Ngema, whose Sarafina! musical took Broadway by storm; keyboard player, composer, producer, and studio and record label owner Sizwe Zako, who has taken local gospel music to dizzying heights; Golden Globe-nominated film music composer Trevor Jones, who went from District Six to the bright lights of Hollywood thanks to his twin passions for cinema and music; and Lebo M, the celebrated singer, songwriter, composer and musician whose music for The Lion King scooped a Grammy.

 

Jones also scooped the Breaking Through the Borders Award. JB Arthur, a South African Music Award- and Emmy Award-winning composer, musical arranger and producer, was rewarded for his international success with the Statistical Award for Broadcast and Live performances.

 

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the evergreen Dorothy Masuku, a pioneering force in Southern African music who continues to perform, enchant and inspire. And Johnny Clegg, one of the country’s most beloved musical sons who has sown the seeds of South African music around the world while producing work of a consistently high calibre, received the Prolific Catalogue of Works Award.

 

 

THE 2013 WAWELA MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS 

Best soundtrack in a feature film or theatric documentary: 

Philip Miller for Leaving Father 

Best song or composition in a television production: 

Gregory Reveret for Loxion Kulca Roots 

Best song or composition in a television commercial: 

Jeramy James Barnard for the Bells commercial 

Best song or composition in a radio commercial: 

Rene Veldsman for the Shoprite commercial 

Best creative album of the year: 

Black Porcelain for Invincible Summer 

Songwriter of the year: 

LIRA 

Best South African duo/group: 

Tumi and the Volume 

Best female artist & composer/co-composer: 

Black Porcelain 

Best male artist & composer/co-composer: 

Daniel Baron 

Statistical Award

JB Arthur

Wawela Inaugural Recognition Awards

– Alan Lazar

– Mbongeni Ngema

– Lebo M

– Trevor Jones

– Sizwe Zako

Breaking Through the Borders Award

Trevor Jones

Prolific Catalogue of Works Award

Johnny Clegg

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dorothy Masuku

 

 

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