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Let your MUSIC make more MONEY for you

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Gone are the days of musicians making lots of money only to lose it all in a short period. Today, with knowledge and a passion for expansion beyond talent, there are ways in which musicians can sustain or revive a fading career

music about money

Billionaires’ club


Dr Dre is one of the interesting success stories of “beyond talent”. He is one of two billionaires in the hip hop music industry. Dre hasn’t released an album in more than 10 years, and 10 years ago was nowhere on the list of top earners in music, until the launch of ‘Beats By Dre’ – a headphone company he co-founded, and which was subsequently bought by Apple for $3, 2 billion.  The headphones rode on the popularity of his street credibility as a rapper from the early 90s and reputation as a producer.


“Any musician should know that talent is a gift that should be enhanced with skill and knowledge in order to make a success of it in the music business,” says Velile Sithole, managing director of Native Rhythms, a company that specialises in music production, event and artist management.


“While not all musicians are trained in the business of music, it is still important to acquire business knowledge to make it in this industry, not forgetting that the possibility of becoming a one-hit wonder and being forgotten is always there…”


For a successful career in music, Sithole advises that musicians get knowledge and develop business strategies to make sure that music translates into a successful business.




In South Africa, Kabelo Mabalane, former member of Kwaito group TKZEE, has continued to stay relevant and make money from television shows despite having been away from the studio for some time. After Mabalane released his album Bouga Love (2004) he was signed on by Reebok becoming the first South African to have a shoe line named after him.


When DJ Sbu’s music was topping charts in 2010, Audi made him their brand ambassador, sponsoring him with the then top-of-the-range Audi TT roadster. The “off-the-music” trend has grown and today musicians easily make more money from endorsements than from album sales and live performances combined.


At just 20 years of age, Canadian pop superstar, Justin Bieber, entered the business world as a venture capitalist and technology investor. Bieber made his first start-up investment in 2009 putting millions of dollars in Stamped, Spotify, and game-for-good company SoJo Studios.


Today he makes money from promoting products as simple as toothbrushes and luxury products such as perfume.




Sithole advises that from the onset musicians should think of themselves as potential brands if they are going to pursue a successful career in the entertainment business.


To get to play in the big league, musicians must explore ways in which they can make their talent profitable. South Africa has made great strides in music synchronising – where music is used in films, TV shows, games and or adverts.


There are a number of companies that specialise in identifying music to use for films, TV shows, and games. Publishing companies also play a significant role in identifying synchronising opportunities.


Tips to help you go beyond talent:


Stay up-to-date with business trends and information. Knowledge will sustain your career. Know what’s going on in the world around you.

Position yourself as a brand, identify you target market, and brand or rebrand to attract your target market.

Identify ways in which your brand can expand into other areas of business.

Draw up a business strategy outlining how will reach your goals.

You don’t have to be Dr Dre, but you can identify your unique offering and market it well.

It’s what you can do beyond talent that will set you apart.

Don’t be a one-hit wonder; expand, explore, make mistakes, get up and try all over again, and never give up!



This article was first published by SAMRO, for more visit

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Young SA muso ready to take on the music world

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Music lies deep in South Africa’s roots, a lullaby to so many of her children and, for some like budding musician MenZi, their childhood companion and first love. Now fourteen, MenZi has already written, recorded and released his first single and has started building a reputation for excellence that is more than likely going to take him forward into a notable career in music.


MenZi was born Menziwokuhle Sipho Mbuyazi in London. Before he turned one he moved to South Africa and has mostly lived in Johannesburg since. Just before he turned three, MenZi was taken to his first violin lesson, and as his skill developed, so too did his love of music grow. He still plays the violin and has extended his interests to the drums and piano, from which he composes his music. He is a member of his school’s Chapel Choir and, following auditions, MenZi made it into the KZN Midlands Youth Choir for 2015.


Like many young South Africans, sport is MenZi’s other passion. When not practicing or tinkering on the piano, he is on the sports field participating in all three of South Africa’s national sports — soccer, rugby and cricket. In 2014 he was selected to represent the U14 KZN Midlands provincial team for soccer.


MenZi’s first single, Beautiful, was written by himself and a friend, Michael Carelse, during the school holidays in 2013. Beautiful was recorded at Orangotang Studios and was produced by Andrew Baird. Currently on YouTube in its musical form, MenZi hopes to soon shoot the music video to accompany Beautiful.


Beautiful is available for downloading and can be purchased through the iTunes Store and SoundCloud.


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Simfy africa announces top songs of 2014

Posted by radio On December - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Simfy africa users have spoken, voting with their listening choices.  simfy africa today announced the most popular streamed tracks, albums and artists of 2014. This diverse playlist shows the depth of simfy africa’s 27 million strong catalogue and features the hits of the year – all live on simfy africa on the day of release – including many SA and international favourites such as George Ezra, Pitbull, Goldfish, Nico & Vinz, Awolnation, Dr Victor and more.


Artist, Song & Album of the Year


Song of the year is clearly ‘Pluto’ by DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg which smashed the charts this year, and features a collaboration to watch in 2015.


Beatenberg had this to say about being named Song of the Year, “Thank you to all of our simfy supporters. Keep streaming, keep dreaming. Look out for our new track ‘Beauty Like a Tightened Bow’ on simfy.”


On the international front, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams  was the clear winner, a song which has grabbed streaming charts across the globe, and is set to stand the test of time.


SA Artist of the Year goes to the enigmatic Jeremy Loops, a definite favourite in the plays logs and an artist who has dominated conversation in South Africa this year.  On hearing of the honour, Loops commented “ I am a huge proponent for online streaming services and getting  music to the people. It’s important. So it is such an honour to get this recognition from simfy africa, who were the first true streaming service in South Africa. Thank you!”


International Artist of the Year goes to John Legend, who delighted local fans with his hugely popular SA tour, his exclusive ‘South Africa edition’ release, and his appearance on the SA ‘X Factor’ as our very first international artist.


Album of the Year was a great debate in the simfy africa office but had to go to The Kiffness for their fresh and distinctly SA sound on ‘The Kiff’.  Dave Scott from The Kiffness simply commented “Thank you simfy for this kiff award. I am happy.”


International album of year was awarded to Sam Smith for ‘In The Lonely Hour’.  With numerous number ones over the course of the year, he took over our charts and its obvious that users love him.


Breakthrough Artist of the Year had to go to dynamic SA artist Matthew Mole.  Matthew has grabbed attention this year, with his radio singles, sold out gigs and high profile support slots.   Kiesza takes the international award for her unique sound, merging the 90s with a modern day house sound.


The simfy africa music team also felt that the Robin Schulz Remix of ‘Waves’ by Mr Probz deserved a special mention as the best Remix of the Year.


Artists to watch in 2015 in South Africa are Monark and The Soil, and on the international front, Royal Blood.


Favourite User of the Year


simfy africa has also crowned their favourite user of the year ‘louis77’ with an incredible 88 894 plays in the year, and the creation of 22 unique playlists.   ‘Louis77’ commented, when told of his winning status, that ‘simfy africa has changed my life.  I would never want to be without it again’.


Users overall listened to tens of millions of tracks over the year, and created over 150 000 playlists, but this user really stands out as a true music lover.


Popular playlists are truly #LoudlySouthAfrica with words such as Africa, Braai, Madiba, 80s, 90s, lekker, drive, tunes and of course, love.  Exercise is a popular theme in playlists with topics such as run, gym, power, yoga and more.


Simfy Africa announced their soon-to-be-launched Windows 8.1 application at in November 2014, adding to their range of iOS, Android, BlackBerry [legacy / BB10] and desktop applications.  The service has grown from strength to strength since launch in August 2014, and has introduced such innovative features as autocaching, low bandwidth streaming and a fully mobile focus.


MTN simfy ambassador Jimmy Nevis commented that his favourite SA artists this year were Mi Casa and Matthew Mole, and his favourite SA song had to be Mafikizolo ‘Happy’.  Fellow ambassador Catherine Grenfell picked Cassper Nyovest as her SA artist of the year and agreed wholeheartedly on the simfy africa choices for Song of the Year, commenting that these were ‘clearly the winners in my opinion!’


The full top 100 songs list is on the simfy africa blog at or listen to the playlist at


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The Best Of SA Music just got better

Posted by radio On December - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Amstel is once again bringing their highly anticipated Amstel Golden Hour to the Durban Jazz Festival. This year, they have something unforgettable planned – a collaboration between South African legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the kings of house music, Micasa.  


The Amstel Golden Hour is all about turning one hour of the country’s most loved music festivals into something truly spectacular. This is done through epic staging, lighting and sound technology, but mostly it comes down to the acts. These often consist of amazing and unexpected collaborations that Amstel puts together to celebrate the time and enjoyment that goes into making the best of South African music. On 26 December, Micasa will share the stage with Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo for what is bound to be a truly unforgettable music experience.


Formed more than 50 years ago, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have become one of South Africa’s most prolific recording artists and have received countless accolades worldwide. “They are the perfect example of what happens when you take your time to perfect your craft and as a beer that does the same, Amstel couldn’t be prouder to be featuring them at this year’s event”, says Lance Dodgen, Amstel’s Brand Manager.


Micasa on the other hand have only been around for four years but in that time they have managed to be number one on every major South African radio and music video chart, opened for numerous international acts and have won three of the most highly coveted music awards at the SAMAs, making them a South African music sensation in their own right. Lance comments, “The fact that Micasa started out as three strangers who decided to freestyle together on a stage at a rooftop party and now, just a few years later, they are one of the hottest bands in the country, is testimony to their hard work and dedication, and it makes them a worthy partner to share the stage with a true South African legend.”


The isicathamiya and mbube vocal styles of a choral group merged with the unique urban jazz sounds of a house band, will give festival goers an hour they’ll never forget and one that is guaranteed to be the highlight of the festival.


The Amstel Golden Hour at this year’s Durban Jazz Festival will take place on Friday 26 December at the Main Music festival.

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This weekend the Mapungubwe Arts and Heritage Festival kicks off with the much anticipated Street Carnival on Friday the 5th and the Gospel Festival being held at the Polokwane Cricket Grounds on 6 December 2014. Gospel greats Solly Mahlangu, Sipho Makhabane and Worship House will be joined by nine local gospel acts in what promises to be an event that will raise hearts and voices.


The gospel festival, which starts at 11h00 is just one of the many exciting events taking place this week (5 -13 December) in Limpopo at the Mapungubwe Arts and Heritage Festival. Celebrating all that is great about the province, the week will showcase local artists and promote one of South Africa’s most beautiful heritage sites.


This gospel festival’s outstanding line-up is then matched the following week at the Jazz and Heritage Festival taking place on 13th December, at the Polokwane Cricket Grounds. Starting at 11h00 the event features some of Limpopo, South Africa and Africa’s most exciting jazz performances. Afro-pop singer song writer Salif Keita (Mali), known for his reputation as the “Golden Voice of Africa” will be joined by local legends Hugh Masekela, Bhudaza, Jimmy Dludlu, Jonas Gwangwa, Thomas Chauke, Joe Shirimane, Colbert Mukwevho, Ringo Madlingozi, Candy and Limpopo’s own Selaelo Selota. The Jazz and Heritage Festival will also feature the following new and developing artists from the region: Advocate Bongororo, Lejekeje, Ricky Sekhale, Muzo Brothers, Ntsikwana, Brian Bomba, Malondolo, Innocent, Tyfenny and Mopedy. Tickets for the Jazz and Heritage Festival cost R100 and children under 12yrs are free.


Every day, the Limpopo story will be shared with audiences from 18h00 -23h00 at the Polokwane Library Gardens Hall by various groups local groups, ensembles and comedians. This includes Get Down Productions – Upfront on the 8 December, Polokwane Ensembles – Good story to tell;  on the 9th December and a night of laughter with comedians Mashabela Galane, Thapelo, Collen Chepie and on 12 December. Entrance is free to all of these performances (Friday the 12th) .


Other events include the colourful Cultural Carnival, which will take place on 5 December and will include various local artists, musicians and cultural groups. There will also be an arts and craft market running every day at the SABC Park from 5 December to 12 December.  On the 11 December,  DJ Oskido, DJ Magubane -Munghana Lonene, DJ Jones Phalaphala FM and DJ Boeli Thobela FM will ensure that the Polokwane Shisa-Nyama (Opposite ANC Office) is the place to be. The event starts at 18h00 and entrance is free.


“The Mapungubwe Arts Festival fosters social cohesion, unity and nation building for the diverse population in our country. It is educational in nature, exposing the younger generation to our local artistic talent.  This event further encourages tourism into our Province which has positive economic spin-offs” said MEC Ndalane.


Ticket bookings can be made at Computicket.


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Joyous Celebration Member Passes Away

Posted by radio On December - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It is with profound sadness that Joyous Celebration choir announce the untimely passing away of one our members, Thembelihle Mbanjwa nee Sukazi.


The late Lihle Mncwango

The late Lihle Mncwango

She passed away in a fatal car accident that left another colleague, drummer Sabu Satsha in a critical condition in hospital as well as her cousin. They had been travelling by car to Johannesburg from a performance in Kimberley.


The accident took place on the early hours of 30th November.


“We as the Joyous Celebration choir family are extremely shocked and sadden by the news and would like to send our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and ask our fans to keep both Satsha and Sukazi’s cousin in their prayers,” Jabu Hlongwane – one of the founding members.


Sabu Satsha

Sabu Satsha

We kindly request that the Mbanjwa, Sukazi and Satsha families be allowed the space and privacy they deserve during this painful time.


Funeral details will be communicated during the week.

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Euphonik Returns with For the love of House

Posted by radio On December - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

With “For The Love of House vol. 5” being an award-winning album there is no doubt that the fans are expecting a lot from Euphonik’s next offering. This House music aficionado never disappoints and it looks like this time won’t be any different.


Euphonik is not only a  household name in South Africa but has a strong following internationally as well. Jetsetting from Sydney to Miami and almost everywhere in between, he has entertained hundreds of thousands of fans across five different continents. This includes the SA Miami Invasion tour which himself and DJ Fresh have been dominating for the past four years, delivering South African sounds to the rest of the world.


Not forgetting his humble beginnings of small town Likazi in Mpumalanga, Euphonik remains loyal to his fans. As a staple in the South African club scene, he gigs almost every night performing in all the colourful cities of the country. Besides his busy gig guide and weekly show on national radio station 5FM, Euphonik still finds time to tend to his entrepreneurial itch. 2014 saw him and DJ Kent open their own clothing store in the Johannesburg city of Braamfontein.




The sixth edition of the series does not resemble one of a business man who has no time to tend to his first love and true passion. Music is still the foundation of Euphonik’s life and fans can expect an expertly compiled album.  Euphonik’s “For The Love of House Vol. 6” included smash hits from 2o14 such as Zhu’s ‘Faded’ (extended club mix), Nathan Mayor’s ‘Do It All’ and Hyenah’s ‘The Wish’ (Dub Version). As a special treat, two of Euphonik’s own songs also feature on the album – one of them being the popular ‘Love High’ featuring Mpumi.


Another cleverly crafted dance album – done in a way that only Euphonik can.

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Channel O Music Video Awards , the low down

Posted by radio On December - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Africa’s biggest night in music, the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, was once more a massive celebration of the crème de la crème of the music industry.


East and Southern Africa reigned supreme in the form of Tanzania’s Diamond and South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest and who scooped the most awards on the night.


Bongo Flava recording artist Diamond Platnumz proved that he too is a force to be reckoned with when he took home the Most Gifted Newcomer, Most Gifted Afro Pop as well as Most Gifted East awards for his breakout hit Number One.

Cassper, who has been on a winning streak this year and most recently celebrated his debut album Tsholofelo going Gold – earned wins for Most Gifted Male, Most Gifted Southern and the biggest award of the night the Jameson Most Gifted Video of the Year categories with his catchy club banger Doc Shebeleza. Cassper beat the likes of DJ Clock, Tiwa Savage, K.O, Riky Rick, Burna Boy, Emmy Gee including the Prince of Hip Hop himself A.K.A who were also nominated in the latter category.


Up against Nigeria’s Seyi Shay. Mozambique’s Liza James, SA’s Thembi Seete and Bucie, Eminado featuring one of the continent’s most well-respected producers, Don Jazzy, and garnered a win for Tiwa Savage in the Most Gifted Female category. KCEE won the Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring award for their song Pull Over, beating K.O, who undoubtedly had one of the biggest songs of the year. The awards for the equally competitive categories of Most Gifted Kwaito and Most Gifted Hip Hop went to Uhuru featuring Oskido and Professor for Y-Tjukutja and AKA for Congratulate respectively.

Other winners included Busiswa (Most Gifted Dance – Ngoku), Buffalo Souljah (Most Gifted Ragga/Dancehall– Turn Up), Donald (Most Gifted R’n’B – Crazy But Amazing) and Olamide (Most Gifted West – Turn Up).


The only award not determined by public votes, the coveted Special Recognition Award went to South African hitmakers Boom Shaka. Channel O paid homage with a tribute to the pioneering group that dared to be different and ultimately shaped the Kwaito genre in the 90s.

Bucie and Busiswa took to the stage and joined remaining group members Junior Sokhela, Theo Nhlengethwa and Thembi Seete and paid tribute to fallen band member Lebo Mathosa with an emotional rendition of the group’s song Free, concluding with a spectacular trip down memory lane with the mega hits Thobela and It’s About Time.


In true Channel O Africa Music Video Awards style, the night was dominated by never-seen-before collaborations and mash-ups. K.O and A.K.A had the crowd in a frenzy when they opened the show with their hit songs Caracara and Run Jozi. Other mind blowing performances included Tsekede and Yaya by Dreamteam and DJ Dimplez featuring Anatii respectively; Patoranking featuring Tiwa Savage (Girlie ‘O remix); Bucie (Easy to Love); Donald (Unpredictable); Davido (Aye); Lil Kesh (Shoki remix); Riky Rick (Amantombazane remix); Cassper Nyovest (Doc Shebeleza) and Emmy Gee’s Rands and Nairas remix.


“Events like the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards happen once a year, but the artists are constantly at work perfecting their craft. Having the privilege to witness that hard work in one night and on one stage is an incredible feeling. Channel O has always provided musicians with a platform to showcase their talent and tonight was no exception.

As Africans we have come a long way and I would like to thank those individuals who make a valuable contribution towards making the African music industry a masterpiece that we can all be proud of,” says Channel O Africa Manager Leslie Kasumba.


In their 11th year running and hosted by Eku Edewor of Africa Magic’s Jara and Vuzu’s Siyabonga Ngwekazi the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards were broadcast LIVE from the sold out mammoth Expo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg.

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Rudi Claase and Charne Hugo Release Double Album

Posted by radio On November - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


Spirited Afrikaans singing duo of Rudi Claase and Charne Hugo turned Rosebank into a spontaneous musical festival as they oozed out the best of their voices on Thursday at the launch of their double album aptly titled Asemrowend.

The top notch event, which was graced by a sizeable number of invited guests, was held at Universal Music and lived up to expectations as the duo showed off their latest offering, note by note.


The refreshing youthful and stylish contemporary pair put together vocal and orchestral splendour that is fused with a Midas touch which make modern music a joy to listen tune along. Asemrowend is built on a pillar vocal brand and from the first note it’s clear that these two great voices complement each other in an amazing way.

The album is a mix of heart warming lyrics and poignant melodies that leaves musical enthusiasts humming along. Some of the songs found in Asemrowend include Die Here wag reeds daar, Drome, Mille lune mille onde, Maggie and White Rose of Athens.


The first single from the album titled Sing in die Reen, has just been released at its scuttling waves on local radio music charts. The song delves at life’s misfortunes and how can overcome such obstacles in order to achieve their goals.


“This song is a metaphor for so many things in our lives because Charne and I have both experienced so much rain. But you get to a point where you choose not to let the storm wash away your talent. You have to get up and understand that the sun will come out again and this is exactly what this song and album is about,” Rudi testified.

The group also had a video shoot for the song “Sing in die Reen”, which is the first single from the Asemrowend album.

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5FM is synonymous with promoting the biggest and best international music acts that visit South Africa. The Foo Fighters will be touring SA for the first time in South Africa and the excitement is building up for the Foo Fighter fans.



The eleven times Grammy award winning rock band will be performing in South Africa at Cape Town stadium on the 10 December 2014 and at FNB stadium on the 13 December 2014.  The local opening acts for the Foo Fighters are Kaiser Chiefs and Blk Jks.



5FM announced today that they will be giving away six meet and greets to their listeners – three in Cape Town and three in Johannesburg. It is easy to win with 5FM all you need to do is the following:



  • SMS your Foo Fighters ticket barcode to 45555, first word “FooFan” and remember to include your name.


  • Then tune into Fresh@ Five to find out if you will be meeting The Foo Fighters in person!


  • Get your tickets for the Foo Fighters live in SA now at


  • SMSes charged at R1.50. Prize does not include Foo Fighter concert tickets.
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