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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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International stars line up to raise funds for Ebola

Posted by radio On November - 27 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Top ranking African musicians have lined up to throw weight behind MTN Group’s efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak. Several African artists will collaborate to sing a cover version of ‘We are the World’ to help raise much-needed funds to fight Ebola.


The collaboration is the first of its kind in Africa in terms of scale and number of artists involved, and will raise additional funds over and above the US$10 million pledge already made by the MTN Group to the African Union. The song will be available as a digital download in the first week of December. It will be available in Full Track, Tru Tone and Caller Tune formats. All proceeds from sales will be donated to the African Union.


Approximately 70 artists, made up mostly of MTN ambassadors and friends from all corners of Africa have confirmed their availability to record. Local artists who have confirmed include Donald, Mafikizolo, Lloyd Cele, Loyiso, Matthew Gold, Elvis Blue, Kurt Darren, The Arrows, MTN Joyous Celebration and Dr. Rebecca Malope. They will be joined by renowned artists from across the continent including Sean Tizzle (Nigeria), Jose Chameleone (Uganda), R2BEES (Ghana), Fally (DRC), Wax Dey (Cameroon), SK Originale (Ghana), Shinsoman (Zimbabwe), Gigi LaMayne (Zimbabwe), Davido (Nigeria), Chidinma (Nigeria), Sound Sultans (Nigeria), K-Cee (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania) and Banky W (Nigeria). Lindelani Mkhize is the lead producer of the song.


“Considering that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that there could be as many as 10,000 new EVD (Ebola Virus Desease) cases per week by December 2014, we needed to take immediate action,” says Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA. “A solid and original musical production of this nature is dependent on availability of artists, sufficient time to compose and produce original lyrics and instrumentation as well as adequate time to observe copyright and publishing administration. ‘We are the world’ was readily available for us to utilise for this campaign and has a positive history in raising awareness and funds for socially responsible projects. We believe it will achieve the desired results to assist in efforts to fight Ebola with the support of African artists, businesses and the public.”



Annetts adds: “MTN has always been and remains a proud supporter of South African music and artists. Our history in the sponsorship of awards that recognise local talent and our continuous relationship with various music entities such as MTN Joyous Celebration and Mafikizolo is testament to this. We will continue to support original South African productions and are planning the release of an original song featuring local and African artists in the new year. We will make the necessary announcements in the near future.”


MTN customers can also donate towards the cause by sending ‘Let’s End Ebola’ to 48866. SMS costs R10. MTN customers can download the Full tracks and Tru Tone for R10 or make it their Caller Tune for R3 by dialling *123*55#. Alternatively, the public can logon to to download.


“At MTN we are humbled to be part of this initiative where we leverage on mobile telephony and the pervasive power of music to make a positive change. We are also proud to be part of a rich African community that is willing to give its time, skills and creativity for free to be an agent of change in someone else’s life.”


“We are confident that our subscribers in South Africa and across the continent will support this initiative and rally behind us and the artists as we spread this message of hope,” concludes Annetts.

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Media and music powerhouse Moeti Tsiki, aka Mo Flava, has joined the elite club as one of 2015 Soul Candi Sessions Dj’s who will be gracing the popular compilation series. Mo, who is no stranger to the music scene, joins the likes of Lulo Café, Harael Salkow, Tellaman & Cuebur on the 2015 instalment of the Soul Candi Sessions brand.



Mo, who is popularly known as the host of Club 808 as well as YFm’s successful Drive time show, will have a 12 track album in the 5 disk compilation. The disk, which includes predicted hits “Stay” featuring Thiwe, “I know” featuring Chappell and “Count on me” featuring Gregor Salto, also includes his own productions.



Previous compilations have featured house music heavy weights such as Euphonik, Claude, DJ Mbuso to name a few.  Mo’s disk promises to be the perfect way to end the compilation and will have fans yearning for more.

“It is an absolute honour to be selected to be part of this legendary compilation. As a house music lover I’ve collected the Soul Candi compilations from the beginning so to be a part of this one is a definite milestone in my career and it validates that I must be doing something right” says Mo Flava.



The Soul Candi Sessions 2015 is now available on in stores and on iTunes.

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MTN Bushfire announces Les Nubians for 2015

Posted by radio On November - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

In a world where teenagers in West Africa and Eastern Europe can share videos and mp3s on youtube, a Sri Lankan urbanite is transformed by hip-hop and an American deejay re-mixes sounds out of a Brazilian favela, it is undeniable that the completely interconnected global village has arrived. – Les Nubians

Swaziland’s highly acclaimed three-day music and arts festival  is proud to announce LES NUBIANS as the  first headline act for MTN BUSHFIRE 2015: May 29th – 31st 2015.



For those fans who alread know, as CNN declared recently, that MTN BUSHFIRE is one “7 African music festivals you really have to see,” the announcement of this incredible world music act is just one more reason to book your tickets early!


Early-bird tickets will go on sale via the website, from November 21st, 2014. 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.


Renowned for eclectic and multi-dimensional programming rooted in world music, MTN BUSHFIRE presents a compelling line-up of theatre, poetry, dance, art exhibits & installations, story-telling, puppetry, film, and themed workshops.. Additionally MTN BUSHFIRE features a KIDZONE and is a family friendly event.


MTN BUSHFIRE, known for its eclectic and diverse music line-up is very excited to be able to host LES NUBIANS, as the Paris based Grammy Nominated artists have become synonymous with a unique Afro/European neo-soul sound and style.


As one of the world’s most successful French language groups, LES NUBIANS’ newest album, NU REVOLUTION, perfectly sums up their Pan-African approach and ethos:

“Africa is our past, present and future,” Les Nubians asserts. This [album] is about accepting and rejoicing through our body and mind that Africa is vibrant and 10,000,000 times ALIVE! Africa FOR the future also to say that we have to prepare the future of the continent. It’s in the NOW that we create the future. ACTION time is NOW!!!” Les Nubians


Book your early bird tickets from Nov 21st  and enjoy 3 days of music, art, personal expression and social activism in a unique festival environment. BRING YOUR FIRE and experience a diverse and eclectic event along with thousands of guests from across Africa and around the world.


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MTN Gives Free Year’s Subscription to Simfy Africa

Posted by radio On November - 20 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

MTN subscribers who purchase a Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact will receive a 12 month free subscription to access to simfy Africa.


This proposition will ensure that MTN customers who purchase either of these handsets will enjoy quick and easy access to music that only a streaming service can provide. With simfy Africa, customers can get access to a number of benefits including offline usage, the ability to synch their account automatically so that playlists and favourites are instantly available, access the radio, receive the latest recommendations and get a tailored ‘My Music’ section.


Larry Annetts, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN South Africa, says the offer makes perfect sense in the current technology landscape where consumers want to access music on the move.


“This is an incredible value proposition and unlike anything else on the market. Music streaming is the current trend in music services globally. Across the world, and now in South Africa, music lovers are enjoying the quick and easy access to music that only a streaming service can provide.  At MTN, we are proud to bring value added services that are relevant to the needs of our customers. We believe that our world class network will provide a seamless experience for users who will benefit from this proposition,” says Annetts.


Adds Mark Fenzel, Country Manager for South Africa: “It was a logical move for us, as the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact featuring the latest Sony technologies in audio and video. To offer our consumers a world class simfy Africa service, brought to you by MTN, is the ideal way to show off the incredible Power of Sony in our devices whilst providing our consumers a seamless and cutting edge experience.”

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In June 2014, simfy Africa was the first streaming service in South Africa to announce a partnership with a mobile operator when it launched its exclusive partnership with MTN.


A highly competitive monthly simfy Africa product also remains on sale via MTN, with a 14 day free trial enabling everyone to sample the simfy Africa library of over 27 million songs.  MTN customers can then get a month’s access for R49.00, by far the lowest price in the market.


The latest simfy Africa platform, currently available to all customers, has been strategically and specifically updated for the African environment.  With the recent “buy back” of simfy Africa from its German partner, simfy Africa now operates as a truly independent entity focused on the African market. This major step has greatly improved the company’s ability to innovate, as Simfy Africa CEO Davin Mole explains further:


‘Simfy Africa separated from simfy Germany in early 2014 as the companies were organically moving in opposite directions.  We are working on localization of features and conservative use of data that is clearly not a concern in Europe.  It was important for us as a company to be focused on African consumers. The fact simfy Africa is now independent and 100% locally based means we can do just that’.

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SAfm Melting Pot of Sound (CHANGE OF VENUE)

Posted by radio On November - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The SAfm Melting Pot of Sounds, a brainchild of SAfm is a Celebration of different genres of music celebrated and played on SAfm.  The two hour concert will take place on the 16th of November 2014 at the Linder Auditorium, 27 Saint Andrews Road, Park Town Johannesburg not at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens due to unfavourable weather conditions predicted by the South African weather services.



Zwai Bala has been appointed as the musical director. He will feature various South African artists who will ensure that we have a very entertaining afternoon. This will be where the Classics, Gospel, Jazz, RnB and Choral really meet.



All these genres will be presented in such a way that they are not easily and bluntly separated from each other but, as the title explains, thrown into one pot that produces a well blended taste made unique by a variety of special ingredients.



 Featured artists include Tsepo Tshola, Tracey-Lee Oliver, HHP and Phelo Bala.

This event will be staged between 12:00-16:00. Bookings can be done through or at the gate.  Tickets are R100 for adults, Children between the ages of 6 and 16 pay R50, and Children under 6 are free. Seats are limited, make sure you buy your tickets as soon as possible.



Secure parking is available at the Linder Auditorium.

For more information visit or contact 011 714 2948/011 714 2739

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Jill Scott, live in Joburg

Posted by radio On November - 11 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Come experience the No:1 lady of Soul perform her Grammy Award winning hits for one night only in Johannesburg on the 13 December 2014 at the Coca- Cola Dome.


Smooth sounds of a dynamic soprano who infuses R&B, spoken word, jazz and hip hop epitomizes the songstress that is Jill Scott.

With four studio albums and numerous awards across music and film over the past decades, three- time Grammy Award winning singer Jill Scott has proven why she is an artist personified.

This December Johannesburg will be catapulted into the world of Miss Jill Scott, as she carries her fans along on an unforgettable live journey with her dynamic voice for one night only.

Jill will be accompanied on stage by her band, and the show will feature a mix of the favorite songs from all four of her albums.

Johannesburg fans will be treated to the full Jill Scott experience in an intimate setting at this seated concert at The Dome.

Limited tickets for the seated concert are available at Computicket now. These range from R390 to R1020.

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Metro FM Music Awards 14 launched

Posted by radio On November - 9 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It is that time of the year again!  The road to the country’s biggest music spectacle, the Metro FM Music Awards (MMA) has officially begun!  Today we launch the biggest property of the SABC to date. Over the years this property has been well received, celebrated and embraced by the industry, our audiences and the by the country at large.


The Metro FM Music Awards will be celebrating 14 years of existence and of recognizing the rich South African music and talent respectively.


The annual awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on the 28th of February 2015, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC).  This will be preceded by the nominees announcement event.


The Metro FM Music Awards ceremony affords South African artists an opportunity to be awarded for their talents and encourages our listeners to actively participate in this process by nominating and voting for their favorite artists.  These awards are truly awards of the people by the people as they reflect our country’s musical landscape.


Not only are the Metro FM Music Awards, a celebration of the artists but they have matured to become a key driver of local tourism for the hosting province or municipality. They have significantly contributed towards the economic growth of these hosting cities. Over the years the MMA categories have evolved to reflect the growth of the local music industry at large.  Needless to say, by this time of the year, we as a station appreciate the anticipation and eagerness from musicians, the industry and our audiences.


The Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, the City of Durban and BP remain our partners! We are also proud to announce that Brandhouse has also come on board as our beverage partner for MMA14. The station prides itself with aligning this, our biggest flagship property with superbrands such as these to ensure that we collectively continue to stand out and be forces to be reckoned with in our respective industries, but most of all, to jointly fulfill our mandate that seeks to recognize and celebrate South African Music and our undoubtedly talented pool of musicians.  As Metro FM, we couldn’t be happier and delighted to be back in the KZN Province and particularly in the city of Durban!


The process going forward will be as follows:



Call for submissions opens today, 6th November 2014 – 6th December 2014.

 Recording industries and artists are requested to submit their nominations for the year – period being

25 November 2013 – 25 November 2014.

 A group of panelists will then nominate 5 finalists in each of the categories.

 The nominees will be announced during a cocktail industry event on 15 January 2015.

 The overall winners will then be announced on the evening of the awards on 28th February 2015


Nominees Announcement

A nominees announcement event will be held in Johannesburg on the 15th of January 2014 at a venue that will be confirmed

closer to the time.


We urge the public to be very much involved in the nomination process by voting for their favourite artist/s.  These awards are not for the chosen few, but they are for the nation, therefore we encourage the public to vote in their numbers.


Metro FM Music Awards Ceremony

The main event will take place on Saturday, the 28th of February 2015 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. And as it’s tradition with the Metro FM Music Awards, we have no doubt that they will contribute positively to the KZN economy as well as the City of Durban in as far as tourism and local business is concerned. These Awards promise to be bigger & better than 2014, with epic entertainment of international stature that the industry is yet to see amidst much camaraderie, speculation and excitement!  Tickets to this most anticipated Music Awards Ceremony will be on sale at Computicket nationwide at the beginning of February 2015.


Traditionally the tickets are sold out within hours, and in the event that you do not make it on time to get yourself the most sought after tickets, do not despair as there will be an official Public Viewing Area (PVA).  This time it will be bigger & better, with live performances from local musicians, big screens, Metro FM DJ’s on the decks, as well as loads of fun creating the most unbelievable and spectacular spirit of camaraderie the City of Durban has ever seen!




[Issued by: Metro FM]

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Joyous Celebration live at Grace Bible Church

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Tickets to one of South Africa’s biggest annual events will be on sale on Thursday 06 November 2014. MTN Joyous Celebration is gearing up to record a heart-warming DVD and CD.


This remarkable affair that brings spirituals from all over the continent will take place on the 19th and 20th December 2014 at Grace Bible, Soweto.

These two glorious days will be the most memorable as the MTN Joyous Celebration will be recording in SA’s most famous township for the very first time in history.

Be part of this history making spectacle, Book your tickets today via Computicket Tickets priced between R150.00- R300.00.

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Gallo adds Sheer Sound to its stable

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Gallo Record Company, A division of Times Media Group Limited, adds another major record label to the Gallo stable with the purchase of Sheer Sound.

This is the second record label acquisition for Gallo Record Company this year, shortly after the Bula acquisition in mid September 2014.

Gallo Record Company, having been a leader in domestic music since 1926, holds some of the greatest South African music catalogue of all time including Lucky Dube, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Stimela, The Soul Brothers, Bhekumuzi Luthuli, Manhattan Brothers, Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa, Ge’ Korsten, Lusanda Spiritual Group & Mango Groove to name a few.


Sheer Sound is an independent record label founded in 1994, the label was primarily focused as a Jazz and world music label with a stellar line up of artists including Busi Mhlongo, Gito Baloi, Paul Hamner, McCoy Mrubata, who were established through Sheer Sound during the late 1990’s.  Later on, the label signed on Sipho Gumede, Ernie Smith, Gloria Bosman and Zim Ngqawana amongst others.  Sheer has also has been label host to the multi-platinum Zimbabwean music super star, Oliver Mtukudzi.  The Sheer Sound domestic roster grew into various other genres adding an adult contemporary line up including Farryl Purkiss, Jeremy Loops and The Graeme Watkins Project.



Sheer’s international lineup houses some of the most prestigious independent labels including World Circuit (Gold selling Grammy®  winning label –Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Toure) PIAS (Tiesto, Alt-J, Editors), Cooking Vinyl (Prodigy, Marilyn Manson), Telarc (Grammy® winning label feat Fourplay, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Jeannie Bryson, Ray Brown) as well as Mack Avenue (home to Jonathan Butler and Kirk Whalum).



“Sheer & Bula now form part of Gallo Record Company and Times Media’s broader strategy to build our music business into a formidable player in South Africa  – the acquisition brings an upsize in staff from Sheer Sound who will be joining the Gallo team effective immediately.  We are expecting major impetus in the industry with these two major music acquisitions”  –Says Andrew Gill – Managing Director – Broadcast & Content : Times Media PTY Limited

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