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The next generation of SA Jazz has arrived

Posted by radio On September - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

A fresh and exciting new sound is about to be launched on the South African music scene – The New Skool Jazz Orchestra. Founded by South African musician and composer Tshepo Tsotetsi, the group is made up of 40 young, classically trained musicians who bring a fresh and unique approach to jazz and African music.


“The orchestra is the embodiment of a new generation of South African music that speaks to our current reality”, says orchestra director and founder Tshepo Tsotetsi.  “It reflects the diversity and mixing of cultures and sounds that is modern music in South Africa.”


Incorporating traditional jazz instruments, and supported by classical strings, vocalists and indigenous instruments, the orchestra truly represents the next wave of local music – completely original and 100% South African.


Tsotetsi is himself a multi-instrumentalist and talented composer and brings this spirit of collaboration and innovation to the project. One of the most appealing facets of this orchestra’s mindset is the emphasis Tsotetsi puts on allowing young composers to have their works debuted. 


“The orchestra offers a new and versatile playfield for the realization of all kinds of creative ideas and undertakings,” says Tsotetsi. In fact, the New Skool Jazz Orchestra performs many of their own compositions, including titles such as Apples and Bananas Have Feelings Too, Soup in the Garden, Quickpick, and Realm of the Happy, to mention just a few.


The New Skool Orchestra will be performing on the 25th September at the Soweto Theatre and the following night, the 26th September at the Musaion, University of Pretoria 


A place to learn and grow for all young musicians, New Skool Orchestra brings world-class entertainment to the public whilst continuing to nurture our country’s young talent.


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Across South Africa 60 young instrumentalists are fine-tuning their repertoires for the 2013 SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition taking place from 16 to 20 September at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town.


The prestigious event celebrates its 25th anniversary.  It builds on the strong foundation laid by the Tygerberg Branch of the South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT) since 1989 when Hubert van der Spuy, with Sanlam’s assistance, inspired the competition and afforded fledgling musicians the opportunity to compete on a national basis for the first time. The SAMRO Foundation came on board as the main sponsor in 2011 when Sanlam withdrew.


 The 60 candidates were selected after the national auditions and will compete over four rounds. Medals, prize-money totaling more than R80 000 and other attractive prizes are at stake.  


There are four categories: Piano, Strings, Woodwind & Brass Instruments, and Other Instruments (percussion, recorder, classical guitar and harp), with a sub-category for developmental groups.  The sub-category special incentive was created four years ago for developmental groups from disadvantaged communities and enables these candidates to compete on equal terms with participants from other communities.


To share in celebrating the silver jubilee, Hilda Boonzaaier, president of the SASMT: Tygerberg, invites music students in and around Cape Town, parents, tutors and the general public to attend the competition (programme below).  No entrance fees apply for the opening and the first three rounds.  Only for the final round/gala evening on Friday night a modest fee will be charged and seats have to be reserved.  Call Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre at 021 939 9105 for bookings and more information.


Full particulars are available at Alumni, adjudicators, participants, teachers as well as parents and accompanists of the competition since 1989 are also invited to attend and kindly requested to establish contact by registering on the website and share highlights of their memories.


Enquiries can be directed to Kathleen du Plessis (between 10:00 and 18:00) at 021 939 9105, or in writing to, or Hilda Boonzaaier (20:00 – 21:00) at 021 945 3861. 

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Moshito just around the corner

Posted by radio On September - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The 21st – 23rd September 2013 will be defined by an in-depth examination and multifaceted discussions on the music industry as The Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of its existence.


Established in 2003 as a platform for the diverse players in the music industry to network, exchange information, and dialogue about pressing industry issues, Moshito has evolved into an annual gathering of industry leaders, both local and international, and a site for open discussions about developments, issues and opportunities within the sector. 


Taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre over a 3-day period, Moshito is set to tackle a broad range of topical music industry themes, drawing on a vibrant mix of administrators, musicians, promoters and industry bodies as speakers, facilitators and panelists. Master classes, music showcases and an exhibition, will also form part of the 3-day event. Discussions will include frank conversations about the impact of the conference thus far, and map out a way forward based on lessons learnt from the gathering’s 10 year tenure. 


Registration for the conference is now open, and can be accessed at the conferences official website,



• The Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition will take place on 21-23 September 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre. 

• Registration fee for the full conference (3days) R300.00. Registration fees for 1 Day without concert tickets is R100. Special discount rates for students and groups are available.

• Tickets are available at

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MIAGI – New Skool Orchestra

Posted by radio On September - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

MUSIC IS A GREAT INVESTMENT, also known as MIAGI with the National Lottery Distribution Trust fund as its principal funder, is proud to announce the launch of a new orchestra that is truly a reflection of the diversity that is South Africa – The New Skool Orchestra.


The official launch events will celebrate the formation of the orchestra as a Section 21 and the opening of their offices at the State Theatre building in Pretoria, facilitated by MIAGI through funding from the European Union.



The New Skool Orchestra will be performing on the 25th September at the Soweto Theatre and the following night, the 26th September at the Musaion, University of Pretoria. These events are made possible by the generous sponsorship by Lanxess. Thereafter the orchestra will embark on a tour to Rustenburg & Newcastle, funded by the Department of Arts and Culture. 



“The orchestra seeks to bring forth a new wave of music that speaks of a current reality”, says orchestra director Tshepo Tsotetsi.  Seeking to be the musical voice of modern day South Africa, the orchestra was Tsotetsi’s brainchild. Tsotetsi is himself a multi-instrumentalist whose talent was nurtured and developed through MIAGI’s mentorship. 



New Skool Orchestra is a made up of a multicultural group of classical and jazz musicians and composers who incorporate their diverse backgrounds and create a sound that is completely fresh.  The Orchestra incorporates instruments traditionally used for jazz, supported by classical strings, vocalists and indigenous instruments.



The programme, which includes titles such as Apples and Bananas Have Feelings Too, Soup in the Garden, Quickpick, and Realm of the Happy, to mention just a few, is not free of nostalgia with the young musicians paying tribute to the music of their musical fathers and mothers.



Over the past few years Tsotetsi has been involved in a number of collaborations with MIAGI and was inspired by the inventive ideas taking shape at the informal evenings of music and dance arranged at the MIAGI Youth Orchestra courses. From these informal collaborations and rehearsals, The New Skool Orchestra was born.  Incorporating a variety of musical genres, the New Skool Orchestra is less traditional in both its structure and musical content than the already-established MIAGI Youth Orchestra.



Tsotetsi is thrilled about the official formation of the orchestra and witnessing it come to life with such vigour.  One of the most appealing facets of this orchestra’s mindset is the emphasis Tsotetsi puts on allowing young composers to have their works debuted.  “The orchestra offers a new and versatile playfield for the realization of all kinds of creative ideas and undertakings,” says Tsotetsi.



Under the mentorship of the MIAGI programme, The New Skool Orchestra’s administration office is now managing and promoting its own brand, as well as promoting the talent of young composers and musicians. 



The positive impact of a South African orchestra of young people representing all layers of the rainbow nation, performing together joyfully at a level that matches international standards cannot be overestimated.  This was seem on the MIAGI Youth Orchestra tour of Europe together with New Skool Orchestra, in July 2012 and due to the massive media and public success of that tour, the two orchestras will again embark on a tour of Europe together in 2014.  Thus, the launch of the New Skool Orchestra in conjunction with MIAGI will create positive awareness around the orchestra and its young musicians, not only nationally, but also internationally.



MIAGI will also contribute to the multi-cultural dimension of the New Skool Orchestra celebrations by including the work of Anders Paulsson, the world renowned Swedish soprano saxophonist that was a composer-in-residence for MIAGI this year within a MIAGI collaboration project with music institutions in Sweden, funded by the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria through Sida (Swedish international development cooperation agency).  Paulsson has composed works that will be premiered at the orchestra’s launch and feature himself and a variety of other saxophonist soloists.



A place to learn and grow for all young musicians, New Skool Orchestra brings world-class entertainment to the public whilst continuing to nurture our country’s young talent.

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Rise & Shine Sandton

Posted by radio On September - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Following the great Music, Nature & Food on offer at the Autumn & Winter productions

this year, Rise & Shine Acoustic Music Festival returns to Sandton Central Park for its

Spring Edition in partnership with Johannesburg City Parks.



Saturday 28 September will feature some of South Africa’s best acoustic musical talents

& Johannesburg’s collectively eco-friendly community at Sandton’s garden oasis.

The line-up includes Dan Patlansky, David van Vuuren, Rambling Bones, Tidal Waves,

Shotgun Tori, Joshua Grierson, Mosoeu Ketlele Trio, Frankie Beagle and Some Grow




Rise & Shine will plant 1 tree for every 50 people who attend the festival. Festival-goers

will also have the option of paying an additional R100 to ‘Green’ their ticket & a tree will

be planted on their behalf & the co-ordinates sent to them.



Rise & Shine opens its doors at 8am, in time for organic muffins, Ethiopian coffee,

coconuts & freshly-squeezed orange juice before the 9am Yoga session commences.

A relaxed stretch on the lawn for beginners & experienced yogis alike.


Sandton Central Park is within walking (or tuk-tuk) distance from the Gautrain & Sandton

City. Parking at Sandton City is R10 for the day. The Gautrain runs from 5.30am until


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In staying at the forefront of commercial broadcast innovation, Jacaranda FM in association with Sony Music Entertainment Africa launches Jacaranda FM Presents #1’s Of The 80s 90s and Now album on iTunes today; streamlining the process of digital audio file acquisition for listeners.


The album features top hits from award winning artists such as Michael Jackson, Paul Young, Marc Cohn, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston to name but a few. Local talent also makes an appearance boasting sounds of The Parlotones, Freshly Ground, Nianell, Kurt Darren and other emerging talent.


The album launches on iTunes for pre-order sales today, while the two-disc set releases for sale in all music stores on 16 September.


To pre-order your copy, click on the link:


Jacaranda FM General Manager, Kevin Fine states, “Putting this album together was really a labour of love for the entire Jacaranda team. Pouring over the thousands of hits that have made Jacaranda FM your favourite station reminded us of all the great memories.  Each of the artists and their songs have been hand-picked and it’s our wish that they literally remind you of the time when you first heard them – where you were, who you were with and what you were doing at the time.”

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1-4 November 2013 sees the return of South Africa’s friendliest and most relaxed rock, reggae and blues festival, Mieliepop.


This year to round out the amazing line-up of South African acts, Mieliepop is excited to announce the inclusion of ‘Men Without Hats’ as the headline act for this year’s event. 80’s music fans will fondly remember this quirky and innovative band and their huge hits Safety Dance and Pop Goes the World.  Their high-energy show features all these favourites as well as material from their 2012 album Love in the Age of War.



After rave reviews of the second annual festival in October 2012, Mieliepop is fast becoming the festival goers’ quintessential escape from reality. Just two and a half hours from Johannesburg/Pretoria at the magical Tolderia Resort (Mpumalanga), Mieliepop is an unmatched festival experience tucked away safely from the hustle and bustle of city living.



Mieliepop set out to create a festival with a unique approach – a boutique festival where the scenery is breath-taking, the musicians are genuinely talented and the tickets are limited: “We really create a relaxed festival environment where there are no queues, clean ablutions for all and an environment where music lovers can really just kick-back, relax and enjoy some of the best music in South Africa.” explain the organisers.



And by all accounts they have succeeded. Even the most jaded festival goers have only positive things to say about the event; “many describe the festival as the perfect size, “not crowded enough to be annoying and yet just big enough to enjoy.” Maryke Smit of the Highvelder newspaper elaborates, “local music lovers should not miss out on the opportunity to experience a brilliant music and festival experience on their doorstep.”



The 2013 edition of Mieliepop festival promises not to disappoint with the likes of local favourites, including Albert Frost, Shawn Phillips, Crystal Park, Naming James, Kinky Robot, G Force, Valiant



Swart, Riders From The Storm, Radio Kalahari Orkes, Nakhane Toure, Jonny Guy and many others.


With tickets starting from only R550 per person for a full weekend pass or R350 for a day pass, tickets are already selling fast. Visit for more information and ticket purchasing options or find us on Facebook:



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Akon the most bankable African urban music artist

Posted by radio On August - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

FORBES AFRICA partnered with Channel O Africa to create the Top 10 Most Bankable Urban Artists list. Taking into account the brand value of urban artists who are active on the continent. Music Sales, performance price tags, social media influence, music awards won and performances during 2012.  


Akon, is a Senegalese American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up”, the first single from his debut album Trouble.


Also on the list are Nigerian born artists, Don Jazzy and D’Banj, featured twice in Forbes Africa. Identical twins Peter and Paul Okoye (P-Square) took the music world by storm selling 40 million copies from their five albums.  A partnership with Akon’s Konvict music label and hit remixes, featuring the Senegalese born artist and America’s Rick Ross, catapulted this multi-award winning duo beyond the African continent.


Nigeria takes the bulk of the contenders, among the movers and shakers to make the list, are Wizkid, 2face and Ice Prince. Thirty-two-year-old Angolan born, Anselmo Ralph Andrade Lamb’s total sales add up to around 800,000 leaving him at number seven on the list with Ghanaian Sarkordie a close eight.

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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


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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 There is more information about the competition on the ONE Gospel website, 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



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