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Universal Music South Africa was delighted to announce that their artists have been nominated in seven different categories at this year’s Crown Gospel Music Awards. The Crown Gospel Music Awards was first held in 2008 and has since grown into a respected event, acknowledging only the finest artists in today’s Gospel music business.

The following Universal Music South Africa artists have all received two nominations at this year’s Crown Gospel Music Awards: Winnie Mashaba (Best Gospel Artist and Best Female Gospel Artist), Nqubeko Mbatha (Best Gospel Producer and Best Male Gospel Artist) and Lufuno Dagada (Best Male Gospel Artist and Best Traditional Gospel).

Ntokozo Mbambo (Best Gospel Artist), Soweto Gospel Choir (Best Gospel Group), Lusanda Spiritual Group (Best Traditional Gospel), Lusanda Mcinga (Best Female Gospel Artist), Hlengiwe Mhlaba (Best Female Gospel Artist) and Shaun P (Best Newcomer) have all received nominations as well.

“We, at Universal Music South Africa, are extremely proud of all our artists that have received nominations for this year’s Crown Gospel Music Awards. They all deserve the acknowledgments and we wish them the best of luck and will support them every step of the way,” says Wandile Sikhosana of Universal Music South Africa.

A number of remarkable gospel musicians from across Africa have been revered in the past four years and many have graced the Awards stage as they delivered poignant performances. This year sees the 6th edition of the Crown Gospel Music Awards taking place at the ICC in Durban on the 17th of November.

The idea was and still is, to salute the sons and daughters in the gospel music industry under various categories. To date the Awards boasts more than 30 categories and the winners are awarded a Crown, for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.

The Crown Gospel Awards are set to be held at the Durban ICC on the 17th of November. Shaun P is excited to return to his home-town for this sterling event that honours talented gospel artists from all genres.

[Issued by: The PR Collective]

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Music Exchange 2014 dates announced

Posted by radio On November - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

MUSIC EXCHANGE, South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment conference, returns for the fourth time in 2014. The three-day MUSIC EXCHANGE program opens on Thursday 6 March 2014, and will culminate with a fitting tribute to one of the worlds, and this country’s finest musical exports, Dr Trevor Jones on Sunday 9 March 2014.

Since its inception in 2009, MUSIC EXCHANGE has served as a catalyst between the artistically anchored worlds of entertainment, film, music, academia, and the distinctly gifted men and women who feed, and are fed, from its many disciplines.

Three jam-packed days filled with the most committed and talented people in the entertainment industry today, MUSIC EXCHANGE is passion personified on a multitude of levels. “It’s a family of like-minded and hardworking people,” MUSIC EXCHANGE founder Martin Myers confirms. “Included in that mix are artists, composers, national and international advocates, film producers and public relations and entertainment specialists, Brand and Image Consultants and Music legends the calibre of Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse. It’s always humbling and incredibly rewarding to be responsible for bringing so many amazing people together. All with the same aim in mind – empowerment and growth of the many critical contributors to our entertainment economy.”

Cape Town’s beautiful and richly historic City Hall will welcome patrons, investors, musicians, students and peers, and play host to the three-day heavyweight assembly. The first 48 hours, of the 72-hour emersion, will be filled with keynote addresses, lectures, collaborative breakout sessions and multiple opportunities for all present to actively participate and contribute during the conference phase.

The original motivation and intent behind what MUSIC EXCHANGE is today is that of being a platform where future collaborations are formed and opportunities created for emerging and established artists. “This extends to anyone and everyone touched the many aspects of the creative process,” Myers adds. “MUSIC EXCHANGE provides artists with practical tools and insights into the workings of the music, film and entertainment business’, in order that they’re better equipped to make a success of their specific careers. And that’s made possible thanks to the investment made by the expertise of the industry leaders MUSIC EXCHANGE attracts.”

The fourth and final day of MUSIC EXCHANGE 2014 promises to be extraordinary thanks to the motivation of music icon Dr Trevor Jones. Post workshops and master classes, conference delegates will get to share in a showcase like no other. In association with Cape Town’s City Parks, MUSIC EXCHANGE will stage both emerging and established artists on a platform built expressly to celebrate the rich and diverse career of the composer, arranger, producer, musician and proud South African.

Moving from City Hall, south to the foot of Table Mountain, De Waal Park, in Vredehoek, will play host to a closing concert the likes of which the city, and country, has ever seen thanks to MUSIC EXCHANGE’s Ambassadors Tribute Concert to international film composer Dr Trevor Jones.

“We believe that utilising public spaces will benefit both the City of Cape Town, and all of the artists Involved,” Myers says. “MUSIC EXCHANGE’s ultimate aim is to bridge the cultural divide, and ensure the integration of cultural diversity and inclusivity, through music and cultural exchange. The more that happens the greater the reward to us all. Our closing concert will be a fitting confirmation of what MUSIC EXCHANGE continually looks to achieve and strive for.”

Tickets to MUSIC EXCHANGE are available now through Computicket , Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, online at www.computicket.com, or by calling 0861 915 8000

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Northern Capes’ gospel fans should prepare for a musical extravaganza as South Africa’s favourite ensemble, Joyous Celebration and 2012 SA Idols Winner, Khaya Mthethwa, joins forces with international gospel musician Kirk Franklin on the 8th December 2013 at the Griquas (GWK) Rugby Park.

Joyous Celebration

Joyous Celebration

For only one day the multi-talented Kirk Franklin who has produced some astounding gospel hits such as “Bread of Life” will take the stage alongside the award-winning Joyous Celebration and lay out some brilliant gospel tunes that will have fans worshiping and praising at the top of their voices.

This once in a lifetime gospel concert which is part of the inaugural Diamond City Revival, hosted by Maverick State and the Northern Cape Provincial Government will also be graced by performances from one of SA’s most celebrated talent, Khaya Mthethwa performing with the Gospel Alive Choir from his new TV show. With 3 gospel giants in one stage, this will surely be 2013’s most acclaimed gospel event.

“We are looking forward to sharing the stage with one of the world’s best gospel stars, which has produced hits that have inspired us in our gospel journey” Says Jabu Hlongwane co-Founder of Joyous Celebration.

Do not miss an opportunity of witnessing history in the making book your tickets now via Computicket or any Shoprite outlet, tickets priced from R180.00. Show starts at 12 and gates open at 10am

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Soweto gospel choir goes global

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The world-renowned South African Grammy Award winning world music group, Soweto Gospel Choir, has inked a deal with Universal Music`s prestigious Classics label in the United States that will see the group`s current album “Divine Decade” distributed throughout North America and Canada.

 

Since their formation in 2002 Soweto Gospel Choir has racked up a string of accolades that would be the envy of even the biggest global pop star, including among others:

  • The No.1 spot on Billboard`s World Music Chart with their debut album “Voices from Heaven”.
  • An American Gospel Music Award for “Best International Choir”.
  • 2 Grammy “Best Traditional World Music” Awards for their albums “Blessed” and “African Spirit”.
  • An Emmy Award for their collaboration with U2 for ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup promotion.
  • An Oscar nomination for their collaboration with Peter Gabriel for Disney’s “Wall-E”.
  • Performances and collaborations with superstars  as diverse as Celine Dion, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Groban, Diana Ross, BeBe Winans, Peter Gabriel, John Legend, U2, Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin and many more.

 

 

NB see attached `The Story…So Far” for a full breakdown of international and local awards as well as career highlights.

Elizabeth Sobol, President & CEO, Universal Music Classics had this to say about the signing “Soweto Gospel Choir has been a powerful and important presence on the American scene, bringing their inspiring music to concert halls across the US.  Universal Music Classics is proud to be part of the Choir’s 10th Anniversary celebration as we release “Divine Decade” in conjunction with their Spring 2014 US tour. Universal Music MD, Randall Abrahams, commented “The choir have been a fixture on the international touring circuit and are one of South Africa’s most significant musical assets. I’m extremely happy to see this landmark album released in the US market. I believe it will garner a diverse audience of listeners who will be enthralled by the choir’s songs and arrangements”

The choir`s “10th Anniversary Celebration” US tour kicks off in Florida on February 4 before rolling across America over two and half months, ending in Arizona on April 19. Soweto Gospel Choir`s 6th album, “Divine Decade”, which celebrates the group`s 10th anniversary, was released to critical and commercial acclaim earlier this year. It features collaborations with a host of international and national stars including among others, U2, Zahara, Elvis Blue, Robert Plant, Johnny Clegg and Yvonne Chaka Chaka with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

10 years on and the Soweto Gospel Choir continues to set the standard in inspirational music.

[Issued by: The PR Collective]

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Jmaxx Releases Hotly Anticipated New Album

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

International South African artist, Jmaxx, has finally released his long awaited new album, Kiss of the Spider. The Tate Music Group (TMG) signed artist’s talent and versatility shines through in ‘Kiss of the Spider’. From amorous ballads to catchy dance tracks – this album has something to offer all audiences.

 

Jmaxx is a veteran in the music business and has toured locally as well as abroad, in the US. Kiss of the Spider is a culmination of his years of experience and musical talent, a musical amalgamation of all that is Jmaxx.

TMG have been supporting and guiding Jmaxx every step of the way, providing him with the production, manufacturing, distribution and promotional support he needs to succeed in today’s music industry. TMG encouraged Jmaxx’s vision for Kiss of the Spider and his input can be heard and seen in the production process, from final mixes of the songs to the cover artwork.

“I am extremely pleased with Kiss of the Spider’s outcome, it was a passion project and I hope people will enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making this album.” Said Jmaxx. “This album was made with everyone in mind, it’s about life and love and having fun.” He added.

Jmaxx will be returning to the states for a follow-up tour and the release of his long awaited album Kiss of the Spider. Armed with his rocking music, stunning looks, and natural showmanship, this talented artist is ready for an inspiring journey to the top.

[Issued by:PR Collective]

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Khuli Chana management responds

Posted by radio On November - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

In the early hours of Monday morning, multiple award-winning South African rapper Khuli Chana got shot (wrongfully) by members of the South African police. He survived the ordeal and is said to be recovering well.

The management team of the SAMA award-winning artist, Khuli Chana, have noted with concern disparaging media reports that he misled the public as to the actual events that occurred in the early hours of Monday morning during which he was shot and wounded by members of the South African Police Service.

 

 

For the record, the members of SAPS were present in an unmarked vehicle and had no identifiable features to denote that they were members of the police. It is common cause that they were there on duty as a crime had been perpetrated. It is also common cause that several shots were fired at our client who was not involved in the said crime.

 

 

Our client has since given his statement to the police – whose very own members now face scrutiny for their actions – and vehemently rejects assertions by eyewitnesses who were themselves assisting the police. These individuals have publicly praised the work undertaken by the SAPS during the incident which we, obviously view in a different light.

Notwithstanding this, our client is currently recuperating and receiving all the necessary medical assistance available to him given the harrowing experience that he has been through. In addition, he has briefed his legal team who are in the early stages of taking corrective measures.

 

 

We are mindful that, given the high profile nature of the case and immense public interest in the matter, a lot of misinformation has been circulated. We would like to state that our client stands by his story and, when he is ready, will reveal the actual events of that fateful day.

 

 

In the meantime, we have confidence in the police and prosecuting authorities as they investigate the matter.

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Its Joyous Celebration time!

Posted by radio On November - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Its Joyous Celebration time again, the ensembe will be recording their 18th album in Durban this December.

Tickets to the hottest praise and worship ensemble’s live CD and DVD recording went on sale yesterday Thursday 31 October 2013 at Computicket and Shoprite outlets priced between R180.00 – R320.00. 

This highly sought after event which takes place annually will be held at South Africa’s playground Durban, at the City Hill Church in Hillcrest on the 20th and 21st December 2013. 

For more information and updates; join My Joyous Celebration on Facebook and follow @joyousSA on twitter.

For more info or media requests, please contact: 
Helga Klizanie 
011 0518 708/ 084 400 3003 

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Heavy K Brings the Beat with DrumBoss

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Point 5 member and hit-maker of note, Heavy-K is at it again with his solo house music release DrumBoss.  Unlike his previous works, on this project the talented producer and club DJ takes a different approach. As someone who is widely known for penning many hits including, ‘Lento’ of Kwaito-kingpin Professor, the album offers banging sounds and out-of-this world production elements.

The leading single, ‘Wena’ (Katsho ubaba) features Mpumi on vocals and sets the mood from the get-go. From the first melody, it is clear that the producer is aiming for a distinct sound that is different from his previous efforts.  ‘Wena’ is a party-banger and is one an undeniably party-starter. With kicking arrangements and irresistible vocals, this song can easily end up on your most played tunes-list. The most outstanding elements here are the catchy arrangements that keep the song going, Mpumi’s magnetic vocals and the overwhelming musical composition. 

Heavy-K

Heavy-K

What’s more interesting about this release is that Heavy-K is able to offer songs with different sounds but still manages to channel the album to a direction that suits his vision. After giving the listener a preview of what the album is packed with, the hit-maker then offers another thumping tune, ‘Clap’ featuring Prince. This song is meant for party-people who love moving their feet. Again, this tune is cleverly composed, arranged, mixed and the mastering is simply perfect. This just shows why the talented spinner has produced hits such as ‘Shela’ and ‘GunSong’ – which is also featured on this album.

For makoya party people, Heavy-K fires attention grabber, ‘Katalina’. This song carries all the right ingredients to get the party going. The song has simple house sounds with an upbeat kick. ‘Katalina’ is aggressive and it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a big favourite.

DrumBoss is jam-packed with relevant songs that are fresh and current.  Heavy-K has the ability to turn a simple song into a hit. Each song sounds so different from the rest, but every track is a standalone masterpiece.

DrumBoss is an amazing project from a young producer who is aiming for bigger things.

[Issued by The PR Collective]

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Universal Music brings down the house!

Posted by radio On October - 30 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

On Thursday, 24 October Universal Music South Africa proved that their motto rings true. Several of their topline artists performed at an exclusive event held at The Sands in Sandton, showing that it is indeed not a party without Universal Music!

 

 

The Universal Music-party was held to showcase some of the incredible new Urban and Afro-pop releases that are forthcoming from the Universal Music-stable. The line-up of artists was impressive to say the least. Kalawa Jazmee Records brought some of their excellent acts to the party and the guests were treated to live performances. Zeus, G troy, Janki, 2 Twice as Nice, Naima K, Mlu, Bozza, Uhuru, Character, Winnie Khumalo, Nokwazi, DJ Sumbody, Revolution, DJ Clock and Heavy K entertained a crowd of A-list guests at the The Sands on the evening.

 

 

The crowd was enthralled by the great music in the upmarket venue in Sandton, while whetting their appetite for the great music that will be released by Universal Music over the next few weeks.

 

 

“We are happy to have so many excellent new releases coming up,” says Thabiso Mogwathle, Marketing Manager – Local Division of Universal Music South Africa. “We look forward to keeping the fans happy and begging for more with these and other releases lying ahead.”

This A-list event had people buzzing about the excellent line up and awesome vibe for days after. After this event, no one will disagree with Universal Music’s motto – “It’s Not a Party Without Us”!

 

 

Please see included in this release a full press-pack on a selection of recent or upcoming releases from Universal Music South Africa.

For more information on these and other artists from Universal Music South Africa, please contact The PR Collective.

 

Issued by The PR Collective

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Phalaphala FM launches Tshivenda Music

Posted by radio On October - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Phalaphala FM launches the Tshivenda Music Awards (TSHIMA) at Khoroni Hotel in Thohoyandou, on the 21 October 2013, following its successful inception in 2012. The launch was attended by local musicians, business, industry players, event sponsors, key stakeholders, the media, as well as Phalaphala FM Station Manager Mr. Freddy Sadiki and Vhembe District Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr. Tshitereke Matibe.

Station Manager Mr. Freddy Sadiki said this year’s #TSHIMA promises to be even much bigger and better. Said Mr. Sadiki, “As Phalaphala FM, we are more than pleased and excited to bring this experience to connect with our artists and listeners and the public at large. As a public broadcaster, preservation of language, heritage and promotion of indigenous music are the core pillars of our mandate not only through our play-list, but also by contributing to the growth and development of our local artists. We therefore urge all our listeners to stay tuned to Phalaphala FM 24/7 for exciting opportunities through competitions and other elements that we have created specifically for them with our partners to create a memorable experience for them”.

The main event takes place December 7, 2013 at The Christ Worship House in Thohoyandou. The station is making a call to all those who would like to partake in this year’s event to submit their materials from 22 – 29 October 2013, at SABC offices in Thohoyandou or Polokwane. Short-listed nominees will be revealed at an exclusive Final Nominees Gala Dinner scheduled for 2 November 2013 at a venue still to be announced.

Sponsoring the awards this year are Vodacom, SPAR-Venda, Coca-Cola and SABC Limpopo. TSHIMA (file picture of Malondolo) is positioned as the only platform designed to recognise, promote and reward local artists who pride themselves by singing in Tshivenda language while contributing to the overall growth and development of the entertainment industry in this part of our country.

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