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Music revenues on a decline in SA

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS


The value of South Africa’s music market stood at R2.15 billion in 2012, down from R2.6 billion in 2008. Annual revenue is forecast to remain relatively flat, growing by a CAGR of 0.4% to reach R2.2 billion in 2017.6919_wNhns7au_o-e1375352740128[1]


Retail spending on physical and digital music and live concerts will experience differing fortunes over the next five years. Retail spending on physical formats will fall at a faster rate than spending on digital will rise, resulting in an annual decline in spending on recorded music. Spending on live music will overtake spending on physical recorded music in 2014 and total recorded-music spending in the following year. By 2017, live music will account for 57.1% of consumer spending on music in South Africa.


Local repertoire has seen less of a drop-off in sales than international artist releases. Local repertoire is priced lower than international releases and local music remains popular with South African audiences.


The bestselling download in 2012 was Loliwe by the South African artist Zahara, taken from her debut album of the same name, which was released in 2011.


International digital music services now operating in South Africa include iTunes, Nokia Music, the subscription services Deezer, and Simfy. Microsoft is set to launch its Xbox Music service before the end of 2013. At the time of writing, Apple had not confirmed any dates for the international rollout of its iTunes Radio service, which was launched in the US in September 2013.


The major international record companies accounted for around three-quarters of total music sales in 2012. Universal Music Group was the leader, ahead of Sony Music.


South Africa is experiencing the same online piracy problems as other developed music markets around the world. The relatively low broadband penetration in the country, compared with Western European and North American countries, has limited the scale of the problem, but as broadband use grows, then so will online piracy. Legal music distributors have long complained that consumers view piracy as a victimless crime, and education efforts and campaigns have largely failed to change this perception.


[Source: PwC  SA entertainment & media outlook]


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Music Showcases at Moshito

Posted by radio On September - 19 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

In an exciting development, the Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition has confirmed a musical showcase line-up that promises to deliver some of the country’s established and emerging talent. 

Apart from dissecting pressing industry issues, the conference is also a platform that exposes great talent. 


Included in the performance programme is the Native Rhythms Showcase featuring artists from the reputable record company such as The Soil, Pu2ma, Indwe, Nazania, and Sol Phenduka. There’s also a new breed of singer-songwriters exploiting the urban soul space like Naima Mclean and Bongi Mvuyana.  


Native Rhythms has a reputation for working with artists with a strong indigenous quality to their music. Its track record speaks for itself. The Soil is a trio doing acapella music with a township soul twist. Pu2ma is reminiscent of legendary Miriam Makeba in her earthy approach to jazz. 


Speaking on the importance of such a showcase within the conference, Native Rhythms head, Sipho Sithole says, “We are known for the distinct African sound that we bring, and we participate a lot in international festival and markets. This is an opportunity for us to present our artists and the music that we have to international delegates who will be at the conference. We do this also to honour Moshito which is the only music market dedicated to the development of the industry.” 


 Raphael Benza, who represents newcomer Bongi Mvuyana adds, “This exposes our artists to industry players ranging from media, record label moguls, PR and Marketing experts. It’s a fertile ground for networking and an opportunity for our artists to showcase their talent.” 


Naima Mclean, whose new single ‘Hero’ features award-winning hip hop artist AKA, is looking forward to her performance. “Because I’m in the developmental stages of my career, it’s important for people in the industry to know what my music is all about. I’m hoping the conference will provide that platform,” she explains.  


There’s a strong contingent of artists from Reunion Island’s IOMMA conference that form part of the music exhibition. Their presence is as a result of the exchange programme established between Moshito and IOMMA conferences this year.  


Moshito vice chairman, Tholsi Pillay explains, “The Moshito-IOMMA relationship is based on the potential for mutual growth and a dedication and commitment to the development of the arts and culture industry through perpetual collaboration. We look forward to a long term sustainable relationship based on this premise.” 


The showcase programme promises to be a melting pot of culture as Moshito celebrates 10 years of music development. 


Registration for the conference is now open, and can be accessed at the conferences official website, You can also view the line up for the showcase on the website. Tickets are available at

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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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