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First Line-up announced for MTN Bushfire

Posted by radio On February - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire, taking place in Swaziland and named Africa’s Top Festival by the BBC, is known as one of the most inclusive and diverse festivals in the world. Entering its 2nd decade, the festival’s commitment to the arts, the environment, and social change is even stronger than ever.

As Africa’s premiere world music festival, MTN Bushfire has always had strong African roots and this year is no exception, with MTN Bushfire proud to announce the triumphant return of Kwaito superstars TKZee.

 

 

Congolese performer Baloji, and the Taureg rebel Bombino and the Belgian / South African newcomer Petite Noir are amongst the first batch of artists confirmed to grace the MTN Bushfire 2017 main stage.

 

Fans of 90’s Kwaito can rejoice in the return of arguably one of the original Kwaito acts – TKZee helped to define the era. Made up of three school friends who have all made a name for themselves individually, Zwai Bala, Kabelo Mabalane and Tokollo Tshabalala are BACK with all of their 90’s hits including Take it Eezy, Palafala, Shibobo, and more. Its time to get retro and groove to this distinctly South African sound.

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Congolese performer Baloji, is a poet, composer, lyricist/beatmaker, scriptwriter, actor, and video artist. His genre busting music is elegantly poised at the crossroads of African music, rap music, American music (soul, funk, jazz) and even deep house that has its roots in part in the region of Belgium where Baloji grew up.

 

Baloji means “man of science” in Swahili, but during the colonial period, that meaning shifted to “man of the occult sciences and sorcery.” Regardless – of interpretation, Baloji places his resilience at the center of his work, reconciling all of these influences to enrich his projects. The French singer has achieved international acclaim since the release of his debut album Hotel Impala (2008) and has gone on to perform across the world in over 200 shows.

 

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Taureg music and culture has captured the world’s attention in recent years, and one of its most successful sons is Bombino.  Born in the Ifoghas Tribe of the Taureg people, who have long been recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert and as people of grace and nobility as well as fighters of fierce reputation, Bombino is the epitome of his people and his culture.

 

A self-proclaimed rebel, two of his musicians were killed during the 2nd Taureg rebellion of 2017. In exile in Burkina Faso, Bombino’s long journey as a desert blues musician even took him to the United States where he had the chance to record a version of the Rolling Stones classic “Hey Negrita” alongside Stones’ members Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.

 

Bombino’s first internationally released album, Agadez, was produced by Ron Wyman and released in 2011 receiving worldwide acclaim. His follow up, Nomad, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and has earned rave reviews from top media outlets around the world including BBC World Service, which calls it “utterly, utterly fantastic” and Rolling Stone, which calls Nomad “a perfect match of sound and soul [that] introduces a new guitar hero.

 

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Petite Noir is a young South African of Belgian and Angolan descent and is a songwriter, producer and musician who defies description. Petite Noir was one half of Popskarr with Spoek Mathambo and was also a member of the music collective Capital of Cool. Since his recording debut in 2012 Petite Noir has created what he describes as “noir wave” or “new wave with an African aesthetic.” Petite Noir is one of the most exciting new electronic music artists to emerge from the thriving Cape Town scene.

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Pinkprint Tour: Nicki Minaj Live on Valentines Day

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

This Valentines’s Day enjoy a night with Nicki Minaj as she takes you to the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn. The Pinkprint Tour: Nicki Minaj Live From Brooklyn show features both full live performances as well as never-before-seen interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The pink colour fanatic is set to awe her fans better known as the “Barbies/Barbz” with a show stopping extravaganza.

 

The “Barbz” can expect to hear some of their long-time favourite tracks, “throwback” hit songs include AnacondaSuper Bass and The Night is Still Young. Also known for her unique fashion sense, Nicki Minaj fanatics will get to see over the top wardrobe designs for the spectacular night. This show is a must see for Nicki Minaj fans.

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Thousands of jazz lovers will descend on Tieties Baai in the picturesque Cape Columbine Nature Reserve near Paternoster on the Cape West Coast at the end of this month.

Jazz on the Rocks2014 by Tietiesbaai Paternoster. Foto Peter Abrahams

The sought-after sold-out four day jazz music festival offers a stellar line-up of both local and international acts.  This year at the 7th installment of Jazz on the Rocks, festival goers can look forward to seeing Joe Mcbride doing a tribute to Ray Charles alongside 23 other top notch local artists.

 

The popularity of the event, which takes place from Thursday 23 February to Monday 27 February 2017, has grown exponentially over the last few years, with campsites at Tieties Baai sold-out at least nine months ahead of the event. Apart from attracting thousands of people to the reserve, the event contributes significantly towards the economy of the region. Local entrepreneurs are also given the opportunity to showcase their goods and services, further entrenching an entrepreneurial culture and spirit in the communities.

Jazz on the Rocks2014 by Tietiesbaai Paternoster. Foto Peter Abrahams

Founder and Heart FM Presenter Clarence Ford says the festival promises a little more this year. “We will be hosting a community youth sports festival on the Voorstrand beach in Paternoster on Saturday 25th February.  We’d like to focus on youth in the area and sport, which is well loved in the community. We want to unlock the abundance of talent in youth, in the fields of music and sport. It is important that we are not only seen as festival creators, but that we are invested in developing the youth of the region. We want to leave a lasting legacy for years to come, without leaving a footprint on the splendid.”

 

Ford says he would like to get more youth involved in the festival. “We want to upskill them with knowledge about festival design and the management thereof. To facilitate this, we have the Cape Peninsula of Technology on board again this year. In 2016, 15 youth from the Paternoster area were acknowledged for their learning by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. We are proud of their achievement. They are able to now be economically active in more than just the crayfish industries.”

 

Sponsors for the 2017 edition include, NEDBANK, Old Mutual, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, VODACOM, Distell and SAB Miller. The event strategically involves the Department of Fisheries, to educate the local community and visitors about the dramatically decreasing crayfish reserves.

 

 

For more information about the festival visit www.jazzontherocks.net or follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

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Apple’s Best of 2016 celebrates the most popular content across the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music and iBooks.

appleApple has unveiled its Best of 2016 lists, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music and iBooks.

 

Showcasing editorial selections and top-selling and most downloaded charts, Apple’s Best of 2016 highlights the talented artists, storytellers and developers who are entertaining Apple customers around the world.

 

Drake tops the Apple Music song and album charts with “One Dance” and “Views,” respectively.

 

On Apple Music, Drake dominates the top song and album spots with “One Dance” and Views, respectively, while the Hamilton soundtrack is also a top-selling album. The Chainsmokers have two of the top 10 songs this year, and music fans still can’t get enough of Adele’s 25, Rihanna’s ANTI and Frank Ocean’s Blonde. The Beats 1 team will be counting down the biggest songs on the station in 2016 with a special Best of Beats 1 show on December 7. The Best of Beats 1 playlist will also be available on Apple Music and feature Christine And The Queens, Kiiara, The 1975, Kanye West, Solange, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled and more.

 

 

App and game developers continue to deliver incredible experiences to Apple customers, with games like Minecraft: Pocket Edition.

App Store editors reveal their App of the Year picks for 2016, including Prisma for iPhone, Sketchbook Motion for iPad, Twitter for Apple TV, MySwimPro – Personal Swim Trainer for Apple Watch and Bear for Mac. Game of the Year selections include Clash Royale for iPhone, Severed for iPad, Riptide GP: Renegade for Apple TV, Field Day for Apple Watch and Life Is Strange for Mac.

 

Snapchat is the most downloaded free iPhone app, while the craze of the summer, Pokémon GO, unsurprisingly lands on both the iPhone and iPad charts. The top paid iPhone apps cover a range of categories, with FaceTune, Heads Up!, 7 Minute Workout Challenge, KIMOJI, Geometry Dash and Face Swap Live among the top 10. Minecraft: Pocket Edition is the most downloaded paid iPad app, while YouTube is the top free iPad app.

 

“Moonlight,” written and directed by Barry Jenkins, was recognized by iTunes Movies editors as Best New Filmmaker.

The editors of iTunes Movies recognize inventive films like La La Land, Moonlight and Sing Street, and the top-selling charts feature huge blockbuster hits to buzzworthy indie titles, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Deadpool to Spotlight and The Hateful Eight.

 

 

iTunes highlights the year’s excellent TV series, including “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”

iTunes TV’s top editorial picks include groundbreaking shows like Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Atlanta, while longtime TV favorites Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey are top sellers.

 

 

Editorial selections like true crime podcast “My Favorite Murder” and comedy show “2 Dope Queens” draw loyal followings.

Podcasts hit an impressive milestone in 2016: globally, Apple listeners consumed over 10 billion downloads and streams over the past 12 months via iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and desktop. Fresh Air from NPR is the top downloaded podcast of the year.

 

 

iBooks names “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi the Debut of the Year.

This year’s editorial selections on iBooks include powerful titles, such as Homegoing, Evicted, Born to Run and If I Was Your Girl. The Girl on the Train is the top-seller in fiction and audiobooks, while readers continue to be moved by When Breath Becomes Air, the best-selling nonfiction title.

 

Overall, the Best of 2016 spotlights the fan-favorite entertainment that Apple customers couldn’t get enough of this year, while also celebrating the breadth and depth of creativity across the App Store, iTunes and iBooks.

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DStv iRock to hit Rustenburg!

Posted by radio On December - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival has become the most epic turn-up of all, and will usher in the 2016 festive season with a bang! Packed with a sizzling line-up to satisfy every music taste, this 12-hour non-stop party is sure to be lit!

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“This time of the year is ideal to head outside main business hubs like Joburg to provinces like the North West, where the final 2016 installment of the DStv iRock Music Festivals will take place. From unleashing new talent in the region, to enhancing the music industry, Rustenburg is sure to be at the centre of the action this December,” says Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, General Manager for Marketing at DStv.

 

On a quest to save the Kwaito music genre, “Godfather of Kwaito” and Mzansi’s very own “Mkhulu bae”, Mdu Masilela, who started trending at musician Mandoza’s funeral due to his good looks, will perform the hits that have made him popular during Kwaito’s heyday in the 90s.

 

South Africa’s “national asset”, Durban-born dancer, singer and entertainer Babes Wodumo will heat up the DStv iRock Music Festival stage for the very first time. Best known for her hit song Wololo and her energetic dance moves, this crowd favourite will have the entire festival bumping to her infectious beat.

 

“After a disappointing no-show at the DStv iRock Limpopo 2016 Pre-party over Heritage weekend, fans undoubtedly look forward to seeing Babes Wodumo in action in Rustenburg,” Mazibuko continues.

 

For the Hip Hop heads, there is entertainment galore, from #FillUpOrlandoStadium hit-maker Cassper Nyovest; two young Hip Hop sensations Emtee and Nasty C; Ngud’ rapper Kwesta; North West born first lady of Motswako, Fifi Cooper; Ambitiouz Entertainment’s latest sensation, A-Reece; to Hip Hop DJ and rapper, DJ Citi Lyts, who recently brought us the hit single Vura.

 

More off-the-chains performances are expected from House DJs and artists Euphonik; DJ Shimza; Black Coffee; and Black Motion who will be burning the midnight oil to end off the bash of all bashes.

 

Afro-soul sensation Donald, and House music DJ/producer Mobi Dixon, responsible for unearthing fresh talent from the Rustenburg region in the DStv iRock Rustenburg Battle for the Stage competition, will also perform on Saturday 10 December.

 

The DStv iRock Pre-party with Mobi Dixon as the main act is set to warm up the weekend’s festivities at Reggies Cigar Lounge in Tlhabane on Friday 9 December. Doors open at 19:00 and tickets are available at R100 at the door.

 

The two DStv iRock Rustenburg Battle for the Stage winners will open the Pre-party for Mobi Dixon on Friday 9 December; and the Main Stage on Saturday 10 December 2016.

 

On top of that, Pretoria-born DStv iRock Rustenburg 2015 Battle for the Stage winner and rising Hip Hop star Jay Makopo will be another one of the opening acts of the festival.

 

Up-and-coming performers from the Rustenburg area can still audition for an opportunity to perform as the opening act of the DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival Pre-party on Friday 9 December or on the Main Stage on Saturday 10 December. The final live auditions will take place at Moruleng Mall, Moruleng on Saturday 3 December, where Mobi Dixon and Donald will judge talent from 12:00 – 15:00.

 

Follow the action on social media: DStv iRock Music Festival on Instagram and Twitter on @irockmusicfest #DStviRock or visit the Facebook page: @iRockmusicfestival.

 

The DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival will kick off at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium from 16:00 on Saturday, 10 December 2016. General Access tickets are available at R200 and VIP at R1000.

 

This year’s DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival is presented by Daily Sun/Sunday Sun, Bacardi, Royal Marang and Rustenburg Local Municipality.

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Paying tribute to the fallen hero, RIP Manzini

Posted by radio On December - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Following its success in 2015, the 2nd annual ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ draws the year 2016 to a close with a festive bang.

 

durbantourism_005The charming coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, which has been the centre of the South African entertainment industry, is set to come alive on Saturday, 17 December 2016 with the ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ event.

 

This ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ event, promises a myriad of scintillating performances from South Africa and International’s best musicians; the likes of Ricky Rick, Babes Wodumo, Monique Bingham (USA), Ralf Gum (Germany), OkMalumKoolKat, DJ Bongz, WTF, to name a few.

 

Native Shades Entertainment team has created a fun-filled day paired with a dominant lineup done the Durban way. Event creator and organizer Ntokozo Shozi of Native Shades Entertainment says this year will be more authentic and will truly live up to its ‘SMASH’ name.

“This time around we have included the best of national and international artists. We are expecting double the number of guests to come and enjoy good music and summer fun. We have also for the very first time included Maskandi’s biggest artist, Igcokama Elisha for another smash flavour. We are looking forward to hosting music revellers in Pinetown for another EThekwini experience.”

 

Taking place on Saturday, 17th December 2016 at Lahee Park, Pinetown, Durban this affair promises the utmost summer celebration this December. It is one not to be missed!!!

 

Tickets available @Computicket

 

THE DETAILS:

 

VENUE:           Lahee Park, Pinetown, Durban

TIME:              10am ‘till Late

DATE:              17th December 2016 (Saturday)

 

PRE SOLD TICKETS

GA:                  R150

VIP:                 R350

 

AT THE GATE TICKETS

GA:                  R200

VIP:                 R400

 

Cooler boxes allowed until 4PM: R50 per cooler box.

NO BOTTLES ALLOWED

 

LINEUP: MASSIVE LINE-UP OF LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL ACTS:

 

BABES WODUMO, RICKY RICK, RALF GUM (Germany), MONIQUE BINGHAM (USA), N’DINGA GABA (USA), HEAVY K, DJ HAPPYGAL, DJ VUMAR, DJ BONGZ, OKMALUMKOOLKAT, DISTRACTION BOYZ, WTF, DJ WOBBLY, JUNIOR DE ROCKA, DJ CNDO, DJ LE SOUL, DJ FEEL, IGCOKAMA ELISHA and many more …

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Crown Gospel Awards will be broadcast live on SABC 1

Posted by radio On November - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reaffirms its media partnership with the annual SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. In its ninth year running, it will be taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Arena in Durban on Sunday 27 November 2016 under the theme, ‘Push, Birth & New Beginnings’.

cgmacopyThe SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC2 on Sunday the 27th of November 2016 from 20:00.

The SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards are a platform to salute and award excellence in the Gospel Music Industry showcasing various categories.  To date, the awards boast more than 30 categories. The winners are awarded a Crown, for their sterling contribution in the gospel music industry.

 

Mr Kaizer Kganyago, the SABC’s Spokesperson commented, “The public service broadcaster is encouraged by the continued growth of the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. Gospel music represents one of the most popular genres across both SABC radio and television platforms especially for SABC 1 and SABC 2’s audiences.  Therefore our association with the Crown Gospel Music Awards reflects this natural attraction”.

 

Founder and producer of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards Zanele Mbokazi stated “We have faith in our production team. Everyone involved had laid out an A-Game for this year’s edition of the Crowns.  From dancers, backing vocals, presenters, the lighting, to the stage design, it’s all coming together as we desired as awards producers”.

 

The line-up for the 2016 edition of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards include,  Khaya Mthethwa, Sipho Makhabane, Dr. Tumi, Lebo Sekgobela, Andile kaMajola, Women in Praise just to name a few.  The SABC Crown Gospel Awards has attracted the interest of Gospel artists outside South Africa through the category ‘Best of Africa’ and also through the night’s performances.

 

This coming weekend will also see, the inaugural Christian Expo Africa happening from the 26th to 27th of November at the ICC Arena. The public is invited to come walk the different exhibition stands.

The SABC will also be supporting the awards through its other various platforms including SABC Radio station uKhozi FM and other SABC TV programmes.

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Mthandeni Sibusiso Manqele popularly known as Igcokama Elisha, the most loved Maskandi artist, is releasing his brand new 16 tracks album this week titled “Amagolide”. The official release date for this long awaited album is this coming Friday, 25th November. In this album Igcokama has worked with one of the most talented Maskandi artist today, Jaiva Zimnike. Igcokama Elisha will soon be touring parts of KZN, Gauteng and other provinces to promote his new album. This is his 6th studio album since he started his solo career in 2013.

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This album’s first hit singles, “AmaTablet” and “Sidlukotini”, are already on high rotation on different radio stations nationwide and receiving a warm welcome. The chart-topping Malavisto hit maker is expected to set new records and sell more copies to reach Platinum status with this album. His albums since 2014 been selling over gold status, which is very impressive especially since he is an indipendent artist signed to his very own Record Label, IGCOKAMA Records. It is without a doubt that this album will also be well recieved by many people including our fellow brothers and sisters from the neighbouring countries, the same way they loved and enjoyed his “Xenophobia” album that featured the single of the same title. “Xenophobia” was recorded to help in stopping the 2015 Xenophobic attacks that were taking place in Durban and parts of South Africa while ensuring that this horrific act is not repeated by our people ever again. The song preached the message of peace and unity and King Goodwill Zwelithini gave it his Blessings as well.

 

The 28 year old KwaZulu-Natal born and bred hit maker from a small area called Mtubatuba, promises us that the album is not focusing on the fights within the maskandi industry but rather looking into growing his career as an artist, songwriter, delivering the best music to the Maskandi music lovers and contributing to the growth of this genre. “I’m an entertainer, I believe that I was born to heal, teach and fight social ills with my music and it’s exactly what I’m doing”, Says Manqele.

 

In this new album, Igcokama Elisha continues to brings innovation in the genre that speaks to the new generation with a sound that is inspired by what the youth in South Africa likes currently. “Maskandi is a genre that defines me & my heritage, so the fact that I’m a maskandi artist doesn’t take away the fact that I’m still young and I’m aware of what is happening around me. Young people, especially hip-hop music lovers will also enjoy this album“ he concluded. Manqele is one of the most sort after entertainers in the country and it seems through this album, he is going to be very busy this festive season and Maskandi music fans have one great album to celebrate their festive season with. Igcokama is already rehearsing his hot new stage performance to go with this hot new album! He promises his fans and promoters a hot, entertaining live performance as past of his festive performance set.

 

Igcokama Elisha is currently featured on the November issue of TRUE LOVE magazine making him the very first Maskandi artist to be featured in such an urban magazine, showing that he is already on the road to making history and changing steroetypes regarding Maskandi genre and traditional music as a whole in South Africa.

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The final Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline of 2016 promises to bring out the SOUL SHINE summer vibe Jozi has been waiting for! Friday December 2nd sees the always welcome return to the Bassline stage of legendary Mamelodi based troubadour VUSI ‘The Voice’ MAHLASELA.

 

kyaKaya FM 95.9 and Bassline are proud to present this titan of African music, live on stage, bringing his unique sound and powerful live show that has created magic across the world for over three decades.  Kaya celebrates #HerSummer with premium music experiences and this show is no exception.

 

With his hugely successful global career and numerous accolades and awards, Vusi Mahlasela remains a humble man committed to his music and to his positive messages.  It is impossible not to be moved by Vusi’s unique vocal style and lyrical acoustic guitar playing.

 

Vusi has coined the SOUL SHINE concept to encapsulate this experience, and his return to the Bassline in Newtown, whilst always a special occasion, promises to set the bar even higher.  SOUL SHINE is the spread of Ubuntu through music, and as we head to the end of 2016, the time is perfect to celebrate and share some positive energy.

 

Vusi’s SOUL SHINE AFRICA MUSIC NIGHT at Bassline will not only feature all his popular tunes drawn from a songbook built over ten  albums, but the show will feature more than a few musical surprises.

 

Also featured ‪on December 2nd will be young Mamelodi based guitar prodigy Sbu Mashinini, who has quickly built a reputation as an ace player.

 

This epic evening will bring a stirring end to the Kaya Live @ Bassline series for the year.

 

Get your tickets at Webtickets now, and let your soul shine!

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