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The A-Z of MTN SAMA 19

Posted by radio On May - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The build-up to the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) is reaching fever pitch, especially in the Record of the Year (RoY) category where fans from all over the country are voting for their favourites in what is sure to be a very tight race for the award at the Sun City Superbowl on May 11.


Away from the business end of things, MTN SAMA 19 has thrown out some playful trivia; 

A is for …Amstel VIP Afterparty – The exclusive post awards after party where guests get to rub shoulders with  all the winners and the who’s who of the music biz  


BlackByrd, Desmond & The Tutus, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota, Freshlyground & The Muffinz – Contesting the tough Duo or Group of the Year category 


ChianoSky – Second highest amount of nominations for this new young pop sensation taking the music industry by storm, with 5 nominations including Female Artist of the Year


Due Drop Deluxe – Highest nominated album debut album from Toya Delazy with 6 nominations 


Elvis Blue, Arno Carstens, Khuli Chana, ProVerb & Reason – Strong field of very talented musicians nominated for the Male Artist of the Year award


Flickr – houses official MTN SAMA’s image content – you’ll be able to get all the Y’ello carpet, live show and behind the scenes photos 


Goodie Bag – The magical yellow case that everyone wants to get their hands on. Each goodie bag is worth R18, 000 and contains items from Guess, Ray Ban, Koi, Soho Nail Bar, Honey Jewellery, just to name a few…collectively worth over R2,5 million


HHP, Black Motion, B.O.P, Donald, Kabomo, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota, Lloyd Cele, Khaya, Elvis Blue, Liquideep, Mi Casa, Riot, Oskido, Sfiso Ncwane & Teargas – 15 strong field of male artists vying for the Record of the Year award…it doesn’t get tighter than this


Instagram – Handle: @MTNSAMA – get the latest and pictures of your favourite artists from the Y’ello carpet 


Johannes Kerkorrel, Sizwe Zako & Dr Thomas Chauke – Legendary music stalwarts that will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for the stellar work in the music industry over the years 


Kelly Khumalo, Khuli Chana & Khaya and Kia – The former all received 3 nominations each, and the latter will be driving the stars to the Y’ello carpet 


L is for live streaming – catch the awards and all the backstage behind the scenes action as it is streamed live on your mobile ( and Facebook (


Mzansi 4 Sho – SABC 1 Will broadcast the awards ceremony live to millions of viewers on Saturday, May 11 at 8:30pm 


Nomfusi, Maleh, Kelly Khumalo, Cama Gwini & Bongeziwe Mabandla – Ladies doing it for themselves in the Best African Adult Album category


Oskido, Black Coffee, DJ Pepsi, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota & Pascal & Pearce – Industry heavyweights going head to head in one of the biggest awards of the night, the Best Dance Album Award


ProVerb, PRO, Reason, Khuli Chana & Last Days Fam – Going head to head for in the Best Rap Album category


Q – Question is – who will follow in Zahara’s 2012 footsteps and dominate the awards?  Now that’s something to celebrate 


Record of the Year – Voting lines are open for the 20 acts in the running, voting is reaching fever pitch for the most popular award of the night 


Sun City Superbowl – Venue for MTN SAMA 19 on Saturday 11 May.  Final show production is being kept tightly under wraps with some hot, never-before-seen collaborations planned… Live Acts announcement coming soon 


Tickets – Available from Computicket from R 330 – R400 (Golden Circle) per person including entrance to the public After Party in the Hall of Treasures –


Umthwalo – Having dominated last year with 6 MTN SAMAs, this year Zahara returns with 3 nominations including Record of the Year for Umthwalo


V.Underground, Lloyd Cele, Riot & Shabalala Rhythm – Clinched nominations for Best Collaboration with a variety of artists for the smashing hits in 2012


Warwick Allan, Benza, Salomon Ligthelm, Jolyon Ellis & Claudio Pavan – Celebrated producers behind the most outstanding music videos the past year going head to head for the coveted Best Music Video of the Year award


XOXO – Expect lots of hugs and kisses on the red carpet as well as big hugs on stage for the winners


Y’ello Carpet – Signature MTN SAMA style VIP carpet; the fashion on the Y’ello carpet is just as important as the music at the annual MTN SAMA awards – see who’s wearing what on streamed live on your mobile ( and Facebook ( 


Zonke, Toya Delazy, ChianoSky, Zahara & DJ Zinhle – Ladies in the running for the coveted Record of the Year category 


Tickets for the main awards show are available at Computicket. Please visit the official website for further details –


The Friday night show takes place in the Royal Ballroom on 10 May 2013 and the Saturday night show takes place in the Superbowl on 11 May 2013 at 8:30pm.

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Moshito ten years of success

Posted by radio On May - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Vanguard of the South African music industry, the Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition prepares to celebrate a decade of cutting-edge insights, music know-how and industry accomplishments. With fresh ideas and a change in venue, the newly elected board of directors promises a standout year. By building on past successes, but re-positioning the key components of the conference structure, Moshito aims to offer a more focused programme that features a compelling mix of both local and international speakers, but also allows for better audience engagement. The result – a more memorable, entertaining and media-rich experience. 

This year Moshito welcomes Sipho Dlamini, Incoming CEO of SAMRO as the board’s new Chairman. A seasoned member of the music business, Dlamini brings his knowledge and experience to this dynamic team of entertainment industry professionals.


Dlamini is joined on the board by Moshito Vice Chairperson Tholsi Pillay (MMFSA), Treasurer George Lusenga (AIRCO) and members Sipho Sithole (SAMRO), Simon Sibanda (NORM), Steve Mashiya (SAMPA), Samuel Mhangwani (SAMPA) and Vusi Leeuw (AIRCO).


“As the Chairman of the event I’m excited by the challenge ahead and I look forward to leading the organisation to a successful conference. The board has worked hard to overcome the obstacles encountered last year. We’re happy to have finalised the content and the program well in advance and to have already identified speakers for the conference,” said Dlamini


“Our partners and sponsors at the SABC, Department of Arts & Culture, DTI and Gauteng Sports, Culture & Recreation are working closely with our board to ensure that we have a milestone 10th conference,” he continued.


Over the past 10 years, Moshito has become an event of choice for those serious about success in the music industry. The business of music is continually evolving, with the digital revolutions transforming the market place. Industry challenges are only likely to increase and as an educating initiative, Moshito prides itself in its offer of acumen and insight in preparing musicians.


Fittingly the Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition 10th year celebrations return to the Sandton Convention Centre, where the original exhibition was hosted. The 2013 conference will feature a bigger-than-before, purpose-built, dedicated exhibition area that will give all industry players a place to showcase their businesses.


“We are creating a staging ground for record labels, film and television production companies and musicians to promote themselves alongside the corporate brands who also have an interest in the entertainment industry.” says Tholsi Pillay, Moshito Vice Chairperson.


Registrations for Moshito 2013 open on 15 May 2013
Registration forms can be downloaded from the website
Moshito 2013 takes place at Sandton Convention Centre from 21 to 23 September


Moshito sponsors and partners list:

● Department of Arts and Culture
● Gauteng Provincial Government
● South African Broadcasting Corporation
● Jamaican High Commission
● Southern African Music Rights Organisation
● Indian Ocean Music network(East Coast Africa; Indian Ocean Islands ;India; Australia)
● Indian Ocean Music Market(Africa; Indian Ocean Islands; India; China; Europe)


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Following the success of the first Rise & Shine Eco-Friendly Acoustic Music Festival, Rain Productions, Pangolin Productions & MixFM 93.8 in association with Greenpop bring you the next edition on Saturday 8 June 2013.


The festival will provides an opportunity for music-lovers to return to the garden oasis that is Sandton Central Park, while enjoying some of South Africa’s brightest musical talents in their acoustic formats.


The first Rise & Shine raised over 60 trees, ensuring a Green footprint was left behind. Rise & Shine, in association with Greenpop, will once again plant a tree for every 50 people that attend the festival. Collectively, festival-goers will be responsible for the small forest we have already created continuing to grow.


Tickets will be for sale at at R150 per person, with the option of paying an additional R100 for a ‘Green ticket’, whereby Greenpop will plant a tree on your behalf in Zambia in July. A certificate with the co-ordinates of your sponsored tree will be sent to you once its toes are in the soil.


Festival-goers will also be able to volunteer to join Greenpop in planting the trees by visiting


The line-up includes Francois van Coke, Naming James, Laurie Levine, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Black Cat Bones, Lucy Kruger, Them Particles and Earl Grey & Croquet.


In addition to the world-class music on offer, guests are encouraged to arrive at the park as early as 9.00am for a Yoga session included in the ticket price.


With the Gautrain in walking distance from Sandton Central Park, guests from as far afield as Pretoria, Centurion, Midrand, Benoni & Rosebank will be able to join in the festivities. The festival concludes at 6.00pm & the Gautrain runs every 30 minutes until 8.30pm on the day.


Those driving to the event are encouraged to car-pool & park their vehicles within the safe confines of Sandton City from where it is a gentle 500m stroll to the park. Saturday parking is a flat-rate fee of R10 for the day.


This outdoor production aims to showcase – through entertainment, enjoyment & experience – what can be achieved through a collective awareness.

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Fally Ipupa (@fallyipupa01) and Professor (@professorkalawa) are the latest stars to sign up for MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal with Snoop Lion, the urban music extravaganza staged by MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and KwaZulu-Natal Province in Durban, South Africa.


MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal is fast shaping up as the most exciting urban music event of the decade as Fally Ipupa and Professor join previously announced artists Snoop Lion (@SnoopLion), 2Face (@2faceidibia), Flavour (@2niteFlavour) and Zakes Bantwini (@ZakesBantwiniSA) on the bill for the concert. The event is being staged at the Moses Mabhida Stadium (@MMStadium), People’s Park, in Durban on 18 May.


Charismatic Congolese star Fally Ipupa, who first made a musical impact with hits like Eternellement and Ko Ko Ko Ko alongside veteran musician Koffi Olomide, is making a rare trip to South Africa for the All Stars gig. Ipupa made his mark as a solo artist after the 2006 release of his debut album Droit Chemin. His 2009 album Arsenal de Belles Mélodies brought him to global attention; thanks to hits like Chaise Electrique, a bilingual love song featuring former G-Unit vocalist Olivia. Blending a silky smooth voice with a range of music genres from soukous to ndombolo, pop and R’n’B, Ipupa has won legions of fans and music industry accolades. In 2010 he took home two MTV Africa Music Awards, one for Best Video (Sexy Dance featuring Krys) and another for Best Francophone Artist. Ipupa recently announced that he has been signed to Universal Music France for a 3-album deal – a significant endorsement for the DRC-based singer.


Well known for his jaw-dropping beats and catchy lyrics, Durban native and South African kwaito guru Professor hit the headlines with his first solo album University of Kalawa Jazmee, thanks to hypnotic hits such as Jezebel, Lento and Jimaphi which filled club dance-floors and dominated the radio airwaves across South Africa. Recognition of his talents came at the 2011 MTN South African Music Awards, where he won Best Kwaito Album, Best Male & Record of the Year, and Professor has since been making more waves thanks to the success of his second album, Orientation.


For an awesome preview of what to expect at MTV Africa All Stars, check out the highlights of the MTV Africa All Stars, airing on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) from 10 May. Featuring high octane performances from Africa’s biggest live performers, the series takes us on an urban music odyssey from Durban (Friday, 10 May at 16:00 CAT) to Nairobi (Friday, 17 May at 16:00 CAT), before winding tour up in Lagos (Friday, 24 May at 16:00 CAT).


More than 10 000 people are expected to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime concert as Snoop Lion aka Snoop Dogg, the legendary hip hop icon turned reggae superstar, performs his greatest hits interspersed with his new, Reincarnated reggae-flavoured repertoire.


Doors for MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal with Snoop Lion open at 17:00 CAT on Saturday, 18 May and the first performance starts at 18:30 CAT.

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Music Is A Great Investment (MIAGI) has committed to send both the MIAGI Youth Orchestra and the MIAGI Jazz Band to Central Europe and Scandinavia in 2014 for a sensational musical tour.


The tour is in celebration of 20 years of South African democracy and the two MIAGI groups will be collaborating at the highest level, performing on prestigious international stages.  MIAGI’s Youth Orchestra and Youth Jazz Band are both made up of the finest young musicians from all social and ethnic backgrounds and have been trained extensively under the mentorship of some of the world’s finest musicians and conductors.


18 top instructors from across the globe will be mentoring the young musicians and assisting in their tour program alongside British conductor Duncan Ward, first assistant to Sir Simon Rattle at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as they gather for training at the Heronbridge College in Johannesburg.  There will be an open day for media and sponsors on the 4th May in order for the world to witness what these 110 young musicians are capable of doing.


The program being performed on this tour is radical and challenging for the young musicians: Shostakovich’s Age Of Gold Suite and Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra (Jazz Suite No. 2) and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.  Furthermore MIAGI creates an environment where young South African musicians have an opportunity to test and showcase their skills as improvisers as composers as they rehearse and improvise together, exposed to new musical influences from South Africa and abroad.  At this course, a traditional Xincaynincayi dance group from Limpopo known as The Caravan Dance Group is bringing traditional ethnic dance into the performances.


Special star soloist from abroad is Anders Paulsson from Sweden, widely recognized as one of the world’s leading soprano saxophonist. He will be creating a new work together with the South African young musicians and two Swedish rappers, Rikard De Bruin and Marcus Larsson. Paulsson’s and the two young Swedish Rapper’s presence at the course forms part of the ‘MIAGI and the Swedish Odyssey – with The Times’ project, funded by the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria through Sida.  Within this project MIAGI has the privilege to collaborate with Fryshuset, a unique social and educational institution in Stockholm that supports and educates vulnerable youth by nurturing their passions such as visual arts, art, theatre, music or sport, and  Lilla Akademien, a music academy offering music education at the highest level.


It is an exciting time for these 110 young musicians, stemming from backgrounds ranging from townships to suburbs around the country.  Together they have made remarkable strides in their artistic lives and will continue to be rewarded by MIAGI through opportunity and mentorship.


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MTN SAMA concert to rock PE on Freedom Day

Posted by radio On April - 27 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The much anticipated MTN South African Music Awards Concert is set to take place in ‘the friendly city’ of Port Elizabeth today Saturday, 27th April 2013 at the Nelson Mandela Bay University Indoor Arena, Missionvale Campus. As a prelude to the MTN SAMA 19 on May 10th and 11th at Sun City, the concert will feature Mzansi’s finest musicians previously nominated in the MTN SAMAs.


The list of performances will showcase a selection of MTN SAMA nominees including … and other artists such as kwaito sensations Character and Big Nuz, hip-hop artist Zakwe, Afro Pop star Kelly Khumalo, Afro Soul singer Zonke and the undisputed king of Downloads, DJ Cleo, who has walked away with 12 MTN SAMA awards to date.


18 lucky winners from the Eastern Cape Province plus five (5) of their friends will be chaperoned on an-all-expenses-paid VIP experience to the concert. This is a first for the awards and MTN is excited to reward music fans for their support and passion for South Africa’s music industry. “As title sponsors of the MTN SAMAs, we are pleased that the concert is finally coming to fruition. Based on the number of votes received for the competition, it is testimony to the fact that the Eastern Cape is passionate about music and fans are eager to see the MTN SAMA winners perform live,” says Ryan Gould GM Brand & Comms at MTN SA. 


Music fans around Nelson Mandela Bay can purchase tickets at Computicket outlets including Shoprite/Checkers including at the venue at R50 seated and R70 standing. Gates open at 14h00 and due to security reasons the following items will be prohibited from the venue drugs, weapons, cooler bags cameras and recording equipment.

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2Face joins MTV Africa All Stars line-up

Posted by radio On April - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Nigerian superstar 2 Face (@2faceidibia) is the latest all star to sign up for MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal with Snoop Lion, the urban music extravaganza staged by MTV Base and KwaZulu-Natal Province in Durban on Saturday, 18 May.


Tickets for MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal with Snoop Lion go on sale from 25 April at R40, and further ticket promotions on radio, TV and online will ensure that the concert attracts the widest possible audience. Tickets will be available at Computicket outlets, via the Computicket website (, on the Computicket call centre (0861 915 8000) and at branches of Shoprite Stores, Checkers, Checkers Hyper and House & Home stores (see Computicket for terms & conditions).


Riding high in the charts with Ihe Neme, 2Face joins Snoop Lion (@SnoopLion), Flavour (@2niteFlavour) and Zakes Bantwini (@ZakesBantwiniSA) at the stunning urban music concert, to be staged at Moses Mabhida Stadium (@MMStadium), People’s Park, Durban. The charismatic singer will be a hugely popular addition to the lineup at the All Stars gig, where he is expected to take fans on a musical journey starting with his early material in Platashun Boiz through to recent hits like Implication, I Just Wanna Be There, One Love and No Dulling.


More than 10 000 people are expected to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime concert as Snoop Lion aka Snoop Dogg, the legendary hip hop icon turned reggae superstar, performs his greatest hits interspersed with his new, Reincarnated reggae-flavoured repertoire.


More details about MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal with Snoop Lion, including additional performers, will be announced shortly.


Doors for MTV Africa All Stars KwaZulu-Natal with Snoop Lion open at 17:00 CAT on Saturday, 18 May, and the first performance starts at 18:30 CAT


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Top brands partner with MTN SAMA 19

Posted by radio On April - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Some of the country’s leading brands are using the biggest event in the South African entertainment industry, the forthcoming 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19), to leverage their portfolios. MTN SAMA 19 has teamed up with leading lifestyle, automotive, ICT, premium beer and broadcast partners to present the biggest and most technically advanced installment of these prestigious awards yet on May 11 at the Sun City Superbowl.


MTN, SABC 1, Amstel Lager, Adams & Adams, KIA Motors South Africa, Mageu Number 1, CAN DO!, RiSA and the Department of Arts and Culture are proud official partners of MTN SAMA 19.


For the Department of Arts and Culture supporting the MTN South African Music Awards is one of the many interventions they are making to raise the profile of their cultural and creative industries, with a view to unleash their potential as key contributors to economic growth, job creation and the building of sustainable livelihoods.


Headline sponsors MTN have been a sponsor for 10 years and this year have promised the most digitally connected awards yet.  The awards will be streamed live and in real time on mobile ( and Facebook ( Fans will be able to watch interviews with their favourite artists LIVE on the Y’ello Carpet on their mobile phones and online.  Furthermore clips will be packaged and uploaded as Video on demand content, so those that do not catch the LIVE stream can still watch the action on the mobisite ( and on the official MTN SAMA You Tube Channel (


One of the biggest draw cards to the MTN South African Music Awards is the fact that they enjoy live broadcast on SABC1 Mzansi Fo Sho, providing an exciting factor of immediacy and relevancy to television audiences! The MTN South African Music Awards presents SABC 1 with an opportunity to demonstrate their unwavering commitment to the development of the music industry in South Africa and to play an active role in celebrating and paying homage to the vast talents and achievements of our very own music industry.


For Kia Motors South Africa, MTN SAMA 19 gives them the opportunity to showcase the newly launched Kia Optima, featuring the all new GDI engine as the official vehicle at this year’s star-studded event. Kia Motors South Africa will once again assign a total of fifteen Optima’s that will be used to chauffeur celebrities and all other guests onto the yellow carpet prior to the main awards function on the Saturday evening.


Amstel Lager joins as a sponsor and will host the exclusive Winner’s After Party and the Green Room, which is where winners of the various awards will be interviewed by the contingent of media houses expected to attend. Furthermore, Amstel Lager is the sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award to be handed out on Friday, 10 May.


This year sees law firm Adams & Adams continue as an official sponsor and exclusive legal consultant to the MTN SAMAs – for the second year in a row. The law firm has been committed to educating those in the entertainment industry – from record labels to musicians and composers, to artists, authors and film producers for over a century.


In keeping with their brand image of cool, fresh, enthusiastic and responsible youth, CAN DO! has teamed up with MTN SAMA 19 to sponsor the exciting Best Newcomer Category.


Not only will Mageu Number 1 be sponsoring the Best Traditional Music Award, they will also be giving back as part of a campaign that will see the winner of this award receive R25 000 to uplift the community from which he/she comes. The brand also has an ongoing promotion that involves young aspiring designers who will get the opportunity to dress a prominent celebrity for MTN SAMA 19 in a traditional outfit that has a modern interpretation.


“We are extremely proud of our associations with these illustrious partners and leaders in their respective fields. These associations and partnerships ensure that we will be able to produce the best instalment of MTN SAMA yet”, added SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.


The main MTN SAMA 19 awards ceremony, which takes place at the Sun City Superbowl will be televised live on SABC1 from 8.30pm on Saturday, 11 May 2013.

The event is not open to under 18’s.


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Meet the new SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi

Posted by radio On April - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]


Nhlanhla Paul Sibisi took over from Randall Abrahams when he was appointed the head of the MTN South African Music Awards in September 2012.

He walked into his position after the controversy surrounding the decision to shrink and amalgamate the number of categories in the SAMAs, which caused a hullabaloo amongst industry professionals and artists.


His tenure as CEO of the SAMAs hasn’t been without controversy either. This involved an outcry from the public and the media about the inclusion of the DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota tune, Stokvel  and the omission of Dr Malinga’s Via Orlando in the Top 20 most played songs making up the  Record of the Year category, which is the only one voted for by the public.

“I find that the communication between members of the public, the media and the organisers of the SAMAs still need to be improved. The rules and processes which we work with are not explained properly to those on the outside. The submissions that MTN SAMA 19 is working with are from 1 December 2011 to the end of November 2012 and the Dr Malinga song was only picked up afterwards. I have had to meet with journalists to reintroduce this to them so they can relay it to the public,” Sibisi explains.


His experience includes having been the General Manager of the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) in 1999, which he admits comes in handy when it comes to resolving conflicts. This position at RISA also saw him working and heading the SAMAs.

“We did not have a SAMA CEO until Sean Watson became the first. So when you worked for RISA, you automatically worked on the SAMAs as well,” he clarifies.

So the SAMAs are not new to him. He has merely come back to the industry he knows very well. Talking about doing the SAMAs the second time around he says, “Back then we worked with a smaller budget. That is obviously different now, but the issues remain the same. What has improved is how the event is organised. The systems are almost flawless, processes are clear and everything is done electronically. The challenge is to communicate these processes to most people.”

Sibisi hails from Soweto in Mofolo North where he schooled and matriculated. He went to Kwa Zulu Natal where he got his law degree from the University of Durban Westville.

After completing his articles, in 1997, at one of Johannesburg’s top commercial law firm, Webber Wentzel, he continued as a practicing corporate and media law attorney prior to joining Telkom Limited, in 1999, as a Legal Advisor.  After his stint as General Manager at RISA in the same year, he joined Sony Music Entertainment South Africa (SMESA), in 2001, as its Director of Legal and Business Affairs.


In 2008 Sibisi was recruited by the SABC as its General Manger for Business Acquisitions. He was also the Chairman of the SABC 2010 operational committee which was responsible for the SABC broadcast of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


Before taking up his current position, he was the Managing Director of Nuritone Investments (Pty) Limited (which trades as the Rights Clearance & Administration), a one-stop music rights clearance and advisory services company in Africa, focusing, primarily, on assisting Mobile Network Operators, Broadcasters, Ad Agencies, Film and Production Houses to license and clear music usage rights.


When talking about his observations of the music industry he speaks of a dynamic industry whose growth is being retarded by piracy. He feels the government has a role to play in helping to unlock the industry’s potential. “We speak of Mzansi’s untapped economy, I believe part of that is hidden in the music industry,” he says.


His vision for the SAMAs is clear. “I would love to have an environment where we start provincialising some of the SAMA activities, having mini awards in certain provinces culminating in the big event. We have massive talent in other provinces that Gauteng can’t unearth. I would love to have a SAMA that is seen to celebrate, but also develop,” Sibisi says.


He is an avid music lover who enjoys discovering new sounds and being part of the SAMAs allows him to have a broad sense of what South African music is all about. For the big MTN SAMA 19 event at Sun City on May 10 and 11, he promises a benchmark entertainment show that will keep the audiences at home on the edge of their seats.    





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SAMRO announces leadership changes

Posted by radio On April - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

JOHANNESBURG – The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO), Reverend Abe Sibiya, announced yesterday that the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Nicholas Motsatse, will be stepping down from his role at the end of June this year. He will be replaced by the current Deputy CEO, Mr. Sipho Dlamini.


In announcing the changes Sibiya stated that Motsatse had informed him of his intention to step down during the latter part of last year. He said: “It is with a mixture of sadness and loss, yet again, a sense of appreciation for one of our great leaders who has decided over a considerable period of time to explore much of what life has to offer while there is sunshine. I therefore wish to announce to you that Mr Motsatse, our CEO and a Chairperson’s dream, has after much thought and discussion with his family reached the decision to bid SAMRO farewell.” Sibiya also stated that Motsatse’s decision was personal and had nothing to do with the changes in Chairmanship or any other matter related to SAMRO.


Commenting on his decision to step down, Motsatse said that he had given the matter a great deal of thought and it was not a decision taken lightly. ‘I have had the privilege of working with a very competent and supportive Board and I could not ask for any better. My time at SAMRO will always be the highlight of my career as a manager and a leader. I however believe that the time is right for a new leadership to take this organization to greater heights,” he said.  


The incoming CEO, Sipho Dlamini, joined SAMRO at the beginning of 2012 as GM: Marketing. He was promoted to the position of Deputy CEO at the beginning of 2013 to give him an opportunity to work closely with Motsatse. Commenting on his appointment Sibiya states: “Mr Dlamini is his own man, a thinker, an executive full of promise, articulate, precise and very well versed in this industry.” He elaborated: “If we are to manage change well, then we all must believe in the wisdom of preparation and succession. SAMRO is a complicated organization and so are its processes, relationships locally and internationally. It begs and calls for a man or woman who can fill the great shoes of previous SAMRO CEO’s with distinction as is the expected tradition.”


“I am deeply honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead team SAMRO at this important juncture in its development. Having just passed the half a century mark as an organization, I am fully aware of the challenges but also the opportunities lying ahead of SAMRO. It is therefore with a sense of excitement and anticipation that I accept this very important responsibility,” said Dlamini.


The rapidly changing business environment, especially for the copyright and music industries, will mean that the new pair of Sibiya and Dlamini will be critical in steering the organization through some major developments. Fortunately, the track records of both these gentlemen in the music industry and the global business environment will stand them in good stead. 


[Source: SAMRO]

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