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Bassline in Newtown, Johannesburg, is proud to announce the line-up for its ninth annual Africa Day Concert held over two exciting nights on 24 and 25 May. 25 May is celebrated worldwide as Africa Day.

This year, the concerts will move from Mary Fitzgerald Square, which has historically been the hosting venue, to The Bassline venue itself – a venue long regarded as the heart of African music in Johannesburg.


The Bassline Africa Day Concert is a celebration of music from across the continent on the day that promotes unity and solidarity as well as Africa’s vibrancy, dynamism and the global need for Africans to embrace their collective identity. It is a day for all Africans to rejoice in their uniquely rich heritage.


Over the past nine years, The Bassline has brought some of the most diverse sounds to Johannesburg in celebration of this event. This year’s eclectic mix of genres features acts from Niger, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa.


The line-up is as follows:

Friday, 24 May
Tanga Pasi – Zimbabwe (brought by ProHelvetia)
Della & Friends – Cameroon
Olufemi – Nigeria
Headline Act: Lira – South Africa


Saturday, 25 May
Alhousseini Mohammed Anivolla – Niger, and Guy Buttery – South Africa (brought with the support of DOEN, African Synergy Trust, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Alliance Française)
Tanga Pasi – Zimbabwe (brought by ProHelvetia)
Della & Friends – Cameroon
Olufemi – Nigeria
Headline Act: TBC


Tickets are available from webtickets at R150.00.

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All the MTN SAMA 19 Winners

Posted by radio On May - 13 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Millions of viewers tuned into SABC 1 and witnessed the glitz, glam and the pizazz at the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards as Toya Delazy and Khuli Chana dominated the evening taking home 3 awards each at the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday, 11 May 2013.


For Toya Delazy who had kicked off the evening with a high octane performance alongside rapper Reason, the awards for Newcomer of the Year and Best Pop Album serve as confirmation of her newly found status in the industry after a breakout year in 2012 with her debut hit album, Due Drop Deluxe. Jax Panix scooped the Best Producer award the previous night for his work on Toya’s album.


The outrageously talented Khuli Chana finally had his moment to shine in the spotlight as all the years of hard work finally paid off for the former Motswako protégé as he took home the coveted Best Male Artist, Best Rap Album and Album of the Year awards.


Multi award winning Afro-fusion group Freshlyground scooped what must be fast becoming a familiar statuette for Duo or Group of the Year, further cementing their place as music royalty in South Africa.

The fiercely contested Female Artist of the Year award saw songbird Kelly Khumalo beat off stiff competition from a very talented field.


The almost three hour long show witnessed some unique and iconic collaborations from amongst others Zonke and Kabomo, ChianoSky with DJ Zinhle ft. Busiswa, Bobby van Jaarsveld with Oskido ft. Candy, Zozo & Sangere Superbeat, Desmond & The Tutus with Kabelo, Professor, Sfiso and Khaya ft. Proverb, Donald, Lira and crowd pleasers DJ Vetkuk & Mahoota ft. Dr Malinga & Manqoba amongst others.


The guest presenters on stage to hand over the awards were some of the leading names in the entertainment industry: Rapulana Seiphemo, Tsholo Monedi, Gareth Cliff, Zahara, Loyiso Bala, Tailor, Pearl Thusi, Tumi Morake, Theo Kgosinkwe, Nhlanhla Nciza, Zolisa Xaluva, Glen Lewis, Penny Lebyane, Tumi Morake, Greg Carlin and Thami Mgqolo.


An emotional tribute to artists and other industry players that have passed on during the last year was movingly performed by Bongeziwe Mabandla, Nina Schumann, Steve Dyer, Herbie Tsoaeli and CH2 over a visual montage of these fallen icons.


The Album of the Year medley was one of the major highlights of the star studded night as Khuli Chana, Kelly Khumalo, Maleh, Ntokozo Mbambo and The Muffinz took to the stage and left the over 5 000 strong crowd in rapturous applause.


It was then left to the popular Menzi Ngubane and Sophie Ndaba to close off the night and present the coveted Album of the Year to an utterly surprised Khuli Chana.


The full list of categories and winners for the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards are:

Album of the Year

Khuli Chana Lost in Time

Duo or Group of the Year

Freshlyground Take Me to the Dance

Female Artist of the Year

Kelly Khumalo The Past, The Present, The Future

Male Artist of the Year

Khuli Chana Lost in Time

Newcomer of the Year

Toya Delazy Due Drop Deluxe

Best Rock Album

Zebra & Giraffe The Wisest Ones

Best Pop Album

Toya Delazy Due Drop Deluxe

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Elvis Blue Journey

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

Theuns Jordaan Roeper




Best African Adult Album


Maleh Step Child

Best Alternative Album


iScream & The Chocolate Stix The Paradox

Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album


Khaya For You

Best Rap Album


Khuli Chana Lost in Time

Best Kwaito Album

Professor The Orientation

Best Dance Album

Black Coffee Africa Rising

Best Traditional Faith Music Album


Various Siprit of Praise Vol.4

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

Ntokozo Mbambo Filled

Best Traditional Album

Soul Brothers Isiphithiphithi

Best Maskandi Album


Ichwane Lebhaca Inkunzi Yomthakathi

Best Jazz Album


Herbie Tsoaeli African Time

Best Classic & Instrumental Album – Presented by Kgomotso KG Moeketsi & Khetha Gwala





Best Live DVD – Presented by James Shikwambana & Hanlie Nel


The Captured Tour Concert Film Lira

Best Collaboration


Riot Feat. Zahara Thetha Nami

Best Music Video of the Year – Presented by Penny Lebyane and Ben Maitsapo


Claudio Pavan for Honey Spiders (The Parlotones)

Best Producer – Presented by Penny Lebyane and Ben Maitsapo


Jax Panik for Due Drop Deluxe (Toya Delazy)

Best Engineer – Presented by Penny Lebyane and Ben Maitsapo


Mark Beling for Strong (BlackByrd)

Remix of the Year


DJ Kent for Thinking about You Ft. Zonke DJ Kent Remix (Theo Kgosinkwe)

Best Selling DVD

Vol. 16 Live at Carnival City Joyous Celebration

Best Selling Album

Roeper Theuns Jordaan

Best Selling Tru-Tone

Follow Me DJ Cleo ft. Teddy Bears

Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone

Loliwe Zahara

Best Selling Full-Track Download


You’re The Voice Shout/J23 – Artists for a safer South Africa


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Big winners on first night of MTN SAMA 19

Posted by radio On May - 11 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The focus was on technical brilliance and sales prowess


The 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) kicked off in impressive fashion in the Royal Ballroom at  Sun City on Friday, 10 May 2013.


Hosted by the comical Tumi Morake, the show proved to be more than just a curtain raiser to the main, live broadcast event following on Saturday night at the Superbowl, with elaborate collaborations and a star studded guest presenter list.


The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented by the renowned Vusi Mahlasela and Ray Phiri to three legendary icons in the South African music industry: Dr Thomas Chauke, Sizwe Zako and posthumously to Johannes Kerkorrel.


Popular new sensation Khaya picked up the coveted “Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album” award.


Songbird Lira scooped the “Best Live DVD” for her The Captured Tour Concert Film, while DJ Kent deservedly picked up the “Remix of the Year” title for his remix of the hit Theo Kgosinkwe track, Thinking About You Ft. Zonke.


Jax Panix was rewarded for his sterling work on Due Drop Deluxe with the “Best Producer” award, with the talented Mark Beling getting the statuette for “Best Engineer” for BlackByrd’s album, Strong.


The guest presenters on the night were some of the biggest and influential names in the industry; Penny Lebyane, Ben Maitsapo, Kgomotso KG Mooketsi, Khetha Gwala, James Shikwambana, Amor Vittone, Michelle Constant, Lerato Sengadi and Jared Orlin. 


Keeping the crowd entertained were leading names Zahara, Riot, BlackByrd, Lindiwe Maxolo, Dr Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sisters, Sizwe Zako, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Teddy Bears, L’vovo Derrango and Professor. Elvis Blue delivered a breath-taking tribute to the late Johannes Kerkorrel.


All the attention now turns tonight’s show which will be streamed and broadcast live on SABC 1 at 8:30pm from the Sun City Superbowl.


For the full list of SAMA 19 first night winners go to



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Fans urged to vote for their favourite MTN Record of the Year for the 19th Annual MTN SAMAs


The prominent MTN Record of the Year category Top five (5) shortlisted nominees were announced on Thursday evening, 09th May, after the voting lines closed earlier in the day following a rush from artists to secure votes from their fans. 


To determine the overall winner, voting lines will re-open on Friday morning, 10th May at 08h00 and will close at 22h00 during the live broadcast of the MTN SAMAs on SABC 1 on Saturday 11th May.  Each of the shortlisted artists will retain their allocated letter, as per the initial top 20 list that was issued at the nominees launch in March. The voting will commence from zero (0) to ensure that all artists have an equal opportunity to garner for votes from their fans. 


The shortlisted nominees were allocated a letter ranging from “A” to “T” and the public can vote by sending an SMS with the letter assigned to their favourite artist to 083 123 SAMA (7262) at standard SMS rates.


Every vote counts and could make the crucial difference in who walks away with the MTN SAMA Record of the Year Award. Fans can SMS up to a maximum of 10 times per mobile number. 


The Top 5 shortlisted nominees for MTN Record of the Year are as follows:


Letter Artist Track
F Donald I Deserve
J Khaya Move
M Mi Casa Heavenly Sent
N Oskido Tsa Mandebele
P Sfiso Ncwane Kulungile Baba


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Fam till the last days at the SAMAs

Posted by radio On May - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


It’s a cagey affair to negotiate the notion that rappers can make music inspired by scripture and still maintain credibility since Hip Hop as an art form has historically been the stuff of  rebellion and disenfranchised. But then out of the church comes SAMA nominated Last Days Fam, who are in line for the Best Rap Album.


The group hails from the east of Joburg, Tembisa and has been keeping the fires burning for that part of the world. It is bruhaha worth noting that according to Hip Hop annals the east has always been known for its talent in breeding live instrumentation oriented bands such as Impande Core, The Brother Moves On, Future History and Passport. When pitted against their west rand counterparts in the rhythm and poetry realm such as Social Commentary Forum, 3rd Wave, Siya Shezi and Dark Spark; they have always fallen 16 bars short.


Nominated in the same category with mainstream busters such as Kuli Chana, Reason, PRO and proverb, Last Days Fam has in an uncanny way been given a nod for their skill set (fresh from dusty kerbs) as messengers of the great word to heathens – according to hip hop lore. The overarching reason to that would be that they have amassed a fan base where television cameras and radio microphones don’t reach. Charting the humble beginnings of these wordsmiths, one would has to sieve through the rubble of their performances at venues such as The Drill Hall (the rear end of Joburg CBD), early days of Back To The City before uptown mall rats caught on and spoken word factories such as Likwid Tongue.


‘The Fam’ have had a few gobsamcking releases in their day with singles such as ‘Doin’ it right’ and ‘Still here’ being top of mind to their followers. In the wake of the SAMAs, their album Eternal Effect has poised them to being more accessible to audiences. Other accolades include “the best group of the year” award in the second annual MTN Hype Music Awards for 2009 and a distribution agreement with SoulCandiRecords. Amid this romp of acknowledgements, their most memorable feature/project to date is the SOS Backpackers Mixtapes, which was collaboration with kindred acts from the east like Sake Of Skill and Substance.


Refreshing as it is to be part of the SAMAs, Last Days Fam are representative of deeper roots. They are proof that genuine dedication to Hip Hop as an art form is not necessarily a turn off to masses; I mean why else would they be nominated for a SAMA? Their shoulders carry a yolk which if unraveled will pelt out artistry that word weavers such as Groundworxx, Audio Visual,Hueman, Basemental Platform, Sifiso Sudan, Ngwenya, Vikinduku,Mr. Devious,  Archetypes and Hymphatic Thabs can sure be traced back to. It might be a miniscule feat on the night of pomp and romp, but to the ‘heads’ it will be an astronomical leap.


Till the last days


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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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