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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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Tickets for the eagerly anticipated music event of the year, the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) to be held at the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday 11 May 2013 have gone on sale at Computicket outlets countrywide.


Fans wishing to witness the glamour and excitement of this incredible event can purchase tickets for gallery seats which have been set at R330.00 per person including entrance to the Public After Party in the Hall of Treasures. Golden Circle will for the first time be available to the public this year (there are very limited spaces) and these coveted tickets will go for R400.00 per person and will also include access to the Public After Party in the Hall of Treasures.


If the reaction to the nominations announcement is anything to go by, the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) promises to be the best ever yet as the top artists go pound for pound against each other in some of the most mouthwatering contests seen in years.


The MTN South African Music Awards exist to recognize accomplishment in the South African recording industry and will be broadcast live to millions of viewers on the country’s favourite and biggest channel, SABC 1. 


Book your tickets early on and avoid disappointment. For further details, please visit the official website –

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[By: Kgomotso Moncho]


5FM has a quota of 30% local music but has specific shows intended strictly for local content with shows such as Live to the Power of 5 / (live)5 featuring local artists performing live.  


But according to musician and radio producer, Zarcia Zacheus, this is still not enough. “When one looks at how many local artists are producing really amazing work and compare that with the percentage of local music that is played on our radio stations then it makes you realise that the percentage of local music played is still too low. However, when tackling the debate on how much local music is played on our radio stations one should bear in mind that these conditions (local to international music ratios) are outlined in the licensing conditions and radio stations are then obliged to fulfil these conditions,” she says.


She goes on to say that in recent years the quality of music produced has increased tremendously yet airplay on radio does not reflect that. “So, I think that the “quantity but quality” reason was good at first, but has to a certain extent become a lame excuse used by stations that are reluctant to schedule local music. In an ideal world radio stations would still be conscious of the fact that we are part of a global village and also remain conscious of the responsibility that we have – the telling of our local stories and the scheduling of local music,” Zacheus adds.


Mothusi Thusi, A&R Assistant at Universal Music and band member of The Fridge, says there has been a slight increase in local music content on radio, but it hasn’t been monumental. He emphasizes that international music still dominates. His band The Fridge is one of many groups that are doing amazing things in the live music scene, but may never make it onto radio.   


Respected composer, singer songwriter and musician, Concord Nkabinde, acknowledges the willingness from radio stations to increase the percentage of local music played, but feels there is still room for improvement. His take is that there’s a need to find ways not only to increase the quota but to also monitor and enforce more local music content across the board.


“The issue of low local musical content, particularly on radio, is not an issue of musical taste but a lack of vision and understanding on the part of those in key positions. They do not seem to see how crucial it is to protect and nurture the ‘conscience’ of a nation through the arts. In a world with so many loud & contradicting voices, we need to be constantly reminding ourselves of who we are and how special that is.


It doesn’t help that people who make decisions on radio’s musical content are often “celebrities” who are known for ‘loving’ music but may have little or no insight and understanding of music itself and the power music carries towards building a nation that takes pride in itself. It also does not help that advertisers’ funding is what sustains radio stations and they therefore dictate the content,” he says.


Nkabinde also points out that more exposure and awareness of local music to locals has great potential on general music industry growth as well as the growth of the live music circuit with more active music venues and even increased music sales. “The idea is not to just increase the percentage of local content on radio but we also need a strong political will and a focused business vision that will speak to a true commitment to developing the consciousness of our people,” he says in conclusion.


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Sizwe Zako, Dr. Thomas Chauke and the late Johannes Kerkorrel (Ralph John Rabie); legendary musical icons who have left indelible marks across multiple music genres over the decades, will receive the MTN SAMA 19 Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Amstel which comes with a cash prize of R15 000 at the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) at the Sun City Superbowl.


“Sizwe Zako, Dr. Thomas Chauke and Ralph John Rabie (posthumously) are irreplaceable pillars in South African music and their significant contributions to the arts can never be underestimated and they are truly deserving of this honour”, said MTN SAMA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi. These three very talented recipients showcased their music to the whole world and proved to be amongst the most successful musical exports that South Africa has ever produced.


“As Amstel we believe in taking time for the things that really matter, and for those artists who have taken their time and achieved the pinnacle of success in music there is only one award, the MTN SAMA Lifetime Achievement Award which brings this belief to life. All three worthy recipients have shown that when you love what you do, and you take your time to be the best you can be, greatness in inevitable,” Lizeanne Kronk, Brand Manager Amstel Lager.


Johannes Kerkorrel (Ralph John Rabie) is a posthumous recipient of the award and was a prominent icon of the alternative Afrikaans music scene. He was a significant player in the vibrant cultural movement that sprung up during the 1980’s as popular resistance to apartheid gathered momentum. Johannes Kerkorrel was a true African in every sense of the word. He promoted the concept of a rainbow nation even before the term was coined. He wrote songs that made you realise that you had certain emotions that you never knew you had and encapsulated a true South Africaness.


Johannes Kerkorrel passed away at the age of 42, on 12 November 2002. The country that had alternately loved and loathed, repelled and inspired him, celebrated his life in a wave of tributes. Sizwe Zako is a household name throughout the Southern African region. His obsession is to continue making great music and, in the process, unearth a galaxy of musicians whose fortunes are changed for the better.


The array of superstars that have benefited from his well-crafted designs and innovations as a keyboard player, a composer, a producer, owner of a studio with the best technology and a record company, include the late Vuyo Mokoena, Ebony, Pastor Khaya Mayedwa, Rebecca Malope and Peter Mokoena. These are not the only artists that have confirmed Zako as a genius. Of course, there are many others.


If anybody can be accredited with harnessing the genre of gospel music in Mzansi – which has exploded like showers of blessings – it is Sizwe Zako. For what seems like a lifetime Dr. Thomas Chauke na Shinyori Sisters have been in the forefront of Shangaan/Tsonga music. In a career spanning over 32 years, Thomas Chauke has released over 30 albums under his flagship: Shimatsatsa meaning ‘a beautiful woman’ which has earned him cumulative sales in excess of two million and more South African Music Awards in the Tsonga Traditional category than any other musician.


Born in Salema Village, Limpopo; Thomas Chauke releases a new album annually which every time goes on to reach Gold, Platinum or Double Platinum status. When it comes to Tsonga Traditional music, there is no-one who can match Thomas Chauke’s gift and achievements. Thomas has added his unique voice to a music genre that is beloved in his home region of Limpopo Province.


Sizwe Zako, Dr. Thomas Chauke and Ralph John Rabie will be honoured during the MTN SAMA 19 ceremony on Friday 10 May 2013 at Sun City’s Royal Ballroom which will be broadcast by SABC 1 at a later stage.

Tickets for the main awards show on Saturday 11 May 2013 are available at Computicket. Please visit the official website for further details –

Catch the Live Streaming experience on your mobile phone (

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South African International Music Mobility Fund

Call For Proposals

The South African International Music Mobility Fund (SAIMMF) is a joint one-year funding programme established by the SAMRO Foundation and the British Council. The SAIMMF offers opportunities for professional musicians and music industry professionals in South Africa to build links with artists, organisations and/or music professionals in neighbouring SADC countries and the UK. The programme is designed to support musicians and music professionals with an established practice in South Africa, but who have carried out little or no work internationally. 


The fund is designed to help musicians and music industry professionals build on already established domestic success and develop connections, markets and audiences in South Africa’s neighbouring countries and UK for their work.


The programme is open to individuals and organizations: 

who have received recognition for their work in South Africa

who do not have extensive international experience

whose work will benefit from launching better international networks –either musically/creatively or in terms of developing an audience for their work

who can demonstrate an interest in their work from an overseas partner or host.    


How much money can you ask for?

You may request up to ZAR 40,000. This amount must not exceed 80% of the total costs of the project. In exceptional cases, the grant may cover the entire eligible costs of the project if this is deemed essential to carry it out. If that is the case, the applicant must justify the request for full financing in the grant application form.


Who may request the grants?

Grants for individuals are available to: musicians, managers, promoters, producers, agents, groups (one member will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant). All people participating in the project must be over 18 years old.      


Grants for organisations are available to: music organisations and businesses (both for profit and non-profit), record labels, agencies, forums, associations, partnerships, local, regional and national organisations, groups of organisations (one will need to take the lead and have the main responsibility for managing the application and any grant).


For more information and how to apply please visit: or alternatively


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[Issued by: EspAfrika]


The artist schedule for this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) taking place in Cape Town in the first week of April has changed.


espAfrika, organiser of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), announced this morning that due to Festival scheduling challenges, Jill Scott will now perform on  Saturday evening, 6th April 2013, and not on Friday 5th April 2013 as previously announced.


Buena Vista Social Club will perform on Friday 5th April as well as Saturday 6th April 2013. Festival director and CEO of espAfrika Rashid Lombard said “While we remain extremely excited about the 40 top artists from across the world that will perform at this year’s festival, we apologise for any inconvenience that this change may cause to our valued jazz fans”


For more information on this year’s event visit


For more information, photographs and interviews:

Njabulo Mngomezulu
Meropa Communications
+27 11 506-7322

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