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Summer Will Never Be This Fresh

Posted by radio On September - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

As the silly season kicks in, one thing we can always rely on to keep the nation buzzing and entertained is music and what better music to do this, than from a fresh new kid on the block?

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Not new to the entertainment industry, Teboho Tsotetsi musician and performer who is widely known by his stage name FRESHBYCADDY” is also a TV presenter, having kicked off his TV career with ‘MTV Voices’ representing South Africa as one of its correspondents for two years and being the first and last, Caddy has continued in green pastures ever since and currently presents ‘TOMz’ an edutainment show on the biggest channel in SA,  SABC 1. Being such a sought after entertainer, Teboho has been working hard to build a solid name and brand for himself  and  feels it is time South Africa gets to experience his musical side a bite more.

 

 

He kicked off his music career in 2010, dropping his first record titled ‘Leaving soon’, that gave his fans a taste of his music.  2016 sees the grown  FRESHBYCADDY  if you would like to call him, follow his music journey by  dropping a single titled ‘WalkingBy’ that got social media streets buzzing, promising  to add a new taste to the POP genre. The 24 year old, born out of Benoni, is a Ray Ban Ambassador and a lover of fashion with an awesome, unique and fresh personality that is guaranteed to warm your heart, also an award winning ‘SAFU’ best personality and best dressed male in 2012/2013.  Full of ambition and hungry for success, FRESHCADDY is a force that holds nothing back.

 

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Got to chat to FRESHBYCADDY and here is what he had to say about his music:

 

  1. 1. Where did the love for media/entertainment steam from?

Growing up I always knew the power that media has to influence and change communities, likewise I wanted to see myself being involved in the change. The goal for me to tap into the music industry is to expand and challenge myself and not box myself to one particular field, but rather open myself up to my full potential. And of course tap into different avenues within the entertainment industry.

  1. Who are your musical influences?

Music inspirations are Chris Brown, Micheal Jackson, Jay Z, Kirk Franklin, AKA, Black Coffee the list carries on I draw inspiration from different genres. I’m also soulful, so anything with souls gets me moving.

  1. What is FRESHBYCADDY’s plan going forward?

Music has always been my passion alongside presenting, so I am certainly going to release more music. My first single is just to enter the market and to let people know that I’m out there. I have plans to get in the studio with a few hot producers just to try out some new sounds and showcase how diverse I am as an artist. I’m planning on collaborating with a few South African artists and grow my brand and my sound. As South Africans we have a beautiful sound so why not explore it!

 

Music just being one of his many talents and passions it has been a long time coming with fans begging to hear his music he has finally given in, FRESHBYCADDY’s New Single “WalkingBy” soft dropped on Sound cloud this past Thursday, giving social media something to talk about and it is evident that Teboho is on the right path and will soon be a household name we all remember in the music industry.

Listen to WalkingBY:  https://soundcloud.com/reshbycaddy/caddy-walking-by-dirty-version

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SABC reaffirms its partnership with Moshito

Posted by radio On September - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

SABC has reaffirmed its media partnership with the Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition taking place from 07 to 10 September at the SABC.  There are over 100 panellists participating in over 12 topics – 5 breakaways, 5 plenaries, 2 workshops, as well as a music managers meeting. This year’s theme is titled, Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised.

moshitoSABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago says, “It is no coincidence that the SABC is the strategic broadcast partner for Moshito. The SABC is the custodian of the countries cultural expressions and music heritage and therefore our role is to tell the creative industries story, whether it is through film or music. We will continue to support the music conference and host it within the SABC premises, where it was first broadcast. ”

Some of the topics that will form part of the discussions include, Live Events & Production, Song Sampling, a managers’ round table discussion as well as a demo presentation among in which one up and coming talent stands a chance to walk away with R20 000 Moshito Prize (Trophy and title of the Moshito 2015 Demo Presentation Competition Winner, Funding the production and recording of two songs, Short biography, Artwork of the CD cliché, Radio sampling and interview, Photo shoot).

Young talent, Marley Bloo! was the 2015 winner of this prize and it helped her launch her music career. There will be opportunities for everyone at the conference. Catch presentations by South African and International music industry icons like Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Tu Nokwe, Matt Sonzala (SXSW, USA), Reason, Oskido, Justin Van Wyk (Big Concerts), to name but a few.

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Eight of South Africa’s much-loved music artists and bands have signed up for Huawei Durban Day with East Coast Radio on 23 October 2016. The line-up was revealed during East Coast Radio’s special 6am to 6pm outside broadcast from California Dreaming at Durban’s Dairy Beach today.  Locnville, Kyle & Shekinah, Beatenberg, TiMO ODV, Matthew Mole, AKA, Nasty C and Freshly Ground are set to wow fans at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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Security will definitely be top of mind. The improved measures will step-change the overall experience and include the following tweaks:

  • This year, Durban Day is exclusively a day-event. Gates open at 10am and the first act takes to the stage at 11am. The curtain will come down at 5pm.
  • Entry to People’s Park will now be managed through one entrance only, following the same procedure that was rolled out during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This includes heightened security measures including the use of metal detectors.
  • Only a limited number of tickets are available this year. By decreasing the number people attending the event, the station has ensured better crowd control and an improved overall experience for concert-goers.
  • Bars will close two hours before the end of the event and stricter controls have been put in place in the dispensing of alcohol.

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Tickets are R200 from Computicket but some surprise elements for early bird purchasers will ensure that this remains a family event and something music lovers can look forward to. The early bird offer of R120 a ticket is available until Monday, 5 September 2016 only. Thereafter, the normal ticket price will apply.

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All 8 artists have expressed excitement at performing at Huawei Durban Day with East Coast Radio saying they can’t wait to connect with their KZN fans and showcase their all-time hits and new music.

 

Kyle Deutsch, Matthew Mole, Timo ODV and Locnville jetted into Durban for today’s launch and delighted fans and listeners with special live performances.

 

Huawei Durban Day with East Coast Radio takes place at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium on 23 October 2016. Tickets are R200 each and available at Computicket. There are limited early bird tickets available at R120 from Computicket until 5 September 2016. Free entry for children under 3.

 

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RAY PHIRI – The Man, The Music & Friendships

Posted by radio On August - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Afro-Jazz icon Ray Phiri debuts at the Kaya FM Live @ The Bassline stage in a very special one night only performance with the surprise guests performing alongside the legend. Bassline will be the backdrop of legends meeting with future legends.

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Ray’s extraordinary catalogue of songs stretches back almost 50 years, coincides with Bassline’s 22nd birthday celebration as the number one music venue of choice for all artists and fans. To celebrate Bassline’s 22nd birthday and Heritage Month, Ray is asking Kaya FM listeners to choose a set-list of 22 songs

The globally renowned composer, singer and guitarist will be reflecting on the past 22 years of democracy in South Africa through his songs. Each selected song will need to sit within or represent a chosen epoch, this will allow fans to take control of the show and interact with the legend himself!

Ray Phiri will perform songs from Afro-fusion band Stimela where he was the founder and lead vocalist, the Grammy award winning Graceland album and his solo songbook, the show itself will then be structured into four segments each reflecting five year epochs beginning in 1994.

Rounding off the rare musical feast will be newcomers Thee Legacy, an exciting acapella unit formed with of the grandsons of the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Having performed at major festivals such as the Africa Day Concert Thee Legacy will no doubt bring for an eclectic mix of musical alchemy!

The show will be taking place on the 10th September 2016 and streamed live (via Skyroom Live) and recorded later for pay per view. Tickets can be bought at Webtickets for R180 or R200 at the door!

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Trenton and Free Radical’s no-holds barred political and social commentary that many have come to know and love, is in fact a way of life for Trenton and the band. Although many fans of the afro-ska-pop sounds of Trenton and Free Radical may not be aware of it, the man behind the band; Trenton Birch is a musician, activist and entrepreneur and is the force behind a multitude of music, education and development projects.

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From a strictly musical perspective Trenton and Free Radical is back after a sustained hiatus from live gigs that saw the band getting down to the business of writing and recording the new album.

 

With a new single currently gaining traction on radio stations across the country, No Ceiling, is produced by multi platinum award winning German producers Stephan Bader and Andre Tolba. The single comes with a quirky video with animation and visual effects created by Johannesburg based creative wizard Gigh Zack, and is already playlisted on MTV Base who describe the video as “a breath of fresh air.”

 

The band also inked a deal early last year with German manager Volker May who heads up the International Music Mangers Forum, that puts the band in a powerful position to take on Europe in the next few years.

 

Beyond this musical success, and in addition to creating some of the freshest sounds to hit the SA music scene, Trenton the activist and entrepreneur has also succeeded in developing the Cape Town and South African music industries through his various other roles.

 

Both Trenton and Thabo Mobo, the bands bass player run an NPO called Bridges for Music. The organisation was co-founded by Birch and Spaniard Valentino Barriosetta and works with music to break down racial divides, uplift underprivileged communities and bridge the gaps between the Cape Town townships and the city-centred mainstream music resources.

 

Just recently, they confirmed the start of construction on the long anticipated Langa township based Bridges for Music Entrepreneurial Academy. With a state-of the-art studio, classrooms and computer labs, the school will be a powerful tool for the development and empowerment of young creatives from the Langa community and surrounding townships.

 

Bridges for Music has also played a powerful role in helping put South African electronic music on the global map though its global ambassadors Skirillex, Ritchie Hawtin, Luciano and local Black Coffee.

 

 

Trenton is also the director of The SAE Institute, one of the country’s largest and most established audio, video and animation higher education institutions and the force behind Black Mango and the Breathe Sunshine African Music Conference

 

During his 4 years at the helm of SAE, Trenton’s initiatives have seen enrolment in the school more than triple. SAE’s celebrity driven scholarship programme, the brainchild of Trenton, has included partnerships with major music icons Ready D, Black Coffee, Young Guru (Jay Z’s engineer) and most recently AKA with the recently launched AKA Scholarship being the most successful of these initiatives to date, drawing more than five times the normal applications.  SAE is the largest provider of creative media education in the world with over 50 campuses in 24 countries.

 

All of these accomplishments have been achieved in just the last 4.5 years when Birch returned to South Africa after an 8-year escapade in London that also saw him working in places like Ibiza, New York, Amsterdam and Berlin on various projects including promoting Johnny Clegg and releasing Goldfish’s first album internationally.

 

Trenton and Free Radical, driven by the personal drive and passion of Trenton Birch, reflects the bigger commitment that Trenton has to the South African music scene, “It is only through a collective positive movement that we can change things in our country.  There is too much apathy and people distract them selves with an unhealthy obsession with money, brands and alcohol.  We’ve lost the spirit of Ubuntu and if we don’t get it together we are in trouble.”

 

To check out the new single No Ceiling, the quirky video that accompanies the song visit and summer tour dates:

 

www.trentonandfreeradical.com

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbMwmQm7eyM

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Lindelani Mkhize Presents Ignite

Posted by radio On August - 23 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In celebration of his 50th birthday, music industry pioneer, Lindelani Mkhize is proud to announce his partnership with Joburg Theatre and ATTV Productions for the inaugural musical production titled, “Ignite” – an initiative set to kindle the music industry whilst providing world class entertainment.

 

mkziFollowing two decades of musical achievements, it can be said that Lindelani Mkhize has lived a life that’s been ignited with passion and sheer dedication to his craft; making him a household name in the music fraternity.

 

IGNITE is a two – day state of the art production aimed at showcasing South Africa’s undiscovered or “little known” musical talent across music genres. From Friday, 2 September to Saturday, 3 September, the Mandela @ Joburg Theatre will be abuzz with the musical sounds of South Africa’s hidden melodic talent.

 

“I have always believed that our country is home to an amazing pool of talent and IGNITE is an extension of that belief. I’m so excited that our partners share my sentiment and through this initiative, we hope to ignite talent and promote a culture of unconventional collaborations. We are creating a platform for undiscovered talent”, commented Lindelani Mkhize.

 

Lindelani Mkhize is a man who wears many musical hats; widely known for his extraordinary contribution to the SA music industry, he’s best known as the founder and conductor of South Africa’s successful gospel music ensemble, MTN Joyous Celebration, music producer, record label executive, a judge on South Africa’s popular television music shows such as, ‘I want to sing Gospel’ and ‘Clash of the choirs’ and now – IGNITE.

 

“The three-hour production promises to take music enthusiasts on an unforgettable musical experience and journey rich with colour and flavour coupled with the creative use of the latest technology to enhance the performances which incorporate a six-piece band, brass and a double quartet string section.

Whilst most of the featured talent has been identified by Mkhize, he has left a spot or two open for other hopefuls who will have to try their luck through an online platform.

 

Tickets to the two-day run go on sale on Friday 15 July at a cost of R180 to R400.

 

Book by telephone on 0861 670 670, online at www.webtickets.co.za or www.joburgtheatre.com and in person at the Joburg Theatre box office.

 

Patrons can also book and pay via the Nedbank app and at selected Pick n Pay stores (full list at www.webtickets.co.za/pnpoutlets.aspx)

 

Patrons can also book online and pay at any Pick N Pay store

 

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Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition is back with a bang with its 2016 theme Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised. This year the conference’s theme is looking back to when music was censored in South Africa by the apartheid government while it also looks forward to how this creative industry shouldn’t go through the same situation again in this democracy. The conference will therefore also look at SABC’s policy of 90% South African music in detail. Legends & young musicians with other local & international industry players will gather at the SABC from the 7th -10th September for the Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition 2016!

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Moshito 2016 – Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised has great topics (please see below) to benefit the new talent and those who are already doing business in the music industry in South Africa & internationally. It will attempt to answer and unpack some of the industry issues when Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition kicks off the 2016 instalment on 08 September.

Facilitated by Moshito Chairperson Sipho Sithole, speakers will include Moshito ambassador and SAMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Roger Lucey, whose musical career was abruptly cut short by the apartheid the Security Police in the early 80s. Joining him on the panel will be Paul Erasmus, a South African Security Police officer who testified to the TRC; as well as artists Carlos Djedje and Jah Seed among others. It promises to make for a fascinating peep into the recent history of SA’s music industry.

Moving things into the era of freedom of choice and closing off Day One will be the topic Whose Market Share is it? The Indie vs Major (The Big Debate). eNCA’s  Nontobeko Sibisi will lead the discussion as facilitator, where music big wigs will clarify the confusion that often come with the release and distribution of indie products/artists through major record labels among other issues. Catch speakers Velile Sithole (Native Rhythms), Thabiso Khati (Cashtime Life), DJ Tira (Afrotainment), Sipho Dlamini (Universal Music) and a host of other gurus and executives from both multinational and independent labels.

In the context of South Africa with its multiplicity of ethnic groups and indigenous sound representation, how does 90% local music translate into airplay? This is the question posed under the topic Airplay for What? On Day Two, 09 September.

Rap star Reason, artist activist Eugene Mthethwa, SAMRO’s Rev. Abe Sibiya, prolific singers Sibongile Khumalo and Zonke, the prolific Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, 999 Music’s Arthur Mafokate, and Moshito Chairperson Sipho Sithole will be speakers interrogating the current state of affairs in SA music in relation to the history-making 90% local content.

But being part of a global village means growing beyond local content and boarders. Hence the topic Meet International Music Markets: from Africa to the Americas is one of the most crucial of the conference, also on Day Two.

“The gathering of the grandest music markets from Africa and beyond!” is how Moshito describes this magnificent convention. “This platform is about sharing best practice, challenges and successes. The Dos and Don’ts in managing, promoting and hosting a music markets,” said Sithole.

Moshito Deputy Chairperson Mandla Maseko will be the facilitator, and speakers will include Sonya Mazumdar from EarthSync (India), Morocco Festival Director Matt Sonzala (USA), Brahim El Mazned of Visa for Music (Morocco), as well as delegates from Uganda, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Kenya, France, Seychelles, Poland and South Africa.

There are over 100 panellists participating in over 12 topics – 5 breakaways, 5 plenaries, 2 workshops, 1 music managers meeting, as well as demo and music showcases!

The full list of Moshito 2015’s riveting topic line up is as follows:

DAY 1: 08 September

 

Topic ONE: Censored: When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised

Topic TWO: Live Events & Production

Topic THREE: Traditional Music Beyond Boarders

Topic FOUR: Music Manager’s Forum Roundtable Discussion (Artist Managers Must Understand Their Role is Now Business Development)

Topic FIVE: Whose Market Share is it? The Indie vs Major (The Big Debate)

 

DAY 2: 09 September

Topic SIX: Let Your Music Speak:  Demo Presentations

Topic SEVEN: YFM Slot

Topic EIGHT: Airplay for What?

Topic NINE: Meet International Music Markets: from Africa to the Americas (Hosted by Africa Music Forum)

Topic TEN: Searching for that Platinum Artist: The hits and misses of an A &R (Artist & Repertoire) manager

Topic ELEVEN: Pitch Perfect Performance

Integrating the Body and Voice “Human Musical Instrument” for authentic and optimal performance. Communicating THIS performance to a captivated audience

Topic TWELVE: Conference Wrap Up

For some of the richest music knowledge this side of the continent and a chance to meet the fascinating and successful people in this industry, make sure you don’t miss this year’s Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition!

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Macy Gray joins the Delicious Festival line-up

Posted by radio On August - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Macy Gray and Hugh Masekela will be joining an already incredible line-up of artists at this year’s DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, presented by Nedbank. Macy Gray, American R’n’B, jazz and soul singer, songwriter, musician, actress and record producer, known for her distinctive raspy voice and international hit single I Try, will be joining Saturday’s phenomenal line-up of artists.

MACY_GRAY_lrgHome-grown, world-renowned, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, Hugh Masekelawill also be joining Sunday’s outstanding line-up.

Recap of the mind-blowing list of artists who are going to entertain you at this year’s festival include: On Saturday Mi Casa, De La SoulArrested Development, Elements of Life featuring Louie Vega, Lisa Fischer, Josh Milan, Anané Vega, Monique Bingham, Adeva, Bucie, Kaylow, Luisito, and Quintero; On Sunday, The JacksonsElements of LifeRoy AyersLiraJudith Sephuma and Hugh Masekela.

This year’s DStv Delicious festival will be held over a two-day period on 8 and 9 Octoberat the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, that has recently undergone a massive multimillion-Rand upgrade. Kyalami is a superb, central location with multiple entrances and exits and loads of parking, and makes it a perfect venue for an international festival of its stature. With over 40 000 festival-goers expected over the two days it is set to be a festival weekend of a lifetime that cannot be missed!

Pair this all with the Nedbank Green Wine Garden, a decadent food market offering the finest foods and delicacies, great gourmet chef food restaurants, including Reuben Riffel, J’Something, Sarah Graham, SomiziCallie-Anne and Let’s Call It Brunch Banquet, and a bigger and better than ever DStv Kid Zone, and you have a clear recipe for success!

 

Tickets are available from Ticketpro.

 

General Access Day Pass: R475

General Access Weekend Pass: R810

Kids: R100 (includes entry into the festival & the Kids Zone)

Delicious Lounge Day Pass: R1250

Delicious Lounge Weekend Pass: R2100

Decadance Luxury Lounge: R3705

Decadance Weekend Pass: R5925

Jeep Luxury Ticket: R3950

Let’s Call It Brunch Day Pass: R2470

Let’s Call It Brunch Weekend Pass: R3970

 

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Simphiwe Dana to grace Bassline stage

Posted by radio On August - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Celebrated around the world and adored for her impressive vocal prowess, she is an artist who employs a true cultural and African identity in her art form. SIMPHIWE DANA will be gracing the Bassline stage and kick-starting the second season of the popular Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline series.

 

Simphiwe Dana's imageKaya FM 95.9 and Bassline are proud to present a new season, building on the success of the first series, which saw an amazing range of stars and newcomers featured on this unique musical platform. Leading up to Women’s Day 2016, Simphiwe Dana plays an integral voice in spearheading issues of interest within the social sphere.

 

 

Dana makes her debut this season, with August being Women’s Month and Kaya FM’s 19th birthday, there’s no more fitting artist to occupy the task of opening and setting the bar high for the new series.

 

With a string of acclaimed albums and live DVDs, having Simphiwe Dana back on the Bassline stage is a treat, especially following her recent release of Celebrating Ten Years Live at the Bassline album.

Her fans will be in for a musical alchemy that will see favourites from her critically acclaimed 4th studio album Firebrand performed, as well as others from her previous albums.

 

If the first series was anything to go by, the second will certainly pack a musical punch. Kaya FM and Bassline have proved that music is a universal language and providing such platforms for live music is part of growing both established and new talent. The Bassline, celebrating 22 years in music this year, is committed to ensure safe parking and security, as well as reasonable ticket pricing, whilst still bringing the very best in music to the public.

Don’t miss out on this megastar’s return to the Bassline on the 6th August 2016!

Tickets are only R150 from Webtickets and On Sale Now. www.webtickets.co.za

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The 2016 Tribute Concert promises a star-studded procession of music royalty with a diverse line up of SA’s crème de le crème who will head line our countries most loved festival.
Resonating with the most progressive call to action to increase local content both on public and private broadcasting channels, the Tribute Concert remains a vital link to celebrate South Africa’s diversity through music.

moretleCelebrating 19 years, the Tribute Concert firmly aligned as a premier event in the country’s music industry will take place in the capital City of Tshwane on Saturday, 3rd September 2016. Drakensberg Promotions, the organisers of this much celebrated festival are committed to the call to action to increase local content and as pioneers of celebrating a 100% local event have unveiled this year’s programme.

The Moretele Park Festival features a stellar line up of artists from diverse music genres including five time 2016 winner of the SAMA’s Nathi as well as SAMA and Grammy award winner Wouter Kellerman.

Among the music royalty headlining the 2016 festival are South African veteran jazz musicians all of whom are global trailblazers and include much loved veteran performers Hugh Masekela,Jonas Gwangwa, and Tshepo Tshola.

Joining the veteran Jazz musicians is South African music legend Babsy Mlangeni, a connoisseur of note, with a platinum track record that speaks volumes Don Laka, legendary jazz musician and globally acclaimed songstress Letta Mbuli.

Thousands of revellers at the Moretele Park Tribute Concert will also be entertained by South Africa’s most favourite music group and SAMA award winners Mafikizolo. Also billed to perform is 2016 SAMA award Female Artist of the Year R&B/Soul superstar Zonke

The Tribute concert will feature development artists from Puisano Jazz Bands and Tshwane Development Bands

On August 27th, Drakensberg Promotions will host a music business workshop in Pretoria. Aimed at musicians and practitioners and business interests in the sector wanting to know more about the business of music the workshop will bring in key expertise to share insights, best practice and knowledge.

Moretele Park Tribute Concert will also feature a series of lunch time concerts hosted byNewtown Junction mall on Saturdays the 6th, 13th & 20th August from 12h00 to 14h00 as part of the 2016 build up.

Tickets can be booked at Computicket and Shoprite Checkers and are priced at R250

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