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MTV’s colossal TV and social media hit Lip Sync Battle is back with a vengeance as Season 2 opens with an epic clash between Channing Tatum and his wife, actress Jenna Dewan Tatum (MTV, 21:35 CAT, Monday 8 February).

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The “Magic Mike” muscleman gets well and truly in touch with his feminine side in a high octane display of girl power as he busts some killer moves dressed as Beyoncé, before performing a show-stopping rendition of “Let It Go” tricked up as “Elsa” from “Frozen”. Not letting him win that easily, wife Jenna holds her own, grinding away to Ginuwine’s “Pony” and giving her better half a lap dance to remember – although a surprise appearance by Queen Bey herself could tip the scales in Channing’s favour.

 

Hosted by the multi-talented LL Cool J with commentary by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, Lip Sync Battle has become a global success story for Viacom since launching on Spike TV in the USA in 2015.  Based on an original idea by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant (both of whom have performed on the show) the series has become a global ratings and multiplatform superstar and is the most-watched original series in Spike’s history.

 

A-list stars and pop culture stars who went head-to-head in Season 1 included Emily Blunt vs Anne Hathaway, Common vs John Legend, Queen Latifah vs Marlon Wayans, and Jimmy Fallon vs Dwayne Johnson.  Among the most memorable performances are Will Arnett’s rendition of “Everything is Awesome” from the Lego Movie, Joseph-Gordon Levitt channelling Janet Jackson in “Rhythm Nation”, and John Legend getting in touch with his inner MC Hammer.  Other celebrities featuring on the show have included Mike Tyson, Anna Kendrick, Justin Bieber, Taraji P Henson and Malin Ackerman.

 

Commented Dillon Khan, Channel Head, MTV, “Lip Sync Battle is the funniest, most exciting and original reality format brought to TV in the last year. Season 2 promises to top Season One with some of the key players in the industry delivering jaw-dropping performances that will keep you talking for days on end. This is not to be missed.”

 

Get your regular dose of Lip Sync Battle on MTV (DStv channel 130) every Monday from 8 February at 21:35 CAT and on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) at 16:30 CAT every Fridays from 12 February.

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CNBC AFRICA to bring viewers WEF in Davos

Posted by radio On January - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC Africa viewers will enjoy extensive coverage of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016, in Davos from 20-23 January 2016 on DStv Channel 410

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With a seasoned editorial team deployed to the town of Davos, Switzerland, CNBC Africa will be crossing to the World Economic Forum (WEF) throughout the three-day gathering, interviewing some of the world’s top business leaders and global thinkers on the state of the world in 2016.

 

For over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme and since 2007, CNBC Africa has been on the frontline, bringing the thoughts of global leaders to Africa and the opportunity of Africa to the world.

 

On Wednesday, 20 January, CNBC Africa will host a discussion at the Brand South Africa ‘Thought Leadership Breakfast’ at the Grischa Hotel in Davos, moderated by Senior Anchor and Executive Director, Bronwyn Nielsen, with a panel including:

 

  • Ben Kruger, Joint-CEO of Standard Bank

 

  • Vassi Naidoo, Executive Chairman of Nedbank

 

  • Nicky Newton-King, CEO of the JSE

 

  • Geoffrey Qhena, CEO of the IDC

 

This exclusive breakfast will play host to an international delegation of business leaders and government officials as well as international media and will be broadcast on CNBC Africa.

 

On Thursday, 21 January, CNBC Africa will once again put Africa on the official WEF agenda with a debate titled ‘Africa’s Next Challenge’. Anchored by Bronwyn Nielsen, the panel will include:

 

  • South African President, Jacob Zuma

 

  • Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn

 

  • President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina

 

  • President and CEO of Ericsson Sweden, Hans Vestberg

 

The continent is home to nine of the world’s 15 fastest-growing economies; yet, over the past 10 years, productivity has fallen. How will the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ impact Africa? Viewers will be able to watch this dynamic discussion LIVE from 11h30-12h30 CAT on CNBC Africa, DStv channel 410.

 

The Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities. Around 2,200 participants gather for the three-day event, attending some 220 sessions and CNBC Africa will be there.

 

 

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Ever wondered what goes into making one of the biggest music stable in South Africa? This January, Mzansi Magic takes viewers on a journey to Afrotainment where they get a sneak peak into the business that goes on there. Synonymous with Durban Kwaito Music, Afrotainment has given audiences, hit after hit. Tune in to EZASE AFRO: THE EMPIRE on January 14 at 20:00.

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EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE follows the powerhouse music stable, Afrotainment, headed by the Durban born star and entrepreneur, Mthokozisi Khathi popularly known as DJ Tira who has been delivering hits. He has been on the forefront of some of SA’s biggest house music sensations including DJ Fisherman, DJ Cindo and Big Nuz. From the friendships and the family, from the jet set lifestyle to the pressures of fame, it’s a close up look at how Afrotainment became a success.

 

What does it take to get to the top and stay there? Tira is about to let the curtain down on his life, his business, his deal-making and recording breaking success in this reality series that will follow him and Afrotainment. Stay close because it promises to be a roller-coaster ride – from meeting tight deadlines for corporate clients to hitting the stage full force, from demanding studio recordings to tour difficulties; the series won’t miss a beat as it showcases it all.

 

Commenting on EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE, M-Net Director of Local Interest Channels, Nkateko Mabaso says, “Personality driven reality television continues to draw consistently high ratings across the world, and in South Africa that trend is also evident. Audiences want to share in the experiences of famous individuals whose lives are interesting, dynamic and evolving. Locally, DJ Tira is one of this country’s most versatile stars and viewers will get the chance to see just why he is talented, popular and successful.

 

Tune in to EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE on Mzansi Magic, Channel 161 on the 14th of January at 20:00.

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Clash of the Choir is back!

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Following a hugely successful second season of Clash of the Choirs, one of Mzansi’s most loved reality shows is back – and it’s bigger and better than you could have ever imagined.

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Last year, South Africa chose Team Robbie as the country’s best new amateur choir during a spectacular live finale on July 6th 2014. Team Robbie, representing KwaZulu Natal province, the defending champs, was announced as the winners of Mzansi Magic’s Clash of the Choirs SA 2, beating out Team Shugasmakx, Gauteng province and Team Moneoa, Mpumalanga province in a stunning display of South African musical talent.

 

This season, we haven’t swayed far from tradition and have banded together the hottest team of choirmasters, to help us unearth the best voices in the land. iFani, Bucie, Busiswa, JR, Kelly Khumalo and Penny Penny and Sfiso Ncwane will go head-to-head for the title that is sure to be fiercely contested.

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M-Net Statement: Over the last few months following Unathi’s indiscretions on social media, we have been in discussions with our judges, presenters and talent to sensitise them to the risks of using social media. All the Idols SA judges were reminded that M-Net holds all brand ambassadors and employees to the highest standards in our ongoing efforts to promote and build a modern and inclusive South Africa.

Gareth Cliff Image by:You Magazine

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Image by:You Magazine

Unfortunately we then had to deal with Somizi’s inappropriate comments and following the latest issue, we have now implemented a zero tolerance policy for all social media posts that go against the spirit of nation-building. This policy will apply to everyone associated with our brands going forward.

We do not believe that Gareth is a racist but his response showed a lack of empathy for our history and it is important to differentiate between freedom of speech and hate speech. Penny Sparrow’s comments were hateful. Hate speech is not applicable with regard to freedom of speech .

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More fun & drama on Love & Hip-hop

Posted by radio On January - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MTV’s Love & Hip Hop follows the lives of Atlanta’s hip-hop elite as they take on their trials and tribulations of juggling both their professional and personal lives…which often intersect and unravel for the whole world to see!

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With artists rising and falling, and families growing or being torn apart, the cast members are about to have their lives changed in ways they never imagined…for better or worse. Nothing is off limits as they explore the good, the bad and sometimes even the naughty side of love, passion, fame and hip hop, their way!

 

Programme:      Love & Hip Hop Atlanta

Channel:           MTV (DStv channel 130)

Broadcast:        11 January

Time:                 22:00

 

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Saints And Sinners Returns For Season 2

Posted by radio On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Are you a Saint or a Sinner? That’s the question at the heart of the multi-generational Mzansi Magic drama, SAINTS AND SINNERS. The channel has now announced that the Khumalos and Moloiswas will return to DStv channel 161 on Sunday, 10 January at 8PM.

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The 13-part first season launched to great acclaim last year and its memorable moments included the tragic death of a young character whose demise devastated his loved ones, fracturing a once solid marriage. The action escalated and culminated in a gripping cliff-hanger finale that saw leading lady Phindi being kidnapped. Season two, will pick up the story from this suspense and the damaging consequences that this dark act has had on the lives of so many characters.

 

 

Included in the new season will be the sensational rediscovery of a long-lost father, whilst a domineering matriarch finds herself at odds with her shattered family. Along the way the contrasting elements of revenge and forgiveness, destruction and redemption, greed and sacrifice, trust and betrayal all simmer under the surface, in line with the new series tagline: ‘A Second Season Grounded in Truths’.

 

 

In confirming the second season of SAINTS AND SINNERS, M-Net Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Nkateko Mabaso, highlighted the appeal that well-produced drama holds for Mzansi Magic viewers, “Our audiences have demonstrated that they will continue to engage with dramatic storylines if these are well scripted and well executed, simultaneously relevant and escapist, and populated with characters who are highly believable. These were the key ingredients in the success of last season and it is what will continue to fuel the viewership in season two.”

He goes on to say, “Mzansi Magic is not just focused on launching exciting new shows but also on growing those proven properties that have delivered great value for viewing audiences. We are also pleased that we have been able to bring back the same stellar cast and are delighted with their commitment to the series.”

 

 

The cast of the series remains unchanged and includes the talents of: Thuso Mbedo (Boni Khumalo), Nthathi Moshesh (Mamohato Khumalo), S’dumo Mtshali (Ndumiso Khumalo), Tumiso Masha (Gibson Mosia), Siyabonga Radeba (Phakamani Makhoba) and Sibulele Gcilitshana (Lulama Moloiswa). SAINTS AND SINNERS is produced for Mzansi Magic by Penguin Films

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Rita Ora takes a ride with MTV

Posted by radio On December - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Singer, actress and style icon, RITA ORA will share her musical journey with MTV (DStv Channel 130) on The Ride. Born Rita Sahatçiu in Kosovo, raised in England, Rita has never forgotten her roots and music is her power tool. At 25 Rita has toured the world, performed at prestigious events and won a number of accolades.

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Known for her edgy and sexy dress sense, club banging hits and her many roles on both the big and small screen, Rita is adamant on making her mark. Sharing her musical journey, highlights, challenges and fun times with MTV, Rita talks collaborations with Chris BrownIggy Azalea and Calvin Harris, feminism and being Fifty Shades of Grey’s Mia Grey.

 

This former The Voice UK coach and Season 12 UK X Factor Judge has also appeared on the much publicized series Empire, starring Taraji P Henson.

Tune into MTV (DStv channel 130) on Thursday 08 January at 21:15 CAT with repeats on the 12th, 15th and 17th January only on MTV.

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This December, Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) will be screening two Original Films created exclusively for the channel by M-Net’s 2015 Magic in Motion Academy Interns.

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Twelve top graduates who’ve been part of a year-long work acceleration program and experienced some of South Africa’s biggest productions faced their toughest test when M-Net challenged them to create two of their very own films for broadcast! The results was a creation of the drama Ilizwi which will debut on December 12 at 19:30 and the romantic comedy The Ring which premieres on December 19 at 19:30.

 

Both 60-minute movies were conceived, written, produced and directed by the Magic in Motion Academy’s Class of 2015 – Alice Mataboge, Aluta Qupa, Ignatius Shongwe, Kabelo Ramputa, Lele Dinte, Mark Madai, Mbali Zulu, Palesa Rathebe, Sivela Mgudu, Themba Mfebe, Themba Twala and Yalezo Njuguna.

 

“We’re delighted that the interns were able to successfully deliver two movies and are in the process of making two more. Their tenacity and talent will no doubt see them make a lasting contribution to the local film and TV industry. At M-Net, the transformation of our sector and empowerment of new storytellers are key objectives and they drive the Magic in Motion Academy.” says, Yolisa Phahle, CEO at M-Net.

 

Starring Nhlanhla John Lata, Sli Nodangala, Cebile Mlaba and Sihle Dlamini, Ilizwi tells the story of Siboniso, who moves to Joburg with his Mother, Nomzamo to live with his uncle, Mandla after the passing of his father. But trouble comes knocking when Mandla’s wife Agnes discovers that years before they married, Mandla and Nomzamo were a couple. As the family tries to cope with the changes, Mandla gives Sibo a bracelet that belonged to his dead grandmother. Soon the power of the bracelet is felt when Sibo begins to hear the secret thoughts of others. Now as he discovers just who he is, Agnes tries to rid herself of both the boy and his mother.

 

The film, The Ring, is a hilarious comedy starring Kenneth Nkosi, MacMillian Leshomo, Sivenathi Mabuya, Sana Mchunu, Cedric Fourie and Ntando Mncube.

 

The story is centred on hotel clerk Thami, who has been dating Mpumi for three years. Her parents, Josephine and Vuyani, disapprove of their relationship believing that Thami isn’t good enough for their daughter. Things get interesting when Mpumi’s rich ex-boyfriend, Clinton, comes back to town and charms Josephine and Vuyani into helping him reunite with Mpumi. Feeling threatened, Thami decides to propose to Mpumi but he can’t afford a glamorous ring. Then, while cleaning a hotel room, Thami finds a beautiful ring and he quickly proposes without realizing who the ring belongs to.

 

 

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MTV #Yougotgot Most Wanted Outlawz

Posted by radio On December - 4 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Notorious TVOutlawz” Lindzy, Oscar, Graham, Tracey-Lee and Simmi are back on-screen this November as MTV (DStv Channel 130) stages the ultimate prank-show showdown in #YouGotGot Most Wanted.

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After three months of comic mayhem and crazy stunts, MTV is challenging viewers to pick out their favourite Outlawz – and choose who stays and who goes for season 2 of #YouGotGot! To help you make up your mind, the Outlawz will be taking over MTV from 11:30 CAT every day from 30 November to 4 December, showcasing the best of their pranks from Season 1.

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Viewers can then vote for their favourite Outlawz on Twitter from 16 November to 11 December by tagging @MTVZA and adding the name of their favourite Outlawz using the hashtag #team followed by the Outlawz name.  The winning Outlaw will be announced on 12 December and their prize will be to head to the MTV Movie Awards in LA to host the red carpet for MTV, taking along one lucky voter.  But this is MTV and it’s not all plain-sailing: the Outlaw with the least votes will bite the dust and get axed from season 2.

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Season 1 of #YouGotGot has been a smash hit success for MTV, achieving record ratings, trending on social media every week and dominating the gossip around the water cooler at work. From the streets of Johannesburg to the shores of Durban, Cape Town waterfront and campuses around the country, the Outlawz and their lawless chief, Tall A$$ Mo, have been right in the middle of the action, generating belly laughs, outraged screams, and even a few tears. Famous victims set up by the #YouGotGot gang have included Bonang Matheba, Mo Flava, Simphiwe Dana, Bucie, Maps Maponyane and Minnie Dlamini.

 

Watch #YouGotGot Most Wanted on MTV (DStv channel 130) every weekday from Monday 30 November to Thursday 4 December at 11:30 CAT.

 

To vote for your favourite Outlaw, please use the relevant hashtags:

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