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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.


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.


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.

Lihle Lindzy

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.

Oscar YGG Outlawz

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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Cassper Nyovest revealed as SA’s hottest MC

Posted by radio On November - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Almost a month to the day that Cassper Nyovest rewrote history with his “Fill Up The Dome” concert, MTV Base (DStv channel 322), has revealed him as the laureate in “SA’s Hottest MC 2015”.



The heavily contested top five saw Nyovest push both rivals and friends to the back of the list, scoring top marks for impact, sales, buzz and other intangibles. Commended by the judges for his sound decision making skills and relentless hard work, there was little disagreement that Cassper deserved the top spot.


Hot on his heels is AKA, who the panel unanimously agreed deserved the second spot with his well thought-out music taking centre stage. His accomplishments outside the studio were arguably not as strong as Cassper’s. Style and lyrics were the two outstanding criteria that scored him the runner up spot.


2014’s number one MC, KO, took the third spot; his strong presence and contribution to the local hip hop scene was commended by the panel, but the extent of his impact in 2015 was interrogated.


MTV Africa Music Award 2015 winner for “Best Music Video” for “Nafukwa”, Riky Rick scored the fourth spot after a hard-hitting 2015 with the release of his debut album “Family Values”, that has earned him multiple award nominations while selling over 20,000 copies.


OkMalumKoolKat took the number 5 slot with his hard-to-box rap style.  While his work, dedication and influence on SA Hip Hop culture throughout 2014/2015 has been louder than his fame, features with Riky Rick,Cassper Nyovest and WTF, and sheer consistency had the panel wide open.


SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” top 5 countdown premiered on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Friday 27 November at 16:30 CAT.

To see the full countdown, tune in to the 1 hour special featuring Part 1 and Part 2 on Saturday 28 November at 11″00 CAT as part of the “Hottest Mcs Takeover Weekend” on MTV Base.


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ATFT & South Africa Impress at American Film Market

Posted by radio On November - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The American Film Market (AFM) took place in Santa Monica California recently, from November 4th to 11th and South Africa was well represented by South African Indies and it’s partners the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC).


The AFM is one of the largest film markets and conferences in the world with the 2015 edition seeing over 2,200 new films being presented to potential distributors from the USA and across the globe.


The ATFT attended the event with one its best delegations to date, consisting of 16 of South Africa’s most exciting emerging filmmakers.  Over the 7 days South Africa was represented by a country stand on the main exhibition floor and a formal meeting room where a number of networking and promotional events took place.


The theme for stand SA this year was “Come Shoot in South Africa,” with the Dti, the Gauteng Film Commission and SA Indies promoting South Africa as an ideal filming location due its favourable economic conditions, competitive rebates, ability to service blockbuster Hollywood films, and the multiple opportunities for co-productions.


Co-production was also the topic of a very well attended panel discussion hosted by South African Indies, African Co-productions; The Possiblities and the Challenges. The panel included Delon Bakker from Mannequin, Jon Volmink from Diprente, Pascal Schmitz from AAA Entertainment, and was moderated by Mayenzeke Baza from SA Indies.


The main event for South African attendees was the networking reception on November 7th hosted by the GFC & Hoplight Entertainment – an LA based production company – who has hosted the reception for three years running.


A range of Hollywood celebs and high-powered industry players attended the event including So You Think You Can Dance producer – James Gutierrez, Wrap Kings producer Tank Menzies, producer / director Rob Margolies, Emmy Award winning actor, Kiko Ellsworth, South African Faith Like Potatoes actor Frank Rautenbach who is now based in Hollywood, Iris TV CEO Filed Garthwaite and Lions Gate’s Kai Wai Ho.  The event was an informal yet important opportunity to network and discuss existing film projects and the future for collaboration and co-productions.


Hoplite Films explains why they continue to host this event and support South African Indies:


“Hoplite has been cultivating a relationship with South African Indies, for a few years now, with the intention of bringing and developing projects alongside South African producers.  We currently have 2 separate narrative series, 2 films, and 3 unscripted TV series we are looking to bring into the region.  As with all of our relationships, we try to cultivate and foster expression through constant communication.  As your market continues to grow and emerge, we are happy to come along side you and help you grow.  We have come to know both Pascal and Mayenzeke and have seen first hand their passion spread through various markets while they promote their country.”


Overall the news for South African filmmakers at AFM was good, with Jonathan Wolf, the AFM Director explaining the current trends within global film production and distribution.  According to Wolf, the gap is widening between high budget films and  lower-budget indie films with the middle ground disappearing. This means that internationally, the ideal production budget is $1 million and below for indie films, and for high budget indie films with known cast above $20 million. Films within these two categories are the most successful at securing distribution deals, with films in the $3 – 20 million range struggling to do so.


Pascal Schmitz from AAA Entertainment explains why this is good for SA films, “most top productions coming out of South Africa are in the ideal  budget range  of approximately 1 million USD. With an average of only 25% of films presented at market securing distribution, production budgets are an important determining factor that stand in our favour.“


An example of  the South African films presented at AFM is Pop, Lock n Roll, a top-notch hip-hop dance film currently in production. The film garnered significant interest at AFM with a subsidiary of Lion’s Gate distribution interested in first –sight of the finished product.  AAA Entertainment is confident that this film will secure international distribution upon completion in 2016.


Overall the American Film Market 2016 provided significant promotional and business opportunities for the rapidly expanding South African film industry.

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DMX holiday music special

Posted by radio On November - 19 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

DMX Music Channels will once again usher in the festive season with a mix of popular holiday music for our DStv customers. The DMX holiday music special will be available on channel 806 and 835 from 19 November until midnight on 26 December 2015.


During this period, the name on channel 835 will change from Contemporary Instrumentals to Instrumental Holiday. Our customers can look forward to a broadcast of 100% all-instrumental and uninterrupted holiday music. The channel will offer a collection of Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Instrumental and New Age renditions of well-known holiday favourites.


Channel 806 will also change from Familiar Favourites to Holiday Favourites to offer a blend of Contemporary Hits, Adult Contemporary as well as Pop holiday music.


FAQs about DMX Holiday Music


What is changing with DMX channels?


DMX will offer a holiday music special on channels 835 and 806. The channel names will also be changed during this holiday music special period – channel 835 will change from Contemporary Instrumentals to Instrumental Holiday. Channel 806 will also change from Familiar Favourites to Holiday Favourites.


When will the holiday music be available?


From 19 November 2015 until midnight on 26 December 2015.


What kind of music will these channels offer?


Channel 835 will broadcast 100% all-instrumental and uninterrupted holiday music. The channel will offer a collection of Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Instrumental and New Age renditions of well-known holiday favourites.


Channel 806 will offer a blend of Contemporary Hits, Adult Contemporary as well as Pop holiday music.

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On Monday 16 November 2015 South African history was made when the first soapie to be set and filmed in the Western Cape, Suidooster, went to air on Afrikaans channel kykNET  and kykNET & kie (DStv channel 145). The production has already garnered the support of the entertainment industry including Heart FM, Cape Town’s number one radio station.

Tracey Lange and Portia Joel

Heart FM has joined forces with kykNET to launch Suidooster as the radio station supports the development of talent and the knock-on effect the production will create, which is in line with the company’s values. It is anticipated that the new series will contribute to creating more employment opportunities in the television and entertainment industry in South Africa.

Tracey Lange and Abu Adams

The production, which features some of South Africa’s top acting talent in the form of Denise Newman, Johan Botha, Cedwyn Joel, Abduraghmaan Adams and Marcel van Heerden to name a few, has already created 65 new sustainable jobs which includes 15 first time actors.

Jill Levenberg,Abdu Adams,Irshaad Ally

On launch day Monday 16 November, Heart FM broadcasted the 9 to 12 show with Tracey Lange from the Suidooster film studio in Montague Gardens which created awareness around the production. All of the actors were present on the day and shared with Tracey the journey from the initial idea to produce a local soapie to the excitement of going on air for the very first time.

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Tune into MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 November as VJ Sizwe Dhlomo hosts the year’s most anticipated music industry debate: MTV Base’s ‘SA’s Hottest MCs”.


Sizwe will be presiding over a panel of industry heavyweights for this year’s roundtable discussion.  New this year are comedian Loyiso Gola, Metro FM afternoon drive DJ T’bo Touch, Hype magazine Editor Fred Kayembe, 5FM DJ Ms Cosmo and Gagasi FM’s Vukile Zondi, who join Hottest MC veterans recording artist and entrepreneur Slikour, and MTV Base’s very own Music Programmer, Melanie Triegaardt.


After last year’s game-changing countdown ignited a social media firestorm, trending worldwide for 2 days, MTV Base anticipates huge interest in the 2015 list as the year’s biggest hip hop players are analysed and rated by a panel of industry experts.


The panellists will judge artists on a range of criteria including sales, style, impact, lyrics, buzz and other intangible factors.


“I am excited about being in this panel but most significantly being in one room as such creative geniuses – an abundance of creative people with a lot of experience in the music industry. This will create an impact on music sales, on how charts are being formulated,” said Metro FM DJ T’bo Touch.


“It will be very interesting to see how the panel change affects the debate, and the impact it will have on the final list,” added Ms Cosmo.


“Everything is about work, visibility; we are looking at numbers, who had the most influence,” said Slikour.


“I tweet about rap at least once a day. I kind of know what the game is about even though it’s not the gospel” said Loyiso Gola.


“A lot of things inform the kind of people we have on the panel. Some of those things are credibility, influence and power,” commented facilitator Sizwe Dhlomo.


“SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” premieres on MTV Base on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 November at 16:30 CAT.  A full 1 hour special will air on Saturday 28 November at 11:00 CAT as part of the “Hottest MCs Takeover Weekend” on MTV Base.


To join the conversation about MTV Base’s “SA’s Hottest MCs 2015” please go to www.mtvbase, like us on Facebook, or send your own predictions for the Top 10 to @MTVbaseAfrica using the hashtag #BaseHottestMC.


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Our Perfect Wedding: New season, new presenter!

Posted by radio On November - 16 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s most popular show, Our Perfect Wedding switches gears with the new season in its regular timeslot, Sundays at 19:00 on Mzansi Magic, DStv – Channel 161.


Comedienne Tumi Morake is set to close season 5 with a 13 episode special which sees the programme sponsor ABSA giving away R10 000 to the couples getting married. Hot on the heels of the fifth season, Our Perfect Wedding introduces a spectacular new season and the excitement of a new presenter early in 2016. So who will take the torch from Tumi Morake?


Actress, businesswoman, singer and writer ,Thembisa Mdoda joins Mzansi Magic as the new host for season 6 of Our Perfect Wedding. She is a born creative whose love for words has seen her flourish in the media industry.

Thembisa Mdoda has started recording for the new and electrifying 6th season of Our Perfect Wedding. “I am ecstatic about joining OPW. I love the show and what it stands for. I love, love and I look forward to celebrating it with as many couples as I possibly can.”

Almost on the verge of wrapping up its 5th season, Our Perfect Wedding was previously hosted by Ayanda Mpama (season 5), Tumi Morake (season 4) Phumeza Mdabe (season 3), Brenda Ngxoli (season 2) and Thuli Thabethe (season 1) with each presenter bringing their own unique flair, personalities, fresh voices and different styles to the show. Each episode of the show introduces audiences to an engaged couple as they make their final preparations ahead of their wedding day. With everything from behind-the-scenes drama to heart-warming ceremonies, OPW documents ordinary South Africans on their journey to create their Perfect Wedding.


“We are thrilled to have Thembisa join OPW. Each season we introduce a new presenter and she is the perfect fit for the sixth season” says, Sphumelele Sibeko, Head of Reality Programming for Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.


Tune in to Our Perfect Wedding every Sunday on Mzansi Magic – DStv channel 161 and join our viewers as they usher in many blushing brides and grooms from the comfort of their living room.

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Nyovest exclusive on MTV Base

Posted by radio On November - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS



Tune into MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Friday 13 November at 17:00 as Sizwe Dhlomo sits down with the most talked-about man in South African hip hop – the man with the power to fill up The Dome: Cassper Nyovest. In an exclusive interview with MTV Base, shot on-site at The Dome days after his game-changing concert, Cassper candidly shares his struggles and triumphs with the veteran MTV Base DJ.



Born Refiloe Maele Phoolo, Cassper Nyovest is a multiple award winning hip hop artist from Mafikeng, and the man behind monster hit tracks Doc Shebeleza and Gusheshe – not to mention the controversial Dust To Dust, the diss track aimed squarely at rival AKA.

Known for his sharp business and marketing acumen and fierce independence, Cassper is an award-winning performer increasingly attracting international acclaim.  His two platinum selling albums, Tsholofelo and Refiloe, include collaborations with International heavyweights, Talib Kweli, DJ Drama and The Game.

“Behind The Story” – Cassper Nyovest will premiere on MTV Base on Friday 13 November at 17:00 CAT.



Opening up to Sizwe, Cassper speaks openly about his relationship with his mother, dropping out of school, his biggest hit Doc Shebeleza, his meeting with Jabba, dating high profile girls, and feeling betrayed by the game. He also opens up about his tainted relationship with his homeboy Khuli Chana who is good friends with his rival, AKA. He also shares previously unspoken about details surrounding the experience of putting together a 20,000-seater, sold-out show at The Dome and his ambitious new goal – to fill up the Orlando Stadium. Cassper closes off the interview with his thoughts on the MTV Base Hottest MCs 2015.



No stranger to awards ceremonies, 2015 has seen Cassper winning the coveted Best Hip Hop award at MAMA 2015, while taking home five trophies at the Metro FM awards including Best Hip Hop Album.   Earlier this year, the star was in the running for the wildcard nomination for Best Africa Act at the MTV EMAs, and also received a nomination for Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards 2015.



Commented Tim Horwood, Head of MTV Base, “Cassper has made giant strides in an incredibly short space of time and nothing can deter his ambition. His hunger for success is evident in the amount of work he puts out, he is a gifted marketer who genuinely understands his audience. In this amazing interview he really opens up and lets us into his world”



Tune in to this exclusive as Cassper Nyovest pours out his heart on everything important to him and the people that have impacted his life.

The Cassper Nyovest “Behind The Story” will air on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Friday 13 November at 17:00 CAT.

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