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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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DSTV iRock to hit Rusteburg

Posted by radio On November - 4 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The festive season will kick off on a high note when South Africa’s top house DJs and live house and hip hop acts descend on Rustenburg for this year’s final installment of the DStv iRock Music Festivals.


This star-studded event will take place at the Olympia Park Stadium on Saturday 12 December 2015. It will feature live performances and sets from South Africa’s hottest talent including DJ Jaws, Vinny da Vinci, Black Motion, BigNuz, Black Coffee, Moby Dickson, Ricky Rick, Rabs Vhafuwi, AKA and many more.


In addition, solo artists or bands wanting to perform at this festival, in the coveted opening slot as the DStv iRock Battle for the Stage competition winner, are once again invited to submit video clips of their performances. The prize also includes R5 000 cash and an editorial feature in The Daily Sun, as well as an opportunity to appear on V-Entertainment on Vuzu, not to mention backstage passes!


To stand a chance of winning this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as a group and/or individual, all you need to do is provide a short biography with high res images alongside a recorded one minute-long digital clip of your musical performance. Upload the clip on your own Facebook page and tag @DStv #DStvMusic #DStviRock. Entrants can also send videos with the keyword DStviRock via Whatsapp on 073 546 2766 or keep an eye on the media for further announcements on various activations, where DStv will audition entrants on site.


A panel of music industry professionals will then shortlist entries and choose a winner. The competition is open from 00:01 on Monday 2 November to midnight (00:00) on Tuesday 2 December 2015. Winners will be announced on Facebook and in the entertainment section of The Daily Sun newspaper on Monday 7 December 2015.


“The DStv iRock Music Festivals have become a sought after event on the South African entertainment calendar and thus in-keeping with the quality of artists that everyone has come to expect; we are ending off the year by adding a few new but popular faces to the line-up,” says Simon Camerer, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at MultiChoice.


“Audiences will experience the best local musicians on one stage and be kept on their feet throughout the festival, a great way to thank and reward our customers for being loyal to our brand,” continues Camerer.


For a chance to meet celebrities, some who will be performing at DStv iRock and have your photo taken with them, make sure you don’t miss out on the iRock Pre-party featuring DJ Vinny da Vinci, Kanunu and many more on 11 December at News Cafe from 18:00 to 02:00. Tickets will be R100.


This year’s DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival is presented by North West FM, MTN, Bacardi and Daily Sun.


Gates at the Olympia Park Stadium will open at 12:00 on Saturday 12 December 2015 and the event starts at 14:00. General Access tickets are selling at R180 and VIP at R650.

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Sony Pictures Television Networks’ Sony Channel (DStv Channel 127) has commissioned its first local South African television series, factual format Gogglebox.


Gogglebox South Africa is based on the award-winning UK show and observes some of the country’s most opinionated and avid TV viewers as they comment freely on the best and worst television shows of the past week from the comfort of their own sofas. It captured the imagination of households around the globe when it first launched and now Gogglebox is coming to the Sony Channel (DStv Channel 127) early 2016.

On its debut in the UK Gogglebox, which went on to win a number of awards including a BAFTA, soon became a word-of-mouth hit that had the Twittersphere buzzing and has resulted in numerous spin-offs in countries around the world.

The selected Gogglebox households are the experts when it comes to what’s on the box; they are entertaining, outspoken, emotional and irreverent and not only do they love to watch telly, they love to talk about it too.

Lyle Stewart, Senior Vice President for Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMA) for Sony Pictures Television Networks says: “ Gogglebox is a great show and we are confident that it will resonate with South African viewers. We feel that the timing is right for a local production to really cater for South African audiences and add to our already strong programming mix on the Sony Channel.”

The 10-part local version has been commissioned by the Sony Channel will be produced by partners Eject Media and Picture Tree.

Producer Gary King comments: “We are excited to see what South Africans really think of the television programmes they watch and those who appear on the box – be they celebrities or politicians.”

Executive Producer Stephan Le Roux says: “This is a brilliant format and we are excited to work on this. We feel that this is the show South African viewers have been waiting for!”

Gogglebox will air SONY CHANNEL on DStv (Channel 127).

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BET (DStv channel 129) has revealed that the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2015 will be hosted by the incomparable singer-songwriter Erykah Badu as she leads an upbeat celebration of soul music’s R&B legends alongside the new wave of talented soul artists.
Taking place on 6 November at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will air on BET (Channel 129) on Monday 30 November 2015 at 19:00 CAT.

Musical luminaries being honoured at the show include Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who will receive the Legend Award, andJill Scott who will accept the first-ever Lady of Soul Award. These icons are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the industry and influence on the world of music past and present.

R&B legend and record producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has won 11 Grammy Awards and written and produced twenty-six number one R&B hits. His new album, Return of the Tender Lover, will be released on 4 December.  A torchbearer of R&B music, Jill Scott is a 3x Grammy Award-winner who has also established herself as a critically acclaimed actress as well as a New York Times bestselling poet.

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will feature an exciting line-up of unforgettable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment, while showcasing the evolution of soul music and dance from the 70s to today.

For more information on the Soul Train Awards 2015, please visit or, like us on Facebook at or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #SoulTrainAwards.

Catch the SOUL TRAIN AWARDS on BET (DStv Channel 129) on Monday 30 November 2015 at 21:00 CAT.

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Media24 is launching a brand-new Afrikaans entertainment lifestyle channel, VIA, on DStv channel 147 on Monday, 9 November 2015 at 4pm. It’s the first channel that has an exclusive focus on Afrikaans lifestyle entertainment. VIA will be available to DStv Family, Compact, Extra and Premium customers in South Africa and Namibia.


This 24-hour lifestyle channel is another innovation by Media24 to create exceptional content and products for Afrikaans audiences across diverse Media24 platforms.


‘’We are extremely excited to launch VIA and we’re proud that we can treat our Afrikaans audiences to a brand-new Afrikaans channel,’’ says Esmaré Weideman, Chief Executive Officer of Media24. “Viewers can expect fresh, new local content that they can relate to. I think we are going to see a host of new TV stars!’’


Weideman says a TV channel is a natural step in Media24’s evolution as one of Africa’s leading media companies. ‘’We are particularly strong when it comes to digital, social and print media and we are delighted to include TV as another platform where we can serve our audiences working closely with our magazines, newspapers and digital platforms.”


VIA will launch with 22 new programmes on food and diets, relationships and style. The channel focuses on Afrikaans women and their families. Every weekday, five to six lifestyle and reality shows will be broadcast in a three-hour fresh content block. The shows will première between 4pm and 7pm, repeated across the week as well as on weekends.


VIA’s content strategy is to “delight and entertain DStv customers with shows that resonate with their lives”, says VIA Head of Content, Pat van Heerden. “We offer a glimpse of the lifestyles of others, we see the remarkable characters in our midst and we celebrate the quirkiness in the ordinary.”


VIA collaborates with stalwart Media24 magazines such as Huisgenoot, SARIE, Landbouweekblad, TVplus, Kuier, Tuis, Idees, Weg and their digital platforms to introduce content and drive engagement around shows. ‘’Media24’s newspaper titles such as Die Burger, Beeld, Volksblad and Rapport as well as the digital news platform Newerk24 will also play a key role,’’ says Izelle Venter, Editor-in-Chief of Media24 Lifestyle’s Editorial Solutions division.


Charlene Beukes, General Manager of Media24 Lifestyle, adds: ‘’I am convinced the channel will become a household name for our current and new audiences. At the same time we know advertisers want to talk to our audiences across various platforms – VIA is the next link in our media chain.”


Channel Head Cheryl Uys-Allie said the brand new VIA programmes were created by some of the country’s best producers. “In a remarkably short time our teams have delivered fresh local content that will capture the imagination. We salute their commitment,” she said.


VIA provides another opportunity for Media24 to curate and package excellent content from our diverse platforms for Afrikaans audiences, she added.


VIA launch shows include some of the following highlights:


Die eet oorlog – Three diets. Three brave women. And a 30-day battle against the bulge. With the help of our team of experts, our contestants will try to shed the kilos in order to fit into their new swimsuits.

Inspirasiekos met SARIE – The talented SARIE food editor, Herman Lensing, is on the lookout for South Africa’s best ingredients. He meets the passionate personalities behind the produce – and whips up a feast!

Zavion – Zavion goes for gold: whether it’s as an event’s planner or as an athlete. The cameras try to keep up as he juggles the weddings and decathlons filling his diary.

Jy het ’n Wenresep! – Three aspiring chefs fight it out so that iconic HUISGENOOT food editor, Carmen Niehaus, can crown one of their dishes as a Wenresep to be featured in South Africa’s widest read magazine.

My droom-trourok – Brides-to-be meet the famous Diaan Daniels to try on top-designer wedding gowns. In every bride-to-be’s mind she has a perfect wedding dress, but sometimes it’s not always her taste that wins the day.

’n Halfuur met Hanlie – A rare encounter with RAPPORT’s leading interviewer, Hanlie Retief, who will introduce us to fascinating people who interest, astound and inspire her.

Kom ons braai – South Africa’s favourite pastime is now a social experiment. Three couples who are strangers invite one another for a braai. Watch what happens around the fire.

The VIA team is led by Channel Head Cheryl Uys-Allie, Content Head Pat van Heerden and Editor-in-Chief of Media24’s Editorial Solutions team, Izelle Venter.


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New health channel on DStv

Posted by radio On October - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

South Africans interested in improving their overall health will have a new trusted source through The Good Life Network, a health and development pop-up channel which will air on channel 199 from 1 December 2015 to 31 March 2016.


First of its kind in South Africa, the channel is spearheaded by Soul City and Ochre Media in partnership with the National Department of Health. The Good Life Network is focused on producing and broadcasting content that contribute towards positive individual and societal health outcomes. Viewers can look forward to shows that cover nutrition, health and fitness, human rights, youth sexuality, HIV and TB, as well as consumer and gender rights.


Joe Maila, spokesperson of the National Department of Health, explains the department’s support of the initiative. The heartbeat of NHI is primary health care, the strength of which lies in prevention of disease and promotion of health as well as community participation: “The Department of Health has a long history of partnership with Soul City and have supported the  production of Soul City’s award-winning dramas that have influenced social norms in Southern Africa and have addressed critical health issues in South Africa.”


The National Department of  Health (NDOH) is concerned by the growing epidemic of Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) and wants to promote lifestyle changes and wellness strategies as key preventative options.


“Our association with mass media initiatives like The Good Life Network offer a powerful platform for health communications and our strides towards a vision for A Healthy Life for All’. Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SCIHD), a leading social  behaviour change communication NGO sees The Good Life Network as a powerful first for  South Africa, one that will highlight the Primary Health Care (PHC) approach. The Good Life Network is not only a TV channel. It is a call to action for all South Africans to make small  changes in their lives to live a healthier live. We will be inviting South Africans to pledge to live a Good Life,” comments Lebo Ramafoko, CEO of Soul City.


The Good Life Network programming is diverse and original, including offerings such as Health Busters (breaking down myths), Food Police (helping you design healthier meals), SuperDoc (critical women’s health issues), Village Shrink (your journey to better mental health), Cook for life (cooking up delicious and healthy African meals), Get Up Stand Up (celebrating those making a difference), Fit Life (inspired fitness outside the gym), Health Bulletins (citizen journalism combined with headline stories), Straight Up (youth sexuality) and Icheke (check your health), which will promote routine health screening.


“In keeping with the successful edutainment model, The Good Life Network will service a consumer appetite for entertaining health related content and services, which ultimately empower individuals and communities to take greater control over their own health and  development,” says Krisen Pather, Head of Edutainment for Ochre Media.


The Good Life Network will be available to DStv customers on the DStv Access, DStv Family, DStv Compact, DStv Extra and DStv Premium packages on DStv channel 199 for four months starting 1 December 2015 to 31 March 2016.

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