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Jessica Nkosi is back on Our Perfect Wedding!

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

After her short stunt on Our Perfect Wedding, holding the show down for Thembisa Mdoda, Jessica Nkosi returns as the host of Mzansi’s popular wedding show.

 

qondiAs from the 9th of October 2016, the well-known actress famous for her role as Qondi on Mzansi Magic’s telenovela-turned-soap-opera, Isibaya will be joining the show for 13 weeks.

 

 

Jessica Nkosi became the viewer’s favourite after presenting a couple of episodes. She handled the show with such grace and poise.

 

“It is a great privilege to be part of such a huge production. Our Perfect Wedding is the main course on Mzansi Magic’s Sunday viewing and as someone who loves weddings, love, décor and beautiful things, I cannot wait to be part of this experience from the beginning, to the end,” says Nkosi.

 

Thembisa has done such an amazing job and has had a very successful run with the show.  “We are excited that Jessica Nkosi will be joining the show to usher couples to the alter but don’t be shocked if you see Thembisa at your wedding as she remains part of Mzansi Magic family” says, Nondumiso Mabece, Head of PR at Mzansi Magic.

 

 

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Mzansi Footballers makes its home-brewed debut

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Say hello to Mzansi Magic’s all-new, all-local lifestyle reality show: Mzansi Footballers.

mzansifballWith all the on-pitch drama unfolding almost every week during soccer’s busy season, it’s safe to say that Mzansi soccer fans are in serious need of a chill pill to balance the scales.

Say hello to Mzansi Magic’s all-new, all-local lifestyle reality show: Mzansi Footballers. This show follows in the footsteps of the popular globe-trotting Goal Diggerz that gave viewers a peek into the lives of African football stars around the world.

 

Just in time to combat any blues that soccer lovers might be feeling as the club culling continues, this show will invite viewers to kick back and chill with their favourite stars during their downtime.

 

Presented by everybody’s favourite “guy’s guy” Lungile Radu, Mzansi Footballers will take us into the lives of hotshot dribblers such as Benni McCarthy, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Thuso Phala and Keagan Dolly, among others.

 

M-Net’s Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Nkateko Mabaso, lauded Mzansi Footballers as one of the best aspirational lifestyle reality shows to hit our screens.

 

“Mzansi Footballers has a fresh new look, format and take. It’s not just about the glamorous side of football – how the players live and play, but also about the hard times they’ve gone through and relentless work they’ve put in to get to where they are. Their skills, work ethic and never-say-die attitudes are attributes that have seen them rise into the giants of the game that they are; and they continue to work hard at their “hustle” while enjoying the fruits of their labour,” said Mabaso.

 

Have you ever wondered who is a secret master chef? Who likes fashion and accessories more than they let on? And which soccer star is a down-low mall rat or club hopper? Well, let Lungile take you into the homes and lives of these athletic greats – and see what comes tumbling out!

 

“This show is about celebrating Mzansi excellence and being inspired – and having a superb time while at it,”added Mabaso.

 

Make a date with Mzansi Magic and Lungile because you won’t want to miss this fresh football-meets-lifestyle show.

 

Mzansi Footballers premieres on the 12th of October, Wednesday at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161)

 

 

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 It’s More Complicated Than Ever!

Posted by radio On September - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

LOVE, lies and betrayal will be the order of the day when Mzansi Magic’s popular relationship drama series, It’s Complicated, returns for a second season on Sunday, 9 October 2016 at 20:00.

 

34_its_complicated_s2_full_cast_004_preThe explosive debut season entrenched itself in the TV-watching psyche so much that Mzansi held its collective breath with each episode to see what would unfold between Ipeleng and her long time on-off boyfriend Thatho, as well as the motley crew of friends and family in the form of Mandisa, Vumani, Thabang, Matli and Ntandokazi.

 

Last season ended with Thato marrying Ntandokazi against dizzying odds, and a heartbroken Ipeleng throwing caution to the wind and straying from her good girl character. And the best part? The pregnancy bomb!

 

M-Net’s Head of Drama, Reneilwe Sema, says there will be plenty more where that came from, and viewers should ready themselves for crazy cliff-hangers one after the other.

 

“If you thought last season was terse, you’re in for an even more intense emotional rollercoaster in Season 2,” says Sema.

 

The new season picks up just over four months after all the drama and truth bombs. This time, not only is Ipeleng’s dogged determination to get the perfect life in the form of a marriage and children clouding her judgment, it also leads her to make a tragic error that costs her the very thing that she has always wanted.

 

Meanwhile, Thato and Ntandokazi’s already fragile relationship isn’t made any less fraught by a wedding ring. Could a couple that was on the brink of a break-up so close to their wedding survive the challenges that they – and their extended family – keep heaping on them? Did they get married too soon? Did they do it for the right reasons? And will they see things through for better or for worse?

 

“This season, the story will also delve into Mandisa’s past. As Ipeleng’s rock, she’s hardly had the time to deal with her own skeletons, choosing instead to bury them deep. But, a shocking and horrifying secret will come out, cracking open Mandisa’s seemingly solid foundation and threatening to blow her life into a million pieces.” says Sema.

 

The original core cast played by Fikile Mthwalo-Kani (Ipeleng), Siyabonga Radebe (Thato), Atandwa Kani (Vumani), Motlatsi Mafatshe (Thabang), Thishiwe Ziqubu (Ntandokazi) and Samela Tyelbooi (Mandisa) is joined by new members Lungile Radu (Phila), Masasa Mbangeni (Katlego), Austin Shandu (Nqobizitha) and Hlubi Mboya (Dr. Patience Moloi) who are sure to spice things up even more.

 

If you don’t want to be left behind when everyone talks about Mzansi’s hottest drama, make sure you tune into Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161, on 9 October at 20:00, to catch the return of It’s Complicated.

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Balcony TV Live in Joburg

Posted by radio On September - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

BalconyTV is the global name in daily online viral music that features bands, musicians and other variety acts on balconies worldwide broadcasting from 65 cities around the world.

bconytvBalconyTV Johannesburg, the only BalconyTV platform in Africa, has proven to be a unique and unmatched opportunity for up and coming South African acts, providing them with a high quality live performance video screened to a global platform.  With over 400 videos produced and over 1million views, BalconyTV Johannesburg produces a new show every week – ensuring a steady stream of the latest South African music available anywhere, anytime.

In addition to these video streams, BalconyTV Johannesburg has also produced a series of hugely successful live events. Over the past 4 years, Balcony TV Live has featured over 100 acts in 12 events attended by over 5,000 people. These events have proven especially popular on-line, with close on 100,000 people watching Jeremy Loop’s live performances!

The BalconyTV Live Johannesburg events are brought to you by Hunter’s Gold (Refreshes for Longer), with the next event taking place on 22ndOctober. As with all previous BalconyTV Live events, the line-up will continue with the winning formula that pairs up-and-coming acts with top high-profile South African artists.

22nd October will see live performances from Joburg’s most beautiful rooftop venue, Randlords. Perfectly perched at the highest point in Braamfontein, Randlords is a beautiful rooftop bar and lounge venue, located on the 22nd floor of South Point Towers.  This instalment of BalconyTV Live includes, BCUC, The Black Cat Bones , Hellcats and Johnny Cradle.

 

BCUC are no strangers to the BalconyTV Live stage, having previously performed to rave reviews. Back by popular demand the group will bring their truly unique improvisational style to a performance that is never the same. The scorching blues-rock sounds of The Black Cat Bones have been perfecting their sound since 2009 and their raw live shows reflect the band at their best.

Hellcats are a two piece, stripped down, bare knuckle rock n roll band formed in 2014 and are a perfect compliment to this rocking line-up. Johnny Cradle simply describe themselves as: a Fender Rhodes, a MOOG, a Xhosa voice, a drum kit, a guitar – make sure to experience them live at Randlords or via the BalconyTV Johannesburg Facebook Page.

22nd October

Doors Open at 1pm
Live Bands start at 1:30PM
Event Ends at 7PM
Venue: Randlords, Braamfontien
Address: 22nd Floor South Point Towers, 41 De Korte Street, Braamfontein
Ticket Price: R80 via WebTickets.co.za | R100 at the door
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SPONSORS:
Hunter’s Gold (Refreshes for Longer)
Marshall Music
Line6
Randlords

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The Voice SA Returns for a Second Season

Posted by radio On September - 20 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net’s prestigious singing competition returns for a second season. The Voice SA is looking for high-calibre vocal talent!

 

the_voice_sa_medNothing else matters. It’s all about The Voice! If you have perfect pitch, an enviable range, or the vocal tone or timbre that gives audiences goosebumps, you’re the ideal candidate to enter The Voice SA.

 

M-Net has confirmed that there will be a second season of the massively popular singing competition The Voice SA – and the first auditions are just around the corner!

 

This time, Port Elizabeth is included in the countrywide search for South Africa’s new singing sensation, with The Voice SA’s open auditions taking place on Wednesday, 12 October at The Beach Hotel on Marine Drive. Thereafter, it’s Cape Town’s turn, at Belmont Square in Rondebosch, on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 October, while Durban’s singers can have their voices heard on Wednesday, 19 October, at the Growth Point Kings Park Stadium. The final stop will be in the City of Gold on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October at Sasani Studios in Balfour Park.

 

During these initial audition sessions, which are not filmed for television, talent has the opportunity to show an anonymous panel of music experts that they have the vocal prowess to perform on screen at the show’s famous ‘Blind Auditions’. That’s when The Voice SA coaches, four respected and well-known South African musos, listen to the singers with their iconic red chairs turned away from the stage, basing their decisions purely on what they hear. The honour of singing for the coaches will only befall the best of the best singers from the countrywide auditions.

 

“In The Voice SA it’s indeed all about quality,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “Right from the start, there’s no doubt that every single person on this proudly South African show can sing. The question is whether or not the coaches want them in their team and believe that they can take them all the way to the top. The phenomenal talent from The Voice SA Season 1 has set the bar incredibly high, and we are looking forward to opening doors for more fantastic talent who deserve to become household names.”

 

The Voice SA Season 1 winner Richard Stirton has already topped the iTunes charts three times – with the songs he performed at the semi-finals and finals, as well as the single he released with Universal Music as part of his prize package. He was also voted number one when TALPA, the company that produces the show around the globe, pitted the most recent winners from 23 countries against each other in an online poll. Both Richard Stirton and runner-up Gavin Edwards’ full albums will be released in October this year.

 

For Season 2, The Voice SA is again looking for exceptional talent with a unique sound and solo singers as well as duos from any musical background are encouraged to enter. Even though you have to be 18 years old on the day of your audition, there is no upper age-limit. You need to be a South African citizen or permanent resident, however, and will have to sign a document stating that you don’t have an existing contract with any recording company.

 

While there will be open auditions in SA’s biggest cities, singers who want to be part of the show will also be able to submit a song online for a possible fast track to the selection committee. Details about these submissions are available on www.mnet.tv/thevoice. M-Net recommends that anyone entering must bear in mind that there might be long queues at the audition venues. The earlier you come, the better, but take the weather into account too. Bring essentials such as your ID, an umbrella, sunscreen and enough hydration to ensure that you stay cool and fresh for your audition.

 

The Voice SA Season 2 will be broadcast on M-Net Channel 101 from January 2017 and the names of the coaches will be made public at a later stage.

 

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New teen drama Is’thunzi on Mzansi Magic

Posted by radio On September - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

In the age of wireless headphones, “dabbin” and memes, Mzansi Magic presents its first teen drama, Is’thunzi, which premieres on the 10th of October at 20:00.

 

27_mzansi_magic_019_preSet in the fast-paced world of South Africa’s born-frees, Is’thunzi will unpack the complexities that teenagers are faced with from all walks of life and the choices they are forced to make on their journey to adulthood.

 

Leading a group of girls who refer to themselves as “Ninjas”,  the drama unfolds when we meet the go-getter and sassy Winnie (Saints and Sinner’s Thuso Mbedu) who dreams of marrying a rich and famous rugby player. However, her dreams are dashed when she’s exiled to go live with her strict aunt in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal.

 

It is in Bergville that we meet the rest of the Ninjas: the young wife Londi (Zikhona Bali) who defies her in-laws by returning to school to get her matric; the misunderstood creative spirit Thishiwe (Makgotso M) who terrifies the community because of the darkness that befell her family, and completing the squad is Noxolo (Yolanda Kgaka), a shy and smart girl with a shameful secret.

 

Together, the girls help Winnie to snag her prince while also searching for their own happily-ever-after.

 

“We have told so many stories over the years, but had not fully explored the lives of Mzansi’s youth – Is’thunzi will do just that. This drama will dissect what it means to be young and full of potential but having to overcome financial, social, and cultural barriers in order to make something of yourself ,” said M-Net’s Head of Drama, Reneilwe Sema.

 

Joining this vibrant ensemble for thrilling 13 episodes are veteran actress Nandi Nyembe, Sdumo Mtshali, Bohang Moeko, Mbali Maphumulo, Pallance Dladla and new comer Thulane Shange.

 

Follow Winnie, Londi, Noxolo and Thishiwe as they pursue their dreams and form a bond that will not only push them over the edge, but also grow them in ways they never could have imagined.

 

Can Cinderella find her prince and create her own happiness without the help of her fairy godmother? Do not miss all the action when Is’thunzi premieres on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161) on the 10th of October at 20:00.

 

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Road to MAMA Durban hits EYADINI

Posted by radio On September - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With just six weeks to go until the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg (MAMA), a dazzling line-up of artists is set to headline Durban’s annual Road to MAMA party – now bigger and better than ever.

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The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016 are brought to you by Joburg Tourism in partnership with Absolut Vodka and Google, and in association with MTN and DStv.

MTV Base is hooking up with Durban’s hottest hangout eYadini Lounge, Umlazi, Durban to stage Road to MAMA – Durban 2016 on Sunday 25 September (eYadini’s eighth birthday!).

Headlining the gig is Hip Hop star Anatii, who’s not long returned from the USA where he’s been performing and recording new material with the likes of R&B star Omarion.  Durban rapper Aewon Wolf joins the line-up for the second year running while “Back to the Beach” hitmaker Kyle Deutsch and hotter-than-hotWololo” singer Babes Wodomo, both make their Road to MAMA debuts in Umlazi.

Rounding out the evening with some hot deck action will be DJ Tira, DJ Vumar, Junior De Rocka and King Sfiso

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Tickets for Road to MAMA – Durban will be available at the eYadini Lounge, 3 Peace Road, Umlazi from 19 September, priced ZAR 150 (standard tickets only). Doors for Road to MAMA Durban open at 14:00 CAT.  Over 18s only.

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Highlights of Road to MAMA – Durban will air on MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) in October 2016.

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016, please go to www.mtvbase.com or www.mtv.co.za.

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Small business is about to make a big noise with the launch of the SME Zone on DStv this weekend. The dedicated weekend block, on Channel 412, is styled as a “self-help” manual for small business and those looking to start their own enterprises. The SME Zone is a weekend extension of Times Media’s finance and news channel, Business Day TV. It follows the success of programmes like The Big Small Business Show, now in its fourth year.

 

bdlogo_263x252The SME Zone will feature step-by-step guides on how to identify, start and grow a successful business; educational modules such as The Small Business MBA; real-lifementoring sessions with experts; and tipsand inspiration from some of SA’s top entrepreneurs.

 

“Nine out of 10 small businesses fail within the first 3 years,” says Semeyi Zake, creator and executive producer of the SME Zone. “That’s a terrible waste of hope, energy and resources. We aim to give entrepreneurs a fighting chance,via clear templates and business models that will greatly increase their chances of success.

 

”Some of the shows in the SME Zone line-up include: Jumpstart (self-help jobs you can start with R500 or less); Biz Guide 101 (a blueprint for running 25 popular businesses); Pimp my Bizz (revamping a faltering enterprise); Pitch & Polish (a nationwide search for the best ideas); and SME Funding.

 

“We realized there’s a hunger for business knowledge beyond the markets and corporate deals. As a channel, we are passionate about small business, realizing that this is where we can make an impact in addressing the country’s skills gap and play our role in creating employment and growing this economy,” Zake adds.

 

Vernon Matzopoulos, Head of Broadcast at Times Media, said: “We’re looking to help grow the next generation of business, and TV is an incredibly powerful medium of instruction to drive that. Thanks to DStv’s generosity in making the airtime available, we can now reach into 5.5 million homes –and hopefully inspire a small business revolution.”

 

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FOX Life launches in October

Posted by radio On September - 15 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

FOX Networks Group Europe and Africa (FNG) has announced the launch of a bold new Pan African channel, FOX Life on Monday 3 October 2016. Considered one of the world’s leading destinations for scripted and unscripted entertainment, FOX Life will be tailored for African audiences and be available on channel 126 in South Africa.

 

dstv_logo_foxlife_lrgAs part of the new channel, an additional 500 hours of fresh new programming will be added to the schedule over the coming months, focused on localised storytelling, created specifically for African viewers. New hit US shows to debut on FOX Life include Pitch and Atlanta.

 

“FOX Life is core to our global entertainment portfolio and its entry into this market signals FNG’s continued investment in Africa,” says Gary Alfonso, GM, FNG Africa. “From hit US programming, to 500 hours of brand new, locally developed and produced content, our new channel portfolio reflects the best in entertainment, factual and sports.”

 

The new channel will sit alongside FOX on DStv, on channel 126 and will replace FOX Crime, which will no longer be available on DStv from Wednesday 28 September 2016. Select programming from this channel will be folded into the FOX daytime schedules. This is a win for DStv customers as FOX Crime was limited to only DStv Premium and DStv Extra, FOX Life will be available to DStv Premium, DStv Extra, DStv Compact, DStv Family and DStv Access customers in South Africa.

 

FOX Life now joins the extensive FNG portfolio in Africa, which includes FOX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Gold, FOX Sports, FOX Sports 2 and Baby TV.

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M-NET celebrates 30yrs of Magic

Posted by radio On September - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Africa’s pioneering TV channel, M-Net, is about to hit a milestone birthday– the big 3-0! In October 2016, it will be thirty years since the very first M-Net subscribers connected their newly-acquired analogue decoders. This was a major technological breakthrough at the time giving viewers access to a brand new world of entertainment.

 

m-net-30th-birthday-logo_lrgWhile the industry has continued to evolve at lightning speed, M-Net has always been at the forefront of the latest developments.

 

What started as one South African analogue channel has grown into an array of more than 40 channels (including M-Net Edge, kykNET, Mzansi Magic, VUZU AMP, Channel O and Africa Magic), addressing the viewing needs of diverse audiences on different platforms in almost 50 countries across the African continent. In curating and creating the very best content and channels for DStv customers, M-Net also boasts an impressive and long list of revolutionary moves and “firsts”– from being the first to screen movies without ad breaks to introducing South Africa’s very first soap, bringing local versions of blockbuster reality shows like Big Brother and Idols to our shores, producing ten language-specific TV channels, going HD and adding events-driven pop-up channels as well as services like “Express from the US”.

 

Now, in the trend-setting and magical fashion that it has become renowned for, M-Net will be celebrating its 30th birthday in a unique way– with a fun-filled comedy pop-up channel.

 

M-Net’s on-screen birthday bash, the M-Net Movies BlockParty, will run for the entire month of October on channel 109 on DStv Premium, playing everyone’s favourite comedy movie hits, the latest comedy shows and handing the mic over to the world’s best stand-up comedians. The channel will be rolling out the red carpet for comedy greats Seth Rogen, Eddie Murphy, Amy Schumer, Jim Carrey, Leon Schuster, Steve Martin, Austin Powers, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Ellen DeGeneres, Martin Lawrence and many more.

 

M-Net Movies BlockParty will be screened around the clock for 30 days. Every weeknight there will be seriously funny classic series from 19:30, side-splitting movies at 20:30 and raucous stand-up comedy shows from 22:00.

 

“M-Net would not have been where it is today without the loyal support of our viewers,” says M-Net’s CEO Yolisa Phahle. “M-Net Movies BlockParty will have something for everyone and provide shows for the whole family to enjoy together.  Comedy is always popular and we would like our viewers to have some fun, so we look forward to celebrating our big birthday with as many people as possible.”

 

Apart from the M-Net Movies BlockParty pop-up channel, M-Net is also producing an exclusive TV special about the history and evolution of the network, as well as the way in which it has developed the African film and television industry and positively changed the lives of many people. This nostalgic TV special gives viewers the opportunity to hear from M-Net’s biggest stars and will be screened on several of the M-Net channels in early November.

 

To add to the M-Net 30th birthday celebrations, viewers can also look forward to plenty of fire-cracking new programming on M-Net’s various channels in October.

 

The new tension-filled reality show Shark Tank South Africa, in which budding entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas for a possible investment to business moguls, will be launching on M-Net 101 on Sunday, 2 October at 18:00. Also look out for the brand new sci-fi series Frequency, which takes time-travelling to a whole new level, starting on Thursday, 6 October at 20:30.

 

From Friday, 14 October at 21:00, M-Net Edge viewers will have a weekly date with the always hot – and always witty – Sarah Jessica Parker, the star of the much-anticipated new HBO comedy Divorce.  Another exciting new series on M-Net Edge is the big-budget sci-fi thriller Westworld, based on the Michael Crichton movie set in a futuristic theme park. The impressive cast includes Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton and the action starts on Monday, 3 October at 21:00.

 

The kykNET highlights for October include, among a variety of brand new series, the return of Karen Zoid’s popular talk show Die Republiek van Zoid Afrika (Tue, 11 Oct at 20:30) as well as the inimitable Nataniel’s cooking travel show Edik van Nantes (11 Oct at 20:00) and the channel’s firm favourite reality show Boer Soek ‘n Vrou (Thu, 20 Oct at 20:30) with new host Minki van der Westhuizen.

 

VUZU AMP, on DStv’s channel 103, will be the home of the novel new reality game show PowerPlay Coalition (starting on Sat, 15 Oct at 18:00) in which creatives showcase their best innovative work to expert event promotors.

 

On Mzansi Magic (channel 161 on DStv) fans can enjoy more compelling episodes of The Queen, Idols, Greed and Desire, Isikizi and Isibaya while the hit coming-of-age drama It’s Complicated, starring Atandwa Kani and Fikile Mthwalo, will be back for a second season on Sunday, 9 October at 21:00.

 

 

 

 

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