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Metro FM activates MMA16 in style

Posted by radio On February - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

METRO FM BUILDS UP TO THE BIGGEST AWARDS SHOW OF THE YEAR WITH EXCITING ACTIVATIONS!

 

METRO FM, the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s biggest commercial radio station, is gearing up for the most anticipated awards show of the year.

The 16th METRO FM Music Awards, in partnership with the City of Durban (EThekwini Municipality) and the Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial government, will once again take place at the ICC in Durban on Saturday, 25 February 2017. Ticket sales are fast selling out with general tickets going for R750 and Golden Circle selling at R850.

METRO FM in the lead-up to the award will be holding exciting activations to create hype and excitement. These are the following events:

Wednesday 22 February 2017 – METRO FM Music Workshop – Tate’s Kasi Grill

 

The MMA Music Workshop which is free and open to the public, will be taking place at Tate’s Kasi Grill in Clermont, is about awarding music excellence according to the voting public of South Africa, and to empower the next generation of musicians in South Africa, the music workshop seeks to educate up and coming musicians amongst other things about:

  • The business of music
  • Different music organisations (SAMRO, RISA etc.) and how they can benefit them
  • Submissions of music to radio stations & record labels
  • Packaging of music
  • Technicalities of music i.e. sampling
  • Contracts and how they work
  • Longevity in the music industry
  • Taking ones art seriously

 

Last year saw the success of Yung Royalz who were selected as one of the groups that showed potential during the METRO FM Awards workshop with KZN upcoming artists. The group has since been play-listed on stations such as METRO FM, Ukhozi FM and Umhlobo Wenene amongst others. They have released a music video that is on high rotation with MTV Base. They are also on the Top 40/30 on various radio stations including YFM.

 

Friday 24 February 2017 – Pre-Parties 

 

  • 47th Avenue

Strictly by invite, this event will target those who love fashion and the finer things in life.

 

  • Eyadini Experience

 

This activation will target the Kwaito and house music lovers. It will profile Eyadini and Umlazi on radio through promos promoting the event, interviews on the day and television broadcast. Live SABC 1 music programme LIVEAMP, will broadcast live from the venue.

The line-up at Eyadini is as follows:

  1. MoFlava,
  2. Lerato Kganyago
  3. Sphe
  4. Naves
  5. DJ Jawz
  6. DJ Malwela
  7. Lulo Café
  8. Nasty C (Not confirmed)
  9. Naked DJ
  10. Nasty C
  11. Dr Malinga
  12. Professor
  13. Dj Feel
  14. Dj Merlon

 

Doors Open @ 12:00 Until late.

Tickets are @ COMPUTICKET for the public at R100 General Access & R200 VIP.

 

Sunday 26 February 2017

 

MMA16 WRAP UP PARTY

To close off the 16th Metro FM Music Awards weekend soulfully, a wrap-up party will be held at Maxi’s lifestyle in Umlazi. Guests can enjoy the township lifestyle while listening to their favourite tunes with, some of METRO FM DJ’s such as Amon Mokoena, Sentle, Wilson B Nkosi and Nothemba Madumo.

 

Tickets will be sold at the gate and prices are as follows:

 

VVIP          R950.00

VIP            starts from R350.00

General      starts from R150.00

 

LINE –UP: 

Mc’s

Somizi

Oros

Slot

 

Metro FM Dj’s

Glen Lewis

SPHEctacula & DJ Naves

Christos

Shimza

 

Artists                                                               Residents

Durban’s Finest                                                 Mngadi

Babes Wodumo                                                 Twitty

Professor                                                           Dnzwiri

Dr Malinga                                                         Vuuh

Nasty C                                                              Rocksilver

Amanda Black                                                    Lee

Jezel Brothers                                                    Mfistoz

Big Nuz                                                              stera

Kwesta                                                               Nash Mann

Bongs                                                           Smokie & Luso

Cndo

Lvovo

Zakwe

King Sfiso

Junior B

Junior De Rocka

Joocy

Fisherman

 

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Here are your monthly DStv prices, starting from 1 April 2017:

Package Current price Price from 1 April 2017
DStv Premium 759 789
DStv Extra 459 489
DStv Compact 345 365
DStv Family 219 235
DStv Access 99 99
DStv EasyView 29 29

DStv add ons

Service Current price Price from 1 April 2017
Access Fee 85 85
BoxOffice PVR rentals 35 35
DStv Indian 345 360
DStv indian add-on 220 229
DStv Portuguesa 445 465
DStv Portuguesa add-on 220 229

 

Please note the following prices will NOT increase on 1 April 2017:

  • DStv EasyView
  • DStv Access
  • Access Fee
  • BoxOffice rentals
  • Decoder insurance

 

Manage your DStv costs

  1. Make one annual payment and get a month’s free DStv

Pay your full year’s subscription in one payment and get your 12th month absolutely free! Just contact  Call Centre and switch to the annual payment option before 31 March 2017 to take advantage of your current price.

  1. Lock in your price for two years

Sign up for  Price Lock offers and pay fixed fees for the next 24 months. Go to dstv.com/pricelock or SMS “Price Lock” to 35129 .

 

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The NEW EDITION STORY premieres on BET

Posted by radio On February - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Urban soul legends New Edition laid the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel, and sound. Boyz II Men…N’SYNC…The Backstreet Boys… New Kids On The Block…all took their cues from Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell & Johnny Gill.

 

After 30 years of breaking hearts on the record and from the stage, New Edition finally gets the biopic that their stellar tenure in entertainment so richly deserves. This epic three-part miniseries follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega-stardom – weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.

 

The star-filled The New Edition Story cast includes: Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke JamesKeith PowersAlgee SmithWoody McClain, Dante HoaglandCaleb McLaughlin, Jahi Winston, Myles Truitt and Tyler Williams as New Edition, alongside La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson, Sandi McCree Wood HarrisMichael RapaportFaizon LoveDuane Martin Tank and Bre-Z.

The New Edition Story will air as an exclusive six hour, three night event on 23 February 2 March and 9 March 2017 at 21:00 CAT on BET (DStv Channel 129).

 

THE NEW EDITION STORY: EPISODE BREAKDOWN

Part One – premieres Thursday 23 February at 21:00 CAT

The year is 1978. The city: Roxbury, MA, just outside of Boston. Eleven year old Bobby Brown convinces some friends (Ricky Bell, Mike Bivins, and Ralph Tresvant) to perform in local talent shows in an attempt to win money (and girls). Once the group is formed, they convince a hot local manager, Brooke Payne, to turn them into talent show winners. The boys are eventually discovered by music impresario, Maurice Starr, who signs them to a record deal. They add a fifth member, Ronnie DeVoe, and their debut song “Candy Girl” hits #1 on the charts. Gary Evans, a manager from NYC, promises them a better deal, bigger stardom, and more money. When the boys get a new deal with MCA Records in L.A., things get off to an inauspicious start when MCA president Jheryl Busby, underwhelmed by his new signing, pushes them to deliver a hit album or else.

 

Part Two – premieres Thursday 2 March at 21:00 CAT

It’s 1984, and New Edition is in L.A. recording their second album. Ralph, fully aware of the resentment from his bandmates, requests more parts for them to sing. The album is a huge hit; but Bobby’s behaviour gets more erratic and outlandish while on the road. Eventually tensions erupt, and the group dynamic takes a pivotal change – the boys vote to kick Bobby out – and New Edition is never the same. Soon Ralph decides that he wants to go solo, leaving remaining members Ricky, Mike, and Ronnie stunned. Mike, the group’s de facto leader, adds R&B singer Johnny Gill to the group. Everything comes to an ugly head when the group meets to record their next album.

 

Part Three – premieres Thursday 9 March at 21:00 CAT

New Edition’s “Heartbreak” tour is an incredible success and the group is soaring high. Bobby, who has his own hit album “Don’t Be Cruel”, starts off as their opening act. But he soon eclipses them, becoming one of the biggest stars in R&B music. By 1990, all the members have launched hugely successful solo careers – even though there’s tension bubbling under the surface between them. A few short years later when most of the guys are up to their ears in debt, they agree to do a reunion album and tour with all six members, including Bobby. This should be New Edition’s rebirth, but things immediately get off to a bad start. In the aftermath, all six members go their separate ways, trying to navigate life after New Edition, leaving little hope to maintain the brotherhood they once shared.

For further information on The New Edition Story please go to www.betafrica.tv, follows us on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa or like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BETinAfrica

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Fall in love with comedy

Posted by radio On February - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

21 of the country’s top comedians are joining forces with Comedy Central (122) to make Mzansi comedy fans fall head-over-heels in love with home-grown stand-up comedy.

 

 

Passionately lining up to support comedy and the comedic arts, and to encourage South Africans to appreciate and consume more local comedy are: Celeste Ntuli, Ndumiso Lindi, Dillan Oliphant, Lihle Lindzy, Deep Fried Man, Conrad Koch, Chris Forrest, Barry Hilton, John Vlismas, Nina Hastie, Suzelle DIY, Donovan Goliath, Nick Goliath, Robby Collins, Richelieu Beaunoir, Simmi Areff, Mojak Lehoko, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, David Kau, Yaaseen Barnes and Joey Rasdien.  Further comedians will join the campaign throughout the year.

 

 

Kicking off on Valentine’s Day, the campaign will see the 21 comedy luminaries starring in a fun new Comedy Central promotional campaign that will run on TV, billboards and social media throughout the year.

 

 

Throwing dignity and caution to the wind, the comedians have filmed a range of adorable stunts, slo-mo clips, face-offs and silly promos showing them interacting humorously with dogs, beach balls, glitter, pom poms, balloons and much more, using the props in a comic way to represent their own personal “brand” of comedy.

 

 

Commented Dillon Khan, Senior Channel Director, Comedy Central, Africa and Creative Services VIMN Africa, “Comedy Central is on a mission to make life funnier, and to support the local comedy scene; we are delighted at the amazing response we have had from these great comedians in the interest of fighting every day monotony and the forces of boredom!  We’re proudly saying there is nothing more entertaining than comedy.  Premier League…Cricket…. Cinema… nothing beats laughter.”

 

 

In the coming months, the 24-hour comedy network and official “home of funny” is “standing up” for South African comedy and comedians by increasing the volume of local comedy programming on the channel including – for the first time – vernacular and Afrikaans’ comedy which will feature on the channel from April 2017.  Among the many South African comedians you’ll see on the channel in comedy specials in the coming months are: John Vlismas, Masood Boomgard, Kwanda Radebe, Tyson Heffer, Alfred Adriaan, Jem Atkins, Deep Fried Man, Marc Lottering, Loyiso Gola and Neville Pillay.

 

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Pinkprint Tour: Nicki Minaj Live on Valentines Day

Posted by radio On February - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

This Valentines’s Day enjoy a night with Nicki Minaj as she takes you to the Barclay’s Centre in Brooklyn. The Pinkprint Tour: Nicki Minaj Live From Brooklyn show features both full live performances as well as never-before-seen interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The pink colour fanatic is set to awe her fans better known as the “Barbies/Barbz” with a show stopping extravaganza.

 

The “Barbz” can expect to hear some of their long-time favourite tracks, “throwback” hit songs include AnacondaSuper Bass and The Night is Still Young. Also known for her unique fashion sense, Nicki Minaj fanatics will get to see over the top wardrobe designs for the spectacular night. This show is a must see for Nicki Minaj fans.

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ShowMax has launched a new lower-priced service available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis. For R49 per month, subscribers get unlimited access to a comprehensive catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids shows, and documentaries. This new service has a strong focus on local content, is optimised for lower data consumption on smartphones and tablets, and is billed directly to a Vodacom account with no need for a credit card.

 

Available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis, ShowMax Select is a new internet TV service designed for use on smartphones and tablets. This service, priced at R49 per month, gives subscribers unlimited access to a comprehensive catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids shows, and documentaries.

Speaking about this, Chris Savides, Head of ShowMax Africa said:

 

 

 

“ShowMax Select is all about making internet TV even more accessible. It’s half the price of our existing ShowMax Premium service with a strong focus on local content. We designed Select to be viewed first and foremost on mobile devices, with multiple options for managing data consumption.”

 

 

As the cost of smartphones and tablets continues to fall, more and more South Africans are getting connected and can access internet TV services such as ShowMax. A major barrier, however, is the fact that many services require payment via credit card. This excludes the majority of the population who don’t have a credit card.

 

Savides commented:

“Internet TV services should be accessible to everyone, not just the lucky few who have credit cards. By partnering with Vodacom, we’ve made it simple to charge both ShowMax Select and ShowMax Premium directly to your Vodacom account, no credit card needed.”

 

At launch, ShowMax Select has more than 10 000 TV show episodes and movies including local hits like Isibaya, Shaka Zulu, Binnelanders and Dineo’s Diary. On top of that, the service features international favourites like Teen Wolf, Merlin, The Driver and Line of Duty. More than half of the content on ShowMax Select is local. New content will be added weekly.

To subscribe to the service, visit www.showmax.com/vodacom. ShowMax Select is available via apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and can also be viewed via web browsers.

 

To reduce data consumption, ShowMax Select has been optimised for viewing on smartphones and tablets. Subscribers have the choice of three different streaming video quality settings. The default level is standard definition which uses almost 40% less data in comparison to the default setting on ShowMax Premium.

 

As with ShowMax Premium, ShowMax Select gives subscribers the ability to download shows to smartphones and tablets to watch offline, choosing from four different file sizes. Using the most data-efficient setting, downloading a 20-minute TV show will require approximately 80MB. Subscribers not wanting to use mobile data can also download shows via Wi-Fi. Up to 25 shows can be downloaded at any one time.

 

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Apple has hired Timothy D. Twerdahl, the general manager and director of Amazon’s Fire TV business, to be the vice president in charge of Apple TV product marketing, reports Bloomberg. Twerdahl joined Apple earlier this month.

 

 

Twerdahl has been in charge of Fire TV since 2013, overseeing two generations of the product and its rise as one of the more popular internet-connected set-top boxes. At Apple, Twerdahl will report to Greg Joswiak, VP of iOS and iPhone Product Marketing.

 

The move will allow Pete Distad, the former head of Apple TV product marketing, to concentrate on helping Apple land content deals, which are headed by Eddy Cue. Before joining Apple in 2013, Distad was senior vice president of content distribution at Hulu.

 

Having Distad join content negotiations is intended to shore up content for Apple TV, according to Bloomberg, as efforts to secure exclusive content deals for Apple TV have stalled in the past due to failed negotiations.

 

With the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple was originally aiming to provide a full a la carte television service that could replace traditional cable and satellite packages, similar to Sony’s PlayStation Vue service. However, Apple unsurprisingly saw pushback from both content and cable companies after using negotiating tactics described as “assertive” and “hard-nosed,” declining to back down from the terms the company wanted. Apple scaled back its TV ambitions in the past couple of years, though it considered both a slimmed-down subscription service and purchasing Time Warner.

 

In addition to leading product marketing for the Fire TV, Twerdahl was also the senior director of internet TV at Netflix and a vice president of consumer devices at Roku, according to his LinkedIn.

 

[Source:macrumors.com]

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AfriDocs coming to BET

Posted by radio On January - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BET (129) is adding to its rich factual programming mix by welcoming the best documentaries from Africa and across the world onto its TV screens under a deal with documentary curators AfriDocs.

 

AfriDocs’ extensive library of African and international documentaries will be aired on BET’s pan-African entertainment channel on DStv every Sunday evening at 20:00 CAT, starting on Sunday 5 February 2017.

 

Created for film buffs, lovers of African stories and culture, activists and anyone with a passion for powerful and real stories, AfriDocs documentaries are always moving, educational, and entertaining – whether ripped from the headlines, or simply the personal journeys of individuals facing the challenges of everyday life.

 

Since its inception in 2014, AfriDocs has presented over 150 documentaries, including powerful environmental doc Virunga, Rehad Desai’s award-winning Miners Shot Down, Nas Jones’ Shake the Dust dance documentary, and Nigeria’s celebrated film, The Supreme Price. This unique documentary strand has also included internationally awarded and acclaimed films such as the Academy Award winner CitizenFour (the Edward Snowden story), the Academy Award-nominated The Act of Killing, the SAFTA winning The Dream of Shahrazad, and many others.

 

 

 

“We look forward to rounding out our factual content offering, and illuminating and entertaining our Sunday night audiences thanks to AfriDocs’ intelligent, thought-provoking and stimulating documentary titles,” said Monde Twala, Vice President, BET, Youth & Music, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa.

 

Executive Producer, AfriDocs, Don Edkins explained further: “We are excited about this new relationship with BET in Africa and we look forward to sharing our curation of the best documentary films on offer.”

 

Under the deal, AfriDocs on BET will feature regular themed months such as Human Rights Month, Music Month, and Women’s Month, while also continuing AfriDocs’ collaboration with the Durban International Film Festival that gives millions of viewers across Africa a chance to view a selection of films from this internationally recognised festival.

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TV Documentary: Is OJ innocent?The missing evidence

Posted by radio On January - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

In 1994, the arrest of OJ Simpson for murder shocked the world, and the subsequent trial and acquittal provided gripping and unprecedented television viewing. Private investigator Bill Dear has spent the past 23 years looking into the case and, with potential new evidence, believes he knows who is really responsible for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

This six-part documentary series follows a new examination of the evidence as Bill Dear recruits two investigators to review his material and asks them to put his theory to the test. Will they agree with his theory and identify a suspect?

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Balcony TV turns 5

Posted by radio On January - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BalconyTV, the global name in daily online viral music that features bands, musicians and other variety acts on balconies worldwide celebrates BalconyTV Johannesburg turning FIVE in February 2017!

As part of the celebrations, there will be TWO BalconyTV:Live brought to you by Hunter’s Gold (Refreshes for Longer) events over the weekend of February 3rd and 4th including BalconyTV:Live at Randlords that will see The Motherland and Friends amongst a host of other artists from midday on the 4th February, as well as Shortstraw and Friends at The Good Luck Bar on the 3rd of February.

Over the past 5 years, BalconyTV Johannesburg has hosted some of SA’s biggest names in music with over 300 performances and 12 events attended by over 6,000 people. As BalconyTV Johannesburg goes into its 5th year, it will continue to pair up the big names of the music scene with up-and-coming artists – thereby creating a powerful platform to promote new artists not just locally, but globally through the live streaming of these events. ‘When I started BalconyTV Johannesburg 5 years ago I just wanted to shoot cool videos for artists, over the last 5 years it has grown so much thanks to our partners like Marshall Music and Hunters and seeing the success of videos such as Jeremy Loops and Medicine Boy has made it so worth while that now it really is a platform for artists to get noticed and discovered internationaly.’ Says Julian von Plato producer and founder of BalconyTV Johannesburg.

Jeremy Loops – Down South http://www.balconytv.com/videos/jeremy-loops-down-south

Medicine Boy – Electric Sugar http://www.balconytv.com/videos/medicine-boy-electric-sugar

The celebratory weekend kicks off at The Good Luck Bar with headliner Shortstraw, one of the hottest indie bands in the country and whose uniquely South African “Indie-Bele” sound has spawned hit after hit.

Josh Kempen has performed on Balcony TV before – (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydrOSlLITz0), and has recently been making major waves on the music scene. Nominated by SAMRO as Songwriter of the Year, Kempen plays a unique beautiful combination of modern blues, acoustic pop, and singer-songwriter lyricism.

Also on the line up will be We Are Charlie, Go Barefoot and Johnny Cradle.

BALCONYTV JOHANNESBURG TURNS 5

 

 

FRIDAY 3 FEBRUARY – THE GOOD LUCK BAR

SHORTSTRAW

JOSH KEMPEN

WE ARE CHARLIE

GO BAREFOOT

JOHNNY CRADLE

 

Venue: THE GOOD LUCK BAR, JOHANNESBURG

14 Alexander Street, Ferreirastown

 

Friday 3rd Feb – https://www.facebook.com/events/1191173504265280/

Webtickets: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1467548675

 

The weekend continues at the home of BalconyTV Johannesburg – Randlords with The Motherland and Friends.  The Motherland’s captivating blend of space, serene vocals, beautiful guitar riffs and driving rhythm section, burst onto the scene in 2014 and have wowed audiences across the country ever since. They have literally performed at hundreds of events and will make their BalconyTV debut on the 4th of Feb.

 

Durban’s The Sextons will bring their modern and soulful high energy show to the Randlords rooftop. Jamie-Lee Sexton has a distinct songwriting talent and their live performances convey their unique and charismatic  style.

 

The acoustic blues and country folk sound of Bad Peter, along with IV4, Jerry & The Bandits, Following Fiction, Don’t Mind and Jeremy Oliver round out this amazing birthday line-up.

 

SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY – RANDLORDS

THE MOTHERLAND

BAD PETER

IV4

THE SEXTONS

JERRY & THE BANDITS

FOLLOWING FICTION

DON’T MIND

JEREMY OLIVER

 

Starts 12:00 Ends 19:00

 

Venue: RANDLORDS, BRAAMFONTEIN

22nd Floor South Point Towers, 41 De Korte Street

 

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