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LotusFM Unearths Talent

Posted by radio On September - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

By Thato Mokhou

 

 

LotusFM’s efforts to uplift communities unearthed talent through its What’s Your Talent initiative which came to a brilliant end on Saturday, 1 September, after 5 weeks of exciting entertainment.

 

The Phoenix Plaza in Durban was filled to capacity during a nail biting final where Kwazulu Natal’s finest talent was showcased.

 

 

17 year old Mahendren Michael walked away with the title as well as prizes including R12 000 cash and a 3 month contract with LotusFM which will allow Michael to perform at some of LotusFM’s outside broadcasts across Kwazulu Natal.

Winner Mahendren Michael

 

He was an obvious crowd pleaser as the audience roared in joy to the announcement of his name as overall winner.

 

“I am happy that he won.  I knew that it would be him from his first audition,” said LotusFM’s Lendel Moonsamy.

 

Hot on his heels was second runner-up, “Zeph Squad”, a group consisting of Fahim Abraham, Yasim Naicker and Mustafa Tulsi.  Third runners-up were Stringin Moodley and Nathan who make up the group “Rising Voices”.

 

The Durban-born winner was thankful to the radio station for making his dream come true and that he would donate some of his prize money to his church and buy musical instruments with the rest.

 

“I was stunned, firstly by the talent that Phoenix has and even more taken aback by the hundreds of people who lined up almost two hours before the show, cheering and routing for their favorite contestants,” said LotusFM Marketing Manager, Donne Henry, “it was quite evident that this community initiative has taken the North Coast by storm, and LotusFM will defiantly look into making this an annual event.”

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Kill The DJ – SA Tour

Posted by radio On September - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 IVAN SMAGGHE AND CHLOE FROM KILL THE DJ (EU) GRACES SA SHORES IN SEPTEMBER

– BROUGHT TO YOU BY TOY TOY AND RED BULL STUDIO CAPE TOWN –

 

Kill The DJ – South African Tour – 14th / 15th September 2012

 

France and South Africa are collaborating to culturally cross-pollinate the two nations, indulging us with phenomenal creative talent. This initiative is now moving into high gear as the first French Season in South Africa goes into full swing.  France – South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013 have more than 120projects, exhibitions, concerts, performances, colloquiums and interactive sessions, which celebrates the commonality of our cultural diversity, with one of the most exciting spectacles being the Kill The DJ South African Tour.

TOYTOY, one of Johannesburg’s top underground clubbing brands is celebrating their first birthday and will be rolling out the red carpet at their weekly home Capital Music Café in Rosebank on the 14th September and then moving on to the Mother City the following night at the legendary Fiction on Long St.

 

Two of the hottest artists from Kill The DJ’s stable, Ivan Smagghe and Chloé Thévenin will be entertaining us with their flawless skills. These hard to define masters of electronic music are sure to delight the local crowds with their unusual sounds and fluid mixing.

 

Ivan Smagghe

 

Ivan Smagghe is widely regarded as France’s most wanted radio host and selector, effortlessly fusing his uncompromising musical integrity with distinctive Parisian hype.  Ivan has inspired a new generation with his genre defying production work, and his music promises fans the equivalent of stargazing from Mars on the dance floor. Renowned for his work in Black Strobe and It’s a Fine Line, his dj mix albums like Suck my Deck and his Fabric compilation hold their place in the fabled hall of dj fame with recognition from fellow world electronic maverick pioneers like Andrew Weatherall, James Murphy, Ata and Optimo to name a few.

 

Chloé

 

Celebrated for her unusual and eclectic musical style, Chloé is well known for her ability to captivate the dance floor as her dark, sensual undertones gently bring the music to life. She is a regular on the European club scene, including places like Robert Johnson, Mondo and Rex Club – and now TOYTOY. She also frequents the festival circuit, and has fast become one of the most sought-after leaders of the contemporary electronic scene. Fans will know her for her large back catalogue of remixes and EPs, releasing killer cuts on Live at Robert Johnson, Karat records, BPitch Control, as well the albums, “The Waiting Room”, and “One in Other”, which was nominated for French music award (Les Victoires de la Musique.) Both albums were released on the seminal label that she co-founded: Kill The DJ.

 

This joint action between France and South Africa will leave a lasting impression on the hearts of the nation’s electronic music lovers, to check out other awesome happenings visit: www.france-southafrica.com. The Kill The DJ South African Tour is in collaboration with Tone Def Media and Red Bull Studio Cape Town and so it seems the greats have partnered up to bring you this experience that will leave you danced out and breathtakingly wanting more.

 

Date: 14th September 2012 – Johannesburg / 15th September – Cape Town

 

Tickets: Available at www.webtickets.co.za

 

Johannesburg R100 Presale / R150 Door | Cape Town R80 Presale /R100 Door

 

Venue: ToyToy – Capital Music Café, Rosebank – Johannesburg / ToyToy – Fiction Cape Town

 

Doors Open: 9pm

 

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/events/379183265486123/

 

Web: www.welovetoyotoy.tv

 

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/welovetoytoy

 

For more information please contact:

Jani Roodt – Tel. 082 802 6110   /   e-mail: janiroodt@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Ukhozi FM Gospel Revival

Posted by radio On August - 13 - 2012 2 COMMENTS

By Thato Mokhou

Renowned artists in the gospel music fraternity set the stage ablaze at the Ukhozi Gospel Music Festival held at the Coca Cola Park (Ellis Park) on Saturday, 4 August.  Acts such as Rebecca Malope, Sechaba, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Lundi and Sipho Makhabane thrilled the crowd as they belted out their most loved songs.

 

It was clear that the Zulu radio station has a massive following as people poured in to experience this impressive musical extravaganza.  By  10 am stadium was roaring with joyous songs of worship and praise coaxing the crowd into a dance frenzy.

 

Source: UKhozi FM Facebook page

 

 

Ukhozi’s Linda Sibiya graced the stage to add to the entertainment.  The DJ is famously known for his powerful and motivational breakfast show.

 

Ukhozi FM’s Linda Sibiya interacting with the crowd.

 

The overarching message of the festival was “Worship God Together”. This resonated throughout Coca Cola Park as performances by Rebecca Malope reached out to the hearts and souls of those who had gathered before God.  A choir of fans sang along in unison.

 

Gospel multi-award winner Rebecca Malope 

 

The festival is the brainchild of EMI Live and BIG FISH Productions who collaborated with Vodacom and SABC as official sponsors.  Proceeds were donated to the Arnie Williams Foundation for Abused Women and Children.   Ukhozi has surely increased its following by bringing the most loved artists to the public. It is an initiative which prompts society to work together in building relationships and reviving hope in the lives that are in need.   The organisers are set to make the show an annual event.

 

As people enjoyed stellar performances, they also celebrated their faith till the sun set at 7pm.

 

Is gospel music a method used to bring people together? Should other radio stations get involved with such music festivals to boost social presence and promote social cohesion? Share your views.

 

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Gorilla Films Dominate Music Industry

Posted by admin On December - 18 - 2011 26 COMMENTS

About 40 percent of the music videos we see on top local music shows are created by a vibrant film production company called Gorilla Films. Established about a decade ago, this Johannesburg -based company has completely taken over the music video industry.

Justin Campos, who co-founded the company in 1998 with his younger brother Nicky, says their clientele has grown to unprecedented levels, an achievement he attributes to his team’s cutting edge skills and low prices.

“Our biggest achievement so far is not the multiple awards we have won, it’s that every single client we have worked with is a satisfied client and this for us is what we thrive on. No matter who the flavour of the month is, Gorilla Films will endeavour to surpass all expectations,” he says.

According to Campos, the name Gorilla originates from the term “Guerilla-filmmaking”, which refers to innovative techniques used to produce high-end results with few resources. Over the past few years, the company has produced a string of award-winning music videos for big names such as Black Coffee, HHP, DJ Cleo, Kabelo, Ntando, Thandiswa Mazwai, Oskido and Theo Kgosinkwe.

In its early years, the company was run from a small townhouse in Sunninghill but has grown to become South Africa’s premium music video service provider, with offices in Randburg, where four other young and talented film makers help Campos.

The film producer says some musicians also prefer to work with Gorilla Films because of the company’s affordability. “We always produce high quality videos no matter what the budget is and I think that is what makes us stand out in this competitive market where everyone is trying to make the next best video.”

Campos adds that he is particularly impressed with the fact that every musician now knows his company, and “there is no more need to spend a lot of time on promotional campaigns.”

A self-taught film maker, Campos has been recognised at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and the Channel O Music Video Awards, as well as the Metro FM Music Awards. His younger brothers are also actively involved in the local entertainment sector. Nicky has since left Gorilla Films to explore other artistic avenues, and his other brother, David, is making a name for himself as a music producer.

Those wanting to work with Gorilla Films can contact the company at www.gorillafilms.co.za.

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