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Tickets are now on sale for the next installment of the popular Soul Ka Plata picnic parties. Created and hosted by iconic media personality T-Bose, the series of picnic events has gained an exciting following in Gauteng.

The upcoming Soul Ka Plata picnic party is confirmed for Saturday 20 November 2021 in Centurion. Tickets are on sale from www.webtickets.co.za and range from R150 – R200.

 

“I chose the vintage theme because of the amazing music associated with the classic hits,” says T-Bose. “Picture a beautiful Saturday afternoon outdoors with great food stalls and DJ’s spinning hits artists including (please suggest 5 artists T-Bose!) ”.

 

The venue is IdleWinds Lodge and Conference Centre, Plot 68, R511 Doornrandjies road, R511 William Nicol, Centurion. The event is supported by Gauteng’s popular radio station Kaya 959.

 

“Soul Ka Platta has increased in popularity in part because of the opportunity to socialise with other people. We’ve all missed enjoying great music outdoors with our friends and family. Soul Ka Plata creates that magical opportunity whilst managing strict Covid protocols”, says T-Bose.

 

There are also accommodation packages available for guests wanting to spend the night. These packages range from R1200 to R2400.

 

Soul Ka Plata is presented by SoulMeetsHouse in partnership with Kaya 959.

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Spotify has announced that it will now offer a Chart for Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria to track the most popular songs in each city.

The aim of the chart is to create a destination for fans to see which artists are trending in their area, and to give these artists the opportunity to delve into all the data and see what music is moving listeners around the world.

 

Every Friday, Spotify will update the charts for each city based on activity from listeners in that city.

 

In addition, Spotify is launching ‘Local Pulse’ charts that will rank the most uniquely popular songs each week across Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria compared to its popularity around the world, to show off the distinct taste of local listeners.

 

More information on new Spotify Charts can be found on the Spotify for Artists blog post here. You can also see the top 5 tracks in each city today, below.

 

Top 5 tracks in Johannesburg on Spotify Charts today

  1. Adiwele (feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa) by Young Stunna, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa
  2. Ngixolele by Busta 929, Boohle
  3. Abalele by Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku
  4. 66 by Felo Le Tee, Myzstro
  5. Mmapula by Busta 929, Mzu M

 

Top 5 tracks in Cape Town on Spotify Charts today

  1. Easy On Me by Adele
  2. STAY (with Justin Bieber) by The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber
  3. Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran
  4. INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow) by Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow
  5. Cold Heart – PNAU Remix by Elton John, Dua Lipa, PNAU

 

Top 5 tracks in Durban on Spotify Charts today

  1. Abalele by Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku
  2. Adiwele (feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa) by Young Stunna, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa
  3. Ngixolele by Busta 929, Boohle
  4. Easy On Me by Adele
  5. Mmapula by Busta 929, Mzu M

 

Top 5 tracks in Pretoria on Spotify Charts today

  1. Abalele by Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku
  2. Ngixolele by Busta 929, Boohle
  3. Adiwele (feat. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa) by Young Stunna, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa
  4. 66 by Felo Le Tee, Myzstro
  5. Mmapula by Busta 929, Mzu M
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The official evolution of Y

Posted by radio On November - 1 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS
YFM, iconic in its mere existence and fondly referred to as ‘Y’, has undergone an official evolution. The station synonymous with youth culture in South Africa will now also be visually identified as Y.
The official evolution of Y

In keeping with its digitally native young adult audiences – who don’t just play in the space of traditional media but create and develop digital spaces – it became apparent that the iconic YFM logo required an evolutionary step to mirror this dynamic.

As custodians of this inimitable brand that has signified opportunity, aspiration, elevation and connection, intense deliberation and care was taken in sculpting the visual representation of Y.

The Y logo represents the new, the here, the now… but also speaks to the future of where the brand will venture and how the brand CI and its platforms are able to remain relevant in any context.

YFM is a content brand.

In addition to launching a refreshed logo, Y launches its new campaign ‘Y _NOT’ using a bold digital and on-air campaign coupled with a television commercial.

Y _NOT’ promotes and heroes individualism and supports young adults embodying their greatness.

Y believes that the most powerful catalyst for progress is when young people have an enabling space to pursue their ambitions and seeks to ensure that its platforms promote creation through collaboration.

“It has been an exhilarating journey to this point, and I am confident that this natural next step will strengthen our connection with our listeners and propel Y to new heights,” says Haseena Cassim, MD of YFM.

“Y is at the pulse of youth culture and as a content brand we create with our audience. The brand’s fluidity is a mirror of their mindset. We tried to capture this in our new CI and campaign, making sure the essence of what Y represents, to young people, continues to resonate with them. It was a task that we didn’t take lightly, understanding that we are responsible for an iconic South African brand. Involving our talent in the TVC was so important as they are the voices and faces of our platforms. We are very proud of what we have produced,” says Natasha Wadvalla, Marketing and Communications Manager at YFM.

In addition to these exciting new developments, the station this month relocated to its new studios in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, where it occupies space along with its sister brands e.tv, OpenviewHD and eNCA.

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SABC to air NBA games including a magazine show

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), through SABC Sport has announced an exciting multiyear television broadcast rights agreement with the National Basketball Association (NBA).  As part of the partnership, SABC Sport will air more than 35 games throughout the season, including a Christmas Day game, NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Conference Finals and The Finals, broadcast live or delayed, on SABC 1 and the SABC Sports Channel on the DTT, TelkomOne and Openview platforms.  In addition, the SABC will host a weekly magazine show “NBA Action”, which covers the league’s news and highlights.

The first live broadcast will kick off with a pre-game live studio presentation at 22:30 on Saturday, 30 October at 23:00 SAST, followed by the inaugural live broadcast of the 75th Anniversary Season, where the Washington Wizards will host the Boston Celtics.

 

Due to the time difference between South Africa and the United States, the live or delayed broadcasts will start between 20h00 and midnight on the same Saturday on SABC 1 and the Sports Channel.

 

Mr. Gary Rathbone, SABC Sport General Manager stated: “SABC Sport is incredibly thrilled to add one of the world’s most exciting and respected leagues to its live sports offering, as we know that there is a sports audience which loves the game of basketball in Mzansi. In bringing this great global sporting spectacle to our viewers, the SABC will also be setting out to inspire and entertain a whole new generation of basketball fans all over the country. Exciting times for Mzansi sports fans, Fo’ Sho.”

 

Victor Williams, NBA Africa CEO said: “We are thrilled to once again partner with SABC, beginning with our milestone 75th Anniversary Season.  Through this partnership we look forward to bringing the excitement of the NBA to more of our passionate fans in South Africa as part of our continued commitment of making basketball more accessible across the continent.”

 

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APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading Pan-African communications consultancy and press release distribution service, is delighted to announce a multi-year strategic partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) (www.SABC.co.za), providing the public broadcaster with sports content from the whole of Africa.

SABC is South Africa’s national broadcaster and has been the home of quality sport in the country for many years. It broadcasts across 19 radio stations (AM/FM) and six television channels, and is one of South Africa’s largest state-owned enterprises. Now, APO Group is bringing sporting stories from the rest of the continent to South African audiences – much of it for the first time.

All video footage and soundbites produced or distributed by APO Group and related to sport in Africa, will be made available to SABC free of charge and for unrestricted news use. APO Group will also provide SABC with access to key stakeholders from sporting organizations in Africa and their associated world governing bodies for interviews and other media opportunities.

APO Group produces and distributes broadcast-quality content for some of the most prominent sporting organizations active in Africa, including FIFA, The NBA, The Basketball Africa League (BAL), World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa, Olympique de Marseille, and Africa’s first ever Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Tour team, Team Qhubeka.

“Every day, APO Group carries stories that demonstrate the passion and vibrancy of African sport,” said Gary Rathbone, Head of Sports for SABC. “This partnership  will provide us with new broadcast-quality content that brings more diversity to our coverage than ever before. It is a chance to show our audiences what is happening beyond our borders, and that is really exciting.”

“South African audiences are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about sport,” said APO Group Founder and Chairman, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard (www.Pompigne-Mognard.com). “They have seen their team reach the pinnacle of world rugby, and achieve many other successes at a national level. Now, SABC and APO Group in tandem can bring them the best sporting action the other 53 African countries have to offer.”

This is a joint press release by APO Group and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

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Spotify has confirmed the launch of Spotify Premium for Students in South Africa as well as 19 other markets around the world including the Middle East and North Africa.

 

Spotify Premium for Students allows all eligible students to enjoy Spotify Premium – and all the many benefits that come with being a Premium subscriber – for R29.99, a discounted price of a Premium subscription.

 

The launch of Spotify Premium for Students offers eligible students an unparalleled experience with access to more than 4 billion playlists, 70 million tracks and 2.9 million podcast titles.

 

Spotify’s impressive music catalogue spans a range of genres including Pop, Hip Hop and South Africa’s homegrown AmaPiano. Recent Spotify data* showcased that artists in these genres including Mr JazziQBusta 929 and A-Reece claimed the top three spots for most streamed artists by South African youth.

 

Additional Premium benefits include ad-free music listening. The Music downloads feature offers offline listening by simply downloading content directly to your devices, save on data wherever you are.  With On-Demand Listening simply hit “next” an unlimited number of times with no restrictions, listening to any song, playlist, album, or artist at anytime and anywhere.

 

Spotify also offers a reimagined library that is designed to get you the content you want faster and makes getting started on Premium a seamless and personalised experience.

 

Premium packs even more sound quality into every song with a quality streaming experience that includes more detailed audio output with quality streaming at 320 Kbps.

 

For those with friends on different campuses, Premium for Students lets you host group sessions where you and up to four friends can listen simultaneously to the same playlist or podcast from anywhere in the world.

 

The offer is open to eligible university students and is available immediately from today. Before subscribing to the plan, students must authenticate their student status and then visit spotify.com/student where they can sign up for the offer and start enjoying all the world’s audio wherever and whenever they want to listen.

 

“We are excited to be bringing our student plan to the region, since experiencing a great response from students globally. We always want to create a meaningful relationship with new potential users, many of whom are younger. With Spotify Premium Student we are providing them with a plan that gives them access to our extensive music catalogue and everything users enjoy about Spotify Premium at a value they will love,” Marwen Ben Massaoud, Growth Lead, Spotify Middle East and Africa.

 

For students who have not tried Premium before, they can also get the first month free.

 

Facebook: @Spotify |Twitter: @SpotifySA  | Instagram: @SpotifySA | #SpotifyAfrica 

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East Coast Gold launches national campaign

Posted by radio On October - 7 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS
East Coast Gold, an award-winning digital radio station that was launched by the team at East Coast Radio, is making headway in the South African landscape of online entertainment as it powers towards its second year of operation. East Coast Radio (ECR) is the first commercial radio station in South Africa to launch a digital music radio station.
For one of the country’s most pioneering entertainment mediums, the latter part of 2021 is gearing up to be eventful, with East Coast Gold launching a brand-new campaign aimed at savouring and celebrating the nostalgia that surrounds classic hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Currently, the station’s footprint extends throughout South Africa, with the majority of its listenership being in KwaZulu-Natal. With this soul-warming campaign, it aims to win over the hearts (and ears) of more listeners.

Under the slogan, “Times change, the music doesn’t,” East Coast Gold’s national campaign honours the timeless quality of classic hits. Ironically, in an evolving world that has changed beyond recognition from what many would refer to as the “golden years,” the messages behind classics by seminal artists like The Beatles, Elton John and Queen, remain relevant.

 

“We’re geared up to end 2021 on an iconic note with a new campaign that talks the language of the classics. The ‘Times change, the music doesn’t’ campaign will communicate the fact that good music never ages, and that’s something our listeners have come to appreciate and love. We’ve fine-tuned our offering to provide a truly unique online destination for music that topped the charts from the 60s to the 80s. It’s a musical trip down memory lane and we’re excited to take South Africa with us,” says East Coast Radio programme manager, Zane Derbyshire.

 

The campaign will be launched in October 2021 across a range of digital mediums. Currently, 53% of the audience listens via mobile devices and 16% via desktop devices, while the rest access East Coast Gold via smart speakers, Facebook, or through home entertainment systems.

 

“At ECR we are committed to innovative, cutting-edge offerings and East Coast Gold is testament to that. We’re excited to see how passionate our East Coast Gold audience is about the station and how word-of-mouth marketing has seen it grow organically. This national digital campaign will help to propel East Coast Gold into even more SA homes and office spaces,” says East Coast Radio managing director, Boni Mchunu.

The station is accessible via various platforms, including the East Coast Radio app, Radio GardenFacebook, Alexa and on the station website. Classic hits which would now be considered, “vintage” music are interspersed with up-to-date news, weather, traffic and talk show components by hosts like Dave Guselli, Alex Jay, Gordon Graham, Damon Beard and Guy McDonald.

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MultiChoice to launch new channel on DStv

Posted by radio On October - 6 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice is excited to announce the launch of Me – on 1 November – a channel offering a wide selection of international programming. The channel is targeted at DStv Family and DStv Compact viewers but will also be available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact Plus audiences.

The launch of Me will see two channels, M-Net City (DStv channel 115) and Vuzu (DStv channel 116), merged to create a bigger, better channel aimed to give viewers their famous, world class series and reality shows in one place.

“We’re changing the way we package content and creating a single, extensive, well-curated destination. Me will give our viewers and subscribers a multifaceted, competitive channel offering, and we’re pleased to offer the best international entertainment in one place,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment for Multichoice Group.

 

M-Net City (DStv channel 115) was launched as a channel where viewers can catch up on the latest and best international series, while Vuzu (DStv channel 116) has always been the true voice of an edgier African youth. Me will feature the best of both its predecessors, while establishing a new identity strategically crafted with the discerning young audience in mind.

 

Me is a destination for primarily the 18 to 34-year-old market, and, in addition to international scripted content, it will feature lifestyle shows and celebrity content that has been previously broadcast on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and 1Magic. “Me is taking us in an exciting direction that speaks to the multiplatform world we live in and further sharpens our aim to give our subscribers content that they connect with,” concludes Phahle.

Come watch TV, with Me

Me will launch with daily episodes of The Rookie, NCIS: New Orleans, Survivor Australia and Young Sheldon from 17:00 to 20:00. From 20:30, you can join Me for a mix of local and international series like Lioness, Prodigal Son, All American and 911.

 

The Real Housewives (starting with The Real Housewives of Atlanta) will bring the drama every weekday at 21:30, leading us to our late-night slot. 22:30 is when you can get a little dark with Me as this slot will have acclaimed international dramas and thrillers like Godfather of Harlem, Clarice and Flight Attendant.

 

 

On weekends, it’s Me-time. Start Friday evening with The Bachelorette SA or a movie. Saturdays and Sunday are filled with gameshows, talent shows and reality shows like Beat Shazam, American Idol and Growing Up Hip Hop. Sunday evening at 20:00, will feature acclaimed dramas such as Queen Sugar.

 

 

Me is tv made personal. It’s a place to unwind. It’s a channel that will change and evolve to continue to offer viewers more of what they like.

Please note:

M-Net City (DStv channel 115) and Vuzu (DStv channel 116) will officially close on Friday, 29 October

Me (DStv channel 115) will launch on Monday, 1 November at 16:00.

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Newzroom Afrika will report live from Expo 2020 Dubai. The channel will focus on the South African activities at the Expo, broadcasting directly from the state-of-the-art TV studio located at the South African pavilion.

South Africa will participate in the Expo from October 2021 to March 2022, to promote the country as an investment destination.

 

They will give investors and visitors a true experience of what the country has to offer – from showcasing South Africa’s talent, diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes to displaying creative arts and tourism services and highlighting innovative technologies and unique investment opportunities.

 

Newzroom Afrika will also follow the journey of 20 South African SMEs and start-ups that were selected to participate in the MultiChoice Accelerator programme. This programme will develop these businesses and the skills of the entrepreneurs who built them, to empower them to present at the Expo to unlock business opportunities.

 

This coverage will be turned into a docuseries that will be broadcast on DStv Channel 405 from November 2021 until January 2022.

 

“We’re proud to shine a spotlight on all that South Africa has to offer and support our local entrepreneurs in their quest for global success. The Dubai Expo is a landmark event in the international trade calendar and a golden opportunity for South African businesses to establish new ties and grow beyond our borders,” says Newzroom Afrika’s Chief Executive Officer Thabile Ngwato.

 

This World Expo has been held in some form since 1851, making it one of the longest-running and biggest global events. Representatives from countries around the world gather to share progress and innovation on the technology, social and economic fronts, and to find solutions to universal challenges.

 

Expo 2020 Dubai will see representatives from almost 200 nations gather to showcase what their countries have to offer.

 

Team South Africa will focus the conversation on job creation and economic growth to revive South Africa’s economy. MultiChoice is the Official Broadcast Partner for South Africa at the Expo and will tell the country’s story through its various platforms.

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The popularity of podcasts continues to grow especially over the last year, where people valued convenience and instant access to a range of interesting topics. With over 2.9 million podcasts available on Spotify there’s something for everyone.

Spotify recently revealed the top podcasts streamed by female listeners across South Africa. Over the past three months, these top podcasts have favoured topics such as:

  • Infotainment
  • Wellness
  • Motivation

 

Below are the Top 10 Most Streamed Podcasts by Female Listeners in South Africa and attached is an infographic that represents the categories most streamed by female listeners in South Africa.

 

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. Oprah Super Soul
  3. Crime Junkie
  4. ASMR Aaron
  5. Audice Wellness Services
  6. Bible at Bedtime
  7. The Self Love Fix
  8. On Purpose with Jay Shetty
  9. Relaxing White Noise
  10. The Mindset Mentor
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