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MTN Bushfire Presents: The Collab

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

The Collab is a digital event connecting & uniting the region through a unique music collaboration.

 

This MTN Bushfire collaborative project is a one-of-a-kind musical partnership that has inspired new creative work from two top artists in the region. The Collab event presents the song and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the recording, at 6pm on 27th August 2021 on the MTN Bushfire YouTube and Facebook channels, and website (www.bush-fire.com).

 

The MTN Bushfire Collab is a one-of-a-kind musical collaboration that features well-known artists from Eswatini and South Africa, with the aim of inspiring new creative work and supporting dynamic new work during a time of limited arts mobility and connectivity. Two of the top performers in the region have come together to create a unique song and share their creative journey with fans and Fire Starters around the globe.

 

MTN Bushfire is thrilled to reveal the stars of the Collab:

Zolani Mahola & Sands

The One Who Sings (Zolani Mahola) is most famously known as the former lead singer of the internationally acclaimed pan-African South African music group Freshlyground and has gone on to create a global reputation as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller.

 

Sands is one of Eswatini’s best loved talents. He is a multi-talented guitarist, songwriter, performing artist and Afro soul singer who rose to fame in 2015 when he won Best Radio Song of 2015 (for his song Vuma) and Male Artist of the Year at the National Arts and Culture Awards (NACA).

 

The Collab has been a stunning success, with both artists exuberantly upbeat about the experience to connect musically and creatively face-to-face, something artists have not been able to do for almost two years. Sands has this to say: “Something special has come to life. Zolani is an amazing talent and I have been privileged with this opportunity to create fire with her. I can’t wait for the world to hear this jam!” While The One Who Sings states, “My collaboration with Sands has been full of ease and joy. It’s such a pleasure to connect with a fellow musician who is skilled and capable but beyond that who is eager and open to what the collaborative process can bring. In this case it brought a bright, bright continental fire and we can’t wait to share it with the world!”

 

This infectious spirit will be shared with the world with the digital event on 27th August with a free broadcast on the MTN Bushfire website.

 

The Collab was born out of the desire to inspire game-changing creative narratives that will facilitate the creation of a dynamic body of new creative work, weaving together Africa’s rich & diverse musical genres,reflecting current issues, and involving a diverse range of profile and up-and-coming artists.

 

The Collab digital event will form part of MTN Bushfire’s 2021 Digital Series, that also features electrifying performances, an artist empowerment workshop on the 18th of September, exclusive content, and up-close access to artists. The Series will conclude with one of the most exciting multicultural Digital Festivals to be seen on the African continent, The MTN Bushfire 2021 Digital Festival on 24th September, featuring customized and upgraded immersive online experiences, enabling fans to safely enjoy and share the magic that is MTN Bushfire.

https://www.bush-fire.com/

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Entries for the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards (VJOY) 2021 will open on 20 August as the prestigious journalistic competition marks its 20th year in existence. Last year, for the first time, the Awards were hosted virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a virtual format will also be followed for the 2021 Awards. The 2021 theme for the Awards is Resilience, which is a continuation of the 2020 VJOY theme of Reimagine, Reinvent and Rebuild, as South Africa’s media industry faces the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Takalani Netshitenzhe, Chief Officer for External Affairs at Vodacom South Africa said: “Over the past two decades, hundreds of South Africa’s emerging and established journalists have been rewarded for excellence in recognition of their reporting efforts for the benefit of the South African public. Media plays a major role in contributing to the economic and political development of citizens in any country in the world, and Vodacom is proud to mark this milestone of 20 years of supporting democratic South African press freedom.”

 

Jermaine Craig, Ryland Fisher, Arthur Goldstuck, Patricia McCracken, Mapi Mhlangu, Collin Nxumalo, Jovial Rantao and Obed Zilwa are part of this year’s judging panel, along with three new judges in Professor Gilbert Motsaathebe, Advocate Robin Sewlal and Phindile Xaba. Franz Kruger and Elna Rossouw will not be able to serve on the 2021 panel due to prior commitments, while Mary Papayya has retired from the VJOYs after many years of dedicated service.

 

Ryland Fisher, convener of the VJOY judging panel, said: “We have an exceptionally talented and experienced panel of judges who are all South African media veterans and will no doubt add immeasurable value and bring diverse insights to the adjudication process. I would like to pay a special tribute to Mary Papayya, who for many years was one of the most hardworking and wisest judges on the VJOY panel. As a former convener of the judging panel, Mary had knowledge and wisdom that only come with experience. I will miss her friendship and camaraderie, as well as being able to call on her whenever I was uncertain about anything related to the rules of the competition.”

 

Professor Gilbert Motsaathebe teaches in the Department of Journalism, Film & Television at the University of Johannesburg. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Communicare – Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa. Advocate Robin Sewlal, a former Convener of Judges for the competition, has returned to the judging panel. He is the Associate Director: Journalism at Durban University of Technology and a Commissioner at the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa. Formerly the executive editor at Sowetan and editor at REAL magazine, communications consultant Phindile Xaba is a media practitioner and business rescue entrepreneur with multi-platform experience. Her experience spans a couple of decades wherein she has held various positions – including copywriter, writer, copy-editor, content producer, journalist, language advisor/trainer, researcher and scriptwriter.

 

Awards are given to the best journalists across various categories in five regions nationally. The 2021 categories are: Live reporting/breaking news; Investigative; Opinion; Lifestyle; Features; Photography; Sport; Financial & Economics; Politics; Sustainability, Innovation in Journalism, the Young Journalist of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achiever Award. For more information on what is expected in each award entry, and a description of each category, please visit www.journalist.vodacom.co.za. Journalists will be able to enter their best achievements for work produced between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021. All entries must be submitted online at www.journalist.vodacom.co.za.Entries open on 20 August and close at midnight on 20 September 2021 and no late entries will be considered.

 

Each of the regional category winners receives R5 000, while national category winners take home R10 000. The overall Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award winner will receive R100 000. In the event of joint winners, the prize money will be shared. The winner of the Young Journalist award wins an all-expenses paid overseas trip to work in an international newsroom. Should the pandemic continue to interrupt international travel, alternative arrangements will be made.

 

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Well loved for bringing great hair days to millions of women worldwide, Sofnfree has announced its sponsorship of the Female Artist of the Year Award at the 2021 South African Music Awards (SAMAs). This year’s event takes place virtually on 26 June 2021, themed Reinvent. Redefine. Reimagine.

Freestyling – the freedom of expression is one of Sofnfree’s key pillars whether through looks, lyrics or legacy. By sponsoring SAMAs Female Artist of the Year, the haircare brand is proud to represent a category that recognises girl power, excellence and creativity. The category for SAMA 27 will be known as the “SofnFree Female of the Year”.

 

The Sofnfree brand team celebrates the value of both hair and music as a powerful tool for self-expression, which is why the SAMAs partnership is an important part of Sofnfree’s purpose. Over the last year, many of us have found connections and comfort from music in a lonely and isolated world which is why there’s never been a better time to support the music industry, the strong women who help lead it, and the inspiration and joy that these talented artists spark in our lives.

 

The SAMAs, now in its 27th year, received more than 1 100 entries for 2021, a record in its history, and five nominees in the Female Artist Award category have been announced. These are Sho Madjozi, Reign Afrika, Bucy Radebe, Nomcebo Zikode and Hle. Previous winners in the category include Zahara, Shekhinah, Zonke, Ami Faku, Sho Madjozi and Amanda Black.

 

The 2-hour SAMAs show will be broadcast on SABC 1 on Saturday 26 June at 8pm.  Viewers stand a chance to attend the production of the SAMAs along with a meet-and-greet with musicians who will be performing at the show. For more information and to follow the conversation, head to the SAMA Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

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Thursday, 1 April

 

Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal (Animation)

Daisy, an eternally optimistic Quokka, will do just about anything to win the annual World’s Scariest Animal championship. She teams up with a former champion, a grouchy crocodile, to prove that winners can come in different shapes and sizes.

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 16:15

 

Friday, 2 April

 

The Uncle: The Hugh Bladen Story (Documentary)

Since 1994, one voice has enthralled many SuperSport viewers and this documentary celebrates the man behind the voice of rugby: Hugh Bladen. Chronicling the remarkable life of the former junior Springbok, relive every moment of his journey, from his television commentary debut at the SABC in 1976 to his legacy at SuperSport.

On SuperSport Rugby (DStv channel 211) at 17:00

 

Saturday, 3 April

 

Fantastic Return To Oz (Animated Adventure)

This Russian-made, computer-animated film is based on the 2017 novel Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers by Alexander Volkov, but features the familiar characters and settings from the L. Frank Baum Oz books. After a little girl named Dorothy interferes with the envious and power-hungry Urfin Jus’s plans for world domination with his army of wooden soldiers, he returns one year later seeking revenge.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 16:00

 

Sunday, 4 April

 

Mindful Earth S1

Do you ever just zone out to a show like Blue Planet and relax while looking at turtles? Now the multi-award-winning BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit and mindfulness experts Headspace have joined forces to create a four-episode programme that combines nature footage and sounds with narration that immerses us in the natural world. Each episode explores what animals and nature can teach us about breathing, accepting change, finding joy and rest. It’s the perfect show for helping you break free of the dreaded Sunday afternoon blues.

On BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 15:12

 

Monday, 5 April

 

DiepCity

This telenovela comes from the production team behind Lockdown, and centres on four young women forced into crime while still in high school to make ends meet. Now, they’re trying to make their way in the world. The first of the four we meet is small-time housebreaker Nox (Nozuko Ncayiyane) who was arrested after her brilliant little brother was shot dead during a robbery. Now she’s back home with her alcoholic dad and angry mom, Thandiwe (Dawn Thandeka King), who blames her for her brother’s death.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30

 

Tuesday, 6 April

 

Garden Tales

Little ones will be hooked on this imaginative soap-opera-style kids programme. The creative episodes use live-action footage to help young viewers discover and explore the natural environment. Each episode includes a tale of a specific animal and stories of their adventures – from a little duckling who gets lost while learning to swim and a badger whose taste for adventure gets him in trouble to a family of owlets playing hide-and-seek.

On CBeebies (DStv channel 306) at 16:45

 

Wednesday, 7 April

 

Becoming S1

Ramazan, Gugu, Yaya and Gina grapple with issues of what it means to be trans in South Africa. There’s a lot to learn as they chat to each other and compare notes on what it has been like growing up in the wrong body, the challenges they’ve faced in transitioning and the struggles of gaining acceptance. We’ll also see them take the huge step of sitting down with their families to tell them their truth, and their intention to fit into their true identity.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00

 

Thursday, 8 April

 

Bull S5

In the fifth exciting season, psychologist and trial science expert Dr Jason Bull faces his toughest case yet. When a major secret of his religious leader client is revealed, will Bull be able to save face in court and – more importantly – what will the impact be on his consulting firm, whose entire business relies on giving aid to jurors during trials?

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:35

 

Friday, 9 April

 

Deliciousness S2

Tiffani Thiessen hosts this comedic food spin-off of Ridiculousness. Comfort food cravings, BBQ disasters and home cooking failures make for the funniest foodie clips you’ll ever see.

On MTV (DStv channel 130) at 21:30

 

Saturday, 10 April

 

Wendy Williams: The Movie

Talk show host Wendy Williams produced this biopic on her own life, starring Ciera Payton as primetime Wendy. Find out how she started in the entertainment business, the toll it’s taken to stay at the top, and how she has kept going in the face of criticism, opposition and people’s lack of faith. This is a no-holds barred look at Wendy’s life that doesn’t shy away from her early struggles in radio, her drug abuse and the rape trauma she experienced.

On Lifetime (DStv channel 131) at 19:20

 

Sunday, 11 April

Bad Boys For Life (Action Comedy)

Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House) reprise their starring roles as Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively. This time around, they join forces with the Miami Police Department’s special team AMMO to take down a ruthless mother-and-son pair of drug lords wreaking havoc on Miami. Look out for appearances by Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) and Charles Melton (Riverdale).

On M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 20:00

 

Monday, 12 April

The Flight Attendant S1

After making a passenger’s Mile High Club dreams come true, flight attendant Cassie (The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco) wakes up in a strange hotel room with the guy she hooked up with dead next to her and blood on her hands. This series is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian and you can catch an early preview episode on Monday, 5 April at 21:30. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

 

Tuesday, 13 April

Die Boekklub S3

When Tom Niemandt takes an unexpected trip to the Karoo, he meets an eccentric group of people who changes his life forever. Season 3 is set in 2024 and will see the return of fan favourite characters Anna, Sofia and Lillie.

On DStv App

 

Wednesday, 14 April

 

Melting Me Softly (Dubbed)

A long experiment of being frozen sees two people wake up to find they are in a changed different world. This South Korean television series stars Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah and Yoon Se-ah.

On tvN (DStv channel 134) at 21:45

 

Thursday, 15 April

 

Clarice S1

In this procedural series based on the characters created by Thomas Harris, set in 1993 shortly after the events of The Silence of The Lambs, FBI special agent Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) is back on the job hunting down serial killers and sexual predators. At the same time, she has to navigate the politics and rampant sexism in the FBI offices in Washington DC, particularly from her boss, Paul Krendler (Michael Kudlitz). The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

 

Friday, 16 April

 

The Bachelor S24 (USA)

Get ready for liftoff with 28-year-old pilot Peter Weber who came in third place during season 15 of The Bachelorette when Hannah Brown turned him down. Now he’s getting his chance to hand out roses and look for his Ms Right. Of this season’s 30 contestants, five have competed in beauty pageants, including 2016’s Miss USA Alayah Benavidez. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30

 

Saturday, 17 April

 

In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

This biography series explores the lives of some of the 20th century’s towering figures, their fascinating personalities and profound cultural and historical impact. See how boxer Muhammad Ali rose from the Columbia Gym in Louisville, Alabama, to international fame. While his athletic achievements inspired many, it was his political convictions and his courage to pursue them that arguably had the greater impact, at the cost of a far higher sacrifice. The actions that once made him a polarising figure today have made him a beloved and honoured hero.

On History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

 

Sunday, 18 April

 

Asinamali

Mbongeni Ngema of Sarafina! directs and stars in this apartheid-era movie. Asinamali sees a struggle activist working with convicts to create a musical play about their pasts. The play touches on forgiveness and questions reconciliation.

On Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 22:00

 

Monday, 19 April

 

Mare of Eastown S1

Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a detective investigating a small-town murder while her life crumbles around her in this seven-episode HBO psychological thriller, coming to M-Net express from the US. As Mare uncovers the dark side of her small town, she starts to crack under the weight of the community’s expectations of her, their need for her to be a flawless hero who can solve their problems, and even her own past trauma. The cast includes Guy Pierce (L.A. Confidential), Angourie Rice (Ladies in Black) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story).

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

 

Tuesday, 20 April

 

Bachelor in Paradise Australia S2

Fans of the show will be delighted to hear that Alex Nation and Richie Strahan are among the other known contestants returning this season. Contestants must juggle drama, exes and everything in between to try and find love in paradise.

On Vuzu (DStv channel 116) at 20:00

 

Wednesday, 21 April

 

First Wives Club S1

This comedy series is based on the 1996 film of the same name, along with the original 1992 First Wives Club novel by Olivia Goldsmith. Three good friends – Bree (Michelle Buteau), Hazel (Jill Scott) and Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe) – gang up for sisterly comfort and maybe even revenge after their marriages fall apart. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21:30

 

Thursday, 22 April

 

Op My Eish

South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld stars in this 13-episode reality dating show, set in the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus. Neels will be getting to know 14 lovely ladies as he searches for the perfect partner – one with a great sense of humour, who is sure of herself, kind-hearted, and an all-around good person who’s not after a flashy lifestyle. He’s also looking for that spark of physical attraction. Will he find it or have to go back to the apps?

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

 

Friday, 23 April

 

Laat die potte prut S13

This competition-format show follows three teams creating delectable meals on an open fire to impress the judges. Laat die potte prut will teach you handy tips and unique recipes to create at home or challenge your family to compete against each other.

On VIA (DStv channel 147) at 17:30

 

Saturday, 24 April

 

Mel Gibson Marathon

TNT honours Mel Gibson by showcasing an entire Saturday filled with his acting and directing feats.

 

11:40 – Conspiracy Theory (1997)

13:55 – We Were Soldiers (2002)

16:05 – Apocalypto (2006)

18:20 – Payback (1999)

20:00 – The Passion of the Christ (2004)

22:10 – Mad Max (1979)

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 11:40

 

Sunday, 25 April

 

E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars

April is Oscars month, and you can watch E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars on Sunday, 25 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 23:00, and Red Carpet Rundown: 2021 Oscars on Monday, 26 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 01:30. Also, keep an eye on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) for coverage. And watch the DStv Awards show campaign page for all the latest news.

On E! (DStv channel 124) at 23:00

 

Monday, 26 April

 

The Buzz S4

Anele Mdoda hosts this 30-minute talk show, which features five women from across the African continent sharing opinions and anecdotes to help viewers with their dilemmas. Anele’s pals include Pearl Umeh from Nigeria, Rachel Wakesho from Kenya, Zanna Katoka from the DRC, and Davina Mavuwa from Zimbabwe. With such widely different personalities and cultural backgrounds on offer, viewers are sure to get a well-rounded perspective on any problem – from romance and relationships with family and friends to health and side hustles.

On HONEY (DStv channel 173) at 19:00

 

Tuesday, 27 April

 

Die Byl S3

Colonel Piet van der Bijl, better known as Die Byl, and his team are back investigating serial killers in this Leon Kruger series. As the season begins, Byl is still reeling under the guilt he feels for what happened to his team during season 2, while Sergeant Stuurman’s physical and psychological process of recovery will place strain on his relationship with Dr Shani van Rooi. Meanwhile, Captain Lena Maree battles to juggle career and family in a profession that forces the demands of parenthood to take a backseat.

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

 

Wednesday, 28 April

 

Rea Tsotella S12

A show which focuses on conflict resolution hosted by Bishop I Makamu. This reality talk show ranges from discussions around family and romantic relationships to various other issues that plague guests.

On DStv App

 

Thursday, 29 April

 

Baghdad Central S1

This British-made crime thriller is set in Baghdad, Iran around 2003, shortly after Saddam Hussein was ousted. Ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) is wrongfully arrested and tortured by US troops while searching for his missing daughter, Sawsan (Leem Lubany). Later, he is recruited by ex-British policeman Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel) to become a police officer in the Green Zone, the centre of international activity in Baghdad. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

 

Friday, 30 April

 

Night Of The Wild (Horror)

When a meteorite hits a quiet town, all the residents’ dogs turn into mysterious beasts. The pets viciously attack the residents who need to fight back to save their family members.

On KIX (DStv channel 114) at 21:00

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East Coast Radio, together with Toys R Us Babies R Us, have unveiled the new and improved Langalibalele Primary School, which was upgraded using donations collected through the Toy Story campaign.

 

In late 2019, the station ran its annual Toy Story CSI campaign. Over 10,000 new toys were donated and over R700,000 raised through the 12-hour corporate day telethon.

 

Due to the impact of COVID-19, upgrades on the school were put on halt until lockdown levels permitted for renovations to commence.

After a two-year journey, Langalibalele Primary School is finally ready to welcome its students to a safe, COVID-19-friendly, and well-equipped learning space.

The school, which was identified by the Department of Education, received upgrades to its overall structure, including a new ceiling, new windows, paintwork, doors, tiling, plumbing, security facilities, a new library, and a prefab mobile kitchen.

 

East Coast Radio’s Managing Director, Boni Mchunu, said that she was so proud to see the efforts of ECR, Toys R Us Babies R Us, and KZN come to life.

“Today has been yet another milestone for us at ECR as we overcame so many challenges during this project, but made sure to follow through for the children of KZN who truly deserve to be educated in a safe and adequate learning environment. We are proud to be giving back to education because education extends beyond skills for economic growth, it can contribute towards nation building and make enduring change. We hope that the children and staff at Langalibalele Primary School will make many memories with their new facilities,” says Mchunu.

 

Catherine Jacoby, Marketing Manager at Toys R Us Babies R Us, adds that they could not be more excited to see the impact the Toy Story donations have made.

 

“Today is an incredible day. We are so proud to be partnered with East Coast Radio for Toy Story 2020 and to be here to see the difference that was actually made to the school is something special. Thank you, KZN, and thank you, East Coast Radio,” says Jacoby.

 

East Coast Radio would like to thank KZN for opening their hearts in the true spirit of Ubuntu and contributing towards the Toy Story 2019 campaign. The rebuild of the school would not be possible without their donations and support.

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Spotify Launches New Markets in Africa

Posted by radio On February - 23 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

Spotify (NYSE: SPOT), the world’s most popular global audio streaming subscription service, is now available in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda as of 23 February. With a worldwide community of more than 345 million monthly active listeners, Spotify will offer a world-class audio listening and music discovery experience to listeners. The Spotify service is available for free or with an upgrade to Spotify Premium, a subscription service that offers an ad-free music listening experience.

Spotify expands its operations in Africa with its unrivalled mix of features that have made it the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, including more than 70 million international and local songs and over 4 billion playlists. The platform offers everyday new music discovery, algorithmic recommendations personalised to each listener’s audio taste, and the freedom to engage Spotify across a wide range of devices and app integrations with Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Samsung, Tinder, Google Maps, Nike, and more.

“We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to bring together creators and listeners around the world. As we’ve expanded our international reach over the years, we’ve connected over 8 million artists with listeners across nearly every continent, putting Spotify firmly at the heart of the global audio economy,” said Alex Norström, Chief Freemium Business Officer of Spotify. “Launching in these new markets is a key next step to fulfilling our ongoing commitment to building a truly borderless audio ecosystem.”

“African creators have always pushed boundaries, innovating and creating incredible sounds and starting from today we are giving them access and the opportunity to connect with a global audience of fans. By bringing in a best in class product and a localised experience made for Africa, we will contribute to boosting the growth of the local streaming ecosystem,” said Phiona Okumu, Spotify Head of Music Sub-Saharan Africa. “We hope our new listeners are going to love the revolutionary audio experience we are bringing to the rest of the continent.”

 

Spotify’s most-popular feature “playlists” are made for Africa 

 

Spotify has uniquely tailored its music experience for Africa, expertly curated and updated regularly with more than 100 playlists across some of the most popular genres in the continent.

 

Listeners will also have access to Spotify’s Afro genre hub that encompasses a wide range of African music, including AmaPiano Grooves, Afropop, African Heat, Phenomenal Woman. In addition, RADAR Africa, a playlist uncovering the most exciting artists on the rise from the African continent and diaspora, is part of Spotify’s global emerging artist program.

 

Over and above these playlists for Africa, Spotify has a playlist for any mood and moment, with billions of creator and fan built playlists to this mix.

 

Spotify also offers:

 

  • Spotify Free to listeners: To build an experience that adds value to the rich African music industry and to amplify the music experience, the Spotify app is available for free to listeners in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda

  • Personalised music recommendations and discovery features: Spotify’s music recommendation engine allows local listeners to enjoy personalised discovery features including Daily Mix (up to six individual playlists combining your favourite tracks with new songs we think you’ll love), Release Radar (a personalised playlist of new music based on the artists you follow and listen to most, updated every Friday) and Discover Weekly (a playlist based on your unique listening habits).

  • Spotify Lite: Regardless of your network connectivity, data plan, and whether or not you have the latest phone, Spotify Lite allows listeners to enjoy the full Spotify experience. Lite is a small, fast, and simplified version of our unparalleled music experience that works much like the main app. Listeners will still be able to search and play their favourite songs and artists, save them, share with others, discover new music, and enjoy personalised playlists, but with a few extra features making it ideal for older devices and operating systems.

  • Play everywhere: With Spotify Connect your phone can become your universal remote for all of your listening experience.

  • Spotify for Artists: The platform offers tools that help artists, managers, and labels to track real-time statistics for new releases, understand their audience, connect more deeply with fans, and run their business.

 

Over the coming days, listeners in more countries across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America will have instant access to a world of audio, and the most talented creators will be empowered to turn their passion into a profession.

 

The Spotify app is available to download for free or with an upgrade to Spotify Premium. To enjoy music the way you want it, download the Spotify app today via the Android or iOS app store or by heading to www.spotify.com/free.

 

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Radio professionals: you have been heard!
Entry deadline for The Radio Awards extended to 31 March 2021

With a whirlwind start to 2021 that has seen a more stringent lockdown imposed, we know it’s been quite a task to reorganise, work remotely, and overcome numerous tech challenges to keep everyone on air. Finding one’s feet in 2021 has not been easy.

After receiving industry-wide requests to shift the entry deadline for this year’s Radio Awards programme, we have agreed to extend the entry deadline date to 31 March 2021.

It remains, however, that only content broadcast from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020 is eligible.

Mark these NEW important dates…

16 February 2021 – Station Managers Choice nominations open
31 March 2021 – 2021 Entries close
14 April 2021 – My Station Competition closes
15 June 2021 – Finalist announcement (Part 1: general categories)
02 July 2021 – Finalist announcement (Part 2: nomination categories)
16 July 2021 – Virtual Winners Announcement

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AZANIA Public reopens for 2021

Posted by radio On January - 8 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

Johannesburg-based PR & Communications agency Azania Public has reopened for the 2021. Working with the likes of Kelly Khumalo, Shwi Nomtekhala, Boity, Nasty C, Rowlene, J Molley, Ricky Tyer, Major League, Nigeria’s Patoranking, Tems, Fireboy DML and L.A.X, Naima Kay, Nduduzo Makhathini, Simphiwe Dana, Prince Kaybee, Hard Rock Cafe and Nathi Mankayi as well as the Center for Less Good Idea, the female owned and led business is thrilled to be back in action.

The team is also known for its work with the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Universal Music, Blackbrain Pictures, Gauteng Department of Community Safety, Nelson Mandela Foundation,  Ms Noni Gasa with her Design Academy of Fashion, U.S rappers T.I and Megan Thee Stallion.

 

“We are excited to be working again. The last year was challenging and we hope this will be a fruitful year. We have amazing work in the pipeline and hope to achieve all we have set out to achieve this year. We are also thankful for the support of our media colleagues, our clients and partners. 2021 will be great!” commented Bonnie Meslane – Founder & CEO of Azania Public.

 

We are extending our offering to content production, events management and copywriting, creating more opportunities for other young entrepreneurs and unemployed youth. We are also blessed to be mentored by some of the best leaders in business and entertainment. “We are a small group of under 35, women and highly experienced in what we do. It makes sense for us to at this point expand our core offering to the various other things we have passionately and exceptionally done for other people” concluded Ms Meslane.

 

With a diverse and female only team in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, the Azania Public team is growing and excited about even the uncertain future.

 

 

Happy new year!

 

 

[Issued by: Azania Public]

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2020 marked 100 years of radio across the world, and in 2021 we look to celebrating the next century by shining a spotlight on the enduring value of radio in South Africa, and continue honouring outstanding achievements in the radio industry.

 

MARK THESE IMPORTANT DATES

10 December 2020 Entries open
20 January 2021 My Station Competition opens
05 February 2021 Entries close
16 February 2021 Station Manager’s Choice nominations open
14 May 2021 Virtual Winners Announcement

2021 ENTRIES

Entries for The Radio Awards 2021 have officially opened and radio stations across the country are invited to submit their entries via the online entry portal available at www.radioawards.co.za.

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STEP 1: Register your profile via www.radioawards.co.za, complete the registration form and then click submit. Radio stations that already have a profile can use their existing username and password to login. If you have forgotten your password you may reset it. Stations entering for the first time will need to register their profile on the entry system before being able to submit any entries.

STEP 2: Once logged in, you will be redirected to The Radio Awards dashboard. Use the toolbar to navigate your way around the entry system.

STEP 3: Select and complete the appropriate entry form for the category you wish to enter by clicking the ‘New Entry’ button on the toolbar. Ensure that you complete all the fields required for each entry you wish to make.
Entries close on 5 February 2021.

For entry enquiries, please contact Phila Nkanunu
NkanunuP@arena.africa | 011 340 9465​

TUNE IN DIALOGUES SERIES

“Tune In” series of virtual dialogues will continue into 2021. These online dialogues will focus on various topics of interest for radio broadcasters and radio marketers, allowing people across the country to learn from the experts while maintaining social distancing.

Stay tuned for the latest updates and news on social media by following us on
Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. #SARadioAwards.

 

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Soul Inspired Goes Virtual

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Kaya FM’s annual Soul Inspired concert, in partnership with SPAR, will be going virtual this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s show will feature an unforgettable performance by Spirit of Praise which will stream on Kaya FM’s website, Facebook Live and YouTube platforms.

 

From its inception four years ago, Soul Inspired has grown to be one of the finest offerings of  gospel, praise and worship for Afropolitans — and this year will be no different. Over the year’s we have raised funds through ticket sales for local charities identified by the station. This year’s concert is free of charge for everyone to enjoy, and we are encouraging listeners to help us continue in the spirit of giving by donating to the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand.

 

“We are excited to be working with SPAR to bring Soul Inspired back again for our listeners to enjoy from the comfort of their homes. This year has been a difficult one for all, we hope that this performance will be uplifting for Afropolitans far and wide. We believe the proceeds from this event will go a long way, just in time for Christmas.” – Ntombenhle Shezi, PR and Communications Manager, Kaya FM.

“We couldn’t possibly break the tradition and end the year without SPAR and Kaya FM’s Soul Inspired Concert, and this time with artists from Spirit of Praise. We are delighted that we will still be a part of this wonderful celebration, but this time in the homes of our SPAR shoppers and Kaya FM listeners.” –  Kathleen Bailie, Inland Advertising Manager, SPAR.

Event Details

The concert will go live on kayafm.co.za and  the station’s social media platforms from 13h00 on 6th December 2020.

For more information visit kayafm.co.za or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. To set up interviews, please contact PR@kayafm.co.za.

Stand a chance to win Spar Vouchers, simply add your details and get a reminder to watch Kaya FM’s Soul Inspired Concert on the day of the event.

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