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Soul Inspired Goes Virtual

Posted by radio On December - 1 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

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.

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2020 is almost over. It’s been a year to remember – being physically apart for so long, yet somehow finding ways to come together as a resilient community. Before we officially close the books, there’s still time to celebrate the creators behind the music of 2020 that kept us going all 700 months of the year! And Spotify’s 2020 Wrapped is here to do just that.

Today, Spotify is unveiling the top artists, albums, songs and playlists that defined how more than 320 million people around the world listened to and discovered audio. Whether it was to stay informed, sing along or simply tune it all out, people kept listening and creators never missed a beat.

 

So, what artists defined a year unlike any other? Below are the results of Spotify’s full 2020 Wrapped results globally and in South Africa.

 

GLOBAL

  • With more than 3 billion streams this year, Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2020. Following Bad Bunny is Drake and the third most-streamed artist of the year is J Balvin, followed by the late rapper Juice WRLD and The Weeknd.

 

  • Billie Eilish continues her reign as Spotify’s most-streamed female artist for the second year in a row, followed by Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande in the second and third spots. Coming in as the fourth and fifth most-streamed female artists are Dua Lipa and Halsey.

 

 

 

  • The year’s most popular Spotify editorial playlist is Today’s Top Hits, which has more than 27M followers.

 

 

SOUTH AFRICA

  • International star Drake takes the top spot as Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2020 in South Africa. He is followed by Juice WRLD, with South African Amapiano King Kabza De Small in the third spot. After a phenomenal year for Kabza De Small, the local artist has jumped 37 spots on the overall most-streamed artist list in South Africa since Wrapped 2019.

 

  • Continuing his reign, Kabza De Small is once again the most-streamed local artist of 2020 in South Africa. This comes as no surprise given the continued success of AmaPiano throughout the year. Spotify’s AmaPiano Grooves is the most popular genre playlist in South Africa. DJ Maphorisa, Nasty C, Afrikaans Group Spoegwolf and Joyous Celebration follow as the most streamed local artists for 2020 in South Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

For even more, check out Spotify’s blog For the Record.  A breakdown of top global and South African results are also included below.

 

Be on the lookout for additional details and exciting new features in the coming days around Spotify’s popular personalised Wrapped and Creator Wrapped experiences, which gives users a deep dive into the music that defined their year.

 

Spotify 2020 Wrapped South Africa Top Lists 

 

Most Streamed Artists in South Africa

  1. Drake
  2. Juice WRLD
  3. Kabza De Small
  4. Khalid
  5. The Weeknd
  6. Travis Scott
  7. Pop Smoke
  8. Post Malone
  9. Billie Eilish
  10. Eminem

 

Most Streamed Female Artists in South Africa

  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Beyoncé
  4. Ariana Grande
  5. Halsey
  6. Rihanna
  7. Dua Lipa
  8. Nicki Minaj
  9. Jhené Aiko
  10. Selena Gomez

 

Most Streamed Tracks in South Africa

  1. Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
  2. The Box” by Roddy Ricch
  3. Roses – Imanbek Remix” by Imanbek, SAINt JHN
  4. Dance Monkey” by Tones and I
  5. ROCKSTAR (feat. Roddy Ricch)” by DaBaby, Roddy Ricch
  6. Life Is Good (feat. Drake)” by Drake, Future
  7. Circles” by Post Malone
  8. Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
  9. Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi
  10. Toosie Slide” by Drake

 

Most Streamed Albums in South Africa

  1. Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, Pop Smoke
  2. Legends Never Die, Juice WRLD
  3. After Hours,The Weeknd
  4. Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
  5. Please Excuse Me For Being Anti Social, Roddy Ricch
  6. Dark Lane Demo Tapes, Drake
  7. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, Lewis Capaldi
  8. Fine Line, Harry Styles
  9. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO GO?, Billie Eilish
  10. No. 6 Collaborations Project, Ed Sheeran

 

Most Streamed South African Artists in South Africa

  1. Kabza De Small
  2. DJ Maphorisa
  3. Nasty C
  4. Spoegwolf
  5. Joyous Celebration
  6. Elaine
  7. Cassper Nyovest
  8. Snotkop
  9. Bok Van Blerk
  10. Appel

 

Most Streamed South African Tracks in South Africa

  1. You’re the One” by Elaine
  2. eMcimbini (Live)” by Aymos, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mas Musiq, Myztro, Samthing Soweto
  3. Tender Love (feat. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small)” by Sha Sha, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small
  4. Jerusalema (feat.Nomcebo Zikode)” by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode
  5. Risky” by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Kammu Dee, Miano, Semi Tee
  6. Xola Moya Wam’ (feat. Master KG)” by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode
  7. Lorch” by by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Kammu Dee, Miano, Semi Tee
  8. Into Ngawe” by Ami Faku, Sun-El Musician
  9. Love You Tonight (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Sha Sha & Kabza De Small)” by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mfr Souls, Sha Sha
  10. Sandton” by Bontle Smith, DJ Maphorisa, Focalistic, Kabza De Small, Kamo Mpela

 

Most Streamed South African Albums in South Africa

  1. I Am The King Of AmaPiano: Sweet & Dust, Kabza De Small
  2. Scorpion Kings Live,  Kabza De Small
  3. The Return Of The Scorpion Kings, Kabza De Small
  4. Zulu Man With Some Power, Nasty C
  5. Isphithiphithi, Samthing Soweto
  6. A.M.N (Any Minute Now), Cassper Nyovest
  7. Umithi, Blaq Diamond
  8. Xola Moya Wam’, Nomcebo Zikode
  9. Scorpion Kings, DJ Maphorisa
  10. Emakhaya, Mlindo The Vocalist

 

Most Streamed South African Female Artists in South Africa

  1. Elaine
  2. Ami Faku
  3. Demi Lee Moore
  4. Sha Sha
  5. Juanita Du Plessis
  6. Nomcebo Zikode
  7. Karen Zoid
  8. Zonke
  9. Makhadzi
  10. Lebo Sekgobela

 

Spotify 2020 Wrapped Global Top Lists: 

 

Most Streamed Artists 

  1. Bad Bunny
  2. Drake
  3. J Balvin
  4. Juice WRLD
  5. The Weeknd

 

Most Streamed Albums 

  1. YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny
  2. After Hours, The Weeknd
  3. Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
  4. Fine Line, Harry Styles
  5. Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa

 

Most Streamed Tracks 

  1. Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
  2. Dance Monkey” by Tones and I
  3. The Box” by Roddy Ricch
  4. Roses – Imanbek Remix” by Imanbek and SAINt JHN
  5. Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa

 

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Spotify is excited to announce Focalistic as its latest RADAR artist. Focalistic joins Willy Cardiac, Elaine and Nigeria’s Tems as the fourth African artist in the program. This announcement comes ahead of the release of his new project ‘Sghubu Ses Excellent’ on Friday, 4 December.

 

RADAR is Spotify’s global emerging artists program that includes RADAR Africa and is Spotify’s commitment to emerging artists across all stages of their career development.

The Blecke and Ke Star hit maker’s meteoric rise to fame has seen him gain popularity across South Africa’s biggest genres, AmaPiano and Hip Hop. He has taken the most popular style of house music and overlaid it with Sipitori, Pretoria’s vernacular make up of Sesotho, Setswana and Afrikaans slang, to produce some of the country’s most loved tracks.

 

As an artist, Focalistic believes that it is important to relate to listeners through honest storytelling and genuine sentiment, a belief shared by a number of artists in the Hip Hop and AmaPiano communities who produce music as a biography. His latest album Sghubu Ses Excellent touches on matters such as relationships, money and good times.

 

“One thing you will feel when you listen to Focalistic is the essence of the township. By weaving his way between two of the fastest growing street-bred music styles, Foca earns himself a place as one of the new Mzansi story-telling greats. Spotify’s RADAR Africa program will help him deepen his connection to his existing audience as well as extend his reach globally. Several uniquely African genres have gained popularity globally, and AmaPiano’s audience in countries like the US, UK and Germany is on a steady increase. This gives artists in the genre like Focalistic, more opportunity for discovery at an international level, continuing to solidify Spotify as a powerful partner for both emerging and established artists,” says Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s Artist and Label Partnerships Manager for South Africa.

 

Under the RADAR Africa program, Focalistic will be supported with first-hand editorial and on-platform support as well as bespoke Spotify partnerships to broaden his fanbase.

 

To continue showcasing African talent, Spotify also introduced RADAR Africa, a curated playlist that serves as a content hub to highlight music across a full spectrum of genres, from African artists on the rise across the continent and diaspora and serve as the ultimate destination for artist discovery.

 

Download the Spotify app via the Android or iOS app store or by heading to www.spotify.com – to embed Spotify into a website – right click on any playlist, go to ‘share’ and copy embed code.

 

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After over a decade of success in the Sunday Times Top Brands Awards Samsung has continued cement its position in the hearts and minds of South Africans. Samsung was named as South Africa’s favourite Electronic Goods brand. This year Samsung was also recognised amongst the most popular cell phone and large kitchen appliance brands. Importantly, Samsung was certified as the brand with the most growth over the last decade.

The awards reflect the country’s affinity for Samsung’s diverse product range, from cutting-edge smartphones across price ranges to home appliances that empower people to do more. The Sunday Times Top Brands rankings have been awarding South Amsungfrica’s most recognised brands for the over two decades. However, due to the COVID -19 lockdown in 2020, Sunday Times research partners Kantar were not able to go out in the field to conduct the usual research.  Kantar, therefore, decided to understand the current brand landscape and to celebrate the success of brands within their categories over the last decade. Samsung followed years of recognition in a host of consumer categories with the Grand Prix award in 2019.

 

“Over many years we have continued to listen to the needs of South Africans and design products that make life infinitely better. We are humbled by these awards, which affirms our commitment to creating innovation for all. We will continue to create meaningful experiences through the power of technology and be a part of the moving the nation into a prosperous future” said Cambridge Mokanyane, Samsung South Africa, Chief Marketing Officer.

 

The Sunday Times Top Brands Awards were announced on 8 November 2020

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Vodacom has teamed up with Amazon to offer eligible customers 6 months of Amazon Prime Video. All existing and upgrading contract Vodacom customers can enjoy 6 months of Amazon Prime Video on Vodacom. The launch offer is also available to prepaid and top-up customers who have spent a minimum of R150 with the operator in the last 30 days.

 

Vodacom customers will be able to enjoy movies, TV shows and popular Amazon Originals like Upload, Tom Clancy’s Jack RyanThe BoysThe Grand TourThe Marvelous Mrs. MaiselCarnival Row and Good Omens. Customers can watch Prime Video on up to 3 devices at the same time, both at home and on the go, with the Prime Video app on any compatible TV, smartphone, tablet, and more.

 

“We continuously strive to partner with premium content providers to deliver compelling propositions that keep customers connected for a better future. The introduction of this Amazon Prime Video offer for our customers underpins our commitment to enabling a digital society,” says Jorge Mendes, Chief Officer of Consumer Business at Vodacom.

Inclusive of the Prime Video membership, Vodacom customers will also enjoy the benefit of access to Prime Gaming. Prime Gaming benefits include free games every month, in-game loot for some of the most popular games, and a free Twitch channel subscription every month.

 

“We strive to work with like-minded partners around the globe to bring innovative digital lifestyle services to South African consumers. Over the years, we transformed ourselves from providing communications solutions only, to becoming a leading Pan African technology company. We are excited to be teaming up with Amazon Prime Video to bring about quality entertainment to our customers. This is another way we aim to drive customers towards an all-inclusive financial and digital society” says Mariam Cassim, Chief Officer of Vodacom Financial and Digital Lifestyle Services.

Vodacom customers who are eligible for the 6-month Prime Video offer can quickly and easily activate the offer by visiting https://offers.vodafone.com/za.

For more information on how to activate the offer visit https://www.vodacom.co.za/vodacom/services/amazon-prime-video.

Notes:

  • After the 6 month promotional period, Amazon Prime Video costs R79.99 per month, charged to your Vodacom account or airtime or. Cancel anytime at https://offers.vodafone.com/za and select “MANAGE SUBSCRIPTIONS”.

  • Offer subject to change. Prime Video has a value of R79.99 per month in South Africa. Amazon Prime Video and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

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2020 National Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards

Posted by radio On November - 23 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

The national winners of the 19th Vodacom Journalist of the Year (VJOY) awards have been announced, with AmaBhungane’s Susan Comrie and eNCA’s Dasen Thathiah sharing top honours and the R100 000 prize money. Despite the devastation wrought by Covid-19 on newsrooms across the country, with loss of lives, jobs and publications, the competition received a record number of over more than 1300 entries.

These factors made it harder to choose a single winner, said Takalani Netshitenzhe, Vodacom South Africa Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs: “Our judging panel of some of South Africa’s most esteemed leaders in the media field therefore chose to reward Susan Comrie and Dasen Thathiah as our two winners, both outstanding journalists who each showed superb mastery of their very different fields of financial/economic journalism and reporting breaking news.”

 

Netshitenzhe said that the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards sought to pay tribute to outstanding journalism. “We are proud that the VJOYs have become one of South Africa’s most prestigious journalism awards. We believe that they will only continue to grow in importance as a means to recognise excellence in journalism, while at the same time affirming our commitment to freedom of expression and freedom of the media, which are some of the pillars of our democracy.”

 

The judges were impressed by the quality of submissions across all categories and from all provinces. Ryland Fisher, convener of the judging panel, said that despite an incredibly difficult year for South Africa’s journalists, “they have shown that, on the whole, our industry is in very good hands. It was incredibly difficult to judge this year, not only because we did everything virtually, but because, in most categories, there could be any number of winners. Even though the media industry is going through tough times, as judges we feel confident about the future of South African journalism”.

 

The VJOY Lifetime Achiever Award went to Sy Lerman, one of the country’s sporting journalism greats who started his career in the 1960s at the Rand Daily Mail and has since written across the country’s leading titles.

 

The national winners per category are as follows:

 

Lifestyle – Dasen Thathiah with Susanna Holmes, Nkanyiso Mdlalose and Mcebisi Sithole – eNCA

Photography – Esa Alexander – Sunday Times

Sport – Kayleen Morgan – Eyewitness News

Features – Relebogile Stephens – SABC Cutting Edge

Financial and Economics – Susan Comrie and Sam Sole – AmaBhungane

Politics – Michael Kimberley and Nomazima Nkosi – The Herald

Sustainability – Bongani Fuzile with Sino Majangaza – Daily Dispatch

Opinion – Samantha Lee‐Jacobs – People’s Post, TygerBurger

Live Reporting and Breaking News – Dasen Thathiah, assisted by Nkanyiso Mdlalose, Neil Raath and Mcebisi Sithole – eNCA

Innovation in Journalism – Emile Bosch with Reinart Toerien, Alaister Russell and Scott Smith –  TimesLive

Investigative – Pauli van Wyk – Daily Maverick

Young Journalist of the Year – Mamaili Mamaila

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sy Lerman

Overall Vodacom Journalist of the Year – Susan Comrie – AmaBhungane and Dasen Thathiah – eNCA

 

Category winners receive R10 000. In the event of joint winners, the prize money will be shared. The Vodacom Young journalist award winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Thomson Reuters in the United Kingdom as well as the opportunity to work in an international newsroom, thanks to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

 

A special thanks to the 2020 Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards panel of judges: Ryland Fisher, Jermaine Craig, Arthur Goldstuck, Franz Kruger, Patricia McCracken, Mapi Mhlangu, Collin Nxumalo, Mary Papayya, Jovial Rantao, Elna Rossouw and Obed Zilwa.

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DStv launches Explora Ultra with access to Netflix

Posted by radio On November - 14 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

DStv’s much-anticipated DStv Explora Ultra has officially launched, ushering in a new world of video entertainment for customers, with more choice and value.

The new Explora Ultra will be available at participating retail stores from next week. The new generation decoder offers customers an enhanced viewing experience and the best available local and international content from DStv – Africa’s Most Loved Storyteller – and Showmax.

 

As part of the new experience, Netflix will be available for the first time on the Explora Ultra decoder.

The first generation Explora launched seven years ago with updated versions of the device released over the years culminating in the Explora 3B decoder. The Explora Ultra builds on its predecessor with exciting new features.

 

  • The device offers built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and supports 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos for a clearer, more defined picture quality and enhanced cinema sound.

  • A completely redesigned interface, which simplifies discovering and navigating DStv’s dynamic content on TV and on demand.

  • Introduction of a sleek new DStv remote making searching for content even easier.

  • Integration of app-based streaming services including Showmax, and Netflix with more third-party streaming services to follow.

  • DStv customers will have the option to pay for their Netflix subscription in their monthly bill. The inclusion in the bill will be available to DStv customers who want to become Netflix subscribers.

  • Recommended retail price of R2499 for the standalone device and R3699 including installation, available to purchase at participating retail stores.

Visit: www.dstv.co.za

  • The DStv Explora Ultra is wholly manufactured in South Africa, its enclosure is made of 100% recycled material and packaging contains no single-use plastics.

“The DStv Explora Ultra has a range of amazing features developed to cater for how our customers watch content today. It delivers seamless enjoyment of broadcast, recording, streaming, downloaded and CatchUp content in one easy-to-use environment. The Explora Ultra makes it easier than ever before to find, explore and enjoy new content from across DStv channels and third-party streaming apps,” says MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela.

 

 

DStv, Netflix Partnership 

As part of the partnership, the Netflix app will be integrated into the new Explora Ultra to allow DStv customers the option to sign up or sign into their Netflix account to enjoy the Netflix experience. The partnership also grants DStv customers with an Explora Ultra the possibility of adding their Netflix subscription to their monthly DStv bill.

DStv viewers already enjoy access to over 140 channels of the best local and international movies, series, documentaries, sport, news, kids and educational content. The addition of the Netflix app to a DStv Explora Ultra connected to the internet opens the door to Netflix’s critically acclaimed local and international entertainment across a wide variety of genres. These include titles such as Blood & Water, Queen Sono, Money Heist, The Witcher, Tiger King, Project Power, A Fall From Grace and more series, feature films, documentaries and stand-ups which will be available to customers with a Netflix subscription.

 

 

“Shifting consumer preferences and technological advances drive changes in the way video entertainment services are provided and consumed. This partnership leads with an expanded choice of content, ease and convenience of subscription and payment with the DStv Explora Ultra as an enabler,” says Mawela.

 

 

Noaf Ereiqat, Netflix’s Director of Business Development says: “We’re excited about this partnership with the MultiChoice Group, bringing Netflix to the Explora Ultra set-top-box will make it easier for our members to seamlessly stream their favourite Netflix shows. That’s a win for avid entertainment fans in South Africa.”

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Movie lovers are set to enjoy the best of Indian cinema boasting an impressive selection of original and syndicated award-winning movies from Zee Entertainment’s Cinema Premiere, which is exclusively available on DStv’s BoxOffice from today. Cinema Premiere movies are available on BoxOffice just in time for the Diwali celebrations.

 

BoxOffice is South Africa’s leading rent-to-view service, offering the latest movies straight from the big screen into viewers’ homes. The addition of Cinema Premiere to BoxOffice, opens up a whole new variety of exclusive content to South African viewers and viewers across the continent (where BoxOffice is available).

 

 

Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, Ka Pae Ranasingam and Khaali Peeli are just some of the blockbuster films entertainment fans will be able to watch on Cinema Premiere through BoxOffice. Movies are available in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu languages with English subtitles.

 

 

“After the successful launch of our Cinema Premiere service around the globe, we are expanding our presence into Africa. We are excited about this development and our partnership with the MultiChoice Group, who have the widest footprint across the continent. This not only enables us to reach the Indian community on the continent, but also gives us the opportunity to tap into other audiences. It’s a first-of-its-kind service for Indian cinema in Africa bringing the latest movies direct to viewers with a wide range of entertainment offerings,” says Vibha Chopra, ZEE Entertainment’s Head Global Syndication and International Film Distribution.

 

 

Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment & Connected Video, adds: “At the centre of this exciting partnership between Multichoice and Zee Entertainment is our customer who will now enjoy more choice in the rich stories of Indian cinema exclusively on DStv’s BoxOffice. This talks to our commitment to make more world-class local and international programming available.”

 

 

Key highlights of the Cinema Premiere service:

Product:

  • BoxOffice is available to all DStv customers with a PVR / Explora decoder paying the PVR access fee.

  • The launch of Indian movies on BoxOffice will enable consumers to watch their new upcoming favorite blockbuster movies in the comfort of their homes.

  • Most of the movies will be released as Cinema Premieres while there will be a few that will release as standard Transactional Video on Demand movies from time to time

  • Upon successful rental of the movie, the movie will be available to watch for 48 hours. Customers may watch it as many times as they choose to within 48 hours.

  • Simple and easy to follow on-screen steps to rent while sitting on your couch.

 

Available:

The service will be available in South Africa and across select territories: Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Botswana, Mauritius where BoxOffice is available

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Lebo M’s reality show to launch on Showmax

Posted by radio On November - 10 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Showmax has just released the first trailer for Lebo M – Coming Home, the next Showmax Original reality series, launching 2 December 2020. This comes as The Lion King (2019) returns to M-Net Movies 1 and Catch Up from 21 November.

The trailer starts, like The Lion King, with Lebo M’s distinctive voice singing, “Nants’ Ingonyama,” from The Circle Of Life, off Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-winning soundtrack to the animated classic.

“I’ve worked with some of the biggest and greatest, most talented people in the world,” says Lebo M, who’s won a Grammy, been nominated for a Tony for his work on the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time, executive produced the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, had his songs streamed over 250 million times on Spotify alone, and won the 2020 DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice 1Life Legend Award.

But now, Lebo M says, “I’m re-entering a phase in my life as a family man… Family has always been the basis under which I function better.”

In the trailer, we see him throw a housewarming at his equestrian estate in Blair Athol, which he calls “our final home.” He shares the mansion with his 90-something mother; four of his children; and Angela Ngani-Casara, his third wife, who talks in the trailer of “a new era, a new dawn.”

But Lebo M also admits “the dysfunctionality of my family history,” which has seen him married three times, helping to raise nine children along the way, one of whom tragically passed away.

The tension with Tshepiso, his only surviving son, is particularly evident in the trailer. Tshepiso lives in Midrand and has just become a father himself, but Lebo admits in the trailer, “I’m in the worst relationship with my son that I’ve ever been, since he was born.”

But, as Lebo M says at the end of the trailer, “I’m ready to face the music.”

 

Lebo M – Coming Home is the debut reality series from Dopezuluboi Productions, founded by Teddy Geldart, who directed two seasons of Being Bonang and was executive producer of the SAFTA-winning Living The Dream With Somizi S4 and this year’s other hit reality show, Kwa Mam’Mkhize.

 

 

Lebo M – Coming Home is the third Original reality series this year from Showmax, after Somizi & Mohale: The Union broke the overall first-day viewing record on Showmax and Life With Kelly Khumalo became the fastest Showmax Original to top one million views.

 

 

Other upcoming Showmax Originals include Babes Wodumo and Mampintha’s reality series, Uthando Lodumo; the long-awaited second season of the SAFTA-winning comedy, Tali’s Wedding Diary; the nightclub-set murder mystery Skemerdans; and the small town psychological thriller Dam, all expected in early 2021.

 

 

The Showmax Original Lebo M – Coming Home is launching first on Showmax on 2 December 2020. Nants’ Ingonyama. Here comes a lion. 

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MultiChoice Group’s recently revealed promo “Ten thousand stories” was the star of the evening at this year’s Promax Awards, scooping gold in the coveted Mama Africa category and first place for the Best Image Promo on Television or VOD Platforms.

 

“This creative masterpiece, which is the brainchild of poet and writer Lebohang Masango, perfectly captures our unique journey to share truly African stories across the continent and with the rest of the world, and we are thrilled that this has been properly recognised,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment & Connected Video.

SuperSport’s The People’s Captain picked up a close second place in the Mama Africa Award.

The 2020 Promax Awards, which honour the outstanding achievements in entertainment marketing and design, took on a whole new format this year in celebrating African creativity.

MultiChoice Group (MCG) has every reason to celebrate after scooping an amazing 30 gold and 16 silver awards across 45 categories in this year’s virtual awards ceremony. With close to 100 nominations, MultiChoice, M-Net, DStv, kykNET, Showmax and SuperSport have once again demonstrated their commitment to the development and promotion of local content.

“We are extremely proud of every creative piece that claimed an award, each one of them a testament to the outstanding skills of our African storytellers,” adds Phahle. “As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, our aim is to support and develop excellence in African creativity, and this 15-year partnership is helping to shape the industry and extend the reach of authentic African content.”

“The Promax Africa Awards are the top prize for outstanding achievements in entertainment, marketing and design. Going beyond what is expected, Promax Africa recognises excellence and celebrates the best of the best brand-defining campaigns that ignite viewers into fans, engage audiences through every screen, and drive bottom-line results for the largest media companies from around the African continent,” says Vanessa Sheldrick, Promax Events Director, Promax ANZ and Africa.

The MultiChoice platforms boasting Gold awards are as follows:

Showmax:

  • Best reality promo for Life with Kelly Khumalo: Scrutiny
  • Social media campaign for a channel, platform or programme for #Somhale: The Union
  • Best integrated TVC for Showmax and Vodacom Festive Deal
  • Best integrated marketing campaign for a channel, platform or programme for Somhale: Here Comes the Pride

SuperSport:

  • Best entertainment promo for Ringside seats in your home
  • Best sports promo for SuperSport Look Forward 2020
  • Best themed campaign for SuperSport Look Forward 2020
  • Best copy/script writing for I Dream
  • Best directing for SuperSport Look Forward 2020
  • Best sports campaign for Stronger Together

M-Net:

  • Best Drama Promo for Trackers
  • Best original logo design for Legacy

kykNET:

  • Bets image campaign (television or VOD platform) for Gewoon Ongewoon

DStv:

  • Best use of humour in promotion for DStv Access Festive
  • Best documentary or factual entertainment programme for We are all delicate
  • Best children’s promo for Sol Festive Bunnies
  • Best movie promo for Get Pumped
  • Best special events promo for 8 Days of Halloween
  • Best music composition for Be Moved: Action
  • Best brand promotion for group of channels for Women’s Month
  • Best visual FX and compositing for Unleash the Festive You

MultiChoice’s Channel O scooped an impressive six Gold awards, including for the channel’s recent rebrand. Congratulations to the design and marketing team.

A special shout out to Studio Zoo, who added to their long list of Promax Awards, with several accolades on the evening, including the Best Promo Team.

To view the full list of winners, click here.

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