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South African music is exploding on global stages thanks to trailblazers such as DJ sensation Black Coffee, who will be presented with the sought-after International Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards.

#SAMA22 organisers RiSA have announced that Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, will be honoured for flying the South African music flag loudly and proudly across the world at this year’s awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, 4 June 2016, at the Durban ICC.

The Durban-born SA music icon in the making has had a dream year by anyone’s standards which has seen him take the world’s dance capital of Ibiza by storm as well as criss-crossing the globe on a 17 country tour that spanned four continents over five months. This tour included dates in North America.

The profile and popularity of the Afropolitan house whizz and ace producer continues to soar on global stages. This year, Black Coffee ramped up his touring schedule, delivering more headline-grabbing performances at some of the world’s leading festivals, including a monster set at Coachella in California in April.
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South African-singing powerhouse, Lelo Ramasimong, has been cast as a lead vocalist in Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom – fresh from the international dance show’s run in Pretoria at The State Theatre over the past few weeks.

Lelo joins fellow vocalist, Mikee Introna, in the diverse global cast, as Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom heads to The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town this week Thursday (19 May) until 5 June, for two weeks of electrifying performances as part of their 2016 Tour in South Africa.

Lelo, who made her début at The State Theatre in Pretoria last week alongside the Burn The Floor: Fire In The Ballroom cast, will feature throughout the Cape Town and Durban seasons of the dance production.

For Lelo, joining Burn The Floor: Fire in The Ballroom “is an honour” and she’s excited to be a part of this international production. Continue reading

Venue: The Crypt Jazz Restaurant, 1 Wale Street Cape Town.

Date: Friday 27 May 2016

Time: 20h30 ~ Tickets: R85

Bookings via info@thecryptjazz.co.za or 079 683 4658

Hot on the heels of their HIFA 2016 performance, CODA Africa will be taking it down a notch to revisit their more soulful and ambient repertoire for an intimate evening at The Crypt Jazz Restaurant. Fronted by powerful vocalist Zami Mdingi, CODA Africa combines electric strings (violin and cello) with saxophone and DJ. Their signature ensemble traverses different genres from Classically-inspired ballads to Electro-Swing, Dub Step, Reggae and Hip Hop. Countries the world over have enjoyed their dynamic and varied performances. Their latest album ‘Disclosure’ was nominated for 2 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) for ‘Most Promising Artiste in Africa 2014’, and ‘Best African-Electro Act 2014’ alongside Goldfish and Mi Casa.

Eclectic in all the right ways.” Sawubona Magazine. Continue reading

The below speech was given by UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt yesterday at the BBC Radio Theatre in central London as part of BBC News World on the Move, a day of special coverage examining how the movement of people is changing the world we live in (more information here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2016/all-day-today). It was broadcast live on BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and BBC World News.

You can also see a clip here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36303688

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Bob James, José James, Houston Person, Kendrick Scott and Kahil El’Zabar join SA luminaries Jonathan Butler and Sibongile Khumalo in three days of not-to-be missed

performances and collaborations

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz – now in its19thyear –  reinforces its status as South Africa’s foremost jazz festival, and one of the best on the African continent, thanks to a stellar line-up of musicians from around the globe.

American jazz giant Gerald Albright and South Africa’s Jonathan Butler join forces at the opening night of Standard Bank Joy of Jazz and kick-start  South Africa’s premier jazz festival which runs at the Sandton Convention Centre for three days from September 15 to 17.

Renowned American musician Bob James will join the galaxy of stars at the event. James is  two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer. He is recognised as one of the original founders of smooth jazz, is renowned for the dcomplexity of his arrangements and instrumentals. Continue reading

From 29 April – 2 May, 5FM were in Polokwane for their first annual Small Town Live Loud takeover weekend. The station, along with the entire complement of DJs, was in the city for four days of non-stop partying. The weekend offered up a party every night and live broadcasts as well as a CSi initiative at the Samaritan Children’s Home.

The weekend kicked off with an Instawalk on Friday, 29 April, with media and Instagrammers from Polokwane, where the station showed off the city on their social media platforms. Later that evening the station hosted the Live Loud Club Night party at Jembe Tavern at Meropa Casino. On Saturday, 30 April, the station hosted a DJ seminar in partnership with Bridges for Music with DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Rob Forbes, Roger Goode and Fix speaking to youngsters about the various aspects of DJ-ing as a career. Continue reading

Johannesburg, 13 May 2016: MTV (DStv channel 130) is messing with everyday tech devices – with hilarious results – in its new international prank show Bugging Out. Watch as smart phones, apps, fitness trackers, car GPS systems, ATMs and more turn on their unsuspecting users in this hidden camera show for the digital generation.
Bugging Out is hosted by YouTube personality and prankster Rob Anderson, who will be joined by entertainment presenter and stand-up comedian Traci Stumpf, MTV’s BuggingOut airs on MTV every Wednesday night at 22:00 CAT.

Commented Monde Twala, VP, BET, Youth & Music, VIMN Africa, “We know MTV viewers are going to big fans of“Bugging Out” – our viewers love to laugh, and clip shows like Ridiculousness and prank shows like #YouGotGot are regularly the highest rated shows on the channel. The latest season of Ridiculousness had over 90,000 viewers tuning in per episode. Over 96,000 viewers tuned in per episode during Season 1 of #YouGotGot, while the premiere episode for Season 2 on Monday 9 May was watched by over 179,000 viewers.” Continue reading

Stokvel groups around the country were invited to enter the 2016 Stokvel Cooking Challenge, sponsored by White Star Super Maize Meal and Royco® in partnership with Move! Magazine, to show off their creative culinary skills and win a share of the R50 000 cash prize. Stokvels responded overwhelmingly to the call, submitting recipes, their photographs and motivation as to why they should be considered to take part in the cook-off. Now, the top three in four regions have been selected to take part in the semi-final round.

On Saturday, 14 May the Eastern Cape semi-finals will kick-off at the Powertrade Cash & Carry, Taxi City based in East London, The Golden Girls, Siyancendana and S’nako Stokvel will start the cooking challenge at 11:30am where they will have to showcase their culinary skills to the star judges – singer, actress and White Star celebrity chef, Lucia Mthiyane, and MasterChef SA 2014 runner-up, Siphokazi Mdlankomo. Continue reading

LIVING in a country where finding employment or a decent paying job is almost impossible, we see many female entrepreneurs emerging every year to help grow themselves and be financially stable. The public sector is now encouraging young black women to become entrepreneurs; this is something they have successfully fought for many years.

It is still a sad case that this has not made things easier. Many are still struggling to become successful. It’s either they just don’t have enough knowledge, don’t know the right people in the industry, or have no funding. In turn it takes them many years to pick up business, some even give up and return to their 9 – 5 jobs. However, initiatives such as the NYDA have been put in place to ensure that small businesses have the right equipment to grow. It is up to the aspiring entrepreneurs to research how to build a business, where to find help, and more about the industry they would like to go into. There is now an amazing growth in the communications industry with Public Relations companies mostly owned by women. Continue reading

Summer storms brewing over the Highveld, the mists of Victoria Falls, Cape Town’s unmistakeable Table Mountain from 500 km away, and the world’s oldest meteor scar.

These are just a few of the African scenes named as favourites by British Airways pilots in the “Ask The Pilot” section of the airline’s inflight magazine, Highlife SA, which publishes its 50thedition  next month. The magazine is complimentary to passengers on British Airways (operated by Comair) and combines local and international content. It’s an eclectic mix that’s proved popular with travellers and includes a monthly column by veteran foreign correspondent and BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson. Continue reading

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