Since yesterday and all day today, the talk has been around SABC’s boss “forcing” its 18 radio stations to play ninety percent South African music and leave 10 to the International category. So lets just say you had a show with 10 songs in it per hour then only one of it would be a Chris Brown or a Rihanna or Justin Bieber track. In fact, if your show allowed 10 songs per hour and it was 3 hours long, Chris, Riri and Biebs will be the only International songs you’d hear on that show.
Everyone’s been giving their opinions and there’s been social media debates and those who aren’t in my industry have been piling up the questions.
I work in radio. I’ve been involved or worked in online radio, retail radio, theme park radio, community radio as well as commercial radio. SABC stations are known as Public Broadcasting Stations for obvious reasons. So when Hlaudi Motsoeneng said the 18 stations in its stable will play 90% it seemed like all of South Africa freaked out.
An iol article I found from over a year ago where these music percentage quotas were already being discussed. Have a read.
In my heading I said that I’m ok with all of this. Why? Well, firstly, I play in the commercial radio sector and not Public Broadcasting Stations so we’re unaffected but also because maybe it’s time we give South African artists more airplay, especially if you are the country’s broadcaster right? Of course. But is 90% maybe not too much? Who knows! It’s all a trial period of 3 months where they’ll get some public opinion and feedback and then assess if the ninety percent stays or if it needs to be changed. Continue reading
MUMBAI, March 14, 2016 – Indian Cricket legend Rahul Dravid has taken time to spend with youngsters from the Laureus-supported Magic Bus project in the Mankhurd slum in Mumbai.
Dravid, who is the second highest run-maker in Test cricket history, surprised the young cricket fans as they prepared for an educational sports session. The former India captain took part in informal coaching before participating in a game of street cricket, offering hints and tips while inspiring the sports-mad youngsters.
Dravid also spent time with Nitin Bawaskar, the young man leading the session who is a role model for other youths in the community. He learnt with Magic Bus how to capture attention and deliver a message through fun and engaging sporting activities, especially in a community crazy about cricket. Continue reading