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MMA16 entry period closes on Friday

Metro FM Music Awards 16A few days remain before the entry period for next year’s MMA16 (Metro FM Music Awards) closes on the 9th of December in anticipation of the nominees announcement event that will take place on 12 January 2017, leading to the highly awaited awards ceremony in February.

Artists who have had their tracks or albums play listed on the urban radio station between 25th November 2015, and this year’s 09 December need to enter their music on any of the relevant 17 categories before the closing date. These are Best Hip Hop Album, Best Hit Single, Best Collaboration, Best Male Album, Best Gospel Album, Best African Pop Album, Best Music Video, Best Female Album, Song Of The Year, Best Kwaito Album, Best Group Album, Best New Artist, Best Compilation Album, Best R&B Single, Best Urban Jazz Album, Best Dance Album, and Best Remixed Single.

The most sought after and unmatched awards that are decided by public vote have become the biggest in the market with each winner taking a guaranteed R100k cheque, and the gong to match it. This is expected to be one of the biggest awards and hottest contest as far as SA music is concerned, as artists compete in the year when the 90% quota was implemented on the radio station (…and all SABC radio platforms).

As has been the case in the last few years, the awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, the 25th of February 2017 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban. This great spectacle will once again be carried live on SABC 1 with live crossings to the public viewing area in Durban.

The 16th edition of the Metro FM Music Awards is themed ‘What’s Next Is All That Matters,’ building onto last year’s theme, ‘Legends Don’t Stop, They Ask What’s Next’. The theme indicates that it’s not just about getting that hit song play-listed on Metro FM, it’s not about finishing off a great album and it’s not about having a great video to go with your track, but about what you do next to continue building onto your glories.

“We had a successful event with the 2015 Metro FM Music Awards and taking from our theme, the question is not about repetition but what matters is what’s next and what the 2016 Metro FM Music Awards will have in store,” said METRO FM Station Manager, Sibongile Mtyali.” The success of the MMA15 is something of the past; we can’t keep blowing that trumpet, we have to sing a different tune in the next edition and keep growing the event and the artists involved with it.”

In the past 15 editions, the MMAs categories have increased reflecting growth in the local music industry, a development that can partly be attributed to the contribution made by the awards. Once again the awards will see winners walk away with a mouth-watering R100k prize money for each category winner.

Entry forms, MMA16 Entry Rules, regulations, Indemnity and Checklist, and more information on how to enter are available on www.metrofm.co.za. Entry forms must be downloaded, completed and hand delivered to the METRO FM Offices - Office 826, 8th Floor SABC Radio Park, in Auckland Park. All queries must be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 011 714 3151.

Joyous Celebration ready to record & tour in the US

JC 20 Choir fThe award-winning and multi-platinum selling MTN Joyous Celebration have jetted off to Dallas, Texas, for the live recording of their 21st instalment.

Staging their debut performance at the Potter’s House of Dallas on Saturday 3 December in collaboration with the Grammy award winning Potter’s House Choir and hosted by the renowned Bishop T.D. Jakes, the show promises to be electric. The theme of the recording is “Heal our Land” as both choirs come together representing 2 countries that have experienced great turmoil in the last year.

“The timing and significance of these 2 choirs coming together and collaborating at this time is no coincidence and we will unite in thanksgiving and prayer for peace, healing and restoration not only for our individual ministries but for our countries as well,” commented Lindelani Mkhize – Founder of Joyous Celebration.

Following Dallas and looking to win fans in the US, the ensemble will embark on an East Coast Tour which will include performances at the Duke Ellington Performing Arts School in Washington, Bishop Hezekiah Walker’s Love Fellowship Church in Brooklyn, New York, Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown in Pennsylvania as well as Abundant Life Family Worship Centre in New Jersey under Bishop George Searight’s leadership amongst others. 

Just as Joyous Celebration has captivated the hearts of millions of Africans across the continent with its unique cross-genre infused gospel sounds, signature dance moves, melodic harmonies and show stopping garments, it hopes to infect the American audiences with much of the same magic. 

“We have been working tirelessly to ensure that fans receive a quality produced album, and the choir has spent long hours in rehearsals learning new songs and exciting choreography,” added co-founder Jabu Hlongwane. “We are ready for the Joyous 21 live recording in the USA and look forward to proudly carrying and flying the South African flag.”

Mthunzi Namba concluded: “Our local family who are unable to join us in the USA can catch snippets on our social media platforms and diarise Sunday 25 December @ 8PM when SABC 1 will broadcast Joyous 21 recorded live in the USA.”

For a detailed itinerary of Joyous’ USA Heal our Land Tour and to join the conversation on the MTN Joyous Celebration social platforms; Facebook: My Joyous Celebration and Twitter: @JoyousSA

McKenzie makes vibrant & sweet "Toro"

McKenzie 2016Having tried to get the hit-making group of “two by two” fame back together for some five years, Mckenzie has finally decided to head the solo pathway in the music industry with his album “Toro”.

Speaking on Power FM’s Power Live, the poet, motivational speaker, and actor says that he decided to take the bull by its horns and realised that it was possible to take this path after being convinced to be the music director of the award-winning hit “Marikana Musical”. “I got this call from Aubrey Sekhabi, and he said he wanted me to be the musical director of the show. That opportunity opened me up, and I saw that it was possible to move on and do the solo thing.”

The show (on which he also stars) that returns to the Pretoria Theatre next year was nominated 13 times for the Naledi Theatre Awards. It picked up six gongs, including Best score/arrangement/adaptation by McKenzie, Zakhele Mabena and Aubrey Sekhabi.

Featuring the likes of Maphorisa, who also assists the star on his interpretation of Paul Simon’s (ft. Ladysmith Black Mambazo) “Diamonds on the soles of her feet”, Sir Javas (“Toro”/”Tsie”), DJ Clock (“Glory”/”Never let you down”), DJ Micks (“Will you be mine”), and more on production, “Toro” is a 13 track powerhouse. He will be doing the album’s grand launch at the State theatre, on the 1st December, and he promises that it will be spectacle with choreography and a live band. The two hour spectacular will feature “some friends like Kelly Khumalo, African Roots, Vee”, and long-time collaborator Sir Jarvas. Trademark will warm the stage up for the star before “I hit the stage”.

Although the former choral music singer and deejay says that he would have liked for the group to get back together, he doesn’t regret having been part of the act. “Rhythmic Elements was the beginning of me. I wouldn’t be here had it not been from this. Being with the group I learnt a lot of things like team working, team building, and time management. I have come a long way to get to where I am, hence the album is called Toro.”    

He says that Toro is more vocal. “It’s a mixture of Western with African sounds.”

Matema leads Manhattan Brothers tribute show with Somizi in tow

Matema Manhattan 16Just over a week after Noma Khumalo was announced as this year’s “Idols SA” winner, last year’s runner-up Matema Moremi is gearing to hit the stage in what has been heralded as ‘a top notch tribute show entitled “A musical tribute to the Manhattan Brothers”.

With Idols’ judge Somizi Mhlongo in tow as the show’s choreographer, the vivacious Matema, who is currently charting with DJ Cleo on “Chose to be happy”, will be starring in the tribute to the legendary Manhattan Brothers, played by Complete, from the 8th to the 18th of December. Unfortunately hardly making the SA music narrative as they should, the trend-setting kings of South African Jazz and popular music in the 40’s and 50’s were the first South African group to make the US Billboard charts and paved the way for the likes of the Grammy-winning Miriam Makeba (“Pata Pata” in ‘67/No 86 with “The world of Mirriam Makeba” in ‘63) and Hugh Masekela (“Grazing in the grass” topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968), who also made waves on the US charts.

The Manhattans hit number 45 on the Billboard Pop Chart Hits with “Lovely Lies” in 1956. The group was also part of the iconic musical “King Kong”, and decided to remain behind when the group reached England. After recording three English/isiZulu pop albums, the called it quits in 1965.  

The group, consisting of four male vocalists – founding member and lead singer, Nathan “Dambuza” Mdledle, Joe Mogotsi, Ronnie Sehume, Rufus Khoza -were later joined by Miriam Makeba. Matema will add the Makeba element to this tribute that is planned ‘to honour the spirits of our musical icons and history live on stage’.

Tickets are R80 at Webtickets or at the door. Call 0861670670 or click on www.sowetotheatre.com for more.

Noma is Queen of Idols SA

Nama wins Idols 2016Having already tasted commercial success by hitting the number 16 spot on the iTunes Songs Charts, Noma Khumalo was announced the Queen of “Idols SA” 12th season, beating Thami Shobede, who by the way topped the very charts with his new single “Sthandwa”, for the coveted title.

She becomes the first lady to clinch the title after seven seasons of male domination. By so doing, she takes home a whopping R1.2 million in prizes including a whopping R700 000 in cash from M-Net and Telkom, a recording contract from Gallo Records, a brand new Ford, and more.

The substitute teacher was announced the ultimate Idol after a record-breaking vote that saw over 83 million votes cast throughout Season 12, and 14.5million for the finale. Only 15 000 votes separated the two finalists.

Speaking at a press conference after the win, Nama said that she is looking forward to working with Gallo on her new album. “The album will contain everything,” she later commented on Power FM, ”although, I would like to keep some of the soul,” she added. She hits the studio in a few days time and the album is set for a December release.  

Mzansi Magic viewers were treated to a spectacular high-octane showcase. Carnival City’s Big Top Arena reverberated with screams of excitement, loud applause and name chants as the live audience - and TV viewers - were treated to one sensational act after another. There were pyrotechnics, a laser light show and some of the best live music in Mzansi today.

The thrill-a-minute showcase got off to a dazzling start as this season’s Top 10 reunited on stage, performing “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris feat Rihanna. The fireworks continued as AKA blessed the country with an exclusive Idols debut of two new singles, last year’s winner Karabo blessing the audience with two as well, and ldols’ judge Nathi perfoming Sonini with DJ Merlon, followed by her “Sana lwami’” classic duet with Zola. And then Somizi Mhlongo brought the house down when he performed with this year’s Wooden Mic winner Mbishop Shezi doing an operatic duet that had the crowd on their feet.

Romance was the order of the evening as the Top Two performed Afro-soul love jams with local superstars known for their top-charting, heartstring-pulling tracks. The audience delightfully lapped up every single minute of the performances. Noma paired with Nathi for the track (pardon the pun) “Noma kanjani”, while Thami sang “Sobabili” with a pearl-draped Kelly Khumalo.

Before the life changing result was announced, Noma and Thami treated everyone to their last performances as contestants on the stage. Noma was sensational as she covered Mariah Carey’s “Without You” while Thami brought the house down with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered”, both accompanied by the reigning winners of “Clash of The Choirs”.

After Noma was announced the winner, she treated viewers and audiences to her single “Want It to Fel Like It Did with You” as confetti rained down on her.

Meanwhile, auditions for Idols 13 have been announced starting on the 14th January in Cape Town, and then the 21st at Pretoria’s State theatre, Durban’s Playhouse on the 28th, ending in Johannesburg (Carnival) on the 4th of February. For more, visit www.idolssa.tv or be part of the conversation via the following social media platforms: Facebook: Idols South Africa (www.facebook.com/IdolsSA), Twitter: @IdolsSA #IdolsSA, Instagram: @IdolsSA, WeChat ID: IdolsSA

Crown Gospel Music Awards for the TV sceens

FKhaya Mthethwa 16featuring acts such as Khaya Mthethwa (pictured), Sipho Makhabane, Dr. Tumi, Lebo Sekgobela, Andile kaMajola, Women in Praise to name just a few, the Crown Gospel Music Awards will be broadcast live on SABC2 come Sunday the 27th of November 2016 from 8pm.

Boasting 30 categories, the SABC has reaffirmed its media partnership with the annual event now in its ninth year running. The SABC will also be supporting the awards through its other various platforms including SABC Radio station uKhozi FM and other SABC TV programmes.

With Dr Tumi going into the ceremony with a leading nine nominations, the event will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Arena in Durban under the theme, ‘Push, Birth & New Beginnings’.

Kaizer Kganyago, the SABC’s Spokesperson commented, “The public service broadcaster is encouraged by the continued growth of the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards. Gospel music represents one of the most popular genres across both SABC radio and television platforms especially for SABC 1 and SABC 2’s audiences. Therefore our association with the Crown Gospel Music Awards reflects this natural attraction”.

The Awards that seek to honour and recognise gospel talent have also attracted the interest of Gospel artists outside South Africa through the category ‘Best of Africa’ and also through the night’s performances. This coming weekend will also see, the inaugural Christian Expo Africa happening from the 26th to 27th of November at the ICC Arena. The public is invited to come walk the different exhibition stands.

Founder and producer of the SABC Crown Gospel Awards Zanele Mbokazi stated: “We have faith in our production team. Everyone involved had laid out an A-Game for this year’s edition of the Crowns.  From dancers, backing vocals, presenters, the lighting, to the stage design. It’s all coming together as we desired as awards producers.”

Maftown Heights set to invade Jozi

Casspper white 16With early bird and VIP tickets now sold out for this year’s Maftown Height, the only way one can still make the show is by getting the limited remaining general (R200) and golden circle (R300) tickets.

However, organisers have warned that people who have not purchased pre-sold tickets by 3pm on Friday, 25 November 2016, may be turned away as ticket sales at the venue are not guaranteed. The 7th annual Maftown Heights festival spiced up by KFC to be hosted by YFM’s DJ Sabby, and the self-proclaimed "New Age Brenda Fassie", Moozlie of Channel O Vuzu’s fame, the event will feature a mouth-watering Motswako Family line-up such as Cassper Nyovest (above left), Khuli Chana (bottom right), HHP, Tuks, JR, Fifi Cooper, Mo Molemi and Towdee Mac. Khuli Chana 16

Add to that Friends of Motswako hot acts such as AKA, Kwesta, Nasty C, Riky Rick, KO, A-Reece, Emtee, Da L.E.S, Kid X, Black Les, Nadia Nakai, Aewon Wolf, Gemini Major, Okmalumkoolkat, Stilo Magolide this is set to be a hot ticket this year. Some 10 000 people are expected to attend the 7th edition of the Friday 25th November event at Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown.

“Channel O and YFM have been Maftown Heights media partners since inception,” expresses Refiloe Ramogase, Maftown Heights co-founder and organiser. “Without fail, our media partners' on air talent have done an impeccable job as the event MC's! This year will be no exception as we welcome SA's premier drive time radio show host, DJ Sabby, and one of the hottest on screen presenters, Moozlie, on to our stage as the dynamic duo charged with directing proceedings on SA hip hop's night to shine!”

The remaining tickets are available online at Computicket here: https://goo.gl/b53dij or from any of these stores: Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper, House & Home, U Save

Actors Presley Chweneyagae/ Mothusi Mogano & Warren Masemola caught up in politics

90 PleinfFor all who have been asking where Presley Chweneyagae (pictured left), from the Oscar winning “Tsotsi”, is, he has been located on “90 Plain Street”.

The star comes out alongside fellow Tsotsi star Mothusi Mogano on the SABC2 season that returns for the fifth season on 30th November, at 9.30pm. ‘Following a successful season4’, Presley makes his entry to play the role of the chief of staff and that of the SG of the ANC on the series. Add to that Warren Masemomola, who will be a thorn on the side to the two and more, as the Thuli Madonsela of the show.

In the last season Lerato (Precious Makgaretsa) saved the day for the President by getting her re-elected as the President of the ANC.  The President in turn invites her to come to work in Pretoria at the Union Buildings as her youth advisor and she has to bring Collins her paraplegic brother (Anele Matoti) with her as there isn’t anyone to take care of him while we also saw her love interest, Dan proposing to Lerato at the end of season 4.

“The new season is exciting and it takes place in the president’s office for the first time and we get to work with amazing new cast, Oscar winning Actor, Presley Chweneyagae as the chief of staff, Mothusi Magano (Of Good Report, Hotel Rwanda, Tsotsi) as the SG of the ANC. Mothusi was in season 3 as the Julius inspired character who at the time was the ANCYL chair.  In the new season he plays the Secretary General of the ANC. Also joining is Warren Masemola (Eye in the Sky, Machine Gun Preacher) as the Public Protector.  Renate Stuurman (Love is a Four letter Word - left) as the press secretary.” said Carolyn Carew – the series Executive Producer.

The new plot involves not only a rogue unit, but the public protector who fights for the issues of equality in the community of Majakaneng. This story is about the new breed of leadership and the challenges they face. Like Dineo in previous seasons, Lerato is the proverbial new broom but her idealistic nature threatens to trip her up, as she is exposed to politicking, corruption, necessitated coalitions and sensitive negotiations in an economically challenged and potentially violent environment.

All will be lost if she, like Dineo, becomes disillusioned in the individuals running the party. A political party is bigger than the individual. When fighting for a cause the individual must be willing to sacrifice his own immediate needs for the greater good. The fight against Apartheid demonstrated this.

The producers promise that audiences can look forward to a dramatic series that explores values and loyalty within a party and an individual effect it has on building a corrupt free journey of democracy.

Monique Bingham/Cassper Nyovest added to Live Loud gig

Monique Bingham 16fJohannesburg is bound to get live and loud this December, thanks to the Joburg Live Loud gig that was postponed in September.

Making this 10th December gig one of the can’t-wait-for gigs in town is the addition of US vocalist Monique Bingham (pictured), and the chart-topping Cassper Nyovest who have been added to the original list of performers. As promised previously added MiCasa and Matthew Nole, will still make the original list that includes the likes of Locnville, Black Coffee, AKA, Goodluck, MTV Africa Awards winners Shekinah & Kyle Deutsche, The Parlotones, Gangs of Ballet, Kwesta,  Shortstraw, Desmond and the Tutu's, Pascal and Pearce, some 5FM DJs and more.

The change of date was said to be to allow the SABC urban radio station to ‘add two more incredible acts’ (MiCasa and Mathew Mole) at that time.  Now add to that, the station’s 2nd annual music event welcomes a vehicle sponsor this year, the new smart forfour. 

In celebration of the new sponsor, 5FM will be giving away a new smart forfour to one lucky event-goer. Everyone over the age of 18 with a valid ticket to Joburg Live Loud automatically enters the competition and the lucky winner will be drawn at the event that’s destined for Marks Park in Emmarentia from 10:00 – 22:00.

As part of the run-up to the main event, 5FM will be hosting live broadcasts kicking off with one of three at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Gauteng, starting with Mercedes-Benz Bryanston on Saturday, 19 November with The Weekend Breakfast Show with Frankie. The station will also host a press junket on Thursday, 24 November at The Stanley Beer Yard with four live broadcasts; Fresh@5 with DJ Fresh (05:00-08:00); Hammantime with Nick Hamman (08:00-10:00); The Thando Thabooty Show with Thando Thabethe and Justin Toerien (10:00 – 13:00) and ending with The Forbes & Fix Show with Rob Forbes and Fix (13:00 – 16:00). Some of the local artists performing will be popping in throughout the day and feature on each of the live broadcasts.

Tickets are still available at Computicket at R350 for adults, R100 for children under 12 and children under 3 are free.  Click on http://online.computicket.com/web/event/joburg_live_loud/1031953102/0/72563151 for more.