Kaya FM And Bassline Live Present: Stogie T And Rebirth Of Cool

Kaya FM 95.9, home of the Afropolitan, and Bassline Live are excited to be bringing one of the freshest musical collaborations to the Lyric Theatre on the 29th July in the form of Stogie T (Tumi from Tumi & The Volume) and jazz collective Rebirth Of Cool – for one night of old school jazz-infused hip-hop craftsmanship.

The show brings audiences a completely fresh interpretation of hip-hop & soul.  The addition of schooled jazz maestros Rebirth Of Cool to one of South Africa’s most established and socially conscious rappers breaks new boundaries in all traditional musical sense and takes both genres to elevated heights.


Stogie T is the moniker used now by one of the countries finest rappers – Tumi (ex-Tumi & The Volume).  With a career that spanned over a decade, his impact as a rapper, poet, social commentator and record label owner have garnered him the respect of his peers, both locally and abroad.  The birth of Stogie T has resulted in a more outspoken, uninhibited and braver mouthpiece for his generation and through his personal journey he has come to the place where he feels he creatively belongs – making art that resonates with him at this current stage in his life.

Rebirth of Cool is a collective that, largely inspired by Miles Davis and the post-bebop jazz era, consists of highly trained and skilled musicians that celebrate their genre through the infusion of contemporary Hip-Hop sounds with the more avant-garde notes from yesteryear.  Consisting of Thandi Ntuli (piano & keys), Benjamin Jafta (Bass), Siphelelo Mazibuko (Drums), DJ Kenzhero (Turntables) and Tha Muzik, the band has been touted as being one of the country’s finest groups of improv maestros around.

Taking these two world-class acts and combining them for a one-night collaboration is set to be one of the greatest musical moments ever staged in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series.  With special guests to be announced in the week, the show will consist of two 45-minute sets and is set to be one of the musical highlights of the year.

Also on board for this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, who, as new affiliates of the venture, are standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through this musical series.  We are excited to grow this relationship with them.

29th July – 8pm

The Lyric, Gold Reef City

Ticket prices: R150 – R250 at Computicket


Book now to avoid disappointment.

International Jazz Extravaganza, A Success for the Second Time #IJE2017

On Saturday, June 17th, the second annual International Jazz Extravaganza was nothing short of a stellar event with a star-studded line-up that took to the stage to delight audiences and inspire true jazz connoisseurs. From the big-band sounds of swing to the freedom of avant-garde and everything in between and beyond, jazz-lovers witness the world’s greatest jazz talents perform at the Durban International Convention Centre-Arena.

First on stage was pianist and sensational new vocalist, Thandi Ntuli who performed songs from her new album, “The Offering”. Thandi ensured that the IJE was a celebration of jazz by offering a pure and sophisticated performance.


Grammy award winner, Kurt Elling wowed the audience with his vocal range, jazzy tunes and stage presence.


Monty Alexander definitely brought a bit of his famous Jamaican flavour to South Africa. He united the crowd when he performed Bob Marley’s Redemption Song by encouraging the crowd to sing along.


The last performance was from Nduduzo Makhathini, who serenaded the crowd with offerings from his South African Music Award (SAMA23) winning album “iKhambi”.

ODMedia_IJE_ICC443The show was laced together by Metro FM’s ‘The Urban Jazz Experience’ host, Nothemba Madumo and ‘The Art of Sunday’ on Kaya FM presenter, Brenda Sisane who hosted the event.

While the lights may have dimmed, the stage emptied, the instruments packed away and the voices quiet, the 2017 International Jazz Extravaganza will live on in the hearts of jazz lovers for many years to come.

The second IJE is brought to you by its presenting partners, the National Department of Arts & Culture, the KZN Provincial Department of Arts and Culture and Durban Tourism; associate partner, Standard Bank Personal and Business Banking and official airline carrier, SAA. Media partners for the IJE are Mzansi Magic Music, Kaya FM and East Coast Radio and their official suppliers are Aha Hotels & Lodges  and SMG-Durban BMW.

 Website: https://www.ije.co.za/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IJExtravaganza

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/int_jazz_extravaganza/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalJazzExtravaganzaSA/

Hashtag: #IJE2017

Submit Your Music Tour Funding Application To Concerts SA Today

Planning a music tour but unsure how to fund it? Apply to Concerts SA’s Music Mobility Fund which will select new projects to support in July

Applications Deadline: Sunday 23rd July 2017

This tour funding mechanism offers opportunities for professional South African musicians to undertake live music tours in South Africa as well as other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. The fund provides support toward live music performances, collaborations and performance-based workshops.

Following the success of the six previous rounds of funding, applications are now open for the second iteration of Music Mobility Fund disbursements this year. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 23rd July 2017, and tours should take place between mid-August 2017 and 25th February 2018.

The Fund is administered by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian project housed within the SAMRO Foundation. Working with musicians, promoters, venue owners and music sector stakeholders, the project aims to build a vibrant and viable live music circuit in southern Africa. It also seeks to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.

Since it was initiated in 2013, the Music Mobility Fund has received over 700 applications and supported more than 130 tours with artists like Madala Kunene, Tu Nokwe, Andre Petersen, Wendy Oldfield, Mark Fransman and Msaki.

Msaki says: “Having Concerts SA as a partner, collaborator and advisor through the Mobility Fund has been powerful and freeing. Every independent musician knows that hitting the road is a challenge but when you have a 10-piece band, challenge might not be the most accurate word. Concerts SA gave me the power of logistical problem solving. And since performing at Bushfire in Swaziland as part of our tour, other festivals have booked us after seeing us there. A watershed career changing opportunity, made possible by the Music Mobility Fund.”


More than 600 musicians have successfully toured across the 9 South African provinces as well as 10 countries in southern Africa (Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and Madagascar), playing over 700 shows to around 50 000 people, spanning genres from jazz to indigenous music, from folk to hip-hop to kwaito.

Designed to help musicians, music industry professionals and organisations build on already established domestic success and develop connections, markets and audiences for their work, the fund provides support towards travel and transportation, as well as per diems, material costs (hiring of backline and sound equipment), accommodation, artwork design, travel insurance and visas.

Musician, composer and UCT researcher Cara Stacey, leader of the Afrikan Freedom Principle project, says: “The Concerts SA Mobility Fund allowed for a wild and creative idea to be realised. It helped myself, Mandla Mlangeni, and Matchume Zango (three musicians in three cities) to come together to create new music and then helped us to share this with transnational audiences. It is a priceless opportunity and so important in facilitating the development of creative work but also the creative minds of both musicians and audience members.”


Among the projects that may be financed are tours and concerts, including regional, national or provincial tours, as well as performances at festivals and showcases. The Music Mobility Fund also funds artistic collaborations with merit among musicians based in different provinces of South Africa or SADC countries. Each project must be between four days and three months in duration.

Qhawekazi Giyose and Gugulethu Duma, who workshopped with legendary Madosini as part of their live performance project, comment: “The Mobility Fund helped us actualize a project we have been conceptualizing for four years. It opened up doors for collaborations with artists and spaces we have been wanting to work with, and also motivated us to keep momentum going in our musical endeavours.”


National Projects

Artists from all provinces are invited to apply for national projects taking place in any South African province(s). The bulk of the activities must take place outside the province where the artist is based. The tour schedule must include one activity in either Gauteng, the Western Cape or KwaZulu-Natal. Applicants may request up to R30,000.

Regional Projects

Regional projects must take place in one or more of the following SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. While activities in South Africa may be included as part of regional projects, the bulk of the activities must take place outside of South Africa. Applicants will need to conduct their own research and have identified and communicated with a potential partner or host. The partner may be an individual or organisation and must be an established musician or music professional, and must be based in the SADC country (or countries) where the project will take place. Applicants may request up to R45,000.

Application process

Applicants should read the Call for Proposals and complete the Application Form in English, and submit it by Sunday 23rd July 2017, including the following mandatory documents: legal documentation of the applicant (ID/passport copy for individuals and organisation representatives; company registration documents); track record (media coverage, website links, evidence of recognition awards, public appearances or residencies, CV, biography, etc.); budget of the project (including projected income and expenditure); and a calendar of activities with tour schedule. SADC regional projects must include a letter from the local host confirming their support and involvement.

Enquiries and applications should be submitted by email to concertssa@samro.org.za, by fax to 086 500 7028 or by post to Concerts SA, c/o The SAMRO Foundation, 20 De Korte Street, 4th Floor SAMRO Place, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001.

For more information, visit http://concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ConcertsSA) or like Concerts SA on Facebook


Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest, In Partnership With Nando’s And The Department Of Arts & Culture, Commemorates 41 Years Of The 1976 Soweto Uprisings & The 21st Anniversary Of The Constitution, 21 – 25 June 2017

On 16 June 1976, what started out as peaceful protest in the streets of Soweto by students standing up against an oppressive regime, ended with bloodshed and incarceration of young people at Number Four – what used to be Johannesburg’s nefarious prisons, which is presently known as Constitution Hill, a national heritage site. 41 years later, Constitution Hill, in partnership with Nando’s and the Department of Arts & Culture, commemorates the spirit of the students of 1976 with the annual Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest.

The festival is a celebration and expression of artistic wealth among the youth of South Africa. As we approach the 21st Anniversary of the signing of the constitution, it is important that we reflect on this key milestone in the history of South Africa, how far we have come as a nation and most importantly where we are.

Now in its 5th year, the Basha Uhuru Freedom Fest is focused on empowering youth in creative industries by affording them platforms for freedom of artistic expression. The event will feature a 5 day programme which entails a contemporary group art exhibition titled Expressions of Freedom; Conversations of Freedom creative talks, and Visions of Freedom is a film screenings sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission. All these activities lead up to main attraction of the festival which is the Sounds of Freedom music concert featuring a diverse line-up of both emerging and established musical talent from across the country. The Locrate Family Picnic will be a fusion of food, fashion, and craft – providing trading opportunities for small businesses and micro-sized enterprises.

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Red Bull Brings Biggest Sound System Battle To Jozi Aka, Dj Tira, Patoranking And Admiral & Jahseed Showdown

One of the world’s most innovative live music experiences – the Red Bull Culture Clash – will storm its way onto the Orlando Stadium stage on 23 September 2017.

A sound system battle of epic proportions will unfold as four crews, each fronted by headline artists including AKA, DJ Tira, Patoranking and Admiral and Jahseed, will represent four of South Africa’s biggest sounds – hip hop, house, afro-beats and reggae. The four competing sound systems will compete back-to-back over a series of rounds – all in a bid to get the biggest reaction from the crowd and be crowned as the 2017 Red Bull Culture Clash winners.


AKA, hip hop crew leader has promised fans a killer performance, vowing he is coming for everything: “I’ve put together a team of some of the best musical minds South Africa has to offer. You ask me what my objective or plan is for Culture Clash? It’s simple enough: I’m here to win. Nothing else!”

 Holding no punches, Admiral and Jahseed are both getting ready for retaliation on behalf of dancehall and reggae supporters: “We’re preparing for war right now: arming ourselves and looking forward to the battle!”

The Red Bull Music Academy, Red Bull’s longest-standing music programme, now in its 19th year, introduced the Culture Clash concept in the UK in 2010, and it has since made its way around the world, including events in New York, Lisbon and Paris. Red Bull Culture Clash itself is based on the classic Jamaican sound system culture, but with a twist.  It’s defined by the use of cutting-edge lyrics, fierce competition and ridiculously loud sound systems.

An essential feature of every clash is the ‘surprise factor’ and South African fans can expect some epic surprises on the night. These include exclusive and custom dubplate specials made up of unique songs recorded by a crew that only they can play. Crews are encouraged to introduce special guests, including a host of artists, on the night as part of their arsenal of musical weaponry they bring to the battle.

More information to follow on redbull.co.za detailing the battle rules, full crew and event details as well as exclusive artist interviews.

Follow Red Bull Culture Clash on Twitter @RedBullZA, Facebook @redbull, Instagram @redbullza  and YouTube to stay ahead of the latest news and win exclusive Red Bull Culture Clash prizes. Join the conversation using #RedBullCultureClash.

Be part of the action by getting your tickets for the Red Bull Culture Clash 2017 event from Computicket.

About Red Bull Music Academy

Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals. Two groups of 30 selected participants—producers, vocalists, DJs, and instrumentalists from around the world—come together in a new city each year for two weeks of collaborations, lectures, and performances. The Academy began in 1998, and has been traversing the globe since. In 2010 it took place in London, when the first Culture Clash was hosted as part of a five week-long city festival. See www.redbullmusicacademy.com  for more details.


#LAWatches | Ngola’s Warm Up Sessions

Kuthula Londoloza Magubane is a Hip-Hop/ Alternative musician and actor born in Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1990. His alias musically is “Ngola”, an ancient Swahili word meaning “King.”


Born In The 90z is the first single released off his debut project entitled RocketPowerLove. RocketPowerLove is a fruitful coming-ofage soundtrack about what independence means for an African artist. The project is a fourteen-track EP highlighting the introspective emotional, spiritual and mental toil one endures before and after signing a record deal. His body of work reflects a musical pilgrimage through contrasting landscapes in Durban to Cape Town and finally, Johannesburg.

It is more than the story of the Hip-Hop artist on the journey to becoming an allround musician. It is the story of an entrepreneur, university graduate, professional model, actor and idea generator.

Milestones include opening for international act Casey Veggies (Los Angeles) alongside Youngsta CPT in 2015. Locally, Ngola has opened for household names in South African music such as Crazy White Boy, Zaki Ibrahim, Euphonik, to most notably Stogie T. As an actor, Kuthula has already made major appearances in local television, currently as “Malibongwe” in the popular drama Is’thunzi on Mzansi Magic. In 2017, Ngola is a member of the J&B Hive in Braamfontein, creating platforms such as 2SIXteenZ & TheHipHopMarket for African creatives and young people to showcase and experience alternative spaces in South African popular culture. It is a mission critical to his company’s vision and a life’s work better known as LOFW: Leaders of the Future World.

Facebook: @LOFW
Instagram: @Ngola_III
Twitter: @Ngola_III
Email: kmagubane@gmail.com

A Bigger, Better Coke Studio Africa 2017 | #CokeStudioAfrica

Coke Studio Africa 2017 promises to be a melting pot of music talents bringing together renowned music producers and top-notch artists drawn from various parts of the continent.

(SOUTH AFRICA, 1 JUNE 2017): The Coca-Cola Company, through their music flagship show Coke Studio, has merged Coke Studio Africa and Coke Studio South Africa into one, bigger, better Coke Studio Africa 2017.

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The merger increases the number of participating countries to 16, up from 11 nations in the previous edition. This season will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa. The production now includes artists from South Africa, Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon. The last edition featured Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, DRC, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Cote d’ Ivoire, and Togo whilst South Africa had its own production.

“Coke Studio Africa showcases Africa’s incredible music by combining different artists and genres to inspire a new generation of African music fans. With the expanded show, we aim to bring the continent alive through a fusion of music and culture that celebrates our diversity,” said Monali Shah, the Senior Content Excellence Manager for Coca-Cola Southern and East African Business Unit and Coke Studio Africa Project Director.

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“Music is the heartbeat and the soul of many diverse communities throughout Africa. From Bongo, to Kwaito, to Lingala and other genres across Africa, Coke Studio Africa is helping introduce these different musical styles to new communities for the first time, while maintaining a long tradition of Coca-Cola’s use of music to build its brand,” she concludes.

Like the previous editions, Coke Studio aims to inspire and introduce Africa’s music talents to a wider audience through interaction, collaboration and cooperation amongst musical artists while also building a strong brand connection with Africa’s young and growing population.  Africa is full of great music talent in communities, cities and countries, and Coke Studio Africa can give these artists wider exposure, while enabling them to create inspirational new sounds

Some of the renowned names this season include Khaligraph Jones and Band Becca from Kenya, Rayvanny, Izzo Bizness, Nandy from Tanzania, Sami Dan from Ethiopia, Bebe Cool, Eddy Kenzo and Sheebah, Ykee Benda representing Uganda, Nasty C, Busiswa, Mashayabhuqe from South Africa, Youssoupha from Democratic Republic of Congo, Runtown and Yemi from Nigeria.

Adding to the list are Dji Tafinha from Angola, Laura Beg from Mauritius, Jah Prayzah and Slapdee from Central Africa Republic, Bisa Kdei and Worlasi from Ghana, Betty G from Ethiopia, Bruce Melodie, Shellsy Baronet and Mr. Bow from Mozambique, Denise from Madagascar and Ozane from Togo, Freeda from Namibia.

Key names in this year’s production are reputable producers such as Yuvir Pillay Nivedan a.k.a Sketchy Bongo from South Africa, Kiff No beat from Ivory Coast, Nahreel from Tanzania, amongst others.

“Music has always been the heartbeat and soul of Africa, but the internet, social media and creativity is taking artists from their communities and allowing them to reach an audience across the continent, supported through initiatives such as Coke Studio Africa,” says Sharon Keith, Marketing Director for Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa.

Coke Studio Africa 2017 is expected to air from August in South and Central Africa markets and from September onwards in East and West Africa.


About Coke Studio Africa

Coke Studio Africa is a non-competitive music collaboration show, which seeks to bring together, and celebrate the diversity of African music and talent. It also gives upcoming artistes the opportunity to work with some of the best local and international music and production talent. It brings together artistes from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through musical fusion.

To keep up with all Coke Studio Africa related information including artistes, collaborations, lyrics and television airing times follow the hashtag #cokestudioafrica or find us online at the following pages:

Facebook: Coca-Cola –  www.facebook.com/cocacola
Blog: www.cokestudioafrica.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/cokestudioAfrica
Hashtag: #CokeStudioAfrica

Basha Uhuru | 21 – 25 June 2017

Basha Uhuru is back for the 5th year, and will be happening from 21 – 25 June 2017! It will feature art exhibitions, film screenings, creative dialogues, a heritage cycling tour, and a music festival with two stages featuring the best of local performers!

Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival, in partnership with Nando’s, commemorates the youth of 1976 in their fight for freedom and equality, coming of age of our constitution which is in its 21st anniversary.

#MusicFindMonday | Wait For It by Dolla Black

Dolla Black has been catching more and more ears following the release of his latest single “Wait For It”. With the visual now available for all to see it appears that will only continue for the AVEVO produced cut. Filming the visual is Camden Da Bastard, who’s uniquely frantic style of direction meshes well with the track itself. Dolla Black shows a certain level of confidence in his skill both audibly and visually, making this one of his best pieces of art yet. If you’re counting on Dolla to fall off or slack anytime soon: wait for it. Watch now and look for more to come, like his upcoming joint project with Mississippi’s Savvy, on www.DollaBlackBDE.com.

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