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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

2015 MTV Video Music Awards - the nominations are in!

Credit: www.mileycyrus.com
So Miley is back. The tongue wagging twerking singer is hosting the 2015 MTV Music Awards, which is taking place on 30 August in Los Angeles (Microsoft Theatre). Besides that woo-pee moment, the real juice is in the nominations! Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé are leading the pack with the most nods for one of music's biggest nights. Taylor is first in line with nine nominations. Second is Ed Sheeran with six nominations and Bey with five nominations. The rest of the nominations are:

Beyoncé, "7/11"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"

Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
The Weeknd, "Earned It"
Nick Jonas, "Chains"

Beyoncé, "7/11"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"
Sia, "Elastic Heart"
Ellie Goulding, "Love Me Like You Do"

Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"
Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"
Big Sean ft. E-40, "IDFWU"

Beyoncé,  "7/11"
Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Maroon 5, "Sugar"

Hozier, "Take Me To Church"
Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"
Florence + the Machine, "Ship To Wreck"
Walk the Moon, "Shut Up and Dance"
Arctic Monkeys, "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"

Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
Vance Joy, "Riptide"
George Ezra, "Budapest"
James Bay, "Hold Back The River"
FKA Twigs, "Pendulum"

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars,  "Uptown Funk"
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, "See You Again"
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd, "Love Me Harder"
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang"

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

R&B superstars Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds live in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Legendary R&B superstars Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will be performing in South Africa and Zimbabwe between 28 August and 3 September 2015.

Known and loved around the world for their chart-topping radio classics, both iconic singer/songwriters shaped the sound of R&B throughout the 90s both as individual superstars and collaborators.

A hit making machine with enviable longevity, 11-time Grammy award winning Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has to his name no less than 130 Top 10 R&B and Pop hits, 43 number 1 R&B hits and 55 Top 10 Pop hits.  Edmonds is the recipient of numerous awards, including Soul Train Music Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image Awards and American Music Awards. He was also the recipient of the third BET Walk of Fame Award, and was named BET’s “Entertainer of the Year” at the First Annual BET Awards Ceremony. Just a few of the vocalists from which his music can be heard: Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, TLC, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, John Mellencamp, Anthony Hamilton, Brandy, Aretha Franklin, Fall Out Boy, Pink, Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michele, Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, and Colbie Caillait

Over the course of her storied career, Toni Braxton has earned a total of seven Grammy Awards and sold over 66 million records worldwide. Among other achievements, she’s received nine Billboard Music Awards and seven American Music Awards and been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. She appeared on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars and helped bring the hit reality show WE tv’sBraxton Family Values to life as both an executive producer and star. Expanding her pop culture imprint, she serves as an executive producer on Tamar & Vince. Transferring her dynamic presence to the stage, she has starred in Broadway productions of Beauty and the Beast, Aida, and After Midnight.  Most recently, her 2014 collaboration with Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce, debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 (her sixth Top Ten entry on the chart) and #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Braxton continues to engage, endear, and enchant audiences worldwide with everything she does.

Decades after ‘Give You My Heart’, the 1992 hit single on which they first sang together, the two paired up to share their experiences of love on the 2014 co-written Grammy winning duets album ‘Love, Marriage and Divorce’.  It struck a chord with South African fans who made it the highest selling album in the country in 2014. Toni Braxton and Babyface’s tour has long been in demand in Southern Africa.

Catch them live on:

Harare, Zimbabwe - Borrowdale Racecourse - 28 August 2015
Durban -  Moses Mabhida Stadium – 30 August 2015
Cape Town -  Grand Arena, Grandwest – 1 September 2015
Johannesburg – The Ticketpro Dome - 3 September 2015

Tickets start at R450 from www.ticketpro.co.za

All hail 'President' Karen Zoid who makes history on iTunes!

Since the second series of Republiek van Zoid Afrika kicked off on Thursday 2 July, “president” Karen Zoid has reached the weekly no 1 download on SA iTunes for the past three weeks with songs that were performed with her guests on the show. The first chart topper was Karen Zoid and Jack Parow`s live performance of “Cooler as Ekke”; week two saw her duet “Lose when you Lie” with Steve Hofmeyr take the no 1 spot and last week her “Hillbrow” collaboration with Bobby van Jaarsveld also reached no 1, making Karen Zoid the first South Africa artist to top the Top40 SA with iTunes chart on KFM and 947 for three weeks in a row with three different songs.

Top40 SA presenter, Rob Vember says: “The Top40 SA with iTunes gives listeners the opportunity to decide the chart position of their favourite songs by downloading them from iTunes both before and during the live show. The fans have spoken loud and clear with Karen Zoid remaining top of the chart for three weeks in a row with three different songs – a first for any artist on the chart! A huge congratulations to Karen on this achievement and a big thank you to everyone for supporting our home-grown talent!”

Karen Zoid says that she is grateful to be in a position where she can connect artists with an audience through her TV show. “I am blown away by the support from the public. As all my fellow artists know, we have to consistently work for years and only some of us are lucky enough to EVENTUALLY come up with a hit song on radio or on the song charts. So to have had 3 songs, over the past 3 weeks is just crazy! I love collaborating with fellow musicians and I enjoy making music with a different artist every week on Republiek Van Zoid Afrika. The music industry is changing globally and it is great to know that people in SA are willing to spend R9.99 on a track. As long as fans support the artists by buying their music, attending their shows and sharing their news, the music plays on.”

Republiek van Zoid Afrika, Karen`s talk show on kykNET airs on Thursdays at 20h30. Every week two South African icons or celebrities are featured as guests on the show. Karen`s engaging questions and great sense of humor has made the show an instant hit when first broadcast in 2014. The fact that she also knows most of her guests very well gives an intimate and spontaneous feel to the conversations. Towards the end of the show, each guest also receives an appointment as a particular minister in the Republic of Zoid Afrika. Last week`s show featured Marc Lottering and Bobby van Jaarsveld. Marc Lottering was appointed Minister of Laughter. Because Bobby van Jaarsveld sister Karlien van Jaarsveld is already Minister of Pop, Bobby received a special accolade and was crowned as ‘Meneer Republiek van Zoid Afrika.’ The show ends with a live performance and from there fans can immediately download these songs.

Republiek van Zoid Africa Season 2 consists of 13 episodes in total. Catch episode 4 on Thursday 23 July at 20h30. This week`s studio guests are Anneli van Rooyen, Jana Cilliers and Lika Berning.

Monday, 20 July 2015

2015 MTV Africa Music Awards

Stars of the African and international music industry came out in force tonight in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa for the fifth uplifting edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal. Saluting and championing African music, youth culture and achievement, MAMA 2015 brought the continent together for a massive celebration contemporary music and creativity, including electrifying performances, collaborations and awards presentations. The MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015, brought to you by KwaZulu-Natal Province in association with Absolut Vodka and in partnership with The City of Durban, returns to the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on Saturday 18 July 2015.

The big winners on the night included Nigerian stars Yemi Alade and Davido, who took home the Best Male and Best Female awards, respectively, while hip hop star Cassper Nyovest nabbed the Best Hip Hop award. “Koko master”, D’Banj, won the MAMA Evolution award, a new category honouring established artists who have made an indelible mark on African and global music culture, taken African music to new territories around the world, pushed the boundaries of creativity, and shaped the soundscape of contemporary Africa.

South African comedian and newly appointed Daily Show host Trevor Noah triumphed in Personality of the Year.  Patoranking won Best New Act Transformed by Absolut, given in recognition of new and emerging artists. Saran Kaba Jones and S’Bu Mavundla shared equal honours for the MTV Base Leadership award.

Stunning collaborations between artists of different genres saw NE-YO take to the stage with Seyi Shay, 2Face collaborating with Bucie, Sauti Sol pairing up with Yemi Alade and Patoranking swapping beats with K.O.  The show ended on a high with a jubilant medley mash-up by Artist of the Decade winners P-Square, featuring hit tracks “Personally”, “Chop My Money”, “Alingo” and “Shekini”. Other performers included DJ Fisherman, NaakmusiQ, DJ Tira, Anselmo Ralph, Danger from Big Nuz, Duncan, Burna Boy, Stonebwoy, Da LES, Diamond, Flavour, Toofan, D’Banj, Davido, Uhuru, Black Motion and Cassper Nyovest. Emmy award nominated actor, Anthony Anderson captivated the 5,000-strong MAMA audience with his lively humour, engaging charisma and unexpected outfit changes.

Commenting after the show, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, said: “Africa is a continent of the now and the future; tonight was testament to that. MAMA 2015 represented and reflected the abundant amount of creativity and passion this continent breeds.”
The MAMA 2015 coincided with the nationwide celebration of the late Nelson Mandela’s birthday, a fact that was touched on by artists in the show.

Walking the red carpet at the awards were nominees Bonang Matheba, HHP, Chameleone, Dreamteam, HHP, Riky Rick, Samini, OC Ukeje, Bebe Cool, Mpumi, Jovi, Uhuru and Vanessa Mdee. Other famous faces included comedian Trevor Gumbi, Nigerian OAP Toolz, MTV Shuga star and Mr Nigeria Emmanuel Ikbese, BET “Top Actor” winner Altovise Lawrence, Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie, Boity, Khuli Chana, Joselyn Dumas, Jessica Nkosi, actress Zikhona Sodlaka, and MTV Base VJs Sizwe, Nomuzi, Ehiz and Sandile.

2015 winners in full:

Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)
Best Group: P-Square (Nigeria)
Best New Act Transformed by Absolut: Patoranking (Nigeria)
Best Hip Hop:  Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Best Collaboration: AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria)
Song of the Year: Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria)
Best Live: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Video of the Year:  “Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw
Best Pop & Alternative: Jeremy Loops (South Africa)
Best Francophone: DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Best Lusophone: Ary (Angola)
Personality of the Year:  Trevor Noah (South Africa)
MAMA Evolution: D’Banj (Nigeria)
Best International: Nicki Minaj
Artist of the Decade: P-Square
MTV Base Leadership Award: Saran Kaba Jones & S’Bu Mavundla

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Ashlinn Gray Releases Battleships music video

In a little over four months, Ashlinn Gray has gone from “the girl next door” to local superstar. At age 18, the young starlet has blossomed into a dedicated, hard-working and talent singer songwriter, who is not afraid to take the risk if it means reaching her dreams. Her debut single Battleships charted on various stations across the country, the words “not sending out an SOS” hot on everyone’s lips. Today she releases the song’s accompanying music video, brought to life by Director Byron Taylor of 4Shores Media. He says, "I have been producing and directing an international television series for a few years, already filming Season 3 - yet I've always wanted to make a music video. I wanted to connect with a talented artist who, firstly, has inspirational lyrics in their songs and secondly looks great on camera. We came across Ashlinn's Battleships and I was sold!" Ashlinn, who had an absolute blast shooting the video, is overwhelmed by the support of fans thus far and inspires to continue writing music that people can relate too and enjoy at the same time. She says, “With my EP being built around light and dark, and Battleships being the biggest symbol of these two opposites, I wanted the music video to emphasis this theme. What really makes this video special is that I was able to incorporate some of my favourite things in life: friends and family, celebration, and last but not least, sparklers. “Having such a cohesive team behind the makings of the video has made the experience unforgettable and has produced a product I am proud of.”

New Festival River Republic Breederiver!

Remember this: 27 – 29 November 215, Round The Bend Camp, Breede River, Swellendam. The Kiffness; Grassy Spark; Jackal & The Wind; Kings Down South; Hugo.Hugh; Private Life; Stone Age Citizens; The Vanilla; The Liminals; Toby2Shoes and more to be announced soon! Where lilo meets river and electro meets rock, pop, swing and folk; where a grassy dance floor meets a bar, and a floating stage reveals a glimmer... of a hidden paradise. Calling all facial-hair-bearing hipsters, jaunty jocks, burlesque beauties, fancy freelancers, busy business people, or anyone else who loves some fun: It’s time to run away to the river for one weekend of beats, mayhem, mischief and magic. Escape to the River Republic. A place where time slows and feet are moved by the rhythm of the river and the movements of the sun. Where people laugh and scream and dance and dream, and there’s no hate or sadness or horror or badness, just joy and electro, and light and delight. Catch your most loved local musicians, both DJs and bands, and play chess on a dance floor quite chequered and grand. Meet new people and make friends for life, and for a while forget your city strife. Let the music keep playing with a shake and a shiver, and you’ll be ever so grateful you came to the river. River Republic is brought to you by Red Hot Events, the same team that bring you UP THE CREEK every year. Annie Sowden, owner of Red Hot Events explains “we have taken our experience to create something new not only for punters but also for our team.  Our philosophy is to have fun and to constantly reinvent ourselves. After all, variety is the spice of life. Round the Bend, a space with rolling green lawns along the river banks, is arguably one of the most fun places on the planet to organise a party. With only 1500 spaces available, we cannot think of anything nicer than 3 days of cool music vibes with our fellow republicans!” Tickets: R850 for general camping. Pre- pitched tents, chalets and self- catering units also available. Visit the website www.riverrepublic.co.za for more information and to book your package.

FRANCOIS VAN COKE Releases the second music video from his solo album – Behoort aan niemand nie

During FRANCOIS VAN COKE’s successful mini tour to Europe in June, he found the time to shoot his next solo music video with his long-time friend, Johan J. Nel in Amsterdam.  Johan produced several of Fokofpolisiekar’s music videos. The video is a retrospective look at Francois’ carreer over the last twelve years and what led him to become who he is today.  Behoort aan niemand nie (Belong to no one) is also his declaration of independence. Following the runaway success of his first music video, Toe Vind Ek Jou with Karen Zoid, Francois is proud to present the second music video from his debut self-titled solo album: Behoort aan niemand nie. This opening track of the album kicks off with spooky vocals and distorted bass guitar.  The verse moves in rhythm to rock ‘n roll of the 80’s.  The chorus ‘Staan terug vir niemand nie, behoort aan niemand nie’ (‘Stand back for no one, belong to no one’) is a mission statement for the future exposed with straightforward acoustic guitar and piano.  Jedd Kossew plays a fantastic melodic solo, underscored with industrial and electronic sounds close to the end.
NB! Francois’ APP for iPhone and Android is available for free from your phone’s AppStore.

Proverb brings The Read Tape to his Cape Town fam

Following the incredible success of his latest album launch, South Africa’s highly-favoured son of Hip Hop, ProVerb, is bringing The Read Tape to his Cape Town fam. On Saturday, 1 August 2015, ProVerb will be launching The Read Tape at The Imperial Bar and Café in Cape Town - in an exclusive and live performance of his latest work in the Mother City. Supporting DJs include Slabofmususe, DJ White Nite, Dreezy, Desert Head and DJ Lyle in this Boogie Boutique production. ProVerb recently celebrated ten years in the music industry, and simultaneously launched The Read Tape to great acclaim. The Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg was packed to the brim on 4 March 2015 – a significant date in the ProVerb music calendar as it’s the exact date he launched his first studio album, The Book of Proverb in 2005. Cape Town is the next stop where he will promote his latest album, and his Cape Town fans will enjoy solo performances of old school ProVerb classics as well as new releases from The Read Tape. “I’m excited to finally showcase my latest offering to my Cape Town fam and to show the Mother City some love. Cape Town is the next stop on the countrywide Books'Tour (Book Store) and I'm literally painting the town Read (Red)," says ProVerb. Although the title of his latest album springs from the idiom “red tape”, referring to restriction, limitation or rigid conformity; The Read Tape is anything but rigid. This wordsmith and author breaks all boundaries and defies the limitations with this album. A tape is also synonymous with old school, which is exactly where he’s taken the music in his latest edition. “Cape Town fam can look forward to punchlines, metaphors, similes, lyrical wizardry, poetry, thought provoking content, flows, interesting and refreshing production that will satisfy both purists and the new school. I love performing in Cape Town, the hip hop culture is rich and the mother city loves to rock,” says Proverb. Sponsors to the event include well-known sports shoes and apparel brand, ASICS, which has been developing sporting apparel for more than 60 years; and Soundselect The Shop in Cape Town, South Africa's leading online audio equipment, DJ gear, lighting, studio and musical instrument store. Catch ProVerb live at The Imperial Bar and Café on the corner of Shortmarket and Long Street, Cape Town on Saturday, 1 August 2015. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are available for R100 from www.webtickets.co.za.

Years & Years - Communion

With their luminous brand of electro-pop, London-based trio Years & Years layer sweetly smooth vocals over bright and heady beats to create what they call “music you can dance and cry to.” As winners of the BBC Sound of 2015 Poll (an honour previously granted to such critically praised hit makers as Sam Smith, Adele, and Ellie Goulding), bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, keyboard player Emre Turkmen, and vocalist Olly Alexander have spent the last few years charming audiences worldwide by merging R&B, deep house, and classic-pop with both elegance and abandon. Years & Years are now poised to take that early promise and breakthrough with the release of their highly anticipated full-length debut album, Communion. Released on Polydor Records this July, Communion features recent #1 single ‘King’ — a gorgeously synth-washed track that reveals the raw yet lovely emotional power of the band’s gracefully crafted sound. To achieve that sound, Years & Years recorded and self-produced Communion in London with the help of collaborators like Mark Ralph (the producer/engineer behind Hot Chip and Hot Natured), matching an inventiveness inspired by such artists as Flying Lotus and Radiohead with a daringly confessional lyrical sensibility. The album was mixed on three different desks, each with their own distinct history – Conny Planks’, Tony Visconti’s and with final touches all mixed on the desk Dr. Dre recorded ‘2001’ on.

James Taylor - Before This World

“I really just feel as if I want to make music now,” James Taylor says as he completes work on his new album, Before This World. “I think it’s probably what I’m meant to do.” That’s quite an understatement from one of the defining musical figures of our time, yet there’s little doubt Taylor means it. The past ten years have been full of notable achievements for James Taylor -- including his acclaimed One Man Band tour and concert performance film, his wildly successful Troubadour Reunion tour and live album with Carole King, two collections of cover songs, a heart-warming Christmas album and 2014’s sold out tour across the US, Europe and the UK. That’s why it’s startling to realize that it’s been over a decade -- thirteen years to be precise -- since one of our greatest singer-songwriters, a five-time GRAMMY® Award winner, and inductee into the Songwriter and the Rock & Roll Halls of Fame, has released a studio album of new songs. Now, with the July 2015 release of Before This World, the wait is finally over.

HOG HOGGIDY HOG Celebrates 20 Years of #PorkRock

Hog Hoggidy Hog and special rock friends commemorate the late George Bacon. The spirit of their 20 year pork rock legacy lives on at the Hog’s Birthday Bash next month. On the 15th of August, exactly twenty years ago to the day, Hog Hoggidy Hog played their first gig at the Purple Turtle in Cape Town. On the 15th of August 2015, come and celebrate the 20th birthday of Hog Hoggidy Hog, who will be partying with some special friends they have met along the way. Featuring 7th Son, Half Price, The Rudimentals and Hog Hoggidy Hog, let's blow out some candles and celebrate #PorkRock. Hog Hoggidy Hog, one of the iconoclastic legends of the South African music scene will be turning 20 years old on the 15th of August. They have invited some of their closest friends in a celebration of 20 years of #PorkRock. This event will feature some of South Africa's finest in the scene and will serve to kick-start some exciting projects on the horizon for 2015. All the participating musicians will be donating their time and skill towards raising money in a preview of what is to come. More information to be released over the coming months, but for now, come and celebrate 20 years of #PorkRock.

Birthday bash:

Date: Saturday, 15 August 2015

Line up: 7th Son, Half Price, The Rudimentals and Hog Hoggidy Hog with Friends.

Venue: The Assembly

Address: 61 Harrington Street, District Six, Cape Town, 8001

Tickets: Going on sale soon on Webtickets (R100)

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Will Madonna tour South Africa this time?

Madonna is about to embark on her new world tour. Her Rebel Heart Tour kicks of in Canada on 9 September before moving to North America and then Europe. The one thing that got me excited is that Madge had added Australian dates as well. If she goes ahead with those dates, she maybe tour South Africa, and that is a huge MAYBE. Although she has adopted many children from Africa, she has never ever performed here. I don't know if our money is not good enough or she just don't care about her devoted legion of South African fans.

George Ezra tour South Africa with hottest local acts

Budapest singer George Ezra's South African tour is spiced up with a host of South African acts. Beatenburg, Freshleyground, Hot Water and more will star ad opening acts for the singer's tour. See him on 28 August in Durban at tue Shongweni Polo club, 29 August at Durbanville Racecourse, and 30 August on the Festival Lawns at Carnival City.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Trey Songz touring South Africa in August

Ladies, get ready to be swoon. RnB sensation Trey Songz is on his way to South Africa. He is set to perform in Durban on 8 August at People's Park and in Johannesburg on 9 August at Ticketpro Dome. 'Trigga' fans can expect to be serenaded with hits like Say Ahh, Bottoms Up, Can't Help But Wait and Foreign. Tickets are priced between R595 and R1 195. Visit www.ticketpro.co.za

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Eros Ramazzotti - Perfetto

Explaining his choice of title, Eros Ramazzotti says: “When you finish working on a project, or anything else, you look at it, give it a final touch and then say Perfetto! So there, I decided to call my album like that, with an expression that is understood and used all over the world”. “Perfetto” includes 14 new songs recorded in Los Angeles, Milan and Rome and produced by Eros Ramazzotti and long-time partner Claudio Guidetti , with collaborations of high standard musicians such as drummer Vinnie Colaiuta ( Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Leonard Cohen,…) and guitar player Michael Landau (Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Miles Davis,…) who have also worked with Eros on many other occasions. This record marks a great return for Eros to a truly musical experience, with a lot of accomplished musicians playing on his new songs and far less electronic sounds than most records of nowadays. “Perfetto” follows the worldwide success of “Noi”, certified 4xPlatinum in Italy, Platinum in Spain and Switzerland, Gold in Germany, France, Russia, Belgium , Austria, Romania , Hungary, Czech Republic and Venezuela.