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AKA’s LEVELS album goes Platinum

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The #3RDWRLDBOSS, AKA’s second studio album, LEVELS, has officially been certified Platinum. AKA’s LEVELS album has gained him a strong following across the African continent, opened up doors for him in the U.S and the U.K and has entrenched him as the Most Important Player in the South African music scene.

The LEVELS’ album Platinum status is testament of the hunger of AKA’s fans to want to own AKA’s catalogue of music which are classic hits that fans believe they will continue to treasure in many years to come.

In 2015, AKA dominated the South Africa radio airways as the most played South African artist with only two new single releases that came towards the end of the year. AKA received and continues to receive award nominations and recognition across the globe for singles released from his album LEVELS. Going on two years without a new album, it is unheard of in South Africa for an artist to be able to keep up momentum let alone dominate the music scene and this is verification of the talent, relevance and brand power of AKA.

We need to celebrate with AKA and congratulate him on yet another milestone. Here are just a few highlights of AKA’s career over the past few months which show why he is South Africa’s Most Valuable Player in the music industry:

  • AKA is the first South African musician to gain 1 Million Twitter Followers
  • AKA is the first person in African to receive the Exclusive Twitter Camera App
  • AKA’s first performance of new single, One Time, trended worldwide and was the most watched episode of Live Amp – ever
  • AKA’s release of new single, Dreamwork ft Yanga, crashed the internet, trended for over 24 hours and had internationally acclaimed artist, Snoop Dogg, rap to it
  • AKA won 2 Metro FM Awards (MMA15) this year (with no new album)
  • AKA received 4 South African Music Award nominations (SAMA22), of which 2 fall in the category Record of The Year (with no new album)
  • AKA is the only African based artist to feature in the BBC Radio 1Xtra’s “HOT FOR 2016” artists list, which previously predicted successes such as Drake and Sam Smith
  • AKA received 5 Best African Act nominations in 2015 showing his brand appeal as an artist dominating the African continent and not just in South Africa
  • AKA received a BET Award nomination in the category Best International Act (Africa)
  • AKA was the first South African artist on Tim Westwood’s UK show and paved the path for other South Africans to be featured
  • AKA headlined numerous events in 2015 across the African continent in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Mozambique just to mention a few; in the UK, in Canada and LA

AKA recently hosted the first of a series of planned SupaMega shows, which saw him shut down Zone 6 venue in Soweto to a capacity the venue has never seen before. Many media platforms have reported that AKA has set a benchmark with his live performance set and that SA should look forward to attending one of SupaMega shows in a city near them.

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Journey of slavery told on The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes is a six part mini- series which explores the journey of an eleven year old girl, Aminata Diallo who was abducted from her village in West Africa and taken into slavery at an indigo plantation in South Carolina, America. The series airs from Monday, 02 May at 8:30PM on e.tv.

The Book of Negroes is a fictional story that is packed with serial drama, intensity as well as brilliant local and international cast. The heartbeat of the series is in Aminata’ s tireless and fearless quest to be free. The Book of Negroes, is a historical document which recorded the names of all slaves in order for them to qualify for their freedom. The series focuses on key issues that affected black people in the early centuries such as freedom, slave trading and literacy.

Aminata is faced with many challenges in the strange country and eventually finds solace in a woman called Georgia who looks after her until she turns eighteen. Aminata’ s journey brings her bitter sweet memories. She is determined to return home to West Africa and dreams of being a free woman. As the only Negro that can read and write, Aminata is set on a journey to make sure that her name is in the book of Negroes.

The series features some of South Africa’s remarkable actors such as Thishiwe Ziqubu, Atandwa Kani, Jerry Mofokeng, Nondumiso Tembe, Andile Gumbi, Aubrey Poo and Fana Mokoena.

“We are delighted to bring an award winning international mini-series that will take viewers on an exhilarating journey with the main character,” says Marlon Davids, Acting MD: e.tv Channels Division

Catch The Book of Negroes from Monday, 02 May at 8:30PM on e.tv. Viewers can also catch the series on eHD on both OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv decoders (Channel 194).

Episode 1
Chekura looks after young Aminata, they grow close and are put on the same slave ship.

Episode 2
After several seasons of deflecting Appleby’s advances, Aminata marries Chekura and has his child.

Episode 3
Chekura arrives in New York, only to leave again after the British Forces offer freedom to any man who fights the Americans.

Episode 4
Aminata is offered a job by Cpt. John Clarkson of the British Navy to help recruit Black Loyalists.

Episode 5
Chekura decides to join his wife in her desire to return home. Captain Clarkson offers an escape for the black community to a new settlement in Sierra Leone.

Episode 6
Arriving in Africa, Aminata endeavors to find her way back home to the village of Bayo.

About OpenView HD
OpenView HD is the only free digital satellite platform in South Africa, powered by e.tv, which brings you a wonderful new world of entertainment – 19 new TV channels in digital quality. The decoder is available from all leading retailers from as little as R399 (excludes dish/installation).

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Rhythm City has found Nomalanga

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TX: Weekdays at 7PM on e.tv and eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194)

After viewing almost 5000 online entries for the role of Nomalanga, Rhythm City invited 12 hopefuls for call-backs at their studios in Johannesburg. At a special breakfast on Tuesday, 26 April they announced that Nomalanga Shozi will be the newest cast member to join the award winning soapie.

Nomalanga is a 22-year-old Radio DJ, PR graduate and aspiring actress from Durban. She grew up in Port Shepstone, admiring the actors on Rhythm City, and always hoped that she will get the opportunity to be on TV one day. Nomalanga will play the role of Nomalanga, Zolani’s fiancé and the daughter of a mining magnate and struggle veteran. She starts filming early May, and her first broadcast will be on Wednesday, 13 July.

“I have always had a dream to be an actress, and now I’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime, to appear on Rhythm City with some of my personal heroes. I watch Rhythm City every day, and can’t wait to start this phase of my life.” enthused Nomalanga Shozi

“Rhythm City would like to congratulate Nomalnga on winning the Auditions. We look forward to having her on our set and being part of our talented cast. Thank you to everyone who entered and to South Africa at large for your continuous support. Please keep tuned into Rhythm City for more riveting television.” Says Nolwazi Shange – Casting director at Rhythm City.

TX: Weekdays at 7PM on e.tv and eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194)

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Toya Delazy’s Klutch Kollective releases music video to debut single titled Back To The Roots

Klutch Kollective

Recently signed to Delazy Entertainment, Klutch Kollective, has just released the music video to their debut single titled Back To The Roots.

Watch Back To The Roots music video here:

With the Back To The Roots music video you can witness the origin story of the all-female RAP crew known as Klutch Kollective featuring Genius, Fiah, DK and Toya Delazy. Back to the Roots is a kaleidoscopic manifesto from the front lines of the new South Africa fusing bombshell lyrics with rhythmic, soulful urgency soaked in neon colours. Each member of the crew plays a very important role, adding different flavours with the rhythmic elements to the music.

Directed by Youri Licht from Mann Made Media and shot at Villa Simone in Johannesburg, Back To The Roots is not your typical music video. It takes on a cinematic style with a combination of performance and storytelling, bringing the Klutch Kollective personalities front and center.

“The end of the video is the beginning as our heroes suits up and walk onto stage: The start of a new movement in music, the birth of something unmistakably authentic. A band is born, and their name is Klutch Kollective” expresses Toya Delazy.

With Back to the Roots, Klutch Kollective is reclaiming rap and restoring it to its rightful place with its take no prisoners attitude personified by its chorus call: “Back to the roots, back to the real hip hop.”

And who is The real hip hop?

The real hip hop is Genius: Big dreamer and dangerous to boot: lyrics like laser-guided missiles, on an upward trajectory, out of the basement and into the limelight.

 

Fiah: The card shark croupier, dealing truths faster than winning hands. Like the house, Fiah wins, not only in blackjack but also in the game of life.

 

DK: Owns the booth, as she tears down the facades; the drinking, the partying, along with empty notions of celebrity and materialism. Like the cameras on the wall behind her, DK’s words ring out loud and true, flashing like lightbulbs in the dark, illuminating necessary truths.

 

And finally Toya: The established star who ties them all together and launches the group into the stratosphere by providing them with the platform to do what they were born to do: to Rap.

Where will their trajectory take them? To be continued…

Listen to Klutch Kollective’s Back To The Roots here: https://soundcloud.com/klutch-kollective/back-to-the-roots-ft-dk-genius

 

Connect with Klutch Kollective:

Facebook: Klutch Kollective (https://www.facebook.com/KlutchK)
Twitter: @KlutchKollectiv
Instagram: @KlutchKollective
YouTube: https://youtu.be/QuxCaqu9JNI

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SA’s Got Talent announces new host

Toll A$$ Mo

Mo, aka Toll A$$ Mo, is the new host of SA’s Got Talent.

The seventh season of SA’s Got Talent welcomes its new host, Mongezi ‘Mo’ Mahlangu. Mo is known for his eccentric comedy and lovable persona. He will bring an exciting element to the country’s most watched talent search show.

Mo is ecstatic for his new venture on SA’s Got Talent. ‘It’s a dream come true. SA’s Got Talent is an internationally renowned show and it’s only an honour to carry the show with loads of humour, fun and energy. I am extremely excited to be working with the SA’s Got Talent judges and most importantly, all the amazing talent that we will see. It will be so interesting as our country is full of new age acts that can do nearly anything. I’m really looking forward to it.’ says Mo on his new role of being the host of SA’s Got Talent.

‘Mo is no stranger to television audiences in South Africa and we are excited to see what he will bring to the new season of SA’s Got Talent. He is the perfect host to keep the contestant’s nerves calm before they hit the stage to impress the judges as well as providing viewers with an entertaining presentation of the show.’ says Marlon Davids, acting MD: e.tv Channels Division.

Contestants with any act at any age still have the opportunity to register for pre-auditions before they kick off this weekend in Cape Town. Contestants that live outside the Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces can enter via an online video submission. Online pre-auditions can be submitted at https://rapidblue.formstack.com/forms/sagt before the 31st of May 2016.

Pre-audition details:

Cape Town:
Venue: e.tv Offices, 4 Stirling Street (cnr. De Villiers Road and Stirling Street) Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Dates: Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May
Times: Gates open 7am – 1pm

Johannesburg:
Venue: e.tv Offices, Albury Road, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg
Dates: Saturday 7 May & Sunday 8 May
Times: Gates open 7am – 1pm

Durban:
Venue: Olive Convention Centre, 81 Somtseu Road, Durban
Dates: Saturday 14 May
Times: Gates open 7am – 1pm

Pre-registration gives you the advantage of skipping the queue and being one of the first to be seen at the pre-auditions. Contestants can pre-register at https://rapidblue.formstack.com/forms/sagt.

About Mo
Mo, also known as Toll A$$ Mo, has become a household name, and one of South Africa’s favourite comedians. He has performed in various parts of the country and overseas including several festivals in Europe. Mo’s other achievements include being nominated in the Comic’s Choice Awards in 2011 as well as presenting the SAFTA Awards. Mo has also been the host of shows such as Ekse Zwakala and Kasi-licious on e.tv and eKasi+ on OpenView HD.

SA’s Got Talent will premiere on Sunday 4 September 2016 at 6:05PM on e.tv and eHD on Openview HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194).

Follow SA’s Got Talent on the following platforms:
Official website: https://www.etv.co.za/sagt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/etvSAGT
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SAsGotTalent

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16 Bars Reloaded’s Music Unscripted returns for a third edition on 30 April 2016

16 bars reloaded

After a highly successful first and second edition in 2015, 16 Bars Reloaded’s Music Unscripted returns for a third edition on Saturday, 30 April 2016, at 10am at the Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Tickets are R50 and can be purchased via bookings on [email protected]

The third edition includes a line-up of industry experts in their various fields who have been brought on to inspire and impart knowledge to those currently in the music industry or those wanting to get into the music industry in one form or another. The industry experts will also host a Q&A session after their talk where attendees will be able to engage with them and ask any questions they wished to be answers.

The line-up includes:

  • Refiloe Ramogase (@refiloer) – South African Music Awards (SAMA) Chair Person
  • Slikour Metane (@slikouron) – Music Entrepreneur and artist
  • DJ C-Live (@c_live) – DJ and Club 808 Content Producer
  • Monde Dube (@liljackhustler) – Music video producer
  • Julian Kubel (@ButanWear) – Clothing Entrepreneur (Designer and owner of local street-wear brand Butan Wear)
  • Sheila Afari (@sheilaafari) – PR Entrepreneur (MD and owner of Sheila Afari PR)

Music Unscripted is an initiative by the hip hop movement #16BarsRELOADED, created for educational purposes and information exchange between notable industry persons and thriving artists. The sole purpose of this event is to bridge the gap between the knowing and unknowing in the Hip Hop industry. Most importantly, the aim of the conference is to impart tangible business knowledge and information to artists and interested persons alike.

Tickets are limited. Purchase now to avoid disappointment.

Connect with 16 Bars Reloaded:

Twitter: @16BarsReleoaded

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ONE SPHEctacula Night brought to you by SPHEctacula and DJ Naves, the Kings of The Weekend

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One SPHEctacula Night presented by Kings of The Weekend (SPHEctacula and DJ Naves), returns to the Jozi social calendar with the ultra-premium Vodka brand, Grey Goose on board.

Hosted by DJ Naves and boasting performances by the likes of Boom Shaka, DJ Kent, Vetkuk vs Mahoota, DJ Zinhle, Lulo Café, Naked DJ, Dimplez, Speedsta, Hudson, 2kza, NAG and more.

Event & Ticket Information

Event: ONE SPHEctacula Night
Date: Saturday, 30 April 2016
Time: 9pm
Location: Taboo, 24 Central, Cnr Fredman Drive and Gwen Lane, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg,
Damage: R150 at the door

This iconic event is back and still rooted in its philosophy which is to provide an elevated experience for its target market that is now older, more affluent and is looking for something more bespoke.

With ONE SPHEctacula Night taking place this month, the same month as SPHEctacula’s actual birthday, this night will be a music lover’s treat as the Kings of The Weekend have brought some of the finest friends in the music industry along to make this one exquisite evening.

Prepare to be enthralled by a rare live performance by the legendary kwaito outfit with a priceless catalogue, Boom Shaka, on this night. Something that the Kings of The Weekend have been working tirelessly to make magical for you.

With the man of the hour specializing in the art of being a DJ, SPHEctacula has called on some of the heavyweights in the industry to keep guests on their feet from 9pm when doors open till sunrise. Also expect a magical set from the dynamic duo, DJs SPHEctacula and Naves. The Kings of The Weekend have whispered that some of the artists that have featured in songs from their ‘Kings Of The Weekend’ album might make appearances on stage.

The up-market Taboo is a venue conveniently located in the most glamorous square mile in Africa, and boasts a unique and heady mix of glamour & luxury. As a venue for the ONE SPHEctacula Night, Taboo, offers a discerning clientele an extravagant escape from the norm and a glittering stage upon which to shine!

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TRESOR one of the biggest #SAMA22 nominees with 4 nominations

TRESOR Riziki:

Multi-platinum award-winning songwriter and soul singer, TRESOR, received 4 South African Music Award (SAMA) nominations yesterday making him one of the biggest #SAMA22 nominees.

TRESOR’s debut album offering, VII, has garnered him 4 #SAMA22 nominations in the below coveted categories:

  • Album of The Year
  • Best Pop Album
  • Best Remix
  • Best Newcomer

“I’m extremely excited and humbled by my 4 nominations. I never dreamt I would get this many nominations in such prominent categories for my first album” shares TRESOR.

TRESOR has been nominated in categories alongside the likes of Black Coffee and his achievements over the past year are definitely testament to the well-deserved 4 nominations.

Here are some highlights TRESOR has achieved with his album, VII, thus far:

  • #1 on Italy Dance Chart for single Mount Everest
  • Mount Everest charted at #1 on Heart FM, Top 10 on 5FM, Top 20 on GoodHope FM, Italy iTunes and Italy Shazam
  • Single Never Let Me Go charted at Top 5 on Heart FM, Top 20 on AirPlay Top 100 Chart and East Coast Radio, Top 30 on Algoa FM and Kovsie FM
  • Nominated for Metro FM Music Awards in the categories: Best Remix for “Never Let Me Go (Mobi Dixon Remix)” and Best Styled Artist
  • Top 100 most played local artists on radio in 2015
  • Held THREE singles in the Airplay Top 100 Chart at the same time.
  • VII debuted at #2 on SA iTunes Pop Chart

The above highlights speak volumes about TRESOR’s talent. As a multi-platinum award-winning songwriter, TRESOR has won awards for writing songs for the likes of Zahara. Now TRESOR has stepped up with his VII offering to show South Africa and the rest of the world that he is just as good a singer as he is a writer.

“It’s not often that we see an artist get an Album of The Year nomination on their first album. We at Vth Season are very proud of TRESOR and the success he has had with VII. It’s always great to partner with an artist whose work ethic matches their talent. You can only expect greater things from TRESOR in the near future” expresses Benza, Managing Director and co-founder of Vth Season.

TRESOR’s success in 2015 garnered him international exposure which landed him a worldwide deal with international record label, Ultra Records. The deal includes the release and distribution of his music to North & South America, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Australia as well as the Benelux region.

Connect with TRESOR on social media to follow his #SAMA22 journey and for news on his international release.

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AKA releases new single, Dreamwork, featuring Yanga

Dreamwork, featuring Yanga

The #3RDWRLDBOSS, AKA, has just released a new single called Dreamwork featuring Yanga. Dreamwork is the first official single release by AKA since the release of his single Baddest (and BaddestRemix) in 2015 which was the most played song on radio in South Africa and won numerous awards, such as 2 Metro FM Music Awards, and is still receiving award nominations today. AKA has proven himself yet again as the most consistent music artist in South Africa. He was just nominated for Best Remix (Baddest Remix) and Best Collaboration (All Eyes On Me) at the SAMA 22 nominee event yesterday, April 21st.

Purchase Dreamwork on iTunes here: https://itun.es/za/efv3bb?i=1105023338

Dreamwork is also available on the platforms below:

http://smarturl.it/AKADreamworkDeezer
http://smarturl.it/AKADreamworkSimfy
http://smarturl.it/AKADreamworkGoogle
http://smarturl.it/AKADreamworkMiTracks

#Dreamwork has been trending on Twitter since 3am after AKA posted a link in the early hours of this morning.

A dedicated website – http://www.iiirdwrld.com/ – was activated as part of the synchronized launch of the single this morning which features exclusive unique animated video visuals for Dreamwork. Traffic to the website has already reached high volumes, only a few hours later.

In the song, AKA talks about how “teamwork” makes the “DREAM” work. Dreamwork is produced by noteworthy producer, KJ Conteh of California, who has produced music for the likes of 50cent, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, T.I. and Drake just to name a few.

The artwork for Dreamwork is very unique as it plays on the popular 90s video game, Contra. Is AKA alluding to the element of getting to the next level quicker when you are in a team?

All eyes have been on AKA this year, especially over the past 2 weeks. He recently announced the AKA Scholarship, powered by SAE and Bridges for Music. The four AKA scholarships are for the July 2016 intake and covers the full year tuition for SAE’s full-time Higher Certificate in Sound Production at the state-of-the-art campus, in the heart of Cape Town at the renowned Woodstock Exchange. The scholarship is targeted at young South Africans who, like AKA, are committed and determined to achieve success in creative industries.

This week saw AKA become the first person in Africa to receive the Exclusive Twitter Camera App and the first musician in South Africa to reach 1 Million followers on Twitter.

2016 has already been a groundbreaking year for AKA, and it is this success which AKA will celebrate with his fans at his upcoming SUPAMEGA SHOW on Sunday, 1 May 2016, at Authentic Sunday, ZONE 6 Venue, Soweto. AKA’s performance will feature a live band, a state-of-the-art technical production and electrifying fanfare. The SUPAMEGA SHOW line-up includes SA’s hip-hop heavyweights such as Da LES, Yanga, MaE, Kwesta, Maggz and rising hip-hop sensation, Big Star.

Purchase your tickets now to be a part of AKA’s first SUPAMEGA SHOW. Tickets are available from Computicket. Prices start from R150.

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Lip Sync Battle Africa is free on e.tv

Lip Sync Battle Africa

TX: Saturdays at 6:05PM from 23 April

The highly anticipated Lip Sync Battle Africa will make its free-to-air premiere next Saturday, 23 April, at 6:05PM on e.tv. The internationally acclaimed show, which features celebrities battling each other in a lip sync duel of popular songs, now has an African flavour for local audiences to enjoy.

The first episode features Club 808 host Boity Thulo taking on hip-hop star Cassper Nyovest. The second episode, which airs on 30 April, will be a battle of the radio DJ’s with Thando Thabethe against Lerato Kganyago. Upcoming episodes of the show will feature all types of African celebrities. Comedians, musicians, models and actors will battle each other every week to win the prestigious Lip Sync Battle Africa title belt. The show is hosted by the beautiful Pearl Thusi accompanied by her colourful commentator D’Banj.

‘We are extremely excited to have partnered with MTV for Lip Sync Battle Africa. The show’s format has proven to be a success around the world and we are certain that audiences of every age will enjoy the localised version featuring the biggest names in Africa. Let the battle commence!’ says Marlon Davids, acting MD: e.tv Channels Division.

Lip Sync Battle Africa will premiere at 6:05PM on Saturday 23 April on e.tv. The show is available in HD on eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194). Lip Sync Battle Africa can also be seen on MTV and MTV Base.

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