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One of the biggest events on the South African calendar and certainly the premier event on the entertainment scene, the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) is taking entries for the milestone 20th edition in 2014.

The SAMAs will take place at the mecca of entertainment, Sun City, on 27-28 April 2014. The awards ceremonies celebrate excellence in the South African music industry and are the culmination of months of hard work for the artists involved.

2013 witnessed a new breed of musical superstars dominate the SAMAs; 2014 is expected to be a watershed year for the awards as they celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Says SAMA Spokesperson David du Plessis: “Following a highly successful event this year, we have kept the format and the categories for the iconic 20th edition of the Annual SAMAs largely the same. Winning a SAMA is still the highest accolade a musician or producer can win in South African music. We look forward to receiving top quality entries for next year’s milestone ceremony”.

The entries close at 18h00 on 30 November 2013. Those wishing to submit an entry and need details for the entry system, can contact the SAMA office on 011 886 1342.

The rules document is also available on

The full list of categories for the 20th Annual SAMAs are:

• Album of the Year
• Duo or Group of the Year
• Female Artist of the Year
• Male Artist of the Year
• Newcomer of the Year

• Best Rock Album
• Best Pop Album
• Beste Pop Album
• Best Adult Contemporary Album
• Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
• Best African Adult Album
• Best Alternative Album
• Best R&B / Soul / Reggae Album
• Best Rap Album
• Best Kwaito Album
• Best Dance Album
• Best Traditional Faith Music Album
• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
• Best Traditional Album
• Best Maskandi Album
• Best Jazz Album
• Best Classic & Instrumental Album
• Best Live DVD

• Lifetime Achievement Award
• International Achievement Awards

• Best Selling Award
• Best Selling Album
• Best Selling DVD
• Best Selling Mobile Music Download
• Best Selling True-Tone
• Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone
• Best Selling Full-Track Download
• Best Collaboration

• Best Music Video of the Year
• Best Producer of the Year
• Best Engineer of the Year
• Remix of the Year

• Record of the Year


• Highest Airplay of the Year

For the 20th Annual SAMAs the Best Kiddies Album category falls away and will be replaced by the Beste Pop Album for artists who perform popular commercial music in Afrikaans.


The People’s Poet Speaks to Everyone on Patriotic Love @MzwakheMbuli

Mzwakhe Mbuli has been called by several monikers over his illustrious career and lifetime – artist, freedom-fighter and perhaps, the most endearing: People’s Poet. It is with his latest offering, Patriotic Love that he solidly re-embraces this title and delivers a product that speaks of inclusivity, joy and the power of God.

Mbuli has been the voice of the people for decades, and he has left a legacy that has firmly etched his name in the history books of our country. During those years Mbuli was a sounding-board, fighting for freedom and a political activist. But on Patriotic Love, his latest release, Mbuli embraces and includes everyone in our country with a message of hope and positivity. The album is warm, inspiring and entirely a-political. “There are things in the past that needed to be addressed,” Mbuli explains. “But, the past is behind us – so now we need to look towards the future. The message of Patriotic Love is not political – it is an inspiring, hopeful album that anyone can listen to and enjoy.”

Patriotic Love is a sweeping collection of music that inspires and uplifts – a great deal of the content is specifically inspired by and aimed to inspire athletes. Mbuli was moved to write the title track for Bafana Bafana during the World Cup – addressing the team, telling them to win for Madiba, for their countrymen and for South Africa. Even though the team didn’t win, the powerful message of this track remains relevant and inspirational. The track motivates people to keep running when they are tired – a clear parallel than can be applied in day-to-day life.

Similarly, the heart-wrenchingly beautiful track, Caster Semenya speaks about the young athlete’s journey, and the public humiliation she suffered at the hands of the gossip-hungry public and the insensitive way the media handled her. Still, this harrowing experience did not cause her to falter – she remained strong, survived and carried on. Rebecca Malope features on this moving track that even left the musicians who worked on the album in tears after the first recording.

Mbuli has always included a Gospel-track on his albums in the past, reflecting his divine love for God. On Patriotic Love, he deepens this deep expression of love for God on standout tracks like God The Best and Thank You God – wherein he exalts God and praises Him – the maker of his life and his talent.
“This album is a healing balm for the soul, rejuvenating the listener. Someone who might feel like they are at the end of their rope need only listen to this album to find hope and the strength to carry on,” explains Mbuli.

Patriotic Love is a natural progression for Mbuli, who has amassed a slew of achievements over his long and successful career. This prolific artist was one of the original founders of the Crown Gospel Awards, and he still feels passionate about Gospel artists. He instituted a post-humous award for the Gospel legends that have passed on – to ensure that we never forget their legacy in the form of the Siyabakhumbula Awards. He also designed the logo for the Congress of Traditional Leaders, toured the world and performed across the globe. On this album, all of Mbuli’s life experiences culminates in a powerful message of hope.

Still, Mbuli remains as committed to love, inclusiveness and non-racialism as he ever was. In a letter sent to him by Madiba, he says “Dear Mzwakhe, I would like you to know that you are loved and respected beyond the borders of your home town. Kindest regards and best wishes. Yours sincerely, N.R. Mandela.” This message was a beacon of hope for Mbuli, who received it when he was incarcerated in 1989. Years later, on the 31st of July, 2002 Madiba paid him a visit in Leeuwkop-prison, bringing him a gift of fruit and flowers. This turned out to be an early birthday-present for Mbuli, who was born on the 1st of August. In both these instances, Madiba’s presence imbued Mbuli with courage and hope – and a will to carry on.

On top of all Mbuli’s achievements he remains as relevant and as busy as always. He is currently part of the SAMA-winner and Loliwe-hitmaker, Zahara’s Phendula-tour.
He has also always been a nurturer of undiscovered talent – he personally gave The Soil massive exposure and a large platform when he secured them for performance at the Gallagher Convention Centre for the 2010 Siyabakhumbula Awards.

This spirit shines clearly on Patriotic Love – an epic album with some of Mbuli’s strongest and most inspiring work to date. He summarises this message by saying that “You are wiser if your own pain does not make you blind to the pain of others.” Wise words spoken by a wise man. Mzwakhe Mbuli remains forever the voice of the people – and he anoints all people of this country with the deeply engendered message of love above all else on Patriotic Love.

Patriotic Love is currently on shelves across the country.

For more information on Mzwakhe Mbuli, follow him on twitter: @MzwakheMbuli


The Dan Patlansky Weekend – eat, sleep & breathe guitar for three days @danpatlansky

Fresh from a highly successful European Tour with sold out venues, musical virtuoso Dan Patlansky is preparing for a blockbuster set of South African shows leading up to The Dan Patlansky Guitar Weekend to be held in Clarens (6 – 8 December) and Stellenbosch (13 – 15 December).

The Dan Patlansky Guitar Weekend is a three day event where 30 fellow guitarists and attendees will have the chance to hang out with Dan Patlansky and attend group workshops covering various subjects, including Improvising, Licks and Riffs, Chords and Harmony, and Tone and Gear.

Also included is a semi private lesson where the student decides what he or she wants to cover, plus many hours of jamming with other people that share the same passion for guitar playing.

“Guitar lovers can look forward to a bigger and more engaging installment of The Dan Patlansky Guitar Weekend this year. With sponsors such as Music Connection, Protea Hotel Stellenbosch and SAB/Castle, this year’s edition promises to be even more memorable and I for one cannot wait for December,” said Dan Patlansky.

The Dan Patlansky Guitar Weekend is open to guitar lovers of all ages and playing levels. Those attending will be required to bring along their guitar (electric or acoustic), an amp, bedding (if attending Clarens) and some spending money for the cash bar and for meals not covered over the weekend.

There is a minimal cost of R2 450 per person for spending an entire weekend learning from the celebrated musical talent that is Dan Patlansky.

Dan Patlansky’s success is hardly surprising. In 2013 he released his first acoustic album, Wooden Thoughts, to critical acclaim, launched his own online store to deal with the demand for his music and won the only Gold Ovation award at the 2013 Standard Bank Ovation Awards announced at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The same year he made waves in Europe and Scandinavia, attended the Horsens Blues Festival in Denmark - where he was recently invited back to perform – and, in Hannover, performed at the legendary Blues Garage alongside big names such as Joe Bonamassa. After his 2012 album 20 Stones was voted the 10th best album (out of 20) on Blues Rock Review, the editorial team invited Patlansky to be a writer on their blog site and he continues to write for them.

Dates for The Dan Patlansky Guitar Weekend are;
Clarens 6 - 8 December
Stellenbosch 13 - 15 December

To book for either of the weekends, contact Susan at or call 076 412 6536.

Dates for upcoming Dan Patlansky shows countrywide are;

Gateway Barnyard - Umhlanga 11 November
Cafe Barcelona - Elarduspark Pretoria 14 November
Ou Meul Teater - Paarl 21 November
Table Mountain Blues Summit 22 November
De Kreeft Stamkafee 23 November
Blaauw Klippen Estate 16 December

Online Links:
• Dan Patlansky website -
• Dan Patlansky on Facebook - Facebook:
• Dan Patlansky on Twitter - Twitter @danpatlansky
• Dan Patlansky on YouTube -


Soweto Fashion Week 21st -23rd November 2013 @JackiePhamotse

Soweto talent exposed to international visitors as designers showcase with international presence.

The Soweto fashion Week has taken its come back, with its Founder and CEO Stephen Manzini. With UNIQUE IDENTITY PTY Communications, Manager Jackie Phamotse heading SFW PR management great things will come out of this much anticipated extravaganza.

Taking place from 21st -23rd November 2013 at the Walter Sisulu Square ( Soweto Hotel ) in Kliptown. SWF will bring a fun flair to the historical neighborhood of Nelson Mandela. Designers that hold their best work on the bodies of super models say that their work will blow millions out of their seats by the end of each evening, as their garments are of international standards.

The show will feature only 12 designers throughout the three days event.
“One truth holds for most of the designers, the south African fashion industry is tough to crack with minimal resources. Most of these designers have had to work with minimal budgets and no proper equipment. Educating oneself further whilst trying to make money and grow a brand is hard if you are not focused and hands on. “says Stephen Mazini.

Communications and marketing manager Jackie Phamotse says, “We have nothing but a great end state to this event, a lot of hard work and passion runs through the art that will be displayed. Many people are taking us seriously, as we are building a global brand. Our vision at the end is to help designers come to a place where they have grown to a higher level and has learned the business of fashion. The concept of this exciting series of shows is to create a relaxed environment for fashionistas to enjoy a top-of-the-line runway show and have the opportunity to place orders and interact with the designers”

We are also hoping that all our visitors will enjoy and support the event. Tickets are on sale at Computicket for R50 for each day.
Twitter :@JackiePhamotse



Gospel goes Global @Sowetogospel

The world-renowned South African Grammy Award winning world music group,Soweto Gospel Choir, has inked a deal with Universal Music`s prestigious Classics label in the United States that will see the group`s current album “Divine Decade”distributed throughout North America and Canada.

Since their formation in 2002 Soweto Gospel Choir has racked up a string of accolades that would be the envy of even the biggest global pop star, including among others:

* The No.1 spot on Billboard`s World Music Chart with their debut album “Voices from

* An American Gospel Music Award for “Best International Choir”.

* 2 Grammy “Best Traditional World Music” Awards for their albums “Blessed” and
“African Spirit”.

* An Emmy Award for their collaboration with U2 for ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup

* An Oscar nomination for their collaboration with Peter Gabriel for Disney’s “Wall-E”.

* Performances and collaborations with superstars as diverse as Celine Dion, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Groban, Diana Ross, BeBe Winans, Peter Gabriel, John Legend, U2, Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin and many more.

Elizabeth Sobol, President & CEO, Universal Music Classics had this to say about the signing “ Soweto Gospel Choir has been a powerful and important presence on the American scene, bringing their inspiring music to concert halls across the US.
Universal Music Classics is proud to be part of the Choir’s 10th Anniversary celebration as we release”Divine Decade” in conjunction with their Spring 2014 US tour. Universal Music MD, Randall Abrahams, commented “ The choir have been a fixture on the international touring circuit and are one of South Africa’s most significant musical assets. I’m extremely happy to see
this landmark album released in the US market. I believe it will garner a diverse audience of listeners who will be enthralled by the choir’s songs and arrangements”

The choir`s “10th Anniversary Celebration” US tour kicks off in Florida on February 4 before rolling across America over two and half months, ending in Arizona on April 19. Soweto Gospel Choir`s 6th album, “Divine Decade”, which celebrates the group`s 10th anniversary, was released to critical and commercial acclaim earlier this year. 

It features collaborations with a host of international and national stars including among others, U2, Zahara, Elvis Blue, Robert Plant, Johnny Clegg and Yvonne Chaka Chaka with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 10 years on and the Soweto Gospel Choir continues to set the standard in inspirational music .



SABC1’s international, award - winning entrepreneurial reality TV series Rize Mzansi is back for a 3rd season!

The 13 episode series is scheduled to air at 21:00 starting from the Tuesday 5 November 2013 and will reveal a totally new look and format.

This season will be presented by the charismatic; multilingual Aaron Moloisi, who is no stranger to our SABC screens.

“I am excited to be part of a show that creates a platform for experienced business people to engage with business innovators… the inspiring ideas that South Africans come up with about how to create employment, grow the economy and change people’s lives…,” enthuses Aaron.

This original South African concept aims to challenge and educate small businesses on the trials and tribulations of running a successful business. The series is meant to drive Mzansi’s entrepreneurship and business creativity by pitting 52 business-savvy innovators, entrepreneurs and wannabees in a head to head battle to be awarded venture capital to enhance and evolve their businesses, themselves and their ideas.

Participants will have to pitch their ideas to high-powered Investors and their advisors. Investors will have the final say as to whether they will invest in the business or not. Be warned that they are not here to give cash away, if they like the idea, they want to own a fair share of it.

The group of Investors includes: Nazeem Martin & Gerrie van Biljon (The Managing Director and Executive Director of Business Partners Limited), the dynamic duo - Ran Neu-Ner and Gil Oved (founders & joint CEO’s of South Africa’s biggest activations agency, The Creative Council) and Khutso Mampeule (Founder & Chairman of Lefa Holdings)

Dichaba Phalatse, SABC1 Portfolio Manager: Entertainment, had this to say, “SABC 1 is contributing towards economic development in many ways, however Rize Mzansi is our most proud investment channel is making in alleviating unemployment and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit in the youth of South Africa. Rise Mzansi’s new format is aligned with international trends yet keeping it truly Mzansi Fo Sho. What a great presenter and a remarkable panel of Venture Capitalists!”

 “Rize Mzansi’s top floor is the place where entrepreneurs are given a once in a life-time opportunity to convince multi millionaire business moguls to invest in their ideas. Each thrilling episode see’s two sets of hopeful entrepreneurs going head to head for an investment and partnership with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Africa. However there is a catch, no matter how brilliant both entrepreneur’s ideas are, only one or none of them will be chosen…Backing the investors is the advisor, a shrude business guru who will help decide whether the wannabe entrepreneurs are in fact investable. The 22nd floor is where it all happens, here entrepreneurs only have two options; Rize or Fall!” says the show’s producer Matthew Rosmarin (Talent Attack TV Productions).

Passion, Perseverance and a Master Plan can get you anywhere – will they rise or will they fall! Catch the 3rd Season of Rize Mzansi – every Tuesday at 21h00 - exclusive to SABC1 Mzansi Fo Sho!!



For immediate Release

04th November 2013


Soweto Magazine hooks up two mega-talented local designers on a street fashion photo shoot on one of the coolest “modern-townships”, Orlando, Vilakazi Street

04 November, - Soweto Magazine joined in on the busy, day-to-day hustle, on a verge of making our first street fashion photo shoot a success. A few hours before sunset, while Mrs. Mkhaya prepares hair and make-up for the models, the Soweto Magazine team strolls down the street with anticipation. From a chilled, relaxed mood, the shoot swiftly reverted to massive concentration, “hard work and no play”. The models effortlessly brought on their A-game, totally worked their magic, whilst photographers Daniel and Nthabiseng, skillfully pulledoff the perfect shots, captivating street fashion like never grasped. Soweto Magazine is proud to unveil our first street fashion shoot.

South-Western-Township popularly referred to as “Kasi”. This is a cool location because of the rich, historical significance it holds from the days of the apartheid government policies. Orlando holds a large population of black people and has grown and developed, adapting to this techno savvy society. This township produced the most respected legends such as Nobel Peace Prize winners, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. As you go up the road from Khumalo Street, the place is filled with arts and craft, historical ornaments, restaurants as well as the Mandela House itself. Where better to host African Print fused with Classy Chic.

Designers: Refilwe Mathebula
:Buhle Fendula (The Cocky Stylist)
Make-up: Thelma Mkhaya
Photographers: Daniel Magidi
Nthabiseng Mashikoane

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For further info Contact: Dineo Mathebula




Soweto Mag Winter Issue 2013I hope you enjoy the magazine, a lot of hard work and sleepless nights went into this. I chased Micasa all the way to Zimbabwe, Harare International festival of the ar ts because they are too busy for a sit-down. I didn’t get a chance to speak to them there and that’s another story for another day. So we resorted to a digital conversation and we spoke about the politics of black and white. also, the ever gorgeous f irst Lady Of Yfm Breakfast Show Khutso Theledi as she let us into her life and Pule Earm one of the few pure 100% black production with Soweto drift, tells us about spinning cars and making fi lms. Enjoy.

Soweto Mag Winter Issue 2013
I hope you enjoy the magazine, a lot of hard work and sleepless nights went into this. I chased Micasa all the way to Zimbabwe, Harare International festival of the ar ts because they are too busy for a sit-down. I didn’t get a chance to speak to them there and that’s another story for another day. So we resorted to a digital conversation and we spoke about the politics of black and white. also, the ever gorgeous f irst Lady Of Yfm Breakfast Show Khutso Theledi as she let us into her life and Pule Earm one of the few pure 100% black production with Soweto drift, tells us about spinning cars and making fi lms. Enjoy.

Black Coffee joins Vusi Thembekwayo on his Global Inspiration Tour

SA multi award winning record producer and spinner – Nkosinathi Maphumulo known to many as DJ Black Coffee will be joining internationally acclaimed Global Speaker: Vusi Thembekwayo on his Global Inspiration Tour. The 2 masterminds will headline the 26th OCT Johannesburg Tour , which will take place at Monte Casino

More Event Details:

DATE: 26 October 2013 VENUE: Monte Casino ll Grande Cinema TICKETS: BUY TICKET AT COMPUTICKET HERE also available for purchase at any Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers or Checkers Hyper.


- Early Bird: R185.00 (From 17 September – 15 October) - Children, Scholar (3 – 21 years), Students, Pensioners: R125.00 - Block Bookings of 10 or more: R100.00


Seasoned talent to host Royalty Soapie Awards Hlomla Dandala and Michael Mol to anchor inaugural event @SoapieAwards


Twitter: @SoapieAwards

Debonair gentlemen Hlomla Dandala and Michael Mol are set to host the inaugural Royalty Soapie Awards at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on 8 March 2014.

The Awards will be broadcast on television and expectations are high. The organisers want to ensure a slick production that meets viewer expectations so for the hosts they have gone for experience and finesse.

Critically acclaimed actor, presenter and director Hlomla Dandala needs no introduction to fans of the small screen. His impressive portfolio includes playing the lead in the award-winning series Jacob’s Cross I, II & III, a production that has gained huge popularity locally and internationally, and has been translated into many other languages. He has also featured in some of the more popular productions on South African TV including Isidingo, Tsha Tsha, Gaz’lam, Jozi H and Interrogation Room.

Michael Mol is a medical doctor, an executive television producer, presenter, international speaker, business consultant and company director. He anchored Top Billing, South Africa’s longest running prime time television magazine programme, for more than a decade. The award winning presenter also helped create shows such as The Dr Mol Show and Expresso.

“We are delighted to have secured such a high calibre of talented hosts and we are confident they will do a sterling job come awards evening,” said project director Sindile Xulu.

The Royalty Soapie Awards are more than just an opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate; they will help grow the quality of programming by creating a new level of healthy competition. All major players will be recognised, from actors to make-up artists, writers to producer, directors to costume designers.

The announcement of finalists in the acting categories will be made on 23 October and voting lines for the Most Popular Soapie open on 2 November.

A date for the opening of ticket sales for the event will be announced in the near future