South Africa

  1. The Power of Music and Madiba: An 89th Birthday Party for Mandela and the History Books (Guest Post)

    December 10, 2013 10:25 AM EST By Ralph Simon as told to Florie Brizel Ralph Simon, a world-recognized leader in the fields of mobile entertainment and music, is a native South African living in London. Florie Brizel is a freelance writer in Los Angeles and co-author of “Words ...

  2. Professor, Liquideep, Thandiswa Mazwai, Locnville Win South African Music Awards

    May 24, 2011 7:30 AM EDT South Africa's homegrown urban youth genre, kwaito, proved its enduring hold on the country's music scene at this weekend's 17th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (SAMAs) when Professor took home a show leading four awards. The ...

  3. South African Artist Busi Mhlongo Dies

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On the day its national football team plays its second match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup being held here, South Africans awoke to news of the death of musician Busi Mhlongo . The artist from the Kwa-Zulu Natal region - whose track "We Baba Omn ...

  4. R. Kelly Kicks Off World Cup In South Africa

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A sold-out crowd of 84,490 at Soweto's Soccer City celebrated the launch of the World Cup in South Africa today (June 11) at the opening ceremony - a music and dance spectacular that confirmed Africa's status as a global cultural hotbed. ...

  5. Opera Singer Dies Before Starring World Cup Role

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A South African opera singer personally chosen by Nelson Mandela to sing at the World Cup 's opening ceremony has died two weeks before he was due to perform. Siphiwo Ntshebe , 34, an up-and-coming tenor known to local fans as the "new P ...

  6. Die Antwoord Announces Interscope Album Details

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Die Antwoord, South Africa's breakout digital rap-rave act, has confirmed a label deal with Interscope on its website. Although official reps for the band remain silent on the deal, a "guess what!?"" button on www.dieantwoord.c ...

  7. U.S. Debut For South Africa's Die Antwoord

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT South Africa's Die Antwoord, which broke out with global Internet hits, makes its live U.S. debut at this weekend's Coachella festival. The Cape Town-based outfit comprising Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek plays the Sahara stage on ...

  8. South Africa Set For Digital Music Expansion

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Charles Goldstuck, president of and CEO of TouchTunes Interactive Networks, predicts that South Africa's broadband network will be robust enough by mid-2010 to see the potential roll out of several global digital music platforms in the countr ...

  9. @MIDEM: South Africa Eyes World Cup Opportunities

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The South African delegation at MIDEM in Cannes has been discussing its plans to promote music at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. South Africa is the country of honor at the MIDEM 2010 trade fair and conference, which will be marked at the opening night ...

  10. South African Line-Up Confirmed For MIDEM 2010

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST A line-up of contemporary South African artists has been announced for MIDEM 2010's opening showcase party on Jan. 24 at the Martinez in Cannes. The party also kicks off South Africa's "Country of Honour" status at the music in ...

  11. 'Commissioner' Gordon Unveils 360-Degree South African Label

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Grammy-winning producer and engineer 'Commissioner' Gordon Williams used the 2009 Moshito music conference at Museum Africa, Johannesburg to announce the formation of a South African-based label, studio and other elements. "The musi ...

  12. Live Nation Expands Into South Africa

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has entered into a strategic alliance with South Africa's BIG Concerts. As part of the alliance, BIG Concerts will serve as the exclusive promotion partner for all Live Nation tours in South Africa. BIG Concerts sells more than 40 ...

  13. South African Reggae Star's Killers Get Life

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A judge sentenced three men convicted of murdering an internationally known South African reggae star in a botched carjacking to life in prison Thursday. Lucky Dube's 2007 killing drew worldwide attention to crime in South Africa, which has o ...

  14. Lucky Dube Family Welcomes Guilty Verdict

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The family of murdered South African reggae star Lucky Dube has welcomed the guilty verdict for his three killers. A close family member told Billboard.biz that they were hoping for the maximum sentence of life for Sfiso Mhlanga, Mbuti Mabe and Lu ...

  15. Goldfish Earns Eight SA Music Awards Nominations

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cape Town electronica act Goldfish is the leading nominee in this year's South African Music Awards. The duo scored a record-breaking eight nominations for the May 1 and 2 event at the Sun City entertainment complex in South Africa's Nor ...

  16. South African Broadcaster Ups Domestic Music Quota

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced plans to significantly increase its domestic music quota on radio in the lead-up to the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup. Speaking on day one of African music business conference Moshito, S ...

  17. Mandela 'Anthem' Brings Birthday Cheer

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT South Africans may have been largely left out of the main celebration for Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday when London hosted a concert in his honor last month. But that hasn't stopped individual artists from paying tribute to the global i ...

  18. CARE To Honor John Legend

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer John Legend will join the ranks of Nelson Mandela and Sir Elton John in receiving the CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change this month. CARE, a Non-Profit organization, will honor Legend during their 62nd anniversary celebration, held i ...

  19. Queen, Lennox To Rock Mandela

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Queen and Paul Rodgers, Annie Lennox and Simple Minds are among the international acts performing at a charity concert to celebrate Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday. Billed as the "46664 Concert Honouring Nelson Mandela at 90," the sh ...

  20. Freshlyground Leads South African Music Awards

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Freshlyground claimed three South African Music Awards Saturday night (May 3rd) to be the top award winners in the country's premiere music awards event. The Cape Town-based Afro-pop seven-piece were the leading nominees going into the two-da ...

  21. Mandela To Attend London 46664 Summer Concert

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST A 46664 concert in London's Hyde Park on June 27 will double-up as an early 90th birthday celebration for Nelson Mandela. The former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner revealed that his actual birthday -- on July 18th -- wil ...

  22. Mandela Confirms 46664 Concerts For 2008

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign will host two concerts in 2008. The former South African president made the announcement Saturday (Dec. 1) when he appeared on-stage at the 46664 music event at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium. The first ...

  23. Artists Add Voices To 46664 Line-up

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Crossover artist Johnny Clegg, Grammy winners Soweto Gospel Choir and ATO Records-signed Vusi Mahlasela are among the local stars who will take to the stage for the fifth 46664 concert, to be held Dec. 1 at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium. ...

  24. South African Singer Dube Murdered

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Crime has claimed another South African musician, this time reggae artist Lucky Dube. Dube was gunned down in what police are calling a botched hijacking in Johannesburg just after 8pm yesterday. He was apparently dropping off his son at a relativ ...

  25. Gabriel, Lennox Set For South African AIDS Benefit

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first-ever Johannesburg 46664 concert will be headlined by a diverse roster of artists, including stalwart supporters of the HIV/AIDS prevention campaign such as Peter Gabriel and Annie Lennox. The concert takes place on World Aids Day (Dec. 1 ...

  26. SA Culture Minister Jordan Kicks Off Moshito

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South Africa's minister of arts and culture Dr Z. Pallo Jordan has promised his ministry's help in setting up "state-of-the-art" studios for South African musicians. The politician made his pledge Aug. 22 when he delivered the ...

  27. Stone, Maal Stand Out At Live Earth Johannesburg

    July 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The South African leg of the Live Earth climate change concert series staged at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome today (July 7) featured sets from reggae stalwarts UB40, Soweto Gospel Choir, indie rockers the Parlotones, as well as a show-steali ...

  28. Live Earth South Africa Details Roll Out

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British pop/soul singer Joss Stone will be among the headliners at the South African leg of the historic concerts on July 7, organizers said today. Joining Stone will be veteran U.K. act UB40, Benin's Angelique Kidjo and Senegal's Baaba ...

  29. South African Artist Khanyile Dies

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran musician and songwriter, Jabu Khanyile, died in his Soweto home on Saturday (Nov. 11). He was 49. Veteran musician and songwriter, Jabu Khanyile, died in his Soweto home on Saturday (Nov. 11). He was 49. Khanyile had been ill for several m ...

  30. South African Star Mathosa Dies in Car Crash

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT South African singer Lebo Mathosa, who this year earned a MOBO nomination in the United Kingdom for best African act, died in a car accident near Johannesburg in the early hours of this morning (Oct. South African singer Lebo Mathosa, who this yea ...

  31. South African Star Mathosa Dies in Car Crash

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artist died at aged 29. South African singer Lebo Mathosa, who this year earned a MOBO nomination in the United Kingdom for best African act, died in a car accident near Johannesburg in the early hours of this morning (Oct. 23). She was 29. Mathos ...

  32. South African Saxophonist Khumalo Dies

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT South African saxophonist Moses Khumalo has died at the age of 27. The artist was found on Monday evening (Sept. 4) hanging from a rope in his townhouse. South African saxophonist Moses Khumalo has died at the age of 27. The artist was found on Mo ...

  33. South Africa 'Calling' Attention To 2010 World Cup

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT South Africa may not be represented on the field but the country's cultural industries are determined to make their presence felt during the final week of soccer's 2006 FIFA World Cup. South Africa may not be represented on the field but ...

  34. Sephuma, Dludlu Win Big At SAMAs

    May 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jazz artists Judith Sephuma and Jimmy Dludlu won a clutch of South African Music Awards on Saturday (May 6), including the respective best female and best male artist categories. The 12 annual SAMAs g Jazz artists Judith Sephuma and Jimmy Dludlu w ...

  35. All-African Line-up Tapped For SA's Live 8

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will feature an all-African line-up of artists, including veteran reggae artist Lucky Dube and African pop group Malaika. A spokesperson today (June 22) confirmed the Jul Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will f ...

  36. All-African Line-up Tapped For SA's Live 8

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will feature an all-African line-up of artists, including veteran reggae artist Lucky Dube and African pop group Malaika. A spokesperson today (June 22) confirmed the Jul Johannesburg's Live 8 concert will f ...

  37. Artists Support Mandela AIDS Drive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Nelson Mandela joined movie and music stars on Saturday (March 19) at an international concert to raise funds for women in South Africa suffering from HIV/AIDS. Nelson Mandela joined movie and music stars on Saturday (March 19) at an international ...

  38. Artists Support Mandela AIDS Drive

    March 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Nelson Mandela joined movie and music stars on Saturday (March 19) at an international concert to raise funds for women in South Africa suffering from HIV/AIDS. Nelson Mandela joined movie and music stars on Saturday (March 19) at an international ...

  39. Sun City To Host SAMAs Mid-April

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST A spread of homegrown newcomers and veterans last night (March 15) garnered nominations for the 11th annual MTN South African Music Awards, which takes place April 15-16 at Sun City outside Johannesbu A spread of homegrown newcomers and veterans l ...

  40. South Africa To Stage Second 46664 Concert

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Proceeds to benefit Nelson Mandela Foundation. Proceeds to benefit Nelson Mandela Foundation. News ...

  41. South Africa To Stage Second 46664 Concert

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST A second concert benefiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 campaign in the fight against AIDS is set for March 19 at Fancourt in South Africa. The focus of this year's concert will be women and A second concert benefiting the Nels ...

  42. South Africa To Stage Second 46664 Concert

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST A second concert benefiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 campaign in the fight against AIDS is set for March 19 at Fancourt in South Africa. The focus of this year's concert will be women and A second concert benefiting the Nels ...

  43. EMI To Issue Posthumous Fassie Compilation

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is to release a compilation of hits from the late South African singer, Brenda Fassie, who died in May this year. EMI will donate all proceeds from album sales to the Nelson Mandela Foundati EMI Music is to release a compilation of hits ...

  44. EMI To Issue Posthumous Fassie Compilation

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is to release a compilation of hits from the late South African singer, Brenda Fassie, who died in May this year. EMI will donate all proceeds from album sales to the Nelson Mandela Foundati EMI Music is to release a compilation of hits ...

  45. Conference To Tackle Piracy In South Africa

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The fight against music piracy will be one of the topics discussed next week at the first conference for the various sectors of the South African music industry. JOHANNESBURG -- The fight against music piracy will be one of the topics discussed ne ...

  46. Great Wall Of China To Host Pop Concert

    July 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys is first confirmed performer. Alicia Keys is the first confirmed performer for the inaugural international pop music concert to be staged at the Great Wall of China. Wall of Hope China 2004 will take place Sept. 25 at the Wall's J ...

  47. Second 46664 AIDS Benefit Planned

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A second all-star 46664 concert, this time with mainly Latin artists, is to be held at the Les Foietes Stadium in Benidorm, Spain, on August 21. A second all-star 46664 concert, this time with mainly Latin artists, is to be held at the Les Foietes ...

  48. Second 46664 AIDS Benefit Planned

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Spain to host 46664 Latino on August 21. A second all-star 46664 concert, this time with mainly Latin artists, is to be held at the Les Foietes Stadium in Benidorm, Spain, on Aug. 21. The "46664 Latino" event follows the initial 46664 co ...

  49. Fassie's Legacy Remembered At South Africa's SAMAs

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brenda Fassie was posthumously honored at the 10th annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs), held Saturday (May 29) at Sun City, outside Johannesburg. Brenda Fassie was posthumously honored at the 10th annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs), h ...

  50. Fassie's Legacy Honored At South Africa's SAMAs

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brenda Fassie was posthumously honored at the 10th annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs), held Saturday (May 29) at Sun City, outside Johannesburg. Brenda Fassie was posthumously honored at the 10th annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs), h ...

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