Let’s be frank, the weather in Johannesburg is kak. It’s cold, windy and just when we thought we’d say adios to winter, that little bitch decided to show us who’s boss. We get you, now you can go. While the wintery conditions might not be ideal for partying, people of Jozi listen up. You will want to venture off to Rosebank tonight. The Ultimix @ 6 Volume 3 tour comes to an end tonight and those involved are going out with a bang. The party is set to take place in the parking lot at The Zone, Rosebank from 9pm. R50 will get you in and on the decks tonight is the Ultimix @ 6 competition winner, Ryan The DJ. 5FM’s DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Poppy as well as DJ Kent will be attempting to raise the roof of P5 at The Zone and you know this is going to be mad cool. So be tough, be #847Strong and get on down to the Zone for one of the hottest parties of the year.
We might be heading into winter, but if there’s one thing to get you through this cold snap you can bet Fresh and Euphonik will have the answer for you. The two have teamed up with Carvo Caramel Vodka, Nu Metro Cinemas and Sony Max (channel 126 on DStv) for the Fresh and Euphonik present OH Ship campaign.
Check this out, in December you can be apart of a three-night party extravaganza on board the ship, alongside FeU, MiCasa, Goldfish and many other party goers. The cruise leaves from Cape Town on 7 December. It’ll head towards Mossel Bay and then it returns to the Mother City on the 10th of December.
If you want to get on board, cabin prices start from only R2,925 per person sharing.
· To book, call Starlight Cruises now on 0860 114411.
· NO PASSPORT REQUIRED
· No under 18’s allowed
· Terms and Conditions Apply
You can also stand a chance of winning a cabin by tweeting them on @ohshipsa. Alternatively you can visit their page on Facebook www.facebook.com/FreshAndEuphonikOhShip along with the act you most want to see on board.
2. You’re an award-winning DJ. How did this interest in deejaying come about?
From my youth I have just been so interested in music and making it that I decided being a deejay would best describe my love for music.
3. You’ve played alongside the likes of FeU, Groove Armada and others. Tell us about one of your best DJ experiences.
One of my best DJing experiences was playing at the 2009 Ponta do Ouro Beach Party. It was just something different and exciting and I also enjoyed playing alongside Groove Armada when they where in South Africa at JET Nighclub.
4. You have a track out now with R&B star Lungelo. Tell us about that collaboration, how it came about and more about the song.
The song is called “Push It To The Limit’ and it’s my first single from my upcoming album which features ex-popstar R&B singer Lungelo. The song is very uptembo/dancy track. The track was produced by myself and Aaron B, a very close friend of mine. Myself and Aaron were just messing around in studio and we just started putting some drumbeats together until we found the right Rhythm for the song. We then gave it to Lungelo who was is so brilliant at what he does that he came up with the words within 2 hours of hearing the beat.
5. Closely linked to that, as someone who studied sound engineering, it seems quite trendy at the moment to mesh different musical genres together. One needn’t look further than the likes of David Guetta and the artists he has worked with, as well as Chris Brown and Benny Benassie collaboration “Beautiful People”. You’re now doing something similar. What do you make of this trend?
It’s a very successful trend and it seems to be working perfectly for the international acts. I decided to localize it and work with our very talented local musicians.
6. This is the first single off your upcoming album. Tell us more about that and what we can expect?
Yes it is the first single. I’m currently working on a lot of tracks for the album and it promises to be a very commercial/electro dance type of album with different types of sound influence. I plan on getting alot more artists to collaborate with me on this project and hopefully can be released on a international platform. We are also currently working on shooting a music video for the first single this coming month.
7. Who are you some of your favourite djs in the game at the moment?
I would say two of my favorite djs are DJ Fresh & Roger De Lux.
8. Do you ever go to a club when you aren’t working and find yourself listening to the DJ’s mixing and go WTF dude? Tell us about one of the craziest and worst mixes you’ve heard?
Yes I do go out with friends and just chill. Clubs tend to just book any dj just to cut down costs and that is why you get bad mixes. One of my worst expereinces was at Tao, Bedfordview when I heard some small time dj mixing and was so horrible. I couldn’t stand it. I personally went and told the owner to cut the music. It was some no name dj that was mixing using Virtual dj.
9. You’re pretty busy at the moment. How do people get in touch or keep up to date with all your news, party details etc?
People can get hold of me for any bookings via my manager: Mubanga@kushproduction/website: http://www.kushproduction.co.za/www.iancredible.co.za/Twitter: @Kush_Production/BBM Pin:276A1313 or @djiancredible
10. As a DJ you have your own definition of music. What words, or terms best describe music for you?
Music is ENERGY!
Congratulations to all the nominees for this year’s You Spectacular Awards. It’s great to see a publication like You honouring our talent and I’m pretty sure they’ll be putting on a show much more commendable than what we had to endure recently. Just saying. Well done to all the breakout stars especially to Elvis Blue of Idols fame and to Simba Mhere, the new face on Top Billing. I entered the Top Billing presenter search last year and while I received really good feedback and comments, I was bummed when I didn’t make it through and when you see someone like Simba on the show, it’s easy to understand why he made it through right to the very end. He has done some amazing things already and I look forward to seeing more of him on TV in the future. Elvis Blue is the most successful South African Idol, having gone gold with his debut album and being the first Idol worldwide to win the competition, get straight into the studio, record and release an album all within in a month. Big up to him. My favourites are in there as per. The lovely Jeannie D from Top Billing is up for a few awards. The freaks of the gene pool category aka the hottest couples in this year’s list are on point. I do think that the newly married and new parents, Lee-Ann Liebenberg and Nicky van der Walt are by far the hottest and most deserving of all the nominees, if I’m to be honest. Their love for one another is so clear. I’m envious of them… one day! Some of my other favs include Gareth Cliff, DJ Fresh, Bonang, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Lira, Nico Panagio and Unathi. You can see the full list below. Good luck to them all. Either way, each and everyone of them are gifted, talented, entertaining and awesome. Good luck to them all.
FAVOURITE TV PRESENTER *
Nico Panagio (Survivor SA: Maldives)
Leanne Manas (Morning Live)
Pabi Moloi (All Access)
Jeannie D (Top Billing)
FAVOURITE NEWCOMER *
Crazy White Boy (singing duo)
Elvis Blue (Idols)
Simba Mhere (Top Billing)
Hildegardt Whites (7de Laan)
FAVOURITE COUPLE *
Connie and Shona Ferguson
Lee-Ann Liebenberg and Nicky van der Walt
Nico and Christi Panagio
Sonia and Leslie Sedibe
Diaan Lawrenson and Jody Abrahams
The 2011 MTN Radio Awards took place in Sandton over the weekend. These awards honour the best in radio broadcasting both on air and behind the scenes. Over 600 people were at the venue to see who rules the airwaves. Find a detailed list of winners below:
Content Producer – Non-Commercial – Zandile Tembe – Ukhozi FM
Daytime Presenter – Thato “DJ Fresh” Sikwane – 5FM
Daytime show – Commercial – Guy Mc Donald Afternoon Drive Show – Good Hope FM
Daytime show – Non-Commercial – Butterfly Corner – Radio Islam
Drama Programme – No Place for You – SAfm
Music Presenter – T Bose – Kaya FM 95.9
Music Show – The Homebrew Show – 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 K-fm
News and Actuality Presenter – Chris Gibbons – 567 CapeTalk and Talk Radio 702
News and Actuality Producer – Anisa Ussuph – East Coast Radio
News and Actuality Show – Today with John Perlman – Kaya FM 95.9
News Bulletin Reader – Stephen Grootes – Talk Radio 702
Night-time Presenter – Rob Vember – 5FM
Night-time Show – Commercial – The Dr. Eve Show – Gagasi 99.5FM
Night-time Show – Non-Commercial – Langarm and Nama Show – Radio Riverside 98.2FM
Breakfast Show – Commercial – Just Plain Breakfast – Jacaranda 94.2
Breakfast Show – Non-Commercial – The Super Fantastic Show – Radio 2000
Breakfast Show Presenter – John Robbie – Talk Radio 702
Business and Finance Presenter – Bruce Whitfield – Talk Radio 702
Business and Finance Show – Talk @ 6 – Talk Radio 702
Community Presenter - “Delite” – Anthony T Ngcezula – Bay FM 107.9
Community Project – United we shall stand for Bafana Bafana – Primedia Broadcasting
Content Producer – Commercial – William Scott – Jacaranda 94.2
On Air Packaging – World Cup 2010 – 94.7 Highveld Stereo
Promotion/Stunt/Event – Commercial – United we shall stand for Bafana Bafana – Primedia Broadcasting
Promotion/Stunt/Event – Non-Commercial – VIP Treasure Hunt – East Rand Stereo
Sports Commentator – Masedi Simon Ramafalo – Thobela FM
Sports Presenter – Cindy Poluta – Talk Radio 702
Sports Show – Discovery Sports Centre – Metro FM
Traffic Presenter – Aki Anastasiou – Talk Radio 702
Wits Radio Academy Bursary Winner – Nontokozo Ngcobo
Young achiever Award (sponsored by Cresta Hotels and Air Botswana) – Smangele Mbatha – Gagasi 99.5FM
Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Bairds Renaissance) – Issie Kirsh
2011 Induction into the Hall of Fame – Alexius Buthelezi, Max Mojapelo, Fanus Rautenbach, Ismail Variava, Shado Twala, Tim Modise, Eric Eagan, Koos Radebe and Alex Jay
My Station Award – Radio Islam
MTN Community Radio Station of the Year (sponsored by The Media Connection)– Radio Islam
Well done to the all the winners. I went to varsity with Rob and it’s so awesome to see a friend and now industry colleague doing so well. Also well done to Darren Scott, DJ Fresh, T-Bose from Kaya FM and all the winners from the Primedia stable. You all deserve these awards and you all make radio entertaining, informative, educational and enjoyable. Well done!
One of South Africa’s leading radio stations, 5FM is expanding – and not in the traditional sense whereby they get more DJs and make the studios bigger. Nope, this time around they’re doing something that hasn’t been done yet. The radio station is making its way onto TV channel SABC3 in the form of (TV)5- billed as ‘The television face of 5FM’. The music, lifestyle and entertainment show kicks off next week Friday (the 4th) on SABC 3 at 19:30. It’ll be anchored by lunchtime duo Grant and Anele and will feature some of the stations other big names and features.
Other features you can expect to see on the show include Gareth Cliff’s News to Use or Lose; 5FM’s Power Nite DJs will present their relevant music genre’s top 5 tracks each week. Tyren of The Fresh Drive will also be featured in the show in the form of Tyren’s Top Five on a daily basis.
Station Manager at 5FM Aisha Mohamed says “5FM has always taken a unique approach to radio, viewing it as a brand rather than just a radio platform. 5FM aims to be a multi-platform youth offering which is accessible on many levels; (TV)5 is a part of this 360 degree approach to radio, adding an exciting new dimension to 5FM’s brand offering.” SABC3 Marketing Manager Risuna Mayimele says that (TV)5 is an exciting new addition to the channel’s Friday night entertainment line-up. “SABC 3 is excited to be launching a local entertainment programme powered by an innovative and edgy brand like 5FM. This is a powerful media platform that brings the power of radio to TV, and we believe that the fusion of these two brands will enable SABC3 to connect with the younger market in a fresh manner.”
Man oh man, here’s my dream job coming to life. I’ve been listening to 5FM for as long as I can remember and the station just keeps getting better and better. The station is always pushing the boundaries, new technologies, features; the DJs are fun, intelligent and entertaining. The station’s constant drive to stay at the forefront as a market leader in radio, has seen it throughout the years, effortlessly rebranding itself in true 5FM style. Think about it, whether it’s Radio 5, 5, 5FM Music, 5FM, people of all ages and now races have come to and still love this station. It’s more than just a radio station, it’s a brand and a culture that so many of us have come to love. In fact I remember going to America a few years back. I was out of the country for three months and because I missed the station and the DJs so much, I often streamed it live. Some of my American friends were pretty impressed with what we had to offer the world of radio and entertainment. So big up!
While we’ve seen many of the DJs on TV before, to see some of the other personalities on our screens now will be awesome too! I think this show will be very entertaining, fun and a perfect way to get the weekend going. There will be more on (TV)5 in the weeks to come- so stay tuned.
Months of preparation have gone into it. Ideas have been creative and now it’s time to share those ideas with the rest of the world. The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is here. Gazelle will be representing SA in Berlin and I’ll be there to catch all the action. To those who will be lucky enough to experience this, a world-first, enjoy it. Feel free to share the experience and exchange with the rest of us! Would love to hear what is crackening in your city tonight.
On Twitter, the #tag is #SmirnoffNEP. Get involved!
JVB: You’re both the South African ambassadors / curators for the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project. What has the build up to the big night been like?
FeU: The build up has been be an amazing experience. Smirnoff is a huge brand globally and the interaction with the people on the ground gave us more insight about what South Africans really think makes our nightlife unique and special.
JVB: Cape Town will be transformed into a Berlin inspired night. Have you been to Berlin? If so, what is everyone in for?
FeU: I, Euphonik) have been to Berlin before and it was an epic experience. We are looking forward to everything that they have sent to us and to witness this once in a life time event with South African party goers.
JVB: You will be here, but I’m heading off to Berlin. Is there anything you would like me to do, take on behalf of you and SA? A track, a boeri roll?
FeU: More than anything I think the facial expressions of the Germans whilst Gazelle is on stage would be something nice to see.
JVB: What makes a truly South African nightlife experience?
FeU: From travelling the world and seeing what the night life is like in other countries we would say that’s a very difficult question because of South Africa’s diversity so we would say that the diversity element is what makes it special. People in the township, urban areas and even rurals have far different ways of enjoying the night.
JVB: Berlin is rad, but what one other city from the list would you have exchanged with?
FeU: Berlin is definitely rad! It is perfect because Germany is very influential when it comes to electronic music. Personally we’d like to see this project happening again & maybe SA experiencing a swap with one of the South American countries.
There are just three days to go in which to submit your ideas for the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange project. The ideas submitted will then be put into the crate, where curators DJs Fresh and Euphonik will choose the best ideas. Those will then be put forward and on the 27th of November, for one night only, South Africa will swap a nightlife with one other participating nation. Here are some more details for you:
Starting in September, crates will be popping up in 14 cities worldwide to launch the Nightlife Exchange Project. Our goal is to fill the crates with the best nightlife ideas submitted by you and others via the Facebook application. We want to know what revs up your nightlife and throws your evening into full gear. The ideas are only limited to your imagination and your participation is key.
Our 14 Curators will choose their favorite ideas from the Highest Rated submissions. Those ideas will then become the inspiration for developing each country’s unique event. And on November 27th, each Curator will swap your country’s crate with another, unleashing 14 global nightlife events simultaneously.
Sounds good to me, how about you? What would you put on the table for some of the other nations? This is what I think of when I think SA nightlife:
- Close off Victoria Road in Camps Bay. There are a whole lot of cafe, clubs there that are suitable for a night like this. Each could take on a South African themed vibe ie. Shisanyama in one place, a beer-making pub in another and 1st Project doing drum lessons and performing in another as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean.
- At the top of the road will be a stage, where all our musicians will be. Who would that include
The Flash Republic
Crazy White Boy
This line-up would be insanely good I feel!
- Dress code- BoerieBraai boardshorts and bikinis theme
- Mini vuvuzelas would serve as the Smirnoff cocktail glasses for martinis and other Smirnoff drinks
That’s just a little idea I have. Share yours, get interactive!
Oh and if I was to swap with one other country, it would be Brazil…
What is the nightlife like in your country? Let me tell you in mine it’s fun, wild but I’ve nights I’ll never forget in other countries too. Ibiza is wild (obviously), London has a lot on offer and because of the efficient public transport system you don’t need to worry about partying too hard and then how you’re going to get home. Botswana surprised me a lot and as for Las Vegas? Well what can I say. This American city has some of the best clubs I have ever been to. The decor is incredible and the ambiance is spot on. In South Africa we have cool clubs, but the one thing we have to offer that a lot of other countries lack is the Djing talent. We’re spoiled for choice and I think the big boys inspire the up and coming stars, who are constantly being pushed to try new things, techniques all while making good quality music.
Now you’re probably wondering what brought this up; why on earth I’m rattling off about nightlife in our respective countries, so early on a Monday morning. Well there’s a method to my madness. The world’s leading vodka bran, Smirnoff has a new campaign on the go. It’s ‘The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project’. 14 counties will be participating in this campaign, in which ideas, elements and highlighted features will be shared among each other. All of the acquired elements and highlights will come together on the 27th November, when the world will swap nights and nightlife experiences.
How will this work? Well you are being encouraged to make your suggestions on the official Facebook group on anything you think is important to raise about your nightlife experience. The local expert in each country will note these. There will also be parties in and around those countries, in which suggestions will be placed in ‘crates’. Those will then be added to the Facebook suggestions and in October the participating countries will exchange crates. In South Africa, the two experts are no strangers to the nightlife scene. They’re of the FeU brand ie DJ Fresh and Euphonik. “It’s an honour to be asked to represent something as huge as The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project. In the last year or so I’ve had the privilege of travelling to Miami, London, Ibiza and New York and from what I’ve seen, South Africa has more to offer than the rest of the world anticipates and being part of the team responsible in exposing that is an amazing feeling.”
So a few things to note:
- Make yourself available for the party on the 27th of November. It’s going to be massive no doubt.
- Apart from South Africa, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Lebanon, Poland, Thailand, Ireland, Great Britain, Australia and Venezuela. Looking at the countries listed above, I would love to exchange a night with the Brazilians or the Argentineans. From what I saw during the world cup, we would be in for a massive night!
- Make your suggestions. As I said, with the caliber of djs we have in this country, that would be one of my highlights. Plus I’m sure there will be loads of prizes, possibly even trips to the respective nations going, so you could win big!