ICYMI – All the #MTVMAMA nominees

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The MAMAs are back!!! About damn time and I love me my MTV family… So hopefully I can shoot down to Durban to cover the events, but that will be determined in the next couple of weeks. For now and in case you missed it, here are this year’s MAMA nominees:

Best Male:

Anselmo Ralph (Angola)

Davido (Nigeria)

Diamond (Tanzania)

Donald (South Africa)

Wizkid (Nigeria)

 

Best Female:

Arielle T (Gabon)

Chidinma (Nigeria)

DJ C’ndo (South Africa)

Efya (Ghana)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

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A job interview with a twist… Brilliant and so true!

We’ve all been for job interviews. They’re daunting at the best of times. We prep accordingly; do our research on the job at hand, the company in question. We brush up on our presentation skills, our skill set questions and we make sure we rock it. Especially if we REALLY want the job. Well this video is pretty interesting. The producers of the clip put together a mock job interview with real interviews, via Skype. The interviewer put forward some of the most unrealistic, difficult and basically the most impossible tasks to the interviewees, who were stunned and not really not willing to do it – and for free at that. Well watch the clip and see what happens next.

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More on #CliffCentral revealed

As we work our way towards the 1st of May, the day Cliff Central launches, people are still wondering what on earth Gareth Cliff has in store for us. He sat down with WeChat Africa’s Brett Loubser and CNBC Africa’s Toby Shapshak to discuss the new venture and this whole idea around UnRadio. Check it out below:

He never fails to give us a gem… Here’s one “It’s going to be Unradio. In other words radio everywhere except on radio because I think radio is going to die and I want to hold the funeral”. Bold statement, backed up by clearly a lot of thinking, backing and clever ideas.  Bring it on!

Here’s another thing I dig about this venture. The Cliff Central team are looking for new talent… Bows! There are a lot of industry players who believe it would be a good idea to use the same faces over and over and over again. It’s such a snore fest and to be honest it creates media fatigue, which is more damaging to the brand and the person than anything else. Cliff put out an update on FB yesterday calling for new talent. Great news. Here’s all the info:

Last week we launched CliffCentral.com – uncensored, unscripted, unradio – coming to you live from 1st May. What is all about? We’re inviting you to share in real conversations about everything that happens in our world – everything we all experience every day – what makes us think…makes us laugh…makes us cry…..makes us angry…inspires us…makes us human. It’s about the stuff that connects us on this journey called Life. CliffCentral.com is our home and you can join us from wherever you are in the world.

I’m excited to be back with you again from 6.00 – 9.00 from 1st May together with Leigh-Ann Mol, Mabale Moloi and yes…even Damon Kalvari. Meantime, while Thabo has been trapped on the 26th Floor of the SABC still demanding his multi-million Rand payout, intern Siya Sangweni-Fynn has made inroads as President of CliffCentral Youth League, leading the charge into this brave new era. And there’s YOU! Can’t wait to be re-untited.

We will be broadcasting live all day with some well-known names hosting regular shows as well as launching aspiring new talent. It could even be you! We’re tapping into the vast untapped talent pool in South Africa and giving people a chance to audition live from 1st May at CliffCentral studios (situated in Rivonia, Sandton). You could be the next best thing but no one has given you a chance yet.

Email your motivation to Damon – damon@cliffcentral.com – and say why you deserve a show. Briefly describe what your show would include, why it’s relevant to the Cliff Community and why you deserve to make it to the live auditions. If you want to be a music dj, then rather try YFM or 5FM. If you can add to our lively and entertaining conversation, then this could be the place for you.

So if you have what it takes to be on Cliff Central, you’re smart, whitty, creative and innovative then best you email Damon… and quickly!!!

Watch Pharrell’s reaction – he’s so Happy he’s crying

Aah Pharrell Williams… You made us Happy. So Happy that the citizens of the globe have put their own versions out on the web to celebrate and Clap Along to your Happy movement. The star sat down with Oprah Winfrey recently and she showed him the montage of a few of the renditions from the different global cities. Watch how he reacts:

Where are you in the world? Which version does it for you? Personally I LOVE the Cape Town one :p

BIG Pharrell fan! Be #Happy

Top Billing’s Simba, Rockville’s Lehasa and Idols star Monde named Amstel ambassadors

Top Billing’s Simba Mhere, Rockville on Mzansi Magic’s Lehasa Moloi and Idols star, Monde Msutwana have been named as official Amstel Lager ambassadors at this year’s SAMAs.

Monde:  The Musician and ultimate Gentleman “ Take Your Time, don’t rush” @mondemsutwana

Simba: The  Entertainer “I’m a young man, thrown into a grown man’s world” @simbathe1

Lehasa:  A Rockville star “Small town boy, big town dreams” @hasaling

Amstel is running a “Get Me to the SAMAs” music quiz. If you think you have what it takes to win it and therefore win a trip to the glitzy music awards ceremony, go to www.amstelmusic.co.za 

Keep up to date with Amstel Lager on the social media platform

Twitter: @AmstelSA   |   #AmstelMusic   |    #SAMA20

Facebook: Amstel Lager

Instagram: @amstelsa

Next on Survivor South Africa: Champions

The game is heating up and the backstabbing is becoming intense. I’ve enjoyed watching this season of Survivor South Africa. While players like Marian and Shane PISS me off to no end, they’re doing exactly what they have to to win that million Rand prize. David is just annoying and most of the others are okay. I really enjoy Zavian and Graham, but in the last couple of episodes, I feel like Graham is getting too caught up in Shane’s game and that might cost him big time. Let’s see what happens I guess. So what’s happening at 17:30 tonight? Check this little teaser out below: Continue reading

5FM… Fresh and Goode

Gareth’s gone… we get that. So 5FM management clearly had to think long and hard about who would take over the popular breakfast slot. Well they’ve done their thinking and the replacement is? SURPRISE… DJ Fresh. Fresh is no stranger to morning radio, so I have no doubt in my mind that he will be a fantastic mornings host. His show starts at 5am according to a tweet from 5 earlier. He’ll be doing the 5-8am slot.

Earlier this week I told you that DJ Warras (of YFM fame) will be taking over the evenings slot, leaving Roger Goode with a one way ticket to the afternoon drive slot. This is an interesting move for me and clearly for many others too. Roger is fun, playful… Perfect for the evenings. As an afternoon host? Well I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. You can still be fun, don’t get me wrong. I’m just not completely sold at this stage. We’ll see come the 5th of May.

So they’re changing the slots around a bit. Who takes over the either 8-11/ 8-12 slot? Are they trying to hook the audience from early and then keep the listeners there, so as to break the reign of Queen B across the hallway at Metro? If they hook the audience and promise an epic alternative, it could be interesting. You’ll see an interesting trend occurring on Twitter now for news reader, Poppy. It’s called… #WheresPoppy. Well Poppy isn’t going anywhere, but there will be a change. What it will be I don’t know? Again I can speculate and say she might get her own show after Fresh? Maybe she’ll co-host with Roger, and go head-to-head with her pal Anele? What do you think? All very interesting and I guess what I’m doing now is what they were hoping for, talking about it and all.

Personally? I think 5 has an agenda, which I guess we’ll see unfolding soon. My vibe right now though is seeing what Cliff Central has for us… I’m VERY, VERY interested in that venture!

Nas, Timbaland to perform at Extra Cold Music Concert this June

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Can we just take a moment for Castle Lite. We think they couldn’t bigger than Drizzy, Ye and Wale, but then they go and rope Timbaland into their Extra Cold Music campaign for 2014. This June, Timbaland will act as the Executive Producer on the Extra Cold Music Concert at SuperSport Park in Centurion. He has been involved in some of the biggest records to date, so be prepared for magic come the 7th of June.

If the musical line up is anything to go by, the rest of the concert will be an unforgettable experience. Want to know who else is coming? Get this… NAS is coming. SAMA winners and now nominees again, Mi Casa will be Turning You On. So will Spoek Mathambo, Black Coffee, Zakes Bantwini, DJ Clock with Beatenberg, and Reason. There will also be an #ICE collaboration between Timbaland and a local South African artist, who the renowned producer will personally choose to collaborate with for this event. WHO WOULD YOU WANT HIM TO WORK WITH? Imagine a Black Coffee, Timbaland track with one of our very talented singers on the vocals?

Share your ideal Timbaland/ SA artist collaboration below.

Tickets are on sale now from Computicket outlets or online at www.computicket.co.za. Tickets are priced at R1500.00 for VIP, R750 for Golden Circle and R440 for General Access – for more details, visit www.castlelitesa.co.za

 

For a limited time only, you can take advantage of the early bird special available – R350 for General Access, available for one week only – do not delay!

9 days to #OMTOM

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I’m pretty excited and a little nervous about my next half marathon. In nine days time, I’ll be tackling the world’s most beautiful race – the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. I’m not quite ready for a full on marathon, let alone an ultra, so 21kms will do just fine. I’m running in aid of the Put Foot Foundation, a organisation dedicated to putting @ShoesOnFeet on the youngsters in our society. Often so many children will have to walk several kilometres to get to school and many of them are doing so barefoot. With winter coming up, you can understand the need to get shoes on their little feet and so I’m very happy to be helping them out alongside Old Mutual.

The team set me a challenge of R10,000.00, which I’ve already raised. SUPER STOKED about that. In fact, I’m now sitting on R11,670.00. That’s about 58 pairs of shoes. I have 9 days to go and hopefully I’ll be able to raise a little more. If you’re keen, click here. It’s quick, easy and it really is for a good cause. R10 is good. A little bit goes a long way and I would be very grateful too!

If anyone has done the half marathon and you have some tips for me, holler. I’m no pro, so your tips/ tricks are most welcome :) If you’re running, I’ll see you on the road!

Coldplay release Magic video

Chris Martin might be in the news for other reasons at the moment, but let’s focus our attention on the absolutely awesome music he and his fellow band mates from Coldplay are putting out there at the moment. The new single, Magic is making its way up the charts and the music video has just dropped online too. It’s directed by Jonas Åkerlund. and the actress you’ll see opposite Chris is Zhang Ziyi. Check it out above.

The track is taken off their forthcoming album, Ghost Stories, which is out on the 19th of May. I can’t wait!

Pre-order now from iTunes (and get Magic today) at http://smarturl.it/ghoststories or pre-order on CD at http://smarturl.it/ghoststoriescd