And the 2015 SAMA nominees are…


And the nominees for the South African Music Awards XXI:
• Album of the Year
Beatenberg             The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest    Tsholofelo
K.O.                         Skhanda Republic
Ringo Madlingozi    Vulani
The Soil                   Nostalgic Moments

• Duo or Group of the Year
Beatenberg             The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Bittereinder              Skerm
BlackByrd                Home
McCoy Mrubata       Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
The Soil                   Nostalgic Moments

• Female Artist of the Year
Bucie                       Princess of House (Easy to Love)
Lulu Dikana             I Came to Love
Maleh                      You Make My Heart Go
Moneoa                   Ndim Lo
Simphiwe Dana       Firebrand

• Male Artist of the Year
AKA                         Levels
Cassper Nyovest    Tsholofelo
Jimmy Nevis           The Masses
K.O.                         Skhanda Republic
Ringo Madlingozi    Vulani

• Newcomer of the Year
Beatenberg             The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest    Tsholofelo
Duncan                   Street Government
Howie Combrink     Eat it While it’s Hot
Jeremy Loops         Trading Change

• Best Rock Album
aKing                   Morning After
Prime Circle         Let the Night In
Reburn                 Majestic
Taxi Violence       Tenfold
Zebra & Giraffe    Knuckles

• Best Pop Album
Beatenberg           The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Jimmy Nevis         The Masses
Monark                  Negatives
The Kiffness          KIFF
Toya Delazy          Ascension

• Beste Pop Album
Bobby van Jaarsveld  Maak ’n Wens
Eden                           Nooit Oud Raak Nie
Kurt Darren                 Lied vir die Vrou
Nádine                        Skildery
Riana Nel                    Die Regte Tyd

• Best Adult Contemporary Album
Arno Carstens             Lightning Prevails
BlackByrd                    Home
Howie Combrink          Eat it While it’s Hot
Josie Field                   S’bongile
Niemand                      Back Again

• Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Adam Tas                    Want Jy is Boer
Chris Chameleon & Posduif
Daniella Deysel
Dewald Wasserfall      #EkEnJy
Dozi                             Hande Vol Genade
Pieter Koen                 Wat die Hart Van Vol Is

• Best African Adult Album
Kelly Khumalo              Back to My Roots
Maleh                           You Make My Heart Go
Max-Hoba                     Travelling Man
Ringo Mandlingozi        Vulani
Simphiwe Dana             Firebrand

• Best Alternative Album
Bittereinder                   Skerm
Bye Beneco                  Space Elephant
Dassie                           Mistress
Jeremy Loops               Trading Change
Tailor                             Light

• Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Afrotraction                   For the Lovers
Lulu Dikana                   I Came to Love
Moneoa                         Ndim Lo
The Soil                         Nostalgic Moments
Vusi Nova                      Did It for Love

• Best Rap Album
AKA                               Levels
Duncan                          Street Government
Cassper Nyovest           Tsholofelo
K.O.                                Skhanda Republic
Reason                           Audio High Definition

• Best Kwaito Album
L’vovo Derrango              The Boss
Phi & Ginger                    Licence to Hustle
Professor                         University of Kalawa Jazmee Since 1994
Thebe                              Legend
Trompies                         Delicious

• Best Dance Album
Black Motion                    Fortune Teller
Bucie                                Princess of House (Easy to Love)
Cuebur                             The Brand New Me: Soul Candi Sessions 2015 (Disc 2)
Da Capo                           Da Capo
DJ Clock                           The 4th Tick: A Clockumentary

• Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Andile KaMajola                Chapter 6 Ujehova Ungibiyele
Rebecca Malope               Ama VIP
Rofhiwa Manyaga             Victory in the Blood
S’fiso Ncwane                   Bayede Baba
Worship House                 Live Project 11

• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Khaya Mthethwa               The Uprising (Limited Edition)
Loyiso Bala                        Power Love Sound
Ndo Dlakadla                     Rhythm of Worship
Tebello Sukwene               He’s Alive
Word and Life                     Freedom

• Best Traditional Music Album
Botlhale Boikanyo              Spoken Word & Music
Brian Finch                         Living for Yesterday
Imfez’emnyama                  Palesa
Impumelelo                         Isiporoporo
Qadasi (David Jenkins)       Uhambo Olusha

• Best Maskandi Album
Abakwamnyandu                KoMalume
Amawele Ka Mamtshawe   Mhla Uphelamandla
Ichwane Lebhaca               Ohulumeni
Maqhinga Radebe              iFacebook
Thokozani Langa                Igema Lami

• Best Jazz Album
Herbie Tsoaeli                    African Time Quartet in Concert
Kyle Shepherd Trio            Dream State
Marcus Wyatt &                  Maji Maji in the Land of Milk and Honey
Language 12
McCoy Mrubata    Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
Nduduzo Makhathini           Mother Tongue

• Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
CH2 Guitar Duo                 Soos in die Ou Dae
Charl du Plessis Trio          Baroqueswing
Tony Cox                            Padkos
University of Pretoria           Phoenix Camerata
Wouter Kellerman               Winds of Samsara

• Best Live DVD
Benjamin Dube Renewal in His Presence (producers: Aubrey Peacock & Benjamin Dube)
Krone    Krone Live (producer: Ben Heyns)
Lira    First Decade (producer: Robin Kohl)
Spirit of Praise Spirit of Praise Vol. 5 (producers: Aubrey Peacock, Benjamin Dube & Oupa Montshiwagae)
Various Artists   Innibos is Groot 2014 ‘Live’ (producer: Barry Pretorius)

• Best Collaboration
AKA ft. K.O.                 Run Jozi
Cassper Nyovest ft.     Gusheshe
DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg   Pluto
K.O. ft. Kid X                    Caracara
The Soil ft. Ladysmith      Hamba Uyosebenza
Black Mambazo

• Best Music Video of the Year
Alessio Bettocchi (director)  Yaya by DJ Dimplez ft. Dream Team & Anatii
Mzi Kumalo (director)         Turn You On by Mi Casa
Ryan Kruger (director)                      Let the Night In by Prime Circle
Kyle Lewis (director)  In Defence of My Art by Tumi Molekane
Zakes Bantwini (director)  Ghetto by Zakes Bantwini

• Best Producer of the Year
Lulu Dikana & Powella Tiemo    I Came to Love by Lulu Dikana
Ewald Jansen van Rensburg   Negatives by Monark
Denholm Harding   Let the Night In by Prime Circle
David Scott    KIFF by The Kiffness
Wouter Kellerman &  Winds of Samsara by Wouter Kellerman
Ricky Kej

• Best Engineer of the Year
Brian O’Shea, Crighton   Johnny Apple by Johnny Apple
Goodwill & Marius Brouwer

Dave Reynolds & Peter  The Light of Day by Dave Reynolds

Peter Auret    Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2 by McCoy Mrubata
Brendyn ‘Rusti’ Rossouw  Let the Night In by Prime Circle
Jürgen von Wechmar,   Ascension by Toya Delazy
Rogan Kelsey, Ross Fink
& Jaziel Sommers

• Remix of the Year
DJ Sbu, Robbie Malinga        Indlela Yam by DJ Sbu
& Mojalefa Thebe
Select Play                              Tsiki Tsiki Remix by Duncan
Goldfish Moonwalk Away (Goldfish Moon Landing Mix) Radio Edit by Goldfish
Heavy K                  Personal Paradise by Danny K featuring Donald
Riky Rick                                   Amantombazane by Riky Rick

Category winners to be announced at the awards ceremony:
• International Achievement Awards
• Lifetime Achievement Awards

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

• Highest Airplay of the Year

Note the Kia Record of the Year nominees will be announced on Live Amp tomorrow night at 21:00. The awards will once again be at Sun City. The date is confirmed for the 19th of April. See you there.

Gail Mabalane on #TheBuzz on Cliff Central

Actress, singer, businesswoman and soon-to-be mommy, Gail Mabalane dropped by the Cliff Central studios this week for an interview on my and Jennifer Su’s show, The Buzz (11-12pm on Tuesdays). The star has just launched her new, proudly South African body range called Body Lotion. She is one of the most professional, but warm and wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing on the show and she has done so well for herself in the four years since she entered Idols. Check out this short clip where Gail talks about Body Language and she opens up about her love for her hubby, Kabelo:

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Breaking: Bonang Matheba leaves Metro FM… Oh SABC

Bonang Matheba and Metro FM have officially parted ways. It was short, it trended but now The Front Row is no more… Well on Metro FM that is. The news broke just a few hours after Matheba began her presenting gig on SuperSport, as part of the channel’s World Cup coverage. Here is B*’s official statement:


The SABC and Bonang Matheba have decided to end their relationship after the broadcaster’s refusal to allow Ms Matheba to continue a World Cup Lifestyle show on SuperSport.

The broadcaster claims that NO talent on any SABC platform is allowed to be on any other broadcasters across ANY mediums. Ms Matheba and her management could not agree to these terms as it does not align with Matheba’s future business plans.

“Metro FM is a fine station and it is a pity that my journey with them has been so short. I am an independent freelancer and have been working peacefully with all broadcasters over the years. My future potential cannot be jeopardised by accepting terms that will not grow my career. I could not agree to the SABC’s blanket terms – in restricting me to work with other broadcasters even though my contract with them was on radio. Thank you to the team at Metro FM for a wonderful time thus far. Onward and upward!”

Matheba can be seen every weekend on SuperSport at 13:00 for the duration of the World Cup. She is also on Clash of the Choir every Sunday at 17:30 on Mzansi Magic.


Despite the statement, social networks are abuzz with speculation that she was fired. I doubt that was the case, but rather as Matheba says a difference in opinion and therefore the only possible outcome for both parties was to end their agreement. Maybe Metro FM will have a different take on how this all went down, but for me the SABC is being extremely narrow-minded here. For one there is no consistency in this argument. I wont mention their names in fear of them facing the same outcome, but I know of at least three DJs/ hosts from two radio stations who have TV gigs on the pay TV front. So how is Matheba’s latest gig a problem? Also, she’s been with Top Billing for over a year now and Clash of the Choirs is into its second season. Now all of a sudden the SuperSport gig is an issue? Hmmm. Also, Metro FM is available on the audio bouquet. If it’s such a massive issue for their talent to be on the ‘other side’, why is their audio on the ‘other side’? Bring on your statement SABC/ Metro FM. I’m intrigued.

Matheba is one of the biggest media personalities in this country. I’m very surprised they’re just letting her go. Maybe she can come join myself, Jen Su and Gareth Cliff at CliffCentral. #JustSaying 😉 … I’m going to try get her on my show to discuss this further. Lets see what happens.

The day Pearl Thusi made me blush

I’m not sure if many of you know, but I’m now a co-host on a show called The Buzz on Cliff Central. The show airs every Tuesday between 11-12pm. I’m co-hosting with the awesome, connected and equally as passionate about entertainment as me, Jennifer Su. Jen will be away for the next few weeks, so I’m driving the show solo. Today’s show was fantastic. I got to hang out with X Factor SA host, Andile Ncube, as well as one of the most underrated stars in music, Louise Carver. We had a jol and an hour just didn’t seem long enough. If you missed the show, visit a little later and get the podcast.

Last week we got to chat to Pearl Thusi, who in my opinion is one of the hottest (talent and beauty wise) stars in the game. She’s just superb; friendly, bubbly, smart and a joy to be around. During a song break, I got a little video clip of her. Take a look below… She even made me blush 😉

Cliff Central is available to anyone, not just South Africans.  You can stream the shows on the official site. Download WeChat and add the official Cliff Central account and stream to your heart’s content. You can also visit to hear it there. And if you want to watch Gareth Cliff’s show, make a date with Comedy Central, channel 122 on DStv to see him every week day between 6 and 7am.


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 – 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. 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 – – 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!!!

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!

DJ Warras joins 5FM

The radio shake up continues. We’ve heard of Gareth Cliff leaving national station 5FM and Alex Jay being shifted to weekends on 94.7. Plus, DJ Warras left YFM… It’s all going down. So you want to know where DJ Warras is going? Well ladies and gents, he’s joining 5FM. He, together with Tumi Voster will be taking over the 19:00- 22:00 slot on the staion, Mondays to Fridays.

Apparently Thando Thabethe will also be joining the station as a contributor to a week day show. She’ll also be hosting her own weekend show…. They “don’t want to give anything away” though, which to me means they’re still trying to figure it out 😉

Tim Zunckel, Programme Manager comments; “We are very excited, the 5FM brand always attracts top personalities who want to work on the biggest youth platform in the country. This is a perfect time for Warras to join and this will have the ability to take his career to the next level. Both Tumi and Thando are great additions to the new line-up and we looking forward to them developing on our platform.”

5FM is launching; #555 soon and when it does, we’ll know the full line up. So let the speculating begin:

– Fresh on Breakfast. He’s the only personality who is big enough to take over from Gareth in that slot. That would be awesome.

– Nicole and Angela either on mid morning or lunch, with Vember taking the other show

– Forbes on Drive. If that doesn’t happen, perhaps the rumours of Roger taking over from Fresh on Drive are true. I personally don’t think that’s a good fit, but 5’s management might think otherwise.

As far as weekends go, Maybe KB is leaving and Thando is taking over that slot? Your thoughts?


Have to share this hilarious tweet I got last night:

5 might need to do some educating, but it wont take long.

My message to Gareth Cliff and crew

Gareth Cliff has left the building… The controversial radio host has decided his time at national station, 5FM must come to an end. Just like that – it’s done. I was heading back from Sun City when he bowed out just before 9am. So I pulled over, took a moment to record a little message to Gareth and his team. Check it out above.

Gareth Cliff, thank you for entertaining us. Legend!

Gareth Cliff leaves 5FM

It’s that time of the year. The end of March is here and with that looms a new era in ‘radio land’. There are a lot of changes made to line ups and with that comes a lot of unease for both DJs and listeners alike. Especially when some of radio personalities leave the stations – willingly or not. Up to today it has been a little quiet, but here’s the big announcement so far: After 10 years at national station, 5FM, mornings host Gareth Cliff is leaving. WHAT????? Official press release below:

5FM is sad to announce that, after ten years on air, Gareth Cliff will be leaving the station at the end of March 2014.  Gareth Cliff and 5FM are parting ways after an exceptional journey as Gareth will be pursuing further opportunities in his personal capacity. Explains 5FM’s programming manager Tim Zunckel; “5FM is enormously appreciative of Gareth’s incredible work ethic, his dedication to his listeners and support of the 5FM brand. The station thanks Gareth for his exceptional ten years of on-air presence as well as being an ambassador for the station, we wish him the very best in future.”

Gareth Cliff commented, “I’ve had an amazing decade at 5FM together with my “one-of-kind”  team  and I have loved every minute. The journey has been an unforgettable one but I’m excited about the future”. 

Adds 5FM’s Zunckel, “It has been a pleasure working with Gareth. He has been a huge asset to the 5FM team and we will miss him as an on-air personality and part of the brand. We’re excited about the new line-up and will be announcing as to what listeners can expect in the near future”

WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. FUCK? Is this some early April Fools’ Day joke? Apparently Cliff and the rest of the 5FM Mornings team bow out today… I don’t buy it. Sorry. Something’s not right here. Yes change is a given, but when there’s no warning or a build up to such news, one has to ask questions. It’s just so sudden and with very little warning. Who replaces someone with such a big personality? How will the marketing department drive the station’s new sound without someone who has been so successful in not just bringing in numbers, but changing the way morning radio has been done and has surely brought in a lot of revenue to the station too?

Does the Fresh Drive take over the morning schedule? Is Anele heading back to 5FM? Is Bonang Matheba becoming the first female radio personality to do a solo morning show? Just some questions floating around at the moment. Your thoughts? Speak to me.

Aisha Mohamed resigns as 5FM Station Manager

I know this is the time of the year where the on air radio shuffling happens, but I didn’t expect this news today. 5FM Station Manager Aisha Mohamed has resigned from the station. Aisha has been associated to the station for over a decade now and has been running the highly successful station since 2010. She will take up a position in the commercial section at the SABC and I’m pretty sure she’ll keep a close eye on the station from time to time 😉 Wishing her the best of luck in her new position and ventures. It’s a sad day, but a good innings too. (Salute)5!

Full press release:

5fm is sad to confirm the resignation of Station Manager, Aisha Mohamed.

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