It’s time to #MoveJozi

We’ve got just two more days to go until the now annual WE RUN Jozi event takes place. Over 10 000 runs will #MoveJozi this weekend with Nike and it’s bound to be a whole bunch of fun. Chianosky and Goldfish will be there to keep us moving at the end and I’m sure there will be loads of celebs running the race, who can provide you with some entertainment too.

The race starts at onMiriam Makeba Street in Newtown and it finishes Mary Fitzgerald Square some 10kms later. If you’re looking for information on where to park and what time to be there etc, CLICK HERE.

You can still collect your race packs today and tomorrow at The Zone in Rosebank between 09:00 and 19:00. And here’s a little infographic on how to attach your timing device. It seems silly and easy, but it’s important that it’s done properly so check it out:

Nike #MoveJozi

I’ll be hitting some Futurelife High Energy Smart Food before the race and then I’ll be good to go ūüôā I look forward to seeing those of you running there!

Bieber, Bon Jovi and the SAMAs – A busy week in entertainment


What’s good friends? It’s Monday morning in my part of the world and it’s going to be a mad busy week. Why? Well here’s a little breakdown of what is crackening this week:

1. The 19th annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) brought to you by MTN. It all goes down in Sun City this coming Friday and Saturday. Friday focuses on the technical, behind the scenes awards. Now this part of the weekend isn’t televised, but it’s fun and an important night too. I will be there and I’ll bring you some pics, news and highlights from that ceremony.

Saturday evening is the big show. Here’s a list of some of the performers expected to take to the stage:
Dr Thomas Chauke
Sangre Superbeat
Toya Delazy
DJ Zinhle
Desmond and the Tutus
The Muffinz
Vetkuk & Mahoota

Guest presenters include Menzi Ngubane, Sophie Ndaba, Zolisa Xaluva, Thami Mgqolo, Rapulana Seiphemo and Tsholo Monedi. Who will be the big host? The big winners? Find out on Saturday by checking out the live broadcast on SABC1 or follow my tweets (@JasonVonBerg) for details.

2. If the SAMAs aren’t your vibe then maybe Bon Jovi is. The legendary band will be rocking out at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday evening. Bummed to be missing it, but hey the SAMAs have called and I shall answer ūüėČ

3. Justin Bieber! Arguably the biggest name in entertainment at the moment kicks off his first South African tour this coming Wednesday in Cape Town. This will be massive and already Bieber fever has reached a level that nobody can control. If you’re going to be at the CT gig, let us know what it’s like. Oh and moms and dads, best you be getting your earplugs sorted ahead of the performance… we’d hate for you to be left hard of hearing afterwards. Sunday evening Jozi gets its chance to see the Biebs. I’ll be there, sadly sans the video camera because Bieber’s camp doesn’t allow for that, but I’ll be snapping some pics for the occasion.

4. Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to shower your mums this Sunday. A good breakfast, a lovely brunch, a delicious dinner… Some nice flowers, a few gifts and lots of love and you’re well on your way to being the kid ever!


With just over eight days to go, SAMA fever is setting in nicely. It’s going to be an epic weekend and I cannot wait for all the action, excitement, the glitz and the glamour. The SAMA peops have put together an A-Z list of things both you and I need to know ahead of this year’s event. Check this out:

A is for ‚ĶAmstel VIP Afterparty ‚Äď The exclusive post awards after party where guests get to rub shoulders with¬† all the winners and the who‚Äôs who of the music biz

BlackByrd, Desmond & The Tutus, DJ Vetkuk vs Mahoota, Freshlyground & The Muffinz ‚Äď Contesting the tough Duo or Group of the Year category

ChianoSky ‚Äď Second highest amount of nominations for this new young pop sensation taking the music industry by storm, with 5 nominations including Female Artist of the Year

Due Drop Deluxe ‚Äď Highest nominated album debut album from Toya Delazy with 6 nominations

Elvis Blue, Arno Carstens, Khuli Chana, ProVerb & Reason ‚Äď Strong field of very talented musicians nominated for the Male Artist of the Year award

Flickr ‚Äď – houses official MTN SAMA‚Äôs image content ‚Äď you‚Äôll be able to get all the Y‚Äôello carpet, live show and behind the scenes photos

Goodie Bag ‚Äď The magical yellow case that everyone wants to get their hands on. Each goodie bag is worth R18, 000 and contains items from Guess, Ray Ban, Koi, Soho Nail Bar, Honey Jewellery, just to name a few‚Ķcollectively worth over R2,5 million

HHP, Black Motion, B.O.P, Donald, Kabomo, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota, Lloyd Cele, Khaya, Elvis Blue, Liquideep, Mi Casa, Riot, Oskido, Sfiso Ncwane & Teargas ‚Äď 15 strong field of male artists vying for the Record of the Year award‚Ķit doesn‚Äôt get tighter than this

Instagram – Handle: @MTNSAMA ‚Äď get the latest and pictures of your favourite artists from the Y‚Äôello carpet

Johannes Kerkorrel, Sizwe Zako & Dr Thomas Chauke ‚Äď Legendary music stalwarts that will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for the stellar work in the music industry over the years

Kelly Khumalo, Khuli Chana & Khaya and Kia ‚Äď The former all received 3 nominations each, and the latter will be driving the stars to the Y‚Äôello carpet

L is for live streaming ‚Äď catch the awards and all the backstage behind the secnes action as it is streamed live on your mobile ( and Facebook (

Mzansi 4 Sho ‚Äď SABC 1 Will broadcast the awards ceremony live to millions of viewers on Saturday, May 11 at 8:30pm

Nomfusi, Maleh, Kelly Khumalo, Cama Gwini & Bongeziwe Mabandla ‚Äď Ladies doing it for themselves in the Best African Adult Album category

Oskido, Black Coffee, DJ Pepsi, DJ Vetkuk vs. Mahoota & Pascal & Pearce ‚Äď Industry heavyweights going head to head in one of the biggest awards of the night, the Best Dance Album Award

ProVerb, PRO, Reason, Khuli Chana & Last Days Fam ‚Äď Going head to head for in the Best Rap Album category

Q РQuestion is Рwho will follow in Zahara’s 2012 footsteps and dominate the awards?  Now that’s something to celebrate

Record of the Year ‚Äď Voting lines are open for the 20 acts in the running, voting is reaching fever pitch for the most popular award of the night

Sun City Superbowl ‚Äď Venue for MTN SAMA 19 on Saturday 11 May.¬† Final show prodcution is being kept tightly under wraps with some hot, never-before-seen collaborations planned‚Ķ Live Acts announcement coming soon

Tickets ‚Äď Available from Computicket from R 330 ‚Äď R400 (Golden Circle) per person including entrance to the public After Party in the Hall of Treasures –

Umthwalo ‚Äď Having dominated last year with 6 MTN SAMAs, this year Zahara returns with 3 nominations including Record of the Year for Umthwalo

V.Underground, Lloyd Cele, Riot & Shabalala Rhythm ‚Äď Clinched nominations for Best Collaboration with a variety of artists for the smashing hits in 2012

Warwick Allan, Benza, Salomon Ligthelm, Jolyon Ellis & Claudio Pavan ‚Äď Celebrated producers behind the most outstanding music videos the past year going head to head for the coveted Best Music Video of the Year award

XOXO ‚Äď Expect lots of hugs and kisses on the red carpet as well as big hugs on stage for the winners

Y‚Äôello Carpet ‚Äď Signature MTN SAMA style VIP carpet; the fashion on the Y‚Äôello carpet is just as important as the music at the annual MTN SAMA awards ‚Äď see who‚Äôs wearing what on streamed live on your mobile ( and Facebook (

Zonke, Toya Delazy, ChianoSky, Zahara & DJ Zinhle ‚Äď Ladies in the running for the coveted Record of the Year category

Full list of SAMA 19 nominees list


Here they are:

‚ÄĘ Album of the Year
Kelly Khumalo – The Past, The Present, The Future
Khuli Chana   РLost in Time
Maleh  РStep Child
Ntokozo Mbambo  РFilled
The Muffinz – Have you Heard?
‚ÄĘ Duo or Group of the Year
BlackByrd                              Strong
Desmond & The Tutus            MNUSIC
DJ Vetkuk Vs Mahoota            Dinaledi
Freshlyground                       Take Me to the Dance
The Muffinz                           Have you Heard?
‚ÄĘ Female Artist of the Year
ChianoSky                             Hungry
Kelly Khumalo                       The Past, The Present, The Future
Lulu Dikana                           This is the Life
Maleh                                   Step Child
Ntokozo Mbambo                   Filled
‚ÄĘ Male Artist of the Year
Arno Carstens                       Atari Gala
Elvis Blue                             Journey
Khuli Chana                          Lost in Time
ProVerb                                Fourthwrite
Reason                                 Audio3D
‚ÄĘ Newcomer of the Year
Bongeziwe Mabandla           Umlilo
Khaya                                 For You
Tailor                                 The Dark Horse
The Muffinz                        Have you Heard?
Toya Delazy                        Due Drop Deluxe
‚ÄĘ Best Rock Album
Arno Carstens                    Atari Gala
Desmond & The Tutus        MNUSIC
Prime Circle                      Evidence
The Plastics                       Pyramid
Zebra & Giraffe                 The Wisest Ones
‚ÄĘ Best Pop Album
ChianoSky                          Hungry
Kurt Darren ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†In Jou O√ę
Lloyd Cele                          No Limits
Snotkop                             Oppas
Toya Delazy                       Due Drop Deluxe
‚ÄĘ Best Adult Contemporary Album
BlackByrd                          Strong
Elvis Blue                          Journey
Freshlyground                   Take Me to the Dance
Lira                                  The Captured Tour Concert Film
Nianell                             My Heart
‚ÄĘ Best Kontempor√™re Musiek
Bobby Van Jaarsveld             Wat Geld Nie Kan Koop Nie
Jay & Lianie                         Bonnie En Clyde
Juanita du Plessis                 Jy Voltooi My
Romanz                                Hou Vas
Theuns Jordaan                    Roeper
‚ÄĘ Best African Adult Album
Bongeziwe Mabandla           Umlilo
Cama Gwini                        Re-Birth
Kelly Khumalo                    The Past, The Present, The Future
Maleh                                 Step Child
Nomfusi                             Take Me Home
‚ÄĘ Best Alternative Album
Bittereinder                                          Die Dinkdansmasjien
Fetish                                                   Little Heart
iScream & The Chocolate Stix                The Paradox
Tailor                                                   The Dark Horse
Yoav                                                     Blood Vine
‚ÄĘ Best R&B / Soul / Reggae Album
Kabomo                                 Memory Remains
Khaya                                    For You
Lulu Dikana                           This is the Life
The Muffinz                           Have you Heard?
Zaki Ibrahim                          Every Opposite
‚ÄĘ Best Rap Album
Khuli Chana                         Lost in Time
Last Days Fam                     Eternal Effect
PRO                                    Continua
ProVerb                               Fourthwrite
Reason                                Audio3D
‚ÄĘ Best Kwaito Album
Bhar                                          Morning Bang
Kabelo                                       Immortal Vol. 2
L’Vovo Derrango ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The Headmaster
Professor                                   The Orientation
Teddybears                               Teddybears
‚ÄĘ Best Dance Album
Black Coffee                              Africa Rising
DJ Pepsi                                    Royal House Collection Vol. 2
DJ Vetkuk Vs Mahoota                Dinaledi
Oskido                                       I Believe
Pascal & Pearce                         Passport 2.0
‚ÄĘ Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Hlengiwe Mhlaba                     Abba Baba
Rebecca                                  Live in Concert
Thulile Mbili                            My Home-Heaven Spirit Of Praise Vol. 4
Winnie Mashaba                       Bophelo Ke Leeto
‚ÄĘ Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Jonathan Butler                                                                              Grace and Mercy
Retief Burger, Helmut Meijer, Neil B√ľchner, Louis Britz ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† In Verwondering
Loyiso                                                                                            Love Complete
Ntokozo Mbambo                                                                            Filled
Retief Burger                                                                                  Luidkeels Dieper
‚ÄĘ Best Traditional Album
George Maluleke                                              Magolongwani
Shabalala Rhythm                                            Please Call Me
Soul Brothers                                                   Siphithiphithi
Dr. Thomas Chauke ‚Äď Na Shinyori Sisters ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Shimatsatsa No. 31
Zozo & Sangere Superbeat                               Mabindu Vol 14
‚ÄĘ Best Maskandi Album
Ichwane Lebhaca                        Inkunzi Yomthakathi
Imithente                                   Vuka Mathambo
Ntombethongo                           Thokozile
Phuzekhemisi                             Bayede Zulu
Zero Khumalo                             O Sugar Daddy
‚ÄĘ Best Jazz Album
Herbie Tsoaeli                       African Time
Kyle Shepherd                       South African History !X
Lindiwe Maxolo                     Time
Steve Dyer                            Ubuntu Music
Tutu Puoane                         Breathe
‚ÄĘ Best Classic & Instrumental Album
Maria du Toit & Nina Schumann                      Luminous Shade
CH2                                                               CH 2 Guitar Duo Live with the UP Symphony Orchestra
Derek Gripper                                                One Night On Earth
Guy Buttery                                                    To Disappear In Place
Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery                     In The Shade of the Wild Fig
‚ÄĘ Best Live DVD
Black Coffee                            Africa Rising
Lira                                         The Captured Tour Concert Film
The Parlotones                         Dragonflies and Astronauts
Huisgenoot Skouspel                 Huisgenoot Skouspel 2012
Zahara                                     The Beginning LIVE
‚ÄĘ Best Collaboration
Lloyd Cele Feat. Fresh, Euphonik & Slikour                              Louder!
Riot Feat. Zahara                                                                   Thetha Nami
Shabalala Rhythm Feat. Oliver Mtukudzi and DJ Tira                Please Call Me
V.Underground Feat. Mishka                                                   Gelo Wandi
Zahara Feat. Leroy Bell & Soweto Gospel Choir                        Hold On (Bambelela)
‚ÄĘ Best Music Video of the YearBenza¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† AKA¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬†¬† Jealousy
Salomon Ligthelm                             Gangs Of Ballet                      Hello Sweet World
Warwick Allan                                   Prime Circle                          Evidence
Jolyon Ellis                                        Spoonfeedas                         Attack Of The Hadedas
Claudio Pavan                                   The Parlotones                       Honey Spiders

‚ÄĘ Best Producer

Mark Beling                                       BlackByrd                              Strong
Crighton Goodwill                             ChianoSky                              Hungry
Theo Crous                                        Prime Circle                          Evidence
Theo Crous                                       The Parlotones                       Journey  Through The Shadows
Jax Panik                                          Toya Delazy                           Due Drop Deluxe

‚ÄĘ Best Engineer

Christopher Tuck                              Macstanley                                                             Lucid Alive And Dreaming
Mark Beling                                      BlackByrd                                                               Strong
Crighton Goodwill                             ChianoSky                                                              Hungry
Jake Odendaal                                 Joe Niemand Night of Light Die Beste Van               Joe Niemand
Marius Marais                                                                                                                Huisgenoot Skouspel 2012

‚ÄĘ Remix of the Year

Zynne Sibika                                     J Vetkuk Vs Mahoota                                Istokvel
Chris Sen                                          RJ Benjamin                                            2012 Change The World
DJ Kent                                            Theo Kgosinkwe                                       Thinking About You Ft. Zonke РDJ Kent Remix
Pascal & Pearce                                Toya Delazy                                             Heart РPascal & Pearce Remix
ClassyMenace¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Toya Delazy¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬† Pump It On ‚Äď Classy Menace Remix

Who’s going to Joburg Day?

One of the coolest events in the Jozi social calendar has to be the annual Joburg Day Music festival. The event is organised by regional station 94.7 Highveld Stereo every year. It’s a great way to usher in the new season, to be outdoors with friends and family and to listen and see some of SA’s best musicial talent.

I’ve been in the music and entertainment industry for over five years and sadly this will be the first time I wont be in attendance. I have other engagements to attend to and it really is such a shame because the lineup this year is the best, by far. If you don’t know here are the artists set to perform at this year’s Joburg Day, which is presented by Santam:

Toya De Lazy (fresh and fun)

Prime Circle (You always get what you want )

The Graeme Watkins Project (rad, rad, rad bunch of guys)

Mi Casa (what can I say…. they stay #winning)

Chianosky (Check out her album Hungry, in stores now)

Locnville (they’ve been quiet but they’re good chaps and they always impress)

Lloyd Cele (awesome chap)

Kongos (not totally familiar with them but a good addition no doubt)

Crazy White Boy (love them and their album is amazeballs)

Goodluck (love them)

The event goes down this Saturday the Riversands Farm, north of Johannesburg. Gates open at 11am. I’m told tickets are sold out so if you’re going have a jol. Check out some of my pics from last year here.

Catch ChianoSky on 5FM’s (LIVE)5 this Saturday

The wonderful ChianoSky will be performing on 5FM‚Äôs (LIVE)5 show this Saturday. The ‘Sick Sick’ and ‘Home Sweet Home’ hit maker recently released her debut album called Hungry and to celebrate and further promote the material, she‚Äôll be performing on the show this Saturday. What‚Äôs very exciting about this is that she‚Äôll be joined on stage by a full band for the first time ever.

The gig is set to take place at the Openroom Studios in Greenside, Jozi. So why not call your mates, get them to join you in Greenside for a couple of sundowners and enjoy one of SA‚Äôs freshest and as Glamour¬† magazine refers to her, ‚ÄúThe Next Big Thing‚ÄĚ on stage.

Date: Saturday 18th August

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Venue: 116 Green Way, Greenside, JHB

If you aren‚Äôt in Jozi, be sure you have a radio nearby so that you can enjoy listening to her live on 5FM. PLUS… I have THREE COPIES UP FOR GRABS. You want a copy? Name two songs off the album Hungry and you’ll get yourself a copy ūüėČ Just leave the details in the comments section below.

I’ve been listening to this album for a good three weeks now and I really (like really) am enjoying it. She’s fresh, has a beautiful voice and the future really looks bright for this 19-year old. I look forward to bringing you more news on Chiano in the weeks and months to come.