DJ Fresh sets the record straight

Malicious, unfounded gossip and gossipers… What a waste of air, honestly! I look at some of the magazine shelves in the shops and I think to myself how on earth do these journalists, editors come up with this shit? Who are their sources? And why are they out to make people look bad? Yes I’m in the entertainment industry and yes I’m guilty of having consumed some of this news in the past, but I’ve never had any desire to write for a tabloid etc. Unfortunately while my little, “I’m all about the craft” ideas are sweet, people clearly want the trash. And speaking of trash, DJ Fresh has vehemently denied and rubbished reports about him having fathered a love child.

In the 22nd of June edition of the Sunday Sun, reports surfaced alleging that Fresh, otherwise known as Thato Sikwane, had fathered a child with his manager of 15 years. Fresh is so peeved by these allegations leveled against him that he has lodged a formal complaint against the publication with the Press Council and demanded a front-page retraction. He has also requested the article be removed from the site.

“I do not have a child with her and must add I was not given fair opportunity to reply to any of the allegations either. The article correctly states that I was in Botswana – but no attempt was made to contact me at my hotel and no attempt was made to obtain contact details for me in Botswana from my wife, my manager or anybody else. There was no attempt to contact me via social media,” he says.

I hope the Press Council rules in his favour.

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 Fresh and his wife Thabiso cover True Love Magazine

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DJ Fresh and his wife Thabiso cover True Love Magazine’s February issue… The Valentine’s edition of the mag. I love the cover. It’s on point and apparently on sale now 🙂 They’re telling us EVERYTHING!!!! I wonder what that means. Off to the shops I go.

The Ultimix @ 6 tour wraps up in Jozi tonight

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.

Fresh & Euphonik present OH SHIP!

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.

 

Get to know Ian Credible


1. For those who don’t know who Ian Credible is, who are you?
Ian Credible (AKA Ian Morrison) is a multi talented MC/DJ/VJ & Producer.

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!

And the 2011 You Spectacular nominees are…

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)
Proverb (Idols)
Jeannie D (Top Billing)

FAVOURITE NEWCOMER *
Crazy White Boy (singing duo)
Ashish Gangapersad
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

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MTN Radio Awards: Full list of winners

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

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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!

(TV) 5 is coming


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.

Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is here


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!