Watch: Zolani Mahola Get Up (Zambezia soundtrack)

Freshlyground‘s Zolani lends her voice to the soundtrack for the hugely successful animated feature film, Adventures of Zambezia. The song is called Get Up and you catch watch it above. You can also go and check out the film in any good Nu Metro theatre now. I plan to go and see it very soon. It looks fantastic and I do love me an animated film every now and then.

Just a side note, the soundtrack has been nominated for 2 Annie Awards, which is fantastic news. Congratulations to all involved!

Celebrate being South African and the World Cup’s legacy

Honestly, one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had in my life happened exactly one year ago. In the video above you will myself and fellow Jozi residents in the streets of Sandton, South Africa as we await the Bafana Bafana team ahead of the FIFA World Cup. To be in that space was incredible and the tone was set right from that moment. Pessimists were kept at bay and we as South Africans opened up our doors, our hearts and we welcomed to the world to our country. In the video below you will see some of the highlights from the FIFA World Cup Celebration Concert, in which the likes of Shakira, Freshlyground, K’Naan, John Legend, Alicia Keys, BLK JKS and many many more performed on stage in Soweto.

So what do you remember and miss? I miss:

– The vuvuzela

Soccer City

Waka Waka-ing with Shakira and Freshlyground

Waving My Flag with K’Naan

– Phillip… I honourary name for Feel it… It Is here

– That little annoying Kenako kid LOL

– I miss mocking Diego Forlán for causing misery for not only us South Africans but for other nations he and his fellow Uruguayan players played in the world cup. Having said that, he was one of the best players admittedly.

– I miss Hup Holland Hup

– I miss wearing my Bafana Bafana and Ghanian jersey, an American flag, a Dutchscarf all during the period of the world cup.

– Seeing former President Nelson Mandela coming onto the field at the closing ceremony with his wife Graça Machel. For him to be there and give his blessing (so to speak) was just the most incredible moment to witness. I cried like a baby and I am not ashamed to admit that. It’s because of him that this was even possible I believe. It was also a difficult time for the Mandela family as they were mourning the loss of 13-year-old Zenani, who was killed in a car accident the night of the Kick-Off Celebration concert.

Most importantly I miss that sense of pride and happiness we all experienced during that time. For those 6 weeks we were one. We were proud of how far we have come as a nation, not only in terms of the infrastructure that was built for the world cup, but in terms of our history and how much we have achieved in the 16 years since we became a democracy. The newspapers, news channels on TV and radio led with feel-good stories and not the negative press we’ve come to expect. The FIFA World Cup gave us beautiful stadiums, the Gautrain and a one-way ticket to greatness! Now as we build up to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, go forth and wear your rugby jerseys. Show your support for the team and remember how great we really are! I’m preaching but it’s true!


SAMA 17 nominees: full list

SAMA nominee Kwesta and his fans at Monte Casino
SAMA nominee Kwesta and his fans at Monte Casino

The countdown to the South Africa Music Awards is on. The nominees for this year’s awards were announced earlier at La Toscano in Monte Casino. Some of the big names include Liquideep, The Flash Republic, Loncville, Loyiso, Zakes Bantwini, Kwesta and Louise Carver. Well done to everyone who cracked a nomination (or four). I’ve got some video, which I’ll get up at some point tomorrow and I’ll let you in on my thoughts about the party and this year’s awards but for now, check out the full list of this year’s nominees:

Best Traditional/African Adult Contemporary African DVD
Benjamin Dube – Worship In His Presence with Benjamin Dube

Dorothy Masuku and Friends – Live at Mandela Theatre

Stimela – Live In Concert: 30 years

Uche – Live At Lyric Theatre

Worship House – Project 7 It Is Well With My Soul

Best Urban DVD

Nhlanhla Nciza – Live At The Joy Of Jazz

Teargas 101 – Teargas 101 Live

Thandiswa – Dance Of The Forgotten Free

Best Global Chart DVD
Locnville – Sun In My Pocket: Platinum Edition

Nadine – Live In Europe

Nataniël – Cathedral

Nianell – Sand & Water – Live & More

The Parlotones – Live Design
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JVB Top 40 for 2010

It’s been another fantastic year in music. Usher and Eminem made huge comebacks, BFFs Rihanna and Katy Perry keep dropping big songs. Taio Cruz, Drake, B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Liquideep all graced us with their musical talents (and thankfully so) and Shakira, Freshlyground and K’Naan provided us with two of the biggest songs of the year during the FIFA 2010 World Cup, right here in Mzansi. So I thought I should put a list together of some of my favourites, and probably yours too. Here is my Top 40 for 2010


Rihanna featuring Drake- What’s My Name


K’Naan- Wavin’ Flag


Liquideep- Fairytale


Eminem featuring Rihanna- Love The Way You Lie


Katy Perry- Teenage Dream


Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce- Telephone


Usher featuring OMG


Taio Cruz- Dynamite


Bruno Mars- Just The Way You Are


Justin Bieber- Somebody To Love


Shakira featuring Freshlyground- Waka Waka


B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars- Nothin on You


Adam Lambert- Whataya Want From Me


Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dog- California Gurls


Usher featuring Pitbull- DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again


Big Nuz featuring Tira- Umlilo


Professor – Jimaphi/Jezebel (feat. Oskido)


Miza featuring Flabba- Superhero


Parlotones- Life’s Design


Alicia Keys- Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart


B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams- Airplanes


Mike Posner- Cooler than me


Jack Parow- Cooler As Ekke


Kelly Rowland- Commander


Drake- Find Your Love


Rihanna- Only Girl In The World


Lady Gaga- Bad Romance


Civil Twilight- Letters From The Sky


Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP- We No Speak Americano


Cee Lo Green- Forget You


Ke$ha- We R Who We R


Far East Movement- Like A G6


Pink- Raise Your Glass


Krazy White Boy- Love You Better


Willow Smith- Whip My Hair


Liquideep- Alone


Jozi- Get The Party Jumpin’


Jason Derulo- In My Head


Goldfish- Get Busy Living


Thirty Seconds To Mars- Hurricane

And there you have it. The JVB Top 40 for 2010! Hope u enjoyed… let’s do it again next year- and we’ll vodcast it next time too!

Joburg Day- Rad to the max!

Over the weekend I attended my fourth Joburg Day. The annual music festival is organized by regional station 94.7 Highveld Stereo. The guys do a fantastic job each year, by showcasing some of South Africa’s best musical talent. It’s grown so substantially in recent years that the organisers have changed venues to accommodate the bigger crowds. For the second year running the event has been held at the Riversands Farm, north of the city. In my four years of going I haven’t known it to be sold out, but this year Joburg Day was officially sold out. Over 16 000 were there. Nice. I say over 16 000 because it was packed and I’m sure the security guards were a bit lenient at the entrance (cash in pocket). That wasn’t a major issue though.

My friends and I headed off to the Castle beer tent, where we sat in the sun listening to the music coming from the stage. As you’ll see in the picture on the right, my good mate Mike was heavily influenced by one of the stars on the lineup, Mr Jack Parow. I was so bleak I missed him. He was on stage early in the day because he had another gig. Oh the life of a rockstar. There were a couple of Jack Parow inspired outfits come to think of it… “Cooler as ekke”
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Joburg Day details

Summer is on the way and with that comes a whole bunch of fun outdoor activities, starting with this one: Joburg Day. The annual music festival features some of the best local talent on one stage. Here are the deets:
Venue: Riversands Farm, north of Jozi.
Date? 4th of September!
Line-up: The Parlotones
Prime Circle
Danny K
Arno Carstens
Jack Parrow
Thembi Seete
La Vuvuzela
PJ Powers

Apart from some of the coolest artists this year, the station has now introduced it a great campaign called The Homebrew Road to Joburg Day. The best in unsigned talent will get the opportunity to perform on stage on the 4th and hopefully give them the platform to launch a successful musical career. Nice!!

Tickets cost R200 for adults, R70 for children under 12, and are available from Computicket.