Gallery: #CliffCentralRocksChristmas at Gold Reef City

Last night my #Unradio family at Cliff Central held the first of many event at the Lyric in Gold Reef City. The event saw the ‘president’ of Cliff Central, Gareth Cliff sharing the stage with the likes of Jennifer Su (my co-host), Hlubi Mboya, Tumisho Masha, ProVerb, the fantastic, amazing Soweto Gospel Choir and many other personalities from the station. I manned the ticket desk in fear of making all the guests evacuate their seats at the sound of my singing voice 😉

Check out the gallery below:

Previously on The Buzz on CliffCentral.com

If you missed the latest episode of The Buzz on CliffCentral.com with myself and Jennifer Su, take a listen to the podcast to hear what you missed. Jen and I caught up with Jonathan from Eye Couture to find out what hot trends you should look out for this Spring/ Summer. We also chatted to Nicolas and team from Cirque Eloize… This guys is talented to say the least. He can juggle knives, fireballs and a total of seven (maybe 8, stretched to 9) balls in one go. The show looks amazing too. We also chatted to Johnny Ray about Rockville 2069. Have a listen below and don’t forget to tune in every Tuesday between 11 and 12pm.

http://iono.fm/e/98175

Press release: Gareth Cliff’s UnRadio Show to debut on Comedy Central

Just so you know….

GARETH CLIFF “UNRADIO” TALK SHOW TO DEBUT LIVE ON COMEDY CENTRAL

Johannesburg, 23 April 2014: Entertainment phenomenon and “unradio” host Gareth Cliff is continuing to explore exciting new pastures with his own pan-African TV show – going LIVE 5 days a week on Comedy Central Africa.

 

Irreverent new talk show “The Gareth Cliff Show Live on Comedy Central” will be aired live every Monday to Friday on Comedy Central (DSTV Channel 122), on comedycentralafrica.com and on cliffcentral.com from 1 May.

 

The live breakfast show, airing from 07.35 CAT to 08.50 CAT every weekday, will feature calls, live interviews and a cheeky sideways look at the day’s news stories from Cliff’s new “CliffCentral.com” project, helped along by Cliff’s regular posse of collaborators including Damon Kalvari, Leigh-Ann Mol, Mabale Moloi and Siya Sangweni-Fynn.

According to Gareth Cliff, “With the dramatic changes in the broadcast landscape in a relatively short period of time, people are already listening to radio everywhere except on the radio, with online being the frontrunner. The partnership with Comedy Central not only gives our audience a traditional platform to join us as they’re getting ready to start the day, but is an opportunity to uncover fresh local content in a way that has never been done before in South Africa – reality radio!”

 

Evert van der Veer, Channel Head, Comedy Central, Africa, commented “This is Comedy Central’s first daily live show in the African market and we are thrilled to be partnering with a host of Gareth Cliff’s calibre, polish and experience to bring this new comedy concept to these shores.  The addition of a localised editorial voice to put things in perspective for SA viewers adds a broad new dimension to our comedy portfolio.”

MultiChoice Content Head, Aletta Alberts said they had great expectations of the show. “We have always supported new ideas and this exciting and fresh addition to the Comedy Central line-up will make the channel even stronger, reinforced by this local flavour. Gareth gives our viewers a voice to interact with this strong global brand.”

 

For the inside track on “The Gareth Cliff Show Live on Comedy Central”,please go to www.comedycentralafrica.com, like us on Facebook or follow the fun on Twitter and Instagram @ComedyCentralAF, or on Tumblr at http://comedycentralafrica.tumblr.com). To join the conversation about the show, please add #CliffComedyCentral to your tweets.

 

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!

#WheresGareth? CliffCentral.com

#WheresGareth

It has been a week since shock jock, Gareth Cliff announced that he was leaving national station, 5FM. Nobody knew why, not many expected it, but it happened… The trend #WheresGareth started and so began the speculating. Well here it is folks, Gareth is launching is own thing and on the 1st of May we’ll find out more about CliffCentral.com…. the unscripted, uncensored station, something he will absolutely rock at doing.

It kinda makes sense to me if you piece it all together. He’s a pioneer; a leader in broadcasting and so he needs to be ahead of everyone else. While there are other online stations out there already, Gareth comes with a massive following and a strong fan base. If I recall correctly, Gareth met Howard Stern on a recent trip to the USA, someone he admires. Stern is a big deal over there and he is hugely successful. He’s also a motormouth and says what he wants and that is what Gareth clearly wants! Uncensored radio will change things and all current stations must be shitting off big time.

I still believe there will be a video component to this. Gareth knows where the market is going and the convergence of broadcasting and online consumption, through platforms like YouTube will be key to this model. I look forward to finding out more about this. And who knows, maybe I’ll go knocking on the CC door and ask for a job too. You know me, the online, multimedia, entertainment guy 😉

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!

Reactions to Nelson Mandela’s passing

Idols SA – Tumi eliminated

Episode 12 - Tumi, image 01

Regional auditions are done, theatre week is wrapped… The Top 16 brought with it loads of drama and then a further six were cut, leaving us with the top 10 undiscovered and unsigned singers in South Africa. That’s where we were up until last night on South African Idols, but the culling continued. 21-year-old musical theatre student, Tumi Lesenjane unfortunately left the IdolsSA competition last night when she failed to get enough votes to get her through to the top 9.

It’s a pity because I really digged her, like Randall did. She’s got the makings of an incredible artist, she has the look, a beautiful voice and she seems lovely too. I’m hoping to do a Google Hangout with Tumi later, so stay tuned to my Twitter feed for updates.

Continue reading “Idols SA – Tumi eliminated”

Recap: Idols Top 8 boys

Brenden performing during episode 8, image 03

The Idols Top 8 boys took to the stage earlier to perform for the first time in front of a live crowd. This time around the judges can pass judgement, as they do, but it’s the millions of viewers at home who will ultimately decide who stays, who goes and who is that much closer to make their Idols dream come true. I wasn’t able to watch the show, but here’s a quick recap of what the judges had to say.

MUSA SUKWENE (26) from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga broke the ice, performing Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me”, which was a big hit on Gagasi FM. Idols judge Gareth Cliff pointed out that this was one of those times where the competition becomes tough, because three people have to be sent home on Tuesday. “You were very, very gentle with the song. My only worry was that it wasn’t very strong,” he told Musa. “You took us to the high notes, which is something you haven’t taken us to yet on your journey,” said Unathi Msengana. “You understand that it’s a marathon,” she noted approvingly. Randall Abrahams reminded Musa that Idols ultimately is a competition. “You’re just not a commanding presence on stage,” he complained, and he worried that Musa would not be memorable enough to stand out. To vote for Musa SMS the number 06 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Musa on Twitter @musathevoice

Next up was Phalaborwa’s golden boy INNOCENT MABUSHE (27). He chose the party song of the season, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, which had the listeners of Limpopo’s Capricorn FM dancing all winter long. Unathi thought that was an “extremely smart” song choice. “I wish you could be more confident with your higher register,” was her only concern. Gareth explained that the fans who voted for a specific contestant tonight would continue to vote for that contestant all through the competition, which is why tonight’s performance was so important. “I imagine that on Tuesday night you will get lucky,” Randall said. “The song is going to carry you.” But he was unimpressed with Innocent’s lack of energy on stage. To vote for Innocent SMS the number 03 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Innocent on Twitter @innocentmabushe

PHILIP DUBE (20) from Kempton Park in Gauteng opted for an R. Kelly song, “Believe In Me”, which was a massive hit for Johannesburg’s Kaya FM this year. “I think it’s a very pertinent song for the journey that you’ve been on,” Unathi noted. “I truly hope South Africa does believe in you.” Gareth agreed, but he noted that Philip lost his confidence halfway through the performance. “The one thing we always say is that song choice is key,” Randall reiterated. He thought that Philip was not mature enough yet to do the song justice. To vote for Philip SMS the number 07 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Philip on Twitter @philipdube

LEE-RON MALGAS (18) from Kensington in Cape Town sang “Harriet Jones” from R&B star Eric Benet, which was also a massive Kaya FM hit. “You were convincing,” Gareth told Lee-Ron. But he warned all the contestants that they had to stick out from the crowd at this stage of the competition. Unathi thought Lee-Ron was the most committed contestant so far tonight. And Randall agreed. “So far the best performance of the night,” he said. To vote for Lee-Ron SMS the number 05 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Lee-Ron on Twitter @LeeRonMalgas1

JONO JOHANSEN (16) from Glenwood in Durban gave the fans his interpretation of “Millionaires” by The Script, a sensation on Gauteng’s 94.7 Highveld Stereo charts. Gareth told Jono he had good and bad feedback for him. “I was kinda bored,” he admitted. “But the good news is, you love performing,” he said. Unathi said she enjoyed Jono’s performance, mostly because he enjoyed performing it. “People vote when you’ve made them have fun,” she cautioned. “It was nice,” Randall deadpanned. “It wasn’t necessarily memorable.” To vote for Jono SMS the number 04 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Jono on Twitter @jono_johansen

SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) from Soweto chose another massive Kaya FM hit for his performance, Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, and he brought the house down with it. “Thank you,” Gareth told him. “All the things that I said were missing from all the people before you, you brought.” Unathi said Sonke “owned the stage” and that this was her performance of the night. “Let’s not beat about the bush,” Randall said sternly … “That was great.” To vote for Sonke SMS the number 08 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Sonke on Twitter @sonke_mazibuko

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop in Mpumalanga also chose a Rihanna song for his performance: her ballad “Stay”, which was a big hit on East Coast Radio in KZN, and it also earned him a standing ovation. “You just became the guy to beat,” Gareth announced. Unathi said Brenden has a gift that very few people have – he can make every song that he tackles his own. “You are a star,” she said. Randall predicted that there will be a lot of collateral damage on Tuesday night, but that Brenden and Sonke will be fine. To vote for Brenden SMS the number 02 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Brenden on Twitter @brenden_praise

BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) from Noordhoek in Cape Town was up last, singing Avicii’s mega-hit “Wake Me Up, as heard on KFM in the Western Cape. “You were harvested with a different grain, and you’re proud of it, and that’s what I love about you,” Unathi told him. But Gareth could not agree. “I thought it was a massacre,” he said. “The only way you will get into the Top 10 is with charity.” And Randall thought that Ben had done his best, but he maybe didn’t step up his game enough for this stage of the competition. To vote for Benjamin SMS the number 01 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Benjamin on Twitter @BenjaminTainton

Did you agree with them? Who was good? Who wasn’t? Holler and share your thoughts from tonight’s episode. On Tuesday evening, three guys will leave the competition during the live results show. Who do you think they’ll be? Find out on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 19:30.

Idols Top 8 boys song choices

The Top 08 boys, image 02
So earlier this week, the names of the top 16 Idols contestants were announced. For the most part, everyone is happy but the noticeable absence of the twins has caused quite a stir. Alas, the decision has been made and I don’t foresee any changes being made. So forward we go… On Sunday viewers will get to see the guys on stage and if you’re wondering what they’ll be singing, then check out the list below:
BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) – Avicii’s mega-hit “Wake Me Up.
Big song… No pressure!

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) – Rihanna’s “Stay”.
If he nails this one, he might just secure his place in the top 5 and more.

INNOCENT MABUSHE (27) – Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. 
Fun song. It seems easy, but I don’t think it’s as easy as it appears. This will be interesting.

JONATHAN ‘JONO’ JOHANSEN (16)- The Script’s “Millionaires”.
Fun, pop song. It’s kinda safe… my opinion.

LEE-RON MALGAS (18) Eric Benet’s “Harriet Jones”.
I don’t know the song, but I dig him and I think his interpretation of the song will be a good one.

MAKHOSONKE “SONKE” MAZIBUKO (21) – Rihanna’s “Diamonds”.
Big song, it’ll get people singing along… Lets hope their voices don’t drown his voice out 😉
PHILIP DUBE (20) – R. Kelly’s “Believe In Me”.
Always a popular artist to sing. I’m looking forward to this one.
MUSA SUKWENE (26) – Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me”.

Love this song… Lets see how Musa does.
Those are my thoughts. What do you think? Don’t forget you can see all the interviews, videos and a lot more news on the official site.