Listen to Zahara ft Tressor


SAMA-winning star Zahara has teamed up with DRC’s TRESOR Riziki for a new track called Limbisa. The song, which is off her platinum-selling album Phendula, was produced by legendary Robbie Malinga and Mjalefa ‘Mjakes” Thebe.

Limbisa is derived from the Congolese dialect, Lingala and it means “Forgive”. The message of the song is simple: to celebrate our imperfections and differences and how through that, we learn to celebrate and live alongside one another peacefully.  On the track you’ll hear Zahara singing in Swahili, which in itself is incredible. The video will be shot in three weeks at the SABC. Apparently they’re looking to have a whole heap of celebs featuring in the video. Can’t wait to see it.

I’ve got both of Zahara’s albums and I’ve had the privilege of meeting and interview TRESOR and I think the formidable duo can do something very special musically, culturally and socially with this track. If you want to have a listen, click here.

Zahara online:


Twitter: @ZaharaSA

Instagram: @ZaharaSA

Sound Cloud:


It’s Snoop Lion weekend in SA

snoop-lion-allstars-281x211You’ll know by now that Snoop Lion is jetting into Durban in the next day or so. This is ahead of Saturday’s MTV Africa All Stars concert, which is taking place at the People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium. I’m heading down on Saturday to hopefully catch Snoop on camera, as well as some of the other acts. Side note, I’m happy the Durbanites are getting a concert for once.. I know y’all often feel left out, so here’s to making you happy*

And with that, I can let those of you in Cape Town and in Jozi know that Snoop will be in your hood too. He’ll be out at the Ellis Park Arena on Sunday evening, followed by a concern at the Grand Area GrandWest on the 21st. AKA and Jack Parow will be the support acts for ‘the Lion’.

Tickets Available at:

Johannesburg 19 May –Ellis Park Arena:

·         Golden Circle R650

·         Regular seated and standing R350

Continue reading “It’s Snoop Lion weekend in SA”

MTN SAMA 19 – First list of winners for 2013

Riot, Zahara
The 19th edition of the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) has arrived. The technical, non-broadcast or as host for the evening Tumi Morake said, the Tumi Show awards, were held in the Sun City resort on Friday evening. Some of the big nominees were in attendance, as were sponsors, media and other invited guests.

I was there tweeting, instagraming and filming (footage to follow soon). It was a lovely evening and this part of the awards weekend is always so enjoyable. It’s a nice way to ease into the festivities and it’s good to catch up with some of the nominees and winners. Here is a list of the winners from tonight:

Lifetime Achievement Awards – Presented by Ray Phiri & Vusi Mahlasela
Johannes Kerkorrel (posthumously)
Sizwe Zako
Dr Thomas Chauke

• Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
Khaya – For You

• Best Alternative Album
iScream & The Chocolate Stix – The Paradox

• Best Classic & Instrumental Album
CH2 CH 2 Guitar Duo Live with the University of Pretoria Symphony – Orchestra

• Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Ntokozo Mbambo – Filled

• Best Producer
Jax Panik for Due Drop Deluxe (Toya Delazy)

• Best Engineer
Mark Beling for Strong (BlackByrd)

• Best Music Video of the Year
Claudio Pavan for Honey Spiders – (The Parlotones)

• Remix of the Year
DJ Kent for Thinking about You Ft. Zonke DJ Kent Remix (Theo Kgosinkwe)

• Best Live DVD
The Captured Tour Concert Film – Lira

Dr Thomas Chauke

• Best Selling DVD
Vol. 16 Live at Carnival City – Joyous Celebration

• Best Selling Album
Roeper – Theuns Jordaan

• Best Selling Tru-Tone
Follow Me – DJ Cleo ft. Teddy Bears

• Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone
Loliwe – Zahara

• Best Selling Full-Track Download
You’re The Voice- Shout/J23 – Artists for a safer South Africa

Heavenly Sent – Mi Casa

Dr MalingaDr Malinga’s outfit deserves a mention (you decide whether it’s winning or not) but it had a lot of people talking… So I thought I should share the pic too.

Pics taken on my iPhone 5

Catch Zahara on Mzansi Magic tonight

We continue to celebrate 8-time SAMA winner Zahara this week. Tonight on Mzansi Magic the Loliwe singer joins Kaya FM’s T-Bose in studio for this week’s episode of My Top 10: My Life in Music. This was recorded a few ago, so don’t expect to hear about those allegations made by the Sunday World, but you can hear about her journey to where she is today. Be sure to catch the show on channel 107 tonight at 20:30.

If you missed her at the SAMAs this week, here’s her beautiful performance:

SAMA 18 Yellow Carpet pics

The annual South African Music Awards took place at the Sun City Super Bowl on Monday evening. As to be expected the lovely Zahara stole the show, scooping at least eight trophies at the coveted music awards. Big up to her and big up to Randall Abrahams and his team for an incredible event. What a huge success. The yellow carpet is something that us working media need to work on. There is such a thing as etiquette and we still haven’t figured that out, but all in due course I guess. Alas, here are a few pictures from the yellow carpet. Above is the beautiful and incredible Bonang Matheba, wearing Gert-Johan Coetzee.

Vuzu‘s Lalla wearing David Tlale.

Top Billing’s Lorna Maseko in Thula Sindi.

Dancer and singer Somizi Mhlongo in David Tlale and shoes by Alexander McQueen.

Thembi Seete and her fiance looking good.

One of my absolute best, it’s the lovely Lira.

5FM’s Poppy Ntshongwana in Loin Cloth & Ashes.

The beautiful Boity.

Headline Mzansi presenter, Kuli Roberts.

Miss South Africa Melinda Bam looking gorgeous in yellow. She told me yellow is her colour… true story, she won the title of Miss SA in a yellow dress. Lovely Melinda.

SAMA stars Mi Casa and Unathi Msengana grab a picture together in the midst of all the yellow carpet madness.

Five-time nominee Zakwe chats to 5FM’s Poppy.

SAMA 18: night two winners list

Best Alternative Album
The Dirty Skirts for Lost In The Fall

Best Kiddies Album
Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Volume 2

Best Smooth Urban Music Album
Zahara for Loliwe

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones

Best Classical and Instrumental Album
CH2 for Ping

Best Collaboration
Zahara featuring Georgy for Incwad’Encane

Best Jazz Album
Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota

Best Pop Album
Lloyd Cele for One

Best African Adult Album
Zonke for Ina Ethe

Best Rock Album
Shadowclub for Guns and Money

Best Traditional Music Album
Soul Brothers for Amaphutha

Best Traditional Faith Music Album
Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba

Best Street Urban Music Album
AKA for Altar Ego

Best Sokkie Dans Album
Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol

Best Adult Contemporary Album
Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)

Best Maskandi Album
Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order

Best Kwaito Album
Big Nuz for Pound for Pound

Best Dance Album
Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Special Award:  Best Selling Album
Loliwe by Zahara

Special Award:  MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download
Facebook by DJ Cleo

Newcomer of the Year
Zahara for Loliwe

Duo/Group of the Year
Mi Casa for Mi Casa Music

Male Artist of the Year
AKA for Altar Ego

Female Artist of the Year
Zahara for Loliwe

MTN Record of the Year
These Streets by Mi Casa

Album of the Year
Loliwe by Zahara

SAMA 18 – night one winners list

SAMA fever is here. The festivities kicked off at the Sun City complex earlier this evening. While this part of the awards wasn’t televised, it definitely was spectacular. The guests were treated to performances from the legendary stars Vusi Mahlasela and Ray Phiri, as well as performances from Lira, Selaeto Selota, Loyiso Bala & LLoyd Cele among many others. I’ll bring you more on my thoughts from the evening tomorrow, but for now here is the list of winners:

Best Producer

Dan Roberts – Six Winters by Laurie Levine

Best Engineer

Johan van der Colff – Loliwe by Zahara

Best Video of the Year

Ryan Peimer – It’s Magic by The Parlotones

Best Live DVD

Simphiwe Dana – An Evening with Simphiwe Dana (Live in Concert)

Remix of the Year

DJ Sbu – Lengoma featuring Zahara

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Ray Phiri and Vusi Mahlasela

Best Selling True-Tone Download of the Year

Facebook by DJ Cleo

Best Selling Ring-Back-Tone of the Year

Facebook by DJ Cleo

Best Selling Full-Track Download of the Year

Loliwe by Zahara

Most Played Song on South African Radio in 2011

Alone by Liquiddeep


It’s SAMA week

One week to go until the annual South African Music Awards takes place. The awards are back at their rightful home of Sun City this year and it’s going to be epic! I’ll be heading through on Sunday for the first night of awards. These will be for the technical and non-televised awards. While these winners wont be on your TV screens, they still deserve a shout out for the work they have contributed to the music industry in the past year, so I will be bringing you all that news.

As far as the Monday night, live broadcast goes things are still very under wraps. We don’t know who the hosts will be (Bonang and Trevor Gumbi would be my first choice) and who will be performing, but I’m pretty sure we can expect the likes of Zahara, Zakwe, MiCasa among others to take to the stage. There will be a big fashion show at Sun City too and obviously there will be loads of other news coming out of SA’s big musical night, so stay tuned. For now, check out my interview with Lira about her nominations:

More interviews to follow this week.

2012 MTN SAMA Nominees- Full list


Album Of The Year

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs From The Farms
Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music
Zahara – Loliwe
Zakwe – Zakwe
Zonke – Ina Ethe

Duo or Group Of The Year

Big Nuz – Pound For Pound
Goodluck – Goodluck
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Songs From The Farms
Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music
Taxi Violence – Unplugged: Long Way From Home

Female Artist Of The Year

Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg
Josie Field – 1984
Nomhle – Ikwezi (Morning Star)
Zahara – Loliwe
Zonke – Ina Ethe

Male Artist Of The Year

AKA – Altar Ego
Bhekumuzi Luthuli – Isipho (Gift)
Jimmy Dludlu – Tonota
Lwanda Gogwana – Songbook Chapter 1
Zakwe – Zakwe

Newcomer Of The Year

Lwanda Gogwana – Songbook Chapter 1
Mi Casa – Mi Casa Music
Shadowclub – Guns and Money
Zahara – Loliwe
Zakwe – Zakwe


Bhekumuzi Luthuli – Isipho (Gift)
Joe Shirimani Na Vana Va Ndoda – Banana
Ladysmith Black Mambazo  – Songs From The Farms
Soul Brothers – Amaphutha
Zozo – Tshigotsha Nama

Ben Schoeman – Liszt
CH2 – Ping
Charl Du Plessis Trio – Shanghai Brunch
Derek Gripper – The Sound Of Water
Zoë Beyers – Mendelssohn

Adam Glasser – Mzansi
Jimmy Dludlu – Tonota
Lwanda Gogwana – Songbook Chapter 1
Marcus Wyatt – ZAR
Vusi Khumalo – Reasons For Seasons

Chris Chameleon – As Jy Weer Skryf
Coenie De Villiers – Hart Van Glas
Elvis Blue – Elvis Blue (2CD Special Edition)
Josie Field  – 1984
Judith Sephuma – I Am A Living Testimony

Moreira Chonguica And Various – Khanimambo: Tributes To Legends Of Mozambique
Nomhle – Ikwezi (Morning Star)
Somizi – 9 Lives – My Genesis
Unathi – With Love
Zonke – Ina Ethe


Joe Niemand – Ek Sal Nie Bang Wees Nie
Martin PK – Man On A Mission
Swazi Dlamini – Gospel Meets Jazz – Live In Durban
The Plain Truth – We Are The Shining Ones
We Will Worship – The Movemeant Begins

Kgotso – New Dawn
Nqubeko Mbatha – Forever I’ll Worship
Sfiso Ncwane – Kulungile Baba
Solly Mahlangu – Mwamba Mwamba
Soweto Spiritual Singers – Open Heavens

Carike Keuzenkamp –  Carike & Ghoempie Kuier Saam Met Ghoeghoe In Kinderland 8
Helena Smith – Luidkiz 2 U Naam Is Ons Kreet!
Minki Burger & Alta Joubert – Lollos 3 Boem Boem, Ons Gaan Groen!
Riku Lätti – Janneman In Die Diereryk
Wendy Oldfield – Singalong Kidz Volume 2

aKING – The Red Blooded Years
Shadowclub-  Guns And Money
Taxi Violence – Unplugged: Long Way From Home
The Graeme Watkins Project – Corridors Of The Mind
Van Coke Kartel – Wie’s Bang

Ashtray Electric – Measured In Falls
Dear Reader – Idealistic Animals
Die Heuwels Fantasties – Wilder As Die Wildtuin
The Dirty Skirts – Lost In The Fall
Wrestlerish – Towns

Brandon October – Brandon October
Charlize Berg – Charlize Berg
Hulle – Hulle
Jozi – Moving The City
Lloyd Cele – One

G.Family Deep House Chronicles 6
Ganyani Entertainment Presents The Family 1st Gathering
Goodluck Goodluck
Mi Casa Mi Casa Music
Pascal & Pearce Passport

AKA  – Altar Ego
HHP – Motswafrika
Jack Parow – Eksie Ou
L-Tido – All Or Nothing
Zakwe – Zakwe

Afro’traction – Soulfully Yours
Kabomo – All Things Grey
Lira – Return To Love (Deluxe Edition)
Mckenzie – Poetic Genesis
Zahara – Loliwe

Imithente  – Mbibi
Mfiliseni Magubane – Amandla Ami
Phuzekhemisi  – Amapasi
Sakhile Mfuphi  – Ngikhanyisele
Thokozani Langa  – I-Protection Order

Donovan Vallance – Rock My Wêreld
Gerrie Pretorius – Gister En Vandag
Izak Davel – Vreesloos
MarulaBoom – Dijam
Snotkop – Ek Laaik Van Jol

Big Nuz – Pound For Pound
Brickz – Ruffcast
Character – The Marathon
Kabelo Mabalane – Immortal Vol.1
Spikiri – The King Don Father 2.5

Character FT. Professor – EX
Kabomo FT. Nothende – Colour of You
Lloyd Cele FT. Loyiso Bala – Thando
Spikiri FT. Teargas, Brickz, Skokho, Madluphutu & Brown Dash – Ngeke Balunge
Zahara FT. Georgy – Incwad’Encane

Concord – Live in Joburg
Simphiwe Dana – An Evening With Simphiwe Dana (Live In Concert)
Solly Mahlangu  – Mwamba Mwamba
Various Artists – Skouspel 2011
Various Artists – Spirit Of Praise Vol.3

Mike Scott – We Come Together by Goldfish
Tristan Holmes – Stars Above You by Locnville
Brian Mason – Music Affair by The Graeme Watkins Project
Ryan Peimer – It’s Magic by The Parlotones
Tim Argall – My Dad by Toby

Kevin Leicher – 1984 by Josie Field
Dan Roberts – Six Winters by Laurie Levine
Robin Kohl & Lira-Lerato Kohl – Return To Love by Lira (Deluxe Edition)
Crighton Goodwill & Loyiso Bala – One by Lloyd Cele
Bethuel Mbonani – My Way by Nkulee Dube

Paris Zannos – Tonota by Jimmy Dludlu
Robin Kohl – Return To Love by Lira (Deluxe Edition)
Paris Zannos – Khanimambo: Tributes To Legends Of Mozambique by Moreira Chonguica and Various
Mpho Mokwele – Dream To Reality by Mpho-Za
Johan van der Colff – Loliwe by Zahara

DJ Sbu – Lengoma FT. Zahara
Mr. Moloto – Call Me by Lira
Black Coffee – Time To Go by Marissa Guzman
Black Coffee – Zandiy’bone by MXO
Zakwe ft Zulu Boy & Danger – Bathi Ng’yachoma


       TRACK                                ARTIST
A     Amapansula Ajabulile      Kabelo Mabalane
B    Casanova                            DJ Choice
C    Clap Your Hands               Zakes Bantwini FT. Xolani Sithole
D    Ex                                         Character
E    Facebook                            DJ Cleo
F    Get Over It                           Bucie
G    I Wanna Love You             Lulo Café (W/ Nothende)
H    Lengoma                             DJ Sbu FT. Zahara
I      Lento                                    Professor FT. Speedy
J     Lighthouse                          Elvis Blue
K    Loliwe                                  Zahara
L    Make It Easy                        Lloyd Cele
M   Phakade                               Lira
N   Settle For Less                    Liquideep
O   Taking It Easy                     Goodluck
P   These Streets                      Mi Casa
Q   Thinking About You           Theo Kgosinkwe FT. Zonke
R   Turning In My Sleep           Prime Circle
S   World of Mine                       Loyiso FT. Khuli Chana
T   You And I                              Charlize Berg & Heinz Winckler

Zahara the biggest find in SA music for 2011?

I remember seeing Zahara’s video for the first time on Live on SABC 1 two weeks ago and ever since then I can’t seem to 1. get enough of the track and 2. Neither can everybody else. This young lady has exploded onto the local music scene and I’ve just found out, courtesy of my friend and industry peer Suede that’s she’s gone platinum with her debut album Loliwe . BOOM!!! Nice one. There will be a lot more on her in the weeks and months to come.