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Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) mourns the late Robbie Malinga

The RiSA office has learnt with sadness the passing away of Afro-pop hitmaker Robbie Malinga  yesterday afternoon. Robbie who was also known as Insimbi has been unwell for the past year and he succumbed to ill-health on Christmas Day in Johannesburg. We send our condolences to his family, especially his wife Ann and the two children. We also sympathise with Robbie’s collaborators and colleagues in the music business. Our hearts also go out to the legions of fans who Robbie has given countless soundtracks of their lives. The gravel voiced crooner was a highly decorated SA Music Award winner taking home top honours including Best Producer with his own projects as well as recordings he either composed, arranged, produced or sang in – in some cases he would do all four as a mark of his versatility and talent. Comments Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO: ‘To say Robbie Malinga’s death is a loss will be an understatement. This was one of the best this country has ever produced. A lot of musicians owe th…

Google’s 2017 Year in Search

A Year in South African Search: Google's Trending Searches of 2017 Dumi Masilela, Zimbabwe, Cyclone Dineo searches top the 2017 trending list
What people, places, and things were trending around the globe this year? What was the top trending news moment of the last 12 months? Which TV shows trended to the top and and grabbed people’s attention?
Today, Google announced the results of its 2017 Year in Search, offering a unique perspective on the year's major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in South Africa.   This year's trending searches show growing interest in local celebrities and events, with seven of the top 10 trending search terms being local, in contrast to fewer than half  last year. South Africans are also increasingly using search to find local businesses - the ‘near me’ search list shows what types of businesses South Africans look for in their neighbourhoods and highlights the importance of these (often small) businesses being online and findable.


Johannesburg, South Africa - KULTURE  is a platform created by a group of like–minded young creatives who came together earlier this year with a mission of collaborating with young local talent and curating a unique experience around independent  artists and creatives to uplift and showcase the talent we have around the country.
The concept launched in Dec 2016 last year to a handful of Joburg industry players which was very well received. 

Last month Kulture partnered with youth urban brand Castle Lite to conceptualise the first of it’s kind music exhibition / concert with the mandate to elevate local upcoming talent in the same light as their famous local and international counterparts.
‘Castle Lite, a brand known for creating some of the most amazing international experiences around some of the international acts in SA made them an obvious partner choice for this new innovative concept’ says one of the Kulture kolllektive creatives.

Kulture together with Castle Lite brought us the FRAN…

EloquentVibe Releases Debut Singles ‘Club Symphony’ & ‘My Addiction’

Nkanyezi Kubheka and Christopher Mngomo aka (Placid) of EloquentVibe are proud to announce two of their debut singles, titled ‘Club Symphony’ & ‘My Addiction’. ‘Club Symphony’ having officially dropped on the 18th of October 2017 on all major digital platforms and ‘My Addiction’ is finally here.   
Some background... It is with no doubt that the duo has had a great musical journey, prior to 2011; Nkanyezi and Placid were just ordinary local deejays that had passion & love for the art of deejaying and music, six years later the passion, dedication & commitment within the music made them form SA’s next rising music brand; EloquentVibe. Their art of mixing music and creating new music has always fascinated the duo. EloquentVibe calls for South Africans across the globe to be part of their music journey as it continues to grow.  Nkanyezi and Placid’s ability to create music and deejay (self-taught) has earned them much respect among their peers and fellow deejays and producers w…

Imbizo Shisanyama Named Best Shisanyama in SA in the Windhoek Shisanyama Search

The Windhoek Shisanyama Search with Chef Benny final event took place this Sunday, 10 December 2017, at the Johannesburg Expo Center. After sampling dishes from the top 8 Shisanyama finalists it was down to the consumers at the event to vote on the venue most deserving of the title of the best Shisanyama in the country.
It was Imbizo Shisanyama (Busy Corner) who walked away victorious after a full day of braai-ing.

Windhoek Beer believes that the secret to a great experience is the combination of good food, good friends and 100% Pure Beer. This is why they launched the search for SA’s best Shisanyama and called on South Africans to nominate and vote for their local favourites.
The Windhoek Shisanyama Search with Chef Benny travelled across Mzansi to find SA’s best Shisanyama. After two months the search revealed the top eight finalists who battled it out at the main event. Finally it was Busy CornerImbizo Shisanyamawho walked away with the deserving title of South Africa’s best Shisanyam…


(image supplied by Standard Bank: Ayanda Mjekula National Arts Festival Chairman, Hazel Chimhandamba Head of Group Sponsorship for Standard Bank, Tony Lankester CEO of the National Arts Festival, Dianne Graney Sponsorship Manager Standard Bank, Ashraf Johaardien Executive Producer of the National Arts Festival) 

GRAHAMSTOWN – Standard Bank has renewed their sponsorship of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, one of the country’s longest and highest profile sponsorship investments, for a further three years. Standard Bank’s partnership with the iconic event will run until the end of 2020. 
“Our partnership extends back to 1984 and has endured ever since – most recently as the title sponsor of both the Jazz Festival and the Young Artist Awards, two flagship properties in the Festival stable,” National Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester said. “The new agreement will see a deepening of the existing relationship, will bring a new project to life, and will help reinvigorate an established…


From producer Jaco van Rensburg of VR Theatrical comes the high energy, sing-along, dancing in the aisle, feel good smash hit musical stage production of the year: Rock of Ages. Live at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre from Friday, 17 November until Sunday, 10 December 2017, Rock of Ages is the multi Tony award-nominated Broadway musical written by Chris D'Arienzo… even better than the movie written by Hollywood!
“Rock of Ages is like a time machine. If you were young (or younger…) in the 80s, this show will take you on a journey back to that era and it is guaranteed to make you laugh! It is jam-packed with great tunes, amazing effects and a star-studded all-South African cast!” says van Rensburg. “Think shoulder pads, lycra, lots of stone-washed denim, tight leather pants, bright colours, permed hair and mullets…and you’re one step closer to defining the essence of the show.”
Taking audiences all the way back to 1987, to the fabled West Hollywood club, the Bourbon Room, Rock of Ages