Archive for October, 2012

Live from Wys Jou Muis 2012 (video and pics)

31/10/2012

Bush Radio‘s Everyday People and Biker Show broadcast live from the 2012 Wys Jou Muis Rally, which was organised by the Sons of Thunder MCC this past weekend at Kleinplassie in Worcester.

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Erika Lundi, from Cape Town

25/10/2012

On CONNECTED 2 JAZZ on Tuesday night at 8pm,  30th October, Nigel Vermaas will be devoting his whole show to singer Erika Lundi, whose excellent cd ERIKA LUNDI, FROM CAPE TOWN has been released on the Jazz Potjie label.

Erika sings jazz, rock, funk, soul, you name it, and has a great voice and a wonderful ear. “She should be far better known than she is”, says Nigel.

Erika will talk about her early days here and outside the country, and the crazy nature of “the jazz life”. Although she is intensely focussed on her music, Erika also loves to laugh – often at her own expense. “And she seems entirely without ego”, adds Nigel.

Her friend Michele Maxwell (well-known singer, pianist & actress) shares her insights about Erika, as does keyboard player and Jazz Potjie Producer Andreas Wellmann.

This two-hour-long feature will, of course, include lots of music, mainly Erika singing with musicians of the calibre of Mac McKenzie, George Werner, Hilton Schilder, James Kibby, Wesley Rustin, Andreas himself and many more, but there’ll also be a few tracks from U.S. artists who’ve influenced or mentored her, such as Nancy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Barron.

LISTEN TO THE PROMO FOR THE PROGRAMME – click here

“Whether she’s talking to you or singing, Erika really knows how to tell a story”, says Nigel, “and I know she’ll make this edition of CONNECTED 2 JAZZ a very special one.”

Nigel Vermaas is CONNECTED 2 JAZZ every Tuesday night from 8 to 10 on Bush Radio 89.5fm or online.

Come check out 5 Levels Up and Clay Compass

19/10/2012

From the archive: Nyanga Junction Field Broadcast 1994

19/10/2012

L to R: Bassie Montewa, Roger Heunis (DJ Hamma), Lara Utian, Taslima Viljoen, Jeanne du Toit (back), Barbara Meyer, Crystal Orderson, Dexter Mauritz (front), Adrian Louw and Lungiswa Sithole

In the days before the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) or the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and licenses for community radio, Bush Radio did (and still does) what we termed field broadcasts – “broadcasts” using a PA and not connected to a transmitter from various areas in the Cape Flats.

This picture was taken at one of these field broadcasts from Nyanga Junction in 1994.

16 years of playing the Blues

16/10/2012

Congratulations to Dr Ian Bell for 16 years of the best specialist blues music show on the 89.5FM or onlineBlues in the Bush, Sundays from 8-10pm.

With its roots firmly in African soil, yet germinating in a far continent in conditions of slavery and extreme hardship, the Blues has flowered and grown over generations to be the single greatest influence in modern popular music. Dr Bell has an extensive collection of rare blues albums and plays the music, as well as providing detailed information about the evolution of blues, the social and cultural contexts of the music, and information about individual tracks.

Since October 1996, a tasty two hours of the best of the Blues, along with something of its history, origin, development, sociology and biography.

Check out our programme schedule for more specialist programmes (CLICK HERE)

Get on-air experience with Everyday People

11/10/2012

Bush Radio is looking for vibrant and enthusiastic women who have a passion for radio to be co-hosts on Everyday People (weekdays, 4 to 7pm)

Requirements:

* free to volunteer 3pm – 7pm daily (Mon-Fri)
* generate interviews and new show ideas
* compiling daily features
* organise daily interviews
* setting up questions for each interview
* liaise with guest/s and host of the show
* taking photos of guest/interviews/events
* promote the show via Facebook/Twitter/etc
* blog
* work closely with the show host
* co-hosting & interviewing
* fluent in English and Xhosa/Afrikaans

Please include your CV (with 2 contactable references) and a motivational letter of no longer than 200 words explaining why you feel you are suitable as a co-host.

Only short-listed female applicants will be contacted.

Please note this is a volunteer position (NO stipend or pay provided)

Send your application to: ideas@bushradio.co.za (type Everyday People co-host in subject line)

Application deadline: 20 October 2012

A wrap of the National Community Radio Corporate Governance Indaba

08/10/2012

About 400 delegates from various community radio stations in the country attended the National Community Radio Corporate Governance Indaba in Polokwane from the 20th to the 26th of September 2012.

The Department of Communication was in charge of the first two days.  Various speakers addressed the delegates, including Minister of Communications Dina Pule, Director General from the Department of Communication, Ms Rosey Sekese, Chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Dr Stephen Ngcube, Sipho Mathedimusa from the South African Revenue Services, Chief Executive Officer of Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Lumko Mtimde and Chief Director of Government Communications Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko.

Portfolio Committee Chairperson on Communication Eric Kholwane said one of the committee’s aim is that by 2014 each municipality has a community station. According to Kholwane it should be government’s responsibility to make sure that community stations are sustainable.

MDDA Chief Executive Lumko Mtimde said they are looking into having a central booking and monitoring system for advertising for all community radio.  MDDA is also planning a community radio museum where it will display old equipment from stations like Bush Radio and Radio Zibonele.

From the 22nd to the 25th September, the National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA) took over the programme with three concurrent training workshops to develop the sector.  Several issues were dealt with including Corporate Governance and Leadership, Sales and Financial Sustainability and High Performance Team Management and Motivation.

These three sessions dealt with the current challenges faced by community radio stations and also outlined the prospects towards growth and the advancement of the sector.

The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) took over the conference on the last day, convening member stations into a national general council.  Several issues were up for discussion including membership fees, provincial hubs, one rate card for all stations for GCIS and NCRF to have a training and capacity programme as a project on its own and to roll out the sector skills plan.

The DOC released a discussion document at the conference entitled Corporate governance as a foundation to sustainability.  The document was not received well by the delegates as it portrayed the sector in a biased negative light, it was proposed that the document be withdrawn. NCRF said it is concerned in the manner the discussion document showed the situation of Corporate Governance in the sector, which is very one-sided.

NCRF stated that Community Radio in the country continues to play a developmental role in communities, creating platforms for dialogue, debates and freedom of expression in local communities.

Happy Birthday to Victor J (video)

01/10/2012

Bush Radio’s Victor Jantjies celebrated his birthday today – some of the guys gave him a small suprise in a very big box.