What are the challenges facing Cape Town? – A video vox pop

30/08/2017

We went out into the city centre to ask people what are the greatest challenges facing Cape Town.

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Keep getting it so wrong!

25/08/2017

wrs2015We are proud to announce that once again The Wrong Rock Show on Bush Radio 89.5fm is nominated in the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards as a finalist for the Best Online Music Show in the Rock/Alternative category.

This is the second time the show has been nominated and we wish the crew good luck and encourage them to keep being “so wrong, it’s right”.

Catch The Wrong Rock Show every Monday on 89.5FM in Cape Town and worldwide via our live stream at 10pm…or catch the shows on Mixcloud.

Related: So Wrong, Mixcloud thinks we are right

 

 

Tutu Puoane – Bringing soul to Cape Town

23/08/2017

tutupuoane quart2017Tutu Puoane will be performing in Cape Town again after a very long time, and as usual Bush Radio is getting behind good music.

Besides the amazing Tutu on vocals, her band will include; Ewout Pierreux on piano, Nicolas Thys on bass and Dré Pallemaerts on drums.

The performances are on Thursday,  5 October and Friday 6 October 2017 at 8pm at the SABC auditorium in Sea Point.

Buy your tickets at Webtickets for only R180 and stay tuned to Bush Radio 89.5fm (online) for more details.

From South Africa with Fury: BCUC “killed” Roskilde

15/08/2017
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by Henrik Gustafsson aka DJ Finnjävel for Bush Radio’s “The Wrong Rock Show

Morjens and greetings from the annual Roskilde Festival in Denmark!

The first Roskilde Festival took place in 1971, in June-July 2017 the Wrong Rock Show’s and Finland’s DJ Finnjävel visited the festival for the 20th time. You might already have heard my musical report from Roskilde (including all the artists discussed here and much more), broadcast on Bush Radio 17 July 2017 – if not, look for it on Mixcloud  where it will be uploaded at some point.

Musically, the festival was (as always, I might add) a gigantic global goody bag. Here on the BushBlog, I will spotlight a handful of African and Asian artists – and the inevitable Finns… Other aspects of the festival are covered towards the end of this entry.

It all started in West Africa…

The first concert I saw from start to finish at the Roskilde Festival this year was by Alsarah & The Nubatones. Slightly embarrassingly, they were presented as “West African retro pop”. Alsarah, or should I say Sarah Mohamed Abunama-Elgadi, was born in Khartoum, and the last time I checked, Sudan was still situated in East Africa.

In 1990, Alsarah was eight and had to leave Sudan for Yemen: her parents were human rights activists and people opposing dictator Omar al-Bashir had started to “disappear”. The family, including Alsarah’s sister Nahid, couldn’t stay long in Yemen, either, as the civil conflict forced them to leave in 1994. Alsarah thus arrived in the United States aged 12, in 2004 she moved to New York City where she’s still living. The Nubatones came together in 2010, and rather recently Nahid also joined the band, who made their Roskilde debut this year.

And a fine show it was! Half-jokingly, Alsarah told us the ancient Nubians actually invented everything from pyramids to mathematics, “we taught that to your Roman friends”. Then she continued: “And the Moomins. I know many of you out there won’t agree with it as we’re right here in Moominland, but the little Moomins really are Nubian…”

Wait a minute. Was I hearing things or did she really say that? Everybody knows the Moomins are Swedish speaking Finns, just like yours truly…

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The sisters Nahid (left) and Alsarah

Some 20 years ago, the Finnish music media started labelling all the MC5/Stooges inspired garage revivalist bands that flourished at the time up north “Scandinavian action rock”. Many of these were lame wannabe copies of the real thing, but Sweden’s The Hellacopters were the kings of the genre. The band called it a day in 2008, only to return for two live shows last year, in order to celebrate their debut album from 1996, Supershitty to the Max! Playing together again was apparently fun, because The Hellacopters are booked for eight more shows in 2017, one of them at Roskilde Festival.

The original bass player quit after last year’s comeback concerts and has now been replaced by Finland’s Sami Yaffa, possibly a familiar name to the Wrong Rock Show listeners, since he is or has been a member of the revamped New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks, Mad Juana and Michael Monroe’s current band (where also The Hellacopters’ guitarist Dregen played 2011-2014), to name but a few. Despite this slight change in the lineup, The Hellacopters sounded exactly like they did back in the good old days. It remains to be seen if the band will stay reactivated after the last show of this batch in August.

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Sami Yaffa (left) and The Hellacopters band leader Nicke Andersson

Mud

On Thursday evening it started to rain in Roskilde and it continued to do so until Saturday. That meant mud.

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The Friday concerts at Roskilde’s main Orange stage suffered from lousy weather. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 sounded and looked great, but I just couldn’t stand the pouring rain. Photographer: Romain Regal

Denmark’s Afenginn released their sixth album, Opus, earlier this year. It’s basically an ambitious composition in four “movements”, just like a classical symphony, with the addition of Scandinavian and other folk references and featuring the female Glas Vocal Ensemble, who bring along their passion for Bulgarian choral music. In Roskilde, the seven-piece Afenginn performed the whole of Opus as an extended 20+ orchestra of strings and winds and Glas. The Pavilion stage (with a capacity of about 2,000) was bursting at the seams during the show, as Afenginn’s magnum opus ranges from dreamy moments to thunderous eruptions. Oh, and by the way: Afenginn’s Copenhagen-based band leader Kim Rafael Nyberg is actually originally a Swedish speaking Finn, just like yours truly and the Moomins…

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Afenginn, fronted by the dreadlocked Kim Nyberg

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness

As we were approaching midnight on Friday evening, Foo Fighters had already been playing for a couple of hours in front of probably more than 50,000 fans. Frankly, I couldn’t have cared less about what was going on by the Orange stage, as I was standing in line outside Gloria, the festival’s only indoor stage with a capacity of about 1,000 people. The only South African band at this year’s Roskilde Festival, BCUC, were scheduled to start at a quarter past midnight.

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Letlhogonolo Atlarelang Maphunye

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Zithulele “Jovi” Zabani Nkosi

I wasn’t really quite sure what to expect from the Sowetans live. Of course I had done my homework and listened to the BCUC co-hosted Wrong Rock Show from February 2016 beforehand: LISTEN HERE

While the festival guide mentioned “ancestral trance-funk” and “vigorous vocals that from time to time sound like manic priests”. But would “Afro-psychedelic funk music from the rainbow nation” attract people in the middle of the night – people, who were wet and tired and cold after 24 hours of rain? After all, BCUC are not a household name in Scandinavia.

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Daniel Thabo “Cheex” Mangel

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“Jovi” and Kgomotso Neo Mokone (with tambourine)

I needn’t have worried. Even before BCUC climbed the stage, Gloria was getting crowded. And once the concert commenced, it immediately became clear that we were in for a rare treat. Occasionally, I am overcome by hubris and imagine I have already seen and heard everything and will thus not even raise an eyebrow, no matter what band I may encounter. Luckily, there are still acts like BCUC out there, reminding me there are things going on in the world of music I really haven’t got the faintest idea about.

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Thabo Saul “Luja” Ngoepe

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”Cheex”, ”Luja”, ”Jovi” (front), Ephraim Skhumbuzo Mahlangu, Mosebetsi Jan Nzimandi (bass guitar).

I had simply never experienced anything quite like BCUC live before. It was intense beyond anything my words can ever convey to you. The relentless drumming (two bass drums, congas, percussion…) was almost literally mind-blowing. I rarely sense any danger in rock bands anymore, but BCUC’s lead vocalist “Jovi” seemed so convincingly aggressive that it was downright scary at times. (Let me add that right after the show, he was the kindest man imaginable.)

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Don’t get me wrong: “Jovi’s” stage persona isn’t all aggressive

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“Jovi” even floored himself

I wasn’t the only one to be blown away by BCUC in Roskilde. Towards the end of their set, the band pulled me up on the stage for a short impromptu photo session. Probably because of this, the following day I was stopped by a number of people in the festival crowd. They all recognised me from the night before, and they all said the same thing: BCUC was the most astonishing show they had seen so far at the festival. Some even thought the steaming one-hour gig had been almost too much to handle, without a second of respite from their audio assault.

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Music for the people, by the people, with the people

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Towards the end of their set, BCUC had turned Gloria into a steamy sauna, the audience was ecstatic – and The Wrong Rock Show’s DJ Finnjävel made his Roskilde debut on stage (thanks to the band!)

From Indian serenity to Finnish metal psychedelia

BCUC finished my festival Friday in knockout style, but luckily an uplifting experience was waiting for me as soon as I woke up.

A mere 12 hours after BCUC took over Gloria, the duo of Indian slide guitar master Debashish Bhattacharya and tabla player Gurdain Singh Rayatt began their sublime concert at the very same stage. It was still raining outside, but the good-humoured slide virtuoso didn’t mind: “July is the monsoon month, after all”. And then he started playing rain ragas on his beautiful self-built 22-string Hindustani slide guitar called chaturangui. “This is not music you hear every day here in Denmark.” Spot on, Debashish.

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Gurdain Singh Rayatt and Debashish Bhattacharya

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I had the honour and pleasure of meeting Debashish Bhattacharya after his wonderful concert. He told me about the background of his new album Hawaii to Calcutta: A Tribute to Tau Moe, and how he met the Hawaiian slide guitar legend Tau Moe (1908-2004) in 2004, “one of the highlights of my life”.

Geomungo

South Korea’s Black String take their name from the geomungo, the giant zither, whose name translates as “black string”. The quartet’s leader Yoon Jeong Heo is a superb geomungo player and her band mates play traditional Korean instruments and electric guitar.

The Gloria Saturday may have started in a somewhat traditional Asian manner, but there would once again be an abrupt change of mood before the night was over. No less than three Finnish psychedelic underground metal bands (PH/Mr Peter Hayden Band, Oranssi Pazuzu and Atomikylä) were booked to finish this year’s festival at the Gloria stage, promising to take us towards Hell and outer space, lifting off at 22:30. The ride might have been too heavy for some people, because at 2 in the morning, while the last band of the batch were still playing, only the die-hard headbangers seemed to have not left the building.

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PH/Mr Peter Hayden Band: “When they unleash their sound, you can cocoon yourself in sheer walls of drone, fractured samples and doom-y noise.”

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“Experiencing Oranssi Pazuzu is like falling down through a black hole and ending up somewhere between heaven and hell.”

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“Atomikylä will close down the pitch-black night with lengthy psychedelic jams.” (All the metal quotes are stolen from the festival guide.)

A sold out festival means millions to charity

This year’s Roskilde Festival was completely sold out (just like in 2016), which means millions of Danish Krone (DKK) will be donated to charity, as the festival always donates all profits to social and cultural charities. Last year’s profits were 17.4 million DKK. Think about it for a minute: you buy your festival ticket, then spend four days or maybe even a week eating and drinking in the fields of Denmark – and all this contributes to the profit. Since 1972, more than 320 million DKK (approximately 43 million EUR) has been donated to humanitarian and cultural projects benefiting children and young people around the world.

Up until 11 August, the audience could nominate projects or organisations to receive a part of the donated profit. This year, the festival had a focus on cultural equality (ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality) and the nominations must also reflect that. Furthermore, a nominated project or organisation must seek “a socially responsible and sustainable development of society by means of involving young citizens”.

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Princess Nokia (US) talking about femininity in hip hop (moderated by Iranian Copenhagener journalist Nazila Kivi) in the festival’s Art Zone, a couple of hours after her live show.

Only about 60 people get paid for their festival work (mainly with management, administration, communication and booking), while approximately 32,000 volunteers organise the “Festival City” with its more than 130,000 inhabitants. Experts have studied the festival organisation, and they came up with the flattering description “the art of the impossible”.

Let’s talk about Art (Art who?)

Apart from 180 musical acts, the audience can also expect to bump into numerous other art forms while moving around the festival area in Roskilde. The curator group is looking for art that will create dialogue and be interactive, humorous and moving. This year, the arts theme Human/Non-human was an extension of the festival’s overall focus on cultural equality, including also animals and plants besides humans. Projects were developed to investigate the relationship between art, the festival area as nature and the people it interacts with.

In 2015 and 2016, the Graffiti Zone was the place to go to check out graffiti. This year, there was no specific zone, instead the graffiti was spread all over the festival area. Graffiti artists from at least 15 different countries were working in Roskilde in 2017.

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Jayn (DE)

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Lush (AU)

The epicentre for art at Roskilde Festival is the Art Zone, located between the main Orange stage and Gloria. All art pictures are taken in the Art Zone.

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Killer Jellyfish, by Tue Greenfort (DK). Jellyfish have reached Denmark via ballast water from tank ships and are now reproducing to an extreme extent. Their spreading has disastrous consequences to the ecological balance (which makes them quite humanlike…)

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55.615 12.082, by Regitze Engelsborg Karlsen (DK). These sculptures are covered with dirt and trash (such as the beer can in the picture) collected from the festival and camping area. 130,000 visitors transform the empty fields into Denmark’s fourth biggest city, the presence of culture thus leaving a lasting mark on nature.

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There were 15 sculptures by Karlsen in the Art Zone

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Wheat roots, a detail of Network. “Where we dance, we sprout/Where we love, we grow roots and become more than One/Why not human? How human?” (Excerpt from a text by the Network artists.)

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Network, by Rune Bosse & Thinking Hand (DK/AU). Six towers made out of roots of wheat, lit up and smoking in the night.

Man cannot live on beer alone

With more than a million meals served at about 120 food stands, leftovers simply cannot be avoided. In 2017, Roskilde Festival collaborated for the fourth time with “The Round Table” organisation, collecting food waste and making it into meals to be distributed to e.g. shelters, centres for the mentally ill and asylum centres. In 2016, almost 35 tonnes of surplus food was distributed to the marginalised in more than 75 different recipient places; that equals 120,000 meals for people on the edge of society.

Roskilde’s strategy to be a sustainable festival is also seen in the tableware used: all plates, cutlery and mugs are produced from biodegradable materials. In 2017, at least 90% of the food served at the festival had to be organic. All food stands must also have a vegetarian dish on the menu, a requirement the meat eating Danes might find surprising. I could list a whole bunch of food vendors, whose obligatory veggie meal felt almost inedible in its bottomless tastelessness, but I prefer to leave you with a couple of culinary highlights instead. Mikuna is a vegan restaurant in Århus, Denmark, and if they are selling their heavenly burgers next year, too, I might consider eating nothing else all festival. Except for chocolate rum balls, of course.

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The Wrong Rock Show’s coveted award for the Most Delicious Vegan Festival Food 2017 goes to Mikuna’s vegan burger & chilimonade combo.

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DJ Finnjävel loves chocolate rum balls

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Come home with Ernestine Deane (+competition)

04/08/2017

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Local songstress Ernestine Deane will celebrate her homecoming on Wednesday 9 August, with her first full length concert in the Mother City since her return from Europe in 2016.  She will feature an all-female band in honour of Women’s Day, playing the chilled, uplifting grooves that she is known for, all overlaid with her distinctive emotive vocals.

After launching her career with legendary hip-hop group Black Noise, Ernestine went on to join the iconic SA band Moodphase5ive.  They were the first act signed to the revolutionary ‘90s indie label African Dope, who then signed Felix la Band as their second artist.  Moodphase5ive headlined festivals and events around the country, while also supporting international acts such as Jazzanova in Prague, Asian Dub Foundation at Womad, and the Ninja Tunes tour with Amon Tobin in SA.

Fans who loved her music with Moodphase5ive can look forward to some reworked classics from that time, whilst Ernie will also showcase some brand new, never released material, and tracks from her debut solo album, Dub for Mama.   Ernie has a deep commitment to working with and showcasing female artists, and the band for this first concert will feature rising young talents Nobuhle Mazinyane on keys and Tiana Marwanqana on electric bass, with stalwart Terryl Bell on drums and Carly Naute on violin.

Ernestine Deane will perform on Wednesday 9 August at Café Roux in Shortmarket Street, Cape Town.  Booking is highly recommended.

Details:

9 August 2017 at Café Roux, 74 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town.
Doors open for dinner from 18h30, show starts at 20h30.
Tickets R120 via Webtickets.

Competition:

***We are giving away a double ticket to a lucky Bush Radio listener – to enter the lucky draw all you need to do is sms the keyword HOME + Name and Surname to 32158 by no later than Tuesday (8 August 2017) by 10am. The winner will be announced in the Morning Cruise at 11am.***

(SMS cost only R1 per entry)

Bush Radio gives rise to ordinary women this August

02/08/2017

ladiesnight logo2017.jpgAs South Africa commemorates women’s month in August, we will give rise to a group of every day women with no previous radio or media experience, to take to the airwaves for the very first time. While the radio station is volunteer run and presenters are not remunerated for their services, the women will be given a platform to give a voice to the voiceless and various communities.

The programme, dubbed Ladies Night, was conceptualized on a WhatsApp group between seven friends and will become a reality on Thursday, 3 August 2017 from 7pm. The programme is developed, produced and presented by women and will cover various topics and issues faced by the women in their everyday lives while still being entertaining. The overarching theme is to connect and inspire like-minded people within the diverse communities of the Bush Radio footprint.

The group comprises of Adielah Jacobs, Megan Cookson, Merle Du Plessis, Jodi Gordon, Michele Pinto, Tracy Van Turha and Renee Bailey. The women all come from different backgrounds and are qualified professionals in their own right. Between them various areas are represented law, education, information technology and project management.

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Ladies Night on Bush Radio 89.5FM will air for three hours every Thursday evening between 7pm and 10pm for the month of August. The style of the programme is highly conversational but casual and relatable at the same time. Each of the women come from different backgrounds and each brings a uniqueness to the show with their different characteristics.

According to Bush Radio Managing Director, Brenda Leonard: “As we celebrate 22 years of being on-air legally, we are very excited to have this programme. Ladies Night highlights how Bush Radio takes a holistic approach to creating innovative programming and works in collaboration with listeners and potential listeners to bring relevant content to the airwaves.”

Tune into 89.5fm or listen online via http://www.bushradio.co.za

Participate in the programme

WhatsApp: 0832973910
SMS: 32158
Studio: 021 448 6266

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Call for entries: 2017 China-South Africa Student Dialogue

25/07/2017

China Radio International (CRI), Global Max Media Group (GMMG), University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Humanities, and Stellenbosch University’s Confucius Institute is hosting the 2017 “From University to the World” Student Dialogue, with the assistance of Bush Radio and the Asian Students Association of UCT.

This event is scheduled to be held on 1st September 2017 at Cape Town’s One & Only Hotel and it will be live-streamed worldwide and broadcast through all of CRI’s domestic and international frequencies.

The aim of the event is to promote cultural and social exchange between the young adults from China and South Africa. With the steady trend of globalization, it is important for the future leaders of the two nations to build a relationship and have a better understanding of each other’s cultures. As BRICS members, the establishment of friendship should not only be between the two governments, but also between the citizens.

Participants will be selected through online applications and it is open to all university students from China and South Africa.

The application process has begun and received considerable interest. The applicant needs to fill in an application form and email it to Michelle Sheng.

and record a video of themselves giving a speech under the topic “If I were Chinese”. In the case of Chinese students, the topic is “If I were South African”.

Application deadline is 30 July 2017.

After two rounds of preliminary judgments, the top 10 students will receive an invitation to attend the final event. Two students will come directly from China, 3 will be Chinese students studying in South Africa, and 5 will be local students.

The selected students from South Africa will each receive a prize of R2000 and an official certificate of recognition.

The topic for the final event will be: “China & South Africa: Our Interdependent Future”.

For more information contact Michelle Sheng on 0835576136 (WhatsApp only) or via email.

How Bush Radio spent Mandela Day

18/07/2017

The Bush Radio team went out to the Cape Town Association for the Physically Disabled in Bridgetown to help out on the ground as well as do an outside broadcast.

Spend your Mandela Day with us

13/07/2017

ct apd.jpgNelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly.

This year the theme is dedicated to fight poverty. (#ACTIONAGAINSTPOVERTY #MANDELADAY)

July is also known as  psycho-social disability awareness month, Bush Radio trainees have decided to dedicate their 67 minutes for Mandela Day to the Cape Town Association for the Physically Disabled.

This will take place on 18 July 2017 at the premises of Cape Town Association for the Physically Disabled where we will clean up the premises by gardening and cleaning rubble. The address is 152 Tarentaal Road, Bridgetown, Cape Town, 7764.

We will also be broadcasting from the event from 12 till 2pm.

We ask that you join us from 10 am. If you would like to give a hand, donate or need more information contact Natasha on 021 448 5450.

Whitney Houston show competition

21/06/2017

whitney fb insta 2017.jpgBush Radio 89.5fm is giving 5 lucky listeners and their partners the opportunity to watch the amazing Belinda Davids in action in The Greatest Love Of All – The Whitney Houston Show at Artscape.

If you are free on Wednesday, 28th June 2017 at 8pm then you should enter our lucky draw.

All you need to do is sms the keyword Whitney + YOURNAME + SURNAME to 32158.

Lines close on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 at 10am and winners will be announced in Sakhisizwe (12-2pm)

The show features Belinda Davids live on stage with full band, dancers and theatrical effects, the show is both and amazing tribute  as well as a concert experience.

Hear all of Houston’s greatest hits including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment in Time and Didn’t We Almost Have It All and I’m Every Woman. (More information)

SMS cost R1 and free minutes do not apply.

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Catch the Wayne McKay interview with Belinda on Thursday, 22 June 2017 from 8pm on 89.5fm or via www.bushradio.co.za