Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Pop music is aspirin and the Blues are vitamins


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Tune into Bush Radio via 89.5FM or online this Sunday (16 October 2016) at 8pm as we celebrate 20 years of Blues in the Bush with Dr Ian Bell.

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 (yes a real medical professional) 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, is prescribed every Sunday evening  as immunisation against the rest of the week!

Help us change a life …


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Bush Radio has been offering broadcast and training facilities to the people of Cape Town for the past 21 years, since our first legal broadcast on the 9th August 1995.

As we celebrate our 21st birthday, we are running a pledge drive during our birthday month – from the 1 – 31 August 2016 – where YOU can make a donation towards our work.

As a non-profit community radio station, we call on former interns, staff, volunteers, board members, NGOs/CBOs, artists, musicians, designers and companies who have benefitted from our broadcast and training services to contribute towards making a difference in the lives of others.

Through such donation, you will contribute to the continued existence of Bush Radio, and also make the opportunity available to others to benefit from Bush Radio’s services.

Our bank details are as follows:

Bank: Standard Bank
Name of account: Bush Radio Training Account
Account number: 07 119 4185
Branch name: Mowbray
Branch code: 004909
Address: 37 – 39 Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7700
Swift code (for foreign donations): SBZAZAJJ

If you would like a receipt for your donation, email the proof of payment to

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us  on 021 448 5450.

Until lions tell their own stories…. #AfricaDay


6 africa 2015for more information on Africa Day 2015 see:

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Going digital


014After a few months of construction, tweaking (and some twerking) and training we officially launch the Bush Radio Digital Broadcast studio today 1 May 2015 in honour of all the workers who have sacrificed for our democracy and helped to open the airwaves in South Africa.

bush instagramThe studio was constructed by the team from Buck Broadcast and funded through a grant from the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA).

The new digital studio will help Bush Radio to continue to be the leading incubator of young radio talent on the continent while providing listeners with the best quality sound possible.

Share Ubuntu with Mi Casa, Chad Saaiman, Toya Delazy, Bush Radio and more


Join us this weekend when Bush Radio 89.5FM supports the Ubuntu Festival in aid of the Amy Biehl Foundation. Besides acts like Jimmy Nevis, Toya Delazy, Chad Saaiman and Mi Casa, we will also be broadcasting two shows live from the event.

The first (10am – 12pm) will be hosted by Lusanda Bill and her team and then Chad Lawrence and Mic Turner will be in with The Misfits (12pm – 2pm).

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Check out That Art Fair – free


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Bush Radio and Art South Africa are giving listeners the opportunity to get a double day pass to That Art Fair running from the Friday the 27th February to the 1st March 2015 at 121 Cecil Road, Salt River,

All you need to do to get a set of tickets is call 021 448 5450 and say “hello, I want to go to That Art Fair

We are giving the tickets away on a first come first serve basis, so call NOW – lines close at 4pm today.

For more information on That Art Fair visit

Get a radio programme on air in 2015


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Bush Radio 89.5 FM is inviting interested individuals and organisations to submit programme application proposals to develop volunteer radio programmes under the following broad subject areas:

  • Children
  • Youth
  • Aged / seniors
  • Citizen’s Education
  • Arts and Culture
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • World Music
  • Africa
  • Media
  • Health
  • Sport
  • Technology

Programme proposals should have a specific aim, a defined target audience and be focused on specific issues/themes under the subject area.

No previous broadcasting experience is required to submit a proposal as Bush Radio will provide the necessary training and support should your proposal be selected for development.

What are we looking for in your proposal?

  • Potential – not only in ideas, but in people.
  • Programming produced by groups, not individuals
  • Local content and roots in the listening community
  • A diversity of grassroots voices, languages and accents from all over Cape Town
  • Identifies an audience that it wishes to serve
  • Respects its audience
  • Commitment to the concept of volunteerism
  • Puts a premium on local (ie Cape Town) content
  • Contributes to meeting our regulatory obligations

How to apply?

Download the Bush Radio Programme Application Form.

Completed application must be sent via email to – only emailed applications will be accepted.

The subject line of the email must read as the following example: Programming 2015 Subject Area: Gender

The deadline for submission of proposals: 25 January 2015

Only proposals accepted for potential development will be contacted for more information or follow-up.

Related: Join a production team at Bush Radio and get skilled

Newsroom Internships available


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Bush Radio 89.5 FM is looking for 2 volunteer recruits for its newsroom.

You have to be energetic, curious, willing to learn, a team player and outspoken and passionate about news. You do not need a formal qualification to apply but should fulfill the criteria listed below:

*You need to be able to read and write in English and Afrikaans/English and Xhosa
*You will be required full-time and to work shifts (06h00 – 14h00 and 10h00 –18h00 –including weekend and public holiday shifts).
*Successful candidates will sign a minimum 6 month contract

You will not receive payment! This is a volunteer internship at Africa’s leading community radio station. Training allowance of R 1000 only – non negotiable

Shortlisted candidates will be put through a written test (for computer skills, language, general knowledge) and voice test.

Send a detailed CV (with a minimum of 2 character references) and motivation letter (minimum 500 words) to – your subject line must read: News November 2014

Application deadline: 20 November 2014 @ 17h00

Bush Radio reserves the right not to make an appointment – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – No correspondence will be entered into.

The 14th Media Kidocracy kicks off #MKK2014


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This year the 14th Media Kidocracy (kid+democracy) Konfrence which runs from th 6th to the 10th October 2014, is taking place in a historic year for media in South Africa. Bush Radio is celebrating 21 years since its first illegal broadcast, and 19 years of legal broadcasting. The National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) is also celebrating 21 years of existence, Bush Radio played a pivotal role in the establishment of the NCRF.

As South Africans, we are celebrating 20 years of democracy, as a country we are slowly emerging from a violent apartheid past to a nation celebrating its freedom.

The theme for MKK2014 is “Celebrating 20 years of democracy: learning from the past and celebrating the future.”

One of the foundations of this democracy we have built is freedom of expression.

This right allows everyone, including youth, to express themselves, whether this is verbally, artistically, scientifically or in any other way. However, this right does not come without responsibilities and we need to look at how we use our hard fought for freedom.

Freedom of expression is entrenched in the Media Kidocracy Konfrence as it allows participants to express the issues they raise through their media productions.

Bush Radio would like to thank the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FESmediaAfrica), the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA), the Children’s Movement, and Whale Coast FM.

* Several of Bush Radio’s programmes will be broadcasting live from the event, these are: The Breakfast Rush (6-9am), The Morning Cruise (9am – 12pm), Sakhisizwe (12 – 2pm) and Everyday People (4 – 7pm).

** MKK2014 takes places at Wortelgat situated on the blanks of the Kleinriver estuary so besides the intensive media programme and discussion sessions participants will also enjoy the picturesque fynbos as well as archery, abseiling, and hiking.

Check out previous MKK posts – CLICK HERE

Support Shifty September and win “The Vinyl Solution”


shifty bush wrsSupport the Shifty September campaign and stand a chance to win some classic SA vinyl!

The Wrong Rock Show on Bush Radio 89.5FM is giving away one “The Vinyl Solution” reward worth R1000 to a lucky supporter of the Shifty September crowdfunding campaign .

The campaign celebrates 20 years of democracy in South Africa, Shifty’s 30th birthday and the 25th anniversary of the Voëlvry tour.

A number of events are planned for September, culminating in the Shifty Heritage Music Festival on Heritage Day in Johannesburg, featuring many of the label’s legendary artists.

What can you win?

If you pledge your support by buying any Shifty September reward, and enter your name in the Wrong Rock Show give-away, you stand a chance of winning one “The Vinyl Solution” reward, which includes:

• Voëlvry LP [signed by surviving Voëlvryers]
• Repackaged: Bigger than Jesus LP [signed by Warrick Sony]
• Pot-luck of 3 rare original still-in-their-plastic Shifty Records [it’s a surprise]
• 2 tickets to the Shifty Heritage Music Festival
• A thank you with your name on the virtual wall of thanks exhibition + a surprise Shifty gift

How to enter?

• Go to the Shifty September Thundafund Page and buy any reward ranging from R150 to R3000.

• Email us at, or contact us on Facebook to submit your name for the draw.

• We will verify your pledge with Shifty Records and on 16 September 2014, once the Thundafund campaign is closed, we will draw one name from those entered as the winner of the vinyl goodies.

Tune in! On Monday 1 September 2014 the Wrong Rock Show will be joined by Warrick Sony for a special 2-hour preview of the Shifty compilations to be released as part of the campaign.

They are:

• Shifty & Quirky
• Shifty Blue
• Shifty Love
• Shifty Pop
• Shifty Protests
• Shifty Rocks

Please note:

• If you cannot attend the festival and cannot nominate anyone to receive your tickets, we will draw another name to give your tickets to.

• If you cannot attend the festival and collect your LP’s, you will be asked to pay postage for delivery.

Go pledge!