Posts Tagged ‘South African’

Nobody broke my heart, you know why? It’s already broken. – Sathima Bea Benjamin (1936 – 2013)

21/08/2013
Sathima Bea Benjamin (17 October 1936 – 20 August 2013)

Sathima Bea Benjamin (17 October 1936 – 20 August 2013)

All of us at Bush Radio would like to share our condolences with all the family, friends and fans of Sathima Bea Benjamin who passed away yesterday. South African jazz singer and wife of pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, Sathima Bea Benjamin has died at the age of 76. Sathima was born in Johannesburg and raised in Cape Town.In the 1960’s Sathima and husband Abdullah Ibrahim moved between Europe and New York.

Trailer to the 2010 documentary on Sathima: “Sathima’s Windsong”

In 1979, she launched her own record label, Ekapa, primarily to produce and distribute her music. Between 1979 and 2002, she released eight albums: ‘Sathima Sings Ellington’, ‘Dedications’, ‘Memories and Dreams’, ‘Windsong’, ‘Lovelight’, ‘Southern Touch’, ‘Cape Town Love’, and ‘Musical Echoes’.

Jazz Specialist and Bush Radio presenter Nigel Vermaas said Sathima was one of the icons of South African Jazz, however she wasn’t that recognised in this country because she spent most of her career in the United States where she was highly valued.

Sathima and Bush Radio volunteer, Ronnie Green enjoying a laugh and a cup of tea at the station

Sathima and Bush Radio volunteer, Ronnie Green enjoying a laugh and a cup of tea at the station

In October 2004, South African president Thabo Mbeki bestowed upon her the Order of Ikhamanga Silver Award in recognition for her excellent contribution as a jazz artist in South Africa and internationally, as well as for her contribution to the struggle against apartheid.  This year she received the Lifetime achievement award at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.

Jazz educator and musician, Paul Sedres said Sathima was able, through her music, to represent a big sector of our population and the ideals that we wanted in terms of our social change during the apartheid era.

Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim had two children Tsakwe and Tsidi (hip-hop artist Jean Grae).

Editor of the South African Association for Jazz Education, Diane Rossi said one of the highlights was when Sathima graced the Crypt Jazz restaurant stage on International Jazz Day this year, and in the audience were her family and fans.

Rossi added that Sathima has gone far too soon.

Listen to Sathima sing (via sathimabeabenjamin.com):

* Loveless Love/Careless Love from SongSpirit

** If You Were the Only Boy in the World from Cape Town Love

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Win a Chance to Experience International Hip-Hop Dance Theatre

02/03/2012


Mixing it Up is a hip-hop dance theatre festival happening at Artscape on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th March 2012.

The festival will showcase the best of South African DJs, dance crews, and you will experience leading hip-hop dance theatre with crews from France, Germany, UK and Zimbabwe.

Bush Radio is giving 10 lucky listeners the opportunity to win tickets to this awesome event!

* If you would like to enter to win a set of double tickets to Mixing it Up for Saturday the 10th March: SMS your name and the keyword MIXSAT to 32158.

or

** If you would like to enter to win a set of double tickets to Mixing it Up for Sunday the 11th March: SMS your name and the keyword MIXSUN to 32158.

Enter as many times as you like to improve your chances of winning. Sms costs R1 and free minutes do not apply.

You have until 9am on Thursday the 8th March 2012 to send your sms, the winner’s names will be announced later that morning in the Morning Cruise.

Mixing it Up – International Hip Hop Dance Theatre

27/02/2012

A new South African hip hop dance theatre festival which aims to showcase the best of South African dance crews is set to hit Cape Town (and Johannesburg) in March 2012.

With Bush Radio‘s long history of being involved in the hip hop community we have come on board to give the Mixing It Up festival some much need airtime and give the artists exposure.

The festival will give South African audiences the opportunity to experience leading edge hip hop dance theatre with a uniquely South African flavour. Featuring dance crews such as Immortal Style from Cape Town and Soweto`s Finest from JHB. In addition to the dance performances, we will see the inclusion of well known South African rappers and DJs. The festival will also feature international hip hop dance theatre pioneers from France, Germany, UK and Zimbabwe. Including a special appearance by the duo Clash 66, Sebastien Ramires (France) and Hyun-Jung Wang (Germany).

Tickets are available at computicket at a cost of R50 and R30 for students on presentation of a valid student card.

Dates: 10 & 11 March

Venue: Artscape Theatre

Doors: will open at 15h00 for free dj jam, clothing stalls, bboy freejam, and graffiti exhibition

Performance: start time 20h00

Mixing it Up is made possible by the British Council in collaboration with Matchboxology Creative Incubator, Heal the Hood Project, Artscape Theatre, Goethe Institut, French Institute, the University of Johannesburg, French Embassy, EUNIC, DJ Switch, and Bush Radio.

Connected 2 Jazz tribute show: Zim Ngqawana

08/12/2011

Zim Ngqawana - photograph by Charles Betz

On the 13th December 2011 at 8pm on Connected 2 Jazz ((13 December 2011 at 8pm), Nigel Vermaas will be paying tribute to the late Zim Ngqawana (25 December 1959 – 10 May 2011).

LISTEN TO THE ZIM TRIBUTE SHOW PROMO

Related posts:

Celebrating a #CapeMusic legend – Basil Moses

Celebrating the Ngcukana dynasty

My Kinda Jazz tribute to Robbie Jansen

A special tribute to Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi

Win with 89.5fm and My Cape Town (Week 2/3)

23/09/2011

Bush Radio's Aphelele Radebe enjoying the view of Cape Town during our broadcast from the top of Table Mountain this week

Congratulations to Thumeka Mfaxa from Gugulethu who won our first fantastic MyCapeTown pack

Now there only two more weeks left for this great competition on 89.5FM. Every week until the 7th October we will be giving lucky listeners the chance to win vouchers to Cape Towns top attractions

This week you could win a MyCapeTown pack which includes:

2x Kirstenbosch Gardens Tickets

A Family Pack (2 kids and 2 adults) for a City Sight Seeing Bus

2x Table Mountain Cable Car Tickets

2x Spur Vouchers

This pack is valued at R 720.

To stand a chance of winning, sms the keyword MYCAPETOWN to 32158 by no later than midnight this Thursday – the winners name will be announced in Sakhisizwe each Friday just after the arts update at 1pm

Sms cost R 1 and free minutes do not apply.

Win with 89.5fm and My Cape Town (Week 1/3)

20/09/2011

Over the next three weeks Bush Radio is giving you the opportunity to win with MyCapeTown.

Every week until the 7th October we will be giving lucky listeners the chance to win vouchers to Cape Town’s top attractions

This week you could win a My Cape Town pack which includes:

2x Robben Island Tickets

2x Two Oceans Aquarium Passes

2x Wheel of Excellence Tickets

This pack is valued at R 730.

To stand a chance of winning, sms the keyword MYCAPETOWN to 32158 by no later than midnight this Thursday.

The winners name will be announced in Sakhisizwe every Friday just after the arts update at 1pm. So tune to 89.5FM or on your computer or cellphone via www.bushradio.co.za

 Sms cost R 1 and free minutes do not apply.

Celebrating the Ngcukana dynasty

03/06/2011

Ezra Ngcukana, tenor sax, Wesley Rustin, bass, Gugulethu, Cape Town, South Africa. January 2010. (Photo courtesy of John Edwin Mason, 2010)

We thought 2010 was a bad year for South African jazz but 2011 seems to be rivalling it. We have already lost Duke Ngcukana, Ernest Mothle and Zim Ngqawana.

On his CONNECTED 2 JAZZ show on Bush Radio 89.5 fm on Tuesday 7th June from 8 – 10 pm, Nigel Vermaas will be celebrating the lives of the two Ngcukana Brothers who passed away within 9 months of each other, Ezra and Duke, as well as their father, Christopher Columbus Ngcukana aka Mra. Helping me to remember the family will be the youngest of the brothers, Mfana Ngcukana, musicians Sylvia Mdunyelwa, George Werner and Mark Fransman, as well as writer Sindiwe Magona They all have unique insights into these three strong personalities and enduring artists.

LISTEN TO THE TRIBUTE PROMO

We will also feature Zim Ngqawana’s version of YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME, a composition by Mongezi Feza (of the Blue Notes) which became closely identified with Ezra. Zim was a pallbearer at Duke’s funeral. In due course CONNECTED TO JAZZ will honour this jazz giant.

Nigel has broadcast documentary-style tributes to a number of our departed jazz heroes including Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi, Miriam Makeba, Johnny Fourie, Alex van Heerden, Robbie Jansen, Gito Baloi and Hotep Idris Galeta.

CONNECTED 2 JAZZ can be heard every Tuesday night from 8 – 10 on Bush Radio 89.5 fm. Aside from playing a wide range of jazz, it also attempts to explore the connections between jazz and other music.

RIP Boeta Hotep

03/11/2010

Hotep Galeta (1941 - 2010)

Bush Radio mourns the loss of one of our mentors, teacher and volunteer, Hotep Galeta.

Earlier today the Bush Radio newsteam reported that Hotep Galeta passed away at his home.

Boeta Hotep, as many at the station knew him, played an important role in developing some of the stations jazz programmes and also assisted with developing projects that used music to help with education and healing.

CLICK HERE: Rashid Lombard, CEO of espAFRIKA on the passing of Hotep

CLICK HERE: Hotep’s “Evil Vibes” Jingle

The volunteers, staff and board of Bush Radio would like to send our condolenscences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Songs for Busi (A tribute to an Urban Zulu)

18/06/2010

Busi Mhlongo (far right) supporting the 2003 Bush Against War campaign with former Bush Radio Managing Director, Zane Ibrahim (centre) and intern Noortje Bergmans

Due to numerous requests Bush Radio will replay the tribute to Busi Mhlongo by Bassie Montewa which originally aired on Wednesday.

*Tune into Bush Radio 89.5 FM or listen online tonight (Friday, 18 June 2010) from 19h00 – 20h00*

Following South African music icon Busi Mhlongo’s untimely death, condolences have poured in from various people around the country.

Congress of South African Trade Union’s Patric Craven says as Cosatu they mourn the singer, dancer and composer’s passing.

Craven adds Mhlongo made a unique contribution to the development of South African music and culture, and paid tribute in her music to worker’s struggles.

“Her song Umentyisi condemned the violence inflicted on our people by their colonial masters,” he said.

Cosatu praised Mhlongo for refusing traditional Zulu music with modern styles and promoting South African music to a worldwide audience.

Meanwhile, during many visits around the country Mhlongo visited Bush Radio studios in Cape Town where she was hosted by Bush Radio’s Bassie Montewa.

Montewa remembered ‘Mama Busi Mhlongo’ as a warm loving woman who treated everyone she met as her own children.

“I remember when she was here and I was not feeling well, she called me aside after the show and consoled me as a parent,” said Montewa.

He described Mhlongo as a victor who reached her destiny in life.

original story published by Bush Radio News


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