Mufasa brings it home

Comes the 15th of December 2019 one of the North West province’s pride Cassper Nyovest will perform before his Hiphop fans and music lovers through his renowned Fill up concert. This time at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.  Nearly five years ago Cassper Nyovest initiated this musical movement through which he placed his name tag on it as he endure the journey within the industry. Now that he will be perfoming within his shores the #FillupRoyalBafokeng concert is anticipated to be the most memorable Fill up concert as compared to the previous ones.

Briefing members of the media Cassper Nyovest explained how the idea was spark by his experience when he was new in the industry and could not go on stage in a big concert where there were well know artists like Khanye West. “There was an opportunity to perform, just because Iwas not well known” he said.

Through his initiative Cassper Nyovest will not only entertain fans on stage but he will also be searching for interns. The highly anticipated intern search is back for the third consecutive year in this upcoming #FillUpRoyalBafokeng.

Also known as Mufasa, The Hiphop star is in search for young people he can develop. This was launched in 2017 as a means to give back and equip young people with tangible skills across various event disciplines. “ The interns that have gone through Cassper Nyovest’s internship programme received opportunity to work on other notable event project and received work placement at reputable companies” noted. Compared to many, Cassper Nyovest have also proven to have successfully pursued a passion after dropping out of school since he is the best in what he does. He mentioned that since he dropped out of school “ nothing has changed” academically.

This year’s intern search will take place at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday, 30 November 2019 from 10am – 3pm. The search is open to residents of North West province who are 18 years and older.

Young people with ambition or who know of other are encouraged to cease the opportunity and not to miss out on a once in a lifetime internship experience at a world class concert.

Dubbed the home coming, #FillupRoyalBafokeng will be an extremely special edition as it marks half a decade of fill up concerts in the country which have forever changed the landscape of music events for local artists as we know them. What is expected to be an iconic moment for SA Hip Hop, music lovers are encouraged to get ticket from as little as R100 to R400 to be part of this history in the making.

Caiphus Semenya’s 80th birthday celebratory feast

A rapturous music celebration befitting a music treasure will set the tone for the 80th birthday of CaiphusSemenya, South Africa living legend.


On August 24, The Market Theatre will stage the CaiphusSemenya at 80 Music Extravaganza:  Celebrating a Milestone and the Birth of a Legacy.  Musicians TsepoTshola, SiphoHotstixMabuse ,CondryZiqubu and many more will pay tribute to Semenya.  The event will also include music from BUWA the theatrical production he penned in 1986 about the injustices of apartheid through the eyes of a photojournalist. The night will be preceded by an intimate dinner before heading out to the John Kani Theatre of the Market theatre.  Semenya’s actual birthday is August 19.

SelloMaakeKaNcube and TshepoMngoma have been roped in as the show director and music director respectively and a carefully selected line-up of performers will present their interpretations of music by Semenya and some songs that he wrote.

The proceeds from the concert will go to Semenya’s National Academy of Africa’s Performing Arts (NAAPA) in Jabulani, Soweto.  The first phase of the school construction has been completed and the second phase of furnishing is set to get underway.

The school is aimed at grooming and nurturing the next generation of musicians, actors, dancers in the tutelage of legends like Semenya, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Jonas Gwangwa, KippieMoeketsi, ZakesMokae, John Kani, Nomsa Manaka and others.

Semenya, who was born in Alexandra township, found his voice as a teenager in the vocal quartet, the Katzenjammer Kids.  The quartet was named after the 10 cents comic book of the 1950’s.  In 1958, he and his group were recruited by the Union of Southern African Artists which had its headquarters based in Dorkay House.  The purpose of the group’s recruitment was to be a cast member of the musical, King Kong which ran in South Africa from February to December 1959.  And in the UK from February to December 1961.  In 1964 he was again recruited by the Union to travel to New York as a cast member of the musical drama, Sponono.  He subsequently ended up residing and working in Los Angeles.

He has worked with American heavyweights notably Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, The Jazz Crusaders, Herb Alpert and others.  He and his wife, Letta, arranged the Swahili chant on Michael Jackson’s ‘Liberian Girl’.  In 1986 Semenya and nine other composers were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Color Purple.  He received an Emmy Award for his role in contributing the African music component of the soundtrack for the hit television miniseries, Roots.

As part of the South African cohort of exiled musicians such as Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and his wife Letta Mbulu they provided a soft-landing pad in the US for artists who fled the brutal and oppressive Apartheid system.

He has contributed to the South African national songbook with classics such as Matswale, Angelina, Ziphi’Nkomo, as well as the powerful collaborations like Ndiphendule with his wife Letta.  In fact, theirs is one of the most enduring, romantic and charming love stories to ever come out of South Africa after 52 years of marriage and working together as a power couple.

When he is not busy with bricks and mortar at NAAPA, Semenya graces many stages as one of the most sought-after performers at music festivals the world over.

Semenya commented: “Turning 80 is a blessing not to be taken for granted.  There are so many colleagues that I started this journey with and unfortunately most of them have since passed away, so it’s with a grateful heart that I look back and appreciate the blessings I received from Ramasedi, the creator of the universe.  As much as there is some fun we will have, I never want us to lose focus on this project that is close to my heart, NAAPA.  I ask that we be generous in giving towards the Academy to ensure that the next CaiphusSemenya is given a chance through one of the many programs that will run at the academy.”

Tickets to CaiphusSemenya 80th Birthday Benefit Concert:  Celebrating a milestone and a birth of legacy are available at Webticket at R200.

Deanna Russell

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SAMA 27 kicks off with a call for entries

South Africa’s most prestigious music awards event, the SA Music Awards (SAMA) return for its 27th year by announcing that entries are open for the 2021 instalment.

Musicians and artists who are eligible for a SAMA consideration are invited to submit their body of work. To qualify, music must be released between 1 February 2020 and 31 January 2021.


The SAMAs are open to RiSA members and non-RiSA members. Head over to the SAMA website for more information on the entry process that allows for digital and physical entries.

In the past four years, the SAMAs have seen a marked and sustained increase in the number of entries, up from 400 in 2016 to 802  in 2020.

The SAMAs honour and appreciate the best across the South African music landscape delivered by individual artists or groups. Popularity is not a criterion, but quality and distinction.

Entries are open from today until midnight on 31 January 2021.


RiSA CEO NhlanhlaSibisi commented: ‘It gives us great pleasure to see the SAMA maintain its longest run as an award ceremony of stature. We call on all creatives to submit their amazing works for the consideration of our panel of judges. We also look forward to SAMA27 after the challenges of SAMA26 which was delivered amidst a global pandemic and we remain dedicated and committed to the cause of making SA music recognised for its excellence.’

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