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Legendary electronic music sensation Sister Bliss of FAITHLESS is coming to Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 March 2018 for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Renowned DJ and producer of Faithless, Sister Bliss has created some of the most iconic electronic anthems of all time such as, “Insomnia, “God is a DJ”, “We Come 1”, “Music Matters”, “Salva Mea”, which skyrocketed the band into stardom and ultimately entered them into the modern music’s hall of fame as one of the most important bands in the history of the genre, with over 15 million records worldwide. She has also had numerous singles and two solo albums to date, worked side-by-side with music icons such as Boy George, Dido, Example and Robert Smith from The Cure and even done scores for films such as “Sex & the City 2” and the 90’s cult film “The Beach”.
From the start of her career in 1987, her flourishing talent and ambition – and being a driven Woman in such a male dominated industry – allowed her to stand out in the UK House scene at the time. Performing in the most popular clubs across the world, she quickly began recording and releasing her own songs. Soon after that, she met her future colleague and producer Rollo, and together they began writing and recording songs. Their collaboration soon flourished into a new studio project – Faithless, and together with Maxi Jazz, they started creating their unique sound by mixing dance, hip-hop, blues, folk, and classical music that captured the masses and catapulted them into the international sensation we know today.

This March you get to experience the history, the music and movement for one night only when Sister Bliss lights up H20 with an unforgettable Faithless DJ set.


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The new Volkswagen Polo Vivo is here! And with it, the launch event of the summer. To celebrate the arrival of the new VW Polo Vivo, Volkswagen South Africa has created what will be the unmissable music and lifestyle festival to hit Jo’burg.
Welcome to the VW #VIVOnation Festival.
Over two days, 10 and 11 March 2018, The Container Yard in downtown Joburg will be transformed into a multi-layered festival of experiences that will bring people together to explore the best in South African music, street art, fashion, food, new connections and – of course – the new Polo Vivo.
You’re invited. Entrance is free. That’s right, tickets are not for sale! All you need to do is sign up at stand your chance to win a ticket for you and a friend.
Hundreds of massive containers will be repurposed to create a never-before-seen festival experience of stages, live music, a bespoke auto cross track, activations, incredible car and light displays and world-class technology. 
As a proudly South African brand, Polo Vivo has curated an exceptional line-up of the biggest and hottest names in music from across the country, all on one stage.
Headlining both days is one of the country’s biggest acts right now, the incredible entertainer, Cassper Nyovest. Having recently performed to 72,000 people at FNB Stadium, his live show is incomparable and is guaranteed to entertain the crowds at the festival.
Taking South Africa by storm is electronica artist, DJ Doowap, who’s fast becoming synonymous with the hottest festival line-ups.  A true creative, her style is influenced by London’s underground music scene, so fans can expect her signature hip hop, trap, grime, gqom, and bass beats.
Sticking with gqom, VW’s flying in Durban’s Babes Wodumo, the 23-year old MTV European Music Awards nominee who shot to stardom with her hit song Wololo.  Mampintsha and Ntando Duma will be joining her on stage to perform their hit Jiva Phez’kombhede.
Hailing from Cape Town, The Kiffness is one of SA’s favourite live electronic acts, well known for their tangible instrumental talent and jazzy, groovy and uplifting house music. The Kiffness will feature SAMA-nominated singer/songwriter Mathew Gold as part of their set.
Completing the line-up is Durban’s singer-songwriter Kyle Deutsch, chart-topping vocalist Shekhinah, Mamelodi’s songstress Lady Zamar, hip-hop rapper Kwesta, award-wining house duo Black Motion and Gold selling songwriter, producer and DJ TIMO ODV.
Join the VW #VIVOnation now!
Volkswagen is packing the festival full with day- and night-time activities that bring to life the essence of the new Polo Vivo: bringing people together, freedom, exploration and fun. 
Sign up for your free tickets at now. Tickets are available for either the Saturday or Sunday, not for the full weekend, and are based on a first come, first serve basis. So hurry to secure your place.
Get involved. Be part of something big, be part of a movement. Involve your friends, create and explore.
Get inspired. Enjoy the freedom to discover new places and make new memories. New experiences are around every corner.
Get into the new Volkswagen Polo Vivo. Share the ride.
For information on the new Volkswagen Polo Vivo, visit us on  
Join the hype by posting and searching with #VIVOnation and #VWLive.
The VW #VIVOnation is proudly partnered with YFM.
The VW #VIVOnation Festival is a no under 18’s event. Terms and conditions apply.

A moment of silence for Bra Hugh Masekela

The late Hugh Masekela
Hugh Masekela playing the flugelhorn at the Manhattan Center, New York, 1994. Photograph: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images/Getty Images

When the news of Bra Hugh Masekela‘s death came to me through a high school friend, I remembered so vividly, the very first time I ever heard his music. Through a collection a cousin brother of mine possessed that was the most safe guarded part of his house. To play one of his albums was a not as easy, it desired a certain kind of patience and persuasion that even at times could not guarantee you success.

And like a close relative, the news came to me as if I had a major part to play in the arrangement of his funeral because my old time friend knew that we had a relationship through music, with Hugh Masekela, just like the many fans in the world that adored him as a brother.

Bra Hugh’s influence in the Jazz scene is one that was been cultivated from an early age and as he grew, the rewards were the best ever imagined by him or his worldwide fans.

The jazz hit maker could have just picked up a trumpet as a ticket out of the segregation during his time as a young man but instead he made the flugelhorn synonymous with him and jazz music as if it was his own sound.

To have been born in a world where he played a part in spreading the gospel of Afro Jazz and remain at the pinnacle, becoming an example of the world fusion mode is something that we must applaud and never to take for granted. His involvement in the music industry together with other greats such Miriam Makeba could easily be the reason why I have so much love for all kinds of music, jazz included.

He made the fusion of jazz compositions and great story telling an easier way to consume jazz, which at one time could have easily been regarded as boring music.

With an almost four generation gap between me and him, Bro Hugh’s music bridged the current times and of the time when he grew up. He remained relevant and a perfect example of what a musician should be today, a reflection of society and a voice to those without. A trait barely seen from an artist within a genre that is largely under rated and not popularised.

Jazz still remains in the periphery of other genres despite being amongst the oldest and Hugh Masekela’s influence on Jazz was as Michael Jackson was to Pop and Luciano Pavarotti was to Opera. He will be a name largely attached to a conversation about jazz just you would about Rock n Roll and Led Zeppelin.

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Hugh Masekela, and Nigerian singer Femi Kuti performing at the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

I can sit and write to eternity about his hits and how he was such an important part of jazz. From sharing the stage with Louis Reitenor, Abdullah Ibrahim, Fela Kuti, Oliver Mtukudzi and being an anti-apartheid, political activist but that all will be rhetoric as thousands of true and kind words have been printed and posted online since his passing away on Tuesday the 23th after a battle with cancer but that is not my part as his young brother.

Instead to me he represents what I wanted him to be, all he was and nothing less.

‘Everything must change, nothing lasts forever’ are lyrics he sang in his song Change in in his 2002 album called Time. He could have not represented my thoughts better than what he did on this song. He told the people what they wanted to hear and very scared to speak about. He sang about the ills Africa faced, mostly from her leadership which refused to give up power and offer others a chance. He became the ultimate leader, one who was not scared of his position in society to address the ills the continent was knee deep in.

As time would have it, a year after Robert Mugabe was ousted out of power, Hugh left us as if to say, my work here is done. Indeed ‘Nothing lasts forever’!

As we pay homage to a musician who defied social standings to become a household name that will forever be imprinted in our hearts and musical psyche.

I will always wonder why his musically inclined relationship with mama Miriam Makeba broke apart and why his was not a cancer that we could detect earlier and get rid off but then again, if he lived through his music as I would like to believe, he knew the time would come where he would have to leave his huge family and play his music amongst the heavenly bodies.

Masekela’s musical journey is one that many would have loved to live but I fear, in the hands of anyone else other than him, it would have been easily lost. There is too much distractions for a musician in the world and it seems Bro Hugh cut through them all like a hot knife on butter. He chose to remain focused on producing a sound distinctively synonymous to him and no one else.

He took to heart and strength what Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong advised him to do and that is, develop your own African style and in 1963 released his debut album, Trumpet Africaine.

Today, almost seven decades later, he stood by this style and fused it with the various experiences he had in life within a career that saw him perform in many countries and amongst great musical icons the world has ever seen or heard.

Masekela album’s span more than 40 and his last one , No Borders, in 2016 brought him  many awards and probably one of his biggest in his career, the gold category within the Order of Ikhamanga, The highest ever award that can be given to a South African in recognition to works of art.

He will forever be remembered as a great music writer, vocalist, trumpet player, Afro Jazz pioneer and amongst all the titles that will ever stick, he remains our big brother.

Hugh Ramapolo Masekela musician and activist, born 4 April 1939 and died 23 January 2018.

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Hugh Masekela in New York in the mid-1960s. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images