Beat Bulletin May 2017

Dear SAMRO Member

We are fast approaching the halfway mark of 2017 and what a year it has been already!

There’s no rest or slowly easing into the winter season for us at SAMRO though. After the success of our CEO Music Industry Roundtable in Durban, we have already started to work on the next information session.

We have also been hard at work testing our online digital platform ahead of opening for entries for the 5th annual Wawela Music Awards (WMAs), set to be staged later in the year. While on the subject of the awards, we would like to congratulate all the winners at the 23rd South African Music Awards (SAMAs), especially Kwesta who walked away with the SAMRO sponsored category, SAMRO Highest Airplay of the Year.

In this issue, we share with you how and where to go if you would like to submit your music for the upcoming WMAs. This year’s awards are set to be our best yet, so you do not want to miss out!

We also give you the lowdown on what transpired in Durban, where we hosted hundreds of passionate music creators and industry personnel at The Playhouse during the latest leg of our SAMRO CEO Music Industry Roundtable information sharing session.

We also look at the evolution of house music and how musicians, such as the dynamic duo, Black Motion have incorporated live instruments such as drums to elevate their performances to new levels.

Then we look at the future of music DVDs – do they still matter? Why does it appear that they have lost their appeal?

As a talent, are collaborative albums something to consider? Rappers AKA and Anatii are set to release a joint album at some stage this year. As the fans wait for the release, is such an album a model worth pursuing in the South African context? Read the article for a lowdown on the subject matter.

Finally, we look at the latest move by DJs SPHEctacula and Naves. The pair have left the City of Gold for KwaZulu Natal – having left Metro FM not so long ago and recently announced as the new hosts of Gagasi FM’s afternoon drive.

Don’t forget to check out some of this month’s gigs to attend. We wish you all a wonderful and warm Youth Month.

Tiyani Maluleke
General Manager: Marketing and Communications


It’s almost that time of the year again when we celebrate the best of South Africa’s music creators!

The fifth annual Wawela Music Awards (WMAs), SAMRO’s flagship event, are set to take place later this year at a prestigious gala event.

These awards are inspired by South African music creators’ accomplishments in the country and abroad. They also pay homage to the legends of local music who have paved the way to this point through their extraordinary lifetime achievements.

Before then however, SAMRO is calling for entries from its members, whose music was active between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015.

Entries are opening soon and we invite you to submit your entries and be part of this phenomenal awards brand. After submission, all entries will go through an intensive verification process and a number of judging processes before nominees are announced.

Entries will be judged on merit, based on the quality of compositions and songwriting skills, by a panel of respected and experienced music industry professionals.

Composers will be selected across a range of genres, styles and categories. The judging panel will also consider suitable recipients for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award, Prolific Catalogue of Works award as well as the Breaking through the Borders award.

How does it work?

SAMRO members who would like to submit their entries for the 2017 edition of the WMAs should visit the improved awards website: and submit a simple online entry form.

Entry is free and entrants are required to have certain content available: MP3 files of the songs to be submitted, hi-resolution photos and a profile.

As we draw nearer to the event date, SAMRO will be releasing more details about the nominees’ announcement event, awards ceremony, artists and presenters slated to hit the stage on the night.

So join us as we celebrate South Africa’s songwriting and composing talent that has reached the new beyond.

For media related queries and interview requests please contact the Marketing Department on 011 712 8220/8513/8521 or email:


Durbanites are often incorrectly seen as being distant when it comes to participating in activities related to the music industry. Sure, when SAMRO announced that its May CEO Music Industry Roundtable was going to the beautiful coastal city, the response, by way of RSVPs, was gradual. But by the morning of 19 May 2017, the Durban Playhouse was teeming with eager musicians, music producers and industry personnel.

Our panel of experts on stage included SAMRO’s Acting CEO Rev Abe Sibiya, Gagasi FM music compiler Mario Kunene, Thando Nyameni – General Manager at the KwaZulu-Natal United Music Industry Association (KUMISA), Nothando Migogo – CEO of the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association (CAPASSO), Stephenson Mhlanga, SAMRO’s EGM Sales, Prince Bulo – producer at Afrotainment and Victor Mampane, Publisher Services Consultant at SAMRO.

The aim of the discussion was centred on SAMRO membership and distribution of royalties, music consumption in the country, and music airplay. The latter found Kunene at the centre of a heated debate about how stations choose music for play listing. Kunene however stressed that Gagasi FM has a music testing strategy, which then informs what music makes it onto the station’s play list.

“This roundtable session taught me that apart from the things that artists are dealing with, there are a lot of things that we need to get right too,” said Kunene.

“I realised what it is that we need to tackle as a radio station. We hope we can work better with artists. I also managed to share a few tips with budding musicians – it is important that they know, when sending their music for play listing, that there’s a criteria that we need to adhere to. Similarly, they need to understand the type of station they’re sending their music too.”

Bulo, who is also the winner of the 2014 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship competition for composers, was surprised by the attendance. “What a vibe! People came out in numbers. Some had to be turned away because the venue was packed, but it’s nice that people are hungry for information – we gave them as much as we could and the best way that we can. I hope they continue to seek it, and that people continue to support local music. Big up to SAMRO.”

SAMRO would like to thank attendees for the tremendous turnout. We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our media partner, Gagasi FM for all the support the station provided in assisting us with media covering that ensured that we host the most successful roundtable event to date.

Stay tuned to Beat Bulletin for details of the next session!


Performing to a live audience is never something to take for granted – it takes a lot of time, preparation and planning. With many music collaborations across various genres, this makes it even trickier to execute and give the audience a performance they won’t easily forget. This is no different when it comes to deejays and live bands.

Dance music has evolved over the years with gigs no longer being a one man show but an interactive experience of music, vocalists, live instruments and dance.

Adding live musicians to your set changes the crowd’s experience massively. It creates a dynamic atmosphere and brings a different feel to a DJing set. While the audience dances to the tight beats that are being played, a musician will be hard at work adding different musical layers to the sound.

Here are the top 5 tips to a successful joint performance between a DJ and a musician or instrumentalist.

1. DJ –  Band/Artist fit
Ensure the chosen band is a brand match to your audience and style. The chosen band needs to understand your style and your vision on how the two sounds and energy can come alive on stage.

2. Venue
The venue has to be suitable and be able to accommodate the joint venture. Many clubs usually only accommodate a small area for a DJ with the rest dedicated to the patrons so prior arrangement for stage and set up may be required.

3. Rehearsal
Do not leave the performance to chance and hope everything will miraculously come together in spectacular fashion. It is not only the DJ’s reputation on the line but the band or musician’s reputation will also be affected if the performance is substandard. So put in the time and effort and rehearse as much as possible before the show.

4. Technical Support
All the required equipment and systems to support the performance should be identified well in advance to ensure the club or venue will be able to accommodate technical requirements envisaged for the gig.

5. Promoting the event
The performance is likely to be special and exclusive to a particular event so you want to let your fans know about it. This also provides a great opportunity for both the DJ and musician to market to both audiences and widen their reach, and fan base.


There was a time in the early 2000s when music concert DVDs were the best musical collection one could ever own. Consumers wanted to have tangible material to keep of their favourite musicians – they wanted to know more about their idols and watch their musicians recorded performances.

But there have been signs for a while now that music DVDs have somewhat become a thing of the past. Consumers appear to have moved on. But where to and why?

Some of the biggest names in the music circle who have enjoyed highly successful worldwide tours, have opted not to release tour DVDs anymore – once a certainty for fans. Beyoncé for instance, opted to sign a deal with TV network, HBO to screen her hour-long special showcase in support of her latest album, Lemonade. Thanks to rap mogul Jay-Z’s Tidal platform, shows featuring Beyonce and Rihanna among others, concerts are now streamed online to subscribers.
In some instances, full concerts can be found on YouTube – even if there are legal question marks around it.

Lira’s Captured Tour DVD was initially released to the market before it was syndicated across TV stations including Mzansi Magic and MNet. Locally, Simphiwe Dana clinched the deal with BET Africa to premier her The Simphiwe Dana Symphony Experience concert.

Lira has been on record as saying she had to fork out sizeable amounts of her money to be able to meet the costs of putting together a live concert recording.

Johannesburg-based music expert Jonathan Shaw says the costs of huge productions using top-notch equipment are “staggering”, and usually run into several hundred thousand of rands.

“New artists will rather spend budgets on high end stylised and conceptual videos, while established artists cement their careers by investing in live music performance legacies. Names such as Lira, Zahara, Joyous Celebration and the Parlotones come to mind, all having worked hard to provide tangible products of their live sets,” he says.

According to recent revenue figures from the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA), music sales have been on the decline since 2008. International DVD sales far surpassed local but in 2014 international sales stood at R25-million and local sales surpassed this with R28-million. However, Shaw predicts that before long, the big music retail chains will have all but disappeared.

Some say consumers have short attention spans, thus have very little time to sit and watch DVDs, while there are statistics to suggest that consumers now prefer to spend their disposable incomes on live music/concerts.

The PwC Entertainment and Media Outlook for the period 2016-2020 predicts that improving ticket sales and sponsorship revenue for live music revenue is taking an ever greater share of South Africa’s music market. In 2015, this accounted for 57% of total music revenue and predicts a 68% increase by 2020. It appears music consumers now prefer to experience music first-hand.

* The new edition of Jonathan Shaw’s book, The South African Music Business 3rd Edition, will be available from the end of June through Ada Enup publishing.


For a genre filled with so many “diss” tracks and cliques, it is almost unheard of for local rappers to work together.

Two successful local hip-hop stars, AKA and Anatii have successfully teamed up and released ‘Don’t Forget to Pray’, which is the first single from their full upcoming project titled, Be Careful What You Wish For.

In Mzansi, collaborative rap albums are a rarity. So, is AKA and Anatii planning on unleashing this?

The concept itself isn’t new though – think back to the international chart-topping collaborative albums of a decade or more ago: Jay-Z and R. Kelly released The Best of Both Worlds, which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The follow-up release, Unfinished Business reached the summit of that chart.

International star, Hov also collaborated with rockers Linkin Park for MTV Ultimate Mash-ups Presents: Collission Course, and most recently with Kanye West for the memorable Watch the Throne. This project spawned hits including ‘Nigg*s In Paris’, and ‘No Church in the Wild’.

Years before that, supergroup The Firm (made up of Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown and Cormega) teamed up for The Album, which also made a move to the Billboard 200 chart. A couple of years ago, Drake and Future collaborated on a mixtape, What a Time to be Alive, which also debuted at number 1 and at the time sold 334,000 album copies.

With such a proven track record of successful collaboration albums, we can only hope that Be Careful What You Wish For can spark similar connections between South African rappers and musicians in general. We can only hope too, that they trigger new cultural movements.

The Kings of the Weekend, SPHEctacula and DJ Naves are your new Gagasi FM afternoon drive hosts, weekdays 15H00 to 18H00.

Following a recent resignation from SABC’s Metro FM, where The Kings of the Weekend called home for seven years, it was announced that the dynamic duo will be taking over the Gagasi FM afternoon drive show from Thursday, 01 June 2017.

The appointment of the duo speaks volumes about the magnitude of their brand that they have successfully built over the past seven years.

“We knew we were ready for change and something bigger to challenge ourselves was on the cards. We weren’t sure precisely what this change would be, but we believed in having a bigger impact on radio. We put it out to the universe and our paths have aligned with Gagasi FM at the right time. We would like to whole-hearted thank the Gagasi FM team for believing in our vision and entrusting us with their prime time show. We look forward to executing our shared vision for the show with them and growing with the station,” commented SPHEctacula and Naves.

The duo have been hard at work with their anticipated new music. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, the duo has pushed forward plans to release their new EP, The Kings Way Vol 1 and will have it available from 01 June 2017.

SPHEctacula and DJ Naves’ appointment to the Gagasi FM afternoon drive show is another indicator that marks the new era they are embarking on. New club owners to premium clubbing venue, Icon Soweto in Pimville Square; the two have revolutionised their brand to include various monetised touch points within the entertainment industry.


Here’s a look at some of the upcoming events for the month of June. Remember to keep supporting live events!

Bokani Dyer Trio @ The Chairman
Date: 1 June 2017 @ 10:30 pm – 11:55 pm
Venue: The Chairman’s Lounge,
146 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban

Nicky Shange @ Luthuli Museum
Date: 2 June 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Venue: Luthuli Museum, 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville, KZN

Kathleen Tagg & Andre Petersen @ UCT College of Music
Date: 3 June 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Venue: SA College of Music, UCT,
Rondebosch, Cape Town

Leomile & Zeli Mthembu @ Machabeng College
Date: 9 June 2017 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 pm
Venue: Machabeng College,
Tona Kholo Rd, Maseru West, Maseru, Lesotho

Siphelele Fuze @ Mamas’ Jus’ Jazzin
Date: 11 June 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: Mamas’ Jus’ Jazzin’ Bar & Grill,
Corner Umhlanga Rocks Drive and Kenneth Kaunda Road, Durban North

The Real Concert Series featuring Prime Circle, Just Jinjer & Tailor
 Sat 10 Jun 2017 8:30 pm 
Venue: C T I C C, Auditorium 1 – Cape Town, Western Cape

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