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GQOM MUSIC CONFERENCE 2018 “Redefining The New Revolution”

Finest Inc. Director Mbusi Sokhela popularly known as DJ Sox and Mthokozisi Khathi (DJ Tira), the founding Director of Afrotainment, have once again merged both their companies, joining forces to add value and to provide guidance in the form of a music conference that will focus on the skills development of the youth led music genre known as Gqom.

The legendary Durban’s Finest duo will utilize their experience and resources to shape this informal, fast emerging genre by exposing its custodians, the youth to the dynamic music business through this first of its kind Gqom Music Conference scheduled to take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium (Mixed Zone) venue on April 18 and 19, 2018.

The Gqom Music Conference’s primary goal is to equip Gqom producers and musicians with pivotal knowledge on to how to monetize on the authentically South African genre, which has taken the global centre stage in dance music.

Speakers at the Gqom Music Conference include Durban’s Finest; Gqom originators Rude Boys, Distruction Boyz and DJ Lag; producers and label owners Oskido and Zakes Bantwini; key stakeholders SAMRO, CREATIVE ARTS, COPA and KZN Arts & Culture.

The Gqom Music Conference is expected to attract more than 300 delegates a day for the two days it’s scheduled to take place.

The Gqom Music Conference will include important topics such as the following:

Producing, Music in the Digital Age, Digital Distribution, Artist Development, Media and Entertainment, Festivals, Live Events and Performances, Extending Your Music to Continental and/or International platforms

Delegates at the Gqom Music Conference will get a chance of having their music listened to randomly within the breakaway sessions and get critiqued by professionals who are active in the industry. The conference won’t fall short of well-travelled speakers who’ll share empowering information about music trends on the local and global scale.


Khathu Litshani Launches A New Clothing Line

Khathu Litshani is proud to announce the launch of his clothing line – Njandin.  The clothing line is aimed at bringing a fresh and exciting feel to the fashion industry, with its unique selection of clothes for both men and women.  The brands’ authenticity is shown in every item as it effectively helps fashion lovers express themselves freely.  The South African-based brand is available for purchase via e-mail or phone calls.

Njandin will change the industry by bringing a whole new feel to everyday fashion by bringing comfort, versatility and uniqueness to fashion lovers.  The fashion industry is dynamic with several brands coming in and having to create a niche for themselves so that they can stand out from their competitors.

 Khathu uses the word Njandin in his comedy – on and off stage.  This is a word that most people frown upon but Khathu decided to take it and turn it something cool and relatable for the masses.  People associate the word with Khathu because he made it trendy and this is why he decided to use it.  The brand currently supplies caps, t-shirts and golf shirts but will soon be releasing a winter range.  Khathu says that he doesn’t want to limit Njandin to clothing, he will also be branching out into other things such as accessories.

Njandin caters to everyone regardless of their gender or affordability.  People have been responding very well to the brand because of its creativity, affordability and innovation.  Khathu is a name that a lot of people are familiar with so it’s easy for them to relate with anything that he does.

“As with everything I do, Njandin came naturally to me.  It is a part of who I am and plays a role in my everyday life.  This is an exciting journey and I can assure everyone that Njandin has a lot of exciting in store for them,” says Khathu.

Dudu Khoza’s Birthday Celebration

For most people, birthdays are about receiving gifts and spoils from their loved ones, however, for the much-loved Ukhozi FM radio presenter, Dudu Khoza, it was the opposite. Lady D, as she is affectionately known by her legion of fans, chose to collaborate with White Star Super Maize Meal and some of SA’s biggest celebs to give back to the community of Kwa-Mashu in KwaZulu-Natal with a campaign called ‘Lady D Birthday Drive’.

She celebrated her birthday over two days this past weekend, starting off with a fun-filled Saturday morning of festivities which catered for 120 orphaned children of Kwa-Mashu. The Kwa-Mashu Fan Park was filled with gleaming faces and laughter of excited children as they were entertained with rides, Nal’ibali live storytelling, face painting and great performances by the likes of DJ Tira, Donald and Naimakay. The children were also gifted with backpacks, consisting of stationery supplies and the flavoursome White Star Instant Porridge. As White Star Marketing Manager, Mokhele Makhothi, notes, “fuller tummies make for better learning, and we are so proud to partner with Dudu on this wonderful and selfless initiative.”

She dedicated Sunday to hosting an uplifting church service which featured a gospel showcase by Dumi Mkokstad and the Abathandwa Musical Group. A pop-up shop was also set-up at UCCSA church in Kwa-Mashu K Section where the homeless and Kwa-Mashu locals who were in desperate need of clothing were able to receive a dignified shopping experience without having to pay for the garments that they chose. These garments were received as donations from Dudu and her celebrity friends.

“Every year, without fail, I am drowning in much appreciated gifts and surprise birthdays across the country. One day I thought ‘enough about me, what about those that have absolutely nothing?’ The Lady D Birthday Drive is not just a celebration, but it is about changing people’s lives. Celebrating my birthday with those less fortunate has given me such a sense of fulfilment. It beats any gift a person could buy me,” concludes Dudu Khoza.

Inanda 88.4 FM’s 8th Annual 3Q Prayer – A Success

Inanda 88.4fm hosted 3Q PRAYER for the last 7 years on the last Friday of February, Last year Inanda had a 3Q tour where they visited schools motivating them about 3Q’s (Qala, Qhuba, Qeda Kahle) and they discovered the challenges that educators are facing every day.

On Friday 23 February the 8th Annual 3Q Prayer took place at Kwa Bester Community Hall and this year Inanda 88.4 FM focused on teachers and parents, based on the challenges they discovered in schools.

Initially the event was to pray and donate school uniforms for school children to focus in their studies and careers since there is a lot that is happening in schools that disturb learners from focusing in their schoolwork.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone who attended for gathering with us and making the 8th 3Q prayer event a huge success. While this was a responsibility-filled day for me, it’s also an emotional moment as we have gathered to create awareness on social issues experienced by our children which is deep rooted in various forms in our area and country as a whole. As you all know, our organisation is a non-Government one, and we work for people’s welfare especially children and youth. In recent years, we had been receiving several complaints and grievances from parents about their children and challenges they are facing. We then decided to take a step against this and started this exclusive type of prayer event. I would like to thank the Department of Sales and Marketing for proposing this cultural event and all other staff of our organisation for their support and commitment for creating awareness amongst common people about social issues. It’s a very serious issue and seldom people realise this. My special thanks for the artists who have performed and the media coverage. Your contribution is praiseworthy. Most importantly, I would like to thank the Community of INK area who have understood the essence of the event and allowed us to organise the same and their full attendance. This certainly shows everyone’s dedication and commitment towards eradicating social ills from our area and ultimately from our nation. This is a very serious issue and all of us have to vow to take strong steps against this. While, I can’t thank you all enough for being a part of this event and making it a huge success, I would also like to take an oath from you all that you would never allow anything to disturb your children from enjoying their educational journey. For any charity must begin from our homes, so I request the same from everyone, let us protect our Children” Says Station Manager Thandeka Msani Ngobese.

“We wish to contribute with what we can to increase KZN pass rate. We are also trying to find that one common solution that will raise a child to be a better person” concludes Marketing Manager, Indlovukazi Mapule.

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