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If you have a calling as an artist to produce public art and want exposure and admiration for your art, BAZ-ART is inviting local artists to participate in the biggest street art festival in Africa.  The third International Public Art Festival [IPAF] takes place from 9-17 February 2019 on public walls around Salt River and gathers local and international street artists to create public murals.  IPAF is calling for more local public artists to embrace this year’s theme and benefit from all the public attention that this festival will attract.

The theme for IPAF 2019 is GENERATION NEXT: EDUCATE, COLLABORATE, EMPOWER.  The theme represents a renewed focus on the future and the responsibility of present and successive generations to create a better world for all. Each year, the festival is centered around a specific theme which aims to provoke thought and create dialogue on issues that we currently facing as a nation and beyond.
How to apply:

Simply email  by no later than the 15th of December 2018 with the following:

●     A Bio [personal background, experience, style, previous achievements, and your “motivation for participating in IPAF 2019”]

●     5+ reference pictures of your work

●     Profile picture

●     Copy of ID

●     Social Media links / website (if applicable)

NB:  To qualify, participants must be South African or have been resident in SA country for at least 5 years.

IPAF exists to:

1. To position Cape Town as a global street art hub

2. To showcase local talent and culture on an international platform

3. To use public art to create social change and cohesion

4. Create awareness of the power of Public Art

Feather Awards Bring the Heat at 10th Anniversary Celebration!

A full 10 years after the event was first launched in an intimate Rosebank nightclub, the Feather Awards celebrated their memorable tenth anniversary in grand style at the Johannesburg City Hall.

An evening filled with hilariously scandalous commentary from the MC, a Feathers veteran,  Somizi,  awe-inspiring performances from Nhlanhla Nciza, the Mzansi Gay Choir and Zoe Modiga,  surprise appearances from reality TV stars  Evodia ‘Madame’ Mogase and her daughter Mercy, coupled with incredible choreography and a dazzling stage production, the Feathers once again delivered the phenomenal spectacle audiences have learnt to expect from the event.

The most anticipated item of the evening, the winners list reads like a roll-call of Mzansi’s most inspiring, most amusing, most controversial and most admired personalities.  From the tongue-in-cheek categories like ‘Drama Queen of the Year’ and ‘Fag Hag’,  to the thoughtful ‘Role Model of the Year’ and ‘African Feather of the Year’,  that pay tribute to figures in the LGBTIQ+ community who’ve inspired through their activism and commitment to the community, the Feather Awards ceremony was a moving reflection of the evolution that the platform has undergone in the last decade.

Originally purely a cheeky, controversial event, the Feathers has since grown into a platform that now also comprises of various community-facing initiatives that take place over the year, noteably the Community Dialogues in urban and rural areas that discuss issues about LGBTIQ+ rights, needs and interests, and the Training of Law Enforcement Officers in partnership with the Gauteng Community Safety Department to increase safety and reduce incidences of secondary victimization.

“To make it to ten years is a dream made real” comments Thami Kotlolo, co-founder of the Feather Awards. “I have been awed and inspired by the support that we’ve received from the community at large over the years.  There’s no way we would have made it this far without them. That said, it hasn’t been easy, either – we address issues that many consider sensitive, and they’d rather ‘play safe’ and not get involved, so we don’t take for granted the many artists, activists, public personalities, partners and sponsors who’ve been unwavering in their support. I can only extend thank them by promise to stay committed to the cause, and ensure that the Feathers grows from strength to strength… we’ve only just gotten started, baby!!”

The winners list delivered the usual joy, surprises and laughs – from Drama Queen of the Year – AKA and the Matlapa (the stones he claimed to have found in his wardrobe, and tweeted his suspicions that they were used for muti purposes by his then-partner, causing a twitterstorm), to bae of the moment, Michelle Mosalakae who took home the ‘Hot Chick of the Year’, and the irrepressible Thembsie Matu, who scooped the Diva Extraordinare prize.   Kenyan editor and LGBTIQ+ activist Denis Nzioka  was awarded the African Feather of the Year prize, and Phumi Mthethwa, renowned for her activism and participation in social justice bodies such as the Treatment Action Campaign, the International Lesbian and Gay Association, and the Masithandane Collective, was accorded the inaugural Simon Nkoli Award – previously known as the ‘Feather of the Year’ Award.

The awards ceremony was followed by a rollicking street after-party where guests celebrated in true Mzansi style, rounding off what has been an incredible decade of the Feather Awards.

Feather Awards 2018 – Winners
• Best Styled Male – Riky Rick
• Best Styled Female – Ayanda Thabethe
• Cutest Couple – Steve & Lucy Letsike
• Diva Extraodinaire – Thembsie Matu
• Drama Queen – AKA & Matlapa
• Fag Hag – Rami Chuene
• Hot Chick – Michelle Mosalakae
• Hunk of the Year – Bohang Moeko
• Media Award of the Year – GaySA Radio
• Musician of the Year – Sjava
• Role Model of the Year – Ntsupe Mohapi
• Socialite of the Year – Yaya Mavundla
• Sports Personality – Hlengiwe Buthelezi Simon Nkoli Award – Phumi Mtethwa
• African Feather of the Year – Denis Nzioka
•  Social Media Personality of the Year – @Fistvoices
• Simon Nkoli Award – Phumi Mthethwa

The Gagasi FM Beach Festival line-up announcement

The Gagasi FM Beach Festival is back with a bang! This year’s edition promises to be bigger and better with an artist line-up that features old skool hit makers battling it out on stage with the current hit makers in Hip-Hop, Dance and Gqom. The 7th Annual Gagasi FM Beach Festival returns to the Bay of Plenty in Durban on Saturday the 1st of December. Held on the first weekend of December each year the event kicks-off the brand’s “Ilangil’Thola Khona” Summer Campaign.

The theme for this year’s Ilangil’Thola Khona summer campaign is “Nayi le summer” inspired by this year’s social media buzz around “Nayi le walk” phrase. Gagasi FM Head of Brand Phinda Magwaza says this year’s theme is consistent with the youthful essence of the Gagasi FM brand. “As a youthful and urban radio brand, we always stay connected to the emerging youthful trends. The Gagasi FM Beach Festival has therefore always been critical in bringing the entire KZN summer campaign to life and creating entertainment relevance in the country,” says Magwaza.

The station revealed the first phase of their line-up of top South African artists for this year’s Gagasi FM Beach Festival. Headliners in Hip-Hop, Dance and Gqom are multi-award winning Hip-Hop superstar AKA, Durban’s Finest (Tira and Sox), Busiswa, Dladla Mshunqisi and Tipcee. They will be performing alongside Gagasi FM DJs Spectacular & Naves, King Sfiso, Junior Da Rocka, DJ Vumar, DJ LeSoul, DJ Sonic, DJ Mario and DJ Lab. The MCs will be Mzokoloko, Khaya Dladla, Heazy, Zola Zee Lovin, Felix Hlophe, Zisto and Collen Zondo.

“We are once again cementing our position as KZN’s entertainment and lifestyle authority. The Beachfest has been growing from strength to strength each year and this year we plan to make it bigger. As time goes on, we will be announcing other exciting experiential elements of the event and a final artist line up. People can look forward to yet another spectacular event to kick-off their 2018 summer. The beach festival is not just a music festival, saying that its entertainment value goes beyond that. Last year we introduced elements such as the food and fashion village which was well received by the Beach Fest patrons. We are very happy with the support we have been receiving for this event over the past seven years. We would like to thank our listeners and partners for the great support over these years and we are inviting them to come and celebrate the journey with us on the 1st of December. We will be announcing our strategic partners for this year soon,” concluded Magwaza.

Tickets are already available at Computicket at R200 for general access and R650 for VIP, they will also be sold at the door. Gates will open at 10h00 and Gagasi FM will broadcast live from the venue from 10h00 until 22h00. Cooler boxes will be allowed inside the venue before 4pm.

There will be activations in various venues in Durban and surrounding areas in the build-up to the event, more details around that to be announced soon.


Durban-based Singer and Songwriter Tsitsi, real name Tshiamo Dube has released her brand new single Soar! At 13, this young musician with a sweet, mellow and strong voice is making her mark in the music industry. Soar follows the release of her first song What About Us. Soar is consolation and encouragement for people to find and celebrate themselves even though they may have disappointed those they love. “There is so much pressure to be perfect, to please people, Soar is a reminder that things will work out and we will soar and rise above and beyond the expectations of others. It is a song about overcoming and being a better version of yourself, I want young boys and girls to feel encouraged and know they are enough”, commented the talented beauty.

Born in Pietermaritzburg, Tsitsi is not only a good singer and songwriter, she also plays the guitar and is part of a Marimba band. Having performed at a number of events in and around Durban, Tsitsi is confident that her contribution to the music industry will inspire young people to work hard in achieving their dreams and bettering the world.

With a burning desire and passion to “bend the world” through her music, she is passionate about storytelling and uses her voice as an instrument to inspire people, telling stories that they can relate and learn from. She firmly believes that the new generation can better its society, beginning with small acts of kindness that will eventually “Bend the World” so that it can become better.

Soar is the perfect pop song infused with her mellow and emotive voice and an up-tempo beat. It is is the song you want to drive to, relax at home to or dance to at a party. Inspired by the likes of Mariechan, Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara and her wonderful family, Tsitsi also seeks to educate young people about the power of investing in the futures, financial responsibility and the relentless pursuit of dreams.

“I’ve always had an appreciation for music and the way that it can make you feel, the magical experience you can acquire from listen to an emotional song is amazing. This is the special connection that I want to share with everyone through music”.

Her passionate connection with music sparked in 2008 when she was gifted her first guitar, from that moment she had fallen in love with music and has been dedicated to building herself up musically.

Soar is available for download on iTunes and Spotify.

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