Mark Andrews talks about Pieter-Steph du Toit

As a young player cutting it at the Sharks, Mark Andrews was quickly put in his place by coach Ian McIntosh. Andrews, an Under-20 player from East London, had been spotted playing touch rugby on vacation in Durban and before long was in the Natal squad.

“Master,” Mac soon said to him, “Don’t let me catch you in the wings waiting for your shot at glory. Let’s get this straight – you are a lock. You take your ball in the lineouts, you take the opposition’s ball, you tackle your backside off, you shove your prop forward, and then you spend all afternoon hitting rucks. You are not here to look good, your job is to make others look good. Are we clear?”

Andrews clearly got the message and grew into a Springbok legend revered for his uncompromising approach to second row. When he retired after 77 Tests, one of his old rivals, All Black Ian Jones said: “I can only tell him now that he is retired that I hated playing against him – he was the epitome of THE Springbok forward. On a Sunday after I had played the Boks, I knew I had played against Mark Andrews.”

Praise does not come much higher, and that is why the rugby world should prick up its ears and take note when the usually reticent Andrews is stung into praise of one of his own.

“When I heard the news that Pieter-Steph du Toit was out of the World Cup, I reckoned the Boks’ chances of winning had dropped by at least five percent. He is that good,” Andrews said. “Am I pleased to hear that he is only out for three months and will make it to England? You bet, because he is the best lock in South Africa and has the potential to become one of the greatest locks of all time. I don’t want to stroke his ego, but I really mean it. He is in a class of his own.”

Andrews has remained a hugely interested and meticulous student of the game since his retirement in 2001 after 77 Tests. He admits that he is not far being obsessed with observing second-row play.

“I love rugby, I love the Springboks and the Sharks. It is impossible for me to watch a game without making mental notes of how the locks are playing,” the 43-year-old says. “I have my own little ‘14 point’ system I use to tick off the contribution a lock makes to the game, with half of those boxes being about when the player’s team does not have the ball.”

Andrews’ private system covers everything from the obvious such as taking your own lineout ball, receiving of kick-offs, scrum effectiveness, work rate in hitting rucks, and defence, which is broken down into taking tackles and getting into position to make tackles, with their being an obvious and significant difference.

“In short, most good locks tick the boxes I have for when their team is in possession, but the better locks are the ones that can contribute beyond what is expected,” he says. “In other words, they are the ones that win not only win their ball but some of that of the opposition, and they win or disrupt kick-offs. They make offensive tackles instead of just sliding off the player that run at them. They make big hits. They read play and get into position to make a contribution.”

Andrews says Du Toit is the only player he knows to tick all seven boxes on both sides of the dividing line.

“He is the best lock in South Africa,” Andrews reckons. “If a Martian had to come down to earth and take an interest in rugby, and I showed him the statistics regarding second row play, he would say ‘Victor who?

by Mike Greenaway

Carlo Mombelli & The Stories Ensemble tour to CT ,Durban ,Maputo and Johannesburg

Society needs its storytellers and whether those stories are told in prose, poetry or music they remind us of our humanity and shared histories.

Composer/bassist and music virtuoso Carlo Mombelli is one such narrator and along with the daring collective of musicians: The Stories Ensemble will be touring Southern Africa in March and April.

Mombelli is joined by traditional Zulu singer Mbuso Khoza, trombonist Adrian Mears, cellist Daniel Pezzotti, Dejan Terzic on drumsand the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist award winner for Jazz, Kyle Shepherd on piano.

The tour starts on the 28 March at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, after which they will be travelling to Durban, performing at University of Kwa-Zulu Natal on 1 April (6pm). From there the Ensemble head to Mozambique for a performance in Maputo 2 April (7pm) at the Centro Cultural Franco Mocambicano (CCFM) and complete the tour at the Wits Great Hall, Johannesburg on 4 April (8pm).

Mombelli recorded the deeply personal Stories in September 2013 in Basel Switzerland Pezzotti, Mears, and Terzic, who he had been playing with as part of a quartet in Europe. To this mix Mombelli introduced Khoza. Stories was recorded, in studio, using 1940s vintage microphones and was mastered on reel- to-reel tape machines. The album has been described as Mombelli’s most personally revealing album. Comprised of narratives about the people who have meant the most in his life; his wife, children and music teachers it became a tribute to them.

Described by The Jazz Times in the USA as “Disconcertingly beautiful”, this eclectic ensemble unites each musician’s diverse talent and musical background in emotionally charged improvised chamber music both acoustic and electronic.

Carlo Mombelli: composer/bassist

The South African composer/bassist has recorded and performed at many international festivals, including the Rome Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival, and the On the edge of Wrong festival in Norway, to name a few. He worked for two years with the Paris based company Lutherie Urbaine on community projects, building instruments out of recycled material. In South Africa he can be heard as a bassist on many recordings including Marcus Wyatt, Simphiwe Dana, Sibongile Khumalo and Miriam Makeba. As a producer he worked on the Shane Cooper album Oscillation that won the jazz album of the year at the 2014 SAMA awards.

He has received many composition commissions and several ballets have been choreographed to his music. In 2013 he was commissioned to write piece for the Grammy award-winning New York String Quartet Ethel. He has been nominated three times for a SAMA (South African Music Awards) for his recordings. He currently teaches at Wits University, Johannesburg, where he received his doctorate in composition in 2009.

Mbuso Khoza: voice

Mbuso Khoza, a vocalist and songwriter had his music training when he was a herdsman for his father’s cattle in the KwaZulu-Natal mountains. He also learnt the spiritual ancestral music and listened to the songs of the Zionists at night. His first bed in Johannesburg was on the streets. Job-hunting at recording studios, he finally built up a reputation for himself as a top back-up vocalist, until he was finally able to record his first solo album, Zilindile (2012).

Khoza is now an established performer working with his own group and the likes of Themba Mkhize and Nduduzo Makhathini.

Dejan Terzic: drums

Born 1970 in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Terzic is a German drummer in the Modern Creative Jazz style. From 1990 he studied at the Nuremberg Conservatory and with Bill Elgart at the University of Wuerzburg, as well as in New York with Marvin Smitty Smith, Bill Stewart and Duduka da Fonseca and at the Vermont Jazz Center.

Between 1992 and 1996 he was a member of the Dusko Goykovich Quintet. In the late 1990s he was a member of the Antonio Farao trio with whom he did several recordings and international tours. From 2000, he was in the bands of Bob Berg, Franco Ambrosetti, and Enrico Rava.

He is considered one of the most sought after drummers in the international jazz scene, and has played with many international jazz greats such as Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Attila Zoller, George Garzone, Paolo Fresu and more. He has played worldwide on all the major international festivals, and appears on nearly 100 CDs. In his ‘Underground’ group formed in 2002 (initially with Chris Speed, Möbus and Mark Helias), he deals with Balkan folklore. Terzic, who has won the “best drummer” award on quite a few festivals, was later the winner of the 1997 Cultural Prize of the City of Nuremberg. In 2004 he received the Culture Prize from Bavaria/Germany. In 2008 Dejan accepted a Professorship at the Swiss Jazz academy in Bern, Switzerland, where he teaches drums. In 2013 he was nominated for the prestigious BMW Jazz award “Leading Drums” and in 2014 won the prestigious ECHO Jazz award in Germany.

Daniel Pezzotti: cello

Pezzotti was born in 1962 in Zurich (Switzerland) and began his musical studies at the age of five. Completing his studies 1981, he graduated “summa cum laude” from the Zurich Music Conservatory.

Since then, Pezzotti has built up a brilliant career as a soloist and as a member of various chamber music and jazz ensembles. Known as one of Europe’s most creative cellists, he has participated in many international music festivals, he has toured extensively and has been invited to perform at many renowned music “temples” such as at Carnegie Hall (New York), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Royal Festival Hall and Barbican Center (London), and the Philharmonie (Berlin and Cologne). Pezzotti has performed with Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Ray Anderson, Michael Formanek, Tom Harrell, Franco Ambrosetti. After meeting Brazil’s jazz genius Hermeto Pascoal in 1992, he was invited by Pascoal to play with his group on an extended tour.

Pezzotti is also featured on several recordings with the harpist Andreas Vollenweider. Pezzotti performs with the classical group “ensemble Kontraste”, and has recorded over 100 CDs. In addition, he is member of the “Zurich Opera Orchestra”, appears as solo-cellist in the baroque orchestra “La Scintilla” and teaches jazz cello at the Zurich University of Arts.

Adrean Mears: trombone

Born in Australia, he moved to Europe in 1992 and quickly established himself as one of the strongest voices on trombone on both the European and International scene. Mears’s debut CD Discoveries, on ENJA records, together with saxophonist Johannes Enders was followed by the ethno jazz trio Babamadu. The highly original release All For One, marked his emergence as a leader on the scene.

Mears’s performance and recording credits include the Vienna Art Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, McCoy Tyner`s Big Band, the NDR big band with Tim Hagans, James Morrison, Don Pullen, Eddie Palmeri, Charlie Mariano, Paquito DiRivera, Klaus Doldinger, Joey Calderazzo, Peter O`Mara, Ronnie Burrage, Peter Herboltzheimer, George Mraz, Adam Nussbaum, Don Friedman, and a recent ECM recording with Carla Bley and Steve Swallow. He is currently a Professor at the Jazz Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland, where he has been teaching for the past 14 years.

Kyle Shepard: piano

The 27-year old Capetonian pianist is regarded as one of South Africa’s most influential and accomplished Jazz musicians. Shepherd regularly performs as a solo pianist, while also leading his trio. He has released four albums to date, which has earned him three SAMA (South African Music Award) nominations. Shepherd has performed with a number of South African musicians, including the Late ZimNgqawana and Louis Moholo-Moholo. He has performed all over the world including appearances at Jazzwerkstatt Festival Bern (Switzerland), Shikiori (Japan), The Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa), the Tianjin International Jazz Festival (China) and L ́Onde Theatre (France).

In 2013 he performed the world premiere of Xamisa, a compositional work he was commissioned to write by Festival d’Automne à Paris, at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, France. In 2014 he did a solo piano tour of Japan that included the Tokyo Jazz Festival. In 2014 Kyle also performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City with Kesivan Naidoo and the Lights.

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Mike Porcaro, the longtime bass player for Grammy-winning rock band Toto, died early Sunday morning at 59

Mike Porcaro, the longtime bass player for Grammy-winning rock band Toto, died early Sunday morning at 59 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Steve Porcaro, Toto’s keyboardist and Porcaro’s brother, confirmed the news on Facebook, writing, “Our brother Mike passed away peacefully in his sleep at 12:04 AM last night at home surrounded by his family. Rest in peace, my brother.”

“My brother Mike Porcaro is now at peace,” added Toto guitarist Steve Lukather on Twitter. “I will miss him more than I could ever put into words. My deepest love to the family. God Bless.”

Porcaro became an official member of Toto following the departure of the band’s original bass player David Hungate around the time of Toto’s hugely successful 1982 album Toto IV, joining his brothers Steve and late drummer Jeff. As bassist, Porcaro appeared on such albums as Isolation (1984), Fahrenheit (1986), Mindfields (1998) andThrough the Looking Glass (2002).

In the mid-2000s, Porcaro stopped touring with the band due to his declining health and handed the bass reins to Leland Sklar in 2007. He was inducted alongside his band into the Musician’s Hall of Fame in 2009. Following a hiatus, Toto announced in 2010 that it would tour to raise money for Porcaro as well as awareness about ALS.

In an interview with the website Something Else! in 2012, Toto keyboardist David Paich spoke about Porcaro’s condition at the time. “He’s been going downhill for the last three years here, because it’s a very slow, degenerative process. But, again, Mike mentally is fantastic and if you talk to him, his spirits are up and he’s great and like the old Mike Porcaro, except that he’s disabled, he’s in a wheelchair and can’t move; can’t walk and can’t play which is a heartbreaking drag.”

Formed in 1978 in Los Angeles, Toto is best known for such classic rock hits as “Hold the Line,” “Rosanna” and “Africa” and won an Album of the Year Grammy for 1982’s Toto IV. Toto’s new record, Toto XIV, is due out on March 24, with the band embarking on a European tour starting in May 2015


RJ Benjamin has been on the charts for over 5 weeks and his duet with Zyon called Only ever loved you is dong very well .The song has also been added to the KayaFM playlist and is receiving very positive feedback concerning the heartfelt lyrics of the song as well as depth of the music

SA TOP 10 – 12 March 2015
1 Can Skylark Timebomb Up 1 2 1 (2 & 1) 8
2 RJ Benjamin Only Ever Loved You Up 1 3 2 5
3 Jimmy Nevis 7764 Down 2 1 1 (2) 7 Last Week’s #1 & Joint Biggest Faller
4 Tellaman feat. OK Malum Koolkat Drinks And Music NC 4 3 9
5 Beatenberg Beauty Like A Tightened Bow (Chris Sen Remix) Up 2 7 5 2 Joint Highest Climber
6 Donald Your Joy Up 2 8 6 4 Joint Highest Climber
7 Muzart Oh Yeah Down 2 5 1 (4) 12 Joint Biggest Faller
8 Can Skylark Ain’t No Doubt (Diggy Bongz Remix) Down 2 6 5 5 Joint Biggest Faller
9 Mariechan Live My Life New 9 1
10 Mi Casa Your Body NC 10 1 (3) 17 Longest Running Song
Matthew O’Connell Skylight 9 8 2

New Time on Saturday for On the couch on HEART 104.9fm 9- 10am

Take Tapfuma Makina and Heart 104.9FM on a Saturday morning. Add Martin Myers and someone known only as Flapper and you have On The Couch, # OTC a witty and crazy sports-themed show. It is 60 minutes of laughs, non-facts and facts and food for thought.

Initiated by Myers and then Saturday on-air DJ the late Az Abrahams , Heart 104.9 soon realised that there was such a thing as power in numbers, and Flapper joined the team.

Today the passionate and sports mad trio — an accountant, a music industry veteran and a music DJ — make for fun radio. The show ran from 8-9am for many years and now we have moved one hour latter .

From just after 9am through to 10am the phone lines light up as Heart listeners get to tackle the fanatical Flapper, referee Tapfuma and the ever-controversial Martin on everything from try-lines to balls.

Tapfuma is soccer mad , Myers follows suit with his unashamed love of the All Blacks, whilst Flapper can’t be challenged on his cricket and golf knowledge.

Alistair Coetzee -DHL Stormers coach with the team

Everything about On The Couch is entirely off the cuff and therein lies its spontaneity and in turn its success.

With Tapfuma keeping the lines open throughout the show and a little bit of music to dilute the talk, the subject matter is relevant to the sports issues of the day — a mixture of good clean fun and addressing controversial issues.

With international sport well covered, these three wise men are hungry to expose and celebrate the best of what the country has to offer in up-and-coming talent and teams, no matter what the sport or discipline.

Dr Danny Jordaan CEO of SAFA

The trio don?t play by the rules, only because they spend more time on the bench than on the field, making On The Couch everything but formatted — instead it’s fun, entertaining and downright silly at times.

Preview Sharks versus Cheetahs re-match in Bloemfontein

The build-up to the Sharks versus Cheetahs re-match in Bloemfontein this weekend has overtones for South African rugby that go way beyond the result.

If that sounds a little dramatic beyond the obvious fact that another Sharks loss would demean the Durbanites to Super Rugby purgatory in 2015, Sharks coach Gary Gold is certain that his team will escape Dante’s Inferno.

“I don’t think we have got to that stage yet,” he said of a Sharks team that is already 10 points adrift of the SA Conference leaders, the Stormers, and in 10th-place overall after four rounds of the competition.

“A handful of years ago, when the competition was smaller, I remember the Crusaders losing their first six games before fighting back to make it the playoffs, and they then won the title. So I definitely don’t think we are already a lost cause. We certainly do not see it that way.”

But overshadowing the obvious need for a win is the nudging fact that the Sharks owe it to Saru to rest a significant number of their players ahead of next week’s home match against the Chiefs, the New Zealand team that won the title in 2012 and 2013.

The acknowledged “gentleman’s agreement” between Saru and the Super Rugby franchises is that contracted Springbok players this year would play no more than five consecutive games before a rest, and would have at least three rest weeks during the course of the competition.

And that means that this Cheetahs game is the fifth consecutive game for a key quotient of Sharks players: Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Marcell Coetzee, with Bismarck du Plessis due the agreed break a week later (he did not play the opening match against the Cheetahs because of injury.)

The struggling Sharks quite obviously do not want to have to rest those players, especially their red-hot flyhalf and scrumhalf axis, for a home match against the Chiefs next week.

It is shaping up to be the classic province versus country row. The provinces agreed to the governing body’s request in the zero-pressure environment of the pre-season, but when the season is under way, and the province loses matches and is under the cosh, they change their tune. It is no longer expedient for them to rest key players. Everybody at the franchise is under pressure, and lofty pretensions to the greater good of the Springboks are quickly as exposed for what they are.

You cannot blame the provinces, only a governing body that has been unable to assert its will and establish a centralised contracting system where the top players are the property of the national body, not the provinces, and so the need of the national team always comes before that of the provinces.

The bottom line of this is that Sharks need to cash in on the last opportunity they have of being at full strength, unless they can somehow persuade Saru to change their minds on the issue. They won’t. A deal is a deal and you can’t renege on it because you are losing.

And that will mean no Lambie and Reinach et al next week, and a brand new halfback pairing of probably Lionel Cronje and Conrad Hoffman, neither of whom have had any need to pull the Deep Heat out of their kit bags this season.

With respect to that pair, they have not had the game time this season to be a force as a combination against the Chiefs next week.

After losing to the Cheetahs at Kings Park in the first round, the Sharks had to be reliant on their best players in the hope of turning it round. They have not done that, and had to keep playing the likes of Lambie and Du Toit, easily their best players this year.

And the probable Saru adherence to the agreement that no contracted Bok can play five matches in a row means the Sharks simply have to beat the Cheetahs tomorrow, while they have their best players available. Because next week a third of the starting line-up will be ripped out if the Sharks are to honour their commitment to World Cup success.

Cheetahs – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Oupa Mohoje, 5 Francois Uys (c), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie.

Subs: 16 BG Uys, 17 Stephan Coetzee, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Steven Sykes, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Clayton Blommetjies.

Sharks – 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Subs: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick/Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Marco Wentzel/Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Jack Wilson.

By Mike Greenaway

The nominees for the 21st annual South African Music Awards got announced this morning

Here is a full list of nominees:

Album of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo
K.O. – Skhanda Republic
Ringo Madlingozi – Vulani
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments

Duo or Group of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Bittereinder – Skerm
BlackByrd – Home
McCoy Mrubata – Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments

Female Artist of the Year
Bucie – Princess of House (Easy to Love)
Lulu Dikana – I Came to Love
Maleh – You Make My Heart Go
Moneoa – Ndim Lo
Simphiwe Dana – Firebrand

Male Artist of the Year
AKA – Levels
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo
Jimmy Nevis – The Masses
K.O. – Skhanda Republic
Ringo Madlingozi – Vulani

Newcomer of the Year
Beatenberg – The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo
Duncan – Street Government
Howie Combrink – Eat it While it’s Hot
Jeremy Loops – Trading Change

Best Rock Album
aKING – Morning After
Primec Circle – Let the Night In
Reburn – Majestic
Taxi Violence – Tenfold
Zebra & Giraffe – Knuckles

Best Pop Album
Beatenberg – Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg
Jimmy Nevis – The Masses
Monark – Negatives
The Kiffness – Kiff
Toya Delazy – Ascension

Afrikaans Pop Album
Bobby van Jaarsveld – Maak ‘n Wens
Eden – Nooit Oud Raak Nie
Kurt Darren – Lied Vir Die Vrou
Nadine – Skildery
Riana Nel – Die Regte Tyd

Best Adult Contemporary
Arno Carstens – Lightning Prevails
Blackbyrd – Home
Howie Combrink – Eat It While It’s Hot
Josie Field – S’bongile
Joe Niemand – Back Again

Beste Kontemporere Musiek Album
Adam Tas – Want Jy Is Boer
Chris Chameleon en Daniella Deysel – Posduif
Dewald Wasserfal – Ek en Jy
Dozi – Hande Vol Genade
Pieter Koen – Wat Die Hart Van Vol Is

Best Traditional Music Album
Botlhale Boikanyo – Spoken Word & Music
Brian Finch – Living For Yesterday
Imfez’emnyama – Palesa
Impumelelo – Isiporoporo
Qadasi – Uhambo Olusha

Best Maskandi Album
Abakamnyandu – KoMalume
Amawele Ka Mamtshawe – Mhla Uphelamandla
Ichwane Lebhaca – Ohulumeni
Maqhinga Radebe – I Facebook
Thokozani Langa – Igema Lami

Best Jazz Album
Herbie Tsoaeli – African Time Quartet in Concert
Kyle Shepherd Trio – Dream State
Marcus Wyatt – Maji in the Land of Milk & Honey
McCoy Mrubata – Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2
Nduduzo Makhathini – Mother Tongue

Best RnB Soul Reggae Album
Afrotraction – For The Lovers
Lulu Dikana – I Came To Love
MoNeOa – Ndim Lo
The Soil – Nostalgic Moments
Vusi Nova – Did It For Love

Best Rap Album
AKA – Levels
Duncan – Street Government
Cassper Nyovest – Tsholofelo
K.O. – Skhanda Republic
Reason – Audio High Definition

Best Kwaito Album
L’vovo Derrango – The Boss
Phi & Ginger – Licence to Hustle
Professor – University of Kalawa Jazmee Since 1994
Thebe – Legend
Trompies – Delicious

Best Dance Album
Black Motion – Fortune Teller
Bucie – Princess of House (Easy to Love)
Cuebur – The Brand New Me: Soul Candi Sessions 2015 (Disc 2)
Da Capo – Da Capo
DJ Clock – The 4th Tick: A Clockumentary

Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
CH2 Guitar Duo – Soos in die Ou Dae
Charl du Plessis Trio – Baroqueswing
Tony Cox – Padkos
University of Pretoria – Phoenix Camerata
Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara

Best Traditional Faith Album
Andile Kamajola – Chapter 6 Ujehova Ungibiyele
Rebecca Malope – Ama VIP
Rofhiwa Manyaga – Victory in the Blood
Sfiso Ncwane – Bayede Baba
Worship House – Live Project 11

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Khaya Mthethwa – The Uprising Limited Edition
Loyiso – Power Love Sound
Ndo Dlakadla – Rhythm of Worship
Tybelo – He’s Alive
Word & Life Worship – Freedom

Best African Adult Album
Kelly Khumalo – Back To My Roots
Maleh – You Make My Heart Go
MaxHoba – Traveling Man
Ringo Madlingozi – Vulani
Simphiwe Dana – Firebrand

Best Alternative Album
Bittereinder – Skerm
Bye Beneco – Space Elephant
David Moffatt – Mistress
Jeremy Loops – Trading Change
Tailor – Light

Best Live DVD
Aubrey Peacock and Benjamin Dube for Renewal in His Presence by Benjamin Dube
Ben Heyns for Krone Live by Krone
Robin Kohl for First Decade by Lira
Aubrey Peacock, Benjamin Dube and Oupa Montshiwaga for Spirit Of Praise Vol. 5 by Spirit Of Praise
Barry Pretorius for Innibos is Groot 2014 “Live” by Various Artists

Music Video of the Year
Studio Space for DJ Dimplez ft Dream Team and ANATII – Yaya
Izm Works for Micasa – Turn You On,
Ryan Kruger for Prime Circle – Let The Night In
Kyle Lewis for In Defense Of My Art by Tumi Molekane
Zakes Bantwini for Zakes Bantwini – Ghetto

Best Producer of the Year
Lulu Dikana & Powella Tiemo for I Came To Love by Lulu Dikana
Holidave for KIFF by The Kiffness
Ewald Jv Rensburg for Negatives by Monark
Denholm Harding for Let The Night In by Prime Circle
Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej for for Winds Of Samsara by Wouter Kellerman

Best Engineer of the Year
Brian O’Shea, Crighton Goodwill & Maruispopplanet for Johnny Apple by Johnny Apple
Dave Reynolds & Peter Pearlson for The Light of Day by Dave Reynolds
Peter Auret for Brasskap Sessions Vol. 2 by Mccroy Mrubata
Heritage Sound for Let The Night In by Prime Circle
Jürgen von Wechmar, Rogan Kelsey, Ross Fink & Jaziel Sommers for Ascension by Toya Delazy

Best Collaboration
AKA ft. K.O. – Run Jozi
Cassper Nyovest ft. Gusheshe – OkMalumkoolkat
DJ Clock ft. Beatenberg – Pluto
K.O. ft. Kid X – Caracara
The Soil ft. Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Hamba Uyosebenza

Remix of the Year
DJ Sbu, Robbie Malinga – Indlela Yam by DJ Sbu & Mojalefa Thebe
Select Play – Tsiki Tsiki Remix by Duncan
Goldfish Moonwalk Away (Goldfish Moon Landing Mix) Radio Edit by Goldfish
Heavy K – Personal Paradise Remix by Heavy K
Riky Rick – Amantombazane by Riky Rick

Category winners to be announced at the awards ceremony:


– International Achievement Awards
– Lifetime Achievement Awards

– Best Selling Album
– Best Selling DVD
– Best Selling Mobile Music Download
– Best Selling Ring-Back Tone
– Best Selling Full-Track Download

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