Kronendal Music Academy and Mandela Day 2020

What the incredibly resilient Kronendal Music Academy ( kids realised this past Madiba Day this weekend in celebration of the late-great statesman’s legacy.

Go to to grab your front-row ticket :-)

Please feel free to share, far and wide, for the greater good. Thank yoU!

#kmahoutbay #madibaday2020


A celebration through song of the life of the Queen of Soul – ARETHA FRANKLIN

Following the untimely death of Aretha Franklin in August 2018

The three founder members of 3 Tons of Fun, Sthe Mfuphi (Saxy Sthe), Bulelwa Sakayi (Beautiful Bee) and Michelle Thomas (Mysterious Michelle) together with powerhouse Soi Soi Gqeza (Sultry Soi Soi), have produced a fitting tribute to this iconic singer.

Narrated by Ninja DJ, Uncle Cal, these four women with their amazing voices pay tribute to a woman who influenced generations of singers and touched the lives of so many.

The show was performed for the first time in March 2019 at the then Cafe Roux in Shortmarket st, Cape Town (now The Jagger Lounge).

In the spirit of August being Woman’s Day and the anniversary of Aretha’s passing, we are proud to show you that performance filmed that night.

We miss performing live so much but if you are not busy, come and join us as we present our first recorded #virtualconcert on the Covid-Zero platform

at 19h00 each night from Sunday 9 August through to Sunday 16 August.

We would love to have you with us as we remember this iconic lady.

Book your tickets here:

The website for more information is

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RJ Benjamin & Ebrahim Mallum produce song #BecauseWeAre with 30 South African musicians

#BecauseWeAre: 30 South African musicians join forces.

30 Top South African musicians, including Vusi Mahlasela, Amanda Black, Arno Carstens, J’Something, Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Karen Zoid, Majozi, Ready D, Khuli Chana, Zolani Mahola and more, under the banner of the Mzansi All-Stars, have joined forces to release a campaign with song titled #BecauseWeAre, which aims to encourage unity, resilience, and action.

The song was written by Zolani Mahola and Aron Halevi with creative input from Dylan Wray (director of education human rights organisation, Shikaya).

Zolani Mahola shares: “There is something so precious about co-creation… from the initial impetus to the realisation of the dream.

This song is the beginning of a conversation about national unity, about our responsibility to create the society we want to see. I’m excited to be a part of that wonderful future.”

Aron Halevi adds: “We want the song to ignite a conversation around how we can emerge from this pandemic even stronger than before, and what we can each do to contribute.”

All contributing artists

Amanda Black, Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Agape, Bonga Kwana, Buhlebendalo Mda, Cheistar, Craig Hinds, Divine Mahara, Early B, Emo Adams, Francois Van Coke, Gabriela Diamond, Jabulani Mthembu, Jack Parow, J’Something, Jedd Kossew, Jeremy Loops, Jimmy Nevis, Kahn Morbee, Karen Zoid, Khayelitsha United Mambazo, Khuli Chana, Majozi, Ready D, Shane Cooper, Vusi Mahlasela, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Zoë Modiga, Zolani Mahola.

you can stream or download the #BecauseWeAre song on all major digital platforms globally here:


#BecauseWeAre is more important than ever now for individuals, communities and institutions to come together and reflect on where we are as a country, and where we are headed.

COVID-19, and the lockdown, have highlighted the fractures in our society and structures, and momentary gestures of goodwill alone will not sustain us through and beyond this unprecedented moment.

The dynamic campaign, will hopefully drive a conversation around where we are and where we are headed, how we build resilience as a country and support unity.

This conversation will be used as the basis for an education programme encouraging young South Africans to think about their choices and how they can influence their futures.


As the independent adjudication process has now officially concluded and the findings presented to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), outcomes of relief funding applications will be communicated to all applicants next week, 20 July 2020.

The public call for the DCAS relief funding within the sport and cultural sector officially opened on 5 May and closed 19 May 2020.

The arts, culture and heritage relief fund of R4 700 000 was set aside primarily to offer relief to creatives and not to compensate for losses incurred.

The fund received 1058 applications in total, with 948 adjudicated after duplications and unrelated applications were removed.

The work of the adjudicators was concluded on 3 July 2020 and underwent quality checks before presenting the report to the Department.

Thereafter, the required administrative processes were followed to approve the 691 (73%) successful applicants, inclusive of Minister Marais’ sign off.

The combined revenue losses to applicants came to a total of R 58 612 195, a clear indication of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector.

Minister Marais will write to the national Minister to raise these concerns and motivate for additional funding to better assist the sector.

Minister Marais is happy to announce that we will begin the process of informing all applicants of their respective outcomes and start transferring the allocated funds in compliance with the legislative framework requirements. The expected date for informing artists of outcomes and processing of transfers is from the week of 20 July 2020. In cases where an applicant is successful but did not provide payment details with their application forms, it may take longer to process because of the time it would take to source and verify the needed information to securely process the transfer of funds.

To bring the sport and recreation COVID-19 relief funding strategy into fruition, the criteria for assessing this support, the identification of beneficiaries and the mechanism through which the fund is managed was done in consultation with the Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation. The sport and recreation adjudication committee completed its work in June 2020 after receiving 108 federation applications on behalf of their various coaches, athletes, technical officials and recreation entities across the province. To ensure transparency and greater range of support, with only R1 million available to fund our provincial sport and recreation relief applications, the national Department of Sport and Culture was requested to provide the Western Cape DCAS with a database of our provincial athletes, federations and entities that have applied for the national relief fund and the outcome of those applications. Should an application have been successful, the applicant will not be eligible for any provincial relief. Payment to successful applicants will also commence next week.

An Appeals Committee has also been established and will be responsible for presiding over all appeals and/or complaints that emanate from the COVID-19 Relief Fund Adjudication Panel and application outcomes. Details of the appeals process will be communicated to each applicant as they are informed of their respective outcomes. The Committee will consider the documents submitted and engage any other relevant person, including the applicant, to further engage on the matter before taking a decision. It is important to note that a decision of the Committee will be final and binding to all parties.

Minister Anroux Marais said, “In the dire fiscal environment in which we find ourselves, the possible deterioration of the socioeconomic wellbeing of citizens will further impact the tax base, increase dependence on governmental services, further augmenting the number of indigent households which requires additional support across the three spheres of government. This will compound existing developmental challenges and extend fiscal demands on government as unemployment will rise due to the lockdown. Based on the experience of countries further along the trajectory of the pandemic, this crisis is likely to last for months and will require an immediate planning and budgetary response, while considering a post COVID-19 strategic approach. Some of the hardest hit are sport federations, artists and cultural organisations whose sole source of income is generated from events and programmes that had to be cancelled due to lockdown regulations.

Most of these organisations and individuals are adversely affected by the lockdown regulations, making the provision of social relief for them vital.

We thank our valued partners and dedicated officials for their continued support in our joint efforts to combat this virus in trying times. Their proactive efforts to assist the Western Cape Government’s Whole of Society and Whole of Government Approaches does not go unnoticed. Together, we will beat this pandemic and continue to collaboratively work towards a socially inclusive, active and connected Western Cape through sport and culture.”

Deezer partnered up with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse to create a special tribute playlist ‘Nelson Mandela A Life Story in Music’.

In honour of Nelson Mandela Day, global music streaming service Deezer partnered up with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse to create a special tribute playlist ‘Nelson Mandela A Life Story in Music’.

The exclusive playlist narrated by Mabuse is a personal journey into the musical taste of Mandela.

We first debuted this playlist ahead of Mandela’s centenary birthday in 2018.

As a beloved and special playlist for the South African community, music fans will once again be able to hear loving commentary from Mabuse.

Some of Mandela’s favourite featured artists include: The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie, and Miriam Makeba.

It also features struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

“Nelson Mandela will always be my role model and I am delighted to share my personal reflections. It is an honour to pay tribute to his life and it is something I do with utmost respect and joy.” said Sipho ‘Hotstix.’

Nelson Mandela, ‘A Life Story in Music’ will be available until 31 July 2020.


#NewMusicFriday a SA house music classic, “Change The World”, is available on Streaming platforms now

One of the biggest songs of RJ Benjamins career and a song that many now consider a SA house music classic, “Change The World”, has never been available on Streaming platforms.

Well…it’s finally available!

Many thanks to Sergio Botelho for helping RJ get the song up!

Here’s a link to the ‘Change The World EP’ and for context, if you’d like to know the details RJ breaks down each version:

Track 1. Change The World – DJ Masterjam feat. RJ Benjamin (Dr Duda Remix) – This was not the original version of the song but it was the version that in Dec 2008 and into 2009 had a huge portion of Southern Africa losing their minds. It literally changed my career in positive and negative ways. I think it influenced a lot of the SA vocal house music of the 2010’s.

Track 2. 2010 Change The World (Feat. Slikour) – if my memory serves me right, Slikour was going to rap on the original version of ‘Change The World’ (recorded in 2007). He was at the session but decided not to record a rap. In 2010 I finally convinced him to record a rap for the song and it is awesome 🙌🏻 This version is also produced by the legend that is Dr Duda.

Track 3. Change The World (Chris Sen Remix) – besides Dr Duda’s massively popular remix, this is by far the best remix ever done to the song.

Track 4. Change The World DJ Masterjam Feat. RJ Benjamin – This was the original recorded back in 2007. Sheree O’Brien set up the session with Duda, Slikour and myself. My life at the time was in utter turmoil. A string of life-changing events occurred during this period. My late dad’s brother passing away, the most traumatic break-up in my life, a house break-in that could easily have ended in me losing my life, a friendship and fallout with a SA music legend, along with a small war with a major label. All of it influenced the way I was writing and I wrote this song. It was all about trying to inspire the idea that if each of us do our small bit we could change the world for the better. I actually hate this vocal. I was not in the right headspace at the time and I very clearly remember walking out of the session thinking nothing will happen with this terrible vocal I recorded. You can clearly hear with the additional vocals on this version that I was struggling to get in the zone. Who knew Duda would rework it into such a banger 🤷🏻‍♂️

Track 5. 2012 Change The World – this was the only RJ produced version of the song. I wanted to create a fully live interpretation that would take the song completely out of its typical house form while still using the elements that made the song so successful. It’s basically a “what if the Gypsy Kings were given Change The World to remix” 😂

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