CELEBRATE MANDELA DAY 2013 – RAISE FUNDS FOR THE TEDDYBEAR CLINIC BY LISTENING TO MUSIC ON SIMFY AFRICA

Simfy Africa, the digital/mobile music service is proud to announce that for every song played on its music service on Thursday 18 July 2013, the company will donate R1.00 to The Teddy Bear Clinic.

‘Users can listen to music on any of our apps and participate,’ said Davin Mole, CEO of simfy Africa. ‘We want to raise as much money as possible, so we encourage the public to sign up and listen to music. Of course, you don’t pay per song on our service, its an all-access system, so it’s such an easy way to show that you care.’

All plays on the service will count towards the total, including South African and international artists, whether in an album or a user’s playlist, whether online [streams] or offline. The service is also putting up a TeddyBear Clinic playlist of suggested songs which users can download or stream, which will be promoted on the front page.

Mole continues, ‘The Teddy Bear Clinic is a wonderful organisation, who work with communities to empower and educate them and put an end to child abuse. We wish them every success in their difficult, and most worthy task. This fundraising project, for this fantastic organisation is our way of giving back to our community this Mandela Day’.

Take action. Inspire change. Make every day a Mandela Day

About Simfy africa

Simfy africa is a cutting edge music steaming service which launched in South Africa in August 2012. The service gives you access to 20 million songs, anytime, anywhere. Download the Simfy Africa app and discover new music, create playlists and organise your favourite music with individual features designed to help you. Share your love for music with friends and use the ‘offline mode’ to download your music so that you can listen to it even without an internet connection. In a nutshell:

– Access to 20 million songs

– Find all your favourite music and artists, local and international, in seconds

– Stream as much as you like. 24/7. 365 days a year*

– Listen offline through the simfy africa mobile apps

– Create personal playlists to suite every occasion and every mood

– Instantly share your playlists with friends via simfy africa, Facebook, twitter or email

– Discover new music through streaming radio and branded playlists

– Have a totally smooth and portable experience as all your devices sync with each other

– Listen to all this high quality music with no advertising and no interruptions

– Support your favourite artists through a legal streaming service

To discover more, please visit www.simfy.co.za or our corporate site at corporate.simfyafrica.com.

About the Teddy Bear Clinic

The Teddy Bear Clinic for Abused Children (TTBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring abused children are protected and rehabilitated. We provide therapy, counseling, assistance, love, comfort, safety and ongoing support to children who have been abused. The Teddy Bear Clinic does not only work with children, but with parents and communities empowering them with knowledge and skills so that we can help put an end to child abuse.

For more information, please go to www.ttbc.org.za

A year ago today I was in New York. Thank you Sipho for allowing me to work on and a wonderful project .

A year ago today I was in New York. Thank you Sipho for allowing me to work on and a wonderful project .

All Mandela day is asking is to give 67 mins of your time to do some good.

You may ask what have I done ? These pics serve two purposes, memories and a call to action.

A person’s memory gets jogged does it not? So hence this letter to my friends.

During June this year I got asked to help talk and show kids on a code teen programme how to work cd players and some lessons about the music business along with my great friend Gavin Taylor. The programme ran for 4 weeks under the direction of Karen Burt and culminated in a variety performance at the school. What a joy it was to give kids a chance and for them to learn that they can do it with hard work and willingness to learn . All we are citzens need to do is give some time during the year to people less fortunate than us, just do something from the heart.

This short extract was taken from the www.variety.com re the show last year at RadioCityMusic Hall.

The main event, however, was the concert, scaled down from its initial MadisonSquareGarden location last month, which managed to achieve accessibility without dumbing down. While the big names certainly did not disappoint — Aretha Franklin was particularly fiery in her performance of "Make Them Hear You" — the real knockout punches were delivered by unexpected sources.

France’s first lady Carla Bruni, for instance, teamed with Dave Stewart for a steely and stirring rendition of "Blowin’ in the Wind" — a particularly fitting selection to celebrate Mandela’s life — while Baaba Maal eked a full spectrum of emotions from "With My Two Hands." While those pairings brought together performers from relatively close quarters, it proved particularly intriguing to see cross-cultural boundary crossings like Alicia Keys and Angelique Kidjo’s "Afrika."

African-based performers offered plenty of powerful perfs, notably saxophonist Sipho Mabuse, who brought down the house with the soulful "Shikisha.

Thanks to Hotstix

From: Steve Hamilton
Date: Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 3:31 PM
Subject: Mandela Day
To: martin@martinmyers.co.za

Hi Martin

I hope you had a great time in NY & you & Sipho got back safely to Jo’burg.

Just thought I’d send a quick message to say that we ( particularly the horn
section ) really enjoyed playing with Sipho and I can’t get over how joyful
his playing is. Without playing too much or too fast – it just seems to make everyone want to dance – a great gift that you can’t learn !

Great chatting to you at the aftershow too & hope we can play together again
soon.

Take care

Best wishes

Steve Hamilton ( tenor sax )

Mandela Day review from www.Variety.com Watch SABC 2 in R.S.A On Sat 1 Aug at 21h30 to see show

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse was one of the South African musicians selected to perform at the inaugural Mandela Day Concert in New York.

He was accompanied by PA Martin Myers who, armed with a camera, captured event preparations, backstage encounters with other performers, rehearsals, candid shots with celebrities like Forrest Whitaker, and the show itself…

Recently Reviewed

Mandela Day Concert

(Radio City Music Hall; 5,904 capacity; $500 top)

By DAVID SPRAGUE

Presented by Radio City Entertainment. Reviewed July 18, 2009.

Performers: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Cyndi Lauper, Lil’ Kim, Angelique Kidjo, Gloria Gaynor, Carla Bruni, Baaba Maal, will.i.am, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Dave Stewart, Jesse McCartney, Josh Groban, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Zucchero, Suzanne Owiyo, Sipho Mabuse,Vusi Mahlasela, Jesse Clegg, Thandiswa Mazwai, Loyiso, Soweto Gospel Choir.

Nelson Mandela Day isn’t on any official calendars at this point in time, but the organizers of this year’s concert in honor of the nonagenarian civil rights giant are working overtime to ensure that state of affairs changes soon. This year’s event — held in North America for the first time — also marked the first time that 46664 (Mandela’s charitable organization) expanded things to include a full week of activities, ranging from an art exhibit at Grand Central Station to a gala dinner hosted by former president Bill Clinton.

The main event, however, was the concert, scaled down from its initial Madison Square Garden location last month, which managed to achieve accessibility without dumbing down. While the big names certainly did not disappoint — Aretha Franklin was particularly fiery in her performance of “Make Them Hear You” — the real knockout punches were delivered by unexpected sources.

France’s first lady Carla Bruni, for instance, teamed with Dave Stewart for a steely and stirring rendition of “Blowin’ in the Wind” — a particularly fitting selection to celebrate Mandela’s life — while Baaba Maal and Chris Chameleon eked a full spectrum of emotions from Ben Harper‘s “With My Two Hands.” While those pairings brought together performers from relatively close quarters, it proved particularly intriguing to see cross-cultural boundary crossings like Alicia Keys and Angelique Kidjo’s “Afrika.”

African-based performers offered plenty of powerful perfs, notably saxophonist Sipho Mabuse, who brought down the house with the soulful “Shikisha.” Surprises also emanated from closer to home, a point emphasized by Cyndi Lauper and Lil’ Kim working through a medley of “Time After Time” and “Lighters Up” that found each woman tweaking the other’s tune with dexterity and love. The set ended on a warm note with Stevie Wonder leading the entire ensemble — and the aud — through a sweet rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

The program, which was punctuated, but not hamstrung, by speeches, was webcast live worldwide. TV broadcasts are planned on a number of international platforms, including VH1 in the States and Canal Plus in much of Latin America.

some happy snaps from Mandela day 18 july 2009 Radio city music hall Sipho Mabuse rocked the show

am amazing trip. these are some of the happy snaps
neill berstein my great friend came to the show

New York friday

well its the consulate today
took sipho mabuse to the Apollo theatre yesterday
Sipho had lunch at the boat house in central park, with our dear SA friend Neil bernstein. he is working the property business.

Roy Harman Loyiso’s manager has had loads of meetings at record co’s…
The gala dinner at Grand Central was fantastic
Bill Clinton has an aura and Morgan Freeman looks like Mandela
The show on Sat is gig of the week in New York Times.

rehearsals at SIR Studios day 2

new york day 2

rehearsals at 11am, Just been to the apple store at 7.30am to buy some things, Store open 24 hours a day the store is on 5th avenue next to Trump tower
Saw Yvonne Chaka Chaka last night she had a great chat with Sipho Mabuse. Jesse Clegg is also in town he has rehearsals at 3pm today
Vusi Mahlasela is singing with Josh Groban, taking a guess must be his version of weeping.
Now we go to the deli on Madison at 48th street to have breakfast
weather is fantastic ,nice and sunny not too hot
seeing Brian Benatar from Thunda.com at midday for lunch and then tonight its the gala dinner at Grand Central Station

Mandela Day rehearsals

We have just received the call sheets for the trip to New York for Mandela Day and this is the brief on the rehearsal space we move into on Wednesday morning at 10am local time to rehearse

SIR New York ( www.sir-usa.com) takes great pride in being part of the city’s rich and diverse music community. Since 1973, we’ve helped to showcase, nourish and support the careers of many up-and-coming artists and legendary performers. Some of the area musicians who have graced our halls over the past 30 years include: The Rolling Stones, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, NY Dolls, The Ramones, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mariah Carey, Roberta Flack, The Roots, Jay Z and Paul Simon. The studio is Based in midtown Manhattan, and is ten mins away from the hotel

Mandela Day Storescapes

This is just a sample of the Mandela Day campaign currently up in NY….

Tim Massey

46664 International Director

It’s in our hands

Visit www.46664.com

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