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Y WELCOMES BACK THE LEADING PLAYER

We are super excited that South Africa’s biggest commercial youth radio station, Y, officially welcomes home the leading player, Ayanda MVP as the afternoon drive show’s “power hitter” for the ‘Home Run’.

She’s known for her street cred and vibrant personality, Ayanda Mdluli, who was with the station in 2016, will host the afternoon drive show with Y’s DJ Flax, as producer and one of the contributors to the show. Over the last few years, she has truly honored her broadcasting skill, her personal brand has gone from strength to strength and she remains a true embodiment of youth culture.

YFM confirmed in a statement “We are confident that our audience will be just as thrilled about her return as we are.”

‘Home Run’ with Ayanda MVP starts on Tuesday, 3 May on YFM.

Listen to Y via streaming on the YFM App, yfm.co.za, OpenView HD, DStv Channel 859 or on FM 99.2.

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Stevel Marc – I’ve progressed and expanded

Jamaican-born model, actor and author Stevel Marc has consistently served as a model for a number of top brands and has pursued acting at the same time. He’s appeared in movies and TV series such as Of Good Report, The Mauritanian, Professional and Lock down, to mention a few. He is currently signed with Ice Model Management as well as Artist Connection theatrically and commercially. The model is also a published author of The Redefined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates.

MUZI: What’s it like being a fashion model, and when did you have any inclination that you might be model material?

STEVEL: It requires confidence, persistence, diligence, and dedication. The ability to not take the No’s personally and know it comes with the territory. As for inclination, I was discovered by a modeling scout while in high school in Jamaica. So, I was told. After my first test shoot, that was solidified with the contracts that I was offered in New York, London, Milan, South Africa, and Asia.

MUZI: You’ve had an amazing journey in the modeling and film industry – What would you consider your career highlight so far?

STEVEL: The journey so far has been fantastic. I am blessed to have achieved what I have thus far. There is something profound about seeing what you’ve visualized and prayed for coming to life. Being able to say: “I remember when this was a prayer.”

There are so many highlights. Perhaps we can speak on the most recent ones. So, the project I’m shooting presently is one for sure. Working on The Challenger Disaster alongside William Hurt, Holiday in The Wild alongside Kristin Davis, The Mauritanian alongside Tahar Rahim with Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, and Benedict Cumberbatch (Nominated for 5 BAFTAS and the Golden Globe, which Jodie Foster won for best actress), Black Sails alongside Toby Stephens, and Professionals alongside Tom Welling, Brendan Fraser, and Ken Duken. It’s priceless to watch and learn from these incredible talents. My personal goals are so high that they’re still among the clouds—I have a long way to go.

MUZI: Booking a job is often a challenge because of the high competitiveness in the modeling field. How have you managed to stay relevant and reinvent yourself in this competitive industry?

STEVEL: I’ve never considered it to be competitive. Instead, I either have what the client is looking for, or I don’t. It also helps that I have agents who understand me, my personality, and my brand. Therefore, I don’t waste my or the possible clients’ time at castings and auditions that are not suitable for me or where my chances of booking the job are not high. To say I reinvented myself would suggest that I stopped. I never did. I progressed. I keep it consistent, have a healthy lifestyle, and am always professional. Brands come to me because I echo what their brand is––having what resonates with their brand.

MUZI: Most models work hard days and nights (often in extreme conditions) and face dozens of refusals from modeling scouts and harsh critics – What other issues are you currently facing? Is there a dark side to modelling?

STEVEL: I can’t relate to that statement. Again, this is probably because some of the best agencies globally represent me. If I need new representation in a specific market, that’s handled by my Mother Agent––So I’ve never had to deal with scouts. My working conditions are always up to par, and if there is something I’m unhappy about, it’s immediately taken care of by my agent that booked me for the job. You’ll always have critics along the journey; that comes with the job. The issue I have is that models aren’t paid enough. Shockingly, models are being paid less now for specific jobs than when I started here twenty years ago.

MUZI: What are your views of the local fashion and modelling industry and hopes for it?

STEVEL: I hope, like me, fresh talents are given the correct training on how to handle the industry and the success that comes to the fortunate ones. I hope the industry continues to grow creatively. I hope new talents continue to break through and be given global opportunities. I think it has become slightly watered down because everyone seems to be called a model these days. I’m from an era where the consistency of your work as a model and making a living from the profession made you a model. It was also the way you looked, dressed, and carried yourself.

MUZI: What would you like to see change in the modelling industry?

STEVEL: For models to be paid more. The rates have only gotten worse over the years. Again, this is because the industry has become watered down – if one model doesn’t do the job because of the low rates, another one will because they don’t always know what they should be getting. Perhaps a union built for models–– there isn’t one in place that truly represents the models where their voice is truly a part of the conversation when decisions are made apart from NAMA (National Association of Model Agents), which keeps agencies in check.

MUZI: Let’s talk about your transition from a model to an actor.

STEVEL: More than transitioning, I’d say I’ve diversified. Filmmaking is something I’ve always loved. Thus, I went to film school and studied to be my best at it. I’m blessed to have worked with some incredible talents over the years, where I’ve learned so much. I’m thankful.

MUZI: In 2015, you became a published author with The Refined Player: Sex, Lies, and Dates. A professional photographer in 2019 and have already shot some global faces and brands. In 2008, you enrolled and finished your film studies in Los Angeles, California, and completed a course in acting. You have since featured in movies and series such as Of Good Report, The Mauritanian, Professionals, Noughts & Crosses, Unmarried, uBettina Wethu, Lockdown, and Fifty, to mention a few – How have you managed to juggle being a model, photographer, published author, and acting while also ensuring it’s a seamless transition from one to the other?

STEVEL: Again, more than transitioning, I’ve progressed and expanded. I am grateful for God’s grace and mercy. I am thankful for His favor that allows me to work on all these platforms.

MUZI: What’s next for Stevel Marc?

STEVEL: I’m working on an incredible global production that I can’t speak on right now, but it’s got me buzzing. Regarding the future, it’s a space of endless possibilities- I’m grateful, I’m thankful, and I’m ready for it all.

Images supplied by Stevel Marc

https://www.instagram.com/stevelmarc/

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POWERHOUSE MEDIA PERSONALITY MINNIE DLAMINI TO HOST POLO IN THE PARK

Formidable luxury events and marketing company African Deluxe Company today confirmed media personality and businesswoman Minnie Dlamini as the official host for the 2nd Standard Bank Joburg Polo in the Park taking place at Gauteng’s premium residential lifestyle estate Steyn City next weekend.

This year’s theme is SPLENDOUR which aims to showcase all things bright, colourful and grand. Being an all-round powerhouse South African media mogul made Minnie Dlamini the perfect choice of host of this year’s Polo.

The event will be attended by SA’s elite:- including top business people, Celebrities and Media, while the backdrop of the Steyn City will offer a scenic day filled with beautiful people, unforgettable experiences, great food, over the top fashion, as well as art and live music on the side lines.

“The Standard Bank Polo in The Park is not only about polo, but also about the lifestyle and fashion that accompanies the sport of kings. Having hosted a hugely successful 2019 edition of this prestigious polo affair, we remain passionate about the African continent and plan to continue showcasing what our country has to offer to the rest of the world,” says The Africa Deluxe Company’s frontman and executive producer of the event Ben Moseme. He adds. “We are particularly excited to have Minnie Dlamini join the Joburg Polo in the Park family as she is the perfect fit for this exclusive Polo celebration, and a true reflection of South African excellence in Media.”

The following VIP Hospitality Packages are available for the upcoming Joburg Polo in the Park:

Steyn City Lounge – A premium lounge offering prime views, gourmet lunch, bespoke décor, open bar and all the trimmings of the game with tickets retailing @ R4500 p/p (VAT incl.)

VIP Hospitality Ticket

Luxury lounge seating

Premier view of polo field

International Premium Open bar

Flavoursome harvest table

Gourmet 3 course buffet lunch

Butler service

VIP ablution facilities

Complimentary parking

African Deluxe Lounge – offers those new to the sport a fantastic opportunity to experience the glamour of polo in a relaxed setting with full catering and complimentary local bar throughout the day – tickets are R3200 p/p (VAT incl.)

VIP Hospitality Ticket

Luxury décor & variety seating

Premier views of the polo field

Full complimentary local bar

Flavoursome harvest table

Gourmet 3 course buffet lunch

Butler service

VIP ablution facilities

Complimentary Parking

Splendour Lux Lounge is the best way to experience the game in a vibrant environment. From the comfort of their eight-seater lounge, guests are treated to personalised service and outstanding catering and bottle service from their dedicated hostess, while SA’s top DJs provide the vibe. Tickets are priced from R10 000 for 4-seater and R20 000 upwards for 8-seater packages.

VIP Hospitality Tickets

Premier views of the polo field

Dedicated hostess

Flavoursome harvest table

Meaty lunch platters

Premium bar package / Bottle Service Including:  Champagne, Whiskey, Gin, Cognac VSOP, Mixers and energy drinks

Complimentary Parking

The Standard Bank Joburg Polo in the Park offers a magnificent way to enjoy the sport of kings and is set to capture the imagination of equestrian lovers in grand style.

EVENT DETAILS

STANDARD BANK JOBURG POLO IN THE PARK INFO

DATE            : Saturday, 30th April 2022

TIME             :11am – 7pm

VENUE          : Steyn City, Johannesburg

Standard Bank account holders get 15% discount when paying with their Standard Bank Debit or Credit Cards.

For more information regarding ticket prices, package or the various experience offering, do check out www.joburgpolointhepark.com

Tickets available now www.ticketpro.co.za

Alternatively contact hospitality@joburgpolointhepark.com for package options.

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TWO OF SOUTH AFRICA’S FRESHEST TALENT JOIN Y

Y continues to open up the industry this programming year. Newly unearthed and seasoned broadcasters will share space on the airwaves and other Y platforms. Actor, TV presenter and now radio broadcaster Caddy (full name Teboho Tsotetsi) hosts Fresh by Caddy on Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm. Known for his role on local production, Legacy and 2021 GQ’s best-dressed winner, he says that joining Y has long been an aspiration of his. “I’ve always wanted to join the freshest radio station in South Africa and look forward to covering what’s trending in street culture, music and fashion.”

Former Tuks FM DJ, Dimpho Mokgotho, will now host The D Spot on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and drives the musical experience of Sunday Feels from 10am to 2pm on South Africa’s largest commercial youth radio station. The perfectly curated music playlists on Sunday Feels, is one of the stations flagship entities and is a differentiating offering that cannot be missed.

Mncedisi Sindane, the winner of Y’s #BeTheNext competition, now joins the official Y line-up on weekdays from 3am to 5am.

Haseena Cassim, MD of YFM, says that the line-up continues to stay true to the essence of Y, which is a brand that connects the world to young South Africans and young South Africans to opportunity: “We have created opportunities for new talent to shine and ensured that the Y line-up is not only geared to deliver the best content for the consumer but to take the consumer on a memorable experience.

“I know that the new afternoon drive time show, launching on 3 May, is set to deliver a scintillating connection between the listener, brand and host. Y evolves alongside its listeners and this year will illustrate Y’s presence within the market, in spaces outside of its traditional and digital platforms.”

The philosophy of creating opportunity is extended into the sought-after weekday mix DJ slot YTKO, which defined the 6pm hour in the market. DJs will now compete to become the resident for Wednesdays every month.

“YTKO Knockout Wednesday will open up the industry for many young DJs. Mentors Just Mo and Zan D are exceptional at their craft and will offer direction and advice to hopeful DJs,” continues Haseena Cassim.

These mix DJ masters (Just Mo and Zan D) have built brands both on and off the Y platform and will take on In The Ring – Saturdays from 8pm to 10pm. This platform is the weekly battleground, and each mentor will select a finalist to take into the ‘ring’ for the first Wednesday of each month.

The rest of the YTKO resident DJs are Legendary Crisp (Monday), Fif_Laaa (Tuesday), Venom (Thursday) and Candii (Friday). 

The station announces further line-up changes from 1 April.

Threeway, Y’s specialty Hip Hop show sees the addition of DJ Fae Fae alongside Zan D and Samke.

Fif_Laaa takes over the 6pm to 10pm Sunday evening slot with Sundaze.

Lula Odiba, who hosts The Night Cap with Lula Odiba (Mondays to Thursdays from 7pm) now adds Fridays at 7pm to her roster, with a brand new mix show called Level Up.

As demanded by our audience, Y Mornings with DJ Ankletap and Kandis Kardash, The A List with Supta and Tshepi, The Shakedown with Nia and Mthaux remain as is.

The station’s new drive time show will launch on Tuesday 3 May (Monday 2 May is a public holiday) and the host will be announced in April.

Listen to Y via streaming on the YFM App, yfm.co.za, OpenView HD, DStv Channel 859 or on FM 99.2.

Y Line Up from 1 April 2022:

MONDAY

5am to 9am Y Mornings with DJ Ankletap and Kandis Kardash

9am to 12pm The A List with Supta and Tshepi

12pm to 3pm The Shakedown with Nia and Mthaux

3pm to 6pm Afternoon Drive on Y

6pm to 6:45pm YTKO – Legendary Crisp

6:45pm to 10pm The Nightcap with Lula Odiba

10pm to 12am Late Nights with Petula El-Kindiy

12am to 3am Non-stop Music

3am to 5am Wake-Up Call with Mncedisi

TUESDAY

5am to 9am Y Mornings with DJ Ankletap and Kandis Kardash

9am to 12pm The A List with Supta and Tshepi

12pm to 3pm The Shakedown with Nia and Mthaux

3pm to 6pm Afternoon Drive on Y

6pm to 6:45pm YTKO – Fif_Laaa

6:45pm to 10pm The Nightcap with Lula Odiba

10pm to 12am Late Nights with Petula El-Kindiy

12am to 3am Non-stop Music

3am to 5am Wake-Up Call with Mncedisi

WEDNESDAY

5am to 9am Y Mornings with DJ Ankletap and Kandis Kardash

9am to 12pm The A List with Supta and Tshepi

12pm to 3pm The Shakedown with Nia and Mthaux

3pm to 6pm Afternoon Drive on Y

6pm to 6:45pm YTKO – Knockout Wednesday

6:45pm to 10pm The Nightcap with Lula Odiba

10pm to 12am Late Nights with Petula El-Kindiy

12am to 3am Non-stop Music

3am to 5am Wake-Up Call with Mncedisi

THURSDAY

5am to 9am Y Mornings with DJ Ankletap and Kandis Kardash

9am to 12pm The A List with Supta and Tshepi

12pm to 3pm The Shakedown with Nia and Mthaux

3pm to 6pm Afternoon Drive on Y

6pm to 6:45pm YTKO – Venom

6:45pm to 9pm The Nightcap with Lula Odiba

9pm to 12am Threeway with DJ Fae Fae, Samke and Zan D

12am to 3am Non-stop Music

3am to 5am Wake-Up Call with Mncedisi

FRIDAY

5am to 9am Y Mornings with DJ Ankletap and Kandis Kardash

9am to 12pm The A List with Supta and Tshepi

12pm to 3pm The Shakedown with Nia and Mthaux

3pm to 6pm Afternoon Drive on Y

6pm to 6:45pm YTKO – Candii

6:45pm to 9pm Level Up with Lula Odiba

9pm to 12am The Warehouse with Just Mo and Josi Chave

12am to 6am Non-stop Music

SATURDAY

6am to 10am The Weekend Get Up with Xtremme

10am to 2pm The D Spot with Dimpho Mokgotho

2pm to 6pm Fresh by Caddy with Caddy

6pm to 8pm All Girls on Deck with DJ Fae Fae

8pm to 12am In The Ring with Just Mo and Zan D

12am to 6am Non-stop Music

SUNDAY

6am to 10am Sunday Feels with Xtremme

10am to 2pm Sunday Feels with Dimpho Mokgotho

2pm to 6pm Global Experience with Just Mo

6pm to 10pm Sundaze with Fif_Laaa

10pm to 3am Non-stop Music

3am to 5am Wake-Up Call with Mncedisi

 

 
 
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OVER 130 TOP LOCAL ACTS CONFIRMED FOR COTTON FEST 2022

TWO DAY FESTIVAL CELEBRATING POPULAR SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC & FASHION PHASE TWO TICKETS GO ON SALE ON FRIDAY

Having recently announced the postponement of the third annual Cotton Fest taking place over two days in Johannesburg next month, organisers of the highly anticipated festival, today confirmed the full weekend line-up.

Known for showcasing the diversities in various music genres with the aim of fusing the gaps within the different local movements, this sold out weekend urban music and fashion explosion, will feature over 130 of South Africa’s finest musical talent.

Taking place in central Johannesburg on the 23rd and 24th April, the festival will merge both well-known and young emerging South African artists over three ‘killer’ stages.

The confirmed weekend line-up (in alphabetical order) is as follows:

  • 031 CHOPPA

  • 2SHOES

  • 25K

  • A- REECE

  • ABIDOZA

  • AKA

  • AMAROTO AND BEAST

  • BANQUES

  • BENNY CHILL

  • BIG ZULU

  • BLXCKIE

  • BOITY

  • BUSTA 929

  • CANDII

  • CASSPER NYOVEST

  • CHAMPAGNE69

  • CHAMPURU MAKHENZO

  • CH’CCO

  • CIZA

  • COSTA TITCH

  • CYE

  • D DOUBLE D

  • DA CAPO

  • DALIWONGA

  • DEE KOALA

  • DISTRUCTION BOYS

  • DJ FAE FAE

  • DJ KAYMO

  • DJ LAG

  • DJ SLIM BLVD

  • DJ WOBBLY

  • DJ ZAN-D

  • DR PEPPA

  • DREAM TEAM

  • EDDIESOULWORLD

  • EMTEE

  • ESPIQUET

  • FELOTEE & MYZTRO

  • FIF_LAAA

  • FLVME

  • FRANK CASINO

  • GEMINI MAJOR

  • GOOD GUY STYLES

  • HOPEMASTA

  • HEAVY K

  • INDIGO STELLA

  • J MOLLEY

  • JAZZIQ

  • JUNIOR DE ROCKA

  • JUST MO

  • JÄGERMEISTER BRASS CARTEL

  • KAMO MPHELA

  • KASH CPT

  • KAYGEE THE VIBE

  • KHANYISA

  • KHULI CHANA

  • KID X

  • KIKI X CHUCKY

  • KLY

  • KP ILLEST

  • KWESTA

  • LADY DU

  • LEGENDARY CRISPYLE SOUL

  • LESEDITHEDJ

  • LEEHLEZA & LOLO

  • LEEZY LINDOKUHLE 

  • LORD KEZ

  • LUCASRAPS

  • LVEE

  • MAGLERADOEBOY

  • MAJORSTEEZ

  • MARCUS HARVEY

  • MAS MUSIQ

  • MONEY BADOO

  • MOOZLIE

  • MS COSMO

  • MSAKI

  • MUSA KEYS

  • MUSTBEDUBZ

  • MZU M

  • NADIA NAKAI

  • NASTY C

  • NO COMPLY

  • NOBANTU VILAKAZI

  • NOTBENJAMIN

  • OKMALUMKOOLKAT

  • OSCAR MBO

  • PABI COOPER

  • PH

  • PHANTOM STEEZE

  • PRIDDY PRINCE

  • PRIDDY UGLY

  • RICKY TYLER

  • ROBOT BOII

  • ROUGE

  • SCUMIE

  • SEAN KROSS

  • SEMI TEE, KAMU DEE, MA LEMON

  • SHANE EAGLE

  • SHEKHINAH

  • SHOULDBEYUANG

  • SINO MSOLO

  • SIR TRILL

  • SIZWE ALAKINE

  • SJAVA

  • SJE KONKA

  • SKRYPT

  • SKWATTA KAMP

  • SLADE

  • SOA MATTRIX

  • SOLO

  • SOUL NATIVEZ

  • STILO MAGOLIDE

  • STOGIE T

  • SUPTA

  • THATO SAUL

  • THE BIG HASH

  • THEMBA LUNACY

  • TREEHOUSE REUNION

  • TSHEGO

  • TUMI TLADI

  • TXC

  • TYLER ICU

  • UNCLE PARTYTIME

  • UNCLE VINNY

  • UNCLE WAFFLES

  • VATO KAYDE

  • VENOM

  • WILLY CARDIAC

  • YANGA CHIEF

  • YOUNG SERUNO

  • YOUNG STUNNA

  • YOUNGSTACPT

  • YUMBS

  • ZAKES BANTWINI

  • ZINGAH

  • ZOOCCI COKE DOPE

(DISCLAIMER: Cotton Fest line-up is subject to change prior to show

The high energy, entertainment-filled weekend will include various other lifestyle elements to keep all cotton eaters entertained. 

Some of the cool things cotton eaters can enjoy on site will be, a games area, super cool food court, a live skating competition, cotton fest x puma customization station, a Retail fashion”tuckshop” featuring Cotton Fest merch and other limited edition clothing items will be available for sale. Also there will be a half-court and live art to engage with on site.

SA media giants mtvBase return as media partner alongside YFM for the 2022 edition of Cotton Fest.

PHASE 2 tickets will be available via Webtickets and Pick ‘n Pay outlets nationwide from Friday, 1st April 2022.COTTON FEST INFORMATION

DATE:              23rd – 24th March 2022

VENUE:           The Station (Carr Street & Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown, JHB)

DAY PASS:      R300 (Saturday) and R 300 (Sunday)

For more information please follow our social media handles:

INSTAGRAM @CottonFestJHB 

TWITTER @CottonFestJHB 

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