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Ladysmith Black Mambazo honour Oliver Tambo through music
28 September 2017, 2:21 PM

Multi Grammy award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo are collaborating with renowned artists to craft a song in honour of struggle hero Oliver Tambo. The dedication comes as President Jacob Zuma has declared 2017, the year of Oliver Tambo.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo are once again putting South Africa and its historical heritage, front and centre. And they’re being helped by some equally award winning artists; Grammy award winning jazz saxophonist and songwriter Kirk Whalum, Malian afro-pop singer Salif Keita and South African songstress Lira.

Manager of Ladysmith Black Mambazo Xolani Majozi says the collaboration become a reality when the group set out to embark on a project that would give something back to all South Africans. “They said South Africans have been carrying Ladysmith Black Mambazo on their shoulders for 57 years. It’s time to thank SA for the support. Ladysmith Black Mambazo was first popular at home before they become world icons. It’s not only giving salute to Oliver Tambo but giving salute to all the South Africans. He is one of the architects of our democracy.”

Oliver Tambo’s son, Dali Tambo says he is sure his late father is looking down on the unique collaboration and smiling, “They really are the Beetles of Africa, the rolling stones. These golden voices are perfectly matched to Oliver Tambo. As you know he was a choral conductor and a choir master. He was exact in it. He was a perfectionist. I think he would be totally delighted that a group that abide by the same musical discipline of excellence are coming together.”

The full version of “Long Live” is expected to be released in October.

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Conference warns SADC broadcasters of losing integrity
27 September 2017, 7:05 PM

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) public broadcasters have been warned against damaging their brands and reputations by broadcasting fake news and state propaganda.

The globally-acclaimed Public Media Alliance told Southern African Broadcasting Association members in Windhoek that damaged media brands are almost impossible to resuscitate.

Public broadcasters are pondering strategies to stay financially afloat and attract viewers. They have also been warned to adapt and stay relevant to their particular environments and audiences if they want to survive.

“There isn’t one size fit all. The clear consensus at our Caribbean summit was that broadcasters are like plants. You plant it at another environment it dies. You must respond to your particular, relevant circumstances,” said CEO of Public Media Alliance, Sally-Ann Wilson.

The financial plight of SADC broadcasters has been blamed on lack of creativity and innovation.

“You don’t want to create your own content. You go to Europe to copy from people who studied with you. You’re hiring consultants instead of doing the job yourself; it doesn’t make sense,” said Namibia’s Tjekero Tweya.

Concerns have also been raised about broadcasters not reaching out to rural audiences and communities.

– By Manelisi Dubase

Kenya’s IEC meets political parties ahead of Oct 26 elections
27 September 2017, 6:24 PM

Kenya’s Electoral Commission has met representatives from President Uhuru Kenyatta‘s Jubilee Party and from former Prime Minister Raila Odinga‘s Opposition NASA coalition to iron out outstanding issues ahead of the fresh presidential election in October.

The meeting comes just a day after NASA held street protests in major cities across the country, demanding the removal of electoral commission officials whom it accuses of bungling the August 8th election.

This is the first time the commission is meeting the political parties since the Supreme Court nullified the August Presidential election results citing irregularities and ordered fresh polls within 60 days.

Wafula Chebukati, IEBC Chairman says: “We want to engage the parties and see if they are any bottlenecks. We want to iron them out as a commission, we are committed to having elections on the 26th of October.”

Raila Odinga’s opposition the NASA coalition has a draft of demands it says must be met before it can participate in the election.
It wants officials, who may have bungled the last election, removed from office.

It also needs a new company to print ballot papers and handle the transmission of election results.

Kenyatta’s party however says polls must be held as planned under current arrangements.

Raphael Tuju, Secretary general of the Jubilee Party says: “Well our expectations are that people will be reasonable so that we can cool the temperatures, so that Kenyans can go to the polls and we can resume normalcy in this country.”

The meeting did not however reach a conclusion as some of the political party representatives asked for leave to attend a parliamentary debate on the amendment of electoral laws ahead of the October polls.

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– By Sarah Kimani

SABC’s MG5 join forces for special Oliver Reginald Tambo broadcast
27 September 2017, 12:42 PM

In celebration of one of South Africa’s greatest freedom fighters, Oliver Reginald Tambo, the SABC’s Commercial Radio Brands (5FM, Metro FM and Good Hope FM) joined forces to mark the 50-day countdown of his centenary.

The stalwart would have celebrated his 100th birthday this coming October.

The broadcast aimed is to encourage South Africans to celebrate the legacy and the values of OR Tambo and to reflect on the path the country has walked towards freedom.

5FM’s Nick Hamman, Metro FM’s Masechaba Ndlovu and Good Hope FM’s Nigel Pierce will host a panel discussion with invited guests that will include fellow South African’s who knew OR Tambo during his life.

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Kenya’s opposition demands removal of electoral commission
26 September 2017, 6:13 AM

Kenya’s opposition coalition, National Super Alliance (NASA), will start demonstrations early Tuesday to demand the removal of electoral commission officials.

This is among the conditions set by the opposition for participating in fresh presidential elections on October 26.

The Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the August 8 elections following what it termed “illegalities and irregularities” committed by the electoral commission.

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– By Sarah Kimani

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