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Dub at Bassline Fest

By Tymon Smith [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] According to legend, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the drum and bass-heavy spin-off of reggae that we know as dub music. It was in 1968 in a studio in Kingston Jamaica that a happy accident created the first dub track and in the half a century since the genre has evolved to produce a universal, comforting  sound that’s produced legends such as Lee “Scratch” […]



Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Shaka Zulu Revisited bags Grammy

By Zuko Komisa The news of Ladysmith Black Mambazo winning their 5th Grammy Award has been welcomed with much praise and congratulations from the broad South African public. The annual Grammy Awards took place recently in New York. The win, in the category Best World Music Album, is for their album Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration. The album is a beautiful ode and a 30-year celebration of the first […]



Sibongile Khumalo a stand in presenter on Kaya 959’s #InfluentialFridays

By Zuko Komisa Sibongile Khumalo, an esteemed member of a musical dynasty that spans generations who is widely regarded as a living legend and national treasure, recently visited the Kaya 959 studio as a stand in presenter for our weekly #InfluentialFridays show. The first of 2018. Last year on her 60th birthday in collaboration with Kaya 959 and other friends, she hosted an unparalleled three-day concert titled “SIBONGILE KHUMALO - […]



World-renowned jazz legend Bra Hugh Masekela has died

By Zuko Komisa South African jazz legend Hugh Ramopolo Masekela has died, aged 78. His family issued a statement on Tuesday to confirm the news. Bra Hugh Masekela lost his battle with prostate cancer, for which he had been treated since 2008. A world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice. Masekela was born on 4 April 1939 in Witbank. The jazz veteran underwent eye surgery in March […]



The Grandeur Of #FillUpFNBStadium and what it means for the African Child

By Zuko Komisa The concept of changing perception is one that many artists dream of, tapping into an alternate reality where anything is possible. What happened this past Saturday at FNB stadium was nothing short of amazing, 68 000 South African supporting a dream, a movement, an ideal world where we rally behind our artists. Refiloe ‘Cassper Nyovest’ Phoolo inspired many South Africans to believe in their dreams and keep […]


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The Sounds of Folktober

By Nomali Cele Folk music is probably the single banner under which different South African, and by large, African, sounds can come together and converge peacefully. In folk music, there is no competition for superiority or popularity as each of the artists are now outside their specific genres and under something bigger themselves: The preservation of our stories. Folk music is the banner under which an umbhaqanga song cradles an afrobeat song. The […]


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Bassline Live at The Lyric Theatre: An ode to Jozi’s live music legacy

By Nomali Cele In all its post-94 phases, Johannesburg has had sounds, artists and venues that have defined the city. Who hasn’t wished for time travel capabilities to take in an evening show in the storied House of Tandoor on Rockey Street? With “Last Night at Bassline,” David Coplan and Óscar Gutiérrez tried to put the Bassline’s run in a portable time capsule for as much those who loved it […]


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Soultemba: The soul music syllabus

By Nomali Cele Soul music is the heir of blues. Where blues was moody and focused on biographical-sounding narratives, soul looked to liberate the listener and create a mood where they could dance and, maybe, cry while dancing. From the 1950s onward, soul and funk soul emerged and have since influenced pop music and other genres. This Soultemba, we share a few books and documentaries to add to your soul […]



The Soundtrack of a Busker

By Mxolisi Mhlongo  https:// In celebration of Africa month, Kaya 959 went on a journey to celebrate African talent that is usually sidelined by mainstream media. We interviewed four buskers from different provinces and they talked to us about their daily experiences and busking as something they do for a living. Busking In simple English, the term ‘busking’ refers to the act of performing in public areas or spaces for […]


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POPIA ActTo promote the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies; to introduce certain conditions so as to establish minimum requirements for the processing of personal information; to provide for the establishment of an Information Regulator to exercise certain powers and to perform certain duties and functions in terms of this Act and the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000; to provide for the issuing of codes of conduct; to provide for the rights of persons regarding unsolicited electronic communications and automated decision making; to regulate the flow of personal information across the borders of the Republic; and to provide for matters connected therewith.


  • section 14 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, provides that everyone has the right to privacy;
  • the right to privacy includes a right to protection against the unlawful collection, retention, dissemination and use of personal information;
  • the State must respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights in the Bill of Rights;


  • consonant with the constitutional values of democracy and openness, the need for economic and social progress, within the framework of the information society, requires the removal of unnecessary impediments to the free flow of information, including personal information;


  • regulate, in harmony with international standards, the processing of personal information by public and private bodies in a manner that gives effect to the right to privacy subject to justifiable limitations that are aimed at protecting other rights and important interests,
  1. Definitions and Interpretation

1.1.“Personal Information” means information relating to an identifiable, living, natural person and where it is applicable, identifiable, existing juristic person, including all information as defined in the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013. 

1.2  Parliament assented to POPIA on 19 November 2013. The commencement date of section 1Part A of Chapter 5section 112 and section 113 was 11 April 2014. The commencement date of the other sections was 1 July 2020 (with the exception of section 110 and 114(4). The President of South Africa has proclaimed the POPI commencement date to be 1 July 2020.

1.3. “Processing” means the creation, generation, communication, storage, destruction of personal information as more fully defined in the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013.  

1.4. “You” or the “user” means any person who accesses and browses this website for any purpose. 

1.4. “Website” means the website of the KAYA 959 at URL or such other URL as KAYA 959 may choose from time to time.   

  1. Status and Amendments

2.1. KAYA 959 respects your privacy. This privacy policy statement sets out KAYA 959’s information gathering and dissemination practices in respect of the Website. 

2.2. This Privacy Policy governs the processing of personal information provided to KAYA 959 through your use of the Website. 

2.3. Please note that, due to legal and other developments, KAYA 959 may amend these terms and conditions from time to time.  

  1. Processing of Personal Information

3.1. By providing your personal information to KAYA 959 you acknowledge that it has been collected directly from you and consent to its processing by KAYA 959. 

3.2. Where you submit Personal Information (such as name, address, telephone number and email address) via the website (e.g. through completing any online form) the following principles are observed in the processing of that information: 

3.2.1. KAYA 959 will only collect personal information for a purpose consistent with the purpose for which it is required. The specific purpose for which information is 
collected will be apparent from the context in which it is requested. 

3.2.2. KAYA 959 will only process personal information in a manner that is adequate, relevant and not excessive in the context of the purpose for which it is processed. 

3.2.3. Personal information will only be processed for a purpose compatible with that for which it was collected, unless you have agreed to an alternative purpose in writing or KAYA 959 is permitted in terms of national legislation of general application dealing primarily with the protection of personal information. 

3.2.4. KAYA 959 will keep records of all personal Information collected and the specific purpose for which it was collected for a period of 1 (one) year from the date on which it was last used. 

3.2.5. KAYA 959 will not disclose any personal information relating to you to any third party unless your prior written agreement is obtained or KAYA 959 is required to do so by law. 

3.2.6. If personal information is released with your consent KAYA 959 will retain a record of the information released, the third party to which it was released, the reason for the release and the date of release, for a period of 1 (one) year from the date on which it was last used. 

3.2.7. KAYA 959 will destroy or delete any personal information that is no longer needed by KAYA 959 for the purpose it was initially collected, or subsequently processed. 

3.3. Note that, as permitted by the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002, KAYA 959 may use personal information collected to compile profiles for statistical purposes. No information contained in the profiles or statistics will be able to be linked to any specific user.    

  1. Collection of anonymous data

4.1. KAYA 959 may use standard technology to collect information about the use of this website. This technology is not able to identify individual users but simply allows KAYA 959 to collect statistics. 

4.2. KAYA 959 may utilise temporary or session cookies to keep track of users’ browsing habits. A cookie is a small file that is placed on your hard drive in order to keep a record of your interaction with this website and facilitate user convenience. 

4.2.1. Cookies by themselves will not be used to identify users personally but may be used to compile identified statistics relating to use of services offered or to provide KAYA 959 with feedback on the performance of this website. 

4.2.2. The following classes of information may be collected in respect of users who have enabled cookies: The browser software used; IP address; Date and time of activities while visiting the website; URLs of internal pages visited; and referrers. 

4.3. If you do not wish cookies to be employed to customize your interaction with this website it is possible to alter the manner in which your browser handles cookies. Please note that, if this is done, certain services on this website may not be available. 

  1. Security

5.1. KAYA 959 takes reasonable measures to ensure the security and integrity of information submitted to or collected by this website, but cannot under any circumstances be held liable for any loss or other damage sustained by you as a result of unlawful access to or dissemination of any personal information by a third party. 

  1. Links to other websites

6.1. KAYA 959 has no control over and accepts no responsibility for the privacy practices of any third party websites to which hyperlinks may have been provided and KAYA 959 strongly recommends that you review the privacy policy of any website you visit before using it further. 

  1. Queries

7.1. If you have any queries about this privacy policy please contact us by emailing [email protected]