Ntobeko Sishi Bids Farewell to ‘Gomora’ to Pursue Music Full-Time, Releases Lead Single Titled ‘I Don’t Dance’


  • Ntobeko Sishi is leaving the Mzansi Magic show Gomora to focus on his music career
  • He has signed with Mr Eazi’s emPawa Africa record label and is set to release a highly anticipated new single titled I Don’t Dance
  • Sishi is a multi-talented artist who has gained national attention for his acting on Gomora during the COVID-19 lockdown
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Ntobeko Sishi to pursue music full-time. Images: @sishii
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Multi-talented performer Ntobeko Sishi is set to release his highly anticipated new single I Don’t Dance as he transitions to a full-time career in music. Sishi gained nationwide recognition for his role as Ntokozo in the popular Mzansi Magic series Gomora, which ends later this year.

Ntobeko Sishi is set to drop new track

Ntobeko announced the single on his Instagram in a post captioned:

“I Don’t Dance (Chamomile Session) Happy to announce that this is the lead single from the EP I’m dropping soon. Coming out next Friday (14 April), it’s now also a sound on TikTok for those who can’t dance to shoulder shimmy with me. Love ❤️: @abobooi Prod.: @itsjaydonlewis”

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Ntobeko Sishi bids Gomora farewell

ZAlebs reports Sishi expressed gratitude for his time on Gomora and the opportunity to explore his character’s journey of finding a place to belong in an unpredictable world. He also expressed excitement about his new journey in music and his eagerness to share his talent with the world.

Ntobeko takes on music full time

Sishi’s entry into music has been long in the making, with the performer having received a call to audition for the role of Ntokozo while still working as a presenter on Hectic Nine 9. His success on Gomora has further propelled his popularity and created a platform for him to launch his music career.

Sishi has recently signed with Mr Eazi’s emPawa Africa record label, and I Don’t Dance is set to be his first official release under the label. The single is highly anticipated by fans of both Sishi and the label, which has become a renowned platform for discovering and nurturing new talent across Africa.

Gomora cancelled after four seasons

Gomora’s cancellation after four successful seasons marks the end of an era for the show’s dedicated fans. In a statement released by Mzansi Magic, the show’s legacy was celebrated, and the cast and crew were thanked for their dedication and hard work.

Gomora actress Sannah Mchunu shares heartfelt message with fans as Mzansi Magic series comes to an end

Briefly News reported the heartfelt message actress Sannah Mchunu posted on her Instagram.

Mzansi Magic’s Gomora fans will soon have to say goodbye to their favourite characters. The drama series, which has been on the air for three years, will air its final season starting April 24.

Sannah Mchunu, who played Zodwa in the series, expressed her sadness at the end of Gomora on social media.

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Spotify Axes Heardle — Its Music-based Wordle


The viral word game Wordle has spawned its fair share of clones, from Octordle to Absurdle to the movie-based Framed. Unfortunately, Heardle, the Spotify-owned, music-based version of the word guessing game, will be shutting down next month.

Heardle operated much like Wordle, but instead of guessing words with five letters at a time, users guess a song by hearing only a few seconds at a time. Spotify, which acquired Heardle in 2022 for an undisclosed amount of money, is reportedly pivoting to spend more energy on music discovery on its own platform and less energy on off-platform services like Heardle.

“Thanks for playing Heardle, but unfortunately we have to say goodbye. From May 5th, Heardle will no longer be available,” a message reads on the Heardle webpage. “If you have stats that you would like to save, make sure you go to your stats and take a screenshot by May 4th. It won’t be possible to access them after May 4th.”

In an email, Spotify confirmed the news to Gizmodo saying, “After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to say goodbye to Heardle as we focus our efforts on other features for music discovery.”

Techcrunch learned that the company decided to cut Heardle loose due to how users were engaging with the game — indicating that the decision was not solely made based on the amount of user engagement. Heardle saw a peak of 69 million monthly users from desktop and mobile visits in March 2022, and that number dropped to 41 million monthly users just before Spotify acquired the game, according to the outlet which cited figures from Similarweb.

Spotify has been moving more towards revamping its own product, so its not shocking that the off-platform Heardle is getting the boot. In Spotify’s quest to develop its music discovery features, the company unveiled a talking AI DJ that brings the worst parts of radio to your pocket. Likewise, Spotify announced last month that its mobile app would be receiving an overhaul to feature more music video clips and other visual content, which would turn the app into a kind of attention-sucking TikTok clone. In another fat-trimming measure, Spotify recently announcing it was killing its live broadcasting app dubbed Spotify Live.

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Hear a variety of music: Five things to do this weekend, April 14-16


Celebrate the arts this weekend with classic hits, French theatre, hip hop collaborations, a pop up market and choral music.

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The city is abuzz this weekend with live music, entertainment and creativity.

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1 — Go back in time through music

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Created by Lori Risling in 2010, the Louisiana Hayride Show tours western Canada. A recreation of a radio show that ran from 1948 to 1960, it features tribute artists with funny anecdotes and classic hits. Tributes include Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Lefty Frizzell, Loretta Lynne, Conway Twitty, Crystal Gayle, Roy Orbison and Shania Twain. The show runs at Broadway Theatre Friday at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at broadwaytheatre.ca.

2 — Take in a French play

La Troupe du Jour presents Intrusions. On a wait-list to get into a retirement home with her husband, Jean reflects on personal privacy, independence and home life, while refusing to let age, dire circumstances or the system crush her dignity or her love for her husband. The one-woman play is presented in French with English surtitles Friday to Sunday at Studio 914. Learn more at latroupedujour.ca.

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3 — Explore the development of Prairie music

The Live Mixtape, a hip hop collaboration out of Winnipeg, brings together established and emerging Prairie hip hop artists. Through conversation and performances, musicians from Saskatoon and Winnipeg reflect on the music culture on the Prairies. The evening features rapper Cadence Weapon and includes a dance party with DJ Odario Williams. The show runs Saturday at 7 p.m. at Remai Modern. There will also be artist conversation Saturday at 2 p.m. with Cadence Weapon and Sunday at noon with creator Nestor Wynrush. Learn more at remaimodern.org.

4 — Browse a pop-up market

A volunteer organization supporting local creators, Etsy Saskatchewan presents the Hello Spring Pop Up Market. Shop creations from 14 local Etsy marketplace sellers, including craftspeople, designers, artists and collectors. The market runs alongside local vendors at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more at etsysask.ca.

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5 — Enjoy a spring choral concert

The Saskatoon Men’s Chorus presents Spring Forward: A Musical Celebration of Time. Saskatoon actor Kent Allen and percussionist Darrell Bueckert join the chorus for a diverse program of music and readings that explore our experience with time. The chorus performs Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church at 2:30 p.m. Learn more at saskatoonmenschorus.ca.

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Leading Contemporary Classical Musicians To Perform In 2023 Unfiltered Music Festival At FOTOGRAFISKA NEW YORK


Fotografiska New York will present the second annual Unfiltered Music Festival, featuring some of the most vital and accomplished names in contemporary classical music, inviting the audience to experience music in one of the most breathtaking spaces in New York City.

Participating musicians include the four-time Grammy-winning, Chicago-based sextet Eighth Blackbird, three-time Grammy-nominated violinist and composer Curtis Stewart, and renowned pianist Jenny Lin. This year’s festival follows a successful inaugural event which took place in March 2022 and featured classical superstars including Caroline Shaw and Anthony McGill.

The festival builds upon Fotografiska’s mission to “inspire a more conscious world through the power of photography” by offering an immersive, multidisciplinary experience. The Loft space, occupying the top floor of Fotografiska New York, lifts these electrifying musical programs out of the traditional concert hall and sets them in a versatile event space with vaulted ceilings and skylights built in 1894. Since opening in Sweden in 2010, Fotografiska has become a haven of innovation, inclusivity and free expression. 

The festival is co-curated by the Fotografiska New York programming staff and cellist Laura Metcalf. Ticket prices are inclusive of museum admission and can be purchased for individual concerts or as a three-night bundle at the following link:



April 17-19, 2023 7pm

Fotografiska New York

281 Park Avenue South NYC

Night I: Eighth Blackbird Eighth Blackbird, the four-time Grammy winning, Chicago-based musical sextet consisting of Lisa Kaplan, piano; Matthew Duvall, percussion; Lina Andonovska, flute; Zachary Good, clarinet; Maiani da Silva, violin; and Laura Metcalf, cello, now in its 27th season, has become a “brand name defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality” (Detroit Free Press). The ensemble will share music by some of the most exciting voices in contemporary music including Viet Cuong, Valerie Coleman, Julius Eastman, and Andy Akiho.

Night II: Curtis Stewart, violin Violinist, improviser, composer, arts leader and multimedia artist Curtis Stewart has taken the classical music world by storm, garnering three Grammy nominations in as many years, as a soloist and as a member of PUBLIQuartet, and recently being named Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra. About his solo show “of Love,” Stewart writes: 

“A digital and personal requiem of sorts, of Love is a through-composed collection of works to cherish all the time we live through – composition through DAW as a form of musical caretaking. If the push and pull of social and financial responsibility structure life; then, our aesthetic loves, personal passions, familial cares and social worries keep us tethered to it – These works tap into the visceral sensation of holding and loss – a sonic grappling with grief – the loss of a mother, the gain of a partner, the search for love in urban settings and all the ways we use identity to grasp onto this life of ours.”

Night III: Jenny Lin, piano Acclaimed piano virtuoso Jenny Lin, named by the Washington Post as “surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now” and praised by countless critics for her “remarkable technical command and deep commitment to contemporary music” (The New York Times), “effortless, spectacular technique” (The Washington Post) and “exquisite sensitivity” (Dallas Morning News) has been performing regularly with superstar composer Philip Glass on tour for nearly a decade . For her appearance at Fotografiska, Jenny pairs music by Glass with works by Ukraine’s best-known living composer, Valentin Silvestrov, who is now living as a refugee. Jenny’s program weaves together music of these two towering contemporary giants, both born in 1937 and both of whom shaped Jenny’s musical life and artistry in profound ways.

About Fotografiska New York: Fotografiska is a museum experience for the modern world. Founded in Stockholm in 2010, Fotografiska is a destination to discover world-class photography, eclectic programming, elevated dining and surprising new perspectives.

Guided by a mission to inspire a more conscious world through the power of photography, Fotografiska produces dynamic and unparalleled rotating exhibitions, spanning various photographic genres, in inclusive and immersive environments. 

With a dedicated international community and locations in Stockholm, New York City, and Tallinn, and coming soon to Berlin, Fotografiska is the premier global gathering place for photography and culture. 

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Proposed NYC Biometrics Laws, a Multimodal ‘Smart Gun’, and More: Identity News Digest


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Proposed NYC Biometrics Laws, a Multimodal 'Smart Gun', and More: Identity News Digest

NYC to Consider Proposed Biometrics Laws

New York City’s Committee on Technology has scheduled a meeting for April 25 to consider the oversight of the use of biometric identification systems in the city. Two proposed bills are on the agenda: One would make it illegal for a provider of public accommodation to use biometric technology to verify or identify a customer, while the other would prohibit the owner of a multiple-unit dwelling to use biometrics to identify tenants or their guests.

‘Smart Gun’ Locks Behind Fingerprint and Facial Recognition

Colorado-based startup BioFire has begun taking reservations for its biometric smart gun. The 9mm handgun is distinguished by its multimodal authentication system, comprising a fingerprint sensor embedded in its grip and a facial recognition system affixed to the rear of the weapon. BioFire’s focus is on gun safety; the company’s founder and CEO, 26-year-old Kai Kloepfer, began working on prototypes at the age of 15, after a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, near his hometown.

Five Guys BIPA Case Moves to Arbitration

A lawsuit alleging that the Five Guys burger chain violated Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) will be moved into arbitration. The case concerns Five Guys’ use of a fingerprint-scanning time and attendance system. Plaintiff Jeremiah Greenwood conceded that moving to an arbitrator would be an appropriate means of resolving his complaint after Five Guys submitted a motion that would compel it.

CLEAR Teams With LinkedIn for Identity Verification

CLEAR is enabling enhanced identity verification for LinkedIn users thanks to a new partnership with the professional networking company. Individuals with a CLEAR membership can use it to confirm who they are and their credentials via an online app. The verification process prompts the end user to submit a selfie image or enroll their government-issued ID, with data matched against their LinkedIn profile. It’s the latest sign of CLEAR’s expansion beyond the area of expedited airport screening, with CLEAR’s platform also being used for access to venues such as sports stadiums, and even for cash- and card-free biometric purchases.

Suprema Names New Sales Manager

Suprema America has named Scott Tobin as its Southeast Regional Sales Manager. Based in Florida, Tobin has held sales positions focused on the region at numerous firms including Paxton Access Ltd., Hikvision USA, Bosch, and, most recently, Honeywell. Commenting on his appointment, Tobin called Suprema “a world-class manufacturer in access control and biometrics,” adding, “I understand their strategy to market, which will also make Suprema a leader in the security industry and allow us to meet and exceed our targets.”

IDEX Solution Passes Mastercard Test

IDEX Biometrics’ latest fingerprint sensor solution has passed Mastercard’s Fingerprint Test Assessment Summary (FTAS), a development that IDEX CEO Vince Graziani called “an important milestone for IDEX Biometrics affirming our biometric solution’s compliance with highest security and functionality standards to card manufacturers, issuers and banks.” The sensor is a central component of IDEX’s biometric payment card solution, which also features Infineon’s SLC38 secure element.

Trust Stamp Obtains Notices of Allowance

Trust Stamp has received new Notices of Allowances for three patent applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. One of the patents concerns Trust Stamp’s IT² solution for irreversibly turning biometric data into an identity token, while another extends the use case for IT² into NFTs and the metaverse. The third patent “introduces a new authentication methodology utilizing evidence of control of third-party accounts,” the company explained in a statement. Trust Stamp recently reported a 46.4 percent year-over-year revenue jump for fiscal 2022.

Nok Nok Upgrades S3 Suite

Nok Nok Labs has launched the latest version of its flagship S3 Authentication Suite, delivering four new capabilities for the platform. The S3 Suite now enables organizations to configure authentication rules to detect when new devices are being used for passkey authentication and verify that the end user is the legitimate account holder. It also now enables organizations running e-commerce sites to let their customers easily sign in with a passkey, helping to reduce friction and prevent cart abandonment. Other new features include support for biometric payment confirmation and a security key tracking feature for organizations using the platform.

Partnership to Bring BenijLock Tech to Guitar Cases

BenjiLock has brought its fingerprint-scanning lock technology to the music industry, announcing a new partnership with TKL Cases that will see its biometric locks integrated into cases for fretted instruments like guitars, banjos, and mandolins. It isn’t yet clear when the first products will be launched, but BenjiLock says it is offering a first look at the technology at this week’s NAMM Show, a trade show for technology for the music industry that is underway in Anaheim, New York.

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Clozee to headline sold-out 2023 Bass Coast music festival in Merritt | iNFOnews


Bass Coast Music and Arts Festival in 2018.

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April 13, 2023 – 10:32 AM

Bass Coast Music and Arts Festival in Merritt has announced this year’s lineup.

“Presenting the full Bass Coast 2023 music lineup,” reads the Festival’s announcement on Facebook. “Spanning genres from DnB to techno, disco to dubstep and house to jungle, this year’s roster is an exciting snapshot of electronic music from across the globe.”

Clozee, a DJ from France, is listed as the sole headliner.

Other familiar artists include SkiiTour, Funk Hunters and Lazy Syrup Orchestra.

The festival takes place July 7 to 10 at the festival grounds in Merritt.

Tickets have sold out but can still be found through the Bass Coast Ticket Exchange Facebook group.

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SSO brings Western and Eastern classical music together


The SSO performs Vibrant Light on April 15 at TCU Place.

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In its latest offering, Vibrant Light, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra sets out to prove that music is a universal language capable of bringing cultures together.

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This weekend, the SSO invites audiences to experience the fusion of North American and North Indian classical music with Canadian-based composer Dinuk Wijeratne’s Concerto for Tabla & Orchestra (or Tabla Concerto).

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In the role of guest conductor, Wijeratne is excited to direct the orchestra through his popular work, which he says reflects his own dual life — growing up in Sri Lanka and Dubai and training in England and North America.

“In the sense that it tries to combine East and West, it’s quite an autobiographical piece,” he said.

This is Wijeratne’s first time conducting both the SSO and Canadian tabla player Shawn Mativetsky, with whom he has worked before.

“I think the collegiality of music is very special. You just keep meeting different families of people and different collaborators and you get to share these experiences with them,” Wijeratne said.

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Mativetsky said he’s excited to work directly with Wijeratne on his Tabla Concerto.

“Because who knows the piece better than the composer, right? So to work with him on this is kind of the best case scenario, really,” he said.

“He’ll be able to share and to lead the piece in the way that he designed it, that he conceived it.”

Trained in both western and North Indian classical music, Mativetsky said bringing the two musical cultures together is important to him. He hopes it will create more western awareness of the tabla, a pair of North Indian pitched drums that are played with the fingers.

“If people go home and they’ve heard something new or they’ve developed a new appreciation … that would be great,” he said.

Classically trained Canadian percussionist and tabla player Shawn Mativetsky brings western and North Indian classical music together.
Classically trained Canadian percussionist and tabla player Shawn Mativetsky brings western and North Indian classical music together. Photo by Caroline Tabah /Supplied photo

The concerto includes moments when Mativetsky speaks to the audience, in what he calls rhythmic recitation.

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“I speak the compositions and then play them. So, the audience will hear the poetry of the composition, then followed by how it actually sounds on the drums,“ he said.

With the concerto, Wijeratne said he set out to showcase the tabla and the orchestra in the context of one another.

“What they share in common is a lot of colour that’s very captivating,” he said.

“I hope people will be captivated by colour in the concerto just in the same way as they usually are with Scheherazade … where the orchestra really sort of bursts with colour.”

Performed in the same concert, the tabla concerto and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Op. 35 showcase a contrast between the old ideas of the Eastern world and modern awareness.

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“Scheherazade is a depiction of the East as some kind of fantastical place … In a more connected world, there’s more of an authenticity in the Tabla Concerto,” Wijeratne said.

“I think it’s good to see the juxtapositions of these things and understand certain kinds of cultural contradictions … I think it invites you to ask and answer a few questions for yourself.”

Whether the audience has heard the tabla before or is experiencing it for the first time, Wijeratne hopes to show them something new.

“If people know the instrument a little bit, they will hear, I hope, a whole range of what it can do. I hope they’ll hear it in the beautiful context that is a Western classical orchestra. And if people don’t know the instrument, I do hope that something magical happens, that they’ll get a good introduction to it and really hear a wide range of colours and things,” he said.

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The SSO performs Saturday at TCU Place at 7:30 p.m. The concert will also be available on livestream. Tickets are available at saskatoonsymphony.org.


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Entertainment News | Mary Quant, Designer Who Epitomised Swinging 60s, Dies at 93


London, Apr 13 (AP) Mary Quant, the designer whose fashions epitomised the Swinging 60s, has died at the age of 93.

Quant’s family said she died “peacefully at home” in Surrey, southern England, on Thursday.

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The family called her “one of the most internationally recognised fashion designers of the 20th Century and an outstanding innovator of the Swinging Sixties.”

Quant helped popularise the miniskirt — some credit her with inventing it — and the innovative tights that went along with it, creating dresses and accessories that were an integral part of the look.

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She created mix-and-match, simple garments that had an element of whimsy. Some compared her impact on the fashion world to the Beatles’ impact on pop music. (AP)

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Colin Hay, Colleen Ironside to Be Honored – Billboard


Colin Hay, the singer, songwriter and frontman of beloved Australian rock group Men At Work, and the late trailblazing tour promoter Colleen Ironside are this year’s recipients of the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music.


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The prestigious honor will be presented at the 2023 APRA Music Awards, to be held April 27 at ICC Sydney, on Gadigal land.

Hay will be on hand to receive his circular trophy, recognition for a stellar career that launched in the early ‘80s with Men At Work’s hit debut album Business As Usual, and its standout single “Down Under.”

It was a dream breakthrough, the type few acts have done before or since, as the single and its parent topped simultaneously topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and the group went on to win the Grammy Award for best new artist.

“Who Can It Be Now” logged a single week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, and “Down Under” would climb the summit later that year, holding top spot for four weeks. Today, the latter song has passed more than one billion streams across all platforms, and is treasured as Australia’s unofficial anthem.

“Overkill” and “It’s a Mistake” both hit the top 10 on the Hot 100, “Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive” cracked the top 40 (at No. 28). Followup LP Cargo peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The band called it quits in 1985, but the music lives on. Career record sales top 30 million, according to APRA.

This award is “for outstanding services to Australian Music,” notes Hay in a statement. “I think services is the key word here. It’s important to realise at some point in your life that it is a valuable thing to be of service. To be of some use.”

Hay’s music would be introduced to new generations through Scrubs and Garden State, and he continues to tour, both as a solo artist and as a guitarist in Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band. “Down Under” has been revisited in recent years with a hit drum ‘n’ bass cut by DJ Luude, and by award-winning Yolŋu surf rockers King Stingray.

Speaking to Billboard over Zoom from Sacramento, CA, Hay admits “Down Under” is “very dear to me. When I wrote the song, I had a lot of fear and trepidation about Australia becoming overdeveloped, like you know, Florida or something,” the Scottish-born artist notes, “and on the other side of the coin, there was this beautiful uniqueness and incredible — a kind of awesomeness — of the country which I thought, ‘we don’t want to lose that’. We have to nurture, it’s a precious thing we have.”

Also at the APRAs, Ironside will be posthumously saluted for a career during which she set the groundwork for a pan-Asian touring network and producing scores of tours in the region.

Ironside, who died in 2022, is equally remembered for her force-of-nature personality.

The concerts giant cut her teeth as a booking agent for the Harbour Premier Agency in Sydney, Australia. She went out on her own, establishing and running APA Booking Agency, which booked INXS, Ratcat, James Reyne, Jenny Morris, Wendy Matthews and Def FX for Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

In 1994, Frontier Touring recruited Ironside as head of its Asia division, where she managed tours by Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Tom Jones and others. In 1999, she established Live Limited and toured the Rolling Stones, Elton John, David Bowie, Sting and other titans of rock and pop music.

Later, in 2005, she began a five-year stint with Live Nation as senior VP of bookings in Pan-Asia, before reviving Live Limited, through which she promoted Janet Jackson in Hong Kong, Bruno Mars in Malaysia and Bob Dylan in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

“Colleen championed Australian songwriters and artists and created live music pathways into Asia with a business acumen that was years ahead of her peers,” comments Dean Ormston, CEO, APRA AMCOS.

And Hay “is a songwriter of the highest level and with the biggest heart, whose songs continue to connect and hit No. 1 on the charts. We look forward to honoring them with the Ted Albert Award at this year’s APRA Music Awards”.

The Ted Albert Award is one of the Australian music industry’s highest accolades, and is decided by the APRA board of writer and publisher directors.

Previous recipients include Paul Kelly, the late Mushroom Group founder Michael Gudinski, Slim Dusty, The Seekers and last year’s recipient The Wiggles.

In other APRA Music Awards news, the most performed international work has been awarded to global smash “As It Was” by Harry Styles, with co-writers Thomas Hull and Tyler Johnson). Universal Music Publishing and Concord Music Publishing are publishers.

As previously reported, Grammy Award winners Flume and Rufus Du Sol are among the artists and songwriters scoring multiple nominations for this year’s ceremony.

Established in 1982, the Australasian Performing Right Association’s annual songwriters’ ceremony is one of the Australian music industry’s favorite events, a worthy counterpart to Britain’s Ivor Novello Awards.

The special moments in the APRAs program includes the performance of those song of the year nominees, often completely reimagined by another star from Australia’s music scene.

For more information visit the APRA website.

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