Groove into the new year with these music specials


Who needs the club when DStv is bringing you peak entertainment between Christmas and New Year

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing and national curfews in place, nobody’s going to be out on the street at midnight to welcome in the New Year. But are we going to be tucked in our beds, skipping the biggest party night of 2020-2021? No fear!

DStv’s channels have reached out to the talent, and we’re going to be bringing the party to you. And you can choose which party to join – a soothing Soul session for a mellow, sophisticated night, classic jazz, hip-hop, house and gqom – DStv has it all.

So dress up or dress down, but get ready to go to (virtual) town as we take a look at everything that’s on offer.

Virtual events

If it’s a concert you are craving, then there are a host of top-notch performances to choose from as DStv is bringing the concerts to your living room, so feel free to jump up and sing and dance along to some of your favourite songs.

Buyel'Ekhaya Music Festival

From afrosoul to amapiano, hip hop to house and gqom, it is a musical mix designed to delight. It is the kind of line-up that will have music fans from across the country party ’til the break of dawn.

Watch the Buyel'Ekhaya Music Festival on Saturday, 26 December on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) from 21:30 (repeats Thursday, 31 December at 21:00)

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Ebubeleni Festival

This is a massive two-hour party! On the list of performers are Amanda Black, Ami Faku, Blaq Diamond and Kamo Mphela. The event will be hosted by non-other than Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung.

Watch the Ebubeleni Festival on Wednesday, 30 December on Channel O (DStv 320) at 20:00. Repeat on Mzansi Magic Music (DStv 321), on Thursday, 31 December at 21:00) 

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Fact Durban Rocks

DJ Tira has invited Simmy, Sjava, Sun-El Musician, Shimza, Focalistic, Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode, DJ Bongz, Songz, Zakwe & Duncan, Dlala Thukzin, Zakes Bantwini, Dladla Mshunqisi, Babes Wodumo, Mampintsha, Tipcee, Joocy and Beast to deliver 6 hours of music. “We need to let our hair down, enjoy a musical buffet and hope for a better 2021,” says DJ Tira.

Watch Fact Durban Rocks on Thursday, 31 December on Channel O (DStv 320) from 21:00-03:00

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A bit more groove

If you can’t be in the streets, you bring the street beat to your house. Check your TV schedules for the following specials, details TBC:

MTV Base (DStv 322)

The party never stops on MTV on Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll be treated from gqom to amapiano, from house to hip hop on 6 to 6 Weekend. on Fridays and Saturdays from 18:00

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Trace Urban (DStv 325)
  • Happy New Year special
  • AmaPiano Plz
  • Birthday specials: Anatii, Calvin Harris

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Trace Africa (DStv 326)
  • Happy New Year special
  • Looking back: The best artists of 2020
  • Birthday specials: Oritse Femi, AKA, L'Tido

Watch Trace Africa

Trace Gospel (DStv 332)
  • Happy New Year special
  • Best Africa 10
  • Newcomers
  • Birthday special: Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett

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Mzansi Magic Music (DStv 321)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo 60th Anniversary Special
  • House Music, Monday, 28 December to Saturday, 3 January

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Festive extravaganzas

If you’re more of a red-carpet event kind of person, there are 4 special variety celebrations to enjoy this holiday season: The Voice Christmas Special, the Britain’s Got Talent Christmas Spectacular, The Royal Variety Performance 2020, and The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 Inductions.

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