WATCH: Minnie is in Russia for her TV Show

South African actress and model Minnie Jones, is currently in Russia for her show on Mzansi Magic called Home ground to source some Russian fans to be hosted in South Africa for the kumnandi ekhaya DSTV Campaign. In addition to this DSTV Compact will be screening all 64 world cup games live which has never […]

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ASAP Rocky talks Kanye West collaborations

A$AP Rocky and Kanye West shut down a hotel in Berlin with their creative endeavours.

The 29-year-old rapper worked on a lot of music with the ‘Famous’ hitmaker when they were both in Germany and he admitted their level of productivity was crazy.

‘Kanye turned the hotel we were staying at into a Yeezy compound.

He was designing sneakers in one suite, making music in one suite, and I was making music in my suite. It was crazy. We shut down the whole hotel.’

While working on his new album Testing, Rocky spent a lot of time in the German city and got to hang out with a lot of his favourite people, including Kanye, MGMT, and Dave Chappelle.

He told Complex magazine about the city: ‘The energy there is crazy. I feel like Berlin still has a big appreciation for hip-hop culture. The architecture, you still see graffiti everywhere, like real artists and real art, cobblestone roads. There’s nothing wrong with just taking that all in. It was perfect.’

Testing marks the ‘Everyday’ singer’s first release without the help and support of his best friend A$AP Yams, who died from an accidental overdose in 2015, and Rocky felt the loss of his friend while working on the record, but vowed to keep going with his pal’s legacy.

‘It wasn’t the same without Yams.’

‘But it’s with any legacy that loses a pioneer; you gotta keep going. Yams is a spirit. He’s an energy. He was always about discovering new talent and trying to put new people on. I think that’s what validated him in hip-hop. We miss him. RIP to A$AP Yams. I had to do what Puff had to do when Biggie died, or anybody who loses somebody.’

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Legendary cricket player AB De Villiers resigns

One of the best cricket players of our generation is hanging his boots.

Former South Africa captain AB De Villiers who is probably the most exciting and talented batsmen in cricket is taking a bow from International cricket. De Villers announced the news on his own app today. He is one of the best players to have represented South Africa and has played 114 Tests, 228 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 78 T20 Internationals.

De Villiers’s departure will leave the Proteas vulnerable for the 2019 World Cup in England but by then we sure they would have strengthened the team. In his retirement announcement, he said stepping down was a tough decision for him.

‘This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside. It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my teammates throughout my career, I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years.’

34-year-old De Villiers is ranked No 2 player in the world. He is second highest run-scorer, number one is Jacques Kallis with 9 577 runs at an average of 53.50.

‘I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas.’

Have a look at his full statement below;

 

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The preacher from the royal wedding speaks out after becoming an internet sensation

At the Royal Wedding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, in the year’s most talked-about nuptials.

Although everyone was swooning over Harry and Meghan for the majority of the service, we took a timeout from wishing we could be their BFFs when preacher Michael Curry took the stand to say a few words.

The eccentric bishop stole the show, quickly becoming an internet sensation.

Speaking on Good Morning America, Michael explained how it felt to be asked to speak and the preparation that went into the day.

“Well it was the decision of the couple, but they were in consultation both with the Archbishop of Canterbury and with the Dean of St George’s and I’m sure others as well. I got a phone call, and I didn’t believe it, because a member of my staff called and said, ‘They’d like you to preach at the royal wedding,’ and I said, ‘Get out of here it’s April Fools. You’ve got to be kidding me.’ And it was actually true.”

He continued, “They were very gracious. I did provide a copy of the manuscript about a week before…and I only deviated slightly – [being a preacher] you’re gonna deviate a little bit. They were basically aware of the basic outline and what was in it.”

“The love between those two people, between that royal couple, was so powerful, not only did we all show up, but it brought all these different worlds together. It brought different nationalities, different ethnicities, different religious traditions, people of all stripes and types, people of different political persuasions, actually for a moment we were actually together, organized around love.”


He also admitted to Today that he was nervous – and we don’t blame him!
“When I sat down from the sermon I remember thinking to myself, ‘I hope that was okay.”

“I must admit to being a little nervous at the very beginning…but then after that, it turned into a church and I was speaking to a young couple who are in love – they are so passionately in love with each other, you could see it.”I’ve learned to be able to hear an amen by looking in their eyes. And I was looking in the eyes of people that were there, and they were doing quiet British amen.”

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Jamie Foxx returns as BET Awards host

Grammy award-winning musician actor and comedian, Jamie Foxx has been announced as host for the upcoming BET awards set to take place at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre. 

Foxx, who last captained the ceremony in 2009, attracting the largest viewership than ever previously seen for the show.

He succeeds fellow comedian Leslie Jones, who held the reigns last year.

We have absolutely nothing to worry about as the musician has proven his presenting prowess once before, now with an added decade of new experiences and skills. However, he has to truly bring it this year as BET celebrates 18 years of black excellence.

Also, he is not particularly a terrible guy to look at and listen to. Speaking of listening, He hasn’t put together a body of work in a very long time, apart from the single ‘You Changed Me’ featuring he who shall not be named about 2-years-ago.

He is busy though, in the acting field. He starred in a gripping crime-thriller film Sleepless, released last year.

Nominations include two of our homegrown musicians, Cassper Nyovest and Distruction Boyz, other African acts are Davido, Fally Ipupa and Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage.

 

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The hosts of the 2018 SAMA’s are…

hostsThe 2018 SAMA’s is taking place on the 2nd June and we have all been waiting in anticipation to hear who will be hosting the evening. The event took to their social media accounts this morning to announce the hosts. The 2018 SAMA’s have chosen Somizi Mhlongo, Dineo Ranaka and Mpho Popps. We couldn’t think of a more dynamic trio to host the prestigious awards.

Radio host Dineo has promised the people to make sure she is half as good as last years hosts and expressed how excited she was to be named one of this years hosts.

Congrats to these three!

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Dr Philip Tabane – An African creative genius

Mamelodi, Africa, and the world lost an institution, a musical genius, and founder of Malombo jazz, Dr. Philip Nchipe Tabane who died at age 84, on 18 May.  The guitar legend was considered a luminary in the jazz music fraternity with his distinct malombo sound and insane guitar prowess. Malombo is Venda for spirit and Ntate Philip’s music was of and from the spirit world. The Mamelodi-born musician was a creative genius and was admired for his consistent vision and authenticity.

Dr. Tabane received two honorary doctorates in his lifetime, one from the University of Venda in 1998 – the same year he was awarded a SAMA Lifetime achievement award – and another for his contribution to African indigenous music by UKZN in 2015.

GQ spoke to musician cultural activist and close-friend, Dr Sello Galane, who also did his doctoral thesis historical on the late musician’s life and work. Galane described Ntate Philip as an organic African intellectual. ‘An organic African intellectual does not rely on reading ideas from other people. Rather, he generated very dynamic ideas that influenced the world – he came up with the concept of malombo music at a time when it was still cool to be a jazz musician.’

According to Galane, the malombo jazz muso felt defining himself as a jazz musician gave credence to the intangible heritage of America, rather than that of Africa. ‘He understood that while jazz was generated by and created by Africans in the diaspora, it was not the Africans who coined the name jazz for themselves. It was a dominant American master-slave culture that gave African creative genius that name. But it was not with the intention of giving it credibility, but with the aim of shooting it down. Ntate Philip did not want to get involved in the politics of it all. He just wanted to champion something that we can have authority over, from a definition and practice point of view. He defined African spirituality through music.’

Another critical point that Galane highlighted was that Dr Tabane used music as a tool for communication and not a tool for entertainment. He did what he did best without compromise.  Dr Philip Nchipe Tabane was not an entertainer, he used music as a tool for spiritual healing.

Interesting fact: Dr.Tabane once refused to work with the late renowned jazz musician Miles Davis because he did not want to lose or compromise the Malombo sound.

The best tribute we can give to Dr. Philip Tabane, is to always be ourselves. ‘We must not remain in this deficit mode of saying we want to be as good as so and so, but rather be the highest version of ourselves. Authenticity will never go out of style. Let’s always be ourselves.’

A memorial service is scheduled for 24 May in his hometown, at the Mamelodi West Hall, Pretoria at 14:00.  Dr. Philip Tabane will be laid to rest on 27 May. Rest in power Dr Philip Nchipe Tabane.

 

 

Tributes from musicians, artists and fans:

 

RIP SIR LIFE LIVED FULLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR HONESTY IN MUSIC #MALOMBO #PHILLIPTABANE When we eventually arrive, we are three hours late and the man we are there to support is now no longer just a mere friend, but a Doctor of The Arts in, what's it again? Yeah, that too. The function is over and we quickly head to a recreation park in Polokwane where our guy is supposed to playing, but we don't see him. He must be with the "other Doctors" we quip, and we head off to order ciders and join the general merriment around there. We come back without seeing him. And I would not see him for another seven years. The next time I see him is at a memorial service for Mucheke, who has managed the good old "Doctor" for 10 years now and they are both not rich, at least not in the monetary sense. Mucheke has managed to take him all over the world, including the famed New Orleans Jazz Festival, where Tabane was once again honoured; this time around he was given the "Freedom of The City of New Orleans", one of the homes of zydeco, cajun, swampy jazz, mardi gras, funk music and, also, Mac Rebennack, better know as Dr John. Today, we are here to bid bye to our brother Mucheke, and Dr Malombo is not feeling well. He would go on not feeling well, four years since the untimely departure of his manager and "brother", or, as he once told me, "The angel in my life." At his peak, he's blessed the music-loving public – and now especially the vinyl crate-diggers – with South African classics such as Pele Pele, unh! (pronounced "ngg!"), Silent Beauty, Sangoma, The Indigenous Afro-Jazz Sounds of Philip Tabane and his Malombo Jazzman (sic), and Ke A Bereka among others, for international labels such as Elektra and Nonesuch. A consummate composer, he has contributed to soundtracks of films including the hit television drama, Muhvango, and the iconic 1969 film by his friend, Nana Mohomo. And for all that, all he's got to show for his life is an old (seventh year) SAMA for "Ke A B

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Image: Taken from the Philip Tabane & Malombo – ‘Malombo’ album

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