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Babes Wodumo’s biggest fan, Nthabiseng Senatle, is crowned the ultimate Smoooth Fan

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Over the past few weeks, the biggest fans of some of Mzansi’s hottest celebrities have been battling it out on Tropika Smoooth Fan, in a bid to be crowned the ultimate Smoooth Fan.

ALSO READ: 10 Things We Learned About Babes Wodumo On Tropika Smoooth Fan

The finale saw Nthabiseng Senatle proving that she is Babes Wodumo’s biggest fan in the finale of the show! Nthabiseng walked away with R250 000 cash and a Honda Amaze in the finale.

Nthabiseng hoped that she would reach the final, but never imagined that she would actually win. “Making it to the final was amazing, but to then go on to proving I was Babes’ Smooothest Fan and ultimately winning incredible prizes just blew me away. I am very humbled and grateful for the opportunity to have been on Tropika Smoooth Fan and to have met my idol, Babes Wodumo,” Nthabiseng notes.

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Babes Wodumo is thrilled that it was her fan that took first place in the finale. “My fans mean everything to me. They are the people that admire and recognise each and every thing that you do and make you want to work harder than ever before. Being on the show was something unlike anything else I have done before and I had so much fun engaging with my fans and being in the finale with Nthabiseng. It was so great to see one of my fans winning Tropika Smoooth Fan,” says Babes.

The first season of Tropika Smoooth Fan saw the biggest fans of Khaya Dladla, Babes Wodumo, Clement Maosa, Letoya Makhene, Jeannie D, Khanyi Mbau, Bonang and Somizi competing weekly and putting their celeb knowledge to the test for their share of incredible prizes and the title of the ultimate Smoooth Fan.

Miantha Roux, Marketing Manager: Beverages – Clover, is thrilled with how well received the show was across South Africa. “Tropika as a brand is all about fun and creating memorable moments and exciting experiences for fans – and Tropika Smoooth Fan ticked every single one of those boxes and more! Being on set and seeing how appreciative each and every one of the celebs was of their fans, and seeing how awestruck and inspired each super fan was to meet and engage with their favourite celeb – was something very special to witness. You can be sure that there will be many more exciting experiences and opportunities from Tropika in 2019. Watch this space…” 

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Buhle Samuels set to join Imbewu on etv

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The South African multi-talented Actress and Singer, Buhle Samuels, is a rising star to be reckoned with.

ALSO READ: Former Muvhango Actress Buhle Samuels Looking Hot

The former Muvhango actress Buhle Samuels has recently bagged a role on IMBEWU: The Seed as Zandile who is set to create a huge stir in the Bhengu household. She will debut on Tuesday the 8th of January 2019.

Zandile enters our world during Zimele’s rebound phase after the secret has been revealed. The two will share a captivating love story as they battle to find each other’s feet.

This beauty has high standards, a good moral code, she is kind, supportive, but she is also assertive and an independent woman who knows how to put Ngcolosi in his place.

Buhle Samuels joins Imbewu

“We are excited to have Buhle on the show. She is a talented actress who will add value to the show,” said the IMBEWU: The Seed Executive Producer, Molefi Lebone.

Catch Buhle Samuels from Tuesday the 8th of December 21:30pm on the daily Drama on etv DSTV channel 1947 and Openview Channel 104.

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Pearl Thusi to star in Netflix’s first original series from Africa

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Netflix has announced its first ever original series from South Africa, called Queen Sono, starring Pearl Thusi. 

ALSO READ: Pearl Thusi Breaks The Internet With Sexy Dance Moves

South African actress Pearl Thusi will star as the title character, who is a “highly trained top spy in a South African agency”.

The series will track her on her most dangerous mission, while simultaneously following her changing relationships in her personal life.

Queen Sono will be directed by South African comedian Kagiso Lediga.

“We are excited to be working with Kagiso and Pearl, to bring the story of Queen Sono to life, and we expect it to be embraced by our South African users and global audiences alike,” said Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Original Series at Netflix.

“We are delighted to create this original series with Netflix, and are super excited by their undeniable ability to take this homegrown South African story to a global audience. We believe Queen Sono will kick the door open for more awesome stories from this part of the world,” added the director and executive producer of the series, Kagiso Lediga.

The news comes after Netflix recently announced that it was “looking at opportunities in Africa” for new content.

Netflix said the series will begin production next year.

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Enhle Mbali Maphumulo rocks cover of Moments Magazine

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Actress and businesswoman Enhle Mbali Maphumulo has been featured on the latest cover of travel and lifestyle publication Moments Magazine. 

ALSO READ: Beyoncé Performs In A Quiteria & George And Manualrossa Gown

Taking to social media, Enhle shared the cover photo, saying that designers Gert-Johan Coetzee and Ryan Keys had a hand in styling her for the travel magazine’s shoot.

On the cover, Enhle can be seen in the gold bra with a dark tulle skirt. The actress also shared other pics from inside the magazine, including one of her wearing a colourful jacket by Gert-Johan Coetzee. 

“A moment with Her Royal Highness @enhlembali_. She is bold and aiming for the top,” a post on Moments Magazine’s Instagram account reads.

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Thando Thabethe flaunts her curves in new sexy swimwear

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Television and radio personality Thando Thabethe’s new swimsuit range has arrived and the star couldn’t wait to flaunt her curvaceous bikini bod!

ALSO READ: Thando Thabethe Graces Cosmopolitan Cover

The 28-year-old star already has a lingerie and shapewear brand, Thabooty’s. The new swimwear range adds to the brand. 

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Thando told Drum magazine that she created the bikini range with all women in mind.

“It’s all about celebrating women’s bodies in all shapes, sizes, and shades, staying true to the foundation of the Thabooty’s brand. A bikini body is anybody in a bikini and not just for petite bodies,” she said.

“A number of ‘Thabooty Boo’s’ (as consumers of the brand are referred to) would comment on social media and let us know that they too wanted the items but their sizes were not available, and so we had to listen, it’s very important to me that every woman feels included,” – said Thando. 

The 5FM presenter says the swimwear is about saying to women: “We need to celebrate our bodies”.

“You don’t hear men speaking about a ‘swim shorts body’. They just get into their gear confidently without having to live up to ridiculous standards of society,” she adds.

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Gospel star Khaya Mthethwa and his wife Ntandoyenkosi Kunene-Mthethwa are expecting their first child

Khaya Mthethwa and his wife Ntandoyenkosi

Gospel star Khaya Mthethwa and his wife, former Miss SA Ntandoyenkosi Kunene-Mthethwa have confirmed they are expecting their first child.

ALSO READ: Ntando And Khaya Mthethwa Rumoured To Be Expecting

The couple got married last year after only dated for three months. Khaya he said he didn’t want to waste time because he knew that Thando was the one.

Rumours of the pair expecting their first child began making rounds back in October after sources claimed that Thando was getting thicker and she was no longer posting full body photos on social media.

The couple finally confirmed the news on social media, posting pictures of Ntando holding her cute baby bump. The couple recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary a few days ago.

“Thank you for carrying one of the greatest gifts in my life! May God bless this new journey babe, now is it a boy or a girl?” Khaya captioned of them together on social media.

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Anele Mdoda builds toilets for schools

Anele Mdoda builds toilets

Anele Mdoda, South African media personality and radio DJ best known for her on-air partnership with Grant Nash, is giving back to the community by building toilets for two schools.

ALSO READ: Anele Mdoda Launches New Production Company

Anele has teamed up with cleaning brand Domestos, to establish an empowering partnership that is set to help build toilets for two schools.

“Domestos are planning to renovate or build new toilets in 2 South African schools in 2019 and I want to make it 3! I have kicked off this campaign with R10 000 and Domestos has matched it. Now we need you to help us reach our goal of R1.1 million. Your donation can be small or large, help us reach our target and restore dignity to our children,” – Anele Mdoda said. 

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Pearl Thusi breaks the internet with sexy dance moves

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Pearl Thusi, South African actress, model, television host, and radio personality recently broke the internet after she posted videos of herself dancing in a tribal bikini.

ALSO READ: Pearl Thusi Photos Everyone Is Talking About

The multi-talented star made the announcement on her Instagram account where she posted a cover track titled Balance Well that also features Nigerian artists Dammy Krane and Olamide as well as Ghana’s Medikal.

The Scorpion King actress also posted two videos where she can be seen dancing to the song by a pool side.

“This was in Ghana. Can’t believe I have a song out with some of the biggest artists on this continent,” – she captioned one of the videos. 

“This has been a year of growth, risks, extension, love and always being up for the challenge. Thank you 2018!!! But I’m not done with you! (sic),” – she added.

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Ami Faku features on third single in 4 weeks

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Eastern Cape’s rising star, Ami Faku, Ndikhethe Wena is ending the year off on a high note with her third feature on a single in the space of four weeks.

ALSO READ: Ami Faku’s Debut Single, Ndikhethe Wena, Launches On A High Note

Following the release of DJ Qness’ Babuyile ft Ami Faku & NaakMusiQ and The Kiffness’ Lose You ft Ami Faku; Ami Faku now features on DJ Mogul SA’s new single Ungowam.

The coming together of Ungowam was by serendipity. De Mogul SA happened to hear Ami Faku’s Ndikhethe Wena on radio and knew he had to have her on his next single. He then went on to search for her on social media and sent her a DM asking for her details so that he can send her a beat. Ami Faku immediately fell in love with the beat and sent it to her manager who then booked a studio session for her and De Mugul SA that same night. Ungowam was recorded the same day that De Mogul SA first heard Ami Faku’s voice on radio.

“The whole process of having to work together on a song, Ami Faku and I, I got to say, it was meant to be. I had the beat for quite some time, but when I heard her latest single Ndikhethe Wena play on radio, I definitely knew she was the one to work with. She is such an AMAZING songwriter. The experience was super amazing. I mean her energy in the studio and the creative side of it… she is such a talent. Ungowam is a song filled with emotions and by far the future sound. We can’t wait to share it with the world,” expresses De Mogul SA.

“It’s a privilege to work with Universal Music and Dj Ganyani Entertainment to release this special song by De Mogul SA featuring Ami Faku. Ami Faku’s voice is a spiritual calling and the music by De Mogul SA compliments this very special and exciting new Afro House sound. The song is set to begin the December Season and do damage in 2019. It’s designed to be a classic song for decades to come,” shares Raphael Benza of Vth Season.

Ami Faku stays true to her messaging about love with Ungowam and shares: “Ungowam is about regaining strength and giving love one more try.”

Vth Season’s newest signee has made an impress mark in the music industry this year in the space of just four months. Ami Faku has been earmarked to be one of the most important voices to come out of South Africa in the twenty-tens, and the likes of Entertainment Editor, Lesley Mofokeng, forecasts her to reach the iconic status of the likes of Sade, Tracy Chapman, Aretha Franklin and Brenda Fassie just to name a few.

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Dumi Masilela’s album titled ‘Eternal Crush’ drops

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Actress Simphiwe Ngema has release the album of late husband, actor and vocalist Dumi Masilela titled Eternal Crush.

ALSO READ: Simphiwe Ngema Has Finally Finished Dumi Masilela’s Album

The album has 10 songs, in three of the songs, Dumi features his best friend Bongani Kumalo, who was present on the day Masilela was killed during the botched hijacking in Tembisa.

“He was still recording more music and deciding which songs he should release first when he died. I knew he was going to release Uphushiwe first and then an album. I just followed his plan,” Simphiwe told DRUM in an interview in August 2018.

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Simphiwe said the album is mostly about love, hence the title Eternal Crush.

“He was my Eternal crush and I was his. That is what we called each other. We loved each other as though we had just first met. We still had butterflies in our tummies every single day and I know wherever he is, he is happy with the title,” Simphiwe adds.

As a brand extension for the album, Simphiwe has designed t-shirts written Eternal Crush and they will be available to his fans across the country.

“The brand Eternal Crush is about celebrating love, relationships, family, and friends. Life is about love and embracing pain and living your truth,” said Simphiwe.

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