Zethembiso “Zethe” Mdletshe wins Vodacom Nxt Lvl

Zethembiso Zethe Mdletshe Vodacom Nxt Lvl

Meet your Vodacom NXL LVL winner Zethe. Zethembiso Perfect Mdletshe, affectionately known as ‘Zethe’ is a 24 year old singer from Empangeni. Inspired by Mafikizolo’s work ethic and ability to evolve, they, along with Simphiwe Dana, are some of her biggest musical influences. Her NXT LVL is touring the world with her music, creating experiences for her audiences and making more than a living out of it.

A music graduate and part time musician, Zethe also runs her own events company that mainly deals with promoting events and artist bookings. She looks forward to releasing her first album, taking everything she learns from the show into account, and collaborating with some of the big names in the industry, her ultimate being Thandiswa Mazwai.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE just hours after her win, Zethe revealed that she dedicated her final performance to her father, who died just days earlier.

“It was quite emotional but I had to switch myself off. When I went to his funeral I cried my heart out and let it all out because I didn’t want it to be a barrier to my performance. I used those emotions to help me. He loved my singing and I honestly believe that he was there to support me.”

Currently, Zethe is heading into studio with Euphonik to finish a song they did together on the show. She also added that she is also taking her prize money and recording an EP for release early next year. She doesn’t want people to forget her.

“Everything i ever prayed for served to me in one night. God, hard work and people who want to see you succeed. What a formula man. My life will never be the same. Thank you to everyone that voted you guys are amazing and believed in me. We did it. Who am I? What a night. Man! guys dream those dreams and never not once doubt yourself… God is always at work. I can’t wait for 2018.. There’s sooooooooo much in store. This is my time.” – she said on Instagram.

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Maftown Heights Is Home with a BANG

The 8th annual Maftown Heights

The build up to the 8th annual Maftown Heights has begun with a BANG as Maftown Heights is set to go home tomorrow for the first time since launching in 2010 and is likely to be a sold out show before doors open at 12pm tomorrow.

Watch the Maftown Heights stage build up here:

By popular demand, those attending tomorrow’s historic edition can bring cooler boxes to the event at no fee (only cans not bottles will be permitted on site) and the event time has also been extended to 6am as reflected below:

12pm – Gates open
12pm – 4pm – DJs playing
4pm – 2:30am – Live performances by artists
2:30am – 6am – DJs playing
6am – Gates close

ALL VIP tickets are currently SOLD OUT as well as 90% of the other ticket categories.

All patrons looking to attend the Maftown Heights: Mahikeng Edition tomorrow, Friday, 8 December 2017, at the Mmabatho Stadium in Mahikeng, are encouraged to make their way to their nearest Computicket outlet now to purchase tickets to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available at selected Checkers, House & Home, Checkers Hyper and Shoprite stores nationwide, as well as online from Computicket here:

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Thembisa Mdoda takes part in Dancing with the Stars SA

OPW Thembisa Mdoda Dancing with the Stars SA

Former Our Perfect Wedding presenter Thembisa Mdoda is set to razzle-dazzle on the inaugural season of Dancing with the Stars SA.

Mdoda is the first celebrity contestant confirmed to take part in the dance reality show set to debut on M-Net on Sunday, February 4 2018.

Sowetanlive also announced that Veteran actor Frank Opperman is also confirmed to take part in the show.

“I have always wanted to be part of Dancing with the Stars,” Mdoda said in a statement.

“In the past, I’d watch the show, practice the steps and give myself 10 out of 10. I am so excited and can’t wait to make new memories. Mostly, I’m eager to learn some new steps and to have fun.” – Mdoda added.

Mdoda is following in the footsteps of her younger sister Anele, who in 2008 took part in season five of Strictly Come Dancing. She finished in fourth place.

Much like SABC’s Strictly Come Dancing, the show will see 12 untrained local celebrities team up with skilled professional Latin and Ballroom dancers to shake what their mommas gave them.

Radio and television personality Tracey Lange as well as heart-throb Chris Jaftha will host the show.

The other celebs who are set to compete with Frank and Thembisa will be announced soon.

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I’m from Soweto not Hollywood – Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah fake news

South African comedian Trevor Noah has clapped back at one tweep who recently branded Trevor a “Hollywood elitist” when he called the talk show host out on Twitter for criticising United States politicians.

However, Noah sticked to his roots and reply by saying “are you gonna watch the show so you can answer your own question? And ps I’m from Soweto not Hollywood.”

Trevor has become synonymous with Hollywood celebrities since he became the face of the United States late night talk show ‘The Daily Show’ in 2015.

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Phindile Gwala’s Instagram account gets hacked

Phindile Gwala Instagram gets hacked

Former Muvhango actress Phindile Gwala is the latest South African celebrity to lose her Instagram account with over 700K followers. Her account had been hacked by what seems to be an aspiring musician from Kenya.

Phindile took to Twitter where she announced and asked her Twitter followers to report her account.

She said “please guys let’s all work together and report this sick person who hacked my IG account. Please go to “report” and choose “it’s inappropriate” – “violates IG” and follow the guidelines. Your help will be highly appreciated.”

According to Zalebs, the musician in question is not stranger to such tactics as he has reportedly done this before to Ambitiouz Records signee, Londie London.

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Meet Real Goboza’s New Presenter Mulisa Mudau

Mulisa Mudau Real Goboza presenter SABC 1

As the latest addition to the roaster of South African talent to brave presenting top SABC 1 celebritainment and gossip news programme, Real Goboza, 22 year old Mulisa Mudau is sure one force to look out for in the local entertainment scene.

Mulisa hails from the Limpopo Province, though having spent most of her life in Sasolburg in the Free State. With both her academic and beauty caps on, this Technical High School Sasolburg old girl is currently studying towards a BA in Library and Information Sciences through the University of Limpopo.

Mulisa’s lengthy journey into the entertainment industry has seen a meteoric rise to where she finds herself currently, with various gigs on community broadcasting platforms such as Limpopo TV, Energy FM as well as countless auditions, including the latest Mzansi Insider nationwide presenter search, which we saw her make the top 5 selection, her big break was a long time coming.

One of 2 siblings to their single mother, 2010 proved to be this rising star’s toughest period yet, as she and her younger brother lost their mother leaving them in the capable care of their aunts and uncles. This trying time left her bubbly personality unshaken and propelled her to greater determination to make a name for herself.

As a ‘newage kid’, Mulisa finds interest in the finer things in life, which include fashion and beauty and it is for this reason that she made the perfect fit for Real Goboza, over and above her exceptional presenting ability. Mulisa comes onto the program as the official field presenter with hopes of breaking into radio in the near future.

South African audiences can look forward to seeing Mulisa Mudau on SABC 1 every Saturday evening at 7:30 PM

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Who will claim the title at the Windhoek Shisanyama Showdown?

Shisanyama Windhoek

The Search for SA’s best Shisanyama, in the Windhoek Shisanyama Search with Chef Benny, is hitting up as the eight finalists have now been revealed.

Over the past two months South Africans have nominated and then voted for their favourite local Shisanyama. Chef Benny Masekwameng has travelled across Mzansi sampling the offering at the top nominated venues and now it all comes down to the final event.

In the lead up to the main event, Chef Benny says, “It will be a close call with eight exceptional finalists in the running. I’m looking for the one that really showcases their unique signature style and the quality of their menu offering – what differentiates them from the competition? At the end of the day it’s the consumers at the event who will have the final say so the finalists will need to bring their best on the day.”

 Windhoek Beer believes that the secret to a great experience is the combination of good food, great friends and 100% Pure Beer, to create that special vibe. This is why they launched the search for SA’s best Shisanyama and called on South Africans to add their voice to the search.

The eight finalists, who all display these essential ingredients and who will appear at the Windhoek Shisanyama Showdown on the 10 December in Soweto, include:

  • Tshwane based, Centurion Shisa Nyama caters for people who enjoy a chilled environment and have a love for good music and delicious food. Their tasty menu includes a wide selection of meats on offer prepared with a secret ingredient that makes their food so special. They won’t give up their secret but are ready to bring out their secret weapon at the Windhoek Shisanyama Showdown event.
  • Soweto is home to an abundance of established Shisanyama venues, however it’s down to Vaal Monateng Café and E’ Social Link Shisa Nyama & Car Washto demonstrate why they don’t need to claim a home ground advantage, their success is all down to their quality offering. Since opening its doors in 2010, Vaal Monateng Café has become one of the top venues for partygoers in Sebokeng. With an extensive food menu offering traditional Shisanyama fare, their most popular menu item, the short ribs and wors, are a dish not to be missed. They are confident they will be taking home the Windhoek Shisanyama Search title because of the authenticity of their offering, “We’re the perfect place to enjoy great music and excellent food in the company of friends. We’re happy to be competing against the best, and are confident we’ll be adding to our list of accolades after the Windhoek Shisanyama Showdown is over.” Not to be outdone, E’ Social Link Shisa Nyama & Car Wash is a fresh chill spot combining class and an addictive weekend social vibe. With a delicious traditional Shisanyama offering, it’s the ideal place to enjoy a chilled time with friends. They will be showcasing some of the best that Soweto has to offer at the main event.
  • Two of Gauteng’s top establishments will also be competing. Meat Lounge Sunninghill adds a sophisticated twist to the traditional Shisanyama experience. Describing themselves as “a relaxed place where good people get together over good food and good music.”Their menu secret – meat is slow grilled to perfection combining simplicity with flavour and complimented by a variety of homemade sauces including their popular chakalakka, atcher or salsa. With a wide range of meats to choose from expertly combined with traditional sides such as pap, dumplings or samp there is something for all tastes.
  • Celebrating its 20 year anniversary this year, Ivory Park based, Busy Corner Imbizo Shisanyama is a legendary spot for Shisanyama fans. The meaning of the name ‘Imbizo Shisanyama’ is a testament to the experience – it’s about family and friends getting together to enjoy a meal in traditional African style, sharing special occasions and time together in a stylish environment. A stand out menu item is their wors range: from plain to chilli as well as mutton wors, braaied to perfection over an open grill and seconded only by their short ribs. Their secret homemade chakalakka recipe is a definite must try and their generous range of meats and sides including African steamed bread, pap and creamed spinach, provides a feast for fans. They are confident that as pioneers of the commercial Shisanyama concept, they are well positioned as favourites to take the Windhoek Shisanyama Search title.
  • Starting out in 2002 from a one room shack butchery and Shisanyama next to a taxi rank Max’s Lifestyle in Umlazi, KZN has grown over the years into a hugely popular venue ideal for good food enjoyed with great company.“At Max’s Lifestyle we’re not just selling food, it’s the whole unique Umlazi experience, that has helped make Max’s more of an institution than simply a venue.”Serving traditional Shisanyama dishes and sides, the secret is in the preparation. All dishes are prepared from scratch, which includes mixing their own wors recipe to ensure all ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality. “We will continue to strive to be the best”, is the ‘war cry’ from Max’s Lifestyle as they fly the KZN flag during the Windhoek Shisanyama Showdown event.
  • Competing against their neighbours, Eyandini, located in the heart of Umlazi, describe their venue as ‘the whole package’ serving good food, with good entertainment in a great environment “at the heart of every fun time out with friends is good food and drinks and this is what we strive to offer”. Eyadini’s selection of exclusive local cuisine is carefully crafted in the signature Eyadini way. Offering a wide range of traditionally inspired dishes to more contemporary selections, the secret to their delicious Shisnyama dishes is in ensuring they use only the freshest best quality cuts of meat available. Eyandini’s final words before they join in the Windhoek Shisanyama Showdown, “bring it on – we’re here to show you our best.”
  • Rands Lifestyle Space in Khayelitsha, Cape Town believes their ‘recipe’ of good people, good food and good music is what will make the difference to their offering. Rands is proud of its menu, with menu favourites including the creamy spinach, ribs, and Buffalo wings dipped in the Rands’ secret sauce as well as Rand’s secret pap recipe. Their challenge to the other finalists – “We’re the best in the Western Cape and want to be among the best in South Africa – we’re here to compete with the best.”

The main event will bring together these eight Shisanyama finalists in one venue. It will be an explosion of delicious Shisanyama tastes, complemented by ice cold Windhoek Beer and great entertainment including; Mo Flava, Black Motion Feat. Nokwazi, Soweto Samthing and more, creating an ultimate experience for fans.

The winning Shisanyama, voted for by consumers and moderated by judges, including Chef Benny, will walk away with bragging rights and prizes worth half a Million Rand.

Visit Windhoek Beer and follow on Facebook andTwitterto catch the highlights of the day.

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Cassper Nyovest makes history with Fill Up FNB Stadium

Cassper Nyovest Fill Up FNB Stadium

Multi-award winning South African artist and entrepreneur, Cassper Nyovest, made history on Saturday night when he filled up FNB Stadium to a capacity of 68 000 people.

Cassper Nyovest’s “Fill Up” concept was birthed from the notion that South Africa musicians cannot fill up stadiums without an international act and Cassper Nyovest wanted to dispute that. The definition of “Fill Up” is more than the physical counting of seats but breaking barriers and making history by filling up stadiums to capacities never reached before by a South Africa act in the last two decades and in South African history by a Hip Hop artist.

Cassper Nyovest’s audacity to dream big and take the first steps himself to making his dreams a reality, will forever be written in the history books of South Africa. Cassper Nyovest has changed the music landscape of what is possible for a local act to achieve, and with enough self-determination and support from the country, has proven that local musicians filling up stadiums in South Africa is no longer a dream but a reality he has proven three times over.

“History was made because of you. Thank you for coming and sharing this moment with me,” expresses Cassper Nyovest in gratitude.

The David & Goliath historic journey saw a determined young man from Mahikeng with a vision and dream take on this event with the intent of backing it up with every last cent he had, to entering game day with even more sponsors than previously mentioned.

Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up FNB Stadium was supported by the following innovating and empowering brands who believed in his vision and dream: SABC 1, Ciroc, Standard Bank, Budweiser, Sprite and The Department of Arts and Culture.

The spectacular event saw Cassper Nyovest put on a Lion King inspired production with 12 meter high “Mufasa” lions as prominent focal points. The stage and production were highlights for many and certainly raised the bar not only for music concerts on the continent but globally.

Cassper Nyovest’s performance on Saturday night also proved testament to his artistic ability and versatility as a world class musician and performing artist. The 50 plus man show saw his performance set fused with street kids he recently found dancing that blew him away, Zulu dancers, models and a full band positioned in cages at the top of the stage.

Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up FNB Stadium had a support line up of some of the biggest acts in the country such as Kwesta, Riky Rick, DJ Tira, Babes Wodumo, and Black Motion just to name a few and his performance set also included the hottest new wave of talent from the likes of Nadia Nakai, Tshego and Destruction Boyz.

Currently still a high trending topic in South Africa, prominent South African voices have taken to social media to express their awe, gratitude and appreciation for what Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up FNB Stadium has done for the country and what it means for them:

“Great victory requires great risk. Forever proud and inspired by you Cassper Nyovest” – Terry Pheto

“South Africa what a time to be alive… God is a Major Key. Believe” – Black Coffee

“Cassper Nyovest is the pride of Africa” – Nina Hastie

“It always looks impossible… until it’s done” – Vusi Thembekwayo

“Looking forward to one day seeing a movie and/or a book about the Cassper Nyovest story. It will be such a motivation for any African child” – DJ ZanD

Keep posted to Cassper Nyovest on social media for more historic moments from Fill Up FNB Stadium and make sure to join him next year as he moves his Fill Up concert to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

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Idols SA finalist Mthokozisi Ndaba to appear in court

Mthokozisi Ndaba assault

According to Independent Online, South African Idols finalist Mthokozisi Ndaba is set to appear at the Hillbrow Police Station tomorrow. Police confirmed that Ndaba was arrested last week and released on warning for the alleged assault of 21-year-old Neo Tsele.

Last weekend images of a battered Tsele trended on Twitter. Tsele and her friends allege that Ndaba, assaulted Tsele with his fists and slammed her into a wall, breaking her tooth.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo said Ndaba is due to appear at the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

“The suspect was arrested on Thursday night and an investigation went on the whole night and he was eventually released on warning in the early hours of Friday.

“The suspect will make his first appearance at the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court on Monday,” said Zondo.

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Cassper Nyovest just made history at FNB Stadium

Cassper Nyovest Fill Up FNB Stadium

Cassper Nyovest has officially become the first South African hip-hop artist to ever hold a concert at the FNB Stadium.

According to Public Relations manager Sheila Afari, Cassper managed to sell an estimated, whopping 68 000 tickets which is triple what he sold in his fill up concert at the Ticket Pro Dome in 2015.

“History was made!!! Soccer city stadium was filled!!! 68000 tickets sold!!! Thank you!!! I love you!!!! God is good all the time!!! #FillUpFnbStadium” – Tito Mboweni hitmaker tweeted.

Legendary house DJ, DJ Sbu, told DRUM that he feels he is beyond just proud of Caspper.

“I’m not even proud of Cassper. I’m proud of his mom, his dad, his family, HHP, I’m proud of Mafikeng and all who contributed to his success – the DJ said.

“Refiloe Cassper has been an amazing tool that has made this generation believe that they can,” DJ Sbu added.

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