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BREAKING NEWS: Raphael Benza Press Statement

Raphael Benza Press Statement

As of Monday, 30 October 2017, Mr Raphael Benza of Vth Season officially submitted a complaint with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) against Mr Prince Nyembe of Beam Group, a company which manages the business of an artist formerly managed by Vth Season, Kiernan Forbes (popularly known as AKA).

The submitted complaint is with regards to hateful, injurious and xenophobic comments made by Nyembe on email to Benza on several occasions during recent communication between Vth Season and Forbes regarding monies owed by Forbes to Vth Season.

In the course of these communications, and on 24 October 2017, Nyembe sent an email to Benza which read:

“And your clever? your just a criminal that’s all .left your shit country to come take advantage of our talented people!! go home !!you don’t belong here .” (sic).

On 27 October 2017, Nyembe repeated his comments about Benza not belonging in South Africa when he stated the following in an email:

“I can’t believe I’m still getting emails from you. I thought you had left SA and gone back home by now!”

Forbes was copied on both of these e-mails. Regrettably, Forbes never distanced himself from the hateful, injurious and xenophobic comments made by Nyembe – instead allowing his partner to engage in xenophobic attacks against Benza.

Benza’s submitted complaint to the HRC is in isolation of the dispute involving monies owed by Forbes to the Vth Season. Benza is making a stand as a proud African that there should be no room or acceptance for xenophobia anywhere in the world yet alone on the African continent.

Over the past 16 years, Benza has played a pivotal role in the South African entertainment landscape from concert promotions, to entertainment venue ownership, to brand marketing, events, and artist & talent management. Benza has also played an instrumental role in paving the way and opening doors for South African artists to tap into opportunities across the African continent through paid gigs, radio & TV airplay, as well as artist collaborations, all of which Forbes has previously benefitted from.

“As a proud African of Liberian decent I take a stand for all Africans that in 2017 we cannot sit back and let people like Mr Prince Nyembe demonstrate xenophobic attacks in any form without recourse. An insult to me because of my heritage is an insult to all Africans,” expresses Raphael Benza.

The Vth Season stands behind Benza’s decision to submit a complaint to the HRC against Nyembe and will continue to stand by him through what is now a legal case.

“As a South African I was shocked by this hate speech directed at my business partner, Benza. I myself have done work in over 10 African countries and as a company encouraging all its talent and clients to work continentally, we have never experienced xenophobia. As a South African I will stand up against xenophobia,” shares Ninel Musson, Director at Vth Season.

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Tracey Ullman’s Show Returns for Second Series

Comedienne Tracey Ullman returns to SA screens

Comedienne Tracey Ullman returns to SA screens with a second series of her hysterically funny sketch show, introducing us to a slew of new comic characters and impersonations of celebrities and “national treasures”.

The series starts on Monday, November 6 at 21:00 exclusively on ITV Choice (DStv 123).

Each episode offers a glimpse of British life, from dusk till dawn, and many of its inhabitants (the everyday and the very famous). Locals, tourists… even those smuggling themselves into the country are included. A typical episode consists of sketches ranging from one to three minutes with one sketch’s storyline acting as the spine of the episode. Every show also features an original song penned by Ullman and composer Richard Thomas.

Episodes:

  1. Delinquent Dame Judi Dench is back, but will being a national treasure be enough to save her this time?  Nicola Sturgeon has her sights set on more than just Scotland; and Doctor Peluzzi can cure your bad knee and make you run faster than anyone else (but if anyone asks you to pee into a cup, get a friend to do it). There’s also a heartfelt song from Angela Merkel: she’s all on her own (apart from Birgit her faithful stylist – and a million refugees). With a guest star appearance from Ben Miller as Rupert Murdoch.
  1. The second episode sees the return of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who is shopping for cut-price animal-print leggings – or jodhpurs as she prefers to call them. It is movie night in the Murdoch household, and Germaine Greer is ranting at a student as she waits at the bus stop. Kay and her elderly mother’s home is flooded – but they are staying put. Dame Maggie Smith has a new job as a vlogger, and the planners have their sights on a run-down housing estate – but is gentrification good for everyone? The scene is set for a rap challenge. Guest starring Kevin Bishop.
  1. It’s a big day for security guard Leah. She’s the last line of defence at a small factory on an industrial estate, but in these heightened times anything could happen. Nicola Sturgeon is so keen on Angela Merkel’s style that she will go to any length to get the look; health nut Mabel has a new blender (you can put anything in it); and top New York producer Bernice Rubin is over in the UK trying to secure some Shakespeare for Broadway. All this plus a song about pulling the plug on the technology in our homes that stops us talking to each other, and Dame Judi Dench in a shop full of fragile china – what could possibly go wrong?
  1. Adele is happy, but that’s not helping the new album. A hard-working mum is trying to juggle her work-life balance, but that means the kids are in her taxi as well, and the vlog from Dame Maggie has some of the best acting tips you will ever hear. Meanwhile, a therapist has trouble with confidentiality, and Nicola Sturgeon is in her lair with a song about her plans for world domination – just don’t talk about the oil. With a guest appearance from Nigel Havers.
  1. Kate and Wills are away, so it is up to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to look after Princess Charlotte for the day. But Camilla is better with boys – they just need food and exercise. Meanwhile, a top team from GCHQ are staking out a couple in a pub, but even a spy’s son should be able to make his own decisions. Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch pose for a family photo, Mabel the health nut tries the caveman diet, and a masseuse is juggling her work and her baby, who has woken up from his nap too soon. Elsewhere, the dance troupe from Top of the Pops are reunited after 40 years, and Dame Judi is receiving the first award at the start of a long award ceremony – what will she do with the rest of her evening?
  1. They have opened a gallery in the old home town of troubled artist Sharon Utley, but who is Stick of Rock Man, and what really happened to the pier? Dame Maggie’s vlog tackles a first-person shooter video game and Nicola Sturgeon has captured Andy Murray, and take heart if you are missing Bake Off – The Great British Boiled Egg is here to fill the gap on the BBC. Meanwhile, Kay is looking into her family tree, and Angela Merkel has had enough of Brexit negotiations and wants to see more of London.
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Rapper Emtee accidentally shares his 4-5 while urinating

Rapper Emtee SA penis video

Rapper Emtee has been trending on social media for the wrong reasons. The Manando and Roll-Up hit maker exposed his penis on Instagram while urinating.

In a live stream stream video on Instagram, Emtee is seen urinating, but mistakenly shows his package while at it.

At first the rapper looked confused when he saw the comments, but seemingly realised what’s going on and moved the phone camera to his face again, but unfortunately it was too late, as he was already trending on Twitter.

What has most people confused is how surprised and confused Emtee looks after flashing his 4-5.

He was so suprised that he said: “I hope yoll ain’t seen my d**k by accident”. Rapper Emtee has been obsessed with his 4-5 lately, even telling the media that he went to initiation school to prove that he is not “weak”.

Emtee 45

The Emtee video has since gone viral.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IMAGES ARE GRAPHIC IN NATURE AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE!

Click here to watch the video.

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DJ Sbu returns to SABC after being fired

DJ Sbu SABC return

After being fired from Metro FM and TV show, Friends Like These, three years ago, DJ Sbu is making a triumphant return to the public broadcaster.

He will be hosting Future Leaders, which he said is in line with his Sbusiso Leope Education Foundation. The show will see him take groups of young entrepreneurs and giving them up to various challenges to see if they’ve got what it takes to make it in the real world.

Despite being fired from the SABC, Sbu said it was the production company who called him.

“When you leave relationships don’t hold grudges. That’s what I do. I still have good relationships with most of my exes,” he told Sowetan.

According to TshisaLIVE, Sbu has been hinting at a return for a while now, posting images of himself in an SABC studio.

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Dija and husband Rotimi expect second child together

dija and Rotimi second child

Hadiza Blell, better known by her stage name DiJa and her husband Rotimi are pregnant with her second child. The married singer who welcomed her first child in 2016, debuted her growing baby bump at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week.

On Thursday, December 10, 2015 it was reported that DiJa had gotten married in an extremely private traditional wedding ceremony held in Kaduna.

Throughout her pregnancy Di’Ja did not announce or reveal that she was with child. There were no cute pregnancy photos or big revelation on Instagram. Di’Ja kept everything low key and still managed to have a presence on social media.

Watch the video below:

Singer D'ija debuts baby bump at the #HeinekenLFDW via #Jokeadejokeblog

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Nigerian Singer and Songwriter Mr 2kay on being robbed at gun point in Eko Hotel

Mr 2Kay robbed at gun point

Mr 2kay has finally opened up on being robbed last Sunday after his performance at the Buckwyld and Breathless concert that was held at Eko Hotel.

‘I’m grateful to everyone that reached out to me and I appreciate your love and concern. I still need your prayers as I look forward to greater days ahead. There is more to what the eyes can see, but when you have God you are always covered. May God grant all our heart desires. Amen’- he said in a post on Instagram.

Recall that the incident happened at about 11 PM on Sunday, October 22, 2017, during the “Buckwyld N Breathless” concert where he also performed.

The robbers, 4 in number were said to have gained access into Mr 2Kay’s room after he mistook one of them for room service. They forced their way into the room and waved a gun with threats to shoot him if he made any noise.

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Pictures of Minnie Dlamini Jones and husband Quinton Jones’ white wedding

Pictures of Minnie Dlamini White wedding

Pictures of Minnie Dlamini and her husband Quinton Jones’ white wedding. The couple has enjoyed the journey of documenting their fairytale wedding. The three-part documentary of Becoming Mrs Jones aired on Vuzu Amp last night. There won’t be no more documentaries for Minnie and her husband Jones.

At first when Minnie told Quinton about the documentary‚ he wasn’t keen at first.

“He was entirely against it but in the end understood why it was important to me. In the end I really wanted to control how our story is told and avoid the circus‚” she said.

However, Quinton has made it clear that there will be no cameras after this.

“He made it clear that we’re not doing this again‚” she said.

See the pictures of Minnie Dlamini Jones on her big day below:

Minnie and her husband Mr Jones

Minnie ring

Minnie and her husband

family photo minnie

 

 

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Internationally renowned producer UPZ releases brand new album titled Drop It

UPZ Drop It album

Internationally renowned producer UPZ that brought us Mzansi classics including Pure Surprise, Uzongilinda, Believing & What’s The Point plus collabs with Black Motion, Cuebur, Black Coffee and more, returns with a brand new album titled Drop It. The new album has tracks that feature Sió, BlackwHole, Thantaswa, Mariechan, Proverb, Pearl, Lifford, Chris Rouse, Shantéh, Obi Sanaa and Jocelyn Mathieu.



Drop It, the new album by UPZ, marks a step forward in the music direction of the South African/Israeli producer & DJ. Not content with the tried & trusted, UPZ experiments and ventures into new sonic avenues whilst continuously extending his collaboration tentacles. House music textures may lay the foundation of the album, but UPZ is not shy to explore the different terrains within the genre; from afro house beats to fusing elements of soul, hip hop, nu disco and Jamaican dub.

2017 is a milestone in that it marks UPZ’s 10th anniversary. UPZ’s 2007 self titled debut (Japan, Rambling Records) featured his breakout single “Pure Surprise” which secured him a no.1 hit in South African in 2009. In 2012 UPZ’s album “Pioneers of House: UPZ” (Soul Candi) included production collaborations with Black Coffee, Black Motion & Qness. Support for UPZ productions have poured in from leading DJs including Fresh, Euphonic, Vinny Da Vinci, Black Coffee, Louis Vega & DJ Kent and his releases have graced powerhouse labels Defected, Strictly Rhythms and Objektivity.

UPZ releases new album Drop It

“This album has been over two years in the making. I feel truly happy with the direction the album has taken and was honored to have worked with some great artists, songwriters and vocalists in it’s formation.” – the DJ said.

Drop It contains ten new tracks, some of which have already been charted nationwide on leading radio stations
(Sangoma’s Theme, Say What U Want) plus a bonus track, the new remix of Pure Surprise (2017 Sunrise Mix) currently on high rotation on music channels, MTV base, Trace Urban and charted on multiple radio stations. Drop It will be available via soWHAT Records on all digital platforms, click here. You can follow the DJ on Twitter for more updates.

 

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Uthathako host Nimrod Nkosi Appears on Papa Penny Ahee

Papa Penny Ahee and Nimrod Nkosi

Fans nearly thought that Penny Penny was on a mission to find a missing father when Uthathako host Nimrod Nkosi showed up on his popular reality show Papa Penny Ahee on Wednesday evening.

However, Nimrod was not on the show to run DNA tests, but interview Penny Penny in what was probably the funniest TV interview this year.

With every question about his music and success, Penny Penny became more hilarious until it took everything for Nimrod to not burst out laughing.

On social media, fans were also in tears as they shared hilarious memes and jokes recounting their favourite moments from the interview Papa Penny had.

https://twitter.com/FeligoC/status/923254768184774662

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Vth Season to host VINTAGE Party after successful VTHSymposium session

Vth Season to host VINTAGE Party

Benza and Ninel of Vth Season, one of Africa’s leading Talent Management and Entertainment Marketing Agencies, is set to host VINTAGE tomorrow, which is an after office event concept event bringing a nostalgic old school party vibe for those who believe that everything gets better with time.

VINTAGE will be hosted by Vth Season’s Ninel & Benza with DJ Waxxy, Dino Bravo and other legendary DJs on the decks. Make sure to join the launch event tomorrow for great music, great cocktails, food and a great atmosphere.

Date: TomorrowFriday, 27 October 2017
Time: 4pm till whenever
Location: Asanka Restaurant, cnr Rivonia Road & Mutual Road, Rivonia, Sandton
Entrance: FREE (R150 after 9pm)
Table Bookings: [email protected] of +27 83 790 3927

Vth Season’s VINTAGE event will come off the back of hosting yet another successful edition of the VTHSymposium.

The Vth Season VTHSymposium which was held yesterday; saw various members of the music industry ecosystem gather together to partake in a candid conversation on the complexity of artist and agency relationships in South Africa. The discussion was led by Vth Season’s directors, Raphael Benza and Ninel Musson, who called on industry pioneers, Lance Stehr and Bradley Williams, to drive the conversation.

The VTHSymposium was a trending topic in South Africa peaking at number #3 on the Top 10 trends list in SA, and had engagement from as far as Uganda from people catching the conversation online and appreciating the knowledge shared. To make sure you receive an invitation for the next VTHSymposium, send your details to [email protected].

Follow Vth Season on social media for highlights from yesterday’s VTHSymposium and for more info on tomorrow’s VINTAGE event.

 

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