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Rapper Nadia Nakai set to perform in the United States

Rapper Nadia Nakai SXSW

Rapper Nadia Nakai is set to perform in the United States of America in March. Nadia is one of the South Africans chosen to take part in the SXSW creative gathering in Texas.

ALSO READ: Rapper Nadia Nakai Flaunts Flawless Summer Body

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year.

As reported by Daily Sun, Kwesta was representing South Africa at the festival last year.

Nadia Nakai shared the exciting news on her social media accounts, expressing her excitement at the opportunity.

“I’m SOOO excited!!! I’ve been selected as 1 of the South African artist to showcase at sxsw in Austin Texas in the United States. (sic)” – Nadia captioned her Instagram post.

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AKA set to make history with AKA Orchestra On The Square

AKA Sound City MVP Awards Festival

Multi award-winning musician, AKA, is set to make history with his upcoming event, AKA Orchestra On The Square, which will take place from 4pm on Sunday, 17 March 2019, at the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria.

ALSO READ: AKA Wins Best Hip Hop At The Sound City MVP Awards Festival In Nigeria

Created, developed and produced in partnership with Mahogany and Vertex Events, AKA Orchestra On The Square will see the gifted performer take stage with a 30 piece orchestra, a first in South African history for a Hip Hop act.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I want to give my fans a different opportunity to see me perform,” expresses AKA.

AKA has played an integral role in the South African Hip Hop landscape for the past decade. The past 5 years have seen him as a standout musical act across all genres not only in the country but across the African continent. Each year, AKA has managed to elevate his brand and dominate the airways which is testament to his musical genius and work ethic to raise the bar.

Known for his outstanding performances, AKA Orchestra On The Square will provide yet another opportunity for the Supa Mega to showcase his talent. AKA is expected to bring his youthfulness, creative intellect and musical genius to what at first glance may seem like a “dated” event concept mistargeted at his core audience.

AKA fans and good music lovers can be assured of a one of a kind experience at AKA Orchestra On The Square. AKA will perform his greatest hits from his catalogue of music from four albums: Altar Ego, Levels, Be Careful What You Wish For and Touch My Blood.

The announcement of AKA Orchestra On The Square comes off the back of AKA winning Best Hip Hop at the annual Sound City MVP Awards Festival which took place in Lagos, Nigeria last weekend and has set the tone to what is expected to be a big year for him.

Tickets for AKA Orchestra On The Square range from R200 – R450 and are available at Computicket outlets nationwide and online.

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Isandlwana Battle Commemoration at Joburg Theatre

Afrikan Heritage Ensemble – Isandlwana Battle Commemoration

Renowned artist and cultural doyen – Mbuso Khoza – with The Afrikan Heritage Ensemble (an acapella unit of 16 strong voices formed in 2015) will bring to life the story of the battle of Isandlwana, through a musical lecture, on 25 January 2019 at the Joburg Theatre.

ALSO READ: Quiteria & George Shows “Metamorphosis” Line At AFI Joburg Fashion Week

According to Khoza, the triumph has been commemorated widely in the KwaZulu-Natal province, and it is time that it is spread to other provinces. “As a heritage and music lover, I have always been fascinated by songs and activities from the past. I conducted research on Amahubo – the 17th and 18th Century hymns that were sung by our people – and concluded that these are time capsules, fully encoded with vast amounts of knowledge on how leaders and their subjects responded to the advancement of colonialists, and how this has led to the kind of society we have today.

This conclusion sparked an idea of presenting the commemoration of the battle of Isandlwana differently, not as a Zulu man but as an African. Bringing this to Gauteng was informed by the cultural diversity of the province, and the number of Zulu-speaking people in the province. We want to open this up to audiences that wouldn’t ordinarily partake in the festivities of this historic moment,” says Khoza.

Patrons can expect a captivating story of 140 years ago, delivered in song and narration. “This is a first, and it is carefully put together to enable even a person – who has never heard of Isandlwana – understand the significance of this occasion where Zulu warriors outthought and humiliated the mighty British army on 22 January 1879.  This is recorded as the only time where the British colonialists suffered a decisive defeat, despite its sophisticated weaponry.

“This lecture will expose a side not mentioned often. We will not be dwelling on glorifying King Cetswayo’s exploits but demonstrating how ‘unity of purpose’ has achieved what experts would have called impossible, as Africans bared it all and showed preparedness to lay down their lives in defence of their land,” explains Khoza.

Accompanied by the The Afrikan Heritage Ensemble, Khoza will captivate audiences with intimate details of the national psyche in the run-up to, as well as during the aftermath of this historical incident. He uses data gathered from the lyrics and harmonies written and performed during the Isandlwana battle.

Do not miss this one-night only musical lecture, purchase your tickets for R200 at www.joburgtheatre.com or call 0861 670 670

  • Date: 25 January 2019
  • Venue: Joburg Theatre

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AKA wins Best Hip Hop at the Sound City MVP Awards Festival in Nigeria

AKA Sound City MVP Awards Festival

The Supa Mega, AKA, expands his international award collection with a Best Hip Hop win at the annual Sound City MVP Awards Festival which took place in Lagos, Nigeria this past weekend, on Saturday, 5 January 2019.

ALSO READ: Rapper AKA Rocks A R410K Outfit For The Fact Durban Rocks Performance

The Sound City MVP Awards Festival is known as the biggest awards show on the continent, with an attendance of 5000 people in Lagos and 20 million live TV viewers in Africa.

AKA paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela and Fela Kuti in his acceptance speech and gave what the Sound City MVP Awards Festival organisers described as a “stellar performance” during the Hip Hop set on the night.

AKA’s nominations alongside Wiz Kid, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi and Davido in categories such as Best Male MVP and Best African Artist Of The Year, further reinforced his positioning as one of the Top 5 artists on the continent. The Big 5.

“The #1 Hip Hop Artist in Africa. It’s a great start to the year. Nigeria has the second most steams for Fela In Versace (5 million streams) after South Africa and before the UK according to Apple Music and Spotify…” shares Raphael Benza of Vth Season.

Benza further adds: “AKA’s win is testament to his brand appeal in Africa. 2019 will see us tour the continent with AKA as well as internationally. To the fans and music lovers, look out for more great music this year.”

2018 was a big music year for AKA which saw his third studio album, Touch My Blood, go Platinum. His hit single Fela In Versace ft Kiddominant dominated radio charts across the country and crossed borders and found love in territories such as the US and UK just to highlight a few.

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Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, and actress Tamia is heading to South Africa

Tamia Marilyn Hill Passion Like Fire

Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, and actress Tamia Marilyn Hill is coming to South Africa promote her new album “Passion Like Fire” and for performances in Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria.

ALSO READ: Sam Smith Is Coming To South Africa

Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Tamia performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. In 1994, after signing a development deal with Warner Bros. Records, she was asked by veteran producer Quincy Jones to appear on his album Q’s Jook Joint (1995), earning her Grammy Award nominations for their collaboration on “You Put a Move on My Heart” and “Slow Jams”.

Her self-titled debut album was released in 1998 and followed by a series of successful albums with Elektra Records, including A Nu Day (2000) and More (2004). She has received six Grammy nominations.

Next month the R ‘n’ B musician will perform at the Pretoria Sun Arena at Time Square on February 22nd, Durban Botanical Gardens on February 24th and Cape Town Grand West Hotel and Casino on February 23rd.

South African singer and songwriter Lady Zamar (real name Yamikani Janet Mwafulirwa), will be sharing the stage with her.

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Rapper AKA Rocks a R410K outfit for the Fact Durban Rocks performance

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Rapper AKA, whose real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes once again caused a stair on Twitter after he rocked a R410,000 outfit for the Fact Durban Rocks New Year’s Eve event.

ALSO READ: Rapper AKA Lied About ‘Touch My Blood’ Being His Last Album

The rapper AKA took to Twitter where he shared the price tag for the outfit after he was criticised for not respecting his fans with his get up at the show.

The fan took to Twitter to complain about AKA’s lack of style and suggested he was either disrespectful or “too wasted”.

“What the hell is @akaworldwide wearing at the #factdurbanrocks ?? This is disrespect. Dude, you need to respect your fans. Or is it because he’s toooooooo wasted? (sic),” – a Twitter user wrote.

AKA told the fan that he didn’t care about his opinions and listed the pieces of his outfit, from a pair of Versace sneakers to a Rolex watch.

  • Versace sneakers- R20,000
  • G-Star jeans- R8,000
  • Chinatown Market sweater- R10,000
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual datejust- R110,000
  • Rolex Oyster perpetual datejust big face bust down – R250,000
  • Gold chain – R12,000

“My point is, the styling was NOT on point. Let’s not start the new year on bad style. One can wear expensive clothes, but look cheap. Some of these rich niggas need to give us this money and well show you what to do with it. People I’m an @akaworldwide fan (sic),” – a fan went on to criticize AKA.

The rapper then responded by saying: “Look at your own avatar. How are you giving me style advice? … like how fam?!?! … you’re wearing a tank top from Markhams and tweeting from android. (sic).”

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Nadia Nakai set to perform at the Extravaganza All White Soul Affair

Nadia Nakai Extravaganza All White Soul Affair

SA rapper and songwriter Nadia Nakai, full name Nadia Nakai Kandava, is set perform at the Extravaganza All White Soul Affair in Ekurhuleni on New Year’s Eve.

ALSO READ: Nadia Nakai Partners With Redbat To Create Her Own Fashion Line

The event takes place at the Dries Niemandt Park in Kempton Park from 31 December to 1 January.

Speaking to SunBuzz, Nadia said: “I’ll be giving Mzansi what it needs and people must be ready for me. I’ll be performing my singles and dedicating them to my fans as a way to say thank you.”

The line-up also includes kwaito groups Trompies and Bongo Maffin, as well as Afro pop duo Mafikizolo, Afro soul singer Zonke, and Metro FM DJ Msizi Shembe.

MC of the Extravaganza All White Soul Affair will be Thebe The Entertainer.

Nadia said her fans can expert to hear her single Money Back, as well as Naaa Meaan and The Man, which both feature rapper Cassper Nyovest.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 12pm, are sold at Computicket for R250 general access and R500 VIP, and cooler box entry will set you back R100 at the gate.

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All SA hip hop awards 2018 winners

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The full list of all SA hip hop awards 2018 winners! The SA Hip Hop Award ceremony is one the most prestigious award ceremony for the local Hip Hop culture.

ALSO READ: All The Winners At The 2018 Royalty Soapie Awards

This year’s SA Hip Hop award ceremony was held at Gold reef city casino at lyric Theater. Bas, Moozlie, Ginger Trill, P DotO and Cassper Nyovest graced the stage with their performances.

South African hip hop artist Kwesta was the biggest winner of the 2018 SA Hip Hop Awards. He walked away with six awards including Song of The Year and Best Collaboration for his hit single Spirit.

Check out the full list of all SA hip hop awards 2018 winners below:

  • HONORARY AWARD: Outrageous Records ​​
  • ​MOST VALUABLE: Kwesta ​
  • ​BEST LOCAL BRAND: SGOD
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL BRAND: Castle Lite Unlocked ​​
  • ​BEST DANCE CREW: Survivor Dance Crew ​​
  • PROMOTER OF THE YEAR: Pop Bottles ​
  • ​DJ OF THE YEAR: DJ Speedsta ​​
  • ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Nasty C – String & Bling
  • ​BEST FRESHMAN/Newcomer: Big Zulu
  • ​MIXTAPE OF THE YEAR: Stogie t – Honey & pain
  • ​HUSTLER OF THE YEAR: Kwesta
  • LYRICIST OF THE YEAR: Stogie T – Honey & Pain
  • BEST GRAFFITI​: Dbongz
  • ​PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Gemini Major
  • BEST COLLABO: Kwesta ft Wale – Spirit
  • ​BEST FEMALE: Moozlie
  • ​BEST MALE: Nasty C
  • ​BEST HIP HOP RADIO SHOW: Motsweding Fm
  • ​BEST VIDEO: Kwesta ft. Wale – Spirit
  • SONG OF THE YEAR: Kwesta ft. Wale – Spirit
  • BEST DIGITAL SALES: Kwesta
  • ​BEST REMIX: Zakwe Sebentin Remix
  • ​MILESTONE: Cassper Nyovest – Fill Up FNB

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Beyoncé finally uploads a video from Global Citizen Festival

Beyoncé at Global Citizen Festival

American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and dancer, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, has finally uploaded a video of her Global Citizen Festival performance which took place earlier this month at FNB Stadium.

ALSO READ: Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Tiwa Savage, Cassper Nyovest To Headline Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 In South Africa

Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher and Wizkid were some of the headline acts who kept the crowd entertained. 

The event ‘Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100’ was hosted by popular celebrities including Trevor Noah, Naomi Campbell, Bonang Matheba, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker just to name a few.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Beyonce announced that this year’s event managed to raise $7.1 billion in an effort to eradicate poverty.

“After settling in at home from a beautiful trip to South Africa and India, I am still in awe that 7.1 BILLION dollars was raised to aid Global Citizen in its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. I’d like to give my praise and respect to all the speakers, performers, and volunteers who donated their time to contribute to making positive change.

Every person in the audience at FNB Stadium earned a seat because they generously donated their time to help their community. Now their efforts and the money raised will help improve education, healthcare, sanitation, women’s rights, and countless other causes for millions across the globe.

I felt so much positivity and pride in the audience at Global Citizen: Mandela 100. Madiba, Johannesburg, and all of my African sisters and brothers, we hope we made you as proud as you all make us. South Africa was an extraordinary trip for me and my family. God bless. If you would like to become a Global Citizen you can get more info at globalcitizen.org (sic),” – Beyonce captioned her Instagram video.

Beyonce also thanked all the designers who dressed her during her trip to South Africa.

“Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y’all go so hard (sic),” – she wrote.

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Kwaito legends Trompies added to Afropunk line-up

Kwaito legends Trompies

Kwaito legends Trompies have been added to the bill at Afropunk Johannesburg on Sunday, December 30 and Monday, December 31 at Constitution Hill.

ALSO READ: Trompies: DJ Mahoota Doesn’t Perform With Us Anymore

Trompies are a South African music group who specialise in a type of pop music known as kwaito. The members of the group grew up together in a Soweto township and agreed to form a band after they had all completed their music studies in college. Beginning to make music in the mid 1990s, they have since sold over half a million records and have become very successful in producing and managing other artists as well through their record label Kalawa Jazmee.

As reported by IOL, opening the proceedings will be the winners of the Afropunk Joburg Battle Of The Bands: Red Robyn, a singer from Durban and PE’s Ikati Esengxoweni, the soulful acoustic duo from Port Elizabeth, have won this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to wow crowds at the internationally beloved festival.

This year’s theme is ‘The People Resist’, a call to action against racism, patriarchy and any form of hate.

Trompies, Ikati Esengxoweni and Robyn will join Kwesta, DJ Maphorisa, Thandiswa, Moonchild Sanelly, Phuzekhemisi, Ready D, The Internet, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kaytranada, Muzi, Azagaia, YoungstaCPT, Dope Saint Jude, FAKA, BBZ, Big Freedia, Nomisupasta, Automatic Live, Azagaia and BCUC. Anais B, TYGAPAW, K-$, DJ Coco.em, Deniece Marz and Phatstoki will be on the decks.

This year festival will be hosted by two radio DJs, YFM’s Carissa Cupido and 5FM’s vibrant Smash Afrika as well as longtime AFROPUNK host, America based Gitoo.

The Afropunk Festival is an annual arts festival that includes live music, film, fashion, and art produced by black artists. The festival made its first debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2005, and has since expanded to other parts of the world.

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