2018 SAFTAS nominations announced

2018 SAFTAS awards announced

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) nominees were announced at the Inanda Country Club in Johannesburg. The event was hosted by a radio personality Masechaba Ndlovu.

According to Channel24, 79 awards will be handed out this year in the various categories covering everything from TV non-fiction, TV fiction, feature films, short films, to student films.

Only South African films and television shows that have been produced and publicly exhibited or broadcast between 1 August 2016 to 31 October 2017 were eligible to enter.

According the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF) CEO and Saftas chairperson, Zama Mkosi, they “went to great lengths to get judges from different demographics and skills sets” to comb through the entries.

“We are proud of the record number of 262 judges used along 2 judging phases,” Mkosi added.

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Masechaba Ndlovu at the 2018 SAFTAs nominations announcement

Masechaba Ndlovu at the 2018 SAFTAs

Radio personality Masechaba Ndlovu hosted the 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) nominees breakfast event.

The Metro FM radio DJ literally rocked in dark blue gown with plunging neckline. Masechaba completed the look with flawless make-up and her signature blonde crop.

The event took place the Inanda Country Club in Johannesburg, and was attending by local celebs including Basetsana Kumalo and Shoki Sebotsane.

There will be a special event held to celebrate the nominees on 9 March at Sun City. The official Saftas award ceremony will take place over three days at Sun City from 22 to 24 March.

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Trompies: DJ Mahoota doesn’t perform with us anymore

Trompies – DJ Mahoota does not perform with us anymore

Trompies’ Spikiri said the veteran music group were a little frustrated when member DJ Mahoota decided to no longer perform live with them, but said they had grown to accept the star’s decision.

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.

The group has been performing together around the country and are busy working on an album. However, DJ Mahoota has decided to tell the group that he won’t be performing with them any-more a the Red Bull Music Festival will be held in Johannesburg from April 3 to April 8. However, he will still record the new album with them.

“Mahoota has a DJ career. He comes when we are working in studio or shooting pictures. He said he doesn’t think he is going to perform with us again. We have come to accept it and now we even forgot that he’s not performing with us.”

Spikiri says Mahoota is still part of Trompies, “He is still a part of the group. He just doesn’t perform with us. The good thing is that there are so many of us, so if he is not there we can still perform. We still see him as part of the group. We won’t split. Trompies is our empire. You may have Fanta and Creme Soda but Coke is still the boss. Trompies is like the Coke. Everything goes under Coke.”

“I am still a member (of the group) and committed to Trompies. I am nothing without Trompies but you must understand that we are also solo artists and sometimes I am booked for other shows prior to my performances with Trompies, which I need to honour. If I am not available, the group goes on without me. That does not mean that I am not interested in the group or they are tired of me,” – Mahoota told TshisaLIVE.

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Chance the Rapper is coming to South Africa

Chance The Rapper South Africa

Castle Lite has announced that Chance The Rapper will be headlining to the #CastleLiteUnlocks which will take place on the 30th April at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg.

Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance The Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, philanthropist, record producer and actor from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Chance will share the stage with local acts such as Coloring Book hitmaker Frank Casino, Lil’ Chano, Shane Eagle and Nadia Nakai.

“Castle Lite is known for making the impossible possible, and this time we had to involve something that was completely unexpected – an ice production like no other. As we celebrate artists that have pushed boundaries by going independent in their music delivery, who better than Chance the Rapper to be unlocked in 2018? He as the leader of the independent school, together with Shane Eagle, Nadia Nakai and Frank Casino will grace the Extra Cold stage in April and we can’t wait to share this experience with our audiences!” said Castle Lite Brand Manager, Becky Opdyke, in a statement.


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Connie Chiume, Atandwa Kani and John Kani at Black Panther World Premier

Atandwa Kani and John Kani Black Panther

The South African flag was flying high at the world premiere of Black Panther movie on Monday night. Connie Chiume, Atandwa Kani and John Kani joined the rest of the Black Panther cast members on the red carpet in Los Angeles.

John reprises his role as King T’Chaka, Atandwa will play the younger version of him and Connie will play a mining elder.

About the movie: 

The film follows T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the heir to the throne of Wakanda (a fictional African country), after his father is killed whilst representing the nation at the UN. Black Panther picks up from where Captain America: Civil War left off. And it carries on the movie’s sterling momentum.

Black Panther is certainly political, and stands up to the ills of society that have betrayed most of Africa. It deals with these issues head on, whilst taking us on an adventure that almost belies the human imagination.

See the images below:

Atandwa Kani Black Panther
Atandwa Kani


Connie Chiume Blank Panther
Connie Chiume


John Kani Black Panther
John Kani

In a red carpet interview with Variety the theatre legend told the publication how Black Panther represents Africans in a different light.

“I knew we would introduce a different African. The African that is a global figure, the African that cares and contributes to world peace.”

Black Panther premiers in South Africa on 16 February 2018

Watch the video below:

Image Courtesy: Channel24

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Watch Rihanna do the Gwara Gwara dance at the 2018 Grammy Awards

Rihanna do the gwara gwara dance

Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress Rihanna wowed the crowd at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday when she did the Gwara Gwara dance during an energy-filled performance alongside DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller.

The trio performed their hit song together, Wild Thoughts. The musician nailed the dance move alongside her stage dancers.

The Americans have a similar dance called the stanky leg but the movement is both similar to but entirely different from the Gwara Gwara.

In South Africa, the dance move was originally created by the well-known DJ Bongz. The DJ has since tagged both Rihanna and DJ Khaled for dancing like him.

Watch Robyn Fenty Gwara Gwara dance video below:

Here is the full performance below:

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo win a Grammy award

Ladysmith Black Mambazo win a Grammy award

South African choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have won their fifth Grammy award. The awards took place on Sunday, 28 January in New York and was hosted by James Corden.

They scooped the award for Best World Music Album, for their Shaka Zulu Revisited album. This is their fifth award.

The group was nominated in two categories: The Best World Music Album category for Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration, as well as in the Best Childrens Album category for Songs Of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around The World.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo took to Twitter where they shared the news.

“We won the Grammy award for Best World Music Album! Shaka Zulu Revisited. Our 5th Grammy award. Such an honour. Thank you Grammy awards. Thank you fans and friends. Thank you South Africa!” They tweeted.

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US megastar Katy Perry is coming to South Africa

US megastar Katy Perry is coming to South Africa

American singer and songwriter Katy Perry is to perform in South Africa for the first time in Johannesburg in July 2018.

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known professionally as Katy Perry, will bring her WITNESS: The Tour to our shores in July with performances at the Ticketpro Dome on July 18 & 20.

In a statement, the show’s organisers described the tour as “an imaginative trip from outer-space to inner-space, from the planets to the bottom of our oceans, and a musical journey through Katy Perry’s biggest milestones and mega-hits right up to her latest album.”

Katy is expected to bring a full band and dancers, along with several other on-stage surprises to the shows.

The star is known for her hits, including Roar, Firework and Dark Horse and recently topped the Billboard trending charts with her latest single Chained to the Rhythm featuring Skip Marley.

Watch Katy Perry Chained to the rhythm ft Skip Marley

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Secrets South African Tour Dates Announced for Jampacked Productions

Jampacked Productions

Towards the end of 2017 Jampacked Productions revealed that in 2018 they will be bringing over 5 international bands for South African tours, in aid of Rocking for Rhino’s.

This year their aim is to raise R1 000 000 for Rhino conservation in South Africa.

Jampacked Productions are happy to announce dates and show details for American Post-Hardcore bands Secrets. This will be part of the bands world tour in support of their forthcoming self-titled album due for release on the 23rd February 2018.

The band will joined by very special guests Facing The Gallows (Dead Mindset album launch tour) as well as other incredible local acts.

  • Friday 13th April – Arcade Empire PTA – with support from I AM / Crash Car Burn / OneDaySky / Facing The Gallows
  • Saturday 14th April – Sundowners JHB – with support from I AM / OneDaySky / A Fate Like Yours / Facing The Gallows
  • Saturday 21st April – Mercury Live CT – with support from Go The Rodeo / Set For The Sky / Facing The Gallows

Tickets prices range from R170 – R190 from webtickets and R250 at the door

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Cassper Nyovest says he’s over the SAMAs

Cassper Nyovest SAMAs

South African rapper Cassper Nyovest won’t be taking part in this year’s South African Music Awards (SAMAs).

Nyovest, whose renowned for filling massive venues, says he did not submit his third studio album, Thuto for consideration in the 2018 SAMAs.

“It’s been a long debate at the office and as much as I love making the fans Happy I’m just over the Samas,” Cassper told fans on Twitter.

The 27-year-old says he would much rather perform and not take part in the awards at all.

“I just love putting on world class performances you know,” he said.

According to the Cassper, he has experienced a lot of hate in the industry and he just grew tired of not winning even when he deserved to.

“Honestly, I’ve learnt so much from the hate, the industry turning against me, being snubbed at the awards when I deserved to win ect than I learned from actually winning & being praised by people,” Cassper said.

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