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The Close Up Season 5 launch party

The Close up launch

Nicky Greenwall and her celeb friends ushered in the return of The Close Up with an intimate cocktail event at the Southern Sun in Hyde Park.

Hush presenter Refilwe Modiselle was the MC for the evening, and introduced Nicky Greenwall, who hosts and executive produces the show through her production house, Greenwall Productions.

Nicky emphasised that the 5th season of The Close Up, starting Thursday, 19 November at 6PM, will feature celebs who are considered to be controversial, but their stories will try to make people understand why they behaved the way they did in the past.

She praised those who made The Close Up Season 5 possible, including her photographer husband, Robin Fryer, who took the portraits of the celebs featured on the show. Nicky went on to reveal that they are also in the process of releasing a coffee table book which will feature some of the best portraits her husband took. The proceeds will be donated to the Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH) charity in Woodstock, Cape Town.

The big announcement for the night was the upcoming 6th season of The Close Up in which the likes of Tol Ass Mo, Lerato Kganyago, David Tlale, Nhlanhla Nciza, Proverb and more will reveal their first jobs before they were famous.

Guests were treated to a somewhat humorous teaser trailer of season 6 which is due to air on e.tv in 2016.

Some of the featured celebs who were present at the launch include DJ Sbu, Katlego Maboe, Siv Ngesi, Nonhle Thema and Jimmy Nevis.

 

Among those who were not present, but have been interviewed in the same season, include Maps Maponyane, iFani, Sade Gilliberti, DJ Mo Flava and SAGT judge Lalla Hirayama.

Watch the first episode of The Close Up Season 5 on Thursday, 19 November at 6PM featuring Kelly Khumalo. Follow the show on Twitter.

 

Source: etv

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The gloves are off at the SAGT 2015 finals

SAGT 2015 final

By Moeketsi Thatho

With the long awaited final episode of SA’s got talent just 2 days away, the rehearsal floors have a very good story to tell, regardless of who Mzansi will crown the winner.

On the 8th of November e.tv will air the final episode of the talent search show, that has unearthed the finest talent the country has to offer. The crunch episode will be aired live from the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, and this year’s edition sees the world’s youngest DJ who is only 3 years old compete with equally talented yet older performers for the coveted half a million rand cash prize, and the bragging rights of being the most talented act of the year.

The competition winner gets to be decided by the fans via an SMS vote, and the lines will be open straight away from 6 PM when the show starts, until 19:30 when the results show will resume and the winner will be announced.

DJ Arch Junior Takes Social Media By Storm

The 3 year old world sensation, DJ Arch Junior that took Social Media and local radio stations by storm will be joined on the stage of dreams by rapper K-N9NE, singer Will Rayz, ventriloguist Isabella Jane, another singer in Henno William, and lastly the dancers of Street Stylers for the McDonald’s sponsored finale.

 

Whopping R500 000 To Be Won

The stakes are high as the judges and the fans were blown away during the 3-legged Semi Finals shows. From the line-up, one can easily tell that missing this show is definitely not an option as history will be made live in Soweto.

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Former Big Brother contestant Lexi van Niekerk will soon host her own entertainment show.

Lexi Big Brother

According to Zalebs, the reality star will reportedly host a new show called The Weekend Hangout on GauTV.

Sexy Lexy”, who is most remembered for having sex in a shower during the show, has previously been labelled a gold digger and “Mandla’s girlfriend”.

But it seems the opinionated star is finally coming into her own.

Lexi told the Sunday Sun that she is thrilled her hard work is starting to yield results.

“I concentrated on working hard. I hustled and it finally paid off. I’ve been rejected like many other people. Being Mandla’s girlfriend is also not what got me here. Hard work is what brought me here,” she told the paper.

Read: Lexi defends Pearl Thusi

The show’s release date has not yet been public, but is set to air soon.

Watch Lexi talking to Zalebs

Source: Zalebs
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DJ Zan has everyone talking about his new single Bad in December

#BADinDecember

YFM’s #YTKO DJ, DJ Zan-D, has had everyone talking this week about his new single #BADinDecember. When DJ Zan-D officially released the single yesterday, #BADinDecember was a trending topic in South Africa.

DJ Zan-D’s #BADinDecember features Reason, Ginger Breadman, Stilo Magolide on verses and Sakhekile on the hook. The beat was done by Dee Manie from Cape Town and additional production by DJ Zan-D himself, and Playground Productions.

Buy DJ Zan-D’s #BADinDecember on iTunes here: https://itun.es/za/R6gW-

#BADinDecember is available on all major music platforms including the likes of: Applemusic, Beatport

Juno Download, Amazon, google play, beats music, shazam, Spotify, deezer and music key (youtube)

“Everybody has their naughty side to them that usually comes out when they have sipped on a few drinks at a party. This happens even more during the December festive period; people really tend to let their hair down then. #BADinDecember is the summer soundtrack to that time of the year where people just want to forget about their work and/or school stress and life is all about celebrating and having a great time” expresses DJ Zan-D.

#BADinDecember is an impressive follow on single to DJ Zan-D’s highly successful debut single, #Runway. Watch DJ Zan-D’s #Runway music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XNyx6GKLy8

Make sure to tune into YFM every Thursday at 6pm to catch DJ Zan-D’s #YTKO mix!

Connect with DJ Zan-D:

Facebook: DJ Zan-D (https://www.facebook.com/DJZandD)
itter: @DJZanD
Instagram: @DJZanD
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XNyx6GKLy8

 

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Ms Cosmo set to host another installment of her Fun House on 7 November 2015

Ms Cosmo

5FM DJ, Ms Cosmo, is set to host another installment of her Fun House on Saturday, 7 November 2015, at Acorn Lane, Sandton.

Ms Cosmo’s Fun House events are known to give a new meaning to “house parties” with elite guests in attendance and quality entertainment provided.

Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015

Venue: Acorn Lane, 61 Rivonia Road, Sandhurst, Sandton

Time: 14h0023h00

Headliners: Uhuru & DeeJay Buckz

Pre-Sold Tickets: R100 – http://mscosmosfunhouse.nutickets.co.za/1856

NB: Tickets can ONLY be purchased online on the link above.

The next instalment of Ms Cosmo’s Fun House is themed “The Carnival” and will include headline performances by Uhuru and Deejay Buckz. Also on the line-up will be Ms Cosmo alongside Major League DJ, Speedsta, Capital, London D, Radix, Twins On Deck, Franky, Soulkid, Choice, Banques and Ph.

Ms Cosmo Expresses

“My Fun House is back for yet another instalment of one of the freshest events Jozi is yet to see. A social event that cannot be missed. The entertainment will be dished out by the best DJ’s in the country while complimented with an exclusive performance from Uhuru & DeeJay Buckz. Hosted by the ever eccentric Carpo. There is no better way to celebrate affluence and abundance than having a night of fun and elegance that is filled with drinks, live music, fine food and the best people” expresses Ms Cosmo.

Purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment:

http://mscosmosfunhouse.nutickets.co.za/1856

Connect with Ms Cosmo:

Facebook: Ms Cosmo (http://www.facebook.com/MsCosmoDJPage)
Twitter: @MsCosmoDJ
Instagram: @MsCosmoDJ

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New songstress, Sibahle, takes the music industry by storm with her debut single, Ungenza Nje

Sibahle

KZN songstress, Sibahle, has taken the music industry by storm with her debut single, Ungenza Nje, produced by the legendary Mojalefa “Mjakes” Thebe who has produced music for the likes of Zahara, DJ Sbu, Naima Kay, Kelly Khumalo and Choppa just to name a few.

Within the space of a few weeks, Sibahle’s Ungenza Nje has already been picked up by radio stations across the country such as Gagasi FM, Umhlobo Wenene, Tru FM, Magos Media Airport Radio, Mdantsane FM, NWU Radio, Rhodes Music Radio, Tshwane FM, TransAfrica Radio, UCT Radio, VOW FM, Vukani FM, Inanda FM, Eldos FM and Bush Radio and is expected to gain more traction across the country over the festive season.

The Meaning Of Her Song

When asked to explain the meaning of her song, Sibahle shares: “The song is about what everyone hopes for when looking for love, someone who will love them and they love them back the same way whether male or female, everybody wants to find the same kind of love. The hook, “Yini Sthandwa sam’ ungenza nje nje nje” it’s about when you are at that point where you about to give up on love and you just find someone and you say “why ungenza nje” where you feel all giddy and happy inside that indescribable feeling. I hope to inspire people not to give up on that kind of love. I’m a realist but still a romantic at heart!”

Music Video To Be Released

A music video for Ungenza Nje was recently shot and will be released in November. Sibahle is currently working on her debut album which promises to feature a variety of SA Soul and Afro Pop talent. Sibahle hopes to soon be seen performing at large music festivals across the country.

Connect with Sibahle:

Facebook: Sibahle (https://www.facebook.com/Sibahle-533248460183978/)
Twitter: @sbahlerocksolid
Instagram: @sbahlerocksolid

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Isabella Jane and Will Rayz go through to the SA’s Got Talent finale

Isabella Jane and Will Rayz

The multi-talented ventriloquist, Isabella Jane and singer Will Rayz are the next two contestants to compete in the finale of SA’s Got Talent. The competition was fierce, but the 16 year old Fourways student and the Randburg musician won over the public and judges last night.

Isabella Jane & Rosie stunned the audience and public with their outstanding performance.

Isabella Jane advanced to the finale by means of the public SMS vote. ‘I cannot thank everyone enough for voting for me. Rosie and I are planning to put on a superb show in the finale.’ says Isabella. Rosie was still stunned when asked how she feels about the advancement. ‘Yeah, thank you for voting.’ she said.

Will Rayz won over the judges to make it through to the finale.

Randburg local, Will Rayz showed the audience and Mzansi what immense talent he possesses. Will Rayz advanced to the finale by means of the judges decision. ‘This is a dream come true. I feel like all the hard work has paid off and I am excited to be in the finale’ says Will on his advancement to the finale.

This week’s semi-final on Sunday 1 November is the final round before the grand finale. 3 year old DJ Arch Jnr., edutainment duo Double Blacks, Songstress Grace De La Hunt along with dancers Hizi-Hizi, rapper K-N9NE, musical group Tapcussionists and acapella group Gudfellaz will compete for the final two spots in the finale.

The winner of SA’s Got Talent will walk away with the prestigious title as well as half a million rand courtesy of e.tv and McDonald’s.
Voting lines open at the beginning of the episode at 6PM and close at 7:30PM before the live results show starts. Viewers can SMS their favourite act’s number, given out on the evening, to 34629. Each SMS vote costs R2 and free SMS’s do not apply.

The dates for the remaining semi-final and finale are:
Sunday 1 November: Semi-Final 3
Sunday 8 November: Finale

SA’s Got Talent is exclusive to e.tv and e.tv HD every Sunday evening at 6PM. The live results show will air at 7:30PM on the same night. e.tv HD is available on OpenView HD on channel 104.

SA’s Got Talent links:
Official website: https://www.etv.co.za/sagt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/etvSAGT
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SAsGotTalent

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Street Stylers and Henno Williams advance to the SA’s Got Talent finale

Street Stylers and Henno Williams SAGTTalent finale

The hotly contested first leg of the SA’s Got Talent semi-finals featured a variety of amazing acts but it was the pulsating Cape Town dance group and the 12 year old singer who won over the public and judges votes. Street Stylers and Henno Williams are the first contestants to make it through to the finale.

Street Stylers’ impressive dance routine won the public over.

Public SMS vote saw Street Stylers advancing to the finale. The dance crew impressed the audience and public with their innovative and electric dance moves. ‘It’s one of the best feelings ever. We’ve worked so hard for this and we took Lalla’s comments (in the theatre auditions) seriously and did our best to up our game. We need to thank our friends and family for supporting us. We will dedicate our next performance to them,’ says Street Stylers on advancing to the finale.

Henno Williams, the 12 year old singer serenaded the audience and impressed the judges.

Henno Williams, one of the three golden buzzer contestants, took to the stage and gave the judges a compelling performance. Although the contest between him and Amanda was tense, he managed to pull through. He won the judges’ votes and secured a spot in the finale. ‘I just want to say thank you to everyone who voted. I am super excited for the finale. It’s going to be an awesome performance and I will prepare very hard to impress the judges and people watching the show.’ says Henno on his advancement to the finale.

This week’s semi-final on Sunday 25 October is set to be an intense one. Ventriloquist Isabella, guitarist and singer Will Rayz, vocalist Genevieve, dancers Mike and Jamal, pop group Confidential, the street workout group Team Gravity Cover as well as Wian the Magician will compete for a spot in the finale.

The winner of SA’s Got Talent will walk away with the prestigious title as well as half a million rand courtesy of e.tv and McDonald’s.

The dates for the remaining semi-finals and finale are:
Sunday 25 October: Semi-Final 2
Sunday 1 November: Semi-Final 3
Sunday 8 November: Finale

SA’s Got Talent is exclusive to e.tv and e.tv HD every Sunday evening at 6PM. The live results show will air at 7:30PM on the same night. e.tv HD is available on OpenView HD on channel 104.

SA’s Got Talent links:
Official website: www.etv.co.za/sagt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/etvSAGT
Twitter: twitter.com/SAsGotTalent

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Khuli Chana’s #MONEY a trending topic this morning

Khuli Chana’s #MONEY

Multiple award winning, South African artist, Khuli Chana (“The MotswakOriginator”), dropped his new single #MONEY as a FREE download this morning on social media which started trending at 7am and is still currently a trending topic in SA.

Download Khuli Chana’s #MONEY single here:

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Stream or download Khuli Chana’s #MONEY single here

Khuli Chana’s #MONEY single debuted on YFM last week and is his official radio and video single for the upcoming festive season.

#MONEY was inspired by Khuli Chana’s favourite episode of the Martin Lawrence series as a teenager, where in the episode Martin Lawrence owed someone money and when asked for it his response was: “I got your money but I ain’t giving it to ya!” This line now forms the hook in Khuli Chana’s #MONEY track which goes: “I GOT SOME MONEY, BUT AIN’T GIVING IT TO YA!”

Khuli Chana’s playful and humorous side

Not many people know of Khuli Chana’s playful and humorous side, and with all the tension, and acrimony in the hip hop game currently, Khuli Chana felt that is was a good time to lighten the prevailing atmosphere by showing people this side of him. In so doing it is his hope that he injects some much needed fun to the hip hop game especially as we enter the festive season!

On why he decided to put out a single titled #MONEY now, Khuli Chana shares: “I’ve made money, I’ve lost money, I’ve been scammed, I’ve learnt that money can mess up relationships. At this point in my life, I felt I wanted to make lemonade out of lemon, and what better way than to do it by bringing it back to the music.”

NoLie Single

Khuli Chana’s #MONEY single follows his highly successful #NoLie single, which is currently playlisted in over 13 countries and charting in in over 11 countries across the continent. It has enjoyed no 1’s in SA, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Kenya and the UK to name a few. Watch Khuli Chana’s #NoLie ft Patoranking music video here: http://youtu.be/dVBc6pnfs2o

Join the #MONEY conversation online with Khuli Chana. Share you stories and memes and sentiments on his track online. Don’t forget the hashtag: #MONEY

 

 

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AKA + Friends Live In Lagos

AKA in Lagos Nigeria

Multiple award winning South African artist, AKA, also known as the #3RDWRLDBOSS and #SUPAMEGA, will be headlining the LoudNProudLive Series: #TheInternationalEdition in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, 29 October 2015 at the Grand Ball Room, Eko Hotel in Victoria Island‎.

AKA is no stranger to the Nigerian entertainment scene, having visited and performed in the country twice earlier this year during his #LEVELS Africa tour, and having also received a nomination at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in the category Best African Act; the only South African to be nominated at the awards.

AKA + Friends Live In Lagos will see AKA perform with a full band and be joined on stage by the likes of legendary Cool DJ JIMMY JATT, UK voice of Afrobeat DJ ABRANTEE (Capital Xtra) and UK Star + Nigerian rap sensation AINA MORE.

For AKA’s fans in Nigeria, tickets can be purchased online here

AKA has made it to the Top 5 shortlist for the MOBO Awards in the category Best African Act. Vote for him here

Watch AKA’s #Composure music video here:

 

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