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Popular producer Sir Bubzin passes away at the age of 37

Bongani Cele Sir Bubzin dies

Local music producer Bongani Cele, best known as Sir Bubzin has passed away at the age of 37 on Friday afternoon. Sources close to the Durban-based producer confirmed heart-breaking news. 

ALSO READ: Hip-Hop Star Linda Mkhize, Better Known As ProKid Passes Away

Bubzin produced DJ Tira’s hit track ‘I Won’t Let You Go and Desha with Big Nuz and Tira‘. He also worked with Oskido, Mahoota vs. Vetkuk and ALASKA.

Afrotainment founder DJ Tira shared an emotional tribute on social media saying: “Live your best life now. Do best for the ones you love now. Life is too short.”

“We made beautiful music together. Inazo by Big Nuz, Won’t let you go with Joocy, Sdesha sdeshile, and many more. Rest in Peace Bongani “Sir Bubzin” Cele. Uyibekile induku ebandla. Super Producer (sic).” – DJ Tira tweeted.

Babes Wodumo (real name Bongekile Simelane), who also worked with Sir Bubzin on a few projects called it “a sad day”.

“We have lost our brother Sir Bubzin. We go way back from Desha and he produced most of my songs. Sadly inqwaba izoqala iveze ukuthi ibisebenza nawe kodwa you were alone bengekho abezayo bezokubona usagul. May your soul RIP bhuti wami. My condolences to umndeni ka Sir sithi unkulunkulu anipholise amanxeba, (sic)” Babes Wodumo wrote.

Image Courtesy: Twitter.com/NaakMusiQ

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Christall ‘real housewives of Johannesburg’ drops her single

Christall real housewives of Johannesburg

Christall has lived a colourful life thus far, and this inspiration is reflected in her music. She certainly has her feet on the ground, but one thing is “Christall” clear! She is always reaching for the stars!

ALSO READ: The Real Housewives Of Johannesburg On 1Magic

Christall, a star of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, (1 Magic Dstv channel 103) showcases her journey as an artist and the viewers will get a chance to know her music – and her pop single Wonder. The first sneak peek of her music will be revealed on Friday’s episode, 17 August.

The final version of her song Wonder has been produced by US producers The Klubjumpers who have remixed tracks for stars like Ricky Martin, Britney Spears and Jason Derulo to name but a few.

The song was inspired by Christall’s curiosity with all things mysterious which makes her wonder about the Great Wall of China, and the Statues in Rome and so forth, however the irony is that your lover/partner can make you wonder even more than the great mysteries of the universe. Let’s face it love can make us crazy!

Christall’s first single Set Apart, has already enjoyed much success both locally, and In the US, where it charted at no. 55 on the Billboard/Nielsen Airplay US charts. Christall’s songs have been played on over 30 radio stations across South Africa from small town community radio stations and retail radio stations to regional radio stations such as JacarandaFM and Radio Sonder Grense. Christall has performed in a number of festivals, shows and concerts countrywide. Her house, lifestyle and music have also been featured on a well-known South African television variety show, namely, Top Billing.

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L’vovo on government not helping local artists while they are still alive

Kwaito star L’vovo Derrango

Kwaito star L’vovo Derrango says local artists are broke because government doesn’t support them, instead, they spend more money on international artists such as ‘Beyoncé and Drake’. 

ALSO READ: Gauteng MEC For Community Safety Faith Mazibuko Wants ProKid Buried At Heroes Acre

Derrango took to Twitter to express his frustration at the lack of support, responding to news that the South African government wants to help ProKid’s family bury the late hip-hop artist.

The kwaito hit-maker said: “Because when we’re alive Government rather gives foreign artists money. Beyonce n Drake dont need more Private Jets n mansions. South African media n Gov hates local artists. We broke because we are not supported at home.”

L’vovo went on to say “If only you guys understood how this thing is so tough. I dont blame people who die broke. It’s tough being on the spotlight – life is expensive. Artists/celebs are ‘expected’ to ‘have it all’ and ‘the best of everything’ kanti akuhambi kanjalo [things aren’t what they seem], lento inzima [this thing is hard].”

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Kwaito artist Sipho Brickz Ndlovu goes back to prison

Sipho Ndlovu Brickz

Kwaito artist Sipho ‘Brickz’ Ndlovu is going back to jail after losing an appeal against his conviction. Earlier this year, Brickz was found guilty of raping his 17-year-old relative in 2013, and was sentenced to 15 years in jail.

ALSO READ: Brickz Sentenced To 15 Years Imprisonment For Raping Niece

In April 2018, Brickz was released on R80 000 bail, pending the appeal against his rape conviction. According to IOL, after losing his appeal, the Kwaito star was ordered to return to the Krugersdorp prison to serve out the rest of his 15-year sentence.

In an interview with Sunday World, NPA South Gauteng spokeswoman Phindi Mjonondwane said “We can confirm that Brickz was ordered to avail himself at the Roodepoort Clerk of the Court on Friday at or before 12pm where he would be taken to the prison authorities to resume his 15-year prison sentence after he lost his appeal on Wednesday.”

His manager Grey Mafumbu told TshisaLIVE that they tried their best and spent a lot of money trying to prove Sipho’s innocence.

“We’ve tried. We have really tried. Now we must just wait until the truth comes out. We are going to just chill at the moment. It has taken a lot of money trying to prove he is innocent,” – Grey said.

Image Courtesy: eNCA

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AKA goes blonde and Nasty C’s hair cut goes wrong

AKA and Nasty C

South African rapper AKA (real name Kiernan Jarryd Forbes) decided to change his look, so he decided to go blonde, meanwhile, Nasty C is going through some “bad hair cut” just like his studio album.

ALSO READ: Meet Nasty C’s Girlfriend Samukelisiwe Zulu

Both rappers were not ready for Black Twitter. Fans were not impressed by AKA’s new Johnny Bravo like look.

Nasty C, who recently visited New York for a performance, also posted a picture of his new hair cut and was clearly not happy with the outcome of his haircut. He went to Twitter to express his disappointment at the barber.

“F**K this barber 😡” – he tweeted. He further added that his hair will grow back.

“With the grace of God, my hair will be back and boomin before the Ivyson Tour”” – he tweeted.

Image Courtesy: IOL

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Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Faith Mazibuko wants ProKid buried at Heroes Acre

Linda ProKid Mkhize

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Faith Mazibuko wants the late hip-hop star Linda ProKid Mkhize to be buried at Heroes Acre at Westpark Cemetery. Linda died last week after her suffered a severe seizure while visiting a friend. 

ALSO READ: Hip-Hop Star Linda Mkhize, Better Known As ProKid Passes Away

According to IOL, MEC described ProKid as a good example of how young people expressed and promoted their talent. The publication further stated that there were negotiations that he be buried at Heroes Acre.

“Together with the City of Joburg, we are negotiating that he be laid at the Heroes Acre at Westpark Cemetery. He will lay with his peers like Mandoza and Robbie Malinga.”

On Monday morning, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa and Faith visited Linda’s family. He said that it is important as a government to pay their respect and support the family during this difficult time.

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Yung Swiss drops long awaited video for Don’t Go There ft Frank Casino

Yung Swiss music video

Multi-talented hip hop sensation and often acknowledged as being one of SA’s game changing artists, Yung Swiss, has released much anticipated visuals for his hit single titled Don’t Go There featuring Frank Casino.

ALSO READ: Astryd Brown Continues To Gain Traction With Single FOUR Ft Yung Swiss

Due to the popular traction and demand that the single has received, Yung Swiss has decided to release Don’t Go There visuals and you can expect to see the music video on your favourite music channels very soon.

Watch Don’t Go There music video here: 

Don’t Go There is a captivating and memorable song which fits any season as Yung Swiss continues to take the music industry by storm with his inimitable unique sound. The song combines superb lyrical prowess, melodious vocals and sees both artists deployed their musical arsenal to bare.

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Hip-hop star Linda Mkhize, better known as ProKid passes away

ProKid Linda Mkhize

Hip-hop star Linda Mkhize, better known as ProKid has passed away at the age of 37.

ALSO READ: AKA South African Hip-Hop Rapper

ProKid’s family has confirmed the news in a statement that he suffered a severe seizure while visiting a friend in the Johannesburg CBD on Wednesday night.

According to several reports, the 37 year old artist was declared dead on the scene by paramedics just after 8pm.

“The legendary SA hip-hop artist affectionately known as ProKid … passed away on Wednesday. He suffered a severe seizure attack while visiting friends and paramedics were called in to assist. They did their best to revive him to no avail and called his time of death at 8.38pm,” – the statement reads.

According to TimesLIVE, ProKid’s family asked for privacy while they dealt with the tragedy. “Further details will be furnished as soon as his family has gathered.”

Thousands of fans including fellow musicians paid their heartfelt tributes to ProKid on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/TweezyZA/status/1027353003714662401

https://twitter.com/ProVerbMusic/status/1027340548753899521

https://twitter.com/TerryPheto/status/1027340624951996416

Image Courtesy: twitter.com/SAfmnews

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Sassy queen Bianca Del Rio is in the country

Sassy queen Bianca Del Rio

Roy Haylock, better known by the stage name Bianca Del Rio, is currently in South Africa. Bianca is American drag queen, comedian, actor, and costume designer best known for winning the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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As reported by IOL, speaking on one of the biggest changes since winning one of the best seasons of Drag Race, Del Rio says: “My entire life has changed. Television is a very powerful platform. I knew the show was popular among the gays in the US, but I had no idea how many fans the show has all over the world and how many straight people are fans. I’m beyond grateful for the doors it has opened for me. Let’s face it, if it wasn’t for Drag Race, you wouldn’t be interviewing me right now.”

While Del Rio is known for being a famous drag figure in New York, the Drag Race winner got her start in Louisiana, New Orleans. “I was living in New Orleans and working, doing five nights a week for 10 years in a bar, and doing costumes and wigs and stuff there for the opera and the ballet.

And then the hurricane hit, and we weren’t allowed back into the city at the time. So I visited some friends in Atlanta, and I had a friend in New York who said, “Why don’t you come up here and kill some time and figure things out?” So I came to New York, and I decided if I could get an apartment and a job, I’d stay. And I did, and that was it.”

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The 2018 Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards Nominees Revealed

Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards Nominees

The road to the Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards officially kicked off last night at the remarkable Soweto Theatre where they unveiled the 2018 nominees that will fight it out to be rated amongst the best on the 24th of November at Carnival City’s, Top Arena.

ALSO READ: 2017 Mzansi Kwaito & House Music Awards

Founder and CEO, Perfecta Khumalo welcomed the public who attended the glitzy nominations announcement and re-assured the Kwaito and House loving community that MKHMA will never abandon SA musicians even if it means losing sponsors or media falsely labelling them.

“We started this in 2016 because of the passion and we are still going strong, hence one of our values is to put the artist first ” Said Khumalo

mshoza kwaito singer

Dressed in isibujwa and pantsula attire, stars such as Mapaputsi, Winnie Khumalo and Eugene Mthethwa filled up the Soweto Theatre and let it be known their support in Perfecta and her Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards team.

Amongst the guests, we had the Godmother from Zola, uMshoza who received a standing ovation and a Best Kwaito Single MKHMA nomination. Nominated in the category alongside her is Drencko, Spikiri and Paul Kulca.

Below is a comprehensive list of the nominees for the 3rd annual Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards:

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