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Bataung Memorials to redo Robbie Malinga’s tombstone

Robbie Malinga Tombstone Bataung Memorials

Bataung Memorials is set to redo Robbie Malinga’s 7-ton ‘statue tombstone’ after social media was inundated with comments about the lack of resemblance it had to the music icon.

Lebohang Khitsane, CEO of Bataung Memorials said that they have decided to go back to the drawing board, after the negative feedback on social media.

“We have seen the feedback on social media and have decided to remove the tombstone and redesign it based on that. People have pointed out that the features on the statue do not resemble Robbie 100%,” said Khitsane.

Khitsane said he made the decision because as a company they pride themselves on “shocking” the industry with unique tombstones.

“I always say, we never fail, we learn. Whether the feedback is good or bad, you have to take it and learn from it. So we will go back to the drawing board and take it to the next level.”

“As an innovative company, we strive to create new things and make better tombstones. We acknowledge and take in what everyone has said about the statue & redo it. We thank you for your constant support and feedback.” – Lebogang Khitsane

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Rawbust Productions demands R3-million for damages from Cassper Nyovest

Rawbust Productions demands R3-million from Cassper Nyovest

Rawbust Productions took legal action against Cassper Nyovest a month ago after Cassper Nyovest came under question when YouTube personality Thulani Masilela (Tusko_d) claimed that the star and his team tried to break his camera at the SA Hip Hop Awards (SAHHAs).

The initial tweet sent by Thulani after the alleged incident occurred read: “Let it be known that Cassper Nyovest and his Team tried to break my camera stole my memory card with footage, Then had his whole team drag me to a corner backstage to try to beat me up. Saying I will learn!!”

See the tweet below:

According to Tusko D & Rawbust Production, Cassper Nyovest allegedly acted out of character after he was asked about that RISA statement.

In an interview on Touch HD, Cassper went on to deny that he did not act in any way violent towards Tusko D and dismissed the allegations made against him.

The altercation has now led to the media house demanding R3million from the awarding-winning rapper.

A supposed legal letter from the company was released from its legal team and parts of the letter read:

“Please note that due to your actions, our client has suffered extensive damages as the footage was to be sold to several broadcasting companies and was to be uploaded onto Youtube and their own website. Our client has been able to obtain the services of an IT specialist to retrieve the footage however only a partial amount of footage was recovered, being 2 interviews. We are further advised that the rest of the interviews together with the remainder of the footage covering the event is corrupted and cannot be recovered…..”

According to Zalebs, the letter further explained that the damaged footage was to be used for the production companies app and therefore due to the rapper’s actions he is to pay out R3 million for the damages.

“Further, your actions as mentioned above has resulted in our client suffering loss of income in the amount of R3 000 000.00 (THREE MILLION RAND).

It is, therefore, our instruction to demand from you, as we hereby do, payment of R3 024 500.00 (THREE MILLION, TWENTY-FOUR THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED RAND) within 14 (FOURTEEN) days from date hereof, failing which further legal steps will be taken against you, the costs of which will be for your own account”.

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Robbie Malinga’s tombstone honours his award-winning life

Robbie Malinga’s tombstone

The tombstone of the late Singer, Songwriter and producer, Robbie Malinga unveiled before it is erected as he will be laid to rest today.

Robbie Malinga died on the 25th December 2017.

The tombstone features Robbie at the centre of it, surrounded by his awards. The tribute was created by the same people who made Joe Mafela’s tombstone, Bataung Memorial Tombstones.

Robbie was buried in West Park Cemetery where Joe Mafela, Mandoza and Gugu Zulu were also laid to rest.

See the photo below:

Robbie Malinga Tombstone

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A Brief History of the Afropunk Festival

Afropunk Festival History

According to TV Over Mind, Afropunk refers to a community of people from many backgrounds and their choices in music, movies, art, sports, and other activities. If you break down the word, you can get a general idea of who it represents: Afro refers to the African heritage of an Afropunk, whereas punk can refer to the rebelliousness, DIY, underdog nature of this subculture. The Afropunk Festival is a gathering of those who wish to celebrate the unity of Afropunk culture through music, art, movies, and skateboarding. This year, it started on Saturday, December 30th and ended on Sunday, December 31st in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It has come a far way from its humble beginnings. The Festival originally was not international, instead taking place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music exclusively. However, cities on the roster in the past couple of years include Atlanta, London – and of course, Johannesburg. 2017 is the first year that South Africa is included in the Afropunk Festival. The Festival finds its roots in James Spooner’s documentary film, Afro-Punk. The 2003 release explored the lives of black people within a white-dominated punk subculture. Spooner first realized the need for this film when he was examining the punk scene in New York City. After noticing that there were few people of color in the punk community, Spooner decided to research further.

Afropunk Festival 2017

The film followed the lives of four African Americans who consider themselves inseparable from punk rock culture. In addition, James Spooner scored exclusive interviews with some punk bands, including the Dead Kennedys and Fishbone. These interviews helped to expose the issues faced by non-whites in a subculture that is almost wholly dominated by whites. Spooner’s film was featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Pan-African Film and Arts Festival, and the American Black Film Festival. It received many awards and other recognition, bringing Afro-Punk to international prominence. Spooner then decided to start a website based on the film that focused on black punk rock culture. Much of the conversation that took place on the website surrounded the band Stiffed and their lead singer, Santi White.

Santi White’s manager, Mathew Morgan, was contacted by James Spooner in late 2003. Spooner wanted to get Stiffed to perform after one of the screenings of Afro-Punk. Morgan decided that it would be a good career move – and the show ended up being very successful. So, shortly thereafter, Spooner and Morgan collaborated to create the Liberation Sessions (a party that promoted black artistry).

Afropunk Fest

Later, Spooner and Morgan worked together again to start the first Afropunk Festival in 2005. The festival was designed to be a place for black punks to enjoy freedom of expression and a sense of community. The subculture tends to ignore their presence, so this was a boon for Afropunks. However, as time went on, and the audience of the festival began to increase, the performances started to drift toward other genres (such as neo-soul).

This drift actually caused co-founder James Spooner to leave after the 2007 festival. He left due to the increasing presence of mainstream culture, and the dwindling attendance of actual punks. Spooner felt that the festival had deviated too far from its original values, and he elected to not be involved in 2008. However, Jocelyn Cooper took his place in 2009. Since then, the festival has grown quite quickly. Many sponsorships, better marketing, and international involvement have followed Cooper’s – an ex-Universal executive – involvement in the festival. In fact, attendees increased from 2500 in Brooklyn alone, to over 90,000 in multiple cities!

Afropunk Festival 2017 South Africa

The Afropunk Festival, which has featured performers such as Suicidal Tendencies, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Lolawolf, Lenny Kravitz, and Gary Clark, Jr., will likely continue to grow as more people hear their message. After this year’s festival in Johannesburg, the sub-subculture will continue to be brought more into the public light, giving a voice to those who were once ignored. James Spooner may not be involved, but we must thank him for planting the seed for this awesome festival with his documentary back in ’03.


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Babes Wodumo FULLY booked till April 2018

Babes Wodumo Fully Booked till 2018

If you are planning to book Babes Wodumo for New Year, Valentine and Easter gigs, forget it! Babes Wodumo is fully booked till April 2018.

Wodumo took to Instagram to announce she wasn’t taking any more bookings until 2018. This is all because she is up to her neck in bookings and gigs for a good four months.

Sharing the news, Wodumo thanks her fans for their love and support.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone that has been supporting West Ink,” – the 23-year-old said.

Babes Wodumo Fully Booked

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K.O humbled to reach one million Twitter followers

K.O Mr Cashtime 1 million followers

Multi-award winning, certified Platinum selling, Mr Cashtime, K.O, is humbled to reach over one million followers on twitter.

Ntokozo Mdluli, known as K.O is a South African recording artist under his own record label, CashTime Life. He is a former member of the rap trio, Teargas, that disbanded in 2014.

In 2014 he released his debut album as a solo artist, Skhanda Republic independently. The album won him Best Rap Album at the 2015 South African Music Awards, and Record of The Year for Caracara.

“Extremely humbled by this. I appreciate you guys for riding with and for me in these tumultuous twitter streets. Got a little Thank you gift for you all early Jan 2018! Stay tuned” – K.O tweeted.

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Distruction Boyz survive in a car accident

Distruction Boyz survived in car accident

Gqom producers Distruction boyz have survived a car accident in the North West on Thursday. Thobane “Que” Mgobozi and Zipho “Goldmax” Mthembu were travelling on the highway in the North West when a bus almost collided with them, head on.

Their manager and road manager told TshisaLIVE that the boys were not hurt but the incident left them “very shaken.”

The pair posted a photo of the wreckage on Twitter, writing: “we’ve just survived a car accident luckily the driver was able to force the bus to the pavement and not oncoming traffic. Can’t tell you how this happened. God is amazing.”

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DJ Sbu on the late legendary hitmaker Robbie Malinga

DJ Sbu slams death rumours

DJ Sbu has shared how much of a pivotal role Robbie Malinga played in not only his career but the career of many other artists.

During an interview with SABC new,  DJ Sbu mentioned how much of a versatile and giving person Robbie was, especially when it came to nurturing the talent of other artists.

“He’s the greatest producer of all time in this country, there’s two of the highest producers of all time in this country and that’s him and Bab’ Chicco Twala. Robbie Malinga produced for everybody, from Hip Hop to Afro-Soul, Afro-Pop, Kwaito, House music. He’s responsible for my career, he was my musical mentor, he was a musical mentor to a lot of people.” DJ Sbu said.

According to Zalebs, DJ Sbu further stated that Robbie was involved in almost all of his musical projects and even worked with former Kwaito star – Sbu Maloya from the TKZee family, HHP, Kabelo Mabalane, Naima Kay and many other artists.

“He’s responsible for my musical hits, the music opened up a lot of doors for me, and it’s because of his contribution and he has done that for a whole lot of people unselfishly, he never wanted the spotlight, he’s always been behind the scenes, he’s always guided, musicians.”

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Dj Cleo pulls out of Afropunk Festival

Dj Cleo pulls out of Afropunk Festival

Tlou Cleopas Monyepao professionally known as DJ Cleo has withdrawn from Afropunk. South African award-winning Kwaito and House producer from Gauteng and the founder of Will Of Steel Productions, said that he will not be playing at the Afropunk Festival, which is to be held in Johannesburg on 30 and 31 December 2017 at Constitution Hill.

“I won’t be playing at @afropunk anymore. I choose to be respectful in how I voice this tweet even thought there was none during the booking process.#LeNnaKeMotho,” – the DJ tweeted.

DJ Cleo is the second artist to pull out of the event in the past two days. On Thursday, Solange Knowles announced on her instagram account that she won’t be performing at the festival due to her medical condition.

“The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It’s been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me,” she said in the post.

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Solange Knowles Cancels SA visit

musician Solange Knowles Cancels SA visit

Solange Knowles has confirmed that she would not be performing at her scheduled Joburg appearance at AFROPUNK due to be held on 30 and 31 December.

In a lengthy post on her Instagram page, she said she has been battling an illness for months.

“Wrote, deleted and re wrote this like 5 times… Still not sure what exactly or how much I want to share… However it’s so important to me for the people in South Africa, a place that has tremendous meaning to me and that has given me SO SO MUCH, to know why I won’t be performing at Afro Punk this NYE.”

“The past five months I have been quietly treating, and working through an Autonomic Disorder. It been a journey that hasn’t been easy on me. Sometimes I feel cool, and other times not so cool at all. It’s a complicated diagnoses , and I’m still learning so much myself, but right now, my doctors are not clearing me for such an extended lengthy flight, and doing a rigorous show right after.”

She has vowed to come to South Africa to make up.

“I can’t put into words how saddened and sorry I am that I am unable to perform for you guys this NYE, there is simply no other place I wanted to be than there with my family to bring in 2018 with you…….but I give you my ABSOLUTE WORD I will come back with AfroPunk and deliver this performance… it is so extremely important to me to connect with the people who have so closely inspired me in so many ways.”

AFROPUNK, meanwhile, said it was alarmed by the “sudden news of her severe health struggles.”

“Her music and spirit has been a place of great comfort and inspiration to us as a community. And of course we are incredibly saddened that she will no longer be performing at the inaugural AFROPUNK Joburg this weekend,” said AFROPUNK co-founder Matthew Morgan.

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