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Zonke Dikana is back with a bang

Zonke Dikana

Zonke Dikana is currently in the USA on a short business trip while supporting the premiere of her music video this week following the launch of her single Reach It last week. Asked about her recent experience in LA, Zonke elaborated saying “… on this brief visit I have had the opportunity to spend time with family as well as attend to business. I have also been able to make a turn at The Recording Academy to hand deliver my music in time for Grammy entry. There are a few key meetings scheduled with agents and a last stop at the Sony office before heading back home to prepare for my album release.”

“The music video for Reach It was a creative collaboration with director Mzi Kumalo – my vision for the music video was to bring my audience into a space where they can appreciate the power of authenticity – there is nothing pretentious about the video – it is as direct as the message.”

“If we ever stopped motivating each other we’d be doomed. I don’t want to imagine a world in which we cease motivating one another. Today, it’s all about who you know in order to get that job interview or opportunity break. Kids grow up thinking you just have to be well connected, the concept of dreaming and working hard towards reaching them sounds like a myth to them. I was not well connected and nothing was ever handed to me – I worked hard and believed in me!” – Zonke

Now scheduled for release on 18 September 2015, Zonke’s highly anticipated studio album Work of Heart is currently available to pre-order.

iTunes Album Pre-order http://smarturl.it/WorkOfHeart

Watch the Reach It video here
http://smarturl.it/ZonkeVEVO

Story: zikhipani
Image: Elle

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Mail and Guardian’s Young 200 of 2015, Kutloano Nhlapo aka DaKruk, takes love where it’s needed most with his #OurParty initiative

Kutloano Nhlapo aka DaKruk

Radio Mix DJ/Producer, entrepreneur and Mail and Guardian’s Young 200 of 2015, Kutloano Nhlapo aka DaKruk, celebrates his birthday with a twist tomorrow, Sunday, 30 August 2015, with his #OurParty initiative.

This year DaKruk will be celebrating his birthday with a humanitarian twist to it as an appreciation of his love and blessings, he is giving back in the simplest way, by giving love where it is needed the most through an initiative he started called #OurParty.

#OurParty is a Corporate Social Investment that DaKruk is pairing with his birthday for the first time this year and hopes to continue with the initiative every year moving forward.

The idea of the #OurParty initiative is to celebrate DaKruk’s birthday in a purposeful way and in a manner that would make a little difference in the lives of others. The young entrepreneur will be sharing his birthday celebration, presents and experience with the less fortunate at a home called Badanisile, Home of Safety, situated in Daveyton, in the East of Johannesburg tomorrow, Sunday, 30 August 2015 from 10am till 4pm.

The initiative is self-funded by DaKruk and any form of support, contribution or donations are welcome. The home caters to both children and adults.

To donate please send an email to [email protected] or contact Da Kruk on:

Connect with Da Kruk:

Facebook: Kutloano Da Kruk
Twitter: @dakruk
Instagram: @dakruk

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Yanga directs L-Tido’s Dlala Ka Yona music video which debuts today

Yanga

Multi talented hip hop artist, Yanga, recently directed L-Tido’s music video for his single, #DlalaKaYona, which was shot by Studio Space Pictures and debuts today on MTV Base Africa.

Yanga adds L-Tido’s #DlalaKaYona music video to his already impressive catalogue of music videos that he has directed which includes: KO’s No Fear and Skhanda Love, AKA’s Run Jozi and All Eyes on Me, JR’s Bob Mabena and Kid X’s Cooler Bag.

“This is the first video I’ve directed since Skhanda Love. The focus has really been on my music. When I was asked to direct the #DlalaKaYona video I couldn’t resist. We had mad fun putting this together. I have a feeling it’s gonna shake things up. Shout out to L-Tido and Studio Space Pictures for being so awesome to work with!” expresses Yanga.

Yanga’s hit single #Mantshingilane is currently enjoying high rotation on various radio stations across SA including the like of Metro FM, YFM, Gagasi FM, Tru FM, UJFM, VOW FM and many more. Listen to the hit here: bit.ly/Mantshis

#Mantshingilane music video will be released in time for the Summer Turn-up!

Yanga is signed to Vth Season and will be releasing an EP in early 2016. In the meantime look forward to the Verse of Year on the upcoming hit by AKA featuring Burna Boy, Khuli Chana and Yanga. Yanga also delivers a memorable verse on Dj Dimplez’s current single KwaMkhize now at radio stations.

Connect with Yanga:

Facebook: Yanga
Twitter: @ItsYangaChief
Instagram: @ItsYangaChief

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Multi-platinum songwriter, singer & producer, TRESOR, announces debut studio album ‘VII’ set for release on 18 September 2015

TRESOR wraps up 2015 on a high note

Multi-platinum songwriter, singer & producer, TRESOR, announces debut studio album ‘VII’ set for release on 18 September 2015 which features guest appearances by AKA, The Soil, Khuli Chana and Beatenberg; and includes the hit singles “Mount Everest” featuring AKA and “Never Let Me Go”.

DRC born singer-songwriter TRESOR has announced the upcoming release of his debut studio album VII, due out on September the 18th through Sony Music Entertainment Africa (RCA Records)/Vth Season Audio. The album is currently available for pre-order on all digital service providers.

VII features the hit singles “Mount Everest” featuring AKA (currently still charting on the airplay Top 100, with the video for the Freddy Verano remix on over 175 000 views online), as well as the current radio focus single “Never Let Me Go”, which climbed into the airplay Top 30 this week at #27. The album also includes additional collaborations with The Soil, Khuli Chana and Beatenberg.

Album available for pre-order now: http://smarturl.it/TRESORVII

TRESOR calls VII “the soundtrack to his story”. He adds “I am very excited to share this music that I have crafted for the past seven years. I have poured my whole heart and soul in this record. It’s my gold and I truly hope that whoever listens to it finds their piece of gold in it too.” – Channel 24

Album Tracklisting

  1. Adisi Ya Mama (My Mother’s Story)
  2. Mount Everest
  3. Fight For You
  4. Zambezi feat. Beatenberg
  5. I Run
  6. Beat The Dust
  7. Elisabeth
  8. Never Let Me Go
  9. Goma
  10. Limbisa
  11. Mon Amour
  12. Cachet feat. The Soil
  13. This Is Home feat. Khuli Chana
  14. Baba
  15. Kinshasa
  16. Mount Everest Ft AKA
  17. Mount Everest Radio Edit(Freddy Verano Remix)

Since his arrival to South Africa 7 years ago, TRESOR (French for “treasure” and pronounced “Trezor”) has been compiling songs for his debut album as well as performing with the likes of Eddie Grant, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Freshlyground, Prime Circle, Goldfish and Lira, to name a few.

Watch this space for more from this exciting artist, who is currently in the UK, following a successful promo trip to Italy and a performance to over 60 000 people earlier this month.

 

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NATE releases Living That Life single

NATE

There’s a new hip hop kid on the block and he goes by the name NATE! NATE has just released his official debut single featuring MSA called, Living That Life.

Listen to Living That Life here: https://soundcloud.com/kng-nate/nate_living-that-life-ft-msa

Living That Life is a song of appreciation where NATE is thankful for a second chance at life and at being able to live life the way he wants to. The sound choice of this song was inspired by the universal culture which is shared amongst all Africans, and is sure to transcend the borders of South Africa.

Locally the song has already been picked up by stations such as Tru FM, Motsweding FM, Emalahleni FM, Eldos FM, Inanda FM, TransAfrica Radio and Village FM just to mention a few and is expected to be picked up by numerous more stations within the next few weeks.

“I’m following my dream and God given talent to make good music!” expresses NATE on what people can expect from him.

The Living That Life music video will be released next week followed by a few more singles before the end of the year.

NATE recently performed at Zakwe’s album launch in Newcastle, and has had numerous gigs around Katlehong and Port Shepstone, and performed at Niche Rosebank last week.

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TRESOR’s debut album drops in September

TRESOR Riziki:

TRESOR has just announced that his debut album ‘VII’ will drop on September 18th. ‘VII’ is TRESOR’s debut album, which tells his personal stories from the past seven years. ‘VII’ features the likes of AKA, Khuli Chana, The Soil and Beatenburg.

Although TRESOR has been on the road touring Italy and next week going to the UK, he has still managed to get studio time to create music.

We can’t wait to listen to his album.

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Gigi Lamayne drops #FIRE freestyle!

Gigi Lamayne drops #FIRE freestyle!

Four time South African Hip Hop Award winner, Gigi Lamayne, has just dropped a new freestyle under her #IronLady series called #FIRE.

Catch Gigi Lamayne live in studio at YFM today at 11am till 12pm chatting about her freestyles and new single, #JungleFever.

Watch Gigi Lamayne’s IceCreamRemix music video featuring Khuli Chana here:

Connect with Gigi Lamayne:

Facebook: Gigi Lamayne (https://www.facebook.com/Queen.Gigi.LaMayne)
Twitter: @Gigi_Lamayne
Instagram: @Gigi_Lamayne
Website: www.dreamteamsa.co.za

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Kelly Khumalo gets married

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Of course we are not talking about the real wedding. Don’t get confused. 🙂

Kelly Khumalo and The “King of Kwaito” Arthur are currently shooting scenes for their Nguye Lo track.

Kelly and Arthur are working on the Nguye Lo music video shoot. Their collaboration has been well- received.

Both Kelly and Arthur have taken to their Instagram pages to share some behind-the-scenes snaps from the shoot.

Kelly on Instagram posted “Getting ready to walk down the isle, brides maids✅ groomsman ✅ wedding gown ✅ now let’s do this…. Wher for the husband?”

“On set, video shoot underway #NguyeLo #GateCrushingFestive #NguyeLoVideoShoot” – Arthur said.

Images: Instagram

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DJ Black Coffee continues to put South African music on the map globally

dj black coffee

Black Coffee has been featured in August cover of Mixmag, the world’s biggest selling music and clubbing magazine.

He told the Mixmag that “I knew I wanted to be an international DJ from a very early age. And even before that it was always my dream to be recognised worldwide, even if I wasn’t quite sure how. My life at that time was very removed from the reality of this idea of course, but that was the conversation I used to have privately with myself, and with God.”

Black Coffee has been performing his music all over the world.

He explained what keeps him motivated, he said “You know, living in the rural areas and the city has been a blessing in the way they have helped me understand and respect all kinds of people. I drive on the freeway in South Africa and see these guys in their work vans, and think to myself: I have been that guy.

“But nowadays I’m driving home from playing a gig where I make a month’s salary in an hour, and that pushes me. That’s what drives me. The struggling people are the ones who inspire me, the ones who have nothing.”

We are so proud of you Black Coffee, keep on flying the SA flag high.

Image Courtesy: Faraitoday

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Kunle Ayo and Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi project complete!

Kunle Ayo

Nigerian Kora and Metro FM Award winner, Kunle Ayo has completed a project with internationally renowned Zimbabwean musician, Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi. Ayo and Tuku have completed the song called ‘Ile’ which means home in Kunle’s native Yoruba tongue.

Ile features the unique talents of both guitarists, whose natural in-studio chemistry makes for a smooth blend of the best that African jazz has to offer.

The song, performed in Shona and Yoruba, talks to the importance of home and that feeling of comfort and safety of being at home. Ile inspires a longing for the familiarity of home, regardless of how close or far it is.

The track is aimed for global release on iTunes, on 1 September 2015, and will be released along with house remix.

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