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SA Hip Hop Female Act, Ms Supa

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Ms Supa is a musician hailing from Benoni East of Johannesburg. She got started in 1996 being only in 7th grade. She loved Hip Hop and only started writing after she heard Foxy Brown, whom at the time was the first female rapper she heard. She is quoted as saying “I was sitting in my father’s car listening to Radio Zulu at the time. They had their weekend Top 20. They played ‘Get you home’ by Foxy Brown. I sat there in the car and thought ‘Oh, so girls can do it too’”. That inspired her to go home and write a verse.

She continued through high school organising the coined “1st break cyphers” with fellow students. She then mastered her flow and ability to play with words. While other children would be doing sports she was in the choir and also attended ciphers (rap sessions) at the Benoni library. Attending the random open mic sessions at a club called “Planet Katsies” in Benoni. While doing that she also started writing RNB and Jazz music. Developing a singing and writing style that has been compared to Jill Scott.

It was in 2005 that she appeared on the cover of South Africa’s only Hip Hop magazine. This saw Supa performing at a number of events such as the launch of the Smirnoff Hype Sessions and MTN/SL magazine event amongst others. She was also MC alongside well established muso Obita at the Willards Way with Words event. She appeared in TV programs such as Shiz Niz.

Through hip-hop MsSupa’s life journey has been a beautiful series of unforgettable moments. From discovering hip-hop and female MC’s contribution into the industry at the age 13, to taking up the microphone and introducing the MsSupa brand into the hip-hop scene – a brand that infuses a female element of arrogance with elegance, a brand that does not shy away from celebrating women whether controversial or not. MsSupa’s brand churns up musical melodies that start debates and entertain hip-hop lovers who appreciate and respect the role that female MC’s play in this industry.

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“I express myself through hip-hop. I live hip-hop. I am hip-hop and through hip-hop I have found my purpose. Through hip-hop I aim to share my life experiences – I aim to celebrate life,” explains MsSupa.

MsSupa scribbled her first rhyme at the age of 13 and from there on could not be stopped. This was the beginning of an exciting music journey through hip-hop that has seen MsSupa collaborating and performing alongside one of South Africa’s celebrated hip-hop muso, HHP. As the founder of Ladies of the Mic – an initiative that aims to give talented hip-hop, R n’ B and Soul female musicians an opportunity to publicly showcase their music, MsSupa’s vision of heightening the role of SA female MC’s continues to grow from strength to strength. “The Ladies of the Mic project seeks to give known and unknown female talent a platform to publicly showcase their talent. As a female MC who has over the years struggled to be recognized and taken seriously in this male dominated scene I hope to utilize this platform to assist other female artist to be recognized and respected for their talent and contribution.”

With influences that range from Lil’Kim and Foxy Brown’s raunchy but yet honest rhymes to the rooted soulful guidance of Thandiswa Mazwai – MsSupa’s musical intake has contributed to her unique sound that marries the controversial and socially accepted norms.

In 2007 she adorned the cover of SA’s only hip-hop magazine Hype-Magazine and through this platform continued to seed her views on females and hip-hop scene. MsSupa has also starred on the award winning local drama series Yizo Yizo and hosted a show on the Johannesburg hit radio station Highveld.

Ms Supa – Her Story in the Making: https://soundcloud.com/supa-starr/sets/herstory-in-the-making

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Mikky Jaggaz Expands His Music Vision

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Known for his interesting vocals and versatility, Mikky Jaggaz, born Michael Idowu, is a young gifted Nigerian artist hitting the music scene in South Africa. His music is a blend of rap, afro pop, reggae and commercial beats. The interview can take on a profiling angle as well, his musical career.

As far as Mikky Jaggaz can remember, music has always been a part of his life. He started at the age of 7 by joining a local church choir in Lagos; where he played musical instruments, favouring drum sets and the piano, and at the same time doing a lot of vocal work.

Mikky Jaggaz’s love and passion for music grew over the years and he instinctively knew that it was something that he was born to do. He loved hearing other musicians sing which is why he decided to come to South Africa and diversify his musical talent and to expand his vision.

He owns his own production company ‘MJ Records’ where he records, develops and produces cutting edge Nigerian music with a twist of African beats. He has a few artists that he works with under the label and they are constantly stretching their minds to produce the best beats possible.

Route of musical interest:

Mikky Jaggaz music interest comes from the likes of Nigeria’s Don Jazzy and King Sunny Ade; South Africa’s Professor particularly from his single “Lento”; and world legend, Bob Marley.

Aspirations:

Mikky Jaggaz considers himself a tourist and would love to go on tour with his music, having a series of shows in different cities. He would love to create a great synergy between his beats and South African beats and make collaborations that are innovative beyond what we already know.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imaginatio and life to everything.” ― Plato

Partial track list:

  • Tamutor baby
  • Adagwu
  • Rock your body
  • Vodka & Panties

Connect with Mikky Jaggaz

Facebook: MJ Records NG
Twitter & Instagram: @MikkyJaggaz
For bookings: [email protected]

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The Kings Of The Weekend, SPHEctacula and DJ Naves’ new single, Abantu Babantu, hits #1 on YFM’s #YUrbanTop40 chart

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The Kings Of The Weekend, SPHEctacula and DJ Naves, are dominating the airways again with their latest offering off their Kings Of The Weekend album titled, Abantu Babantu featuring Arny Mkhize and Star. Abantu Babantu is currently on high rotation on numerous radio stations across the country and hit the number #1 spot yesterday on South Africa’s urban youth station, YFM, on their #YUrbanTop40 chart.

Abantu Babantu is a tongue in cheek track with a narrative that takes a swing at the current social ill of infidelity. The song’s very catchy hook and big thundering Durban flavour, is proving to be yet another crowd favourite from the duo.

Abantu Babantu follows the release of their highly successful smash hit single, KOTW Anthem (Cishe Ngafa), which garnered the duo 5 Metro FM Music Award nominations, was announced as the Song of The Year by Ukhozi FM for 2015 and was amongst the Top 100 most played local songs on South African radio in 2015, lodging itself at #81.

Catch the Kings Of The Weekend, SPHEctacula and DJ Naves, on the #ThePrepartySA every Saturday night between 18h00 and 20h00 on Metro FM and also on the SABC 1 hit talent search TV Show, #1sand2s’.

Purchase the Kings Of The Weekend album on iTunes here: https://itun.es/za/0EFX9

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Gigi Lamayne graduates today as Top Media Studies student at WITS University

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Multi-talented, multiple award winning hip hop artist, Gigi Lamayne, is set to graduate from WITS University today with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media and Anthropology. Gigi Lamayne is graduating with four distinctions and is also graduating as the TOP third year Media Studies student, for which she will be awarded the Media Monitoring Africa Prize at a prize-giving ceremony on 14 April 2016.

Gigi Lamayne hopes her achievements will inspire other young South Africans as well as young and upcoming musicians to take both their craft and education seriously.

 

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LekkiHood Finest releases music video to his debut single Waddup

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South African based, Nigerian Hip Hop artist, LekkiHood Finest, has just released the music video for his debut single, Waddup, in South Africa.

Waddup is currently playing on radio stations in Nigeria and the music video has been picked up by the likes of MTV Base Nigeria and is now being submitted to local TV channels and programs.

Watch Waddup music video here:

 

“I want the SA market to enjoy my music no matter the cultural differences because music has no language or boundaries” expresses LekkiHood Finest.

Born Isaiah Okere popularly known as LHF (LekkiHood Finest) is a rising Hip-Hop artist whose debut single, Waddup, has been given the thumbs up by DJ’s across Nigeria and South Africa. The single was inspired by the hustle and bustle of day to day living.

“I have experienced tough times and hard decisions but I am thankful to be able to deliver my fans great music. I’ve got so much to say, no time to play, so it’s back to the studio doing what I do best!” shares LekkiHood Finest.

Look out for Waddup on your favourite TV channels.

Purchase Waddup on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/waddup-single/id1087741012?ls=1

 

Connect with LekkiHood Finest

Facebook: LekkiHood Finest
Twitter: @LekkiHoodFinest
Instagram: @ LekkiHoodFinest
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbIfrWsB5x8

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Nicki Minaj faces fans who were ‘lied to’ about R3,000 meet and greets

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According to TimesLive Nicki Minaj faces fans who were ‘lied to’ about R3,000 meet and greets

When the show ended just after 10.30pm at the TicketPro Dome‚ some 20 fans waited patiently to meet the rapper. What was meant to be a moment for true “Barbz” ended in disappointment when Minaj said she wouldn’t be doing meet and greets.

Speaking to the group‚ a visibly upset Minaj apologised for keeping fans waiting.

“I’m very sorry for keeping you all waiting‚ but I want you to know that I never approved any meet and greet. I don’t do meet and greets after a show‚ I was literally about to leave. These people lied to you‚ please get your money back‚” she said.

As they had paid almost R3,000 to meet the hip hop sensation‚ Minaj agreed to take group pictures with fans.

She added that she would make sure that fans got their money back.

Among the group were pupils‚ parents and couples‚ some donning Minaj’s signature luminous pink hair.

Despite waiting for almost two hours‚ fans seemed appeased to have a group moment with the American rapper.

The sold-out first night of the Pinkprint SA tour was a success for others as Minaj performed some of her greatest hits like Anaconda‚ Pills & Potions‚ Super Bass and various medleys before ending the show with Starships.

Minaj will be performing at the TicketPro Dome again on Friday before heading off to Durban for her show on Sunday and Cape Town on Tuesday.

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Source: Times live

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Toya Delazy has been selected for the 2nd and final round of the Midem Artist Accelerator 2016

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Multiple award winning, BET Award nominee, Toya Delazy, has been selected for the 2nd and final round of the Midem Artist Accelerator 2016.

The 50th annual Midem Music Conference will take place from 3 – 6 June 2016 in Cannes, France and for the second consecutive year, emerging talent will have the opportunity to play a live set at Midem and have their song featured on Midem’s communications, as well as on the Midem Artist Accelerator Official Compilation.

Toya Delazy has been short listed from numerous applications from the world over and stands the chance to be one of twelve emerging talent to go to Cannes, France this year to participate in the prestigious Midem Music Conference.

“To have reached this far in the selection process is already such an honour. The Midem Music Conference is held in such high esteem across the global music industry and it’s any artist’s dream to be recognised by this platform” expresses Toya Delazy.

The Midem Artist Accelerator is an exclusive programme for artists and their entourages. Designed to support managers, agents, labels and publishers as they look to grow their artists’ profiles globally, it’s the opportunity to promote 12 upcoming international talents selected by an Artistic Committee. The 2nd edition of the Midem Artist Accelerator features a range of curated networking opportunities with key players within the music ecosystem, as well as learning and coaching sessions with leaders of the international music industry.

The announcement of Toya Delazy’s selection comes shortly after she recently won Best International Song at the Out Music Awards in New York in January, for her Forbidden Fruit song, and also reached number #6 on the UK Urban Charts for her single Luv My City this past December. Toya Delazy’s international recognition has played a crucial part in getting her this far along of the Midem Artist Accelerator selection process.

Toya Delazy recently debuted her first single with new all-female rap crew, Klutch Kollective, titled, Back To The Roots.

Listen to Klutch Kollective’s Back To The Roots here: https://soundcloud.com/klutch-kollective/back-to-the-roots-ft-dk-genius

View Toya Delazy’s project in the #MAA playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTHMm3OdQgc

Follow Toya Delazy’s selection process online with the hashtags #MAA and #Midem.

Connect with Toya Delazy

Facebook: Toya Delazy (https://www.facebook.com/toyadelazy)
Twitter: @ToyaDelazy
Instagram: @ToyaDelazy
Website: www.delazy.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTHMm3OdQgc

 

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TRESOR to perform at Woodstock Live this weekend

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Multi-platinum award-winning songwriter and soul singer, TRESOR, is set to perform at Woodstock Live this Sunday, 20 March 2016, at Trafalgar Park in Woodstock, Cape Town. Gates open at 13:30and tickets range from R80 to R120 pre-sold and R130 at the gate.

Purchase your tickets here:

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“I am extremely excited to be sharing my music live with my Cape Town fans especially since it’s been many years since I last performed there. It will also be the first time sharing songs from my debut album live in Cape Town. It’s going to be a super memorable show!” expresses TRESOR.

TRESOR’s hit single, Never Let Me Go, garnered him a Metro FM Music Award (#MMA15) nomination for Best Remixwhere he was nominated alongside Kelly Khumalo for “Asine”, DJ Slique for “DLID”, Emtee for “Roll Up Re Up” and AKA for “Baddest”. TRESOR also received a Best Styled Artist nomination for the #MMA15 which was a very relevant nomination for TRESOR who is known for his bold, distinguished and unique fashion style.

TRESOR forms part of the Top 10 most played local artists on radio in 2015 which is a phenomenal achievement for a breakout artist. 2016 has already kicked off on a high note for TRESOR with his music on high rotation on radio stations across the country. His latest single featuring The Kifness, Evergreen, is proving to be a fan favourite and is already on numerous charts. Evergreen is currently sitting at number #5 on the Heart FM #HeartSATop10 chart.

Watch TRESOR’s Never Let Me Go music video here:

Connect with TRESOR Riziki

Facebook: TRESOR Official (https://www.facebook.com/tresor.official1)
Twitter: @TRESOROfficial / @VthSeason
Instagram: @ TRESOROfficial
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tresorofficial
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TresorMusicVEVO
Web: http://www.tresorofficial.com/

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Cassper Nyovest Is Set To Open For Nicki Minaj

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According to Zalebs, Cassper Nyovest must be celebrating wherever he is right now.

This is because the rapper will be opening for American rapper Nicki Minaj, during her Pinkprint Tour in Johannesburg and Durban next week.

This is exciting news for the rapper, who has had an amazing career and has gained thousands of fans. He took to Twitter to let his supporters know that he’s got something special planned. Read more on Zalebs

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AKA to perform new music on SABC 1’s Live Amp this Friday

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All eyes on AKA this Friday, 11 March 2016, as the BET Award nominated #3RDWRLDBOSS is set to perform new music titled, One Time, on SABC 1’s Live Amp at 19:30.liveamp songs

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AKA’s new music, One Time, is not available for purchase or for free download. Fans will need to tune into Live Amp this Friday to get a taste of what the #KingofRadio has been cooking up in studio. AKA’s performance of One Time on Live Amp this Friday is definitely not one to be missed as the performance will take on a different rendition reminiscent to the live music format of Saturday Night Live.

Fans can engage online now using the hashtag #OneTime in anticipation of AKA’s upcoming performance, as well as during the show on Friday night.

There is no stopping AKA’s momentum. AKA has kicked off 2016 with a bang, achieving career milestones, as well as representing South Africa abroad. See below a recap of some of AKA’s 2016 highlights thus far:

  • AKA features in the BBC RADIO & BBC 1 XTRA prestigious “HOT FOR 2016” listmaking him the only African based artist to feature on the coveted annual tip list, which in previous years have featured the likes of Drake, Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sande and Sam Smith
  • AKA represents South Africa in Canada at the inaugural OkayAfrica Africa In The 6 exclusive event and attends the NBA All Star games as a special guest
  • AKA reaches 1 million views on YouTube in 10 days for his single Make Me Sing with Diamond Platnumz, a first for an SA artist
  • AKA wins 2 Metro FM Music Awards with no album in 2015 and only 1 single released
  • AKA becomes the first hip hop artist to headline the Old Mutual Music at the lake concert

Watch AKA & Diamond Platnumz Make Me Sing music video which is about to clock 2 million views here:

 

 

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