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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.

Source: www.tvovermind.com

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Plugged Africa partners with Shesha to launch NBA merchandise

Plugged Africa partners with Shesha

For the love of the game of basketball, Plugged Africa has partnered with Shesha to launch a unique range of The National Basketball Association (NBA) merchandise in South Africa. As a premium retailer of exclusive and limited edition branded merchandise, Shesha is selling the NBA range exclusively in their stores. For more information visit www.pluggedafrica.com. The merchandise is currently available in the following stores: Canal Walk, East Gate, Mall of Africa, Melrose Arch, Menlyn, Sandton and The Zone.

NBA is a men’s professional basketball league in North America; composed of 30 teams. It is widely considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world.

The partnership brings the culture of street-wear and lifestyle of the basketball game closer to the African market. The range is inspired by the world’s best NBA basketball teams, whose logo’s blend effortlessly with distinctive fashion led graphics that are unique to Plugged Africa.

Below is one of their merchandise available in their stores. For more photos check out Instagram and Twitter.

National Basketball Association (NBA) merchandise

“Our partnership taps into the cross-section of lifestyle, music (hip-hop, trap and in SA’s case house) and fashion of the sport of basketball. The players themselves have become style icons, and represent a form of African/African-American expression”, says Boikai Cummings Co-Founder of Invictus Africa Investment Partners, the umbrella company of Plugged Africa.

“Part of our growth and strategy (as Plugged) was to come together with a partner that understood what we are trying to accomplish with the brand; and Shesha have a clear understanding of the African youth market and how to communicate with its consumers, Authenticity of brand and message are pinnacle to all partners, the NBA, Plugged and Shesha alike.” says Cummings.

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Mpho Maboi and Reneilwe Letsholonyane are secretly married

Mpho Maboi and Reneilwe Letsholonyane are secretly married

Mpho Maboi and Reneilwe Letsholonyane have tied the knot in a secret ceremony. Speaking on her Metro FM radio show with DJ Fresh on Friday morning, Mpho revealed that she got married to her longtime partner in a secret ceremony.

Speaking of the wedding she said, “yeah, he is now my husband. We got married. It is done.”

A few months ago, the couple told Arye Kellman on Touch HD that they would get married when they were ready.

“For me, I feel like it’s not the end point for everyone. Not everybody wants to get married, the whole marriage thing, can we not shove it down people’s throats.” Mpho said in the interview.

She further stated that “we’ll get married, when we get married, If we choose to get married. For all I know this (Reneilwe) could be my life partner and I’m content with that.”

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The curse of Teko Modise reveals all about muti rituals at Orlando Pirates

The curse of Teko Modise Orlando Pirates

According to Citizen, Cape Town City midfielder Teko Modise holds nothing back in his new book ‘The Curse of Teko Modi’. The memoir reveals how muti rituals were performed at Orlando Pirates.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns F.C player released his new memoir, The Curse of Teko Modise, on November 28.

The tell-all book details midnight baths on the eve of games that it is asserted Modise and his teammates took part in when the former Bafana Bafana play-maker played for Pirates between 2007 and 2011

“We believed in muti a lot at Orlando Pirates. We used to bath a lot [in muti]. The whole body was itchy,” Modise asserted at his book launch.

“Players didn’t know what was in the bath. We just did what we were told to do, and if we didn’t do what were supposed to do, obviously it’s got its own punishment,” he added.

“It [muti] is within the culture of Orlando Pirates. I found it there, and I’m sure there are guys who have played before me that would be cultured like that.”

Modise is the second former Pirates player to claim that the club was using muti after Benson Mhlongo said Platinum Stars was the only club he had played for that never forced him to use muthi in an interview with SABC Sport.

The claims have received mixed reactions on social media, with many upset by the club’s reported practices.

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Carol Tshabalala named 2017 Glamour Women of the Year in Media

Carol Tshabalala 2017 Glamour Women of the Year in Media

Award winning South African sports broadcaster and MC, Carol Tshabalala’s light continues to shine and is certainly closing off 2017 with a bang. The First Lady of Sport as she is affectionately known has been named as the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year in Media.

When it comes to sport broadcasting, South African sports broadcaster and MC, Carol Tshabalala is one of the best in the world, and that’s why she continues to receive a lot of praise and awards.  The Glamour Women of the Year recognition came as no surprise as the First Lady Of Sport had an incredible year expanding her global sports footprint by being a regular face on popular British football shows for Premier League Productions and joining the GG Gaming morning show team as an anchor.

Sixteen years after starting her career as a sportscaster, Carol Tshabalala is on top of her game and has rightfully earned the title of the First Lady of Sport. Carol Tshabalala joins a list of individuals who are making outstanding contributions in a range of fields. All fearless, inspiring and unique, and all making South Africa a better, brighter and more beautiful place.

Carol Tshabalala has blossomed into one of the most sought-after talents and has affirmed her status in the industry. She continues to maintain a positive impact in the global sports scene with her aura, stunning looks and unique style making her a paramount personality in the African urban youth culture and sporting fraternity.

For her class, beauty and relentless hustle, a lot can be expected from The First Lady of Sports in 2018 as her grip on the global sporting world continues to firm up.

Follow the First Lady of Sports on social media to stay up to date with the latest in the world of sports.

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Carol Tshabalala to anchor Premier League Today 1-2-11 show LIVE from their London studios

Carol Tshabalala sports

When it comes to sports broadcasting, South African sports broadcaster and MC, Carol Tshabalala is one of the best in the world.

Now a regular face on the British football show, Premier League Today 1-2-11, Carol Tshabalala is set to anchor another installment of the popular show at the Premier League Production studios in London today.

The hour and a half show, which is broadcasted worldwide, will also be aired on SuperSport at 14:30 CAT. The show which has received great reception since Carol started anchoring, will feature former England international Trevor Sinclair who will share his vast knowledge gained over his 19 years of playing experience.

Sixteen years after starting her career as a sportscaster, Carol is on top of her game and continues to remind us why she earned the title of the First Lady of Sports.

For her class, beauty and relentless hustle, a lot can be expected from Carol Tshabalala in the last quarter of the year as her grip on the global sporting world continues to firm up.

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Carol Tshabalala to anchor the Premier League Today show LIVE from their London studios

Premier League Carol

Award winning South African sports broadcaster and MC, Carol Tshabalala, who is now a regular face on the British football show, Premier League Today 1-2-11. Carol Tshabalala is set to anchor the show live at the Premier League Productions studios in London today.

The one hour show is broadcasted worldwide will also be aired on SuperSport at 14:30 local time. The show will feature George Boateng who is a former Dutch international and Premier League legend of Ghanaian descent.

Carol Tshabalala has over the years proven why she is the undisputed First Lady of Sports with her work being globally recognised and respected within the sporting fraternity.  

First Lady Of Sport continues to expand her global sports footprint by now joining the famous World Sports Betting Morning Betting Show team as an anchor.

For her class, beauty and relentless hustle, a lot can be expected from Carol in the last quarter of the year as her grip on the global sporting world continues to firm up.

Always paving a way in the sports industry, Carol Tshabalala is now the only African based presenter to join the English Premier League sportscasters and one of only a handful of women presenters.

Follow the First Lady of Sport on social media to stay up to date with her London trip.

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Mpho Maboi Hosts The Ultimate Sports Show on Metro FM

Mpho Maboi METROFM

It has been over a month since The SABC announced that Robert Marawa would be parting ways with the broadcaster. Mpho Maboi is set to host Metro FM weekday sports show.

Marawa’s sports broadcasts on Metro FM were immensely popular with listeners but fans that have been left bereft by his departure might enjoy a new programme called The Ultimate Sports Show with Mpho Maboi and Udo Carelse.

The new show was announced by the public broadcaster on Tuesday in a statement released to the press.

Mpho will be bringing and fresh perspective to sporting discussions and will also delve into the business and the influence that women have in sport.

“South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Sport division has announced the launch of The Ultimate Sport Show (TUSS) on Metro FM.  Renowned TV and Radio sports anchor Mpho Maboi will takes listeners on a journey into the world of women in sport every Thursday 18:00-19:30, starting 24 August 2017″ – Sibongile Mtyali said. 

Mtyali  further added that currently a studio and touchline sport presenter for SABC Sport, Mpho’s career spans over a decade in the entertainment industry. In April 2015, she joined Metro FM and is currently part of the South Africa’s biggest breakfast show Fresh Breakfast with DJ Fresh weekdays broadcasting from 05:00-08:00.

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Marks Maponyane found guilty of assaulting wife

Marks Maponyane

According to eNCA, The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Sunday that former Bafana Bafana footballer Marks Maponyane, was found guilty of assaulting his wife Sylvia.

It has been reported that NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane, Maponyane pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday.

The football commentator was slapped with a fine of R3 000 or a 6 months suspended jail sentence, and a further R6 000 fine or suspended 24-month jail sentence.The NPA says the second sentence will apply if he lays his hands on anyone else in the next 24 months. He only faced one charge of assault.

On Sunday, the family of struggle icon, Walter Sisulu responded with “shock and dismay” to charges of assault laid against Walter Sisulu’s grandson, Shaka Sisulu. The family issued a statement saying it “noted” the allegations of assault, as reported in the media, saying the matter is before the courts “and we expect the law to run its full course.”

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The First Lady Of Sport Carol Tshabalala expands her global sports footprint by joining the World Sports Betting Morning Betting Show

The First Lady Of Sport Carol Tshabalala

Award winning South African sports broadcaster and MC, Carol Tshabalala, continues to expand her global sports footprint by now joining the famous World Sports Betting  Morning Betting Show team.

The show which broadcasts live across Africa focuses on all sporting codes gives viewers a glimpse of the weekend sports events globally will air locally on DSTV Channel 239 at 7 am on Saturday 29 July.

Carol Tshabalala will anchor the show alongside a star studded panel of well-known sports expects in various fields.  The panel will include Terry Pain, Liam Del Carme, Gary Lentin, Rodney Mccurdy and Dominik Zaki of Australian racing.

“Super excited to be joining this knowledgeable team and talking all sport globally this is a show that is right up my alley,” expresses Carol Tshabalala.

Always paving a way in the sports industry, Carol Tshabalala has over the years proven why she is the undisputed First Lady of Sports with her work being globally recognised and respected within the sporting fraternity.

Follow the First Lady of Sports on social media to stay up to date with the latest sporting events globally.

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