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Xenlaii releases his latest single Kwaze kwamnandi

Xenlaii Kwaze kwamnandi

Xenlaii leads us into the Festive Season with this groovy summer tune titled Kwaze Kwamnandi.

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This comes as Xenlaii’s second offering after his ‘’How To Play’’ hit single which did it’s rotations on commercial radio and even landed him an article on Cosmopolitan magazine and other various media outlets such as CliffCentral to name the few.

Produced by the Tweezy & Una Rams collabotor who goes by the name Kaeb, this single taken from his Surf AM EP which is scheduled to be released on the 15th November 2018 along with a short film, Kwaze Kwamnadi tells a story of high-class females, Margarita wine drinking and afterparties in the northern suburbs of Durban. He paints this picture with an intoxicated grunge texture in his voice.

“The story of high-class females, Margarita wine drinking and afterparty’s in the suburbs is painted with the intoxicated grunge texture in his voice. This is an excellent blend of genres to create a new genre that just forces you to sway your head side to side no matter how much you try to fight the vibration” Xenlaii says.

The song reflects on a youthful midnight experience in the city of Durban which Xenlaii calls the Surf AM experience. Surf AM is a pursuit of happiness, a form of escapism from his bitter reality of losing very important people in his life. It is also the title of his ‘’soon to be released’’ project which will come with a very conceptual short film that was shot in Balito, Durban.

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Getting to know the first Kwaito female DJ Thembi Mkhumbene AKA Dj Miss T SA

Thembi Mkhumbene AKA Dj Miss T SA

Thembi Mkhumbene AKA Dj Miss T SA is an independent first kwaito female DJ born January 22nd in Tokoza (Ekurhuleni).

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Her dress-code is Mathanda kitchen, Samson Overall and all-star sneakers. They said Kwaito music is dead but Dj Miss T would disagree. The first kwaito DJ who tattooed Kwaito Diva on her left hand is not a stranger to entertainment venues. This kwaito Dj is about to release her Kwaito EP/Album titled “Ezase Kasi Lami”.

She has been a kwaito fan since she was young and she started her music career 2016 and she is attracting a large number of audience in the short time she has started and she already shared the stage with the likes of Mandla Spikiri, Mapaputsi , Skhokho , 2.5, Mshoza , Drencko, DJ Jucka , DJ Kaygee, Amon , Blorie Da Jam , DJ Sweetment, Toffolux Wabolova , Nomtha WA Kwaito and Stena DJ Bee just to mention a few. She has played in & outside South Africa in places like Caprivi, Justice Place, Lemba Café, Voltage Lounge, Barrels Place, Ha Pita (Lesotho/Maseru), MT Lounge, Boiketlong Pub.

She was also a nominee at the 2017 edition of the Mzansi Kwaito House Music Awards as the best Kwaito DJ Amongst the best DJ’s on the Best Kwaito DJ category which she unfortunately didn’t win but is back once again to prove her nomination wasn’t a fluke by winning the Best Kwaito DJ category.

DJ Miss T SA is also representing SA at Southern Africa Music Festival alongside with DJ Melody, Dj Shiks and Dj Sweetment who was also a 2017 Kwaito House Music Award Best Kwaito DJ Nominee. S.A.M.F movement also has Mr. Brown from Mozambique, Abuti from Lesotho, Jonico Kobela from Tembisa and other artists from Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Nigeria. Speaking about SAMF Dj Miss T was on a tour to Swaziland in March 25th, Mozambique in June, Botswana in September, Ethiopia after and Lesotho once again in December.

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Nkanyiso Makhanya and Thuthuka Mthembu Join Uzalo

Nkanyiso Makhanya joins Uzalo

Former Craze TV Nkanyiso Makhanya and newcomer Thuthuka Mthembu will be joining SABC drama series Uzalo.

ALSO READ: Nay Maps, Nokuthula Mabika And Glen Gabela Leave Uzalo

Nkanyiso Makhanya and Thuthuka Mthembu join season 5 of Uzalo which starts in February 2019. The award-winning show recently announced that Nay Maps, Nokuthula Mabika and Glen Gabela will be saying goodbye to the show starting next year.

“We want to thank Naymaps Maphalala, Glen Gabela and Thobile Mabika for their contributions to Uzalo. They performed their roles with diligence and they have been vital in the shows performance in 2018,” Uzalo’s chief writer, Bongi Ndaba said.

Thuthuka Mthembu joins Uzalo

“It’s out with the old and in with the new when new faces join the SABC1 soapie next year. We’ll see the character Lilly (played by Noxolo Mathula) grow from being an on-call character to a principal cast member and the show will bring on some undiscovered talent, like newcomers Thuthuka Mthembu and Nkanyiso Makhanya,” – DRUM magazine wrote.

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Getting to know Galaletsang Koffman from The River

Actress Galaletsang Koffman

Actress Galaletsang Koffman is one of the upcoming talents South Africa should watch out. The young talented actress made appearances on several local shows.

ALSO READ: Five Minutes With Expresso’s Thabiso Makhubela

She made an appearance on the Mzansi Magic soap “The Road”, where she bagged a role of Lefentse. She also starred in a LoveLife production “Foxy Chix” where she played the lead role Sbosh. Galaletsang Koffman was nominated for best actress in her graduation film “Lucky”, where played the lead “Mmabatho”. She also appeared on the SABC3 soap “Thula’s Vine” where she played the character of “Musa”.

In her recent interview with Daily Sun, The River actress, who plays Beauty, has advised the youth to go to school before getting into the entertainment industry. She wants aspiring actors to know that the industry is not as glamorous as people think.

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Craze welcomes new presenters

Craze welcomes new presenters

They’ve come a long way to make the grade, and now they’re joining Craze! Meet the new additions to the spunky and charismatic Craze youngsters: Charnte Hartzenberg, Jerida Tsipa, Mpho Mofokeng, Thabiso Seboka and Vuyokazi Mtwa.

ALSO READ: Candice Modiselle Leaves YoTV

The five newly-crowned winners of the Craze presenter search will appear across various shows including Sistahood, Frenzy and Shiz Live daily, joining the talented line up of Craze presenters who have been holding the fort.

Studying towards a Bachelor of Science in molecular and cell biology at the University of the Witwatersrand is Jerida Tsipa. Jerida says she is blessed and grateful to be granted the opportunity to be a Craze presenter and hopes to inspire young individuals in the same way Basetsana Khumalo has inspired her, one day. When asked what she is passionate about, she added science, and specifically women in science, to her passion for presenting.

Hailing from Vosloorus is the talented Mpho Mofokeng, a creative, artist and entertainer at heart, who is out to build a brand that young people can look up to.

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Getting to know Maphokoane Serobanyane aka DJ Puggy

Maphokoane Serobanyane aka DJ Puggy

The super talented DJ Puggy, whose real name is Maphokoane Serobanyane, is originally from Bloemfontein but is currently based in Soweto and this is where she musical journey started in back in 2009.

ALSO READ: Getting To Know Nokuthula Moilwa Aka Pinky Mcpurpley

The versatile DJ Puggy has shared stages with the likes of DJ Zinhle, DJ Sbu, DJ Miggs, DJ Phobia, and Tembisa’s very own DJ Sbu and Shimza.

Her unique sense of musical impact has made a mark that ensures her moment on the stage is never dull. “I am regarded as a rocking DJ” Says DJ Puggy.

She describes herself as “Most humble” and has an absolute sincere soul about her which her fans validate to her always. To top the cake, the first time MKHMA nominee is exceptionally goal driven and ambitious when it comes to life, more specifically her love for music. On a more personal side, DJ Puggy is a very good listener, highly motivated and inspired 24/7.24/7. She is an achievers, achiever, a positive individual who can make things happen. She has excellent leadership and superb cognitive skills.

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Ami Faku’s debut single, Ndikhethe Wena, launches on a high note

Ami Faku debut single, Ndikhethe Wena

Vth Season’s newest signee, Eastern Cape born, Nelson Mandela University (NMU) accounting student, Ami Faku (pronounced ahh-me), launched her debut single, Ndikhethe Wena, this past Friday on a high note.

ALSO READ: Getting To Know Figure Skater Ancio Van Tonder

Known to have blown away all four judges on The Voice SA last year, Ami Faku has lived up to expectations and is currently blowing away listeners on radio stations across the country with her debut offering.

Since it’s debut on Friday, Ami Faku’s Ndikhethe Wena has been playlisted by 18 radio stations including the likes of Metro FM, Capricorn FM, Power FM, Tru FM, North West FM, UJ FM and Thobela FM just to name a few.

Ndikhethe Wena is currently charting on the North West FM Top 40 Chart and the cover artwork is featured on the landing page of JOOX SA.

“The song is about being completely in love and not being bothered by the negativity that relationships are associated with. Sometimes as people we need to realise how precious relationships are. This person chose you out of all the people in the world, that’s special,” explains Ami Faku.

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Getting to know Nokuthula Moilwa aka Pinky Mcpurpley

Nokuthula Moilwa aka Pinky Mcpurpley

Pinky Mcpurpley whose real name is Nokuthula Moilwa is a 23-year-old South African female hip-hop artist, entrepreneur and photographer from Johannesburg.

ALSO READ: Kid Flame: My journey started when I was 9 years old

Pinky Mcpurpley was the first ever female artist to make it to the Jagermeister and the only female finalist on the #GigiGoesGold competition brought by Mabala Noise.

Pinky, who was recently featured on the front page of local newspaper Daily Sun, YoTV and Shizlive, was featured on the recently released Tape by Hip Hop Live SA including an episode alongside Benchmarq, Shabzi Medallion, Jimmy Wizz and a number of hip-hop artists and has over 30 000 followers on Twitter.

She has always been involved in arts from the early age of 11 when she was in theatre arts in a group called M.U.K.A where they did drama, dance, poetry and choral music. She went on to play soccer at a senior level for WITS ladies football club.

In high school she was involved in debate, public speaking and was part of the student representatives at school.

Her career as a hip hop artist began in November 2015. Mcpurpley has gone to release 4 singles of which have been played on Vow FM, Stamparama FM in the UK, Hillbrow community radio, CosmoFM, Rawjamz online radio station, Belter radio (UK) Venrap radio station, Madibaz radio and Trultimate records in Zimbabwe and is currently in the top 10 chart in Zimbabwe.

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Five Minutes With Expresso’s Thabiso Makhubela

Expresso’s Thabiso Makhubela

Earlier this month, the fourth season of Presenter Search on 3 saw six brand new faces joining the SABC 3 family.

ALSO READ: Five New Faces Join The SABC 3 Family As PRESENTER SEARCH On 3 Comes To An End

While initially looking for three new presenters to join the SABC 3 stable, judges Patience Stevens, DJ Fresh, Sbusiso Kumalo and Jeannie D were impressed by the overwhelming amount of talent and have decided to open up the industry even further by welcoming Harmony Katulondi, Ryle De Morny, Fezile Mkhize,Palesa Tembe, and Thabiso Makhubela to the SABC 3 family with Mosa Kaiser grabbing a role as Expresso’s new field presenter.

Joining the Expresso family is brand strategist Thabiso Makhubela. Since his first audition, Thabiso easily cemented himself as a frontrunner in the competition. The new Expresso presenter gained a massive support system on social media during the season and overcame obstacles to win over the judges in what has been described as the show’s most impressive season to date.

Get to know Thabiso better with this short Q&A:

What has been the highlight of your time on Presenter Search on 3? 

The highlight of my time with Presenter Search on 3 has to be the two takeovers we did of the Expresso morning show and Top Billing. Those moments were so surreal because in those times, I actually lived out a dream.

What has been the biggest lesson this experience has taught you?

The single biggest lesson this experience has taught me is to take a chance on myself. Many people often have dreams and interests they would like to pursue but hold themselves back. Each week, I saw myself take a chance. I wasn’t always in a comfortable space but I got in there and gave it the best I could.  

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Getting to know figure skater Ancio Van Tonder

figure skater Ancio Van Tonder

Ancio van Tonder is without a doubt one of the most talented figure skaters in South Africa. The 20-year-old figure skater from Cape Town discovered his figure skating skills at the age of 3.

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As a 3-year-old toddler, Ancio’s amazing talent was spotted by one of the elite coaches at Grand West Casino and was told to take professional lessons. 2 years later he went to SA nationals. At the age of 7, he received South African colours for competing in Zagreb, Croatia where he placed 1st.

Speaking of his skating career, van Tonder had to leave South Africa in order to pursue his skating career.

“I left home at the age of 12 to train in Canada with World renowned and Olympic coaches to further my skating career. Since then I have been 8 time South African National Champion, I have competed at multiple international competitions and have been on the Junior Grand Prix circuit for 3 years,” – Ancio said.

He further added that in 2014 he was part of a Reality TV show in India “Dare2Dance” ( similar concept to dancing with the stars ). He was hired as the professional skater and his celebrity partner came 2nd on the show.

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