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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Dirty Poet plans to be Mzansi’s next leading hip-hop artist by December

Dirty Poet

Dirty Poet rapper from Cape Town who began rapping in 2012 whilst in Durban plans to take over the music industry with his sound.

The young artist has taken a different step with his music career, a step that saw him quitting his job in Cape Town and moving all the way to Lagos, Nigeria to launch his career.

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“I felt my sound would be more accepted in Nigeria because its similar to their current sound, which is Afro-pop and it’s also the right place for me to make international collaboration,” says Dirty Poet.

Signed to Cash Hop, Dirty Poet has released his first single Questions on digital platforms Soundcloud and Audiomack. The single was produced in South Africa by Mr Kamera and Zino D and it definitely has potential to top the charts.

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Retired artist Riky Rick wants to push unearthing talents

Riky Rick leaves music

Riky Rick may have retired but he still wants to help unseen talents grow. The rapper recently announced that he’s retiring from music and performances because he’s not okay mentally to continue doing music. 

Chatting to Slikour on “On The Ground” recently, Riky Rick said he knows that rappers are not supposed to stay in the limelight forever and he is adamant to help train or groom up coming artists.

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The Boss Zonke hitmaker continued to share with Slikour that: “You need to do what you can do in your space then pass it on to the next guys to continue. In music and in arts, it is the same thing, we should be enabling young people to be able to do greater than you.”

Watch as Slikour catch up with Riky at “Back To The City 2018. ” He puts them onto two new bright stars of the future of music industry, a radio host named Kabelo, and musician The Big Hash.

Image Courtesy: Riky Rick Instagram



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Idols SA Top 4 finalist Phindy Dube releases single titled “Ready”

Phindy Dube Ready

Idols SA Season 13 contestant Phindy Dube has released her pop single titled Ready. The song was composed by SAMA 24 Nominated artist Shekinah, Jann Klose & Ziyon.

“I fell in love with the single the moment I heard it, it’s a song for all ages written by an amazing team Shekinah, Jann Klose and Ziyon. This song really had everything to do with my journey after idols, I had to be ready to work after the show. I really hope South Africa will love the song as much as I do because it has a good vibe to it. You can’t help but be happy when you hear it. I know #TeamPhindy will love it.” Shares Phindy Dube.

Phindy Dube achieved Top 4 on Idols Season 13. The Wits graduate was recently a main act for the Standard Bank Awards 2018 & she was also the opening act for SAPREF Gala 2017.

Phindy’s single titled Ready, is currently being receiving support on radio stations across the country.

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Idols SA Season 13 Runner up “Botlhale”, Releases New Single Titled “Mama Ka Nozi No Thando”

Idols SA Season 13 runner up Botlhale Phora

Idols SA Season 13 runner up Botlhale Phora has released his anticipated single titled Mama Ka Nozi No Thando, the song was composed by Botlhale & John Lundon and produced by John Lundon.

“I’m super excited about official release of my single “Mama Ka Nozi No Thando” it has been in the market before. People really loved the song but after Idols that’s when I decided to re-record the song and re-release it for greater audience not only in Tshwane but across South Africa, and I’m happy cause people are receiving the song well, it is on number 19 on iTunes new releases” – Shares Botlhale.

The Pretoria born Botlhale Phora has been on SA’s Got Talent in 2015 and was nominated for Top 21, and in 2016 he was on The Voice SA Season 1 made and it to Top 32. He has also performed with Lira on M-net & Friends Lira Show. Most recently he was on Idols Season 13 where he achieved Top 3.

Botlhale’s single titled Mama Ka Nozi No Thando, is currently being receiving support on radio stations across the country. The Pretoria Singer & Song-writer is well on his way to success in the music industry.

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South African pop gospel artist Melo releases her brand new single titled Shakara Ft Cliff M

pop gospel artist Melo

Boitumelo Tshediso Molotsi, stage name Melo, is a 24 year old, up and coming, Johannesburg based, contemporary gospel music minister.

With a slew of singles under her belt and an ever increasing fan base, Melo is forging a unique and crossover path for herself in the Gospel and Afro Pop markets. Shakara Ft Cliff M is the first single off her brand new album Light. Shakara is a hypnotic and energetic gospel afro pop song bound to get your spirits high.

Melo delivers a vibrant, feel good sound that will make you smile, bob your head and dance. Her songs have a beautiful and inspiring message and celebrate the life God has given to us all.

This is gospel music with a youthful, modern, and contemporary twist and will appeal to young and old, conservative and edgy.

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