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Local artist Qwade Dunn looking forward to returning to SA this summer

Qwade Dunn

Family, the sun and a decent curry is what artist, Qwade Dunn – who is currently conquering the overseas market and living abroad – is most looking forward to when he returns to SA shores this November for a short trip to promote his new single, Girlfriend, which was released to radio earlier this month.

ALSO READ: Kwaito Rapper Mgaga Releases His Debut Solo Single ALL THE WAY Ft AugustChild & Sizwe Magwaza

Qwade grew up in a small town in KwaZulu-Natal, called Eshowe. As a teen, the South-African born singer relocated to New Zealand to study. With a passion and desire to make it in the music industry, he self-funded his first music demo and video, which caught the attention of British manager Johnathan (Jay) Jules. After being scouted by Sony Music, Dunn released his debut single, We Are, produced by British producer James Reynolds, in 2012. It featured as song of the week on New Zealand’s ZM Radio, making Dunn the first African artist to achieve that status in Australasia – quite an achievement for a developing act.

In 2013, Dunn returned to South Africa where he continued to pursue music, albeit in a different way. “It was at this point that Jonathan Jules and I founded Jabba, a music company with a difference. It provided a solution for international music companies seeking to establish a footprint in Africa, one of the world’s fastest growing economies. We not only wanted to bring products into Africa for African music lovers, but also wanted to create a vehicle for exporting African music beyond borders.”

While the business became his primary focus, Dunn continued to release music ad hoc from late 2015 to 2017. “During this time, I did a radio/television tour of east Africa; it just so happened that our company was label partners to an Idols-type show in Zambia. I loved touring east Africa because the people were so warm and the vibe I got was incredible. It made me fall in love with our content all over again.”

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Wandile Mbambeni Releases ‘Kwakumnandi’ music video

Wandile Mbambeni

Wandile Mbambeni releases his music video for ‘Kwakumnandi’ which is his first official single from his debut album with the same title.

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The music video which has a look and feel of the ‘good old days’ gives of a nostalgic feeling that makes one reminisce back on their childhood days when ‘it was great’.

Having signed a multi-album deal with Gallo Record Company and releasing his debut album earlier on this year, the Eastern Cape born musician, Wandile continues to be one of SA’s top breakthrough artists. He worked with the likes of Shekinah and Bongeziwe Mabandla on his debut album and continues to grow his craft.

“This video is definitely the best music video to come out of my discography. I’m excited for people to see it, I love it. I’m excited about the release of this video today, the main purpose for this video is for all of us to reminisce and be nostalgic for a moment and say ‘Kwakumnandi’, we all relate to love & we all relate to nostalgia.” Explains Wandile.

Wandile’s single ‘Kwakumnandi’ is currently playlisted on national and regional stations across the country.

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Kwaito Rapper Mgaga releases his debut solo single ALL THE WAY ft AugustChild & Sizwe Magwaza

Kwaito Rapper Mgaga

Mgaga is a Kwaito Rapper from the East Rand of Johannesburg. Born as Akhona More, Mgaga began his music career in 2014 as part of a group called PAQ performing in popular clubs around South Africa with 2 hit singles.

ALSO READ: Xenlaii Releases His Latest Single Kwaze Kwamnandi

Formally known as Radi-AK, Mgaga is now taking on the world as a solo act with authentic Kwaito music.

At an early age the kwaito star was moved from Alexandra township to Tembisa and then to Edenvale. Growing up with a heavy Hip Hop and Kwaito influence, Mgaga started writing rap songs and freestyle battling, later discovering that expresses himself best and relates to his audience in vernac utilizing the Kwaito flow.

This is his debut solo single ‘All The Way’ after the re-branding from formally being called Radi-AK to going by Mgaga, a name he was popularly known by since before he pursued music professionally.

The word “Mgaga” refers to an AK 47 because the first letters of his birthname “Akhona” are “AK”, which is his childhood name.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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