AKA “Too Good” for a Toyota Corolla

South African music ace AKA was left fuming this weekend after the organisers of the grand opening of Chez Ntemba night club allegedly attempted to use a Toyota Corolla in transporting him to the venue in Kabulonga, Zambia.

Although the rapper stays in a modest open-plan flat next to the noisy Bree taxi rank, downtown Johannesburg, and doesn’t even drive a million dollar car himself, he was not shy to express his displeasure and lashed out at the organisers on twitter.

“We are in the business of image and branding… Don’t F*** my sh’t Up,” tweeted a seemingly agitated AKA.

The vehicle is one of Zambia’s most common automobiles & according to some unofficial statistics, two out of every five cars parked at a given spot is a Toyota Corolla and in most instances used as a Taxi.

The organisers of the show had by press time not responded to AKA’s twitter rant. – Mwebantu New Media

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Liquideep is Splitting! #PoorMichelle Calls it Quits!!!

Liquideep duo Ziyon Hamilton (left) and #PoorMichelle (right) at the Metro FM Music Awards

Liquideep duo Ziyon Hamilton (left) and #PoorMichelle (right) at the Metro FM Music Awards

The award-winning house duo consisting of Jonathan “Ziyon” Hamilton, who is a vocalist and #PoorMichelle, who is a DJ and producer, is on the verge of splitting.

According to Daily Sun, the duo shot to fame in 2009 with a hot single called Fairytale, which cemented them into the music scene as a household name. Last Saturday, Liquideep performed at Carnival City, Brakpan, without #PoorMichelle.

Daily Sun contacted #PoorMichelle (alias Thabo ‘Ryzor’ Shokgolo), who confirmed the split. 

“The whole issue came from my side. I know my decision wasn’t taken well by the band,” #PoorMichelle allegedly said. 

According to #PoorMichelle, it’s not a “split”, but rather a type of growth as he’s tired of being Ziyon’s shadow and will be busy on the production side of things.

“As you saw last weekend at the event, I wasn’t there. I pulled back because there couldn’t be a better time to leave Liquideep than the present. 

“There is no bad blood between Ziyon and I,” said #PoorMichelle. 

Daily Sun has learnt Ziyon will release his solo album, Audio Alchemy, in July this year.

Ziyon said: “With regards to Liquideep, we’re both taking different directions, both personally and career wise. 

“Naturally, this affects things moving forward. Though I do feel that there’s a lot of positive things that will come from this new endeavour.” – Daily Sun

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I’m Not HIV Positive – Says KO from Teargas

(Centre, in all white) KO's weight loss has got tongues wagging

SHOCKING: KO’s (centre, in all white) weight loss has gotten tongues wagging

It seems loosing weight in Mzansi is enough to start an unfounded HIV rumour. It was first DJ Sbu, followed by Somizi, then Mika Stefano who lost weight sooo drastically, he’s beginning to look like a melting candle, and Gesh Conco, who apparently vanished to the States to join New York au-pair of the year award winner in the diaper-changing category, Chichi Letsoalo.

Twitter has been in overdrive since the picture of Teargas members surfaced, with many speculating that rapper and Cashtime/Teargas superstar, KO, may be HIV positive.

If you look on Twitter, you’ll see that the terms “R Mashesha” “Teargas” and “Your HIV status” are trending and have been for a few days.

KO’s manager, Thabiso Khati, was quick to dismiss the rumours.

“KO gyms and cycles everyday, he used to be chunky but he’s now in good shape… He doesn’t drink or smoke or anything…

“In fact, KO is never shy to share his workout pictures on Twitter and Instagram and encourages living a healthy lifestyle. There’s no story here,” Thabiso allegedly told Zalebs.

To keep the rumour mill at bay, KO has promptly gone for a rapid HIV test which revealed, once and for all, that he’s in fact HIV negative. He has since posted evidence on all his social media pages for the world to see.

KO's HIV test results reveal that he's indeed negative

KO’s HIV test results reveal that he’s indeed negative

In the words of our editor-in-chief and seasoned philanthropist, Bassito Panache;

“There’s an African proverb which says; ‘Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt’. While you are busy diagnosing others, do you know your very own HIV status???”

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Miguel and French Montana to Perform at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards

DURBAN – African music and youth lifestyle brand MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) has revealed that hip hop hit-maker French Montana is to join the line-up for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).

The critically acclaimed hip hop star will be performing at the global celebration of African music, talent and youth culture, taking place on 7 June at the ICC in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The MTV Africa Music Awards is brought to you by KwaZulu-Natal Province in association with Absolut & The City of Durban. South Africa Tourism is also a key partner for the MAMA.

French Montana joins the star-studded line-up of previously announced African artists, including Miguel, Davido, Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Flavour, Oskido and Tiwa Savage, in the stunning music event and live telecast that will be broadcast around the world on MTV, MTV Base, BET International and affiliate stations.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, “We are thrilled that French Montana will be joining Miguel and Africa’s most exciting contemporary artists in KwaZulu-Natal in June for the MTV Africa Music Awards. MAMA 2014 is on track to be the most exciting music awards ceremony ever staged on the African continent.”

Celebrating musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African youth culture throughout the year, MAMA 2014 takes place at the ICC, Durban, South Africa on Saturday 7 June. For the first time ever, the awards is premiering LIVE across Africa on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130) at 21:00 CAT.

The 2014 MAMA is set to feature stunning performances from African and international artists, including the awards’ signature collaborations between artists of different genres and cultures – a high point of every show. The show will be amplified on radio by media partners Gagasi FM, Yfm and Capricorn FM.

Nominees from the length and breadth of sub-Saharan Africa are represented in the nominations for this year’s music categories, including 2Face, AKA, Amani, Amr Singh, Anselmo Ralph, Arielle T, Beatenberg, Big Nuz, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Clarence Peters, Danny K, Davido, Diamond, DJ Buckz, DJ Clock, DJ C’ndo, DJ Ganyani, DJ Kent, The Arrows, Donald, Don Jazzy, Dr Malinga, Dr Sid, Efya, Espoir 2000, Fally Ipupa, FB, Ferre Gola, Flavour, Fuse ODG, Gangs of Ballet, Goldfish, Heavy K, Ice Prince, JD, KCEE, Khuli Chana, Kyle Lewis, LCNVL, Lizha James, Mafikizolo, Matthew Mole, May D, Mi Casa, Michael Lowman, Nakhane Toure, Nelson Freitas, Olamide, Oskido, P Square, Professor, The Parlotones, Phyno, Radio and Weasel, R2bees, Sarkodie, Sauti Sol, Shortstraw, Stanley Enow, Tiwa Savage, Toofan, Uhuru, Wizkid, Youssoupha, Yuri Da Cunha and Zakes Bantwini.

In this year’s newly introduced lifestyle award categories, Chimamanda Adiche, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Trevor Noah, Lupita Nyong’o and Yaya Toure are nominated for Personality of the Year. Clarence Peters, Leti Arts, Rasty and Anisa Mpungwe are nominated in Transform Today by Absolut.

The nominees for the MTV Base Leadership award and Best International are still to be revealed.

With hundreds of thousands of votes already cast, public voting for 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards continues online at http://www.mtvbase.com until midnight on 4 June 2014. The winners of the MTV Base Leadership Award and Best Video are chosen exclusively by MTV Base. Voting for Song of the Year continues up until the show on 7 June.

Tickets for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal are on sale at http://www.computicket.com, on 0861 915 8000 and at Computicket retail outlets. Seated tickets cost R450 (incl. VAT) while general access (standing) tickets are R200 (incl. VAT).

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal supported by Absolut & The City of Durban, please go http://www.mtvbase.com.

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Are You An Upcoming Artist Ready To PR Your Brand?

We understand how frustrating it must be trying to get your name out there and having to rely on social networks to do so.

No matter the amount of likes and retweets you receive, your brand is still going nowhere slowly, which tends to knock your confidence down and drives you to start questioning your talent.

The harsh reality is; until you rise to Khuli Chana, AKA or even Black Coffee’s level of stardom, mainstream media will always give more attention to established artists, no matter the amount of press releases you flood on journalists mailboxes. Simply put, mainstream media is a numbers game – no publication, TV or radio show will risk their stats on a total unknown.

But do not despair nor give up yet!!

We are very excited to announce Featured Artist, a new category our tongue-wagging blog has created with you in mind. This category will profile your talent to over a million of our digital audience, some of whom are TV and radio producers, journalists, and music stable executives. Who knows what may happen post reading an article about YOU?

Let us propel your name to a state of visibility and Google’ability. Feel free to talk to us about that compelling article you want us to publish about YOU!

All related questions can be directed to info@lifestyletabloids.co.za.

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Some of Orlando Pirates Players are Gay – Admits Coach

Following a social media uproar over a naked picture of Orlando Pirates players [alias Orlando Queers] taken moments after their Nedbank Cup victory, coach Vladimir Vermezovic has jokingly urged soccer fans to “keep calm and come out of the closet”.

The frenzy comes amid wide-spread rumors of four Orlando Pirates players coming out as gay, substantiated by damning Instagram pictures of the players touching, cuddling and posing in a manner strictly forbidden by the Leviticus scripture.

“I do acknowledge that some of my players have disclosed to being gay, but this is a private matter which should be treated with the kind of sensitivity it deserves. What my players do behind closed doors is none of my business, as long as they perform on the field,” coach Vermezovic told a Soccer Ladumo journalist.

Although Vermezovic bluntly refused to “name-and-shame” who his gay players where, he admitted that homosexual acts amongst football peers was a norm in camp.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, shared the same sentiments, but asserts that this is a “closely guarded secret” in professional football.

With U.S President Barack Obama endorsing and congratulating actors, wrestlers, singers and basketball players currently coming out as gay in America, the same cannot be said in South Africa. However, it is very applaudable and exciting to see that the gay stigma is slowly shifting away.

In the words of our editor-in-chief and seasoned philanthropist, Bassito Panache;

“Sometimes what we hate in others is what we hate in ourselves. Homophobes are often those battling to accept their own homosexuality. Living a lie is not living at all.”

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DStv Delicious Festival

English celebrity chef Rachel Khoo will be cooking up a storm alongside local favourites Jenny Morris and Siba Mtongana at the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, which is set to sizzle at Emmarentia Dam on 31 May 2014.

A smorgasbord of gourmet delights – including cooking demonstrations, pop-up restaurants and an artisan food market – awaits Joburg residents at this family-friendly outdoor lifestyle event, presented in association with Castle Milk Stout, Nedbank, Whirlpool, Mitsubishi Motors and Kaya FM.

For the first time, the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival plays proud host to the MasterChef South Africa Kitchen, in association with Woolworths. This will form the perfect appetiser to the third season of this popular reality cooking series, to be broadcast on M-Net later in the year.

The 100 seater pop up restaurant will be headed up by chef Benny Masekwameng and a number of our favourite past contestants including Kamini Pather. The menu will comprise a number of our favourite dishes from past series and a three course meal will cost R550 per person.

Leading British music acts the Brand New Heavies, Soul II Soul and Incognito are also on the menu at this daylong feast of food and music, aimed at those with a sense of adventure and a passion for the tastier side of life.

Explains Colleen Goodman, Head of Retention Marketing for DStv: “We understand that on some days you may feel like something rustic, fresh and simple and on others crave a cheeseburger and fries followed by a scoop of indulgent ice-cream.

“The festival will provide gourmet food shopping as well as Michelin dining, staying true to DStv’s promise of giving you so much more than you expect.”

In addition, Food Network will be present with cooking demonstrations from local foodie favourites and TV presenters Jenny Morris and Siba Mtongana in ‘Food Network Cooks Delicious’.

Come through for the chance to sample some of the dishes from Siba’s Table and Jenny Morris Cooks the Riviera, and also rub shoulders with TV personality Denvor Phokaners as he hosts a cook-off competition. Inspired by Chopped and judged by Jenny and Siba, subscribers can enter online to win a place in the mystery basket cook off.

The associate festival partner, Castle Milk Stout, will be creating rich moments to be savoured, offering festival-goers the opportunity to be hosted by the renowned Vicky Crease (Vicky Crease catering & events) who will guide them through a four-course beer and food pairing experience.

In keeping with the family theme, there will be a Boomerang-themed play area for the kids, plus live shows throughout the day.

Gates open at 11am. General admission for the DStv Delicious Festival is R450, Delicious Lounge pass tickets: R850 – Includes Tented lounge, viewing deck of main stage, private cash bar, golden circle entrance, secure parking and VIP bathrooms.

DStv Delicious Luxury Lounge hospitality packages are available at R2900 each. R100 for under-12s; free entrance for children under three. Visit www.computicket.com or phone 0861 915 8000 to book.

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