African Celebrities Gathered in Johannesburg for the MAMAs 2016

 

_mg_0187Artist Nadia Nakai on the red carpet at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2016. Image: MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016

By: Johanna Masango

Various of Africa’s major artists gathered at ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg on 22 October to honour and celebrate African music for the sixth annual Mtv Africa Music Awards.

The awards were initially suppose to be hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah, according to a twitter post by Mtv Base Africa Noah pulled out as the host due to illness, but Bonang Matheba, Nomzamo Mbatha and Yemi Alade took over as the hosts, with just only a few hours of practice.

South African rapper Cassper Nyovest gave a spectacular performance proving to the crowd why he won the award for Best Live Act.

Wizkid was the major winner in the MAMAs, as the Nigerian artist took awards for artist of the year and best male act. He also featured on DJ Maphorisa’s song “Soweto Baby”, which took the award for best collaboration. Here is the full list of the winners.

YouTube: Wizkid, Dj Maphorisa, Dj Buckz, Emtee perfoming at the MTV MAMA 2016

Jay Z the first rapper nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

 

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By: Johanna Masango

Regarded as one of modern music’s most prominent and significant rhymesters and musician, Jay Z has been selected as one of the nominees for the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, the The Guardian reports. If chosen, Jay Z would be the first rapper to enter the well-regarded music organisation.

Songwriters are chosen for induction after writing songs for at least 20 years. Jay Z, who released his debut album “Reasonable Doubt“, in 1996, of which the LP celebrated its 20th anniversary in June. From “Big Pimpin” to “Empire State of Mind“, the rapper has written a number of favourable hits in the last two decades.

The list of the nominees in the running for the Songwriters Hall of Fame was announced Thursday  (21 October ), include,  George Michael,  Madonna, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin, Kool & the Gang and Sly Stone.

The entitled members are allowed to vote for three non-performing songwriters and two performing songwriters until the 16th of December. After the voters hand in their votes, the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame the induction ceremony will take place in New York City on the 15th of June.

Azealia Banks Writes an Emotional Apologetic Letter to Zayn Malik

By: Johanna Masango

azealia-banks-2013-firefly-5year-billboard-1548Azealia Banks performs at the Firefly Music Festival on June 22 (Photo by Theo Wago/Getty Images)

In her movement to #MakeAzealiaGreatAgain, female rapper Azealia Banks has come forth with an apology letter to Rnb singer Zayn Malik. This is after the rapper went on a lengthy foul-mouthed Twitter rant against the former One Direction star back in May, alleging him of copying her swag for his “Like I Would” music video. Banks’ Twitter account was suspended after she called the singer a “sand n—–” and a “f—–“, the rapper’s account remains suspended till this day.

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Banks’ later wrote an Instagram apology to Malik days after the racist comments on twitter, the rapper then followed with a typed-out letter on Friday (21 October 2016), apologising. “There are no words that can fully express how sorry I am”, the letter begins. She adds that “Recent events have taught me the importance of taking accountability for one’s actions. I want and need to say I am sorry, I was wrong.”

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The rapper goes on to claim that her attack on Malik was a misunderstanding, explaining, how she reached out to the singer on Twitter with an aim to applaud him on his solo career and finding his own path, and that she misunderstood a tweet Malik sent as a personal attack on her. Banks further explains on her letter that she has experienced discrimination as a Black female, and that she would not have used harmful and offensive remarks against Malik.

“At times, I am so consumed by my own struggle of my race, that I forget to consider the hardships other minorities continue to endure,” Banks continues on the letter.  “Coming from an ethnicity that is largely discriminated against does not warrant a license to use derogatory, abusive terminology nor does it give me the right to make hurtful remarks. I apologise not only to you, Zayn, but to all those I hurt and offended. I am not cruel, not am I heartless or vindictive. There is a lot of live in my heart and there is good in my soul. What I did was wrong and I am committed to being a better person.”

The letter comes right after the rapper’s recent dispute, involving actor Russell Crowe, whom she claims spit on her and called her the N-word at a party in Los Angeles. She went to write on Facebook saying that she will be pressing charges against the Crowe.

My Twitter Experience

By: Johanna Masango

So I had an assignment whereby I was required to identify three different interesting articles and tweet about them on Twitter. The theme I’m covering on my blog is music, whereby I post about musicians new music, concerts and also what they are up to, so basically my tweets mostly focused and were based on music.

The first tweet I tweeted was of Demi Lovato announcing on twitter that she is taking a break from music and the spotlight, the article also covered the news that Demi Lovato shaded country musician Taylor Swift on Twitter. The reason I decided to tweet about this is because Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift are well known musicians, and that their fans might want to know what is going on between them, since the rivalry between the two musicians has been going on for a while now, and also because Demi announcing that she is taking a break from music.

The second tweet covered Solange Knowles’ explaining her album ‘A Seat at a Table’ on how it is an album that inspires and encourages Black culture and independence, the reason I saw this article interesting is because I have listened to the album and I found it very intriguing, and it tackles the issues that the people of colour face in America.

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My third and last tweet was about Rnb musician John Legend’s latest single “Love Me Now” from his fifth upcoming album Darkness and Light. The reason that I decided to tweet about John Legend’s new single was that first of all John Legend is a well-known Rnb musician and I felt that his fans would love to be informed on his new single.

From these tweets I did not get any response on them, what I did get were likes and retweets. I think that the reason for me to not get so responses on these articles, is because I’m not well known, I only have a few followers on Twitter and also I’m not that active on social media.

I think that maybe in the future in order for me to get responses and get noticed, is for me to be an active person on social media, so that I can be able to build my fan base and get recognised.

 

 

Kelly Rowland features Trevor Jackson for ‘Dumb’ Dance Music Video

By: Johanna Masango

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Courtesy Photo: Kelly Rowland, “Dumb” ft. Trevor Jackson

It has been nearly a year since Kelly Rowland released her single “Dumb”. The songstress released the music video for the single, the video co-stars actor/musician Trevor Jackson.

The dance music video was choreographed by Beyonce’s creative director Frank Gatson Jr. The video features both Kelly Rowland and Trevor Jackson dancing in almost matching slacks and white button-ups in a theatre.

According to a deleted Instagram post, Rowland and Jackson filmed the dance video in March.

You can the video below:

Drake finally drops the ‘Please Forgive Me’ short Film

By: Johanna Masango

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Courtesy Photo: Drake in ‘Please Forgive Me’ Trailer

The 23 minute short film starring Drake in the lead role was originally planned to be released on September 30, but the project then became available on the 26th of September, as an apple music exclusive.
The 23 minute Please Forgive Me features Drake in the lead role, the short film also stars artists like Popcaan, Soni Chidiebere, Kyla Reid and Fanny Neguesha. The film contains seven songs from the current album Views.
The film was directed by Anthony Mandler who co-wrote the script with Larry Jackson; who is Apple’s Head of Music Content. Mandler who is the one behind Drake’s “Over”, “Fancy” and “Miss Me” music vidoes, as well as music videos from Rihanna such as “Only Girl in the World”, “Diamonds” and “Disturbia”.
The Please Forgive Me film was filmed in Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July in advance to the beginning of Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour. The film is the second visual to surface since release of the album Views. Since the release of the music video “Child’s Play”, other singles from the album, for instance “Too Good”, “Pop Style” or “Controlla” and as well as the top charting Billboard Hot 100 “One Dance”, videos of those singles have not yet been put out by the artist.