KWESTA TO RELEASE FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM “DAKAR”

Kwesta DakingofAfrkanRap is finally ready to release his much anticipated album. The album is due for release for the month of November; however this will be a digital release featuring 10 hot tracks. The album will be available on iTunes for digital download and the physical copy release is due first quarter of 2014, which will comprise of an additional 5 tracks.  

Kwesta last released an album in 2010 titled “Special Rekwest” which did incredibly well in the market and earned him 2 SAMA nominations for Best Hip Hop Album and Best New Comer. Now 3 years later he is ready to take over the Hip Hop scene and prove why he calls himself “Dakar” (DakingofAfrikanRap)
 

The new album is titled “Dakar” and features a vast array of hip hop superstars from local artists to continental artists such as Zakwe, reason and Fanatic from Kenya, just to mention a few.  
 

Kwesta “I took a while to release my second album, because I felt that in order to be on top of the game one needs to be patient in creating the best product possible. I was not in a rush to release an album as I did not want to have an average album out. I am very happy with this album and feel that it will take the brand Kwesta to the next level.”

The new album will be released under the newly established talent management and recording label “Urbantainment” which Kwesta is part owner of. The company has formed a partnership with Sony Music which will be responsible for taking the distribution and marketing of the album.  

The first single to be released as the lead track for the album is “Thul’ Ujayive” which features Kid X and Zakwe, the track has an electrifying sound to it, with catchy and smart punch lines in it. The track aims to be a great hit for the festive season as it has a vibe like no other Hip Hop track out there.

The music video for the track is due for release on the 1st November 2013 on Live Amp. The digital video will be released on the 31st October at 12:00 on YouTube.




The single has been distributed to radio stations and will soon hit the airwaves.  DakingofAfrikanRap is back!    

Listen to track below.
https://soundcloud.com/kwestamrcool/thulujayive
 
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MAFIKIZOLO SCOOP FOUR INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

South Africa’s beloved duo, Mafikizolo has made yet another big splash in the international arena. The brilliant duo have been nominated for two Channel O Africa-Awards and a MOBO-Award, as well as an MTV EMA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) – Award, reifying their reputation as a South African act of international calibre.The talented duo, Nhlanhla Nciza and Theo Kgosinkwe have achieved enormous success over the last sixteen years, selling a plethora of albums, amassing awards and becoming national treasures. Now, with these latest nominations added to their long list of accolades, Mafikizolo have proven that they are as popular and relevant as ever.
 
The 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards will celebrate a decade of recognising the best African contemporary music talent this year and will be held on the 30th of November at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Johannesburg. Mafikizolo have garnered not one, but two nominations for their hit song Khona. The first in the category of Most Gifted Dance Video and the second in the category Video of the Year.
“We are absolutely elated about the Channel O Music Award nominations and we are very much looking forward to the awards show in November,” says Nciza.
 
Voting for the Channel O Awards starts on November 21, 2013. The awards ceremony will be held on November 30, 2013 at the Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa.
On top of these two nominations for the Channel O Music Awards, Mafikizolo have also been nominated for a MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award this year. The duo received a nomination as Best African Act for this international award show that will be held at the newly completed SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on the 19th of October. Other nominees for the MOBO Awards this year include Justin Timberlake and Kanye West, so Mafikizolo is certainly in good company.
As if these accolades were not enough, Mafikizolo have also been nominated in the category: Best African Act under the coveted Best Worldwide Act-category for the MTV EMA Awards, taking place in Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome on the 10th of November this year.
 
Each year, the MTV EMA highlights incredible artists from every corner of the world with the Worldwide Act category. Fans can vote for nominated artists from their respective territory starting on Tuesday, September 17th. The local winners will receive an EMA award and also move on to the next phase of voting starting Friday, October 25th and compete for the regional title.
The 10 official Worldwide Act nominees from each region will then be announced on Monday, November 1st, and battle for the Worldwide Act Award. The winner will be named at the show in Amsterdam. Fans can vote for Mafikizolo by visiting www.mtvema.com online or http://m.mtvema.com.”We are so honoured to be considered in the Best African Act category,” says Kgosinkwe. “We are proud to represent South Africa and the African continent and we cannot wait to see what happens!” he adds.
Thabiso Mogwatlhe, Universal Music South Africa’s marketing manager for the local division adds: “The announcement of these nominations is wonderful news – Mafikizolo has been an act of consistent quality throughout their tenure in the South African music industry – we are proud to be working with them and we look forward to many more successes in the future.”
Mafikizolo are destined for many more great things both locally and internationally and with three new prestigious nominations under their belt – they are set to take Africa and indeed the world by storm.
 
 
 
To vote for Mafikizolo for the Channel O-Awards, send your vote via SMS for Video of the Year: SMS 14B to +2783142100415and for Most Gifted Dance Video: 9B to +2783142100415
To vote for Mafikizolo for the MTV EMA Awards, please visit www.mtvema.com online or http://m.mtvema.com and cast your vote!
 
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KHULI CHANA, SURVIVES POLICE SHOOTING INCIDENT


Johannesburg, Monday, 28 October 2013 – This press statement serves to confirm that South African multiple award winning Hip Hop artist, Khulani Morule, more affectionately known by his stage name, Khuli Chana, was indeed shot at by police officials in the early hours of this morning, Monday, 28 October 2013, in Midrand, Johannesburg. Khuli Chana sustained injuries to his right hand (middle and ring finger) via direct bullet wound, as well as to his back, predominantly on his left side, via shrapnel. . Khuli Chana’s medical report will be made public once received.

The current bullet count on the blue BMW 1 series vehicle that Khuli Chana was driving is seven (7). All seven (7) were shot from the passenger side. Khuli Chana was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. A private forensic ballistic report is currently being conducted and will be made public once received.
 
 
 
Khuli Chana left his home in the West Rand Johannesburg and was heading to a performance in Pretoria, where he stopped at the Caltex garage on New Road in Midrand, initially to meet up with his DJ, Raiko, to continue the journey together. Raiko then alerted Khuli Chana that he was running late and Khuli Chana decided that it was best that they then meet up at the venue in Pretoria. Before leaving the garage, Khuli Chana went into the garage shop to buy a cup of coffee. On departure out of the garage, Khuli Chana noticed an unmarked vehicle with headlights on, faced in the direction of the oncoming traffic. Two vehicles ahead of Khuli Chana made their way around the vehicle. Khuli Chana proceeded to do the same.
There was no road block, or an attempt to stop Khuli Chana. Neither was any warning given before Khuli Chana heard the gun shots, which he describes to have sounded like a lot of fire crackers. His vehicle was struck by rounds as was he. His vehicle eventually went off the embankment and landed in a ditch.
 
Khuli Chana’s physical injuries were minor considering the amount of shots fired at him. He is currently in a state of shock and is trying to process the matter which he initially thought must have been a hi-jacking as gun shots were coming out of an unmarked vehicle, with no blue lights or any initial indication that police were involved. Khuli Chana has been discharged from hospital. His next doctor’s appointment will be in a week’s time. In the interim, Khuli Chana will be seeking psychological consult, to deal with the traumatic event he experienced this morning.
 
It is unfortunate that it takes incidences with high profile individuals like Khuli Chana, to bring to light the fatal police errors like the one that was made today. His management has made it clear that all the right legal process will be followed to bring the case to justice, not just for Khuli Chana, but for the many victims that fall prey to police brutality. It has been confirmed that a case of attempted murder has been opened by the police. Khuli Chana is in the process of taking legal action against the SAPS.
We endeavour to keep the public and Khuli Chana fans abreast with all the findings and information that comes through. Khuli Chana is very grateful for all the well wishes he has been receiving and for the support of his family, management and friends. Khuli Chana will unfortunately have to withdraw from all his upcoming performances this week, and until further clearance from his doctor.
“We condemn in the strongest terms any & every indiscriminate attack of violence on our civilian population by those entrusted to uphold the constitution and law and order. We have consistently shouted this point of view. VIOLENCE begets VIOLENCE. Violence and force is all too often the first option applied and this has to change. Whilst we fully acknowledge the difficulties faced in executing their duties, our Police must be given access to the best training programs strategies & methods in the world. The enormous stress on our officers is not being dealt with by our leadership hence the high rate of suicides in the ranks of the SAPS. This shoot to kill concept is dangerously misrepresented and indeed misinterpreted by many on the ground” expresses Gavin Koppel, SHOUT SA Chairman.

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ZUBS RELEASES FREE ONLINE ALBUM

Talented Rapper, ZubzIn an unexpected and unprecedented move, talented rhymer Zubz has released his fourth studio album, completely free for his online audience. Titled Dragon Lion_FullCircle, this offering is a diverse collection of songs with featured artists from around the continent.
In true pan African style, the album features, among others, M.Anifest from Ghana, Tehn Diamond, Chi and Melly Mel from Zimbabwe, Olufemi from Nigeria, Jah Seed, Maxhoba, Si-Anne, Melissa Allison and Khethi from South Africa. Production of the music was largely done through online collaborations with music from Snaz in Toronto, Canada, Sinestro in Cape Town, South Africa, and Simba Tagz in Harare, Zimbabwe, which is partly why Zubz decided to make this an online project. Snaz’s production credits include Drake, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, raekwon, DMX while Simba Tagz has produced music for Skwatta Kamp, Naima McLean, F-Eezy and a host of artists across Southern Africa.
“We recorded all the songs in 2012, the Chinese year of the dragon, and coincidentally I was born in the year of the Dragon and I’m a Leo, hence Dragon Lion. When I started as a rap artist officially in 2003, I released a mixtape absolutely free which I gave away to my fans, so me doing this again means I have come full circle.”
After a 3 year hiatus from solo projects, it comes as no surprise that this album has been received with much appreciation from his fans and has already garnered thousands of downloads. For Zubz, DragonLion_FullCircle marks the beginning of the next decade of musical expression through his independent imprint, Griot Music. “mio article”

DragonLion_FullCircle is available for free download at www.zubz.co.za

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DRUM DARLINGS

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Welcome to the most authentic awards event of the year!
DRUM, in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni, is thrilled to announce the upcoming DRUM Darlings awards, which celebrate black excellence in the entertainment industry.
The awards will honour celebrities who have exhibitedbrilliance through their craft in the past year, be it as an actor or actress who has kept us glued to our screens, or a sports personality who has had us cheering on the sidelines.
The award show has 10 categories, seven of which will be decided by readers and fans.
The categories range from the Rising Star Award, celebrating exceptional up-and-coming talent, to Favourite Radio Show, which honours the radio show which had the most people talking and tweeting as we listened.
Nominees for each DRUM Darling category will be announced weekly and fans will be given a week to vote for their favourite celebrities.
The three remaining categories – Posthumous Award and the DRUM Legend and Lifetime Achievement awards – will be selected by a panel of carefully chosen judges.
The biggest award of the night is the overall DRUM Darling award, which will go to the most inspirational DRUM celebrity of the year who demonstrated all the values that the DRUM brand stands for, including respect, integrity, courage and Ubuntu.

Categories
1. Special Award – DRUM Legend
2. Posthumous Award
3. Most loved Actor/Actress Award
4. Most entertaining Television
Show Award
5. Favourite Radio Show Award
6. Most listened to musician Award
7. Most admired sports personality
Award
8. Rising Star Award – VOTING
9. Lifetime Achievement Award
10. DRUM Darling 2013
How to vote for your winners!
Check out next week’s issue of DRUM for the various ways you can vote for your favourite DRUM Darlings!
Voting will be via SMS or Facebook and we will be giving you clear instructions on how to go about it.
You will be able to vote up to 10 times for each nominee in each category, but each vote must be sent in separately.
The DRUM Darlings awards will take place on Thursday 7 November.

MO’MOLEMI’S “A SIA” ALBUM OUT IN STORES

The much anticipated release of Mo’Molemi’s third album, A SIA, hits stores nationwide today. The album title, A SIA (And So Is Afrika), is an accumulation of various ideas.  A SIA was developed initially as a travel novel written by Mo’Molemi as he backpacked through Zimbabwe, Zambia, then caught a ship through Lake Tanganyika for 800k to Burundi. Then he backpacked to Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique before returning back home to Mahikeng, South Africa. The novel never came to be, but instead metamorphosed into a 19 track album questioning the place of Africa among the nations of the world. The A SIA album has classical lyrical flow that Mo’Molemi fans have come to know and love. It features tracks with the likes of Tumi of Tumi and The Volume, Tuks, Zeus, Lection, Blue Skye, Eazy Lap, Fifi Cooper, Kea Mmoki, Towdeemac and heavyweight artists from Botswana namely: Mosako, A.T.I, Orakle, E.P.I.C Jujuboy and traditional artist, Ntirelang Bearman.

 
Pelonomi is the first single to be released off A SIA and is already being playlisted on high rotation on stations such as Lesedi FM, Motsweding FM, North West FM, YaRona FM in Botswana and Ultimate FM in Lesotho.
 
Pelonomi is a Hip Hop love song featuring Mafikeng based soul singer Nkuli. The song is a celebration of undying love, faith and hope, and unravels the conversation of whether a burning love will still be as strong after indefinite periods apart.
 
 
Watch the Pelonomi video here:
 
“I truly enjoyed producing, composing and recording A SIA. Much appreciation to my record company So Hype Records, my engineer Tshepo Vena and every soul that assisted in the making of the record. To #molemination… your engagement with my art.. often very critical.. is the license that enables me to write with freedom, for ours is a communal development conversation. I am because you are” expresses Mo’Molemi.
 
As Mo’Molemi grows in music and his love for food production, his wish is that A SIA inspires a thousand new farmers to take up the cause of food production, the cause of agrarian revolution through fair competition with other commercial farmers.
 “It’s our pleasure to see the release of this long awaited album. We will get it to the people by all means, and assure the masses of Mo’Molemi’s presence and prominence from here on” shares Massie Hule, managing director of So Hype Records.
 
A SIA is available in physical disk in stores from today, Thursday 10 October 2013. A SIA will also be released digitally on 17 October 2013 and available on most major digital (online and mobile) platforms in South Africa and globally like Traxsource, Juno, Stompy.com, Spotify, Nokia, MTN, Vodacom, Orange iTunes and most other African Mobile networks.
 
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