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K.O. Premieres Visuals For “Luck Star”

Wednesday 18 November, award winning rapper, K.O, drops the visuals for his summer single, ‘Lucky Star’ on all digital platforms. He premiered the video at midnight and had a watch party with fans who were chatting to K.O when the video went live. Known for always delivering visually, the Ted Magerman and Dale Fortune directed video does not disappoint.

The video sees K.O being shown around the city by his lovely companion from a lovely view overlooking the city to jet skis, they end the night with a brass band performing the hit single.

Fans will also enjoy a welcomed surprise appearance by former Teargas member, Maezeedoesit.

“Coming out of the current worldwide pandemic, we all need to do the best we can to reach for the stars by living our lives to the fullest since it is now more clear than ever that tomorrow is not promised. Pushing the envelope in every aspect of one’s life/hustle. The opening line of the hook “siyaphezulu” which simply translates as “we are going up” is an umbrella tag line that literally speaks to exactly that. This is the perfect theme song for self-starters out there whose inner voice serve as their biggest motivation and number cheerleader hence the play on sports and combat in the lyrics,” said the rapper.

Stream the single here

About K.O

Growing up in Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, K.O (real name Ntokozo Mdluli) dreamt about becoming a world renowned MC, looking up to West Coast greats like Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg from an early age, in the hopes of forging a similar path that spearheaded his culture.

It was only when K.O met future Teargas members Ntukza and Ma-E at Vaal University of Technology, that the Soweto-born rapper made the decision to pursue music as a full time career. Without a blueprint for success, Teargas blazed their own trail and laid the foundation for the next generation of SA hip hop to thrive.

Their four critically-acclaimed, award-winning and commercially-successful albums K’shubile K’bovu (2006), Wafa Wafa (2008), Dark Or Blue (2009), and Num8er Num8er (2012), ensured their status as SA hip hop royalty and established K.O as a charismatic, breakout star.

Alongside Teargas member Ma-E, K.O formed entertainment and lifestyle company Cashtime Life in 2013, releasing his scene-changing SAMA-winning debut album Skhanda Republic (2014) soon after. But it was the album’s second single “Caracara” that completely changed the game, capturing a mood and signalling the birth of The Skhanda sound. Mixing kwaito and hip hop, The Shkanda sound defined an era that many consider to be the peak of SA hip hop.

Township slang for the VW Caravelle minibus, “Caracara” is K.O’s ode to the legendary vehicle and its prominent feature in SA township lifestyle circa 1990. Just like its namesake, “Caracara” ushered in a new era of cool, changing the landscape of SA urban youth music. It also became the first song to top all 5 EMA charts – SA Local Music Top 40 Playlist, SA Local Music Top 40 RAMS, SA Television Top 40 Playlist, SA Top 100 Playlist and SA Top 100 RAMS, at the same time. It was also the first SA hip hop song to reach 1 million views on YouTube.

Picking up the SAMA for Best Collaboration and Record Of The Year (a first for a hip hop song) in 2015, “Caracara” became the biggest song in SA that year and over time, the most significant SA hip hop song ever released.

As a consummate risk-taker, K.O. continued to push the envelope sonically on his socially conscious second album, SR2 (2017), and R&B, pop and amapiano-tinged third album, PTY unLTD (2019), with the evolution of his sound at the core of every release, ultimately influencing the culture and impacting the game.

Now, with his newly launched imprint and clothing line, Skhanda Wold, K.O has emerged enlightened and invigorated, ready to take on the airwaves and stages with his future music and entrepreneurial endeavours, proof that the streets will always find a way.

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Four New Screen Dance Works To Premiere On 3 December – STAND/JOMBA

STAND Foundation JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience’s Choreographic Mentorship Project

The first 2020 project to be supported by the newly launched Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation is a partnership with the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts. Four new screen dance works that have been created during this project will premiere online on Thursday, 3 December at 7pm.

The initiative known as the STAND Foundation JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience’s Choreographic Mentorship Project, has combined four young choreographers who have already tested their choreographic languages on the JOMBA! platform, with four experienced mentors over a ten-week period, and they are now almost ready to show their new digital dance pieces.

The four young choreographers are Sabelo Cele, Pavishen Paideya, Kaldi Makutike, and Phumlani Mndebele and they have been mentored by Alfred Hinkel, Gregory Maqoma, Sbonakaliso Ndaba and Musa Hlatshwayo, all of whom are celebrated choreographers with numerous awards and decades of experience between them.

Sabelo Cele’s dance film is titled “Isabelo” and offers a provocative ceremony that begins to unhinge the relationship of sexuality to traditional African philosophy. Challenging the heteronormative and the legacies of Christianity in Africa, Cele’s film is sure to provoke a lot of discussion.

Pavishen Paideya also returns to his cultural traditions in his work “Rupa”. “Rupa” is inspired by ancient Indian sculpture and the Indian customs around the shape and movement of the body. Paideya has a unique ability to celebrate his Diaspora Indian heritage but also to jolt it a little and offer the slightly unexpected.

Kaldi Makutike’s “Thoughts In My Head” is a deeply personal journey into this choreographer’s own mind and the work has come about through the prompting of the mind’s wondering and the conversations we have in our heads. This is a beautiful and painful look at mental illness and depression and the power of dance – and dance making – to be transformative.

Phumlani Mndebele’s dance film, “Descent Into Death” is inspired by Howard Storm’s novel “My Descent into Death” which captures his near death experience and his experiences in a realm unknown to the living. Mndebele’s dance film is an engagement with light, with darkness and all in between.

Lliane Loots, Artistic Director of the CCA’s JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience says that she has been “overwhelmed by the hard work and dedication of both the four selected choreographers and their amazing mentors, and by the serious and important screen dance work being made”. She goes on to say, “we are really pushing a new growing screen dance genre in South African dance and it feels very significant to be helping artists to make work at this time”.

Gregory Maqoma, Chairperson of STAND says, “We are really excited by this collaboration with JOMBA! as it reflects STAND’s commitment to engaging in partnerships with serious players in the dance and theatre world, and our shared vision to build and support a new generation of outstanding dance and theatre-makers”.

The four new screen dance offerings will premiere as a 40 minute package for FREE on Thursday the 3rd December at 7pm via the JOMBA! YouTube Channel, and then will be made available for individual viewing on the JOMBA! website until the 18th December.

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Tamara Dey, Ami Faku And Davina Gordon Join Sun-el Musician On The T-roc #unlaunch Line-up

In what’s promising to be one of the most unusual launch events of the year, some of the country’s most interesting acts have been added to the bill of the ever-intriguing and always-evolving #UNlaunch series.

There are some tickets still available for Johannesburg’s three-day instalment the weekend after next (Friday 27 to Sunday 29 November) but Cape Town and Durban’s events are selling out fast.

It appears that not only do people want to see the unveiling of Volkswagen’s new SUV, the T-Roc, but they are also hungry for live events, entertainment and experiencing something a little different. All in a Covid-19 compliant setting, of course.

What can you expect? The first part of your journey starts online at www.TRocUnlaunch.co.za where you can register for a chance to attend one of the 30 small events in three cities, picking a timeslot for you and a partner. Each event is two hours long and for only 100 people, ensuring a safe and sanitised experience.

Valued at R450 per ticket, each event includes refreshments and entertainment, all on the house if you are selected to attend.

On event day, you’ll arrive at the registration area and after a Covid check, you’ll be able to self-drive a bold new Volkswagen T-Roc through and past five giant installations, which is what makes it an UNlaunch: it defies the odds to be extraordinary and is totally unexpected.

Once your drive is complete, you will enter an opulently dressed cocktail finale area in a quirky Instagrammable setting, where you will be treated to show-moment performances, ballet, music, art, and delicious Musgrave Crafted Spirits.

Register now at www.TRocUnlaunch.co.za for an unordinary launch experience in your city.

  • Johannesburg’s Melrose Arch, Friday 27 to Sunday 29 November 2020.
  • Cape Town’s Greenpoint precinct, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December 2020.
  • Durban’s Umhlanga Arch, Saturday 12 December 2020

The #UNlaunch is Covid-19 compliant and all the government required health and safety protocols will be applied. No facemask, no entry.

About the #UNlaunch artists

TAMARA DEY

One of SA’s most hardworking artists, Tamara Dey is consistently current with her versatile repertoire and her unparalleled performances. She will treat Johannesburg guests to a few songs in an intimate setting at some of the events.

AMI FAKU

Singing since the age of six, Ami is extraordinarily talented as a musician, singer and songwriter. She rose to fame as a contestant on The Voice SA in 2017 and scooped three SAMA awards this year, making her one to watch as her career progresses. Catch her at a couple of the Johannesburg events.

DAVINA GORDON

Talented violinist Davina Gordon has an astounding knack for contemporary classic and electric violin. Her covers of international pop all have their own eccentricity and experiencing her live is a sheer delight, Kanye West thought so too when she performed on one of his tours. Johannesburg, you will be lucky to get in at one of her slots at the events.

SUN-EL MUSICIAN

Sun-El Musician needs no introduction as he has made huge waves locally and abroad and is just about to drop a new album.  Will we be the first to hear a new track? With an electronic, disco and funk sound, this talented producer and DJ is treating Durban to three sets on Saturday 12 December.

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Samthing Soweto And DeMthuda Drop New Single, “Weekend”

Today multi award winning singer, songwriter, producer and composer, Samthing Soweto, and certified hit maker, DeMthuda, officially kick off summer 2020 with their new single ‘Weekend’.

When speaking about the inspiration behind the song, the talented vocalist simply said: “I believe in alone time. You can find yourself doing a lot of things for people throughout the week, but the weekend is mine.”

Earlier in the year, Samthing Soweto was the only artist to feature twice on Cassper Nyovest’s album ‘Any Minute Now’ with fan favourite ‘Friday Night’ and ‘Ngwanesu’. The rapper took to Twitter to express how he felt about working with the talented musician: “Samthing Soweto is an amazing artist. A soothing voice and a special talent. Been meaning to work with him and he blessed me tonight.”

2019 saw Samthing Soweto dominate charts with the hit single ‘Amantombazane’ off the Scorpion Kings’ self-titled album. He then officially established himself as a household name with the success of ‘Akulaleki’ featuring Sha Sha (certified platinum), ‘AmaDM’ featuring MFR Souls, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small; and ‘Lotto’ featuring Mlindo the Vocalist. The record breaking singing sensation broke the South African Apple Music record for the highest number of users “pre-adding” his debut album “Isiphithiphithi” to their personal libraries before the official launch; while simultaneously holding the number one spot with his single ‘Akulaleki’. This South African record was previously held by international superstar Billie Eilish.

It would have never been summer without Samthing Soweto’s voice playing on long drives home, in cars passing by, with friends or at the festive season’s biggest events.

Stream or Download ‘Weekend’ here: platoon.lnk.to/weekend 

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Zingah Drops New Album “Sessions At The Crib”

fter Zingah’s 10 years on the hip hop scene, going from being an integral part of the iconic Cashtime family to completely rebranding himself as an artist to inking a deal with Sony Music and Blaqboy Music in 2019, the rapper’s second album, Sessions at the Crib, is poised to skyrocket him back to the top of the charts. Together with the album drop, today he releases the visuals for his latest single ‘Collab’ featuring Emtee the Hustler. Watch the video here.

Teaming up with Cashtime alum K.O on the head-bopping “Lead the Way”, Zingah pays homage to his roots proving there’s only love for his former Cashtime fam. His trap hop track “Collab” featuring Emtee flows low and slow, while “Olova” is darker and broodier than we’ve seen Zingah before.

On this 11-track album the “Dlala” (2019) hitmaker serves up hip hop bangers and slow jams with heavyweight feature support from sure fire rappers AKA, YoungstaCPT and Kly, as well as lauded songbirds Amanda Black, and Thabsie.

With Sessions at the Crib, the Lord Of The Jig proves he’s no one-trick pony and is out to show the rest of the SA hip hop exactly who’s running this game.