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Cassper’s #FillUp Lawsuit Debate: Business vs Ubuntu

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Cassper Nyovest‘s lawsuit against Limpopo artist Benny Mayengani has sparked outrage on social media, with EFF party leader Julius Malema adding to the fray.

It all started when legal cease and desist documents sent by Cassper’s lawyers surfaced, giving the public a glimpse into legal action being taken by Nyovest and his team against Mayengani, who used the #FillUp in #FillUpGiyaniStadium campaign.

The documents confirm that Cassper has secured exclusive copyrights to use ‘Fill Up’ in the South African events space – which means the term may never be used to promote an event of the same nature.

REMEMBER IN PICS: WHEN CASSPER FIRST FILLED UP ORLANDO!

Economic Freedom Fighters political leader, Julius Malema, has vowed to stand with Mayengani against “bully” Cassper, whose actions have been slammed by some as selfish. The EFF had also assisted Fifi Cooper with legal counsel after she had lost rights to perform her own music against Ambitiouz Entertainment.

Freshen up on that story HERE.

The term #FillUp was popularised by the rapper when he embarked on his first mission to become the first ever South African rapper to sell out the Dome in 2016.

#FillUpTheDome saw the music-loving public rally behind Cassper’s ambitious and inspiring pursuit, which eventually resulted in a historical milestone that shifted the landscape for South African Hip Hop.

Not done with taking on stadiums, Cassper moved to Orlando, and in the end became the first South African artist to sell out FNB Soccer City Stadium after the success of #FNBStadium.

What many didn’t realise is that Cassper had decided to lock down exclusive rights to use this term, at least as far as events go. Benny’s successful Giyani stadium show has thus earned him the Tsibip’s fury.

RELATED: CASSPER’S HIGHS & LOWS OF PREPARING FOR ORLANDO STADIUM

The debate here is whether or not taking legal action was called for. Some, Julius Malema included, feel that Cassper is in no position to stifle the progress of other thriving black artists.

Instead of focusing on business technicalities, he should be honoured that a movement he championed has inspired a revolutionary legacy; one in which local artists can dare more, and local audiences can support more.

On the other hand, the rapper’s business savviness has been no secret. In fact, he is often complimented for being able to achieve so much as an independent artist, and then strategically using his business sense to leverage more from his popularity.

RELATED: THIS IS HOW #FILLUPFNBSTADIUM STARTED GAINING MOMENTUM

The protection of intellectual property and business go hand in hand. There’s nothing unusual, let alone ‘wrong’ about his action, in this regard.

What is your take? Is he being unfair to Benny, or should Benny understand that this is purely business? Leave your comment below!

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Black Coffee Has Announced A Concert At The Dome

He’s thrilled massive crowds globally, and now Black Coffee is bringing his deep house sets to a concert at the Dome this December!

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South Africa’s biggest house music DJ and Producer, Black Coffee, has announced a concert at the Dome this December!

Black Coffee concert at the Dome

The announcement comes just days after Coffee walked away with the Best Deep House DJ gong at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, Spain, where he is also currently completing a successful residence.

RELATED: BLACK COFFEE’S DRIVE IS HERE 

Entitled Music Is King, the show will be taking place at the TicketPro Dome on the 15th of December. And it because the show will be happening just a day before the Day of Reconciliation public holiday, you’ve got a bundle of partying joy lined up for you this festive.

RELATED: HUNTER’S HOSTED ONE HELL OF A PARTY WITH BLACK COFFEE

Following the exciting announcement, #MusicIsKing trended all day on Twitter, with music fans and artists complimenting Black Coffee for bringing his globally celebrated deep house sets back into our shores.

Tickets are already available at WebTickets

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AKA’s Fela In Versace Video Premieres To Mixed Reviews

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Photo: Austin Malema via Instagram

AKA’s Fela In Versace music video was met with mixed reactions from fans when it premiered on Wednesday.

While die-hard fans are thrilled by the first motion picture from the Touch My Blood album, others are let down by the visual’s aesthetic, creative direction and technical quality.

The video arrived on Wednesday following a promotional drive that began last month, when the rapper first teased fans with lush looking behind the scene photos.

AKA Fela in Versace behind the scenes photos

Photo: Austin Malema via Instagram

Delighting his social media followers with glimpses of the video, AKA debuted his gold box fade as he showcased his outfit, which included a R25 000 Cornici Balletto print shirt.

RELATED: AKA’S TOUCH MY BLOOD ALBUM REVIEW

Shot in Joburg. the music video centers on showcasing the skhothane subculture, which is defined by, amongst other things, the setting of expensive brands on fire. That happens here in between freeze frame edits that produce these cool body doubles of AKA.

Some fans have slammed the video – likening its “disappointing” quality to that of an amateur Powerpoint presentation, while some have drawn comparisons to rival, Cassper Nyovest’s Tito Mboweni video.

Others are vibing with AKA’s latest music video, complimenting SUPAMEGA for continuing his winning streak

What are your thoughts on it? Scrawl down to post a comment!

 

 

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Trompies, Sjava, Distruction Boyz and DBanj To Headline One Source Live

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Iconic Kwaito group Trompies will be returning to the stage for the first time in aeons at the looming One Source Live shindig.

The maestros are billed to perform at the One Source Festival on Saturday 17th! Joining a line of up of the hottest acts covering a vast spectrum of genres, a list including Nigerian legend D’banj, our very own BET winner S’java, top selling Hip Hop lyricist Shane Eagle, as well Gqom innovators, Distruction Boyz.

The richly curated festival will be taking place downtown at No 1 Fox Street in the Jo’burg Inner City.

The One Source Live creative revolutionaries Khuli Chana, Sho Madjozi, Trevor Stuurman and Osborne Macharia will return to the festival with new installations and musical collaborations which will be announced later.

RELATED: The 2nd Bacardi Holiday Club Returns In March  

ONE SOURCE LIVE unfolds over multiple stages and platforms in a multimedia festival that celebrates African Creativity as a driver of positive change in the world:

The ABSOLUT ART BAR, the epicenter of the festival, is a curated art and performance space by day, transforming into the headline stage after dark.

The DISCOVERY STAGE has Sho Madjozi hosting a specially curated set of performances and live recordings of new collaborations with budding artists; building on her amazing material from the first festival.

Creativity goes back to its source in the STREET ART ZONE with art installations, food trucks, a street performance stage, fashion pop-ups, and street photographers.

The African Creative Revolution continues, join and celebrate the power of African creativity at ONE SOURCE LIVE.

 

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