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Tributes Pour In For Oliver Mtukudzi

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The passing of legendary Zimbabwean artist, Oliver Mtukudzi, sent waves of shock around the world when the news was confirmed on Wednesday. Aged 66, the much-celebrated icon is reported to have died at a hospital in Harare.

Reports of Mtukudzi’s death first surfaced through a local Zimbabwean publication, Masvingo Mirror, who tweeted that they had on it “good authority that he died two hours ago in the ICE at Avenues Clinic in Harare.

The Gallo record label later confirmed the news. Although no statement has been released by his family, tributes have been pouring on social media by fans and high profile names alike.

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TELLAMAN’s Debut Album, God Decides, Has Arrived

Tellaman has premiered his debut album – God Decides

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Last week, we had the privilege of attending Tellaman’s album listening session for God Decides, which took place at his musical home merely hours before the album premiered.

Tellaman God Decides

The preview of the looming body of work was a showcase of what sounded like a mellow record from one who’s created the kind of anticipation only a handful of artists can, particularly in the age of streaming. The rules have changed – Kanye set precedence for a 7 track album not long ago. Singles are the new destination and, it seems, their lifespan is now down to just about a month.

Give or take.

The excitement around the soulful vocalist’s first studio album is, therefore, quite telling of the unique space he takes up in the South African soundscape, where we see names replace each other’s relevance with quick succession.

RELATED: TELLAMAN TALKS TO QUENCHSA ABOUT LOVE & MAKING MUSIC 

His has been a steady journey; he was certainly in a different space when we had a conversation with him two years ago.

Tellaman God Decides

The place he is now, though, informs the not just the work itself, but the many talents behind it.

“For the first time, I wasn’t trying to prove anything. I wasn’t trying to prove that I’m the best producer or writer. I just wanted to bring this idea to life and make sure that it’s exactly how I’d imagined it; if it sounds simple and cheesy or complicated and complex, that’s because I wanted it to sound that way.”

The inspiration behind the album is being in a relationship and trying to make it as a musician, two important aspects of life to balance, and something Tellamanhas yet to figure out. God Decides is about Tellaman meeting a girl he believes he loves and trying to make it as a musician whilst trying to make both work and his relationship work, but she fails to understand, and the industry gets the best of Tellaman.

BUY/STREAM:  TELLAMAN – GOD DECIDES

Based on his religious background, Tellaman titled the album God Decides.

“I was taught that I can only do the best I can and let God take care of the rest. I chose ‘God Decides’ as the title of my first album because I have always felt like somehow, I am not fully in control of everything that is happening in my life. I chose the name because I believe I would not be where I am in my life if God didn’t allow it and I wouldn’t have gone through things I write about if God didn’t allow it.”

Featuring Tellaman’s signature melodies, smooth vocals with instrumental highlights, the story of the album is the bigger picture, with each song being a compiled episode that forms the bigger picture. But most importantly Tellaman brings a simplicity in his music in which a young or old person can find something to relate to. Fans can look forward to a new insight into Tellaman’s life; a lot of flaws, love and hope in the form of the music from his debut offering.

“If you want to put a specific style to the album, you can call it ‘Hip Hop/RnB’, but I like to call it good music and just leave it there. This is my life from 2014 until the day I stopped recording it. My mistakes, my good and bad moments in love. I hope what I have gone through will help someone do or choose better than me.”

Look out for our full album review soon.

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Boity Long Awaited Second Single Is Here – [LISTEN]

She’s no one hit wonder! Boity debuts triumphant follow up to Wuz Dat with new single, Bakae

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Boity on Friday delighted fans when she availed her hotly anticipated second single.

Entitled Bakae, the scorching track comes hot on the heels of the up and coming rapper’s debut single, Wuz Dat, which  was first availed for public consumption in August, 2018.

Bakae arrives as debates on whether or not the 28 year old media personality would be able to sustain the hype she was able to build with Wuz Dat, the collaborative project with Nasty C that has amassed over 700 000 views on YouTube, peaked online.

RELATED: BOITY STARTS JANUARY WITH A CASE FULL OF CASH!

This wouldn’t be the first time Boity had much to prove ahead of premiering music.

A successful acting and entertainment broadcast career notwithstanding, the multi-hyphenate star’s first single not only debuted atop the iTunes chart within hours of release, but continued to help Boity mark her own territory as the country’s hottest female Hip Hop Act.

RELATED: THIS IS BOITY’S APOLOGY OVER THOSE OLD HOMOPHOBIC TWEETS 

Bakae builds on this momentum to find Boity showcasing the lyrical gravitas and flawless flow we never knew she had.

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Emtee Is Really Frustrated Right Now

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He’s been with the record label since it’s genesis, but if his latest tweets are anything to go by, Emtee might not be feeling especially satisfied with Ambitiouz Entertainment right now.

Even though the self-proclaimed Afro Trap ‘goat’ has stood by the music fraternity through the high profile artist departures that hit the stable in recent years, his tone took quite the sharp dip when he blew off some steam on Twitter on Monday.

RELATED: WHY A-REECE, BENCHMARQ, FIFI COOPER LEFT AMBITIOUZ ENTERTAINMENT

The Manando hitmaker appeared to be subtweeting Ambitiouz Entertainment, asking “how do you sideline the PIONEER” (sic)

“Bitch I didn’t sign myself”, he tweeted his 856K followers as a means to tackle questions around the promotional run of his latest body of work.

Emtee’s tweets come as fans lament the lack of promotion of his 2018 album, DIY 2.

The 13 track project has yet to spawn hits with the velocity seen with his previous projects, most notably his platinum debut album – Avery.

Neither the rapper nor the music label has addressed rife speculation of an ongoing rift.

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