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Spikiri, Mdu Masilela & Zim Ngqawana To Be Honoured At the SAMAs

The XXI Annual SAMA awards are shining a light on South Africa’s icons and pioneers via the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards.



The XXI Annual SAMA Awards are shining a light on South Africa’s icons and pioneers via the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Sponsored by Amstel Lager this year, the event will see to it that Kwaito icons Mandla ‘Spikiri’ Mofokeng, Mdu Masilela and late jazz artist Zim Ngqawana get the respect they have earned through their outstanding performances

Both Spikiri and Mdu bear faces that championed a crucial post Apartheid township sound that aided a fresh offshoot of a new South African identity.

Bred and brewed in the neighbourhood of Soweto, where many stars have emerged, Spikiri, has maintained a consistent career as one of South Africa’s most commercially successful founders of the kwaito genre.

Under his belt, the hitmaker boasts the emergence of such leading local artists as Bongo Maffin, Kabelo, Teargas and legendary kwaito group Trompies.

It doesn’t stop there.

Biggest acts in the industry such as Mafikizolo, Boom Shaka, B.O.P, Mahoota vs. Vetkuk, Uhuru and many others belong to production company Kalawa Jazzmee for which he is the co-director.

Known to many as the Godfather of Kwaito music, Mdu Masilela has garnered respect in the industry through the decades for not only being the first artists to propel kwaito from being an alternative sound to being one of South Africa’s biggest productions.

In their recent press release, the SAMAs decribe Zim as “a man of integrity and without compromise, both musically and ideologically.”

The jazz artist, who passed in 2011 at the age of 51 after a distinguished career in a jazz, already boasts possession of 5 SAMA awards.

The SAMAs take place on the 19th of April at Sun City.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!




Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.


Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.




They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.


It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Reality Shows

Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.




Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.


The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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