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Inside Candice Pillay’s Hard Knock Journey. “I Was Loosing Faith”

Candice Pillay is the latest South African export to hit it big in the United States. The singer and songwriter, who has penned tracks for Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and Britney Spears, has had to defiant in pursuing her dream of global stardom

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It looks like the global demand for South African creatives is on the rise lately! We recently took a look at locals who are clocking unprecedented international success in this list of Local Stars With Global PayCheques, and at the time we were sleeping on South Africa’s very own Candice Pillay. The Mzansi born and bred singer, songwriter recently landed her sultry vocals on Dr Dre’s track Medicine Man, also featuring Eminem. The song appears on Compton, Dre’s first LP in 16 years.

Candice Pillay Dr Dre“Just when I was loosing my faith in the music industry. At a time where I was starting to doubt that there were any key players in the game who even still cared about “the music”and not all the irrelevant things attached to the art. It took meeting this individual to change my entire outlook and perspective on so many levels”, she jotted on her Instagram account about the massive feat, then added “Dre, I am overwhelmed and honored to have had the opportunity to work with you on this masterpiece. Your energy and sprit, the love and respect you have for the music and every aspect of it, is so refreshing and inspiring. I’ve learnt so much that I will carry in my life and career ahead.”

Candice Pillay and Dr Dre

Although this marked the first time Pillay came to be acknowledged by many South Africans, make no mistake. She has been around, doing some pretty big things in the music industry across the oceans. The 34 year old Pietermaritzburg born beauty wrote 7 songs on Christina Aguilera’s latest album, Lotus! And not only that, she has penned songs for other major superstars like Rihanna and Britney Spears, amongst others.

Candice Pillay Christina Aguilera

As would her heartfelt note to Dre would suggest, her journey to mainstream success has been tumultuous. But those hurdles were not blocks to stop Pillay from relentlessly seeking her destiny, a journey which began when she formed her very own band at the tender age of 13, some five years before she hopped onto an airplane and flew to the United States to pursue superstardom.

Candice Pillay The High

There, she did everything from being a nanny to being a saleswoman to make ends meet while she kept her eyes on the big ball. As one can imagine, that was no walk in a park. “It’s really difficult to come here from South Africa,” shares Pillay on her official website. “I was going to get here by any means possible and stay by any means necessary.

In  2014, Candice released her very first album The Mood Kill and followed it with the release of her EP The High. On the latter, the star has been praised for creatively fusing R&B, electronica and alternative pop.

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

Welcome to Wakanda!

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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.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

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.

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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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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

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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