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EXCLUSIVE: “The Numbers Don’t Lie’ – Karabo Reflects On Idols Win

Fresh from securing the title of South African Idols, Karabo talks to QuenchSA.com about his thoughts on his experience and how he expects his life to change. Cava.

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On the cusp of a life-changing Sunday evening for the final two contestants, it was Karabo Mogane who prevailed as the new South African Idols winner. The record breaking season, a journey that saw just below 79 million votes cast in total, was claimed by the man from Mpumalanga who stole South African hearts with his soothing voice and cemented Mmatema Moremi to second place. We spoke to Karabo about the direction of his music, having witnessed his versatility throughout the competition and whether he intends on migrating to the City of Gold. Check out what he had to say.


QuenchSA: Has it sunk in yet that you are the winner of the highly acclaimed group of South African Idols?
Karabo: Ya, I think finally it sunk in! I mean for these past two days I’ve been trying to understand and get it into my mind. It’s been hectic but I’m very grateful to everyone who voted and supported me.

QuenchSA: You had touched on what you planned to do with your prize money. At what point in the competition did these plans materialize?

Karabo: It has always been something I wanted to do for him for a long time. He’s been my father and has been there for me so for his 67th birthday next year I should bless him with a car. That has always been the plan.
QuenchSA: You were a fan favourite for the better part of the competition yet you didn’t let that go into you head. What was your process with regards to performing at such a high standard?

Karabo: For me I always told myself that it’s never about me but it’s about the people…the ones that are supporting, they are the ones that made sure that I perform week in week out. All that I have make sure that I’m focused and well prepared and on Sunday I give a performance that people will enjoy.
QuenchSA: One of the more memorable judge comments was that you possessed a ‘dishwashing-water’ personality. Did you work on your personality as you advanced through the different stages of the competition?

Karabo: To be honest I had to work on it. I allowed my personality to overshadow my performance style. I had to go back home and be able separate the two. When I get on stage its not about me its about the people, its not about me. One thing I can say is that it has not changed the person that I am but has changed me as a performer and as an artist.

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QuenchSA: Randall had alluded that you had started recording an album. Can you divulge what your sound is?

Karabo: People know me for the soulful RNB sound but I think I’d like to incorporate some deep house, club house as well. Maybe one turn up song and maybe some soft rock. Just to give the album some variety and let people enjoy and busk in the different kinds of genres I’m willing to offer.

QuenchSA: When can we expect your album?

Karabo: I’m going to be in studio from tomorrow and I think it will be done by next week Friday. Then on the 11th of December the album will drop.
QuenchSA: Do you intend on moving to Johannesburg?

Karabo: Yes definitely! I’m planning to move to Jo’burg. For the moment I’m going to be staying with my sister but as soon as I find an apartment I’m going to buy it. I think the one decision is definitely to move here.
QuenchSA: You gave us goosebumps for months on end. Is there one specific moment that jumps to your mind that you will always remember?

Karabo: Top 7 performance, Showstopper, Blame It On The Night. I had so much fun on that night. I always go back to that day and be like “Wow, I didn’t know I could dance until that night”.

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QuenchSA: Your first single debuted at #2 on the iTunes Chart. Will numbers dictate the success or failure of your album for you?

Karabo: I suppose the numbers don’t lie, but I’m obviously hoping the album will do well. Hoping that I promote it as best as I can, and go out there and make sure that people hear it and get it. I think its also going to be a perfect Christmas gift for everybody because its being launched before. If you have a mother and father, boyfriend or girlfriend you can buy it for them and let them enjoy the music.
QuenchSA: What can we expect in the near future from Karabo?

Karabo: Unfortunately I don’t have the gig guide with me, I will post the schedule on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and keep everybody posted on where I’ll be. And I ask people to come out and support me.

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

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Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

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“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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