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House Vocalist Nichume Has Passed Away

Nichume’s family are in “absolute shock” over the singer’s tragic death

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Nichume has passed away.

The house music vocalist was found at a friend’s place last night following an apparent suicide, a press release has confirmed.

She was an accomplished musician and a qualified ophthalmologist. Nichume reached the heights of her fame when she lent her voice to Mobi Dixon’s hit “Bhutiza”. She featured on singles “Daydreaming” by Fistaz Mixwell and Mobi Dixon, as well as “Far Away” by DJ Anda featuring Mobi Dixon.

Following the success of Bhutiza in 2017, she was then signed to Top Chap Media, founded by Mobi Dixon.

The duo had just released a single together titled ‘Thobela’ – which has been making appearances in the top 100 weekly radio charts.

“I’m distraught. I will remember Nichume as a bright light at Top Chap Media where we signed her. She was not only my first artist, but we had grown so close in the past three years that she became my little sister. She truly is gone too soon. May her soul rest in peace,” Mobi Dixon paid tribute to her.

“We, as a family are in absolute shock as to what has happened. Learning that your sister has succumbed to emotions and taken her own life can never rest well. We obviously are left with a lot of questions but also know that she had one of the strongest characters in the family. Whatever she was feeling at that moment triggered immense hopelessness. We stand united as a family during this difficult time. Nichume was so loved and appreciated. We’re proud of all her achievements.” Said Qamani Siwundla.

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SAMA26 Virtual Experience is HERE!

The SAMA26 will be broadcast over 5 nights!

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The annual South African Music Awards (SAMA) will stage its 26th edition next month. However, it will take on a new look.

As on of the most prestigious and sought-after music accolades in the country’s entertainment industry, the showpiece was bound to happen even with the coronavirus pandemic. The organisers of the event, Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) moved the celebration from the Sun City Superbowl to be streamed on My Muze by Vodacom and broadcast on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161.

Under the theme ForThaKultcha, it will be presented over five nights between 3 and 7 August 2020 at 21.30 in adrenaline filled yet bite-size 30-minute episodes, except for the last night which will be a forty-five-minute grand finale.

Music lovers are in for an exceptional virtual experience that will capture the fervour, excitement and magic that is associated with an event of the SAMA calibre. The red carpet moves to the Twitter streets and everybody is invited for their fair share of the spotlight.

A powerful duo of hosts will preside over the show while a star-studded assembly of guest presenters and panelists will keep the vibe going, not to mention a glittering line up of performers and collaborations to provide top notch entertainment.

The nominees in the Record of the Year and Music Video of the Year categories that are open to be voted for by the public will be announced on Thursday, 9 July 2020 on SAMA26 social media platforms and My Muze by Vodacom.

RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi comments: “We look forward to the SAMA26 virtual experience. Our teams are hard at work to deliver a show that we will all be proud of given the current state the world is in. I invite you all to tune in, plug in and do it for the culture.” 

“The South African Music Awards have always been a platform where talented Mzansi artists have been recognised for their excellence. As a channel that has a track record of showcasing local talent across several platforms, we are very proud to be partnering up with SAMA26 to give our viewers front row seats to this virtual showpiece,” says Nomsa Philiso, the director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

Rehanna Hassim, Executive Head for Digital & Lifestyle at Vodacom comments: “We are proud to partner with the SAMAs this year again. Our role, especially during this period, is to ensure that people #StayConnected to everything they love, and, through MyMuze.com, are delighted to be the platform that enables people to experience the magic of the SAMA while staying safe at home. This is made possible by a powerful network with a passion for connecting people.”

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Mafikizolo Returns To Form with New Single ‘Thandolwethu’

A toast for love.

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We can always count on Mafikizolo to give us a lush love song to melt away the blues. And true to form, the iconic South African Afropop duo has debuted their brand new single. The uptempo Thandolwethu is a love-soaked ode to the kind of love that can stand the test of time.

In the same spirit of their previous single, Ngeke Balunge, the new single celebrates the resilience of a romance that is able to victor against the ulterior motives and schemes of the detractors.

Because sometimes when a relationship is that beautiful, a few of the smiles around it conceal pure envy.

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As Mafikizolo marks a return to their roots of pure Afrosoul with a focus on themes of love, the song is a toast.

Having taken somewhat of a detour to diversify their sound and aesthetic, the duo famously successfully dabbled in afro-beats as they collaborated with a diverse bevy of producers and musicians across the continent. The list includes Uhuru, with whom they worked on their smash hit Khona, as well their collaborative synergy with Nigerian sensation Davido on Tchelete.

Thandolwethu is another successful collabo tale as it is co-written by the amazing artist and songwriter Msaki. “Working with Msaki has been such a blessing, she is a gifted artist and an exceptional writer”, said Nhlanhla. “Music is a universal language, and as a band we figured that the only way to stay on top is through collaboration”, Theo added in the press statement.

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Babes Wodumo’s Comeback To Shake The Summer of 2020

A new era is loading.

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Babes Wodumo is exactly the girl we know she is.

Having appeared on our list of South Africa’s Best Live Performers for the past decade, the Durban native sure made one of the most impressive footprints in her debut in 2015.

While her popularity suffered a gradual decline over the years, the Gqom Queen is getting ready to own the looming summer.

A clip has leaked giving fans a glimpse into the filming of her new song. Back to the blockbuster Gqom beat and hella catchy hooks that propelled her to instant success when Wololo first landed and became a street anthem in 2015, the new song looks to be a potential comeback for Babes.

“Are we witnessing the second coming of Babes?”, one fan tweeted, asking what everyone else was thinking.

Word is the song, yet to have a title, is slated for release sometime in July 2020.

Babes Wodumo shot to fame in 2015 when her debut single, Wololo, became one of the biggest songs during that year.

A year later, she further capitalised on the buzz with the premiere of her first studio album, Gqom Queen Vol 1. The 13-track project packed back to back deliveries of uptempo Ggom bangers that helped the genre to mainstream reception.

And with her instant celebrity, interest in the intimate details of her personal life were soon splashed all over the media. To the shock of locals, allegations of domestic violence surfaced as a video of her boyfriend Mampintsha assaulting her surfaced.

Cases were opened and dropped. Performances were missed. Twitter accounts were hacked and things that further plunged her brand were posted. And over the past three years, lots more happened that quelled the blaze of her stardom.

But with the upcoming single, and the excitement around it, we could be experiencing a fresh start and a return to the throne for Babes.

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