Posts tagged ‘hip-hop’

January 30, 2015

Da L.E.S is set to take the nation by storm

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South African Hip Hop star, Da L.E.S will embark on a nationwide tour from January to February 2015, bringing his hit album, Mandela Money, to fans this Friday in Cape Town at COCO, 30 January. The album, which features such smash hits as Fire, Heaven feat. AKA and Magz, and the chart-topping Dice, has dominated airwaves since its release, and has re-defined the standard of local Hip Hop, being lauded as one of the finest African Hip Hop albums of the decade. Also on the bill with Da L.E.S. will be a rotation of friends, including top DJ talents Dimplez, Zee and Milksake.

“Mandela Money is an album like no other – I’ve taken my sound to a whole new level and, performance-wise, I can’t wait to bring my energy to my fans around S.A.,” says Da L.E.S.

CÎROC is proud to present the Mandela Money Music Tour, which will see this talented member of the CÎROC Circle bringing his dynamic performance style to his masses of fans around SA,” says Avukile Mabombo, brandhouse Reserve Marketing Manager.

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The annual All White Pool Party, hosted by one of South Africa’s foremost Hip Hop star, Da L.E.S, has become a coveted fixture on every Johannesburg A-Lister’s social calendar, and this year was no different. This ultra-exclusive, invitation-only celebration – now in its 6th consecutive year – took place on the weekend and featured electrifying performances by several of SA’s most magnetic talents. The day’s incredible entertainment performances by Da L.E.S himself, Nigerian Reggae-Dancehall sensation Burna Boy, AKA and Anatii as well as DJs Milkshake, Speedsta and fellow CÎROC Circle member, DJ Dimplez. Also spotted at the All White Pool Party were singer Tamara Dey, 5FM’s Poppy Ntshongwana, Shashi Naidoo, Bonang Matheba and David Tlale (both of whom are also part of the CÎROC Circle), amongst others.

“My annual All White Pool Party is about celebrating success and living the dream. This year my guests enjoyed a glamorous and high-energy CÎROC style experience to kick off 2015, a year in which I believe my career is set to rise to even greater heights – with the release of my new video for Dice and my upcoming nation-wide album tour for Mandela Money,” says Da L.E.S.

Along with performances of the song “Fire” and “All Eyes On Me” feat. Burna Boy, the event also saw the release of Da L.E.S’s new video for the song “Dice”, shot late last year in Los Angeles, California.

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February 5, 2013

the j&b met ‘sunglass hut inner circle’ vip experience

Feature, Sunglass Hut, J&B Met 2013, Jeannie D (by Denzil Jacobs)

The annual J&B Met took place last Saturday at the Kenilworth Race Course where celebrities, hours-race enthusiast and fashionistas celebrated in style. This year, Sunglass Hut pulled out all the stops to create a VIP experience like no other at their Sunglass Hut Inner Circle VIP Marquee.

Jeannie D, as elegant as ever, enlisted the fashion expertise of Gert-Johan Coetzee to design her breathtaking ensemble. Miss South Africa 2011 Melinda Bam arrived with Mr South Africa 2011 Adriaan Bergh at her side, dressed by Peter Bondesio who designed her Miss Universe gown, “So proud to wear him, he always makes me feel like a princess,” says Melinda. Other celebrity guests included, actress Lee-Anne Summers wearing an elegant French Connection FCUK dress and Lee-Ann Liebenberg wearing a stunning Gavin Rajah ensemble.

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Guests were spoiled at the Sunglass Hut tent, as champagne, canapé and deserts were served the entire day, with vibrant party music filling the air. Jennifer Su, dressed by Hip Hop Fashion with accessories by Joya Collection and Cindy Nell looked radiant while SABC3 Top Billing‘s Janez Vermeiren and Jonathan Boynton-Lee looked suave wearing classic aviators.

02 Sunglass Hut, J&B Met 2013, Jonathan Boynton-Lee, Jay Anstey, Boity, Graeme Richards, Ayanda Tini, Tanya Nefdt (by Denzil Jacobs)

Television and radio personalities including Isidingo‘s Jay Anstey wearing a dragon-themed dress by Gert-Johan Coetzee, Boitumelo Thulo, Expresso Show‘s Graeme Richards, Tanya Nefdt and Ayanda Tini also dressed to the nines for this fashionable event.

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Leigh-Anne Williams, in her second ensemble change for the day, looked spectacular in a little black number with feather detail, whilst model Lisa Cowley opted for a classic navy blue look.

04 Sunglass Hut, J&B Met 2013, Matthew Booth, Sonia Booth, Janez Vermeiren, Ryan Botha, Thulane (Toolz), Jennifer Su, Keenan Arrison, Ty Keogh, Melinda Bam, Adriaan Bergh (by Denzil Jacobs)

Soccer players Ryan Botha and Matthew Booth,who arrived with his lovely wife Sonia  indulged in the afternoon’s spoils. Ty Keogh, dressed by Tiger of Sweden arrived with Nicole Flint dressed by Charlene Sauerman and The Wild co-star Keenan Arrison. Bringing a dash of colour, Brand Ambassadors PR owner, Thulane Hadebe added some spice to his Met-look. Katlego Maboe went for a fairy-tale interpretation of the ‘Made To Fly’ theme, with a Aladin inspired look and Brigitte Willers looked amazing in a white ensemble by Kobus Dippenaar with a petit fascinator to finish this elegant look.

05 Sunglass Hut, J&B Met 2013, Janez Vermeiren, Wedaad, Brigitte Willers, Boity, Thulane (Toolz), Katlego Maboe (by Denzil Jacobs)

It was all VIP treatment at the Sunglass Hut Inner Circle tent at the J&B Met as we all celebrated well into the evening.

Special thanks to Cavendish Square and Stuttafords for dressing me for this event as well as African Pride Hotels 15 on Orange Hotel for hosting me.

Special thanks to Sunglass Hut!

July 29, 2012

tamia talks about her upcoming album ‘beautiful surprise’

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Soul singer and six-time Grammy nominated performer Tamia Hill began honing her stellar voice when she was still a child growing-up in Canada. From her brilliant debut single ‘You Put a Move on My Heart’, produced by Quincy Jones in 1994, to her more recent song cycle, Tamia possesses both a hypnotic charm and timeless voice. In her accomplished career, Tamia has collaborated with a diverse roster of artists including Babyface, Barry White, Missy Elliott, Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, Gladys Knight, Eric Benet and Gerald Levert; in 2003, she recorded the #4 Billboard Hot 100 Chart hit ‘Into You’ with rapper Fabolous. With the release of her fifth studio album ‘Beautiful Surprise’, the singer aurally explores various genres of music, blending her special passion with each style and making them her own.

I spoke with Tamia about her latest single, ‘Beautiful Surprise’ and her upcoming album. She talked about the process of creating the first single with hip-hop producer Salaam Remi, “In studio with Salaam – We were talking about fun, summer [songs] and I brought up “So Into You” – a song like that – and really, the song sort of wrote itself – When it starts flowing it makes sense.” The video for ‘Beautiful Surprise’ was shot in Malibu, California and directed by Ryan Pallotta and features a cameo appearance by Tamia‘s husband, Phoenix Suns superstar Grant Hill, “It took 15 years, but he’s finally in a music video, so we had a good time together. I think we started at 5:30 in the morning and we finished at 1am, so it was a long day for him, but he was very patient.” says Tamia.

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Recording ‘Beautiful Surprise’ in various cities including Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the multi-talented artist also co-wrote much of the material and serves as executive producer on the project. We spoke about the many talented produces and musicians she’s worked with, “I’ve been very to fortunate to work with great produces over the years and when you start with Quincy Jones, you’re starting at the top!” Tamia told me. “I want you to be able to play my music from beginning to end. I don’t want you to skip, so I try not to never have any album cuts that are sort of fillers on the project. Every song that I put on my albums I feel are strong enough to be a single.”

‘Beautiful Surprise’ is a testament to Tamia’s love for life, music and everything in-between. Having created a wonderful collection of powerful material, Tamia’s songs speak directly to our hearts and soul as though they were our best friends. “It’s like a woman,” Tamia jokes, “It’s like a little bit of rollercoaster of emotions. I always love to do songs that make you think as well and that’s a little bit deeper and it’s sill the beautiful ballads. You know I love sing a ballad.” We talked about people she’d like to work with in future, “I feel fortunate that I have been able to work with quite a bit of people, but maybe Bruno Mars, that could be interesting.”

Pre-Order Tamia‘s upcoming album, ‘Beautiful Surprise’ on iTunes & Amazon from 31July 2012. Album in stores on 28 August 2012. Follow Tamia on Twitter for updates.

Here is a message from Tamia to her South African Fans: