Posts tagged ‘Music’

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.

May 6, 2013

mariah carey debuts “#beautiful” featuring miguel worldwide today

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Miguel (by Denzil Jacobs)

Today, multi-platinum global superstar, singer-songwriter Mariah Carey debuted her new single “#Beautiful“, featuring Miguel. Written and produced by Mariah and Miguel#Beautiful” is the lead track from Mariah‘s much-anticipated new album, due for release this summer on Island Def Jam. On Wednesday night, May 8th, American Idol will premiere the entire “#Beautiful” video, shot by noted director Joseph Kahn. Following American Idol, the video goes up on VEVO/YouTube and all video channels – BET’s 106th & Park (“New Joint“), MTV, VH1 and FUSE.

As Mariah recently told Billboard, her new album “has more raw ballads than people might expect.” The new album is the follow-up to her worldwide multi-million-selling Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (released September 2009). Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date. She has a total of 223 #1 records across all Billboard singles, albums, sales, and airplay charts, dating back to her “Vision Of Love” debut, including 18 Billboard #1 Hot 100 singles (17 self-penned). With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/ producer, she has been recognized with five GRAMMY® Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard’s Artist of the Decade Award, the World Music Award for World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, and BMI’s Icon Award for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few.

Song of Summer 2013: This is a game-changer: Not only is Miguel and Mariah Carey’s duet very good – in both a vintage Mariah and a legitimately summery sort of way — but it has an actual hashtag in the title,” says New York Magazine.

#Beautifulfeaturing Miguel is now available to download on iTunes.

April 20, 2013

emo adams launches his “all star theatre”

Emo Adams, All Star Theatre Launch, Sue Duminy, JP Duminy, Clayton Morar, Herschelle Gibbs, Sherrin Davie (by Denzil Jacobs)

Earlier this month, South African actor, singer and producer, Emo Adams celebrated the launch of his All Star Theatre with fellow all stars Loukmaan Adams, Sekoati SK, Crushanda Forbes and Wayne McKay to name a few. Guests including Premiere Helen Zille, cricketer JP Duminy and his wife Sue Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Sherrin Davie, television and radio personality Kia Johnson, PR and media personality Clayton Morar, Tracey Lange and myself were invited to enjoy an evening of music, comedy and dinner and coincidentally to celebrate Emo’s birthday. Located at the Cape Gate Lifestyle Centre, Emo Adams will be launching his new DVD, “Finding Emo” on 26 and 27 April 2013, for details visit the All Star Artists Facebook Page.

Special thanks to Clayton Morar Media.

November 20, 2012

katlego maboe performs live with daniel bedingfield


South African television personality, Katlego Maboe performs an acoustic version “If You’re Not The One” with international music sensation, Daniel Bedingfield live on SABC3 Expresso Show on 19 November 2012. “Few things compare to the magic of harmony! It was a privilege to experience that magic with Daniel Bedingfield – a moment ill never forget.” says Maboe.

Video is a recording of SABC3 The Expresso Show.

September 18, 2012

mariah carey, nicki minaj & keith urban ‘american idol’ judges

American Idol, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

Last Sunday saw the start of the new season of American Idol auditions as Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban join Randy Jackson on the judging panel. “What I want to be is honest and someone that the contestants can look to for guidance,” said Mariah Carey on the first day of auditions. Rapper Nicki Minaj says that it will be fun if people audition with her music and adds, “We’ll have fun, the Barbs are gonna be watching, it’s gon’ be poplin’.” Excited to have Mariah on the judging panel, Randy Jackson says, “I’m so excited she’s here, because I mean, more than half these girls that walk in want to be her.” Hoping that his judging skills will be authentic, country singer Keith Urban mentioned that he had entered a few similar shows to this when he was young in Australia, and recalls being torn apart by a judge and hopes not to be that kind of a judge but “I think we also need to know really truthfully what we’re doing right and wrong,” said Urban. “I’m excited that we’ve all gotten together, that we’ve gotten everyone to say yes they’ve onboard. We’re of to a good start,” added show presenter, Ryan Seacrest.

July 30, 2012

mariah carey reveals her ‘triumphant (get ’em)’ single cover

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Just moments ago, Mariah Carey revealed the cover of her upcoming single, ‘Triumphant (Get ‘Em)’ featuring Rick Ross & Meek Mill. The singer tweeted: “Here’s the cover of my new single #Triumphant!! World premiere this Thursday, Aug 2. GET ‘EM.” On set today filming the music video for the single, Mariah also tweeted a picture from the set. Follow Mariah Carey on twitter and now on Instagram for updates.

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:

June 5, 2012

justin bieber – all around the world

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Yesterday, Justin Bieber, 18, released the third single from his upcoming album “Believe”, due out on 19 June 2012. This pop/hip-hop track takes Beliebers (Bieber fans) back to 2010 as he collaborates once again with rapper Ludacris. Last week, his second promo single, “Die in Your Arms” debuted, after his official first single “Boyfriend” was released on 26 March.

May 31, 2012

jennifer lopez en vogue

Jennifer Lopez, JLo, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Vogue

American Idol judge, singer and actress, Jennifer Lopez looks amazing on the June 2012 cover of Vogue magazine, photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. With a new single “Goin’ In” featuring Flo-Rida , a new movie “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and a scheduled US tour, JLo has certainly come a long way from the “6”.

April 23, 2012

talking music – madonna

Madonna, MDNA, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, now 53, Madonna doesn’t look a day older than 35, as her 12th album, ‘MDNA‘ (released on 23 March 2012) arrives shortly after her new range of footwear but before the launch of her new perfume. It is apparent that Madge of the Dance Floor is nothing if not consistent, garter-belt sexy for “Girl Gone Wild,” she metaphorically takes off her undies on “I’m Addicted” and tosses off half a dozen typically “disarming things” about her private life, hence this has been dubbed her “divorce album”. Her second single, “Gang Bang,” has a good beat you can dance to, as does “I’m Addicted,” a driving love anthem produced by DJ Benny Benassi.  As on Madonna’s best albums — “Like a Virgin,” “Ray of Light” and “Music” she thrives between pop’s present and future, with each hit single she offers a dose of ‘new’ that confirmed her ability to seduce her fans.