Entertainment news: Soul Brothers band member shines light on the future of the band; AKA apologises to fans

The lead singer of South African mbaqanga group Soul Brothers David Masondo dies at age 67.

The lead singer of South African mbaqanga group Soul Brothers David Masondo dies at age 67.

Soul Brothers lead singer David Masondo dies

The lead singer of South African mbaqanga group Soul Brothers, David Masondo (67) has passed away. Masondo died on July 5 at the Garden City Clinic in Johannesburg,  eNCA reported. 

He was hospitalised in May 2015 and was treated for fatigue and exhaustion. Talking to 702 this morning, Masondo’s fellow band member Moses Ngwenya, says Masondo didn’t collapse on stage during their performance in Port Elizabeth in May, but that he was extremely weak ahead of the show. After their performance Masondo was advised by the band’s management team to seek medical help in hospital. “We have been together with him for 40 years,” says Ngwena. 

The Soul Brothers were popular from the 1970s with Masondo on vocals and Ngwenya on keyboard. They successfully fused the mbaqanga sound with soul music and with the township jive sound. The band is dubbed as the most influential mbaqanga group, having regular appearances on the popular traditional music show,  Ezodumo, in their very colourful outfits. 

Ngwena says the band will meet and discuss its future but he is hopeful that the Soul Brothers band will continue making music. The group was recording its 39th album at the time of Masondo’s death.

Afrikaans singer Fredi Nest dies 

Popular South Afrikaans singer Fredi Nest (56), born-Fedi Nester Esterhuizen, passed away on July 3 after a battle with cancer. Nest was admitted to hospital in May 2015 after falling ill and the tests revealed he had two brain tumours, according to Eye Witness News. He was admitted to Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria soon after the tests, where he received treatment for his condition. He has 14 albums under his belt, with hits such as Say Me More and More and Stay Just Near Me.

AKA kicks fan off stage

The AKA show continues and this time around he channeled his spirit animal Kanye West in front of fans during his performance on the Jack Daniels Boomtown stage at the Durban July festivities on July 4.  The Juice reported over the weekend that rapper AKA, born Kiernan Forbes, kicked a fan and shoved him off stage during his performance after the fan jumped on stage his set. He took to Twitter after the performance to address the incident. “‘Fans’ don’t jump on stage and ruin the show for everyone who’s watching it. It’s unfortunate that I ended up having to be my own security,” he tweeted. He also apologised for putting fans who came to enjoy his show at risk. But the apology was a little too late for fans who left his show feeling disappointed by his behaviour 

Metro FM DJ feels unsafe 

Radio DJ Wilson B Nkosi feels unsafe following threatening calls at work, the  Sowetan reported on July 4. The veteran radio DJ received anonymous calls saying that his life is in danger and that he should be careful on Sunday nights. Nkosi’s deejying gigs are often on Sunday nights. His fear is fuelled by the drama between him and event promoter DJ Beat (Ditlhakiso Mothabela) over R8 000 that Nkosi allegedly owes Mothabela, after Nkosi failed to honour a show he was booked for in May 31 in Pretoria, the publication reported. Mothabela used a photo of Nkosi’s late colleague and radio DJ Eddie Zondi on a flyer to promote the event. This marketing stunt didn’t sit well with Nkosi who then decided to ditch the show. Mothabela told Sowetan that Nkosi had opened a case of intimidation against him at Sandton police station. The investigations are still on going.

Donna Karan steps down as chief designer 

Fashion designer Donna Karan (66) has stepped down as the chief designer of her namesake company Donna Karan International and there will be no replacement for her, the UK  Independent reported on July 1. 

However Karan is not leaving the company but staying on as an advisor. According  The Guardian she will now focus on her philanthropic work for Urban Zen Company and Foundation, which deals with health care and education.  The British publication hails her for being a visionary who “helped women streamline their look through basic pieces”. She founded the successful New York-based fashion house DKNY in 1984 and has since dressed stars such as Michelle Obama, Penelope Cruz Iman and Susan Saradon. 

Runway shows and collections for her clothing brand have been suspended for a “period of time”.

Donna Karan (Retuers)

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