Entertainment News: The D’banj and Bonang love triangle

Feuding rappers

The drama between local hip hop artists AKA, born-Kiernan Forbes, and Cassper Nyovest (Refiloe Phoolo) has turned physical. Phoolo accused Forbes of slapping him in a club on Twitter on August 7, which Forbes immediately denied on social media and accused Phoolo of fabricating the story in order to promote his upcoming show at the Ticketpro Dome in October. “I need to clear the record. These are false allegations. I DID NOT slap the shit out of someone tonight. I do NOT condone violence,” Forbes tweeted. “THERE WAS NO FIGHT TONIGHT. I have so much to look forward to, I don’t do stuff like that.”

The alleged attack took place at a nightclub in Johannesburg at the Analogue Nights party – where Forbes performed,  eNCA reported.

Forbes then admitted to the incident during his stream of consciousness-style tweets on the social network on August 12. “At the end of the day, there are people doing their utmost to damage my reputation. Ok yes, I did smack Nyovest …. But this is crazy,” he tweeted on August 12. In true AKA form, he later deleted the tweets.

It seems these two influential hip hop stars are not about to kiss and make-up anytime soon. 

The real queen of D’banj’s heart

Nigerian singer D’banj, real name Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, left fans shocked when he referred to his ex-lover and Nigerian billionaire’s daughter, Adama Indimi, as the queen of his heart in his birthday message to Indimi on Instagram. Indimi is the daughter of oil businessman Alhaji Mohammed Indimi.

Oyebanjo was spotted walking on the red carpet of the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards in July, hand-in-hand with Top Billing presenter, Bonang Matheba. Oyebanjo and Matheba even shared a kiss just before the singer went onto the stage to receive his Mama Evolution award. So were they ever a couple? Is Oyebanjo not over his ex-girlfriend? 

The Oliver Twist singer, who in the past was romantically linked to Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, was reportedly in an on-and-off relationship with  Indimi since 2012. #TeamBonang rushed to the TV presenter’s defense on social media, calling the singer undeserving of her. But according to Matheba, she doesn’t have a man. So her fans can relax. 

Moshito: From kwela to hip hop

Emile YX? (GAS Photographic)

Legendary local penny whistle star, Lemmy “Special” Mabaso, and local hip hop pioneer, Emile XY? (born-Emile Jansen), are the faces of the 2015 Moshito Music Conference & Exhibition, Moshito Chairperson, Sipho Sithole, announced at a press conference in Rosebank on August 13. 

This year’s conference, which runs from September 10 – 12, will look back at the evolution of kwela and local hip hop music, under the theme “From Kwela to Hop: The Great South African Songbook”. The topics on the discussion table include, “The kwaito, hip hop narrative” and “Forget Print? Is the Future Digital?”. 

The 12th annual music conference programme also features three new concerts and festivals that are set to take place in Braamfontien and Newtown at venues that include, The Market Theatre and Bassline. The artist line-up features Thandiswa Mazwai, Mercy Pakela, Simphiwe Dana, Unathi Nkayi-Msengana, Maya Kamaty and Maru Tarang, to name a few. 

More info visit  moshito.co.za

Fast & Furious cast dedicates award to Paul Walker

Paul Walker. (Reuters)

“Paul Walker is here in spirit with us,” said Hollywood actor Vin Diesel as he, along with the cast of Furious 7 accepted the Teen Choice Award for Choice Action/Adventure Movie in Los Angeles on August 16,  Entertainment Tonight reported. 

Walker, who also posthumously won the Choice Action/Adventure Actor category, died in a car crash alongside his friend Roger Rodas in Novmeber 2013 halfway through filming Furious 7

“I can’t stand here and be rewarded like this without talking about somebody very, very important to us,” Diesel said, while paying tribute to Walker with his with co-stars, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ludacris. “One of the best blessings in our lives is the fact that we have the opportunity to call Pablo our brother,” he added.

It was a big night for the movie franchise that also bagged the Choice Song From a Movie or TV Show award for the touching song See You Again, performed by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, which features on the Furious 7 soundtrack. 

Another memorable moment from the award show was when the cast of US TV series Empire got on stage to perform their hit, You’re So Beautiful. On-screen siblings, Jussie Smollet and Bryshere Y Gray, were joined on stage by co-star Gabourey Sidibe in an electrifying performance that showed-off Sidibe’s dance moves.

Twitter reacts to NWA biopic

Cast of Straight Outta Compton with members of NWA (Facebook.com/StraightOuttaCompton)

Music producer and former member of hip hop group NWA, Dr Dre (real name Andre Young), finally released his much awaited third studio album, Compton, on August 7, after a 16-year break. The album, which was well received by fans, was inspired by the 2015 NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. The album had 25-million streams around the world in its first week, and also sold nearly half a million downloads through Apple’s iTunes store, the  New York Times reported on August 16.

The biopic too has received rave reviews from the public. Straight Outta Compton, which premiered in the United States on August 14, was directed by F Gary Gray and it tells rise-to-fame story of the renowned 1980s Compton, California hip hop group, made up of Young and Ice Cube, who produced the film, as well as Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren. The cast features O’Shea Jackson Jr as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr as DJ Yella. 

The film topped the US and Canda box office during its first weekend, with takings of $56.1-million,  BBC news reported. 

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