Entertainment news: Pearl Thusi, Robert Marawa court love rumours

Pearl, Robert love swirl

It was love at first sight for Metro FM radio presenters Robert Marawa and Pearl Thusi when they met at a polo event at the Inanda Club in Jo’burg in 2013,  The Sunday Independent reported over the weekend. A rumour mill of them being a couple, began spinning in April 2015.

A reporter of The Sunday Independent spotted the pair at the Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Toni Braxton show in Jo’burg on September 3, where they reportedly held hands and kissed. Thusi has confirmed to celebrity news site, The Juice, that she isn’t engaged, following a frenzy on social media caused by a photo she posted on Instagram last month, where she is seen wearing an engagement ring. 

(Photo: Pearl Thusi’s Instagram)

Marawa denied being romantically involved with Thusi when The Sunday Independent contacted him for comment. He has recently been in the news for his court battle for maintenance payment with his ex-girlfriend and mother of his son, Zoe Mthiyane, who claimed the radio and TV sport anchor, was an absent father to their son.

Teenager killed at Durban Day music festival 

Khuli Chana. (Gallo)

Local hip hop star Khuli Chana apologised to fans on Instagram after he failed to perform at the East Cost radio Durban Day music festival on September 6, due to a stabbing incident. 

A Newlands East 19-year-old man was stabbed in what the radio calls, an isolated incident, towards the end of the music festival at the Moses Mabhida Stadium People’s Park. According to News24 reports, a murder case has been opened; no arrests have been made and the motive for the killing is unknown. The news site reported that the teenager was “chased by a group of men before being tackled and stabbed in the chest”. 

The festival was shutdown as soon as officials were made aware of the incident. The festival featured a line-up that included music acts, AKA, Beatenberg, Matthew Mole, Thandiswa Mazwai, Mi Casa, Monark, Prime Circle, Veranda Panda, Mafikizolo and Khuli Chana. 

“To all the people who came to watch a Chana at @eastcoastradioDurban Day, here is why I could not perform. This happened literally a minute before we were about to jump on and resulted in the show being shut down. Sorry to disappoint you but it was beyond our control. We hope to do the show next year,” he wrote in a post that included the official statement by East Coast Radio on Instagram. 

Chris de Burgh is coming to South Africa 

Chris de Burgh. (Reuters)

British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh is heading to South Africa in April 2016. De Burgh will be performing eight shows, where he’ll be promoting his new album, The Hands of Man, which is his 20th studio album of original songs. The 66-year-old musician has released hit songs such as The Lady in Red (1986) and Just Another Poor Boy (1975). Tickets go on sale on today from bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket.

Amandla Stenberg works on a new comic book

Amandla Stenberg. (AFP)

Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg stars as a young black female heroine in a new comic book that tackles intersectional feminism. The comic, entitled NIOBE: She is Life, tells the story of mixed-race character, Niobe Ayutami, who is half human and half elf, the  Telegraph reported. The character in the comic book – produced by publishing company, Stranger Comics –  is also on a journey to self-discovery. The 16-year-old actor has in the past been vocal about issues such as cultural appropriation and intersectional feminism.  Huffington Post refers to the comic book as Stenberg’s tribute “to all badass black women”. Stranger Comics has also published book series, I Am Mixed and I Am.

“I was drawn to give voice to Niobe and co-write her story because her journey is my journey. I connect to her mixed racial background and quest to discover her innate powers and strengths, to learn who she truly is,” Stenberg said in a statement obtained by The Huffington Post .

The comic is scheduled for release on November 4 2015.

DJ Oskido and Maphorisa get behind the boks

DJ and legendary music producer, Oskido, DJ Maphorisa and SABC have teamed up to produce a song for the 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign. The song, Habashwe, launched on September 4 on SABC and features singer Tamara Dey, Stoan Seate and Professor, with a guest appearance by SABC sports presenter Minnie Dlamini. The Springbok team will represent South Africa at the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on September 18 until October 31 in England.

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