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Arts Desk & Reuters
14 Dec 2015 13:29
R&B singer Mary J Blige performing at the BET Experience Africa.
The first ever BET Experience Africa took place over the weekend at the Ticketpro Dome, Joburg on December 12 and it kicked off on the
right foot with an impressive all-day entertainment line-up that featured
African and US musicians live on stage. The
event is dubbed as the “ultimate lifestyle festival” and happens annually in the US.
US R&B singer Mary J Blige gave an unforgettable performance
of her 1990s classics and her most recent hits, that included music from her
2014 album, The London Sessions. Blige, who is best known for her heartfelt
ballads, also took time to speak against women abuse, before performing her
anthems No More Drama and Not Gon’ Cry.
Blige performed on the concert stage,
which was situated inside The Dome.
The evening concert started at 16:30 and ended
just after midnight.
South African hip hop artist
AKA also didn’t disappoint – he was joined on stage by artist Yanga. AKA
performed Composure, his diss track to Cassper Nyovest, which he introduced by
stating that he found it ironic that he was performing that specific song at The Dome. In October this year, Cassper became the first
South African artist to fill up The Dome.
Atlanta hip hop artist Young Thug, who showed up on stage dressed in fur boats and a coat (not sure if was real fur or not), had the younger crowed
nae nae’ing throughout his set.
Soul musician Raphael Saadiq slowed it down with some neo soul
sounds. He, along with his band paid tribute to Nigerian afrobeat legend Fela
Kuti, while fellow soul singer and headliner Maxwell concluded the night’s
programme with his performance. Maxwell brought romance to The Dome, but his
falsetto was a no-show. He struggled to hit the high notes, but his
lower register and stage presence made up for his shortcomings.
The daytime festival stage, which was outside The Dome, featured artists,
Monique Bingham, Black Motion, Euphonik, Nathi, EMTEE , Fifi Cooper, and many
The overall attendance of the event was impressive. From a
fashion show to car drifting, there was a lot to see and do and the programme
was a bit overwhelming.
“This event is a celebration of the great talent that we
have and we hope to create an experience for the consumers with our brands,” said Alex Okosi, senior VP & managing director at Viacom International
Media Networks Africa, during a press conference held ahead of festival. Okosi
stated that he hopes to grow the festival in the years to come.
Mariah Carey. (Reuters)
More and more 1990s R&B music acts are flocking to SA
this festive season, with Boyz II Men being the next act to perform in Joburg
tomorrow night at the Ticketpro Dome. This morning Live Nation and Big Concerts
announced that US songbird and 1990s singing sensation Mariah Carey will
perform in South Africa for the very first time in 2016 as part of her Sweet
Sweet Fantasy tour. The tour will take place on May 1 & 2 at the Ticketpro
Dome in Jo’burg.
Carey recently had a Las Vegas residency, which received mixed
reviews. But despite the criticism, the songbird has remained relevant. She has
sold over 220 million records and has won five Grammy awards. Audiences can
look forward to hearing her hits, Fantasy, Always Be My Baby and Hero, live on
stage in 2016.
Zizo Beda. (Primenoe Instagram)
TV presenter Zizo Beda and Home Affrairs spokesperson
Mayihlome Tshwete tied the knot over the weekend in the East London. Beda, who
is expecting the couple’s first child, was glowing in her white gown. Their wedding guest list consisted of A-listers – from politicians to entertainers.
Legendary kwaito star Thebe Mogane performed at the wedding reception, held on December 11. The following day Beda and Tshwete celebrated their traditional wedding in King William’s Town, where they both wore the Xhosa attire.
See pics below
Mayihlome Tshwete and Zizo Beda. (Mrs_gigabyte Instagram)
President Barack and Michelle Obama. (AFP)
The first lady of the United States of America, Michelle
Obama, is officially the coolest first lady to ever grace the White House. She
recently starred in a music video, where she is seen dancing and rapping about
the importance of going to college in the song, Go to College. In the humorous video she is joined by US
comedian Jay Pharoah and together they appeal to young people to take
education seriously. Obama is also seen stepping out of the White House with Pharoah, wearing sunglasses – looking uber-cool.
“If you wanna fly jets you should go to college,” they sing.
Matt Damon in The Martian, which is nominated for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
stars and newcomers from as far afield as Sweden, Australia and Mexico as well
as the United States were honoured with Golden Globe
nominations on December 10 for their work in movies and television.
are some reactions to the nominations, chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association (HFPA), as expressed in statements, by phone and through social
DiCaprio, best actor nominee for The Revenant: “I
am incredibly grateful for their nomination, as well as the recognition they
have given to this film and to Alejandro’s (Inarritu’s) vision as its director.
Making The Revenant was a true honour for me. I also want to extend
congratulations to all nominees this season.”
Fassbender, best actor nominee for Steve Jobs: “This
film, and working with Danny Boyle and our amazing cast, has been one of the
most creative and amazing experiences of my professional life. It’s lovely to
Lady Gaga, best
limited TV series actress nominee for American Horror Story: Hotel : “I am too
excited for words at this recognition for my work! I dreamed endlessly of being
in television & film. This is a real honor for a waitress/singer/actress
from New York!”
Lesbian romance drama Carol led the Golden Globe
nominations on Thursday with five nods, including the top category for best
drama, while Wall Street movie The Big Short led the comedy film
categories with four nominations.
The Golden Globes are chosen
by 90-plus journalists of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and winners
will be announced at a televised ceremony on January 10.
See list of winners here
*Updated version: Mayihlome Tshwete’s name was spelt incorrectly in the previous version of the story. The correction has been made.
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