Vivica Fox seems to have packed her huge ego into her suitcase when she left the States for South Africa. Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, invited South African celebrities, sportsmen and women, and politicians to help him welcome international stars Brandy, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Sugar Ray Leonard and more to the country ahead of the South African Sports Awards on Sunday when the international celebrities will be presenting awards.
Just hours after arriving in the country, US actress Vivica A Fox threw a tantrum of note at local celebrities including Live presenter Bonang Matheba, Minnie Dlamini and Terry Pheto at Randlords, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. (more…)
The 2010 Channel O Musice Video Awards were held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg last night. It was a hugely disappointing night for Kenyans. We did not bring home a single award despite having Wyre, Nameless & Habida nominated. It would be too easy to say that South Africans and Nigerians are favored by the organizers. I say we take a look at our music industry and figure out what we are doing wrong.
I have a few to start. Why can’t we develop a uniquely Kenyan sound? Don’t shoot the messenger. However, it’s a fact that most Kenyan musicians are satisfied with copying styles from other countries. I, for one would love to see Nameless on a track with an ohangla beat. Or, how about P-Unit hooking up with a mugithi artist to bring a truly Kenyan feel. Genge or Kapuka is not going to cut it on the international scene. The sooner we realize that, the better. Amani is doing a really good job. When I listen to her, I can identify her sound as Kenyan. Look at K’naan. When he sings, you can feel the influence of his heritage. That’s how he’s able to draw in other people, even when blending his music with international styles. Our music should have a broader appeal to people outside Kenya. (more…)
Halle Berry is in South Africa shooting her first movie since she gave birth. The 44- year old actress has been swimming with great white sharks as part of her starring role in new film Dark Tide. She was spotted as she prepared to shoot wearing a bikini and wetsuit.
In the movie, she plays Sara, a diving instructor who is drawn to close encounters with white sharks on an isolated island. The shooting takes place off of Seal Island where sharks prey on the thousands of seals that live on the island during the breeding season. (more…)
I’ve been blogging for a while about the new Winnie Mandela biopic which is currently being shot in South Africa. I’m so excited because I think Winnie Mandela is a largely misunderstood woman. Just put yourself in her shoes. She was expected to be a freedom fighter, provider, mother and wife to a prisoner, all at the same time. And, like most women, she was expected to be perfect. I salute Winnie Mandela for her strength and courage in the face of stuggle.
The above photo is from Winnie and Nelson’s wedding day. I think she looks beautiful. Pop the top to see a pic of Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard recreating the moment. (more…)
Sometimes I really wonder about Alicia Keys. Seems this is the kind of thing we shall be getting from the couple who are expecting a baby and have announced their engagement. While down in South Africa, they took the opportunity to visit a Zulu sangoma to get blessings for themselves and for their unborn child. They were even given new names which they did not share. My advice to Alicia, don’t mess around with the sangomas. Better yet, don’t mess with things you know nothing about.
Wearing tribal beads, Alicia and her baby were given Zulu names while standing under a fig tree known as the ‘healing tree’ by locals who believe it brings good fortune and health. ‘Two female priests who practice a mix of Christianity and tribal custom chose new names for her and the unborn child, as a mark of respect. The names were kept between them, but were chosen to reflect Alicia’s character. (more…)
A little while back I gave you a teaser of Kelly’s photoshoot for Cosmo South Africa. Kelly has now shared with us the full fashion spread for the July 2010 issue. She looks great. I know I just featured her on here the other day. But she looks fabulous! The best career move she ever made was dumping Matthew Knowles as her manager. The man was too busy making sure that Beyonce was making that money to care for anyone else. I’m so excited for where Kelly is headed. Peep the pics after the jump. (more…)
This World Cup mania is getting out of control. A South African jewelry company, Shimansky, has created a life-size soccer ball made of 6,620 white diamonds and 2,640 black diamonds totaling 3,500 carats. The soccer ball took nearly three months to make and is estimated to hold a value of $2.59 million. The ball is set to make its world debut at the FIFA World Cup where it will be unveiled by jewelry designer Yair Shimansky. Mr. Shimansky is currently in talks with a European soccer club about selling the Shimansky World Cup ball to them as a 2010 commemorative display piece for their club. (more…)
As I had already told you, Jennifer Hudson will be playing Winnie Mandela in the new Winnie biopic. The big news, though, is that Nelson Mandela will be played by none other than Terrence Howard!!! How excited am I! Although I don’t really know if he’s well suited for the part. So used to him looking all pimped out and smooth They are both great actors though and I’m sure they will do their absolute best coz I love me some Winnie!
Ne-Yo took some time out during his recent trip to South Africa to visit the lion park. Cute pics! He was in South Africa for a series of concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town. More pics after the break. (more…)
29 year old Kelly Rowland has a spread in an upcoming issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine, South Africa. Kelly is gearing up for the release of her upcoming (still untitled) album due in stores in September of this year. The music video for the new album’s lead single “Commander” was shot last week in Los Angeles by director Masashi Muto and will feature choreography from Fatima Robinson. Kelly’s music seems to be more accepted outside of the US. Guess Beyonce still has that market on lock.
Check out the pics from Kelly’s Cosmo Mag South Africa photoshoot below… (more…)