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Sauti Sol Nominated for 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards

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MTV Base yesterday revealed the nominees for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs). This is a spectacular awards show and music celebration, taking place in South Africa for the first time on 7 June 2014. Held at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC), the awards will air live across the continent at 21:00 CAT on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130). Kenya’s very own boy band, Sauti Sol, have been nominated in the Best Group category. Reacting to the news, the group had this to say:

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Female Kenyan singer Amani is also nominated in the Best Collaboration category for her song Kiboko Changu, which features Ugandan group Radio & Weasel. Another Kenyan nominee is Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o who is nominated in the Personality of the Year category.

The MAMA nominations in full: (more…)


Swizz Beatz and Eve on the Set of Coolin’

How excited am I? I was scared that E.V.E. had gone Hollywood on us but she’s back!!! Not only is she back, but she’s returning to the winning formula of working with Swizz Beatz. I think he brings out the best in her. They were in California to shoot the video for “Coolin,” off of Swizz Beatz’ upcoming album, Haute Living. The video was shot by Taj and features Diddy’s son, Christian. That boy is a carbon copy of his dad. Diddy couldn’t even deny him if he wanted to.

Eve is looking amazing. One thing I love about her is how comfortable she is in her skin. She ‘s never had the need to get cosmetic surgery done, even though she has tiny boobs. She’s secure in who she is as a person and I think that’s really sexy in a woman. She also commits shoeicide with a crazy pair of booties from the latest Spring Summer 2011 design by Iris van Herpen x United Nude (Crystallization Collection) and rocks a a spiked sequin dress by The Blonds (Phillipe & David), while Swizzy is killing them in a Tom Ford floral tuxedo jacket! Check out the pics after the break. (more…)

Nelly and Kelly on the Set of New Music Video

Who does not remember the year Dilemma by Nelly and Kelly Rowland came out??? I honestly can’t think of another male/female duet that had as much chemistry as they did in that video. We were all secretly wishing they’d end up together. I really don’t buy that Ashanti and Nelly relationship thing coz honestly, if a guy can’t claim you publicly, there’s a problem. Just ask Ciara and 50 Cent.

Anyway, Kelly Rowland, 29, and Nelly, 36, got all cuddly during the video shoot of “Gone” in Cancun, Mexico. They’re either really in love on the low or they’re very good actors because I can just feel the heat they generated when I look at the pics. Check them out after the break. (more…)

Ciara’s Basic Instinct CD Insert

Am I the only one who had no idea that Ciara has an album coming out? Her label is doing a horrendous job of marketing her. Not that I was planning on buying it but I’m sure she has fans somewhere… Don’t kill the messenger. I loved her back in her Goodies days. Feel like back then she was more focused on music and dancing, which is her real talent. Now she’s become like all the other oversexed chics. Why does it always have to be about nudity? If you think I’m lying, you should take a look at her CD inserts after the break. I guess you have to show extra skin to sell albums these days. Though it just doesn’t work for me… If you’re interested, Basic Instinct will be in stores on Tuesday, December 14th. Let me know if it’s worth it, won’t you?

She shows off her ASSets in the sizzling images, photographed by Gomillion and Leupold—basking in the sun, posing in her bra and panties, and dancing in the rain. (more…)

Kanye West’s Monster Video Stills… Scary!!!

Just when I thought Kanye West was getting back to normal, he goes and pulls another crazy stunt. It seems the video for his song, Monster, will be different (for lack of a better word). Very different. Select scenes from his new music video ‘Monster’ hit the web yesterday. This video is very creepy. If his intention is to get the Illuminati rumours going again, I think he’s outdone himself.

In one scene, Kanye is shown lounging on a bed with a collection of dead bodies lying next to him. He clumsily makes out with one corpse like some kind of twisted, psychotic serial killer. The video also features rappers Jay Z, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross — who, in another macabre scene, smokes a cigar while sitting in a chair with dead bodies literally hanging around him.

Kanye’s exceptional CD, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is in stores now. It was actually awarded 5 mics by the Source magazine. What I’ve heard is also pretty good. However, I just can’t deal with this mess. Some may think it’s creativity, I just think it’s sick. See more stills after the break. (more…)

2011 GRAMMY Nominations

Rapper Eminem, newcomer Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga top the 2011 Grammy nominations list released yesterday. Eminem racked up 10 nominations! Newcomer Bruno Mars earned a total of 7 nominations, including 3 nods for his collaboration with B.O.B titled “Nothing On You”. Jay-z earned six, newcomer B.O.B earned five, and Drake & Rihanna earned 4 a piece.

R&B Diva Monica received 2 nominations which included “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for ‘Everything To Me’, and “Best R&B Album”. Beyonce snagged 2 (including her “Telephone” collab with Lady Gaga), Alicia Keys snagged 3 (all for her hit song “Empire State Of Mind” w/ Jay-z). R. Kelly earned 2 (Best Contemporary R&B Album, & Best Traditional R&B Vocal for “When A Woman Loves) and Nicki Minaj also gained a grammy nomination for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group – My Chick Bad w/Ludacris”.

Canadian stars Justin Bieber and Drake are nominated for best new artist, along with U.K. acts Florence & the Machine and Mumford & Sons, and jazz artist Esperanza Spalding. Chris Brown is nominated for 3 Grammys for Best Contemporary R&B Album (Graffiti), Best Rap Collaboration (“Deuces”) and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group (“Take My Time” with Tank). He probably won’t win but the nominations mean his career is getting back on track #teambreezy. See the nomination list after the break. (more…)

Kelis' Fleshtone Album Artwork

I love Kelis as an artist because she’s not afraid to be different. Take the above promo shot for instance. It was taken by photographer Rankin. It seems to depict her as a character from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Flesh Tone features Acapella plus 8 other tracks, including collaborations with a stellar line up of producers like David Guetta, will.i.am, Benny Benassi, Boysnoize, Free School and DJ Ammo. Interestingly, the album is already our in the UK, Latin America and Asia. It will be coming out in Germany on May 28. Fans in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand  have to wait until July 6th. See two more promo pics after the break. (more…)