Want a sexy, super awesome and brilliant song for a Wednesday? Your wish is my command, thanks to DJ Kent and Mi Casa’s MO-T. It’s called Don’t Let Go and it’s absolute winner. Watch the video below:
I was first introduced to Samkelo Ndlovu back in 2012. She was one of the stars in SA’s first telenovela called, iNkaba. Fans loved her, as did the industry and she was everywhere. When I met her on set, she was warm, friendly and the two young interns who were with me were absolutely thrilled to have met her. What has Samkelo got on the go now? Lots apparently… Here’s what you can expect to come from Samkelo for the rest of the year and beyond:
1. You’re an incredible talent and a fun loving woman. When you introduce yourself to people or people ask you to tell them more about yourself, you describe yourself as?
I describe myself as a working storyteller. I use the word storyteller because I have more than one medium. I’m an actress singer/song writer and qualified director and writer for television and film. I’m also a dark dreadlocked weirdo who is a yoga enthusiast and extreme foodie.
2. There’s an interesting term you’ve coined for yourself… Samurai. Can you tell us more?
Back at film school, I moved around some musical circles. Particularly rappers. Because they often had informal gatherings called ciphers. I was often the rose amongst thorns and I was the lady who did all the hooks to the songs we jammed. So, my shortened name is Samu, even though my full name is Samkelo without the “u” between the “m” and the “k”. So, they, as creative as rappers are known to be, dubbed me “the Samu-rai”. They saw me as a strong link between bringing their words from simple rhymes to melody’s. A positive figure. And, it stocked. I liked it because it has a positive connotation to it. And Samurai’s represent tenacity and strength. I felt it suited me quite well.
3. You’ve acted in some of the biggest shows on television, more recently Mzansi’s first telenovela. What was that experience like for you?
I’ve acted In a lot of already established drama’s and soaps and some weren’t. But starting something that the whole of Africa would see. Something we had to start from scratch, was a lot of pressure. It was a prototype and we needed it to be a success, not only for us, but for future telenovela’s to come in the country. It was like being in Generations 1st episode. We either had to capture people or not. And we did. The repeat of the 208 episode season is on repeat now on Mzansi Wethu daily and people still love it. Continue reading “Q&A with Samkelo Ndlovu”
Here is a list of some of this year’s SAMA 20 winners. These are the awards that aren’t televised, but are just as important… If not more so in my opinion:
Best Alternative Music Album
Nakhane Touré Brave Confusion
Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
The Soil Reflections Live in Joburg
Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Nqubeko Mbatha Sentiments of a Worshipper
Best Traditional Music Album
Dr Thomas Chauke Na Shinyori Sisters Shimatsatsa No 32
Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Guy Buttery Live in KwaZulu
Best Live DVD
Zonke Give and Take Live
Best Music Video of the Year
Kyle Lewis Sleepwalker by The Parlotones, Khuli Chana & Jon Savage
Best Producer of the Year
Darryl Torr Yes/No/Grey by Gangs of Ballet
Best Engineer of the Year
Peter Auret Pimp My Piano by Charl du Plessis
Remix of the Year
Oskido Tsa Ma Ndebele
Best Selling DVD of the Year
Joyous Celebration Grateful Volume 17
Best Selling Mobile Music Download of the Year
Best Selling Ring-Back Tone of the Year
Best Selling Full-Track Download of the Year
Most Played Song on South African Radio in 2013
DJ Kent ft. The Arrows
Remember the South African Music Awards will air on SABC 1 later tonight. That’s if you aren’t watching the roast of Kenny Kunene.
This is my jam and what a way to get the new week going. It’s the new track from DJ Kent ft. Liquideep called Top Of The World. Liquideep’s new album, Welcome Aboard is due out very very soon – cannot wait. More on that in the weeks to come.
Let’s be frank, the weather in Johannesburg is kak. It’s cold, windy and just when we thought we’d say adios to winter, that little bitch decided to show us who’s boss. We get you, now you can go. While the wintery conditions might not be ideal for partying, people of Jozi listen up. You will want to venture off to Rosebank tonight. The Ultimix @ 6 Volume 3 tour comes to an end tonight and those involved are going out with a bang. The party is set to take place in the parking lot at The Zone, Rosebank from 9pm. R50 will get you in and on the decks tonight is the Ultimix @ 6 competition winner, Ryan The DJ. 5FM’s DJ Fresh, Euphonik, Poppy as well as DJ Kent will be attempting to raise the roof of P5 at The Zone and you know this is going to be mad cool. So be tough, be #847Strong and get on down to the Zone for one of the hottest parties of the year.
This Friday the Hennessy Artistry Halo Concert returns for a fifth year. The artists involved in this year’s campaign are but awesome. The list includes Zakwe, The Arrows, Bucie, AKA, of which all of them got to work with one of the SA’s most celebrated musical directors and composers, Caiphus Semenya. Throwing in his DJ skills and final touches to this production is one of my favourite DJs, DJ Kent.
Bucie, AKA, The Arrows and Zakwe will all be in attendance to perform the track and be apart of the massive party. It’s all going down this Friday at Hush in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Doors open at 20:00 and general admission tickets are on sale at Computicket.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HennessySA to find out more about the event and while you’re there, you might even win yourself a VIP table for you and three friends.