Black Coffee incident – AKA’s team issues statement

Johannesburg, Monday, 26 September 2016 ­ – The Vth Season confirms that one of our employees, Tshiamo Letshwene, who serves as a Road Manager, was involved in an altercation with Black Coffee this past weekend at the DSTV iRock Festival in Limpopo whilst Road Managing AKA and his band.

We are very surprised and disappointed to hear of the violent reaction by Black Coffee towards Tshiamo which was unexpected and unwarranted. Tshiamo is more shocked than injured. We admire and hold Black Coffee in high regard but his actions on Saturday night have let us down especially for Tshiamo who is a fan and considers Black Coffee a role model.

AKA was not late for his performance at the DSTV iRock Festival in Limpopo as media and event goers have reported. As an Agency, it is very important for us to be professional at all times with all our stakeholders. Three weeks ago we requested a performance time change for AKA to which the event organisers agreed and confirmed. We wanted to ensure that there was enough travel time for AKA and his band as they had another event prior to the DSTV iRock Festival and a private jet was chartered to ensure they got to Limpopo at the quickest possible time.

It is unheard of and highly unprofessional for an artist to have squabbles with another artist or his team members about performance line up details. Disputes should be addressed directly with the event organisers to which they would have been able to confirm to Black Coffee that they advised AKA’s band to set up at that particular time. AKA and his band were willing to wait to perform after Black Coffee’s set but were instructed to go on as planned. We cannot attest to whether or not Black Coffee was informed prior to Saturday night about the changes with his timeslot, but he had no business arguing with and then slapping Tshiamo.

For an artist that has been in the music industry for the amount of years that Black Coffee has, his actions on Saturday night don’t speak to the brand magnitude of what we know Black Coffee to be. His actions were ignorant, distasteful and not of someone level headed or mature. We applaud Tshiamo for keeping his cool and being professional throughout the altercation especially seeing that the anger and violence was misplaced.

“It’s completely unacceptable for Black Coffee to have hit someone. We thought he was a gentleman and a professional. I’m sure he has something to say about his despicable and inexcusable action but in the meantime we anticipate an apology from Black Coffee to the young man” expresses Benza, Managing Director, Vth Season Talent and Entertainment Marketing Agency.

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Verdict on #TheVoiceSA

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 7.58.15 AMSo M-Net’s new format reality TV show kicked off earlier. It’s the local version of the hugely popular franchise, The Voice South Africa. It has been a bit of a rough two weeks for the pay TV channel, so they needed something like this, and boy did it deliver.

The Voice SA is hosted by a veteran in the industry, Lungile Radu. Radu is no stranger to the industry. Not only is his reality TV show, Forever Young back on Vuzu, he’s an acclaimed actor and he’s hosted hit shows on Channel O and Mzansi Magic. Now he adds this show to his resume. Granted we’ve only seen one episode, but from what I saw, he’s comfortable, confident and has assumed his position perfectly. Behind the scenes, 947 radio personality Stacey Norman is the V-Reporter. I’m not sure of this bit yet, but maybe as the rounds progress, it will become more obvious.

One of the most important elements of the show has to be the list of coaches and if you missed it, Bobby Van Jaarsveld, Lira, Karen Zoid and Kahn Morbee of The Parlotones, are all on the panel. Initially I had my reservations, just because I’m unfamiliar two of them, and a third doesn’t strike me as someone well placed for such, but I’ve got to give it to the producers because they’ve done well. Karen is entertaining, as is Bobby. I just love Lira. She’s dramatic, intelligent, theatrical, warm. Just the best… I do think Kahn will warm as we get into the season more.

As for the talent? Well… Well… Well! There’s plenty on offer and we’re definitely going to see some incredible singers surface in The Voice South Africa.

Onward to episode two.

The latest on Big Brother Africa Season 9

Big Brother Africa fans, take note of the following developments:
M-Net and Endemol SA advise that due to a devastating fire at the Big Brother house on 2 September 2014, Big Brother Hotshots will not launch this Sunday (7 September) as scheduled. The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown and investigations will commence as soon as it is safe to do so. At this stage M-Net and Endemol are urgently looking for an alternative Big Brother house in which to film the production, however as this production has highly technical infrastructure, camera and edit requirements, an alternative is not immediately available. Every effort will be made to find a solution as quickly as possible to ensure that Africa’s biggest reality show will continue.

Note, nobody was injured in the fire, which is a huge relief. Your favourite show air, it’s just going be slightly delayed. Stay strong folks, Biggie will return 😉

Hangout with The Pursuit of Happyness author, Chris Gardner

If I mention the name Christopher Gardner, you might be like um, who is that? If I mention the movie The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith, that might ring a bell. Well that film is based on his life. His rags to riches story has inspired millions of people the world over. His background might be in the financial industry, but his story is a human story. We all go through things, we all experience highs and lows; money can be (and probably is) tight and jobs are scarce as a result.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to chat to Chris via Google Hangout. He’ll be heading out to South Africa this August for the National Achievers Conference 2014. It’ll be held out at Gallagher Convention Centre on the 30 & 31 August 2014. For more information you can check out www.nacsouthafrica.com, but for now check out the Hangout below:

For me, I have an idea, I just need to put the plan into action. Here’s one of his profound quotes that mirrors the planning statement:

“Do something that you love. Whatever you’re going to do is going to be tough enough. Find something that gets you so excited that the sun can’t come up early enough in the morning because you want to go do your thing.”

Gareth Cliff remixes Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind JZ, Nkandla style

Hahaha, go GARETH CLIFF!!! Love this… Here’s the remix of Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind track, Nkandla JZ style…You’ll hear ‘the president’s wives there too 😉

Out of such a messy situation must come a laugh! Thanks GC.

Watch Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y. video

Another epic, cinematic piece of art from pop diva, Lady Gaga. The star released the video for her new single, G.U.Y. from the album, ARTPOP at the weekend and already it has been viewed over 7million times. What do you think of Gaga’s latest offering?

AMVCAs … Awards season isn’t quite over

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It has been a busy couple of months. We’ve seen 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Jasmine and their respective cast and crew hitting it big at the Golden Globes, the SAGs and now the Academy Awards. And while many may believe that awards season is over, it isn’t quite over. The second and now annual AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards go down in Lagos, Nigeria this coming Saturday and I’m happy to be back for again to cover the awards.

I’ll be on the red carpet on Saturday evening and then backstage interviewing all the winners, so it’s going to be busy, but fun too. For the love of the game 😉 I’ll also be hanging with the hosts in the build-up to the awards and hopefully some of the musical talent too. You can keep checking back here for more details, pictures and clips… It’s going to be fun! #AMVCAs… get involved.