Nicki Minaj to headline TribeOne Dinokeng Festival

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US rapper and actress Nicki Minaj is set to headline to the TribeOne Dinokeng Festival in South Africa this September. The festival is being dubbed the biggest music event the continent has ever experienced. It’ll take place in the city of Tshwane from 26-28th of September. Nicki isn’t the only artist on the bill (obvious statement much?). She’ll be joined by some 150 artists from around the continent and the world, including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, J Cole, Kid Ink, Keko, AKA, Xtatic, Khuli Chana, Naava Grey, Kwesta, Liquideep, Fally Ipupa, Redsan, Takeifa, Souadou, Ousmane, Ba’ponga  among many others.

Nicki seems to be all kinds of excited about (finally) coming to Mzansi and performing on the 28th:

 

You’ve probably been paid this month, so take some of your hard-earned cash and get your tickets now. Simply click on the links below for more information:

http://www.tribeonefestival.com/tickets/

http://www.tribeonefestival.com/tickets-tribecamp/

http://www.tribeonefestival.com/tickets-parkandride/

Also, get involved in the social platforms:

www.tribeonefestival.com

www.tribeonefestival.mobi

www.facebook.com/tribeonefest

twitter.com/tribeonefest or Twitter Hashtag: #TribeOneFest

Instagram: @TribeOneFest

I’ll be heading off to New York and hopefully Toronto and LA in September, so I’m going to miss this, but you can feedback and let me know what the festival was like. I’ll go out on a limb here, and say it’s going to be epic.com!

J. Cole all set to release Born Sinner

There are a lot of hot tracks on radio and TV at the moment and one of those is the one you can see above. It’s the new track from J Cole and it features Miguel. Man oh man I’m loving it. And judging by early reviews and word online, 2013 is shaping up to be a good year for J. The star will release his second album, “Born Sinner” on the 18th of this month. Will it hit number one like his debut? Most probably… I’m just saying. Although… Continue reading “J. Cole all set to release Born Sinner”

Rihanna, Nicki lead American Music Awards nominations

The 40th anniversary of the American Music Awards will be celebrated in true style this year – that if the list of nominees for this year is anything to go by.  Nicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the pack with four nominations each. Other big nominees include Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Katy Perry.

Already confirmed to perform at the awards is Ms. Christina Aguilera, who no doubt will be bumping off a few guys… if her latest video, Your Body is anything to go by 😉 More performers will be added to the list in the build up to the awards on the 18th of November.

Check out the list of nominees below:

 2012 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES:

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Maroon 5
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • J. Cole
  • fun.
  • Gotye
  • Carly Rae Jepsen
  • One Direction

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Justin Bieber
  • Flo Rida
  • Pitbull
  • Usher

 

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Katy Perry
  • Rihanna

 

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

  • fun.
  • Maroon 5
  • One Direction
  • The Wanted

 

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

  • Justin Bieber /Believe
  • Maroon 5/Overexposed
  • Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
  • One Direction/Up All Night

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church


FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – COUNTRY

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

 

FAVORITE BAND, DUO or GROUP – COUNTRY

 

FAVORITE ALBUM – COUNTRY

  • Luke Bryan/Tailgates & Tanlines
  • Lionel Richie/Tuskegee
  • Carrie Underwood/Blown Away

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Drake
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Tyga

 

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • J. Cole/Cole World: The Sideline Story
  • Drake/Take Care
  • Nicki Minaj/Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

 

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Chris Brown
  • Trey Songz
  • Usher

 

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – SOUL/R&B

  • Beyoncé
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Rihanna

 

FAVORITE ALBUM – SOUL/R&B

  • Chris Brown/Fortune
  • Rihanna/Talk That Talk
  • Usher/Looking 4 Myself

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – ALTERNATIVE ROCK

  • The Black Keys
  • Gotye
  • Linkin Park

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  • Adele
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Train


FAVORITE ARTIST – LATIN

  • Don Omar
  • Pitbull
  • Shakira

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

  • Jeremy Camp
  • Newsboys
  • tobyMac

 

FAVORITE ARTIST – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)

  • David Guetta
  • Calvin Harris
  • Skrillex

 

Big Brother StarGame Housemate profiles

The new season of Big Brother Africa is here. It’s called Big Brother Stargame and it officially kicked off last night. The show, in its seventh season, went live to the continent from its Johannesburg headquarters. International rapper J.Cole was on stage for a performance, as were some of choreographer Somizi’s dancers. I got to interview Cole yesterday too, nice guy and very friendly. I’ll have more from that interview this week, but for now, here are the housemate profiles for this year’s season:

UPVILLE

BARBZ

Age:                34

Country:         South Africa

 

The following housemates from across Africa entered the Big Brother StarGame House tonight (Sunday, 6 May) in the hope of winning Africa’s biggest reality show. They are:

 

Babalwa entered Big Brother StarGame because she loves competing in challenges, both physical and intellectual. The model, events manager and hair salon boss from King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape says the fact that she will be pushed to the limit in the house excites her and that she loves winning – “losing ain’t for me!” she says.

 

Barbzis single and says that she won’t sell her morals short for money – viewers shouldn’t expect any hanky panky from her in the house, but she’s game for anything else! She loves samp & beans with oxtail and her favourite books are “Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich” and “The Secret”. She enjoys most reality TV – she’s a huge Big Brother fan – and also likes watching news channels like CNN and Al Jazeerah.

 

She says her favourite places in the world outside of her home country are Miami and Lagos – the former for the parties, nice people and great shopping and the latter for the “fun”.

 

Barbz is inspired by a lot of people, but picks her Mom as the most influential because she moulded her into the person she is today. She says her parents influenced her life most because they made sure she went to good schools and their strict nature kept her out of trouble. The qualities she likes most in other people are respect, openness, friendship and “people with backbone” while she dislikes lies, false accusations, bad-mouthing, laziness and spitefulness. She entered Big Brother StarGame to market her brand and her business, to create awareness around xenophobia and to spread love amongst Africans.

 

dkb

Age:                26

Country:         Ghana

 

Comedian, TV presenter, event organizer and talent manager DKB hails from Accra. He entered Big Brother StarGame because it’s a platform for people from different cultures and socialization to meet and bring the best out of themselves. Hedescribes himself as sociable, kind, trustworthy, entertaining and adaptable and promises viewers “non-stop entertainment”.

 

DKB’s role model is Tyler Perry because of the way he’s used his talent to empower black people. He says his Uncle has had the biggest influence on him “because he has taught me how to be a responsible man”.

 

His favourite part of Ghana is the Cape Coast, while the best thing about Africa is the culture. He’s a huge fan of Ice Cube and Tyler Perry and enjoys the music of Sarkodie, M.I.m Jay-Z, Eminem, HHP, Busta Rhymes, Usher and Freshlyground.

 

If he wins Big Brother StarGame, DKB would use the grand prize money to improve his life and that of his family. He would also start a business and create a charity investment that would sustain the outreach for a very long time. Hehopes that participating in Big Brother will better his interpersonal relations with people from other parts of Africa and boost his image as a formidable showbiz personality.

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J. Cole to perform on Big Brother “Stargame”

The seventh season of the big beast that is Big Brother Africa is just around the corner. It was announced earlier that the new season will be more known as Big Brother Stargame. In addition to the name for this season, international superstar J.Cole is set to officially open the house by performing on the stage at the launch of the show on May 6. Read the full press release for more details:

With auditions on track, season 7 of M-Net’s reality super-series Big Brother Africa is already generating excitement with fans looking forward to the May 6 return to DStv of Africa’s biggest TV show.

With contestants doubling up to enter the series in pairs this year and with a USD 300 000 prize for just one winner, the stage is set for 91 days in which human emotion, attitude and action is put to the test!

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2012 GRAMMY Nominees Album out of Jan. 24

The countdown to music’s biggest night is on, with just a month to go (to the date) until the awards take place in LA. Besides the Oscars, this is my big highlight on the entertainment calendar and I can’t wait to see how many trophies the incredible Adele takes home.

It has just been announced that the Foo Fighters, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj will all be performing coming Grammy night.

Now for the past eighteen years the good people at the Grammys have put together an album with some of the major nominees. Check out the tracklist for this year’s album, due to be released on the 24th of January:

1.       ADELE
          “Rolling In The Deep
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

2.         BRUNO MARS
            “Grenade”
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

3.         KATY PERRY
            “Firework”
Record Of The Year

4.         MAROON 5 FEAT. CHRISTINA AGUILERA
            “Moves Like Jagger”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

5.         NICKI MINAJ
            “Super Bass”
Best New Artist

6.         RIHANNA FEAT. DRAKE
            “What’s My Name?”
Album Of The Year

7.         J. COLE
            “Work Out”
Best New Artist

8.         LADY GAGA
            “Yoü And I 
“Album Of The Year”

9.         FOSTER THE PEOPLE
            “Pumped Up Kicks”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

10.       SKRILLEX
            “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites”
Best New Artist

11.       COLDPLAY
            “Paradise”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

12.       FOO FIGHTERS
            “Walk”
Album Of The Year

13.       THE BAND PERRY
            “If I Die Young
Best New Artist

14.       MUMFORD & SONS
            “The Cave”
Record Of The Year

15.        BON IVER
            “Holocene”
Record Of The Year
Best New Artist

16.       LADY ANTEBELLUM
            “Just A Kiss”
Best Country Album

17.       TAYLOR SWIFT
            “Mean”
Best Country Album

18.        BLAKE SHELTON
            “Honey Bee”
Best Country Album

19.        ERIC CHURCH
            “Drink In My Hand”
Best Country Album

20.       THE BLACK KEYS
            “Dearest”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

21.       JASON ALDEAN WITH KELLY CLARKSON
            “Don’t You Wanna Stay
Best Country Album

22.       TONY BENNETT & AMY WINEHOUSE
            “Body And Soul”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance