Black Coffee named Best International Act: Africa at the 2016 BET Awards

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He is one of the ‘quietest’ stars in entertainment, except when it comes to his business aka music. It’s there that he really makes a noise… A good noise. So much so, his skills have captured the attention of many industry players and music lovers alike. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, maybe when I say the name Black Coffee the light bulbs will go off. Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, is easily one of the most sought-after DJ’s in music, and I’m talking about the local stages. I’m talking big ass international festival stages like Coachella, clubs in Ibiza, most of Europe and beyond. DJ Black Coffee is winning at life… He’s also winning awards.

The star is out in Los Angeles this weekend, as part of the 2016 BET Awards. It was there that he was named as the Best International Act: Africa category yesterday, beating out the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Diamond Platinumz and Nigeria’s Wizkid.

In today’s edition of the Sunday Times, my good friend Gabi Mbele got to chat to the star about his win, and his plans to move to LA in the next year. When you’ve got friends like P Diddy, Swizz Beatz and you’re working on new music with Grammy winner, Alicia Keys, it’s clear why he has plans to hop across the ocean to the City of Angels. Big up Black Coffee, we’re super proud of your achievement, and I also applaud you for being one of the nicest, most humble and far from arrogant stars in the game. Global recognition, world domination!

Delicious Fest kicks off tomorrow

The first Delicious Food & Music Festival kicks off in Johannesburg tomorrow. The festival, presented by DStv in association with Checkers, Century Property Developments, Ocean Basket, Sunday Times and Sowetan, takes place at the Blue Hills Estate in Kyalami tomorrow and Sunday and it promises to be an absolute blast. If you look at the music lineup you’ve got the likes of Jamiroquai, Lira, Micasa, Danny K, Prime Circle, BlackByrd and Khuli Chana. If you’re a foodie, then you can look forward to seeing celebrity chefs, John Burton Race, Ed Baines and Aldo Zilli cooking up a storm alongside some of SA’s biggest names, including MasterChef SA winner Kamini Pather. If your wives, GFs are dragging you to the festival, I’m sure there will be big screens up for you to catch the Bokke/ All Blacks game on SuperSport too. All covered 😉

Tickets are available at Computicket.

Website: www.deliciousfestival.com

Facebook: Delicious_Festival SA

Twitter:@DeliciousFestSa

Hashtags#DStvFood and DstvMusic

See you there?

Memeburn’s 50 most prominent SA journalists on Twitter

Award winning online site, Memeburn released their most prominent SA Journalists on Twitter list yesterday. While celebrities might be picking up followers by the thousands, those within the media industry who aren’t doing too badly themselves. Sitting comfortably at the top of the list is City Press Editor Ferial Haffajee. The former Mail & Guardian editor-in-chief moved onto City Press in 2009.  She has turned City Press into one of the country’s leading Sunday papers. If you haven’t purchased a copy up to now, do yourselves a favour and get one this Sunday. It really is a good read.

Also on the list my former boss and a man who gave me my first job, Ray Hartley. Ray is now the editor of the Sunday Times. He is sitting at number five on the list. I’ll forever be thankful to him for giving me the opportunity to be one of the founding members of the The Times Multimedia team. The Primedia stable is represented well on this list with the likes of Redi Thlabi, Yusuf Abramjee, Stephen Grootes, Mandy Wiener and John Robbie all on the list too. My friends and fellow colleagues Gabi Ndebele, Nadia Neophytou, Lihle Mtshali, Matthew Du Plessis and Lerato Tshabalala also make the list. Well done to Janine Jellars, the new editor of Seventeen magazine for making the top 10 too! And finally, yours truly is on the list too. I’m humbled to be even considered, let alone at number 21 on the list. For me to be on a list with such experienced, wise and dedicated media practioners such as the ones on this list is great. It also proves that the industry is watching and taking note of my contribution, which is one of the best accolades anyone can ask for. So thanks Memeburn for this. I’m going to carry on doing what I do best and love. Multimedia journalism is the future 😉

 

Check out the full list here.

Renowned columnist Gwen Gill has died

Sunday Times columnist Gwen Gill has died. According to EWN, she passed away at 9pm last night. She was 75.  I had the privilege of meeting Gwen two years ago while we were at an event. She was very warm, forthcoming and interested to find out more about what I was doing in the industry. I have a lot of time for people like her, who take the time out to find out more about you. I guess it’s for that reason why she always got what she wanted and always said it like it is. When can all learn a thing or two from Gwen Gill. She was a pioneer, a mentor – who was respected by many. I think a lot of what I do today is as a result of her truly embracing the South African Social Scene. I love what I do and I believe in growing this industry. I thank can thank Gwen for that. Others have reacted to the news of her death too:

Her co-writer and friend Craig Jacobs said, So sad that my dear friend, mentor and colleague Gwen Gill passed away. I’ll miss you deeply, Gwen! #goodbye

702’s Jenny Cryws-Williams described Gwen as a ‘Complete legend’ and a good friend.

The Star Chief Sports Writer Kevin McCallum said, “Gwen came to my first book launch in 2006. She said it was because she knew there would be a lot of drinks laughs. She was right. #GwenGill

More on this sad news to follow. My condolences go out to her family. May Gwen Gill Rest In Peace.

WIN! WIN! WIN! With R.Kelly and The Times

PEOPS Looking for tickets, check this out:

Sunday Times, ARISE Magazine and the THISDAY Music Festival 2009 starring R. Kelly are giving you and your partner the chance to meet & greet R. Kelly at Sun City Superbowl. The multi Grammy Award winner will be performing at Sun City Superbowl on Saturday June 27 and at the Grand West Arena on Monday June 29 2009.
R Kelly released his debut solo album ’12 Play’ in 1993. In 1996 he released one of his most successful singles ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ which reached No 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No 1 on the UK pop charts.

Prizes include:
Main Prize for a winner and partner valued at R3920:
2 x tickets valued at R405 / Dinner at the Palace – Villa del Palazzo valued at R650 per person / Transfer R500 per person / Robert Kelly exclusive meet and greet / 1 x Hamper valued at R630 which includes a “Light it up Tour” DVD and a Greatest Hits CD valued at R180 and 3 x “Arise” Fashion Magazines valued at R150 each
One of the following Sub Prizes are also up for grabs:
4 x double tickets / 4 x CDs / 4 x DVDs / 4 x Hampers valued at R630 which includes a “Light it up Tour” DVD and a Greatest Hits CD both valued at R180 / 3 x “Arise” Fashion Magazine valued at R150 each.

To enter, go to http://www.thetimes.co.za, click on the competitions page and stand a chance to win big!