There will be 51 more ROTWs (Records of the Week) to come during 2018 but they will all have been preceded by the Cassper Nyovest single ‘Baby Girl’.
Featuring as this year’s first big banger, Cassper Nyovest a.k.a Mr. Fill Up The Dome, reigned through the first week with his single ‘Baby Girl’, which is from his Thuto album.
The grape vines spun rumors that the uptempo Afro-beat single was meant to feature Wizkid and while there may still be plans to get this Naija music icon on a remix to the track later in the year, ‘Baby Girl’ is undoubtedly one of people’s most favorite singles from that album.
With a Ciroc deal under his belt, Cassper Nyovest is definitely one of Africa’s finest, and in case you hadn’t watched the Vanessa Mdee featured video to that song, here you go.
They are the South African hot duo who have continued to outdo themselves, been taking over music charts since the early 200s (when they were more than just the two).
Mafikizolo have had a liking for the Kiswahili language having penned down ‘Nakupenda’, a collaborative effort with Uhuru back in 2014 and this year they released ‘Kucheza’ which thankfully, now has a video.
We hear the song whose lyrics are in English (mostly) was actually co-written by Bongo singer Vanessa Mdee who has interacted with the crew on many occasions by sharing the same stage at certain shows.
Now because we’ve seen most of their videos and we know that a Mafikizolo video is more likely than not going to feature lots of dancing, then it comes at no surprise that this video is exactly that way.
Watch the brightly colored visual accompanying a song whose literal translation is ‘to dance’, here.
Italy 15s Rugby national team heaped more misery on a sorry South Africa handing them a 20-18 beating in an international test played on Saturday at Franchi Stadium, Florence.
A 12-10 lead by the Springboks at half time counted for nothing, as Italy buoyed by a roused crowd ended a streak of 12 losses since 1995 with the historic win.
As described by the South Africa media, the latest loss to Italy denotes the Springboks all-time low, a true rock bottom for a once revered team.
The loss in Florence comes on the back of a 37-21 loss to England, the first in ten years. Prior to that, South Africa had been handed their heaviest defeat by the All Blacks on home soil and followed it up with a draw with the Barbarians.
Theirs has been one of African hip hop’s most talked about beefs so imagine the waves that Cassper Nyovest and AKA hugging would cause.
Well it happened!
Cassper who broke yet another hip hop record by being the first African hip hop artist to fill up an entire stadium being as a headlining act did it again this weekend and AKA was on ground to show his support.
The ‘Levels’ rapper surprised a number of his fans when he woke up to show support for Cassper’s Orlando Stadium performance tweeting;
Good Morning! This is the day the lord has made. @casspernyovest, today is your day. Good luck & God bless.
Cassper replied saying;
Thanks for the well wishes. God bless
A photo of the two hugging and appearing to be in great spirits then surfaced online, putting the final nail on the coffin belonging to their long lasting beef.
With successful music career that’s boasting of multiple continental collabos and a famous family of his own, Diamond Platnumz is doing pretty well for himself.
The Zigo artist was among the iconic starts to grace the MTV Africa Music Awards this past weekend and it appears he had another agenda while in South Africa and that was to check out his South African mansion.
Diamond who has shot a couple of his music videos on SA decided to call the country his second home and shot this video via his phone, just in case there were those who did not believe him.
Run Jozi and the baddest are some of the songs that AKA has featured in that we all love to listen to on replay. The rapper took to twitter to announce his split from his long term manager Rapheal Benza saying, “Nobody wants to deal with Raphael Benza..This is not a secret,” a tweet that has now been deleted.
He went further on to say, “I been quietly going about my business setting up my own company for the last few months now.Don’t stress y’all, this means more music, more growth & most importantly for myself and my family …. More money & a better future. You have not yet seen the best of Kiernan Forbes. Thank You for your support, but it’s time to build something for our own children.VTH Season AKA is DEAD.”
On his instagram he wrote, “Our new office space, some work to be done to get it up to scratch 💻💡 … Time to boss up in a major way.”
If you follow him on twitter you know the shade he has been dropping on his timeline. He also warned Tressor, Yanga and Big Star to get themselves a good chartered account and an attorney ‘ASAP’.
On Sunday, the world woke up to sad news that the 38 year old musician, Mduduzi Tshabalala, popularly known as Mandoza had passed on due to a brain tumor. His fans have taken to social media to pay their respects as have other legendary musicians together with the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.
He released some major hits including Nkalakatha, Godoba and
Condolences to the family and may he rest in peace for even though his flesh is no longer, his music shall forever live on.
Africa raved about Wizkid getting featured on a now worldwide number one jam (‘One Dance’ by Drake) and imagine how much more we’ll be excited about AKA getting onto one of TV’s top rated series Empire.
Taraji P Henson and Terrence Howard (better known to us as Luscious Lion and Cookie) were in SA and ‘All Eyes On Me’ emcee AKA both performed and hosted part of their meet and greet, during which Taraji called him cute and later, Terrence said he’d speak to the director of their show about putting him on the show.
AKA is heard telling the star actors that African music is really what it’s all about in the current music industry…
Whether you think Cassper Nyovest is really dope when it comes to (South) African Hip Hop or not, the one thing you cannot deny is that he makes moves and he’s recognized for it!
From filling The Dome with 20,000 people give or take and being the first ever South African artist to ever do so, to being on his next mission to fill Orlando Stadium which has a capacity of 40,000 people, being the first South African artist to be verified on Instagram (yes, this is also an achievement) to now launching his own phone!
The rapper teamed up with AG Mobile (sponsors for his Fill The Dome concert) and MTN to lauch a phone called AG#Hashtag which was inspired by Nyovest. They have been working on it for 9 months and the phone is now available!