Monday, March 23, 2009


Hip-Hop duo Blazhay Blazhay have sued former Fugees star Wyclef Jean for alleged illegal use of their memorable hit "Danger.

" Blahzay Blahzay, comprised of DJ PF Cuttin’ and MC Out Loud, claim that Wyclef Jean violated their copyright entitlement by using elements of "Danger" in the 2007 song "Welcome to the East." Blahzay’s "Danger" was released in 1995, and immediately became popular in East Coast radio outlets.

The track utilized creative vocal samples, such as Jeru the Damaja’s "Come Clean," and Gwen McCrae’s infectious 1975 hit "Rockin’ Chair" as a rhythm foundation. After releasing an all-star DJ Premier-produced remix, the group released one album, 1996’s Blah Blah Blah.

The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court, and also names Sony BMG Entertainment as a defendant. The music giant alleged culpability stems from the song’s distribution on Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant, Wyclef’s sixth studio album.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

SAMA's are almost upon us AGAIN

Yeah so the Nominees have been announced for the 15th Annual MTN South African Music Awards.

Goldfish, one of my favourite's leads with the most nominations. Happy about the hiphop, sorry Rap catergory. I wish the judges luck on that one. Da LES, jr, Teargas and Zuluboy all up in there. I think we all know who is going to win.

Please check out the one's of interest to me:

Da L.E.S - Fresh2Def
jr - The Main Event
Nemza - The Future
Teargas - Wafa Wafa
Zuluboy - Inqolobane

  • eish tuff one, but we know

Big Nuz - 2nd Round Knockout
Bricks - Stop Nonsense
Mzekezeke - Back By Popular Demand
Sanza Tabalaza"S - 35 Khonjenje
Thebe - Black Diamond
Hugh Masekela - Phola
Judith Sephuma -Change Is Here
The Moreira Project - Volume 2 Citizen Of The World
Zamajobe - Ndoni Yamanzi

  • Is Mzeks still on this? talk about getting on with it.

Eban Olivier - We On Fire featuring Bongz & Maggz by Da L.E.S
Mike Scott - Soundtracks And Come Backs by GoldFish
Casey Bertie - This Is How It Goes by GoldFish
Pierre Smith - Today by Jesse Clegg
Claudio Pavin and Arri Reschke - Overexposed by The Parlotones

Dj Cleo - Es' Khaleni Unit 5
Dj Clock - The First Tick
Dj Kent - Mixing Business With Pleasure: Reloaded
Rhythmic Elements - The Offering
Shana - Forever Yours

  • Pity I have only ever seen 3 of the above. Let me do more research and revert my thought back to you.

Chad Saaiman - Chasing Melodies
Jamali - 3rd Base
Jessika - Shout
Jody - Just Gonna Be Me
Lindsay McGuire - Taking Control

Gang Of Instrumentals - Round 3
Kelly Khumalo - Simply Kelly
Lesego - Soulsation
Rus Nerwich - Under The Poetree
Unathi - In Honour

AfroSoul - UmAfrica
Aylos - Aylos
Imbokodo - Qobosha
Malini - Ubumnandi
Theo Kgosinkwe - I Am

Paul E. Flynn - Fields
Perez - Perez
Prime Circle - All Or Nothing
The Dirty Skirts - Daddy Don't Disco
Zebra & Giraffe - Collected Memories

Andile Mseleku - Essence Of Joy
Babu - Up Roots
Jody - Just Gonna Be Me
The Voice Of Angels - The Voice Of Angels - Volume 1
Zebra & Giraffe - Collected Memories

  • who are half these people???

340ml - Sorry For The Delay
Bala Brothers - Strome Van Seën
GoldFish - Perceptions of Pacha
Joyous Celebration - Joyous Celebration Vol. 12
Soweto Gospel Choir - Live At The Nelson Mandela Theatre

Josie Field - Leyland
Judith Sephuma - Change Is Here
Lira - Soul In Mind
Siphokazi - Ndinovuyo
Zamajobe - Ndoni Yamanzi

Abdullah Ibrahim - Senzo
Bhekumuzi Luthuli - 1818
Chris Chameleon - Klassieke Chameleon
Theo Kgosinkwe - I Am
Zuluboy - Inqolobane

DJ Clock - Umahamba Yedwa
Zebra & Giraffe - The Knife
Chris Chameleon - Sterredank
Jamali - Knowing Me Knowing You
340ml - Fairy Tales
Da L.E.S - We On Fire featuring Bongz and Maggz
Gang of Instrumentals - Woza December
Rhythmic Elements - 2 By 2
DJ Cleo - Hands Up
The Parlotones - I'll Be There
Loyiso - Blow Your Mind
Black Coffee - Lo Mhlaba
Prime Circle - She Always Gets What She Wants
Louise Carver - Didn't Mean To Call
Kurt Darren - Standing On The Edge
Big Nuz - Ubala
GoldFish - This Is How It Goes
Lira - Wa Mpaleha
Just Jinjer - What He Means
Jesse Clegg - Today

340ml - Sorry For The Delay
Chris Chameleon - Klassieke Chameleon
GoldFish - Perceptions of Pacha
Lira - Soul In Mind
Rhythmic Elements - The Offering

340ml - Sorry For The Delay by 340ml
Crighton Goodwill - Round 3 by Gang of Instrumentals
David Poole and Dominic Peters - Perceptions of Pacha by GoldFish
Kevin Leicher - Leyland by Josie Field
Moreira Chonguica - Volume 2 Citizen Of The World by The Moreira Project

Andre De Villiers -Life
Freshlyground - Live! South African Tour
The Parlotones - Unplugged
The Plain Truth - God Above The Universe
Steve Hofmeyr - Sings Kris Kristofferson

340ml - Sorry For The Delay
Jane Rademeyer - I Think A Halo
MaxNormal.Tv - Good Morning South Africa
New Academics - The Apple
The Sick Leaves - Stone The Crow

Dj Master Jam Ft. RJ Benjamin - Change The World
Gang Of Instrumentals - My Number 1 Dub Mix
Jaziel Brothers - Gumba Faya Remix featuring Bleksem
Lira - Feel Good - Jazzworx Remix
Slikour - Umsindo Remix featuring Selwyn, Bricks, Kwela Tebza, T'Do, Bleksem, Shugasmakx

1st Project - Percussive House Grooves
Flash Republic - Danger
GoldFish - Perceptions of Pacha
Iridium Project - Stroboscope
Mono T - A Mono Sound

Congrats Goldfish and hope you take all them awards. Until May then, we shall see!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Now I am really tired of his Rihanna / Chris scenario. I reallly couldnt believe it all until I heard something from the accused or accuser themselves or even a picture of her. I couldnt possibly believe cute and innocent could have done such a horrific thing.

I dont like complaining, and I think I have given this story too much attention already.

So earlier this week, when I saw the battered pic of Rihanna, I was left speechless.

Being a victim or rather a survivor of an abusive relationship myself, I am officially shocked and left speechless....

NO NO NO..I am going home to burn the Chris Brown CD

Monday, February 9, 2009

Late absences of Brown, Rihanna cause shuffling

02/09/2009 1:02 AM
AP Beth Harris

The last-minute absences of scheduled performers and nominees Chris Brown and Rihanna prompted some fast reshuffling at Sunday night's Grammy telecast, including a hastily put together ensemble performance by Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men, Al Green and Keith Urban.
Brown, who was both a nominee and a scheduled performer, was being investigated for allegedly assaulting an unidentified woman the night before the show. He turned himself in to authorities as the show was being broadcast and was briefly held before posting $50,000 bail Sunday night, jail records showed.
Rihanna's whereabouts weren't immediately known.
"Rihanna is well," her publicist said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that didn't elaborate.
Brown and Rihanna are dating and were both multiple Grammy nominees.
Rihanna was set to be the second performer on Sunday night's CBS show, singing "Live Your Life" and "Disturbia."
Instead, the ensemble performance went on after an awkward, impromptu-sounding introduction by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who had been scheduled to introduce Rihanna.
Brown was scheduled as the evening's fifth performer, singing "Forever," but his performance was scratched.
LL Cool J, who had been scheduled to introduce Brown, instead joined Jay Mohr in introducing Sugarland and Adele.
Recording Academy chairman Neil Portnow said he found out three hours before the telecast that Rihanna would not be appearing.
"There's that minute of anxiety, `OK, what are we going to do?', but that passes very quickly," he said backstage after the show.
"We're live television and the Grammys have a history of 50 years of putting on these great performances," Portnow said. "Things happen, sometimes things change and you have to be nimble and quick on your feet."
Portnow declined to comment on Brown's circumstances, but said he hoped the situation wouldn't overshadow the 51st annual Grammy Awards.
"Musicians are like everyone else, they have their trials and tribulations," he said. "It's not something I want to be judgmental about."
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen and AP Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody contributed to this report.

Grammy Awards 2009: Rihanna pulls out after Chris Brown arrest

Grammy Awards 2009: Rihanna pulls out after Chris Brown arrest

By Caroline Hedley in Los Angeles

The incident occurred after the couple left Clive Davis's star-studded pre-Grammys gala at LA's Beverly Hilton on Saturday night.
Los Angeles police responded to a 911 call reporting the disturbance at around 12.30am on Sunday morning. Mr Brown has already left the scene, but a woman with 'visible injuries' - who has not been named - identified him as her attacker.
A statement released by the LAPD said double Grammy-nominee Mr Brown and his alleged victim "became involved in an argument. After stopping his car, Brown and the woman got out and the argument escalated. The woman suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."
Reports that Rihanna, 20, is the complainant have not been substantiated by police. Officer April Harding said: "The identity of the victim will not be released. Any victim who's involved in a domestic violence incident is entitled to confidentiality."
19-year-old performer Brown - who sold over two million copies of his debut album - surrendered to Los Angeles police on Sunday evening and was taken into custody. He was charged with making criminal threats and released after posting $50,000 (£33,800) bail. He may face further charges.
Representatives for Brown have not commented on the incident, while Rihanna's publicist stated that the singer had been involved in a traffic mishap but was 'fine'.
The Barbadian star was supposed to open the Grammys, which took place at the Staples Centre in LA last night. She was nominated in awards three categories, including Best Dance Recording for her hit single Disturbia. Brown was also scheduled to perform.
Veteran rock band U2 and Motown artist Al Green stepped in to prevent gaps in scheduling. The Irish group performed new single Get On Your Boots, while Green was joined by pop singers Justin Timberlake, Boys II Men and country star Keith Urban for a rendition of his 1970s hit, Let's Stay Together

Grammy Awards 2009 winner - The Full list

Album of the Year: Raising Sand - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Rap Album: Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne
Male Pop Vocal Performance: Say - John Mayer
Record of the Year: Please Read The Letter - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
New Artist: Adele
Rock Album: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends - Coldplay
Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Rich Woman - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Song of the Year: Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Stay - Sugarland
R&B Album: Jennifer Hudson - Jennifer Hudson
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Rick Rubin
Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
Female Pop Vocal Performance: Chasing Pavements - Adele
Pop Vocal Album: Rockferry - Duffy
Pop Instrumental Performance: I Dreamed There Was No War - Eagles
Pop Instrumental Album: Jingle All the Way - Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Alternative Music Album: In Rainbows - Radiohead
Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Gravity - John Mayer,
Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
Hard Rock Performance: Wax Simulacra - The Mars Volta
Metal Performance: My Apocalypse - Metallica
Rock Instrumental Performance: Peaches En Regalia - Zappa Plays Zappa
Rock Song: Girls in Their Summer Clothes - Bruce Springsteen
Rap Solo Performance: A Milli - Lil Wayne
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Swagga Like Us - Jay-Z and T.I. featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne
Rap/Sung Collaboration: American Boy - Estelle featuring Kanye West
Rap Song: Lollipop - Dwayne Carter, Darius Harrison, James Scheffer, Stephen Garrett and Rex Zamor,
Country Song: Stay - Sugarland
Female Country Vocal Performance: Last Name - Carrie Underwood,
Male Country Vocal Performance: Letter to Me - Brad Paisley,
Country Collaboration with Vocals: Killing the Blues - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss,
Country Instrumental Performance: Cluster Pluck - Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner
R&B Song: Miss Independent - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Shaffer Smith
Contemporary R&B Album: Growing Pains - Mary J. Blige
Female R&B Vocal Solo: Superwoman - Alicia Keys
Male R&B Vocal Solo: Miss Independent - Ne-Yo
R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Stay With Me (By the Sea), Al Green featuring John Legend
Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: You've Got the Love I Need - Al Green featuring Anthony Hamilton
Urban/Alternative Performance: Be OK - Chrisette Michele featuring
Dance Recording: Harder Better Faster Stronger - Daft Punk
Electronic Dance Album: Alive 2007 - Daft Punk
Bluegrass Album: Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 - Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Traditional Blues Album: One Kind Favor - B.B. King
Contemporary Blues Album: City That Care Forgot - Dr. John and The Lower 911
New Age Album: Peace Time - Jack DeJohnette
Contemporary Jazz Album: Randy in Brasil - Randy Brecker
Jazz Vocal Album: Loverly - Cassandra Wilson
Jazz Instrumental Solo: BE-BOP - Terence Blanchard,
Jazz Instrumental Album Individual or Group: The New Crystal Silence - Chick Corea and Gary Burton
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard - The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Latin Jazz Album: Song for Chico - Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Latin Pop Album: La Vida ... Es Un Ratico - Juanes
Latin Rock or Alternative Album: 45 - Jaguares
Latin Urban Album: Los Extraterrestres - Wisin y Yandel
Tropical Latin Album: Senor Bachata - Jose Feliciano
Regional Mexican Album: Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas - Musica Ranchera
Tejano Album: Viva La Revolucion - Ruben Ramos and The Mexican Revolution
Norteno Album: Raices - Los Tigres Del Norte
Banda Album: No Es De Madera - Joan Sebastian
Traditional Folk Album: At 89 - Pete Seeger
Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: Raising Sand - Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (Rounder)
Native American Music Album: Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs - Various Artists)
Hawaiian Music Album: Ikena - Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho
Zydeco or Cajun Music Album - Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - BeauSoleil and Michael Doucet
Engineering Album, Classical: Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago - David Frost, Tom Lazarus and Christopher Willis
Reggae Album: Jah Is Real - Burning Spear
Traditional World Music Album: Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Contemporary World Music Album: Global Drum Project - Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo
Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Juno - Various Artists
Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Television or Other Visual Media: The Dark Knight
Polka Album: Let the Whole World Sing - Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
Gospel Performance: Get Up - Mary Mary
Gospel Song: Help Me Believe - Kirk Franklin
Rock or Rap Gospel Album: Alive and Transported - TobyMac
Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: Thy Kingdom Come - CeCe Winans
Southern, Country, Bluegrass Gospel: Lovin' Life - Gaither Vocal Band
Traditional Gospel Album: Down in New Orleans - The Blind Boys of Alabama
Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: The Fight of My Life - Kirk Franklin
Classical Album: Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny - James Conlon, conductor
Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Down to Earth - WALL-E - Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Musical Show Album: In the Heights - Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andres Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss and Bill Sherman, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist
Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling): An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore) - Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood
Musical Album for Children: Here Come the 123s - They Might Be Giants
Spoken Word Album Children: Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live - Bill Harley
Comedy Album: It's Bad for Ya - George Carlin
Instrumental Composition: The Adventures of Mutt - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - John Williams
Instrumental Arrangement: Define Dancing - WALL-E Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Here's That Rainy Day, Nan Schwartz
Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Consolers of the Lonely - Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell and Jack White III, engineers
Remixed Recording: Electric Feel (Justice Remix) - Justice
Surround Sound Album: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain; Prelude to Khovanshchina - Michael Bishop
Opera Recording: Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny - James Conlon, conductor
Orchestral Performance: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 - Bernard Haitink, conductor Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra): Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos - Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Hilary Hahn
Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra): Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky, and Lutoslawski - Gloria Cheng
Chamber Music Performance: Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5 - Pacifica Quartet
Small Ensemble Performance: Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary - Charles Bruffy, conductor; Phoenix Chorale
Classical Vocal Performance: Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan - Hila Plitmann
Classical Contemporary Composition: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, - John Corigliano
Classical Crossover Album: Simple Gifts - The King's Singers
Short Form Music Video: Pork and Beans - Weezer, Mathew Cullen,
Long Form Music Video: Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Recording Package: Death Magnetic - Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat and David Turner
Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: "In Rainbows - Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell and Christiaan Munro
Album Notes: Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition - Francis Davis
Historical Album: Art of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years of Traditional American Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum - Steven Lance Ledbetter and Art Rosenbaum, compilation producers

Monday, January 26, 2009

World Festival of the Black Arts launches at the UN

The launch of the World Festival of Black Arts (FESMAN) on 22 January 2009 at the United Nations headquarters provided a glimpse of what promises to be the revival of rich tradition and cultural celebration across the African continent.With speakers as diverse as Reverend Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition to Akon, international singer-songwriter and producer, the FESMAN kickoff was a show of music, applause and hopeful voices calling for a united Africa. Held in part to promote peace, culture and development, the festival could not be held at a more prescient time in African history.

"This world festival of black art will be held in a global context marked by a change in paradigms and questions about world economic governance. The world is facing many questions to which we must provide relevant answers," said keynote speaker President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal. In a conversation with Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, a revered scholar and professor of African American Studies at Temple University, he told MediaGlobal, "There are two aspects to the developmental process on the African continent. The first is seeing culture as a demonstration of collective values of the African people." Echoing, President Abdoulaye Wade, Asante also said, "Second, we must respond to challenges that are economic, disease oriented, moral, ethical and governmental. The best way to address each is return to the critical cultural development of African people and the concepts of antiquity: harmony; balance; order and justice." Dr. Asante is also the chair of the United States Committee for FESMAN 2009.

This year's celebration will mark FESMAN's third run in nearly five decades. Many years on the drawing board, the festival was discussed in two Congresses for Black Writers and Artists held in Rome and Paris in 1956 and 1959 respectively. These first meetings established a common cultural ground among fragmented black civilizations and also nurtured the desire to elevate their heritage to a global arena. President Léopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal welcomed the first FESMAN to Dakar in 1966 under the theme, "The Function and Importance of Black and African Art, for Peoples and in Peoples." One of the major players and poets of the 1930s Negritude movement, President Senghor set a clear objective harkening to the early struggles of black cultural identity, "to contribute to an understanding between peoples, to assert the contribution by black artists and writers to universal thought, and to enable black artists to compare the results of their explorations." It was in this spirit that so many venerable personalities of the black arts came together for the first time to honor their shared, yet diverse identities. Aimé Césaire and Langston Hughes awarded the young Nelson Mandela's first book, "No Easy Walk to Freedom" while Duke Ellington and Marion Williams performed alongside Samba star Clementina de Jesus.

Lagos, Nigeria hosted 1977's second world festival under the auspices of FESTAC focusing on the topic "Black Civilization and Education." The evolution of music recording and media contributed to the success of 1977's program. Stevie Wonder, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Randy Weston and countless others set the groundwork to further elevate African-influenced music throughout the next several decades. Discussions for African policy and cultural development from the first FESMAN continued among the African States.

This year, FESMAN will return to its birthplace with representatives from over 80 countries gathering in Dakar and across Senegal for twenty days (December 1-20) of film, visual art, music, literature, architecture and fashion to celebrate the theme, "African Renaissance." President Abdoulaye Wade wishes to pay tribute to former presidents Senghor and Obasanjo whom organised the first two festivals saying, "it is critical to invest in what we have best to offer: culture. Motherland Africa has the duty to contribute to the emergence of a universal civilization, in which all cultures are represented in order to share and to grow." The theme of African unity and cultural uplift was omnipresent throughout each of the launch's speeches and performances. The audience, dressed in glistening robes and brightly coloured scarves, listened closely as the idea came up again and again.

Dr. Asante distilled the essence of FESMAN into these thoughtful words: " We are dealing with Millennium Development Goals. Development is not a one shot deal. You must have an ongoing generator of economic, political and cultural will. The only way you can do that is to ensure people have their own sense agency.

This is the Afrocentric approach to development and we are individuals and collectives, not the beggars [of] the 21st century. Now we are actors."

Article published courtesy of MediaGlobal.[26 Jan 2009 09:55]