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No Beef – AKA and Cassper end feud

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One of the biggest , almost commercially viable conflict, that almost went into the history books of Hip hop in South Africa is short lived. AKA ” Kiernan Jordan Forbes” and Cassper Nyovest ” Refiloe Maele Phoolo” went on almost a 3 months feud that got twitter buzzing and ever leading to the release of a single from Cassper Nyovest :

It was almost real and the possibility of a long drag of Hip Hop confrontations, music features and lyrical battles were expected. In the drag periods, it makes sense that David Patricks – Our Chairperson comment be validated when he said ” i dnt see anything big sprouting out of this beef , SA’s hip hop heads are soft for a hit beef”.

After a few public spats on twitter about who ran the biggest numbers in the game this season, the beef between Cassper Nyovest and Aka , Cassper had to cancel an appearance on popular music show Live Amp after an alleged confrontation with one of Aka’s people that resulted in terror plight situation as twitted by Nyovest

“I will not be performing on live tonight. I get to the make up room and Aka’s homie pushes me. I asked him to chill & pushed him back, that’s when he pulled out a gun on me, pointed it to my face…”

No stranger to
“I lived that gun life for real and I chose rap over it. Y’all wanna live that life? See where it takes y’all… Go on.”
”I decided not to retaliate and walked away, I’m going to deal with this the right way and follow correct procedures,” he said.

AKA tweeted in response: “I thought about it…since I didn’t do anything, I don’t owe anyone an explanation…no statement from me, just hit records.”

Award winning Mc Reason, trended on twitter on his opinions the dangers of such conflicts… “Im not asking n****s to get along and be buddies anymore. Im just asking them to let the music do the talking and winning #F@#* Beef

Cassper’s PR Company, African Star Communications, said in a press release.
“I feel this incident was unnecessary and was a sad day for the entertainment industry in South Africa. I chose not to retaliate as I have lived the life of gangster violence before and walked away from it to pursue my music career,” he was quoted saying.
“As I am a public figure now what message would I be sending out to the people that support me. Therefore I will take the correct procedures to deal with the matter.”

We read the strings of messages and cheetah acts displayed by the two actors and this all settles down to a mere publicity stunt or the two needed to reach an amicable settling in order to be able to work along side Anathi , who has been seen in both artist collaboration twit pics in studios.

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A photo posted by Dust Mighty DJ

However, we are not sad that the so called #BEEF ended but that it was not all that commercially benefiting to any of this rappers, one of the reasons why first world countries outsmart the African music industry. They know every publicity is good publicity depending on how its used to benefit all involved. We hope this images posted by Vigi (DjVigilante) proves the scores have ended.

 

Hiphop head banger , crazy music addict and deep fan of local music. I dnt dull a moment like the nigerian phonetic hip and i mean business. I will be gagging in on all hip topics that i find interesting and controverisal if need be. 10years journalist and co-author for 5 star edge online mags in africa.

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Dj Tira Massacres Red Bull Culture Clash 2017

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The energy at Orlando Stadium was electrifying on the evening of 23 September 2017 as four epic Sound Systems battled it out for theRed Bull Culture Clash South Africa 2017 crown.

Over four intensely competitive rounds, AKA fronting Top Boyz Sound System, battled it out against DJ Tira’s Durban Massacre Sound System, Patoranking and Red Hot Sound System and Admiral & Jahseed with African Storm – each repping their respective genres – hip hop, house, afro-beats and reggae. In the end, it was DJ Tira and Durban Massacre Sound System that won over the crowd and took the coveted title.

Hosts Siyabonga ‘Scoop Makhathini’ Ngwekazi and Thapelo Mokoena’s on-stage chemistry kept the energy high between rounds as each one brought with it even more entertainment for the fans.

The four sound systems, each comprised of a heavyweight line-up of artists, delivered one-of-a-kind performances at the world’s most innovative live music experience – Red Bull Culture Clash. To add to the suspense, each crew threw out exciting custom dubplate specials* with highlights including Jub Jub (as part of Top Boyz) remixing famous gospel song, Ndikhokhele Bawo, earning them an overwhelming response from the crowd.

The crews battled it out to the very end and kept true to their original fan promise to bring ‘everything they had on the night’. Surprise acts are a big part of the excitement of Red Bull Culture Clash, and fans never know what to expect. International reggae star, Beenie Man’s appearance, which was part of African Storm and Red Hot’s surprise guest, Zola, got the crowd going, but adding the strong throwback from Mdu Masilela to the mix helped seal the deal for Durban Massacre.

Overwhelmed by his win, DJ Tira was proud to hoist the winner’s title belt: “Winning this title means a lot to me because it shows people that Gqom and Durban house is here to stay, and will dominate and shape future sounds. That’s all we ever wanted to do – stay true to ourselves and where we come from. We gave people what they wanted and they responded to the genuine, heartfelt music we shared. That’s what it’s all about and we are proud to solidify our sound further. Thanks to the music lovers and supporters, it wouldn’t be possible without them.”

The Culture Clash concept was introduced in the UK in 2010, by the Red Bull Music Academy. It is Red Bull’s longest-standing music programme and has since made its way around the world, to cities such as New York, Lisbon and Paris. Red Bull Culture Clash is based on the classic Jamaican sound system culture.  It’s defined by the use of cutting-edge lyrics, fierce competition and ridiculously loud sound systems.

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Red Bull Culture Clash event crew line-up announced

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Red Bull Music Academy is a world-travelling series of music workshops and festivals. Two groups of 30 selected participants—producers, vocalists, DJs, and instrumentalists from around the world—come together in a new city each year for two weeks of collaborations, lectures, and performances.

The Academy began in 1998, and has been traversing the globe since. In 2010 it took place in London, when the first Culture Clash was hosted as part of a five week-long city festival.

Preparations for Red Bull Culture Clash are heating up at a rapid pace as headline artists AKA, DJ Tira, Patoranking and Admiral & Jahseed, enlist some of the industry’s top musicians to back their respective crews for an epic show that is being labelled the biggest live music battle experience the continent has ever seen.

Check out the downright impressive Red Bull Culture Clash crew list below.


AFRICAN STORM SOUND SYSTEM featuring:

  • ADMIRAL & JAHSEED
  • DANCE HALL QUEENS
  • TOL A$$ MO
  • OSKIDO
  • SPEEDY
  • SECRET GUESTS 

RED HOT SOUND SYSTEM featuring:

  • PATORANKING
  • GEMINI MAJOR
  • DJ SNYPES
  • MAJOR LEAGUE DJZ
  • JUPITAR
  • SECRET GUESTS

DURBAN MASSACRE SOUND SYSTEM featuring:

  • DJ TIRA
  • NAAK MUSIQ
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ
  • L’VOVO
  • PROFESSOR
  • DUNCAN
  • BIG NUZ
  • KILLER KAU
  • SECRET GUESTS

TOP BOYZ SOUND SYSTEM featuring:

  • AKA
  • ANATII
  • JR
  • MASTER A FLAT
  • YANGA CHIEF
  • DJ FANATIC
  • TWINS ON DECKS
  • SECRET GUESTS

The list of talent to expect on the night doesn’t stop here. Crews will be introducing additional surprise artists during the event as part of their arsenal of musical weaponry they bring to the battle.

In the lead up to the event, AKA notes “None of the teams have what it takes to beat our Top Boyz Sound System. We’re making sure we have all the right elements – world class talent, infectious energy and impressive sound and lighting – to bring fans a one-of-a-kind performance. The crowd and competition won’t know what hit them! Get ready SA, we’re coming for you.”

Be prepared for a night of larger-than-life sounds and surprises and show support for your ‘chosen crew’, as it’s the response from the crowd that decides the winner on the night.

Follow Red Bull Culture Clash on redbull.co.za; Twitter @RedBullZA, Facebook @redbull, Instagram @redbullza  and YouTube. Join the conversation using #RedBullCultureClash.

Don’t miss out on the action! Get your tickets for Red Bull Culture Clash 2017 from Computicket. Doors open from 6pm on 23 September at Orlando Stadium.

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Grit is Gold at Africa Property Investment Summit

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SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG – JSE-and Mauritius-listed company, GRIT Real Estate Income Group, will be attending the noteworthy platform for real estate investment in Africa this week at the Sandton Convention Centre to discuss current trends, share industry experiences, and hopefully emerge having made positive connections in the various African countries.

As a top tier Gold Sponsor to the Africa Property Investment Summit & Expo (API), GRIT will be connecting with the most influential local and international Africa property stakeholders, in the promise to seek meaningful and profitable investment into a range of real estate, infrastructure projects and developments across the continent.

The API Summit gathers the region’s most senior investors, developers, operators and professionals providing the right platform to do deals across the region.

It is in this precise vein that Grit is Gold. It pioneered the concept of providing investors direct access to real estate ownership in Africa’s high-growth markets (excluding South Africa).

This is a dynamic, high-growth company that has established a strong portfolio of retail, corporate residential, hospitality, warehousing and commercial office assets in Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Mauritius and Zambia, with a view to expand into more markets, especially where REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) legislation has been promulgated.

Grit distributes its income to shareholders in US dollars, making it a currency hedge in addition to participating in superior distribution growth. The Company recently distributed its sixth consecutive distribution to shareholders and targets a dividend yield of over 7% in US dollars.

Grit CEO, Bronwyn Corbett has two days of bespoke networking opportunities, focussing on Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, discussing the impact that structured real estate investments can have on development of the continent.

Given the strong correlation between the investment case of REITs on the one hand and the investment mandate of pension funds on the other, REIT legislation has been a significant catalyst in the growth of listed real estate investments in those markets.

Although Grit distributes its income in the same way as a REIT does, it is not a REIT and pays the relevant taxes in-country.

For South African investors, this means they are charged a lower foreign dividend tax on their earnings, as opposed to a higher income tax compared to distributions from South African listed REITs.

Says Grit CEO, Bronwyn Corbett“We offer investors exposure to hard currency income at emerging market growth rates, making us a unique addition to any investment portfolio.

Our risk is mitigated by the quality of our tenants, including the likes of Vodacom, Barclays, Beachcomber and Lux Resorts as well as the long-term hard currency leases we have entered into.

Going forward, we are targeting growth in our current countries of operation as well as in new jurisdictions including Botswana, Rwanda and Ghana.”

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