Friday, February 27, 2015

Cleo Releases New Single 'Ninaka'

After falling out with some producers in South Africa last year, Zambian rapper Cleo Ice Queen took to the studio to vent her frustrations after she was made to listen to a moving beat, Zambia Daily Mail reports.

The beat stirred Cleo's emotions enough to inspire the recording of her first single of 2015, "Ninaka", which features the rising star, Wezi, of the Toliwe fame.

The song Ninaka made its online debut on Monday and was shared via social media. In an interview, the Big Brother Africa 'The Chase' finalist shared that the song offers a glimpse of her life behind the scenes and away from the glitz and glamour of the cameras.

"I was putting together an album last year and fell out with my producers in South Africa," Cleo remarked. "I was frustrated, demoralised and didn't want to be in the studio."

However, fellow artiste Jay Rox, of the hip hop group Zone Fam, believed in her talent and played her a beat which struck her emotionally and gave her the strength to go into a studio again.

Cleo said once she did the song, it felt like it was missing some soul and she decided that Wezi Muhone's powerful voice would do it justice.

Wezi liked the song enough to add her own twist to the chorus and her sultry voice adds emotional quality to it.

Cleo shared that Ninaka, which was recorded at Music Outta Africa studio, may not make the final cut for her album scheduled to be released in May, but she decided to share it for her fans to understand some of the personal issues she faces.

At the moment, the rapper is working with various studios to complete her album, which will be titled Geminice.   Click here to download Ninaka (mp3).

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kevin & Elizabeth Celebrate 4th Wedding Anniversary

Former BBA housemates, Kevin Chuwang Pam and Elizabeth Gupta, are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary today, February 26, 2015.

Kevin and his wife, Elizabeth, met in the BBA house during the 2009 edition of the show (which he won), and later got married in 2011.

The Big Brother Africa: Revolution couple have two children - a boy and a girl.

Congratulations to them.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Frankie, Tayo, Alusa, Sabina & Others To Rock Kigali

Rwandan singer, actor and model Frankie Joe is expected to hold some of his fellow BBA Hotshots in Rwanda alongside Kidum to perform at the launch of his 1st album called 'Alive to Love'.

The launch is set to take place on 27th March at Serena Hotel and he is almost done with the preparations of the event.

Speaking to Rwanda's IGIHE, Frankie confirmed that he is bringing Tayo of Nigeria, Alusa and Sabina from Kenya to adventure the beauty of his country, he said.

Besides the already confirmed BBA Hotshots he is still in discussions with other Hotshots so that he gathers all the 24 in Kigali however it will all be budgeted according to the sponsors.

On this day he will be staging his maiden music along with Kidum Kibido one of the most admired artist in the East African region.

Kidum is a celebrated musician in the region having featured alongside many Rwandan artist including Miss Jojo, Frankie, Alpha Rwirangira among others.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mr 265, Fatima To Host Airtel Trace Music Star Finale

Malawi's BBA Hotshots representatives Mr 265 and Fatima Nkata will run the show as MC's during the Airtel Trace Music Star Malawi finale to be held in Blantyre where one winner is expected to walk away with K14 million cash prize, BNL Times reports.

This was announced on Thursday during a press conference at Airtel offices in Limbe. The press conference was organised by Airtel Malawi and Trace TV.

Airtel Malawi Brands and Communications Manager Isabel Kachinjika said they were excited with the competition and that they were looking forward to the finale today, Saturday, February 21.

"We are excited as Airtel with this competition and we are happy with the way people are voting. As of yesterday (Wednesday) we recorded 4,700 votes and so we call upon people to continue voting as customers with the highest number of votes will win various prizes ranging from a Samsung Galaxy phone, K50,000 e-value of Airtel Money, K1,000 airtime and other branded material," said Kachinjika.

Kachinjika then said the finale will be spearheaded by Mr 265 and Fatima as hosts further revealing that it will be recorded by Times Television.

"This is a closed event and so only those who will be invited will be allowed otherwise we do not want a big number for the good of the event but also the finalists," she said.

Kachinjika said during the event they will also have three judges whose identity she could not reveal adding that the selection for the winner will be based on votes and the judges.

"This process is all transparent and this is why we have run it professionally starting from the word go where it was open to everyone and those under the age of 18 through parental consent," she said.

Kachinjika said the final still has five contestants intact despite one of the Big Brother Hotshots representatives Siphelire Chitambo aka Sipe announcing recently that she had pulled out of the race.

"We have still not been communicated officially by Sipe that she is out of the race that is why we are still keeping it with our five finalists and we still want Sipe in the race. But should she still not come then we will continue with the four," she said.

She also said that it was late for them to bring in another contestant as the other have already made headway in terms of preparations.

Trace's Jimmy Mutebe aka Capso, who created the competition said it was not important for them to dwell on the issue of Sipe as they were interested in all the five finalists.

"It's not important to talk about Sipe here; we are talking about the final. The process has been transparent and open and all the five finalists were selected based on several areas which include sound and tonality. The judges selected the five and we expect them to be there on Saturday," he said.

Capso who is also an artist also maintained that the event is transparent and that everything is based on votes and the judges.

"There is no conflict of interest and we will try to avoid situations where there are forced votes that's why we have the judges," he said.

Meanwhile Capso said the local finals are taking place in 13 countries including Malawi on the same weekend and that one winner each will be selected in the 13 countries.

"The 13 local winners will then travel to Kenya for the grand finale to be attended by Akon, Trace team, producers and the contestants will have a number of days of coaching and then the finale. The winner of the Pan African showcase will win $50,000, a record label and a week-long musical mentoring session with Akon in New York, USA," he said.

Capso also said people will be given a chance to vote the 13 who will make it to the Pan African grand finale adding that they will shoot biographies of the 13 contestants and then present them to the rest of the continent for voting.

He could not say the exact date when the grand finale will be held but he said people will watch a recorded version of the event on April 15. He said people will watch the event on Trace, Times TV which has the broadcasting rights and other free to air channels.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pokello & Elikem's New Show Set To Air Soon

Big Brother Africa: The Chase power couple, Pokello and Elikem are presently putting finishing touches to their new reality show set to launch soon.

"Our World After" is set to follow the couple, their relationship, the drama, the tears, the love and all that has happened with them since their time on Big Brother Africa.

Pokello's Facebook page reads: "Polikem currently wrapping the Diary Sessions for the first season of their much awaited reality show entitled 'Our World After'.

"All the Drama, The Travelling, The partying, The Fighting, Family, Friends, Fashion Shows, Shoe Launches, Clothing line launches. Coming to your screens soon"
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Tayo Stars In 'The Anniversary'

BBA Hotshots first runner-up, Tayo Faniran has made his debut in a new movie, The Anniversary, shot last week, in Lagos.

Tayo starred alongside Folasade Abimbola of EbonyLife TV's Mixed Feelings drama, displaying his charms in the two-cast romantic movie.

The short film, which tells the story of a couple's troubled marriage and how they were able to get their groove back, was co-produced by Abimbola and directed by Seun Okegbemi, the director of the movie.

While Abimbola described the movie as a "landmark" in her young career as a film-maker, Tayo said the stellar performances in the Big Brother House prepared him for this movie and others to come.

"Big Brother Hotshots was, more or less, a talent exhibition show. The contestants had to act, sing and perform for Africa, every week, so, seeing Tayo on those extravaganzas made it easy and, also, he's quite funny and interesting," Abimbola told Leadership.

Written by Gbenga Etti, the project was supported by OUCH, Maryshine Saloon and Wicked Stones.

Abimbola, a graduate of the Lagos State University (LASU), is also noted for works such as Valley Between, Iphegenia finds Ayelala, Women of Owu and We Will Live, while still an undergraduate.

On the other hand, her co-producer, Seun Okegbemiro, is a movie director and artiste manager.

His production house, Dazedfaze Films, is a co-organiser of the Most Beautiful Face in Nigeria pageant.



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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sipe In Airtel MW Trace Music Star Top Five

BBA Hotshot Siphelire Chitambo popularly known as Sipe has made it into the top five of the Airtel Trace Music Star Malawi competition. The grand finale is slated for February 21 in Blantyre.

In a statement on Monday, Airtel Malawi announced that of over 30,000 entries, Chitambo was among the shortlisted people alongside 13-year-old Vitumbiko Maseko Phiri from Blantyre, 26-year-old Tiyamike Chakhaza from Lilongwe, Grey Douglas Longwe, 26 from Blantyre and 27-year-old Sam Mjura Mkandawire from Lilongwe.

According to the statement, the five were selected based on vocal skills, quality and tone.

Customers are urged to vote for their favourite artist by sending the contestant's code to 59911. Each SMS costs MK50 only.

"Customers with the highest number of votes will win various prizes ranging from a Samsung Galaxy phone, MK50, 000 e-value of Airtel Money, MK1, 000 airtime and t-shirts," read the statement.

The winner of this national finals will pocket a MK14 million cash prize and will further take part in the Pan African Airtel Trace Music Star with other contestants drawn from 13 countries to battle it out for the accolade of 'the next Big African Star'.

The winner of the Pan African show case will win USD 50,000, a record deal a week long musical mentoring session with Akon in New York.

By Arkangel Tembo / Malawi News Agency
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why M'am Bea Has Decided To Remain Single

Ghana's representative at the 2014 Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots competition, M'am Bea, has decided to remain single because she believes entering into a love relationship now would slow down her career.

The 25-year-old fashion designer suffered a broken heart from her last love relationship. She narrates that bitter experience to News-One and also talks about her career goals, BBA, education and training.

All throughout the interview and even after, M'am Bea displayed a type of charming humility and down-to-earth attitude uncommon among her calibre of celebrities.

She gave her full name as Beatrice Maame Adjoa Boabeng Oppong and the interview started with a question on her nationality.

Have you heard people say you are not Ghanaian?

Yes. Several times. Just before I entered Big Brother, my manageress informed me of talks and write-ups all over that I was not Ghanaian. I laughed it off because I’ve heard that kind of talk right from age 15 when I moved from Ghana to South Africa.  But honestly, I don’t really mind because there is no substance in that statement.

I am Ghanaian through and through and I was eager to enter the contest to portray the Ghanaian in me and I did just that. I was born in Tema New Town, started school there but left when I was 15. I am Fante and I speak Fanti, Ga and Twi. A Ghanaian living outside Ghana is a Ghanaian.

What are you doing in Ghana now? I thought you were based in SA.

True, I was based in SA working there but I had to resign my job because of the Big Brother thing. I wanted to take a leave but the company I was working for would not grant that because they could not keep my position vacant for three months while other people wanted the position. It was an internship programme.

I'm in Ghana currently to conclude talks with a few investors interested in my fashion design business.  I am a fashion designer and I plan to establish both in Ghana and SA.  Now it is about fashion designing, opening up boutiques and having fashion shows all over the world. From here I would be moving to Nigeria, where I have a lot of fans, and I would be basically meeting people, talking business and possibly get a few deals in the movie industry so I can act in a few movies as well as get some television related jobs.  I want to expand my career.

Are you thinking of achieving this alongside an acting career and media related job all in 2015?

Why not? I am still young and hungry for success. The sky is not even my limit. I dream big and if God has given me the opportunity to be alive today and I have all these ideas and talent in me, why waste time? I believe with the right contacts, right attitude, hard work and focus, my plans are achievable in 2015.

What type of fashion are you into?

My kind of style focuses mostly on women. I have both African and Westernised collections. The fashion market in SA is mostly Westernised clothes but Ghana has a lot of rich African fabrics and I blend that into my Western style. It comes out very nice and suitable for the SA market.  I plan to expand it into something very big this year.

Who is dating you?

Heeeeeey!  I am not dating at the moment.

Why?

I have had my moments of being broken hearted.  I have had my relationships; and I was dating but just before Big Brother, we broke up—me and my guy—or I can say he broke up with me  in March on some bases that I can’t talk about because it is not necessary. He saw me as someone who was not fighting to make it in life. But everything happens for a reason.

I just feel that right now in life, I am still young and it would be a waste of my time if I put relationships before every other thing.  I would further focus on building my career, get a good foundation for myself, and be able to help my parents and siblings. That is my biggest goal right now.

How do you cope with the task of continuing to say ‘no’ to good men who come your way?

Do you know that even married women still get men who want to date them? So being single or not single does not change anything as far as advances from men are concerned. It really depends on you the woman and the goals you have set for yourself, your principles and values and when you set up your mind to stick to your decisions. For me, when I say yes then it is yes and if I say no, then it is no.

I know what I want to achieve. I have been there before and right now I just feel that sometimes relationships slow you down and you have to constantly report to your partner on the kind of things that you want to do. But standing as an independent woman, besides your family, you can now move anywhere in the city that you want or country and just follow your dreams. You can travel all over the world in pursuit of your dreams, in pursuit of success.

I have had a relationship where the guy was understanding and you could actually sit down and have a good chat, but unfortunately it did not work out for me. The person was looking for someone who is more financially stable but I was not there yet because I had just finished school and started working. You do not expect me to start working in a big company that would pay me some ridiculous amount of money as salary. It is a step by step process so if you as a partner, you aren’t that patient, there is nothing I can do.

God has a way of doing things and all of a sudden, within the same year, see where my life is right now. I just thank God for everything and my focus now is on my career.

What if a good man comes around your way and you fall in love?

If someone comes, I know what I have been through in terms of my relationships, so I have to take my time and get to know the person, build a good relationship and just allow God to take control.

Tell me about your training or academic background.

Okay. My High School was at Eastland Science College in East London in a place called Eastern Cape in South Africa. Then I moved on to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, also in South Africa.  I started with Economics, converted to Management and majored in Finance.  So I am a finance student. And hopefully I would further my education.

A beautiful lady who has majored in Finance can be something else.

Why?  (laughs loudly) Look, it came with its challenges but it fits very well into my career goals and I have the confidence to go about my job with no one intimidating, cheating or taking advantage of me.

Given a second chance, would you have done Big Brother?

Yes, of course I would. Being the person I am, I am a dreamer and I have a very beautiful gift and Big Brother has given me exposure to meet people I never thought I could have met.   I now sit with such people and have talks and see opportunities. It now depends on me and what I make of these useful opportunities available to me. Given another chance, I would do Big Brother over and over again.

Finally, is there anything you would want to tell your fans out there?

Thanks for the opportunity because I always love to talk to my fans. One thing I would love to say is that do not be in a hurry in reading the life story of people. Do not assume you know how their life story would turn out because the author might surprise you.  Let us continue to dream big because the sky is not our limit.

I believe faith moves mountains and we have to remain positive and trust that no matter what situation we find ourselves now, God is not dead but alive and capable of transforming our tears and trials into triumphant testimonies.

By Halifax Ansah-Addo / News-One
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