Tbo Touch takes us to New York !

Thokoza-born T-bo Touch has announced that local radio station Metro FM now has a New York studio. He revealed the news on Twitter a day ago. “Never give up on your dream. Not just a dream but your dream. 2day marks manifestation of my dream. Metro FM officially has a base in NY – wow,” the radio DJ tweeted.

This means that T-bo Touch, who is currently based in New York, will be broadcasting his drive time show Touchdown 326 live from the Big Apple.

From all of us at Kasi Times, Congratulations!

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Over the Top Fashion!

The largely successful British retailer Topman and Topshop is coming to Sandton City with a flagship store set to open this November. A second store is scheduled to open in Durban at the Gateway Shopping Center a month later.
The House of Busby has the South African rights and will be working with Edcon for future store-in-store availability, exclusive only to major Edgars stores. Plans for more stand alone stores around the country are also in the pipeline.
Speaking about the new venture Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green said in a statement, “This represents another step in our continued international growth, and I am confident that the South African customers will enjoy the retail experience and fantastic product offer that both our brands will deliver for them.”
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Q&A With Zack O’Malley Greenberg: Empire State Of Mind Author

Zack O’Malley Greenberg is a New York based Forbes staff writer and author of ‘Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office’ – an unofficial biography about rapper and businessman Jay-Z. I get up close and personal with Zack in this interview where he talks about life, work and his plans for the future.

IN: You started writing at an early age. Describe your first writing experience.

ZG: I first started writing for Boys’ Life Magazine at age 14, reviewing video games. My first reviews were for the Sega Dreamcast, which I received weeks before it was available in stores. Needless to say, this was the best job a teenager could have.

IN: How did the idea of writing a biography about Jay Z come about?

ZG: I was approached by editors at Penguin’s Portfolio imprint who’d read my articles about the business of Hip Hop on Forbes.com, and they asked if I’d be interested in writing a business-focused biography of Jay-Z. How could I say no?

IN: For those who have not yet read Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, what is it about?

ZG: It’s about how Jay-Z honed his entrepreneurial talents, moving from the streets of Brooklyn to the boardrooms of Manhattan and around the world. More info at www.zogreenburg.com/empire-state-of-mind

IN: Is there anything about Jay Z that surprised or shocked you when researching about him for the biography? Read the full story

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Katy Perry loves Die Antwoord!

This is not the first time pop singer Katy Perry has tweeted about local futuristic rap-rave duo Die Antwoord. A few months ago she mentioned on her Twitter account that she was buying some Die Antwoord music on iTunes.

More recently though on Twitter, Katy Perry (@KatyPerry) commented on Die Antwoord’s latest music video. “The new Die Antwoord video for Baby’s On Fire is so incredible I can’t even tweet about it,” she tweeted.

The seven minute video, co-directed by Die Antwoord’s frontman Ninja, stays true to their signature disturbing, explicit, weird, violent style they are known for. In the video Ninja keeps trying to murder Yo-landi’s boyfriends. At the end Yo-landi is shown taking a bite from a blood dripping heart she’s carrying. Horrific if you ask me! Certainly not for the faint-hearted.

The video:

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Precious Kofi Expecting?

If her recent tweet is anything to go by, Precious Kofi is expecting. The talented TV presenter and actress got married last year and relocated to America.

According to her tweet, the unborn baby (judging by the tweet and the photo she posted) a baby boy will be born soon, hence the preparations.

Precious Kofi’s tweet:

@Preciouskofi: #ComingSoon …preparing for the little man.

A huge congratulations to Precious, we know she will make a great mother!

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Dineo Ranaka’s new show – Dineo’s Diary’s: A mogul in the making

Dineo Ranaka wasn’t joking when she wrote, “Invest in me today and avoid the rush tomorrow –  R.A.D.I.O – Realize Accept Dineo Is Outstanding! The devil himself fears me!” Dineo will star in her own new reality TV show on the vibrant youth channel Vuzu.

Titled Dineo’s Diary: A Mogul in the Making, the show follows Dineo Ranaka as she balances motherhood, family and her career while taking viewers through the highs and lows of her life as she pursues her dream to become a mogul.

“With the positive reaction to Forever Young being based on the hard work, failures and successes of three young men, we felt it was time to showcase the life of a strong outspoken female in the industry working hard to build her empire,” says Solly Moeng, Acting Head Of Youth Channels.

Ranaka could not contain her excitement about the show, “I want to use myself as a case study for a lot of young entrepreneurs. You read about people like Patrice Motsepe but few know how he got to where he is. So here I am. Watch me do it. It won’t be easy. I have stumbled but I will always dust myself off as I embark on my journey to build my empire,” says Dineo Ranaka.

Ranaka is not just the star of the show but is also the Executive Producer. “It’s exciting entering the world of television from radio. I am confident about this production as I am working with a solid team. Vuzu is trendy and fashion forward and are the leaders in reality TV,” she adds.

Now that explains all those Dineo’s Diary hashtags on  her Twitter timeline!

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SAMA Awards 2012 Winners

The most prestigious music awards ceremony in the country was held at Sun City last night, and the cream of the SA music and media scene attended in full force. The award ceremony was a big improvement from last year. The production was well-organized and of great quality. Zahara was the Adele of the night as she walked home with eight SAMA Awards, and delivered an electrifying performance as the opening act. Other winners of the night included Micasa, AKA, DJ Cleo, Zonke, Lloyd Cele and 2010 Idols winner Elvis Blue.

Monday Night Winners

Best Alternative Album: The Dirty Skirts for Lost in the fall

Best Kiddies Album: Wendy Oldfield for Singalong Kidz Vol 2

Best Smooth Urban Music Album: Zahara for Loliwe

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album: The Plain Truth for We are the shining ones

Best Classical and Instrumental Album: CH2 for Ping

Best Collaboration: Zahara feat. Georgy for Incwad’ Encane

Best Jazz Album: Jimmy Dludlu for Tonota

Best Pop Album: Lloyd Cele for One

Best African Adult Album: Zonke for Ina Ethe

Best Rock Album: Shadowclub for Guns and Money

Best Traditional Music Album: Soul Brothers for Amaphutha

Best Traditional Faith Music Album: Solly Mahlangu for Mwamba Mwamba

Best Street Urban Music Album: AKA for Alter Ego

Best Sokkie Dans Album: Snotkop for Ek Laaik Van Jol

Best Adult Contemporary Album: Elvis Blue for Elvis Blue (2CD Specila Edition)

Best Maskandi Album: Thokozani Langa for I-Protection Order

Best Kwaito Album: Big Nuz for Pound for Pond

Best Dance Album: Micasa for Micasa Music

Special Award: Best Selling Album: Loliwe by Zahara

Special Award: MTN Best Selling Mobile Music Download: Facebook by DJ Cleo

Newcomer of the Year: Zahara for Loliwe

Duo/Group of the Year: Micasa for Micasa Music

Male Artist of the Year: AKA for Alter Ego

Female Artist of the Year: Zahara for Loliwe

MTN Record of the Year: Micasa for These Streets

Album of the Year: Loliwe by Zahara

Sunday Night Winners

Best Producer: Dan Roberts for Six Winters by Laurie Levine

Best Engineer: Johan van der Colff for Loliwe by Zahara

Best Video of the Year: Ryan Peimer for Its Magic by the Parlotones

Best Live DVD: Simphiwe Dana for an Evening with Simphiwe Dana (Live in Concert)

Remix of the Year: DJ Sbu for Lengoma feat. Zahara

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Ray Phiri and Vusi Mahlasela

Best Selling True-tone Download of the Year: Facebook by DJ Cleo

Best Selling Ring-back tone of the Year: Facebook by DJ Cleo

Best Selling Full- track Download of the Year: Loliwe by Zahara

SAMPRA Most Played Song of the Year: Alone by Liquideep

Congratulations to all the winners


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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg Trend Report #MBFWJ

Avant pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

As you might have gathered in our tweets and fashion pieces, I attended Joburg Fashion Week recently. I was taken to the past, present and future by the designer collections and trends.

There were over 25 designers, all showcasing unique looks inspired by different places, stories and people for this year’s Autumn/Winter. Trends included exaggerated shoulders, colour blocking, clashing prints and patterns, winter coats, Peter-pan shoes and detachable collars, checks, bowties, sequins, turn-up pants, coat dresses, sheer fabrics and interesting cuts. Also, layering – as we saw in Avant’s collection – and faux fur, as we spotted in the David Tlale’s collection, are just some of this year’s winter looks.

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

White was a popular colour used by designers, while some utilized different shades of earthy tones. Gold, floral prints and bright contrasting tones, not forgetting the shiny shimmery fabrics, were also common.

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg 2012: AFI Fastrack

Johannesburg came alive as fashion designers, journalists, photographers, models and makeup artists made their way to the Hyde Park Corner rooftop for the first ever Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg.

Day 1 saw a showcase of South Africa’s design graduates in the AFI Fastrack initiative in partnership with Foschini. The program aims to develop young designers through mentorship and business development coaching. Submissions were taken from graduate collections of participating design institutions nationwide. Twelve finalists were selected to showcase their lines in the finale, competing for a cash prize and an internship at Foschini. This year’s winners were Nkosi Wetive, Shelly Botha, Kim Gush and Kyra Moon. They will also get an opportunity to showcase a capsule collection at Africa Fashion International later in the year.

Pics by Simon Dreiner

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

The AFI Fastrack trends included the still popular colour blocking trend, layered gowns, and shiny fabrics. There was a unique trend of polka dots matched with bright florals and a gothic/warrior inspired look by Kim Gush. Colours ranged from earthy tones to bright pinks and multi-coloured prints.

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

Kyra Moon’s Chinese inspired collection was very catchy, while Shelly Botha’s children’s collection was funky.


Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

Pics by Simon Deiner (SDR)

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Fashion News Round-Up: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Africa Fashion International's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg

Mercedes Benz has partnered with Africa Fashion International to bring you Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg, which will be followed by two other fashion weeks later in the year. The association between AFI and automaker Mercedes Benz was announced last Thursday at the launch held in Hyde Park.

More than 25 designers will showcase their collections this year. Thula Sindi, David Tlale, Gavin Rajah, Kluk CGDT, C-Squared, Fabiani, Abigail Betz, Black Coal Clothing, Spero Villioti and Thabani Mavundla are just some of the designers set to show their collections. Speaking at the launch Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe said the launch of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Joburg was timely and significant. “Timely because this is our first event of the year and it sets the tone for all the fantastic events we have in plan for this year. I say significant because with this collaboration we are now well-positioned to make Joburg a global fashion city.”

Mercedes Benz took the opportunity to unveil its new C-Class C180 sedan style edition that was specially made for the event.

Arise Magazine Fashion Week Lagos

In other fashion news. Arise Magazine Fashion week Lagos 2012 will be a huge fashion affair this year that will run for six days from the 6th to the 11th of March in three tents at the 5-star Federal Palace hotel in Lagos. 77 designers from six continents are scheduled to showcase their lines. La Quan Smith, Gavin Rajah, Maki-Oh, Mataano, Madam Wokie’s Couture, Adama Paris, Jewel by Lisa, Jacob Kimmie, Kevan Hall and Virgos Lounge are some of the designers that were chosen to participate. Last year the event hosted 5,000 guests, 51 designers, 81 models and 5 musical acts.

London Fashion Week

A Tribe Called

We have moved on from New York Fashion Week and set our eyes on London Fashion week where several designers hailing from the continent will showcase their designs. Keep an eye on Caroline Charles (Egypt), PPQ (Amy Molyneaux from South Africa), The Tribe Called (Zimbabwe), Nicole Farhi (Algeria), House of Silk (Nigera) and Ozwald Boateng (Ghana) who will all be showcasing their designs.

Ozwald Boateng

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Whitney Houston laid to rest

It’s said that every day a star is born. We have lost a star. Whitney Houston’s death left many around the world in shock. In an emotional ceremony that took place on Saturday night at 7pm CAT, her friends, family and colleagues poured their hearts out while fans on social network site, Twitter, expressed how Whitney had played a  role in their lives.

The ceremony was broadcast live on CNN for about four hours. The list of performers included Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Bebe Winans and R. Kelly. An emotional R.Kelly sang the song ‘l look to you’ from Whitney’s last album. Kevin Costner spoke about his experiences with Whitney. He mentioned that for the movie, Bodyguard, they had waited a year for Whitney so she could play the role of Rachel Marron as she was on tour at the time. He continued to say, “A lot of men could have played my role, but Whitney was the only person who could have played Rachel Marron.”

The media and fans were kept at a respectful distance away from the church. Fellow musicians Brandy, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Ray J and Jordin Sparks were in attendance. Ray J apparently broke down in tears long before the ceremony had even begun. Other celebrity mourners included the Queen of Talk, Oprah Winfrey, and Tyler Perry. The ceremony was very private; only invited guests were allowed into the church and the surrounding blocks.

After the service, Whitney’s mother, Cissy, was heard crying out, “My baby!” Two helpers were next to her to support her, and Bobbi Christina was in tears closely behind her, as one of Whitney’s biggest songs ‘I will always love you’ played in the background.

Whitney Houston will be remembered for her strong vocal ability and her beauty. She was buried next to her father on Sunday the 19th in her hometown of Newark in New Jersey.

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The Grammy Awards In Brief

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Music’s finest came out to play yesterday at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The event was hosted by LL Cool J who started off the show with a prayer in honour of the recently deceased music legend Whitney Houston.

The likes of Chris Brown, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift performed to a packed Staples Centre in Los Angeles. In a brief but emotional tribute Jennifer Hudson performed the song “I will always love you” in honour of Whitney.

Adele was the biggest winner, walking away with a total of six Grammy Awards. She won in all the categories she as nominated in, tying with Beyonce for most trophies won by a female in one night.  Other big winners included Kanye West who walked away with four Grammys and the Foo Fighters who scooped five trophies. Here are more of the evening’s winners.

Pop solo performance: Someone Like You by Adele
Album of the year: 21 by Adele
Record of the year: Rolling in the Deep by Adele
Pop vocal album: 21 by Adele
Short form music video: Rolling in the Deep by Adele
Song of the year: Rolling in the Deep by Adele, Adkins and Paul Epworth (songwriters)
Best R n B album: F.A.M.E by Chris Brown
Rap performance: Otis by Jay Z and Kanye West
Rap album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
Rock performance: Walk by Foo Fighters
Rap/Sung collaboration: All of the Lights by Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
Gospel song: Hello Fear by Kirk Franklin
Country solo performance: Mean by Taylor Swift
R n B song: Fool for You by Cee Lo Green and Jack Splash


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Model Watch: Nyasha Matonhodze

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At 16 most girls only dream of being a super model, but for Nyasha Matohondze it’s a reality. It’s barely been two years since she entered the fashion industry but she’s already done stuff that many fail to accomplish in their entire modelling careers.

Nyasha was born in Zimbabwe and moved to London in 2003 to stay with her mother. Her career began in 2009 when she became a finalist at the Elite model look. She rose to fame in 2011 when she was chosen as the face of Louis Vuitton’s autumn/winter 2011 campaign in a lucrative contract deal that would later turn her into a success story.

Nyasha has walked the runway in various fashion weeks for several brands that include Louis Vuitton, Louis Gray, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors to name a few. In 2011 alone she walked a total of 67 shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris; 47 for the spring 2012 season and 20 for the fall. She has also appeared in editorials of some of the most esteemed magazines in the world like Teen Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, W and Numero. Barely a week into the New Year Versace announced that Nyasha was their face of the brand’s pre-fall 2012 campaign.

From where l am standing, Nyasha’s future looks very bright. This goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you come from, your star will shine if you have the talent…well, in this case, the looks.















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Battle of the Red Sole

Luxury brands Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent have been on an endless court battle since last year. According to a suit filed in a federal court in Manhattan, Christian accused YSL of using their red sole trademark as part of their 2011 resort collection. The suit requested that the court prohibit the sale of the shoes and lodged damages that amounted to about $1 million. The red sole was made famous by Christian and is synonymous with his brand.

YSL has since been backed up by eleven professors who teach research and write about trademark law.  The professors filed a brief with the Federal Court of Appeals, saying Louboutin’s claims to protect the use of a single colour “red” in fashion should be rejected to preserve freedom of innovation and competition.

The professors said Christian’s suit argued against the doctrine of “aesthetic functionality” which prevents companies from trademarking any product design feature which is an important ingredient in the commercial success of the product. They went on to say courts should not allow a particular competitor to monopolize any particular fashion submarket.

Christian lost the first time around when a judge ruled: “Because in the fashion industry colour serves ornamental and aesthetic functions vital to robust competition, the court finds that Louboutin is unlikely to be able to prove that its red sole brand is entitled to trademark protection, even if it has gained enough public recognition in the market to have acquired secondary meaning.”

Christian didn’t take the ruling lying down as the battle continues.

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