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What’s The Hype: Meneer Cee on the Amapiano movement, collabs with Early B and his gold status track

Check out his full interview with GoBinge

Meneer Cee, sometimes knows as “Big Afrikaans” has secured a strong foothold in the local rap scene. First making name for himself after dropping his track,  “Wie Se Kind Is Die”, Meneer Cee went on to release several other hit songs that have caused him to gain quite a following and fan base. “Wie Se Kind Is Die” reached over 1 million views on YouTube and bagged a gold status.

GoBinge decided to host an interview with Meneer Cee to get to know the person behind the catchy rhymes and contagious beats. 

Originally from Cape Town, Meneer Cee now finds himself in Johannesburg. Speaking about the difference between the Cape Town and Jozi music scene, he said that the biggest thing is the diversity of genres in both cities. In Cape Town, he argues, one gets a lot of genres unique to that region.

“Hip hop is also still thriving in that side,” he said. “But in Johannesburg, let’s get real. It’s AmaPiano dominated! It’s gotten to a point where AfroTech and AfroHouse DJs are forced to even pump.”

He also added that the local AmaPiano movement is something that inspires him and that “it is something he can live by”. The fact that some international artists have now started using AmaPiano beats in their own music is a sign that the genre is bound to garner further success, according to Meneer Cee. 

“The way I see AmaPiano is not that it is a new genre. It’s gold. It’s on the grandstand and it has reached the world stage now,” he went on to say.  

For Meneer Cee, he loves the South African music scene as a whole, because it leaves room for emerging artists to make their mark. Clearly, he sees himself in this statement as not too long ago, he was also a musician trying to make it.

“Every new emerging artist is someone that goes against the grain. It’s someone that has tried something new and tested the waters with something fresh. The simple creativity of South African produced music – that’s what I love about it,” he explained.

When asked which local artist he really wants to collab within the near future, he immediately said there is no one else he’d rather work with than Early B, who of course needs little introduction in the Afrikaans rap industry.

“Early B is the pinnacle of where I’m trying to be in the Afrikaans rap space. Early B was one of the first viral artists. He went viral via Bluetooth! If that is not something special, then I don’t know what is,” Meneer Cee said.  

Meneer Cee is also very aware that his debut single plummeted him into a sustainable career path. He mentioned that the song’s surpassing of the 1 million views mark is, to this day, the highlight of his musical journey.

“And I did all of it independently. We are the label,” he said.

When asked what advice he would give to up-and-coming artists, he said that they need to “stop valuing the opinion of others”. He said that these opinions mean nothing and that this is the chief reason why artists trying to break into the music scene should not be too phased by negative feedback. Instead, they should soldier on and build their dreams.

Watch the full interview below.


Green Point’s homeless get some relief

This comes after police impounded their belongings recently.

Recently, police were ordered to disassemble tents and impound property belonging to a group of homeless people living next to the Green Point tennis courts in Cape Town. Now, the community has received some relief after some of their property has been returned to them.

Although some of their belongings were returned, many of the group have complained that they still do not have access to their antiretroviral drugs, asylum papers and other essentials.

The relief comes after the legal team acting for the group of homeless people and the City of Cape Town’s legal representatives have reached a temporary agreement. However, a draft order of the Western Cape High Court admitted that the dispute between the parties remained unresolved and that a court battle would ensue on Tuesday this week.

After their tents were disassembled on Friday, a heavy police presence, backed up by security companies, kept watch over the group and warned them not to pitch their tents again and to move away from the area they have been occupying for months.

The Ndifuna Ukwazi Law Centre has said that they find it ironic that the City has decided to return some of the goods belonging to the homeless, but they are not permitted to erect their tents again. They are arguing that the incident in question constitutes an illegal eviction and they want the court to order that the community may pitch their tents again.

The Law Centre bases their argument on the fact that the 21 people affected by this decision were evicted without a valid court order, which is essential in eviction matters. They have also been vocal about their opinion that City by-laws discriminate against homeless people because it bars them from performing life-sustaining activities like sleeping, camping, resting, bathing, erecting a shelter or keeping personal belongings in public.

 A recent study showed that about 14 000 people are currently living on Cape Town’s streets as homeless people.

 


OnlyFans backs down on their decision to ban porn

They will continue to allow all forms of content, according to a recent tweet.

OnlyFans caused quite a bit of a stir earlier this month when they announced that they were planning on banning porn and explicit material from their platform come 1 October. The ban would entail that certain forms of adult content were to be halted, but nudes would generally still be allowed. The platform became famous exactly for not having many community guidelines, allowing users to upload pretty much anything they want to.

Now, OnlyFans has announced it will no longer be implementing the suggested policy change and the status quo is to remain for the time being. OnlyFans received severe backlash from creators and users after they made the statement suggesting that their community guidelines were to be updated. 

“We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change. OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators,” the tweet about the topic reads.

The exact reason for why OnlyFans wanted to bring about the change initially is still something of a mystery. A recent report by the BBC details, though, that they have been failing at moderating their platform in general and this has led to investors being unwilling to back their company.

 

According to the platform, they use a percentage of all of their income to update their app to align with international rules and regulations regarding explicit content. This, of course, is necessary to ensure they do not get banned in certain regions and that investors at least consider getting involved with OnlyFans.

The damage seems to have been done, unfortunately. Many creators have moved to competing platforms after OnlyFans made their initial announcement. These creators have also reacted to say that the company’s sudden change of heart is another warning sign, because the inconsistency is not something their industry needs at all.


South Africa’s Thato Mosehle named second runner up at Miss Supranational 2021

About 58 delegates from all over the world took part in the pageant.

On Saturday, the annual Miss Supranational beauty pageant took place. Many view this pageant as the stepping stone to other pageants, like Miss World or even local competitions, like Miss South Africa.

Mzansi’s delegate, Thato Mosehle, proudly walked away as second runner up at the pageant. Winning the crown title was Chanique Rabe from Namibia. About 58 delegates from across the world participated in the pageant, which was streamed live on YouTube.

Chanique Rabe was crowned Miss Supranational Namibia in November 2020. However, due to the pandemic, she could not enter the 2020 international version of the competition, seeing as it was postponed until this year. She is just 24-years-old and is the first representative from Namibia to walk away as the winner of the show.

 
 
 
 
 
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As the winner of the show, Rabe walked away with a marvelous cash prize of R519 000 and other prizes.

South Africa’s Thato Mosehle is 26 years old and is a medical doctor. She is also the first person to compete under the official Miss South Africa Organisation banner. For many viewers, she was the fan favourite.

Further to this, Mosehle made history because she was the first woman of colour to represent South Africa at this international competition. She is also the first South African contestant to secure a place in the Top 3.

The event took place in Małopolska in Poland, where a small audience was allowed to watch the pageant in the venue. 

Stephanie Weil, CEO of the Miss South Africa Organisation, and Miss South Africa creative director Werner Wessels, took the trip to Poland and attended the event in support of Mosehle.


Actress Lorcia Cooper is taking heat on TikTok for an old interview that resurfaced

In the clip, she talks about why she doesn’t want to learn African languages.

Lorcia Cooper, a local actress, became known after she scored a role in a production called “Lockdown”. Now, she is under heavy fire after a 4-year-old interview of her has resurfaced. 

In the TikTok clip of the interview, Cooper was asked about the challenges she faces as a coloured person in South Africa. She said that representation is a huge problem and that she feels enough is not being done to bring more diversity into South African entertainment.

“Being coloured in South Africa isn’t the easiest thing…I mean you can watch TV, you can pause the PVR and there’s not one coloured performer on that show.”

The controversial part of the interview is when she said that she has considered learning to speak an African language. “Someone once said to me, ’why don’t you learn to speak (isi)Zulu or why don’t you learn to speak (Se)Tswana?’”

She said that this statement bothered her because it would be “like the oppressor asking you to speak English”. She said that fundamentally, this would force her to change an element of herself to get booked for a job, which she does not agree with.

“So I’m gonna be a coloured woman speaking Zulu so when you look away from the screen I really could be black isn’t it…I would say the most different thing to be right now is coloured in this country.’”

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TikTok users were outraged and naturally took to the comment section to voice their (strong opinions).

“Lol that would be like the oppressor?? That’s a lie and an excuse learning other languages doesn’t take anything away from you,” said @ndumi.kh.

“An African learning other African languages is oppressive 👀,” said @setsoh.

“A colored person finding comfort in communicating in the oppressors language and yet equates her motherland’s languages as that of the oppressor……” said @mwa365.

Cooper has not yet made any public statements about the old interview.


South Africa braces for possible new waves of violence today

Reports of a nationwide shutdown did the rounds over the weekend.

Messages on social media and instant messaging apps have started circulating over the weekend, warning citizens that a possible new wave of violent protests in the country might be on the cards from today. The messages are calling for people to take to the streets to perpetrate a national shutdown. 

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure on Sunday confirmed that it is well aware of the threats and rumours that are being spread. As a result, they have put authorities on high alert to nip any illegal protests in the bud.

“The NatJOINTS is aware of inflammatory messages on various social media platforms advocating for violence. Those behind these messages are warned that inciting violence is a criminal offence. Members of the public are cautioned against spreading such divisive messages,” NatJOINTS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiund said while addressing the media.

Equally, messages are doing the rounds to encourage South Africans to come out in their numbers to protect their property against the illegal protesters. Security authorities are, however, urging the public to stay calm and not take the law into their own hands.

“The public is urged not to respond to calls for violence and criminality, and are thus discouraged from participating in activities that seek to defy the rule of law and undermine the authority of the state.”

NatJOINTS reassured the public that the police and other national agencies

have the means to ensure that calm is maintained in the country and that they will do everything in their power to put a swift end to any form of lawlessness.

Under current lockdown regulations, outdoor gatherings, including protests, are limited to 100 people. The country is still recovering from devastating lootings which took place in Kwa-Zulu Natal and parts of Gauteng a few weeks ago.

 


AKA serves letter of demand on SABC to cancel “The Braai Show”

Cassper Nyovest, on the other hand, is adamant that the show will go on.

Fans of “The Braai Show” will know all about the drama taking place between AKA and Cassper Nyovest. AKA was recently sacked as the show’s presenter and replaced with Cassper. Now, AKA has served a letter of demand on the SABC to force them to take Cassper off of the show as part of a legal battle to reinstate him as the show’s host.

AKA’s legal team said that he closed a deal with the producers of “The Braai Show” in March last year to create content that would be uploaded to AKA TV. 

“In accordance with the agreement, the parties agreed that the entire copyright (whether vested contingent or future) and all other rights in and to the work created, including merchandising or remake rights of whatsoever nature would be jointly vested in the parties, being MakhudoCom and our client,” part of the letter of demand read.

In October, though, the company announced that it could no longer afford the costs of production and gave all its rights to another production company. By doing this, Cake Media became joint right owners with AKA.

“As a result, Makhudu entered into a Deed of Cession and Assignment Agreement with Cake Media wherein Makhudu ceded all its rights and entitlement to the show to Cake Media, in exchange for Cake Madia settling owed and future production costs,” the letter reads further.

AKA’s legal team confirmed that at the start of this year, Cake Media was approached by the SABC to start shooting the second season of “The Braai Show”. It was apparently understood that AKA would be the main personality behind the show.

“Our client was engaged in these discussions and on board to continue as the host of the show and/or as the main industry personality in the second season when negotiations commenced,” they argue in the letter.

The muso and his legal team admit that the tragic events in April led to a situation where he was unable to fulfill his role as presenter and subsequently, had to step down. What they are demanding, however, is that his apparent 50% legal stake in the show be recognised. If this demand is adhered to, any contracts the production team concluded with third parties, like Cassper Nyovest who is now the new host of the show, will be void because not all parties with a legal say agreed to the conclusion thereof.

Cassper Nyovest has added his voice to the debate by tweeting that the show will air on the dates previously announced by the SABC. 

Nyovest added that “people are just making senseless noise”. According to the presenter, he has already been paid in full for the gig on “The Braai Show” and he is not personally involved in the legal affairs.

“I am in no way attached to anything here. I got paid for a service. I delivered a service and I damn well enjoyed shooting #TheBraaiShowWithCass. It is shot already, I got paid already. It’s funny looking at people arguing about something that’s done,” one of his tweets read. 

The SABC responded to the letter of demand by confirming that they have received it. However, they remain unmoved in their belief that Cake Media wholly owns the show and therefore has full contractual capacity.

AKA has given the SABC 48 hours to respond formally to the letter of demand. If they do not comply, he will apply for an interdict against them to stop the show from airing on 8 September 2021.


Shoprite is piloting an AI-powered store

The concept is being tested at their branch in Brackenfell, Cape Town.

Shoprite has created a new business unit called Shopritex. In essence, it is a data science division that the retail giant has started to investigate new ways of using technology to revolutionize the way in which South Africans buy their groceries.

One of their most ambitious projects is that they are trying to build AI-powered stores. The idea is that you won’t find any humans in these stores and that shopping can be done much quicker, seeing as customers are able to checkout and pay for their goods by themselves.

“Incubated over the past year, Shopritex is combining data science and technology to create more personalised shopping experiences for customers,” the JSE-listed retail giant said on Wednesday.

The team has set up a pilot store to test its technology. It’s called “Checkers Rush” and is located at the group’s flagship store in Brackenfell in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. Shoprite has described the store as a “no queues, no checkout, no waiting” shopping experience.

For now, the store is only accessible to Shoprite employees. It allows for customers to “grab products and walk out”. The store is fitted with powerful cameras that are able to detect which products are taken off shelves by which employees. Upon exiting the store, the smart shop automatically bills the goods to a customer’s bank account. The concept is a lot like Amazon Go stores that have been set up in the USA and certain parts of Europe.

“We are serious about being Africa’s most customer-centric retailer, and the launch of Shopritex represents our investment in fit-for-the-future precision retail, which is increasingly digital and data-led,” said CEO Pieter Engelbrecht in a statement.

Shoprite is serious about being a tech leader in Africa. It wants to ensure that shoppers are able to experience new ways of shopping, made better with the help of technology. They also want to ensure that the local retail space keeps up with international advancements.

 


New Instagram account is exposing SA celebs who wear fake Gucci

Big Zulu and Mampintsha have been featured on this account recently.

On Instagram, a new account has been created that is aimed at exposing local South African celebrities who have made a habit out of wearing counterfeit designer brands, like fake Gucci clothes.

The account’s handle is @fake_guccicommunitysa. So far, the likes of Big Zulu and Mampintsha have been outed on this channel. Mampintsha actually appeared twice on the page for his Gucci bucket hats, which are apparently not genuine at all. They have alleged that he has an entire collection of fake designer hats.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Other influential icons, like Shawn Mkhize’s stylist, Shaun Stylist, was also exposed for wearing fake designer outfits, including counterfeit Gucci hats. He was also accused of wearing a fake Gucci tie, Gucci bag, Gucci belt, and so much more.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mabhodo, a well-known local socialite, also made it into the limelight for allegedly wearing fake Gucci pants. 

It is admitted that counterfeit designer goods are becoming harder to spot and there is no official proof that the Instagram account is indeed correct in its allegations. That being said, it is also difficult to prove that they are indeed not right, seeing as the celebs implicated in the scandal have not yet come forward to state their cases.

One thing is for sure, though: South African celebs better be sure they wear the real mccoy or risk being featured on this trending Instagram reveal-all platform. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Khaby Lame becomes the first creator to hit 100 million followers on TikTok

He started making his popular videos after losing his job as a result of COVID-19.

Khaby Lame has become the first creator on TikTok to reach 100 million followers. The creator is based in Europe and is famous for creating videos in which he uses his unique facial expressions and irony. TikTok commented on this achievement by saying that Lame truly uses their platform to spread joy to his global audience.

Originally from Senegal, Lame and his family moved to Italy when he was just one year old. Like many others, when the pandemic hit, he lost his job and had to come up with alternative ways of earning money. Italy was hit particularly hard, being one of the first countries in Europe to introduce a hard lockdown. The 21-year-old TikTok star always had a dream to one day make people laugh and that led him to start making highly entertaining videos.

 

“The inspiration for my videos goes way back to when I was a kid watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith. I loved his comedy and I also loved all of his movies. So I decided to record some sketches on YouTube with a friend of mine and, even though there were very few views, I enjoyed making them,” he explained.

The more Lame posted, the more his followers grew. He says that certain movies inspired his comedy, among other things.

“Will Smith’s movies, but also Eddie Murphy’s, Omar Sy’s and many other comedic actors. Also cartoons…which I still watch to this day,” Lame elaborated.Lame also realises that he is living the dream many other creators share. He is, however, humble about his success.”

I am honored to have achieved this milestone, made possible by the global TikTok community. I am passionate about entertaining and making people laugh since childhood, and I am thankful to TikTok for offering me a global stage to share my passion with the rest of the world. I will continue to work towards my dreams, knowing I can count on a beautiful community ready to cheer me on. Thank you and I love you all!”, Lame said when asked about what the achievement means to him. 

@khaby.lame

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When asked about the sort of advice he would give upcoming creators, Lame was more than happy to share some tips.

“I think it’s enough that you really like what you do and love who you are and how you show yourself to others. And then the rest will come accordingly,” he said.

TikTok has said that they are excited to see what the future for Lame holds and that they look forward to seeing new content being released by him.

“We are truly humbled to serve as Khaby’s creative home and excited to see what he accomplishes next on TikTok. Congratulations again, Khaby! We will continue to be inspired by your unique way of seeing the world,” the statement read. 


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