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Cassette telling it like it is
SAMA-winning rockers Casssette were quite brave in exposing and sharing their views on Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe at the Oppikoppi festival recently. Band members stripped down to their underwear during the finale of their performance. They revealed paintings and graffiti on their bodies expressing how they felt about the Zim dictator while performing their latest single from the bands forthcoming album, Get in the ring. Lead singer, Jon Savage passionately exclaimed that they wrote the song a while back when Mugabe declared “Operation cleanup”. “When we saw all of the homes being demolished and people screaming and dying in the carnage, we were overwhelmed and outraged. We couldn't sit here in Africa and just carry on singing about meaningless crap while this was / is going on right in front of our eyes”. Very brave man.

Zola snubs Siphokazi
Bonginkosi Dlamini aka Zola humiliated former girlfriend and SABC1 continuity presenter Siphokazi January by refusing to be interviewed by her. Sunday World reports that this happened during the Cell C Hola 7 concert held at Langa Stadium in Cape Town last week. Word has it that Zola discovered that he was going to be interviewed by his ex on the day. Apparently, he was overheard saying: “I will never be interviewed by that woman. Over my dead body!” Siphokazi was apparently quite embarrassed when Zola’s secretary informed her how Zola felt about her. Eina! “At least if he had stated the reasons why he did not want me there, I would have left like a lady in peace and with closure, but now I’m still confused”, she said. “I’m disappointed in him – it’s clear he still has issues with me,” January says. Hawu Zola! What happened to all those things you preach about such as forgiving and forgetting?

Mzansi rocks
South African Nu-Metal band Underbelly’s track “Cerial” has been chosen to feature in a USA feature film Midnight Movie. The track is off their SAMA nominated debut album, For A Cynical Science . The film is a horror movie and will be released internationally later on in the year. “This is amazing! We’re so excited about this!” exclaimed vocalist Etienne Olivier. Director Jack Messitt says, “We’re very excited that Underbelly has granted us permission to use their song “Cerial” in our film”. Producer, Kacy Andrews, has worked on a string of successful independent movies including the 1998 film “Playing By Heart”, featuring Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery, Dennis Quaid and Gillian Anderson. Well they might have not walked away with a SAMA award but this is great news for the band and big up to the band for putting Mzansi music out there.

FG in Zimbabwe
Freshlyground's lead singer, Zolani Mahola revealed that it took some soul-searching before deciding to go and perform in Zimbabwe, reports Sunday World. Zolani was also outspoken about President Thabo Mbeki, saying he misled the world when he said there was no crisis in Zimbabwe. Speaking from Zimbabwe on Friday, Mahola said: “I can tell you honestly that not everybody in South Africa thinks like Mbeki. We were shocked when he said Zimbabwe had no crisis. Of course, there is a real crisis in Zimbabwe!” Freshlyground performed at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa) on Friday. Their album Macheri won the album of the year award at the SAMA’s. They decided to sing Bob Marley’s song Zimbabwe as a way of reminding Mugabe that he had failed the people of Zimbabwe.

Madiba says yes yes yes
The Sowetan reports that British singer Amy Winehouse received a personal call from former South African President Nelson Mandela requesting her to perform at his 90th birthday bash. Madiba called the “Rehab” singer to invite her to sing at his birthday concert in London’s Hyde Park in June. Amy didn’t believe it was Mandela initially - but soon after she realized it wasn’t a prank she accepted his offer. Amy is quite excited and looking forward to joining a line – up that includes Queen rockers Brian May and Roger Taylor, Annie Lennox and British rockers Keane. We would like to know if any Mzansi or African artists will be celebrating with uTata as well.

Mandoza’s big fat lie
It seems so-called kwaito Champion, Mandoza is not who he has claimed to be all along reports Sunday World. He has often told the media that he was arrested for car theft and incarcerated for a year and a half at Diepkloof prison (Sun City) in Jozi. He’s also said he was a rehabilitated ex-convict and had abandoned his old ways. But Sunday World has revealed that Mandoza didn’t spend any time in prison and it was all just a publicity stunt to gain respect and boost record sales. The Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Manelisi Wolela says their info management system doesn’t have any record of Mandoza aka Mduduzi Tshabalala (born on January 7 1978) serving a jail term for car theft or any other criminal offence. Mandoza’s ever-supportive wife Mpho Tshabalala insists he was arrested and asked: “How can he joke or throw a publicity stunt about something like that? We know he served a year in prison for stealing cars but he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore because he is not proud of his past.” The police have referred the case to the director of public prosecutions to decide whether to prosecute or not. Shame, Mandoza you need to watch your back because it’s seems someone is out to get you man!

-Gugulethu Mkhabela
Sourced: Sunday World; Sowetan
Cassette gives Mugabe the finger, Freshlyground in Zimbabwe, Zola slights Siphokazi and Mandoza’s big secret: all this week’s music gossip.
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