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2008-05-23 18:45
Baby bump for Bongi Dube
Bongi Dube, daughter of late reggae icon Lucky Dube, is pregnant according to the Sunday World. A close family friend confirmed that she is pregnant and engaged despite Bongi strongly denying the allegations. Bongi, a final-year psychology student in Durban says she is not expecting, nor engaged to anyone. “I don’t know what this person is talking about and where they got the information, but I’m not pregnant”, she said. Bongi says if she were pregnant, she would be celebrating. Even her producer, Bheki Dlamini is denying that there is a bun in the oven. However, it’s been revealed that Dlamini has already told Gallo Records that they should suspend some of Bongi’s promotions because of the pregnancy. Miss Dube is busy working on her second album, which will be released next year after she has given birth. Girl - it’s going to show soon so just quit fronting.

Weez up
A first for Mzansi’s hip-hop: For those that have never heard of Weez, he’s a m’rapper and homeboy from Pretoria that will be representing Mzansi in the US very soon. Notorious US hip-hop group Cypress Hill from the US has invited local rapper Weez to record a collaboration with them in their studios in Long Beach, California. This is a result of a MySpace.com invitation sent by the band’s front man B-Real, inviting new talent to submit fresh material for their collaboration album, The Harvest. Weez submitted his song “Verbal massacre”, which was voted number one for two successive weeks on local radio station 5fm’s hi5@5 charts. The group was impressed and Weez got the call a week later. He is one of 20 featured artists on the album. Weez leaves on 27 May for L.A and will stay with the group. He also stands a chance to bag a record deal with B-Real’s label Latin Thug Records. Go Weezy! Do Mzansi proud.

Khanyi does it again
Self-confessed tabloid junkie Khanyi Mbau has been playing hide and seek where it’s not even necessary, but why are we surprised? After all, this is part of Mbau’s schemes to garner more publicity. Arthur Mafokate’s 999 music label is losing money fast thanks to the 23–year-old Mbau. The company lost nearly R100 000 after the controversial actress-turned-singer failed to show up for a video shoot twice this week. She bunked the first filming, which was scheduled for Tuesday in NewTown. Word is that Mbau, who is married to 53-year-old tycoon Mandla Mthembu, begged Mafokate to postpone the shoot to Thursday. This was after the company had spent money booking a production company, make-up artists, a wardrobe, camera crew, producers, two parking lots, transport, catering and media invitations. Mafokate rescheduled the shoot but Mbau stood him up again. Not so long ago, Arthur was elated to have Mabu join his stable but now he must regret the day he signed her on. Apparently, the “king of Kwaito” was furious. Since then the two have not spoken. Mafokate said: “It hurts us as a company and up to today the only excuse we got from Khanyi was that it had been due to ‘unforeseen circumstances”. He said he was angry and saddened by her behavior. “If she did not want to work with us she should have told us so we could cancel. But she led us on and we ran into such huge losses,” he said. Well Arthur, you should have known better.

Wedding Bells for Justin
Justin Timberlake is planning to propose to Jessica Biel, reports Bang Showbiz. The singer is going to pop the question to the actress, who sparked rumors she is pregnant after she recently stopped drinking. 27-year-old Justin is thinking about marriage and kids and for the first time in his life he is feeling quite settled. JT’s very happy with Biel and has definitely decided to pop the question after spending some time apart recently when he was working with Madonna. That made him certain Jessica was “the one” he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. It’s also been revealed that the ‘SexyBack’ singer is planning to fly friends and family to the exclusive 1,400-acre privately-owned island of Mustique in the West Indies for the wedding, to prevent paparazzi from photographing the ceremony.

Moving on and up
Jennifer Aniston has clearly moved on, and with someone better it seems. The actress has told friends she’s in love with John Mayer and even more, that she thinks he’s a better lover than Brad Pitt, reports Bang Showbiz. The former ‘Friends’ actress began dating the rock singer last month and has confessed to close friends that she thinks he’s “The One”. John has also admitted he is smitten with Jennifer and that he thinks she’s gorgeous and loves her sense of humor. The lovebirds were recently on a trip in New York and are now planning a holiday in Mexico together. It is about time girlfriend. We hope this one lasts.

No more church for B
Beyonce Knowles is reportedly too famous to go to church according to Bang Showbiz. Fans are always mobbing the former Destiny’s Child singer when she attends religious services. So she’s decided not to attend services anymore. "I can't really go to church anymore, which is a shame. People have come up to me in church during the sermon and, of course, people watch everything I do. They come up and take pictures on their mobile phones too. They are very nice, but I think God understands if I miss Sunday service!” she said. Beyonce also revealed she will never officially confirm that she has married rapper Jay-Z. "I don't deny it. I just don't talk about it. We have never talked about us and it has protected our relationship. Several actresses that have had successful relationships don't talk about them, so neither do I. I just want to protect my private life”, she added.

X factor
Musicians and DJs are among the personalities taking action and using their profile to protest against the vicious and inhumane xenophobic attacks that have been plaguing Mzansi recently. The attacks have spiraled out of control. So far, 43 people have been killed in Gauteng, and they’ve also spread to the North West, KwaZulu Natal and the Mother City. The popular social networking website Facebook has members who have created causes and groups such as the Johannesburg March to support Immigrants and protest against Xenophobia . It will ironically be taking place just a day before Africa Day on 24 May at Pieter Roos Park, cnr Empire and Queen, Parktown - north of Constitution Hill from 9:00am to 12:00 p.m. TV personality and comedian, Desmond Dube has spearhead the Million Man March that will take place on 10 June that also includes radio personality Criselda Kananda. The Women in Media March will also be happening next week. Watch press for details.

- Gugulethu Mkhabela
Sourced: Bang Showbiz; Sunday World
Lucky Dube grandchild on the way, Khanyi Mbau does it again, John Mayer deep in love, JT’s ready to pop the question and much more juicy bits for the week.


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