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2007-08-31 08:20
Bongo’s Thandiswa and Skin to hook up
While we wait breathlessly for amandla sista Thandiswa Mazwai to finish recording her album already, hot news is that the sista is working with bald ‘n beautiful British rock babe Skunk Anansie. She already has super fly neo-soul super funky jazz musician Me'Shell Ndegéocello on board. Now she's featuring another international star. You go girl! The album should be out in October. We can’t wait for this soulful Afro-punk album.

Bono up in smoke?
Bono's neighbours have been banned from using their fireplaces after he complained about smoke in the building. The U2 singer, who owns The San Remo penthouse on New York's highly desirable Central Park West street, was unhappy with the smoke coming from his neighbours' apartments and formally requested all open fires be stopped. A source told the New York Post newspaper: "Bono recently complained of smoke from neighbouring apartments and now there has been in a ban on fireplace use in the whole building." Gee, whatever happened to rock stars tossing their TVs out the window.

Kanye vs JT?
College dropout Kanye West says Justin Timberlake is his nemesis. The rapper believes the “SexyBack” singer is the only star that can both rival and inspire him. He told hip-hop magazine XXL: "My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake. He is the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect both on black radio and white radio." Kanye says he and Justin are on a different level to everyone else and has compared their healthy rivalry to Prince and Michael Jackson's chart battle in the 80s. He added: "If Justin hadn't come out and killed the game, I can't say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they're on. We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day." So Kanye, which one is the alleged child molester and which wears the heels?

Rihanna gives Amy some love
Rihanna has offered a message of support to Amy Winehouse. The “Umbrella” singer is concerned by troubled Amy's recent behaviour and hopes she can overcome her drink and drugs demons and get her career back on track. Speaking at the MOBO Awards nominations party at London's Movida nightclub on this week, she said: "I think she is an amazing artist. She's definitely one of my favourite singers in the UK, and I wish her well." Rihanna - who was nominated for two awards, while Amy, who checked out of rehab for a second time last week, received an impressive four MOBO nods - has made no secret of her admiration for the 'Rehab' singer in the past. She said: "I love her. She's so real. She's like, 'This is who I am - whatever.' " Meanwhile…Amy, 23, has cancelled her European tour and postponed all her US concerts after overdosing on a cocktail of drugs earlier this month. Not that that’s enough, she continues drinking whiskey, and was recently in a series of heated rows with husband Blake Fielder-Civil which left Amy left bloodied and bruised. Girl, you’ve got problems. Lots of ‘em! Britney’s song for K-Fed?
Britney Spears has bared her soul in a new song in which she sings about her "baby boy" deserting her. The track - which has been leaked on the internet - features the 25-year-old divorced mother-of-two singing a ballad over a slow beat to the sound of toy chimes. In what appears to be a plea to ex-husband Kevin Federline, Britney sings: "Everyday, I'm in a daze/Looking for that someone "And everyday, I sit and kneel and pray/Oh, sweet love, can I get some? "So why do you desert me, baby boy? I need your love right now!" The song then breaks and Britney is heard on the phone saying: "Hey baby, what time you gonna get home?" The song ends with Britney singing: "So why did you desert me, baby boy?/I thought that you, you were the one. "So if you preferred the other one/She won't bring you the sun." Okay, with those lyrics she wonders why he cheated on her? Duh!

Metro Awards coming to Cape Town
It’s about time Metro FM brought the Awards to the mother city. Not only will it add colour to the white city, but our gay performers can finally be themselves, and maybe find a German partner! The Metro Fm Music awards which have been hosted in PE for the last three years, will be taking place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (ICC) on Saturday the 24th of November 2007. Station Manager, Matona Ntshona reason from coming down south? “The move to Cape Town this year is in line with Metro FM’s commitment to rotating the locale for the awards in a bid to enable different cities to enjoy the spin-off tourism and community upliftment benefits that the awards will bring with them.” We think she forgot to mention how much the Metro FM male DJ’s love Xhosa women.

Jamelia and Darren Byfield break up
Break-ups are not only for Hollywood. Reports confirm that it's over between UK singer Jamelia and her professional football player boyfriend Darren Byfield. According to a news website, the British pop star and soccer star have decided to go their separate ways after three years together and one child. British newspaper the Daily Mirror reports Jamelia and her two children have moved out of the couple's shared home in Kent, England, and returned to her family in Birmingham. "It's over and they are devastated. They tried to make it work but the romance fizzled out. She simply hasn't been happy since rumours of Darren cheating emerged, but has always believed he is innocent," a source told the publication. Both Jamelia and Darren denied newspaper reports last year that he cheated on her with glamour model Jaclyn Evans. Seems the rumours just made it too difficult for the couple. Maybe they should’ve taken tips from the Beckams.

Little Richard, Enrique coming to Mzansi
Enrique Iglesias can’t get enough of our beautiful country! He is returning again for a tour that includes stops in Jozi and eKapa. But be warned: tickets to be up close to the mole that has disappeared will cost you R250 and more. Go to Big Concerts for more info. The star, who recently told OK mag that he had a small penis and would change it if he could, has been approached by Lifestyles Condoms. According to the New York Daily News, the condom company is offering Iglesias $1 million (that’s over R7 million, ya’ll!) if he'll model their full-line of condoms - from the mega to the snuggle fit. A rep says: "It takes a real man to admit his shortcomings and if this Latin crooner can flaunt a fault and still keep [girlfriend] Anna Kournikova on his arm, other men are sure to ... take pride in what they're not packin'." Mmmm… does this mean on again off again girlfriend Anna will ditch him on this trip to Mzansi?

- Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala
This week: Thandiswa gets Skinned, Bono’s street cred goes up in smoke, and SA can expect Insomnia from Enrique "little Richard" Iglesias.


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