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2008-04-04 16:43
Ringo’s wife moves out
Award-winning Afro-pop star Ringo Madlingozi’s five year marriage to Phelokazi Nyathi could end in divorce after she moved out of their home in December reports Sunday World. Phelokazi and the couple’s four-year–old daughter have allegedly been living with her brother Mcebisi for the past three months. Apparently, the major reason Phelokazi left is because Ringo can’t keep his hands off other women. Phelokazi is fed up because there were times when they would be traveling together and girls would be waiting for Ringo at various venues. It’s also alleged that Ringo didn’t sleep at home on several nights. The Xhosa crooner’s wife is now looking for a flat. When Phelokazi was asked for comments, she said, “I don’t know why people are spreading such silly rumours. I don’t want to be associated with these stupid rumours.” Well you know what the say; there is no smoke without fire.

Corrine Bailey Rae mourns husband
The body of saxophonist Jason Rae, 31, was found in a flat in Leeds on Saturday 22 March, reports BBC.co.uk. A police spokesman said officers arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs who has since been released on police bail. A post-mortem examination on the body of Mr Rae was inconclusive and police said they were awaiting toxicology reports. Leeds-born Bailey Rae, 29, met her husband when she worked as a cloakroom attendant in a Leeds jazz club when she was still a student in the city. They were married in 2001 when she was 22. According to E! Online, the funeral was held on Wednesday 2 April and one hundred mourners came to pay their final respects. This is just too sad and we hope Bailey Rae will get through this and release another hot album soon.

Suicidal Amy
Amy Winehouse's new album sounds "suicidal", according to her friends reports Bang Showbiz. The troubled star - who recently contracted skin condition Impetigo - previewed some of the tracks from her upcoming third CD to pals, and the dark lyrics have increased their concern for her wellbeing. A source reveals that she's written most of the lyrics for the third album already and it’s very, very dark apparently. However, she produces some of her best music when she's in pain and the past few months have been hell for her. According to Bang Showbiz Amy had a low self-esteem anyway but her skin has made her want to hide away from the rest of the world. People try to get her to leave the house and tell her not to worry about what people say. But she'd rather sit around in her flat all day writing about death. It seems like Miss Winehouse is beyond getting help.

John Legend pays tribute to King
John Legend has recorded a U2 song as a tribute to the late Martin Luther King, reports Bang Showbiz. The singer's version of the Irish rockers' classic 'Pride (In the Name of Love)' will be featured in 'King', a TV special about the prominent American civil rights campaigner. The show will be broadcast on US cable station History and will also feature interviews with U2 front man Bono, Public Enemy's Chuck D and Harry Belafonte. King - who delivered the world-famous 'I Have a Dream' speech in Washington 1963 - was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Legend and Bono are set to appear together for the annual 'American Idol' charity concert. The show will take place on April 9 and Bono willl be headlining the event with performances by Legend, Snoop Dogg, Fergie, Annie Lennox and Mariah Carey. The concert will benefit underprivileged children and organizers hope it will beat last year's total of $76 million. With such an interesting line-up, it should go very well.

Madonna in Casablanca
Madonna has stunned the movie industry with plans to remake Hollywood classic Casablanca – and this time she wants it to be set it in Iraq reports the Daily Mail. The singer is also planning to take the lead role of Ilsa Lund, originally played by Ingrid Bergman. Apparently no one understands why the material girl wants to redo what many people consider the greatest celluloid love story of all time. Word is that Madge believes the film will boost her reputation as an actress after a string of high-profile flops such as Shanghai Surprise, Body Of Evidence and Swept Away. Madonna is intent on taking the Ingrid Bergman role even though Bergman was in her 20s and Madonna is nearly 50! She wants the story updated and maybe set in a modern war zone such as Iraq but there is no script yet. Her people are testing the waters to see if this will work and if a major studio will get behind the project. Well, it might work – if only she could get ex-husband Sean Penn to play Bogey there’d be some real fireworks!

Patriotic Wycleff Jean
Wycleff Jean has made a plea on various Haitian radio stations asking residents of the country to give up crime reports Nme.com. Jean pleaded with citizens to refrain from raping and kidnapping. Haiti has a very high rate of crime with BBC News reporting that 36 people were abducted in the capital city, Port-au-Prince, in March this year. The UN supported Jean’s statements that was aired in creole via various local radio stations in Haiti. "If you love Wycleff that means you love Haiti," he said. "So you should not be raping women, kidnapping people and children. There can be no excuse for doing so. I reject these evil practices." Jean runs a charity called the Yele Haiti Foundation that provides humanitarian aid and assistance.

-Gugulethu Mkhabela
Sourced:BangShowbiz;BBC. co.uk;Dailymail.co.uk;E!Online;NME.com; Sunday World

This week: Ringo headed for splitsville, Bailey Rae a widow, Legend covers a classic for a legend, Amy’s new songs “suicidal”, Madonna remaking Casblanca, and much more. Get the low down for the week right here.

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