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2008-01-31 19:29
Badu is back
If you’ve been wondering where soulful songbird Erykah Badu’s been hiding you’ll be glad to know that the first of three new albums is out next month. The video for the first single “Honey” is already available online. Check it out . Ms Badu recently performed in Jamaica at the Barbados Jazz Festival for the first time. Known for her amandla sista look with long skirts and head wraps, Miss Badu is now rocking a faux afro and a green mini dress. Go Erykah! If Jill can show some skin, so can you. Badu rocked the Bajan audience with her tight two hour set according to the Jamaica Observer. Badu is set to release three albums this year: New Amerykah in Feb., Return of the Ankh in July and New Amerykah 2 towards the end of 2008.

Nkalakatha in a tornado of debt
Kwaito star Mandoza is drowning in a deep sea of debt. Sunday World reports that Mandoza has still not paid businesswoman Ntombi Moyo the R30 000 for clothes he bought from her on credit. Plus it seems that he’s in really deep waters with the city council for owing a staggering R55 000 in unpaid water and electricity bills. The taxman is also on the ex-king of kwaito’s tail for owing R60 000 for unpaid personal tax. The list is endless! It’s also alleged that he might get slapped with a demand for more money by SARS for not submitting tax returns for his label, Chiskop Productions, since 2003. Eish “S'gelekeqe” is really losing focus now. He might end up standing ekhoneni if he keeps jumping back on the wrong side of the law again. According to Sunday World, he owes R13 000 for 30 unpaid traffic fines which range from R100 to R1100- all for speeding nogal. Word is that he also owes about R2 500 for TV licence fees. But eish, maybe it’s just hype. Mandoza’s wife Mpho and his manager Vaughn Eaton, denounce all the allegations as a load of rubbish.

Michael milking Thriller’s 25th Birthday
Not only is his younger sister Janet lined up to come back with a bang next month, but Showbiz reports that Jacko has invited a star studded star-studded cast to give some of his Thriller hits a nu-millennium makeover. Michael says the new tweaked tracks – sanctioned to mark the 25th anniversary of the LP's original release - will be a “special treat” featuring “a lot of surprise guests”including a duet with Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am, who will stand-in for Sir Paul McCartney on hit “The Girl Is Mine”. We can only hope it’s as thrilling as the original, if not better. Thriller is the biggest selling album ever, having sold more than 104 million copies worldwide since its November 1982 release.

Kravitz to do it with McCartney
Even if Jacko isn’t so tight with McCartney, Lenny Kravitz is keen to work with him. Turns out he owns a mixing desk from London's Abbey Road Studios, famously used by The Beatles and wants the legendary musician to fly out to his Miami home to record a song with him, reports Bang Showbiz. Lenny says, “All the Beatles albums were recorded on that mixing desk and I got it when my first album 'Let Love Rule' came out in 1990. At the time I blew all of my money on it but if you offered me £5 million for it today I wouldn't take it. I'd love to bring Paul McCartney back to my place and make a record with him. How cool would that be?” Yeah it would as long as it’s not a remix of “Ebony and Ivory” or something like that. Kravitz's new album It's Time For A Love Revolution will be released next month. Can’t wait!

Generous Bono
Bang Showbiz reports that Bono gave the Japanese Prime Minister a special edition iPod as a gift. The U2 lead singer is an ardent campaigner for debt relief in Africa. He met Yasuo Fukuda, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair last week Saturday on 26 January. Fukuda asked Bono if the limited edition MP3 player had any U2 tunes. Bono replied, “No, but you can download it.” Come now the man gives you a hand and you still want the whole arm. Fukuda then revealed his son is a huge U2 fan, saying: “My son has lots of your music.” After the meeting, Fukuda told government and business leaders at the World Economic Forum that African development would be one of the three major themes of the G-8 meeting he is hosting in Japan this July. Bono has campaigned tirelessly over the years to help the developing nations and has met many world leaders to try to get their support.

Mazwai calls it quits
Spoken word performer Ntsiki Mazwai, is looking for a new recording company after showing Gallo Music the middle finger says Sunday World. Mazwai apparently left in a huff and claims that Gallo is not marketing her music properly. Mazwai joined Gallo early last year after bursting into music scene on DJ Fresh’s compilation in 2005. She told Sunday World that Gallo wouldn’t produce a video for the single “Sweet Poison” which is currently receiving plenty of radio airplay. “I’ve been asking them to make a video for my song with no luck. I was given lame excuses that didn’t make sense”, she says. “This is a great project and they are doing nothing to sell it. Many people don’t know about my album,” she protests. Mazwai’s manager Koko Vappie alleges that Gallo refused to sponsor Ntsiki’s launch, as they believed no one would attend, which to their surprise turned out well. Gallo confirmed that Mazwai left and that there is nothing that they can do if people aren’t responding to her album. Eish askies! That is some bitter poison gal.

-Gugulethu Mkhabela
Sourced: Bang Showbiz.com; JamaicaObserver.com; Sunday World

This week: the Bag lady is back, Mandoza drowns in a tornado of debt, Michael Jackson milks Thriller’s 25th birthday, Ntsiki gives Gallo the finger and much more. Some kwaai 'mgosi for the week.

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