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2007-10-18 13:53

Sorry girls, Usher marriage “stronger”
Just when women were secretly rejoicing that Usher’s nuptials were in trouble, the R&B singer says rumours about a rift in his marriage have just made his love even stronger. He told Essence magazine: "Ours is not a typical love story, but it is a true one. Tameka and I have been fortunate enough to go through the thick of it in the beginning. We've had that opportunity to huddle up as a team, to make sure that we're clear and speak as one voice." Usher says the first wedding ceremony was called off because Tameka, 37, was hospitalised with a pregnancy scare. Tameka, who has three children from a previous relationship, is expecting Usher’s first child. Usher is now looking forward to becoming a father this autumn. He said: "Tameka's given me one of the greatest gifts I'll ever have. With a child, now I have purpose. I understand love."

Technology saves Malaika
Last week it was reported that Malaika member Jabu “Javas” Ndaba could not be at his group’s video shoot because of his illness. But thanks to technology, Jabu’s image will be added to the video as an animated character. Javas who says he was diagnosed with TB, hopes to recover soon to join the group when they perform. If only technology would help him get better faster. Check out the video on TV this week. You can also enjoy this video from Malaika when they were fit and healthy.

Queen of Porn?
Afro-pop star Queen Sesoko shocked the audience during a recent performance in Pimville, Soweto. Queen was wearing a tight short dress when the dress began to slide up as she was getting down. As the dress slid up, her Brazilian wax was exposed. Girl, mara why o sa kenya pantie? Later when she was asked about the incident, Queen reportedly apologised saying: “I am not one of those girls who go all out to show off her punani. I’m not a bitch but unfortunately my dress let me down. I am really sorry. It was an unfortunate incident and I take all the blame for that.” Er, and why didn’t you wear underwear, mara?

Britney a flasher 'cause it’s “comfortable”
Still on the subject of underwear – or lack of it…Britney Spears says she doesn't go out in underwear because she "just doesn't like" the feel of it on her skin. The 'Toxic' singer - who has been frequently pictured in public without panties on - knows it is "stupid" to go out without underwear but just doesn't feel comfortable in it. Jewellery designer Tuesday Knight, who has been friends with Britney since 2003, said: "Not wearing panties is ridiculous - and I've told her! "Britney knows it's stupid, but says she just doesn't like to wear underwear. She doesn't feel comfortable with it on." The 25-year-old mother of two, who has lost custody of sons Sean Preston, two and one-year-old Jayden James to ex-husband Kevin Federline, can't understand why people think she is a bad role model. Tuesday added to In Touch Weekly magazine: "Britney has always been a good mother. I want people to know that she's the better parent - not Kevin! "Britney asked me, 'Doesn't anybody get to see this part of me?' The answer is, no, they don't. People just read about her not wearing underwear.

Nhlanhla rejects “insulting” MJB concert offer
It’s about time South African artists stood up for themselves. When there is an international performer, SA artists often get offered crumbs. It happened to Cape Town rock band Taxi Violence when they were asked to play at Oppikoppi, but were told there was no budget to pay them! Now Nhlanhla is facing a similar problem. According to news reports, Mafikizolo member and solo artist Nhlanhla was offered R15 000 for shows in Joburg and Durbs. Mere peanuts! Big up to TS records for standing their ground! Read more about this here.
Watch and read our Nhlanhla interview

New Vocalist for Kwani Experience
We have the exclusive news about what went down at the auditions for a new lead vocalist for Kwani Experience. You know moss, that Nosisi left KE, reportedly to do a 9-5 in the Mother city. Does this mean she’ll be singing to tourists at the V&A supper clubs? Anyway, replacing Nosisi is Nkoto Keitu Anne Malebye. You probably saw her do her thing on the highly acclaimed musical Soweto Story. That girl can sang! “She is friend of ours,” say Kwani Experience’s PO, “We've always known that she was the one because of her 'craziness' and musicality.” Now that Nkoto is done with her studies she can hit the road with KE. See her and Kwani Experience live at Horror Cafe, Joburg on the Oct 26 and at at Tings & Times Oct 28 in Pretoria, for the Levis Vintage Sundays sessions.
See our interview with Kwani Experience
Cop the free KE MP3 now!

Is Lauryn pregnant?
While we patiently wait for her to release another award winning album, seems Lauryn Hill just wants to be a mommy. Lauryn Hill is reportedly pregnant with her fifth child. The former Fugees singer - who says she is "married" to Tuff Gong clothing owner Rohan, despite there being no legal evidence of a union - may have to bring up the child alone, as 35-year-old Rohan has moved to Ethiopia. A source said: "She is overjoyed to be expecting her fifth child, and is looking forward to having a baby in her home again." The pair already have four children - 10-year-old Zion, nine-year-old Selah, five-year-old Joshua, and four-year-old John -while Rohan has two unacknowledged children from a previous marriage. While 32-year-old Lauryn's MySpace page lists her as "Lauryn Hill-Marley", and states she is "married to the man who completes my whole life, Rohan Marley", Rohan's makes no reference to the singer, and lists his status as single. Earlier this year, Lauryn's Fugees bandmate, Wyclef Jean, said she was in desperate need of "psychiatric help". He said: "Lauryn Hill, Mrs. Hill, The Hill, should go see a psychiatrist - period. Just seek help. At this point I really think it will take an act of God to change her, because she is that far out there." Hayike, seems the Lauryn drama is far from over!

Can they give up already?!
Just in case you haven't had enough of underwear… the Spice Girls are selling their new album exclusively through a lingerie chain. Maybe to annoy people who are so over them, the girl group have signed a £5 million deal to make their greatest hits LP only available in the US at outlets of underwear giant Victoria's Secret when it is released in November. Victoria's Secret will also offer fans a special limited-edition box set, which includes charm bracelets, a karaoke DVD, postcards and posters. The 'Wannabe' singers will make their comeback at the Los Angeles Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which will air on CBS on November 15. The reunited group - Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Mel C - have also signed a £5 million deal with supermarket giants Tesco to appear in two advertisements. We can see the tag line: “I wanna, I wanna, I wannna ziggy, ziggy down to Tesco!”

-Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala
Sourced: BANG Showbiz, news24.com and Sunday World
This week: Britney, Queen and Spice Girls have underwear issues, Usher “understands love” and is Lauryn Hill preggies with baby number five?

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