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2007-11-29 16:58
RIP Mr Fat
Hip-hop crew Brasse Vannie Kaap’s most loved member Mr Fat has died. The larger than life rapper died from lupus at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on Wednesday. As part of BVK, Mr Fat (real name Ashley Titus) and his bandmates tackled controversial issues such as poverty, township life, gangsterism and politics. Brasse Vannie Kaap was one of the few hip-hop crews to rap in Afrikaans and 'gamtaal' (Afrikaans Cape Flats slang). A Cape Town native, Mr Fat’s career included radio presenting at Bush radio, hip-hop artistry and more recently, television work. Despite the fact that Mr. Fat was well known, he always remained approachable and connected to the community. He will be sadly missed in the Mzansi music scene. Read this 2003 interview.

DJ Cleo vs. Arthur, again
Remember last time we reported that DJ Cleo had accused Arthur of stealing his song (read here)? Well, the latest is that Arthur has been cleared by two university music professors. According to Sunday World, DJ Cleo wont hear of it, he insists that Arthur is a thief. Hayibo, this sounds like a publicity stunt for both parties. Maybe their popularity has decreased so much they need the headlines.

Who’s your daddy, huh?
Manzsi hip-hop star Tuks has become a father. His wife of four months gave birth to baby boy last week. The beaming father is ecstatic about being a first-time father to Kitso. As if taking a cue from Tuks, this week Usher's wife Tameka Foster has given birth to the couple's first child - a baby boy, named Usher Raymond V. The overjoyed couple said: "We are so happy and proud of our beautiful son. What a blessing!" Like Tuks, Usher, 29, and 36-year-old Tameka have been married for four months. With all these similarities, maybe Kitso and Usher the V will one day make music together. Anyway, says congrats to both madalas!

Madonna pink wool anyone?
Just when you thought Madonna was so over milking pop controversy, she gets into trouble. This time it’s with animal rights groups. Madonna dyed her pet sheep blue, pink, yellow and green for a Vogue fashion shoot. No wonder animal rights groups were enraged, calling her "irresponsible". The Material Girl said the dye was temporary and caused no harm to the woolly ones. But the RSPCA are not having any of that! A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said: "Why is it necessary and what are they trying to prove? It is an irresponsible publicity stunt."

Jill Scott concert canned
Forget about buying that fab outfit for the Jill Scott-Keisha White concert. It ain’t gonna happen - well at least not in December. The concert has been postponed. Promoter Morris Roda, who seems to attract more drama than shit attracts flies, says he hopes to have both female artists at the annual Diva’s Concert next year. Mr Roda, you better keep that promise because we want to see Ms Scott do her thang, live in Mzansi. Read her review.

Amy’s jailhouse jazz
Amy Winehouse has taken the lead from the late country rocker Johnny Cash. No, she won’t be doing country rock album, but she is planning to perform in prison! The performance is at London's Pentonville Prison which her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil has called home since he allegedly perverted the course of justice. Amy hopes to, er lift Blake’s spirits. A source close to the singer is quoted by Britain's Daily Sport newspaper as saying: "Amy has been in pieces ever since Blake was arrested. She can't stand the thought of him being alone in prison and wants to play a show there. She thinks it would be a fitting tribute to him, it would cheer him up and it would also help her cope with being separated from him." Maybe if she records a live prison album she can make some money to release her jailbird husband. Read her CD review.

Mandoza’s “life of crime”
Remember kwaito star Mandoza? Ja, we are also trying to forget him, his 2000 hit "Nkalakatha" and his “Number 10” big screen debut. And we would forget if he was not constantly getting into trouble with the law! Back in the day he was a teen hijacker, then two years ago he’s clocked up drunk-driving charges and earlier this year he was accused of domestic violence. According to Sunday World he is now facing fraud charges amounting to a reported R19 000 for not paying for clothing items they bought from Ntombi Moyo. As if to confirm that his life is one of crime, one of the songs on his new album Champion is called “Tsotsi Yase Zola”. Need we say more? Read our interview with Mandoza.

Red Hot (Chili) Fire
Red Hot Chili Peppers rocker Flea's £2.6 million home has been destroyed by fire. The 45-year-old bassist's luxurious Malibu mansion was "burnt to a crisp" by the wild bush fires which swept through Cali this week. Luckily, Flea - real name Michael Balzary - was not at home at the time of the blaze. Britney Spears, Jim Carrey, Sting, Pierce Brosnan, Courteney Cox and Bill Murray's houses were also threatened by the fire, which has destroyed at least 49 multi-million dollar homes. Authorities believe the fire was started by either arsonists or a falling power line. Read their 2006 CD review.

- Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala
Sourced: BANG Showbiz,, Sunday World

This week: another death hits Mzansi music, DJ Cleo and Arthur still beefing, Tuks and Ushers become first-time papas and LA fires burn a Red Hot Chili’s house. Get your latest umgosi right here. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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