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Easy B’s easy decision

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Veteran promoter opens up HCC makeup

His Festive show, Home Coming Concert (HCC) was subject to much criticism over the December holidays when he cancelled the gig a few hours before it was set to start.

This week, Easy B announced a fresh line-up for what he terms his ‘makeup show’ scheduled for 29 February.

Many had cast doubt on the veteran promoter, with his long time partner DJ Fresh calling him out and labelling him a ‘porous’ business partner.

Born Bannye Sesopo, Easy B as he is affectionately called by his legion of fans, spoke to Voice Entertainment about his rescheduled HCC.

Although he is clearly aggrieved at having to cancel so late, he maintains it was the only thing to do.

“Cancelling such an event knowing people travelled from all over the country to attend your show can never be easy. What should be noted is that it was not like I did not pay the artists. I did pay the down payment it was the last pay that was delayed and by the time I was ready to pay they bailed out on us!”

HCC, which is in its 12th installment, will have its makeup edition at its traditional host place Railway Stadium Mahalapye.

Easy B, who has already released big acts like Casper Nyovest, Vee Mampeezy, Master KG, Heavy K, King Monada and Zakes Bantwini, insists this time he has done things right.

“Everyone has been paid upfront this time around!”

Easy B further announced they have reimbursed 90 percent of those who had purchased tickets.

“For the 10 percent that remains, I hope to see them at the show. We had to reimburse people back their money because as you may know they were threatening violence.”

Asked about his tainted image, a seemingly unconcerned Easy B retorted, “People need to respect us, as legends in the game.

“We have had successful shows in the past 11 years, why is that just this one show causes so much chaos, other shows people did not turn out but why is that HCC caused so much chaos?”

When quizzed on his strained relationship with his long time partner DJ Fresh, Easy B refused to get into the matter, revealing only that wants to reconcile with the deejay.

“He is a business man and we have been running the event for a very long time together. In any partnership there can be misunderstandings. We are talking about money here. I still respect him as a businessman and as a brother. We will sort out our differences!”

Tickets are on sale at P100 each and P150 double ticket.

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Zeus to release Pieces of the Now

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Zeus to release Pieces of the Now

One of the few local artists to ever receive the coveted Chanel O award for the category Best Male Award ; Zeus (Game Bantsi ) is currently working on his much awaited album, which he hopes will reignite his 2014 fame.

Voice Entertainment visited Zeus at one of his rehearsals where he is also preparing for his fourth album, which will be called ‘Pieces of the Now’

The last time Zeus released an album was back in 2013 dubbed “African Time”. Commenting on his next offering Zeus said, “The coming album will have about 15 songs but as you can imagine we have not finilised the list. I have featured about four guys in the album one guy called Rane Rap who is based in the US and another rapper from Namibia called Dollars or Yens as well as Owie and ONx Da Poet.
It is a really exciting project that has been a long time coming and I really can’t wait to have it out,” Zeus said.

Catching up on his thoughts on the state of the of Hip Hop at the moment, the “Gijima” rapper said, “Today’s hip hop music is more diverse that it gets credit for. The biggest problem is not that everything had gravitated to one sound, which is an arguable view, the biggest problem is how media covers the current hip hop.”

Asked to elaborate Zeus said, “There aren’t enough acts who are very organic in their appeal who get coverage. There is still a lot of lyricism in the game.”

But who does Zeus believe is the best rapper in BW? The energetic rapper who is also part of the organizing committee of popular Jam4brunch event said, “There are different traits we can look at and each one of those traits someone excels at. Ideally you would want an artist who can bring all those together from flow, to content to multiple perspectives and storytelling. When I think of flow, I think of Veezo View. When I think about say perspective a guy like Frost comes to mind.”

When I think of new age hip hop trap soul kind of vibe a guy like Manne dilla comes to mind, But if I am to name someone who brings it all together I would say arguably ATI. I can’t overlook him. But all the other mentions are special names,” Zeus said.

However there is no MC Zeus will rather not face , “One thing I have maintained is that one should be always ready to fight. I am confident enough to say there is no one I would shy away from if they want to go at it.”

Zues has another collaborative project with rapper Nomadic also expected to be released this year.

In the mean time he has released his single, Gotta get mine, which has shot up the ranks in the local charts.

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Shocking, Botswana ladies take over Jozi’s night life

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Ladies from Botswana have taken over the South African prostitution market.

Shaya has observed how some ladies mainly from the corporate world; especially banks have invaded Pretoria and Johannesburg where the business is thriving.

If you think Shaya is lying, visit one of the well-known brothels there and the number of familiar faces you would spot hard at work soliciting for clients will shock you.

Is it not time we legalise prostitution here to avoid putting our sisters at risk of possible Xenophobia attacks while trying to earn a living?

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Fire in the bus

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Football in Africa involves more than just training and kicking the pig’s kin about.

No in my motherland, the world’s popular sport involves all sorts of rituals.

Shaya has heard about chickens and snakes being slaughtered to fortify playing grounds.

Itchy powders made from dead lizards are apparently sprinkled on playing kits to confuse opponents.

Whether this works is a story for another day.

Yours Truly however knows that no African team has won the World Cup.

Recently an incident involving Jwaneng Galaxy FC had everyone talking.

Apparently one of the technical team member’s luggage caught fire as the team passed Kumakwane on their way to Orapa for the second leg semi final clash with Orapa United.

Strange enough no other bags caught fire, but only the said technical staff member’s luggage.

Conspiracy theorists claim that the bag contained muti meant to strengthen players or weaken opponents.

This was however never confirmed, what is not in dispute though is that Galaxy lost 1-0.

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