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Vee in on-stage fist-fight

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Singer and bouncers brawl with stage manager

Famous for belting out massive tunes, Vee Mampeezy served up a few hits of a more physical kind at the weekend.

Midway through a live set at the Gabane Sunday Ultimate Chillers, the pint-sized singer and his entourage stunned the crowd when they became embroiled in a fist-fight with a heavy-handed stage manager.

According to a member of the audience, the stage manager took offence at Vee and his energetic dancers’ acrobatic on-stage stunts – a trademark of the 36-year-old Kwaito star’s live performances.

“The stage manager grabbed Vee and tried to get him off the stage. Vee had to stop his performance to attend to the man. His bouncers were not happy with what happened and so they punched the guy and it got ugly,” revealed the shocked reveller.

Another insider, who asked not to be named, insisted the stage manager was well within his rights to intervene.

Describing the ‘Dumalana’ singer’s lively routine as dangerous, the source said, “Vee should understand that sometimes some stages are a tad bit smaller and cannot accommodate his stunts. That stage was going to fall and injure the hundreds of unaware music lovers who had approached the stage for his performance.”

Asked why this was not communicated to Vee, the insider maintained, “We did not have to. That stage is small, as is the event. We were worried about the safety of our supporters as well as his. He was very aggressive. He did not need to be!”

One of the show’s organiser’s, Tswelelang Maswabi told Voice Entertainment Vee had been warned to tone down his act before taking to the stage.

“We were left with no choice. We had been asking Vee and his dancers to at least limit their acrobatic stunts looking at the stage size and its sturdiness. We had to look out for our supporters who had moved closer to the stage at the time should anything happen,” Maswabi reiterated.

For his part, when reached for a comment, Vee confirmed the scuffle but added that no charges have been laid against his team.

“He grabbed me whilst I was still performing. I did not know who he was at the time or what he wanted. I appreciate their explanation but they could have communicated that to my manager who was there as I was on stage and in the zone of things at the time.”

Vee – who announced he intends to release a single with Major League DJ later this month – further described the stage manager’s actions as ‘unfair’.

“You see, I take my performance very seriously. I am an entertainer. It was a bit unfair for him to have done that in the middle of my performance and of course things got out of hand and there was this and that, you know I could not help it at the time!”

To his credit, Vee brushed off the incident and went on to deliver a sizzling set, much to the delight of the packed arena.

The laid-back event, which turns two in March, takes place on the first Sunday of every month at the Gabane family fun villa venue.

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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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Vee’s displeasure

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Kwaito star blasts YAMAs for ‘Dumalana’ snub

Kwaito star Vee Mampeezy has slammed Yarona FM for ‘snubbing’ his hit song ‘Dumalana’.

Last Thursday, the radio station announced the nominees for the sixth edition of its popular awards show, the YAMAs.

Despite boasting over four million views on YouTube, ‘Dumalana’ failed to make the ‘Song of the Year’ category, much to Vee’s dismay.

Instead, the six tracks that will battle it out include: ‘Rolling Stone’ (ATI), ‘Peter’ (Bouncy), ‘Rejection’ (DJ Kuchi featuring Han C), ‘Dlala Ngamla’ (Girly), ‘Re ma Afrika’ (Phologolo featuring Zakwe) and ‘Cream’ (Veezo View featuring Ason).

Speaking to Voice Entertainment this week, Vee remained adamant his single should have been nominated.

“I am worried. If it was someone else who had such a big song how would it affect them? The station has decided to turn a blind eye but one need not be a rocket scientist to figure out that ‘Dumalana’ was the best song of 2019!”

When Voice Entertainment suggested it was perhaps a sense of entitlement that made Vee feel this way, the artist responded immediately, “This is the first time I am speaking out about this. I am just saying let us be fair. I have never ever complained in the previous years. So no I am not entitled!”

Another big name to miss out on a YAMAs nomination was Double Up with his single ‘Thukwi le Mala’.

There was also confusion surrounding DJ Kuchi and Han C’s ‘Rejection’ nomination. Released in November 2018, sceptics suggested it should not have been nominated as the awards cover 2019. However, as the single was dropped after the nominees for 2018 were announced, it is indeed eligible for this year’s YAMAs

The 2020 edition, which will be held under the theme ‘Fabulous 20’, will take place at the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Centre as organisers strive for their biggest attendance yet.

“This time around the YAMAs are back with a number of interesting surprises which will be unveiled during the awards ceremony. The YAMAs team is working tirelessly to make sure that this year’s event will be one to remember. The YAMAs brand has a new feel and the packaging is fantastic,” said Yarona FM Marketing Manager Kutlwano Monnamoncho.

A statement from the Radio Station also says, “The change of venue was due to the fact that the YAMAs have been attracting large numbers in the past years. This time around more than 3, 000 people are expected to attend the glamorous event.”

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Eugene Jackson to perform new song on Rhythm city tonight

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Eugene Jackson to perform new song on Rhythm city tonight

Afro pop Singer, Eugene Jackson will tonight, Friday perform on Rhythm City, South Africa’s musical drama series that premieres on e.tv channel.

He will be performing his new single, Thando.

The love track perfomance perfectly conincides with Valentine’s Day.

The new single was produced by DJ Chase and Ezra and features Vutomi.

It is one of those songs you may put on repeat.

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