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Yashna Features Lex LA Foy & Ms Andii on ‘Aybo’

In honour of Womens month, three of Durban’s forefront fiery female artists have joined forces to release a fun fresh single that is guaranteed to leave you feeling empowered and ignited. The single titled Aybo as well as the Official Music Video for it, is set to release 09/08/2020.

The title Aybo is derived from the unique South African slang term “haibo,” which is a word commonly used to express a sense of surprise. The song makes multiple references to the city of Durban, where all artists involved are currently based, and have been raised.

Yashna

Singer/songwriter Yashna is no stranger to the music scene, since 2016 she has been consistently elevating within the industry. Her most recent release titled Rise Up climbed East Coast Radio’s Coke Top 40 chart, while the music video has been playlisted on Trace Africa. She also recently contributed to a charitable initiative for Mandela Day in collaboration with East Coast Radio, Yashna co-wrote the single titled Come Together with Neo Ndawo, and featured on the track. This multi-genre artist has been making waves in and out the city with her versatile vocals, and has now teamed up with two powerful Durban based female rappers namely Lex La Foy and Ms Andii, to deliver a solid hip hop tune for women, in a month that celebrates and highlights women for the power that they possess, and for the Queens that they are.

“My vision for this single was to join forces with local female artists in the Durban music scene, to share our talents, and utilize the platform that we have to inspire and uplift females of all age, race and cultural backgrounds, and I feel as though we were able to achieve that with this particular single.” -Yashna

Lex La Foy

Lex La Foy stepped on the scene in 2004 as a performance/battle rapper and slam poet, and has been making moves ever since. La Foy is a previous SAHHA nominee, who has toured both nationally and internationally, also making appearances on commercials and local television series. Her latest feature with artist L-Tip called Perfect Timing took the number one spot on Ms Cosmo’s Local Hip Hop chart on 5FM, earlier this year. Lex’s work ethic breathes life into the words spoken on Aybo as she exudes confidence and encapsulates the Queen that she believes all women possess the power to unleash.

“I’m just really happy to see not only women, but great Durban artists come together and do something as super dope as this. It’s a major win for my city and for hip hop, plus we had fun in the process.” -Lex La Foy

Ms Andii

Ms Andii another rising hip hop artist from the city of Durban, formerly a dancer, began her journey as a recording artist in 2015, and has since been dropping bars in the booth and on stages across the nation. Her latest single titled Moneybag is currently playlisted on Gagasi FM. Ms Andii’s verse on Aybo speaks to independent females that are focused on hustling hard, and reminds them to shine their light, and to keep their head up, regardless of life’s challenges.

“I hope this song inspires unity amongst women, just as we have united as female artists to make this dope track, and I trust that young ladies get the message. I also hope that everyone enjoys the song as much as we enjoyed making it.” -Ms Andii

Neo Ndawo

Durban Creative Award’s Best Producer for 2019, Neo Ndawo handled the entire production of Aybo. Being a rapper/songwriter himself, he also contributed to the melody and writing of the hook of Aybo. He recently released a six track EP titled Lingo. Ndawo continues to contribute to the success of numerous artists in and out of Durban.

Artists featured on Aybo

Aybo is a significant song for women by women, on Womens Day.

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M-NET BRINGS BLACK IS KING, A FILM BY BEYONCE, TO AFRICA ON 1 AUGUST

M-Net, the MultiChoice Group’s flagship channel on DStv Premium, has acquired the rights from The Walt Disney Company to screen Black IsKing across Africa. The film by Beyoncé, is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift from last year’s release of Disney’s The Lion King.  The teaser and trailer about this new visual album are already taking the world by storm.

More good news is that M-Net will bring Black Is King to the continent within 24-hours of its debut on Disney+. The M-Net screening is scheduled for Saturday, 1 August at  20:00 CAT and 21:00 EAT/WAT

And, DStv customers who don’t have access to M-Net can shrug off any FOMO (fear of missing out). As a special treat for those subscribing to other DStv packages, the MultiChoice Group will open M-Net to DStv Compact Plus, Compact and Family for two hours on the night that Black Is King arrives in Africa. Furthermore, DStv Premium customers will be able to enjoy it on DStv Catch Up for 30 days.

“Showcasing this landmark visual album and global television event to as many of our loyal viewers as possible, MultiChoice Group and M-Net yet again cement their reputation as Africa’s most-loved storyteller, “says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO: Video Entertainment. “We’re very excited to be part of this global event, but what makes Black Is King even more important for us, is that it shines the spotlight on the many phenomenal African creatives who were involved in the project – both on screen and behind the scenes.”

Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa, adds: “Black Is King is a powerful, relevant and timely creative and celebratory expression of identity that we felt was important to be shared with fans across Africa as it launched globally on Disney+. We’re thrilled to continue the journey that started with The Lion King.”

Starring featured artists from the film’s music soundtrack as well as guest appearances, Black Is King tells the story of a young king’s journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity. Guided by his ancestors, father and childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne.

Thus, it reimagines the lessons of last year’s The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. 

The film was in production for a year, with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity.

Black Is King features an impressive list of diverse voices on its creative team, including directors Emmanuel Adjei (the film Shahmaran), Blitz Bazawule (the film The Burial of Kojo), Pierre Debusschere (Mine and Ghost videos for Beyoncé), Jenn Nkiru (BLACK TO TECHNO film), Ibra Ake (creative director and producer on This is America video for Childish Gambino), Dikayl Rimmasch (CACHAO, UNO MAS film), Jake Nava (Crazy in LoveSingle LadiesPartition videos for Beyoncé) and co-director and long-time collaborator of Beyoncé, Kwasi Fordjour.

The list of additional co-directors and second unit directors adds to the crew’s global representation, including Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz, Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors and Deon Van Zyl.

Filmed in various locations, the film’s cinematography captures beautiful people and landscapes across continents, starting in New York, then Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium. 

From all those places came an extraordinary cast of actors and dancers that influenced the film’s rich tableau and vibrant choreography.

The new trailer provides a glimpse of some of the special guests in the film. They include models Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, supermodel Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, author and Academy Award®-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o, singer Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, among others. Many artists featured on The Lion King: The Gift album also make appearances.

Among the well-known Mzansi stars featured in Black Is King are Connie Chiume (Gomora), Nandi Madida (The Road), Nyaniso Dzedze (Binnelanders) and Warren Masemola (The River).

For more information on this new exciting special, visit mnet.tv. To join the conversation, follow M-Net on Twitter @Mnet (#BLACKISKING) or on the official M-Net Facebook page.


Who is your Integrity Icon? Nominate them TODAY!

Accountability Lab South Africa has opened nominations for the third year of its Integrity Icon campaign, which aims to celebrate, encourage and connect honest and exemplary public servants who go beyond the call of duty. The public can nominate civil servants working in education, health, safety and security, and justice and constitutional development. Integrity Icons are everyday heroes who are doing the right thing when no one is watching. 

Integrity Icon began in Nepal in 2015 and was so successful it led to campaigns in Liberia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mali and Mexico. Integrity Icons from South Africa and around the world have gone on to lead important reform processes and projects in their countries based on the trust and credibility generated through the campaign. Accountability Lab is continuously engaging with them to do everything from developing national policies to redesigning curricula for civil service training schools. You can read about the winning Integrity Icons of 2018 & 2019 here

The process

Public servants working in education, health, safety and security, and justice and constitutional development – with at least three to five  years’ experience – are eligible for nomination. Nominations are now open and close on July 31, 2020. Nominations can be made via WhatsApp and on the Integrity Icon website. For Whatsapp, save the number +2760 080 6146 to your contacts and initiate a chat saying ‘hi’. We’ll guide you the rest of the way! Once nominations close, an expert panel of respected South Africans will select the top five public servants, as Integrity Icons. 

After the voting process ends, the 2020 Integrity Icons will be recognized in an award ceremony with our partners and friends. The favourite “Integrity Icon” as voted for by the public, will be honoured with an additional “People’s Choice Award”. 

How to nominate?

The public can nominate their Integrity Icons through our WhatsApp line (+27) 60 080 6146, or by filling out our nomination form on the Integrity Icon SA website.

You can follow the Integrity Icon South Africa journey on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 


WCW: Nolwazi Lwazi Mabizela

Lwazi is a soulful singer and acoustic
guitarist from Durban South Africa. A self
taught guitarist with a passion for music,
culture, business innovation and
technology.

House music fans appreciate her for her
vocal skills on songs like Uthando with
Betasweet and Kind of love as well as Get
to know me with DJ Merlon.
She has worked with DJ Merlon on his first two albums making her versatile in understanding deep house music.

Lwazi original name Nolwazi Mabizela is a Durban based isiZulu speaking musician who proudly writes music in isiZulu and composes her songs using the acoustic guitar.

She is a soulful singer whose deep roots in music has been inspired by Maskandi, African Jazz and old school R&B

This young talent has earned her stripes in her journey having performed at venues that have shaped her character, coming from humble beginnings. This entails performing at local restaurants, at youth development events, weddings and graduation ceremonies in South Africa.

As a dynamic innovator she would like to create diverse solutions in her music career by merging her Bachelor of commerce degree in business innovation and entrepreneurship with music and art in general.

Her most recent product offering is her
debut single Indlukulu with songs like
Ganga received on local radio stations
throughout the country.

Listen to her music: https://lnk.to/LGN


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