Africa’s showbiz roundup Africa’s showbiz roundup

In today’s African Showbiz Roundup, a new feature on Continental Radio Station, we feature:

  • The passing away of world-renowned trumpeter Johnny Mekoa,
  •  Cameroon’s chart topping songstress’s reaction to alleged empty hall show 
  • Nigeria’s Dammy Krane granted bail for alleged fraud activities in the US

Following widespread social media reports that Daphne, one of Cameroon’s chart topping diva, recently performed in an empty hall in Switzerland, the songstress’s manager has issued a statement to clear the air. We publish Daphne’s statement in extenso:

South Africa: Zuma Mourns Johnny Mekoa, Music Legend

President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of world-renowned trumpeter and Head of the Gauteng Music Academy, Johnny Mekoa, who died on Tuesday.

Mekoa established the Gauteng Music Academy in 1994, which focused on teaching jazz music to local communities and the youth.

“We have lost a remarkable musician and teacher who contributed immensely to the music sector and selflessly imparted his musical knowledge and skills to aspirant musicians, especially children from poor backgrounds,” Zuma said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mekoa established the Gauteng Music Academy in 1994, which focused on teaching jazz music to local communities and the youth.

In 2015, Zuma conferred him with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, an award for South African citizens who have excelled in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sports.

“May his legacy be an inspiration to others to be selfless teachers in different fields, in order to build a better and prosperous South Africa. We wish to convey our sincere condolences to the Mekoa family and the music industry at large. May his soul rest in peace,” Zuma said.

Kenya: Nameless, Wahu Get Raunchy in the Bathroom and Netizens Love It

Kenya’s celebrity couple, David Mathenge aka Nameless and wife Wahu Kagwi

Celebrity couple David Mathenge aka Nameless and wife Wahu Kagwi have lit up social media with a video that shows the two engaging in a raunchy dance in the bathroom.

The video that was taken by Nameless shows Wahu grinding her bottom on Nameless as she dances to his latest song Inspire . Towards the end of the video, Nameless snuggles his wife closer.

The short clip elicited mixed reactions from the online community with some praising the couple for their boldness and show of affection, while others criticized the two for propriety reasons.

Nigeria: Not a Fraudster – MI Abaga

Rising Nigerian star Dammy Krane

Following series of mixed-reactions trailing Dammy Krane’s ongoing charges of alleged theft and credit card fraud in Miami, United States, Chocolate City CEO, MI Abaga, has joined the train of colleagues in the music industry to defend the Amin singer, who was recently released on bail after being arrested and charged to court for allegedly using fake credit cards to book his flight tickets.

According to the label executive who admitted not having knowledge of the true story behind the whole scandal, he strongly believes Dammy Krane is not guilty as charged.

“We can’t really speak about anything until we hear the end of the case. We don’t know the details; we don’t know what happened until the case is over before we know what happened. I don’t think it’s about promoters or anything, again I want to be careful because I don’t know the details of the case, so I can’t speak. You know we are quick to judge before we hear, we don’t know anything. All I can say is that as a Nigerian we need to be careful of how we project our image out there, but apart from that I wish Dammy Krane well. I know him personally, I think he is a great guy, I don’t think he has anything to do with this, I wish him well, I wish he comes out of this well,” he said.

With contributory reports from: Naira Habib,Rotimi Agbana, Tyrone Robinson, and 237Showbiz

Ange Ngu Thomas

Author: Ange Ngu Thomas

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