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Skin Bleaching In South Africa (Video)

In the U.S. we beat our chests and proclaim, “Black Lives Matter,” “Black And Proud,” even “Wakanda Forever,” and some of our brothers & sisters in South Africa feel compelled to risk breaking the law and getting cancer by chemically lightening their skin??? Sad and shocking…

South Africa’s skin bleaching scandal: Unreported World went to South Africa where the use of controversial skin bleaching creams is on the rise in a new generation. Despite strict laws banning dangerous chemicals they’re widely available and are making people ill. Reporter Tania Rashid met a celebrity who endorses skin bleaching despite the risks and some of those that are trying to end the trade.
– Unreported World

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Nelson Mandela’s Old Johannesburg Hideout Gives South African Artists & Entrepreneurs A New Home (Video)

Nice! Shout to The Daily Beast for bringing this Johannesburg gem to light. A center for entrepreneurship and culture that was once at the heart of the anti-apartheid movement. In South Africa, if you want to realize a dream, this is the place – apparently to work it or witness the work come to fruition. Great look at the people and art of Johannesburg in this clip.

The hostel reputed to be Nelson Mandela’s apartheid-era hideout is now the center of a network of cultural entrepreneurs who have helped revive the South African city.
– The Daily Beast

MORE: THE DOSE OF COOL THAT SAVED JOHANNESBURG

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Talib Kweli in South Africa (Docu-Short)

Cassper Nyovest relating memories and insights gained from hanging with Talib Kweli on his trip to Johannesburg. Kweli running all through the city, bonding with the South African fans. Nice clip.

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Animal Activist Kevin Richardson Gets Up Close & Personal With Several Wild Lions in South Africa (Video)

GoPro is some great tech that has captured some incredible feats. And we have put a few GoPro posts on here. But this. UNBELIEVABLE! Not even sure we should post this.

“They’re just so beautiful.”
Kevin Richardson

Of course, the GoPro Productions team stayed in the vehicle. But Kevin (aka ‘The Lion Whisperer’) just had to go out and meet his friends. If you happen to live near the South African (or any) savannah… DO NOT TRY THIS!!

(But if you haven’t already…play this!)

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Mandela Tribute In South African Department Store (Video)

Soul-stirring performance in tribute to the late Nelson Mandela… in South Africa… in a Woolworths produce section. Unexpected? Definitely! Will you LOVE it? DEFINITELY! Watch.

On Saturday, 7 December 2013, Woolworths had planned a performance at our Parkview store in Pretoria to support our Operation Smile Christmas campaign. The Soweto Gospel Choir’s planned a rendition of James Brown’s I Feel Good. But, after Madiba’s passing the choir decided on a tribute instead. They chose Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga.

– Woolworths SA

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Thank You Nelson Mandela (Video)

Former prisoner. Former President. Forever to be respected, admired, loved…  now mourned by nations the world over. Pass now from us into eternity, Nelson Mandela. Quite literally, a man who was no myth; but who will remain a legend who lived a life of service to humanity died at his home yesterday. He was 95.

We don’t have the perfect words, Mr. President. But we sincerely offer the two that should certainly be heard forever in association with your name: Thank You! For your struggles, protests, imprisonment, iconification… for your work and triumphs freeing yourself and your people (of every color) from the bonds of man, from the oppression racist institutions, and the entanglements of in-fighting that kept us at war with ourselves… We say THANK YOU, President Mandela.

To be certain, the struggles continue. But it is now our turn to take up the causes we see fit and see them through to the end; to our own ends if necessary. And we cannot say we have not had folks to have shown us the way in our lifetime. Chief among them, Nelson Mandela showed us the way of the warrior suited for his lifelong battle against injustice and for peace on a national/global scale: Not perfect, but not waiting for someone or some perfect time to come along. Not looking for a fight, but willing to risk it all and fight with all he has for as long as he has. And as a result, though not seeking glory as an end, glory followed him to the end and will forevermore.

Rest in peace, Brother Mandela. We got it from here.

Video comments from U.S. President Barack Obama above. After the jump, a favorite clip of mine.

READ: NBC WORLDNEWS’ COVERAGE

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Technology: Drones Deployed Over South Africa Drop Beers Not Bombs (Video)

Not all the news on drone tech nowadays is scary. Remember that UK pizza delivery drone post on here? Well, how about beer… delivered! Hey, it’s what South African concert goers had available. A beer order is placed, a drone is loaded and deployed with beer, the drone flies over the location of the order and delivers the payload via parachute drop… and a crowd cheers. Nice!

‘At the moment it is hand guided, but it will eventually fly on a GPS grid.’

– OppiKoppi TV

According to NY Daily News, the drone already flies delivery by GPS grid. OppiKoppi came up with the concept. Darkwing Aerials took it from concept to prototype. Want to see it work? Here we go (above).

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‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Starring Idris Elba (Long Trailer)

We posted the UK trailer for the coming ‘Mandela’ movie earlier on here. Needless to say it was an incredibly short teaser of what’s to come. The film currently slated to be released November 29th seeks to chronicle Mandela’s life from his childhood in a rural village to his eventually ascent as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. Early rumors about the screenplay have the focus of the film to be on on Mandela’s younger days in South Africa. Nelson Mandela recently turned 95 after suffering a few life threatening health related issues so hopefully he will be with us when the world celebrates as the film hits theaters. Of course we posted the short version earlier, but now take a peek at the official ‘Long Version’ of the movie trailer.

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Fat Man Scoop Gets To Go To South Africa and We ‘Get Lucky’ (Video)

Fat Man Scoop Goes To South Africa… goes in with energy and fun as he goes to work! Check out the video and imagine what he puts into his mixes. Next, feel the passion Scoop has for making the mixes that make party sets in his message:

‘I always try to give you something I feel you can use to take your set to the next level! I always imagine being with YOU talking for YOU. Period :))))

[I]n Manchester, England… DJ Kazzanova plays this Daft Punk “Lucky” record and tells me how much he LOVES it and it’s the “sh!t” and why it’s so hot and that Nile Rogers (from the 70s group Chic – Google them) is the producer.

Soon as I heard Nile Rogers was the producer I IMMEDIATELY WAS DOWN!!!!’

Now, envision how nice this “Get Lucky” mix below must be. Then click play and enjoy it fully!

DAFT PUNK X FAT MAN SCOOP – GET LUCKY (SOUL TRAIN REMIX BY DJ KAZZANOVA X DAVID S)

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Kev Brown – “Makeba”

Came across a hot single from Maryland-native producer Kev Brown (1/2 of Daily Bread, with Detroit’s Apollo Brown) entitled “Makeba.” Kev’s “South Africa Dedication” EP is out now, with digital and vinyl versions available for purchase. The vinyl includes a jacket with an original illustration by JOE BUCK & detailed liner notes of Kev’s travels and how they inspired him to make this project. Track listing and links to get the “South Africa Dedication” EP appear after the jump.

KEV BROWN – MAKEBA

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Pharoahe Monch x Jean Grae Perform In South Africa (Video)

While still touring & still supporting his dope “W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)” album, Pharoahe Monch alongside the equally as dope lyricist Jean Grae made a tour stop in South Africa for the Capetown International Jazz Festival. In the video above they speak on their first time visiting South Africa to perform, Pharoahe’s decision to shoot a video for his next single “Haile Selassie Karate” while in SA, & more. Watching the video has me anxious to get back to South Africa. I can’t wait to go back & visit again….
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Rick Ross Across Africa Part II (Video)

This is part 2 of Rick Ross’s VLOG in South Africa & in this segment he does a second show in the land of Mandela then catches a flight to Libreville, Gabon for another show…..BAWSIN’ in Africa.

WATCH: RICK ROSS ROCKS SOUTH AFRICA (PART ONE)

Rick Ross Rocks South Africa (Video)

Last year I went to South Africa for the very first time & it was one of the best experiences of my life. What I learned while I was in Johannesburg was that Rick Ross was easily one of the top 3 favorite rappers among the masses of hip hop fans in that country besides Kanye West & Lil Wayne. Looking at this video proves that Rick Ross’s popularity hasn’t waned in the motherland at all…

Suuth – The Hiatus (Mixtape)

This joint comes from a producer from South Africa named Suuth. He makes boom bap beats reminiscent of the 1990s. Check out his Hiadus mixtpae whixh features an internation crew of rappers over his beats.
AZON BLAZE – Motherland (Prod. by Suuth) by Suuth (slumREC®)

Public Enemy Performs Free Show in Soweto, South Africa (Video)

When I went to South Africa for the first time last year it was one of the most enjoyable & memorable experiences of my life. I took advantage to soak it all in from the cosmopolitan areas to the hoods of Soweto which is short for “Southwestern Townships”.Public Enemy took a journey near the cradle of civilization to show love to the people of Soweto about 30 miles or so outside of the capital of Johannesburg. Many of the people I met in South Africa told me that when American artists come to visit they never go & hang out with the people or visit Soweto. I’m not surprised to see Chuck D in this video let the people of Soweto know to hold those artists accountable when they come their country. Chuck D wasn’t lying when he mentioned on his twitter page that he thinks he left his heart in South Africa.

Jadakiss In South Africa (Trailer)

South Africa’s ‘Nonku Phiri’ Is A New Artist To Watch


Last year I touched down in South Africa for the first time ever. Whenever I visit any country I always keep my eyes & ears open to new music & talent. A month or two after I had already left I heard a song from a female artist that I thought was rather dope & tried to track down more of her music to get it on my ipod. The song I had been looking for was called “Zooot” by a young female artist by the name of ‘Nonku Phiri’ who is a native of Capetown, South Africa. I could tell she has plenty of raw natural talent & I’ve even peeped some of her stuff that appeared to be freestyles of unfinished work but sounded like it was fleshing out well. She’s been writing her own songs from what I’ve learned. A few of the songs I heard sounded like freestyles over the popular UK Garageband sounds but I get the impression ‘Nonku Phiri’ has immense potential to be successful on a variety of soundscapes. Recently she linked up with DJ Rasta Root & there’s talk of them possibly doing an EP together. I’ve been telling Rasta Root I think she could make some impact beyond South Africa on an international type level. With quality production & the right songs in this internet based era she could generate more fans tracking down her work the same way I sought out this particular Hip Hop Soul joint from her called “Zooot”. Follow Nonku Phiri on twitter at @nonkulululu

DOWNLOAD: NONKU PHIRI – “ZOOOOT”

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