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NOTHING CAN STOP MLUNGU’S CALLING!

| Lifestyle | February 6, 2015

WHEN Alfred was 16, his late grandfather predicted that one day he would heal people with herbs.

But mlungu Alfred France told his grandpa that ubungoma and muthi were only for black people.

Now, years later, the prophecy is coming true!

The Pinetown-born mlungu said he became a male nurse but had to give it up as he kept falling sick.

“When I was young I saw shadows of people nobody could see. I heard voices and talked to them. My grandfather said it was because I had an ancestral gift for foretelling things, but I suppressed it,” said Alfred.

But the voices and shadows visited him more often.

“My white family thought I was mad and took me for mental examinations. Nothing wrong was found.”

Now Alfred is in stage two of his training with gobela Zama Mqadi at Nkampini, Umthwalume, KZN.

Alfred said he had to adjust to the lifestyle when he arrived at his gobela’s house last year.

“My grandfather visited me in a dream and said he was proud of me. He said, ‘This gobela is your mother who will guide you through the process’.”

When Alfred completes stage three he will graduate and practise as a sangoma.

Gobela Zama said she had never trained an mlungu before. “I was puzzled when he arrived. I phoned my own trainer, and he said I should go ahead.

“Things are working out. It’s hard to remember that Alfred is a white person. He adjusted well to our black lifestyle,” she said.

Zama said she wishes other races understood that ancestral calling was not a choice. “A person chosen by ancestors needs support,” she said.

Alfred’s brother, Ronald, said his family blends in with other races and lifestyles. “I have a black wife.

“Alfred is the older brother. He has to lead by example and listen to his calling and respect our ancestors.”

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Berlin festival mixes ’50 Shades’ premiere with arthouse

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

Two blockbusters will have world premieres at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival opening on Thursday, but neither “50 Shades of Grey” nor the new Disney live-action “Cinderella” will compete for the main Golden Bear prize.

That’s because the festival is more geared to arthouse films, which it will have aplenty from directors including Terrence Malick, Peter Greenaway, Wim Wenders and Pablo Larrain.

In all, 23 films are being screened in competition of which 19 are in contention for the main prize, to be awarded on Feb. 14, the festival says.

This year’s lineup will be “the usual mixture of anorexia, religious fanaticism, child abuse and torture”, Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said – tongue in cheek but only partly so.

“That’s what we show – and when you look at the news you can see that our program is situated right in the middle of today’s social and political debate.”

In that vein, Chilean director Larrain’s “The Club” is about four disgraced priests living together in a refuge who have trouble adjusting to the arrival of a fifth.

Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska’s “Body” is the story of a police investigator and single parent having to balance the demands of work with bringing up his anorexic daughter.

Similarly, “Cinderella” not only has star power but also is welcome on the basis of historical precedent

Such films assure the festival remains true to its roots, but the film adaptation of the international best-selling S&M soft-porn novel, plus Cate Blanchett as Cinderella’s stepmother in the film directed by Kenneth Branagh, focus world attention.

Kosslick is unfazed by the suggestion that the festival is cashing in by showing “50 Shades”, based on the E.L. James novels that have sold 100 million copies worldwide.

“We would have been nuts to pass up having the premier in the Zoo Palace (a newly restored Berlin cinema). Millions of people want to see this film. It’s going to be a hit, in the true sense of the word,” he said.

Similarly, “Cinderella” not only has star power but also is welcome on the basis of historical precedent. Disney’s animated “Cinderella” won the Golden Bear for best musical film at the first Berlinale in 1951.

“You can’t have a diet only of films about child prostitution and rape and poverty, you need something to shake it up,” Jay Weissberg, Rome-based film critic for trade publication Variety, said.

“Is ‘Cinderella’ going to be that one? I have no idea, but at least it brings some stars onto the red carpet and that’s a vital part of any festival.”

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Beam Brothers on their new album titled “Thuli”

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

Their sound could be easily mistaken for Gospel music, but the Durban based foursome is all about reflecting on the ins and outs of day to day life through their music which can be heard on their 15 track recording titled Thuli.

The album is titled after the composers ex-wife. Lead vocalist, Malusi Gwala, says the song “Thuli” has sentimental history behind it. The recording is made up of a laid back mix of simple compositions and a nostalgic yet present sound.

Beam Brothers was established in 1955 in Mpumalanga as a family group and later transformed and added new members.

 

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SA mourns the death of Simba Mhere

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

Fellow colleagues and South Africans have taken to social media to express their sadness and shock over the death of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere.

The charismatic 26-year-old died in a car accident on Saturday morning. He was en route to OR Tambo International Airport to
attend the J&B Met taking place in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

Mhere joined Top Billing in 2010 after winning the presenter search
He and a friend were killed when a vehicle they were travelling in collided with VW polo at the William Nicol Drive. His father survived.

The Zimbabwe born presenter joined Top Billing in 2010 after winning the presenter search. His emotional manager Lorraine Meizel says, “He was going places. He was the most amazing human being. Gentle, kind, loving, honest and hardworking. He was everything; he was the most extraordinary person.”

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SA mourns three showbiz personalities

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

South Africa continues to mourn the passing of three celebrities the past weekend.

They are SABC 3 Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere, DJ and music producer Jacky Lehlaka known by his stage name as Bojo Mujo and musician, Prosper Mkwaiwa.

South Africans are reeling after news that Mhere won’t be visiting their living rooms every Thursday evening.

The 26-year-old was involved in a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning in Johannesburg.

While the nation was still shocked by Mhere’s passing, news about artist manager Prosper Makwaiwa and Pretoria based DJ Bojo Mujo broke out.
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Bojo Mujo will be remembered by his hit song, Summer Rain.

He will also be remembered by another club banger, Shiwelele, that rocked many dance floors across the country.

No further details have been released about Bojo Mujo and Mkwaiwa’s deaths.

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Rap tycoon Suge Knight charged with murder

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder on Monday in connection with an incident in which prosecutors say he ran over two men in a Southern California parking lot last week, killing one of them.

Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of influential hip hop label Death Row Records, was charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder, and two counts of felony hit-and-run, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

The music executive, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty, was taken into custody on suspicion of murder on Friday after surrendering to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies. He was expected to make an initial court appearance on Tuesday.

According to sheriff’s officials, the murder charge stems from an incident that began when Knight and two other people began arguing in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Compton, south of downtown Los Angeles.

Knight and another man began throwing punches at each other through the window of the rap tycoon’s Ford F-150 Raptor pickup before he put the vehicle in reverse, knocking the man to the ground, the sheriff’s department has said.

Knight then pulled forward, running over one victim and striking the second before leaving the scene, according to the sheriff’s department.

One of the victims, identified as 55-year-old Terry Carter, later died. Knight’s attorney, James Blatt, could not be reached for comment on Monday, but has told local media that Knight was attacked in the parking lot and accidentally ran over the two men as he fled in fear.

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Driver in Simba Mhere accident faces two counts of culpable homicide

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

The driver of the vehicle that collided with Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere’s car faces two counts of culpable homicide and another of reckless and negligent driving.

Mhere died in the crash in Johannesburg on Saturday. He was behind the wheel when another car collided with his on the driver’s side. A passenger in his Mhere’s car was also killed.
His father survived the accident and is recovering at home.

The driver of the other vehicle was not tested for alcohol.

Mhere joined the Top Billing lifestyle programme in 2010. His manager Lorraine Meizel says, “He was going places. He was the most amazing human being; gentle, kind, loving, honest and hardworking. He was everything; he was the most extraordinary person.”

It is believed he was en route to OR Tambo International Airport to attend the J&B Met taking place in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

SABC Spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, in a statement says the “country fell in love with the ever energetic Mhere when he made his debut on SABC’s Top Billing Presenter search in 2010. His meaningful contribution to the show will remain and continue to inspire young people who looked up to him as a presenter and a public figure.”

Kganyago says Mhere won the hearts of the old and young people alike.

Tributes continue to pour in from colleagues, friends and fans. Lorna Lukhele, Mhere’s co-presenter on Top Billing took to Instagram to express her loss when she heard the news.

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Tributes still pouring in for Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

Tributes are still pouring in for SABC’s Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere, who died in a car accident on Saturday morning.

His manager Lorraine Meizel says, “He was going places. He was the most amazing human being; gentle, kind, loving, honest and hardworking. He was everything; he was the most extraordinary person.”

It is believed that Mhere was en route to OR Tambo International Airport, to attend the J&B Met taking place in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

His meaningful contribution to the show will remain and continue to inspire young people.
SABC’s Spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, in a statement says the “country fell in love with the ever energetic Mhere when he made his debut on SABC’s Top Billing Presenter search in 2010.”

“His meaningful contribution to the show will remain and continue to inspire young people who looked up to him as a presenter and a public figure.” Kganyago says Mhere won the hearts of the old and young people alike.

Lorna Lukhele, Mhere’s co-presenter on Top Billing took to instagram to express her loss when she heard the news.

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Whitney Houston’s daughter found unresponsive in tub

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of the late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home on Saturday, but she was revived and rushed to a hospital, police said.

The incident comes nearly three years after Houston, a superstar who battled substance abuse, drowned in a bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, in February 2012. Authorities determined cocaine use and heart disease contributed to her death.

Brown, 21, was found in the bathtub at her suburban Atlanta home by her husband and a friend, said Lisa Holland, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department.

Brown’s husband, Nick Gordon, started CPR and police continued life-saving measures until an ambulance arrived and took her to the hospital.

Brown was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, a suburb north of Atlanta, Holland told reporters. “She’s alive at the hospital,” Holland said.

She gave no other details and a hospital spokeswoman declined to comment.

Brown married Gordon in January 2014. Gordon was also raised for a time by Houston, one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, but she never formally adopted him.

On Houston’s birthday last year, Gordon had his arm tattooed with a portrait of the late singer.

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, is a Grammy Award winner who started his career as front man for the R&B group New Edition.
Houston, a multiple Grammy Award winner who was known for her vocal power, clarity and mezzo-soprano range and whose dozens of hit songs include “How Will I Know” and “I Will Always Love You,” was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston and a cousin of pop singer Dionne Warwick.

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s father, Bobby Brown, is a Grammy Award winner who started his career as front man for the R&B group New Edition.

Both of Bobbi Kristina’s parents struggled with substance abuse, and Houston described their 15-year marriage, which ended in 2007, as drug- and alcohol-fueled. Bobby Brown was sentenced to 55 days in jail in 2013 after admitting to driving drunk in 2012.

She and her grandmother, Cissy Houston, and other relatives starred in a 14-episode reality show for cable channel Lifetime, “The Houstons: On Our Own,” about their struggle to cope after Houston’s death.

Brown’s Twitter feed over the past year included motivations to work out, quotes from celebrities on being true to oneself, loving messages for her husband and remembrances of her mother.

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Sinomusa Nothando raises cancer awareness in rural areas

| Lifestyle | February 4, 2015

In light of World Cancer Day on February 4, a group of cancer doctors in KwaZulu-Natal have taken it upon themselves to find easier ways to get to their patients in remote areas.

The Sinomusa Nothando Community Development is a non-profit non-governmental organisation that advocates for rural cancer awareness.

Dr Thandeka Mazibuko, specialising in Radiation Oncology in KwaZulu-Natal, founded the organisation in 2004 while she was still a medical student.

She says the project represents who she was as a girl who was from the rural community and the experiences that she bore witness to.

Patients in the rural areas would often die undiagnosed of cancer or were untreated due to delays because of lack of knowledge.

“The NGO represented the paradigm shift in the management of cancer as well as decentralisation of resources from the specialist level to the community.”

Sinomusa Nothando will host an Africa Unite Against Cancer fund raising event to buy a mobile clinic on February 5 with artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Khaya Mthethwa and health dignitaries from the rest of the continent.

For more, click on the video below.

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