Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Gospel According To Pilsner

This storo has been kulaing my kiongoz for a minute and I feel I can't hold it back any longer. It's got to do with the recently concluded Pili Mfalme DJ competition.
First of all, congratulations are in order; mad shout out to DJ Krowbar for lifting the Pili Mfalme DJ competition crown. You that best! No doubt son.
Back to the issue at hand: After touring the country for kindu like 5 months, the DJ competition finally culminated on December 27th, with DJ Krowbar emerging the overall winner. The win by DJ Krowbar no doubt presents a moral dilemma for both the Pilsner brand and the winning DJ.
Why? DJ Krowbar proclaims to be a born again Christian. He is popularly known for spinning the digital tunes with K Krew (Kubamba Krew), one of the most popular contemporary gospel DJ’s in the country. Krowbar's skillz on the 2's & 3's are not in any doubt whatsoever, he's one of the finest DJ's in the land. It's just that these two questions beg...let me rephrase, are wailing for answers;
1) is DJ Krowbar, his DJ outfit, church congregation members and church head (pastor) comfortable with participating (let alone winning) in an activity that promotes an alcoholic beverage and the nightclub beer-guzzling culture? Does Krowbar have have a clear conscience about being associated with a culture that drives people away from the gospel, rather than towards it?
2) how does a ‘sin’ product like Pili market an individual who publicly proclaims to be a born again Christian? The DJ has publicly stated that he’ll not play secular music whenever he’s on the road with the alcoholic beverage brand (contractual obligations may dictate he has to play whatever they (Pili) tell him to play - he took their prize didn't he?) – so it remains to be seen how Pili will engage a nightclub audience that predominantly consumes secular hits. Despite trying to put on a brave face, this scenario’s going to be a tough nut to crack for Pili's marketing team and DJ Krowbar.

Krowbar, I luv the way you hold it down on the decks and I gat nuthin' but mad respect for your skillz, but you know that ever since you entered the competition, this question's been a long time comin' dude. Hala at me and let me know what you think bwoy.
Mojo Sojo

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chrisweezy and Re Re's Love Gone Sour

New details have emerged about the midnight altercation between Chris Brown and Rihanna that led to Brown being booked on a felony criminal threat (yaani the boy could be charged and sent to prison daddy!) charge on Sunday. "Chris knocked her around," a source close to the couple told one of the leading tabloids in the States.
"Black eye, blood, bruises. She had to be treated by a doctor." A police source confirmed to the tabloid that the singer suffered a black eye as well as "a swollen split lip and two red and purple contusions on either side of her forehead." The source, who described police photos of Rihanna, added, "She looked distraught and in a lot of pain. Her eyes were closed because she was looking down." The Barbados-bred beauty, 20 – who is currently in "a safe place," says a friend – is cooperating with detectives, according to the LA Times (not the tabloid dummy! This is a serious paper). The Los Angeles Police Chief said he expected the case will be handed over to the district attorney's office on Tuesday or Wednesday. At that time, the prosecutors could charge Brown, 19, with more crimes. The case could be affected by how much Rihanna is willing to forgive her boyfriend. "Prosecutors back off somewhat when they see a couple trying to work out their own issues," says Steve Sitkoff, an L.A. defence attorney (commonly known as a lawyer in the rest of the world).. But, says the friend, "I would be so sad if she went back to him." In the meantime, both stars have cancelled upcoming appearances: The NBA has issued a statement that Brown will no longer participate in their All-Star Game events in Phoenix this weekend, while Rihanna backed out of a Friday night concert in Malaysia (although we all know that the peeps didn’t want her performing in Malaysia anyway coz of the way she dresses). Keep it locked for more juice - Mojo Sojo

This Day In History: Nelson Mandela Is Freed

As a young man, Mandela was an active opponent of South Africa's apartheid regime. Initially committed to non-violent struggle, he became the leader of the armed wing of the African National Congress after the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, when police opened fire on several thousand protesters. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, but international pressure led to his release in 1990. Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected his country's first black president in April 1994.
Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison in Paarl on 11 February 1990. The event was broadcast live all over the world. On the day of his release, Mandela made a speech to the nation. He declared his commitment to peace and reconciliation with the country's white minority, but made it clear that the ANC's armed struggle was not yet over:
Our resort to the armed struggle in 1960 with the formation of the military wing of the ANC (Umkhonto we Sizwe) was a purely defensive action against the violence of apartheid. The factors which necessitated the armed struggle still exist today. We have no option but to continue. We express the hope that a climate conducive to a negotiated settlement would be created soon, so that there may no longer be the need for the armed struggle
He also said his main focus was to bring peace to the black majority and give them the right to vote in both national and local elections.

BBC News Nelson Mandela released from prison

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Jah Cure Steals Nigerian Asa’s Hit Track

Okay, so peeps in JA (Jamaica) may have created one of the most influential genres of music in the world, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t nick songs sometimes. Problem is, they forget that they’ll get busted and embarrassed.
Take Jah Cure for instance; his latest album ‘Universal Cure’ which was released about a week ago. In the album, Jah Cure unleashes a track called ‘Mr. Jailer’ which not only sounds exactly the same as Asa’s ‘Jailer’ but the lyrics are exactly the same too! Jah Cure has to borrow the voice of Phyllisia to lend her voice to the chorus (whose vocals are incidentally also used in the album's title track as well).
Now that Jah Cure’s out of jail, he needs to recognize the real genius behind the song before he finds himself back in slammer again for theft!
On another note, after listening to Asa’s album ‘Asha’ I was left convinced that she’s probably got the potential to become the biggest Neo Soul/Afro Pop/Afro Soul artist in the whole planet! I wish could only listen to her (Asa) album before releasing her upcoming project…

Jailer Music Vid

Mr. Jailer Song (Jah Cure bootleg...hata hakuna video)