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African Vibes Magazine Fans remember the King of Pop



was pronounced dead on 25th June 09 after paramedics found him in a coma following a panic-stricken phone call from the superstar’s Los Angeles mansion. Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. responded to the alert and arrived at the home in Carolwood Drive off Sunset Boulevard to find the -year-old singer collapsed and not breathing. He had suffered a cardiac arrest. He was later pronounced dead that afternoon.

His death comes barely a month before his scheduled come back concerts which were supposed to be his last. The star announced this a few months before his death saying “These will be my final show performances in London. This is it. When I say this is it, this is it.”

Fans gathered in different places around the country, singing some of his songs.

Despite his eccentric lifestyle and the controversies that surrounded him later on in life, the impact of Jackson on the music industry and on his fans cannot be ignored.

Facebook Reactions from Our Friends

We asked our Facebook friends to share their favorite music and memories and here is what some of them had to say.

“We-eh! this is just terrible news. i always thought Michael was immortal. my favorite Michael song? no contest: smooth criminal.
that is one of the most stylish videos ever. MJ was a genius! may he make the best music with the angels and rest with his ancestors.” –

“Sad sad day for music! Difficult choice as there are a couple of favorites! Given the circumstances, I’d like to say ‘Gone too soon’ but my all time favorites are ‘Remember the time’, ‘Heal the World’ & ‘Man in the Mirror’
His ‘Thriller’ video is groundbreaking & definitely out of this world!!! He rests!!!” –

“I just love ”heal the world” that song will always remain in my heart. Michael was a great Hero, he thought us how to break,” oh what a world”an empty one at that. Adieu Michael” –

“My favorite song of Michael is Black and White. This song made me look at Michael as a reformer trying to bring unity among race.I will miss you.May your soul rest in peace.”

“Well detailed and updated research from authentic sources, tell me that your color change related surgeries are the sole if not major cause of your latter health deterioration. It is a sad thing that others who today have (in all domains thinkable), would be considered martyrs, but you, though King of pop, would be considered a victim of racial complex! Well ”good” thing the ”fallen” part of your awesome career came when you changed to become ”white”. No offense to the white race, I am not trying to sound racial, but it is as to say, that change was the BIG mistake! You have marked so many, in and out of the music industry. My fav songs (He is a Legend there has got to be more than 1!) are: ”Smooth Criminal”, ”The Girl Is Mine” and ”Speechless”. RIP” –

“I pinched myself yesterday, thinking I was dreaming it all. I just want it not to be true. For me the list is endless, but my fav of all is ‘Do you remember the time, that we fell in love’. We will miss you MJ,b ut you will live in us through your music. Adieu!!” – Pamela Macaulay

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  1. michael ajakwe jr.

    June 27, 2009 at 1:54 am

    The Jackson 5 hit the music scene when I was 4 years old so I have been hearing the name MIchael Jackson literally my entire life. It’s like he was a distant
    cousin or something. As I have grown from a child to a teen to a man, I have watched Michael do the same. So many of us have. Millions of us have. I believe that is why millions upon millions are mourning his untimely and suspicious death. I remember when Elvis Presley died – I was 12 shovelling dog shit in my backyard when my sister opened my parents bedroom window at 9am in the morning and yelled out that “Elvis is dead!” I remember where I was when Marvin Gaye died. I was in college, a freshman and one of my dormmaetes knocked on my door on the way to his room and announced that (ironically) Michael Jackson had died. I froze and then immediately called him a liar (After all, it was April Fools Day). My dormmate then came clean and said that it was Marvin Gaye who had actually died. Now, I recall where I was when I got the news that Michael Jackson had died — in my office, reading a screenplay when I received a text from a longtime close friend that only said “Michael Jackson died”. I could not believe what I was reading and immediately turned on the tv in the room and it only said he was hospitalized. An hour later, they confirmed what the text had said — that the King of Pop is dead.

    I live less than 2 miles from Michael Jackson’s family home. Yesterday, one day after The King’s death, I joined hundreds of fans in front of the home to pay my respects and take pictures in front of the huge memorial his many fans have made right in front of the Jackson Family compound. I want to be able to say that I was there the day after The King died; that i mourned him like the rest of his fans in front of the home where he grew from a boy into a man.

    Few human beings in the history of this planet have been as famous and beloved as Michael Jackson. Even at the tender age of 50, knowing that is not a bad way to go.

  2. Bisi

    June 27, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Michael Joseph Jackson was deemed by himself as the “King of Pop”; a well deserving title. MJJ was a role model, an International icon and a naturally gifted artist/entertainer.
    Michael J. Jackson was a trailblazer who paved the way for countless artists and individuals to achieve and to live their dreams.
    MJ was recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records for raising and donating millions of dollars, within a short time frame, to over 37 charitable organizations, including UNICEF and for HIV/AIDS and cancer research etc … He was a compassionate, caring and loving father, brother and son.There is no other like MJ; he is irreplaceable, was well loved and will be dearly missed. May his soul rest in peace … RIP

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South African Actress Thuso Mbedu Lands A Lead Role In Hollywood’s Amazon Series



Thuso Mbedu at the 2018 International Emmy Awards show in New York

South African sensational actress, Thuso Mbedu has made history by becoming the first South African actress to land a lead role in a Hollywood TV series. Consequently, the 28-year old actress will be playing the role of Cora in the TV series ‘The Underground Railroad’. The premiere will be later this year.

Barry Jenkins, the award-winning director took up the challenge to direct the series. Jenkins is also the co-writer of Moonlight, an Academy Award-winning film. Reliable reports hint that Jenkins will be the director of all the eleven episodes. Each of the episodes has a one-hour duration. Subsequent announcement about the cast and project by Variety Magazine said,

“The cast will be led by Thuso Mbedu as Cora, with Chase W. Dillon as Homer and Aaron Pierre as Caesar. The project was first set up more than two years ago, on the heels of Barry Jenkins’s Oscar win for the film Moonlight, with Amazon officially ordering it to series last June.”

A sneak peek into cast and story

‘The Underground Railroad’ is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead. The Underground Railroad is a 2016 publication that tells the story of Cora. Thuso Mbedu will be playing the role of Cora, a young slave girl working on a cotton plantation in Georgia. However, Cora faces rejection among Americans and her African peers. A slave, Caesar, arrives from Virginia and beckons on her to join him on the Underground Railroad. Cora seizes the opportunity to escape with him.

The historical significance of The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad has a historical significance. It is not just a metaphor but a network of engineers, secret tunnels and tracks underneath the Southern soil. The Underground Railroad also has a network of people who aid fugitives to escape to the North of Canada. One of the key figures in the Underground Railroad network is Ohio’s John Fairfield, an abolitionist and former slave.

Fairfield became famous for employing inventive techniques to help fleeing slaves make it to Free-States. However, Fairfield is not the only one in this practice. Another key figure in this practice was Levi Coffin. The Quaker aided over 3,000 slaves. Harriet Tubman accompanied over 300 slaves on a perilous journey to freedom.

Mbedu’s reaction

Mbedu shot into the spotlight with her role in ‘Generations: The Legacy’. However, her role as Winnie in ‘Is’thunzi’ earned her two International Emmy Award nominations in 2018 and 2019. The gorgeous actress took to her Instagram page to share good news. She shared a picture of her and three other characters followed by a long outpouring of gratitude and emotion.

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My thumb and neurons are failing me right now so I'll just do as most South Africans do when this happens: I GOT THE JOB!!!! It was such an amazing process and experience. Like, true story, just prepping to audition for this role made me grow so much. It's such a blessing and honour to tell this story… Again, words fail me so I'll stop there for now. Read the full article on @variety .com #chapter27 #becomingthepromise God of creation There at the start Before the beginning of time With no point of reference You spoke to the dark And fleshed out the wonder of light And as You speak A hundred billion galaxies are born In the vapor of Your breath the planets form If the stars were made to worship so will I I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made Every burning star A signal fire of grace If creation sings Your praises so will I God of Your promise You don’t speak in vain No syllable empty or void For once You have spoken All nature and science Follow the sound of Your voice And as You speak A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath Evolving in pursuit of what You said If it all reveals Your nature so will I I can see Your heart in everything You say Every painted sky A canvas of Your grace If creation still obeys You so will I – @hillsongunited

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South African actresses like Pearl Thusi and Terry Pheto are big names in Hollywood TV series. However, none has ever played a lead role. There seem to be a lot of accolades coming out of South Africa. A few days ago, Manthso by Palesa Mokubung made history as the first African fashion brand to land a global collaboration with H&M. This is not an individual success but a collective national success.

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Famous Talent Show Comes To East Africa



East Africa Got Talent

The famous TV series ‘Got Talent’ is coming to East Africa. Tagged ‘East Africa Got Talent’, the show will seek to identify exceptional talent in the region. The show which is the brainchild of Simon Cowell’s SYCOtv Company is now featured in over 50 countries across the globe. Cowell is famous for his strict judgments in the initial seasons of American Idol. However, Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent are the most famous. A statement from Safaricom’s Chief Customer Officer, Sylvia Mulinge read,

“The famous ‘Got Talent’ reality TV series is coming to East Africa! We are on location at Movenpick to launch the series, as we announce our title sponsorship for East Africa’s Got Talent. We are happy to announce our sponsorship of this iconic show which has been lauded as one of the world’s most successful reality TV franchise.”

The host for inaugural East Africa Got Talent

Anne Kansiime

The hilarious comedian Anne Kansiime has been named the host for the inaugural edition of the show. The show will search for the best talents across Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Some of the talent-acts the judges will be on the lookout for are comedians, dancers, singers, and more. The audition is open for anyone with any form of talent irrespective of age. In a message shared on her social media, Kansiime said,

“Oooh Ninjas, am struggling to contain this excitement. I doubt there is an Emoji I can use to illustrate it. This is it; “The famous ‘Got Talent’ reality TV series is coming to East Africa. Yes, as “East Africa’s Got Talent”. Am so happy and excited to announce my association with this iconic show which has been lauded as the world’s most successful reality TV franchise as the Host.”

A preliminary audition will hold across the four countries in major cities between from May 11 to 26. However, those who are successful will head to Nairobi, Kenya where they will perform in front of judges. They will compete until the semifinals where six people will compete for $50,000. The screening of the show is scheduled to begin in August. However, the show will have ten episodes besides the semifinal and final. The last two stages will be aired live.

The most successful reality TV

The episode of Got Talent was on June 21, 2006. Twelve years on, the show is coming to East Africa. The Guinness World Records on April 2014 named the show the ‘World’s Most Successful Reality TV Format’. South Sudan and Burundi are part of East Africa but omitted from the list. However, there is no formal statement restricting them from participating.

Those who cannot make it to the pre-audition venues can still participate online through Alternatively, you can record your act in a one-minute video and send it to the WhatsApp number +254 (0)703 437 903 with your name, age, and country.

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SZA Surprises Fans With The Adoption Of Nigerian Names



SZA adopts Nigerian names

American music sensation Solana Rowe aka SZA made eyes pop on her Instagram page recently. However, this time it wasn’t just about stunning pictures. The music star on Thursday, April 11th, 2019, adopted two Nigerian names, “Amarachi Chinonso”. The names which are peculiar with the Igbos in Southeastern Nigeria means “God’s grace” and “God is close” respectively. The Instagram sensation has over 5.7 million followers. Mix reactions followed SZA’s name change. There were the positives, negatives and the neutral.

The 29-year old singer was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in St. Louis. Fans immediately began to pour out their admiration for the African-American artiste’s willingness to identify with her African heritage. However, not every fan loves to make assumptions. A few fans were keen to find out the motive for her actions.

Some of the reactions trailing SZA’s name change

A picture posted days after the name change has over 618k likes and 4k comments. In addition to admiring her stunning beauty, a number of the comments revolves around her name change. However, a few of the inspiring or eyebrow-raising comments include;

Zizilords.xo; “Chineke such beauty!!! Daluu ooh#igbo_sister”

Majesty_lyn; “Omg, you’re Nigerian!!!!!!! I’m screaming”.

Itslavivi; “Can you please tell us the inspiration behind the Igbo name in your bio?”

Kelechikakesss; “If you (‘re) Nigerian, can you tell us because we wanna know ASAP?”

Obsessed_style; “Shoutout to @SZA for being an absolute queen. We’ve always love you but now our love for you is x3. Igbo kwenu!”

Carolinetheshe_; Nice fit but please we need clarity on your new Nigerian names

Derinfromisaleeko: We need to know, are you Nigerian? Are you one of us.. We love you still if you aren’t.

Recent and past musical projects

The Grammy-nominee songstress performed recently at Dreamville festival. The event was also graced by Nigerian Afrobeat star, Davido. For the past few weeks, the artist has been teasing her fans on social media about her upcoming project. Apparently, SZA featured alongside ‘Travis Scott’ and ‘The Weekend’ on Game of Thrones official soundtrack. On Thursday 18, April, SZA finally shared the Game of Thrones soundtrack with the caption ‘POWER IS POWER OUT NOW”

SZA shot into limelight in 2017 with the release of her debut album, ‘Ctrl’. The album made its debut on the US Billboard 200 at number 3. Consequently, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gave the album platinum certification. The album got four Grammy Awards nominations. SZA, on the other hand, bagged the ‘Best New Artiste’ nomination at the 60th award ceremony.

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