Monday, October 26, 2009

X-PLASTZ REPRESENT TZ AT BET AWARDS 2009

X Plastaz with dj Threesixty in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1 Gsan in action at the BET cypher
Gsan posing with rapper WaleGsan posing with rapper/actor Mos Def
Gsan posing with dj Premier and rapper KRS One


PRESS RELEASE - for immediate release

Amsterdam, 25 October 2009

X Plastaz represent Africa at BET Hip Hop Awards 2009

America's annual 'gathering of giants' pays tribute to Tanzanian hip hop

Rapper Gsan of the group X Plastaz from Arusha, Tanzania, is representing Africa in this year's edition of the BET Hip Hop Awards, broadcast on October 27 on BET (Black Entertainment Television) in the USA. Meanwhile, X Plastaz' dj/producer Threesixty is heard all around the world through his production for majorhip hop artist Redman (Def Jam).

The annual BET Hip Hop Awards are watched by millions of hip hop fans across the United States. Especially the part of the show in which Gsan participates, titled the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher, is highly anticipated as it's a true gathering of giants in rap music. The cypher, in which the artists go back to the raw essence of hip hop, sees legendary dj/producer Premier team up with emcees such as Mos Def, Black Thought, Eminem and Joe Budden. The section in which BET pays tribute to the growing popularity of hip hop from East Africa by including Gsan has the Arusha-born rapper performing alongside veteran rapper KRS One along with newcomers Wale and Nipsey Hussle.

The inclusion of X Plastaz in this year's BET Hip Hop Awards came about when BET contacted X Plastaz, after seeing their music video 'Nini dhambi kwa mwenye dhiki' on the Youtube website. 'Nini dhambi' which has drawn over 400.000 views is one of the most popular East African music videos on the web. Gsan flew out to Brooklyn, New York where the cypher was pre-recorded in an empty factory building. His contribution was a rap in Swahili over an old school loop, cut up by dj Premier. While Swahili language hip hop was something new for the other artists, KRS One and Premier were full of love for the African input into this year's cypher.

After recording the cypher, Gsan attended the Awards ceremony which took place in Atlanta on October 10, and which will finally be broadcast next tuesday, October 27.

Says Gsan in an interview with Emcee Africa presenter Lee Kasumba: "Well, the Cypher segment was recorded in New York before the actual award ceremony. For me, it was just amazing to be there with people like Eminem, KRS One, DJ Premier playing the beats, and being able to showcase what I had. Many people were blown away with what I did and asked me why I rhymed in Swahili ‘cause they wanted to understand. I was just like ‘English is not my first language, I speak it, I love it but you will be able to mess me up if I rhyme in English’. There were emcees from all over the world in one setting, and I was happy to represent for Africa. I wasn’t starstruck, just glad to showcase what I did and could do with my American counterparts. I mean, think of it, we really have the same names, just one word changes, African American and African, do you understand what that means?"

Also this week, X Plastaz dj Threesixty (real name: Bamba Nazar) is being hailed as a breath of fresh air in hip hop as his production for Def Jam-artist Redman was distributed across the internet. The beat reminds of the energetic old school sound of the late 1970's and is a sureshot dancefloor filler. The song, titled 'Coc Back', is the first single off Redman's long awaited new album titled 'Reggie Noble 9.5' which will be released in December. The video for 'Coc Back' will be out this week.

Watch Gsan from X Plastaz in the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher on tuesday, October 27 at 8 pm (EDT) on BET. Outside of USA the cypher can be watched on Youtube from the day after the Awards show.

Official BET Hip Hop Awards website: http://www.bet.com/specials/hiphopawards09

X Plastaz website: http://www.xplastaz.com

Dj Threesixty website: http://www.bambanazar.com

Also see this clip in which dj Premier announced the participants of this year's BET Hip Hop Awards cypher (mispronouncing Gsan as 'Anson'):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLWOtZ-wwzY&feature=player_embedded

More photos from the Awards ceremony: http://www.ozonemag.com/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=550377

High resolution photos available on demand, send a mail to jumanne@xplastaz.com

PRESS CONTACT - NOT FOR PUBLICATION:

X Plastaz management / publicity: Thomas Gesthuizen (Juma4) - email: jumanne@xplastaz.com

Tel. +31 618471074 (the Netherlands)

HIP HOP AT THE DIAMOND JUBILEE

PRESS RELEASE

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, THE FRENCH EMBASSY and VISA2DANCE PRESENT:

HIPHOP NITE / MUSIC & DANCE / TANZANIA & FRANCE with:

ZAHRBAT : contemporary and hiphop dance from France

BEST FRIENDS : winners of DSM street dance competition

TMK WANAUME HALISI

PROFESSOR JAY

MRISHO MPOTO

FID-Q

Venue: Diamond Jubilee-Main Hall.

Date: Saturday 31 October 2009.

Time: 8pm - 12pm

Entrance fees: TSH 6000

TSH 2000 (students & under 26 years)

A brilliant mix of Tanzanian & French music and dance, hip hop style. For both hip hop fans and contemporary dance lovers.

The opening act will be a presentation by selected Tanzanian dancers as the result of a two days workshop conducted by Zahrbat French dancers and choreographers.

Zahrbat performance will start by a 30mn danced lecture on the history of hiphop dance. It will be followed by “El Firak” a 30mn dance duo about separation and dealing with the issue of the wall built between Israel and the West Bank and the families torn apart by the conflict. The night will continue with live performances of TMK WANAUME HALISI, PROFESSOR JAY, MRISHO MPOTO, FID-Q and BEST FRIENDS dance show.

Contact:

Keltouma Bourhimi, cultural coordinator

Alliance Française, Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road

Tel : 2131 406 / cell : 0755 481 374/ 0764 077 366/ cultural@afdar.com














Thursday, October 22, 2009

31st DAR EVENT!



THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE EVENT – 31ST OCTOBER EVENT DETAILS

The Kiss of the Vampire – This Halloween - I dare you!

Trick or treat….

* Win a trip for 2 to Paris to experience the World-renowned Haute Couture Fashion Designer Robert Abi Nader, plus 2 additional tickets to the French Fashion and Accessories designers Haute Couture, Eymeric Francois & Serge Orion in avant-premiere: Front-row in January 2010 (During the Annual Haute-Couture fashion week) … Courtesy of Air France/KLM, French Kiss and Moevenpick Royal Palm Hotel

* Win A beautiful jewellery set, courtesy of Lithos Africa – For the sexiest outfit

* Win an exclusive gift-hamper – for the scariest outfit

* Music by DJ Flying Frenchman and the Band with No Name

Doors will open at 8pm to welcome everyone who will have purchased a $35 ticket, entitling you to a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and degustation platter.

The renowned Moevenpick Royal Palm Hotel Chef, Vicenzo Ronaudo, has elaborated a lounge menu for the occasion that will tantalize your pallets; while a selection of fine French wines and Champagnes have been established for your delights.

A hard drink, Cognac and Cigar bar will also be available in the CafĂ© Parisien designed for the occasion…

Programme for the evening…

9pm till 10pm, the Band with no Name will be performing their brand new repertoire that will rock and warm you up for the rest of the night.

10pm till 11pm, beginning of competition for the prizes! Time to dance on our guest DJ tunes, Flying French Man (France/Kenya) and prove your dancing skills and talent with your partner! But also how sexy and scary can you dress to impress our jury!

11pm till 11.30pm, jury deliberation and prizes distribution to the lucky winners

11.30pm till 3.00am, live music sessions on Flying French Man psychedelics vibes

For more information, call 0773 722522

Check these websites to get a hint of what is waiting for you!

www.robert-abinader.com

www.eymericfrancois.com

http://squa.re/sergeor


KLM celebrates 90 years with a PROMOTIONAL FARE:

Paris/LONDON/Frankfurt : 545 usd ( excluding taxes)

NYC/ Washington: 674 usd ( excluding taxes)

via NAIROBI and Dubai also allowed......

Check out KLM.COM or your Travel agent for more cities.




R-RATED RIHANNA!!



Her new album will be called R-Rated. The publicity towards it's imminent unveiling is very obvious!!

END OF WEEK RELIEF








Tuesday, October 20, 2009

KIBARAZANI THIS WEDNESDAY

SPONSORED BY TCC.


BARAZANI

WEDNESDAY 21 OCTOBER

7pm- 10 pm / FREE !

A monthly Multicultural Night Upstairs at Alliance

Fashion show by Nyakwesi Mujaya

Contemporary dance

Acrobats by Rasta Agon

Mchiriku Music by Jagwa Band

Dance & percussions by Bunju Kids

Jam Session

AFRICAN MIX by DJ AF

Cash bar: drinks & snacks

Thursday, October 15, 2009

FRANK ZNORT QUARTET SHOW IN DAR

Welcome to the swing and big beats of the Frank Znort Quartet Show

mixing every musical style from reggae & tango to salsa & soul!

Friday 16 Oct. 7pm

Upstairs at Alliance

FREE, KARIBUNI!

POKING FEELINGS

PREMATURE CONFESSIONS

BOOB JOB

BLIND CARE

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A GREAT AFRICAN, MY GREATEST INSPIRATION!

" I will keep your light shining inside of me, even when shadows and darkness threaten the very fabric of our Nation, for you lead the way, stood firm, unwavering, a great leader, humble, a teacher, had faith in youth. Father, we shall try to steer towards peace, unity and development, failure is not an option!!!"

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

BABY BLUES!!!

MANLY ROLE

WOMEN, WOMEN, WE, MEN!

Women


Women
Women..

If you praise them, they think you are lying.
If you don't, you are good for nothing.

If they talk, they want you to listen.
If you listen, they want you to talk.

If you touch them, you are not a gentleman.
If you don't, you are not a man.

If you agree to all their likes, you are 'henpecked !'
If you don't, you are not understanding.

Women
Women
Women..

So hard to live with them and even harder to live without them!

:-)