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Courtnaé Paul Gets Real On Her Thriving Career In The Local Entertainment Space

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Ever since she burst onto the scene as a B-Girl prodigy, Courtnaé Paul has continued to push the limits when it comes to her career. Today, she is an established musician, choreographer, media personality and influencer who never settles for anything less than perfection. The star just dropped her brand-new single ‘Ooh Wee’, announced her stint as a mentor and choreographer on the exciting new series ‘Dance Africa Dance’ and is one of the ambassadors for the exciting launch of the Volkswagen Golf 8 GTi.

Now, Courtnaé Paul opens up about her exciting career so far:

You just dropped a brand-new single ‘Ooh Wee’ with Da L.E.S, Money Badoo and Phantom Steeze. Talk to us a little bit about the inspiration behind the track.

The motive behind the song was really just to give people a good time. I wanted to create a vibe that makes you feel like we haven’t been in lockdown for as long as we have. As the country begins to open up, I wanted to bring the party vibe along with it too. 

What was it like working with these acts in the studio?

With Phantom Steeze and Money Badoo being new wave artists, and L.E.S being an OG in the game, this collaboration brought something exciting and unexpected to the scene. Pairing artists that are different but which complement each other it’s always tricky, but this one flowed and felt very natural. It has all the makings of a fire track and I am so excited that people are loving it.

You’ve recently released beautiful visuals for your single ‘No Other Way’ with Rowlene and Manu Worldstar. Tell us more about that.

I wanted the video to look like the song sounded and I was inspired to create a video from exactly how the music made me feel. I’ve got a deep love for Afro and Kizomba and the song plays in that spectrum as well. All this coupled with an amazing director like The Lotus Sutra made sure that everything we envisioned came to life and it’s a project I’m very proud of.

Obviously, you made a name for yourself as a B-Girl. How do you push yourself to being the best?

I push myself to being the best I can be. In this case, my best just so happens that my best is actually thee best. Haha! I’ve never been one to half-do anything, so if something has my interest you’ll really see it in the execution. This been a monster dance year for me so far. I won the Red Bull BC One B-Girl S.A. final and I will be off to Poland in November for the world final. I’ve also just recently won Breaking for Gold which will give me my SA colours and set my sites on the 2024 Olympics, with the first stop being in Paris this December.

You’re also a mentor and choreographer on Dance Africa Dance. What inspired you to be a part of that series?

I love being involved at the beginning of something – especially when it encompasses a fusion of culture, music and dance, everything I am incredibly passionate about. This is a show that started in India, travelled to Singapore and now has its first season in Africa. The show will be played in all 52 African countries, the UK and the Indian islands which is really exciting. I back anything that gives our talent a platform to shine which is why I was really excited to sign on to this series.

Collaboration is obviously incredibly important in progressing as both an entertainer and an influencer – a space you have also tapped into recently. What, in your opinion, is a great influencer?

I’m not sure what makes a great influencer but I find it works best when you’re authentic about the projects you work on. Social media has somewhat made all of us influencers, even if you never intended to be one. It’s allowed me to connect with my dream brands and create all-encompassing campaigns. I’m currently working on a campaign with VW called #GTI8OnTour as part of the JHB team alongside Donovan Goliath and Khutso Thaledi. This campaign sees us as an integral part of the launch, pushing out the information, testing the cars, encouraging fans of the car to download the app, play the game and win themselves tickets to the launch events around the country and even taking it offline where I’ll be DJ’ing at the launch fest in Jozi on 16 October.

What else do you have up your sleeve over the next few months?

Over the next few months I’ll be traveling to complete internationally, while releasing more music, dropping new music videos and collaborations with brands like G-Star RAW and Volkswagen. You can see me flying around in the Golf 8 GTi, DJ’ing at venues around the country, or on your screens every weekend for Dance Africa Dance on ZeeWorld. Join me for the ride!

For more information on #GTI8OnTour and how to win tickets to the car-meets in Cape Town at the CTICC Parkade on 2 October, Durban at the Cornubia Mall Parkade on 9 October and in Johannesburg at the Fourways Mall Parkade on 16 October, download the app here: http://golfgti8.onelink.me/CoRl/57881e5.

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Afro-trap Artist KHAID Releases Debut Single “With You”

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17-year-old Afro-trap artist, and first Neville Records signee – KHAID, releases his debut single, “With You” distributed by Platoon. 

“With You” takes listeners on a journey to KHAID’s early experience of love. He describes how he had genuine love for a girl who consistently gave him a hard time. Despite all the pain she had put him through, he didn’t like her any less but genuinely wanted to be with her.

“My music is unique. I’ve birthed a new sound for my generation and I’m excited to finally share my work with the world,” expresses KHAID. 

Following the announcement last week by entertainment powerhouse, comedian and actor, Sydney Talker, of his newly launched record label – Neville Records, and signing of KHAID, he shares: “You can expect to experience musical diversity from KHAID’s music. His music is transcultural as it can be enjoyed by a cosmopolitan audience. You can also expect from KHAID what I call musical spirituality – music that connects to the soul.

You’d understand what I’m saying if you’ve ever listened to a song that changed or lifted your mood or spirit. His music will heal souls and uplift spirits. In a continent like Africa where there are numerous problems, I believe KHAID’s music will inspire young people towards achieving greatness.”

“With You” marks the first single to be released off KHAID’s upcoming debut EP, ‘DIVERSITY’ via Platoon, and can be streamed or downloaded here: https://platoon.lnk.to/WITH-YOU

You can also watch KHAID’s “With You” music video here: https://youtu.be/lm7vdYkpOZs

Under Neville Records, KHAID makes his official entry into the music industry starting his career with traits of determination, persistence, and consistency. At age 12, KHAID started nurturing his musical abilities through creating freestyle videos and performing on the streets of Ojo, Lagos and is now ready for the world stage.

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Nigerian Idol Set To Stream Across UK, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand And 50+ African Countries On Showmax

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It’s no news that Nigerian Idol is back, and this season promises to be exciting for fans and viewers of the show. This year, Nigerian Idol fans are in for a thrill as Showmax will stream the show across Africa and abroad in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Nigerian Idol will start airing the seventh season on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Viewers across these countries can follow all the excitement and drama from the auditions to the theatre week to the live shows, which begin on March 20, 2022, via the African streaming service.

Speaking on this development, Executive Head, Content and West Africa Channels MultiChoice Nigeria, Dr Busola Tejumola, said: “Fans of Nigerian Idol in the United Kingdom, in Italy, in France, Australia and 23 other countries will be able to stream the talent show on Showmax. This is in addition to the series being available across Africa on the streaming service.”

The three-month-long music reality show will follow the lives of talented and aspiring musicians who undergo rigorous training to become the next music superstar. The winner will walk away with 100 Million Naira worth of prizes. This is the highest reward for any singing competition in Nigeria. In addition, Showmax will air highlights and audition processes from the Nigerian Idol season 7 show. Last year’s season is also available to watch on the streaming platform.

Showmax has built a strong slate of original African programming, with original Nigerian shows like ‘Ghana Jollof’, ‘I am LAYCON, Kenya’s ‘Baba Twins’ and award-winning Crime & Justice. Showmax’s latest Kenyan Original drama series ‘Single Kiasi’, which is based on the same format as Unmarried, with a Nairobi twist, premiered on 20 January!

This season of Nigerian Idol is proudly sponsored by Bigi Drinks and Binance.

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IK Osakioduwa Returns As Host For Nigerian Idol Season 7

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After a thrilling ride filled with suspense and humour in the last season, IK Osakioduwa is set to return as a second-time host for Nigerian Idol season 7.

He has always given nothing short of savviness, excitement and humour both on-air and now on stage, which is why we have no doubt that the Nigerian Idol season 7 is in good hands.

IK Osakioduwa is a media personality to be reckoned with, having spent over a decade as a broadcaster at Rhythm 93.7, and hosting a number of high profile events across the continent including the Big Brother Africa show.

“I’m so excited to be back on the show because coming back for a new season means that I did well the previous season. I’ll be bringing a lot to the table this season and I can’t wait for the viewers to see what we have in store.” He said.

His versatile presenting skills cut across a variety of shows and events. He has been the only male host of the AMVCA since 2013. He has also hosted the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant for five years in a row, Rhythm Unplugged for four years in a row, Comedy Club: Live in Lagos for four years in a row and The Voice Nigeria for two years in a row. He has appeared on other shows including Mnet’s Studio 53, Temptation Nigeria and Comedy Nites.

With his demonstrated savviness and ability to keep an audience engaged, IK is undoubtedly a host who will deliver value to the show.

Nigerian Idol has without a doubt been a huge and successful singing competition famed for producing some of the biggest music acts in the country such as Timi Dakolo and Omawumi (it was then referred to as Idols West Africa) and break-out gospel singer Mercy Chinwo.

Nigerian Idol Season 7 will air from Sunday, 6 February on DStv channel 197 & GOtv channel 29.

The headline sponsor of Nigerian Idol season 7 is Bigi Drinks and the co-headline sponsor is Binance.

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