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JUST IN: Mampintsha Announces Retirement From Music Industry



2018 has indeed been a year of surprises when it comes to music from Riky Rick coming out of his “semi retirement” with I Can’t Believe It to AKA announcing his “last album”

Mampintsha just piled on with his recent announcement. The multi-award winning artist and producer has announced that he is leaving the music industry. The Amaketanga hit maker took to Instagram to upload a five-part video in which he explains why he took this drastic decision.

He started off the video by telling his fans that he has been reflecting on his time in the industry and the multiple hits he has produced over the years. He also noted that a lot of people are not happy and the atmosphere in the music industry is not a pleasant one at all.

“It is evident that things are not pleasant anymore and you can see that even when things are posted, there is no support”.

Mampintsha is leaving music to peruse other things 

He explains that he doesn’t want to name names but has seen that he should let everything lose. “So I thought that I may as well make people happy this year and reveal what is in my heart. Reveal all the bombs.” He assured his fans that he greatly appreciates their love and support and asked them to not think that he is giving up in any way.

“I was thinking that this should be the last year in the music industry. I should go and focus on other things on the side.”

He stressed that there are certain people who are not happy with his presence in the music industry. He also mentions that they have excessively sampled him but fail to even show basic manners such as greeting him when they run into him. “All the songs you’ve heard have sampled me but they fail to even greet me when they run into me”.

Before he retires, he is dropping two new songs

He also revealed that he will be dropping two new tracks along with videos which will be accompanying them.

“I am releasing Phakamisa on Friday and then the week after next, I will be releasing the last bonus track. Both these songs will have videos accompanying them as the Phakamisa one has already been shot. And with all of this, I will say thank you to my fans and bow out.”

Lastly, he announced that he will be leaving the music thing to Babes Wodumo who he describes as ‘indlovukazi”. Although, Mampinstsha announced that he is leaving the industry, he alluded to not staying underground forever.

Who knows, maybe the industry will be pleasant enough for him to drop a new album in the future. For now, let’s give the man some space.


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Top five Idols Give It Their All



Nosipho bows out of Idols after a nod from Matthew Knowles.

After 11 million votes over the past week, the Top Five contenders for the SA Idols crown have been announced – and Nosipho is not be among them. The 18-year-old took her final bow after getting the least votes; but not before receiving a vote of confidence from none other than Beyoncé’s dad and Destiny’s Child architect Matthew Knowles, who was a guest judge on tonight’s show.

Those left performed two songs each under the theme How It Should Have Been Done. The contestants took butchered songs by Wooden Mic contenders and showed Mzansi how they should have been done.

First up was Thando, who sang Jennifer Hudson’s Spotlight and Weakness In Me by Keisha White. Randall felt the “depth of feeling” was going to keep her in the competition for at least another week. Unathi called her performances bright and luminescent. Somizi and Matthew advised her to bring more energy into her performance instead of relying only on her pipes.

Niyaaz took a swing at Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes and Robin Thicke’s Lost Without You. Unathi said she would “love” for someone to sing at her like that every day; Matthew said he’d chosen great songs; Somizi enjoyed himself and Randall said the only thing Niyaaz had to think about was how to pick up the votes from fans of the fallen Idols.

Singing a Beyonce song in front of the man who “made” her must have been nerve-wrecking, but King B got a thumbs up from Matthew for his rendition of Irreplaceable. He also chose Say Something by A Great Big World. Randall offered up some advice along with praises. “There are performances when I think you can win this, and others where you’ve let me down. Consistency at this stage is critical,” he cautioned.
Yanga, whom all the judges predicted would be in the final two, chose What Is Love by the Empire cast and Whitney Houston’s eternal I Will Always Love You. “That was unbelievably beautiful,” proclaimed Somizi. Randall praised her song choices and her “fantastic” interpretation of Whitney’s ever-green classic. “You were a star!” declared Matthew.

Bringing the show to an end was Thato, who seems to be blossoming at just the right time. The judges unanimously declared him the winner of the first round after his performance of The Soil’s Inkomo. He followed it with Imibuzo by Nathi, which brought out profuse praise from Randall. “You are the one performer who sees beyond this competition, and you’ve got the biggest smile of all the contestants.” Unathi said she was imagining his name being called out at a festival, while Somizi said he was memorable.

Now that the number of contestants can be counted on one hand, the heat is seriously on. Fans have their work cut out for them as they fight for their faves to stay in the race.

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