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Real Talk With Anele Mdoda Sometimes Accepts Payment For Interviews

One of the show's executive producers spills the beans.

Yusuf Stevens, one of the executive producers of the popular talk show told HuffPost South Africa that it is not uncommon for people to pay for exposure on the show.


Stevens says that brands pay for screen time on the show. He added that, however, this was not the Real Talk team's doing, but the SABC's sales representatives'.

"It is important to ensure the show is authentic. It's our job to take directives and make it fitting to the show," he was quoted by HuffPost SA as saying, adding: "We still control the interview, do the research and make it interesting to the viewers. Nobody interferes with our scriptwriting or research process."

The Daily Maverick reported earlier this week that half-a-million rands was paid for Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini to be interviewed on the show, which normally hosts artists.

Department of Social Development spokesperson Lumka Oliphant confirmed on Radio 702 that the department actually paid R5-million to the SABC for media exposure‚ including R149‚000 for the interview with Dlamini.

Stevens maintained that even though the interview with Dlamini was paid for, it wasn't a fluff piece, as is popular opinion.

"Go onto YouTube and watch the show. Some tough questions were asked," Oliphant said. "I don't think it was tainted at all. Mdoda makes sure the integrity of the show is upheld."

You can read the full report here.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (February)

Featuring Stonebwoy, KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Sarkodie, Efya, Shatta Wale and more.

In the world of Ghanaian music things have kicked into full gear. This month we had a very dope selection of songs, and all our favorite artists made the cut. Singles on point, visuals on point, collabs on deck, so what else is there left to do? Enjoy the music! Here we bring you the best Ghanaian songs that dropped during the month. Check them out below.

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Watch Adekunle Gold and Patoranking's Retro Visuals for 'Pretty Girl'

Adekunle Gold and Patoranking are serving vintage luxe aesthetics in the new music video for their 'Pretty Girl' collaboration.

Adekunle Gold has recently shared the visuals for his "Pretty Girl" collaboration with fellow Nigerian artist, Patoranking. The track features on his 10-track Afro Pop, Vol.1 album which dropped last year. The new music video, which was directed by Olu The Wave, is a fun and vibrant conceptualisation of the song's energy and central message about a pretty girl who's admittedly put them under a spell.
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