Countless celebrities have been paying tribute to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), the late South African freedom-fighter and humanitarian who passed away at age 95 on Thursday. According to online reports, Mr. Mandela, affectionately called Madiba by his native South Africans, will be laid to rest in his hometown of Qunu following a thanksgiving service on Sunday, December 15.
GOING PLATINUM: Busy Signal reaps a platinum 'Watch'
Thanks to his hypnotic, chart-topping single "Bumaye (Watch Out Fi Dis)," top-flight deejay Busy Signal has gotten his first taste of platinum success. The hit song, produced by Major Lazer, was recently accorded the high honour by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Denmark, after the track and its accompanying video racked up an impressive 50 million views on YouTube. "I have been tremendously blessed, and I can't deny it," admits the deejay, whose voice is also featured in Pepsi's current international ad campaign.
ALL FOR ONE: Virgo to debut The Unit this month
"It will be the first time that I will get to perform on a major show with my own band," reveals reggae heartthrob Romain Virgo of his upcoming headline performance on the GT Taylor Christmas Reggae Extravaganza "We call the band The Unit because we work as a team. There is a oneness about how we work together. When I perform with them, it's not about Romain Virgo performing with a back-up band; it's about all of us working together to give the people a good performance every time."
A SONG FOR TWO: Ziggy and Dionne Warwick record a "feel-good" duet
Capping another banner year for the hard-working reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley has recorded a new song for 2013 Jamaica Jazz & Blues songbird Dionne Warwick's forthcoming duets album. "Feels So Good" is among the tracks that will appear on the disc due out next May on the singing legend's son's label. Among the other big names for the album are the likes of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Ne-Yo. Ziggy's Live in Concert CD, released this past summer, is favoured to win a Grammy nod when the Best Reggae Album nominees are revealed following the live nominations concert on Friday night (Dec. 6), hosted yet again by LL Cool J.