Sunday, October 29, 2006

1 Down, 2 to go : Telkom Cup

Bidvest Wits 1 (25. Hendricks 38 min) Kaizer Chiefs 2 (22. Kilambe 83 min, 100 min) 28th October 2006 Johannesburg Stadium, Johannesburg Telkom Cup, Round Of 16 Kick Off: 16h45 Temperature: 27° C

Chiefs came spectacularly from a goal down to defeat Wits University 2-1 at the Johannesburg Stadium, as they followed up their SAA Supa8 Cup title from a week ago by advancing to the ¼ Finals of the Telkom Cup.

It was Chiefs hero from a week ago Rotson Kilambe who once again provided Chiefs with the winning edge, as he scored a brace and collected the man of the match award and the ten thousand rands that came with it. The victory was made sweeter for Coach Ernst Middendorp as he celebrated his 48th birthday on Saturday, and will have additional cause for celebration on Saturday evening.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Poetic Justice

I known this woman for about 8 months and never did it cross my mind that she writes perfectly like the way ink dries on paper. Enjoy the poetic motion.

I Am A River
by Marcia Nonkululeko Tladi (South Africa)

I am a river

Mine is the nature of a river
My roots are in the high mountains
My destination the wide open seas
I am born of a natural spring
Without perversion or malice
They call it naivety, I will learn
Morning suns greet me and
I see the 15 moons of Uranus
Go over and under the Earth
Like lights on a Ferris wheel *
Yet my vision is two-dimensional
And innocent perceptions
Of a flat and square world, I acquire
Everyday I learn to flow -
Not fluently at first
Returning to my beginnings every nightfall
Long-anticipating the rains that will be my rite of passage

Mine is the nature of a river
When the summer rains pour profusely
I will swell at the breasts
I will break my banks in joyous ululations
While I make my descent
In fast furious currents from majestic hills
Taking with me every lesson in sight
Good or Forsaken
For I do not discriminate between sand, gravel or soil
And only later will I learn clear distinctions
Between good and evil

Mine is the nature of a river
I hail from dizzy heights and think myself infallible
But I soon learn that not all waters will put out the fire
And that not every course run yields results desired
And that my speed cannot be solely determined by my own will
So when the mountain softens its slope
I learn a gentler flow
When the route forks
I learn to listen for dangers ahead
For my sight is but of two dimensions yet
And I still harbour no bias to my lessons;
I barely discriminate between sand and soil

Mine is the nature of a river
As lessons learnt yield wisdom
My channels getting wider
I near my destination
And I question and I question
Why I have learnt to sift through the soils
If my journey should end so abruptly
Surely these lessons I should have learnt at the mountaintop
No answers forthcoming,
I let the anger go with all the silt I carry
And make a free fall into the sea

I am a river
One of many in the sea
Tomorrow I make a glorious ascent
To the blue skies above
I shall look down upon the earth and
Learn of horizons that make it round
And learn why the waters don’t spill out of the seas
And when I have my three-dimensional sight
I will explode in uncontainable jubilation
Onto the earth its mountains its soil
I will taste all that I wish of natural splendour
And I will fill rivers on mountains
And laugh secretly
As they make their eventful fall to their destination
For nature does have a sense of humour

I am a river
Pure of nature
Immortal and Pure

*** end ***
The © Copyright to this poem is owned by the author.

by Marcia Nonkululeko Tladi (South Africa)

It nibbles at my ear lobes
And whispers sweet nothings
To the tone of promises
Its tact is composed
Nothing hurried about it
Take your time
It seems to say
Take your time but
Show some urgency
It may not be there forever
You know
Someone else will take it
It says to me

It pacifies my lips
Soft sucking
Never fulsome
Tell me when you want me stop
It says to me
But I’m uncertain
Though not far at all from
Giving in
To the lushness
Of its touch
Voluptuously sensual
In its strokes

I lie in bed with temptation
Uncomfortably close to it
This time
My inhibitions fast escaping me
Leaving me alone
With this devil of a feeling
That lures me so cleverly
In the darkness
Further into the dark

It lures me so cleverly
Until someone hits the light switch

*** end ***
The © Copyright to this poem is owned by the author.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Lebo Mathosa

It's a sad morning in South Africa as we lost one of the best artists the country had. Lebo Mathosa. The Toyota Prado she ws travelling in lost control and smashed a tree, talking her valuable life instantly. Heres' more about the one tipped to take over the late Brenda Fassie's throne as the no nonsense diva. Sadly it's left untouched.

Lebo Mathosa is one of the hottest female singers in South Africa. Her professional dance act, sexy look and unique sound, which is a fusion of R&B, African music, dance and funk, has set new standards in the local music industry.
Lebo shot to fame in 1994 as front vocalist and dancer for the multi-Platinum success story, Boom Shaka. In 2000 she launched her solo career with her debut single Intro, a track that features on her debut solo album Dream. Four weeks after the launch of Dream, the album went Gold and in 2001 Lebo won Best Dance Album for Dream, Best Dance Single for Intro and Best Female Vocalist at the coveted South African Music Awards.
In 2001 Lebo performed at the South African edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town, the Celebrate South Africa concert in London's Trafalgar Square, on tour in Malaysia and Singapore and for the Malaysian queen. Back home she performed to over 16 000 people at Nelson Mandela's 85th birthday bash, to thousands of fans on Youth Day and Heritage Day. In 2002 Lebo performed at an Aids benefit concert in Botswana and Swaziland, for the showing of The Vagina Monologues and on tour in the United States.
Most of her performances have been broadcast nationally and internationally. She has shared the stage with world class musicians and recorded tracks with local and international artists, including with Keith Sweat on his Africa only album release. Lebo is known for her acting and singing roles in top South African television shows Generations, Backstage and Muvhango. She won the 2001 Style Best Dressed Woman of the Year Award and was nominated by FHM Magazine as one of Africa's sexiest women. Lebo has been on the cover of almost every local magazine and is regularly in the society pages of South African newspapers.
In addition to her live performances, she is sought after to perform at corporate launches and high profile private events. She owns the publishing rights for all of her albums and her deal with local record company Bula Records, has her with one album left to produce by the end of 2002.
RIP Lebo.

Cup Victory

In what was a match of two halves, the Mighty Amakhosi managed to put one past the "hoodoo" team, the so called cup kings, Supersport United FC on Saturday night to clinch their very first Supa 8 cup (previously known as BP top 8) in Durban. Scara Ngobese performed like a possesed man, running mazes through the United defence. In his trail he left three defenders chasing shadows as he pushed through left side of the 18 area before laying a cross for Rotson "Big Animal" Kilambe to slot home from an acute angle after Dennis Onyango parried the cross in his path. The solitary goal was all the Amakhosi needed to lift the cup, their second major, in six months.

Now next up is the league... Hmmm!

more of this at Kaizer Chiefs site...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Jay Z in .ZA

Now can I get an encore, do you want more
Cookin raw with the Brooklyn boy
So for one last time I need y'all to roar…”

With opening lines like these for a verse, one can understand why Jay Z is touted as the lyrical genius. His word play comes second to none of the other known words-smiths. His final leg tour with Rihanna, the Caribbean songstress, staged at the Dome in Northgate Jozi was one not to be missed. Our own Kabelo of TKZee fame was billed as the local supporting act and he did not disappoint. He delivered are spirited performance including hits from his latest offering and had the crowd in a grooving mood. Next up was Rihanna who made sure her presence was felt through her wicked dancing moves while belting out chart toppers like “ ‘Pon de replay”, SOS and finished off with a Bob Marley classic, Redemption Song that got hundreds of souls in the Dome singing along. Mo’ Faya! We thought. The mood dulled as there was silence for about 30mins while awaiting the show stopper of the night, Jigga.

Between the silence and going to the Heineken stand, I met a quite a lot of interesting aspects about the crowd in attendance. There were a large number of teen followers who most surprisingly were accompanied by their parents and or elders who couldn’t keep up with the demands of marauding through the dense crowd in search of a better view of the US hip hop mogul whom was eagerly awaited for with baited breath. It wouldn’t have taken a 6yr old whiz kid to realize that this was a hip hop concert. Fans came though in their enterprising regalia, blings of note, all things baggy and most notably all things beautiful. For the eligible bachelors, this was the perfect hunting ground. We all fell prey to Sean Carter’s, aka Hova, bite as his tour dj, Green Lantern, exqusitley introduced H to Izzo with a remarkable offering of supreme turntablism. Wicked scratches and beat cuts was the order of the day. Moment of truth. Enter Jay Z. From his first song, he had the crowd eating out of his palm. One great thing was that the show was about reaching the people- no dancers were present as part of his stage act. His sidekick, Memphis Bleek was on site to add jam to the doughnut while performing massive crowd favorites like: “Girls, Girls, Girls”, “Big Pimpin”, 99 problems” and all time classics like “ Hard Knock Life”. The screams could shatter ones ear drums but one had to endure it as this was a performance of high regard. Jigga made the stage his, connected well with his fans and kept them truly entertained. During his amazing set he paid tribute to hip hop’s most beloved sons and daughters from Tupac, Biggie, Aaliyah, Left Eye, Jay Master Jay, Easy E, etc to the crowds’ delight. The organizers did a splendid job, from security to the sound-all was great. The show was success and Jigga, personally, said the Jozi crowd was the best he’s seen.

In an orderly fashion, after the last beat dropped, the fans headed home after an experience I believe they’ll remember for moments to come. These words truly reflect the essence and the charisma that is H.O.V.A!

“Who you know fresher than Hov'? Riddle me that
The rest of y'all know where I'm lyrically at
Can't none of y'all mirror me back?

I came, I saw, I conquered
From record sales, to sold out concerts
So if you want this encore
I need you to scream, 'til your lungs get sore!!”

Our Greatest FEAR!

Our Greatest Fear

by:Marianne Williamson from her book "A Return to Love"

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Shrug the Slump!

Well, after the much anticipated and widely publicised "big giants" match, all i got after 90 boring, non-enterprising minutes was questions rather than 3 points!!! I'm talking about Saturdays Premier Soccer League game between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns. The game never, at any point, lived up to expectation. One amazingly buffling thing i saw was Scara Ngobese's game on the day. If i recall properly, he never made a forward pass in the opposition's half and direction.

Then there's the mostly / frequenly ineffective and mostly expensive Sean Bartlett. I'm not gonna be harsh on our 36yr old prolific striker but simply put the guy is not carrying his weight. No ball marking. No runs. If there's no Authur Zwane to pin those crosses so does that mean Bartlett can't score? I just hope that we get to rectify what's not working in "our" TEAM. We have a great squad assembled and they have the potential to win the championship.

After a 0-0 draw, i hope our next game against Supersport will bring us the Cup. Till then, Khosi 4 life!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Out about Newtown

Once again, the BlackModz went out on Thursday nyte to the ever impressive Ragga Nytes @ Horror Cafe` in Newtown, Dowtown Jozi! Here's the evidence...

All races united under the THREE colours. RASTA KNOWS LOVE NOT WAR!!!

For dem dat were there, dem who witnessed one of the hottest ragga / dancehall sessions the duo of Admiral & JahSeed delivered, it was a blast.RRRRAAA! I know of two 1st timers who came to Horror and as expected, dem got Hooked!Massive Reskpek to Andy and JahSeed. Wicked riddims!