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Japan studio boss at loss for words as he mourns bright, young staff

Musician News South Africa

Many victims of an arson attack on an animation studio in the western Japanese city of Kyoto were young with bright futures, some joining only in April, the company president said on Saturday, as the death told climbed to 34.
'Many victims of an arson attack on an animation studio in the western Japanese city of Kyoto were young with bright futures, some joining only in April, the company president said on Saturday, as the death told climbed to 34.'

South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dead at 66

Musician iAfrica.com

We pay tribute to a true South African icon, a legendary Zulu scholar and singer who tore down so many walls for our generation.
'We pay tribute to a true South African icon, a legendary Zulu scholar and singer who tore down so many walls for our generation.He was one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s. ‘His music had the ability to unite people across the races and bring them together as a community,’ _South Africa’s governmental Facebook page South African singer Johnny Clegg died on Tuesday at the age of 66.He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.He had launched a series of farewell tours in 2018, appearing on stage with a variety of artists, including his son Jessie Clegg.Family spokesperson Roddy Quinn shared the news in a statement on Tuesday night. “It is with immense sadness that we confirm that Jonathan (Johnny) Clegg, OBE OIS, succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 on the afternoon of 16 July 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg, South Africa.” Clegg was survived by his wife of 31 years, Jenny, and their sons Jesse and Jaron. “His passing has left us numb and we request that the family’s privacy be respected during this trying time.The family will be holding a private funeral service and we ask you to please respect the families wishes.There will be a service for the public to pay their respects and the details hereof will be announced in due course,” Quinn said.A Grammy nominee and Billboard music award winner, British-born Clegg was known by many South Africans as “umlungu omnyama,” or “the black white person.” He spoke fluent Zulu and mixed it into his traditional folk music, or “mbaqanga.” EARLY LIFE AND CAREER Clegg was born on 7 June 1953 in Bacup, Lancashire, in England and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, with his Rhodesian mother when he was six years old.His exposure to Zulu migrant workers during adolescence introduced him to the culture and music.His involvement with black musicians often saw him arrested during apartheid.At the age of 17, together with Sipho Mchunu, he formed a band called Juluka.At the age of 33 in 1986, during the height of apartheid, he partnered with Dudu Zulu to form his second inter-racial band called Savuka.Clegg also recorded several solo albums and enjoyed international success, selling out concerts wherever he performed.Apart from lecturing at the universities of the Witwatersrand and Natal, Clegg studied anthropology and combined his studies with music.He was awarded by a number of local and international bodies for his contribution to music and society notably by the French Government in 1991 with a Knight of Arts and Letters, and in 2015 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.In 2012 he received the Order of Ikhamanga from the South African government.He was also awarded a number of honorary doctorates.He authored and published the book  UkuBuyisa Isidumbu  and presented papers on  The Music of Zulu Immigrant Workers in Johannesburg  in 1981 at the Grahamstown International Library of African Music and  Towards an understanding of African Dance: The Zulu Isishameni Style  in 1982 at Rhodes University.CARTOON: JOHNNY CLEGG’S FINAL JOURNEY – Dr.Jack – EWN His 1987 hit “Asimbonanga,” a tribute to Nelson Mandela, who at the time had been imprisoned on Robben Island for over two decades, was one of the high points of a glittering career.He went on to perform the song for Mandela onstage in South Africa at the popular Aids awareness concerts that Mandela organized. . The post South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dead at 66 appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

In memory of our Johnny Clegg

Musician CapeTown ETC

Few people come into the world and make it more whole, leaving behind a huge gaping hole when they go.Johnny Clegg was one of those people.The musician touched the hearts of everyone he met, and although he is gone, his legacy of making our country
'Few people come into the world and make it more whole, leaving behind a huge gaping hole when they go.Johnny Clegg was one of those people.The musician touched the hearts of everyone he met, and although he is gone, his legacy of making our country a better place and spreading joy remains.Johnny was born in Bacup, Lancashire England in 1953 to an English father and Zimbabwean mother, from the start he was different and he was never afraid to stand out.Here are just a few of the amazing things we feel Johnny’s life brought the world and especially South Africa that we will be ever grateful for. 1.Unity Known as the White Zulu, Johnny has been proving to people around the world and especially South African’s that we are one.Back in the days of Apartheid he would often get himself into trouble while coming together with likeminded people to play music and be merry.If there’s one thing Johnny taught us it’s that we should love our fellow human beings no matter their race, religion or circumstances. 2.His Music It goes without saying that Johnny was a legendary musician that few could measure up to.His music became the theme song of a nation and instantly made you feel happy whenever you were down.There’s not a second of his performances or recorded works that are not sang and played with the utmost passion capable of bringing you to tears. 3.His Dancing No man could deliver as passionate or high a kick as Johnny Clegg.His dance moves have iconicity uplifted and excited audiences around the world and you simply couldn’t watch him dance and stay still.He had a dance sense unlike any other and a groovy style that made you want to get up and join him. 4.Love Over his career and his life, Johnny brought love to the hearts of many.From his family to his fans, fellow musicians and every human that crossed his path.He was an unconditionally loving person who didn’t ever need a reason to be kind or caring. 5.Passion Even while battling cancer Johnny never gave up on his dreams and his passion never faltered.Although he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 he kept going for four years.He traveled the world and played his music for massive crowds sharing what he knew was his last tour.He may not be with us anymore but the legend and the legacy of Johnny Clegg will live on for generations to come.Inspiring those who are afraid to reach for their dreams, to love one another, to dance, to sing, to enjoy life and to remember how unexpectedly short it can be.If we all tried to be a little more like Johnny Clegg the world would be a better place.Hamba kahle, Johnny.Instead of sending flowers you donate to the Friends of Johnny Clegg foundation here . Pictures: Facebook/Johnny Clegg . The post In memory of our Johnny Clegg appeared first on CapeTown ETC .'

Heidi Klum registered her third marriage with Musician Tom Kaulitz Secretly

Musician The Women Journal

German supermodel and TV personality Heidi Klum 46, decided to marry German top musician Tom Kaulitz 29. Heidi Klum was a former judge in a TV show ‘America’s Got Talent’ and a host in ‘Project Runway’ while Tom Kaulitz is a guitarist for Tokio
'German supermodel and TV personalityHeidi Klum 46, decided to marry German topmusician Tom Kaulitz 29. Heidi Klum was a former judge in a TV show ‘America’s GotTalent’ and a host in ‘Project Runway’ while Tom Kaulitz is a guitarist for Tokiohotel. After a month when gossips were spread couple come forward and disclose their relationship at the Cannes amfAR gala on May 2018. The last Decemberat the time of Christmas both were engaged and in February they registered theirmarriage. Klum has been enduring criticism because of the 17-year age differencethat the couple has. Heidi Klum ties the knot for the third time https://t.co/P3x6Fx3HNL pic.twitter.com/LUe3CbILlS — All4Women.co.za (@all4women) July 12, 2019 She said, “Of late, I’m beingreminded more about my age by individuals other than myself.” “My husband is numerous years younger than me, and many individuals areinterrogating and asking regarding it. Idon’t generally consider it that much generally. You need to simply carry onwith a cheerful life without stressing a lot over what individuals think sincestressing is just going to give you more wrinkles.” In January, Klum told Ellen, “I’vebeen married twice. Despite everything, Ihave confidence in love and marriage. I do. Despite the fact that I’ve failed twiceat it. I estimate I’m not generally excellent at it, but I found an incredibleindividual. We should perceive what occurs.” This shows Klum’s third marriage.Her first marriage that kept going from 1997 to 2002 was with stylist RicPipino. She was then married to performer Seal from 2005 to 2014 with whom shehas three youngsters.'

Sheeran Doubles Fortune But Lloyd Webber Is Richest UK Musician

Musician iAfrica.com

Broadway giant Andrew Lloyd Webber has leapfrogged Beatles legend Paul McCartney to become Britain’s wealthiest musician with an estimated fortune of £820 million ($1 billion, 953 million euros), according to the Sunday Times Rich List, published
'Broadway giant Andrew Lloyd Webber has leapfrogged Beatles legend Paul McCartney to become Britain’s wealthiest musician with an estimated fortune of £820 million ($1 billion, 953 million euros), according to the  Sunday Times Rich List , published Thursday.Lloyd Webber, 71, wrote the scores for musicals  Cats ,  The Phantom of the Opera  and  Evita  and was described by the  New York Times  as “the most commercially successful composer in history”. McCartney and his US wife Nancy Shevell’s fortune has dropped by an estimated £70 million to £750 million, with Irish band U2 in third place with a joint worth of £583 million.Singer/songwriter Elton John, subject of new Hollywood biopic  Rocketman , was in fourth place, with £320 million, while Rolling Stones icons Mick Jagger and Keith Richards occupied the fourth and fifth spots.Contemporary star Ed Sheeran, currently packing out stadiums around the world, was the fastest riser, doubling his wealth in the last year to £160 million, overtaking soul singer Adele.Grime artist Stormzy makes his debut on the top 40 list with a fortune of £16 million.EWN . The post Sheeran Doubles Fortune But Lloyd Webber Is Richest UK Musician appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

How To Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep

Musician iAfrica.com

Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker.His mission is to share the healing power of music through education and performance.He specializes in placing music and wellness programs
'Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker.His mission is to share the healing power of music through education and performance.He specializes in placing music and wellness programs in organizations who focus on people with disabilities and people recovering from addiction.Donovan performs with his band Sun King Warriors and was a founding member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root.There he co-wrote the song “Send Me on My Way” featured in the movie Ice Age and became the first song on Mars where it “woke up” NASA’s Mars Rover.TEDx . The post How To Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

Game Devs Allege Extreme ‘Crunch’ Overtime at ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Studio NetherRealm

Musician News South Africa

Days after Mortal Kombat was inducted into the World Videogame Hall of Fame, multiple sources at its creator (Warner Bros Interactive studio NetherRealm) are alleging a toxic workplace with 100-hour workweeks, Variety reports, citing seven current
'Days after Mortal Kombat was inducted into the World Videogame Hall of Fame, multiple sources at its creator (Warner Bros Interactive studio NetherRealm) are alleging a toxic workplace with 100-hour workweeks, Variety reports, citing seven current and former full-time employees and contractors: Reports of low pay and the crunch of extreme overtime as workers tried to finish the game on time initially surfaced about NetherRealm Studios on social media earlier in April, but those issues appear to be symptomatic of a long-term poisonous work culture at the studio, according to seven people who spoke to Variety — five of whom asked that their names not be used for fear of reprisals… The common thread among all the sources was that they said they felt the pressure to work long hours came with the threat of being replaced or denied a chance at a more… One current employee said that he and others at the studio have been working 60 to 70 hours per week, seven days a week since January. While he said various factors are to blame for the crunch, such as poor communication and mismanagement, he cited a January marketing event for “Mortal Kombat 11,” called MK Day, which put the studio behind significantly… The catch-up still persists, even though “Mortal Kombat 11” was released on April 23. Problems with in-game currency and exploits have the studio working on its third patch to fix glitches, and it already has two more patches planned. When asked how the studio higher-ups are positioning this “catch-up” work, the current employee said that they phrase it very carefully. “I think they walk that fine line really well,” he said. “So it’s a lot of implying, not up-front. They don’t tell us, ‘You have to work these hours.’ They also don’t tell that to any of the temporary/contract employees. When we interviewed all of our contractor/temporary employees, my direct manager would tell them, ‘Overtime isn’t mandatory, but everyone is expected to do their fair share.’ Meaning when we have it — because even before we started interviewing and building up our temp team, we already knew there’s going to come a point where we’re going to start crunching because we’ve been doing this since time immemorial, [on] every project.” Some full-timers have taken to living at the studio when working the most intense periods of crunch, he said, sleeping in their office or on an inflatable sofa in their cubicle. One employee has even been spotted wearing a bathrobe while in the studio. One source said that for some of the temporary positions, it’s easy enough to replace those who don’t crunch with a new batch of eager contractors. Many temporary employees are recruited from DePaul University, the person said, and are students who are willing to work a nine-month contract for $14 an hour in exchange for the chance to work on a triple-A franchise. In a statement to Variety, NetherRealm Studios said they were “actively looking into all allegations” as “we take these matters very seriously and are always working to improve our company environment.” But last week James Longstreet, a developer who worked on 2011’s “Mortal Kombat,” posted on Twitter that “The [Mortal Kombat] team’s stance is that crunch works, and MK games are always profitable, so it’s clearly the right thing to do. “It’s wrong — crunch doesn’t work, the workers don’t see the profit (bonuses at WB games are capped to a small percentage of salary), and it ruins lives.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.'