The “Queen of Disco” is gone. Donna Summer died in Florida yesterday after battling cancer for some time. She was 63. The star was one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s and 80s, who managed to get many parts of the globe and the various generations jamming to some of her biggest hits. Those included She Works Hard For Her Money, Last Dance and Heaven Knows among many other songs. During her career she also won five Grammy Awards. She is survived by her husband and their two daughter.
Earlier the family released the following statement, “Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”
Singer and friend Gloria Gaynor had some lovely words for her fellow disco diva: “I am deeply saddened personally for the loss of my dear friend Donna Summer. She and I have been friends for a very long time, we were both known as the ‘Queen of Disco,’ but Donna always referred to me as the ‘First Lady of Disco.’ A fine lady and human being she was. She will be missed dearly by her colleagues, friends and family. She not only made her mark in my heart as well as others, but she forever changed the way of how America danced and enjoyed themselves. She may have had her ‘Last Dance’ here on earth, but ‘Heaven Knows’ it is “dancing with joy for her arrival.”
Other stars have also sent their condolences. Billy Ray Cyrus said, “The more I watch the tributes to DonnaSummer the more obvious it is what a HUGE impact she had on music and people around the world. R I P”. Elizabeth Hurley said on Twitter, “RIP DonnaSummer. Thank you for the hours of joy I have spent dancing appallingly to your fabulous music.” La Toya Jackson said, “I Feel Love, Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, She Works Hard For The Money, On The Radio, Last Dance what a great contribution to music DonnaSummer!❤”
An icon, a legend and a timeless star. May she Rest In Peace.
I’m sure this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards will honour the life of the late star. I’ll be up, as usual, covering the awards from my couch (One day I’ll be there) but for now we wait to see what Billboard has planned.
This is one of my favourite tracks at the moment. It’s one of those that makes me feel like I own this place, I’m on top form and nobody can get in my way. Well that’s what it does for me. It might evoke a different feeling, message for you, which I’m open to.
Just when you though the summer vibes were over, the Gatecrasher Summer Music Festival and Paul Van Dyk are about to keep it going this February. Taking place over the weekend of the 4th and 5th of February, the D’Aris Wine Estate in the Cape is going to get loud and festive. Gatecrasher was started in the UK and has since become a global clubbing phenomenon with electronic greats like Paul Van Dyk at the forefront of this festival.
He’ll be suppored by the likes of Dean Fuel, Headroom, Haezer, Niskerone, Broken Toy, Jason47, Digital Divas, Grimehouse and Marvin and many others will be keeping the party going all weekend.
Besides the music, here’s what else you’ll get if you attend the festival:
- Jet-skis, paragliding;
- Safe and secure camping
- Live saxophonist, percussionists
- Cocktail and martini bars
- Swimming, quad biking
- Food market
And so, so much more.
Pre-booked weekend passes cost R280 for general entry and R350 for VIP, with ticket sales available at Computicket. Weekend passes at the door cost R300 for general entry and R400 for VIP. VIP ticket holders will have access to multiple VIP covered areas, including VIP staging for premium views of the Gatecrasher main stage.
It’s November, it’s a couple of weeks before the summer break (if you’re in the Southern hemisphere) and with that comes some big club bangers. Here is one such track, it’s the new one from Pitbull, Timbaland and David Guetta! Love it.
1. For those who don’t know who Ian Credible is, who are you?
Ian Credible (AKA Ian Morrison) is a multi talented MC/DJ/VJ & Producer.
2. You’re an award-winning DJ. How did this interest in deejaying come about?
From my youth I have just been so interested in music and making it that I decided being a deejay would best describe my love for music.
3. You’ve played alongside the likes of FeU, Groove Armada and others. Tell us about one of your best DJ experiences.
One of my best DJing experiences was playing at the 2009 Ponta do Ouro Beach Party. It was just something different and exciting and I also enjoyed playing alongside Groove Armada when they where in South Africa at JET Nighclub.
4. You have a track out now with R&B star Lungelo. Tell us about that collaboration, how it came about and more about the song.
The song is called “Push It To The Limit’ and it’s my first single from my upcoming album which features ex-popstar R&B singer Lungelo. The song is very uptembo/dancy track. The track was produced by myself and Aaron B, a very close friend of mine. Myself and Aaron were just messing around in studio and we just started putting some drumbeats together until we found the right Rhythm for the song. We then gave it to Lungelo who was is so brilliant at what he does that he came up with the words within 2 hours of hearing the beat.
5. Closely linked to that, as someone who studied sound engineering, it seems quite trendy at the moment to mesh different musical genres together. One needn’t look further than the likes of David Guetta and the artists he has worked with, as well as Chris Brown and Benny Benassie collaboration “Beautiful People”. You’re now doing something similar. What do you make of this trend?
It’s a very successful trend and it seems to be working perfectly for the international acts. I decided to localize it and work with our very talented local musicians.
6. This is the first single off your upcoming album. Tell us more about that and what we can expect?
Yes it is the first single. I’m currently working on a lot of tracks for the album and it promises to be a very commercial/electro dance type of album with different types of sound influence. I plan on getting alot more artists to collaborate with me on this project and hopefully can be released on a international platform. We are also currently working on shooting a music video for the first single this coming month.
7. Who are you some of your favourite djs in the game at the moment?
I would say two of my favorite djs are DJ Fresh & Roger De Lux.
8. Do you ever go to a club when you aren’t working and find yourself listening to the DJ’s mixing and go WTF dude? Tell us about one of the craziest and worst mixes you’ve heard?
Yes I do go out with friends and just chill. Clubs tend to just book any dj just to cut down costs and that is why you get bad mixes. One of my worst expereinces was at Tao, Bedfordview when I heard some small time dj mixing and was so horrible. I couldn’t stand it. I personally went and told the owner to cut the music. It was some no name dj that was mixing using Virtual dj.
9. You’re pretty busy at the moment. How do people get in touch or keep up to date with all your news, party details etc?
People can get hold of me for any bookings via my manager: Mubanga@kushproduction/website: http://www.kushproduction.co.za/www.iancredible.co.za/Twitter: @Kush_Production/BBM Pin:276A1313 or @djiancredible
10. As a DJ you have your own definition of music. What words, or terms best describe music for you?
Music is ENERGY!
I dig this song and seeing this little sneak peek of Britney Spears’ ‘Till The World Ends’ is just a great way to start one’s Tuesday. She looks hot hot hot and the video looks like it’s the high energy, club-banger I was hoping for. The video is but awesome! Don’t forget the album, Femme Fatale is out in stores now.
TV presenter and entrepreneur Dalen Lance has landed himself a new gig. He’ll be presenting E.tv’s new reality dance competition, Step Up Or Step out. The competition kicks off on the 8th of May at 6pm. It will give 8 street dancing crews the opportunity to showcase their talents, all in the hopes of winning the grand prize of R100 000 and a headline gig at Caesars Palace.
Dalen,who is no stranger to the TV scene (High School Musical host and 20 Something, as well as several big commercials under his belt) says he’s excited at this new prospect. “Rhythm is in my blood and a series such as this is not only good fun, but exciting and I am really looking forward to engaging with the very talented contestants in all the different regions and sincerely wish everyone the very best. The competition has an energetic vibe unlike any other reality programme and this is certainly a show not to be missed by families on a Sunday evening before e.tv’s 8pm movie!”
Congrats to him. Nice one. For more information on the show check out http://www.stepuporstepout.co.za/node/17
You can watch my interview I did with Dalen a few years back here.