How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Welcome to the third instalment and most astonishing chapter of, one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together to the very ends of the earth to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

VeeBeatsExclusive set to raise his bar in music industry

An emerging musical talent in Cosmo City, VeeBeatsExclusive, believes 2019 will be full of exciting opportunities to launch his career to the next level.

Born Isaac Sekonyela, the 26 year old has performed in the same stage with high-ranking artistes such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Areece, Siyashezi, Dj CitiLyts, Busiswa,

BigZulu, DJ Arch Junior,and Dr Malinga.

VeeBeatsExclusive is a versatile producer, songwriter and a singer based in Cosmo City. Due to his musical flair, he manages to produce music in various genres including Hip-hop, Trap, House, Cultural Music, Afro-Pop, R&B, Accapela, and Gospel.

He ventured into the entertainment industry in 2009 when his first track Lamatlhatso stood out for him. Since then, he never looked back and he has evolved into a multitalented artiste able to swing seamlessly from low-slung hip-hop beats to New-Age Kwaito and Gqom.

He has helped local artistes like BozzaDeGhost, Scima, MalakaScouting, Mr OK Molomo, Amo, 245Music, Flight Mode Gang, TorriX, BreezyThePlug and many more.

He recently teamed up with Ishmiza SA and Nelly for his fellatio-insinuating single Ha Ke Etsa So. Some of his famous tracks include Pinini Ponono and Imali Yengadi.

In an interview with the Chronicle, the Imali Yengadi hit maker said this he wants to be more progressive and productive this year, like never before.

“This year, it’s time to move to the next level,” VeeBeatsExclusive said. “I am looking forward to working on four exclusive projects. On 23 February we are dropping Scima’s Unembeza EP, before releasing Calvy B’s MotswAfrica EP on 15 June. On 3 August, we are expecting to drop Yellow Tape 2 with 30 tracks from different artistes. However, during the course of the year, I will be working with other artistes to release their singles.”

VeeBeatsExclusive added that in 2018, he did not get an opportunity to shoot music videos, and he hopes to shoot several videos this year.

“I want to do more this time,” he said. “The problem is people tend to show support only when you are already big in the music industry. I think we should have proper venues in the community to host arts and culture shows so that the young ones can showcase their talent and get the support at an early age.”

He expressed his preference for working with trend-chasing artistes who focus more on African concepts like Casper Nyovest. 

Politics the reason SA missed out on hosting AFCON?

Cape Town - South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan believes that politics was the real reason behind South Africa missing out on hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

South Africa were favourites to inherit the rights to host the prestigious football showpiece after original hosts, Cameroon, were stripped of the duty to do so in November last year due to a lack of preparation.

On Tuesday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced Egypt as the host nation with less than six months to prepare for the global event.

However, before the announcement, Jordaan was confident that SAFA put in a solid bid and that the country would host AFCON for a third time after doing so in 1996 and 2013.

Egypt have hosted the tournament on four previous occasions, most recently in 2006.

"If you compare South Africa with Egypt, we clearly have an advantage because we have the infrastructure, the experience ... just everything in place," Jordaan told City Press.

"The politics are another matter. Arab countries are very entrenched and CAF's headquarters are in Cairo."

In a year where South Africans are heading to the polls to vote in the national elections in May - a month before the tournament - many believed that SAFA's bid would fail.

However, when asked if SAFA received the backing of the South African government in their bid to host AFCON, Jordaan was extremely coy. 

"The bidding process was a late thing. We wrote to CAF to say they must give us details of what to expect from the government," he responded.

"Normally, the requirement would be infrastructure. There will be no cost incurred for infrastructure."

According to reports, R120 million is needed to stage the tournament and the financial-stricken SAFA approached the South African government for help prior to announcing their bid to take over from Cameroon.

Meanwhile, SAFA acting CEO Russell Paul said after CAF's verdict that he believed South Africa are far better equipped as hosts compared to Egypt.

"Without being arrogant from a technical perspective, there is no other country on the continent better-suited [than South Africa] to host, that can boast the infrastructure, roads and stadiums we have. We don’t have a fight with Egypt, we have a fight with the way the process has unfolded," he said as quoted by The Citizen website.

"We wrote to Caf before the announcement to say there is a list of requirements for a bid, a process to be followed. There is supposed to be an inspection team, but they never arrived in the country. Secondly, they said the announcement would be on January 9 and suddenly it was moved to the 8th.

"We had prepared a delegation to go [to Dakar] tomorrow, only to find the Egyptians had been there a while, with government representatives, ready to make their presentation."

The 2019 tournament will be the 32nd edition and will be played from June 15 to July 13.

Meet Legina, a singer who is on the rise in SA and USA

Legina is a South African R&B artiste who uses her American experience to influence the South African music industry.

Born Legina Sikwane, the 29 year-old singer rose to fame at a very young age when she started singing for a family band Sikwane Jazz Band. While under Sikwane Jazz Band, Legina managed to share the stage with performers like MormanChauke, Blondie Makhene, Victor Ntoni (the late), and Lawrence Matshiza. Legina performed in various venues across the country before moving to America. She also featured in the Mzansi Magic’s Africa Matters family documentary.

In 2016, Legina moved to America to pursue her musical career, and she made the kind of headway in the west that’s difficult to attain. While in America, she shared the stage with an American gospel group Gaither Vocal Group and she also opened stages for Australian politician Mary Jane Gillet.

“My mom introduced me to the music industry,” Legina told the Chronicle. “I do what I love in this industry, and I don’t just do it to be famous. Honestly, I love seeing how people feel whenever I perform; it is always an amazing feeling.”

With her family’s support, Legina told the Chronicle, she learnt a lot in America. For example, she explained, in America, most artistes have instruments as their back up whenever they perform, and it is important to master that. She added that while in USA, as an artiste from Africa, she received a good treatment.

“Right now, Gqom (house music) is taking over in our country,” Legina noted, “However, we are striving to bring back that R&B feeling in the industry. I want to bring the difference because there are people who follow pop and R&B in our country.”

Through her music, Legina said, she wants to bridge the gap between African and American entertainment.

On 9 November 2018, Legina released her single Heart of Gold which has been played on local radio stations, and also reigns on USA’s Radio Arplay.

She normally appears on stage alone and frequently features a keyboardist (Mac) and saxophonist (Norbert) to transcend her music repertoire.

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