Entries in South Africa (4)


Obama Teaches Young Cape Town Rapper How to 'Drop the Mike'

iStockphoto(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- President Obama was treated to an impromptu rap performance Sunday as he toured a classroom at Desmond Tutu’s HIV Foundation Youth Center.

“This is a pretty cool place to be,” the president said, before sitting down and asking two boys what they were working on.

A teenage boy in a hat then showed the president a music program he was working on. “Are you a rapper?” Obama asked.

When the boy said he was, the president asked him to perform for him.

The two “loosened up” before the boy, 15-year-old Aviwe Mtongana, aka “Katmeister,” performed his song, entitled “Hell on Earth.”

“Hell you earth, what people gonna do… on TV, you watching Scooby Doo… saying the punch line, he’s not cool,” he sang, through a thick accent. “Now you face the hardest living… Getting out there is not pimping… The real way is through rapping.”

When the song ended, Obama exclaimed “you gotta drop the mic!” as he motioned for him to do just that.

“I like that. Fantastic,” Obama said, as the boy sat back down.

Asked what it was like to rap for the president, Katmeister told reporters it was “cool.”

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Ruling: Katy Perry Song Not Harmful to South African Children

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF(JOHANNESBURG) -- Good news for South African Katy Perry fans -- her hit "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" will continue to be played on the radio in that country.  According to, the South African Broadcasting Complaints Commission has reaffirmed an earlier ruling that the song is not harmful to children.

A pastor named Ashby Kurian, a father of two daughters, had originally complained that the song was unsuitable for kids to hear because it "contained suggestions of nudity, inappropriate sexual behavior, and law-breaking."  In his original complaint, he wrote, "Please put a stop to this or we will have more...boys and girls ending up [on the news due to skipping] school, drinking and rape."

However, the commission found in its written judgement that despite the fact that the song mentions a menage-a-trois, streaking, skinny-dipping, drinking and "breaking the law,"  there was no "no excessively or grossly offensive language in the lyrics of the song," and so it didn't violate any of the country's broadcast codes.

The commission also stated, "Songs like this Katy Perry song exist in the context of our free and fairly permissive society," and added that parents should be the ones to protect kids from material they deem inappropriate.

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James Bond Finds Trouble in India

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(MUMBAI) -- Production of the next James Bond film may move to South Africa.

The Times of India reports the filmmakers behind the Daniel Craig movie have apparently been blocked from using trains in Mumbai for a key sequence, so they may pack up their movie-making toys and leave.

"South African authorities are waiting to provide everything that is required to support this movie," a source tells The Times.

The 23rd James Bond adventure -- the long-anticipated follow-up to 2008's Quantum of Solace -- is still set to premiere in November of next year.

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Former Matron at Oprah's School Acquitted of Abusing Students

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Discovery Communications, George Burns(SOUTH AFRICA) -- A former dorm matron at Oprah Winfrey's South African school for girls was acquitted Monday on charges she abused students.

Tiny Virginia Makopo had been accused of kissing and touching the girls, ages 13 to 15, shortly after the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls opened its doors in 2007.

Winfrey released a statement saying she was "profoundly disappointed" by the verdict.  The talk show host also said, "I will forever be proud of the nine girls who testified with the courage and conviction to be heard."

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