CSA Global is back with another round of entertainment’s hottest stories
Travis Scott electrifies SA audiences
Rap’s biggest rock star, Travis Scott embarked on the SA leg of his Birds Eye View Tour this past week. Backed by R&B star Bryson Tiller Johannesburg and Polokwane played host to the Houston rapper, who never fails to put on a show. Travis was joined on stage by local favourites Cassper Nyovest and Riky Rick, who warmed the crowd before La Flame took to the stage. Mosh pits and stage dives where the order of the day as Scott whipped the crowd into a frenzy performing songs from his entire catalogue. While he failed to perform his hit Goosebumps 14 times, both crowds were treated to an unforgettable night.
SA Animation studio, Triggerfish wins big!
Cape Town based film company, Triggerfish Animation, scooped a trio of prestigious international awards at film festivals in China, Canada, and France. The studio responsible for the hits Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba strike it big with their latest offering, Revolting Rhymes. The film, which was adapted from a collection of short stories by acclaimed author, Roald Dahl, premiered on BBC One last December and is now being recognised internationally. The film won Best Storytelling at the Shanghai International Film and TV Festival in China, then Best Animation at the World Banff Media Festival in Canada, and finished off with the Cristal for Best TV Production at Annecy in France, the world’s premier animation festival. With upcoming collaborations with the BBC and Walt Disney, Triggerfish and SA animation as a whole are set to grow in leaps and bounds.
Adidas Launches “Campus”
Adidas Originals launched their latest sneaker silhouette, Campus, at Area3 in Cape Town. Coinciding with Youth Day the launch was a vibrant affair anchored by the authenticity the brand is known for. The launch is the first in a series of product launches to take place in June, July, and August - corresponding with the release of the Campus, NMD, and EQT sneakers respectively. Area3 will play host to all three launches and serve as a collaborative space that offers young creatives the opportunity to be mentored by the cream de la creme of Cape Town creatives: Gabrielle Kannemeyer and Imraan Christian. The event was not merely a sneaker launch but the next step in the evolution of Adidas brand DNA. Find out more on area3.co.za
Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me releases in theaters
With the release of the biopic, All Eyez on Me, Rap legend Tupac Shakur, is once again stealing the headlines 21 years after his infamous death. The film documenting the life and legacy of the west coast rapper is directed by music video veteran, Benny Boom, has split opinions all over - drawing the ire of Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent while receiving praise from rapper The Game. A movie about such an iconic figure was always destined to provoke strong opinions. While Views from fans have been expectedly strong, the internet has also reacted in hilarious fashion- definitely worth a read.
Fashion flourishes in Florence
Twice yearly the fashion world descends on Florence for one of the most celebrated fashion events, Pitti Uomo. Not a fashion show, but a trade show, Pitti Uomo draws fashion houses and celebrities from across the globe for a showcase of the latest trends and a taste of what’s to come. The show is a mismatch of style trends our imaginations sometimes have trouble conceiving. From meticulously tailored dandies to the avant-garde street style ninjas, the show never fails to impress. Old and new school walk the cobbles of Florence while serving up a buffet for the gaggle of photographers eager to get their money shot. Everything about the event is over the top and that’s just how we like it. Pitti Uomo is a living summer style mood board we can’t take our eyes off of.
2 Chainz releases new album and two new videos
The Hair Weave Killer, 2 Chainz, is back with another album and not one, but two, new videos. With the release of Pretty Girls Love Trap Music, the U.S. rapper is back with another explosive collection of tracks guaranteed to keep you bobbing your head rapping every word. A single video would have satiated fans, but 2 Chainz has blessed his loyal followers with visuals for Sleep When You Die AND Blue Cheese, featuring the ever present Migos. Watch both videos below and tell us what you think.
Jay-Z announces new album
Rapper, media mogul, and now a father of three, Jay-Z has just announced the launch of his fourteenth studio album, 4:44. After being teased about the album for some time, fans of rap's elder statesman finally have a name and date for the release - June 30 (!). Jay - Z's decision to release the album as a Tidal exclusive has drawn some criticism from various quarters within the music industry. The decision comes as no surprise considering Jay-Z has a stake in the music streaming platform. While his last offering Magna Carter Holy Grail, was not warmly recieved, hopes are high for the follow-up.