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Words: Tshiamo Seape
Live Action Aladdin gets a new cast
The latest casting news out of Walt Disney Studios is sure to have die hard fans, casual movie goers, and anyone with a pulse, excited about the next in the long the long line of Disney live action remakes – Aladin. After months of speculation, the cat has been let of the bag (or perhaps the genie out of the lamp). Will Smith, veteran actor and entertainer, will be the voice of the Genie, while relative newcomer Mena Massoud and Power Rangers star, Naomi Scott will play Aladdin and Jasmine respectively. The cast of the Guy Ritchie directed movie was announced at Disney’s biennial D23 entertainment expo, where the company also unveiled news regarding their other properties like Marvel. With the enormous success of Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella, Disney is surely expecting another hit when Aladdin hits theatres.
Atari releases first new console in 2 decades
Every now and then something comes along to spark the imagination and transport us to a time when work, the world and everything in between couldn’t weigh down our wildest dreams – a nostalgic gift that makes us yearn for the simpler times. A year ago Pokemon Go had us all swept up in nostalgic fever, and more recently the relaunch of Nintendo’s earliest console – the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), have treated fans to several trips down memory lane. Atari, the legendary game developers behind classics like Pong and Pac-Man, has joined the fray and introduced their own retro console: The Ataribox. Like the NES the Ataribox will come preloaded with a static selection of classic games. What sets this release apart is that Atari is not merely retro gaming housed in modern hardware, but it has promises that and “current content”. What this means is still unclear, but it certainly makes for a suspenseful reveal.
Jacque Njeri’s mesmerising Maasai art
Jacque Njeri is a Kenyan digital artist who taking her cultural heritage and transplanting it into the 21st century. With her latest series – cleverly titled MaaSci, Jacque draws from her rich heritage to create images that don’t resemble anything we’ve seen before. In her art the proudly traditional Maasai are depicted flying through space and exploring far off worlds. The juxtaposition between old and new is a treat for anyone who stumbles upon this series. With such an amazing work to her credit, we can’t wait to see what’s next on her horizon.
DJ Lag delights fans with free EP
There’s no such thing as a free lunch (or so the saying goes). But, if you happen to have a cellphone and the will to hear the latest genre defying release from “Gqom King” DJ Lag, then you’re in for a treat because the KZN native just released his EP Trip to New York, for free, via Whatsapp. All fans had to do was sign up on Lag’s official website and on midnight of the 14th of July the EP, along with a thank you message, was sent to fans across the world. Whatsapp has long played a crucial role in the spread of Gqom music. The platform is a cheap and easy way for songs to shared on group chats in their humble places of origin before spreading to a global audience. The three track EP is a triumph and even features a remix from Manthe Ribane’s own producer Okzharp.
In promotion of the EP release DJ Lag will be performing live on the 20th of July in Cape Town
KFC makes cool clothes
Chicken was never enough! The chicken was (is) great, but the Colonel is ready for more. In their latest offering the chicken giant is venturing into apparel with a new line of clothes and accessories. To most the idea may seem half baked, that is, until you feast your eyes on some of the not-too-shabby socks, shirts, and pullovers. The collection also features several chicken themed enamel pins and home accessories. This new side might not be to everyone’s taste, but we certainly can’t fault them. The collection is available online now.