Video: Tributes rain for Aretha Franklin, Blackface v Wizkid, Banky W

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====Blackface, a member of the defunct Plantashun Boiz music group is in the news again for what is gathered to be a copyright infringement case.

The embattled musician threatened to sue one of Nigeria’s biggest artistes, Wizkid and his former record label owner, Banky W for copyright infringement.

Blackface alleged that the pair stole a line from one of his songs and used it in one of their hit tracks titled Slow Whine in 2011, without giving him credit for it.

Blackface, middle, with Wizkid and Banky W

He posted an audio on his Instagram page of the track he claimed Wizkid and Banky W stole and also posted an audio of his own track, perhaps for fans to notice the similarities and judge.

====Madonna on Thursday took on the mantle of a “berber queen” to celebrate her 60th birthday, touring Morocco’s former imperial city of Marrakech under the radar of the paparazzi.

Hashtagged #birthday #magic #Marakesh, pictures of the American pop superstar have gone viral on social media since she posted a portrait bedecked in berber jewellery and brandishing a sign that reads “The Queen”.

===Let the celebrations begin! On Thursday, Nick Jonas and his family were photographed arriving at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai ahead of his and Priyanka Chopra’s engagement party.

Nick had proposed to the actress following a trip to London on her 36th birthday. During their vacation, Nick managed to sneak away, at which point he shut down a Tiffany & Co. store to select the perfect diamond ring for his bride.

Priyanka showed off the massive engagement ring, which is estimated to be worth nearly $200,000 and features a “high quality cushion cut weighing around four carats.”

If the wedding festivities are as flashy as the diamond ring, then fans of the duo are in for a treat!

====Tributes have continued to pour in from the world of entertainment and politics for Aretha Franklin, the 76-year-old US singer known as the Queen of Soul, who died on Thursday.

Aretha performed at the inauguration events for three US presidents and was a powerful advocate for civil rights movement.

President, Donald Trump, former President Bill and his wife Hillary and former President Obama and his wife Michelle are among the thousands of people who paid tribute to the late Musical Icon.

President Trump described her as a “great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice”.

Aretha was described as one of America’s greatest national treasures; an elegant, graceful and utterly uncompromising artist who stirred souls for more than 50 years and helped to define the American Experience”.

Former President Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle, in a joint statement, said: “In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade-our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect; she helped us to just forget about everything else and dance.”

Remembered for hits like R.E.S.P.E.C.T and I Say A Little Prayer, the Queen of Soul won 18 Grammys and had 17 Top Ten US chart hits over a musical career spanning seven decades.

Aretha was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music.

The singer died in her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones.
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And our Music pick of week: Respect by Aretha Franklin.


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