Good day to you – it’s been a momentous time in Washington DC with 50 heads of state from Africa taking part in the US/Africa Summit, and I’m glad to see there have been a lot of African musicians and actors participating too.
* Cheryl Boone Isaacs will stay on for another year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The former publicist, who acts as the public face of the Academy and decides who will produce the Oscars telecast, is the third woman to hold this role, so it’s good to see she’s been voted in for another term to stay the course.
* The Script filmed their latest music video in South Africa, for the first single off their upcoming album, No Sound Without Silence. The latest band to set a video in my home country (this one takes place in Alexandra in Johannesburg) and the song pays tribute to ordinary, every-day ‘superheroes.’ While the highly unlikely scenario of a father and his young daughter going to see a pop act perform in the heart of the township made me chuckle out loud, I appreciate the sentiment of the video – hardworking parents help fire up the dreams in young kids, after all.
* Maroon 5 will perform at the MTV Video Music Awards, which will be happening at the end of the month in LA. Previous winners themselves, the band will use the opp to showcase a song from their album V, which is coming out next month. Newly-married Adam Levine and co join a list of other entertainers who’ll be playing the show, including Usher and Ariana Grande.
* Grammy-winning folk duo The Civil Wars announced their break-up, which had been hovering over the group for some time now. Two years after they stopped touring owing to “irreconcilable differences”, Joy Williams and John Paul White will go their separate ways for good, and pursue their solo careers, as per Joy’s website message.
* And in case you missed the most epic wedding picture in the history of epic wedding pictures – thanks Jeff Goldblum!
[The Civil Wars, in happier times]