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World's Top 20 Best-Selling Albums

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' is the World's Best-selling Album!

Beyonce's Lemonade sold another 171,000 copies in its fourth week and is once again top of the Global Album Chart. With a total of 1,456,000 copies so far, 'Lemonade' is the 5th best-selling Album of 2016.

Drake's 'Views' has sold 1,506,000 copies after just three weeks. This week it's No.2 with sales of 143,000 globally .

The Best selling Album of 2016 so far is still Adele's '25' with total sales of 3,146,000. The Album has sold over 19 million copies, since its release on November 20, 2015.

The Highest debut on this week's chart is Meghan Trainor's second studio album 'Thank You'. It debuts at no.3 globally with 121,000 copies, 84,100 of it in the USA alone, another nearly 10,000 in United Kingdom, 5,400 in Australia and 5,200 in Canada.

1. Lemonade - Beyoncé - 171.000
2. Views - Drake - 143.000
3. Thank You - Meghan Trainor - 121.000
4. Cloud Nine - Kygo …

Groove Deck Urban

Craig David - One More Time

Ariana Grande cancels Rock in Rio performance in Portugal

Ariana Grande took to social media on Saturday to announce the cancellation of her performance at Rock in Rio due to a throat and sinus infection. The 22-year-old was scheduled to perform in Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday. The singer wrote on her Twitter and Instagram:

Martin Garrix & Third Party - Lions In The Wild'

'Can't Stop The Feeling' by Justin Timberlake is the World's best-selling Single for a 2nd week!

"Can't Stop the Feeling!" is a song recorded for the soundtrack to the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film Trolls. It was released as a single on May 6, 2016, and officially impacted contemporary hit radio on May 10, 2016. The song was written by Timberlake and Max Martin, who also produced the song along with Shellback. Timberlake gave his first televised performance of "Can't Stop the Feeling!" during the interval act of the Eurovision Song Contes…

Top 10 Dance Charts

Don't Let Me Down-The Chainsmokers Featuring DayaThis Is What You Came For-Calvin Harris Featuring RihannaNever Forget You-Zara Larsson & MNEK  Middle-DJ Snake Featuring Bipolar Sunshine  Roses-The Chainsmokers Featuring Rozes  Never Be Like You-Flume Featuring KaiLight It Up-Major Lazer Featuring Nyla & Fuse ODGFaded-Alan Walker Fast Car-Jonas Blue Featuring DakotaStay-Kygo Featuring Maty NoyesBillboard

Top 10 Urban Charts

One Dance-Drake Featuring WizKid & KylaPanda-Desiigner  VideoCan't Stop The Feeling!-Justin Timberlake 7 Years-Lukas Graham Work From Home-Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ign  Don't Let Me Down-The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya  I Took A Pill In Ibiza-Mike PosnerWork-Rihanna Featuring Drake  Pillowtalk-Zayn  Needed Me-RihannaBillboard

AKA Slams Zinhle On Social Media

If Kanye West had a brother from Africa,it would definitely be...

Yep, he's at it again!

On Friday (27 May) morning, rapper AKA took to Twitter to rant about his baby's mother after she pledged support for #TeamEuphonik and shared a picture of herself wearing Euphonik's #Nonke T-shirt, which was inspired by his rant about AKA and Bonang Matheba's relationship.

Oh, and he gave us permission to go ahead with the story.

Now go forth newspapers, magazines, blogs .... PRINT THIS SHIT.
— AKA (@akaworldwide) May 27, 2016 He then went on to mention that his mother pays more attention to Zinhle than she does to him which is painful for him. He told his fans that he's not allowed to get into his old complex to pick up Kairo and also alleged that Zinhle blocked all his numbers, so he couldn't call her.

Zinhle has addressed AKA's behaviour as she mentioned how he shouldn't have brought her mother into the situation and that if he has a problem with her, he should sp…

Rihanna To Release Dior Sunglass Collection

Check out Rihanna's New Sun glass Collection

Shade in style...

Rihanna has created a range of futuristic sunglasses in collaboration with Dior as part of her brand ambassadorship.

The collection is simply named “Rihanna", will be sold exclusively at Dior stores beginning in June. The design is one frame available in six color variations retailing at $840 while the 24-karat gold-plated edition which will cost $1,950.

The colors include blue,green,gold, pink, white and purple and you can check out how they look below:

Watch: Lady Leshurr '1 Million Views' Video

Lady Leshurr thanks fans with '1 Million Views' video 

Lady Leshurr continues to prove why she's been one of the most viral acts from the UK as well as being a talented rapper herself.

Fresh off her 'Queen on the Scene' UK Tour, Lady Leshurr pays homage to her 'Queen’s Speech 4' visuals which garnered one million views within a week and thanks her fans for the support with '1 Million Views' video which sees the  Birmingham native's footage from behind-the-scenes as well as her tour.

Check out the video below:

Adele Makes History...Again!

Adele is reportedly signing a new $130 million record deal and is making history.

Adele is already an incredibly rich woman, as she was named Britain’s richest ever female musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List in April this year, with a fortune of £85 million.

This has been contributed largely by the release of her album '25' which, to date, has the record of the world’s best-selling album of 2015. Well it seems that the 27 year old British singer is heading for a bigger pay check as the Guardian reported that Adele signed a multi-album contract with the Sony record label with a headline value of £90m which is equal to about $130 million.

This will be the largest contract ever given to a female artist. The ten-time Grammy winner seems to be the only person in the world that can still break records and shift millions of copies of singles and albums in a time when nobody seems to be selling albums and this deal seems ideal for both Sony and Adele.

Groove Deck Top 10 Charts

1. Ammara Brown-Mukoko ft Tytan

Rate: 3 1/2 Groove Speakers
Listen: Mukoko

2. Queen Vee ft Soul Jah Luv – Mari Mari

Rate: 3 Groove Speakers
Listen: Mari Mari

3. Kazz-Thinking of You

Rate: 3 Groove Speakers
Listen: Thinking of You

4. Soul Afrika-Just Because

Rate: 3 Groove Speakers
Listen: Just Because

5. Simba Tagz-No Pressure

Rate: 3 1/2 Groove Speakers
Listen: No Pressure

6. Adiona Chidzonga & Reverb7 – Million
Listen: Million

7. Zyon Black- Rudo Rwanhasi ft Aura The Poet

Rate: 3 1/2 Groove Speakers
Listen: Rudo Rwanhasi

8. Verseless-Simba ft Aura The Poet

Rate: 3 Groove Speakers
Listen: Simba

9. DJ Stavo- Ngimtholile Featuring Trademark & Muungu Africa

Rate: 3 1/2 Groove Speakers
Listen: Ngimtholile

10. Verseless-Breakfast featuring Thandie Lin

Rate: 3 !/2 Groove Speakers
Listen: Breakfast

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Chris Brown Wins Custody Battle With Royalty’s Mother

After so much back and forth on social media, Chris Brown and his daughter Royalty’s mother, Nia Guzman met in court on Tuesday (24 May) in a legal battle over Brown’s visitation rights.

The singer was seeking 50/50 custody, while Guzman was pushing for supervised visits only as she has claimed that Brown is an unfit parent in need of a monitor because of his alleged smoking and gang links, TMZ reports.

The court issued a gag order against Nia Guzman, and also agreed to Brown's figure of $2,500 a month in child support, an amount which Guzman had asked to be increased to $16,000. Chris Brown has been granted joint custody of one-year-old daughter Royalty which allows him to have his daughter 12 days a month, unmonitored.

This follows a recent dispute where the two the parents had over Royalty, which unfolded on social media. Brown accused Guzman of dressing their 2-year-old like a 16-year-old.

Ariana Grande - Into You

Alicia Ke…

Top 10 Hip Hop Charts

Nipsey Hussle - The Field ft. Bino & Young DolphChance The Rapper - Grown Ass Kid ft. Mick Jenkins & Alex WileyCam’ron - Oh Yeah ft. Juelz SantanaMigos - Say SumThe Game - MamaWiz Khalifa - Change ft. Curren$yJim Jones - Finesse ft. Rich Homie Quan, A$AP Ferg & DesiignerYoung Thug - Texas LoveThe Game - Two Blunts (420) ft. Wiz Khalifa & Lorine Chia50 Cent - I’m The Man (Remix) ft. Chris BrownDJ Booth

Top 10 Dance Charts

Don't Let Me Down-The Chainsmokers Featuring DayaNever Forget You-Zara Larsson & MNEK  This Is What You Came For-Calvin Harris Featuring RihannaMiddle-DJ Snake Featuring Bipolar Sunshine  Roses-The Chainsmokers Featuring Rozes Never Be Like You-Flume Featuring KaiLight It Up-Major Lazer Featuring Nyla & Fuse ODGFaded-Alan Walker  Fast Car-Jonas Blue Featuring DakotaSugar-Robin Schulz Featuring Francesco YatesBillboard

Adele Premieres Her New Video for 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)'

Watch the Music Video for Adele's 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)'

Adele debuted the stunning video for her new single 'Send My Love (To Your New Lover)' at the Billboard Music Awards last night.

Adele is currently on tour, but she gave the Billboard Music Award audience a gift in her absence tonight.

The mesmerizing video was filmed in London and directed by Patrick Daughter and sees Adele at the microphone singing, with images of her overlapping. It's a simple video, beautiful with the color, with her dancing, and gorgeous singing blurring together.

After releasing two ballads from the album, 'When We Were Young' and 'Hello', the new song is a more upbeat number, but still deals with the same themes.

Adele won five Billboard awards including 'Top Artist'.

Watch the beautiful visuals below:

Top 10 Urban Charts

Can't Stop The Feeling!-Justin Timberlake  One Dance-Drake Featuring WizKid & KylaPanda-Desiigner7 Years-Lukas GrahamI Took A Pill In Ibiza-Mike PosnerWork From Home-Fifth Harmony Featuring Ty Dolla $ignDon't Let Me Down-The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya  VideoWork-Rihanna Featuring DrakePillowtalk-ZaynNeeded Me-RihannaBillboard

Billboard Music Awards 2016: Winners List

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards were held on May 22, 2016, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and aired live on ABC with hosts Ludacris and Ciara.

The Weeknd who had the most nominations with twenty won the most awards on the night with eight, followed by Adele with five, who won Top Artist. Britney Spears received the Billboard Millennium Award whilst Celine Dion received the Billboard Icon Award in recognition of her career spanning over three decades. Madonna made an appearance to pay tribute to Prince. Adele premiered the music video for her single "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" at the ceremony.

Who won big at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards?

Check out the complete list of winners below:

Top Artist:

Billboard Chart Achievement Award (Fan-Voted):

Top R&B Song:
The Weeknd, “The Hills”

Top Billboard 200 Album:
Adele, 25

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber

Top Country Song:
Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”

Top Hot 100 Song:
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “Se…

World Day for Cultural Diveristy for Dialogue and Development

'Lost In Tongues' Anthology To Launch

On the 21st of May 2016 (World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and development) , we will
be publishing our 5th book for the year entitled "Lost in tongues". This free digital book/ (Anthology- compilation of poems), is part of a monthly project that we embarked on since the beginning of this year, and we are glad to say that the feedback from the previous publications has been overwhelming.

For this publication, we are glad to announce that we will be having amazing poets from different backgrounds featuring in the book. Some of the poets featuring are Peggie Shangwa (popularly known as Umind? ) from Zimbabwe ; Bruce Itai Chimani also from Zimbabwe ; Molly PoetMolz Thokwana from Botswana and Xolani Shekhinah Msimango from South Africa, just to name a few.

The book is guaranteed to be a blessing, and we know that you will definitely not only enjoy it, but learn and be inspired from it. Since this will be a digital book, t…

Top 10 Dancehall Charts

Long Finger Nail - IshawnaTom Cruise (Remix) – Don Andre feat, Ding Dong & Chi Ching ChingHard Ball – Masicka Bruck Fi Mi Back - Razor B Work – Rihanna feat. DrakeCheap Thrills – Sia feat. Sean PaulUse To - Harry Toddler Out Of Many (One) - Busy Signal Dancehall Dabb - Mr. Vegas Dancehall History – I-Octane feat. NinjamanReggae Vibes

Know Your Music: Cher

Happy Birthday Cher!

The ‪‎legendary diva Cher turns 70 today!

A happy birthday to an entertainer who has conquered the worlds of music, movies and TV, and both causing and surviving controversy. Cher is the queen of reinvention and her career has spun six decades and continues to be a powerhouse.

Cher is one of the top-selling female recording artists in history, being the only artist ever to score a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, 2000s and 2010s.

A talented actress as well as a powerhouse vocalist, she has an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, and three Golden Globe Awards on her trophy shelf.

What is your favourite Cher song or movie?

BET Awards 2016 Nominations

Drake, Beyonce and Rihanna Lead 2016 BET Awards Nominations

The full list of nominations for the upcoming 2016 BET Awards has been announced and Drake leads with nine nods!Beyonce and Rihanna both received five nominations each and Adele surprisingly scored a nomination as well.
Drake is nominated twice for video of the year with "Hotline Bling" and "Work" with Rihanna. Drake is nominated twice for best collaboration and three times for the viewer's choice award.
Chris Brown, Future and newcomer Bryson Tiller are up for four nominations each.
The BET Awards not only honors music – the show also gives out awards for Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Movie, and awards for athletes.
The 2016 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 26 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It has been announced that this year’s show will mark 16 years of must-see moments.

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Adele Andra Day Beyoncé K. Michelle Rihanna
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Bryson …

South Africa Leads In African Nominations at the 2016 BET Awards

Nominees for BET 2016 Best International Act: Africa

The full list of nominations for the upcoming 2016 BET Awards has been announced and for the African continent everyone has been waiting for the names of the African representatives for the 'Best International Act: Africa'. Leading the pack is South Africa with Black Coffee, Cassper Nyovest and AKA while Nigeria has two acts who have been previous nominees for the category.
The other nominees for 'Best International Act: Africa' include: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) Mzvee (Ghana) Serge Beynaud (Cote D’ivoire) Wizkid (Nigeria) Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Congratulations to all the African nominees for this year's BET Awards.

The 2016 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 26 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Who do you think will win "Best International Act: Africa"? #BETAwards16

Top 10 Hip Hop Charts

ScHoolboy Q - THat Part ft. Kanye WestSkepta - Numbers ft. Pharrell WilliamsJuicy J x Wiz Khalifa - All NightA$AP Mob - Yamborghini High ft. Juicy JMistah F.A.B. - Survive ft. Kendrick Lamar, Crooked I & Kobe HoneycuttMigos - Say SumWiz Khalifa - Change ft. Curren$yChance The Rapper - Blessings (The Tonight Show Performance)Jose Guapo - Run It Up (Remix) ft. Shy Glizzy & Boosie BadazzJim Jones - Finesse ft. Rich Homie Quan, A$AP Ferg & DesiignerDJ Booth

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Reviews on Trending Television Shows

What do we think about Lip Sync Battle Africa?

When LL Cool J announced the news that the successful celebrity entertainment show 'Lip Sync Battle' was coming to Africa, we were over the moon because we already love the US version, hosted by LL and his side kick the lovely Crissy Teigen.

'Lip Sync Battle Africa' premiered on MTV on the 14th of April 2016 with hosts South African media personality Pearl Thusi and Nigerian musician D’banj and the first African celebrities to battle it out were former couple, rapper Cassper Nyovest and media personality Boity Thulo.

Cassper surprised us with the wig he wore whilst performing Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' while Boity flaunted her assets as she shook her booty to 'Anaconda'. Strangely there was more booty shaking than the actual lip syncing on Boity's part although she came through as the winner of the first episode.

The following episodes have so…

African Top 10 Charts

1. Kwesta – Ngud' ft. Casper Nyovest (South Africa)
2. Church Why Ft. Jupiter - Survivor (Ghana)
3. Sauti Sol Ft. Alikiba– Unconditionally Bae. (Kenya/Tanzania)
4. Eddy Kenzo Ft. Patoranking - Royal (Uganda/Nigeria).
5. Nasty C – Hell Naw (South Africa)
6. Sarkodie – Hand To Mouth (Ghana)
7. Dela – Third Party Lover (Kenya)
8. Cassper Nyovest Ft. Mahotela Queens – Malome (Ghana)
9. Stanley Enow Ft. Ice Prince – Yours. (Cameroon/Nigeria)
10. Ahmed Sultan Ft. Femi Kuti & Fred Wesley – Afrobian (Morroco)

Zimbabwe Radio Awards Nominees

Online magazine, Celebrity Check will be hosting the inaugural Zimbabwe Radio Awards at the 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale Saturday, July 16 2016.

The initiative is a first of its kind with the intention of honoring Radio Personalities and legends for the amount of work they have put towards the complexion of Radio.

Celebrity Check is a Go Green Project and online platform (online magazine) for events, artists lifestyle, fan clubs, entertainment, Information, news where celebrities meet and communicate with their fans.

The awards ceremony will be running under the theme ‘Honoring a Celebrity behind a Celebrity’.

Personalities set to be honored involve those from independent players including radio stations such as Star FM, ZiFM, and four other stations owned by the government Power FM, Radio Zimbabwe, Sport FM and National FM.

Check out the nominees below:

Best Urban Female Presenter/ Producer

1. MisRed

2. Shelter Kwaramba

3. Nikki

4. Butterphly

5. Rumbi LOD

Best Urban Male Presenter/ Prod…

What We Are Watching

Reviews on Trending Television Shows

Will Jamal Die In Empire?

The plot thickens as we are one episode away from the season finale of FOX's 'Empire'. From the last episode we learnt that Lucious Lyon's mother, Leah Walker is still alive and was locked away in a facility and after how the episode ended we believe for a good reason. Look if your mother holds a knife to your neck and forces you to eat cake, you would want her locked away.

In this episode titled 'Rise By Sin', we find a new possible threat to the Lyons family in the form of an FBI agent, Tariq, who's snooping around to find evidence to pin Lucious. To achieve this he woos Cookie's naive sister, Carol and boy does she drink (remember she's just got out of rehab for substance abuse) and talk (a.k.a snitch). Lucious is overworking himself preparing for the ASA performance whilst avoiding his crazy mother. Grandma Leah is hurt that her Dwight (Lucious) doesn't want her at the ASAs and ha…

SABC Announces 90% Local Content

SABC to play more local music across platforms

In a move to promote South African music on the airwaves, the South Africa Broadcasting Commission’s (SABC) announced their decision to implement the 90% local music quota on its 18 radio station has been welcomed across the board.

The broadcaster announced on Wednesday that it had adopted the decision in a bid to ensure that more local content reflecting the diversity of South African cultures is prioritised.

Award-winning rapper AKA called it “the greatest victory in the history of South African music”. He was joined by other artists such as Arthur Mafokate, DJ Tira, Oskido, Cassper Nyovest, Zakes Bantwini.

Music veterans in South Africa including Sello "Chicco" Twala and Yvonne Chaka applauded the move however they highlighted the need for neutral compilers at the broadcasters as well as educating people on the importance of playing local music so that the musicians get paid.

So what do the new quotas mean for local musicians…

Groove Deck: New Music Videos

Groove Deck: New Music Videos

Queen Vee-Mari Mari ft Souljah Luv

UNA first lady Queen Vee released the visuals for her number one hit single 'Mari Mari' on Friday 29 April 2016 on Channel O and then uploaded the official video on the 1st of May and now you can watch it.

Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollet & Yazz-Chasing The Sky

With only two episodes left until the season finale of FOX 'Empire' things are heating up while the music gets better. Check out what we think is the best song to date in season two where father and sons perform together as one unit. ‪#‎Watch‬ Lucious,Jamal and Hakeem perform 'Chasing The Sky':

Janet Jackson - Dammn Baby 

While we're happy about the baby news, Janet Jackson reminds all of us why is ‪#‎legendary‬ in her "Dammn Baby" music video

K. Michelle - Got Em Like

Fifth Harmony - Write On Me

Jennifer Lopez - Ain't Your Mama

Prior to Mothers Day,Jennifer Lopez decides to make sure that everybody knows that she's nobod…

New Music: Alicia Keys-In Common

Alicia Keys Releases Her first Afro Beats Single “In Common”

It seems that the Afro Beats bug has bitten Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys as she has released her first Afro beats song titled 'In Common'.

The track, produced by Illangelo, is a light composition built on shuffling rhythms and a bouncing baseline.

Alicia and husband Swizz Beatz aren't new to the African sound as the couple showed some love for Nigerian superstar Wizkid's music on social media last year. Well this can only be the beginning of the Afro beat take over into the world's music mainstream, only time will tell.

In the meantime, check out Alicia Keys lay her vocals on the Afro Beats single:

Janet Jackson Pregnant At 50

Janet Jackson 'pregnant with first child' at 50

Just one month after postponing her world tour because she is ''planning a family'', 49-year-old legendary entertainer, Janet Jackson is reportedly pregnant with her first child.

The singer - who will turn 50 on May 16 - is expecting her first child with husband Wissam Al Mana, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Janet posted a video message to fans on social media:

''Hey you guys, on August 31 I launched the 'Unbreakable world tour. First I want to thank all the fans for coming out and seeing the show, you guys made it so enjoyable each and every night. We are in the second leg of the tour and there's been a sudden change and I thought it was important you be the first to know. My husband and I are planning a family so I'm going to have to delay the tour.  Please, if you can, try and understand it's important that I do this now, I have to rest up, doctors orders, but i have not forgotten a…

Afeni Shakur Passes Away At 69

Tupac's Mother Afeni Shakur Dies

While many have been pretty excited about the upcoming biopic 'All Eyes On Me', it is with great sadness to hear that the mother of one of hip-hop’s greatest influential and iconic artists', Afeni Shakur has died.

Shakur died on Monday at the age of 69, apparently from cardiac arrest.

According to reports about her death, deputies responded to a family member’s call reporting “a possible cardiac arrest” at Shakur’s Sausalito home at about 9.34 pm on Monday, resulting in Shakur being taken to Marin General Hospital, where she later died at 10.28 pm.

Born Alice Faye Williams in Lumberton, North Carolina in 1947, Shakur was a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and philanthropist later on in her life. Afeni was also a CEO of Amaru Entertainment, Inc, a record and film production company, she founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and assisted in forming Broadway musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' in 2014, which featured so…

Groove Deck Top 5 Music Videos

1. Ammara Brown & Tytan-Mukoko

2. Queen Vee - Mari Mari ft Souljah Luv

3. Queen Vee – Thirsty ft Buffalo Souljah

4. Dice - RAD ft. Cal_Vin

5. Hope Masike -Ndinewe

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G Scene: The Beat Goes On

'Natural Hair' Bringing Women Together In Art'
By Peggie Shangwa

The Beat Goes On is a term made popular by Sonny and Cher’s composition in 1967 and on the 22nd of April 2016 three song birds gathered together to Bring the Beat to Harare at Alliance Francaise. As guests arrived for the show set to start at 7:30 you could feel the excitement and eager anticipation of each one to see what was in store. And the Ladies did not disappoint.

 The hostess for the night was yours truly, popularly known as Umind?! A Christian writer, singer, speaker, MC and Spoken word artist. Who also opened with a one piece set titled Beat Goes on which was a fusion of music and poetry a tribute to the Evening.

Eve Kawadza affectionately known by fans as E.K opened up the show with a riveting set that took her audience with her into a World where beat sits stitching you mystery in songs from love to wisdom nuggets whilst beckoning you to take a stroll on the dance floor. Garisanai the single she r…