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Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Nairobi, Kenya

Conversations On Africa’s Creative Industry Will Be Held At Canex Wknd 2022 From November 25 Through 27 And Will Feature Idris Elba, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, And Didier Drogba.

Idris Elba, a world-famous performer, will appear at the Creative Africa Nexus Weekend (CANEX WKND 2022), which will be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from November 25–27, 2022.
The actor has a number of events planned for Saturday, November 26, including one of the “When Giants Speak” Fireside Chats.

As part of the CANEX WKND program, which also includes panel discussions, Fireside Chats, Masterclasses, and Live performances, Idris Elba will provide his wealth of knowledge and insights into the international film industry.

Elba, who has roots in Sierra Leone and Ghana, is a shining example of how successful people of African heritage have been in the worldwide entertainment business.
He joins a roster of more than 100 eminent speakers from Africa and the diaspora who have confirmed their attendance at Africa’s most sought-after meeting of creatives. They represent a variety of creative sectors.

In separate “When Giants Speak” Fireside Chats on Friday and Saturday, respectively, Didier Drogba, a retired Ivorian professional footballer, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian author, and speaker will also contribute to the conversation.

 

CANEX WKND, which is being put on by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in collaboration with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, is a significant step in the implementation of the Bank’s Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) program, a multifaceted intervention aimed at supporting and developing Africa’s rapidly expanding creative and cultural industries. The African diaspora is a crucial part of the CANEX program, according to Afreximbank.

Some of the top creative figures, authorities, businesses, and thought leaders from Africa and the diaspora will also be featured at CANEX WKND, including:

Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigeria)
Alex Okosi, Managing Director of EMEA Emerging Markets at YouTube (Nigeria)
Elvis Adidiema, Director, Sony Music for French-speaking Africa (Congo)

Abdul-Karim Abdullah, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Culture Management Group (CMG) and Afrochella Festival (Ghana)
Magali Ohouens, Modern Art Specialist & Exhibition Coordinator at Cécile Fakhoury Gallery (Côte d’Ivoire)
Armando Cabral, Founder and Creative Director, Armando Cabral (Portugal)

All Masterclasses that start on Thursday, November 24, as well as all sessions, are open to all registered CANEX WKND delegates.
Visit www.CANEX.Africa

for additional details and to register for free.

Content courtesy of CANEX Africa & NFH

 

DStv: The DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival 2022

DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival, The seven-year-old event is geared toward fans of both music and cuisine.
The nation’s premier culinary and music festival is back after a two-year hiatus, bringing excitement to Gauteng’s Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit for the Heritage Day weekend.
The festival honors the biggest national and international acts as well as gastronomy and music. International musicians Burna Boy, Stereo MCs, Digable Planets, and Babyface will perform at the 2022 DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival took place on September 24–25.

The stage will be graced by South African superstars including Simphiwe Dana, Zenzi Makeba Lee, Msaki, and spoken-word master Lebo Mashile.

After a two-year break caused by the virus that paralyzed the planet, the much-awaited return of the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is just days away.
The best in local and foreign cuisine will be served, and a match will be lit to ignite the dance floor, so there won’t be much time for standing still at this year’s event.

As “a music festival for food enthusiasts and the food festival for music lovers,” the event was introduced in October 2013 with the goal of showcasing both domestic and international culinary and musical talent.

A unique tribute to South African singer-songwriter and activist Miriam Makeba, whose music and work contributed to the campaign for black people’s freedom and equality, will take place at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit during heritage weekend.

There are many fun events over the two-day festival to keep you engaged. Here are five delectable festival foods to indulge in this year.

The Top Five Items Served During The Dstv Tasty Festival

Food
It’s no accident that the festival is called Delicious. This year, there will be over 100 merchants delivering the freshest gourmet street cuisine as well as a variety of fascinating dinners. In Greenside, Johannesburg, one of these vendors is the recently opened Best Friend Street Bar restaurant. They have a wide selection of drinks that go well with their food, which includes everything from burgers, pizza, and prego rolls to beignets.

The ambassador lounge will include a tempting menu from celebrity chef Siba Mtongana. “Because it is at a racecourse, we have taken an effort to ensure that we curate an exceptional and personalized meal. The exquisite, sophisticated, and Sibalicious lounge cuisine for this year relates to the opulence of the ambassador lounge.

To recreate the gourmet dining experience, we’ve borrowed a few ideas from my restaurant in Cape Town.
However, we also recognize that this is a special occasion, so we don’t want to go overboard,” she adds.

The publication of the cookbook DStv: Delicious Festival: Our Story & Recipes, which can be purchased for R390 equivalent to Ksh 2642 Kenyan shilling online at That Food Guy Shop, is an exciting aspect of this year’s event.
The cookbook, which is devoted to celebrating South Africa’s variety via food and music, includes recipes and tales from regional musicians who discuss their favorite dishes and food-related experiences.

It’s the ideal collector’s item for any fan of a delicious festival, featuring dishes like Lorna Maseko’s stuffed leg of lamb with spinach, tomato, chili, and biltong jam, J’Something’s crispy Korean cauliflower with toasted cashew and cauliflower stem salsa, and the festival’s own chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches.

Music
The main stage of this year’s delectable festival is the best location to dance the night away on Saturday when Nigerian megastar Burna Boy performs. Nigerian singer Nissi, G Force, Stereo MCs, Major League DJs, and legends of kwaito including Mdu, Thebe, Arthur, Kabelo, Trompies, and Dino Bravo are among the other performers on that day.

On Sunday, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and renowned R&B producer Babyface and Brotha vocalist Angie Stone will serenade the crowd on the main stage. On Sunday, Msaki, Simphiwe Dana, Zenzi Makeba, and Lee will conduct a tribute to Miriam Makeba, who would have turned 90 this year.

Chefs who are kind
Why not support Chefs With Compassion, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against hunger, while enjoying the best food and music the festival has to offer?

You can do this by purchasing an R50, equivalent to Ksh 339 Kenya shillings plate signed by chef Nti or by purchasing a care package that includes non-perishable foods at any participating Sasol Delight garage store or the Sasol gazebo next to the non-profit organization’s stall at the festival. You have the chance to win a sundowner on the main stage as well as a magnum bottle of red wine.

According to Caroline McCann, co-founder of Chefs With Compassion, there is an increasing demand for food contributions as the nation recovers from the consequences of Covid-19, which has left many households without an income due to job losses.

“Through our cooperation with Delicious, we have already made slightly over 3.3 million (Ksh 22,240594) meals, and the only way we can prepare 4 million (Ksh 26,967,620) meals is by raising money. So, in order to continue till we reach our 4-million meal goal, we are seeking to raise R1 million (Ksh 6,741,905), the woman explains.

SuperPicks viewing area 
In addition, there are activities for all sports enthusiasts in advance of Saturday’s match between the Springboks and the Puma’s (which you can catch at the SuperPicks viewing area).

The Hollywoodbets Kings Park stadium in Durban will stream it live, and festivalgoers and sports fans will be able to witness the cricket and soccer games scheduled for the weekend.
You won’t have to worry about missing any athletic action this weekend because there is a bar accessible.

Viacom photobooth 
Bring your best stance to the BET Africa Viacom photo booth, which will be set up and ready to capture your outfit of the day.
A meet-and-greet with the cast of BET’s upcoming drama series God for Us All, Guluva for Himself, which was based on the lyrics of the 2000 kwaito musician Zola 7 song Ghetto Scandalous from his album Umdlwembe, will also be available at Viacom’s booth.

Kwanele Mthethwa, who plays Umbuso’s lead character on Mzansi Magic, and How to Ruin Christmas actor Yonda Thomas are two of the show’s famous actors.

Photo courtesy of Capital Fm Lifestyle 

Content courtesy of Mail & Guardian, NFH  

SAMA: South African Music Awards 2022 Full List Of Winners

The South African Music Awards (SAMAs) 2022 full list of winners was revealed on August 28 at the Sun City Superbowl in Rustenburg.

On August 27, the same location hosted the announcement of the first round of winners. Stogie T, A Reece, and Tshego performed on the second day of the awards show, which was hosted by Nandi Madida, Lawrence Maleka, Mpho Popps, Robot Boii, and Alphi Sipho Mkhwanazi. There was also an emotional homage to the late Riky Rick. Makhadzi, Takie Ndou, Shekinah, Musa Keys, Konke, Da Capo, and Lloyiso are a few more performers.

Chymamusique won the top prizes, including Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year, in addition to Best Dance Album.

Zakes Bantwini, who just revealed he will be hanging up his microphone, won two prizes for his mega hit “Osama” in the categories of Best Collaboration and SAMRO Highest Radio Airplay Composer.

After winning the award for Best Classical/Instrumental Album, Khanyisile Mthetwa was named the White Star Newcomer of the Year. The Best Kwaito Album and Best Duo/Group awards have officially been given to Reece Madlisa and Zuma. With his album B4Now, Blxckie won Best Hip Hop Album.

When Haksul Muziq triumphed against stiff opposition to win the SAMPRA Artist of the Year award, fans were in awe. The TECNO Music Video of the Year award went to Makhadzi’s Ghanama featuring Prince Benza, and the TECNO Record of the Year award went to Musa Keys’ Vula Mlomo.

The first-ever TikTok Viral Song of the Year award went to “uMlando” by 9umba, Mdoovar, and Toss.

Jimmy Dludlu, Joe Nina, and McCoy Mrubata received the Lifetime Achievement Awards in recognition of their outstanding bodies of work throughout their careers and services to the business. Black Coffee received the International Achiever Award for his accomplishments outside of South Africa.

According to RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi, “our 28th installment has unquestionably set the highest bar for live awards events.” “We appreciate the efforts of our hosts, Nandi Madida and Lawrence Maleka, as well as all the speakers and performers who made this a memorable evening.
We are pleased of each and every winner for 2022 because they upheld the standard that had been set. We enjoyed our time in Sun City much and hope to return there in 2023.

 

Below is the full list of day 1 and 2 SAMAs winners:

Album of the Year

  • Musique – Chymamusique
  • African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician
  • Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini
  • It’s All You – Brian Temba
  • When House Was House – Mobi Dixon

Best Duo or Group of the Year

  • Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma
  • Elephant In The Room – Watershed
  • Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir
  • Pangaea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone
  • Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala

Best Female Artist of the Year

  • ‘Platinumb Heart Open’ – Msaki
  • ‘African Bird’ – Khanyisile Mthetwa
  • ‘Nkulunkulu’ – Kamo Mphela
  • ‘Trailblazer’ – Reign Afrika
  • ‘Trouble In Paradise’ – Shekhinah

Best Male Artist of the Year

  • ‘Musique’ – Chymamusique
  • ‘African Electronic Dance Music’ – Sun-El Musician
  • ‘Ghetto King’ – Zakes Bantwini
  • ‘It’s All You’ – Brian Temba
  • ‘When House Was House’ – Mobi Dixon

White Star Newcomer of the Year

  • Khanyisile Mthetwa – ‘African Bird’
  • Thapelo Lekoane – ‘Tapestry’
  • 25K – ‘Pheli Makaveli
  • Ncebakazi Msomi – ‘The 34th Psalm’
  • Botanist Mr Lamington – ‘The Shift’

Best Hip Hop Album

  • B4NOW – Blxckie
  • Father Of Zen – Kid X
  • Pheli Makaveli – 25K
  • Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory: Mixtape – A-Reece
  • Logan – Emtee

Best Collaboration

  • ‘Osama’ – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango
  • ‘Imali’ – Karyendasoul and Zakes Bantwini ft. Nana Atta
  • ‘Wamuhle’ – Njelic and Boohle feat. De Mthuda, Da Muziqal Chef
  • ‘Zwivhuya’ – Makhadzi ft. Joe Delinger
  • ‘No Rainbow’ – Msaki feat. Da Capo

Best Amapiano Album

  • Notumato – Young Stunna
  • Nkulunkulu – Kamo Mphela
  • Auti eSharp – Mas Musiq
  • Kwa Kwa – Mellow and Sleazy
  • President Ya Strata – Focalistic

TECNO Record of the Year (ROTY)

  • Vula Mlomo – Musa Keys ft. Sir Trill and Nobantu Vilakazi
  • Abalele – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa ft. Ami Faku
  • Adiwele – Young Stunna ft. Kabza De Small
  • Asibe Happy – Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa ft. Ami Faku
  • Banyana – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU ft. Daliwonga, Sir Trill and Kabza De Small
  • Black And White – Nasty C and Ari Lennox
  • I’m With You – Matthew Mole
  • Osama – Zakes Bantwini and Kasango
  • Phakade Lami – Nomfundo ft. Sha Sha and Ami Faku
  • Umsebenzi Wethu – Busta 929 and Mpura ft. Zuma, Mr Jazziq, Lady Du and Reece Madlisa

TECNO Music Video of the Year (MVOTY)

  • Ghanama – Makhadzi ft. Prince Benza
  • Indlovu – DJ Zinhle ft. Loyiso
  • Izolo – DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU ft. Mpura, Daliwonga and Visca
  • Jola – De Mthuda ft. Sino Msolo and Da Muziqal Chef
  • LiYoshona (Main Mix) – Kwiish SA ft. Njelic, MalumNator and De Mthuda
  • Mmapula – Busta 929 ft. Mzu M
  • Nkulunkulu – Kamo Mphela
  • Phakade Lami – Nomfundo Moh ft. Sha Sha and Ami Faku
  • Summer Yo Muthi – Blaq Diamond
  • Yini Sdakwa – ThackzinDJ, Tee Jay and Sir Trill ft. Dlala Thukzin, Nkosazana Daughter, Rascoe Kaos, Moscow and Mpura

SAMPRA Artist of the Year (AOTY)

  • Haksul MUZIQ
  • AfroToniQ
  • A-Reece
  • Brandon Dhludhlu
  • Emtee
  • Jennifer Zamudio
  • Makhadzi
  • Millie Ngwalangwala
  • Musa Keys
  • Rodger KB

TikTok Most Viral Song of the Year are:

  • ‘uMlando’ – 9umba & TOSS & Mdoovar
  • ‘Trigger’ – DJ Karri
  • ‘Abo Mvelo’ – Daliwonga ft. Mellow & Sleazy & M.J.
  • ‘Sisonke’ – Thozi ft. Khanyisa, Sphokuhle & Pd Jokes
  • ‘Nkao Tempela’ – Ch’cco & Mellow & Sleazy
  • ‘Bakwa Lah’ – Major League DJz & Nvcho & Mathandos
  • ‘Phakade Lami’ – Nomfundo Moh
  • ‘Banyana’ – DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU
  • ‘Adiwele’ – Young Stunna ft. Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa
  • ‘Big Flexa’ – Costa Titch

Samro Highest Radio Airplay Composers Award

  • Osama – Zakes Bantwini

CAPASSO Most Streamed Song of the Year

  • ‘Abalele’ –  Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa ft. Ami Faku

International Achiever Award

  • Black Coffee

Lifetime Achiever Award

  • Joe Nina
  • Jimmy Dludlu
  • McCoy Mrubata

Best Adult Contemporary Album

  • Platinumb Heart Open – Msaki
  • Tapestry – Thapelo Lekoane
  • Where The Light Gets In – Pat McCay
  • Elephant In The Room – Watershed
  • Brother – Jacob Swann

Best Classical/Instrumental Album

  • African Bird – Khanyisile Mthetwa
  • Pangaea – Wouter Kellerman and David Arkenstone
  • It Takes Three – Charl Du Plessis Trio
  • Afrikaans – Scheppel
  • Franco Prinsloo: Kruis Van Liefde – Franco Prinsloo and Vox Chamber Choir

Best African Adult Contemporary Album

  • Cwaka – Mandisi Dyantyis
  • Thetha Mama – The One Who Sings
  • Camagu – Ntando
  • 2020 – Joe Nina
  • The Red Stoep – Nomfusi

Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album

  • Volume – Die Heuwels Fantasties
  • Al Die Ysters – Jan Jan Jan
  • Sangoma Sandilands and Jou Pa Se Posse Maanskyn – Neil Sandilands
  • Twintigeenentwintig – Jennifer Zamudio
  • Woorde – Jodi Jantjies

Best Traditional Album

  • Tshihwilili Tshanga – Dr Mercy Masakona Madzivhandila
  • Dlozified – Mkhanyakude
  • Dziya Fhirtana – Vha Venda Cultural Group
  • Mathotse – Tau Sebata
  • Hantam Kerfees – Klipwerf

Best Reggae Album

  • Trailblazer – Reign Afrika
  • He Crowned I Emperor – Skeleton Blazer
  • Hard To Believe – Ras Canly
  • The Shift – Botanist Mr Lamington
  • Ngatanngwe – Red I Scorch

Best Jazz Album

  • History In A Frame – Jimmy Dludlu
  • At This Point In Time Voices in Volumes – Herbie Tsoaeli
  • Music From My People – Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane
  • Revision – Steve Dyer
  • Quiet Please – McCoy Mrubata

Best Contemporary Faith Music Album

  • Sacrificial Worship (Live) – Pulane Maphari
  • My Heart To Him – Thabelo
  • Denga – Kingdmusic
  • Find Me Singing – Lauren Cullen
  • The 34th Psalm – Ncebakazi Msomi

Best Traditional Faith Music Album

  • Vela Nkosi – Jumbo
  • In the Beginning – Paul K
  • Heaven’s Scroll – Puleng March
  • The Great Revival – Takie Ndou
  • Shrubs of Chronicle (Live) – Zaza

Best African Indigenous Faith Music Album

  • Similapha Nkosi – NUZ Voices Of Joy
  • Ba Bosiu – Isaac and The Mighty Messengers
  • Re Kopa Go Wena Ramasedi – JTG Gospel Choir
  • Ore Etele Mohloeki – The Harmony Singers Artist Development
  • Swi Lava Yeso – Zion Iskhalanga Academy

Best Maskandi Album

  • Idaymani – Thokozani Langa
  • Ziyashisa – Makhamnandi
  • Wangikhulisa uMama – Shwi Nomtekhala
  • Phakathi Komhlane nembeleko – Udumakahle
  • Ivila Laselawini – Mzukulu

Best Alternative Music Album

  • Glow – Alice Phoebe Lou
  • City Of God and The Jungle Below – Daniel Baron
  • Night Speak – Lo-Ghost
  • Romance Was Born – Anna Wolf
  • Child’s Play – Alice Phoebe Lou

Best Rock Album

  • Partypocalypse – Springbok Nude Girls
  • Headlights Dream – Steve Louw
  • Revolution – Tim Parr
  • Ennui – Deity’s Muse
  • Sacred Sound – Albert Frost

Best R&B/Soul Album

  • It’s All You – Brian Temba
  • Real Talk – P.Postman
  • The Arrival – Melleng
  • Sour Milk – Joda Kgosi
  • It Is What It is – Mikhale Jones

Best Pop Album

  • Trouble In Paradise – Shekhinah
  • Souvenirs – Jeremy Loops
  • Motion – Tresor
  • A Journal – Bonj
  • Don’t Let Go – Jacky Carpede

Beste Pop Album

  • Niks Vergelyk – Posduif
  • Hier Waar Ek Nou Is – Juan Boucher
  • Prisma – Janie Bay
  • Rugsak – Elandrê
  • Roekeloos – Rita Li

Best Afro Pop Album

  • Amagama – Nomfundo Moh
  • iStiff – Mnqobi Yazo
  • New Faces To Old Problems – Bonga Kwana
  • Sukulila – Cici
  • Amalobolo – Aubrey Qwana

Best Produced Music Video

  • ‘When House Was House’ by Mobi Dixon feat. Mariechan and JNR SA – Mabi Ntuli and Shona
  • ‘Inhlupheko’ by Big Zulu – Edward (Gobi Beast) and Ofentse Mwase
  • ‘Playback’ by K.O. – Ted Magerman
  • ‘Mamezala’’ by Mafikizolo ft. Simmy – Dale Fortune
  • ‘Finessin’ by AKA – Mninizo Sitho and Nhlanhla

Best Engineered Album of the Year

  • It Takes Three by Charl Du Plessis Trio – Peter Auret
  • Candid by Moonga K – Greg Abrahams, Mike Zietsman and Vicente Espi
  • Ghetto King by Zakes Bantwini – Zakes Bantwini
  • Pheli Makaveli by 25K – Sibabalwe Andile Fiphaza
  • City Of God and The Jungle Below by Daniel Baron – Daniel Baron and Darryn Muller

Rest of Africa Award

  • ‘If Orange Was A Place’ – Tems (Nigeria)
  • ‘Son of A Tribe’ – Edgar Muzah (Zimbabwe)
  • ‘Karabo’’ – Malome Vector (Lesotho)
  • Boyfriend’ – Ckay (Nigeria)
  • ‘Love & Isolation’ – Tay Iwar (Nigeria)

Remix of the Year

  • Sun-El Musician, Azana and Da Capo – Uhuru by Sun-El Musician and Azana
  • Manyelo Dafro, Bassekou Kouyate and Da Capo – Ladon by Manyelo Dafro ft Basekou Kouyate
  • Lira and DJ Maphorisa – Feel Good by Lira
  • Da Capo – Mama by Josiah De Disciple and Boohle
  • DJ Cleo – Gcina Impilo Yam by Bucy Radebe

Best Kwaito Album

  • Ama Roto Vol.2 – Reece Madlisa and Zuma
  • Don’t Lose Focus – Sukiri Papa
  • Let Dogs Lie Low – Simple Eugene
  • Kwaito Pallet – Shisaboy
  • Trip To Jozi – King Razo

Best Gqom Album

  • Umshunqo Reloaded – Dladla Mshunqisi
  • Khula – Bello No Gallo
  • Summer Banger – Dlala Thukzin
  • Best Of The Best – T-Man
  • The Journey – Slenda Da Dancing DJ

Best Dance Album

  • Musique – Chymamusique
  • Muzika – Miza
  • Ghetto King – Zakes Bantwini
  • When House Was House – Mobi Dixon
  • African Electronic Dance Music – Sun-El Musician

Chairman’s Award

  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Best Selling Artist

  • Notumato by Young Stunner

Content Courtesy of The SA Music Awards, Music In Africa & NFH

The 13th Annual Ankara Fashion and Music Festival is presented by Peter Lentini in Los Angeles, With Wande Coal and Yemi Alade as the stars

On September 2–4, Labor Day Weekend, the largest African cultural festival in the United States returns to feature African fashion designers and musicians.

The 13th Annual Ankara Fashion & Music Festival Los Angeles will bring together Africa’s best performers over Labor Day Weekend to turn up the heat with style and performances from top musicians (AFLA).

Seyi Brown, a Nigerian actor and comedian who will serve as the event’s host over the course of three days, will introduce works of art, African fashion designers, live performances, and musicians who represent some of the continent’s best cultural exports.

The largest African cultural gathering in the United States is the Ankara Fashion & Music Festival Los Angeles.

This year’s event will have an array of musicians, artists, actors, dignitaries, fashion designers, and entertainers with African roots, including:
1. Yemi Alade (Afrobeats Singer, Songwriter, and Actress)
2. Wande Coal (Afrobeats Singer and Songwriter)
3. Titi Lokei (Afrobeats Music Artist)
4. Nola Ade (Nigerian American Music Artist)
5. Nadia Mukami (Kenyan Music Artist)
6. Ada King (Afropop Artist),
7. Super Model Nyakim Gatwech (“The Queen of Dark” AFLA Red Carpet Host)
8. Njeri Karago (Kenyan Consulate)
9. Mame Mbaye (Senegal Consulate)
10. Robert Sichinga Jnr. (Zambian Consulate)
11. Salie Rayhana (South African Consulate)
12. Grant Arthur Gochin (Honorary Consul of Togo)

Peter Lentini, a well-known Afrobeats DJ who was reared in Lagos, Nigeria, formed the AFLA. Lentini is a self-made American success story who, for the past 15 years, has provided a diverse range of entertainment through event production and concerts featuring African performers all over the world.

The Ankara Fashion & Music Festival Los Angeles was founded by Lentini to promote entrepreneurship by increasing the visibility of African artists across a variety of industries and to create a social environment for African cultural pride in the United States.

“The emergence of African artists and culture at this period is quite fascinating. There is no denying that Africa has had a significant impact on American culture, as evidenced by the introduction of Afrobeats, which is now a staple of popular music.

With some of the top musicians from Africa, this festival will continue to emphasize the distinctiveness of African music, fashion, and entertainment, according to Lentini.

The three-day event begins on September 2 and ends on September 4. Wande Coal will perform as the opening night’s main attraction at Catch One. The African Marketplace Pop-Up and Afrobeats Day Party will take place at The Fountain LA on the second day, starting at 2 p.m.
A runway fashion display with live African music will start at 5 p.m. on the last night at Exchange LA. At 8 p.m., Nigerian singer Yemi Alade will perform live. The evening will conclude with a Red Carpet event.

Celebrities confirmed to attend and walk the red carpet:
1. Folake Olowofoyeku (CBS series “Bob Hearts Abishola”)
2. Bayo Akinfemi (CBS series “Bob Hearts Abishola”)
3. Sammi Rotibi (Actor “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”)
4. Yinka Rythmz (Music Artist) Fanatic aka Billie Lennox (Grammy Award Winning Multi-Platinum Record Producer)
5. Isaac C Singleton Jr (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
6. Jimmy Jean-Louis (“Claws” TV Series and S.W.A.T”) and many more.

Venue locations:
Catch One: 4067 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90019
The Fountain LA: 2889 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Exchange LA: 618 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Peter Lentini and Ankara Fashion & Music Festival Los Angeles (AFLA)
Deborah Griffin, Publicist
Strictly Industry
Email: deborahmckj@yahoo.com
Phone: 323-839-4521

Ankara Fashion & Music Festival Los Angeles (AFLA) – (on-site press contact)
Yvette Morales, Publicist
YM & Associates PR | Marketing | Branding
Email: YMoralesY@YM-PR.com
Phone: 949-244-9769

Ankara Fashion & Music Festival Los Angeles – VIP Talent & Media Executive Director
Noah Ogun Oluyide
Top Dreams Universal
Email: Topdreamsuniversal@gmail.com
Phone: 424-835-1057

Deborah Griffin
Strictly Industry
323-839-4521
deborahmckj@yahoo.com

Content courtesy of EIN News Wires, Ankara Fashion & Music Festival Los Angeles & NFH

Hennessy Partners With Thriftsocial To Host Vans Day.

The best cognac in the world, Hennessy, and Thrift Social, a website that encourages creativity and the discovery of music and fashion, teamed up to celebrate Van’s Day in Nairobi on June 24, 2022.
The concert, which featured a mix of music, fashion, art, culture, and talent, brought together fans of music and cognac at Winning Post.

DJs from Kenya including Kaneda, Jo Kisila, Chelsea Vancarter, and Maloza, as well as South African DJ UncleWaffles, provided an electrifying performance for the audience.

Eastern Africa Market Manager for Mot Hennessy, Alexandre Helaine, made the following comment during his speech: “Hennessy is excited to collaborate with Thriftsocial to develop this special experience in Kenya. This alliance intends to develop platforms for young upcoming and established artists \sand creatives to explore their talent as they boost their creativity.”

The collaboration between Hennessy and Thriftsocial provides a space for innovation and the investigation of art, music, and fashion.

Through programs like the Thriftsocial, Mr. Helaine continued, “We will continue to assist people that believe and are enthusiastic about what they do and champion the music culture.”

Hennessy extends an invitation to Never Stop Never Settle, encouraging artists, fashion aficionados, and individuals with a pioneering attitude to showcase their skills and ideas.

About Hennessy
For over 250 years, the leader in Cognac, Maison Hennessy, has shone with its remarkable know-how over the world. The brand is present in more than 130 countries, according to creator Richard Hennessy’s spirit of conquest.
Hennessy is a mainstay of the Charente economy, with its headquarters in the heart of the province.
The House’s success and longevity are built on the quality of its cognacs, each of which is the result of a one-of-a-kind process of knowledge transmission from generation to generation.
Hennessy, the first spirits house to receive ISO 14001 certification, brings together its potential for innovation and the backing of all of its partners to maintain this unique environment.

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The First AMVCA Runway Show Will Be Hosted By Nigerian Fashion Designer Mai Atafo.

The first-ever Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards runway show will be hosted by fashion designer Mai Atafo on Sunday evening.
He’ll be joined by Miz Vick, the show’s host, to anchor the second day of this year’s AMVCA, which will run for eight days.

Africa Magic’s official Instagram page announced the hosts on Sunday.
The awards ceremony this year will last eight days instead of the previous one-day affair.

Africa Magic has planned an eight-day series of events in conjunction with MultiChoice to celebrate the 8th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), which will take place on May 14, 2022.

Dr. Busola Tejumola, Executive Head, Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, made the announcement at a press conference, saying that the eight-day series of events will reinvent and bring exciting innovations to the awards, which were first held in 2013.
“We’re focusing on bringing the various qualities that make the African film and television industry genuinely magical to the millions of Africans who tune in every year to watch the awards.”

Fashion, technology, gastronomy, and African culture will all be celebrated at these carefully chosen events. There will be panel discussions and film screenings from our MultiChoice Talent Factory, as well as industry sessions and competitions for digital content creators and aspiring fashion designers,” she stated.
The eight-day festival will kick off on Saturday, May 7 with an Opening Night.

MultiChoice Talent Factory Day will take place on Monday, May 9th, with movie screenings and panel discussions led by MTF Academy students. On Tuesday, May 10th, Africa Magic will conduct a special Content Market Day for industry participants.

On Wednesday, May 11th, there will be a pan-African cuisine and cultural event.
On Thursday, May 12th, a Digital Content Creators’ Day will be held to raise awareness of the growing popularity of online content creators.
On Friday, May 13th, a special gala for nominees will be held, followed by the awards ceremony on Saturday, May 14th.

The awards event, now in its eighth year, last took place in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was canceled in 2021.

The event kicked off on Saturday night with an inaugural gala that kicked off a series of activities leading up to the award ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2022.
The runway event, which will take place tonight in collaboration with BellaNaija Style, is titled ‘Design for the Stars.’
The show will include a competition for nine aspiring fashion designers who have been taught by established designers such as Mai Atafo, Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi, and Adebayo Oke-Lawal.
For this edition, Africa Magic and its partners honor true African fashion and its significance in the development of the African film and television industries.

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Young, Famous, And African Unscripted Reality Series Premieres On Netflix

On March 18, 2022, Netflix launched its first African reality show, titled Young, Famous, and African.
Two days later, the show is already trending on Kenya’s Netflix, attracting those with an insatiable appetite for drama and love in reality shows, only this time from various African celebrities.

The mostly unscripted reality show follows a group of famous affluent stars as they work and play, flirt, and feud in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The show follows a group of wealthy young media personalities, musicians, and fashion icons as they pursue their dreams, fall in love, and rekindle old flames.

East Africa, Bongo star Diamond Platinumz, South African rapper Nadia Nakai, Actor Khanyi Mbau Annie Macaulay-Idibia (Nigeria), 2Baba (Nigeria), Zari the Boss Lady (Uganda), Naked DJ (South Africa), Swanky Jerry (Nigeria), Andile Ncube (South Africa), and Kayleigh Schwark star in the seven-episode series (South Africa).
Expect the ladies to squabble over fine dining and the men to yell; promises to be broken, drama, drama, and more drama.

Peace Hyde, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, has released a trailer for the show.

If you’re looking forward to watching Netflix and chilling, here’s a spoiler warning: we don’t want to ruin all the glitzy drama ahead.

This latest series is filled with the sights and sounds of wealth, opulence, and success. They leave you envious of the flashy lifestyle that comes with having millions of fans, not just millions of shillings.

Diamond has been portrayed as a soft-spoken playboy with a thing for ladies and possibly feelings for his ex-beau Zari.

Cast members in the show question the couple’s easy co-parenting relationship, which they insist is just a friendship.

“Throughout the series, Zari is frequently on the receiving end of a squabble with cast members such as Annie and Khanyi.” Zari co-parents with Diamond while also exchanging glances with Andile after a public breakup and cheating scandal with her ex-husband and the father of two of her five children,” Elle Magazine reports on the show.

One of the most intriguing plot lines for East Africans will undoubtedly be Zari’s friendship with the dapper South African TV personality Andile, with whom a spark is evident from the start.

Viewers are enthralled by the drama that appears to follow the self-proclaimed boss lady, who repeatedly claims that things aren’t all rosy with the rest of the cast because they are “intimidated by her confidence.”

The series’ fashion and style are also excellent. Of course, with a celebrity stylist on the cast, it has to be. It also helps that the show’s stars are filthy rich and can afford the most up-to-date designer clothing and accessories.

“Not short of the soft life and shots fired,’ the show gives fans a ringside view of African celebrity at its most dramatic, charismatic, and extravagant,” reports South African news website News24.

According to Elle Magazine, the show will provide viewers with a glimpse of the lavish, glamorous side of Africa, which has long been underrepresented on television.

“Viewers who have been yearning for a show to bring elements of successful series like Bling Empire and Selling Sunset to the African continent will want to meet the eccentrically vibrant cast of Young, Famous & African,” according to the magazine.

Another enthralling storyline is that of the Idibias, who have been known as a power couple who have experienced difficulties in their marriage. Now, the couple discusses their ten-year marriage.

As they make the decision to stay together and make their adorable family work, they must confront the demons of their previous difficulties, including infidelity.
It’s also interesting to see “Simba” himself go on a “hunt,” when Diamond Platnumz falls for rapper Nadia, whom he gently tries to woo despite her telling him that she has a boyfriend.

“The women are strong, owning their labels and refusing to be walked over by the men in their lives.” Bonds are tested in this first installment of the series as the group navigates their relationships with one another and new potential romances emerge. Based on the first 45 minutes, it’s clear that we’re in for a lot of drama.”

According to Decider, a television review website.
In an interview with AfricaNews, Peace Hyde, the show’s co-creator and executive producer, stated that one of the series’ main goals is to break down stereotypes about Africa in the media.

“This has been a labor of love that has finally paid off. Growing up in the United Kingdom, there were no glitzy and sexy images of Africa; all we saw were the stereotypical images that had been promulgated in the media for years. ‘Young, Famous, and African’ portrays a vibrant, beautiful, glossy, and sexy Africa to the rest of the world.”

Content courtesy of Netflix & NFH

African Fashion Week 2022 Showcases Vibrant Community Talent Hosted By African Fashion And Arts Movement Vancouver

African Fashion Week, hosted by African Fashion and Arts Movement Vancouver, kicked off on Feb. 19 showcasing much more than fashion, with vendors with handmade goods, food, featured performers, and music.

Attendees mingled amongst themselves and a sense of community was built throughout the space, which was something Yao Zeus Mohammed, founder, and producer of AFAM had hoped for.

“The importance of African Fashion Week to me is that it brings the community together, and it showcases the great talents we have in our community,” says Mohammed.

This is the fifth year that African Fashion Week has been hosted, however, last year AFAM could not host the event due to the COVID-19 restrictions. With restrictions eased, they were willing to host it this year even if it meant having only a quarter of the venue capacity.

During the intermission, attendees could buy finger food, Ghanaian jollof rice, pastries, meat, and vegetarian food options made by caterer Delali Adiamah.

“These are foods that you find at a party. So when you go to a wedding, when you go to a funeral … in Africa in Ghana, these are where you will find such food,” says Adiamah.

“[AFAM] brings the community together and showcases the great talents we have, and not only that, but it also shows the world we have a vibrant group of people working together on this west coast and it attracts others to come here and mingle with us,” says Mohammed.

 

The event showcased great talents by giving them space to share their story.

“We are not the only ones in this community, so you need that niche that you can really market your product to that they are interested in. That’s why it’s important not only to me but to the people involved,” says Mohammed.

Hana Woldeyes is the designer for BeadedBody. Woldeyes designs were showcased in the show as the spring collection. Most of the pieces were made from glass, wood, and rock. This year was her first time being invited to the show.

“I used to make my own jewelry. So, I made bracelet beads, necklaces, and amulets for myself, but more people kept asking me about where I got them. So, I started making them for individuals … [then] I started taking it as a business,” says Woldeyes.

Jason Bempong, the fashion designer behind clothing company Sleepless Mindz, was also invited to showcase his work during the event.

“For this particular collection, I’m really inspired by 1980s 1990s NASCAR jackets, a lot of Jeff Gordon pieces … [and] old varsity Disney Looney Tune jackets as well,” says Bempong.

Other designers like Mawogan Fashion, Navoir, Vickendel Style, Rated 18, V12 Fashion Designer, Kabumbe Fashion, and Rita Mary came together to create a fantastic show, with beautiful models walking the runway and performers dancing or singing between a few designs.

“Everyone should just keep following their dreams, even when people tell you ‘no,’ even when people tell you it’s ridiculous,” Bempong says.

“You’ve got to keep that vision alive and never give up.”

About African Fashion and Arts Movement (AFAM Vancouver)

Founded in 2018 by Yao Zeus Mohammed, African Fashion and Arts Movement (AFAM Vancouver ) is the largest African fashion and Trade exhibition in British Columbia.
(AFAM Vancouver) Host African Fashion Week annually during Black history month (February). African fashion designers and Performers from the lower mainland, various parts of Canada, the States and From Africa come together to showcase the true collaboration of art in its purest form: L I V E
Featuring Fashion, Arts, Music, Dance, Awards, Exhibition, and Marketplace.

As one of the most high-profile Africa-focused events in British Columbia, AFAM Vancouver will play host to designers & exhibitors, from Africa, Europe. continues to be the most anticipated event celebrating African Fashion, Arts, Talent, and Culture in Vancouver
With a collaborative catwalk, exhibition, and awards, AFAM Vancouver has commanded the way in highlighting Africa’s emerging designers and apparel industry and has been at the forefront of bringing awareness of Africa’s expanding fashion industry.

AFAM Vancouver aims to shift the narratives about Africa and the African diaspora by re-branding the perception of Africa as a whole. We are committed to empowering and promoting African-inspired fashion and arts by providing a premier event platform that also supports entrepreneurs in building a sustainable business that is internationally recognized and promotes social change in Africa.

Content Courtesy of The Runner & NFH Digital Team 

Otile Brown Woman ft. Harmonize (Official Music Video)

Kenyan independent R&B singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor, Jacob Obunga popularly known as Otile Brown came through with another stunning banger, the celebrated Kenyan musician Otile Brown has released a new song dubbed ‘Woman’ featuring Harmonize from Tanzania.

The song expresses the feelings of a man who praises the beauty of a woman that he is in love with. Otile Brown sings through the first half of the song before Harmonize joins him.

Otile Brown become the first Kenyan musician to hit 1 million make subscribers on Youtube

Kenyan independent R&B singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor, Jacob Obunga popularly known as Otile Brown came through with another stunning banger, the celebrated Kenyan musician Otile Brown has released a new song dubbed ‘Woman’ featuring Harmonize from Tanzania. The song expresses the feelings of a man who praises the beauty of a woman that he is in love with. Otile Brown sings through the first half of the song before Harmonize joins him. Otile Brown become the first Kenyan musician to hit 1 million make subscribers on Youtube [taq_review] The woman is written and performed by Otile Brown and Harmonize The audio is produced by Ihaji MadeIt Video Directed by Hanscana from Dar Es Salaam Content courtesy of NFH Digital Team 

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The woman is written and performed by Otile Brown and Harmonize The audio is produced by Ihaji MadeIt Video Directed by Hanscana from Dar Es Salaam

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King Kaka – Shida Za Kidosi Ft. Khaligraph Jones (Official Music Video)

King Kaka, a Kenyan wordsmith, and artist has released a new music video rap song named Shida Za Kidosi by King Kaka ft Khaligraph Jones Provoke was in charge of the production. Khaligraph Jones, Africa’s King rapper, is featured.

The music video to King Kaka and Khaligraph Jone’s collaboration called “Shida za Kidosi” is set to premiere on YouTube on December 30th. The song has been available exclusively for Safaricom Baze users since Christmas and will finally be on other streaming platforms tomorrow.

King Kaka released a new EP this year in partnership with Rémy Martin called Happy Hour which features popular hits such as “Pull Up” featuring one of Kenya’s biggest Gengetone groups Wakadinali. The new collaboration with Jones, although not a track on his new EP, is a welcome addition to both their repertoires

Jones has also been busy this year, he recently concluded his Odinare Rap Challenge in partnership with OdiBets by releasing a new song featuring the top 6 finalists called “Khali Cartel 4.” His new collaboration with Kaka is just one more in a year Jones has spent teaming up with other Kenyan artists.

“Shida Za Kidosi”, produced by Provoke and directed by Steve Mugo, is due to go live on Thursday at 9 AM.

King Kaka, a Kenyan wordsmith, and artist has released a new music video rap song named Shida Za Kidosi by King Kaka ft Khaligraph Jones Provoke was in charge of the production. Khaligraph Jones, Africa’s King rapper, is featured. The music video to King Kaka and Khaligraph Jone’s collaboration called “Shida za Kidosi” is set to premiere on YouTube on December 30th. The song has been available exclusively for Safaricom Baze users since Christmas and will finally be on other streaming platforms tomorrow. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CX6TKFxgnhW/?utm_source=ig_embed King Kaka released a new EP this year in partnership with Rémy Martin called Happy Hour which features popular hits such as “Pull Up” featuring one of Kenya’s biggest Gengetone groups Wakadinali. The new collaboration with Jones, although not a track on his new EP, is a welcome addition to both their repertoires Jones has also been busy this year, he recently concluded his Odinare Rap Challenge in partnership with OdiBets by releasing a new song featuring the top 6 finalists called “Khali Cartel 4.” His new collaboration with Kaka is just one more in a year Jones has spent teaming up with other Kenyan artists. “Shida Za Kidosi”, produced by Provoke and directed by Steve Mugo, is due to go live on Thursday at 9 AM. [taq_review] This music video is definitely a banger and it's been trending on streams, imagine a video dropped a couple of hours ago and it’s already got thousands of views, check it out, guys. The official music video for Shida Za Kidosi Ft Khaligraph Jones is crispy as expected with appearances from King Kaka and Khaligraph Jones themselves. But it’s with an entirely different concept lively and interesting with different moves and styles, shot a little bit in a studio and also out in the open. It is most definitely not boring and you will find it quite interesting, is it one of the best music videos we’ve received this month? Yes, it is! Content courtesy of Kaka Empire & NFH Digital Team  
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This music video is definitely a banger and it’s been trending on streams, imagine a video dropped a couple of hours ago and it’s already got thousands of views, check it out, guys.

The official music video for Shida Za Kidosi Ft Khaligraph Jones is crispy as expected with appearances from King Kaka and Khaligraph Jones themselves. But it’s with an entirely different concept lively and interesting with different moves and styles, shot a little bit in a studio and also out in the open. It is most definitely not boring and you will find it quite interesting, is it one of the best music videos we’ve received this month? Yes, it is!

Content courtesy of Kaka Empire & NFH Digital Team

 

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