Pharrel Williams’ “Happy” Johannesburg
Apr22

Pharrel Williams’ “Happy” Johannesburg

Last week in an interview with Oprah, we saw Pharrel Williams overwhelmed by the remakes of his hit single, “Happy”. It was videos from all across the continent and different countries except for South Africa. Now there’s a cool video out, made in Joburg by School Of Thought. Watch the video below and be “happy”   Crew and sponsors Equipment Sponsorship — Glow (www.glowhire.co.za) Directors: Motse UnbrandedCow and Lungi Molefe Producers: Motse UnbrandedCow, Themba Mbelu and Lungi Molefe Editing: Themba Mbelu DOP – Paul Shiakallis and Threshen Bisetty ( www.behance.net/shizetty) SOT team: Motse UnbrandedCow, Lungi Molefe, Jacques Bezuidenhout and Maxzene Morgan. 1st Camera Assistant – Blessing Ndlovu and 2nd Camera – Masimba Sasa. Photo Credit: http://ind.pn/1f0GrSE...

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Colombian cinema makes a début in the African continent in 2014
Apr22

Colombian cinema makes a début in the African continent in 2014

 Colombian cinema makes a début in the African continent in 2014. The first Colombian Film Showcase brings a dozen of contemporary Colombian productions of outstanding track record for their quality and international scope that are testimony of the country’s new generation of talented filmmakers shaping new narratives and techniques in Latin American cinema. The First Colombian Film Showcase in South Africa will take place from 24-27 April at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg and from 8-11 May at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town. The exhibition, which showcases fiction, documentary, animation and short films, seeks to strengthen trade ties in the context of the cultural connection between two countries that have become centres of artistic creation in the Global South. Please see the full programme on their FB Page ...

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The MTV Africa Music Awards nominees revealed
Apr17

The MTV Africa Music Awards nominees revealed

Shining a spotlight on the African continent and the amazing achievements of Africans around the world, last night MTV Base revealed the nominees for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal supported by Absolut & The City of Durban. The prestigious MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) nominations were revealed at a glittering nominations celebration at The Sands, Johannesburg, South Africa by MTV Base VJs Nomuzi Mabena and Sizwe Dhlomo, alongside Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, Tim Horwood, Channel Director, MTV Base and Shirley Mabiletja, Brand Manager: Absolut, Pernod Ricard South Africa, in the presence of nominees AKA, Beatenberg, DJ Clock, Burna Boy, Mafikizolo Professor, Oskido and Yuri Da Cunha. The MAMA nominations in full: MUSIC CATEGORIES Best Male: Anselmo Ralph (Angola) Davido (Nigeria) Diamond (Tanzania) Donald (South Africa) Wizkid (Nigeria)   Best Female: Arielle T (Gabon) Chidinma (Nigeria) DJ C’ndo (South Africa) Efya (Ghana) Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)   Best Group: Big Nuz (South Africa) Mafikizolo (South Africa) Mi Casa (South Africa) P Square (Nigeria) Sauti Sol (Kenya)   Best New Act: Burna Boy (Nigeria) Heavy K (South Africa) Phyno (Nigeria) Stanley Enow (Cameroon) Uhuru (South Africa)   Best Live Act: 2face (Nigeria) Fally Ipupa (DRC) Flavour (Nigeria) Dr Malinga (South Africa) Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)   Best Collaboration: Amani ft Radio and Weasel – ‘Kiboko Changu’ (Kenya/Uganda) Diamond feat Davido – ‘Number One’ (Remix) (Tanzania/Nigeria) Mafikizolo feat May D – ‘Happiness’ (South Africa/Nigeria) R2bees feat Wizkid – ‘Slow Down’ (Ghana/Nigeria) Uhuru feat DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor, Yuri Da Cunha – ‘Y-tjukutja’ (South Africa/Angola)   Artist of the Year: Davido (Nigeria) Mafikizolo (South Africa) Mi Casa (South Africa) P Square (Nigeria) Uhuru (South Africa)   Song of the Year: Davido- ‘Skelewu’ (Nigeria) DJ Clock feat Beatenberg – ‘Pluto’ (Remember Me) (South Africa) DJ Ganyani feat FB – ‘Xigubu’ (South Africa) DJ Kent feat The Arrows –‘Spin My World Around’ (South Africa) Dr Sid feat Don Jazzy – ‘Surulere’ (Nigeria) KCee – ‘Limpopo’ (Nigeria) Mafikizolo feat Uhuru ‘Khona’ (South Africa) Mi Casa- ‘Jika’ (South Africa) P Square – ‘Personally’ (Nigeria) Yuri Da Cunha -‘Atchu Tchu Tcha’ (Angola)   Best Hip Hop: AKA (South Africa) Ice Prince (Nigeria) Khuli Chana (South Africa) Olamide (Nigeria) Sarkodie (Ghana)   Best Pop: Danny K (South Africa) Fuse ODG (Ghana) Goldfish (South Africa) LCNVL (South Africa) Mathew Mole (South Africa)   Best Alternative: Gangs of Ballet (South Africa) Michael Loman (South Africa) Nakhane Toure (South Africa) Parlotones (South Africa) Shortstraw (South Africa)   Best Francophone: Arielle T (Gabon) Espoir 2000 (Ivory Coast) Ferre Gola (DRC) Toofan (Togo) Youssoupha (Congo)   Best Lusophone: Anselmo Ralph (Angola) JD (Angola)...

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Celebrate 20 years of Freedom with Under Madiba Skies
Apr15

Celebrate 20 years of Freedom with Under Madiba Skies

In November 2013, 8 musicians came together to interpret the words of Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech in a special performance where many influences and cultures came together on one stage. French band Gran Kino invited Manelis (DBN), Ayanda Nhlangothi (JHB), Jitsvinger (CPT) and Burni Aman (CPT) to share their vision of South Africa today. The group successfully toured France in 2013 with performances at some of the biggest world music festivals the country knows (such as Festival Generic and The Worlstock Festival). For this year a South African visit (September 2014) and a South American tour (November 2014) are part of the plans of Under Madiba Skies. The team is also already working on their tours for 2015. Several songs were born through meetings between the musicians in South Africa and France. Whether from Durban, rapping in Zulu, from Johannesburg singing with a traditional sweetness or from Cape Town rapping in Afrikaans or in English, the vision is mutual: coming together on one stage, different languages, visions and ideas and, above all, an endless artistic richness.  The music weaves itself together with traditional song, rock, hip hop and acoustic piano/voice duets and show the image of their performers: colourful and carrying out values of peace and openness to the world.  The project is officially endorsed by The Nelson Mandela Foundation as a Mandela tribute. Listen to Brand New below and share your thoughts on the song:  http://snd.sc/1g1RLOm    ...

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