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Dr John Kani Receives Pragnell Shakespeare Award for His Play ‘Kunene and the King’

South Africa’s foremost Black veteran actor Dr John Kani has reportedly been conferred with the highly acclaimed Pragnell Shakespeare Award for his original play Kunene and the King. The award comes two years after Kunene and the King premiered in London’s Royal Shakespeare Company.Read: South Africa’s Fugard Theatre Permanently Closes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic According to the Shakespeare Institute, the Pragnell Shakespeare Award is an international award that has duly honoured Dr Kani’s play for its appreciation and advancement of Shakespearan knowledge. Kani shared the good news on Twitter.Thank you to my agent MLA. I am humbled by this honour. It is…

South Africa’s Lerai Rakoditsoe Named First African Presenter to Host A Nickelodeon Show

South Africa’s multi-skilled social activist Lerai Rakoditsoe will be hosting NickMusic, a family-friendly, after school music show set to play audience favourites and tracks that resonate with both parents and children. The daily weekday show premieres on May 17, 2021 and will feature music from across the African continent and the world.Read: Zozibini Tunzi, Elsa Majimbo, Bonang Matheba and More Nominated for Nickelodeon Kids Choice AwardsThe newly enlisted presenter is also a changemaker who has previously worked with youth and female empowerment groups. An elated Rakoditsoe, whose latest career move has made history, had this to say about being a part…

The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (April)

It’s been another great month for Ghanaian music, filled to the brim and overflowing with good songs. We know you don’t want to miss out on any of the best releases by your favorite artists so, below, we bring you the best Ghanaian music that dropped in April. Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.Wendy Shay ‘Nobody’Singer Wendy Shay is gearing up to drop her second studio album Shayning Star. Nobody,” the first single off that upcoming album, presents a new sound and musical style for the afrobeats and dancehall singer. Here Wendy issues candid commentary…

Lindani Myeni’s Remains To Be Repatriated to South Africa on Freedom Day

The family of slain Lindani Myeni, a former rugby player, has confirmed that his body will arrive in South Africa on Friday, April 30. The news comes after his untimely death in Hawaii following an altercation on April 14, where police responded to a neighbour’s call about Myeni being a “dangerous burglar”. South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, where Myeni originates, confirmed that the American Consul-General in Miami had promised to release his body two weeks after his death. Read: Latest Footage Further Reveals Senselessness Behind Lindani Myeni’s DeathAccording to News24, Myeni’s body will reportedly leave American soil this Tuesday,…

Daniel Kaluuya Wins His First Oscar

Daniel Kaluuya walked away with the “Best Supporting Actor” award for his role in the critically acclaimed movie Judas and The Black Messiah. This Oscar nod follows a strew of 2021 film award wins, for his Fred Hampton portrayal, which include the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGAs) and the British Academy Film and Telvision Awards (BAFTAS).Read: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Added to 2021 Sundance Film Festival Judas and The Black Messiah has been met with an outstanding reception, making Shaka King’s directorial debut a huge success. The film details the story of how Black Panther…

South African Documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ Bags An Oscar

South Africa has, once again, made it onto the Oscars winners’ list. This comes after My Octopus Teacher, a 2020 Netflix original, bagged an award in the “Best Feature Documentary” category. My Octopus Teacher also won at the British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday, April 11.Read: Here are 11 Oscar-Worthy African Feature Films to Watch Produced by filmmaker Craig Foster and directed by Pippa Ehrlich, the documentary tells Foster’s journey to finding purpose through an enriching year-long encounter with a wild common octopus in Cape Town’s freezing waters. The documentary, shot in False Bay, is an immersive experience…

Check Out Nadia Nakai and Vic Mensa In New Music Video For ‘Practice’

Award-winning South African hip-hop muso Nadia Nakai has finally dropped the music video for “Practice”, featuring her American rapper boyfriend Vic Mensa. The single was officially released in August 2020. Read: Watch Nadia Nakai and Tshego’s Gory Music Video for ‘More Drugs’The “Practice” video is a visual spectacle, one that captures the essence of Ghana and South Africa. Nadia and Vic Mensa’s on-screen chemistry is an absolute beauty to watch! Dressed in ripped denim shorts and an Ankara shirt, and surrounded by blazing background flames, Nadia Nakai serves all of the sexiness — while Vic Mensa who is half Ghanaian, showcases…

Zlatan Drops New Single ‘Cho Cho’ Featuring Davido & Mayorkun

Nigerian artist Zlatan has officially dropped his new dance single “Cho Cho” which features Davido and Mayorkun. The single comes after a week-long campaign of the dance that goes along with “Cho Cho”. Read: Listen to Zlatan’s Latest EP ‘Road to CDK'”Cho Cho” is a fast, upbeat single that is best listened to on your feet. The song is composed with rhythmic tones from West African percussion wind instruments. Davido’s verse is as powerful as the song’s bass — and Mayorkun and Zlatan’s verses make this a high energy track. Nigeria’s young producer P.Prime, at only 19, has become the fingers…

Mr JazziQ’s Highly Anticipated Amapiano Album ‘Party With The English’ Is Here

Mr JazziQ, South Africa’s amapiano maestro and half of JazziDisciples, has shared his latest beat-pumping album Party With The English. The ten-track album features amapiano music’s finest artists and vocalists — Lady Du, Kabza Da Small, Boohle, Mpura, The Majesties, Reece Madlisa and more. Mr JazziQ has set his sights on dominating the international music scene with Party With The English.Read: Mr JazziQ x Kabza De Small x Lady Du “Woza” (featuring Boohle)Mr JazziQ reflected on the inspiration behind Party With The English:”This is my first international push, even though I have been dropping music for a couple of years. I…

AKA Announces Social Media Break After Fiancée Nelli Tembe’s Passing

South African super rapper AKA has reached out to the public for the first time since the tragic death of his fiancée Nelli Tembe two weeks ago. Supamega released a public statement stating that he had relinquished his social media accounts to his management team to allow himself time to mourn. The statement comes a week after Anele Tembe, affectionately known as Nelli, was laid to rest. Read: AKA Slams Police Violence Amid the Ongoing University Student ProtestsAKA shared that the last two weeks had been extremely hard on him and, also, addressed the allegations surrounding Tembe’s death. “The tragic loss…