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+81FILM Explores Love in the Time of COVID

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Premiering today and available to watch on official +81FILM website and YouTube, new +81FILM is an international cinema piece exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the world’s population. Reflecting the zeitgeist of the time, +81FILM delves into three very different family scenarios, all united by the virus and its role in changing the course of their destiny.

The film sets a new standard for covering social issues within cinema. The fictional films have very real themes which emphasise real-life, real-time events. The UK segment includes recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, which the directors saw as crucial to incorporate into the script as coverage of the movement gained momentum in international news during filming.

While the virus has dominated the media with statistical reports, we rarely glimpse the true impact the disease has had, and still has, on the lives of individual people. This is what drove the creators of +81FILM to craft something that represents the shared experience of an entire population, allowing us to empathetically consider this worldwide connection.

This piece of work is one of the very few to be born at a time when the filming industry is paralysed by COVID-19. While most shoots across the world have been postponed or even cancelled, +81FILM defied these constraints, with professionals across three different continents coming together to find creative solutions to continue their art.

This initiative saw Hosono Haruomi, writer of the soundtrack to Palme d’Or-winning ‘Shoplifters’, composing much of the beautiful soundtrack. Haruomi, member of legendary music group Yellow Magic Orchestra alongside Ryuichi Sakamoto (composer of the film score for the Academy Award winning ‘The Last Emperor’), was keen to be a part of the +81FILM project – despite tending not to accept offers to compose at this established stage in his career.

Award-winning Japanese director Kensaku Kakimoto drew inspiration from the experiences felt by all in Japan when the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami occurred, the devastating results of which illuminated the absurdities of life. When unprecedented events take place, whether a natural disaster or a pandemic, there is no fairness in the distribution of tragedy for some and opportunities for others, and this theme is explored within the storylines.

Kakimoto said; “+81FILM visually explores what cannot be put into words, communicating the sense of what it’s like to see behind the curtain of reality: to see the invisible threads that connect all things together. It was incredible to collaborate with creators from all over the world, in this new normal, to produce something truly reflective of the times we are all experiencing.”

In ‘Snowdrop Flower’, we see a Mongolian family contract the disease, unaware of the pandemic due to their remote location. Tragedy strikes a family in Chile’s ‘Gravity’, while on their way to the hospital seeking treatment. In London-based ‘Silence’, we see a new, close relationship form, despite living under social distancing measures.

The film stars contemporary talent from around the globe such as Patricia Cuyul, Gastón Salgado, Daniel Antivilo, Unubold Uudus, Khaliun Sukhe, Borkhu Tangad, Kai Keenan-Felix, Lauren Bryan and Kai Owen.

+81FILM is released today and available to view on http://plus81film.com/ and YouTube.  

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Ghanaian Reggae artist Roo Dube takes on corrupt African politicians in new single ‘Only In Africa’

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Only In Africa is about the actions of corrupt government officials of African countries that have denied many of their citizens the much-needed development.

In his latest critique of politicians in his song, the Ghanaian musician and producer lambasts government officials for always looting the public purse at the expense of the poor taxpayers.

Roo Dube in the song uses lyrics such as “Only in Africa, all they know is money. Only in Africa they loot and run. Some politicians are lying, stealing, and looting. All they know is money, nothing good comes out to the paint the picture of the massive loot and share of the monies and resources of African governments.

Roo Dube released a song in 2021 which caught the attention of many worldwide.

The song titled “Lockdown’ was inspired by the Coronavirus pandemic and how it is essential for Ghana, and the African nations to hold each other against western influences and bullies.

“Only in Africa’ is produced by Oshogbo and available on all music platforms. https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/roodube/only-in-africa

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Yaw Darling shares Official Video for his banging jam “Pull Up” — WATCH

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Sky Entertainment’s sweet boy, Yaw Darling, shares official video to his debut banger titled “Pull Up”.

Listen to Audio here on Digital Stores: https://ditto.fm/pull-up-yaw-darling

Yaw Darling took everyone by storm when he dropped his first single under his new Management, Sky Entertainment. The song, “Pull Up”, produced by Nigerian beat maker Deeyaso has fallen on the playlist of many Ghanaian DJs already and getting good airplay from the day it was released. With just 3 days after release, music fanatics who have listened to the song have tipped it as a hit record to take over Ghana in the next few days.

Follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @YawDarlingMusic.

Watch the Official Video here on YouTube:

 

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Minister Yvonne releases official music video for “Give Me Rest”

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Minister Yvonne releases official music video for “Give Me Rest”

Hot on the heels of her recently released ‘Faith’ album, UK-based singer-songwriter, Minister Yvonne releases a powerful fifth video off the album, titled ‘Give Me Rest’.

The mouthwatering visual is available now on YouTube and can be viewed below

The singer who doubles as an HR Specialist with the British Armed Forces said that this song was inspired by Matthew 11:28 “Come unto Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

The 2021 UK-based Gospel Artiste of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards UK added that “the world is full of stress and we face challenges, hardships, trials, wearies everyday of our lives that sometimes makes it difficult for us to subdue and have dominion. The song is therefore a sweet invitation for those who are labouring to seek rest from God”.

The melodious ballad-themed song since its release on last Friday night has been garnering numbers on social media.

“Give Me Rest” was produced at the UBBS Studio. The song is powerful, edifying and refreshingly soothing – from the lyrics that cry out to the soul of the listener to the production.

In the music video, Minister Yvonne is seen in multiple locations throughout the bold aesthetically appealing video – including sprawling and lush outdoor nature scenes and a dungeon where she is choreographically surrounded by dancers and eye-popping costumes.

The video features Minister Yvonne in a number of incredibly striking looks, donning a slew of designer looks in the song’s accompanying visual. Then the scene switches to a dungeon where chained Minister Yvonne is seeking for rest, salvation and freedom from hardships.

The fashion doesn’t stop there, however. Never one to miss an opportunity for a head-turning costume change in which Minister Yvonne later switches into a custom print ensemble—a gothic yellow Victorian ball gown.

Directed by FiMenz, the ‘Give Me Rest’ visual is a well-conceptualised piece of work, full of pleasant activity, gripping images brought to life by the sheer sweetness of sound. The production concept, scenery, costume and lighting beautifully synchronise with the sound rhythm.

Minister Yvonne has always believed that Gospel music videos can compete on a level playing field with many mainstream videos in the industry.

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Sho Madjozi drops new single, ‘Chalé’

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On the verge of a superstar breakthrough, the award-winning new queen of South African rap Sho Madjozi serves up her anxiously awaited new single and music video “Chalé” today via Epic Records. Listen to “Chalé” HERE (more…)

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Oxlade & Mayorkun Release Music Video For “Bad Boy”

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Oxlade & Mayorkun Release Music Video For “Bad Boy”

What a year it has been for Oxlade. The 2023 Vevo artist to watch owns one of 2022’s biggest hits with “Ku Lo Sa” and its remix featuring Camila Cabello, with more than 220M+ global streams and 1B+ TikTok views across the world.

Currently in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards, as a surprise to their fans the two superstars made in Lagos decided to drop the video for “Bad Boy” today.

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Directed by UAX, iconic director of the afrobeats scene (Tems, Rema, Adidas ZA, Chike, Lojay…) and shot in Lagos, the two Nigerian superstars take you on a night to remember in “Bad Boy”s video, so hop in the Cadillac and get ready for some heat!

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Larruso releases lifestyle video for song, “High Meditation”

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Larruso releases lifestyle video for song, “High Meditation”

15 months after the release of the official audio off his debut EP, “New Gen”; the young afro-pop and dancehall singer has released the lifestyle video for his inspirational afro-dancehall song titled “High Meditation”; produced by Gigz Beatz.

In a lifestyle visual shot by Abeiku Simonson, the dancehall crooner is seen living the best of his life with his friends overseas.  Speaking to beeniewords.com, Larruso confirms that he finds joy in collaborating with his peers, the older generation and always happy when his friends are around him.

Watch the lifestyle video of “High Meditation” by Larruso here;

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