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Oscar Buzz: Anthony Nti’s ‘DA YIE’ qualifies for consideration for 2021 Academy Awards

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This stunning African film is an intense day trip in sunny Ghana, that endangers the innocence of two kids.

Co-written by the talented emerging duo Anthony Nti and Chingiz Karibekov, DA YIE has garnered four Oscar-qualifying Grand Prize (Leuven Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Indy Short International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival) amongst its 25 awards and 140 high profile film festivals selections.

Young Matilda and Prince are taken on a life-changing trip by a stranger. Kids, gangsters and Ghana’s coast as you’ve never seen them.

The film is a Rondini – Caviar production that brought the Ghanaian diaspora and the local community together on set. DA YIE’s cast and crew is mainly Ghanaian – only a few department heads travelled with Anthony and Chingiz from Belgium to Ghana’s coast for the film shoot. Amongst them, the director of photography PJ Claessens whose outstanding cinematography shines a light on the brilliant performance of the young Ghanaian main characters Matilda and Prince.

Anthony Nti was born in Ghana and moved to Belgium where he studied film at the RITCS School of Arts in Brussels, becoming part of a colourful artistic scene, doing commercials and music videos with a multitude of talented young artists. His short, ​​BOI,​ won Best Debut at Leuven FF. He directed episodes of the Ketnet-show ‘Hoodie’.

DA YIE by Anthony Nti – Trailer from Salaud Morisset on Vimeo.

Anthony Nti and writer-producer Chingiz Karibekov, born in Karagandy, Kazakhstan met while studying film in Brussels. They realised at film school they might not share the typical Belgian outlook on life/film and started working as a creative duo. They co-wrote the miniseries, SHAQ,​ for VRT, which Anthony co-directed. Their feature-length film, ​​POSTCARD, ​​won second prize at the Sam Spiegel FilmLab. Their TV-series, ​CLEMENCEAU, was selected for Torino Series Lab. In 2020, they were listed as two of the most promising filmmakers in Belgium and Netherlands by the NRC, Dutch national newspaper. Their work is reflective of their diverse background, as they use their work to bring a variety of cultures to light.

DA YIE has been co-produced by award-winning entertainment company Caviar whose ever growing circle of creators is rooted in film, tv-drama, branded content and digital (SOUND OF METAL, BLACK, THE RIDER, DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL). Caviar is also producing POSTCARD, Anthony and Chingiz’ debut feature film.

International sales and festival distribution are handled by Salaud Morisset (SKIN, LES MISÉRABLES), which also represents Yorgos Lanthimos’ and Jonathan Glazer’s latest works.

DA YIE can soon be seen at Amity Short Film Festival in Turkey, Whistler Film Festival in Canada, Stuttgarter Filmwinter in Germany, Minimalen Short Film Fest. Trondheim in Norway, Un poing c’est court in France and Courtoujours Lannion in India.

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I’m not desperate for my music to cross borders- Kofi Kinaata

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Award-winning singer-songwriter, Kofi Kinaata has stated emphatically his lack of interest of pushing his music beyond the shores of Ghana. (more…)

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Posting nudes on social media shows how shallow-minded you are- Martha Ankomah

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Ghanaian actress, Martha Ankomah has expressed her distaste for people who post nude photos of themselves on social media. (more…)

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Watch: Medikal, Shatta Wale, others, take to sea for “spiritual cleansing” after release from prison

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Ghanaian dancehall artist, Shatta Wale and rapper Medikal have taken to bathing in the sea to clear out bad omen after their release from prison yesterday, October 26, 2021. (more…)

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Wiyaala and PatchBay Band From Ghana Make History in Dubai

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On Saturday 23rd October 2021, Ghanaian musicians, Wiyaala and the Patchbay Band put up a history-making show at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai at the maiden edition of the All Africa Festival, an event created by Nina Olatoke and supported by Emaar Dubai promoting African culture as a global conversation.

 

In the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, what better advocate for Africa can there be than Wiyaala, who opened her set with her signature tune “Tinambanyi”, a song which foretells the rise of the under-appreciated. This was followed by “Siiko ” which speaks of African tradition in conflict with modern ways and urges the people of Africa not to lose sight of their roots and identity. In “People Don’t Stop”, Wiyaala was again on message urging her people to keep fighting for their dreams. The finale was her hit song “Yaga Yaga” which had the audience enthusiastically joining her in a call and response. The power of the performance was made possible by the skilled musicians of Patchbay who were on top of their game, revelling in the charisma, vocal power and athleticism of the lady who for good reason is also known as the Lioness of Africa.

 

 

What is the All AFRICA FESTIVAL (AFF)

Africa is more than a place; it is in the heart, minds and souls of the people. The event focuses on bringing this cultural experience to life through music, entertainment, fashion, art, food and many other cultural expressions. The mission is to showcase the vibrant energy, beauty, culture and diversity of Africa in all her expressions. To introduce Africa to the African and the rest of the world. The festival is partnered by EMAAR, one of the largest real estate developers in the UAE known for various large-scale projects such as developing Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, Ojamea, West Blue Consulting, UAE Africa Networking Group, Kiza and Narratives PR UAE.

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Medikal granted GHC 100,000 bail

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Ghanaian rapper Medikal has been granted bail by following his arrest on October, 22, 2021.

The court presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, granted Medikal a bail of GHC 100,000 with one surety.

Medikal was arrested on October,  22nd, 2021 and remanded in prison for five days after brandishing a Ruger 9mm pistol on social media.

Medikal was charged with the public display of arms and ammunitions but he plead not guilty to the charge.

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Shatta Wale, three accomplices granted GH¢100,000 bail each

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Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, has been granted bail following his one week remand in the Ankaful Prison. (more…)

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