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Earlier today, Apple today announced Apple Music’s addition of two new live global radio offerings, now available to music fans in 165 countries. Beginning today, Beats 1, the flagship global radio station, will be renamed Apple Music 1, and two new additional radio stations will launch: Apple Music Hits, celebrating everyone’s favorite songs from the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s, and Apple Music Country, spotlighting country music. Here’s a rundown of everything to explore on day one on Apple Music Radio

Apple Music 1 

9:00a PST: Apple Music 1 Special:

Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden host a star-studded 3-hour launch special along with Rebecca Judd, Matt Wilkinson, Travis Mills, Brooke Reese, Nadeska, Hanuman, and Anna Lunoe, talking with Vince Staples, Elton John, HAIM, Aitch, Billie Eilish, and SHABBAAAAA, new members of the Apple Music Radio family including Young M.A, Nile Rodgers, Snoop Dogg, and Carrie Underwood, plus the new hosts of Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country.
12:00p PST: GAGA RADIO: 
GAGA RADIO is a non-stop dance mix that features Lady Gaga as the show’s host and guide, breaking down the elements that came together to form Chromatica. Each episode will give deeper context to the making of the superstar’s latest album with collaborators, as well as a check-in with fans.In today’s episode, Lady Gaga talks to musical icon Elton John. They discuss the making of their song “Sine From Above” and their incredible relationship. Gaga also hears from “Sour Candy” collaborators BLACKPINK.
1:00p PST: Ma G Radio with J. Balvin
J Balvin’s Ma G Radio takes its name from a term of endearment—ma G, my guy, my friend. And that’s very much the vibe: Every other week, the global star introduces and welcomes listeners to the world of reggaetón, telling the genre’s story through candid conversation and mixes selected by guest DJs from around the world. In the first episode, Balvin and designer Milkman take you back to the origins of Reggaeton and pay homage to Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam and Ivy Queen.
2:00p PST: Aitch D Radio
Emerging in 2018 with the neat, flowing bars of debut freestyle “Straight Rhymez,” Manchester’s Aitch has energized UK rap. His full-wattage charisma powered 2019’s breakthrough EP AitcH2O, and that same charm shines through on each show-stealing feature slot. Every fortnight on Aitch D Radio, he’ll dive into what makes UK rap culture so diverse, compelling, and fresh—and deliver the music currently inspiring him (expect surprises). In the inaugural episode, the British rapper introduces Aitch D Radio to the world, playing the biggest summer bangers and the freshest tracks from the UK rap scene, plus tips listeners off on what’s moving across his socials
3:00p PST: me & dad radio with Billie Eilish
Before the release of her 2019 Grammy Award-winning debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, Billie Eilish introduced herself to Apple Music listeners with her show “groupies have feelings too.” Now she’s back—along with her dad, Patrick O’Connell—with a new show, “me & dad radio.” “My dad and I have been putting each other on to music since I can remember,” she tells Apple Music, “and we want to share it with you.” In today’s episode, Billie and Patrick exchange a random selection of songs they love both old and new, featuring tracks by Jorja Smith, Connie Francis, and Linkin Park.
5:00p PST: Me Always Radio with Young M.A.
Brooklyn rapper Young M.A remains one of hip-hop’s most intriguing figures with her nimble flows, flirtatious bravado, and witty and gritty lyricism. Through her first two releases, 2019’s Herstory in the Making and 2020’s Red Flu, the entertainer thoughtfully relayed her story and character—her difficult upbringing, identity struggles, and unbreakable sense of humor. But we still wanted more. Every other week on Me Always Radio (her stage name stands for “Me Always”), the rap force gets up close and personal with fans as she talks through culture and current events and, of course, plays her favorite songs. On Episode 1, Young M.A invites Eminem, Odell Beckham Jr., Fivio Foreign, and her childhood friends to hang on the block and discuss the latest all while DJ Ease keeps things moving with a mix.
6:00p PST: Deep Hidden Meaning with Nile Rodgers
Over a career-spanning five decades, Nile Rodgers has helped write and produce some of the most iconic songs in pop music, both for his pioneering disco band Chic and for superstar collaborators like Diana Ross, David Bowie, and Daft Punk. On his Apple Music show, the composer, record producer, and rhythm guitar legend—a Rock & Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee—invites the most important established and emerging songwriters to discuss the ideas and inspirations behind their work. With each episode digging deep into the stories behind the songsRodgers’ candid discussions give invaluable insight into how your favorite music was created. In the debut episode, Timbaland discusses writing Justin Timberlake’s SexyBack, British songwriter Kamille talks about creating Mabel’s hit Don’t Call Me Up and Poo Bear dissects Where Are Ü Now, his song that took Justin Bieber’s career to new heights.
7:00p PST: HAIM TIME
Hailing from Southern California’s sunny San Fernando valley, HAIM is the Grammy-nominated band of sisters—Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim—whose 2013 debut Days Are Gone introduced the world to their masterful songwriting and signature three-part harmonies. Their romantic 2017 follow-up Somethin To Tell You furthered the trio’s reputation as a modern rock force and proved that they operate entirely in their own lane. The second season of HAIM TIME is centered on the band’s third full-length, Women In Music Pt. III, and the realities of making and releasing music in quarantine. Featuring heartfelt advice, surprise guests, and spirited reviews of LA’s best delivery food, the special bi-weekly show makes fans feel like family. In today’s episode, HAIM take a journey back through time to relive their favorite bat mitzvah bangers, go full HAIM TIME x Time Crisis crossover mode with Ezra Koenig, and chat with celebrated singer-songwriter, Tori Amos.
8:00p PST: Ramona Radio with Vince Staples
You know Vince Staples for his one-of-a-kind style and strong opinions, and he’s bringing all that and more to the new season of RAMONA RADIO on Apple Music. Tune in as the visionary artist broadcasts from home in Long Beach with special guests, thoughtful conversation, and a lot of sarcasm. 
9:00p PST: SHABBAAAAA SOUND 
SHABBAAAAA has quickly evolved from an underground dancehall-influenced party to a global movement, with online radio stations based in Los Angeles and London. Now they’re joining the Apple Music family of shows with SHABBAAAAA SOUND RADIO. Every two weeks, the SSS Crew, which includes Drewbyrd, Sean G and Shacia Päyne Marley, spins a unique selection of sounds that capture the evolution of dancehall music —whether it’s afrobeats, hip-hop, world music, latin music, reggae, house or R&B. Each episode features a curated playlist alongside a host of live mixes that bring the party right to your home. On today’s episode, the crew connects with Skip Marley, talking inspiration behind his upcoming project, Higher Place, collaborating with Rick Ross & H.E.R., and his experience of growing up as a Marley. Plus, dj mOma drops in for a guest mix.
11:00p PST: Boiler Room Radio
Boiler Room began with a webcam taped to a wall that opened a keyhole into London’s vibrant underground. Since 2010, they’ve built a unique archive spanning thousands of performances with artists across the globe, and become the definitive stage for showcasing electronic music’s emerging stars. On Boiler Room Radio, they expand on their mission of bringing the dance floor to you—whether it’s your headphones, car stereo, or living room speakers—and share in-depth interviews with the DJs and producers behind featured mixes each week. Episode 1: One of the rising stars of the past couple of years within house music, Honey Dijon, breaks down the 2018 Sugar Mountain Festival set that launched her into stardom and made her a household name as one of BR’s most watched sets.
Apple Music Hits 

9:00a PST: Jayde Donovan

On her debut episode, Jayde introduces the world to  Apple Music Hits! She welcomes her colleagues Estelle and STROMBO to join her in kicking off the broadcast, as well as the incredible line-up of ladies hosting some of the Hits playlist shows, plus conversations with Shania Twain (Home Now Radio), The Backstreet Boys (All I Have to Give Radio), and Meghan Trainor (Dirty Pop Radio).
 
10:00a PST: STROMBO 
Over the years, George Stroumboulopoulos has hosted CBC’s interview program The Hour, anchored Hockey Night in Canada, and led his own talk show on CNN. But his first love has always been music—whether working at a pirate radio station in the ’90s, discovering underground talent on MuchMusic’s The NewMusic in the early 2000s, holding down The Strombo Show on CBC Music, or, more recently, welcoming us into his House of Strombo for intimate live sessions with some of the world’s most storied performers. Join him every day from Monday through Thursday, when he brings great music, stories, and interviews to STROMBO Radio. In his inaugural show, STROMBO is coming at you live, talking to fellow Apple Music Hits anchor Estelle, plus check-ins with some of the artists on the new station including Huey Lewis (’80s Radio), Alanis Morissette (Alanis Radio), and Mark Hoppus (After School Radio).
 
11:00a PST: The Estelle Show
On The Estelle Show, the UK singer draws on timeless musical influences and fresh contemporary voices to paint a portrait of what inspires and excites her. Her tastes range from legends like Bob Marley, Prince, and Madonna to newer ground-shakers like Wizkid and Lil Wayne, but they’ve all got one thing in common: They’ve made what she considers to be some of the best music of the past few decades. Listen to Estelle—and the occasional guest—play favorites and share personal insights into the music Monday through Friday, only on Apple Music Hits.In this first episode, Estelle welcomes listeners to her new show and reflects on some of the Afrobeat music that shaped her as a person and an artist – including music from Bob Marley, Beenie Man, Kas Kas, Super Cat, Wizkid, Wande Coal, and much more.
 
12:00p PST: Level Up Radio with Ciara 
Ciara earned her first multiplatinum hit in 2004 with the now-legendary “Goodies.” More than a decade later, in 2018, she earned another smash with “Level Up.” That the Grammy-winning R&B singer and dancer has been able to adapt across the years—maintaining her intrigue and cultural relevance—is a testament to her dexterity and musical prowess. So who better to examine R&B’s cultural impact and evolution? Every week on Level Up Radio, Ciara celebrates the definitive songs and sounds of modern R&B and shares stories of her experience as an entrepreneur, mother, philanthropist, and unstoppable entertainment force. In her debut episode, Ciara introduces listeners her brand new show, Level Up Radio, as she shares the meaning behind the show title, spotlights artists and songs that inspire her mantra of leveling up, and plays favorites from Missy, Janet, and Michael Jackson while throwing it back to her hometown of ATL with Waka Flocka and Outkast.
 
1:00p PST: After School Radio with Mark Hoppus
As a founding member of blink-182, +44, and Simple Creatures, Mark Hoppus has survived three decades of alternative music—from the punk clubs of Southern California to unlikely pop stardom in the TRL era to navigating the new millennium’s post-genre revolution. Each week on After School Radio, Hoppus focuses on the songs, artists, and culture that’ve defined the movement, with the sense of humor and perspective that have become his trademark. Mark Hoppus kicks off the first episode with a playlist highlighting the last thirty years of alternative rock. Plus — the Blink-182 frontman cold calls his Simple Creatures bandmate Alex Gaskarth (also of All Time Low), and spotlights a record he felt went under appreciated, Sugar’s ‘Copper Blue.’ 
 
3:00p PST: Home Now Radio with Shania Twain
Every month on Home Now Radio, Shania Twain invites listeners into her genre-defying musical world by sharing her favorite classic hits, new discoveries, and some unlikely sources of inspiration. She’ll also sit down with special guests who consider her songs an indelible part of the soundtrack of their lives. In the first episode, Shania Twain welcomes her fan to her show “Home Now Radio” which she shares about music and how it can create a home anywhere, anyplace. Her show features music from Kiss, to Drake, to Dolly, to Taylor, to OneRepublic while inviting the listeners to hear the stories surrounding the songs.
 
4:00p PST: Uncle Snoop’s Army Radio
There’s a new way to spell Apple Music and it’s S-N double O-P D-O double G. That’s right: The legendary Snoop Dogg, also known as DJ Snoopadelic, presents Uncle Snoop’s Army Radio, a weekly show that serves up the best of hip-hop’s golden era and shines a light on the legends who set the table. You can bet there’ll be plenty of appearances from the big Dogg’s partners, too. In this first episode of Uncle Snoop’s Army Radio, Snoop spotlights politically inspired Hip Hop tracks from both legendary groups Public Enemy and N.W.A. Snoop also mixes classics from golden era artists 2Pac, Eazy-E and A Tribe Called Quest.
5:00p PST: Dirty Pop with Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor has spent her whole life studying pop music and what makes it stick. If Britney, Justin, Lady Gaga, and Doja Cat have shaped the soundtrack to your life with their glossy, over-the-top, era-defining anthems, this is the show for you. On Dirty Pop Radio, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter—an authority on exuberant, youthful, celebratory pop music—dances through the past three decades of pop’s golden era. Join her every week as she revisits music that shaped her childhood, shines a light on her favorite contemporary voices, and shares never-before-heard studio stories about how songs become hits and singers become superstars. On the very first episode of Dirty Pop Radio, Meghan takes it way back playing some of her favorite pop songs from her childhood.
6:00p PST: Alanis Radio with Alanis Morisette
Alt-rock icon, devoted mother, activist, and Broadway inspiration Alanis Morissette will not be contained. On her Apple Music radio show, the trailblazing musician shares her expansive and eclectic tastes—from ’60s singer-songwriters to Tori Amos and Rage Against the Machine—in the interest of spreading love, depth, and knowledge around her favorite songs. “Songs can be incredibly defining for us,” she says. “They can be spiritual signposts, snapshots of important junctures in life, and soundtracks for our ongoing emotional evolution. They can heal and empower, unify and support, and express both the political and personal.” Join her every other week on a thoughtful tour through the songs and artists that inspire her.
7:00p PST: Nevuary with Ari Melber
Every week on Nevuary Radio, Emmy-winning MSNBC news anchor Ari Melber shares rap’s most iconic tracks and the stories behind the verses. Join him as he deep-dives into hip-hop’s vaults—specifically, hits from the ’90s and 2000s—playing tracks, telling stories, and celebrating the most memorable lines in hip-hop. On episode one, Melber takes a deep dive into the musical genius of Jay-Z and Drake.
8:00p PST: 80’s Radio with Huey Lewis
On his own show, ’80s Radio With Huey Lewis, the legendary musician shares music, stories, and one-of-a-kind insight into one of the most important decades in rock ‘n’ roll. Kicking off his first episode — Huey Lewis showcases the power of the eighties with a decade spanning playlist featuring heavyweights like Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson and more. Lewis also provides commentary plucked straight from era — including how “The Power of Love” found its way into ‘Back To The Future,’ touring with Loverboy, and seeing Madonna’s iconic MTV Video Music Awards performance in person.
9:00p PST: All I Have To Give with The Backstreet Boys
AJ, Kevin, Howie, Brian, and Nick—five singers who make up one of the most influential groups in pop history—are each embedded in the memory of music fans who came of age at the turn of the century. The Backstreet Boys’ indelible melodies and pitch-perfect harmonies made them Top 40 titans in the late ‘90s, and the following two decades proved they were more than a time capsule of pop’s golden era with blockbuster tours and chart-topping singles. On All I Have to Give Radio, the guys get up close and personal with fans by answering questions, trading fond memories, and sharing what they’re up to next. The Backstreet Boys welcome listeners to their first episode of All I Have to Give Radio. Brian, Howie, Kevin, AJ and Nick share their Backstreet backstory, swapping stories and songs, from their earliest hits, to their most recent album, DNA.
11:00p PST: Hip Hop R&B Throwback with Lowkey
Lowkey hosts a ‘Launch Special’ complete with 60 minutes of live DJing by Apple Music’s own S.WHiT, spinning tracks from the ’80s, ’90s, and ‘00s.
Apple Music Country 
 
9:00a PST: Apple Music Country Launch Special: 
All four Apple Music Country anchors, Kelleigh Bannen, Ty Bentli, Ward Guenther, and Tiera host a big celebration to kick off the new station, speaking to some of the exciting new artists hosting shows including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Jimmie Allen, Dierks Bentley, and Chrissy Metz.
12:00p PST: XO Radio with Carrie Underwood
What can’t Carrie Underwood do? With a vast catalog of blockbuster hits that remind us of the power of music and a successful career as an entrepreneur (she has a lifestyle brand, fitness app, and bestselling book on health and wellness), the global superstar has steadily proven that her talents know no bounds. Every month on XO Radio, she sits down with friends and peers from across the entertainment spectrum to catch up, share stories, and play the music that inspires them. Consider each episode a love letter to her favorite musicians and fondest memories, soundtracked by the songs that mean the most. On the debut of XO Radio, Carrie takes listeners on a journey through her life with musical selections from Mötley Crüe, The Rolling Stones, Queen, George Michael, Guns N’ Roses, and Aerosmith.
2:00p PST: Party Barn Radio with Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan loves a good surprise. Each month, the country star creates a party atmosphere in sound and feel—sometimes with a set of songs tied together by a timely theme, sometimes with a crew of friends and fellow celebrities dropping in. Whatever the case, Party Barn Radio is a good time through and through. Expect the unexpected. Luke reveals his first ride and his favorite country song on the premiere of Party Barn Radio.
4:00p PST: Wildcard Radio with Jimmie Allen
Burgeoning singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen knows what it feels like to be a wild card: The Delaware native was one of the first black artists to score a No. 1 debut single on country radio, with 2018’s “Best Shot.” With his Apple Music show Wildcard, the future country superstar welcomes you with hearty words and good cheer as he plays some of his favorite country tunes. But Wildcard isn’t just for country fans: From Allen’s thoughts on pop culture to his eclectic and expansive taste in music, no topic or song selection is off-limits. Jimmie talks sports, Disney, and throwbacks on the first ever episode of Wildcard Radio.
6:00p PST: The Nashville Countdown with Dierks Bentley
There’s no better way to catch up on what’s happening in country music than to hear the biggest songs of the moment from a Nashville veteran. Inspired by the iconic countdown radio shows of yesteryear, trailblazing hitmaker Dierks Bentley rounds up the most popular songs from Apple Music’s country charts and peppers them with occasional throwbacks and surprise guest interviews. Every week, you’ll get a real-time picture of where country music is–and where it’s headed. On the premiere of Dierks Bentley’s re-invented countdown show, he shares his thoughts on joining Apple Music Country, watching the new Taylor Swift documentary, and reveals his first ‘Dierks Deep Cut.’
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GOtv is set to launch a new package: GOtv SUPA

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Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Alex Okyere.
Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Alex Okyere

When it comes to the best quality local entertainment, GOtv certainly delivers the best. This festive season, the proudly African entertainment provider is reaffirming its commitment to audiences by introducing a brand-new package that packs a SUPA punch, without putting extra pressure on the purse strings. GOtv SUPA is coming to Ghanaian audiences from 1st November 2021, a perfect addition to GOtv’s selection of packages.

“With the festive season fast approaching, families need affordable ways to spend time together, we hope the launch of this entertainment-focused package will do exactly that. And bring families together during this special time of year. Enjoyment his new GOtv package will deliver Enjoyment Sɔŋŋ,” said Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Alex Okyere.

The brand new GOtv SUPA package will offer a range of lifestyle and entertainment channels, featuring more entertainment for the kids, more drama-filled telenovelas, and more proudly local content. It’s an affordable upgrade that unlocks a world of the finest entertainment for the entire family the ultimate gift this festive season.  This new package will focus on an extensive catalogue of general entertainment channels even though no additional sports channels are added, GOtv SUPA subscribers will be able to view all the sporting action available on GOtv like the Europa League, UEFA Nations Conference League, Selected Premier League games, La Liga, Serie A and sports on ESPN.

In terms of home entertainment, GOtv SUPA is set to become a game-changer. It joins an already extensive entertainment family within the GOtv offering, with tailored options from GOtv Lite to GOtv MAX available Ghana. With the additional channels, there is certainly something for everyone to enjoy on GOtv SUPA.

Some of the channels included in the new GOtv SUPA package are: Akwaaba Magic, Honey, Africa Magic Urban​, WWE, TLNovelas, Novela Magic​, Rix, Kix Channel and Boomerang to mention a few. ​

This new GOtv SUPA package will appeal to audiences all over Ghana and in terms of what’s on offer on the various channels, the proof is in the pudding. Here are a few of the brilliant shows and channels to look out for on GOtv Supa:

Dede

Tells the story of a naïve rural teenage girl who is deceived by her stepmother leave her family and life behind in order to work as a domestic help in the home of a complicated wealthy family. Find out more on Dede Mondays to Fridays at 8pm on Akwaaba Magic, GOtv Channel 101.

Love Me

Family secrets, scandalous love affairs and betrayal all come to light when a wealthy chief decides to reveal all. How will his family cope with the revelations? Find out Mondays to Fridays at 5:30pm on ROK 2, GOtv Channel 107.

WWE

Catch If you’re in the mood for on-screen action, the WWE channel is where you can catch your favourite wrestlers in action on a channel dedicated to showcasing their talent on WWE, GOtv Channel 136.

Africa Magic Epic

Discover the best in local series and movies with Africa Magic Urban. As the name implies, an epic entertainment experience awaits you and your family on GOtv Channel 106.

Boomerang 

Cartoon lovers and kids will love this channel. It’s already become a household staple when it comes to pay-tv children’s channels and features some of the world’s most iconic characters on Boomerang, GOtv Channel 107.

This is only a glimpse of what you can expect to enjoy when you subscribe to GOtv Supa. Visit our website or download the GOtv App to update your current subscription or finally make the leap and join the GOtv family. Here’s to a truly SUPA festive season with GOtv #EnjoymentSɔŋŋ! 

 

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Showmax and shriek: 15 movies to stream & scream this Halloween

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The Invisible Man, It: Chapter Two, Midsommar, Doctor Sleep, Freaky, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark & more

 

THE INVISIBLE MAN | Critically acclaimed blockbuster HG Wells’ adaptation starring Elisabeth Moss

 

When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turns lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

 

Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in The Invisible Man, which was named Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movie of 2020 in three categories: wide-release film, horror movie, and Australian film. The nail-biting horror is the eighth best-reviewed horror movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 91% critics’ rating.

 

Inspired by HG Wells’ novel, The Invisible Man is adapted and directed by award-winning horror aficionado Leigh Whannell, who co-created the Saw franchise. The cast includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Bly Manor); Black Reel award nominee Aldis Hodge (UndergroundHidden Figures); and BET and Teen Choice nominee Storm Reid (EuphoriaA Wrinkle in Time).

 

The 15th highest-grossing box office film of 2020 globally, The Invisible Man has won 40 international awards, including Best Horror Movie and Best Actress: Horror at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Super Awards, and was a 2020 People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Movie. As Rolling Stone says, “Alive with fresh thinking from Whannell and a dynamite Elisabeth Moss, this socially conscious horrorshow tips the old monster mash into way scarier sh*t about toxic masculinity that’s as timely as #MeToo and Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs.”

 


IT: CHAPTER TWO | Award-winning, star-studded Stephen King adaptation

 

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the members of the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

 

Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) stars as the adult Beverly Marsh, multiple-BAFTA winner James McAvoy (His Dark Materials and X-Men’s young Charles Xavier) plays Bill Denbrough, and Emmy winner Bill Hader (Barry) received four separate awards nominations for his role as the adult Richie Tozier.

 

A stellar cast of youngsters reprise their roles from the first film, including Teen Choice nominees Sophia Lillis (I Am Not Okay With This), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Are You Afraid of the Dark?), MTV Movie Awards winner Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!We Are Who We Are), and Critics Choice’ nominee Jaeden Martell (Knives OutSt. Vincent). Bill Skarsgård (The Devil All the TimeCastle Rock) also returns in his Teen Choice-nominated role as Pennywise.

 

It: Chapter Two won four Fright Meter Awards and was also nominated for four 2021 Saturn Awards, including Best Horror Film, two 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, and two IGN Summer Movie Awards. Empire Magazine calls it, “A psychologically merciless sequel,” saying, “everything here is as it should be: deeper, scarier, funnier. [Director] Muschietti in particular has stepped up, skilfully guiding us through a rollicking funhouse. It is obscenely entertaining.”

 

 


MIDSOMMAR 
| Folk horror from Ari Aster, starring Florence Pugh

 

In Midsommar, a troubled couple travels to a rural Swedish town’s fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

 

Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (Little WomenBlack Widow) stars alongside the likes of Sundance Special Jury Prize winner Jack Reynor (Strange Angel) and Emmy nominee William Jackson Harper (The Underground RailroadThe Good Place).

Written and directed by multi-award-winning director Ari Aster (Hereditary), Midsommar won five 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, including Best Wide-Release Film, and 23 other accolades around the world. Earlier this year, Midsommar was also nominated for Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films. “If you’re looking for the scariest movie ever shot in blinding sunlight, the raw and riveting Midsommar is it,” says Rolling Stone.

Midsommar is the 44th best-reviewed horror of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with an 83% critics’ rating. As the critics’ consensus there says, “Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.”

FREAKY | Award-winning body-swap horror with Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn

 

Slasher comedy Freaky takes Freaky Friday to a whole new level when less-than-popular teenager Millie unintentionally switches bodies with the middle-aged serial killer terrorising her town. As the body count rises and the clock ticks down, Millie and her friends have less than 24 hours to stop Murder Barbie before the change becomes permanent…

 

Starring Young Artist Award winner Kathryn Newton (Big Little LiesThe Society) and MTV Movie Award, People’s Choice and Teen Choice winner Vince Vaughn (Wedding CrashersThe Break-Up), Freaky’s cast also includes Alan Ruck (SuccessionFerris Bueller’s Day Off).

Vaughn won Best Actor in a Horror Movie at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Super Awards, where Freaky was also up for Best Horror Movie and Newton was nominated for both Best Actress in a Horror Movie and Best Villain. Freaky also picked up nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Horror Film, the Fright Meter Awards for Best Actress (Newton) and the MTV Movie Awards for Most Frightened Performance (Vaughn).

Produced by triple-Oscar nominee Jason Blum (Get OutBlacKkKlansman) and directed by Christopher Landon (who directed Happy Death Day and wrote four of the Paranormal Activity films), Freaky has an 83% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with AV Club saying there’s “something oddly satisfying about unmasking a slasher movie to reveal the ’80s comedy lurking underneath.” As Slate says, “As strange as it may sound, Freaky is one of the 2020 movies that comes closest to being truly feel-good.”


DOCTOR SLEEP | Stephen King adaptation, starring Ewan McGregor, from Mike Flanagan

 

Stephen King’s horror classic Doctor Sleep picks up years after the events of The Shining, as a now-adult, alcoholic Dan Torrance finds himself protecting a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

 

Doctor Sleep was nominated for Best Film, Best Actor (Emmy winner Ewan McGregor from Fargo and Star Wars), and Best Director (Mike Flanagan of Midnight Mass, The Haunting of Bly Manor and The Haunting of Hill House fame) at both the Fright Meter and the Fangoria Chainsaw awards, with Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen and the Mission: Impossible movies) winning Best Supporting Actress at both.

 

Doctor Sleep has a 78% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says the horror “balances poignant themes against spine-tingling chills.”

 

 

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK | Award-winning horror, based on Guillermo del Toro’s screen story

 

From the dark imaginations of Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) and acclaimed director André Øvredal (Trollhunter) comes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the iconic book series.

 

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind but the small town of Mill Valley seems far removed from the unrest in the cities. For generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large there. In their mansion on the edge of town, Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time – stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home…

 

Nominated for Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films earlier this year, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark won Best Horror/Thriller Film at the National Film and Television Awards in the USA as well as Best Creature FX at the 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, among other awards.

 

 

 

THE HUNT | Controversial Blumhouse horror starring Betty Gilpin and Hilary Swank

 

Controversial horror The Hunt follows 12 strangers who wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen for a very specific purpose – the Hunt.

 

The Hunt was nominated for Best Action Movie at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Super Awards, where Emmy nominee Betty Gilpin (GLOW’s Debbie) won Best Actress: Action, beating out co-star Hilary Swank (a double-Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry), who was also nominated for Best Villain. The Hunt was also nominated for Best Wide-Release Film at the 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, among other accolades.

 

The Hunt is directed by Craig Zobel (Westworld, The Leftovers); written and produced by the Emmy-winning team behind Watchmen and The Leftovers, Nick Cuse and Damon Lindelof; and exec produced by triple-Oscar nominee Jason Blum (Get OutBlacKkKlansman).

 

 

 

ANTEBELLUM | Slave plantation horror, starring Janelle Monáe & Gabourey Sidibe

 

Black Reel and Teen Choice Award winner Janelle Monáe (MoonlightHidden Figures) stars in the horror drama Antebellum as modern-day sociologist and author Dr Veronica Henley, who becomes trapped in a waking nightmare on a slave plantation.

 

Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe (EmpirePrecious) was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress at this year’s Black Reel Awards, as well as at the 2021 Image Awards, where Monáe was also nominated for Outstanding Actress. Monáe also won both the Courage in Acting Award and Best Female Action Hero at the 2021 Women Film Critics’ Circle Awards, while director of photography Pedro Luque (Don’t BreatheThe Girl in the Spider’s Web) was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2020 Fright Meter Awards.

 

Produced by two-time Oscar nominee Sean McKittrick (Get OutUsBlacKkKlansman), Antebellum’s cast also includes award-winning Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa (Palm SpringsiZombie).

 

New York Post calls Antebellum “a breathless watch” and Variety a “terrifying – and incredibly timely – horror movie.


HEREDITARY 
| Award-winning Ari Aster horror starring Toni Collette

When Ellen passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel increasingly terrifying secrets about her life. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.

 

Winner of 46 awards, including Best-Wide Release Film and Best Kill at the 2019 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, Hereditary stars Oscar nominee Toni Collette (Unbelievable) and Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), who both won Chainsaw Awards for their roles. Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (Vikings), Golden Globe nominee Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Broadway child star Milly Shapiro (Matilda) co-star.

 

Hereditary is the fourteenth best reviewed horror movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, where the film has an 89% score. As the critics’consensus there says, “Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.”


THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS | Oscar-winning classic with Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter

 

Dr. Hannibal Lecter and FBI Agent Clarice Starling remain the most iconic roles of the Oscar-winning juggernauts Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, who played them three decades ago in The Silence of the Lambs, which follows Starling as she is forced to seek out the help of a manipulative cannibal in order to track down a sadistic new serial killer.

 

The seminal psychological horror was the fourth-biggest film of 1991 and won five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), Best Director for Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia), and Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Ted Tally’s (All the Pretty Horses) adaptation of Thomas Harris’ best-selling novel.

 

It’s currently at #21 on IMDb’s list of the Top-Rated Movies of all-time, with an 8.6/10 score, and is Rotten Tomatoes’ 20th highest-rated horror movie of all time, with a 96% critics’ rating. Rolling Stone called it “mercilessly scary and mercifully humane at the same time,” and Boston Globe “stylish, intelligent, audacious… and stolen by a suave monster you’ll never forget.”

TRIGGERED | SAFTA-winning SA horror released internationally

 

Filmed only at night on a farm in Swellendam, Triggered is a 2021 SAFTA-winning horror movie directed and co-written by Alastair Orr (Axis Mundi).

 

The explosive horror follows nine former high school friends who celebrate their five-year reunion camping in a forest. Terror strikes when they wake up with suicide bombs strapped to their chests, all with varying times on their countdown clocks… and the only way to survive is by “stealing” time from one another.

The ensemble cast includes Reine Swart (SAFTA and AMAA-nominee for Siembamba), Liesl Ahlers (Friend Request), Russell Crous (The Watch, Escape Room), SAFTA winner Craig Urbani (Isidingo) and multi-award-winning actor Sean Cameron Michael (Black Sails,Fried Barry).

“It’s engineered to shock, but it’s so successful in its gore-soaked ambitions – right up to its fittingly explosive climax – that a franchise surely beckons,” says Radio Times.

 

 

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS | Starter horror for teens, from Eli Roth

 

Ten-year-old orphan Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) goes to live with his strange uncle in a creaky old house whose walls contain a mysterious tick-tocking magic. When Lewis accidentally disturbs the dead, the sleepy town comes alive with dark witchery.

 

Based on John Bellairs’ children’s book, The House With A Clock In Its Walls stars Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Golden Globe nominee Jack Black, as well as Golden Globe winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks).

 

Rated 10-12PGVH, the #1 USA box office hit is the first younger-audience film from gore maestro Eli Roth (HostelCabin Fever), who’s called it a “starter horror movie.”  Slate calls it “a bullseye… perfectly balanced between funny and scary.”

 

RAGE | Star-studded local horror from 2021 SXSW winner Jaco Bouwer

 

In Rage, a group of school-leavers descend on a tiny coastal town for a celebration of their freedom. Roxy, Sihle, Kyle, Leon, Tamsyn and Neo party on the beach and drink themselves silly every night. The townsfolk, Hermien and her son Albert, are welcoming – too welcoming. During a psychedelic trip on the beach, the friends witness a disturbing birth ritual, which could be a hallucination, or not. Soon fertility figurines start to appear at random places, and what is supposed to be the best holiday of their lives turns to horror as the teenagers are picked off one by one.

 

Rage is directed by Jaco Bouwer, a multi-award-winning theatre director who was SAFTA-nominated for Dwaalster and earned global acclaimed for his next horror, Gaia, which won the cinematography award at SXSW 2021 and has an 83% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

Nicole Fortuin (Indemnity, Flatland) stars as Tamsyn, with The Girl From St Agnes’ breakout stars Jane de Wet (Griekwastad, Moffie) and Tristan de Beer (Raised by Wolves, Alles Malan) as Roxy and Kyle. The cast also includes two-time Silwerskerm winner Carel Nel (Gaia, Dwaalster); two-time Vita winner Lida Botha (4 Mure); Shalima Mkongi (Isithembiso, Keeping Score); Fiesta, Kanna and Fleur du Cap nominee David Viviers (Kanarie, Tali’s Baby Diaries); and Sihle Mnqwazana, who co-wrote and acted in The Fall, a New York Times critics’ choice play.

 

Rage has been hailed as ‘briljant’ (Son), “hair raising” (Daily Sun), “gripping” (IOL), “scary as hell” (9Lives), “quite stunning and brilliantly filmed” (Channel24), and “genuinely creepy… one of the best attempts at the genre ever made in this country” (Fortress of Solitude), with Daily Maverick saying it will “scare the living daylights out of you.”

 

DANIEL ISN’T REAL | Award-winning psychological horror starring Patrick Schwarzenegger

 

As a child, Luke witnessed something terrible, something only his imaginary friend Daniel could help him through. Now a troubled college freshman, Luke is struggling to cope, until his best friend turns up once more. But Daniel is dangerous, and he’s already inside Luke’s head…

 

Winner of both Best Feature and Best Director at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and nominated for Best Limited Release Film at the 2020 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, Daniel Isn’t Real stars Miles Robbins (Mozart in the JungleHalloween) as Luke, in a performance that won Best Actor at Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival. Daniel Isn’t Real has an 82% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “Daniel Isn’t Real, but the smart, stylish fun waiting for genre lovers in this well-acted suspense thriller is completely genuine.”

 

Arnie’s son Patrick Schwarzenegger (Midnight Sun) plays Daniel and the cast includes Black Reel and Empire Award nominee Sasha Lane (UtopiaAmerican Honey); Satellite Award nominee Mary Stuart Masterson (For LifeBlindspot), Chukwudi Iwuji (Designated SurvivorWhen They See Us); and SXSW Gamechanger Award winner Hannah Marks (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency).

BLADE (BOXSET) | Classic vampire horror with Wesley Snipes

 

Calling all Blade fans – Marvel recently gave us awesome news: production is due to start next year on the revival of Blade, with double-Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Green BookTrue DetectiveRamy) as the iconic vampire hunter.

 

So what better way to celebrate Halloween than a weekend binge with Wesley Snipes in the cult comic book trilogy BladeBlade II, and Blade: Trinity, all written by David S. Goyer (The Dark KnightBatman BeginsDark City), who directed the third instalment.

 

The franchise grossed over $400 million worldwide, with double-Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of WaterPan’s Labyrinth) helming the sequel and a supporting cast across the series that includes Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, Emmy nominee Jessica Biel (The Sinner), Oscar nominee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement winner Kris Kristofferson, Hellboy star Ron Perlman, The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, and Dominic Purcell (Legends of TomorrowPrison Break).

 

CAN’T SLEEP? THAT’S JUST THE MOVIES

Showmax is also home to a wide-range of hit horror shows, from brand-new hits like Chucky S1 to Emmy winners like Lovecraft Countryand The Walking Dead to Emmy nominees like What We Do In The Shadows and American Horror Story: Apocalypse to Stephen King adaptation The Stand. For more options, just check out the ScareMax row on your Showmax homepage.

 

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13 Ghanaian street food vendors to compete in the maiden edition of ‘’StreetFoodz Ghana” docu-reality series

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The “Street Foodz Ghana” is a new docu-reality platform that seeks to appreciate and showcase the authentic Ghanaian street food and its vendors to boost tourism.

 

Maxima Media, the owners of FoodBay TV and the creators and curators of StreetFoodz Naija, arguably Africa’s largest food docu-reality series, have expanded their tentacles on the continent with the arrival of StreetFoodz Ghana. The show was officially launched on Thursday, October 21, 2021, during a press conference and was highlighted by the announcement of Gino brand as the headline sponsor.

 

The debut episode of the show, which will be aired via AdomTV – 5:30pm (Saturday), MaxTV – 6:30pm (Saturday), Joy Prime – 6:00pm (Saturday) and GHone- 6.30pm (Sunday) on 30th October 2021, will carry compelling and exciting content and celebrate (among others) a diverse range of street food vendors who are often overlooked by mainstream media.

 

Out of 100 and more entries made, 13 Ghana’s best food vendors who qualified to partake in the main hottest food contest ever will compete for the Grand prize worth GHc 50,000, GHc 20,000 and GHc 10, 000 including bragging rights, the crown and the grand title of “King of Street foods in Ghana” — putting a lively culinary culture, unique palates, and frequently strange civilizations to the test.

 

The show will also explore the street foods and its vendors from across the capital. Archival footage is combined with face-to-face interviews and follows street food chefs and their history, which is intertwined with the big picture of how influential street food is on their native country.

 

Speaking at the official press launch held at the Alisa Hotel, Ghana, Georgina Abbam- Baidoo Amfo, Project manager, Street Foodz Ghana said: “We used this opportunity to take a tour around the country to select 13 street food vendors who would be trained for 13 weeks. The winner will be coming out as the Street Food King in Ghana and will also get his/her aerial space renovated, an SMS tool kit (branding), and a promotional video for advertising.”

 

Akua Obiri-Yeboah, Marketing director, GB foods Ghana declared her entity’s unflinching support towards this move since contestants and to a large extent, Street Food Chefs rely on their brand to serve millions of consumers.

 

“We felt this was a very good platform because the people we are targeting rely on our products and brands to feed millions of consumers. And based on the idea and discussion we had, we felt it was a good way to reach out to the food service outlets out there. We wanted to be part of it to let them know we place high value on them for patronizing our brand. We are looking forward to having engaging and exciting experience with the team at street food and vendors.”

 

Olufemi Ogundoro, Managing Director of Maxima Media Group also said the move is in line with the vision of FoodBay TV to put African food on the world food map.

 

“Food Bay TV is a dedicated platform which focuses primarily of food and lifestyle and showcases the best of African foods to the rest of the world. Ghana has the best culture appreciation in Africa. Ghanaians are proud of their heritage and equally proud of their food. That is why we have this platform to able to showcase the best Ghanaian street food, elevating the standards and majorly boosting tourism.”

 

Launched in 2019, Street Foodz show is aimed at promoting local cuisine, as well as supporting entrepreneurs in the food sector and rebranding street foods. Just like the maiden edition, and the subsequent one, the 30 minutes televised and digitally transmitted docu-reality series will showcase the best of Africa’s street food delicacies.

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This December, Efia Odo looks for love on pseudo-reality TV show, ‘My African Love’

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My African Love with Efia Odo

The premiere of the latest Efia Odo series “My African Love with Efia Odo” will mark a Diaspora success in the fall of 2021 in the United States. This groundbreaking series is produced by Koby Maxwell, the multi award-winning producer of Epic Nollywood-Hollywood film “One Night in Vegas” and CEO of KM Productions. It is co-produced by Jojo Andoh of Jo Kanin Productions and Nana Danso a.k.a chairman of ND Productions. Directed by Robert Peters

“My African Love with Efia Odo” stars popular Ghanaian actress and entertainer, Efia Odo. Also featuring is Andromeda Peters (Miss United States 2018/2019) in her film making debut with this series and the award-winning media personality, Charlie Dior. Household name, Chris Attoh, is our amazing presenter along with a host of others given an ecstatic feature on the show.

“The show is highly entertaining and a must watch!” Ama K Abebrese British-Ghanaian actress, television presenter and producer of “QUOTE”

“This is the beginning of a fantastic start for the African community, there is no limit!”

Joseph Van Vicker Ghanaian Actor, Movie Director and Humanitarian

The series is unlike any popular Hollywood love story. It dabbles in a rather unconventional twist in a lady’s quest to find love amidst betrayals and heartbreaks. She ignores the red flags and warnings from her friends and family of the absurdity of finding love on a reality show. Though they are vehemently against this, she goes ahead to personally host an auditioning for a selection of 15 men to contest in what she terms ‘an in-house competition’ in the hope of finding her one true love. The eviction process involves a true test of the competitors’ personalities in the most engaging ways possible. She is provided in-house support by her trusted friends, and the twists and turns bring an all-round overwhelming reality TV series experience.

The reality TV series will be officially premiered as a red-carpet event on 19th December 2021 in Accra, Ghana at the SNAP Cinemas (Accra City Hall). It will show for 7 days from the 19th of December, 2021 to the 25th of December 2021. The show will be released in 2022 across the world on major platforms and TV networks. Tickets are available for sale in all major shopping malls in Accra and at theatre box offices on November 1st. Momo payment and ticket delivery are available at these locations. Tickets are also available online.

For a list of theatres and platforms the series will be available on, and to purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com or www.myafricanlove.tv . Watch the trailer of the show via our social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Moviegoers who purchase a ticket to see “My African Love with Efia Odo” at any listed participating theatre will receive a free T-shirt and poster signed by Efia Odo. This limited offer is only available till November 30th.

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Ladipoe talks fatherhood and ‘Providence’ EP on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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Nigerian rapper LADIPOE joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Running (feat. Fireboy DML).” He also discusses his new EP, Providence, how becoming a father changed his life, and what he’s working on next.

The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Timaya feat. Buju, Gaz Mawete feat. Vegedream, Reekado Banks, Karyendasoul feat. Nana Atta & Zakes Bantwini, and Slade feat. Sino Msolo, Tweezy & Yumbs.

Africa Rising 
Nigerian singer-songwriter AV is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his two singles “Confession” and “Big Thug Boys.” Listen HERE.

Loot Loves
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she features South African soul singer Marcus Harvey and his single, “Don’t Think About It Too Much”, from Apple Music’s Mood. playlist. Listen HERE, and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, October 24th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

 

LADIPOE on the Providence EP

LADIPOE on keeping his fans waiting for music and what they’ll be surprised about on the EP

LADIPOE on his hesitation to follow a career in music

LADIPOE on connecting with Fireboy DML and making Running

LADIPOE on fatherhood

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LADIPOE ON HOW HE’S FEELING IN THE BUILD-UP TO HIS EP RELEASE

“Feeling” genuinely describes how I feel. It’s two things. It’s humbling, but it’s very, very motivating because I can taste it now and once I can taste it, I can’t let go. So yeah, it was a good year and we can make it better.

LADIPOE ON “PROVIDENCE”

One of the most important things to me about the project is the definition of the word “providence.” It means timely preparation for future eventualities. And it also means the protection and the guidance of God. So really that’s how I feel like my career has been. It’s been one where once I accepted this is what I wanted to do. I feel like all the things that have happened are preparing me for moments such as this and the ones that are to come.
While I can say I feel humbled and motivated, I don’t feel like I don’t belong. I feel like I’m right where I need to be, so that’s the energy and the attitude behind the project. I started it in 2019. The idea of releasing it came when I put out a song, I did this thing called ‘Revival Sunday,’ releasing a song every Sunday for the fans.
And there was a particular track I had called “Providence.” And that track, it meant a lot to me. And it just birthed the idea that it’s time for another body of work, but the pandemic hit, which was good and bad for a lot of reasons.

LADIPOE ON ACCEPTING HIS PATH AS AN ARTIST AND WHY HE WAS RESISTANT TO INVEST HIMSELF FULLY INTO MAKING MUSIC

First of all, I’m Nigerian, so being Nigerian and the kind of parents I had and the kind of upbringing… this was not what I was expected to do. I am definitely going against the things that I was shown and the examples I was given. I feel like that was the major resistance. There was also resistance within myself. Was I meant to be doing this kind of thing? Am I good enough to be at the level I would like to go? I call it the identity crisis. Once I got through that, that’s what started this path. And that’s why I feel like this Providence project is important. We came through fire for this. We lost a lot in 2020. 2021 is the year to take it back.

LADIPOE ON WHAT HE THINKS WILL SURPRISE FANS THE MOST ABOUT THE PROJECT

I feel like some of the features they might not see coming. And then also this won’t be surprise, but there’s growth and do you know what I really think will surprise them the most?
I think what will surprise them the most is the fact that I’m dropping a body of work because I take so long. I take a long time to drop music. The last one I dropped was 2018, so I think that’s the biggest surprise. Everything’s really coming out.

LADIPOE ON KEEPING HIS FANS WAITING FOR MUSIC

This is the last time. Dinner will be served promptly from now on.

LADIPOE ON HIS NERVES BEFORE RELEASING “FEELING”

The anxiety and the nervousness and the uncertainty was, I would say about five seconds.
It was like, “Wow, man, I’ve been sure about this. I’m very sure about this, but what happens if they don’t like it? So what’s the next move?” But those thoughts, you swallow them or you spit them out. This is the only time you’re allowed to spit in public, when you are spitting out these bad vibes. So it had to go. It had to go and “Feeling” has become what it was but I feel like I’m ready for another song. And “Running” to me is the continuation of that story we started in “Feeling,” people understand when they hear it.

LADIPOE ON CONNECTING WITH FIREBOY DML AND RECORDING “FEELING”

It started in 2020. I was in a conversation with Fireboy on Twitter. I really liked his music since before. Even how he presents himself, I felt compelled to reach out to tell him like, “Bro, look, man, I think that you’re doing this and I think it’s really dope. Just for you to know”. And he responded back in kind and there was this mutual respect. And from there, I wouldn’t say we kept in touch, but every once in a while there was a chance to speak where I would say something, he’ll say something back.
And it turned into “Let’s work, let’s work.” I like Fire’s energy. We came to the studio, we recorded the first song and I was like, “Okay, we’re at a good place, let’s keep going.” Recorded another song. And I said, “Okay, this is nice. I like how this is sounding.” Recorded a third one, the third one was “Running.”
He’s not joking when he was singing “sweet white wine” in the song, that’s all that was in the studio at the time. So it was a collaboration born out of mutual respect. That’s how you make timeless music. It’s good timing.

LADIPOE ON BECOMING A PARENT

It reveals another side to you that you didn’t really know existed. As soon as it happened, I knew that, “Okay the rest of my life is dedicated to protecting this person.” So that’s just it. There was no big moment that happened in my mind. It’s a flip of a switch, but really at the end of the day, I’m proud. My private life is like what I used to feel my public life was. So I really limit, except for this moment, the amount of it that I share.

LADIPOE ON HIS PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR AND WORKING ON THE ALBUM

For me it’s a struggle to think about that because I’m so used to trying to bring this project out for people to hear that I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when it’s out. But all I will say is that album mode sounds like the best thing to put myself back in since I have all of this energy. So to start creating for the album, no time to waste.

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Ladies and gentlemen, lunch is served!

Showmax premiers its first comedy-drama series in West Africa, Ghana Jollof, which premieres on the African streaming service on Friday, 22 October 2021.

Ghana Jollof tells the sizzling story of two young Nigerians, Jasper (Funnybone) and Romanus (Akah Nnani), who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures.

In the trailer, things start up with a first-time meeting between Nnamdi (Uzor Arukwe, who starred as dreaded crime boss Knight in Sugar Rush), Jasper (AMVCA-winning actor/comedian Funnybone), Kweku (heartthrob James Gardiner from Ghana’s popular telenovela Dede) and Romanus (AMAA nominee/Youtuber Akah Nnani). Subsequently, Jasper and Romanus head out to Ghana to jollof, kicking off a series of adventures… and misadventures.

Executive produced by Nigeria’s King of Comedy, Basketmouth, Ghana Jollof serves up a delicious ensemble cast from both Nigeria and Ghana. This includes the likes of AMAA nominee Joselyn Dumas, leading comedienne Jacinta Ocansey, Mawuli Gavor (Chief Daddy), popular reality star Portia Freelove, model and actress Brihanna Kinte, veteran actor Jackson Albert Davies (Beasts of No Nation), actress Korkor Oyeba Mensah, and multiple award-winning comedian/actor, Kalybos, not to mention Basketmouth himself.

“I’ve always wanted to create something that would be a collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana, and Ghana Jollof is a realization of that dream,” says Basketmouth. “From the cast to the crew, everyone gave of themselves to create a show deserving to be Showmax’s first comedy-drama from West Africa. We all can’t wait for the fans to see what we’ve cooked up.”

Ghana Jollof is directed by AMVCA nominee Diji Aderogba, whose debut feature film About A Boy won the Audience Choice Award at Nollywood Film Week in Paris, France.

Ghana Jollof will be available for streaming across Africa and in the UK. The show will have 13 episodes to devour, with new episodes dropping every Friday from 22 October 2021.

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