This week, Studio 53 Extra packs an interesting line-up including the Ethiopian Fashion Week, the opening of Volar Club in Lagos, and interview with designer Etuen Basi, and as usual more of the hottest scoop from Hollywood and across Africa.
Also on the show is a feature on the movie premier of Spud in South Africa. It’s South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it’s Spud Milton’s first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. John Milton is a boy from an ordinary background who wins a scholarship to a private school in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Surrounded by boys with nicknames like Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home.
There is also the launch of Lira’s blue ray disc in South Africa. The South African songstress set a soul scorching benchmark with her 2006 album FEEL GOOD – and with her late 2008 release, SOUL IN MIND she’s once again created a record that is defined by its honesty, soulfulness, femininity and utter joyfulness. What’s more, the 29-year-old has also delivered an album that effortlessly shows Lira’s growth over the past two years – most especially as a songwriter and intuitive performer, turning the young girl who showed the first glimpses of her gift more than five years ago into a woman with a world class talent. “I think the album is the sound of a woman getting into her own skin, of finding her own creative voice and exploring the music that people heard on ‘Feel Good’ but taking it much deeper,” Lira explains.
D-Black also gets a special coverage on the show with a feature on his album launch in Accra, and the airing of his new music video. Following the success of his collaborative album with Kweku T, D-Black launched his debut solo at the Cinderella’s Niteclub in Accra. The launch included performances from D-Black and the artists that appeared on the album including Samini, Sarkodie, Ayigbe Edem, Kwabena Kwabena, Guru, Efya, Reggie Rockstone, The Skillionz, Dr. Cryme, Iwan, and The Black Avenue Muzik Family.