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download2Born To Dance finale; Choreographer Laurieann Gibson handpicked 20 talented young women and offered them the opportunity of a lifetime. After weeks of tough competition, only three remain. Kristina, Hennessy and LaTonya are the finalists and they get to perform, to Poker Face, in front of a packed arena at Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball concert. The lucky ladies get to meet Gaga, who will give them advice on success. And then the winner will be crowned. Who will it be? Tune in to BET on Saturday, 24 November at 19:00 for the finale of Born To Dance. Rhythm City: Things have been rather tense in the last few weeks, but this month things seem to be calming down. This November Rhythm City if full of promises for Suffocate, Zothile and Nqaba when they settle in as a unit. Then Suffocate has to deal with his feelings for Puleng and he confesses this to Zothile. On the other side of town everyone is frantic when they realize Shado hasn’t been seen since the last event. Later on Lucilla and Miles will make a gruesome discovery at the studio and Ronald will reassure Gail about her position at the studio. Tune in on Mondays to Fridays at 18:30 CAT. Scandal!: As if things couldn’t get any dramatic on this soapie, Eddie can’t believe it when Morongwe reveals yet another diabolical, Stan-related plan to fast-track Daniel’s fall. Meanwhile Quinton finally discloses some information about his childhood, but not to the most obvious confidante. A spooked Daniel wants answers but doesn’t know where to get them. Layla makes a move which turns Quinton even more against her. Ndumiso wants to up his game, but gives little away about his investment to Kila. Watch Scandal! Mondays to Thursdays at 19:30 CAT. How I Met Your Mother (Season 6): After five successful runs, the hilariously crazy trio returns for a sixth season. This kick starts with Barney declaring February 13th “Desperation Day,” a holiday for desperate, lonely, women with low self-esteem due to the fact that they are destined to be alone on Valentine’s Day. Meanwhile, Marshall sees a documentary about an island of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean and he becomes fixated on saving the environment; Ted has an uncomfortable encounter with Zoey’s ex-husband, The Captain; and Robin forces Barney to admit he has feelings for Nora. Watch it on Sundays at 19:30 CAT.         Football Headliners: Football Headliners takes you off the pitch and into the glamorous and often turbulent world of football players who make the headlines. When fame, fortune and ego collide, the outcome is explosive but when the biggest names in football step out of line, they hit the headlines. Football Headliners  on DStv is bringing viewers all the sensational and shocking football headlines to date. Catch all the headlines on Wednesday 28 November at 20:30 CAT. The Muppets Movie (Friday night premiere): While on vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary and Mary discover the evil plan of oilman Tex Richman to demolish the Muppet Theater. Tex wants to drill the theater for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit the frog reunite the Muppets to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10-million needed to save the theater. Will Kermit succeed in reuniting the Muppets to save the theater? This movie is a fun, musical, family must see with signature, celebrity cameos. Tune in Friday 30 November at 18:30 CAT. King (Season 2): Known for bringing you riveting dramas like CSI, Law & Order and The Firm, Sony Entertainment Television presents the second season of King. Jessica King, played by Amy Price-Francis, is a veteran police officer who has survived eight years in homicide, three motorcycle accidents, two marriages and several shoe styles since the ’90s. Now the question is: will Jess survive as head of Toronto’s Major Crimes Task Force? In this second season, this formidable Jess, who is newly pregnant, has to investigate cases such as a drowned stripper linked to a former police chief and the shooting of an officer at an illegal poker game, as well as track down a donor heart that goes missing before a transplant. It starts on Monday 26 November at 20:30 CAT. Man v. Food Nation (Season 1): How much food can one person really eat? After three years of eating his way around the USA, testing his endurance (and his stomach capacity), Adam Richman is now taking the concept to the next level: he’s recruiting local big eaters to take part in feeding frenzies in their own hometowns. Man v. Food Nation is the evolution of the original Man v. Food series, as food fanatic Richman scours the length and breadth of the States to find willing, able and hungry competitors to follow in his gastronomic footsteps. Who will triumph – the man or the food? It’s a toss-up every week in this compelling foodie reality series that’ll leave you hungering for more! It airs from Tuesday 20 November at 21:00 CAT.   The Flying Dagger: Chang Pei-pei stars as a swordswoman who kills a rapist-murderer, which incurs the wrath of the dead man’s villainous father, who heads up a mighty clan. Great swordplay and knife-throwing, with a strong female lead character on Saturday 24 November at 21:00 CAT. Reel Crime/Real Story (Premiere): Some of the award-winning and award nominated films over the years have been based on real life stories. Investigation Discovery’s new series Reel Crime/Real Story casts a light on the true facts and real personalities behind iconic crime-and-justice movies that have become a part of our popular culture. Hosted by the well-known Erin Brockovich, each episode explores how art imitated life in some of the world’s most notorious cases. View never-before-seen conversations with America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos whose life and crimes were immortalized by actress Charlize Theron. Hear the personal testimonies of those closest to murdered Latin music sensation Selena Quintanilla Perez, portrayed on screen by Jennifer Lopez. With the aid of all these and more, uncover the truth behind the headline-stealing homicides that inspired Hollywood hits from Wednesday 28 November at 20:00 CAT. Anger Management: After his exit from the hugely successful Two and a Half Men Charlie Sheen decided to take on a new role on the small screen – counseling others on how to contain their anger issues. In the series, life is complicated by his relationships with his own therapist/best friend, Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde), an ex-wife, Shawnee Smith (Saw, Becker) and their 13-year-old daughter, Sam (Daniela Bobadilla), who has OCD. Regular characters on the show include Noureen DeWulf as anger management patient Lacey and Derek Richardson as Nolan (a member of Charlie’s anger management group). Tune in on Mondays at 19:40 CAT. Reed between the Lines: Malcolm Jamal-Warner of the Cosby Show fame and Malcom and Eddie stars opposite Tracee Ellis Ross of Girlfriends. They play the role of Alex and Carla Reed, a psychologist and a professor who are trying to balance their professional lives with raising 3 children in a blended family. The series takes a comedic look at modern day relationships within black urban families and DStv viewers can watch it on Tuesdays at 19:40 CAT.   Soul Seeker: Our leisure time has always offered an opportunity to relax but as life becomes ever more frenetic should we look to more extreme practices to redress the balance?  Jon Sinnott sets out to see if immersing herself in a series of both ancient and modern disciplines can offer space for mind and body to replenish. Jo travels to India to learn the secret properties of yoga from Swamis, Gurus and Sadhus. Tai Chi is a well-known restorative martial art and Jo visits a retreat in Yangshou, China,and discovers that there are many more levels to the seemingly gentle art than might first appear. Finally, to prove not all retreats have peace and calm at their center Jo tests her physical limits at a boot camp. Will this soul seeker be successful in her pursuit of the ultimate sense of well-being? Find out on from Monday 26 November at 21:00 CAT.]]>

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Ruger, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, July 1st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

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Nigerian Afropop star Ruger joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Girlfriend.” He also discusses his new album, ‘The Second Wave (Deluxe),’ recording music in unusual places, and reaffirming his talent.

The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Ibraah feat. Maud Elka, Timaya, Mlindo The Vocalist feat. Madumane, Yemi Alade, and Sampa the Great feat. Chef 187, Tio Nason and Mwanje.

Africa Rising 
Ghanaian Afro-fusion singer-songwriter Gyakie is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features her singles, “FOR MY BABY,” and “SOMETHING.” Listen HERE.

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Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights South African singer-songwriter Samthing Soweto and his single, “Amagents,” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Hits playlist, showcasing South Africa’s biggest hits. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday July 1st at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

RUGER ON RELEASING A DELUXE EDITION OF ‘THE SECOND WAVE’

 

It was only right for us to do that, because these songs were supposed to be on that from the beginning. We were supposed to release like 7 songs, but we cut it down to 4. Then, the idea came from releasing ‘The Second Wave’ EP. We said that we’d release 4 songs, then release 3 additional songs as a deluxe. Then, as life goes on new vibes came from the studio, so we said we’re not even putting those additional 3 songs, we’re going to put new additional 3 songs. That’s how it happened, and I’m happy with how it’s going. Thank God for everything.

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RUGER ON HIS GRATITUDE AND DETERMINATION

 

I feel good, I feel blessed going to every country that I go to. Netherlands, Australia… People singing my songs word for word. It’s an amazing feeling because not every artist comes out within a year and that song travels that far, but I am a testimony. I thank God and I thank everyone that enjoys my music as it comes out every time. It’s just encouragement for me to work harder and keep doing my best. Never going to the studio to do any mediocre sounds, never going to the studio to say “Whatever I drop they’re going to listen,” I go into the studio giving my 100% best and God will do the rest for me.

RUGER ON FAST-CONSUMING FANS

 

People tend to forget how good Ruger is. People are fast consumers so they consume what they have now and then… Do they forget about you? I don’t know but I feel like if they don’t hear anything from you in a while they feel like “Where’s Ruger?” They should always know that whenever Ruger comes through, it’s always a 100% vibe so these songs are very personal songs to me – “Girlfriend” is a personal song, “WeWe” is a personal song, “Warning” is a personal song – it’s just me stating about my personal experiences, and people who can relate to what I’m talking about, can relate. I feel like these songs are going to go very far, I’m proud of what I’ve done in the studio and I’m thankful to everyone supporting me in every little way they can. I’ll keep giving my best.

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Efia Odo, Sista Afia and more open up their lives in GH Queens, now streaming on Showmax

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Binge-watch all 10 episodes of the reality series, plus an explosive 3-part reunion. Reality fans buckle up: the Ghanaian queens have arrived in full swing on Showmax. Expect drama and chaos in the first reality show of its kind in Ghana.

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2022 Tour de France to take Showmax Pro subscribers on 109th edition journey

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The 2022 Tour de France is on track for its 109th edition. It will kick off on 1 July in Copenhagen (starting abroad for the 24th time) with the final stage finishing at the Champs Élysées in Paris on 24 July. Riders will cover a total of 3 328 km across flat, hilly and mountain stages.

Showmax Pro subscribers across the African continent (excluding those in South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho) will be able to join the ride live to see who will finish the race in the coveted yellow jersey.

Slovenian cyclist Tadej Pogačar, winner of both the 2020 and 2021 editions, is the clear favourite to bring home his third title in a row. The 23-year-old is riding for UAE Team Emirates. His compatriot Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo Visma has three Tour de France stages to his name and is also among the contenders. Others include Welshman Geraint Thomas, riding for Ineos Grenadiers, and last year’s runner-up, Jonas Vingegaard.

Two South African riders, Lotto-Soudal’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Intermarché–Wanty–Gobert Matériaux’s Louis Mentjies, will be looking to make their country proud in the French tour.

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Other riders to keep an eye out for include Kenyan-born and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who will want to pick up a recent win with his last victory coming in 2017. He will be racing for Isreal-Premier Tech.

The 109th men’s edition of the Tour de France will be followed by the first ever edition of the Tour de France Femmes, one of women’s cycling’s two grand tours. This comes after years of campaigning to get an equivalent to the men’s tour, with the action getting underway from the 24 to 31 July. What many are calling a race for the history books will begin on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and finish at La Super Planche des Belles-Filles. The historic race will see riders compete in eight stages and cover 1 029km.

It has been announced that 24 teams are set to go head to head in the eight-day race. Frenchwoman Aude Biannic is looking to impress at her debut Tour Femmes in her home country with home support. Boasting Annemiek van Vleuten on their roster, Movistar are setting out to achieve overall victory at the Tour de France Femmes – a race that holds extra significance for teammate Breton Biannic, who will be challenging at home.

Elisa Longo Borghini is fresh off a 34-kilometre win at Paris-Roubaix and the Italian will now be 100% focused on paddling to victory at Tour Femmes.

Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa excluding South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho can follow all the racing action at this year’s Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes.

Why Showmax Pro?

Showmax Pro is a streaming service available for Showmax subscribers in Africa that bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport. You can tune in from any of your favourite gadgets, anywhere you are in the globe.

Subscribers can live stream the latest seasons of the English Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, UEFA Europa and UEFA Conference leagues, the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and more.

The platform also offers a wide range of other live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons.

Stream on two devices at the same time when you subscribe to Showmax Pro.
To learn more and join the Pros, visit showmax.com to subscribe to Showmax Pro.

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Falz talks about ‘BAHD’ collaborators and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Falz, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, June 24th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer, rapper and actor Falz joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Knee Down (feat. Chike).” He also discusses his new album, ‘B A H D,’ what keeps him inspired, and how he spends his time in between projects.

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The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Samthing Soweto, Ruger, Krizbeatz, Bella Shmurda & Ravyanny, Scorpion Kings, and KO-C feat. Innoss’B.

Africa Rising 
South African amapiano DJ-producer duo TxC is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features their single, “Too Deep (feat. Dinky Kunene & TNK MusiQ).” Listen HERE.

Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Tanzanian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Mimi Mars and her single, “La La (feat. Marioo),” from Apple Music’s EA Wave playlist, showcasing East Africa’s biggest hits. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday June 24th at 9a Lagos/London / 10a Johannesburg/Paris / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

Falz on what to expect from ‘B A H D’

Expect something sexy, expect naughty Falz, expect emotional Falz, vulnerable Falz… it’s like a blend of all these different emotions.

A lot of people look at me like “Ok this guy is a responsible soul, he’s always fighting for our lives but he’s now coming on a sexy thing.” There are so many different sides to me already so I feel like people are already used to me being this guy with such multiplicity in his person.

Falz on staying inspired

I just consume other forms of art, I listen to other artists, try to pay attention to stuff I’m generally into, stuff that I like, trying to draw inspiration from that. If I listen to a completely different genre, I’m like “I need to challenge myself. I can do this. Why can’t I do this?” That’s how I stay inspired.

Falz on BAHD collaborators

I always wanted to work with all these guys that I have on the project, so this project just presented the perfect opportunity to make that happen. It was pretty simple thankfully and shout out to them, it was seamless. It was just like “Yo, I’m working on this project, let’s make one happen” and everyone came through. Every single collaboration has its own story but everything was pretty straight forward and beautiful to create.

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Journey of The Beats, Showmax Original music docu-series premieres, includes companion Spotify playlist with each episode

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“Music is the fuel that fires up our souls. It’s the oldest form of communication, predating language itself. African music is synonymous with the word Afrobeats.” So begins the first episode of Journey of the Beats, a new docu-series that follows the journey of Nigerian and black music through the years, and is now streaming exclusively on Showmax.

Told through the lens of music historians and some of Nigeria’s biggest artists, like 2Baba, P-Square, Onyeka Onwenu, Daddy Showkey, Flavour, and D’Banj, the 10-part documentary series traces the origins of Afrobeats that has taken the world by storm.

Journey of the Beats is produced by creative entrepreneur and the creator of Storm Records, Obi Asika.

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Each episode of the series is complemented by a Spotify playlist. Episode One: Origins and the Switch Up is curated by Ed Keazor, co-director and producer on Journey of the Beats and a historian, lawyer and musician.

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This Spotify playlist of 103 songs straddles the grooves that made Nigeria dance from the dawn of time, with traditional drum and melodic tunes, through to the birth of modern popular music in the 1920s.

Find the Spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6zYlHpavDbsI8RpQJ5zbyC

The playlist covers the birth of highlife music, through to the influence of Latin and Caribbean genres like rhumba and calypso, US jazz, soul, RnB and funk, as well as the birth of a uniquely Nigerian sound, with juju, highlife, Fuji, and Afrobeat.

New episodes of the music documentary drop every Friday exclusively on Showmax. Afrobeats fans, documentary lovers and anyone who appreciates music can subscribe to watch the docuseries on www.showmax.com.

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African spectators to witness Wimbledon on Showmax Pro, courtesy of SuperSport

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It is a momentous occasion for tennis as the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, the Wimbledon Champions, returns for its 135th edition from 27 June to 10 July 2022. Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa, excluding those in South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho, will be able to live stream all the action from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, courtesy of SuperSport.
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic looks to defend his title following his return to competitive tennis at Roland Garros in May, where he was knocked out of the tournament by a defeat against Rafael Nadal, who won the men’s singles title for a record 14th time and secured his second Grand Slam of the calendar year, having also won the Australian Open at the start of 2022.
These wins put Nadal at 22 Grand Slam titles in total – two ahead of both of his long-standing rivals, Djokovic and Roger Federer, who is currently injured. Djokovic leads their head-to-head by 30 wins to Nadal’s 28 – the Serbian has won the most finals, with 15 to Nadal’s 13, but Nadal will be boosted going into this year’s Wimbledon with the most Grand Slam wins in history.
This year is set to wow spectators as the 19-year-old newcomer Carlos Alcaraz, who is also the youngest player to defeat both Nadal and Djokovic, is one of the top contenders alongside 2021 Wimbledon runner-up, Matteo Berrettini, and Roland Garros runner-up, Casper Ruud. Stan Wawrinka returns following a 2021 surgery and will compete at Wimbledon for the first time since 2019 after receiving a wildcard.
In the women’s field, reigning champion Ashleigh Barty announced her retirement from professional tennis in March 2022. The ladies’ field is currently led by world number one, Iga Swiatek, who looks to extend her record-equalling 35-match winning run and secure a third Grand Slam title following her recent win and second French Open title at Roland Garros against Coco Gauff.
Top female contenders include four-time Grand Slam winner and local favourite, Emma Raducanu. This year will also see Serena Williams returning to Grand Slam tennis after being granted a main draw wild-card slot in this year’s field. Williams has won the most Grand Slam titles, including Wimbledon seven times, most recently winning on back-to-back occasions in 2015 and 2016. Naomi Osaka will miss out on this year’s action due to a last-minute injury.
Showmax Pro subscribers across Africa, excluding South Africa, Mauritius and Lesotho, have a front-row seat to catch all the action from one of the four Grand Slams at Wimbledon 2022, streaming live courtesy of SuperSport.
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