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FAB Photos: Femi Kuti, Amakye Dede, George Darko and others rock Alomo Bitters African Legends Night

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femi kuti live in ghana Femi Kuti, son of the legendary Nigerian afrobeat singer, Fela Kuti thrilled fans in Accra over the weekend as he headlined the third edition of the Alomo Bitters African Legends Night. With his usual message songs, raw African rhythms and exciting dancers on stage, Femi entertained his guests which included former first lady, Konadu Agyemang Rawlings for well over an hour. Also performing on the night were Ghanaian music legends Amakye Dede and George Darko who have almost 7 decades of experience between them. They thrilled guests with their classic hit songs that saw wild and exciting dance moves on the dance floor. There were also performances from the sultry soul and jazz singer, Ofie Kudjo, highlife veteran Ben Brako, as well as eclectic Ghanaian rapper, Trigmatic. The event was hosted by ace satirist, Kweku Sintim-Misa (KSM).   For the past 2 years, the Alomo Bitters African Legends Night has celebrated musical icons from the continent and carved an event niche catered to the middle-aged and the young who have a soft spot for local African music. Notable performers have included South Africa’s legend and first headliner of the concert, Hugh Masekela, Ghanaian ace Saxophonist Steve Bedi, Ben Brako, among others and a blend of artistes across Africa. Every year, the Alomo Bitters African Legends Night houses and entertains 1,000s of fans with soothing, exciting, danceable African tunes. The show is produced by Global Media Allaince and sponsored by Kasepreko, Kasapreko Company Limited, a leading producer of alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages in Ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghanafemi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana femi kuti live in ghana]]>

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Rocky Dawuni describes himself as ‘John the Baptist’ and one who is paving way for Ghanaian musicians

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Ghanaian singer, songwriter/ record producer and three-time nominee for Grammy awards, Rocky Dawuni has referred to himself as ‘John the Baptist’ and a vessel God is using to open doors for other Ghanaian artists to enter the international music space. (more…)

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Christian Atsu rescued successfully and receiving treatment- GFA confirms

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Ghanaian Footballer, Christian Atsu has reportedly being rescued and is receiving treatment after he was caught in the rubble of a collapsed building caused by an earthquake that has hit Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. (more…)

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President Buhari congratulates Tems on her Grammy win

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American Rapper/Record Producer, Sean Combs, popularly known as P Diddy has responded to claims that he sabotaged Burna Boy’s Grammy win. (more…)

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Bisa Kdei working on a new song with UK rapper Ivorian Doll

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Showmax calls for pitches for 10 live action films from first-time African filmmakers

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On the opening day of The Joburg Film Festival, Showmax released an open commissioning brief to the African film industry calling for pitches for a slate of 10 live action films.
The African streamer has won the South African Film and Television Awards’ Made-for-TV Movie Award for two years in a row, first with Loving Thokoza and then with Boxing Day, the first two feature films from Mandla N. In addition, another Showmax film, Kelsey Egan’s debut feature, Glasshouse, was the most awarded feature film overall at the SAFTAs last year, with five Golden Horns.
The new brief, in partnership with the Joburg Film Festival, is aimed at finding new talent and opening up the industry. The proposals must have a first draft screenplay and be set in contemporary Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa, with a first-time director attached who is a resident or citizen in those countries. All official Ghanaian, Kenyan, Nigerian and South African languages are welcome and the final films should be more than 40m, in line with the SAFTAs Best Made-for-TV Movie Award category.
“Showmax’s audience prefers local content, with seven of the ten most streamed titles in South Africa, eight of the top 10 titles in Kenya and Nigeria, and nine of the top 10 in Ghana last year being African,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of Showmax and Connected Video at MultiChoice. “Making your first film is a key turning point in any director’s career. So this brief is another way we are trying to empower local filmmakers to tell their own stories for their own communities in their own languages. We’re looking for authentic stories that will resonate with our local audiences. Popular genres like romcoms, family dramas and thrillers are always welcome.”
Submissions are now open on https://submissions.mnetcorporate.co.za/channel/showmax; entries close on 1 April 2023. The selected projects will be announced in the second half of 2023 and screened on Showmax in 50 countries across sub-Saharan Africa in 2024.
Pitches should take the form of a video pitch in English of no more than five minutes. This video pitch should include short bios of the writer, director and producer; a concise summary of the story, including the ending; an introduction to your lead characters; and a discussion of your chosen genre and stylistic approach, with visual references.
For inspiration, watch Mandla N’s Showmax x Actor Spaces directing masterclass here:
For more about Joburg Film Festival, visit www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za.
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