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GOtv Launches M-Net Movies Pop-up Channel To Celebrate African Film



To celebrate Africa Day on Tuesday, 25th May, MultiChoice Group is launching M-Net Movies Afro-Cinema, a pop-up movie channel dedicated to showcasing and celebrating contemporary African films. The Afro-Cinema Channel will be available from Friday, 21 May, to Sunday, 30 May 2021, on Channel 198 to DStv customers on Access to Premium packages across the continent and on Channel 129 for GOtv Plus and Max customers.

The Afro-Cinema Channel is curated to celebrate Africa’s cultural diversity, aptly reflected and captured in the work that is being produced by filmmakers all over the continent. Through collaboration and turning challenges into possibilities, local film industries across the continent have produced award-winning productions that have launched the careers of many directors, producers, and stars while also taking the “for us, by us” African stories global.


“At its essence, Africa Day is about celebrating African unity and success as well as acknowledging the challenges that lie ahead. The pandemic has hit the film industry quite hard, and African filmmakers were not spared. This Africa Day, we want to celebrate the talent and resilience of the continent’s film industry with the launch of this festival of African films where our audiences can enjoy AfroCinema from the comfort of their own homes,” said Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video.

Some of the exciting films to look forward to includes;


  • Heritage Africa (Ghana), This is a political drama set in 1955 during the violent run-up to Ghanaian independence. It follows Kwesi Atta Bosomefi, who has embraced English culture and has risen to the position of district commissioner, but he has done so to the detriment of his African heritage and everything that he holds dear. Local and foreign actors such as Kofi Bucknor, David Dontoh, Ian Collier, and Amina Misa star in the classic historical drama. It was directed by Kwaw Ansah, a well-known Ghanaian filmmaker.


  • Oko Kε Akueteh (Ghana) – The demise of Oko, Akueteh’s older twin brother sets him on a roller coaster of emotions and recurring nightmares. Directed by Deladem Duvi a graduate from the MultiChoice Talent Factory, features Hafiz Jerry Kumi, Haliq Jesse Kumi and Sophronia Awer. This riveting short film throws a spotlight on some Ga customary practices.


  • Sunset in Makoko (Nigeria), which takes us into one of the biggest floating slums in Africa, called Makoko. Located in the Nigerian city, Lagos, Sunset in Makoko presents a place where regardless of despair, the community still strives to live with joy and radiate hope. Allen Onyige, a Nigerian filmmaker and MultiChoice Talent Factory (MFT) Academy alumnus, made the film.


  • Payback (Zambia), this is a tale of betrayal and love gone wrong. It tells the story of a man who learns that his cousin’s friend is about to marry the girl who jilted him, causing him to pursue the ultimate act of revenge. Leo Dauty Simukoko and Perpetual Mwape star in this Zambian film directed by Wyclif Mwamba.


  • Ensulo (Kenya), which is the product of the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) East Africa Academy Class of 2018. In Ensulo, the king of an imaginary traditional kingdom becomes gravely ill, and his daughter is forced to lead the kingdom. But her ability to rule is put to the test when a water bottling company discovers the kingdom’s sacred water supply. It is directed by Jamal Kishuli, and the cast includes Michelle Tiren, Claude Judah, Jacob Otieno, Raymond Ofula, and Cindy Kahuha.


  • The Train of Salt and Sugar (Mozambique), this is a film set in Mozambique during a civil war where a single train connecting the country to Malawi sees passengers risking their lives to travel on the train to escape. Licinio Azevedo directed this award-winning drama.


  • 94 Terror (Uganda), this is a Ugandan war drama set during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Keza, a Tutsi and Hutu genocide survivor, tells how she barely survived the massacre and riskily made it out of Rwanda to Uganda. An all-Ugandan cast of Ninsiima Ronah, Joan Agaba, Muyimbwa Phiona, Nalubega Rashida, Shadic Smith, Mugerwa Rajj, and Smith Mateega drives this film directed by Richard Mulindwa.


  • Joba (Nigeria), follows the life of a Christian couple whose faith is tested. Joba is a story about love, strength and faith. It is directed by filmmaker Biodun Stephen and stars Blossom Chukwujekwu, Enado Odigie, Christine Osifuye, Ronke Ojo, and Chris Iheuwa.



  • Back of the Moon (South Africa),follows the life of a gangster in South Africa who finds something worth living for. Angus Gibson, an Oscar nominee, directs a cast that includes Richard Lukunku, Lemogang Tsipa, S’dumo Mtshali, Thomas Gumede, and singer Moneoa Moshesh.


Visit the M-Net Website for exclusive content and join the conversation on Twitter @mnetmovies, Instagramand Facebook using #MMAfroCinema and #MMpopup.





Kofee Bean is Ghana’s second “Fresh Finds Africa” artist on Spotify



Photo: Valeria Rodrigues

The music streaming platform Spotify is without a doubt one of the best sites to find new music, but also to create recognition for a lot of new artists that are fighting to climb those rankings. Especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, where there is fierce competition to leave the continent and travel to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Since there’s a great chance to land a great contract as they take off from Africa, a lot of artists take these rankings very seriously, and getting to the top is a great concern to many of them.

That said, there’s always great anticipation when Spotify releases the “Fresh Finds Africa” ranking. This time it was Phiona Okumu, the head of music for Sub-Saharan Africa for the music streaming platform, who is in charge of announcing the list. It was revealed that Ghana’s own Kofee Bean has emerged as second in that ranking, which is very good news for one of the hardest working African music artists with an “emerging” career, since she only became a full-time musician in 2021.

Patience Naa Oyo Titus-Glover, known by her artist name Kofee Bean, started her career with a quite interesting EP called “Breathing”, which became a great hit in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, France, and Great Britain. This impressive take off got her to the second place in the ranking, putting her side by side with great artists like Sarkodie, Becca and R2Bees amongst many others, with nothing but open road for a very humble and charming artist.

It’s one of those “underdog” stories that always begins with a sacrifice and hard work story, as she started singing two years ago in a band called “Made Africa”, in every pub, bar, and micro concert she could find. It was only in 2021 when she decided to part from that band and start her own, pledging to make the most of this opportunity. She got an astonishing start, climbing to the second position in the Fresh Finds Africa ranking in only one year of work.

Standing out in style

Even when there are hundreds of thousands of artists that dedicate their lives to creating a catchy song in the vast world of African Neo Soul music. Armed only with a sincere heart, pen and paper and a voice that speaks quite beyond her young age, Kofee Bean has been working in her style for years, grabbing musical concepts from soul and R&B to create what is called one of the best examples of African soul music.

Heavily influenced by artists like Sade, Asa, Castro, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu, she began writing songs and poetry at the age of seven, never imagining that she would be a recognized artist not only in her native Ghana, but in a good portion of the world. But even in this bit of an explosion in her career, she has never shown herself other than with that beautiful humble aura that she has always had and that very gentle voice that she has always had as a presentation card.

She was always able to create beautiful stories in her songs, sometimes telling heartwarming stories and others just opening the door for people to know her upbringing and correlate with a sometimes harsh and challenging childhood, as sometimes happens in her beloved Ghana. Her songs are without a doubt a great journey through her soul, sometimes honest, others vulnerable, but always with a sense of freedom that has everything to do with her African music influence.

As mentioned before, this outstanding recognition can only bring good fortune to this emerging star, particularly when she´s having a promising 10.000 listeners in Spotify, only to grow in the coming months. Her vigor and passion for music is much alike some of Ghana´s famous artists like the great Edem, MzVee and D-Black amongst many others.

The jump from Spotify to other big platforms

Many young African artists are looking for other ways to escape the one-way ticket of the streaming platform to other popular social media platforms, like TikTok, where many teenagers are using African Soul Music to give a “chill vibe” to their videos. And, of course, they are using both famous artists and emerging royalty free music to avoid the copyright restrictions that often burden not only users but also young artists trying to establish themselves.

But of course, the integration with Spotify allows many artists to have the recognition that only Instagram or other social media associated with the streaming platform can give them. Since millions of people use social media on a daily basis, it’s only a matter of time before Kofee Bean rises to be heard by hundreds of thousands, giving her career the propulsion to reach the stars.

This remarks the importance of Spotify’s programs like Fresh Finds, which give artists a great opportunity to reach a “well-known” status in terms of months or even weeks. According to the streaming platform’s statistics, millions of people listen to new EPs, albums and upcoming artists in this ranking, opening a great door for thousands to go to fame.


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Incredible Zigi and BTL Africa Set To Launch Maiden Edition Of Afrozig Dance Fiesta



Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to be thrilled, as all is set for the world to witness the first of its kind dance festival in Ghana; Afrozig Dance Fiesta, a breathtaking dance event founded and created by multiple award-winning Dance sensation and Choreographer, Incredible Zigi.

To be held at the UPSA Auditorium on Saturday June 11, 2022 this maiden edition of Afrozig Dance Fiesta seeks to celebrate dance in Ghana and provide a platform where dancers can always look forward to expressing themselves through their craft.

Dance is evolving globally and the fraternity in Ghana is growing strongly due to its important role within the creative arts industry. Afrozig Dance Fiesta is an all-inclusive dance concert to be held annually and it shall feature communities / dance groups and individual dancers in the country.

As part of the fiesta, a section has been created themed “The Diva Dance Competition”. Its purpose will be to unearth a female dancer that would be groomed for a year by Incredible Zigi and enrolled on Afrozig Dance Movement. This is to encourage more female dancers and recruit them into the Ghanaian dance scene. This shall be judged by former world dancing champion Adjetey Sowah, legendary highlife singer and dancer Akosua Agyapong.

According to Incredible Zigi, the goal of Afrozig Dance Fiesta is to provide a platform where dancers will be groomed and held under a big umbrella where they can thrive. It will also serve as an avenue to offer huge inspiration and nurture upcoming dancers and empower existing ones.

There shall also be a Masterclass during the dance fiesta where these dancers shall be taken through branding, staying relevant and monetization of the dance craft among others with Adjetey Sowah and Akosua Agyapong leading the session.

The power-packed event will see performances from various dance icons including revered pioneers, who will provide support and direction. There will be a mix of musical performances from your favorite musicians such as Joey B, Medikal, Sefa, Kelvynbwoy, among others.

Afrozig Dance Fiesta is in partnership with BTL Africa and proudly sponsored by Guinness – Black Shines Brightest with support from Belaqua and Abrantie the gentleman and MX24 as the official media partner.

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Snoop Dogg and Steve Aoki Present New Group Alpha Doggz, Debut Collab EP ‘Da Da’



West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg and EDM pioneer Steve Aoki have teamed up to create a new duo Alpha Doggz and are announcing their debut EP titled ‘Da Da.’ The project is slated for release on May 23 exclusively on blockchain-based Gala Music and in partnership with seminal hip hop label Death Row Records.


Available today, Gala Music x Snoop Stash Box holders and the A0K1VERSE will each receive their own exclusive free song from the heavyweight duo–“Super Freak” ft. October London and “Holy Grail,” respectively. This coming Monday, May 23, the final three tracks from the EP will be available to the public: “Da Da,” “Girls” and “How I Do It.”


Each track off the new EP features the rap and EDM luminaries at their creative best; “Da Da” and “Holy Grail” are classic Steve Aoki club bangers, while “Girls” and “How I Do It” evoke Snoop’s unmistakable laid back groove. On “Super Freak,” old-soul singer/songwriter October London adds an intriguing jazzy layer to Alpha Doggz’ electric sound. Overall, Alpha Doggz represents the perfect marriage between Snoop Dogg and Aoki’s distinctive and addictive MOs.


This genre-spanning project is the first of many for Gala Music, which officially launched in February 2022. Gala has already partnered with internationally recognized artists across genres, including Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki and Kings of Leon, to bolster new music releases and decentralize the world of music streaming.


In February, Snoop Dogg made headlines after acquiring Death Row Records and its catalog. During a Gala Music-hosted AMA with Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg remarked that Gala Music will be the exclusive place that Death Row lives in the Metaverse.


We plan on giving people access to buying and trading some of these classic songs, classic records that were the foundation of Death Row,” Snoop Dogg said during the AMA. “We [also] plan on bringing great music and great artists [to the label]. This is what Death Row is all about, trying to expand and take it to new regions.”


This upcoming NFT EP drop furthers both Aoki and Snoop Dogg’s ambition to leverage the Metaverse and spark a revolution in the music business by transferring power back to artists and away from traditional labels. For Gala Music, this release is an exciting step towards bringing decentralized music to the masses, providing the opportunity to expand the company’s reach across different genres by bringing these two major artists and Web3 pioneers together.


Full ‘Alpha Doggz’ track list:

  1. Holy Grail
  2. Da Da
  3. Girls
  4. How I Do This
  5. Super Freak ft. October London


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Coded blames 4×4 breakup on pressure from Shatta Wale to release hit songs



Member of defunct 4×4 music group, Coded has finally revealed the reason why they decided to go their separate ways.

According to Coded, the group decided to go solo at the time where Shatta Wale was putting every artiste in the country on their toes.

Coded states that the pressure from Shatta Wale to release hit song after hit song prompted the group to go solo so they can match up to the “Dancehall King.”

“I think it would basically be the fact that was the era where a lot of singles were coming from Shatta Wale…that was the era where he was releasing countless hit records, like he would release a song today, give it max two weeks, he would release another song. So, that was putting a lot of musicians on their toes. You’re working but you are not working enough. You need to work harder, meet up to that level. And its good when it’s healthy competition so we decided that we need to do our solo projects so when we add it to the group projects,” he revealed in a recent interview.

4×4, the three man group — made up of Captain Planet, Fresh Prince and Coded — have been releasing only solo projects the past couple years.

Coded had stated in previous interviews that the decision to go solo was done collectively by the group after Fresh Prince brought the idea but at the time he wasn’t on board with it.

Although the group has not released any projects together and have fueled break up rumors, the leader of the group, Captain Planet insists they have not broken up.

“I am not happy myself hearing and reading comments from social media that we have broken up. I know that our fans expect us to be everywhere like we used to be but in life when you keep doing the same things over and over again, people become fed-up with you,” he told Graphic Showbiz in 2017.

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Captain Planet rubbishes Coded’s claims over why 4×4 went solo



Member of defunct 4×4 music group, Captain Planet has rubbished claims by former group member, Coded that the reason they went solo was because of Shatta Wale.

Earlier today, Coded had revealed in an interview that the reason the group decided to go solo was because of pressure from Shatta Wale to release hit songs.

“I think it would basically be the fact that was the era where a lot of singles were coming from Shatta Wale…that was the era where he was releasing countless hit records, like he would release a song today, give it max two weeks, he would release another song. So, that was putting a lot of musicians on their toes. You’re working but you are not working enough. You need to work harder, meet up to that level. And its good when it’s healthy competition so we decided that we need to do our solo projects so when we add it to the group projects,”Coded revealed in the interview.

The interview has since gone viral and captured a lot of reactions. However, Captain Planet has shut down Coded’s claims stating that he does not know where they are coming from.

“Stop that rubbish it’s never true. I dnt know exactly what coded was trying to explain. May be he was talking for himself the reason he started doing his solo project . I showed the video to fresh prince this morning he was even laughing his lungs out,” Captain Planet reacted on Twitter.

See screenshot of his tweet below;

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“Pepper Dem Ministries” welcomes Nana Aba Anamoah to the “bitter side” over recent comments



Some members of popular feminist group in Ghana, “Pepper Dem Ministries”, have called out ace-broadcaster Nana Aba Anamoah over recent comments she made about taking up traditional roles at home. (more…)

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