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Hot Ghanaian teen rapper Da Mayniacz explores the Ghanaian market

German based Ghanaian rapper and songwriter, Louis Roland Moreaux alias Da Mayniacz is set to introduce his brand of new generation hiphop to Ghana and indeed the rest of the world. Together with some of his colleagues, Da Mayniacz scored a hit with the teens of Germany with the single, ‘Broke My Heart’, which is […]

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maynaiczGerman based Ghanaian rapper and songwriter, Louis Roland Moreaux alias Da Mayniacz is set to introduce his brand of new generation hiphop to Ghana and indeed the rest of the world. Together with some of his colleagues, Da Mayniacz scored a hit with the teens of Germany with the single, ‘Broke My Heart’, which is now available on his debut solo album, ‘Before I Rise’

The heavy pop influenced ‘Broke My Heart’ has elements that make the production come off as a cross between Sean Kingston and Lil Wayne, therefore not surprising that it resonates well with the youths across Europe. A professional music video was shot at the end of November 2009 for ‘Broke My Heart’ and it became an instant hit on the video sharing site, YouTube. The video was transmitted brand new on the MTV channel in March and is also running on Yavido TV. The rapper, who is currently visiting Ghana to promote his songs, hints that the video would also be available on Ghanaian television soon.

The album contains 13 amazing tracks produced to appeal to a modern, open and liberal audience. It appeared in March 2010 on CD and for digital download. The 19 year rapper describes the album as strongly influenced by pop and the ‘dirty south’. With such a strong international character, his music has been able to attract fans world wide, proving that new generation hip hop has a place in Germany, his place of birth. Now his challenge is to be a Ghanaian artist who appeals to the Ghanaian market and the rest of the world as an international act. The cosmopolitan young artist, whose family comes from France, US and Ghana, is a modern citizen of the world who thinks global and act local, so should be able to surmount that challenge with time. Although Mayniacz was born in Germany, he visits Ghana very regularly and even schooled at Labone SDA for a bit. He speaks Twi quite fluently as well.

His first musical experiments date from mid-2006 when he and his group members attracted the interest of well known producers, such as Static and Rieke Boomgardens. But it was only through collaboration with producer Gitdatbeats (Markus Utke) that he experienced the musical freedom which gave him enough creative space to put his ideas into practice. The song, ‘Diz Gurl’, soon attracted the interest of the Myspace community and there was a huge demand for an album from his fans. This gave him the impetus to concentrate on his music.

The young rapper also has many performances to his credit. He has been a supporting act for the likes of DMX, Elephant Man, Redman, Method Man, Mobb Deep, Hot Rod and Wyclef.

According to him, he loves live performances and has a tour across Germany and other countries on the cards. He also adds that he is hoping to do some great collaboration with Ghanaian artists while in Ghana.

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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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