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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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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.

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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.

Read Also: Samsney Recruits Black Sherif, Kelyvnboy And Darkovibes On His New Single, ‘Kuacha’

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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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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Superhero series ‘Peacemaker’ delivers something no one saw coming! Streaming on Showmax

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One of Rotten Tomatoes’ most anticipated series of 2022, The Suicide Squad spin-off series Peacemaker is now streaming first on Showmax.

Peacemaker picks up where The Suicide Squad movie left off, with Peacemaker returning home after recovering from his encounter with Bloodsport – only to discover that his freedom comes at a price.

Christopher Smith, a.k.a. Peacemaker, is played by 16-time former WWE world champion wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, whose roles in films like Fast and Furious 9 and Bumblebee have earned him multiple People’s Choice, Teen Choice and Kids’ Choice nominations.

HBO Max’s hotly anticipated eight-episode series is the first TV show in the DC Extended Universe, and the first from creator, writer-director and showrunner James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2, with 3 on the way), who penned the script for Peacemaker in the Covid-enforced downtime after completing Suicide Squad.

Gunn says the spark for the series arose out of one specific moment on the Suicide Squad set. “It’s the moment in The Suicide Squad where Peacemaker is holding his gun on Ratcatcher 2 and he’s about to kill her,” he told Collider. “I went into this tight closeup of his eyes… and I see his eyes switch. I see him go to this incredibly sad, vulnerable place. We realise this character is a guy who’s doing something he doesn’t want to do at all, but that he’s going to do anyway, which is shoot a young girl.”

“When I saw that moment in him, I knew John was not just a performer who was funny, which is why I hired him, but a guy who had this other layer. A big part of me wanting to do Peacemaker was to sculpt away all the other stuff, all the juggling and entertaining John does, and focus on that vulnerable sector.”

That “vulnerable sector” (and of course his comedic chops, plus a lifetime of kicking all kinds of unholy a**) has already earned Cena a nomination for Best Comedic Performance at the 2022 MTV Movie + TV Awards, and Peacemaker a renewal for a Season 2.

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Peacemaker boasts a 94% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the consensus says the show is “a bloody good time that gives writer-director James Gunn full permission to let his freak flag fly.”

Guardians fans already know what that flag stands for: finding humour in the darkest, darkest places (Gunn’s directorial feature film debut was the 2006 gross-out B-movie horror comedy Slither, which won the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Highest Body Count, and make no mistake, he’s still that guy); wrangling epic action sequences and large ensemble casts made up of fully formed, memorable individual characters; and finding the humanity in even the most absurd of those characters (think of Guardians’ Drax, or Rocket).

With Peacemaker, Gunn pulls out all those skills, but his greatest feat is taking the most unlikable, two-dimensional character from The Suicide Squad – the bucket-helmeted bad joke who said, “I cherish peace with all my heart. I don’t care how many men, women, and children I need to kill to get it” – and making him not just the hero of our story, but someone you can genuinely empathise with.

Of course, it isn’t all on Cena. Peacemaker has a formidable support cast, including Emmy nominee Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black’s Taystee), Freddie Stroma (Game of Thrones’ Dickon Tarly and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’s Cormac McLaggen), Nigerian-British actor Chukwudi Iwuji (The Underground Railroad, and next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3), and MTV Movie Award nominee Robert “T-1000” Patrick (Terminator 2). Oscar winner Viola Davis also reprises her Suicide Squad role as Amanda Waller, and you should keep your eyes peeled for some ‘super’ cameos. And then there’s Peacemaker’s fan-favourite hero sidekick, Eagly, an American bald eagle (“voiced” by Emmy nominated voice legend Dee Bradley Baker) with a penchant for hugs and awkwardly, and sometimes brutally, stealing the show.

“Peacemaker thrives on Gunn’s ability to create human connection between characters who, at least on the surface, not only resist connection but have accepted their place of anonymity,” says The Hollywood Reporter, adding, “Gunn excels in healing broken things that didn’t even know how broken they were.”

AV Club calls Peacemaker “a stacked deck of fearsome insanity”, adding, “It’s vulgar, violent, prone to non sequitur, and has more than one dance sequence in store for you. But don’t you dare let its ceaseless barrage of profanity, nudity, and slaughter dupe you into thinking otherwise: … Peacemaker comes packing, among other things, a beating heart.”

Watch Peacemaker on Showmax: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/cnrxd8fz-peacemaker

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Prince Kaybee talks growth and new music on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Prince Kaybee, 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 17th 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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South African house DJ and producer Prince Kaybee joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Zimbali (feat. Ami Faku).” He also discusses his new album, ‘Gemini,’ how he’s evolved, and his mission to continue collaborating with up and coming artists.

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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 Kabza De Small feat. DJ Tira, Young Stunna, Dladla Mshunqisi, Felo Le Tee, Beast & Dj Exit_sa, Mayorkun, Mbosso feat. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze, Asake, and Navy Kenzo.

Africa Rising 
South African rapper Thato Saul 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 his singles “Put It On Me (feat. A-Reece)” and “Modimo Ohla Pheli,” from his debut album, ‘Life Is Gangsta.’ Listen HERE.

Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights King Perryy, Bella Shmurda and BackRoad Gee’s collab, “Go German,” from Apple Music’s Chop Life playlist. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday June 17th 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.

PRINCE KAYBEE ON GROWTH AS AN ARTIST

 

With the seven years in my career there’s a lot of perspective, you gain a lot of experience and you look at things different. With that all being said I don’t think you can make the same music, because you’re a different person now.

Gemini is my star sign, and I decided to call the album ‘Gemini’ because I felt it was the right call at this stage in my life, where you’re going through a lot of introspection and you’ve grown from the young Prince Kaybee that got into the industry in 2015, up until now. It’s been an amazing journey, I embrace every moment and I don’t regret anything.

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PRINCE KAYBEE ON THE LAIDBACK SOUND OF ‘GEMINI’

 

I literally tried to translate my character into the music properly. It’s a very musical album, I’m very laidback and not as hardcore as my first project. I went more to the musical side of the Gemini, although there’s a couple of songs that will cater to the dance floors but at most the songs there are for you to just drive and have a good time, at home, with loved ones… Just a chilled vibe.

PRINCE KAYBEE ON SHOWCASING UP-AND-COMING ARTISTS IN HIS MUSIC

 

On the album there’s a lady called Unathi, Ami Faku is on the album but I always work with up-and-coming artists, 80% of my project. When I release a project, 80% of the project must be upcoming artists, like we’ve done with previous artists where they are household names today. There’s quite a lot you don’t know!

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Showmax Pro to stream ‘Two Sides’ across Africa – the story behind the 2021 British & Irish Lions Tour

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From 16 June, Showmax Pro viewers will be able to watch Two Sides, which is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at last year’s historic British and Irish Lions series against the Springboks.

The 2021 tour was another chapter in the 130-year history of the Lions touring South Africa, which ended up being a riveting tale on and off the field.

Even before the tour kicked off, it was under threat due to unprecedented complications in the era of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two Sides looks at how the tour was rescued from the brink of cancellation, which would have been nothing short of a financial disaster for SA Rugby.

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The series shows us exclusive footage and insight on all the struggles that players and management had to endure. Preparing for the British and Irish Lions is one thing. Doing it while working in the confines of bubbles and training with players in and out isolation added to the challenge.

All of this served to heighten tension and emotions going into a series that is a treasured opportunity for any Springbok player as it only comes around every 12 years.

Through interviews with the players, we get to see how this current group of South African players desperately wanted to add a coveted series trophy that could sit alongside the World Cup.

Two Sides not only takes us into the Springbok changing room, but also shows the British and Irish Lions up close, giving a palpable sense of the passion and sacrifice required for someone to don the famous red jersey.

From Lukhanyo Am’s family in the Eastern Cape to the hometown of Liam Williams in South Wales, the series gives so many great personal stories from the players as well as their relatives that truly tell both sides of the story.

As for the rugby itself, it ended up being yet another classic clash between the teams. While it was sad that each game had to be played in an empty stadium, the eerie silence from the stands almost seemed to magnify the physical battle.

Without a noisy stadium, every collision became clearly audible. With no fans at the ground, the players were spurred on only by their own passion and tension. The exclusive on-the-ground footage also gives a better understanding of the unique environment the players had to battle in.

Off the field, the series became an endless stream of drama. From complaints about referees to a leaked video from Rassie Erasmus that went viral, plus all the surrounding focus that such a high-profile series brings all added to the gripping nature of the tour.

When the series ended with a hard-fought South African victory, it became another moment of glory for a Springbok team that continues to make history. Two Sides really is a must-watch to give all fans a greater understanding of just how special their achievement was.

The series will be available to Showmax Pro subscribers on 16 June 2022 and on the standard Showmax offering from 1 July.

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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 Stories.

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New Akwaaba Magic Telenovela High Currency To Heat Up Your Living Room

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“A real woman knows her worth” that’s the tagline for High Currency, a new local telenovela starring Nikki Samonas and coming to Akwaaba Magic on 20 July. The series, which will occupy the 8:30pm slot every Wednesday and Thursday thereafter, is about power, money, greed, crime and everything else in between and the ways in which they all intersect.

 

High Currency stars the acclaimed Nikoletta ‘Nikki’ Samonas as Naa Adei Hammond, an ambitious and hard-working woman who’s high-powered (and dangerous) job at an investment bank is her ticket to her dream life. But all of that is derailed when she falls in love will she choose affection over money and power?

Channel head Kennedy Dankyi-Appah, says: “At Akwaaba Magic we are proud to keep pushing the envelope when it comes to the high quality local content we give our loyal viewers. We will always work with the best off-screen and on-screen talent whether they are established or on the rise to produce shows that not only keep audiences entertained and enthralled, but also instill a sense of pride in actively consuming content made for Ghanaians, by Ghanaians.

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“With the addition of High Currency to our lineup, we continue to give our audiences content that is exciting, dynamic and homegrown. We are happy to give our viewers what they love and want while keeping up with their evolving tastes,” he concludes.

 

While romantic love is the leading storyline on the telenovela, the show also explores the dark underbelly of capitalism and materialism, the lengths many go to for the love of money, and what people will do when faced with impossible standards that they are forced to meet.

 

High Currency will explore the relationships between money, power, sex, social media, and love in our contemporary world. Other cast members include Joshua Fordjour, Helen Lois, Brihanna Kinte, Kweku Elliott, Habiba Sinare and Angela Adubofuor.

 

Don’t miss the premiere of High Currency on Akwaaba Magic (DStv Channel 150 and GOtv Supa Channel 101 on Wednesday 20 July at 8:30pm. The sexy and fast-paced telenovela will air every Wednesday and Thursday thereafter, at 8:30pm. It’s high drama with a killer wardrobe and riveting storyline be sure to tune in.

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