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Tune into Shaft on TCM on DStv in January 2012 Pictured Richard Roundtree1DStv audiences across Africa can tune in to exciting viewing as that month of January comes to an end. Check out the exciting line-up of movies and more on DStv this weekend and beyond. Drive Angry: A vengeful father (Nicolas Cage) escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter. John Milton is up against the clock: Jonah King, the leader of a cult, has murdered Milton’s daughter and kidnapped her baby. In three days, King and his followers will kill the child at midnight. Milton picks up the trail in Oklahoma as well as rescuing a waitress named Piper from her brutal, two-timing fiancé. There are odd things about Milton: his driver’s license is out of date, he has a very strange gun, and he’s being pursued by a man in a suit who carries FBI ID and calls himself the Accountant. Piper, who’s lived a life on the sidelines, has to piece things together on the fly as they close in on King. DStv audiences can tune into M-Net West on Friday 27 January at 00:00 CAT to watch. My Boss’s Daughter (2003): Young executive Tom Stanisfield (Ashton Kutcher) has one eye focused on a promotion from the outrageously volatile Jack Taylor. Unfortunately, the other eye has been captivated by the alluring Lisa (Tara Reid), who just happens to be Mr. Taylor’s pride and joy. DStv audiences can tune into M-Net Stars on Saturday 28 January at 19:30 CAT to find out how this story unfolds. Fame: At the New York City High School for the Performing Arts, students get specialised training that often leads to success as actors and singers. This movie follows four students from the time when they audition to get into the school, through graduation. DStv audiences can tune into TCM on Saturday 28 January at 21:10 CAT to watch Alan Parker’s high-energy, Oscar-winning musical drama about just what it takes to make it to the top of the tree at New York’s most prestigious stage school. Shaft: Richard Roundtree is the super-cool private eye, hired to find a crime-lord’s kidnapped daughter. DStv audiences can tune into TCM on Sunday 29 January at 21:10 CAT to watch this cult offering from the 1970s. Isaac Hayes’ theme tune won an Oscar. Border Security (Premiere): The series offers a gripping insight into the work of Australia’s dedicated team of customs and immigration officials. Taking viewers to the front line of Australia’s national security, it follows this expert team of highly trained men and women as they fight to protect their country from drug smugglers, illegal immigrants, potential terrorists, harmful pests and exotic diseases. In the series, customs fight to stop a multi-million dollar black market trade in sharks off the north-western coast of Australia; quarantine staff uncovers a shocking act of cruelty in a parcel from China, and the Customs Marine Unit teams up with the Navy and Department of Fisheries to confront illegal fishermen operating north of Darwin. From Monday 30 January at 18:10 CAT. Live from The Red Carpet: Cameras flashing, dazzling white smiles, designer suits, trend setting dresses, international accolade, icon awards, showbiz gossip and of course there’s the speeches… the A-listers are about to embark on their favourite time of the year…The Awards Season! Get ready for the most exciting and glamorous time of the year… who will cry first? Who will wear the worst outfit? Which Actor will smile through gritted teeth as his award goes to someone else? Who will win the most recognition for their outstanding acting contribution? Kourtney and Kim Take New York (Season 2): Kourtney and Kim return to the Big Apple, along with their men, and with both couples living under one roof, New York will never be the same. Newlyweds Kim and Kris join up with Kourtney and Scott to take a bite out of the Big Apple, but with two couples and a baby all living under one roof, things don’t go exactly as planned. The new season premieres on Sunday 29 January at 23:00 CAT. House of Payne: This month e.tv introduces viewers to the family comedy drama House of Payne. Created and produced by acclaimed American movie maker Tyler Perry and his wife Ella, the series follows a multi-generational working class family living together in Atlanta, Georgia. Together they experience life’s struggles with faith, love and, most importantly, humour. You can watch it on Tuesdays at 20:00 CAT. Mel B – It’s a Scary World: Mel B has gone from the party girl ‘Scary Spice’ to the ultimate new millennium mom! In the first episode, Mel is asked to perform in the Pussycat Dolls show and must decide if she should attend the Shrek Forever premiere.  Mel’s 35th birthday is also around the corner and planning needs to get underway. Mel B: It’s A Scary World airs on Mondays at 20:30 CAT.]]>

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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.

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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.

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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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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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