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Premier League, FA Cup and Serie A preview, 16-22 April 2021

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SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv can look forward to action from the 2020-21 Premier League, FA Cup and Serie Aseasons, with matches scheduled for 16-22 April 2021.

 

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The first semifinal in this weekend’s FA Cup action sees Chelsea face Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on the evening of Saturday 17 April. The Blues are looking to return to the FA Cup final for a second successive year (after their defeat to Arsenal last season), while the Citizens were last in the final in 2019, when they famously thrashed Watford 6-0.

 

The teams last met in a Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge earlier this year, with City claiming a 3-1 away win thanks to goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne.

 

“I trust my players so much. They don’t trust me but I trust them with their quality!” said City boss Pep Guardiola coming into this clash, while Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is enjoying his side’s FA Cup adventure but wants “more precision” going forward: “We need to catch the momentum to be sharper, to be closer and to be more aggressive,” said the German tactician.

 

The second semifinal on Sunday 18 April sees Wembley Stadium host a clash between Leicester City and Southampton – the two dark horses for the trophy. The Foxes showed their pedigree by putting out Manchester United in the previous round, but they would do well not to underestimate a Saints side which can afford to put all of their effort and intensity into this clash.

 

“I think we have shown in the FA Cup against Bournemouth, okay only a Championship team, but even there we have shown what made us strong and how we can play,” said Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttle. “We expect a much tougher game now against Leicester, but (we must have) the same behaviours and same effort, then we have a chance to win against them.”

 

City manager Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, is hoping to make history with the Foxes, as the club’s best showing in the FA Cup is four runners-up finishes in 1949, 1961, 1963 and 1969.

 

“We are in the semifinal and we have a chance to get to the final and create history,” Rodgers said. “For the club to get to the final and win the trophy would be really special. It’s a trophy in their history they haven’t won. It’s a tough game in the semifinal but the club has never won the FA Cup so to be able to do something like that will be special.”

 

The pick of matches from the coming week’s Premier League action sees Everton host Tottenham Hotspur in the round opener on the evening of Friday 16 April at Goodison Park. Both teams are fighting to claim a place in European football next season, while the clash of styles between managers Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho is one for football purists to purr over.

 

“I am sure the motivation is really strong on our side. I think we need a lot of points!” said Ancelotti of the Toffees’ European hopes. “We have to fight. But if we need this amount of points it means the other teams need that amount too. It will be a really exciting challenge for us and am exciting race with a lot of teams involved. Every game will be exciting.”

 

Mourinho, meanwhile, has lamented his side’s recent inconsistency: “The point for me is to set up a team that came here with every intention to win and in the end, a little bit of deja vu in some situations. I believe many of these white hairs, they come with things I’m not used to seeing in football matches at this level.”

 

The weekend also features a must-win game for Newcastle United at home to high-flying West Ham United, Arsenal hosting Fulham for a London derby, and Manchester United hosting Burnley at Old Trafford.

 

The evening of Monday 19 April is headlined by a potential thriller between Leeds United and Liverpool – the teams played out an amazing 4-3 win for the Reds at Anfield when they met back in September 2020 – while the remainder of the week features the FA Cup semifinalists catching up games, as Chelsea host Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday, Manchester City visit Aston Villa on Wednesday and Leicester host West Bromwich Albion on Thursday.

 

The headline fixture from Serie A this weekend sees league leaders Internazionale head to Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on the evening of Sunday 18 April to face hosts Napoli.

 

While Inter are looking to push themselves closer to a first Serie A title in more than a decade (their last came back in 2010 as part of the treble they won under Jose Mourinho), Napoli are in a scrap for a berth in next season’s UEFA Champions League with Milan, Atalanta, Juventus, Lazio and Roma.

 

The Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte knows that the Scudetto is close for his team, but has warned against complacency in this final stretch of the season.

 

“We know full well that Serie A is very difficult and every match is a battle to get the victory. The closer we get to the finish line, the clearer we can see the prize at the end,” said Conte. “Everyone is looking at that direction and we see it from a different angle to the others right now, but we still have it all to do. We’ve achieved nothing yet.”

 

Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso wants his side to keep their heads down and “think of one opponent at a time” as they focus on their goal of finishing in the top four of the standings. The Neapolitans boss has come under fire from many quarters this season, but a Champions League qualification amidst such tough competition would be a fine achievement.

 

Elsewhere in Serie A this weekend, that top-four battle will see a key clash between Atalanta and Juventus in Bergamo, with even Bianconeri stalwart Giorgio Chiellini admitting that hopes of winning the league are gone.

 

“We have to stay united and do as little talking as possible. Let’s avoid proclamations, instead working day after day. We must go forward and try to do our best so we can achieve an important target for us, a Champions League place,” said the defender.

 

The round also sees Torino scrapping for their lives in a home clash with Roma, Lazio hosting Benevento and Milan looking to claim three vital points at home to Genoa, with Ivorian Franck Kessie set to play a major role for the Rossoneri once again.

 

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FA Cup semifinal fixtures and broadcast details, 17-18 April 2021

 

Saturday 17 April

18:30 CAT: Chelsea v Manchester City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

 

Sunday 18 April

19:30 CAT: Leicester City v Southampton – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

 

Premier League fixtures and broadcast details, 16-22 April 2021

 

Friday 16 April

21:00 CAT: Everton v Tottenham Hotspur – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

 

Saturday 17 April

13:30 CAT: Newcastle United v West Ham United – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

16:00 CAT: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield United – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

 

Sunday 18 April

14:30 CAT: Arsenal v Fulham – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

17:00 CAT: Manchester United v Burnley

 

Monday 19 April

21:00 CAT: Leeds United v Liverpool – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

 

Tuesday 20 April

21:00: Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

 

Wednesday 21 April

21:15: Aston Villa v Manchester City – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

 

Thursday 22 April

21:00: Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion – LIVE on SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

 

Serie A fixtures and broadcast details, 17-18 April 2021

 

Saturday 17 April

15:00 CAT: Crotone v Udinese – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3

15:00 CAT: Sampdoria v Hellas Verona – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

18:00 CAT: Sassuolo v Fiorentina – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

20:45 CAT: Cagliari v Parma – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

 

Sunday 18 April

12:30 CAT: Milan v Genoa – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

15:00 CAT: Bologna v Spezia – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 2

15:00 CAT: Lazio v Benevento – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

15:00 CAT: Atalanta v Juventus – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

18:00 CAT: Torino v Roma – LIVE on SuperSport Football and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

20:45 CAT: Napoli v Internazionale – LIVE on SuperSport Football, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv Select 1

 

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Apple Music launches Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition with Ebro Darden and LootLove

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Apple Music today launches a new monthly on-demand African edition of Rap Life Radio, presented by hip hop aficionado, Ebro Darden and South African TV presenter and radio personality, LootLove (real name Luthando Shosha). Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition will serve as a companion to Apple Music’s flagship hip hop playlist, Rap Life.

 

“The Rap Life brand, playlist and radio show, is something we hope artists and fans of hip hop all over the world can connect through. LootLove stepping in for a special edition ‘Rap Life Africa’ helps us keep building that bridge. This is dope!” exclaimed Ebro.

 

“I’m super excited about the launch of the monthly African Edition of Rap Life Radio with Ebro on Apple Music. This is a phenomenal way to kick off 2022! It’s going to be magical! I’ve watched South African hip-hop grow from its infancy to a really commercial space here and it’s been a beautiful journey to witness. Watching it from a continental perspective has also been really exciting, African hip-hop is really taking up space! I’m excited about the likes of Blxckie, KashCPT and LucasRaps,” says LootLove.

 

During each episode of Rap Life, Africa Edition; Ebro and LootLove will chat about all the breaking news from the world of African hip-hop, while featuring some of the hottest new releases from across the continent. Ebro and LootLove will also discuss how African artists are shaping hip-hop and rap on the continent and around the world.

 

The first episode of Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition; launches on Friday 21 January and features new music from South African rapper A-Reece, Ghanaian rapper Amerado and Nigerian singer-songwriter LADIPOE.

 

Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition with Ebro Darden & LootLove will be available on demand on Apple Music every month, as well as the Rap Life playlist featuring the hottest new tracks and trends from across the African continent.

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Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising artist is FAVE

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Apple Music today announced the latest featured artist in its Africa Rising artist development program as 21-year-old Nigerian-born singer-songwriter, FAVE (real name Chidozie Godsfavour).

 

“Being on Apple Music’s Africa Rising program takes me one step closer to the dream: a gateway to the world stage. I’m proud to represent Africa with my voice and in my lyrics,” FAVE told Apple Music.

 

Having shown a penchant for singing from the early age of 6, it was only at the age of 19 that FAVE decided to embark on a career in music. Right off the bat her debut single “M.O.M.M.S.” (2019) showcased her impressive range and powerful tone, featuring in two of Nollywood’s most prominent TV series.

 

FAVE immediately followed this up with the reggae-infused single “DAL” (2020) and the Afrobeats-rooted “N.B.U (Nobody But You)” (2020), the latter of which was based off a freestyle that went viral on social media, before featuring on two tracks off superstar rapper Olamide’s 9th studio album, UY Scuti (2021).

 

FAVE’s debut EP, Riddim 5, is a fiery five-track release that fuses catchy Afro-pop melodies and groove-inducing Caribbean influences with a neo-R&B feel, anchored by the viral hit “Baby Riddim” which to date has racked up over 45 million streams across all platforms. With unique storytelling abilities, FAVE explores universal themes of love and heartbreak whilst making music that resonates deeply with her global audience.

 

The latest music from FAVE along with that of Africa’s hottest new artists, is available now on the Apple Music Africa Rising Playlist.

 

Apple Music’s Africa Rising, is an exclusive artist development programme and companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent and introducing the next generation of African superstars. Africa Rising alumni to date include: Omah Lay, Manu Worldstar, Tems, Amaarae, Ayra Starr, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering and Buju. Africa Rising sees Apple Music select six artists every year who each receive a minimum of two months of editorial support across the Apple Music platform including a launch interview with Nadeska on Apple Music 1. Nadeska has also launched a new weekly Africa Rising feature on her show highlighting the hottest new artists on the continent.

 

Africa Rising is the latest of many Apple Music initiatives aimed at taking African talent to the world. Now available in 33 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Apple Music 1 is home to Africa Now Radio with host LootLove which has featured interviews with some of the continent’s hottest artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Rayvanny, Kiddominant, Mayorkun, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, Master KG, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering and Buju.

 

Apple Music also selected Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Tems as its Up Next artist in 2021, Nigerian Afropop star Rema in 2020, Grammy Award-winning Afrofusion superstar Burna Boy in 2019, and Nigerian singer and entrepreneur Mr Eazi in 2017. Up Next is Apple Music’s global emerging artist program.

 

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Assemblies of God Ghana Launches TV station – (AGTV)

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Assemblies of God, Ghana has launched a television station – AGTV – in a bid to widen the outreach of the gospel across the world.

Sunday’s launch at the Assemblies of God Headquarters in Accra attracted senior members of the clergy, church members and other invited guests.

The free to air television network would show a variety of programs including sermons, gospel music, Christine movies, news bulletins and sports highlights.

Launching the station, the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Ghana, Rev. Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso, said the vision for the television station was hatched during initial variant of COVID-19 which necessitated the closure of churches and other public gatherings. According to him, a lot more souls can be reached through the power of television.

“With about 6,000 AG churches and almost 700,000 membership across the country, the TV station owned by AG was handy in reaching the entire nation for Christ. Rev Frimpong – Manso expressed the Church’s gratitude to all its pastors and members for their immense support in making the vision of the AGTV attainable.

The General Manager of AGTV Mr. Abraham Asare, emphasized that the objectives of the

channel are to be a point of reference as the leading Christian television station in Ghana,

and make the gospel of Jesus Christ common through the broadcast of life changing messages. They also seek to promote relevant AG church activities and programs, thereby presenting AG as the church of choice.

Whiles providing quality Christian entertaining programs and Broadcast programs

that give guidance and hope to the Christian youth, he further stated that

AGTV shall be the preferred destination for businesses with quick returns for their investments.

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Dating in Nairobi laid bare as Single Kiasi (Singleish) premieres, also available in 33 countries in the diaspora

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Single Kiasi (Singleish), the new Kenyan Showmax Original, is now streaming, with new episodes releasing every Thursday. The show will also be available to Kenyans in the UK, France and 31 other countries in the diaspora.

What does the pursuit for the one look like for 30-something women in Nairobi?

Sintamei (Gathoni Mutua) is trying to start a family with her loving husband Kevin (Lucarelli Onyango) while also building her career as a corporate lawyer.

Rebecca (Faith Kibathi) is all about motherhood, being a housewife and staying loyal to her “husband” Eric (Michael Munyoki), even though he doesn’t have a shilling to his name.

And Mariah (Minne Kariuki) is all about expensive gifts and traveling to the best destinations her rich sponsor’s money can buy, while chasing the next social media high and sharing slay queen dating tips with her many followers. “Paris was amazing. If your guy takes you to Dubai, please dump him,” she tells her fans while on a private jet from her vacation in France.

When we catch up with them in the first episode of Single Kiasi, they seem to have their lives and their romantic relationships under control. But dating in Nairobi can be hectic, and it doesn’t take long before the men of Single Kiasi prove the popular saying in the city’s dating scene: “Men will embarrass you unprovoked,” as reiterated by Mariah.

In the course of the 13 episodes, Single Kiasi follows Sintamei, Rebecca and Mariah as they go through the ups and downs of love and dating in Nairobi while also reminding us that, at the end of the day, friendship is the most powerful relationship they can have.

Single Kiasi is the second Showmax Original series in Kenya after the Kalasha-winning Crime and Justice.

The show is adapted from the popular South African series Unmarried, which already has successful adaptations in Nigeria (Unmarried Nigeria) and Ghana (To Have and To Have Hold).

“It’s a universal story of womanhood, love and friendship,” says producer and director Grace Kahaki. “But we had to make some changes here and there for the story to fit to who we are as Kenyans.”

For instance, Single Kiasi incorporates a Kikuyu traditional marriage ceremony (nguracio) in place of a church wedding.

“In the South African version, one of the leading women has an affair with a security guard but we felt that this wasn’t authentic to the Kenyan setting so changed the guard to an intern, which is more reflective of what happens here,” Kahaki says.

Single Kiasi tackles important issues that Kenyan women go through, such as sexism in the workplace like when Sintamei is passed over for a promotion that she clearly deserves, sexual assault like in the case of Mariah who is forced to confront a past she’d rather forget, and women (and mothers) finding their own identities outside of what society expects of them like Rebecca getting to relive her youth which she missed out on by marrying too young.

“This show aims to look at women through our three main characters and allow them to choose what label they want to attach to themselves, be it single, married, wife, career woman, mother, etc,” Kahaki says.

Kahaki co-produced and co-directed Single Kiasi alongside her Insignia Productions counterpart Philippe Bresson, and Robby Bresson (Simiyu Samurai).

 

Catch episode 1 of Single Kiasi, now streaming on Showmax, with new episodes releasing every Thursday.

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Entries for Eighth Edition of AMVCAs Extended

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The deadline for the submission of entries for the eighth Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards has been extended to Friday, 28 January 2022.

Africa Magic and MultiChoice are calling on all film and television industry participants and stakeholders across the continent to take part in this celebration of the African film and TV industry by submitting their works.

Films, made-for-television movies or television series are eligible for entry to the AMVCAs if they were broadcast, publicly screened or exhibited from December 1, 2019, to November 30 2021. Films, made-for-television movies or television series previously entered into or nominated for an award, or awarded a prize in another film and television competition, also are eligible to be entered.

New and Returning AMVCA Categories

The AMVCAs this year will feature a new category – Best Online Social Content Creator – in recognition of the growing acceptance of content creators across Africa. For this, creators are to submit their best short-form content that has been publicly broadcast on social media or viewed between December 1, 2019, and November 30, 2021.

Returning to this year’s edition is the Best Africa Magic Drama Series and Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series categories. Over the years, Africa Magic has churned out hit drama series that have become family favourites across the continent, reinforcing Africa Magic’s position as the home of quality African entertainment.

Entry guidelines for the eighth AMVCAs

  • Prepare a 5-minute-long show reel for your online submission
  • Log on to the Africa Magic website. Click on the AMVCA eighth edition banner that will take you to a submissions page.
  • Fill out the submission forms and upload the clip. A unique reference number will be allocated to each completed online submission
  • Please ensure the video edit represents the category of entry and is under 300MB
  • Quoting your unique reference number, send a hard drive of the submitted project to one of the following, based on your region:

 

Nigeria

Busola Komolafe

Africa Magic

4 Industrial Street, Ilupeju

 

For digital file delivery mechanism, entry guidelines & additional information please visit our website at www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA

 

For more information, please visit www.africamagic.tv/AMVCA and follow all official handles of Africa Magic on Facebook and Instagram.

 

The eighth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards is brought by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.

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Things to See While Choosing the Best Cable TV Provider in Your Area

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When it comes to cable TV plans, most customers complain of a decrease in entertainment quality, channel options, and a steady increase in monthly bills. Furthermore, they also feel uncomfortable being stuck in a contract.

However, there are still some providers, which facilitate their customers to the max. They manage to retain their old clientele whilst winning new ones. Spectrum is one of such providers. Customers who have subscribed to Spectrum TV packages hardly ever switch.  Role model companies like these take some effort to find but once you do, life becomes easy!

Why Do You Want to Switch?

There can be several reasons why you want to change your cable TV provider. It’s possible that your current TV plan doesn’t meet your entertainment requirements. Or, you want to cut down on the ever-increasing monthly bill by your current provider. Or, you are tempted to subscribe to a better-designed and entertainment-rich TV plan. Or simply because you have moved.

Whatever your reason may be, here are some effective and handy tips to subscribe to the best cable TV provider in your area.

Get to Know the Cable Providers in Your Area

 

The first step is to figure out the providers in your area. Make a simple Google search and type in your zip code to know which cable TV providers are providing their services in your area. Visiting the official website will provide more authentic results. Furthermore, you also need to know the exact TV plans the providers are offering in your area. Because plans may vary according to location.

The next step is to scrutinize the offered features and compare various details of plans under the same price bracket. The more time you invest in reading out the plans and their details, the more informed decision you will make. Here are some top providers with their list of serviced states for a general idea.

  • Spectrum: Covers 44 states across the United States
  • Cox: Service coverage is in 18 states
  • Xfinity: Coverage area includes 40 states
  • Optimum: Services 4 states including Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania
  • CenturyLink: Services 36 states
  • DirecTV: Covers all 50 states

This was just to give a general idea. Depending on your location, find out the exact providers and plans to make the right decision.

Pick a Plan According to your Budget

Cable TV providers offer a range of plans to choose from. You need to define a budget for yourself before you pick a plan. Especially if you are switching to a new provider to cut down on the monthly expenses, make sure you read terms and conditions, basic pricing, added taxes, hidden fees, and everything else in detail.

Plans usually start at around $25 a month. If you are not into premium entertainment and just want to catch up on news and basic channels, they would suffice. However, if you want to watch premium channels, the price tag can escalate up to $100 a month. With this budget, you can get to enjoy hundreds of entertainments, news, and sports channels along with premium channels like Starz and HBO.

 

Decide the Channels You Want to Have

 

An average cable TV viewer usually tunes into around 12-13 channels out of the 200 channel tier. So, instead of splurging on a channel tier with an escalated price tag and tons of channels, try sticking to the handful of channels you really watch.

Consider making a list of those must-have channels and then figure out which providers offer those channels. For instance, if you are an avid news follower and you are getting all your must-haves in the lowest channel tier from a particular provider, then go for it. You don’t need to subscribe to the highest channel tier if all your favorite channels from your favorite genres are available in a more affordable plan.

 

Keep an Eye on Sales, Deals, and Bundles

 

You may only need a TV plan but sometimes, considering the available providers in your area, there’s a higher monthly price for subscribing to a single service. On the contrary, you can save and enjoy more services like the internet and digital phone when you decide to go for a clubbed offering.

Also, consider the fact that there’s no house without a steady internet subscription. So, bundling internet and TV will only facilitate you especially when you get to enjoy both services at an economical monthly price. Bundles save around $15 on average when you decide to club TV and the internet.

However, while searching for deals and sales, carefully check the expiration dates to avoid the hassle and inconvenience of being charged more automatically.

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