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Stonebwoy, Burna Boy, Sauti Sol, Nasty C and more to perform “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home”

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To celebrate Africa Day on Monday 25th May 2020, ViacomCBS Networks Africa and YouTube in partnership with Idris Elba are hosting an “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home”.  This programming event will be aimed at raising funds to help children and families in Africa that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds raised from the benefit concert campaign will be donated to support food and health needs for those most impacted on the continent.

The Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home will be a 2-hour special streamed and broadcast to millions of viewers in Africa and around the world on MTV channels and on the MTV Base Africa YouTube channel. Hosted by Idris Elba, the show will bring together a star-studded line up of some of the hottest names Africa has to offer.

Viewers can look forward to seeing superstars Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi, AKA, Diamond Platnumz, Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade, Fally Ipupa, Stonebwoy, Teni, Angelique Kidjo, and many more. In the weeks to come, more artists are set to join to make this a monumental experience. The benefit concert will also be made available after Africa day to encourage people and organisations to donate. Further details on how to donate and the facilitation partners will be made available in the days to come.

Idris Elba says, “Taking a moment to shine a light on African arts to benefit the African homeland and its people. A continent of this size should find a way to dig deep and stand up for one another at a time like this. It’s important for the future and history will not forget.”

Alex Okosi, Managing Director of Emerging Markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at YouTube says, “Music is a powerful tool that connects Africans and this Africa Day concert is a great way to bring people together and support a great cause. We are honoured at the opportunity to bring the power of YouTube to support this great initiative.”

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President for ViacomCBS Networks Africa Youth, Music & Entertainment Channels commented “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the livelihoods of millions across the continent and is going to require a massive collaborative effort if we are to make it through. ViacomCBS Networks Africa is proud to partner with YouTube and Idris Elba as we lead the efforts for immediate food and health assistance on the continent at the Africa Day Benefit At Home concert. We are coming together as Africans to take care of our own.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of many and disrupted economic activity which has increased the threat to food and health security on the continent. All donated proceeds will be funneled towards tackling this humanitarian crisis.

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It wasn’t luck, we invested to make “Sugarcane” a hit worldwide- Camidoh

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Ghanaian Afropop and R&b singer, Camidoh has disclosed that his song ‘‘Sugarcane’’ did not become a hit by luck. (more…)

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Ghana’s Dr Pushkin to Perform at SXSW 2023

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What is SXSW Music Festival?

The Outlandish album is finally out, and already Dr. Pushkin is on his way to the SXSW Music Festival. The conscious rapper has been confirmed as a performer at the SXSW Music Festival 2023. SXSW, also known as South by Southwest, is the world’s biggest festival of its kind. The event, which takes place in Austin – Texas, brings together over 160,000 fans to a barrage of musical performances, conferences, film premieres, and several mini-events that characterize art. This year’s event comes between the 10th and 19th of March 2023; it will, as usual bring the What’s Next in Tech, Film, Music, and beyond to patrons of the event and the world.

Which Ghanaian artists have performed on the SXSW Music Festival stage?

In 2019, Africa was prioritized by the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival with an “Africa to the World” theme. The event featured a myriad of Africa’s finest musicians and many others. Representing Ghana was Jojo Abot, Stonebwoy, and Efya. In 2023, Dr. Pushkin is honored to represent Ghana on the show.

In a conversation with Dr. Pushkin, he indicated how excited he was about the opportunity. While commenting on it, he mentioned the crew he’s mounting the stage with. According to the “Lies” and “Wake Up” rapper, Ghana’s undisputed tongue-twist specialist, Budukusu, will join him on stage.

The two rappers have collaborated on three songs off Dr. Pushkin’s latest album. And since they’ve been hanging around a lot lately, they are working some magic as a team. Also on Dr. Pushkin’s crew for SXSW 2023 will be Aggie and AZA, featured on “Forgive them” and “No Regrets,” respectively, on the Outlandish album. Selecta Rah of Club Bantu fame will be the crew’s official Deejay as they mount the stage to thrill and awaken the audience.

Dr. Pushkin’s performance comes on the heals of Jojo Abbot, Efya, and Stoneboy who graced the event in 2019 as Ghanaians.

History of the SXSW Music Festival

SXSW started in 1987 with 177 artists and 15 stages. By 2019, the event had 1,964 showcasing artists (including musicians) and 94 Venues & Stages. Notable artists and personalities participating in SXSW are Former US President Barak Obama, Tonny Bennet, Black-eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, Jean Grae, Chamillionaire, Lady Gaga, and several high-profile personalities.

SXSW is an experience of live musical performances, conference sessions, film and television screenings, exhibitions, networking events, professional development opportunities, art installations, and many more. This year’s event takes place from March 10-19. However, the musical festival component is a six-day event, 13th – 18th.

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Black Sherif billed to perform at the Wireless festival with 50 Cent, Popcaan and others

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Young Ghanaian musician superstar, Black Sherif is set to perform at the prestigious Wireless Festival which will happen in the United Kingdom. (more…)

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‘Till’ director Chinonye Chukwu slams ‘misogyny towards black women’ after Oscars snub

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Till director Chinonye Chukwu called out the Oscars committee after her film received no 2023 Academy Awards nominations. (more…)

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Camidoh advocates for Banku to be served on international flights

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Top-charting Ghanaian Afropop/R&B singer Raphael Kofi Attachie, widely known as Camidoh has requested for local Ghanaian dishes to be served on international flights. (more…)

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Stonebwoy reveals Asamoah Gyan paid for his leg surgery 7 years ago

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On January 19, 2003, Livingstone Etse Satekla, known in showbiz circles as Stonebwoy was involved in an accident that caused him his limbs. (more…)

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